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Class Teachers: Miss Baum
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Below are some of the exciting memories that children who are currently in Reception have experienced since starting school.
Welcome Autumn Newsletter
Week Commencing: Monday 9th May 2022
This week, we shared our new book 'The Very Busy Spider' and made a story map to help us remember it. We also used Talk for Writing to help us retell the story.
We continued to share about 'farms' and looked at some photographs of farming and decided if it was a photo from 'now' or 'the past' and discussed how we knew e.g. they didn't used to have tractors. We noticed how all the pictures from the past were also in black and white.
The children have enjoyed our new balls for our outside area and it's been great seeing them practise skills we have been using in PE to bounce and catch the balls, as well as using team work, sharing and turn-taking skills. There has also been creativity in coming up with games to play with the balls e.g. basket ball with the barrel, football, making tunnels for the balls to go through etc.
In maths, we looked at subitising doubles of numbers to 3 and practised using stem sentences to help us e.g. 4 is made of 2 and 2. Double 2 is 4. We also continued to explore the number 10 and sorted items into 'it is 10 or it is not 10,' giving reasons for how we knew. The children also drew representations of the number 10.
Week Commencing: Tuesday 3rd May 2022
This week, we continued to read 'The Enourmous Turnip' and created our own version of the story by substituting a different root vegetable and animals. Our story was 'The Huge Carrot' and we had a donkey, horse and duck helping. We created a story map and used Talk for Writing to help us retell it.
Also this week, we discussed farms and shared our knowledge of farms to discuss what we might see at a farm and shared a non-fiction book about farms - and discussed the features of non-fiction books.
In maths, we explored the numbers to 10 and ordering them, noticing the 'staircase' pattern it creates. The children did well ordering towers of numbers to 10 and also were able to colour squares to create numbers in order to 10. We also continued looking at our number of the week, number 10, and created some dynamic number stories of the number 10.
In Well Done assembly were George and Peter for their maths work, concentrating hard to colour in the squares for numbers in order to 7. Keadey-Marie was our Silver Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 25th April 2022
This week, it was Peace Week in school. We did lots of discussion about what 'peace' looked like and discussed ways we can be calm and ways we can be kind. We practised different mindfulness techniques such as breathing, mindful stories and yoga.
Also this week, we continued to tell the story of The Enormous Turnip and used colourful semantics to identify the who, where and what doing were in story. We then made up our own sentences using the different elements.
In maths, we revisited Mr Money's Magic Shop and Adam Add. We recapped the different value of the coins from 1p to 20p and practised using Adam Add and numicon to help us work out the total amount of money the purses. We also started to look at our new number of the week Number 10 and what it looks like.
In Well Done assembly were Teddie and Keadey-Marie for their fantastic mindfulness this week. Luca was our Always Person.
Week Commencing: Tuesday 19th April 2022
It was lovely to be back after the Easter break. This week, we read the story The Enormous Turnip, made a story map for it and used Talk for Writing actions to retell it. We looked at a real turnip so we knew what they look like and the size they usually are.
We discussed and looked at the signs of spring and thought about how it was different to winter. We also talked about plants and growing and planted our own sunflower seeds. We are going to look after them and see which groups sunflower grows the tallest. We also put a bean in a plastic bag on the window with some water to see what happens as the roots and shoots come out of the seed.
In maths, we looked at ordering numeral representations of 5 so that they created a 'staircase' identifying the pattern of there being one more each time. We also practised identifying the missing number with numbers to 5, when one was taken away. We also continued to explore the number 9.
In Well Done assembly were Ellis and Roger for following instructions and working well together in PE. Harley was our Silver Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 28th March 2022
This week, we have enjoyed looking after our chicks and watching them grow. We looked closely at their feathers and how they were changing on their wings. We noticed the chicks were growing everyday! We enjoyed being able to hold a chick, being very gentle so we didn't hurt them.
We also shared about the Christian celebration of Easter and why is it celebrated. We read a story that told use about some of the different things a Christian family did to celebrate Easter.
Also, this week we made Easter baskets and Chocolate Crispy buns to go inside the baskets. We talked about how to melt the chocolate and enjoyed mixing, scooping and scraping the ingredients to make the buns.
