Week beginning 15th October
This week in Sun class, we have had a 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' creative week. The children love joining in with the story and chanting the familiar parts. We created our own actions and sounds for each section of the story and even acted out each part. The children have been getting creative by painting bear masks, exploring different textures with bear pictures and finding out lots of interesting bear related facts. Make sure you ask me about the story and what I know about bears!
In Maths, we have been learning our numbers from 6-10. We have been practising how to count, say and write them. On the carpet we have been playing the one more or one less game. Ask me for one more than a number below 10!
We hope you all have a fantastic, restful half term. Read your book and have a go at your phonics CVC words, be sure to relax and be ready for the busy Autumn term 2.
Week beginning 1st October
In reception we have been continuing to settle into the class routines, school routines and playing sensibly outside. We have also started PE this week in the Top Hall. In maths the children have been learning to recognise, count numbers 1 - 5. In phonics we have started singing phonics songs every morning to start our day and begin to play phonics games. The children in Moon class have been creating art work relating to our class story the Little Red Hen. Please ask your child what is the story about? In Sun class we have loved making things out of junk modelling. We would like to say a big thank you to all of the parents who came to the integrated learning morning and joined us in class, we valued your input.
Week Beginning 24th September
In reception this week we have begun learning some alphabet songs to get us started with phonics. The children have all loved joining in and getting to know the letters and sounds of the alphabet.
In maths we have been learning about different 2D shapes and have been sorting them in different ways. The children were great at telling the adults the difference between a triangle, a square, a circle and a rectangle.
We have been talking lots about the changing seasons in Reception this week, and Sun class were really lucky to be able to visit Olden Gardens and go on a Autumn nature hunt, where we collected leaves, berries and twigs to make collages back at school.
Take a look at our great photos from the week!
Week Beginning 17th September
Reception class have also been settling in really well, getting to know their new classrooms, teachers and of course making lots of new friends. Reception children have responded well to the set up and we are confident that all children are feeling settled and happy as we establish our new routines for inside and outside.
Sun class visited the library for the first time together as a class and really enjoyed listening to a story and choosing a book to read. Thank you to all the parents who supported our trip.
The children in Year 1 have amazed us with how well they have started! We have been getting back into phonics teaching, reminding ourselves of our sounds and blending. We have been thinking about ourselves, as part of our all about me topic and begun to do some writing about our interests and our families. The children in Year 1 have also enjoyed learning about the different 3D shapes and their properties. In science, we have been learning about parts of the body and learning why it is important to eat healthily. Why not ask me the difference between healthy and unhealthy food? What a fantastic start to our new year, Year 1 - well done!
Thank you to all the parents who attended our meet the teacher sessions in Venus and Sun this week, it was really great getting to know you and answering some of your questions. Moon Class' meet the teacher is next week and it will be great if you could come along with any questions you may have. Enjoy your weekends!
This week we had a visit from Dogs Trust, thank you Tigger (the dog) for letting us play with you.
the children learnt how to look after a dog and the daily routine of a dog.
We have continued learning Set 1 and 2 sounds and building confidence when reading. Please encourage your child to show off at home and read things to you, i.e shops signs, packet label and other print in the environment. Please continue working on the high frequency words that we have given you if you need a new one let us know.
The children have enjoyed reading the Singing mermaid. We had a FANTASTIC time on our trip to the little Angel theatre.
We have been understanding the language of; full, nearly full, nearly empty, empty, and half full.
Friday 9th March 2018
The children are getting better at recognising set 1 and 2 sounds. Please work with your child on blending and segmenting cvc and ccvc words.
In literacy we have started to read the Singing mermaid and made lots of predictions to what we think might happen next. The children are getting better at using the information they know to make predictions.
In maths we have been learning about the different coins such as 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and using these coins to make different amounts up to 10p. The children loved role playing being a shop keeper and a customer.
Friday 2nd March 2018
In Phonics we have been continuing to learn our set 1 and set 2 sounds. The children are learning to use their phonics in their writing.
In literacy we have been reading Goldilocks and the three bears. The children have been writing labels for pictures and sentences relating to the story using props and puppets. We have been thinking about if Goldilocks was right to go into the three bears house?
In maths we have been learning the names, describing properties and finding 3D shapes in the environment . The children are much better at comparing 2d and 3d shapes.
Friday 23rd February
Welcome back to school.
In Literacy this week we have been learning about superheroes. The children have been labelling, writing a sentence and writing their own comic strip.
