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Week Commencing 11 July 2022

Reading books

As it is getting near to the end of the school year, we have collected reading books ready for the summer, if you have any of our reading books at home, please can you return them? Reading books will not be sent out again until September, so during the holidays Bug Club will be available for you to use.

Rhyme of the week

The Muffin Man    

Literacy

Thank you to the families that have brought in a donation for the food bank. We are reading the story ‘It’s a no money day’ and learning about how some families have to use a foodbank. We have discussed a variety of activities that can be done without spending money and the children came up with lots of ideas for themselves. Mary from Leeds food bank came in as our mystery visitor on Tuesday to show the children a food package and answer some of the questions that the children have got about food banks.

Phonics

We are working on phase 3 and phase 4 phonics.

Tricky words

All the phase 4 tricky words have now been taught, and we are working on remembering them. These include; said, have, like, so, do, some, come, little, one, were, there, what, when, out.

Maths / Geography link/ computing link

This week in maths we have been practising counting to 20 and back again. We have been subitising numbers (instant recognition of number) up to 10 and checking the number on a 10 frame.

We have been thinking about positional language and linking it to maps. We talked about what can be put on a map, in particular things that don’t move! Initially they thought it would be ok to draw a car on a map but when we thought about how a car could be there one day and not the next, they began to realise that it wouldn’t be a good idea to put anything that moves on a map. The children had a go at drawing a map from their home to school. To support your children’s learning you could talk about landmarks on the way to school.

In small groups the children have been learning to programme a beetbot to move from one place to another, using forward, backward, left and right turn keys.

Mystery visitors

We have been fortunate to welcome two mystery visitors this week. One of our year 1 parents is a firefighter, and he came to talk to us about his job, which fitted in with our learning on vehicles and people who help us.

Secondly we welcomed Mary from Leeds food bank who showed the children a food parcel and answered their questions about food banks. Mary was really pleased with the thoughtful questions that the children asked and has offered to come back to be a mystery visitor again, which is lovely to hear.


Week Commencing 4 July 2022

Sports Day

We were really proud of the children and all their efforts on Sports Day. They tried their hardest at all the sports and cheered each other on. Thank you for your support and for making the children’s day special.

Food bank donations

Next week we are reading the story ‘It’s a no money day’ and learning about how some children have to go to foodbanks. We would like to make a collection to give to the foodbank to show the children how they can make a difference, and so they can visually watch their pile of food getting bigger.

If you feel able, we are asking for one item of non-perishable food to be brought into school any day from Monday 11th to Friday 15th. Thank you for your support!

Reading books

As it is getting near to the end of the school year, we will be collecting in reading books on Tuesday 12th ready for the summer. Reading books will go out again in September and during the holidays Bug Club will be available for you to use.

Rhyme of the week

One Man Went to Mow

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-one-man-went-to-mow/zjgnmfr

Literacy

This week we have been reading Zog and the Flying Doctors and looking at different people who help us e.g. doctors, police, firefighters, teachers, vets, dentists, librarians and many more!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000qq5j/zog-and-the-flying-doctors

Phonics

We are working on phase 3 and phase 4 phonics.

Tricky words

All the phase 4 tricky words have now been taught, and we are working on remembering them, these include; said, have, like, so, do, some, come, little, one, were, there, what, when, out.

Maths

This week we have been learning to add three numbers together. We have been throwing 3 beanbags into hoops and adding up the scores e.g. 1+2+3=6.

The children have been exploring cuisinaire rods and looking at which colours make another colour. Why not have a look on the website and the children could use their ipad time to practice their maths skills. https://nrich.maths.org/4348. The children might like to have a go on an ipad or computer. They must use arrow keys to move the rods around, so it’s also good for them to think about directions.

Mystery visitor

Frankie’s mum came to talk to us about being a solicitor. She spoke about making new laws and the children got a chance to write their own!

An appeal for resources  

We are looking for donations of different types of vehicles for our transport topic so if you have any that you don’t need any more, we would love to take them off your hands. Please can you check that they are not broken because we can’t take anything that is damaged.


Week Commencing 20 June

Summer Weather

Just a reminder...to be on the safe side, please can you apply the children’s suntan cream before school and provide a sun hat every day until the end of term? Thank you.

This half-term our topic is transport and people who help us.

Rhyme of the week

'Down at the station' Link to rhyme

Literacy

This week we have been finding out how cars, trains, aeroplanes and boats transport people.

Phonics

We are working on phase 3 and phase 4 phonics.

Tricky words

All the phase 4 tricky words have now been taught, and we are working on remembering them. These include; said, have, like, so, do, some, come, little, one, were, there, what, when, out.

Maths

This week we have been learning to notice patterns in numbers, our emphasis has been on odd and even numbers. The children have been sorting numbers into two groups.

PE

Our PE coach has been teaching the children to develop their throwing skills.

Understanding the world (UTW)

RE

This week we have thought about, 'What do Jews believe about who created the world?'

Garden time / mystery visitor

During our garden time this week a couple of our parents came to build bug hotels with the children. They talked about why we should build bug hotels and the sorts of bugs we can expect to find making their home in them.

Cooking

This week another house group of children made buns and were delighted to eat them.

An appeal for resources  

We are looking for donations of different types of vehicles for our transport topic so if you have any that you don’t need any more, we would love to take them off your hands. Please can you check that they are not broken because we can’t take anything that is damaged.


Week Commencing 13 June 2022

This half-term our topic is transport.

Rhyme of the week

'A sailor went to sea sea sea'

Link to rhyme

Literacy

This week we are continuing to look at the book, ‘The Hundred Decker Bus’ by Mike Smith and we are also looking at the book ‘Duck In the Truck’ by Jez Alborough.

We are discussing different types of transport, vehicles in the past and present, and emergency vehicles.

Phonics

We are working on building the children’s confidence in phase 3 and securing their knowledge for reading and writing the sounds in words. Elements of phase 4 are also being brought into the lessons depending on the needs of the children.

Tricky words

Every Monday morning, we have a tricky words phonics lesson where we practice the tricky words by playing tricky word bingo and writing sentences using the target words for the week. All the phase 4 tricky words have now been taught, and we are working on remembering them. These include; said, have, like, so, do, some, come, little, one, were, there, what, when, out.

Maths

Every day we have been counting to 20 and beyond and counting back from 20. Have a listen to your child and see if they are getting stuck at any particular point or mispronouncing a number e.g. thirty instead of thirteen. This week we have been learning to share numbers equally or fairly. This was challenging for them at the beginning of the week, but they have become more confident as the week has progressed.

