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Diamond Online Learning Newsletter

Monday 1st June

 

Hello everyone!

 

We hope you have had a lovely half term break and welcome to the final half term of learning before the summer holidays. For this week you can either choose to continue with the activities on the indoor and outdoor grids set before half term or you can begin using the Diamond Online work set by the virtual school. Please make sure that you continue to read everyday and also send us messages on the blog so we know what you have been up to and how you have been getting on. Please be aware that we will not be able to respond to any of the blogs until after school but we will reply to you as soon as we can.

 

Enjoy your learning and please continue to stay safe.

Friday 22nd May 2020 

 

Reading- 10 minutes of reading 

Spelling Shed daily task 

Numbots- 10-15 minutes of Numbots 

White Rose Maths - Summer Week 5 Day 5 

Indoor Activity - Activity 5 – Make a collection of coins 

Outdoor Activity – Activity 5 – Rain gauge 

Letter join- Spend 15 minutes on letter join. 

Knowledge Organiser - Please discuss/use the vocabulary on the animals knowledge organiser. Challenge yourself to write a sentence using one of the words. 

 

We look forward to seeing your completed tasks. Please share what you have been doing on the blog.   

 

Thursday 21st May 2020 

 

Reading- 10 minutes of reading 

Spelling Shed daily task 

Numbots- 10-15 minutes of Numbots 

White Rose Maths - Summer Week 5 Day 4 

Indoor Activity - Activity 4 – Make 12 

Outdoor Activity – Activity 4 – Outside scavenger hunt 

Letter join - Spend 15 minutes on letter join. 

Topic - Visit the ‘Espresso Zoo’ and learn about all the different types of animals (except for mini beasts – we'll be learning about them after half term): 

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/modules/ey_espresso_zoo/index.html 

 

We look forward to seeing your completed tasks. Please share what you have been doing on the blog.   

Wednesday 20th May 2020 

 

Reading- 10 minutes of reading 

Spelling Shed daily task 

Numbots- 10-15 minutes of Numbots 

White Rose Maths - Summer Week 5 Day 3 

Indoor Activity- Activity 3- Play ‘Pictionary’  

Outdoor Activity - Activity 3 – Mini beast hunt 

Letter join- Spend 15 minutes on letter join. 

Vocabulary Ninja- Webbed – write a list of animals that have webbed feet (2) 

 

We look forward to seeing your completed tasks. Please share what you have been doing on the blog.   

19.05.2020 - Good Morning! I hope you enjoy today’s tasks.

 

Reading - 10 minutes of reading

Spelling Shed – Daily task

Numbots - 15 minutes of Numbots 

White Rose – Summer – Week 5, Day 2

Indoor Activity - Activity 2 – Objects on a dinner plate

Outdoor Activity - Activity 2 – Make your own Joe Wicks exercise session

Letter Join – Spend 15 minutes on letter join

Knowledge Organiser - Please discuss/use the vocabulary on the animal’s knowledge organiser. 

Topic - Try the pond animal’s word matching game:

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/modules/resource_box/animals/page_3.html?source=search-all-all-all-all&source-keywords=animals

 

Don't forget to post on the blog!

 

18.05.2020 - Good Morning! Please find below a suggested set of activities for the day, but if you would prefer to choose your own, then this is fine. Please find the following documents underneath: Vocabulary Ninja, Topic, Maths and Phonics Activities, Indoor Home Learning Grid and Outdoor Home Learning Grid. I have also attached a document called Singing Assembly at Home. Mrs Rodgers has put together a list of songs that you could sing at home, similar to the songs that you have been singing during whole school assemblies at school. Please share what you have been up to on the blog and don't forget to check my 'Challenge of the Day' posts!

 

Reading - 10 minutes of reading

Spelling Shed – Daily task

Numbots - 15 minutes of Numbots 

White Rose – Summer – Week 5, Day 1

Indoor Activity – Activity 1 – Play ‘Where is the Bear?’

Outdoor Activity – Activity 1 – Rainbow scavenger hunt

Letter Join – Spend 15 minutes on letter join

Vocabulary Ninja – Webbed and activity 1

 

 

15.05.2020 - Good Morning! I hope you enjoy today’s tasks.

 

Reading - 10 minutes of reading

Phonics - Spelling ai, ee, igh, oa words -

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item809470/gradef/module62767/index.html

Numbots - 15 minutes of Numbots

White Rose Maths - Summer Week 4, Day 5

Indoor Activity - Activity 9 – Can you make a necklace out of beads or pasta?

Outdoor Activity – Activity 9 – What can you see and hear outside?

Letter join - Spend 15 minutes on letter join

Topic - Here is a photo book all about the lifecycle of a frog - 

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/modules/ey_animals/photo_book/index.html

 

Please keep updating the blog with everything you get up to, and keep checking to see the daily challenges I put up. 

 

Have a good weekend! 

14.05.2020 - Good Morning! I hope you enjoy today’s tasks.

 

Reading - 10 minutes of reading

Phonics - Segmenting ai, ee, igh, oa words -

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item806969/gradef/module62767/index.html

Numbots - 15 minutes of Numbots

White Rose Maths - Summer - Week 4, Day 4

Indoor Activity - Activity 8 - Bowling

Outdoor Activity - Activity 8 – Make a mud pie

Letter Join – Spend 15 minutes on letter join

Knowledge Organiser - Please discuss/use the vocabulary on the animal’s knowledge organiser. Challenge yourself to write a sentence using one of the words (choose a different word to the one you used last week)

Topic - What body parts do different animals have? What do they have that we don’t? Or what do we have that they don’t? https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/modules/ey_animals/video_files/video_body_parts.html

 

I look forward to seeing your completed tasks. Please share what you have been doing on the blog. 

13.05.2020 - Good Morning! I hope you enjoy today’s tasks.

 

Reading - 10 minutes of reading

Phonics - Reading ai, ee, igh, oa words -

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item804594/gradef/module62767/index.html

Numbots - 15 minutes of Numbots

White Rose Maths - Summer - Week 4, Day 3

Indoor Activity - Activity 7 – Decorate and make a paper aeroplane

Outdoor Activity – Activity 7 – Obstacle course

Letter Join - Spend 15 minutes on letter join

Vocabulary Ninja - Snout and activity 2

 

I look forward to seeing your completed tasks. Please share what you have been doing on the blog. 

12.05.2020 - Good morning! 

