Welcome to Reception - Wren Class
Our teacher is Mrs Pritchard. Mr Franco, Miss Gibson, Mrs Legender, Mrs Nice, Miss Parker and Ms Rochford also support the children with their learning. All of the adults in Reception are very friendly and helpful in order to make sure that the children have the best start at The Round House Primary Academy.
At The Round House Primary Academy, we have an 'open door policy'. We welcome you to discuss your child, their progress or any concerns you may have. We might not be able to talk to you straight away but we will endeavour to speak to you as soon as possible. You can also leave a message with the school office or send an e-mail to the school office who will pass it onto us - firstname.lastname@example.org
Our parents, carers and families are all part of the learning journey. The adults at school would like it very much if you could note down any moments which make you think WOW either on a star moments observational star or uploading an observation onto Tapestry. IT is wonderful to find out what the children have been up to with you at home. Additional stars are available; just ask a member of the Reception team if you need any more copies of these. Please also look on the classroom door for the latest events and news.
The children need to bring their PE kits to school every Monday, starting on Monday 27th September and these will be returned home on a Friday.
Every Friday the children will get a special treat as long as they have made the right choices throughout the week. At the end of each term the children will also get to take part in a whole day of treats called Reward Day.
Promoting British Values in Reception
Speaking and listening activities promote discussions.
Making decisions together.
Listening to each other’s opinions.
Turn taking, sharing and collaboration.
Freedom for all.
Developing a positive sense of themselves.
We listen to every child through pupil voice.
Through our PSHE curriculum the children’s rights are promoted.
The children are encouraged to make the right choices about how they learn and how they behave.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance:
The classroom rules help children to understand how to share and look after each other.
The children learn about different cultures, faiths and religions. They are encouraged to show respect and tolerance for different people, faiths, cultures and languages.
The children study art and listen to music which reflects multicultural Britain.
The children celebrate special days and festivals throughout the year.
Rule of Law:
The children learn about their rights and responsibilities. They also learn about consequences of behavior and also learn to distinguish between right and wrong.
The children agree to abide by the rules and understand that these rules apply to everyone.
The Characteristics of Effective Learning
The characteristics of effective learning are important learning behaviours that we support the children to develop throughout the reception year. They are split into three categories:
Playing and Exploring - Engagement:
Can I do this?
Active Learning - Motivation:
Do I want to do this?
This is a useful website to explore the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, to find out more information about how to help your child to try new things at home and to develop a growth mindset.
Creating and Thinking Critically - Thinking:
How do I do this?
We can help children to become effective learners by playing with them, listening and responding to them, acting as a sound board, supporting them to pursue their own interests, inspiring them, modelling discovery learning and both guiding and supporting them (without taking over).
Home Learning Tips and Advice
When listening to your child read, encourage them to point to each word as they say them, to help them develop one to one correspondence. Encourage your child to use the pictures to help them if they are stuck on a word and help them to sound the word out using the phonemes they have been learning in phonics. Remember to use 'pure' sounds for each phoneme, avoiding adding on 'uh' after each sound. For example, 's' is pronounced 'ssss' rather than 'suh' and 'm' is pronounced 'mmm' rather than 'muh'. If your child takes a while to read a sentence, reread it back to them before moving on to the next page (whilst pointing to each word), so that the meaning of what they have read is not lost or forgotten. After reading, ask your child to retell the events of the story and answer some comprehension questions. If your child is not enjoying the book or is struggling, leave the activity and come back to it later. We want to develop a love of reading in our children, not for it to become a forced practice. Encourage your child to spot words on signs, around your house and in magazines, recipe books and newspapers. When you are reading a bedtime story, have your child spot and count all of the tricky words they can find, or have them search for a particular word on a page.
When your child is completing a written task, e.g. writing a sentence, encourage them to first decide what they are going to write in full. Have them say this sentence out loud in their normal voice, a silly voice, a quiet voice and a loud voice. This repetition will help the order of the words stick in their mind when they come to writing it down. Remind your child that a sentence must begin with a capital letter and that they should use finger spaces, a full stop at the end of the sentence and to try and keep their writing as close to the line as possible. Finally, after writing the sentence, have your child read the sentence back to themselves, and to you, to check it makes sense. When your child is writing, allow them independence in sounding out words before writing them, and encourage them to use the phonemes and graphemes they have been learning in phonics. Even if their spelling of a word is not technically correct, if it is phonetically plausible, allow this. For example, 'yoonikorn' would be an excellent attempt at 'unicorn' and one that we would celebrate in Reception for the use of the phonemes. Finally, encourage your child to use the pre-cursive font (found on Letter Join) at all times, but without joining the letters. Using this font will help your child in the long run as the foundations of the cursive font expected of them in later years will be in place already.
