Class Teachers: Miss L Whitehouse & Mrs. J Gibson (Reception) Mrs Georgiou (Nursery)

Teaching Assistants: Mrs. A Goodrum  Miss Keenan Nursery, Mrs. J Ivison (Reception)

What we are learning…

Our teaching will be focused on the topic ‘Knights and Castles’. During summer term one we will be reading: Katie goes to London, George and the Dragon, Cinderella, the Queen’s Hat and the Queen’s Knickers.

This half term we will be:

Writing about the Queen and the royal family.

Learning about London and different important land marks

Talking about the Queen’s Jubilee and about her life.

Making and tasting delicious food for a jubilee celebration party.

Using different media to create pictures of the queen and make crowns and bunting for our celebration.

During our RE lessons, we will be exploring the topic ‘Pentecost’ where we will be learning about Good News and how Jesus ascended into Heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to give us courage and strength to carry on.

This half term Reception children will be continuing to take part in Mighty Warriors every Monday morning. They will not require their PE kits for this session as will be asked to remove shoes, socks, tights and their jumper or cardigan.

In PE, Nursery focus is on gymnastics, parts high and parts low and Reception children continue to take part in Mighty Warriors yoga each week and gymnastics flight, balancing, jumping and landing this half term.

Nursery children will take part in PE once a week but do not require a PE kit. Jumpers and cardigans will be removed for these sessions. Nursery children’s focus will be fundamental skills.

On Thursday 12th May and Friday 13th May  Reception and Nursery will be visiting our local library to learn about how a Library functions. The children will also become registered and receive a Library card so they can visit themselves with family.

Phonics

At St Thomas More, we want children to become confident and enthusiastic readers, with a lifelong love of reading. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into confident, fluent reading and writing easier.  

Through daily, systematic and consistent high-quality phonics teaching, children learn to segment words to support spelling and blend sounds to read words. Phonics is taught through the Sounds Write programme in Reception where children learn the initial code.  Lessons are taught daily to the whole class and interventions are used in the afternoon for targeted children. 

Homework

  • Parents are expected to read with their child daily at home.
  • In Reception reading record books must be signed and commented, returned daily for confirmation.
  • In Reception children will receive a reading scheme book each Monday.
  • In Reception each term children will receive a homework pack to complete. Work will be marked each Monday.
  • Nursery parents are asked to return their book bags every Friday to enable them to be changed and new homework added.

General Reminders

Juice money will continue to be 50p a week in order to replenish resources and buy snacks. Please ensure Nursery parents/guardians pay this contribution weekly or half termly to ensure children are given the opportunity to join in with these lovely additional activities.

Nursery timings- AM gate will be open 8.40am- 8.55am          11.30- 11.40pm -gate open

PM gate will be open 12.10pm- 12.20pm                3pm gate open

Reception –   AM door will be open 8.40pm- 8.55pm                    3.10pm door open

Please ensure children arrive to school promptly on time wearing correct uniform. Make sure shoes are strong, flat, black and easy to take on and off independently. No Trainers. No Jewellery or nail varnish.

Dates for your diary

EYFS trip to Library Thursday12th May Reception and Friday 13th May Nursery

Last academic day of term – Friday 27th May