Lots of super duper hungry caterpillars in the powerpoint below...well done to everyone for completing these, they look fabulous! ☺
Virtual Steps Challenge
Friday 26th February to Thursday 4th March
30 Minutes maximum per day.
Take a look at the PowerPoint below to take part in the whole school Virtual Steps Challenge.
Record your daily scores and see how many steps you can climb in a week.
Move on up!
Well done to Rhea for getting a great start on her step challenge for this week! Don't forget, for 30 minutes each day, you can climb the stairs, a few steps, a single step and count how many times you can climb up the step during that period of time and record it on the table. Moving on up! Well done Rhea! ☺
We've had a great first week back after the half term this week, with the added bonus of a few sunny days which has been lovely, and has meant we could play out a few times without our coats. ☺ We've enjoyed learning all about the life cycle of a butterfly this week, alongside our work on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Learning two new trigraphs, air and ure has proved a bit tricky, so we will continue to go over these phonemes until we become more confident with them. Thank you to everyone for continuing to read regularly with your children on Rising Stars, it really is making a difference. Only one week now before we can invite everyone back to school, which will be lovely. Here are a few pictures from this week.
Hello everyone - hope you have all enjoyed a well-deserved week off last week. We are seeing on Rising Stars many of you logging on daily to access your reading books, even those children who are attending school. This support with home reading will pay dividends as the children will make leaps and bounds in their progress in reading, so thank you. If you haven't logged in for a while, please do so, so that our children can continue that momentum with their reading until we are able to give out physical reading books at a later stage.
The Reception Team
We had a great week in school building up to and celebrating Chinese New Year. We enjoyed some different craft activities, including making Chinese dragons and lanterns. We also enjoyed some Chinese dragon dancing. We had to work as a team to move the dragon's head and body around the hall, whilst listening to music. We also tasted a well known Chinese snack, prawn crackers! They were delicious!
In English we looked at the story Beegu and created our own friends for her. In maths we began learning about the numbers 9 and 10!
It has been a great end to the half term! The children, both at home and at school have adapted and coped with the changes this half term so well. We hope everyone has a wonderful break... you all deserve it!
Good afternoon everyone, it was fabulous to see so many of you on our Zoom sessions this afternoon. I hope you had as much fun as we did! ☺ To make our blogs easier to navigate, we will now be putting the home learning in links (see above). If you click on the star that shows the correct week, it will take you to another sub-page with a star to click on for each individual day. Hopefully this will make things easier, but as always, if you are having trouble navigating where to find things, please just pop us an email and we will help you.
The Reception Team
We've had a busy week in school once again, which started with our Pentathlon! All the children worked really hard to do their best in the pentathlon and enjoyed doing it, though they were a little tired afterwards! ☺ We have had lots of discussion this week about our emotions and what is healthy / not healthy, as well as talking about what makes us happy. It has been lovely to see the children complete their pictures, too, about what is good about them. We have done lots of measuring in Maths and found that we are actually very good at it. We enjoyed searching round the classroom for things to measure and seeing which items were longer and shorter than our own foot. ☺ In phonics, we have continued to practise those phase 3 phonemes and our writing with ow and ur. We really enjoyed playing our corners game on Thursday with 'ow' words and we found it really helped our reading of these words. Next week's phonemes will be 'oi' and 'ear'.
The children at home have also continued to work super hard and we thank you for your continued support with learning at home. We know it isn't easy, especially if you're having to juggle different other things as well as home schooling. By now the children are all getting ready for a break - only one more week and then they can have some well deserved time off. Here are some pictures of our week in school.
We had a great start to the week, as we were blessed with some snow! All the children had a great time playing in the snow. In English we have been looking at the story 'Owl babies' and writing letters to mummy owl! We also made some beautiful stained glass windows, which are being displayed in classroom.
Here are a few pictures of some of our learning at school this week. The children who are attending school continue to be their shining selves, keeping us all in high spirits and making us smile. They continue to try hard in their learning, so please keep supporting this at home because even if your child is attending school every day, your support at home with reading and phonics especially makes all the difference and those that regularly read both at home and at school are making mountains of progress. Support at home really does make a difference. If your child only attends school on certain days, please endeavour to complete the home learning for the days they are at home and post this to Tapestry.
