Welcome to Reception!!
There will be regular updates on the children's progress on this page so please check back frequently
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.
We have had lots of fun this week focusing on learning all about pizza! The children designed and made their own pizzas.
We were then very lucky to have Alice's mum come in to teach us some Italian songs!
Click on the above link to see the children's favourite song: 'Il coccodrillo come fa?'
French Day - 11th June 2019
We have had a wonderful day today! The children have really enjoyed learning about France. We started off by talking about where France is located (we found it on a map)and how we might get there. We discussed the language and practised saying 'Bonjour, Ca va?'to each other. We sampled some typical French cuisine and the children really enjoyed the croissants, baguettes and pain au chocolate; all eaten to the tune of 'Frere Jacques'! Independent activities followed and the children made French flags, lemon biscuits, designed a new t-shirt for the Tour de France and wrote postcards home. What a lovely day!
New topic - 'Holidays around the World'
It is now your child's final half term in Reception class and we have a fun-filled last 7 weeks for the children to enjoy! During our first week back we will explore the concept of a holiday and the different places that the children have taken them. We will then move on to do a study of four countries: France, Italy, Australia and America. If you feel that you have any particular subject knowledge on any of these countries and would like to either send something in or come in to chat to the children then please do let me know.
Our first stop will be France! I have sent a letter home and would like all children to come to school dressed in red, white and blue on Tuesday 11th June. We will also be trying some croissants, baguettes and pain au chocolates so please ensure you send back the permission slip!
Watch this space for more news and photos!
Our new topic is.....
We hope that everyone had a lovely Easter break and feels well rested after the Bank Holiday weekend. The children have come back into school keen to learn and have engaged well with our latest topic. As this is a short half term we have decided to focus on just four books and plan activities around one book per week. Last week we read 'The Snail and the Whale' and the children enjoyed learning about snails, problem solving how many snails the whale could fit on his back and talking about how the snail felt on different parts of his journey around the world. They also designed some posters advertising trips and made leaflets to show what exciting adventures the snail had been on!
This week we have been reading 'Charlie Cook's Favourite Book' where the focus has been on reading and what books the children enjoy at home. Each child has thought of one of their favourite books and shared information about it with an adult. We have also looked at tally charts and done a class survey about which genre of books children enjoy the most.
Next week we will look at 'A Squash and a Squeeze' and our final week will be spent looking at Miss Buckingham's favourite story, 'The Smartest Giant in Town'. Please do re-check the website from time to time.
Under the Sea craft activities
The children have been working really hard! We have painted seaside pictures, made mini rainbow fish from paper plates, made octopuses from paper bowls and many more creations!
The children have been working really hard over the last couple of weeks making a sensory number line. The EYFS states that children should have a good grasp of numbers up to twenty. They should be able to count groups of objects, understand one more and one less, number bonds to ten and doubles and halves. We made the numbers using lots of different materials and they are now proudly displayed in our maths area.
New Topic - Under the Sea.
Our new topic this half term is Under the Sea and the children have already thought of a list of things that we might find lurking beneath the waves! We had lots of suggestions about different types of animals such as sharks and clown fish, alongside ideas about caves, sea wrecks and sea witches! Our role play area is a submarine and will hopefully be 'open' towards the end of the week. The children are desperate to get in there! Any books or sea creature toys you have at home would be gratefully received for our display.
Christmas Craft Morning - 16th December
Thank you to all the adults who came and joined us for our craft morning. The children really enjoyed it!
Art Day - 28th November 2018
On Wednesday this week all the children in school took part in an Art Day. Each class chose an artist and replicated some of their paintings. Can you guess what we did in Reception?
On Monday 26th November, Christmas will officially arrive in our Reception classroom! Our Christmas play this year will be 'Its a Baby' and the next two weeks will be spent learning and rehearsing this. Letters with song words, character parts and costume requests will be sent home this weekend. We are really looking forward to it!
Remembrance Day Activities
We painted paper plates with red paint and stuck black card and tissue paper in the middle. We talked about the war and enjoyed taking part in the commemoration on the village green.
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!
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.
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.
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.
If your child would like to bring in any other autumnal items then please send them in.
Can you send an autumnal picture to email@example.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
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'.
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....
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)
- 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.
- 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'
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.
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.
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!
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
We have learnt about all the coins now too.