Dear Rainbow class and parents,
As we begin Term 5, I just wanted to remind you that water will be available to play in most days. Spare clothes would be handy to have for all children in a bag on their peg in case they get too wet (labelled please).
PE will remain on a Thursday and we are learning tennis skills this term. A PE kit needs to include shoes (plimsolls or trainers with velcro are needed) which are not their school shoes. As we are having the first slot of the day this term, I'm asking that children come to school in their PE kit with their school clothes in their PE bag to change into later in the day.
Forest school will continue on Monday afternoons- please leave the clothes on your child's pegs in a named bag.
I have loved seeing the sunflowers on tapestry. If your child did not come home with one at the end of term, please let staff know when we are back and we can arrange this for you :) Please continue to add photos to tapestry - it is lovely to see what the class get up to at home.
A trip to Wildwood is planned for this term and a letter will be coming to you at the beginning of the term for consent and information.
A coffee meeting is planned for Thursday 21st April at 2:45pm to discuss the term ahead. I hope to see many of you there.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to me at the beginning or end of the day. If you are unable to do this then please either call the school office, or email using the address below:
Miss Bergin and the Rainbow staff team
Our webpage contains some useful links, information and letters regarding; our online learning journal Tapestry, Phonics, Reading, Writing and Maths. Home learning and resources to support the children at home can be found on our Google Classroom page.
In Rainbow Class we use Tapestry which is an app that allows us to record learning that has taken place in the classroom. This can also be accessed at home so you can see what we have been up to!
It is also extremely useful to have some photographs and comments of activities, celebrations and learning done at home as it helps to build a whole picture of your child and will contribute towards meeting the Early Learning Goals. Every term there will be Love to Learn Challenges to complete at home and upload to Tapestry.
Below is a step-by-step guide for how to upload observations as well as some ideas and suggestions of what you could upload...
Rainbow Class Photo Gallery
Here are some photographs of our wonderful learning environment and some examples of what we have been getting up to...
What we have been up to...
Our learning environment...
At St Peter's we want all children to develop a love of books and reading. All children will have their own reading record log and will take home reading books every week. These will consist of both reading scheme books for them to work on their segmenting and blending skills as well as a 'free choice' picture book which the children can share, talk about and listen to being read.
Below are some recommended reads for EYFS from the author Pie Corbett:
As a school we also have access to the Oxford Owl website which can be used at home to support reading.
To access a range of e-books, here are the Rainbow Class log in details and a guide for parents:
Under the Phonics tab you will also find some useful resources to help with learning sounds and supporting your child with blending for reading.
At St Peter's we learn how to read using a Phonics programme called 'Little Wandle'. We begin by learning the sounds and then learning how to read words by saying the sounds (segmenting) and then pushing them together to hear the word (blending). Below is a video and a document with some tips for supporting your child/ren, when learning to blend while reading at home...
Here are some flashcards showing the Phase 2 and 3 sounds we will be learning this year. If you are unsure how to say the sounds we have a guide to help you below. There is also a list of 'tricky words' that the children will need to learn to recognise when reading.
At St Peter's we teach Maths through the mastery approach, by encouraging children to explore number, shape, space and measures with real life examples, within stories and by using concrete materials in order to gain strong foundations in their understanding.
The overview for the topics we teach and the order in which we teach them in Rainbow Class, can be found in the White Rose parent overview here...