Friday 8th January
We hope you have all had a good week and have accessed the home learning on the website. From Monday 11th January we are going to be doing a variety of different activities and tasks. We will be setting these on the website and Google Classroom so please make sure that you have obtained your login details from the school office. We will be uploading activities on Monday morning and these will include video lessons, powerpoints, practical activities, story times and worksheets. Google Classrooms will be used to set written activities so that they can be completed and sent back to us, enabling us to give comments and feedback when needed.
Have a lovely weekend.
The Reception team.
Dear Children & Parents
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. Thank you so much for your cards and gifts. We were so looking forward to welcoming you back to school this week but due to current restrictions, this isn’t going to be possible for a little while. For the time being, we hope you enjoy our home learning activities and we look forward to seeing all of your super work on Google Classrooms (starting next week 11.1.21).
Keep smiling, Mrs Fortune, Mrs Chadwick, Mrs Riding :)
Our Christmas play ‘We’re Going On An Elf Chase‘ is now available to view on the following link. https://vimeo.com/491136802
The video is password protected.
A parent mail will be sent with the password.
We hope you enjoy watching it as much the children and staff enjoyed performing and filming.
Have a fantastic Christmas!
This week in phonics, we have revised the ng digraph. We practised writing words with the ng sound in. Then, we independently wrote a sentence that had lots of words with ng in. Now it is time for some festive fun before we finish for the Christmas Holidays :)
Week beginning 7.12.20
This week we have been reading Stick Man and writing about what he did on his journey. We wrote our own stories, focusing on writing in sentences and sounding out each work phonetically.
Week beginning 1.12.20
We are super proud of the children this week!
We have been looking at Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' painting and talking about lines, swirls and circles. We looked carefully at the painting and discussed what we could see and how it made us feel. The children then created their own paintings, inspired by the artist. They painted on tinfoil, using large brushes and concentrated on the lines and mixing colours. They then cut out silhouette buildings to stick on and complete their pictures. They are displayed in the classrooms and look beautiful!
Week beginning 23.11.20
In Blue Class we have been learning the months of the year and doing the Macarena actions to remember it! We hope you like our video!
Week beginning 16.11.20
We have had a very creative week celebrating the festival of Diwali. We have made Rangoli patterns, decorated Henna hands, made firework displays and played musical instruments to accompany Diwali music.
Week beginning 9.11.20
This week we have amazed by how the children are becoming so much more independent in their phonetic ability and writing. We have been saying short captions before we start our writing. Look at the fabulous results!
In Outdoor Learning we looked for signs of Autumn. We noticed all the changing colours and collected many different signs of Autumn.
After reading the book 'Pumpkin Soup' by Helen Cooper we made our very own soup. We all helped to scoop out the pumpkin flesh, cut the pieces up and sir the mixture. We then tasted the soup after our Outdoor Learning session to warm us up!
This week we wrote instructions of how to make pumpkin soup.
Look at our super labels and captions!
Week beginning 2.11.20
We are very excited to be back in school after the Half Term. We have a lovely new topic all about 'Special Times and festivals'. We will be talking about what some of us did for Halloween, Bonfire night safety, Remembrance Day, the Diwali festival and Christmas.
We have changed our provision both indoors and outdoors to encourage the children to be independent, creative and explore new media and materials.
Week beginning 19.10.20
We have had a magical week after reading the story 'On a magical do-nothing day' by Beatrice Alemagna. We talked about what we could do outdoors on a do-nothing afternoon.
Here are some photos of the fun we had!
Week beginning 12.10.20
This week we have been sorting objects in different ways in Mathematics. We asked the children the question; How can we sort these objects?
They sorted by colour, size, shape and characteristics. They were all amazing and completed the tasks with great enthusiasm.
Week beginning 5.10.20
This week we have been learning about colour. We read the book 'Elmer' to inspire us. We mixed and tinted colours by adding white. We read the poem 'I spy with my rainbow eye' and then made up our own poems about things we could see in our rooms.
We will start sending homework for phonics on Friday 2nd October. We would like you to sing the Jolly Phonics songs S A T P (available on You Tube). We have also included an activity for you to do with your child this weekend. Please can these homework books be returned on Monday morning.
