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Headteacher: Mrs Anna Moss

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Red Class

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 Red Class News

Stone Age Britain

Dear Families, 

 

This half term our new topic is 'Stone Age Britain'. Our project will be to prepare for our class assembly on Thursday, 25th June at 8.35am in the school hall. Families are invited to attend and to share in the children's learning. More details will follow in our class newsletter.

 

We have a couple of spare water bottles in the class at the moment without names. If you know your child is missing a bottle please pop into school. Also, please ensure all uniform and PE kit is named. It makes the job of returning a stray jumper much easier. Finally, although the weather seems to be improving (I'm told there will be a heat wave soon), please send a waterproof coat into school every day as the children have constant access to the outdoor area.

 

We're looking forward to seeing you on 25th June for our family assembly.

Remember I'm free to talk after school. Just pop over the playground to see me!

 

Mrs Webb :)

 

You're nearly Year 1!

Dear Red Class,

 

Well done for such a super half term. Highlights include our trip to Birmingham Art Gallery and then the Ryland Centre and  seeing your fantastic artwork in the gallery at school.  We start next half term by going back in time to the Stone Age and of course it's our class assembly (25.6.15). This is also a very important half term as we prepare for Year 1!

 

The only homework for the holiday is reading. I have collected in your handwriting books. You will be given a new topic homework sheet for our Stone Age topic when you're back at school.

Have a wonderful holiday. Play, get plenty of rest and I look forward to seeing you next half term.

 

Have fun!

Mrs Webb :)

 

Sports Morning

Dear Families,

 

The children should sleep very well tonight with all of that fresh air and sport! Well done team Australia for winning the team games cup but also a big well done to Brazil, Japan and Spain for representing your teams so well!

 

Mrs Webb :)

 

 

 

 

Sporting Stars

Dear Families,

 

Wow! I have a class of sporting stars! Today the children visited the Ryland Centre to take part in a range of sporting events including hurdles, relay, beanbag shot put and foam javelin throwing! Despite the very wet weather the children were fantastic. Well done Red Class!!!

 

Those children who came back with wet feet were given spare school socks and slippers to wear until the end of the day. If you're missing a pair of socks they're drying on our radiator and we'll drop them into bookbags tomorrow.

 

I have sent PE kits home tonight just in case you wanted a Daz Ultra white strip  ready for sports morning on Thursday (21.5.15) and also to check the right pumps are in the right bag!!! Please send PE kits back in for Thursday morning. Don't worry if your child has sports club tomorrow or Wednesday they can complete the club in their uniforms.

 

Sports morning starts at 9am and finishes around 11.30am. Families should head to the  large painted circle on the large field opposite the school ready for 9am. The children rotate around a number of events including benchball, football skills, throw rounders and traditional races. In the past parents have brought picnic blankets and camping chairs to sit on. During the event the children will stay with their class teacher. Each child will represent a country (Japan, Brazil, Spain or Australia) and spend the morning winning points for their team. The overall champions will receive a trophy at the end of the event. If we run out of time the trophy will be awarded after lunch.  It is essential that every child has a named water bottle on this day and if it's a sunny day (we can hope) a named sun hat.  Cream should be applied in the morning before school.

 

If you have any questions about sports morning, please pop in after school.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Webb :)

 

 

Birmingham Art Gallery Trip

Dear Families,

 

I just wanted to let you know that Red Class and Green Class were a credit to the school today at the art gallery. The children were well behaved and polite. One Year 4 teacher (from a different school) commented that our reception children were acting as role models for her children! Well done Red Class! Thank you to Miss Brown, Mrs Cain and Mrs Thompson for helping us to have a successful trip.

 

I have also been amazed at the standard of homework I've received! Red Class you are wonderful and I'm a very lucky teacher!!!

 

See you tomorrow,

Mrs Webb :)

A Great Start

Dear Families,

 

Welcome back! We have made a fantastic start to the summer term. I think the children are looking more like Year 1 children every day! In your child's book bag you will find a new homework book! Each topic the children will receive a new sheet so that they can share their learning at home and further explore areas of learning they find really interesting. The homework sheet is optional but for those children who choose to complete a piece they could win a homework certificate during our celebration assembly each Friday. We start homework books in the summer term to get the children ready for Year 1. Reading remains the most important part of homework

for Reception children (reading books and keywords).

