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Reception

Welcome to Reception!

Our teacher is Mrs Pritchard. Mrs Legender (Monday), Mrs Mott (Tuesday - Friday) and Mrs Nice (Tuesday and Wednesday) also support the children with their learning. All of the adults in reception are very friendly and helpful in order to make sure that the children have the best start at Wintringham Primary Academy. 

 

At Wintringham Primary Academy, we have an 'open door policy'. We welcome you into the classroom to discuss your child, their progress or any concerns you may have. We might not be able to talk to you straight away but we will endeavour to speak to you as soon as possible. You can also leave a message with the school office or send an e-mail to the school office who will pass it onto us - office@roundhouse.cambs.sch.uk

 

Our parents, carers and families are all part of the learning journey. The adults at school would like it very much if you could note down any moments which make you think WOW on a star moments observational star! The adults at school have lots of copies in case you need any more. Please also look on the classroom doors for the latest events and news. 

 

PE kits should be brought into school every Monday and we will remind the children to bring them home on a Friday to be washed.

 

Every Friday the children will get a special treat as long as they have behaved well throughout the week.  At the end of each term the children will also get to take part in a whole day of treats ..... Reward Day.

Curriculum Overviews 
Parent Workshops
Promoting British Values in Reception

Democracy:

Speaking and listening activities promote discussions

Making decisions together

Listening to each other’s opinions

Turn taking, sharing and collaboration

 

Individual Liberty:

Freedom for all

Developing a positive sense of themselves

We listen to every child through pupil voice

Through our PSHE curriculum the children’s rights are promoted

The children are encouraged to make the right choices about how they learn and how they behave

 

Mutual Respect and Tolerance:

The classroom rules help children to understand how to share and look after each other

The children learn about different cultures, faiths and religions. They are encouraged to show respect and tolerance for different people, faiths, cultures and languages

The children study art and listen to music which reflects multicultural Britain

The children celebrate special days and festivals throughout the year

 

Rule of Law:

The children learn about their rights and responsibilities. They also learn about consequences of behavior and also learn to distinguish between right and wrong

The children have agreed to abide by the rules and understand that these rules apply to everyone

The Characteristics of Effective Learning

The characteristics of effective learning are important learning behaviours that we support the children to develop throughout the reception year. They are split into three categories:

 

Playing and Exploring - Engagement:

Can I do this?

 

Active Learning - Motivation:

Do I want to do this?

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-try-new-things

 

This is a useful website to explore the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and to find out more information about how to help your child to try new things at home and to develop a growth mindset. 

 

Creating and Thinking Critically - Thinking:

How do I do this? 

 

We can help children to become effective learners by playing with them, listening and responding to them, acting as a sound board, supporting them to pursue their own interests, inspiring them, modelling discovery learning and both guiding and supporting them (without taking over). 

2018 - 2019

W.B 10th September 2018

WOW! What a brilliant start to the term we have had. The children are settling in well and are enjoying coming into school every day, which is really lovely to see. They are quickly getting used to the routines of school life and learning to access all of the various activities inside the classroom. The children have been busy playing in the home corner taking on a role of a family member. They have also been making arrangements with various 2D shapes, writing telephone messages, making self portraits, ensuring that they look at their facial features in the mirror, and have been developing their fine motor control by threading coloured beads onto a piece of string in order to make a repeating pattern! I am very proud of each and every one of them. I am looking forward to next week where the children are going to be staying at school to eat their lunch! Please note that the children will be starting school at 8.45am and finish at 1.30pm every day next week.

W.B 17th September 2018

This week, the children have been busy writing a fact file about themselves where they wrote their name, their age and their favourite colour, before drawing a picture of themselves. They have impressed me with their beautiful drawings and mark making skills! During their independent play, the children have been making their very own nature bookmarks, counting the correct number of compare bears into a bowl and have been exploring the mud kitchen outside.  In phonics, the children have been learning to listen carefully to the sounds that adults have been orally segmenting. They have then been blending the sounds in their heads to understand what the adult was saying - I have been very impressed. Next week we will be learning the sounds s, a, t and p in our phonics sessions. The children are all enjoying their lunch at school and the puddings are definitely their favourite part! Please note that school will start at 8.45am and finish at 3.15pm every day from next week. Please ensure that your child brings a pair of wellington boots and their PE kit into school next week. Throughout next week, is the children's chance to bring in their 'All About Me' boxes, so please bring those in on your child's allocated day. Individual school photographs will be taken on the morning of Monday 24th September, this is also the date that we would like the children's baby photos to be brought into school please. In addition, the children have brought home their Christmas card designs today, if you would like to purchase some cards, the order form needs to be returned to school by Friday 28th September. If you have any questions or concerns, then please come and speak to member of the team. 

W.B 24th September 2018

This is the children's first full week at school and we have had a lovely week. They have been measuring with their feet and finding things that are bigger and smaller than their foot. The children have also been using different things around the classroom, e.g. wooden blocks and dinosaurs in order to measure how tall they were which made them laugh alot! They have been recognising/ordering numerals up to 10 and making towers of bricks to represent a given numeral. The children have really enjoyed sharing their 'All about Me' boxes with the rest of the class. It was lovely to see all of the objects and photographs that are so special to them. Thank you for taking the time to make a box with your child. The children have been busy independently making a cork board face using various materials, writing what they could see through a pair of binoculars and also making a house using a variety of 2D shapes. The children went on the field to complete a scavenger hunt to find some special items that can be found in the outdoor area. They took it in turns to take a picture from the special bag and then went on a hunt for this item using the binoculars to help them find it. The children went to find feathers, birds, acorns, earthworms, ladybirds, leaves, spider webs and dandelions. They were fascinated by the helicopter seeds and what happened when they threw them up in the air. The children then went into the chicken coop to talk to and stroke the chickens. We were all very surprised when we found that one of them had laid us an egg! Next week we will be learning the sounds i, n and m in our phonics sessions. Please note that we are having an 'Early Reading and Phonics' parent workshop on Thursday 11th October at 9.15am (in the school hall) and again at 4.30pm (in the reception classrooms). The two sessions will be covering the same material, so you only need to attend one. A letter will be coming home with the children today and we would love to see as many parents there as possible. 

W.B 8th October 2018

This week, the children have been learning all about their five senses. A day was spent exploring each sense and the children enjoyed a range of activities, from making/eating pizza, listening to the different sounds that various musical instruments made, writing down what they could see through a pair of binoculars, touching and describing different items inside a feely box and also smelling different things (they all liked the smell of the chocolate sauce, but not so much the coffee). The children have been busy independently making their own Funnybones character by sticking cotton buds onto a piece of paper to make a skeleton, making their own masks and finding out which is the most popular eye colour in reception. Next week the children's learning will be based around the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. They are going to learn to re-tell the story using a story map and also to use bears to help with their counting, addition and subtraction skills. The link below is for 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' re-told by the story's author Michael Rosen. Why not have a look at it over the next few days with your child so they start to become familiar with the plot, characters and setting of the story? 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytc0U2WAz4s

 

Next week we will be learning the sounds d, g and o in our phonics session. The children will also be continuing to practise segmenting and blending sounds when reading and writing words. 

W.B 8th October 2018

This week, the children have been learning to re-tell the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' using a story map. I hope that the children have been enjoying re-telling the story at home as well. The children have enjoyed acting out the story at school and have been busy exploring our brand new bear cave! They have made their own story maps by using various college materials to represent the different things that the family travels through. After making their story maps, the children were asked to tell an adult what happens in the story and they were very good at remembering the sequence of events! In Maths, the children have been exploring positional language and have been using numbers in different ways, e.g. deciding what number is missing from the number line, jumping/hopping the correct number of times after being shown a numeral, writing numbers on the playground using chalk and exploring the tricky concept of one more and one less than a number up to 10. The children have been independently writing about different parts of the story, cutting/sticking pictures of bears into the correct size order, playing a bear hunt track game and also making their very own bear pictures using brown paint and a plastic fork! Next week we will be learning the sounds c, k, ck and e in our phonics sessions. The children will also be continuing to practise segmenting and blending sounds for reading and writing. Please continue to support your child at home by looking at their reading books and asking them questions about the setting, events and characters in the story.

