Kites YR - Miss Pedder
Welcome to Kites Class - Reception
Class Teacher: Miss Pedder
LSA: Mrs Lambert
Welcome to Kites Class - 2020/2021
After a very busy Spring Term, we now blast into the Summer Term to explore our new topic, 'Zoom to the Moon'. We have been reading our term's book, 'The First Hippo on the Moon', which the children have thoroughly enjoyed. From this learning, the children in Kites Class have become very interested in the planets and how they appear. Therefore, we have started to make the planets for a classroom display- as seen below! This was very messy and we had lots of fun learning how to papier-mache.
Throughout the term, space themed activities and enhancements will continue to be used to support learning in all the prime areas and in specific areas of learning including Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. I have attached this term's curriculum map below.
Daily phonics will continue to support reading and writing. Mathematics will include counting, ordering, comparing, adding and subtracting numbers and measures will include money, weight and time. Our Traditional tale this half term is Pinocchio, with its reference to stars and the sky. There will also be plenty of opportunities to discuss Neil Armstrong and how some consider him to be a hero. The children will then be encouraged to consider who the heroes might be in their own lives.
Our topical focus will provide many opportunities to explore similarities and differences, the planets, day and night, forces and how materials change when heated or cooled. The story of Dinosaurs and all that rubbish by Michael Foremen will be used to prompt discussion about the importance of sharing and caring for the natural world. The children love dinosaurs and I thought this would be a good opportunity to reinforce some of our learning from last term.
As well as a planned topical focus, we are keen to follow the children’s own interests where possible so please keep us informed of new interests as they arise. Thank you.
This term, children will continue to need a coat, named water bottle and reading folder in school every day please. PE kits need to be kept in school for use on a Wednesday and Thursday for our timetabled PE sessions and at other times as required. Please continue to send suitable coats and boots for our ‘Forest Friday’ learning sessions this term.
Thank you to everyone uploading observations to Tapestry. These contribute to the assessment process and planning for your children’s learning and development.
If you have any questions, wish to share achievements or have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. I am available on email@example.com.
Welcome to Kites Class!
Hello everyone :)
My name is Miss Pedder and I am your child's Class Teacher. Mrs Lambert is our Learning Support Assistant (LSA).
I am so excited to get started with our fantastic teaching and learning! To help the children settle in, their first topic will be "All About Me". This should help your child to discover and express their unique likes and interests. By celebrating the children as individuals, I hope to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels safe and confident to be themselves. Soon, I will attach a completed topic map to this page so that you can gain a more detailed insight into what the children will be focussing on this half-term. Below, please find the curriculum map for this half-term.
Information regarding the start of this term
The first three weeks will be transition orientated to help your child settle into school. Below is a brief summary of these three weeks.
Week One (Mon 7th to Fri 11th September)
- Home visits in the morning.
- Children will be in school (groups of five) from 1pm to 3.15pm .
Week Two (Mon 14th to Fri 17th September)
- If your child has a surname starting A-M, they will arrive at school between 09:00 and 09.15.
- If your child has a surname starting N-Z, they will arrive at school between 09.16 and 09.30.
- Children will be collected at 12pm, without lunch at school, during week two.
Week Three (Mon 21st to Fri 25th September)
-Please repeat the same start times based on your child's surname.
-Your child will stay for lunch and leave school at 1.15pm.
As of Monday 28th September, Kites Class will be completing full days in school. Surnames A-M will be colleted at 15.30 and surnames N-Z will be collected at 15.45.
What we have been doing this week! (7th-11th September)
This week in Kites Class we have been settling in and playing. We have been reading 'The Colour Monster' and learning about our different feelings. The children loved learning about the monster's different moods and we made the monsters in class. We practised our cutting and we glued the tiny pieces to the monster to make a pretty collage. Below is a picture of some of us making a red angry monster.
What we've been doing this week! (14th-18th September)
This week the children have been learning about classroom routines. The children have settled in really well and are having fun learning about our feelings and emotions. We have developed our class rules together and made a beautiful flower display using their own handprints. The children are a joy to have in the classroom and have been impressing Ms Fletcher and myself all week with their kind and caring behaviour. Below shows the display for our classroom rules.
