This week’s learning

In phonics, we continued recapping the phase 3 sounds. We revisited the digraphs ngai, and th (short sound e.g. thin)Throughout the week we blended and segmented words containing these sounds, as well as reading and writing sentences. We revised writing the tricky words he, she and me.  We also continued to practise the letter names in the alphabet.

In maths, we focused on doubling numbers up to 10. We introduced the concept of doubling by reading a story about a space dog that travels through a portal. We learnt that when we double, we add the same number twice and the number will always get bigger. We explored doubling through a variety of games. 

On Monday, we were keen to look at how our ducklings have grown. We were surprised to see that they have changed greatly over the last few days! We then had the opportunity to have a closer look at the ducklings and we enjoyed putting them in our water tray for a swim.

We discussed how all living things have a life cycle, including animals, plants and humans, and then we learnt about the life cycle of our ducks. We ordered pictures of the life cycle of a duck and wrote about each step of the cycle. At the end of the week, we learnt about what the ducklings will need in order to survive e.g. shelter, warmth, food, water.

On Thursday, we celebrated ‘Everybody Writes Day’. We listened to the poem ‘Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth and used the daffodils as inspiration for our own daffodil writing.

Enjoy the holidays. We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 23rd April.

The Reception team.

Next week’s learning 23.4.19

In phonics, we will continue recapping phase 3. We will recap the digraphs ee and the trigraph igh. We will practise blending and segmenting a variety of words containing the ee sound, as well as finding the real/alien words by throwing a beanbags onto the real words. We will also be writing a variety of words containing the sound igh.

In maths, we will practise recognising numbers up to 20 by playing a range of games. We will start the week with a game of pass the parcel to support number recognition and end the week by making numbers to 20 using the Numicon. 

We will introduce our new topic ‘To Infinity and Beyond’. We will start the week by looking at real life superheroes and discussing what we want to be when we grow up. On Wednesday we will have our Hook day and we will start the day by designing our own superhero. The children will then have the opportunity to move in a variety of ways as if they were a superhero and they will complete an exciting obstacle course. The children will discuss the super powers they would like if they were a real superhero. Finally, we will listen to the story ‘Super Daisy and the Peril of Planet Pea’ and answer questions about the story.

Class Teacher Awards

Well done to the following children who received a Class Teacher’s Award this week:

June Bug: Maya and Emily

IWS: Alfie and Zayna

Rainbow Bug: Ryuzgiar and Akif

Centipede: Ruby and Zain

Congratulations to the following children who received a Year Group Leader’s or Phase Leader’s Award:

Year Group Leader’s Award: Ahaana (JB) Denise (RB) Isla (RB) Bonnie (IWS)  Mason P (IWS) KJ (IWS) Amelia (IWS) Alfie (IWS) Evie (RB) Savar (RB) Nicholas (RB)

Phase Leader’s Award: Bonnie (IWS)

Health and Well Being

In Reception,  we incorporate Health and Well Being as part of our Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) strand. At the start of term, we had a Health and Well Being morning, where we focused on mental health and the ways we can look after our bodies. We learnt that having a good nights sleep is very important and we discussed a range of tips to help us sleep well e.g. having a bedtime routine, reading a story, having a bath before bed, exercise.

Throughout the term we thought about feelings and how we can influence the way others feel. We discussed emotions and how they are shown e.g. through facial expressions. We spoke about the things that make us happy and what we feel we are good at. We then thought about something we could improve on.

Here are a few quotes from our PSED lessons over the half term:

“You can read a story before bed to help your sleep.” – Lily

Don’t go to bed too late.” – Hanna

When I’m happy I hug my brother.” – Kaia

I stamp my feet when I’m angry.” – Elsa

Get Caught Reading!

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We want to see where your children are reading. Sometimes it can be the most peculiar places. Over the holidays, let’s see if your children can ‘Get Caught Reading’ a book. If you would like to share an image of your child enjoying a book, please send them into school with a small image. It can be them enjoying a book on the bus, swinging on the swings, at the beach, under a table or upside down on the sofa.

This is just a bit of fun and will also contribute to a whole school reading display. More importantly, it is to encourage children to read books more often and wherever they choose to, no matter if reading is beyond bedtime.

Class Teacher Awards

Congratulations to the following children who received a Class Teacher’s Award this week:

June Bug: Alexis and Kyria

IWS: Levent and Zara

Centipede: Ethan and Adam

Rainbow Bug: Grace and Sienna

Congratulations to the following children who received a Year Group Leader’s Award or Phase Leader’s Award this week:

Year Group Leader’s Award: Chenghao (IWS) Freddie (JB) Adam (JB) Maitreyi (Cent) Varnan (RB) Mawara (RB)

Phase Leader’s Award: Bonnie (IWS)

Next week’s learning

Next week in phonics we will continue recapping phase 3. We will recap the digraphs  th (short sound e.g. thin), ng, and ai. We will practise blending and segmenting a variety of words containing these sounds, as well as finding the real/alien words and writing sentences containing these sounds.  We will also practise spelling the tricky words: he, she, me.

In maths, we will practise doubling numbers to 10. We will begin teaching the concept of doubling by reading a story about a space dog that travels through a portal and begins to double. We will learn that when we double, we add the same number twice. We will then move on to solving doubling problems in a variety of ways e.g. which domino is showing double 3?  

In topic, we will continue learning about our ducklings and how they have changed.  We will discuss the life cycle of a duck and we will have a go at writing this down. We will then think about what the ducklings need for survival e.g. food, water, shelter. On Thursday, we have our exciting Everybody Writes Day. The children will listen to the poem ‘Daffodils’, by William Wordsworth and will be given lots of exciting ideas to encourage them to write independently.

Parent’s Consultation Day is on Thursday 4thApril. The children will have lunch together as normal and will finish school at an earlier time of 1.00pm.

This week’s learning

In phonics, we continued recapping the phase 3 sounds. We revisited the digraphs quchsh,and th. Throughout the week we blended and segmented words containing these sounds, as well as reading and writing sentences. We revised the tricky words they, are, you and all.  We also continued to practise the letter names in the alphabet.

Our focus in maths this week has been 3D shapes. To begin with, we recapped the shapes that we had learnt previously. Then we introduced a square based and a triangular based pyramid.  We played pass the parcel and sorted the different pyramids according to their properties. Next, we recapped our knowledge of 3D shapes and their properties, and each class enjoyed a 3D shape hunt in the outdoor learning area.  To consolidate our learning, we fed the ‘Shape Monster’ a selection of 3D shapes according to their properties e.g. a cube having 6 square faces. Later in the week the children worked in teams to construct a building, giving them the opportunity to discuss the 3D shapes that they were using. Finally, the children were given the opportunity to print and paint with 3D shapes.  They realised that a cube has square faces and cones have circle faces.

On Monday, we were excited to receive a special delivery. We wrote about what we thought might hatch out of the eggs and we were fascinated to learn that they were ducklings! This has really inspired the children with their writing and it was lovely to hear some of their wonderful ideas. We also thought about how we should behave around the eggs/ducklings e.g. using our quiet voices, not touching the incubator and waiting for a turn to observe them. At the end of the week, we recapped how we can stay safe on the internet and we answered a range of questions based on a story. We learnt that we should ask permission from an adult when using the internet and when switching between different apps.

The children are looking forward to seeing how the ducklings will change and they will all have the chance to handle them next week. The ducklings will be staying with the teachers this weekend and will return to school on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception team.