A busy Christmas week in RK

December 13, 2018 at 12:07 pm


RK have had a very busy week with 2 Christmas concerts and learning about patterns and the phonemes x and y.

We have had a lot of fun using shapes and Christmas objects to make repeating patterns with. The children are good at repeating a pattern using 2 shapes/pictures, if we continue the patterns below it is a little trickier:

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The children have chosen to create their own patterns using compare bears and complete patterns on the computer.

They have worked as a team to create their own repeating pattern Christmas paper!

We have learnt the phonemes x and y and the children are excited to learn they have nearly done the whole alphabet! Although there are a lot, more sounds to learn! They have been trying to sound out and spell some CVC words like mix, fix, six, yes, yet. They are working hard on remembering how to form the phoneme they can hear.

On Wednesday, the children enjoyed a superb Christmas lunch prepared by Claire and her team. The children had all the trimmings including hats!

The rest of the week in pictures….

We are so proud of the children’s performance in their Christmas concerts. They did a super job singing and remembering their lines. Next week they have a fun filled week – party day and the trip to Abbey House Museum.

Have a lovely weekend. Wrap up warm, it’s nearly the end of term!

RK Team

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Reception learning this week

December 13, 2018 at 8:05 am


This week in phonics we have learnt the phonemes x and y. The children have been sounding out and blending CVC words containing those phonemes like yet, mix, six, yes. They have also tried sounding them out to spell the words.


In maths we revised our knowledge of 2D shapes and then learnt all about pattern. We started by looking at 2 shapes and how they repeated.

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We then went on to look at patterns we might see all around us.

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The children particularly enjoyed matching up Christmas wrapping paper to continue a pattern and then creating their own wrapping paper!!


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Cakes, bubbles and 2D shapes…

December 7, 2018 at 2:28 pm


We’ve had a great week in RH and have been keeping busy doing all sorts of things.  We’ve practised the Christmas performance, learnt about 2D shapes and have learnt the phoneme /v/ and /w/. We have also been learning about what makes a good friend and how taking turns and sharing makes us kind friends.

Click here for more details about what learning has taken place this week.

What else have we been up to?

Making 2D shapes with string and working as a team:

Making Mug Cakes:

We have a ‘mug cake’ recipe book in the home corner. The children were looking through the recipe book and found some cakes they wanted to make. The children made a mug cake each and then ate them!

Other things:

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday.

The RH team

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Nursery News

December 7, 2018 at 11:44 am


This week we have been very busy getting ready for our Nativity performances next week. We will be performing on Tuesday morning at 9.30am and Thursday afternoon at 2pm. You should have received a letter telling you where your child will be sitting for the performance and other information about Christmas arrangements in Nursery including the party which is on Wednesday 19th December.

This week we put out a basket of coloured links and the children have been very keen to join them together to make a variety of things. Some children made pirate belts and others made necklaces. This resource gave us a very good opportunity to develop different aspects of Maths. We worked on patterns using only two colours in our chains. We made long and short chains and talked about who’s was the longest and shortest. We estimated how many links would be needed to make a necklace and if the number was not right would we need more or less. The children were also supported to make links to match numbers on the number line. This resources is also excellent for developing fine motor skills.

During our library times this week we have been encouraging the children to look carefully for a book they wanted to take home and not just to pick up the nearest one. They looked through the books before their final choice was made and were supported to turn the pages carefully. Then they were encouraged to put the book into their book bags by themselves to promote independence.

Other things this week…

Don’t forget our two Nativity performances next week and have a lovely weekend.

From the Nursery team


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Christmas has arrived in RK!

December 6, 2018 at 11:52 am


We have well and truly entered the Christmas spirit in RK. The children are enjoying decorating the tree and making their own patterned baubles.

This week the children have learnt about 2D shapes and had fun trying to make some shapes in teams using string, they also enjoyed a game of shape bingo!

The children used their knowledge of 2D shapes to create their Christmas cards. Different shapes were used to create characters, Santa, reindeer, Christmas trees and lots more!

The children have also been choosing to use their maths skills around the classroom.

This week has been busy with concert rehearsals. The children are doing well learning the songs and remembering when to go on stage. We look forward to seeing you on either Tuesday morning or Thursday afternoon. The performances will be held in the North building. If you have been asked to provide any clothing please ensure it is put in your child’s tray by Monday 10th December.

A huge thank you from Annie and all of us in RK as she has raised almost £19 to go and buy some toys for children who are less fortunate. We will keep you posted on what we buy and where we send the gifts. Isobel who has planned some fun games and ball skills will deliver Friday’s PE lesson. Although the weather has been wet, the children have still loved using chalk to write words and explore outside in the rain!

The rest of the week:

Please can we ask that you ensure your child’s clothing has their name in everything! We are doing many clothing changes over the next few days and it is very difficult to identify tops, tights and trousers when they don’t have names in them.

Have a super weekend

The RK team

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Reception Learning and Key Information

December 6, 2018 at 10:55 am



The children have learnt the phonemes /v/ and /w/ this week.


This week we have looked at 2D shapes. We have discussed the difference between 2D and 3D shapes and have been finding simple 2D shapes in the environment, including circles, squares, rectangles, triangles and ovals. The children have also been using language to describe shapes, such as ‘it has 4 equal sides’ and so on.

The children have loved playing this game.

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Christmas Performance

Our Christmas performances are next Tuesday (9.30) and Thursday (2.00). On Monday, the children will be completing a dress rehearsal for the children in KS1. If you haven’t done so already, please can you bring in any costume items that have been requested. It will either be black tights for sheep or white tights for angels.

Trip to Abbey House

Next Thursday, the children in Reception will be visiting Abbey House Museum. RK will be going in the morning and RH will be going in the  afternoon. The children do not require a packed lunch and they’re to wear their school uniforms.

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