In phonics this week, the children will be returning to their phonics groups. They will be continuing the reading and writing activities specified to their levels of learning. Well done to all of the children that accessed their Reading Wise homework, over the weekend. If you could return your reading records to your class teacher on Wednesday, the children will be sent home their usual Read Write Inc reading resources, on Friday.
In maths this week, we are going to be learning how to add more. The children will be using ‘First, Then, Now’ stories to support their learning and understanding. At the start of the week, we will be working out how many we have at the end of our stories. As we progress through the week, the children will be learning ways to work out how many we had first and how many we added to get the final amount. We will be playing games and using concrete resources to support the learning and understanding of addition.
In the wider curriculum this week, we are continuing with our theme of ‘Healthy Me’. This week, we are going to be focusing on different types of healthy food groups and how we can also keep our minds healthy. The children will be taking part in some mindfulness activities and learning different strategies to use when feeling sad, cross, worried etc. They will also be learning breathing exercises, which they can use at home or out and about. To finish our ‘Healthy Me’ theme, the children will be taking part in the sponsored wheels day on Friday. They will be given a lap card which will be stamped each lap they finish. Good luck to all of the children and fingers crossed for a nice sunny day!
We hope that you have all had a lovely bank holiday weekend and the children are back and ready to learn this week. In phonics, the children will be continuing their grouped learning activities. All of the groups will be reading, writing and practising their ‘special friends’. A reminder that the children will need to bring back their reading records on Wednesday and will be given new phonics material to read at home, on Friday. The phonics material sent home, is what the children have been doing that week, which will give you an idea of the level they are at with their reading and writing.
In maths this week, we are learning about numbers up to 20. The children will be ordering numbers to 20 and also representing them in different ways. At the end of the week, the children will be playing bingo with numbers to 20. They will be shown a picture card representing a number to 20, and they will need to stamp the numeral that matches. The first one to complete their bingo card wins!
In the wider curriculum this week, we will be continuing our learning on superheroes. This week, we will be focusing on real life superheroes, and people from the past that are still celebrated today. On Thursday, we will be learning about Florence Nightingale and why we could think of her as a real life superhero. A reminder, that Friday is our ‘Superhero Day’ and the children can come into school dressed as a fictional or real-life superhero! We are looking forward to seeing them all in their costumes and having a super day!
We would like to welcome all of the children back after their Easter break! It has been lovely to see their happy faces and excitement in returning back to school. We hope you have all had a lovely Easter, resting and spending time with family and friends.
In phonics this week, the children will be placed in their new groups. We are getting straight back into our Read Write Inc learning, which will consist of recapping sounds, reading, spelling and writing. Reading records and phonics homework will be sent out again on Friday and to be returned on Wednesday, the following week. Online homework will also be assigned again on Friday, to be completed by Wednesday. If your child has been sent home the same books as before we broke up for Easter, this means they have not moved phonics group, and will need more work to secure their learning.
In maths this week, we are looking at numbers above 10. Children will be looking at how we can represent numbers to 15 using different resources. Such as, ten frames, numicon and number fans. We will also be trying to identify different patterns in the numbers 11-20. At the end of the week, the children will be recapping their subtraction learning, by playing the subtraction game with a friend. Each pair will have counters and every time they roll the dice they need to take away that amount of counters. The first one with no counters left, wins!
In the wider curriculum this week, we are learning all about superheroes! We will be reading some stories about different superheroes and discussing what qualities a superhero has. At the end of each day, the children will be taking part in ‘superhero school’, where they will need to complete challenges each day, to become a superhero by the end of the week! On Friday, we will be creating our own class superhero and giving them the qualities a superhero must have, that we have discussed throughout the week.
We would like to say a big well done to all of the children for their hard work in phonics, this last term. They have worked amazingly hard, which shows in their phonics assessments, that took place last week. Most of the children have now been assessed and have been placed in their new phonics groups, ready for when we return after the Easter break. Therefore, our phonics learning will be as a whole class this week and this will consist of recapping sounds, playing phonics games and writing sentences about what we know about Easter.
