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Early Years Unit - Reception (Jellyfish class) and Mulberry Bush Pre-School

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Welcome to our Early Years base! Our teachers are Mrs Croft and Miss Cook.  The other Early Years practitioners are: Mrs Saunders, Mrs Carroll, Mrs Ling, Mrs Tidy, Miss Krol, Mrs Bowkett and Miss Ciupak. 

Welcome to Early Years!

Next week is “World Nursery Rhyme Week”.  Click on the link below to find out more.

At Mulberry Bush we try to sing Nursery Rhymes every day.  Click on the Nursery Rhyme tab at the top of the page to find the words to our core rhymes so you can sing them at home too.

We've been reading Owl Babies this week and finding owls in the woodland tuff tray.

We've been reading Owl Babies this week and finding owls in the woodland tuff tray. 1
We've been reading Owl Babies this week and finding owls in the woodland tuff tray. 2
We've been reading Owl Babies this week and finding owls in the woodland tuff tray. 3
We've been reading Owl Babies this week and finding owls in the woodland tuff tray. 4
We've been reading Owl Babies this week and finding owls in the woodland tuff tray. 5

Pyjama day - Mulberry Bush have been learning about hibernation and singing nursery rhymes in bed!

Pyjama day - Mulberry Bush have been learning about hibernation and singing nursery rhymes in bed! 1
Pyjama day - Mulberry Bush have been learning about hibernation and singing nursery rhymes in bed! 2
Pyjama day - Mulberry Bush have been learning about hibernation and singing nursery rhymes in bed! 3
Pyjama day - Mulberry Bush have been learning about hibernation and singing nursery rhymes in bed! 4
Pyjama day - Mulberry Bush have been learning about hibernation and singing nursery rhymes in bed! 5
Pyjama day - Mulberry Bush have been learning about hibernation and singing nursery rhymes in bed! 6

Friday 15 November 2019                        

Another busy week…  On Wednesday, we celebrated the start of our topic, “Why do squirrels hide nuts? by having a pyjama day.  We made dens and dreys (squirrel homes), owl pictures and squirrel shaped cookies.  The children also used clay to create acorn decorations.  We read lots of stories about night-time creatures, and learnt some facts about owls.

 

In maths, Reception have been using the vocabulary “one more” and practising this while setting up some challenges of making tall towers and then adding one more brick.  Perhaps you could practise these words at home. 

 

The pantomime of Dick Whittington was truly fantastic, on Thursday morning!  Thanks to the PTA who kindly paid for M&M Productions to come into school for this performance.  The children were able to draw their favourite part….perhaps they could tell you about it. 

 

Thank you to everyone who sent in money for “Children in Need”.  We managed to cover our Pudsey picture in coins, along with the rest of the school. 

 

Dates for your diary

Monday 16th December     9.30am           Nativity Performance for Early Years (TBC)

 

Tuesday 17th December     2pm                Nativity Performance for Early Years (TBC)

 

Reception Home Learning

 

Please chat to your child about our new topic.  Please add, onto the topic web, any other things that your child would like to learn about.

Friday 8 November 2019                                 

This week, we have been celebrating different festivals involving lights.  We learnt about the Hindu festival of Diwali, and made puppets of Rama and Sita, as well as writing Happy Diwali cards.

 

We have also found out why the 5 November is called bonfire night.  Perhaps you could say this poem with your child to help them learn it:

Remember, remember, the 5th of November,

Gunpowder, treason and plot.

 The children made firework pictures, using paint and kitchen-roll tubes.  They also practised pencil control, by drawing detailed fireworks in a night sky above the Houses of Parliament. 

 

In maths, we have been using words about time: night, day, morning, evening, hour, minutes, seconds.  Perhaps you could practise these at home to reinforce our work in school. 

 

Dates for your diary

Thursday 14th November     Theatre company in school for children.  The PTA have kindly offered to pay for the entire performance. 

 

Wednesday 13th November                       Early Years PYJAMA DAY!  Children and adults will wear pyjamas to school to start our topic about hibernation.  They will still need a coat and shoes! 

 

Monday 16th December     9.30am           Nativity Performance for Early Years (TBC)

 

Tuesday 17th December     2pm                Nativity Performance for Early Years (TBC)

 

Home Learning

 

Read the story of Rama and Sita, which is the reason for the celebration of Diwali.  Your child can tell you about the activities that they have been doing this week.

In Mulberry Bush we have been working on core muscle strength activities and gross motor movements which will help prepare the children for writing once they reach Reception Class.  You can practice these at home too.  We will be posting details of further activities you can do at home soon, so watch this space....
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Practicing our building and counting....

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Practicing our building and counting.... 3
Practicing our building and counting.... 4

Superhero challenges - building, balancing, making a den and secret plans....

Superhero challenges - building, balancing, making a den and secret plans.... 1
Superhero challenges - building, balancing, making a den and secret plans.... 2
Superhero challenges - building, balancing, making a den and secret plans.... 3
Superhero challenges - building, balancing, making a den and secret plans.... 4
Superhero challenges - building, balancing, making a den and secret plans.... 5
Superhero challenges - building, balancing, making a den and secret plans.... 6
Superhero challenges - building, balancing, making a den and secret plans.... 7
Superhero challenges - building, balancing, making a den and secret plans.... 8

 

Our topic after half term is:

Why do squirrels hide their nuts?

 

We will be learning about animals and their habitats, hibernation and seasonal changes.  We value your input and support to enhance your child’s learning and enjoyment of this topic.  Maybe you could visit the woods during the half-term break?  We’d love to see some pictures and hear about your child’s experiences.

 

What did you see?  What would you like to learn more about?

Enjoying our book of the week "The Smartest Giant in Town". We hope you enjoyed it at the showcase too.

