St Francis and St Lucy 

Please continue to complete the work set and send me the photos.

Birthdays

No birthdays this week

Calling all children aged 4-11 years – sign up to the ‘Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020!’ 

The annual Summer Reading Challenge for children aged 4-11 years is being delivered online this year and offers a perfect solution for a summer term project that supports reading and literacy and helps promote reading for pleasure. This year’s challenge launched nationally on Friday 5th June. The theme is Silly Squad with a focus on the enjoyment of reading for pleasure; children are encouraged to read anything that makes them happy and can register for the challenge here – https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ 

Week Beginning 29th June

Reading

Please continue to read your books, either BUG CLUB or a home book too.

Daily RWI phonics  

During RWI session the reading and writing should be independent, so let your child have a go at these activities on their own please, especially the spelling. You do not need to write it out for them to copy. This will get them ready for when they return as they will have to write independently for some lessons, in particular the RWI session.

First of all watch on the RWI youtube link the set 2 sound speed sound lesson and set 2 spelling lesson for today.

To practise sentence writing then watch today’s ‘Hold a sentence’ lesson and complete the writing.

Then you can write other sentences, but ones that are linked to the sound of the day, you can use the sentences below. Don’t forget to put the sound buttons under the words with the sound of the day.

After you have completed the ‘Hold a sentence’ lesson, then you can ask your grown up to read my sentences to you for you to write on your own. 

Listen carefully to each word and independently write the sentence, ask your grown up to keep repeating the sentence to help you remember what comes next. Don’t forget the capital letter and full stop.

Parents you can use the ‘Hold a sentence’ lesson video as guidance if you want to.

Read the sentences to your child, let them write it independently as this is expected when doing writing for RWI.

(See below for the new sounds for each day)

Wednesday 1st July

Writing and phonics

Please complete the RWI sessions as normal. See Monday for the usual lesson information format.

During RWI session the reading and writing should be independent, so let your child have a go at these activities on their own please, especially the spelling. You do not need to write it out for them to copy. This will get them ready for when they return as they will have to write independently for some lessons, in particular the RWI session.

The sound for today is ‘ou – shout it out’

Read these sentences to your child, let them write it independently as this is expected when doing writing for RWI. Don’t forget to write the sound buttons under the words like it has on the Speed sounds practise sheet.

  1. It is in his mouth.
  2. She went round the playground.

Maths

Today we will continue to look at again 10. You can watch Number Blocks Ten again if you want to.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bn5k6h/numberblocks-series-3-ten-again

Now I would like you to have a go at making ten, you can fill in the tens frame sheet or have a go at the Number 10 home learning activities.

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10 EYFS Maths All about Number Ten Home Learning Challenges

RE

Our topic in school is ‘Prayer’, today I would like you to think of someone you would like to pray for. Now you create a prayer heart and say a prayer silent prayer in your head.

To create a prayer heart, cut a heart shape out of paper, then write the name of the person you want to pray from. After that you can decorate round the heart.

Then when you look at it, you could say a silent prayer in your head for them.

Tuesday 30th June

Writing and phonics

Please complete the RWI sessions as normal. See Monday for the usual lesson information format.

During RWI session the reading and writing should be independent, so let your child have a go at these activities on their own please, especially the spelling. You do not need to write it out for them to copy. This will get them ready for when they return as they will have to write independently for some lessons, in particular the RWI session.

The sound for today is ‘ir – whirl and twirl’

Read these sentences to your child, let them write it independently as this is expected when doing writing for RWI. Don’t forget to write the sound buttons under the words like it has on the Speed sounds practise sheet.

  1. The girl is in the dirt.
  2. The red car was third.

Maths

We are going to go back to learning about all the numbers from 10-20. Today we will look at 10.

We are going back to addition and number bonds to make 10.

Watch numberblocks ’10 again’, it is all about how to make 10. Then watch the ten green bottles powerpoint.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bn5k6h/numberblocks-series-3-ten-again

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Now I would like you to have a go at making ten, there are 2 different sheets to choose from.

There is a star number bonds, you can write the number sentences if you don’t have a printer.

star number bonds

Or you can use the number bond sticks sheet to make 10.

Number bond sticks

Topic

Please continue with your instruction writing.

Monday 29th June

Please complete the RWI sessions as normal. See above for the usual lesson format information.

During RWI session the reading and writing should be independent, so let your child have a go at these activities on their own please, especially the spelling. You do not need to write it out for them to copy. This will get them ready for when they return as they will have to write independently for some lessons, in particular the RWI session.

