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Welcome to Cuckoos!  


Our teacher is Miss Francis and our wonderful LSA's are Mrs Cannon and Mrs Payne. One of us will always be available on the door if you have any questions or concerns.


PE is on a Monday morning so your child will need PE kit (black shorts, red t-shirt and suitable footwear). This term we are going to be learning about different stretches and making shapes with our bodies and then move onto using the apparatus.


We love stories and we love to share our reading books as we are on our way to being fantastic readers. Our reading books are changed and sent home weekly so you will need a book bag for them so they are able to carry them themselves. Your child will also benefit from reading daily, encourage them to sound out and blend the phonemes in order to say the word and to talk about what they have read as well as what they can understand from the pictures. As we learn more sounds in phonics you will be amazed at how much progress can be made when receiving support and praise from the fantastic adults that share books with them.


In maths this term we will be learning about time, numbers beyond ten, weight and addition so if you are wanting to support this at home you can; talk to us about time as we are working on using the vocabulary; the names of the teen numbers and what they look like; let us help weigh items with you if you are cooking and talk to us about heavy and light; and encourage us to count two sets of items together to find the total amount. Our maths lessons are very practical so the majority of our work is using items and playing games as this is how we best learn.


The rest of our topic work will be planned 'in the moment'. This means that as our interests develop the skilled practitioners in reception will help us to learn about what we are interested in. This may mean that your child will say that they have just been playing as when you are learning about something which you find really exciting it doesn't even feel like work. It's just fun! 


Currently a consistent theme that comes up in the moment is that of our favourite stories. The adults in our room have developed story shelves for us to use props to retell some of our favourite stories. We are also starting to make our own stories up through helicopter stories which is where we make up a story from a model or drawing that we have done ourselves and an adult helps us to record it. The best part of helicopter stories is that we act it out together at the end of the day.


We are all so excited for the amazing adventure that we are going to have this year! smiley


Watch this space as we will add some of our favourite retellings of stories and some of our original stories.

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In The Moment Planning Concept Map