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Summer Term 2 - Week 3 - 23 June 2022

We began the week by reading ‘The Magic Balloon’ by Oakley Graham. The children talked about the different countries that the character visited. We then found these on a map and the children enjoyed exploring google maps to locate our school and some of their homes! Throughout the week, the children then wrote postcards imagining they had visited a different country. We also wrote sentences about what we might be able to see if we were up in a hot air balloon.

The children have had lots of fun making their own hot air balloons using junk modelling materials. They even inflated a balloon using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda as a part of a science experiment.

In maths the children have been learning about odd and even numbers. They have sorted buses into odd and even by counting how many passengers were on the bus and seeing if they all had a partner. 

The children were very excited to visit their new classroom and have a story read to them by their new teachers, we have now started lots of circle time about moving up to Year One, to prepare the children for this.

Summer Term 2 - Week 2 - 16 June 2022

This week we have been reading ‘If Sharks Disappeared’ by Lily Williams. We have been learning some facts about sharks and have had a go at writing them independently in our Literacy books. We have also been busy making some ‘shark themed’ cards for a special day on Sunday!

In Maths this week we have been learning about sharing and grouping. The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing cake out during our Maths input. They have also been doing lots of sharing during their exploring time by sharing plastic foods when having a picnic in the garden area.

We have been learning about the season of Summer and the changes we may see during this season, comparing them to the other seasons we have been through.  

We have been packing clothes for a summer holiday and thinking about the clothes we would wear. We have also been learning about how to stay safe in the sun which has been very handy for the beautiful weather we have enjoyed this week.

The children have had lots of fun outside playing in different water themed tuft trays, they even took their shoes off and had a little paddle!

With sports day around the corner, we have been busy practising for this too!

Summer Term 1 - Week 6 - 26 May 2022

This week we have had lots of fun learning about how to look after our teeth. We were very lucky to receive a visit from two dental nurses who explained and showed us how to look after our teeth. They talked through what happens at a visit to the dentist, how to brush our teeth correctly and answered our questions. We have been busy making playdough teeth, using toothpaste to scrub the plaque off teeth, making our own chattering teeth and sequencing the steps for brushing teeth. We also used our sounds to write labels and captions for this. We have given verbal instructions for teeth brushing to each other and also learnt about healthy and unhealthy foods for our teeth and worked in groups to sort them.

In Maths we have been investigating shapes and how they can be rotated, but are still the same shape. We created animal tangrams using 2D shapes and explored how the same shape can be represented in different ways.

In PE this week we have been busy practising for sports day. We have practised throwing, balancing eggs on a spoon and running races.

Summer Term 1 - Week 5 - 19 May 2022

In Reception this week we have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. We have ordered the parts of the life cycle and used labels and captions to describe the parts. We have been learning all about caterpillars and butterflies and recalling some facts about them.

The children have continued to enjoy searching for minibeasts out in the garden area.

In Maths we have been ‘taking away’ this week. This has been introduced as first, then, next stories (first there were 7 caterpillars, then 3 crawled away, now there are 4) We have done this practically in many different ways using tens frames, number tracks and counters. 

This week it has been art week and the children have learnt about Brazilian artist Romero Britto. They firstly created a butterfly in the style of Romero Britto and then created a collage of the Queens face using this style. These pieces of artwork will be up in our art gallery during our Jubilee celebration after half term!

Summer Term 1 - Week 4 - 12 May 2022

In Reception this week we have been learning all about Minibeasts. We looked at the various types of minibeast to see how they are the same and how they are different from each other. We also looked at microhabitats to see where minibeasts like to live and what they eat. The children were very excited to have a visit from the Nursery stick insects and enjoyed spending the day observing them. We also went on a minibeast hunt around the playground to see how many different insects and spiders we could find. 

In Literacy we started a new book Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen. The children particularly enjoyed watching a video of Michael Rosen reading his poem, it was very funny. We focused on Non-Fiction writing and came up with some fantastic words to describe how chocolate cake tastes.  Then we wrote some recipes for cakes. 

In Maths this week we have been exploring adding more. We have used tens, frames, number tracks and first, then and now story boards to practise adding numbers and help us to write number sentences. We have also been using our maths skills in the playground. In small groups we built boats using the large wooden blocks. Then we acted out scenarios counting how many children were on the boat, then adding more, as more got on. 

The children have also been getting in some practise for sports day. We had obstacle races and each team took turns at racing and cheering their team mates on.

