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CARLE (Reception)

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We are named after the author Eric Carle who wrote the book

The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


In this class you will find Miss Ford and Miss Haigh and we are both extremely excited to meet you all and spend lots of time with you! We will be having lots of fun and learning new and interesting things. We will have the chance to explore the rest of reception and meet lots of new friends whilst we are at school.


Key Person System

A key person is a member of staff who has responsibility for a group of children and helps those children feel safe and cared for. This role is extremely important within an EYFS setting and involves the key person in responding sensitively to children's feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by supporting the child's well-being. The key person is a familiar figure who is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents and builds relationships with the child and parents or carers. Whilst I (Miss Ford) will have overall responsibility for children's learning and development in Carle Class, your child's Key Person will play an essential role in this too.

Reading books

Don't forget, we are now changing home reading books in Carle class on Monday every week but please ensure your child brings their book and reading record to school every day. Thank you! frown

HALF TERM Maths challenges


We have been exploring 3D shapes again this week in Reception and the children are becoming very confident at using the correct language to describe the properties of each one (sides, corners, faces, points). During the holidays, why not try these activities to help consolidate your child's shape knowledge even further?...


> Play shape shop. Ask your child to 'phone' the shape shop by pretending to hold a phone to their ear. They are phoning up to buy a shape, but they have forgotten the name! Ask your child to describe the shape that they want by naming the different properties of it (E.g. the shape I want to buy has 3 sides, 3 corners and is a flat 2D shape). How many shapes can your child describe?

>2D/3D shape hunt around the house, garden, shops etc. How many 2D/3D shapes can your child recognise? If you have some 2D/3D shapes at home, why not hide them around the house for your child to find and sort into piles of 2D and 3D. If not, why not draw some 2D shapes and see how many 3D shapes/objects your child can find within your house? (E.g. a pringles tube is a cylinder)

> How many 3D shapes can your child make using play dough? See the recipe to make it at home below! Can your child help with the measurements? See if they can count out the correct cups of flour/salt etc. 

HALF TERM Phonics challenges

We have now finished learning all our phase 2 and 3 phonics sounds. We are currently spending our phonics lessons revisiting and revising these sounds to become super strong and confident with our reading and writing and also improve our fluency. We continually give the children lots of opportunity to apply their phonics knowledge in the provision everyday through games and activities. The Early Learning Goal (ELG) that the children should be reaching by the end of their reception year for reading and writing is as follows:


Reading: Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words (tricky words). They demonstrate  understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


Writing: Children use their phonics knowledge to write words in way which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words (tricky words). They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.


It is really important now for children to be writing for a purpose as much as possible and we encourage you to do lots of this at home. They could help you out by writing things such as shopping lists, cards, letters, etc. - they could even write a sentence or more about something you do in the holidays! We would love to see everything they do! Upload something to Tapestry or bring it in to school by Tuesday 26th February - I am certain your child would love to show me and the rest of the class what they have done! We really encourage you to let your child use their phonic knowledge to do their writing independently - they know a lot of sounds now so if they get stuck, segmenting the word slowly together will help them to remember. Not all the words that your child writes will be spelt correctly, but, as the ELG says, "Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible" so do not worry, this is completely normal.

Trip to the field

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The under water tunnel

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Scuba diver!

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Jelly fish!

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Lots of fun!

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This week we have learnt the sounds /ear/ and /ure/. The children have shown a brilliant understanding of these sounds so far, but if you carried on exploring these sounds at home with your child it would help their reading and writing skills to flourish even more! You could do this by playing this game...


Can you beat the timer?

Print the word documents below that has a range of words containing the /ear/ and /ure/ trigraphs (A trigraph is when there are three letters together that make one sound!).Cut them up and see how many of them your child can read before the timer runs out? (5 minutes) This is to help the children with their fluency in reading. Remind your child to say each sound out loud and in order, before blending them together. Your child should keep doing this until they can hear and read what word it is. Challenge your child further by seeing if they can complete this quicker the next time!




Please add any photos or comments of your child completing challenges to Tapestry!


This week in maths we have been looking deeper at number 7. We have focused a lot on subtraction. This is a hard concept for the children so it would be good if you could practice subtraction with objects at home. Start with 7 objects and then take some away, see if the children can record this by using marks. This week we have also looked at doubling 7 and representing this in different ways and we have also explored Odd and Even numbers. 

A huge thank you to parents/carers this week for their donations for the bake sale which was raising money for the shark project in Carle class. Another huge thank you to those of you that could make it to our first read and relax session today. It was lovely to see so many parents interest in how their children read and getting involved in all the reading activities we had set up.