W.B 15th October 2018

This week, the children have finished their learning related to the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. During our group time sessions, the children have been changing elements of the story, including the animal found in the cave. They thought of some really good ways to describe what a giraffe looks like - one long neck, two big furry horns and four thin legs. The children really enjoyed re-telling the story of 'We're Going on a Giraffe Hunt', but due to a technical hitch I have unfortunately been unable to upload the video of the children's performance onto the school website. The children have been exploring non-fiction books and have been using them to find out more facts/information about bears. In Maths, the children have been continuing to practise writing numbers up to 10 and also playing a bear track game ensuring that they take it in turns and move the correct number of spaces forwards. They have been naming and describing the properties of a variety of 2D shapes, along with developing their positional language skills and instructing their friends to put a bear in different positions. The children have been independently making their own binoculars, writing descriptions about different animals that could be found inside the cave and painting scenes from the bear hunt story. After half term, we will be learning the sounds u and r in our phonics sessions. The children will also be learning to read tricky words and continuing to practise segmenting and blending sounds for reading and writing. I hope that you all have a lovely half term and a well deserved break, the children have worked so hard since starting in Reception and am sure are ready for a good rest. I look forward to hearing what they have been up to during their week off and will see them back at school on Tuesday 30th October. 

W.B 29th October 2018

Welcome back after half term, it is so lovely to see the children back at school and hearing about what they have been doing during their week off school. This week the children have been learning about Halloween. They have been hammering golf tees into the side of a pumpkin before attaching elastic bands to the tees and also using various natural materials to decorate a pumpkin. The children have independently been using their phonic knowledge to write a list of things that they want to buy from the shops and I was very impressed with the children being able to record the sounds that they could hear in the different words! Perhaps the children could help you to write your shopping list this week too? We have been looking at the story of Handa's Surprise and the various fruits that Handa took to her friend Akeyo. Following this, the children made their own fruit kebabs using some of the different fruits found in Handa's basket, including; mangoes, pineapples, bananas and oranges. The children have been independently counting the correct number of cheerios into a numbered cupcake case, making repeated patterns by printing with potatoes and creating their own caterpillars for our new hungry caterpillar cafe! In Maths, the children have been adding different amounts of food together and have been starting to explore money and finding different ways to make 2p, 5p and 10p, please continue to look at this when taking the children shopping and asking them to count the correct number of coins that are needed to pay for your different items. The children went on the field and sat on the logs surrounding the fire pit. Miss Abbott went through all of the rules that the children will need to follow when they come to use the fire pit at a later date, before playing a game of fruit salad. The children then read a letter written from Twig the Tree Elf where the children had to follow clues to find Twig who had managed to get himself lost. The children were shown photos of different areas of the outdoors and then had to go to each location to find the next photo. When Twig was found he had left crowns for the children to decorate with various leaves. The children were then given a leaf identification sheet to show which tree the leaves had come from. They thanked the trees for giving them such pretty leaves. Next week the children will be learning the sounds h, b, f/ff and l/ll in our phonics sessions. They will also be continuing to practise segmenting and blending sounds for reading and writing. Please continue to support your child at home by looking at their reading books and also practising reading the words in their key word books. 

W.B 5th November 2018

For Bonfire Night, the children made firework pictures using an app on the ipads. They also made patterns using firework noises, e.g. bang, whoosh, fizz, bang, whoosh, fizz and then replicated these noises using the musical instruments in the outdoor area. We hope you enjoyed watching any firework displays over the last few days. The children have also been learning all about the festival of Diwali this week. They each made and decorated their own diva lamp using clay, glittery paint and pumpkin seeds. I hope that you enjoy these when the children bring them home on Friday. In Maths, the children have been using tens frames to work on their subitising skills, exploring capacity and estimating how many cups it would take to fill up different sized containers and identifying which group of objects has more or less using the crocodile's mouth symbol. In PE, the children have been enjoying their yoga sessions. They have been practising some typical yoga poses and then have watched Cosmic Kids yoga stories and copied the different poses whilst the lady told a story. The children discussed how their bodies were feeling after yoga and many noticed that they were feeling hot, thirsty and that their heart had started to beat a bit faster. The children have started to practise for their nativity performance this week. Please could we ask that all of the children who have a speaking part practise their lines at home so that they are able to say their lines from memory. We will be practising as often as we can at school but would really appreciate your support with this at home too. Next week the children will be working in one of five phonics groups and a note of this will be written in their reading diaries on Friday so you are aware of who their teacher will be. Next week the children in Miss Blyth and Miss Cadman's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'no' and 'into' and will be learning the sounds ss, j and v in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington, Miss Gibson and Mrs Stockley's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'no' and 'into', will be learning the sound ss and will be recapping the sounds s and a in their phonics sessions. 

W.B 12th November 2018

This week, the children have finished learning about the topic of food. As a class, we investigated what happened when we put warm water over skittles. The children were firstly shown the equipment for the experiment and were asked to discuss what they thought we might be doing. The experiment was then set up and the children made some predictions about what they thought might happen, including 'The skittles will give their colour to the water' and 'Inside, the skittles will turn a different colour'. After the water had been added to the skittles, the children were amazed to see a rainbow start to appear and were then asked to make a comment about what they could see, e.g. 'The skittles have melted' and 'The bottom of the skittle is white and the top is the colour'. The children have conducted an experiment to find out what happens to a variety of food when it goes off. They made predictions as to what they thought would happen to milk, yoghurt, houmous, a banana and a slice of bread if they were not kept in the fridge and instead kept somewhere warm! This morning the children will be asked to make comments as to how these five things have changed. The children also conducted an experiment to find out what would happen to a boiled egg if it was put in coca cola, coffee, orange squash and milk. The children made some predictions about what they thought might happen, including 'The coca cola egg will turn black' and 'The egg inside the milk will stay white'. Everyone, including the teachers, were amazed to see the effects that the coca cola, coffee and orange squash had on the colour of the white boiled egg! The children made and enjoyed eating yummy flapjacks this week. They were able to follow a recipe to find out what equipment and ingredients they needed and also how much of each ingredient was needed. The children were able to measure out the ingredients using the weighing scales, mix them together in a bowl and then observe the changes that occurred as the flapjacks were cooked. The children have also been enjoying their Indian drumming sessions with Mr Suali. They needed to use two sticks to beat either side of the drum in time with Mr Suali, ensuring that they counted 1, 2, 3, 4 in their head. The children were also able to explore different paces and rhythms by beating the sticks fast and slow. The children have been independently making their own pizzas on the creative table, exploring what was inside a variety of fruit and vegetables and writing what they would like to eat for their breakfast, lunch and dinner on a particular day. Next week the children in Miss Blyth and Miss Cadman's phonics groups will be learning the sounds w, x, y and z/zz in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington, Miss Gibson and Mrs Stockley's phonics groups will be recapping the sounds t, p, i and n in their phonics sessions.