 

Reading - 10 minutes of reading

Phonics - Blending ai, ee, igh, oa words -

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item803917/gradef/module62767/index.html

Numbots - 15 minutes of Numbots

White Rose Maths - Summer - Week 4, Day 2

Indoor Activity - Activity 6 – Sort toys into categories

Outdoor Activity - Activity 6 – Stick shapes

Letter Join – Spend 15 minutes on letter join

Knowledge Organiser - Please discuss/use the vocabulary on the animal’s knowledge organiser. Challenge yourself to write a sentence using one of the words.

Topic - What are the different names for animal babies? How long does it take for them to become grown up animals? https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/modules/ey_animals/video_files/video_growing.html

 

I look forward to seeing your completed tasks. Please share what you have been doing on the blog. 

Monday 11th May

 

Good Morning! I hope you have all had a good weekend.

 

Reading - 10 minutes of reading

Phonics - Find the igh words -https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/video/item75014/gradef/module62767/index.html?source=search-all-all-all-all&source-keywords=igh

Numbots - 15 minutes of Numbots 

White Rose Maths - Summer - Week 4, Day 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfL0g-XRxnA

Indoor Activity - Activity 5 – Look for 2 objects with wheels. Which can travel the furthest?

Outdoor Activity - Activity 5 – Elf/fairy crowns

Letter Join – Spend 15 minutes on letter join

Vocabulary Ninja – Snout and activity 1 - please find the document attached underneath for the vocabulary ninja word for this week

 

I look forward to seeing your completed tasks. Please share what you have been doing on the blog. 

 

 

Thursday 7th May 2020 

 

Reading- 10 minutes of reading 

Phonics- Sorting sounds igh, oa 

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item801534/gradef/module62767/index.html 

Numbots- 10-15 minutes of Numbots 

White Rose Maths - Summer Week 3 Day 4 

Indoor Activity - Activity 4 – Can you make your own playdough? 

Outdoor Activity – Activity 4 – Spring watch  

Letter join - Spend 15 minutes on letter join. 

Knowledge Organiser - Please discuss/use the vocabulary on the animals knowledge organiser. Challenge yourself to write a sentence using one of the words. 

Topic - How do animals move around? How is this different to how we move? https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/modules/ey_animals/video_files/video_moving.html 

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We look forward to seeing your completed tasks. Please share what you have been doing on the blog.   

 

 

Wednesday 6th May 2020 

 

Reading- 10 minutes of reading 

Phonics- Sorting sounds ai, ee 

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item802892/gradef/module62767/index.html 

Numbots- 10-15 minutes of Numbots 

White Rose Maths - Summer Week 3 Day 3 

Indoor Activity- Activity 3- Play guess the animal with your family. 

Outdoor Activity - Activity 3 – Egg and spoon race. 

Letter join- Spend 15 minutes on letter join. 

Vocabulary Ninja- Scales – write a list of animals that have scales (2) 

 

We look forward to seeing your completed tasks. Please share what you have been doing on the blog.   

 

Tuesday 5th May 2020 

 

Reading- 10 minutes of reading 

Phonics- Watch the videos for igh and oa - Can you think of any words that might feature these sounds? 

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/video/item75014/gradef/module62767/index.html ; https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/video/item75012/gradef/module62767/index.html 

Numbots- 10-15 minutes of Numbots 

White Rose Maths - Summer Week 3 Day 2 

Indoor Activity - Activity 2 - If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be? 

Outdoor Activity- Activity 2 – Paint with water. 

Knowledge Organiser - Please discuss/use the vocabulary on the animals knowledge organiser.  

Topic - What do animals eat? Do they eat anything we do, or not?

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/modules/ey_animals/video_files/video_eating.html 

Letter join- Spend 15 minutes on letter join. 

 

We look forward to seeing your completed tasks. Please share what you have been doing on the blog.   

 

Monday 4th May

 

Good Morning. Please find attached a suggested set of activities for the day. If you would prefer to choose your own, then this is fine. Please find the following documents underneath: Animals Knowledge Organiser, Vocabulary Ninja, Maths and Phonics Activities and Indoor and Outdoor Activity home learning grids. We have also added, if you would like to use it, a suggested timetable for the structure of the day and our rocket reward chart to support motivating your children. Please share what you have been up to on the blog. 

 

Reading- 10 minutes of reading 

Phonics- Watch the videos for ai and ee – Can you think of any words that might feature these sounds? https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/video/item62926/gradef/module62767/index.html ; https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/video/item75017/gradef/module62767/index.html 

Numbots - 10-15 minutes of Numbots  

White Rose – Summer Week 3 Day 1 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY 

Indoor Activity - Activity 1 – Can you make your own jigsaw puzzle? 

Outdoor Activity - Activity 1 – Bird Survey 

Letter join- Spend 15 minutes on letter join. 

Vocabulary Ninja- Scales – write a sentence using this word (1) 

Wednesday 29th April 

 

Good Morning! We hope you’ve enjoyed the activities so far this week! Thank you for sharing on the blog what you have been up to. You can continue with the same structure for your child, as outlined on Monday, if this is working for your child. There are also some topic introduction links. If you would like, you can continue your dinosaur adventure by having ago at the activities, ‘dinosaur snap’ and ‘dinosaur labelling.’ Please keep sharing on the blog! We love to see what you have been doing. 

Monday 27th April 

 

Good Morning! We hope that you’ve had a good weekend. The activity sheets remain the same as last week. You may continue to choose one activity from each section if you wish to. Why don’t you have a look at, ‘Rotton or Rascal’ to discover more about dinosaurs.  Please keep sharing what you have been up to on the blog. We love to see this. 

Wednesday 22nd April

 

Good Morning! We hope you’ve enjoyed the activities so far this week! Thank you for sharing on the blog what you have been up to. You can continue with the same structure for your child, as outlined on Monday, if this is working for your child. There are also some topic introduction links. If you would like, you can continue your dinosaur adventure to explore, ‘how do we know about dinosaurs?’ Please keep sharing on the blog! We love to see what you have been doing.  

20.04.20

 

Good morning everyone!

 

Welcome back, and to the summer term. I hope that you had a nice and relaxing Easter break, and that you're looking forward to the activities ahead. This term, the way in which I share the daily homework will be a little different. Every Monday and Wednesday, I will post the tasks to complete and share any documents or activity sheets to help. Please don't feel pressured to get everything completed in one day, or in a particular order. If it helps to create a structure for you at home, you could complete one indoor and one outdoor activity (from the home learning grids below), one phonics activity and one maths activity a day, as well as the daily reading. The home learning grids (one indoor, one outdoor) are for the next two weeks and will be replaced with two new ones on the 4th of May. Our new topic for the next two weeks is 'Dinosaurs' - yay! For this, I have attached a knowledge organiser. Please keep me updated on the blog with all of the activities you do, I can't wait to see them! 

