Welcome to Rainbow Class' class page. I'm Miss Rosser, the class teacher in Rainbow Class. I am lucky to be supported in class by the lovely Mrs Rodriguez. We both absolutely love teaching in Rainbow class and joining the children with their learning journey throughout the first year of their school career. I love seeing the pride the children have in their own achievements and the magical imaginations they enjoy sharing with us on a daily basis. We relish providing the children with exciting learning opportunities that capture their interests and promote a love of learning. I love the opportunities within Reception to observe the children developing their own skills and knowledge through interacting with different resources whilst also watching them apply their understanding in a selection of ways. I love teaching Maths in Reception because there are so many exciting things that can be done with mathematical learning and it is wonderful watching the magical moments when children understand new concepts introduced to them. Mrs Rodriguez loves being creative in Rainbow class and particularly enjoys the unique models and paintings the children create. Together we make a great team sharing ideas and working with the children to encourage independence whilst helping them to achieve their maximum potential in a supportive environment.
Term 5 2017-2018
Welcome back after the Easter holiday. We hope you all had a wonderful Easter break.
Rainbow class have an exciting term ahead of us. The children’s learning this term will be based around the topic ‘To Infinity and Beyond’.
During our topic we will be taking a journey to Space, where we will introduce the planets and the children will create a fact file about each one. We will then also develop our learning around fiction books and will read the story ‘Whatever Next’, we will be using this story to create our own about a character that travels to somewhere in space. This term we are having a big push on developing our skills as authors and using our imaginations to venture to far of places. We are hoping that during our topic we will be visited by some extra-terrestrial creatures to help us with our learning, we will read the stories ‘Beegu’ and ‘Aliens love Underpants’ (don’t be surprised if your child is missing their underwear during this week of our learning).
In the mornings please could you continue standing away from the wall and in front of the children with the other parents. We have only got two terms left in Rainbow class now and we are trying to promote independence within the children.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We will be covering all the areas of PSED through everyday activities and interaction with each other and a weekly circle time. We will continue working on being kind to each other and always listening carefully and respectfully to the ideas of others. We are also promoting that the children try and deal with issues between friends themselves instead of continually telling tales on each other. Please promote this at home, whilst also reassuring your child if they have anything important to tell us, for example; someone is hurt or has hurt them, they can still tell us this information.
The children will be continuing with their PE sessions twice a week this term, these will be Tuesday and Thursday. We will be looking for independence in changing for PE – please practice this at home! They will be learning a unique space dance as part of our topic but will also be learning new skills involved in the sport of tennis. PE lessons this term are most likely to be outside so please provide your child with the appropriate attire for this. Please can every item of their clothing be named to limit things getting lost.
We will continue developing our fine motor control and will be particularly focusing on improving our handwriting to ensure neat and legible writing always. The children will also be developing their personal hygiene through regular handwashing and knowing about keeping healthy and healthy eating.
Literacy-Reading and Writing/ Communication & Language
This term we will be introducing the children to a carousel of activities during our guided reading time, this will involve the children developing their independence as learners through completing a range of activities organised around developing phonics, handwriting and writing skills. The children will also be reading with an adult twice a week, one group will participate in a guided (group) reading session and another group each child will be read with individually using their own books. For this to be beneficial for the children please can you ensure their reading books and reading record are in their bags every day. As our writing focus this term we will be continually working on developing our simple sentences and our confidence with this, however we are now looking for the children to show they can write for different purposes and at a greater length. We will be encouraging the children to begin writing their own simple stories about a favourite toy/character they have. We will also be looking for children to show their abilities to write things such as; cards, invitations; letters (maybe a thank you letter), also to begin looking at the organisation of instructions in order to attempt writing our own.
Focus Texts – Whatever Next, Aliens love underpants, Beegu, Q Pootle 5.
