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RECEPTION WEEKLY NEWS SUMMER TERM 2023

Week commencing 17 July

We have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the children this year, and we are pleased with the progress all the children have made. We’re looking forward to hearing how they get on in Year 1.  

The children enjoyed their visit to Year 1 on transition day and they seem excited by the move up. 

Oxford Owl log in details 

Your child came home with their individual log in details for Oxford Owl this week so that you can use it over the summer holidays to practice reading. Miss Parker has sent a detailed letter about it to all parents, so please refer to that for more details.  

Question of the week 

The question of the week is: How do you feel about going into year 1? 

Our key knowledge is:  

  • I know that I will be in Year 1 after the holidays. 

  • I know that it is ok to feel different emotions. 

  • I know that change can make me worried or excited. 

Rhyme of the week 

This week, our rhyme of the week is 'if you’re happy and you know it'.  

We have also been revisiting the feelings song, which we introduced earlier in the year.  

Literacy 

We re-read the colour monster, which we looked at earlier in the year, and discussed the different feelings and emotions the colour monster experienced.  

We introduced the story Ruby’s worry. This story is about a happy girl called Ruby who suddenly gets a Worry. Her Worry gets bigger and bigger until she thinks she will never be happy again… Ask your child to see how it turned out! 

We discussed the vocabulary Explore and Discovered. 

Maths 

We have been using the cuisinaire rods and revisiting composition by looking at which two colours make another colour. The children worked out the number equivalent to the colours and talked about the composition of numbers for the examples they found.  

Thank you for your lovely kind words, card and presents that we have received. We are delighted that so many parents have voiced how pleased they are with the progress their children have made this year. We wish you all a very happy holiday from the reception team.  

Mrs Freer and Mrs Herring


Week Commencing 10 July

We hope the children all enjoyed their visit to their new Year 1 classes. They have been a delight to teach, and we will miss them.  

Mystery visitor 

Thank you to Max’s mum who came in to speak to us about spreading happiness, being grateful, and how they help others feel happy, at her work. The children worked with their talk partners to think of different things that make them happy, and they were challenged to think with their adults at home about 3 things they are grateful for.  

Sports day 

Thank you for coming to support the children on their sports day. It was a shame about the rain, but we hope you enjoyed it and saw some of the skills the children have been working on in PE this year.  

Library books 

We have now collected in all the library books, ready for the holiday, thank you.  

Reading 

Please send in all reading books on Wednesday so that they can be collected. If you have got any old ones at home that you’ve kept by accident, don’t worry, just send them all in. We’ll be glad to get all our stock back ready for the new Reception children.  

Question of the week 

The question of the week is, what do religious believers believe about who created the world?    

Our key knowledge is;  

  • I know Christians believe God created the world. 

  • I know Christians believe that we should look after the world. 

  • I know Muslims believe that Allah created the world and everything in it. 

  • I know Islam teaches that believers need to look after the world and be a Khalifa. 

Rhyme of the week 

This week, our rhyme of the week is Mary Mary Quite Contrary. Link Here 

Literacy 

This week, we have read Wonderful Earth! by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen. This book has helped us to explore creation. We have thought about how our Earth was created and discussed how we can look after our Earth.  

Maths 

  • In Maths this week we have been learning about money, understanding that coins have different values, and that we use money to buy things. The children have been learning to recognise the different coins and ordering them. They have also found amounts by adding together different coins.  

Cooking 

Our final house group made their blueberry and banana muffins this week. 

Mrs Freer and Mrs Herring 

 


Week Commencing 3 July

Library books 

Please can you make sure library books are in the children's book bags on Monday when we will collect them in before the end of term.  

Reading 

Please read with your child for a few minutes each day and record when they have read in their yellow reading logs.  

We are working on reading with fluency so if your child can sound out the word silently in their head or read on sight then this should be encouraged.  

Question of the week 

The question of the week is, 'how were homes different in the past?'    