 

If you have been keeping up to date with the 'Art in the Windows', this week the theme is flowers. Perhaps you could make a collage, or a painting of some flowers to put in your window. 

 

One last thing - don't forget that there are some great activities to complete on the Numbest, Phonics Play and LetterJoin websites. Please let me know if you have any issues accessing these, or if you have any questions at all. Enjoy!

 

Miss Cadman x

 

 

1.04.20

 

Good morning everyone!

 

As today would have been Reward Day in school, there isn't any homework to do today - today is all about you having fun and celebrating being such amazing Stay-At-Home Superheroes! I'm so proud of you and of all the learning you've been doing so far. I'm also very proud of your wonderful families for helping you do so well - please say a big thank you to them from me! So to celebrate, you could just do all of the things you love doing at home, whether that's colouring, playing with your favourite toys, or anything else! Here are some ideas in case you need them! 

 

- Just Dance videos! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQr79y06poU (What Makes You Beautiful) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYgIVc5Jvjg (Ghostbusters) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c75hMgl8VWM (Eye of the Tiger) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERbdjlvg6dg (Let it Go)

 

- Watch this magician doing some exciting magic! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLaQCNB8J9o

 

- Have a go at learning how to do some magic tricks yourself! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2tDK9wfCYs

 

- Have a play on Club Penguin - I used to love this website when I was little, maybe you will too! https://cprewritten.net

 

- Try out the 'rainbow' scavenger hunt - I will add the picture onto this post!

 

 - I'll be posting the video all about the owls at some point today so keep an eye out for that!

 

I hope you have a fantastic day, you deserve it!

 

Lots of love, Miss Cadman x

 

 

***** One last thing - I've heard that you can grow your own spaghetti trees by breaking up a piece of spaghetti and planting it in some pasta sauce! Apparently today is the best time to grow them! Here's what they look like fully grown: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31.03.2020 - Good Morning!

 

Reading – Please ensure that you are reading for 20 – 30 minutes

Phonics – https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item816281/gradef/module61932/index.html

Word walls - Practice reading and writing your word walls using your key word book or the printed word walls. Have a closer look at the second word wall today and see which words you can already read.

Maths – https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/standalone/activity_html/item640777/index.html?referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fcentral.espresso.co.uk%2Fespresso%2Fmodules%2Fey_writing_to_20%2Factivities%2Findex.html&bgcolor=ffffff

 

If you didn't see it yesterday, I have posted an extra challenge on the blog all about spotting 2D and 3D shapes - make sure to have a go at this! You can also explore the Phonics Play, Numbots and Letter Join websites for some fun learning today. 

 

Enjoy, and keep me updated on the blog please! 

 

Miss Cadman x

Monday 30th March

 

Good Morning! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and that you're ready for a fun week of learning!

 

Reading – Please ensure that you are reading for 20 – 30 minutes. 

Phonics –https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item805654/gradef/module61932/index.html

Handwriting – Please complete the sheet with the letters ‘j’ and ‘y.’ Have a go at looking through books to find some words starting with these sounds. 

Practice reading and writing your word walls using your key word book or the printed word walls. 

Maths –https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/standalone/activity_html/item439253/index.html?referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fcentral.espresso.co.uk%2Fespresso%2Fmodules%2Fey_number_crew%2Factivities%2Findex_act_lotto.html&bgcolor=ffffff

This week the Art in The Windows theme is the sunshine so if you get a moment for some art try to create a beautiful sun to put with your rainbow in your window. Try to use different materials if you can.

 

Finally a message from Mr Hall:

      I have set up usernames and passwords for TT Rockstars and Numbots for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children. They are the same for both apps.

      Their username is the first 2 letters of their forename and surname. eg. Joe Bloggs username is 'jobl'

      Password: abc

      Reception children - Encourage children to play Numbots at https://ttrockstars.com/

 

Also don’t forget you can hear Miss Gibson, Mrs Peters and myself reading stories on our YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbL78l2eu0Y9TXWpqfeIibA. We'll be uploading more videos soon, and this week's animal video is 'All about the owls!' so keep an eye out for that.

 

We look forward to seeing your completed tasks. Please share what you have been doing on the blog, remember not to post photos with you in them, we may not be able to approve them.

 

 

Here are two messages from our fabulous Art and Music Co-ordinator, Mrs Rodgers, for all of my lovely Wrens and their parents:

 

Hi all,

If you would like to do something arty over the next few weeks, why not have a look at a few pictures from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

 

https://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/lookthinkdo/about

 

Enjoy!

Mrs Rodgers 

 

 

Hello everyone! I know some of you already have ocarinas and other musical instruments at home, but I thought now might be the time for lots of you to learn something new. Why not have a go at playing the ocarina. It's really easy. Anyone can do it. Get you parents involved as well. Show them the following message from me, and I look forward to hearing our new ocarina choir when we all get back together in school.

 

Hi Parents -

Fancy learning something new with your children?

 In school the children will have seen and heard other children, and sometimes the teachers, playing the ocarina. It is a small wind instrument that can be played easily without the ability to read music, and without the screechy noise of the recorder when not played quite right!!!!

 As a school, we order the 4 hole plastic ocs and books from Ocarina Workshop www.ocarina.co.uk . Other websites also sell ocarinas, but I have found ocarina workshop books to be the easiest to follow. You can even get a CD to play along to as well. Go on, give it a go. Get the whole family playing!

 

Thanks

Frankie Rodgers

27.03.2020 - Good Morning!

 

Reading – Please ensure that you are reading for 20 – 30 minutes

Phonics – https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item807711/gradef/module61932/index.html

Handwriting – Please complete the pattern sheet with the sea horse at the bottom. Can you draw other sea creatures and use some of the same patterns on them?

Word walls - Practice reading and writing your word walls using your key word book or the printed word walls

Maths – https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/standalone/activity_html/item383409/index.html?referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fcentral.espresso.co.uk%2Fespresso%2Fmodules%2Fey_problem_solving%2Factivities%2Findex.html&bgcolor=ffffff

 

Don't forget to check my video out about the rabbits - https://youtu.be/XI81thZKpww - see if you can have a go at  one of the activities I mention at the end! Also, you can watch Miss Blyth reading a story too - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOnJ4JsZaK6HyNLhCsYt42A .

 

Please keep sharing what you have been doing on the blog! 

