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Class Blog 2023-2024

Week beginning 15th April 2024

 

It has been a fantastic start to Summer Term. The children have come back ready and raring to go! This term we are learning about planting and growing.

 

This week we read the story ‘Jack and the beanstalk’. We have been developing our communication and language by talking about the main events of the story, the setting and the characters. We also sequenced the events from the story using sequence cards and wrote phrases/simple sentences.

 

This week, we were continuing to engage with activities that draw attention to the purpose of counting and also we were finding out how many objects there are altogether.

 

 

Maths Challenge: Count objects up to 20. Encourage your child to say each ‘teen’ number correctly.

 

 

Sounds we recap this week were:

s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d  g  o  c  k  ck  e  u r h b f ff l ll ss j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th th ng nk ai ee igh oo oo ar or ur ow oi ear er air ure

 

Tricky words:

I    is   a   the   to  as  has  put  pull  full  no  go  his  her  into  push  of  be  he  we  me  be  she  you  my  by  are 

 

New tricky words learnt:

do   so   have 

 

 

Here are the captions for this week:

I have lit the lamp in the dark. 

 

Lots of our children are ready to read simple sentences and apply their phonics knowledge to write some more captions.  

 

Reminders:

EYFS will be closed on Thursday 2nd May. Please meet us in Gladstone Park from 10 - 11 for a woodland adventure!

 

  • Please read the allocated books on Big Cats website with your children and practise phonics. 
  • Please ensure your child brings the physical book and reading diary every THURSDAY, so teachers can change their books.
  • Make sure your child brings the school bag every day.
  • All children need a spare bag of (old) clothes on their peg.
  • Please make sure all uniform and clothing is labelled. Please be patient with us in locating the missing uniform. It is so important that you have written your child’s name on all items of clothing. It is quite difficult to locate uniforms when your child’s name is not on it.
  • All children need to bring their PE kits.
  • Monday and Friday – Sun class PE
  • Tuesday and Friday Moon class PE

 

Thank you,

The Reception Team

 

Week beginning 25th March 2024

 

This week we had some new arrivals here in Early Years! We were learning about the life cycle of chicks and how to look after them. Our chicks moved to their new home!

This week we were recognising and making our own repeating patterns. We focused on AAB/ABB patterns using different resources including natural resources.

 

Maths Challenge: Spot patterns in the environment.

 

 

Sounds we recap this week were:

s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d  g  o  c  k  ck  e  u r h b f ff l ll ss j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th th ng nk ai ee igh oo oo ar or ur ow oi ear er air ure

 

Tricky words:

I    is   a   the   to  as  has  put  pull  full  no  go  his  her  into  push  of  be  he  we  me  be  she  you  my  by  are   all   sure

 

 

Lots of our children are ready to read simple sentences and apply their phonics knowledge to write some captions. Please read the books with your children and practice phonics.

 Your teachers would love to see any writing you do at home.

 

Reminders:

  • Please read the allocated books on Big Cats website with your children and practise phonics. 
  • Please ensure your child brings the physical book and reading diary every THURSDAY, so teachers can change their books.
  • Make sure your child brings the school bag every day.
  • All children need a spare bag of (old) clothes on their peg.
  • Please make sure all uniform and clothing is labelled. Please be patient with us in locating the missing uniform. It is so important that you have written your child’s name on all items of clothing. It is quite difficult to locate uniforms when your child’s name is not on it.
  • All children need to bring their PE kits.

 

Please read books with your children and practise some writing.

Write a diary with children over the holiday.

 

  Happy EASTER!!!! 

Summer Term starts Monday 15th April

 

Thank you,

The Reception Team

Week beginning 18th March 2024

 

On Monday, we had a special delivery! EGGS! 

We predicted what could be inside.....perhaps a duck, a dinosaur, a crocodile or a penguin!? On Tuesday evening, chicks hatched! We observed and took care of our chicks all week. We are looking forward to holding them on Monday. We explored the features of eggs and learn about animals that hatch from eggs. We also held different types of eggs in our hands: quail, duck and chicken eggs.

 

In Maths, we explored odd numbers. We learned how to find odd numbers on a number line and used different resources to identify odd numbers.

 

 

Maths Challenge: Counting objects in twos. For example, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 OR 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.

