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Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Reception News

Spring Term 1 - Week 3 - 19 January 2022

In Reception this week we have been using our sounds to write labels for a penguin. We have also labelled our pictures of the penguin life cycle that we sequenced last week. The children really impressed us with their use of phonic knowledge to sound out the words ‘egg’ and ‘chick’. 

In Maths we have continued to compare groups of quantities by using ‘more’ and ‘fewer’. We have also been looking at the composition of 4 and 5.

We have created a class collage of a penguin using different textured materials, created penguin homes using junk modelling and created igloos using rectangular shaped pieces of paper. 

During circle time this week, the children have shared what they have enjoyed most during our Arctic/Antarctic topic. They were able to share a fact with the rest of their class. 

Next week, we will be learning ‘ng’ and ‘nk’ in phonics.

Spring Term 1 - Week 2 - 12 January 2022

This week we have been busy writing words and sentences to describe how penguins move and what they look like. We have really enjoyed learning more about the features of a penguin and how they move. The children thought of words such as ‘waddle, webbed feet, black and white feathers, slip and slide’ to describe the penguins. We also learnt about the polar regions and the different animals that can be found in the Arctic and Antarctic. The children have really enjoyed creating penguins and polar bears using craft materials and making an Arctic scene. We hope that you have enjoyed seeing their creative work!

In Maths the children have been learning about zero and what this represents. We have also been comparing numbers 0-5 and using language such as fewer than, more than and equal to. The children have been comparing amounts of strawberries and discussing who has the most/least. They have then tried to make the amounts fair (equal). 

We have also enjoyed some dough disco this week, which is designed to develop fine motor skills, learning and singing a new Arctic song and listening to several stories such as ‘Penguin’s cant fly’ and ‘Cuddly Dudley’.

In phonics next week, the children will be learning the sounds ch and qu.

Spring Term 1 - Week 1 - 7 January 2022

It has been lovely to see lots of happy, smiling faces as the children returned to school this week. They have had lots of exciting news to share about their Christmas holidays and what they got up to over the festive break with their friends and family.

This week, we have started a new non-fiction text about penguins. We have explored the Antarctica and the conditions there. The children have been attempting to write words and sentences to describe Antarctica. In Maths we have been exploring units of time. We compared different sand timers (1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes) and thought about the different activities that we could complete during each unit of time. We discovered that we can sing ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ twice in 1 minute! We talked about other objects that measure time such a watches, clocks and timers on the cooker.

In phonics we gave focused on the digraph ‘th’ this week. We call these ‘special friends’ as its two letters that make one sound. Next week, we will be moving onto ‘z’ and ‘ch’.

The children have really enjoyed learning about where penguins live and where on the globe Antarctica is. They have developed their understanding of the world skills by learning about the location of Antarctica and what it would be like to visit. We are really looking forward to teaching more about penguins and their features next week!

Autumn Term 2 - Week 6 - 8 December 2021

This week the children have been very busy practicing their Christmas production which they cannot wait to share with you all! They also really enjoyed watching the Aladdin panto on Monday and have been busy making lots of Christmas crafts and decorations.

We read the story ‘Father Christmas’ letter’ this week and talked about why we might write a letter to Father Christmas, the children have been busy writing their own list/letter to Father Christmas and we have been extremely proud to see them all using their phonics sounds to attempt to write words.

In Maths this week, the children have been learning about night and day and activities that we might do during the night and day. They have also been using the vocabulary ‘first, next and last’ to sequence events. They have been busy sequencing pictures to show the order in which they get ready for school.

We have been developing our understanding of the world this week by learning about why we celebrate Christmas, the Christmas story and how different families might celebrate Christmas.

Next week in phonics we will be revisiting all of the sounds that we have learnt this half term and playing phonics related games through phonics play. When children bring in their reading books next week, we will be keeping them in school so they will not be bringing a book home over the holidays. Please continue to share and read books from home as well as the sounds that have been sent home previously, they can use these to make their own words and blend them.

Autumn Term 2 - Week 5 - 2 December 2021

Christmas has arrived this week in Reception. The children came into school on Wednesday and were very excited by the decorations that had been put up. We talked about what happens in some households on the 1st of December. The children have been cutting out pictures from toy catalogues and using their sounds to attempt to write what they would like for Christmas! The role play has turned into a ‘Santa’s grotto’ and they have had lots of fun pretending to be Father Christmas, reindeers and elves!

We have been busy practicing forming our numbers 1-5 this week and learning the rhymes to go with the numbers. 

We have been developing our understanding of ‘winter’ and the changes that happen during this season. We have thought about how the weather changes, how the clothes we wear change, what we can do to keep warm and activities we can do in the winter.

Next week, our focus sounds will be ‘y’ and ‘w’.

Autumn Term 2 - Week 4 - 25 November 2021

This week we have been exploring the number 5 in maths. We have been making 5 in different ways using cubes and numicon and we have used a part-part whole model to show these different ways. We have also learnt about a 5 sided shape called a pentagon – we used 5 lolly pop sticks to create this!

