Week beginning 25th September
Next week we will begin to introduce our school values (grace, courage and friendship) to the children. We will talk about what each of these values mean and how we can apply these in and around school. This will link to the introduction of having a 'Growth Mindset' which will encourage the children to approach everyday tasks with a positive attitude.
In preparation for Harvest we will begin to look at the book 'In the Beginning' which is a story about creation. We will use this as a theme for our Harvest festival celebration whilst also linking this to our class collective worship.
These are the letter sounds that we will be looking at next week: c, k, e, h, r, m.
Please use any opportunities that you can to support your child in learning these sounds.
We have thoroughly enjoyed having the children in full-time this week and hope that they have had fun too!
Week beg 18th September.
MONDAY 18th 2.45pm DOVES PARENTS WELCOME BRIEFING IN BARBARY DOVE CLASSROOM (for both registration groups)
Through the week we will be base line assessing the children in Doves. This consists of a number of fun maths and literacy activities. The children will be digging in the garden area and planting some daffodils. On Friday we will be issuing the children with their first reading books! Please take some time over the weekend to look at this with your child, encouraging them to talk about the pictures, identify letter sounds, and words.
The children are staying all day from this week. They are likely to get very tired!
During the first week of school, the children familiarised themselves with their environment and all of the new children and adults in school. We enjoyed some circle games to get to know one another and develop our communication skills. We explored the meaning and benefits of working together as a team, in and outside of school. Most importantly, we've had lots of fun! In the following week they got to know our gem groups by playing some games. Please refer to your child's group by name as you help them put their book bags in he correct box each morning. The children each drew a self portrait and those who could named it. We named our travelling class bears before they start their adventures. Lastly, but very importantly, we explored class expectations and created some class rules. Everyone agreed to these rules by giving a hand of promise (a painted handprint).
OUR TOPICS for 2017 to 18
Autumn: Team Doves outside & inside; Superheroes; Christmas
Spring: Out & About with Animals; New Life & Easter
Summer: My School Village; Summertime
It is important that young children have plenty of time to play and to have stories read to them, and in the early days your children are likely to be very tired after a day at school, so they will need time to relax. However, once the children are settled in we will start to give them some simple 'homework. They will bring books home to share with their parents/carers, either reading books for the child to read, or ones for you to read with your child. These are usually changed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, which gives you time to share each book with your child more than once to allow for consolidation of skills. Please remember to practise daily and sign the reading diary, so that it is clear that the book has been read. Later we may send home some sight words to learn and we will send home a weekly task in a Home Activities Book; please return these by Wednesday each week so that the new task can be added into the book.
We will continue to re-enforce the Growth Mindset. See the display in both rooms. The children are encouraged to adjust their language from, "I'm not good at this," to "What can I do to get better? " "What if it goes wrong?" becomes "I'll have a go, that's how I learn." " I can't do it," becomes "I can't do it yet," and "I don't want to," becomes, "I'll have a go, that's how I learn."
We continue to remind the children about our class rules.
EARLY LEARNING GOALS
Throughout their time in the Doves Class, the children are working towards achieving the Early Learning Goals, see document below. Children develop at different rates and there is a spread in age of almost 1 year between the oldest and youngest children so they will reach these goals at different times. Some will go beyond and some will continue to work towards them as they enter Year 1.
The Doves class has two registration groups, named after these two types of Dove, the Barbary Dove and the Turtle Dove.
We are a group of children and adults who learn and play together. The teachers are:
Our Teaching Assistants are Miss Dedman and Mrs Annetts and Miss De Simon is our Learning Support Assistant.
Mrs Glasby (who works across both Infant & Junior Schools) joins us on Wednesdays.
We use a variety of small groups, but our main groups are named after precious gems, sapphires, diamonds, amethysts, emeralds, rubies, topaz.
Goodbye to the Doves of 2016 to 17. We wish you all the best in year 1. Below are some pictures of their time in Doves last year.