Am I The Fastest?

Reception Curriculum map Summer 2

High Frequency words from Phase 2 phonics to practise at home.

to     the   no   go   I  into   a

High Frequency words from Phase 3 phonics to practise at home.

he she we me be was
you they all are my her

High Frequency words from Phase 4 phonics to practise at home this term.

said have like so do some
come were there little one when
out what        

 

 

Recommended Reading List

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar compiled by John Foster

Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage

Tinga Tales by Tiger Aspect   

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper   

The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson     

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson

The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg

Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French & Alison Bartlett 

Little Beaver and the Echo by Amy MacDonald

Whiffy Wilson by Caryl Hart & Leonie Lord

The Giant Jam Sandwich by Janet Burroway & John Vernon Lord
Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson

 

 

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Welcome back. This term we will be participating in Sports Day. We have started to get ready for this  already and will continue to practice for this until the big day. We will also focus on getting ready for Year One. Looking at the things that we are looking forward to and those things that we are a little nervous about. This week we have used the ipad to take pictures of our favourite places in Reception.  
In R.E. this week the children have been completing our topic on Pentecost, looking at some of the symbols the Church uses to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost.
In Literacy the children have begun to learn a new story: The Tortoise and the Hare. We have watched a clip of the fable and read the story. We predicted who we thought would win, wtih some children recalling the story from home.  We have been focusing on writing with a range of paper templates available, from story themed pages to writing on cars, boats, bottles etc. This has had a huge impact on children’s writing, with children being more excited to write about their own things on their chosen paper.
During CLIC (mental Maths sessions) we have been counting to 100, recognising numbers and ordering numbers to 20 and counting amounts to 10. We have continued counting forwards as well as backwards. The children have used their number bonds in play and can recall simple equations. We have doubled numbers and halved them in a range of activities. 
In Phonics we have revised the Phase 4 sounds and have been using these to create simple sentences. We have also played active phonics games to embed these sounds. We are continuing to apply learnt sounds through sentence writing and independent phonics games.
The children have also continued to read on a daily basis, through a range of guided reading sessions, reading individually with an adult and independent reading opportunities. We are using Bug Club books which are fully decodable using the sounds that the children have been learning during phonics. Please support the children at home by sharing the book scheme books we send home. We are are aware many of these do not contain words the children can always decode independently but through modelling and repetition words can be learnt. Even if the pictures are discussed this is valuable early reading skills. Remember to practise the ‘Tricky words’ we sent home too.

Reminders-

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

Remember to use Bug Club at home to help support your children’s reading and have fun.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy. 

Could we remind parents that children can now wear the summer uniform which consists of: boys – shorts and white shirt, no tie.

Girls – white and blue gingham dress

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught different Athletics skills.

As the weather is still unpredictable at this time of year could we also ask that, waterproof coats and cardigans/jumpers are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. 

Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Miss Dews, Mrs McAdden and Ellie

 

Technology 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numbers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shape, space and measure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing

 

Can I Have A Dog Yet?

Reception Curriculum map Summer 1

Week beginning 13.05.19

This week we had some animals in to visit us from Quirks Animal Roadshow.  This gave us the opportunity to meet and learn about unusual pets. Some of the interesting creatures we met included a giant rabbit, a chameleon and a Dabb Lizard.  

In R.E. this week the children have been learning about Pentecost. They have listened to the story and have created there own flame as a symbol of Pentecost.  

In Literacy the children have continued out T4W on the story of Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. We have also been looking more in depth at the animals we met, how to describe them, what they felt like etc. Each children wrote about the animals and talked about why they liked/didn’t like them. 

During CLIC (mental Maths sessions) we have been counting to 100, recognising numbers and ordering numbers to 20 and counting amounts to 10. We have continued counting forwards as well as backwards. The children have used their number bonds in play and can recall simple equations. We have doubled numbers and halved them in a range of activities. 

In Phonics we have revised the Phase 4 sounds and have been using these to create simple sentences. We have also played active phonics games to embed these sounds. We are continuing to apply learnt sounds through sentence writing and independent phonics games.

The children have also continued to read on a daily basis, through a range of guided reading sessions, reading individually with an adult and independent reading opportunities. We are using Bug Club books which are fully decodable using the sounds that the children have been learning during phonics. Please support the children at home by sharing the book scheme books we send home. We are are aware many of these do not contain words the children can always decode independently but through modelling and repetition words can be learnt. Even if the pictures are discussed this is valuable early reading skills. Remember to practise the ‘Tricky words’ we sent home too.

 

Reminders-

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

Remember to use Bug Club at home to help support your children’s reading and have fun.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy. 

Could we remind parents that children can now wear the summer uniform which consists of: boys – shorts and white shirt, no tie.

Girls – white and blue gingham dress

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught different Athletics skills.

As the weather is still unpredictable at this time of year could we also ask that, waterproof coats and cardigans/jumpers are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. 

Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Miss Dews, Mrs McAdden and Ellie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can I Have A Dog Yet?

Reception Curriculum map Summer 1

High Frequency words from Phase 2 phonics to practise at home.

to     the   no   go   I  into   a

High Frequency words from Phase 3 phonics to practise at home.

he she we me be was
you they all are my her

New high Frequency words from Phase 4 phonics to practise at home this term.

said have like so do some
come were there little one when
out what        

 

 

Recommended Reading List

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar compiled by John Foster

Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage

Tinga Tales by Tiger Aspect   

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper   

The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson     

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson

The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg

Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French & Alison Bartlett 

Little Beaver and the Echo by Amy MacDonald

Whiffy Wilson by Caryl Hart & Leonie Lord

The Giant Jam Sandwich by Janet Burroway & John Vernon Lord
Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson

 

Note from the teacher:

I would like to thank everyone for welcoming back to Reception, again. I am really looking forward to teaching Reception for the Summer Term. I already know the children so well but am eager to get to know them better over the next few weeks. If you have any questions for me, please feel free to ask

Miss Dews

Week beginning 22.04.19

In R.E. this week the children listened to the Easter story. They have learnt about Palm Sunday, The Last Supper and what happened to Jesus on Good Friday. They also learnt that the cross is special as it reminds us that Jesus died for us. 

In Literacy the children have begun to learn the story of Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. We have been using Talk4Writing strategies to help the children familiarise themselves with the story, listening to the story and learning about the characters/animals. The children have also discussed whether these animals would make good pets.

During CLIC (mental Maths sessions) we have been counting to 100, recognising numbers and ordering numbers to 20 and counting amounts to 10. We have continued counting forwards as well as backwards. The children have used their number bonds in play and can recall simple equations.

In Phonics we have revised the Phase 3 sounds and have been using these to create simple sentences. We have also played active phonics games to embed these sounds. We are continuing to apply learnt sounds through sentence writing and independent phonics games.

The children have also continued with Guided Reading sessions in groups. We are using Bug Club books which are fully decodable using the sounds that the children have been learning during phonics. Please support the children at home by sharing the book scheme books we send home. We are are aware many of these do not contain words the children can always decode independently but through modelling and repetition words can be learnt. Even if the pictures are discussed this is valuable early reading skills. Remember to practise the ‘Tricky words’ we sent home too.

 

Reminders-

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

Remember to use Bug Club at home to help support your children’s reading and have fun.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy. 

Could we remind parents that children can now wear the summer uniform which consists of: boys – shorts and white shirt, no tie.

Girls – white and blue gingham dress

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught different Athletics skills.

As the weather is still unpredictable at this time of year could we also ask that, waterproof coats and cardigans/jumpers are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. 

Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Miss Dews, Mrs McAdden and Ellie

 

 

How Many Colours in a Rainbow?

Reception Curriculum map Spring 2 2019

High Frequency words from Phase 2 phonics to practise at home.

to     the   no   go   I  into   a

High Frequency words from Phase 3 phonics to practise at home.

he she we me be was
you they all are my her

New high Frequency words from Phase 4 phonics to practise at home this term.

said have like so do some
come were there little one when
out what        

 

 

Recommended Reading List

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar compiled by John Foster

Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage

Tinga Tales by Tiger Aspect   

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper   

The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson     

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson

The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg

Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French & Alison Bartlett 

Little Beaver and the Echo by Amy MacDonald

Whiffy Wilson by Caryl Hart & Leonie Lord

The Giant Jam Sandwich by Janet Burroway & John Vernon Lord
Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson

 

 

week beginning 11.03.19

In R.E. this week the children recalled what they could remember about our visit to church, they also described in their own words what they knew about the importance of Lent. In class worship we talked about how God loves us. He will always forgive us if we forget him for some time and will always be ready to welcome us back. The children reflected on who loves them and waits for them to come back to them.

