Welcome to Rainbow Class' class page
I'm Miss Rosser, the class teacher in Rainbow Class.
I am lucky this year to have two wonderful teaching assistants Miss Bartholomew and Mrs Rodriguez. We all 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.
Miss Bartholomew is excited to join the children with their learning and is looking forward to supporting them with all their developments.
Mrs Rodriguez loves being creative in Rainbow class and particularly enjoys the unique models and paintings the children create. 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.
Apologies for the changes but I just wanted to update you that our woodland learning will begin after the Christmas holidays. I will let you know the first date we will be going nearer the time. Please can you let myself or Miss Bartholomew know if you can help with these. I would like to have a list of parents that can help before I start organising dates. We will still be going on our woodland learning adventures on a Thursday morning from 9 until about 11.
During our trips to the woods the children will be completing a range of different activities linked to our learning in class and also developing new skills. The children absolutely love all of these opportunities and they are vital to allowing the children to explore different environments. These excursions are a valuable opportunity for the children and unfortunately if we don't receive enough adults to help we will be unable to complete them.
I hope you all enjoyed the half term break! This term our topic is ‘Let’s Celebrate!’
We will be looking at different celebrations this time of year such as Halloween, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Hanukah, Advent and the Christmas story. We will also be learning about Birthdays and developing our understanding of the yearly celebrations around this. The children will also be identifying different colours and will begin to understand about colour mixing through reading different ‘Elmer’ stories. We will continue our learning by reading some of the wonderful stories by ‘Eric Carle’ such as ‘Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you see? And ‘The Mixed up Chameleon’ and linking this into how we are all unique and celebrating our individuality.
This term will be very exciting with the lead up to Christmas! The children will be rehearsing for our Nativity play which will be performed in the final few weeks of the term.
The Early Years curriculum is taught through adult-led and child-initiated opportunities to develop your child within seven areas:
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 support your child to gain a sense of belonging to the class and school and to have a pride in everything they do.
Communication and Language
The children will be learning how to sequence a story. Development of careful listening skills and how to respond appropriately. Development of language and vocabulary skills. Ask and answer questions with confidence.
The children will be continuing with their PE sessions twice a week this term, these will be Tuesday and Wednesday. If your child wears a full button shirt/blouse please could you keep practising the buttons to ease changing before and after PE. They will be learning Dance this term, this will include developing some of the different travelling skills they learnt last term and also putting together a sequence of movements. We will also continue developing our control and co-ordination using tools, construction and malleable materials (scissors, paint, brushes, dough, crayons). As part of our physical development we will complete Write Dance on a regular basis that involves working on our gross motor skills – completing actions with hands and feet in large and small controlled movements.
We will be further developing and improving our fine motor skills (weaving, threading, cutting) Using small and large equipment (balls, hoppers, wheeled vehicles) improving independence when changing for PE, managing personal hygiene through regular handwashing and keeping healthy.
Literacy-Reading and Writing
Development of reading skills and an enjoyment of books through shared reading with whole class and individual/group reading. The children have opportunities to practise emergent writing through child-initiated play and letter formation practise, linked to the sounds they are learning. The children will also be bringing home their high frequency word book, where we ask the children to learn the different words and develop their segmenting and blending skills whilst doing this. Mrs Rodriguez will be assessing the children on these words on a weekly basis so please make sure the book is in the bag on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
Opportunities for the children with Reading and Writing will be through consolidation of Phase 2 sounds, cursive letter formation following the different letter families (curly caterpillars, long ladder letters, robot arm letters and zig-zag monster letters). We will also be writing birthday cards, invitations, letters to Father Christmas and story ideas, topic related books in the book corner, daily stories, acting out and retelling of different stories.
We will be learning to count to 20 and back (and beyond if needs be), starting at different points. They will learn to order, recognise and write numerals. They will be grouping objects, beginning to create sets and verbalise their arrangements of objects. They will use many practical objects to help them with their development of these mathematical skills. We will also begin to learn about the concepts of addition and subtraction. We will be completing this very practically to begin with and will then develop this understanding to try writing number sentences.
Understanding the World
We will share our experiences of Bonfire Night and why we celebrate it each year. What is Hanukah and who celebrates it? What is Remembrance Day? We will find out how and why we celebrate Christmas and learn the story of the Nativity. We will also look at some of the traditions around Christmas.
Expressive Arts and Design
We will be getting creative with lots of craft-making, painting and clay work throughout the term. We will explore mixing different colours and will create different pieces of artwork looking at an array of colours. We will be learning and singing a variety of Christmas songs in preparation for the Key Stage 1 Christmas performance!
We will continue with our library visits every Thursday, 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 cannot read yet! Please share the books with them and enjoy the pictures.
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. This can be done through the ‘All about me’ books. We will continue to send home these books every Friday. These are used for you to tell us what your child has experienced at home. This may include any achievements, clubs they have been to, places they have visited, etc-anything that your child wants to celebrate and share with us. This could be recorded through writing, pictures, photos, etc. Please talk with your child about what is being put into the journal and encourage your child to draw/write on the page as well. Completing the books regularly will help us to continue to build up a picture of your child and this will enable us to further their learning.
Please make sure your child’s reading book and record is in their book bag every day, even if their book does not need to be changed * If your child is wearing tights this term, please bring in white ankle socks for their PE bags * Ensure ALL clothing is clearly labelled, this includes any Winter accessories, such as hat, gloves, scarfs. *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.
Dates for the term:
Stay and play:
Wednesday 28th November 9:00 - 10:00
Thursday 6th December 2:00 - 3:00
Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 7th December
Key Stage 1 production:
Toddler performance (You are more than welcome to bring toddlers to this performance only) Tuesday 11th December - 2:00
Wednesday 12th December - 9:15 and then again in the evening at 5:30
Pantomime - Tuesday 18th December