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Welcome to Kites Class - Reception

 

Mrs McRobert and Ms Fletcher

 

Don't forget your PE kits and book bags

Week Commencing 23.04.2018

 

Our topical focus this week will be on the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We will be looking at the life-cycle of the butterfly through the story and learning about the days of the week, months of the year and measuring time in simple ways. We have lots of creative and writing enhancements planned and will be looking for signs of summer including plants and insects on our Forest Friday exploration.

 

Parent Evenings

There are parent evenings are on Monday and Tuesday this week which we hope you will be able to attend.

 

Sunny Weather

Please make sure your child has a water bottle, sun hat and has applied sun cream before they arrive at school. Thank you.  

Home Learning 20.04.18

Roots, Shoots and Muddy Boots

 

Welcome back!

 

Our topical focus this half term is Roots, Shoots and Muddy Boots in which we will be observing seasonal changes, planting seeds, growing flowers and vegetables and learning about life cycles including plants, butterflies and frogs. 

 

Literacy

We will continue daily phonics to develop reading and writing. Letter formation will be supported in handwriting and through Funky Fingers activities. Our traditional tale this half term is Jack and the Beanstalk which will be explored through oral story-telling, drama and writing.  The children will also be writing lists, instructions, recounts and bean diaries.

 

Mathematics

The children will be counting, recognising, ordering and comparing numbers. They will be adding, subtracting, doubling, halving, grouping and sharing with concrete objects. We will revise naming and describing common 2D and 3D shapes and making direct comparisons in length, weight and time. They will continue using ‘real’ money to buy snack in class and will role play in a green grocer’s shop.

 

Outdoor learning

With the warmer weather we will be spending more time outside digging, planting and exploring the school grounds. Please ensure your children have a named coat and welly boots in school. Thank you

 

If anyone is keen to listen to readers in class please let us know. 

 

 

Visiting a local small holding

 

Kites Class enjoyed a very informative visit to a local small holding where they met and learnt lots about Dave the pig, sheep, chickens and turkeys.

Picture 1 Visiting the farm
Picture 2 Dave the pig
Picture 3 Saying hello
Picture 4 Dave has learnt some tricks
Picture 5 Meeting the sheep
Picture 6 Baa!
Picture 7 Touching wool
Picture 8 Stroking the Turkey
Picture 9 Meeting a turkey
Picture 10 Looking at the hens
Picture 11 Feeding the hens
Picture 12 Three Beautiful eggs

Week Commencing 19.03.18

 

GRRRRRRR the dinosaurs are here at last! We will begin thinking about dinosaurs and endangered animals this week and will be reading and writing about Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson.

 

Having read Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne last week, we will be tasting six of the seven delicious fruits that Handa put in her basket. The children will decide on their favourite and display their choices in a block graph. The story is illustrated below.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1Vmf4Cwvls

 

The children will continue their daily phonics and practise applying their developing phonic knowledge in reading and writing. Below is a link for a special song we sing to help us learn letter names and sounds together.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1bR-0XBfcs

 

As well as numbers, counting and solving addition problems, the children will be comparing the weight and length of dinosaurs.

 

Our next open afternoon is on Wednesday 28th March from 2-3. We hope you can come.

Home Learning - Length (16.03.18)

Week Commencing 05.03.18

 

Following the recent cold winter weather, we will begin the week looking at animals that live in cold climates with a focus on Emperor Penguins. We will watch clips from March of the Penguins and have several linked enhancements including small world Antarctica and making penguins this week. Later in the week the children will begin to sort and group animals.

 

Literacy – Reading

Please continue to listen to your child read daily – it really does make a difference to their rate of progress!

 

Literacy - Writing

The children will be supported writing about Emperor penguins, mammals and fish this week.

 

Phonics - In the daily phonics session:

 

Butterflies will revise phase 2 and 3 sounds and will be supported applying these in reading and writing. They will Practise reading and spelling phase 2 and 3 high frequency and tricky words and reading and writing captions and simple sentences.

 

Ladybirds will revise phase 2 and 3 sounds and will be supported applying these when reading and writing. They will revise all Phase 2 and 3 tricky words and will practise reading and writing CVCC, CCVC words and simple sentences.

