Welcome to Adams class!
We are named after the famous Nicola Adams, the gold medal winning boxer from Leeds!
In this class you will find Miss Ford, Miss Tallis, and Miss Garvey and we are all extremely excited to meet you all and spend lots of time with you! We will be having lots of fun and learning new and interesting things. We will have the chance to explore the rest of reception and meet lots of new friends whilst we are at school.
I hope you are looking forward to starting school as much as we are looking forward to seeing you!
Miss Ford :)
Adams Class Promise!
As a class we decided what we thought was important to make sure everyone always feels safe and happy at school. This is what we came up with - everyone made their promise and sealed it with a smile!
We have now started to learn our nativity songs and the children are absolutely loving it! You should have received a letter by now telling you what part your child is playing and what clothes you need to provide. I have attached the songs so you can practice with your child at home! I wonder if they can remember all the actions...
Recently we have been learning about length and height in maths. We have compared different lengths and heights to put them in order. The children have been brilliant at this and have become very confident in using the correct language for these concepts. Knowing which language to use and when is quite difficult when you have learnt these 2 concepts at similar times so to make this easier for the children we explained that height is measured from the floor to the sky (vertically) and length is measured across the floor (horizontally). The correct language for height and length are;
Long, short, longer, shorter, longest and shortest
Tall, short, taller, shorter, tallest and shortest
See what your children know by challenging them to order some objects from home. Can they describe their order using the correct language?
Tricky Troll Words
This is the 'Tricky Troll' who tries to trick us all by making words which we can't sound out! The children have really enjoyed learning these words and they have even learnt some songs to help them remember how they are spelt. The words we have learnt so far are...
To find the songs follow these links:
The children have continued being fabulous when learning their new sounds and we are now learning phase 3 sounds, including digraphs (2 letters which make one sound). You can listen to the correct enunciation of the phonics sounds we have been learning by
following the link below and clicking on individual sounds. It is really important to ensure we are modelling the correct enunciation of the sounds for children in order to support them with their reading so please do have a listen!
This week we have continued practising our sounds and have learnt 5 more - 'n', 'm', 'd', 'g' and 'o'! We have been really concentrating on reading and writing this week and the children have really enjoyed it, especially spelling and writing words - they were very proud of themselves! We are still really impressed with how much the children are enjoying learning their letters and how engaged they have ALL been during our phonics lessons, it is great to see. This week we introduced Obb and Bob to the children - these are our 'word eating' aliens, Obb eats silly words and Bob eats real words. The children really liked reading the words and feeding them to the right alien. We have learnt an action and a song for each sound which helps us memorise them, the links for the songs are below;
Other ways to help at home; Encourage children to think of words that start with each letter. Practise the sounds with your child using the reading book or phonics game that was sent home with them today. You could also tell your child a few simple words using the letters we have learnt to segment - remind them to say the word into their hand and shake it up ready.
Next week we will be learning the sounds 'c', 'k', 'ck', 'e', 'u', 'r' and 'h'.
Numbers and quantities!
In maths this week we have been looking at number recognition and matching numerals to quantities. Some children were even doing this with teen numbers! It is very important for us to really understand numbers and how they are made before we start to learn about addition, subtraction and similar things in maths. For example, it is easy for children to think 13 is just 1 and 3 when in actual fact it is 10 and 3 - understanding this will make other math topics easier for your child to learn about.
Next week we will be looking at estimation in maths.
Starting our phonics!
Miss Tallis, Miss Garvey and I have all been SO impressed with the way the children have responded to starting our Phase 2 phonics, they have done fantastic! This week we have learnt 5 sounds; 's', 'a', 't', 'p' and 'i'. We have initially been concentrating on recognising the beginning sounds in words but have also been pushing ourselves to read and spell words using these 5 sounds. We have learnt an action and a song for each sound which helps us memorise them, the links for the songs are below;
Other ways to help at home; Encourage children to think of words that start with each letter, maybe every day things in your house, foods they eat, toys they play with. Encourage your children to practise writing each of these sounds.
Next week we will be learning the sounds 'n', 'm', 'd', 'g' and 'o'.
Prepositions in maths!
This week in maths we have been learning about preposition and the different prepositional language we can use to help us explain where something is. The children got this very quickly and were able to describe to us where the fox was in the pictures - he was all over, underneath, on top, next to, in front of, behind!
Ways to help at home; See how much your child can remember by asking them to put their favourite soft toy or figurine in a certain place. Using the language we have used at school (which is bold above) and being consistent across home and school with such language will help make sure your child fully understands things like preposition.
Next week we are looking at matching quantity to numerals and doing a bit of addition near to the end of the week.
A BIG THANKYOU!
A big thank you to everyone who brought donations for the Harvest Festival, they are very appreciated!
From the start of the year we have been concentrating on Phase 1 phonics to make sure all the children have the correct foundation of knowledge before we start to learn out letter sounds. This consists of listening to environmental sounds and musical instruments. We have been on listening walks and heard things such as sirens, wind, birds and even a cat rustling the grass and listened carefully to instruments, closed our eyes and guessed which one had been played. It is vital that children can distinguish and identify differences between different sounds that they hear everyday and this will help them to distinguish differences between the letter sounds when we begin to learn these.