 

 

Sounds we recap this week were:

s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d  g  o  c  k  ck  e  u r h b f ff l ll ss j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th th ng nk ai ee igh oo oo ar or ur ow oi ear er air ure

 

Tricky words:

I    is   a   the   to  as  has  put  pull  full  no  go  his  her  into  push  of  be  he  we  me  be  she  you  my  by  are   all sure

 

 

Lots of our children are ready to read simple sentences and apply their phonics knowledge to write some captions. Please read the books with your children and practice phonics.

 Your teachers would love to see any writing you do at home.

 

Reminders:

  • Please read the allocated books on Big Cats website with your children and practise phonics. 
  • Please ensure your child brings the physical book and reading diary every THURSDAY, so teachers can change their books.
  • Make sure your child brings the school bag every day.
  • All children need a spare bag of (old) clothes on their peg.
  • Please make sure all uniform and clothing is labelled. Please be patient with us in locating the missing uniform. It is so important that you have written your child’s name on all items of clothing. It is quite difficult to locate uniforms when your child’s name is not on it.
  • All children need to bring their PE kits.

 

  • Reception music concert is at 9.15AM on Thursday 28th March in the Year 1 hall. Please enter through the main school gate and you will be directed. 

School finishes Thursday 28th March @ 2PM

Summer Term starts Monday 15th April

 

 

Thank you,

The Reception Team

Week beginning 19th February 2024

 

This week we learned how to brush our teeth properly, what food is healthy and unhealthy for our teeth and also talked about the role of the Tooth Fairy in different cultures.

We learned our number bonds to 10 by splitting 10 into 2 parts in lots of different ways. We used the language ‘part part whole’ and used resources such as counters and cubes.

 

Maths Challenge: Find the missing number. 0 + ? = 10, 1+ ? = 10, 2+ ? = 10, 3+ ? = 10, 4+ ? = 10, 5+ ? = 10, 6+ ? = 10, 7+ ? = 10, 8+ ? = 10, 9 + ? = 10, 10 + ? = 10

 

 

We have been super busy in phonics learning some new sounds.  

 ur  ow  oi

 

We used these sounds to make words:

turn, nurse, burn, hurt, fur     

down, cow, wow, powder, how 

coil, foil, soil, point, oink

 

Sounds we recap this week were:

s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d  g  o  c  k  ck  e  u r h b f ff l ll ss j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th th ng nk ai ee igh oo oo ar or ur ow oi 

 

Tricky words:

I    is   a   the   to  as  has  put  pull  full  no  go  his  her  into  push  of  be  he  we  me  be  she  you  my  by  are 

 

Here are the captions for this week:

Can you push the owl of the wood?

Can you burp at me?

 nurse with a brown coin.

 

Lots of our children are ready to read simple sentences and apply their phonics knowledge to write some more captions.  

 

Reminders:

  • Please read the allocated books on Big Cats website with your children and practise phonics. 
  • Please ensure your child brings the physical book and reading diary every THURSDAY, so teachers can change their books.
  • Make sure your child brings the school bag every day.
  • All children need a spare bag of (old) clothes on their peg.
  • Please make sure all uniform and clothing is labelled. Please be patient with us in locating the missing uniform. It is so important that you have written your child’s name on all items of clothing. It is quite difficult to locate uniforms when your child’s name is not on it.
  • All children need to bring their PE kits.
  • Monday and Friday – Sun class PE
  • Tuesday and Friday Moon class PE

 

Thank you,

The Reception Team

Week beginning 5th February 2024

This week we read the story ‘The Colour Monster’. The story is about a monster who shows different feelings. His emotions are all over the place. The little girl shows him different colours to help him sort it out his feelings. In Maths, we recognised shapes within pictures. We also created our own pictures using 2D shapes and used key words to describe the properties of 2D shapes.

 

We have been super busy in phonics learning some new sounds.  

oo ar or

 

We used these sounds to make words:

book, look, hook, car, farm, cart, star, dark, fort, fork, corn, torch, orca

Sounds we recap this week were:

s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d  g  o  c  k  ck  e  u r h b f ff l ll ss j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th th ng nk ai ee igh oo oo ar or

 

Tricky words:

I    is   a   the   to  as  has  put  pull  full  no  go  his  her  into  push  of  be  he  we  me  be  she  you

 

Here are the captions for this week:

a star in the dark

A torn book in the park.