 

Dragonflies Will revise and practise applying all phase 2 and 3 sounds and phase 5 sounds: ie, ea, oy, ir in reading and writing. They will also practise reading and spelling phase 3, 4 and some phase 5 high frequency and tricky words. They will practise reading and writing sentences too.

 

Mathematics

The children will be exploring length, counting in twos through the enhanced provision and developing their understanding of subtracting in the adult led mathematics in small groups.

 

We are looking forward to a full and exciting week ahead!

Home Learning 02.03.18

 

I hope you have had an interesting and refreshing end of the week! I did not set more projects to complete at home on Friday as I felt the children had plenty worthwhile projects to span over the two days. If your child has written a story, please ask them to bring it in on Monday. Your child is also invited to bring their favourite book (preferably names) into school on Monday to talk about in class.

 

I have attached a home learning task for the children. Please return all Home Learning Journals to school by Wednesday at the latest – thank you!

Thursday 1st March 2018

 

As the school is closed for the day, I have attached a PDF of work we were due to cover and things you may wish to do with your child at home today or indeed at another time to support their learning and progress toward their Early Learning Goals.

 

Dress warmly and enjoy the rare event of snow too!

Author Visit – Monday 26th February 2018

 

As you may be aware the school had a visit from a children's author. Katrina Stephenson has written and illustrated many Charlie Stinky Socks picture books. The children were engrossed as they listened and acted out the story of Charlie Stinky Socks And The Really Big Adventure.

Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure by Katrina Stephenson

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Week Commencing 26.02.18

 

Last Friday the children became animal detectives as they hunted for clues about the animals which might live in or visit the school grounds. The children will begin this week by talking and writing about the clues they found. They will also be sorting animals into sets of nocturnal and diurnal animals and making collages of woodland animals to add to a display. As the weather turns cold again, the children will make bird cake to feed the birds. Two guinea pigs will also be visiting Kites class this week.

 

In literacy the children will be writing about woodland animals, reading and writing instructions for making bird cake and writing facts about guinea pigs. They will also continue daily phonics.

 

Butterflies will revise all phase 2 and 3 sounds and will practise applying these when blending and segmenting. They will be reading and writing CVC words and learning to read and write simple sentences with support.

 

Ladybirds will revise all learnt sounds and will practise applying these when blending and segmenting. They will be reading and writing CVC words and simple sentences and learning to read and spell CVCC words.

 

Dragonflies will revise all learnt sounds and new PH5 sounds: ay, ou, ie, ea. They will practise reading and spelling high frequency and tricky words and reading and writing sentences.

 

In Mathematics the children will be subtracting, solving problems and counting in twos.

 

We are looking forward to an exciting week ahead.

 

Please continue to read daily with your child (at least three times a week) and we may be in with a chance of winning the weekly reading challenge!

Week beginning 19.02.18

 

Welcome back after the February half term break. We hope the children had lots of fun and a restful holiday.

 

New Topic

We begin our new topic this week – Paws, Claws and Whiskers which is all about animals. We will begin by learning about pets, then British Wildlife, moving to animals around the world and then onto endangered animals and then Dinosaurs which is always a favourite. 

I have attached a Curriculum letter and topic web for your information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

 

Pets 

If you have a well-behaved pet which you would be happy to bring in to talk about and to meet the children in the next few weeks, please let us know. Thank you!

 

 

Paws, Claws and Whiskers curriculum letter and topic web

Forest Friday 09.02.18

Stickman By Julia Donaldson - Forest Friday Trail

Stickman By Julia Donaldson - Forest Friday Trail  1 Following numbered events in the story.
Stickman By Julia Donaldson - Forest Friday Trail  2 Reading parts of the story.
Stickman By Julia Donaldson - Forest Friday Trail  3 Working together.
Stickman By Julia Donaldson - Forest Friday Trail  4 Shared experience.
Stickman By Julia Donaldson - Forest Friday Trail  5 Amazing weather
Stickman By Julia Donaldson - Forest Friday Trail  6 Ms Fletcher's group
Stickman By Julia Donaldson - Forest Friday Trail  7 A very sunny day!
Stickman By Julia Donaldson - Forest Friday Trail  8 Number 10 - Stickman is home - safe at last!
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Stickman By Julia Donaldson - Forest Friday Trail  17 Another stick for my favourite trick!
Stickman By Julia Donaldson - Forest Friday Trail  18 We found and recorded all the numbered clues.
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Week Commencing 29.01.18

 

The children wrote postcards inviting Aliens from ‘Aliens love underpants’ to visit their class. Kites Class were surprised to find alien footprints in their classroom this morning. Aliens who had travelled from planet Zootar to Earth had come in their spaceship to visit.