We have been busy practicing our songs for our Christmas nativity and some of the children have started to practise their parts in the play. The children are very excited to share this with you in the next few weeks!
Our focus this week has been around ‘The Colour Monster’ which is a book written by Anna Llenas. This book explores feelings and different colours are used to represent these feelings. We have discussed our feelings and why we may feel this way. We have talked about how we can help each other when we may be feeling sad, worried or angry. We made our own monsters, we used collage materials to fill jars with feelings and we used decorated spoons as a visual prompt to show feelings. 

We have learnt the sounds ‘sh’ and ‘r’ in phonics. Next week our focus sounds will be ‘j’ and ‘v’.

Autumn Term 2 - Week 3 - 17 November 2021

We have had a very exciting week this week in Reception, we received a letter from the bear and his bear friends who were hiding in our playground! We used our binoculars to find them all – they were playing a game of hide and seek and actually turned out to be very friendly bears!

This week the children have been using their senses to describe what they would come across in a forest. They also have been learning about different types of bears. The children have been busy using forks to paint a bear face, making binoculars to look for the bears and using collage techniques to decorate a bear. They have also practised their cutting by cutting out and ordering by size different types of bears.

This week in Maths we have explored the number four and we have been making four in different ways (0+1, 2+2, 3+1). The children practically made four using numicon and blocks. Some of the children even had an attempt at writing the parts that make four in a part-part-whole model.

In Literacy ‘Grandma Fantastic’ brought her basket into the classroom and gave the children some words to describe the mud that the family had to walk through on their bear hunt. We discussed the meanings of these words and then thought of some words of our own to describe the mud. Some of the words that the children came up with were ‘squelchy, wet, brown and stinky’. It has been great to see some children attempt to write these words too!
Next week in phonics, our sounds will be ‘sh’ and ‘r’.

Autumn Term 2 - Week 2 - 9 November 2021

We have been very creative in the classroom and outside this week for Remembrance day. The children have learnt what Remembrance day means and why we wear poppies. They have been busy practising their cutting skills by cutting out and sticking together a poppy. They have also used vegetable printing to create a poppy and have a created a class ‘field of poppies’.  

In Maths we have been comparing numbers 1, 2 and 3 using the language smaller, bigger, smallest, biggest, 1 more and 1 less. We made 3 in different ways using numicon and we used the addition symbol to add numbers together that make 3. Some of us even made numbers past 3!

In Literacy we have continued with our story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. We have used our senses to describe what we can see, smell, hear and feel on the bear hunt and have thought of adjectives to describe these. Some of the words that the children came up with to describe the grass were: green, soft, swishy, pointy, soggy and long. We thought about the sounds that each word starts with and some of the children even attempted to use their phonics and write some words!

This week we have been learning the sounds ‘f’ and ‘e’ in phonics. We have enjoyed playing games such as ‘splat’ and ‘cross the river’ to help us remember these sounds. Next week the children will be learning the sounds ‘l’ and ‘h’.

Autumn Term 2 - Week 1 - 3 November 2021

We have had a great first week back in Reception this week. We started the week listening to the story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen which we even re-enacted out in the wooded area and imagined that we were on a real bear hunt! Our Literacy will be focused on this book for the next two weeks.

The children have really enjoyed our new role play area which is now a baby surgery. The children were very excited when they saw the prams and pushchairs and have been busy clothing the babies, checking their temperatures, taking them for walks and rocking them to sleep!
This week we have learnt about Diwali which is the festival of light. The children have learnt about how Diwali is celebrated, they have made Diya lamps and decorated Rangoli patterns. We have also learnt about bonfire night and why and how it is celebrated. The children have been busy making lots of firework crafts using toilet rolls.

In maths we have been learning about the number 3. We have compared it to numbers 1 and 2 and we have even started to use a part-part-whole model to explore the parts that can make up the number 3 and how these can be written as a number sentence using the symbols + and =.

Autumn Term 1 - Week 8 - 20 October 2021

This week the children have been learning about hibernation and what this means. They learnt about which animals hibernate, why animals hibernate and how they prepare for this. Following on from last week’s learning about ‘The Little Red Hen’ we followed instructions to make bread and enjoyed tasting this too! In Maths we have learnt about ‘one and another one’ which makes two. We have been sorting objects into ‘two and not two’, finding two of something in the classroom and forming the number two. We have been busy learning and forming our sounds of the week ‘c’ and ‘k’. After half term our new sounds will be ‘u’ and ‘b’. To end the week  we have taken part in circle time to reflect on our first half term in Reception. 

What a brilliant first half term the children have had in Reception! We are immensely proud of all of them and how well they have settled into their new classes.

Autumn Term 1 - Week 7 - 14 October 2021

This week we have been very busy continuing to learn about all things Autumn! We have learnt about farming during this time of the year and why it is such a busy time for farmers. We learnt about combine harvesters and how they work and all about harvest festivals.

Our learning this week has been based on the story ‘The Little Red Hen’. We discussed why team work is important, learnt about the ingredients needed to make bread and next week we will be making and tasting our own yummy bread!