What we've been doing this week! (21st-25th September)
This week the children have enjoyed playing outside and exploring the rain. The children enjoyed feeling the rain and looking at how the sky changed colour. The children also started phonics this week and have been learning their phase 2 sounds. The children will take their sounds home on Monday 28th September so they can practise with you too. Here is a picture of the children playing in the rain.
What we did this week (28th Sep to 2nd Oct)
The children have completed their first full-time week at Wallop Primary School! This is a massive achievement and I am very proud of Kites Class. This week, the children have continued learning their sounds, practising their matching and counting in maths and have enjoyed painting their self-portraits. These will be displayed on the walls next week :D. Well done children!
What we did this week (5th to 9th Oct)
This week the children made a dance in PE and performed it to the class. The children had a lot of fun doing this and look forward to PE every week. The children are also enjoying reading with me in class and they have been keen to learn their new sounds in phonics. The sounds will be sent home on tags so the children can make words with you :). Feel free to practise sounding the words out with your child. Well done Kites Class!
What we did this week (12th to 16th Oct)
This week the children were practising writing their numbers in maths. The children made up some matching games. In the picture below, the children were choosing numbers for their partner to find on the sheet and have a go at writing. Lots of children soon noticed what was happening and the class became very engaged in this child-led learning. I was very impressed because the children enjoyed learning from their mistakes too, in Kites we celebrate this as part of the learning process! Well done Kites Class, you're all doing so well! :)
What we did this week (19th to 23rd Oct)
As well as making good progress in maths and phonics, this week we learnt more about space. The children absolutely love watching the rocket blast into the sky and they understand that we live on 'the blue planet Earth'. They notice the moon sometimes and they like to talk about going to space when they are grown up. Have a lovely rest this half-term children, you have been superstars and I'm so proud of you all! :) Miss Pedder
What we did during our first week back! (2nd to 6th Nov)
This week Kites Class started learning about their new topic, 'Princesses, Knights and Dragons'. Kites made dragon slime and played with the small-world castle. Kites have also been making cards for Bonfire Night and enjoyed learning about Guy Fawkes. Well done Kites, here is our curriculum map for the next half-term.
Communication and Language
-New language- fair, bold, brave, sword, protect
-Phonics- consolidate phase two in small groups
-Asking / answering questions
e.g. coding on the BeeBots to make simple algorithms that move a character through a story
-Reading fairy tales and books about Knights- asking for key events, the characters, favourite parts
-Sing songs and rhymes about princess, dragons and knights, ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’
-Retelling stories such as ‘Three Little Pigs’
-Listening to stories about knights, dragons and all things magical
-Continue writing our own names, practising sound recognition and letter formation
-Letters and sounds Phase 2 consolidation
Shared reading of books, labels and captions
-Search library in class to look for books about our topic- ‘King George and the Dragon’.
-Write invitations to fairy-tale tea party
Understanding the World
-Read the Three Little Pigs- how can we stay safe from strangers?
-Read King George and the Dragon
-Who were Knights and why did we have them?
-What do we have now, instead of Knights?
-Knights were expected to protect people and defend the Queen and King
-Who is our Queen?
-Look at Mike the Knight online
-Look at some old toys and new toys
-What toys would a Prince or Princess have played with?
-What would they not have played with? Why?
-Design your own toy for a Prince or Princess
-What creatures do dragons look like?
-Are they similar to reptiles such as lizards?
-Label a dragon
-Draw your own dragon
-Make a dragon world out of gloop- use green paint
-Use BeeBots to dodge the dragons
-Would you like to be a Princess, Knight or Dragon?
