Hot, hot, hot in Nursery!

June 29, 2018 at 7:15 am

Well it’s been a hot week in Nursery so it was very fortuitous that someone wanted a pool party! We have also been learning the letter sound o, creating repeating patterns, counting, playing games, writing stories, building, ordering numbers, finding out about some animals and lots more!!

I think the highlight of the week for most of the children was our pool party. The children created signs letting everyone know the date and time. We wrote a list of all the things we needed and a letter was sent home. Before the party started we asked the children to think of some rules…

“No diving”

“No running”

The children did well using their words to tell their friends if there was something they didn’t like. After ALL getting very wet we got dressed and enjoyed an ice lolly or ice cream.

In phonics this week we have learnt the phoneme O. The children found an octopus, orange and oval.

In maths this week we have been learning about repeating patterns. The children used coloured bricks and other objects to make repeating patterns. They then had to complete a bead pattern on the interactive whiteboard. We continue to practise counting forwards and backwards and counting the beats of a drum.

On Wednesday morning we were very lucky to meet some interesting animals that were brought in by Mrs Puddiphatt’s son Jacob. The children were able to listen about each animal as well as touch them all. There was a corn snake, leopard gecko, chameleon and royal python

The rest of the week looked like this…

Don’t forget the camp over is tomorrow,  we look forward to seeing many of you there. If not enjoy the sunshine and we will see you next week.

The Nursery Team

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RF go on an adventure!

June 28, 2018 at 3:14 pm

What good weather we had for our Adventure Day on Wednesday! The sun shone and the school grounds looked beautiful.  We had organised lots of activities to make the most of  our outside environment.

The children went to feed the chickens and found some eggs.

The children went on a mini-beast hunt.

We had a visit from some reptiles.  The children were able to feel how silky and smooth the snakes were and found out how a chameleon changes colour.

The children also used natural materials to make their own sticky boards.

We had lunch outside on the grass and in the afternoon made potions and perfumes.

We finished the afternoon by making dens in the woods. What an amazing day!

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A fun-filled week in RH…

June 28, 2018 at 2:26 pm

We’ve had a really exciting and busy week in RH and we have been making the most of the glorious weather. This week we have been learning about:

  • boats – looking at materials used to make them and how they float;
  • making ice pops;
  • sewing bags using a needle and thread;
  • paddling outside;
  • dancing to Bollywood music and learning how to do ballet;
  • using ‘Puppet Pals’ on the ipads to retell or create a story;
  • writing a recount of our adventure day and
  • recapping our learning on 2D and 3D shapes as well as looking at positional language.

Adventure Day

We had a fantastic day on Wednesday. The children really enjoyed all aspects of the fun-filled day exploring the outdoors and looking at different animals. See below for pictures of the activities the children completed.

Learning about reptiles:

A visit to see the chickens:

Searching for bugs and learning about their habitats:

Making natural art pictures using sticky boards:

Den making and potion/perfume making:

And the most important part…..Lunch!

Have a great weekend.

The RH team

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Nursery’s week

June 22, 2018 at 12:05 pm

We have had such a busy week in Nursery. We have been learning about 2D shapes and their properties, centipedes, India, travelling to South Africa, planned a pool party, practised writing our names, g phoneme, caterpillars and exploring a new outdoor area. We think the children are ready for the weekend!

In phonics this week we have revised the sounds s, a, t, i, p, m, n, d and learnt about g. g is a short sound which we make with our mouth open. We found objects which started with a g – goat, grapes, green and glue.

In our maths work we have been looking at 2D shapes and sorting them in to groups – circles, triangles, squares and rectangles. We have discussed how many sides they have and if they are curved or straight. We continue to practise counting objects that cannot be moved such as claps and jumps.

Harlow Carr

Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to help unfortunately we can’t take you all as we have limited spaces for accompanying adults. I will confirm next week the adults coming along with risk assessments and itinerary for both visits.

Our week in photos…

Enjoy the sunshine!

The Nursery Team

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Pizza and the Circus in RF

June 21, 2018 at 3:32 pm

This week in RF has been another varied week. The children have been very keen to use the outdoor environment and have got up to all sorts if interesting things.

Some children have been very interested in the circus and have been practising their juggling and hoola hooping skills.

