On this page you will be able to find out all about RG's fantastic learning and any new interests that have developed!
In RG we are lively, funny and full of good ideas! We really enjoy music and dancing, playing imaginatively and we always have lots of fun exploring the outdoor area and garden! We are always smiling and really enjoy coming to school to learn and play with our friends. We have a busy and fun year ahead of us in Reception and we are very much looking forward to the journey!
Summer 2 week 5:
This week we had our Sports Day and had lots of fun practising the different races! The egg and spoon race and 3 legged races were our favourites! Well done to all of our children who behaved beautifully on the field and tried their best in the races!
Summer 2 week 4:
This week the children from each class got to go on a trip to Temple Newsam Farm! We had a lovely time talking about everything that we could see and enjoyed our picnic on the grass! It was wonderful to see the children being so well behaved and really enjoying the day. Well done everyone!
Summer 2 week 3:
This week in Phonics we have been writing our own pages for a class non-fiction book. RG decided to make a book about animals so we named our favourite animals and looked at pictures. We talked about real information that we know about the animals such as: where it lives, what it eats and what it looks like. The children all made a big effort to independently write their own fact page for the book!
In maths this week we have been learning about sharing and dividing amounts equally. We got into pairs and had to share an amount of sweets equally, then we talked about what to do if we had one left over.
OUR CLASS ASSEMBLY IS ON FRIDAY 19TH JUNE AT 1.40PM - ALL PARENTS, GRADPARENTS AND CARERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND IN THE MAIN HALL.
Summer 2 week 2:
This week in Phonics we have been reading and writing facts about different animals, building upon our learning from last week. The children have really enjoyed this and it has been lovely to see them so engaged with writing and wanting to improve their own work!
*CHALLENGE* Can you make your own fact page about your favourite animal? Remember to include facts about what it might eat, where it might live and what it looks like.
In maths this week we have been exploring the concept of time and have been looking at o'clock and half past. The children were confident to identify a time and draw it on their own clock, taking care to ensure the little hand pointed to the hour and the big hand pointed to the 12 or 6.
*CHALLENGE* Can you draw on a blank clock the time you go to bed?
This week our project work has been focussing on Geography. We decided as a year group to look at England and cities from the North, East, South and West. We looked at Leeds, Liverpool, Stoke on Trent, Newquay and London. The children got to listen to music that was local to the chosen city, taste some foods such as oatcakes and Cornish ice cream and we also looked at famous landmarks. We enjoyed discussing all of the similarities and differences between the cities.
Summer 2 week 1:
This week in Phonics we have been reading and writing facts about animals. We had to look carefully at the details and features of each animal and match the correct fact or write a fact to match the picture. We have really enjoyed this work!
In maths this week we practised counting back to find the answer. We used a range of resources to aid us with subtraction and counting back and decided which was our favourite method.
This week our project focussed on an image called 'Breaker's Yard'. We discussed the features of the image and explained our thinking and feelings. We decided that we liked the houses and that we were going to make our own. Each class used a variety of materials to create their own houses and representation of houses that we had looked at from around the world.
Summer 1 week 4:
This week we have really enjoyed exploring the different movement equipment in the hall! We have had a go at moving in a variety of ways such as crawling, jumping, spinning, twirling and hopping. Moving in these different ways can actually help us with such skills as writing and listening or concentrating!
Summer 1 week 3:
This week in phonics we have been working on writing captions and sentences using four phoneme words. For example: I sit on a bench. We are now working on extending this by writing two or more sentences that follow on from each other. I go to the train station. Then I sit on a bench.
Thank you to those parents who came to the Phonics workshop this week, I hope you found it useful and took away some good ideas to help your child with their writing.
*CHALLENGE* Can you write a short story about a crab? What might the crab look like? Where might it live?
In maths this week we have been learning all about weight. We have been using the balance scales to compare and order objects from around the classroom from the heaviest to the lightest! We then made estimations of how many cubes it would take to balance the scales for an object. The sphere weighed the same as 50 cubes!!
