# Reception

When finding half of a number, we have been sharing objects into two equal groups.

Your child can practise this at home using any objects around the house. For example - 'Farmer Green has 8 cows in his field. Half of these cows escape. How many cows does Farmer Green have left?'

Support your child to get 8 objects and to share them between two groups. We share into two groups because two halves make a whole.

You will see that there are 4 objects in each group so half of 8 is 4. From this we can also see that double 4 is 8.

## NUMBERJACKS | A Game Of 2 Halves | S1E18

The Shape Japer makes half a load of trouble, and 4 has to make things whole again. Numberjacks: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Agents: 14, 47, 73, 96

Next week, we will be using these stories as part of our work about Father's Day.

## Seahorse | AMAZING ANIMALS

Seahorses can move their eyes independently of each other! Learn more amazing facts about the seahorse in this video from National Geographic Kids. ➡ Subscribe for more National Geographic Kids videos: http://bit.ly/SubscribeToNatGeoKids ➡ Watch the full series here: http://bit.ly/NGKAmazingAnimals About Amazing Animals: Learn the most unique and interesting facts about animals from all over the world with this video series by National Geographic Kids.

## Phonic games

Children have been comparing animals, thinking about the similarities and differences between them. They have been talking about how animals move.

We have been learning all about time and using language such as ‘seconds’, ‘minutes’ and ‘o’clock’. We have been exploring what things we can do in 60 seconds.

## RG and RC class assembly WEDNESDAY 2nd MAY 9.15am

Don't forget that children can wear their own suitable clothing and appropriate footwear (trainers would be ideal).

Those children who have not requested a grab bag need to bring their own packed lunch and drink.

Remember to bring a sun hat / cap and apply sun cream in case of sunny weather.

Thank you!

## National Pets Month 1 April – 7 May

We will be using this celebration to inspire our work during the first three weeks of the summer term.

Don’t forget to send in photographs of your family pets.

We will share the story ‘Dear Zoo’, describing the main events in the story and using this to learn about animals in the wild and animals as pets.

## Letter - Ash End House Farm visit

Welcome back to the final term in reception!

We have lots of exciting and engaging activities planned for the summer term, focusing on the Early Learning Goal statements of the Early Years Curriculum.

## This week, we have been sharing the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.

We will be learning all about plants and what they need to grow.

We have 'planted' cress seeds on cotton wool, watered them and placed them on the window ledge to see if they will grow.

## Animals and plants in spring | Geography - The Great British Year

Today, we went on a walk to see what signs of spring we could find.
Don't forget to look on your child's tapestry page to see what we found!

## Miss Cole had a fright when the mummy dinosaur came to collect her baby.

Look at our independent writing!

## Something has arrived in our classroom...

Literacy

As you've hopefully all seen from your child's word tin and homework, we have been introducing more and more of the vowel digraphs (two letters one sound) and vowel digraphs (3 letters one sound). Children can often find these sounds tricky to learn so DON'T PANIC if your child hasn't picked these up instantly!

PLEASE spend a few minutes EACH day helping your child to learn their new sounds (recapping on all other sounds) and tricky words. Here's a few ideas to help you...

## Phase 3 Teaching Overview

In this Phase a further 25 letters and graphemes are taught. The final two sets of letters are taught first.

 Set 6 j / v / w / x Set 7 y / z, zz / qu

Once Sets 6 & 7 have been taught children learn about graphemes where more than one letter represents one sound e.g. the grapheme 'ai' represents one sound in the word 'rain'.

Click on each grapheme below to download a set of A5 flashcards with words containing this grapheme. Practise reading these with your child.

 ch (as in chip) sh (as in shop) th* (as in thin) th* (as in then) ng (as in ring) ai (as in rain) ee (as in feet) igh (as in night) oo** (as in book) oo** (as in boot) (as in farm) (as in for) (as in hurt) ow (as in cow) (as in coin) (as in dear) air (as in fair) ure (as in sure) er (as in her)

*The grapheme 'th' represents more than one sound. You may need to listen carefully to hear the difference.

