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Reception

Welcome to Reception

 

Our teachers:

Violet Class:      Judith and Alisa

Magenta Class: Alex and Rachel

 

 

About our class:

 

Reception consists of two classes, which have adjoining classrooms with a shared outdoor area.

Our ethos is to promote opportunities for collaboration between others to develop and nurture autonomy in a safe, secure and stimulating environment. Children are encouraged to explore and extend their individual interests through a variety of enjoyable and challenging learning experiences.

The learning environment is planned for in accordance with the Early Years statutory framework as set out in the 'Development Matters in the Early Years' (September 2012).

At Alfred Salter we value and celebrate each child's unique background and experiences. We understand and recognise the importance of working together by building relationships with parents/carers as these have a positive impact on the children's learning.

 

 

 

 

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Vowel Song

05.04.2019

 

Literacy - This week we have continued to read the traditional tale 'Jack and the beanstalk'. We have observed the growth of our bean plants and continued to complete our bean diaries. 

 

Task: Please continue to complete your bean diary in the Easter holidays. 

 

Phonics - We have  revisited the Phase 3 letter sounds 'ear' (hear, near, fear), as well as recapping the Phase 3 high frequency words.

 

Maths - We have learnt about time, including days of the week and months of the year. We have talked about what we do during the school day and before we get to school. 

 

Task: What do you do at home in the holidays? Can you draw a picture of something you have done? 

 

Have a happy Easter! 

 

 

29.03.2019

 

Literacy - This week we have continued to read the traditional tale 'Jack and the beanstalk'. We have planted beans and started to complete our bean diaries. We have also written speech bubbles for the main characters and explored different versions of the story. 

 

Task: Write a speech bubble for the giant. What does he say? 

 

Phonics - We have  revisited the Phase 3 letter sounds 'oi' (foil, boil, poison), as well as recapping the Phase 3 high frequency words.

 

Maths - We have continued to learn about 3D shapes, for example cube, cylinder, cone and sphere. We have been describing the shapes and made models using them. 

 

Task: How many different structures can you build using 10 blocks? 

 

 

22.03.2019

 

Literacy - This week we have read the traditional tale 'Jack and the beanstalk'. We have read the story and made our own story map. We have also acted out the story using a 'story whoosh'.  

 

Task: Can you retell the story in your own words?

 

Phonics - We have  revisited the Phase 3 letter sounds 'ow' (cow, wow, power, brown), as well as Phase 3 high frequency words, with a focus on 'are'.

 

Maths - We have been learning about 3D shapes, for example cube, cylinder, cone and sphere. We have been describing the shapes and made models using them. 

 

Task: What 3D shapes can you find in your home?

 

 

15.03.2019

 

Literacy - This week we continued to read the story of 'Traction Man is Here' by Mini Grey and explored other Traction Man story versions. We practised writing story related speech bubbles and engaged in hot seating of story characters. We also created our own sequel to the story.

 

Task: Pretend to be Scrubbing Brush. Now tell your version of the story.

 

Phonics - We have  revisited the Phase 3 letter sounds 'ur' (fur, hurt, curl), as well as Phase 3 high frequency words, with a focus on 'all'.

 

Maths - We continued to look at addition and subtraction by finding 1 more and 1 less and combining two sets of objects by counting them. 

 

Task: I have four strawberries and two blueberries. How many do I have altogether? How can I check that I am right?

 

 

08.03.19

 

Literacy - This week we continued to read the story of 'Traction Man is Here' by Mini Grey. We retold the story in our own words using a 'Story Whoosh'. We talked about the events and story characters.

 

Task: Who is your favourite character and why?

 

Phonics - We have  revisited the Phase 3 letter sounds 'or' (corn, for, fork), as well as Phase 3 high frequency words, with a focus on 'her'.

 

Maths - We continued to look at addition and subtraction by finding 1 more and 1 less and combining two sets of objects by counting them. 

 

Task: My number is 1 more than 6 and 1 less than 8, what is it?

 

We also celebrated World Book Day and dressed up in amazing costumes! 

 

 

01.03.19

 

Literacy - This week we have introduced the story of 'Traction Man is Here' by Mini Grey. We used our talk partners to discuss what our favourite part of the story is. We also wrote a list of story characters. 

 

Task: Can you make up your own superhero story? 

 

Phonics - We have  revisited the Phase 3 letter sounds 'oa' (boat, goat, road), as well as high-frequency words, with a focus on 'they'.

 

Maths - We have begun to look at addition and subtraction by finding 1 more and 1 less. We have also been finding a total of two sets of objects by counting them. 

 

Task: What is 1 more than 8? What is 1 less than 8? How do you know? Use objects to find the answer. 

 

Magenta class also went to the Unicorn theatre to see 'It's hot, it's not!'. It was great fun. 

 

 

15.02.19

 

Literacy - This week we continued to learn about the traditional tale 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. We retold the story in different ways. We also hot-seated the different characters in the story. 

 

Task: Can you pretend to be baby bear? What did he say? What happened to his chair? 

 

Phonics - We have  revisited the Phase 3 letter sounds 'ai' (rain, main) and 'igh' (night, right), as well as high-frequency words, with a focus on 'my' and 'you'.

