Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Weekly News 9th January


We started the week by going to a drama session in the hall ran by Carl Bradley. We pretended to put spells on each other and turn into different animals and we pretended to act out different emotions – it was lots of fun. This session was to promote his after school drama club, hopefully you will have received a letter about it.

On Tuesday we went on our Winter Welly Walk, we looked for signs of winter and when we got back to school we had a delicious warm waffle. Thank you to all of the parents that helped and joined us for the walk we had a great time!

We have also been learning the sounds j, w and v this week. Maybe you could ask your child to tell you words with those sounds in?

We will also be learning about the numbers 18 and 19.

On Friday, we will be having a very exciting afternoon as we are going to watch Aladdin in the hall!
Please bring in items suitable for junk modelling. It is a very popular area of the base and we are running out of junk for the children to use!

We are looking forward to watching your child’s show and tell about animals. Friday 11th will be Birch group, about animals that live in the polar regions. Friday 18th will be Maple group about animals that live is the desert. Friday 25th will be Oak group about animals that live in the savannah and sycamore group will be animals that live in the rainforest on the 1st February.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Weekly News 12th December


We have been very busy this week carefully writing in our Christmas cards! Your child should be taking their card home soon. The children have spent a long time carefully making their Christmas cards and are very proud of them.

We have also been learning about St Lucia this week and how it is celebrated, we looked at how Christmas is celebrated around the world. The children tried Scandinavian biscuits and had the chance to make candle crowns. Maybe you could ask your child what St Lucia is?

We would love to see an observation on tapestry of how you celebrate the winter holidays at home. If you upload a photograph on to tapestry, your child will get a chance to talk through their photograph with the class. This will add to the evidence for your child’s understanding of people and communities.

We have also been busy learning Christmas songs for our craft morning on Friday.
Your child should have received their homework about animals around the world. Please let a member of staff know if you do not have this.

The children have all worked really hard and have had a great first term at school, we are amazed at their progress so far- especially with their writing.

As you know we have started next steps with the children. This is working very well but we are noticing that the children who are practising their next steps at home, are racing through their next steps and therefore making more progress. Please look at your child’s next step on their board and any practise you can do at home will hugely benefit your child.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Weekly News - Visit from Father Christmas!




We have had a very exciting week as Father Christmas visited us at school! He left some footprints and a magical letter asking the children to reply and to write their Christmas lists. The children have been very busy using their phonic knowledge to write back to Father Christmas. He will be collecting the letters at the Christmas Fayre.

We also caught Father Christmas arriving at the yurt on CCTV – take a look!

The children have been very lucky as 2 of Father Christmas’ elves have visited us at school, try to spot where they are in the morning!

Every morning we have been counting down the sleeps until Christmas day and writing the number on a board- the children get very excited about this! Perhaps you could do this at home with your child to help with knowledge of numbers.

We have also been learning about why we celebrate Christmas and the nativity story and we have been learning some songs which the children will be singing to you at the end of the Christmas craft morning.

We have also been learning about Hanukah. Can your child tell you why Jewish people celebrate Hanukah?

The children have been busy decorating their Christmas cards ready to bring home to you at the end of term.

When you come to the Christmas fayre, don’t forget to take a look at our new display in the hall! The children used shapes to make pictures of themselves. From this, we found that some children are struggling with shape recognition. Perhaps you could look for shapes in the environment with your child at home. 

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Weekly News 29th November 2018

This week we have been learning the sounds b, f and l.

The children have been very busy making shape pictures of people. The children have been using their knowledge of shapes to name the shapes that they need.

We have been doing a thorough sounds, tricky word and blending check with the children this week which has been very encouraging. Please keep practising the sounds and tricky words with your children over the next few weeks so that they do not forget what they have learnt. We will not be reading with the children any more this term to make space for Christmas activities.  We will however, be doing lots of writing which will be drawing on the sounds and tricky word skills that they have been developing.

We have been carrying on with learning about teen numbers. Children can find teen numbers challenging to learn. If you are not sure how to support your child at home with maths, there are some great ideas in the booklet that we gave at the parents information meeting.

Thank you to the parents that have returned the slip about the Christmas Craft Morning. Please do so if you haven’t already as we will need to buy our resources for the morning soon. Please be reassured lots of parents will be taking their children home on that day so please do not order a lunch for your child on that day. If you have already ordered a lunch for your child and you would like to take them home, please ask the office to cancel it for you.

We will be sending your child’s puddle suit home over Christmas. We are finding that some children avoid using our woodland area because they find it difficult to put on their puddle suit. Please practise this with your child at home so that they are confident to use all areas of our reception base.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Weekly News 21st November


This week we have been learning the sounds e, u r and h. We have also introduced the children to tricky words. Tricky words are words that can not be learnt through phonic knowledge and blending, they have to be remembered as a whole word. Your child will have been given a tricky word tag and a book which has one of the tricky words in which we would like you to encourage your child to look for the word, and of course in other books too. Please keep that book in your child’s book bag. We will change this book when your child is ready to learn the next tricky word. By the end of the Reception year, your child should know all of the words on their tag. Please help your child to learn these words but at your child’s pace. Please practise as many tricky words as you would like to with your child. When the children have learnt all of these words we will give them new tricky words to learn on their tag. Tricky words are learnt through memory, repetition is the best way to learn these words. Similarly, you could help your child to look at the word, cover it and then write it.

We have been continuing to enjoy learning lots of things about teen numbers. We have been focussing on the numbers 13, 14 and 15. Why don’t you ask your child to tell you something they have learnt about these numbers. Maybe you could ask your child to find these numbers in your house or when you are out and about.

The children have been busy planting bulbs outside this week. Please make sure your child has a warm coat with a hood in school every day as we enjoy lots of activities outside in all weathers.

We have been busy hand printing pictures of squirrels and hedgehogs this week. This may explain why your child has been coming home with paint stained hands.

Thank you very much to the parents that have replied to the Christmas Craft Morning event. Please return the slip with your £3 as soon as possible as we are needing to buy craft supplies. Thank you.

Friday, 2 November 2018

dough disco

Four mornings a week we do 'Dough Disco' which helps us to develop the muscles in our hands and arms which later helps us with skills for writing and fine motor activities. This is lots of fun and we are getting brilliant at organising all the pots of dough and tidying them away at the end.




Physical play

On a Wednesday we love to go out on the playground and have fun riding the bikes, scooters and balance bikes. We have to learn to share the equipment and take turns and also we are developing an awareness of space and speed ! We get chance to develop our climbing and balancing and jumping skills when we go on the adventure playground.