Week Ending 22/04/22
Date: 21st Apr 2022 @ 7:23pm
Happy Friday and welcome back to the final term of Reception! I can’t believe I am saying those words but there’s still time lots of fun still to come! Summer is one of the best terms to be a 4/5-year-old as the sun begins to shine down on us the list of memories gets longer. Please may we remind you that as the warmer days start to begin please ensure your child brings in a water bottle (labelled), a sun hat and apply suncream before school. If your child requires a top up through the day we advise the roll on sun creams which your child can independently apply themselves. Thank you.
Fundraising for the Outdoor Area
As you may be aware our outdoor area is an ongoing long term project which we are always looking to improve. At the moment we are trying to fundraise as much as we can to meet our target and enhance the provision for our children. From donations we already have £1000 and hope to continue to raise more through the coming months. Each Friday from now until the end of the Summer term we will be holding a weekly ice-lolly stand for Reception children only. This will be 'Friday Lollies' and will be priced at 50p each. If you would like to help fundraise in any way then please speak to myself or Miss Nicholas.
This week in Phonics we have been reviewing all the sounds we have learnt in Phase 3 and applying these to new words and sentences each lesson. These sounds are J, V, X, W, Y, Z, ZZ, QU, CH, SH, TH, NG, NK, AI, EE, IGH, OA, OO (book), AR, UR, OO (spoon), OR, OW (brown), OI, EAR, AIR, UR, ER and OW (snow). The harder to read and spell words are extremely important for both reading and writing fluency and pace. These are words that cannot be sounded out but learnt by sight.
Phase 2 – I, THE, NO, TO, GO, INTO
Phase 3 – HE, SHE, WE, ME, BE, WAS, HER, MY, YOU, THEY, ALL, ARE
Please continue to work through the phase 3 online books set before the holidays and reread the physical book that will be in your child’s book bag at least four times.
In Maths, we have been focussing on recalling 2D shapes and identifying the names of 3D shapes which are fat versions of the shapes we already know. The common 3D shapes we have been looking at are sphere, cylinder, cone, pyramid, cube, cuboid and triangular prism. A great activity that reinforces shape names is a 3D shape hunt around the house or even on your daily walk to school. We have focused on using the term 'face' and just like us 3D shapes have faces with 2D shapes (the shapes that can be found in 'Flatland'. It has been tricky to distinguish between the 2D shapes we know and now the 3D shapes we have learnt so we will be incorporating this into daily activities to reinforce this concept.
On Tuesday, we came back in from lunch to discover a box of eggs and a letter from the Mummy dinosaurs asking if we would look after her babies.We used the non-fiction books to inspire us to draw the dinosaurs we thought that might be inside. We then 'hatched' our eggs and found tiny dinoaurs inside. Our book this half term will be 'Gigantosaurus' by Jonny Duddle.
On Wednesday, we held our annual traditional Easter bonnet parade around the school grounds. Well done to all of our KS1 and EYFS children on designing and creating such beautiful bonnets. You can find these photos on our Twitter page and on Tapestry.
On Thursday, we read the first two pages of our story and discussed the meaning of new vocabulary such as 'herbivores'. This led us to investigate where dinosaurs live and we found a volcano. We found facts about5 volcanoes then made our own to erupt outside. Now the children have seen one, you will find that this is an optional piece of homework on this term's Burger Menu. This has been placed in your child's book bag or can be found on our class pages to download. I wonder if you can have a bigger eruption of 'lava flow'!
On Friday, we went onto the school field to practice some of the races we will be doing in this year's Sports Day. We will confirm this date ASAP!
Our mystery readers this week were Louisa’s Mum and Jasper's Grandad. 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.
Congratulations to our Stars of the Week, Dexter and Grace!
Have a lovely weekend in the sun!
Miss Selwyn and Miss Nicholas