13 June 2018

This week in Reception, we have been writing a recount of Handa’s Surprise and have investigated different fruit and vegetables.  Perry Walker – a local author – has visited the class to read us her new book, ‘My Amazing Mummy’!  The children really enjoyed the story and asked lots of questions about underwater life.

 

We can Explore it – Around the World

 

 

 

Reception Curriculum map Summer 2

 

High Frequency words to practise at home this term 

went It’s from children just help said have like so do some come were there little one when out what

Recommended Reading List

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar compiled by John Foster

Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage

Tinga Tales by Tiger Aspect

Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French

Week Beginning 05.06.2018

First of all we would like to welcome all the children back from their half term break which we hope was relaxing. As you aware this is the children’s final term in Reception class which brings mixed emotions of sadness when we handover your children to Year 1 but also happiness when we look back on all the progress they have achieved. We hope the children are all refreshed and ready to work hard as well as have fun for the next seven weeks.

Here are some photographs from the end of last term which we were unable to post due to a technical problem.

 

Planting seeds in our vegetable patch.

Learning how to make Leek and Potato soup with the leeks we harvested from our vegetable patch. the children enjoyed tasting the soup and lots of them even came back for seconds!

Thank you for joining us for our family sharing breakfast.

The children using their wonderful teamwork and imaginations to act out the Enormous Turnip together!

So this week the children have been enjoying the new topic of We can Explore it – Around the World. We have been sharing lots of non-fiction books about different countries and the children have been either customers booking their holidays or  customer sales people working in our class Travel Agency. 

 

In R.E. we have had an introduction to the topic of Baptism. The children watched an educational clip about how Baptism is performed within the Catholic church, we then discussed what had taken place before holding our very own class Baptism. The children acted out the ceremony perfectly and then wrote up recounts on what had happened in their R.E. books. 

In Literacy we have been sharing the story of Handa’s Surprise which is set in Kenya. It is about a little girl wanting to surprise her friend who lives in the next village.It contains animals and fruit from that region as well a a twist at the end of the story -get the children to tell you all about it. They have really enjoyed rehearsing the story during the Talk for Writing sessions, as well as producing some super artwork, masks and puppets. We have also been amazed at the quality of independent writing the children are producing which has contained  both narrative features and key phrases from the text.

In Phonics some children have been consolidating their phase 3 phonics sounds whilst others have begun working on phase 4. In Phase 4 children are not taught any new phonemes or graphemes. Instead, they are taught to further manipulate the phonemes and graphemes they have already learnt. Many of the words children explored in Phase 2 and 3 were monosyllabic (words of one syllable). In Phase 4 children explore more polysyllabic words (words containing more than one syllable). Many of the words in Phase 2 and 3 required children to blend approximately three sounds together in order to read them. Phase 4 requires children to blend an increasing number of sounds together in order to read. 

 

Phase 4 Teaching Overview

In Phase 4 words are often referred to in relation to how many vowels and consonants they contain.

CVC Words

The word ‘cod‘ is a CVC word (consonant / vowel / consonant). Other CVC words include: sad, net & him.

CCVC Words

The word ‘crab‘ is a CCVC word (consonant / consonant / vowel / consonant). Other CCVC words include: trim, flat & step.

CVCC Words

The word ‘help‘ is a CVCC word (consonant / vowel / consonant / consonant). Other CVCC words include: fist, mend and test.

 

As children progress through Phase 4 they become more confident and skilled in reading and spelling words with a greater number of letters and graphemes.

Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm
Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily.

In Maths we have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20 and 1-100. We have continued counting to 100 in 1s and in 10s in addition we have begun to count in 2s up to 20 and looked at the difference between odd and even numbers. We have revisited  number bonds to 10,doubles to 20 and halve its as an inverse. The  children have also been practising the concept of ‘it’s nothing new’ where if they know that double 2 is 4 then double 20 is 40, double 3 is 6 so double 30 is 60 and so on. We have had a focus on repeating patterns this week.
The children have especially enjoyed another new song which helps them remember their numbers to 100 with movement! You may like to access it at home so here is a link.

In P.E.the children have been practising skills in athletics as well as other multi-skill activities which will be the make up of the Sports day scheduled for Tuesday 3rd July (back  up 9th July). Please can you ensure that your child’s P.E. kit is at school and could you also ensure it is all present and correct. Please note tracksuit bottoms should be replaced by shorts since it is now Summer. It would be great to see all the children looking smart for Sports day and following the school uniform policy.

 

 

REMINDERS

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc.

Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words for this term with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform. Now that is summer term the children can now wear summer uniform – please see the school’s uniform policy.
P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for this term and the children will be taught athletics and multi-skills.
As the weather is now changeable could we also ask that coats are still brought into school but they are lighter and if the weather does look like it will be warm please provide a hat and apply suncream prior to arriving at school.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.
Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.
– Thank you.
The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

Junk modelling – rockets and doughnuts.

 

 

We can work together to solve a complicated Jigsaw puzzle.

 

 

 

We are taking food orders for our cafe.

 Are Eggs Alive?

Reception Curriculum map Summer 1

 

High Frequency words to practise at home this term.

will  that  this  then  them  with  see  for  now  down  too  you  have  like  so  do  some  come  were  there  little  one  when  out  what

 

Recommended Reading List

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar compiled by John Foster

Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage

Tinga Tales by Tiger Aspect

Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French

Week Beginning 15.05.18

During our class liturgy the children listened to a reading from John 17:11-19 when Jesus prayed to his Father and asked Him to protect them against evil. Jesus said that God’s word was truth, Bless them with truth. I explained that Jesus wanted God to bless his friends so they could follow His ways. We are followers of God today and we can follow Jesus. I asked the children to think of a time when they chose to help someone and share what they did and how it made them feel. Several children were given the opportunity to respond and as always their responses were carefully thought out. The children showed understanding as well as a realisation that doing good things is the way to the truth Jesus was talking about.

In Literacy the children have been introduced to the tale of The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy. We have rehearsed the story and the children have had the opportunity to act out the story too.We have also been reading from the Bible and watching a simple cartoon depicting the Pentecostal story. The children were then modelled to, on how to sequence the story before doing so themselves in their R.E. books where they all wrote sentences to describe what was happening. The Reception team are very proud of the the super writing that the children produced.

Following the theme of Pentecost the children have created some beautifully colourful flames and we have started work on a dance which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit. We had a lot of fun practising our moves and swirls and experimented using Pentecostal coloured  pieces of fabric to wave and sway.

In Phonics the children have been revising their phase 3 phonics sounds to ensure that they are confident after a two week break. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple words. Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm
Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily.

In Maths we have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20. As well as beginning to look at recognising all our numbers to 100. We have continued counting to 100 in 1s and in 10s. The children have also practised their ‘Learn its’ number sentences 2+1=3 1+2=3 2+3=5 3+2=5 and we have also continued learning number bonds to 10. The  children have also been practising the concept of ‘it’s nothing new’ where if they know that double 2 is 4 then double 20 is 40, double 3 is 6 so double 30 is 60 and so on. We have had a real focus this week on all things related to shape and measure. the children have taken part in activities relating to money, time, weight and measuring length.
The children have especially enjoyed another new song which helps them remember their numbers to 100 with movement! You may like to access it at home so here is a link.

In P.E. this week the children have continued to enjoy learning some tennis skills. They learnt how to control the ball using small racquets by hitting and stopping the ball as it rolls along the ground. They then progressed to moving from the ready position to stepping sideways on to hit the ball along the ground and return it to their partner without stopping the ball first.

 

REMINDERS-

Wednesday 23rd   – Stay and Play 8:40-9am

Wonderful work and Let’s share breakfast together – bring in breakfast to have with your child in class.

Please can we ask that the children bring their P.E. kits into school if they have not done so already and that it is all intact and labelled correctly.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays
Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc.

Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words for this term with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform. Now that is summer term the children can now wear summer uniform – please see the school’s uniform policy.
P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for this term and the children will be taught cricket and tennis skills.
As the weather is now changeable could we also ask that coats are still brought into school but they are lighter and if the weather does look like it will be warm please provide a hat and apply suncream prior to arriving at school.

 

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform. Now that is summer term the children can now wear summer uniform – please see the school’s uniform policy.
P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for this term and the children will be taught cricket and tennis skills.
As the weather is now changeable could we also ask that coats are still brought into school but they are lighter and if the weather does look like it will be warm please provide a hat and apply suncream prior to arriving at school.
Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.
Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.
– Thank you.
The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

We can tell O’clock times

Comparing and measuring length

 

How far will my car go? Talking about distance.

Comparing the weight of real fruit and vegetables

 

 

 I can name 3D shapes

 

 

 

Money talks!

 

 

 

 

Pentecost flame

 

 

I found a feather – what bird could it be from?

 

Taking turns and understanding the rules of a game

 

 

Week Beginning 08.05.18

During our class liturgy the children listened to a reading from John 16:12-15 when Jesus told his friends that He still had a lot to tell them but they would still not understand. I explained that Jesus is telling his friends that he was going away to heaven but to help his friends understand things in the future he would ask God to send the Holy Spirit to help them. I also explained it was a mixed time of sadness and happiness for the disciples as Jesus was going away but sending a new friend to help us. I then asked the children to think of a time when they were happy but then became a bit sad because they had to leave.

Several children were given the opportunity to respond and we impressed by how they had really listened to the question that I posed and related it their own lives. Well done!

We are very proud of the children’s behaviour both during class worship and our visits to St Anne’s church. We attended St Anne’s on Thursday to celebrate The Feast of the Ascension and once again the children did not let us down.

In Literacy we continued to share the story Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French. We practised sequencing the story and followed our class story map. Over the past week the children have all written a diary based on the events which happened each day in the story. Every child has produced a diary and it is extremely pleasing to see how much all of their writing has improved.

In Phonics the children have been revising their phase 3 phonics sounds to ensure that they are confident after a two week break. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple words. Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm
Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily.

In Maths we have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20. As well as beginning to look at recognising all our numbers to 100. We have continued counting to 100 in 1s and in 10s. The children have also practised their ‘Learn its’ number sentences 2+1=3 1+2=3 2+3=5 3+2=5 and we have also continued learning number bonds to 10. The  children have also been practising the concept of ‘it’s nothing new’ where if they know that double 2 is 4 then double 20 is 40, double 3 is 6 so double 30 is 60 and so on. We have had a focus this week on comparing weight and revisited coin recognition.
The children have especially enjoyed this new song which helps them remember their numbers to 100 with exercise! You may like to access it at home so here is a link.

 

In P.E. this week the children enjoying learning some tennis skills. They learnt how to control the ball using small racquets by hitting and stopping the ball as it rolls along the ground.

REMINDERS-
Please can we ask that the children bring their P.E. kits into school if they have not done so already and that it is all intact and labelled correctly.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays
Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc.

Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words for this term with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform. Now that is summer term the children can now wear summer uniform – please see the school’s uniform policy.
P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for this term and the children will be taught cricket and tennis skills.
As the weather is now changeable could we also ask that coats are still brought into school but they are lighter and if the weather does look like it will be warm please provide a hat and apply suncream prior to arriving at school.
Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.
Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.
– Thank you.
The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

Jesus loves me!

Number bonds to 10

 

Independent writing

 

Shopping and understanding money

 

Super reader!

Week Beginning 30.04.18

During our class liturgy the children listened to a reading from John 15:1 when Jesus described Himself to his friends as being the True Vine. He said that we are all branches connected to Him and we produce fruit. We talked about the fruit being the energy that Jesus has given us to enable us to be good at certain things. The children then thought about something that they had done recently that they were proud of and some children had the opportunity to share their ideas. Once again the children came up with some beautiful responses.

In Literacy we continued to share the story Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French. We practised sequencing the story and made a class story map. We discussed that since the story is set over a period of a week and there is a description of what happens to Oliver each day, then it is like a diary. There was a class discussion where the children recalled which vegetables Oliver tried each day. The children continued to play in the class vegetable shop. The children have enjoyed writing their own version of Oliver’s vegetables this week in the form of a diary.

In Phonics the children have been revising their phase 3 phonics sounds to ensure that they are confident after a two week break. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple words. Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm

Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and  remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20.  As well as beginning to look at recognising all our numbers to 100.  We have continued counting to 100 in 1s and in 10s. The children have also practised their ‘Learn its’ number sentences 2+1=3 1+2=3 2+3=5 3+2=5 and we have also continued learning number bonds to 10. We have had a focus this week on comparing weight and revisited coin recognition.

The children have especially enjoyed this new song which helps them remember their number bonds to 10 , you may like to access it at home so here is a link.

In P.E. the children have continued learning cricket skills with coach Meakin. They enjoyed overarm throwing and aiming at the wicket this week.

 

REMINDERS-

Please can we ask that the children bring their P.E. kits into school if they have not done so already and that it is all intact and labelled correctly.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc.

Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words for this term with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform. Now that is summer term the children can now wear summer uniform – please see the school’s uniform policy.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for this term and the children will be taught cricket skills.

As the weather is now changeable could we also ask that coats are still brought into school but they are lighter and if the weather does look like it will be warm please provide a hat and apply suncream prior to arriving at school.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

Number bonds to 10

 

 

 

Weighing and money in our class vegetable shop

 

 

 

 

We have noticed that the weather is changing and butterflies have appeared!

 

I know that £1 is 100 pennies so £2 is 200 pennies!

 

I made a flag of love!

 

 

I say my prayers beautifully

 

 

 

Super carpet Maths –  I can count to 100 and know my number bonds to 10.

 

We can read and apply our phonics.

Fun counting outside.

 

 

 

Week Beginning 23.04.18

During our class liturgy the children listened to a reading from John 8:12 when Jesus told his friends that He was the light of the world. I explained that Jesus is there for us in times of trouble. I then asked the children to think of a time when they felt worried, alone or confused and who it was that helped them. I explained that sometimes when people help you they are like your light. The children amazed us with their well thought out reflective responses.

In Literacy the children were introduced to the story of Saint George and the dragon. They enjoyed designing their own dragons and writing sentences about them, making England flags and even writing their own versions of the George and the dragon story in their independent writing.

We also shared the story Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French. We practised sequencing the story and made a class story map. We discussed that since the story is set over a period of a week and there is a description of what happens to Oliver each day, then it is like a diary. There was a class discussion where the children recalled which vegetables Oliver tried each day. The children continued to play in the class vegetable shop and practised their writing by producing their own shopping lists.

In Phonics the children have been revising their phase 3 phonics sounds to ensure that they are confident after a two week break. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple words. Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm

Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and  remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20.  As well as beginning to look at recognising all our numbers to 100.  We have continued counting to 100 in 1s and in 10s. The children have also practised their ‘Learn its’ number sentences 2+1=3 1+2=3 2+3=5 3+2=5 and we have also continued learning number bonds to 10. We have had a focus this week on comparing weight and practised using the correct language – light, heavy, lighter, heavier, lightest and heaviest.

The children have especially enjoyed this new rhyme which helps them remember their number bonds to 10 , you may like to access it at home so here is a link.

In P.E. the children have begun learning cricket skills with coach Meakin. They enjoyed throwing and catching games this week.

We had a special visit this week from Safa’s mum who came in to talk to us about the important time in the Muslim religious calendar called Ramadan. She explained about the period of fasting, Ramadan being a time to reflect and repent as well as a time to help those less fortunate. The children also had the opportunity to ask questions and try some delicious dates.

The Reception team would like to thank Safa’s mum for her time and for giving us a informative and interesting talk – Thank you!

