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There will be regular updates on the children's progress on this page so please check back frequently smiley

 

The children have all made such a fabulous start to the new school year and have embraced all the new routines really well. Please see our Reception newsletter below for more information.

Phonics w/b 15th October

 

We are having a slight pause from introducing new phonemes this week to assess exactly where all the children are and to focus on rhyming activities. We will send activities home if rhyming is something that your child finds tricky as this is a really important aspect of learning to read. If your child is able to rhyme well then you can focus on writing out simple CVC rhyming words at home, i.e. cat and rat or pig and dig.

 

From next week onwards, the children will be split into slightly smaller groups for phonics with myself, Mrs Jones and Miss Buckingham all working with groups. We will be looking at both Phase One and Two activities from 'Letters and Sounds' (the phonics programme that we use at school.)

 

Any questions, then please ask!

Number songs to listen to at home

We listen to number songs daily to introduce he children to the numerals 1-20.

A typical Tuesday afternoon in Reception class.....

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We have been busy dancing to some rhyming songs!

Phase 1 Phonics Activities - Rhyming video

Alongside introducing new phonemes we are encouraging the children to hear rhyming words. This video is a nice example of some resources that can be found online.

Phonics Meeting 8th October 2018

 

Thank you for everyone who attended the Phonics meeting last night. We hope it was useful and if there are any further questions then please do ask.

 

Just to clarify that in Reception we cover Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the 'Letters and Sounds' programme.

 

Phase 2 consists of the following phonemes and tricky words:

 

s   a   t   p  i   n   m  d  g  o  c  k  ck  e  u  r   h  b  f  ff   l

 

the   to   go   no   I

 

Phase 3 consists of the following phonemes:

 

j   v    w   x   y  z    zz   qu   sh   ch   th   ng   ar  or  igh   ur    ow   oi  ear  er   air  ure

 

he   she  me  be  be  was  my  you   her  they  all   are

 

 

Phonics w/b 8th October

 

 

 

This week in phonics we will be looking at the following phonemes:

 

                                         g, o, c, k

 

We will be doing lots of blending and segmenting activities and writing simple CVC (consonant - vowel - consonant ) words on our white boards.

 

 

Phonics w/b 1st October

 

 

In phonics sessions this week we will be introducing the following phonemes:

 

i, n, m, d

At the start of each session we re-cap on the previous sounds we have learnt by listening to the jolly phonics songs  ( available on youtube - search for Phase 2) and by saying the sound when the flash card is held up

 

 

We practise writing the graphemes ( the letters) on the whiteboards, making sure we remember 'sweep ups' i.e. the start and end of the letter which makes it pre-cursive.

 

At the end of the session we practise our blending. I write simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words on the board and the children blend the sounds together to make the words. We use 'robot arms' to make each individual phoneme and blend the sounds together.

 


 

 

 

Pasta Necklaces 

 

This week we have been developing our fine motor skills through making pasta necklaces. the children have really enjoyed this activity.

 

Home Learning: Can you make one at home? How long can you make it?

 

  

Forest School Sessions

 

   

The children have had a great time at Forest School today. They have been looking at all the signs of Autumn and have been counting and ordering conkers. They have been making 'mud cakes' using the different herbs in the 'Muddy Kitchen' and have been colour mixing to make 'cake cocktails'. 

 

If you would like to come and take part in either one session or a number of sessions then parents are always welcome. Please contact us in Reception or talk dircectly to Mrs Ashmore. 

​​​Autumn Walk

 

Today we have been for a walk around the school grounds to see what signs of Autumn we could spot. The children were really good at noticing the leaves on the trees were changing colour and we all enjoyed picking up the conkers! We have brought lots of leaves, sticks, conkers and acorns back to the classroom and have them on display.

 

Home Learning:

If your child would like to bring in any other autumnal items then please send them in.

Can you send an autumnal picture to gilmore.e@welearn365.com of you and your children to go on display in the classroom?

 

                                                                            

Phonics - w/b 24th September

 

This week we will be looking at the phonemes:   s   a   t    p

 

More info.......

 

In phonics sessions we introduce a new sound each day. We think of different things that begin with that sound, we practise writing it on the whiteboards and we do the new action i,e, for 's' we pretend to be snakes and wiggle our arms up and down going 'ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss'.

 

Powerpoint Presentation from 'Meet the Teacher' session on 18/09/18

Did you know?

