Welcome to RSP!!!
Hip, Hip, Hooray - We have all had our first day!!
Welcome back everyone!
Hopefully you had an adventure-filled half term, and your children are ready for their last term in Reception!
This term is going to be packed full of exciting events, including a class trip and the summer fair. It might be a bit of an emotional term too, as we get closer to the end of the year. Our learning this term is going to be based on summer holidays. We are going to talk about all different kinds of holidays, and we are going to discuss different activities you can do too!
These websites will support your child with their learning.
Dates For Your Diary
The Year 5/6 production is 27th-28th June
The 7th July is a training day.
This year’s Summer Fair will be held on 13th July
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Our P.E. lessons are every Wednesday.
We would really appreciate it if you could provide your child with the correct P.E. kit of black shorts and a white t-shirt. We would also be very grateful if all of your children’s clothes could have their name written in clearly to avoid any mix-ups.
Read, Write, Inc.
As a school we implanted 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
We’re All Going on a Summer Holiday
This half term we are learning about…
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Hooray we are now in the summer term! We have lots of exciting learning and activities in store for the children!
This week the children are focusing their learning on staying safe in the sun. They are writing a guide for other children to help them stay safe by drinking lots of water, wearing a sun hat and sun cream and having breaks in the shade.
In maths, the children are consolidating their learning of how to double, by using flowers and petals, and completing number sentences using a number track to help them.
Activities this week include:
This week the children have learnt about things to do and see at the seaside! They have also talked about Now and Then, looking at old pictures of the seaside and pointing out the differences to the modern day seaside.
In maths, the children have been learning the properties of 2D and 3D shapes by playing shape bingo which they really enjoyed!
The children have been working independently on writing sentences about what you can do on the beach, completing subtraction number sentences, designing an ice lolly and painting summer pictures.
They have also enjoyed making paper boats and testing them in the water area, making sandcastle pictures and visiting our allotment with Mrs Brown!
Barnaby in Spain
This week the children have learnt all about Barnaby bears trip to Spain. In literacy this week the children learnt lots of fun facts about Spain and they listened to things that Barnaby did on his holiday. The children have also written letters to Barnaby about his holiday and they have written and sent postcards home from their imaginary holiday. In maths this week, the children have consolidate their knowledge of halving when halving the amount on straws in Barnaby’s holiday drinks. The children did this with adult support at first and then they all completed a similar activity independently.
Due to learning about Spain the children have also learnt how to Flamenco dance! They watched a video and they thought carefully about which body parts they needed to use to do the dance. They learnt about the musical instruments used when dancing and they had a go using the maracas.
This week the children have also learnt about Spanish traditions. They listened to classic Spanish music and they even tasted some of their favourite food. The children talked about what it tasted like and if they liked it or not. At the end of the week, the children learnt how to say hello ‘Hola’ and goodbye ‘Adios’ in Spanish!
What a super week of learning!
Under the Sea
This week the children have based their learning around particular sea creatures when beginning our two week focus of under the sea. We have learnt lots about crabs, fish, sea horses and sea turtles by looking at PowerPoints and by researching on the internet. The children have used the knowledge they have learnt to create group fact sheets on various animals and they have also written their own under the sea recount.
In maths this week, the children have learnt lots about length and how to measure it. The children have been measuring various sea creatures from the role play are using Unifix bricks. The children have also had a go at measuring other resources around the classroom.
Other activities that the children have done this week include; collaging a fish using various materials, measuring various objects around the classroom, painting their own sea creatures, labelling sea creatures and controlling bee-bots by giving them specific directions.
What a super week Reception, well done!!
Sharks and Whales
This week the children have learnt lots about sharks and whales as part of their ‘Under the Sea’ topic. The children started by learning lots of new facts about both animals and they each wrote about what the things they had learnt. The children couldn’t believe how big some sharks and whales are and they really enjoyed using the metre stick when comparing both animals measurements when outside on the field. The children have also written same super fact files and have shown that they can independently use a number track when adding and subtracting.
Other activities that the children have completed this week include; painting sea creatures, making a paper plate jellyfish and decorating their own fish stick puppet using paint and bubble wrap.
Fantastic work Reception, well done!