 

 

 

REMINDERS-

Please can we ask that the children bring their P.E. kits into school if they have not done so already and that it is all intact and labelled correctly.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc.

Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words for this term with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform. Now that is summer term the children can now wear summer uniform – please see the school’s uniform policy.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for this term and the children will be taught cricket skills.

As the weather is now changeable could we also ask that coats are still brought into school but they are lighter and if the weather does look like it will be warm please provide a hat and apply suncream prior to arriving at school.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

Farm Trip part 2

St George’s day flags

 

The dragons we designed and sentences

 

Ginger Bear Group

 

Independent George and the dragon writing

 

Enjoying making rhythm during bucket drumming

Ordering size independently

 

 

Week Beginning 16.04.18

May I take this opportunity to thank all the parent volunteers that helped to make the trip to Rushall farm a truly memorable day for the children. You helped to ensure that everything ran smoothly and safely as well as making it extra fun for the children, which is greatly appreciated. – Thank you from all the Reception Team.

 

In R.E. the children continued to learn about the importance of Easter. The children have listened to the Easter story and watched short clips which highlight key events. They have then had the opportunity to retell and reenact the story in their own words. We have discussed a picture depicting Jesus after He had risen talking with his friends. The children thought about what was happening and how Jesus’ disciples would have felt. The children then when on to write this up in their R.E. books.

In Literacy we have thought about what we would like to see and learn about on our upcoming farm visit. We made a class mind map with the children’s ideas. Some children produced independent writing during free flow which stated what they thought they might see. We also opened a class vegetable shop and children were able to practise their writing by producing their own shopping lists.

In Phonics the children have been revising their phase 3 phonics sounds to ensure that they are confident after a two week break. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple words. Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm

Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and  remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20.  As well as beginning to look at recognising all our numbers to 100.  We have continued counting to 100 in 1s and in 10s. The children have also practised their ‘Learn its’ number sentences 2+1=3 1+2=3 2+3=5 3+2=5 and we have also started learning number bonds to 10. We have had a focus this week on comparing size and practised using the correct language – small, big, smaller, bigger, smallest and biggest and thinking about position as a concept.

The children have especially enjoyed this new song which helps them count to 100 , you may like to access it at home so here is a link.

 

 

REMINDERS-

In P.E. the children have begun learning cricket skills with coach Meakin. They enjoyed throwing and catching games this week.

Please can we ask that the children bring their P.E. kits into school if they have not done so already and that it is all intact and labelled correctly.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc. Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words for this term with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform. Now that is summer term the children can now wear summer uniform – please see the school’s uniform policy.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for this term and the children will be taught cricket skills.

As the weather is now changeable could we also ask that coats are still brought into school but they are lighter and if the weather does look like it will be warm please provide a hat and apply suncream prior to arriving at school.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

Independent Writing

 

 

Independent Maths

 

 

Working with partners to find number bonds to 10

 

 

 

Farm Trip Part 1

 

 

Welcome back and we hope that you have all had a fun and relaxing Easter break. The children have begun our new topic ‘Are Eggs Alive?’ We have been looking at different farm animals this week, comparing them and thinking about their characteristics. We have also been watching short video clips which have informed the children about the products farm animals produce. The children enjoyed a carpet session where they thought up questions about what they would like to find out during our farm visit.

In R.E. the children have been introduced to the importance of Easter. The children have listened to the Easter story and watched short clips which highlight key events. They have then had the opportunity to retell and reenact the story in their own words. We have discussed the meaning of the word Alleluia as well as the relevance of the Paschal candle. The children have produced some wonderful artwork representing both of these topics.

In Literacy we shared the story Honey Biscuits by Meredith Hooper. In this story Ben learns how to make honey biscuits with his gran, he doesn’t just find out how to bake biscuits, he also discovers where all the ingredients in the recipe come from and whose help he really needs. This was a great story to get the children thinking about where food comes from and the importance of farming.

In Phonics the children have been revising their phase 3 phonics sounds to ensure that they are confident after a two week break. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple words. Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm

Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and  remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20.  We have been closely looking at what a teen number means, as in 10 plus some more. We have also been counting to 100 in 1s and in 10s. The children have also practised their ‘Learn its’ number sentences 2+1=3 1+2=3 2+3=5 3+2=5. We have had a focus this week on comparing size and practised using the correct language – small, big, smaller, bigger, smallest and biggest.

The children have especially enjoyed this new song which helps them count to 100 , you may like to access it at home so here is a link.

In P.E. the children have begun learning cricket skills with coach Meakin. They enjoyed rolling and stopping the ball with control as well as a game where they had to roll a ball to hot a pot of gold and score points. 

REMINDERS-

Reception Class farm trip – Tuesday 17th April 

We will leave promptly at 9:10am and return for the normal end of school day.

There is now no need for children to bring car seats as we have a new coach with adjustable seat belts (which are safer as many car seats do not fit properly in a coach).

Please ensure the children are dressed appropriately for the weather, in comfortable old clothing and suitable footwear – no uniforms.

A fully disposable packed lunch should be provided so we can throw everything away and not have extra to carry.

Thank you for all the parents who volunteered to help. We had so many offers we had to draw names out of a hat. If you have heard from us and sent a confirmation then you have been successful. Sorry to those who weren’t this time.

 

Please can we ask that the children bring their P.E. kits back into school and that it is all intact and labelled correctly.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc. Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words for this term with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform. Now that is summer term the children can now wear summer uniform – please see the school’s uniform policy.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for this term and the children will be taught cricket skills.

As the weather is now changeable could we also ask that coats are still brought into school. 

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

 Why is Water Wet?

 

Reception Curriculum map Spring 2

 

 

High Frequency words to practise at home this term.

to     the   no   go   I  into   a   me   be   he   she  my   by   they   we  are  .you   her   all   was   said   look

Recommended Reading List

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar compiled by John Foster

Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage

Tinga Tales by Tiger Aspect

 

 

 

Week beginning 12.03.18

In Literacy this week the children have been enjoying sharing the wonderful story of The Rainbow Fish. We have shortened the story into three short sections and talked about what happened first, next and finally as a class. The children had the opportunity to share their own ideas about what happened first, next and finally and we wrote some of them up to put on our class washing line. Then the children put their ideas down on paper during adult led and independent writing activities. We are very proud of what they have produced!

In Phonics the children have continued learning the phase 3 phonics sounds. We revised the sounds ur, ow, oi (all digraphs – meaning 2 letters make 1 sound) and ear (a trigraph – meaning 3 letters make one sound)  and introduced our final three phase 3 sounds air, ure and er. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple words. Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm

The children continue to apply their learnt phonics sounds during their weekly guided reading sessions, it is wonderful to see how they are progressing. Please remember to use Bug Club on Active Learn to support your child’s reading development. Any problems with log ins please see me. Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and  remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily. 

In R.E. we have continued learning about the importance of Lent. We have discussed how it is a time of change and how we try to become more like Jesus. The children noticed that the class prayer area now had the colour purple as its predominant colour which is the same as Advent signifying its importance and that their is an emphasis on prayer.  We are looking forward to the importance period of Holy week. 

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20.  We have been closely looking at what a teen number means, as in 10 plus some more. We have been writing number sentences to show this and used bead strings which have intervals of 10 on them to count on from 10 to different teen numbers. We have also been counting to 100 in 1s and in 10s. The children have also practised their ‘Learn its’ number sentences 2+1=3 1+2=3 2+3=5 3+2=5. We have had a focus this week on repeating patterns and measuring a minute in time.

The children have especially enjoyed these songs to help them count to 20 and , you may like to access them at home so here are some links.

 

 

 

In P.E. the children were practising moving in different ways and in different directions, negotiating space as they did so. They learnt how to improve their ball skills by taking part in an activity where the object of the game was to take aim and carefully roll a ball starting from a standing position.

