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Reception

Welcome to Early Years!

 

Our teachers are Mrs Brind, Mr Heydon and Mrs Charidza. We are supported by Mrs Jachym, Mrs Hort, Mrs Sturgess and Mrs Thompson

 

We enjoy learning through practical play and exploration. Check out the links below to see what we have been learning about recently.

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Religious Education: Celebrations: (To cover Monday to Friday)

We would like the child to explore that the experience of the community is an essential and enjoyable part of life for people of every age and faith. The cycle of the year and the span of a lifetime contains occasions for regular celebrations as well as unexpected surprises when people want to celebrate with family, friends, and community.

  1. Parents think back to your childhood. Which celebrations of the community did you enjoy the most? How did you celebrate? Who took part? What celebration songs did you sing? If you have some, show your child your childhood photographs.
  2. Which celebrations are you looking forward to in the coming months? How will you celebrate? Who else will take part?
  3. Explain to the child the term ‘parish family’ and talk about what the parish celebrates e.g. Christmas, Easter, baptism, weddings, etc.
  4. Draw a picture of a church priest. Write sentences about how he helps the church family to celebrate.
  5. Write a 'thank you' card or letter to the parish priest thanking him for what he does to help the parish family celebrate.

Now get your piece of musical instrument, go to the link, and join in the celebration song.   :  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8Lu41LulQos

 

Week Beginning 25.1.2021 The Presentation of Jesus. 

We would like the child to explore that the experience of the community is an essential and enjoyable part of life for people of every age and faith. The cycle of the year and the span of a lifetime contains occasions for regular celebrations as well as unexpected surprises when people want to celebrate with family, friends, and community.

Activity 1 Monday. Tell your child about a baby naming or a baby presentation ceremony. If you have pictures showing these functions, you may share these with your child.  What happens? Who attends? How is the function celebrated? Why is it important?

Activity 2 Tuesday. Listen to the story about the presentation of Jesus at the temple by clicking on this link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=leN-xNrkjbo. When you have finished, please answer the following questions: Who did Mary and Joseph meet at the temple? Why did Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the temple? Why did Simeon and Anna go to the temple? Why were Simeon and Anna pleased to meet Jesus?

Activity 3 Thursday. Today you can use different materials to make finger puppets on the presentation of Jesus at the temple. Use the puppets to retell the story. An adult can record you doing this then upload the recording on Evidence Me.

  

 

 

P.E. Activities - Balancing Bridges. (You can  wear something comfortable for your PE activities)

Repeat the activities throughout the week and talk to an adult about how you will have improved through the week)

Recap balancing on your left and right legs. Count to 10 whilst balancing on each leg. Make 10 hops forward. 

This week we would like you to make different types of bridges with your body. You can use your hands and feet to do this. Try to make very low and very high bridges. Make bridges on all 4, then 3, and then 2 limbs. Count to 5 whilst holding the position of your bridge. How many types of bridges can you make? You can take photographs to show your teacher or you can draw a picture of yourself practising.

 

Week Beginning 25.1.21 P.E. Activities - Jumping - (Please refer to the Topic Activities Folder).

 

Home Learning 

 

Please upload any pictures of your child’s work to Evidence Me.

If you have any questions about the work please contact your respective teacher using the emails provided on our home learning page. The EYFS team will be more than happy to provide help and feedback to help your child get the most out of the activities below.

 

We have purchased 'Bug Club' which is an online Reading Scheme. Your child has their own username and password that will give them access to some books (this will be sent via 'Evidence Me'). This will be monitored by your class teacher. We would like to receive videos of your child reading (they can read a physical book instead, if they wish) via 'Evidence Me' on a Monday and Thursday.

Please note that the username and password for bug club is case sensitive and should all be lower case. When you access the book, please click on the 'bug'  that appears on some of the pages. This will ask your child a questions about the story. Thank you.

 

If you are having difficulty accessing 'Evidence Me' or if you can not complete the work on paper or electronically, please email your respective teacher so that we can provide assistance. Here is the link for parent help for Evidence Me.

