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Week Beginning 24th May 2021

This week we have been super busy reading the story 'The Lion Inside.' We read the story and discussed which characters were brave and why. Once we read the story, we looked at lots of vocabulary cards to describe each of the characters. We used words such as 'fierce' and 'courage' and discussed what they meant. We then compared the lion character to the character from 'Be Brave Little Penguin.' We discussed how both characters had to be brave and what they had overcome. The children loved labeling and writing describing words.

 

In Maths we have looked at numbers 11,12,13,14 and 15! We looked at these numbers in depth and discussed how each number is made up of tens and ones. For example, 11 is made up of 1 ten and 1 one, that's why we write 11. 12 is made up of 1 ten and 2 ones, that's why we write 12 etc... We used our knowledge of the numbers to write addition number sentences too and the children learned that 15 is the same as 1+2+3+4+5! 

 

In phonics...

Blue group

Blue group have learned a new sound this week! We learned 'ai' in words such as 'wait' and 'pain.' The children did such an amazing job writing lots of 'ai' words and reading them so fluently. The blue group have all brought home some phonics games to practice over half term to help us remember some of the sounds we have learned so far! Please practise 'ch', 'sh', 'th', 'ng' and 'ai!'

 

Green Group

We are still consolidating all of the sounds we have learned so far! We are also learning some new common exception words that you could help your child to learn at home. These words are: said, have, like, so, do, some, come, were, there, little, one, when, out, what.

 

Red Group

We have learned two new sounds this week! We have learned 'ear' in words such as 'near' and 'fear' as well as 'air' in words such as 'stair' and 'chair.' We have practised reading and writing these words to become more fluent.

 

In topic we have become artists! After reading our story 'The Lion Inside' and learning all about Africa recently in our geography lessons, we took inspiration from an African sunset picture! We looked at the colours that made up the beautiful sunset and began our artwork by creating a water colour painted backwash. Once this had dried, we used black paint and fine paintbrushes to add the detail of the ground and a tree. Next, we used our cutting skills to carefully cut out an African animal shadow that we stuck onto our paintings. You can see pictures of the children creating their masterpieces below!

Week Beginning 17th May 2021

This week we have continued to base our literacy learning on the story 'Be Brave Little Penguin.' This week we have re-told the story in our own words and created our own 'story hands' to help! We split the story into 5 parts and drew simple pictures on each finger to represent different parts of the story. Then, we used the plot of the story to create our own similar stories based on different animals! This was lots of fun and the children were great at using lots of new vocabulary to re-tell their stories.

 

In Maths we have continued to look at number bonds to 10 so that we are confidently able to recite them without the need for equipment or rhymes etc... we used our knowledge of number bonds to 10 to solve missing number problems, word problems and subtraction problems. We were all amazing at doing this and recognising the commutative law as well as inverse operations! This means if the children knew 4+6=10, they also knew 6+4=10, 10-4=6 and 10-6=4! What a lot of number facts from just 3 numbers! 

 

In phonics...

Blue group

We have learned 2 new sounds this week! We have learned 'qu' and 'ng' and have used these sounds to read and write words such as 'quiz', 'quit', 'ring' and 'long.' Can you practice writing some of these words at home? We have also learned the common exception words 'no' and 'go' and can read and write both words!

 

Red Group

We have been busy learning a new sound 'oi' in words such as 'coin' and 'foil'. We have used our new sound to read and write words as well as write short sentences and phrases.

 

Green Group

This week we have recapped all of the sounds we know so far and have been using them to write short sentences. We will continue to do this over the next few weeks as it is important we consolidate all of the sounds we have learned so far!

 

In topic, we have been learning about Antarctica based on our story 'Be Brave Little Penguin' and have learned about the climate and where we would find Antarctica on a world map and globe. We then learned all about Africa based on another book 'The Lion Inside' and discussed the climate and where we would find it on a world map and globe. The children learned all about the weather in both places and the types of animals that we would find living in both places, we even found out that penguins live in both Antarctica as well as South Africa!

 

Additionally, lots of changes have taken place this week with all of our Early Years pets! Our tadpoles have now made the change into froglets and have grown both their front and back sets of legs, their tails have begun shrinking too, which means it was time for them to go back to Mrs Clarkson's pond to continue their change into adult frogs!

 

Our caterpillars also changed into butterflies and after a few days at school for the children to observe them, it was finally time for them to be released outdoors!