Summer Term 1 - Week 2 - 27 April 2022

In Reception this week we have been thinking about growing and how we grow and develop from a baby to a child. The children enjoyed sharing their photos of themselves as babies and we had fun guessing who they were! We have been thinking about the changes we make as we grow older, how we get taller and how our interests change. We also talked about what we want to be when we are a grown up! The children have enjoyed caring for babies this week and giving them a clean in the baby bath.

In Literacy we have started our new book ‘Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk’. We have focused on how Jack felt giving up his cow and linked this to how the children have felt when they have had to give up something. The children came up with some fantastic words to describe their feelings such as ‘confused, unhappy and furious’. 

The children have enjoyed exploring our new role play area which is now a garden centre. They knew plenty about what can be purchased from a garden centre and used in their imaginative play.

This week in maths, we have been exploring numbers beyond 10. We have used numicon and tens frames to make numbers from 11-20. This allowed the children to see that these numbers are made up from a ten and ones. The children have been busy practising forming these 2 digit numbers.

Spring Term 2 - Week 5 - 23 March 2022

This week, the children have enjoyed learning about space! We have learnt some facts about some of the planets and the children have had a go at writing a fact about their chosen planet. We will turn their facts into a class fact file which the children can then enjoy looking at and reading in the reading corner. The children have used paper mâché to create the different planets this week which we will be painting next week. The children have also enjoyed writing a list of what they will take on a space mission, creating split pin astronauts, throwing asteroids into the bucket and counting how many they got in and making space ships and rockets using large cardboard boxes!

In Maths, we have been learning number bonds to 10 this week. The children enjoyed a game of ‘find your numicon partner’ using numicon pieces to make 10. They used counters on a tens frame to see the pairs of numbers that make 10. We also used 10 dinosaurs in the muddy swamp and grass to find ways to make 10. We then applied our knowledge to create part-whole models and number sentences to show the number pairs.

Spring Term 2 - Week 4 - 17 March 2022

We have had great fun this week during Science week. We began the week learning about Spring and looking for signs of Spring outside. As the theme of the week was ‘growth’ the children have enjoyed planting their own seeds which we will look forward to watching grow into watercress. We read ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and enjoyed making ‘castles in the clouds’ (Duplo blocks covered in shaving foam) the children described the bricks as slippery, smelly and cold when covered in shaving foam! We then read the story ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and explored ways to make a new bridge for the goats. The children also enjoyed some other Science based activities which included ‘free the dinosaur’, making slime and making bridges using pasta and playdough.

In Maths this week we have been comparing numbers from 0-10. We had fun building towers to compare the numbers. 

We also started our new class book in Literacy this week called ‘On Sudden Hill’. We have discussed how we can turn a large cardboard box into different things by using our imagination. The children are excited to bring these ideas to life next week with some large cardboard boxes.

This week, We were also very fortunate to have a visit from a nurse to explain how she helps people as part of her job. The children had lots of questions to ask and experiences to share with her. Some of them were even bandaged up by Nurse Charmaine!

Spring Term 2 - Week 3 - 10 March 2022

This week the children have been learning about people who help us and emergency vehicles. We had a special visit from a postman and lady who told us about their job and how they help to make sure we receive our post. The children also learnt about what an emergency is and how to make an emergency call by calling 999.

The children have been busy creating emergency vehicles using collage materials and enjoyed making car tracks on large pieces of paper with cars and paint.

The children were very excited to use the bee-bots in class this week. They learnt how to programme them and give them directions to follow. They used this knowledge to direct the bee-bot along a giant road puzzle.

This week in Maths we have been learning about the numbers 9 and 10. We found 1 more and 1 less than each number and found the parts that make each whole number. E.g 4 and 5 make 9, 7 and 2 make 9. The children enjoyed playing a game of skittles in the garden area were they tried to knock down 9 skittles. They used this to reinforce the two parts that make 9.

Spring Term 2 - Week 2 - 3 March 2022

This week we have been very fortunate to have some guest speakers, telling us about their jobs and how they involve vehicles and transport. We had a visit from a plane engineer, a member of cabin crew and a mechanic. The children thoroughly enjoyed listening to what they had to say, looking at photos, watching videos and they had plenty of questions to ask too!

The highlight of our week this week was world book day. It was fantastic to see all of the children dressed up in their costumes and showing a real enthusiasm for all things ‘book’ during the day. They enjoyed a costume parade, a book scavenger hunt, making reading dens, listening to several stories during the day and they ended the day with a reading quiz. We based the day around he story ‘Emma-Jane’s Aeroplane’ where the children enjoyed making their own flags and junk model planes. It has also been fantastic to see so many ‘extreme reading’ photos and ‘shelfie selfies’ on tapestry.

