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Wonderful Writing

The children have really impressed us this week with their writing skills. As you will know from the feedback at parents evening we are working on the use of digraphs when reading and writing. The children have already began to apply the use of digraphs in their writing. They are developing their independence by segmenting words for spelling verbally first and then using a ‘sound mat’ to find the corresponding digraphs. The children created sentences in a response to a role-play about hospitals, writing patient records (soft toys from the reading corner).

In maths this week we have been measuring time in a variety of ways. We have discussed the difference between 1 second and 1 minute and we have been carrying out activities and sorting them into whether they took us 1 or 60 seconds. We found out that it’s very tricky to climb stairs in 1 second, but far easier to shake a tambourine in that time! We have also enjoyed some challenging problem solving activities such as using various shapes to create a triangle.

We hope you have a great half-term and look forward to hearing all about it!

Busy Bees

This week the children completed some unaided writing. They were given a picture linked to our topic; 999 Emergency and then responded independently. We are really proud of their application of phonics and developing sentence writing. In Maths we have linked learning to ICT (information, communication and technology) and CAL (communication and language). We have been extending the children’s positional vocabulary and language. They used coding skills to set instructions for directions using software. The iPad application we used is called Beebots. Next week the children will be programming bee robots. This will allow them to apply their skills using hardware.

Please continue to practise Phonics using the sound cards and high frequency word list sent home during parent consultations. Thank you for your continued support with hearing your children read as much as possible at home. As we have said before it really shows when they get the extra practice in. The writing this week is a wonderful example.

Emergency, 999!

We started the week off with a visit from the fire fighters from St Albans Fire Station! We had already prepared lots of questions to ask, here are a few examples of our questions; What do you do when you’re at the fire station but there are no fires? Why do you have to wear a uniform? Do you feel brave? We loved finding out the answers and much more! Since their visit we have transformed our role-play area into a fire station. We have been talking about fire safety and identified hazards within a home which could lead to a fire. In Literacy this week we have written facts about fire-fighters which we have learnt since their visit. In Numeracy we have been securing our knowledge of subtraction. We have noticed that the children are confident with the skills and processes involved in subtraction but still need a little support with their number recognition between 0-20. You could practise number recognition at home by playing games like snap, or searching for numbers in the environment on the way to school.

Our sounds we have learned so far include: 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, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, or, ar, ur, ow, oi, ear

Tricky/high frequency words: the, to, no, and, go, I, me, he, she, we.

(Can you read or write any words using these sounds?)

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We have had a great start to the year in Reception this week. The year began with our new topic ‘Emergency!’. This week we have been listening to and discussing different sounds in the environment that you might hear in a car traffic accident. We have represented our ideas linked to this through a drawing. We have also been thinking of lots of interesting questions to ask our fire-fighter visitors next week. In maths we have enjoyed exploring capacity. We discussed the different shapes and sizes of a range of containers, thought about which containers hold the most water and also developed our reasoning on how we know this.

In addition to our usual lessons, we have begun our weekly French lessons this week with Madame Annis and we were also very lucky to have had one of the children’s parents come in to teach us all about King Cake, a tradition taking place each January, in France. Thank you for this fantastic lesson!

Our sounds we have learned so far include: 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, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, or, ar

Tricky/high frequency words: the, to, no, and, go, I, me, he, she, we.

(Can you read or write any words using these sounds?)

This week the children made some lovely paintings during their Child Initiated Learning using watercolour paints and some beautiful tree decorations that we hope are currently hanging on your trees at home. We have also spent time with the children teaching them to play in teams, for example using board games. This helps with many learning opportunities, but also developing friendships. We have collected their reading books (Wednesday), ready to send new books, alongside some suggested learning activities (that you may wish to do), to take home over the holidays. The information also shows you what we have covered in Phonics. Everything will be sent home on Thursday. Please remember that Reception classes will be dismissed at 1.25pm on Friday.

Thank you for all your continued support.

It’s nearly the end of term.. ohhh no it isn’t!

Christmas is upon us… oh yes it is…. this term has flown by! The children really enjoyed the school trip to the panto. They were so well behaved that the staff at Alban Arena complimented us all. This week we have continued to read  Jack and the Beanstalk. We have used a variety of materials and textures to create a collage of the beanstalk. We have also been recapping the features of a sentence this week and applying this to our story of Jack and the Beanstalk. In maths we will be creating patterns with pictures and objects.

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, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa

Tricky/high frequency words: the, to, no, and, go, I, me, he, she, we.

(Can you read or write any words using these sounds?)

aaand that’s a wrap!

Firstly, we would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone for all of their support in the run up to our Nativity – from helping everyone to learn their lines, to providing us with the costumes and coming to watch the final production! We really hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed putting it altogether, and we think the children were FABULOUS!

This week we have also continued to learn about subtraction and we have started to read subtraction number sentences and find ways to solve these problems. In Literacy our focus story is ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We have planted our own beans and hope to watch them grow over the next week.

 

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, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th

Tricky/high frequency words: the, to, no, and, go, I, me, he, she, we

(Can you read or write any words using these sounds?)

 

 

One week to go…

until our performance of ‘The Sleepy Shepherd’! Well done to everyone who has been practising the songs, actions and lines at home – it is really showing in our practices!

We have continued reading The Little Red Hen this week and have sequenced the main events in the story. We have also been decoding simple sentences from the story such as ‘The hen is red’ and then ordering the words in the sentence. In Maths we have introduced subtraction and will be exploring this further next week. We have been looking through our Learning Journeys and reflecting on all the things we can do now that we couldn’t do when we started Reception. We then all came up with our own next step/target for the next few weeks.

 

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, y, z, zz, qu, sh

Tricky/high frequency words: the, to, no, and, go, I, me, he, she, we

(Can you read or write any words using these sounds?)

Weighing it up!

Apple and Lime class have been writing about ‘The Little Red Hen’ this week, using our sound mats to write words, phrases and even sentences! We are learning to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces when writing a sentence. This week Reception have loved learning to compare the weight of 2 objects, describing them as heavier or lighter in Maths.

We have been learning about customs and routines, by discussing and drawing about The Royal Family.

In PE, we are enjoying developing our skills in throwing and catching in pairs using a ‘crocodile catch’.

We have been continuing to practise out actions, words and songs for our Christmas Performance – ‘The Sleepy Shepherd’. Not long now!

 

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, go, I

(Can you read or write any words using these sounds?)

The Great Apple & Lime Bake Off!

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?)