Welcome to Hummingbird Class
Reception and Year 1
Miss May is the class teacher.
The class is supported by Mrs Stark and Mrs Cavill.
Look at what we have been doing this week!
The children have really enjoyed our focus on telling stories aloud. Here are some photographs of the children in action!
Reception will be focusing on:
- Representing numbers to 20 - beginning to partition numbers into tens and ones
- Matching numerals to amounts up to 20
- Solving problems involving doubling, halving and sharing
Year 1 will be focusing on:
- Place value – representing numbers up to 100 using dienes and numicon
- Place value – comparing numbers to 100 using tens and ones knowledge
We began the term by learning about what it is like to work as a fisherman and to live in a fishing community. The children learnt what it means to persuade and created a balanced argument on various topics including whether dogs should be allowed to walk on the beach. After half term we began reading 'The Secret of Black Rock' by Joe Todd-Stanton, which is our starting point for writing our own stories. The children have focused a lot on using their imagination to tell stories aloud. They have also done a lot of work on developing their vocabulary and thinking about the effect of exciting words on a reader.
We will be continuing our daily phonics sessions and one of the main focus areas for the reception children will still be on blending sounds to read words. The year 1 children will be focusing on using their existing phonic knowledge to segment and blend sounds to read. Both year groups will continue to learn new phonemes and words each week. It would be helpful if you could continue to support your child with their phonics learning by using the resources that were sent home.
It is really important for your child’s progress in both reading and writing that they read at home as many times as possible. Please could you support this by making a log in your child’s reading record every time they read.
BOOK CHANGE DAYS
In order for your child to become fluent in their reading, they will need to read or share their book several times, both at home and at school. Alongside this fluency they will also need to develop their comprehension skills by talking about the book that they are reading. Your child's book will be changed when they are confident at reading the story and have completed a comprehension activity.
The children have gained a good understanding of our school values but we will continue to review them to deepen their understanding. Our theme for this half term will be focusing on religions other than Christianity.The children will have lots of opportunities to talk about the stories that we hear from the Bible and to reflect back on our school values.
This half term the children will have one P.E session on a Friday with Mr Irish that will be a mixture of gymnastics, dance and sports day practice. On a Tuesday the children have a swimming session at Quantock Lodge where they are taught by swimming instructors. Please ensure that your child’s P.E/swimming kit is named so that no items will be lost. If your child has pierced ears then please ensure that they have tape to wear during P.E to avoid injury.
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