Phonics: Practise the Phase 3 phonemes on the Phase 3 sound mat every day (please see link at the top of the Reception Blog page). Children need to be able to recognise these sounds immediately on sight. Whilst most children will be familiar with most of these sounds, children are in different groups and at different stages, so if your child doesn’t easily recognise a particular sound, please tell them what the sound is until this becomes more familiar. Daily practice of these sounds should ensure that they become familiar within time. Children have also learnt actions to go with these sounds so please encourage them to use the actions and teach them to you too!
Each day of the week, we will also give you a sound to practise.
Monday 23rd: Focus on the ‘qu’ sound. Ask children to read: quick, quack, quest, quit. An extra challenge is to write a word or two with the ‘qu’ sound. Play Education City Queen’s Quiz.
Tuesday 24th: Focus on the ‘ch’ sound. Ask children to read: rich, chips, chop, chick. An extra challenge is to write a word or two with the ‘ch’ sound. Play Education City Cheeping Chicks.
Wednesday 25th: Focus on the ‘sh’ sound. Ask children to read: shop, shut, rush, fish. An extra challenge is to write a word or two with the ‘sh’ sound. Play Education City Ship Shape.
Thursday 27th: Focus on the ‘th’ sound. Ask children to read: this, that, bath, thin. An extra challenge is to write a word or two with the ‘th’ sound. Play Education City The Three Paths.
Friday 28th: Focus on the ‘ng’ sound. Ask children to read: ring, long, sting, hang. An extra challenge is to write a word or two with the ‘ng’ sound. Play Education City Sing a Song.
Reading: Daily practise of key words. Read through, asking the children to read on sight. If they can’t read immediately, tell children the word and ask them to repeat it after you. There is a link to Reception key words and Year 1 key words (if your child can read all of the Reception key words quickly and on sight) at the top of the Reception Blog page. You don’t need to read every single word every day, just break them up into smaller amounts, e.g. read 20 on one day, then the next 20 the day after etc. The key is little and often, repetition.
Enjoy reading books together! Read your child’s favourite book to them and talk about the story.
Oxford Owl (www.oxfordowl.co.uk) also provide free ebooks online from various stages of Oxford Reading Tree. Children are either on Stage 1, 2 or 3. You will need to join/register but it is free to join and this way, you can access further reading books for your child online and there are usually activities to complete after reading the book too. How to access the eBooks:
Chick recount! This week, we will be writing a recount of the chicks. Please look through the photos below and discuss what is happening. Children could write a sentence each day, encouraging capital letters, finger spaces and a full stop at the end of each sentence. We also encourage children to hear the sounds and try to spell as much as they can independently. It is ok for the children to spell the word ‘hatch’ as ‘hach’ for example because the children are using the phonemes they have learnt to spell the word independently. Try and write one sentence each day, so by the end of the week, you might have something like this:
On Monday, we had some eggs.
On Tuesday, 9 eggs hatched.
On Wednesday, the last egg hatched.
On Thursday, we had 10 fluffy chicks.
Children can add extra detail if they like. You may need to provide some words for your child to copy. However, if they are able, and most children should be able to, try and encourage them to write words themselves but with some support from an adult at home.
Maths: Children have been working with numbers to 10, including recognising, forming and ordering numbers. They have been solving problems using numbers to 10 such as practical addition and number bonds. We will now begin looking at numbers beyond 10. Each day of the week children will be given a number to focus on:
Monday 23rd: Learn about the number 11- Watch Numberblocks Series 3: Eleven. Practise writing the number 11, count out 11 objects and split them into one group of 10 and one group of 1 (11 is 10 and 1).
Tuesday 24th : Learn about the number 12 Watch Numberblocks Series 3: Twelve. Practise writing the number 12, count out 12 objects and split them into one group of 10 and 2 ones (12 is 10 and 2).
Wednesday 25th : Learn about the number 13- Watch Numberblocks Series 3: Thirteen. Practise writing the number 13, count out 13 objects and split them into one group of 10 and 3 ones (13 is 10 and 3).
Thursday 27th : Learn about the number 14- Watch Numberblocks Series 3: Fourteen. Practise writing the number 14, count out 14 objects and split them into one group of 10 and 4 ones (14 is 10 and 4)
Friday 28th: Learn about the number 15- Watch Numberblocks Series 3: Fifteen. Practise writing the number 15, count out 15 objects and split them into one group of 10 and 5 ones (15 is 10 and 5).
Examples of objects to count and split (leaves, tins, teddies, books, twigs, lego, pencils, stones etc.)