In maths we have been learning to distinguish between 2d and 3d shapes. We used language of sides, corners, faces, fat shapes and flat shapes and vertices. Ask your child to find a cube, cuboid, cylinder or a sphere at home.
In phonics we have continued to learn our set 1 sounds but we have also introduced the set 2 sounds.
During the half term holiday please encourage your child to practise their phonics and high frequency words. Also please encourage your child to write a mini me superhero adventure.
See you in a weeks times, have a lovely break!
Friday 9th February 2018
In Literacy we have been reading the story 'Traction Man' by Mini Grey. We used the story to help us think about superheroes and what they are. The children enjoyed sharing their special power with their friends. Please talk to your child about this story. What is it about? What happens at the end of the story?
In Maths we have been learning to measure using non-standard measurements (cubes, foot, hands, counters etc) and standard measurements (ruler, measuring tape). We have also been weighing two objects to see which one is the heaviest or lightest. Can you find two objects at home and discuss which is heavier or lighter?
In phonics the children have continued to learn their set 1 sounds, reading the Ditty books and writing in their phonics' books. The children are getting much better at blending and segmenting cvc, ccvc, cvcc words and writing for a purpose.
29th January 2018
This week has been well-being week. We have been learning a new affirmation a day. I am unique, I am loved, I keep my body healthy, I can do it and I get better and better everyday. We have been talking about what these different affirmations mean to us and how we can use them with the people around us. Please talk to your child about these affirmations.
The children are becoming more and more confident with their letters and sounds and learning to read sight words. Please continue to read with your child on a daily basis.
22nd January 2018
This week in Literacy the children have been creating their own story. They have used fantastic story language and their own ideas. The children made their own story maps and starting making their own books.
In Maths we have been learning how to make a good estimate using familiar objects in the class, such as cubes, pencils and farm animals. The children made really sensible guesses independently and then we counted out the objects as a class. They are starting to use their problem solving skills. By reading a story '1 is a snail, 10 is a crab'. We have been encouraging the children to use pictorial representation of numbers, such how many legs has a spider, dog, beetle. Can you draw two animals at home and write a number sentence to with it?
In phonics we have continued to learn our Set 1 sounds. The children are getting better at blending and segmenting green words, cvc words, cvcc and ccvc words. (cat, black and chat)
18th January 2018
This week in phonics we have been continuing to segment and blend our set 1 sounds. The children are progressing with reading, writing and recognising these sounds.
In literacy we have continued to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood, together we have created a story map. Could you make your own story map at home and orally tell the story with the actions the children have learnt.
In maths this week have been learning our numbers up to 20!
can you encourage your child to count up to 20 at home.
11th January 2018
The children have had a great week back at school.
This week in literacy we have started to use actions to retell the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The children are now starting to use the actions independent through play to retell the story.
This week in phonics we have introduced small group learning. The children are working in their groups to recap Set 1 sounds and read green words. We have introduced Ditties books.The Ditties are short, phonically decodable passages based on the letter sounds learned in Speed Sounds Set 1.
In Maths, this week we have been learning to describe the properties of 2D shapes. We have used the vocabulary:
Sides, Corners, Curved and Straight.
Can you ask your child to show you a shape that has;
Over the holidays!
Some ideas to support your child's learning
Count how many different foods they have on their plate
How many presents they have under the tree
How many people are in their family
How many visitors come to their home
How many items they are wearing and spotting numbers
Children can spot numbers on the busses, number plates, house numbers
measuring toys using blocks, i.e how many block is my favourite toy? what toy is the longest/shortest?
measuring using their feet or shoe i.e How many shoes long is the carpet?
Encourage your child to write on paper, write in the air, write in water (when washing hand), use their magic finger to write on their hands
Cut out letters from a newspaper or magazine.
Go on an alphabet hunt - this could be in the house or spotting letters in the outdoor environment
Hear and say the sounds (phonemes) in a 3 letter (cvc) spoken word
W/b 11th December 2017
This week has been a busy week for the children in the lead up to their Christmas show wit KS1!
The children have enjoyed learning the songs and the actions to them. Please encourage your child to share these songs with you at home. Reception will be singing How much further to Bethlehem.
Literacy this week the children learnt the sounds
x, nk, ng
and completed set 1 sounds! don't let go of all their hard work this term please encourage phonics with your child over the Christmas break.