 

Home learning last weekend was to design an alien and invent a name for them. The children are now painting pictures of their fantastic aliens which will be displayed on the big display board outside Kites Class.

 

Writing - The Three Little Pigs

The children will be writing the story of The Three Little Pigs.

 

Phonics

They will continue learning their new alphabet song and covering the following in phonics:

 

Butterflies Sounds: oi, ar, oa, ow. Reading and spelling PH3 high frequency words: with, see, for, now and tricky words: be, was, you, they. They will be blending to read and segmenting to spell CVC words.

Ladybirds Sounds: th, sh, ch, oi. Reading and spelling all PH3 high frequency words and tricky Words: he, we, me be, she.

Dragonflies Applying all PH2 and PH3 sounds. Reading and spelling words with adjacent consonants. Reading and spelling all Ph4 HFW and PH4 TW. The children will practise reading and writing CCVC/CVCC words and sentences.

 

Mathematics

The children will practise counting, recognising and ordering numbers and measuring length. 

 

Understanding the World - Magnets

As well as underpants our visiting Aliens love magnetic materials, so we will be exploring magnetism and helping our visitors find magnetic objects this week.  

 

Reading 

Please continue reading regularly at home and recording frequency in the reading diaries. Kites are hoping to challenge other class reading percentages this week!

Forest Friday 26.01.18

 

The children were naming, describing and sorting materials in their classroom this week and extended this to the school grounds for their Forest Friday activity. The weather was crisp and cold and the children were very excited to find and record lots of different materials.

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Week commencing 22.01.18

 

We begin the week by making houses for the three little pigs and meeting the 'Aliens who love Underpants' by authors Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.

 

Gymnastics continues on a Wednesday and in small apparatus the children will be inventing aiming games.

 

In Literacy the children will continue learning to retell the story of The Three Little Pigs and will be writing about the pigs and Aliens Love Underpants. Daily phonics will include learning and applying learnt and new sounds when blending and segmenting. The children will be learning a new alphabet song which includes both sounds and letter names.

New sounds for Butterflies will be: ure, er, sh, ch. Focus HFW include: PH3 – this, that, them, then and TW: he, she, we, me.

New and revised sounds for Ladybirds include: igh, ai, oa, ar. Focus HFW include: PH 3 look, too, them with and TW: all, are, my, her.

Dragonflies will practise and consolidate PH2 and PH3 GPCs. They will be reading and spelling words with adjacent consonants and reading and writing sentences. They will also be learning to read and spell PH4 HFW and some PH4 TW.

 

We will continue naming and describing 2 and 3D shapes in Mathematics and will be solving addition problems using concrete objects, drawing and counting on methods.

 

Our investigations will include naming, sorting and describing properties of materials. Our Forest Friday focus will be looking for different materials in the environment and identifying those that are ‘Natural’ and which are ‘Man made’.

 

We are looking forward to another good week! smiley

 

Home learning 19.01.18

List of materials to build a house for the Three Little Pigs is attached below.

Week Commencing 15.01.18

 

We launch week two of our Outer Space theme with a focus on the Moon and Space travel. Shared reading of 'Whatever Next' will introduce comparing life on planet Earth and on the Moon. The children will begin retelling the story of the Three Little Pigs and will start thinking about different materials and their properties.

 

In Mathematics the children will be counting, naming and describing 2 and 3D shapes.

 

In Literacy and will be writing about the Moon, labelling parts of an astronaut and reading and writing CVC and CVCC words. In discrete daily phonics all children will practise blending for reading and segmentation for spelling. They will also be singing the Alphabet song and learning letter names.

 

Phonic Groups

Butterflies - Sounds covered include ear, ow, oi and air. Focus HFW include PH3: now, down, look, too. The children will be learning to read PH3 TW: my, her, you.