26.03.2020 - Good Morning! I hope you enjoy today’s tasks. I've put an extra challenge on the blog for you, I hope you like that too! The first of my animal videos will be posted this afternoon so keep an eye out for that.

 

Reading – Please ensure that you are reading for 20 – 30 minutes

Phonics –https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item806492/gradef/module61932/index.html

Handwriting – Please complete the sheet starting with the letter ‘g.’ How many words can you write that start with the letter ‘g’?

Word walls - Practice reading and writing your word walls using your key word book or the printed word walls

Maths – https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/standalone/activity_html/item172087/index.html?referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fcentral.espresso.co.uk%2Fespresso%2Fmodules%2Fey_0to10%2Ffind.html&bgcolor=ffffff

Knowledge organisers – please discuss/use the vocabulary on the knowledge organisers

 

I look forward to seeing your completed tasks. Please share what you have been doing on the blog.  

25.03.20

 

Good Morning!  

 

Reading – Please ensure that you are reading for 20 – 30 minutes 

Phonics – https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item804542/gradef/module61932/index.html

Handwriting – Please complete the sheet starting with the letter ‘b’ and the pattern sheet with the socks at the bottom.

Word walls - Practice reading and writing your word walls using your key word book or the printed word walls. Can you write a question including one of the words from the word wall?

Maths – 

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/standalone/activity_html/item555769/index.html?referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fcentral.espresso.co.uk%2Fespresso%2Fmodules%2Fey_problem_solving%2Factivities%2Findex.html&bgcolor=ffffff

Knowledge organisers – please discuss/use the vocabulary on the knowledge organisers

 

We look forward to seeing your completed tasks.

 

Please share what you have been doing on the blog.  

24.03.20

 

Good Morning! I hope you enjoy today’s tasks.

 

Reading – Please ensure that you are reading for 20 – 30 minutes 

Phonics – https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item801798/gradef/module61932/index.html

Handwriting – Please complete the sheet starting with the letter ‘v’ and the pattern sheet with the toy box at the bottom.Please complete the sheets starting with the letter v and also where there is a picture of a toy box of the page 

Word walls - Practice reading and writing your word walls using your key word book or the printed word walls. Can you write a sentence using the word ‘the'?

Maths – https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/standalone/activity_html/item648680/index.html?referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fcentral.espresso.co.uk%2Fespresso%2Fmodules%2Fey_0to10%2Ffind.html&bgcolor=ffffff 

Knowledge organisers – please discuss/use the vocabulary on the knowledge organisers

 

I look forward to seeing your completed tasks. Please share what you have been doing on the blog.  

Our teacher in Wren class is Miss Cadman.

Miss Matthews, Miss Gibson and Mrs Legender also support the children with their learning.

All of the adults in Wren class are very friendly and helpful to make sure the children have the best start at the Round House Primary Academy.

At The Round House Primary School we have an ‘Open Door Policy’.  We welcome you into the classroom to discuss your child, their progress or any concern.  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 to us at office@roundhouse.cambs.sch.uk

 

Home School Partnership

 

Our mums, dads, families and carers are all part of our learning journey.  The grown-ups at school would like it very much if you could note down any ‘Star Moments’ which make you think WOW! The adults at school have lots of forms in case you need them. 

Look on the classroom doors for the latest events and news. 

 

P.E

 

P.E kits should be bought into school every Monday and we will remind the children to bring them home every Friday. 

 

Treat Day

 

Every Friday we get a special treat as long as we have been behaved very well.  At the end of each term we get to take part in a whole day of treats ..... Reward Day. Last year, Mrs Bryden organised a magician to come and show us some amazing tricks. 

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?

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-try-new-things

 

This is a useful website to explore the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and 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). 

Promoting British Values in Reception

 

Democracy:

  • Speaking and listening activities promote discussions
  • Making decisions together
  • Listening to each other’s opinions
  • Turn taking, sharing and collaboration

Individual Liberty:

  • 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 have agreed to abide by the rules and understand that these rules apply to everyone

2019-2020

w.c. 9.09.19

 

It has been such a lovely start of the year for our new Reception children! I have truly loved getting to know them this week and starting to see their little personalities shine through. This week, the children have been choosing from a range of activities in both classes - writing telephone messages and drawing different patterns, making patterns with beads and using 2D shapes to make pictures, and decorating cupcake pictures for the birthday wall. They've also been exploring the train set, the role play areas (which are currently both homes), and acting out stories in the puppet theatres. In the children's book bags today, they have their Christmas card designs, should you wish to order some, and a letter about their 'All About Me' boxes. There is also a leaflet about the Scholastic book club order. Next week, the children will be starting at 8:45am and their day will finish at 1:30pm. The Oliver Way gate will be opened for the children to be collected as it has this week. I hope you enjoy these photos - I'm sure we're all biased but they are an adorable class!

w.c. 16.09.19

 

It has been so lovely having the whole class in this week! Everyone has had a very exciting time and I'm sure they'll need a good rest this weekend before we start our full days from Monday.This week, we started our phonics sessions by doing some Phase 1 activities, including 'I-Spy', clapping out the syllables in our names, and looking at objects all beginning with the same letter. In Choosing Time, the children decorated paper plates to look like themselves, did some mark making about cartoon characters, and counted out different objects to match some flash cards. Next week, we will have a 'group time' session first thing in the morning, which is literacy based, as well as phonics and a maths session in the afternoon. Could I please remind parents that every child needs a named water bottle every day, and to send in PE kits on Monday. Children with earrings in will need them removed for Thursday mornings as well. The Cauliflower Cards Christmas cards now need to be returned by Wednesday 25th, with the correct payment please. Finally, as our first topic is 'Ourselves', could we please have some baby photos of the children for our group time session on Friday. Thank you!

w.c. 23.09.19

 

Well done to all of the Reception children for making it through their first week of full time school! The children have settled in brilliantly and I am very proud of how well they can sit on the carpet and raise their hands when they want to say something, and how quietly they can walk down to the hall for lunch. In Group Time this week, we have been talking about how to be a good friend and how to make new friends, what the school rules are and how we can follow them, and we also looked at baby photos of ourselves and compared them to how we look now. The children shared their All About Me boxes as well and it was wonderful to have the children so excited to share their favourite toys, memories of holidays and events, and photos of their families. Our first PE lesson yesterday morning was fantastic and I was blown away by how independent the children were in getting themselves ready - we were nearly all changed and ready to go in fifteen minutes! In PE itself, we did a warm up to songs from the Greatest Showman and lots of ring games, including 'Duck, Duck, Goose' and 'Fruit Salad'. The children also started Phase 2 Phonics this week and have been working on recognising and writing 's', 'a', 't', and 'p', as well as thinking of different words that begin with these phonemes. Today, I have sent home the children's key word books - these will be updated weekly with words for the children to practise reading. Once the children are comfortable with their 45 key words, which will be covered over the course of the year, they will be able to achieve their 'First Word Wall' award. If these words could be practised at home, alongside the ten minutes of daily reading, that would be an enormous help. Next week, the children will need their PE kits for Thursday morning but could these please be brought in on Monday - it's always useful to have in school just in case! Could wellies also be sent in if they haven't already as the children will go out in the rain if it's not too heavy, and wellies are essential for exploring the mud kitchen and the bug hotel. Have a good weekend!