We continued to share the story The Ugly Ducking and thought about 'who', 'where' and 'what' happened in the story. We used the different elements to build different sentences.
We are continuing to explore our Zones of Regulation. We talked about how our emotions and actions can affect how other people feel. Cassie the Cow and Horace the Horse acted out some scenes for us and we talked about how they both felt in the different situations.
In maths, we revisited Tommy Timekeeper and sequencing. We followed instructions that used the words first, then, next, after that, finally. We also ordered a daily routine and used the sequencing words to share the routine. We also continued to explore our number of the week, Number 9 and told dynamic number stories using 9 ducks and a pond.
As it was the last day of term, we had our Pupils of the Term in assembly. Our Pupils of the Term were Alannah and Enzo.
Week Commencing: Monday 21st March 2022
This week, we had an egg-citing delivery! We had some eggs delivered in an incubator. We had lots of discussion about what we thought was going to be in the egg. We thought about what animals come from eggs and which don't. We then looked at pictures of different animal eggs to try and decide what we thought was in the egg. We drew pictures and wrote about what we thought was in the egg. It was very exciting when cracks began to appear and we could hear some cheeping! We arrived on Wednesday morning to three little chicks and were very as 6 more hatched during the day. We put them into the brooder box after they hatched with the heat source. We talked about how the heat source was like their mummy sitting with them to keep them warm.
On Wednesday, we had a some visitors in who spoke to us about the importance of oral health and how to look after our teeth, including brushing them and what food and drinks affect the health of our teeth.
This week, we shared our new book The Ugly Duckling. We did some actions to help us retell it and discussed 'being different' and how the other animals were very unkind.
In maths, we revisited Adam Add and Susie Subtract and used different resources to solve addition and subtraction number stories. We were also introduced to our new number of the week, Number 9 and we looked at the numeral 9 and ways it can be represented.
Week Commencing: Monday 14th March 2022
This week, we continued with our story the Gruffalo and we read the story The Gruffalo's child. The children thought about their own version of a creature that lives in the forest. The children also picked a character from the story and labelled different parts of the character's body.
We are continuing to explore our Zones of Regulation. We listened to different scenarios and the children did a great job holding up which colour zone they thought the person was in and could explain why they thought that. For example "I think they're in the blue zone because they're sad".
In maths, we revisited Pattern Penny and introduced the concept of symmetrical patterns. The children explored with using different resources to create symmetrical patterns. We also continued our number of the week, Number 8 and sorted items into 'it is 8 and it is not 8' as well as trying to draw Mathematical graphics of the number 8.
In Well Done assembly this week were Ariana and Margarida for their symmetrical patterns. Emmy was our Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 7th March 2022
This week, we continued with our story the Gruffalo. The children helped order a story mountain of the book and some children wrote labels for it. We also did colourful semantics, thinking about who is in the story, what happened and where the places in the story were. The children made up some sentences using these elements. The children also did some writing about a picture of a scene with the Gruffalo characters in.
We are continuing to explore our Zones of Regulation. We shared the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and discussed how the different characters were feeling at different points in the story. We discussed how we can feel more than one thing at the same time.
In maths, we revisited Pattern Penny and explored with making repeating patterns. We discussed continuous repeating patterns and explored with making these too. We also continued our number of the week, Number 8 and made up dynamic number stories with 8 spiders and a spiders web.
In Well Done assembly this week were Leonie for her fantastic writing, and Enzo for the progress he is making. Lilah was our Silver Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 28th February 2022
This week, we introduced the story of The Gruffalo. We put actions to the story to help us retell it. On Wednesday, we had a visit from someone who works at Leeds Grand Theatre and they did a Imaginary Setting workshop with us. The children did a great job imagining what they might see in the forest, how they might feel if they got lost and how they might get back home.
We are continuing to explore our Zones of Regulation. We played bingo, by reading different scenarios and the children had to mark of how they might be feeling. They did a great job identifying the different emotion that the person might be feeling. They also did well discussing how they could get back to the Green Zone.
On Tuesday, it was pancake day so as a class treat the children enjoyed a pancake with chocolate sauce.
