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  • This Week in Reception

    Hello Elephants and Zebras,

    This week we have been adapting our Magic Porridge Pot stories. Elephants chose to make magic milkshakes and Zebras opted for magic soup! We loved seeing them come up with their own ideas on how we can adapt the story.  We are learning to “Retell the story, once they have developed a deep familiarity with the text, some as exact repetition and some in their own words.”  (Development Matters 2021)

    During Child Initiated Learning we have had lots of fun activities to choose from including:

    Inside:

    • observational drawings of pumpkins.
    • making magic counting wands with the sticks we found during our Mini Explorers time.
    • making roads and pathways with tape – such a fun activity!
    • building Lego is always popular and the children are fantastic at sharing the resource!

    Outside:

    • we have had some willing gardeners to help weed and plant herbs.
    • we left some number mats out and some children decided to match the correct amount of animals to some of the numbers.
    • we had fun pulling apart pumpkins in the sensory tray . . . . this led to some children deciding to plant a seed from a pumpkin and draw a map to show where it had been planted!

    Sound of the week

    We are learning to ,”read individual letters by saying the sounds for them” and “develop the foundations of a handwriting style which is fast accurate and efficient” (Development Matters 2021).

    This week we have been practising our ‘d’, ‘g’, ‘o’, ‘c’ and ‘k’  sounds as well as revising last week’s letters. We have been looking at how to write the letters that go with each sound. We have been using chalk outside and inside we have made letters using wool, pipe cleaners or lolly sticks and turning them into characters with eyes and faces – such brilliant imaginations!

    How you can help at home:

    If you would like to practice the letter shapes at home you could head outside and collect leaves, sticks, acorns and see if you can make the shape of a letter with what you find.  Inside, if you are having spaghetti for tea and have a few bits left over – try making a letter with the cold spaghetti after dinner. It may be a little messy but is lots of fun (we promise!) and a great way of practising fine motor skills!.  We would love to see some pictures of what you try!

    Have a lovely weekend,

    The Reception Team

  • Numbers of the week

    In reception this week we have been learning ” how to link the numeral with its cardinal number value”. (Development Matters 2021)

    We have been focusing on the numbers 9 and 0 and practising how to write them.   We have used these little rhymes to help us:

    9 – Make a loop and then a line, that’s the way we make a nine.

    0  –  Around and around and around we go, when we get home we have a zero.

    We have practised our numbers, counted out objects and made counting wands to help us.

     

    How you can help at home:

    Use a pen or stick at home to count each object, action or sound once and only once and record your findings.

    Reception Team

     

  • This week in Reception

    Hello Elephants and Zebras,

    This week we have moved on to a new story in Literacy called The Magic Porridge Pot. We now know the story with our Talk for Writing actions and we have made puppets at school – ask the children to retell the story. We are learning to “Listen to and talk about stories to build familiarity and understanding.”  (Development Matters 2021)

    Lots of children have told us they have porridge for breakfast with a variety of scrummy toppings.  During Child Initiated Learning the children had the option to make porridge inside and outside and in lots of different ways – our sensory tray with added lavender was a huge hit! Our mud kitchen has been busy – we are using gravel and water ( when we wear our aprons!) to cook with.  We have also had some excellent towers being built. At the art table some very creative weaving of left-over edges of paper – great skills!

     

    We have been listening to rock music. The children recognised some of the songs from home and  we have some amazing dancers in class! Are there any parents who play an instrument and would like to come and talk about it to us!?   On Thursday we went to the library again, please remember to put your library book in your book bag and bring it back to school in order to change it for a new one.

    Sound of the week

    We are learning to ,”read individual letters by saying the sounds for them” and “develop the foundations of a handwriting style which is fast accurate and efficient” (Development Matters 2021).

    This week we have been practising our ‘n and ‘m’  sounds as well as revising last week’s letters and we have been looking at how to write the letters that go with each sound.

    How you can help at home:

    If you would like to practise the sounds at home – have a walk inside or outside and see what you can spy starting with our sounds!  Here are our rhymes to remember our letter formation shapes:

    Have a lovely weekend,

    The Reception Team

  • Numbers of the week

    In reception this week we have been learning ” how to link the numeral with its cardinal number value”. (Development Matters 2021)

    We have been focusing on the numbers 7 and 8 and practising how to write them.   We have used these little rhymes to help us:

    7 – Across the sky and down from heaven, that’s the way we make a seven.

