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Reception Parent Information Meeting notes - 16th January 2019

Reception Parent Information Meeting notes - 17th September 2018

Welcome to Reception!


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.

22.3.19

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!

A fun-packed week in Lime Class...

A fun-packed week in Lime Class... 1 It's snack time at forest schools!
A fun-packed week in Lime Class... 2 We love climbing up the steep hills!
A fun-packed week in Lime Class... 3 We love looking for animal habitats!
A fun-packed week in Lime Class... 4 'Cooking' in the forest kitchen!
A fun-packed week in Lime Class... 5 Sewing our binka eggs ready for Easter.
A fun-packed week in Lime Class... 6 Practising our running stitch!

Spring has sprung in Sycamore Class!

Spring has sprung in Sycamore Class! 1 We love sewing with binka!
Spring has sprung in Sycamore Class! 2 Making music in Sycamore!
Spring has sprung in Sycamore Class! 3 We are learning to count in 2s.
Spring has sprung in Sycamore Class! 4 Cooking in the mud kitchen!

Kidz Fit!

Kidz Fit! 1 Follow the leader
Kidz Fit! 2 Can you jump 10 times?
Kidz Fit! 3 How strong are the muscles in your legs?
Kidz Fit! 4 Stretching the muscle meter!

Exploring stories in Chestnut Class

Exploring stories in Chestnut Class 1 Enormous Turnip story map
Exploring stories in Chestnut Class 2 Hansel and Gretel
Exploring stories in Chestnut Class 3 I'm the narrator!
Exploring stories in Chestnut Class 4 I'm building a house of straw!

Fruit salad fun in Sycamore!

Fruit salad fun in Sycamore! 1 Topsy Turvy for Red Nose Day!
Fruit salad fun in Sycamore! 2 We used our bridge cut to make fruit salad. Yummy!

Forest fun in Lime Class!

Forest fun in Lime Class! 1 We love having our snack in the forest!
Forest fun in Lime Class! 2 Fun in the mud
Forest fun in Lime Class! 3 We love climbing the steep hills!
Forest fun in Lime Class! 4 We are mud monsters!
Forest fun in Lime Class! 5 Playing hide & seek
Forest fun in Lime Class! 6 Fun in the mud!
Forest fun in Lime Class! 7
Forest fun in Lime Class! 8 We are topsy turvy for Red Nose Day!
Forest fun in Lime Class! 9 Funny faces for Red Nose Day!

Lime Class' Vegetable Faces!

Lime Class' Vegetable Faces! 1 What a funny face!
Lime Class' Vegetable Faces! 2 A vegetable dinosaur!
Lime Class' Vegetable Faces! 3 Smile :)
Lime Class' Vegetable Faces! 4 Vegetable face

Fun in Sycamore Class!

Fun in Sycamore Class! 1 We enjoyed chopping vegetables for our fajitas!
Fun in Sycamore Class! 2 We have been using different coins to buy toys.

1.3.19

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.

Book Week!

Book Week! 1 Sycamore Class celebrating World Book Day!
Book Week! 2 Lime Class celebrating World Book Day!
Book Week! 3 Chestnut Class celebrating World Book Day!

Fun in Chestnut Class!

Fun in Chestnut Class! 1 We loved exploring the hills.
Fun in Chestnut Class! 2 Painting our clay tiles from the Abbey.
Fun in Chestnut Class! 3
Fun in Chestnut Class! 4 We enjoyed sliding down the hills.
Fun in Chestnut Class! 5 Halving numbers using sorting circles.
Picture 1 Sycamore ejoyed using the claves to make music!
Picture 2 We learnt how to halve numbers using cones.

Fun in Lime Class...

Fun in Lime Class... 1 Lime Class cooking in the mud kitchen!
Fun in Lime Class... 2 We painted our clay tiles from the Abbey Cathedral
Fun in Lime Class... 3 Lime class enjoyed doing yoga this week!
Fun in Lime Class... 4 We loved yoga!
Fun in Lime Class... 5 Look at our lovely clay tiles!

