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Our Learning in pictures (week 12)

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!(Week 12)

 

This week has certainly been exciting. We have started learning all about Space and the children have enjoyed our key text 'Man on the Moon.' The children have done a wide range of creative activities such as making moon dough, moon rocks, science experiments and moon rock throwing! A favourite activity was our 'Picnic on the Moon,' where children wrote shopping lists for a healthy picnic. They enjoyed a range of crackers, fruits and vegetables. 

 

In Jewish Studies the children immersed themselves in 'Noah's Ark.' They learnt all about the symbolic rainbow and created their own with a range of materials. 

 

Phonics has been flying this week. We are reviewing all the set 1 sounds to ensure children are confident and that the sounds are embedded. We are doing lots of blending and handwriting to support the children with this. Please practise all the home work we send home - it makes a difference. As part of their phonics the children wrote letters to Bob who was going to the moon. They created some wonderful letters and were writing for meaning.

 

In maths this week we have been consolidating number through games. A highlight was our moon rock throwing game where the children had to throw the correct number of moon rocks onto the number. This was also fantastic for developing gross motor skills. 

 

Next week we continue to learn about space, aliens and stars.

 

Please send in labelled spare clothes, especially if your children are accident prone.

 

Thank you for your support, Shabbat Shalom.

 

​​​​​​​The Reception Team 

Next week we are changing the topic to 'Space.' We are learning through the text of 'Man on the Moon.' Please continue to send in any recycling materials for our space projects. 

 

We hope you enjoyed your board game homework. Please upload this to tapestry to let us know how you got on with it. 

 

Please ensure you send your children in with spare clothes including underwear and socks. 

 

Many thanks,

 

​​​​​​​The Reception Team 

5 Currant Buns

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We have been learning about money this week.

Week 11- Zoo Lab, Diwali and Nursery Rhyme Week

I Spy- Try this I spy activity. This will help children rehearse more unfamiliar sounds. Upload onto tapestry.

Our Learning This Week

Week 10- Farmer Duck, Eggs and Rumble in the Jungle

 

It has certainly been an exciting week for Reception class. This week we have been learning through the story of Farmer Duck. Unfortunately Farmer Duck came in and took our class egg which the children named 'Star.' The children were set tasks by Mrs Scott in order to get Star back to school. They wrote letters, drew pictures and maps so that Farmer Duck would return Star. They used their creative skills to make safe boxes for Star so that she wouldn't break on the way home. The children enjoyed decorating their own eggs with acrylic paints. 

 

The children enjoyed our safari hunt where they went searching for animals in the outdoors environment. This linked to their story 'Rumble in the Jungle.' When they found their animals they wrote down on clipboards which one they found. They also baked some Rumble in the Jungle biscuits- that looked like snakes! For maths we have been learning about patterns and taken part in lots of counting games. 

 

The children enjoyed their class prize morning for reaching the top of their golden egg jar. They chose a morning of messy play- we hope you enjoy the tapestry updates!

 

In phonics we have finished set 1 sounds. We will continue to review these before moving onto set 2 sounds. 

 

Next week we are learning about Diwali, we have 'Zoo Lab' coming in and it is also nursery rhyme week. 

 

Please ensure reading folders are in their bags every Wednesday. New games and activities will be sent home each week. Please continue to revise ALL set 1 sounds. 

 

Thank you for all your support,

 

The Reception Team 

 

 

Picture matching cvc game - have a go and upload onto tapestry

              Week 9- Animals, Patterns and Fireworks!

 

The children have come back with a bang (we had to get a firework joke in there)! They have settled in beautifully to the start of their second half term and have really enjoyed our topics and learning.

 

At the start of the week we have been learning through the story of 'Old Mikamba Had a Farm.' This is a fantastic twist on the original 'Old Mcdonald.' We explored African animals, learnt about Africa and located it on the map. The children became immersed in African culture and enjoyed making their own repeating pattern necklaces. We also learnt about fair trade bananas and made our own banana cupcakes (this was vey child initiated!)

 

Another highlight was learning about Bonfire night. The children enjoyed acting out the story of Guy Fawkes- we hope you enjoyed the tapestry videos. They were able to mix colours and use a variety of different resources to create their firework picture. 

 

In maths this week the focus has been repeating patterns and finding one more number. Fred the frog helped us find one more and one less number and the children enjoyed playing a maths game using dice and counters.

 

Phonics is getting harder, please ensure you are doing lots of practise at home with their sounds, blending and letter formation. 

 

Next week we will continue to learn about animals. We are learning through the story books 'Farmer Duck' and 'Rumble in the Jungle.' 

 

​​​​​​​Thank you for all your support, 

 

​​​​​​​The Reception Team 

 

 

 

Week 9 Learning

Try this game- blend the words and pick the correct word to match the picture

                                  Week 8 Learning

 

This week has been such a fun week. We cannot believe how much progress has been made in just eight weeks. The children are becoming more independent each day and they have a thirst for learning. 