Our key knowledge is:  

  • I know that all homes are different. 

  • I know that homes have changed over time.  

  • I know that homes did not have electricity in the past.  

  • I know that homes in the past did not have toilets or taps inside. 

Rhyme of the week 

This week, our rhyme of the week is; Little Red Riding Hood Red

Literacy 

We are continuing to learn about traditional tales and this week we are reading, Little Red Riding Hood. 

We talked about the main characters, joined in with familiar phrases and joined in with freeze frames to think about the characters' feelings.  

Some of the vocabulary we learnt included, gulp, pleased, In the past, present, thatched roof 

Maths 

In Maths this week we have been revisiting subtraction. It has been very practical with the children working in pairs to practice subtraction in different contexts. They have been learning that they start with the biggest number and take away a smaller amount, which means that the number they start with gets smaller.  

Cooking 

For the final recipe of the term the children are baking blueberry muffins. This week 2 house groups are cooking to make sure everyone has a chance to bake them before the end of term.  

We look forward to seeing you for our rescheduled sports day on Monday afternoon!  

Mrs Freer and Mrs Herring 


Week Commencing 26 June

Library books 

Due to sports day, we will not be going to the library on Monday, so we will change library books the following week.   

Reading 

Please read with your child for a few minutes each day and record when they have read in their yellow reading logs.  

We are working on reading with fluency so if your child can sound out the word silently in their head or read on sight then this should be encouraged.  

Mystery visitor 

This week we had a visitor from Miller homes who talked to us about health and safety on a building site. He talked to the children about the different items the workers wear to keep safe and the different equipment they used. 

Question of the week 

The question of the week is 'What is the best material to use to build a house?'   

Our key knowledge is:  

  • I know that materials include glass, paper, wood, brick, plastic, metal and textiles.  

  • I know bricks are stronger than twigs and straw to build a house. 

Rhyme of the week 

This week, our rhyme of the week is 'This Is The Way We Lay The Bricks'  

Literacy 

We are continuing to learn about traditional tales and this week we are reading, 'The Three Little Pigs'

We discussed who the characters in the story were, We did some freeze-frames to show how the pigs felt when the wolf blew down the house and how the wolf felt when he blew down the house. We thought about what happened at the beginning and the end of the story and then discussed an alternative ending.   

For our non-fiction book this week we continued to look at the book 'It all Starts with a Seed'. We read the chapter Waiting for the Wind, and we discussed how the wind can help new plants grow. 

Practising writing at home 

This term we are focusing on sentence writing in our small group literacy sessions. It would be great to get your child to practice sentence writing at home too. Can your child write their own story?  

Maths 

In Maths this week we have been reviewing the children’s understanding of numbers to 10 including:  

  • comparing by looking, then by matching 1-to-1 

  • comparing groups of objects that are different sizes/colours/attributes, using the language of comparison 

  • showing (through practical activities) an understanding that numbers can be split into smaller parts 

  • showing (through practical activities) how to recombine parts to make a whole amount 

  • showing that some numbers to 10 can be split into 2 equal parts 

  • knowing that 5 is a key anchor in our number system, from which other numbers may be derived 

  • beginning to generalise about ‘1 more than /1 less than’ within 10 

  • developing a sense of magnitude, e.g. knowing that 8 is a lot more than 2, but 4 is only a little bit more than 2. 

We have also revisited odd and even numbers and the concept of sharing equally.  

Practising maths at home 

Please feel free to practice any of the concepts mentioned above at home. Food is a good resource when thinking about sharing equally. The children soon realise when it’s not fair!  

Watch the Numberblocks episode about odd and even numbers HERE

Cooking 

For the final recipe of the term, the children are baking muffins. A nice, delicious treat for the end of term. They will be measuring out the ingredients and mixing the mixture ready for cooking. Then they will either taste them in class or bring them home.  

Mrs Freer and Mrs Herring 


Week Commencing 19th June 

Water bottles 

Please remember to send in water bottles, full of fresh water, each day in the hot weather.  