In maths, we met the Maths Land characters Sharing Shauna and Sharing Shane, who helped us find half of even numbers by sharing them between 2. We discussed how they needed to have the same amount, otherwise it wasn't half. We also started to explore our new number of the week, number 8.
In Well Done assembly this week were Dolly for her enthusiasm to read and Iyla-Grace for working hard with Miss Sheldon and being eager to come and do activities.
Week Commencing: Monday 14th February 2022
This week, we read different versions of the story Hansel and Gretel and compared it with the version we already read. We thought about similarities and differences between the stories.
We also discussed journey's in the stories Hansel and Gretel and Encanto and looked at obstacles (problems) that came up in the stories, and how the characters bridged the obstacles to get to their destination at the end of the story.
We introduce our 'Zones of Regulation' that we are introducing across school, and matched the different feelings (happy, sad, tired, worried, angry) to the different colour zones.
In maths, we met the Maths Land character Chopping Charlie and learnt what 'half' means (in two pieces the same size). We explored finding half of different objects and sorted images into whether the line would mean they were cut in half or not. Some children cut some shapes in half. The children were given a piece of string and had to go round and place the string half way across an object.
Week Commencing: Monday 7th February 2022
This week, we recapped the story Hansel and Gretel and made a story map to go with the story. We also discussed who was in the story, where the different places were and what happened in the story using colourful semantics.
In maths, we revisited Doubling Donna in Maths Land and used different resources to find the double of numbers to 10. We also continued to explore our number of the week, Number 7. We sorted items into 'is it 7 or is it not 7?' and drew some different representations of the Number 7.
Week Commencing: Monday 31st January 2022
This week, we read our new story 'Hansel and Gretel.' We shared the book in small parts and the children had to predict what they thought was going to happen next. On Friday, we had drawing club and the children had to draw their own witch character, and they thought of secret symbols and passcodes.
This week, the children looked at an old video casette and guess what they thought it was. The children had some interesting ideas e.g. it's for music, it's a game etc. We watched a video of a video tape being used.
In maths, we continued with our character Tommy Timekeeper but we were sequecing familiar events, stories and actions using time words e.g. first, next, after that, finally. We also continued to explore our number of the week, Number 7. We made number 7 dynamic number stories and explored with using resources to make the number 7.
Week Commencing: Monday 24th January
This week, we learnt about the Chinese New Year which is next week and shared the Zodiac story and the story of Nian. We learnt that this year is the 'year of the tiger' and learnt about some of the celebrations linked to Chinese New Year. We watched some lion and dragon dances and made some red lanterns.
This week, we also did an ice experiment. We discussed how to make ice from water and then made some ice cubes. We made some red, some yellow and some blue. When they were ready, we got them out and put them in cups, in different variations. The children predicted what was going to happen. Some thought they would made rainbow colour water, others thought the colours would mix. We looked at a colour wheel to discuss what colours might be made in the different cups.
In maths, we met Tommy Timekeeper, who measures time in Maths Land. We learnt how to read and make o'clock and shared stories with o'clock times in them. We also introduced our new number of the week, Number 7.
Week Commencing: Monday 17th January 2022
This week, we continued to share our book, Stickman and came up with our own version of the story. We also came to drawing club and had a go at designing our own Stickman characters and came up with secret passcodes and symbols. The children had some fantastic ideas.
This week, we also discussed that when it is Winter here it is Summer in Australia and discussed some differences. The children also finished their winter artwork by adding some snowy images to their backgrounds.
In maths, we recapped Adam Add and Susie Subtract and practised identifying if we needed to add or take away to solve the number story. The children used a range of resources to help them solve the number problems. We also continued to explore our number of the week, Number 6. We sorted items into 'it is 6 or it is not 6' and drew some images to represent 6.
Week Commencing: Monday 10th January 2022
This week, we continued to share our book, Stickman. We created a story map of the story and also discussed who, where and what was happening in the story. The children then created their own sentences using these aspects of the story.
This week, we also discussed what it is like in Winter and shared a non-fiction book about winter. We also made some wintery backgrounds for some winter artwork by creating different shades of blue by adding white paint to make the blue lighter and black to make the blue darker. We will finish the artwork next week.
