Reception - Green Class
Mrs Davies, Mrs Oliver

5th July
This week we have begun our new topic- The Seaside. The children have shared their own experiences of visiting the seaside as well as completing observational drawings of shells, writing postcards and learning how to keep safe on the beach.
In phonics we have been learning to read words containing the ‘ure’ sound (e.g. pure, sure, treasure).
Our Maths topic this week is ordinal numbers. This was very useful when practising our races!
Today, of course, was our Sports Morning. We hope you all enjoyed. We were very proud of all the children for trying their best!


14th June
This week we began our Minibeast topic. The children have loved looking for minibeasts in our outside area. They have found ladybirds, slugs, snails, woodlice and caterpillars! We think the weather may have helped….
In phonics we have been recapping the ar and er sounds. We are focusing on using our sounds to read and spell unfamiliar words.
Our Maths topic this week has been sharing numbers into equal groups. We solved different problems, including sharing 12 minibeasts equally between different numbers of gardens.
We are really enjoying reading the replies from the Grandparents. They have sent us lots of interesting letters, telling us all about their memories from when they were children. It is giving the children a really good sense of how things have changed and how some things are the same.
Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to look in bookbags for a little surprise on Sunday…smiley


7th June
What a lovely first week back we have had! Our Maths topic has been learning to recognise and order teen numbers. In Literacy the children recorded their half term news- it sounds like you all had a great break!
We have begun ‘Our Wonderful World’ topic with different Science investigations. We have explored floating and sinking, magnets and electricity.
Today we had a fantastic treat- Theo’s dad came in and did a drumming workshop with all the classes! We had a great time and the children learnt a lot.
Have a super weekend!


24th May
Thank you for your replies to the Grandparent’s Tea Party letters. After writing their invitations, the children went over to the post office in small groups to post their letters in the post box. We are all excited to start receiving replies!
In phonics this week we have been learning to read and write two syllable words. We began by breaking down the words into how many ‘claps’ or ‘beats’ we could here. We then used this sill to support out reading and writing of longer words.
Our Maths topic has been subtraction. We recapped the taking away symbol and solved a variety of problems, including using money.
The children have been working hard to make a form of transport using recycled materials. Please continue to bring in any small boxes (smaller than a shoebox) you have at home- thank you!
Enjoy the half term break and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 4th June.


17th May
This week we have focused on the ‘Wings’ part of our topic. We have learnt about different flying machines including jet planes, space shuttles and hang gliders.
In Maths we have been recapping our addition skills and using them to learn our number bonds to 10. Zebras are becoming very speedy when recalling the different ways to make 10!
Our focus in phonics has been reading and writing CCVC words (consonant vowel consonant consonant), such as ‘frog’ and ‘spot’.  Perhaps you might see some of these words in your reading books over the weekend?
We have also begun our preparations for the Grandparent’s Tea Party. Thank you to everyone who has sent their reply slip in with a stamped, addressed envelope. Please return these as soon as possible as the children will be writing their invitations next week and posting them at the post office!
The children continue to enjoy looking after the school rabbits. If you are able to help feed the rabbits at the weekend, we really appreciate the support. There is a rota at the office- you don’t need to commit to both days.
Have a fantastic weekend!


10th May
Zebras had a brilliant time at Brooklands museum on Wednesday. We began the day by making peg cars, which we raced down ramps. The children are very excited to bring them home to show you. We then headed to the bus museum. We went on a double decker bus and learnt about how they have changed over the years. I was especially proud as the guide commented on what excellent listening the children did. After lunch we went to see the different race cars and toured two aeroplanes. Such a great day out and the sun even managed to peek out from behind the clouds for us!
Our Maths topics has been revisiting money. We have recapped what the different coins look like and we have used the numicon to help us add two amounts together.
In phonics we are learning to read and write words with 4 sounds. This week we have focused on CVCC (consonant vowel consonant consonant) words, e.g. went, sink.
Next week we are excited to begin swimming. Please bring swimming kits on Tuesday and Thursday. If you are able to help with changing, please sign up on the noticeboard in the Reception cloak room.
Enjoy the weekend!