 

Ladybirds - Sounds covered include ear, air, er and ure. Focus HFW include PH 3: see, for, now, down. The children will be reading and spelling PH3 TW: are, my, her, was.

 

Dragonflies Sounds: All phase 2 and Phase 3. They will practise reading and spelling CVCC words. They will be learning to read and spell all PH4 HFW and will revise spelling all PH3 TW and learning to read and spell PH4 TW: have, like, come, some, was and you. The children will also practise reading and writing sentences.

 

The children will have gymnastics in the hall on a Wednesday and Small apparatus on Friday as usual and Forest Friday will involve looking at and using photographs to explore our outdoor learning environment. 

 

The children will also be making rockets out of cylinders and decorating CDs to make planets. 

It was lovely to welcome the children back after their first Christmas holiday in school. We launched off into ‘Outer Space’ at the beginning of the week and since then the children have enjoyed the activities, enhancements and participated well in adult led learning.

 

Phonics – The children continue learning and applying their phonics in reading and writing.

Butterflies Sounds: oo, ar, or, ur. Practise reading and spelling high frequency words: PH3 – them, with, see, for. Reading and writing tricky words: you, they, all, are.

Ladybirds Sounds: or, ur, ow, oi. Practise reading and spelling high frequency words: PH 3 - will, that, this, then, them, with. Reading and spelling tricky Words: was, you, they, all.

Dragonflies Sounds: All phase 2 and Phase 3. Practise reading and spelling CVC words and high frequency words:  All PH 3. Read and write CVCC words. Read TW: said, so. Read and write TW: he, she, we, me, be.  

 

Writing - The children have written about their best Christmas presents, named planets and written postcards to be sent into Outer Space.  

 

Mathematics – The children have been counting and comparing sets of objects to determine which set has more and which has fewer and labelling them.

 

Forest Friday - Weather permitting, we plan to begin our Forest Fridays again this week.

 

I have attached a Topic Web and curriculum letter for your information. 

Week Commencing 18.12.17

 

We will start the week with a dress rehearsal on Monday morning followed by Nativity performances on Tuesday and Wednesday. Kites will also be watching the dress rehearsal for the KS2 Production this week too.

 

Writing

The children will be writing their Christmas cards, Christmas shopping and ‘Jobs to do’ lists this week. They will also continue handwriting and daily phonics.

 

Phonics

Butterflies – Will be covering new PH3 sounds oo, ar, or and reading and writing PH3 HFW them, this, see, for and reading and spelling PH3 TW.

 

Ladybirds – Will be covering new PH3 sounds ur, or, ow and reading and writing PH3 HFW: see, for, now, down, look, too and reading and spelling PH3 TW.

 

Dragonflies - Will be covering new PH3 sounds air, ure, er and will be reading and spelling all PH3 HFW and PH3 TW.

 

Mathematics

The children will be solving subtraction problems using Rudolph’s carrots and the parcels in Santa’s sleigh as he delivers them.

 

Open afternoon

There is an open afternoon after the Nativity play on Tuesday afternoon. We hope you will be able to come.

Week Commencing 11.12.17

 

This week was a busy week with daily phonics, writing, number play and learn and much more. The children enjoyed their Christmas jumper day and a Christmas meal on Tuesday and practised their nativity play twice this week too. They have worked hard and are hopefully ready for their Dress rehearsal on Monday and their Nativity play on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

 

I have attached some photos of the children on their Christmas Jumper Day.

Christmas Jumper Day

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Week commencing 04.12.17

Now into Advent we will begin thinking about writing letters to Santa, making and writing cards visiting the class post office to buy stamps and to post letters and parcels. If you can find one, please send a suitable container to decorate and make into a pencil pot for Christmas. We have a few pots for children who cannot source a suitable pot.

 

Phonics

Butterflies will be learning to recognise, sound and read words containing ch, sh, th and ng and will continue learning to read and spell Phase 2 HFW and TW.

Ladybirds will be learning to recognise, sound and read and spell words containing th, ng, ai and ee and will continue learning to read and spell Phase 2 and 3 HFW and TW.

Dragonflies will be learning to recognise, sound and read words containing oo, ar, or and ur and will continue learning to read and spell Phase 2 and 3 HFW and TW.

