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The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Foundation

Welcome to Foundation!
 

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A warm welcome to our year page. If your child is in Foundation please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class are currently involved in. Note that this page doesn't replace the school newsletters - those can be accessed below.

Classroom code of conduct

 

This list was put together by the pupils themselves in the first week of term. All the ideas came from the children themselves, and they know they must do their best to abide by them.

  1. We sit sensibly
  2. We work quietly
  3. We play nicely
  4. We share
  5. We help each other
  6. We line up sensibly

 

Curriculum

 

For the curriculum information sheet for this term, please see below. 

This term's topic is 'Once upon a Time'

We will be listening to and retelling several different traditional fairy tales to develop an understanding of story structure with beginning, middle and end, build our vocabulary knowledge and nurture our love for books.

 

Homework

 

This term children will bring home next step goals to learn at home. Please practise with your child at home throughout the week. When a child achieves their next step we celebrate on a Friday by launching their rocket. Next steps will be on a range of subjects such as: handwriting, learning new sounds, reading high frequency words, learning number facts or fastening their coats by themselves. We expect some next steps will take longer than a week to achieve, but once they have returned the reply slip to say that have mastered it we will send a new next step home the following Friday.

 

Please try to hear your child read as often as you can and record it in their red reading record. Children love a routine, whilst reading daily is ideal, try to choose a time when your child isn't tired. Please keep books and red reading records in bookbags and bring bookbags to school every day. Children will be encouraged to bring home a picture book of their choice to share with you at bedtime. Please don't worry if they choose the same book frequently as young children often enjoy hearing their favourite story again and again!

This term we will continue daily phonics lessons - click the video link below to see and hear correct articulation of the phonemes we're learning.

Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).

Activities outside the classroom

 

Here is a list of the activities that take the children outside the classroom this term

  • PE activities weekly on a Tuesday and Friday if we are not in the woods.
  • We can store wellington boots in the classroom if you would prefer your child to wear these outside.

 

Classroom activities

 

We will continue Friday Show and Tell this term. The children of one house (Dahl, Yousafzai, Shakespeare or Curie) are asked to bring in something that they can individually show and talk about to the class. The other children are then invited to ask questions. The 'talk' and questions last about two minutes. This is a very valuable part of the curriculum which helps the children to develop speaking and listening skills. The house whose turn it is that week will be displayed on the communication board outside the classroom. Please help your child to remember to bring something to show and tell. It is also very helpful to your child if they can discuss what they might say at home.

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