RECEPTION SPORTS DAY
This week the children have been learning lots about objects from a long time ago. They have visited our very own museum in school and talked about different objects and what their uses are.
This week in maths, the children are beginning to learn how to tell the time! They have been learning about the hour and minute hand and o'clock.
The children have written some super sentences about their favourite toys at home. They have also written about the old objects they saw at the school museum.
The children have enjoyed making old games such as cup and ball! They have also enjoyed making jelly fish with Mrs Brown!
Circus and Jungle
This half term we are learning about:
The children will be:
You can help your child at home by:
An Introduction to the Circus
This week in maths, the children have been carefully weighing circus animal food using balancing scales. They were able to describe the changes that happened to the scales when they placed the food on them, using mathematical language such as “equal, balance, heavier, lighter, up and down.”
In Literacy this week the children used their Imagineering skills to pretend they watched a circus show! They had pretend tickets to enter the “show” and even tried some popcorn during the interval! This really geared up the children’s imagination to write super sentences about what they would see at a circus show. Great effort!
The children have created a mind map of what they would like to find out about the circus. With an adult they explored the internet to find the answers! The children enjoyed being outdoors and created their own balancing beams using large construction to be just like an acrobat! They thought carefully about how to balance.
Getting messy in the painting area has been a favourite for some this week! The children have really enjoyed experimenting with colours, using primary colours to predict and experiment making new colours!
Well done everybody!
Food and Drink
This week in Reception, the children have been learning all about the different food and drink that you might find at the circus. In literacy this week, the children have been designing their own ice cream and writing about all of the yummy things they would put on it and then the children were all able to make their special treat later in the week with Mrs Brown.
In maths the children have been consolidating their knowledge of doubling when doubling the amount of popcorn in a box. The children did fantastic with this and they all remembered how to solve a doubling problem.
Other activities this week have included: making popcorn and observing the changes that occur, making our own popcorn box, writing our own food menu and doubling the scoops of ice cream in the cone.
Great learning Reception, well done!
This week the children’s learning has been focused around the story of Elmer.
In Literacy, the children have been thinking about what makes them unique. They have drawn beautiful portraits of themselves and written some super sentences about what is special about them.
In Maths, the children have been learning how to estimate. They have estimated how many patchwork patterns are on Elmer, and then counted out the actual amount. The children have really understood how to make a sensible guess when estimating and have done really well!
In the writing area, the children have designed their own elephant and thought about what patterns and colours their elephant would have. Then they independently wrote sentences about their elephant.
In the creative area, the children have been making repeating patterns using Elmer’s patchwork colours. The children have also enjoyed working collaboratively when ordering numbers from 0-20, and taking photographs of their achievements.
Well done everybody!
This week in maths, the children have been learning how to complete a number sentence by counting on in their head and using a number track. The children have worked so hard on this and have done really well!
In Literacy, the children have written a poster for an acrobat show. They have used full sentences, remembering their capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. The children are really showing progress in their writing!
For independent activities this week, the children have designed a clown hat in the creative area using lots of different materials, and they carefully used scissors to cut out their hat. They have created a clown face using lots of colourful shapes and paper plates. They have really shown their creativity when thinking about features of a face! The children have been independently completing number sentences by either counting on in their heads are using objects for support. In the writing area, the children have written a letter to the circus, as we found a lost lion in our classroom! They want to get him back to the circus!
The children have also made their own trapeze craft by thinking carefully about how acrobats balance on a trapeze, and they have painted a clown face using an outline template and looked at pictures of clowns for some inspiration.
They have worked super hard this week, as always! Well done everybody!
Down in the Jungle
The children have enjoyed learning about lots of different jungle animals! In literacy, the children wrote fact files about different animals in their natural habitat to help the jungle ranger. They wrote super sentences about what the animals looked like and how to look after them.
In maths, the children learnt how to subtract using a number track. All children are becoming very confident when using a number track, well done!
The children have really enjoyed carefully cutting out snakes, and creating a jungle scene in the creative area.
The children have used shaving foam and food colouring to marble a tiger, we had fantastic results and the children thoroughly enjoyed this!