 

In Reception class we don't follow the National Curriculum, we follow the 'EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE' or the EYFS for short. This document is designed to help track children's development from birth to the end of their Reception school and is split into 7 areas. These 7 areas are further divided into PRIME and SPECFIC areas and can be seen below....

 

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf

 

At the end of each area of development is an EARLY LEARNING GOAL. This is roughly a paragraph long and lists a set of statements that would be typical for a child to be able to do at the end of the year. It is a 'best fit' model so it doesnt matter if the child cannot do every single thing listed. We will report to you whether your child has acheived the Early Learning Goal and is EXPECTED, whether they havent quite got there yet and are EMERGING or if they have really grasped it all and are EXCEEDING.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know?

 

In Reception we work hard to develop every child's FINE and GROSS motor skills. Gross motor skills involve larger movements and co-ordination ( jumping, hopping, throwing a ball) whereas fine motor skills are involved in far smaller movements (using a pair of scissors, doing up buttons, holding a pencil)

 

Before children are able to hold a pencil correctly and form small recognisable letters they need to be able to make the same movements from their shoulder. We have the easels out all the time and encourage children to paint.....

 

 

                                             

 

..... we have also covered whole tables with big rolls of paper and asked the children to make large vertical and anti-clockwise shapes (the two movements that underpin most letter formation)

 

          


HOME LEARNING

- Can you get a big pot of water and a paint brush and paint the (outside) walls?

- Can you make a tray of sand or glitter and practise vertical and anti-clockwise movements?

 

We are also working hard to develop the children's fine motor skills. We always have a cutting table out where the children can sit and cut and Miss Buckingham will be working hard with the children during the next few weeks doing a variety of activities including threading and sticking.

 

HOME LEARNING

 

- Can you tear some newspapers into strips to help build up strength in your hands?

- Can you make some playdough and roll it into balls or squash it flat?-

- Can you make a pasta necklace by threading pasta tubes onto some string?

- Can you use some tweezers to pick up some small counters?

- Can you practise your cutting, working hard with both hands?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Buckingham has been working hard with the children this week. Today they painted some of our toy dinosaurs feet and stamped them onto some A3 paper. The children really enjoyed carefully painting the feet and making their own dinosaur tracks.

 

EYFS Link: Physical development - 'handles tools safely and with increasing control'

 

 

  

 

 

 

Reception Newsletter Autumn '18

This is the book we will be focusing on over the next couple of weeks. We have been reading it lots in class and the children are really enjoying it.

This is the book we will be focusing on over the next couple of weeks. We have been reading it lots in class and the children are really enjoying it.  1

10 Little Numbers

This is a number song we have been listening to over the last week.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) states that all children should be confident working with numbers up to 20 but it is really important that they are secure with the first ten numbers first.

Home learning: Can your child recognise these numbers? Try pointing them out in everyday contexts to make them meaningful to your child.
Is your child familiar with the concept of one more/one less? Try modelling it to them practically, i.e. if I give you 4 sweets, how many will you have if I give you one more?

Seasons Song

This is also a song we have been listening to a lot this week so have a go at playing it at home - I'm sure the children will recognise it! It is an American song so we've been changing 'Fall' to Autumn but it is well worth a listen - beware, you may find yourself singing it for the rest of the day!

Letter and Number formation sheets

Reception Class 2017-2018 Information is archived below......

Summer Newsletters

Summer 1

This half term is all about Science Experiments! We have already planted our sunflower seeds from our last topic when we were looking at the plant lifecycle but now they are starting to grow! We looked at this alongside reading 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. The children have rewritten this story and I must say we have some aspiring authors in this class! We will also be looking at colours whilst looking at the Poem 'What is Pink?' by Christina Rossetti and lots of other fantastic science experiments.

Our butterflies were ready to be released today! We have been watching them grow from tiny caterpillars to big caterpillars and then turn into a chrysalis. They all finally came out as beautiful butterflies and so we released them by the flowers on the field.

The colour science experiment went very well. We placed Skittles around the edge of plate with some water in and watched the colours merge.

The colour science experiment went very well. We placed Skittles around the edge of plate with some water in and watched the colours merge. 1
The colour science experiment went very well. We placed Skittles around the edge of plate with some water in and watched the colours merge. 2

Spring 2

This half term our focus is 'New Beginnings'. We have looked at many things such as the frog lifecycle, the caterpillar life cycle and how a flower grows.