    8 – Make an ‘s’ and do not wait.  When it’s joined up you have an eight. 

    We have practised our numbers, counted out objects and used our bricks and chalks outside to help us form the numbers correctly.    The children also enjoyed writing numbers on the interactive whiteboard during child initiated learning.

    How you can help at home:

    Use foam numbers in the bath to put in order from 1-8. Select one number and ask your child what number is one more or one less. Practise writing the numbers using a paintbrush and water on paving slabs.

  • This week in Reception

    Hello Elephants and Zebras,

    Four weeks of fabulous learning – you are all settling into your new school routine! This week we had so much fun looking at pictures of us as babies – attached are some pictures of the Reception team  – can you guess who is who?!

    We have done fabulous story maps about our own version of the Little Red Hen and then acted them put using our actions  – who knew crocodiles, as well as bears or moles all lived on the farm! Ask your child to re-tell their story to you – we were very impressed! We are learning to “retell the story, once they have developed a deep familiarity with the text; some as exact repetition and some in their own words” (Development Matters 2021) 

    Outside this week, we have been dodging the rain, enjoying the dress up area, working with the Little Red Hen story in a sensory tray and we have planted some herbs among lots of other things! Anyone taking cuttings from herb plants at home  – they would be gratefully received! We’ll help them grow and then we can use them in our mud kitchen next spring!

    Inside, Lego building has been very popular this week – some lovely models have been made and displayed in our ‘wow’ area. We have also made Christmas cards –  more on that much later on! Our cafe has been a big hit this week and from decorating the area, making signs, making menus and even the till – the children have been involved in its development. We also went to the school library on Thursday and everyone chose a book to take home. Please remember to put it in your book bag and bring it back to school in order to change it for a new one.

    Sound of the week

    We are learning to ,”read individual letters by saying the sounds for them” and “develop the foundations of a handwriting style which is fast accurate and efficient” (Development Matters 2021).

    This week we have been practicing our ‘s’, ‘a’, ‘t’, ‘p’, and ‘i’ sounds and looking at how to write the letters that go with each sound.

    If you would like to practice the sounds at home – you can write out the letters on paper for children to copy or use rice, flour etc in a tray and practice drawing the shapes with your finger. You can also see what sounds you can spy around the house – can they find 5 objects beginning with ‘s’ hiding around the house? Happy hunting!

    Have a lovely weekend,
    The Reception Team

  • Number of the week

    In reception this week we have been learning ” how to link the numeral with its cardinal number value”. (Development Matters 2021)

    We have been focusing on the numbers 5 and 6 and practising how to write it. We have used these little rhymes to help us:

      Down and around then a flag on high, that’s the way we make a five!

    6    Down we go and make a loop, number six makes a hoop!

    We have practised our numbers, counted out objects and used our number stones outside – one person even noticed that placing the two and one stone on the number three was the same!

    How you can help at home: count things you might find outside or in the home – stones, leaves, spoons, toy cars and try to count out a group of 5 or 6 items even if they are all different! See if you can spot the numbers ‘5’ and ‘6’ around the house.

  • Hello Reception

    Hello Reception!

    What a lovely week we have had! The sun has been shinning and we have spent lots of time outside! You can see from our pictures we have had some very busy builders in the sandpit – it is a very popular choice during Child Initiated Play! The children are great at taking turns and working out when there’s a space to play as there’s only room for 6 busy builders at a time. We have been working on our garden center this week – labeling things together and also producing a menu and a till for our cafe – more pictures to follow next week when the cafe is up and running!  On Tuesday we went into the woods for our Mini Explorers session.

    Inside we made some lovely play-dough and added in some freshly picked lavender  – it smelled amazing and we worked on our kneading skills ( from our book The Little Red Hen). Lots of letter and book making has been going on and is always a busy table and as you can see from the pictures – building a train track is always a fun activity – we’ve some fantastic engineers designing the track in our midst!

     

    Sound of the Week

    We are learning to ,”read individual letters by saying the sounds for them,” (Development Matters 2021).

    This week we have been looking at the sounds ‘s’ ‘a’ ‘t’ and ‘p’. There are lots of lovely rhymes to help us remember the sound – ask the children to see if they can remember the songs – ‘a’ sound involves ants on our arm!

