This week, we have been learning about Remembrance Day. We found out why we celebrate Remembrance Day each year and why the poppy is a symbol. The children then used the computer programme 2paint a picture to design and make their own poppies.
We have now moved on to Phase 3 letters and sounds in Phonics. The children will be bringing home Phase 3 Sound Mats, High Frequency Words and Tricky Words this week to practise with at home.
On Wednesday 22nd November, Reception’s collective worship will take place in the school hall. After dropping your child to school you can go straight round to the hall ready for the collective worship to commence at 09:00. Their lines have been stuck into their blue reading records so that they can practise at home – thank you to all the parents who practised with their child over the weekend. It was great to see so many of them already fluent when we rehearsed today!
This week, Reception have been learning all about Bonfire Night. We learned the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, made fireworks pictures and wrote the sounds that fireworks make like pop, bang and whoosh! The children also enjoyed lots of firework themed activities around the classroom including a bonfire night party in the small world, writing numbers in glitter flakes and adding black paint and glitter to the water tray to make it look like fireworks in the sky.
This week, Reception have explored different ways of balancing and travelling and how to stay safe when using the gym apparatus. They were brave when using apparatus that was new to them and waited patiently for their turn to use the equipment. Great work Reception!
We also started our new topic ‘Festivals and Celebrations.’ We started reading our topic text, Not Last Night but the Night Before and made storyboards to sequence the events of the story. In RE we looked at photographs of a time we have had a special celebration. We thought about how we celebrate special occasions and how that might be similar or different to each other’s experiences.
It has been a very busy half term in Reception and the children are all now settled into the routines of the day and have grown in confidence and independence. This week, the children have investigated 2D shapes and their properties and used 2d shapes to make pictures. We have also been reflecting on what we have enjoyed learning about this half term. The children said that they’ve most enjoyed using natural materials such as flowers and stones to make transient art pictures of their faces, reading lots of ‘Marvellous Me’ themed books in the reading garden and making rockets for DT week!
Very well done Reception on a great first half term!
Stars of the week: Amelia and Fintan
Here are some pictures of this week’s learning:
This week in phonics, we have finished introducing Phase 2 sounds and have been applying these sounds to write lots of consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words such as man, pin and sun.
This week, Reception have been making rockets as part of our transport themed DT week.
First, we designed our rockets and wrote a list of what we would need which included a plastic bottle, foil, ribbon, stickers and card. Next, we made our rockets by wrapping the bottles in foil and then adding a nose made out of card, exhaust flames made out of ribbon and stickers to decorate.
Stars of the week: Parker and Hazel
This week, we also learned the sounds ‘l’ ‘f’ ‘ss’ ‘ck’ ‘ll’ and the words ‘Mum’ ‘Dad’ ‘big’. In Maths, the children drew around their feet and measured how many squares long they were. In RE, we thought about why Jesus is special to Christians. Last week, we read the story ‘Jesus Feeds the 5000’ and this week we made baskets filled with fish and bread to help us to understand the miracle of the story.
This half term Reception have been enjoying lots of different activities for our topic ‘Marvellous Me’. They have also been working very hard on their writing and counting.
Our classroom display boards are now full of the children’s fabulous work! Here are a few of them:
Stars of the week: Beatrix and Charles
This week we have been learning the Phase 2 sounds ‘m’ ‘d’ ‘g’ ‘o’ ‘c’ ‘k’ ‘e’ ‘u’ ‘r’ and the words ‘as’, ‘at’ and ‘an’. In English, we have been reading the book From Head to Toe by Eric Carle and writing about the things we can do, such as “I can hop.” In Maths, we have been putting numbers from 0-10 in order. This week, Reception have also been thinking about the different feelings and emotions we experience, and trying to work out how characters in different stories might be feeling and why.
This week, we went on a walk around the school to help us to know our way around a little better. Whilst we were walking around outside we picked up some natural resources such as sticks, leaves and flowers that were in our gardens. We brought the resources back to the classroom and used them to make transient art self-portraits.
You can see some photos of our work here:
Also this week, we started to look at the Phase 2 letters and sounds s,a,t,p,i and n and learnt the words ‘and’ and ‘I’. We also did lots of name writing practising in English and matching quantity to numbers in Maths. Well done Reception on all of your hard work this week!
Thank you to all the parents that made it to the Curriculum Evening last Wednesday. You can find the slideshow presented at the Curriculum Evening below. There are also the links to the government exemplification materials for each of the early learning goals, as well as the government document that we use for planning and assessment throughout the year.
By now, you should have received your child’s welcome pack containing WOW stickers, a ‘Getting to Know You’ form and your child’s ‘Practise Pack’ containing Phase 2 sounds and words mat and a letter and number formation sheet. If you have not yet received this, please let Miss Keohane or Sara know. Further information about the welcome pack can be found in the Curriculum Evening slideshow below.
Once again, please read the school scheme books with your child at least 3 times a week and write a comment in their reading records. Please also ensure that your child has their reading books and reading record in school every day.
Finally, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and see Miss Keohane or Sara- we are more than happy to help as much as we can!
This week in Reception we created our Class Charter. As a Rights Respecting School, it’s important that we have a class charter to show our rights and then our rights respecting actions! We spoke about all of the things we have a right to at school, such as being safe, being respected and learning. We also thought about what we need to do to ensure that everyone gets those rights. As a class, we decided that the four most important actions are to be kind to each other, to take care of our classroom, to listen to each other and to always try our best!