**The grapheme 'oo' also represents more than one sound.

## Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

http://epicphonics.com/games/show/reading-machine-4 Check out our printable phonics resources and online games! A tricky word/sight word song for children covering the, I, go, no, to, she, he and we. Tricky words, these are tricky tricky tricky tricky tricky words! Don't let them trick you!

## Phase 3 Tricky Words Song Say Hello To

Phase 3 Tricky Words song as requested by many :) Tricky words/sight words featured me, be, was, you, my, all, are, they, was. Tricky words These are tricky, tricky, tricky, tricky tricky words That you can learn, learn, learn, learn Tricky words Don't let them trick you They are just tricky words Don't let them trick you Say hello to me, me, me, me, me m and e spells me Don't let it trick you.

## Tricky Words Phases 2+3

http://www.epicphonics.com/resources/phase/2 Check out our printable phonics resources and online games! A teaching video to learn tricky words from Phases 2 and 3 of the Letters and Sounds document.

Mathematics

Children have been working really hard this term finding out all about subtraction and using the language involved in 'taking away'.

Homework set this week gives children an opportunity to play online games involved in taking away and to reinforce the work, which they have been doing in school.

Shape, space and measure

We have been enjoying finding out about 3D solid shapes and using the 2D shape names to describe them. Children have been playing with 3D shapes and building blocks to find out about their properties, using words like 'faces', 'edges', 'flat' and 'curved' to describe them.

These videos are fun to watch and reinforce the shape names and properties. Enjoy!

## 3D Shapes Song | Shapes for kids | The Singing Walrus

The Singing Walrus presents "3D Shapes Song" - an upbeat, funky music video that shows various three dimensional shapes. Join our characters as they learn 4 different 3D shapes - cube, cone, sphere, and cylinder. During each verse, a 3D object (dice, party hat, ball, soda can) is shown next to the 3D shape so that kids can see examples in everyday life.

## Shapes song for kids | The Singing Walrus

We are excited to present our Shape Song, a groovy and interactive song for kids that introduces four 2D shapes: circle, triangle, square, and rectangle. In each verse, a shape describes itself and asks the kids to guess what they are.

We used the story 'Eat your greens, Goldilocks!' to introduce our work on this mini topic. It is important for children to show some understanding that good practices with regard to eating can contribute to good health

We have been promoting the idea that children need a VARIETY in food and to eat a healthy range of foodstuffs.

We enjoyed trying sweetcorn, peppers, lettuce, cucumber and cherry tomatoes to add to our cheese / chicken wholemeal sandwich this week, which children then ate during our teddy bear's picnic. Tapestry will soon be updated with images / videos of this so that you can see and read about what your child made and liked in particular.

Please encourage your child to try different foods at home. Remember, we have a different snack daily in reception; children do not need to bring in their own snack from home as we are finding that some children are only eating apples or bananas etc. and therefore are often reluctant to eat the school's snack.

Grab bags, which are now available for children to have at lunchtime, contain a wholemeal bread sandwich of ham, tuna or cheese, a piece of fruit, water or fruit juice and a cake, biscuit or yogurt. There's no more need for children to bring in their own sandwich box from home!

PLEASE try and encourage your child to choose a grab bag, a wrap, a jacket potato or a main meal each day. This will give your child more opportunities to try different foodstuffs and to have more variety of food in their diet.

## Change4Life schools video

This video is a great way to introduce healthy living messages to key stage 1 and 2 pupils. Why not play it in class or an assembly? Find out more about Change4Life in schools on our School Zone: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

## Spring Term

Next week, we will be thinking more about the season of winter.

We were very fortunate to have had the snowy weather last term and so children have already seen the changes in weather each season can bring.

At home, experiment with freezing and melting... what liquids, other than water, can freeze? How can we make frozen materials melt more quickly?

We will be exploring these ideas in school this week and talking about the changes we see.

## Four seasons | Geography - The Great British Year

Suitable for ages 5 to 11. This narration-free clip shows the array of behaviour shown by plants and animals throughout the year, in tune with the seasons and the seasonal weather. Subscribe for more Geography clips from BBC Teach on Thursdays when we have them in: http://bit.ly/BBCSubscribeTeach If you found this video helpful, give it a like.