 

Lots of our children are ready to read simple sentences and apply their phonics knowledge to write some more captions.  

 

Reminders:

  • Please read the allocated books on Big Cats website with your children and practise phonics. 
  • Please ensure your child brings the physical book and reading diary every THURSDAY, so teachers can change their books.
  • Make sure your child brings the school bag every day.
  • All children need a spare bag of (old) clothes on their peg.
  • Please make sure all uniform and clothing is labelled. Please be patient with us in locating the missing uniform. It is so important that you have written your child’s name on all items of clothing. It is quite difficult to locate uniforms when your child’s name is not on it.
  • All children need to bring their PE kits.
  • Monday and Friday – Sun class PE
  • Tuesday and Friday Moon class PE

 

Thank you,

The Reception Team

Week beginning 29th January 2024

Our lovely teachers performed our last story for the term ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen. Then, we performed the story to our teachers and our friends using our own words.

This week, we are recalling different ways to make 5, using resources such as number bonds frame, double-sided counters, eggs and also we are recording number facts to represent number bonds to 5. For example,  4 + 1 = 5  5 + 0 = 5.  

 

We have been super busy in phonics learning some new sounds. We learnt our fist trigraph ‘igh’.

igh  oa  oo (long)

 

We used these sounds to make words:

night, light, might, knight, fight, boat, float, goat, soap, foam, broom, spoon, poo, zoo, moo, igloo

Sounds we recap this week were:

s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d  g  o  c  k  ck  e  u r h b f ff l ll ss j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th th ng nk ai ee igh oa oo

 

Tricky words:

I    is   a   the   to  as  has  put  pull  full  no  go  his  her  into  push  of  be  he  we  me  be  she

 

Here are the captions for this week:

float in a boat

A goat in the zoo at night.

 

Lots of our children are ready to read simple sentences and apply their phonics knowledge to write some more captions.  

 

Reminders:

  • Please read the allocated books on Big Cats website with your children and practise phonics. 
  • Please ensure your child brings the physical book and reading diary every THURSDAY, so teachers can change their books.
  • Make sure your child brings the school bag every day.
  • All children need a spare bag of (old) clothes on their peg.
  • Please make sure all uniform and clothing is labelled. Please be patient with us in locating the missing uniform. It is so important that you have written your child’s name on all items of clothing. It is quite difficult to locate uniforms when your child’s name is not on it.
  • All children need to bring their PE kits.
  • Monday and Friday – Sun class PE
  • Tuesday and Friday Moon class PE

 

Thank you,

The Reception Team

 

 

Week beginning 22nd January 2024

This week we have been reading The Three Little Pigs. On Monday, our teachers performed the story for us on the stage. On Tuesday, we performed the story to our teachers and our friends using our own words.

In Maths, we learned how to rote count numbers to 20. Rote counting means when can remember and reciting numbers in the correct order. To challenge ourselves we counted our numbers from any given number and counted backwards too. Perhaps you can recite the numbers with your child. 

 

 

We have been super busy in phonics learning some new sounds.

nk ai ee

 

We used these sounds to make words:

think, wink, ink, sink, pink, train, rain, sail, feet, seed, speed, queen,

Sounds we recap this week were:

s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d  g  o  c  k  ck  e  u r h b f ff l ll ss j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th th ng n kai ee

 

Tricky words:

I    is   a   the   to  as  has  put  pull  full  no  go  his  her  into  push of be

 

Here are the captions for this week:

I think I stink

pink wings

wink in the rain

 

Lots of our children are ready to read simple sentences and apply their phonics knowledge to write some more captions.  

 

Reminders:

  • Please read the allocated books on Big Cats website with your children and practise phonics. 
  • Please ensure your child brings physical book and reading diary every THURSDAY, so teachers can change their books.
  • Make sure your child brings the school bag every day.
  • All children need a spare bag of (old) clothes on their peg.
  • Please make sure all uniform and clothing is labelled. Please be patient with us in locating the missing uniform. It is so important that you have written your child’s name on all items of clothing. It is quite difficult to locate uniforms when your child’s name is not on it.
  • All children need to bring their PE kits.
  • Monday and Friday – Sun class PE
  • Tuesday and Friday Moon class PE

 

Thank you,

The Reception Team

 

 

Week beginning 15th January 2024

This week we read the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We learned how to write keywords linked to our story and we used our phonic knowledge to write simple sentences.

