Autumn 2, Week 5: It’s beginning to feel a lot like…

Stars of the week: Freiya and Nika

This week Reception Class have continued to practise their Nativity performance. Freiya and Nika are among the children who now remember their words off by heart. Both Freiya and Nika delivered their lines confidently and clearly in rehearsals. Great work you two! Remember to keep practising at home, everyone, as our performance is fast approaching.

This week the children have been visiting our Christmas themed role play area. The children have been writing lists, serving pretend cookies and hot chocolate and sorting presents. Exciting work!



Next week the children will be revisiting and practising all the letters and sounds they have learnt so far this term.

Autumn 2, Week 4: Old London and New London

Stars of the Week: Ryan and Sadie

Well done to our Stars this week! We have started learning our lines for out Nativity performance. Both Ryan and Sadie (amongst many others!) have memorised their lines and can say them in a loud and clear voice. Well done! Keep on practicing your lines everyone!

This week we looked at a painting of Old London Bridge and a photo of the New London Bridge. We made comparisons, looking at what is the same and what is different. We found it interesting that there used to be lots of houses on the bridge, and also that we could see horses and sail boats in the painting. We noticed some London landmarks in the photo of the new London Bridge.

Next week: In Phonics we will learn the digraphs (2 letters making 1 sound) sh, th, ng, nk.
In Maths we will be looking at the composition of 4&5. We will continue to refine our acting skills, practicing our Nativity performance.

Autumn 2, Week 3: World Nursery Rhyme Week

Stars of the Week: Marley & Sienna

Well done to Marley & Sienna, our stars of the week! Marley did some fantastic writing this week, recording all the sounds he could hear in words, as he wrote adjective about London landmarks. Sienna was a Maths superstar, comparing numbers, and coming up with many different ways to make 3.

We had a wonderful week, joining in with thousands of other children around the world to take part in World Nursery Rhyme Week.

Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight. –
Mem Fox, Reading Magic.

Each day we sang a different Nursery Rhyme. We also made different crafts related to our Nursery Rhymes.
We sang:
Monday: The Big Ship Sails
Tuesday: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive
Wednesday: 5 Green and Speckled Frogs
Thursday: B.I.N.G.O
Friday: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Here are some pictures of us enjoying making our craft activities and some of the finished products! We are going to put them up on our display board – look out for a picture next week!

Next Week: In Phonics we will learn the last of our single letter sounds z, and then we will start to learn the digraphs qu and ch, and look at plurals. It is Assessment Week, so we will be applying our phonics skills in writing, as well as showing all we can do in Maths. We will be looking at old and new pictures of London, as well as starting to learn off by heart our lines for the Nativity.

Autumn 2, Week 2

Stars of the Week: Lucia and Elishua

Well done to Lucia and Elishua who have had a great week with their learning and playing with other children in the class. This week we have been thinking about the meaning of November 11th, Remembrance Day. We made some poppies using red tissue paper, markers and glue.

Next Week: It is World Nursery Rhyme Week, each day of the week we will be learning a new nursery rhyme. In Phonics we will be learning the sounds v, w, x, y. In Literacy, we will be using our Phonics to write labels for London landmarks.

Autumn 2, Week 1 – Remember, Remember the 5th of November

Stars of the Week: Gabriel & Maleeha
This week we have been looking back at all of our phonics learning this year. Maleeha and Gabriel are both reading superstars! They have learnt so many of the sounds and are segmenting and blending to read words like ‘sat’, ‘man’ and ‘hug’! Keep up the fantastic work!

This week we have learned about Bonfire Night. We painted beautiful fireworks pictures, thinking about the sounds that fireworks make as the explode – Bang! Sizzle! Woosh!
Here are some of our pictures.

This week we also thought about how we celebrate our birthdays! We drew pictures and spoke about the kinds of things we have had at our own or other’s birthdays.

Here are some of our lovely displays in class!

Next Week: Our PE day is now Monday. In Phonics we will be learning the sounds ff, ll, ss and j. We will continue to write lists of things we can find in the city, and think about where we live – London! In Maths we will look at collections of 1, 2 and 3. We will be thinking about Remembrance Day.

