Friday, 18 December 2020

It's Christmas!

Wow! I can't believe we have made it to Christmas already! The children have been so so busy and definitely deserve a rest. 

In RE the children have been listening to the story of The Nativity, they have created their own version of the stable scene with lolly sticks.

We have been practicing our Phase 2 sounds and high frequency words most days with games, songs and during Learning Through Play. The children have been using their phonics to write letters to Santa, Christmas Cards and writing about Christmas pictures.

In Maths we have been consolidating all our learning with missing number activities, puzzles and different shape activities during 'Learning through play'.

The children performed their Nativity last week, they worked incredibly hard and were superstars! Thank you for your support with helping them learn lines. Thank you for all the kind comments, we are pleased you enjoyed it. We ended last week with a marble treat too as the children worked hard to fill their jar.



This week the children have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas lunch, the crackers and music made it extra special for them in these unusual circumstances. They have had lots of different Christmas activities too; there has been colouring and singing, they have made decorations and had a great party with a special visitor too! They also took part in the Santa fun run which the children particularly enjoyed.








Please do post a WOW moment on Tapestry during the Christmas holidays. We would like to hear all about your Christmas celebrations.

Thank you so much to all the parents for our cards, gifts and kind words, not just this week but across the term. You have kept us all going!

From everyone in the Reception team, we wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Reception team.

Friday, 27 November 2020

Birthdays

Welcome back to our blog, we have had another busy couple of weeks in Reception! Last week was National Nursery Rhyme week. The children sang a nursery rhyme each day and completed some activites based on each Nursery rhyme. Nursery rhymes play an important role in early childhood development and education. As well as being fun they are excellent teaching tools:

Nursery rhymes and children’s songs boost vocabulary and language development

They help children to develop literacy skills

They provide a fun way to support early numeracy skills

Nursery rhymes help children to develop social, physical and emotional skills.


In maths we have been learning the names of 2d shapes and we are beginning to describe the properties of 2D shapes. We enjoyed creating shape pictures and models. 








Our new RE topic is  'Birthdays'. We all discussed the meaning of the word birthday and celebrated Jigsaw Jack's first birthday!  The children shared experiences of their own birthdays and listened carefully to how other children celebrate their special day.  We have created a birthday party role play area.  This week the children learned about getting ready for Christmas during Advent.  They worked together to make a class advent wreath. 







This week our learning has been linked to our topic 'Come Fly with me' and has been all about vehicles. In maths the children have continued to use their new shape knowledge to create vehicle pictures. They have also been learning about time and discussing what activities they do during the day and at night.


In our Phonic sessions, we have been focussing on making sure we are forming letters correctly and listening carefully to each sound when reading and writing CVC words. The children will all be coming home with phonics resources to help them to practice. There will be a list of sounds, high frequency words and a segmenting and blending activity with alien words too. Please support your child with this.


The children have also started making their Christmas decorations for our School tree which is very exciting!  





We have also started rehearsing for our Christmas Play, the children are doing well and really enjoying the songs. The children all have a copy of the script, please highlight their parts with them and help them to learn their lines if they have any. Some children don't have talking parts and so they need to focus on the songs only. Thank you in advance.


Thank you to everyone that attended our Phonics meeting.  We hope you found it useful. 


Have a great weekend.

The Reception team.


Friday, 13 November 2020

Diwali and Fireworks

Welcome back to our blog,

In Phonics we have been consolidating all the Phase 2 sounds. We have practised reading words and writing the sounds. Please continue to practise at home.

In Maths we have been exploring one more and one less between numbers 1 and 5.

As part of our next RE topic this term we will be learning about Birthdays. Please could you provide a photo of your child's most recent birthday (if you haven't already!) so that we can share them and display them in class.


Last week we talked about our experiences of fireworks, the children made different firework and bonfire pictures and used their phonics to describe fireworks that they have seen. They also made a breadstick sparkler too!





This week the children have been learning about similarities and differences between different cultures and beliefs by learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. The children have learned all about this Hindu festival of light and have listened to the story of Rama and Sita. They have made Diva Lamps, Mendhi hand patterns, Rangoli patterns and tasted some traditional Indian food.











The children also helped to decorate a class poppy for Remembrance day.





The children all now have a reading record in their book bags, thank you for your patience with this. Please use this to add any comments about how you have enjoyed their book together, the questions you asked and any comments they made.

A gentle reminder regarding mornings; please can parents encourage children to line up as soon as the nursery children are in. This allows the children to go in quickly and as the weather starts to get colder we don't want them outside too long. 

Thank you again, have a lovely weekend!

The Reception team.


Thursday, 22 October 2020

Pattern

  Welcome back to our blog,

In Phonics we have learned new sounds and the children have been practising writing during Literacy.  Please continue to practise saying and writing the sounds with your child at home.

You may have spotted some phonics resources in your child's book bag this week. Everything apart from the handwriting practice sheets are for you to keep. The children can practise writing the letters over half term. The rest is a sound mat, Phase 2 flash cards and 'quickfire' words. Please use the sound mat and flash cards to practise recalling the sounds. The flash cards can be used to create CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words which the children can then segment and blend once they are secure with the sounds. The 'quickfire' words are a combination of tricky words and high frequency words. Tricky words are words that we cannot sound out-we just have to know them, for example; the, to, no, go. High frequency words are words that we see frequently once we start to read. The children need to be able to recognise these words quickly (hence 'quickfire'). All information and instructions are in the pack. The words that they can recall go in one envelope and the rest stay in the other. Any questions please ask!

