The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Pixie Class (Reception)

The reception team would like to welcome all parents and children to the early year’s unit.

We are excited to welcome you back to our second term in Pixie Class and we look forward to watching this term be as successful as term one!

Attached is our exciting early year’s curriculum. Throughout the year the children will have the opportunity to engage and explore a variety of activities that encourage development in each of the seven areas of learning. These areas are identified in the planning document. Children need to meet the Early Learning Goal by the end of this academic year in all areas in order to achieve a ‘Good Level of Development’.

This term our topic is 'Lets Celebrate!' please see the topic plan attached for objectives we will be focusing on and some activities we will be doing across the term.

Here is some pictures of Pixie Class:

  

Writing Area                                               Computer /  Listening Area 

   

Construction Area                                     Role Play Area 

  

Maths Area                                              Reading Area

Outside Area 

This term we are going to be fundraising to buy even more exciting resources for our outside area along with our onsite nursery Stepping Stones. All children across the EYFS unit will be taking part in a Haloween Welly Walk where they will be completing an assault course in the woods in their spookiest costumes. A cake sale will follow. Please look out for the upcoming information this term!

Reading

Please try and read with your children each evening for 10 minutes. Please record this in the purple reading log, if we can see all the pages in the book have been read we will change the book. We will ask you to read the story several times with your child, this is to encourage them to use their comprehension skills to understand the story that they are reading rather than simply decoding the words with their sounds. 

We are pleased to announce that all children over Term 1 have completed the white reading band and have successfully entered the pink reading band level where they are reading books with simple words. You will find a reading band sticker attached in your child's purple reading log to see their next reading targets you can support them meet at home. 

For more information on how to help your children read at home and the positive comments you can write in their reading log as their reading progress please refer to the ' 50 ways to say well done' document attached. 

This term we will introducePixie Class Reading Challenge in a reading workshop, this has previously shown to have  had a huge impact on children’s reading and writing. Please support your child with this and they will receive their very own picture book for completing the challenge and reading the expected 5x a week for nine weeks in a row. 

If children read:

5X in one week = Gold Star

(3 X a week at least at home and 2 X a week in school to reach the expected amount)

3x Gold Star = Certificate

3x Certificate = Free Picture Book

In addition to this if your child goes up a reading band look out for a sticker to congratulate them and ways to support them with their new reading band! 

Phonics

We do daily phonics session using the scheme ‘letters and sounds’ supported by the 'Jolly Phonics’ program. Each child began Phase 2 in September.

Your child will be learning new sounds each week. Each child will be taught and challenged at their own ability, therefore, they will be in Boris Group or Basil Group learning a different set of sounds at a targeted pace. If you are unsure which group your child is in simply ask them, Miss Hales or Miss Brown. The set of letters your child learns will be put on the classroom door daily as well as the Pixie Class weekly newsletter. 

In Phase 2, letters and their sounds are introduced one at a time. A set of letters is taught each week, in the following sequence:

Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

As soon as each set of letters is introduced, children will be encouraged to use their knowledge of the letter sounds to blend and sound out words. For example, they will learn to blend the sounds s-a-t to make the word sat. They will also start learning to segment words. For example, they might be asked to find the letter sounds that make the word tap from a small selection of magnetic letters

For further support on how to aid your child with maths please refer to ‘Phonics Matters

 

 

When your child has completed the end of their phase they will be sent home with a certificate, sound mat and tricky word book mark for their new phase. 

Thank you too all parents who attended the Phonics workshop and the 'Phonics in Action' sessions in Term 1. We have had really positive feedback about how this has supported you to aid your children at home with their phonics knowledge, reading and writing. 

We will be sending a 'Workshops Questionnaire' home this term to get further feedback and understanding of what more you would like support with. 

For further information on how to support your child with their writing at home and to understand the steps of development in your child's writing over the course of the year please look at 'My child's writing document' attached. 

Maths 

This term children will focus on:

  • 1.Counting objects to 10

    Matching to numerals

    ·          Counting out sets

        Consolidating to 10

     

    2.  Length

    Order 2 or 3 items

    Using language of length

    3. Counting

    Counting objects from a larger group.

    4. One more

    Number lines to 10

    Ordering numbers

    Using number lines correctly

    ·Extending to number lines to 20

    Estimating

    Counting to check

     

    5. Weight

    ·          Comparing 2/3 link items

    ·Using language heaviest/lightest

    ·Ordering items

    6. 3D Shapes

     Identifying 3d shapes

     Naming 3d shapes

    · Link to Christmas- wrapping 3d presents

     Repeating patterns

 

          

 

For further support on how to aid your child with maths please click here; ‘Maths Matters’ 

We will run a ‘Mathematics Workshop’ this term to show you how to support your children with their number and shape, space and measure knowledge at home. This will be followed by a ‘Maths in action’ open session. Please look out for more upcoming details this term.

