Open classroom – Stay and Play on Monday 10th December

On Monday 10th December, the Reception team would like to invite you to a stay and play session with your child from 2:30pm until 2:50pm. You will have the opportunity to complete a range of activities with your child and explore the learning environment in Reception.

Please enter through the Avenue Road gate and make your way to the school office, where you will be met by Mrs Farrant. At the end of the session (2:50pm) you will be able to wait on the playground (Dorset Road)  until the children are dismissed at 3:05pm. We look forward to seeing you then.

The Reception team.

Next week’s learning

Next week in phonics we will continue to recap the phase 2 sounds.  We will then blend and segment a variety of words. We will also recap the  tricky words I, no, go, into, to, the and of.  We will also continue to learn the letter names and their position in the alphabet.

In maths we will be focusing on weight. We will discuss which objects are light or heavy. We will then compare and order objects of different weights, identifying which object is the lightest and heaviest. We will then demonstrate how to use the balancing scales and take turns to weigh different objects. We will also explore capacity and discuss how many cups or spoonfuls of water it takes to fill different containers. We will then order the containers by the amount that they hold e.g. empty, half full, nearly full and full.

In topic, we will continue with our focus on Christmas.  We will listen to the story ‘Maisy’s Christmas Eve’, by Lucy Cousins and answer questions about it.  During circle time we will discuss what we would like for Christmas. Using our knowledge from our performance of ‘A Wriggly Nativity’, we will order the events of the first Christmas.

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This week’s learning

In phonics this week we have been consolidating our knowledge of the phase 2 sounds g and p. We had a go at segmenting the words and writing them on the mini whiteboards. We remembered to use our sounds mats to help us. After, we had a go at writing a sentence. We have also practised blending words with these sounds in. We read a range of words and matched them to the correct picture. We also recapped the vowel sounds and tried to identify them in different words. At the end of the week, we revised the tricky words: to, the, I, no and go.  We also practised reading the high frequency words: it, is, in, at, and, as well as learning how to write them in a sentence.

In maths, we have focused on length and distance. We started the week by discussing length and how we can measure different items. We had a go at comparing different objects from around the classroom, identifying which one was longer or shorter. We learnt that when measuring length, it is important to measure from the same starting point.

In the playground we investigated distance using bean bags. We practised throwing the bean bags to see where they landed. We then used mathematical language, such as further/closer to identify the bean bag that had landed furthest or closest to us. We then had a problem to solve. The animals wanted to get back to their homes but needed help from us to take the shortest route. We worked out how to find the shortest route by counting the squares on each path.

    

In topic this week we discussed Christmas. We had a look at some pictures that related to Christmas. We then chose a picture to describe to our talk partners. We used our sound mats to help us write about the picture we had chosen. We also discussed what people may send to each other at Christmas and then decided to create our own Christmas cards. We listened to a story about St Nicholas and discussed how St Nicholas was similar or different to Santa.

    

Enjoy the weekend.

Christmas Shows

Reception are really looking forward to their Christmas performances next week. Please note that audience members will need to enter and exit the school via the Avenue road gate for all of our performances.  Children should be brought into school and collected at normal times from the Dorset road gate.

Thank you

 

Next week’s learning

Next week in phonics we will continue to recap our phase 2 sounds. We will blend and segment a variety of words containing the sounds g and p. We will also recap tricky words and vowels.

In maths we will be focusing on length and distance. We will discuss how we can measure the length of items. We will then compare and order objects of different lengths, identifying which object is the longest and shortest. We will also explore distance and practise identifying the objects that are furthest and closest.

In topic, we will focus on Christmas.  We will look at pictures relating to Christmas and describe what we can see. We will then have a go at writing about the picture we choose. The children will also have fun designing and creating their own Christmas cards. At the end of the week we will discuss and compare Santa with St Nicholas.

This week’s learning

In phonics we recapped the sounds b, d, e, f and l. We practised blending words and then used a sound mat to help us write words and sentences. We learnt the names for each alphabet letter and played a game where we had to find the missing letter. We also practised singing an alphabet song.

We have revised the tricky words: to, the, I, no and go.  We also practised reading the high frequency words: it, is, in, at, and, as well as learning how to write them in a sentence.

In maths, we have focused on subtraction (taking away). We began the week by recapping one more and one less. We then learnt how to take away a number from a group of apples on a tree.  Our monster puppet demonstrated subtraction by eating a number of objects from a group.  The children helped the puppet by telling him the number sentence e.g. 4-2=2. We taught the monster puppet that when we take away the numbers get smaller. We helped the monster puppet to correct his mistakes by showing him how to take away and by telling him what to do next.

           

In topic, we talked about and compared the different seasons, focusing on winter . We found out why animals hibernate and how winter is similar and different in other countries.  We read ‘One Snowy Night’, by Nick Butterworth and discussed how the characters were feeling and why.  On Tuesday, the children were amazed to find that Santa had visited their classroom. Along with his snowy footprints, he left them a letter asking them what they would like for Christmas. The children were then very excited to write letters to Santa.

         

This week, in preparation for our performance of  ‘A Wriggly Nativity’, the children completed their dress rehearsals and were fantastic at singing and remembering their lines. We look forward to seeing you next week at the performances and hope that you enjoy the show!

The Reception team.