Reception Archived News 2015 2017
This week the children have been learning to read and write words containing the phonemes /ch/ and /sh/. They have also been learning to read tricky word 'was'. Red phonics group have been learning a rhyme to help them spell because. They have also been using the word 'because' to extend their sentences.
In Maths the children have been working on subtraction. We have been looking at number sentences and discussing the symbols - and =. The children have been solving practical subtration problems involving the game of skittles. They have also played a new game called 'Subtraction Splat!'
In Literacy, we have been reading the story 'Lost and Found'. This tells the story of a young boy who tries to help a lost penguin find his way home. The children have been thinking about they would need to pack if they were going to a cold place and writing lists.
Week ending 22.7.16
We can't believe how quickly this year has gone and the children have already completed their first year at school. The children have had a great week and carried out lots of fun activities.
On Thursday we had our second Sports Day (as the weather was kind to us this time around). All of the children joined in and ran really fast in their running race, showed great balancing skills when balancing the bean bag on their heads and did really well in the obstacle race. The teachers enjoyed their own obstacle race at the end and were quite competitive.
Thanks for all your support throughout the year!!! We hope you have a great summer!
Week ending 15.7.16
This week has been Music Week where the children have carried out lots of activities based around a piece of music ‘Fast Machine’ by John Adams. They have made their own machines out of junk modelling materials as well as performing a piece of music in front of the rest of Key Stage 1 using different percussion instruments.
In Phonics we have revised all of the sounds that we have learnt this year as well as learning the tricky word ‘were’. We have read names of musical instruments and names of machines to link in with our Music Week theme ‘Fast Machines’.
In Numeracy the children have practised adding up in their heads by putting a number in their heads and using their fingers to count on to find the answer. (e.g. 10 + 5 = …… Put 10 in your head and count on 5).
The children really enjoyed our trip to Sundown Adventureland. They enjoyed exploring all of the fairytale houses as well as going on a range of different rides. We were very impressed with the children’s behaviour and all had a fantastic day. Thank you to those parents who came on the trip to help.
Week ending 8.7.16
This week the children have been busy drawing minibeasts on the interactive whiteboard and writing sentences about them. They have written all about themselves, thinking about what they look like, what they like and dislike and who is in their family.
In Phonics the children have learnt the tricky word 'some’ as well as revising the digraphs/trigraphs 'air’, and ‘er’. They have revised all of the tricky words that we have learnt so far, reading and writing them as well as using them in sentences.
In Numeracy we have revised various topics that we have looked at throughout the year including: counting and recognising teen numbers, finding 1 more and 1 less, reading times on a clock, recognising and describing 2d and 3d shapes, reciting months of the year in order and working out which month is 3rd, 6th, ………. , look at data on bar charts and recognising coins.
The children enjoyed move up day on Wednesday and found out who their new teacher will be in Year 1. If your child has forgotten or was away then please do come and ask us.
Next Thursday (14th July) is our trip to Sundown Adventureland. Just a reminder that the children will need to arrive at school by 8.30am and should return to school by 4.15pm depending on the traffic.
Week ending 1.7.16
This week we have revised the sound ‘ow’ and 'oi' as well as learning the tricky word ‘like’. We have also looked at rhyming words and picked out rhyming pairs as well as thinking of our own words that rhyme. The children have written silly sentences with rhyming words in them.
In Numeracy the children have solved addition problems. They have had to try to make different numbers by adding up the number of feet on different creatures, e.g Can you make 15? 1 crab (10 feet), 1 dog (4) and 1 snail (1) makes 15. The children have also counted in steps of 2s, 5s and 10s when solving their problems, e.g. 30 = 3 crabs, 10, 20, 30.
The children are looking forward to joining together with the rest of Key Stage 1 tomorrow (Friday 1st July) to take part in their Enrichment Day. The children will be taking part in a range of different activities including PE, Yoga, construction, Music, Art and English activities. They will be mixed up into groups with both the Year 1 and 2 children to take part in this. We will finish the day with a celebration outside with ice pops for all of the children.
