June 15, 2018 at 2:52 pm
The children in RF have been very keen to write this week for lots of different purposes. All the children have chosen and animal to write about and have remembered to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Other children have written lists or signs. The focus children have been particularly busy writing. One child wanted to set up a toy shop so wrote a list of the things she would need and a sign for the shop. Another child wanted to hold a disco party so wrote some invitations and a list of things she wanted to happen at the party and she also built an amazing model and wrote a sign for it. On the list was baking a cake, dancing with the disco lights on and playing games. We finished the party with a game of sleeping logs! The third focus child wanted to go on an aeroplane. He set up the plane on the carpet and then said he needed a passport so lots of the children made their own passports. These children also inspired their friends to write as well. Well done everybody!
The Maths this week has been revising addition. The children have used real objects to find the total of two groups and practised using number lines to count on to find the answer to a calculation. Next week we will be revising subtraction.
Our PE lesson this week was a football focus relating to the World Cup. No one in RF mentioned the World Cup but maybe next week….
Have a lovely weekend from the RF team.
June 15, 2018 at 11:00 am
In maths this week, we have looked at estimating. The children have been guessing how many things they can see or how many items they think they can fit into a pot and then they had to count the actual amount. We have also completed lots of counting activities, including trying to count in tens.
We have continued work on the /er/ phoneme this week. We have also been writing sentences containing phase 3 phonemes. It is important that the children can independently segment sounds in words to write, rather than an adult telling them which sounds come next. We have practised this a lot this week as well as leaving finger spaces between words when writing a sentence.
The children have also practised writing their surnames this week. Some children can write their surnames independently but most are still copying. Perhaps they could start to practise writing their surnames on their fruit stickers, rather than writing their first names…
We have some very eager football fans so we have been learning about the World Cup. We have had a look at the history of the World Cup and talked about Russia (where it is being held). The children each picked a country from the list of teams playing and have had a look at the different flags. We will be keeping track of the football scores.
We have been learning about Ramadan and how people celebrate Eid al-Fitr. The children have been given the opportunity to make cards and to design henna tattoos.
Eid Mubark to everyone celebrating!
The children in Reception have now started attending our school’s reward assembly, ‘Special Mention’. Certain children will be chosen each week for their work towards the statements on the Learning Hive:
Special mentions this week for being ‘The best you can be’ are:
Hassan, Eesa, Sahara, Esme, Annie and Imaan.
Some more learning:
We hope you have a great weekend.
The RH team
June 15, 2018 at 9:28 am
What a fun playing and learning week we have had. We have learnt about Eid, bees, ladybirds, letter sounds, problem solving, zipping jackets up, exploding coca cola!
We have been finding out all about Eid and it means to our friends. The children have the opportunity to make their own Eid cards for their family. Some children then went on to make Eid biscuits, this involved a quick trip to the Co-op for some sprinkles and lots of counting to make sure there were enough for everyone. The left over biscuits were shared between the bakers!
We have also been learning about minibeasts. It started with someone saying “I want to make a house for a bee” and this lead to a discussion about bees and we decided to make a sugary syrup to help tired bees. Then low and behold we found a tired bee on the new bug hotel. The children dropped some syrup next to it and they were so happy to find that the bee had flown away!
We were also excited to welcome our ladybird larvae to our classroom! We found out we need to use our magnifying glasses to find them as they are tiny. We looked at the life cycle of a ladybird and this led to some children making their own ladybird. We hope to see them change over the next few weeks.
In phonics we have revised the phonemes s, a, t, i, p, m, n and learnt ‘d’. The children are doing so well thinking of words which start with d and have a d in them. Their segmenting and blending is going from strength to strength.
In maths we had problems to solve – Gerry Giraffe brought grapes for his snack and Chloe cat and Daffy dog didn’t have anything, what could we do? The children instantly said “Share them!” We talked about sharing fairly and then cutting in halves. Luckily everyone managed to share the grapes!
The rest of the week has been busy playing with friends and learning to be more independent…
We would like to wish all the Dads and Grandads a happy Father’s Day and our Muslim families a fantastic Eid!
We look forward to seeing you all on Monday.