Our role play area has been transformed this week. We now have a ‘Pizza Express’ restaurant! One of the children wanted to set it up so he planned what he needed and how the restaurant should look. Then his friends helped him to make some pretend pizzas and a pizza oven. But that was not where it stopped. Pizza Express supplied some resources to make our restaurant more authentic and the children made some pizzas. We had some children working in the kitchen of the restaurant and some as waiters. We had lots of keen customers for the pizza which was delicious.

The children have now started to go into ‘Good News’ assembly on Thursday afternoon. Certificates are given to a small number of children in recognition of  ‘Being Safe’, ‘Being Happy’, ‘Being the best they can be’, ‘Being Healthy’, ‘Being a good citizen’ or ‘Being a great learner’. Before the end of term all the children in Reception will have received a certificate from one of the categories .

Literacy and Numeracy this week have involved lots of revision. We have been practising Phase 2 and 3 phonemes, giving the children lots of opportunities to write and revising subtraction. Next week we will also be consolidating in both of these areas.

Don’t forget next Wednesday is our Adventure Day and the children will need a packed lunch unless you have ordered one from school.

Have a good weekend from all the RF team.

 

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RH News

June 21, 2018 at 2:40 pm

I can’t believe it’s the end of the week already – it seems to have flown!

Maths

This week, the children have been learning about sharing and have been associating sharing into two groups as sharing into two halves. They have been learning to solve problems such as:

 

Can you share the ten zebras between the two fields?

They practically shared the counters and then had to say how many there were in one half. Some children were able to say what half the numbers were without using equipment so they used the equipment to help show their answers and understanding. Some children also made the link between finding half of a number and doubling. For example, half of 10 is 5, so double 5 is 10.

Literacy

We have read a couple of class stories this week and have been looking at using the text to answer questions. For example, if the text said ‘Jenny had a red hat on’, we have been using this to answer a question like ‘What colour is Jenny’s hat?’.

Some children have been writing stories this week and others have been writing some super sentences!

What else have we been up to?

Special mentions this week for:

Zaynab, Aaliyah, Ben, Odin, Rosalind and Amelia.

Don’t forget, next Wednesday the children are taking part in a fun-filled day in the school grounds. The children can come into school in their own clothes as we are going to be outside all day. Please dress the children for the weather. We are having a picnic at lunchtime so children either need to bring a packed lunch or order a school packed lunch.

Have a great weekend.

The RH team

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This week in RF

June 15, 2018 at 2:52 pm

The children in RF have been very keen to write this week for lots of different purposes. All the children have chosen and animal to write about and have remembered to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Other children have written lists or signs. The focus children have been particularly busy writing. One child wanted to set up a toy shop so wrote a list of the things she would need and a sign for the shop. Another child wanted to hold a disco party so wrote some invitations and a list of things she wanted to happen at the party and she also built an amazing model and wrote a sign for it. On the list was baking a cake, dancing with the disco lights on and playing games. We finished the party with a game of sleeping logs! The third focus child wanted to go on an aeroplane. He set up the plane on the carpet and then said he needed a passport so lots of the children made their own passports. These children also inspired their friends to write as well. Well done everybody!

The Maths this week has been revising addition. The children have used real objects to find the total of two groups and practised using number lines to count on to find the answer to a calculation. Next week we will be revising subtraction.

Our PE lesson this week was a football focus relating to the World Cup. No one in RF mentioned the World Cup but maybe next week….

Have a lovely weekend from the RF team.

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RH

June 15, 2018 at 11:00 am

Maths

In maths this week, we have looked at estimating. The children have been guessing how many things they can see or how many items they think they can fit into a pot and then they had to count the actual amount. We have also completed lots of counting activities, including trying to count in tens.

Literacy

We have continued work on the /er/ phoneme this week. We have also been writing sentences containing phase 3 phonemes. It is important that the children can independently segment sounds in words to write, rather than an adult telling them which sounds come next. We have practised this a lot this week as well as leaving finger spaces between words when writing a sentence.

