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Reception

Welcome to Reception

 

Our teachers:

Violet Class:      Roxy 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

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. 

 

05. 10.18

 

Literacy - This week we have reread the story of 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' by Judith Kerr and used props to retell it using drama. We have been identifying words we have been learning in our phonics sessions, such as 'in, it, is, at, and, mummy (mum), daddy (dad)'.

This week we have been sharing the poem 'Nut Tree' by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt. This can be found online.

 

Phonics - We have continued to learn the sounds; s, a, t, p, n, i, n, m, d. We also introduced the new sounds; g, o, c, k.  

Weekly Task: Please continue name writing and practise learning and writing the words and sounds above.  

 

Maths - This week we have been learning about 'pattern' by drawing our own ones and creating patterns using different objects, such as Unifix cubes. Everyday we practise counting in ones to twenty and counting in twos to ten.

Weekly Task: What patterns can you see around you? i.e. pictures, clothing 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. 

 

28.09.18

 

Literacy - This week we have been reading the story of 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' by Judith Kerr. We have been encouraging the children to predict what happens next and sharing and discussing their ideas about the story. We have been identifying words we have been learning in our phonics sessions, such as 'in, it, is, at, mummy (mum), daddy (dad)'.

 

Phonics - We have continued to learn the sounds; s, a, t, p, n, and introduced the new sounds; i, n, m, d. 

Weekly Task: Please continue name writing and practise learning and writing the words and sounds above.  

 

Maths - We have continued to focus on number recognition and practised placing numbers in order using number cards and Numicon shapes. Everyday we practise counting in ones to twenty, and this week we introduced counting in twos to ten.

Weekly Task: What is your favourite number? Can you find it in your home?

 

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. 

 

 

21.09.18

 

Literacy - This week we have been focusing on the traditional story of 'The Three Little Pigs' by reciting the story every day and drawing pictures. This supports the development of their storybook language and imaginative role-play. 

 

Phonics - We have introduced the following graphemes (letter names) and phonemes (letter sounds): s, a, t, p. 

 

Maths - We have practised recognising numerals 0 to 10 and beyond. Some children have begun to write their own number lines.

 

Weekly task: Please use this information to continue and extend the children's learning at home, and continue to practise name writing using an initial capital letter followed by lower case letters; e.g. Kipper (the dog).

 

We would like to create a colourful and natural outside learning environment, and we would appreciate any donations of winter plants. Thank you.

 

14.09.18

 

This week we have continued to settle new children into their classes and new routines. All the children have settled very well, and they are enjoying playing with new friends.

 

Literacy – We have shared a variety of different stories and encouraged the children to practise writing their name.

 

Phonics – Every day we have focused on learning the alphabet by singing songs and reciting letter names.

 

Maths – We have focused on counting up to 20 every day and playing number games.

 

Thank you to the parents who were able to attend the `Meet the Teacher` session on Wednesday, we hope you found it useful.

 

Weekly task: Please focus on name writing at home.

 

07.09.18

 

Welcome to Reception!

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We are pleased to let you know that the children have settled very well, and are enjoying their new classes. As part of their start of day routine, they choose a story book to put in their book bags to share at home, please enjoy!

 

Regards,

 

Reception Team

Letters and Sounds Workshop

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