## All of the children enjoyed finding out about the life of a guide dog and were extremely sensible listening and asking their own questions to find out information. Well done reception!

We have organised a visit from a guide dog and a speaker to talk to the children about people living with a visual impairment and / or sight loss. We hope to help to educate the children about what is available to help these children / adults and how we are all different but each unique.

## Welcome back everyone!

We hope that everyone has enjoyed their Christmas holidays. We look forward to seeing you all feeling well and ready to start the new term!
The children enjoyed performing their Christmas nativity yesterday to a packed audience and are looking forward to the final show today. We hope you enjoy 'The Fairytale Land Nativity Show'.

## Our elf... yet to be named!

What a naughty elf!

## Our visit from Mrs Peace from the road safety team

Today, we were able to practise crossing a road safely when we took part in a role play activity with Mrs Peace. We have been thinking about what we can do to keep ourselves safe outside.

More pictures and videos will be on tapestry very soon!

## Ways of making _____

We have been investigating the different ways to make a single digit number. For example, using the number 4, we found out that we could have...

4 and 0

3 and 1

2 and 2

We used the numicon to show how we could separate a group of objects in different ways, seeing that the amount still stays the same.

At home, try this using counters or pennies. For example, how many ways can you separate 10 pennies?

Your child may wish to record this using pictures or numerals.

Below is a link to online games practising number bonds to 10.

## Anti-bullying week

We used this story last week to discuss how the duckling felt and how the actions of the other animals in the story made him feel upset, heartbroken and sad.

We had a visit from an early years advisor last week and one of the (many) positive comments she made was how well the children all got along. I certainly agreed!

Children have been listening to and joining in with lots of nursery rhymes last week. We had a great time using nursery rhymes, which provided lots of learning opportunities for us to enjoy. Children particularly loved 'Miss Polly's house' where they engaged in imaginative play as Miss Polly, Miss Polly's dolly or the doctor from the nursery rhyme.

## Christmas production

Well done reception class! You raised money for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.

## World Nursery Rhyme Week

Next week, we will be enjoying a range of nursery rhymes and using these to enhance our learning in maths, reading, writing and in our enriched provision activities.

Can your child recite nursery rhymes? What is their favourite? Share your favourite nursery rhymes together and investigate the rhyming words.

You could change the words of your favourite rhyme...

Twinkle, twinkle little star, I love eating a mars... BAR!

## We've been going on a bear hunt!

We had a 'beary' good day celebrating 'hug a bear day' on Tuesday and have been continuing this theme by using the well-known book 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' in our lessons.

Don't forget to look at your child's tapestry account to see them performing this dance today!

## Hug a Bear Day

Don't forget your teddy bear tomorrow!

## Autumn 2

We look forward to welcoming reception children back after half term.

## Maths area

We will be learning about 2D shapes next week and continuing our work on counting, numbers and 1 more / 1 less.

Don't forget to encourage your child to practise counting backwards from 5, 10 or 15. Count forwards too. What number can they reach?

## Halloween role play

Children have already been enjoying dressing up and being imaginative in the Halloween role play area. HUBBLE BUBBLE...

## Happy Diwali!

We have enjoyed learning about the Hindu faith and Diwali - The Festival of Lights.

We hope that the children liked their coconut ice treat and that everyone loved their Diwali card and diva.

## Sound and word tins

We can't stress enough how important it is that children practise the sounds and words in their tin EVERY day. Please spend a few minutes each day encouraging your child to say each sound and each word.

If your child is struggling to remember a sound or word, put it up around the house, have it to hand as a larger flash card to practise at regular intervals, find it in books or newspapers, play online games (see below).

Practise blending (to read) and segmenting (to spell). For example -

Make a word (sap, am, it, not) and encourage your child to say each sound and blend them to say the WHOLE word.

Ask your child to make a word. They will need to segment the word on their fingers first and then find the right sounds and put them in the right order to make the word.

Keep practising!

## Harvest festival

We were so proud of all of the children in reception yesterday! They performed with confidence in the church and behaved impeccably. Well done RG and RB!