Within our Maths learning this term we will be consolidating a lot of our previous learning including addition and subtraction but whilst doing this we will be introducing new concepts such as counting on from a number in the number sentence and adding the other number to work out the answer. For example: 7+6= (hold 7 in your head and count on 6 more). We will also be consolidating our recognition of one more and one less than a number up to 20. We will introduce the concept of doubling, halving and sharing. We will be continuing to develop our recognition of 2D and 3D shapes, particularly identifying them within everyday objects – tin of beans (cylinder). We will also be developing an awareness of weight and capacity including using the language related to this and ordering a selection of objects.
Understanding the World
We will be learning about the solar system including the planets that we know and will also be encouraging your child to design their own planet from what they have found out about the planets that already exist. We will be exploring the distance of the planets from the sun and will use visual aids to support with this learning.
As part of this learning we will also be looking at similarities and differences between ourselves and other families, communities and traditions.
Expressive Arts and Design
Within our expressive arts and design the children will be encouraged to use their imagination to retell stories and begin writing their ideas down. We will also be encouraging the children to create 3D models of rockets, jet packs and planets – to support the children with this please send in any recycling bits and pieces you have at home. The children will also be given the opportunity to explore the sounds of different instruments and express themselves through music, dance and role play.
We love to celebrate your children and their achievements in every area of learning. It is important for us to know how your child is developing at home as well as school. Your voice is valuable in our assessment process. However, please do not forget that we are looking for the children to have ownership over their ‘All About Me’ books and that the evidence shown is examples of things they can do, such as sentence writing, different shapes they have found and skills they have been practising – handwriting, number formation. The children are always keen to share their work with us so please let them do it, don’t forget we are trying to promote independence and pride in their own achievements.
We will continue with our library visits every Wednesday, when your child will bring home a library book of their choice. We do not help them choose, as we like them to make their own decisions, so the chances are they will bring books home that they may not necessarily be able to read them independently. Please share the books with them and enjoy the pictures but remember to send it back in the following week to be changed.
Please remember to ensure that your child has their reading book in their bag daily and if they have read that you have recorded this. We often change the days when we hear your child read and to support us with this having the books in daily is extremely helpful.
Please don’t forget to use our fantastic school resource – BUG CLUB. All the children have been allocated books and can easily access these through their individual virtual worlds. To log on to your child's virtual world you will need to go to: www.bugclub.co.uk. From here you can log in using the following details:
Username: the first 4 letters of your first name and the first 4 letters of your surname
School code: xjjh
We look forward to seeing who has accessed their own account and read some of the wonderful books they have been allocated. Don’t forget rewards can be earnt on BUG CLUB by reading the books and then answering questions about the text.
We are really pleased to see so many children have been using this valuable resource at home, this term I am going to be running a competition in Rainbow class to see all the children that are using the resource and read as many books as they can. I will check the account on a weekly basis and will be keeping a log to see who is using it. Then at the end of the term there will be a prize for the children that have been logging on and reading as many books as they can.
Make sure * Your child has a named water bottle in school. *As the weather is getting warmer your child has a named sunhat to wear at play time and during our PE lessons. * Ensure ALL clothing is clearly labelled, especially PE kits. *If your child wears earrings please can they either be removed in the morning or tape sent in to cover them over during our PE sessions.
This term and next we are planning on visiting the woods on a regular basis. During our trips to the woods we will be exploring a range of different learning and will hopefully be having a bonfire for one of these visits. However in order to organise these trips to the woods we need to have a selection of parent helpers (minimum 4 extra adults). It would be extremely useful if we could have a list of parents/carers that would be able to help with these trips. At this time we are unable to state the days that we will be going therefore a list of parents/carers that could be flexible would be extremely helpful.
EYFS curriculum evening: Tuesday 17th April 6:00 – 7:00
Stay and play: Tuesday 1st May 9:00 – 10:00
Wednesday 9th May 2:00 – 3:00
Alien tea party: Wednesday 23rd May (children only)
Please would you be able to organise a selection of party food for the children to enjoy during our class alien tea party.
Rainbow class assembly – Wednesday 13th June 2:45