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Little Leigh Primary School

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Spring Term

Welcome back to the Spring Term. I do hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed your well deserved break. The Spring Term is full of more new and exciting experiences and we will be sure to have a great time! 

This page is designed to share information about rules and routines we follow in school and you will also be able to find information about the topics and themes we are following. I will update regularly with photo updates too to show you what we have been up to. Be sure to follow us on twitter @LittleLeighSch. 

Mrs Taylor Wattam

Goldilocks-And-The-Three-Bears-Print-Mark-Bird-Illustration

Traditional Tales 

Things to do at Home

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

  • Reinforce the sounds learnt in school- see phonics phase 2 and 3 sent home.
  • Continue to read 3 x weekly and update your child's reading record with a comment. Books will continue to be changed twice a week. 
  • Practise key word cards each time you read. 
  • Encourage basic addition and subtraction at home when eating grapes or playing with Lego pieces. Ask children: how many are there altogther in these two groups or 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?
  • Encourage your child to dress themselves for school and take their uniform off at the end of the day to promote independence. Focussing carefully on zips and buttons now too. 

Latest News

Reception

You and Me, Me and You

Embedded Calendar

What are we exploring?

three-little-pigs

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. During the first week back we will be reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I have chosen this traditional tale and many alike because I would like to develop the children's knowledge of these traditional stories and the parts of a story. We will then use the pattern of beginning, middle and end to write our own class story and encourage the children to write their own during their continuous provision time. We will use story maps and actions to ensure that children know the stories confidently.  

In Maths, we will be focussing on addition, subtraction and problem solving. Children will be set challenges through their continuous provision to play with and solve. We will also look at measuring and compare lengths and weights. 

In Communication, Language and Literacy, daily funky fingers and dough gym session are set to continue. We have set up a specific Dough Disco in the classroom now where children can access play doh at all times and this serves to further develop their gross and fine motor skills, targeting pen grip and letter formation. Children are now entering Phase 3 Letters and Sounds and learning many new digraphs and trigraphs. There are plenty of opportunities to show how they have mastered these new digraphs through their play in the form of writing resources.       

In Understanding of the World, children will be thinking more and more about the world around us and the changes in the seasons. Children will be continuing with Forest School each Monday and will learn more and more about the changing seasons and the plants that grow at different times of the year. We will be making fat balls, looking at cloud patterns, den building and scavenging.   

In Expressive Art and Design, children will be using the junk modelling materials to create the houses of The Three Little Pigs. 

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!

Please can we ask that your child has a spare pair of underwear in their bag, accidents are unavoidable! 

Homework

Children will receive homework weekly and it will alternate between maths and phonics. Homework goes out on a Friday and is due back the following Thursday. I will always add a clear and detailed explanation of what is expected but please do come and speak to me if you are ever unsure. 

PE

Your child participates in 2 weekly PE sessions; these take place on a Tuesday afternoon and a Friday morning.  Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in on these days.  PE kits should be clearly labelled with their names (this is especially important in Reception!).  We will send PE kits home on a Friday. Long hair should be tied back for PE and no jewellery (including earrings) is to be worn.

Forest Schools

Forest Schools. Every Monday afternoon. 

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 2 weekly individual reading sessions, 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 twice so that they have a good understanding of the words and the comprehension aspects of the book.

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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