Welcome to Reception!
*Scroll down for weekly updates*
Welcome back, and welcome to all new starters. I hope you have had a very relaxing and enjoyable summer break and are now ready for the start of Reception. We have all had a fantastic week and the children have settled in to new routines very quickly. The children have enjoyed exploring their new classroom and are confidently accessing provision both inside and outside of the classroom.
Each child has their own coat peg . Please help your child to hang their coats and bags on their peg. Following this, please help your child complete their morning activities.
Following this, please settle your child on the carpet with a story. Each child has their own carpet spot.
Communication, both to celebrate the good things and tackle any problems or concerns, plays a principal role in ensuring the very best education for your child. Parents/guardians, please do not hesitate to contact me on the school number, or via email:
Alternatively, feel free to arrange a meeting- or simply pop in for a brief chat.
Week Commencing 18.03.2019
What a fun week we’ve had in Reception!
We started our week learning about ‘sharing’. The children helped share Miss Leeman’s sweeties between two people. This was used as an introduction to halving an amount. For example 4 shared is 2 and half of 4 is 2.
We then moved on to looking at money. The children have learnt to recognise and identify 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins. We had started to add amounts of coins together and will continue with this next week. A highlight from our money topic was the ‘Snack Shop!’ The children were asked to ‘buy’ their snack for the afternoon using 1p and 2p coins. We had great fun!
This week has been Shakespeare Week. The children learnt a few facts about Shakespeare;
“Shakespeare lived in Stratford Upon Avon”
“Shakespeare had 3 brothers and 4 sisters”
“Shakespeare wrote lots of plays”
“Shakespeare’s dad made gloves”
We have learnt a very simplified version of a Midsummer Night’s Dream and learnt that Puck, King Oberon’s fairy, used a magic flower to cast spells. The children have enjoyed making pom-pom flowers on the modelling table this week with wool. This tested concentration and perseverance skills!
On Thursday we enjoyed learning about the story of ‘The Good Samaritan’.
We started the morning by looking at a model of praying hands. The children talked about what it made them think of. Some of our responses were;
“Talking to Jesus and God”
“Kind hands being gentle”
We then worked in groups and moved around the classroom completing various activities-
World Down Syndrome Day
We also learnt about World Down Syndrome Day and learnt the Makaton signs to a song!
Week Commencing 11th March 2019
Updated on 15.03.2019
The children have thoroughly enjoyed participating in a variety of Science Experiments this week! On Thursday, the children enjoyed creating their own potions in the Messy Area!
This week we have continued our focus on ‘teen numbers’ and the children have been busy creating various amounts using Numicon.
We have been reading the story of Mr Nosey and the Beanstalk. The children have learnt to sequence the events in the story and can retell the story in their own words
This week the children have learnt to read and write the ‘oo’ (u) digraph
“oo- look at a book”
I am away on Jury Service for the next few weeks, please speak to Mrs Slater if you have any concerns. I am unsure as to how long I will be needed for so will inform you at a later date with regards to Parents’ Evening- I may need to reschedule.
I hope you all have a wonderful two weeks- I shall miss you all and can’t wait to hear about all of your adventures!
See you all soon,
It looks like you’ve all had fun this week! I enjoyed seeing you all today and have loved hearing about your World Book Day activities!
This week the children have been practising counting in twos. Mrs Slater set the children a challenge this week to use a number line to identify how to count in twos.
We have also had a big focus on two-digit numbers to 20 this week. The children have worked hard to identify a number and creating the amount on a ten frame.
The children have also enjoyed finding objects the same size as Mr Tall and Mr Small!
The children have enjoyed reading a variety of Mr Men and Little Miss books this week. I will be adding your World Book Day photos to Tapestry when I am back!
Next week the children will be reading Mr Nosey and the Beanstalk!
News sound- ‘oo- Poo at the zoo-
Green words: poo, moon, zoo, boot, roof.
Red Word: Mr
Spring 2, Week 1
Week Commencing 25.02.2019
This week we have started to learn to count in twos. The children have enjoyed washing socks in the Outdoor Area, pegging them in pairs to dry and then counting to see how many they had.
Challenge- Can you impress you grown-ups by counting in twos to ten or twenty?
