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Welcome to Reception

WC: 10.12.2018

Topic -  Christmas Story

This week we are learning about:

  • The Nativity
  • Time – Talking about what different parts of the day do we have certain things.  Using the vocabulary
  • How to read and write captions.  (N.B Captions are a short phrase with finger spaces – a big bed, a cat sat on a mat).
  • How to form our letters correctly.

 

We will be continuing to practise:

  • Writing our name
  • How to hold a pencil correctly, using froggy fingers
  • How to count accurately to 10/20.
  • To say the sound, recognise and form single letters.
  • To blend to read CVC words e.g. hen, pull, shed, thing, neck, shell

 

Something to do at home

Can you complete a random act of kindness for a family member? 

Examples include: smiling, helping your grown-ups tidy your room, help set the table.

 

 

On Monday:

  • Both Teams will be having PE. 

 

On Thursday:

  • Both Teams will be having PE. 

 

On Friday:

  •  Garnet will have a woodland lesson with Mrs Prince.

WC: 03.12.2018

Topic -  Stickman, By Julia Donaldson

This week we are learning about:

  • All the different things we can do with a stick.
  • Talking about our family. 
  • How to read and write captions.  (N.B Captions are a short phrase with finger spaces – a big bed, a cat sat on a mat).
  • How to form our letters correctly
  • To complete a repeating pattern.

 

We will be continuing to practise:

  • Writing our name
  • How to hold a pencil correctly, using froggy fingers
  • How to count accurately to 10/20.
  • To say the sound, recognise and form single letters.
  • To blend to read CVC words e.g. hen, pull, shed, thing, neck, shell

 

Something to do at home

Like last week, have a go at writing simple words such as: top, log, pot, bed

Extension: Can you write a caption?  e.g. a big mug

 

 

On Thursday:

  • Both Teams will be having PE. 

 

On Wednesday:

  •  Garnet will have a woodland lesson with Mrs Prince.

WC: 26.11.2018

Topic -  Snowmen/ Caption Writing

This week we are learning about:

  • How to negotiate if there is a problem. 
  • How to read and write captions.  (N.B Captions are a short phrase with finger spaces – a big bed, a cat sat on a mat).
  • How to form our letters correctly
  • To add two groups together to find the total
  • To subtract a number using objects

 

We will be continuing to practise:

  • Writing our name
  • How to hold a pencil correctly, using froggy fingers
  • How to count accurately to 10/20.
  • To say the sound, recognise and form single letters.
  • To blend to read CVC words e.g. hen, pull, shed, thing, neck, shell

 

Something to do at home

Like last week, have a go at writing simple words such as: pen, mop, duck, shed, etc. that are around the house. 

Extension: Can you write a caption?  e.g. a big red shed

 

 

On Thursday:

  • Both Teams will be having PE. 

Science day. How can we melt ice?

Science day. How can we melt ice?  1
Science day. How can we melt ice?  2

WC: 19.11.2018

Topic -  Rainbow Fish/ Thanksgiving

This week we are learning about:

  • Thanksgiving and how do Americans celebrate it.
  • Read the book ‘Rainbow Fish’ and talk about how we can share with our friends.
  • How to use a mouse to click, drag and click items on the screen.
  • How to form curly caterpillar letters – g, f,
  • How to form zig zag letters – v, w, x.
  • To add two groups together to find the total
  • To subtract a number using objects

 

We will be continuing to practise:

  • Writing our name
  • How to hold a pencil correctly, using froggy fingers
  • How to count accurately to 10/20.
  • To say the sound, recognise and form single letters.
  • To blend to read CVC words e.g. hen, pull, shed, thing, neck, shell

 

Something to do at home

Have a go at writing simple words such as: pen, mop, duck, shed, etc. that are around the house. 

Extension: Can you write a caption?  e.g. a big red shed

 

 

On Wednesday:

  •  Garnet will have a woodland lesson with Mrs Prince.

 

On Thursday:

  • Both Teams will be having PE. 