W.B 19th November

This week the children's learning has been around the topic of space. On Monday as a class we created a mind map of what the children knew about the moon and they thought of some really great ideas, including 'There is no air on the moon so you have to wear a helmet', 'You float on the moon', 'You have to be brave to go to the moon' and 'Some people think the moon is made of cheese'. The children have really enjoyed listening to the story 'Aliens Love Underpants' and have used puppets to role-play the story, as well as thinking of adjectives to describe the different aliens in the story. The children have independently been using their phonic knowledge to write facts about the moon using the mind map created earlier in the week. I was very impressed with the children being able to record the sounds that they could hear in the different words and that they were starting to write simple sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. The children have also been following algorithms to programme the bee bot to move around the space mat. They discussed with their partner how they thought the bee bot should be programmed in order to reach a variety of planets on the space mat and worked with an adult to write this as an algorithm, before using it to programme the bee bot and see if they were correct. The children have been independently making rockets using kitchen rolls and tissue paper, making planets using glittery paint and cotton buds and making rockets using a variety of 2D shapes. The children have also been continuing to practise for the nativity performance and are getting very excited to show everyone just what they can do. For children who are speaking, please continue to rehearse and practise their lines at home as much as possible. Please note that all of the children's costumes must be in school by Monday 26th November so that we are able to prepare for the dress rehearsal. Thank you for all of the donations for Children in Need this year. Round House and Wintringham together have raised a grand total of £343.62 which is fantastic. Next week the children in Miss Blyth and Miss Cadman's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'he' and 'she' and will be learning the sounds qu, sh and ch in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington, Miss Gibson and Miss Mathews' phonics groups will be recapping the sounds m, d, g and o in their phonics sessions.

W.B 26th November 2018

On Monday the children will be going to their first ever whole school assembly which will be the 'wishing the lights on' assembly. The children will need to close their eyes and wish really hard for the lights to come on the Christmas tree in the hall. They will also have the opportunity to hang their home-made Christmas decorations on the tree, so if your child has made a decoration then please remember to bring it into school on Monday morning. I have been doing benchmarking assessments on the children's reading skills this week. I am very proud of the children and how far they have progressed with their reading. A note will be written in your child's reading diary tomorrow to let you know which level book they will now be bringing home. In Maths, the children have been exploring the concept of time and have each made various o'clock times on their own clocks. They have also been exploring the concept of one less by singing the song '5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer' and also the concept of capacity by determining which sized rocket is able to hold the most and the least unifix cubes and also the reasons why. The children have independently been writing postcards from a trip to the moon, playing a space themed board game and sequencing the story 'Whatever Next', which the children have been exploring during group time this week. They used props from the story to act it out and then discussed items that baby bear should (e.g. a bottle of water and a watch) and should not (e.g. a dustpan and brush) take to the moon with him. We are looking forward to having a picnic tomorrow where the children will be able to eat some of the foods eaten by baby bear and the owl when they had their picnic on the moon. The children also enjoyed working with Isobel, a volunteer from Paxton Pits Education Centre this week. Isobel came into school to talk to the children about dormice and where they live, before they each painted a clay dormouse decoration which will be displayed on the Environmental Education Centre Tree in The St Neots United Reformed Church. We hope that you enjoy the decorations that the children have brought home as well. The children went on the field and sat on the logs surrounding the fire pit. Miss Abbott went through all of the rules that the children will need to follow when they come to use the fire pit at a later date, before playing a game of fruit salad. The children then read a letter written from Twig the Tree Elf where the children were told that they were going to be making kites to fly in the wind outside. He brought some carrier bags and string with him for the children to make their kites out of. The children really enjoyed flying their kites and seeing how far their kites would fly. They explored using different speeds, different lengths of string and holding the kite both down low and above their heads. We hope you enjoy the kites at home too. Next week the children in Miss Blyth and Miss Cadman's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'we', 'me' and 'be' and will be learning the sounds ai, th and ng in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington, Miss Gibson and Miss Matthews' phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds e, c, k and ck in their phonics sessions.

W.B 3rd December 2018

The children have been busy in Santa's workshop designing toys, wrapping them up and also putting them in Santa's sack to be delivered to lots of children on Christmas morning. The children have been making some fabulous snowmen by experimenting with different textures and also combining different media in order to create new effects. The children have also worked in a small group to make a Christingle using an orange to symbolise the world, red ribbon for Jesus' blood, a candle for light, cocktail sticks for the four seasons and sweets/raisins for all of God's wonderful creations. They also sat and listened to a presentation about Christingles and why they are made during the month of Advent. The children have been doing some shared writing where they worked with a partner to write down the facts they knew about a Christmas object, e.g. candy canes, baubles, snowmen, the three kings and Santa's elves. After their writing, each pair presented their work to the rest of the class. I was very impressed as to how each group worked together to create a shared piece of writing. In Maths, the children have been putting different lengths of tinsel into size order, exploring the concept of halving by cutting Christmas cards in half and finding a friend with the other half of their card and also exploring subtraction using snowmen. The children worked hard to record the different subtraction sums as number sentences. The children have independently been exploring Arctic animals in the snow, writing what various Christmas characters might be thinking, making a Christmas 2D shape picture and also rolling a dice to help them to create their own snowman. The children will have their Christmas lunch on Friday 14th December and will then have their Christmas party during the afternoon of Monday 17th December. There is a sign-up sheet on the classroom door for parents to sign up to bring something yummy into school. Please ensure that anything brought into school does not contain nuts. A special visitor will also be coming to visit the children before the end of term too, it is all very exciting! Next week the children in Miss Blyth and Miss Cadman's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'was' and 'my' and will be learning the sounds igh and oa in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington, Miss Gibson and Miss Matthews' phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds u, r and h in their phonics sessions.

W.B 10th December 2018

Thank you to everyone who came to the children's nativity performances this week, all of the staff were so proud of how well the children performed. They remembered their lines, spoke with clear voices and also sang beautifully! We hope that everyone who came to see the performances enjoyed it just as much as we all enjoyed putting it together! The children have been busy making reindeer hats this week ready for our Christmas lunch and our Christmas party. The children have also made their own decorations for you to enjoy at home. They made a print with their foot on an oval piece of salt dough and then used googly eyes, glittery pipe cleaners and a red sequin to make their own Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. We hope that you enjoy these when the children bring them home once they have completely dried. The children have continued to be busy in Santa's workshop designing toys, wrapping them up and also putting them in Santa's sack to be delivered to lots of children on Christmas morning. In Maths, the children have been exploring money and using it to purchase different items ready to be eaten on Christmas day and also playing a game of snowman bingo where the children had to follow instructions to cover numbers on a grid, e.g. a number that is bigger than ..... and the number that is 1 less than ..... The children have independently been writing about the nativity story, using tweezers to pick up the correct number of pom poms to use as baubles on a Christmas tree and exploring Arctic animals in the snow. The children will have their Christmas lunch tomorrow and will then have their Christmas party during the afternoon of Monday 17th December. There is a sign-up sheet on the classroom door for parents to sign up to bring something yummy into school. Please ensure that anything brought into school does not contain nuts. A special visitor will also be coming to visit the children before the end of term too, it is all very exciting! The children read a letter written from Twig the Tree Elf which outlined four Christmas challenges that the children will need to complete throughout the morning. The first challenge was to use oak leaves and crayons to create a reindeer leaf rubbing. The second challenge was to make a Christmas picture out of leaves. The children used a range of leaves and sticks and made them into either a snowman, a reindeer or Father Christmas. Carrots were also added for extra detail. The third challenge was to hunt in the orchard for a Christmas treat and the fourth challenge was to make a pine cone bird feeder. The children each spread suet feed onto the pine cone and then will be bringing them home tonight to hang in their gardens. Well done and thank you for a lovely week Wintringham!

17th December 2018

The children enjoying their Christmas party. Thank you to everyone who donated some food and drink. We all had a great time!

