Dear Reception Parents,
Welcome back and we wish you all a very happy new year and a very warm welcome to the new families who have joined our DBIS community. We are excited to welcome Chloe Foster back into Castle Class and we wish Elle White the absolute best during her maternity leave.
New Concept- Storytelling
As we move into Term 2, we will begin our new concept of Discovery ‘Story-Telling’. We are looking for exciting ways to hook the children, develop understanding of different texts and extend creativity. This is a fun and engaging concept and we are keen to broaden the children’s literacy skills taught during Term 1, through different ways of thinking and application.
This is a wonderfully creative theme and has plenty of opportunity to explore the children’s interests and ideas. We have been working closely with a wonderful Early Years expert called Greg Botrill who is the founder of ‘Can I go and play now’. We will be using a ‘mystery box’ as a hook within Google Meets to get the children talking, creating and making links within ideas.
If any member of our community would like to share a story either to their class or our Reception cohort, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We would love to hear from you!
As Term 2 begins we will be revisiting the Set 1 sounds and introducing Set 2 sounds. We will assess the children in order for them to be grouped at their appropriate level which will continue to build their confidence with their literacy skills and continue to scaffold their learning.
A virtual RWI information workshop will take place on Wednesday 20th January, where you will be invited to find out more about our phonics scheme.
Reading books will start to be sent home after assessments to ensure children are receiving books that can challenge them however, continue to build confidence and support their application of skills. We will share more information about this.
Two helpful resources to develop your understanding of RWI further are the Ruth Miskin website and Ruth Miskin Facebook page. Both of these websites have useful videos and tips for parents who wish to support RWI at home.
Whilst we are disappointed not to be welcoming the children back into school, we look forward to continuing your child’s learning journey with them online. As per last term, everything will be accessible via Seesaw. From 5pm on Sunday 3rd January, you will be able to access your child’s timetable, links and learning activities for Monday 4th January. A more detailed overview for the remainder of the week, including your child’s small group learning opportunities will be available from 5pm on Monday 4th January on Seesaw.
It is extremely important to all the Reception teachers that we continue our positive relationships and communication between home and school. Should you wish to discuss your child’s learning or any sensitive issues in greater detail, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher via the ‘messaging’ function on Seesaw. We really appreciate your feedback and your support.
A few reminders
- Activity Pack Collection will continue to be on a Tuesday 1-2:30pm on the EY campus.
- If you would like to collect your activity pack in Tung Chung please email [email protected] before Tuesday 9am.
- Learning for the following day will be posted by 5pm the day before.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.
The Reception Team
Charlotte Phillips, Emma Chambers, Helen Reid and Chloe Foster