Rainbow Class Term 4 Letter 2018-2019

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils of Rainbow class,
This term we have lots of fun things planned in Rainbow class which will hopefully inspire and motivate them to learn more and want to write. We are now over halfway through the year and things begin to pick up pace. 
The expectation for the end of the Reception year for reading is: Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read. It is really important that you are hearing your child read at home at least 4 times a week. We read with your child at least once a week at school and change the book/s if we feel they are ready to move on. 
The expectation for writing is: Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible. Please encourage your child to write words and short sentences at home. They could help write the shopping list or the ingredients needed to bake a cake. Add photos to tapestry as it can be used as evidence for your child. 
I will share the maths expectations at another time or you can ask me individually but I am confident that I have a class of mathematicians.
Our loose topic this term will be traditional tales and fairy tales. We will be looking at stories with repetition to help us orally tell a story and then have the language to write them too. 
The children’s interests are still the priority but it is important for us to develop their curiosity and love of learning too. 
In maths this term we will be focusing on addition and subtraction. We will also be looking at 3D shape and time too. 
We will be focusing on writing words, short sentences to describe the characters in the stories we listen to, our name if we needed, and learning phase 3 sounds and digraphs which we will then begin to add to our writing too. 
Phonics cooking will not happen every week this term as we will be doing cooking to link with stories we are reading, to bring the stories to life, to help us write lists of the ingredients we need (instructions of how to make bread for example) and to make our own stories using characters from the stories we have listened to.
We will be listening to lots of traditional tales as well as lots of others. The stories we will be hearing lots are: The Gingerbread Man, The 3 Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.  
We will be doing PE on a Tuesday, where we will be looking at basic ball skills- throwing to a target and catching the ball from a peer. On a Thursday we will be doing write dance where we use big movements in time to music and represent the music using drawings too. We use both hands in write dance to strengthen muscles in both shoulders, arms, wrists and hands.  Please make sure their PE kit is at school every day though, in case we have to move things around.
Understanding the World
We will be looking for signs of spring in the Forest School this term and also going on a trip to Westgate Gardens to see how different it looks compared to when we went in the autumn. We will be beginning to grow things in our greenhouse as we head towards March.
We will be continuing with going to the computer suite to play phonics games, draw pictures and use the beebots too.
In RE our big question this term is 
‘Why do Christians put a cross in an Easter Garden?’
Expressive Arts and Design
The class are given opportunities to decide what they would like to create using paint, junk modelling, different materials and textures with guidance given when needed and suggestions being shared too. 
Miss Tydeman is teaching PSHE with the class on a Wednesday morning. This term the topic they will be learning about is ‘me and making a positive contribution.’
Please could all children have welly boots at school every day with their name in so that we can go over to Forest School to look for signs of spring and to wear if the sand is wet in the sand pit. Please could they also have a spare pair of warm clothes, so that we can go over to the Forest School and learn out there, where we can dig in the mud and we have lots of space to run and explore.  The bag of clothes can be left on their peg with their name in so that they can identify their clothes from others in the class. 
Please can you pay £3 for rolling snack as soon as possible for the term so that we can continue to provide a wide range of fruits and snacks. 
Other information and Dates for the calendar
We will be going out on a few local trips this term to enhance our learning and give the children real learning experiences. We will be visiting a bakery and going to Westgate Gardens. 
Parents’ evening- 27th and 28th March- more information will be emailed to you closer to the time. It is a good opportunity for us to discuss any questions you may have about your child and their learning. I look forward to seeing many of you then. 
Many thanks for all your continued support, 
Miss Bergin, Mrs Gooderham, Miss Fuller and Miss Tydeman