We hope that you enjoyed the Nursery Rhyme Nativity Concert this week. The children performed their songs very well and were so excited to be able to share their performance with their family members.


The children listened to the story, The Jolly Christmas Postman this week. It was very exciting to see all the different letters that were posted in the story. We also watched a video explaining the journey of a letter. So it was very exciting for the children to write their own letters to Father Christmas. Thank you for providing your child with an envelope. We enjoyed walking around the school site and spotting familiar features of our environment. We all hope that Father Christmas receives our letters in time for Christmas!


The children have continued to work hard on their performance and have had the chance to do a dress rehearsal this week. Thank you for the support with your child’s costumes.


We have read the book, Seasons Come and Seasons Go, Trees. This has led to a discussion on what happens in the different seasons. The children have painted an autumn tree using their fingers to make leaf shapes in the colours of red, yellow, orange and brown. They then wrote a label or a phrase about autumn. The children are becoming more confident in their writing skills.


Outdoors the children have made obstacle courses where they had to move around obstacles, jump over planks and crawl under guttering. They have also helped to make a golf course in our sand pit. This has been very popular. We would love any donations of children’s golf clubs if anyone has a set they do not need anymore.


In Maths the children have learned how to use the spinners to spin a number and then find the matching Numicon shape. They are all trying hard to complete their independent Maths challenge every day.


The children have been working very hard this week on learning all the words and actions for their Christmas Concert. We are impressed at how well they are doing.


In Maths we have been ordering the Numicon shapes and matching the numbers to them. We have also been looking at the length of objects and using the vocabulary; long, middle sized, short and in between. You can help your child at home by asking them to order 2 – 3 objects by their length.


Thank you for sending in photos of your family celebrations. The children have enjoyed talking about their photos in front of their classmates. They have also enjoyed learning about the life of Fatou, a girl from Africa. She gets her water from a well and cooks over an open fire. We made our own fire area in the mud kitchen again this week and wrote a list of the foods we could cook.



The children were very proud this week to have had the opportunity to take part in Remembrance Day. All of the children put the poppy they made on to the school display and then participated in a 2 minute silence to think about all the people who took part in the War.


The children have been working hard in their Numicon lessons this week. They have learned how to use the Numicon pegs to represent a number in different ways. We are reinforcing careful counting and encouraging the children to touch each peg as they count. We have also looked at 2D shapes this week and the children have made pictures using foam or sticky shapes. They are learning the names and properties for a range of simple 2D shapes. Perhaps the children would like to make a shape picture at home.


The children have enjoyed working in the mud kitchen this week with Mrs Avery. They used sticks to make a pretend fire and then talked about all the foods they would cook over a fire; marshmallows and jacket potatoes were very popular.


After reading our story of the week, Full, Full, Full of Love the children drew a picture of their own family. They enjoyed telling their teachers about the things they like to do with their family. They also had a go at writing labels to go with their drawings. It is good to see how the children are applying their phonic skills.

We have had such a busy and active first half term. Well done to all of the children. They have all learned so much. This week was particularly busy and the children have had fun learning how to make their own powder paint, walk along an obstacle course blindfolded and play in a marching band. 
In Maths we have had the number rods out for the children to explore. They have learned the number name and colour for each one and have used these to make pictures. 
We have introduced the children to Bertie the Owl who helps them to learn about Religious Education. We have had a week talking about special people and role models. Mrs Avery has helped us with our RE and we are recording all of our learning in our special RE book in class. Have a look!
We hope you all have a very happy and restful half term. 

The children have enjoyed reading more Supertato stories this week. They have all drawn a picture of themselves as a superhero and told an adult what they would like their superpower to be. These will be shared with the Reception Class that Mrs Mander teaches on a Monday and Tuesday in Haddenham. We are working to build a link between the two Reception classes.


In our Numicon lessons we have been comparing different Numicon shapes. We have encouraged the children to verbalise what they notice between the different shapes. They have been able to identify the numbers which are small, big and in between. It is amazing to see how quickly the children are learning the shape, colours and values of Numicon.


Some children have helped to a build a make shift tennis net this week. They have had to take turns and keep score. They used a sign up list and a timer to help keep the game fair.


We have introduced a sewing table this week in RTM. One will be ready next week for RK. This is part of a sewing project that the whole school is taking part in. The children have been very keen to have a go at adding their own stitching to this collaborative piece of art.


The children have enjoyed joining in with the story, Supertato this week. They have had a go at writing a speech bubble for the characters in the story. They have also begun to make their own Supertato using real potatoes and collage materials. We will continue with other Supertato stories next week as this has been such a popular text.


The children are becoming more confident when using the Numicon and have learned how to place the shapes in order from one to ten. We are encouraging the children to verbalise what they do. Alongside the Numicon we are developing the children’s awareness of numbers and arrangement of objects. They are getting better at recognising a group of objects without having to count, such as when seeing the spots on a dice. This is called subitising. See the link below for more information on this concept.




The focus children have had their first turn at the woodwork bench this week learning how to use the vice, saw and hammer in nail. They have also been learning how to work in a safe manner and the importance of safety glasses.


The children have been introduced to a story telling programme this week called Tales Toolkit. This programme helps to develop the children’s language, vocabulary and story telling skills. They have all had a turn at making up their own stories with the resources.


Thank you for the donations of junk modelling materials as this is such a popular activity for the children.


Stay and Play

We had our first Stay and Play this week and the parents were able to watch part of a phonic lesson being taught and then participate in a range of activities. Please see the website below for information on the RWI Phonic Scheme.