Next Wednesday 6th July the children will move up to their new class for the day and meet their new teachers.
Week ending 24.6.16
This week we have revised the sound ‘ur’ as well as the other Phase 3 sounds that we have learnt. We have looked at adjectives (describing words) and used different words to describe the food that the Hungry Caterpillar eats. Some children have retold the story and used adjectives in their writing.
In Numeracy we have continued to look at measuring time by estimating and measuring how long it takes to do different activities. Next week we will be looking at counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
We would like to say a big thank you to all those people who came to watch the children on Sports Day. The weather wasn't very good for us but the children carried on regardless and had a great morning. The running races were cancelled in the afternoon due to the weather and the field being to slippery. We will carry out the races at another time within the school day so the children don't miss out on this. We are really sorry that you didn’t get to see your children race but hopefully you enjoyed watching them in the morning.
Week ending 17th June 2016
This week has been assessment week where the children have carried out reading, writing and number assessments to see what they can do and areas where they might need further practise.
In Phonics we have continued to revise all of the Phase 3 sounds that we have learnt as well as the tricky words.
In Numeracy we have started to look at time. The children have begun to measure periods of time in different ways. Some children have estimated how long it will take them to complete the trim trail and then timed it with a stop watch, other children have tried to find the quickest route to get to the trim trail. We have also looked at ordering pictures of the school day and talked about the time that we do different activities.
We have been busy rehearsing and performing our assembly about the Hungry Caterpillar. The children have worked really hard to learn a number of songs and learn their parts. We have already performed it to the rest of the school and are looking forward to performing it to all of the parents and carers. We hope you all enjoyed the performance!!
Just a reminder that Sports Day will take place next Thursday (23rd June - weather permitting). We are asking children to come into school in their PE kits and parents are invited to come and watch.
Week ending 10th June 2016
It has been lovely to see all the children back at school this week after the holidays! Thank you for all the great work you did over the holidays, we have enjoyed looking at it.
This week we have started our Minibeast topic and the children have enjoyed learning about a range of different bugs. We have written class factsheets and then the children have had a go at writing their own factsheets and books. They have enjoyed playing in our minibeast garden in our Small World area as well as make minibeasts out of pipe cleaners.
In Phonics the children have learnt the tricky word 'have’ as well as revising the digraph: ‘ar’. They have also written facts using the tricky words that we have learnt. The children have been carrying out reading assessments to see which words they recognise and whether they can decode words.
In Numeracy we have started to look at Cuisenaire rods. They have used these to order numbers, find the different number bonds to 10 and investigate all possibilities of how to make a number (e.g. 3 + 3 = 6, 3 + 2 + 1 = 6, 5 + 1 = 6).
We have been busy practising our class assembly which will take place on Friday 17th June at 2.15pm. We are inviting all parents/carers to come in and watch the children perform. You should have received a letter telling you what your child will need to bring in to wear, if you have not received this please let the teacher know.
Week ending 27th May 2016
This week has been ‘International Week’ where the children have carried out lots of activities based around Myanmar. They have written postcards to a little Burmese girl called Zebel telling her a little bit about themselves and asking her questions about where she lives. They have made Burmese flags and factbooks as well as building Burmese houses and temples in the construction area.
The children really enjoyed the ‘Water Pipeline challenge’ where they had to pour water into each other’s containers along a line to fill a large bin. They worked well as a team and managed to fill the bin within 10 minutes. Thank you so much for all the sponsorship money you collected and well done to everyone for completing the challenge!!
In Phonics the children have learnt the tricky word 'there’ as well as revising the digraphs: 'oa' and ‘oo’. They have also written questions using the tricky words that they have learnt and have practised using question marks at the end of a question.
In Numeracy we have looked at distance. The children have looked at how far a car travels down a ramp and decided which car went the furthest and shortest distance. They have also measured the length of different journeys using string and compared lengths to find the longest and shortest distance.