 

 

As we continue to enjoy learning,

What are we learning this week? 7th December 2020

 

 

 

  • We learnt to say and record the following letters and sounds: nk and recapped on ch. qu, x and ng. We also learnt to read and spell the following words using the sounds that we have learnt: pink, sink, wink, bank, tank, thank, think, sank, stink etc. Please help your child by practising these sounds and words at home. They could play eye spy, hunt the sound or bingo. They could practise forming the letter in the bath, on a family member's back or even in the air, making big movements. Most of our children can now write a few 3-letter or 4-letter words. Please help them to continue to practise this at home.
  • We are continuing with our RE topic - BIRTHDAYS. We explored and why Advent is important and read parts of the Christmas story. We learnt about when Gabriel appeared to Mary; The Journey to Bethlehem; The Shepherds and about The Wisemen. The children worked with different materials to make Christmas angels, cards and candles.
  • This week for Reading, we will continue to work on rhyming strings and rhyming poems. We will focus on the following patterns: -at; -et; -it and -ot. Please help the children to generate their own rhyming strings e.g. -at = bat; mat, cat, hat, pat, hat, sat, vat etc. They can do this with magnetic letters, the letters in their tubs or if your child is able to, help them write the words and then read them to you.
  • In RE we will recap on the importance of the Advent Wreath and its meaning as well as The 3 Kings' visit. The children will also learn about The Christingle and what it stands for. It will be beneficial if families can help the children to make Christingles at home as the current COVID-19 situation will not allow children to make them in school and bring the Christingles home. Please help your child by reading this week's sections of the Christmas story with them.
  • For Numbers, we will be looking at representing numbers on the 5 or 10 frames. The children will practise to identify and give a number which is 1 more or 1 less than the given/shown number. They will learn how to compare numbers using the words "more than" and "less than" when comparing the numbers.
  • For Shape, Space and Measure, the children will continue to learn the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. They will use the shapes to make their own repeating patterns using 2 and then 2 different shapes. The children will also learn how to order objects by size i.e. by length and height.  Parents are encouraged to engage the children in similar activities at home.
  • We will continue to build our gross and fine motor skills by accessing activities such as The Adventure playground and climbing equipment, the bikes, large and small balls, cutting and sticking, hammer and nail activities, and painting.
  • We will continue to build friendships and learn the school rules as we interact with one another. 
  • NB. May you please continue to help your child to practise writing their name correctly with the capital letter only at the beginning and the rest in small letters. They should also continue to hold the pencil correctly as shown below. 

How can I help my child at home this week? 30.11.2020

This week we have been learning to pronounce the sound 'nk'. We have used the following sheet to help to write the sound:

 

Please help your child to say the sounds in the words on the following sheet. They should be able to say each sound and then blend the sounds together to say it. Please also help your child to say the word and then work out each sound before trying to write it.

letter formation chart

We used the following phrases to remember how to form the letters:

 

 

m    Maisie, mountain, mountain

a     round the apple, down the leaf

s     slither down the snake round his bottom,

d     up his tall neck and down to his feet

t      down the tower, across the tower

i      down the body, dot for the head

n     down Nobby, over his net

p     down the plait and over the pirates face

g     round her face, down her hair and give her a curl

o     all around the orange

c     curl around the caterpillar

k     down the kangaroo’s body tail and leg

u     down and under, up to the top and draw the puddle

b     down the laces to the heel and around the toe

f      down the stem and draw the leaves

e     lift off the top and scoop out the egg

l      down the long leg

h     down the head, to the hooves and over his back

sh   slither down the snake, down the horse’s head to the hooves and over his back

r     down the robots back and curl over his arm

j     down his body, curl, dot for his head

v    down a wing, up a wing

y    down a horn, up a horn and under head

w   down, up, down, up

th   down the tower, across the tower, then down the horse’s head to the hooves and over his back

z    zig-zag-zig

ch  the horse sneezes when the caterpillar's hairs get up his nose

qu  round her head, up past her earring, down her hair, and flick

x    down the arm and leg, repeat the other side

ng  a thing on a string

nk  I think I stink

 

Please help your child to learn the sound and form the letter. They could practise forming the letters in water, sand, mud, on your back, on their palm etc. They could write it on paper, use their finger on the carpet or a paintbrush. It is very important that they learn how to form the letter correctly and how to say the sound. You could use 'Mr Thorne does phonics' on YouTube as a way of hearing the correct pronunciation.

Please also help your child to hold the pencil properly. Here is a picture of how your child should be holding a pencil:

 

Here is a video clip to support letter formation:

We have also been learning to recognise what one more and one less than a given number is. Please help your child to recognise what the next number and number before is so that they are able to recognise one more and one less. You should also be using the words 'more' and 'less'. The children should be able to compare the numbers too. 

We have also be giving the children opportunities to practise naming 2D shapes. Please help your child with recognising shapes around the home. They should also be able to talk about the number of sides and corners.

 

Your child should also have brought home their tubs. This includes the sounds that they have been learning as well as the numbers. Please help your child to learn how to pronounce and record the sounds. 

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