Another cracking week in Hippos class, well done to the little ones for just being simple wonderful. It's been absolutely lovely catching up with you all during the home visits, thank you for welcoming us in to your homes. Home visits this week start immediately after pick up at 1.30pm - we will wizz off as quickly as we can to the first visit, but we may run a little late depending on distances between homes.
Lunches: The children are staying for lunch this week. A menu is available on the website should you want to see what your children will be having. The children are always first in to lunch at 12.10pm, this allows for a gentle transition for the children. Please do not worry, whilst we hand over to the dinner staff at this point, myself and the EYFS team constantly check in on the children to see how they are doing. If you have a fussy eater, sometimes having school dinners can change that scenario, other times not. We are in constant communication with the dinner staff over children that may not have eaten much and we will communicate that back to you.
Snacks: Children currently have fruit and milk as a snack during the morning session. When children are in for full days, they will also be offered a biscuit snack with water in the afternoon, just to sustain them until hometime.
Next Week: The children will be full time from WC 25th September. They should be picked up at 3.15pm from the rear of the classroom (where you drop off in the morning) Please may I remind you that we cannot let children go with people we don't recognise, or people that you haven't notified us may be picking up your child.
Please may I respectfully ask you to avoid coming into the classroom in the mornings. Any messages you'd like to pass on you could write in your child's planner - we check these every day. Alternatively you can arrange to meet with me after school by phoning the office. I do hope you understand that this is purely in the interest of the children having as much of a settled start as possible. Thank you very much for your support here.
Despite starting phonics a little earlier that usual this year, the children did a brilliant job of learning our 4 sounds. I hope they have demonstrated to you how 's' 'a' 't' 'p' sound? If you want to support the children's learning, do use the following link - it's good fun, the children love it, and it demonstrates how we teach the purest sound of the letter.
This week our letters and sounds are:
'i' Pretend to be a mouse by wriggling fingers at end of noise and squeak i, i, i, i
'n' Hold arms out at side, as if a plane, and say nnnnnnnnnn.!
'c k' Raise hands and snap fingers as if playing castanets and say ck, ck, ck.
'e' Pretend to tap an egg on the side of a pan and crack it into the pan, saying eh, eh, eh.
Last week, we had a gentle look at the children's knowledge of number. We chanted numbers in order up to 10 and then 20, counted items into a set, counted items taken from a larger set, matched a number of items to a numeral, matched written and spoken numerals and began to count accurately using one-to-one correspondence. We had a real emphasis on ensuring we physically moved an object as we counted it and chanted 'touch and move, touch and move' to reinforce this for accuracy of counting.
This weekʼs learning is all about patterns. Children will copy, continue, describe and create patterns using colours, shapes, objects, sounds and actions. We will start off by creating repeating patterns starting with sequencing a set of sounds that the children hear and actions that the children see. We will then move on to the concrete; using cubes, objects and 2D shapes.
If you would like to support this at home, why not go on a nature walk and use the items you see to repeat a pattern; use the sticks, leaves and stones...maybe take a photo and put in your child's home learning journal to show us at school?
The homework for this year is for the children to read with you, perhaps 4 times a week. The children can also utilise their home learning journals to share with the class whenever they would like. Occasionally (like last week) I may ask you to work on an additional task to support the learning going on in class, but this will be rare. I will, however, suggest in my Intended Learning ways to support learning at home for Phonics and Maths should you wish to do so.