Week ending 20th May 2016
This week the children have used watercolours to paint Jack and the Beanstalk pictures. They have written recipes to make their own potions and then enjoyed making these outside using different ingredients. Mrs Armstrong has taken groups on Technology hunts around the school where the children have learnt about all of the different technology that we use. They have also written their own stories based around the ideas of Jack and the Beanstalk.
In Phonics the children have learnt the tricky word 'when’ as well as revising the digraphs/trigraphs: 'qu', ‘ee’ and ‘igh’. They have revised all of the tricky words that we have learnt so far, reading and writing them as well as using them in sentences.
In Numeracy we have looked at measuring the length of different objects using non-standard units. The children have measured using cubes, socks, hand spans and footsteps. They have then ordered objects from longest to shortest.
Just a reminder that International week takes place next week where we will be focusing our work around the country of Mayanmar (also known as Burma) in south-east Asia. We will be carrying out lots of different activities linked to this. Our ‘Water Pipeline’ challenge will be taking place on Thursday (26th) where the children will have to try to transport water along a long line without spilling a drop. If you have managed to collect sponsorship money for this then could you please bring this into school next week as well as a plastic bottle for each child. The money is being used to sponsor ‘Zebel’ a little girl in Burma that the children have been learning all about. Please send in a change of clothes in a named bag just in case your child gets wet.
The children are also invited to come into school on Friday dressed in the colours of the Burmese flag: yellow, green and red. If you have any loose change can you please send this into school on Friday where the children will be trying to fill a large scale outline of the flag with all of their change.
Lining up in the morning
Starting on Monday morning, the children will line up outside school with the Year 1 and 2 children and will be brought into school by their teacher.
Week ending 13th May 2016
This week the children have looked at how their beans have grown. They described changes and talked about what a plant needs to grow. They have re-told the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, ordering pictures, writing sentences and using story language.
In Phonics the children have learnt the tricky word 'said’ as well as revising the digraphs 'th', ‘ai’ and ‘ng’. They have revised all of the tricky words that we have learnt so far, reading and writing them as well as using them in sentences.
In Numeracy we have looked at capacity. The children have sorted their water bottles into different groups according to how much water they had in them: full, nearly full, half full, nearly empty, empty. They have also made growing potions for different plants by measuring out different amounts of coloured water and ordering them.
Now the weather is getting hotter can we please remind you to send your child into school in a named hat and bring a water bottle. Can we also ask you to apply sun cream before your child comes into school. If possible please use the sun cream that lasts the whole day. Children can bring sun cream into school which is named but they will need to be able to apply this by themselves.
Just a reminder that International week takes place week commencing Monday 23rd May. You should have received a sponsor form and a letter about this already, where the school will be sponsoring a little girl in Burma. Could you please start saving any plastic bottles or milk containers ready for our ‘Water Pipeline’ where the children will have to transport water along a long line without spilling a drop. Thank you!
Week ending 6th May 2016
This week the children have been looking at healthy and unhealthy foods as well as healthy activities. They have sorted pictures into the two groups and explained why they are healthy and unhealthy.
In Phonics the children have learnt the tricky word 'of' as well as revising the digraphs 'sh' and ‘ch. They have continued to read words with two syllables, sounding out and blending each syllable before putting the whole word back together: lunch/box, push/chair, hair/brush.
In Maths we have continued to look at doubling numbers. We have looked at how to double numbers by putting a number in your head and counting-on using your fingers: e.g. Double 6. Hold 6 fingers up and count on…..7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. We have also looked at how to double on a numberline by drawing the correct number of jumps.
Week ending 28th April 2016
This week the children have enjoyed watching their beanstalks grow and making observations about how they have changed. They have drawn pictures of beanstalks using oil pastels as well as making objects from the playdough linked to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
In Phonics the children have learnt the tricky word 'are' as well as learning the new digraph 'ure'. They have also read words with two syllables, sounding out and blending each syllable before putting the whole word back together, e.g. farm/yard, zig/zag, cob/web, roof/top.
