Reception Class News

Virtual after school clubs

Posted on Tuesday 01 December 2020 by Mrs Latham

We know you are missing attending after-school clubs at the moment (in and out of school) so here is some information about a virtual after-school club that can be done at home.
 
The Youth Sport Trust have taken the step to deliver a free virtual after school club as part of a national response to the second lockdown. The 30-minute club will take place at 5pm each weekday and be led by a different member of the YST’s athlete mentor network. These will run until 18 December.


Aimed mainly at primary-aged children, a different theme has been assigned for each day of the club – Adventure Monday, Tuesday Play, Wild Wednesday, Thinking Thursday and Fun Friday. 

Find out more: https://www.youthsporttrust.org/AfterSchoolSportClub

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Posted on Friday 27 November 2020 by Mrs Wood

This week, we have started to get into the Christmas spirit.
We wrapped presents for under the tree.
A group of children decorated the Christmas tree.

We wrote Christmas wish lists in the home corner.
We’ve made our calendars. The children will be bringing them home at the end of this half-term.
Next week, we will continue to get into the Christmas spirit. The home corner will turn into Santa’s Workshop and we will be making our Christmas cards.  On Monday, we will also be doing a dress rehearsal of our Christmas sing-a-long. Foundation are fabulous singers and dancers! The video will be posted week commencing Monday 14th December.

Maths 
We’ve started to learn all about the number 4. This week, the children learnt that the number 4 is a square number. We watched the Numberblock Four video and played a game with the cubes. At the start of the game, the children made a square using four cubes. When Miss Marsden shouted change, the children had to change the shape of their cubes.  Occasionally, Miss Marsden shouted square and the children had to make their cubes back into a square.

  • We also sorted 2d shapes that show four and don’t show four. The children were really good at using the correct mathematical language when explaining.
    “This is a square. It has four sides and four corners.”
    “It has one round side.”
    “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. This shape has six sides and six corners.”
    Literacy
    Our new focus story is the Three Billy Goats Gruff. The F2 children drew a story map and remembered what happened at the beginning, middle and end. Outside, the children made a bridge and acted out the story with their friends- we saw some great acting skills!
    The F1 children made bridges in their group time on Monday.
    In the maths area, the children used cubes to measure and compare the size of the goats hooves.  They also had a go at measuring the length of their own feet.
    On Thursday, the F1 children measured their feet.  They carefully drew around their shoe and counted the cubes to measure the length.
    Some more great snapshots of the week…
    F2 Parents
    Today, your child will have brought home a learning pack. The pack has lots of resources we use in school on a daily basis. The pack includes: a whiteboard pen, wipe, number line, ten frames, part- part whole model, phase 2 sound mat, handwriting practise and phoneme frames. Please use your pack on a weekly basis to support your child’s learning.  Send photos of your child using the pack to stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org.

Home-Link Challenge

Our New Role-Play Area

Posted on Friday 27 November 2020 by Mrs Wood

Christmas has definitely arrived in Foundation!
Check out our new role-play area. The children were so excited when they saw it this morning.

Nursery Rhyme Week

Posted on Friday 20 November 2020 by Mrs Wood

We’ve had so much fun this week celebrating Nursery Rhyme Week.
Take a look at all the things we’ve been doing…

Singing Five Little Ducks and Five Little Monkeys with our friends.

We sang twinkle, twinkle when painting Starry Night pictures in the style of Vincent Van Gough’s famous paint.

At the sensory table, we made cups of tea and sang I’m a Little Teapot.

At the playdough table, we sang Pat-a-Cake and pretended we were bakers.

We used ‘cement’ and wooden blocks to build a wall for Humpty Dumpty.

Literacy
Our focus story this week was Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. It is a fantastic book with simple rhyming text. It also has engaging illustrations encouraging children to look at the book carefully to find the next fairy tale and nursery rhyme character. Some of the characters we found in the book were Mother Hubbard, Cinderella and Tom Thumb.
We went on a ‘ I Spy’ hunt looking for illustrations from the book which were dotted around the outdoor area. We had lots of fun remembering the characters names and using the language from the story.

The F2 children also went on a hunt around the classroom for other nursery rhyme characters. They picked a character to draw and wrote a sentence describing where the character was in the classroom. E.g. I spy Incy Wincy Spider on the wall. This writing activity also linked nicely to the prepositional learning we did last week in maths.
Maths
In maths, we continued learning about the number 3. We learnt all about ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd). To help us learn about this, we played racing games and handed out medals to our friends.

We also played the ‘Three Billy Goats’ game. The children made three goats out of cubes. The little Billy Goat was one cube tall, the medium-sized Billy Goat was two cubes tall and the biggest Billy Goat was three cubes tall. They then took turns to roll the dice (1-3). The children were encouraged to subitise* the dots on the dice and work out which Billy Goat needed to cross the bridge.

F1 Group Time
This week, the children drew their own versions of some famous nursery rhyme characters. At the start of every group time, we ask the children to find their name in the middle of the circle – they are getting very quick at recognising their names!