Thank-you to everyone who brought their favourite book in this week! We have enjoyed sharing these with our friends and have been busy writing about our favourite stories during our Literacy lessons.
Next week is World Book Day- don’t forget to dress up!
Challenge- Can you read a bedtime story to a grown up over the weekend?
This week we have learnt to read, write and identify the ‘oa’ phoneme
Challenge: Can you write a list of ‘oa’ words?
Our new red word this week is ‘You’
Week Commencing 11.02.2019
We have had a wonderful last week to Spring 1! The children have been busy exploring a variety or resources to assist their learning and development.
This week we have focused on Capacity. The children have enjoyed exploring the water tray to explore making containers full, half full and empty.
The children have also continued with their learning of weight and have explored resources to see if they would float or sink. The children made predictions and explored each of the resources. They came to the conclusion that heavy items will sink and lighter items will float.
Challenge: Can you find items that float or sink at home?
Our focus sound this week has been;
“igh- fly high”
Can you read and write these green words?
Challenge: Can you write a sentence that contains an ‘igh’ word?
This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. The children have enjoyed exploring our Chinese restaurant themed role play area.
On Monday the children joined in and created their own Chinese Dragon dances- these will be uploaded onto Tapestry over the next few days. The children have also enjoyed eating noodles for their snack and some children had a go at using chopsticks!
The children have also learnt about key traditions;
“Some people wear red because it’s a lucky colour.”
“They have dragon and lion dances.”
“Some people use chopsticks to eat with”
I hope you all have a wonderful half term :)
Week Commencing 04.02.2019
What another busy week we have had in Reception!
We have been busy exploring the weight of moon rocks this week. The children have used balancing scales to identify which rock was heavier. The children have also started to think about capacity and have enjoyed using different containers in the water tray to explore how much water they can hold.
This week we have learnt to read and write;
'or- shut the door'
Some of the green words we have written are;
fork, sort, snort, short, sport
Challenge: Can you write a list of 'or' words in your homework book?
Super Challenge: Can you write a sentence containing an 'or' word in your homework book?
We have started reading the story 'Beegu' by Alexis Deacon. We have also continued to focus on our CVC words and sentence writing.
Challenges- this week our provision based challenges have included:
Can you stretch the loom bands onto the board?
Can you weigh the moon rocks?
Can your order the numbers?
Can you write a secret message using the secret pens and UV light?
Can you build an alien using the tins and magnetic resources?
Can you sort the objects? Do they contain the 'or' 'ee' or 'ai' phoneme?
Week Commencing 28.01.2019
We have been busy ordering objects according to their size this week! We even had ago at putting everyone in size order- Please check Tapestry over the weekend to see our photos!
We have been reading and writing all about ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy. The children have enjoyed using the resources in Role Play Area to retell the story with their friends. Come and see our Mark Making display for our superstar writing!
The children have enjoyed learning facts about Space this week. We have watched a video about Tim Peake and learnt that there is no gravity in space. The children have enjoyed writing about their favourite fact in their Literacy Books.
Our play-based challenges this week have included:
Can you match the sentences to the pictures?
Can you build a rocket using the modelling resources?
Can you write a sentence about one of the pictures?
Can you order the size or the stars, aliens or planets?
Can you use cubes to work out the addition calculations?
What a wonderful week it has been to explore the snow and ice! Look at the photos below to see how much fun we have had this week!
Week Commencing 21.01.2019
This week we have learnt to identify and represent the number 12. The children have enjoyed using the following resources to make 12;
- Clocks (telling the time to the hour)
- Ten Frames
- Part, Part Whole Models
Challenge: Can you make a number story about the number 12?
The children have also learn to identify the – symbol (take away). Using two single-digit numbers, the children have read the abstract and used concrete resources on a Part Part Whole Model to work out the answer. Super work everybody! We will continue to work on this next week.
New sounds for the week:
ng- “thing on a string”
ai- “snail in the rain”
Some of the green words we have been reading:
ng- sing, wing, bang, song, thing
ai- paid, snail, nail, rain, tail
Challenge: Can you make a list of ‘ng’ and ‘ai’ words?
We have been reading ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy to start our new Space Topic. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this story and have learnt to re-tell it in their own words. The children have worked on story sequencing this week and will begin to write simple sentences about the main events, next week.
Understanding the World
The children have been VERY excited and interested in the Ice this week, but weren’t very sure where it had come from!