In maths, the emphasis is on developing a solid understanding of number and pattern and less on writing down numerals and number sentences. The principle of 'concrete, pictorial, abstract' representations of number is key to developing this understanding, with children first creating a concrete representation of a number through building a tower or model using the specific number of bricks/counters. Next, the children would then be encouraged to draw the number, creating a pictorial representation of four rabbits/four flowers/four cars etc. Finally, and only once the first two steps were completed, would the children be asked to write the abstract representation, in this case the numeral. Maths Mastery methods are an excellent way of helping your child to develop a strong understanding of number and pattern, focusing on talking about number and pattern, explaining how something is known and how the child came to the answer they did. In all maths based activities, ask your child 'how do you know?' after they tell you an answer.
26th May 2022
Wren class had a wonderful time celebrating Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee : )
W.B 2nd and 9th May 2022
The children have had a fabulous couple of weeks, where they have finished off their learning about dinosaurs and have moved onto learning about animals. Whilst learning about dinosaurs, the children looked at the book 'Dear Dinosaur’. They really enjoyed this story and even created their own favourite food dinosaurs. The children also wrote their own letters to the T-Rex telling him all about themselves. They have been working hard on their writing and I have been very impressed with them all. The children have independently been predicting and writing what they think is going to hatch out of the egg (although still not fully hatched, we have now noticed that it is a T-Rex), tangling/untangling dinosaurs, creating their own handprint dinosaurs and writing about the pictures inside the dinosaur eggs. The children have shown great enthusiasm for our dinosaurs topic, which has been so lovely to see! We have now moved onto learning about animals, with a focus on pets this week. During our group time sessions, the children have been looking at the book ‘I Want a Pet’ and have discussed and sorted pictures of pets into good and not so good pets. The children learnt that in the past, some people kept unusual pets, such as cheetahs, lions and crocodiles in their homes. We discussed why this was not a very good idea, linking this to the needs of the different animals. A lot of fun was had when we played our game of guess the pet on Thursday this week. A pet photo was selected in secret and added onto the selected child’s headband, where they had to ask yes or no questions to the rest of the class in order to work out which pet they were. Miss Parker and I also had a go at guessing the pet that had been selected for us, which was a lot of fun. Linking to the story ‘The Great Pet Sale’, the children have been exploring different ways to make numbers within 10 in order to buy one of the priced animals. The children also had a go at recording this as a number sentence on their whiteboard. The children have independently been making their own concertina dogs, creating patterns on a fish and writing about Simba and photos of the teaching assistant's dogs. Please can you ensure that your child has a sun hat in school every day, now the weather is getting better? Also, when necessary, please could you apply sun cream to your child before they come into school and they then can top it up before lunchtime. The children will need a named bottle of sun cream in their bookbag and be able to apply this independently. Thank you in advance for your support with this. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend and I am looking forward to seeing the children on Monday for another exciting week of learning, where we will be exploring farm animals.
W.B 18th and 25th April 2022
The children have begun their next topic of 'dinosaurs' and we are really enjoying it so far. They children have been busy practising and developing their writing skills during our group time sessions, where they have been writing a question that they would like to research and find out the answer to and writing two sentences about the great fossil hunter Mary Anning. On Friday 6th May, the children are going to have the chance to share their research, so we would be really grateful if you could support your child with this task. The children's questions have been posted on Tapestry for your reference. The children also thought about the differences between St Neots/Loves Farm now and during the Mesozoic era, when the dinosaurs lived, as well as learning the poem 'Dinosaur Roar' and learning to re-tell it off by heart. The children have been exploring the concept of doubling with an adult, where the big dinosaur eats double the amount of the little dinosaur. The children gave the little dinosaur one, two, three, four and five pieces of fruit and then worked out how much the big dinosaur would eat, doubling the number each time. The children have independently been writing their own what am I descriptions about a dinosaur of their choice, making their own dinosaurs out of pasta, finding out what the most popular dinosaur is in Reception and measuring/ordering different sized dinosaur footprints. The children have been doing well with their reading and this term, we are going to continue to encourage the children to read at home. The expectation is that they read every day at home, with this being recorded in their reading diary for that particular date. Every Thursday/Friday (depending on your child's book changing days), Miss Parker counts the number of times your child has read at home during the week, and they are moved up on the class reading chart accordingly. Now the weather is getting better, fingers crossed it continues, please can you ensure that your child has a sun hat in school every day? Also, when necessary, please could you apply sun cream to your child before they come into school and they then can top it up before lunchtime. The children will need a named bottle of suncream in their bookbag and be able to apply this independently. Thank you in advance for your support with this. I hope everyone is having a lovely bank holiday weekend and I am looking forward to seeing the children tomorrow for another exciting week of learning.
31st March 2022
Easter Reward Day fun in Wrens!