Sun hat 

Please send in sun hats for the children to wear when they are out in the sun and please can you apply suntan cream before school. 

Library books 

Please can you make sure they are in their book bags on Monday when we visit the library and change their books.  

Reading 

Please read with your child for a few minutes each day and record when they have read in their yellow reading logs.  

We are working on reading with fluency so if your child can sound out the word silently in their head or read on sight then this should be encouraged.  

Question of the week 

The question of the week is How can materials change? 

Our key knowledge is: 

  • I know materials are the things around us; including wood, glass, metal, paper, plastic, water. 
  • I know that some materials like butter, chocolate and ice can be changed through melting. 
  • I know that some materials like water can be changed through freezing.  
  • I know that some materials like playdough and clay can be changed through forces such as twisting and squeezing. 

Rhyme of the week 

Our rhyme of the week is My Red Hen, link HERE

Literacy 

We are continuing to learn about Traditional tales and this week we are reading The Little Red Hen. We talked about what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story. We read a bread recipe together to support our bread making.    

Our non-fiction book this week is It all starts with a seed. We have read the story of flour and discussed how flour is made, linking it to the story of The Little Red Hen

Practising writing at home 

This term we are focusing on sentence writing in our small group literacy sessions. It would be great to get your child to practice sentence writing at home too. Could they write about the materials that have been used to make their toys?  

Maths 

In Maths this week we have been looking at maps and using positional language, for example, under, over, next to, in-between, behind and in-front etc. 

We have been revisiting automatic recall.  

Can children: 

  • show numbers to 5 (without counting) on their fingers, using both hands or by using the Fingers up, Fingers down method? 

  • show 10 using both hands, and able to describe another way to make 10? (e.g. 6 and 4, or 9 and 1) 

  • show and describe ‘doubles patterns’ on their fingers? 

  • tell you the sum of some doubles within 10? 

  • say (when shown a set of up to 5 objects) how many have subsequently been hidden? 

Practising maths at home 

  • Can you make an obstacle course in the garden, giving instructions about where to go?
  • Practice the automatic recall maths skills as seen above.  

Cooking 

All the children have been involved in making bread this week. They have been helping to measure out the ingredients and kneading the bread. Then they shaped the bread as they chose, and we baked it. Finally, they chose to eat it at school or to take it home. 

Mrs Freer and Mrs Herring 


Week Commencing 12 June

Water bottles 

There seems to be a few children who come to school without their water bottles. Now that the weather is getting hotter, please make sure that your child is bringing their water bottle into school every day with fresh water in it so that they can be drinking throughout the day. Please also make sure that the children have only water in their water bottles instead of juice. This helps them to take care of their teeth and gums.  

Sun hat 

Please send in sun hats for the children to wear when they are out in the sun and please can you apply sun tan cream before school. 

Library books 

Hopefully you’ve noticed that the children now have library books again. Please can you make sure they are in their book bags on Monday when we visit the library and change their books.  

Reading 

Please read with your child for a few minutes each day and record when they have read in their yellow reading logs.  

Please can we have reading logs and reading books in the children’s bags every day as they may be asked to read their reading book to an adult in school? 

Question of the week 

The question of the week is; what does a plant need to grow? 

Our key knowledge is:

  • I know a plant needs water, air, warmth, sunshine and soil to grow.  
  • I know that plants grow more in spring and summer. 
  • I know a plant has roots, a stem and leaves. (We have found out about the different parts of a plant and added some extra vocabulary such as petals and anther.) 

Rhyme of the week 

Our rhyme of the week is; 'And the beanstalk grew' link HERE   

Literacy 

We are continuing to learn about traditional tales and this week we are revisiting Jack and the Beanstalk. We have also been reading the stories: Ben Plants a Butterfly Garden and Sam Plants a Sunflower to spark discussion about planting and growing.  

