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In Maths we have been combining two groups of objects to find a total and we have practised recording this using dots, numbers or number sentences. In Literacy the children are now attempting to read more and more simple words. In Literacy this week we have made gingerbread! We have loved reading a simple recipe to make Gingerbread Men and we all wrote a shopping list of ingredients before starting to cook to make sure that we have everything we needed! We have been looking in stories to find tricky words that we have learnt and are beginning to notice just how common these words are! We are really looking forward to practising our Nativity, we are learning the songs and will be working hard over the next few weeks to bring it all together!
Sounds taught so far: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, o, g, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss, j, v, w, x
Tricky/high frequency words: the, to, no, and.
(Can you read or write any words using these sounds?)
In Maths we have been using our awareness of counting when problem solving. The children have been working on consolidating number recognition when ordering numbers, and we have been encouraging them to be more independent. Our focus story this week is ‘The Gingerbread Man’ In Literacy we have drawn our favourite part of the story are now attempting to write more when labelling pictures. We have also ordered the story’s main parts. We are using our knowledge of blending and segmenting to decode words and then using a sound mat to link letters and sounds when recording. We have also started practicing our nativity which will creep up on us very quickly!
Sounds taught so far: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, o, g, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss
Tricky/high frequency words: the, and.
(Can you read or write any words using these sounds?)
In Maths we have been using our awareness of counting when problem solving. The children have been working on consolidating number recognition when ordering numbers, and we have been encouraging them to be more independent. In Literacy the children are now attempting to write more when labelling pictures. They are using their knowledge of blending and segmenting to decode words and then use a sound mat to link letters and sounds when recording. The children drew their favourite part from the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Tomorrow we plan to decorate divas as part of learning about Diwali.
Sounds taught so far: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, o, g, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff (Can you read or write any words using these sounds?)
This week our focus story is ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, we have been choosing items for Little Red Riding Hood to pack into her basket and then labelling these items, we are beginning to hear and say sounds in CVC words such as p-o-t, pot and are beginning to write them in the order that we hear them. In Maths this week we have been talking about the features/properties of 2D shapes and using these to help us sort shapes. In Understanding of the World we have been using objects from our natural environment to create transient art. In P.E. we have been enjoying team games, this week we took it in turns to be Little Red Riding Hood who was feeling mischievous and pulling off the Wolves’ tails (bibs), when this happened the Wolves had to stand still and wait for another Wolf to save them.
In Phonics we have learnt the sounds; s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r.
This week in Reception we have been exploring number quantities outside and recording our findings of different amounts of objects on grids.
Carrying on with our theme of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, we have been practising using a high, medium and low voice in our music lesson to say ‘Hello Goldilocks! How are you?’ as either, Daddy, Mummy or Baby Bear. In literacy, we have been describing and drawing our favourite part of the story, using reasoning to say why it is our favourite part.
As part of Faith and Belief, we have been understanding symbols from the Buddhism religion and created our own Lotus Flowers using watercolours.
This week have learned the sounds g, o, c, and k in addition to our previous sounds and we are beginning to use these more confidently when writing words such as ‘sad’.
Oh what did her blue eyes see?…
A huge mess in the home corner! On Monday we came to school to find a huge mess in the home corner – chairs upside down, different sized bowls and spoons on the floor and porridge oats scattered everywhere. It didn’t take us long to recall the main events in the traditional tale ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’ and decide it must have been her causing the mischief. In Literacy this week we have been retelling the story and matching initial sounds to items from the story such as ‘p for porridge’. In Understanding the World we have been programming BeeBots to travel across a BeeBot map from Goldilocks house to the Bears’ house. In Maths this week we have been noticing 2D shapes in the environment, we looked for 2D shapes around school and noticed lots of shapes such as square windows, rectangle radiators, triangle bunting and so much more! Shapes really are everywhere! I wonder what shapes you could find around your home? Could you draw them and bring them into school to show us?
In phonics we have learnt the sounds; s, a t, p, i, n, m, d. We are beginning to segment sounds in words and blend sounds together such as ‘t-a-p, tap’ but we have noticed we do still need lots of practise with this to become more confident!
Welcome to Reception’s blog where you can stay up to date with everything we have been up to. We have settled into Reception so well, and we are thoroughly enjoying learning our focus story ‘The Three Little Pigs’. In Literacy we have been working collaboratively to retell the story, developing our vocabulary and confidence when performing in front of our peers. In maths, we have been looking for numerals in the environment and matching numerals to the correct amount.
In Phonics we have learnt the sounds; s, a, t, p.
We are beginning to recognise these sounds in books and have been listening carefully to the sounds in words. You could try talking in “Robot Talk” at home and giving instructions such as ‘pat your h-ea-d’, ‘touch your t-u-m’ to help children tune into the sounds in words.
In literacy this week we have been writing a recount of our school trip. We used lots of time language such as ‘then’, ‘before’, ‘after’, ‘next’ and ‘in the end’ in our recounts.
In maths we have been ordering and sequencing numbers to 20 on the iPads. We have also been exploring number bonds to 10, using a range of techniques including pictures, recalling through mental arithmetic and using numicon.
Last week for Alban City School Book Day, we acted out our own version of ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, in order to use vocabulary influenced by our experience of stories. Instead of hunting for bears, we zoomed off to Planet Zoog in search of aliens!
Reception then travelled back in time during their visit to Celtic Harmony to see how people lived in the Iron Age. We loved seeing inside a huge roundhouse! We took part in a range of activities including creating clay faces on trees and building small rafts out of twigs, wool and dock leaves. Thank you to our parent helpers who helped to make it a fantastic day!
This week we have been creating our own middle and ending to a story about space. We have been continuing to practise our tricky words during phonics lessons, such as ‘said’, ‘little’ and ‘come’. We have also been finding ways to solve a variety of number sentences using subtraction, including missing number problems. We have been looking at books about healthy eating and sharing our thoughts on how to look after our bodies!
Dates for your Diary
- 16 Nov 2018 - Children in Need
- 12 Dec 2018 - Carol Service
- 13 Dec 2018 - Pantomime
- 21 Dec 2018 - End of Term