Reception news!

December 3, 2021 at 3:25 pm

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Maths

This week in maths, we learned about 1 less and consolidated our learning of 1 less and 1 more of a given number up to 5. The children impressed us with how well they did. They especially liked singing 5 Little Speckled Frogs, 5 Little Monkeys, and 5 Currant Buns and showing 1 more and 1 less with their cubes.

Phonics

This week we have looked at the tricky word ‘he’ and practised reading and writing the phonemes/letter shapes for ‘ss’ and ‘j’. The children are really impressing us with their blending skills.

Fun in the snow!

Megalodons and all things extinct!

One of our interests this week has been ‘Megalodons’. The children have enjoyed learning all about these extinct creatures. We then focused on the word ‘extinct’ and learned about different animals that are also extinct.

Visiting the conservation area

This week we have explored our amazing grounds even further. We spent some quality time in the conservation area. This is an amazing part of our school ground and we are incredibly lucky to have so many interesting parts to our school. The children really enjoyed exploring and being close to nature.

Everything else

Please can any borrowed clothing be returned to school. We seem to have a lack of underwear at the moment! Thank you

Have a lovely weekend

The Reception team

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This week in Nursery

December 3, 2021 at 1:21 pm

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The children are really enjoying our story this half term. ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ is full of repeated phrases for the children to join in with. This week they have enjoyed a yoga session based on the story. Here is the link if you want to have a go at home…

Writing

We always provide mark making resources in Nursery but this week we have enhanced our provision with whiteboards and pens as well as clipboards. The children have been having a go at writing their names. Please reinforce this at home by starting with the initial letter which needs to be in upper case. Once they have mastered this letter move on to the next one and so on. Remember that after the initial letter all the other letters need to be lower case. Have a look at how some of them got on…

Reading

Lots of children have enjoyed ‘reading’ books this week. They also enjoy listening to us reading stories and this can be supported at home. It’s great for their language development and imagination as well as having a lovely cosy time if you share a book at bedtime.

Christmas has arrived in Nursery!

The children have enjoyed putting up a Christmas tree and dressing up as the Nativity characters…

And finally…

Lots of other things have been happening as well…

On Wednesday 15th December it is the Nursery Christmas party. You will have received a letter about it this week. Please remember when sending food for your child that we are a nut free and healthy food school.

Have a lovely weekend, from the Nursery team.

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A busy week in Reception!

November 26, 2021 at 4:05 pm

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Maths

We have been busy during our maths sessions, this week. We have learned all about the number 5 and we have looked at 1 more. We have used lots of different resources to model and show 1 more and the children are beginning to say what 1 more is without recounting. Super maths this week.

Phonics

During our phonics sessions, we are really focusing on the tricky words we have learned so far. The children are beginning to recognise them in writing and have started to form some of the letter shapes that make them. We have looked at the phonemes for ‘l’ and ‘ll’ this week.

A touch of Italy

This week we have been learning about all things Italian. We have looked at Italy on a map and coloured the Italian flag. The children have learned some interesting facts, had a go at speaking the language, and tasted some Italian cake! We also discussed healthy eating and that cakes are just to be eaten as a treat.

All things cold

On Monday morning lots of children were very excited about the frost they had seen on their way to school. We talked about what frost is and where the children had seen frost: on car windows, on the grass, on the path. Everybody wanted to share and the children listened very well to each other. We learnt about how animals spend the winter. During the week, we read lots of winter related stories, made frosty pictures, coloured in snowflakes, and had snow and arctic animals in our water tray.

Everything else

Can we please remind parents and carers that reading records should be brought into school each day as we cannot guarantee which day your child will be read with. Can you also remember to bring homework books in on a Thursday, for marking, and library books on a Friday. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend.

