These amazing children retold the story of The Little Red Hen.
That wasn’t the best bit! They then adapted the story, changing the setting to a zoo and the characters became a lion, sheep and a cow. Cages and enclosures were quickly made to support the story telling. Fantastic!!!
We have had lovely week in reception. It has been great to hear positive feedback from colleagues around the school as to how well the children are settling in. Here are a few photographs from the week.
We are beginning phase 2 phonics. The children will be introduced to the letter sounds m.a.s.d.t. Some of the children know these sounds already and their focus will be handwriting using correct letter formation and writing simple words using these sounds.
Did you know we value and rely on the contribution you make at home:
Improvement in learning:
Children with parents who take an active interest in their education make greater progress than other children.
Parental engagement has a significant effect throughout a child’s school years, and in the primary years, family influences have a more powerful effect on children’s attainment and progress than school factors.
Gains in pupil achievement stemming from parental engagement initiatives tend to be permanent.
Reading books and Teddy word books are coming home soon. Some children will be given a picture book. Some will have books with simple words because they can already recognise letter sounds and orally blend them to make a word. You will also receive a reading record log. Please write a comment and date when you have listened to your child read. We really value the feedback.
If you would like some help to pronounce the letter sounds we re teaching then this video link will help.
We encourage a rich storytelling environment. Children need to internalise story language, which then later feeds into their writing. We scribe children’s own stories and we also teach them rich texts that they can retell in their own words or act out.
The children are continuing to settle and get used to their new surroundings and new routines. We introduced morning boxes this week, which focus on fine motor skills such as cutting, nuts and bolts, threading, name writing. The children were challenged to find their morning activity box for their group and by the end of the week we were pleased with how they were able to quickly settle to their activity.
We did P.E. for the first time! Parents, we need your help. Getting 30 children changed is no small challenge for the team. At one point I had one child wandering round in his pants, having lost every stitch of his uniform, which other children had either put on or put into their own P.E. bag. Lots of time was lost checking every P.E bag and thankfully the uniform was found, but it wasn’t named. It is imperative that ALL items of clothing are named. Please also make time to let your child practise getting themselves dressed and undressed independently.
Next week we are beginning more focused phonics activities, concentrating on skills such as hearing initial sounds in words, words that rhyme and listening skills.
Children do not need to keep clean uniform in their book bag or on their peg. we have extra clothes in the event of accidents. We are finding that some bags and/ or pegs are so full that everything just ends up on the floor.
We are still asking for wellies for some children. Please send them in asap.
Thank you to parents who have sent in their family photo – keep them coming, the children are enjoying looking at them together!
Here are a few photos from the first few weeks. I have actually taken over 600 photos, so many to choose from!
We had a great time on Friday at Woodside Animal Farm. A small farm but lots to see. The giant tortoise was a big hit!
We looked at the animals, and began our activity booklet, before our tractor ride. Great excitement and problem solving when the children realised that they could work together and push the mini tractors that you normally have to pay for – That’s what we want – children working together and thinking outside the box!
A picnic lunch is always a hit with school children, it’s what they always talk about as one of the best bits… the ice-lollies went down a treat too.
I was impressed with how brave the children were, and how patiently they waited their turn to pet the rat, snake and chinchilla. Note: no pictures of the adults doing same – all were safely tucked away behind the children!!
I’ve just uploaded the sports day photos on Vimeo. Check out the Twitter link to view.
The children had a lovely sports week. Thanks for your support!
Congratulations to the red team who won the Early Years sports day.
We finished the week with a few team games.
Can I just say how proud I am of Tiggywinkles class. They’ve managed really well with different adults whilst I’ve been doing home visits. I’m out again for part of next next week then it’s back to normal.
Miss Boby and I are so proud of the children’s progress we’re planning a water party for end of term so let us know if you could loan us paddling pools etc. Details to follow… Hope this great weather holds!
What a lovely week. We had Science Week and National Outdoor Learning Day on Thursday.
We kicked off science week asking the children what they thought science was all about. They blew us away. We introduced a song that covered gravity, hibernation, migration, metamorphosis, evaporation. Many of which the children have / are experiencing through their everyday play. Here is the link to the song on You Tube from The Learning Station.
Joshua knows all about gravity.
Most children could explain evaporation, they just didn’t know the proper scientific term.
Most children knew about hibernation. Migration was a new term to many.
Metamorphosis – We are learning about this ‘in the moment’ with our class caterpillars.
Science Week photos:
Gloop: The children were exploring two type of gloop, making it, then observing how it changed and what it felt like using their senses. They explored transporting it, putting it through funnels and sieves, trying to pick it up with their hands or utensils and trying to form it into shapes, just to see what would happen. We heard some lovely language, describing how it felt, looked and behaved in their hands.
Bubbles: Talking about how bubbles are made of trapped air, the colours the children can see, their shape, size and chasing them to try and pop them are all valuable learning opportunities. I sent a recipe home that we used for science week, it’s well worth it! Would love some pics if you are successful making even bigger bubbles.
