Teacher Contact Information
If you need to contact us at all, please use the following email addresses. We will respond as soon as we can, but please be aware that this may be outside of teaching hours.
Sophie Horton (Sweet Chestnut) - email@example.com
Brittany Nudds (Horse Chestnut) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Update 30.09.22
The children are really settling into the routines of the day. We have enjoyed learning about our senses this week. We have walked round the forest and bike track to see what we can see, used our sense of smell, tasted fruits, felt various textures and used our hearings to identify animal sounds.
In maths we have been counting to five, using various resources and fives frames. We have also compared groups with different amounts. For your maths home learning this week, please encourage your child to have at counting objects to 5.
We have introduced the following sounds this week: t, i, p, n, g. We have continued to use our cuddly toy frog called ‘Fred’. Fred talks in sounds to help us learn to blend words. For example, instead of ‘cup’, Fred would say the sounds c-u-p. Your child may mention Fred or Fred Talk at home, you can help your child practice their phonics by using Fred Talk at home. For example, by asking your child “Put on your c-oa-t”.
In your child’s book bag, you will find a phonics homework envelope. This contains copies of the sounds we have taught this week, which can be cut up to be used as flashcards at home to help your child recognise the sounds. Please keep them in your child’s book bag. Every Friday we will add the new sounds that have been taught that week to the envelope.
Your child does not need to write the letters. They are a reading resources to help your child recognise the sounds. If your child wants to practise writing them, please encourage them to say the letter formation rhymes written on the picture side of the flashcard. For example, 'Around the apple and down the leaf.'
The children will be swapping their library books every Friday. Please read with it your child during the week and return it in their book bag.
We have changed how we use Tapestry following the updates to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework last year. We now use Tapestry as a way to share individual milestones or ‘wow’ moments, as well as group or whole class learning. By cutting down on the number of observations we record, we are more able to spend time with the children during their play to move on their learning.
The children’s bottles should only contain water – no squash please. If possible, please make sure your child has a bottle they can open and close independently, and that doesn’t spill easily. Thank you.
Bike Track Afternoon:
Please can the children bring their bikes to school on Monday if they have one. Balance bikes are allowed and peddle bikes WITHOUT stabilisers. No scooters or bikes with stabilisers as it damages the surface of the bike track.
We will have an opportunity to bike around the track on Monday afternoon. This is not a lesson in how to ride a bike, your child must be able to ride their balance bike or peddle bike independently and confidently. If your child does not bring in a bike, then they will have the opportunity to walk/run round the track with their friends, so please don’t worry.
Have a fantastic weekend.
Mrs Horton, Mrs Baker and Mrs Reay
Dates for the diary:
3rd October - Reception Bike Afternoon
7th October – Nasal Flu Vaccinations
20th October – Individual photos
Week beginning 31st October – EYFS Parents’ Evening (Information to follow)