Reception - Elephants
Mrs Clements, Mrs Tiley, 

What have we been learning about this week? (wb12.11.18)

Image result for dinosaur clipartThis week we started our 'Dinosaurs' topic. We started the week by going on a dinosaur hunt! We were very brave, travelling along logs, around trees, through tunnels and swamps and under bushes. We even found a dinosaur hiding in a cave!

The children have loved finding out about triceratops, stegosaurus and pterodactyl. We have looked at similarities and differences between them, thinking about what they eat, how they move and any features such as horns. We have used them in our small world play, had a go at writing some facts and even found dinosaur bones in the sand!

In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds ‘h’, ‘l’ and ‘e’. We have been practising our blending skills for reading by sounding out words and saying the sounds quickly to be able to work out the word. We have also been practising our segmenting skills for spelling, writing words containing the 'e' sound. 

In Maths this week we have been learning to use vocabulary to describe the position of objects. We have used words including ‘under’, ‘on top’, ‘next to’, ‘behind’, ‘in front’. We have played dinosaur hide and seek, describing where we found the dinosaurs on our list.

Next week we will be continuing to learn about dinosaurs, thinking about how we know about them and what happened to them.

What have we been learning about this week? (wb 05.11.18)
This week we have been learning about Fireworks and Diwali. 
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We have learnt about the story Rama and Sita, how people get ready for the celebration and how it is celebrated. We have been paintng rangoli patterns, making them using hamma beads and designing our own mehndi patterns. 
Thank you to Sarah and her family for sending in some photos to share with the class to show how they celebrate Diwali at home. 

In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds f, u, r. We have practised forming the letters for each of these sounds. For 'f' we made fireowrk aitnings using toilet roll tubes to print with. For 'u' we painted umbrellas and for 'r' we have been finding out about rainbows and their colours. We have been learning to add sound buttons to words to help us begin to develop our blending skills for reading. 

In Maths this we have revisited one more from last week and have started to further develop our understanding of addition by finding 2 more. We have used numicon and tens frames to help us solve problems. 

Image result for dinosaur clipartNext week we will be starting to learn about 'Dinosaurs'! 


What have we been learning about this week? (wb29.10.18)
Welcome back after the half term break! 

The children have loved sharing with thier Learning Partners what they did last week. We wrote our news, listening carefully for the initial sounds in each word as well as finding the teddy words on the mat to copy. 

Image result for kite clipartIn  Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds 'o', 'c' and 'k'. We have practised forming the letters for these sounds. We printed caterpillars with corks for 'c' and designed our own kites for 'k'. 

Image result for dice clipartIn Maths this week we have revisited our numbers to 10. We have also started to develop our early understanding of finding one more. As a class we rolled a dice to find the number of of ducks we needed to start with and then found one more by adding another duck into the pond. We have also been finding one more by building towers. 

Image result for firework animation clipartThis week we have begun to find out about Guy Fawkes and shared our experiences of fireworks. We have had a circle time about how to keep safe if we are going to any firework displays this weekend. 

Curriculum overviews went into bookbags this week. We will shortly be adding a sign up sheet to the notice board for parents to come in to help in the classroom. A letter about saying goodbye in the cloakroom will be going out mid November. 
Please be reminded that parent consultations are next week on Tuesday and Thursday. I look forward to seeing you at your appointment.