After Christmas, we started a weekly stay and read session for parents. It was amazing and we had lots of parents staying to share a morning story.
To develop our reading community, one of our parents volunteered to read a story for us this week. Forrest's mum read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, one of our favourites! The children listened beautifully and really enjoyed listening to another adult reading a story. It was amazing to get our parents involved!
Special thank you to Forrest's mum for being so brave!
Stay and Read sessions take part every Wednesday after drop-off. Please stay and get involved!
Today we discussed all the different devices we use to explore the internet and talked about what we use it for. The children came up with some fantastic ideas! We listened to a story about Smartie the Penguin who was using his tablet to play a game when a pop-up appeared on screen! Smartie didn’t know what to do. We discussed as a class what we thought was the safest choice; to get mum and dad to help or to press the pop-up. The majority of children agreed that it was safer to get mum and dad to help. We then talked about how Smartie didn’t know what the pop-up was and therefore it was unsafe for him to press it.
Today we went to the ICT suite for the first time. We began by sitting on the carpet learning all about the mouse. We learnt that to move the cursor on the computer we have to move the mouse. We also learnt that to select something we must press the left side of the mouse until we hear it click. Miss Carr showed us a butterfly and explained how to select a colour and colour the butterfly in. We then went to our own computer and began practicing how to move the mouse. It was lots of fun! We will be using the ICT suite every Friday afternoon!
The children have all settled really well into their new class over the first half term. I am so proud! Here is an update of what we have been learning over the past eight weeks and what you can do to help at home.
In Literacy we have been concentrating on our book skills. We have been learning to recognise the front and back cover, locate the title and point to some words in order. We have also been learning how stories are structured; discussing what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story. You can help your child by reading with them everyday and talking about the story.
In Maths we have been using Numberblocks to help us. So far we have been concentrating on numbers 1-5. We have been learning to recognise numbers to 5, count objects to 5 by saying one number for each object and select the correct number to represent 1-5 objects. You can help your child by looking at numbers 1-5 as often as possible.
All children have now been put into a phonics group. We are learning to:
Once again I would like to say a big WELL DONE to all the children for a fantastic start to the year. I am so excited to watch you all grow over the year!
This week we have had lots of fun learning about Autumn Vegetables and how they grow. We discussed the names of different vegetables and talked about what they look, feel and smell like. We then matched the labels to the vegetable by saying the initial sound of each word.
The following day we used the vegetables in our creative area to print. We used lots of different colours and it got very messy!
We have been exploring colour and how colours can be changed. We had different colour paint in trays and we took it in turns to press our hand in a colour of our choice. With our partner, we mixed two colours together by rubbing our hands. Finally we printed our hand prints on a piece of paper to discover the new colours. It was lots of fun!
The children have now completed their first full week in Reception and what a fantastic start to the year! The children have been busy exploring their new classroom and making new friends. We have been talking a lot about our class rules and the children have made lots of sensible suggestions. We are so impressed!
This half-term we will be learning all about ourselves and our families. We will be focusing on the book 'Mouse House' by John Burningham in Literacy. In maths we will be focusing on working with numbers 1-5.
The children have now been given a book bag and a reading book, which were sent home on Friday. It is really important that you read with your child at home and sign their reading record book otherwise their book will not be changed. Book bags must be brought to school every day.
Reminder: If you haven't yet brought a family picture in to school, please do so as soon as possible.
Our class blog will be updated regularly so please keep coming back to see what we have been up to!