Week Ending 24/09/21

Date: 23rd Sep 2021 @ 8:39pm

Happy Friday! Just like that another week has flown by and our Reception children have let their imaginations run wild. Our afternoon sessions in particular have been the talk of the town and we have been blown away with how creative they have been.

This week has been very exciting as we have begun our phonics journey by starting Phase 2 of Essential Letters and Sounds. Each lesson we have revisited initial sounds, rhyming couplets, listening skills and the most important, oral blending and segmenting. I have uploaded the oral blending tutorial below as a refresher to now apply our first four sounds. This week we have learnt S, A, T, P and the children are ecstatic 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! This is essential to ensure your child can decode the word correctly and recognise the graphemes. 

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 first 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. Your login details were sent out last week so please check your child’s book bag or speak to your class teacher if you need another copy. The phonics programme recommends that each book is read four times to promote fluency and comprehension. 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 

In Maths we have been learning about measurement, in particular height. We have been using mathematical vocbulary to compare the heights of different objects finding things that a taller and shorter. We have applied this language to actviities like building towers and saying 'Tower A is taller than tower B' for example. Then we moved on to ordering the heights of different objects in the classroom and consolidated using the teminology (taller/shorter than/tallest/shortest). To finish our week we read the story of Jim and Beanstalk and measured around our heads using a tape measure to make a crown. I have uploaded some activities below should you wish to continue this learning at home. 

Harvest

Next week (Thursday 30th September) we will be celebrating our KS1 Harvest Service. Thank you to our volunteers who have kindly offered to walk us down with our buddies. We look forward to seeing many more of you at the Church for a 9:30am start.

On Monday, we continued to find the pulse of different songs and clap along. We also learnt the song 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the children particularly impressed us with matching the number name to each finger.

On Tuesday, we came into the classroom to find some mysterious footprints had been left which led us to a recipe. We talked about the things we found in a bakery too. We went outside to draw around each other in chalk on the playground and added in detail. They looked fantastic.

On Wednesday, the gingerbread man had left even more footprints! He also left us a video for us to watch where he had stolen our Lego and marble run. To get them back we had to draw and label a Wanted poster and we even built traps.

On Thursday, we played lots of phonics activities where we focused on initial sounds and oral blending using our robot arms and blending arms. We finally found our stolen toys which were being closely guarded. This led us to the Gingerbread Man and we read the first few pages of our new book.

On Friday, we celebrated European Languages Day (Sunday 26th September) and held our own Euros game.

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week Jaime and Elsie.

Our mystery reader this week was Harry'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 Selwyn and Miss Nicholas

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