The children have also practised writing their surnames this week. Some children can write their surnames independently but most are still copying. Perhaps they could start to practise writing their surnames on their fruit stickers, rather than writing their first names…

World Cup

We have some very eager football fans so we have been learning about the World Cup. We have had a look at the history of the World Cup and talked about Russia (where it is being held). The children each picked a country from the list of teams playing and have had a look at the different flags. We will be keeping track of the football scores.

Eid al-Fitr

We have been learning about Ramadan and how people celebrate Eid al-Fitr. The children have been given the opportunity to make cards and to design henna tattoos.

Eid Mubark to everyone celebrating!

Special Mention

The children in Reception have now started attending our school’s reward assembly, ‘Special Mention’. Certain children will be chosen each week for their work towards the statements on the Learning Hive:

 

 

 

 

 

Special mentions this week for being ‘The best you can be’ are:

Hassan, Eesa, Sahara, Esme, Annie and Imaan.

 

 

 

 

 

Well done!

Some more learning:

We hope you have a great weekend.

The RH team

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Minibeasts galore!

June 15, 2018 at 9:28 am

What a fun playing and learning week we have had. We have learnt about Eid, bees, ladybirds, letter sounds, problem solving, zipping jackets up, exploding coca cola!

We have been finding out all about Eid and it means to our friends. The children have the opportunity to make their own Eid cards for their family. Some children then went on to make Eid biscuits, this involved a quick trip to the Co-op for some sprinkles and lots of counting to make sure there were enough for everyone. The left over biscuits were shared between the bakers!

We have also been learning about minibeasts. It started with someone saying “I want to make a house for a bee” and this lead to a discussion about bees and we decided to make a sugary syrup to help tired bees. Then low and behold we found a tired bee on the new bug hotel. The children dropped some syrup next to it and they were so happy to find that the bee had flown away!

We were also excited to welcome our ladybird larvae to our classroom! We found out we need to use our magnifying glasses to find them as they are tiny. We looked at the life cycle of a ladybird and this led to some children making their own ladybird. We hope to see them change over the next few weeks.

In phonics we have revised the phonemes s, a, t, i, p, m, n and learnt ‘d’. The children are doing so well thinking of words which start with d and have a d in them. Their segmenting and blending is going from strength to strength.

In maths we had problems to solve – Gerry Giraffe brought grapes for his snack and Chloe cat and Daffy dog didn’t have anything, what could we do? The children instantly said “Share them!” We talked about sharing fairly and then cutting in halves. Luckily everyone managed to share the grapes!

The rest of the week has been busy playing with friends and learning to be more independent…

We would like to wish all the Dads and Grandads a happy Father’s Day and our Muslim families a fantastic Eid!

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

The Nursery team

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RH News

June 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Phonics

This week we have focused on the ‘er’ phoneme. This is usually found at the end of a word. We have talked about reading words with ‘er’ at the end and how we can chunk sounds together to make reading the word easier. For example, winner can be split into winn and then er. Other examples: mix+er, dinn+er, winn+er.

We have also continued to practise reading words containing the phonemes: ar, or, ur, ear, air, oa and oi.

We have a new activity in our phonics area. The children have to read words and decide whether they’re real or pseudo words. If they’re real they go to Bob and if they’re pseudo they go to Obb (Obb and Bob are from a phonics game that we play).

 

 

Reading

We have started Guided Reading with some children this week. This means that a group of children work with an adult and they all read the same book at the same time. The children have really enjoyed this and have loved discussing the books together.

We have also started an exciting ‘Reading Competition’ this week. The children have to read three times in unusual places and then they get a prize! We will be displaying photographs of the children reading in the reading area.

Our interesting places to read this afternoon:

Logan wanted to read ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’ to the class. He also made some pancakes to share with the children:

Maths

This week we have revisited the numbers 1-20. The children have been filling in missing numbers up to 20 and some children have even attempted numbers to 100.

We have also re-looked at ‘one less’. Many children can say which number is one less but were unable to show this practically so we have practised this and they seem to have a better understanding now.

A few pictures from the week:

Learning Logs

We’ve had such a busy afternoon,  we forgot to hand out some of the Learning Logs today. If you haven’t received yours and you’d like to complete the homework over the weekend, the homework is: ‘To draw, write or talk about a favourite animal. The children may want to research the animal or stick pictures in. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Have a great weekend!

The RH team

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