February 28, 2019 at 5:24 pm
The children have been working very hard this week in both literacy and mathematics. We started the week by talking about what the children had done in the half term holiday. We challenged the children to listen to a friend and share what they had done. They then wrote a sentence in their Busy Bee book.
There has also been lots of sign writing, where children have made models and specifically ask others to not touch them!
In maths the children have really enjoyed measuring either finding out the height or length of objects. They had great fun choosing the correct measuring implement to measure long/high/short objects – 30cm ruler, metre stick or cubes. We enjoyed measuring how tall Jack and Giant are from Jack and the Beanstalk with our long measuring tape. We then tried measuring our friends. We learnt about weight and what was lighter or heavier than 2 golden eggs.
The rest of the week has involved learning to take photos, addition calculations, using our fine motor skills to make patterns, making car tracks, baking, making and labelling models and enjoying the sunshine.
Have a great weekend, fingers crossed for some sunshine!
The RK team.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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 -.
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.
February 8, 2019 at 1:52 pm
We have had a week filled with learning opportunities!
Phonics and Maths
Please click here for information about our learning this week.
A child brought in a coconut from home. The children were very interested in the coconut so we learnt about how coconuts grow and where they grow. We also cracked into a coconut and had a taste. The children used their senses to describe the coconuts taste, feel and smell. Lots of the children liked the taste!
A child had been awarded a certificate in gymnastics so we have been practising lots of gymnastic routines in class. We also watched some professional gymnastic floor routines.
All this gymnastics lead to a ‘Greatest Showman’ PE lesson.
The Three Little Pigs
The children in RH seem to love the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We have been making story books this week and have been sticking pictures from the story in the correct order. The children have had a go at retelling the story orally using the pictures to support. The children have used some great story language.
Making Iced Buns
February 8, 2019 at 1:36 pm
This week in Phonics we have learnt the tricky word /we/.
Phonemes learnt this week:
In maths we have introduced the word ‘subtraction’ and have linked this to the terms ‘less’ and ‘fewer’ that we have previously learnt. We have used Numberblocks to help us understand subtraction and have been using songs and rhymes to help us understand the concept of ‘taking way’.
We have also looked at the subtraction sign and have been taking a number of things away practically as well as drawing a number of things and crossing them off.
Thank you for all the donations for the Children’s Heart Surgery fund. The children looked great in their red clothes and the money is going to a good cause.
February 8, 2019 at 8:27 am
Wow! What a super busy week we have had in RK. We have covered some many different topics. The word of the week this week was ‘hibernate’. This word was chosen because so many children had used it in their communication books. We found out that tortoises and bears hibernate and come out back out at spring.
We have been writing in our Busy Bee books. Most children have chosen a picture of something they are interested in and used this to create a sentence. The children are working hard to sound out words and remembering to leave finger spaces. We have really been focusing on the children reading some tricky words such as into, to, the, go, no, he, she, we. We would really appreciate it if you could help your child at home with these words.
In maths we have been focusing on subtraction and all the words we associate with it such as take away, fewer, less, minus, subtract. The children have been using objects and writing their take away calculations.
This week the Chinese population have been celebrating Chinese New Year, the year of the pig. The children have listened to the story and watched short clips about how the festival is celebrated. In the classroom, they have been picking up noodles one at a time using chopsticks.
This rest of the week has included looking at and riding in a Porsche, baking, making slime, talking about where meat comes from and bull fighting, making titanic boats, playing number games, Duplo zoos and invisible writing.
Have a great weekend. Last week of this half term next week!