February 24, 2017 at 5:42 pm
We’ve had a great first week back in Reception.
The children have loved sharing the work they completed in their Communication Books about things they celebrate. They have relished the opportunity to talk about their own lives and we have been using the internet to research different celebrations and places of worship.
We also had some ‘celebration bears’ who came dressed up for their occasion. The children had to decide what the bears were dressed for and then the answers were revealed in the cards. We had a bear dressed for a christening, a wedding and a birthday.
The children have been making celebratory cards all week.
We have been doing some problem solving in maths to help us work out one more and one less in different ways. For example, we set up a picnic for some teddy bears and the children had to work out how many more items we would need if 1 more bear arrived and how many less we would need if a bear left.
The children have also been playing a fun game where they had to throw a ping pong ball into a cup. Whichever cup the ball landed in, they had to read the number on the bottom of the cup and say one more and one less than that number.
This week the children have learnt:
er – runner, swimmer
ay – day, play
ou – about, out
ie – pie, tie
In keeping with the celebration theme, the children have been practising their hand-eye co-ordination with balloons. Balloons are a really useful resource for practising throwing and catching as they move more slowly than balls. They’re also good for enabling children to move their hands, eyes and feet simultaneously.
The children are also gaining a good grasp of eating healthily and making healthy food choices. Ella-Rose in RH said whilst eating her dinner today, “I’m having fruit for my pudding today because that’s healthy. That’s why I’m having it”.
February 21, 2017 at 9:42 am
Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic half term break. The children have come back with smiles on their faces.
Every week we do phonic activities at the end of a session. These sessions involve a lot of speaking and listening. The children have to identify a range of different sounds – environmental, body percussion and instruments. We are also starting to play ‘I spy’. To begin with we will use objects which start with s, a, t and p. The objects will be in front of the children this will help them to focus on a few objects rather than all the objects around the classroom. We hope this is a game that you can play at home too.
We read a different story to the children each week and this term we are reading familiar stories which have repeated refrains in them (words/sentences that are repeated throughout the story). This week we are reading ‘The 3 Billy Goats’, we will be encouraging the children to join in with ‘trip, trap’ and ‘Who’s that crossing over my bridge?’. The children will hear different sounds for the characters and we will talk about where the story is set.
Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to help us with our trip to the library. Further details will be sent out this week to those volunteers. It isn’t too late to help us just let us know. The children can wear story character outfits if they wish on the day – Wednesday 1st March. The children’s sessions in Nursery will remain unaffected, although stay and read won’t take place.
World Book Day
As a school we will be celebrating World Book Day on Friday 3rd March. In Nursery we will be celebrating it ALL day so all children in Nursery this day will be able to come to school in their pyjamas. It would be great to read some of their favourite stories from home.
As the children get older we are trying to make sure they are as independent as possible. Most of the children can now put their coats on independently, so the next challenge is to pull their zips up. We would be grateful if you could practise these skills at home.
Letters have been sent home with information about the upcoming parents evening. It will be held on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd March in the south building. We hope to see you there.
If you have any questions or would like to speak to us then please just let us know.
Have a great week
The Nursery team
February 10, 2017 at 3:37 pm
We’ve had a great last week of half term in Reception. We can’t believe that we’re half way through the year already.
Following on from their learning around the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’, the children have been using language such as bigger, smaller, taller, wider to describe different houses. They have been making houses using bricks and have thought about whether or not they would fit in the houses that the little pigs built. The children have been using rulers to draw buildings and have also been completing tally charts to record information about each other’s houses.
The children have been learning some of the later Phase 3 phonemes.
These are particularly tricky phonemes for the children to learn and read within words, so please do practise reading and writing them at home.
We have also been reading some non fiction books about materials and how to build houses.
The children have recently been very eager to write! Some children find the spelling of tricky/high frequency words difficult so we have been practising.
Have a lovely week and we’ll see you on Monday 20th February.
February 3, 2017 at 3:56 pm
This week we have had another visitor. Mr Wilson, the school’s Site Manager, came to talk to Reception about his job role. He told the children that he writes lists of jobs and then when he completes the jobs on his list, he ticks them off. Mr Wilson is a very good citizen and he also helps to keep us safe. Next week, the children are going to become good citizens too by helping Mr Wilson complete jobs around school, including picking up litter and getting some more sand for the classroom sand pits.
This week we have linked our literacy work to Mr Wilson’s visit . The children have written lists of jobs and have been fixing things around the classroom. James in RH decided that completing jobs around school is very important so the children should get stickers if they help. With this in mind, the children decided to design some stickers to hand out.
We have also been reading the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We have used a ‘small world’ to retell the story with props and materials. The children investigated why the straw and the stick houses blew down and the brick house didn’t. The children also made some houses of their own. Some children added traps to try and stop the Big Bad Wolf from getting in their houses.
This week we have been looking at time. We have talked about times of the day and sequenced pictures of activities that you complete during the day. The children have also been measuring time using sand timers. In PE, they had to time each other doing a minute of something active. The children came up with lots of ideas such as completing star jumps, running on the spot, doing sit ups and even press ups!
Don’t forget it’s a training day on Monday. Enjoy your long weekend and we will see you on Tuesday.