    If you would like to practice the sounds over the weekend, have a look around the house and see what you can find starting with those sounds. For example a picture of an ant; an apple; scissors; sellotape; a train; a tree; a piece of paper or something pink! Lay the objects out on the floor along with some other items that start with different sounds and grab yourself a big bowl and a spoon! Now you’re ready to make Silly Soup! Ask your child to find something that begins with ‘s’ for example and pop it in to the bowl and stir while singing!

    Silly soup, silly soup, 

    We’re making soup that’s silly;

    We’ll pop it in the refrigerator, 

    to make it nice and chilly! 

    There are lots of other games you can play too!

     

    Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

    The Reception Team

  • Number of the week

    In reception this week we have been learning ” how to link the numeral with its cardinal number value”. (Development Matters 2021)

    We have been focusing on the number 4 and practising how to write it. We have used this little rhyme to help us:

    “Down the hill, then down some more,

    that’s way we make a four.”

    We have been making sand castles to match the numerals 1,2,3 and 4 and matching a number of natural objects, such as leaves and twigs, to pebbles with the numerals on.

    The number 4 is represented in many different ways on our number wheel. How many ways can you spot?

    How you can help at home: roll a dice and ask your child to write the matching numeral. Ask children to identify the numerals 1-4 when they appear on  digital clock, mobile phone keyboard, calculator and ask your child to show you the correct number of fingers to match.

     

  • Hello Reception

    Hello Reception,

    What a busy and fun week we have had! We have been working on our cutting skills with our scissors. Using scissors is a great fine motor skill for all children to practice. This is something that could be practised at home – draw wiggle lines on a piece of paper to follow or you can cut around pictures in an old magazine or flyer. Some children turned their zig zag cutting into crowns! We loved seeing their imagination!

     

    If scissor skills is something you would like to work at home here are some extra tips on how to hold scissors and activity ideas for at home.

    scissor-activities.pdf (18 downloads)

    Have a fab weekend we look forward to hearing about Edgar and Ziggy’s adventures!

    The Reception Team.

  • The Great Outdoors

    This week we have been having a super time exploring our Reception garden whilst learning to “build constructive and respectful relationships,” Development Matters 2021.

    We have been using our imagination to go on journeys in our team built vehicles, cooking yummy mud pies in the mud kitchen and creeping ever so quietly up to the bug hotel to see what visitors may be there.

    The Reception adults have been extremely impressed with the care the children have taken over the environment and have been very happy to discover how good they all are at tidying up.

    Well done, Zebras and Elephants, for remembering the Golden Rule DO LOOK AFTER PROPERTY.

    How you can help at home: Provide opportunities for promoting tolerance of others and turn taking through the use of board or card games, “my turn – your turn, ” activities such as turning pages in a book or putting items of clothing on or away.

     

     

  • Hello Reception

    Hello Zebras and Elephants,

    Next week we will be subitising numbers with children ( recognising quantities without counting 1-5 eg dots on a dice etc)

    Here are some ideas on how you can help at home with your children’s learning journey:

    • play board games and encourage your children to roll the dice and recognise the number without counting the dots.
    • taking handfuls of toys (up to 5 items) in each hand and identifying which has more or less.
    • playing number snap with cards

     

    Have fun!

    The Reception Team.

     

     

  • Hello Reception

    Hello Elephants and Zebras!!

    What a fantastic first week at school you have had – we think there will be some slightly tired children ( and teaching staff!) this weekend. There has been a lot to take in, new friends, new adults, new spaces to explore – and you have been amazing!

    We have been talking about the Golden Rules this week which are:

    • Do be gentle
    • Do be kind and helpful
    • Do work hard
    • Do look after property
    • Do listen to people
    • Do be honest

     

    We have explored our indoor and outdoor spaces, we used lots of water outside, listened to lots of stories and recapped what numbers we know. We have started working towards our daily mile and the children have loved exploring the larger playground after lunch. The children have shown some great manners and we learnt a new song which you could ask your children to sing to you at home.

    (to the tune of ‘I Hear Thunder’)

    Please and thank you,

    Please and thank you,

    Sounds so nice,

    Sounds so nice,

    Manners are important,

    Manners are important,

    Be polite,

    Be polite.

     

    Most importantly we have had lots of fun this week  -we  hope its a weekend full of adventures and lots of sleep ready for our first full week at school!

    The Reception Team