Day 4 | Ben Plants A Butterfly Garden 

Our non-fiction book this week is : ‘It all starts with a seed’ and we are reading the chapter that explains why greenhouses help the plants to grow.  

Practising writing at home 

This term we are focusing on sentence writing in our small group literacy sessions. It would be great to get your child to practice sentence writing at home too. Could they write about a house or garden plant?   

Maths 

One of the things we have done in Maths this week is introduce a new resource called cuisinaire rods. The children have been making patterns and finding out which 2 colours make another colour. They have also been adding 3 numbers together and recording them in their maths books as number sentences.  

Practising maths at home 

There is an online resource that the children could use at home about interactive cuisinaire rods - https://nrich.maths.org/4348

Cooking 

The final house group are making jam tarts this week and learning to use a pastry cutter.  

Next week as part of our learning about traditional tales we are reading The Little Red Hen, so we are all going to have a go at making bread, to support our learning.  

Mrs Freer and Mrs Herring 


Week commencing 5 June

Mystery visitor 

Thank you to Jack’s mum who came and read Goldilocks and the three bears to the children. They helped her to tell the story by acting out parts of the story.  

Next week’s mystery visitor  

We will be learning about what plants need to grow. If you have an allotment or are growing something in your garden, would you like to come and talk about it to the children? Please contact the school if you would like to volunteer as a mystery visitor.

Water bottles 

Now that the weather is getting hotter, please make sure that your child is bringing their water bottle into school every day with fresh water in it so that they can be drinking throughout the day. Please also make sure that the children have water in their water bottles instead of juice. This helps them to take care of their teeth and gums.  

Library books 

Hopefully you’ve noticed that the children now have library books again! Please can you make sure they are returned in their book bags on Monday, when we will visit the library and change their books. Thank you. 

Reading 

Please can we have a big push on reading with your child for a few minutes each day and record when they have read in their yellow reading logs.  

Please can we have reading logs and reading books in the children’s bags every day? 

Question of the week 

The question of the week is What is a traditional tale?   

  • I know a traditional tale is a made-up story that has been passed down over time.  

  • I know that a traditional tale always has a problem.  

  • I know that Jack and the Beanstalk is a traditional tale. 

Rhyme of the week 

This week, our rhyme of the week is 'And he went higher' Link Here 

Literacy 

This week we have started learning about Traditional Tales. We have started with Jack and the Beanstalk. We learnt about the beginning, middle and the end of the story and about how there can be different variations of the same story.  

Our non-fiction book this week was: ‘It all starts with a seed’.  

Practising writing at home 

This term we are focusing on sentence writing in our small group literacy sessions. It would be great to get your child to practice sentence writing at home too.  

Maths 

This half-term we are going to be consolidating the maths concepts we have learnt.  

There are 2 parts to our learning in maths this week:

  1. We are using the vocabulary more than and few than to compare amounts and amounts that are the same are called equal. 

  1. We are problem-solving in maths.  

For example, Harry has 6 dinosaurs in his bucket. There are now 3 left in the bucket. How many has he lost? We used a number track to count on. We start at 3 and count on 3 more to get back to 6.   

Practising maths at home 

Can you make up your own maths problems to work out? Problem-solving is a way of applying maths the children have learnt. It is advisable to keep the numbers under 10 initially until they are confident and then apply slightly larger numbers.  

Cooking 

The children are continuing to make jam tarts and learning to use a pastry cutter. 

Spanish   

Since Christmas the children have been learning Spanish with Mrs Raynard and Mrs Stenton on a Wednesday afternoon. This half-term they are learning colours and numbers. Last term they learnt how to greet each other including: saying hello, goodbye, what are you called and responding to the greeting.  

Mrs Freer and Mrs Herring 


Week commencing 22 May

Would you like to come in on the 6 June (the first Tuesday back) back as a mystery visitor? Next half-term we are going to be learning about traditional tales. We are looking for a parent volunteer who would like to come and talk to the children about their favourite traditional tale and read the story to them. If you know a bit about the history of the story that would be wonderful. 