We also did an experiment with magnets this week. The children predicted if they thought the item was going to be magnetic or not and then we tested it out to see if we were right or not. After the experiment, the children enjoyed using the magnets to see what was magnetic and what wasn't magnetic in the classroom.
Some of the children helped clean out the guinea pig this week and some did fantastic pictures of the guinea pigs and what they need. They even labelled their pictures.
In maths, our new Maths Land character was Susie Subtract, who takes things away. The children practised solving some subtraction number problems, counting out the starting amount and then taking the right amount away. We also continued to explore our number of the week, Number 6. We created some dynamic number stories for the number 6.
Week Commencing: Tuesday 4th January 2022
A Happy New Year to you all. The children have returned to school really well and have remembered our routines and have enjoyed seeing their friends. They have been very busy engaging in different activities, such as building models, role-playing, exploring outside in the rain, sharing books and writing messages. They have also loved observing our school guinea pigs as they will be spending some time with us in Reception. We shared our new key book, Stickman by Julia Donaldson and the children really enjoyed joining in telling it by filling in the final words to some sentences and joining in with the repeated refrain: "I'm Stickman, I'm Stickman, I'm Stickman that's me and I long to go back to my family tree."
In maths, our new Maths Land character was Adam Add, who adds groups together. The children practised counting out and adding two groups of numbers together by counting them all, to solve some number problems. We also started to explore our new number of the week, Number 6.
In Well Done assembly were Skyla C for doing well practising key skills e.g. counting carefully and writing her name and Mir for doing well in maths adding two numbers together by counting carefully. Roger was our Always Person.
Alannah won our raffle book prize for practising reading at home
Week Commencing: Monday 13th December 2021
It has been a great last week before the Christmas holidays. We have shared lots of Christmas stories, sung Christmas songs and played some games. The children listened to and followed the instructions and did well taking turns. Some children practised their creative and cutting skills by making some Santa's and Elves from paper, just like Pepper the elf did. We also enjoyed our Christmas dinner and Christmas party on Wednesday.
In maths, in Maths Land we have been playing different counting games and also practising recognising numbers and amounts to 5. We played 'Pass the Parcel' where in each layer, there was a different representation of a number 1 to 5. We sorted the amount into the corresponding hoop. We also practised writing the numerals 1 to 5.
Our Pupils of the Term for Autumn Term were Harley and Isla for always doing the right thing, being kind and helpful, working hard and making fantastic progress.
Week Commencing: Monday 6th December 2021
This week, we used colourful semantics to discuss who, where and what they are doing in relation to The Nativity. We then built different sentences using the different elements. On Monday we had a workshop with some artists who are helping us to recreate a mural to go on the staircase wall up to Years 3 and 4. The children had a great time manipulating some clay and decorating it to create different characters. This week, we have also had a visit from Pepper the elf. The children enjoy finding him each day and are doing well engaging in the kindness tasks he is setting e.g. sharing a book with somebody, making a picture for somebody etc.
In maths, in Maths Land we visited Mr Money's Magic Shop. We discussed what money is used for and learnt about some of the different coins and their values. The children enjoyed role-playing shops to practise selecting money to buy items. We also continued to explore our number of the week, number 5. We sorted items into 'is it 5 or is it not 5?' and drew some representations of the number 5.
In Well Done assembly this week were Harley and Leela for their great pictures and for using their phonics to write on their pictures. Lilah was our Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 29th November 2021
This week, we shared the story of The Nativity and discussed how this is a story that is in the Bible, that is believed by Christians. We made a story map of The Nativity story.
Also this week, some trees were delivered to school for us to plant and grow. The children had a great time helping plant the trees. We also made some Christmas decorations this week.
In maths, our Maths Land character was Doubling Donna. We learnt that doubling meant adding the same amount together and used different resources to practise doubling numbers to 5. Some children also doubled numbers to 10. We also continued to explore our number of the week, number 5. We made Dynamic Number Stories to explore different compositions of 5 and the children had a go at finding the number 5 in the environment and made he number 5 using items in the environment.
