Autumn Term - September 20118
Miss Duffy, Mrs Bacon and Mr Doran would like to welcome you all to our new class web page.
During the year we will keep you up to date with all our learning adventures, share our achievements and all of our news.
We are looking forward to meeting all the children and their families this week for our induction days. On the day of your child's induction please meet on the main playground at 9.30am. Look out for the sign that says Class RD, this sign will signal to you all where the children should line up. The staff will then greet the children and show them and their families the way to their new classroom.
Things to bring to school
* Gilmour School book bag
* Water bottle
* Gilmour School P.E. Kit in a school P.E. bag, including black pumps
*Gilmour School waterproof trousers and jacket
* Wellington Boots
ALL CLOTHING AND BELONGINGS MUST BE CLEARLY LABELLED
Over the coming weeks we will be having lots of fun getting to know each other and making new friends. The staff will be helping the children to settle into their beautiful new class, we will learn where to hang our coats, put our books bags, where our water bottles go and we will become familiar with our class routines. We will encourage the children to become independent learners, making decisions such as choosing where they would like to play. Sometimes we chose to learn and play in our indoor classroom and sometimes we choose our outdoor classroom. We will be practising putting on our waterproofs and wellington boots all by ourselves. We will enjoy preparing our own snack, making sandwiches, preparing our cereal and cutting up our pancakes.
We kindly ask families to keep encouraging the children to dress independently at home. This will help the children on our Physical Education days when we change into our P.E. kits.
Each day the children will participate in 30 minutes teacher directed phonic activities. Phonics time is great fun! To begin our phonic teaching we will be trying really hard to orally blend simple words such as dog, bin, mat, pin, map and dig. Please practise orally blending words at home. Next, encourage your child to segment the sounds they can hear in simple words, this will help to prepare your child for writing. Your child will bring home an EYFS Reading and Phonics information leaflets, both of these leaflets provide important information about segmenting and blending and supporting your child with their reading and writing.
Maths is Fun
In addition to phonics time each day the children will enjoy 30 minutes of teacher directed maths activities. We teach our number skills through fun and interactive activities. We will initially be revising ordering our numbers to 10. We will then have fun recognising and ordering our numbers to 20. During the first half term we will send home number flash cards, please use the provided flash cards to practise recalling and ordering numbers to 20. Use your flash cards to make up fun and interactive games that all the family can have fun playing. Don't forget lots of counting forwards and backwards. Counting when you are out and about is really useful. Count the conkers and leaves you find on your trip to the park. Count how many seconds it takes to walk up the stairs. Look at door numbers on the way home from school. The list of opportunities is endless.
Things to practise at home:
(Remember to keep the learning fun, writing in unusual places, counting when out and about.)
* Dressing and undressing independently
*Recognising own name
*Writing name independently using the correct Letter formation
*Orally segmenting and blending simple three letter words, b-a-t,
* Counting to 20 forwards and backwards, starting from a variety of points
* Recognising the numbers 1 - 20
* Writing our numbers correctly
Our Classroom door is always open, please call in at any time, we are here to help and support.
Miss Joanne Duffy and Mrs Ruth Bacon