In Maths we have looked at doubling numbers. The children have worked out doubles on their fingers, as well as putting objects into a doubling machine and drawing spots on ladybirds. We have looked at how to write a number sentence to show the doubles of different numbers.
Week ending 22nd April 2016
This week we have continued our Jack and the Beanstalk topic. The children have planted their own beans as well as writing instructions for what they did. They worked in groups to help the giant get back up to his home in the clouds as well as making videos on the iPads to re-tell the story using the ‘Stop Motion’ app.
In Phonics the children have learnt the tricky word 'all' as well as learning the new digraphs 'ear' and ‘air’. They have continued to write labels and sentences using the sounds that they have learnt.
In Maths we have looked at halving numbers. The children have shared food out between the 2 class puppets, making sure that each puppet had the same amount. They have also drawn simple representations on their whiteboards to find the answers.
Just a reminder that we will be having our class photos on Monday morning (25th April).
Week ending 15th April 2016
Welcome back to school, we hope you all had a lovely half term! We really enjoyed reading all about what the children have been doing as well as looking at your photos and videos which were fantastic. A big thank you for putting so much effort into the homework, it was great to see.
This week we have started our Jack and the Beanstalk topic. The children have listened to the story, set up our role play area as a castle, drawn pictures on the computer on 'Tux paint' and acted out the story in our Small world area.
In Phonics the children have learnt the tricky word 'her' as well as learning the new digraph 'er'. We have continued to look at sentence writing, using a capital letter at the start, finger spaces between words and a full stop at the end.
In Maths we have started to look at halving. The children have made jam sandwiches and cut them into halves and quarters. They have also looked at how to share into equal groups by placing one item at a time to make it fair. We will continue to look at this next week.
We have started giving out 'house points' for good work, behaviour, manners etc. The children will collect these house points and will receive a certificate in our Achievement Assembly when they reach different milestones (25, 50, 75, 100).
As the weather is getting hotter can you please remember to send in a named water bottle for your child, thank you!
Week ending 18th March 2016
It was lovely to see you all this week at Parent’s evening to be able to share your child’s achievements. You should have received a questionnaire about Tapestry and a sheet with all areas of learning, asking you for examples of things that your child does at home. If you did not receive this then please let your child’s teacher know.
In school this week the children have enjoyed making films on the iPads. They have taken photos of different characters and put them together to re-tell a story. They have also painted some observational pictures of flowers to mark the start of spring.
In Phonics the children have learnt the tricky word ‘they’ as well as learning some new digraphs: or and ur. The children have read words and sentences as well as writing them.
In Maths we have been looking at patterns. The children have described patterns, predicted what comes next as well as making their own repeated patterns.
Thank you for all your donations to Sports Relief today. The children looked great in all of their sports clothes!
Week ending 11th March 2016
Our Elmer topic has continued this week and the children have made some fantastic Elmer models out of milk bottles and paper. Thank you for bringing in the milk bottles, they were put to good use!
In Phonics the children have learnt the tricky word ‘you’ as well as learning some new digraphs: ar and or. The children have read words and sentences as well as writing them. Some children have also written their own Elmer stories.
In Maths we have been looking at 2d and 3d shapes. We have learnt how to describe their properties by talking about the number of corners and sides on 2d shapes and edges, vertices and faces on 3d shapes.
Just a reminder that next week is parent’s evening. All of the slips have gone out telling you the date and time. If you haven’t received a slip or have forgotten your time then please come and see your teacher who has a copy of all of the times. When you arrive you will need to sign into the KS2 hall before coming down to the classroom.
We look forward to seeing you next week!
Week ending 4th March 2016
The children looked fantastic today in their World Book Day costumes. Thank you to all parents for time and effort put into this!! They enjoyed talking about their book characters as well as drawing and writing labels and sentences for their pictures. We enjoyed listening to some of the stories your children had brought in to share.
