This week, children have worked so hard continuing their learning of new sounds. On Monday, children were introduced to the new phoneme ‘n’ through a book called ‘Emergency!’. Children had a great time practising writing the letter in chalk on the floor, before Miss Kitchen and Miss Parsons pretended to be fire fighters and sprayed water onto their letters. We had so much fun!
One of the maths objectives this week was prepositional language; knowing where things are in relation to an object. Children went searching under the traffic cone, next to the tinkering shed and over the fence to find the golden treasure!
Shape has also been another focus this week in Maths. There have been many activities for children to engage in; learning all about circles, squares, triangles and rectangles. We have been learning about straight and curved sides of shapes and exploring these by making shape collages and using wooden shapes to create rockets, flowers and houses!
This week every child has read with their teacher and been given their reading book and reading record. Over half term, please take time to sit and share their new book together; discussing what is happening in the pictures, how the characters might be feeling and predicting what might happen next.
This term it has been wonderful seeing the children settle in so well, start to learn new sounds and building new friendships with their classmates. See you all on Monday 2nd November for another great term.
We hope we hope you have a great break and a well-earned rest for the children!
Miss Parsons, Miss Kitchen, Mrs Turfrey, Mrs Crafer and Miss Heighes
It has been a great week in Reception! Children have continued to learn many new sounds. On Monday, we all became pirates when we started learning the ‘p’ sound through the book ‘Pirate Pete’. Children were on the lookout for treasure that had the ‘p’ phoneme on it and practiced writing it with chalk on the floor. As the week went on, children learnt the new sound ‘i’ through the story of ‘Incy Wincey Spider’. We were then introduced to the Tricky Troll! He tried to trick us the ‘tricky’ word ‘I’ which we can’t use our phonics to read and have to learn by sight.
In Maths, we have been focusing on early number skills and beginning to work with a partner sharing practical resources.
We have continued to do our daily ‘dough disco’ whilst also learning about some great musicians. We have had a special focus on musicians from BAME backgrounds as part of our ‘Black History Month’ celebrations. Stevie Wonder has some great songs that the children have loved practising their finger movements to!
This week we have sent home some words for children to practice reading. Please could you support your child at home with reading these words, using the ‘sound buttons’ to help them blend the sounds. Children may find this difficult - this is absolutely normal at this stage.
This week in Reception we have begun learning how to read! This week we have learnt the sounds ‘s’, ‘a’ and ‘t’ and have been practising reading and writing these new phonemes. We have had lots of fun writing letters on the playground in chalk, tap dancing for the sound ‘t’ and pretending to be farmers for the sound ‘a’. In Maths we have been comparing quantities of objects and looking at patterns, size and capacity. We especially enjoyed our teddy bears picnic where we counted out equal quantities of picnic and party food for the bears!
The children absolutely love their daily ‘dough disco’ which is helping to make their hands and fingers strong ready for writing. Last week we were visited by a ‘message monster’ who delivered a secret symbol to the children and this week another secret symbol got delivered by a mystery hand! The children have enjoyed ascribing meaning to these symbols and had lots of fun creating their own messages back. Why not try hiding a ‘secret symbol’ somewhere in your child’s room or perhaps in their coat pocket?! This is promoting early mark making in children and helping them to see themselves as ‘writers’.
Children have been being independent artists in our creative area and have been learning about how to mix colours and to use tools such as sellotaped dispensers and staplers. Here are some photos of us all having a wonderful time in our new Reception classes!