Understanding the world (UTW)

RE

This week we have thought about 'What do Christians believe about who created the world?'

Garden Time

During our garden time this week we were out on the field observing the aeroplanes taking off and landing as the airport is so close to the school. This links with our topic on transport.

Science

The children have been given resources and a challenge to create ramps for the vehicles. They have been exploring what happens when they alter the ramp.

Cooking

The new recipe this week is buns. The children have made cakes and decorated them. The children were very keen to make little cakes, so this recipe was chosen by them.

An appeal for resources  

We are looking for donations of different types of vehicles for our transport topic so if you have any that you don’t need any more, we would love to take them off your hands. Please can you check that they are not broken because we can’t take anything that is damaged.


Week Commencing 6 June 2022

Mystery visitor

This week we had a visit from Dr Joanne Robinson on Superheroes and children’s mental health. The children had the opportunities to do some mindfulness activities.

Library books

If you have any library books at home, please can you return them.

Topic

This half-term we are starting a topic on transport.

Rhyme of the week

The wheels on the bus

Literacy

This week we have been looking at the book, ‘The Hundred Decker Bus’ by Mike Smith. We have thought about the characters, the setting and the characters emotions.

Phonics

We are working on building the children’s confidence in phase 3 and securing their knowledge for reading and writing the sounds in words. Elements of phase 4 are also being brought into the lessons.

All the phase 4 tricky words have now been taught, and we are working on remembering them, these include; said, have, like, so, do, some, come, little, one, were, there, what, when, out.

Maths

Every day we have been counting to 20 and beyond and counting back from 20. Have a listen to your child and see if they are getting stuck at any particular point or mispronouncing a number e.g. thirty instead of thirteen. This week we have been learning to double numbers and writing number sentences.

UTW (RE)

This week we have started to think about the natural world. It is the beginning of our RE unit this half-term is - What do religious believers believe about who created the world?

Cooking

The new recipe is buns. The children make cakes and decorate them. The children were very keen to make little cakes, so this recipe was chosen by them.

Vehicles

We are looking for donations of different types of vehicles for our transport topic so if you have any that you don’t need any more we would love to take them off your hands. Please can you check that they are not broken because we can’t take anything that is damaged.


Week Commencing 26 May

Jubilee

This week we have been learning about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which has involved a range of activities including;

  • Reading The Queen’s Hat by Steve Anthony and Elizabeth 2 by Alison Mitchell
  • Making crowns and bunting.
  • Learning the National Anthem and the school song.
  • Planting trees for the Jubilee copse.

We hope you all have a lovely time celebrating during half-term.

Phonics

This week, we have been recapping the phase 3 sounds and continuing to look at Phase 4 CVCC and CCVC blends. CCVC stands for consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant for example slip, trip, frog.

Maths

This week we have been counting to 20 and back and talking about the word rotate. We have been learning how we can make shapes out of other shapes. For example, 2 right-angled triangles can make a square.

Cooking

The last house group made their cheese and tomato bites.

Bits and Bobs

We are looking for the following items to use in reception. Please keep a look out for any! Please check that the items are in good condition. We can’t take anything sharp or broken.

  • 2 clocks
  • photo frames
  • cable reels 
  • old items - e.g. old irons, suitcase, type writer
  • a round table
  • comfy chairs
  • wine rack
  • mug stands
  • drawers/dresser
  • vanity items - hairbrush, makeup brushes, handbags, mirrors
  • wooden apple crates
  • natural baskets
  • fairy lights
  • anything that would be a 'curiosity'

We wish you all a restful half term.


Week Commencing 16 May

Mosaic

On Monday we met the artist who is going to be helping us with our school mosaic. We shared some of our ideas about time. Reception children will be making their mosaic on Friday 27th May, so there is plenty of time to bring your object in. Anything that is brought in must be brought in a named bag or envelope otherwise they can get mixed up or lost.

Mystery visitor

This week we had a visit from Eleanor Westwood and some of her colleagues from a construction company. The children dressed the teachers up in construction PPE and some children also tried on a hard hat, safety glasses and a safety vest.

The book ‘Cones and Cleaner Air’ by Author Chris Madeley was read to the children and the company kindly gave every child a copy of their own. The book gives you lots to discuss at home, relating to pollution.

Library books

Due to the school expansion, we have packed up the school libraries. Therefore, we are collecting all library books in this week and will not be able to give out library books for the time being. We will carry on giving out reading books as usual.

Literacy/Understanding the world/ Expressive art and design

This week we have been continuing with The Gingerbread Man. We have been designing and making boats for the gingerbread man to cross the river so that he does not get eaten by the fox. This has enabled us to explore materials to find out which materials are waterproof and explore objects that float and sink.

Phonics

This week, we have been recapping the phase 3 sounds and continuing to look at Phase 4 CVCC and CCVC blends. CCVC stands for consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant, for example slip, trip, frog.

Maths

This week we have been learning to count back and take away using 10 frames and first, then and now stories. We have been learning that a take away number sentence must start with the biggest number.

UTW (RE)

This week we have been talking about what is the same and what is different between a church and a mosque.

Rhyme of the week

Ten fat sausages (this helps the children to think about take away in a different context.)

Cooking

We have been following the recipe to make cheese and tomato bites.

The platinum jubilee

Next week we will be learning about the platinum jubilee, so if you have anything that would enhance our learning, please do let us know or send things in.

Bits and Bobs

We are looking for the following items to use in reception. Please keep a look out for any!

  • 2 clocks
  • photo frames
  • cable reels 
  • old items - e.g. old irons, suitcase, type writer
  • a round table
  • comfy chairs
  • wine rack
  • mug stands
  • drawers/dresser
  • vanity items - hairbrush, makeup brushes, handbags, mirrors
  • wooden apple crates
  • natural baskets
  • fairy lights
  • anything that would be a 'curiosity'

 


Week Commencing 9 May

Mystery visitor

This week we had a visit from Matt Broughton one of our parents and the Vicar of St Giles Church in Bramhope. He came in to enhance our RE lessons on special places. He talked about why people go to church and his role in church. Please do point out the churches to your child as you travel around. This will give the children more of an awareness of their local community and make links with what they have learnt in school.

Pantosaurus

Please keep reminding you child about the pantosaurus rules:

• Privates are private.

• Always remember your body belongs to you.

• No means no

• Talk about secrets that upset you

• Speak up, someone can help.