• create rangoli patterns

• create a diva lamp

• make and write a Diwali card

• make a Diwali craft

These websites may be useful.

https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/diwali

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/lets-celebrate-diwali?collection=lets-celebrate-celebrations

If your child does make anything for Diwali, they are welcome to bring it into school to share with their class mates on this day.

Thank You!

## Numbers and Numicon

Counting ✅

Recognising numbers ✅

Let's really understand numbers...

"Tell me about the number 3."

• 3 is one more than 2

• 3 is between 2 and 4

• 3 is bigger than 1

• 3 is less than 10

• 3 and 2 make 5

• 3 is how many sides a triangle has

• 3 is 2 and 1

• 3 is one less than 4

Let's help our children get to grips with numbers! Start with 1 and work your way up!

## The Little Red Hen

We'll be sharing this story next week as a mini topic. Children will be writing CVC words, writing captions, weighing and much more.

Practise continuing a rhyming string with your child...

hen, pen, _______

dog, log, _______

Have fun!

## Reception's sunflowers 🌻

Sunflower seeds where are you?

Lots of children tasted the sunflower seeds from our wilting sunflower head. There was a real interest in cracking open the shells and trying the seed inside.

Next week, we'll be looking more closely at the lifecycle of a sunflower so that we can find out what will happen now our sunflowers are wilting away.

Thank you for supporting our 'Humphrey's Pyjama Day'!

Children (and staff) enjoyed stories from 'Humphrey's Corner' and activities centred around Humphrey and his toy box. 🐘

## Wednesday 4th October

We had a visitor to reception today!

## RSPB visit

Let's go!
Colours in nature
I spy with my little eye...

## Stick Man

What a wonderful story! What's not so wonderful however is that whilst the children have been in their beds sleeping, Stick Man has been into reception and left autumn objects all over the tables! I wonder if the children will notice anything about how these objects have been left  when they come into school in the morning. We will see!

We have been busy capturing your child's journey through reception using our new online learning journals.
Very soon, you will be able to track your child's progress - as well as have special memories to treasure from their first year of primary school.

## Greengrocers role play area

Fruit or vegetables anyone?
When does the shop open?
Enjoy reading themed books while you shop!
Very competitive prices!
Fresh eggs anyone?

## Autumn is here!

Thank you for taking your child on an autumn scavenger hunt!

The children have brought in lots of exciting things to explore and use in and around the classroom and outside area.

## Fun with Phonics!

Children in reception are now enjoying daily phonic sessions and have been learning s, a, t, p, i, n, m and d. Help your child to say these letter sounds clearly and don't forget to practise blending (t i n = tin!) and segmenting (pat = p a t). Have fun!

Children have been sharing their all 'about me bags' and it's been wonderful to gain more insight into their likes and interests outside of school! These bags will be coming home as soon as your child has had the opportunity to tell us all about themselves so please bear with us!

If there is anything your child needs or would like to take home in the meantime from their bag, just let us know and of course that's absolutely fine!

## Roald Dahl Day

Children in Reception raised £35! Well done!

## The Enormous Crocodile bisuits... YUM! http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/icedbiscuits_3054

Roald Dahl Day

What a wonderful day we've had today celebrating Roald Dahl day in reception!

The children looked absolutely amazing dressed up and they embraced the day with smiles upon their faces!

We based the day on the Roald Dahl story 'The Enormous Crocodile' and after listening to the story, children enjoyed making crocodile biscuits, concertina crocodiles and engaging in imaginary play using the mud kitchen and jungle animals, just to name a couple!

Don't worry if your child hasn't made a biscuit today as we'll be continuing our Roald Dahl day tomorrow!

Thank you for you ongoing support!

Let's practise!
Left or right?

## Exploring outdoors

Water and mud!
Construction role play

## Roald Dahl Day

5.9.17

Day one went extremely well and children settled beautifully into school life at Fairhaven! Here's hoping the novelty won't wear off by the end of week 1!

This week, we will be getting to know the children and helping them to explore their new surroundings.

Next week, we will be starting our mini topic 'All about me!'. Look out for 'all about me' bags coming home soon with your child!

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