Christmas Reward Day - 18th December 2018 

W.B 7th January 2019

The children look very refreshed after the holiday which is a good thing as we have a very busy term ahead of us! We have started our new topic of traditional tales and this week our learning has been based around the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Please check your child's book bag as they have brought home a copy of the story map that we have been using at school. The children will then be able to practice re-telling the story from memory at home. The children have been role-playing in the three bear's cottage and acting out the story, taking on a role of one of the characters. They have also spent time changing the story to Goldilocks and the Three Elephants and also thinking of ways to change the ending of the story including; Goldilocks becoming friends with the three bears and also Goldilocks hiding under the covers and jumping out of the bedroom window when the bears were not looking! In Maths, the children have been completing word problems, e.g. if daddy bear went off to work how many bears would be left? They have been starting to record these word problems as number sentences. The children have also been exploring the concept of doubling, e.g. daddy bear eats double what mommy bear and baby bear eat, so if mommy and baby bear eat 1 bowl of porridge then daddy bear must eat 2. The children have independently been making their own bear masks, finding out and then writing facts about different types of bears, sorting materials according to whether they are hard or soft, dressing the three bears in the correct sized clothes and also designing the route that Goldilocks took when she walked to the three bear's house. Next week the children in Miss Blyth and Miss Cadman's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky word 'you' and will be learning the sounds ur and ow in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington and Miss Gibson's phonics groups will be learning the sounds j, v, w and x in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be re-capping the sounds s, a, t and p in their phonics sessions.

W.B 14th January 2019

This week our learning has been based around the story of The Gingerbread Man. I hope you have had fun re-telling the story at home using the story map that the children were given on Monday. Please keep practicing re-telling the story from memory. The children have been continuing to role-play in the three bear's cottage and also acting out the story of The Gingerbread Man in the bakery. They have been using their senses to think of adjectives to describe the gingerbread man and they thought of some great ideas, including 'smooth', 'crumbly' and 'sweet'. In Maths, the children have been exploring positional language by finding and describing the place where they found hidden gingerbread men within the classroom, the concept of one more and one less, ordinal numbers and also addition/subtraction by adding or taking away a certain number of buttons from the gingerbread man's body. Some of the children have also been practicing counting in 2s up to 20. The children have really impressed me with their writing this week. They each wrote either some or all of the repeated refrain from The Gingerbread Man story - 'Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man'. The children have independently been making a bridge for the gingerbread man to cross the river, using the pegs to count the correct number of pom-poms (buttons) onto the gingerbread man's body and making their own gingerbread men using cut up kitchen roll. I will be putting a laminated letter formation sheet in the children's book bags tomorrow where the children can use the whiteboard pen that they were previously given to practice writing their letters correctly. Please encourage the children to hold their pen using a tripod grip and to start their letters at the bottom (there is a red dot and arrow on each of the letters to show the children where they need to start from). The children went on the field and sat on the logs surrounding the fire pit. Miss Abbott went through all of the rules that the children will need to follow when the fire has been lit, e.g. staying behind the barrier of logs. The children then learnt about how a fire is made and that it needs oxygen, a heat source and fuel for it to light. They then watched Miss Abbott use a flint to start the fire and watched as she added wood. Once the flames had gone down, the children were then each given a stick and two marshmallows to toast over the fire. The children learnt which part of the fire was best to toast their marshmallows. Once they had been toasted, the children blew on them to cool them down before they ate them up, they were a bit sticky but were very yummy! At the end, the children used the charcoal from the fire to draw pictures on the trees in the field. Next week the children in Miss Blyth and Miss Cadman's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky word 'they' and will be learning the sounds oi, ear and air in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington and Miss Gibson's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'he' and 'she' and will be learning the sounds y, z/zz and qu in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be re-capping the sounds i, n, m and d in their phonics sessions.

W.B 21st January 2019

The children have been busy learning about the new topic of transport, including role playing in the garage, role playing in the bus and making a tally chart of the coloured cars found in the school car park. The children have been making 2D shape pictures of various forms of transport and were able to name and describe the properties of the different shapes that they used. Some of the children were also able to name and describe the properties of 3D shapes as well! In Maths, the children have been exploring addition and subtraction whilst going on a bus journey with children needing to get on/off the bus at different bus stops. They have also been exploring the concept of weight and ordering three items according to if they were the heaviest, lightest or in-between. The children have independently been writing their own passports, making clocks to be used in the bus role play area and making their own vehicles using a variety of different media and materials. Next week the children in Miss Blyth and Miss Cadman's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'all', 'are' and 'her' and will be learning the sounds ure and er in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington and Miss Gibson's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'we', 'me' and 'be' and will be learning the sounds sh, ch and ai in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be re-capping the sounds g, o, c and k in their phonics sessions.

W.B 28th January 2019

This week the children have been continuing to learn all about transport. The children have been exploring holidays and talking about their experiences of going on holiday, as well as helping Mr Monkey and Mr Penguin to pack a suitcase to go on their holiday (remembering that Mr Monkey will need to take things for the hot country and Mr Penguin will need to take things for the cold country). They were able to describe why Mr Monkey would need sun cream and sunglasses so as to not get burnt whilst away. The children have been writing postcards to Mrs Bryden from their chosen holiday destination. They wrote sentences including where they were, what the weather was like and also what they did there. I was very impressed by the children using their phonic knowledge to help them with their writing, along with starting to write some sentences remembering to use a capital letter at the beginning, finger spaces in between each word and a full stop at the end of the sentence. In Maths, the children have been exploring the tricky concept of number bonds to 10. They used the numicon equipment to work out what two numbers added together to make a total of 10. The children have also been rolling cars down the ramp, identifying what number the car landed on and then what one more/less than that number is. The children have independently been using the magnets to direct a train along the tracks, have been finding ways to make a boat cross the water and have also been making their own hot air balloons using paper plates and string. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will be moving onto phase 4 where they will be learning to read and write cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds qu, sh, ch and ai in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'was' and 'my' and will be learning the sounds th, ng and igh in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning the sounds j, v, w and x in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ck, e, u and r in their phonics sessions.

W.B 4th February 2019

Kung Hei Fat Choy! This means Happy New Year in Chinese, which is what the children have been learning all about this week. The children have learnt about the story of the race of the animals and found out how the rat won the race across the river. I hope you all received your copy of the Chinese New Year story map for the children to practise re-telling at home. They children have learnt that they were either born in the year of the snake (like Miss Blyth) or in the year of the horse. The have also been replicating the Chinese symbols for the animal year that they were born in. The children have been exploring Chinese landmarks and saw lots of photos of when Barnaby bear visited China last year! They have also been exploring floating and sinking where they made predictions as to what they thought was going to happen when each object was placed inside a bowl of water and then recorded using words and/or pictures to show what they had found out. The children have independently been practising their Chinese numbers by writing with chopsticks in red lentils, making Chinese dragons, making repeated dragon patterns and making their own Chinese lanterns. They have also been learning to speak a bit of Chinese, can you practise speaking Chinese like us?

 

Hello - Nin hao

Goodbye - Zàijiàn

Yes - Shi

No - Bú Shi

Happy New Year - Kung Hei Fat Choy 

 

Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ai, th, ng and igh in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'you' and 'they' and will be learning the sounds igh, oa and oo in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'he' and 'she' and will be learning the sounds x, y, z/zz in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be re-capping the sounds r, h, b and f/ff in their phonics sessions.