The Pantosaurus song is great for getting the message across. Here is the link; Talk PANTS with Pantosaurus and his PANTS song #TalkPANTS

Talk PANTS with Pantosaurus and his PANTS song #TalkPANTS

Literacy

This week we have started reading about The Gingerbread Man. We have been discussing character, setting, problem and solutions. We have been creating and writing our own endings to The Gingerbread Man.

Phonics

This week, we have been recapping the phase 3 sounds and continuing to look at Phase 4 CVCC and CCVC blends. CCVC stands for consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant, for example slip, trip, frog.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been learning to count on and add using number tracks, 10 frames and first, then, now stories.

RE

This half-term we are thinking about special places.

We have been talking about how Mosques are special places to Muslims. The children have been learning about how it is important to wash and be clean before entering a mosque to pray.

Reading books

Please can you remember to write in the reading logs when the children have read at home.

Rhyme of the week

Ten green bottles

Cooking

We have been continuing to follow the recipe to make cheese and tomato bites.

Suntan cream

It’s great that the children want to be sun safe, but please talk to your children about the appropriate use of suntan cream.

If children have suntan cream in their bags and need to apply it, they must let an adult know before they get it out. When they have applied the cream it should not be shared with their friends, and it must be put back into their bags.


Week Commencing 2 May

Pantosaurus

We discussed the NSPCC’s PANTS rules. These are designed to teach pupils how to stay safe from sexual abuse, without giving explicit information or telling scary stories or even using the term “sexual abuse”.

In the lesson, the children learnt about the ‘PANTS’ acrostic, which stands for:

• Privates are private.

• Always remember your body belongs to you.

• No means no

• Talk about secrets that upset you

• Speak up, someone can help.

The Pantosaurus song is great for getting the message across. Here is the link:

Talk PANTS with Pantosaurus and his PANTS song

Literacy

This week we have continued our theme, The Three Little Pigs. We have been reading the story and talking about different types of houses. We have been challenging the children’s thinking and wondering what houses were like in the past. As part of the early years curriculum the children need to be able to understand what is meant by the past and talk about the past as part of their own conversation.

At home you can practice this by talking about places they’ve been to or things they have done. The past can be as recent as eating their breakfast in the morning, but it could also be talking about the first plane flight for eaxmple.

Phonics

This week, we have been recapping the phase 3 sounds and continuing to look at Phase 4 CVCC and CCVC blends. CCVC stands for consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant for example slip, trip, frog.

Maths

This week in Maths, we have been learning about 2D shapes; naming them, describing their properties, matching, and introducing the word rotate.

RE

This half-term we are thinking about special places.

We have been talking about how churches are special places to Christians. If you have not done so already, as you are walking or driving around Bramhope have a look at the churches with your children. There are two churches; St Giles and The Methodist Church.

Reading books

Please can you remember to write in the reading logs when the children have read to you at home.

Rhyme of the week

The wise man built his house on the rock.

Cooking

This week, we have started a new recipe; cheese and tomato bites. Each house group will take it in turns to have a go at making and tasting the new recipe.


Week Commencing 26 April

Pantosaurus

On Tuesday, we will be discussing the NSPCC’s PANTS rules. These are designed to teach pupils how to stay safe from sexual abuse, without giving explicit information or telling scary stories or even using the term “sexual abuse”.

In the lesson, children will learn about the ‘PANTS’ acrostic, which stands for:

• Privates are private.

• Always remember your body belongs to you.

• No means no

• Talk about secrets that upset you

• Speak up, someone can help.

The lesson will be fully age-appropriate. More information about talking PANTS, including a short film and a parent guide can be found at nspcc.org.uk/pants. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Literacy

This week our theme has been The Three Little Pigs. We have been reading the story and describing the characters and their feelings. We have been writing our own description of the pigs and the wolf.

Phonics

This week, we have been recapping the phase 3 sounds and continuing to look at Phase 4 CVCC and CCVC blends. CCVC stands for consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant for example slip, trip, frog. We have introduced the new tricky words: like, some, come and have.

Maths

This week in Maths, we have been continuing looking at number patterns to 20. We have been ordering numbers from 11-20 and matching them to picture representations of each number. It is still important to continue recapping on how the numbers 6-10 are made up, and it would be good to keep practising these numbers at home.

RE

This half-term we are thinking about special places. Thank you everyone who has sent in a picture of their child’s special place. The children have been showing the class, and we have been adding them to our display. If you haven’t sent one in to us yet, choose 1 photo of their special place and email it to us for your child to show.

Things to think about prior to talking to the class.

What can you tell us about your special place, why is it special, and how does it make you feel when you are there?

Next week, we will be talking about how churches are special places to Christians. As you are walking or driving around Bramhope, have a look at the churches with your children. There are two churches; St Giles and The Methodist Church.

Reading books

We would really appreciate parent support in sending in reading books and reading logs every day in the children’s book bags. We now have a parent reader coming in each week and children are chosen to visit the reading dog, as well as children reading to teachers and teaching assistants throughout the week.

In all these instances the children need their reading books with them please. Thank you in advance for your help.

Rhyme of the week

One tomato, two tomato.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-one-tomato-two-tomatoes/zf2kbdm

Cooking

This week, we have been continuing to cook flapjacks. The children have been following the recipe step by step and working together to measure out all the ingredients correctly.  

Garden

We have been observing the tadpoles in the pond and remembering the life cycle work we did at the end of spring term.


Week Commencing 18 April

Assembly

This week Reception joined the KS1 big think assembly for the second time. Mrs Colbourn spoke to the children about bringing in sunhats and sipping water throughout the day in summer term. We encourage the children to bring in a sun hat for outdoor play.

Reading books

We would really appreciate parent support in sending in reading books and reading logs every day in the children’s book bags. We now have a parent reader coming in each week and children are chosen to visit the reading dog, as well as children reading to teachers and teaching assistants, throughout the week. In all these instances the children need their reading books. Thank you in advance for your help.

Rhyme of the week

Jack and the Beanstalk – and he went higher!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/music-jack-and-the-beanstalk-song4/zksk47h

Literacy

This week we have been reading Jack and the Beanstalk. We have been sequencing the story and writing our own openings to the story, starting with ‘Once upon a time’.

Phonics

This week, we have been recapping the phase 3 sounds and starting to look at Phase 4 CVCC and CCVC blends. CVCC stands for consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant for example slip, trip, frog.

Maths

This week in Maths, we have been looking at number patterns to 20. We have been focusing on how teen number are made of 10 and a bit more. We have been looking at different ways to make number 11 and recording them in our Maths books.

RE

This half-term we are thinking about special places. If your child would like to choose 1 photo of their special place we would love to see it, and they can show the picture and talk to the class about it. You can email the photo to us.