Enjoying our book of the week "The Smartest Giant in Town".  We hope you enjoyed it at the showcase too. 1
Enjoying our book of the week "The Smartest Giant in Town".  We hope you enjoyed it at the showcase too. 2
Enjoying our book of the week "The Smartest Giant in Town".  We hope you enjoyed it at the showcase too. 3

Mark-making on the patio....

Mark-making on the patio.... 1
Mark-making on the patio.... 2
Mark-making on the patio.... 3
Mark-making on the patio.... 4

Friday 18 October 2019                                        

Our theme of friendship continued this week, with the enormous turnip.  We learnt that even a little bit of help can really help.  Thank you to all the families who sent in a vegetable.  The children enjoyed chopping them and making them into soups.  We all tasted different varieties, and the majority of the children really loved the tastes. 

 

Our library trip was a great success!  Littlemore Library was opened especially for our children, and the two librarians (Pauline and Nicky) treated us to various stories and information about how to join the library.  We were extremely proud of how well the children behaved and listened to the librarians.  Our grateful thanks to all the adults who volunteered to come along; we couldn’t have done the trip without you!

 

We have been given registration forms from the Library, which we have attached to this home learning.  If you are not yet a member, all you have to do is fill out the form and drop it back to any library.  Your child will be able to borrow books, free of charge, for three weeks at a time. 

 

Every morning, please support your child to change their reading book, and then put it into the reading book box.  The yellow reading/ communication book must be brought into school every day, even if your child has not read at home.  Thank you.

 

Dates for your diary

Thursday 24 October         2pm-3pm       Topic Showcase event – Come along to see what we have been learning about.  The session will involve an exciting craft activity.  Please note that our showcase starts at 2pm, which is slightly earlier than the rest of the school.

 

Thursday 24 October         3pm                Last day of half-term

 

Monday 4 November       8.30am           School starts again after half-term

 

Home Learning

Draw a picture from your favourite book.  A grown up could help you to write the title.   

Mulberry Bush are enjoying P.E in the hall.....

Friday 11 October 2019                                        

This week, we have been continuing our topic of friendship, by reading the story of “The Little Red Hen”.  As her friends would not help her, the children were very kind and helped her make some bread.  We all tasted it and used words to describe the taste, small and texture of the bread. 

 

We have also started using the computers in the computer suite, practising using the mouse to control a drawing programme.  Many children found this quite tricky.  If you have a computer with a mouse, at home, perhaps you could let them practise. 

 

Every morning, please support your child to change their reading book, and then put it into the reading book box.  The yellow reading/ communication book must be brought into school every day, even if your child has not read at home.  Thank you.

 

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 16 October                           Home learning vegetable to be brought into school.

Wednesday 16 October   9.15-11.30       Local walk to the library.  Children will need their coats!

Thursday 24 October         2pm-3pm       Topic Showcase event – Come along to see what we have been learning about. 

Thursday 24 October         3pm                Last day of half-term

Monday 4 November       8.30am           School starts again after half-term

 

Home Learning

Bring in a vegetable so that we can make some vegetable soup.  We will be sharing and swapping portions of vegetables so that everyone gets a selection of different vegetables. 

Making our own obstacle course....

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Making our own obstacle course.... 3

Friday 4th October 2019                                                      

Our focus has still been on friendship, and we have read various stories this week, including “The Lion and the Mouse”.  The children learnt that anyone can be a good friend, no matter how small you are, and regardless of what your friend looks like. 

 

We have also been learning about small numbers, and counting from 0-20.  Perhaps you could continue this skill at home.  On Wednesday, we went on a number hunt around school.  Over the last few weeks, the children have also enjoyed watching the Numberblocks, episodes 1-4.

 

Thank you to everyone who donated cakes or attended the Harvest Art Café.  It was a wonderful success, and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.

 

Dates for your diary:

Wednesday 16 Oct      9-11.30am           Walk to our local library. We do still require some additional adult help. Thursday 10 October                                 World Mental Health Day – Wear something yellow, with your school uniform, e.g. yellow socks/ hairband/ t-shirt.

 

Home Learning Task:

Go on a number hunt around your house, or during your walk to school. What numbers can you spot? Practise writing some of them in your book.

Mulberry Bush have been experimenting with flour and colour....

Mulberry Bush have been experimenting with flour and colour.... 1
Mulberry Bush have been experimenting with flour and colour.... 2

Harvest Art Cafe

Friday 27th September 2019                                               

This week, we have continued our topic, “Do you want to be my friend?” by thinking about being kind and helpful to our friends.  We have also met with some staff members who help people at school: Mrs Lawson who works in the School office, and Mrs Patterson who is our Headteacher.  Following their visits, we have painted pictures and written thank you cards to them.

We have also been learning about small numbers, and counting from 0-20.  Perhaps you could continue this skill at home.

 

Dates for your diary:

Friday 4 Oct            9-10am           Harvest Art Café – Come along to look at some of the children’s artwork, and enjoy a cup of tea. Please bring your purse. We will be selling refreshments. If you would like to bake some cakes for this event, we would be grateful.

 

Wednesday 16 Oct                       Walk to our local library. We do require some adult help.  More information will be sent out shortly.

 

Wowberries:

Thank you to the parents who have already sent in a wowberry.  It is so amazing to hear of the wow events happening at home.

 

Home Learning Task:

The weather over the next few weeks is set to be wet and blustery.  Please put on your wellies and go for a splash in some puddles.  What words can you think of to talk about water?

Mulberry Bush went on a leaf hunt walk......

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Mulberry Bush went on a leaf hunt walk...... 3

Friday 20th September 2019                                               

What a fantastic week!  We have started our topic of “Do you want to be my friend?” with the traditional tale of Goldilocks and the three bears.  All the staff loved surprising the children on Monday when we dressed up as Goldilocks and the bears. 