 

Literacy

The children will continue reading and will also be writing about birds in winter, letters to Santa and their Forest Friday activity next week.

 

Mathematics

The children will continue counting, comparing and recognising numbers to 20 and they will be making direct comparisons in weight and developing their understanding and use of money at snack and through role play in the class post office.

 

Nativity Costumes

If you are providing a Nativity costume (or part of one) please remember to send these in by Thursday this week so we can make sure everyone has a complete costume. Thank you.

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Picture 4 Wrapped up warm
Picture 5 Peeping out
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Picture 8 Hedgehog tree!
Picture 9 Maybe a rabbit hole?
Picture 10 Rabbit droppings
Picture 11 Possibly rabbit fur?
Picture 12 I found a feather!
Picture 13 More soft fur
Picture 14 I found a little seed
Picture 15 I found a leaf!
Picture 16 Prickly to touch
Picture 17 Frost on the thistle
Picture 18 Bird dropping - evidence
Picture 19 Walking back from the meadow
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Picture 22 Waving to the pre-school children and helpers!

Missing Monkey is back safe and sound after a fantastic holiday with his friend Moth. On his return he was very sorry to hear that everyone had been worried about his whereabouts and has promised to tell everyone when he is going on holiday next time!

Monkey is missing! We need your help to find them!

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Week commencing 27.11.17

 

Last week the children were shocked to find Mrs Fowler shrunk and in a clear plastic jar. Unable to return her to full size they wrote letters to the Superheroes asking for help to rescue Mrs Fowler. The rescue mission was successful, and Mrs Fowler is now back to full size and able to work in the library again.

 

Disaster however struck again on Tuesday and Kites discovered a crime scene on Wednesday. The home corner was left in a mess and Monkey, who had been eating tea with Respectful Richard on Tuesday evening, went missing and has not been heard from since. To help rescue Monkey the children have each designed a missing person poster which they hope will help locate and bring Monkey safely back soon.

 

Reading and Writing

The children will continue developing their reading and writing linked to the theme of Superheroes this week.

 

Butterflies New sound this week include x, y, z. High frequency words: of, off, on, can, dad, had. Tricky words: to, into, the.

Ladybirds New sounds this week include: y, z, qu, ch. High Frequency words: big, him, his, not, got, up, mum. Tricky words: he, she, we, me, be

Dragonflies New sounds this week include ai, ee, igh, oa. High frequency words: will, that, this, then, them, with. Tricky words: was, you, they, all.

 

Mathematics

In mathematics the children will be recognising numbers, counting and adding.

 

Expressive arts and Design

The children will be making trees to decorate their class hoops to be displayed in the school hall and making models of cars, planes and bikes out of construction kits or recycled materials for their superheroes.

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Week Commencing 20.11.17

Following a very busy week with lots of visitors from the community the children were excited to move to a focus on Superheroes and the powers they use to help people.

 

Writing

Mrs Fowler was found shrunk and trapped in a sealed jar. The children wrote letters asking the superheroes to help rescue Mrs Fowler (our librarian) and thankfully the letters were successful in summoning help and Mrs Fowler is now free and returned to her normal size. The children have also written about things they do in their school week and will be making missing persons posters for Monkey who is missing from class. The children have been working with an adult to practise writing their name in pre-cursive. If you could please practise at home, we would be grateful. Several children have achieved this target recently which is very exciting! - Well done to the children and thank you parents and carers for supporting.

 

Role-Play

The children are being detectives at a crime scene, they have made notes and are still trying to solve a mystery of Monkey who is still missing. 

 

Phonics 

Butterflies are practising Phase 2 sounds and learning new sounds j, v, w. They continue to practise blending and segmenting high frequency words including an, as, at, if, in, is, it and learning tricky words I, no, go.

 

Ladybirds are also practicing phase 2 and learning new sounds j, v, w, x. They will be practising blending and segmenting high frequency words: can, dad, had, back, and, get and learning tricky words I, no, go, to, into, the.

 

Dragonflies are learning new sounds: ch, sh, th, ng and practising blending and segmenting. They will be learning to read and spell high frequency words:  will, that, this, then, them, with and tricky words: he, she, we, me, be.

 

Mathematics

The children are learning how to read and sequence days of the week and will focus on measuring time in simple ways.