w.c. 30.09.19

 

In Reception this week, we have been learning all about our senses in Group Time - listening to different musical instruments and deciding which was our favourite, smelling some very interesting smells (including cardamom, coriander and cloves!), thinking about our different body parts and labelling these on a body outline, and playing Kim's game to help us describe how different objects look. Our Focus activity this week has also been about sight, with the children using some binoculars to look around the classroom to see what they could spot before writing this down. In Phonics, we recapped the sounds we learned last week and looked at two new phonemes - 'i' and 'n'. In PE, we played some more ring games and did a very silly version of 'If You're Happy and You Know It'! The Choosing Time activities of the week included making CVC (Consonant Vowel Consonant) words from magnetic letters, completing a pictogram survey to find out the most common eye colour in the class, sorting objects based on their initial sound, and making a paper plate mask. The highlight of the week has to have been Forest School, which the children adored. With Miss Abbott, the children went on a scavenger hunt around the field, looking for objects she had photographs of in her special bag. These included golden leaves, spiders' webs and footprints. The children loved being outside and exploring, and I am sure they will love the future sessions just as much. Please could I remind parents to write a little comment in your child's reading journal when you have read with them - this could be to say something like they enjoyed the story, they could identify some key words, or that they read 'tap' as 'pat'. This will just help us to know how they are finding their home reading books. As well as this, if you could read with your children for at least 10 minutes a day, that would be a big help - one way to do this could be them reading their story to you, and then you sharing a picture book together, helping them to spot their key words or phonemes we have covered. Thank you! Also, just as a reminder, on Monday the children will be having their individual pictures taken.

w.c. 07.10.19

 

In Reception this week, we have started our new topic all about bears - based around a story called 'A Brave Bear'. To start the topic off, the children were told the the first line of the story without having seen the cover, the title or any pictures. The sentence was 'Everything was hot.' and the children had to think of what this meant to them, making them think of hot dinners, volcanoes, sunny days and holidays. The next day, the children were given the accompanying photo (an illustration of two bears lying down in their cave on a boiling hot day) and had to do some mark makings of what they might find in a bear's natural environment. My favourite drawing was of a pillow because 'bears need to sleep when they're really tired'! In today's Group Time, the children were shown the next couple illustrations of the story and had to think of what the characters might be thinking or saying, before role playing this with their partner. In Choosing Time, the bear theme continued with the children cutting out pictures of bears to place in size order on the Maths table, painting a picture of a bear using a fork on the Creative table, and mark making to describe the bears from the story on the Writing table. Our Exploration table activities changed daily to reflect the phonemes being taught in Phonics. The children designed monsters for 'm', decorated donuts with pom poms for 'd', made a pair of glasses for 'g', mixed red and yellow paint to make oranges for 'o' and practised their letter formation for all of these graphemes in shaving foam. We started our Maths sessions this week, focusing on the numbers one and two in depth using the Number Blocks songs and many different representations of the numbers. We were also extremely lucky to have four Mystery Readers this week, which I am so grateful for as the children adore it! If anyone else would like to sign up, please let me know. In the children's book bags today, there are lots of letters for you so please do have a look - the appointment times for parents evening is one of them. Have a lovely weekend!

w.c. 14.10.19

 

First half term done! Well done to all of the Reception children for keeping up their energy, I'm sure they're all exhausted but they've been doing some brilliant learning this week. In Group Time, we've been thinking about how the bears in 'A Brave Bear' felt at different points of the story, and how brave they think themselves to be. In Maths, we've been looking in depth at the number 3 - thinking about how we can 'build' it and where we can see the number 3 all around us. In PE, the children enjoyed playing musical statues, the 'pirate ship' game, and sleeping lions, as well as doing lots of stretching. Finally, in Phonics, we covered the phonemes 'c', 'k' and the 'ck' digraph (meaning two letters, one sound). Several parents asked me on the parents evenings about tips for helping their children read so I'll share some here. A few websites that I've found helpful for games and resources are https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ and http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/. In class, the children have been using their 'robot arms' to sound out words they are unfamiliar with, using one arm movement per sound before squashing it (blending it) back together. Before reading with your child, have them look at the front cover and guess what the story might be about and what might happen in it. As your read, encourage your child to use their finger to point to each sound, and try to have them sit on your left side as this helps them learn to read from left to right. After you finish a story, spend time asking questions about what happened in the story and how the characters felt at different stages to make sure your child has understood what they have read. When you are reading stories to your child, have them spot their Phase 2 phonemes or tricky words on the pages - you could turn this into a competition. I hope that helps for now, if you have any questions please just ask. Have a wonderful half term!

w.c. 28.10.19

 

This week in Reception, the children have been enjoying lots of activities to do with our new topic of Food. During Choosing Time, they could do potato printing on the creative table and counting cherries into cupcake cases at the maths table. At the writing table, the children did some mark making about Handa's Surprise. Our new role play area is a cafe and the children have loved pretending to be chefs, waitors and waitresses, and customers. In Group Time this week, we have talked about Diwali and what the festival is about, before making our own diyas from clay. We also spoke about Halloween and how it is celebrated. In Phonics, we learned the 'e' and 'r' phonemes and practised the following tricky words: I, go, to and the. In Maths, we focused on the number '4' as well as number bonds to 4, matching multilink cubes to number sentences. Finally, in PE the children loved trying yoga - they're all so flexible so they found it much easier than I did! Next week, we will be starting our nativity play practice so please have a little look at the lines the children brought home yesterday if they have any! If for any reason you can't find the lines, please let me know.

w.c. 4.11.19 

 