 

Finally, we looked at the chicks that the nursery children have been looking after and raising and discussed how they have changed over the last week as they are beginning to grow their adult feathers! We will continue to learn about the chicks and observe them as they grow up!

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Week Beginning 10th May 2021

This week we have started a new topic based around the book 'Be Brave Little Penguin!' We started off the week becoming book detectives, using only the front cover to make predictions about the story. The children enjoyed writing their predictions and then reading the story to see if they were right!

 

In Maths we have been looking at number bonds to 10 and exploring all of the different ways to make 10. We have also looked at the commutative law to understand that if we know 4+6=10 we also know 6+4=10! We are going to continue learning about our number bonds to 10 next week and apply our knowledge to subtraction facts.

 

In phonics...

Red Group

This week we have learned a new sound 'ow' in words such as now, cow and how. We have used our new sound to read and write words and even put them into sentences.

 

Blue Group

We have been recapping 'ch' and 'sh'and have even learned a new sound 'th' this week! We have been using our new sounds to write short words such as 'thin', 'moth' and 'bath.' We are working really hard not to get 'ch', 'sh' and 'th' muddled up!

 

Green Group

This week we have recapped all of the sounds we know so far and have been using them to write short sentences. We will continue to do this over the next few weeks as it is important we consolidate all of the sounds we have learned so far!

 

In topic we have loved painting our symmetrical butterflies! We looked at lots of butterfly wings from different species of butterflies and discussed how the patterns on their wings were symmetrical. The children then designed patterns on their own butterfly wings, being careful to replicate the same pattern on each wing. After they had drawn their patterns, they used fine paint brushes to fill their wings in lots of different colours! We worked hard to stay inside the lines and use good control of our paint brushes.

 

Nursery's eggs also hatched this week and it was very exciting to bring them into Reception to talk about, hold and stroke!

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

 

Week Beginning 3rd May 2021

This week we have been busy writing our own stories based on the little boy we often saw in the book 'Bee and Me.' The children thought carefully about the little boy, who he was, what he was doing and how he was feeling. The children created wonderful stories about the little boy on his very own adventures!

 

In maths we have revisited repeating patterns, looking carefully at how many colours/objects/sounds are in each unit of pattern. We have done this with AB, ABC, ABB and ABBC patterns. After we completing repeating patterns, we created our own patterns! Next we looked at identifying mistakes in repeating patterns, the children were great at this! We have loved using shapes in our repeating patterns too, continuing our learning about names of shapes and their properties.

 

In phonics...

 

Red Group

We have been recapping all of our sounds, focussing particularly on 'oa' and 'ur.' We are working hard to use our sounds in words as well as write sentences. We are working hard to write sentences with finger spaces between our words independently.

 

Blue Group

We have been busy practicing 'ch' and 'sh' and writing both 'ch' and 'sh' words without mixing the sounds up! We have been practising to read and write common exception words 'the' and 'I' from memory. 

 

Green Group

We have recapped all of our sounds so far, focussing on 'ure' and 'ear' this week. We have used these sounds in words and sentences.

 

In topic, our caterpillars started the week building their chrysalises! The children have learned all about the next stage of the life cycle and read lots of stories such as 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and 'The Cautious Caterpillar' and compared them to non-fiction books about life cycles. We are great at recognising the difference between fiction and non-fiction books and looking for the information we need in non-fiction books. We have created our own life cycle of a butterfly posters and labelled each part of the life cycle. We have also done observational drawings of the chrysalises we have in our classroom!

 

Have a lovely weekend!! 

Week Beginning 26th April 2021

This week we have been busy continuing with our 'Bee and Me' story in writing. We have retold the story and ordered the pictures as well as discussed the timeline of the book. We have been on our own bee adventures just like the little girl in the story and we saw lots of amazing things! We have had a go at writing sentences to describe what we saw and have worked hard using words such as 'first', 'then' and 'next' in our writing.

 

In maths we have been learning about 2D shapes and their properties and creating our own shape pictures. We have been looking carefully at shapes and what happens if we cut them in half. E.g. if we cut a circle in half we get 2 semi-circles. We have learned that shapes can have other shapes within them, just as numbers can. We have also started to use our knowledge of 2D shapes, to look at the faces on some 3D shapes!

 

In phonics...

