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Autumn Term 2019 in Year R

 

Welcome to all our new children and families! smiley

 

It has been lovely to see so many of you coming in to school in the mornings to support your children becoming independent and seeing the classroom set up.

 

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.

 

We have also started to introduce the children to some of the routines and expectations we have in Year R and it is likely that they have been sharing some of these with you!

 

You will be able to find out more about what we do in the Year R curriculum meeting on Tuesday 24th September at 9.00am. Any information shared during the meeting will be available on this page afterwards.

 

We look forward to working with you to support your children on their start to school life.

 

Key information

Phonics

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 18th September.

 

 

Key words

 

 

 

Reading

 

 

 

 

Spelling

 

 

 

Letter formation

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. 

It is extremely important that your child uses a comfortable and efficient pencil grip, even though this may not be the same as your own. This should be the pincer grip.
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Please click here to view the slides about motor skills and handwriting from the Phonics Evening.

How can I support my child at home?

 

  • Help your child to practise dressing and undressing including being able to turn clothes the right way out
  • Help your child to practise putting on his/her coat and doing/undoing the fastenings
  • Practise cutting up food
  • Make sure child is confident in cleaning themselves after using the toilet including washing hands thoroughly
  • Develop independence and thinking skills by encouraging your child to think for themselves and solve simple problems with minimal prompting
  • Play games which might involve turn taking, rolling dice or moving counters
  • Practise handling different tools such as pencils, scissors, paintbrushes, tweezers, using a correct grip
  • Sing songs and rhymes, anticipating words and repetitive phrases
  • Share stories together, discussing the pictures, plot and characters
  • Read and spell words from the Year R key word list
  • Practise writing your child's full name with correct letter formation
  • Practise writing individual letters, starting in the correct place
  • Read, write and order numbers from 0-10 and 0-20
  • Practise counting a number of objects accurately, using strategies such as pointing, moving and lining objects up
  • Finding pairs of numbers that make 10 as well as other numbers e.g. 5 = 0+5, 1+4, 2+3, 3+2, 4+1, 5+0

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.

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