Teacher: Ben Matthews
Class TA: Ginny
Welcome to our class page. Please find some helpful information below.
The children will be given two reading books to take home each week:
- A phonics book
- A reading for pleasure book
The phonics book will be matched to their current phonics learning. For example, they will take home a 'set 6' book when they are learning these sounds (y, x, ch, sh, th, th) and they will progress through the sets following the sound progression of Jolly Phonics.
The reading for pleasure book is for the children to enjoy reading with an adult or someone else at home. It is not expected that they will be able to read this independently as they may not have learnt all of the sounds that the book contains.
These books will be changed every Wednesday. Please ensure that their reading record and both books are in their bag ready to be changed on this day.
Children are no longer asked to bring in kits, they just need to come in suitable PE clothes on their day.
Please ensure your child has a spare set of labelled clothes in school at all times. This is to be kept on their peg. If the spare set comes home to you dirty, please do ensure it is replenished with a new set as soon as possible.
There will be a piece of fruit available every day for your child. However, if you wish to pack an additional snack for them to eat during morning playtime, it must be raw fruit or veg.
In your child’s book bag there is a purple communication book. This is for you to write any notes for staff and occasionally, staff may write notes for you. If you write a note, please make sure it is given to an adult in the class when your child arrives (if they go to Breakfast Club, please give the communication book to a member of staff there). If you have something you wish to discuss at greater length with staff, please let Ben know so that we can arrange a convenient time to meet.
We provide a home phonics sheet daily to share the way we teach phonics at school so that it can be repeated at home. This is to help keep parents and carers informed of what sounds are being learnt, as well as aiding the retention of these for children. It is helpful if these are completed fully, including a focus on children reading the words on the sheets. There is no expectation for the homework to be returned.
Every Friday, the Reception newsletter will go onto the school website. On this you can find details of our learning during the week, along with any key dates and information you need to be aware of and suggestions for activities to support your child’s learning at home.