Bond (Reception & Year 1)

Welcome to Bond Class

 

Teacher: Mrs Wilson

Teaching Assistants: 

Mrs Case (All day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

Mrs Wheeler (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings. All day Monday and Friday)

 

Ash Class is a mixed age class with Reception and Year 1 children. 

 

 
If you need to contact me, please use the email address below. I will respond to you as soon as I am able to.
Many thanks. Mrs Wilson
ash@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk
 
 
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Our School Day ...

Morning activities 

'Dough Disco' is a fun activity for the children which combines the use of play dough with a series of hand and finger exercises designed to improve fine muscle control. The movements develop children's fine and gross motor dexterity, hand-eye coordination and self-esteem.

Squiggle While You Wiggle is a kinaesthetic approach to stimulate early writing. Children use movement with music to develop their motor skills in preparation for writing.

 

Phonics

Bond class will receive a daily phonics lesson of 20 minutes. Reception and Year one will be taught at different times.

Reception children will start the term recapping phase 1 phonics, followed shortly after by being introduced to the letter sounds and tricky words in phase 2.

Year One children will start the term recapping phase 2,3 and 4, followed by learning new phonemes and tricky words in phase 5. 

To access some fun games click on the following link: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

 

English (Writing)

All of the children in Bond Class will take part in writing lessons together. This term we will be focussing on 'The Queen's Hat', a fiction book. The children will not only be developing their vocabulary with the help of Grandma Fantastic, but also writing though out structured sentences. Reception children will explore mark making using a variety of tools including chalk, paintbrushes, sticks in mud, fingers in a tactile resource (such as glitter, sand, flour) as well as the traditional pencil and pens. Once we have started to learn our letter sounds we shall be learning how to form the graphemes correctly using jingles to help. The children will continue to practise these letter sounds using the resources above to embed their learning.

 

Handwriting

Mark making is vital in a child’s development and learning. It teaches them how to hold writing implements and develops their handwriting skills. Through making marks, children are strengthening their pencil grip and controlling the marks using their muscles. In Bond Class, we provide lots of opportunities to allow the children to mark make with a variety of mark making tools. Once they have mastered holding a pencil and making controlled movements they then start to form recognisable letters. This is when they begin to learn letter formation and where to start and finish letters. It is important that children have a good sitting posture, a strong pencil grip and think about the speed at which they write – slow and careful! Year one children will continue to develop their handwriting and will begin to use pre-cursive writing when they are ready in preparation for joining their handwriting.

 

Reading

Each child has their own reading book and reading record to bring home to practise. All the children will take part in a guided reading group three times a week. Each of these guided sessions will develop skills to read. To enable the children to gain independence, they are responsible for taking their reading record and book out of their bag. The more your child reads at home the quicker they will become an independent reader. Each child will also bring home a story book to share. This is a book that you discuss with your child and read to them.

 

Maths

Reception children and Year one children will be taught separately. Our focus for this term will be number and place value.

Reception children will begin to understand the number system through exploration with manipulatives and counting.

Year one children will further develop their understanding of the number system, again with the use of manipulatives and counting.

Play games to embed maths knowledge on the following link:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

 

Afternoons

During the afternoons the reception children and the year one children join together in a whole class carpet session covering Geography, History, Science, Art, DT or computing. The reception children then break away and continue their learning through play. There are lots of resources to stimulate them to be creative, curious and solve problems. The adults use questioning to build on the children’s knowledge and provide the next steps in their learning. The year one children have a more focussed afternoon that includes individual or small group work.

Homework is sent out on a Friday needs to be returned the following Wednesday.
Please check your child's book bag for homework.
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