Cooking

This week, we have been continuing to cook flapjacks. The children have been following the recipe step by step and working together to measure out all the ingredients correctly.  


Week Commencing 28 March

Assembly

This week Reception joined the KS1 big think assembly, which was led by Matt the vicar from St Giles Church, Bramhope. He talked to the children about the Easter story, which was a great introduction to this week’s learning.

Reading books

We would really appreciate parent support in sending in reading books and reading logs every day in the children’s book bags. We now have a parent reader coming in each week and children are chosen to visit the reading dog as well as children reading to teachers and teaching assistants throughout the week. In all these instances the children need their reading books. Thank you in advance for your help.

Mystery Visitor

This week we had a visit from one of the Reception mums , who is an Actuary. It made the children think about saving money and they found out about how adults also save for retirement and that it is called a pension. Our visit this week made us think about why it is important to learn maths in school and how it could help us to do a job in the future.

Rhyme of the week

Hot Cross Buns (linked to the Easter theme)

Literacy / RE

This week we have been thinking about the question, why is there a cross in the Easter Garden?  We have been learning about the Easter story from books and video clips, and we have been doing some role play.

Writing for a purpose.

The children were challenged to write their own Easter cards, which we hope you’ll enjoy and praise them for their efforts.

Phonics

This week, we have been recapping the phase 3 sounds and applying them in writing.

Here are our Phase 3 tricky words to practice at home:

Maths

In maths we have been learning about sorting objects in different ways, and we have learnt about odd and even numbers. The children have used the Numberblocks to support their learning. Here is the episode for the children to watch again at home.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08r2l4d/numberblocks-series-2-odds-and-evens

The children worked in small groups to add 2 numbers together and were supported to record their number sentences in their new maths books.

Handwriting

We have taught the children how to form all the letters now, but we are reteaching the letters by writing CVC words. This week we have continued to concentrate on words that contain one armed robot letters (r, m, n, h, b, k, p) and ladder letters (l i j u y)

Please encourage your child to form the letters in their name correctly all the time.


Week Commencing 21 March

Lunch choices

Thank you for completing the lunch options for this week. Please keep continuing to let your child know which food option they are having each day.

Mystery Visitor

Last week we had a visit from the police, two police cars and a police dog. The children were very excited to ask questions, wear the uniform and hear the sirens on the cars.

Thank you to Finn and Cara’s mum who spoke to us this week about Ireland and St Patrick's Day. We learnt about Irish dancing and got to watch Cara and Finn dance!

Rhyme of the week

'There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf'

Literacy

This week we have been reading 'Tadpoles Promise'. We have been using this book to learn all about lifecycles using the examples of frogs and butterflies. We have been doing some writing of the lifecycle and visiting the school pond to have a look at the frogspawn.

Phonics

This week, we have been recapping the phase 3 sounds and applying them in writing.  

Here are our Phase 3 tricky words to practice at home:

 

Maths

In Maths, we have been learning about doubles. We have been representing doubles using 2 hands, and we have used butterflies to make doubles, putting the same amount on each side and finding the total. Children in Reception need to be able to recall doubles to 5 and any beyond would be fantastic. We have taught the children what doubles look like in a number sentence and encouraged them to write their own number sentences.

Double 1: 1+1= 2

Handwriting

We have taught the children how to form all the letters now, but we are reteaching them by putting the sounds into CVC words. This week have been concentrating on words that contain one armed robot letters (r, m, n, h, b, k, p).

Please encourage your child to form the letters in their name correctly all the time.

Art

The children have been painting butterflies and thinking about symmetrical patterns. They have been creating pictures of caterpillars and butterflies out of leaves and natural resources.


Week Commencing 7 March

Lunch Choices

Thank you for completing the lunch options for this week. Please keep continuing to let your child know which food option they are having each day.

Mystery Visitor

This week we will be learning some Spanish from Elliot’s dad.

Rhyme of the week

Wiggly woo.

Literacy

This week we have been reading The Ugly Five. We have been discussing the different vocabulary and finding out more about animals and how we can describe them. We have been writing letters to Julia Donaldson about our favourite animals.

Phonics

This week, we have been recapping the sounds ch, sh, ng, ai, ee and igh.

Here are our Phase 3 tricky words to practice at home:

Maths

This week we have been focusing on the number 8 and looking at 3D shapes. We have been learning the names cylinder, cuboid, cone and sphere. Look out for these shapes at home – what shape is a can of beans?

Yoghurt pots

Next week is Science week, so we will be doing a lot about planting and growing. If you have any spare yoghurt pots, please send your child in with them on Monday, so we can grow sunflowers!

Police visit

Next week we have a visit from the police and the children can see a police car and a police dog. Please make sure you have given your consent so that your child can join in with this.

Handwriting

We have taught all the letter now, but we are reteaching by putting the sounds into CVC words. Please encourage your child to form the letters in their name correctly all the time.

Question of the week

This week we have continued our RE unit: Who can we help?


Week Commencing 28 February

We hope you were all able to have a restful half-term week.  The children have come back keen to learn.

Lunch choices

Many children do not know what they are having for lunch, please can you remind them each morning what they have ordered. There are a number of children that haven’t ordered this week too, so please can you order lunches through Scopay, as it does cause lots of extra confusion.

World Book Day

Thank you for all the fantastic potato book characters that were sent in. All the children had a chance to show the class and talk about their character and why they had chosen the character. Many also brought in the book too.  We read a number of the children’s books that were sent in but there wasn’t enough time in the day to read them all. The Year 6 children came to read to the children too, which was great for both the younger children and the older children.

Mystery Visitor

This week we are finding out about the role of a paramedic.

Rhyme of the week

The animals went in 2 by 2.

Literacy

This week we have been reading The Crocodile Under the Bed, as this term will be focusing on animals and learning about different habitats.  

Phonics

We have gone back to reteaching the phase 3 sounds, as many children were off last half-term and the children are not secure on all the sounds yet. We revisited qu, ch, sh, th and the tricky words he and she.

Here are our Phase 3 tricky words to practice at home:

Handwriting

We have taught all the letters now, but we are reteaching by putting the sounds into CVC words. Please encourage your child to form the letters in their name correctly all the time.

Question of the week

This week we have continued our RE unit: Who can we help?

 


Week Commencing 14 February

We have had a busy half term and we have had the extra challenges of Covid and Chicken pox but despite these challenges the children have made good progress. We hope everyone manages to have a good break this half term.

Don’t forget to have a go at Mathletics and Bug Club, if you have some spare moments, as well as encouraging the children to read their reading books. 

