We have 3 Reception classes at The Grove; Chestnut, Lime and Sycamore. The teachers are Miss Holt, Miss McDermid, and Mrs Norton.
Welcome to the Reception blog. Each week we will update our page to share with you some of our learning and remind you of upcoming events. The children help write the blog and we often share photos too.
This week in Reception we have been focusing on keeping fit along side our traditional tales topic! We had a very special visit from Kidz Fit. We worked on different muscles in our bodies and talked about ways to stay healthy. Chestnut class even mentioned that we do a daily mile here at The Grove!
During this week the children have also been reading a new traditional tale called The Enormous Turnip. First we read the story, looked at different versions, re-enacted the story in our literacy lessons and now we are focusing on reading the story using our Talk 4 Writing actions. We will continue this next week and we will innovate the story to add our own twist! In Maths we have been counting in 2's and 10's this week, next week we will start looking at subtraction and introducing the mathematical language linked to subtraction.
We are going to be sewing in classes next week for Easter, if there are any parents that would like to come and help please speak to your class teacher at the door. Thank you!
We will also continue to enjoy guided reading, writing and phonic activities throughout the week.
Have a lovely weekend!
What a story filled week in Reception! We have been learning all about different stories and have been writing our own story about what our toys do at home whilst we are at school. In Maths we have been learning about addition, starting with using objects, numicon and writing number sentences.
We were super lucky to have a special visitor this week. His name was Mr Goode and he is a fantastic illustrator. He showed us all of the different projects he has worked on and inspired us to keep illustrating along side our writing. Thank you so much Mr Goode we will keep drawing!
During this week the children have had the opportunity to do a 'book swap' and go to different classes to listen to a variety of exciting stories which we have thoroughly enjoyed.
Next week is our sharing assembly. We have been practising really hard and we are very excited to share our work with you that we have been doing throughout our Snow and Ice topic. We can't wait to perform for all of our parents and carers.
In Maths we will be introducing money with an added focus on addition. We will also continue to enjoy guided reading, writing and phonic activities throughout the week.
We hope you have a lovely weekend filled with stories and imagination.
This week Reception went on a school trip to St Albans Abbey Cathedral. The children enjoyed learning about the Abbey and looking at different shapes and patterns inside the church. They also had the opportunity to make their own clay tiles by rolling out clay and then designing their tiles with images related to the church. The children were so well behaved inside the Cathedral and we were very proud of them!
On Tuesday we had a very special visit from Mr. Bingham, who talked about his expedition to the Arctic. The children were all fascinated to see his equipment and find out about all of his adventures. Thank you for coming in and inspiring us!
Next week we will be creating story bracelets, sequencing the beginning, middle and end of our penguin story. We will also be practising the songs for our Family morning and writing sentences about polar animals. In Maths we will continue to learn about doubling numbers, and focus on halving different shapes and numbers too. We will continue to enjoy guided reading, writing and phonic activities throughout the week.
Chestnut Class have their forest school session next Tuesday where they will be exploring the Spinney and doing forest art as a whole class. Miss Holt is very excited about her first forest school visit, please keep an eye out for up and coming photos...
This week we have been continuing our Topic- Snow & Ice. We have enjoyed looking at books about different polar animals, such as penguins, seals and polar bears. Each class has been busy doing a range of Art activities, painting polar animals and creating large-scale collages by cutting and sticking a variety of materials. In maths we have been learning about teen numbers, learning to count to 20 and sequence the numbers in order.
Lime Class enjoyed Forest School this week, we had lots of fun making pictures using natural resources from the forest and we loved exploring the Ups and Downs! Sycamore Class have their session next week.
Next week we will be creating story maps, sequencing the beginning, middle and end of our penguin story. We will also be learning about Chinese New Year, making Chinese lanterns and tasting Chinese food. On Friday the children will also have the opportunity to take part in a lion dance workshop to celebrate Chinese New Year. In Maths we will continue to learn about teen numbers, and also focus on estimating different amounts. We will continue to enjoy guided reading, writing and phonic activities throughout the week.
Next week we will be continuing our 'Talk for Writing' story about penguins. In Maths we will be exploring teen numbers, and using programmable toys to follow different directions. We will continue to enjoy guided reading, writing and phonic activities throughout the week.
We are looking forward to starting Forest Schools next week - Lime Class will go first on Tuesday the 22nd January.
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and a very Happy New Year! This week Reception kicked off our Topic about Snow & Ice. We have enjoyed learning about the North & South Poles, looking at the different environments and exploring the animals that live there. In maths we have been learning about positional language, using words like on, under, in front and behind to describe the position of objects.
Next week we will be learning a story about penguins and adding actions to key words. In Maths we will be exploring 3D shapes, using words to describe their properties like corner, edge and face. We will continue to enjoy guided reading, writing and phonic activities throughout the week.
This week we have been learning about colour mixing. We have enjoyed a range of art activities and looked at books about colour, such as 'The Black Book of Colour' and 'The Dot'. In maths we have been learning about 2d flat shapes, using words like corners, sides, curved and straight to describe them.
