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Week Ending Friday 16th April 2021

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Easter with lots of eggs. It is lovely to hear all about the holidays from the children and the fun they have had.

In maths this week we have been learning about numbers 11- 15. We have ordered them, counted up and back from different numbers within these, We have explored how they can be represented and started to learn about tens and ones (place value). The children have all worked really hard and enjoyed making the numbers and understanding why we use two numerals to represent them. We have used ten frames and cubes (ten sticks and ones) to help.

English

In English this week we have read stories with a mini beast theme. We have learned some new words such as cautious and read about bad tempered ladybirds, helpful ladybirds and GIANT vegetables, caterpillars and slugs! We have written short stories and speech bubbles for characters. The children have really enjoyed the stories and next week we will be investigating and learning all about the different mini beasts around us (and seeing if we can find them!).

RE

We have talked about Trust, our Christian Value for this half term and thought about all the different people we can trust. We also thought about how we can be show we can be trusted.

P.E.

We have started to learn about striking and fielding in our P.E. lessons this week and we used lots of equipment to try out some new skills. We took it in turns to have the bats and to field and we learned how to hold the bats correctly.

Phonics

In phonics we have been working to see how many of our sounds we are confident with and continuing to look at Phase Four where we learn about consonant blends. This week we have looked at bl, cl, nt and nd. The ability to blend consonants really helps with our reading fluency. We have been spelling Phase Three tricky words and practising our robot arm letters.

Week Ending 26th March 2021

We have all been back at home for our learning this week and have still managed to learn lots of new things! I am so very proud of all the children.

In maths we have been investigating time. We have ordered events in a day, ordered days of the week and learned to tell the o’clock and half past times! I am so impressed with how well everyone got to grips with reading the clocks. We used lots of lovely language when we were talking about time: second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, first, next, then, o’clock, half past, big hand, little hand, hour and minute hands. Some children even managed to squeeze in some games of What’s the Time Mr Wolf!

English

In English this week we have been reading some lovely Easter themed stories and learning about and listening to the actual Easter Story. We have learned the different events of Holy Week and why we have Easter. The children have been busy writing sentences, ordering events and drawing pictures of our favourite parts of the fictional stories we have read. One of my favourites was Here Comes the Easter Cat!

R.E. and PSHE

We have talked about love and how this relates to the Easter Story and how we can show love to those around us. In PSHE we continued our learning around being healthy by looking at different types of foods and why they are all important. We also learned that some foods are better if we only have a little amount of them.

This week the children were asked to get creative and make crosses out of whatever materials they could find in the house or outside. The children have certainly rose to the challenge and made some beautiful pieces of art work! Well done Reception.

Phonics and Reading

In phonics we have continued to look at Phase Four where we learn about consonant blends. This week we have looked at br, cr, fr and gr. The ability to blend consonants really helps with our reading fluency and I have had some lovely videos of fantastic reading this week where the children were using these sounds to decode words brilliantly!  We have been spelling Phase Two tricky words and practising our long ladder letters.

 

Week Ending 19th March 2021

In maths we have been investigating measuring. We have been comparing items for capacity in activities and all around the classroom! We explored the capacity of different containers, estimating and then counting how many cubes would fit in. There was lots of filling and emptying occurring at the water play and then we investigated which of three different containers would make the biggest SPLAT when we emptied them outside. We have used words like: full, empty, half full, more, less, most and least.

English

This week Reception has been continuing to learn about Spring. We have read some more non-fiction texts and went on a Spring Hunt around the outside of school. We took i-pads with us and took photos of everything we saw. When we got back into school, we looked at what we had seen and wrote our very own Spring Lists and thought of our own definitions for Spring words to go into a glossary. This also linked to our R.E. for this week where we will be thinking about Easter and new life.

R.E. and PSHE

We also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by learning about the life of the saint and the country of Ireland. Green team came in in their green clothes!

We finished off the week by learning about why we have Red Nose day.

P.E.

In P.E. we had great fun using our skills with balloons and comparing how the balloons behave very differently to tennis or footballs. We had to work very co-operatively in group games and we had a LOT of fun. Keepy-up challenges were very tricky as we soon learned that if you hit the balloon too hard it just floated off away from us!