Mystery Visitor

This week we were visited by Dr Paolo of University of Leeds. He has previously worked at NASA developing their research on Mars. He spoke about his work and answered the children’s questions about Space!

Maths

In our mastering maths we have been using the speaking frame

_________has more than __________

 ________ has fewer than ________

We know it is the amount that determines which is group is more than or fewer than. The colour and size doesn’t make a difference.

We have been also been learning about 9 and 10. We have been noticing what they look like on a 10 frame and finding numbers that make 9.  e.g. 4 red counters and 5 blue counters make 9 altogether.

Rhyme of the week

Little Miss Muffet   

Literacy

This week we have been continuing to read the book ‘Sing to the Moon’. This book is written by a Ugandan author and has prompted a lot of discussion about what life is like in Uganda. We have been asking questions to find out what words mean. We have been using the internet to find things out as well as using the context of the sentence to help us.

At home, when you are reading a story encourage your child to ask you what words mean if they come across any unfamiliar words. This is a really important skill to develop, and it will help them to make good progress in reading comprehension.

Phonics

After half-term we will be doing some phonics assessments to see which sounds the children have retained and which ones need teaching and practising again. Their reading books level will be reassessed so that they are reading at their phonics level.

We have learnt the sounds: ure, air, er.  The children are getting more confident at having a go at writing words using these sounds.

We have now taught all of the phase 3 sounds

Here are our Phase 3 tricky words to practice at home:

Handwriting

This week we have been continuing to practice our Zig- Zag monster letters

 

Question of the week

This week we have continued our RE unit: What makes a good helper. We have been discussing what makes a special friend.  We listened to a Christian story called The Lost Sheep.

Continuous provision – discovery time

Thank you to everyone who keeps bringing us junk modelling boxes etc. We have been developing our model-making and have made cars, trains, bees, unicorns, koalas and many more!

Our playdough station is now in full swing and a number of children have been trying hard to follow a recipe to achieve a desirable dough consistency; not too dry, not too sticky, just right!


Week Commencing 7 February 2022

Mystery Visitor

This week we were visited by Ginny, our link with Way of Salvation Primary School in Bombo, Uganda.

Ginny told us about the school and the country of Uganda. One of the classes in Bombo had made a video just for us to tell us about life at their school!

Maths

We have been comparing height and length using the language: taller, longer, shorter. We have been learning about the days of the week and measuring time and height.

Rhyme of the week

It’s raining, it’s pouring. Click here to view.  

Literacy

This week we have been reading the book ‘Sing to the Moon’. This book is written by a Ugandan author and has prompted a lot of discussion about what life is like in Uganda.

Phonics

We have learnt the sounds: ur ow oi ear and tricky word ‘all’.  The children are getting more confident at having a go at writing words using these sounds.

Next week we will be learning the sounds: ure, air, er.

Here are our Phase 3 tricky words to practice at home:

 

Handwriting

This week we have been continuing to practice our curly caterpillar letters: c a o d g q e s f

Question of the week

This week we have continued our RE unit: What makes a good helper. We have been discussing what makes a good friend.

Lion Learners

On Monday, the children got to meet and hold different animals including: a rabbit, tarantula, snake, giant African land snail and a lizard. They were very excited and asked a lot of questions to find out more about the animals.

Baby items

If you have any old baby equipment e.g. baby bath, bottles etc. please bring them in, so we can use them in our role play area!

Continuous provision – discovery time

Thank you to everyone who keeps bringing us junk modelling boxes etc. We have been developing our model-making and have made cars, trains, bees, unicorns, koalas and many more!

Our playdough station is now in full swing and a number of children have been trying hard to follow a recipe to achieve a desirable dough consistency; not too dry, not too sticky, just right!


Week Commencing 31 January 2022

Mystery Visitor

This week we were visited by Mrs Hahnel who spoke to use about computer safety. We talked about what to do if something on our tablet worries us (tell an adult) and watched a video about Jessie and her dog. It would be great to talk to your child further about this. Here is the video we watched:

Link to Video

Maths

We have been recognising numbers 6, 7 and 8. We have been making pairs with ourselves and objects in the classroom and then moving onto combining two groups using a 10 frame.

Rhyme of the week

Humpty Dumpty, LINK to watch.

Literacy

We are looking at a space theme this half-term. We have been continuing to read the story Look up and talking about the characters feelings. We have also been reading Space Tortoise and talking about the stars.

We have continued to look at the non-fiction book Little Kids First Big Book of Space.

Phonics

We have learnt the sounds: short oo (book), long oo (food), ar and or.  The children are getting more confident at having a go at writing words using these sounds.

Next week we will be learning the sounds: er, ow, oi, ear.

Here are our Phase 3 tricky words to practice at home:

Handwriting

A couple of weeks ago we started a daily handwriting session. The children have their own handwriting books, and they sit at the table in the correct seating position with their chair tucked in and sat up straight. They try to hold the pencil using the tripod grip. We are teaching the letters in family groups. We have taught the ladder letters: l I j t u y, one-armed robot letters: r m n h b k p and we are now starting our curly caterpillar letters: c a o d g q e s f.

Question of the week

This week we have continued our RE unit: What makes a good helper? We have continued to discuss why we have rules and how to be helpful.

Cooking

The children have been continuing cooking with Miss Smith. The children have enjoyed making pizza bagels and grating their own cheese.

Water bottles

Please can you send in water bottles with water in them and not juice. We are trying to encourage children to be healthy and drink water.

Toilet accident

From now on, if your child has a toilet accident we will send a letter letting you know and remind you to replace the space clothing in their school bags.

Baby items

If you have any old baby equipment e.g. baby bath, bottles etc. please bring them in so we can use them in our role play area!

Thank you to everyone who keeps bringing us junk modelling boxes etc. We have been developing our model-making and have made cars, trains, bees, unicorns, koalas and many more!


Week Commencing 24 January 2022

Mystery Visitor

This week we were delighted to welcome a dental nurse who came in to talk to the children about dental health. It would be great if you could talk to your child about the importance of cleaning all the teeth, twice a day and cleaning them for 2 minutes.

Maths

We have been sorting, matching and looking at the composition of numbers 6, 7 and 8. For example, we can make 6 by adding 5 and 1, 4 and 2, 3 and 3.

Rhyme of the week

Zoom zoom zoom  Click here to watch

Literacy

We are looking at a space theme this half-term. We have been continuing to read the story Look upRocket Says Look Up

We have continued to look at the non-fiction book Little Kids First Big Book of Space.

