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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 Mrs Kumarasinghe.

  • World Book Day

    Advance notice 

    World Book Day is on Thursday 5th March. Our theme this year will be Heroes and Villains from our favourite books in case you want to start rummaging through the dressing up box for ideas! More information will be sent out after half term.

  • Alban City Are Internet Legends #SaferInternetDay2020

    Together For A Better Internet

    Today is Safer Internet Day. Across this week the children at Alban City School will be discussing and completing activities to raise awareness about staying safe online.

    With the help of Google’s and Parent Zone’s Internet Legends, the children are exploring how to be internet: sharp, alert, secure, kind and brave.

    Interland is a virtual adventure-packed online game that makes learning about these 5 pillars interactive and fun by interacting with the Internaut team. You can play at home by clicking here (Interland).

    Online safety does not stop at the end of the school day. At home, take a pledge to demonstrate the Internet Legend’s code discussed at school. You can download the pledge here (BeInternetLegendsPledge). Google and Parent Zone have also created some online safety activities for families to complete at home! Click here to see them (FamilyActivities).

    If your child has access to a mobile device at home, the BBC have created the fantastic BBC Own It keyboard app which is designed for young people and available on both Apple and GooglePlay app stores for free. It is a wellbeing and smart keyboard app like any other that helps the user to make smart choices, feel more confident and get advice when you need it. Find out more information here (BBCOwnIt).

    February’s value is friendship. Here are some views from CBBC about how to support your friends online and Be Internet Brave!

     

    Here are some photos of Alban City taking part in Safer Internet Day.

  • SCHOOL READING BOOKS

    We want to inform you of some changes which will take place regarding the books your child brings home from school to read.

    We are striving for our children to read fluently (see below).  In order to achieve this, we will be collecting in ALL reading books this week.

    After half-term, the books which children bring home to read themselves, should only contain the sounds which they have been taught at school so far. Some of the books we are currently sending home, for example, have words like ‘trampoline’. By changing the books we send home we can ensure that whilst reading at home, children can focus on building their confidence, fluency and comprehension skills with you.

    Please continue to encourage your child to read the books they bring home as these should be fully decodable for your child. Regular reading practice is essential to developing fluency.

    Please do not hesitate to speak to us if you need any further clarification or support with reading with your child at home.

    Many thanks for your continued support!

  • Rhyme of the Week

    This weeks rhyme of the week is Horsey Horsey:

    Horsey horsey don’t you stop

    Just let your feet go clippety-clop
    Your tail goes swish and the wheels go round
    Giddy up, we’re homeward bound.

    Horsey horsey don’t you stop
    Just let your feet go clippety clop
    Your tail goes swish and the wheels go round
    Giddy up, we’re homeward bound.

  • Money, money, money…

    This week we went to the market in St. Albans to buy fruit from our ‘story of the week’ Handa’s Surprise. Before we went to the market we decided it would be a good idea to write some shopping lists to help us to remember what we needed. Take a look at some of our writing below:

    We have noticed children are struggling to form letters correctly, if you notice your child getting into the habit of forming a letter incorrectly please do try to encourage them to try again and watch you modelling the correct formation.

    We have also been learning about money, we have begun to be able to use vocabulary linked to money, including what it is used for, the similarities and differences between a range of coins and also beginning to understand the value of 1p and 2p coins. We will be continuing to learn about money next week. Here we are playing in our role-play market stall:

  • Phonics

    So far we have learnt all of the phase 2 sounds:

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

    and all of the phase 3 sounds:

    j, v, w, x, y, z, qu, sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ow, oi, ear, ar, or, ur, er, ure, air 

    The tricky words we have learnt are:

    I, no, go, the, to, into, he, she, we, me, be, you, are, her, was, all, they, my, said

  • Outdoor Fun!

    Over the past few weeks we have been developing our outdoor provision! Thank you to everyone for your patience during the building work and ongoing transition (who’d have thought a tree would be growing in a wall eh?!)

    We have been so busy; from problem solving with construction blocks to make dens, obstacle courses, trains and much more, to exploring capacity in the water tray, and creating music and shows in the music area. Learning outside is great!

     

  • Maths Workshop

    Thank you to everyone who came to the maths workshop this morning, we hope you found it useful. Please find below a copy of the powerpoint. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and ask us!

     

    Parent Maths Workshop

     

  • The rhyme and number of the week

    This week our rhyme of the week is: 5 Little Ducks

    Five little ducks went out one day
    Over the hill and far away
    Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
    But only four little ducks came back
    One, two, three, four
    Four little ducks went out one day
    Over the hill and far away
    Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
    But only three little ducks came back
    One, two, three
    Three little ducks went out one day
    Over the hill and far away
    Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
    But only two little ducks came back
    One, two
    Two little ducks went out one day
    Over the hill and far away
    Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
    But only one little duck came back
    One
    One little duck went out one day
    Over the hill and far away
    Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
    But none of the five little ducks came back
    Sad mother duck went out one day
    Over the hill and far away
    Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
    And all of five little ducks came back
    Five little ducks went out to play
    Over the hill and far away
    Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
    And all of the five little ducks came back!
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    Our number of the week is 13. The children have been making 13 with lots of different things and some children have been exploring different ways of making 13 using dice and Numicon.
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    Thank you to all the parents who joined us again last Friday at Forest School, the children really enjoyed making their artwork in the style of Andy Goldsworthy and they have continued to use natural resources to recreate new pieces of art in the classroom.
  • Forest Schools

    The children had a lovely first time at forest schools, engaging with natural things! They had a go at making their name out of  things that they collected and they went on a hunt for things that were spiky, smooth and beautiful.

    Thank you so much to all the parent helpers that came along and made it possible. The children appreciated you being there.