Chicks 

It has been exciting looking after our 4 chicks in the classroom. The children have had the opportunity to hold them! It hasn’t just been an interesting experience for our Reception children but other teachers and children from other year groups have also taken an interest in them too.  

Water bottles 

Please make sure that your child is bringing their water bottle into school every day with fresh water in it. The children need to be drinking throughout the day, especially as the weather gets warmer. Please also make sure that the children have water in their water bottles and not juice.  

Reading 

Please can we have a big push on reading with your child for a few minutes each day and record when they have read in their yellow reading logs.  

Please can we have reading logs and reading books in the children’s bags every day

Question of the week 

The question of the week is; Why do we need a map?  

Knowledge sentences  

  • I know that maps are used to show us where to go.  

  • I know that maps show what is around us.  

  • I know that maps can have symbols.  

  • I know that I can give instructions to a Bee Bot to make it move across a map. 

Rhyme of the week 

This week, our rhyme of the week is; Wiggly woo, link HERE

Literacy 

This week we have been looking at the book, Follow that Map. In this book, we helped Max and Ollie to follow maps to find their way through the city, countryside and around the world. We have been looking at how to use a key and then the children have been making their own maps throughout the week.  

Our non-fiction book this week was Using Maps: Where Things Come From

Computing 

Internet safety 

This week we have revisited online safety. We listened to a story about a chicken who gets a bit carried away by buying items online and making online friends. Link here to watch Chicken clicking

Our message from school is that the children should ask an adult before going on the Internet and that adults are there to help them if anything unexpected pops up on the screen.  

Bee Bots 

The children have been having the opportunity to programme a beebot so that it moves across a map.  They have used the instructions; forwards, backwards, left, right (or turn), go and cancel.  

Practising writing at home 

This term we are focusing on sentence writing in our small group literacy sessions. It would be great to get your child to practice sentence writing at home too.  

Maths 

The children have been learning about odd and even numbers. They have been learning that even numbers are flat tops if they are looking at the numicon or that there are pairs, whereas when we look at odd numbers there is one left over that doesn’t have a partner.  

Practising maths at home 

Ask your child to explain which numbers are odd and which are even.  

Cooking 

The next group have been making their jam tarts and learning to use a pastry cutter.  

Mrs Freer and Mrs Herring 


Week Commencing 15 May

Phonics  

Please can you read for a few minutes each day with your child and record when they have read to you in their yellow reading logs.  

Please can we have reading logs and reading books in the children’s bags every day

Library 

Unfortunately, we have not been able to issue library books this week as the library is not ready for books to be taken out. We will start to send library books home again as soon as possible.  

Question of the week 

The question of the week is, What is a life cycle?  

Knowledge sentences  

  • I know all animals have a life cycle.  

  • I know that a life cycle is when an animal is born, grows, has babies and dies.  

  • I know a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.  

  • I know a tadpole turns into a frog. 

 

Rhyme of the week 

This week, our rhyme of the week is; There's a Tiny Caterpillar on a Leaf 

Literacy 

This week we have been looking at the book, Tadpoles Promise by Jeanne Willis

Story Time: TADPOLE'S PROMISE by Jeanne Willis (EYFS, KS1) 

In this story, the tadpole loves his friend the caterpillar. He never wants him to change, but one day, he does. We discussed the character’s feelings and thought about the vocabulary begged, promised and forgive.  

We returned to our non-fiction book this week, Little Kids Book of Animals. We read the section on the Blue Morpho Butterfly

Practice writing at home 

This term we are focusing on sentence writing in our small group literacy sessions. It would be great to get your child to practice sentence writing at home too. You could get them draw and label a life cycle to explain to you.  

Maths 

The children have been introduced to a new maths resource called rekenrek though the NCETM maths scheme.  

The 20-Bead Sensory Rekenrek is an ideal tactile maths teaching resource for counting to 20, learning basic addition and subtraction, and other maths concepts such as subitising.  