Child initiated

In reception we value the impact of play and how this supports a child’s development. We have child initiated time in the afternoon for children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world, technological skills, communication and language, speaking and listening, building and developing relationships, expressive arts and imagination. This time consolidates a child’s understanding and allows them to put their skills in to practise and develop them independently.

Tapestry

Thank you so much for all who attended the Tapestry Training in Term 1. I am pleased to say all parents have now activated their Tapestry account. Please feel free to add a photo of your child for significant new learning or experiences, we would love to see what they have been doing at home. In addition to this please feel free to contribute towards the observations we make in school by commenting or pushing the ‘like’ button!

Watch out this term for ‘Tapestry Challenges’ and see if you can add evidence of your child doing challenge and upload. Children enjoy using Tapestry as a ‘show and tell’ resource in the classroom. 

Homework

We will not begin to set homework until Term 3 and the children are fully settled into school life. However, we do expect:

  • All children are expected to read 5 times a week in order to meet the Pixie Class reading challenge.
  • To practise sounds using sound book, sound mat or tricky word bookmark.
  • Watch out for the Tapestry challenges!!
  • Upload any significant new learning on to Tapestry you see at home. 

In Term 3 Homework will be set each Thursday and due in the following Thursday. If you ever have any questions about the homework please do not hesitate to come and speak to Miss Hales or Miss Brown. 

Thank you for all the WOW leaf's we have had to celebrate your child's new learning and development that you have seen at home. We have added them to our WOW tree and i am pleased to see that parents have been requesting more than one. Please remember these are available next to our 'parents as partners' tree in the cloakroom available for you to help yourself to at any point. 

Open Afternoon

Each term the children are very busy and produce some wonderful things both in their books and around the classroom. We would like to give you the opportunity to be shown these by yours children in a parent ‘Stay and Play’ session. This will be held on the final week of each term from @ 2.30 – 3.15pm in Pixie Class Dates. This Term it will be held on Friday 14th December. Your children will have the opportunity to show you all of their fabulous work they produce each term, read a story with you and show you around their classroom!

Thank you to all those parents who attended in Term 1. It is brilliant to have your parent voice comments attached to their books to show our growing ‘parents as partners’ motto.

PE

Our PE Day is Wednesday. Please make sure your children have their kit in school on this day so they can fully participate in all our PE activities. This is also the day that items of our school uniform go missing as the children get changed for PE independently. To avoid this please make sure all items of clothing are labelled.

For children to participate in PE they are not allowed to wear earrings. Please remove these before children come to school.

Our PE topic this term explores different ways of moving and balancing using different parts of their body.

As the whether is getting colder please make sure your child has track suit bottoms and a jumper as well as trainers in their PE bag. Children will continue to do PE outside and it is essential they have the appropriate clothing. 

Uniform

All children are to wear;

  • White polo top / white shirt.
  • Black Trousers / Black Skirt / Black Shorts
  • Summer Dress
  • Black Shoes
  • School Jumper / School Cardigan / School Fleece

Please make sure all these items are labelled with the child’s name clearly visible.

Water Bottles

We provide a water bottle for each child. These are filled up and cleaned out daily. These water bottles are not to be taken home and will remain in school. Children do not need an additional water bottle bought in from home unless they are packed lunch.

Fruit and Milk                                                                                 

All children will be provided with a snack at 10.15 daily. Children will be provided with a piece of fruit and carton of milk. Free milk is available for all children under the age of five in school, funded by the UK government. Once your child turns five you will be asked to pay a subsidised rate for your child to continue to receive milk. If you would like to register your child with milk once your child turns five please contact the office.

Lunch Times

All children will be supervised in the dinner hall by a member of the reception team. They are there to aid the children carry their trays, support them to use a knife and fork and encourage them to try a variety of different foods offered. All children up in EYFS and KS1 are entitled to a free school meal. The menu is on a three week router and this can be given to you at reception upon request.

If children prefer they can also bring in a packed lunch. We are proud to say that we are a ‘healthy school’ and therefore no crisps or chocolate are to be bought into school.

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If you have any additional questions, worries or concerns please feel free to drop in and speak to your class teacher who will be on the playground at 8.30am each morning,  at the end of the school day or by writing in your in the home contact book. Alternatively you can ring the school office and the class teacher will ring you back at a convenient time..

Miss Hales