Bumblebee - Miss Otter/Miss Kinrade
Welcome to Bumblebee Class!
Welcome to Bumblebee Class' webpage. Here you will find information about the school week and what we are learning, as well as links to useful websites and tips to support your child's learning at home. We firmly believe that children make the best progress when we work in partnership with you, so please feel free to contact us with any questions. Our class page will be updated regularly, so please be sure to check often for any updates.
Bumblebee Class is taught by Miss Otter (Monday and Tuesday) and Miss Kinrade (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). Ms Wright is the teacher in Butterfly Class. We are supported by two fabulous teaching assistants - Miss Golding and Miss Hawkins. Your child will have the opportunity to work with all the team, who will lead activities and support them throughout the day.
This half term, we will be focusing on settling your child into school to give them the happiest possible start to their education. We will be completing informal, play based assessments to gain an understanding of where your child is in their development and to allow us to plan their next steps for progress. We will also be completing the government's new baseline assessment. More information can be found here...
Our topic this half term is Our World. We will be learning about ourselves, our families and our new environment.
Key dates this term:
Class Assembly - Thursday 18th November
Key information about the school week:
The school day begins at 8.45am and finishes at 3.15pm. Teachers will be available before and after school, so please approach us or email with any questions or concerns. Appointments can be made if a longer discussion is required. Please support us by arriving punctually and encouraging your child to come into school independently.
It is important that your child experiences reading at home as regularly as possible. Please aim to read every day. Just ten minutes a day can have a tremendous impact. Reading every day exposes children to a variety of reading materials and vocabulary, and allows children to develop their story language. Nursery rhymes, rhyming stories and poems are also great as they allow children to experience rhyme and rhythm. By the end of Reception, children are expected to read simple phrases and sentences. You can support your child by:
- Setting aside a quiet and special time to read together every day
- Re-reading stories to build up their confidence, fluency and enjoyment
- Talking about what they have read and asking questions:
- What is happening in the picture?
- Where does the story take place?
- Who are the characters in the story?
- How is the character feeling?
- What do you think will happen next?
- What happened in the story?
- How does the story make you feel?
When your child receives their reading book, please write in their reading journal every time you hear them read. When you write a comment, we know that you have read the book at home. Children that have read at home four times will be entered into the weekly 'Reading Golden Ticket' draw and may win a prize. Your child will also visit the school library to choose books to take home to share with you.
Your child will have one PE session a week. They will need to come to school in full kit on their PE day. Long hair should be tied up and earrings removed or covered with tape. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own belongings and to be as independent as possible. Please support your child by ensuring that all of their clothing is clearly labelled and by practising the skills at home (for example, buttons, zips and laces).
Please ensure that your child has a clearly labelled water bottle. There is no need to pack a snack for your child - we provide both a fruit or veg snack and milk. Your child will have free flow access to the outdoor area so we ask that your child has appropriate clothing for the weather (coats in the winter and hats and sun cream in the summer). We also ask that your child leaves any toys at home. Please ensure that all belongings are clearly labelled so that any misplaced items can be returned to your child.
Teaching and learning:
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, there are 7 areas of learning:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
The prime areas are in bold and are the areas considered fundamental to success in all areas. Each area has an Early Learning Goal which is what your child is expected to achieve by the end of the year. We are following the new Development Matters guidance, which can be found here...
Teaching and learning is a mixture of adult focus and child led learning activities throughout the day.
Your child will have daily discrete phonics sessions. We follow the Read Write Inc. programme. In phonics, your child will learn to recognise the sounds individual letters make, recognise the sounds combinations of letters make and then blend these sounds together to read words. Your child will also learn how to segment words into sounds to write words. Please support your child by reading with them as often as possible and using the resources sent home to practise their recognition of phonemes and special friends. You can check that you are saying the sounds correctly by watching the pronunciation video below:
Power of Reading is used to teach your child Literacy through high quality books and creative teaching approaches, such as art and drama, allowing your child to explore books in depth and develop reading comprehension. The Talk for Writing approach is also used to allow your child to imitate orally an existing text and then use the language in their own writing. By the end of Reception, your child is expected to write a sentence using a capital letter and full stop. You can support this by providing them with writing materials at home, encouraging writing in their play (for example, writing potion recipes, shopping lists etc together) and practising correct letter formation (both lower case and capital letters).
Here is an example of Talk For Writing in action:
White Rose Maths is used to provide your child with a secure understanding of both number and space, shape and measure. By the end of Reception, your child should be able to:
- count objects, actions and sounds
- subitise (recognise number of objects without having to count them)
- link numerals and and values
- count beyond 10
- compare numbers, using vocabulary 'more than', 'less than', 'fewer', 'the same as' and 'equal to'
- understand 'one more than/one less than'
- exploring composition of numbers to 10
- recalling number bonds for numbers 0-10
- select, rotate and manipulate shapes
- compose and decompose shapes to understand a shape can have other shapes within it
- continue, copy and create repeating patterns
- compare length, weight and capacity
In Reception play based learning is promoted and achieved through continuous provision. We plan the environment carefully to ensure that the provision provides challenge and meets the needs of your child. There will be invitations for learning, set up by adults and linked to the topic, but your child will also have have the ability to direct their own play. Your child will have free flow access to the outside area at all times. Playful adults will play alongside your child, introducing new language, providing challenge and making online assessments on Learning Book, which you are able to access from home.
We use Seesaw to set home learning tasks. Please contact a member of the team if you need support accessing your child's account.
The Book Trust - expert advice on supporting reading
Oxford Owl - a wealth of resources across the curriculum
National Numeracy - expert advice on supporting maths
Phonics Play - resources to support phonics
Top Marks - games to support learning across the curriculum but particularly useful for maths
Cosmic Kids - yoga through story
Spring Term 2022
This half term we will be exploring SPACE, finding out lots of facts and imagining lots of adventures!
We will continue to have a daily phonics session following the Read Write Inc programme which will enable the children to learn the letters and sounds they need to know to read and write independently. We will have a balance of adult led and independent activities throughout the day, allowing the children to learn specific skills as well as follow their own interests and lines of enquiry.
In maths we will consolidate numbers to 5 and then move on to 6,7 and 8. We will do lots of practical activities and play games that help the children develop a deeper understanding of number. We will also be thinking about mass, length and height of objects giving the children the opportunity to explore this through different hands on activities.
Reading books are changed every Monday. Please try and read with your child at least 4 times a week and remember to note it down in their reading journals so we can enter them into our "Golden Ticket" draw. Reading regularly with your child will have a massive impact on their progress.
We will also send homework books out every Monday. We are focussing on handwriting this half term and each week you will have a different letter to practice (lower and upper case). We will also send home sets of "key words" which the children can practice reading and writing.
If you have any questions please catch one of us in the playground at drop off/pick up or email. We really value your support in your child's learning journey and are looking forward to a busy and exciting half term!