In Phonics this week we have learnt to read and write the tricky word 'my' as well as learning the digraphs 'oa' and 'oo'. The children have written words, captions and sentences with these sounds in.
In Maths the children have continued to look at money. We have looked at what each coin is worth as well as paying for items in our shop activities. The children have paid in 1p coins as well as using 2p, 5p and 10p coins to make up different totals.
On Monday 7th March Reception will be able to visit the Book Fair to buy any books that they wish. If you would like your child to buy a book then can you please send in their money in a named envelope and the adults will take them down to choose a book.
Week ending 26th February 2016.
The children have made a great start back to school this half term and have been working hard this week.
In Phonics we have been revising all of the digraphs that we have learnt so far: sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, ow. They have read words with these sounds in and have written sentences using these words.
In Numeracy we have looked at finding 1 more and 1 less than numbers up to 20. We have also carried out Number assessments with each child focusing on number recognition, ordering, 1 more and 1 less, as well as adding and taking away, to see what your child can do. They have worked really well on this!
Next week we are going to start our Elmer topic as well as re-looking at money again in our Maths sessions.
11th February 2016
The children have enjoyed Science week this week where we have focussed on animals. They really enjoyed seeing the owls on Monday where they got to experience one flying and landing on their arms. Wood Green animal charity also came in to talk about how to look after pets in the home. The children chose different things to put into Martha Mouse's home. All of the children met the gerbils that Wood Green had brought in and some children even got to stroke them.
We have been busy listening to children read to see if they can move up book bands as well as carrying out letter and tricky word assessments.
In phonics the children have learnt the tricky word 'was' as well as 'igh' and 'ow'. They have read words and sentences with these sounds in as well as writing words and sentences.
In Maths we have started to look at money. We have looked at what we use money for and how to make different values with 1p coins. The children have also ordered price tags.
4th February 2016
The children have been enjoying learning about different animals and their habitats. They have helped set up our role play area as a zoo, drawing and cutting out pictures of different animals that live in the zoo. They have written different factsheets about animals, explaining where they live and what they eat.
In Phonics we have learnt the tricky word 'be' as well as learning the digraphs 'ai' and 'ee'. We have learnt the sayings, actions and songs as well as writing words and sentences with these sounds in.
In Numeracy the children have been estimating how many objects they can see and then checking by counting them. They have counted in steps of 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. They have also looked at which groups have more and which have less/fewer.
Next week is Science week where the children will continue to learn about different animals and their habitats. We will have some owls coming into school for the children to see and learn all about.
28th January 2016
The children have been working hard on their writing this week and have made individual and class books about The Three Little Pigs. They have made some fantastic posters about 'Fin the fish' as well as writing him postcards which has tied in with the 'sh' sound we have been learning.
In Phonics we have learnt to read the tricky word 'me' as well as revising all of the other tricky words that we have learnt. We have learnt the digraphs: 'ng and 'sh'. We have enjoyed singing the songs and learning the sayings for each sound as well as reading and writing words and sentences with these sounds.
In Numeracy the children have continued to weigh objects using the balance scales and have worked together to place the objects from lightest to heaviest. We have also looked at adding and subtracting on a numberline by counting on or back, using our fingers and drawing the jumps.
You will see that your child has Maths homework in their book bag. We will now be giving this out on a weekly basis to help consolidate your child's learning. We have also put new sounds in your child’s pencil case for them to revise as well as using them to make words.
Thank you for your quick response to the letter about the health screenings for your child. The screenings will take place with the school nurse next Wednesday (3rd February) in school.
21st January 2016
Our Three Little Pigs theme continued this week and the children have enjoyed carrying out a range of different activities related to this including: making traps for the Big Bad Wolf out of junk modelling materials, making 'Wanted Posters', directing the Beebots to the different pig's houses and writing parts of the story.
