Dear Blackbirds 2017-18.
Thank you all for being a fantastic class! We have loved teaching you, and hope that you all have a relaxing, fun and safe summer holiday. We look forward to seeing you as year 1 pupils in September! Well done Blackbirds! x
A WARM WELCOME TO BLACKBIRD CLASS 2018-19!
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 Coulson - Class Teacher on Thursdays
Mrs Pilott - Teaching assistant
What we are learning about this term?
Our topics for next term will be:
"Run run as fast as you can!" (traditional tales), followed by "The Toys Tea Party” (toys) after half term. We have some very exciting events to look forward to this term, including, a visit from the Life Bus, a workshop led by the Chertsey Toy Museum, and a Toy’s Tea Party, to which parents and carers will also be invited (details to follow). Teaching and learning in all seven areas of the curriculum will be linked to these themes and events. Through our topics we will also be using every opportunity to develop spiritual, moral, social, and cultural values, through encouraging children to: explore beliefs and experiences; show respect for faiths, feelings and values; learn about themselves, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Please refer to the medium term planning below and the autumn term curriculum letter (to follow shortly) for more details! Please also look at the list of dates below for other events happening this term and refer to the Jolly Phonic information to see how you can continue to support your child at home with their literacy skills.
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
September: Value of the month is respect
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.
Special dates (details to follow later)
INSET - Tues 4th Sept.
Blackbirds in full time from the Mon 17th Sept (please refer to the PPT at the top of the page for details about starting dates)
Yr R Curriculum Meeting - Thurs 13th Sept. 9.00 (in the hall)
Life Bus - Weds19th and Thurs 20th Sept
Chertsey Toy Museum workshop - Weds 31st Oct 9-12
Toys Tea Party - (parents and carers warmly invited )Thurs 22nd Oct
Christmas Concert - Weds 12th Dec 9-10
Advance Notice (details to follow)
Trip to Wisley Gardens - Weds 27th February
Trip to Bird World - Fri 10th May
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 last year's Blackbird Class enjoying their learning - including photos of our trip to Birdworld above, and the Circus Workshop below.