Week Ending 25/03/22
Date: 21st Mar 2022 @ 1:38pm
Happy Friday! We have had another wonderful week in Reception and the weather has definitely raised our spirits as we get nearer to the end of term. This week has been a week of exploration particularly with our exciting trip to Xplore! We have some budding scientists of the future in our classes and have enjoyed discovering and enjoying all the opportunities that came with our day out.
This week we also finished our book for this half term, The Pirates are Coming! It is safe to say this story has been quite the hit and our pirate crew have loved working in the outdoor area this week using the wooden blocks to create ships, cannons and making each other walk the plank.
We have also been thinking about thankfulness and started to create a Thankfulness tree in the classroom. We have started writing on leaves and discussing the people, places and activities we are thankful for. Each week we will continue to add to our display and have a beautiful tree made which will continue to grow and blossom each time we are grateful for the things we have.
This week in phonics we have completed our Phase 3 journey and have learnt three new sounds; URE, ER and OW (mow). have learnt 16 sounds in total this half term. Next week we will be completing another Phase 3 phonics assessment instead of an individual read to check your child's understanding of what has been taught this half term. We will record this in their reading record and an arrow will show you which sounds they are not secure with at the moment. We will be resetting all phase 3 online books via Oxford Owl so please do go back over any sounds your child may be struggling with and practice identifying these in their reading.
We have also learnt the harder to read and spell words BALL and TALL. These will be in your online reading books for this week, the little blending book in particular is a great way to secure the recognition of the new sounds before reading the books that have been set. Please continue to reread each book at least four times to practice taught sounds and recognising them in words. This helps fluency and particularly comprehension and retelling.
In Maths, we have been looking at creating numbers 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 by finding 5 and his friend (5 + 1, 5 + 2, 5 + 3, 5 + 4, 5 + 5) We learnt that we didn't need to count our five fingers as we already knew we had five! This led us to introduce the strategy of counting on. How quickly can we show 6-10 without counting fingers? This is great to consolidate understanding of subitising (knowing a number without needing to count). Ask your child can they show you number 7 quickly by using 'five an a friend'. I have linked the video below. We have noticed that 'counting on' has been a tricky concept this week. We will continue to apply this to our mental starters each day to build on the learning we have done in class. Dominoes is a great resource for this. Ask your child to pick up a domino and subitise the two numbers on it. Then count on from the bottom number to find the total. For example, if the domino showed a 3 and 4. Your child would count for more after number 3 4, 5, 6, 7. The last number is how many are altogether.
Numberblocks (Five and friends) - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bn5dz7/numberblocks-series-3-five-and-friends
On each class page you will find a day 1 of home learning tab, please make us aware if your child is well enough to learn during this time. This is only for those self-isolating with Covid. If your child is ill at home then we will not be setting home learning. Please be aware that if your child is still not testing postive for Covid then they can still come into school.
On Monday, we continued to learn a new nursery rhyme with the musical instruments and learnt 'The Wheels on the Bus' which was very apt for our school trip,
On Tuesday, we predicted what would happen next in our story, The Pirates are Coming. We talked about how sometmes stories tell us that deep under the ocean lie pirate shipwrecks and lost chests. We thought about what a diver might find.
On Wednesday, we read to the end of our story and a letter had fallen out. It was a letter from the pirate captain (Tom's Mum!) but we didn't know what it said. In groups we decoded each sentence and put the letter back together, We were so impressed with the childrens' letter recognition and segmenting and blending.
On Thursday, we went on our school trip to Xplore! Science Discovery Centre in Wrexham. We had two workshops (construction and Space) which were so much fun and got to explore the different rooms on offer.
On Friday, we made the most of the gorgeous weather by having our PE session in the sun. As it was such a lovely day we thought the best thing to end a great week was to enjoy an ice lolly to cool off.
Our mystery readers this week were Amber's Mum and Poppy's Nan. 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, Penny and Jaime!
Have a fantastic weekend in the sun!
Miss Selwyn and Miss Nicholas