We have listened to several different versions of the Goldilocks story – perhaps you have a version at home that you could share at bedtime, or even bring into school to show us.  We have also learnt a song which you might like to listen to at home - When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/songs/the-goldilocks-song

 

Dates for your diary:

Friday 4 Oct            9-10am           Harvest Art Café – Come along to look at some of the children’s artwork, and enjoy a cup of tea. Please bring your purse. We will be selling refreshments. If you would like to bake some cakes for this event, we would be grateful.

  

Wowberries:

Look out for the letters coming home as we are starting our Wowberry tree. This is an opportunity to write amazing things down that your child does that you would like to celebrate with the class.

 

Home Learning Task:

Goldilocks and the three bears love eating porridge!  Try making some at home with a grown up.  Try putting some different toppings onto your porridge – you could try a little jam, fruit or honey.  Do you like porridge? What toppings have you tried?

We have been talking about what makes a good friend.......

We have been talking about what makes a good friend....... 1
We have been talking about what makes a good friend....... 2

Friday 13th September 2019           

 

The children have completed their first full week in the Early Years Unit!  They are starting to know how to follow our routines for day – well done, everyone! 

 

All children need to have a water bottle that stays in school.  We do put all bottles through the dishwasher.  Feel free to bring in one from home, or speak to a member of staff if you would prefer to buy one from school, at a cost of £1.50.

 

Dates for your diary

 

Monday 16th September          3.15pm             Reception parent information afternoon – Jellyfish classroom

 

Friday 4th October                    9-10am             Early Years Harvest Art Café – Please bring your purse.  We will be selling refreshments.  If you would like to bake some cakes for this event, we would be very grateful! 

 

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD HAS A PAIR OF NAMED WELLINGTON BOOTS AS THEY WILL NEED TO WEAR THESE TO ACCESS THE OUTSIDE AREA AND IT CAN BECOME QUITE MUDDY.

 

Home Learning

We are setting up a nature table in the classroom, as part of our Knowledge and Understanding curriculum.  Please could you bring in any “nature” that you find over the next few days/ weeks.  *We are a nut-free school, due serious allergies.  Please do not bring any branches that still have any kind of tree nuts attached. 

Friday 6th September 2019                  

 

What a fantastic start to the term!  We are so proud of the way that the children have been coming into school, and getting started with their learning.

 

Please remind your child to do their morning jobs, but do let them do each thing for themselves:

  • Put book bag into their tray
  • Hang coats onto coat pegs
  • Fill up water bottle
  • Find their name card and put it onto the “Mr Man” board to tell us how they are feeling.

 

 

Already this week, we have been into the hall with the whole school, singing songs and listening to Mrs Patterson (our Head Teacher) and Mrs Belcher (Our Assistant Head). 

 

Mrs Patterson told us the Starfish story.  Perhaps you could re-read it to your child over the weekend. 

 Part of our school vision to #makeadifference.  Your child will learn more about this over the next few weeks. 

 

   

We love making models using recycled materials so we would be grateful if you could bring in any empty cereal boxes, food cartons, kitchen roll tubes etc. *PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE CANNOT ACCEPT PACKAGING THAT ONCE CONTAINED NUTS*                      

 

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD HAS A PAIR OF NAMED WELLINGTON BOOTS AS THEY WILL NEED TO WEAR THESE TO ACCESS THE OUTSIDE AREA AND IT CAN BECOME QUITE MUDDY.

 

Pupil Premium Allowance - £100

A brief reminder that if you think you are entitled to Pupil Premium for your child, please can you apply as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the full allowance. The £100 allowance can then be spent as you wish on clubs, trips and school uniform. If anyone needs help with the application or needs access to a computer, please let us know.

 

 

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday 5th July 2019                                       

This week we have been reading the book ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson.  The children have enjoyed finding out what lives in a rock pool and used fantastic, descriptive language to describe what they have seen.

 

In maths, we have shared our own shells and continued with addition.

 

We have used clay to make creatures found in a rock pool and once dry, will get a chance to paint them too.

 

 

Dates for your diary

 

Tuesday 9th July                     Transition Day 9.30-11.30am

 

Friday 19th July                      Topic Showcase  2.30pm

 

Tuesday 23rd July                  Last day of term  3.00pm

 

 **Please note the new time of the Topic Showcase**  

                                                                    

Home Learning

 

Have fun in the sun and enjoy time with your family. Over the next few weeks and the summer, please continue to practice your phonic sounds. You will notice that we have put some extra phoneme cards into your child’s phonics wallet.

 

Please make sure your child has a hat in school and apply sun cream before they come to school.  Thanks.

Can you estimate how many pirate bears it takes to capsize the ships? Can you estimate how far the ball will roll?

Can you estimate how many pirate bears it takes to capsize the ships? Can you estimate how far the ball will roll? 1
Can you estimate how many pirate bears it takes to capsize the ships? Can you estimate how far the ball will roll? 2

Friday 21st June 2019                                                        

 

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The children have had great fun this week, listening to the story “Pirates love underpants”, writing a sequel to the story about what they would do if a pirate tried to steal their treasure, playing in the role-play ship, labelling a pirate ship, and thinking about what you might see on a beach. 

In maths, we have focussed on sharing treasure and finding half, as well as estimating how many pirate bears can fit in a boat before it sinks.  You might want to do this at home with a plastic tub for a boat and some coins or other objects.  How many coins can you put into the boat before it sinks?  Remember to estimate (have a good guess) first.  Perhaps you could play it in the bath.

 

Home Learning

A few children have been sharing “wow berries” about how they have cooked or prepared some food at home. 

This weekend, spend some time together as a family, letting your child help you prepare some food.  Perhaps you could show them how to set the table with a knife, fork and spoon. 

We will look forward to the children telling us what they have helped you with.

 

Dates for your Diary

Friday 28th June                              Reception and KS1 Sports Day  1.30pm

                                                            (more information to follow)

Friday 14th June 2019    

                                                                                 

We had an amazing day on Monday to start our new topic.  All the adults in the class dressed up as pirates and the children had to make themselves a costume out of craft and junk modelling resources. 