 

 

The children enjoyed taking part in an experiment where they tested different materials to see whether they would sink or float. They took time to examine each object to be tested and used language such as soft, hard, light or heavy. They then made an hypothesis as to what they thought would happen with the objects we tested which included a screw, a cork, a stone and a lemon. They recorded their hypothesis and their findings.  

 

 

The children made their own rainbow fishes using play dough and coloured jewels.

 

 

 

The children enjoyed making repeating patterns independently.

 

 

 

More Maths fun – clever counting and recording numbers.

 

 

Learning about being a good friend.

 

 

 

 

Proud of our independent writing.

 

 

My Fish mask.

 

 

 

REMINDERS-

We will be attending mass on Tuesday 20th so please be on time to school.

We are looking for volunteers to help us on our upcoming farm trip – please see a member of the Reception team to sign up-  a letter will be going out during the last week of term.

Our last day of term will be on Friday 23rd March and we will finish at 2pm.

When your children bring home their P.E. kits this term please can we ask that you check that their P.E. shoes still fit them.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc. Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught football skills.

As the weather is now cold could we also ask that coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 05.03.18

In Literacy we have continued rehearsing the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This week we had a visit from one of the characters in the story, the Troll. The children really enjoyed the activity of ‘Hot Seating’ the Troll and interviewed him with some great questions that they came up with. Some of the questions included ”Why do you live under a bridge?”, ”What is your favourite food?” and ”Why do you have such a big nose?” The children listened carefully to the Troll’s responses. Later in their Literacy books the children wrote up the questions they had asked and the Troll’s replies. 

In Phonics the children have continued learning the phase 3 phonics sounds. We revised the sounds ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, and or, (all digraphs – meaning 2 letters make 1 sound) and introduced the sounds ur, ow, oi and ear. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple words. Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm

The children continue to apply their learnt phonics sounds during their weekly guided reading sessions, it is wonderful to see how they are progressing. Please remember to use Bug Club on Active Learn to support your child’s reading development. Any problems with log ins please see me. Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and  remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily.  

In R.E. this week we had an important visitor come into the classroom during our class liturgy which was based on John 8:12 , ”When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but have the light of life.” We discussed how Jesus told us that he would always be there for us, even during times when we were sad or lonely we should remember we can reach out to him in prayer. The children reflected on a time when they were sad or hurt and who it had been that had made them feel better. Some of the children talked about how it was their mothers who had helped them and we linked this to the important date this Sunday of Mother’s Day.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20.  We have been closely looking at what a teen number means, as in 10 plus some more. We have been writing number sentences to show this and used bead strings which have intervals of 10 on them to count on from 10 to different teen numbers. The children have also practised their double and half Learn its and have written their doubles as number sentences – 1+1=2, 2+2=4, 3+3=6, 4+4=8 and 5+5=10. We have had a focus this week on position, seasons and months of the year and measuring a minute in time.

The children have especially enjoyed these songs to help them count to 20 and , you may like to access them at home so here are the links.

 

 

Interviewing the Troll

 

Writing number sentences – teen numbers

 

 

Ginger Bear Group

 

 

 

 

 

Proud writer

 

REMINDERS-

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc. Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught football skills.

As the weather is now cold could we also ask that coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 26.02.18

The children are enjoying the latest topic – Why is Water Wet?

In Literacy we have been reading the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have enjoyed reading and watching different versions of the story. We have made our own class story map of the story and have rehearsed it using our own edited script along with actions based on Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing. The children have continued acting it out using masks and puppets they have made, as well as using the class story sack which contains small puppets of the main characters. 

In Phonics over the past two weeks the children have continued learning the phase 3 phonics sounds. We revised the sounds th, ng  and ai (all digraphs – meaning 2 letters make 1 sound) and introduced the sounds ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, and or, . We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words. Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm     

The children continue to apply their learnt phonics sounds during their weekly guided reading sessions, it is wonderful to see how they are progressing. Please remember to use Bug Club on Active Learn to support your child’s reading development. Any problems with log ins please see me. Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and  remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily. 

In R.E. we have been learning about the importance of Lent. We have discussed how it is a time of change and how we try to become more like Jesus. The children noticed that the class prayer area now had the colour purple as its predominant colour which is the same as Advent signifying its importance and that their is an emphasis on prayer.  We shared a sorry prayer and the children wrote their own prayers as well as making sorry crosses for the prayer area.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20.  We have also looked at one less, the number that comes infront/before or subtracting one, so we have introduced the children to specific mathematical vocabulary. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. Some children have begun writing up their calculations as number sentences. We have had a focus on careful counting up to 20, halving and comparing length. 

The children have especially enjoyed these songs to help them count to 20 and , you may like to access them at home so here are the links.

Role Play – The Three Billy Goats Gruff

 

Spray painting

 

Independent Writing

 

 

Comparing Length

 

Careful Counting to 20

 

Exploring Ice

REMINDERS-

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc. Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught football skills.

As the weather is now cold could we also ask that coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

Why do buildings stay up?

 

High Frequency words to practise at home this term.

to     the   no   go   I  into   a   me   be   he   she  my   by   they   we  are  .you   her   all   was   said   look

Recommended Reading List

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar compiled by John Foster

Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage

Tinga Tales by Tiger Aspect

 Week beginning 22.01.18

The children are continuing to enjoy being immersed in the latest construction topic – How Do Buildings Stay Up?

In Literacy we have continued the story of Three Little Pigs. We have enjoyed reading and watching different versions of the story. We have made our own class story map of the story and have rehearsed it using our own edited script along with actions based on Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing. The children have continued acting it out using piggy masks and snouts they have made, as well as using the class story sack which contains small puppets of the main characters. They have also written their own rhyming strings and sentences.

In Phonics this week the children have continued learning the phase 3 phonics sounds. We introduced the sounds th, ng  and ai (all digraphs – meaning 2 letters make 1 sound) and revised the sounds qu, ch and  sh this week. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words. Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm

 

The children are really getting to grips with applying their learnt phonics sounds during their weekly guided reading sessions, it is wonderful to see how they are progressing. Please remember to use Bug Club on Active Learn to support your child’s reading development. Any problems with log ins please see me. Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and  remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly.

In R.E. we have moved on to a unit entitled ‘Prayer’. The children have been thinking about the importance of prayer and how it gives us the opportunity to say sorry and thank you to God. We have been learning the special prayer ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ in class and discussed how God gave this prayer to Jesus to share with us as a gift. We hope to lead the prayer in Gospel assembly next Monday. Can I take this opportunity to say that the children will be attending Mass at St Anne’s church next Tuesday 6th February so please could the children be in full, smart uniform and be prompt into school.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20.  We have also looked at one less, the number that comes infront/before or subtracting one, so we have introduced the children to specific mathematical vocabulary. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We have had a focus on the numbers 11,12,13. We have been talking about eleven being 10 and 1 more, twelve being 10 and 2 more and thirteen being 10 and 3 more. We have had a focus on careful counting, halving and shape. 

The children have especially enjoyed these songs to help them count to 20 and , you may like to access them at home so here are the links.

 

 

A special visitor- one of the children’s Dad’s came to talk to the class about his job as a builder.

Careful counting

Following instructions

Independent writing – phrases from The Three Little pigs

Gymnastics -using jumps on the apparatus

 

 

REMINDERS

Church on 6th February

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc. Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught gymnastic skills.

As the weather is now getting colder could we also ask that coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

Week beginning 22.01.18

The children are settled in nicely now after the break and are enjoying being immersed in the latest construction topic – How Do Buildings Stay Up?

In Literacy we have introduced the children to the story of Three Little Pigs. We have enjoyed reading and watching different versions of the story. We will be making our own class story map of the story and rehearsing it using our own edited script along with actions based on Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing. The children have enjoyed acting it out using piggy masks and snouts they have made, as well as using the class story sack which contains small puppets of the main characters.