In Literacy the children continued to learn the story of The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. We have been using Talk4Writing strategies to help the children familiarise themselves with the story. We made a class story map, began to to learn with actions a shortened script of the book. the children have also taken part in individual sequencing and writing activities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9mryuEKkKc
During CLIC (mental Maths sessions) we have been counting to 100, recognising numbers and ordering numbers to 20 and counting amounts to 10. We have continued counting forwards as well as backwards. The children have learnt that when we count up the numbers are getting bigger or 1 more and that when we count down the numbers are getting smaller or 1 less. We have also been counting in 1s as well as 10s to 100. We have introduced the children to number bonds to 10. Here is a rhyme the children enjoyed it will help them memorise them. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_CI6__DvII

We have continued with structured phonics sessions following our Bug Club class lessons and revised the Phase 3 sounds which we have now completed. Since we have come to the end of this phase we are ensuring that the children are confident and have been applying their learnt sounds through sentence writing and phonics games.

The children have also continued with Guided Reading sessions in groups. We are using Bug Club books which are fully decodable using the sounds that the children have been learning during phonics. Please support the children at home by sharing the book scheme books we send home. We are are aware many of these do not contain words the children can always decode independently but through modelling and repetition words can be learnt. Even if the pictures are discussed this is valuable early reading skills. Remember to practise the ‘Tricky words’ we sent home too.

 

World Book Day

 

 

 

Dance

 

 

Teacher Roleplay

 

 

 

 

Clever Maths

 

 

Speedy dresser – first one ready after P.E.

 

 

Rainbow Fish

 

 

 

Show and Tell

Reminders-

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

Remember to use Bug Club at home to help support your children’s reading and have fun.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy. Could we remind parents that shorts are not part of the school uniform until the summer term.

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught  different dance skills.

As the weather is unpredictable at this time of year could we also ask that warm, waterproof coats are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. If hats, scarves and gloves are brought in, please could they be named.

Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Ellie

 

week beginning 04.03.19

This week the children attended church with the whole school and wider community. The service was on Ash Wednesday the first day of Lent. Father Patrick talked about the importance of Lent and how it is a journey to prepare a Christian to become closer to God, he mentioned that prayer, giving to others and charity were necessary at the time. He talked about the circle of life and how man was created from dust and to dust we shall return. The children sat beautifully and all who were present were anointed with ashes. When we returned to class the children took part in a discussion about the significance of the ashes and where they came from.

In Literacy the children continued to learn the story of The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. We have been using Talk4Writing strategies to help the children familiarise themselves with the story. We made a class story map, began to to learn with actions a shortened script of the book. the children have also taken part in individual sequencing and writing activities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9mryuEKkKc
During CLIC (mental Maths sessions) we have been counting to 100, recognising numbers and ordering numbers to 20 and counting amounts to 10. We have continued counting forwards as well as backwards. The children have learnt that when we count up the numbers are getting bigger or 1 more and that when we count down the numbers are getting smaller or 1 less. We have also been counting in 1s as well as 10s to 100. We have introduced the children to number bonds to 10. Here is a rhyme the children enjoyed it will help them memorise them. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_CI6__DvII

We have continued with structured phonics sessions following our Bug Club class lessons and revised the Phase 3 sounds which we have now completed. Since we have come to the end of this phase we are ensuring that the children are confident and have been applying their learnt sounds through sentence writing and phonics games.

The children have also continued with Guided Reading sessions in groups. We are using Bug Club books which are fully decodable using the sounds that the children have been learning during phonics. Please support the children at home by sharing the book scheme books we send home. We are are aware many of these do not contain words the children can always decode independently but through modelling and repetition words can be learnt. Even if the pictures are discussed this is valuable early reading skills. Remember to practise the ‘Tricky words’ we sent home too.

Mr Meakin kindly organised pancake races on Shrove Tuesday which the children had a lot of fun taking part in. They especially enjoyed the generous treat afterwards when they got to eat some pancakes.

Pancake races

 

Creative art and play dough

Amazing writing

Number work

Clever ICT- we made rainbows

Look at our own story maps

 

Show and Tell

 

Lego creations

Being a good friend who helps others

Reminders-

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

Remember to use Bug Club at home to help support your children’s reading and have fun.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy. Could we remind parents that shorts are not part of the school uniform until the summer term.

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught  different dance skills.

As the weather is unpredictable at this time of year could we also ask that warm, waterproof coats are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. If hats, scarves and gloves are brought in, please could they be named.

Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Ellie

 

week beginning 25.02.19
 We are delighted to have all the children back fresh and rested and ready to learn after half term. We are extremely pleased with have well and quickly the children have settled back into the school routine.
In R.E. we have been preparing the children for the important time in the church calendar – Lent. During Key stage assembly the three pillars of Lent were discussed, prayer, the giving of alms and fasting. During our class liturgy the reading was from Ecclesiasticus 4:11-19, Whoever loves wisdom, loves life. People who follow the way of wisdom will be filled with happiness. We discussed with the children how when we make the right choices in life that it makes us feel happy. The children then shared their own experiences of what makes them happy. It was very pleasing to hear their well thought out responses.
In Literacy the children were introduced to the story The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. The children love the colourful pages, creatures, underwater setting and the message in the story, that to share makes everyone feel better and being too proud and make you lonely. The story fits in nicely with our topic, How Many Colours in a Rainbow? We have introduced the story by reading the book and becoming familiar with the text. The children have also enjoyed watching a version of the story read by Ernest Borgnine which is wonderful. The children had a lot of fun making their own Skittles Rainbows.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9mryuEKkKc
During CLIC (mental Maths sessions) we have been counting to 100, recognising numbers and ordering numbers to 20 and counting amounts to 10. We have continued counting forwards as well as backwards. The children have learnt that when we count up the numbers are getting bigger or 1 more and that when we count down the numbers are getting smaller or 1 less. We have also been counting in 1s as well as 10s to 100. We have continued practising Learnits – doubles to 10 and 1+2=3 2+1=3 and 2+3=5 3+2=5. We have had a focus shape.

The children love this song which is Mrs McAdden’s favourite!

 

 

We have continued with structured phonics sessions following our Bug Club class lessons and revised the Phase 3 sounds which we have now completed. Since we have come to the end of this phase we are ensuring that the children are confident and have been applying their learnt sounds through sentence writing and phonics games.

The children have also continued with Guided Reading sessions in groups. We are using Bug Club books which are fully decodable using the sounds that the children have been learning during phonics. Please support the children at home by sharing the book scheme books we send home. We are are aware many of these do not contain words the children can always decode independently but through modelling and repetition words can be learnt. Even if the pictures are discussed this is valuable early reading skills. Remember to practise the ‘Tricky words’ we sent home too.

 

 

Reminders-

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

Remember to use Bug Club at home to help support your children’s reading and have fun.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy. Could we remind parents that shorts are not part of the school uniform until the summer term.

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught  different dance skills.

As the weather is unpredictable at this time of year could we also ask that warm, waterproof coats are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. If hats, scarves and gloves are brought in, please could they be named.

Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Ellie

 

 

Writing sentences

 

 

Being helpful

 

 

 

Super listening and explanation

How does a rainbow happen? ” Well it has to rain first and then only if the sunshine comes after, then a rainbow will appear.”

 

 

We made up our own Macarena!

 

 

 

Fun making rainbows!

 

 

 

 

Prayer is important to me. 

“Dear God thank you for my sister.”

 

I know my doubles to 10 and beyond

 

I love writing and can read what I have written

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why can’t I have Chocolate for Breakfast?

