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Reception – Apple and Lime

Welcome to Reception.

Our Teachers are Miss Jackson and Mrs Freer and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Wonnacott, Mrs Smith and Mrs Kumarasinghe.

  • Birthday Celebrations

    This week we have looked at the story, ‘Kipper’s Birthday’. We have been writing party invitations and shopping lists to prepare for our class toy’s birthday.

    In phonics we have learnt the new sounds, j, v, w, x and the tricky words he and she.

    We have been busy practising ‘Wriggly Nativity’. Please can the children who have got words to say practise at home, using their big voices. We have now learnt all the songs. These are all the words if the children want to practise at them at home.

    Rockabye Jesus

    Rockabye, Jesus, close your eyes,
    I will sing you a lullaby.
    Don’t be afraid; your mother’s here.
    Softly sleep, my dear.
    (repeat)
    Softly sleep, my dear.

    Dancing About In The Straw

    Look at all the cows
    In the stable tonight,
    Dancing about in the straw!
    Look at all the cows
    In the stable tonight,
    Dancing like they never have before!
    Feeling so excited to see the baby boy.
    See them dancing everywhere:
    Their hearts are filled with joy!
    Look at all the donkeys…
    Feeling so excited…
    Look at all the chickens…
    Feeling so excited….

    Skip, Skip, Skippity Hop

    Not far away on the hillside that night,
    Shepherds and their sheep saw
    the sky fill with light.
    Little lambs went skip, skip, skippity
    Skip, skip, skippity, hop!
    Little lambs went skip, skip, skippity
    Hop, hop, hop!
    Shepherds’ eyes went very wide
    And their hearts went thump inside.
    They were scared,
    They could not look away.

    There they all were on the hillside that
    night,
    Shepherds and their sheep saw the
    sky fill with light.
    Little lambs went skip, skip, skippity…
    (sing twice, ending with:)
    (Quietly) Hop, hop, hop!
    (Quietly) Hop, hop, hop!
    (LOUD!) HOP, HOP, HOP!

    Angels

    Angels, angels lighting up the sky,
    Angels, angels singing as they fly.
    Singing, singing, music fills the air.
    Angels, angels, angels everywhere.
    Angels (or all)
    Shepherds, come and see!
    Shepherds, come and see!
    You will find a baby king in the manger.
    Angels, angels…

    Bumping Up And Down

    Bumping up and down on a camel,
    Which is bumping up and down under
    them!
    Bumping up and down on a camel,
    All the way to Bethlehem.
    We have gold for the baby.
    The star will show us the way.
    Frankincense for the king of the world,
    Born this happy day!
    Bumping up and down on a camel…
    We have myrrh for the baby.
    The star will show us the way.
    Taking gifts to the king of the world,
    Born this happy day!
    Bumping up and down on a camel…
    (repeat last line twice at the end)

     

  • Nativity Songs

    Today we learnt two more nativity songs:

    Knock on Another Door

    We’ve got no room,
    We must confess
    We can’t take any more.
    We’ve got no room,
    So we suggest
    You knock on another door!
    Rat-a-tat! Rat-a-tat! Rat-a-tat-a-tat!

    Any room for a couple
    With nowhere else to stay?
    Any room for a couple
    Who’ve come from far way?

    We’ve got no room…

    Any room for a lady
    Whose baby’s nearly due?
    Any room for a lady?
    We don’t know what to do!

    We’ve got no room…

    Any room for a baby
    Who’s coming soon for sure?
    All we’ve got is a stable
    But help yourself to straw!

    Rockabye Jesus
    Rockabye, Jesus, close your eyes,
    I will sing you a lullaby.
    Don’t be afraid; your mother’s here.
    Softly sleep, my dear.
    (repeat)
    Softly sleep, my dear.

  • November News

    Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful half-term holiday. As always it has been a busy week in Reception. In Maths we have been combining two groups of objects together to find a total, we are also beginning to use the vocabulary ‘add’, ‘more’, ‘altogether’ and ‘equals’. You could try practising to count and add things together at home!

    In phonics we have been recapping the sounds we learnt last term; s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d, g, o c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss. We have also learnt the tricky words I, the, to, no, go, into. 

    We have also started to practise our nativity, we all decided whether we would like a speaking part or not. Those who chose to speak have got their lines in their book-bags to practise at home. We are all so excited to sing the songs in our nativity, here are the lyrics to the three songs we have learnt so far:

    A Wriggly Nativity
    Wriggly nativity, wriggly nativity!
    Somehow you’ve just got to move:
    It’s a wriggly nativity.
    Can you feel the thrill?
    Can you feel the thrill?
    Glory, glory, what a story!
    No-one’s sitting still!
    Wriggly nativity…

    Donkey Plodding
    Donkey – Eee-orr!
    Donkey plodding, donkey plodding
    Move your weary bones.
    Donkey plodding, donkey plodding
    Over rocks and stones.
    Or-eee-orr, eee-orr, eee-orr,
    Never ever moans:
    Donkey plodding all day long.
    Donkey – Eee-orr!
    Carry gentle Mary,
    Carry gentle Mary,
    All the way to Bethlehem.
    Donkey – Eee-orr!
    Donkey plodding…
    Donkey – Eee-orr!

