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Helping with Reading

Preschool Reading

Children can learn a lot about reading even before they come to school and are formally taught. Young children learn about reading when

  • they see people reading books, magazines, newspapers etc.
  • they notice print in the environment
  • they have their own books
  • they are read to regularly and can talk about the story and predict what might happen
  • they are encouraged to look at books and try to read for themselves
  • they say rhymes and poems off by heart and sing songs

Starting School

We would like children coming into school to

  • have had stories read to them
  • have enjoyed sharing books with others
  • have handled books on their own
  • have an awareness of print around them
  • have some idea of what reading and writing is
  • have had the opportunity to draw and write with various materials
  • have confidence and look forward to learning to read


Strategies used in teaching a child to read

Children use many strategies when reading. Phonics or ‘sounding’ a word out is the most important stage and we teach a scheme of work for synthetic phonics in our Reception class as recommended by the ‘Rose Report.’ Children also learn to use visual memory, that is looking at a word and remembering it. Children also learn when reading a good story. If the story makes sense and holds his/her interest the child can gather clues from the text and the pictures, making logical guesses about unknown vocabulary.

Helping your child progress with reading

Once children have started to read they will make better progress if you can help them by reading with them daily.

Helping Your Child with Maths

Activities to do at home

  • counting in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and  10’s
  • number activities in everyday situations e.g. How many buttons are on your coat ?; Pass me 5 apples; What number is on that house?
  • traditional games like Snakes and Ladders, Ludo and Dominoes are an invaluable and fun way to learn
  • looking for relationships and patterns in numbers
  • using ‘mathematical’ words e.g. long, longer, longest, tall, short, narrow, more than, less than etc
  • recognising and naming shapes
  • using the language of position e.g. under, over, above, between, next to, below, behind, in front of etc..

 

Helping Your Child with Writing

Children usually experiment with their own pretend writing first and this should be encouraged. Children are making marks at this stage but often to them they are writing. Ask your child to read back their writing to you and give them lots of praise, don’t tell them it is wrong or ‘just scribble.’ Young children learn writing when:

 

  • they see people writing
  • people share and discuss writing with them
  • there are opportunities for children to join in writing with adults. Can they help write the shopping list?
  • the child does some writing which is praised by the adult
  • the child’s efforts (even pretend writing) are taken seriously

 

A young child encouraged in this way will soon be ready to form letters correctly and will develop a love of writing which will stay with them throughout their learning.

 

Activities to do at Home

  • colouring books, dot to dots, tracing over patterns
  • Activities which encourage a pincer grip (finger and thumb) like picking up small objects with plastic tweezers
  • large arm movements especially anti clockwise such as waving flags and swirling ribbons
  • painting
  • make a name card for your child to copy
  • as children progress write birthday cards together, shopping lists, invitations, thankyou letters, so that writing is shown to have a purpose.
  • play simple word games
  • Look at word with your child

 

In Reception, when children first learn their letter sounds they are taught to form their letters correctly. We will send out more information about this in the first half term.

 

Websites to help support your childs learning;

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

www.ictgames.com

http://www.numberjacks.co.uk/kids/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games/alphablocks-games
www.oxfordowl.co.uk
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37

Recommended Books to help with Maths;

  • Dinosaur Dig! by Penny Dale – This inventive counting story manages to combine diggers, dinosaurs and counting.
  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury – Illustrated beautifully by the illustrator of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, this story is ideal for young children.
  • One Ted Falls Out of Bed by Julia Donaldson and Anna Currey – This magical story by the author of The Gruffalo has a counting theme and rhyming text. It’s all about the fun that toys have while children are fast asleep.
  • One Mole Digging A Hole by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt – Another counting, rhyming story by children’s favourite, Julia Donaldson. From moles digging holes to parrots pulling up carrots, the wacky and wonderful illustrations by Nick Sharratt are sure to make counting fun!
 

Books to enjoy at home include:

  • Julia Donaldson books- The Scarecrow's Wedding, Room on a Broom, The Grufffalo, A Squash and a Squeeze and many more.
  • Nick Butterworth books- " Percy the Park Keeper Stories"
  • Mike Inkpen books- Kipper, The Blue Balloon, "Penguin small","Jasper's Beanstalk"
  • Jill Murphy books - " All in one piece", " Five Minutes peace", and lots more about the elephant family.


A good website for buying books at discounted prices is www.thebookpeople.co.uk/schools

 

 

 


 
Reception class September 2019

We would like to say a big 'Thank you' to all our Reception parents and children for welcoming us into your homes when we undertook home visits. We were made to feel welcome and it was a pleasure to meet the children in their home environment. The children are now settling well into school and we would like to share some photos of some of the activities we have been doing in the first two weeks. We have spent time in our outdoor classroom. We have enjoyed the shop and mud kitchen. Inside the classroom we have been exploring the different areas of provision.

Little Red Hen

We have been reading the story 'The Little Red Hen.' we have learned some actions to go with the story so we can re tell it. This is called Talk4Writing.

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Parental involvement strategies used in Foundation Stage 2.

Here are some of the strategies we use in our Reception class to involve our parents in their children's learning. Any further suggestions are welcome. Please contact Mrs Robinson.

Autumn in the nature garden

14.10.19 This week we visited the nature garden in small groups. We had a checklist of things we had to look for and collect.We were looking at the changes Autumn brings.We noticed how the leaves had fallen from the trees and changed colour. They were yellow, brown, orange and red. We noticed the apples had dropped from the apple tree. When we returned to the classroom we looked more carefully at the items we had collected. we used magnifying glasses to look at the detail on the leaves.We made a picture with some of the items we had collected. We have displayed our pictures in the classroom.

School PE Kit- How smart are we ?

Our school has a PE kit as part of the school uniform. It consists of : * navy blue, royal blue or white t-shirt * navy or black pair of shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms. *a pair of black pumps or trainers. They do not need to have a school logo on them. They should be named to avoid confusion. It is important that all children should change for PE and that they should have their kits I school every day until the next holidays or it needs washing. It is not appropriate to wear pyjamas or skirts or items with zips and fastenings on them for health and safety reasons. No jewellery including earrings and religious items should be worn during PE. They will need to be removed for the lesson or better still be left at home for safe keeping. Here are some examples of a PE kit, modelled by our Reception class.