February 1, 2019 at 4:15 pm
We have had a super week of learning, the children are really focusing on learning new things. They have certainly enjoyed the change in weather. In outdoor play this week we have hunted for spiders webs and found some big webs and some tiny ones. We have talked about the shapes we see, this then led to us finding some icicles on the roof.
Also in outdoor play we have been writing and making marks in the frost. We found out that we could either use our fingers or sticks. The children have also learnt how to play hangman, this is really helping them sounding out and spelling words.
The children have been doing some super work in maths. Last week they looked at the words more and less/fewer, followed by understanding how to calculate 1 less this week. They are beginning to understand that less/fewer means you don’t get as many of something. They have loved learning the one less song (see Reception learning blog).
The last couple of weeks we have learnt how to fix water leaks, all about the titanic, had a PE lesson delivered by Frederike, made animal books, potions, made our own grit and whistles played phonic games and done some dancing/gymnastics…
We are really focusing some of the children’s learning on the pink key words. A lot of children seem a little stuck on this reading level due to the tricky words to learn, tricky because they can’t sound them out. We would really appreciate you playing the caterpillar reading game to support this learning. The pink tricky words are – my, was, we, you, said.
Apologies for all the photos this is due to no blog last week.
Have a super weekend, wrap up warm! See you Monday
February 1, 2019 at 4:02 pm
Another very busy week in Nursery!
This week the children have enjoyed bathing the babies in our enhanced water area.
We have been doing our ‘Disco Dough’ routines each day and the children are really getting the hang of the exercises.
One of the focus children this week enjoys playing board games at home so we made a simple game together in Nursery. This proved very popular with him and lots of the other children and also encouraged the children to practise their counting skills.
Some children were making pretend smoothies in the Home Corner so Mrs Spencer asked if they would like to make real ones.
We have another new area in Nursery called ‘Bob’s builders’ and the children enjoyed helping to set up the area by writing signs.
Some other things from this week…
Have a lovely weekend from the Nursery team.
February 1, 2019 at 3:03 pm
Please follow the link for information about phonics and maths this week:
What else have we been doing?
Writing the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’…
The children experimented with tissue paper and paint to see what new colours they could make when mixing different colours.
The children have been pretending to be astronauts in Space! We have learnt a little bit about what it is like in space and spent some time talking about gravity.
Follow the Swallow
For last week’s winter homework, a child had read the story ‘Follow the Swallow’ by Julia Donaldson and talked about why birds migrate in the winter. We have shared this story in class and have made some winter pictures.
January 30, 2019 at 3:10 pm
This week, we have learnt the tricky word ‘she’.
The phonemes we have learnt are /sh/ and /th/.
The children find it quite tricky to remember that two letters can make one sound. When two letters make a sound, we call it a ‘digraph’ so we remind the children that the two letters make a digraph.
In maths this week, we have been looking at ‘one less’. We have worked out ‘one less’ practically and have also introduced the take away sign so have shown ‘one less’ as taking one away. Here are some fun videos we have watched:
Working out ‘one less’ through songs
Working out ‘one less’ using a number line/track
January 25, 2019 at 4:20 pm
RH learning this week:
What else have we been doing this week?
This a week, a child in class wanted a ‘Disco rainbow party with chips’. We had a Disco party in PE and seen as we’ve been learning the /ch/ phoneme this week, we made some chips. During this process, we learnt about where chips come from. The children were able to say that they were made from potatoes and we learnt about how potatoes grow and when they’re harvested.
January 22, 2019 at 4:02 pm
We started the week by learning a new tricky word ‘he’. The children practised saying a sentence which had the word ‘he’ in it. They also practised reading and writing the word.
During the rest of the week we are learning 2 new digraphs qu and ch. The children are beginning to understand that a digraph has 2 letters which make 1 sound.
We have practised reading words and sentences which contain qu and ch digraphs, as well as practising how to form them. Can you see if your child remembers what a digraph is? Do they remember which digraphs they have learnt this week?
We have focused this week’s learning on developing the children’s understanding of the language – ‘more’ and ‘fewer’. To support the children’s understanding we showed them how to use their arms to demonstrate more and fewer.
The children had to work out which groups of objects had more or fewer in them. We then modelled how to put this in to a sentence. “There are more cones in this hoop”. “Woody has fewer sweets than Buzz”. Can you try introducing full sentences when asking your child a question? They find it trickier than you think!
We have also done a lot of work around calculating 1 more than a given number. “If elephant has 5 toys and you give him 1 more. How many will he have altogether?”