Caterpillar Class - Reception & Year 1

Welcome to summer Term!

Please see our topic overview for our learning this Summer...




Class Info-

Above the children's coat pegs there is a parents notice board where we will leave messages, phonics, dinner menu and a newsletter. The children are doing really well with ordering their own dinner, if you have any preferences about what they are ordering please tell a member of staff and we will ensure they are ordering in a way that suits your family (eg, some will order 'pick and mix' lunch every day if they are allowed). You will also see the board to the right of this showing what your children have been up to. This board is mainly for the seven areas of the EYFS curriculum but occasionally a year 1 child will be in the same photo having the same fun!

The children will have PE with Mr Calver on a Tuesday morning, Mrs Abbott will be with them during this lesson. They will need a school PE T-shirt and black or navy shorts. They may also need long PE trousers as they may be doing PE outside this term. They can wear their school sweatshirt if its chilly. 

Please make sure every item is named, as you can imagine, getting 26 children changed and all wearing the same thing can be very confusing for them as everything looks the same. They can usually identify their own clothing by smell (which is amazingly cute by the way!) but it is much more effective for us with their name inside.

They will continue to have yoga on a Wednesday afternoon with our lovely Yoga Jo! We are also very please to welcome on a Tuesday afternoon Carol Rook from Easton church who will be working with all children across the school on reflective stories.

 If your child is in year 1 please continue to hear your child read and encourage them to put their books in the box to change when necessary. As you know we like to keep their reading books inline with the phonics lessons so sometimes your child may need to keep the book /s for a few days. Sometimes it maybe necessary for your child to have a book they have read before, this might be because they have overtaken the phonics lessons or just to boost their confidence. 

If you have any questions about what's happening in Caterpillar class please ask!


Phonics- All phases!

If you would like to help your child at home, these are the phases we work through. Please ask us if you are unsure what phase your child is on. Please don't move them on to the next phase too quickly, it is much better for your child if they are fully confident with reading, writing and spelling the words in their ability phase. We test the children on these every half term.

Phase 2 to read, write and spell

High Frequency words (HFW)-
a, an, as, at, of, off, on, can, if, in, is, it, dad, had, back, get, big, him, his, not, not, got, up, mum, but,

Tricky words-
the, to, I, no, go, into, and, put

Phase 3 words to learn to read, write and spell

Will, that, this, then, them, with, see, for, now, down, look, too

Tricky words-
he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my, her

Phase 4 words to learn to read, write and spell;
HFW- went, its, from, children, just, help
Tricky words-
said, so, do, have, come, like, some, were, there, little, one, they, when, out, what

Phase 5 words to learn to read, write and spell;
HFW- don't, old, I'm, by, time, house, about, your, day, made, came, make, here, saw, very, put
tricky words- oh, their, people, Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked, could

Phase 6
suffixes- -s, -es, -ing, -ed, -s, -er, -est, -y, -en, -ful, -ly, -ment, -ness

Help with phonics online games.

A good site online with games and activities at each phase.