3rd May
Zebras are continuing to enjoy our ‘Wheels, Wings and Other Things’ topic. This week we have learnt about lots of vehicles with wheels- fire engines, ambulances, police cars, motorbikes, bikes and buses! We especially enjoyed having Gracie’s dad come and visit us. He told us all about being a firefighter and what it like to drive the fire engine!
In Maths we have been learning to name and describe 3D shapes. Zebras went on a 3D shape hunt and took photographs to record their findings using the LearnPads, our school tablets.
In phonics we have continued to learn about trigraphs (3 letters working as a team to make 1 sound). We have learnt air and igh this week. Maybe you will spot these sounds in your reading books this weekend?
We are very excited about our upcoming trip to Brooklands on Wednesday. If you have any questions, please do ask a member of the Reception team.
Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and we will see you on Tuesday!


26th April
We hope that you had a lovely Easter break. It has been great to see how the children have come back rested and ready to learn.
We have begun our ‘Wheel, Wings and Other Things’ topic. This week we have learnt about vehicles with big wheels, with a focus on monster trucks and cement mixer trucks (based on the children’s choice of learning).
In Maths we have been learning about 2D shapes. We have been recapping the shape names and using the correct vocabulary to describe their properties (e.g. sides and corners).
This week in phonics we have been learning the ‘ear’ sound. We have practised reading and writing words containing the sound- perhaps you might see some in your reading book over the weekend?
We will soon be starting outdoor PE sessions. Please can you ensure your child has trainers or plimsolls at school? Thank you!


5th April
This week our topic has been Easter. We have learnt why Easter is a special celebration for Christians and we have shared ways in which our own families celebrate. Zebras have written some lovely stories about chicks and bunnies.
In Maths we have been learning about length and height. The children measured their learning partner to find out how many bricks tall they are and they used cubes to measure how long different objects are. We also had a class investigation- who has the longest foot in Zebras? Who do you think it might be?
In phonics we have been revising the new sounds we have learnt and practised using our sounds to write words, captions and sentences.
We have collected all the Maths games in so they can be checked and replenished. We are still missing some so please can you have a check at home and return them after the holidays.
All the children have brought 3 reading books home. 10 minutes of reading everyday can make a huge difference!
We hope that you have a lovely Easter break and we look forward to seeing you in the Summer term!


22nd March
This week our topic has been Healthy Eating. Zebras have learnt about the importance of having a balanced diet and eating a variety of foods. They have all designed a healthy meal and described how some foods keep us healthy, some food give us energy and some foods help us grow and keep us strong.
In phonics we made a turtle to help us remember our new sound ‘ur’. We also found out about owls and painted an owl as part of our learning on the ‘ow’ sound.
Our Maths topic has been subtraction. We have learnt to take away amounts from sets of objects, focusing on using the vocabulary ‘take away’ and ‘how many left’. We played subtraction smash with the play dough and learnt about the – symbol.
What a busy week we have had!
Enjoy the weekend!


8th March
Our ‘Green Fingers’ topic is now in full swing and this week the children have planted their own cress seeds. We are going to make observations as the plants grow, watching for changes, and learn about the jobs of the different parts of the plant.
Zebras then wrote instructions to explain how you could plant your own cress seeds. The children were encouraged to use their phonic knowledge to support their spelling and find and copy teddy words from a word mat for those trickier words.
Our Maths focus has been addition. The children have been learning to solve a number sentence (e.g. 7 + 4 =) using different strategies to support their calculations. These have included drawing a picture, using blocks and using numicon.
We have been reading stories about growing at home time and the children are welcome to bring in a book linked to our topic to share with their friends.
Have a great weekend!


1st March
We hope you all had a lovely half term. The week before half term we enjoyed taking part in a variety of Book Week activities including sharing books with children in others classes, listening to stories read by different adults and, of course, dressing up as animals! It was an extra special week for Reception because it was also our Pet Week. We loved having visits from Jackson the pony, Spot the hamster, Tommy the tortoise, Isla the dog and Gatsby the kitten.
This week Zebras completed some super writing about the fun they had during half term. In phonics we learnt the sounds ‘ng’ and ‘ou’. We practised reading and writing words containing these sounds and even made a very cute mouse!
Our Maths topic has been number bonds to 5 and the children have learnt to find the different combinations of numbers that total 5.
Please make sure you have signed up for a Parent Consultation and that you have made a note of your time.
Enjoy the weekend!


