Autumn Term 1 2019
Welcome to Bawnmore!
We enjoyed meeting you all during our home visits and look forward to helping your children to settle happily into the life of our school. We would like to invite you to our new parent’s meeting on 4th October at 2.15pm when we will describe to you what your children do during a normal school day and show you photographs of their first weeks at school.
Our first topics will be ”How do I feel?” and “What do I know about me?”
Thank you for talking with your children about how they feel in the mornings. We will be continuing to explore how to describe our feelings over the next few weeks. The children have responded very positively to our morning routine of placing their name into the appropriate feelings' bag. They are beginning to talk about which zone they think they are in and why.
As you are aware, we are taking part in a government baseline assessment trial. We will spend some time getting to know each child and finding out where to start their new learning.
During our activities we will be concentrating on settling the children into school so that they feel safe and secure, know the daily routines, where equipment is stored, and begin to make new friends. We will also be encouraging the children to take care of their own belongings and needs. We will be talking about what the children enjoy doing, how they spend their spare time, their families, and what makes them special.
Our daily literacy lessons will begin by introducing the children to the characters and stories from our reading scheme “The Oxford Reading Tree” and they will learn how to read the first “key” words including all the character’s names. They will also begin to learn new phonemes as part of Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds, as well as consolidating Phase 1. We will start our “Funky Fingers” and “Dough Gym” activities to develop pencil control and letter formation, and we will work on hearing sounds and recognising their different letter shapes.
Our maths activities will focus on counting, recognising and ordering numbers as well as starting to find one more/less. The children will use shapes to explore patterns and they will be involved in problem solving activities to practically develop their understanding of number and number operations. We will also encourage them to explain their mathematical thinking to an adult.
Towards the end of the half term the children will take part in their first Harvest Assembly on Friday 18th October at 9.05am
You will have the opportunity to attend a parents evening on either the 17th or 22nd October but if you have any general concerns or queries regarding your child we are always happy to speak to you. It is easier to speak after school when we have more time, but if you have a concern that may affect your child in school on that day then please speak to us in the morning.
RD - Friday morning and Thursday afternoon