W.B 11th February 2019

The children have continued learning about Chinese New Year this week. They have been looking at fortune cookies and finding wishes and hopes inside them, before writing their own wish to go inside a fortune cookie. I was very proud of the children's independent writing and also their ability to apply what they have learnt in phonics! The children also worked together to change the middle of the story of Chinese New Year. Instead of the rat winning the race because he had jumped onto the ox's back, the ox threw the rat off his back, before the snake swam underneath the ox and onto the river bank becoming the new winner of the race! The children have independently been adding the correct number of buttons onto the jade emperor's coat, making their own 2D shape picture of a dragon, using paper plates to create a pig because 2019 is the year of the pig and also writing descriptions about the different animals that had a race across the river. The children also enjoyed engaging in NSPCC number day this week. To start with, the children did a wake up and shake up session where they danced to three maths related songs. They then enjoyed a variety of maths activities including; playing a game of dominoes and finding out how many domino pieces they can play before the timer runs out, playing a game of bingo by identifying numerals and exploring the concept of one more/less and also answering a number of questions by going on a treasure hunt for numbers around the classroom. The children also visited our new kindness tree in school. The children explored ways to be kind to each other and these were written on leaves to be put on the tree at a later date. The children's ideas included; holding the door open for another person, saying thank you to the ladies in the lunch hall when they give them their food and also paying each other compliments. They thought of some wonderful compliments and enjoyed spending the remainder of the day saying some lovely things to their friends. After half term, the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ee, oa, oo and ar in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be learning the sounds ee, ar and or. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'we', 'me' and 'be' will be learning the sounds qu, sh and ch in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be re-capping the sounds l and ss and will be learning the sounds j and v in their phonics sessions. I hope that you all have a lovely half term and a well deserved break, the children have worked so hard and am sure are ready for a good rest. I look forward to hearing what they have been up to during their week off and will see them back at school on Monday 25th February.

W.B 25th February 2019

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term. The children look very refreshed after the holiday which is a good thing as we have a very busy half term ahead of us! This week, the children have been learning all about princesses. They have been exploring the story of Rapunzel and learning to re-tell the story using a story map, along with ordering the story and talking about the sequence of events. The children were really able to empathise with Rapunzel and her family and spoke in detail about the reasons behind their actions, including why the husband stole the witches lettuce out of her garden. The children have been role playing in the hairdressing salon taking on the role of either a customer or the hairdresser. They have also been role playing in the police station taking on the role of a police officer. The children have independently been using non standard units to measure the length of Rapunzel's hair, exploring which material is best to make a hair bobble out of and also making castles using junk modelling boxes. I have been doing benchmark assessments on the children's reading skills this week. I am very proud of the children and how far they have progressed with their reading. A note will be written in your child's reading diary if your child has been moved up a reading level (this will be done when the books are changed tomorrow). Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds or, ur, ow and oi in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky word 'you' and will be learning the sounds ur, ow and oi in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning the sounds ai, ee, th and ng in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning the sounds w, x, y and z/zz in their phonics sessions.

W.B 4th March 2019

This week, the children have continued to learn all about princesses. They have carried on exploring the story of Rapunzel and learning to re-tell the story using a story map, along with ordering the story and talking about the sequence of events. The children have been role-playing in the hairdressing salon taking on the role of either a customer or the hairdresser. They have also been playing in the police station taking on the role of a police officer. The children have independently been using non standard units to measure the length of Rapunzel's hair, building their own towers and also writing out the key events from the story. For Pancake Day, the children got to choose which toppings they would like for their pancake and they could choose between lemon juice, sugar, jam, golden syrup and chocolate spread. They were very yummy! Before home time, we all went outside to have a pancake race. The children were split into two teams and had to run from one end of the playground to the front of our classroom, flip their pancake and then run back! The end result was a draw between the two teams and we all had a lot of fun doing it. I have been doing phonics assessments this week. I am very proud of the children and how far their have progressed with their phonic knowledge. Please note on Tuesday next week, the children will be having their first dance lesson with Miss Jones. Please ensure that the children's PE kits are in school for Tuesday and that long hair is tied back and earrings are removed on that day. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds oi, ear, air and ure in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky word 'they' and will be learning the sounds oi, ear and air in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'was' and 'my' and will be learning the sounds ng, igh and oa in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'he' and 'she' and will be learning the sounds z/zz, qu and sh in their phonics sessions. 

7th March 2019 - World Book Day - We have had a wonderful day celebrating our favourite books! 

W.B 11th March 2019

This week the children have started to explore the topic of superheroes and specifically real life superheroes. During group time, the children have been looking at heroes found in the local area and what they do for us. We have explored the role of the police and what they do to keep us safe. The children each wrote their own police incident report by taking on a role of a police officer. They thought of some great ideas as to why the police would be needed in certain situations, e.g. 'Lightning McQueen crashed into a car' and 'A child is lost'. I was very impressed with the children's writing and their ability to write simple sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. The children also enjoyed their first dance lesson of the term this week. They were able to follow instructions in order to learn a short routine. In groups, the children performed their routine and gave each other feedback. At the end of the lesson, the children enjoyed playing a game of musical statues. They are already looking forward to their next dance lesson with Miss Jones later on in the term. The children have been role-playing in the hairdressing salon taking on the role of either a customer or the hairdresser. They have also been playing in the police station taking on the role of a police officer. The children have independently been painting their own wanted posters, using tissue paper to create police cars, labelling a picture of a police officer and writing secret messages using white wax crayons on white paper and then revealing the message using water colours. The children enjoyed a Stick Man themed forest school session this week. Firstly, they were asked to run and touch different objects on the field, e.g. something that is soft, five daises, a tree and even to try to catch the wind! The children were then each given a spring checklist to complete and had to try and find the various items around the field. Examples of these included; dandelions, helicopter seeds, feathers, worms and ladybirds. The children had to tick the items off their list once they had found them. The children were then given their own stick man and in pairs had to hide the stick man and give instructions to their partner so that they would be able to find him. They then swapped over and took it in turns to hide and seek. Some of the instructions the children used included; 'Stick man is up in the tree' and 'Stick man is under the table'. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds er, qu, sh and ch in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'all', 'are' and 'her' and will be learning the sounds ure and er in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'you' and 'they' and will be learning the sounds oo, ee and ar in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'we', 'me' and 'be' and will be learning the sounds ch, ai and th in their phonics sessions. 

W.B 18th March 2019

This week the children have continued to explore the topic of superheroes and specifically real life superheroes. During group time, the children have been looking at heroes found in the local area and what they do for us and also discussing the superpowers that the children have themselves (including the superpower to make other people laugh). They have been exploring whether different materials are waterproof by squirting water onto them using a pipette and seeing if the material lets the water through or not. This was done so that the firefighters could use one of these materials to make a new jacket after their usual one now has a hole in it! The children have also been exploring the concept of addition and have been using their fingerprints to represent a variety of numbers in a number sentence. The children have independently been using the tweezers to rescue letters from the slime, making their own fire engines out of junk modelling boxes and using the numicon to make their own numicon cities. In Maths, the children have been looking at money. They had to find the right coins that were needed in order to buy equipment for different firefighters, e.g. a pair of boots costs 5p and a helmet costs 10p. The children have also been exploring the tricky concept of number bonds to 10. They used the numicon equipment to work out what two numbers added together to make a total of 10. They were then able to match two numbered roads together so that the fire engine could drive down the road and rescue the princess from her castle. In the outdoor area, the children have been using spray bottles to put out pretend fires. The children needed to read either the tricky words by sight or segment and blend the sounds in cvc and cvcc words in order to them spray the word and put out the fire. The children have really impressed me with their reading skills. We have organised a visit from the local fire brigade for the last week of term so please encourage your children to think of some questions to ask the firefighters about their jobs. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds er, qu, sh and ch in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'all', 'are' and 'her' and will be learning the sounds ure and er in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'you' and 'they' and will be learning the sounds oo, ee and ar in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'we', 'me' and 'be' and will be learning the sounds ch, ai and th in their phonics sessions.

