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