Welcome to Reception Class 2020-2021
Together, We Learn and Grow in God's Love
Class Teacher: Miss J Wood
Early Years Practitioner: Miss R Dyer
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Nasreen
Starting school is an exciting time and we are looking forward to getting to know your children more!
We hope your child enjoyed their first visits last week and we can't wait to welcome you all on your first days. Our class page will be used for sharing key dates, useful websites and ideas on how you can support your child at home.
This term our theme is 'Marvellous Me'.
Tuesday - PE with Mr Parkinson
Thursday - Music with Mrs Roe
Friday- Return books to school
October is Black History Month. Over the next three weeks we will be listening to a range of stories and learning our our family history. See document below for this week's learning task.
In Reception we play and learn together to reach the Early Learning Goals
(ELG). There are 17 ELG's in total and you can find a document below with
further information of each Early Learning Goal and how you can help at
ELG - Literacy, Writing - Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
ELG - Literacy, Reading - Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
Why teach blending and segmenting?
Teaching the skills of segmentation in isolation or in combination with blending instruction helps with successful reading development.
When beginning readers sound out words, they slowly say each sound in a word (c/a/t), and then say the sounds quickly together to "read" the word (cat). In reading, teachers call this blending because sounds are being blended together. Blending (combining sounds) and segmenting (separating sounds) are skills that are necessary for learning to read.
Developing a child's phonological awareness is an important part of developing a reader.
Throught the year we focus on Phase 1 alongside other phases with Letters and Sounds to ensure consolidation in all aspects.
The aspects are:
Aspect 1 - General sound discrimination - environmental
The aim of this aspect is to raise children's awareness of the sounds around them and to develop their listening skills. Suggested activities are going on a listening walk, drumming on different items outside and comparing the sounds, playing a sounds lotto game and making shakers.
Aspect 2 - General sound discrimination - instrumental sounds
This aspect aims to develop children's awareness of sounds made by various instruments and noise makers. Activities include comparing and matching sound makers, playing instruments alongside a story and making loud and quiet sounds.
Aspect 3 - General sound discrimination - body percussion
The aim of this aspect is to develop children's awareness of sounds and rhythms. Activities include singing songs and action rhymes, listening to music and developing a sounds vocabulary.
Aspect 4 - Rhythm and rhyme
This aspect aims to develop children's appreciation and experiences of rhythm and rhyme in speech. Activities include rhyming stories, rhyming bingo, clapping out the syllables in words and odd one out.
Aspect 5 - Alliteration
The focus is on initial sounds of words, with activities including I-Spy type games and matching objects which begin with the same sound.
Aspect 6 - Voice sounds
The aim is to distinguish between different vocal sounds and to begin oral blending and segmenting. Activities include Metal Mike, where children feed pictures of objects into a toy robot's mouth and the teacher sounds out the name of the object in a robot voice - /c/-/u/-/p/ cup, with the children joining in.
Aspect 7 - Oral blending and segmenting
In this aspect, the main aim is to develop oral blending and segmenting skills.
To practise oral blending, the teacher could say some sounds, such as /c/-/u/-/p/ and see whether the children can pick out a cup from a group of objects. For segmenting practise, you could hold up an object such as a sock and ask the children which sounds they can hear in the word sock.
The activities introduced in Phase 1 are intended to continue throughout the following phases, as lots of practice is needed before children will become confident in their phonic knowledge and skills.
A website with many fun phonics games to play. You can currently create a free account for your child to play.
You will receive your log in details very soon. You can upload photos and comments of your child learning at home. Speak to Miss Wood if you have any questions regarding your account.
For all your creative ideas check out this website!
In Reception we learn the Jolly Phonics song to help us remember the sounds we learn. Your child will begin to learn new sounds and actions this year.
A website with many free games for your child to play.