 

PE continues with gymnastics on a Wednesday and Ball skills on a Friday.

 

Please remember to send your child in a coat and bring a pair of Welly boots in on a Friday for our Forest Friday. (formerly ‘Welly walk’)

 

Thank you! 

People Who help us and Superheroes

 

Having thought about people who help us at home and in school we were very fortunate to have a number of visitors who fall into the category of 'People Who help us' come into the class to talk about their work. Thank you very much to all who gave up valuable time to come and talk to the class. Your visits were very informative and helpful to the children. Thank you!

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Forest Friday - Scavevger Hunt

 

The children enjoyed using their observational skills to find man-made objects which should not be in the natural environment. There was lots of observation, excitement, talk and positive relationships. The children also observed further changes to the environment including more falling leaves and grass crisp with frost.  

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Week Commencing 16.10.17

 

This week we will bring things together by looking at me from the inside out. The children will meet our small resident skeleton Mr Biggs this week and will talk about the function of the skeleton and other important parts inside the body. We will again reinforce the importance of looking after our bodies and will promote 'Five a day' by making vegetable soup with the children. 

 

The children are now working in Butterflies, Ladybirds and Dragonflies in Phonics. New sounds this week are: r, h and b. The children will practise blending to read and segmenting to spell words using sounds already covered. To develop writing the children will be drawing, mark making, practising letter formation and ‘writing’ will be encouraged at every opportunity.

 

In Number the children will be estimating, counting and matching numerals to sets. In Shape, Space and Measures they will be naming and describing shapes in class and around the school.

 

Open Afternoon

We really hope that you can come to the open afternoon on Wednesday 18th October to Play and Learn with your children. 

Clay hedgehogs made by Kites Class

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'What to Expect When' - a parent friendly guide.

 

I have uploaded a parent friendly guide to the ‘EYFS Framework’ and ‘Early years Outcomes’ called ‘What to expect when’. The document provides more information about child development from birth to the end of the reception year and gives examples of how to support and extend children in their learning and development.

 

Most children will be working within the 40-60+ months age band in the reception year. Some children may not achieve all that is detailed at 40-60+ months and others may exceed the descriptors. The most important thing to bear in mind is that all children are unique, they develop at different rates and all have different strengths and interests.

 

Please use the document as a guide of what to expect when and a useful tool to support and extend learning and development at home and when out and about.

A parent guide - What to expect when

Week commencing 09.10.17

 

This week we continue thinking about the seasons as the children make a collage of their focus tree for the small 'Window' display in class. The children will be encouraged to suggest animals which might live in the school grounds such as owls, squirrels, mice and hedgehogs and consider animal activity in Autumn and will use clay to make a hedgehog. 

 

The children will be encouraged to develop hand control and dexterity through using malleable materials including playdough and clay and through threading, pegging and mark making as well as practising letter formation and writing their names.  

 

In Phonics the children will be learning to recognise and sound letters e, u and ck and will be blending to read and segmenting to spell high frequency and CVC words with those and previously learnt sounds.

 

In Mathematics the children will continue recognising and counting numbers and will begin thinking about one more and one less. They will also be exploring length and height in practical activities.

 

We plan a ‘Welly Walk’ on Friday morning weather permitting so please ensure that your child has a coat and a pair of named welly boots in school.

 

Thank you!

Week commencing 09.10.17

 

This week we will continue thinking about the seasons as the children make a collage of their focus tree for the small window display board in class. They will also think about animals which might live in the school grounds including squirrels and hedgehogs and what they might be doing in Autumn.

 

The children will be encouraged to develop hand control and dexterity through using malleable materials including playdough and clay and through threading, pegging and mark making as well as practising letter formation and writing their names.  

 

In Phonics the children will be learning to recognise and sound letters e, u and ck and will be blending to read and segmenting to spell high frequency and CVC words.

 

In Mathematics the children will continue recognising and counting numbers and will begin thinking about one more and one less. They will also be exploring length and height in practical activities.

 

We plan a ‘Welly Walk’ on Friday morning weather permitting so please ensure that your child has a coat and a pair of named welly boots in school.

 

Thank you!

Week commencing 02.10.17

 

This week the children will continue exploring how they learn through their senses and will further explore their sense of hearing and taste this week. We will send a permission slip for the tasting activity later this week. We will also continue thinking about things that contribute to health and well-being. 