This half term we are learning about…
The children will be:
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The egg that arrived…
WORLD BOOK DAY
Today we had a very exciting day as it was World Book Day. We all dressed up as our favorite book character. Throughout the day we talked about our favorite books and as a class we created a list about why we love books.
Well done RSP...you all looked FANTASTIC!!!!
This week is science week in school. As part of this, the children have taken part in 4 different science experiments across the week. These have included; testing the effectiveness of various surfaces suitable for ramps, testing exploding ‘liquid’ volcanos, testing the best material to protect an egg when dropped and exploring what materials can defrost ice the quickest. The children have loved taking part in each experiment and they have all tried hard to use scientific vocabulary when speaking. Well done!
The children in Reception have had a very exciting week in school. Last Friday, the children spent the day completing the ‘It’s a Knock Out’ obstacle course in order to raise money for Sport Relief. The children absolutely loved racing through the different obstacles and they all thoroughly enjoyed being in teams as they were able to mix with other children in Key Stage 1.
This week, we learnt all about Easter. During the week, the children attended a whole school assembly where the Easter egg raffle took place and the Easter egg decoration prize was awarded. After the assembly the children then came back into class and we learnt about why we celebrate Easter and we then had an Easter egg hunt in our outdoor area. However, during our hunt the Easter bunny made a surprising appearance and gave each of the children, not one but three mini Easter eggs. The children were all very excited and they cannot wait to see if the Easter bunny will visit their house during the holidays.
Once Upon A Time...
This half term we are learning about…
The children will be...
You Can't Catch Me I'm The Gingerbread Man...
Over the next couple of weeks the children are going to be looking closely at the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'. The children are going to be thinking deeply about the characters in the story when writing character descriptions and completing a role on the wall. The children are also going to be learning how to measure the height of gingerbread men and they are going to learn how to buy gingerbread men using real money.
The children will also be taking part in various other activities which include; making a gingerbread house, tasting gingerbread, carrying out a scientific experiment with gingerbread men, learning how to identify and continue a repeating pattern and carefully painting their own pictures of gingerbread men ready to be used for the display.
What an exciting couple of weeks we have planned!
Three Billy Goats Gruff!
We have now started to look at our new traditional tale which is ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. We will focus on this story for 2 weeks and in this time we will become familiar with the story language and structure. The children will orally retell the story using Talk 4 Writing, they will sequence the story when creating their own story maps and they will work together as a group to re-write the traditional tale when creating their own story books. In maths, the children will be consolidating their knowledge of addition and subtraction when reading and solving number sentences using practical objects.
Other activities these next few weeks include; making a troll out of clay, practising printing when using Duplo to create a bridge for the troll and exploring/ observing various objects to find out whether or not they float or sink. The children will also be carrying out various independent activities which include creating a troll mask, completing a character description and hunting for shapes and numbers in the sand.
Chinese New Year
2017- YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
This week the children have been learning about the celebration, Chinese New Year. The children have learnt how and why Chinese New Year is celebrated and they have also learnt about how people celebrating prepare for it.
We started our learning by reading the story of the Chinese New Year and we learnt about why each year is named after an animal. Whilst celebrating we have been busy with lots of creative activities, including attempting Chinese writing, making lanterns, money wallets, animal masks and a large dragon head for dragon dancing. We looked at lots of Chinese artefacts, tried on traditional Chinese outfits and tasted Chinese food. Trickiest of all we tried really hard to use chopsticks to pick up rice!
The Enormous Turnip
The children have been learning about the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’ this week. The children have really enjoyed planting our own bean seed. In a group we read and followed the instructions of how to plant the seed and talked about what a plants need to grow. Also this week, the children have been tasting a variety of different vegetables. The children first looked closely at the vegetables, describing them using their senses and then they each took it in turns to try both raw and cooked vegetables. The children tried really hard to use describing words when speaking and they were able to share their likes and dislikes with the group. Well done!
This half term we are learning:
The children will be:
Diwali: The Celebration of Light
This week the children have been learning about the celebration, Diwali. The children have learnt how and why Diwali is celebrated and they have also learnt about how people prepare for it.
The children have been creating Rangoli patterns using both coloured sand and colouring pencils. The children have read the book ‘My Mother’s Sari’ and they have had a go at making their own saris using different materials. Also this week, the children have been learning how to paint using henna. The children have created various henna patterns on hands and feet in preparation for Diwali.
