What the Ladybird Heard…end of Autumn 1!

Asalamualaykum!

The week leading up to half term has indeed been a busy one! The children have loved reading the story of What the Ladybird Heard, mimicking the different animal sounds and role playing the story. MashaAllah Reception are becoming more and more confident speaking in front of the class with practice!

In Phonics, we learned 4 new phase 2 sounds: ck e u r
We segmented and blended some words with these sounds too, for example:
r-a-t
n-e-t
u-p
t-u-ck
Please continue to practice reading and writing decodable words like these, as were demonstrated in the workshop.

In Maths, the children have been continuing to practice writing their numbers to 20 accurately, while understanding what 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc actually mean in a sequence of objects or things. We have milk competitions everyday to see who can drink their milk the quickest and everyone knows what ‘first’ means! Knowing how to describe a sequence or set of objects/things/people using simple mathematical language will help enhance their understanding of more mathematical concepts in’sha’Allah.

On Friday, the children also had a ‘shared snack’ and watched Tangled. Jazakallah Khair to everyone who contributed for the food! The children enjoyed it very much and were very thankful!

The theme for next half term will be Animals, including what Islam teaches about animals and the stories of the Prophets which include animals.
We will be reading and learning about the following books: 

  • The Gruffalo
  • The Gruffalo’s Child
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea
  • Tiddler
  • The Dog Detective
  • Monkey Puzzle
  • Paddington Bear
  • What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

We will also be learning about the following Stories of the Prophets in Circle Time:

  • Prophet Nuh AS (Prophet Noah, his Ark and the Flood)
  • Prophet Yunus AS (Prophet Jonas and the Whale)
  • Prophet Sulaiman AS (Prophet Soloman and the Ants)
  • Before the Winter holidays, we will learn about what Muslims believe about Prophet Isa AS (in simple terms) and why as Muslims, we do not partake in Christmas celebrations.

In Maths, the children will be assessed to see how accurately they can write their numbers up to 20. (They are expected to be able to do this in Reception and the earlier they are able to, the more they can demonstrate their mathematical skills independently and confidently. We will also be learning how to add one more (jumping one step forwards) and finding one less (one jump backwards), before learning how to add and subtract small quantities by counting on/back respectively. They will also learn to order objects and each other in terms of height, while learning to use simple mathematical terms related to height. Furthermore, they will be introduced to the concept of 3D shapes, that they are solid while 2D shapes are flat, and learning the names of some of these shapes.

Here is a list of assessments dates for next term and what the children will be assessed on during that week. We do expect the children to be able to read and write these independently, as we have been encouraging all to practice at home over the last few weeks too:

Week 1 s a t p i (read and write, blending simple CVC words with these sounds)
Week 2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (read, write and count that many objects accurately with 1:1 correspondence)
Week 3 n m d g o (read and write, blending simple CVC words with these sounds)
Week 4 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (read, write and count that many objects accurately with 1:1 correspondence)
Week 5 c, k, ck, e (read and write, blending simple CVC words with these sounds)
Week 6 11, 12, 13, 14, 15  (read, write and count that many objects accurately with 1:1 correspondence)
Week 7 u r h b f (read and write, blending simple CVC words with these sounds)
Week 8 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 (read, write and count that many objects accurately with 1:1 correspondence)

These are so we can ensure that the children are progressing reliably and to understand how/what we can support them with next in’sha’Allah.

Parents Meetings will take place on Monday 5th November 2018 and Wednesday 7th November 2018 from 3.30pm-5pm. Please see us in class to book your 10 minute slot. You will get a chance to see your child’s Learning Journey, Literacy and Maths Books, as well as to discuss their individual targets for the new term.

We will return to school on Monday 29th October in’sha’Allah at normal school time (7.45am).

We look forward to meeting with all of you and we hope you have an enjoyable half term!