This week, the children have been learning all about Bonfire Night and why it is celebrated. In Group Time, we used puppets to reenact the story of Guy Fawkes and watched videos of firework displays. We also had a go at making a firework display of our own using warm water, oil and food colouring. It wasn't as successful as Robins' so if you want to try this at home yourself, I can send you the instructions! We started our rehearsals for the nativity play this week - thank you for taking the time to practice the lines with your children at home. They've been learning a few of the songs as well so apologies in advance for the any Christmas songs that make their way home! To carry on our fireworks theme in choosing time, the children made firework pictures using glue, salt and watercolour paints. They also helped to paint some of the bottle lid poppies that you will see outside the front of the school come Monday. At the exploration table, the children made their own rockets from kitchen roll tubes and tissue paper, and later in the week practised their letter formation in coloured rice. As our overall theme for these few weeks is 'food', the Maths table activity was counting pictures of food into baskets before adding up the total amounts, and at the writing table the children wrote customer order forms for the cafe. The other special 'food' activity we did this week was to make fruit kebabs from the different foods featured in 'Handa's Surprise', a story we have been reading. In Phonics this week, we were learning the 'h', 'b' and 'f' phonemes. In Forest School, the children followed clues to find 'Twig' the friendly elf, who had left some crowns for the children to decorate with leaves - the children all had a fantastic time! Finally, there is a special picture that I will be uploading from Wednesday when the children spotted a rainbow that had formed over Love's Farm and we just had to run outside to see it, despite the drizzle! Have a lovely weekend.

w.c. 11.11.19

 

This week in Reception, the children have carried on their learning about food with a rather smelly food investigation! On Monday, we looked at some fresh food and talked about where it should be kept, and what it smells and looks like when it is fresh. The food items were hummus, milk, yogurt, a banana and some bread. The children then made a prediction about what would happen to the food if we didn't keep it in the fridge or in a cool place. Over the week, these bits of food were left out in the warm classroom for the children to observe and today, we did one last observation. As I'm sure you can guess, the food had all gone 'off' and was very unappetizing! The children then made one last observation about the final result and I very happily threw the food in the bin! We also did a second food experiment, this one a bit sweeter smelling. We placed Skittles in a circle on a plate and dripped warm water on top to watch the 'rainbow' form. We then discussed where the colours had gone to, and thought about why. In Choosing Time, the children wrote about the meals they eat in a day, looked inside pieces of fruit to find the seeds and observed them, and did some addition with some fruit and vegetables at the Maths table. For our creative activity, the children did some conker painting. We have also started making some very special, sort-of surprise Christmas decorations! In Phonics, the children have been learning the 'l' phoneme and the 'ss' digraph, as well as learning to read the tricky words 'no' and 'into'. For Children in Need today, Reception was joined by Wagtail class to do a special Joe Wicks exercise class. Thank you to everyone who donated money for this activity and to everyone who baked the yummy cakes for the cake sale, it was a huge success. Finally, as a Friday treat, the children had a mini disco and a dance along to some 'Just Dance' videos. Have a lovely weekend!

w.c. 26.11.19

 

In Reception this week, the children have been learning all about the story 'Whatever Next!' in group time, thinking about why Baby Bear took the things to space that he did, and what they would take. We have been very, very busy creating Christmas decorations all week and I can't wait for the children to see how beautiful they look on Monday! I have been bench-marking the children with their reading books to see what level they should be reading at so several children will have a new level. To support your children with their reading, encourage them to retell the events of the story to you after they read it and then ask them some comprehension questions to check their understanding of what they have read. In our Maths lessons this week, we were looking at the numbers 7 and 8, thinking about how they can be 'made' from other numbers and starting to write number sentences to show these addition sums. In Phonics, the children in Mrs Pritchard, Miss Blyth and Miss Cadman's groups were looking at 'q', 'y' and 'z' phonemes and some tricky words. Miss Gibson's group and Miss Matthews and Mrs Legender's group looked at the 'i', 'd', 'm' and 'n' phonemes. In Forest School today, Wrens enjoyed pretending to be squirrels all afternoon, finding and hiding acorns around the field and playing lots of games such as 'nut, nut, squirrel' and 'who has the squeaker?'. Next week, the children will be going into assembly for the first time to 'wish the lights on', a very exciting and special assembly. I did tell them about this at the end of today but please do remind them that this is happening so that it doesn't come as a complete shock! Thank you to everyone who has donated to the hamper, it's going to be a wonderful prize to win. Hope you all have a lovely weekend, only three and a half weeks of their first term left!

w.c. 2.12.19

 

Not long to go now! This week in Reception we have been doing lots of Christmassy activities and the children have loved seeing the school all decorated. On Monday, both classes went to their first assembly and were absolutely brilliant – they sat beautifully and were very good listeners! The assembly was very exciting as we were wishing the Christmas lights on with some magic fairy dust to help. When we got back to the classroom, we then wished our lights on. Each day this week, the children have loved spotting where our cheeky class elf is and what he’s been getting up to in the night. In Group Time, we discussed the Christmas story and why Christmas is a special time for Christians. One of the special Christmas activities we’ve been doing this week is making Christingles, which are made up of different elements to represent Jesus, the world, the four seasons or four directions, and the food that we can get from the earth. As it was our dress rehearsal for the nativity today, we’ve been doing lots of practice all week and you will, without a doubt, love the show next week. In the dress rehearsal itself they made all of the grown ups in Reception SO proud as they were brilliant!

Today I am sending home a letter inviting you in to school to have a look at the learning journals we have been collating and to see the progress your children have made. I am also sending home the tickets for the nativity play – please check book bags for these! The tickets will need to be brought to the performances for admittance.

w.c. 16.12.19

 

One more day to go! The children have been loving all of the exciting Christmassy treats we've been putting on for them but I'm sure they'll be ready for the holidays come Thursday. So far this week, the children have attended the achievement assembly and celebrated with the other children receiving awards, painted Christmas decorations (which will come home tomorrow), and have done lots of Christmas activities. At lunch time, we all put on our Christmas hats and went for our special dinner - with the grown ups serving the children before joining them at the tables! After lunch, the children were visited by Father Christmas and were given a present each before sitting down for our Christmas party, featuring lots of yummy food, and then for a film. For Reward Day today, all of Reception were treated to a show by a magician, nail painting, biscuit decorating, and lots of dancing! I'm sure I will take more photos tomorrow and will post them after school, but in case I don't - have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

w.c. 06.01.2020

 