Halloween and Magic
This term we are learning all about celebrations! We have had a fantastic week learning about Halloween and Magic! The children have loved reading the story ‘Room on a Broom’ this week and they are now able to confidently talk about the story and identify rhyming words. The children were very excited to receive a video message from the witch! The children had to add objects that rhyme into the cauldron in order to scare away the dragon.
In maths this week, we focused lots on making potions as instructed by the witch from the story, who sent a letter to the children. They were instructed to add ingredients together to make a perfect potion so they wouldn’t be turned into worms! The children have been introduced to addition by counting out the correct ingredients using spiders, bats and skeletons, adding them together, and learning to use body actions and language associated with addition.
Our activities this week have included; following instructions very carefully of how to make a witch/wizard wand, going on a potion hunt outside and finding yucky ingredients to add to their potion, describing what the ingredients looked, felt, smelt like and cutting out a skeleton and gluing it back together on black paper, using their scissors correctly. We talked about our body and where our skeleton is in our body and naming different parts of the skeleton.
What a super spooky week to start our new term!
This week the children have really enjoyed learning all about bonfire night. We have made our own fireworks pictures using different resources and we have learn about why we celebrate bonfire night and the story behind the gun powder plot. We have even worked as part of group to make our own Guy Fawkes.
In Literacy this week the children have been writing acrostic poems using vocabulary associated with bonfire night. They have been labelling a bonfire night setting and they have also been labelling the different noises that fireworks make.
In maths this week, the children have been learning what one more than a number is. The children have been counting rockets and adding one more and they have also been finding one more using number lines.
The children have also really enjoy having the opportunity to have our own bonfire at school. All of the children demonstrated how sensible they could be and they put their bonfire night learning into practice when keeping themselves safe. We loved eating toasted marshmallows!!!!
This week the children have been learning about why we celebrate birthdays. The children have learnt how to make a birthday cake and they have written instructions in order to tell other people how to make the same cake. We also had lots of fun making a silly cake following kippers recipe. We used cornflakes, tomato sauce, sugar, jam and even baked beans. We all said the cake smelled YUCKY and nobody fancied trying a slice!!
We have also had a toys birthday party this week, so in maths we learnt how to share an amount equally when giving each toy their party food. We also decided to ice some biscuits, having talked about the food we have at parties. The children carefully squeezed out the icing and designed their own biscuits, thinking about colours and shapes!
in addition to this, we have played exciting party games like 'pass the parcel'. The children took it in turns to pass the parcel round the circle, stopping with the music to unwrap a layer and they read either a tricky word or a number! The children enjoyed playing the party game and showed that they could all take turns! We also thought carefully about how to make birthdays special and decided that we would need some decorations. Therefore, we decorated bunting together. The children discussed birthdays they’d celebrated and thought carefully about the design of their bunting.
Super learning Reception!
This week the children have been learning about the celebration of a wedding. The children learnt about significant things in relation to weddings and they looked closely at a real life wedding dress and at a wedding bouquet of flowers. The children enjoyed role-playing weddings where they each took on a role, and enjoyed taking part in the pretend celebration. The children have also looked at pictures of weddings from around the world and they have talked about the similarities and differences of other cultures.
In literacy this week, the children enjoyed writing a character description for both a bride and a groom when writing about the different things they might each wear to a wedding. In maths, the children have been learning how to find one less than a number when using slices of wedding cake.
Other activities this week have included; making paper flowers by carefully cutting tissue paper into a circle and folding each layer to make petals, writing wedding invitations, making tinfoil wedding rings, size ordering wedding cakes, carefully colouring pictures of brides and grooms and creating their own wedding album.
What a brilliant week Reception!
It’s Good To Be Me!!
This week the children have been getting to know themselves. The children have been using mirrors to look closely at their faces and then they have very carefully been painting self-portraits which have now been displayed outside the Reception classroom. The children have also been taking photos of their bodies and they have been labelling their different body parts with initial sounds.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!
This half term we are going to be settling in and learning about the Reception routines. Throughout this half term we will be doing lots of fun and exciting activities based around our topic ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. The children will also start to learn letter sounds and will begin writing them.
