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During the week please email attendance@stthomasofcanterbury.thurrock.sch.uk

During the weekend or school holidays please email testresults@stthomasofcanterbury.thurrock.sch.uk

You email will need to include information about the positive case you are reporting. You can download the form from here

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Reception

Welcome to Reception

We hope you had a lovely summer holiday!

 

The Reception teachers are Mrs Brind (RB), Mrs Charidza (RC) and Mr Heydon (RH)

 

The teaching assistants are: Mrs Cantwell, Mrs Lochowska, Mrs Jachym and Mrs Ashdown

 

We can be contacted on our school email: 

mrs.brind@stthomasofcanterbury.thurrock.sch.uk

mrs.charidza@stthomasofcanterbury.thurrock.sch.uk

mr.heydon@stthomasofcanterbury.thurrock.sch.uk

 

Home Learning and Homework 

Please upload any pictures of your child’s work to Evidence Me.

If you have any questions about the work please contact your respective teacher using the emails provided. The EYFS team will be more than happy to provide help and feedback to help your child get the most out of the activities.

 

If you are having difficulty accessing 'Evidence Me' or if you can not complete the work on paper or electronically, please email your respective teacher so that we can provide assistance. Here is the link for parent help for Evidence Me.

Bug Club

We have purchased 'Bug Club' which is an online Reading Scheme. Your child has their own username and password that will give them access to some books. This will be monitored by your class teacher. We would like to receive videos of your child reading (they can read a physical book instead if they wish) via 'Evidence Me' on a Monday and Thursday.

Please note that the username and password for bug club are case sensitive and should all be lower case. When you access the book, please click on the 'bug'  that appears on some of the pages. This will ask your child questions about the story. Thank you.

 

How to get Bug Club to work on iPhone and iPads Instructions:

Go to Settings  

Scroll down to Safari

Find and untick 'prevent cross-site tracking'

 

Please also ensure that you are accessing Oxford Owls regularly and that you are sharing your child's reading book with them daily. 

 

Prayers

Please support your child in learning the following prayers:

Phonics

We follow Read Write Inc. Here are the phrases that we use to support letter formation:

m    Maisie, mountain, mountain

a     round the apple, down the leaf

s     slither down the snake round his bottom,

d     up his tall neck and down to his feet

t      down the tower, across the tower

i      down the body, dot for the head

n     down Nobby, over his net

p     down the plait and over the pirates face

g     round her face, down her hair and give her a curl

o     all around the orange

c     curl around the caterpillar

k     down the kangaroo’s body tail and leg

u     down and under, up to the top and draw the puddle

b     down the laces to the heel and around the toe

f      down the stem and draw the leaves

e     lift off the top and scoop out the egg

l      down the long leg

h     down the head, to the hooves and over his back

sh   slither down the snake, down the horse’s head to the hooves and over his back

r     down the robots back and curl over his arm

j     down his body, curl, dot for his head

v    down a wing, up a wing

y    down a horn, up a horn and under head

w   down, up, down, up

th   down the tower, across the tower, then down the horse’s head to the hooves and over his back

z    zig-zag-zig

ch  the horse sneezes when the caterpillar's hairs get up his nose

qu  round her head, up past her earring, down her hair, and flick

x    down the arm and leg, repeat the other side

ng  a thing on a string

nk  I think I stink

 

 

Please help your child to learn the sound and form the letter.  It is very important that they learn how to form the letter correctly and how to say the sound. You could use 'Mr Thorne does phonics' on YouTube as a way of hearing the correct pronunciation.

Please also help your child to hold the pencil properly. Here is a picture of how your child should be holding a pencil:

What will we be learning this week - 11th October 2021

This week, we will continue to develop friendships and discuss the importance of following the class rules. The children will have opportunities to develop their physical skills by using a variety of equipment such as the climbing frame and bikes. They will use their speaking and listening skills within the home corners and share stories with the other children and adults. The children will also have opportunities to be creative and use their imagination. 

We will also be learning the following: 

PSHE and RE: This is our last week of focusing on the topic  'Myself'. We will sum up this topic by linking it with this year's theme for Black History Month, which is "Proud To Be..." We would like the children to talk about the different things they are proud of about themselves. Please discuss with the children and encourage them to highlight to you those things they are proud of e.g. their families, countries of origin, the colour of their skin, hair, eyes, etc. Encourage your child to appreciate that there is only one of them in the whole wide world and that God loves them the way they are. 

For Black History Month in PSHE, we will be learning about Marcus Rashford and his charity. We would like the children to know who he is, where he was born and bred and why he is famous. We would like the children to know about the effort that Marcus Rashford put in pushing forward for the Government to provide children with free school meals during the Summer holidays during Lockdown when many children could not go to school. We would like the children to know that in spite of their age, they can still help someone in both big and small ways. 

Writing: This will be linked to PSHE and Marcus Rashford's Free School meals campaign. We would like the children to use pictures to make a poster about Healthy Food and write the initial sounds for the food they will include in their posters. 

 

We will be sharing the story 'We are all different" from the Twinkl website. Please also share it by copying and pasting the link: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/tf-or-7-we-are-all-different-ebook

 

Reading/Phonics: We will be continuing our phonics lessons. These will include learning to recognise and correctly record the following sounds; e, l, h, sh and r, and revisiting the sounds we have been learning; m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f  (please refer to the handwriting rhymes when encouraging your child to write the sounds). Please regularly practise recognising and recording the sounds with your child.

We also strongly urge you to regularly access Bug Club and Oxford Owls to reinforce what the children have been learning. 

Maths: We will continue to sing nursery rhymes that focus on numbers, such as; Five Little Frogs, Ten fat sausages, and Five Little Ducks. Please sing these with your child at home. We will also encourage the children to find matching numbers using number fans. We would like the children to practise counting up to ten and know the value of each number. This is linked to the number 10 jersey worn by Marcus Rashford.

Music and Dance: We will be listening and dancing to Reggae and Calypso music. We will be focusing on the beat, rhythm, patterns, tempo, feelings/emotions as well as the instruments. We will greatly appreciate it if you can listen to this music with your children and discuss the identified aspects.

Week 3. We are learning to find two of the same things.

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