 

Reception Curriculum map Spring 1 2019

 

High Frequency words from Phase 2 phonics to practise at home this term.

to     the   no   go   I  into   a

New high Frequency words from Phase 3 phonics to practise at home this term.

he she we me be was
you they all are my her

 

 

Recommended Reading List

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar compiled by John Foster

Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage

Tinga Tales by Tiger Aspect   

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper   

The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson     

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson

The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg

Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French & Alison Bartlett 

Little Beaver and the Echo by Amy MacDonald

Whiffy Wilson by Caryl Hart & Leonie Lord

The Giant Jam Sandwich by Janet Burroway & John Vernon Lord
Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson
week beginning 08.01.19
Firstly the Reception team would like to be everyone a very happy New Year! We are delighted to have all the children back fresh and rested and ready to learn. We are extremely pleased with have well and quickly the children have settled back into the school routine.
The children attended their first ever Key Stage assembly on Thursday morning this week when they joined the Year 1 and year 2 children in worship headed by Mrs Tuggey the Year 1 teacher. The children all behaved impeccably.
In R.E. the children revisited the Christmas story which of course they are very familiar with due to their wonderful Nativity performance. They all had the opportunity to make Nativity scenes to put in their R.E. books. They have been making puppets, re-enacting the story and some children have been producing individual writing retelling the story in their own words. We discussed how Sunday 6th January was the Epiphany and talked about the journey the three wise men made and the gifts they brought to baby Jesus.
In Literacy the children were introduced to the story of Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne. The children love the colourful pages, animals, exotic fruit, message in the story and the fun surprise element. Ask the children what Handa’s surprise is? I am sure they will take great pleasure in explaining it to you. The story fits in nicely with our topic, Why can’t I have Chocolate for Breakfast? We have had lots of discussion on what the children enjoy eating for breakfast which brought up rather a few surprising options, however the children would have made you proud with their knowledge of the value of eating healthily and not eating in the words of the children “too much sugar or fat.” With this in mind the children enjoyed a healthy snack of Greek yogurt, banana and honey and many came back for a second helping which was pleasing to see. Mrs Omar got in trouble for eating too many chocolates and getting tummy ache, she got no sympathy and was berated by both Mrs McAdden and the children!
During CLIC (mental Maths sessions) we have been counting to 100, recognising numbers and ordering numbers to 20 and counting amounts to 10. We have continued counting forwards as well as backwards. The children have learnt that when we count up the numbers are getting bigger or 1 more and that when we count down the numbers are getting smaller or 1 less. We have also been counting in 1s as well as 10s to 100. We have continued practising Learnits – doubles to 10 and 1+2=3 2+1=3 and 2+3=5 3+2=5. We have had a focus on teen numbers and introduced the children to the coins we use. They have had the opportunity to use money and learn through role play in our class fruit and vegetable shop.
Here are some clips to help the children make sense of British coins.

We have continued with more structured phonics sessions following our Bug Club class lessons and revised the Phase 3 sounds qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee and igh. We have introduced all the digraph sounds oa and the long oo (as in pool) and short oo (as in cook) sounds . We have continued blending the sounds together to make simple words which the children have been reading and writing. The children are very successful at using ‘rainbow fingers’ to help them with the process of blending. Please get them to demonstrate to you at home, if you need help with this do not worry as we are always on hand to give advice.

The children have also continued with Guided Reading sessions in groups. We are using Bug Club books which are fully decodable using the sounds that the children have been learning during phonics. Please support the children at home by sharing the book scheme books we send home. We are are aware many of these do not contain words the children can always decode independently but through modelling and repetition words can be learnt. Even if the pictures are discussed this is valuable early reading skills. Remember to practise the ‘Tricky words’ we sent home too.

In P.E. the children have been learning early gymnastic’s skills. They have been making different body shapes such as; standing and sitting star, moon, dish, flying saucer, rocket and even squatting alien. Get the children to show you what they remember.

 

Reminders-

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

Remember to use Bug Club at home to help support your children’s reading and have fun.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy. 

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught  different gymnastics skills.

As the weather is getting much colder could we also ask that warm, waterproof coats are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. If hats, scarves and gloves are brought in, please could they be named.

Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden , Mrs Holden and Ellie

 

 

Rhyming strings produced independently by the children during morning work!

 

Coin recognition activity and fun in the fruit and veg shop

 

Counting, sorting and comparing length

 

Junk modelling cup cakes and sprinkles machine 

Cartoonist in the making!

 

My Christmas story – all about Joseph and lots of writing!

 

Counting in 2s

 

 

 

Enjoying healthy snacks

Why do leaves go crispy?

Reception Curriculum map Autumn 2 2018

 

High Frequency words from Phase 2 phonics to practise at home this term.

to     the   no   go   I  into   a

New high Frequency words from Phase 3 phonics to practise at home this term.

he she we me be was
you they all are my her

Recommended Reading List

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar compiled by John Foster

Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage

Tinga Tales by Tiger Aspect   

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper   

The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson     

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson

The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg

 

 

weeks beginning 26.11.18 and 3.12.18

In R.E. we have begun to introduce the children to the first part of the church’s calendar, Advent. We discussed that it is a period of getting ready for Christmas or more importantly the birth of Jesus. Catholics believe that in order to be prepared they should begin by ‘tidying’ their minds. We talked about our minds been ‘clean’ by saying sorry and the children shared some very touching and  deeply thought out memories of times they had said sorry. The children made the Reception team very proud! We have introduced the children to the Advent wreath which we prepared in class. The children also made their own advents wreaths. 

We have been practising for our class performance of the Nativity and we are sure you will be very happy with all the children’s hard work.

During CLIC (mental Maths sessions) we have been counting to 100, recognising numbers and ordering numbers to 20 and counting amounts to 10. We have continued counting forwards as well as backwards. The children have learnt that when we count up the numbers are getting bigger or 1 more and that when we count down the numbers are getting smaller or 1 less. We have also been counting in 1s as well as 10s to 100. We have continued practising Learnits – doubles to 10 and 1+2=3 2+1=3 and 2+3=5 3+2=5. 

We have had a focus on using positional language, comparing height and length as well as practising writing numbers to 20. Here’s a song that’s fun and uses lots of positional terms.

We have continued with more structured phonics sessions following our Bug Club class lessons and revised the Phase 3 sounds j,v, w, x, y z and the digraph ( 2 letters make 1 sound) zz. We have introduced all the digraph sounds qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai and ee. We have continued blending the sounds together to make simple words which the children have been reading and writing. The children are very successful at using ‘rainbow fingers’ to help them with the process of blending. Please get them to demonstrate to you at home, if you need help with this do not worry as we are always on hand to give advice.

The children have also continued with Guided Reading sessions in groups. We Looked at the Bug Club book, ‘Kat and Dan’ We talked about the characters and also practised the tricky word ‘to’ We discussed how the characters felt, what they were thinking and found sounds that we have learnt within the text. Since this is a book linked directly to the phonics that the children have previously learnt the story is almost completely decodable. It is extremely pleasing to see how many children are already proficient at reading a simple sentence by blending sounds together and remembering ‘tricky words’. Thanks to all the parents who are obviously supporting the children at home with their reading. We then went on to discuss the different why Kat was upset with Dan in the text and if any of the children had visited a tip .

In Literacy the children were introduced to the story The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson. We discussed why animals hibernate and watched short video clips relating to this. We had a learning focus on saying and reading rhyming strings starting from the word den. The children then went on to make and write their own rhyming strings.

In P.E. we have been practising lots of throwing and catching skills.

 

Reminders –

EYFS Nativity performances –

Monday 17th 9:30am dress rehearsal to whole school, on this day younger siblings and families are welcome if unable to make the performance proper. 

Tuesday 18th 9:30am all welcome for the actual performance.  

 

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

Look out for your Tapestry Learning Journal activation email – many parents have activated their accounts already – thank you.

Remember to use Bug Club at home to help support your children’s reading and have fun

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy. 

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught skills on different gymnastics skills.

As the weather is getting much colder could we also ask that warm, waterproof coats are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden , Mr Smith and Ellie

 

Advent wreaths

 

Rhyming strings

Counting, ordering and understanding number

Independent writing

 

Position, height and length

Beautiful artwork

 

Physical development skills

 

 

Helpful hands

 

Snuggle day

 

week beginning 19.11.18

The children all had a fun day for an extremely good cause last Friday. Well done to all involved raising awareness and much needed funds for Children in Need. Thank you parents for all your support. 

 

In R.E. this week the children practised the Candle prayer. Our class liturgy was around the meaning of the words “fruits of the spirit” we thought about the meaning of the phrase and how Jesus being ‘The Light of the World’ wanted us to follow in his ways and have characteristics of a Christian. These are the attitudes, behaviours and traits that someone who believes in Jesus Christ should show. Galatians 5:22-23 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

 The children watched a beautiful music video with Andre Bocelli and his son Matteo and thought about the importance of forming strong family bonds. the children then made up their own prayers to say thank you for their family. 

During CLIC (mental Maths sessions) we have been counting to 20, recognising numbers, ordering numbers and counting amounts to 10. We have had a focus on counting forwards as well as backwards. The children have leant that when we count up the numbers are getting bigger or 1 more and that when we count down the numbers are getting smaller or 1 less. We have also been counting in 1s and 10s to 100. We have continued practising Learnits – doubles to 10 and 1+2=3 2+1=3 and 2+3=5 3+2=5. 

We have continued making teen numbers with Numicon, solving doubles calculations, capacity and weight and recognising 2D and 3D shapes.

Here is a fun song to help the children learn to add 1.

 

 

 

We have continued with more structured phonics sessions following our Bug Club class lessons and come to the end of the Phase 2 sounds. We revised all the sounds we have learnt and then assessed the children on their learning before introducing the Phase 3 sounds j,v and w. We have continued blending the sounds together to make simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words which the children have been reading and writing. The children are very successful at using ‘rainbow fingers’ to help them with the process of blending. Please get them to demonstrate to you at home, if you need help with this do not worry as we are always on hand to give advice.