 

Blue Group

We have learned common exception word 'the' this week. We have practised reading and writing the word 'the' as well as continuing with our 'ch' and 'sh' sounds! We have been writing captions such as 'the ship' and 'the chip.'

 

Red Group

We have been been practising our common exception words 'me, we, be, he and she.' We have also practised the sounds 'ar' 'or' and 'ur.' We have used these sounds and words to write short sentences too!

 

Green Group

We have been practising the 'air' and 'er' sound as well as introducing the 'ure' sound this week. We have used these sounds to practise writing words such as 'mature', 'cure' and 'pure.' We have put these words into short sentences too!

 

In topic, we have been busy making observational drawings of our baby caterpillars! We looked carefully at what they looked like to draw them in our new diaries! We will draw the different stages of the life cycle each week as we watch it unfold!

We have also looked at the life cycle of a seed this week! We looked at a non-fiction book called 'seed to sunflower' and a fiction story called 'Cedric the Seed'. We compared the story with the non-fiction book and discussed the differences in the two. Next, we went outside and planted our own sunflower seeds which we can't wait to see grow!

 

 

Week Beginning 19th April 2021

Welcome back everyone! It's been lovely to see everybody after our two week break and especially lovely to have Mrs Ward back in Reception with the Brilliant Butterfly class. What a busy first week back we have had! This week we have started our new topic called 'Bee and Me.' This half term we will be basing lots of our learning around the story 'Bee and Me' as well as learning about lots of other animals, growth and life cycles!

 

In our writing lessons we have read the story 'Bee and Me' which is a picture book. This meant we had to look carefully at the illustrations to really understand what the story was about and what was happening. We have discussed what was happening in the story and told our own versions by cutting up pictures from the book and putting them back into the right order. We have also been writing sentences about bees, learning to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. 

 

In our maths lessons we have been learning and recapping our number bonds to 5. We have explored all of the different ways to make 5 and even learned the commutative law! This means that we discovered if 1+4=5, then 4+1=5 too! Some children even started to have a go at the inverse operations and discovered that 5-4=1 and 5-1=4! What super maths learning we have done this week! At home, you could show your child 5 toys under a blanket, cover them over and then show them you have taken 2 of the toys out. Ask your child "If I have taken 2 of the toys from under the blanket, how many are still hiding under there? How do you know?" 

Fun games like these are a great way to reinforce learning and number bonds to 5. Asking your child to explain how they found out the answer, means they are wonderful mastery mathematicians! 

 

In topic we have loved learning even more about bees! We have read non-fiction books about bees to discover some factual information about them. We now know that when we read a non-fiction book, we don't have to start at the beginning, we can use the contents page to locate the information we want to find out about. We used the non-fiction books to learn about the life cycle of a bee. We have also learned that bees LOVE and NEED flowers so we decided to help them. We used wild flower seeds to make bee bombs by placing the seeds into a mould with some wet compost and compacting it down. We then let them dry so that we could take them out of the mould and throw them onto our outdoor wild flower patch! We can't wait to see our wild flower seeds germinate and grow into flowers that our lovely bees and wildlife will love.

 

As lots of you already know, we have tadpoles in reception at the moment in order to learn about the life cycles of different animals and the children have loved seeing how they have changed since before the holiday! They are now much bigger tadpoles and have developed some speckles!

 

We have had another special delivery to learn about life cycles this week... some tiny, baby caterpillars! We are going to be watching the caterpillars carefully over the next few weeks to see how they change and we will be learning about their life cycle over the next couple of weeks.

 

In phonics ....

Green Group

We have loved recapping the 'ear' sound and have learned a new sound 'air'! We loved reading and writing words such as 'pair' and 'fair' and have had a go at writing simple sentences using some of the 'air' words.

 

Blue Group

We have recapped our 'ch' sound and learned the 'sh' sound this week. We have practised reading and writing 'sh' words such as 'shop' and 'push.' 

 

Red Group

We have been practising applying the sounds 'ai' 'ee' 'igh' 'oa' and 'oo' into our writing and even writing sentences!

 

Polite reminder - Please can reading packets be sent into school every day. We are now completing a guided reading session with your child once each week as well as updating their high frequency words keyrings and we need their reading diaries in order to do this. We will also continue to change books every Tuesday and Friday as long as they have been read.

 

Thank you all so much for your support, we hope you all had a wonderful week back at school, it's been lots of fun and we can't wait to see you all next week.

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