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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 McDonald.

  • 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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  • Children in Need

    The children have enjoyed coming to school in their own clothes today. Thank you for all the donations for children in need. We enjoyed doing some exercise with Jo wicks and Pudsey.

        

    Reading books

    Thank you for reading the children’s books with them 4 times. I’m sure you’ll agree that they become so much more confident by the fourth time. Also it gives you more of a chance to discuss the story, talk about characters and setting etc…

    Library books

    The children seemed excited to pick their own class library book yesterday. You can enjoy reading it together and it’s a good opportunity to spot the tricky words like:  I, no, go, to, the. Please can they be returned next Thursday to be changed.

    Phonics

    In phonics this week we have learnt the sounds l, ll and ss. That takes us to the end of the phase 2 sounds so we’ll be working on blending the sounds for reading and spelling.

    Maths

    Our number of the week is 8. The rhyme is: Make a s and do not wait, when it’s joined up you have an eight.

    We have been thinking about time and what we do at different times of the day. We have enjoyed learning the days of the week through a song. The link is below if you’d like the children to sing it to you!

     

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    Happy Diwali for those who are celebrating this weekend. The children have been learning about the festival of Diwali this week in school.

    Discovery time

    During discovery time one of the children made a raft out of straws and tape, which developed into a lesson about floating and sinking. The children were very good at describing the properties of objects and predicting if they thought something would float or sink.

         

  • Be Internet Legends: The Family Adventure

    ” Join The Internet Legends with this new family adventure at home.

    Learn about online safety together from Google and Parent Zone.

    This family challenge is a three-part animated series following a family of Internauts through Interland. “

    Once you have finished watching the films, why not download and complete the accompanying activity packs? There is even a quiz to complete where you could win our school some prizes!

    Click here for the new Internet Legends family adventure.

    Click here for the Legends family challenge where you could win prizes for our school!

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    Here is an introduction to Be Internet Legends.

  • Welcome back!

    Welcome back, we hope you had a good half term break.

    This week our number of the week is number 7.  The rhyme is: Across the sky and down from heaven, that’s the way we make a seven.

    In phonics we have learnt the sounds: h, b, f, ff and the tricky word, to.

    These are the actions to go with the sounds…

    h         Hold hand in front of mouth panting h, h, h as if you are out of breath.

    b        Pretend to hit a ball with a bat and say b, b, b, b.

    f , ff  Let hands gently come together as if toy fish deflating, and say ffffff

    The children came back to school telling their stories about what they did for Halloween. We had a pumpkin in Apple Class, so we decided to make pumpkin and carrot soup. We scooped out the seeds of the pumpkin and then scooped out the flesh. We cut up the carrots and added stock to it. Then we cooked it and tasted it.  All the children had a try, some thought it was delicious but others weren’t so keen!

     

    In our music lesson with Miss Dore, we made our own song, using news from the holiday and put it to the tune of twinkle twinkle.

     

  • Time flies when you’re having fun!

    We can’t believe that this week is our last week of school before half-term, and what a start to the term it has been!

    This week our number of the week is ‘6’. Each week we introduce a new number, and a number formation poem. . We have been problem solving linked to the number 6, such as how many different ways we can combine amounts to make 6, and finding one more than and one less than 6.

    Some of the children have been creating their own games outside this week and we have been talking about ways to record our scores. We have learnt that a line in a tally counts as 1, and we have been counting all of the points altogether to find our total.

    In phonics this week we have learnt the following sounds (and actions):

    ck: clicking castanets

    e: pretend to crack open an egg

    u: pretend to put up an umbrella

    r: imagine being a dog with a rag in your mouth saying rrrr

    Try to play with the sounds we have learnt so far to make CVC words such as c-a-p, cap.