The sound for today is ‘air – that’s not fair’

Read these sentences to your child, let them write it independently as this is expected when doing writing for RWI. Don’t forget to write the sound buttons under the words like it has on the Speed sounds practise sheet.

  1. That is not fair.
  2. Go and sit on the chair.

 Maths

Today we are still learning about sharing, remind yourselves about sharing and watch the Numberblocks again.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0006xcw/numberblocks-series-4-the-lair-of-shares

 Today’s activity is about sharing frogs on logs. Can you share them equally or not? If you haven’t got a printer maybe you could draw the frogs and logs.

You can also have a go at sharing out your toys or maybe sharing out food on the plates at dinner time.

Chilli Challenges Frogs on logs

Pond and log Poster

Frog Cut-Outs

Topic 

This can be written throughout the week.

As we are still learning about Plants, I would like you to write the instructions telling people how to plant a seed. If you didn’t plant a seed last week, you can still do this activity.

Don’t forget to include words like ‘First, Then, Next, After, Finally’ and number each instruction.

Week Beginning 22nd June

Photos from this week.

Excellent work Emmanuel, fantastic phonics.

Emmanuel w-c 22nd june

Well done Annmaria, such lovely work, I especially like your flower picture.

Reading

Please continue to read your books, either BUG CLUB or a home book too.

I have put the sound mats back on here as it has gone, I will continue to add your work as normal. 

Daily phonics format

During RWI session the reading and writing should be independent, so let your child have a go at these activities on their own please, especially the spelling. You do not need to write it out for them to copy. This will get them ready for when they return as they will have to write independently for some lessons, in particular the RWI session.

First of all watch on the RWI youtube link the set 2 sound speed sound lesson and set 2 spelling lesson for today.

To practise sentence writing then watch today’s ‘Hold a sentence’ lesson and complete the writing.

Then you can write other sentences, but ones that are linked to the sound of the day, you can use the sentences below. Don’t forget to put the sound buttons under the words with the sound of the day.

After you have completed the ‘Hold a sentence’ lesson, then you can ask your grown up to read these sentences to you for you to write on your own. Listen carefully to each word and independently write the sentence, ask your grown up to keep repeating the sentence to help you remember what comes next. Don’t forget the capital letter and full stop.

Parents you can use the ‘Hold a sentence’ lesson video as guidance if you want to.

Read this sentence to your child, let them write it independently as this is expected when doing writing for RWI.

Friday 26th June

Writing and phonics

Please complete the RWI sessions as normal. See Monday for the usual lesson information format.

During RWI session the reading and writing should be independent, so let your child have a go at these activities on their own please, especially the spelling. You do not need to write it out for them to copy. This will get them ready for when they return as they will have to write independently for some lessons, in particular the RWI session.

The sound for today is ‘or – shut the door

Read these sentences to your child, let them write it independently as this is expected when doing writing for RWI. Don’t forget to write the sound buttons under the words like it has on the Speed sounds practise sheet.

  1. Swimming is a good sport.
  2. Pick up the big fork.

 Maths

Today we are learning about sharing again, you can have a go at the practical sharing problems or answer/talk about the sharing challenge card questions.

Sharing in the magical forest challenge cards

Now you know about sharing there are some activities you can choose from.

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At some point today I want you to watch Numberblocks 17 to remind you how to make 17 and what it looks like. Maybe you could use your numbers cards, if you made them to order numbers to 17. What is 1 less/1 more than 17?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00063vv/numberblocks-series-4-seventeen

Topic

As we have been looking at growing and labelling plants, maybe you can go and have a look outside for lots of different types of flowers. Don’t forget you could take photos or draw what you have seen then e mail it to me.

Thursday 25th June

Writing and phonics

Please complete the RWI sessions as normal. See above for the usual lesson information format.

During RWI session the reading and writing should be independent, so let your child have a go at these activities on their own please, especially the spelling. You do not need to write it out for them to copy. This will get them ready for when they return as they will have to write independently for some lessons, in particular the RWI session.

The sound for today is ‘ar – start the car’

Read these sentences to your child, let them write it independently as this is expected when doing writing for RWI. Don’t forget to write the sound buttons under the words like it has on the Speed sounds practise sheet.

  1. Start the black car.
  2. Do not pick that up it is sharp.

Maths

Today we are learning about sharing, please watch the numberblocks, click on the link below.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0006xcw/numberblocks-series-4-the-lair-of-shares

We are going to find out about sharing equally. I’m sure you share things out lots of time a day. Maybe it’s when your dinner is ready and the food is shared out. I share out things when we play board games or card games.