In Well Done assembly this week were Enzo and Luca. Harley was our Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 22nd November 2021
This week, we continued to share the story The Elves and the Shoemaker but we read different versions of the story and compared what was the same and what was different about the story. We also looked at some images of what shoes looked like in the past and discussed how they were similar or different to shoes now. For circle time, we discussed feeling angry and things we can do to help us feeling calmer when we are angry. Some children are still enjoying playing teachers and some have really enjoyed playing football outside this week.
In maths, our Maths Land character was William Weight. We learnt how to use the balancing scales to know which item is heavier and which is lighter. We also explored with the idea that just because something is bigger doesn't mean it is heavier. We also used the balancing scales to compare numbers using numicon as the numicon is weighted. We introduced our new number of the week, number 5 and began to explore with recognising and making 5. We also used the balancing scales to explore 5. We could find smaller numbers which were lighter and bigger numbers which were heavier. We also made the scales balance by finding different ways of making the number 5.
In Well Done assembly this week were Alannah for her great exploring of making numbers in different ways and Louie for being helpful and developing his attitude to learning. Sienna was our Silver Always Person.
We did an activity this week with an item wrapped in foil. First they had to look at it and say what they thought it was from the shape. Lots said they thought it was a pizza slice because it was triangle shaped. They could then pass it around and feel it. Afterwards, we opened it and found out it was a the triangle musical instrument.
It was great to hear what the children thought it was and why - with lots of reasons around the shape being a triangle.
Week Commencing: Monday 15th November 2021
This week, we continued to share the story The Elves and the Shoemaker. We talked about who was in the story, where they went in the story and what happened in the story using colourful semantics. The children then made there own sentences up with the different elements of the story. We also looked at different types of shoes that may be found in different countries. For circle time, we shared the book Pumpkin Soup and discussed sharing. The children enjoyed music this week and we discussed the tempo of the music. We've had lots of fun outside this week playing games such as Hide and Seek, Tig and Duck, Duck, Goose. Many children have also enjoyed playing teachers this week!
In maths, our Maths Land character was Counting Callum. We practised counting carefully and matching amounts to the corresponding numeral. We also continued to explore the number 4 and sorted items into 'Is it 4 or is it not 4?' The children also had a go at drawing representations of the number 4.
In Well Done assembly this week were Honey for her fantastic retelling of The Elves and the Shoemaker and Isla for her progress with phonics. Alannah was our Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 8th November 2021
This week, we have discussed Bonfire Night and the children shared their experiences of Bonfire night over the weekend. Some of the children also enjoyed making some lovely bonfire night art work. It has been anti-bullying week in school and we have discussed being kind and using kind words and actions. We also discussed embracing differences. It has been great seeing and hearing so many children being kind to each other and helping their friends out. Next week on Monday, we can come to school in odd socks to mark the national anti-bullying week.
In maths, our Maths Land character was Lenny Length. We used the language long, longer, longest and short, shorter, shortest. The children also ordered items by length and measured the length of items with cubes. We also continued to explore the number 4 and different ways of making the number 4. We used 4 firework images to make number 4 dynamic number stories.
In Well Done assembly this week were Harley and Sienna for being really kind friends and really helpful in class. Sienna has also impressed me with the progress she has made learning the sounds for different letters in phonics. Leonie was our Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 1st Novemebr 2021
This week the children have shared some of their experiences over half term, and they were very keen to share about Halloween. The children enjoyed making some playdough potions. We have also learnt about the festival Diwali, and the children have enjoyed using coloured rice and explored with making patterns in it. Mrs Rehal also spoke to us all about what she did to celebrate Diwali. She wore an outfit she would wear for Diwali and very kindly brought in some Indian sweets and bindi's for the children to try. Some of the children enjoyed watching and joining in with some bhangra dancing.
In maths, our Maths Land character was Harry Height. We used the language tall, taller, tallest and short, shorter, shortest. The children also ordered items by height and measured the height of items with cubes. We also started to explore the number 4.
In Well Done assembly this week were Rosie and Leela for their progress and enthusiasm with reading. Isla was our Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 11th October 2021
This week we have continued to discuss the season Autumn and have read the book, 'We're Going on a Leaf Hunt'. We put actions to the story to help us remember it and also made a story map. We also discussed who was in the story, where they went and what they did in the story. It has been art week in school this week, so we have used natural objects to create some artwork. We also used the colour wheel to help mix colours to paint some Autumn leaves. On Friday, we had a Foundation Stage outdoor picnic with hot chocolate and biscuits. Some of the children have also enjoyed building a stage and performing.