In maths we have been recapping their learning from the term. please encourage your child to count and recognise numbers in the environment.
We have learnt one more and one less from a given number 1-10.
measuring objects around the classroom and finding which is the longest and shortest object
All the children really enjoyed Crafternoon! Thank you very much to Parents that were able to come and help.
The children made Christmas crowns to wear to Christmas lunch on Thursday which was very yummy and much enjoyed!
The next Crafternoon will be on January 25th 2:30-3:30
Have a lovely holiday, happy new year!
see you in the new year!
4th December 2017
In Reception this week we have been learning our new Christmas song, which we will be singing with KS1 in the Xmas show. The children helped us come up with some brilliant actions to go with it. The children have been doing some great construction work in the outside area. Working together as a team, using their language skills to develop their imagination and sometimes using technical language. ‘I need an extractor! Teacher: What is that? A machine that helps you dig up stuff.’
In literacy we have been using the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ to help us form our own class story. We changed the characters, the setting, the problem but tried to keep some of the same story language. ‘Who will help me hang the star?’ Said the little blue crocodile. The children are getting much better at story telling and sharing their ideas. The children have been helping us sound out some of the words in the story. This is something you could do at home. Write a story together with you writing it and your child helping you sound out some of the familiar words. In phonics the children have learnt the sounds sh, r, j, v, y, w, th, z and ch. They are getting much better at segmenting and blending some of our green words. The children are becoming more confident with sounding out and writing cvc words. At home ask your child to write four different cvc words. Can you help them think of anymore?
In maths we have been learning about numbers 8, 9, 10. The children are getting better at recognising, writing and finding the different amounts. The children have been getting out rulers, cubes, measuring tapes to measure objects in the classroom. Talk to your child about things that we measure at home. We have also been learning about adding 1 more and taking away 1 less to numbers up to 20. The children enjoyed playing a game in the playground where they had to throw an object onto a number and say the number that is 1 more and 1 less. The children enjoyed this counting game and had fun while learning.
20th November 2017
This week we have been working together to practice for our first assembly. The children’s behaviour has been absolutely brilliant during our rehearsals.
In literacy the children have been using the story map of ‘The Little Red Hen’ to think of our own class story. The children helped draw the characters and help write some of the initial sounds for words. In phonics we have been
learning the sounds b, f, e, l and h.
In maths we have been learning about the number 9. Looking at sequencing numbers up to 9, forming numbers, counting objects and really getting to know what number 9 means.
13th November 2017
In Reception we have been learning our nursery rhymes like incy wincy spider, the Grand old Duke of York, days of the week and wind the bobbin up. The children have been enjoying learning a new nursery rhyme everyday.
We have been learning to write captions, write our names, spell familiar cvc words like cat, dog and rat. We have been continuing with reading the story ‘The Little Red Hen’. In phonics we have been learning the sounds g, o, c, k and u. Can you continue to use the homework sheets to practise writing the letters?
In maths we have been learning about the number 8. Finding 8 things in the classroom and counting them out. Counting 8 objects from a larger amount.
6th November 2017 .
In Reception this week we have been looking for mini beasts in the outdoor area. The children have been enjoying looking at mini-beast books and discussing the information. The children have been very proud of themselves and what they have achieved at home, sharing this with teachers and children with the 'wow cards.'
We are continuing to read the story of the 'Little Red Hen' and have been using this to encourage role play, story telling through props and story language. In phonics the children have been learning to say, recognise and write t, i, n p . Please encourage the children to practice these sounds at home, recognise them in the environment and use the 'Read, write Inc' letter formation sheets. Thank you!
30th October 2017
In Reception we have been talking and learning about Halloween and the children's experiences of dressing up. We have been using lots of messy play to let the children feel, smell, explore pumpkins. We are observing how the pumpkins change over time. The children have been enjoying watching it change shape, colour, smell and texture. We have also been looking at the world of mini beasts. The children have been asking questions about lives of mini beasts, comparing them and discussing how they move.
This week we started phonics. The children have learnt m, a, s, d sounds, which they are able to say, recognise and write. We have been using talk for writing to retell the story of 'the Little Red Hen'. The children have been joining in with repeated phrases and creating story maps.
In maths we have been learning to recognise, write and sequence numbers. Our number of the week is 6! The children have been up to 6 different objects, making 6 with their body, 6 claps, 6 jumps, 6 blinks. Can you ask your child to find 6 objects in your home?