8th February
This week our topic has been farm animals. We have learnt about the different animals that live on a farm, finding out facts such as what they eat and the useful things they give us.
We have also celebrated Chinese New Year. The children all had the opportunity to make a drum and a dragon- they all looked super! Zebras also had a go at writing some Chinese numbers and writing Happy New Year…. in Chinese!
In phonics we have been learning both the short ‘oo’ sound (as in foot) and the long ‘oo’ sound (as in spoon). Zebras made a ‘moon mobile’ with oo words- they had to read the words and match them to the correct picture.
Our Maths topic has been capacity with a focus on using the correct vocabulary to describe containers e.g. empty, full and half full. The children have all explored filling containers with different amounts of rice.
Today we really enjoyed taking part in the clay workshop. The children had the opportunity to make a bee and then paint them. The models are going to be fired in a kiln and returned to school. We can’t wait to see them!
Next week is both Book Week and Pet Week. We are looking forward to having some furry, four-legged visitors!
Please see the letter in book bags with more details about Book Week. REMINDER- Monday the children are allowed to come to school dressed as an animal and can bring in a fact linked to that animal.
Enjoy the weekend!


1st February
This week we have completed our ‘Under the Sea Animals’ topic by learning about jellyfish, mermaids and keeping our ocean clean. All the children agreed that they could help keep the sea plastic-free by putting rubbish in the correct bin and recycling where they can.
In phonics we learnt the ‘ee’ and ‘or’ sound.  The children especially enjoyed eating some popcorn to help them remember their learning.
Our Maths topic has been doubles. The children are becoming confident doubling numbers to 5 using their fingers and pictures for support.
The sign-up sheet for Pet Week is now available. Please sign up if you and your pet would like to visit us!
Have a fantastic weekend!


25th January
This week we have continued our ‘Amazing Animals’ topic. We began the week by learning about polar bears and penguins and then moved to animals that live in the sea with a focus on sharks and dolphins. The children all thought about what they imagine it to look like under the sea and created beautiful watercolour paintings.
In phonics we have learnt the ‘oa’ and ‘ie’ sounds. Zebras designed a coat to help them to remember the ‘oa’ sound and have been reading and writing words containing these sounds.
Our Maths topic this week has been money. We have learnt to recognise all the different coins and put our learning to practise by playing shops.
Maths games
It has been great to see so many of you enjoying the Maths games. Please use the game card to give us feedback. We ask that you only keep games for a maximum of 2 weeks.
Regular reading is extremely valuable and supports children’s progress. Please use the reading diaries to make a note when you hear your child read as this is a useful contribution towards our assessment of their reading skills, alongside 1:1 reading and activities at school.
Have a great weekend!


18th January
What a busy week we have had! At the end of last week Zebras filled up our ball in a jar (they earn a ball for whole class achievements) and voted on the treat they would like. Extra playtime was the most popular and so on Monday Zebras enjoyed having the whole playground to themselves!
On Tuesday we watched the Road Safety Magic Show. It gave the children the really important message of keeping safe when crossing the road whilst also entertaining us with some great magic tricks.
In Maths we have been learning to name and describe 3D shapes. We have played games and made models using the shapes.
In phonics we have learnt the digraphs ‘ck’ and ‘ai’. The children particularly enjoyed matching ck words that had been loCKed in! They had to read the word on the key to unlock the word!
We have continued our wild animal topic by learning about lions, tigers and leopards. Our animal topic continues next week with animals Under the Sea!
Enjoy the weekend!


