Welcome to Reception
Summer term information
After May half term we will be comparing similarities and differences between houses, the natural environment, likes and dislikes. On Tuesday 4th June we will be discussing something that is special to us. We are inviting children to bring in a special object from home or a photograph that they are happy to share and discuss. If your child brings in a special object please make sure that it fits inside their red school bag and is named.
On Friday 7th June we would like to invite all Foundation Stage parents to a Maths workshop starting promptly at 2pm. The workshop will include a selection of problem solving activities for you to take part in with your child.
We hope that the sun will continue to shine when we return from half term. Please can you ensure that your child has a named sun hat and water bottle. If you wish for your child to wear sun cream we advise you apply this in the morning before school. Children can bring in a named bottle of sun cream, but will be encouraged to apply this themselves.
Words of the week: doubling, halving and sharing
Over the next two weeks we will be busy doubling, halving and sharing.
The children will be:
- creating their own ladybirds and butterflies, ensuring that they double their spots on each side of their wing carefully.
- cutting up a selection of foods and fruits to find half.
- solving word problems that involve sharing different quantities and amounts.
- playing games that involve doubling, halving and sharing.
The best thing ever- cardboard boxes!
We have been collecting lots of boxes over the last few weeks and we had great fun outside using our imaginations to create skateboards, tents, robot helmets and beds. According to Alex, "It's the best day ever!".
Thank you Mrs. Shaw!
We had a lovely surprise in our garden this morning as Mrs. Shaw (our Site Agent) had made us a mud kitchen to play with. We had lots of fun exploring it today in the sunshine, making pancakes, silly soup and hot chocolate in the kettle. Thank you very much Mrs. Shaw, we love it!
We have been enjoying learning in the sunshine.
It has been lovely to go outside to learn and play in the beautiful weather. Here are some of the things we have been doing.
Gardening club has now begun in Foundation Stage. The children have thoroughly enjoyed planting different vegetables, weeding the area and watering. Over the next few weeks we plan to plant some more vegetables and bedding plants in order to brighten up our garden. If you have any unwanted pots, tubs, watering cans, tools or plants that you would be willing to donate to the Foundation Stage garden they would be gratefully received.
Welcome to Bug Club!
Mrs Scarrott and Mrs Toyer
Word of the week: Author
When we return from the Easter break we will be focusing on developing our reading skills using our phonetic knowledge. We will begin by exploring books written by Eric Carle.
Firstly we will be sharing the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.
During the first week we will be:
- reading simple words, captions and sentences in order to gather and record simple facts about caterpillars and butterflies.
- creating our own stories and posters that can be read by ourselves and others.
Word of the week: Easter
This week we have shared and sequenced the Easter story. We have also been learning about different Christian ceremonies including weddings and christenings. The children have been discussing their own religions and beliefs and comparing similarities and differences in appearance, families and interests.
Word of the week: Number
Over the next few weeks we will be exploring the concept of number.
We will be:
- forming our numbers in fun and exciting ways.
- ordering numbers from 0-20.
- investigating the value of numbers.
- exploring addition in the indoor and outdoor environment.
- exploring subtraction.
- exploring different ways to find the answers to maths questions such as using objects, number lines and counting on in our heads.
- creating our own board games.
World Book Day
Thank you to everyone who dressed up as their favourite book character and to all the parents who joined us to share stories with their children.
We have received some fabulous ‘books in a box’ which are now displayed around the school and being admired by many.
We also had a special visit from some beautiful princesses who shared some of their favourite tales and stories.
Dates for your diary:
Thursday 4th April- Last day of Spring term
Tuesday 23rd April- Summer 1 term begins
Monday 27th May- Monday 3rd June- May half term
Tuesday 4th June- Summer 2 term begins
Wednesday 12th June-Friday 14th June Father's day shop
Summer term 1: Learning Log dates:
|Learning log given out at school||Learning Log to be returned to school|
|Tuesday 23rd April||Wednesday 1st May|
|Tuesday 7th May||Wednesday 15th May|
|Tuesday 20th May||Wednesday 5th June|
Tricky Word Song
Here is the 'Tricky Word Song' that we enjoy singing in Phonics.
Phonics Ideas for home
Have a bowl and a spoon. Ask children to make your soup yummy by putting objects or pictures with your selected sound in the soup. Any items that don't start with your initial sound will make the sound disgusting. As you mix the soup, sing;
We're making lots of silly soup,
We're making soup that's silly.
We're going to put it in the fridge,
To make it nice and chilly.
Cross the river
'Can we cross the river Mr Crocodile?' 'Only if your item starts with...'
Children to have a picture card or an item. If their picture starts with the initial sound you have called, they can attempt to cross the river. The adult is the crocodile who is very hungry and attempts to catch the children.
Have a grid with four or six words. Children to cross the words as they are called. When all the words off, children call 'bingo'. This game can also be played with sounds or tricky words.
Have a selection of words or sounds in the middle. When a sound or word is called, it's a race to splat it as quick as possible. The first player to splat the word or sound is the winner.
Tricky words are words which we can not use our phonics to decode. We must learn them by sight. The Phase 2 tricky words are; I, no, go, the, into.
At school we learn these by playing games, such as bingo, splat and snap.
Useful website links
Sound Pronunciation Guide