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On this page you will be able to find out all about RH's exciting learning and new interests that have developed. RH are a bubbly and enthusiastic class, full of characters and we enjoy coming to school. Every day is a new experience and never do you find two days alike! It is always great to see the smiling faces in the morning when the doors open and the children rush in to start the day!

This week we have really enjoyed getting to know our new teachers and new surroundings!

Our afternoon in the Garden!

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Summer 2 Week 2

During project this week we have explored different places around the UK.  We have looked at Leeds, Liverpool, Stoke, Cornwall and London.  We looked at these places on a map and estimated how long it would take us to drive there.  We have also listening to music from each place along with tasting regional foods from each.  We all really enjoyed the Cornish ice-cream and the Victoria Sponge!

 

This week in Phonics we have continued looking at non-fiction books.  We have enjoyed reading facts about different animals as well as writing our own about them!  We have all worked very hard to remember our capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. 

Challenge: Can you write a fact sheet for your favourite animal?

 

In Maths we have been exploring time.  We have spoken about different amounts of time to see which is the longest and which is the shortest.  We decided that a year was the longest amount of time as you have to wait a very long time for your birthday every year! We then had a go at creating our own clocks to show what time of the day we do different activities.

Challenge: Can you draw a clock showing what time you do different activities? What time do you get up on a morning? What time do you eat lunch? What time do you go to bed?

 

 

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Summer 2 Week 1
 
In phonics this week we have been looking at non-fiction books. We spoke about what a non-fiction and a fiction book was and then read and wrote lots of different facts about animals. 
 
Challenge: Can you write three facts about an animal who lives under the sea? 
 
In maths we have been subtracting. We spoke about the different language we would use while subtracting and used lots of different resources. We used real objects, bead strings and number lines. 
 
Challenge: Can you solve these number sentences? 
16-5=    / 10-8=    / 15-10=    / 12-8=
 
 
This week we have been looking at the image 'Breakers Yard' by Paul Waplington. We really liked the houses at the back of the image. We spoke about the different types of houses we live in and made a tally chart to show this.  We then looked at children's houses from all around the world and talked about similarities and differences. We drew pictures, made models and use the construction bricks. 

Summer 1 Week 5

This week we have really enjoyed our project about animals.  We have looked at caterpillars and spoken about their lifecycle. We were also very excited when Mrs Heighton brought her dogs in to visit.  We spoke about the different ways to look after them before going outside to throw the ball for Molly to fetch! During our pet project we have also been very interested in making our own puppet shows using animals.  We have made backgrounds, written scripts and practised our puppet shows before performing them to the class. 

 

Challenge: Can you make your own puppet show over the school holidays and write a script?

Summer 1 Week 3

This week in Maths we have looking investigating weight.  We have been using the scales and using language such as heavier, lighter, lightest, heaviest, lighter than, heavier than and the same.  We have also worked hard to order three items from the heaviest to the lightest. 

 

Challenge: Can you compare the weight of three different objects you can find at home? Which is the heaviest? Which is the lightest?

 

In Phonics we have been continuing to read and write word with four phonemes/ sounds.  We have been reading lots of different sentences, paragraphs and stories.  We have been writing four phoneme words, captions, sentences and stories focusing on sounding out words, writing tricky words and remembering our finger spaces and full stops.  We have also learnt how to write three new tricky words – some, come and so. 

Challenge: Can you write some sentences using our new tricky words – some, come and so?

 

We have also enjoyed continuing with our animal project.  This week we have been talking about farm animals and how they are similar and different to the pets we have at home.  We have been talking about the different baby animals that we might find on the farm and how we would need to look after them.  Next week the children would like to talk about animals that live in different habitats!

Summer 1 Week 2

This week in Maths we have looking at 2d and 3d shapes.  We had to use the correct language to describe them and then think about their properties.  We then used a net of a 3d shape and had a go at making our own 3d shape!

 

Challenge: Can you look at home and see what 2d or 3d shapes you can find?

 

In Phonics we have been reading and writing words which are made up of four phonemes/ four sounds, e.g. c-l-ow-n, f-r-o-g.  We have been sounding them out very carefully in order in write them.  We have also been reading them and sorting them into words that have 3 sounds and words that have 4 sounds. 

Challenge: chimp, clown, dog, cat, fish, pond, strong, look, mix.

 

We have been very excited with our new project work.  We have been talking about our pets and how we look after them.  If you have any pictures of your pets at home we would love to see them.  

