This year your child will interact with a colourful environment filled with new friends, exciting activities and hands-on adventures! Join us on our adventure here:
Shavuot learning morning!
Nursery and Reception took part in a very exciting learning morning all about Shavuot. The activities included; a mitzvot scavenger hunt, a Shavuot story and making tents!! (Photos above)
In Reception last week we were very busy gardeners. The children began the week by planting their own sunflower seeds. We learnt that for the seeds to grow well they need lots of sunlight and water. We are going to keep looking after them in the classroom for a while and look for signs of growth before sending them home. We also planted cress seeds which grow much more quickly. We are hoping to enjoy cress sandwiches in snack time this week.
We had a very busy week! We read the book ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and then sequenced the story by ourselves. In Maths we focused on missing numbers. At the end of the week we celebrated Yom Ha’atzmut and had lots of fun doing activities, tasting different food and joining in with Israeli dancing! The children were so excited to attend the festival at the end of the day and couldn’t stop talking about what cakes they were going to buy!
In Reception we have also been learning about the artist Marc Chagall and studying his work. Marc Chagall liked to create pictures of brightly coloured houses and also included strange things flying in the air like houses, people and farm animals. He often painted very colourful skies. We had a go at creating our own Chagall pictures using oil pastels. We also used a programme on the IPads called Purple Mash to create digital pictures in the style of Chagall.
This week the children learnt all about landmarks in London. We read the book ‘Katie in London’ by James Mayhew and explored different maps of London. In the story Katie visited London with her brother Jack. They went on a tour around many of the London sights including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, The London Eye and Trafalgar Square. Everyone had great fun moving Katie and Jack around the sights on the interactive whiteboard. After that we created a whole class frieze of London and the Ricer Thames including all the sights. It is hanging it the classroom. The children also made landmarks out of junk, duplo and wooden blocks. In our Maths lessons we learnt all about length and started to measure using rulers! The children loved creating long and short worms out of play dough.
The children have enjoyed celebrating Purim and World Book Day today. During the week they have been learning about the Purim story and singing lots of Purim songs. Today we came in dressed as a character from a book. We were also very lucky to have another visit from the Queen!
We heard the Megillah and made a noise when we heard the name 'Haman', using the noisemakers we had made. We then took part in a parade where we had a chance to walk across the stage to show everybody our fantastic costumes!
The children decorated a plate to hold their Mishlo'ach Manot, which they then gave to another child. They included delicious hamantaschen!
In Reception we have been very busy building a castle/palace for our topic on British Monarchy. As you can see it is very safely guarded. We have found out some brilliant facts. We know our queen is Queen Elizabeth II and that she has two birthdays. We also learned that Prince George who is the Queen’s great grandson is in Reception just like us and one day he will be King!
This week we have been learning about Monarchy focusing on Queen Elizabeth. We thought about all the questions we could ask the Queen if we met her. The children wrote their questions down and focused on how to form their letters correctly. On Thursday we had a special visitor and the children got to ask ‘The Queen’ all their questions.
In our Maths lessons this week we have learnt about doubling and halving. We had lots of fun doubling and halving numbers using cubes, teddies and ladybird spots!
Today Reception met another pet, a cat called Neon. Neon also belongs to Mrs. Bernard and came to visit during the afternoon. Unlike Lola the Labrador, Neon had to stay in her basket most of the time otherwise she might have run off and climbed up on top of cupboards and shelves. The children found out that Neon likes to eat cat food, meat and sometimes eats Lola’s dog food. She doesn’t bite but likes to nibble toes and loves to play with ping pong balls and a toy mouse. Neon also likes to go outside and climb trees. She loves to be stroked and cuddled. The children all got the opportunity to stroke Neon while Mrs. Bernard held her.
Today Reception had a very special visitor called Lola. Lola is Mrs. Bernard’s 10 year old Labrador. Everyone was really sensible when Lola came in so she didn’t get frightened. The children found out that Lola eats dog food and meat but not bones as they can get stuck in her throat. Lola also loves going for walks and chasing a ball in the park. She needs lots of love and cuddles and does lots of sniffing when she is in new places. She has a lead and a collar with a tag on which has Mrs. Bernards phone number on in case she ever gets lost. At the end of the visit, everyone got the chance to give Lola a stroke before she went home. Lola really enjoyed her visit! Photos to follow...
We have been recapping lots of tricky words. We have made tricky word watches and made glitter tricky words also. We have also had fun finding objects in the garden, estimating how many cubes long we think the object is and then finding out the actual measurement by measuring and counting the cubes.