The children have also continued with Guided Reading sessions in groups. We Looked at the Oxford Reading Tree book, ‘Look at Me’ We talked about the characters Mum,Chip and Floppy. We also practised the tricky words ‘me, my and no.’ We discussed how the characters felt, what they were thinking and found sounds that we have learnt within the text. The children also practised blending the CVC word ‘mum’. We then went on to discuss the different parts of a bike and what they children most enjoyed doing at the park.

In Literacy the children were introduced to the story Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper. We made pumpkin soup in class and the children got involved helping to prepare the soup and thinking about the equipment and ingredients we needed. We talked about the safety aspects involved in cooking, such as, using sharp knives and being around a hot stoves. All the children knew that this was something only an adult should do. We discussed the importance of hand washing and how eating vegetables was healthy. The children also noted how the vegetables changed from being hard and raw to being soft and cooked. They all then had the opportunity to try the soup which I’m glad to say they all did and some actually liked it.

 

This was followed up by a writing task where the children made a list of ingredients and equipment necessary to make pumpkin soup.

 

 

Reminders –

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

Look out for your Tapestry Learning Journal activation email – many parents have activated their accounts already – thank you.

Remember to use Bug Club at home to help support your childrens’ reading and have fun

We are sad to announce that Mrs Rowe will be leaving us on Wednesday 28th we are sure you will join us in wishing her all the best as she is off to pastures new and on her travels!

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy. 

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught skills on different gymnastics skills.

As the weather is getting much colder could we also ask that warm, waterproof coats are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe

 

Clever Maths

 

 

Super writing

 

 

 

Show and Tell

 

 

 

 

week beginning 12.11.18

Those children who were here on Thursday had their first individual photographs in the St Anne’s uniform so look out for the order packs they all looked fantastic.

In R.E. the children watched an animated version of the story about Jesus getting lost in Jerusalem during the festival of Passover. The children learnt that Jesus was missing for two days whilst Mary and Joseph searched for him. When He was found he was in the temple sitting with the teachers and talking and discussing different topics with them even though Jesus was only twelve years old at the time. Jesus realised that his parents must have been worried when they couldn’t find Him but Jesus told them not to worry because He was safe and carrying out work in His father’s house. The children then took part in a follow up activity where they coloured a picture depicting this story. They also had the opportunity to retell the story in their own words.

During CLIC (mental Maths sessions) we have been counting to 20, recognising numbers, ordering numbers and counting amounts to 10. We have had a focus on using Numicon to help us recognise the numbers 11,12,13, 14,15 and 16. We continued practising the concept that 11 is 10 and 1 more, 12 is 10 and 2 more and 13 is 10 and 3 more and so on.

In Maths we continued using a number line and counted along and back, we also took away numbers and asked the children to identify missing numbers. We know that if you count up the number line the numbers get bigger and are 1 more and that if we count down the number line the numbers get smaller and are 1 less, We have also been practising a doubles song and doubles rap.

We have continued subitising (is a term that was coined by the theorist Piaget and defined the ability to instantaneously recognise the number of objects in a small group without the need to count them).

We have had a focus on making teen numbers with Numicon, solving doubles calculations, capacity and recognising 2D and 3D shapes.

We have been practising the days of the week daily and have introduced months of the year, different times of the day and seasons.

Here is a fun song to help the children recognise different shapes.

 

We have continued with more structured phonics sessions following our Bug Club class lessons we have revised the sounds ck (a digraph – 2 letters making one sound) r, h and b this week and introducedf, ff, l, ll, ss . We have continued blending the sounds together to make simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words which the children have been reading and writing. The children are very successful at using ‘rainbow fingers’ to help them with the process of blending. Please get them to demonstrate to you at home, if you need help with this do not worry as we are always on hand to give advice.

The children have also continued with Guided Reading sessions in groups. We Looked at the Oxford Reading Tree book, ‘Fun At the Beach’ We talked about the characters Dad, Mum, Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy. We also practised the tricky words ‘the and and.’ We discussed how the characters felt, what they were thinking and found sounds that we have learnt within the text. The children also practised blending the CVC words ‘dad and mum’. We then went on to discuss if the children had ever visited the seaside and what they enjoyed about it.

In Literacy we have been practising and rehearsing our script for the story ‘Owl babies’ by Martin Waddell .We have done this by using Talk4Writing actions and repetitive phrases. We have made a class story map, discussed the setting, characters, key speech within the text aswell as conjunctions and openers. This week we had a focus on the speech used by the owl characters in the text and the children made owl puppets to reenact the phrases. Some children even wrote some of the phrases which ha d been modelled to them. We are so impressed with how many children have learnt the text and are eager to write – Well done!

In P.E. the children have begun learning gymnastics skills and this week the children had a lot of fun climbing, balancing and making different body shapes on the apparatus.

 

Reminders –

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

Look out for your Tapestry Learning Journal activation email – many parents have activated their accounts already – thank you.

Remember to use Bug Club at home to help support your childrens’ reading and have fun

Children in Need Friday 16th November – pyjamas, teddy, £1 and cake donations!

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy. 

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught skills on different gymnastics skills.

As the weather is getting much colder could we also ask that warm, waterproof coats are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe

 

Writing activities

 

 

Number Work

 

 

Capacity fun

 

 

 

Reading

 

 

 

 

Building friendships

 

 

 

week beginning 06.11.18

In R.E. this week the children watched a  short animated clip which related to the topic of Remembrance Sunday. We discussed why the poppy is worn at this time of year and why it is important to remember those who died serving in the armed forces for this country. We said prayers of thanks and remembrance and passed around our class remembrance cross. The children will be working on an art project based on the symbol of the poppy.

During CLIC (mental Maths sessions) we have been counting to 20, recognising numbers, ordering numbers and counting amounts to 10. We have had a focus on using Numicon to help us recognise the numbers 11,12 and 13. We have practised the concept that 11 is 10 and 1 more, 12 is 10 and 2 more and 13 is 10 and 3 more.

In Maths we continued using a number line and counted along and back, we also took away numbers and asked the children to identify missing numbers. We know that if you count up the number line the numbers get bigger and are 1 more and that if we count down the number line the numbers get smaller and are 1 less, We have also been practising a doubles song and doubles rap.

We have continued subitising (is a term that was coined by the theorist Piaget and defined the ability to instantaneously recognise the number of objects in a small group without the need to count them).

We have had a focus on making 11, 12 and 13 with Numicon, solving doubles calculations and capacity.

We have been practising the days of the week daily and have introduced months of the year, different times of the day and seasons.

Here is another lovely song about seasons. 

 

We have continued with more structured phonics sessions following our Bug Club class lessons we have revised the sounds C, K, ck (a digraph – 2 letters making one sound)  this week and introduced R, H and B. We have continued blending the sounds together to make simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words which the children have been reading and writing. The children are very successful at using ‘rainbow fingers’ to help them with the process of blending. Please get them to demonstrate to you at home, if you need help with this do not worry as we are always on hand to give advice.

The children have also continued with Guided Reading sessions in groups. We Looked at the Oxford Reading Tree book, ‘Who is it?’ We talked about the  the characters Dad, Mum, Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy. We also practised the tricky words ‘no, the and is.’ We discussed how the characters felt, what they were thinking and found sounds that we have learnt within the text. The children also practised blending the CVC words ‘dad and mum’. We then went on to discuss if they had ever slept in a tent and how shadows are produced.

In Literacy we have been practising and rehearsing our script for the story ‘Owl babies’ by Martin Waddell .We have done this by using Talk4Writing actions and repetitive phrases. We have made a class story map, discussed the setting, characters, key speech within the text aswell as conjunctions and openers. We have also been busy making a class art display with firework painting, colouring and firework onomatopoeia words which the children wrote independently.

 

 

 

In P.E. the children have begun learning gymnastics skills and they have been focusing on different balances through fun games.

 

 

Reminders –

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

Look out for your Tapestry Learning Journal activation email – many parents have activated their accounts already – thank you.

Children in Need Friday 16th November – pyjamas, teddy, £1 and cake donations!

 

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy. 

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught skills on different gymnastics skills.

As the weather is getting much colder could we also ask that warm, waterproof coats are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe

 

Reading and writing

 

 

Maths 

 

Show and Tell

 

I can make waves and describe what is happening

 

week beginning 29.10.18

Welcome back after what we hope was a fun-filled and relaxing half-term. The children have settled back in wonderfully and we are very proud of all their hard work and progress even though we have only been back for one week.

