Welcome to Reception!
Please keep visiting our page to see what we’ve been getting up to and for any news of what’s coming next; we’re looking forward to sharing all of our photos and work with you!
Please can you bring book bags in by Thursday at the latest, so we can send the new books home on Friday
This week was heritage week, where we focused on the history of the local area. The children visited the school museum to see lots of artefacts - they enjoyed guessing what some of the objects used to be used for, with some interesting answers!
We also had the Summer fair - thanks to everyone who came! Before the fair started, the children went out to meet the donkeys (Sonny, Danny, and Joe) who were very friendly!
We had a brilliant time doing sports day on Tuesday! The children really made every proud with their enthusiasm and their good sportsmanship. They cheered on everyone and they tried their very hardest! Well done everyone, we are so proud!
Under the Sea
This week our learning has been about being under the sea. We learnt about jellyfish, octopuses, fish, and sea turtles. The children wrote recounts of being under the sea, and they used unifix bricks to measure sea animals independently. They used the beebots to give directions to reach different animals under the sea, and they painted some very realistic pictures too!
A Beach Holiday in Spain
This week the children learnt about Barnaby Bear's holiday to Spain. They looked at his photos and wrote a letter asking what he'd been doing. The children also tried some Spanish food like chorizo and Spanish omelette, and had a go at flamenco dancing. We had a really fun week! Big thanks to everyone who donated a purple item for rainbow day on Friday.
Going to the Seaside
This week we have been learning about the seaside. The children made some lovely sandcastle pictures with Miss Cutler, and they also made their own paper boats to learn about floating and sinking. They had lots of fun painting with coloured ice in the tuff spot too!
We're All Going on a Summer Holiday
Welcome back! It's the last term of Reception and we have lots of fun things to do this half term! This week we have been learning all about Summer! With Miss Plante the children have doubled the number of sprinkles on an ice-cream, and written a guide to summer safety. With Miss Cutler the children made sunflowers and went on a nature walk. They found lots of lovely flowers and some little minibeasts too!
This week we have learnt about different jungle animals. The children have made jungle fact files and drawn jungle animals on the tablets. They also use a marbling technique in shaving foam to make tigers with stripes. By themselves they painted animal print patterns, cut out spiral snakes, and explored the jungle tuff spot.
Down in the Jungle!
We have started learning this week about the jungle! The children have painted pictures of jungle animals, used real materials to collage a jungle setting, and counted the numbers of animals.
Acrobats and clowns!
This week we have learned about two different kinds of circus performers, acrobats and clowns. We watched videos of different types of acrobats and talked about their skills. With Miss Cutler, the children have been making their own acrobats on a trapeze! They have also been independently making clown faces using shapes, and decorating their own clown hats!
This week we have talked about the story of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. We discussed how Elmer was a little bit different and a little bit special, and how these things made him unique. As a class, we talked about what things make us unique.
This week we have talked a lot about the different food you can get at the circus. With Miss Cutler the children made popcorn and their own ice-cream sundae, and with Miss Plante they wrote about the toppings on their ice-cream, and doubled the amount of ice-cream in the cones!
Our new topic for this half term is the Circus! we started off by using our Imagineering skills to go to the circus - we ate popcorn, laughed at the clowns, and were amazed by the fire-breather and acrobats.
Thank you so much to all the children who made a dinosaur for our exhibition. We had a fantastic time looking at them all. The children were really respectful of each others' dinosaurs; they carefully looked at them and were eager to show off their favourites!
We had It's a Knockout on Friday, in support of Red Nose Day. The children and teachers all had such a great time - we split into teams and got to race through different bouncy obstacles. All of the children were really brave and gave it a go at least once! The Red Team won the event, so a big well done to Jacob, Evie, and Joshua D for running so fast for your team!
Thank you to all parents this week for coming along to parent's evening. It was lovely to get to catch up with you all and to share your children's progress - we are so proud of all of the children in the class and hope that they know how fab they are!
This week has been Science week! The children took part in 4 experiments with the Reception and Nursery staff. With Miss Plante they investigated what happened if you put food colouring in a pot with celery, with Miss Procter they explored how to make cards go fast or slower down a ramp, with Miss Shield they tried to make a parachute for an egg, and with Miss Sutcliffe they made volcanoes! The children had a great time and used lots of fantastic scientific vocabulary!