We had lots of fun celebrating St.Georges Day! We really enjoyed making shields outside.

Summer 1 Week 1

It was lovely to see the children back after the Easter holidays and we are enjoying having the sunshine this week.  The children really enjoyed the new changes to the classroom especially new construction equipment and the farm!

This week in Maths we have been looking at money.  We have looked at the different coins and started talking about the size, shape and colour.  We have also been looking at and talking about the value of the coins. We all noticed that we could buy more sweets with a 5p coin than a 1p coin!

Challenge: Can you put the coins in value order? Which coin has the smallest value? Which coin has the largest value?

 

In Phonics we have been reading and writing words which are made up of four phonemes (four sounds), e.g. ch-i-m-p, f-r-o-g.  We have been sounding them out very carefully in order in write them. 

Challenge: Can you write a sentence with one of these four phoneme words in?

fish      chimp    paint    bench    shelf

Spring 2 Week 6

 

In Maths this week we have been recognising, counting and ordering teen numbers.  We talked about what makes a teen number.  We knew that all teen numbers have a base of ten then a different amount of units - 15 has a base of 10 and 5 units. 

CHALLENGE:  Can you order these groups of numbers?

2, 18, 5, 20                           4, 13, 7, 16                           9, 10, 18, 4                           20, 14, 6, 12

 

In Phonics we have been practicing our ‘th’ and ‘f’ sound as they are very tricky and we can get them confused.  We have also been practicing our ‘ear’ and ‘oa’ sounds.  We have been making lots of different captions, sentences and stories with them.

 

CHALLENGE: Can you write a story of what you have done over the Easter holidays? 

 

Spring 2 Week 5 - This week we have all enjoyed creating our very own machine!

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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 'ear' trigraph and our 'ee' digraph along with our 'air' trigraph and 'ai' drigraph.  We have also practised our tricky words. Remeber a tricky word is one that can not be sounded out such as 'the, he, she, I.'  We have been making lots of interesting sentences with them. 
Challenge: Can you write a sentence using some of our tricky words? 

In Maths we been practising adding. We have been counting on from bigger numbers by putting the big number in our head then using our fingers to count on. 

Challenge: Can you work out these number sentences by counting on?

15+ 3=       16+8=     10+6=       12+7=

 

 

We have also been carrying on with our Machine project.  We drew, labelled and named our own robots before working together as a team to build a big robot.  We hope you enjoyed looking at them!

Spring 2 Week 3

 

This week in maths we have been halving.  We used our knowledge on doubles to help us.  It was lots of fun especially when we had to halve a real cake.  

Challenge: Can you have a go at cutting some food in half?

 

In phonics we have learnt two new trigraphs, ear and air.  We have also been reading some muddled up sentences and had a go at writing them in the correct order.  

Challenge: Can you write 5 words that have the trigraphs air or ear? Can you write a sentence with them in?

Spring 2 Week 2

This week in maths we have been learning about doubles.  We have been sorting double number sentences from non-double number sentences.  We have also made double butterflies and been on a double number hunt!

Challenge: Can you sort out these double and non-double number sentences?

9+9       4+2       7+6       6+6

2+2       6+3       9+2       3+3

 

In Phonics we have been recapping all the sounds which we have already learnt.  We have also been reading and constructing real and made up sentences.  Remember to go through your sound book to refresh your memory of the diagraphs!

Challenege: Can you write something you have enjoyed doing at school this week? 

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?

We have had an incredibly busy week! We've been celebrating Chinese New Year, visiting the woods as part of our Project work and had our first school disco for Red Day. The trips to the woods have been wonderful and each group of children led the trips in different ways, according to their interests and fascinations. The activities ranged across playing pooh sticks, den building, digging and climbing in twisted trees. There was so much real-life learning happening during these visits!

Our visit to the woods - Thursday

Our visit to the woods - Wednesday

Our visit to the woods - Monday

Obstacle and jump challenges

Lots of the boys in our class have been very involved in creating jumps and obstacle courses this week. They have been building and creating jumps wherever they could and challenging themselves by making the jumps taller and wider! I have been very impressed by their discussions in which they have listened to each others ideas and worked together to adapt and change their work so everyone could be involved. Great teamwork boys!

As part of our Stick Man Project we have been building models using wood, nails, corks and plastic lids. The children made plans and adpated their work around the resources available. They concentrated so hard and were excellent at following the safety rules. Their models are wonderful!

