Reception

Reception

Welcome to Reception with Mrs Cuthbertson and Miss Smails

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8th June 2017
Summer Term 2

Welcome back to the final term of the year.

This half term the children will be looking at ‘The seaside and England’. They will be exploring The seaside through a variety of stories including One little turtle, The Lighthouse keeper’s picnic, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, The Rainbow fish, The fish who could wish and many more. They will be looking at the creatures and animals that live at the seaside and comparing them to the animals that live in the oceans around the world. An important part of our topic this half term is to learn about England, they will look at a map and begin to discover where different places are in England. During this half term the children will be exploring traditional English food, they will be creating their own picnics and parties, maybe even An Afternoon Tea fit for the Queen. The children will also be visiting The Centre for Life this half term to participate in an Under the sea workshop.

The children will continue to develop their writing skills both independently in the areas around the classroom and through focused activities with the Teacher. The children will be introduced to the capital letters and their names. The children will continue to develop their writing to produce simple stories, lists, party invites and menus. They will be developing to order their words and read what they are writing so they know what to write next. they will also be encouraged to read back what they have written to begin to check if it makes sense. In reading the children will have the opportunity to visit Chopwell Library once a month, this will continue to foster the love of books and the enjoyment of reading they have shown so far. In class the children will read once a week with Miss Smails and once a week with Mrs Cuthbertson. They will continue to develop their word recognition and blending skills through letters and sounds.

In mathematics the children will be consolidating their knowledge of numbers 0-10, this will include ordering numbers, writing numbers, finding one more or one less than a number and saying which has more or fewer. The children will begin to look at numbers 10-20 and will begin to write and order them. The children will also begin to explore ways to add and subtract numbers using practical objects. The children will use money to solve simple problems through their play in The seaside Café. They will also begin to explore doubling and halving numbers with practical objects.
The children will be exploring 2D and 3D shapes this half term, they will go on shape hunts, build models with shapes and begin to learn the names and properties of the different shapes.

This half term the children will go to the Computer Suite to learn how to use the computer. This will involve the children exploring how to use the mouse to move things around and fill in pictures with colour. they will also learn how to type their name into the computer.

There will be lots of opportunities this half term to be creative and messy! The children will be exploring lots of different sea creatures and creating models, pictures and collages of many of them. The children will use papier mache, paint, materials, natural objects and different media to create wonderful seaside scenes. The children will continue to learn new songs and explore different instruments through a weekly music lesson.

Traveller Ted continues on his journey
We are very lucky as “Traveler Ted’ has decided to stay with Reception. Traveler Ted will continue to find out about all the different activities that the children in Reception do not only at school but at home as well. Each week on a Friday Traveler Ted will go home for the weekend with a child. He will have a diary for you or your child to stick in pictures and write about his adventures with you. Traveler Ted must be brought back to school on Monday so he and the child can share his adventures with the rest of the class.

Homework reminder
Please encourage your child to complete their Choppy spelling books, practicing the words and completing the wordsearch and to hand it in every Friday. This really helps the children in their weekly spelling test.
Please find time to read with your child at home and remember to sign the Reading diary to say that your child has read at home with you.



15th May 2017
Summer Term 1

Welcome back to the summer term.

This half term the children will be looking at ‘People who help us’. They will be exploring the different people who help us at home, at school and in our community. They will look at the jobs people do and the different equipment they use to do their job. We also hope to have some visitors during the half term to talk about what they do.
The children will continue to develop their writing skills both independently in the areas around the classroom and through focused activities with the Teacher. The children will be introduced to the capital letters and their names. They will write labels to label a fire engine or to a uniform that one of the people wear as well as writing information about the different jobs that the people do. In reading the children will have the opportunity to visit Chopwell Library once a month, this will continue to foster the love of books and the enjoyment of reading they have shown so far. In class the children will read once a week with Miss Smails and once a week with Mrs Cuthbertson. They will continue to develop their word recognition and blending skills through letters and sounds.

In mathematics the children will be consolidating their knowledge of numbers 0-10, this will include ordering numbers, writing numbers, finding one more or one less than a number and saying which has more or fewer. The children will begin to look at numbers 10-20 and will begin to write and order them. The children will also begin to explore ways to add and subtract numbers using practical objects.

The children will be exploring 2D and 3D shapes this half term, they will going on shape hunts, build models with shapes and begin to learn the names and properties of the different shapes.
The children will be exploring moving vehicles and will have the opportunity to build and develop their own moving rescue vehicle.

Traveller Ted continues on his journey

We are very lucky as “Traveler Ted’ has decided to stay with Reception. Traveler Ted will continue to find out about all the different activities that the children in Reception do not only at school but at home as well. Each week on a Friday Traveler Ted will go home for the weekend with a child. He will have a diary for you or your child to stick in pictures and write about his adventures with you. Traveler Ted must be brought back to school on Monday so he and the child can share his adventures with the rest of the class.