W.B 7th and 14th March 2022
Over the past two weeks, the children have been learning about Real Life Superheroes and Princesses. Whilst learning about Real Life Superheroes, the children explored police officers and firefighters and what they do to keep us safe. We also looked at Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragettes and discussed what they did a long time ago to make things fair for men and women, this was linked to International Women’s Day. The children independently used a fishing rod to rescue the magnetic numbers from the pretend fire, created their own firefighter picture, pretended to be a dentist by cleaning the laminated teeth and made their own emergency telephone line using cups and string. Whilst learning about Princesses and in particular, Rapunzel, the children have been playing in the hairdressers role-play area, adding the correct number of jewels onto a crown, writing about their favourite princesses and designing their own horse drawn carriages. The children have also been building their own numicon castles using numbers to 10 by matching the numicon pieces to the different parts of the castle and then exploring different compositions of these numbers by choosing two smaller numicon pieces that could make that number. During our Maths carpet sessions, we have been identifying one more/less than a given number and exploring the names and properties of a variety of 2D and 3D shapes. In phonics, the children have re-capped the digraphs 'oi', 'oo', 'ar', 'or', 'ai' and 'ee', as well as learning the sight words 'are' and 'you'. Next week, we will be learning the digraph 'oa', re-capping the digraphs ‘igh’ and 'er' and learning the new sight word ‘all’. For Comic Relief on Friday, the children walked and ran 10 laps of the field. They did very well with this challenge and enjoyed completing it in the sunshine. I hope you are all having a lovely weekend and I will look forward to seeing all of the children tomorrow morning : )
W.B 21st and 28th Februry 2022
Over the past two weeks, the children have been learning about Superheroes and we have focused specifically on the books ‘Supertato’ and ‘Superworm’. Whilst learning about ‘Supertato’, the children have independently been creating their own super vegetables using a variety of creative materials, writing what the characters from Supertato might be saying after the evil pea had stuck them onto the writing table with sellotape and using the pipe cleaners to trap the evil pea. Whilst learning about ‘Superworm’, the children have independently been catching ‘worms’ in the soil, creating their own worms using both sticks and paper chains and writing about the features of Superworm. Our adult led activities over the past two weeks have been focused on the concept of one more and one less and writing facts about earthworms. Whilst exploring one more and one less, the children firstly worked in a small group to order the numerals 1-10. They were then each given a number from 1 to 10 and were challenged to find one more or one less than this number by building a tower to represent it and then adding or removing one block. During one of our group time sessions, we made a fact file containing information about earthworms, which the children used to support them with their writing. The fact file contained lots of the children’s ideas, which they gathered from watching a video about earthworms, including the fact that stripy worms are called tiger worms – I learnt this new fact from watching the video too! They were encouraged to recall the facts collated during group time, before writing one or two sentences about earthworms. I was very impressed with the children’s writing skills, including their pre-cursive letter formation and their use of punctuation when writing a sentence. During our Maths carpet sessions, we have been using the comparative language of ‘more than’, ‘fewer than’ and ‘equal to’ in order to compare two groups of objects. In phonics, the children have learnt the trigraphs ‘ear’, ‘air’ and ‘ure’, the digraphs ‘ur’ and ‘ow’ and the sight words ‘her’ and ‘we’. Next week, we will be re-capping the digraphs ‘oi’, ‘oo’ and ‘ar’, as well as learning the new sight word ‘are’. We had a wonderful day on Thursday for World Book Day and enjoyed celebrating the children’s favourite books. The children looked fabulous in their costumes, so thank you for your efforts with this. The children enjoyed taking part in a variety of activities on World Book day, including having a virtual workshop with the illustrator Axel Scheffler, listening to the story ‘Invisible’ by Tom Percival, discussing things that they are thankful for and identifying different ways that they can help other people. Whilst outside, the children enjoyed completing a book cover hunt, where they found the book covers that had been hidden around the garden and then had to identify the title of the book. I hope you are all having a lovely weekend and I will look forward to seeing all of the children tomorrow morning : )
W.B 7th February 2022
The children have had a fantastic week learning about the Lunar New Year, with the week ending with NSPCC Number Day. During group time, the children have been learning about the Chinese Zodiac. They have also been looking at the story ‘The Great Race’, which is a story of the race of the animals across the river. They found out how the rat won the race and which order the other animals came in. The children also learnt that either they were born in the year of the monkey or in the year of the rooster and that this year is the year of the tiger, who came third in the race. I completed phonics assessments with all of the children this week and was so impressed with the number of phonemes they had remembered since the start of the year, as well as their recognition of the taught sight words and their segmenting and blending skills. An observation has been added onto Tapestry to inform you of your child's phonics assessment, along with a next step for your child to work on. In Maths, we have been looking at the numbers 6, 7 and 8 and how each of these numbers are composed of ‘5 and a bit more’. The children have been using their fingers to show these numbers in the quickest way possible. The children have been independently creating their own blossom trees, investigating repeating patterns using the colours red and yellow, using chopsticks to create fireworks in a tray of red lentils and threading black pipe cleaners onto an outline of a tiger to give it back its stripes. Whilst outside, the children have enjoyed creating and performing their own dragon dances and using different construction materials to build The Great Wall of China. For NSPCC Number Day on Friday, the children created their own safety circles and drew pictures within their circle of who keeps them safe and who they can turn to if they have a problem or are feeling sad. The children also enjoyed taking part in a game of Subitising Bingo and a Duplo tower building challenge. A February Half Term Happenings sheet has been put in all of the children's book bags and if you could fill these out with your children, I would really appreciate it. This might be a photo or a picutre of what they have done over the week. They can then share these when they return to school on Tuesday, where will be starting our new topic of Superheroes! I hope you all have a wonderful half term break and stay safe during the storms.