 

We have written letters in a bottle, made treasure maps, listened to pirate stories, set up a pirate role play area and counted vast amounts of treasure.  The children have also practised subtraction by counting back. 

 

On Wednesday, we had a visitor coming to the school, who asked the children about our school motto and values.  We were immensely proud of the Reception children, who behaved impeccably (of course!) and showed their learning from last week during Values Week.  Well done everyone!

 

Home Learning:

Please discuss our next topic “What can you see in a rock pool?” with your child, and add any of their ideas onto the attached topic web.  We will do our best to plan in as many of their ideas as possible. 

Please continue to help your child learn to recognise the Red Words. If they can read all of the Red Words, please help them to learn to spell them all confidently too.

Read Write Inc Phonics

 

We teach phonics through a fantastic scheme called Read, Write, Inc.  Your child has been learning what the phoneme (mini sound) looks like, sounds like, how to say it correctly, what objects start with the letter and how to write it correctly.  We also segment and blend simple words so that we can read and spell them.

 

We are extremely proud of the progress they are making so far!

 

Please do continue to help your child practise their phonemes, by looking at the phonics flash cards that we send home.  The websites below may be useful for you to find out more about RWI and other aspects of phonics:

 

Take a look at this introduction to RWI phonics-  

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/parent-tutorial-1-understanding-read-write-inc-phonics 

 

To hear the sounds that each letter makes-

http://www.focusonphonics.co.uk/acatalog/Sounds.html

 

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/ 

Reading Books

 

We have some really super readers in Reception! Our aim is to have every child reading at home each evening to a parent/ grandparent/ older brother or sister and some of you are achieving this already! If you are finding reading at home tricky, please do come in and chat to us about it and we will see if we can help.

Reminders:

  • We keep spare clothes in school for small accidents; however, our supplies of pants, socks, shorts and trousers are running low. Please send in any that you have borrowed, or perhaps you have some that your child no longer needs/ fits. All spares will be gratefully received.

  • We always need volunteers to listen to children reading. This is a lovely opportunity to support the children in our class. Please do let us know if you are available; even if it is only for an hour, your help will be greatly appreciated.

  • Well done to everyone who has helped their child with their “Red Words”. It is making such a difference to the children’s reading and understanding. Keep up the good work!

Friday 7th June 2019

 

This week the whole school has been participating in ‘Vision Week’. The children have been learning about the school’s vision which is,

 

‘Making a difference for good, with each other, everyone, in our community’

 

In Reception, our focus has been ‘Making a difference for Good’ and we have learnt about the Good Shepherd, the Good Samaritan and talked and written about ways in which we can be ‘good’ at home, at school and as people generally.

 

We were also fortunate enough to have the Fire Service in to visit and talk about fire safety. The children loved using the hoses and climbing on the fire engine too!

 

This week, the children have also watched the NSPCC’s Pantosaurus ‘Pants’ video from their campaign and we have sensitively discussed its content and designed our own pants to wear! If you would like to follow this up at home, please visit the NSPCC website and look for the ‘Pants’ campaign.

Make sure you check out our class page at: http://www.standrewswey.dsat.org.uk/reception-jellyfish-and-starfish-classes/ where we have regular updates and photos.

 

Home Learning:

Please practice everything in the pack that we gave you, such as Red Words, number cards 1-20 and handwriting.

If you can read all of the Red Words, please learn to spell them all confidently too.

Learn to sequence the numbers from 1-20 confidently.

Friday 24 May 2019

 

Hasn’t this half-term has flown by!  The children have enjoyed reading about Supertato, and making their own superheroes out of potatoes.  We have continued practising “counting on” from any small number, rather than starting counting at one each time.  Handwriting is still a focus; if you are able to practise this at home in the booklet that we sent home a few weeks ago, that would be fantastic.

 

Our Welly Wanging Wednesday was a huge success!  The Reception and Mulberry Bush children (and quite a few teachers!) had a go at throwing the welly as far as possible.  Our 8 metre tape measure was frequently not long enough!  Thank you to everyone who has already generously sent in sponsorship money.

Thank you, also, to the family who kindly brought us some play sand for our sandpit – we are extremely grateful.

 

Our final topic for this year is:  “Who lives in a rock pool?”

During half-term, perhaps you could go on a beach or rock-pool hunt and send us some photos of any creatures you find?  We’d like to make some rock pools of our own, so it would be lovely if you can bring in some items to decorate them, such as shells, pebbles, rope, driftwood, dried seaweed……whatever you can find!

 

Dates for your Diary:

 

Tuesday 4 June              First day back to school     

Tuesday 4 – Friday 7 June    Vision week –focussing on our values and motto

Friday 7 June                 Superhero dressing up; a link with our school motto of “Making a difference for good

 

We hope you have a lovely half-term break.

Friday 17th May 2019                                   

 

On Monday, Mrs Belcher came to tell us about her allotment, where she grows vegetables, fruit and flowers, including sunflowers, dahlias, wallflowers and borage for the bees.  We have written her thank you cards.  We have also planted some sunflower seeds in small pots. 

 

In maths, we have been practising “counting on/ back”.  We now know that we do not need to start counting at number one every time.  You might like to practise this skill at home, starting counting at any small number and continuing to count either forwards or backwards. 

                                                  

We have continued our focus on handwriting, ensuring that our “get ready” starts on the line and then carries on smoothly without taking the pencil off the paper. We will send home a handwriting booklet.  Although this is not homework, we would appreciate if you could give you child some extra support, perhaps encouraging them to do one page per week. 

 

 

Dates for your Diary:

 

Friday 24 May         2pm                Topic Showcase – Parents/ carers will have the opportunity to try some of the smoothies that we have made through the day.  Pre-school children and their parents will be joining us for this event.  Please enter the school through the main school entrance (by the school office). 

