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
June 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm
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).
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:
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:
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
June 8, 2018 at 2:50 pm
This week the children have been very busy again.
In Maths we have been learning about position using vocabulary such as next to, behind, in front of , under and over. After a class session one child went to find some soft toys and practised what he had been learning.
The children have been producing lots of independent writing this week. At the beginning of the week all the children chatted about what they had been doing in the holidays and chose a picture from Google images related to this. Then they all wrote a sentence about what they had done. We have been writing lists as a class and some children have written their own lists related to what they have been interested in. One girl wanted to make play dough and another one wanted to bake so they wrote lists of the ingredients they needed.
We have had a variety of interests this week including dinosaurs and castles and snails. I collected some interesting pebbles whilst on holiday and set a challenge for the children. All the pebbles had white lines on them and I asked them to see if they could join them up to make a continuous line. Then they children painted them with water to see how they changed when they got wet.
Next week we will be revising addition and practising all Phase 2 and 3 phonemes especially reading them in words.
Have a good weekend from the RF team.
June 8, 2018 at 12:55 pm
Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely week. The children have come back to school with great enthusiasm.
We have been spending a lot of time exploring our outdoor environment. We released our tadpoles back to the school pond, although they had got bigger we thought they would thrive better being back in their natural habitat. Some children have been finding about what a ‘bug hotel’ is. Mrs Myers made 2 this week and the children have been intrigued to see if they can see any bugs using them.
In our phonic work we have revised the sounds and actions for the phonemes s, a, t, i, p, n and learnt m. The m phoneme makes a long continuous sound and our lips are closed. We are really impressed at how well the children are doing segmenting simple 3 letter words like m-a-p and m-o-p.
The children have been working on counting objects which can’t be moved like claps and jumps. It is hard to count objects that can’t be touched so we will be practising every day.
We also gave the children groups of objects to sort. How could we sort them out? Could it be by colour, by pattern? They were able to explain their ideas.
Do we like frozen apples?
When collecting fruit this week we noticed that the apples were very cold. “You can’t eat frozen apples.” I suggested freezing an apple to test if this could happen. Surprisingly once the apple was sliced it could be eaten although a lot of children thought it was cold on their teeth. Some even preferred frozen apples to normal apples!
Reception Open Evening
Don’t forget we are holding our Reception Open Evening on Tuesday 12th June at 7pm in the North building. We look forward to seeing you and giving you your welcome pack.
Hopefully most children will have received their letter for our trip to Harlow Carr in July. If not by Monday, they will have all been distributed. We really do need lots of parent support on this trip as we work to a ratio of 1 adult to 3/4 children so please if you are able come and enjoy an amazing day out at these beautiful gardens.
Our week in photos…
Have a wonderful weekend.
The Nursery Team
May 25, 2018 at 1:22 pm
May 25, 2018 at 1:08 pm
The children have been as lively and creative as ever this week…
In maths, we have been revisiting subtraction. The children have practised subtracting practically, drawing pictures, using ten frames and using number lines.
See the video below for a fun game we have played this week. The children had to subitise the numbers (recognise the amount quickly without the need to count).
In phonics, we have been learning the phoneme ‘ure’. This is a very difficult phoneme for the children to learn so we have spent some time practising reading and writing words containing the phoneme. We have also continued to practise reading words containing all the phase 3 phonemes. The children do still struggle with some of these so we have included them in this week’s homework for the children to have a practise over the holidays.
Phonics Play is a great website to use. Click here for a direct link and click on ‘Free Play’ for the free games.
The children love tracing over letters so we changed the Finger Gym to a handwriting station this week. The children have to trace over the cursive letters in the different letter groups: zigzags, one-armed robots, curly caterpillars and tall ladder letters. They then have to practice writing them underneath.
If the children form all the letters correctly, they get a certificate.
We’re pleased to say that lots of children have received certificates already and they’re very motivated to receive them.
Some children receiving their certificates:
If you would like a copy of the sheets to take home and practice, please ask and we can get you some printed.
What else has been happening…
The children have been making Suncatchers. We watched a video on CBeebies – link here. Instead of making Easter Suncatchers (like the ones on the video), the children designed their own shapes. Some children took them home and some are on display in the classroom.
After months of listening to the song ‘Cheerleader’, we thought it was about time we bought some real pom poms. The children have been very excited and have loved making up their own routines.
Lastly, we have been catching up with the news on CBBC’s Newsround. One of the main stories was the exciting Champions League final on Saturday! Some of the children were getting very excited about the match (and being a Liverpool fan, so was Miss Hutchinson) so we decided to learn a little bit about Liverpool Football Club. We looked a map of the United Kingdom and talked about how long it would take to get there. We also found Kiev on the map and discussed how we could travel to Liverpool compared to how we could travel to Kiev.
Fingers crossed for the match on Saturday and we hope you enjoy the half term holiday.
See you in a week!
The RH team