 

All of the information you need for completing the homework can be found on the sheet and there is a box about homework on the class newsletter. If you need any further help please pop in and see me after school or write a note in the reading diary.

 

Many thanks,

Mrs Webb

Reading Diaries

Unfortunately, some reading diaries have been left at school. If your child's diary is at school then we will hear their keywords on Thursday should you wish to practise tomorrow night. Please pass this message to your Red Class friends.

 

Sorry for the inconvenience,

 

Mrs Webb

White Flat Sheets

Dear Red Class Families,

 

Please send into school white, flat sheets for our role play area. The sheets will be stapled to the walls to create a Greek pot shop. Thank you.

 

I hope you're enjoying the holidays. Homework is handwriting and reading but getting plenty of rest is the main thing to do! See you next week.

 

Mrs Webb :)

Worcester Cathedral

Dear Families,

 

I just wanted to write a short note to let you know how well the children behaved today. They were an absolute credit to the school and lots of people noticed! You listened beautifully, followed instructions well and asked your own questions. Well done!

 

 

See you tomorrow,

 

Mrs Webb :)

 

 

 

Maths and Outdoor Learning

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you for attending the last two workshops on Maths and Outdoor Learning.

 

The main messages from the Maths workshop were as follows:

 

1) Maths is a very practical experience in Reception. The children enjoy learning by 'doing'.

2) Every day the children take part in a 15 minute Maths input where they learn a new skill. Throughout the week they have opportunities to practise new skills during their 'play and explore time'. Focus groups also help us to tailor learning experiences to your child's needs.

3) Maths is always 'happening' in Red Class. We count the dinners in the morning, the children change the calender and we're always singing counting songs and rhymes.

4) Playing games, such as snakes and ladders, is one of the best things you can do at home. The children are learning whilst having fun and enjoying the game.

5) Try to find opportunities for Maths at home i.e. counting packets into your shopping bags, looking for numerals on a jug or the weighing scales when baking, counting the stairs, go on a shape hunt around the house and in the garden, collect old packaging to explore 3D shapes and how they're made, time a family member to complete a job by counting, do some number aerobics (jump, hop etc as you count) and label your tins and play shops (I was often doing this at the age of 5 or teaching teddy bears!)

 

Useful websites

http://www.ictgames.com/counting.htm - look for Year R/Year 1 games.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting - look for 3-5 or 5-7 games as appropriate

 

Outdoor Learning

 

1) Outdoor learning is bigger, messier and louder than traditional indoor learning. It is a unique experience, different to the indoor learning environment.

2) Children develop a host of skills: communication, working as part of a group, using their imagination, being creative, solving problems,

choosing and applying resources and perseverance!

3) Children actively lead and shape learning and are therefore motivated and engaged by their learning.

4) Adults ask key questions at key times to support and challenge thinking but the children drive the decision making process!

5) Often the outdoor environment provides a better space for many children to learn and to succeed.

 

If you would like any more information about Maths or Outdoor Learning, please do not hesitate to see me after school.

 

Mrs Webb :)

 

Outdoor Learning

Dear Parents,

 

Tomorrow is our last workshop and we're looking at outdoor learning, The workshop is designed to give parents a taste of what outdoor learning looks like at Blackwell. This is a practical workshop based on the school field (we will meet in Blue Class). We will be using outdoor equipment to solve problems with Lego men! See you tomorrow.

 

If you could pass this message to other Red Class families that would be great.

 

Thank you,

Mrs Webb :)

Early Writing Workshop

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you for attending the writing workshop on Tuesday. Here are some key points and ideas from the session.

 1) Writing involves spelling, sentence construction and handwriting. We work on each of these areas every day.

 

2) Saying good sentences is very important. This helps to prepare the children to make and write good sentences. We practise saying sentences (which make sense) every day. If you hear a sentence which doesn't sound right ask your child to try again or say the sentence in the correct way for them to hear .

 

3)  We use Write Dance to develop early writing skills. Write Dance is a combination of music, dance and drawing which helps the children to create lines and shapes they need for later handwriting.

