Week Ending 16/12/21

Date: 16th Dec 2021 @ 9:31pm

Happy Friday! What a wonderful week to end the children’s first term in school. Time has flown! We are so proud of the children and everything they have achieved since September. They have grown in maturity, independence and gained so many new skills. Thank you for all your support, in particular with reading at home, it really does make all the difference to your child. We hope you enjoyed the Nativity video. We need to say another huge thank you to Mrs Line (and Mr Line) for putting it together so beautifully.

Mrs Line has had a very busy week completing the NELI (Nuffield Early Language Intervention) assessments. You will have a letter in your child’s book bag today with the detailed score and some information about whether your child will be taking part in the intervention after Christmas. Please ask your child’s class teacher if you have any questions.

Christmas Show and Tell

On Thursday 6th January (second day back as the Tuesday is an INSET day!) the children will be allowed to being in one toy that they got for Christmas to Show and Tell. We ask the children to explain their toy to the class and then give them the opportunity to share their toys and play together. This develops speaking and listening skills as well as promoting sharing. We recommend that you send a toy that can be shared such as a board game or jigsaw and nothing that is easily broken. No electronics either please!

This half term in Phonics we have been focusing on letter formation. You may have noticed that instead of hearing the children read this week, we completed some simple Phase 2 phonics assessments. We checked that the children could recognise the sounds, blend to read, write the graphemes and then segment to write words. The children will be starting Phase 3 after Christmas. This phase introduces lots of new digraphs (where two letters make one sound e.g. ch, ai, er) and new harder to read and spell words. We will be introducing four new sounds per week so it is important that children are reading at home every day to reinforce these new sounds. At the end of each half term, we will assess them again and let you know whether they are on track for the end of the year expectations. Most children’s targets from this half term are to improve pen grip and letter formation. You might notice your child gripping the pencil tightly or colouring outside of the lines, both of which show weak fine motor skills. You can support this at home by playing games that improve fine motor skills such as playdough or the board game Operation. There are some gorgeous ideas here: https://theimaginationtree.com/40-fine-motor-skills-activities-for-kids/

In Maths we have been counting up and back to 10 and 20 starting from different numbers. This is a great skill to have as it supports addition and subtraction skills. We also thought about the number zero and what it means to have ‘nothing’. If you hear your child counting accurately at home over the holidays then upload your observation to Tapestry. We love showing you what your child can do at school but we also like to see your child using their learning at home. Think about moments that make you say ‘WOW!’

On Monday, we had a brilliant day at Park Hall Farm. We fed the goats, met the guinea pigs and rabbits, went on a tractor ride, played in the soft play area, watched a pig race and met Father Christmas. It was a fantastic day which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thank you to our parent helpers, especially Mia’s Mum for stepping in with a moments notice!

On Tuesday, we read the story of the Stickman and created a story map. We took part in lots of Stickman activities. We also had our nasal flu spray with school nurse, well done for being brave everyone!

On Wednesday, we continued to share the story of the Stickman. The children are becoming skilled at retelling stories which is something you can do together at home as well.

On Thursday, we had our Christmas dinner day! Justyna and the wonderful kitchen staff cooked everyone a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings. We loved telling jokes from the crackers and wearing our party hats. In the afternoon we baked reindeer cakes, we hope they made it home in one piece!

On Friday, we had our final celebration worship of the school year. After that we enjoyed a Christmas party with Pass the Parcel and lots of games. In the afternoon we chilled out by watching the Stickman. We are surprised some didn’t fall asleep! We took all the library books from the children's bags and they will pick a new Reading for Pleasure book in the first week back.

Congratulations to our Stars of the Term, Parker-George and Charlotte.

Our mystery readers this week were Willow's Daddy and Isaac's Mummy. Thank you for coming to share a story with us! Please speak to your child’s class teacher to put a date in the diary if you would like to be mystery reader. After Christmas we don't have any volunteers!

The EYFS team wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Please enjoy the story below which the staff filmed last year for the children. 

Miss Nicholas and Miss Selwyn

Tarporley CE Primary, Park Road, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 0AN

Tel: 01829 708188 | Email: admin@tarporleyce.cheshire.sch.uk

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