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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 and Miss Smith.

  • Sing St Albans!

    Here is the Sing St Albans Song! It has been played on the radio!

  • Happy Holidays!

    Wow – these last three weeks have whizzed by! It’s been so wonderful to see the children bound back into school and get stuck into their learning!

    This week in Maths we have been learning about sharing. We now know that when we share we need each person to get an equal amount, and we have been doing this systematically using objects, for example, sharing 10 sweets between 5 teddies and finding out how many each teddy will get.

    Over the next couple of weeks here are some ideas of activities you could do at home to keep on learning 🙂

    Money:

    Create a role-play shop with items up to 10p. Start with using 1p coins only. As your child becomes confident creating amounts with 1p coins you could introduce 2p coins, making sure to model the value of 2p by counting it twice. Your child could start problem solving e.g. This teddy is 7p, how could we make 7p using only 1p and 2p coins?

    Sharing:


    Create a role-play tea party, buy a bag of sweets and set up some plates with teddies or pictures and share an amount up to 10 between different amounts. You could even start to talk about odd and even numbers and discuss how odd numbers can’t be shared equally between 2.

    Phonics:

    Go for a walk around your local area, and maybe take a pen and paper and draw some of the things you can see e.g. a church, a shop etc.
    Once you are home you could have a go at labelling your pictures with the words to match, or you could even have a go at writing some sentences using the same sentence starter each time e.g. I can see a church, I can see a shop.

  • Comic Relief

    Our super heroes have had a great day today. It was lovely to see so many of them dressed up.

    This week we have been learning about money in maths. We have been making amounts with 1p and 2p coins. The children have brought their new knowledge into their play by making a shop and market. They have been taking it in turns to be shop keepers and customers.

    We are continuing to work on phase 3 sounds in phonics, through reading and writing games. We are delighted to see that the children are becoming more confident in their writing and they are finding real reasons to practise. Some of you are getting little messages and cards arriving home in their book bags as a result!

  • WELCOME BACK!

    We are so so thrilled to welcome everyone back to school this week. Every child has come back with huge smiles on their faces and it’s been so lovely to see them all settle back in so quickly.

    In Maths this week we have been learning about estimation. We have talked about what estimation means and how we can find out if our answer was close to the exact amount. We have estimated how many jumps we can do in 10 seconds, and used a number line to see how close our answers were. We have also been predicting which amounts have fewer/more and explained our reasoning. Below is a great video you could watch at home to continue discussion about estimation.

    In phonics this week we have been recapping phase 3 sounds and beginning to read and write simple sentences with these sounds in. Encourage your child to label their pictures at home, or help you to write a shopping list.

    The children have spent all day on Thursday making kites thanks to the weather delivering us with lots of wind! They all tested their ideas for different ways to make a kite, and soon found that the wind was stronger than their first design so had to come back inside and try again!

  • It’s Christmas!

    We wish you all a very Happy Christmas! Thank you so much from all  the reception team,  for all the lovely messages, cards and presents we have received.

    The children have watched the Pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ in the theatre today which was fun.

    Yesterday they  had their Christmas party.  There was a DJ, lots of dancing and games to join in with and enjoy!

       

  • Reception brings to you….

    A CHRISTMAS NATIVITY!!!

    We really are SO proud of all of the children. They have put their absolute all into their performances, and we know how excited they are to show you all at home! We aren’t exaggerating when we say we only started practising a week or so ago, so they really have pulled it out of the bag!

    We hope you enjoy the videos. Due to covid restrictions this year we have had to perform the nativity as an individual class rather than a whole cohort, you will find one video for each class below.

     

  • Busy Busy!

    This week in Phonics we have learnt the sounds; j, v, w, x and the tricky word he.

    Over the weekend you could look at your child’s reading book and search for these sounds in words and see how many times you can find the tricky word he!

    In Maths this week we have been learning about subtraction. Have a go at playing this subtraction online game;

    https://www.topmarks.co.uk/subtraction/subtraction-to-10

    Please be aware your child might need support to recognise the symbols for take-away and equals. It might also help them to use real objects to find the answer!

     

  • Shapes all around us

    This week in maths we have been learning about 2D shapes, which include circles, triangles, squares and rectangles. We have talked about their properties, found different shapes in our environment and made our own shapes out of lollipop sticks.

    Our number of the week is 11 so we have been learning how to make 11 in different ways.

    In phonics we have been practising blending and segmenting words for reading and writing,  in different ways.

    The children have been busy in their discovery time (child initiated play). We have seen a great improvement in the models the children are making. They have been encouraged to think about what they are going to make, select appropriate resources to use and make improvements to make it even better.

    Here is an ice cream shop and a rocket.

     

    Just a polite reminder that Reception finish their day at 3:15pm. Please can you be on time to collect your children. Thank you.

     

     

  • Blending and Segmenting

    Some parents have been asking us for some blending and segmenting activities to play at home to support reading.

    Phonics blending is a way for children to decode words. With phonics blending, children join together the individual sound-spellings (also called letter-sound correspondence) in a word. Then, they slowly blend those sounds together (“j-a-m, jam”).

    Segmenting in phonics is the ability to separate a word into its sounds. The sounds are called phonemes. Children verbally segment sounds in words to support writing, and segment sounds in words before blending to read.

    Here is a video with some ideas to support you to blend and segment at home. If you have any questions please do come and speak to someone in the team!

    • Blending and Segmenting

      Some parents have been asking us for some blending and segmenting activities to play at home to support reading.

      Phonics blending is a way for children to decode words. With phonics blending, children join together the individual sound-spellings (also called letter-sound correspondence) in a word. Then, they slowly blend those sounds together (“j-a-m, jam”).

      Segmenting in phonics is the ability to separate a word into its sounds. The sounds are called phonemes. Children verbally segment sounds in words to support writing, and segment sounds in words before blending to read.

      Here is a video with some ideas to support you to blend and segment at home. If you have any questions please do come and speak to someone in the team!

       

      We have now learnt all of the phase 2 phonemes and tricky words, which are as follows:

      s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

      the, I, go, no, to

  • Anti-Bullying Week

    This week is Anti-Bullying Week. In Reception we watched the video ‘For the Birds’. On our first watch we all found it really funny, but when we watched it again and started talking about what was happening we realised that actually the little birds did quite a lot of mean things. The deeper we dug the more we decided that there were a lot more options that the birds could have done instead. It’s a great video to watch at home and talk about further!

    In phonics this week we have learnt the tricky word the. We have now learnt all of the phase 2 phonemes and tricky words, which are as follows:

    s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

    the, I, go, no, to

    Play phoneme spotter with your child by finding phonemes on a page, or searching for tricky words on a book!

    In Maths we have been learning to combine objects. Have a go at combining objects at home, you could count each separate fruit in your fruit bowl and then add them altogether to find out how many altogether. You could also model addition sentences as follows:

    2  +  5 = 7

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