Reading and Phonics

In phonics we have been continuing to work with our teachers to see how many of our sounds we are confident with and started to look at Phase Four where we learn about consonant blends. This week we have looked at sk, gl, dr and nd. The ability to blend consonants really helps with our reading fluency. We have been spelling Phase Two tricky words and practising our curly caterpillar letters.

Week Ending 12th March 2021

A very big WELCOME BACK to everyone! It has been so lovely to have a full classroom once again and see everyone. We have missed them also much! We have had a very busy week!

 

In maths we have been investigating measuring. We have been comparing items for length, height and weight in activities and all around the classroom! We learned how to measure items with rulers and made up our own ‘Ruler Rules’ to help us. Ask your child what they are! We compared items using the balance scales to see which was the heaviest and which was the lightest.  We used vocabulary such as heavy, light, the same as, longer than or shorter than to describe what we had found out and learned a little bit about centimetres.

English

This week Reception has been learning about Spring. We have read some non-fiction texts and some stories about Spring signs. We have learned lots of words such as bud, blossom, shoot and talked about the Spring weather! This has not disappointed us this week – we have had sun, rain, gales and it has been warm and cold! The children commented on this as we had learned about it in one of our books! We did lots of reading of sentences and wrote our own Spring facts. 

R.E.

In R.E. we have started to think about Easter and looked at lots of pictures of different things people do at Easter before starting to learn about the Easter story. We talked about what the children do in their lives at Easter and how they celebrate it.

We also learned about a very special day on Sunday and made some special things!

 

P.E.

In P.E. we had great fun putting all our learned skills into practice by designing our own games and obstacle courses using equipment they chose themselves. The children were very imaginative and there were so many different games going on!

Phonics

In phonics we have been working to see how many of our sounds we are confident with and started to look at Phase Four where we learn about consonant blends. This week we have looked at st, pl, fl and tr. The ability to blend consonants really helps with our reading fluency. We have been spelling Phase Two tricky words and practising our curly caterpillar letters – we will be repeating these next week as they are a large group of letters and quite tricky to do.

Week Ending 5th March 2021

In maths we have been very busy revising our 3D shapes. We revised recognising and naming all the 3D shapes: spheres, cubes, cuboids, cones, pyramids and triangular prisms. We sorted them into the right groups and talked about their properties. We used vocabulary such as straight, curved, points, edges and faces. We helped the 3D shape aliens find their shapes on Earth. We explored what they could do and went hunting for real life examples at home and in school.

English

This week to celebrate World Book Day we have been reading stories from Tanzania and learning some facts about the country. We learned that it has a very high mountain called Mount Kilimanjaro and some very big lakes. We learned about the Serengeti reserve and the animals that live there. We counted in Swahili to 10 and learned the names of the animals and how to say hello. We read We’re Going on a Lion Hunt, Handa’s Surprise, We All Went on Safari and Little Hares Play Hop, Skip and Jump – a traditional story from Tanzania and other African countries. We wrote sentences about the stories and facts about Tanzania. We celebrated World Book Day by dressing up either in the colours of the Tanzanian flag (we learned each colour has a meaning) or as our favourite book characters.

We made some fabulous art work with Tanzanian animals and Tanzanian flags and had a great time singing along and dancing to Hakuna Matata!

R.E. and PSHE

In R.E. we have thought learned about Weddings to finish our learning about Special Times before we move onto the next theme of New Life. In PSHE we had a challenge to build our own obstacle courses and see how fast we could complete them. We had a lot of fun in school and learning at home.

Phonics and Reading

In phonics we have revised all our Phase Three Set phonemes and graphemes. We have been reading real and alien words containing those sounds. We have been practising spelling our Phase Two tricky words.

Week Ending 26th February 2021

In maths we have been very busy revising our 2D shapes. We revised recognising and naming all the 2D shapes: circles, squares, oblongs, triangles, hexagons and pentagons. We sorted them into the right groups and talked about their properties. We used vocabulary such as straight, curved, points and opposite. We helped the super hero shapes from The League of Shapes save the 2D shapes from the Shape Snatcher. We finished the week by exploring patterns using 2D shapes. The children in school and at home made their own patterns using lots of different resources!