The reception team

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Nursery News

November 26, 2021 at 1:35 pm

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Disco Dough

This week the children have been joining in with ‘Dough Disco’. This activity involves them manipulating the playdough to strengthen their fingers. They also have to concentrate to follow the instructions. It supports the children to develop an awareness of the different parts of their bodies. This is a pre-writing activity as it develops fine motor skills. If you would like to have a go at home here is the link…

If you would like to make playdough at home the recipe is…

2 cups of plain flour

1 cup of salt

2 tablespoons of oil

2-3 teaspoons of cream of tartar

2 cups of boiling water

food colouring

optional food flavouring to add smell

Write Dance

Here is another ‘Write Dance’ activity the children have been enjoying. This helps to develop their gross motor skills and co-ordination.

Inside fun…

The children have once again been busy inside. The children enjoyed mark making, painting, dancing and building. They have completed ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ jigsaws and so much more…

Outside fun…

The weather has turned much colder this week but we have still accessed the outdoor provision. Lots of children are now able to put their coats on without support. Please continue to support them to practice this at home. The next stage is for them to fasten their coats themselves and some children can do this already. Please remember to send them in appropriate clothing for the cold weather and make sure hats and gloves are named. Have a look a few of the things they have been doing outside…

Have a lovely weekend from the Nursery team

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Reception News

November 19, 2021 at 3:31 pm

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Phonics

This week we have revisited the tricky words we have learned so far (I, go, no, to, and the). We have also looked at two new phonemes. We have focused on ‘f’ and ‘ff’. We are now looking at each phoneme over two days so that we can concentrate on reading for a day and writing for a day. The children are really impressing us with their phonics knowledge.

Maths

During our maths sessions, we have been looking at shapes and positional language. The children have focused on circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles. We have played ‘guess the shape’ and created some fantastic shape pictures in our creative areas.

Shape hunt

The children have really enjoyed learning about the different shapes in maths. We decided to take the learning outside and go on a shape hunt. It was lovely to see so many children engaged and able to tell a grown-up everything they have learned about shape. Well done Reception.

Toy Story

This week we have focused on the characters from Toy Story. We have made masks, cut out characters to create puppets for a puppet show, and used shapes to make rocket pictures. The children have also looked into space and enjoyed watching and singing along to the planet song.

Worms!

A child told the class all about the worms he had found in his garden. We decided to investigate the school ground to see if we could find some too. We found plenty! We made a ‘Worm World’ and now have some class pets! The children have enjoyed learning all about worms.

RE – What makes a good helper?

This week we have been learning about what makes a good helper. We have focused on sharing and taking turns, thinking about how we should treat others.

PE

This week we have taken our maths sessions into the hall. The children enjoyed reading the story ‘We are Going on a Bear Hunt’ while thinking about the different positions. We continued using our mathematical language during PE. We had a go at moving in different ways; over, under, next to, etc.

Everything else

Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception team

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Nursery Rhymes in Nursery

November 19, 2021 at 1:38 pm

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This week is World Nursery Rhyme Week. We always sing or recite Nursery Rhymes but this week we have been learning some new ones. Here is a very old traditional rhyme about 3 blind mice…

And another one about a teapot…

This week we have been learning about another word, ’empty’. We use this word quite often in Nursery when the children have their milk and we ask if their carton is empty. Please reinforce this vocabulary at home in all the different situations.

The children have once again been very busy. Have a look at a selection of the things they have been doing…

EExAT

EExAT is our observational and assessment tool. You will have received a letter with a code allowing you to register but if you haven’t managed to set this up yet please let us know. You will not receive alerts from us when an observation has been posted but will need to set this up yourselves. You will be able to add observations for your child. A big thank to those parents who have already put lovely observations on for their child. You can also comment on the observations we put on. Just a reminder that with the new Statutory Guidance for the Foundation Stage there is less emphasis on paperwork (or digital) and more on adults working and interacting with the children. We feel that we already know the children really well and the children are benefitting from this way of working.

A big thank you for all the lovely comments about our blog. We really enjoy showcasing what we do in Nursery.

Have a lovely weekend from the Nursery team.

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