"We don't stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing" George Bernard Shaw
Autumn 1 - Traditional Tales
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The children had to become detectives this half term because someone had been into our classroom and made a mess. Luckily for us, the culprit left some clues - a red ribbon and a lock of curly hair. All the children had to try and work out who it was and we had lots of different ideas. After lots of detective work we realised it was Goldilocks and she had come into school looking for more delicious porridge to eat after she ate all of baby bears.
Whilst learning all about Goldilocks, we learnt the story by using actions to help us and we also made our own porridge and wrote the recipe. Some children also decided to make story maps. Here is some of our learning below:
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
When we came into school on Monday we saw lots of warning posters telling us not to go over the bridge. After lots of discussion and a little detective work we realised they were warning us not to go over our bridge in the playground. The children thought it was because it was broken but after testing it we realised that it wasn't broken and that's when we saw ginormous footprints. Some children thought they belonged to a T-Rex; others to the Gruffulo but a few days later we had a message from The Three Billy Goats Gruff warning us the troll from their bridge had ran away and thought it now lived under our bridge. We had lots of suggestions about how to defeat the troll so we could play on our climbing frame again. We then decided we needed to tell everyone the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff so that they would know what to do if the troll moved to their bridge. Have a look at our video of RLH and RSB retelling the story:
Can the children tell you the rest of the story using the talk for writing actions?
National Heritage Day
We have been celebrating National Heritage Day. We had an South African Braai on our field. The food tasted delicious. We also wore the same colours as the South African Flag and learnt some of the language.
Take a look at our fantastic photographs. We really enjoyed our learning.
Fine motor skills
We provide our children with a wide range of stimulating activities and fun ways to develop their fine motor control. We know strong fingers make strong writers!
Take a look at our photographs and see our fantastic learning. We are beginning to show a preference for a dominant hand which will help us to hold a pencil properly and with good control developing our strength of hand arches and our fine motor strength.
Information for Parents/Carers
The start of the school day
The Reception gates will open at 8.45am once the bell has rung to indicate the start of the school day and will close at 8.50am. Please encourage your child to come into school by themselves as it encourages independence and allows for a calmer start to the day. If there are no adults on the gate please take your child to the main entrance.
The end of the school day
At the end of the school day, the children will leave from the same gate as they entered. We ask you kindly that you stand well back from the gate as it can be daunting for the children to see a sea of legs as they make their way to their parents/carers. For safety reasons, we will want to make eye contact with whoever is picking your child up before we let them make their way to you.
Home School Books
Each child has their own Home School Book which allows them to record their weekend news to share with their classmates. These books are sent home on a Friday and should be returned by Monday. On a Friday, we will insert a sheet with a snippet of information as to what we have been learning about in school that week. Sometimes there may be a related question for you to work on with your child.
Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school on a Thursday (navy blue shorts, a white t-shirt and pumps). Your child’s earrings must be removed for PE due to health and safety regulations and we are not allowed to remove earrings. Please ensure your child can take out their own earrings or that they do not wear them on a Thursday so they can take part in the lesson. Please could you ensure your child’s PE kit and uniform is clearly marked with their name so no items are misplaced.
Please ensure your child brings in a water proof coat and wellies to be stored in the cloakroom for the year as the children will participate in forest schools at some point over this academic year.
Please ensure your child has their book and reading record in school every day so we can listen to them read and change their books. Please note we will only change their reading book if it has been signed by an adult. In our useful resources section at the bottom of this page you will find a booklet to support reading at home with tips and advice for parents and carers.
High frequency words
At the end of the year, your child is expected to be able to read and spell a selection of high frequency words. I have attached these words below so that you can practise these with them at home to ensure we are working together to help your child achieve. You will find a copy of these below in our useful resources section.
Bernard the Bear
Each Friday a child is chosen for Star of the Week. When your child is chosen, they will take home ‘Bernard the Bear’ who spends the weekend with them. We love to know what mischief he has been up to and would like you to complete the card that comes home with him. On a Tuesday, the child who is star of the week will share their adventures with Bernard with the class. Please ensure Bernard is returned by Tuesday for this to happen. Thank you!
In your child’s home school book you will find ‘Wow Moment’ cards. These can be found in the back of the Home School Books. These are to be used for sharing their wonderful achievements from home for example riding a bike for the first time, any extracurricular achievements or personal targets such as writing their name independently. We love hearing about the wonderful things your child does at home!
Please can you ensure your child has a waterproof coat and wellies in school every day as we like to learn outside, come rain or shine! We also participate in Forest School lessons and therefore these are essential.
At Fairfield Road we really value communication with parents/carers. Staff are available at the start or end of the school day to speak with you. Please communicate any concerns or questions you may have and together we will find a solution.
At Fairfield Road we believe it is essential that young children get frequent and regular opportunities to learn outside. This gives our children:
Below you will find a range of resources which you may find useful to support your child's learning at home. We have included our long term plan, our medium term plan, our timetable and a copy of the Reception high frequency words which the children should be able to read off by heart.