Watch the powerpoint about The Fairy Tale party, Baby Bear needs to share the food out so they each have the same amount. Can you help him?

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Now you know about sharing there are some activities you can choose from.

Can you draw a line or draw a picture on the Teddy bears plate to share out the food at the picnic?

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Complete the practical activities for the Toy’s tea party

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Topic

Now you have planted your seed it is time to find out about the life cycle of a plant. Here is a time lapse video of a sunflower growing from seed to flower. Dont forget to explain to your child that it takes a lot longer for it to grow in real time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-iPp6yn0hw

You can draw your own life cycle or use the sheet I have given you.

Sunflower Life Cycle Worksheets

Don’t forget to finish your flower picture this week too.

Wednesday 24th June

Writing and phonics

Please complete the RWI sessions as normal. See above for the usual lesson information format.

During RWI session the reading and writing should be independent, so let your child have a go at these activities on their own please, especially the spelling. You do not need to write it out for them to copy. This will get them ready for when they return as they will have to write independently for some lessons, in particular the RWI session.

The sound for today is ‘oo – look at a book’

Read these sentences to your child, let them write it independently as this is expected when doing writing for RWI. Don’t forget to write the sound buttons under the words like it has on the Speed sounds practise sheet.

  1. Look at the cook book.
  2. I took the good dog to play at the park.

Maths

Today we are continuing to learning about halving. Watch the Halving fruit for the Parrots Powerpoint. Then you can either print off the labybird sheet to complete or have ago at the practical ‘Halving toys’ activity.

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At some point today I want you to watch Numberblocks 16 to remind you how to make 16 and what it looks like. Maybe you could use your numbers cards, if you made them to order numbers to 16. What is 1 less/1 more than 16?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0005yfs/numberblocks-series-4-sixteen

Topic

Today I would like you to plant you seeds if you bought some. Once you have planted your seed you could then create a flower picture or do one later in the week.

Watch the powerpoint to find more about the different parts. You can have a look at the plants instructions, but I’m sure you know what to do anyway.

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How to Grow a Plant Posters

If you haven’t planted any seeds you could create a picture of a sunflower or make up your own flower. Don’t forget to include roots, stem, leaves and the flower. You could make a collage, paint, draw or use what else you have at home. Here are some other ideas.

https://happytotshelf.com/tp-roll-parts-of-a-flower-learning-toy/

Tuesday 23rd June

Maths

Halving and sharing

Today we are continuing to learning about halving.

I would like you to go through the Pirate PowerPoint then have a go at sharing out the coins.

If you can’t print the work, try halving objects or toys that you have at home.

Teaching Pirates to be Fair a Halving Powerpoint

Pirate Halving Mat A4

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Pirate Doubloons

Halving Pirate Treasure Activity

Writing and phonics

Please complete the RWI sessions as normal. See Monday for the usual lesson information format.

During RWI session the reading and writing should be independent, so let your child have a go at these activities on their own please, especially the spelling. You do not need to write it out for them to copy. This will get them ready for when they return as they will have to write independently for some lessons, in particular the RWI session.

The sound for today is ‘oo – poo at the zoo’

Read these sentences to your child, let them write it independently as this is expected when doing writing for RWI. Don’t forget to write the sound buttons under the words like it has on the Speed sounds practise sheet.

  1. The moon is way up high.
  2. I will jump into the big pool.

RE Family Activity

“We are currently in June which is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We think and pray especially this month on Jesus’ love and sacrifice for us all. We try to grow in compassion and love for each other. Please use this website to choose and make a craft for the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

https://equippingcatholicfamilies.com/2015/06/feast-day-fun-sacred-heart-of-jesus/?doing_wp_cron=1592753445.7957849502563476562500

Welcome to St Thomas More Mass

Monday 22nd June

Writing and phonics

During RWI session the reading and writing should be independent, so let your child have a go at these activities on their own please, especially the spelling. You do not need to write it out for them to copy. This will get them ready for when they return as they will have to write independently for some lessons, in particular the RWI session.

First of all watch on the RWI youtube link the set 2 sound speed sound lesson ‘ow – blow the snow’ and set 2 spelling lesson for today.

To practise sentence writing then watch today’s ‘Hold a sentence’ lesson and complete the writing.