This week we had our class photo taken; Miss Cutler and I were so impressed by how well the class behaved - they were polite and sensible, sitting patiently while other classes had their photographs done. If you would like a copy of the photo, please return with payment the leaflet your child brought home on Friday.
We have learnt more about dinosaurs this week, focussing on t-rex and triceratops. All of the children had a go at writing down some of the facts we learned; did you know that a t-rex had 60 teeth?
With Miss Cutler the children had a go at programming the bee-bots to move around. They really enjoyed learning how to use some different technology, if your child knows how to use technology like a tablet, console or even a hair dryer, please send us in a note or a photo as we'd love to know about it!
What a busy week we've had this week! Our eggs have finally hatched to reveal two baby dinosaurs! The children have written letters to the Mummy dinosaur to let her know all about her baby and how we're going to look after it for her.
Thursday was World Book Day! We decided to focus on The Gruffalo, and all of the grown ups came as difference characters from the story. We started the day by reading the story, and then through the day the children did lots of activities like making character masks, writing about their favourite character, and playing with the characters from the story. Together with Miss Cutler they made a very yummy gruffalo crumble, which we ate whilst watching a DVD of The Gruffalo play. We all had a lovely day and was so great to see the children dressed up as their favourite characters.
Reading stories with you child is such an important part of their development and World Book Day is a great time to take advantage of that, especially with the free book tokens given out on the day. Letting your child read to you helps them to gain confidence and comprehension, and reading stories together exposes your child to new language and to a love of reading. It's so important to make time for it as a family!
Term 4 Week 1
Welcome back after half term! We hope you had a fantastic holiday and are excited to get back to learning!
This week we found something very, very special in the classroom - an egg!! We didn't know what was inside it but we had a think about all of the different things it could be. Over the week we watched the eggs slowly hatch, observing the changes taking place. Hopefully by Monday we will know what's inside!
On Thursday we went on our Reception trip to The Rainbow Factory! We had the most amazing day filled with magical activities and story-telling fun.
First the children helped Wilmina Wonka to open up the magic book and tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Then they took part in three activities; using drama to retell the story of the enormous turnip, writing their own story books, and going on a quest through the enchanted forest to save the gingerbread man from the giant!
We had an amazing day out and the children really enjoyed themselves. Thank you so much for helping to make this trip possible.
This week we have celebrated Chinese New Year, which has been so much fun. We watched some videos explaining the different parts of Chinese New Year, like why the colour red is important and why families clean their houses. Then the children made their own money wallets, Chinese lanterns, and animal masks. We even did our own dragon dance in the hall, taking it in turns to play the music and dance under the dragon! It was so much fun.
This week we have continued our learning about The Three Billy Goats Gruff, as well as exploring the icy weather outside.
With Miss Cutler the children have been doing a floating and sinking activity, with lots of exciting Scientific results!
With Miss Plante the children have been subtracting using counters, and everyone has done really well!
We have also been painting out troll masks and using sponges to paint a meadow.
This week we have been learning about The Three Billy Goats Gruff! In Literacy the children have been sequencing the story, and in Maths the children have adding warts to the troll!
With Miss Cutler the children have been using lego blocks to print bridges for the troll, and they have been making their very own troll faces out of clay!
What a busy week! We've continued learning about the Gingerbread Man and have been playing in our new role play bakery, writing recipes and using 1p coins to buy buns. With Miss Cutler and Miss Dickinson the children did a Science experiment to find out what happened to gingerbread men in different liquids. The children have also been having fun in the technology area, taking photos on the tablets and driving the remote-controlled car.
Term 3 Week 1
Welcome back! We hope that everyone had a very relaxing holiday and is looking forward to the new year.
This week has been a lot shorter due to the Bank Holiday but we have still managed to fit in lots of fun learning. We have been focussing on The Gingerbread Man - the children have tried gingerbread and talked about the way it looks and tastes. They used this with the story to write a description of a gingerbread man.
In Maths, the children have used unifix bricks to measure the height of different gingerbread men - this was a great activity and the children enjoyed estimating the heights first. We used this knowledge to complete our classroom height chart for Spring - everyone has grown at least a little bit taller.