 

We have created lots of writing opportunities for them this week. Matody stole our class pumpkins and the children had to write letters to get them back. They loved this activity and we got some brilliant mark making and writing from it. We posted the letters and the pumpkins got returned- thankfully! 

 

The children have been  making spell books , dressing up as witches and role playing with small world characters from 'Room on the Broom.' They enjoyed cutting , peeling and chopping vegetables for making pumpkin soup. They tried it and lots of the children enjoyed it. 

 

In maths this week we have been learning about the concept of one more. The children have been pretending to drive a bus, when the bus stops another person gets on and then they count the total. We have been singing lots of number songs and playing number games on the whiteboard.

 

Thank you for all your support this half term. Have a lovely break, we can't wait to see the children in November.

 

The Reception Team 

Week 8 Learning

Phonics Game- have a go at printing these, cutting them out and getting your children to match the picture to the word. If they are struggling then sound out the word for them and let them copy you.

Week 7 - Black History and Autumn

 

It has been another wonderful week of learning for our Reception children. We had a mixed topic week to celebrate Black History and the joys of Autumn. We started off the week learning through the story of 'Leaf Man' this is fabulous abstract story where children can use their imaginations. They were able to go on a leaf hunt, create leaf art and make their own leaf men/women. Some of the children even made their own leaf books.

 

For Black History we learnt all about the boat called 'Windrush' through a lovely story called 'Coming to England.' The children learnt all about a family coming to England by boat and we spoke about how they may have felt upon arrival. The children designed their own boats and chose who they would take with them on their own boat journey. They also learnt about the life of Usain Bolt and how fantastic he is at sport. The children enjoyed watching one of his races and then practising in the playground. We supported their understanding of different cultures through the story of Handas Surprise. 

 

In maths this week the children began by learning about size. We modelled lots of different ways to measure each other and the children had a go with non standard measuring units. This was lots of fun! Reception also learnt how to make their first pectoral graphs using leaves. This is a fantastic method which enables them to represent number in different forms.

 

As you can see from he homework phonics is getting harder- please upload to tapestry and keep us updated about learning at home. 

 

Next week we are going all out SPOOOKY!! We are learning through the texts 'Room on the Broom' and 'Pumpkin Soup.' We can't wait......

 

Thank you for your support,

 

The Reception Team 

Week 7

Green words set 1.3

                      Week 6- Houses and Homes

 

The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about houses and Homes this week. We have learnt through the story of 'TheThree Little Pigs.' They have been learning the skill of story mapping with Mrs Benedick and are now able to recite the story from start to finish. We talked about our own houses, looked at what they are made of and compared and contrasted to the Three Little Pig Houses. The children enjoyed going on a number hunt around the houses near school. They recorded numbers they found and were able to recognise lots of numbers.

 

We also looked at homes around the world. One of the objectives for the end of the year is for children to understand that some people are different to them and live differently. The children really enjoyed looking at the Igloos that some people live in.

 

We have been celebrating Israel this week and Reception have been drawing large scale maps and using the cars to race around the map. We combined geography and ICT into one lesson. We had a fantastic musical visit to the Succah. 

 

We had circle time on emotions and how we express ourselves. We then made emotion cookies and ate them!

 

In maths this week the children have been learning about subitising which is a really important skill to develop early on. They have been using dice, numicon and other hands on resources to help them with this. In addition to this we have been learning about repeating patterns. 

 

Next week we are learning about Autumn and Black History Week. 

 

Please don't forget to send in a labelled snack and labelled spare clothes. Please make sure you label all uniform.

 

Thank you for your support,

 

The Reception Team 

 

 

Week 6

Green Words 1:2- Week 5

Week 5-Senses

 

​​​​​​​The children have enjoyed learning about senses this week. We started off the week learning about the 'taste' sense. The children enjoyed tasting some unusual fruits and were adventurous and brave for trying them. We planned lots of sensory activities that involved the skill of looking, listening and smelling. A highlight was making lavender play dough, lots of the children described it as 'smelling like flowers.' They really enjoyed making their musical instruments and shaking them to music and making different sounds. These skills are really important for good phonological awareness.

 

In maths this week we have been continuing with our counting skills and have done some number ordering activities. With hands on resources such as cubes and numicon the children have been counting , matching and ordering. It is really important that the children are confident with this before moving them on to trickier concepts such as subtraction. 

 

We have been developing creativity in Reception by making decorations for the Succah. The children are really excited to hang them in the Succah during our visit next week. We have been working on cutting and glue spreading skills and the children are becoming more confident using sellotape. 

 

Phonics is flying- this week it has become a little bit harder. Please practise your phonics letters at home. The more practise the better! 

 

Next week we are learning about houses and homes, repeating patterns, and 'The Three Little Pigs.'