W.B 25th March 2019

The children have been learning about the Easter story this week and the reason why Christian people celebrate at Easter time. During group time, the children carried out an experiment to find out which materials would protect the egg from cracking if it was dropped from the same height. We discussed the need for a fair test and the children made predictions as to what would happen when the egg was dropped, e.g. for the feathers, some of the children predicted that the egg would not crack because the feathers were soft, whereas other children thought that it would crack because there was not enough feathers to protect the egg. The children were eager to find out if their predictions were correct and were able to discuss the reasons as to why the egg either cracked completely or just a little bit. The children also enjoyed having an egg and spoon race where we explored ordinal numbers. The children were split into two teams and had to walk from one end of the playground to the front of our classroom and then back again, trying not to drop the egg. The end result was a draw between the two teams which resulted in Miss Edgington and Miss Rose having a go where they also drew! Everyone had a lot fun doing it and it made everyone giggle whenever the egg fell off the spoon! The children have independently been writing their own Easter cards, exploring symmetry and what it means (the children used a mirror to make sure that they drew both sides of the egg exactly the same) and writing about the life cycle of a chick. In the outdoor area, the children have been reading tricky words by sight and segmenting and blending the sounds in cvc and cvcc words written on one half of an Easter egg and finding the picture printed on the other half of the egg. They have continued to impress me with their reading skills. The children have been working really hard to make Mother's Day cards for their lovely mommies this week. They painted their hands green and printed this onto a piece of card before printing colourful petals using their fingerprints. They then discussed why they loved their mommy and also wrote some lovely messages inside their cards. I hope that you all have a lovely Mother's Day on Sunday - make sure you put your feet up and relax! The children went to watch The Megson Show this week. This was a music concert where the children enjoyed singing and dancing to a number of new songs whilst the performers played instruments like the accordion and the banjo. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds sh, ch, ai and th in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'all', 'are' and 'her' and will be re-capping the sounds j and v in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning the sounds ee, ar and or in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'was' and 'my' and will be learning the sounds ai, th and ng in their phonics sessions.

W.B 1st April 2019

This week the children have continued to learn about the Easter story and the reason why Christian people celebrate at Easter time. The children have independently been writing captions using pictures they have found inside a plastic egg, making their own chicks and Easter bunnies and working out whether addition and subtraction sums were either true or false. In the outdoor area, the children have continued to read tricky words by sight or segmenting and blending the sounds in cvc and cvcc words written on one half of an Easter egg and have been finding the picture printed on the other half of the egg. The children have continued to impress me with their reading skills. The children have also enjoyed making Easter baskets this week. They coloured in their Easter basket and once it was assembled together they put inside some shredded paper, a chick, two glittery polystyrene eggs and two mini eggs. The children will also be making Easter nests where they will break up chocolate squares to be melted in the microwave, before mixing the melted chocolate with shredded wheat, spooning the mixture into cake cases and adding mini eggs to their nests. The children were very lucky to have a visit from the local fire brigade this week. The fire fighters firstly gave the children a tour of the fire engine and talked to the children all about the different equipment that they carry with them for emergencies. The children learnt that the tallest ladder that they used was in fact 35 meters in length and the fire fighters use this to rescue people from their houses and also cats from trees! After that, the children watched as one of the fire fighters squirted water out of the hose. They saw the different settings that the hose has and enjoyed watching rainbows appear each time the water was squirted. At the end of the session, the children were able to ask the fire fighters some questions to find out more information about their job. Examples of these questions include; 'Where does the water come from?' and 'Why is your helmet yellow?' Hopefully we have some budding fire fighters amongst the reception children now! The children also enjoyed their second dance lesson of the term with Miss Jones. They were able to follow instructions in order to learn a short routine. In groups, the children performed their routine and gave each other feedback. At the end of the lesson, the children enjoyed playing a game of musical statues. After Easter, the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ai, th and ng in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'all' and 'are' and will be re-capping the sounds v and w in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning the sounds or and ur in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'was' and 'my' and will be learning the sounds ng and igh in their phonics sessions.

Easter Reward Day - 5th April 2019

W.B 22nd April 2019

We have begun our new topic on dinosaurs. The children have been learning all about different types of dinosaurs, exploring how they moved, the sounds that they made and also what they liked to eat. I wonder if they can remember what the words herbivore and carnivore mean? The children have also been finding out some more facts about dinosaurs using non-fiction books. Some of the children changed the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' to 'Were Going on a Dinosaur Hunt'. They used various media and materials to create their own story maps and enjoyed re-telling the story using words as well as actions. On Monday, the children saw photos of a T-Rex that had been in Wrens classroom over the holiday and they have enjoyed talking about the dinosaur and what what he was doing in Round House. The children noticed from the photo that the T-Rex had kicked Miss Blyth over and Miss Gibson was shouting for help! The children then enjoyed looking at and writing about the photos of themselves with two T-Rexs. The children wrote about what was happening in the photo and how they would feel if two dinosaurs were really standing behind them! In maths, the children have been practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s as well as exploring money and looking at how to create different amounts using various coins. The children could practise this the next time they go to the shops! The children have independently been labelling dinosaurs, reading real and nonsense words on dinosaur bones, sharing dinosaur eggs fairly and also making dinosaur skeletons. Miss Cadman brought an egg into school on Tuesday and the children have been enjoying watching the egg start to crack whilst submerged in a bowl of water. The children have been drawing and writing predictions as to what they think is inside the egg. Once whatever is inside the egg has hatched, we will ask the children to write down some ideas of what we could call it. We have been making the most of the warm weather this week and the children have been spending time learning and exploring in the outdoor area. We hope that the warm weather continues! The children are excited to learn some information about volcanoes. Any information you can find out at home about dinosaurs or volcanoes will be greatly appreciated. Have a look on the internet or in a book at the library to find out some information to share with the rest of the class. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'oh', 'their' and 'people' and will be learning the sounds ay, ou and ie in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds igh, ee, oa and oo in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds x, y, z/zz and qu in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky word 'you' and will be learning the sounds ur, ow and oi in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'you' and 'they' and will be learning the sounds oa, oo and ar in their phonics sessions.

W.B 29th April 2019

We have continued to learn about dinosaurs this week. The children have been finding out some more facts about dinosaurs using non-fiction books. They have also been thinking about the role of palaeontologists and how they work hard to discover fossils in order to find out more information about a variety of dinosaurs. The children were then able to make their own dinosaur fossils using salt dough and enjoyed using different tools to create the outline and features of a dinosaur skeleton. We have also had a discussion this week as to what actually happened to make dinosaurs extinct, the children voted as to whether they thought it was due to a meteorite landing on Earth, a volcanic eruption, a change in temperature or even due to a large number of biting insects which passed diseases around the dinosaur herds. The children changed the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' to 'We're Going on a Triceratops Hunt'. They enjoyed thinking of different things the family would face as they went on their hunt, including a very hot volcano and a big hard rock, before finding the triceratops hiding up in a tree. In maths, the children have been practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, along with exploring the concept of distance, capacity and money. We would really like to receive some 'Star Moments' from home when the children are independently able to count in 2s (up to 20), in 5s (up to 50) and in 10s (up to 100). The children have independently been writing about a variety of dinosaurs that were found inside a dinosaur egg, making their own dinosaurs using either pasta shells or white paint and also programming the bee bots to move around a dinosaur map. Just as the children were leaving for forest school this week, it started to rain so they had to find some shelter outside. Whilst they were waiting for the rain to stop, they listened to the noises it made and also sang some songs about the rain. When it had stopped raining enough for the children to go outside, they went onto the playground and used powder paint to mix lots of colours together in the puddles. They explored all of the different colours they could make. The children then went onto the field and had ten seconds to look at lots of different objects underneath a cloth. Miss Abbott then covered the items up and the children had to find something that they had seen. The children then got into partners and took it in turns to close their eyes and guess the object their partner had brought to them. Finally, the children did some bug hunting and they used white paper to shake insects from the trees. They spotted ants, aphids and lots of spiders! Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will be learning the sounds ea, oy and ir in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ar, or and ur in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds sh, ch and ai in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky word 'they' and will be learning the sounds oo and ar in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning the sounds or, ur and ow in their phonics sessions. 

