June 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm
This week the children have been learning about the Tour de France. They all know it is a very big cycle race which is being held near us very shortly. See if they can tell you about it. They heard all about the different coloured jerseys the winners get and should be able to tell you all about the yellow, white, green and polka dot jerseys. They have all made their own jerseys which are on display in Nursery as bunting. Try to have a look at all the colourful jerseys covered with collage. More Tour de France activities to follow before the race.
Don’t forget it is our trip to Hesketh Farm on Thursday 26th June. You should all have received a sheet with information about the day.
June 11, 2014 at 7:08 am
This week has seen the start of our new topic ‘Under the Sea’. On Monday the children thought about all the things they would like to find out – we have a lot to cover! They want to learn more about dolphins, fish, sharks, jellyfish, sea plants and lots more.
We started to think about how we are going to find the answers to our questions. Books, the computer and our trips to the Sealife Centre would help us to develop our under the sea knowledge. The children are independently writing a leaflet which includes a sentence/fact about a particular sea animal. With adult support they look for information using google or an information book and then put that information in to a simple sentence. We are really impressed with what they are finding out and writing.
In Mathematics we are doing some data handling. The children are being encouraged to ask their peers different questions like – What is your favourite fruit? Who is your favourite cartoon character? Then are recording this in a tally by collecting information in groups of 5 and then finding the total. The children then respond to questions such as – ‘Which fruit is the most/least popular?’ We are also learning how to use an ICT programme called ‘Purple Mash’. The children are using their data collection questions to create pictograms and answer questions on their findings.
Don’t forget PE is every Friday morning and your child needs to have a t-shirt and shorts. A lot of children haven’t got their kit at school and we don’t have that many spares.
Enjoy the rest of your week and have a good weekend.
The Reception Team.
June 10, 2014 at 3:59 pm
Just a quick reminder that Reception’s trip to the Sealife Centre is just around the corner. RC’s trip is next Monday and RS’s trip is next Thursday. On this day we ask for children to be dropped into school at the slightly earlier time on 8:35am so we can leave the school at 8:45am. The children will need to be in their school uniform with a named, disposable lunch box. Thank you!
June 6, 2014 at 2:54 pm
In the last week before the half term break the Reception children had ‘Minibeast Creative’ week. We focused on developing creative skills and encouraged the children to work as a team. The children took to the challenge fantastically and created some wonderful models, dances and pieces of music. Watch the video below to get a taste of the fun we got up to!
June 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm
This week the children have been using iPads again. They had lots of fun playing with a ladybird counting game. The children were very confident using the iPads and the activity let them practise their counting and number recognition skills.
Over the next few weeks the children will be taking part in activities for the build-up of the Tour de France culminating in (Nursery stage) when the children can bring their bikes (with helmets) or scooters. This will be on Wednesday 2nd July and further details will follow.
June 4, 2014 at 11:40 am
We hope you have has a great half term, it was a shame about the weather! The end of the Reception year is nearly upon us, the last few months have whizzed past!
This week we are reading the book ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. The children are being encouraged to create a story map so they can retell the story to their friends. All the children will be writing a sentence about the caterpillar independently. This will help assess your child’s writing ability and set new writing targets. They will need to remember their Kung Fu punctuation – capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Creatively the children can make a moving caterpillar and caterpillar collage. There is also the opportunity to sequence the life cycle of a caterpillar.
In Mathematics we are revising our doubles and solving addition problems. If 1 caterpillar has 2 eyes how many eyes will 2 caterpillars have? Some children are starting to double numbers from 6-10 – fantastic! Please don’t forget to keep practising your child’s maths targets at home. The final assessments for your child will take place in the next couple of weeks.
Our new outdoor area is complete and the children have been so excited to try it out. We are in need of things for our ‘den making’ shed so if you have any items you don’t want and you think they would be of use then lest us know.
Thank you for your support. Enjoy the rest of your week.
The Reception Team.