It was fabulous for the children in school to see their friends at home on the Zoom sessions on Thursday and vice versa. We have enjoyed making our ice decorations in school too as well as trying hard with our writing, learning the short and long oo phonemes, learning all about numbers 6, 7 and 8 and, of course, learning through play. Shakers have seemed to be a popular thing to make this week in the workshop. We love to see the children developing their independence through free choice and play and the shakers were just that, and it soon caught on with other children wanting to make the same. Next week the new phonemes we will learn are 'ar' & 'or' and we will learn new key words 'dad' and 'had'.
Good afternoon everyone! We have had a great week in reception with the children who are attending school. They have been bubbly, smiley, working their hardest and it does make the current situation much easier when we can work with such fabulous children and smile along with them. We have done some fantastic reading and writing this week - the children are making great progress in these areas which is fantastic to see. Next week, we will be having two live Zoom catch up sessions with our home learners. Miss Nisbet will lead a winter session for each class on Tuesday afternoon, just with the home learners. Mrs Parker will lead a 'catch up' ('What I have most enjoyed about this week...') Zoom session for each class on Thursday afternoon, and we will hopefully read a story if we get time. We are hoping to include the children in school with the Thursday afternoon sessions. Please look out for your Zoom invitations for these sessions which will be sent hopefully via Tapestry. If you haven't activated a Tapestry account, please get in touch. We will use email as an alternative way of inviting to these sessions if, for some reason, you are not able to activate a Tapestry account.
Children who are working from home will obviously need a grown up with them but we will ask that the children be on mute whilst others are talking, so that everyone can take their turn. It may take a bit of getting used to, so we appreciate your support in helping these sessions run smoothly. If your child is in school on Thursday, they will hopefully join as a group in school.
Next week, we will be learning the 'oo' phoneme and learning three new key words: they, my & mum.
Thank you to all those learning at home who continue to post regularly to Tapestry or via email. It is really important for us to see how your children are managing with the learning at home, so please continue to do so. If you haven't yet posted anything to Tapestry, please do so next week so we can offer praise and encouragement to all our children at home learning. Here are a few photos from this week.
Well, what a week it has been! ☺ From all starting back on Monday to a closure on Tuesday and full steam ahead with home learning! We've all had to take a bit of time to adjust this week because it has been quite a bit to get our heads around. But we appreciate all your support and hard work at home. For those children of key workers who have been in this week, they have all been absolutely fabulous and we couldn't have asked of any more of them. We enjoyed going outside this week when it began snowing and the children enjoyed playing with the ice that naturally formed in our outdoor area. We continued to learn our ai and ee sounds, read our key word and learn the Three Little Pigs which we are getting better and better at being able to remember. We made paper bag houses and compared numbers within 5. All with a fabulous smile on our faces. Here are a couple of pictures from the week (Monday too, when more of the children were in).
Well, we have made it! ☺ A whole term under our belts already, and as it is the longest one, especially after so much time away from pre-school or nurseries prior to starting school, the children are all ready for a well deserved rest. We have enjoyed lots of fun and exciting activities in the run up to Christmas and our party day on Tuesday was a particular highlight. All the children were fabulous and had lots of fun and were more than excited to meet Santa.
This term all our children have worked so hard and we are proud of each and every one of them. Thank you for submitting homework this week, it has been lovely to go through and talk about what we have been doing, sharing our homework with the class. We will give out a new homework sheet in the new year, hopefully on the Friday of the first week. Handwriting homework will also resume in the new year. In our first week back, we will be looking at phonemes ai and ee (as in rain or feet) and continuing to reinforce those Phase 3 digraphs ch, sh, th and ng. Please continue to do a little reading during the holidays, just so the children can keep up the momentum; the children have their school reading books but also quite a few books have been assigned on Rising Stars now so you should hopefully have plenty to choose from. Key words have been sent home on pink cardboard for you to cut up and use as flashcards to learn in a 'little and often' way, 5 minutes here and there. Please note also that the biking sessions (this time with pedals) resume in the first week back on Tuesday, so all children will need to bring their helmets in on the first Tuesday back.
Thank you for all your very generous cards and gifts; they are hugely appreciated, and for your support this term. ☺ All that is left to say now is that we wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and new year, enjoy time together as a family. We will look forward to listening to the children tell us all about it on their return to school. Let's hope 2021 brings happier times and some return to normality.
