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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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Week Ending 11th December 2020

Maths

This week we have been learning about addition and subtraction using money. We have been going to the ‘toy shop’ to buy some new dinosaurs for our classroom. We have practised adding up coins of different amounts and added up amounts we have spent and worked out how much money we have left. We have started to deepen our understanding by solving puzzles such as those shown above. This involves the children demonstrating their understanding of numbers and money and applying it to different types of questions.  

English

This week we have continued to learn about dinosaurs. We started the week learning about palaeontology and how we know that dinosaurs lived on the earth. We have even become palaeontologists ourselves by excavating bones from the sand pit! We moved on to reading some more great stories about dinosaurs and exploring comprehension skills such as retrieval (Can you recall a simple piece of information from a text?), inference (How do you think a character is feeling? How do you know?) and prediction ( What do you think will happen next?) We have labelled parts of dinosaurs and looked at describing a fictional dinosaur in sentences. We tried to use ‘and’ in our sentences.

R.E. and PSHE

In RE we read another version of the Nativity Story. We discussed how Jesus did not get any ‘baby presents’ and thought about what we would give him and  drew pictures to make Him a present.

In PSHE we have thought about how we can stand up for ourselves. We learned to say ‘Please don’t do that. I don’t like it’ and made it a rule that if someone says that to you – you must stop the behaviour  straight away.

Phonics

In phonics we have continued on Phase Three. We have learned some vowel digraphs: oo, ar, or and ur (digraphs – two letters that work together to make one sound) and revised our Phase Three tricky words: we, me, be, was. We have practised writing our robot arm letters.

Week Ending 4th December 2020

This week we have been learning about subtraction. We started off by telling stories: First there were 3 dinosaurs, then 1 went into the swamp and now there are 2. Then we learned about the whole, part, part model and used this to tell our stories. We have learned that if we are subtracting we have to start with the biggest number. We have used what we have learned to solve different problems: If the whole is 3 dinosaurs and one part is 2, how many dinosaurs are in the other part?

English

This week we have continued to learn about dinosaurs. We have read a non-fiction book and learned about: contents pages, facts, labels and captions – as well as whole lot of information about dinosaurs! We learned SO MANY new words: extinct, evolved, asteroid, carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, predator, prey, defence, adapted, fossil and palaeontologist. WOW! It has been lovely to hear the children using this vocabulary in our discussions. We have written facts about dinosaurs and written a caption for a picture for a non-fiction book.

RE and PSHE

On Monday we celebrated St. Andrew's day. We learned about the life of the patron saint and a little bit about Scotland. Blue team came in clothes in the colour of their team and we made Scottish flags and books about the day.

In RE we read the Nativity Story and discussed how we celebrate our birthdays and how it is very different to Jesus’s birthday. We learned that we celebrate Christmas because it is his birthday.  In PSHE we have thought a bit more about being a good friend and read a story called Starry Eyed Stan.

 

P.E.

In P.E. we got out all the big apparatus and explored travelling, climbing, balancing and jumping! We had a great time and can't wait to do it all again next week.

Phonics

In phonics we have continued on Phase Three. We have learned some vowel digraphs: ai, ee, igh and oa (digraphs – two letters that work together to make one sound) and revised our Phase Two tricky words: into, he, she. We have practised writing our long ladder letters. Sheets are also always on the website. Reception- Reading-Phonics page.

We also had a surprise visitor!

Week Ending 27th November 2020

This week we have been learning about addition and what happens when we add two numbers together. We discovered that you can change the amounts you add together around and it does not change the total. This is called commutativity. We started off by telling stories: First there were 3 dinosaurs, then 3 more came along and now there are 6. Then we learned about the part, part, whole model and used this to tell our stories. We have used what we have learned to solve different problems: If the first part is 3 dinosaurs and the whole is 5, how many more dinosaurs came along?

English

This week we have started a new topic about dinosaurs. We have read Harry and the Dinosaur books and enjoyed all their different adventures. We have written sentences to describe different dinosaurs and we are starting to get much more confident in using our sounds to write our own words. We have drawn our own dinosaur world and are enjoying learning the different names. In one of the stories where they went to the museum – we learned a new word: ‘ancestors’ and what it means.

R.E. and PSHE

In RE we read Jonah and the Whale and learned how Jonah had to pray to God to say sorry. In PSHE we have thought about our houses and how they are the same and different. We drew lovely pictures of our houses and looked at different houses around the world. Erika made a model of her house in the brick area!

Phonics

In phonics we have continued on Phase Three. We have learned sh, ch, th and ng (digraphs – two letters that work together to make one sound) and revised our Phase Two tricky words: I, the, no and go. We have practised writing our long ladder letters. There was a problem with the printer so the sound sheet is coming home today for this week. Sheets are also always on the website. Reception- Reading-Phonics page. Have a lovely weekend.

Week Ending 20th November 2020

This week we have been continuing our learning around more and fewer and looking especially at 1 more than and 1 fewer than. We have used numicon, cubes and even number lines! The children are getting really confident with this now and at making their sentences. Using the vocabulary is a really important part of our learning. E.g. 1 is 1 fewer than 2 and 3 is 1 more than 2.

Anti-Bullying Week

This week has been anti bullying week. We have read lots of stories around this: Odd Dog Out (which is one of my favourite books) which is available on CBEEBIES bedtime stories, Tyrone the Horrible, Murray the Smallest Owl, The Little Hares Play Hop, Skip and Jump and Topsy and Tim Help a Friend. We have learned that it is good to be different and what to do if we think someone is being bullied or we think we are being bullied ourselves. We designed our own Odd Dogs Out and wrote sentences about the different things we like. We have also written sentences about being a good friend. We have come to school with odd socks, crazy hair and crazy ties and had a lot of fun.