In Maths, we used different resources to represent and compose numbers. Our focus was to show different ways to make 8. For example, 2 biscuits plus 6 biscuits equals eight.

Maths challenge: Find different ways to make 10. You can use pencils, and toys to represent 10 (5 pencils + 5 pencils = 10 pencils).

 

We have been super busy in phonics learning some new sounds.

th(unvoiced) th(voiced) ng

 

We used these sounds to make words:

think, thick, thin, thorn, this, that, them, then, sing, thing, strong, ring, king

Sounds we recap this week were:

s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d  g  o  c  k  ck  e  u r h b f ff l ll ss j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th th ng

 

Tricky words:

I    is   a   the   to  as  has  put  pull  full  no  go  his  her  into  push

 

Here are the captions for this week:

that chick is thick

moth in the shop

that is her chin

 

Lots of our children are ready to read simple sentences and apply their phonics knowledge to write some captions.  

 

Reminders:

  • Please read the allocated books on Big Cats website with your children and practise phonics.  
  • Please ensure your child brings the physical book and reading diary every THURSDAY, so teachers can change their books.
  • Make sure your child brings the school bag every day.
  • All children need a spare bag of (old) clothes on their peg.
  • Please make sure all uniform and clothing is labelled. Please be patient with us in locating the missing uniform. It is so important that you have written your child’s name on all items of clothing. It is quite difficult to locate uniforms when your child’s name is not on it.
  • All children need to bring their PE kits.
  • Monday and Friday – Sun class PE
  • Tuesday and Friday Moon class PE

 

Thank you,

The Reception Team

Week beginning 8th January 2024

We have started the week with the story ‘The Gingerbread Man.’ The story is about an old man and an old woman who were baking some gingerbread when all of a sudden the gingerbread man jumped off the counter and ran out of the door! He was chased by different animals but he was so fast and he managed to escape. His favourite phrase was, ‘Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m a gingerbread man.’ In reception, we learned how to write a speech bubble for different characters from the book and made a story map to help us retell the story.

In Science, we learned about materials. Materials are substances that objects are made from. For example, most chairs are made out of wood. We also worked with our peers and made coats for Gingerbread Man.  You could look at some objects and discuss what materials they are made out of at home with your child.

 

We have been super busy in phonics learning some new sounds.

qu  ch  sh

 

We used these sounds to make words:

queen, quiet, quack, quick

shop, shed, shark, ship, sharp, fish

chop, chin, chick

 

Sounds we recap this week were:

s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d  g  o  c  k  ck  e  u r h b f ff l ll ss j v w x y z zz qu ch sh

 

Tricky words:

I    is   a   the   to  as  has  put  pull  full  no  go  his  her  into

 

Here are some simple sentences we have been reading and writing this week:

Can a duck quack?

chick in a shop.

a fish can get a shock

 

 

 Lots of our children are ready to read simple sentences and apply their phonics knowledge to write some captions. Please read the books with your children and practise phonics.

 

Reminders:

Monday and Friday – Sun class PE

Tuesday and Friday Moon class PE

  • All children need to bring their PE kits.
  • All children need a spare bag of (old) clothes on their peg.
  • All children need a book bag so they can take a storybook home to share with their family. Please bring storybooks back to school the following day so the children can take a new one home.
  • Please make sure all uniform and clothing is labelled. Please be patient with us in locating the missing uniform. It is so important that you have written your child’s name on all items of clothing. It is quite difficult to locate uniforms when your child’s name is not on it.

Thank you,

The Reception Team

 

 

Week beginning 18th December 

Ho, Ho, Ho! This week, we learned about Christmas and how people prepare for Christmas around the world. We had lots of fun unwrapping presents, writing Christmas gift list and letters to Santa and family. The key words we learned were: Christmas, Jesus, tradition, Santa, presents, Christmas tree, and celebration.

In Maths, we learned the names of 3D shapes; cube, cuboid, sphere, cylinder, cone and pyramid. We sorted the shapes into the correct categories and described their properties.

 

Maths Challenge: Perhaps you could help wrap some presents this festive season and identify which 3D shape it is. Or you could go on your 3D shape hunt around your house or the park.

 

In phonics, we have been revisiting and reviewing the sounds we have learned so far. We are using the sounds to read and write simple words and phrases.