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...

A very busy week in Lime Class!

A very busy week in Lime Class! 1 Lime Class loved making clay tiles at the Abbey!
A very busy week in Lime Class! 2 We used rolling pins & cutters to create patterns.
A very busy week in Lime Class! 3 We designed our tiles with images from the Abbey
A very busy week in Lime Class! 4 We loved dressing up for Chinese New Year!
A very busy week in Lime Class! 5 Chinese New Year celebrations
A very busy week in Lime Class! 6 Lime Class love cooking in the Mud Kitchen!
A very busy week in Lime Class! 7 We love being builders!

We loved our trip to the Abbey Cathedral!

We loved our trip to the Abbey Cathedral! 1 We made clay tiles at St ALbans Abbey Cathedral.
We loved our trip to the Abbey Cathedral! 2 We decorated our tiles with images from the Abbey
We loved our trip to the Abbey Cathedral! 3 We enjoyed doubling with dominoes!

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. 

Fun in Sycamore Class!

Fun in Sycamore Class! 1 We love painting polar animals!
Fun in Sycamore Class! 2 Observational drawings for our display...
Fun in Sycamore Class! 3 We love learning about teen numbers outside!
Fun in Sycamore Class! 4 We enjoyed programming Beebots!

Lime Class had fun at Forest School this week!

Lime Class had fun at Forest School this week! 1 We made a picture out of natural materials.
Lime Class had fun at Forest School this week! 2 Come and see our Forest Art!
Lime Class had fun at Forest School this week! 3 We made a picture frame out of sticks.
Lime Class had fun at Forest School this week! 4 We love climbing up the steep hills!
Lime Class had fun at Forest School this week! 5 Lime Class playing hide & seek

Lime Class had so much fun playing outside in the snow!

Lime Class had so much fun playing outside in the snow! 1
Lime Class had so much fun playing outside in the snow! 2
Lime Class had so much fun playing outside in the snow! 3

Igloo fun in Lime Class!

Igloo fun in Lime Class! 1 We loved making igloos using sugar cubes!
Igloo fun in Lime Class! 2 Making an igloo for a penguin.
Igloo fun in Lime Class! 3 We enjoyed learning about 3D shapes!

Having a whale of a time in Chestnut!

Having a whale of a time in Chestnut! 1 Chestnut Class have thier own orca whale!
Having a whale of a time in Chestnut! 2 Voting to name the whale!

A fun week in Sycamore Class!

A fun week in Sycamore Class! 1 We loved making our bird feeders!
A fun week in Sycamore Class! 2 We enjoyed making 3D models using junk modelling.
Reception are enjoying learning about Snow & Ice.  We have been exploring the Arctic and Antarctic, looking at the different environments and exploring the people and animals that live there.   In maths we have been learning about 3D shapes, naming the different shapes and using the vocabulary of edge, corner, face, curved or straight to describe their

properties.

 

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.

Sycamore have enjoyed exploring our new Topic - Snow & Ice

Sycamore have enjoyed exploring our new Topic - Snow & Ice 1 Our igloo is very cosy!
Sycamore have enjoyed exploring our new Topic - Snow & Ice 2 Investigating Arctic animals on our snow table
Sycamore have enjoyed exploring our new Topic - Snow & Ice 3 We have been learning positional language.

10.1.19

 

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. 

Lime Class enjoyed working with Talk Partners to follow instructions using positional language.

Lime Class enjoyed working with Talk Partners to follow instructions using positional language. 1 "The chair is in between us!"
Lime Class enjoyed working with Talk Partners to follow instructions using positional language. 2 "I am under the chair!"
Lime Class enjoyed working with Talk Partners to follow instructions using positional language. 3 Lime Class enjoyed learning positional language!

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas & A Happy New Year!

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas & A Happy New Year! 1 Happy Christmas from all of Reception!

Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week!

Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 1 Making penguin slides in our small world area...
Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 2 We even made a pool for the penguins to swim in!
Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 3 Lime Class love Forest School...
Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 4 We enjoy exploring the 'Ups and Downs'
Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 5 We love running down the steep hills!
Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 6 Sliding down the muddy slopes!
Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 7 Finding pumpkins in the forest
Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 8 Playing hide & seek.. Ready or not, here we come!
Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 9 We printed repeating patterns on our Christmas hat
Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 10 Making decorations for our Christmas corner..
Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 11 Waiting for our Christmas dinner - So exciting!
Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 12 Look at our lovely hats!
Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 13 We loved eating the Christmas dinner...
Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 14 The food was delicious!
Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 15 Lime Class Christmas Dinner - So much fun!
Lime Class have had lots of Christmas fun this week! 16 Yummy!

A Christmassy week in Sycamore!

A Christmassy week in Sycamore! 1 We printed repeating patterns on Christmas hats!
A Christmassy week in Sycamore! 2 We loved making slime in Sycamore!
A Christmassy week in Sycamore! 3 The texture changed as we added ingredients.
A Christmassy week in Sycamore! 4 We were fascinated by the treasures we found!
A Christmassy week in Sycamore! 5 Getting excited for our Christmas dinner.
A Christmassy week in Sycamore! 6 We all wore our Christmas hats!
A Christmassy week in Sycamore! 7 We loved wearing our Christmas jumpers!

Champion Chestnuts Busy Week!

Sycamore Class have been busy!

Lime Class had lots of fun at Forest School this week!

5.12.18  Over the next few weeks we will be learning all about Christmas.  We will be making cards, decorations, exploring the Nativity story and learning songs.  We will be encouraging the children to share their experiences of festivals, focusing on how light and colour is used.  

Sycamore have had a busy week!

30.11.18

 

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. 

23.11.18

 

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.

Lime Class singing 'La Cucaracha'

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As part of 'Our School our World' Lime Class were learning about Mexico. We loved tasting Mexican food and we even learnt a Mexican song!

16.11.18

 

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. 

9.11.18

 

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.

 

Next week...

  • Lantern workshop - please speak to the class teacher if you can help.  We all have different times on Monday but would love some support.
  • Tuesday 13th - Chestnut Group 2 Forest Schools
  • Thursday 15th  - Come in and see our work after school
  • Friday 16th - Children in Need - Wear spots!

Chestnut Class

Lime Class fun at Forest School!

24.10.18

 

This week we have been learning...

 

  • To recognise rhyming words, noticing the ends are the same.
  • To match rhyming words and begin to add our own.
  • To learn new sounds and apply in reading and writing.
  • To talk about the length of objects, using words such as long, longest, short, shortest.
  • To order three objects by length.

 

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!

11.10.18

 

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.

 

Next week...

 

  • Monday - School photos. 
  • Parent consultations on Tuesday and Thursday. Make sure you've signed up!
  • Sycamore Forest Schools on Tuesday.  Come dressed ready for the forest and bring your school uniform in a bag, so we  can change if we get muddy.  If you'd like to come then please see Mrs Norton. 
  • Wednesday - Night Owl visit.  How exciting! 
  • We will be learning how to use colour magic to create pictures, learning to write owl facts and continuing to explore numbers 1-10. 

11.10.18

Sycamore class photos - enjoy!

9.10.18

 

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. 

4.10.18

 

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. 

 

Next week:

  • Monday 8th October  - open classroom, come and see your child's book and look around the classroom.
  • Chestnut class will be going to Forest Schools on Tuesday 9th in the morning.  If you'd like to come along then please speak to Miss George.  All the children need to come dressed for Forest schools (warm trousers, t.shirt, jumper, coat, welly boots) and need to bring their uniform in a bag to change into on our return.  We may get muddy!
  • We are creating speech bubbles linked to Owl Babies and will be exploring numbers in detail. 

28.9.18

 

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!

21.9.18

 

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...

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