Learning this week in RH and RK

February 27, 2019 at 5:15 pm


In phonics we have revised all the tricky words we have learnt so far – I, to, the, go, into, we, he, she, be. This week’s word is ‘me’. The children found it challenging to put the word me into a sentence “Me and my friend”. They are also loving the tricky word song where they can join in saying some of the tricky words we have already learnt.

In phonics we have focused on the ‘oo’ digraph. The children know it has a long sound like in the words ‘pool’ and ‘moon’ and a short sound like in ‘wood’ and ‘foot’.

Short OO digraph

Long OO digraph



We listend to the story Jck and the Beanstalk to start a week of measuring. We have looked at different measuring implements – 30cm ruler, measuring tape, cubes and a metre stick. The giant left some footprints in our classrooms and we measured them using cubes we then found objects which were longer and shorter than the footprint. We have learnt about what objects are long and short and that measuring height can be something up high like a tree or a building. We have had great fun measuring how tall/short everyone is – we are all different! We have also learnt about ‘weight’ what is heavier or lighter than 2 golden eggs? The children have been using scales to find objects which are heavy and light.

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Spooky things happening in RH

February 16, 2019 at 4:26 pm


Reception learning this week:

This week, the children came into the classroom to find footprints and a piece of black material hanging from the ceiling. The children quickly worked out that it could be from a witch. The witch had come to school and stolen a house that the children had made. We thought she had done it to be cheeky but it turns out that she didn’t have a house of her own. She apologised to the children and they’ve all thought of some really good ideas about how to build her a house.

We hope you have a lovely half term. We’re looking forward to welcoming Mrs Puddiphatt back after the holidays although the children were very sad that Mrs Daniels was leaving. I’m sure we’ll still see her around school!

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Nursery News

February 15, 2019 at 1:55 pm


February half term already and half way through the academic year!

Another busy week in Nursery!

The Disco Dough activity is proving very beneficial to the children. They participate enthusiastically and we are already seeing improvements in the children’s drawings after just three weeks. Have a look at the selection of drawings and see what we mean.

We have set up another finger gym activity which has proved very popular.

Over the last three weeks we have been learning about the number 4. The children have been clapping and jumping 4 times, showing 4 with their fingers and this week they have been representing the number 4. They drew 4 circles, 4 lines and then practiced writing the number 4. Perhaps you can point out the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 when you are out and about over the holidays.

There was another visit to the farm this week…

We have a new role play area. The children have been to the doctors…

Some children built a tall tower…

Finally, don’t forget that on Friday 8th March we are celebrating World Book Day and there will be a performance by The Rainbow Factory for the children who are in Nursery in the afternoon. A letter went home last week requesting a voluntary contribution of £1 per child for this performance.  This can be paid via ParentPay.

Have a lovely week off.

The Nursery team.

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Fun in RK this week

February 15, 2019 at 9:05 am


The final week of this half term has been a busy one! The children have continued to work hard. They have been very enthusiastic learning new digraphs this week and have written many ‘ee’ words! These are displayed in the classroom, warning – some are nonsense/alien words! The class are trying hard to learn tricky words; please can you support this at home by playing the pink key word game. Most children know a tricky word can’t be sounded out although some still try! We have played lots of phonic games on the IWB where the children are sounding out and blending lots of words.

In Maths we have been number detectives and solving addition and subtraction word problems. The themes of the problems were Disney princesses, the Titanic and Minecraft! The children listened carefully to the questions to work our whether or not they were doing an + or a – calculation.

In music with Mrs Myers we looked at using tap sticks to tap the syllables out of different words. The children listened well and copied with some accuracy.

The rest of the week involved creating stories using the programme Puppet Pals. This involved the children choosing characters, story settings and then recording a story with their chosen characters. They did extremely well with some children even able to show others how to do it! We have enjoyed the lovely spring weather playing outside and practising our superman legs on the balance bikes and using the brakes when prompted (rather than feet!). The children also discovered a witch had visited RH class so proceeded to hunt for her and write messages about her visit, even though she hadn’t been seen!

Eureka and World Book Day

Please don’t forget to send money or or via ParentPay for the upcoming school events. Eureka is a half day workshop based on the story ‘Rainbow Fish’ and on World Book Day we have the Rainbow Factory visiting to present a show.

Communication Books

Thank you to all those who contribute to their child’s learning books. We understand it may be difficult to get your child to complete the tasks although we always make sure we do not ask too much of them. At this time of year, we would like to see the children starting to write more in them or make marks and sound out some words. The tasks set are aimed at trying to develop your child’s learning linked to something we have taught during the week.

Have a super half term and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 25th February.

The RK team

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Lots of learning in RH and RK this week!

February 14, 2019 at 1:25 pm


This week in phonics the children have learnt the tricky word ‘be’. They have thought of a sentence using the word ‘be’, read sentences with the word ‘be’ in and practised spelling it. The children are enjoying listening to the tricky word song it helps them to remember some of the tricky words learnt so far!

In phonics we have learnt a new digraph – ee. The children have done really well thinking of their own ee words and writing them down. They are also getting better at working out which words are made up or alien words for example theet, queet.  There was also a lot of talk about words where we hear the ‘ee’ digraph but it is spelt ‘ea’ like in the word meat. We introduced the children to a trigraph, 3 letters which make 1 sound – igh.

In maths we have continued our work on addition and subtraction, this time in word problems. In RH we have been number detectives solving problems for the 3 Little Pigs. In RK they have been solving problems with the titanic, Minecraft and Disney Princesses! The children had to really listen to the words in the problems to work out if they needed to + or -.

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This week in Nursery

February 8, 2019 at 4:31 pm


This week has been busy once again with the children demonstrating a varied range of interests.

“I’m going to space” said one boy at the beginning of the week as he sat in a cardboard box. That prompted me to find a copy of the story “Whatever Next!” We collected some resources together, a pair of wellies, a colander, some pretend food and a few other things. Then the children had lots of fun acting out the story.

Some children chose to go to visit our farm. They chatted about the wind turbine, saw the pigs and collected eggs from the chickens.

A group of children were very interested in knights. They wanted to make swords and shields and used the internet to find out information about them. They spent much of the week jousting both inside and outside.

Some other things this week…

Have a good weekend from the Nursery team.

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