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Reception

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Week ending 6th May 2016

It has been an exciting third week to our new term, with the children getting the opportunity to go outside and experience some warm rays of sunshine! In literacy RG have been reading the story of ‘Jack and the beanstalk’, looking at words to describe the giant and then using these in our writing to talk about him in sentences. In RD they have been looking at superheroes and writing about their special powers! In RC they have been thinking about the ‘milkshakes’ that they have made last week and written a list and some sentences about the process.

During Maths lessons all classes have been focussing on measuring length. We have found a ‘giant’s footprint’ and found different ways to prove that it is bigger than our own. The children have hunted for objects shorter and longer than it and made lots of comparisons. It was a lot of fun working out how many giant footprints it would take to get from one side of the class to the other!

 

Week ending 29th April 2016

It is the second week to our new Summer term ! In literacy this week the children have been looking at the book ‘Oliver’s milkshake.’ In all of the Receptions classes they have then enjoyed making their own fruity milkshake and talked about how to make it. There has then been a lot of writing lists of fruit that they would like to go in their own! This has been a wonderful experience that they have all really enjoyed and we have had some very creative ideas for their own versions! Mmmm……Yummy!

During Maths lessons all classes have been focussing on how we use money. They have looked at the different coins and practiced counting out amounts carefully. Then we have been asking how much we would have if we added 1 more to the amount up to 20 pence. The children have used money in their role play experiences and enjoyed being the shop keeper or the customer.

 

Week ending 22th April 2016

It is our first week back after the Easter holidays! In all classes this week we have kicked off the new Summer term by making our own fruit kebabs and talked about how to make them. In RC they have made lists about the food that they would put on their kebab! In literacy this week the children in RG have been looking at the book ‘Oliver’s vegetables.’ The children then had a chance to taste test a variety of vegetables and decide which was their favourite. They then used this to write about. In RD they have looked at the book ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ and done some sequencing of the events in the story. 

During Maths lessons we have all focussed on using language about ‘time’. All classes have looked at how we use this language at home and when we are out and about. They have practised using sand timers to see how many activities can be carried out before the sand runs out. The children have also considered how they have changed over time, from being born to now and sequenced some pictures to talk about. We have also encouraged them to consider some of the different routine activities we do throughout the day such as breakfast , lunch, dinner etc….

Week ending 25th March 2016

Our ‘big interests’ week has been a lot of fun with the children enjoying a range of exciting activities. All three Reception classes have joined together to encourage the children to take part in a variety of experiences to find out what they are most interested in! There has been a lot of creative ideas happening in our ‘’mud kitchen’ from chocolate pies to mud volcanoes. The children have been taken on a sensory walk barefoot with Mr Gomez, through different materials such as sand, pebbles, soil, grass, wood and water. In the staff room they have been baking chocolate crispy nests with Mrs Glass for Easter and talked about their own experiences of cooking at home. Our story corner outside under the trees has entertained many children with new stories to listen to read by Mr Hall. They have then used these stories to help make up their own within the story den. Inside all of the three classes there has been much excitement and interest in our taste test of different fruits, our smell test and our feely box test. With the children using all of their senses to talk about what they are experiencing.

We hope you all have a very enjoyable Easter weekend!

 

Week ending 18th  March 2016

It has been a fun week with the children getting the opportunity to go outside and experience some of the signs of Spring! We have continued with our topic relating to, ‘Pirates, pirates everywhere!’ In literacy RG have been pretending to be lost on a desert island and written messages to go in a bottle! In RC they have been using pirate phrases and writing their own speech bubbles! In RD they have been writing recipes for their pirate biscuits.

During Maths lessons we have all been thinking about measuring the weight of items. The children have found items around the classroom that were heavier than or lighter than a given item. They have practised using the scales to weigh different items to see which is the heaviest. Some children have enjoyed finding a number items and then put them in order from lightest to heaviest.

 

Week ending 11th March 2016

In Literacy RG have enjoyed looking at pirate maps this week and then made their own, writing labels for their pirate illustrations. RC have been having fun making pirate wanted posters! RD have read a lovely book called ‘Mrs Pirate’. From this they have decided what they would have on their ship and written lists to show their ideas. 

In Maths we have all talked about ‘length’ this week and practiced measuring different items. This has involved finding objects that are shorter or longer than a given item around the classroom and outside. The children also had great fun outside walking along long and short pirate planks!