Odd Socks Day
It was lovely to see almost all of Foundation in odd socks on Monday!
Home-Link Challenge
Next week, our focus story is The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We will be talking about size and learning all about measuring. To help your child get a head start, have a go at these challenges at home.

* The ability to instantaneously recognise the number of objects in a small group without the need to count them.

Finally…
Thank you to all the parents who do the home-link challenges with their children at home. It is always lovely to receive so many emails of amazing home learning!

PS – I have seen so many Christmas decorations up already and I’m sure some of your will have already put yours up! Send me pictures – I love CHRISTMAS!!

 

 

Nursery Rhyme Day

Posted on Friday 20 November 2020 by Mrs Wood

What a fun day we’ve had! You all looked fantastic dressed up as nursery rhyme characters.
We had a mini talent show. Check out how confident and amazing  Foundation are at singing nursery rhymes!
Incy Wincy 
Little Bo Beep
Five Little Monkeys
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Another Little Bo Beep
We also had an original song called Flower Garden.

 

Foundation Parents

Posted on Tuesday 17 November 2020 by Mrs Wood

Reminders! 

  • All F2 children need to make sure they bring their reading record and book into school everyday.
  • PE is every Wednesday. Your child should be wearing a white t-shirt, navy shorts or tracksuit bottoms and pumps or trainers.
  • On Friday, your child can come to school dressed as a nursery rhyme character. Please remember that we enjoy getting messy in Foundation so make sure your child still comes to school in suitable clothing and footwear.

Thank you!

Phonics Home Learning

Posted on Monday 16 November 2020 by Mrs Wood

To support children’s phonics learning, we use a variety of online resources on a weekly basis.

One of the main phonics websites we use is Phonics Play.
The website is really simple to use and has lots of fun games for each of the phonics phases. Before playing the games, you can select which letters (graphemes) and sounds (phonemes) you want your child to focus on.
If you are unsure on which sounds to select, just look in your child’s book bag or sound book – they bring home new phonemes each week.
The login details are Sphere (user name) and Spher3 (password).

Other useful resources…

We also use the Jolly Phonics Songs when introducing a new phoneme.  At home, you could listen and sing-a-long to them when tidying up or making tea.

The BBC Bitesize website has lots of phase 2 videos. These are short clips focussed on the phonemes taught in phase 2. Again, these can be watched at home to help boost your child’s phonics skills.

Phonics Bloom – another website full of simple, fun and exciting phonics games.

F1 Parents 
Phase 1 concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills. It supports tuning into different sounds and gets them ready to begin oral blending and segmenting skills. Phonics Play and Phonics Bloom have lots of phase 1 games. Please play these games at home.

FANTASTIC FOUNDATION

Posted on Friday 13 November 2020 by Mrs Wood

Here are some highlights of another fantastic week in Foundation:

PE
On Wednesday, the children made safe risks when climbing and travelling on the big apparatus – Mrs Small was very impressed! They showed great determination and perseverance especially when climbing the ladder.

Living and Learning
Speaking of perseverance, it’s our Christian value for this half-term. Last Friday,  Foundation made some perseverance stars in their Living and Learning session. They drew a picture  of something they’d like to get better at. We discussed how we could achieve our perseverance stars.
Literacy
On Monday and Tuesday, F2 were authors and planned their own versions of the Three Little Pigs. The children changed the title, the characters, the materials and the ending. Check out their amazing planning!
Remembrance
On Wednesday, it was Remembrance Day. To celebrate the day, we made a poppy wreath. You might have seen it on our window next to the classroom door. The children also made poppies at the playdough table. Throughout the week, the children have shared their own knowledge and understanding about Remembrance Day.

Some more highlights of this week…
In Foundation, we love to observe children doing child-initiated writing. Here’s some great examples!
“I’m drawing my family. Now I need to draw my daddy.”

“I’m drawing the brick house.”

“I’m drawing the straw house.”

“I’m drawing the stick house.”

This week, the maths challenge involved counting and recognising numerals to 10. The children used 1:1 correspondence when counting their cubes to match each of the numbers. For the star challenge, they had to put(add) two towers together to find the total.

F1 Group Time
On Monday, they designed new houses for the three pigs.
On Tuesday, the children continued with their phase one phonics learning. They were asked to listen to the different percussion instruments and match the sounds with some animal puppets. E.g. Castanet sounds like a horse trotting.

Home-Link Challenge
Next week, is Nursery Rhyme week. Your child will have brought home some nursery rhymes. To help us great ready for next week’s learning, please practise these at home.

Nursery rhymes boost vocabulary and language development. They also support children’s literacy and early numeracy skills.

 

Children In Need

Posted on Friday 13 November 2020 by Mrs Wood

We’ve had such a fun day celebrating Children In Need.

Odd Socks Day

Posted on Friday 13 November 2020 by Mrs Wood

To kick off Anti-Bullying Week next week, we are taking part in Odd Socks Day. All you need to do is come to school wearing odd socks! This will help us celebrate what makes us all unique!