It's been an exciting and busy week in Reception as we have continued to prepare for Christmas. We have made some sparkly Christmas decorations and Christmas cards that we are sure you will all love! We have also begun preparing for the new year by making some colourful rainbow calandars. We enjoyed our Christmas Dinner on Wednesday and the children all looked fabulous and festive in their Christmas jumpers!
It has been great to see all the completed homework tasks on Tapestry and we look forward to seeing more in the next few days! Please remember that it is to be completed by Monday, so that children can talk about what they have done with their class next week. No more homework or key words will be set until January so please just continue to encourage your child to practise the words and phonemes we have looked at so far as well as reading their reading books.
Please remember that it is the EYFS Christmas party on Tuesday and children can come in their party clothes.
December already! We seem to be heading towards Christmas at breakneck speed. And the children are already super excited, with tales to tell about Christmas preparations and what their mischievous elves have been up to at home! There are definitely some sneaky elves out there! But as well as developing our speech and conversational skills, it is also teaching us a lot about turn taking because when the children have something to tell, they have something to tell! ☺ And as we can only listen to one at once, we are having to wait our turn which is a skill in itself at this age. Please note we have also had a couple of cases of chicken pox within Reception so please be vigilant in checking for spots and keep children at home if they are unwell or develop any symptoms.
The children have been continuing to progress in our reading and writing skills and we are all super proud of them. Achieving something new and overcoming hurdles are big, important steps at any age, but particularly in the early years. The pride and sense of achievement when, for example, a child learns to write their name independently, fasten their coat up or blend to read words is huge. Keep encouraging these things at home because it really boosts self esteem and confidence which is lovely to see. We regularly share and celebrate individual achievements at school. The handwriting homework that came back this week was fabulous. Children are really developing those fine motor skills and good pencil control which are the first, but very important, steps towards becoming an independent writer. So thank you for all your support with this at home, as it really makes a difference. We read over your comments in reading diaries each week and it really gives us a good idea as to how children are progressing in their reading at home. Thank you. ☺
Don't forget to post pictures and videos of homework on Tapestry. We can like and comment on posts as you add them. Let us know if you are still struggling accessing it. We will also assign two new books this week on Rising Stars so look out for those. Next week the new phonemes we will learn are 'th' and 'ng'. Continue to practise 'sh' and 'ch' however as the children sometimes take a while to become secure in their knowledge of these phonemes. Next week's key words will be: are, her & was. We will shortly be sending home key word assessments that we carried out in November. These indicate how many key words your child could read (on sight or blending) at the time we carried out the assessment. Alongside this we will also be sending home the key words as small flashcards to cut out on card. The attached letter will explain more so please look out for this in reading packs.
Lastly, we have been writing some letters to Santa this week. See the pictures below which show a small selection - can you tell what kinds of things we have asked for? From real dragons, to robot cars, a Jurassic World spinosaurus, a a make up table and LOL dolls, we have quite a list! ☺ Remember, we encourage children to be independent writers and to hear the sounds in the words they are writing so they can write them independently rather than them copying off us. So some words are spelt as the children have heard them rather than completely correctly at this stage. Phonetic spelling is just fine in early writing. ☺ Have a lovely weekend all.
This week we have been learning all about Australia. We have looked at what the country looks like and compared it with the size of our own country. We looked at the flag, school uniform, foods that are popular in Australia (including Vegemite and a type of cake called a lamington), houses called Queenslanders made out of wood with verandahs, we listened to the accent courtesy of our teachers which was funny, we learnt about the native Australians who are the Aboriginees and looked at Aboriginal art work, music (the didgeridoo) and dance. We also looked at Australian animals, and listened to the laughing kookaburra (a native Australian bird). We have also been working on our reading, writing, maths, phonics and scissor skills this week. Next week we will learn the sounds sh and ch. We will look at the key words me, be, you.
Great to see so many now signed up to Rising Stars and Tapestry. We won't assign any new books to Rising Stars this week. Please read the ones you have, complete the quiz and move the books into the 'Finished book' section ready for receiving new ones, hopefully by the 7th December.