We have been practising our new sounds ‘g’ and ‘o’ in lots of different ways this week and have even attempted to write them in our writing books. The children have thoroughly enjoyed looking at the objects that have been brought in that start with our sounds for the week. In Maths we have been learning all about the number 1. We have practised forming the number, found things that there are only 1 of and sorted 1 or more.

Outside we have had lots of fun dissecting sunflowers, using broccoli to paint tress and continuing to explore our outside area.

Next week our sounds of the week will be ‘c’ and ‘k’.

Autumn Term 1 - Week 6 - 6 October 2021

This week the children have begun learning about ‘Autumn’. We learnt about signs of Autumn, we went on an Autumn walk and collected lots of natural objects and we have been busy making collages with nature and using cutting skills to create autumn trees and squirrels. Outside, the children have enjoyed using magnifying glasses to look closely at the details on leaves and pine cones. They also enjoyed changing the colours of them by using the ‘colour changing screens’.

The children have been learning the sounds ‘n’ and ‘p’ in phonics. They have been practising forming the sounds in many different ways and have been ‘fred talking’ (blending) some words that contain the sounds we have covered such as ‘tap’, ‘and’ and ‘pat’. They have also enjoyed playing the game ‘splat’ where they have to splat the correct sound that is called out. 

In Maths, the children have continued comparing numbers, using numicon to say which number is more or less. They have also used balancing scales to compare the weight of objects and say which weighs more or less. The children also learnt about patterns this week and made patterns using movements (clap, nod, clap, nod), shapes, colours and even themselves by making a pattern of boy, girl, boy, girl!

Next week, we will be learning the sounds ‘g’ and ‘o’. Please talk to your child about these sounds and encourage them to look for any items that begin with these sounds.

Autumn Term 1 - Week 5 - 30 September 2021

This week we began with the story ‘How to catch a star’. The children listened to the story and then discussed ways in which they could catch a star. Some of their ideas were using a trampoline, flying up in a rocket, sending a seagull to catch the star and wearing shoes with springs on. The children developed their knowledge and understanding by learning about stars, rockets and seagulls, they developed their fine motor skills by making playdough stars and creating a sea gull and their gross motor skills by trying different ‘jumps’ to catch a star. We used paint to create a symmetrical pattern and thought about what our wish would be if we caught a star!

The children listened to a variety of stories about stars and wishes during the week for story time.

In phonics we have continued to revisit the sounds m, a, s, d and have learnt the new sounds ‘t’ and ‘i’ this week.

In Maths we have been sorting natural objects by colour and size, using the vocabulary ‘more’, ‘fewer’ and ‘equal’ to compare two amounts and we have continued to practise counting and subitising numbers up to 10.

Autumn Term 1 - Week 4 - 21 September 2021

The children have been really excited this week to start phonics. We have learnt the sounds ‘m’, ’a’, ’s’, ’d’. The children have been trying hard to form the letters on whiteboards and in the sand.

This week we introduced how we can be a ‘tough tortoise’ at school and at home. ‘Tough tortoise’ is all about being resilient and persevering. During circle time we discussed ways in which we can do this and listened to the story of ‘The Hare and The Tortoise’. We were very impressed with the tortoise and how he didn’t give up and eventually won the race. We have been trying hard in class to be a ‘tough tortoise’.

The children have been busy using threading to create a tortoise shell, learning facts about tortoises and creating a split pin tortoise where they have practised their cutting skills.

In Maths we have been sorting and matching objects. We have talked about similarities and differences, matching pairs and how we can sort the objects by colour and size.

Its been another week filled with lots of fun, exploring and learning 😊

Autumn Term 1 - Week 3 – 16 September 2021

We have had a lot of fun in Reception this week. The children have been taking part in speaking and listening activities about themselves and learning about the other children in their new class. We have read some books during story time about starting school and discussed any worries that the children may have. We have created hand prints to show that we are all unique and we have used different materials to create a collage of ourselves. We used mirrors to look at our colour of skin, hair and eyes. We have been counting, playing circle games and singing lots of songs and nursery rhymes. This week the children have started to have their lunch in the hall and have continued to learn the routines that we follow in Reception such as finding their peg in the morning, lining up for lunch, putting their belongings in their tray and sitting in their carpet space.

The children are doing incredibly well with settling into their new class and routine and we continue to be very proud of them 😊

The Reception team

Autumn Term  1- Week 2 - 8 September 2021

We are incredibly impressed and proud of the children and how well they have settled into Reception this week. We have had lots of fun exploring the different areas in the classroom and in our outside area. The children have been busy painting portraits of themselves, matching numbers, singing songs, making mud cakes in our mud kitchen and designing new buildings in our ‘builders yard’. The children are beginning to learn some of the rules and routines in Reception and have enjoyed making new friends. It has been a pleasure getting to know the children and their little personalities and we look forward to learning more about each and every child in the coming weeks and as they start their school journey with us. We hope that you and they have a restful weekend and we look forward to welcoming you back on Monday.

The Reception team 😉