This week we have looked at different types of buildings. We walked around school to see what buildings we could see and we discussed the buildings we have in our local environment. We also had a go at building our own houses using lego.
The key words for this week are: me, be, are, his, got
The sounds we will be learning next week are: igh and oa
Homes and Buildings
We would like to wish all our families a happy new year. We hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and would like to thank you for the lovely cards and gifts we received. The children have settled back in well to their routines.
This week we have been learning all about buildings, and looking at houses and homes in particular. We have been developing our vocabulary, discussing what we might see inside and outside our homes, what the different rooms are called, the different sounds we might hear inside our homes and so on. We have opened up our new role play this half term which is the builder's yard as well as creating some collage houses.
This week, we have continued to learn the sh, ch, th and ng sounds in phonics. Next week we will move on to the ai & ee sounds.
This week's key words were he, she, you, my, was. We will probably continue to learn the same key words next week. Please keep learning them at home so children can recognise them quickly, by sight.
Thank you for your continued support.
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
Over the past couple of weeks we have been preparing for Christmas. We have done lots of Christmas crafts, which all look fantastic. We have also been doing Christmas patterns and poems and we have been writing our letters to Santa. We enjoyed watching the Year 2 Nativity performance and we even had a go at acting out the Nativity story ourselves.
We have been working hard learning the sounds ch, sh, th and ng. Please continue to practise these at home as they are quite tricky!
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
Pictures from this week and last:
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 we have been learning about India. We have tried different Indian food, the rice and poppadoms were yummy. We have also practised and performed Indian stick dancing and learnt all about Diwali, the festival of light.
Next weeks keys words are: is, to, as, the
In phonics we will be recapping sounds that we have already learnt.
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
We loved sharing the first set of homework with our classes. Thank you for all your support with the homework, it was absolutely fantastic to see the wonderful work the children have been doing at home. Here are a few pictures!
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 we have been learning about the different people in our communities who help us., from Nurses and Doctors to Postal Workers. We have been painting pictures of helpful people, we acted out the role of Police Officers and Firefighters and dressed up in their special uniforms.
The sounds we have looked at this week are g, o, c, k.
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!
Welcome to our new Reception class!
All the children have made a fantastic start to 'big' school! We have all been learning lots of new routines, making new friends and learning all about ourselves and each other. Here are a few pictures.
Snow Fun In School
The children had lots of fun this week with the snow and ice.
We decided to investigate how we could melt the snow.
We tried with our gloves, with salt and with warm water.
Our prediction, that the water would melt the snow the fastest was correct!!
Our new topic this half term is buildings and homes. The children have been working really hard this week, they are making super progress with their reading and writing and have been introduced to a new spelling book. In Maths we are now working with numbers to 10. As a reward for all their hard work, the pantomime 'Cinderella' came into school. It was a big hit with all of the children.
The children enjoyed Christmas party day, lots of brilliant Christmas outfits, tasty party food then fun and games. To finish off the day we had a special visitor, Father Christmas, and we all promised to be good, even Mrs Brownley! So fingers crossed we get some lovely presents.
Have a super Christmas.
From everyone in Reception
Last week we went on a journey. We walked to the park in Lostock Hall and it was lots of fun. We played football, we went on the different play equipment and we did some skipping, with the skipping ropes. Our favourite thing on the park was the monkey bars. We had a snack and drink before heading back to school.
Kung Hei Fat Choy! This week we have done lots of activities based around Chinese New Year and we finished our week by having a party. We performed dragon dances, learnt songs and played instruments. We also tried lots of tasty food, such as prawn crackers and spring rolls.
This Half Term we have been practicing our balancing skills. First we balanced on different parts of our bodies and once we had become more confident we then had a go at balancing on different equipment, including the benches and mats.
Over the last couple of weeks we have been learning the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'. Children have produced some fantastic pieces of writing retelling the story and they have also had a go at acting it out.
We have had an exciting couple of weeks preparing for Christmas. We have learnt all about why we celebrate Christmas and we have made lots of wonderful Christmas crafts. We enjoyed having our Christmas dinner and had lots of fun at our Christmas party this week. We played lots of party games, such as pass the parcel and we even had a special visit from Santa.
We hope everybody has a very happy Christmas and we will see you all in the new year.
The Reception Team
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