This week…

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone has been having a great week. I’ve just been looking through your key skills books and I am so thrilled with all of the excellent work that has been done at home over the last few days. We had nearly all of the books brought in today, I wonder if we will get a full house next week?

This week we have been focusing on learning powder paint skills and colour mixing. We have learnt how to make the paint and then we have seen what happens when we mix two primary colours together. We have also been continuing to look at adding numbers and finding ways to solve addition problems and show our thinking by making our own jottings and marks.

We were also excited to go to the emergency reading assembly and we love our class book ‘Mrs Armitage on Wheels’. We are looking forward to exploring this book further in the coming weeks.

Enjoy the rest of the week everyone!

Miss Cookson

Home learning

Home learning books are coming home today. Please follow the guidance that is stuck inside the front cover of the book. Home learning books need to be brought into school every Wednesday and placed in the Simba class tray in the cloakroom.

Enjoy your home learning work!

Miss Cookson

Happy new year!

Everyone has settled really well back into school after the break. I hope everyone had a lovely holiday and new year. Thank you so much for the lovely cards and gifts given to me at Christmas. I have made a New Years resolution to post more frequently on the blog this year so watch this space. Have any of you made a special New Years resolution this year?

Our new topic in our theme of ‘Back to the Future’ is called ‘What this bike needs is…’ and we will be looking at inventions and comparing new and old in living memory. I spent The holiday in Denmark which is famous for being the home of the inventor of a very popular toy we have here in reception and there is a huge shop in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, just selling this toy. I wonder if you can find out what it is?

If you could be an inventor what would you invent? Really looking forward to getting this exciting topic underway and so far I’ve kept my New Years resolution!

Bye for now!

Miss Cookson

The week ahead

This week we will be reviewing all of our phase 2 sounds (s, a, t, p, I, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, b, h, f, ff, l, ll and ss) and our tricky words (I, to, no, go, into and the) so keep practising at home. In maths we are working on ordering numbers and finding one more/less. We are looking a lot at people and communities this week. What jobs do your mums and dads do? What do they do at work? What would you like to do when you grow up?

Have a great week!

The reception team

Phonics this week…

During phonics this coming week, we will be continuing to learn the Phase 2 sounds from sets one and two. We will be recapping s,a,t,p,i,n and learning the songs, actions and stories relating to m,d,g,o. We are going to use Phonic Bug books to read simple stories using these sounds and play some PhonicsPlay computer games on the Interactive Whiteboard.

At home you could play games with letter cards to make some of the below words:

s, a, t, p
at, a, sat, pat, tap, sap, as
it, is, sit, sat, pit, tip, pip, sip
an, in, nip, pan, pin, tin, tan, nap
am, man, mam, mat, map, Pam, Tim, Sam
dad, and, sad, dim, dip, din, did, Sid
tag, gag, gig, gap, nag, sag, gas, pig, dig
got, on, not, pot, top, dog, pop, Mog

Also, don’t forget to use the pink level reading book (the picture book) to reinforce the new sounds. For example, you could ask “Can you find something in the picture that begins with the letter d?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

The Reception Team

Coming soon…Tapestry online learning journals

Following our meetings last week, I know some parents are really eager to get onto Tapestry to view their child’s learning journal.

I’m pleased to say that our IT support have now set up all of your parental access and we will soon be sending out a letter to you to talk you through the login process. (We have only been able to add you to your child’s profile if you are registered with the school for ParentMail as these are the only email addresses we hold. If you are not registered with ParentMail, but would like to access Tapestry, please write down your name, your email address and your child’s name and hand it to the Reception class teachers.)

Each parent profile has been set up so that an email will be sent to you when an observation has been added to your child’s Learning Journal, so you may find you receive an email over the next couple of days before you have the letter regarding how to log in.

Once you have logged in for the first time, you can change your password and notification settings should you wish.

We are really looking forward to sharing your child’s school adventures with you and we hope that you will add comments and observations from home too.

The Reception Team

Phonics this week

Hello everyone, I hope we are all enjoying our first week of full time!

In phonics this week, we will be focussing on the Phase 2 sounds s,a,t,p,i,n.

We will be learning the pure sounds, (as we discussed at the information session), the letter names, the Jolly Phonics songs and stories. We will also be sorting objects into piles according to what sound the object starts with.

As we learn a new sound each day, we will be seeing if we can blend two or three sounds together to make simple words. By the end of the week using the 6 known sounds your child may be able to blend these words together:

a, as, at, sat, pat, tap, sap, it, is, sit, sat, pit, tip, pip, sip, an, in, nip, pan, pin, tin, tan, tan, nap.

(Remember what we said at the meeting – children develop blending skills in their own time, so don’t panic if your child sounds out ‘s’ ‘i’ ‘t’ but then says “pig!”. This is early stages of beginning to read.)

For the several children who already know these sounds, we will be extending them further by making their phonics sessions more investigative. “How many words can you make with the sounds s,a,t,p,i,n?”

At home you could help by:

Using the Phonics booklet that we sent home and focussing on the s,a,t,p,i,n sounds.

Remember to make it fun, you could write the sounds on large paper and get your child hopping to, jumping on etc etc the sound that you say out loud. The key is, if they think they are playing instead of learning you are more likely to have a fun and stress free session.

Have fun,

The Reception Team

Morning routines, lunches next week, toys, car park

We are really pleased with how the children have settled into school life here at Simon de Senlis. Now that all of the children have started school, we would like to encourage them to become as independent as possible, therefore from Monday 29th September the expectation will be that children will be dropped off at the outer Reception door and they will come into the cloakrooms by themselves and put their things away independently. (Staff will be on hand to help/guide the children and receive any messages from you on the door).

You can begin to prepare your child for this prior to Monday by talking about the coming in routine and what will happen. For example “We will walk to the door together, I will give you a kiss goodbye and then you need to go into school and put your book bag in your drawer and your coat on your peg.”

Please also remember that the children stay for lunches next week, if you haven’t already signed up for hot dinners then you need to do this by the Wednesday BEFORE the hot dinner is needed, otherwise you will need to provide your child with a packed lunch. (Please refer to the hot dinners pack we gave you during Home Visits). Children will need to be collected from their classroom door at 1:15pm next week.

We have noticed that some children have been bringing personal toys to school with them. We would like to discourage this as we do not want the children to lose their own things, plus we have many lovely resources and planned activities in school that we are encouraging the children to interact with.

Also, we would like to make you aware that the school has a policy for use of the staff car park, which should only be used by staff and a few parents who have an agreement with the school and are usually Blue Badge holders. If you feel that you have a legitimate reason for driving into the school car park, then you will need to apply for a pass by completing the form which was sent in a ParentMail message to all Reception parents today.

Many thanks for your support in getting your children settled into school and we look forward to an exciting year ahead of us.

The Reception Team

Round up of the week…

We have had a fantastic week here in Simba, we completed our first ever Busy Bee job which we have to do independently, we have looked at our letters and numbers and had our music lesson with our lovely music teacher Mrs Wise. We are very much looking forward to our final group of children starting on Monday, Simba class is almost complete!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Cookson, Mrs Walton, Mrs Topham and the reception team.