We went to the butterfly farm! The children were very excited to get up close to butterflies and learn even more amazing facts about these beautiful insects. Thank you to the parent helpers who came along!

Butterflies have symmetrical wings so Reception class have been learning about symmetrical patterns in Mathematics.

Becketts Farm kindly run a competition for Reception Class for Mother's Day. The children painted beautiful paintings of their Mother's and the pictures are displayed at Becketts Farm and judged by the staff there. Their decision must have been very tough but these children came 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Well done! Everyone is a winner in our eyes so the rest of the class were given a bunch of daffodils and a cupcake to take home for their mothers. Thank you Becketts Farm!

Becketts Farm kindly run a competition for Reception Class for Mother's Day. The children painted beautiful paintings of their Mother's and the pictures are displayed at Becketts Farm and judged by the staff there. Their decision must have been very tough but these children came 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Well done! Everyone is a winner in our eyes so the rest of the class were given a bunch of daffodils and a cupcake to take home for their mothers. Thank you Becketts Farm! 1
Becketts Farm kindly run a competition for Reception Class for Mother's Day. The children painted beautiful paintings of their Mother's and the pictures are displayed at Becketts Farm and judged by the staff there. Their decision must have been very tough but these children came 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Well done! Everyone is a winner in our eyes so the rest of the class were given a bunch of daffodils and a cupcake to take home for their mothers. Thank you Becketts Farm! 2
Becketts Farm kindly run a competition for Reception Class for Mother's Day. The children painted beautiful paintings of their Mother's and the pictures are displayed at Becketts Farm and judged by the staff there. Their decision must have been very tough but these children came 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Well done! Everyone is a winner in our eyes so the rest of the class were given a bunch of daffodils and a cupcake to take home for their mothers. Thank you Becketts Farm! 3

World Book Day! What wonderful costumes we saw!

Spring 1

We made lion faces when learning about animals that live in hot countries.

We made lion faces when learning about animals that live in hot countries. 1
We made lion faces when learning about animals that live in hot countries. 2

Mrs Campbell has been teaching the story of Noah's Ark. This group decided to pair up all the animals from the animal box.

Mrs Campbell has been teaching the story of Noah's Ark. This group decided to pair up all the animals from the animal box. 1

In Mathematics, we have been focusing on length and ordering items by size.

In Mathematics, we have been focusing on length and ordering items by size. 1
In Mathematics, we have been focusing on length and ordering items by size. 2

These girls spent the morning building towers with the multilink and then finding items in the classroom that were the same size.

These girls spent the morning building towers with the multilink and then finding items in the classroom that were the same size. 1

We have been learning about capacity. The children had to collect a container and decide on whether it was full, half-full or empty.

We have been learning about capacity. The children had to collect a container and decide on whether it was full, half-full or empty. 1
We have been learning about capacity. The children had to collect a container and decide on whether it was full, half-full or empty. 2
We have been learning about capacity. The children had to collect a container and decide on whether it was full, half-full or empty. 3
We have been learning about capacity. The children had to collect a container and decide on whether it was full, half-full or empty. 4

We were even labelling the containers too!

We were even labelling the containers too! 1

Capacity was very fun for Reception when we got the scales out. "Miss Smith this is the heavier one!" How do you know? "Because it's lower down."

Capacity was very fun for Reception when we got the scales out. "Miss Smith this is the heavier one!" How do you know? "Because it's lower down." 1

As part of the children's homelearning, the children created a space themed model. What amazing planets and rockets!

A beautiful drawing created by one of our Recption pupils for Space Bear

A beautiful drawing created by one of our Recption pupils for Space Bear 1

This half term we will be focusing on 'Our World'.

A very exciting guest has arrived in Reception class! Space Bear has travelled all the way from Mars to learn about the planet Earth and Reception class has kindly offered to teach him.

Picture 1

First of all we told Space Bear what we already knew.

We did a 'Brain Storm' to put all of our ideas together.

Our next mission is to find out more about our world so that we can teach Space Bear some more!

Autumn 2

This half term, our topic is 'Let's Celebrate', where the children will be learning about many celebrations from around the world. We'll be looking at Diwali, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Eid, Thanksgiving and (of course) Christmas!

 

The children have been making firework rockets to celebrate bonfire night!

 

The children love writing on the whiteboards in phonics

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We have learnt about all the coins now too.

 

 

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