The new reading scheme we are going to be using at Oasis Academy Marksbury Road is called Rhino Readers. These books are phonetically decodable and follow the pattern of sounds and tricky words children have learnt in phonics. This ensures that children are only being given books with sounds and tricky words they have already learnt. Children will be given a physical book once a week to take home, by keeping the book for a whole week this will allow children to secure the sounds taught in school whilst also building on fluency and comprehension. These books will be called the ‘Learn to Read Books’. Below, you can find some suggestions on how to use these books over a week at home.
Step 1: Look at the first page to practise sounds and Tricky Words.
Step 2: Read the story.
Step 3: Can you find focus sounds in the story outlined on the first page?
Step 4: Re-tell the story in your own words.
Step 5: Re-read the story to build fluency.
Step 6: Tell your adult what you like and dislike about the story. Step 6: Rhino challenge on the last page.
If you would like to access another book in the week, children have access to the Rhino Reader eBook library on their iPads or any electronic device. There is a range of fiction and nonfiction texts. Children’s logins can be found on their iPad.
In Reception we expect children to read with their grown-ups every day at home, even if only for 5 minutes. Please remember to write a brief note in their Reading Record each time you read with them. Children will only need to bring in their reading book and record in on their designated reading day.
Patents/Carers are invited to a Reception learning and reading information evening on Monday 17th October at 5:30pm in the academy hall. During this information evening, we will be outlining and explaining how reading looks in Reception and how best to support your child at home with this. We will be discussing reading schemes and strategies that we use in school to support early reading and phonics.
Please note, this event will be targeted towards parents/carers and will be full of information lasting around 45 minutes. Therefore, we do encourage young children to stay at home, however, fully understand this this cannot always be possible.
The Active Ants and the Busy Bees have had a fantastic first term of school. It has been wonderful welcoming the children at Marksbury Road and watch them settle into the rhythm and routine of Reception so well.
It was great to see the transition and baseline period go so well for the first three weeks of term. Children had great fun getting to know their teacher, classroom environment and the other children through play-based learning and small group activities. It was lovely to see some real friendships blossom through sharing a book or even much fun in the water area!
The first section of formal teaching started in Week 4 where we began the topic ‘Houses and Homes.’ We began with a fiction link ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ Children used the lens of touch to explore the different materials that the Three Little Pigs build with. Children then had the opportunity to get creative by collaging their own house made out of straw and sticks! Children loved using the construction bricks outside to build their house of bricks!
During these taught sessions, children took part in a whole class activity by drawing a house of straw, sticks and bricks, drawing 2D shapes to structure their pieces. It was lovely to see children begin mark making in preparation for writing!
Following this, we then explored the Houses and Homes topic through a non-fiction stance. Children looked at physical features of real life homes; noticing roofs, gardens, windows, doors and other specific features like letter boxes and doorbells. Using SeeSaw, children shared how their own home looked with their peers and even created a house with lollipop sticks to explain who lived inside their home. There were some valuable discussions happening between the children and a real developing range of vocabulary! To finish off our topic, children embarked on a walk around the local area, looking closely at the homes and confirming their knowledge of the features of these.
We continued the term learning about families. We discussed who was in our families, what activities children do with their families and how our families help us. We talked to children about how families all look different with various set ups; however are all important and special to us.
Our final topic this term was Autumn. Children brought in Autumnal Treasures and explored these using vocabulary like ‘spiky,’ ‘jagged,’ and ‘shiny.’ Children practised describing these treasures and getting creative with them also. There was a lot of leaf printing, leaf necklaces and hedgehog collages made!
During this term children have started Phase 2 phonics. Using the scheme of ‘BookWings’ children have been able to learn, apply and practice the sounds in a fun, multi-sensory way. Children practised writing the ‘s’ grapheme with chalk on the playground, using the Sparkle Mark to help them. Additionally, we have been able to apply our knowledge by reading sounds that have been placed around the environment. Children have loved the magic that BookWings brings, and we are looking forward to more deliveries from the Phonic Fairy with more sounds to learn!
In Maths, children have learnt all about numbers 1, 2 and 3. During Maths lessons, we have explored each number in a practical way by showing representations of this number on fingers, tens frames and with counters. Children have been applying their knowledge of number during carousel activities during our Maths carpet session in fun, practical activities.
It has been a great first term with the children and we look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 31st October for another term of great learning!
Miss Kitchen and Miss Betts
Please read with your child for 10 minutes every day!
Currently there is no homework set for Reception