In Maths this week we have been learning about capacity. The children have had fun filling containers and exploring the language ‘empty, nearly empty, half full, nearly full and full’. It would be great to see if your child can use some of this language at home when drinking their drink or perhaps during bath time!

Spring Term 2 - Week 1 - 24 February 2022

This week, we have started our new topic ‘vehicles and transport’. We have been reading the story ‘Pigs Might Fly’ in Literacy and thought of words to describe how the plane flew through the air. We watched some videos of the red arrows and enjoyed watching their contrails appearing. 

We have discussed when we may need to travel on a plane and different ways that we could travel. The children enjoyed learning about what happens in an airport. They used the large wooden blocks to create their very own plane in the garden area and we had lots of fun pretending to be on our own plane. On the writing table some children have even had a go at making their own passport for the journey!

Our role play area has been turned into a fire station this week and the children have loved getting into the role of a fire fighter. They have made water hoses on the craft table using cardboard tubes and blue tissue paper. They enjoyed using these to put out the fires. 

In Maths this week, we have been comparing the weight of objects. We have used balancing scales to find out how light or heavy an object is. We have ordered objects in relation to their weight and have used words ‘light, lighter, lightest, heavy, heavier, heaviest’ to compare the objects.

Spring Term 1 - Week 6 - 10 February 2022

We have had a lot of fun this week in Reception learning about Chinese New Year. As this year is the year of the tiger, the children attempted to write an independent sentence about a tiger. We have been really impressed with seeing so many keen writers in Reception.

We have learnt about what Chinese New Year is and ways that it is celebrated. We have looked at the zodiac wheel and learnt about some of the different animals from this. We have watched videos of dragon dancing and listening to Chinese music and then had great fun being the dragon and using musical instruments to make the music. We have used our senses to feel and then describe noodles and how they felt. We then had fun dishing up the noodles to sell! We have made paper lanterns, used playdough to make fortune cookies and spring rolls and the children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Chinese artefacts on our exploration table. Some children even attempted to copy some Chinese symbols!

In Maths we have been learning about length and height. We measured the height of each child in the class and compared our heights. We then learnt about what ‘today’, ‘tomorrow’ and ‘yesterday’ means. We looked at pictures of our favourite memories of Reception so far and talked about them using past tense language. We have also been learning the days of the week by singing songs and talking about what we might do on each day of the week.

Spring Term 1 - Week 5 - 3 February 2022

This we have been focusing on land animals. We have compared animals from hot and cold countries and learnt about some of the animals that live in Africa. We have enjoyed pretending to be African animals and making tiger and lions crafts. 

In Literacy we have written a sentence to describe our rainbow fish that we created last week. We have been practising how to ‘hold a sentence’ in our head so that we can remember it when we write it down.

In Maths, we have been finding how many ‘altogether’, we had lots of fun adding the dots on dominoes for this and parking the cars in the correct space in the carpark! We also have learnt words used to compare size such as long, longer, short, shorter, tall and taller. We have compared the height of our towers and had fun finding objects around the classroom that were longer/shorter than our feet! 

During circle time, we thought about how the rainbow fish changed his ways and how we can put things right when we need to.

Spring Term 1 - Week 4 - 27 January 2022

This week we have been focusing on ‘The Rainbow Fish’ in our Literacy lessons.  We have read the story and described the setting. We have also thought of words to describe the fish’s scales. We have been giving out ‘shiny fish scales’ to children this week when we have noticed them sharing, turn taking or being  a good friend. We discussed during circle time how we can be a good friend. 

Our topic has been based around ‘The Rainbow Fish’ this week so we have also been learning about different types of fish that you may find in the ocean. We have created our own ‘rainbow fish’ by collaging and we have also created an ‘under the water’ scene. 

The children have really enjoyed exploring the ‘wow’ table where they have used magnifying glasses to look closely at shells and seaweed.  

In Maths the children began the week by learning about number ‘6’. They used the wings of a ladybird to find two parts that make 6. We recorded this in part-part-whole model and some children had a go at writing a number sentence. In the later part of the week we learnt about ‘pairs’. We got ourselves into pairs and enjoyed matching pairs of socks on the maths table.

We have now finished learning all of the ‘set 1’ sounds in phonics. Next week, we will revisit these sounds whilst we assess the children to group them accordingly as they continue their phonics.

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 😉