It is great to have the whole class together now after a very successful transition. The children have had a great day learning and playing together.
Below is our class timetable. This will give you an idea about what your child is doing at school from day to day.
At Vine Tree we teach phonics by following a program called Read Write Inc. Each day at school your child will learn to read and write a new letter. I will send a message via Tapestry so that you know which letter your child has been learning. I would normally send a short piece of homework every day to help support your child's learning but as you are aware we are not able to do this right now. Instead I am going to send home a book of all the letters that your child will learn. Each day please only practise the letter that has been taught. Please do not be tempted to rush ahead.
Here is a really useful video showing you how we teach the children to say each letter. You will notice that we don't use its letter name only the sound that it makes.
Thank you very much for signing up to Tapestry. I hope that you are finding it useful. I know that most children don't remember what they have done all day. Please continue to add comments and likes or send me photos of your child. We use Tapestry to build a rounded picture of your child's time in Reception so please send photos of your child's wow moments, completing homework tasks, learning to ride a bike etc. Anything they are proud of I would love to see. :)
If you are having any difficulties please contact me by email. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Below you will see a homework grid for this half term. There are lots of activities based on Autumn and the story book Owl Babies. Please encourage and help your child to complete at least one activity each week. Most of the activities are practical so please can you take photos and send them to me via Tapestry. Unfortunately we are not allowed to receive paper copies of homework from home so please take lots of photos instead. At the end of this half term we will make a display of all the children's homework photos to share with the rest of the school.
Your child has been given their first reading book today. It is a picture book and it has really useful information on the inside cover to give you ideas on how to share the book with your child. There is also a simple game to play to help your child learn the character names that appear in our story books.
Please keep the book in it's special named wallet and only return it to school on FRIDAYS. Books will only be changed only on Fridays as books need to be quarantined for 72 hours. Once your child has begun to learn some letter sounds we will send a second phonics book to read throughout the week.
Please read at least three times a week with your child. Your child doesn't have to read the whole book in one sitting. You could share a few pages each time you read. Please write in the reading diary when you read and add a brief comment. This is useful for us to see how your child is progressing.
If you want further reading material I recommend you have a look at Get Epic.
This is a fantastic free website for reading that your child is signed up to. It is very simple to use and the children really enjoyed using it last year.
Go to www.getepic.com/student. Log in with the class code hsh1970 and then click on your childs name. Here you will find a selection of books about Owls and Autumn that you can share with your child.
It has also come to my attention that the terms and conditions of GETEPIC have changed since June. There are now 2 options to explore the website:
- During school with Epic School: From 7am to 4pm, students can log in from anywhere using their class code and read for as long as they want between 7am to 4pm. Educators can access Epic School at any time or day. Epic School is always free for our educators.
- After school with Epic Free: In addition to all the reading time that they get with Epic School, students can also read after-school or after 4pm for free on Epic Free. Epic Free is also available for students to access at any time on the weekends. But unlike Epic School, there is a time duration limit! Students can read on Epic Free for up to 2 hours per week. Also, students will need their parents’ help to unlock Epic Free with a parent email. Parents only need to provide their email address once during sign-up. There is no fee for for Epic Free. After the first log in, students can freely access Epic Free using the class code. They will transition between Epic School and Epic Free, depending on the time of day.
Unfortunately, this change in terms means that some books are not accessible on the Epic Free version. I will amend the assignments so that children still have access to some assigned books after 4pm. Apologies for this confusion - this is a very recent change on GETEPIC!
Click on the image below for instructions on how to set up Get epic HOME...
Our class PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays so remember to send your child wearing PE clothing on both days please.
Please send a water bottle into school every day.
Return reading books on a Friday in their special named wallet. Books wont be changed on any other day.
Due to the current circumstances teachers are not able to have face to face contact with parents. If you have any concerns please don't hesitate to contact me on the email address below. I will be checking my emails every day and I will get in touch with you as quickly as possible.