W.B 31st January 2022
Another great week of learning in Reception! The children have been continuing with the topic of 'Transport' and have been exploring the book 'Lost and Found.' For our adult-led activity this week, the children selected where they would like to go on holiday and wrote about what they would need to pack in their suitcase. I am so proud with how hard the children are working on their writing. They are using and applying their phonic sounds and knowledge of sentence structures to produce some fantastic written work. In Maths, the children have been exploring the composition of numbers up to 5, using the song '5 Little Speckled Frogs' to support them with this. The children have been independently writing lost posters for the penguin in the story, creating their own penguins, building a tower of cubes only using a pair of tweezers to pick up each of the cubes and measuring the height of different penguins using multilink cubes. Next week, the children will be learning about the Lunar New Year, as well as learning the phonemes ai and oo in their phonics sessions. I hope you all have a lovely weekend a well deserved rest.
W.B 24th January 2022
This week, the children have been learning about the story 'The Train Ride'. During which, the children identified and discussed what they could see through the window of train rides around the world, e.g. 'I can see snow on the mountains' and 'I can see the beach'. Through one of the train windows, we could see a viaduct and we talked about the name of it and what it was. The children also drew a picture and wrote about what they would see out of the window of a different form of transport, e.g. a submarine and a rocket. On Friday this week, the children were played a clip of sounds from the seaside (without being told where the clip was from) and they were asked to draw a picture on their whiteboard of the things they could hear, e.g. seagulls and waves. After being told the clip was from the seaside, the children then added more pictures to their drawing of other things that can be found at the seaside, e.g. seaweed and crabs. For our adult-led activity this week, the children have been writing instructions of how to build a sandcastle. The children have been working hard on their writing and I am so proud of them all. They are applying their phonic knowledge well and are starting to use punctuation when writing sentences. In Maths, the children have been building and ordering towers up to 5. They have been using these towers to identify a staircase pattern and recognising that each number is 1 more than the previous number. The children have been independently punching holes into train tickets, making 2D shape trains, making their own name trains and creating their own train pictures using sponges dipped in paint. Next week, the children will be learning the phonemes oi and er their phonics sessions. Have a lovely weekend and I will look forward to seeing the children on Monday : )
W.B 17th January 2022
We have moved onto our new topic of 'Transport' in Reception and have spent the week exploring the story 'Naughty Bus'. During the story, the Naughty Bus goes on a journey, causing chaos as it goes along, and ending up falling into a pond! During the children's choosing time, the children have been selecting photos of the Naughty Bus around school and writing sentences about where it was, e.g. 'The bus is in the sand'. The children have enjoyed pushing a vehicle down a tube to see which number the vehicle landed on. They then explored whether using more/less force made the vehicle land on a bigger/smaller. The children have also been using toothbrushes and soapy water to clean the muddy vehicles and using their subitising skills to find the correct parking space for a variety of vehicles. For our adult led activity this week, the children have been exploring the composition of numbers up to five. During which, they added a different amount of bears in different colours to a bus five frame and recorded this as an addition number sentence. They then repeated this activity for a variety of numbers within five. Some of the children were challenged to explore subtraction by finding two numbers that can be subtracted from each other to make five. In Maths, the children have been exploring weight, mass and capacity and learning to use key vocabulary related to these concepts. Thank you to everyone who joined Miss Knox for her reading zoom meeting this week. We hope you found this useful and if you would like any further help with supporting your child to read at home, please get in touch. Next week, the children will be learning the phonemes ar and igh their phonics sessions. Have a lovely weekend and I will look forward to seeing the children on Monday morning : )
W.B 10th January 2022
Happy New Year - I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas break. The children in Wren class have enjoyed learning about Traditional Tales over the last two weeks. The focus during the first week was Goldilocks and the Three Bears. During which, the children enjoyed creating their own puppet shows of the story, drawing the three bears, drawing/writing their own story maps to show the key events in the story and measuring the bears, bowls, chairs and beds using multilink cubes. The children engaged in a science experiment to find out what would happen to the gummy bears if one was placed into a cup of plain water, one was placed into a cup of salty water and one was placed into a cup of sugary water. The children measured the height and weight of three gummy bears and made predictions as to what they think would happen, such as ‘The colour will come out of the bears and go into the water’ and ‘The bears will disappear when they go into the water’. The next day, the children re-measured the height and weight of the three gummy bears and observed what had happened to them. They found that the gummy bear that had been in the plain water was now a lot bigger and heavier, that the gummy bear that had been in the salty water was now a little bit bigger and heavier and that the gummy bear that had been in the sugary water was a little