After reading the story, Pumpkin Soup we decided that we wanted to make soup like Cat, Squirrel and Duck too. We learned how to make the soup by reading the recipe. After that we all had a go at writing a shopping list for Mrs Long so that she wouldn’t forget what ingredients to buy. We then had to chop up the pumpkin ready to cook. We were very excited Thursday afternoon when the soup was ready to eat. We tried the soup with some brown bread. We talked about healthy foods, how the ingredients changed as they cooked and if we liked the soup or not.
We have used the Numicon again this week and had a go at filling up the base boards with different Numicon shapes. The children had to think very carefully about each shape and where it would fit on the board. For extra challenge, a shape would be removed and the children had to find two shapes to take its place. Lots of mathematical thinking! We are encouraging the children to verbalise their thoughts when using the Numicon.
The children have all enjoyed their music session with Mrs Mander who is teaching them new songs and how to keep a steady beat.
We have had our first visit to the Library this week which was very exciting. We all sat and listened to the story of Pumpkin Soup and then had our turn to choose a book to take home. We then looked at two stories, Q Pootle 5 and Mrs Armitage on Wheels. We listened to the blurb on the back of each book and then voted for the story we wanted to hear for our focus text next week. The majority of the children wanted Q Pootle 5 which will be our story for the final week of term. If anyone has a spare copy of this text that they could lend us, we would be grateful for it. We will be visiting the library every Wednesday. Please ensure your child brings their book back each Wednesday so that it can be exchanged for a new one. Thank you.
The children have joined in well with the repetitive phrases of our story, A Squash and A Squeeze this week. They are beginning to recognise rhyming words more readily too.
We have begun our Numicon Maths this week and have learned the colour names for each shape up to 10. We have played lots of fun games to help us remember them. You can see the Numicon on display in the classrooms and in the photo below. The colours are: orange, pale blue, yellow, pale green, red, turquoise, pink, bright green, purple and blue.
We have been very busy outside this week and are learning more ways to use our outdoor resources. There has been some fantastic cooperative den making using the crates, tables and chairs. We have added more tyres to the banks for added physical challenge and are pleased to see how the children are tackling moving along and across them. We have also had some road works in the playground. Many children used the masking tape to mark out a road and then used the car they had made with a box to drive along. What team work and imagination!
We had a lovely morning with some of our grandparents on Friday. They were able to share stories and play alongside the children. We hope they enjoyed their visit.
The children have had a surprise delivery this week. They were very curious when boxes appeared on the carpet area one day after lunch. We all had a guess at what might be in the boxes and drew pictures of what we hoped we would find inside. The following day more boxes arrived and we were finally able to open them. We were very pleased to have a new set of building blocks. We have learned the names of the different shaped blocks and have had a go at putting them together to make a range of different combinations. See the link below to find out more about the bricks we will be using in school.
We will be developing a work area for the blocks and encouraging the children to record their ideas, mark make and label what they would like to make. If you have any building toys that are no longer of use to you such as, hard hats, hammers, saws, costumes etc. we would appreciate your donations. Thank you.
The children have been busy in the model making area making castles from apparatus and using the boxes and containers to make jet packs. They are learning how to cut tape, attach two things together and attach string to their models. They are becoming more confident in using tools to help their model making. Any junk modelling boxes and containers that you do not need would be appreciated.
In the mud kitchen we have extended the children’s fire play. They have learned how to make a base for cooking using a wire frame and bricks. We discussed fire safety and made sure that we sat outside the fire circle whilst we were roasting our marshmallows. What great campfire play!
There was lots of co-operation outside with the bikes this week. The children had to work together to help one another up the ramp on their bikes. Some children made flags to help the traffic run smoothly. All children are learning how to sign up if they want a go on the bikes.
The children have begun their phonics lessons and are coping well with learning a new sound a day. We hope the booklet sent home is helpful for you. Please use them as best suits your child. Some children will want to write the sound and others may just want to tell you about it. Please see the attachment for information on reading with children at home.
This week we have listened carefully to the story, Giraffe’s Can’t Dance and have discussed the importance of persistence when trying new things. We have used this story and another about Cuba the caterpillar who has to concentrate to introduce the concept of a growth mindset. The children have been getting a challenge spot on their challenge charts this week when they have shown us they are concentrating during their child initiated learning. Have a look on the classroom cupboard door to see how many challenge spots your child has received this week. Every Friday we will send our classroom Gerald home with one child who has demonstrated an aspect of a growth mindset. Our homework this week will explain the concept of a growth mindset.