 

Sounds we have learnt:

 

s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d  g  o  c  k  ck  e  u r h b f ff l ll ss j v w x y z zz

 

 We used these sounds to make words:

 

at  in  tap nap  dad  pit  dip  sip  mad  mat  mop and  pig  dig  got  up  pet  red  rat  rock  sock   hat hill  bus puff  huff  sniff  cuff  big  ball  fix   fat  leg  lick  lip  log  doll  ball  skull   roll   hiss   miss   kiss  jam  jump  jug  vet  van  vest  wall  wet   wa win   box  fox  ox  wax yoyo  yak  yell  yes  zoo  zip  zap  zoom  buzz   fuzz  jazz

 

 

Below are the tricky words we have learnt so far. Tricky words are words we cannot sound out:

 

I    is   a   the   to  as  has  put  pull  full  no  go  his  her

 

Can you write some captions?

 

Congratulations to all the children on completing your first full term in Reception! We are so proud of everything you have achieved so far and all the progress you have made. You worked really hard. We cannot wait to see what the new year brings and watch you grow! Have a break and we look forward to seeing you in the new year. Don't forget to read lots of books with your parents. 

 

The Spring Term starts on Tuesday 9th of January.

 Thank you,

 

The Reception Team

 

Week beginning 4th December 2023

This week we read the book called ‘The Gruffalo Child’ by Julia Donaldson and Alex Schffler. We had lots of fun acting out the story and sequence pictures to help us retell the story. In Maths, we learned how to find one more than a given number. We used objects, a number line, a hundred squares and ten frames to help us find 1 more.    

  

In phonics, we have been revisiting and reviewing the sounds we have learned so far. We are using the sounds to read and write simple words and phrases.

 

 Sounds we have learnt so far:

 

s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d  g  o  c  k  ck  e  u r h b f ff l ll ss j v w x y z zz

 

 We used these sounds to make words:

 

at  in  tap nap  dad  pit  dip  sip  mad  mat  mop and  pig  dig  got  up  pet  red  rat  rock  sock   hat hill  bus puff  huff  sniff  cuff  big  ball  fix   fat  leg  lick  lip  log  doll  ball  skull   roll   hiss   miss   kiss  jam  jump  jug  vet  van  vest  wall  wet   wa win   box  fox  ox  wax yoyo  yak  yell  yes  zoo  zip  zap  zoom  buzz   fuzz  jazz

 

 

 

Below are the tricky words we have learnt so far. Tricky words are words we cannot sound out:

 

I    is   a   the   to  as  has  put  pull  full  no  go  his  her

 

 

The caption we must practise for this week is:

Can yak buzz and zap?

 

 

Maths Challenge:

 

 

 

 

Reminders:

EYFS Family Winter Workshop @ 2PM   

Location: PHASE 2 ENTRANCE

 

Monday 11th December – Star Class (Nursery)

 

Tuesday 12th December – Moon Class (Reception MOON)

 

Wednesday 13th December – Sun Class (Reception Sun)

 

 

  • Friday 15th December it is Jumper Day. Please wear your favourite jumper or a Christmas jumper.
  • Soft start morning will be on each Tuesday up until Christmas.
  • Please ensure your child is wearing appropriate shoes and coat for the cold, wet weather.
  • Your child must have a bag of spare clothes on their peg.
  • Please talk to your child about what they have been learning about in school. The slideshow of pictures below could help spark an interesting conversation.
  • Every Friday Reception class has PE/Gymnastics. Please make sure your child is wearing socks as they need to have bare feet.
  • We also started Guided Reading sessions in Reception. Each child has their own login details with an instruction to follow and access the reading book that their teacher allocated.

 

Thank you,

The Reception Team

 

Week beginning 27th November 2023

This week we read the book called ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson and Alex Schffler. In this much-loved picture book, a little mouse walks through the woods and encounters a fox, an owl and a snake. To fend them off, he tells each about the scary Gruffalo - but when the mouse encounters the Gruffalo himself, he cleverly invents another tale and manages to escape from danger yet again. We had lots of fun acting out the story and creating a story map to help us retell the story. In Maths, we learned how to represent and compose numbers. Composition of numbers is the different ways we can make each number. To make 3 for example, we can do 1 and 1 makes 2. We used different objects and made marks to represent and compose our numbers. 