In R.E. the children have continued with the topic of ‘ People Who Care for Us.’ We have had a focus on the celebration of marriage this week. We have been thinking about who cares for who in such a celebration and the children were involved in a discussion on this subject. We worked out that God cares for us because marriage can take part in God’s house. We realised that that priest cares for us because he does God’s work and carries out the wedding ceremony. Obviously the bride and groom care for each other a lot and want to make a promise of love to one another. The wedding party of close loved ones was talked about and the children named bridesmaids and learnt about the best man and the father of the bride and their roles within a wedding. We also realised that all the guests, family and friends care too. 

The children then got the opportunity to take part in a mock wedding in Reception class, which was extremely enjoyable for the children and Reception staff alike.

 

The Wedding

 

 

 

The children attended church for the second time on Thursday 1st of November being All Saints Day they took part in Mass with the whole school and parishioners. Their behaviour was exemplary once again. Well done!

During CLIC (mental Maths sessions) we have been counting to 20, recognising numbers, ordering numbers and counting amounts to 10. We introduced the children to a number line and counted along and back, we also took away numbers and asked the children to identify missing numbers. We have also been practising a doubles song and doubles rap.

We have continued subitising (is a term that was coined by the theorist Piaget and defined the ability to instantaneously recognise the number of objects in a small group without the need to count them).

We have had a focus on on pattern making, solving doubles calculations and careful counting using 1:1 correspondence.

We have been practising the days of the week daily and have introduced months of the year, different times of the day and seasons.

Here is a lovely song about seasons. We have reinforced that Fall is called Autumn in the UK.

We have continued with more structured phonics sessions following our Bug Club class lessons we have revised the sounds M, D,G,O and C this week and introduced K, ck (a digraph – 2 letters making one sound) E and U. We have continued blending the sounds together to make simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words which the children have been reading and writing. The children are very successful at using ‘rainbow fingers’ to help them with the process of blending. Please get them to demonstrate to you at home, if you need help with this do not worry as we plan to invite you to one of our Phonics sessions soon.

The children have also continued with Guided Reading sessions in groups. We Looked at the Oxford Reading Tree book, ‘Floppy, Floppy’. We talked about the  the characters Dad, Mum, Biff, Chip and Kipper. We also practised the tricky word ‘no.’ We discussed how the characters felt, what they were thinking and found sounds that we have learnt within the text. The children also practised blending the CVC word ‘dog’. We then went on to discuss if they had ever had a picnic or a barbecue and what they enjoyed about it as well as their favourite things to eat.

In Literacy we have been practising and rehearsing our script for the story ‘Owl babies’ by Martin Waddell .We have done this by using Talk4Writing actions and repetitive phrases. We have made a class story map, discussed the setting, characters, key speech within the text aswell as conjunctions and openers. 

In P.E. the children have begun learning gymnastics skills and they have been focusing on different balances through fun games.

 

Reminders –

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

Look out for your Tapestry Learning Journal activation email – many parents have activated their accounts already – thank you.

Remember Monday 5th November is an INSET day- no school for the children 

 

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy. 

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught skills on different gymnastics skills.

As the weather is getting much colder could we also ask that warm, waterproof coats are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe

 

 

Maths is fun!

 

 

 

Lots of Writing

 

 

Learning through play

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Ourselves’

Autumn Term 1

Reception Curriculum map Autumn 1 2018

High Frequency words to practise at home this term.

to     the   no   go   I  into   a

 

Recommended Reading List

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar compiled by John Foster

Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage

Tinga Tales by Tiger Aspect

Week beginning 15.10.18

In R.E. the children were introduced to our new topic ‘ People Who Care for Us.’ During our class liturgy this week we discussed who the children believed cared for them on a daily basis, they loved sharing how they family and friends cared for them. We read the Bible verse 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 : 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

We discussed how love is the centre of the Catholic faith and how fortunate we are to have a family and love in our lives. We shared a family prayer. The children then went on to complete a piece of recorded work in their R.E. books.

During CLIC (mental Maths sessions) we have been counting to 20, recognising numbers, ordering numbers and counting amounts to 10. We introduced the children to a number line and counted along and back, we also took away numbers and asked the children to identify missing numbers. We have also been practising a doubles song and doubles rap.

We have continued subitising (is a term that was coined by the theorist Piaget and defined the ability to instantaneously recognise the number of objects in a small group without the need to count them).

We have had a focus on on pattern making as well as 2D shapes and 3D shapes.

We have been practising the days of the week daily and have introduced months of the year, different times of the day and seasons.

Here is a lovely song about seasons. We have reinforced that Fall is called Autumn in the UK.

 

We have continued with more structured phonics sessions following our Bug Club class lessons we have revised the sounds S,A and T, P, I, N,M, D this week and introduced G,O and C. We have already begun blending the sounds together to make simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words which the children have been reading and writing. 

The children have also begun Guided Reading sessions in groups. We Looked at the Oxford Reading Tree book, ‘The Good Trick’. We talked about the  the characters Dad, Mum, Biff, Chip and Kipper. We also practised the tricky word ‘a’ and the high frequency word ‘big.’ We discussed how the characters felt, what they were thinking and found sounds that we have learnt within the text. The children also practised blending the CVC word ‘rug’. We then went on to discuss if they had even seen a show and what they liked about it.

In Literacy we have been practising and rehearsing our script for the story ‘Shoe Baby’ by Joyce Dunbar.We have done this by using Talk4Writing actions and repetitive phrases. This week the children completed their first piece of writing about the text. They used the learnt phonics sounds, m,a,p,n and d to write the phrase Mama and Papa which appears in the ‘Shoe Baby’ story. We were extremely impressed by the children’s enthusiasm to write and many of them have chosen to write independently. 

Reminders –

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for dried and tinned foods for the Harvest collection.

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

Look out for your Tapestry Learning Journal activation email – many parents have activated their accounts already – thank you.

Have a lovely half-term and we’ll see you again on Monday 29th October. 

 

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy.

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe

P.E. Introducing Ball Skills

Careful Counting to 10

 

Rhyming and and recognising initial sounds of objects

 

 

Writing independently

 

 

Firemen came to school and we went to say “Hello!”

 

‘Show and Tell’ a creative way to identify parts of my face

 

 

 

Fun with magnets

 

 

Week beginning 08.10.18

In R.E. the children retold the story of Creation in their own words. We were very impressed by how much they had remembered.

During CLIC (mental Maths sessions) we have been counting to 20, recognising numbers, ordering numbers and counting amounts to 10. We introduced the children to a number line and counted along and back, we also took away numbers and asked the children to identify missing numbers. We have also been practising a doubles song and doubles rap.

We have continued subitising (is a term that was coined by the theorist Piaget and defined the ability to instantaneously recognise the number of objects in a small group without the need to count them).

We have had a focus on 2D shapes and have also introduced 3D shapes.

Here is the doubles rap and one of the songs.

https://youtu.be/0VLxWIHRD4E

 

We have begun more structured phonics sessions following our Bug Club class lessons we have revised the sounds S,A and T, P, I, N this week and introduced M and D. We have already begun blending the sounds together to make simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words which the children have been reading and writing. 

The children have also begun Guided Reading sessions in groups. We Looked at the Oxford Reading Tree book, ‘The Pancake’. We introduced  the characters Dad, Mum, Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy. We also practised the tricky word ‘The.’ We discussed how the characters felt, what they were thinking and found sounds that we have learnt within the text. The children also practised blending the CVC word ‘Pan’. We then went on to discuss what what our favourite pancake toppings.

In Literacy we have been practising and rehearsing our script for the story ‘Shoe Baby’ by Joyce Dunbar.We have done this by using Talk4Writing actions and repetitive phrases. We were fortunate to share this with parents and carers who joined us for ‘Sharing Time’ this Thursday. We hope you enjoyed it!

Image result for shoe baby

Phonics Fun!

Show and Tell

Exploring shape

 

Counting

Writing

 

Creation – ordering the story

 

 

Team work

Reminders –

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for dried and tinned foods for the Harvest collection.

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

Look out for your Tapestry Learning Journal activation email next week.

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy.

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

Week beginning 01.10.18

 

In R.E. during our class liturgy the children once again impressed us by their attention, good listening and respect throughout. We reflected on how it feels to be alone and in the dark and the children recalled some instances when they had experienced this. They gave examples of waking up in the night and feeling scared. We then introduced the belief that ‘Jesus is the Light if the world’ and he is there for us always even when we might be feeling scared, lost or alone. We said the prayer,

“Your words are like a light. They show us what to do.”

I asked the children Who they thought this prayer was about and Whose words it was referring to. It was wonderful to see that they had thought is was God and Jesus.

 

During CLIC (mental Maths sessions) we have been counting to 20, recognising numbers, ordering numbers and counting amounts to 10. We introduced the children to a number line and counted along and back, we also took away numbers and asked the children to identify missing numbers. We have also been practising a doubles song and doubles rap.