Reading books are also to be returned on Monday and Thursday.
We have had a fun week doing lots of activities based on 'The Rainbow Fish'. The children have used different tools to print and make patterns. We have talked about 'feelings' in the story and focused on how the rainbow fish felt at the beginning and the end.
Here are a few of our wonderful prints and collages.
P.E begins on Tuesday 29th September. Children are to come to school dressed in their outdoor P.E kit wearing their school shoes. We will change the children in to the trainers you have brought into school for the mile run. Please see parent information letter for further details. Reading books will be sent out on Mondays and Thursdays from next week. Please make sure you return the books on these days to ensure the books can be quarantined before being sent out to another family. We appreciate your understanding :).
Please could we also ask that you refrain from sending in rucksacks daily as we have nowhere to store them and they don't fit on their pegs. Please send reading bags only.
This week the children have enjoyed lots of new activities using natural objects to make number and letter shapes. They have also had lots of fun outside thanks to the nice weather at the beginning of the week.
In Forest Schools, the children had to find the hidden pieces of a woodland creature jigsaw and put it together. They worked well as a team and completed the jigsaws! Well done Red & Blue Class.
We have had a fantastic first week in school. Red and Blue Class have settled so well in to their new routines and have enjoyed learning inside and outside. We have been very lucky with the weather this week and have had a go at running our first Woodlands' mile! The children have enjoyed reading the book SuperKid and have shared what they are super at with their friends. Well done Red and Blue Class :).
Hi Red & Blue Class,
We are all so excited to meet you in September! Enjoy watching the video of your new classrooms and teachers. Have a fantastic summer.
This week we have been retelling our space adventure stories verbally, before we write them.
Here are some children who have developed their own narratives to connect their ideas together.
Thursday 5th March
We have had a super World Book Day. Thank you to all the children and their families who helped to decorate a potato and create their favourite character. Here are some images to celebrate the day.
Monday 2nd March
This week we are continuing to learn about numbers that make 10. We have been using 10 frames and quickly recalling number facts by learning songs and rhymes. We have watched 'Number blocks' on CBeebies about how many different ways we can make 10.
In Literacy we are reading the book 'Goodnight Spaceman'. We are planning our own adventures to space, thinking about who we would go with, what our rocket looks like, what planet we might visit and what happens at the end. We are using story maps to plan and 'Talk for writing' to discuss our ideas and retell verbally what we are going to write about.
In our creative areas we are making our own rockets, we are thinking about what they will look like, what shapes we could use, what materials we could cover them in. We have drawn a plan before we start constructing.
Photographs of our rockets to follow.
This week is world book day so we are having a big focus on our favourite authors and stories. Please send in any books, labelled with names, for us to share.
Parent Learning Sessions
These will take place on Thursday mornings this half term and will focus on reading books together.
Monday 23rd February
Blast off to space!
The children have been really engaged in the new topic of space.
Chinese New Year
We have loved celebrating this special event with dragon dancing and making up our own Chinese musical accompaniments.
Parent Learning session are every Tuesday morning from 8.45 until 9.00 and we are playing Mathematical games and puzzles. We love seeing everyone and the children have a great time playing with family and friends and in groups. It really improves their ability to take turns and share resources as well as improve their counting, adding and problem solving abilities.
Tuesday 28th January
Many thanks to everyone who has made a real effort to read their reading books at home over the last couple of weeks. We are linking phonics, home reading and guided reading sessions closely and it is making it easier to align the sounds and books if the children read regularly.
Monday 27th January
This week we are continuing with our Polar theme. The children are writing stories about 'Penguin Small' following on from their story maps that they drew last week. We are using narrative language to retell verbally and in written form.
In mathematics we are finding out about the number 10. We are adding and making 10, finding 10 around the room and recording in our own ways.
We are also enjoying looking at how the Chinese New Year is celebrated. We have been talking about China, where it is, the food they eat and Chinese customs at this time of year.
We have provided lots of speaking opportunities for the children to engage in. They have been making phone calls to order meals. They have pretended to cook Chinese food together and even tasted rice and noodles and talked about their likes and dislikes.