-P.E. sequence a sugar plum fairy dance
-Use sword to write letters in sand tray
-Explore different ways of moving in PE- pretend to ride a horse like Knight
-Fine motor skills: peg boards, pouring, threading, making jewellery for princesses
-Malleable materials, clay and playdough- make a castle
-Sensory play – water, foam, gloop
-Letter formation – playdough, chalk, paint, foam
-Construction- make a strong house for the pigs
What’s in the Woods? Princesses Knights and Dragons
Cinderella’s Shoe Box
I can write a short sentence
Tea party invitations
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
-How can we use a Knight’s code to make better choices? Be honest, helpful, kind
-Play games: Sharing and taking turns
-Think about people who we can help- mums, dads, grandparents?
-Focus on tolerance for this term
-Saying sorry when we get things wrong
-Continue to take personal responsibility: behaviour, hygiene, health
-How would it make people feel if we helped them?
-How can you make the right choices, what would a Knight or Princess do?
-To celebrate different languages, the children will also continue to count in Spanish
-Compare pictures of dragons (more/less)
-Matching amounts to numerals 1-10
-Counting, addition and subtraction songs
-Solve simple problems involving number, ‘one more and one less’
-Compare and organise dragons by colour and size
-Count the spikes on the dragons’ backs
-Make a dragon out of 2D / 3D shapes
-Use beans to represent Dragon eggs- share them out into nests labelled with numbers 1-10
Expressive arts and Design
-Use tin foil and cardboard to make shields, armour and swords
-Enchanted walk- FOREST SCHOOL
-Use small world dragons and Knights for garden and classroom imaginary play zones
-Design our own junk model dragon
-Build castles out of blocks
-Paint a dragon
-Design coat of arms
-Draw and colour pictures to retell the story of Cinderella
-Cook and decorate fairy tale biscuits
-Make a stronger house for the Three Little Pigs
What we did this week (9th to 13rd Nov)
This week the children finished their writing to Cinderella. I rather clumsily dropped Cinderella's shoebox with her "glass slipper" in it and the children had to design a new one for her! The children loved this learning and their letter formation is coming along beautifully. On Friday, we went to the forest and listened to the nature around us. The children found this very therapeutic. Specifically, we discussed how trees communicate and the children then went and hugged the trees as shown in the picture below. Well done Kites!
What we did this week (9th to 13th Nov)
This week we took the time to remember the many men and women who fought for us during the First World War. The children made red poppies and purple poppies to remember the horses who suffered too. This was a very reflective week and the children really took their learning on board. Well done for being so thoughtful Kites Class.
What we did this week (16th to 20th Nov)
The children are making amazing progress with their phonics. They thoroughly enjoyed digging in the soil to find the initial rhyming sounds. Some children could even make their own words. Kites Class are great at spotting their letters and corresponding sounds. Well done children! :)
What we did this week (23rd to 27th Nov)
This week the children have been particularly interested in making castles and palaces based on our topic 'Princesses, Knights and Dragons'. The creations have been beautifully detailed and the children have enjoyed telling me about all the different parts they made. Language such as 'tower', 'garden' and 'bridge' has been included in their verbal descriptions. Well done children!
What we did this week (30th Nov to 4th Dec)
This week we have been making stars. We have made lots of little stars and a big whole class star using sticks from the woods. The children have really engaged with their learning about the star in the nativity and I am looking forward to sharing our Christmas show with parents. Miss Pedder.
What we did this week (7th Dec to 11th Dec)
This week we have been busy with Christmas crafts. We also had a treat on Friday during Forest School. It was really lovely to have Bracken, the school dog, join us for a 'looking walk' in the meadow. Bracken helped us to see what we could notice about the environment. We saw trees without leaves, rabbit burrows, bonfires and more! Here is a picture of some of us with Ms Fletcher and Bracken :) well dones Kites!
What we did this week (14th Dec to 18th Dec)
Wow! What an exciting last week of Term One. We had a very special visitor- Father Christmas! The children in Kites Class were able to ask Father Christmas for one thing that they would like for Christmas. We did lots of festive activities, such as a maths based treasure hunt and even watching a Cinderella Pantomime with popcorn to eat :D It was a lovely end to the term, well done Kites Class! Miss Pedder.
