Week Ending 01/10/21

Date: 29th Sep 2021 @ 10:41pm

The weather has become more autumnal this week but we have continued having so much fun in Reception. We have continued to explore the story of The Gingerbread Man and also looked at sunflowers. Thank you to all the parents and relatives who came to the Harvest service. We were so proud of the children and their confidence. Next stop…Nativity! Over the week the children have been fascinated by the sunflowes that we brought into school. We followed their interests and have provided lots of different materials to make sunflowers out of; paint, tissue paper, pens, cotton buds and the results are fantastic!

This week in Phonics we have learnt I, N, M and D and the children are excited to read their online books with these taught sounds. Please encourage your child to sound out a word using their ‘robot arms’ and ‘blending hands’. They will know what you mean as we practise these repeatedly each day! We have also learnt some harder to read and spell words: THE, NO, A and I. These will be in your online reading books for this week as the children begin to read longer sentences.

Oxford Owl - online reading books

Each week the children will be taught four sounds (Mon-Thurs) with a reading application lesson on a Friday. Following this lesson, the children will be allocated reading books containing the four sounds from that week. For this week we will be setting books online and physical copies will follow. As you can imagine it's quite difficult to find 36 books containing the same sounds for all the children! We will be setting some of these books online using the Oxford Owl website. Reading and then rereading books is the key to success! The link to Oxford Owl can be found here: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/login?active-tab=students Your child will start to bring home a reading record in their book bag. We will record each time we hear the children read in school and you can record each time you read a school book at home. We will write the date, title of the book and a comment which will be two ticks and an arrow. The two ticks are positive comments and the arrow is a next step which tells you how to move your child's learning on. Please read with your child and write in their reading record as much as possible! Miss Nicholas will be holding a Zoom meeting on Thurday 7th October at 4pm which explains all about phonics and our new programme (Essential Letters and Sounds). If you can't make it then please do watch the recording whenever you can. 

In Maths we have been begun our numbers journey and explored the numbers 1, 2 and 3. We met the Numberblocks 1, 2 and 3 and focussed on subitising these numbers. This means teaching the children to recognise 1, 2 or 3 items in a pile without counting. For example, can your child instantly recognise that there are three chairs around a table or do they need to count them? This is easily practised by playing lots of dice games where your child can subitise the dots on the dice. we also taught the children to play noughts and crosses! This is a great game to practise subitising and a good way to practise the skill at home. If you see your child subitising at home (saying how many without counting) then upload your observation to Tapestry. We love showing you what your child can do at school but we also like to see your child using their learning at home. Think about moments that make you say ‘WOW!’

For those who are interested, the DfE have produced a document which provides more information about the New Early Years Framework which became statutory on the 1st September. It explains the importance of each aspect of the foundation stage curriculum and has ideas on how to help your child at home (p87-88). 

On Monday, we continued to find the pulse of different songs and clap along. We also learnt the song This Old Man and performed it to each other. Jack the dog taught us all about Noah's Ark in RE. We then tried to build our own ark in the construction area!

On Tuesday, we continued to read the story of The Gingerbread Man and decided that we would make our own using salt dough. Maybe this time they won’t run away!  We rolled out the dough and used the cutters to make the shape. We are continuing to learn about our brains in My Happy Minds. We talked about 'brain growing moments' and thought about ways we could challenge ourselves when learning in the classroom. 

On Wednesday, we retold what we had read so far and then read a few more pages. By re-reading and retelling the story often, the children acquire new language from the story and gain comprehension skills. We then painted our gingerbread men and learnt how to make colours lighter by adding white paint.

On Thursday, we went to church to enjoy the Harvest festival. We then continued to read the story and were challenged to find the gingerbread man’s jolly, jelly buttons! When we found the buttons, they had the sounds we had been learning written on them so we made CVC words together.

On Friday, we continued to learn French greetings. In PE we spent some time in the hall enjoying parachute games. These develop physical strength, co-ordination and and listening skills. Plus, it's great fun!

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week Alfie and Isaac.

Our mystery reader this week was Emily’s Mum. Thank you for coming to share a story with us! Please speak to your child’s class teacher to put a date in the diary if you would like to be mystery reader. We are fully booked for the next few weeks so please do let us know if you would like to come and we can put it in the diary. 

Have a fantastic weekend and happy reading! 

Miss Nicholas and Miss Selwyn


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