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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 - 24th January 2022

This week, we will continue to develop friendships and remind ourselves of 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 outdoors in the playground, sharing stories with the other children and adults. The children will also have opportunities to be creative and use their imagination with play equipment. 

We will also be learning the following: 

PSHE and RE: This week we will continuing our topic - Celebrating. The children will learn about 'The Presentation Story', where Anna and Simeon met Baby Jesus in the Temple, just as God had promised. 

We would still like the children to bring in photos of celebrations that they have been too and share them with us.

As part of our Catholic Life teaching, we will be sharing the story of The Good Samaritan. Please share this with your child.

Writing: Our topic is Space and we will be learning about the final planets. Please continue to research all of the planets with your child so that they are able to share some facts. The children will then write facts about those planets. You could model writing sentences about the planets, encouraging your child to record the sound that they know/can hear. 

Computing: We will be learning about Hardware. We will look at the different components of a computer and what they are for. We will also be learning to take photos. Please allow your child to practise taking photos.

Reading/Phonics: The children are now working in RWI phonics groups. The children will continue learning to recognise and correctly record all the sounds they have been learning; z, ch, qu, x, and ng, m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e, r, sh, l, h, j, v, y, w,  th, and nk as well as blend them in words as well as segment as they read and write simple sentences. (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 and encourage them to start using some of the words they have learnt in simple sentences, e.g. 'A big box'.

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

Maths: We will be learning the names of 3D shapes and describing them. We will do this in the context of making rockets. When your child makes their rocket, please talk to them about the shapes and their properties. Your child could also go on a shape hunt around the house. 

Expressive Arts and Design: We will be acting out what the planets do, in time to some music. The children will be getting changed for this so please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school and that it includes a tracksuit (dark in colour). It should also be clearly labelled. Please check that your child comes home with their own uniform and return it to school if it is not theirs.

The children will also make a spaceship and a rocket using a range of materials. The children will also be making space themed pictures using chalk.

At home, you could encourage your child to develop a story that takes place in space.

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