bit smaller and lighter. Whilst learning about the story of The Gingerbread Man this week, the children have been learning the repeated refrain from the story, labelling a picture of The Gingerbread Man, constructing a boat/raft to support The Gingerbread Man to get across the river and making their own gingerbread men using a variety of creative materials. During our group time sessions, the children have been thinking about alternative ways that The Gingerbread Man could have got across the river, as well as an alternative character that could have helped The Gingerbread Man, instead of eating him up. The children have also been making their own mini books and writing sentences to outline some of the key events from the story. The children have been working hard on their writing and I am so proud of them all. They are applying their phonic knowledge well and are starting to use punctuation when writing sentences. Please could I ask that all of the children have a named pair of wellies in school as the mud and rain do not deter us from learning outside? In addition, please could I ask that you read with your child at least 5 times a week and record this in their reading diary? On a Friday each week, the children’s reads are tallied up and the children can move up the reading balloons every time they have read 5 times at home, including being entered into our raffle draw to win a prize from the treat box. Miss Knox is holding a reading zoom meeting on Wednesday 19th January at 9.30am and 5.00pm. Please come along to one of these sessions, as she will be discussing reading at home and how to further support your child with their home reading. Thank you for your continued support with this.
17th December 2021
Thank you for all of my wonderful cards, gifts and messages. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. All of the children have worked so hard this term and deserve a good rest. I am looking forward to seeing the children back at school on Wednesday 5th January. Love Mrs Pritchard x
16th December 2021
Christmas Reward Day fun in Wrens!
15th December 2021
A visit from Santa, Christmas lunch and our Christmas party. Thank you to everyone for the donations of food, squash, plates, cups and napkins, it is very much appreciated and we all had a great time!
W.B 6th December 2021
We have all enjoyed a very festive week in Wren class. The children have been using adjectives to describe what Santa Claus looks like and then using these adjectives in their writing. I was very impressed with the children being able to record the sounds that they could hear in the different words and that they were starting to write simple sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. The children have been independently making their own Christmas decorations, writing letters to Santa Claus and ordering Christmas presents by size. In Maths, the children have been learning to use the terms 'whole' and 'parts' when talking about objects and numbers. We have also started to explore the composition of the number 3 and using the stem sentence "If 3 is the whole, then 2 is a part and 1 is a part". Next week, we have lots of fun activities planned for the children, including; our Christmas lunch on Wednesday 15th December and our Christmas party during the afternoon of Wednesday 15th December. We would be grateful of any donations towards our party in order to make it extra special for the children. The sign-up sheets are on both of the classroom doors. Please ensure that none of the food contains nuts and if anything is homemade, please could you send in the list of ingredients so we are aware of what it contains. A special visitor will also be coming to visit the children this week, which is very exciting! Next week, the children will be re-capping the phonemes w, x and y in their phonics sessions. Thank you to all of the children for such a lovely week and I will look forward to seeing them tomorrow morning : )
W.B 29th November 2021
The children were very excited when they came into school on Wednesday morning and saw all of the Christmas decorations hanging up inside the classroom and in the corridors. They also really enjoyed going to their first ever assembly, which was the 'wishing the lights on' assembly. The children had to close their eyes and wish really hard for the lights to come on in the hall. They wished so hard that when we returned to the classroom, the lights had come on in there too! The children also had the opportunity to hang their homemade decorations onto the Christmas tree. We have continued learning about Space this week and the children have really enjoyed listening to the story 'Aliens Love Underpants'. They have used puppets to role-play the story, as well as thinking of adjectives to describe the different aliens in the story. The children have independently been using their phonic knowledge to write facts about the moon using the mind map created during group time earlier on in the week. I was very impressed with the children being able to record the sounds that they could hear in the different words and that they were starting to write simple sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. In Maths, the children have been looking at 2D shapes and have used a number of resources to create these shapes, as well as exploring that shapes are made up of other smaller shapes. In PSHE, the children have been exploring the different homes that people live in and worked in small groups to create a house for a teddy using a variety of construction materials. We identified that each house was different and unique and I was pleased to see the children working together on their creations. On Friday, the children enjoyed a webinar with the author and illustrator Nick Sharratt, during which they listened to the ‘Shark in the Park’ series being read to them and enjoyed drawing some of the characters from the stories too. Next week, the children will be re-capping the phonemes l/ll, ss, j and v in their phonics sessions. Have a lovely rest of the weekend and I will look forward to seeing the children tomorrow : )
W.B 22nd November 2021