The children have been busy starting a two week activity with Miss Cutler, using empty milk cartons to make gingerbread houses! They have also very carefully painted their own gingerbread men, with some beautiful and very creative results!
Read, Write, Inc.
As a school we have implemented a phonics and reading programme called Read, Write, Inc.
Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we want to put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.
How will my child be taught to read?
We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters.
What can I do to help? Is there anything that I shouldn't do?
Help your child to sound out the letters in words and then to ‘push’ the sounds together to make a whole word. Try not to refer to the letters by their names. Help your child to focus on the sounds. You can hear how to say the sounds correctly by searching on YouTube for ‘Read Write Inc. Phonemes Pronunciation Guide’
Your child will learn letter sounds in a certain order which are set out below.
Speed Sounds Set 1
To begin with we learn a sound a day. We use pure sounds so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.
Letter-sound pictures are used to help your child learn these sounds quickly.
e.g. mmaisie mmmountain is morphed into m, t-t-t-tower is morphed into t
Set 1 sounds are taught in the following order:
m a s d t, i n p g o, c k u b, f e l h sh, r j v y w, th z ch qu x ng nk
Speed Sounds Sets 2 and 3: The long vowels
Once your child knows all Set 1 sounds by sight and sound and uses them to blend to read words, we start teaching Set 2 initially and then Set 3 long vowel sounds. Your child will
need to learn that most vowel sounds have more than one spelling.
There are 12 Set 2 ‘speed sounds’ that are made up of two or three letters which represent just one sound, e.g. ay as in play, ee as in tree and igh as in high. It is important that your child does not pronounce these as 2 or 3 separate sounds. When your child sees the ‘speed sound’ letters together in a word, they must say just one sound for these letters.
When your child learns their Set 2 sounds in school they will learn:
* the letters that represent a speed sound e.g. ay
* a simple picture prompt linked to the ‘speed sound’ and a short phrase to say e.g. may I play
Every speed sound has a list of green words linked to it, so your child can ‘sound out’ and ‘sound blend’ words containing the new speed sound they have just learnt, for example s-p-r-ay * spray.
Set 2 and 3 sounds are taught in the following order:
ay: may I play
ee: what can you see
igh: fly high
ow: blow the snow
oo: poo at the zoo
oo: look at a book
ar: start the car
or: shut the door
air: that’s not fair
ir: whirl and twirl
ou: shout it out
oy: toy for a boy
ea: cup of tea
oi: spoil the boy
a-e: make a cake
i-e: nice smile
o-e: phone home
u-e: huge brute
aw: yawn at dawn
are: share and care
ur: purse for a nurse
er: a better letter
ow: brown cow
ai: snail in the rain
oa: goat in a boat
ew: chew the stew
ire: fire fire!
ear: hear with your ear
ure: sure it’s pure?
tious / cious: (scrumptious/delicious)
e: he me we she be
We know parents and carers are very busy people. But if you can find time to read to your child as much as possible, it helps him or her to learn about books and stories. They also learn new words and what they mean. Show that you are interested in reading yourself and talk about reading as a family. You can find out about good stories to read to your child here: http://www.ruthmiskintraining.com/teacher-support/17/index.html
Week 6 and 7 - Christmas!
These two weeks are really busy as we celebrate Christmas! The classroom is decorated and the Nativity play is ready to be performed! The children have been busy making calendars and cards, and playing in Santa's Grotto! Merry Christmas from Miss Cutler and Miss Plante - see you in 2017!!!
This week has been busy as our Nativity rehearsals are really building up - it looks fantastic so far and all of the children are great at remembering their lines and songs!
It's finally December and time to start learning about Christmas. In the classroom we have begun our advent calendar and our Christmas cards and calendars. We even had a trip to the post office to post our letters to Father Christmas. The children were really well behaved on the visit and now know that Santa is watching over them!
This week we have been thinking about Weddings. With Miss Plante the children read The Scarecrow's Wedding and wrote sentences about what the Bride and Groom wear.
With Miss Cutler and Miss Dickinson the children made paper flowers and looked at weddings from different cultures.