R.E. and PSHE

In RE we read Daniel in the Lion’s Den and learned how Daniel asked God for help through prayer and God saved Daniel We have also continued our PSHE work on Celebrating Difference by reading The Hueys and the New Jumper. We designed our own individual jumpers for a Huey.

P.E.

We have looked at different types of balancing we can do using benches and mats. The children were all very creative! 

Phonics

We have continued on Phase Three. We have learned y, z, zz and qu and learned new tricky words: all, are, my and her. Please make sure the stickers are stuck in the sounds and tricky word books and practise these with your children for a few minutes every day. We have also started learning our curly caterpillar cursive letters.

Week Ending Friday 13th November 2020

This week has been more or less week. We have been counting and comparing quantities and making sentences with them. e.g. 5 is more than 3. We learned a new word ‘fewer’ and put this into our sentences as well. The children have all become very good at this although ‘less or fewer than’ took a little bit longer to get to grips with.

Happy Divali!

This week in our English we have been learning about Divali. We have learned all the ways to get ready for the festival and how it is celebrated. We have made our own Rangoli patterns and diva candles and learned the story of Rama and Sita. We have tasted some Indian foods today and made some Divali cards. We also learned a dance for Divali and had a great time!

Remembrance Day

On Wednesday we learned about Remembrance Day and why it is important to have this special day in the year. We made our own poppies and a wreath and said some prayers for all the people who died in the wars. We were very grown up and held a two minute silence at eleven o’clock in class.

We have been learning about prayer this week and all the different ways we can talk to God. We learned we can say thank you (which we do every day before our dinner) and to ask God to look after us and our families (our daily going home prayer). We have also continued our PSHE work on Celebrating Difference by thinking of all the ways our families are different or the same.

Phonics

In phonics we have started Phase Three. We have learned j, v, w and x and learned new tricky words: be, was, you and they. Please make sure the stickers are stuck in the sounds and tricky word books and practise these with your children for a few minutes every day.

Week Ending: Friday 6th November

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely half term holiday. Judging by the Busy Books, there was a lot of fun going on over the week.

This week has been 3D shape week. We have learned about cubes, cuboids, spheres, cones, pyramids, cylinders and triangular prisms. We have learned their names and some of their properties. We have talked about edges and faces and whether they are curved, straight or flat. We have looked at whether they can roll or are good for building. We have found real life examples in our classroom and made models with them. We have become 3D shape experts! I have put an activity on Seesaw for the children to complete at home.

English

This week we have been learning about The Gunpowder Plot and why we have Bonfire Night. We have learned the story and the key facts and also learned about being safe if we go to see fireworks. We have made firework pictures and our very own rockets. New words we learned have included, plot, treason, fact and execute. The children even made their very own firework display outside, using crates to keep everyone back for safety!

R.E.

We have learned about Humility this week, which is our Christian Value this half term. We read the story of The Rainbow Fish. If you would like to read this story it is on you tube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAAjkJRLO34

The fish was not very nice to the other little fish but soon realised it is much nicer and makes you much happier to put others before yourself and to share. We thought about how we could put others first and help them and not to boast about what we are good at and made some Rainbow Fish of our own.

Phonics

In phonics we have reached the end of Phase Two. We have learned l, ss and ll and learned new tricky words: he, she, me and we. Please make sure the stickers are stuck in the sounds and tricky word books and practise these with your children for a few minutes every day. We suggest that you do not always do them in the same order though! We will be checking in with the children next week to see how well they have learned all our sounds and tricky words. Many of the children are getting very good at building words and we have just taken delivery of some lovely new reading books so when the children are ready we can start to send those out!

Week Ending 22nd October 2020

Money Week

This week has been money week. We have explored 1p, 2p and 5p coins. This is a difficult concept for many children as they have one item e.g. a 2p coin that is worth more than one. We encourage them to tap the coin as they count so a 2p would be counted 1, 2. We have made amounts using the coins and counted them in piggy banks and 'bought' items from our 'Snack Shop'. Everyone did really well! Super work Reception! Any practise at home making amounts using these coins would be really helpful.

We have continued our work around our ‘I am Special’ topic this week by placing ourselves into sets based on hair and eye colour.

Skeletons

This week we have read Funny Bones. It is one of my favourite stories and we used it to write speech bubbles for the Big Skeleton. The children have ordered the opening of the story in the house area and assembled a picture of the Big Skeleton from a jumble of bones! The children have really enjoyed the story and it was a great link to our work on learning the names of some of the bones in our bodies. We have learned: skull, spine, collar bone, ribs, pelvis, hip and shin bone. We have also learned the skeleton dance!

To go along with our Harvest and Skeleton work this week and as part of our Halloween Fun Day, we read Pumpkin Soup. We decided to make our own pumpkin soup. We chopped up a pumpkin, made observational drawings of our pumpkin and then had it for snack. Some children loved it – others not so much! We finished off the day with some lovely cakes made by Ellie and her nanny. Thank you Ellie and Nanny!

Phonics

We have got our fourth set of sounds under our belts this week. We have learned b, h, f and ff and learned new tricky words: to, no, go and into. Please make sure the stickers are stuck in the sounds and tricky word books and practise these with your children for a few minutes every day. We suggest that you do not always do them in the same order though to ensure the children are recognising the letters and not just remembering the order.

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