Then you can write other sentences, but ones that are linked to the sound of the day, you can use the sentences below. Don’t forget to put the sound buttons under the words with ‘ow’

After you have completed the ‘Hold a sentence’ lesson, then you can ask your grown up to read these sentences to you for you to write on your own. Listen carefully to each word and independently write the sentence, ask your grown up to keep repeating the sentence to help you remember what comes next. Don’t forget the capital letter and full stop.

Parents you can use the ‘Hold a sentence’ lesson video as guidance if you want to.

Read this sentence to your child, let them write it independently as this is expected when doing writing for RWI.

  1. Blow the snow
  2. The show must go on.

Today’s sound is ‘ow – blow the snow’ If you want to continue practising your sounds after the RWI session you can also have a look at the word list below and practise sounding out the words. Use your Fred fingers to pinch the sounds.

Maths 22nd June

Halving and sharing

We are going to be sharing out objects and numbers this week, today we are learning about halving. I would like you to have a go at the activities on the home learning challenge sheet.

Thank you on behalf of the Reception team.

The Little Red Hen

During this half term we will be focusing on the story of The Little Red Hen. Children will learn the story, retell it using a story map, and explore different provision enhancements related to the topic.

Science Week

We also explored ice. First we talked about what we know; how ice is made, how ice feels e.t.c. Then we touched the ice – it was very cold! We decided to explore melting. We put one ice block outside in the sun, another outside in the shade, and poured warm water over the last one. As we predicted, the ice block in the sun began to melt! We discovered that pouring warm water over the ice melted it the quickest.

As we enjoyed making rainbows with Skittles, we decided to try and create our own rainbows with things we found outside. Everybody had their own plates with the seven colours we needed to find. We explored all around the playground, carefully searching for each colour. We noticed that some colours were really easy to find, but others were really tricky to find! – like blue. Even Miss Spittle had a go!

During science week we have been doing some fun experiments. We used Skittles to make different patterns on a plate and added water. We were very excited when the colours began to ‘leak’ out! It made a beautiful rainbow. We noticed that if you left it for too long all of the colours mixed together. At first, the pattern worked better, but after a while the colours mixed together as they were too close. The plate with each colour grouped made a better rainbow for longer.

At first, the pattern worked better, but after a while the colours mixed together as they were too close. The plate with each colour grouped made a better rainbow for longer.

World Book Day

We had great fun in Reception celebrating World Book Day! We read Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. We loved reading this story together. We explored different activities based on the book. It was challenging to grab all of the creepy crawlies from the spiderweb using tweezers. Our favourite activity was creating our own witches potion in the tuff tray! There were different liquids that were colourful and had different textures. As we brewed our potion it changed colours like real magic!

Our Pizzeria!

As we are looking at the story of The Little Red Hen, our Travel Agents has transformed to become our very own Pizza Parlour! We have had great fun getting into character by wearing the aprons and chef hats. We have to choose the correct sized pizza base and add the toppings before cooking the pizza. As customers we are seated at our own dining table and given menus to browse. Once we have made our order we get to enjoy the delicious pizza, and then pay the cashier. The cashier is in charge of writing receipts, using the till, and taking pizza delivery orders.

The Gingerbread Man

In our topic this term (Once Upon a Time), we are reading and exploring different classic stories, like The Three Little Pigs, The Ugly Duckling and The Gingerbread Man. Our main focus is The Gingerbread Man.

Another Surprise Visit!

The Gingerbread Man returned to Reception! We found another trail of crumbs, and followed them to find a suitcase had been left full of different objects. We found a note from the Gingerbread man; he had left souvenirs from each of the places he has visited around the world! We looked closely at the different artifacts and had fun guessing where they had come from. There was a map from Egypt, a flower skirt from Hawaii, a map from London, an Eiffel Tower from France, a statue of the Leaning Tower of Pisa from Italy, and even a didgeridoo from Australia!

Floating and Sinking

We have been exploring materials and which materials float and sink. We like to predict if each object will float at the top or sink to the bottom. This week we have been working hard at junk modelling to create our own boats, in order for the Gingerbread Man to safely cross the river. After we made our boats, we took them outside and tested them in the water tray. Most of them floated but a few sunk to the bottom. We noticed that the boats made from plastic worked the best. We had fun putting the Gingerbread Men in the boats to test how safe they were.

People Who Help Us

In RE we have been learning about different people who help us in different ways. On our visit to Mount Carmel Church, we learnt how Father Tony helps us. Today we had a special visitor, Lisa the Paramedic! She told us all about how Paramedics help people who are poorly or have hurt themselves. Lisa wore a green uniform and brought in lots of special equipment. We had fun looking at all of the different things and talking about what they are used for. Lisa even let us try on her coat and helmet! The helmet was very heavy.

