Good afternoon everyone.
Congratulations to you and your child on making your first half term as a Reception child and parent/carer! Time flies when you're having fun! What a wonderful half term it has been!
Here is a snippet of this week's learning.
We have spent some time this week thinking about friendship and the ingredients needed for a good 'friendship recipe'. We put kindness, fun, caring, gentleness, playing, chatting, listening among other things into a big mixing bowl and stirred it all up with a wooden spoon! Later in the week we thought about how we should include everyone so nobody feels left out and be friendly to everyone. We played a circle game called I have an empty space on my right and each child asked someone else in the circle to come and sit with them. This was also a great opportunity for the children to practise their oracy skills by using the full sentences. We are making friendship sun-catchers which we will hang in our windows - let's just hope the sun makes a reappearance at some point! We also read stories about friendship and explored the idea of being 'selfish'. The children listened well to the story, suggesting ideas about how the characters were being selfish and how the characters were being kind. We also had a little look at going to the dentist, which linked to our story, 'The Selfish Crocodile' and our theme, 'People who help us'. Children shared experiences of going to the dentist, why it's important to brush our teeth twice a day and how the dentist can help us. Look out for more information in book bags, about a little trip we will be going on to the Fire Station, linked to 'people who help us in our community.'
RWI - Phonics
The children are really getting into the swing of our phonics lessons and are starting to be able to focus for longer - our sessions are now up to twenty minutes. The children are now in progress groups which means they are learning the sounds they need to make progress to the next step in the programme. Part of our leaning now involves, learning the letter sounds, writing it, using magnetic letters to make cvc words and reading cvc words using cards. Some children will begin to bring home 'sound blending books', which you can share at home.
In our maths lessons, we are practising subitising (saying the number quickly without counting) images and sounds. On Wednesday Numberblock four challenged the children to describe different ways to arrange four blocks. William said "in a square" Rowan and Ellie said "in an L shape", Jackson said "a long thin line", Brooke said " tall and thin" Oscar W said "in a T shape". Some children carried on making 4 in our independent learning some even trying to make the number sentence 2+2 = 4.
In PE on Monday our lesson had the theme of pirates. Our focus was balancing but we also had fun running North, South, East and West, galloping to our rowing boat, rowing our boat in a seated balance, climbing the rigging, scrubbing the decks and shooing away the seagulls! Our P.E lesson on Friday was full of more games, focusing on our listening skills. We played an animal game, cars, balloons and we got the parachute out as well.
Happy half term.
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