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W/C: 29/01/2018

Literacy – In topic we have been learning about other creatures that live in similar habitats to the animals in the Gruffalo. We then used what we have learned and replaced the characters of fox, owl and snake in our story of the Gruffalo.

Phonics – 

  • In Miss Dinham’s and Ms Coca’s class have been consolidating the sounds ee and ay.  In Mrs Hicks’s class have been learning th and revising all the other sounds.
  • In Miss Harrison’s class have been revising v and j and using them in cvc words.
  • In Mrs McIntyre’s class have been revising I, n, p, and g; forming them correctly and using them to create cvc words.
  • In Mrs Shabbir’s group have been revising n, p and g.

Maths – This week in maths we have been continuing to work on addition and have been using numicon to support us. We have also been practising writing number sentences alongside this.

Outdoor – Outdoors we’ve been using natural materials such as pine cones and sand, to create 2D shapes.

Creative – We’ve been using natural materials to create pictures of the Gruffalo and some of the animals that live in woodland areas.

UW – We’ve been finding out about woodland animals such as the badger. Did you know that the name badger comes from the French word ‘bêcheur’, which means “digger”?

Year Group Events

Autumn Holiday Homework
Celebrate Our First Term

To celebrate our work this term we invited our parents and carers to come and see our wonderful creations. We really enjoyed showing then explaining how we made  them. We  are all  very proud of  our achievements!

Library Visit

We went to the library this week.  It was a great opportunity for us to learn about all the excellent resources within the library and how using these can make a real difference to our learning.  We had lots of fun meeting the librarian, listening to stories and choosing books.  Now we will be encouraging our parent to take us!

Recycling Day

We had great fun on Recycling Creative Day.  We discussed the area we live in and how we can care and look after it by recycling items.  We used various everyday objects to make models and puppets to tell stories.  It was wonderful to use recycle materials  that we would normally throw away to make something else. 

Archived News from Year R

W/C 22.01.18

Literacy – This week in topic we have been looking at the wonderful, imaginary food from the gruffalo. From this we have made scrambled eggs and a healthy fruit salad. Why not try it at home?

Phonics – In Miss Dinham’s and Ms Coca’s class we have been consolidating the sounds ch, sh and th.  In Mrs Hicks’s class we have been learning ch and revising all the other sounds.  In Miss Harrison’s class we have been revising y and w and using them in cvc words.  In Mrs McIntyre’s class we have been revising the first 5 sounds, m, a, s, d, t, forming them correctly and using them to create cvc words.  In Mrs Shabbir’s group we have been revising d, t and i.

Maths – We have been looking at adding this week and have been introduced to the addition sign. In pairs we have been adding cubes together to find the total.

Outdoor – We’ve been using everyday language to talk about weight. This wheelbarrow full of bricks is very heavy!

Creative  – In our role play areas we’ve been cooking funny foods such as scrambled snake and roasted fox!

UW – This has been an exciting week in Reception, as we’ve talked about the kind of food the Gruffalo likes to eat and the kind of foods that are healthy for us to eat. We’ve cooked Gruffalo crumble and made fruit salads. Besides the kind of fruit we already know well, we’ve found out about more exotic fruits such as dragon fruit and pineapple. The pineapple felt rough and spiky like the Gruffalo’s purple prickles!

W/C 15th January 2018

Literacy

In topic this week we have been learning about the different animals from the Gruffalo; what they look like? where they live? what they eat? and how they move?

Phonics

This week we have started our new phonic sets and are continuing to read and write words. We are also beginning to use what we have learnt and apply it to sentences.

 

 

Maths
In maths lessons we have been learning how to find the total of 2 groups. We have used cubes and numicon to help us work out the total of two different groups in order to find out how many we have altogether.

 

 

Outdoor

After reading the Gruffalo this week we went outside and have been moving as the different story characters. We’ve also been building dens or homes for the Gruffalo and the animals.

 

 

Creative

This week we have been playing in the Gruffalo den and acting out the story. We’ve been thinking about the Gruffalo’s features and have drawn, painted and made models of him.

 

 

Understanding the world

We’ve been finding out about all the animals in the Gruffalo story and have used ipads to draw them.

 

 

 

W/C 27.11.17

Literacy 

In Literacy we focused on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We found out how Goldilocks went to the Three Bears house without permission.  She ate the bear’s porridge, broke the chair and slept in their bed. She wasn’t very nice. We wrote apology letters to the bears from Goldilocks to make up for all the things she did wrong.  Next time Goldilocks promises to be good.   When we went to the bear’s cottage we waited until we were invited inside.  Our friends changed their voices to pretend they were the bears and asked us to come in and share their porridge. 

Maths

We found some bears and counted them to make sure we had three bears for our number work.  We also made sure they were three different sizes – a small bear, a bigger bear and a bear that was the biggest. Next we found bowls, chairs and beds of varying sizes for them.  When our friends came to join us we matched the correct bear to the correct size bowl, chair and bed.    

Phonics

We have learnt the and b sound during our phonics lessons.  To help us write the u, we were shown a card with an umbrella on it and said the phrase: down and under, up to the top and draw the puddle as we wrote it.

