Reception Week 8 

We hope you all had a lovely half term break; the children have quickly settled back into our school routines and have really enjoyed seeing all their friends again!

  • In our letters and sounds sessions we have continued to revisit all the graphemes we have learnt so far (s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,g,o,c,k,ck,e,u,r,h,b,f,l) as well as blending to read and spell words. Next week we will be learning that ‘ss’, ‘ll’ and ‘ff’ are all digraphs which are two letters that make one sound.  
  • In maths we have begun to explore how numbers can be composed of 1s.  The children have  particularly enjoyed learning about 2 and 3 with the help of the Numberblocks.
  • For music we have been practising our listening skills by identifying sounds in nature using our outdoor areas. We heard a variety of interesting sounds such as the wind rustling through the trees, birds tweeting, children playing and planes flying up high in the sky.

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 super weekend – The Foundation Stage Team ?

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Nursery: week 7 (w/c 17th October 2022)

This week in Nursery, the children have been…

  • Further developing their awareness of rhythm and rhyme in speech, through stories, songs and rhymes (- communication, language & literacy)
  • Starting to focus on number, specifically number 1 and looking at the many different representations of this number. The children also enjoyed watching the Number-blocks episode all about 1, as part of their learning (- mathematics)
  • Learning what being responsible means – during small group work, the children were tasked with being responsible for an object from the setting for a short period and making sure they looked after it whilst it was in their care (- personal, social and emotional development)
  • Practising fine motor skills through various activities, both child and adult led, once again  (- physical development – fine motor)
  • Practising jumping (from a crouch position), horizontally, vertically, sideways and off low-level equipment (- physical development – gross motor)
  • Exploring autumn through non-fiction books, autumn ‘treasures’, playing in the autumn weather, making vegetable crisps, singing autumn themed songs and making an autumn crown!  (– Understanding the World)
  • continuing to learn about colour – this week we focused on the colour yellow!
  • Mark making with an increasing range of mark makers (e.g. pencils, pens, crayons, chalks) and drawing objects by observing closely (– expressive arts & design)

So that brings us to the end of this half of the autumn term! We hope all our nursery families have a wonderful half term and we look forward to seeing you all again after the break.

From the Nursery Team ?

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Reception Week 7 – Funny Bones

The children thoroughly enjoyed the popular classic ‘Funnybones’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg this week. In the ‘dark dark house’ lived three skeletons, big skeleton, little skeleton and dog skeleton. They came out at night and decided to frighten somebody however they couldn’t find anyone, so they decided to frighten each other!

The children found the story rather amusing and it provoked plenty of discussion around the human body and also Halloween. We have learnt Makaton signs for ‘water’ and ‘milk’ this week to support our snack time and we chatted about the benefits of drinking both – including calcium building and maintaining strong bones.

  • It has been an assessment week for our letters and sounds so we have been revisiting all the graphemes learned so far (s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,g,o,c,k,ck,e,u,r,h,b,f,l).
  • In maths we have explored some of the rules of counting. The children have been brilliant at shown their understanding of the cardinal principal (last number is how many) and the 1:1 principle (counting each object once).
  • After the half term break we will provide home reading books matched to your child’s phonics ability. Listening to your child read daily will have a great impact on their reading, we will change these twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • We have continued our ‘observational drawing’ this week using pencils, we looked closely and carefully at a selection of vegetables (including pumpkins) and had a go at drawing them as accurately as possible. We also drew self-portraits using mirrors to look closely at our reflections which we really enjoyed.

For your information

Your child will continue to bring home a library book each Friday. (These are for you to share and enjoy reading for pleasure rather than a book for your child to read to you). Please talk to them about the importance of taking care of their book and return it to your class teacher each week by Thursday. We can then change it for a new book each Friday when we visit the library.

Have a wonderful half term – The Foundation Stage Team ?

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