Welcome back to Summer term 2. We hope you have all had a lovely half term holiday. We have had some lovely sunshine to make us smile. We hope you enjoy doing some of the activities we have planned for you this half term. The resources to help you do the activities can be found in the resources section below. Please send us any photos or videos to look at. They make us smile.
Resources for this half term. Also see the new link to Tiny Tales and Tunes (above in websites)
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Hello Everyone. We hope you have all had a lovely half term holiday. We have certainly had a lot of lovely sunshine to enjoy. We will be seeing a few of you in school but will still be putting activities on the website for you to complete.Please send us your photos and videos as we really enjoy seeing them.
Look at what we have been doing at home !
A great family game to reinforce number bonds to 10! It can be adapted for smaller numbers by simply using less cards Eg- numbers which make 8, just use cards 1-7
Mrs Richards and her daughter share a book and read a story called "Superworm" by Julia Donaldson.
|8.45am||Be prepared||Spend 15minutes ensuring you are ready for a 9am start. Get dressed, have breakfast or a healthy snack and brush your teeth!|
|9.00-9.30am||Physical activity||Join in with the Joe Wicks exercise class on Youtube or a movement and music activity- see activity set by teacher.|
|9.30-10.15am||Phonics and Reading||Follow work set by the teacher ( see links below) or check out one of the websites like Reading Eggs or Oxford Reading Buddy.
Practise writing words with the different sounds that you have learnt already.
|10.15-10.50am||Quiet time||Listen to an adult read a story and have a healthy snack if possible ie fruit, vegetables, milk etc...|
|10.50-11.50am||Maths||Follow the work set by the teacher (see links below) or use maths related websites which you've been given.
Could practise number formation too!
|11.50-12.30pm||Lunch and Rest|
|12.30-12.45pm||House hold chore||Help out with a job in the house- tidy up, dust, make your bed, vaccum etc....|
|12.45-1.30pm||Creative time or
|Drawing, colouring, lego, baking, painting a picture, playdough, junk models, playing with dolls/small world figures, play with construction toys etc..
Learn a new skill like knitting, tie shoe laces, use a knife and fork, learn to plait hair, find countries on a map, learn a new language etc..
|1.30-.2.30pm||Topic work and writing||Find out about the topic as set by your teacher ( see links below)|
|2.30-3.00pm||Physical activity||Exercise inside or outside-walk, skip, hop, run, do yoga, a dance DVD or Wii fit, play football or go to the park ( if it's safe to do so)|
|3.00-3.30pm||Puzzles and Games||Play a board game together, dominoes or card games like "snap" or "pairs", dot-to-dot, simple wordsearches etc..|
|3.30pm onwards||Relax||Enjoy some TV , have tea and go to bed at a reasonable time ie 7-7.30pm|
Children can learn a lot about reading even before they come to school and are formally taught. Young children learn about reading when
We would like children coming into school to
Strategies used in teaching a child to read
Children use many strategies when reading. Phonics or ‘sounding’ a word out is the most important stage and we teach a scheme of work for synthetic phonics in our Reception class as recommended by the ‘Rose Report.’ Children also learn to use visual memory, that is looking at a word and remembering it. Children also learn when reading a good story. If the story makes sense and holds his/her interest the child can gather clues from the text and the pictures, making logical guesses about unknown vocabulary.
Helping your child progress with reading
Once children have started to read they will make better progress if you can help them by reading with them daily.
Helping Your Child with Maths
Activities to do at home
Helping Your Child with Writing
Children usually experiment with their own pretend writing first and this should be encouraged. Children are making marks at this stage but often to them they are writing. Ask your child to read back their writing to you and give them lots of praise, don’t tell them it is wrong or ‘just scribble.’ Young children learn writing when:
A young child encouraged in this way will soon be ready to form letters correctly and will develop a love of writing which will stay with them throughout their learning.
Activities to do at Home
In Reception, when children first learn their letter sounds they are taught to form their letters correctly. We will send out more information about this in the first half term.
Websites to help support your childs learning;
Recommended Books to help with Maths;
Books to enjoy at home include:
A good website for buying books at discounted prices is www.thebookpeople.co.uk/schools
Here are some of the strategies we use in our Reception class to involve our parents in their children's learning. Any further suggestions are welcome. Please contact Mrs Robinson.
