Saturday, 30 January 2016

Spring Term Week 5

We had an exciting start to this week, watching a theatre group perform ‘Robin Hood’.  The performers made an excellent job of keeping both the children and adults captivated.  The children then revisited the story in their ‘explore and learn’ by re-enacting the story, making their own bow and arrows and making their own theatre productions.  The story linked well to our topic books and stories, where we were looking at the structure and characters in a story. As part of our International Stories focus we listened to ‘Charlie's Home’ and looked at homes in other countries. We then made  books of ‘Our Dream Home.’  Thank you to Mrs Ashcroft and Mrs Linnane for coming in to share stories from other countries.  Next week we are going to be celebrating Chinese New Year.

In Mathematics this week we have started to look at time on the clock.  The children are quickly recognising times on the clock e.g. lunchtime and home time.  Next week we will be looking at ordinal numbers and positional language.

This week we finished our RE topic ‘Celebrations’ by listening to the story of the ‘Presentation of Jesus’ and taking part in some role play. Thank you to parents who have sent in pictures of their children taking part in a celebration; they have been added to their child’s learning journal.  If any parent has not sent in a photograph of their child taking part in a celebration e.g. wedding, christening, birthday, can they please do so.

More moments from the week.

On Wednesday morning next week, we will be visiting Harpenden library.  Thank you to the parents who have offered to help - we will be in touch with you early in the week with final arrangements.
Parents and Carers are also invited in this week, at the end of the day, to share their child’s learning journal with them.  If you haven’t already done so please sign up for a day. Thank you.
Enjoy your weekend.
Angela Moran.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Spring term week 4

This week in Reception, the children have engaged in several activities on the theme of the 'Three Little Pigs'. We started the week by going into the woods to look for some sticks to build some houses.  Although we heard the 'big bad wolf' he was nowhere to be seen but we did find grandma's teeth! This activity promoted great enthusiasm and excitement and the children were able to imagine different scenarios in the woods. Next week we will be introducing international stories and looking at houses and homes in other countries.

Throughout the week the children used different materials to build their houses.  We finished the week with a science experiment looking at different properties of the materials used.  The children were then split into groups, and given a material to work with (blocks, cardboard, paper, sticks and lego).  Their challenge was to build a collaborative house together, which after lots of problem solving and negotiation produced some lovely results.

 In mathematics this week we have been learning the days of the week and sequencing time.  The children have taken part in several games and timing activities.  Next week we will be looking at clocks and some basic times e.g. o'clock and half past.

We have continued to look at Celebrations in our RE topic.  All the children have also had an opportunity to complete the 'Three Little Pigs' sequencing programme on the computers. We finished the week with 'circle time' with 'Jigsaw Genie' when we talked about 'not giving up' and trying our best.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Angela Moran

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Welcome back

Happy New Year to everybody. A big welcome back to the children. I hope they enjoyed their Christmas. They definitely came back very excited and keen to talk about their holidays.

At the beginning of this term we introduced our new RE topic 'Celebrating'.  The children have enjoyed talking about different celebrations and how we like to celebrate.  Please could you send in a picture of a family or child taking part in a celebration e.g wedding, party, christening etc. to go in your child's learning journal,  This week we started to look at the Church and the part it plays in celebrations and some of the artefacts of the church.  We also all made red hand prints as part of our school's Holy Door into the hall in recognition  of the 'Holy Year of Mercy.'

Our Topic for the start of this term is Books - Stories and Rhymes.  We hope to look at some of the children s favourite stories and  traditional tales. This week the children have shown some retelling of the story and excellent role play of Little Red Riding Hood and next week we will be visiting the Three Little Pigs and making their houses.

In Mathematics we have been learning about estimating, through various activities.  We have also been using the number line to explore 'one  more' and 'one less' and 'two more' and 'two less' and next week we will be looking at sequencing and looking at 'time.' Below are some more activities we have been involved in this week.

All children now have a reading book to take home and we appreciate you taking time to hear your child read each night and update their reading record.  This plays an important part in increasing your child's reading fluency and ability. However it is important that their reading book and reading record are in their school bag every day, so that it can be regularly updated at school.

Hope you have a good week.


Angela Moran