 

4) We are constantly developing fine motor skills using activities such as threading, pegging and weaving. The more access your child has to these types of activities the better.

 

5) The children love our dough disco where we play music  (Frozen is a popular choice) and move dough in our hands like we're at a disco. We roll, poke and turn the dough. The main thing is that our hands (particularly fingers and wrists) are moving. You could always have a dough disco at home.

 

6) From the spring term we start formal handwriting. We learn the cursive script finding out how to join our letters. The children will soon bring home a handwriting book where they should practise their formation. We start with the curly caterpillar letters (c, o,a,d,q) and then move onto different letter families.

 

7) In school we work in small groups to develop writing skills at your child's pace. This might include making words with magnetic letters, starting to write labels and captions or writing sentences.

 

If you would like any further information about writing please pop in and see me after school.

 

Mrs Webb :)

 

Can I also mention water bottles!!!! Dishwashers are fantastic for killing germs but not so great for keeping the names on the bottles. The name stickers seem to work the best but if you keep adding names to bottles that would really help at the end of the day when we hear: "I can't find my water bottle!"  If we're ever late out it's usually a lost bottle, glove or jumper!

 

Thank you

Mrs Webb

 

 

 

 

Early Reading Workshop

 

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you for attending the reading workshop today. Please find below some key points and useful websites.

 

1) As the children read make sure they point to each word. Move your child's finger if this helps!

2) If your child finds a word tricky, ask them to work it out first. Try not to give the answer straight away.

3) Tricky words can be worked out by using the following strategies:

a) Use phonics - sound out the word i.e. c-a-t but remember to blend (put the sounds back together).

b) Use keyword knowledge

c) Use picture clues

d) Read to the end of the sentence and then come back to the tricky word and find a word that makes sense.

4) Make sure letter sounds are  pronounced clearly. For example 't' should be short and crisp rather than 'ter'.

5) Try to keep your reading book for a couple of nights. The first night should be used to read the words and the second night will enable your child to read more fluently as they will be familiar with the text. The second night is also a good night to check how well your child has understood the book. Remember to ask, what might happen next? Why do you think that? How is the character feeling? Why do you think they're feeling that way?

 

Useful websites

 

www.phonicsplay.co.uk - look for buried treasure phase 2 or phase 3

www.ictgames.com - look for Forest Phonics (the children love that one!)

 

Last but not least... ask me! If there are any questions, please pop into school. I'm always happy to help.

 

Mrs Webb :)

 

 

 

 

A super term

Dear Red Class,

What a super performance on Wednesday! To stand up in front of a big audience and to sing, dance and hold onto your costume all at the same time takes confidence!!! You should feel very proud!

 

Thank you for an excellent term Red Class. You all deserve a nice long break. Have a lovely Christmas and we'll see you in the New Year.

 

Love Mrs Webb and Mrs Thompson

xxx

Nativity

Dear Red Class,

 

Wow! What a super performance today! We were very impressed with your singing, dancing and acting. Just remember to keep smiling and if you have a spare moment practise your sheep song tonight.

 

Five happy sheep came jumping,

Jumping, Jumping.

Five happy sheep came jumping,

Jumping over the hill.

 

Well done Red Class!!!

 

Mrs Webb and Mrs Thompson

xxx

Baubles and wellies

Dear Red Class Families,

 

For the Christmas fair this year Red Class made 'bespoke' baubles. If you were unable to come to the fair but you would like to purchase your child's bauble, please pop into school at the end of the day.

 

If you're planning any winter walks over the Christmas holiday please feel free to take your child's wellies from the rack next to the ramp. 

 

We're looking forward to seeing you at our Christmas performances.

 

Mrs Webb and Mrs Thompson

xxx

Bits and Bobs

Dear Red Class,

 

1. Please keep practising 'Little Donkey'. Every little helps!

 

2. Keep working hard on your Phonics. Every book which is up-to-date with pictures for every letter sound will get a gold star next week. Phonics is a very important part of homework.

 

3. Today was our last forest school session as next week we're looking forward to Christmas lunch in school. Forest School will return in January. The children should wear uniform on 11.12.14.

 

Many thanks

Mrs Webb :)