Welcome to all our new children and families!
Our main focus for the beginning of term is helping the children to feel happy and safe in their new learning environment. Lots of time is dedicated to ensuring the children are familiar with adults, their peers and making friends.
After the initial settling in period we will begin to introduce learning through our topic of 'All About Me'.
We follow a daily phonics programme based on the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme. We teach the children to use sounds in their purest form in order for them to blend and read words successfully e.g. 's' not 'suh'. A copy of the sounds taught will be available in the back of your child's reading diary.
Please click here to see the phonemes by order of teaching.
Please click here to see how to pronounce the phonemes correctly.
Please click here to see some ideas for phonics activities to do with your child.
More information about the way we teach phonics and reading will be available here after the reading and phonics evening on Wednesday 19th September.
By the end of Year R it is expected that the majority of children will recognise all 62 key, high frequency words on sight and be able to spell most of them. These words are taught within phonics sessions and revisited regularly. A copy will be available in the back of your child's red reading diary.
Please click here to see the key words for Year R by order of teaching.
After being assessed by their class teacher, your child will bring home a scheme book in their book bag. The reading diary is used for you to record in when you have listened to your child read; this is also where adults in school will record when they have read with your child.
More information about our reading procedures will be given to you shortly.
Learning to spell is a gradual process and it is important to encourage early attempts even though they may not be accurate. It is important that your child says the letter sounds as he/she writes them to be able to recognise the sound/symbol correspondence.
It is important that the children can write words individually as well as in the context of a sentence e.g. My mum is lovely. We would expect 'My', 'mum' and 'is' to be spelt correctly (as they are Year R key words) and a good attempt at 'lovely'.
Please see below for how children in Year R are taught to form their letters. Towards the end of Year R some children may start to join their handwriting.
Climbing the tree to a better me
Our special tree focuses on the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Social aspect of our learning. In Year R we are practising using our manners, being a good friend and being respectful and responsible.
We can earn three stars for each rung of the ladder and at the end of the year we can earn a special sticker at the top of the tree for our effort in trying to show these things.
When we have collected three stars of the same colour we can show our certificate in assembly and our name is moved up the ladder in class to show our progress.