Where has the ice come from in our Outdoor Area?
As the children weren’t entirely sure, we decided to conduct an experiment. One of the children thought that it had to be “cold, really cold” so the children thought of different places around school to place a cup of water. The children discussed their ideas with their talk partner. Some of the suggestions were:
When the children had gone home, Miss Leeman left a cup of water in various different places. The next day, the children made predictions and then explored the different cups on water to see which cup of water had frozen. The children found that the only cup of water that had frozen was the cup that was placed in the freezer. The children learnt that it has to be below zero degrees for water to freeze.
After exploring the ice, and seeing what it felt like, the children went off to complete their learning challenges. As we got ready for lunch we looked at the ice again but had discovered it had gone! Next, we will explore how ice melts!
Week Commencing 14.01.2019
This week we have learnt to identify the addition sign. The children have used Part Part Whole Models to work out addition sums to 10.
Challenge: Can you play the counting game on the TopMarks website?
This week we have learnt to read and write the 'th' digraph. The children have learnt to read the following words;
Challenge: Can you write a list of words that include the 'th' digraph? Can you think of anymore 'th' words than Miss Leeman? Remember that sometimes the 'th' makes a sharp nosie as in 'that'.
This week the children have been introduced to Learning Challenges around the classroom. The challenges have included;
- Can you sort the winter and summer clothes?
- Can you use the pegs to show different ways of making 11?
- Can you complete the Phonics jigsaw to build the CVC words?
- Can you use the tweezers to put the pompoms in the cup?
Happy New Year!
Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We have had a very busy start to the year!
We started the week with an exciting task set by Maths Man! Throughout the day, Maths Man sent Miss Leeman maths challenges that the children had to solve. At the end of the day, the whole school met together and it was revealed that the children could have a whole day of Art on Tuesday!
On Tuesday the children spent the morning exploring the work of Kandinsky. Some of the children spent time re-creating the art work and others spent time exploring how colours mixed. In the afternoon Miss Richards took Reception whilst Miss Leeman spent some time in Year 1. Reception looked at creating repeating patterns in Art and created their own Rangoli pattern.
On Wednesday we started to explore 3D shapes. We are learning to name and identify the following 3D shapes:
Challenge: Can you find items around your home that match one of our 3D shapes?
In Phonics we have learnt to read and write words containing the ‘sh’ and ‘ch’ digraph. Some of the words we have learnt to read and write are:
We have enjoyed playing a game on Phonics Play this week. The children have had a go at reading the word and deciding if it is a real or nonsense word.
Challenge: Can you use a tablet or computer to play the following game?
Please see the pictures below to see what we have been doing this week!
As we approach the end of term I would like to wish everybody a very
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Well done to everyone for working so hard this Term. I am sure you have all made it on to the Nice List and I hope Father Christmas brings you lots of wonderful gifts.
Week Commencing 10th December 2018
This week we have been busy creating lots of repeating patterns using different objects and media.
We have also enjoyed lots of other Christmas themed activities this week.
On Thursday we were lucky enough to be invited to a Pantomime in the School Hall!
A big THANK-YOU to Leeds City Council Road Safety Team for putting on a FANTASTIC show! The children LOVED it and have remembered the important safety messages.
We've had a great afternoon at the Christmas Fayre!
Week Commencing 03.12.2018
This week we have been using ten frame buses to support our take away sums.
The children have used story stems to support their understanding.
“First I had 5 people on the bus, then 2 people got off. Now I have 3 people left.”
We have continued to work on our blending and segmenting skills this week. The children have been working in small groups to consolidate their Fred Talk.
A big thank-you to all the parents who supported our visit to Church. We all had a wonderful time decorating the Church Christmas Tree.
Our Classroom is now well and truly ready for Christmas!!
Week Commencing 26.11.2018
This week we have been exploring the number 9. The children have learnt to identify and represent the number 9 in a variety of ways.
We have also been exploring one less than a number. The children have used marbles to identify one less. Our learning objectives have included;
I can count how many objects I have
I understand that the amount changes when counters are taken away
I can work out one less by using concrete objects
I can tell you one less than a number.
This week we have learnt to read, identify and write
w- up, down, up, down, up
y- up, down a horn, up a horn and under the head
v- up, down a wing, up a wing
Can you read these words?