11th January
This week we have begun our ‘Amazing Animals’ topic by learning about wild animals, with a focus on zebras, elephants and giraffes. We have learnt new facts about the animals and we especially liked learning that some zoo keepers are more scared of zebras than of lions! Our outside area has been turned into a safari and the children have enjoyed cycling the bikes around and spotting different animals.
In phonics we have been learning the ‘wh’ and ‘zz’ sounds. We have been reading and writing words with these sounds. We have also practised reading and writing CVC words. Please keep sharing the reading books at home- it makes a great impact on the children’s reading and we love to see your comments in their diaries.
Our Maths topic this week has been adding 3 more. We looked at lots of problems involving animals e.g. there are 5 zebras and 3 more come along. How many are there now? We have learnt to solve these problems using cubes and numicon. We also learnt how to record it as a number sentence using the + and = symbols.
In a few weeks we will be having a Pet Week as part of our ‘Amazing Animals’ topic. We would love for you to bring your pet in to share with the children. Please keep an eye out for the sign up sheet!
Maths Games
The children have bought a maths game home with them today. Please fill in the game card and return by Wednesday so that a new game can be sent home the following Friday. Any questions, please do ask a member of the Reception team.
Enjoy your weekend!

4th January
Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and would like to thank you again for your generous presents.
The children have come back to school confidently and ready to learn. They have been excited to share their holiday news with their friends. 
The newsletter is in bookbags today, along with a list of events and dates for the coming term.
Please remind children to place their reading books in the red box in the classroom when they need to be changed. 

Have a lovely weekend!

7th December
Thank you to everyone who supported the Christmas fair. We hope you enjoyed looking at all the decorations we made!
We have continued our Christmas celebrations this week. We listened to the Christmas story and discussed why Christian’s celebrate.
In Maths we have been learning to weigh objects using cubes. We have investigated how many cubes heavy different classroom objects are and even helped Santa’s elves- they can only carry objects that weigh less than 20 cubes!
In phonics we have begun to learn about digraphs- 2 letters that work together as a team to make one sound. This week we learnt ‘sh’ and made sheep and we learnt ‘qu’ and made a queen in a quilt.
Have a great weekend!


23rd November
Our Dinosaur topic is continuing to be a huge success with Zebras! This week we have learnt about the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the Diplodocus. The children then picked their favourite dinosaur to write about.
In Maths we have been learning to measure length and height. We ordered dinosaur bones from shortest to longest and have begin to use non-standard units of measure (cubes) to find out how long an object is.
Our sounds this week have been b, j and z. We bounced bats and balls, tasted jelly and painted zebras to help us remember the sounds.
Thank you to all the parents who have signed up to help on Art and DT day (Wednesday 28th November). There are still slots if you are available to help. Please keep collecting magazines for us – we need them for one of our crafts.
On Monday the children will say goodbye to their grown-ups in the cloak room. A member of the Reception team will be available in the cloakroom and can take messages.
Enjoy the weekend!


16th November
Zebras have really enjoyed their first week learning about dinosaurs. We have found out about the stegosaurus, pterodactyl and triceratops and the children are looking forward to learning about even more dinosaurs next week!
We also went on a dinosaur hunt. We had to travel through tunnels, cross over rivers and climb over hills to seek the dinosaur!
In phonics we hae learnt the sounds h, l and e and have been practising our blending skills by saying all the sounds quickly to hear the word.
Our Maths topic has been positional language. We have used the words 'next to' 'in front of' behind' and 'under' to play dinosaur hide and seek, describing where the dinosaurs were hiding.
Have a great weekend!

9th November
We began this week by sharing our firework experiences from the weekend and created firework pictures as part of our learning on our new sound ‘f’. We have also learnt ‘u’, painting umbrellas, and ‘r’, colouring in a rainbow.
Our theme for the week has been Diwali and we have learnt a lot about the festival. Zebras all designed their own mehndi pattern and enjoyed colouring in Rangoli patterns. They also write about the celebration in their writing books.
In Maths the children have been learning to add 2 more to a number. We began with a set of objects and then added 2 more, counting to find the total.
It was great to see you at Parent Consultations and sharing your child’s achievements with you. You should all be very proud!
Designs for Christmas cards are in book bags today. These can be ordered on line (see the letter for details). Examples are kept in the office if you would like to see some.
Have a great weekend!


