January 3rd 2021
Welcome back to the start of a new term
I hope you all had a good Christmas and Happy New Year!
Our themes this half term will focus on Superheroes beginning week 1 with Firefighters. Children will learn lots of information about the job of a firefighter through a range of fantastic and fun filled activities planned for them. I will be posting photographs of activities throughout the week on our Class Pages so please do have a look. If you have any questions, please email me through the contacts page or send a message via Tapestry.
I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow morning!
December 22nd 2020
We have had a fantastic busy term with so many fun activities and learning taking place. Children looked incredibly smart in their Christmas jumpers and had a delicious Christmas dinner on the same day with their friends. Please check out our Class photographs, I'm sure they will put a smile on your face!
Please help your child to practise reading tricky words which can be found in their reading books. Thank you.
Please check out Step Challenge page on our PE section of our school website
As a school we are trying to walk and achieve 5,000000 steps (equivalent to walking from Belper to the North Pole). If you have time, it would be great if you could get involved over the Christmas break. This could be going for walks, exercising to Joe Wicks or any physical activity. Please email me the steps achieved either through Tapestry or via my contacts page so that I can add them on to our list. Many thanks for your support.
As you will be aware; I will be teaching Castleton class for the remaining of this academic year. I am excited and looking forward to teaching your child in achieving their potential. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
I wish you all a safe Christmas and Happy New Year.
November 21st 2020
I hope you are all having a restful weekend. We have a great week of learning planned for the week ahead! Our book is 'The Mixed Chameleon' and the colour of the week is Blue.
Children are doing so well reading daily and most children are on target to get a treat in the coming weeks. Well done everyone!
Keep checking your child's learning on Tapestry to see the amazing work your children are doing in school. Remember you can post pictures onto Tapestry too!
Our sounds this week are x, y, z. Maybe you could play games by looking for things beginning with these sounds.
Your child took some handwriting sheets in their book bags a few weeks ago. Please help your child practise letter shapes. You could focus on a letter shape a day or perhaps practise the sounds of the week?
We are revising 2D shapes and starting work on 3D shapes. Why not go on a 3D shapes hunt around the house?
Thank you for your continued support.
November 14th 2020
I hope you are all having a restful weekend. Our theme for the coming week is based around the book We're going on a Lion Hunt! by the author David Axtell. We will continue our Talk for Writing using this book. Children will find their class Bear Cave had turned into a dark lion cave!
Monday is Odd Socks Day to mark the first day of Anti-Bullying Week. We look forward to seeing children join in with the national campaign and wearing odd socks on Monday! During the week, children will be taking part in various activities and discussions to raise awareness as well as given strategies to deal with any issues that arise.
In maths, children will be revising 2D shapes and introduced to 3D shapes and their properties.
Tricky words to learn this week are:
Please help your child to revise these words. They could incorporate these words into their daily reading slot.
November 6th 2020
What a wonderful week of learning to start Autumn 🍂2! We found out about Bonfire Night and Diwali and children had fun creating firework pictures using a range of media. They also made clay divas and explored Asian clothes! On Friday we went on an Autumn 🍂 walk to search for signs of autumn. We had a brilliant time In the open space and hope to go again (weather permitting). Thank you to everyone for sending in wellies. I have posted photographs on our Class Photographs of all the wonderful work children engaged in on our first week back, please do have a look.
Our Talk for Writing is based around the book ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ by the brilliant author Michael Rosen. Children are loving our Bear Cave role play in our classroom and acting out the story with their friends!
Please make sure your child reads their reading and phonics books at home at least four times a week. As a reward they will get a treat at the end of each month/half term. Please don’t forget to sign their reading records to help us keep a checklist.
Thank you for you continued support.
October 31st 2020
I hope you are all having a restful break. Our themes for Autumn 2 will be around the topic of COLOURS
We have got a busy week ahead next week with lots of fun activities planned! We will be learning about Bonfire Night and Diwali and our colour focus of the week is 'Autumn Colours'.
Talk for Writing
We will be starting our Talk For Writing around the story book; 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. I can't wait to see children's faces on Monday as they enter the class to find our role play area has turned into a 'Dark, Gloomy Cave' complete with mini lollipop stick puppets of everyone in our class to encourage imaginative story telling.
This week we will be learning the sounds b, f, ff
We will revise sounds taught so far:
s, a, t, p, I, n, m, d, o, g, c, k, ck. e, u, r, h, l, ll
Tricky words to revise:
1, no, go, to, the, into, of
As an incentive to encourage reading at home and further develop a love for books; from Monday 2nd November children who read a minimum of four times a week will be able to choose a reward at the end of each month/half term. Please make sure you sign and date the Reading Log each time your child reads at home. Reading is so much fun and a great way to spend time together. There are so many proven benefits to reading such as:
📖Reading exercises our brain
📖Reading improves concentration
📖Through reading children learn about the world around them
📖Reading improves vocabulary and language skills
📖Reading develops a child’s imagination
📖Reading helps children develop empathy
📖Helps children’s writing skills
📖Most of all, reading is fun
Thank you for your continued support.
October 18th 2020
Thank you to all our parents who booked virtual/telephone appointments for Parent's Evening. Most of the meetings went smoothly with a few having to be rearranged due to technical difficulties. Thank you for your patience.
Many parents asked how they can support their child.
There are lots of ideas and information on our Reception website in the Support Materials page that will help you support your child in their learning. Please do have a look.
After speaking with our parents; I have listed some ideas and tips below that are specific to our children's needs:
Some children require a lot of help when changing for P.E. Please help your child develop independence skills by encouraging them to dress/undress themselves. Some children are already doing this. Thank you.