Can you think of anymore words?
Monday- We will be decorating the school christmas tree- please create a decoration for our tree!
Tuesday- We will be visiting the Church- please see letter sent home on Friday for further information.
Friday- Deadline for all Nativity costumes.
Week commencing 19.11.2018
This week we learnt all about the number 8. The children enjoyed exploring the resources to find objects that represent the number 8.
We have also used a Part Part Whole Model to explore addition using concrete objects. The children have learnt to use a story stem to support addition-
“First I had 2, then 3 more came along, and now I have 5”
We have learnt to read and identify the ‘j’ and ‘v’ graphemes this week.
We made yummy jam sandwiches to support out 'j' learning.
We have also learnt to read and write the following RED words:
I, the, to, no
Week commencing 12.11.18
We have enjoyed identifying one more than a given number. Miss Leeman taught the children a song;
“Have you seen my adding one machine?
This is how it goes.
I put a number in your ear
and the answer will appear
When I BEEP my nose.
X and one more is…”
This week we have also learnt all about the number 7.
We have been practising blending to read this week.
We also learnt to read and write two red words;
‘I’ and ‘the’
This week we have….
Week commencing 05.11.2018
PE- Next week we will begin getting changed for PE. Please can all children have PE kits in school- T-Shirts and shorts.
We have enjoyed recapping all of our numbers to 6. The children have thought about different ways to represent each of the numbers including;
This week has been all about blending and reading CVC words. The children have enjoyed reading CVC words and using their Fred Talk skills to blend the sound together.
This week we have learnt to recognise and write
‘f’- up, down the stem and across the leaves
‘l’- up, down the long leg.
Some of our challenges included:
We’ve had a busy week learning about lots of exciting events
This week we have also been learning to zip up our own coats in preparation for the colder months! Keep practising everybody!
See the pictures below to see what we have been doing in our class.
Week commencing 15th October 2018
Updated 18th October 2018
This week we have been learning all things shape! The children have continued to explore the properties of 2D shapes this week and have had a go at building their own shapes using the open ended resources in the Outdoor Area. Our focus questions have included:
Can you build a 2D shape using lolly sticks?
Can you build a shape using the wooden planks?
How many pieces of wood will you need?
How may sides does a square/ rectangle/ triangle/ hexagon/ circle have?
What can you tell me about the difference between a square and a rectangle?
Here are some photos below to showcase our Maths learning this week:
Our focus sounds this week have been;
r- robot- “Up, down the robots body to his feet and across his arm”
b- boot- “Up, down the laces to the heel and around the toe.”
h- horse- “Up, down the horses head to his hooves and over his back.”
Some of our Phonics challenges have included;
To celebrate Space Week, we read the story 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy. The children thoroughly enjoyed this story and chose to use the story props in their own play.
In the Outdoor Area, the children enjoyed building a giant rocket with a little help from Miss Leeman!
Week Commencing 08.10.2018
Now all the children are settled and aware of daily routines as well as school rules, we have adapted the morning routines. On a morning, the children will come in, find their name on the table or carpet, and complete a writing activity until 9am. Following this, we will then gather on the carpet for the register and calendar.
School lunches will be chosen the day before at home time. If this is a problem, please speak to Miss Leeman.
This week we have explored all things SHAPE! The children have learnt to name and describe the following 2D shapes;
Our activities have included;
The children are continuing to impress me with their Phonics knowledge. So far we have learnt to identify and read the following sounds
Each child has been sent home their first reading book today. Reading books will be sent home every Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday. Reading books will only be changed if a parent comment or signature has been added to the reading record.
Can you tell a story using the pictures in your reading book?
Can you find anything around your house that begins with a sound that we have been learning in class?
Can you find something that is a square/ rectangle/ triangle/ circle shape?
Please upload any evidence onto Tapestry- we love sharing parental comments during News Time on an afternoon.
Week Commencing 02.10.18
Thank-you to everyone who has returned their Tapestry permission slips. All parents have been sent an activation code via email. Please login to Tapestry ASAP as the activation link only lasts for a short period of time. If you have any problems, please ask!
I will also be holding an 'Introduction to Tapestry' evening on Thursday 8th November at 6pm. Please come along to find out more about the benefits of Tapestry.