*CHALLENGE* Can you find four objects around the house and have a go at using your hands to order them by weight from the heaviest to the lightest?
Summer 1 week 2:
This week in phonics we are reading and writing words with four phonemes (four sounds). We have found it tricky to hear all of the sounds sometimes so please practise with your child at home! Some good online resources include www.phonicsplay.com (there is a free section, use phase 3 and 4) and Education City.
*CHALLENGE* Can you write a sentence (or a few sentences) about a train? Eg: I went on the train. Then I got off and went to the shops.
In maths this week we have been learning about 3d shapes and solidifying our knowledge of the properties. We had a go at making our own 3d shapes using nets and they were fantastic! Everybody has worked very hard this week!
*CHALLENGE* Can you find any objects in your house that are a cube shape? Can you find any objects that are a cone shape?
Summer 1 week 1:
It was lovely to welcome the children back after our Easter holidays and we are enjoying the sunshine this week! The children were quick to notice the changes in the classroom provision and have really liked playing with the farm that has real soil and straw!
This week in phonics we are beginning to look at and use four phoneme words. These are words made up of four phonemes/four sounds eg: p-ai-n-t and b-e-n-ch.
In maths this week we are looking at money and the different coins. We began by discussing the size, shape and colour of the coins and then we looked at the value. We did this by counting out how many 1 pennies it took to make 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p!
Spring 2 week 6:
This week in phonics we have been practising our th and f sounds as we are sometimes muddling them up when it comes to writing! Remember to stick your tongue out to make the th sound! We have also revisted the ear trigraph and oa digraph. Ear has been proving a little tricky so please keep reading your home reading books regularly and practising your writing.
*CHALLENGE* Can you think of a sentence about the word hear? For example: I can hear goats at the farm. Now have a go at writing your sentence, remember tricky words and finger spaces!
In maths we have been practising our number recognition and ordering. We are getting much more confident with our teens numbers now and some of us have been using base ten to make numbers higher than 20!
*CHALLENGE* Can you write your numbers in order up to 20? Try to do it on your own!
Sp2 Week 5
This week in Maths we have been challenging ourselves by subtracting. We have been counting back as we take away. Remember we always need to have the big number in our head then count back from there.
Challenge: Can you count back from 20?
In Phonics we have been practising our ‘ear’ and ‘air’ trigraph and ‘er’ and ‘ar’ diagraph. Remember a trigraph is three letters that make one sound and a diagraph is two letters that make one sound. We have been working hard to read and write the trigraphs and diagraphs.
Challenge: Can you write a story about going to the fair?
Spring 2 week 4:
This week in phonics we have been practising our reading and writing skills using the trigraphs ear and air and digraphs ee and ai. We have all been working very hard and are feeling very proud of our writing!
*Challenge* Can you write a sentence about one or all of these words? hear, fair, feet, rain
In maths this week we have been practising our addition skills. We have been learning how to count on from the greatest number to calculate the answer. Some of us have found the teen numbers a little tricky so please practise these at home, using flash cards, just numbers on paper or number games on the ipad will aid with number recognition.
*Challenge* Can you solve these additions? Write number sentence first and then your answer once you have worked it out.
10 + 3 = 12 + 5 = 15 + 6 = 9 + 10 = 4 + 8 =
Now have a go at making up your own additions!
Spring 2 week 3:
This week in phonics we have been learning the trigraphs ear and air. A trigraph is three letters that make one sound. We have been reading sentences and building sentences using individual words on bricks - this helps us understand what we are reading!
*CHALLENGE* Can you write a list of five words that have the ear or air sound in them? Here's one to start you off... 'hear'. Can you write a sentence about a beard?
In maths this week we have been using our knowledge of doubles to work out halves of numbers. We were very excited when we got to halve a real cake!
*CHALLENGE* Can you have a go at cutting foods in half? Which foods are tricky to cut in half? Which foods are easy?
