Miss Walker - Reception
Hello and welcome to Gosling class. The children are taught by myself, Miss Walker, and are assisted in the classroom by the wonderful Miss Flint.
Starting school is always such an exciting time and we are very much looking forward to welcoming our new Goslings into Roecroft!
Our topic this half term will be ‘Who Am I?’ Over this half term we will be learning about ourselves, our families and the homes that we live in. The children will be able to share the people who are important in their lives, think about how they have changed since they were babies and create their own houses. After this half term our topic will change to 'Let's Celebrate'. This will involve the children exploring a variety of celebrations which include their birthdays, bonfire night, the Hindu celebration of Diwali and the very exciting time of Christmas.
Welcome to Gosling class !
In Gosling class we take part in circle times, big talks and show and tell sessions to develop our speaking and listening skills in front of the class. We especially enjoy bringing in special objects from home and sharing our news with our friends.
We strive to make Gosling class a fun, happy and safe place to learn as well as making your child's first year at Roecroft fun, action packed and full of learning and memories.
Doors open at 8.50am for children to come into school. Children line up on the playground in their class lines and their teacher will come out to get them. Children come into the classroom, put their book bags, coats, water bottles and any other belongings away, complete their self registration and sit themselves on the carpet to answer the register and ready to start the day.
Through the ‘read-write-inc’ phonics scheme we use at Roecroft we will begin to learn the set 1 sounds. Children always enjoy learning the different sounds and the rhymes used for handwriting. All children will have a phonics booklet sent home with the sounds of the set they are learning. When your child moves onto a new sound set, a new booklet will be sent home for you to practice with them. Children really enjoy their phonics sessions and, learning the handwriting rhymes, meeting ‘Fred the Frog’ who helps to sound out words and blend words with our partners and trying our best to be ‘star of the session’. Children always make some fabulous progress and become more confident every day, but practicing at home will always support this.
PE days for Goslings is on a Friday, however PE kits can be kept in school on your child’s peg all week. Black shorts and Roecroft PE t-shirt is perfect for indoor PE. Children don’t need trainers as they will be in the hall until the weather is warmer in the summer. A letter will be sent home asking for outdoor shoes when we need them.
Reading, Green Words, Red Words and Library Books
Your child’s reading book will be changed once a week, but please ensure that their reading book and reading record is stored in their book-bag and comes to school every day. Please ensure your child’s reading record is signed once you have listened to them read at home. It is important to listen to your child read as regularly as possible to develop these early reading skills, so please don’t simply read the story to your child and ask them to repeat it back to you, or just tell them what the words say. It is very important they are the ones sounding out and blending the words to read, therefore developing their decoding skills. They also have a comprehension card in their reading folder with questions for you to ask your child when they are reading. This is very important alongside their reading skills to ensure they understand the context of the books. The day your child’s book is changed is on a sticker on the front of their reading folder and reading record.
Homework - Learning Logs
Your child will have a log in to the 'Doodle Maths' app which can be accessed on tablet computers, phones, laptops and PC's. Children can earn stars in a virtual world to build their own avatar. Children should complete their daily questions as well as playing the other maths games and activities available to them. Teachers will monitor children's progress and award a 'Doodle Star of the Week' for those children who are consistently answering questions and earning stars on a daily basis.