This week we have explored Ten Frames. The children have been busy exploring ten frames on the Maths table using a variety of different objects.
One of our Maths focus activities this week involved matching the ten frame to the superhero number.
We have enjoyed exploring the sounds of different instruments this week.
Can you play your instrument loud/ quiet?
Can you make a fast/ slow beat?
Can you copy my beat?
We have been learning to identify the initial sounds in objects this week.
The children have enjoyed going on a trip on Bertha to Bus to the zoo.
"Bertha the Bus is going to the zoo.
Who does she see as she passes through?"
The children worked in groups. They took it in turns to select an animal picture card, identify the initial sound and match it to the correct grapheme.
We've also been extremely grown up this week!
The children have used their Phonic knowledge to have a go at reading some of our green words containing the following graphemes;
s a t p i n g o c.
Fantastic blending everybody!
It’s been another lovely week in Reception!
This week we have been exploring Numicon. We started by playing a game of pass the parcel with Numicon. The children had to guess which piece of Numicon was hiding behind the wrapping paper and match it to the correct piece of Numicon.
We had great fun!
We have also been busy exploring the Numicon in the Outdoor Area too!
Miss Goodison, who teaches our class on a Friday morning has shared some special friends with us this week! The children have been very excited to meet;
Rainbow the monkey
Timmy the turtle
Birdie the blue bird
In Phonics we have been consolidating our knowledge of rhyming skills. The children have been exploring ways to continue a rhyming string. We have been playing games such as ‘Rhyming jumps’ where the children have jumped through the hoops saying a rhyming string.
We have also started to think about the initial sounds in a word and have used the ‘Sound Pots’ to explore the initial sounds of objects.
On Wednesday we enjoyed our PE outside with Mr Peate. We continued to practise our balancing skills and played games that involved exploring movement.
What another fantastic, fun-filled week we have had in Reception!
This week we have enjoyed spending time in the Outdoor Area to explore the different areas. The Mud Kitchen and Digging Area have been extremely popular this week! The wet weather has meant we can make mud pies and dig with ease!
On Thursday we enjoyed a sensory exploration afternoon. Unfortunately the rain meant we couldn’t go outside, however we had fun exploring inside! The children enjoyed exploring;
Apologies to Mrs Hart and Mr Hough; we made a big mess but we tried our best at tidy up time!
This week in Phonics we have learnt to read and write the following sounds;
p i n.
The handwriting rhymes are as follows;
p- up, down the pirates plait and around his face
i- up, down the insects body and a dot for his head
n- up, down Nobby and over his net.
We have had a go at writing the letters using chalk and water;
This week we have celebrated Bobby Bear’s birthday! Bobby is our class bear who chooses to go home with somebody at the end of the week.
Bobby was 5 on Tuesday and the children helped to celebrate by making cards and drawing pictures.
We have had lots of birthday themed activities this week;
Tidy up officers
A big well done to our Tidy-up Officers this week! They have been super stars at tidy-up time and were promoted to Tidy-up Officers! Their role was to inspect each of the areas in the classroom to check to see if they were tidy.
Week commencing 10.09.2018
What a fantastic first full week we have had in Reception. The children have been busy exploring the areas of the provision both inside and outside of the classroom. We have also been busy developing our classroom and tidy-up time routines.
The highlight of the week has to be out SUPERHERO dress up day! The children all came dressed in fantastic outfits and were all eager to share with their friends.
This week we have been focusing on our counting skills. The children are developing the skill of how to count with one to one correspondence and identify the amount. We have also introduced a ‘number of the week’ display. The children spent the afternoon hunting for our special number and representing it in a variety of different ways.
We have been developing our rhyming skills this week. The children have enjoyed creating a silly rhyming soup as well as playing rhyming pairs. We will continue to consolidate this skill next week.
The children have learnt three new phonemes and graphemes this week; ‘s’, ‘a’ and ‘t’. Each sound has a special handwriting rule;
s- up, slither down the snake
a- up, around the apple and down the leaf
t- up the tower, down the tower and across the tower.
Photographs and observations will uploaded onto Tapestry as soon as I have received all permission slips.
A photographer from the Yorkshire Evening Press will be in school Monday afternoon. If you DO NOT want you child to be in the photograph, please speak to Miss Leeman.
Have a great weekend,