Week Ending 22/10/2021

Date: 20th Oct 2021 @ 7:19pm

Happy Friday! We made it! Can you believe we have already completed one half term? The time has whizzed by over the last seven weeks and the children have worked incredibly hard in their learning. We have been so impressed with how they have adapted to their new classrooms, rules, routines and expectations of Reception already. They definitely deserve a break to have time to rest before we get stuck into the magic of Christmas next half term.

This week in phonics we have learnt H, B, F/FF, L/LL and SS and the children are excited to read their new online books with these taught sounds. Please encourage your child to sound out a word using their ‘robot arms’ and ‘blending hands’. We have also learnt some harder to read and spell words: AS, PULL and HIS. 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 lots of the phase two digraphs 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

In Maths, the children have been given opportunities to explore patterns in a range of contexts. We have been identifying repeated patterns through shapes, colours, sounds, actions and numbers. To help the children build on their repeating pattern, we have been encouraging them to say their pattern out loud, to help them identify what comes next. E.g. “red square, blue circle, red square, blue circle…Seeing a pattern helps us to make connections or make rapid judgements and guesses - and this, in turn, leads us to look for patterns to help us. On your Autumn walks you could collect conkers, leaves, sticks etc and create different patterns on the ground. Patterns can be found everywhere without us even realising. You could build a pattern from Lego, books or even your Halloween sweets! You don't have to stop there as patterns can come in all shapes, colours and sizes.Have a go at home and don't forget to upload your 'WOW' moments on Tapestry for us to see over half term. 

Cauliflower Cards

Please don’t forget to complete your cauliflower cards design and return it to school once you have placed your online order, thank you. The deadline for the artwork to be back in school to be sent off to Cauliflower Cards is Tuesday 2nd November (first day back after half term). We are unable to accept any artwork in school after this deadline. 

On Monday, we finished our music topic, Me! To link with our maths work we played lots of copycat rhythm games and focused on our listening skills. In RE, Jack told us the story of Joshua leading the people into Jericho and we learnt about the word 'perserverance' and a time we have needed to perservere in our own lives.

On Tuesday, we began reading the story of Pumpkin Soup and explored the insides of a real pumpkin. The children estimated how many seeds would be inside and we had numbers ranging from 1-1510! We toasted the seeds and coated them in cinnamon and paprika. We were amazed at the empty plates at the end of snack..a triumph!

On Wednesday, we continued to read the middle of the story of Pumpkin soup and decided to make our own tastier one! We created our own recipe and use our robot arms to help us wash, chop, cut and stir the soup. 

On Thursday, we had a special performance from Key Strings. The children loved listening to new music and hearing the different instruments being played. In the afternoon, we boiled the soup and ate it all up with some crusty bread...delicious on a chilly day like today! 

On Friday, we did some mindful yoga and began our first steps to preparing ourselves for Kinetic Letters handwriting lessons after half term. We developed our core strength using different positions - strong penguin (standing up straight with arms by sides), stone lion (on knees and hands with a straight, strong back), a strong lizard (lying on our stomach with palms faced flat on the ground - a bit like a sphinx), a strong gorilla (cross legged with hands on knees) and a strong meerkat (on our knees with arms by sides). Ask your child to show you these positions by calling out "strong lizard" or "strong gorilla". A strong core is the key to good fine motor control. You may wish to practise pencil grip at home too in preparation for our phonics lessons. 

Here is the link to Dough Disco to support fine motor skills. We love strengthening our fingers through playdough and it's a great to listen to some great music too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K-CQrjI0uY 

Congratulations to our stars of the half term, Romilly and Hannes.

Our mystery reader this week was Isaac’s Dad. 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 first few weeks after half term so please do let us know if you would like to come and we can put it in the diary as we lead up to Christmas.

We hope you have a relaxing and restful term break and get ready for the excitement that the next few months bring. Thank you for your continued support over this half term. Over this week we have loved sharing the progress the children have made with you over Parents Evening.

We have made so many memories together and we can't wait for the next adventure to continue. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Miss Selwyn and Miss Nicholas

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