This week in phonics we have introduced two new sounds to the children. These sounds are, 'er' and 'air'. The children have had a lot of opportunity to embed their learning through various reading and writing activities. It would be good if you could revisit these sounds with your children by reading some words which contain these sounds? For example, hammer, chair, hair, pair, fair, ladder, tower and shower.




This week in maths we have introduced our new number, 7. We have been investigating this number in great detail by using a story to support our learning, this story is Handa's surprise. We have discovered the different ways of making 7, using our fingers, objects, and pictures to represent this. Maybe you could see if your child can tell you a way to make 7? We have also learnt one more and one less than 7, using concrete resources to support us.

Next week

We will be celebrating Chinese New Year across Early Years, we have lots of lovely activities and provision set up for the children and we will also be participating in some food tasting so the children can explore foods from other cultures. This will all help them to learn more about this celebration.

Texture Kitchen Play


This week we have learnt the sounds /oi/ and /ur/. The children have shown a brilliant understanding of these sounds so far, but it would be fantastic if you could keep practising these sounds at home to build an even deeper understanding and good memory of these! You could do this by playing this game...


Picture Hunt!

Print the word document below that has a range of pictures which words contain the /oi/ and /ur/ digraphs (Remember; a digraph is when there are two letters together that make one sound!). Stick them up around the room and get your child to hunt round writing each word down in a list. Remind your child to say each word into their hand, shake it up and then segment the sounds out slowly out loud – this will help them hear every sound in the word. Encourage your child to listen for every sound again if you notice they have missed one out! Challenge your child to see how many words they can write altogether! To challenge even further, you could even ask your child to write sentences with the different words in! The children are becoming fabulous at this. Also within the word document you will find a sentence writing prompt, with our sentence writing rules on – ALWAYS include a capital letter, say it into our hands, use finger spaces after each word and full stops on the end. If your child finds these words easy to write you could provide them with some even trickier words with these sounds in such as... poison, tinfoil, spoil, voice, noise. Remember: they do not have to be correctly spelt, just phonetically correct!




This week the children have done so well in maths and have learnt and understood so quickly! We began the week with a quick shape refresher – our objective was to describe shapes to our friends so well they could guess what they were! We were really good at this, we then got the slime out so we could feel the shapes in the slime and have to describe them without looking ourselves too, the children had great fun!

We wonder if you and your child could look round the house for different shapes. What different ones can you find? Are they 2D (flat) or 3D (fat)?


We then went on to exploring length which involved lots of new language – long, short, longer, shorter, longest, shortest, longer than, shorter than! So much! The children tried really hard to use this language all the time when comparing different sizes, sometimes slipping in to bigger and smaller, but with a small reminder they could remember the correct mathematical language. We were really impressed. We also introduced height and explained how length is when we measure something along the floor but height is when we measure how high something is coming off the floor. There was a bit of new language for this too! Tall, taller, tallest and taller than – we were happy to know we could still use the word short though! The children took to this really quickly, so we decided to introduce measuring with non-standard units, which was so much fun! This is when the children measured how long or tall something was in cubes and then compared using the cubes instead. It was good to hear the children comparing using numbers and deciding things were longer or taller because the number was bigger, well done guys.

What can you find in your house to compare the sizes of? Is it long or tall?



Read and Relax Sessions

Read and Relax will take place on the following Fridays this term:







1pm – 2pm



1pm – 2pm



1pm – 2pm



1pm – 2pm



Storytime Session

Children will be bringing a letter home tonight inviting parents to join us for a storytime session on Monday afternoon next week. We apologise for the short notice but would like to reassure parents who are unable to attend that there will be a further opportunity next term. We hope that many of you can make it and we look forward to seeing you!


This week we have learnt the sounds /ar/ and /ow/. The children have shown a brilliant understanding of these sounds so far, but if you carried on exploring these sounds at home with your child it would help their reading and writing skills to flourish even more! You could do this by playing this game...


Word Jump!

Print the word document below that has a range of words containing the /ar/ and /ow/ digraphs (A digraph is when there are two letters together that make one sound!). Lay them out across the floor either inside or outside and say a word for your child to find and jump on. Remind your child to say each sound out loud and in order, before blending them together. Your child should keep doing this until they can hear and read what word it is. Challenge your child to see how many words they can read and jump on. To challenge even further, you could even put a five minute timer on to see how many words they can find in that amount of time! If your child finds these words easy you could write these words down on paper and add them to the game... start, frown, crown, brown, starfish, marking, parking.