After looking at all of the different equipment that a Paramedic uses, we got to go outside and see an Ambulance! Lisa showed us the inside and explained where the patient sits. We loved exploring the Ambulance and talking about the sirens. We talked about calling 999 when there is an emergency so that the Paramedics can help.

Archery!

For winning with the most house points of the half term, St Andrews house got to try Archery! It was great fun! We learnt how to hold the bow and load the arrows. We tried our hardest to hit the middle of the target. We had to use our strong muscles to pull back the bow, and soon got the hang of it. We felt like Hawkeye!

Mount Carmel Church

This week we went on our first trip to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. We were all very excited to leave and ride on the coach! When we got to the Church we looked around at all of the different statues and artifacts in the Church. We found a statue of St Thomas More! We spotted a big Crucifix and statue of Mary and Jesus.

Father Tony met us at the Church to teach us about Baptism. We spoke about the Font and Holy Water and what happens at a Baptism. Father Tony showed us exactly what he does to Baptise the babies and adults, and we each got to have a go!

Our own Gingerbread Men!

This week we have been creating our very own gingerbread men. First we had to follow instructions carefully, weighing out the ingredients and mixing them together. We used ginger and cinnamon, they smelt lovely. We enjoyed mixing the dough with our hands in the bowl! After lots of kneading we finished the dough, it looked just like play-dough!

Next, we rolled out the dough and used the gingerbread man cutters. We baked them in the oven, they smelt delicious! Once they were cooled we each decorated our own gingerbread men to match our designs. We used icing to pipe, smarties for buttons, chocolate chip eyes and strawberry lace smiles. We loved this part! Finally we took them home to taste, they were yummy. Luckily, this time, our gingerbread men didn’t run away!

We have been exploring lots of different learning opportunities for our Gingerbread Man topic! We worked together using our construction skills to create a bridge for the Gingerbread Man to cross the river.We created different bridges and tested them to see how well they worked.

We have also had fun retelling the story. We have had to order the story, thinking about who chased the Gingerbread Man first and what happened last. We create actions to help and even have a Gingerbread Man costume to help us get into character!

Chinese New Year

This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year and how people celebrate. First we heard the story of The Great Race, and learnt how each year is named after each animal. This year is the year of the rat! We watched some videos of Chinese new year celebrations, including red lanterns and decorations, and a big dancing dragon in the parade! We loved looking at the beautiful outfits and Dragon puppets. We made our own Chinese lanterns using our fine motor skills.

We also had a special surprise, a Chinese ribbon dancing lesson! A special teacher came to show us the traditional dance, her outfit was beautiful. Then we all got to have a go. it was great fun!

Sweet Shop

Alongside our Gingerbread Man theme, we have a new role play in Reception; we have a sweet shop! We have all had fun counting and weighing the sweets. We explore money as the customers, paying the correct amount for our sweets.

Travel Agents

A new travel agents has arrived in Reception! We love looking through the brochures at all of the different places around the world. We decide which holiday we would like and fill out a form using our phonic knowledge. We have to decide how many people will be going and how we will get there. We enjoy looking for each destination on the world map and globe.

A surprise visitor!

Today we entered the classroom to discover that there had been a visitor! We were all shocked and confused. The classroom was such a mess, there were crumbs everywhere! We noticed that the crumbs smelt like ginger, and there was a trail of flour… it was the Gingerbread Man! We searched for him, but he was nowhere to be found.

We decided to make ‘wanted’ posters for the Gingerbread Man, and ask everyone around school if they had seen anything.

Please see our Topic Plan for Autumn 2 2019:

Advent

In reception we have been learning all about the liturgical season of Advent. We have learnt how it is a time of preparation and getting ready for Christmas. We have looked at our Advent wreath and learnt all about the different candles and what they represent. We know that the white candle is lit on Christmas day, because that is when Jesus was born.

We have discussed how people might prepare for Christmas. We were all very excited to discuss Santa and presents! We thought about how people prepare by decorating their homes and giving cards. We have enjoyed decorating our classrooms too. We made our own little Christmas trees out of pine cones and used our phonics knowledge to write Christmas cards.

A Midwife’s Crisis

This week has been a special week for Reception, as we have performed in the schools production of A Midwife’s Crisis, our nativity play. We have been preparing for the play for weeks, learning different songs and actions. We were all very excited to finally dress up in the exciting costumes! We had shepherds, sheep, angels and stars. We practiced our singing and dancing and finally got to show our parents. It has been fantastic to learn about baby Jesus and the story of Christmas. We will continue to learn more about the story in RE.