Spring 2 week 2:
This week in Phonics we have been recapping all of the sounds we have learnt so far by reading and constructing sentences or sorting real and made up words. Remember to go through your sound book to refresh your memory of the digraphs!
*Challenge* Can you write a sentence or draw and label a picture of something you did at the weekend?
We have been learning about doubling in maths this week and sorting doubles from non doubles! We have used dominoes and butterflies to make doubles and we have been on a hunt for double number sentences!
*Challenge* Can you sort these number sentences into doubles and non doubles? Can you work out the answers to the doubles?
3 + 3 6 + 6 10 + 10
4 + 5 7 + 6 9 + 3
1 + 1 5 + 5 1 + 2
Spring 2 week 1:
This week in phonics we are revisiting the trigraph 'igh' and digraph 'ng'. Please keep going through your child's sound book with them and reading their reading book regularly.
*Challenge* Can you think of a sentence with the word 'night' in it? Can you have a go at writing the sentence? Remember how to spell your tricky words?
In maths this week we are exploring capacity and using language such as empty, half full, full and overflowing.
*Challenge* Bath time is the perfect opportunity to explore capacity! Can you compare two containers? Which has the greatest capacity?
Spring 1 week 6:
This week we have been busy learning all about Chinese New Year! We have made our very own Chinese dragons and watched dragon dances to have a go at. We used scissors and glue to make lanterns and put our fine motor skills to the test to have a go at Chinese writing! We have had a very fun filled half term and we are now very ready for the holidays!
Spring 1 week 5
In Phonics we have been learning to use the ur and er digraphs. We know that ur is used in the middle of words and er is used at the end of words eg. hurt, power. Can you write some examples of words with these digraphs?
In Maths we have been finding out about time. We have investigated ways of measuring time and we have been singing a song to help us remember the days of the week in the right order. Challenge us with questions like: "What day is it tomorrow?" "Which day comes after Sunday?" "Which day comes before Saturday?"
Perhaps you could make a diary at home this weekend and draw pictures/write about what you have done each day? We would love to see them next week!
Spring 1 week 4:
This week in phonics we are learning to read and write words containing the digraphs oa and oi . Please remember to watch the video on this page to aid with correct pronunciation.
*CHALLENGE* Can you write a list of oa words that rhyme? Here's one to start...goat. They can be made up words too! Loat, poat, woat...
In maths this week we are learning to put our numbers in the correct order. We have been working really hard to recognise our numbers, expecially those tricky teens!
*CHALLENGE* Can you write these numbers into the right order? 8, 3, 10. How about these - 14, 19, 11. If you really want a challenge try and write these numbers in the right order - 21, 18, 25, 20.
Spring 1 week 3:
This week in phonics we are learning the long oo sound (food, moon) and short oo sound (cook, book). We have been using all of the sounds we have learnt so far to try and write simple captions and sentences.
*CHALLENGE* Can you draw a picture of an oo object? Have a go at writing the word underneath or writing a short sentence! Eg: I see a cuckoo clock.
In maths this week we have been practising our teens numbers and learning about place value. We have explored making the numbers out of numicon and base ten, remembering that the 1 in a teen number stands for 1 ten.
*CHALLENGE* Can you write your numbers from 1 to 20? Remember to count if you can't remember what number comes next!
Spring 1 week 2:
This week in phonics we have been learning the digraph (two letters that make one sound) 'ar' and the trigraph (three letters that make one sound) 'igh'. The children are really trying hard with their reading and writing so please practise these skills with them at home!
*CHALLENGE* Can you write a list of 'ar' words? Here's one to get you started... farm! See how many you can think of and do your very best to write them down.
This week in maths we have been learning all about length and measuring length in different ways. We really enjoyed measuring who could jump the furthest along the giant number track!
*CHALLENGE* Can you order three objects from around the house in order of their length? Remember to use our special words such as 'short' and 'long'.