This week the children's learning has been around the topic of space. On Monday, we created a mind map of what the children knew about space and they thought of some really great ideas, including 'There are lots of stars', 'Astronauts go to the moon in rockets' and 'Planets spin around the sun'. During group time, the children have been learning about the story ‘Whatever Next’. They used props from the story to act it out and then discussed items that baby bear should (e.g. a bottle of water and a watch) and should not (e.g. a dustpan and brush) take to the moon with him. We have also been busy practising for our nativity performance. The children have been learning the words and Makaton signs to three songs. They have also been learning their lines and remembering when it is their turn to speak. Please continue to practise your child’s lines at home with them, encouraging them to say these slowly and as clearly and loudly (without shouting) as possible. As outlined in the Christmas production letter that was sent out last week, please could you send in your child’s named nativity outfit tomorrow, so that filming can commence this coming week. I have been doing phonics assessments this week, which have been really useful in seeing how far the children have progressed in this area and also to identify next steps for the children in their early reading journey. I am extremely proud of all of the children. Please see the observation that has been uploaded onto Tapestry for further details on this. The children have been independently writing/posting messages to the aliens to tell them about planet Earth, weighing/ordering moon rocks, exploring materials to find out which are transparent and which are opaque, designing their own aliens and using chalk to draw a picture of the Solar System on the floor of the playground. On Wednesday, the children will be going to their first ever assembly which will be the 'wishing the lights on' assembly. The children will need to close their eyes and wish really hard for the Christmas lights to come on around the school. They will also have the opportunity to hang their home-made Christmas decorations on one of the Christmas trees, so if your child has made a decoration then please remember to bring it into school by Wednesday morning. Thank you for your continued support and have a lovely rest of the weekend : )
W.B 15th November 2021
The children in Wren class have had a great week continuing learning about the topic of food. In group time, the children looked at a non-fiction text about keeping healthy and learnt why this is so important. They also carried out an experiment with a banana, a slice of bread, a small carton of milk, a pot of houmous and a yoghurt, to see what happens if they are not kept under the right conditions. The children made predictions about what they thought might happen at the beginning of the week. They then looked at the food items at the end of the week and commented on the changes that had occurred. In Maths, the children have been developing their knowledge and understanding of positional language and exploring the properties of a variety of 2D shapes, including circles and triangles. For our focus activity, the children took part in a cvc race game. They took it in turns to roll the dice, move their counter the correct number of spaces and then write the corresponding cvc word on their piece of paper. The children have been independently creating their own pizzas, buying food with plastic money, writing their own shopping lists to use in the fruit and vegetable shop role-play area and writing cvc words by finding the correct phoneme apples that were hidden around the classroom. I have been continuing to read with the children on a 1:1 basis this week and have been so impressed with their blending skills, as well as how much independent writing they have been doing. Please keep reading with your children at home and looking at their key word books, as this will really help them to make progress. For Children in Need yesterday, the children took part in the Joe Wicks workout, where we had to answer the questions posed and carry out the corresponding exercise, the Spiderman lunges were very popular and we all had a great time. Thank you to all of the children for taking part in the workout yesterday, and to everyone who entered both the colouring competition and the teddy bear competition. I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I will look forward to seeing all of the children on Monday where we will be starting our next topic of space!
W.B 8th November 2021
This week, the children have continued learning about the topic of food. As a class, we investigated what would happen when we put warm water over skittles. The children were shown the equipment for the experiment and were asked to discuss what they thought we might be doing. The experiment was then set up and the children made some predictions about what they thought might happen, including “It might make a rainbow” and “It will lose the colour, the colour will go on the plate”. After the water had been added to the skittles, the children were excited to see a rainbow start to appear and were then asked to make a comment about what they could see, e.g. “The plate has turned into a rainbow because of the skittles” and “The skittles have got a bit of the colour off”. The children have also listened to the story Handa’s Surprise and explored the various fruits that Handa took in her basket to meet her friend Akeyo. The children discussed what the surprise in the story was and talked about both the characters and the plot. The children then tried some of the different fruits that appeared in the story, making fruit kebabs using them. The children have been independently ordering the story Handa’s Surprise, choosing a picture from the story to write about and creating their own necklaces using paper plates and paint. Whilst outside, the children have been making natural paintbrushes and their own Stickmen, referring to the illustrations in Julia Donaldson’s book for inspiration. Wishing you all a lovely weekend and I will look forward to seeing the children on Monday.