STEM Challenge: The children (and many of the parents!) loved the STEM challenge. The children used toothpicks and sweets to build 3D shapes. We are taking a closer look at 3D shapes next week. Could you make a better one at home?
Child led learning at its best: How much water is needed to be added to make the perfect sandcastle? What is happening to the water when it is poured on the sand?
Jump Rope: What goes up must come down!!!
George P was amazing, gold medalist in the making. Think we’ll try double dutch next week…
Sorry, but my photos really don’t do the children justice, didn’t manage to capture many mid flight.
Imaginative Play: Mrs. Kimber and I managed to salvage some car seats and bumbers from the Car Body Repair Shop in Breakspeare Rd (Thanks Issy!). They were so popular with the children, lots of lovely language and imaginative play. At risk of turning the garden into a salvage yard we love open ended resources like these. We’d love a steering wheel or three!
Next Week: We are looking at 3D shapes. Take a look at your environment, can the children spot any 3D structures, cone, cube, sphere etc.
We are collecting interesting shaped boxes. There are some hexagonal chocolate boxes if you fancy treating yourself (just in the interests of your child’s 3D education of course!).
What shape is the football?
What shape is a toblerone?
What shape is a Swiss Roll cake?
What shape is a Battenburg cake?
On Wednesday Miss Boby and I are out of class for part fo the day each as we have an internal moderation which is a statutory requirement, but we are on site.
Our caterpillars continue to hold the children’s interest, which they have demonstrated through their art work, creativity and their daily interest in observing change, which has also led to measuring them. Most have been given a name too, lovely writing.
Last week we made observational drawings of plants and planted beans and sunflower seeds. We have been watching a bean germinate and it’s been lovely hearing the children use this new vocabulary as they talk about the changes they have observed.
We have observed some pirate play this week and will be developing this next week. I bought some lovely swash buckling swords in Tiger (what did teachers ever do before Tiger hit the high street?) and the children had already made swords for St. George’s Day play. We’d love some plastic bottles for messages in a bottle….
We have been reviewing 2D shapes this week. The children were encouraged to guess the shape from its description, number of sides, curved or straight and number of corners. They also went outside to look for the shapes in their environment and used shapes to create a picture.
A few more:
We have been working on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We are working on describing the giant using wow words and the oral retelling of the story. We hope to see the caterpillars begin to change into chrysalides.
Do you have any (clean) plastic bottles or pirate that you could donate?
I was genuinely looking forward to seeing the children again this week, and they didn’t disappoint! Only a short week, but they packed a lot in. The new trampoline was a big hit out in the garden, as was the new pizza role play. We need to blag some Domino pizza boxes, different sizes.Please also send in any photos of the children eating pizza. We heard lots of language of size, cost, time to cook and delivery times. The children then began making their own collage pizzas and pizza play dough, one white batch for the dough a second batch for the red tomato base which led to discussion about what they like to put on their own pizzas. Then the children wanted to make a real pizza together in class. The children are going to order the ingredients online next week ‘like mummy does, …and a man delivers it.’
Getting a bit of maths into the trampoline work out:
We began reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and will also look at different versions or adaptations over the term. The children enjoyed exploring the magic beans, which led to some lovely sorting and counting then looking at capacity.
We observed the children trying to write their own stories. This term we are encouraging the children to write in sentences, so please support this at home with the phonic sounds that they are learning in class.
In PE his week we practised team work and ball skills. Great fun, roll on Sports Day!
Save the date: June 20th Reception and Nursery are doing Sport day together.
We will be learning about St. George, and the Queen’s birthday.
We are collecting kitchen roll cardboard centres for castle turrets in junk modelling to go with St. George’s Day.
We are always collecting milk bottle tops.
We will be planting ‘magic’ beans to go with Jack’s beanstalk
We will be ordering food online and following the delivery process to then make pizza. Then eating it!
Take a photo of your child eating pizza and send it in.
We do enjoy getting email observations of home learning, keep them coming.
Keep encouraging reading and writing at home. More children are starting their second Teddy word book.
Please ensure all uniform is labelled with YOUR child’s name on it and that all children have a PE kit and outdoor trainers.
In Wake and Shake, which we do every morning, we incorporate moves that help with coordination and involves crossing the midline and bi-lateral coordination. There is a lovely, easy to read explanation of both on OT-Mom, which I often refer to. Basically, we need children to coordinate their movements, using both sides of the brain. SO, here are a few skills we have been practising that you may like to practise at home. I’m sure you’ve seen them before, but they are brilliant exercises for young children.
I’m hoping that you didn’t wake up to terrible pranks this morning. I spoke to the children about April Fools Day and they really ‘got it.’ They thought of some great jokes to play on you – I won’t give them all away. Some said they’d talk backwards, walk backwards, have a bath with their clothes on, say goodbye instead of hello…. I await the success stories upon their return.