2nd November
We hope you had a lovely half term- we have been very impressed with how well the children have come back into school after having a break.
This week we have been very busy. In phonics we have learnt 'o' 'c' and 'k' and created an octopus, caterpillar and kite craft to support our learning. 
In Maths we have been learning to say 1 more than a given number. The children rolled a dice to find out how many bricks to use in their tower and then added one more brick. They counted all the bricks to find the answer. 
We have been travelling in in different ways across the benches in PE, as well as learning how to jump and land safely from equipment. Zebras also continue to enjoy their yoga sessions. 
Zebras have managed to fill their ball jar! The children earn a ball for whole class achievements. This could be doing excellent listening in assembly, all getting ready on the carpet quickly and quietly or practising all their sounds. We had a vote and Zebras have chosen to watch a short film and eat popcorn, which we will do on Monday!
I am looking forward to seeing you all at Parent's Consultations next week. Please check your appointment time (on the classroom door) and arrive 10 minutes before to allow yourself time to look at your children's work.
Have a great weekend and stay safe whilst watching fireworks- the children have learnt lots of different ways they can keep themselves safe during firework displays. 

19th October
What a fantastic first half term the children have had at school! We are all very proud of how well they have settled into school.
This week our topic was Autumn and we began the week with an autumn walk around school, looking for signs of autumn. Zebras then completed their first piece of writing in their writing books about what they had seen.
In Maths we have been using the balance scales to compare the weight of two objects. The children have used the language ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’ to describe the objects.
The teddy words this week are ‘a’ and ‘go’ and we have learnt the sounds ‘d’ and ‘g’. Please take the opportunity over half to practise these words and sounds, as well as sharing their reading books.
Our Harvest Assembly at St George’s Church was a super way to end the half term. All the children sang beautifully and we were very pleased with how well they sat and listened to each other.
Thank you for all your support settling the children into school and we wish you a very happy half term!


28th September
This week Zebras have been sharing what they would like to learn about this year. It has been lovely to hear their ideas and we are all looking forward to learning about lots of exciting things!
Our sounds this week have been 'a' and 't'. We have practised forming the letters correctly and created ants and tigers to help us remember our new learning!
In Maths we have learnt the numbers 6-10 and revised numbers 0-5. 
All the children have bought home reading books this week. Please read the books twice before putting them in the red box in the classroom to be changed. Please can we ask that water bottles are not put in bookbags to avoid the books getting wet- thank you!
Have a great weekend!

Class News 16.07.18
This week we have been travelling around the World!! On Monday we started our travels by visiting England and learning about our famous landmarks. On Tuesday we travelled to Wales, Aurelius and Meagan brought in some of their special things that they have from Wales. We also made a welsh dragon. On Wednesday we went to Italy! We tasted ice cream and enjoyed the sunshine. Today we visited France and played Boules on the field. Tomorrow we will make our last trip to South Africa and listen to drumming music. 

This week we have revised our sounds and words and written captions to match pictures on our whiteboards. 

In maths we have been looking at patterns and time. We looked at 3 colour patterns and made our own by printing with cotton wheels. We have been looking back at o'clock times and started thinking about half past. 

This week we had our class swim! It was lovely to see how confidnet and happy everyone is in the water! 

All the children's work is being sent home in the book bags. We had our final visit to Year 1 on Wednesday, it was great fun. See you back in September as Giraffes!

Lastly, thank you from Mrs Oliver and I for all your support and lovely cards and gifts this year. It has been a pleasure to teach your children and be part of their learning. Have a lovely summer break!! 

Class News W.B.09.07.18
This week we have been learning about minibeasts. On Monday we visited the pond. We did pond dipping and used magnifying glasses to look closely at the different minibeasts we found. We also saw a newt and lots of tadpoles! We have been watching clips from Jess' Minibeast Adventures to find out more facts. 

In phonics we have revised our sounds and ordered words in sentences. We also wrote about our visit to the pond in our writing books. 