English

This week Reception has gone rhyming mad! We read the fantastic series of books that start with Oi Frog! We loved these books and got really good at matching the animals to the things they were allowed to sit on. We laughed a lot when the frog changed the rules and made the cat sit on gnats! We played rhyming tennis and made rhyming strings. We also read My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes and The Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan.

R.E. and PSHE

In R.E. we have thought about our Christian Value for this half term which is Forgiveness. We read a story about forgiveness and talked about what it means. We thought about how we can show forgiveness in our own lives. In PSHE we have started a new theme of Healthy Me. This week we thought about how important exercise is in our lives and how it helps keep our whole bodies and minds fit and well. We thought about our favourite types of exercise and drew a picture about it and wrote a sentence.  

P.E.

In P.E. we continued our work on ball skills and looked at aiming and being accurate with our rolling and finished this week’s lesson by learning curling!

Phonics

In phonics we have revised Phase Three Set 6: oi, ow, air and ear. We have been reading real and alien words containing those sounds. We have been practising spelling our Phase Two tricky words.

Week Ending 12th February 2021

In maths we have been learning about commutativity in addition and in subtraction. We learned that we can swap the two parts around and it does not make a difference to the total. So, 3 + 5 = 8 is the same as 5 + 3 = 8. In subtraction you can take away either of the parts from the whole and you are always left with the same other part. So, 10 – 3 = 7 and 10 – 7 = 3. We wrote out equations for our stories and got really good at playing the ‘Switch it’ game. We also learned to count in mandarin to 10 and ordered Chinese numbers to 10.

 

English

This week we learned about China and Chinese New Year. We learned some facts about the country and how the new year is prepared for and what happens over the celebration. We learned the story of The Great Race and why the years are named after different animals. We finished by learning about oxen as this year is the Year of the Ox.

Chinese New Year Activities

Over the week we made lots of different things to help us celebrate the new year on Friday on our fun day. We made dragon puppets, lanterns, fortune tellers, masks and money envelopes. We had a go at some Chinese calligraphy. We finished on Friday by having our own Chinese banquet and doing our own Dragon Dance in the hall. The children had a great time and learned lots of new skills!

 

Phonics and Reading

In phonics we have revised Phase Three Set 5: oo, ar, or and ur and have been reading real and alien words containing those sounds. We have been practising spelling our Phase Two tricky words.

Week Ending 5th February 2021

In maths we have been very busy revising subtraction and how to use the whole, part, part, model. We also revised how to write out the equations for the calculations we were doing. We then moved onto solving subtraction problems where we had to find the part that was missing. I have been very impressed with how well the children remembered their previous work on subtraction and could apply it to the new numbers!

English

We returned this week to Traditional Tales and read the story of Rumpelstiltskin. We read lots of different versions of the story and compared them for similarities and differences. We also described Rumpelstiltskin and wrote speech bubbles for the different characters in the story. We had some every long discussions about whether the king and Rumpelstiltskin were good or bad characters and even more discussion about how the promise made to Rumpelstiltskin was broken. The children learned the story really well and enjoyed joining in with the stories as the week progressed. We also ordered events in the story and answered true or false questions. Some children even made some fabulous Rumpelstiltskin puppets!

R.E. and PSHE

In R.E. we moved on from Special Places and started to think about Special Times. We learned about Christenings this week. What happens and who is there at the ceremony. Lots of the children were able to share photos from their christenings and they all enjoyed finding out about them.

In PSHE we thought about what achievements we are proud of and drew posters about them to finish off our Dreams and Goals theme for this half term.

P.E.

In P.E. we continued our work on ball skills and learned how to use golf clubs to hit balls at a target. The children really enjoyed this and were very good at using the golf clubs!

Phonics and Reading

In phonics we have revised Phase Three Set 3: ai, ee, igh and oa and have been reading real and alien words containing those sounds. We have been practising spelling our Phase Two tricky words.