Phonics

We have learnt the sounds ee, igh, oa and tricky words you and they.  The children are getting more confident at having a go at writing words using these sounds.

Next week we will be learning the sounds: short oo (book), long oo (food), ar and or. We will be learning tricky words: my and her.

Handwriting

A couple of weeks ago we started a daily handwriting session. The children have their own handwriting books, and they sit at the table in the correct seating position with their chair tucked in and sat up straight. They try to hold the pencil using the tripod grip. We are teaching the letters in family groups. We have taught the ladder letters: l I j t u y and now we are working on the one-armed robot letters: r m n h b k p.

Question of the week

Why do we have rules?  We listened to the story I am not sleepy and I will not go to bed  Charlie and Lola - I Am Not Sleepy And I Will Not Go To Bed 

We talked about the rule; treat others as you want to be treated and watched an Aesop’s fables to support the discussion.

This is part of an RE unit called: What makes a good helper.

Cooking

The children have been continuing cooking with Miss Smith. The children have enjoyed making pizza bagels and grating their own cheese.

Water bottles

Please can we ask parents to only send in water in the children's water bottles and not juice. We are trying to encourage children to be healthy and drink water.

Toilet accident

From now on, if your child has a toilet accident we will send a letter letting you know and remind you to replace the space clothing in their school bags.


Week commencing 17 January 2022

Maths

We have been practising subitising in mastering maths. In addition to this we have been looking at measure, including weight, capacity and length. In weight, we used the vocabulary; the stone is heavier than the leaf or the leaf is lighter than the stone. In capacity, we have been using the vocabulary full, nearly full , nearly empty and empty. In length, we have been thinking about what objects would fit into a small box and giving reasons why or why not they would fit.

Rhyme of the week

'Girls and boys come out to play' Click here to view

Literacy

We are looking at a space theme this half-term. We have been continuing to read the story Look up. Rocket Says Look Up

We have continued to look at the non-fiction book Little Kids First Big Book of Space.

Phonics

We have learnt the sounds sh, th, ng and ai and the tricky words was and my.  The children are getting more confident at having a go at writing words using these sounds.

Next week we will be learning the sounds ee, igh, oa and tricky words you and they.

Question of the week

Why is it important to listen?  

We supported our conversation with the book 'Monkey needs to listen'.

Toilet accident

From now on, if your child has a toilet accident we will send a letter letting you know and remind you to replace the spare clothing in their school bags.


Week commencing 10 January 2022

Maths

We have been using the vocabulary altogether. We have added 2 amounts and found a hidden number.

Rhyme of the week

Hey Diddle Diddle - LINK  

Literacy

We are looking at a space theme this half-term. We have been continuing to read the story Whatever Next and we have found out more about rockets.

Phonics

We have learnt the sounds z, zz, qu and ch and the tricky words be, me and we.  The children are getting more confident at having a go at writing  words using these sounds.

Next week we will be learning the sounds sh and th and the tricky words we, be and me.

Question of the week

What can we do to calm down if we are angry? We read the story ‘Tiger has a tantrum’ to help us discuss this.

Cooking

This week we have started to make pizzas with bagel bases.  This is providing the children with more opportunities to practice their chopping and slicing skills. They looked and smelt delicious.

Spare clothes –shortage of supplies

We don’t have lots of spare clothes in the classroom. Please remember to bring in spare clothes for your child, even if they are not prone to having accidents. If you have any of school's spare clothes at home, please wash them and bring them back to us asap. Thank you.


Week commencing 3 January 2022

Welcome back, we hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas holiday. The children have come back feeling refreshed and ready to learn which is wonderful!

Playdough Station

We have been teaching the children to make their own play dough this week, and we will be opening a playdough station during continuous provision for them to access. They will be able to independently follow a recipe to make their own playdough and use the playdough in their play.

Maths

We have been learning about what zero means and representing and comparing numbers on a 5 frame and finding out about 1 less and well as talking about more and fewer.

Rhyme of the week

5 little men in a flying saucer

Five little men in a flying saucer | Early Years - Nursery Rhymes

Literacy

We are looking at a space theme this half-term. We have been reading the story Whatever Next, and the children have been bringing in the idea of travelling to the moon in their role play, with the assistance of a big box, a sieve and a pair of wellies.

We have started to look at a section in the non-fiction book ‘Little Kids First Big book of Space’. We have been talking about the sun, moon, stars and asteroids.

Phonics

We have learnt the sounds and y and the tricky words he and she. Next week we will be learning the sounds z, zz, qu and ch and tricky words we, be and me.

Question of the week

Why is it important to tell the truth?

Cooking

This week we have been carrying on making pasta salad. The children have really improved their fine motor skills and their chopping and slicing is getting better every week.

Spare clothes

Please remember to bring in spare clothes for your child, even if they are not prone to having accidents. If you have any of our spare clothes at home, please wash them and bring them back to us. Thank you.


Week commencing 13 December

Question of the week

In PSHE, we are continuing to use books to help the children to discuss different issues and behaviours. This week we were looking at why it is important to be patient. We read the book Croc needs to wait.

Phonics

This week we have been learning some new sounds in phase 3, j, v and w. We have been practising the tricky word the.

Next term, we will start with learning the sounds x, y and z.

Literacy

We have been recalling the Nativity story and talking about different ways people celebrate Christmas.

Rhyme of the week

The Twelve Days of Christmas 

Maths

In our mastery maths sessions, we have been learning about the concept of wholes and parts.

We have been talking about what it is like in the summer and winter seasons and which clothes we wear for which season. We have had our first introduction to maps and used positional language to talk about teddy’s walk.

Cooking

We are really impressed with how the children are developing their cutting skills to make pasta salad. They are talking about healthy foods and really enjoying the sessions.

Christmas dinner

The children really enjoyed eating their Christmas dinner together. We have been encouraging them to use their knives and forks, please continue this over the holidays!

Thank you!

Thank you for all your support this term, we are really proud of how far the children have come and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings.

Thank you as well for all our lovely Christmas gifts, we really appreciate them. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas!


Week commencing 6 December

Nativity week

It was wonderful to see so many parents watching the Nativity plays this week. Their performances were amazing, and we are very proud of them all. Thank you for all your support.

Mystery visitor

Leanne is an Optometrist and she came to talk to the children about eye tests and keeping eyes healthy. She brought a puppet who needed his eyes tested and showed the children what would happen during an eye test. You can encourage the children to eat their vegetables so that they keep their eyes healthy! We were given a book about Topsy and Tim going for an eye test, which we read to them the following day, which was great to consolidate what they had learnt.

