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...
In this Phase a further 25 letters and graphemes are taught. The final two sets of letters are taught first.
|j / v / w / x|
|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.
(as in chip)
(as in shop)
(as in thin)
(as in then)
(as in ring)
(as in rain)
(as in feet)
(as in night)
(as in book)
(as in boot)
(as in farm)
(as in for)
(as in hurt)
(as in cow)
(as in coin)
(as in dear)
(as in fair)
(as in sure)
(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.
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!
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.
Thank you for your support!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 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!
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?
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.
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.
On Thursday 19th October, children in reception will be learning about Diwali. If you would like to help your child to find out about this Hindu festival beforehand, you could:
create rangoli patterns
create a diva lamp
make and write a Diwali card
make a Diwali craft
These websites may be useful.
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.
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!
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, _______
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. 🐘
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.
If you haven't already, please send in your email addresses so that we can begin to share your child's daily experiences with you!
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.
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
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!
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!