In Phonics this week the children have continued learning the phase 3 phonics sounds. We introduced the sounds ch,sh  and th (all digraphs – meaning 2 letters make 1 sound) and revised the sounds Y, X,Z,ZZ  and QU  this week. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words.

The children are really getting to grips with applying their learnt phonics sounds during their weekly guided reading sessions, it is wonderful to see how they are progressing. Please remember to use Bug Club on Active Learn to support your child’s reading development. Any problems with log ins please see me. Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and  remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly.

In R.E. we have moved on to a unit entitled ‘Prayer’. The children have been thinking about the importance of prayer and how it gives us the opportunity to say sorry and thank you to God. We have been learning the special prayer ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ in class and discussed how God gave this prayer to Jesus to share with us as a gift.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20.  We have also looked at one more, the number that comes infront/before or subtracting one, so we have introduced the children to specific mathematical vocabulary. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We have had a focus on the numbers 11,12,13. We have been talking about eleven being 10 and 1 more, twelve being 10 and 2 more and thirteen being 10 and 3 more. We have had a focus on ordering numbers, adding two groups of objects together to make a number sentence and 2 D and 3 D shapes. 

The children have especially enjoyed these songs to help them count to 20 and , you may like to access them at home so here are the links.

REMINDERS

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc. Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught gymnastic skills.

As the weather is now getting colder could we also ask that coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

In P.E. the children are learning gymnastics skills they have focussed on making different shapes and incorporating them into jumps from different pieces of apparatus.

 

Creating our own Rhyming strings 

 

Labeling the parts of a house

 

Maths this week

 

 

Sugar cube challenge – can you build a tower or a wall using tweezers?

 

 

Lucky teachers! Someone has kindly made cakes at home and brought them in as a gift!

 

 

 

 

Where does the snow go?

High Frequency words to practise at home this term.

to     the   no   go   I  into   a   me   be   he   she  my   by   they   we  are  you   her   all   was   said   look.

 

Recommended Reading List

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar compiled by John Foster

Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage

Tinga Tales by Tiger Aspect

 

Week beginning 15.01.18

The children are enjoying the short topic of  Where does the Snow GO? In Literacy the children have been listening to a selection of stories including The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson, My Friend the Whale by Simon James, Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek and The Gruffalos Child by Julia Donaldson. The children have written sentences describing how the Snow Bear decorated his den including phrases taken directly from Snow Bear’s Surprise by Piers Harper.

In Phonics this week the children have begun learning the phase 3 phonics sounds. We introduced the sounds Y, X,Z,ZZ and QU and revised the sounds J, V,  and W this week. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words.

The children are really getting to grips with applying their learnt phonics sounds during their weekly guided reading sessions, it is wonderful to see how they are progressing. Please remember to use Bug Club on Active Learn to support your child’s reading development. Any problems with log ins please see me.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20.  We have also looked at one more, the number that comes next/after or adding one, so we have introduced the children to specific mathematical vocabulary. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We have had a focus on the numbers 11,12,13. We have been talking about eleven being 10 and 1 more, twelve being 10 and 2 more and thirteen being 10 and 3 more. We have had a focus on ordering items by size, length and height. We have ordered items such as polar bear paw prints, coloured snakes, ponies, and towers made from cubes and Lego. We have also been thinking about position. 

The children have especially enjoyed these songs to help them count to 20, you may like to access them at home so here are the links.

 

In R.E. the children retold the story of Christmas in their own words and we were very impressed with all the details they remembered.

In P.E. the children are learning gymnastics skills they have focussed on making different shapes and rolls.

 

 

Reminders

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc. Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught gymnastic skills.

As the weather is now getting colder could we also ask that coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

Ordering Paw prints by size.

 

 

Ordering coloured snakes by length

 

How tall is my tower?

Exploring shapes

 

 

Enjoying fiction and non-fiction books

Independent Literacy work

 

Ginger Bear group

Painting and thinking about warm and cold colours

 

A special visitor

 

Our Snow Bear Den

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 08.01.18

 

 

May we take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year!

This term the children have begun with the short topic of  Where does the Snow GO? In Literacy the children have been listening to the story Snow Bear’s Surprise by Piers Harper.  We have  rehearsed it using our own edited script along with actions based on Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing.  The class have enjoyed the large art project we  have been carrying out, which has involved making a Snow Bear’s den just like the one in the story. We have made decorations for the den which include pretty flowers, shiny icicles, frosted twigs and bright red berries all which mirrors what happens in the book. 

In Phonics this week the children have begun learning the phase 3 phonics sounds. We introduced the sounds J, V,  and W this week. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words.

The children still enjoy singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

The children are really getting to grips with applying their learnt phonics sounds during their weekly guided reading sessions, it is wonderful to see how they are progressing. Please remember to use Bug Club on Active Learn to support your child’s reading development. Any problems with log ins please see me.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20.  We have also looked at one more, the number that comes next/after or adding one, so we have introduced the children to specific mathematical vocabulary. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We have had a focus on the numbers 11,12,13. We have been talking about eleven being 10 and 1 more, twelve being 10 and 2 more and thirteen being 10 and 3 more. We have had a focus on estimating and checking our estimate by careful counting. We have been using a variety of objects such as Arctic creatures and ice drops.

The children have especially enjoyed this song to help them count to 20, you may like to access it at home so here is the link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq4UAss33qA 

 

In R.E. we have been sharing and retelling the Christmas story. Since it was the feast of the Epiphany last week we talked about the significance of the Kings visiting baby Jesus. The children have enjoyed making their own Nativity scenes and re-enacting the story with their peers. 

This presentation of the Christmas story has helped the children memorise the sequence of events in the Nativity.

www.communication4all.co.uk/PowerPoint%20Presentations/christmas%20story.pps

As well as the Reception Class’ own production that is!

 

Reminders

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught gymnastic skills.

As the weather is now getting colder could we also ask that coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

Estimating how many and counting to check our estimates.

Recreating our own Nativity scenes

Using the class IPad to find out about Arctic animals

Cleaning up efficiently and working as a team

 

Making great shapes in gymnastics 

Helping each other do a Jigsaw

 

Making rhyming strings

Counting jumps and bounces

I can use my newly learnt sounds to read and write

 

 

Why do leaves go crispy?

 

 

High Frequency words to practise at home this term.

to     the   no   go   I  into   a   me   be   he   she  my   by   they   we  are  you   her   all   was   said   look.

 

Recommended Reading List

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar compiled by John Foster

Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

 

Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage

Tinga Tales by Tiger Aspect

Week beginning 02.12.17

This week the children have been extremely busy practising their Nativity production. Don’t forget our performance is next Wednesday 13th December at 9:30am. All welcome.

In Phonics this week the children have been revisiting some of the phase 2 phonics sounds. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words. We have also had a focus on rhyming words.

The children still enjoy singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-10 and 1-20.  We have also looked at one more, the number that comes next/after or adding one, so we have introduced the children to specific mathematical vocabulary. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We have had a focus on counting carefully applying one to one correspondence. We have also been working on different ways to make 3, 5 and 7  by using our fingers on both hands. 

Building up  the skill of subitising is a very useful mental maths strategy. It is a term that was coined by the theorist Piaget and defined the ability to instantaneously recognise the number of objects in a small group without the need to count them. Subitising is an essential part of developing number sense in early years children by helping them to relate numbers to actual items or groups of items.

We use this song in class to help us.

 

 

In R.E. this week we continued with the Advent topic. We discussed that it is a period of getting ready for Christmas or more importantly the birth of Jesus. We talked about things we had done that we felt sorry for. The children carefully coloured a picture of an advent wreath and wrote a sorry prayer. 

 

Seasonal Reminders

Reception Class Nativity Wednesday 13th December at 9:30am. All welcome.

Also on 13th Christmas jumper day and Christmas lunch.

Christmas Fair Friday 15th December.