W.B 6th May 2019

We have started to explore the topic of animals and have been focusing in particular on zoo animals. During group time, we have been exploring different animal habitats, along with reading the story Dear Zoo. The children thought of reasons why different animals would not be suitable as a pet, e.g. an elephant would just stomp around your house and break all of your things! The children have really impressed me with their amazing writing this week. They have been writing 'What am I?' descriptions where they have been really thinking about what an animal looks like, e.g. 'It has a long neck' for a giraffe and also what an animal can do, e.g. 'It can talk' for a parrot. Once completed, the children have been using these to see if their friends are able to guess which animal they were describing. In maths, the children have been practising counting in 2s/5s/10s, exploring the concept of one more and one less and also counting on/back from a given number using a number line. The children have independently been writing their own animal books, matching wild animals to the correct habitats and practising counting on/back along a number line to work out the answer to a variety of addition and subtraction sums. The children have also had the opportunity to work with Mr Cornell, our art specialist, this week where they created a large sculpture of a pterodactyl and a large sculpture of a T-Rex using cardboard. They then used paper mache to cover the two dinosaurs and have begun painting them as well. We are all very excited to see the finished products very soon. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'Mr', 'Mrs', 'looked', 'called' and 'asked' and will be learning the sounds ir, ue and aw in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ur, ow, oi and ear in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ai, th, ng and igh in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning the sounds ar, or and ur in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning the tricky word 'you' and will be learning the sounds ow, oi and ear in their phonics sessions. 

W.B 13th May 2019

The children have had another exciting week learning all about animals. During group time, the children worked together to create a story about a horse and the adventures she had with her owner. One day the horse and her owner went for a ride in the forest but suddenly a tree fell on top of them! They were trapped but luckily a friendly vet came along to save them. The children have also been doing some shared writing this week where they were split into pairs to write down the facts they knew about different animals. After their writing, each group presented their work to the rest of the class. I was very impressed as to how each group worked together to create a shared piece of writing. The children have also been doing some observational paintings of different animals, taking into consideration what colour the animal is and also the various markings found on their chosen animal. In maths, the children have been playing a Kim's game in order to explore subtraction where they had to remember how many animals were taken away each time, as well as which animals were taken. They have also been exploring number bonds up to 10 by using a tens frame and counters and had a go at recording what they had found in a number sentence. The children have independently been making a tally chart to explore which was the most and least popular sea creature in reception, writing their own stories by selecting a story card and also writing their own animal fact files. The children have also been painting the two dinosaur sculptures that they had made with Mr Cornell last week. They used sponges as well as paintbrushes to paint the dinosaurs and also explored mixing colours together in order to make the desired colour for the pterodactyl. The two sculptures are looking great and the children are using the T-Rex sculpture within the palaeontology laboratory role play area. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will be learning the sound wh in their phonics session. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sound air in their phonics session. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be re-capping the sound oa in their phonics session. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning the sound ow in their phonics session. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning the sound air in their phonics session. 

W.B 20th May 2019

The children have had another exciting week learning all about animals. During group time, the children listened to the story of The Little Red Hen and discussed whether they agree or disagree about the hen not sharing the loaf of bread she made with the dog, the cat and the duck. What do you think she should have done at the end of the story? Why do you think that? The children have also been doing some shared writing this week where they were split into pairs to write down the facts they knew about different farmyard animals. After their writing, each group presented their work to the rest of the class. I was very impressed as to how each group worked together to create a shared piece of writing. The children have also been exploring animals from around the world and discussed the reasons as to why certain animals were best suited to specific climates, e.g. a polar bear living where it is cold and fish living in water. We also discussed the word 'camouflage', what it meant and how it helps certain animals to catch their prey and also not to be eaten by any predators! In maths, the children have been playing a Kim's game to explore the concept of subtraction, have been making their own animal shape pictures using a variety of 2D shapes and have been doubling and halving spots on a ladybird's wings. The children have independently been writing the story of The Little Red Hen, using wind up turtles to have a race along a track in order to explore ordinal numbers and also creating their very own paper plate parrots. In the outdoor area, the children helped Mrs Legender to plant some potatoes in one of the big tractor tyres. We are all very excited to see them grow and hopefully use them to make some yummy potato salad! I hope that you all have a lovely half term and a well deserved break, the children have worked so hard this half term and am sure are ready for a good rest. I look forward to hearing what they have been up to during their week off and will see you back at school on Tuesday 4th June where we will be starting with our topic on minibeasts. 

W.B 3rd June 2019

Welcome back! I hope you have all had a lovely half term. The children look very refreshed after the holiday which is a good thing as we have a busy half term ahead of us! This week, the children have started to learn about mini beasts. They have thought of an amazing poem all about snails during group time. I was really impressed with their ideas and also their ability to think of words that rhyme. The children have been busy solving problems involving mini beasts, e.g. if there are 8 caterpillars on a leaf and 3 go to make a chrysalis, how many caterpillars will be left? Can you think of your own mini beast problem solving question that you can ask a friend? The children have also been exploring the tricky concept of halving and what that means. They found out how to easily halve even numbers and were even able to explain the way that you can do it. The children have worked with Mrs Mott to plant some sunflower seeds in one of the small tyres in the reception outdoor area. We are having a competition between the three reception classes to see which sunflower grows the tallest and which one has the largest diameter. We are all looking forward to seeing the seeds grow and to find out the winner of the competition. The children have independently been reading very small tricky words using a magnifying glass, making spider webs using glue and glitter and also role playing in the mini beast laboratory. We are all very excited about our upcoming trip to Paxton Pits. Unless indicated on your permission slip, please ensure that your child brings a packed lunch on the day, as well as wearing their school uniform (it is essential that the children wear long trousers as they will be walking through the nature reserve). The children need to wear comfortable trainers and bring a sun hat, sun cream, water bottle and a raincoat with them inside a backpack that they will be able to carry themselves. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will be learning the sounds ph, ew and oe in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be moving onto phase 4 where they will be learning to read and write cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words. The children in Mrs Pritchard's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds oo, ee, ar and or in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky word 'you' and will be learning the sounds oi, ear and air in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'they', 'her', 'all' and 'are' and will be learning the sounds ure and er in their phonics sessions.

W.B 10th June 2019

The children have had another exciting week learning all about mini beasts. They have been thinking of a list of rules to look after mini beasts and talked about fears and phobias towards different mini beasts. They also played a game of 'Guess the Mini Beast' where they needed to listen to a variety of clues given before guessing which mini beast was being described. The children then took it in turns to think of a mini beast and use a number of adjectives to describe it for the rest of the class to guess.The children have been working really hard to make Father's Day cards for their lovely mommies, daddies and grandads this week. They used painted footprints to make an outline of a racing car, before painting two wheels and sticking on a picture of themselves as the racing car driver. The children then wrote some lovely messages inside their cards and also spoke about the reasons why they loved their moms, dads and grandads. I hope that you all have a lovely Father's Day on Sunday - make sure you put your feet up and relax. The children have independently been practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, exploring the mini beast small world area and returning different mini beasts back to their original homes using a pair of tweezers. The children have been practising for the upcoming Sports Day where they have been running down the race track and having an egg and spoon race. They also enjoyed cheering on the rest of the children as they were having a go at both of the races. We are all very excited about our trip to Paxton Pits on Wednesday. Unless indicated on your permission slip, please ensure that your child brings a packed lunch on the day, as well as wearing their school uniform (it is essential that the children wear long trousers as they will be walking through the nature reserve). The children need to wear comfortable trainers and bring a sun hat, sun cream, water bottle and a raincoat with them inside a backpack that they will be able to carry themselves. Please note that we are holding the reception talent show auditions during the afternoon of Wednesday 26th June. If children have music, please make sure it is on a named CD. If they have a costume or a change of clothes, please put it in a named carrier bag and they can get changed after lunchtime. I am looking forward to seeing all of the talent the children have to offer! Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will be learning to spell the tricky words 'said', 'so', 'have' and 'like' in their phonics session. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4 in their phonics session. The children in Mrs Pritchard's phonics group will be re-capping the sound or in their phonics session. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning the sound air in their phonics session. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'all' and 'are' in their phonics session. 

