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. 
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.