We are now nearing Christmas, which is an exciting time and you will find some tired children in the coming weeks as they are getting ready for a break. Persevere ☺ especially if you have a child becoming emotional or reluctant with reading or homework. Take a break if this is the case and come back to it later or another day. The support you give at home is really paying dividends in the children's progress in school, so thank you for the regular reading and support with homework.
On Monday we celebrated Odd Sock day! It was great to see so many children in odd socks to support anti bullying week.
In our topic work we have continued to learn about different countries and cultures around the world and have been learning about Africa. We have looked at different African animals and practised our sorting skills. We have also looked at where and how people live in Africa and compared it to where and how we live.
Next week we are learning all about the numbers 4 and 5 in Maths. Our new phonics sounds will be y, z, zz and qu and our key words for this week are we, she and me.
Everyone has been assigned a book on Rising Stars so please check your Rising Stars account to access your child's book!
We've had another enjoyable week in Reception, this week learning about India and the festival of Diwali as well as learning about Remembrance Day and why we hold our two minutes silence. The children did really well lining up on the playground and standing quietly for 2 minutes whilst we thought about how brave all the people involved in the wars were, in keeping us safe and protecting us. It's a difficult concept to explain to children at this age and using child-friendly language is really important. We have worked hard this week on our Diwali lamps made out of clay that the children will be bringing home. We really enjoyed doing this activity and it provided lots of talking opportunities. The children also learnt how to use a computer mouse properly, log the computers on and double click on a programme to open it up. They then completed a Rangoli pattern on a computer programme, developing their mouse control. It was also assessment week this week, so we have done a few assessments to see how much progress the children have made since starting in September. It has been wonderful to see how much progress has been made, particularly in phonics. Keep practising that pre-cursive formation of letters at home as it really pays off in Year 1 and 2 when children are learning to join their letters; it makes it much easier. Next week, we will move on to Phase 3 phonemes in our phonics, learning the phonemes j, v, w and x. The key words will remain the same as we revise the ones we've already looked at so far.
Don't forget handwriting homework comes home on a Friday and is due back in school by the following Wednesday. Please ensure it is completed in pencil, that children take pride in their work and that the other pages are not written or drawn on.
It is Odd Sock day on Monday, so children can come to school in odd socks so we can celebrate how unique we all are, and how fabulous too! ☺
And finally, please remember to send children to school with plain water in their bottles, rather than flavoured water or juice. Thank you for your continued support and here are a few pictures of our week! ☺
The Reception Team
We have had a great week in Reception, continuing with our reading, phonics, writing and number work as well as learning all about the weather, creating artwork using outdoor materials and using instruments to create our own rhythm patterns. We have also been busy in our continuous provision, building relationships, being imaginative and creative. Thank you for all your support with reading at home - please continue to listen to your children read each night for around 20 minutes, until they become fluent reading the book and can understand the storyline. Please continue to write in reading diaries and support learning of sounds and key words at home. It really does encourage that progress when children are reinforcing at home what they are doing at school.
Next week is half term week, which will allow the children to have a well deserved rest and family time. We will begin setting some homework after half term so please look out for this. We will also be starting the TOTS biking lessons during school time but in order to take part, children will need to bring in their own helmet on Tuesday 3rd November when we begin the first sessions.
Have a restful and enjoyable half term everyone. The sounds we will learn in the first week back are: h, b, f (&ff), l (& ll) so if you'd like to get a head start on these sounds, please feel free. ☺ The key words we will learn are: get, up, can.
This week we have had a busy week learning about Autumn. We went on an Autumn walk and made observations about our environment. We also painted some Autumn trees mixing red, yellow and orange paints to make the leaves.
Next week we are comparing numbers 1-3 in Maths, learning the sounds ck, e, u and r in phonics and practising the key words as, his and at.
It was great to catch up with many of our parents this week over the phone. It is lovely to hear that our Reception children are happy and settled and loving school. We have had another busy week this week in school where we have been learning lots! ☺ From learning the story of the Gingerbread Man to see if we can retell it off by heart, to practising writing our names, learning new phonemes and their letter stories, continuing repeating patterns in Maths and about keeping ourselves healthy, it has been super busy and we might all need a good rest this weekend! ☺ This week, we have learnt the phonemes i, n, m and d and the tricky words no and go. Next week we will be learning the sounds g, o, c & k and the tricky words into, is & it. Please practise these at home so children can identify phonemes and tricky words on sight as it really helps them progress with their reading.