In Maths we have been exploring pattern, the children have been creating their own patterns with shapes, compare bears and fruit too! They particularly enjoyed eating them!







As part of our next RE topic this term we will be learning about Baptism. We have talked about how we welcome babies into our families and about what it means to be baptised.


The children all now have a reading record in their book bags, thank you for your patience with this. Please use this to add any comments about how you have enjoyed their book together, the questions you asked and any comments they made.

A gentle reminder regarding mornings; please can parents encourage children to line up as soon as the nursery children are in. This allows the children to go in quickly and as the weather starts to get colder we don't want them outside too long. 

After half term our hot lunches will be returning. Please look at the menu with your child so they know what they would like when they come into school.

Thank you again, have a lovely weekend!

The Reception team.

Friday, 9 October 2020

The Gingerbread Man, marble treat and The Little Red Hen!

 Welcome back to our blog,

In Phonics we have learned new sounds and the children have been practicing applying them in their Literacy work. The children have picked them up quickly and have been practising writing them with chalk on the playground. Please continue to practise saying and writing the sounds with your child at home.

In Literacy last week we read The Gingerbread Man, the children thought about words to describe how the Gingerbread man was feeling and then used their growing phonic knowledge to identify the sounds on a sound mat. They also baked and decorated their own gingerbread men at the end.

This week we have read the Little Red Hen. The children have acted out the story together, sequenced the story using pictures and used their phonics skills again to describe how the Hen felt when her friends didn't help her.







In Maths we have been learning to sort, the children sorted lots of different equipment by colour, type of toy, shape etc. This week we have been comparing amounts and using the language more and fewer.

As part of our next RE topic this term we will be learning about Baptism. The children will learn that at Baptism we become part of God's Family. We are creating a display of the children's Baptism photos in class - please send a Baptism photo into school by Monday 19th October if you are able.

Many thanks for your support in your child’s learning.

Last week the children enjoyed their marble treat, they all decorated a biscuit and enjoyed it with a film. The marble jar is already filling up again!









The children all now have a reading record in their book bags, thank you for your patience with this. Please use this to add any comments about how you have enjoyed their book together, the questions you asked and any comments they made.

Thank you for all your patience and support at the gate during these COVID times.  Please remember to social distance when using the sinks and lining up.  The children do not need to social distance as they are in a class bubble and can line up together once the Nursery children are inside.  As a school community we all wish to protect ourselves as COVID case numbers are on the rise again.

One final note, going forward, on a Wednesday there will be a box outside for books to be returned. Please put school books in the box so that they can be 'quarantined'.

Thank you again, have a lovely weekend!

The Reception team.

Friday, 25 September 2020

Myself

 Welcome back to our blog,

The children have continued to settle in and get to know each other. They have enjoyed playing games outside to help them learn everyone's names. This weekend, via Tapestry, I will share with you some information on  how your child has settled into Reception, alongside some photographs  about some of the things they have enjoyed doing.

In Phonics we have learned the first four sounds 's', 'a', 't', 'p'. The children have picked them up quickly and have been practising writing them with chalk on the playground. Please continue to practise saying and writing the sounds with your child at home.

In Literacy we have continued to explore our book 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers. This week we have thought about the differences between day and night.

In Maths we have been matching odd socks in the home corner and we have played lots of games to develop our matching skills.



We have started our RE topic which is 'Myself'. We read some words from the book of Isaiah.  Each child wrote their name in a heart to remind them that God loves them and knows their names. Last week we read some words from the book of Isaiah which remind us that we are all precious to God. We used our unique fingerprints to decorate a heart and wrote the words ‘God loves’ and our names. We have talked about prayer and how through prayer we can talk and listen to God. 

Next week out topic will be 'The Gingerbread Man'. If you have the story at home please share it with your child.

Thank you for all your patience and support at the gate during these COVID times.  Please remember to social distance when using the sinks and lining up.  The children do not need to social distance as they are in a class bubble and can line up together once the Nursery children are inside.  As a school community we all wish to protect ourselves as COVID case numbers are on the rise again.

One final note, going forward, on a Wednesday there will be a box outside for books to be returned. Please put school books in the box so that they can be 'quarantined'.

Thank you again, have a lovely weekend!

The Reception team.

Friday, 11 September 2020

Welcome to our new Reception Class

 Hello to parents and children of our new class.

The children have had a busy and exciting week! They have settled in really well and responded well to lots of different information and instructions.

At lunchtimes the children have been fantastic! They have really enjoyed collecting their trays and sitting down together in the dinner hall. 

We have started Phonics this week; exploring rhyming words and continuing the rhyming string.

In Literacy we are reading 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers. As a class we have been discussing the pictures and what we can see, we have also used Google Earth to see a birds eye view of our school and outside area, the children were particularly keen to point out the different things.

In RE we have talked about who St Dominic is and we have discussed the school's Mission Statement. We talked about what truth is and where truth comes from. As a class we decided that truth comes from the heart and so the children have each decorated a heart.

The children also got changed for PE for the first time this week. They did really well at following the instructions, Mrs Downs and I were very impressed!

Well done to all of the children for being such superstars in the mornings and at home time, and thank you parents for your patience.

Have a lovey weekend.

The Reception team.