In Phonics we have learnt to read and write the tricky word 'we' as well as learning the digraphs: 'th', 'ch' and 'qu'. The children have learnt the sounds, actions and songs, as well as reading and writing words and sentences with these sounds in them.
In Numeracy the children have learnt how to weigh objects using the balance scales and a range of different objects. They have learnt that when one side of the balance scales go down it is heavier and when one side is up it is lighter. Some children have begun to sort a number of objects into weight order.
Just a little reminder about pencil cases. Can you please make sure that pencil cases are left in your child's book bags as these are getting tested each week at school. When your child knows all of the words from their list then a new list will be stapled to the front of their words for them to learn. Thank you!
14th January 2016
This week we have started to look at the story of the Three Little Pigs. The children have begun to make story maps about the story, drawing pictures, adding labels and picking out key events.
In Phonics the children have learnt the tricky word 'she' as well as learning sounds: j, w, z. The children have learnt how to write these letters, read words containing these sounds as well as writing sentences.
In Numeracy we have continued to work on subtraction number stories. The children have drawn the number stories using pictures and written the number sentences. We have also continued with our daily Maths meetings.
Thank you for practising your child's words and letters with them. We have started to tick the words off which your child knows and are now beginning to give out new lists to those that know all of their words.
7th January 2016
Welcome back to everyone after our Christmas holidays, we hope you all had a lovely break!
The children have made a great start to this half-term and have been working really hard this week. They have enjoyed helping to set up and explore our role play area which is now a building site where they can dress up as builders and design and make their own buildings.
In Phonics this week we have looked at letters 'v', 'x' and 'y' as well as learning to read and write the tricky word 'he'. We have also looked at rhyming words in our Literacy sessions and the children have enjoyed playing lots of games to try and find words that rhyme.
In Maths we have focused on subtraction problems and have carried out lots of practical activities using a range of apparatus. We have also looked at shape, number recognition, months of the year, counting in 2s and place value in our maths meetings.
We are sending home a pencil case of letters and words for each child this week. The list of words will include black words to sound out and blend and red words which are the tricky words to learn by sight. We are asking you to practise these words with your children. We will regularly check which words your child knows and when they have completed their list then they will get another list given to them. The letters are to use as flashcards with your child to check that they know the sound they make as well as the letter names. They can also use the cards to spell words.
Can you please leave the pencil case in your child's book bag so that they can be checked regularly and updated with new sounds and words.
17th December 2015
The children have been busy this week preparing for Christmas. They have enjoyed making Christmas decorations, decorating our tree in the Small World area and making party hats for our Christmas party this afternoon. We will be playing a number of games at our party including pass the parcel and musical statues as well as having party food.
The children have labelled nativity pictures and written sentences about the story. They have also continued with our Maths Meetings focusing on number recognition, counting, days of the week and time.
Thank you for your kind donations from our Christmas Performance and for buying our Reindeer food at the Christmas fair. We have raised a total of £162 for REACH charity for children with upper limb deficiency.
We look forward to seeing the children back at school on Tuesday 5th January 2016.
We hope you all have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The children have really enjoyed putting on our Christmas performances for you. Thank you to everyone who came to see the performance and for your kind donations to our charity collection for REACH.
In Phonics this week we have begun to look at digraphs (where 2 letters make one sound). The children have looked at: l, ll, ff, ss, ck. We have read and spelt words with these sounds and talked about where we would usually find them within words, e.g. ll, ff, ss, ck are usually at the end of words.
In Maths this week we have continued with our daily Maths meetings as well as focusing on counting and adding numbers together.
Next Thursday afternoon (17th December) we are having our Reception Christmas party. The children are to come to school as normal in their school uniform but can bring in party clothes in a carrier bag and leave these on their peg. They will then get changed after lunch for their party. We will have games and party food in the afternoon and we have sent a letter home in book bags asking each child to bring in a particular item of food.