In Reception this week, we started our new topic of 'Traditional Tales' and have been looking at 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' as our mains story. In Group Time, we retold the story using wooden spoon puppets and a story map - a copy of which the children have brought home this weekend, have them tell you the story! We have been enjoying lots of bear themed activities in Choosing Time, from writing fact files about bears, decorating bear masks and doing some addition with Compare Bears! The children have all attended assembly several times this week and really impressed me with how sensible they were, sitting quietly and listening to the speakers really well. We also really enjoyed our PE lesson this week - balancing! I'm sure you'll love the photos Miss Gibson took of the children in their poses. As well as this, we had our first Guided Reading sessions this week and the children all really impressed me with their reading and comprehension knowledge.This afternoon, I sent home the children's key word books and their new homework book (with the story map stuck inside). There is an activity sheet for the children to pick tasks from as and when you wish to, and if the book could be returned every Friday with their key word book, that would be really helpful. It's been such a pleasant start to the Spring term and I hope the children are looking forward to all of the exciting things they well do over the coming weeks.

w.c. 13.01.2020

 

It has been another really fun week in Reception learning all about traditional tales! This week, we have been learning about the Gingerbread Man, retelling the story and making our own versions. For their focus task this week, the children wrote out the refrain from the story and really impressed all of the grown ups in Reception with their cursive letter formation, their neatness on the lines of the paper, and their capital letters and finger stops! In Choosing Time, the children enjoyed lots of gingerbread themed activities - from counting the buttons on gingerbread men to match them to their baking trays, to writing sentences from the story. They also made some lovely pieces of art using cookie cutters and paint. Another activity was to build a bridge over a river for the Gingerbread Man using wooden blocks. In Maths, we've spent the whole week learning about 2D and 3D shapes - going on a treasure hunt around the classroom for the various shapes and making them from all sorts of resources. In PE, the children really impressed me yet again with their confidence, bravery and balance! We set up three stations for the children to try out, involving balancing and jumping. In all honesty, I was expecting a bit of uncertainty about the highest station to jump down from but everyone leaped off with no problem at all. Thank you to everyone that has already completed an activity from the homework books and that returned them today - it was lovely to have a look through the children's work. Please continue to return these, and the key word books, every Friday. As well as this, could I please remind parents to send in PE kits on Monday mornings, and to send in water bottles daily. Have a good weekend!

w.c. 20.01.20

 

Another busy and exciting week of school done! We have started our new topic this year, Chinese New Year, and the children have been learning all about China and how the festival of Chinese New Year is celebrated. We have looked at where China is in the world and talked about how far away it is from where we live. We even learned a few words in Chinese! The children enjoyed listening to the story of how the festival began, with the race of the zodiac animals across the river, and I'm sure they will enjoy retelling this story to you. As today is the main day of celebration, the children gave special red envelopes with chocolates in to teachers around the school and celebrated with party poppers and lots of confetti! In Maths, we have been focusing on 2D and 3D shapes and thinking about their properties. Encourage your child to spot them around your house over this weekend, I'm sure you'll be impressed at how many they can identify! In PE this week, the children had races on the playground using hula hoops, bean bags, cones and hurdles as obstacles to race over. The children were very excited to use our special new interactive whiteboard this week, practising their cursive handwriting on LetterJoin as much as they could! Today was an especially exciting day as the Reception classes went to their first Golden Pupil assembly to celebrate the wonderful work their classmates have been doing. Well done to Alexa, Carlos, Shanaya and Jack - we're all very proud of you!

 

One last thing - there is a PE kit bag that is currently missing from the class. Could you all please check that you haven't accidentally acquired any PE kits items that don't belong to your child, and return them next week if you have. Thank you!

w.c. 27.01.20

 

This week in Reception has been all about Chinese New Year, with the children continuing their learning about this festival. The children wrote wishes they wanted to make for the New Year, such as 'I wish I was a doctor' and 'I wish I could swim with my dad', and I was thoroughly impressed with each child's cursive handwriting, their use of capital letters and full stops, and their ability to write neatly on the lines! Well done everyone! We also retold the story of Chinese New Year and made it our own, by having the rabbit win (by jumping from log to log across the river). Each animal was given a new position in the race results, and a new way of crossing the river. My personal favourite was the ox, who crossed the river by swimming backstroke! In Choosing Time, the children built a bridge for the animals to cross out of various construction materials, wrote sentences about the animals from the race, and decorated paper plates to make dragons. In PE, the children had a wonderful time exploring the climbing apparatus and showed off how brave they are! They also enjoyed the trampettes and the balance beams. This afternoon, I was able to benchmark several of the children to move them up to their next reading level - I'm aiming to work my way through the whole class over the next few weeks so please look out for the new level information in the reading journals. Next week, we will be moving on to our new theme of 'Transport' and I'm sure the children will love all of the exciting things we have planned for them. Please could I remind all parents to make sure the children are being sent in with a hat and gloves as we go outside in all weather and it can get quite chilly. Water bottles need to be brought daily please, without going into book bags as leakages can ruin the wonderful work your children may have in there, as well as any books. Have a lovely weekend!

w.c. 03.02.20

 

In Reception this week, we have started our new topic of 'Transport' and have been learning all about buses, lorries, aeroplanes and more! We started the week by unwrapping a mystery parcel which contained a special double-decker bus, which inspired us to read the story 'Naughty Bus'. We looked at all of the pictures from the story and chose our favourites - the most popular being the one with the bus driving through the plate of baked beans and chips - before thinking about any bus journeys we have been on. On Tuesday, we went out into the car park to do a survey of the colours of the cars and find the most popular colour. The children were very sensible and made such neat tally charts! We also looked at ways of categorising vehicles, looking at vehicles that go on land, in the air, and in water. Our focus task this week was to make a picture of a vehicle using 2D paper shapes and the children were able to describe what they had made as well as the shapes they had used. In Choosing Time, we have been writing train tickets, measuring vehicle lengths with multilink cubes and creating story maps for 'Naughty Bus'. They have also been enjoying our new 'Train Station' role play area; reading the tricky words on the wall, tidying up the lost property and pretending to be 'on the train to a meeting in London!'. In PE this week, the children were back on the climbing apparatus, showing off how brave they are! Finally, this Friday is NSPCC Number Day and we have been doing lots of activities to do with subitising and addition. We have also made 'safety circles' this afternoon, drawing pictures of people that make us feel safe and that care for us. The children made some really sweet comments about the people who make them feel safe (you!) so I've sent a copy home with the children for you to see. To finish the day, we were very lucky to have a visit from Mr Anns - the children loved having him read them a story!

 

Have a lovely weekend!

w.c. 10.02.20

 

This week in Reception, we have been continuing our topic of 'Transport' by making a bar graph of our favourite vehicles, having lots of discussions about holidays and travelling, and thinking of an extra adventure for the Naughty Bus to go on! We also packed suitcases for Mr Monkey and Mr Penguin as they are off on their holidays to a sunny beach and a wintry ski resort. We discussed what would be sensible for them to take and why, and what the children would take with them on their holidays. In Choosing Time, the children made paper hot air balloons, painted a train with different texture prints, wrote about things they could see from a train window, and played an addition game. They also investigated the different ways they could make some little boats cross the 'river' - by blowing and flapping card and other materials. The children (and grown ups!) had a lovely time in PE on Thursday as we were playing parachute games! For one game, the children worked well as a team to try and get the ball into the middle of the parachute. The highlight was definitely making a tent from the parachute and hiding underneath. In Maths this week, we have been doing lots of subitising and practising of 'one more' and 'one less'. Over half term, the children have science investigations to do and a 'half-term happenings' sheet to fill in. They also all have updated key word books with their next few words to learn - some are very close to achieving their first word wall! Well done to Sam, Maeve and Shanaya for receiving their 'Golden Pupil' awards today and to Summer for receiving the award for her beautiful manners. Well done to all of Wrens for having such a brilliant half term, the progress they've made is fantastic and I continue to love having them in my class. I hope you all have a relaxing half term- the children all deserve a good break!

w.c. 24.02.20

 

What a fun-filled first week back we've had! To start of the half term, Reception were very lucky to have a visit from the artist Jack Cornell on Monday, who made a series of paintings with the children from battery powered paintbrushes! The children first made stands for their paintbrush, attached it on with masking tape, and then connected the battery circuit to make it move. They were very excited by this! On Monday we also began our new topic of 'Princesses' - to support this, we have sent home a new knowledge organiser sheet with all of the associated vocabulary we will cover. If your child's knowledge organiser book didn't make it into school this week, please could it be brought in on Monday so the new sheets can be stuck in. For our new topic, we have been learning about Rapunzel and have been retelling the story with a story map, which has also been sent home today! On Tuesday, we learned all about Shrove Tuesday and ate some very yummy pancakes before having a very exciting pancake race! This week in Maths, the children have been practising lots of number bonds and number facts for the numbers up to 10, as well as subitising. I am very impressed with how well the children are able to spot numbers in dots and shapes, and explaining their knowledge so well - 'I know it's a 7 because I can see a 5 and a 2'. In PE, we loved having the parachute out again and trying out some balancing with bats and balls and beanbags. In Choosing Time, the children have written stories about princesses, princes, knights and witches, and have painted some beautiful 'Cinderella' carriages. They have also created their own hair bobbles, measured their friend's hair with alternative measures, and enjoyed our new 'hairdressers' role play area. If you have not already seen my post from earlier in the week, there is a government recommended app called 'Teach Your Monster to Read' that is free until midnight tonight due to their BAFTA-nomination celebrations. It's a fantastic app and one that I'm sure all of the children will enjoy, and as an added bonus there are no hidden costs or in-app purchases to be made. Our next topic is going to be 'Superheroes' and we would love to have some real-life superheroes visit. So, if you are a nurse, paramedic, doctor or in a similar role and wouldn't mind coming in to speak to the children about your job, we would love to have you! Please speak to myself or Mrs Pritchard next week if you would be interested in this. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to catch me before or after school about these. Have a lovely weekend!

w.c. 02.03.20

 

What an exciting week we’ve had! Princesses and World Book Day fun – Reception certainly have been very lucky. We started off the week by revisiting the story of ‘Rapunzel’, hot-seating the witch to ask all of the questions we’ve been thinking of! The children also practised retelling the story using the story map that was sent home in bookbags last week. On Wednesday, we had the most magical visit from Princess Elsa herself! All of Reception were in awe and it was wonderful to see them so happy as they were dancing and singing along with her. She told us all about her kingdom and her friends back in Arendelle, and the children enjoyed asking her questions about what being a princess – or rather, a queen!- is all about. On Thursday, World Book Day was packed full of excitement, from ooh-ing and ahh-ing at each other’s costumes first thing, to listening to a reading of ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’. As this was our book of the day, all the teachers came dressed as crayons and all decided to quit during assembly, much to Mrs Bryden’s horror and the children’s delight. We did decide to come back, however, and we had a lovely day! In Reception, the children wrote letters back to the crayons, explaining why they should stay. They also made some beautiful wax pictures from melting crayons with a hairdryer, and completed an oracy activity in which they discussed whether or not pink was a girl’s colour, and whether or not Duncan should write apology letters to his crayons.  Finally, we ended the day with another assembly in which Mrs Bryden informed the children of a special treasure hidden around the Loves Farm estate – books! Some very generous parents have hidden 100 books around the estate for the children to find – if your child does find one, please do send it in for everyone to see! I’m sure the children will all be very excited about this.

As we are starting our new topic of ‘Superheroes’ next week, if you would like to come in and speak to the children about your job as a nurses, paramedic, doctor  or policeman, then please let myself or Mrs Pritchard know – we’d love to have you visit!

Please could all children be sent in with a jumper or cardigan every day – it can get chilly and layers are always a good idea! One last notice – if anyone has had our class teddy, Walter Bear, visit their house, please have a look for a pair of black trousers as they are currently missing.

Have a lovely weekend!

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w.c. 09.03.20

 

In Reception this week, we have been learning all about 'Superheroes' for our new topic, primarily focusing on the police and how they look after us. For the Focus task this week, the children have written an incident report as if they were a police officer, using their wonderful imaginations! In Choosing Time, the children made a police car painting using their handprint and fingerprints. They also found missing numbers on number lines, wrote secret messages in crayon to be revealed with watercolour paints, and investigated which materials would make the police car slow down and speed up on a ramp. In PE, the children practised their dribbling skills with balls and skittles, and their batting skills with plastic tennis bats and tennis balls. On Friday, the children were very lucky to have a visit from some firefighters, who showed the class the fire engine and all the equipment it holds, as well as showing them the uniform they have to wear. The children also took part in a run around the playground for Sport Relief. 

Date - 23.03.2020

 

Good Morning!  

 

Reading – Please ensure that you are reading for 20 – 30 minutes 

Phonics – https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item800564/gradef/module61932/index.html

Handwriting – Please complete the sheets with the letters f, z and x on them and also where there is a picture of a sheep at the bottom of the page 

Practice reading and writing your word walls using your key word book or the printed word walls

Maths – https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/modules/ey_shape/exploring_scavenger_1.html

Knowledge organisers – please discuss/use the vocabulary on the knowledge organisers

 

We look forward to seeing your completed tasks. Please share what you have been doing on the blog.