Caterpillar Class - Reception & Year 1

 Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a lovely summer break.

Firstly, I would like to thank you for the lovely gifts and cards sent in at the end of the year. The words written in the cards made me quite emotional and I am truly grateful!

The staff in Caterpillar Class are The class teacher, Mrs Payne (me) and two Teaching Assistants, Mrs Abbott and Mrs Fletcher.  As you maybe aware we have a larger than normal reception group  this year. With that in mind and to help the littles ones settle into school easier, the year 1 children will go straight into the hall for their phonics teaching. This will mean there are less children in the classroom at the beginning of school and should help with any tearful children. Please don't worry if your child gets upset, we are used to this and we will do our best to settle them in the most kind and gentle way we can. They are always happy within 15 minutes of you leaving and it wont be like that forever. We are also very lucky to have volunteer helpers in our class, some of which are retired teachers, bonus!!

At Easton we are always happy to accommodate and help to train student teachers. In caterpillar Class for the Autumn term we will have Miss Daniella Mallardo. She begins her practice on Monday 17th September under my direction and we warmly welcome her to Easton School and hope that she enjoys her time at Easton. If you see her in the playground please introduce yourself to her as a parent of Caterpillar Class. 

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 afternoon, 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. They will need trainers (not plimsolls please) this term, so please add these to their bags.

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. 

The homework this term for year 1 children will comprise of a design technology project and then geography project for after half term. 

Children in reception will receive a homework pack in due course once the more formal teaching begins.

There will be a phonics (reading and writing) meeting for all parents of reception children on Wednesday October 17th at 9am in the school hall. In this meeting I will explain the teaching and learning that takes place during phonics and how you can help your child at home.

Please see below for this terms learning and topics. If you have any experience in any of our topic areas please let me know. If you would like to help in pirate class as a parent helper by listening to children read, playing games, art and craft activities again, just let me know as I still have some sessions available.

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

Mrs Payne


Topics for this half-term are:

Literacy- Fairy tales/traditional tales

Phonics, all letters- Phonemes (sound) diagraphs (2 letters 1 sound) Trigraphs (3 letters 1 sound), tricky words phases 2, 3 and 4. Grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, finger spaces,  (plural)es and s words,

Maths-  place value and counting

Science- Materials, sorting and describing

Geography (after half term)- the countries of the UK, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales

History- The history of Toys

PSHE- School rules, making friends, playing and sharing, taking turns

Jigsaw- All about me/ making choices

RE- Christianity and the Bible stories

Art and Design- Collage

Design and Technology- Making a 3D toy 

PE- team games and fundamental skills

Computing- We are painters, learning about illustrations in a digital age

Music- Singing in tune, finding the pulse and the beat.


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.