 

Friday 24 May                           Last day of half-term

 

Tuesday 4 June                         First day back to school     

 

Tuesday 4 – Friday 7 June       Vision week –focussing on our values and motto

 

Friday 7 June      Superhero dressing up; a link with our school motto of “Making a difference for good”                                 

Home Learning for FRIDAY 24 May 2019

We will be writing recipes and making fruit smoothies on Friday 24 May.  Please send in one piece of fruit that could be used as an ingredient for fruit smoothies.  Please do not send pineapple due to allergies within the class.

Carrots the Rabbit came to visit us

Friday 10th May 2019                                                                                                

 

 

Welcome back after the Bank Holiday Weekend!

 

This week, our learning is based around growing what we need to put into a lovely, fresh salad. The children will be growing their own cress and have the opportunity to eat the different salad items too. Miss Goodwin is popping in to talk about her rabbit and tell the children what it likes to nibble on!

 

In writing, we will be thinking about putting detail and Red Words into our sentences and concentrating on our handwriting.  

 

In maths, we are using money to pay for items and practice subtraction. It would be great if, when you are out, you could encourage your children to help you ‘pay’ for your shopping with some pennies as you walk around the supermarket!

 

We would be ever so grateful if anyone could spare some time next week between 1pm and 2pm, Monday – Friday to help the children to plant some seeds. Please feel free to drop in if you have any spare time to help the children!

 

Dates for your Diary:

Welly Wanging            Wednesday 22 May - A sponsored event to raise money for the outside area

Topic Showcase          Friday 24 May        2pm   

End of Half Term          Friday 24 May        3pm   

 

Home Learning:

We would like you to keep a diary of the healthy fruits and vegetables that you eat. Fill in the sheet attached and return it to school.

We have had a really fun and exciting week in Reception!

Continuing our theme of growing, the children have made art work in the style of Archimboldo, using only fresh fruit and vegetables. They really enjoyed all the different faces they could make!

 

Our book this week has been The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This has led us to look into the lifecycle of a butterfly and produce some great descriptive writing.

 

In maths, we have been looking at symmetry and painted the most colourful butterflies. Please take a look next time you are in as they are really worth seeing.

  

Home Learning:

 

For home learning this week, we would really like it if you could spend some time looking around the fruit and vegetable section at your local supermarket, green grocers or farm shop. Look at the different colours of the fruit and vegetables. Can you find 3 different fruits or vegetables for each colour and fill them in on the sheet provided?

 

If you would like to find out more about the fruits and vegetables that you see, use the internet or books to do so and write a sentence in your book.

(As much as we really appreciate parents’ help, please could you help your children by letting them write the names of the fruit or even the sentence themselves – thank you)

 

Welcome to the Summer Term. We hope you all had an opportunity to spend time together and have fun over the Easter holidays.

 

During this week, we have been learning about St George. Sadly, our dragon escaped out of the window so we wrote detailed descriptions of what it looked like in case it was seen flying around in the playground in the hopes it could be returned.

 

We have also read Each Peach Pear Plum and thought a lot about rhyming words.

 

In maths, we have learnt about sharing and how to half something equally. We made sandwiches using delicious fruit jams from Each Peach Pear Plum and cut them into halves and quarters.

 

Our topic for the first part of the summer term is ‘Why are carrots orange?’ This encompasses growth and trying a variety of different fruits and vegetables as well as keeping healthy.

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This week, we have been asking and answering questions that start with “why….?” or “how….?”  The children have written questions focussing on the reptiles and amphibians that we have been learning about. 

 

In Maths, we have played several new games.  “Zap it!” to practise 1 more/ 1 less was a lot of fun.  To play, you need a pack of playing cards.  Each player takes a turn to lift a card.

 

If the card is black (jump back) – say the number that is one less.

If the card is red (jump ahead) – say the number that is one more.

If the card has a face – ZAP IT! Game over, so count up how many cards each player has won.

 

Home Learning

Have a go at playing “Zap it!” at home, to practise saying one more or one less than a given number. 

 

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 23 April       8.30am- Return to school

Tuesday 23 April       12.45pm - Walk to St. Andrew’s Church to celebrate St.  George’s Day.  Adult help is required to walk there and back.  Please speak to a member of staff if you are able to support us. 

Wednesday 8 May   8.30am - School Nurse in school.  Feel free to drop in to speak to her if you have any queries for her. 

Monday 20 May - Class photographs – please ensure your child is wearing correct school uniform. 

 

Enjoy the Easter holiday!

Friday 27 March 2019                                          

 

In maths, we have continued with using positional language.  You may want to continue this at home, to consolidate what we have learnt in school.  Some words to use are: on top of/ underneath/ beside/ next to/ inside/ in front of/ behind. 

 

Handwriting has been our focus in Literacy, with the children all trying hard to make sure they use their “get ready” lead-in for each letter, which must start on the line.  We have written “Thank you” messages to people who we live with.

 

Mrs Moore, who is a professional artist when she is not working with us, has helped us to make some block prints of flowers, using potatoes and paint.  You will be delighted when you see them!

 

This week, the weather has been beautiful and we have been able to get outside more frequently.  We have been thinking about Spring and the changes that happen outside during this season, such as flowers starting to grow, blossom on the trees, blue skies and birds singing.  The children have been telling us about rainbows and planting bulbs in their gardens.  

 

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 2 April               Fire Safety Talk at school for Reception

Thursday 4 April              Visitor from the library to read stories

Friday 5 April                   2pm Topic Showcase – all family members are welcome to come and see what we have been doing this half-term.

 

Home Learning:

Please support your child to notice any Spring changes that are visible around your garden/ park or while you are out and about over the weekend.  They should then draw a picture on the next page in their home Learning book.  You could help them to write labels so that we know what they have seen/ heard/ smelt/ touched related to this wonderful season.