We have explored lots of mathematical concepts this week including one more, one less, representing numbers, doubling and halving. We have explored all these concepts by working with the number 6. The children really enjoy being active during their sessions where they use concrete objects such as toys and multi-link cubes to help with their learning. To help your child develop their knowledge of halving, please have a go at this activity at home...


Halving ladybirds

Print the document below titled 'Halving ladybird', or just use a space on your floor at home. Give your child a number of objects and see if he/she can half that number by sharing them out either into the two sections of the ladybird or into two piles on the floor. Can your child count the number of items in one group to find what half of the amount it? It is important that you ALWAYS remind and encourage your child to use language to explain what they have done, in as much detail as possible! To help them with this at school, we call these 'stretchy sentences'. Try modelling the sentence "Half of __ is__" and see if your child can repeat it back to explain what they have found! Can your child half numbers up to 10, or even 20?



Halving ladybirds

Please see the attached documents for the weekly learning that will be taking place in Phonics and Maths in Reception over the course of the year.

Happy New Year everybody! frown It has been lovely welcoming everyone back into school and watching the children settle back into their school routines with so much ease and pace! We have already learnt so much during our first week back!...


This week we are learning the sounds /ai/ and /oo/. The children have learnt that the digraph /oo/ can make both a long and a short sound, so it is really important that when they read words they carefully blend the sounds and listen closely to make sure they are using the right sound! Please practise these sounds with your child at home by talking about or pointing out words that include these sounds. You could even practise singing the Jolly Phonics songs together:


Jolly Phonics /oa/ song


Jolly Phonics /oo/ song



We are exploring the number 6 in lots of fun and engaging ways this week. We have enjoyed exploring the different number bonds to 6 through a game of 'grow me, show me, throw me'. Why not practise this with your child at home?...

How to play:

1. Ask your child to hide their hands behind their back. Say "Grow me 6" and encourage your child to use both hands to 'grow' 6 fingers. (Your child might grow 2 fingers on one hand and 4 on the other, or 3 on one hand and 3 on the other, and so on).

2. Say "Show me 6" and ask your child to show you their hands/fingers. Discuss how your child has grown 6 fingers. Can your child explain what they have done? Encourage your child to use 'stretchy sentences' by saying things such as "I have made a group of 5 and a group of 1" or "Double 3 makes 6". It is important that children are encouraged to explain and justify their mathematical thinking, so try give them lots of time to think and talk!

3. (Now for the fun bit...) Say "Throw me 6!" and your child will throw their 6 fingers into the air and cheer "woooooshhhh!".

4. Repeat the game. How many ways can your child make the number 6? Can he/she find all the different ways of making 6? Can they use 'stretchy sentences' to explain how they made 6?

Please note, school re opens for Spring term on Tuesday 8th January.

What a lovely afternoon had by all at our 'Christmas Carols and Cuddles around the Campfire.'

We all had a wonderful afternoon by the campfire where we enjoyed hot chocolates and sang Christmas carols together. Thank you to everybody who joined us!

Christmas Dinner

We all enjoyed tucking into our yummy Christmas Dinner at school this week whilst listening to Christmas songs in the dining hall! Merry Christmas! 

Christmas Stay and Play

Thank you to everybody who came to our Christmas Stay and Play session this week. It was lovely to see so many of you join us and take part in our morning routines and activities. The children had a wonderful time! If you didn't manage to join us, don't worry! We will be holding more Stay and Play sessions in the New Year, so keep posted to hear about dates and times smiley

Important dates!

It is now the last week of term and we are extremely busy in Reception on the run up to Christmas!;


Wednesday 19th December 2018

Wear your party clothes to school


Thursday 20th December 2018

Wear your party clothes to school

Christmas party day

Meeting Santa! (Don't forget your £1!)


Friday 21st December 2018

Wear your Christmas jumper to school

Break up for Christmas holidays at 2pm.


Don't forget, we break up for Christmas on Friday 21st December 2018 and will be returning to school on Tuesday 8th January 2019. Monday 7th January will be a staff training day and school will be closed. We hope you all have a wonderful last week of term and enjoy your Christmas holidays. Thank you and well done to everybody for a brilliant first term in Reception!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Reception team! frown

Little Nativity

The children really enjoyed taking part in our Little Nativity show this week! We hope you loved watching it as much as they loved taking part!