 

In Phonics the children will be learning to blend and segment simple words using the sounds already covered. New sounds covered this week include letters o, c and k.

 

In Mathematics this week the children will be learning to recognise numbers, they will practise counting objects and will consider the passage of time as they sequence stages in the human lifecycle.

 

On Friday this week we will take the children on a walk to collect natural items they can use to make an autumn picture. Please ensure that your child has a pair of named welly boots in school every Friday as we plan to take the children out most weeks weather permitting. A rainproof jacket is strongly advised as we take the children out in light rain too.

Exploring our sense of smell - 28.09.17

Exploring our sense of smell - 28.09.17 1 Smelling lavender
Exploring our sense of smell - 28.09.17 2 What can I smell?
Exploring our sense of smell - 28.09.17 3 Making lavender bags

Welly Walk - 29th September

 

After reading a book about seasons and discussing what the children already knew about Autumn, the children went on a Welly Walk to look for signs of autumn in the school grounds. I have posted some photos taken on their walk. 

Welly Walk - Looking for signs of Autumn - 29.09.17

Welly Walk - Looking for signs of Autumn - 29.09.17 1 Our autumn tree
Welly Walk - Looking for signs of Autumn - 29.09.17 2 Feeling the rough protective bark of a tree
Welly Walk - Looking for signs of Autumn - 29.09.17 3 Talking about why trees have roots
Welly Walk - Looking for signs of Autumn - 29.09.17 4 The PLaying field was full of clover
Welly Walk - Looking for signs of Autumn - 29.09.17 5 Red berries
Welly Walk - Looking for signs of Autumn - 29.09.17 6 White berries
Welly Walk - Looking for signs of Autumn - 29.09.17 7 Do berries smell?
Welly Walk - Looking for signs of Autumn - 29.09.17 8 Investigating the bushes
Welly Walk - Looking for signs of Autumn - 29.09.17 9 Ms Fletchers group
Welly Walk - Looking for signs of Autumn - 29.09.17 10 Mrs Meaton's group

Week Commencing 25.09.17

 

This week the children will be exploring what their bodies can do, they will identify their five senses and exploring how they help them learn. The children will consider things that help contribute to good health including water, a balanced diet, exercise, rest, warmth and good relationships.

In Phonics, the children will cover the sounds, m, d and g and in mathematics the children will be naming and describing shapes.

 

We hope to go on another walk around the school grounds on Friday this week. Please ensure your child has welly boots or similar and a rainproof coat.  

Welly Walk - Friday 22nd September

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Week Commencing 18.09.17

This week will be lots of new experiences for the children.

 

Reading

We will begin reading with the children and sending books home on their timetabled reading day. We send three books at a time (one a night) and change them again later in the week after they have been read. Please indicate clearly when books have been read so we know when to change them.

 

Library, PE and Walk around the school grounds

The children will visit the library and start their PE sessions on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. If the weather allows we plan to take the children on a walk around the school grounds on Friday so named welly boots in school would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

 

Goldilocks and The Three Bears

The children will continue learning to retell the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears using the story book, through role play and the Goldilocks song this week.

 

Letters and sounds

The children will be revisiting letters s, a and t this week and we will be introducing letters p, i and n. The children are invited to bring a named object beginning with p into school for a class display.

 

Mathematics

We will be counting, comparing and recognising numbers this week through story, songs, games and class challenges.

 

Wonderful Me!

We will be thinking about our bodies and how to care for them this week and making collage faces in the creative area.

Play structure

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The children settled very well last week. They listened well, followed instructions, played cooperatively, shared, gained confidence and worked very well as a class. We hope they have all had a good rest over the weekend. I have attached letters which were given out on Friday for your information.

Week Commencing 11.09.17

 

This week we will introduce the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and we will be thinking about things which make us special and unique. We will also begin introducing letter sounds beginning with s and a this week.

 

Tapestry

I have sent an activation link via email which I hope you have now received. Once activated you should be able to view and add photos and observations from home. If you have not received a link yet please let me know and I will send a new link.

We hope you have all had a very happy Easter and are looking forward to seeing you all again on Monday 16th April.
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