This week we have been reading the story ‘ Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell. The children are really enjoying our topic on the zoo and we now have one in our role play area in Reception. Throughout the week the children have written their own page based on ‘Dear Zoo’ which will be displayed in our book corner.
In Maths we have been working on estimation and the children have learnt about having a sensible guess when estimating.
In our phonics lesson we have been recapping our sounds and learning more digraphs. The children also worked on their letter formation.
On Tuesday the children worked on laptops creating pictures of animals (see pictures below).
During PSHE this week, the children took part in a compliment circle. The children put their legs out and when they received a compliment they crossed their legs. This ensured every child could give and receive a compliment.
Literacy - This week we discussed all the different things we did during our time off school. We drew pictures of ourselves with our family and wrote our families names! In keeping with the whole School topic of ‘Take One Author’ we read ‘One Night at the Zoo’ and explored the different rhymes in the book. Next week we will continue to look at the book and if you have any Judith Kerr books at home we would love to see them and read them in class.
Art and Design - On Thursday afternoon we had fun trying trying to see if we could remember all the animals in the 'One Night at the Zoo' story without looking in the book. This was tricky because there were quite a few. We then looked for pictures of these animals and used these to help us draw our own pastel pictures of the animals. The children learned how to get different effects from the pastels by using their fingers to blend and smudge the colour.
PSHE - We read the fable 'The Lion and the Mouse' and learnt how every one is unique and can be helpful just like the little mouse. We also learnt that it is good to do kind acts.
Christmas learning day - 15/12/17
We had a brilliant day learning about Christmas. We read the Christmas story and listened to some Christmas songs. Later in the day we had a fashion show to show off our fantastic seasonal jumpers. We enjoyed decorating and cutting stars and doing lots of different activities linked to Christmas. We ended this festive day by joining the rest of the school as they lit the Menorah. We are looking forward to joining the rest of the school in Kabbalat Shabbat next term.
Over the past couple of weeks we have had so much fun learning all about space! We explored all the different plants and discussed constellations. We read the books ‘Whatever Next?’, ‘Aliens love underpants’ and ‘Man on the Moon’. The children drew pictures and wrote what they loved about the planetarium and some of these are displayed in the corridor.
In our phonics lessons we continued to learn more digraphs e.g ‘ai’ ‘ou’ ‘ee’ and ‘or’. The link below will direct you to the Jolly Phonics songs we use for digraphs and you can practise these at home!
In our Maths lessons we looked at different shapes and learnt the correct language to describe them. For example ‘a square has four corners and four sides, all of the sides are the same’, ‘a rectangle has four corners and four sides, two long sides and two short sides’.
Geography - Capital City-a-thon
After a few intense rounds, we are happy to announce that Ethan H and Sophie are going through to the next round of the Geo-a-thon! Mazel Tov! A massive WELL DONE to the runners up; Romy, Jamie, Natasha and Charlie who also excelled with their knowledge of capital cities. Well done to all the children who took part, we are very proud of all your hard work.
Week beginning 13th November - Anti-Bullying week.
We have had a lot of discussions about what it means to be a good friend. At the start of the week we joined in with the whole school and worked with the other children in our house to make a poster about being kind to each other.
In Literacy we read the story ‘This is Our House’ by Michael Rosen. We discussed our favourite part of the story and drew a picture and labelled it. Later on in the week we made friendship bracelets for each other and wrote our friends names on them. We have also visited the Library this week; please remember to return your library book on a Thursday.
In Numeracy we have continued to practice simple addition and used lots of different aids to help us work out some sums.
This week we have had so much fun talking about the lovely fireworks we saw last weekend. We discussed the sounds that the fireworks made and then wrote these down using the sounds we have already learnt. We also made lots of lovely fireworks pictures!!
In Maths we learnt how to work out one and two less than a number. We used different nursery rhymes (e.g 5 fat sausages) to help us and used our fingers to take one away!
We are starting to learn some trickier sounds in Reception and this week we learnt 'sh', 'ch' and 'th'! We thought of lots of words that had these sounds in them and read them too! A lot of the children got confused with the sound ‘f’ and ‘th’ so please practise this at home if you can. Thank you.