21st March 2017
Spring Term 2

Welcome back to another fun filled half term.

This half term the children will be looking at stories written by Julia Donaldson, these will include The smartest Giant in town, Hamilton’s hats, Monkey Puzzle, Fox’s Socks, The Gruffalo and many more. The stories all have a rhyming focus and the children will be exploring rhyming words and creating their own rhyming word lists.
The children will continue to develop their writing skills both independently in the areas around the classroom and through focused activities with the Teacher. The children will be introduced to the capital letters and their names. In reading the children will have the opportunity to visit Chopwell Library once a month, this will continue to foster the love of books and the enjoyment of reading they have shown so far. In class the children will read once a week with Miss Smails and once a week with Mrs Cuthbertson. They will continue to develop their word recognition and blending skills through letters and sounds.

In mathematics the children will be consolidating their knowledge of numbers 0-10, this will include ordering numbers, writing numbers, finding one more or one less than a number and saying which has more or fewer. The children will begin to look at numbers 10-20 and will begin to write and order them. The children will also begin to explore ways to add and subtract numbers using practical objects.

The children will have the opportunity to explore and use money in our Clothes shop. They will also explore shapes to make different models and patterns.
We are very excited this half term as we are going to visit our new Forest School area. The children will have the opportunity to explore and make brooms for the Witch in the story ‘Room on the Broom’. The children will also have many more creative opportunities throughout the term painting animals, making boats, designing clothes, creating an ark and many more.



New Edition to Reception

We are very lucky as “Traveler Ted” has decided to come to Reception. Traveler Ted wants to find out about all the different activities that the children in Reception do not only at school but at home as well. Each week on a Thursday Traveler Ted will go home for the weekend with a child. He will have a diary for you or your child to stick in pictures and write about his adventures with you. Traveler Ted must be brought back to school on Monday so he and the child can share his adventures with the rest of the class. Also Traveler Ted wants to see what happens in Reception for the rest of the week.



Sailing Boats

After reading The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson where the goat needs a sail for his boat, we decided to make our own sailing boats. First we needed to make our sails, then we had to attach them to a mast. Finally we needed to put the sail in the boat.
Then the fun began.

We then took our sailing boats and tested them in the water tray. Some boats were really fast thanks to the great big puff of some children!! Others sank as the sails were too big.
We had a splashing time racing and sailing our boats.



The Music Man

This half term we have been extremely lucky to have Mr Renwick every week. He comes and tells us different Traditional Tales using music, instruments and songs.
The children have been extremely enthusiastic every Tuesday and have thoroughly enjoyed learning new songs and playing different instruments.
Our favourite song so far has been ‘The Dingle, Dangle Scarecrow’.



Maths Week

This week we have been set many mathematical challenges and the children have been excited and engaged in a variety of activities.
Our first challenge was to use a piece of string and measure the length of all the children’s legs in Reception. We all sat down and put the string around our legs, we even ended up outside the classroom door! The string was very, very long!

We then used the string to see how many times it would go around the story tellers chair and the bridge in the playground. This was fun because we had to go around without the string breaking or getting tangled. It went round the story tellers chair twice and the bridge five times.

The second challenge was to see who could cut the longest paper spiral out of one A4 sheet of paper but you couldn’t stick any of it together. What a challenge!
We had very short strips of paper but eventually we got the hang of it and produced some longer paper spirals.
Our last challenge was to measure how big a circle of all the Reception children was and then see if our piece of string would go around the courtyard canopy.
This was much easier to measure with a piece of string, the string was cut and off we went into the courtyard. The children wanted it to reach around (even though it was much too short) so they kept trying to stretch the string until eventually the string snapped. We decided that we couldn’t reach around the courtyard canopy even though we tried extremely hard to.
What a great fun day we had.



Sack Full of Fun

Sack full of fun or should we say Sack full of mess!

Yes, a messy after was had by all, parents and children included. As part of our topic ‘Traditional Tales’ we read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We looked at different beans and how beans grow.

Then the challenge was set!

How many different shades of green can you mix and paint on your beanstalk?
The children and parents had great fun using blue, yellow and white to make different shades of green. At the end the beanstalks looked amazing.



25th November 2016
Sack full of fun

Reception had been reading Funnybones and exploring skeletons all week. We ended the week with a creative sack full of fun session where the children and their parents/carers designed and made their very own Funnybones night time scene.



3rd November 2016
Sack full of fun

A great start to sack full of fun!

It was great to see so many parents, grandparents and carers there on Thursday afternoon.

We had a great time making paper plate witches after a fun filled week themed around Halloween.

The children picked their first story sacks and were very excited to take them home.

Hope to see you all again next week.