February 29, 2020 at 11:23 am
Phonics this week has included the tricky word ‘you’ and the revision of the phonemes /oa/ar/ee/igh/oo/. We have practised forming letter, writing words and writing sentences. The children are starting to understand basis sentence structure.
This week we have been combining two groups to find a total. We worked with numbers up to 20 and had lots of fun exploring different combinations. The children used the language of ‘add’ and ‘plus’ and were encouraged to explain their learning using full sentences e.g. ‘There are three pigs and two cows. Three add two equals 5.‘
Wow! What strange weather we have been having…. It didn’t stop Reception!
The children have enjoyed making and eating pancakes. The were given a choice of topping but asked to remember they need to be healthy!
February 28, 2020 at 3:36 pm
Tuesday was Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. It is the day before Ash Wednesday which marks the start of Lent in the Christian calendar.
Traditionally people would eat pancakes on this day to get rid of any fatty foods before the 40-day fasting season of Lent began. In the past Christians would forego foods containing fat, eggs, milk or meat during Lent.
The Nursery children enjoyed making and eating pancakes on Tuesday!
First the children added the flour…
Next came the eggs…
Then the milk…
The children whisked the ingredients to make batter…
The batter was cooked in a hot pan…
Traditionally pancakes are tossed…
Finally the children tried the pancakes…
They all seemed to enjoy trying them!
Perhaps you could have a go at making them at home this weekend.
From the Nursery team.
February 14, 2020 at 4:16 pm
This week the children have revised tricky word ‘was’. We have focused on the phonemes /ar/ and /oa/. The children are now practising writing sentences independently.
The children have been comparing groups this week and saying what is the same and what is different. They have created their own groups for comparison and completed surveys. We all enjoyed discussing the results. The children have also been practising number formation from 11-20. We have discussed one representing ten and then the amount of ones.
This week marks the children completing 100 days in school.The children have enjoyed counting to 100 while dancing and jumping.
When we were thinking about 100 days we started the think about 100 years. We found a very funny app that changed our faces and made us look old! The children used the pictures to write about and draw their wishes for the future.
The children have been interested in magnets. They have discovered that magnets ‘stick’ to lots of different metals! We investigated how the magnets work and found that a magnet is an object that is made of materials that create a magnetic field. Magnets have at least one north pole and one south pole. Opposite poles attract each other (stick to each other) but when two north poles or two south poles are next to each other they repel each other!
A Trip to the Gurdwara
This week a focus children’s interest led some children to visiting the Gurdwara.
First we needed to take our shoes off , put a head scarf on and wash our hands before we went in the main room. In this room we put a donation in a box then received parshad which was a sweet mixture to eat before sitting down on the white sheets. Whilst we were sitting the lady talked to us about the different things in the Gurdwara. She talked about the holy book Guru Granth Sahib and that it had a bedroom to go in at night and when in comes out music is played. Next we listened to some music played on a harmonium and tabla we then went to another room where we had some food and a drink. The lady explained that whenever you go to Gurdwara you get something to eat. We were also able to try some traditional food chapatti and daal.
Unfortunately only a few children were able to come on this visit but luckily they remembered lots of details and told all their friends when they returned!
Have a lovely half term break,
The Reception Team
February 14, 2020 at 3:28 pm
This week we enhanced our Creative Area and Finger Gym with resources for Valentine’s Day. We provided lots of card and sequins and glitter for the children to make cards for their loved ones. They were also encouraged to write in their cards. Pink and red hearts were punched with holes for the children to thread ribbons around to develop their fine motor skills. Finally they decorated biscuits and made hearts from strawberries to go on top.
Have a good week off, from the Nursery team.
February 7, 2020 at 4:57 pm
This week we have learnt the tricky word ‘me’ and looked at the long and short phonemes for ‘oo’.
Maths this week has seen the children learning about the number 10 and comparing two groups. The children have enjoyed using lots of different manipulatives to support their learning.
This week the children have shown a real interest in space. We have learnt lots about the different planets and stars.
This week some of have been rocket scientists! It was tricky work but we tried out best and created some fantastic work. We worked in pairs concentrated on our listening and teamwork skills.
RP’s School Trip
RB’s School Trip
February 7, 2020 at 3:26 pm
We have been doing our daily ‘Disco Dough’ sessions since before Christmas and this week the children have been drawing pictures of themselves to see how much progress they have made. We are amazed at how evident each child’s progress is. Lots of children are now drawing bodies with limbs and almost all are drawing an identifiable body. Pencil grip has also improved and most children are using a pincer grip.
Over the last two weeks we have been looking at the number 2. We read the story of Puppy Number 2 and the children have been searching Nursery to find two objects. They have also learned that not just objects can be counted and have been clapping, jumping and tapping two times. This week the children have been representing number 2 by drawing 2 objects and then attempting to write the number.
We had a very kind donation of large rolls of paper which we used to practise our number 2 work. The children also enjoyed mark making on the large expanse of paper.
Continuing with child-led learning, some children made fruit kebabs…
And others were interested in dinosaurs…
Have a lovely weekend from the Nursery team.
February 1, 2020 at 9:18 am
We introduced the sounds /ee/ and /igh/ in phonics as well as the tricky word ‘be’. Can your child remember any words or sentences using the sounds or tricky word? If you practise at home we would love to see photographs on Tapestry!
This week we have focused on the numbers 8 and 9. The children have completed lots of different activities and are becoming much more confident using bigger numbers.
The children had lots of fun outside. We mixed together lemon juice and baking powder to create a reaction. We contained this is small pots until the lid popped off!
We explored the grounds on a hunt for mini-beasts! Even though is it not the right season for mini-beast hunting, we were optimistic! W£e managed to find lots of different creepy crawlies.
We hope you have a lovely weekend,
The Reception Team