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Reception – Apple and Lime

Welcome to Reception.

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

  • Sharing is Caring!

    This week in Maths we have been learning about sharing quantities. We explored sharing a variety of quantities between 2 and looked for patterns when doing this. We noticed that some numbers always leave one spare and so can’t be shared, we call these numbers ‘odd numbers’. We also learnt that to share equally means that each set must always have the same amount.

    In Literacy this week we have been developing our reading and comprehension skills whilst reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. A lot of us already knew this story but it was great to be able to link the story to our real life caterpillars which are growing and have now created their pupas (fingers crossed they stay cosy inside until after the Easter holidays…). We revisited our learning about non-fiction texts from last weeks Literacy and noticed that there is some factual information within the story but the key parts that are fictional link to just how much he ate and what he ate!

    We hope you all have a great break and can’t wait to hear all about it when we come back to school!

  • Life Cycles

    This week Reception have been keeping a close eye on their caterpillars and tadpoles, which are growing each day. We can’t wait to see them turn into butterflies and frogs! We have made stain glass butterflies in art and have acted out the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in groups. In maths we have been learning to double amounts using our ‘magic’ doubling pots or using the wings of a butterfly to help us.

    In PE, we are learning different types of throws using a rugby ball. As well as writing lots about our observations of the caterpillars in the classroom, we have been reading non-fiction texts about the life cycles of butterflies and tadpoles in guided reading. Here we are reading and following the words in the books:

  • A_ri_a

    Can you guess which continent we are learning about in Reception this week during International Week?

    That’s right – Africa!

    We have been focusing on sport in Africa this week, including running, dance and football, as well as learning about popular sport in some other continents too!

    We played football in small groups to work as a team, made African necklaces using patterns for maths, and observed different styles of traditional African dance, discussing the culture behind this. We then tried out our own African dancing and in music we copied rhythms using African drums. We’ve researched Africa using the iPads and library books, and have made flags for different countries in Africa for our art lesson. We will use these tomorrow in the closing ceremony.

    We have also been very lucky to have had lots of inspirational lessons with some visitors this week! This has included a baseball session, a snowboarding session, a rugby session, and a GB athlete running themed session.

    Thank you so much to all our parent volunteers who came in to run the sessions this week. Reception have loved learning all about sport in different parts of the world!

  • Dance dance dance!

    Well done to everyone in Reception who completed their sponsored Danceathon in PE this week! We have collected lots of sponsor money so far to go towards our Inspired Through Sport athlete visit next week during International Week. A huge thank you to all of the sponsors for taking part! We now have James Arnott, a Commonwealth Games para-athlete 100 meter silver medallist visiting on Tuesday. We will be thinking of lots questions we can ask during our session with him.

    We have begun to learn the names and features of 3D shapes this week in maths, and are thinking about how we can sort them into categories.

  • Natural Thinkers

    We had the BEST afternoon taking part in lots of nature inspired activities, including writing our names using natural objects, and going on a scavenger hunt where we found objects which were round, soft, something we thought was beautiful and something that made noise. Getting outside and in touch with nature is SO important and it really helped us to think creatively and develop our language as we spoke about the things we have found. We can’t wait to go back again next week. Take a look at some of the things we did:

    A HUGE thank you to all our parent helpers too… we wouldn’t be able to go if it wasn’t for you! We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children did!

  • Pip, pip!

    What a busy week it has been in Reception!

    On Monday, the farm responded to our fantastic letters and brought us some live eggs in an incubator. We have been carefully observing how the eggs changed and on Wednesday the eggs began to hatch. When the chicks were ready, we prepared their brooder and we were able to hold and feed them.On Tuesday, we had our first visit to the kitchen upstairs and after reading a recipe in groups, we made pancakes by measuring, whisking, pouring, and flipping! We’ve also been enjoying getting busy in our new role play Farm Shop. For maths, we have been applying our skills in money to think about which coins we would need to buy the items we want. We’ve started writing shopping lists to help us. We have also recapped on ‘one more than’ and ‘one less than’ a given number.

    After voting for the plant we want to grow, Lime and Apple Class have voted to plant grass and basil respectively in their classrooms. So far we have learned how to plant the seeds in our cups as part of Understanding The World. Now we need to sit tight and see how they grow!

    Today, we discussed Roald Dahl’s version of Jack and the Beanstalk from Revolting Rhymes. Which version do you prefer? Year 5 and 6 joined us for some reading to celebrate world book day. Can you guess which Roald Dahl character we are?

  • Today Apple Class celebrated their hard work by having a fancy dress afternoon wearing their favourite costumes as part of their treat. Here is a photo of some of their costumes!

  • What a busy THYME…

    Welcome Back!

    Half-term whizzed by as always and we have kick-started our new topic ‘Growing’ this week. We talked about all the things we already know about growing, then talked about what we would like to learn about. Some things included growing our own fruit and vegetables, looking at how dinosaurs grew and evolved, reading books like Jasper’s Beanstalk and Oliver’s Vegetables, and many more exciting things. We wrote letters to a farm to ask them whether we could have some eggs to grow into chicks, and we have our fingers crossed that we will get a reply from the farm! In maths we have been learning about money and using it to pay for different objects in our new role-play area ‘The Farm Shop’, which the children made with all of their own ideas and resources.

    The sounds we have learnt so far include: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, o, g, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss, j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, or, ar, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er

    Tricky/high frequency words: the, to, no, and, go, I, me, he, she, we, was, you, some.

    (Can you read or write any words using these sounds?

  • 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 role-play about hospitals, writing patient records (soft toys from the reading corner).

    In maths this week we have been measuring time in a variety of ways. We have discussed the difference between 1 second and 1 minute and we have been carrying out activities and sorting them into whether they took us 1 or 60 seconds. We found out that it’s very tricky to climb stairs in 1 second, but far easier to shake a tambourine in that time! We have also enjoyed some challenging problem solving activities such as using various shapes to create a triangle.

    We hope you have a great half-term and look forward to hearing all about it!

  • 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.