 

On Friday:

  • We have Learning to learn: Science Day

WC: 12.11.2018

Topic -  Anti-Bullying Week/ Online Safety Week

This week we are learning about:

  • How to be kind, share, be a good friend, let others play our game all the time, join in others games and not expect them to change their game for us.
  • Read the book ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ Find ways we can fill our kindness bucket.
  • How to use a mouse to click, drag and click items on the screen
  • How to form curly caterpillar letters – g, f,
  • How to form zig zag letters – v, w, x.
  • To add two groups together to find the total
  • To subtract a number using objects

 

We will be continuing to practise:

  • Writing our name
  • How to hold a pencil correctly, using froggy fingers
  • How to count accurately to 10/20.
  • To say the sound, recognise and form single letters.
  • To blend to read CVC words e.g. hen, pull, shed, thing, neck, shell

 

Something to do at home

Talk to your child about how we stay safe online.  Ask them if they can tell you about Smartie the Penguin. 

www.childnet.com/ufiles/Online-Smartie-the-Penguin-for-EYFS.ppt

 

 

On Monday:

It is school photographs.

 

On Thursday:

  • Both Teams will be having PE. 

On Friday:

  • We can come to school in spots and or blue for children in need.
  • Turquoise Team will have a woodland lesson with Mrs Prince.

We hope you had a relaxing half term and ready for a fun packed week! 

Reception Team

 

WC: 05.11.2018

Topic -  Bonfire Night/ Fireworks

This week we are learning about:

  • Why do we remember the 5th of November?
  • The story of how Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
  • How to label our firework drawings. 
  • To read firework poems.
  • To make and play firework music.
  • To learn how to stay safe with fireworks.
  • How to form curly caterpillar letters – a, c, o, d, g, e
  • To add two groups together to find the total.

 

We will be continuing to practise:

  • Writing our name
  • How to hold a pencil correctly, using froggy fingers.
  • How to count accurately to 10/20.
  • To find 1 more/less from a number.
  • To say the sound, recognise and form single letters.
  • To blend to read CVC words e.g. duck, run, chin, shin, shop.

 

Something to do at home

  • Talk about fireworks and can your child explain to you how to stay safe.  Make a poster to help them remember. 
  • Children to see if they can add two groups of toys together, to find the total. 

 

On Thursday:

Both Teams will be having PE. 

 

On Friday:

Garnet Team will have a woodland lesson with Mrs Prince.

WC: 22.10.2018

Topic -  Gingerbread Man

This week we are learning about:

  • The story of the Gingerbread Man. 
  • The characters and how to write labels for them. 
  • We will be making Gingerbread man cookies.
  • How to form curly caterpillar letters – a, c, o, d, g, e
  • To add two numbers (to 10)

 

We will be continuing to practise:

  • Our name
  • How to hold a pencil correctly, using froggy fingers.
  • How to count accurately to 10/20.
  • To find 1 more/less from a number.
  • To say the sound, recognise and form single letters.
  • To blend to read CVC words e.g. cat, dog, peg, pin, tap.

 

Something to do at home

  • Go on an Autumn Walk and children to draw and write down what they can see. 
  • Children to count as many leaves as they can. |Don’t forget to count slowly and touch each leaf.

 

On Thursday:

Both Teams will be having PE. 

 

On Friday:

Turquoise Team will have a woodland lesson with Mrs Prince

 

WC: 15.10.2018

Topic -  Autumn

This week we are learning about:

  • Autumn.  We will be going on an Autumn Walk and learning why the leaves change colour. 
  • Signs of Autumn.
  • To add two numbers (to 10)

 

We will be continuing to practise:

  • Our name
  • How to hold a pencil correctly, using froggy fingers.
  • How to form long ladder letters - l, i, t, y, j
  • How to count accurately to 10/20.
  • To find 1 more/less from a number.
  • To say the sound, recognise and form single letters.
  • To blend to read CVC words e.g. cat, dog, peg, pin, tap.

 

On Thursday:

Both Teams will be having PE. 