As it is the last week till Easter, we are swapping our maths learning for lots of fun Easter activities. This week, the children will be creating their own Easter cards and writing them to someone special. We will also be creating Easter hats, which the children will be decorating themselves, using different materials. At the end of the week, the children will be going on an Easter hunt in our outside learning area, and making chocolate nests that they can take home and show you.
In the wider curriculum this week, we will be learning about Easter and why people celebrate Easter across the world. We will be discussing the story of Jesus resurrecting, and how this is an important part of Christian celebrations. We will also be discussing different traditions, focused around Easter, such as, family feasts, egg hunts and the Easter bunny.
A reminder that the children will not be sent home with any phonics homework or library books over Easter. If you could please make sure that all phonics books, reading records and library books are given in before Friday, and they will be sent out again when the children return after the Easter break.
The reception team would like to thank parents for their hard work and support throughout this term. Have a fabulous Easter break, you all deserve it!
Happy Science week everybody! It is a very exciting week for the children, as they will be taking part in their very first Science week, here at Coundon. To celebrate Science week, we will be learning about ‘growth’ and the different ways we can look at growth. The children will be visiting the new Science laboratory and they will have the opportunity to grow their very own bean. We will be placing the beans on the window in the classroom and watching them grow, as the weeks go by.
We will also be linking our learning on growth, with our shared reading. This week we are reading ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We will be discussing the different parts of the story and reading alternatives and discussing the similarities and differences. Some of the children’s challenges will be linked to the story, such as growing their own cress giant head.
In phonics this week, the children will be continuing their learning in their specified phonics groups. The children will be reading, writing and spelling during their lesson times and using the different learning strategies to support them, such as, Fred-fingers, pinch the sounds and letter formation phrases. Some of the children are still struggling with their letter formation. Any writing they are doing at home, can you please reinforce the correct way to write the letters and using the Read Write Inc. phrases to help them.
In maths this week, we will be introducing the children to subtraction. We will be focusing on the subtraction facts to 5 and using our number bond facts to help us. The children will be pretending to be hungry monsters and eating some of the ‘monster food’ and investigating how many they have left. We will also be creating our own ‘Now, Next, Then’ subtraction stories. The children will be drawing their own stories and then sharing them with the rest of the class.
We have had a great response to the library visits on Mondays. A reminder that RHB sessions started this Monday and will be held every other week. RMT sessions will start Monday 21st and will be held every other week. It is a great opportunity for the children to share a love for reading with you and to be able to take a book home that they enjoy.
In phonics this week, we are continuing our learning in our phonics groups. All the children in reception, are now reading the Read Write Inc. books, although these are still differentiated depending on the specified reading level. Before the half term break, the children were reassessed and have either stayed in their phonics level group, or moved up a group. If your child has been sent home with the same reading book they have already read, this could mean they are not consistent in their progress and has remained in the same group. Remember, to keep logging onto the online learning and to record your child’s progress in their reading records, each week.
In maths this week, we are learning about 3D shapes. The children will be introduced to some 3D shapes and will be learning the names of them. At the start of the week, we will be showing the children the different shapes and allowing them to investigate what they look like, if they can be stacked on top of each other and if they can roll. We will then be showing the children that these shapes can be found in our environment. The children will be investigating tin cans, balls, party hats, cardboard boxes etc. and placing them in the correct shape category. At the end of the week, the children will be using the 3D shapes to make prints and patterns. They will be investigating the different ways the properties of the shapes create different marks on the paper.
In the wider curriculum, we are learning all about healthy teeth. At the start of the week, we will be discussing visiting the dentist and the children’s personal experiences of visiting the dentist. We will then be talking about the different ways we keep our teeth healthy. We will be asking the children about the different foods and drinks we can eat to keep our teeth healthy. The children will also have the opportunity to create an instruction poster, on how we brush our teeth, and some children will get to present their poster to the nursery children and discuss with them what they have learned.
On the theme of ‘healthy teeth’, can we please remind parents that children should be coming into school with water to drink throughout the day, rather than squash. We appreciate that some children may prefer to drink sweet drinks, however, it is crucial for their oral health that they minimise their sugar intake throughout the day.