Butterfly - Ms Wright
Welcome to the Butterfly Class page!
Hello and welcome to the class page for “The Butterfly Class” which will be taught by myself, Ms Wright . Our Reception teaching team also includes Miss Otter, Miss Merry and Miss Golding, Mrs Rouse and Mrs Tarambikos and the children will get the opportunity to work with all the members of the team, who will lead activities and support the children throughout the day.
Please click on the link below to find out a little bit more about me.
More about me!
Here, our class page will be updated regularly throughout each term, so please be sure to check often for any updates, information or photographs of our learning.
Key dates this term:
Key information about the school week:
Please read every day at home with your child/ children. Reading every day exposes children to a wider variety of stories and texts and helps them develop their vocabulary. Reading rhyming stories and the oral retelling of Nursery rhymes has the added bonus of helping children to identify rhyme which is a key skill when they come to read and write words independently. So please read, read, read as often as you can! Also, and just as important, talk about what you have read together. This will help your child to understand the story and its features. Questions you could ask include:
Where does the story take place?
What is happening in the picture?
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?
Children will have a reading book from school which will be changed on set days. Please write any comments about what they found difficult or interesting in their reading journal. When you have written a comment, we know you have read the book at home and can change it for a new one. We will also visit our school library regularly and children will have the opportunity to choose a story book to take home to share with you.
Children will have one PE session a week. Please make sure children always have a full PE kit in school, should the timetable change for any reason. Long hair should be tied up and any earrings should be removed or covered with tape. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own PE belongings and to be as independent as possible. Please support your child to do this by ensuring that all of their clothing is fully named and by practising some of the skills needed i.e. buttons/ zips/ at home to promote their independence.
Personal belongings, P.E. kits and water bottles:
Please ensure that all children's belongings are named so that any misplaced items can be returned to your child. Please ensure that your child has a clearly labelled water bottle. 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 in the summer). We also ask that your child leaves any toys at home.
Teaching and Learning:
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, there are 7 areas of learning:
communication and language
personal, social and emotional development
understanding the world
expressive arts and design
The prime areas are in bold and are the areas considered fundamental. Each area has an early learning goal, which is the end of Reception expectation. These can be found listed in Development Matters in the link below:
Teaching and learning is through a mixture of adult focus and child led learning throughout the day. We will have a discrete phonics session and then a range of activities which are wherever possible, based on our topic or theme.
In Autumn 1 we will be exploring “Our World” thinking about ourselves, our families and where we live. The main emphasis for the first half term will be to establish class routines, get to know each other and to ensure children feel secure in their new environment.
We will talk about what we look like and have the chance to paint self portraits
We'll think about who we live with and how families differ.
We'll talk about where we live and make models of our homes.
We’ll explore the school and find out about the people there who help us.
In phonics we follow the Read, Write Inc programme which teaches children letter sounds as well as formation. Please help your child by reading with them as often as possible and use the resources that are sent home to practise their recognition of the phonemes and special friends. Check that you are saying the sounds correctly by clicking on the pronunciation video links below:
Here is an example of a Read Write Inc. phonics session in action:
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 that can be read by themselves and others. You can support this by providing them with writing materials at home and encouraging writing in their play (for example, writing potion recipes together).
White Rose Maths is used to provide your child with a secure understanding of both number and space, shape and measure. This term, your child will be learning about numbers to 5:
- Reading and writing numbers 0-5
- Counting on and back from a given number up to 5
- Counting reliably a set of objects up to 5
- Saying what is more/less than a given number up to 5
- Addition and subtraction using equipment up to 5
In addition, your child will be learning about time, money and using positional language. You can support this through everyday experiences at home, such as cooking. At this stage, it is important that Maths is practical so please encourage your child to use 'equipment'. Use whatever you have available at home (dried pasta pieces are perfect) and encourage your child to physically touch and move the equipment.
Through a variety of activities we will give children the opportunity to develop communication skills encouraging children to listen and comment on things they see and explain what they are doing. We will help develop pre-writing and fine motor skills through activities that develop hand -eye coordination and hand strength such as working with playdough, painting, using different construction materials and cutting.
Children are encouraged to develop their own learning through play and Continuous provision activities. 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. Playful adults will play alongside your child, introducing new language, providing challenge and making online assessments.
Useful websites to support learning:
The Book Trust - experts in children's reading and can help with all your queries…
Oxford Owl - This is a wonderful source of information on children's learning across the curriculum. On this website you can find information, help and resources on reading, phonics, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as Maths.
National Numeracy - Ideas for parents for supporting children with Maths is available from the charity National Numeracy…
Top Marks - Different games to support learning across the curriculum but is particularly useful for maths. Check out the activities for 3-5 year olds for some fun games to consolidate number recognition and counting.
Cosmic Kids - Brilliant yoga site for kids.! Get drawn into a magic story world as children learn to relax and move with control. Namaste!
4th September 2020
Firstly, just to say how much we have enjoyed meeting all the children and parents who have been able to come to our stay and play sessions this week. Although we haven’t been able to have our traditional transition sessions to get to know the children this has been a great start to our new year together in Reception class.
We had lots of questions in the sessions - some which we could answer and some we have had to check. So here is a re cap of some of the main things to remember for next week and beyond.
