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Bedfont Primary School

Bedfont

Primary School

Reception

We cannot believe it is the Summer term already!  The children have all settled back into school well this week and they are growing up!

This half term we will be learning about mini beasts through the topic “Do Ladybirds have Spots?” We will be investigating different bugs and insects and learning about things including what they look like, where they live and how they move.  Some stories we will read together are “The Crunching Munching Caterpillar” and “AHHH Spider!” We are very excited as we have caterpillars to observe in the classrooms- we will be talking about the changes they go through as they become butterflies. Thank you to those who have gone on bug hunts in their gardens and local parks-we have had a variety of different creatures bought in for us to watch and wonder about.  Please do continue to bring in bugs and insects over the next few weeks to share. 

The children have been learning about what to remember when writing a sentence and to remember the following. First, think of what you would like to write. Next, say the sentence. Repeat the sentence a few times and count the words. Now, write the sentence. Children are encouraged to remember capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We read the sentence to check it make sense.  Most importantly, we want the children to be using their phonic knowledge to write words and spelling some of the high frequency words correctly. These have been sent home and we would really appreciate you keep practising them.

Our daily phonics sessions will continue this term. Here is a great website which shows you how to say each sound we have learnt, as well as the cued articulation sign to go with the sound. Scroll down to find the sounds on the page and press on the stars to open the video clip.

http://www.jameswolfe.greenwich.sch.uk/phonics-through-cued-articulation/

In Maths children are being encouraged to recognise all numbers 0-20 in a variety of fun and playful ways.  We have been focusing on ordering numbers and counting on and back. This week children were challenged to play a caterpillar game. They rolled the dice and moved their bug marker up the caterpillar’s numbered body, and the first to reach 20 won! This is just one of the fun ways we are encouraging these skills!

We will continue our stay and play sessions so if you have not had a chance to visit the classroom then please do sign up – there should be sign-up sheets at your classroom door this week. This will be on Thursdays again from 2-3pm.

Please do take note of our weekly home learning challenges which enhance the teaching in class. We also encourage you to build your child’s independence – let them get dressed on their own, do small jobs like keep their room tidy or set the table for dinner, read with your child as much as possible, and look for numbers 0-20 wherever you go!. Our website addresses for homework are:                                                                                                                  

 

wren@bedfont.hounslow.sch.uk                                                                                   robin@bedfont.hounslow.sch.uk                                                                        sparrow@bedfont.hounslow.sch.uk‚Äč                                                                                                                                        As always, do see your class teacher should you have any questions or concerns! Thank you for your ongoing support,

Mrs. Belshaw and the Reception team.

The Reception staff are:

Robin Class Mrs Belshaw and Mrs Gray
Sparrow Class Miss Holmes and Mrs Siddall
Wren Class Miss Rozario and Mrs Yearwood

You will also meet Mrs L Desai

Cued Articulation

This is a system we use to support our teaching of phonics.  Children quickly become familiar with the signs and it helps them to remember the sounds. The link below explains how it works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBJ9-SBe2eI

Phonics

At Bedfont Primary School we follow a scheme called Letters and Sounds. There are several phases in which sounds are taught. Phases 2 and 3 are taught in Reception.

Phase 2 consists of 5 sets:

Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

Phase 3:

Set 6: j, v, w, x

Set 7: y, z, zz, qu

Consonant digraphs: ch (chair), sh (shell), th (thumb and this), ng (sing)

Vowel digraphs: ai (rain), ee (meet), igh (light), oa (boat), oo (book and food), ar (park),

or (fork), ur (turn), ow (clown), oi (boil), ear (beard), air (fair), ure (pure), er (hammer)

We always welcome parents to our Come and play sessions, so please sign up if you would like to attend.

We recommend that you visit these websites, which are full of excellent guidance and resources.

http://www.lesleyclarkesyntheticphonics.co.uk
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk