Welcome to Reception
Class Teacher: Miss Baum
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Remote learning plan
Important Tapestry Letter
Welcome Back Newsletter
Autumn Term Topic Map
End of term Reading at home Raffle Prize
This week we have begun to get into the festive Christmas spirit. We have started practising our Christmas songs and made a Christmas decoration and a Christmas card.
The children also practised recognising whether words rhyme or not by reading the book 'Duck in the Truck' and discussing whether the words rhymed or not.
We had some wet weather this week, but the children still enjoyed getting outside and exploring. We had some oats and lentils outside which the children enjoyed pouring, mixing and exploring with.
In Maths Land, we talked about money and what money is used for. We also looked at the different coins and discussed their value. We role-played shops and practised using the different coins to purchase items. In Phonics, we learnt the letters y and z. We are continuing to practise blending and segmenting CVC words and have also been reading sentences with the key words we have been learning: particularly 'I can see...' and 'It is...' sentences.
We are doing a raffle each half term for children who are reading at home. Every time your child reads at home and this is documented in their reading record, their name will be entered into the raffle - the more times they are entered, the more chances they have of winning!
This half term, Harlie was our winner - congratulations Harlie! Hope you enjoyed the book and chocolates. Keep practising!
This week we have learnt a little about the celebration Diwali, which is the Festival of Light. We learnt who celebrates it and things they do to celebrate it. The children enjoyed exploring with coloured rice outside that was a rangoli pattern before all the exploring! We also learnt about what Remembrance Day is and how we support it by buying and wearing Poppy merchandise. We even had a go at making our own poppies.
The children have also been busy finding messages from the Message Monster and making their own messages.
In Maths Land, we visited William Weight. We learnt how to use balance scales to compare the weight of two objects and used the language heavier, lighter, heaviest, lightest. We also talked about how just because something is bigger, it doesn't mean it is heavier and explored this concept. In Phonics, we learnt the letters j and v. We are getting better at hearing the initial sounds in words and are continuing to practise to orally blend CVC words e.g. j - e - t = jet. We are also learning to segment the sounds in words e.g. van = v - a - n.
This week we have learnt a little about Bonfire Night and talked about how to keep safe on Bonfire Night. The children also made some lovely bonfire night artwork.
This week the children also had a go at some Story Acting and Story Telling. Some children made up a story and the children acted them out.
In Maths Land, we visited Harry Height. We compare the height of objects using the language taller, shorter, tallest, shortest. We also measure items by height. We even put some of the children in order. In Phonics, we learnt the digraphs ss, ff and ll and recapped that a digraph is two letters that make one sound.
This afternoon, we had a visitor and a note. Over the past few weeks we have noticed lots of the letter 'm' about out classroom. Today we found out they were left by our Message Monster. His note told us that he has transformed our outside into Adventure Island and our carpet into Carpet Kingdom. He also left a note telling us that the Minpins are living in our forest and he told us their secret passcode. Can you remember what the passcode was? We had a great afternoon looking for the Minpins, finding their secret passcodes and making our own messages for them. Some children also made maps to find the messages. The children did some great mark-making and were able to tell me what their messages said. Some children also drew what they thought the Minpins looked like. We listened carefully in the trees and we thought we heard them talking! We even think we saw some. What a fun afternoon we had!
See some pictures below of a little bit of the great messaging, codes and searching we did.
We have been learning about 'diversity' and what it means. We have been celebrating differences and talking about how being different makes us all special. We have had discussions, read stories and done lots of different activities around this.
In Maths Land, we visited Princess One Less, who takes one thing away. We recapped what 'less' meant and then practised finding one less than numbers to 10 using various resources and the success steps to help. In Phonics, we learnt the sounds for ck, e, u and r. We learnt that 'ck' is a digraph which is when two letters make one sound.
We have continued observing the changes that happen in 'Autumn' this week.
We have also read the story 'The Little Red Hen' and thought about helping others. We have thought about the different people who help us and who we might need help from in different situations.
In Maths Land, we visited Prince One more, who gives one more thing. We recapped what more meant and then practised finding one more than numbers using various resources and the success steps to help. In Phonics, we learnt the letters g, o, c and k. We are getting better at hearing the initial sounds in words and are continuing to practise to orally blend CVC words e.g. h-a-t = hat.
We have been thinking about 'Autumn' and the changes that we are seeing happen as we move from winter. I have brought in a conker still in it's spiky green shell and we are observing it everyday and waiting for the conker to come out. The children have enjoyed being outside and collecting leaves in the buckets. They then did some lovely artwork with the leaves. Some children are enjoying making 'potions' from the different leaves that have fallen.
In Maths Land, we revisited Counting Callum and have been practising counting carefully. We have also learnt about 'more' and 'less' and have practised identifying groups that have 'more' and groups that have 'less'. In Phonics, we learnt the letters i, n, m and d and are continuing to practise hearing the initial sounds in words. We are also practising to orally blend CVC words e.g. b-i-g = big.
We have been thinking about 'It's Okay to be Different'; we have been thinking about similarities and differences between ourselves and others both in terms of appearances and likes and dislikes. We have read the book 'Elmer' as part of talking about similarities and differences. This also allowed us to start thinking about what we are good at as the book mentions that Elmer is good at entertaining the other elephants. The children have enjoyed decorating their own elephants this week.
In Maths Land, we met Pattern Penny and learnt about repeating patterns. We used various resources to make and continue different patterns. In Phonics, we learnt the letters s, a, t and p and are also practising to hear the initial sounds in words.
Underwater Counting Game
The class enjoyed playing the underwater counting game where we practised counting accurately and recognising numerals.
Here is the link if you want to play this at home: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/underwater-counting
The children have done so well getting used to the routines and are getting really settled into Reception. It is great to see friendships forming and everyone enjoying exploring in our areas. The children have enjoyed finding and looking at some worms that had settled underneath our construction blocks, where is was dark and damp, over Lockdown. We have also noticed some ladybirds about. The children enjoyed observing the minibeasts, but we made sure we were gentle with them and let them go afterwards.
The children have also enjoyed mark-making; especially outside with the chalks. Children have also enjoyed writing messages and secret passwords. This is a great beginning to giving meaning to marks and writing for a purpose.
Foundation Stage also showed good balancing, moving, team-work and construction skills by building and adapting obstacles courses.
Week Commencing: Tuesday 8th September 2020
A warm welcome to Reception! We had a lovely first week and the children have settled in really well. We are all getting used to the new routines and we thank you for your co-operation with this at the beginning and end of the day.
This week, we have been getting to know the children and they have been getting to know us. They have also been building relationships with the other children in the class and have been exploring our new environments in our classrooms and outside. I have really enjoyed starting to get to know them and are really looking forward to spending the rest of the year with them and sharing lots of fun experiences together as we embark on our adventure in Reception. We will be keeping you updated on here of things we have been doing in class.
Below are some of the exciting memories that children who are currently in Reception have experienced since starting school.