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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.

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 story called ‘Flood’. You can read this story online at the Oxford Owl Reading Website.

 

Clever Caterpillars!

Recently we have been focusing on the formation of letters. We are encouraging; the correct pencil grip, ‘starting letters from the top’,  retracing vertical lines (‘not taking the pencil off the page’), sitting the letters on the line and clear letter distinction (size).

We have also introduced letter families to the children. You will receive a handout about these at parents evening next week. The children are most familiar with ‘curly caterpillar letters’. These are displayed in the photo below from one of our pupils.

Time flies when you’re having fun!

What a busy week we have had! In Maths this week we have been learning about time. We have sung the song ‘Days of the Week’  to help us order the days. We have been using rhymes such as ‘Here we go round the mulberry bush’ (adapted to ‘this is the way we brush our teeth’… etc.) to sequence events in the day and created a story map to log the actions of what we do. In literacy we have been independently writing books about our favourite things and writing words and captions for funny pictures.  We have used ICT to take a picture of ourselves as an Emergency worker and imagined what we might say if we were doing so. We have noticed that the children need a push with recognising and reading digraphs and trigraphs in words so will focus more on this in the following weeks.

Digraphs: ch/chick, sh/sheep, th/thumb, ng/strong, qu/queen, ai/rain, ee/tree, ie/pie, oa/goat, oo/oo book/boot, ar/star, or/fork, ur/turnip, ow/cow, oi/boil, er/pepper

Trigraphs: igh/ light, ear/ hear, air/ hair, ure/ pure

Tricky words: I, no, the, to, go, into, he, she, we, me, be, you, are, her, was, all, they, my

Reception to the Rescue!

In Literacy we read the story ‘999 Emergency!’. We have used this text to talk about a range of different emergencies that happen all over the world including forest fires and avalanches! We have drawn pictures of our favourite emergency vehicles and written a label or sentence to match our picture. In Maths we have been consolidating our understanding of simple subtraction problems practically and are growing in confidence recording number sentences. We have loved doing P.E. again this week and we have been learning how to throw beanbags underarm to a partner. Next week we will be reading ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson and using this as a stimulus to create our own books and stories.

Digraphs: ch/chick, sh/sheep, th/thumb, ng/strong, qu/queen, ai/rain, ee/tree, ie/pie, oa/goat, oo/oo book/boot, ar/star, or/fork, ur/turnip, ow/cow, oi/boil, er/pepper

Trigraphs: igh/ light, ear/ hear, air/ hair, ure/ pure

Tricky words: I, no, the, to, go, into, he, she, we, me, be, you, are, her, was, all, they, my

Bonjour!

Welcome back!

Thank you to everyone who found time to hear their children read over Christmas. We really see the impact in class.

This week the children had their first French lesson. They were very excited! In Maths we have been solving simple subtraction practically using dice and counters. The children have also began to record their number sentences. In Literacy we listened to a sound clip of an emergency. The children then had to think about what they had heard. They made responses through drawings and discussion. This has introduced our new topic; 999 Emergency! We have noticed that the children need a push with handwriting and letter formation. We will be focusing more on this as we continue to deliver the curriculum.

Digraphs: ch/chick, sh/sheep, th/thumb, ng/strong, qu/queen, ai/rain, ee/tree, ie/pie, oa/goat, oo/oo book/boot, ar/star, or/fork, ur/turnip, ow/cow, oi/boil, er/pepper

Trigraphs: igh/ light, ear/ hear, air/ hair, ure/ pure

Tricky words: I, no, the, to, go, into, he, she, we, me, be, you, are, her, was, all, they, my

 

Oh no it’s not…

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 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 (Friday), 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 Monday. Please remember that Reception classes will be dismissed at 1.25pm on Tuesday.

Thank you for all your continued support.

Who’s been eating my porridge?

Thank you to everyone who came to watch our Nativity on Tuesday morning, the children were so happy to be able to show you what we have been working so hard on for the last few weeks. This week the children have enjoyed listening and responding to the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. They have described the story from the beginning to the end and put all of the main events in order using a pictorial story map. In maths we have been looking at repeated patterns and we have designed our own porridge bowl with repeated patterns on.

Consonant digraphs taught so far: ch, sh, th, ng, qu

Vowel digraphs taught so far: ai, ee, igh

Tricky words: I, no, the, to, go, into, he, she, we, me, be, you

Tricky words to follow: are, her, was, all, they, my

Our story next week: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

 

Brace your ‘elfs’ for our Nativity….

This week the children have explored height in Numeracy and sentences in Literacy. The children have been keeping a close eye on their growing beanstalks. The children have also thought about the meaning behind the Christmas tradition of giving gifts. They thought about what the best gifts would be for a child in need. We were really impressed by their compassion and ideas. We have also practised our Nativity Play; Humph the Camel. The children are very excited about their performance next Tuesday morning.

Consonant digraphs taught so far: ch, sh, th, ng, qu

Next week we will begin the vowel digraphs.

Tricky words: I, no, the, to, go, into, he, she, we, me, be, you,

Tricky words to follow: are, her, was, all, they, my

Our story next week: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

 

Hooray Hoo-weigh!

This week in Maths we have been investigating weight and measure. We chose objects from around the classroom and tested them to find out which was the heaviest/lightest. In Literacy we constructed our first shared piece of writing; a sentence about our focus story ‘The Little Red Hen’. We then had to use our own ideas to think of a simple sentence to describe our favourite part of the story. In Faith and Belief we listened to the Christmas story and created our own representation of the story as a picture in sand.

Sounds taught so far: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, o, g, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, j, b, f/ff, l/ll, v, w, x, y (Can you read or write any words using these sounds?)

Tricky words introduced: no, go, I, the, he, me, be

Story Next Week: Jack and the Beanstalk