Please help your child develop fine motor skills:
This could be using tools for mark making/writing or using their fingers to make letter shapes/patterns and numbers in sand/glitter/flour etc.
Help your child practise using a pair of scissors. Draw lines for them to cut in a straight/wavy/zig zag line.
Help your child practise writing their name. (Children will be bringing home a laminated name card to help them practise at home)
If your child is already doing the above then please refer to the Support Materials for further guidance.
Children learn a sound every day. We use letter-sound pictures to help your child learn these sounds.
Please help your child practise these sounds at home.
•Make flash cards of the sounds we have taught so far to help your child memorise them.
•Pick a card and play I Spy games
•Make CVC words using some of these sounds and help your child blend them to read such as;
c a t, cat
d I g, dig
m o p mop
To help us remember the letter we have learnt, we also sing Jolly Phonics songs which can be found on YouTube.
I hope this is useful. Please message me through the contacts page if you have any questions.
October 12th 2020
We have had a great week of learning this week😊. Thank you to all our parents for sending in Family photographs for our display.
Thank you for booking a telephone/virtual appointment to take place this Tuesday and Wednesday with one appointment taking place on Thursday. I look forward to sharing your child’s learning journey with you.
Our theme for the next two weeks is focused around Harvest. We will be planning a number of fun activities based around the popular book Oliver’s Vegetables 🍅 🌽 🌶 .
Please keep checking Tapestry to find out all the super work your child is doing in class. I also post weekly photographs on our Class Photographs 2020-2021 page of all the brilliant work and activities children engage in throughout the week which I’m sure you will enjoy 😊.
October 2nd 2020
What a busy week we have had. Children created artwork inspired by Andy Warhol and engaged in all areas of learning with some fabulous literacy and maths work produced. Children also had their first indoor and outdoor P.E. lessons which were superb!
(Remember children, if you struggled to dress/undress yourselves for P.E. and needed help, keep practising these skills at home). Really proud of everyone, well done Castleton Class!
Everyone should have a log in now. Please check out all the great work your children are doing on Tapestry! You can also post your child's home learning onto Tapestry too.
Next week we start our theme on Families as part of our I am Special topic. Thank you for all the family photographs sent in or emailed. If you haven't already done so, please send a family picture in for Monday. We will be using a number of books to teach about families.
I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!
September 26th 2020
We have had a wonderful week learning all about our sense of hearing. Children made Listening Ears and went for a walk around school listening carefully to the different sounds they could hear. If you haven't already done so; please check out Tapestry where you will be able to see what your child is doing in school.
The children will be getting changed for PE starting from next week. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school. Reception children will be keeping their PE bags in school and not taking them home at the end of the day.
Part of the Early Year’s Curriculum is for children to become independent and to be able to dress and undress themselves. It would be really helpful if you could help your child learn to dress and undress themselves.
Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday.
On Monday your child will bring home a phonics book with words in, using some of the sounds we have learnt so far. Please help your child sound out the words and have a go at reading them. If they don’t recognize the sounds then you can sound them out and see if they can hear the word. This is called oral blending. They still need to practice book conventions e.g. turning the pages, talking about the pictures, telling the story, predicting what might happen next.
On Friday your child will have a ‘choosing book’. These books are not phonic based so you will be sharing these books with your child, reading it to them and seeing if they can join in. They often have a repetitive structure so your child should be able to join in with the pattern of the words. They can look out for any letters they recognize and also practice book conventions.
It is such a special time of the day sharing a book with your child.
Please don’t forget to sign their reading record book when you have read with them.
Thank you for your support.
Mrs Badhan and Mrs Christie
September 18th 2020
We have had a very busy week with lots of learning happening! Thank you for returning all the permission slips for Tapestry. Please remember to keep checking Tapestry to see the wonderful work your child is doing in school:) I am also posting photographs onto our Class Pages of all the different activities children are engaging in throughout the week. If your child is absent and is/or member of the family is isolating; please click on the Home Learning link on the Reception page to access Literacy and Maths activities to do at home to avoid missed learning.
I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.
September 12th 2020
I am so proud of all the children in Castleton Class. They are becoming familiar with the daily routines and it's fantastic to see how quickly they have adjusted after such an extended absence! On Wednesday they had their first full day in school and had a delicious hot school dinner which they all enjoyed! All children were seated and their lunch trays were brought to them. When they had finished, children were shown where to line up to clear away their trays before going out to play. It was wonderful to see children developing new friendships as well as meeting their old friends from nursery. This week children have worked hard at lots of different activities throughout the week linked to the story of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?
Next week we are continuing our topic of I am Special and the focus will be on our sense of hearing. The book we will be using is by the popular author Jill Murphy and is titled Peace at Last. The story is all about Mr Bear who goes to bed but no matter how hard he tries he cannot get to sleep because of all the different sounds he can hear. We will be doing lots of different activities focussing on our sense of hearing.
Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.
September 5th 2020
It has been lovely to see how children are settling and getting used to their new classroom! They have enjoyed both the indoor and outdoor environment and loved listening to a story called Calm Down Boris!
Please remember to check your child's book bag daily for letters and other information. As soon as we receive the Tapestry permission slips back; we will begin to share all the wonderful learning children are doing in school building up a record of your child's experiences during their time with us.
Please remember that Monday and Tuesday will still be part time with full days beginning on Wednesday.
As we are learning about our senses as part of our I am Special topic; on Monday we will begin activities based around sight using the book Brown Bear Brown Bear, What do you see? We look forward to seeing you all on Monday!
August 31st 2020
Welcome to Castleton Class
We look forward to welcoming you to the transition sessions tomorrow. There will be lots of lovely activities for you to do! Please scroll down to have a look at your new class.