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Week 5

Week beginning 5.2.24

 

It has been a very wet week in Reception this week! But that has not stopped us enjoying being outside. When we are outside there is a high chance that we will get wet, even with our coats and wellie boots on. Please ensure that your child always has a spare change of clothes in school, including socks!

 

On Wednesday we were very lucky to have a visit from Max and Chun Yin’s mums to tell us all about Chinese New Year. They told us all about how they celebrate, we tried on some clothes and learnt to write our names in Chinese!

Phonics

Here are some phonics videos for you to watch at home this weekend.

Please note these videos will expire after 3 weeks.

Forest School 

This week, Cherry Class enjoyed exploring, making wind sticks and building dens. 

Maths

This week in maths we have been learning to identify odd and even numbers, find and represent doubles and combine two groups. We played a fun game where we rolled two dice and identify when we rolled a double.

Wider Curriculum

In Topic we learnt all about  rainbows and talked about why rainbows appear in the sky. We talked about mixing colours together and even had fun outside mixing colour chalks in the puddles.

We sang the nursery rhyme 'Humpty Dumpty' and read a letter from Humpty asking us if we can help him, as he was worried he would fall off the wall again and hurt himself. We talked about giving him a soft landing under the wall and how he could wrap himself up in something to protect him. We chose bubble wrap as a protective layer. We dropped the egg on the floor and it worked!

In English we read a poem about a grandad and talked about how people get older and what we think ‘being old’ means. We even imagined that we were old and walked around the classroom as an old person.

In PE, we watched a video of a horse galloping. We then went to the hall and practised galloping around and we jumped over hurdles like a horse does.

Makaton

Our new Makaton sign this week was ‘book. See if you can use it at home this weekend.

Thank you to all parents who attended parent’s evening this week. If you were unable to make your appointment, please do speak to your child’s teacher and rearrange an appointment. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

We hope you all have a lovely and safe half term! See you on Monday 19th February at 8.40am.

Week 4

Week beginning 29.1.24

We have had a lovely week in Reception! We had a visit from Didcot library on Monday. We enjoyed looking at different books and listening to them tell the story 'The Three Little Pigs' using puppets. 

Phonics

Here are some phonics videos for you to watch at home this weekend.

Please note these videos will expire after 3 weeks.

Maths

This week, we have been understanding the numbers 6, 7 and 8. We looked at how to represent them and how to find 1 more and 1 fewer using lots of different equipment including counters, ten frames and cubes. 

Wider Curriculum

In Topic we played a game of 'guess what', to discover different items from the past. We enjoyed discussing what they were used for and compared them to modern day.

 

In English we continued to find out about our poem ‘A circle of sun’ and learned how to perform a poem out loud using rhythm, emphasis and actions.

 

Makaton

Our new Makaton sign this week was sit’. See if you can use it at home this weekend.

Next Friday 9th February is also the last day of term and we will be finishing school at the usual time for the half term holiday.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Week 4

Week beginning 22.1.24

Reception have had a very busy week! Today, we enjoyed our pyjama day, we made cakes and ate them front on the fire whilst listening to a story.

Phonics

Here are some phonics videos for you to watch at home this weekend.

Please note these videos will expire after 3 weeks.

Maths

This week, we have been comparing the mass of different objects using balance scales. We used the terms ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’ and explained how we knew by describing the position on the balance scale as ‘lower’ or ‘higher’. We used counting cubes to make a balance, using the stem sentence ‘The mass of the __ is __ cubes’.

 

We also explored capacity, by investigating how many objects would fill the container. We then described the capacity of various containers using the terms ‘empty’, ‘nearly empty’, ‘half full’, ‘nearly full’, and ‘full’.

Wider Curriculum

In Topic, we have discussed and shared family traditions and celebrations. We shared our favourite meals for a special occasion. 

 

In English, we learnt what an author is and read some poems from various authors. We listened to a poem called ‘A Circle of Sun’ and looked at the illustrations. We spoke about what we liked and disliked about the picture and described what it reminded us of.

 

In PE, we developed our take off and landing positions when jumping. We explored this through games using hoops and a low apparatus. 

Makaton

Our new Makaton sign this week was story. See if you can use it at home this weekend.

Next week we are looking at old toys. If you have any that the children would be able to talk about to compare them to toys they have today, we would be grateful if you could bring them in please. 

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Week 2

Week beginning 15.1.24

 

It has certainly been a cold week this week! Please ensure children have a warm coat and hats and gloves as we continue to spend time outside even when the weather is cold.

Phonics

Here are some phonics videos for you to watch at home this weekend.

Please note these videos will expire after 3 weeks.

Wider Curriculum

Thank you to all of the photographs that were brought in this week. We had great fun playing ‘guess the baby’! We talked about our grandparents and all the different names we have for them.

In English we listened to a poem called ‘Sleepy Song’. Before looking at the illustrations we thought about what pictures we saw in our head using our imagination and listening to the words. We all had a go at drawing a picture of what we were thinking.

In PE, we listened to some different genres of music, watching videos of people dancing to them and having a go ourselves. We listened to The Waltz, The Tango and Rock and Roll.

Forest School 

Cherry Class had a very cold visit to forest school this week. We enjoyed talking about different weathers, den building and making a nest for a mouse in hibernation. 

Makaton

Our new Makaton sign this week was sorry’. See if you can use it at home this weekend.

On Thursday we sent an email to parents about our pyjama day on Friday next week. Children are invited to wear their pyjamas to school. Please ensure they wear sensible footwear as we will still be going outside throughout the day.

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Week 1

Week beginning 8.11.24

Welcome back everyone and happy new year! We were all really pleased to see you all again for a brand new term. We all settled in really well and enjoyed seeing all of our friends. This week has been particularly cold and thank you everyone for sending your children in with appropriate warm clothing.! Please remember to put names in all hats, gloves and scarves Reading books have been changed after a long holiday and we look forward to reading your comments on Boom reader to see how your children are getting on with reading at home.

Phonics

Here are some phonics videos for you to watch at home this weekend.

Please note these videos will expire after 3 weeks.

Maths

This week, we revisited representing the numbers 1-5. We looked at the different ways we can represent numbers and sorted them into groups. We used both counting and subitising to help us understand what numbers were represented. We also explored how one object can represent more than one number for example- 2 horses can represent 2 horses, 4 legs or 4 eyes.

Wider Curriculum

We began a new topic this term called ‘Long ago’. We will be learning about the past and how people, places and things can change over time. This week, we looked at how objects have changed and sorted them into different categories- modern, old and oldest. We also explored how we have changed since we were babies and investigated the types of toys and support we needed then and now.

In English we also began a new book focus. This term we are looking at poetry and began investigating different poems from the book ‘Here’s a little poem’. We discussed our likes about the illustrations and words and began choosing our favourite poems to collect over the course of the term.

We learnt the song ‘Singapore song of sixpence’ and helped The King by learning the instructions for making a honey sandwich. We all followed these instructions and enjoyed making and eating our own honey sandwiches. 

In PE, we thought about how to move around a room safely. We played games involving lots of different movements and explored how to stay safe throughout.

Makaton

Our new Makaton sign this week was friend’. See if you can use it at home this weekend.

 

 

You will have seen in our recent email a request for photographs to be used as part of our new topic. We will be exploring how humans change and using photographs of ourselves and our family to show how much we have changed as we have grown up. 

Well done everyone for a great week back! We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Be Kind, Be Brilliant