 

On Friday:

Garnet Team will have a woodland lesson with Mrs Prince

We just wanted to say a massive thank you to all of the parents and carers who came to see Reception's open phonics lesson.  We hope you found it useful.  Any questions please do ask a member of the Reception team.  

 

WC: 08.10.2018

Topic - Each Peach Pear Plum, (By Janet and Allan Ahlberg)

This week we are learning about:

  • The story of ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’ and all of the different story characters.
  • Writing our name.
  • How to hold a pen correctly using froggy fingers.
  • How to form long ladder letters
  • To count accurately to 10/20
  • To find 1 more/less from a number.
  • To say the sound, recognise and form single letters.
  • To blend to read CVC words e.g. cat dog peg pin tap.

 

On Thursday:

Both Teams will be having PE.

 

On Friday:

Turquoise Team will have a woodland lesson with Mrs Prince

 

01.10.2018 - 05.10.2018

Topic - Harvest Time

This week we are learning about:

  • What is a Harvest Festival, how do Christians celebrate harvest?
  • Learn Harvest Festival songs.
  • How to hold a pen correctly using froggy fingers.
  • How to form long ladder letters h,j,k,b,f
  • To name and order numerals 0-10 or 0-20
  • To say the sound, recognise and form single letters.
  • To blend to read CVC words e.g. cat dog peg pin tap.

 

On Tuesday:

We will be having our Harvest Festival Assembly.

 

On Thursday:

Both Teams will be having PE.

 

On Friday:

Garnet Team will have a woodland lesson with Mrs Prince

 

24.09.2018- 28.09.2018

Topic- Little Red Hen

This week we will be learning:

  • The story of the Little Red Hen, using actions.
  • To make bread.
  • To discuss who were the selfish characters in the story.
  • How to hold a pencil correctly using froggy fingers.
  • To say the sound, recognise and form single letters.
  • To blend to read CVC words e.g. cat dog peg pin tap.
  • To name and talk about 2D flat shapes.

 

On Thursday:

Both Teams will be having PE.

 

On Friday:

Turquoise Team will be having forest schools.

17.09.2018 - 21.09.2018

Topic-  Owl Babies

This week we are learning about:

  • How the owl babies felt when their mother left, and how they found out she always came back.
  • We will collage some owls in a group, working with our friends to share and support each other.
  • How to talk clearly to an audience, looking at them and keeping our hands away from our face.
  • How to talk to a talk partner whilst we are on the carpet for a lesson. To look at our partner and listen to what they are saying.
  • How to use a pair of scissors to cut.
  • How to hold a pen correctly using froggy fingers.
  • To name and order numerals 0-10.
  • To say the sound, recognise and form the letters s,a,t,p,i,n,g,m,n,d.
  • To blend to read CVC words e.g. cat dog peg pin tap

 

On Thursday:

Team Garnet and Team Turquoise will be starting PE.

 

On Friday:

Team Garnet will have a woodland lesson with Mrs Prince.

 

This week

We will have a phonics and maths lesson every day.

5.9.18- 14.9.18

The Reception classes will be focusing on settling into their new school and classrooms.

They will be taught where all the resources are in the room and how to tidy them away after use.

They will be taught the expectations of the classroom and school. 

They will create their class charter.

They will also get to know each other. Find out about each others likes, dislikes and family. 

Outdoor learning day

The day the Fire Fighters visited.

The day the Fire Fighters visited. 1
The day the Fire Fighters visited. 2
The day the Fire Fighters visited. 3
The day the Fire Fighters visited. 4

The fire engine.

The fire engine.  1
The fire engine.  2

Inside the fire engine.

Woodland School making bird feeders.

For world book day reception shared their favourite book with year 3.

Chinese New Year dragon dance celebrations.

Learning to learn day. Science investigations. How can we make a car travel fast in the classroom? Make your predictions and investigate.

Science day. How can we find out which items float and which items sink? Make your predictions and investigate.

Which item is the heaviest or lightest?

