Welcome to Swift class! We are very excited to learn and play with you this year.
Mrs Mountney is the Swift class teacher. Miss Gibson, Miss Moore and Mrs Brendling are teaching assistants who all help in the Swift class.
Mrs Arnott will be teaching in Swift class on Wednesday afternoons.
To begin our day, the children will come into the classroom hang up their coat and bag and wash their hands. Next, they find their name card and place it inside a post-box to show they have arrived at school for the day. They will then independently find and start a busy-finger activity. These activities are designed to help develop fine motor strength which is important for good pencil grip and control. Then, the children take part in a whole class phonics session followed by a child-initiated learning time. After snack the children listen to the story of the week being read, join in with repeated refrains and discuss the story. This is followed by a short maths session and opportunities to consolidate this new learning are provided during child-initiated learning.
During the lunch hour, the children will be supported by mid-day supervisors who help them with their lunch and encourage them to try new foods. After lunch, the children play in the outdoor learning environment and particularly enjoy using the climbing equipment. The afternoon starts with a reading session, small groups of children will be heard read individually and the others will take part in a larger group guided reading session. This is followed by another period of child-initiated learning. At the end of the day, the children have a circle time session or a story before getting ready for home.
This half term, our topic is 'All about me.' We will be thinking about ourselves and what makes us unique and special. As part of our PSED work will be talking about our families and the activities we like to do together when we are at home. We will also be exploring the reception environment and finding out all about our new friends.
In phonics lessons, we follow the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme of work and introduce the Jolly Phonics' actions for each sound. Watch out for the children singing the songs at home and doing the actions, they are quite catchy! We will be learning new Phase 2 phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (written letters). We will also be encouraging the children to have a go at reading and writing simple words and captions independently. For more information about phases 2 and 3 phonics, please visit the link at the bottom of this section.
In maths lessons, we will be exploring and recognising numerals to 10 and placing them in order as well as developing our understanding of place value.
Your child will have an online learning journal through the Tapestry app. For guidance on how to use the app, please speak to Mrs Mountney, who can support you with: signing up, viewing observations and uploading observations from home. We would love for parents to contribute to the journals by uploading learning achievements from home! This could be from a club, new experiences or a skill that has been mastered at home!
At Hillshott Infant and Nursery school we follow the PenPals handwriting scheme. Our younger children are introduced to four main characters which help them to memorise the sequence for writing each letter correctly. The key thing to remember is that all letters start from the top
(apart from d and e).
Pattern practice and ‘play’ writing are an important part of handwriting development. Your child will be practicing letter formation in a number of exciting ways: in sand, using paint, in the air, on the interactive television screens and iPads, as well as on paper with a pencil!
Use the websites below to help your child with their home learning.
For lots of great ideas, games and practical activities in all areas of learning (including e-books)
For phonics games (they have a free login which will be valid for a short period of time)
For phonics games
https://www.phonicsbloom.com/ (phase 2 and 3 games)
For practical maths activities
For some great practical Literacy activities
For activities and different topic games
For practising sciences skills and engaging children in conversations
https://explorify.wellcome.ac.uk/ (free to sign up)
For filtering results on any of these websites children in Reception are working at ‘EYFS’ stage or ‘Early Years