In maths we have been learning about subtraction word problems. We talked about listening to the numbers and working out what we need to do. "There are 6 ladybirds and 2 leaves, how many ladybirds don't have a leaf?" We showed our working out on a whiteboard. 

We also went to visit our new classrooms for year 1 this week and talked about what we are looking forward to for next year. Mrs Gregory, Miss Burns and Mrs Smith will be available at celebration evening to talk to you about next year if you wish. 

Tomorrow is Celebration Evening, this is a lovely opportunity to see the beautiful art work and writing we have been doing this year. Please come along at 5.30pm to see our lovely displays. You will be able to look at the children's work but please don't move the displays. 

Class News W.B. 02.07.18
This week we have been learning about minibeasts. We looked for different minibeasts on the field using hoops and the magnifying glasses. We wrote about our favourite minibeasts and listened to songs about minibeasts. We also learnt the titles of the song 'Five fine bumble bees' and found out what a chorus is. 

In Phonics we learnt the new 'air' sound and practised writing 'air' words using the phoneme frames. We also played the 'air' education city game. 

In Maths we have been learning about ordinal numbers. We have completed races and looked at patterns to work out which was 1st 2nd or 3rd in the line. We ordered minibeasts in a pattern and record which place they came in. 

Tomorrow is Sports Day, all children need their hat and water bottle, they do not need their book. We will be on the field doing running races and our fun race 'The Sunflower Sprint'.

Next week we will be learning about minibeasts that live at the pond.

Class News 25.06.18
This week we have been learning about Space. We started the week by talking about the planets and listening to a song about them Then we looked at the job of an astronaut. We painted our own ideas of what Space might look like. Yesterday we listened to 'The Planets' Music by Gustav Holst and drew pictures using oil pastels. On Tuesday we read 'Whatever Next!" and wrote our own endings to the story. These have been made in to a book for Celebration Evening. Tomorrow we will be comparing Earth to Saturn. 

In phonics we learnt the new sound 'igh' we played the education city game and thought of 'igh' words. The children have also been using their sounds and words to do lots of independent writing.

In maths we revised addition and used the part whole model. The children wrote number sentences to make a total. We also learnt to count in 2's 5's and 10's using the 100 square.

Next week we will be learning about Minibeasts!

P.S. It is very hot at the moment, we are asking children to bring in a hat and water bottle everyday. Thank you. 

Class News 18.06.18

What a busy week!

This week we have been preparing for our Grandparent's Tea Party! We have really enjoyed receiving all the lovely replies and reading about our Grandparent's experiences when they were little. We have drawn and painted portraits of our Grandparent's for them to see at the Tea Party tomorrow. The children have also been busy making jam tarts and sandwiches for the Grandparents.  We have also made a class book and have written why we love our Grandparents. We are really looking forward to performing. Thank you so much for your cake donations and help. 

In Phonics we learnt the new 'ear' sound and played the 'ear' education city game. We also talked about other words we could think of with the 'ear' sound.

In Maths we have been learning about halving and sharing. We shared out aliens on the whiteboard and talked about making sure we share fairly. We have also played some sharing and halving games in groups.

For PE this week we have started to practise for Sports Morning. We will be doing flat running races and an obstacle course race.

At the end of this week we have also started to think about Space and talked about what we would like to learn about.

Next week we will be continuing with our Space topic. 


Class New W.B. 11.06.18
This week we have been learning about Superheroes and Kepping Healthy. We designed and made super snacks to give us super powers. We also read 'Supertato' and talked about the different powers the Super Veggies have. We talked about different ways we keep healthy and have 'made a change' to drink all of our water bottles everyday. We also brought in fruit and vegetables to talk about as a class. In the mornings we have been talking about how we get to school. 

In maths we have been looking at doubling numbers, we rolled a dice and doubled the number of evil peas. We also wrote number sentences on the whiteboard to match. We practised our measuring skills this week by throwing bean bags and using the bricks to measure how far they could throw. 

In Phonics we have learnt the new ure sound. We also practised writing with our sounds and learnt some new teddy words. 

