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Little Leigh Primary School and Preschool

Educating hearts, educating minds

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Summer Term Two

Welcome Back to the last half term in Reception! 

Summer term 2 in Reception will be all about Superheros!

As mentioned in our previous blogs, Reception is about following the children's interests and therefore our topics can change quickly or can stay for a sustained period of time. This means our learning is very fluid and plans can change quickly. We continue to enjoy hearing and seeing all the lovely things you get up to at home and how the learning that is taking place in school is being shared with you at home too! Please continue to upload things from home and interact with your child's Tapestry profile where possible.  

It has been lovely to hear that the children are still extremely motivated by the Growth Mindset and are continuing to become resilient and successful learners! The children are really developing that power of 'Yet' mindset! 

We hope you have been finding this webpage useful and we will continue to use it to offer information about PE sessions and current topics and it will be updated termly.  Be sure to follow us on twitter @LittleLeighSch so you can see regular photographic updates of what the children have been getting up to!

Always remember when you're in Reception 'I've done nothing in school' can mean some wonderful things! 

If you have any concerns, questions or worries please feel free to come in and see me, either before or after school or you can leave a message via email, phone or in the class message book located in the school office. Be prepared though, I do like to talk! 

Miss Lloyd :-) 
 

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In Phonics, we have finsihed learning about all the sounds below! That being said, we will continute to have lessons everyday regarding Phonics. We will recap the sounds below while starting to embed some of Phase 4. This phase doesn't teach any additional sounds but helps us to read longer words. We will also be recapping and learning more high frequency/ tricky words. So make sure you are practising your word packs at home too. 

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In Maths, we will be going beyond 10 and work on number bonds, addition and subtraction! We will continue exploring shape and patterns. We will also be learning lots of new songs to help us count in different steps including 2's and doubling/halving. 

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Things to do at Home

Things that you can do at home to help your child are to:

  • Please encourage your child to dress themselves for school and take their uniform off at the end of the day to promote independence. Focusing carefully on zips and buttons. It is extra important to allow your children to dress independently within the current climate as we are currently not getting changed in school. 
  • Continue to promote social sight word reading such as Tesco or Lego.
  • Read 3 x weekly and update your child's reading record with a comment. Books will be changed once a week. Please return you reading pack on a Monday.  
  • Question your children on the pictures in the books you are reading
  • Practise key word packs each time you read. 
  • Reinforce the sounds learnt in phonics sessions.
  • Encourage basic addition and subtraction at home when eating grapes or playing with Lego pieces. Ask children: how many are there altogther, in two groups, how many are left when some are eaten.   
  • Hunt for a range of shapes in the environment- are they 2D or 3D?  What are their properties?  What patterns can you find?
  • Encorage children to ask questions 

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The EYFS encourages teachers and practitioners to follow the interests of the children when deciding on topics and themes to follow. This ensures full engagement and maximises potential for learning. Gathering ideas for future topics and identifying what they already know, so we can further build on these skills. We love to see and hear about what you have been doing at home to ensure we are enhancing our environment to build on your child's interests so please do keep us updated with observations on Tapestry.  

Recommended websites:

http://www.mrthorne.com/ - very useful for pronunciation of sounds

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk - lots of free phonic based games 

http://ictgames.com/literacy.html- more phonics games 

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - great selection  of games to support all areas of learning

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/numeracy - free maths games, activities and clips

Recommended APPs:

Pocket Phonics: a super resource for teaching letters and sounds including reading, writing and spelling.

Twinkl Phonics: great for letters and sounds, alphabet work, high frequency words and letter formation.

Doodle Buddy: a paint app which helps develop hand eye coordination. 

Bee Bot: an app which helps improve directional language (forwards, backwards, left right etc.)

Quick Math Jr: a maths app which helps with number work and shapes.

Toca Doctor: an app which helps the children learn about their body and helps with problems solving skills.

Collins Big Cat also has a range of stories which you can download onto your tablets.

Memo

Please can you make sure that all of your child's belongings are clearly labelled with their names, including items such as snack pots and drinks bottles.  This helps us massively and if things get lost, they can easily be taken back to their rightful owner!

Forest Schools

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Forest Schools will take place every Wednesday afternoon. We ask (due to Covid 19 procedures) that children come into school in the forest school attire. We will change their shoes in school as we ask wellies to remin in school.

PE

Your child participates in 2 weekly PE sessions; these take place on a Monday and Thursday.  Please ensure that your child comes into school in their PE kit due to following Covid 19 procedures. PE kits should be clearly labelled with their names (this is especially important in Reception!). Long hair should be tied back for PE and no jewellery (including earrings) is to be worn.

Reading

Children are encouraged to read at least 3 times a week, for around 10 minutes with an adult at home. Where possible, we would appreciate a comment in their reading diaries to let us know how your child is getting on.

Your child will also participate in a weekly individual reading session, these will be noted in their reading diaries.  During these sessions your children will have the opportunity to change their books that they read with you at home. We recommend that you read through them a few times so that they have a good understanding of the words and the comprehension aspects of the book This also allows them to gain confidence as their reading will become quicker. Confidence is KEY. 

To help with comprehension, you may want to start with a discussion about what your child thinks the book will be about. You could also talk about the characters and explore the blurb. When you have finished, ask questions about the book. This will help you assess whether your child has fully understood what they have read.

If you feel that you require any further support with getting the most out of reading with your child, please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me.

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