Reception - Elephants
Mrs Clements, Mrs Tiley

 
What have we been learning this week? (wb 14.01.19)
This week we have continued learning about wild animals as part of our 'Amazing animals' topic. We have learnt about the big cats this week, comparing the similarities and differences between leopards, lions and tigers. Next week we will be learning about under water animals. 

In Phonics this week we have learnt the digraph sounds 'ai' and 'ck', practising reading and writing words using these sounds. We have also been playing bingo games using CVC words to practise our blending skills of simple words. 

In Maths this week we have been learning about 3D shapes. We have learnt their names and have begun to learn their properties, talking about how many faces they have and the shapes of them. We have looked at: sphere, cylinder, cube, cuboid, cone, square based pyramid and triangular based pyramid. We have been looking for them in the environment too. 

 

What have we been learning this week? (wb 07.01.18)
This week we have started our 'Amazing animals topic'. We have learnt about Elephants, Zebras and Giraffes. The children have been sharing what they already know about these animals as well as finding out new facts. We have been comparing the similarities and differences between the Indian and African elephant. In our outside area we have set up an animal safari, the children have loved taking on the role of a tour guide, cycling around the safari track, sharing their animal knowledge with others. 

In Phonics this week we have learnt the 'zz' and 'wh' sound. We have practised reading and writing words using these sounds. We have been practising our blending skills in small groups to match words and pictures. We have been practising writing CVC words, that all have the middle 'a' sound, the children said the words slowly to listen for the order of the sounds before writing them down. 

In Maths we have been finding 3 more. The children have used small elephants to solve simple problems and are beginning to record them using number sentences. e.g. 4+3=7. We have used numicon and tens frames to help us. 

In a few weeks we will be having 'pet week'. There will be a sign up sheet in the next week or so for the opportunity to bring in pets, we ask that an adult accompanies each pet for their visit. If you have any questions please do not hestitate to speak to us if you have any questions. 

Maths games: These have gone home today for you to play at home. Please fill in your child's game card and return to school on Wednesday so we can change them and send out a new one next Friday. This will be the same each week. Any questions please do not hestitate to come and ask us. 

 

Welcome back!
Welcome back after the Christmas break and Happy New Year! Thank you all for our kind gifts and cards. We hope you all had a lovely break spending time with family and friends. We have loved hearing about the children's holiday news. 

In Phonics this week we have been learning the 'ss' and 'ff' sounds, writing and reading words. The children have worked with their learning partners to add sound buttons to words before blending the sounds together to read them. 

In Maths we have been recapPing numbers 1-20 and have practised counting sets to 20. The children have demonstrated some very careful coutning skills for sets we cannot move. Well done! 

Next week we will be starting our 'Amazing Animals' topic, learning about wild animals. 

A few reminders for this half term:
  • If your child would like to change their reading books please remind them to place them in the green box when they come in. 
  • We are continuing to have PE on Monday's, please ensure PE bags are back in. 
  • We will be going back to the library on Thursday to choose new books after the break
Thank you for your continued support

What have we been learning this week? (wb10.12.18)
This week we have continued our 'Christmas' topic. The children have been sequencing the events in the Christmas story. We have been busy practising our cutting, folding and collaging skills to make a nativity scene. We have been using small world characters from the Christmas story to make our own version. The children have been elves, designing their own toys, learning to add labels using their sounds. 

In Phonics this week we have continued to learn 'digraph' sounds th, ch, and ll. We have been practising to blend the sounds in words to match them to a spoken word. For 'ch' we tried different types of chocolate. For 'll' we have been segmenting 'll' words using phoeneme frames and saying the words slowly to hear the sounds in the correct order. 

In Maths this week we have been focussing on 'sharing' the children have learnt how to share a set of presents fairly between 2. They have worked with their learning partner to share different amounts of cubes, remembering to share one each and then repeating it until they have all run out. 

Please can the children bring in a name carrier bag for next Wednesday so that we are able to send home their Christmas decorations on the last day.