This half term we are learning about:
Different bear stories
How to label a bear
How to create a lantern
Role playing stories such as ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’
How to use instruments to make noises to accompany a story
How to draw and paint a bear
How to create a shopping list for a picnic
How to use positional language
How to share picnic food equally
How to order objects by size
How to retell stories by sequencing pictures
How to write a letter and an invitation
The children will be:
Labelling their own teddy bears
Ordering objects by size
Finding out what food you take on a picnic
Learning how to prepare picnic food
Re-telling stories using puppets
Paining pictures of bears using different techniques
Creating their own bear mask and party hat
Matching the correct amount for picnic food to numerals
Goldilocks and The Three Bears
This week the children have begun learning about bears as part of their topic ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. To start our learning off we have used the story of ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’, which will remain our focus over the next couple of weeks. To help us with our learning, we are going to be using books, puppets, story sacks, pictures, story maps, role play, games and 'Talk for Writing' actions.
In Literacy this week, the children have been creating their own version of the story using pictures and props from the story sack as a stimulus. The children have also been sequencing the story using picture cards and they have labelled a story setting hearing the initial and end sounds in words. In Maths, the children have been learning how to order 3-4 different objects by size. The children were using real objects from the story and they were ordering them from smallest to biggest!
Great work Reception.
This week in Literacy the children have been extending their knowledge of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ by finding out what happened next! The children loved reading the story ‘Beware of the Bears’ and we were all very excited to find out that the bears had been in our classroom over the weekend. However, we were not very impressed with the mess they had made. The children decided to take photographs of the mess and label the pictures so that we could inform the police. The children labelled the pictures hearing the initial and end sounds in words and some children even had a go at writing CVC words with support.
The children have also enjoyed making bear masks, creating bear paintings, tasting porridge, labelling bears and practising their cutting skills when cutting out 2D shapes.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt…
We’re Not Scared!!
This week in Reception the children have focused their learning around the high quality children’s story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. The children have loved reading the story this week and they are now able to confidently talk about the story and join in with the repetitive story language.
In Literacy this week, the children have enjoyed packing a bag that they would take with them on a bear hunt and they have written a list of the different items they packed. In Maths this week, the children have carried out their own 2D shape hunt, hunting through mud, grass, water and snow. The children were recognising and sorting simple 2D shapes and they were beginning to use mathematical language to describe their properties.
The children have also continued to make their own bear masks this week and they have taken part in a sensory hunt which involved them walking through different textures, blindfolded, and they had to describe what they could feel and smell. The children came up with some fantastic WOW words when describing the different textures!
Peace at Last
This week the children have based their learning around the story ‘Peace at Last’. In literacy the children have been sequencing the story and they have been thinking carefully about the different things that kept Mr. Bear awake during the night. The children then wrote this into their books, underneath the pictures. In Math’s this week, the children have been learning how to use Numicon when using numbers to 10 and some children have even learnt how to use it with numbers beyond 10. Have a look at our fantastic number posters that we have created to help us with our learning!!
Other activities this week have included; learning how to copy a beat when using our bodies and instruments, learning how to collage a bear using different materials and learning how to use split pins when creating our own moving bear.
What a super week, Reception.
I can’t wait to conclude our topic next week!
Teddy Bears Picnic
This week we were invited to attend the teddy bears picnic. We were all asked to bring a teddy bear and we all went out onto the field and enjoyed our picnic together. We invited our grown-ups to come to our picnic, we played lots of games, sung some songs and had lots of fun with our teddy bears.
In preparation for our teddy bears picnic, the children learnt how to make sandwiches. The children first had to sort out all of the ingredients and then they had to follow the instructions carefully when making their sandwich. The children each wrote their name on their sandwich bag ready to take with us.
The children have also been testing different materials this week when deciding on the best material to use to make Max an umbrella for our picnic. The children first had to predict which materials they thought would be waterproof and then they had to test each material and record their findings.
As part of an additional focused activity, the children have been looking closely at pictures and objects when creating observational drawings. The children each picked a bear to focus on and they were drawing what they could see. The children focused on selecting the correct colours and they were looking closely at the details of their chosen bear before drawing.
What a great end to our topic Reception, well done!