Children will be bringing home lanterns tonight ready for the Soutdown lantern parade. We hope you enjoy it - it should look spectacular.
Next week we will be learning about recipes, noticing that the instructions are numbered and in order. In Maths some children will be working on addition, whilst others are ready to move on to subtraction. We will continue to enjoy guided reading, writing and phonic activities throughout the week.
This week we have been learning about fireworks, creating some fantastic art work and exploring firework poetry.
In Maths we have finished off learning about 'one less' and moved on to addition. Next week we will be exploring colour in more detail and in maths we will be looking at 2d shapes, using words like corners, sides, curved and straight to describe them.
Tomorrow is our Christmas fair! See you there at 2-5pm.
We hope you all enjoyed 'Our school, our world' exhibition on Thursday. We know the children certainly did and produced lots of fantastic work. Next week we will be learning about fireworks. We hope that all the children have experienced fireworks, either going to see a display or hearing the bangs from their beds. We will be creating art, exploring firework poems and talking about when people use fireworks to celebrate. On Friday 23rd it is a non-uniform day, as organised by out PTA. On Saturday 24th it is our Christmas Fair (2-5pm). We hope to see as many of you there as possible.
We have started our two week topic 'Our School, Our World' and each class are focussing on a different country. Chestnut are learning about Australia, Sycamore about Greece and Lime are learning about Mexico. On Thursday 15th we will show all our learning after school, do try and come! We have also been learning about Diwali this week. On Tuesday we enjoyed a traditional Indian dance workshop and performed what we had learnt to the school.
We are really keen to have some volunteers come in and read/ help with word ladders. If you can help then please speak to your child's class teacher.
This week we have been learning...
Next week is half term. Have a rest! When we return on 5th November we will be starting our mini topic 'Our school, our world'. Each class will be focussing on a different country and finding out about it. More information to follow. After that we will start our 'Colour and Festival' topic. On Tuesday 6th we will have a special Diwali day and will be attending a Diwali dance workshop.
Have a restful week off!
This week we have been acting out the 'Owl Babies' story and wrote our own speech bubbles from the characters point of view. We are continuing to learn our sounds and use them to read cvc words, such as pen, hat and lip. In Maths we continue to explore numbers 1-10 and solve problems.
Sycamore class photos - enjoy!
Chestnut Forest Schools - we had a blast! Thanks to Leah's Dad and Rebecca's Dad, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
What another busy week. This week we have been learning the 'Owl Babies' story and creating story maps. We created some beautiful owl art work using brusho dye. In Maths we have been learning how to use Numicon to represent numerals and quantities.
'We made owl pictures. First we were drawing the shape, then wetting it and then using fabric (paint brush) to tap it on. It went all colourful,' said Rebecca in Chestnut class.
'I was playing Mums and Dads. I ranned away a lot!' said Josh S in Chestnut class.
We've had such a busy week! In maths we have been developing our number sense, exploring numerals and quantities to ten. We have all enjoyed hearing the story 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell, and discussed times we have missed our family, just like Bill. In phonics we have been recapping the sounds 's,a,t,p,i,n,m' and using them to blend simple words, such as 'it, an, mat, tap.' Most of the children now have a reading book and word ladder to take home. Please practise reading as often as possible.
We have had lots and lots of play this week, and the children have been showing us their creative sides, such as painting, role play and construction. We've spent much of our time enjoying our outdoor space and learning how to use the equipment safely.
A few children are beginning to tire of the long week (they're full of colds!), this is completely normal! Rest assure that we are flexible in our daily timetable and adjust it to the needs of the children. If you have any concerns then please do not hesitate to speak to your child's class teacher.
Next week we will be learning the story 'Owl Babies' off by heart using actions and repeated phrases. We will also be creating a story map with labels. We will also be creating some owl art work. In maths we will be exploring Numicon, looking at patterns and matching them to numerals.
A topic mat has been sent home in book bags - please take a look at some of the suggested tasks. If you complete any of the activities then don't forget to record it (photographs or written notes are great) so we can share them in class.
Have a restful weekend!
Welcome to our first blog! The children are becoming very settled and flourished in their first full week at school - well done to all. We've had a busy few weeks getting to know the children and a little about their families. We have created self-portraits and drew pictures of our families. We have been learning about when and how to wash our hands (please encourage) and have learnt the sounds 's,a,t,p,i,n'. We have begun to use them to blend simple words, such as 'it, in, sat, tap'. Please could each child bring in a family photograph which can be displayed in the classroom? We would like to use them to personalise our role play areas and ensure it is personal to the children.
Next week we will be exploring the book 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell. In Maths we will be learning to recognise numbers in different forms, such as Numicon, on a dice and with objects. We will be learning how to get dressed for PE and continuing to grow our independence. We hope to send home word ladders/reading books over the next few weeks - please be patient, this takes a little time.
Have a restful weekend. Here's a few photos of the last few weeks...