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Reception News
Spring 2   2019-25th   February – 5th April

Superheroes This term, our theme is Superheroes!  We will be talking about superheroes we already know and thinking about what it is that makes them superheroes.  Then we will think about what kind of superhero we might like to be – what super power might we like to have?  We will be creating our own superhero characters and imagining scenarios and stories that the superheroes might be involved in.  We will then be actively making stories, dressing up as superheroes and engaging in imaginative play as a basis for story writing.  It will be a super exciting term!

Capes
To help us get into character for our superhero story making, we will be decorating our own capes. Please could all children bring in an adult size t-shirt with a plain-white back (it can have a print on the front but the back needs to be plain white).  The t-shirt can be used or new as you prefer.  We will be transforming the t-shirts into our very own superhero capes.  If you happen to have more than one adult-size, white-backed t-shirt that you are able to donate, that would be very helpful! Thank you!

World Book Day
We will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 7th March and inviting the children to come to school dressed up as a character from a book.

Superhero books
We are looking forward to reading lots of books and stories about superheroes – both stories and information books – to help inspire our story making.  If you have any books about superheroes that you would be willing to bring in to share with the class for a few weeks, we will take good care of them.

Real-life helpers
As well as thinking about how superheroes help people in an emergency, we will also be taking this opportunity to learn about people who help us in real life.  If you work in a helping capacity in some way, either in your job or as a volunteer, we would love to hear from you.  The children would be so excited and proud to have visits from their parents, carers and friends talking about the things they do to help others.  Perhaps you are a vet, a midwife, a nurse, a doctor, a paramedic, a lifeboat volunteer, a police officer or a fire fighter.  Perhaps you help people in a different way.  We know of some parents who work in these areas, but if you help people in some way, and would be happy to come in and chat with your child’s friends about this work, please let your child’s teacher know.

Dates for the diary
Thursday 7th March Dress up as a character from a book!
Thursday 14th March Parents’ consultation evening 5.30 – 8.00pm
Wednesday 20th March Parents’ consultation evening 3.30-6.00pm
Friday 5th April Expert Day 9.15 – 9.45am

Book Club
This term sees the start of our Book Club.  On Friday 8th March, and every Friday after that, each child will bring home a bookmark to write on.  Each Monday, they may bring in their completed bookmark with a book they have particularly enjoyed and which they would like to share with the rest of the class.  This may be a book of their own from home or a book which they’ve enjoyed and brought home from school. When your child has chosen the book they’d like to bring in, please write on their bookmark, or, even better, help them to write on it themselves, explaining why they have chosen this book—what they like about it, their favourite picture, their favourite character, the funniest part…  We will look after the children’s Book Club books in a special box in the classroom.  Over the course of the week, the children will be able to have a look at their friends’ book choices and we will share them in more depth and talk about the different books at the end of the week in our Book Club session.  The children will bring home their books each Friday afternoon, ready to bring in a new one the following Monday.

Please help your child to take part in this – it has proved to be a really valuable learning experience as the children discuss their views and preferences about reading and the children really do enjoy it.

Maths
In Maths this term we will be continuing to focus on a number a week, focusing on numbers 16-20.

We will also be working on subtraction.

Reading at home
Thank you for taking time each day to read the book-banded book your child brings home each day with them.  It has such an impact.  We check the reading diaries weekly for any communication by parents so if you have any queries about your child’s reading, please note it down in the reading diary or come and see your child’s teacher.

Early Morning Writing
We begin every day with ‘Early Morning Writing’  (from 8.50 – 9.05) during which children practise and consolidate their writing skills.  The children work on different writing skills on different days, including fine motor development, handwriting, phonics and composition.  This is a very focused learning time, and is carefully planned for the next steps of the individual children in the class.  It has a great impact on the children’s progress in writing.  Please do endeavour to ensure that your child arrives at school at 8.50 so as not to miss this valuable learning time.

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