Starting time: You can drop your child off from 8.35 to 8.45 in the playground you enter through the walk way. At least 1 member of the team will be on the door to greet children and other members of staff will be in the classrooms helping the children to hang up coats and wash hands. You collect children at 3.15 from the same playground. Please remember to maintain a social distance from others in the playground and exit the school via the one-way system.
Children need to bring their book bag into school each day.
Children need to bring in a named water bottle into school each day. Please support the school policy in sending your child in with water rather than juice in their bottle. They do not need to bring in a snack as we provide a fruit snack in the morning and milk in the afternoon.
Please send in a change of clothes (for accidents) which we will keep in a plastic bag on your child’s peg.
We have P.E. every Wednesday, when children should come into school dressed in their P.E. kit (t-shirt, shorts/tracksuit bottoms/ school jumper, trainers). Plimsolls can be sent in and kept on your child’s peg. Please make sure long hair is tied back and any earrings are either taken out or can be covered with tape. They will remain in their P.E. kit all day so there is no need to send in uniform to change into.
School meals can be booked through Parent Pay. If you were in Nursery you already have login details and new parents have been sent home login details today. All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to universal free school meals. You can book meals for the week ahead choosing between hot meat, hot vegetarian, jacket potato or “Pick and Mix” (sandwich option). If you think you may be entitled to free school meals due to your household income being below £16,000 please apply as this means the school will receive extra funding. This extra money is vital in ensuring that we can support children to the best of our ability. Check to see if you are eligible by following this link https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
Breakfast Club and Kidsmix after school clubs are open to Reception children. For breakfast club children MUST be dropped off at school Reception at the beginning of the session at 8.05 am. For Kidsmix children can only be collected at the end of the session at 4.30 pm. Please note children must be booked into these clubs before the day.
We are also sending home an “All About Me” sheet for you to complete with your child at home. Please send this back to school on Monday.
Children throughout the school are not allowed to bring in any toys from home due to our enhanced hygiene measures to keep everybody safe. We appreciate your support with this.
4th November 2020
Welcome to Autumn 2!
This half term we will be thinking about Space! The children will have the opportunity to explore different stories all about the theme and we will have a variety of activities based on these to develop language, literacy, maths and our understanding of the world.
In phonics we will continue to follow the Read Write Inc programme looking at set 1 sounds.
In Literacy we will consolidate name writing and focus on the initial sounds of words, encouraging the children to use their phonic knowledge to hear, say and write the sounds in words.
In maths, we will initially be focussing on understanding numbers up to 5, counting accurately, saying 1 more or less than a given number and comparing amounts. We will continue to look at and talk about the shapes we see around us (flat shapes like circles, squares and triangles; solid shapes like cubes, cylinders and pyramids) and use these shapes in our learning through play.
This term we will talk about different celebrations such as Bonfire night, Remembrance Day, Diwali, Hanukkah and Christmas and how and why some people celebrate them.
We continue to have P.E. on Wednesdays so children come in dressed in their P.E. kit.
Please remember to check Seesaw for weekly learning activities - we love to see all that great learning at home too!
If you have any questions please feel free to email us and we will respond as soon as possible.
Thankyou for your continued support.
4th January 2021
Welcome to Spring 1!
This half term our topic will be "Traditional Tales" and we will use this as a basis to explore all areas of the curriculum. Looking at well loved classics such as "The Gingerbread Man" and "Goldilocks and the 3 Bears" we will focus on oral retelling which will help the children to begin to understand sequence, plot, and characterization as they build vocabulary and comprehension skills. We will have the opportunity to do a range of activities including cooking, gardening, designing and making all based on our stories. We are really looking forward to it!
In Literacy, Power of Reading is used to teach your child 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.
Our Power of Reading text this half term is The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy:
Power of Reading focuses on the gradual reveal of a story, which promotes inference. Please feel free to read the book to enable you to discuss your child's learning with them at home, but please don't read ahead with your child.
In Maths White Rose Maths is used to provide your child with a secure understanding of both number and space, shape and measure. This term, your child will be learning about numbers to 10:
- Reading and writing numbers
- Counting on and back from a given number
- Counting reliably a set of objects
- Saying what is more/less than a given number
- Addition and subtraction using equipment
In addition, your child will be learning about matching pairs, length, height and time. You can support their learning through everyday tasks such as matching socks when you sort the washing. You could build, compare and measure towers or family members. Discussions about everyday activities are a fantastic way to teach your child about time. You can talk about how long everyday activities take and the times they are completed. You could set each other challenges (for example, how many star jumps can you do in a minute?)
Children will have a daily phonics session to develop their understanding of letters and sounds following the Read Write Inc programme. Once children are secure with Set 1 initial sounds and oral blending , Set 2 digraphs or "special friends" (2 letters that together make 1 sound eg: "ai" as in "rain") will be introduced. More information for parents can be found by following this link:
We use Seesaw to set home learning tasks so please remember to check regularly to see the different activities and then upload photos and examples of children's work. Please contact a member of the team if you need support accessing your child's account.
Your child's learning journey will be documented on the Learning Book
online platform. Regular observations are made of the children in their learning environment with photographs and comments on the steps that we see. Parents can log onto view their child's Learning Book at any time.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch. We are looking forward to another exciting and busy half-term!
This half term most of us haven't been able to come to school but we have carried on our fantastic learning at home. Look at some of the things we have been doing: