Reception Class News

Five Star Sports LIVE sessions

Posted on Friday 17 April 2020 by Mrs Latham

Five Star Sports regularly come into school to deliver fabulous sporty sessions. They are running some LIVE sessions on Facebook for you to join in with. There is a Monday session for younger children and Saturday morning football sessions. Join in and keep active with them.

Easter Holiday Ideas….

Posted on Monday 06 April 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Happy Easter! We know that it’s the Easter break, but in these unprecedented times we thought that we’d continue to post some ideas of activities that you can do at home, if you choose to do so. Some of these are Easter related and others are ideas that you can continue after the Easter break.

This will be the only post for the two week Easter holidays. During this time, you can still email your child’s class teacher, although they may not respond as quickly as they have been doing.

The most important message this Easter is to have fun as a family. Read together, play outside, bake, garden, watch a movie, sing and dance. Make the most of this time together.

Easter Holiday ideas

Here are some links to a cbeebies programme called “Let’s celebrate” it show children celebrating Easter along with a child friendly reference to the Eater Story.

https://youtu.be/-qVW9IjhIlU – preparing for Easter

https://youtu.be/StlJgYF-Ki8 – celebrating Easter.

https://youtu.be/jzzr9ogygwA – The Easter Story

Watch the Cbeebies Easter programmes -Talk about what you watch with your child. Have you done any of the things that Toby has done to prepare for Easter? Have you seen any baby animals, see if your child can remember the names of the young animals from two weeks ago? Have you seen any spring flowers in the garden? Talk about their names and colours. Can the children remember painting the daffodils for their Mother’s Day cards?

Here are some activities that you may like to try over the Easter holidays.

Make an Easter egg picture? Cut out some egg shapes from paper and ask your child to decorate it. The patterns we use in Nursery for mark making are zigzag patterns, wave patterns, horizontal lines, vertical lines and circles.

Easter egg hunt – Can you child help you to think of some clues for the Easter egg hunt? Can you write their instructions for the rest of the family?

Decorate an egg – Make a hard-boiled egg and allow it to cool down. Ask your child to decorate it using coloured pens. Use a slide or create a ramp with a large box propped against a chair. Whose egg rolls the furthest?

Counting eggs – Sing the song together. Count the eggs as they hatch. Count carefully counting to each egg as it pops.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-hickety-pickety-my-red-hen/zvymd6f – Hickety Pickety my red hen.

Counting ducks – We enjoy singing this song at Nursery. Each time a duck is lost count how many are left. Use each finger to represent a duck.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p038jj3r – 5 little ducks

As always stay safe and have fun. Let’s hope that the sunshine returns!

To download the Easter Menu, please click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Learning Heroes- Week 2!

Posted on Friday 03 April 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Take a look at this special video of L’s past two weeks. He has been looking after butterflies. He saw a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis, helped look after them and released them into the wild. I wonder if your child can tell you what happens before a butterfly makes its chrysalis? What is it before it is a butterfly? What is it at the very start?

If you would like to make it onto the ‘Home Learning Heroes’ wall next week, please keep sending in your pictures, questions and comments:

stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org

3 April 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Friday 03 April 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Music Time!

Learn a new song about Spring.

Add your own actions to the song.

Music time!

Did your child make their own actions to the new spring song? Can your child see any signs of spring in their garden?

Literacy Activity

Use the laminated letter formation sheet handed out at parent’s evening and your whiteboard pen to practise writing each letter of the alphabet.

Letter formation

Letters that are often difficult are s,b,d,e and a. Encourage your child to practise these!

Maths Activity Doubling

Use the butterflies to double each number. Remember when we double we add the same amount to the other side!

 

Maths

Doubling! When teaching your children to double we talk about adding the same amount again. Here is a fun doubles song your child may enjoy singing.

If you have any questions we are here to help and will respond to emails in school hours.

Enjoy family time this weekend! Don’t forget to send pictures of any activities you have enjoyed together.

Brain Breaks!

Posted on Thursday 02 April 2020 by Mrs Wood

We have used imoves at school during PE sessions and in the classroom. There are some great resources to use and they are now free to use at home. I particularly like the Active Blasts when I need a break from my laptop! I enjoy getting up on my feet and following the routines. I have also liked using  the Mindfulness resources especially during these uncertain times. These videos relax my body and block any negative thoughts entering my mind. Take a look at their website and try some of the videos at home – I am sure some parents will have a go too!

We hope you are all staying safe and enjoying your home learning tasks.
Remember…

2 April 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Thursday 02 April 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Phonics

Words to Read- Polysyllabic words:

Words to Write:

plum, swim, spoon, float

Phonics Activity: Phoneme spotter story- draw a circle around every use of the phoneme ‘ure’ (see page 21 of your home learning pack) How many times did you spot it?

Phonics

Did your child enjoy reading the phoneme or tricky word spotter story today? If so, there are plenty more on Twinkl. Just search ‘Story spotters Phase 3’.

Twinkl are offering parents and carers free access to thousands of resources, so you can select your own activities based on your child’s interests too.

“Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS”

 

Literacy Activity

Story Treasure Hunt

Ask your grown-up to write 4-6 clues about a story you know well and hide the words around the house. For example, if they were leaving clues about Jack and the Beanstalk they might write ‘beanstalk’, ‘giant’, ‘cow’ and ‘Magic Beans’. Try and read the clues by yourself. Can you make a story map re-telling the story from the clues you have discovered?

Literacy

Was your child able to draw a story map? Please email photos or comments to:

stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org

Here is an example of what your child’s story map may look like.

Maths Activity

Missing Numbers

Fill in the missing numbers to 20 below:

Maths

Did your child find the missing numbers?

In Foundation 2, we focus on numbers to twenty throughout the year to get a depth of understanding of what the numbers really mean.

If you have any questions we are here to help and will respond to emails in school hours.

Foundation’s Rainbows

Posted on Wednesday 01 April 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Inspired by Leo’s kind gifting of rainbow paintings in his neighbourhood, Foundation have been sending in their rainbow creations-a sign of hope and positivity.

We hope Foundation’s rainbows bring happiness and smiles to your day!


 

01 April 2020: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Wednesday 01 April 2020 by Mrs Wood

Phonics
Words to Read: Tricky words
(All current tricky words can be found in your word passports)
What about a tricky word hunt?
Write them on pieces of paper and get an adult to hide them around the house for you to find – no peeking!

Words to Write: bank, cost, sight, near

Phonics Activity: Write the caption (Adult to read aloud);
It is fun to camp in a tent.
Children may use the phoneme frame on page 18 in your pack.

Top Tip!
Before your child puts pen to paper encourage your child to say the sentence and count the words in the sentence – this is a good chance to talk about where the finger spaces would go. Once they have done this, they are ready to write! Encourage your child to then check their writing.

Literacy Activity
Book Review
Write a book review about your favourite story (use the sheet on page 19 in your pack)
Add a sentence at the bottom, about why other people should read your favourite book too!

Did your child write a book review? Please email photos or comments.

Maths Activity
Use a colouring pencil or felt tip to continue the repeating pattern.

 

 

Challenge!
You could make your own patterns using objects at home. We had a go too – can your child tell you how to continue the pattern we have made?

 

 

If you have any questions we are here to help and will respond to emails in school hours.
stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org

31 March 2020: Home learning

Posted on Tuesday 31 March 2020 by Mrs Wood

Phonics
Quick-write sounds:
Ask your grown up to call out the sounds. Write them down on a piece of paper; ai, or, oa, ow, igh, ure, air, ear, ur

Words to Write: sink, tilt, damp, kept

Phonics Activity: Fill in the missing consonant blends:

How did your child find writing the phonemes?
We focus on pronouncing the phonemes with a ‘pure’ sound. For example, ‘ssss not suh’ and ‘ch not chuh’.
Here are some videos on phoneme pronunciation.
Phase 2
Phase 3

Literacy Activity  
Tricky word detective!
Use your reading book to find all the tricky words that you can. Write them in a list. Which word did you find the most?

Maths Activity
We know that teen numbers are made of one ten and ones. E.g. 12 is 1 ten and 2 ones. 
On each card, circle the correct number that is being shown on the Numicon.
 
How did your child find the teens numbers activity?
Number blocks are great short videos for helping understand numbers.

If you have any questions we are here to help and will respond to emails in school hours.
stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org

Kindness in the community; Rainbows

Posted on Monday 30 March 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Yesterday, we received an email about some wonderful kindness in the community that really makes us think about our Christian Values of Love and Friendship.

You may have seen lots of rainbows recently in people’s windows. Some people have made them to support the NHS and some have made them as a sign of hope and positivity during this unusual and uncertain time.

The email we received reads:

” —- made a rainbow for our house…He painted one to post to Nanny and Grandad and also made some for people who live in our street who are elderly or don’t have children. He painted 7 in total and was really pleased when the recipients stuck them in their windows; “Wow Mummy, look, that’s the rainbow I made!”

Can you see which friend has been spreading happiness in his community this weekend?

Challenge

Let’s see if we can flood our Class News page with positivity rainbows! If you have made a rainbow or would like to make one to stick in your window, please send us pictures of them by 3pm on Wednesday so we can upload them to the page. Send them to:

stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org