St. Mary´s CE (A) First School

Learning to love, loving to learn
Yellow Ladybirds

Welcome to Yellow Ladybirds!   The Teacher is Miss Sherwin and the Teaching Assistant is Miss Low.  It is lots of fun in Ladybirds - playing with friends, learning lots of new things like phonics, maths and all about our lovely world.  We play inside and outside and love to read stories and pretend in our role play areas.

As our new children settle into life at St Mary’s we support them to become independent learners and develop their personal and social skills. We love to be kind and helpful, just like the Good Samaritan - who we will learn about in the next few weeks.

Soon we will send home......

* Homework Packets which will have something different in each week - games, activities, letters/sounds, words, reading books, spelling booklets, maths booklets (when your child is ready) They need to be returned to school on Thursdays and they will come home with your child on Fridays!      

Please remember to sign and comment in your child's home-school diary.

*Library Books will be chosen by the children on Thursdays and returned the following Thursday to exchange for a new one.  Each week, the returned books will be kept in a box and sanitised, ready for use in the following week.

Phonics is learning about letters and sounds and how they are blended together to read words.  We use Jolly Phonics to help us learn and you can find the songs on Youtube. (Google: "jolly phonics songs in order") Please sing at home as much as you can! We don't teach the sounds in alphabetical order, we teach them in an order where they can be blended together to make words as soon as they are learned. We have a phonics session every day and your child will start to bring home sounds to practise and games to play which will help them learn.

Writing is encouraged every day and all writing is praised, even if it looks squiggly!  We are listening carefully to sounds and stretching the words so we can hear every sound.  When we write the words, we are trying hard to remember finger spaces and full stops.

Numbers - We are practising counting to 10, 20 and beyond, and learning to recognise numbers and put them in the correct order.  We encourage sorting and counting throughout our play and always look for ways to challenge the children through questions like...... - "can you add one more, how many now?  take one away?  how many altogether?" etc. We are counting in twos and learning doubles.

Stay & Play Sessions:  Unfortunately, we cannot offer these at the moment, due to Covid19.  However, as soon as the government guidelines allow us, we will send you information about how to take part.