This week the children have been really busy practising for our Christmas Performance which is taking place next week. If your child has received a letter asking them to bring in a costume can you please bring this in by Monday morning at the latest as we are doing our dress rehearsal to the rest of the school in the afternoon. If your child has not received a letter then they will already have a costume provided by the school. Just a reminder that our performances are taking place on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th December starting at 2.15pm. If you have a small child then you are welcome to come to our performance for the nurseries which is taking place on Tuesday 8th December at 10.30am. Please let the office know which performance you will be attending so we have an idea of numbers for each day. There will be a collection at the end of each performance where all proceeds will go to REACH charity (for children with upper limb deficiency).
Thank you to all who attended the Christmas fair. We managed to sell out of all of the reindeer food that the children made.
In Phonics this week we have learnt b and f learning the saying, practising writing the letters and reading/writing words these sounds in. We have also learnt tricky word 'go'.
In Maths this week have been continuing with our Maths Meetings focussing on days of the week, months of the year, number recognition and time. We have also carried out a number of maths assessments.
Thank you to all those people who have been practising with your child to write their name. We have seen a big improvement with this.
We have continued our superhero topic this week and the children have really enjoyed carrying out lots of different activities related to superheroes. They particularly enjoyed our superhero day where the children looked fantastic dressed up as their favourite superhero. We concluded the week with a superhero rescue, rescuing Pip and Sam (our class puppets) who had been kidnapped by Inky Mouse. Mr Ashworth our caretaker climbed onto the roof and lowered him down to safety with his rope. The children also enjoyed rescuing people who had been frozen in ice and finding ways for the animals to cross the river.
In Phonics this week we have looked at letters 'r' and 'h', learning the saying, practising writing the letters and reading/writing words these sounds in.
In Maths we have been adding numbers together using different apparatus including cubes and numicon.
Next week we will making Reindeer Food to sell at our Christmas Fair (all proceeds will go to REACH charity for children with upper limb deficiency). This takes place after school on Thursday 3rd December.
This week we have started our superhero topic and we have been thinking about how we are all superheroes (what we are good at and how kind we are to each other). We have also continued looking at the children's baby photos and enjoyed talking about how they have changed.
In Phonics this week we have looked at letters 'e' and 'u', learning the saying, practising writing the letters and reading/writing words with these sounds in.
In Maths this week we have continued to look at the height of different people and have looked at tallest and shortest. The children have enjoyed measuring each other with bricks and placing people into height order.
The children really enjoyed the Beauty and the Beast pantomime where they got to sing along to lots of popular songs and even watched two of the teachers join in with the dances. Thank you for your donations towards this.
Our superhero topic will continue next week with our superhero day on Friday. Just to remind you that children are invited to come to school on Friday dressed as their favourite superhero.
This week the children have been learning about ourselves. They have enjoyed drawing around themselves and labelling body parts. They have also thought about how they have changed since they were babies. We had our minute silence and spoke about the meaning of Remembrance Day as well as painting poppies.
In Phonics this week we have looked at letters c and k, reading and writing captions with these sounds.
In Maths we have started to think about short and tall and what this means. We have used this knowledge to help us order objects and people. We will continue to look at this next week.
Thank you for all the lovely cakes that you donated for Children in Need, the children enjoyed eating them!!
Next week our topic is changing to Superheroes. As part of this unit we will be having a Superhero day where the children are invited to dress up as their favourite superhero. This won't take place until Friday 27th November, but we thought we were best to give you notice to sort out costumes.
Next Thursday afternoon (19th November) the children will be watching the Beauty and the Beast pantomime where a theatre group come into school to perform to the children.
This week the children have enjoyed doing lots of activities related to Bonfire Night and Diwali. They have made splatter pictures and wrote about the noises fireworks make, made pretend bonfires in the small world area, made firework patterns out of different beans and pasta and made diva pots out of clay.
In Maths we have done lots of work on counting to 20 and matching the correct number to the objects.
In Phonics we have looked at the letters 'o' and 'g', reading words and captions with these sounds in.
