This Week in Reception

Last Thursday we celebrated World Book Day. It was lovely to see all the children in their Pyjamas and see their excitement when they were given the choice of a Secret Reader book. The children chose the story they would like to hear without knowing who the reader would be. In the afternoon they were led to a different classroom to hear their chosen story with children from a variety of classes. It was very exciting.

This term we are thinking about growing and how things change as they grow. The children are learning to, “Explore the natural world around them,” (Development Matters 2021). We have noticed the daffodils popping up through the ground in the Reception Garden and have had some cut daffodils in a vase to look at over the week. We noticed that the petals of the week old daffodils made a crunchy sound and had started to wilt.

Continuing with the growing theme we have been practising planting in the sand pit and collecting dead leaves that have blown into the garden in the windy, rainy weather we have been having. Here are some of our ‘Global Citizens’ tidying the garden.
We have been learning to, “Write short sentences with words with known sound-letter correspondences using a capital letter and full stop,” (Development Matters 2021). We have learned Owl Babies off by heart and used the original story to invent stories of our own about a variety of animal babies – ducklings, bunnies, kittens and more owls to name a few. Here is some of our wonderful writing:
We are recapping phonemes we have covered so far and learning harder to read and spell words. So far we have learned:
said, so, have, were, out, like.
How you can help at home:
Please point them out when you spot the harder to read and spell words in reading books and practise the flashcards we have sent home by playing snap or matching pairs. Robot arms and blending hands will not support with this. The children need to learn these words by sight.
This week’s nursery rhyme is:
Please sing along at home.