We have continued subitising (is a term that was coined by the theorist Piaget and defined the ability to instantaneously recognise the number of objects in a small group without the need to count them).

We have had a focus on 2D shapes.

Here is the doubles rap and one of the songs.

https://youtu.be/Ik_-OAgzD-8

We have begun more structured phonics sessions following our Bug Club class lessons we have revised the sounds S,A and T this week and introduced P, I and N. We have already begun blending the sounds together to make simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words which the children have been reading and writing. 

In Literacy we have been practising and rehearsing our script for the story ‘Shoe Baby’ by Joyce Dunbar.We have done this by using Talk4Writing actions and repetitive phrases. We were fortunate to share this with Father Patrick and Mrs Cosgrove who visited our class this week. I think they really enjoyed it and were pretty impressed.

 

Image result for shoe baby

Moving and changing direction in P.E.

 

Number and shape work.

 

Taking turns

 

A popular ‘show and tell’ – my favourite thing

Reminders –

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for dried and tinned foods for the Harvest collection.

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy.

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

Week beginning 24.09.18

In R.E. we have continued with the topic  of ‘Creation.’ This week the children got to perform their creation song for some of the parents that joined us for ‘Sharing Time’ on Thursday afternoon and the parents even joined in with us which was wonderful. The children are also learning the daily prayers off by heart. During our class liturgy the children reflected on what meant the most to them, it was so pleasing to hear how most of them talked about their friends and family. The children have also been taking part in small group activities putting the 7 days of creation in order.

The children attended their first whole school assembly this week when they watched their  Year 6 buddies present their class assembly on the topic of ‘Harvest.’ The Reception children were  impeccably behaved and this was noticed and commented on by many of the staff present – Well Done!

We are continuing with CLIC (mental Maths sessions) where we are counting to 20, recognising numbers, ordering numbers and counting amounts to 10. We have also been subitising (is a term that was coined by the theorist Piaget and defined the ability to instantaneously recognise the number of objects in a small group without the need to count them). 

We have begun more structured phonics sessions following our Bug Club class lessons we have introduced the sounds S,A and T this week.

This link will help you and your child practise the skill of subitising.

The children enjoyed a walk of exploration when we looked for signs of Autumn. The children used the IPad to take photos here are some of them.

Maths – counting, shapes, length, patterns and capacity.

Phonics and writing.

 

Play and creativity.

Items of interest to talk about.

 

Year 6 assembly – our bubbies!

Critical thinking – a solution to sharing.

 

Reminders –

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

Request for dried and tinned foods for the Harvest collection.

Request for junk modelling items – cardboard, boxes, tubes, softer plastic items.

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy.

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

Week beginning 17.09.18

In R.E. we have continued with the topic  of ‘Creation.’ The children have continued to practise a song about the creation story, many of them are now becoming confident to join in with the words and most of the actions. The children are also learning the daily prayers off by heart. During our class liturgy the children reflected on the gifts that God gave us during creation, they recalled the story extremely well.

We are continuing with CLIC (mental maths sessions) and phonics sessions, both of which have concentrated on learning through songs and actions.

Here are a couple of the songs which we use in class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlXnXf6FSq8

 

 

In P.E. the children have been learning skills on different ways of moving and travelling through lots of games. They have had their first session with coach Meakin who was impressed with their listening and commitment to trying their best. Mrs B also popped in to observe a session and she was equally impressed. Well Done!

 

Reminders –

Please can I ask parents to remember that the school has a Nut Free policy. 

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy.

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily and that they are blue or black in colour. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children to enjoy water and messy play.

Water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

 

Number work

Patterns and shapes

Dressing up and role play

 

Writing and recognising sounds

Week beginning 10.09.18

Welcome to Reception class page 2018-2019!

We are amazed at how quickly the children have settled. They have already learnt many of the classroom rountines and have got used to the Reception environment as well as some parts of the whole school. They have met their year 6 buddies who are currently helping them daily at lunch times.

The children have been learning through play which is encouraged at this stage of their education, they have also taken part in carpet ‘together times.’ We have had daily prayers together, introduced our R.E. topic on creation beginning to learn a song about the creation song with actions. We also had our first class liturgy where we joined together in prayer and reflection. We talked a little about God’s family and how the Bible is a book from God and contains stories to help us learn how to be good and follow in Jesus’ footsteps. A big question was asked by one of the children which was, ‘Why did Jesus die?’ this just goes to show how deeply children think and is just one of the reasons that Jesus Himself believed we should be as little children, it is also one the reasons the Reception team treasure the moments we share with your children! 

We have had the first CLIC (mental maths sessions) and phonics sessions both of which have concentrated on learning through songs and actions.

Here are a couple of the songs which we use in class.

 

 

 

Reminders –

 

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It is important that the children take pride in their school  – one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform and that it is all present and matches the school uniform policy.

P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday for this term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Tuesday and Thursday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play. Could we also make a request that waterproof aprons are brought into school to enable the children enjoy water and messy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

Here are some photos from our first week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 June 2018

This week in Reception …

a small group of children explained how and why they celebrated Eid last Friday.

The children have made and decorated their own baptismal candle.

They have also used adjectives to describe fruit and vegetables and have been investigating shape, exploring the different shapes that are all around us.

The features of non-fiction books and how to tell the difference between fiction and non-fiction have been a focus.

The children have also loved looking at foods from different countries, investigating how rice and pasta change when they are cooked.

 

13 June 2018

This week in Reception, we have been writing a recount of Handa’s Surprise and have investigated different fruit and vegetables.  Perry Walker – a local author – has visited the class to read us her new book, ‘My Amazing Mummy’!  The children really enjoyed the story and asked lots of questions about underwater life.

 

We can Explore it – Around the World

 

 

 

Reception Curriculum map Summer 2

 

High Frequency words to practise at home this term 

went It’s from children just help said have like so do some come were there little one when out what

Recommended Reading List

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar compiled by John Foster

Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage

Tinga Tales by Tiger Aspect

Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French

 

Week Beginning 25.06.2018

So this week the children have continued to enjoy the topic of We can Explore it – Around the World. We have been discussing the World cup and talking about all the different countries involved. The children have really liked designing their own football shirts and role playing in our class Travel Agency. 

In R.E. this week the children took part in the class liturgy which focussed on the reading from the Bible Matthew 7:12  “Do for others what you want them to do for you: this is the meaning of the Law of Moses and of the teachings of the prophets.” We discussed what this meant and the children all made an individual promise of what they would do to treat others better. 

In Literacy we have been sharing the story of The Tiger Child which is set in India. It is a traditional folk tale which explains how cats became domesticated.It revolves around a tiger who desired to have fire to cook his food and sends his nephew to get it for him from the village nearby. However, since the tiger cub is young and small the villagers warm to him and the cub forgets the real reason for being there. They have really enjoyed rehearsing the story during the Talk for Writing sessions, as well as producing some super artwork, masks and puppets. We have also been amazed at the quality of independent writing the children are producing which has contained  both narrative features and key phrases from the text. Some Children have written four pages!

In Phonics some children have been consolidating their phase 3 phonics sounds whilst others have begun working on phase 4. In Phase 4 children are not taught any new phonemes or graphemes. Instead, they are taught to further manipulate the phonemes and graphemes they have already learnt. Many of the words children explored in Phase 2 and 3 were monosyllabic (words of one syllable). In Phase 4 children explore more polysyllabic words (words containing more than one syllable). Many of the words in Phase 2 and 3 required children to blend approximately three sounds together in order to read them. Phase 4 requires children to blend an increasing number of sounds together in order to read. We have practised reading and writing words such as – quilt, soft, next, camp, belt, went, just, help, blot, clap, crab, stem, plan, sleep, from, crop. 

Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm
Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily.

In Maths we have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-100 and reading 100s numbers. We have continued counting to 100 in 1s and in 10s. We have been practising 1 more and 1 less as a mental Maths challenge and some children were able to tell me 2 more and 2 less. We have revisited  number bonds to 10,doubles to 20 and halve its as an inverse. The  children have also been practising the concept of ‘it’s nothing new’ where if they know that double 2 is 4 then double 20 is 40, double 3 is 6 so double 30 is 60 and so on. We have had a focus on pattern and shape this week.
The children have especially enjoyed another new song which helps them remember their numbers to 100 with movement! You may like to access it at home so here is a link.

 

In P.E.the children have been practising skills in athletics as well as other multi-skill activities which will be the make up of the Sports day scheduled for Tuesday 3rd July. Please can you ensure that your child’s P.E. kit is at school and could you also ensure it is all present and correct. Please note tracksuit bottoms should be replaced by shorts since it is now Summer. It would be great to see all the children looking smart for Sports day and following the school uniform policy.

