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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

Lighting the way…

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. We have loved matching words to a picture and we are beginning to construct simple sentences to match a picture. We have been looking in stories to find tricky words we have learnt so far and are beginning to notice just how common these words are! In Faith and Belief we made salt dough diva lanterns and will be decorating them tomorrow. 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, j, b, f/ff, l/ll (Can you read or write any words using these sounds?)

Tricky words introduced: no, go, I, the

Story Next Week: The Little Red Hen

Getting things into order…

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 make divas as part of learning about Divali.

Sounds taught so far: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, o, g, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h,  (Can you read or write any words using these sounds?)

Tricky words introduced: no, go, I

Story Next Week: The Little Red Hen

Happy Half Term

This week we have been reading and responding to the story of  ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We have been hearing and saying the initial sounds in words and we are now beginning to orally decode the sounds in simple words, such as ‘b-e-d, bed.’

In maths we have been comparing differences in quantity. We estimated how many lego bricks were in bowls and compared these with various amounts to develop our understanding. We were really impressed with children’s estimations, however we have noticed they needed a lot of support with their comparative language such as ‘there is a lot more in this one than that one’.

We hope you all have a lovely half-term holiday and we can’t wait to hear all about it when we are back at school on Tuesday 31st October.

Sounds taught so far: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u

Story next week: Little Red Riding Hood

The Three Little Pigs

The last two weeks we have been reading and responding to the story of  ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ We have responded to the story in a variety of ways including selecting materials in our outdoor area to build the strongest house and retelling the story with our friends using masks and small world animals. In maths we have been sorting 2D shapes into shapes with curved/straight sides. We are beginning to describe shape properties.

We are really impressed with the children’s descriptive language when describing parts of the story, however we have noticed that they have needed a lot of support with their use of story language for example time words. The children need  to be able to tell a complete story with a beginning, middle and end.

Sounds taught so far: s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,g,o

Story next week: Little Red Riding Hood

Welcome!

Welcome to our blog!

We are so impressed by how well the children have settled in. They are busy making new friends and learning ways to become independent learners. Our topic is called; ‘Happily Ever After!” The last two weeks we have been reading and responding to the story of ‘Cinderella’. This week we are focusing on ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ We have started our phonics programme (learning to read and write), in which the children are beginning to apply their knowledge of sounds. For example hearing the initial sounds in words. We started Maths by going over number recognition and formation, and have now moved onto 2D shapes.

Sounds taught so far: s,a,t,p,i,n,m

Story next week: The Three Little Pigs