We follow the RWI scheme and children are working on reading and writing activities best suited to their own individual ability. All children are continuing to work very hard.
Please keep donating any recyclable material for our workshop (please no toilet roll insides or polystyrene as we are not permitted to use these). The children love to make their own models and it provides an opportunity to develop motor skills and social skills as they often work with others.
Lots of Physical Development is covered within the Reception setting. We do also have one PE session a week with Club Energy. This takes place on a Wednesday afternoon. Children need a PE kit suitable for the weather conditions in school on this day, including suitable footwear.
Behaviour- rewards and sanctions
The staff in Medcroft love to reward excellent behaviour and effort! We have various ways of rewarding the children; stickers, ‘stars’, house points and lots of positive praise and reinforcement. If a child is struggling to follow the Tackley School values they will have some time out and a reflection session with a member of staff.
One of the most valuable things you can do at home with your child will be sharing books and stories. A story book will be sent home every Monday which your child has chosen from school to share at home. As we work through our phonics programme regular sounds will be sent home for you to practice reading and writing with your child. As children progress through the programme they will also be sent home the special Ditty Reading Books which they will have already worked on in school to practice reading at home.
Show and tell
Show and tell is on a Thursday. The children love sharing with their friends and it is a valuable speaking and listening activity. The children can bring in items, photos (on a USB stick if easier) or simply talk about an experience. I will give them a letter at the start of the week to remind them.
So that we can make accurate assessments of your child’s learning, and plan appropriately for their next steps, it is important that we build up a picture of all their achievements. To support us with that we are sending home some ‘wow’ sheets. We would be very grateful if you could record on one of these any significant moments – (ones that make you think or say ‘wow’) – that you note at home, for example this could be the first time your child swims without armbands, or it could be they use a particularly impressive word to describe something in conversation. Please then send these in on the next school day, and we can add them to each child’s individual profile book. When you need more please help yourself to the stack on the parent notice board in the classroom. Thank you for your help with this.
If you have a message and are unable to speak to a member of staff first thing, please do put a note in the homes/school diary and it will be picked up and dealt with. Alternatively you can catch me most days at 3pm for a chat.
Miss Malone and Miss Sally