This website will enable you to provide a good visual aid for splitting teen numbers into tens and ones, see below.
This week, we are looking at the life cycle of a frog and a butterfly and comparing them with the life cycle of a chicken. Why not go for a walk to a local park with a pond and observe some frog spawn?
For those of you who are unable to come to school this week, below we will outline our learning this week so you can access activities on Education City or via other sources.
Phonics- Please practise reading and writing words containing the sounds ure (e.g. cure, pure) and er (her, herb, hammer, boxer, dinner). Please have a go at Summer River and Sure, Sure on Education City to support this.
Reading- Please practise key words and home reading books until they can be read fluently.
English- This depends on what group children are in:
Foxes- learning about The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The task is to label a picture of the troll
Tigers- Learning about The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The task is to write a descriptive sentence about a piece of food the caterpillar eats.
Bears-Learning to write instructions. The task is to write instructions about how to plant a seed.
Monkeys- Learning about Supertato and Evil Pea. The task is to write a character description about Evil Pea.
Maths- Children are learning how to add two amounts by counting on from, rather than starting at 1. Please see White Rose Maths resource below to support this.
Topic- Children are celebrating Multicultural Week and we are looking at Hinduism. We are learning the story of Rama and Sita and acting it out (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRpNNF4fB4g). We have also been painting colourful pictures to celebrate the festival of Holi.
This week we have continued to make observations of our chicks and we have even had the opportunity to hold them. We have looked at the life cycle of a chicken and discussed how our chicks will change over time. On Friday we celebrated Sports Relief and participated in lots of exciting sports activities around school to keep us active throughout the day.
Our sounds that we will be learning next week in phonics will be ure and er. Key words will be the same as last week.
Have a great weekend everyone!
2nd - 6th March
What an exciting week we have had! On Monday, our eggs were delivered and throughout the course of the week, we have watched our eggs to hatch into 10 beautiful, fluffy chicks! We have 4 girls and 6 boys. The children (and adults!) have all been very excited to watch them this week. We have them for one more week before they have to leave us. On Thursday, we also celebrated World Book Day and what fantastic costumes the children came in. They were all brilliant.
Next week, we will be learning the 'ear' and 'air' phonemes. Please practise these sounds and try writing some words with these sounds in at home.
Thank you for your continued support.
24th - 28th Feb
Welcome back to everyone. The children have settled back into their routines well after a half term break. This week we have started our growth and change topic and have looked at how we, as humans, grow and go through different stages in our lives, from being a baby all the way to being elderly. Can we put the different stages in order and name them? We had a go in small groups and were very good! We also perfected our drawing skills, completing self portraits and using mirrors to help so we could see our features.
In Literacy, we have started 4 different topics - instructional writing, Supertato (character description), The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We will stick to these over the next 3 weeks and children will rotate to take part in each one.
In Maths we have started to look at combing 2 sets of objects in order to begin simple addition.
This week, we looked at the phonemes 'or' (as in sport) and 'ur' (as in 'fur'), so keep practising these at home. Next week we will look at 'ow' (as in 'cow') and 'oi' (as in 'foil').
Key words will remain the same for one more week.
Next week it is World Book Day (Thursday 5th March) so don't forget your costumes! It is also parents' evening on Tuesday.
What fantastic homework the children have completed at home with their families this half term. We have enjoyed sharing them just before we broke up and have a couple more to finish. The children have shared some wonderful model buildings, excellent obstacle courses, super 3D shape collecting, neat number writing, brilliant art skills with snowflakes or a drawing/painting of their house or room....the list is endless! Thank you for all your support with homework, the children really do enjoy sharing what they have done. Here are a few pictures...
In the last week of term, we were learning all about the cold! We observed some ice melting both in and out of water and predicted what might happen. Here is what we said:
"Ice is made from water," - Elissa
"The ice has turned to water," - Josh N
"It's cold and slippy and getting smaller," - Leighton R
"It has to stay in the cold to stay ice," - Zahra
"It moves fast in the water and soon it will be gone," - Ryan
We also looked at clothing for winter weather or summer weather and sorted them, talking about why they were suitable for hot or cold weather. Finally, we went on a winter walk outside to see what we could spot and compare it to our autumn walk. We used the tablets to take some photos.
We will stick to the same key words for another week or two - these can be seen on the noticeboard in the playground.
When we come back, the phonemes we will learn are 'or' and 'ur' but please keep practising the digraphs oo, ee, ar, ai, oa, sh, ch, th, ng and the trigraph igh as these are the ones the children find the trickiest. Thank you for your continued support.