In maths, our Maths Land character was Estimating Eddy and we learnt that estimate means 'guess'. We practised making good estimates of amounts. We also continued to explore the number 3 and sorted items into whether 'it is three' or 'it is not 3'.
In Well Done assembly this week were Evie-May and Emmy for their fabulous use of natural resources to create artwork. Rosie was our Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 11th October 2021
This week we have learnt a bit about Harvest and the Harvest festival. We had a visit from some members of St Johns church come in and do a Harvest festival for the children. Also this week, the children really enjoyed making their own Supertato, Superapple or Supercarrot and using them in their play. They have also been busy exploring with some pumpkins, using blocks to hammer in some sticks and using whiteboard pens to mark-make on them. On Friday we cut the tops off the pumpkins and the children enjoyed scooping out the insides and the pumpkin seeds. Some children took some of the seeds and decided to plant them. On Wednesday, we had a Rock Steady workshop and the children enjoyed joining in with creating and listening to some music.
In maths, our Maths Land character was Pattern Penny and we learnt about 'repeating patterns'. We used different resources to make and continue various repeating patterns. We also continued to explore the number 3 and different ways to make the number 3.
In Well Done assembly this week were Lilah for settling into our school really well and Keadey-Marie for her patterns. George was our Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 4th October 2021
This week we have read some of the Supertato stories and have been predicting what we thought might happen next in the story. At the end of the story, we discussed some of the things that had happened in the story. Also, this week, we have been talking about Autumn and some of the signs of Autumn. On Thursday this week we were lucky to have an African drum workshop, which the children loved!
In phonics, we learnt the sounds ck, e, u and r and are continuing to play lots of games to practise orally blending words.
In maths, we recapped Prince One More and Princess One Less. We practised counting out amounts and then talked about whether we needed to 'get one more' or 'take one away'. We also introduced our new number of the week - the number 3.
In Well Done assembly this week were Leonie and Kobe for exploring our numbers of the week independently. Sienna was our Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 27th September 2021
This week we have continued with our story The Little Red Hen. We read different versions of the story and discussed what was the same and what was different about them. The children also helped to make some bread this week.
It was poetry week in school this week, so we have shared different Autumn rhymes and rhyming poems and discussed rhyming words.
In phonics, we learnt the sounds g, o, c and k and have played lots of different games to practise orally blending words.
In maths, our Maths Land character was 'Princess One Less'. We practised counting out amounts carefully and then finding one less by taking one away. We also continued to focus on the number 2.
In Well Done assembly this week were Ellis and Teddie for their brilliant rhyming. Ariana was our Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 20th September 2021
The children have had a great time exploring this week, they have enjoyed playing outside, building models and they've done lots of colouring, cutting and sticking. This week we have continued with our story The Little Red Hen. We thought about 'who' is in the story, 'where' the places are in the story and the 'what doing' parts of the story. We then built sentences using these different elements e.g. The cat was baking in the kitchen. We also had a go at acting out the story of The Little Red Hen.
In phonics, we learnt the sounds i, n, m and d and have played lots of different games to practise orally blending words.
In maths, our Maths Land character was 'Prince One More'. We practised counting out amounts carefully and then finding one more using different resources. We also focussed on the number 2 and looked at different ways of showing the number 2.
In Well Done assembly this week were Harrison and Skylar L for their great retelling of The Little Red Hen story. Keadey-Marie was our Always Person.
Autumn Update 1
The children have settled into Reception so well over the past few weeks. They have been learning the new routines and we have even gone into the hall for a couple of assemblies. The children have had a great time accessing the areas of provision and having enjoyed seeing some of their friends as well as making some new ones. We have already had a great time and are sharing our learning journey together. We have started learning our sounds in phonics and have been exploring the numbers 1 and 2 as part of our maths, as well as doing lots of careful counting. The children have drawn fantastic portraits of themselves for our class wall. We have discussed about our families and how we are all different and talked about what makes a good friend.
Have a look below at some of the pictures of the fun things they have been doing.