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message from the headteacherIn this, the final half term of 2018, we are looking forward to the rich variety of activities that we associate with this busy time of year. From Christmas Shows to Parents' Evenings, from Carols on the Crescent to Reading Workshops, there is a rich mixture of opportunities to become involved even more deeply with your school. Keep a close eye on 'Upcoming Events' to make sure you stay in the know!
Reception Sun Rays
Welcome to Sunrays!

I am really looking forward to meeting with you all on either Tuesday and Wednesday this week at our Parent's Evening. Your child should have come home with an appointment slip on Friday in their book bags.

Our theme this half term is 'If we go down to the woods today...'

Week 1

We have been reading a variety of Funny Bones Stories in class. The children have been extremely excited about Halloween celebrations and we have focussed our learning on all things festive! We have carved pumpkins, carved pepper pumpkins and made skeleton biscuits. The children have been developing their fine motor skills using tweezers to catch creepy crawlies in spider webs. We have decorated pumpkins in our creative area and made pompom spiders. We have studied X ray pictures on our light box and measured our own bodies in bones. We have labeled our skeleton and learnt the names of some of our bones too. The children have made pumpkins and spiders in our play dough area and have enjoyed visiting our spooky role play area to make potions and dress as characters from our stories.

Week 2

This week we are reading the story Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.
Continuing with our spooky theme from last week, we will using this book as a basis for our writing and construction work. We will be building our own magnificent brooms and making our own magical spells. The children will be encouraged to use lots of role play and drama this week and we will making up our own endings to the story.
It is Bonfire Night on Monday, and I imagine lots of you will have been celebrating Bonfire Night this weekend. I hope you all have a fun and safe time together.
Diwali begins this week and this celebration will also be part of our learning in class. We will be making Diva lamps and Rangoli patterns and listening to the story of Rama and Sita. We will be learning why the Festival of Light is important and special to many of our own families at Oldfield Brow Primary School. Happy Diwali everyone!

Here are a few reminders you may find helpful:

Please send your child to school every day with a warm coat, their book bags, reading folders, reading books, reading records and phonic key ring with them EVERY DAY as there may be times when parent readers are in to support and without a complete wallet your child may miss out on a valuable reading session.

PE is on Tuesdays and Fridays. Weather permitting, one of these sessions will be outside. Please make sure your child has a pair of jogging bottoms and jumper/hoodie in their PE kit as the weather is getting steadily colder.

Library Day is on Thursdays. Please try to remember to send your child to school with their library book on this day.

Class fund is £12 for this half term.

Please help me keep your little people safe at all times by informing me directly of any after school club arrangements your child may have, or of any changes you make to your normal collection arrangements.

Look out for our Phonics Workshop for Parents coming very soon. (16th Oct 18, 2:00/6:00pm)

I am hugely excited about the year ahead and I look forward to sharing your child's achievements and progress with you throughout the year.

If you have any question, concerns or worries, please speak with Mrs Smith-Burnand or myself at any time.

Thank you for all you do to support your child's learning at home and I wish your child every success and happiness for this year ahead.

Miss Brash.

Learning Goals

Mrs Moody will be coming into class every Thursday morning to focus on writing with the class.

The children will be getting used to using the PC's and smartboard at school. They will spend some time playing on the 'busy things' website. This website is fantastic as it covers many areas of learning in the Foundation Stage and the children love it! If you would like your child to access the site whilst at home the login details are:-

username home9482
password balloon5477

Your child has been given a reading book and their first sets of homework challenges.

Homework is sent home monthly. You will receive the next month's challenges on the first Friday in the month and we will collect your child's homework book on the last Wednesday of each month.

Whichever task you are doing we want you as a family to have fun sharing in your child's learning journey - homework is given to enhance your child's development and give you an insight to the learning activities we are doing in the classroom.

Sometimes the task set is a creative, practical or discussion one and it is entirely up to you which times you and your child choose to record in the book.

Please read with your child each night and comment in the Reading Record book, remember to include other books you may have read at home for bedtime stories or just during quiet times that you have shared with your child.

Reading is all about the variety of experience your child has and developing a love of books at this age.

We will provide you with more information and guidance about how to help your child read and how to support your child's learning at home, at our Phonics Workshop for Parents. Please see our upcoming events for more details.
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