This half term we have been learning about plants. We have all planted our own bean plants. we will also be planting sunflower seeds to take home at Easter. We have looked closely at daffodils and used magnifying glasses so we can see more clearly. We have learned the names for different parts of the plant, roots, stem, flower and petals. We have learned what a plant needs to grow and performed a song about this to some visitors we had. Look at our photos so you can see what we have been doing.
We have been reading the story Jack and the Beanstalk. Here is the story map. Please talk with your children about the story. Some good questions to ask would be Who are the characters in the story? Why did Jack sell the cow? What was special about the beans? Jack took things that did not belong to him, what do you think about that? Can you think of another word for giant ?
World Book Day brought a fantastic array of different costumes to everyone throughout school. In the afternoon, Year 2 came to join Reception children when they shared books together, with the older children reading stories to the younger ones. They made bookmarks and had a quiz about different characters from some well know stories.
Catherine came to visit Quarry Mount again and introduced our Reception class to "The Hungry Caterpillar" story by Eric Carle. She told the story and the children got to join in with tasting fruit, dancing and singing with scarves, pompoms and then a fantastic game with a parachute at the end. She even brought along a HUGE caterpillar! The children thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and were fantastic. We look forward to seeing her again, later in the year.
As part of our work on Polar regions we read a story called "The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud" (see the text map). We have also done lots of non fiction work about Polar animals, Antartica and the Arctic. We have written facts about penguins and polar bears in our writing sessions. In art and craft we have painted and used collage materials to make different pieces. As part of our "Understanding the World" aspect of EYFS, we have used globes and maps to find out where these countries and continents are located. We also learnt about Inuit people who travel around parts of the Arctic circle.
These are text maps which we use to support "Talk4Writing." The children learn actions to match the pictures which helps them retell a story or another style of writing. Spring 1- The Iceberg
This first Christmas play is called "The First Nativity". Don't they all look great in their costumes?
The children dressed up and had their photo taken to put on their calendars.
During our work about Autumn and hibernating animals, Miss Crooks ( our TA in year 1) brought in her pet pygmy Hedgehog. She told us all about him and what he liked to eat, play with and how he could curl up into a ball when he was scared. We even got to touch his spikes. It was very interesting.
We have been reading the story 'The Little Red Hen.' we have learned some actions to go with the story so we can re tell it. This is called Talk4Writing.
A Magic Moment for Reception. This happened on 21.10.19 Making a pumpkin lantern. To begin with we passed the pumpkin around to feel how heavy it was. We discussed what a pumpkin was, what it looked like on the outside and what it might look like on the inside. Mrs. Robinson cut around the top of the pumpkin to make a lid. The children were amazed to see so many seeds inside one pumpkin. We discussed how we could plant the seeds and grow our very own pumpkins. Mrs. Robinson cut out the face of the pumpkin and put a light inside. We then turned off the lights in the classrooms we could see our pumpkin glow
14.10.19 This week we visited the nature garden in small groups. We had a checklist of things we had to look for and collect.We were looking at the changes Autumn brings.We noticed how the leaves had fallen from the trees and changed colour. They were yellow, brown, orange and red. We noticed the apples had dropped from the apple tree. When we returned to the classroom we looked more carefully at the items we had collected. we used magnifying glasses to look at the detail on the leaves.We made a picture with some of the items we had collected. We have displayed our pictures in the classroom.
Here you can see a photo of the story map we will be using in school for our re telling of 'The Gingerbread man'
We have been doing lots of work in class linked to the story 'The Gingerbread Man' We have performed the story using our Talk 4 Writing actions. We have drawn our own story maps. We have made gingerbread men and ladies out of playdough that smells of ginger. We decided to change the ending of the story and allow the Gingerbread man to escape from the fox. We decided to build bridges to help the Gingerbread man get across the river. We used lollipop sticks, twigs, bricks, straws and lego. We had to use lots of different skills to create our bridges and we really enjoyed ourselves. Look at what we came up with....
We would like to say a big 'Thank you' to all our Reception parents and children for welcoming us into your homes when we undertook home visits. We were made to feel welcome and it was a pleasure to meet the children in their home environment. The children are now settling well into school and we would like to share some photos of some of the activities we have been doing in the first two weeks. We have spent time in our outdoor classroom. We have enjoyed the shop and mud kitchen. Inside the classroom we have been exploring the different areas of provision.