The children have continued to explore their new surroundings and are much more confident in the morning and lunch time routines. Thank you for your support in enabling their independence in putting their belongings away and self-registering. We are now using our coats more regularly so practising putting them on (even when inside out) and zipping them up will help to develop your child’s independence. As the weather has changed it would be helpful to have a coat sent in everyday.
The children have been fascinated with the guttering and frames this week. They are learning how to set up tracks independently to make a range of different routes for their balls to travel down. They have had to learn how to make a trap and a barrier to catch their balls so that they don’t lose them in the playground. Other children have been interested in the building apparatus and they have been shown how to safely use the blocks to make, bridges, castles and obstacle courses.
We have been practicing how to count with our class puppet who needs lots of support. The children have explained to our counting puppet the importance of counting slowly, touching each object as he counts and not to miss out objects. They have enjoyed singing, 10 fat sausages and are learning how to count backwards from ten.
We have had our first PE session in the hall today where we are learning how to move safely in a variety of different ways and the importance of following directions.
We are still awaiting all photo permission so hope to have photos next week.
Please see sheet below for homework.
Our story for next week is Q Pootle 5 and our rhymes are: 5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer and A Sailor went to sea, sea, sea.
Please see attached sheet for homework.
Our story for next week is: Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper. Our Nursery Rhymes are: One Tomato, Two Tomato and Oats and Beans and Barley Grow. Both are available on the BBC Nursery Rhyme website.
We will be making pumpkin soup this week for the children to taste. If you have any concerns regarding your child tasting this, please see a member of the Reception Team.
Please see attached sheet for homework.
Thank you for returning your child’s reading book in the box on your set day. Don’t forget to sign your child’s reading record so we know that you child is ready for a new book. We hope you are enjoying listening to your child retell the story to you.
Our story for next week is: A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson. Our Nursery Rhymes are: This is the way we lay our bricks and Ten green bottles. Both are available on the BBC Nursery Rhyme website.
Friday the 5th of October is Grandparents morning. May we please kindly ask that if a Grandparent is coming to school that parents do not come in as well as the classrooms are not big enough to cope with large numbers of people. Thank you.
Homework this week will be to send in a family photo with some information about who is in your family.
For example: ‘This is a picture of (child’s name) with mum, dad and brother at my her second birthday party.’
We would like to display these photos in the corridor. If you are not happy for the photo to be displayed then please put a note saying so in your child’s homework book.
If you are unable to print off photos, encourage your child to draw a picture of their family in their homework book. For more information on homework please see the policy on the school website.
Homework 13th July 2018
For your last homework this year we would like to hear about your favourite thing you have done during your time in reception. Please either draw a picture and label it, or write one sentence or more.
Don’t forget; capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
We have had a lovely year with you all and have done so much. Here are our favourite things that we have done this year:
Miss Tame “My favourite thing that we have done this year was going on our trip to the multi skills sports festival. The children tried really hard and we had great fun.”
Miss King “My favourite thing this year was making traps for Goldilocks and trying to catch her because she ate all of our porridge.”
Mrs Long “I really liked planting potatoes in the mud kitchen.”
Miss Ludlow “I loved practising the Christmas songs for our nativity and watching the children perform to their parents.”
Mrs Green “”I liked helping the children to develop their art skills, especially painting and drawing.”
Mrs Newall “I have enjoyed helping the children playing with the water outside and cooling off in the warm weather.”
This week we have continued with our fruit sketching skills. We focused on adding tone and detail to our chosen fruit by looking carefully at the skin of the fruit and its markings.
Homework this week will be for your child to have a go at drawing either a piece of fruit or any object from around the home, adding in tone and detail.
You will need a pencil to do this, no colour pencils are needed.
What is tone?
Tone in an artistic context refers to the light and dark values used to render a realistic object
What is detail?
Detail is adding in markings that can be seen on the surface of the object (e.g. small bumps on an orange)
Don’t forget to look, look draw!
This week in maths we have been recapping 2D shapes and beginning to look at 3D shapes and their properties. For your homework this week we would like you to go on a shape hunt around your home or outside. If your child is confident naming their 2D shapes please ensure they can also discuss the properties of these shapes:
If your child can name and discuss the properties of 2D shapes you could see what you can find that looks like the 3D shapes shown below.