 

Thank you for your support,

 

The Reception Team

 

 

 

 

Week 5 Learning

A Helping Hand

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Week 4- Recycling and Yom Kippur

It has been another fantastic week of fun and learning in Reception. We started off the week learning about recycling through the story of 'Michael Recycle.' We set up small world bins and rubbish collectors and the children had to separate their plastic, cardboard and metal. We later added to this theme by reading 'Michael Recycle meets Litterbug Doug.' The children enjoyed the Superhero twist on this and designed their own litterbug Superheroes.

 

The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Yom Kippur through the story of 'Jonah and the Whale.' They created their own whale puppets on sticks and were able to re-enact the story with Mrs Benedick. In their jewish studies lesson the children spoke a lot about saying sorry. They then made a pretend river to throw away their 'sins.' 

 

A highlight of the week was finding our pet slug. When we were outdoors we came across a slug. The children cared for it, fed it and made sure it had a roof over its head. We then had a naming vote and reinforced our tally chart learning. The children came up with a range of interesting names and then had to vote. We counted all the votes and the name 'Dave' won. Dave became part of the classroom for at least one day! 

 

Phonics is speeding up now and green word time has started. Please look further down the blog for some resources to support with this. 

 

In maths we have been focussing on positional language. We had a fun carpet time on following the instructions e.g. put your bean bag in front of you. We followed this by using our electric cars to navigate around blocks and create maps. We have also been recapping counting and ordering numbers. The children enjoyed doing this through conker collecting. 

 

Our new hairdressing role play has been a hit this week. The children have enjoyed making appointments for their teachers to visit. 

 

Next week we are learning all about our senses. 

 

Please keep us updated in their reading diaries. These are for you to tell us how their sound and handwriting practise are going at home. We would love to see this on tapestry.

 

Thank you for all your support,

 

The Reception Team

 

Week 4 Learning

Counting Conkers

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This week we have started word time. This is where the children segment and blend a word assisted by a teacher. Please have a go at practising these words at home by segmenting and blending. It is really important that each child says each sound before they blend the word. Please make sure you are using the pure phonics sounds. Let us know how they are doing in their reading diary.

 

For example: m-a-t =mat 

                      s-a-t=sat 

Rosh Hashanah Week 3

 

This week the children have enjoyed learning about Rosh Hashanah. We started off the week with Apple Tasting. The children were able to cut and try a variety of different apples. They then had to vote for their favourite apple and tell us why. The most popular apple was the Royal Gala with lots of children describing it as 'sweet.' They have really enjoyed singing Rosh Hashanah songs. 

 

On Monday afternoon  we had our capacity lesson where children learnt how to bake honey cake. With Miss Barber, they followed a pictorial recipe and they each added in ingredients. We used cups as our measurements as it is easier for the children to understand and therefore they can bake more independently. 

 

As you all know our Phonics journey has started-hip hooray! The children have had a flying start and have learnt the sounds 'm' 'a' 's' and 'd'. Please keep practising sounding these out and don't forget to practise the letter formation rhymes to ensure correct forming of the letters. This is on going practise- please let us know how they are getting on at home in their reading record books. 

 

In our maths we have been doing lots of counting with cubes and dinosaurs. This week we noticed the children were interested in number blocks. We set up  a number block interest tray so the children could recap their counting and also create their own number blocks. As part of our daily maths we count our Golden Eggs - we are near the top of our jar!

 

Music and movement was another hit this week. The children had to clap and dance to the beat. We introduced the parachute to develop their gross motor skills which is vital for early writing.

 

Next week we are learning about Recycling, maths through numicon, learning new phonics sounds and learning about Yom kippur through the story of Jonah and the Whale. 

 

Please be reminded to send one named fruit or vegetable snack in for your child.

 

We are wishing you all a happy and healthy new year. Thank you for your support this week.

 

The Reception Team 

This weeks Learning

Welcome to Reception

Wow- what can we say. We are so proud of each and every one of the children for starting Reception and settling in so well. They are using their environment purposefully and are engaged in all that they do. 

 

We have been learning about our school rules, and the children are enjoying receiving their house points and golden eggs. A highlight of the week was learning through the story of 'Silly Billy' where the children were able to talk about their worries and make their own 'Worry Dolls.' Some of the children even named theirs. 

 

In addition to this we have been talking about our own families. This has been a great way for us to get to know the children. They enjoyed re enacting 'Owl Babies' and drawing their families. 

 

In our mathematics we have been learning about 3d shapes. We explored shapes in the environment and had a go at describing them. We linked this learning to a fun song, here is the link if you want to sing it at home:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cg-Uc556-Q

 

Next week we are learning about Rosh Hashanah, baking honey cake and taking part in apple tasting.

 

Please don't forget to send a fruit or vegetable snack in the labelled box. Please email in if someone different is collecting your child. 

 

We hope you have a restful weekend.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

The Reception Team 

Pictures From Week 1-2

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