A WARM WELCOME TO BLACKBIRD CLASS!
The staff in the Early Years Foundation Stage work as a team to ensure that everyone can...
"be the best that they can be!"
Mrs Whittingham - Class teacher (Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri)
Mrs Collins - Class teacher on Thursdays
Mrs Pilott - Teaching assistant
What we are learning about this term?
Our topic this half term is "Take a Walk on the Wild Side!"...in other words, the animal world, followed by "Up, Up and Away” (journeys & travel), after the half term break. Please refer to the summer term curriculum letter (coming shortly), and the medium term planning sheet below, for more details! We have some exciting events to look forward to this term including, of course, our trip to Birdworld. Teaching and learning in all seven areas of the curriculum will be linked to these themes and events.
Please look at the list of dates below for other events happening this term and also refer to the Jolly Phonic information to see how you can continue to support your child at home with their literacy skills.
Please remember that parents and carers are warmly welcomed and encouraged to come into the classroom and support their child with their learning for 15 minutes, (or as long as possible), between 8.35a.m and 8.50a.m every morning.
Please also note that...
Please click on the link below to find information about the Jolly Phonic scheme. As your child progresses through this scheme other links will be added so that you, as parents and carers, can support and extend your child's learning at home. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have questions about the Jolly Phonic scheme.
- Jolly Phonic Information for Parents
- Jolly Phonics Actions.doc
- Jolly Phonic glossary and ideas for games
Please also refer to the weekly information for parents, or look on the board outside the classroom door for more details.
Websites for phonic practise:
If you need a quick reminder about how to pronounce a particular sound then please ask me or visit the Jolly Phonic website:
Also refer to:
All children will also be registered for ActiveLearn (in September) and every child will receive a username and password for Bug Club (in order to access this at home).
Maths in the reception
Please click on the link below to see more details about this term's maths curriculum
For extra information on how to support your child with maths at home, please click on the link below
Websites for children to use at home
Please click on the link below for a list of useful websites to reinforce your child's learning at home
We will be using every opportunity to develop SMSC (Spiritual,Moral,Social,Cultural) values; encouraging the children to ask and reflect on the questions:
- Who am I?
- Who are we?
- Where do we live?
- How do we all live together?
Please click on the link below to see more details:
Value of the Month
April: Value of the month is Wisdom
We will be teaching this value through opportunities as they arise: - using stories, songs, games, circle time, and other planned activities to encourage children to make good choices.
The 5 R's
To encourage children to become independent and effective learners we will be thinking about ways to show the 5rs - resourcefulness, reflective thinking,reasoning, resilience and responsibility.
The 5 Rs are encouraged through every lesson and activity during the school day and are linked to characters in Winnie the Pooh to enable the children to relate to and understand the vocabulary.
'Achievements at Home'
Please use the sheet below to inform us about child's learning at home and return to a member of Blackbird staff once each section is completed. Thank you.
Tue 23 Apr First Day of Term
Mon 6 May BANK HOLIDAY
Tues 7 May Class Photographs
Fri 10 May Blackbird Class to Birdworld
Fri 24 May INSET DAY
Mon 27 –Fri 31 May – Half Term
Mon 3 Jun First Day of Term
Wed 24 Jul End of Term – Finish 2pm
Please don't hesitate to talk to us if you have any questions or concerns!
Thank you for your support.
Mrs Whittingham and Mrs Pilott.
The photos at the top and bottom of the page show Blackbird Class enjoying their learning, including photos of our trip to Wisley and the maths workshop.