W.B 1st November 2021
Welcome back after half term, it is so lovely to see the children back at school and hearing about what they have been doing during their week off school. This week the children have been learning about the festival of Diwali. They each made and decorated their own diva lamp using clay, paint and glitter. They were firstly given a ball of clay and had to use their thumbs to make an indent in it in order to fit a tea light. Once it had dried, they were then able to paint and add glitter to it. The children will bring these home on Monday after school and I hope that you enjoy these at home. For Bonfire Night, the children made firework pictures using an app on the Ipad and also using glue, salt and different watercolours. They also took part in a science experiment to make pretend fireworks in a glass. They helped to pour warm water into one glass and then a few spoonfuls of oil and 4 drops of food colouring into a second glass. After using a fork to mix the oil and food colouring together, the mixture was poured into the glass of warm water and the children were very excited to watch the mini firework display. The experiment was repeated a second time so different food colouring could be used to create different coloured fireworks, there was a lot of excitement amongst the children! The children have been independently role-playing in the fruit and vegetable shop, making repeating ABAB patterns using plastic fruit, writing about their favourite food and creating a healthy plate of food. Whilst outside, the children have been using various natural materials to decorate pumpkins, as well as making a conker run using the guttering and stands. The children will now have received their log in bookmarks. Please find below a list of websites that link to the children’s log in bookmarks –
Numbots – www.numbots.com
Spelling Shed – www.spellingshed.com
Letter Join – www.letterjoin.co.uk
Please support your child to use Numbots as much as possible, as this will support their subitising skills. Phonics assignments will be set Tuesday-Friday each week on Spelling Shed and the assignments will be live from 8am until 5pm each day. These assignments will link to and support the phonemes covered in your child’s phonics lessons each day. Please also continue to read with your child for at least ten minutes every day and record this in your child’s reading diary. We have introduced lots of reading incentives within school, which involve the children reading at least 5 times a week at home. Thank you for your support and I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
W.B 18th October 2021
What a fantastic first half term the children have had in Wren class. I am very proud of each and every one of them, as I am sure you are too. Over the last week of term, the children finished off their learning around the story 'A Brave Bear.' They discussed what their favourite parts of the story were, what they would tell their friends/family about the story and ordered five pictures from the story. I completed phonics assessments with all of the children last week and was impressed with the number of phonemes they had remembered since the start of the year. An observation has been added onto Tapestry to inform you of your child's phonics assessment, along with a next step for your child to work on, and some links to videos about phonics that Mrs Carroll and I hope you find useful. The children have been independently building bridges to enable the bears to cross the river, labelling different parts of a teddy bear and sorting images to match the numbers 1, 2 and 3. The children have continued to impress me with their subitising skills, which will be good to build on throughout the rest of the year. The children have also really enjoyed being outside over the last week, where they have been practising their throwing and aiming skills, making a print of their favourite leaf out of clay and visiting the chickens. There have been a few items of named school uniform that have gone missing, so could I please ask everyone to check their child’s uniform over half term, to ensure that your child has the correct uniform. In your child's bookbag, you will find an autumn half term happenings sheet and I would love to see what all of the children have been up to over this week. I hope that you all have a wonderful and safe week off and manage to get some rest, and I will look forward to welcoming all of the children back to school on Tuesday 2nd November.
We have now collected in all of the children's phonics and levelled books as we are changing the type of books that the children will be taking home. New phonics books will be sent out in the first week back after half-term and the children will still be changing and bringing home their reading for pleasure books next week. In the meantime, we recommend that the children access the phonics e-books available on the Oxford Owl website. The site is easy to navigate and you will be able to select from a wide range of titles for your child to read.
W.B 11th October 2021
The children have continued learning about the story 'A Brave Bear' this week. We have been discussing how both baby bear and daddy bear felt when baby bear slipped over on the rocks, as well as what baby bear should have done when daddy bear told him to be careful and to only do little jumps. The children also looked at one of the illustrations from the story and drew their own maps to portray the route that the bears took from their cave down to the river. Afterwards, the children discussed any parts of their map that may pose more difficulty to the bears than others and also the reasons why. In maths, the children have been exploring the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 with the help of the Numberblocks. We have been exploring the composition of each number and encouraging the children to use the following stem sentences - "1 and another 1 is 2", "1 and 1 and 1 makes 3" and "3 and 1 more makes 4". The children have really impressed me with their knowledge of the composition of these numbers. The children have been independently making 2D shape pictures of bears, creating a collage paper plate bear and writing about different parts of the story 'A Brave Bear'. They have also continued to enjoy exploring the outdoor area everyday and choosing the resources they would like to use from the shed. This coming week, we will be learning the tricky words 'no' and 'to' and will be learning the sounds h, b, f/ff, l/ll and ss in our phonics sessions. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will look forward to seeing all of the children on Monday morning : )
W.B 4th October 2021
This week, the children have been learning about the story 'A Brave Bear'. At the beginning of the week, the children were told the first line of the story 'Everything was hot', without being shown the front cover, the title of the book or any of the illustrations. The children discussed with their talk partner and then drew a picture of what this could be in relation to and their ideas ranged from volcanoes erupting, a bowl of soup, a radiator and warm summer days. Later on in the week, the children were shown the illustration that went alongside the sentence 'Everything was hot'. The picture was of two bears (daddy bear and baby bear) lying down in their cave on a hot summers day. During group time, we have also been looking at some photos of brown bears in their natural habitats and freeze framed a scene from the story. During which, the children discussed what they thought daddy bear and baby bear might be saying to each other. In Maths, we have been continuing to focus on subitising and we have also looked at capacity, which the children have enjoyed exploring practically. For our focus activities, the children had to describe the position of a bear and follow instructions in order to hide one. They also drew around a picture from the book, 'A Brave Bear', thinking about what else might be in the bear's natural habitat. The children have been independently making paper plate bears, writing a shopping list for a teddy bears picnic, creating a tally chart of the children's favourite bear books and building bear caves using the wooden blocks. You will notice in your child's bookbag that there is a large green book called a Knowledge Organiser. Each time we start a new topic, a new sheet will be stuck in this book. These sheets contain words linked to the topic and are words we would like you to talk about with your child. Thank you in advance for your support with this. This coming week, we will be learning the tricky words 'I', 'go' and 'the' and will be learning the sounds ck, e, and u in our phonics sessions. The children will also be continuing to practise segmenting and blending sounds for reading and writing.
