Welcome to Dolphin Class
Important information for Dolphin Class
Reading books should be kept for a week and then returned on the day allocated in your welcome pack. It is important to stick to your child's day so that we can spend the time listening to them read and moving their learning further.
Our PE day is Monday. Please bring your PE kit on this day and the children will get changed at school and come home in their PE kit.
Homework is set on a Friday and shared on Class Dojo. There are also Story Books and Busy Bags to go home each week which can be changed by the children.
Class Dojo is used to help with parent and teacher communication - please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Please send your child to school with a change of clothes. This can stay on their peg. We often have messy play and sometimes the children will need to get changed.
Dates for your diary
Wednesday 8th September 2021 - Friday 10th September 2021 - Reception return to school (Please see information pack)
Wednesday 6th October 2021 @ 7.30pm - Friends of Birchfield (FOBS) meeting
Wednesday 20th October 2021 - Halloween Disco
Friday 22nd October 2021 - Break up for half term
Monday 1st November 2021 - Return to school
We teach letter formation in 4 different families: Curly Caterpillars, Ladder Letters, One Armed Robots and Zig Zag Monsters. These videos guide you through how to help your child form them correctly and any misconceptions that they may have. Letter formation is covered in phonics daily, however it only covers the sound that the children are learning. If you wish to work with your child on their formation then these videos are a good guide.
(There is part of the video in the middle that goes silent, I'm still working on the technology so bare with me!)
Curly Caterpillar Letters:
What to expect and when?
This is a very useful document used in Early Years. It tells you what to expect from your child and when.
Please click on blue title to download. What to expect and when?
Our playdough recipe:
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
Tablespoon of Cream of tartar
Splash of veg oil
2 cups of cold water
Whisk all ingredients together.
Place in microwave for 5 minutes then stir.
Place back in microwave for further 5 minutes, empty from bowl, leave to cool and kneed well.
At the end of every day, just before we go home we have our 'Dough Disco!'. Dough disco is great for strengthening children's fingers, hands and arms and helps them get ready to write. Grab some playdough and have a go at home. You can even make routines up to your favourite song!
The Phonics Song
Every day at 9am we practice Phase 2 phonics. We always start with this song to help us to learn the names of letters and the sounds. If you want to practice it at home the song is below.
The Counting Song
Every morning before Maths we sing the counting song. This consolidates our knowledge of the numbers and helps us to count forwards and backwards.