 

Maths - We continued to explore capacity, weight, length and height. We used cubes to measure different children in the class. 

 

Task: Who is the tallest in your family? How do you know? 

 

Violet class also went to the Unicorn theatre to see 'It's hot, it's not!'. It was great fun. Magenta class will be going after half term. 

 

 

08.02.19

 

Literacy - This week we continued to learn about the traditional tale 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. We have read different versions of the story and compared them. We have also written speech bubbles for the characters. 

 

Task: What did baby bear say when he found his broken chair? Can you write it down?

 

Phonics - We have begun to revisit the Phase 3 letter sound 'ar', as well as high-frequency words, with a focus on 'no', 'go' and 'was'.

 

Maths - We continued to explore capacity, weight, length and height. Example: How long is the caterpillar? We used cubes to measure them. 

 

Task: Can you find something that is longer and something that is shorter than a pencil?

 

 

01.02.19

 

Literacy - This week we learnt about the traditional tale 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. We have retold the story using a 'story whoosh', which gave all children the opportunity to engage in drama.

 

Task: Can you retell the story in your own words?

 

Phonics - We have begun to revisit the Phase 3 letter sound 'ng', as well as high-frequency words, with a focus on 'we', 'me' and 'be'.

 

Maths - We explored capacity, weight, length and height. Example: How many cubes fit in the box?

 

Task: Who is the tallest in your family? How do you know?

 

 

25.01.19

 

Literacy - This week we read 'Supertato Veggies Assemble' by Sue Hendra, another version of the popular 'Supertato' story range. We have been discussing healthy foods, such as types of fruit and vegetables, and discussed the character of the Evil Pea, linking our discussion to our class rules. We also practised writing speech bubbles using our knowledge of letter sounds.

 

Task: How can we help the Evil Pea make better choices? Please record your ideas.

 

Phonics - We have begun to revisit the Phase 3 letter sounds 'ee' and 'oo', as well as high-frequency words, with a focus on 'he' and 'she'.

 

Maths - We continued to explore the use of ten frames and used these to learn about number bonds to ten. We played games to find out different ways of making ten, and recorded our findings in the way of number sentences, e.g. 6+4+10.

 

Task: Find different ways of making 10. Can you write a number sentence?

 

 

18.01.19

 

Literacy - This week we have continued to read 'Supertato' by Sue Hendra. We have been drawing story maps and talked about story characters' conversations, including hot seating Supertato.

 

Task: Can you pretend to be one of the story characters?

 

Phonics - We have continued to revisit all of Phase 2 letter sounds as well as high-frequency words.

 

Maths - We continued to explore the use of ten frames and used these to learn about number bonds to ten. We played dice games to find out different ways of making ten.

 

Task: Practise counting actions, e.g. ten hops, five claps and seven nods.

 

 

11.01.19

 

Literacy - This week we have been reading 'Supertato' by Sue Hendra. We have been discussing story events, settings and characters.

Task: Can you retell the story of 'Supertato' in your own words?.

 

Phonics - We have revisited all of Phase 2 letter sounds as well as high-frequency words.

 

Maths - We explored the use of ten frames and used these to learn about number bonds to ten. We also used Numicon shapes to practise counting with 1:1 correspondence and matched numerals to groups of objects.

 

Task: How many ways can you make ten using numerals and counters?

 

 

14.12.18

 

Literacy - This week we have continued to recite 'Each Peach Pear Plum' everyday, and we have also shared 'The Jolly Christmas Postman' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. 

Task: To write a message to a friend.

 

Phonics - We introduced the Phase 3 digraphs: oi (coin), ur (nurse), ear (hear), air (hair) and practised writing words containing these sounds.  We also learnt to read: you, and continued to practise reading: my, was. We  continue to revisit all the sounds and words learnt so far, in Phase 2 and 3. 

 

Maths - This week we introduced simple subtraction by exploring 'how many left', when we take-away a given number from 10, such as 10 - 2 = 8.

Task: Explore some simple subtraction games using toys 

 

 

07.12.18

 

Literacy - This week we have enjoyed sharing 'The Jolly Postman' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and reciting 'Each Peach Pear Plum' by the same authors. This has inspired the children to write letters and stories of their own. 

Task: Share a poem.

 

Phonics - We introduced the Phase 3 digraphs: ar, er, or, ow, and practised writing words containing these sounds, such as barn, rubber, horn, cow. We also learnt to read: my, and continued to practise reading: was. We  continue to revisit all the sounds and words learnt so far, in Phase 2 and 3. 

 

Maths - This week we explored the 3D solid shapes; cube, cuboid, sphere, cone and pyramid, by finding out about their properties and what they remind us of, such as a sphere is round like a ball. 

Task: What 3D shapes can you find in your home?

 

30.11.18

 

Literacy - This week we have been finding out about how postal workers help us by delivering our letters and parcels. Each class wrote a letter to the other one, the children found this very exciting, and we  explored maps of the local area to find out how postal workers know where to go. 

Task: Write a letter to someone in your family.

