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Autumn 1:

A big warm welcome to everyone who has just started in Red Class and at Willow Lane School; it’s great to see lots of smiling faces. Although it has only been a week it is clear that all the children in Red Class are really starting to settle in to school life. They are learning the routine and forming good friendships as a class, which makes the classroom a happy and exciting place to be!

Once settled in we will be starting our new topic and learning all about ourselves and bodies. We will be talking about our likes and dislikes, painting portraits, discovering how we grow and how to keep fit and healthy. As part of our Science focus, we will also be investigating our senses and will get the chance to do some baking.

It’s always great to encourage communication about school. At home, give children lots of opportunities talk about and share their learning. In the coming weeks we will be using lots of new words as part of our topic that the children may not have come across before, such as senses, humans, lungs, muscles and many more. These words could be a good conversation starter to get them thinking about future learning and encourage language development further.

When your child begins full time they will be given reading books from our reading scheme. At first these will be phonics books – which link with our phonics scheme Letters and Sounds – where you discover different letters and the sounds they make. As your child becomes more familiar with different letters, they will progress on to stages of the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.

I am aware that many of the children will struggle to know any letters at first and it can be very daunting for you as a parent. However, sitting with them and talking about the pictures and letters will be a great start to reading and help develop understanding. Further support with reading will be given at our Welcome Coffee Morning.