Den building on a windy woodland school day

Super heros

Super heros 1
Super heros 2
Super heros 3

There are lots of places in the reception classes that we can write.

What is the quickest way to get the keys out of the blocks of ice. Use hot water, a hair dryer or hit it with a hammer?

Reception Christmas play. Whoops a daisy angel.

What will happen when we push a pin in a ballon?

What will happen when we push a pin in a ballon? 1
What will happen when we push a pin in a ballon? 2

What will happen if we put cellotape on the balloon then stick a pin in the cellotape?

Science investigation. What will happen when we push a pencil through a plastic bag of water?

Science investigation. What will happen when we push a pencil through a plastic bag of water? 1
Science investigation. What will happen when we push a pencil through a plastic bag of water? 2
Science investigation. What will happen when we push a pencil through a plastic bag of water? 3
Science investigation. What will happen when we push a pencil through a plastic bag of water? 4

Potato day. We made mashed, roast, jacket and potato wedges. They were all delicious.

Learning to learn week. How do people celebrate Diwali?

We are learning how to ask and answer questions. What. Where. When. Can. Who. How.

Mrs Prince has been locked up by Leo! We need to unlock her. How can we get the key out of the water without getting our hands wet?

Mrs Prince has been locked up by Leo! We need to unlock her. How can we get the key out of the water without getting our hands wet? 1
Mrs Prince has been locked up by Leo! We need to unlock her. How can we get the key out of the water without getting our hands wet? 2
Mrs Prince has been locked up by Leo! We need to unlock her. How can we get the key out of the water without getting our hands wet? 3
Mrs Prince has been locked up by Leo! We need to unlock her. How can we get the key out of the water without getting our hands wet? 4

How was this created? What is it? How can we create it?

How was this created? What is it? How can we create it? 1

We worked together in woodland School.

Games to help us with our number skills.

Games to help us with our number skills.  1

Investigating corn flour and water

Woodland school. Making a nest for Little Red Hen

Before and after

Before and after 1
Before and after 2

The early Years new playground. We love it.

The early Years new playground. We love it.  1
The early Years new playground. We love it.  2
The early Years new playground. We love it.  3
The early Years new playground. We love it.  4
Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3

We worked hard to get rid of all the weeds in the gardening beds.

We worked hard to get rid of all the weeds in the gardening beds.  1
We worked hard to get rid of all the weeds in the gardening beds.  2

Staff

Miss S. Elsey, Ms S. Handel, Mrs G. Parsons, Mrs E. Turner,  Mrs L. Cook

Mrs L. Smyth, Mrs H. Payne, Mrs A. Prince, Mrs D. Swaine & Mrs H. Trueman

 

In our Foundation Unit we have Reception, and Nursery

 

All children have the use of a large well resourced setting which includes 2 outside areas, one of which is covered.

The times of the sessions are as follows-:

Reception  8.50 – 3.10 pm

Morning Nursery  8.30 – 11.30 am

Afternoon Nursery 12.30 - 3.30 pm

30 hour funded pupils 8.30am-2.30pm. Addition hour from 2.30pm-3.30pm at £4 per hour.

 

The Foundation Unit is staffed by Teachers, Early Years Practitioners and Teaching Assistants. All of our staff are happy to help parents at any time.

 

What is the Foundation Stage Unit?
The Foundation Stage Unit is a learning environment for children who are in the Foundation Stage phase of their education which is between the ages of 3 and 5 years.
The Foundation Stage is a distinct stage which is important in its own right and we believe it is crucial in preparing children for later schooling.
The Foundation Stage Unit includes children from the September after their third birthday until the end of their Reception Year. We recognise it as a crucial in education, both in its own right and in preparing children for learning in Key Stage one. We believe that all children should be given the best possible start to their education. Great value is placed on the quality of our provision in the Foundation Stage by providing all of the children with stimulating activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development. It is recognised that when children join us, they will already have had a range of experiences and they will also have a range of skills and interests; therefore the curriculum is carefully planned so that their learning is always moving forward.

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