Spring 1 week 1:
This week in phonics we have been recapping the digraphs ai and or by reading and writing words and sentences containing these sounds.
In maths this week we have been exploring 3D shapes and describing them. We sorted shapes into 2D and 3D by looking at their properties. We are all shape superstars!
RG have begun their project work based around our interest in castles. Some of us are having lots of fun pegging material around ourselves like a cape and pretending to be a princess or Queen Elsa! Some of us have really liked building castles using the bricks or cardboard tubes and role playing with the knights!
Autumn 2 week 7
This week we have been very busy making pine cone Christmas decorations with glue and glitter, baking buns and we had our Christmas party! We really enjoyed playing lots of party games and decorating the buns we had made! There was a special visitor at our party...Santa!! We all got to have our photo taken with him and he gave us all a little present. We were very lucky that Santa came to our school and we hope he delivers all of the presents safely on Christmas Eve! Merry Christmas everyone!
Autumn 2 week 6
This week the children have been busy with their Little Nativity performances and have been doing a super job! We were also very lucky this week and got to meet Joey the Donkey!
Autumn 2 week 5
This week in phonics we have been learning the digraphs ee or ai and ow
A digraph is two letters that make one sound.
* CHALLENGE: can you draw pictures of things that have the ai digraph in them? For example: rain, tail, train. Can you label the pictures with the word? Remember to shake those sounds out to spell a word!
This week in maths we have been exploring subtraction. The children have practising reading and writing number sentences as they work to find the answer.
* CHALLENGE: can you count out 12 objects? Now can you take away (subtract) 4? Try and write this as a number sentence (12 - 4=) but don't forget to write your answer after the equals sign! For an extra challenge, try and think of your own subtraction problems. Evidence of this work can be given to Miss Graham to put in your profile.
Autumn 2 week 4
This week in phonics we have been learning the digraphs ch sh th and ng
A digraph is two letters that make one sound.
* CHALLENGE: can you think of some animal names that have our new digraphs in them? Try and write a list of them to show your class teacher. For example: sheep
This week in maths we have been exploring addition. The children have begun to read and write number sentences and have been practising counting on to find the answer more quickly.
* CHALLENGE: can you add two groups of objects in your house and write the addition as a number sentence? For example: 3 + 5 = 8
Autumn 2 week 3
This week in phonics we have been recapping all of the sounds that we have learnt so far. The children have done really well with this and will continue to benefit from reading regularly at home and going through the sound book.
* CHALLENGE: when taking your child shopping, encourage them to write their own shopping list! Please remember that the children will be writing phonetically so don't worry if a word is not spelt correctly.
This week in maths we have been exploring more and less. The children quickly picked up on finding at least 1 more than a number and some were even challenged to find up to 4 more!
* CHALLENGE: using objects from around the house, practise finding at least 1 more and 1 less than a number. We would be delighted to see evidence of this through photographs or number sentences that we can contribute to your child's profile.
Congratulations to Macy and her family for being the first to write on a leaf for the shared Good News Tree! Celebrating the children's successes is very important to us in Reception and the children enjoy telling us all about their achievements!
Autumn 2 Week 2
This week in Phonics we are learning the sounds j v w x y z and qu and looking at the tricky words no, go and into.
Please continue to practise these with your child at home.
This week in Maths we are learning:
To perfect our counting skills and we have been trying really hard with our number recognition.
This week the children are already starting to get excited about Christmas as they begin to learn their Nativity songs! They are doing really well remembering all of the words and actions. Please keep an eye out next week for the letter about tickets and costumes.
Autumn 2 week 1
This week in Phonics we are learning:
The sounds g o u f l b and the tricky words I the to
This week in Maths we are learning:
About repeating patterns using shapes.
We have come back refreshed and eager to learn after half term and we were welcomed by the new Winter Wonderland role play area! Some of us are very interested in Frozen and we have been singing along to the songs in our best singing voices! Some of us are really interested in superheroes and have been drawing pictures of our superhero costumes!