We set up a STEM challenge (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) this week which was really popular and led to a discussion of 3D shapes. I was blown away with how this held the children’s interest and observed them revisit this again and again, working together. It was just a few cocktail sticks and a bit of play dough. I could have used mini marshmallows/Jelly Tots – but didn’t think they’d last the week… and that’s just the adults! This will become a regular challenge in class using different resources. If you’d like to try it at home take a look on Pinterest for ideas, but be sure to take a photo for us!
It has been a full week. We have been discussing Easter and incorporated this into our maths and literacy. The children went on an Easter egg hunt, finding two halves then ordering the eggs and looking at one less.
We have also provided resources to decorate eggs and introduced Easter traditions. Thanks for all the hard boiled eggs, the children really enjoyed colouring them.
The best bit was the egg races on Friday. We went into the hall to firstly count our loose change. My competitive streak came out and Tiggy’s challenged Cottontails to see who had the most money collected. I was feeling confident until Mrs. Davis brought out a huge box of loose change…. well done Cottontails! Then we had egg races – a little pre-Sports Day practise.
Out in the garden we explored other uses for the eggs.
Here are a few more…
After Easter we are listening to the story of Jack and The Beanstalk, maybe you could read it at home to familiarise your child with this lovely tale. It’s a nice lead into a discussion about planting and growing things.
Photos from our trip last week, shame the weather wasn’t as nice as it is today! We’ve also been acting out our helicopter stories, where the children crate their own storie that are scribed by an Adult and we act them out as a whole class.
NB: Apologies for the formatting of this post. Having problems getting images and text to go where I want it to go for some reason this week.
We started Well Being week off with some yoga, which the children said they enjoyed, and finished the week discussing and sorting foods into healthy and unhealthy. Miss Boby and I were impressed with the children’s awareness of foods containing too much sugar and which foods were good for them.
We have been seeing lots of lovely imaginative play this week. Role play, creating representations of our world, and even boys drawing pictures and painting!
Outside we also observed the children taking their learning and problem solving skills into their own hands. The boys used magnifying glasses to observe the bugs and worms they found and want to make a wormery next week. Others used various resources to explore roads, ramps and tunnels or build using large blocks.
A few more:
Next Week: We are looking at the Easter story and Easter traditions. We have a video of traditional egg rolling and would like to offer the children the opportunity to dye eggs and build their own ‘road’ to see how far they can get it to travel, based on observations this week of road building. The children can also design and decorate their own eggs using water colours, various materials. The role play area will be ‘An Easter party.’
In maths we are working on subtraction.
NOTE: Could children please bring in a HARD boiled egg. Please ensure it is hard boiled as one child has an allergy to raw egg.
If you have any Easter themed books we could share with the children please send them in (Put child’s name on inside cover please). We have the traditional Easter story and I have just purchased The Cow That Laid an Egg, BY Andy Cutbill, but I’m a bit thin on the ground for fun Spring/Easter themed stories.
ALSO: I’m still trying to build up a stock of guttering, down pipes, planks of wood for building outdoors (ideally scaffolding type planks) and any off cuts of soft woods for the woodwork area.
Today Gruffalo Nursery had an amazing day at College Lake with their teddy bears. When we arrived at College Lake we listened to a story about some bears who live in the woods at College Lake and we met Edward Bear .
We went on a special walk around Edwards’s garden. We had to follow the trail of footprints he had left for us. In Edward’s garden there were herbs that smelt nice and some that didn’t smell so nice! Claire who works at College Lake told us that once she had fallen asleep in Edward’s garden and woke up to see a beautiful rainbow in the sky. Claire gave us pieces of a broken rainbow that we took around the garden to see if we could match the colours to what we saw in the garden.
Hunting for colours in Edward’s garden was hard work so we sat down and listened carefully to the birds. Then it was time for out teddy bear’s picnic!!After lunch we made shelters for our teddy bears using materials from the woods. We made some fantastic teddy bear homes.
We dressed up as bears and trees to play teddy bear games. We learnt that we must look after trees because they are homes for lots of animals. At the end of the day we listened to Going on a bear hunt.
What a lovely week. As the weather was a bit better we saw more children outdoors. We have been looking at the Season of Spring and this led to creating our own garden of flowers. The children looked at books on flowers/gardens then tried to create their favourite flowers. We had lots of sunflowers, snowdrops, tulips and even a Venus Fly Trap. The children used tissue paper, water colours and scissor skills to create their flowers. They also took a closer look at Spring flowers using the magnifying glasses outside. This is what the children knew about Spring.
A little outside investigation:How to send a message to Nursery, across the great divide… One child could see little sis in Nursery and decided to find a way to send her a message. The Postman wasn’t available, so she devised her own method. We then had fun seeing what else we could send, exploring the trajectory of various objects.
We have been coming to a close with our wedding play, so there was just one thing left to do, the wedding cake. The children selected 3 sized cake tins to create a tiered cake. They worked together, following the recipe instructions then later decorated the cake. Then we ate it!