The children have been working very hard in their phonics lessons this week. They are continuing to learn new sounds and how to form them. They are also learning how to make cvc (consonant, vowel, consonant) words with the sounds that they have learned. We have made the words; mat, sat, mad, sad, pan and pat.


We have had our first visit to the school library. Our library day is on a Tuesday. Please send your child’s library book in each Tuesday so that they can get a new one. Your child will also have had a reading book this week. Please put your child’s reading book and reading record in the box by the door on their reading day so that it can be changed for a new one. Thank you.


The children have learned how to make a plan this week before they make a model out of junk or the building kits that we have in class. We have been very impressed with the children’s ideas and how they have gone on to make their designs. We will continue to work on their joining skills especially when using the junk materials.


We have begun our Focus Children System this week. Each week 3 - 4 children will be our focus, alongside all the other children of course. This group of children will take part in a cooking activity. This term the children will learn how to make banana and oat biscuits. They will also have their next steps set and sent home for your information.


We have enjoyed a variety of counting books this week and have begun to learn the Numicon shape names and colours. The children are learning how to count carefully and order the Numicon shapes. They incorporated Numicon in their learning outdoors when crossing the obstacle course and using the ramps.


We welcomed Grandparents into school this week to celebrate Grandparents Day. The Grandparents had a wonderful time playing alongside the children, weaving, sewing and making cards. We hoped they enjoyed our performance of the song, You Are My Sunshine to finish off the session.

The children have begun to participate in their phonic lessons this week. They have learned the letter sounds of: m,a,s,t and d. They have learned how to say and write these sounds. They are also learning how to "Fred Talk" which is when they listen to 3 letter sounds and then blend them together to say the word. Please see the links below for more information. 
The children have been busy using the building apparatus outside. It is great to see how creative they are and the co-operation skills they have when working together. They have also been learning how to use a jerry can to access the water to use in both the sand and the mud kitchen. 
The children are beginning to use a wider range of materials in the classroom. We saw more children accessing the junk modeling area this week and learning how to cut and use masking tape. Next week they will learn how to make a design before they begin to make their models. 
Welcome to the Reception Blog. We will post the highlights of our week every Friday. Make sure you have a look at all the amazing learning we do each week. 
We have been very impressed with how well the children have settled into their new classes. We have been working on learning how to use our new resources, share, take turns and listen carefully to our teachers. The children have quickly learned the lunch time routine and are enjoying their hot dinners and packed lunches. We are supporting the children to make new friendships and learn the daily routine. 
Welcome back after a hopefully restful half term. The children have been very excited to get back to school and see their friends again. They have enjoyed listening to and joining in with our story of the week, Lima's Red Hot Chili. This has led to an interesting discussion on the variety of different peppers we can eat. The children had a chance to draw them and write a label to describe their pepper. It is amazing to see how they are quickly learning to record the sounds they hear in the words they want to write. They then had an extra snack time this week and were able to try a range of peppers if they chose. 
Outsidse the children learned how to play some new target games and are beginning to keep score using marks. The children are also learning how to play tennis and hit the ball at and over a target. The castle has been varnished and is now outside in our sand pit and is a great place to listen to some interesting small world play. 
We have watched the Nativity story and are now beginning to learn the songs for our Christmas concert

The homework this week is to look at 2D shapes with your child. Can they name the shapes and talk about the properties of each one? Please see the instructions in your child’s homework book.


The homework this week has been set by Mrs Dearman, who is our Science Lead. Please see the information sheet sent home in your child’s homework book this week. This homework is due back on the 13th of December. Thank you.

Can you find three objects from around the home and order them by length? Encourage your child to use the terms; long, longer, short, shorter, in between and middle sized. 

Homework 15/11/2019

Following on from the children drawing their families this week in school we would like you to talk about family life at home with your child. This will help them develop an understanding about their family customs and routines. Here are some discussion points you could talk about with your child:

  •          Talk about the special occasions you celebrate as a family; e.g. Easter, Diwali or birthday and what you do at these celebrations
  •          Talk about other events you celebrate as a family; e.g. regular meals together, family film night or family holidays

You could upload family photos onto Tapestry so that the children can talk to the class about who is in the photo, what the event is and why they celebrate this. Or you could record the main points of the conversations you have had with your child.

For example; We have talked to Sammy about our weekly family lunch we have with all of our cousins and grandmother. We have also talked about what we do as a family when we celebrate Christmas. We decorate a tree and put our stockings on our bed. We then have a family meal with our grandparents.

This week for homework we are asking all children to continue to practise their letter sounds. Please see the Ruth Miskin website below for information on sound pronunciation. 
Happy Half Term. We do not set homework over the holidays. Please enjoy this time with your children, reading, talking and doing things your family enjoys. 
Can you put the Numicon shapes in order from one to ten. Can you say the colour name and the number in a sentence? 
Have fun!

Our homework this week will be to practise the letter sounds that we have learned so far this term. You will have a new RWI booklet sent home this week which has the letters for your child to practise in. Please refer to the letter sent home which lists the letter taught each day. 


Our homework this week will be to practise the letter sounds that we have learned this week in class:

p, i , n, g and o.


This week your child has been sent home with the first 5 sounds that they have learned this week. You may keep these sheets at home. Your child can try to write the sound on the sheet. Encourage your child to say the handwriting phrase as they write. 

Reception Homework 13/9/2019


My Family


For our first homework we would love to see a family photo. You can send a photo via Tapestry (our on-line learning journal) or put a loose photo in your child’s homework book. Please talk to your child about the people in the photo as we will be asking them to discuss this. Thank you.

If you are having problems logging on to Tapestry, please speak to Ms. Tennies.