 

Phonics - This week we introduced the Phase 3 digraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, and practised writing words containing these sounds, such as rain, cheese, night, goat, moon. We  continue to revisit all the sounds learnt so far, in Phase 2 and 3. 

 

Maths - This week we continued to explore the concept of money by calculating two amount to find a total and writing price labels for Numicon shapes, i.e. 1 = 1p, 5 = 5p.

Task: What coins do you know?

 

23.11.18

 

Literacy - This week we have continued to share the text 'So Much!' by Trish Cooke and other books by the same author. We have identified some words we are learning within the text to model how they are used and where we find them. The children have used their own writing to make party invitations.

Task: Please read with your child every day and enjoy sharing storybooks.

 

Phonics - We  continue to revisit all the sounds learnt so far, including the new Phase Three sounds, and we this week we introduced the digraphs; ch, sh, th, ng, and finding words containing these sounds, such as cheese, fish, thumb, ring. 

 

Maths - This week we introduced the concept of money. We used 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins in a variety of ways, and sang a money song. This can be found on the internet 'Money Song for Children'.

Task: To talk about money and how we use it.

 

 

16.11.18

 

Literacy - This week we have been talking about families and sharing the text 'So Much!' by Trish Cooke. We have identified some words we are learning within the text to model how they are used and where we find them. The children have drawn pictures of their families and used independent writing to label them.

Task: Write a list of  your family.

 

Phonics - We  continue to revisit all the sounds learnt so far, including the new Phase Three sounds, and we introduced the sounds; y, z, zz, qu, and finding words containing these sounds. We have also introduced more Phase Two high frequency words; big, back, up, can, but, get, if.

 

Maths - We have continued to explore doubles and introduced halves, by finding out how we can share an even number by cutting play dough into halves and sharing objects, ensuring each person has the same amount, i.e. 4 objects shared between 2 children gives them 2 each.

Task: Share 10 toys in different ways.

 

09.11.18

 

Literacy - We have continued to explore the traditional story 'Little Red Riding Hood' using story props and sequencing pictures. Our writing focus was practising the Phase Two tricky words: I, to, the, no, go, and simple sentences containing these.

Task: Draw a picture and write a simple sentence.

 

Phonics - We  continue to revisit all the sounds learnt so far, and this week we introduced Phase Three sounds; j, v, w, x, and finding words containing these sounds.

 

Maths - This week we introduced doubles, such as 2 + 2 = 4, using fingers and objects. 

Task: Can you find doubles up to ten? 

 

   

02.11.18

Welcome back!

 

Literacy - This week we introduced the traditional tale 'Little Red Riding Hood' by drawing pictures and using independent writing to label them. The children have really immersed themselves in the story and using the related storybook language. 

 

We can see huge progress in the children's name writing, keep up the good work!

Task: Please continue to practise name writing and learning and writing all the words and sounds from previous weeks.

 

Phonics - We  have recapped all previously learnt sounds and words, and next week we will be introducing Phase 3 letters and sounds. 

 

Maths - The children enjoyed making number books to continue exploring number value.  

 

Task: can you make a number line using your toys? such as 1 teddy, 2 cars, 3 blocks... 

 

19.10.18

 

Literacy - This week we have continued to share 'Mr Gumpy's Outing' and other texts by by John Burningham. We drew pictures  of the story characters and labelled them, such as 'the boy, the girl', and we have been identifying words, such as 'the, in, at, and'. We also had fun using drama to re-enact the story using props and storybook language.

 

Task: Please continue to practise name writing and learning and writing all the words and sounds from previous weeks.

 

Phonics - We  continue to revisit all the sounds learnt so far, and this week we introduced; b, h, f, ff, l, ll, ss. We also introduced Phase 2 tricky words; I, no, go, and a vowel song.

 

Maths - This week we introduced simple addition, such as 3 bottle tops + 2 bottle tops = 5 bottle tops, and number bonds to 10, such as 6 + 4 = 10.  (Plastic bottle tops are great to use for calculating and sorting.) Everyday we practise counting in ones to twenty and counting in twos to ten.

Task: How many ways can you make 10? 

 

 

12.10.18

 

Literacy - This week we have shared the story of 'Mr Gumpy's Outing' by John Burningham. We modelled writing a list of the different characters and how to use the word 'the', such as 'the cat, the dog'.  We have been identifying words we have been learning in our phonics sessions, such as 'the, in, at, and'.

We have continued to share the poem 'Nut Tree' by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt. This can be found online.

 

Phonics - We  continue to revisit all the sounds learnt so far, and this week we introduced; ck, e, u, r, and we also introduced Phase 2 tricky words; to, the.   

Weekly Task: Please continue to practise name writing and learning and writing all the words and sounds from previous weeks.  

 

Maths - This week we have enjoyed learning about 2D flat shapes and finding out about their properties, such as how many sides and corners. Everyday we practise counting in ones to twenty and counting in twos to ten.

Weekly Task: What shapes can you find around you? i.e. road signs, windows etc.

 

As part of our topic 'People Who Help Us' we would like to invite you to come and talk to the children about your roles. Please let one of us know if you are interested in coming in. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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