In phonics, we have been revisiting and reviewing all the sounds we have learned so far. We are using the sounds to read and write simple words and phrases. 

 

We have been busy in phonics learning more sounds;

 

s     a    t    p     i      n     m     d     g o    c    k    ck    e    u    r    h    b   f   ff   l   ll  ss  j  v  w  x

 

We used these sounds to make words:

 

at  in  tap nap  dad  pit  dip  sip  mad  mat and  pig  dig  got  up  pet  red  rat  rock  sock hat hill  bus puff  huff  sniff  cuff  big  leg  lick  lip  log  doll  ball  skull   roll   hiss   miss   kiss  jam  jump  jug  vet  van  vest  wall  wet   wag  win   box  fox  ox  wax

 

Have a go at reading and writing these words.

 

 

Tricky words:

I    is to  a the as has put full pull

 

   The caption we must practise for this week is:

Will the fox go in the van?

 

Maths Challenge:

Ask your child to show you different ways to make the numbers 1 to 5. For example, make 4 by using four toys, 2 by showing you two chairs or draw two people.

 

Reminders:

  • Soft start morning will be on each Tuesday up until Christmas.
  • Please ensure your child is wearing appropriate shoes and coat for the cold, wet weather.
  • Your child must have a bag of spare clothes on their peg.
  • Please talk to your child about what they have been learning about in school. The slideshow of pictures below could help spark an interesting conversation.
  • Every Friday Reception class has PE/Gymnastics. Please make sure your child is wearing socks as they need to have bare feet.
  •  We also started Guided Reading sessions in Reception. Each child has their own login details with an instruction to follow and access the reading book that their teacher allocated.

 

Thank you,

The Reception Team

 

 

Week beginning 20th November 2023

 

Polar bear, Brown bear, Grizzily bear, Sun bear! This week we learned names of different types of bears and lots of facts about bears. Did you know Polar bears fur is clear, not white? The key words we learned were: bears, paws, claws, snout, appearance, habitat, diet, and den. In Maths, we learnt a new word ‘subitise’. When we subitise objects, we instantly recognise the number of objects in a small group without the need to count them e.g. dots on dice.  

 

In phonics, we have been revisiting and reviewing all the sounds we have learnt so far as well as beginning to read and write simple words.

 

We have been busy in phonics learning more sounds;

 

s     a    t    p     i      n     m     d     g o    c    k    ck    e    u    r    h    b   f   ff   l   ll  ss  j

 

We used these sounds to make words:

 

at  in  tap nap  dad  pit  dip  sip  mad  mat and  pig  dig  got  up  pet  red  rat  rock  sock hat hill  bus puff  huff  sniff  cuff  big  leg  lick  lip  log  doll  ball  skull   roll   hiss   miss   kiss  jam  jump  jug

 

Have a go at reading and writing these words.

 

 

 

Tricky words:

 

I  is to  a the as has put pull full

 

The caption we must practise for this week is:

 

the jam pot fell in a mess

 

 

Reminders:

 

  • Soft start morning will be on each Tuesday up until Christmas.
  • Please ensure your child is wearing appropriate shoes and coat for the cold, wet weather.
  • Your child must have a bag of spare clothes on their peg.
  • Please talk to your child about what they have been learning about in school. The slideshow of pictures below could help spark an interesting conversation.
  • Every Friday Reception class has PE/Gymnastics. Please make sure your child is wearing socks as they need to have bare feet.
  •  We also started Guided Reading sessions in Reception. Each child has their own login details with an instruction to follow and access the reading book that was allocated by their teacher.
  •  

Thank you,

 

The Reception Team

Week beginning 13th November 2023

This week, we were reading the story ‘We are going on a bear hunt ’ by Michael Risen.  We used our words to retell the story and we used phonics knowledge to label our story maps.  In Maths, we learnt positional language. The key words we used were: in front of, under, in, in between, behind, next to and on.

In phonics, we have been revisiting and reviewing all the sounds we have learnt so far as well as beginning to read and write simple words.

We have been busy in phonics learning more sounds;

s     a    t    p     i      n     m     d     g o    c    k    ck    e    u    r    h    b   f  ff   l

 

We used these sounds to make words:

at  in  tap nap  dad  pit  dip  sip  mad  mat and  pig  dig got  up  pet  red  rat hat hill  bus puff  huff sniff  cuff  big  leg  lick  lip  log

Have a go at reading and writing these words.