W.B 27th September 2021
The children have had a lovely week continuing learning about the topic of 'Ourselves'. In group time, the children have been learning about their five senses. They participated in activities such as looking through a pair of binoculars to identify what they could see, labelling the parts of the body, smelling different things and using the musical instruments to explore the sounds they could make/hear. The focus activity this week was writing about things they could see within the classroom. I was very impressed with how the children used their phonic knowledge to help them write the known sounds. In maths, the children have been exploring mathematical language such as 'more', 'fewer' and 'most', as well as the language relating to size. The children have been independently drawing family pictures, labelling an outline of a body and creating a tally chart to find out which is the most popular eye colour in Reception. As part of our outdoor learning this week, the children have been exploring the Japanese natural dyeing technique of hapa-zome, in which natural materials such as leaves and flowers are pressed between folded fabric. Next week we will be learning the sounds g, o, c and k in our phonics sessions. If your child does anything at home that you would like to share with me, then please upload this onto Tapestry. I would really like to see what they have been getting up to. The children will not have received their updated key word books this week as we are changing how these are done from next week. More information about this will be written in next weeks Reception newsletter and your child's key word book will be sent home next Friday with the new format included in it. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend, I am already looking forward to next week.
W.B 20th September 2021
This is the children's first full week at school and I am so proud of all of my little Wrens for how well they have settled into school life. They have been measuring with their feet and finding things around the classroom that are bigger and smaller than their foot. The children have really enjoyed sharing their 'All about Me' boxes with the rest of the class. It was lovely to see all of the objects, drawings and photographs that are so special to them. Thank you for taking the time to make a box with your child. The children have been busy independently using cotton buds dipped in paint to make a picture of an autumn tree, drawing/labelling pictures of their family, making a variety of models using the wooden blocks and also exploring the different activities in the outdoor area. Next week we will be learning the sounds i, n and m in our phonics sessions. I hope you are all having a lovely weekend and I am looking forward to seeing all of the children on Monday for another fun week at school : )
W.B 13th September 2021
This week, the children have been busy writing a fact file about themselves where they wrote their name, their age and their favourite colour, before drawing a picture of themselves. They have impressed me with their beautiful drawings and mark making skills. During their independent play, the children have been enjoying exploring the outdoor area, using the bingo dabbers to add the correct number of spots onto the Numberblocks and making their own faces by cutting out different facial features to stick onto a piece of paper. In phonics, the children have been learning to listen carefully to the sounds that adults have been orally segmenting. They have then been blending the sounds in their heads to understand what the adult was saying - I have been very impressed. Next week we will be learning the sounds s, a, t and p in our phonics sessions. The children are all enjoying their lunch at school and the puddings are definitely their favourite part! Please note that school will start at 8.45am and finish at 3.15pm every day from next week. Please ensure that your child brings a pair of wellington boots and their PE kit into school next week. They will be starting their outdoor PE lessons with Mr Franco on Monday morning, which is very exciting. Throughout next week, is the children's chance to bring in their 'All About Me' boxes, so please bring those in on your child's allocated day. I hope you all have a lovely weekend : )
W.B 6th September 2021
WOW! What a brilliant week we have had. The children are settling in well and are enjoying coming into school every day, which is really lovely to see. They are quickly getting used to the routines of school life and learning to access all of the various activities on offer. The children have been busy playing in the home corner, taking on a role in their play. They have also been making repeated patterns with the compare bears, making self portraits, ensuring that they look at their facial features in the mirror, developing their fine motor control by transferring coloured pompoms into different coloured containers using a pair of tweezers and practising making patterns in both colourful rice and glitter! I am very proud of each and every one of my little Wrens. I am looking forward to next week where the children are going to be staying at school to eat their lunch! Please note that all of the children are starting school at 8.45am and finishing at 1.30pm every day next week. I hope you all have a lovely weekend : )