Our topic for this half term will be: 'Proud to be Me'
Hello and a huge welcome to Class 8!
We have been waiting such a long time to meet you all and didn't we have the best first few days for transition? The adults are feeling incredibly proud of all of the children in Class 8. You all came into school with smiley faces, chatty voices and were all eager to play and explore in your new classroom. It was so lovely to see you begin to make new friends, as well as catching up with old nursery friends. Our classroom was full of excitement and laughter again and we can't wait to continue to get to know you all and begin our new learning journey together.
Our first topic of the year is 'Proud to be Me' where we will be learning all about ourselves.
In Maths, we are going to be doing lots of counting forwards and backwards as well as learning about the numbers 1 to 10. We will be looking at how we can represent these numbers in lots of different ways, including the numeral, word, dice, and tallying.
In Literacy, we are going to begin by learning about Rhyme. We will be listening to familiar songs and rhymes to spot different rhyming words and collect them on our Rhyming Wall in the classroom. Keep an eye out for all of the rhyming pairs that we are going to find!
In Phonics, we will begin by learning about listening to sounds, hearing initial sounds and then move onto learning about the different sounds of the letters of the alphabet. We will learn how to pronounce each sound and listen for the sound at the beginning, middle and end of simple CVC words.
In Handwriting, we will practise how to write each letter using cursive letter formation. You will be able to find videos to support your child on our website under 'curriculum support'. To support with our handwriting, we will be doing lots of fine motor warm ups and finger gym activities to help strengthen our muscles and support our pen control and grip.
We will be having our first PE lesson with our Live and Learn coach, Mr Hiner where we will be practising our ball skills. Class 8 will take part in indoor PE sessions every Wednesday morning with Mr Hiner. Please remove earrings on this day and tie up long hair if necessary. As part of PE, we will be practising to get dressed and undressed by ourselves to develop our independent skills. Please can you support your child by practising this at home.
We have enjoyed exploring outdoor areas each day, using the bikes and climbing equipment to work on our gross motor skills. We hope that we can continue to enjoy the outdoors to its full potential before the bad weather arrives!
At the end of Week 2, all of the children will be been given a reading diary and book bag. Class 8 are very excited to start reading - if they read 3 times or more at home in a week, they will get a stamp. If they collect 6 stamps, they will win a prize from Mrs Peart's special prize box! Reading diaries will be collected in every Monday - please ensure your child comes to school with their book bag on this day. Your child's reading book will be changed on this day and targets will be updated in your child's reading diary regularly so please could we ask that all school books are kept safely in your book bag and returned to school each week.
The children have had a brilliant start to their new school already and we can't wait to continue to get to know the children even more and look forward to all of the exciting things we have planned for this year. It's going to be great!
Due to government guidelines, parents and carers are unable to come into the classroom. Therefore, we will be using our class page on the website to upload pictures of displays of our work, learning tasks we have completed and general news and events about the children. Keep an eye out for new posts!
Miss Hainsworth, Mrs Wasilewski, Mrs O'Brien & Mrs Rodgers 😀
If you have any questions, please contact myself through our class 8 email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you again for your continued support through a very unusual time.