Week beginning 30th October - This week in Literacy we have been looking at stories about tidying up and keeping the classroom clean. The children have made lists of the different things we need to tidy up during tidy up time. Please encourage your children to be independent 'super tidy uppers' at home also! You could choose one 'special tidy up job' from this list:
- take your plate to the sink
- pick up some toys from your bedroom floor
- help an adult to make your bed
- tuck the chairs under the kitchen table
Why not try using the Tidy Up Rhumba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4cczzBsmZ4
In Maths we have been learning to count one more. We rolled a dice and then wrote the number and then counted on to find the number which is one more.
In our classroom we have made a spooky witches cave. The children helped Mrs Lauder make the cave and decided where to put the different objects inside it. We have loved role playing in it and may even begin to make some scary potions next week!
During our SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) lesson, we were given two apples from Polo the Bear. We passed one apple around the circle and we were very kind to it, saying nice things and giving it hugs. We said unkind words to the other apple. When we cut into the apple we were kind to, it was clear and fresh on the inside. But when we cut into the apple we were unkind to, it was bruised and mushy. We realised that if we are kind to people, they feel good on the inside... but if we are unkind to people, they feel horrible and sad on the inside. After half term we will talk about what it means to be a good friend.
This week the children have been practising rhyming using the story Room on the Broom. During our Literacy lesson we each wrote a word that rhymes with ‘cat’ and made a rhyming chain. The children also enjoyed making broomsticks and talking about which animal they would like to take on their broomstick. In our Numeracy lesson we continued to focus on number order. We looked at one more or one less than a number and the children loved the game we played on the white board.
We also played a game where we threw a bean bag onto a number and then said what number was one more and one less.
On Tuesday Reception went for an Autumn walk around the school field. We looked at all the leaves and noticed that they had changed to brown, red and orange in colour. They made a crunchy sound under our feet. We noticed that the apples had fallen off of the trees. We collected some leaves and used them to make Autumn pictures ready to hang in the Sukkah. We also had good fun throwing sycamore seeds into the air and watching them spin down like helicopter blades.
This week the children have had lots of fun exploring our Early Years Unit, both inside and outside! We have spent time getting to know each other and develop new friendships.
In class they have already starting learning phonics and we have covered the sounds 's' 'a' and 't'.
The children have all settled in really well and are becoming more familiar with their new surroundings. We hope they all had a fantastic week and that they are looking forward to next week.
We cannot believe its our last week in Reception! The children really enjoyed the Teddy Bear's Picnic thank you for joining us. They really enjoyed making their own picnic food. We hope you loved their singing of their favourite songs from this years learning. We are very proud of all they have achieved and thank you for all your support.
This week the children have had a transition morning in Year 1. They had a fantastic time getting to know the Year 1 team and new teachers.
Katie " I enjoyed the new activities."
Ava " I liked painting a picture of my face."
Sophia " I liked writing in the starts about us."
Louis B " I liked playing with the lego."
We have had a circle time this week focussing on change and how we felt when we first joined Reception and how much we have changed now. The children were able to talk about lots of things they had learnt. We used puppets to role play how we feel when we are worried about change and how to make us feel happy again.
We were very excited to have a role play smoothie bar. We made our very own smoothies. The children designed their smoothies and made their recipes come to life. They cut and prepared the fruit and then they helped to turn them into smoothies. The said the smoothies were delicious!
Anna said " I had banana and strawberry. I liked cutting the fruit."
Sophia " I liked making the smoothie it was very healthy. I liked drawing it after."
Noah said " It tasted like watermelon and orange. and the best bit was the pineapple."
This week we have been enjoying learning and taking part in sports during Sports Week.
The children have been learning about the Olympics and talking about sports that they enjoy. They have been making their own Olympic torches and rings. We have also been discussing how we need to work very hard to reach our goals and to always keep trying.
On Tuesday the children were very excited to meet Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell. They took part in a circuit of different sports activities which developed a variety of skills. They also had an assembly with Darren Campbell to talk about the Olympic medals and following their dreams.
We took part in an Early Years sports day on Wednesday. We were very proud of how well all the children did and how well they demonstrated all the skills they had been learning. They took part in a variety of races such as sprint ,obstacle course, bouncing hoppers and weaving in and out of cones. They took on board the learning from earlier in the week and really persevered and tried their best. They definitely did a fantastic job!
The children have been learning about halving in Maths. They have done some fantastic halving of numbers , objects and shapes. They were very proud of their achievements.
Elisheva said " I halved shapes and I cut a banana in half."
Ava " I cut the banana in half and I halved the bears."
We are very excited that the Caterpillars have continued to develop and are now in their cocoons. We are very excited to see them turn into Butterflies. We have been reading The Hungry Caterpillar and have been making our own Hungry Caterpillar books.