 

REMINDERS

Sports day Tuesday 3rd of July at 9:30am – please can the children wear uniform blue shorts and a tee-shirt of their house colour. (The colour of their plastic reading folder). ensure they have a water bottle in school and that suncream is applied at home prior to coming to school.

Transition morning Thursday 5th July – your children will spend the morning in Year 1. 

Bring in food from around the world Thursday 5th July from 2:40pm.

Pirate week from the 16th July – get your costumes ready!

 

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc.

Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words for this term with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform. Now that is summer term the children can now wear summer uniform – please see the school’s uniform policy.
P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for this term and the children will be taught athletics and multi-skills.
As the weather is now changeable could we also ask that coats are still brought into school but they are lighter and if the weather does look like it will be warm please provide a hat and apply suncream prior to arriving at school.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.
Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.
– Thank you.
The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

Activity in R.E. where the children thought about what it’s like when there is no light, but we know that Jesus is the light to show us the way.

 

 

 

Finding 3D shapes

 

 

 

 

We found a snail

 

 

 

 

Phonics fun

 

 

We made plans of Reception play areas.

Sorting animals and helping tidy in the process!

 

Super Maths – I can show what one more means

 

 

Number sentences

 

 

Independent writing – retelling the story of Handa’s Surprise

Week Beginning 05.06.2018

 

First of all we would like to welcome all the children back from their half term break which we hope was relaxing. As you aware this is the children’s final term in Reception class which brings mixed emotions of sadness when we handover your children to Year 1 but also happiness when we look back on all the progress they have achieved. We hope the children are all refreshed and ready to work hard as well as have fun for the next seven weeks.

Here are some photographs from the end of last term which we were unable to post due to a technical problem.

 

Planting seeds in our vegetable patch.

Learning how to make Leek and Potato soup with the leeks we harvested from our vegetable patch. the children enjoyed tasting the soup and lots of them even came back for seconds!

Thank you for joining us for our family sharing breakfast.

The children using their wonderful teamwork and imaginations to act out the Enormous Turnip together!

So this week the children have been enjoying the new topic of We can Explore it – Around the World. We have been sharing lots of non-fiction books about different countries and the children have been either customers booking their holidays or  customer sales people working in our class Travel Agency. 

 

In R.E. we have had an introduction to the topic of Baptism. The children watched an educational clip about how Baptism is performed within the Catholic church, we then discussed what had taken place before holding our very own class Baptism. The children acted out the ceremony perfectly and then wrote up recounts on what had happened in their R.E. books. 

In Literacy we have been sharing the story of Handa’s Surprise which is set in Kenya. It is about a little girl wanting to surprise her friend who lives in the next village.It contains animals and fruit from that region as well a a twist at the end of the story -get the children to tell you all about it. They have really enjoyed rehearsing the story during the Talk for Writing sessions, as well as producing some super artwork, masks and puppets. We have also been amazed at the quality of independent writing the children are producing which has contained  both narrative features and key phrases from the text.

In Phonics some children have been consolidating their phase 3 phonics sounds whilst others have begun working on phase 4. In Phase 4 children are not taught any new phonemes or graphemes. Instead, they are taught to further manipulate the phonemes and graphemes they have already learnt. Many of the words children explored in Phase 2 and 3 were monosyllabic (words of one syllable). In Phase 4 children explore more polysyllabic words (words containing more than one syllable). Many of the words in Phase 2 and 3 required children to blend approximately three sounds together in order to read them. Phase 4 requires children to blend an increasing number of sounds together in order to read. 

 

Phase 4 Teaching Overview

In Phase 4 words are often referred to in relation to how many vowels and consonants they contain.

CVC Words

The word ‘cod‘ is a CVC word (consonant / vowel / consonant). Other CVC words include: sad, net & him.

CCVC Words

The word ‘crab‘ is a CCVC word (consonant / consonant / vowel / consonant). Other CCVC words include: trim, flat & step.

CVCC Words

The word ‘help‘ is a CVCC word (consonant / vowel / consonant / consonant). Other CVCC words include: fist, mend and test.

 

As children progress through Phase 4 they become more confident and skilled in reading and spelling words with a greater number of letters and graphemes.

Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm
Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily.

In Maths we have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20 and 1-100. We have continued counting to 100 in 1s and in 10s in addition we have begun to count in 2s up to 20 and looked at the difference between odd and even numbers. We have revisited  number bonds to 10,doubles to 20 and halve its as an inverse. The  children have also been practising the concept of ‘it’s nothing new’ where if they know that double 2 is 4 then double 20 is 40, double 3 is 6 so double 30 is 60 and so on. We have had a focus on repeating patterns this week.
The children have especially enjoyed another new song which helps them remember their numbers to 100 with movement! You may like to access it at home so here is a link.

In P.E.the children have been practising skills in athletics as well as other multi-skill activities which will be the make up of the Sports day scheduled for Tuesday 3rd July (back  up 9th July). Please can you ensure that your child’s P.E. kit is at school and could you also ensure it is all present and correct. Please note tracksuit bottoms should be replaced by shorts since it is now Summer. It would be great to see all the children looking smart for Sports day and following the school uniform policy.

 

 

REMINDERS

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc.

Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words for this term with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform. Now that is summer term the children can now wear summer uniform – please see the school’s uniform policy.
P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for this term and the children will be taught athletics and multi-skills.
As the weather is now changeable could we also ask that coats are still brought into school but they are lighter and if the weather does look like it will be warm please provide a hat and apply suncream prior to arriving at school.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.
Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.
– Thank you.
The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

Junk modelling – rockets and doughnuts.

 

 

We can work together to solve a complicated Jigsaw puzzle.

 

 

 

We are taking food orders for our cafe.

 Are Eggs Alive?

Reception Curriculum map Summer 1

 

High Frequency words to practise at home this term.

will  that  this  then  them  with  see  for  now  down  too  you  have  like  so  do  some  come  were  there  little  one  when  out  what

 

Recommended Reading List

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar compiled by John Foster

Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage

Tinga Tales by Tiger Aspect

Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French

Week Beginning 15.05.18

During our class liturgy the children listened to a reading from John 17:11-19 when Jesus prayed to his Father and asked Him to protect them against evil. Jesus said that God’s word was truth, Bless them with truth. I explained that Jesus wanted God to bless his friends so they could follow His ways. We are followers of God today and we can follow Jesus. I asked the children to think of a time when they chose to help someone and share what they did and how it made them feel. Several children were given the opportunity to respond and as always their responses were carefully thought out. The children showed understanding as well as a realisation that doing good things is the way to the truth Jesus was talking about.

In Literacy the children have been introduced to the tale of The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy. We have rehearsed the story and the children have had the opportunity to act out the story too.We have also been reading from the Bible and watching a simple cartoon depicting the Pentecostal story. The children were then modelled to, on how to sequence the story before doing so themselves in their R.E. books where they all wrote sentences to describe what was happening. The Reception team are very proud of the the super writing that the children produced.

Following the theme of Pentecost the children have created some beautifully colourful flames and we have started work on a dance which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit. We had a lot of fun practising our moves and swirls and experimented using Pentecostal coloured  pieces of fabric to wave and sway.

In Phonics the children have been revising their phase 3 phonics sounds to ensure that they are confident after a two week break. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple words. Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm
Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily.

In Maths we have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20. As well as beginning to look at recognising all our numbers to 100. We have continued counting to 100 in 1s and in 10s. The children have also practised their ‘Learn its’ number sentences 2+1=3 1+2=3 2+3=5 3+2=5 and we have also continued learning number bonds to 10. The  children have also been practising the concept of ‘it’s nothing new’ where if they know that double 2 is 4 then double 20 is 40, double 3 is 6 so double 30 is 60 and so on. We have had a real focus this week on all things related to shape and measure. the children have taken part in activities relating to money, time, weight and measuring length.
The children have especially enjoyed another new song which helps them remember their numbers to 100 with movement! You may like to access it at home so here is a link.

In P.E. this week the children have continued to enjoy learning some tennis skills. They learnt how to control the ball using small racquets by hitting and stopping the ball as it rolls along the ground. They then progressed to moving from the ready position to stepping sideways on to hit the ball along the ground and return it to their partner without stopping the ball first.

 

REMINDERS-

Wednesday 23rd   – Stay and Play 8:40-9am

Wonderful work and Let’s share breakfast together – bring in breakfast to have with your child in class.

Please can we ask that the children bring their P.E. kits into school if they have not done so already and that it is all intact and labelled correctly.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays
Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc.

Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words for this term with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform. Now that is summer term the children can now wear summer uniform – please see the school’s uniform policy.
P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for this term and the children will be taught cricket and tennis skills.
As the weather is now changeable could we also ask that coats are still brought into school but they are lighter and if the weather does look like it will be warm please provide a hat and apply suncream prior to arriving at school.