Week Ending 29th January 2021

In maths we have been very busy revising addition and how to use the part, part, whole model. We also revised how to write out the equations for the calculations we were doing. We explored a number a day – looking at many different ways we could make it and investigated patterns in the calculations we could do. We then moved onto solving addition problems where we had to find the part that was missing. I have been very impressed with how well the children remembered their previous work on addition and could apply it to the new numbers!

English

After the lovely wintery weather at the weekend we have learned about Winter, finding out some facts and remembering what non-fiction means. We learned some good words such as hibernating and migrating and what they mean. See if your child can remember what they mean and any of the animals that do either of them! We read some lovely winter themed stories about Jack Frost and one of our favourite characters, Percy the Park Keeper. He ended up with a lot of animals in his hut with him! We have drawn pictures of what we think Jack Frost might look like and written sentences to describe him and written winter facts and lists of animals. Everyone has worked very hard and I am very proud of all the children.

R.E. and PSHE

In R.E. we have continued our theme for this half term of Special Places and looked at places of worship. We learned about churches, mosques, synagogues and temples and what we might see inside them. We learned that our school hall is also a church and went to have a look to see what clues we could find. The children drew things they could see in a church and wrote some fabulous labels and we learned some of the different ways people worship.

In PSHE we thought about what we would like to be when we grow up and drew some lovely pictures! There are lots of unusual ambitions in Reception and it was lovely to see what they think they might like to do.

Ice and Snow

We went outside and investigated the ice and some children conducted some icy experiments! Some worked better than others!

P.E.

In P.E. we continued our work on ball skills and looked at aiming and being accurate with our rolling and finished this week’s lesson by playing bowls!

Phonics and Reading

In phonics we have revised Phase Three Set 3: ch, sh, th and ng and been reading real and alien words containing those sounds. We have been practising spelling our Phase Two tricky words.

Week Ending 22nd January 2021

In maths we have been very busy estimating and counting to check. The children found the idea of ‘guessing’ a number a bit strange to start with, as we are always asking them to count carefully, but soon got into the swing of it and got much better with their ‘best guesses’. We then moved onto revising the concepts of more and fewer using numbers up to 10. Great work everyone! We finished the week with some work on 1 more and 1 fewer.

English

We have continued with our Traditional Tales this week by reading lots of different versions of The Three Billy Goats Gruff – one of my favourite traditional tales. We read very traditional versions and then one that was a little different – The Three Billy Goats FLUFF!  We thought about how to describe different characters and sequenced the story so we could tell it to our families. We wrote some sentences in speech bubbles to show what the different characters would be thinking and saying. We then thought about our own different endings to the traditional version and the children’s ideas were amazing! Good imagination Reception!  Lots more lovely photographs of the children’s writing and some lovely drawn pictures to go with them.

Bridge Challenge!

We got creative this week and undertook a challenge. We had to build a bridge that would support the billy goats as they crossed over the river.  The children could use any materials they liked and the bridges have been amazing! Lots of children sent in videos where the children were then re-telling the story with their bridges!  Fabulous Reception!

R.E. and P.S.H.E.

In R.E. we have continued our theme for this half term of Special Places and looked at places of worship. We discussed the places of worship we have been to and the special occasions we attended in them. Thank you for all the lovely photographs and lovely sentences! In PSHE we read the story The Dot. This is a lovely story about a little girl that discovers having a go and making a small start, even if we think we can’t do it, can lead to big things!

P.E.

In P.E. we continued our work on ball skills and looked at aiming and being accurate with our kicking and rolling.

Phonics and Reading

In phonics we have revised Phase Three Set 2: y, z, zz and qu and been reading real and alien words containing those sounds. We have been practising spelling our Phase Two tricky words. Thank you to all the parents who have sent me the lovely videos of the children reading their new online reading books! It has been lovely to see the children using and applying their sounds and tricky words so well!

Week Ending 15th January 2021

In maths we have been learning more about the numbers 6 – 10. We have looked at where they sit in the number order and finding them on vertical and horizontal number lines. We have practised counting amounts in different representations and doing some more subitizing.  We have looked at sections of number lines and practised counting on from the first number to find the missing ones further along and spotted sneaky numbers hiding in the wrong place! There has been some lovely work from home!