We really hope the videos last week helped to explain how to use the booklets that we sent home. We are starting to see lots of entries in the home reading diaries from reading that is being done at home, regularly, so that is fantastic, thank you for your support. We have started reading books with words this week, so the more practise the children can do at home blending sounds together, the better, as this will give them more confidence at school. I will add some letter formation sheets at the end of this blog post also, if any of you would like to print them off and practise letter formation of the ones we have looked at so far. Remember to use the purple book to help with the letter stories as children are practising.
Important reminders - Reading books - Reading books will be changed on the same day (usually) each week, a different day for different reading groups. We love that so many of you are reading at home! However, please ensure that reading books and reading records are put in the reading packs daily, as we won't provide new reading books until last week's books have been returned. If you have any reading books lying around at home, just pop them in your child's reading pack on Monday and each time you've read, just pop the reading book and yellow diary back in your child's reading pack ready for the next day. Thank you in advance for your continued support with this.
Important reminders - Water bottles - Please encourage children not to put water bottles in bags, as we try to do the same at school. Water bottles can easily leak and reading books can get wet and sometimes ruined. I know some reading books are older anyway, but some are brand new so we are trying our best to keep them in good condition so they last. Many thanks. ☺
Only two weeks left until half term - this first half term has absolutely flown by. We do thank all our families for your continued support, it does make a difference. We will post some pictures of the week on Monday, so please look out for them. Have a lovely weekend.
We have had a wonderful week learning about our senses. We used all our senses to explore different things, such as crisp tasting. We also talked about our friends and painted pictures of them. We had a special visitor from the Lancashire Evening Post to take our class photographs, so keep a look out for them in the paper! Next week we will be learning about ways to keep healthy. We will also be practising the sounds i, n, m, d and the tricky words no and go. In Maths we will be looking at repeating patterns. Well done to the children who got a certificate this week!
We have had another fun week in Reception, learning even more routines! This week, we started up our learning groups. Children have started guided reading, so you will see a yellow reading diary and wordless reading book in your child's book bag this week. Please read this book with your child and write in their yellow diary, following on from what we have done at school. We aim to complete one page in our reading diaries each week. There is some information in the front of the reading diaries about how to use the diary and also information about the sounds we teach and key words. Don't forget, also, that the green phonics handbook and purple handwriting handbook that we gave out last week into reading packs are for your reference at home and to practise with your children their sounds and letter formation, so do please take them out of reading packs and keep them somewhere handy at home for quick reference.
We are still getting quite a lot of fruit coming into school for morning break that is not names (apples, oranges, bananas etc). Please ensure you place any fruit in a named tub or bag so we know who's fruit belongs to who. Thank you.
We have almost half the year group (just over 30 children) signed up now to Rising Stars Reading Planet, so thank you to those who have responded to last week's emails so promptly and joined. Please remember to put your child's name in, not your own, because we need to know which child is associated with the account. For those who haven't yet signed up, please check your inbox and/or junk mail for the Rising Stars Reading Planet email sent out last Friday.
Next week, we will be learning the sounds s, a, t & p and the key words we will be looking at are: the, to & I. Please practise these at home to help support your child.
Here are a few pictures of our week.
Here are a few pictures of the children enjoying their activities settling in to their new routines. At the end of our first week, we feel that all our new children are adapting to their new environment well; it is a big change to what some of our children have been used to so they have done really well to remember everything! ☺ They may be tired this weekend after a full week in school as they have been busy. We have sent home the green phonics book and the purple handwriting book so you can practise at home - handwriting is pre-cursive with each letter beginning on the line and a letter story to help the children with correct formation. Do encourage correct formation when your child is ready for letter formation because bad habits are more difficult to iron out later on. We also sent out Book Trust book packs this week for you to enjoy reading together, and keep. Thank you for all your support so far in helping the children to settle in well.
Don't forget - please name everything! It is easy for things to become mixed up with a class full of 60 children! ☺ Fruit snacks for morning break also need to be in a named pot or bag, even things like apples so we know who's apple belongs to who. For bananas, you can just write on the skin.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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