Amelia said " I like watching the caterpillars go into cocoons and excited for them to be butterflies."
Joel said " I like the Hungry Caterpillar he gets very hungry."
Kyle said " The caterpillar is now in the cocoon ."
The children have been learning facts about Mini-beasts this week linked to our Mini-beast topic. They have written some excellent facts about bees and spiders within Literacy and were very excited to learn some new information. They enjoyed reading some facts from the children's Mini-beast encyclopedia.
Max said " Orange spiders are poisonous."
Louis L said " Spiders have eight legs and they like to spin webs."
We are very excited to have some Caterpillars join us in Early years. The children have been observing the caterpillars and are going to watch them them turn into Butterflies. They are very excited to learn about their life cycle and observe these steps as they happen within our classroom.
This week we have been focussing on how to be a good friend during Anti Bullying Week. The children have had a circle time about differences and why we are special. We also discussed what it means to be a good friend and why it is important to have friends and who we should go to if we need help . The children came dressed in colourful clothing for Rainbow Day we were celebrating our different personalities and what were dressed in a colour that made us feel happy.
We were very excited to have a visit from Dr Ranj from C Beebies and Johnny. They continued our discussion about what it means to be a good friend , why friends are important and who we should speak to if we are feeling happy or sad.
In Jewish Studies this week the children have started a new topic learning about Noah's Ark.
We introduced the story and the children created their very own Noah's Ark using different constructions items such as Lego.
We had a fantastic time on our trip to the Theatre to see Room on the Broom. The children loved seeing one of their favourite stories come to life on stage! They were very exited to make their very own large broom in the outdoor area and enjoyed acting out the story when they returned to school.
Harry said" I liked the dragon and the cat I liked the cat going on the front of the broom."
AJ said " I liked the dragon that nearly ate the witch."
Maya said " I loved the bird because he didn't give the bow back and in the end they did."
Alana " I liked it when the frog was dancing."
We have been very excited to learn about Claude Monet. We read the story Monet's Magical Garden and looked closely at the different interpretations of the Monet painting of the Japanese bridge. The children painted the picture using water colours. They worked hard to add a back wash of colour and looked at the detail of the bridge, Lillies and trees. They skillfully used the water colours to make their own versions.
Noah said " I painted purple Lillies."
Harry said " Mine is like the picture in the Magical Garden book."
Reception have loved Arts Week and have been learning about the artist Claude Monet and flowers. They have been learning about different types of flower such as Lillies, Daisies and Buttercups. We discussed the features of different flowers and the shapes of the different petals. They drew detailed pictures of these and labelled their flowers. We were very proud of their achievements.
This week the children have been working on subtraction. They have been ensuring they are using the – and = sign in the correct places. We have learnt a variety of strategies to help us with our subtraction such as using bead strings and counting back. The children drew their own pictoral representations to show their answers.
We completed word problems for example. There were 10 bears in the shop two were sold how many are left. The children used counting bears to help them solve the problems.
Today we subtracted using tens frames. We discussed that each row was made up of 5 and the total number on the tens frame was 10. The children then completed maths sentences using the tens frame. For example 10-2 = they ensured they took the two from the second row. Some children used two tens frames to subtract from 20.
The children have loved reading the book Whatever Next. They were very excited to hear all about baby bears adventure. We have created a rocket in the role play corner and baby bears rocket including his box , space boots and colander. Reception have been making lists of what they would take on their picnic to Space. The children used their phonetic knowledge to sound out the words.
We have included some excellent work below
This week we have been very excited to celebrate Yom Ha' atzmaut in school. The children came to school dressed in blue and white. We discussed why blue and white was chosen to represent the colours of the Israeli flag as it is Israels birthday and Israel is 69 years old. The children went to a fantastic assembly finding out different facts about Israel.
We took part in different activities as an Early Years Unit decorating biscuits with the Israeli flag, making our own Israeli flags and Israeli dancing. Reception took part in whole school Israeli dancing in the playground.
Sam said " I loved making my flag. It's blue and white."
Last week in Reception we focussed on the book Chalk By Bill Thomson. We worked on telling the story from the pictures. We discussed that the pictures could be interpreted differently by different people as the story has no words. The children were very excited to discuss what adventures the children went on using the chalk. Emily said " The butterflies came to life and were fluttering in the sky. They were all different colours."
The children designed their very own Chalk books by either creating a book similar to the Chalk story or using their imagination to reinvent some ideas used in the story.