Next week is our Grandparent's Tea Party. We have drawn and painted portraits of our Grandparents and will be performing on Friday afternoon. Please could you bring in a named carrier bag of party clothes by Thursday for your child to wear that afternoon. We would also appreciate a donation of cakes from each family for the Tea Party. Please bring send these into the classroom with your child on Thursday.

Class News W.B. 04.06.18
Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term!

We have been learning about Superheroes and Mythical creatures this week. We started by thinking about the different Superheroes we know and will be talking about real life Superheroes. Next week we will be coming to school dressed as Superheroes and trying out super snacks to give us special powers!

In Maths this week we have been counting sets and ordering teens numbers. We did a cut and stick of the numbers to 20 and practised our number formation.

In Phonics we have been revising our digraph sounds and learning new teddy words. We have sorted words with the 'er' or 'ar' sound.

We have really enjoyed reading our replies from our Grandparents! We have learnt lots about how school has changed over the years. The children have also started drawing and painting pictures of their Grandparents for the tea party.

In dance we danced round the Maypole  for the first time! It was very exciting!

Next week we will be continuing with our Superheroes topic!!

Class News 21.05.18
This week we have been learning about different types of water transport. We have sorted transport in to land, air and sea. We also wrote about our favourite pieces of trasnport and finished off our transport books. 

We posted our letters to our Grandparents this week and are looking forward to receiving the replies after half term. 

In phonics we have been practising our sounds and words and reading different words and questions. Everyone also has new reading books for half term. 

In Maths we have been learning about subtraction and have written number sentences to show how many we take away. We also played a rabbit subtraction game 

Next week is half term, enjoy the break and see you Tuesday 5th June. 

Class News 14.05.18
This week we have been learning about air transport. We have looked at different types, hot air balloon, rescue helicopter and a plane. Then we wrote the next page of our transport books. The children also had a go at making paper areoplanes and tested them in the outside area.

In phonics we have been revising or, ou and oi by reading and writing different words. We have also been practising all our sounds and teddy words.

In maths we have looked at number bonds to 10 and 5. We have used the 10's frame and part whole model. The children remembered the symbols and have been writing number sentences. 

We started swimmming on Tuesday, everyone loved being in the pool and thought the water was really warm! 

Next week we will be learning about water transport. 

Please remember to return your Grandparent's Tea Party letters by Wednesday 23rd May. 

Class News 7.5.18
This week we have been continuing with our Transport topic. The children have been learning about Ambulances, Steam Trains and Ice Cream Vans. At the start of the week we looked at some old fashioned cars and a Penny Farthing on our school playground. The children got to sit in the car and watch the bike going round the playground.

In Phonics we have been carrying on with the split digraphs and reading words with o_e and u_e. We have also been revising our digraphs and writing words containing these e.g. coat, shop...

In Maths we have been learning about Money. First we went over the names of the coins and then we have been buying different items using multiple coins and working out totals.

Today we had our class photo for the year! 

Next week we will be learning about Air Transport.

Week 6 Summer 2 10.07.17
I hope everyone enjoyed our Sports Morning on Friday and had a lovely weekend reading the Records of Achievement. It has been a pleasure to write about the fantastic progress the children have made this year.

This week we have continued with our wild animal topic. We have focused on Jungle and Rainforest animals. We wrote a class fact book all about our favourite wild animals. Then we drew pictures of different Jungle and Rainforest animals and made a collage. 

In Phonics this week we have revised all our sounds and focused on the letter formation of e, z and x. We have revised the trigraph sounds and practised writing and reading words containing the sounds.   

In Maths this week we have revisited subtraction. We worked out different number sentences using wild animals and talked about the symbols we use in a number sentence. Then we used the numicon to show the answer to different subtraction number sentences. 

The chicks are now in their new home and have more space to run around. We sat and looked at them this afternoon and had a stroke. 

WOW Stars - Well Done Aaron, Kai and Rosa. It is lovely to hear about all the wonderful things you have been doing outside of school. 

The children also had their Year 1 taster session this week and met their Year 1 Teacher Miss Roberts. They had a lovely time! 

Next week we will start our 'Around the World' topic.

