Hello and welcome to our class page! I am Miss Nixon, the Reception Teacher and Early Years Lead at Hadrian Primary School. Both myself and Mrs Baxter (Teaching Assistant) will always be happy to support you with any questions or information. We will be available on a morning or at home time. We will ask that all the children are inside before we have a conversation, for the safety of our children. We will do everything we can to ensure that we have a fun and memorable year with the children!
Our topic for Autumn 1 is 'All About me' and for Autumn 2 we will look into "Tales from Faraway Fantasies'. In the first part of the Autumn term we will look at stories including Owl Babies (Martin Waddell), Incredible YOU! (by Rhys Brisenden) and The Colour Monster Goes to School (by Anna Llenas). All our books can be found in the School Library, should you wish to share them at home.
If you have any books relating to our topics at home, why not bring it in for our daily story time? The more books the better! We also welcome parent readers to come and share their love of stories by sharing a story with the children. Please speak to me on the door if you would like to join in. Our class library visit days are Monday at 2.40pm, if you would like to join your child, parents are welcome to join from 3pm onwards.
Please take time to look at this page regularly for class information updates and to see the fun that we are having together.
Dates for your Diary!
6th-9th September - Settling in week (8.55am-11.45am)
12th September - Children begin full time days (8.55am-3.15pm)
19th September - International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
19th-25th September - Recycling Week
21st September - National Fitness Day
30th September - McMillian Coffee Morning
Spooky Welly Walk and Spooktacular Fun Afternoon - Date to be confirmed!
21st October - Finish for Half Term
31st October - Back to School
4th November - Bonfire Night Activities
11th November - Remembrance Day - Poppy activities with Nursery.
11th November - Foody Friday (Bring a tin for charity)
14th November - Odd Socks Day (as part of Anti-Bullying week)
18th November - Children in Need Fundraising
8th December - Christmas Fayre
9th December - Dress Rehearsal for Infant Nativity
16th December - Infant Nativity
20th December - Infant Christmas Party
23rd December- Break up for Christmas
9th January - return to school after Christmas break.
6th February - Parents Evening (3.30-6pm)
Seesaw is the fantastic online learning platform we have started using in EYFS from September 2022. We will use this on a daily basis so PLEASE PLEASE sign up and join in the fun!!
Your child or a familiar adult will upload content to their own secure space, which can then be viewed at school and by your family at home. Each child will bring home a unique code to enable you to access their online space. Seesaw also enables you to comment and contribute to your child's online learning journey, something we really value! It really is a lovely way for you to see what we are learning about in Class 2 and to stay connected to any messages or key information. There are two Seesaw apps that we use. Seesaw family, which enables you to view work and connect with myself and the Seesaw class app, which is used by your child for learning from home.
PE days are Mondays and Thursday during Autumn 1. Children will practise taking their shoes and socks off independently. Your child will need a full PE kit from January 2023. This includes a white t-shirt, black shorts/tracksuit bottoms, white socks and black pumps (velcro). Children will work with South Shields Football Club and Monkey Movements (Active Tyneside) on gross motor skills and listening and attention games.
At Hadrian, we love reading and believe phonics is crucial to develop and secure early reading skills. Phonics is taught using Sounds-Write, which is one of the DfE’s approved phonics teaching programmes and aims to help all children to read in a systematic, accessible way. Children learn the skills of blending, segmenting and sound deletion, which support them to be highly effective decoders.
Phonic sessions take place everyday using a whole class approach, for 15 minutes in Autumn Term raising to 20-25 minutes in Spring and Summer. Targeted intervention groups ensure that children who need further support to keep up, receive it. The aim is that children will be capable of reading fluently and spelling accurately by the end of Year 2.
Reading Books in EYFS are chosen to match children's current phonic ability, so they can apply their phonic knowledge acquisition in their reading. We will send home phonic books to match the Unit that your child is currently becoming fluent in.
We also use Bug Club as an additional reading resource for online home learning. Every book is matched to their current phonic phase which assists with becoming a fluent reader. This can be accessed on iPads, tablets, phones and computers.
|Blending||Blending is the skill of joining sounds together to read words. Children are taught to say the separate sounds in a word and to then blend them together to decode the word.|
|Segmenting||Segmenting is the opposite of blending. Children are taught to segment a word into its separate sounds in order to spell it.|
|Phoneme||A phoneme is a unit of sound e.g. the word 'cat' contains three phonemes; c - a - t.|
|Split Sound||A split sound is a digraph that is separated by other letters e.g. the sound 'a' in the word take is represented by the split digraph a-e. e.g cake/flute/concrete.|
Children are asked to bring reading books into school every day. Children who bring in reading books everyday will have more opportunities to read in school and change their books. All reading records will now be kept online on the Boom Reader App. Letters with your usernames and passwords have been sent home in your child's bag. Please let us know if you have any issues or need some support getting started.