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In our Maths sessions this week we have been exploring the number 5 further. We have discovered what is 1 more than 5 and what is 1 less than 5. We have also learnt about doubling 5 and the children could all tell us that this was 10. If you could revisit this at home too we would appreciate it. Thank you. 


This week in phonics we have learnt 2 new digraphs (2 letters which make 1 sound) which were 'ee' and 'or'. We read words with these digraphs in and also spell them. The children are becoming so good at forming their letters and remembering what letters are in each digraph. The links for the Jolly Phonics song for these sounds are below;

We have also continued to learn our new Tricky Troll words this week and have concentrated on the words 'you' and 'my'. We recapped on all the tricky words we have already learnt too and the children were really good at remembering them which is great.


How you could help at home; Continue to recognise letters with you child and encourage them to be enthusiastic about this. Reading with your child - their school book or phonics game - will also really help them to practice their phonics. Books are changed on a Friday if they are put in the basket, thank you :)


Preview learning; Next week we will be practicing all the phonemes and digraphs we already know by doing some Christmas writing.

Our Nativity

The children are all enjoying practising for our Nativity show next week. Please practice the songs below with your child over the weekend so they can be super singers at the performance. Also, if your child has a speaking part please make sure you are practising their lines at home so they are confident with the words they have to say.

Thank you!



01 little nativity.wma

02 mary, mary, what a surprise.wma

03 such a long way.wma

04 bethlehem is full.wma

05 in the stable.wma

07 on that night.wma

08 once there were three wise men.wma

10 one little boy in the straw.wma

12 we wish you a merry christmas.wma

Children in Need

Thank you to everybody for joining in with our 'Children in Need' fundraiser. The children really enjoyed coming to school in their pyjamas and Pudsey Bear clothes. The children looked fabulous!


A visit from an Alien!

We recently had a very interesting outer space visitor! We came to school one Monday morning to find that the whole climbing tree had been taped off with Police tape and gooey footprints leading towards our cloakroom! The children were all interested to find out more and when they came inside there was even more unusual evidence! Glitter footprints, slime in the sand pit and Mr Sayer (the caretaker) had footage of an usual spaceship landing. Some of the children decided to write letters to the alien to come back and visit us. We are going to post these to the alien sometime soon!

The Alien Landing

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Storm the Rabbit

This week we had a couple of visits from a very special friend... Storm the bunny! Miss Machin kindly brought her in to meet the children and she got a very warm, loving welcome! The children took great care of Storm by making sure that everybody handled her gently and didn't make too much noise or scare her! It is really important that children are able to experience handling real life animals as it can help to develop their understanding of the world around them and the things that live in it. The children developed a great love for Storm throughout the days she spent with us and were amazing at looking after her. Thanks for visiting us, Storm! 


We were very lucky to be able to have a brilliant Judo session in school. We explored how to move our bodies in different ways by pretending to be animals - it was so much fun! The children all engaged with the session fantastically by listening carefully, following instructions and skillfully moving their bodies in certain ways!

Autumn Half Term Challenge

After the half term we would really love to hear what you have all been up to. It would be great if you and your child could create either a collage of pictures, or a picture drawn by your child, showing what you have been getting up to during the week. Your child will then have time to discuss this and share it during their key worker time. We are really proud of how all the children have settled over their first half term, well done everyone! Thanks for a great start to the school year.

You can either upload these to tapestry or your child can bring these in to school. Thanks.

Last half term we started Music sessions with Miss Lee where the children are able to explore singing, using different instruments to make musical sounds with and moving their bodies to these. The children really enjoyed these sessions and were very excited to take part and we all already can't wait till it's our turn again in spring 2!

Conker Painting!

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Reception Class Curriculum meeting

We hope that your children have had a wonderful start to the year and have settled well into their new class. The team are thrilled to invite you along to a curriculum workshop where we will share information about the Early Years Curriculum, how children learn in the Early Years, how we support learning at Sharp Lane Primary School and ways in which you can support at home. The dates for these sessions are: Thursday 20th September at 3:30pm or Monday 24th September at 9am. We look forward to seeing you at one of these.

How we learn in Early Years

In Early Years we recognise children as competent and capable learners born with inquisitive minds. Listening to the children's curiosities and interests is a key method through which we are able to interact, scaffold and co construct learning alongside the children, creating a learning environment in which children flourish into confident inquisitive explorers and reflective learners. Throughout the year the children's learning in Reception Class will reflect this 'community of learners' approach where children's interests are the basis for future learning and explorations. This alongside discrete teaching sessions of key skills in Phonics and Maths will support the children in becoming independent and motivated learners.