The children have also been learning to share equally.  

Practice maths at home 

Ask your child to show you how they can share objects fairly. They could share an amount up to 20, between 2,3,4, or 5.  

Cooking 

The new recipe this week is jam tarts. The children are learning to use a shape cutter.  

Chicks  

Since having the eggs delivered, we have been closely observing the eggs in the incubator and looking for signs of them hatching. On Wednesday, we saw our first chick hatching out of the egg. The children were very excited to see it come out and dry its feathers. Since then, three more have hatched, and they will soon be moved to a bigger incubator. This was perfect timing to support our learning about life cycles this week as we learnt about the life cycle of a hen.  

 

Mrs Freer and Mrs Herring 


Week Commencing 8 May

Our trip to Nell Bank 

We had a great trip to Nell Bank in Ilkley which supported our learning on mini beasts and looking after our environment. We listened to the story Tidy by Emily Gravett. You can watch it on Youtube using this link TIDY book 🦡 Emily Gravett | Read aloud #storyoftheweek 

It is a very funny rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy and the importance of looking after our environment.   

We learnt to recognise the recycle symbol and had a go at sorting the rubbish into items we can recycle and the items we can't recycle.   

We went for a walk through the blue bell woods, made little badger houses out of sticks and hunted for mini beasts.  

The children enjoyed the different play areas; there was a wooden balancing area, tunnels to climb through and a water play area.  

The children were a real credit to you and Bramhope Primary school, the staff commented positively on their knowledge and excellent behaviour.  

Thank you so much to all the parents/ grandparents who came as helpers. We couldn’t have gone without you.  It was great to see you all get involved in the activities.  

Phonics  

Please can you read for a few minutes each day with your child and record when they have read to you in their yellow reading logs.  

Please can we have reading logs and reading books in the children’s bags every day? 

Question of the week 

The question of the week is, How can we look after our environment?  

Rhyme of the week 

This week, our rhyme of the week is; The animals went in two by two

Literacy 

This week we have been looking at the book, Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel. 

The story is about a superhero who arrives at a town covered in litter, and he helps to clean up the town to make it a better place.  

Our non-fiction book this week was Waste and Recycling, which explained the 3 Rs Reduce, Recycle, Reuse. 

Practising writing at home 

This term we are focusing on sentence writing in our small group literacy sessions. It would be great to get your child to practice sentence writing at home too. You could get them to write about a new fact they have learnt this week.  

Maths 

The children have been learning to double a number.  

Practising maths at home 

Ask your child to show you doubles up to 5 using their fingers. By the end of Reception the children are required to know these number facts.  Challenge them to work out doubles up to double 10. 

If your child gets some Ipad time why not give them a maths challenge?  Here is a game to practice doubles to 10.  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button. Select doubles and then doubles to 10.  

Cooking 

The new recipe is beginning next week as we were on the trip on Thursday.  

Mrs Freer and Mrs Herring 

 


Week Commencing 1 May 2023

Mystery visitor 

This half-term we are learning about animals, and we have been working with a couple of parents in school to organise the opportunity for the children to watch chicks hatch. This week we would like to say thank you to Mrs Cockerill who brought in some eggs in an incubator to get us started with hatching our own chicks. She explained that we needed to keep them warm in the incubator for another 16 days and then hopefully we should see action. I’m sure the children will keep you posted! 

Phonics  

Please can you read for a few minutes each day with your child and record when they have read to you in their yellow reading logs.  

Please can we have reading logs and reading books in the children’s bags every day

Question of the week 

The question of the week is: what is a habitat? 

The key knowledge that we have been learning this week is; 

  • a habitat is a place an animal makes its home.  
  • a habitat is a place where animals can find shelter, water, food and space. (It can also include; rest, exercise and warmth) 
  • a desert is a hot, sandy habitat.  
  • a grassland is a habitat covered in grass.  
  • pond habitats are the home to lots of different animals and plants, like water lilies, frogs and ducks. 