The Nursery team
June 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm
This week we have focused on the ‘er’ phoneme. This is usually found at the end of a word. We have talked about reading words with ‘er’ at the end and how we can chunk sounds together to make reading the word easier. For example, winner can be split into winn and then er. Other examples: mix+er, dinn+er, winn+er.
We have also continued to practise reading words containing the phonemes: ar, or, ur, ear, air, oa and oi.
We have a new activity in our phonics area. The children have to read words and decide whether they’re real or pseudo words. If they’re real they go to Bob and if they’re pseudo they go to Obb (Obb and Bob are from a phonics game that we play).
We have started Guided Reading with some children this week. This means that a group of children work with an adult and they all read the same book at the same time. The children have really enjoyed this and have loved discussing the books together.
We have also started an exciting ‘Reading Competition’ this week. The children have to read three times in unusual places and then they get a prize! We will be displaying photographs of the children reading in the reading area.
Our interesting places to read this afternoon:
Logan wanted to read ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’ to the class. He also made some pancakes to share with the children:
This week we have revisited the numbers 1-20. The children have been filling in missing numbers up to 20 and some children have even attempted numbers to 100.
We have also re-looked at ‘one less’. Many children can say which number is one less but were unable to show this practically so we have practised this and they seem to have a better understanding now.
A few pictures from the week:
We’ve had such a busy afternoon, we forgot to hand out some of the Learning Logs today. If you haven’t received yours and you’d like to complete the homework over the weekend, the homework is: ‘To draw, write or talk about a favourite animal. The children may want to research the animal or stick pictures in. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Have a great weekend!
The RH team
June 8, 2018 at 2:50 pm
This week the children have been very busy again.
In Maths we have been learning about position using vocabulary such as next to, behind, in front of , under and over. After a class session one child went to find some soft toys and practised what he had been learning.
The children have been producing lots of independent writing this week. At the beginning of the week all the children chatted about what they had been doing in the holidays and chose a picture from Google images related to this. Then they all wrote a sentence about what they had done. We have been writing lists as a class and some children have written their own lists related to what they have been interested in. One girl wanted to make play dough and another one wanted to bake so they wrote lists of the ingredients they needed.
We have had a variety of interests this week including dinosaurs and castles and snails. I collected some interesting pebbles whilst on holiday and set a challenge for the children. All the pebbles had white lines on them and I asked them to see if they could join them up to make a continuous line. Then they children painted them with water to see how they changed when they got wet.
Next week we will be revising addition and practising all Phase 2 and 3 phonemes especially reading them in words.
Have a good weekend from the RF team.
June 8, 2018 at 12:55 pm
Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely week. The children have come back to school with great enthusiasm.
We have been spending a lot of time exploring our outdoor environment. We released our tadpoles back to the school pond, although they had got bigger we thought they would thrive better being back in their natural habitat. Some children have been finding about what a ‘bug hotel’ is. Mrs Myers made 2 this week and the children have been intrigued to see if they can see any bugs using them.
In our phonic work we have revised the sounds and actions for the phonemes s, a, t, i, p, n and learnt m. The m phoneme makes a long continuous sound and our lips are closed. We are really impressed at how well the children are doing segmenting simple 3 letter words like m-a-p and m-o-p.
The children have been working on counting objects which can’t be moved like claps and jumps. It is hard to count objects that can’t be touched so we will be practising every day.
We also gave the children groups of objects to sort. How could we sort them out? Could it be by colour, by pattern? They were able to explain their ideas.
Do we like frozen apples?
When collecting fruit this week we noticed that the apples were very cold. “You can’t eat frozen apples.” I suggested freezing an apple to test if this could happen. Surprisingly once the apple was sliced it could be eaten although a lot of children thought it was cold on their teeth. Some even preferred frozen apples to normal apples!
Reception Open Evening
Don’t forget we are holding our Reception Open Evening on Tuesday 12th June at 7pm in the North building. We look forward to seeing you and giving you your welcome pack.
Hopefully most children will have received their letter for our trip to Harlow Carr in July. If not by Monday, they will have all been distributed. We really do need lots of parent support on this trip as we work to a ratio of 1 adult to 3/4 children so please if you are able come and enjoy an amazing day out at these beautiful gardens.
Our week in photos…
Have a wonderful weekend.
The Nursery Team