 

Week ending 4th March 2016

It has been an exciting second week to our new term, with the children getting the opportunity to go outside and experience some snow flurries! We have continued with our topic relating to, ‘Pirates, pirates everywhere!’ In literacy RG have been pretending to be pirates, using pirate masks and saying pirate phrases! They have then used their ‘Big talk’ practise to help them in their writing. RD have been working out how to find treasure and practiced making their own pirate maps! In RC they have been thinking about ‘Mother’s day’ and writing their special messages as a surprise.

During Maths lessons RG have been using language relating to capacity, practicing filling a variety of containers and talking about half full, full and empty. RC have been looking at missing numbers, thinking about what number comes before and after to help them work it out. RD have been doing about height and enjoyed measuring themselves. Afterwards they practised finding things that are taller and smaller than themselves.

Week ending 26th February 2016

Well it has been a wonderful start after the half term holidays in Reception! We have all introduced our new topic for this half term which is, ‘Pirates, pirates everywhere!’ In literacy RG have been looking at pirates, picking their favourite and saying why! They have been describing how they look and using this in their writing. There was also much amusement when the children saw ‘Pirate Glass’ and interviewed her, asking questions about her life on a pirate ship! RD have been matching words to pictures for their pirate topic. In RC they have been working out how to find treasure and practiced making their own pirate maps!

During Maths lessons all classes have been consolidating their number knowledge. RG have been using language relating to money and pretended to visit the shops. RC have been doing about capacity, practicing filling different containers and talking about half full, full and empty. RD have been doing about position with lots of play based learning games.

 

Week ending 12th February 2016

Well it has been another very busy week in Reception! In literacy we have been talking about how ‘baby bear’ felt in the story of ‘Goldilocks and the three bears. In RG the children decided to make lists of food to bring to a teddy bear’s picnic in order to cheer up baby bear! The children in RD have written some wonderful speech bubbles. In RC the children had huge amounts of fun changing parts of the story, for e.g. the chairs became ‘bean bags’! They have continued in maths to consider what the number 10 looks like in many forms, practicing counting backwards from 10-0 and talking about whether the number is getting smaller or bigger. This week the children have also enjoyed looking at how the ‘Chinese New Year’ is celebrated and what happens on ‘Shrove Tuesday’. We hope you all have a very enjoyable and safe half term holiday!

 

Week ending 5th February 2016
 It's been a busy week in Reception! In literacy we have been retelling the story of 'Goldilocks and the three bears' using our story maps and super actions. The children have been imagining how Goldilocks felt when she woke up and saw three bears. They have also had a chance to interview Goldilocks in RG (alias – Mrs Glass) to find out what Goldilocks was thinking! In maths there has been a lot of work on understanding what the number 10 looks like in many forms, from 10 fingers to 10 holes on the numicon. We have begun to include counting backwards from 10-0 and explaining to each other what happens to the number each time. Our Harry Potter dress up day was a wonderful success and much fun and magical learning was had by all. Thank you for your support.

It is the start 2016. The children have returned looking very settled and interested in our new Topic.

Our topic this Term is 'Bears, bears, bears'. The children will focus on their communication and language with lots of links to Literacy and how to be super learners at Hugh Gaitskell Primary. More detail about this will be in the Reception newsletter which will be sent out with the children.

 

Helping your child to learn

 

During the school year we will hold parent workshops to help you to understand how to best help your child at home with reading, phonics and maths. Look out for the schedule - we look forward to seeing you!

Reading –Please bring book bags every day to school to aid your child’s learning. This enables us to read and change their books regularly.

Fridays- Please look out for home-work books being sent home on this day to be completed over the weekend and the weekly school newsletter that will keep you updated with the latest events! “

 

Our learning environment

We have a maths-rich learning environment, from working walls which the children can access to support their learning… Numbers in all the areas of provision… As well as lots of fun mathematical challenges!

At the moment in Reception we are continuing to consolidate our number sense to 10 and introducing vocabulary on addition and subtraction.

 

Phonics in the Foundation Stage

This term we will be learning continuing to listen to sounds to aid the children’s ability to distinguish letter sounds within words. We have covered the sounds all letters of the alphabet make and will keep revisiting these so they are not forgotten. We are now moving onto 2 sets of letters which make one sound. You may hear your child call this a ‘digraph’. Phonics is taught through a set of fun games and with lots of visuals, and it can be seen in all areas of provision. We hope all parents who visited the Reception classes to watch a phonics lesson on 1st February found it useful and informative!