My name is Miss Bullen and I am going to be your class teacher in Reception. Mrs Husband is our teaching assistant – she is wonderful and is there to help if you need it.
We have fantastic topics to study! In the Autumn term we will be looking at the topic ‘Celebrations’ which will cover all about ourselves and Christmas. In the Spring term we will be looking at the topic ‘Once Upon a Time’ which will cover Traditional Tales, Mini-beasts and Easter. In the Summer term we will look at our topic of ‘Up, Up and Away’ which will cover Space and Life on the Farm.
PE: All children in our class should come to school on Tuesdays dressed in their full PE kit. These are not to be brought into school in bags. Please see website for full kit. Spellings: Spelling Lists will be given to Year 1 pupils each Friday. These are to be kept at home and learned a little each day. We will have a small spelling test each Friday to see how well the words are remembered. The words are part of the Year 1 Curriculum and consist of both words following a rule and common exception words.
Reading Books: Year 1 will begin to take books home from our school reading scheme. These will be given out in a wallet on a Friday and must be returned along with the wallet the following Friday. Due to current circumstances, they will be left untouched for a period of three days before being returned for redistribution. We therefore cannot accept books returning on other days. We fully encourage independent or shared reading of children’s own books at home and so if your child reads anything at home themselves, please make a record of this so that it can be recognised.
Reception Pupils will take home an animal word card with a selection of common exception words. These are to be kept at home and learned. Once all animal cards are completed and children are able to recognise the words in any order and in different contexts, they will then move on to the school reading scheme.
Homework & Home Reading.
Homework and Home Reading will both be sent out on a Friday. You will have a full week so they both need to be returned the following Friday ready for us to send out folders for the next week. However, if you finish homework and have practised your reading a few times before then you can always send the folder in early.
Home reading will begin with letter sound sheets to boost your child’s recognition of sounds. After that we will move on to a set of word colour splat sheets to help your child blend sounds together to read words. After that they will move on to short story books.
P.E is also on a Friday. Your child will need a white top, dark joggers or shorts and sensible shoes suitable for running.
If you have any questions about the homework or reading please feel free to email the office, send in a note, or catch us at home time!
Miss Bullen & Mrs Husband
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We look forward to a wonderful year. May Christ Be Seen in Us.