Save the date!

Our Reception class worship will be at 2.30pm on Thursday 28th March.  All family members are welcome to come and watch. 

Shrove Tuesday- What is your favourite topping?

Friday 1st March 2019

 

  Happy St. David's Day!

 

This week, we have been learning about St David’s Day. We have watched some film clips about how it is celebrated, the history behind it, traditions and foods from Wales. We even made and tasted our own soup!

In creative writing this week, we have written recipes for making vegetable soup and, in maths, our focus has been on 3-D shapes, counting the number of vertices and faces each shape has.

Next week is all about Reading as it is World Book Day next Thursday. There will be many exciting activities going on throughout the school all week.

 

Dates for your diary

 

Monday 4th March Sponsored Power Read starts all this week

 

Tuesday 5th March Book fair arrives at school

Monday 11th March Book fair leaves school

 

Thursday 7th March World Book Day  Come to school dressed as a Superhero/Supervillain or as your favourite book character if you wish.

 

Home Learning - The whole school is having a Wild Reading Competition. All you need to do in order to enter the competition is email a photograph to your child’s teacher showing your child reading in an unusual place e.g. inside a home-made den, up a tree, perhaps you are visiting London this weekend? The more exciting the better!

Please be aware that entries will be posted onto the school website. If you would like your child to be involved without an image being put onto the website, please send a hardcopy version instead.

Winners will be announced on World Book Day!

 

Get Wild for Reading for Home Learning!

Friday 8th February 2019

 

Happy Chinese New Year!

 

This week, we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have watched some film clips about how it is celebrated, not only in China, but around the world. We also made our own lucky red envelopes for our friends, as well as drawing lucky dragons and tasting lychees.

We have made up some animal riddles, writing clues to try to trick the teachers.

In maths, our focus has been on ordering numbers, sharing pennies with a friend and problem solving. We also heard the story about how the years were named after 12 different animals who had a race. Ask your child to tell you about the animals swimming across the river.

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 13th February 1-3pm Local walk – We’re going on a bear hunt. Please ensure your child (and parent helpers) have wellies!

 

Friday 15th February 2-3pm End of topic Showcase. This will take the format of a craft afternoon. Adults will be able to support their child / small group of children to make a Bear Hunt scene.

 

Home Learning

In preparation for our craft afternoon, please send in a box (e.g. shoe box) and any materials that could be used to create Bear Hunt scenes. For example, white material, net, cotton wool for the snow storm. The scenes are:

Long, wavy grass

Deep, cold river

Thick, oozy mud

Big, dark forest

Swirling, whirling snowstorm

Narrow, gloomy cave

 

Friday 1st February 2019

This week at school we have been continuing to work hard with phonics and are really enjoying Read Write Inc. The children are learning new sounds and words which is really becoming noticeable in their writing and reading.

We have read the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and tasted different fruits that the animals took from her basket. Mrs Ling has shared her experiences of her time in South Africa and we have written sentences with adjectives to describe the animals and tasty fruit. We have looked at African patterns and designs and created our own.

In maths, we have been thinking about ‘one more/one less’, playing games using the fruit that Handa had in her basket.

Thank you to everyone who supported our cake stall. We raised £65 which we will put towards resources for our class.

Friday 18 January 2019

 

The children are really enjoying learning about ways in which we travel and countries around the world. This week, we have read Meerkat Mail which is set in Africa and have spoken about all the different animals that live there. We have written postcards and made luggage labels and learnt about colour mixing. Please do have a look on the wall in the corridor outside Year 2 to see our fantastic display of African animal silhouettes.

In maths, we have been learning about “More, Fewer and The Same”. We have been playing games to do this and having fun while we learnt.

 

Please note, from Monday morning, we will be starting a new routine, in Reception. We are trying to encourage the children to become as independent as possible and prepare them for beginning the school day on the playground in line with the rest of the school which will begin after half term. In light of this, could we ask that you say goodbye to your children at the door and allow them to come in and start their activities straight away. Mrs Croft or Mrs Blackmore will be outside each morning if any parents wish to see us and you can, of course, still see us at the end of the day. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Thank you to those parents who added suggestions onto the topic web. We will try to cover many of those over the next few weeks.

 

Home Learning:

Please work with your child to complete the More/Fewer/The Same sheet. Talk about the problems together and then let your child complete it.

Friday 11 January 2019

Welcome back! We hope you have a great break over the holidays.

 

We started our new topic, “Are we nearly there yet?” with a fantastic day-trip to Scotland. We took our passports, packed our bags, and drove to the airport. Throughout the day, the children had the opportunity to make a woven heart, draw tartan patterns, wear tartan kilts, create a huge junk modelling Lock Ness monster, design a uniform for the airline cabin crew, invent a healthy meal to eat on the plane and even taste “neeps” which was a great success (only 12 children did not like it, but the rest did!). Neeps was made according to Mrs Croft’s special recipe for mashed swede.

Home Learning

The children have thought about what they would like to learn in this topic. Please discuss this topic with them, and then add their other interests onto the ideas web.

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A reminder of our Nativity. We hope you enjoy listening.

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Our Walk to the Post Box

Friday 23rd November 2018

We started the week by reading a book, called “Whatever next?” about a bear who makes a space rocket and goes to the moon. We have all planned what we would take to the moon, and written those words using the phonics that we have learnt so far.

 

Our space station role-play area has been a great success with the children, with many of them enjoying making stars and other decorations/ props to add to this area.

 

In maths, we have been adding small quantities of objects by counting how many we had altogether. Other language that we used was: add, makes, and, plus, equals. We have also been writing numerals.

 

Dates for your diary

Friday 30 Nov      12.45-2.30pm      St. Andrew’s Day Service at St. Andrew’s Church. Please return the confirmation slip as soon as possible, so that we know how many adults will attend.