The children also participated in a pretend wedding! We had a bride, good, best man, bridesmaid, officiant and guests! Miss Cutler took lots of photographs during the "ceremony" and the children used these to make their very own photo albums!
We have also been practising very hard for the Nativity - please remember to return the ticket slip to us with your order of preference for each performance.
This week we have been learning about Birthdays. We had a go at making Kipper's cake from the story The Toy's Party - it looked really disgusting! In Literacy we then made our own cake, with everybody taking it in turns to stir the mixture. We ate it and it tasted delicious!
In Maths we have been learning how to share, practising sharing out party food to the different teddies.
With Miss Cutler, the children have made birthday bunting and played pass the parcel, unwrapping each layer to find a tricky word or number to read out!
Friday was non-uniform for Children in Need. It was so lovely to see what all the children want to be when they grow up and great that everyone donated so generously.
We have had a busy second week back, made even more exciting by the snow! This week we celebrated Bonfire Night. The children learnt all about the story of Guy Fawkes, and even made their own guy with Miss Cutler. They also made chocolate apples and painted some beautiful firework pictures using paint and glitter!
With Miss Plante the children focused on adding one more and on labelling a bonfire scene - their writing was fantastic this week.
On Friday we had a treat - our very own bonfire! The children wrapped up warm to sit outside and eat marshmallows.
Week 1 Term 2
This week it was time to welcome back the children after half term. It was so good to see everyone again and hear about their holidays.
We've had a spooky time this week learning about Halloween! The children have been adding together ingredients and mixing up rhyming potions with Miss Plante. With Miss Cutler, the children have made their very own sparkly magic wands, fixed together a skeleton, and searched for gruesome ingredients for a witch's spell!
On Tuesday we also had the Halloween disco! The children all looked super scary in their costumes, and loved showed off their dance moves to their friends. They had a yummy feast of hot dogs and squash, and the best dancers even won some chocolate!
Happy half term everyone!
All of the children deserve a well-earned rest for getting through the first half term!
This week was busy as it was only 4 days long! The children helped make lots of tasty sandwiches for our teddy bear's picnic, which was really fun. We ate some snacks, played party games and spent time with our friends. What a lovely way to finish for the holidays!
After half term our next topic will be 'Let's Celebrate!'
We will be starting off by learning about Diwali and Halloween, and focusing on different kinds of celebrations each week. Over half term you could discuss some of these at home!
It's hard to believe that already it's nearly half term! This week the children have been making split pin bears and tissue paper bears with Miss Cutler, as well as using musical instruments to copy a beat. With Miss Plante, the children have read Peace at Last and ordered the story. In Maths we have started using numicon, and the children have matched the numicon to the number.
If your child does something good by themselves at home, please write us a note or take a photo, so that we can put it in their books or on our Wow Work wall!
This week we have been learning about the story We're Going on a Bear Hunt.
In Literacy the children helped to pack a bag, thinking about what different things we might want to take on the bear hunt. In Maths, the children took part in a shape hunt, finding lots of different shapes and talking about them.
The children have also taken part in a sensory walk this week with Miss Cutler. They were blindfolded and very bravely walked through trays containing beans, tomatoes, bread, jelly, and spaghetti! The children really enjoyed this activity and we were impressed at how brave they were to try something new!
We also had the photographer from the Yorkshire Evening Post come in to take the class' photo, and he said how well behaved all of the children were. Fantastic!
This week we read the story Beware of the Bears - where the bears get their own back on Goldilocks. We made bear masks using paper plates, yogurt pots for noses, and brown paint. We also have been blending together sounds we learn in Read Write Inc, to help us read words. See who you can spot hiding behind the bear masks!
This week we have been learning about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have been ordering objects by size with Miss Plante, and making porridge and bear faces with Miss Cutler!
We were so proud that we got 2nd place in attendance for the first week of term! This meant that we got to put a red apple on the tree in the hall and had an extra 15 minutes play on the KS1 playground! We had an amazing time playing on the climbing frames. Let's keep it up!
Week 1: What have we been up to?
This week the weather has been lovely so the children have been busy playing outside on the climbing frame and the bikes. Inside, we have been carefully painting our hands and feet to make brightly coloured prints. We have also been labelling parts of our bodies.