Friday 17th January
We are really looking forward to starting our new topic on Polar regions and animals next week. We will be looking at the North and South pole and stories about penguins and polar bears. We are aiming to encourage the children to use speaking and listening skills to retell stories on their own and make up their own polar adventures. We are focusing on narrative language and being able to speak about what happens at the beginning of their story, in the middle and how it ends.
Our provision is all ready for Monday and we look forward to our polar journeys and learning together. If the children have any books: fiction or non-fiction about this topic please send them into school, clearly labelled and we would love to share them in our whole class daily reading sessions.
Super phonic work!
We have been really fantastic at phonics this week. We have been sounding out words and also writing short phrases using our phonics.
Wednesday 15th January
We are continuing to closely link phonics, home reading books and guided reading books. We would greatly appreciate it if you could read with your child so that we can change the books on Monday and Thursday.
Monday 13th January
We are really enjoying reading and retelling stories by Nick Butterworth. We have used Pie Corbett to retell the stories with repetitive actions. The children are beginning to retell the stories in writing and are using their new Phase 3 sounds.
In Mathematics we are continuing to look at numbers in greater depth. This week we have been exploring the number 8. The children can count to 8, find 8 items and record by representing the numbers using marks.
We have also loved making new homes and beds for Percy the park keeper. The children have joined, stuck and glued a variety of materials together. They have worked in super teams, taking part and sharing resources.
Happy New Year
Thank you for all your lovely cards and gifts at Christmas time.
We would also like to say Thank you for returning the Learning Journey's with lots of information and photos of how you celebrated Christmas.
Parent Learning mornings will be every Tuesday this half term and we will be playing Number games. The focus will be on taking turns, counting, adding and subtraction and number recognition.
Friday 13th December
We have loved reading 'Stick Man' and making our own stick printing, stick man characters, stick counting and many more activities in our classrooms. We are also enjoying reading Christmas stories every day and working independently and as groups in different areas of provision.
Tuesday 27th November
This week we are reading a lovely new book called 'Star in the Jar'. We are thinking about what things are special to us, feelings and emotions. We are writing short captions and phrases about what we would put in a special jar.
In Mathematics we are looking at shape and patterns. We are looking at shape patterns, colour patterns and even rhythmic patterns.
Our creative area in the Reception classrooms has been very busy with the children making kites and rockets to transport the star from the story into space. We have been using paint, different textured materials and junk modelling materials.
The children who have a speaking part have all had their short lines sent home in reading bags. please could you help us by learning the speaking parts with the children so that they are confident to say them aloud.
We have also sent home a note asking for costumes to be brought into school. We have some costumes in school and if you do not have a note about what they need to wear this means that we are able to provide your child with what they need..Many thanks for your cooperation.
Parent Learning Sessions begin on Thursday 21st November
They will be every Thursday morning from 8.45 until 9am until Christmas.
After Christmas they will be every Tuesday morning.
This is a time when we invite you to read with the children, work on phonics and comprehension. play number games in small groups and practise counting.
Monday 11th November
We have been making pumpkin soup. We have scooped out all the insides, roasted it, cut it and blended it.
We have also been learning about where and how pumpkins grow. We cut one open and sketched the inside.
Monday 11th November
Today in Remembrance Day. We had an assembly that the Year 5 children presented and talked about remembering the people who have served our country. We watched a Cbeebies show about what happened in the war. We drew our own Flanders field.
Wednesday 6th November
We are really enjoying exploring the new areas of learning in both classrooms this week.
Wednesday 16th October
We have really been working hard on our phonics this week. We have been sounding out words with e sounds using eggs and spoons.
Tuesday 16th October
Just love it when children take their play and learning to another level by labeling the city they have just created.
Friday 11th October
We have had a fabulous time making Elmer the elephant biscuits. We took turns and followed instructions to make the dough and decorate with icing and sweets.
Friday 4th October
We are all ready for next week! We are continuing with our 'Friendship' theme and will be reading stories about Elmer.
Thursday 3rd October
We have had a busy week. We have worked on our travelling and balancing skills in P.E. We have read and retold stories about adventures under the sea. We have worked on drawing our own portraits and used ipads to draw on too. We have been on shape hunts around the school and found objects that are circles, squares and triangles. We have had a lot of fun interacting with our friends during phonics games and outdoor activities.