(This is some key knowledge, but many children have learnt more!) 

The children have continued to show their enthusiasm about animals either by sharing their knowledge or asking questions. 

Rhyme of the week 

This week, our rhyme of the week is; Down in the jungle

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-down-in-the-jungle/zfqgscw 

Literacy 

This week we have been looking at the book, The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgLr3vHsPxU 

 

 

The children predicted what the story was about based on the front cover and what would happen at different times in the book.  

The children are given the opportunity to enjoy non-fiction books as well as fiction. They are learning that non-fiction books help us to learn about different topics.  

Our non-fiction book this half-term is Little Kids First Big Book of Animals (National Geographic Kids). Last week we found out about the animals that live in the grasslands and this week we found out about the animals that live in the desert.  

Practising writing at home 

This term we are focusing on sentence writing in our small group literacy sessions. It would be great to get your child to practice sentence writing at home too. You could get them to find out a new fact about an animal and write a sentence about it. 

Maths 

The children have been learning that shapes can be combined and separated to make new shapes. For example, if a square is cut diagonally it will make 2 triangles and those 2 triangles can be rotated and made into a large triangle.  

Practising Maths at home 

Can you spot different shapes in your house? Ask your children questions, e.g how do you know it’s a triangle, square, rectangle and circle? They should be able to tell you how many corners and sides they have. They should be able to describe the sides e.g straight, curved, the same length.  

Cooking 

The children have continued making sandwiches, working on spreading butter and their chosen filling. They enjoyed tasting the sandwich they had made. This is the final group for sandwich making, so we will begin a new recipe next time. Next Thursday we are on the trip, so we will start the new recipe the following week.  

Coronation celebrations 

On Friday, we had a special day of learning about the coronation of King Charles lll.  

We hope you have an enjoyable Coronation bank holiday weekend, and we will see you again on Tuesday.  

Trip  

Next week we are looking forward to our trip to Nell Bank. Please make sure you have ordered your child’s lunch and read the list of what your child should bring. The children will need a full water bottle with them for their drink during the day. 

Thank you

Mrs Freer and Mrs Herring 

 


Week Commencing 24 April 2023

Thank you for returning the library books. If you still have one at home, please send it in as soon as possible. The children will bring library books home on the Monday after the bank holidays, if the PTA have finished their job in the library.  

Mystery visitor 

This half-term we are learning about animals. It may be that you know a lot about a particular animal, or you may have been on a safari and seen a variety of animals in their habitat. If you would like to come and give a talk about animals, we would love to hear from you so do let us know.  

Phonics  

Please can you read for a few minutes each day with your child and record when they have read to you in their yellow reading logs.  

Please can we have reading logs and reading books in the children’s bags every day? 

Question of the week 

The question of the week is, 'which animals can you name and describe?'   

The key knowledge that we have been learning this week is;  

  • There are five different types of animals. 
  • A mammal is warm-blooded and feed their young with milk, e.g. humans, elephants, cows.  
  • Reptiles are animals that have scales.  
  • Amphibians live part of their life in water and part on land e.g. frog.  
  • Recap from previous learning: 
  • Birds are warm-blooded and are the only animals with feathers. Although they have wings some can’t fly e.g. penguins. 
  • Fish live in water. They breathe using gills. 

(This is some key knowledge, but many children have learnt more!) 

It has been great to hear children share their knowledge and interest about animals.  

Rhyme of the week 

This week, our rhyme of the week is; Look at the sneaky crocodile link HERE

Literacy 

This week we have been looking at the book, The crocodile under the bed.  

The Crocodile Under the Bed by Judith Kerr I Read Aloud I Classic Tales 

The children predicted what the story was about based on the front cover and what would happen at different times in the book. Through reading this book, it acted as a stimulus for learning that crocodiles are reptiles. 

The children are given the opportunity to enjoy non-fiction books as well as fiction. They are learning that non-fiction books help us to learn about different topics.  

