Violet Class: Roxy and Sue
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.
This week we have been learning:
Literacy – This week we have shared the traditional tale ‘The Three Little Pigs’ using different versions of the story and story props. The children have made stick puppets, masks and story maps. We explored different building materials to find out which one is the strongest. What materials is your home made from?
Phonics - We continued to recap all the digraphs learnt so far, and we introduced; ow – cow, oi - coin, ear - beard, air - hair using mnemonic pictures. We introduced the tricky word ‘you’ and encouraging the children to identify and use the new sounds and words in their writing.
Maths – We have revisited looking at Numicon by exploring values and number facts. Can you recognise numbers 0-20? What number is your favourite and why?
Literacy - The children have really embraced our new focus story of ‘Tatty Ratty’ by Helen Cooper, and used their creativity to draw pictures, make story maps and use drama to retell the story in sequence. What do you see on your way home from school? Can you make a map of your journey?
Phonics - We continued to recap all the digraphs learnt so far, and we introduced; oo – moon, or – fork, ar – car, park, ur – fur, hurt, using mnemonic pictures. We introduced the tricky word ‘my’ and encouraging the children to identify and use the new sounds and words in their writing.
Maths – We have continued to share the story of ‘Iggy Peck Architect’ by Andrea Beaty, and we have used different materials to build with.
On Wednesday 24th January we had great fun working with a group of junior doctors in the Teddy Bears’ Hospital. Our teddies enjoyed being with us at school too!
Literacy - We have continued to explore the text ‘The Magic Paintbrush’ by Julia Donaldson by drawing story maps to help us retell the story. Why don’t you create a story map of your favourite story?
Phonics - We continued to recap the consonant digraphs; ch, th, sh, ng, using mnemonic pictures, and we introduced the vowel digraphs; ai (rain), ee (feet), igh (night), oa (goat). We are encouraging the children to identify and use these new sounds in their writing.
Maths – We have been exploring buildings and structures using the text ‘Iggy Peck Architect’ by Andrea Beaty. What different materials can you find to build with at home?
Literacy - We have continued to explore the text ‘The Magic Paintbrush’ by Julia Donaldson using drama and pictures to retell the story in sequence.
Phonics - We have introduced the consonant digraphs; ch, th, sh, ng, using mnemonic pictures to help with recognition and finding words that contain these sounds. How many different words can you find at home?
Maths - We investigated simple calculation by exploring how many ways we can make 10. We shared a storybook ‘The Bears’ Breakfast’ to explore how many cups of porridge each bear liked to eat. A small group of children had fun making porridge each day and enjoyed tasting it after, yum!
Our new topic for this term is ‘Superheroes and Traditional Tales’. Please find our Spring term curriculum map below.
Literacy – Focus text: The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson. We have been using watercolour paints to draw pictures and interacting with the text by reciting verses. What would you paint with a magic paintbrush?
Phonics – We have been learning the Phase 3 sounds: j, qu, v, w, x, y, z, zz and the tricky words: he, she, we, me, be.
Maths – Problem solving and number sequencing, such as placing random numbers in sequence, i.e. 2, 6, 9, and asking questions. ‘Which is the smallest number? Which is the largest number?’ etc.