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Class 1 Foundation

Welcome to Class 1

Mrs Sudra and I would like to welcome you to the Foundation unit and the start of your child's school journey.  The team are really looking forward to having lots of fun with the children whilst they are they are in Reception.

 

We hope you have or can find all the information you need but if you have any questions or queries please don't hesitate to email me or message us via Class Dojo and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible .  For really important information and messages such as illnesses or a different person collecting your child please phone the school office as emails and Dojo messages are often not seen till later in the day. 

 

Mrs Williams email address is jpinnegar@glebelands.leicester.sch.uk

 

This year the teachers in Class 1 are:

Mrs Williams (Monday to Thursday) and Mrs Sudra (Friday)

Mrs Watts (cover on a Tuesday morning)

 

Other staff within the Foundation base:

Mrs Hobson and Mrs Savage (Class 2 teachers)

Miss Duke

Mrs Kettle

Mrs Holt

Miss Elliot

Miss Farrington

 

Throughout the year we also have student placements and parent volunteers.

 

Water Bottles

 

Children are encouraged to bring a clearly named bottle containing waterwhich they will have access to throughout the day.  

The children are expected to take this home everyday and bring it back the following day, clean and refilled. This is particularly important at the moment.

P.E.  

 

Our PE day is Wednesday 

 

The children will need to wear the following NAMED PE kit to school on that day: 

a white t-shirt, a pair of dark coloured shorts or jogging bottoms, their school jumper, cardigan or fleece and trainers.

They will also need to have a pair of plimsolls in school (these can be left in school) for lessons taking place in the hall.

For health and safety purposes, ALL jewellery should be removed at home including earrings (or covered up with micropore tape provided from home), and long hair tied up.   

If your child has items that cannot be removed please speak to a member of staff.

 

Phonics and reading

 

Sharing stories, rhymes and poems at home is one of the biggest ways to help your child begin to read and is what we are doing at school now they have started.  Once the children have really settled, we will begin to introduce them to whole class phonics sessions.

 

You can access some useful games to play at https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/  We will be working on Phase 1 this half term. Playing games such as eye-spy and listening out for rhyming words will also help.

 

Sight words

These are the sight words that would have been introduced to children in Nursery at Glebelands. These will be some of the first words we will introduce the children to in Reception. As these are 'sight words', we just "see them and say them", rather than trying to sound them out. 

 

mum

dad

the

I

to

is

a

said

and

in

 

To start to practise them you could:

  • Write them out on cards and stick them up around the house for your child to read each time they see them.
  • Have two or more of each word on cards and play snap or pairs.
  • Look for the words in the stories that you share together.
  • Make them in magnetic letters on the fridge and read them when you go past.

 

Maths

We would encourage regular counting to and from 20. Singing number songs regularly is a great start. 

You could also complete a number or shape hunt around your house.

There are resources on the following website which you may find useful:  https://www.topmarks.co.uk under the Early Years section.

 

 

Extra information 

 

The following website by Foundationyears.org.uk has useful information and guidance for parents about your child's learning and development stages and expectations.

The hungry little minds website has information for parents including home learning and there are 6 apps that they particularly recommend.
 

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