What we have done this week
Well done for finishing your first week of home learning Kites Class. You have been engaging brilliantly with the learning on Tapestry, it is lovely to see! Below is a curriculum map for our new topic, 'Digging for Dinosaurs'.
Communication and Language
Egg discovery in class
-Ten Little Dinosaurs Questioning, how, why, when questions.
Retelling simple stories
Talk about own experiences – retelling using past tense Talk about special events – birthdays, Christmas etc Role play – explorers in the dinosaur den
Discuss what you can see in your habitat- describe the scene from your window
Daily Phonics and vowels/consonants
Handwriting – letter formation
Reading– Rhyming words and non-fiction/fiction
Name and describe our own dinosaur
Retelling stories – sequencing and retelling in own words
Writing dinosaur profiles
Newspaper reports headings
Letters to the dinosaur
Instructions to look after a dinosaur
Understanding the World
Volcano – look at an exploding volcano
Looking at maps of volcanoes
Habitat – our location compared to others
What habitat did dinosaurs live in?
Where is similar to that habitat today?
Do we have volcanoes?
Look at sleeping volcanoes
Hot/ cold environments
Life cycle of a dinosaur/reptile
Fossils – create your own fossil
Explore and describe fossil corner in class
What killed the dinosaurs – explore theories Seasons – seasonal changes
Keeping warm – ice age
Transient art – natural resources adding to play dough
BeeBots – find the dinosaur by following a simple code
Caring for the environment
Healthy eating dinosaur food-Create a healthy meal
Fine motor activities
Pencil control activities- Play dough dinosaur
Digging up fossils
Dinosaur initial sounds writing outside
Dinosaur slime and tweezers
Dinosaur dust (magic dust, (clean mud)
Different sized brushes – to excavate dinosaur bones
Blocks, piping, nets etc to make buildings/dens
Digging for Dinosaurs
What’s in the egg?
Writing outcomes: Create a non-fiction class book about dinosaurs
Fantastic finish: Class jungle wall- Henri Rousseau
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Team games in PE- working in pairs
Feelings – how do the dinosaurs feel in different situations?
‘The Egg’- how does it feel when it hatches?
Talk about their own dinosaur knowledge
Talk about their own preference, likes and dislikes
Discuss favourite dinosaurs and why
Dinosaur roleplay / small world
What makes us special?
Sorting kind/unkind acts
Size – comparing – footprint, dinosaur Measuring dinosaurs – height and weight
Time – past and present
Time- seasons through the year
Addition and Subtraction
Matching dinosaur footprints – pairs / doubling Dinosaur bones – sorting, ordering
2d shapes for many skeletons/ Stegosaurus Make a shape dinosaur
Directions to find the dinosaur
Capacity in the water tray
Expressive arts and Design
Music, Art & Design/DT
Junk Modelling dinosaurs
Design something to protect a dinosaur egg Design a trap to catch a dinosaur
Coffee, tea painting
Exploring textures – mud, sand etc
Explorers role-play – dinosaur experts
Read Dinosaur Rumpus – music (soft and loud sounds)
PE Kits and wellies
Please provide your child with a PE kit. PE lessons take place on Thursdays and Fridays every week. Your child can either have plimsolls or trainers, both are not necessary. Please also provide your child with a tracksuit that is dark blue or black in colour. Tracksuits are sometimes necessary for the outdoor PE lessons. A simple tracksuit from any major retailer will be absolutely fine. We will return the PE kits on the last day of this half-term.
Please name everything, even shoes! Children easily lose things when getting changed for PE. Name labels will ensure that the items come straight back to your child.
Please also provide your child with some wellies, we will be going outside as much as possible! :)
Children can choose a free school meal in the morning before learning begins. They can choose from a vegetarian option, a meat option or a jacket potato option. Children can bring in a packed lunch if they do not like the free school lunch choices.
Children will be provided with a free water bottle from school. I will label these to make sure they do not go missing. These will be provided in weeks one and two. Please also decorate the water bottles so your child knows which one belongs to them.
I will update this page regularly with more information about Kites Class!
Thank you and I look forward to the exciting adventures this year will bring for our class :)