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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.

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  • How to access Google Classroom on an iPad

    Please watch the following video if you need help with using Google Classroom on an iPad.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    The Alban City team


    As you will now all be aware, we are updating Google Classroom daily with simple activities to do at home linked to what we are learning about in school.

    Above anything, in Reception, READING with your child is the most important thing to do, read anything and everything – magazines, children’s stories, signs, labels,  and there are also Oxford Owl e-books available through Google classroom.

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    In Apple class, your children have come back with a log in for NUMBOTS. This is a fun way to practise their maths skills. Lime class children will get theirs tomorrow.


  • Shapes are EVERYWHERE!

    Next week we will be learning about 3D shapes! Have a go at looking out for any 3D shapes in the environment such as a sphere football or a cylinder water bottle! We will begin to name, describe and sort 3D shape by their properties.

    As part of our learning about 3D shapes we will be using junk modelling (already one of our favourite activities!) to model new vocabulary and begin to recognise similarities and differences between a range of 3D shapes. We would be grateful if you could bring in lots of cardboard boxes, tubes, toblerone packets etc. to link to the following 3D shapes: sphere, cylinder, cube, cuboid, cone, pyramid.

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  • Digraph Detectives

    In phonics we have become DETECTIVES – searching for digraphs and trigraphs. At home have a go at searching for words with digraphs and trigraphs inside such as boat, fork, fright. We are still recapping all of the phase 2/3 sounds learnt previously this year as seen below:

    Phase Two

    • Set 1: s, a, t, p.
    • Set 2: i, n, m, d.Image result for detective clipart
    • Set 3: g, o, c, k.
    • Set 4: ck, e, u, r.
    • Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss


    Phase Three

    • Set 6: j, v, w, x
    • Set 7: y, z, zz, qu
    • Consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, ng
    • Vowel digraphs and trigraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er.


    Tricky words learnt so far:

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  • Clay faces

    At forest school today we made clay faces. The children used their imagination and decided to make all different types of faces, including:  people, cats, squirrels, reindeer  etc…


    If your child hasn’t got wellies in school, can they please bring some in on a Friday as it is muddy at forest school.

  • Number Formation

    A couple of parents have been asking about they number formation poems we taught the children at the beginning of the year. Please click the link below for a refresher on these!

    Number Formation Rhyme Cards

  • UPDATE on School Reading Books

    Due to an error with the order of our new phonically decodeable books (see previous blog post if you’re not sure), we do not have enough books for all of the children. Therefore for the time-being we will continue to send home the current books as of before until the new ones are delivered to us. Sorry for the delay and thank you for your patience!

    If you have any questions please speak to your class teacher/phase leader! 🙂

  • 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.