Phonics

In phonics we have learnt about ll and ss, and now we have finished phase 2 sounds. We have also learnt all the phase 2 tricky words: no, to, I, go, the

Please look out for these tricky words in books that you read to the children and get them to spot them.

We are doing some phonics assessments to see if there are any sounds that the children are struggling with.

Maths

In maths we are have been looking at rectangles and squares and going on shape hunts and making shape pictures.

Challenge: Can your child explain to you the properties of a square and rectangle and do they know what is the same and what is different?

Reading

Thank you to all parents who are reading with their children at home. We would recommend that books are read four times to develop fluency.

A reminder

Reading books come in on Monday.

Cooking for one house group a week on Wednesday. (They are currently making pasta salad and chopping all the vegetables up themselves. Miss Smith is really pleased with their cutting skills).

Library books get changed on Thursday.

Visits to the garden on Friday. (It’s now getting muddy, so wellies are essential.)


Week commencing 29 November

Question of the week

Last week the Question was What does sharing mean? We used the book Elephant learns to share to explain sharing. 

This week we are thinking about Why is it important to tell the truth? Using the book, Hippo owns up.

Mystery visitor

Thank you to Elin’s dad for coming in and talking about rhinos. He brought in a little rhino who has flown all the way from South Africa! He taught us about white rhinos and black rhinos and the children coloured in their own brilliant pictures of rhinos and gave the rhinos names.

Thank you also to William’s mum for coming to tell the children about story-telling and being a journalist. The children loved listening to her reading a story.

Cooking

This week, blue team have been making their own pasta salad. They have been chopping the vegetables themselves and ate it all up! We have been loving hearing about the children practising their new cooking skills at home.

Nativity

The children have been practising hard for our Nativity next week. A quick reminder that the times are:

RF – Tuesday 9:30am

RB – Wednesday 9:30am

RF – Thursday 9:30am

RB – Friday 9:30am

These will be happening in the KS2 hall. We hope you enjoy!

Phonics

This week in Phonics we have been learning the sounds: b, f, ff, l and practising our new tricky word ‘the’.

Maths

In Maths we have been continuing to learn about number 4 and 5. We have been learning different ways to make 5 and deepening our knowledge of one less.


Week commencing 22 November

Mystery visitor

A big thank you to Orla’s dad who came in this week to talk about his role as a paediatric surgeon. A couple of the children dressed up in scrubs and tried out his stethoscopes as well as looking through his telescope glasses he wears for surgery.  

Library books

As we were not in school on Thursday, we will change library books next week instead. Please make sure that your child’s library book is in their bag on Thursday, so they can get a new one.

Reading

Please can we have reading books and reading logs returned to school in the school bags, every day, so that they are available for adults to read with the children.

We will take the books in on Monday and you will receive a new book on Tuesday.

Phonics

In phonics this week we have been learning the sounds u, r, h and we have learnt the new tricky word ‘go’. We have been practising blending cvc words e.g. peg, kid, den.

Next week, we will be learning the sounds b, f, ff, l and learning our tricky word ‘the’.

Maths

We have been learning more about number 5, including how it is formed. In the mastery maths we have been using the talking frames __________has more than ____________  and  ___________ has fewer than ___________.

Mathletics

Well done to Izzy, Danial and Beatrix who have earned themselves bronze certificates.

Literacy

This week we have been practising our Nativity play. We have been learning songs and actions and talking about the story of Christmas.

Role play

If you have any unwanted but clean baby baskets, toy prams, baby baths please do let us know. We would love for the children to take care of our toy babies with real life equipment.

Similarly, if you have any old pots, pans, plates, spoons etc. do please bring them in!


Week commencing 15 November

Anti-bullying week 

On Monday, we all came into school wearing odd socks! We talked about how it is a good thing to be different and that we can celebrate all our differences.  

On Thursday we attended the ‘Toylikeme’ exhibition, where the children made observations about toys who had a disability. Superman was in a wheelchair, Olaf had a hearing aid and Spiderman had a prosthetic limb.  

We have been continuing to look out for children who are being extra kind to others and we are pleased to say that a lot of the children have received house points for being extra kind to others.  

Mystery Visitor 

Thank you to Harriet’s mum who came to visit as a scientist. She wore her lab coat and talked to us about muscles. The children learnt about some of the foods we should eat to help us to build muscle.  

Reading 

Please can we have reading books and reading logs sent back to school in school bags, every day, so that they are available for adults to read with the children.  

We will take the books in on Monday and you will receive a new book on Tuesday.  

Please make sure that your child’s Library book is in their bag on Thursday so they can get a new one.  

Phonics 

In phonics this week we have been learning the sounds k, ck and e and we have learnt the new tricky word 'no'. We have been practising blending cvc words e.g. peg, kid, den. 

Next week, we will be learning the sounds u, r, h and b and the new tricky word ‘go’.  

Maths  

This week in maths we have been continuing with mastering number, working on number 4, and we have been naming and describing triangles and circles. We have looked for these shapes in our environment. We looked for shapes in Kandinsky’s artwork and created our own pictures using shapes.  

Literacy 

This week we have been continuing reading about Tiddler: The Story-Telling Fish. We have been finding out more about our oceans with the non-fiction book Big Book of the Blue. Alongside these stories, we have started practising the songs for our Nativity. The children are impressing us with their enthusiasm to practice the songs each day.  


Week Commencing 8 November 2021

Maths workshop

Thank you to all the parents who attended the maths workshop. We hope it gave you an insight into the maths lessons in school and explained more about developing the children’s number sense and deepening their knowledge within 10.

Mathletics log ins have now been sent home for your children to access maths activities at home.

Reading books

Please return reading books on Monday, and we will change them and send them back now on Tuesday evening. We would really appreciate it if you can make sure all reading books and logs are in the children’s bags each day so that they are available for when adults read with the children in school.

Library books

The children came back with their first library book this week. Please read it and enjoy it together before we change it next Thursday.

Cooking

The second house group got to make their fruit kebabs this week. With this recipe, they are working on chopping skills and talking about healthy eating. I think the highlight is eating it at the end!

A visit from a Poet

The children had the opportunity to meet a poet this week. James Nash came to share one of his poems with the children on Tuesday.

Our learning this week

This week in phonics we have been learning the sounds o,c,k and the tricky word I.  

Next week we will be learning k, ck, e and the tricky word no.

We have been reading the book ‘Tiddler’ by Julia Donaldson. We have talked about the word imagination as Tiddler liked to use his imagination. We have been looking at The Big Book of the Blue to find out more about the ocean and sea creatures.