This week we have continued our topic on Buildings, looking at the inside and outside of different religious buildings and talking about our own experiences. We looked at the inside of a church, labeling the different parts and made our own stained-glass windows. We also worked on our balancing skills, completing the obstacle course and trying various hopping exercises on the playground. Finally, we worked on our observational drawing skills, drawing a house and including as much detail as we could see as possible.
In Literacy, the children have been working hard on their writing skills, attempting to spell and write CVC words independently by hearing the sounds in the word and remembering how to form each of the letters. We are getting better at hearing the beginning and end sounds but sometimes find it tricky to hear the middle sound (e.g. the o in dog). We then use this to try and write a simple sentence, trying to remember our capital letter at the beginning, finger spaces between words and a full stop at the end. The children are all trying hard and have made some fantastic progress, so well done!
In Maths, we have been working hard on a variety of different topics, to number (up to 10), positional language, shape and money.
We won't learn any new sounds in phonics next week as we are assessing the sounds the children already know (on sight) and well as key words. Many of the children have been trying so hard to learn their key words, both at school and at home and we know are keen to show us what they can do, which is brilliant.
Handwriting homework is slightly different this week, in that children also need to learn how to spell these words/sounds as we will have a test on these words on Friday.
Once again, can we thank you for your continued support at home - the children in reception are showing a fantastic, positive attitude to their learning and are a pleasure to teach.
We have had a wonderful last week of term! On Tuesday we had our Christmas party, which was lots of fun! We played different games and we met Santa! Throughout the week we got the opportunity to share all of our super pieces of homework. Thank you for all your support this term. Have a fantastic Christmas break and we will see you in the new year!
The Reception Team
This week we have been learning about all things Australian! We have talked about the difference in weather and that it is hot at Christmas time in Australia, so they sometimes go to the beach for a BBQ on Christmas Day! We have been learning about Australian animals and Australian aboriginal art using dots. We also listened to the sound of a traditional Australian instrument, the didgeridoo.
Here is a link to a kookaburra song we have been learning:
The sounds we have been learning this week are: ff, ll, ss, understanding that 2 letters can make one sound. Next week's sounds will be: y, z & zz, qu
Next week's key words will be:
the, I, to, no, go
Handwriting homework will look at the 'r' family, including letters r, n, h, m, h & b, which all start in the same way. Here are some links to help with the correct formation:
Letter r - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30bTT1obpzk
Letter n - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF5RnWZHf3w
Letter m - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu_-1EiJNRg
Letter h - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5O-WtwwRfc
Letter b - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf41qclTZlc (though the flick at the end is not necessary at this stage)
Thank you for all your help and support at home with reading and handwriting. The children are making some fantastic progress in class and the support you give at home is making a huge difference, so thank you.
The Reception Team
This week we have been taking part in Life Skills Week. We have been developing lots of important skills that we need to use on a daily basis, such as using scissors, cutting with a knife and fork, putting our coats on properly and practising being safe on the roads. We have also learnt about staying safe online and we had a special visit from the Police.
This week in phonics we have been learning the sounds j, v, w and x.
This Week - w/c 28th October
The key words we are looking at this week are:
at as big the
The sounds we are learning are: h b f l
This week we went on a walk to look for signs of Autumn. We found apples and pears in the orchard as well as acorns and pine cones. We also saw lots of crunchy, brown and yellow leaves that had fallen off the trees. We then used the leaves to do leaf printing with paints. In phonics this week we have looked at the sounds ck, e u and r.
Thank you for all your help and support with this half term's homework. We have enjoyed sharing it with everybody in class.
The Reception Team
This week in reception, we continued the theme of Ourselves by looking at ways to keep ourselves healthy, with a particular focus on food. We made our own fruit kebabs with different healthy fruit such as banana, mango, pineapple, apple, strawberries and grapes and talked about foods that were healthy or not so healthy. We also learnt about brushing our teeth well and had a go with our very own toothbrush and toothpaste sets. We continue to encourage good hygiene practices such as regular handwashing, especially before meals.
This week our sounds were i, m, n and d - please continue to practise these at home along with the actions. Phonics handbooks will be given out at parents evening. Please also keep encouraging a good pencil (tripod) grip as you practise the precursive letter formation, where every letter starts on the line. Every little helps :-) Thank you for your continued support.
Last week we explored our different senses, we tasted crisps and guessed the flavours, we recorded our voices and listened carefully using sound boxes and we felt different textures on our investigation tray. In phonics we looked at our first set of sounds; s, a, t, p. Please continue to practise these sounds at home too!
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