Autumn 1, Week 6: What is on your plate?

Stars of the Week: Alaa & Leopold
Well Done to our Stars this week – Leopold and Alaa. As part of our learning about our bodies, we made healthy plates of food and wrote about them. Leopold was able to write about his plate, listening carefully to the initial sounds he could hear. Alaa also listened carefully to all of the sounds in the words and wrote them down. We have super writers in Reception.

Here are some photos of our plates!

This week we also explored how to look after our teeth as they are part of body that doesn’t fix itself.
This video helped ups to know how to brush for 2 minutes to get rid of plaque so we don’t get cavities.

Next Half Term: Our topic will be ‘Living In London’. We will explore what is in the city and some of its more famous landmarks. In Phonics, we will continue to learn our Phase 2 sounds – h, b, f, l. For information on how we teach the sounds and how to say them go to: Little Wandle Parents Page

Autumn 1, Week 5 – Amazing Bodies and Roaring Rockets

Stars of the week: Joyce and Jabez
This week we wrote a class book based on the book ‘From Head to Toe’ by Eric Carle. Joyce did some fantastic writing about the ways she can move her body, using her phonics to write down all the sounds she could hear. Jabez thought of lots of different ways that he can move his body too.
Well done to our Stars of the Week!

We have been thinking all about the different ways that we can move our body. We learned the names of different body parts and have enjoyed singing a song about our bodies.

We also looked at the special organs inside our body that help to keep us alive and moving, like our brain, heart and lungs.

On Tuesday it was Science day at Cathedral School. We were lucky enough to meet Julie, who taught us about rockets. She explained that rockets, need energy! We watched in amazement as she made a mini-rocket using lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda – it exploded! We then had a go at making our very own rockets! Science day was great!

Next Week: In Phonics, we will be learning ck, e, u, r. We will be practising writing our letters too! In Literacy we will be thinking about the first sound we can hear in words and trying to write the matching letter. In Maths we will be exploring patterns. It will be another busy week to finish our first half term in Reception!

Autumn 1, Week 4 – The Lost Sheep

Stars of the Week: Zane and Tireni

This week in RE we listened to the bible story of The Lost Sheep, thinking about what is special to us and how we would feel if we lost it. Well done to Zane and Tireni who listened well during the story and shared their thoughts and feelings with the rest of the class.

We made some sheep of our own to help us remember the story:

Next Week: In Phonics we will be learning the sounds for ‘g, o, c, k’ and continuing to practice our blending skills. In Maths, we will be learning to sort, compare and count objects. We will be reading and exploring the story of The Colour Monster, helping us to think about our feelings.

Autumn 1, Week 3 – Kind Friends & Special People

Stars of the week: Romeo & Alma

Well done to Romeo and Alma who this week have been fantastic friends to everyone in Reception. They have been getting busy during our independent learning time, exploring all the areas of the classroom! Well done both of you!

In class this week, we have been thinking about how we can have a safe classroom, were everyone can be respected and learn. We came up with some promises to each other:
– We keep our hands and feet to ourselves
– We have kind hands, kind words and kind faces
– We stay safe in our classroom – we don’t run and we tidy up
– We listen to each other
– We use our manners
– We always try our best
We have been working on class charter this week. Keep an eye out for a photo soon!

In RE we have been thinking about people who are special to us, and why they are special. Here are some drawings of of special people.

Next week
In Phonics we will be learning, i, n, m & d as well as continuing to practice our blending skills. In Maths we will be practicing our counting skills, and matching the quantity. We will be learning about the parable of the Lost Sheep and be exploring self portraits.

Curriculum Evening Information

Thank you to all the parents who were able to make it to our Curriculum Evening.
Here is the presentation that was shared with you, as well as other digital copies of the handouts.

You can access lots of great Phonics information about Little Wandle here https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/

Autumn 1 Sounds

Autumn 2 Sounds

Activities to Try at Home

Early Learning Goals Parent and Carers Guide