A special treat happened today. Our farm trip had to be postponed but instead we got a visit from some week old chicks. We got to stroke them and some of us held them too! At lunchtime, we got to have a picnic in the school wildlife garden- it was great fun!
We have been learning how to draw with the help of some video guidance. What do you think of our monkeys?
This tells you about the excitng things we have planned for this last half term.
Here are some challenges for you to practise with your child over the holiday. It will help them to begin the remainder of their time in Reception class and ensure that they don't forget over the week's break. I have included a phase 3 phonics assessment sheet- this can be cut up and used as flashcards.
We have been practising our drawing skills and have been learning to draw things linked to our topic "Castles, Knights and Dragons." We had a try at drawing a Knight's helmet, a baby dragon and a unicorn! What do you think of our work ?
We embraced our new topic by dressing up as "KIngs, Queens, Knights, Princesses, Dragons and Wizards" and didn't we look fabulous ? The children were so excited to be dressing up and able to act out being Knights and Princesses. A big well done to the parents for providing their children with wonderful costumes.
Our topic will be history themed and we will be learning about "Dragons, Knights and Castles" Our outside classroom will be set up with our usual activities, as well as some new ones, including the "Fancy Dress Shop" role play area. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us and we will have opportunities to play with the sand and water toys, as well as riding the scooters and tricycles. Our inside classroom, has already been set up with our own "Banqueting Hall" inside our castle role play area. We have knights and princess costumes, as well as opportunities for learning about the different parts of a castle. We will be writing invitations and reading stories about dragons, and learning about "St George", the patron saint of England. Here is a selection of photos for you to see.
We have been busy working hard with our phonics and trying to learn all our sounds. We have been trying to write lots of words using our sounds to help us
Lots of fun activities, as well as learning opportunities have been undertaken. The children take great excitement from the new indoor construction area ( set up on the last day before Easter), ready for nest half term. Children enjoyed digging in the compost looking for root vegetables, as well as planting our own bean plants (which they took home) and sunflowers seeds (in the outdoor classroom).
Our topic was all about new life, including the life cycle of a butterfly, we drew pictures on a paper plate to show our understanding of the different stages. As part of British Science week, we investigated and experimented making stable structures ( ie houses and buildings) using just biscuits and chocolate. We learnt about heating and cooling of the chocolate and that it was like cement when we wanted to stick the biscuits together. We had great fun and they were delicious to eat too!
As part of our topic work, we created symmetrical butterfly paintings, made sunflowers from using collage materials and used printing techniques to create Easter chicks.
This is the text map that we use to help the children re-tell the story. Ask them to show you the Talk4writing actions- see how good they are! The children will be doing lots of activities inclduing writing and drawing activities based on the story by Eric Carle.
Half termly information sheet- informing you of our activities this half term and the tricky words sheet and phonic sounds sheets that we will be recapping.
Although this is not our usual way of doing a Nativity. We thought that the children would love to dress up and sing songs to re-tell the story of the birth of Jesus and recognise the importance of Christmas for Christians. Here are some photos for you to enjoy.You can pause the slideshow and download a photo for your own personal use. Please do not post pictures on social media sites.
Re-telling the Christmas story through songs. The children have only had a couple of weeks to learn them so a huge well done to them all!An introduction to our First Nativity Play- cast of Reception 2020!
Every week, thoughout school the children earn "ice cream" tokens for their colour team. Every Friday, in assembly (remotely at the moment), achild is picked from the winning class team and rewarded with a "Rainbow certificate" for doing something good. In addition to that the child would place a cut out person onto a huge rainbow in our school hall. At the end of each half term, the team with the most people on the rainbow gets to enjoy a real ice cream! This half term it was the green team who won, and here they are enjoying their reward on Friday afternoon.
The children had to stay indoors because of bad weather but it didn't stop their enthusiasm or energy. Some great moves.
The children have really been working hard. Here are some photos of them doing some phonics and maths work using the large touchscreen in the classroom.
Just thought we would show you some of our wonderful work which we have been doing in school. There has been hand printing, painting, collage and cutting. The children are very proud of their work and so are we!
We have done some lovely art work this half term. We have created some lovely firework pictures and rockets. We printed poppies for Remembrance day. We have designed our own little pig from the story 'The Three Little Pigs.' Don't forget to look out on the windows for our stained glass creations.
We have been learning about why we celebrate bonfire night. We printed some lovely pictures of fireworks exploding in the sky. We made our own sparklers out of breadsticks and chocolate. They tasted yummy!
Please click on the link to access our story map
We have been learning the song I'm a dingle dangle scarecrow. We made scarecrow faces for our song.
This half term we have been learning about autumn and some of the changes that autumn brings. We visited the nature garden to look for signs of autumn and brought our collection back into the classroom to look at together. We also spent some time looking at pumpkins.To begin with we passed the pumpkin around to feel how heavy it was and what it looked like and felt like on the outside. We wondered 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. We all used the spoon to try and scoop out some of the pumpkin and we stirred the seeds in the bowl. Please look at our photos.
Ned, the hedgehog, was looking for a home. He looked down a little hole but the rabbits said: This is our home look next door. He looked down a big hole. The fox said: This is our home look next door. The fox said: This is my home Look next door. He looked up in the tree. The owls said: This is our home look next door. The hedgehog looked up at the old barn. The bats said: This is our home but look down there Ned. Ned looked down and there was a big pile of leaves. Ned said: My home and he went to sleep all winter.
We have performed actions to the story Owl Babies.
Here is the story map for our story 'Owl Babies.' We have read the story in school and are re- telling the story with actions. I will put a video for you to watch on the website. Please ask your child questions about the story. You can watch the story on you tube with your child.
Many of our Reception children have had their first days in school and we are looking forward to welcoming others next week. They have enjoyed exploring the inside and outside classrooms. They are all getting to know each other and the adults that work with them. New friendships are being formed and new routines being learnt quickly. We look forward to an exciting year with lots of fun learning and play. Here are some photos to show you what we have been doing.
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
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.