Mrs Cook's Message to Olive
15 September 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
I cannot believe that we have already finished the first week back at school. I think the children were amazing considering that they had five full days to cope with and they had not met Mrs Wood and me before!
This week, we will be concentrating on writing their first names. They will also paint and decorate their names and a writing journal for any mark-making they want to do.
In phonics we are continuing to look at rhyming words by finding them in nursery rhymes and stories with rhyme. Sadly, due to Covid, we are not allowed to sing them but are able to say them! A lovely home activity this week would be to sing Humpty Dumpty, Twinkle Twinkle and 1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive with your child so that they also learn the tunes.
Every day we do Funky Fingers or Dough Gym activities to strengthen their fingers ready for writing. We cannot use dough for Dough Gym due to Covid but I am finding that a paper towel is working well instead and it can be thrown away afterwards!
For Maths, they are concentrating on ordering numbers to five and then ten, counting objects to 10 then 20 as well as writing numbers and problem solving.
This week, we gave out picture books on Monday again and a reading record book Please give it back on Friday.
Tapestry is getting up and running this week and we will start to upload photos of your child as they work and play in school. It is also a great opportunity for you to share their learning at home with us all in class.
It is lovely to see the children playing together and making friends. They are picking up routines quickly.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns.
A message from Mrs Cook
I am really looking forward to meeting you all this week. Mrs Wood and I have been getting the class ready with lots of exciting learning activities. In the first few weeks we will be finding out about each other and your interests. The themes for the term will be 'Getting to know you' and 'Light Celebrations'. Each week you will take a book of your choice home starting with picture books until we are ready to start the reading schemes. Please return them on Friday. Children will be playing and learning outdoors and indoors every day so a pair of wellies will be necessary. Please feel free to contact me as I know this is both an exciting but anxious time!