Please can we ask for parents to contribute £1 to the cost of the children’s Christmas party on the afternoon of Monday 18th December.

Reminders

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught tag rugby skills.

As the weather is now getting colder could we also ask that coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

On Tuesday the children attended Advent Mass. It was their first time to do this with the whole school and they behaved impeccably. The Reception team are very proud of them as was Mrs Buller our Headteacher!

Snuggle Day!

Den Building

Hot (warm) chocolate – yummy!

Reading our favourite bedtime stories with our year 6 buddies.

 

 

Look at our clever number sentences making 5 and 3.

 

 

 

Writing

 

Making up our our versions of Owl Babies

 

Look at our facial expressions – what do they mean?

 

Look I can label a picture of an owl!

 

 

 

Week beginning 27.11.17

The Reception children have continued to work very hard and are totally immersed in our topic of  ‘Why do leaves go crispy? In Literacy after listening to the story The Owl Babies by Martin Wardell the children  rehearsed it using our own edited script along with actions based on Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing.  They have also had fun making up their own versions independently using masks and lolly stick puppets of the characters. 

In Phonics this week the children have been revisiting some of the phase 2 phonics sounds. We revised the sounds H, B, E U and LL which is termed in phonics as a digraph which means two letters make one sound. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words.

The children still enjoy singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

The children are really getting to grips with applying their learnt phonics sounds during their weekly guided reading sessions, it is wonderful to see how they are progressing. Please remember to use Bug Club on Active Learn to support your child’s reading development. Any problems with log ins please see me.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-10 and 1-20.  We have also looked at one more, the number that comes next/after or adding one, so we have introduced the children to specific mathematical vocabulary. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We have had a focus on counting carefully applying one to one correspondence thinking of different ways to make 3, 5 and 7  by using our fingers on both hands. 

Building up  the skill of subitising is a very useful mental maths strategy. It is a term that was coined by the theorist Piaget and defined the ability to instantaneously recognise the number of objects in a small group without the need to count them. Subitising is an essential part of developing number sense in early years children by helping them to relate numbers to actual items or groups of items.

We use this song in class to help us.

In R.E. this week we continued with the Advent topic. We discussed that it is a period of getting ready for Christmas or more importantly the birth of Jesus. Catholics believe that in order to be prepared they should begin by ‘tidying’ their minds. We talked about things we had done that we felt sorry for. The children thought up prayers to God verbally which was very touching. 

 

Reminders –

Snuggle Day Friday 8th December – children invited to come into school in pyjamas and bring their favourite bedtime stories to share.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught tag rugby skills.

As the weather is now getting colder could we also ask that coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

Beauty and The Beast Pantomime 

Rhyming activity

Owl Babies

 

Careful Counting

 

 

 

Junk modelling

 

 

Can I take your order?

 

 

Week beginning 20.11.17

The Reception children have continued to work fantastically and are totally immersed in our topic of  ‘Why do leaves go crispy? In Literacy after listening to the story The Little Red Hen the children have continued enjoying making their own versions independently using masks and lolly stick puppets of the characters to re-enact the story. 

We were lucky last Friday to have a visit from Anastazja’s father, Peter who is a baker. We watched a few short clips about baking bread and then Peter demonstrated how to make bread in class. The children were then given a gift of a wonderful small loaf to eat. Can I take this opportunity to thank Mr Zawadzinska for a truly informative afternoon.

Baker Visit

 

As a result of the children being so enthralled by the bread making afternoon we decided to open our own class bakery where the children have had the chance to role play being bakers. We have written our own shopping lists for making bread in our literacy books and we made our own pizzas in class too.

 

Our Baker’s Shop

 

 

Pizza Making

 

 

In Phonics this week the children have continued with their phase 2 phonics sounds we revised the sounds R, H, B and F and were introduced to the new sounds FF, LL and SS all of which are termed in phonics as digraphs which means two letters make one sound. We have begun ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words.

The children still enjoy singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

The children are really getting to grips with applying their learnt phonics sounds during their weekly guided reading sessions, it is wonderful to see how they are progressing. Please remember to use Bug Club on Active Learn to support your child’s reading development. Any problems with log ins please see me.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-10 and 1-20.  We have also looked at one more, the number that comes next/after or adding one, so we have introduced the children to specific mathematical vocabulary. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We will be having a focus on weight, capacity and recognising coins over the next two weeks to support the children’s work in the bakery.

The children enjoy this song to help them count and recognise numbers. We use it in our daily CLIC sessions. 

 

 

In R.E. this week we have begun to introduce the children to the first part of the church’s calendar, Advent. We discussed that it is a period of getting ready for Christmas or more importantly the birth of Jesus. Catholics believe that in order to be prepared they should begin by ‘tidying’ their minds. We talked about our minds been ‘clean’ by saying sorry and the children shared some very touching and  deeply thought out memories of times they had said sorry. The children made the Reception team very proud! We have introduced the children to the Advent wreath which we prepared in class.

 

Experimenting with colour mixing

Planting Crocuses

What do I know about Coins?

 

Reminders –

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught tag rugby skills.

As the weather is now getting colder could we also ask that coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

Week beginning 13.11.17

The Reception children have continued to work fantastically and are totally immersed in our topic of  ‘Why do leaves go crispy? In Literacy the children have listened to the story The Little Red Hen over and again in order to learn the sequence of events. We have been rehearsing our own shortened script and acting the story out using masks for the different characters. We will be learning some actions based on Pie Corbett’s approach the Literacy and ‘Talk for Writing’ over the course of the next two weeks.

It has been wonderful to see how the children have enjoyed making their own versions independently using masks and lolly stick puppets of the characters to re-enact the story.

In Phonics this week the children have continued with their phase 2 phonics sounds we revised the sounds C, K, CK ,E  and U were introduced to the new sounds R, H, B and F.  We have had help from Geoffrey our class pet giraffe who often gets muddled with his sounds and needs help from the children. We have begun ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words.

The children still enjoy singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-10 and 1-20.  We have also looked at one more, the number that comes next/after or adding one, so we have introduced the children to specific mathematical vocabulary. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We will be having a focus on weight, capacity and money (recognising coins) over the next two weeks since we hope to set up a bakery in class.

The children enjoy this song to help them count and recognise numbers. We use it in our daily CLIC sessions. 

The Wedding

We had a lovely visitor this week when Lola the hedgehog came to see us. Thank you Mrs Evans and Miss Dews for bringing her to share with us. 

 

 

 

Little Red Hen independent writing activities

 

My ‘Flour Truck’ taking flour from the mill to the shop.

 

Recognising numbers and counting

 

 

 

 

Reminders –

 

Children in Need this Friday 17th – remember to wear spots and bring in £1

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught tag rugby skills.

As the weather is now getting colder could we also ask that coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

 

Week beginning 06.11.17

The Reception children have continued to work fantastically and are continuing to enjoy our topic of  ‘Why do leaves go crispy?’ We have shared lots of lovely stories related to the topic this week, which include; Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper, The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy and The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins. We also enjoyed the book I Want My Dinner by Tony Ross which helped us to think about remembering our manners in the dinner hall.

In art the children started work on a giant display backdrop which is a beautiful firework filled sky. Every child got the opportunity to print fireworks of their colour choice.  Then we did some cross curricular work in Literacy where the children had to think of onomatopoeia words to describe the noises they hear on Bonfire Night. The children came up with some great words.  Then the children used these ideas to label an individual firework print with their favourite words.

In Phonics this week the children have continued with their phase 2 phonics sounds we revised the sounds D, M, G, O and C and were introduced to the new sounds K, CK ,E, U, and R.  We have had help from Geoffrey our class pet giraffe who often gets muddled with his sounds and needs help from the children. We have begun ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words.

The children have especially liked singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-10 and 1-20.  We have also looked at one more, the number that comes next/after or adding one, so we have introduced the children to specific mathematical vocabulary. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We have had a focus on recognising numbers this week carrying out lots of practical activities inside and outside.

