Week Ending 15/10/21
Date: 14th Oct 2021 @ 8:40pm
What a lovely week we have had in Reception! This was our final week learning about The Gingerbread Man so we finished in style by asking the children to draw their own story maps. We also wondered what would have happened to the gingerbread man if he had fallen into the river! We placed a gingerbread man into some water and watched to see what happened next. The children predicted that he would be ‘soggy’ and that his ‘jolly, jelly buttons would float away’. As we watched, they used language such as ‘cracked’ and noticed that he began to change colour around the edges. If your child makes observations at home about things they see or experience (especially autumn!) then please upload their ideas to Tapestry.
This week in phonics we have learnt CK, E, U and R and the children are excited to read their first few 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: TO, GO and INTO. These will be in your online reading books for this week as the children begin to read longer sentences. Some parents have made us aware that the books disappear from Oxford Owl once you click that you have finished. In order to read the books multiple times, you may have to refrain from clicking that you have read the book until you have read it a couple of times. We will also start sending home a real reading book from this week. This week we learnt our first digraph ‘CK’ which is where two letters make one sound. Other examples are ‘ai’ as in ‘rain’ or ‘oa’ as in ‘goat’. If you want to learn more about phonics then please watch Miss Nicholas’ video on the school website. Here is the link: http://www.tarporleyce.cheshire.sch.uk/page/what-is-phonics/3454
Thank you to everyone who has completed the transition survey so far, your feedback has been very useful for planning next years transition. If you would still like to comment (it takes two minutes I promise!) then please follow the link and answer the questions by the end of next week: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XTMM73G
Each day the children are offered free fruit and milk at snack time in the morning. Please feel free to send in a piece from home, especially if your child only likes select fruit! We get a random selection each day so are not sure what we will have from one day to the next.
Please don’t forget to complete your cauliflower cards design and return it to school once you have placed your online order, thank you.
In Maths we have been learning how to count accurately with numberblock ‘5’. We learnt the three rules of counting; count everything once, say the number names in the right order and the last number you say is how many. Being able to say one number name for each object you count is an important skill that children often demonstrate with small numbers but not larger ones. For example, can your child count the stairs by saying one number for each step? Or can they do ten jumps and say one number each time they jump? These are simple ways to integrate counting into your everyday life. Can they count a Lego tower accurately? Can they count the peas on their dinner plate? If you see your child counting accurately at home 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!’
On Monday, we continued to find the pulse of different songs and clap along. We have been learning a range of nursery rhymes and performing them for our friends.
On Tuesday, we finished the story of The Gingerbread Man and completed a large class story map together. We practised retelling the story using the pictures and tried to include lots of the new vocabulary and phrases we had learnt e.g. “piping hot”, “thundering past” and “crumbly pies”.
On Wednesday, the children were challenged to make their own story map and retell the story to their teacher. Have a look on Tapestry for the amazing final products!
On Thursday, we enjoyed Wake Up, Shake Up and had lots of fund moving to the action songs. In the afternoon we continued to finish our story maps. Each of the maps is now on our ‘Let Your Writing Shine’ Wall because they are so fantastic!
On Friday, we continued to play football in our PE lessons. The children have really impressed us with their control and effort in PE. Miss Selwyn also taught us some more French! In the morning we practised our counting by counting flapjacks, just like the Numberblocks did in the video ‘How to Count’. Thankfully, we didn’t see the flapjack snaffler!
Congratulations to our Stars of the Week, Eva and Hattie!
Our mystery reader this week was Jasper’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