Welcome to all of our new Year R children and their families.
It was so lovely to see everyone for their trim trail visit on Tuesday. The children were very polite and well behaved and used the equipment safely and confidently.
The children all came in to school on Wednesday by themselves and enjoyed their session in the classroom, popping bubbles along the way - well done everybody!
Ideas for sharing wordless books
We appreciate it can be frustrating to receive a book that has no words in it to read however a very important part of learning to read, even before words, is being able to use language to discuss what is seen and understood from pictures. Without the language to talk about and understand a story, it will be very difficult to make sense of the words. Decoding and reading words are skills that come alongside the understanding that print conveys meaning and that sounds can be blended or put together to make words to create sentences. A very complicated process for small people!
Very soon we shall be starting to send home books with simple words and short phrases in if we feel your child is ready for this. In the mean time please find below some ideas to use when sharing wordless books.
Other general book skills that can be practised;
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.
We have 63 words that we would like the children to know by sight (no sounding out) at the end of Year R. We work on one set per week with the children and then revise all sets periodically so that the children retain their knowledge.
You can find these words at the back of your child's reading diary.
Your child will read with the class teacher or Learning Support Assistant once a week either as an individual or as part of a group. During the reading session specific skills will be taught and practised and the children will be asked a range of questions to check their understanding.
To begin with the majority of children will receive reading books twice a week to share with you at home and when the class teacher feels they are ready your child will be able to change their book when you have shared it with them. This may be every day.
Please remember to write in the reading diary as we use your comments to inform our judgements. We expect date, book title and your initials as a minimum please.
Your child will also participate in whole class reading sessions every day and daily story time in class and an opportunity to choose a book from the school library will be given once a week if your child has returned their previous book.
We use the same 63 key words to practise spellings with the children and we would expect the majority of children to be able to spell at least 45 of these by the end of the year.
The first few sets can be spelt phonetically but there are also quite a few that the children will need to learn from memory. We will teach the children some strategies for learning these trickier words.
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.