In Maths we have introduced the number 4. We are continuing to use our number rhymes to support our number formation.


Week commencing 1 November 

Welcome back everyone. We hope you all had an enjoyable half-term. It has been great to see the children return to school rested and ready to learn.

The Golden Rule

The children have been learning our golden rule which was presented to them in assembly by Mrs Colbourn.

No hitting, no hurting, no excuses

We go through our golden rule each day, and we encourage you to help your child remember this too.

We have also been on the look out for children being kind to others. Many children have been earning house points this week for being kind to their friends and helping each other.

Reading book

Reading books came home on Thursday, so it would be helpful if you could encourage your children to have a go at reading their books each day and please can you record how they got on in their reading log. The more time the children can read the book the better. As a guide we would suggest 4 times.

We will begin sending library books home next week.

Phonics

The children have been learning the sounds d and g and the tricky word to.

Next week we will be learning o, c, k.

Maths

In mastering numbers we have been thinking carefully about how we count.

  • We have to say the number words in the correct order.
  • We know that the last number we say in a group tells us how many there are altogether. (This is called cardinality.)
  • We can move small objects to count accurately.
  • If the objects are  big  and we can’t move them, we can touch them to check we have counted them all. (e.g tables)

We have been working on forming the numbers 0-3. We are teaching the children rhymes to support the number formation.

We have created a PowerPoint with the number rhymes so you can support your children at home.

Maths workshop

Next Wednesday there will be a maths workshop for parents at 9am and 2pm, in KS1 hall, if you would like to attend.

Diwali

We have found out more about Diwali through our mystery visitor Mrs Chauhan who works in the school office, reading a story, watching videos, making Diva lamps and creating rangoli patterns.

Den building

On Friday afternoon, we will be spending time in our school garden, looking for materials and working together to build dens.

Mystery visitor

Next Friday we are looking forward to a visit from David Doherty, who is currently a Rugby coach and he previously played professional rugby for the Wasps. We think it would be a good idea for the children to come in their PE kit next Friday for this event.


Week commencing 18 October

Mystery Visitor

Our Mystery visitor this week was Mr Bradley, who brought his guitar and sang songs with the children.

Phonics

This week in phonics we have learnt the sounds n and m. We sang the jolly phonics songs linked to these sounds and played games to practice hearing n and m as initial sounds in words. 

Rhyme of the week

Head, shoulders, knees and toes is our rhyme of the week. Children have had the opportunity to perform this rhyme/song to their peers.

Literacy

In literacy we have read the book The Colour Monster Goes to School: Kids books read aloud by Books with Blue.

Through the colour monster books we have been developing comprehension and discussing how the colour monster might be feeling at different parts of the book.

We have looked at Usbourne’s ‘All about Friendships’ book and discussed how to be a good friend. It would be great if the children could have a talk at home about ways they can be a good friend to other children.

Maths

We have started a mastery in maths programme this week, which we will be using each week to develop the children’s number sense. We have been subitising to 3 and the children have been representing these numbers with their fingers in different ways.

Friday afternoon welly walks and gardening time

Last week we used our knowledge of repeating patterns in maths to make leaf kebabs. The children found a stick and added their leaves to make a pattern. Some children made a pattern brown leaf, brown leaf, yellow leaf, brown leaf, brown leaf, yellow leaf etc... This was a good choice as there were lots of brown leaves.

This week we are planting pansies. Digging holes for planting is a great way of developing the children’s gross motor skills which is one of the ways we prepare children for writing.

Writing Workshop

For those of you that attended, we hope you found the writing workshop informative.

Parents evening

It was great to meet you all at parents evening this week.

Homework

If you have the opportunity it would be great if you look for the sounds s,a,t,p,I,n,m in words either in books or on signs etc... so that the children keep practising what they have learnt.

This half-term has been busy, and the children are certainly ready for a break.  We’re delighted to see how the children have settled and made new friendships as well as inspiring one another to learn.

Thank you for all your support this first half-term, and we wish you all a restful break.


Week beginning 11 October 

Phonics

This week in phonics we have been learning the sounds t,p and i. We have been on a picture hunt to find the pictures beginning with a ‘p’ and using Geraldine the Giraffe to help us think of objects around us that begin with sounds t, p and i.

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /t/ sound

We have been continuing with Dough Disco which involves the children using playdough to strengthen their fine motor skills ready for writing.

Next week in Phonics we will be introducing the sounds n, m and consolidating the sounds taught to date.

Rhyme of the week

Each week we learn or practice a rhyme because in Reception children should have the opportunity to perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and it also builds vocabulary.  This week the rhyme has been 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat' and the children have been very enthusiastic about sharing all the different versions they know. Other rhymes we have worked on are; 'Two little Dickie Birds', '1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive' and 'I Had a Little Turtle'.

Literacy

In literacy we have been reading, ‘The Colour Monster’ which has helped us talked about different.

The Color Monster - Read Aloud by Mr. Joshua Brooks

We listened to the feelings song. We have added a link in case the children want to share it with you.

The Feelings Song

Maths

In Maths we have been looking at repeated patterns. The children are getting very good at knowing what should come next. Some children have been creating their own repeated patterns with different resources around the classroom.


Week beginning 4 October

It was great to see all the parents who could attend the reading and phonics workshops this week. We hope it was useful.

PE

This week the children started with PE lessons on Monday. In Reception the children work on different skills but it is put into a fun context. They pretended it was a birthday party and played games practicing the skills: showing awareness of others around them, sending and receiving an object with control and listening to and following instructions.

Phonics

Phase 2 of letters and sounds has begun! We have learnt:  s, a and t. Please encourage the children to notice these letters and sounds when they are out and about or when they are having a story. Remember we use the pure sound (soft sound) to say the sounds.

Next week we will be continuing with t and adding p and I.

Maths

In Maths we have been thinking about measure and using vocabulary: big and small, little and large, more and fewer, taller and shorter, longer and shorter. Some of the children really enjoyed making taller and shorter towers.  Fewer is a more tricky concept for the children to use.

We have got off to a good start with our focus children. They have loved sharing their photos with the class, which is a fantastic opportunity to develop their confidence speaking in front of the class but in a fun way. Other children are now getting excited for their turn.

Mystery Visitor

We had our first mystery visitor. Mrs Wilson, one of our KS1 teaching assistants, came to read ‘Paper Dolls’ by Julia Donaldson. Some of the children went on to make their own paper dolls for the Author of the Month display.

If you would like to be one of our Mystery visitors, please let us know.

Coats

Please can all children have coats in school every day from now on as it is getting cold and windy.