Welcome to Inkpen Class – Foundation
Class Teacher: Mrs Wilkinson
TA: Mrs Townsend
Here you will be able to find out what is happening in our class as the year progresses, I hope you find this useful.
We generally work on a topic based curriculum linked to our literacy theme.
STAR OF THE WEEK
January 2018 – TE for his enthusiasm and willingness to have a go,
NH for her smile and being ready to learn.
- Daily routines
- Forest School
What is forest school?
Summer and Winter kit list
- 2017 plan map
- parent letter September 2017
- Up and coming events – please look at the calendar on this page to see what is happening in Inkpen class.
Spring Term 3, 2018:
Happy New Year to all our Reception Class families. We hope that you enjoyed the festivities at the end of last term and have had a good break. The children have come back to school with great enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
This term our topic is Space. Here is our Space topic web
Personal, Social and Health Education
I have tried to incorporate the children’s love of Star Wars into this theme and they have been very excited to develop their learning as Jedi Knights this term. Each morning the children will now come into school and collect their ‘Jedi pass’ and post it in Yoda’s “Ready to learn, I am” box. We are concentrating on behaviour for learning this term and the children are learning how to be ready to learn. as a class we have devised a list of behaviours which show that we are ready to learn such as “good looking” and “good thinking”. We will start the topic by thinking about what we already know about space and how it makes us feel. We will also look at quotes from Yoda to help us understand how to learn.
Literacy and Communication
We will be using our topics to enhance our literacy, using stories and non-fiction to find out more.
Phonics and Reading
The children will no longer be coming home with story sacks as we move on to class library books. If you still have a story sack at home then please return it as soon as possible. If it has been lost then please let us know. Reading books and reading journals will continue as last term, please try to read with your child everyday, just for 5 minutes, this makes the world of difference at this age. Please also take the opportunity to develop your own and your child’s interest in stories and reading, we continue to endeavour to instil a lifelong love of books and stories with all our families.
The children receive a directed phonics session everyday at school to enable them to begin to read for themselves and begin their own love of stories. We will continue to consolidate single letter sounds and blending these to read simple words whilst moving on to digraphs (two letters, one sound, e.g. sh, oa, ee). The children will also continue to learn to segment words into all their sounds in order to write simple words phonically.
Most children now have a good understanding of the numbers 1-10 and will continue to consolidate and play with these numbers, learning about how they work together. We will be working on developing our recognition of numbers 1-20 and knowing one more or one less than a number. We will have fun with patterns and shape, exploring and investigating properties, along with learning about measure and beginning to look at money and time. We have begun our “Beat That” challenges (known as CLICs) with some children already onto CLIC 2. Each challenge works towards answering ten questions based on numbers. I will inform parents as the children complete the challenges through Tapestry, if you would like to know more then please come and see me.
Also, please continue to look out for fun maths activities to do at home. These are in your green book.
Understanding the World
We hope to tap into the children’s natural curiosity for the world around them and hope that our theme of Space (incorporating Star Wars) will encourage the children to have fun with literacy. Additionally, each fortnight the Foxes and Squirrels will spend an afternoon in Forest School, based in the community woodland. Here they will learn about the creatures in the wood and how they survive through structured play and fun activities, lead by the children’s own curiosities.
At the beginning of each term I send out a rota for volunteers for Forest School. This term we will lose our weekly helper as she will be working towards becoming a teacher herself. Please therefore be aware that we need to have 2 volunteers every week for Forest School to happen. This is for the safety of all involved. If we do not have the volunteers we cannot run the session, please look out for the rotas.
We are very excited about the community allotment in the West Hanney allotments. This is available for all parents in Pre-school and Reception. You should all have received an email about plans for this project, if you didn’t then they have been added to the top of this page. The digging has begun and we are visible by our scarecrow. If you have any bulbs left over then please come along and help us plant them in the allotment (or you could just send them into school and we will plant them during our allotment afternoons). I have been going out with some older children who are keen to get their hands dirty and we have been moving the raspberry canes and planting up some herbs. If you have a spare afternoon and would like to help out at the allotment please let me know as we can be flexible with our timetable.
We will be learning about Moses this term.
As always, if you have any questions or would like to talk about your child with one of our team then please let us know.
Mrs Sharon Wilkinson
Mrs Sharon Townsend
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