The children enjoy this song to help them count and recognise numbers. We use it in our daily CLIC sessions. 

 

In RE this week we have been focussing on the topic People Who Care For Us. We dicussed all the people who care for us each day and mind-mapped the class’ suggestions. We then talked about how people get married to show how much they love and care for each other. On Friday we are looking forward to acting out a wedding to allow us to understand this further and think about all the people that care for each other at such an important life event. – Pictures to follow!

 

Reminders –

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is now getting colder could we also ask that coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

The children rehearsing their Nativity songs and practising super actions.

 

 

 

We found more ice!

 

Experimenting with colour mixing

Independent writing

Autumn Playdough

Recognising Numbers

 

Week beginning 30.10.17

 

Welcome back after your half-term break! We hope you had a restful holiday. 

The Reception children have settled in wonderfully and are enjoying our topic of  ‘Why do leaves go crispy?’ We enjoyed going on an Autumn nature walk with Nursery class to look for signs of Autumn and collect items with represent the season. Some children even took photographs.

We have shared information clips and non-fiction books in class and mind mapped words which remind us of this time of year. The children are in the process of painting leaves and writing captions to describe them.

We enjoyed the story The Fox and the Falling Leaves By Julia Rawlinson and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke. 

In Phonics this week the children have practised the sounds SATPIN plus D, M, G, O and C we have had help from Geoffrey our class pet giraffe who often gets muddled with his sounds and needs help from the children. We have begun ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words.

The children have especially liked singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-10 and 1-20.  We have also looked at one more, the number that comes next/after or adding one, so we have introduced the children to specific mathematical vocabulary. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We have had a focus on Shape and capacity this week carrying out lots of practical activities inside and outside.

The children enjoy this song to help them add one. We use it in our daily CLIC sessions.

In R.E. we had our first class liturgy. We shared the Candle prayer. The children had the opportunity to respond by saying how they could care for and be kind to others. We were very impressed by their thoughtful responses. 

Mrs White, Josh’s Mum kindly came in to teach the children some basic sign language. This relates to the topic we are learning about in RE. People Who Care for Us. It gave the children the opportunity to reflect on the fact that some people need are help and care more than others. 

 

 

Reminders –

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is now getting colder could we also ask that coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

Photographs the children took on our Autumn walk

 

Maths this week

 

We found ice!

 

 

 

Clever writing

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Ourselves’

Autumn Term 1

16.10.17

Last Friday the children took part in a visit to Caversham Library. We went together in small groups led by an adult. The children walked sensibly holding hands with partners or adults. They listened to instructions and followed them beautifully. When they got to the library they listened attentively and were respectful to the books and their surroundings. They learnt about the purpose of a library and what it offers to the wider community. They learnt about how they can borrow books and enjoyed choosing a range of books to look at and share. They learnt that some books have stories whilst other books are information books.

Could we take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful parent volunteers, without whom this visit would not have been possible – Thank you! 

 

In Phonics this week the children have practised the sounds SATPIN plus D and M we have had help from Geoffrey our class pet giraffe who often gets muddled with his sounds and needs help from the children. The children have especially liked singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

We have begun ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words. We have also begun writing simple words, which is very impressive.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-10 and 1-20.  We have also looked at one more, the number that comes next/after or adding one, so we have introduced the children to specific mathematical vocabulary. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We have had a focus on Shape and capacity this week carrying out lots of practical activities inside and outside.

The children enjoy this song to help them add one. We use it in our daily CLIC sessions.

 

Practical Maths

 

In P.E. the children children continue to impress Coach Meakin with their travelling, balancing, throwing and catching skills.

Mud kitchen fun

This week the children have joined with Nursery to celebrate ‘Black History Month’ by coming together for three afternoons. We have been African dancing, instrument making, experimenting with instruments, coloring African cloth patterns, making African necklaces and listening to cultural stories as well as watching Tinga Tales.

 

Watching the year 6 ‘Buddies’ get their golden ties. We are amazed at how well the children did attending their first assembly.

Have a lovely half term holiday and see you on the 30th October!

God Bless

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

09.10.17

 

  • Appeal for tinned and dry goods for our Harvest Festival box- final day for donations Monday 16th.

  • Also could we ask for donations of empty Pringle tubes and coffee tins – (cylindrical style with plastic lids) to enable the children to make their own musical instrument for Black History week starting Monday 16th.

Thank you!

 

The children are still immersed in the topic ‘Ourselves.’ In Literacy the children having been enjoying sharing the story Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar. The children have listened to the story over and again in order to learn the sequence of the story. We have been rehearsing our own shortened script and learning actions based on Pie Corbett’s approach the Literacy and ‘Talk for Writing.’ We have made a class story map of the story and the children have enjoyed making their own versions independently. They have also made lolly stick puppets of the baby to re-enact their own versions.

In Phonics this week the children have practised the sounds SATPIN, we have had help from Geoffrey our class pet giraffe who often gets muddled with his sounds and needs help from the children. The children have especially liked singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

We have begun ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words. We have also begun writing simple words, which is very impressive.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 10 and 20. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We have had a focus on Shape and Position this week carrying out lots of practical activities inside and outside.

We have also introduced the children to the concept of doubles and they have loved our doubles song. You can sing this too at home with your child. Here is the link : We use this in our daily CLIC sessions

In R.E. we had our first class liturgy. We shared the Candle prayer and a prayer about family. The children had the opportunity to respond by saying what they were thankful for with regards to family. We had some eloquent and thoughtful responses. 

Reminders –

 Caversham Library visit -Friday 13th 1:15 – 3:15pm. If all parent helpers could be at the back gate to accompany us by 1:10pm that would be fantastic.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

Maths

The children have done practical activities counting, writing and recognising numbers. We have shared fun activities around position, capacity and shape. 

Sounds and mark making

The children have had lots of opportunities to write.

 

A story map designed by the children

 

Creating transport

 

Being arty

 

 

Investigating

 

Being a good friend

02.10.17

 

Firstly can I request your help?

Please note there has been a change to the time of day due to Library having to reschedule

We are planning to go to Caversham Library on the afternoon of the 13th October. Any parents willing to  volunteer for the morning would be greatly appreciated. Could we just ask that volunteers would join us without younger siblings as we have to put the health and safety of your child in Reception as a priority.

 

The Reception children are enjoying our topic of  ‘OURSELVES.’ We have enjoyed sharing a number of stories this week which include, The Good Mood Hunt by Hiawyn Oram, The Mummy Shop by Abie Longstaff, Baby Brains by Simon James, Avocado Baby by John Burningham and Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar. The children used words to describe babies and some had a go at writing the initial sounds they heard in those words.

In R.E. we continued the topic of ‘Creation.’ We have been thinking about how God created the Earth, the planet we live on and everything in it. We shared the story of Creation and learnt about the sequence in which God made the world we live. We have been learning a song to help us with this which we shared with some lucky parents last Thursday during ‘Sharing Time.’  This week the children retold the story in their own words.

In Phonics this week the children have been introduced to the sounds SATPIN, we have had help from Geoffrey our class pet giraffe who often gets muddled with his sounds and needs help from the children. The children have especially liked singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

We are impressed that the children are beginning to blend simple words using their SATPIN sounds. 

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 10 and 20. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We have also introduced the children to the concept of doubles and they have loved our doubles song. You can sing this too at home with your child. Here is the link:

In P.E. the children are progressing well and demonstrating some fantastic travelling and balancing skills. Coach Meakin is very impressed by the way the children have already improved in such a short time with both their physical and listening skills.