To remember the b, we were shown a picture of a boot and said the phrase: down the laces to the heel, round the toe.

We are also learning to recognise tricky words – these are words we cannot use our sounds to blend. Our tricky words this week are he and she.

Outside

Outside we learnt a new song about the Three Bears. We moved around as the bears. Big steps as Daddy Bear, medium steps for Mummy, little tiny steps for Baby Bear. We used gestures to demonstrate which bears were eating the porridge – big movements for Daddy Bear, medium sized movements for Mummy Bear and smaller movements for Baby Bear. We climbed the stairs with big stomps, medium and small steps. Then we chased after Goldilocks with big, medium and small strides.

Later we used a variety of resources to make beds for the bears. Then we pretended to be the characters and performed the story using the props we made. 

Creative/KU

On our creative table we explored what happens to red, yellow and blue powder paint when they are mixed. We found it created a brown, so we decided to use this to paint one of the bears from the story.

The bears like porridge and we wanted to try some. We had fun making it just like Mummy Bear and enjoyed tasting it. Some of us have never eaten porridge before and were very brave to try it.  Unfortunately not all of us liked the taste but we were happy to try some.

 

W/C: 13.11.2017

In Literacy we focused on Cinderella. We found out how Cinderella went to the ball.  Her stepmother and two sisters were very unkind to her.  They made her work so hard that was why she was dusting in Old Mother Hubbard’s house.  It is important we help each other especially after we have made a mess.  That is why; we all help to tidy up.

Cinderella had to come back before midnight. In Numeracy we used our big clock and watch to learn about different times of the day and what we do at that time. At midnight we are all asleep, it is very dark outside but at midday, we have our lunch and we play outside because the sun is out. 

We have learnt the c, k and ck sound during our phonics lessons.  To help us write the c, we are shown a card with a caterpillar on it and say the phrase: Curl around the caterpillar as we write it.  To remember the k, we were shown a picture of a kangaroo and say the phrase: Down the kangaroo’s body, tail and leg.  We are also learning to recognise tricky words – these are words we cannot use our sounds to blend. Our tricky words this week are, no, go and to.

 

Outside we learnt to use the language of weight. We compared weight by saying whether objects are heavy or light. We felt Cinderella’s pumpkin to describe its weight. Then we were introduced to the large balance scales.  Scales help us to measure weight. We pretended our arms were scales and had to predict which objects will be heavier before we felt them.

We went on an Autumn walk and collected leaves and used them to make autumn crowns. We had a range of activities that linked  to the story of Cinderella such as wand making, crown making, designing Cinderella’s ball gown, drawing Cinderella and writing the characters names. We even pretended to go to the ball. We wore our wonderful clothes and danced!

 

 

W/C: 13.11.2017

In Literacy we focused on Cinderella. We found out how Cinderella went to the ball.  Her stepmother and two sisters were very unkind to her.  They made her work so hard that was why she was dusting in Old Mother Hubbard’s house.  It is important we help each other especially after we have made a mess.  That is why; we all help to tidy up.

Cinderella had to come back before midnight. In Numeracy we used our big clock and watch to learn about different times of the day and what we do at that time. At midnight we are all asleep, it is very dark outside but at midday, we have our lunch and we play outside because the sun is out. 

We have learnt the c, k and ck sound during our phonics lessons.  To help us write the c, we are shown a card with a caterpillar on it and say the phrase: Curl around the caterpillar as we write it.  To remember the k, we were shown a picture of a kangaroo and say the phrase: Down the kangaroo’s body, tail and leg.  We are also learning to recognise tricky words – these are words we cannot use our sounds to blend. Our tricky words this week are, no, go and to.

 

Outside we learnt to use the language of weight. We compared weight by saying whether objects are heavy or light. We felt Cinderella’s pumpkin to describe its weight. Then we were introduced to the large balance scales.  Scales help us to measure weight. We pretended our arms were scales and had to predict which objects will be heavier before we felt them.

We went on an Autumn walk and collected leaves and used them to make autumn crowns. We had a range of activities that linked  to the story of Cinderella such as wand making, crown making, designing Cinderella’s ball gown, drawing Cinderella and writing the characters names. We even pretended to go to the ball. We wore our wonderful clothes and danced!

 

w/c 9th October

We have had great fun learning this week in reception.  In literacy, we brought in our special toys.  Then discussed why it was special to us.  We used the iPad to take photograph of them.

 

 

In our creative area we have been exploring clay.  It felt nice and smooth.  We enjoyed the experience and look forward to making dinosaurs with it.

 

We started recognising 2D shapes in maths and started to identify circles, square, triangle and rectangles.  The hunt to match shapes to objects was fun

During our outside learning, in our maths lesson we learnt different sizes using the vocabulary large and small. In our physical development session we learnt that it is better for us to run sensibly, looking where we are going. Also how to be a good friend and play nice games together. 

 

Every week in our phonics lesson we learn new sounds, this week we learnt the letter n and the letter p.  To help us write the n, we say the phrase: down Nobby, over his net. To remember the p, we saw a picture of the pirate’s face and say the phrase: down the plait and over the pirate’s face. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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