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Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Reception News

Week 9

We have had a great return to school this week after half term, everyone is refreshed and happy! We have been looking at Celebrations, and have been learning bout Diwali and Bonfire Night. We have been making rockets, Rangoli pattern pictures, Fireworks and chalk drawings. We have been practising our letter formations writing in glitter, it’s been great fun!

Our focus this half term is looking at ‘What we will find in the woods’ and our focus book will be the Owl babies.

In maths we have been sorting things. You can practise this at home, get your child to sort their play box! It’s amazing how enthusiastic they have been tidying up this week!

The children are now in groups for phonics, so their homework focus will be linked to the sounds that their group has been completing.

Thank you for your continued support, and the abundance of toilet rolls that were sent in!

The Reception Team.

Week 8

It's been a short week this week, but that hasn't stopped us learning!

Our focus book this week was 'Room on the Broom' and we have linked Understanding the World to this to learn about spiders. We have looked for spiders outside, learnt spider facts and made spooky spiders for the classroom!

Our phonics focus this week has been the sounds 'r' and 'j'. We have sent some new green words home to practise blending, and in parents evening we have shared letter formation sheets. In the holidays, if you can practise your sounds and writing, that would be very much appreciated.

In maths we have been thinking about different ways to record five. Some of us drew around our hands, wrote number sentences and counted different objects. Ask your child to share their learning with you.

We can't believe half term has already arrived! Your children are an absolute credit to you, and we have had a wonderful time getting to know them and see their confidence grow.

Thank you for all your support, and for attending parents evening, your voices are valued and together we will grow your child into a confident, bright, happy individual.

Have a well-deserved break!

Best wishes, The Reception Team

Week 7

Following our Julia Donaldson theme, our focus book this week was ‘Sharing a shell’. We have been thinking about the importance of sharing, and how we share within our class with our friends and with our families at home. We have made collages of shells, used playdough to make crabs and colour mixed to make sea colours.

In our phonics we have learnt the letter sounds l,h,sh, and the formation sheets will come home to help you support your child with letter formation. To expand this task you can ask your child to draw pictures of things that start with the given sound, and attempt to label them.

In maths we have been looking and learning all about number 5. We have been looking at different ways to record 5, sharing 5 counters etc. At home encourage your child to share 5 apples, 2 oranges and 3 apples can make 5 etc.

We will be sending home some new green words to practise blending: and, pin, got, dog, sit, tip, pan, top, dig. Please practise these with your child, as this will develop their reading skills.

We are also sending out a ‘Parental Voice’ sheet. This is a sheet that gives you an opportunity to share your thoughts on your child’s learning. If you could complete and return on parents evening this will be very much appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support, The Reception Team.

Week 6

Our focus book this week being ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’. We have been looking at the rhymes within the story, such as ‘fox and socks’ and ‘mouse and house’. The children found the story very entertaining!

At home you could practise rhymes with your child to see if they can make any of their own up, e.g ‘mug and rug’, ‘cat and mat’.

Our focus sounds this week have been ‘f’, ‘b’ and ‘e’. In your child’s reading folder a set of words will be sent home. Please practise these with your child, a sheet of instructions will be in their pack.

In maths we have been learning the number ‘4’. Ask your child to show you different ways of making four, they can practise drawing four things, look for 4 on the way home from school on doors and buses, accurately count four objects e.g apples etc.

Thank you for your continued support The Reception Team.

Week 5

The wet weather has limited our fun outside at times, but some children enjoyed rescuing a tiny spider from a puddle by building a leaf bridge for it to climb on. Our Gruffalo grotto is up and running which has led to some terrific story telling and role playing.

Our focus book has been A Squash and a Squeeze. We’ve practiced joining in with the story, adding expression to our voices. The wise old man tells the little old lady to take all her animals into her little house! Really!!

We’ve worked hard learning new phonic sounds, ‘c’,’k’ and ‘u’ too. Check out our photos of a phonics session and some children using phonics independently. These sounds will be sent home for you to practise with your child on Friday. You do not have to return them to school, as these are for your use at home. Encourage them to say the phrase which they have learnt to support their handwriting. 

If you wish to support your child further, by improving the pen grip and control when using their fingers. Try playing with lego or other construction, threading pasta, cereal or popcorn, colouring, dressing toys, cutting activities or get some playdough and check out “dough disco” on YouTube.

Our focus number this week has been number 3. The children are getting really good at spotting 1, 2 or 3 objects and different representations around the room, for example, patterns on dice, numicon, numbers and fingers.

Week 4

We have been collecting acorns and conkers and have been looking at the way the leaves in the trees are changing colour and falling to the ground.

Our focus book has been the Gruffalo, and we each designed our own character and labelled it, using sounds that we have learnt in our phonics. e.g. ‘m’ for mouth, ‘p’ for prickles.

We have also been busy learning new phonic sounds, ‘p’,’g’ and ‘o’. 

These sounds will be sent home for you to practise with your child on Friday. You do not have to return them to school, as these are for your use at home. Ask your child to explain the characters and how they help them to form their handwriting.

You may wish to support your child further, by writing the sounds that have already been taught, onto post it notes.  Then model how to blend the sounds to make a word e.g  p-i-g makes pig etc. Please write letters in lower case as capital letters can cause confusion.

Our focus number this week has been number 2. As your child to show or tell you what makes a two! They will introduce you to counting bunnies, fingers etc.

Thank you for the continued support,

The Reception Team.

Week 3

In Reception this week the children have continued to settle well into the daily routines. 

In Phonics we have been learning new sounds 't', 'i' and 'n' and well as recapping the sounds from last week 'm', 'a', 's' and 'd'.

Your child will have the sheets with these sounds on in their book bag, please spend some time practicing the sounds orally and then encourage your child to have a try at writing these on the sheet.  (There is no requirement for this to be returned as these are for you to use with your child at home)

The children have also been drawing pictures of themselves and writing their names. 

In Maths we have been learning all about the number 1 and practicing our number formation. 

The children have also been exploring our learning environment both indoors and out and are developing their skills with sharing and taking turns when playing games. 

Next week we will be looking at the story of The Gruffalo. 


The Reception Team

Week 2

The children have settled well and are enjoying their learning both inside and outside.

We have been focusing on the story ‘Topsy and Tim start school’, which has led into school rules, expectations and routines in the classroom.

We have also started our phonics focus, Read, Write, Inc  and have learnt the sounds ‘m,a,s,d.’ Please practise the sounds with your child, their prompts have been sent home in their book bags.

Next week’s focus book is ‘Supertato’, through this story will be exploring friendships, making good choices as well making supertatocharacters. Be prepared for Super heroes! 

Thank you for support with morning drop offs, and for those who managed to attend our ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting.

The Meet the Teacher presentations from the meeting can be found at the bottom of the page.

Regards Mrs Rutter and the Reception team.