Cherry Class (Reception and Year 1)

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Welcome to Cherry Class where we love to learn through play and exploration. We learn inside and outside about all sorts of fascinating things from bugs to number bonds. We all try our best and understand that sometimes when we are learning it can be a bit tricky but we must persevere. Most of all we like to have fun together!

   

Autumn Term

Our learning this term is inspired by exploring the question: What makes a home?

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We will be finding out all about homes from our own homes to our friend’s homes, from a badger’s home to a polar bear’s home, what it means to feel at home and how we can help other’s to have a home. We will be thinking about and exploring how and why homes are different and similar. We will be investigating how homes are made and which materials are used to make them.

Some of our key  texts this term will be:

Belonging : Baker, Jeannie, Baker, Jeannie: Amazon.co.uk: Books Goldilocks & the Three BearsThe Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman (9780711219915/Paperback) | LoveReading

Key Information

Assemblies

Our celebratory Star Assembly will take place at 2.45pm every Tuesday. We extend an invitation to all of our school community to come and share the successes of the week in our school hall.

PE

PE happens on Monday. Please ensure all PE kit and shoes are labelled clearly. PE kit should be kept in school and will be sent home at the end of each half term for washing or as required.

Reading: 

Reading books will be changed each week on a Friday.

Listening to your child reading and discussing books with your child at home is encouraged at least 3-5 times a week. We also strongly encourage reading to your child daily in addition to listening to them read.

Tapestry:

We will be sharing key information, home learning activities and in school learning successes on Tapestry. We would also love it if you could update your child’s Tapestry with any exciting home learning so we can share this in school.

Other useful learning links

BBC School – videos, audio books and activities 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007g5y4

BBC Nursery Rhymes 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-a-to-z-index/z4ddgwx

White Rose (we follow this scheme for maths)

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/?fbclid=IwAR1dPN8b-d-Nb4P04yXv8q8IRSCvISY_UPTbLzhJHVWc07uyAOBWjJwPTBc

ABC Does – creative activities

https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/

Hungry Little Minds – mixture of activities 

https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/

Science activities

A lot of different ideas for interesting yet simple to carry out homemade science activities.

http://www.science-sparks.com/early-years-science-themed-activities/

Science challenges to try at home.

https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/primary

Maths activities

BBC Numberblocks

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

A variety of activities for maths including number recognition, patterns, measure and shape.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

Fantastic activities to challenge a wide range of mathematical areas. Articles about developing children’s maths are also interesting and thought provoking to read.

https://nrich.maths.org/early-years

Games and interactive activities to challenge mathematical thinking in KS1.

https://nrich.maths.org/9079

Reading/ Phonics

www.phonicsplay.co.uk 

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BBC Alphablocks

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks

We learn phonics in Cherry Class. Here is a useful guide to our pronouncing sounds we are learning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqhXUW_v-1s&safe=active

This site has lots of tips to get children reading; fun stuff to do; book recommendations; ideas for all ages up to end of KS2. Excellent site.

http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk/?gclid=CPmU_4e_57ICFUXHtAodVE8A4w

This is an extensive site giving tips on how to share books; book lists & recommendations; catering for all ages including adults. Highly recommended.

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/children/how-to-share-books/support-your-childs-reading-journey/

Free eBooks; advice and tips for supporting children in KS1 & KS2; lots of games & activities that support reading skills; links to Oxford reading schemes. Definitely worth a look.

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/Reading/

This site regularly updates its reading lists for specific age groups. It gives synopses, reviews & recommendations. Useful for keeping abreast of what’s popular in children’s fiction.

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

TIPS FOR SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD’S READING

Provides a checklist of tips for hearing your child read.

http://firstschoolyears.com/literacy/text/resources/readingtips.htm

Top ten tips on hearing your child read + a few related links.

http://www.netmums.com/activities/fun-at-home/reading-together/top-ten-tips-to-help-your-child-read