 

Tricky words:

I    is to  a the as has put

The caption for the week is:

put a leg in a cuff

 

MATHS CHALLENGE

Pick a toy and hide it in your room. Ask an adult to find the toy in your room. The adult needs to ask questions to be able to find the hidden toy. For example, is it under the bed? Is it behind something?  

 

Reminders:

  • Our soft start morning will be on each Tuesday up until Christmas.
  • Please ensure your child is wearing appropriate shoes and coat for the cold, wet weather.
  • Your child must have a bag of spare clothes on their peg.
  • Please talk to your child about what they have been learning about in school. The slideshow of pictures below could help spark an interesting conversation.
  • Every Friday Reception class has PE/Gymnastics. Please make sure your child is wearing socks as they need to have bare feet.
  • Reception Parents evening on Thursday 23rd November. Please collect your child @ 1 pm.
  • School closed on Friday 24th of November.  

Thank you,

The Reception Team

 

Week beginning 6th November 2023

This week, we learned about celebrations including Bonfire night and Diwali. We had fun acting out the story of Rama and Sita in groups. The key words we learned this week were: Diwali, light, Rama, Sita, Ravana, good, evil and demon king. When we are retelling a story we use words such as first, next, then and at the end. In Maths, we recognised and named 2D shapes. We created art using 2D shapes and we used keywords to describe the properties of 2D shapes.

In phonics, we have been revisiting and reviewing all the sounds we have learnt so far as well as beginning to read and write simple words.

 

We have been busy in phonics learning more sounds;

s     a    t    p     i      n     m     d     g o    c    k    ck    e    u    r    h    b

 

We used these sounds to make words:

at in  tap nap  dad  pit  dip  sip  mad  mat and  pig  dig got  up  pet  red  rat hat hill  bus big 

Have a go at reading and writing these words.

 

 

Tricky words:

I  is  to   a  the  as   has

 

Maths challenge:

Can you spot any 2D Shapes in your house?

 

Reminders:

  • Our soft start will continue each Tuesday up until Christmas. We will allow families to come into the classroom from 9-9.10 to see our learning environment.
  • Please ensure your child is wearing appropriate shoes and coat for the cold, wet weather.
  • Your child must have a bag of spare clothes on their peg.
  • Please talk to your child about what they have been learning about in school. The slideshow of pictures below could help spark an interesting conversation.
  • Every Friday Reception class has PE/Gymnastics. Please make sure your child is wearing socks as they need to have bare feet.

Reception Reading and Phonics Workshop

Tuesday 14th November @ 15 – 15:30 (All Stars Room-EYFS)

Thank you,

The Reception Team

 

Week beginning 30th October 

This week, we read the story ‘Not a stick ’ by Antoinette Portis and we celebrated “Bring a stick to School’ day. We discussed how to use sticks safely and shared ideas of all the different things we could use sticks for.  Most of the time we spent outside creating things from sticks, labelling our work and bringing our sticks to life.

In Maths, we learned how to measure length. We talked and compared the lengths of various objects. Also, ordered different objects correctly according to their lengths.

In phonics, we have been revisiting and reviewing all the sounds we have learnt so far as well as beginning to read and write simple words.

 

Sounds we have learnt so far:

s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d  g  o  c  k  ck  e  u

Below are the tricky words we have learnt so far. Tricky words are words we cannot sound out:

I    is   a   the   to

 

The caption we must practice for this week is:

pet duck is in the mud

 

Reminders:

  • Our soft start morning will be on Tuesday 7th November. We will allow families to come into the classroom from 9-9.10 to see our learning environment. This will continue each Tuesday up until Christmas. 

  • Please ensure your child is wearing appropriate shoes and coat for the cold, wet weather. 

  • Your child must have a bag of spare clothes on their peg. 

  • Every Friday Reception class has PE/Gymnastics. Please make sure your child is wearing socks as they need to have bare feet.

 

Thank you,

The Reception Team

 

Week beginning 16th October

Our first term settling into Reception has been a great success! We came into Mora eager and ready to learn. We have been super busy getting to know our new friends, classroom and teachers. We have been embedding our new rules, routines and behaviours and have been extremely successful at it.

This term we have been reading lots of different stories like ‘The Lion Inside, Handa’s Surprise, and our favourite ‘Poo in the Zoo’. We also did lots of different activities to embed our learning.