English

We continued with our Traditional Tales this week by reading lots of different versions of Little Red Riding Hood. We read very traditional versions and then some that were a little different! We thought about how to describe different characters and sequenced the story so we could tell it to our families. We wrote some sentences to tell the story. Lots more lovely photographs of the children’s writing and some lovely drawn pictures to go with them.

R.E. and PSHE

In R.E. we have started our theme for this half term of Special Places. We looked at how different places can be special to different people and drew pictures and wrote sentences about our own special places. In PSHE we continued learning about Dreams and Goals. We thought about something that we had to really keep trying with before we could do it. We read the story of The Hare and the Tortoise.

Phonics

In phonics we have revised Phase Three Set 1: j, v, w, x and been reading real and alien words containing those sounds. We have been practising spelling our Phase Two tricky words.

Week Ending 9th January 2021

Happy New Year, although it has not turned out to be quite the start to a new term we had hoped for!  I would like to thank all the parents for their understanding and patience while I sorted out all the aspects of the online learning.

Please continue to check the Remote Learning Page on our Class Page on the website and Seesaw for information around the remote learning delivery and expectations.

In maths we have been learning a little bit more about the numbers 6 – 10. We have looked at how they can be represented on ten frames, spot patterns, fingers, tally charts and pictures. We have made groups of these numbers, spotted them in the classroom and been on hunts to find a given number of objects. We have done different numbers of star jumps. If you can count it, we have done so. There has been some lovely work from in class and at home!

English

This half term we are going to learn some Traditional Tales in English. We started this week with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children were very interested to learn that some stories are so old no-one really knows who wrote them and that because of this there are lots and lots of different versions.  We have enjoyed reading different versions and comparing them. We have written sentences to tell parts of the story and also about the characters thoughts and feelings. It is lovely to see the children’s whooshy writing coming along and that they are getting the confidence with their sounds to write their sentences on their own!

R.E. and PSHE

We have learned about compassion this week by reading the Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson, which we really loved and then thought about how we can show compassion ourselves. All the children had lots of good ideas around this and showed they understood it very well. In PSHE our theme for this half term is Dreams and Goals. We started by learning about challenges and how to keep going with things we find difficult. We tried lots of different challenges in class including trying to stand up with a partner without putting your hands on the floor! We also had a go at building a house from cards and towers with spaghetti.

P.E.

In P.E. we learned about rolling, throwing, catching and bouncing balls on the spot and on the move. We had a lot of fun and it certainly fitted in with our challenges theme for this week!

Phonics

This week we have finished off Phase Three sounds by learning er (better Letter) and ure ( Sure it's Pure). We then have been doing a general revision before starting a revision of a sound a day next week. We have been revising our tricky and High Frequency words from Phase Two and Three. 

In handwriting we have been practising our curly caterpillar letters.

 

We have also been outside investigating the ice! We think that has to be very cold for Jack Frost to come out and that sunshine can make it melt!

Week Ending 18th December 2020

Thank you so very much for all your thoughtful gifts and cards. You have been very generous and we feel very lucky indeed.

Maths

We learned words to describe position and direction this week –starting off with finding a naughty elf on our board and describing where he was. We then helped some pirates find their treasure on an interactive game.

English

We have read lots of great Christmas stories this week and sang lotsof Christmas songs.

We made our Christmas cards using stencils and printing techniques before decorating them and made some decorations for our trees at home as well.

We had a very special visitor and a great time at our Christmas party where we danced, played pass the parcel and musical bumps!

Phonics

In phonics we have continued on Phase Three. We have learned some vowel digraphs: ow, oi, air and ear (digraphs – two letters that work together to make one sound) and revised our Phase Three tricky words: you, they, all, are. We have practised writing our zig zag monster letters: v,w,x,z. 

We also didn’t forget about the real meaning of Christmas and drew pictures of all the people who came to the stable to see Baby Jesus.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you all very much for all your hard work this term!

The Christmas Concert

Although this has been a very strange year and we are sadly unable to join together with you for our Christmas Concert we have recorded our songs especially for you! We hope you enjoy them!

Merry Christmas!

With love from,

 Reception.

Five Little Reindeer

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Marching in the Snow

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S..A..N..T..A

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To All of You From All of Us

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