Our non-fiction book this half-term is Little Kids First Big Book of Animals.  (National Geographic Kids) 

This term we are focusing on sentence writing in our small group literacy sessions. It would be great to get your child to practice sentence writing at home too. You could get them to write a sentence about a pet, their favourite animal or their favourite teddy.  

Maths 

The children have been learning to subtract. Subtraction can be called take away or minus. They have been finding out that when we subtract the number gets smaller.  

Practising maths at home 

Can you find different ways of subtracting at home. For example; It may be that there are 8 pieces of carrot on their plate. How many do they have left when they eat 2?  

PE 

This week, we continued with athletics and practised running fast by pumping our arms and legs and looking in the right direction.  

Cooking 

We have continued making sandwiches, working on spreading butter and their chosen filling. They enjoyed tasting the sandwich they had made.  

Toy animals 

This term we will be learning a lot about animals and mini beasts. If you have any toy animals at home that are now unwanted, please feel free to bring them into school for us to use to support our topic. Thank you! 

We hope you have an enjoyable bank holiday weekend, and we’ll see you again on Tuesday.  

Mrs Freer and Mrs Herring 

 


Week Commencing 17 April 2023 

We hope you had a great holiday and feel refreshed. We are looking forward to working with the children this term and preparing them for the next stage in their education.  

Next week we will be starting to learn about animals.  

Please return all library books on Monday.

The PTA are very kindly going to digitally catalogue the library, so we are going to return all the books, and we will start taking books home again when they have finished the job.  

Thank you for your support.  

Mystery visitor 

We had a visit from a beekeeper, which was a great introduction to our topic on animals.  Thank you to Scarlett’s mum and grandad for coming in to talk to us about beekeeping. The children learnt about the lifecycle of a bee and got to pass round the honey frames for the children to look at.  

Phonics  

Please can you read for a few minutes each day with your child and record when they have read to you in their yellow reading logs.  

Please can we have reading logs and reading books in the children’s bags every day? 

Question of the week 

The question of the week is, What makes a good helper?  We have been thinking about how we can be helpful in different settings, our rules and friendship. We have looked at some of the Christian and muslim teachings about helping others.  

Rhyme of the week 

This week, our rhyme of the week is Oranges and lemons. Link Here

Literacy 

This week we have been looking at the book, Handa’s Surprise. Link Here. We have used this to discuss friendship. We have looked at how Handa was being helpful for her friend and how she felt when she realised her basket was full of tangerines.  

This term we are focusing on sentence writing in our small group literacy sessions. It would be great practice to get your child practising sentence writing at home too. You could get them to write a sentence about a pet, their favourite animal or their favourite teddy.  

Maths 

The children have revisited the composition of 5 as part of the NCETM programme. They worked out all the ways to make 5, using their fingers to support them. Also knowing that there were 5 in total, they worked out how many were missing.  

They learnt how to count on accurately on a number track and to add more in different problem-solving scenarios. They have used; First, then, now stories to add on e.g. First, there were 3 dinosaurs, then 1 more came along, now there are 4. 

In small groups the children were challenged to find as many ways as they could to make 10. They used Numicon and recorded all the different ways they found by writing number sentences.  

Practising maths at home 

Can you play a board game like snakes and ladders, that uses dice and requires you to move a space? This would be great practice for counting on and instant recognition of numbers on the dice. (subitising) 

PE 

This week, we started athletics and practised running fast by pumping our arms and legs and looking in the right direction.  

Cooking 

The new recipe is sandwich making. We have chosen this, so the children can develop their spreading skills. This is a different skill to chopping but using a knife. Hopefully it will be the start of the children spreading their own butter either on sandwiches or toast. You can certainly encourage them to keep trying and practising the skill at home.   

Toy animals 

This term we will be learning a lot about animals and minibeasts. If you have any toy animals at home that are now unwanted, please feel free to bring them into school for us to use to support our topic. Thank you! 

Mrs Freer and Mrs Herring