 

Thursday 6 Dec      2pm                   End of Topic Showcase

 

Friday 7 Dec                                      Christmas Fayre

 

Friday 14 Dec        9am                    Reception trip to Post Office

 

Monday 17 Dec                               Reception Dress Rehearsal

 

Tuesday 18 Dec    9am                    Reception Christmas Production

 

 

Home Learning:

Practise writing the numerals on the template provided.

Friday 16th November 2018

The children have had a very exciting week this week. We have watched a fantastic production of Jack and the Beanstalk and joined in the celebrations for Children in Need day today.

In Maths, we have been using language of height in relation to Jack’s beanstalk and linking it with estimation.

We have also been writing about our favourite part of the pantomime using the skills learnt in RWI.

 

Dates for your diary

Friday 30th Nov 12.45-2.30pm St. Andrew’s Day Service at St. Andrew’s Church. Please return the confirmation slip as soon as possible, so that we know how many adults will attend.

 

Thursday 6th Dec        2pm        End of Topic Showcase

 

Friday 7th Dec                             Christmas Fayre

 

Friday 14th Dec          9am        Reception trip to Post Office

 

Monday 17th Dec                      Reception Dress Rehearsal

 

Tuesday 18th Dec      9am        Reception Christmas Production

 

 

Home Learning:

Draw the people in your family. Put them in height order, and describe them using the language: taller (than), shorter (than), tallest, shortest.

Pantomime - Jack and the Beanstalk

Friday 9th November 2018

In maths, were have been recognising and ordering numerals. We also made kites to fly in the wind, with black and white flags on the string. We counted how many of each colour, and then counted how many flags there were altogether. You might want to practise this at home, using language such as "how many altogether? and, add, count."

 

Throughout the week, the children have been listening to a story called, "Owl Babies". They thought about how the babies were feeling, and then wrote speech bubbles of what they would say if they were a baby owl.

 

How disappointing to have not managed to go on our welly walk today. Thanks to all parents who volunteered to help us.

 

Dates for your diary

Thursday 15th Nov     morning           Pantomime – Please send your £1 contribution into school as soon as possible.

Friday 30th Nov       12.45-2.30pm      St. Andrew’s Day Service at St. Andrew’s Church. Please return the confirmation slip as soon as possible, so that we know how many adults will attend.

 

Home Learning

The whole school is making a display at the front of the school with painted pebbles. Please help your child to find a pebble, and paint it at home. The theme is to represent our values of Love, Trust and Perseverance. Please see the attached letter.

Friday 2nd November 2018

We have started our new topic, called “What happens when I go to sleep?” The children have chosen what they would like to learn about. Please have a look at the topic web and add any extra things that your child would like to do. We will try to cover as many ideas as possible over the half-term.

 

On Wednesday, many children had their flu vaccination. If your child was absent, or you had forgotten to return the forms, please speak to your doctor who will be able to advise you on how to access this immunisation.

 

Throughout the week, the children have been listening to a story called, “Emily Brown and the thing”. They designed their own “thing” and labelled it using the letters and sounds that they can already write. We had a fantastic pyjama day on Friday, making our own “things” out of the socks that the children brought in.

 

Information from the library – Thank you to all the parents who sent in their details to register for a library card. These need to be collected from Littlemoor Library as soon as possible.

 

Dates for your diary

Friday 9th November 9-11.45am Local walk to nature reserve near Littlemoor Road. Adult help will be required.

 

Thursday 15th Nov morning Pantomime – Please send your £1 contribution into school as soon as possible.

 

Friday 30th Nov 12.45-2.30pm   St. Andrew’s Day Service at St. Andrew’s Church. Please return the confirmation slip as soon as possible, so that we know how many adults will attend.

 

Home Learning

Please discuss the topic web with your child and write any extra things that your child would like to do.

Friday 19th October 2018

We have been learning about 2D shapes, naming them (circle, square, rectangle, oblong, triangle, semi-circle, pentagon, hexagon and octagon) as well as describing them (straight sides, curved sides, long, short, pointy corners etc). Perhaps you would be able to practise some of this language with your child or spot some shapes around your home.

 

On Wednesday, Reception were very lucky to have a yoga session, taught by a lady called Debbie who is a specialist in children’s yoga. We all loved it!

 

Update from “Beat the Street”. St. Andrew’s School is currently in 13th position with over 14,000 points. Children have already been given a green fob to tap on the boxes throughout Weymouth. The more taps we receive, the greater our chance of winning prizes for the school. Keep up the good work!

 

Information from the library – Thank you to all the parents who sent in their details to register for a library card. These need to be collected from Littlemoor Library as soon as possible.

 

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 30 October      8.30am      School starts again after half-term

 

Friday 2 November                           Pyjama Day – Children in Reception can wear their pyjamas to school. Please remember to also wear shoes, underwear and coats as we will be continuing all our other activities throughout the day.

 

Home Learning

Bring in a pair of adult socks. Please note that these can be old or threadbare, as we will be using them for a craft activity, so we will not be able to return them.

Friday 12th October 2018

You won’t believe it….On Monday, we found a balloon hanging from our ceiling. When Mrs Croft tried to get it down, it burst open and magic flew all over the place. There was a magic bean inside, which we planted. On Tuesday, when we came into school, an enormous beanstalk had grown up in our classroom!

 

Following that exciting event, we have been reading about the traditional tale of “Jack and the beanstalk”, as well as using different materials to make textured leaves to add to the beanstalk.

 

We have also started using the computers in the computer suite, practising using the mouse to control a drawing programme. Many children found this quite tricky. If you have a computer with a mouse, at home, perhaps you could let them practise.

 

On Wednesday, we had a visit from the “Beat the Street” team. Children have been given a green fob to tap on the boxes throughout Weymouth. The more taps we receive, the greater our chance of winning prizes for the school. Good luck!

