Growing In Faith and Learning
This term our main focus is phonics, supporting the children to learn their phonemes and develop these into reading and writing. Our Reception children are working at Phase 2, where they are learning a range of phonemes as well as the letter formation for each letter introduced.
Please support your child with this at home, encouraging them to share the phonemes they have been learning and encouraging them to use them as much as possible.
Our PE sessions this half term are on a Monday afternoon, but the children are presented with lots of opportunities to develop their moving and handling skill on a daily basis. Please ensure that the children come dressed in their PE kits on a Monday, so that they are ready to participate in the activities.
This term we are focusing on 'Why do Christians place a cross on the Easter Garden?'.
All children in Reception will be given a reading book once the children are confident with the first 3 weeks phonemes to support them with reading words. Nursery children will not be having reading books but we ask that you continue to share stories with them at home so they continue developing a love of books.
Please note that it is essential that read daily at home, however we ask that regular reading takes place so that the children are continuing to develop their use of phonics. We ask that the children read each book 3 times, the first to use their phonemes, the second to develop their fluency and the third to have a good understanding of the story.
Children within Reception will have continuous provision which will have ample opportunities for children to explore number, shape, space and measure. We will encourage them to investigate and develop their language skills throughout their time in school, challenging them to think more independently and apply their own ideas. They will also have maths sessions where a focused aim is set, so they can then practise these skills at their leisure within the provision.
This half term we are looking at number, developing counting skills and number recognition.
As we have been unable to hold a meeting in school, I have attached the PowerPoint with audio linked to each page, explaining how we teach phonics at school. I have also attached the booklet I would hand out. I hope this is of help and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!
Below are some documents with information on how to support your child to read at home.
Useful Phonics Websites for Parents:
Lots of information and guidance for parents/carers
A selection of interactive games for all phonic phases. Mostly simple games.
A great selection of games that link well with games in Letters and Sounds.
Printable resources for each of the Letters and Sounds phonic phases, also links to games aligned with each phase.
Letter names come up in alphabetical order.
Activities for all phases.
Phonic game with choice of difficulty (some HFWs, some vowel blends, very varied).
Make any words with this useful game.
Useful page which demonstrates pronunciation of all sounds.
Useful page to support developing language skills with your child.