Reception Week 10 – The Runaway Pea

This week the children enjoyed the text ‘The Runaway Pea’. The pea decides he has had enough of being on the plate for tea time and decides to fly off and escapes all around the kitchen! The pea got into lots of trouble however and ends up in a sticky hole under the fridge with a dried up banana and two mouldy grapes. He doesn’t like it and now can’t get back to the plate for tea time but instead ends up in the compost heap growing shoots and new pea pods! The children found the story very funny especially when the pea burnt his bottom on the toaster!

  • In letters and sounds this week we have learnt the phonemes v, w, x, and y. We have continued to read phrases and the children are becoming more confident and competent each week which is wonderful to see.
  • Comparison has been our maths focus this week – the children have been comparing two sets of objects and saying which is ‘more than’ and ‘fewer than’ as well as representing a given number on their fingers without looking.
  • For expressive arts and design we have been exploring finger painting this week using primary colours as well as mixing them to create more colours. This was very popular and the children made some excellent creations.
  • We continued looking at materials in our understanding the world sessions this week, we talked about plastic, its uses and how we can recycle some plastics for sustainability. The children found lots of plastic objects in our environment and discovered that it can also be waterproof.

For your information

Your child will now have brought home their first reading books. These are in addition to the library books they choose on a Friday and are for your child to read to you. We ask that you listen to your child read as often as possible, daily would be preferable in order to best support your child’s reading skills. Please return these on Tuesday and Friday each week so we can rotate the books and provide your child with a new one. Thank you.

To access support for phonics videos please go to our Exwick Heights website click on the tab Teaching and Learning, then click on Phonics and Early Reading. Here you will find a link that says ‘click here to visit Little Wandle’s website.’ There are helpful videos to show you how to pronounce the sounds and to sound out words. We have been learning all the sounds in the first video called ‘Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1’.

Have a lovely weekend – The Foundation Stage Team ?

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Week 9 – The Cat in the Hat

This week we read the story ‘The Cat in the Hat’ by Dr. Seuss. When the Cat in the Hat steps in on the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a roller-coaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The Cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but it means lots of thrills and spills along the way. We have also learnt the Makaton signs for ‘listen’ and ‘to look’.

  • In our letters and sounds sessions we learnt the ‘ss’, ‘ll’ and ‘ff’ digraphs (two letters that make one sound) and the phoneme ‘j’. We also have read phrases.
  • In maths we have been building on our subitising skills by saying the number of sounds that we can hear, such as claps or drum beats, without needing to count. We have also looked closely at small quantities and how they are arranged in different ways.
  • For expressive arts and design we did ‘observational drawing’ using coloured pencils, wax crayons and felt tip pens to draw our faces in colour. We looked at famous artist’s self-portraits. We then created a coloured self-portrait, either choosing to use realistic or unrealistic colours.
  • For understanding the world, we are beginning to explore different materials using our senses. This week the children learnt that wood comes from trees and enjoyed going on a hunt to collect a variety of wooden objects in our learning environment.

For your information

We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Ideally, we would like small boxes, washed yoghurt pots and small containers. Please can we ask that any recycled material that previously had nut products inside do not come in due to allergies that we have in school.  Please could the items be brought in a bag. Thank you

Have a lovely weekend – The Foundation Stage Team ?

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