Friday Fanfare 23.09.22


Hello Red Class Families,

Welcome to the first Friday Fanfare! Well done to all the children for completing their first full week as a class. We’ve enjoyed a lot of new experiences from buying tuck to afternoon clubs and group reading. Next week, we start Forest School too!

In Phonics, we discovered ‘i’, ‘n’, ‘m’ and ‘d’. Every lesson, we identify objects with the initial sound, play oral blending games and read VC (at, it) and CVC words (sat, pat, tap). In only a matter of weeks, the children have grown in confidence to blend their letter sounds and they’re starting to read simple words as a class.

This week, we also started group reading where the children read with the same adult three times each week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). During this time, they recap letter sounds, practise oral blending (where they hear phonemes and put them together to make a word) and share a story or a non-fiction book. We always start with picture books so the children settle quickly into their new routines. Every Friday, I will add your child’s group reading book to their eBook collection. To access their eBooks, please use the letter in your child’s book bag. This letter contains a unique username and password. During our open evening, Wednesday, 28th September between 6pm-7pm, I’ll show families how to use the eBooks and answer any questions.

In Maths, we used concrete apparatus to count, compare and talk about numbers to 10. We discovered a new song, ‘Dancing in the Sun’, which is a little bit like an Ibiza classic but all about numbers to 10! We’ve also been practising our subitising skills by looking at numbers to 5 and saying the number without counting. Try rolling a dice and see if you can say the number of spots without counting. This will help you with your subitising skills.

Communication and Literacy lessons focused on retelling nursery rhymes. From ‘Jack and Jill’ to ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ and ‘Humpty Dumpty’. We talked about the meaning of new words, such as ‘crown’ and ‘fiddle’ and explored each rhyme through role play, illustrations and rhyme maps.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend. Our little ones are very tired after a busy week at school. Remember to rest, play and enjoy spending time with your family.

Best wishes,

Mrs Webb and Team Red Class x