Dates for your diary

Thursday 18th October                   Home learning fruit to be brought into school.

Friday 19th October  2pm-3pm     Topic Showcase event – Come along to see what we have been learning about. You will also get a chance to eat the fruit delights that your child has prepared for you!

Friday 19th October 3pm               Last day of half-term

Tuesday 30th October  8.30am     School starts again after half-term

 

Home Learning

Bring in a piece of fruit that you like to eat. We will be sharing and swapping portions of fruit so that everyone gets a selection of different fruits. Do not send pineapple, as we have a child who has an allergy.

Beat the Street

Mel, from Beat the Street, came to visit us to talk about this fantastic way to get fit, have fun AND win prizes for our school.  Simply swipe your green fob on more than one of the boxes around Weymouth and you will collect points.  The more you collect, the more chances St. Andrew's School has of winning prizes.  Follow these links to find out more about this exciting project.

Friday 5th October 2018

We have been reading about the traditional tale of “The Three Little Pigs” this week, using adjectives to describe the characters, as well as designing and making new houses for the pigs out of junk modelling resources and various construction kits.

In maths, we have been concentrating on counting small quantities onto 10-frames. We have also learnt a new board game to practise sharing and taking turns to build a house for the pigs.

It was wonderful to see so many parents at the Harvest Art Café. We hope you enjoyed hearing the songs that we have been learning, and seeing our artwork.

Dates for your diary

Friday 12th October     9-11.45am      Walk to our local library. Adult help will be required.

Friday 19th October      2pm-3pm       Topic Showcase event – Come along to see what we have been learning.

Friday 19th October      3pm                Last day of half-term

Tuesday 30th October   8.30am          School starts again after half-term

 

Home Learning

Go on a number hunt around your house, or during your walk to school. What numbers can you spot? Practise writing some of them in your book.

Wednesday 26th September 2018

What a fantastic week! We have started our topic of “Will you read me a story?” with the traditional tale of Goldilocks and the three bears. All the staff loved surprising the children on Monday when we dressed up as Goldilocks and the bears.

We have listened to several different versions of the Goldilocks story – perhaps you have a version at home that you could share at bedtime, or even bring into school to show us. We have also learnt a song which you might like to listen to at home - When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears:

Home Learning

 

Goldilocks and the three bears love eating porridge! Try making some at home with a grown up. Try putting some different toppings onto your porridge – you could try a little jam, fruit or honey. Do you like porridge?

Parent Curriculum Meetings

 

Thank you to all those parents who attended the curriculum meetings.  If you couldn't make either of the dates, please don't hesaitate to pop into school with any queries you might have.  We are always available to help first thing in the morning, or in the afternoon when you collect your children from school.

 

In addition, please have a look at the presentation below.

Friday 7th September 2018

 

We hope you had a good holiday and are ready for the year ahead.

 

We have been very impressed by the way the children have settled into their new classes and also by how independent they are at coming in and organising themselves. A priority for the next few weeks will be to continue to settle your child into school and help them to learn all about the school rules and class routines.

 

Many other staff from around the school have even commented on how sensible the Reception children have been when walking along the corridor to morning worship.  We are very proud of them.

Thursday 19th July 2018

 

What an amazing day!  We have just returned from the beach, having built sandcastles, collected shells, had a picnic... We also had a "beach safety" talk from the lifeguards.  AND, we went on a coach!  Thanks to all the parent helpers who came along; we couldn't have done it without you all.

Friday 15th June 2018

 

We started the week by making individual treasure maps and then staining them with tea bags to make them seem old. We also learnt how to carefully tear the edges.

 

In maths, we have been working out number bonds to 10 and 20, e.g. 7+3=10, using cubes and other equipment for counting. You might like to ask your child about this and have a go working out some different ways at home.

 

In addition, we have thought about similarities and differences between us and our friends. We know that everyone is different, and that this makes us all very special.

On Sunday, it is Father’s Day; everyone has a card in their bag that they have made during the week.

 

Home Learning:

Please talk to your child about what like was like in the past. They may like to chat to older family members, or friends who remember phones with cords, videos, black and white television, fax machines, milkmen delivering milk, no internet or public phone boxes.

21st May 2018

What an exciting week we have had.  Following the Royal Wedding, we designed and wrote about our own fancy hats for Mrs Patterson to wear to a Royal event!  For our Royal dress-up day, we made flags and invited the Mulberry Bush children to join us as we all paraded around the hall.  We have also been thinking about all the things that we have learnt to do over this year, and how they make us all different, yet equally special.

Home learning over the holidays- 

 

Practice handwriting of lower case and upper case letters on template provided. 

Wow! We love reading and writing.

Our topic for Spring 2 was "Bears, Bears, Everywhere!"

We learnt about real and fictional bears, including reading books about Paddington Bear, Biscuit Bear, the Three Bears and many others. We wrote new adventures for Paddington to go on, “Please look after this child” labels, as well as thought bubbles about what Biscuit Bear might like to do next.  We went on our very own Bear Hunt, and we really did encounter many of the places...including the blizzard, the long grass and the very deep, squelshy mud! 

How many bears can you find?

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Our topic for Spring 1 was "Superheroes and people who help us". 

 

The children wanted to learn about real-life people who help us, such as teachers, people in our school, police, fire fighters, doctors and nurses, vets and our local librarian.  They were also interested in superheroes, and planned some transformations of our role play area and reading dens.  We were visited by lots of different people who help us.  Have a look at their photographs below.

People Who Help Us - Mrs Patterson

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We will keep you updated with all the information that you will need each week. So, please come back and read our class news on a regular basis!

 

Thank you for your continued support

 

The Early Years Team

Look how much fun we have had!

Come and see the transformation of our outside area...

Our topic in Autumn first half term was 'Nursery Rhymes and Traditional Tales'

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