Shape

This week in Maths we have been learning about shape. We have learnt about 2D shapes like circles, triangles, squares and rectangles. We were excited to hunt for shapes around the classroom! There were loads! We have been finding them, naming them and describing them. We know how many sides each shape has and describe them using words like ’round’ and ‘pointy’.

We also enjoyed different shape activities. We created our own shapes out of pipe cleaners and used our scissor skills to cut out and stick together shape pictures. We used paint to stamp shape pictures and worked together to solve the shape puzzles. We all enjoyed making the different shapes with play-dough.

Finding Forky!

Today we discovered that Forky was gone again! We searched everywhere inside but there was no sign of him. We decided to look outside too. When we went onto the playground we found a treasure map! We decided to use our problem solving skills to follow the clues around the playground. We had to look at the map to find out where to go next and use teamwork to talk about each clue. They led us to the sandpit, where ‘X marked the spot’. When we dug in the sand we found a box, and there was Forky!

Maths

In our Maths this half term we have been focusing on number. We have enjoyed watching Numberblocks for each new number. We have been practising our number recognition, number formation and ordering! Our favourite activities include finding numbers in the sand and putting them in the correct order, using numicon, and representing numbers with lots of different resources. We have had great fun in our toy shop role-play exploring and using money.

Phonics

This half term in reception we have been making loads of progress in our phonics. We all have our own phonics group and practice twice a day. Everyday we recap our speed sounds to make sure we don’t forget them! We have been practising our blending skills and CVC words. We have used whiteboards and pencils to practise our letter formation and have a go at writing words. We have also been matching the toys to the correct words, and even using magnetic letters to make CVC words by ourselves.

This week we have had lots of fun exploring new activities for our toys topic. We loved making our own Toy Story puppets and creating our own stories in the puppet theater! We have been exploring different things in the sensory tray. Our favourite was the green alien gloop!

Today we had a very special friend arrive in Reception – Forky! Forky appeared with a special story for us. Miss Spittle read it to us, it’s about Toy Story.

After breaktime we noticed that Forky wasn’t here anymore! We looked for him everywhere! We decided to create some lost posters and put them around the school. We asked all of the teachers if they had seen him.

At lunchtime Forky finally showed up! He was sat with all of the other forks and cutlery in the dinner hall! He’s so silly! From now on we have decided we will have to keep a closer eye on Forky!

Toys

Our new topic for this half term is Toys!

Today we started our new topic by bringing in our favourite toys from home. We each got to show everyone our toy and explain why it is special to us. We loved sharing our toys and games with each other! We wrote labels for our toys using our phonic knowledge.

Autumn Walk

Today we learnt all about Autumn. We discussed how the leaves change colour and begin to fall off the trees. We learnt about animals collecting nuts and acorns ready to hibernate in the winter. Then we went on an Autumn walk around the playground. Each of us had a checklist of things to search for! We loved collecting conkers and acorns and searching for squirrels!

Maths

We have been singing different nursery rhymes to practise our counting. We have acted them out, counted objects and practised recognising and writing our numbers. In reception we love the Numberblocks! We have been using Numberblocks to add numbers together. We have started to use a part part whole model to help us.

Healthy Eating

The school nurse visited us and taught us all about healthy eating and healthy teeth. We learnt how important it is to keep your teeth clean by brushing them twice a day. We also sorted foods into healthy and not healthy. We enjoyed choosing our favourite fruit and vegetables.

Riding the Bikes

This week we all got to have a go on the school bikes. There are scooters, tricycles and bikes. We had a great time! We enjoyed sharing the bikes and chasing Miss Campbell!

Fun Outdoors

We have been enjoying our outdoor activities. We love digging for objects and sounds in the sand! Some children practised their letter formation using water in the tuff tray.

We had a go at bathing Miss Polly’s dolly; from the nursery rhyme we have been learning. We used warm, soapy water and cotton wool to take care of the baby. We also used our fine motor skills to hang the socks on our washing line using pegs.

Read, Write, Inc Phonics

This week we started phonics. We learn a new sound every day! Each day there are different fun activities to have a go at. We like using playdough and practising our letter formation.

Our first day of school

Our first day of school was very exciting! We made new friends and shared and played together. Everyone had a photo taken in the first day frame.

We were all very excited to make our own friend like ‘Forky’.