Class Woodhouse
Autumn Term 2020
Class Wentworth is named after Wentworth Woodhouse which was built for Thomas Wentworth who later became the Marquess of Rockingham.
This half term our Topic is All About Me and Ourselves. Class Woodhouse will observe the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo to inspire their own art work and then make a variety of self-portraits.
To develop pupils Personal, Social and Emotional Development we will;
  • Talk about what it means to be unique.
  • Explore different emotions with the children.
  •  Name something they like and explain why.
To develop communication and language we will;
  • Use the senses station to encourage them to feel, smell, look at and listen to a range of objects and then use suitable describing words to talk about the objects.
  • Play a game of ‘Guess Who?’ and describe features in order to recognise the person.
  • Make stick puppets of themselves and their friends and use these to act out a story using the stick puppets.
Physical Development
  • Identify where their heart is and feel it beating.
  • Take part in a range of activities that allow them to try different movements and notice their heartbeat after activity.
  • Explore what their hands can do by threading, hammering, rolling, sewing and twisting.
  • Talk about keeping healthy and learn about a selection of fruits.
  • Talk about healthy foods and encourage the children to make a face using the fruit.
  • Draw a picture of themselves and their family.
  • Write the names of their family members.
  • Understand a feelings chart and add themselves to it to show how they are feeling.
  • Use pictures to represent themselves and stick them on the star.
  • Write their own name using a capital letter to start their name.
  • Draw around their foot and use cubes to measure how long their foot is.
  • Find out who has the biggest foot and who has the smallest foot.
  • Recognise a range of 2D shapes and use them to build a picture of a person.
  • Talk about the months of the year.
  • Know what month their birthday is in and add it to a birthday chart together, then use this to find out which month has the most birthdays and which month has the least.
Understanding the World
  • Encourage children to explore the outdoor area or a grassy area to describe the texture of the objects.
  • Take photos of each other using a camera. Then print the photos and cut them into four or six pieces so the children can build the picture puzzles up.
  • Look at baby pictures from home and compare pictures of the children as babies to now.
  • Recognise how they have changed.
  • Talk about what can they do now that they could not do as babies.
Expressive Arts and Design
  • Explore the home corner.
  • Learn a range of songs that relate to bodies, such as ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ and ‘The Hokey Cokey’.
  • Look at themselves in a mirror and then use paper plates and a range of media and materials to make a self-portrait.
  • Use large scale building bricks to outline their bodies, look at the outline and talk about what they notice.
This year our P.E. lesson is on Friday. As the children are learning to dress and undress they will need to bring their P.E. kit into school on Monday and leave it on their pegs until Friday. On Friday they will bring their kit home to be washed ready for the following week. Please included pumps or trainers as it is essential for the children to wear appropriate footwear.
Required P.E. Kit:
A blue team Elsecar T-shirt;
A pair of black shorts, skirt or skort;
A pair of tracksuit bottoms and a warm top for outdoor use;
A pair of trainers or pumps suitable for the playground and field.
Reading for Pleasure!
This is by far the most important aspect of learning to read.
We are learning to read using the Read, Write, Inc programme. We would like the children to experience reading every day, where possible. Due to current pandemic school books will only be changed once each week. To supplement this here are some suggestions on developing reading at home.

How to help at home

There are lots of ways you can help your child with reading in FS2 (Reception). Here are our top ideas.

1. Play rhyming games

Say ‘into the pot goes’ while pretending to place objects that rhyme into a pot (for example, a bat, a hat, a cat, a mat). Do this with your child and then see if they can do it independently.

You can turn this into a game by throwing in words that don’t rhyme, and asking your child to catch these ones out. For example, a cat, a hat, a bird – this last word shouldn’t go in the pot!

2. Play phonics word games

Play simple phonics word games based on the sounds your child is learning and has learned at school.

Start off using just the speech sounds and then immediately say the word. For example, you could say, ‘At the shop I will buy a /m/ /a/ /p/ – map, a /b/ /e/ /d/ – bed, a /d/ /u/ /ck/ – duck.’ Then, trying just saying the sounds and asking your child to work out and say the whole word.

3. Say the sounds right

In all games and activities, make sure you pronounce speech sounds clearly. Try to make them as short as possible – for example, the letter m has a short /m/ sound, not a continuous /mmmmmmm/ sound. Try not to add an extra sound onto the speech sound either (for example, the sound is /m/ and not /m-uh/).

4. Listen to your child read

After the half term break,  your child will start bringing home books to read. Try to find time to hear them read every day. It could be snuggled up on the sofa, at bedtime, or before school. Be sure to be patient and don’t forget to be impressed!

If your child gets stuck on a word, remind them to say the letter sounds individually and then blend them together quickly to hear the word. If your child still can’t work out the word, then tell them what it is and move on.

5. Read to your child

Learning to read can be hard work for many children, so it’s important to keep enjoying books together. Your child will also benefit from listening to books and stories that they can’t read themselves yet. This might include non-fiction books about things they are interested in or longer stories with more adventurous vocabulary.

Here is a link to support parents to say 'pure' sounds.



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