The children also wrote some wonderful letters to Miss Wilson and their parents asking if we could go the the woods to play 'Pooh Sticks' by a stream. Next week we will be visiting the woods in small groups so remember to bring your wellies!

Project Work Letters

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Busy builders

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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 been singing a song to help us remember the days of the week in the right order. This led on to some lovely discussions about what we do on different days. The children really enjoyed talking about what they did at the weekends! 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!

Gingerbread Man Story Mapping

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As part of our Project Work, one of the builders came to talk to us. He answered our questions about what tools do and how to use them. Following his talk we have been learning how to use a hammer and nails!

In Phonics this week, we have been reading and writing words with oa & oi. Why don't you see if you can write a list of words with oa & oi at home this weekend?

In Maths we have been learning about place value and ordering numbers to 20. Some children were working with numbers above 20 for extra challenge! We had numbers everywhere! We enjoyed ordering numbers and working out missing numbers. Please continue to practise this at home.

We have had a very exciting week! The snow that we had been waiting for finally arrived and we had great fun making sledges, building mini snowmen and painting the snow. We ended the week by exploring the new building for Year 5 & 6. We met some of their teachers and had a great time looking round the new classrooms. Mr Oakley was very impressed with our knowledge of numbers to 20 and we made some teen numbers with numicon which impressed him even more! It was very exciting looking out from the windows on the top floor, we could see all the way to Castleford!

Exploring in the new building

Exploring in the new building 1 We tested out the chairs in Mrs Haddon's Y5 class!
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Exploring in the new building 4 Exploring the Art Room
Exploring in the new building 5 We LOVE the windows upstairs!
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Exploring in the new building 7 We met Mr Oakley from Y6
Exploring in the new building 8 We impressed Mr Oakley with our number knowledge!
Exploring in the new building 9 We were very sensible on the stairs.

A Snowy Day!

A shopping trip to ASDA!

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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!

 

RH this week have begun their Stick Man project. We have been busy hunting for sticks, comparing different sticks and turning them into our very own Stick Men and Lady Loves! Please bring sticks in next week as we will be exploring length and developing our project further.

A visit from Joey the donkey!

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Our learning about the Nativity story was really brought to life today with a visit from a real donkey! Joey the donkey came to Sharp Lane and met all the children who were (mostly) very keen to stroke him and say hello.

'A Little Nativity' Dress Rehearsal

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We've been writing to Santa and posted them today-4th December 2014

Christmas has arrived in our classroom! We have had a great time decorating our Christmas Tree; it looks beautiful. There is a lot of excitement about opening our advent calendars everyday too!

In Phonics we are learning 4 new digraphs this week: ee or ai ow. Miss Walker & Mrs Pelc are very proud of our fantastic blending!

* Challenge: Make a list of words with our new digraphs. Support your child to think of simple words with these sounds in and encourage them to write them independently, using the sound book as a prompt.

In Maths we have been subtracting by taking away and exploring this through role play. Everytime Miss Walker counted out her sweets she fell asleep and Miss Fothergill hid some. We had to help Miss Walker work out how many were left. We have also been exploring taking away using bead strings and numicon.

* Challenge: create your own subtraction role plays and record your calculations with pictures.

Please send in any work that the children have done at home with you so we can add it to their profile. 

 

 

Decorating the Tree!

This week RH have been having fun getting to know Miss Walker and Mrs Pelc. Both teachers love baking so we had a bit of a baking bonanza! The children made their cakes and buns independently, listening carefully to the instructions so they knew what to do. We couldn't decide if our favourite part was cracking the eggs, mixing, licking the spoon or eating the finished product!

In Phonics we have been learning about digraphs. Digraphs are 2 letters that make one sound. This week's digraphs are sh ch th ng. Please practise these sounds with us at home and help us to think of words that have these digraphs in.

In Maths we have been adding 2 numbers using numicon, bead strings and number tracks. The children really enjoyed using 'jumping bugs' to hop along the number tracks and count on from the biggest number.

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

In Phonics we have been 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.

 

In Maths we have been perfecting our counting and 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

The children have enjoyed returning to the class this week and have seen quite a change to the room. They are enjoying accessing the new area and discovering new things to play with and learn about.

With an enthusiastic group of archaeologists in the class they have enjoyed searching the sand for dinosaur bones and interesting eggs, along with role-playing with the small dinosaurs.

 

In phonics we have been focusing on the sounds g  o  u  f  l  b and the tricky words 'I   the   to'.

 

In Maths we are using 2D shapes to make repeating patterns.

Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).


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