Monday, 19 March 2018

Week beginning 19.03.18

This week the story is 'The Magic Porridge Pot' as we are continuing with our theme of traditional tales.

This week we are continuing with Hare artwork for the hall and around school and we had our turn adding to the GO GO Hare 'Hairy McHarey' which the children thoroughly enjoyed. It is also assessment week so we are assessing the children's learning in maths and phonics.

We are continuing with story scribing, reading and phonics as usual and the children have free flow play between the classes and the outside area. We have reorganised and changed resources in the maths shed and the writing shed so that the children make more use of these in the outdoor areas. We have also purchased some large wooden blocks for outside for open ended play and the children will get to use this week.

Just so you are aware the children can access cooking and woodwork every day if they choose but, whilst we are assessing and painting this week, these activities are restricted.

With cooking in Reception the children have a recipe to follow (see below) and they make their own individual item independently - when enough children have had a turn and there are enough things to fill a baking tray an adult puts them in the oven. The children then bring their item home at the end of the day. Please come and see us if you have any questions.
Have a good week!

Monday, 12 March 2018

Week beginning 12.03.18

This week the story is the 'Hare and the Tortoise'. This is continuing our theme of traditional tales and fairy stories.

We have got a bit of a theme of hares at the moment which is another reason why we chose the story this week. We are lucky to have been able to buy a GoGoHare which we are currently working on so it is ready for the trail in the summer. We also chose this as the topic for our whole school art project.
We are redoing the boards in the hall, so every child in the school will do some hare artwork and some will go up in the hall and some will go up in and around our classrooms. All the children over the next could of weeks will complete their hare artwork and we will let you know when these are up in and around school so you can come and have a look.

In maths we will be learning about doubling and halving - we will do this in a very practical way to introduce the idea. We will practise using objects and doubling and halving them.

Please remember we are having our book day on Friday so don't forget that the dressing up is wearing pants on the outside like in Aliens Love Underpants. The children are having a session with an author and we will have book activities in class. The children will get the opportunity to visit another teacher for a story.

The library van is visiting on Wednesday so please remember to put library books that need to be returned in your child's book bag and also send their library card in as they will not be able to take out a book without one.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Week Beginning 5.3.18

We hope you all had a lovely time in the snow and everyone managed to get out to play in it!

Due to only being in school for 2 days last week we didn't get to do the things we planned for last week so we will continue this week!

This week the story is 'Little Red Riding Hood'.  The children thoroughly enjoyed acting the story out and their dramatic skills are improving week on week.

In maths this week we are learning about money. We will be looking at the coins and their values. We will also be adding money and looking at how to make different amounts using combinations of coins.

Our book day activities will be rearranged for the future - details to follow.

Have a good week!

Monday, 26 February 2018

Week beginning 26.02.18

This week the story is 'The Princess and the Frog'. The children are really enjoying the fairy stories, especially the acting out part! As you all saw at parent's meetings, the children's writing is really starting to take off and we are super impressed with how much progress they have made. The more stories they hear, the better their stories will be as they are using some of the features in their own writing.

In maths this week we are learning about money. We will be looking at the coins and their values. We will also be adding money and looking at how to make different amounts using combinations of coins.

Don't forget we are celebrating world book day on Friday and you had a letter about dressing up last week. The children will get book vouchers on Thursday.

Due to the weather being so cold this week and the forecast of snow we will be going outside but for limited time so the children do not get too cold.

Have a good week!

Monday, 19 February 2018

Week Beginning 19.02.18

Welcome back - We hope you all had a fantastic half term!

The story that we are starting this half term with is 'Jack and the Beanstalk.' The children have started acting out the story as we read it. This will help to build the children's confidence and also to help them understand the story more thoroughly.

In maths we are learning about subtraction by using objects and taking away an amount. We are also going to practise counting backwards, revising telling the time and learning how to write teen numbers. 

We are going to start doing a bit more writing every week to really develop the children's writing skills so that they become more independent. Every week we will practise writing a sentence so that the children become more confident with formation of letters, using finger spaces, using  phonic knowledge to help with spelling and using full stops.  

Please remember there are still some parent interviews happening on Tuesday evening and Friday morning. You should get a reminder text the day before - if you don't get the text please let us know as we may not have the right contact numbers for you. 
If you haven't had a parent teacher interview please speak to Miss Banner or Mrs Sturman and they will book one for you. 

Have a good week!

Monday, 5 February 2018

Week beginning 5.2.18

We are starting the week with the story 'Peter and the Wolf'' as we are continuing with fairy tales. The children seem to be enjoying these stories and they are beginning to retell them verbally which helps with sequencing.

In maths we are working on adding. We are staring to add 2 groups of objects together and then we will move on to adding by starting with the biggest number and then counting forwards to find the total.

We will be continuing with story scribing, phonics and free flow play throughout the week.

Please don't forget our bake sale on Wednesday. If you can possibly make some cakes for us to sell after school then we would be very grateful.

Over half term please can your child continue to read - they are starting to really take off with reading and if they have a week off from this can really set them back.

Have a great half term holiday!

Friday, 2 February 2018

Week Beginning 29.01.18

This week our story was Hansel and Gretel. We are really focusing on the language and the structure of stories so that the children begin to use these in their writing. We are also practising writing cvc (e.g. cat) words so that we are using our phonic knowledge accurately and the children will begin doing this independently.

In maths we have been writing teen numbers, learning about time (o'clock and half past) and sequencing events according to time. It has been good to hear the children talking about time and money in their play.

The children have been enjoying staying dry under the new canopies with the horrible weather we have had this week. It's nice for them to get back to normal free flow between the outside area and both Reception classrooms.

The children have also been enjoying free flow library time where they have the option on a Friday afternoon of going to spend time in the library.

This week the children have been baking scones (if they have chosen to) and with successful results!

Please can we ask you to stand on the outside of the line when lining up on a morning so that the adults can make their way down the line easily. Thank you!

We will be having a bake sale next week which you will get a letter about tonight. The support we had last time was amazing so hopefully we'll be able to raise a good amount again.

Have a good weekend!