Wednesday 19th June 2019

We have had an amazing trip to Paxton Pits this week. We had so much fun mini beast hunting, pond dipping, bird watching, building a home for an otter, making a nature crown, making a large willow tree and also making a pond. The children all behaved very well and were an absolute credit to the school. I am so proud of how all of the children conducted themselves throughout the day and I hope they enjoyed it just as much as all of the adults did! Well done everyone. On Tuesday 25th June, straight after school, we are inviting parents to stay behind to look at the photos taken from our trip and to discuss these with your child. We are looking forward to welcoming lots of parents into school. 

Friday 21st June 2019

The children firstly walked up to Auntie's Woods and gathered on a big log to listen to a letter from Twig the Tree Elf. He said he had left a special story for the children to listen to and some ice pops for them to eat. After listening to the story 'Stanley's Stick', the children had to go and find their most favourite stick in the woods and look at the features of it, what made their stick so special to them? The children then played a game of hide and seek with their stick. After that, the children imagined that their stick was not really a stick but in fact something else, just like in the story. Some of the children turned their stick into back scratchers and others into unicorn horns! All of the children then made their stick into a journey stick by collecting items from around the woods and adding it to their twine. What a lovely end to our Forest School sessions. 

W.B 24th June 2019

The children have had another exciting week learning all about mini beasts. They had a great time changing the nursery rhyme 'Little Miss Muffet'. They had to think of two words that rhymed when changing the poem and here are three examples of the children's ideas - 

 

Little Miss  Muffet sat on a boat,

Eating a cherry cupcake.

Along came a spider who sat own beside her,

And she jumped into a lake!

 

Little Miss Muffet sat on a table,

Eating her really long noodles.

Along came a spider who sat down beside her,

And she went to walk her pet poodle!

 

Little Miss Muffet sat on a toadstool,

Eating her vegetable soup.

Along came a spider who sat down beside her,

And then she went in the chicken coop!

 

Lots of fun and laughter was had thinking of words that rhymed with what food Little Miss Muffet was eating. We hope you like the children's poems! The children went on a mini beast hunt in the reception garden and also on the field. They created their own chart to record which mini beasts they had found and enjoyed comparing with their friends as to which mini beasts had been found and also where. The children have started to write about our recent trip to Paxton Pits. I have been really impressed as to what the children have remembered about the trip and also that they are starting to write at length. This will stand them in good stead when they move into year one and this activity will continue next week. In Maths, the children have been exploring the concept of one more/less and also two more/less by throwing beanbags onto a specific number on a number line and also looking at lines of symmetry. The children learnt that the two wings on a butterfly are symmetrical because they have exactly the same pattern on each of their wings. The children have independently been recreating the life cycle of a butterfly using different shaped pasta, writing their own fact file about their chosen mini beast and also rescuing flies from a spider's web using a pair of tweezers. A big well done to all of the children in reception who took part in our talent show auditions yesterday. I was so proud to see how much confidence and courage the children had. If your child has been voted to go through to the final which will take place in a couple of weeks time, you will receive a letter about this by the end of next week. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will be learning the sounds i_e, o_e, a_e and u_e in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4 in their phonics sessions. The children in Mrs Pritchard's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ear, air, ure and er in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'all', 'are' and 'her' and will be re-capping the sounds j and v in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be re-capping the sounds w, x, y and z/zz in their phonics sessions. 

W.B 1st July 2019

We have had one final week learning abut mini beasts. The children have been thinking of a list of rules to look after mini beasts and talked about fears and phobias towards different mini beasts. The children have also been exploring the book 'Yucky Worms'. They were firstly shown an illustration with the text and the worm that Gran was holding concealed. The children discussed who the characters were, what they were doing, what they were thinking/saying and what was in the ladies hand. The children then freeze framed the scene in pairs and used this opportunity to explain what their character was thinking/saying. The children were surprised when the worm was revealed in Gran's hand, after thinking she was holding a spade to dig up the flowers that the boy had planted in his garden. After this, the children discussed how they felt about worms and completed a comparison chart outlining reasons why they do and do not like worms and also why. The children have now finished writing about their recent trip to Paxton Pits. I have been really impressed as to what the children have remembered about the trip and also that they are starting to write at length. This will stand them in good stead when they move into year one. On Tuesday this week the children spent time in year one to familiarise themselves with the environment in readiness for September. This will happen again during Tuesday afternoon next week. At the end of term, all of the children will receive a transition booklet for year one which I hope they will enjoy looking at over the summer holiday. We looked through this together during group time this week and the children could talk through many of the similarities and differences between reception and year one. The children have independently been painting rocks to turn them into a mini beast of their choice, using both standard and non standard measures to measure the length of a variety of worms and writing facts that they know about worms. The reception children have been working really hard preparing for the fiver challenge this week. The children in Wintringham made home-made lemonade, the children in Wrens made their own book marks and the children in Robins held a guess the number of lego bricks inside the jar competition. So far, reception have raised a total of £48.43. Thank you to everyone who came to support the children, it is really much appreciated. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will be learning the sounds o_e, a_e, u_e and e_e in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4 in their phonics sessions. The children in Mrs Pritchard's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds air, ure, er and j in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky word 'her' and will be re-capping the sounds j, v and w in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be re-capping the sounds x, y, z/zz and qu in their phonics sessions. 

W.B 8th July 2019

We have been thinking about birthdays and parties and have used our group time sessions to read the story of Kipper's Birthday and also to model writing both a birthday party invitation and a shopping list to buy party food. The children have been writing their own party invitations inviting their friends to their next birthday party, they thought of some lovely ideas for a party including; a dinosaur party, a fairy party and a superhero party. The children have independently been wrapping different sized presents, making party hats, writing birthday cards and comparing the weight of different party food. We have been making the most of the warm weather and the children have also enjoyed learning outside this week. As the children have enjoyed learning in the outdoor area so much this year, it would be lovely for you to try and go to the woods at some point over the summer holiday and complete one or two of the 30 Days Wild challenges which include; looking up at the clouds and talking about what shapes you can see, drawing a map of the woods and marking where you see any wildlife, finding the colours of the rainbow in the woods, e.g. a red ladybird and a yellow flower and also creating a piece of artwork using leaves, pine cones, feathers and twigs, for example. On Tuesday this week the children spent time in the ice zone to familiarise themselves with both the environment and the activities in readiness for September. This will happen again during Tuesday afternoon next week. At the end of term, all of the children will receive a transition booklet for year one which I hope they will enjoy looking at over the summer holiday. We looked through this together again this week and the children could talk through many of the similarities and differences between reception and year one. I would like to say a big well done to our Round House and Wintringham's Got Talent finalist who came third in the competition this week. You performed your dance so beautifully and with such grace and confidence. I am extremely proud of you and you should be very proud of yourself too. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ay, ou, ie and ea in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4 in their phonics sessions. The children in Mrs Pritchard's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds v, w, x and y in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds x, y, z/zz and qu in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be re-capping the sounds sh, ch, th and ai in their phonics sessions. 

Summer Reward Day - 19th July 2019

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