Spring Term in Year R
This term in school we aim to continue to develop the children's independence in their self-help skills as well as their learning. We encourage them to become more responsible for their own actions, to negotiate with their peers should a disagreement occur when playing and to further develop their social skills through their learning.
In the first half of the term our new topic is 'Let's Celebrate'. The children will be learning about 2018 being a new year and a new start. They will be thinking about the tradition of making new year's resolutions and trying to make some of their own. They will be learning about birthdays and how we celebrate them with our families and friends. Later in the half term the children will be learning about Chinese New Year and we are very much looking forward to participating in an exciting workshop where the children will be playing Chinese music, learning some Chinese words, perhaps dressing up as a Chinese lion, dancing, and being part of a Chinese dragon.
In the second half of the term our top is 'Superheroes'. The children will be learning about the qualities that make a good superhero. They will make their own mini-me superhero and will write their own superhero qualities in a passport. The children will also be thinking about their mums as superheroes as we celebrate Mothers' Day and will be learning about signs of Spring and eggs as a sign of new life at Easter time.
Here are the overviews to show some of the learning in each topic.
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 'Humpty Dumpty and friends'. For the second half of the term our topic will be 'After the storm'.
Here are the overviews to show some of the learning we will be doing in each topic.
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.
Please click here to see the information provided about Phonics at the October Phonics evening.
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 may start to bring home a scheme book in their book bag. The red 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.
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.