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Please listen to your child read every day for 10 minutes. Reading for at least 10 minutes every day is great for your child’s happiness, wellbeing and, of course, for improving their reading and writing.

Ten tips to help your child take 10 minutes to read every day

  1. Create a routine, set a specific time each day to read that works best for your family. You could set up a cosy reading corner at home or be out and about!
  2. If your child is an independent reader, make sure you grab your favourite book to read as well to show them how important reading is to you.
  3. Set a timer to help you all hit 10 minutes.
  4. Turn off your phone or TV so there are no distractions.
  5. You could pop to the library to find the perfect book, magazine or comic for you and your children.
  6. Create a Take 10 reward board where everyone gets a star for every 10 minutes they read, and at the end of the week everyone can get a treat.
  7. Create a bookmark based on your child’s favourite book or character.
  8. If English isn’t your first language try some dual-language books, you can talk about books and stories and help develop a love of reading.
  9. Encourage your child to read when out and about – signs, posters, labels etc
  10. Look for books on topics that you know your child is interested in.

Please bring your child’s books to school daily in their book bag.

To the Rescue!

This week we have been learning all about Superheroes and their powers. The children were introduced to the importance of healthy eating and keeping fit. We enjoyed learning some Superhero moves and dances! We created our own Superheroes and designed belts, capes and wristbands. We read the story Super Happy Magic Forest and created beautifully detailed maps to help the 5 heroes navigate their way home.

Supertato to the rescue!

The story Supertato has been immensely popular this week. The children have created their own Supertato and in literacy the children learnt about speech bubbles where they created sentences for the Evil Pea. We loved reading the stories created by Sue Hendra and finding out what the Evil Pea has been up to! We discussed the type of character Supertato and the Evil Pea are. We thought up adjectives to describe their characters and wrote them down using our knowledge of letters and sounds.

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?

This week the children have been immersed in the world of Little Red Riding Hood.We discussed the book and the moral of the story. We used descriptive words to describe the characters or items in the story? For example, ‘The big, bad wolf had sharp teeth’ or ‘Grandma had big eyes!’ We designed a new cape for Little Red Riding Hood to keep her disguised from the wolf.

We talked about whether or not all wolves were bad. We read the story A Good Little Wolf and decided that some wolves can be good. In this tory the little wolf is well-mannered, polite, and … nice. It goes against the grain of everything we know about wolves in storybooks! We decided to draw pictures of the wolf, some of us choose to draw a good wolf.

This week the children took part in their very own science experiment. Even very simple experiments fuel children’s curiosity for the world. Learning how to observe, how to talk about what they see and how to predict what might happen are amazing tools for the future!

The children made Cloud Dough! They combined the ingredients together whilst discussing, predicting and observing the changes in the mixture. Play dough invites you to use your hands to feel and shape the dough into endless ideas. Through the use of our sense of touch we discovered that while different ingredients could change the colour and scent of the dough, often they also changed the texture.  Adding lots of conditioner makes the dough feel soggy and wet and by adding cornflour it produces a softer dryer and more malleable consistency.

In Art this week, we learnt about the Artist Kandinsky. We recreated his famous painting using concentric circles.

One snowy day in Purple Class…

We had the best day of snow filled fun in Reception. We explored the snow, made snow gruffalos and talked about the changes in the weather.

We enjoyed drawing Christmas pictures and decorating the small trees.

We moved the snow indoors for this fun colouring activity. Colouring the snow with water colour and droplets was fun and exciting and helped us to learn about colour absorption and blending whilst also developing our fine motor skills. Plus, its just fun to play with the snow when you’re not all bundled up in hats, mittens, scarves and coats!

Christmas Home Learning

During the Christmas holidays try to:

  • Spend time with the people you care about
  • Do the things you enjoy
  • Eat food that you love
  • Watch your favourite programme or film
  • Make somebody laugh or smile
  • Do something nice for someone else
  • Visit your favourite place
  • Play with your toys

And finally…

Come back to school ready to learn!

Have a lovely Christmas and see you all in 2023