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Galley Hill Primary School, Hemel Hempstead. Galley Hill rated GOOD by Ofsted.

Reception

Welcome to Reception

 

Mrs Parsons and Miss Edmonds

Ms Prince, Mrs Smyth, Mrs Swaine and Mrs Dowling

A helpful document about 'reading'

WC: 02.12.2019

Topic - Christmas Performance Preparation

This week we are learning about:

  • 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 subtract a number in a variety of ways

 

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 ThursdayBoth teams will be going to the Library

  • We will running in the Elf Run Thursday afternoon, please remember to sponsor us.

 

On FridayTurquoise Team will have a woodland lesson with Mrs Prince.

WC: 25.11.2019

Topic - Caption Writing

This week we are learning about:

  • 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 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, neck, fell.
  • To use the chunking method to read these words: fusspot, laptop, sunset, bucket, pocket.

 

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: We have Open Maths Morning

When you drop, your child off you can stay and sign-in in the classroom. 

 

On Friday: Garnet Team will be going to Woodlands with Mrs Prince.

WC: 18.11.2019

Topic - Rainbow Fish

This week we are learning about:

  • 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 – c, a, s, g
  • To find 1 and 2 less from a group of objects/number line.

 

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 blend to read CVC words e.g. hen, pull, van, wig, zip

 

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 fox

 

On WednesdayBoth Teams will be having PE. 

On FridayWe have Learning to learn: Art Day

The Two Apples Circle Time: Being Kind

 

Today Reception had a circle time all about being kind.  We talked about all of the ways we can be kind.  We had two apples, one apple we said really kind things to and the other we were unkind too.  Then we cut the apples in half to show that even though they both look fine actually saying unkind things do hurt our feelings/insides.  

The children thought were surprised that saying unkind things does change the inside of the apple.  It helped us to remember that our words do matter.  Image result for 2 apples bullying

WC: 11.11.2019

Topic - Anti-Bullying 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 long ladders – j y
  • How to form one armed robot letters – r b n
  • To use positional language vocabulary: in, on, under, behind, beneath, next to,

 

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. fan, fell, sell, fix, men, man, tin,

 

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. 

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

 

 

On Wednesday:

  • Parents are invited to an Open Afternoon, to observe an Anti-bullying lesson.  Please meet at the office at 1.30pm. 

 

On Friday:

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

     

WC: 04.11.2019

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.
  • To learn how to stay safe with fireworks.
  • How to form long ladder letters – l i t u j y
  • 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. fuss, bell, bed, fan, gap, huff, puff

 

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 Wednesday: Both Teams will be having PE. 

On FridayTurquoise Team will have a woodland lesson with Mrs Prince.

Potato Day! We learnt how to prepare our potatoes safely. Then we enjoyed eating them in lots of different ways.

WC: 21.10.2019

Topic – ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ By Vivian French

This week we are learning about:

  • Vegetables and the difference between fruit and vegetables.
  • Where vegetables come from and the similarities and the differences. 
  • Why they are healthy.

 

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. jet, zip, wet, zigzag,

On WednesdayBoth Teams will be having PE. 

 

On Friday:

  • Garnet Team will have a woodland lesson with Mrs Prince
  • Both teams will be having a potato day where we will be trying lots of different cooked potatoes. 

 

WC: 14.10.2019

Topic - Autumn

This week we are learning about:

  • Why the leaves change colour. 
  • Signs of Autumn.

 

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 say the sound, recognise and form single letters.
  • To blend to read CVC words e.g. hat, sat, cap, cot, fun, fat, leg.

 

On WednesdayBoth Teams will be having PE. 

 

On FridayTurquoise Team will have a woodland lesson with Mrs Prince

 

07.10.2019

Topic – Little Red Hen

This week we will be learning:

  • The story of the Little Red Hen, using actions.
  • 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 make bread.
  • To name and talk about 2D flat shapes.

 

On Monday: We have our first Phonic open lesson.  (Please look at your individual letter).

On WednesdayBoth Teams will be having PE.

On Thursday: We have our second Phonic open lesson.  (Please look at your individual letter).

On Friday: Garnet Team will be having woodlands with Mrs Prince.

WC: 30.09.2019

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.
  • To name and recognise numbers 0-10 or 0-20
  • To go on a number walk
  • 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.  Parents are invited - 9.30am- 9.45am for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children.

 

On WednesdayBoth Teams will be having PE. 

 

On FridayTurquoise Team will have a woodland lesson with Mrs Prince.  Please ensure your child has wellington boots.

WC: 23rd September 2019

Topic- Elmer By David McKee

This week we are learning about

  • Why we are all different?
  • Why did Elmer want to be the same as all of the other elephants?
  • How to retell the story
  • How to draw Elephants
  • How to strengthen our fingers ready for drawing/writing. 
  • To name and count numbers to 10.
  • To say the sound, recognise the letters m, d, g, o, c
  • To blend to read |C|VC| words, e.g. dog, cot, mad, cat

 

On Wednesday:

Team Garnet and Team Turquoise - PE

 

Please ensure your child has their PE kit and their wellington boots in school.

WC: 16th September 2019

Topic- Giraffes can’t dance! By Giles Andreae

This week we are learning about

  • How Gerald the Giraffe felt and how he overcome it his worries. 
  • Using our positive attitude to keep going when things are tricky.  How to ask for help.
  • Class Charter: Looking at our rights and responsibilities. 
  • 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 strengthen our fingers ready for drawing/writing. 
  • To name and count numbers to 10.
  • To say the sound, recognise the letters s,a,t,p,i,n
  • To blend to read |C|VC| words, e.g. sat, pin, sit, pat

 

On WednesdayTeam Garnet and Team Turquoise will be starting PE.

 

Please ensure your child has their PE kit and their wellington boots in school.

4.9.19- 13.9.19

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. 

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. The additional 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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