    Knock On Another Door
    We’ve got no room,
    We must confess
    We can’t take any more.
    We’ve got no room,
    So we suggest
    You knock on another door!
    Rat-a-tat! Rat-a-tat! Rat-a-tat-a-tat!
    Any room for a couple
    With nowhere else to stay?
    Any room for a couple
    Who’ve come from far way?
    We’ve got no room…
    Any room for a lady
    Whose baby’s nearly due?
    Any room for a lady?
    We don’t know what to do!
    We’ve got no room…
    Mary & Joseph
    Any room for a baby
    Who’s coming soon for sure?
    Innkeeper 3
    All we’ve got is a stable
    But help yourself to straw!

  • Again, and again, and again!

    We can’t believe how quickly this term has gone!.. and what a lot we have all learnt. This week we have been looking at patterns in maths. We have been continuing simple repeated patterns and more complex patterns and even creating some of our own! We have been using real life objects to create patterns:

    Image result for patterns with natural objects

    What can you find to create your own patterns with? Take a picture of your work to bring into school and show us!

    In phonics we have learnt all of the phase 2 sounds now; s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d, g, o c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss. We have also learnt the tricky words I, the, to, no, go.  We are now beginning to be able to notice these sounds in books and we are beginning to orally segment and decode simple CVC words.

    We hope you have a great half term and can’t wait to see you all again soon!

  • Dough Disco

    Dough Disco is a fun, dance-like activity where the children squeeze, squash, mould, shape and poke dough in time to the music.  The music, dance-like aspects encourages rhythm and gross motor control, whilst the dough element promotes the muscle strength and fine motor control. This strength in our hands will support our pencil grip and eventually our writing.

    Some parents have expressed an interest in trying Dough Disco at home! Here are some example songs for you to try at home:

    Get Your Playdough Song

    Playdough Movement Song

  • Superworm is super long…

    Superworm is super STRONG!

    This week in Reception our focus story is ‘Superworm’. This story is full of rhythm and rhyme, which makes it great fun to read! We have been exploring rhyming strings such as bug, jug, slug, hug and creating our own rhyming strings with some real and nonsense words! Have a look at your books at home and see if you can find any more rhyming strings!

    Image result for superworm

    In Maths we  have been practising our digit formation with some more rhymes. The rhymes help us to learn how to correctly form the numbers! Use the powerpoint below to learn the rhymes at home and keep practising writing numbers.

    number_formation_rhymes

    We have also been comparing the length of a range of objects, using language such as long, longer, longest. We searched our classroom for things that were different lengths and then put them into order. We don’t think we found anything quite as long as Superworm though!

    In phonics we have learnt the following sounds: s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d, g, o c, k, ck, e, u, r and the tricky word I and the. Tricky words are words which we can not decode so must be read on sight.

  • The Gruffalo is ‘JAWSOME’

    This week our focus story has been ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’, following on from our previous focus story ‘The Gruffalo’. We have discussed the similarities and differences between the two stories, with children taking a interest in the different seasons within the two books, commenting how the deep dark wood has changed in each story. Over the weekend you could continue to talk about seasons and change whilst walking around the park, town or the woods.

    We have also been retelling the story in our play, sequencing and describing the main events. Take a look at one of our story maps:

    Can you use it to retell the story at home?

    In Maths we have been learning about and using prepositions such as under, on top, next to, in front of. You could play a game at home hiding a unique object, the person/child who has hidden it must describe where e.g. ‘inside the toy box’, ‘under the sofa’ for the other person to find!

    In phonics we have learnt the following sounds: s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d, g, o c, k and the tricky word I. Tricky words are words which we can not decode so must be read on sight.

     

  • Time flies when you’re having fun…

    WOW! We can not believe that we have been at school for four weeks now. All of the children have settled into Reception so well and we are seeing their individual characters come out more and more each day!

    This week in Maths we have been counting, matching numeral to a quantity and comparing amounts. Please click on the link below for a great counting game which the children have been enjoying.

    https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/underwater-counting

    In phonics we have begun learning phase 2 sounds. The sounds we have learnt so far are: s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d. We have been beginning to segment CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words such as s-a-d and blend them together to hear the word. If you want to practise this at home then a great way is to play ‘I Spy..’ in a book and use the CVC pictures to segment for children to try and blend.

    Next week we are thinking about how we can use our skills to explore concepts and ideas through our creative representations. We will be developing our skills of joining things together and combining materials to achieve a planned outcome. If you are able to bring in any clean recycling to use as junk modelling we would really appreciate it! Thank you.

  • Reception Meet the Teacher

    Thank you to everyone who attended our Reception ‘Meet the Teacher’ talk on Tuesday morning. Please find a link below to the slides.

    Meet the Parent Reception 2019

  • Sports Day Fun

    We are having a jam-packed end to the year in Reception. This week we started off with a health talk from a nutritionist (Thank you Mrs Compton!), where children learned about the different types of food, portion sizes and how to keep hydrated. We made our own healthy food plates and the class have loved adding food of different colours to a rainbow.

    Next, we had our very first sports day at Alban City School. We had carried out lots of practise sessions here, so we were all experts on the day! We took part in an egg and spoon race, a sack race and a bean bag throwing activity. We then took part in the sprinting races. Reception did so well at cheering on their team members and taking part in the races! Well done everyone! We hope you all enjoyed the picnic afterwards, too. Did you eat a rainbow?

    Look at us go!

    In French this week we finished the year by playing a counting game in French to 20, and recapping on the French song ‘Alouette’. We have even been able to see a play from Little Robins!

    We hope you all enjoy the last few days of term in Reception and have a fantastic, well-deserved break over the summer! We look forward to seeing you again in Year 1, ready for the new term. 🙂