 

In Maths, we have been learning about counting objects up to 10. We have been learning about repeated patterns and measuring.  

We have had a wonderful half term getting to know your children, you should be so proud of them because we are! Over the holidays go for an autumn walk, get cooking in the kitchen and spend time with loved ones. Talk about your experiences, every conversation is another learning opportunity. Have a restful half-term before the hard work starts again!

 

We have been busy in phonics learning our first set of sounds;

s  a  t  p  i  n  m  p  o  g  c  k

 

Have a go at reading and writing these letters/words with your child.

We have also been learning some tricky words. Tricky words are words we cannot sound out:

I, is, to, a

 

We used these sounds to make words:

sat, pin, sit, pop, dad, mat, pat, pin, dog, kit

 Have a go at reading and writing these words.

 

Reminders

  • All children need a spare bag of (old) clothes on their peg.
  • All children need a book bag so they can take a story book home to share with their family. Please bring story books back to school the following day so the children can take a new one home. Or you can keep the same book for a few days if you are really enjoying it!
  • Please make sure all uniform and clothing is labelled. Please be patient with us in locating the missing uniform. It is so important that you have written your child’s name on all items of clothing. It is quite difficult to locate uniforms when your child’s name is not on it.
  • We welcome donations of old recycled materials for the children to do ‘junk modelling’ with. This includes old (clean) cereal boxes, milk cartons, toilet roll tubes and any food packaging you may have. Please ensure none of these items have any traces of nuts. We have children in the setting who are allergic to nuts.
  • We are a nut aware school. Please ensure there are no nuts in your child’s packed lunch. This includes peanut butter sandwiches and pesto sauce. Also, children should be bringing sweets or chocolate to school, we are encouraging children to eat healthily.
  • Please ensure your child does not bring any toys from home to school.

Thank you,

The Reception Team

Week beginning 9th October 2023

This week, we are going to learn to make our own playdough and we are going to make different things from playdough. 

This week we explored and compared the weight of different objects using balancing scales. We used key vocabulary such as heavy., light, lighter, and heavier to describe and compare the weight of different objects (glue stick and stone). We also learnt how to measure the weight of objects by using cubes.

 

We have been busy in phonics learning more sounds;

s     a    t    p     i      n     m     d     g

 

We used these sounds to make words:

in  tap nap  dad  pit  tip  dip  sip  mad  mat and  pig  dig

Have a go at reading and writing these words.

 

Tricky words:

I    is

 

Reminders

  • All children need a spare bag of (old) clothes on their peg.
  • All children need a book bag so they can take a storybook home to share with their family. Please bring storybooks back to school the following day so the children can take a new one home. Or you can keep the same book for a few days if you are really enjoying it!
  • Please make sure all uniform and clothing is labelled. Please be patient with us in locating the missing uniform. It is so important that you have written your child’s name on all items of clothing. It is quite difficult to locate uniforms when your child’s name is not on it.
  • Please talk to your child about what they have been learning about in school. The slideshow of pictures below could help spark an interesting conversation.

Thank you

 

The Reception Team

Week beginning 2nd October 2023

We came into Mora eager and ready to learn. We have been embedding our new rules, routines and behaviours and have been extremely successful at it. 

This week we were reading a book called ‘The Lion Inside’. We are learning to listen and respond to longer stories, talking about and retelling the stories in our own words. In Maths, we learnt about size. We have been talking and comparing different sizes and ordering different objects correctly according to their size (large/big or small).

 

We have been busy in phonics learning our first set of sounds;

s  a  t  p  i  n 

 

We used these sounds to make words. Have a go at reading and writing these words:

sat, pin, sit, at, it, pat, pin, tap, tip, in

 

Reminders

 

  • All children need a spare bag of (old) clothes on their peg.
  • All children need a book bag so they can take a storybook home to share with their family. Please bring storybooks back to school the following day so the children can take a new one home. Or you can keep the same book for a few days if you are really enjoying it!
  • Please make sure all uniform and clothing is labelled. Please be patient with us in locating the missing uniform. It is so important that you have written your child’s name on all items of clothing. It is quite difficult to locate uniforms when your child’s name is not on it.
  • Please talk to your child about what they have been learning about in school. The slideshow of pictures below could help spark an interesting conversation.
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