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Headteacher: Mrs Anna Moss

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 Red Class News

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 :)

Little Donkey

Dear Families,

 

In this year's Christmas play Red Class will sing Little Donkey. Here are the words if you would like to practise at home.

 

Little donkey, little donkey on the dusty road,

Got to keep on plodding onwards with your precious load.

 

Been a long time, little donkey, through the winter's night,

Don't give up now, little donkey, Bethlehem's in sight.

 

Ring out those bells tonight,

Bethlehem, Bethlehem.

Follow that star tonight,

Bethlehem, Bethlehem.

 

Little Donkey, little donkey, had a heavy day,

Little donkey, carry Mary safely on her way.

 

Little donkey carry Mary safely on her way.

 

 

Also, if you're lucky enough to receive a new set of pans from Father Christmas, please send your old pans into school for our mud kitchen.  Old cake tins and utensils would also be appreciated. So far we've received a wok and a jug. Thank you!

 

Mrs Webb :)

 

Mud Kitchen

Dear Parents,

As part of our development of the outdoor area, we are introducing a 'mud kitchen'. If you have any old saucepans, frying pans or colanders then please send them into school! I wonder if our mud kitchen will be as good as the Blackwell Kitchen!

 

Also, just a quick reminder about show and tell, we welcome certificates and special achievements but please keep toys at home as we would hate for them to get lost or broken.

 

Thank you,

Mrs Webb

 

Phonic books

Dear Parents,

 

This week we have revisited ch, sh, th and ng learning how to spell words with these sounds. Please revisit these sounds at home but you do not need to draw any more pictures.

 

Many thanks,

Mrs Webb

Forest School (27.11.14)

Dear Parents,

 

Just a quick reminder that it's Forest School tomorrow (27.11.14). The children will need a hat, gloves and a pair of thick, warm socks (the children can wear their socks to school) . I'm really looking forward to our learning in the woods tomorrow.

Mrs Webb :)

 

 

Red Forest School

Dear Families,

 

Just a reminder that we are off to Forest School tomorrow (13.11.14). The weather is starting to get very cold now so please make sure your child has a hat, pair of gloves and a pair of thick socks. I'm really looking forward to our trip to the woods and our chocolate treat. I wonder, what could that be?

 

Mrs Webb :)

Happy Holiday

Hello Red Class,

 

It has been a pleasure to teach you and to see the progress you have made this half term. The multi skills festival was a fun way to end the half term and once again you represented your school beautifully! Over the holidays try to read your book, practise your keywords and look back in your phonics book to practise your letter sounds but the most important thing to do is ...rest!

Enjoy the holiday and we look forward to seeing you next half term when you will meet my friend Blackwell Bear.

 

Mrs Webb and Mrs Thompson

xxx

Photos on Friday

Dear Red Class Families,

 

The children should come dressed to school as normal tomorrow. Smart on the top and jogging bottoms on the bottom! The photographer will capture the children from the waist up! 

If you know a friend in Red Class please pass this message along!

Many thanks

Mrs Webb :)