In your child's book bag you will see a letter asking you to send in a photo of your child as a baby. This is so they can look at how they have changed and make comparisons. If you could bring these in for Monday that would be great (sorry for the short notice).
Thank you to everyone that took part in our Scavenger hunt over half term and for helping us to raise money towards new bikes for Reception. If you still have sponsorship forms to bring in then we would be grateful for these.
This week the children have been enjoying Art Week, where all our work has linked with the painting, ‘Santuary’ by Christian Riesse Lessen. They have enjoyed free painting this week and have been very sensible, especially because it was the first time they have been able to use them without an adult watching. They have also enjoyed box modelling and have made a range of fantastic, imaginative models from space rockets to submarines. We also had a lovely art afternoon, where the children made their own fish. The children cut them out themselves, wrote their name on them and then decorated them with a range of materials. They looked brilliant! This week you will find a letter in your children’s book bag, explaining about our annual scavenger hunt to raise money for some new outdoor equipment. If you are missing this letter or have any questions do not hesitate to approach any member of the Reception Team.
Hope you have a lovely half term.
The Reception Team.
15th October 2015
This week we have learnt the sounds ‘i’ and ‘n’ and we have been practising writing words with them in. We have also been writing different animal names, e.g. dog, pig, cat. In Maths we have been ordering numbers and finding missing numbers from a numberline.
The children have enjoyed practising our Harvest assembly and are looking forward to performing it to you tomorrow (Friday 16th October). We hope you enjoy it!!
We would like to remind you that it is parent’s evening next week on Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd October. You should have already received your appointment time but if you are unsure of this please speak to your child’s teacher.
9th October 2015
This week we have been practising writing our names, forming our letters correctly. We have also been learning the letters ‘t’ and ‘p’. In Maths we have been learning to count to 20 and matching the correct number of objects.
The children enjoyed the autumn walk and found lots of different coloured leaves as well as other things that have fallen from the tree.
We have given some of your children specific parts in the autumn assembly (Friday 16th October). If your child does not have a letter then they will be wearing their school uniform. You are invited to come and watch the assembly starting at 2.30pm. It would be lovely to see you there.
2nd October 2015
This week the children have been learning 2 new sounds: 's' and 'a'. We have learnt the letter names, learnt the jolly phonics song for both letter sounds, as well as learning how to write each letter. We teach the children a saying as they write the letter:
s - slither down the snake
a - round the apple and down the leaf.
Your child will have some homework in their book bag related to these 2 sounds as well as a sound mat with the jolly phonics pictures for each sound.
In Numeracy we have been looking at positional language: on top, next to, under, through, in, in-front of, behind. We have looked at the story 'Rosie's Walk' where the fox and chicken move around the farmyard and are in a range of different positions. We have then followed a trail on the trim-trail using a range of different position cards. We have also learnt to write the number 1.
This week the photographer from the Evening Telegraph came to take a picture of each class to go in the newspaper. It should appear in there in the next few weeks so keep an eye out.
25th September 2015
This week the children have enjoyed making new friends and getting to know all the children within the unit. We have begun our phonics sessions, where we have been learning about how to make different sounds with our voices and we have have started to look at initial sounds in words, including everyone's names. Just a reminder that from next week the school day will be from 8.45am-3.05pm. You will be coming in to the KS1 entrance to drop off your child in their classroom. We kindly ask that you walk around the shelter in to the double doors to avoid the other classes who will be lining up on the playground. If you have other children in KS1, please wait with them in the line before coming in with your reception child. At the end of the day we will bring your children out on to the KS1 playground, where they will be dismissed. It will be easier for your child and teacher to see you if you could stand in the same spot each day. Thanks in advance.
18th September 2015
We have enjoyed getting to know your children and finding out what they can do and their interests. Over the past couple of weeks all the children have participated in P.E. and they have even got dressed by themselves! They have also had a chance to explore the rest of the school as well as experiencing a practise fire drill for the first time. Your children should be really proud of themselves as they have settled well in to school routines.