 

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform. Now that is summer term the children can now wear summer uniform – please see the school’s uniform policy.
P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for this term and the children will be taught cricket and tennis skills.
As the weather is now changeable could we also ask that coats are still brought into school but they are lighter and if the weather does look like it will be warm please provide a hat and apply suncream prior to arriving at school.
Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.
Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.
– Thank you.
The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

We can tell O’clock times

Comparing and measuring length

 

How far will my car go? Talking about distance.

Comparing the weight of real fruit and vegetables

 

 

 I can name 3D shapes

 

 

 

Money talks!

 

 

 

 

Pentecost flame

 

 

I found a feather – what bird could it be from?

 

Taking turns and understanding the rules of a game

 

 

Week Beginning 08.05.18

During our class liturgy the children listened to a reading from John 16:12-15 when Jesus told his friends that He still had a lot to tell them but they would still not understand. I explained that Jesus is telling his friends that he was going away to heaven but to help his friends understand things in the future he would ask God to send the Holy Spirit to help them. I also explained it was a mixed time of sadness and happiness for the disciples as Jesus was going away but sending a new friend to help us. I then asked the children to think of a time when they were happy but then became a bit sad because they had to leave.

Several children were given the opportunity to respond and we impressed by how they had really listened to the question that I posed and related it their own lives. Well done!

We are very proud of the children’s behaviour both during class worship and our visits to St Anne’s church. We attended St Anne’s on Thursday to celebrate The Feast of the Ascension and once again the children did not let us down.

In Literacy we continued to share the story Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French. We practised sequencing the story and followed our class story map. Over the past week the children have all written a diary based on the events which happened each day in the story. Every child has produced a diary and it is extremely pleasing to see how much all of their writing has improved.

In Phonics the children have been revising their phase 3 phonics sounds to ensure that they are confident after a two week break. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple words. Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm
Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily.

In Maths we have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20. As well as beginning to look at recognising all our numbers to 100. We have continued counting to 100 in 1s and in 10s. The children have also practised their ‘Learn its’ number sentences 2+1=3 1+2=3 2+3=5 3+2=5 and we have also continued learning number bonds to 10. The  children have also been practising the concept of ‘it’s nothing new’ where if they know that double 2 is 4 then double 20 is 40, double 3 is 6 so double 30 is 60 and so on. We have had a focus this week on comparing weight and revisited coin recognition.
The children have especially enjoyed this new song which helps them remember their numbers to 100 with exercise! You may like to access it at home so here is a link.

 

In P.E. this week the children enjoying learning some tennis skills. They learnt how to control the ball using small racquets by hitting and stopping the ball as it rolls along the ground.

REMINDERS-
Please can we ask that the children bring their P.E. kits into school if they have not done so already and that it is all intact and labelled correctly.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays
Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc.

Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words for this term with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform. Now that is summer term the children can now wear summer uniform – please see the school’s uniform policy.
P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for this term and the children will be taught cricket and tennis skills.
As the weather is now changeable could we also ask that coats are still brought into school but they are lighter and if the weather does look like it will be warm please provide a hat and apply suncream prior to arriving at school.
Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.
Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.
– Thank you.
The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

Jesus loves me!

Number bonds to 10

 

Independent writing

 

Shopping and understanding money

 

Super reader!

Week Beginning 30.04.18

During our class liturgy the children listened to a reading from John 15:1 when Jesus described Himself to his friends as being the True Vine. He said that we are all branches connected to Him and we produce fruit. We talked about the fruit being the energy that Jesus has given us to enable us to be good at certain things. The children then thought about something that they had done recently that they were proud of and some children had the opportunity to share their ideas. Once again the children came up with some beautiful responses.

In Literacy we continued to share the story Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French. We practised sequencing the story and made a class story map. We discussed that since the story is set over a period of a week and there is a description of what happens to Oliver each day, then it is like a diary. There was a class discussion where the children recalled which vegetables Oliver tried each day. The children continued to play in the class vegetable shop. The children have enjoyed writing their own version of Oliver’s vegetables this week in the form of a diary.

In Phonics the children have been revising their phase 3 phonics sounds to ensure that they are confident after a two week break. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple words. Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm

Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and  remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20.  As well as beginning to look at recognising all our numbers to 100.  We have continued counting to 100 in 1s and in 10s. The children have also practised their ‘Learn its’ number sentences 2+1=3 1+2=3 2+3=5 3+2=5 and we have also continued learning number bonds to 10. We have had a focus this week on comparing weight and revisited coin recognition.

The children have especially enjoyed this new song which helps them remember their number bonds to 10 , you may like to access it at home so here is a link.

In P.E. the children have continued learning cricket skills with coach Meakin. They enjoyed overarm throwing and aiming at the wicket this week.

 

REMINDERS-

Please can we ask that the children bring their P.E. kits into school if they have not done so already and that it is all intact and labelled correctly.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc.

Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words for this term with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform. Now that is summer term the children can now wear summer uniform – please see the school’s uniform policy.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for this term and the children will be taught cricket skills.

As the weather is now changeable could we also ask that coats are still brought into school but they are lighter and if the weather does look like it will be warm please provide a hat and apply suncream prior to arriving at school.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

Number bonds to 10

 

 

 

Weighing and money in our class vegetable shop

 

 

 

 

We have noticed that the weather is changing and butterflies have appeared!

 

I know that £1 is 100 pennies so £2 is 200 pennies!

 

I made a flag of love!

 

 

I say my prayers beautifully

 

 

 

Super carpet Maths –  I can count to 100 and know my number bonds to 10.

 

We can read and apply our phonics.

Fun counting outside.

 

 

 

Week Beginning 23.04.18

During our class liturgy the children listened to a reading from John 8:12 when Jesus told his friends that He was the light of the world. I explained that Jesus is there for us in times of trouble. I then asked the children to think of a time when they felt worried, alone or confused and who it was that helped them. I explained that sometimes when people help you they are like your light. The children amazed us with their well thought out reflective responses.

In Literacy the children were introduced to the story of Saint George and the dragon. They enjoyed designing their own dragons and writing sentences about them, making England flags and even writing their own versions of the George and the dragon story in their independent writing.

We also shared the story Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French. We practised sequencing the story and made a class story map. We discussed that since the story is set over a period of a week and there is a description of what happens to Oliver each day, then it is like a diary. There was a class discussion where the children recalled which vegetables Oliver tried each day. The children continued to play in the class vegetable shop and practised their writing by producing their own shopping lists.

In Phonics the children have been revising their phase 3 phonics sounds to ensure that they are confident after a two week break. We have continued ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words.The children have also been using small whiteboards to write simple words. Phonics Play is a great website to support the children’s phonics. Here is the link.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm

Please continue reading the books we send home twice a week and  remember to sign the reading record books so we can change your child’s book promptly. Please send your child’s reading books and folders in daily.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-20.  As well as beginning to look at recognising all our numbers to 100.  We have continued counting to 100 in 1s and in 10s. The children have also practised their ‘Learn its’ number sentences 2+1=3 1+2=3 2+3=5 3+2=5 and we have also continued learning number bonds to 10. We have had a focus this week on comparing weight and practised using the correct language – light, heavy, lighter, heavier, lightest and heaviest.

The children have especially enjoyed this new rhyme which helps them remember their number bonds to 10 , you may like to access it at home so here is a link.

In P.E. the children have begun learning cricket skills with coach Meakin. They enjoyed throwing and catching games this week.

We had a special visit this week from Safa’s mum who came in to talk to us about the important time in the Muslim religious calendar called Ramadan. She explained about the period of fasting, Ramadan being a time to reflect and repent as well as a time to help those less fortunate. The children also had the opportunity to ask questions and try some delicious dates.

The Reception team would like to thank Safa’s mum for her time and for giving us a informative and interesting talk – Thank you!

 

 

 

REMINDERS-

Please can we ask that the children bring their P.E. kits into school if they have not done so already and that it is all intact and labelled correctly.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

Please remember to log into Bug Club to read with your children. This will be a great way to support their learning and apply the phonics sounds they are taught. The children that are using it already are making noticeable progression in their reading skills. Any problems with logging in please see me. Also please remember to send the children’s reading books in every day and ensure they are kept in the house coloured plastic wallets to protect the books from any spillages etc.

Please sign the orange reading record books to ensure we know the books need changing and practise the tricky words for this term with your children.

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform. Now that is summer term the children can now wear summer uniform – please see the school’s uniform policy.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for this term and the children will be taught cricket skills.

As the weather is now changeable could we also ask that coats are still brought into school but they are lighter and if the weather does look like it will be warm please provide a hat and apply suncream prior to arriving at school.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

Farm Trip part 2