Can I take this opportunity to answer a concern that some parents have voiced about not having reading books which contain words. Learning to read relies on many different elements suited to individual children, these include; having phonetic knowledge, language rich environments, speaking and listening opportunities, fostering a love of reading and opportunities to map out/ retell or act out stories. We want your children to be fully confident before giving them books which may well include a lot of ‘tricky words’ which their phonetic knowledge will not help them to decode. We are carrying out these activities on a daily basis to prepare your children to be confident and ready to take on worded books, so rest assured they will receive books with words in very soon.

Bug Club is an electronic platform to support your child’s reading. These books will directly match the level of phonics being taught. I have allocated books on Bug Club this week and passwords will be given out.

Can I remind parents to check for the email I sent out to invite you to use Tapestry, which is the online learning journal we use where you can access your children’s profiles. Could I ask you to be aware that the email will  have come from ‘Tapestry’ not St Annes, in case it goes to your spam folder and it will contain your log in details.

 

Making continuous patterns

 

Counting

Playing and learning with friends

Happy Birthday!

 

Shape pictures

Fun with phonics and writing

Proud of our independent work

Reminders –

 

Helpers needed for the Caversham Library visit.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

REMINDERS

School photos 3rd October

Tapestry Talk 4th October 9am

Bug Club/Phonics Talk 5th October 9am

We would love to see you there!

 

 

 

 

25.09.17

The Reception children have settled in wonderfully and are enjoying our topic of  ‘OURSELVES.’ We have enjoyed sharing a number of stories this week which include, I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child, My Mum Is Fantastic by Nick Butterworth, Some Dogs Do by Jez Alborough and Peace at Last by Jill Murphy. 

The children have also had the opportunity to practise writing their name.

In R.E. we have began the topic of ‘Creation.’ We have been thinking about how God created the Earth, the planet we live on and everything in it. We shared the story of Creation and learnt about the sequence in which God made the world we live. We have been learning a song to help us with this.

The children have also practised the class prayers and we are very impressed with how well they are doing.

In Phonics this week the children have been introduced to the sounds SATPIN, we have had help from Geoffrey our class pet giraffe who often gets muddled with his sounds and needs help from the children. The children have especially liked singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 10 and 20. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups.

In P.E. the children have really taken to the sessions led by coach Meakin and he is very impressed by the lots of different ways they have thought to travel and the ingenious ways they thought of to balance bean bags on their bodies.

Can I take this opportunity to answer a concern that some parents have voiced about not having reading books which contain words. Learning to read relies on many different elements suited to individual children, these include; having phonetic knowledge, language rich environments, speaking and listening opportunities, fostering a love of reading and opportunities to map out/ retell or act out stories. We want your children to be fully confident before giving them books which may well include a lot of ‘tricky words’ which their phonetic knowledge will not help them to decode. We are carrying out these activities on a daily basis to prepare your children to be confident and ready to take on worded books, so rest assured they will receive books with words in very soon.

Very soon the children will be given a log in allowing them to use Bug Club which is an electronic platform to support your child’s reading. These books will directly match the level of phonics being taught.    

Can I remind parents to check for the email I sent out to invite you to use Tapestry, which is the online learning journal we use where you can access your children’s profiles. Could I ask you to be aware that the email will  have come from ‘Tapestry’ not St Annes, in case it goes to your spam folder and it will contain your log in details.

The children sequencing the Creation story from the Bible

 

Artwork

 

 

Fun with conkers and acorns

 

 

Maths

 

 

Show and Tell

 

Together times

 

 

Fun outside

 

 

 

Reminders –

 

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

 

Last Reception news for this year

 

 

Welcome back to Autumn Term One. We hope you had an enjoyable and rewarding Summer Holiday together.

This term our topic will be ‘Ourselves’. Since this term’s priority is to see the children settle into their new surroundings as smoothly as possible, we believe this topic is a great starting point. It allows the children to share the knowledge they already have about themselves, as well extend their learning through stories, exploration and play. Through stories such as The Funnybones series, Avocado Baby, Oliver’s Milkshake and I Will Never ever eat a Tomato we will take on many different roles, such as mini actors, story tellers, builders, engineers and scientists. We will explore the world of our imaginations whilst at the same time relating the stories to real life situations. Although there will be certain stories we focus on, the topic of ‘Ourselves’ is loose and will ultimately be guided by the children and their interests.

 

You will be pleased to know that the children had an amazing first week and we are very proud of how well they have settled in.

 

The children meeting their Year 6 ‘Buddies.’

Some of the things we enjoyed this week

 

Reminders –

 

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

 

Last Reception news for this year

 

Can the Reception Class team take this opportunity to thank all the parents for they continuous support this year, which I’m sure you will agree has been extremely successful. We would also like to thank you for your kind, generous and thoughtful cards and gifts.

The rewards for us have been immeasurable, seeing all your children grow in confidence, being enthusiastic, happy and secure in their learning is more than we could ever ask for.

Wishing you all the very best for the summer holidays and good luck to all the children in their onward journey at St Anne’s…you will be amazing!

Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Miss Andrew

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Term 2 

10.07.17

People Who Help us

In Literacy the children have been looking at different sports and sports equipment. Every day we have been taking various items out of a bag and thinking what they could be used for. The children have been coming up with sentences and labels to identify the sporting paraphernalia.  

In R.E. this week the children learnt about the importance of St Anne and her relationship to the school. We talked about her role in the bringing up of Mary the mother of Jesus and the children cleverly worked out that St Anne was Jesus’ Grandmother. During class liturgy we shared a prayer about grandparents and the children reflected on the spacial  moments they share with their grandparents. The children then recorded reasons why grandparents are special in their R.E. books.

In phonics we have continued with phase 4 where the children consolidate the sounds they have learnt in stages 3 and 4 and apply them by making cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words and challenge them by making ccvc cvcc words. Some children have begun phase 5. We have designed some fun activities to encourage and help the children in their learning.

In Maths we have been focusing on practical activities such as counting the number of bean bags thrown into a hoop within a minute and made tally charts to record the number achieved. We have also carried out timed activities will illustrate how long a minute is. We have continued with daily CLIC sessions to improve the children’s mental maths.We have been counting backwards and forwards to 20 and 100. Practising 1, 2, 3 less or more than a given number and solving halving and doubling problems as well as the skill of subitising.

On Thursday the children went into year 1 for the morning to gt a feel of what it will be like in September, they also had a chance to meet their new teacher and experience their new surroundings. The children all came back with positive expressions and some even said they wanted to stay in Year 1 forever! (which did slightly upset Mrs Omar – how fickle are my lovely Reception children?) Seriously though we are so proud of all the children and the progress they have made and believe they are truly ready to move on to Year 1 – they are all superstars!

During sharing time we made fruit salad which links to our topic ‘Am I the Fastest?’ as we have been thinking about eating healthily like top sportsmen/women and athletes have to. We also shared the song ‘Praise Him’ that we have learnt this week.

The children received the good news that they were joint winners with Year 1 for the bottles for the Tombola competition. So the P.S.A. are kindly providing a prize of a movie, popcorn and drinks which will take place this Friday afternoon.

Reminders –

RECEPTION CLASS PARTY on the afternoon of Thursday 20th of July. We will send out slips with what we would like you to provide food wise this Friday. The staff will provide games, prizes and other extras. The children must wear uniform to school on that morning but if the would like to bring party clothes to change into in a labelled carrier bag that would be lovely.

We have a shortage of spare pants and socks. Could we kindly ask for any that have been lent out to be returned. More have now been purchased but any extra are always appreciated thanks.

We now go to the library every Thursday and all the children will have the opportunity to take out a new book of their choice each week. Could we please ask for them to be returned on Wednesday in order for us to process returns and issue reminders – thank you.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught athletics skills outdoors.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. As warmer weather approaches hats and sunscreen (applied at home) will also be a necessity to protect the children’s delicate skin. Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water. 

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and hats. 

LAST DAY OF TERM FRIDAY 21st July at 2pm – Please ensure all your children’s belongings are collected from the classroom. We will send home P.E. kits on Thursday 20th.  

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew.