In a couple of weeks we will be making minibeast homes as part of our minibeast topic.
We will need bark, pine cones, sticks, 2 litres plastic bottles, bamboo canes, small garden pots (terracotta or plastic). If you have any of these going spare or that need recycling – please bring them in for us to use!
We will be holding our Sports Day on Tuesday 2nd July (weather permitting).
The Reception children will be beginning their races at 9.15am until approx. 10.15am, on the school playing field.
It would be lovely if family and friends could come along and cheer the children on!
We will be asking all children to come to school wearing an item of clothing in their team colour. A letter with this information will follow shortly.
Thank you for your support.
The Reception Team
We will be doing lots of growing seeds this term and would be very grateful for any donations of the following –
seeds especially: beans, sunflowers, peas, radish but we would be happy to have anything!
any vegetable plug plants you don’t need
empty clean glass jars eg coffee jars. We need these as soon as possible please for next week.
If you can donate any of the above, please let a member of staff know.
Thank you very much!
The Reception Team
This week we made maps and wrote captions for Little Red Riding Hood’s walk to Granny’s house. We had a go at using some describing words with this, so we had ‘a smooth path’, ‘a dark and scary wood’ and Granny’s house was ‘warm and cosy’. Well done everyone! The wolf came to visit us and we were able to ask him some questions, including ‘why did you want to eat Granny?’. We found out that the wolf wasn’t really all that ‘bad’ after all. We have also listened to alternative versions of the story and talked about how they are different. We have continued to work on numbers 10-20, using numicon to help to understand how these numbers are 10+ a single digit number.
We are continuing to read every week and learn our tricky words and phonics. We are focusing on segmenting and blending phonetic words, using the sounds and blends we have been learning.
Next week we will be writing our own versions of Little Red Riding Hood and finding out about wolves. We will continue with our maths and phonics. We will also be talking about Mother’s Day and creating some top secret art – shhh!!!
This week we have been thinking about Little Red Riding Hood and making a display about her journey to Grandma’s house. We also thought about our own journeys to school. Some of us walk, scoot, cycle, or even float in a bubble! We have started acting out the story together, and on Thursday we made yummy jam tarts for Granny….well, not for Granny really! In PE we continued to work on hand eye co-ordination by balancing balls on racquets and trying to transfer the ball to our partner’s racquet – tricky!
We have been revising the high frequency words we have covered so far – both recognising them and having a go at writing them. Keep this up everyone! In maths we have been focusing on numbers 10-20.
It was great to see all the parents and carers at parents evenings this week – thank you for coming.
Next week we will be thinking about Little Red Riding Hood’s journey to Grandma’s house and drawing and labelling maps. We will be thinking about the feelings of the wolf in the story and also identifying and naming different musical instruments.
We hope you have been enjoying the brighter, breezy weather this week.
We have been finding out what the children know this week, and will be looking at their next steps. Of course we assess the children on a daily basis as we play and work with them, but this week we have been looking in a lot more detail.
On Monday we were joined by Sean, an author, who came to tell a hilarious story to the children. There was lots of input and acting out of the story from the children. We chose The Three Little Pigs, but the children were invited to add new characters and scenarios. Who knew the three little pigs knew a rhinoceros who wanted to go to Cinderella’s ball?! We have also been getting to know Little Red Riding Hood (the Nick Sharratt version) and joining in with the rhyming patterns and refrains.
On Tuesday we had PE with Mr Davis, when we celebrated Pancake Day by tossing beanbag pancakes on our racquet frying pans, and we even had a pancake race! In the afternoon we talked about Fairtrade foods and what ‘fairtrade’ means, then we made yummy fairtrade chocolate cornflake cakes.
Next week we will be continuing to think about the Little Red Riding Hood story, in particular, her journey from her home to Granny’s house. We will also be touching on Stranger Danger, linking it to Little Red Riding Hood’s decision to talk to the wolf on her walk to Granny’s.
Welcome back! We hope you all had a great half term break.
This week we have been settling back in and remembering how to keep our classes happy places to be. We shared what we had done over the half term break and then wrote about it and drew pictures. Our words of the week this week were all, come, play. Please help your child to practice recognising these, plus all the words we have covered so far. Just a few minutes a day would be great! Thank you. We have been sharing traditional tales at story time this week, and trying to share less common ones such as The Elves and the Shoemaker. We have also been looking at key vocabulary used in the story Little Red Riding Hood, which will be our story theme for the term. We talked about the meaning of words such as ‘cloak’ and ‘cunning’. We will start to share the story next week.
We have been doing lots of practical maths to order numbers, thinking about ‘more’ and ‘fewer’, and beginning to count back and forwards to add and subtract. In ICT we used the tablets to find art programs then used the programs to create our own pictures. On Tuesday Mr Davies got everyone using racquets and balls and we practised controlling the ball by dribbling it carefully from side to side. Not as easy as it first looks! Everyone tried really hard and we will continue to practice these skills throughout this term.
Next week we will be looking at what the children have learnt so far, and what everyone’s next steps will be. Please sign up for a parent appointment (on the class door) so we can share this with you. We will be sharing Little Red Riding Hood by Nick Sharrett, and really getting to know the story. We will also be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight by making some yummy fairtrade chocolate cornflake cakes. Please encourage your child to look for the fairtrade symbol on packaging at home and when you are out shopping.
We hope you got to enjoy the snow last week – we certainly did here at school!
This week we have been taking part in Children’s Mental Health Week by thinking about how we feel in different situations, and ways we can deal with our feelings if they start to take over. Look out for some of our work on a whole school display in the hall.
On Tuesday afternoon we celebrated Chinese New Year. We started by finding out the story behind Chinese New Year. Ask your child which animal year it is! We then tried some yummy Chinese food and made Chinese lanterns.
In maths we have been learning about weight and comparing objects by weight, learning to use balance scales. Our Words of the Week last week were are, day, they. This week they are of, said, going. Please keep revising the words in your child’s reading diaries, and do go back to earlier words that they may have forgotten. In PE we did some gymnastics activities in the hall with Mr Davies – great fun!
Next week we are continuing our theme of our feelings by thinking about who is special to us. We will also be doing some Valentine baking.
On Tuesday afternoon we will be celebrating Chinese New Year. The children will be taking part in art activities and have the opportunity to taste some Chinese food including noodles, sweet chilli sauce, prawn crackers and fortune cookies.
Please let a member of staff know if your child cannot eat any of these.
We have been finding out about Artic animals this week, and writing lists of things we would need to take if WE were going to the Artic. We are also making boats and testing them out in the water tray. We have been thinking about positional language and measuring using non-standard measures in maths. We are sharing non fiction books about winter, the Artic, Antarctica and anything related to these. Next week it is Children’s Mental Health Week and the whole school will be taking part in activities around this. We will be thinking about our emotions and how they make us feel and what we can do to help ourselves.
Just a couple of reminders please……
Please, please, please can you label all of your child’s uniform, especially PE kit. We waste valuable learning time trying to match up lost unlabelled PE kit to the right children.
We will be sending all plimsolls home at half term for you to check they are still in wearable condition and the correct size.
Please make sure your child(ren) are fully supervised when waiting for the classroom doors to open in the morning to keep everyone safe and happy. We really appreciate your support with this – thank you.