Our after school swimming session is on Tuesday next week and our class swim is Wednesday.

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This week we have been learning about wild animals. We started the week with a 'Safari' walk round the field looking for wild animals. Then we talked about the different animals we found. We have learnt about, Giraffes, Zebras and Leopards. We also made 'Dear Zoo' books and thought of different animals that the zoo might send out. The children painted different wild animals of their choice using water colours. 

In Phonics this week we have revised all our sounds and focused on the letter formation of f, s, t, and p. We have learnt a new trigraph sound 'air' and practised writing and reading words containing the sound, then we played the Education City game.   

In Maths this week we have been learning about ordinal numbers. We raced cars down a ramp and talked about which place they came. Then the children played the Snail Race game with Mrs Oliver and gave out cards to show which place they came. 

We have now named our chicks - Popcorn and Cotton. They are getting much bigger and look very different smiley

WOW Stars - Well Done Kai and Hannah. It is lovely to hear about all the wonderful things you have been doing outside of school. 

Next week we will continue with our Wild Animals Topic. 

Don't forget that our Sports Morning is on Friday, please come along and join us smiley The children will need a hat and water bottle. They do not need their book bags. 

Daisy and Fred
Just to remind you that the new rota is up on the cork board for looking after the ducks. Please sign up when you are free. It is a very quick job to clean them out or put them away. We really appreciate your help. We are alson in need of £1 contribution towards the duck food for this half term, please give your £1 to a member of the Reception team.

Thank you in advance smiley

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This week we learnt 3 new sounds 'v' ‘w’ and ‘y’. For ‘v’ we carried out a van survey in the front playground recording how many of each coloured van we saw along Barnett Wood Lane. For ‘w’ we played the Education City game and practised our ‘w’ formation. Finally for ‘y’ we tasted yoghurt and coloured in a yoghurt picture.

For our Maths this week we have been learning about the days of the week. We learnt a days of the week song and talk about which days we come to school. We have also made our own picture puzzle of the days of the week by putting them in the correct order.

Our topic this week has been Christmas! We had Art and DT day on Tuesday and made lots of lovely crafts all day. Thank you to all of you who came in to help the children and made the day such a success. We have also been busy writing letters to Father Christmas which I will be posting off tomorrow afternoon so he knows what everyone is asking for this Christmas!

This week's 
WOW Stars – Rosa and Agatha Well done everyone! It is lovely to hear about your achievements outside of school.

Next week our topic will be Christmas and finding out how and why people celebrate Christmas!

Thank you to those of you who could make it to our Open Morning this morning. I hope you enjoyed looking at your child’s work and seeing all the lovely things they have been doing in the classroom. The children really enjoyed the experience. Here are some of their thoughts from the morning.

"I liked looking at my work with Mummy and Daddy." Imogen

"I liked my sister looking at my work." Chole

"I liked Mummy coming in to look at my work." Rowan


Open Morning 1st December

Tomorrow is the Reception Open morning 8.45 - 9.30am. This is a lovely opportunity to see the amazing work your children have been doing and interact with them in their play. You will also be able to see our lovely decorations from Art and DT day. Look forward to seeing you all!

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Congratulations to all of the children in Grapes this week for being so grown up and saying goodbye at the door on Thursday! Everyone came in with lovely smiles. We are very proud of you all and Mrs Penny came in to say an extra special well done and brought a treat with her. We have also celebrated STAR DAY and said a big thank you to our LSA's and everyone who helps us at school.

This week we learnt 3 new sounds 'z' ‘j’ and ‘b’. For ‘b’ we painted Pudsey bears and added 11 spots to his bandage. For ‘z’ we made zebra’s shaped as the letter ‘z’. For ‘j’ we tasted jelly and jam and decided which our favourite flavour was.

For our Maths this week we have been learning about length and measuring. We measured dinosaur footprints and found out how long they were using cubes. We also compared the length of different dinosaur bones. On Thursday we practised our counting skills to 20 and counted out different amounts of dinosaurs.

Our topic this week has been learning about Dinosaurs. We have continued to look at different types of dinosaurs and found out their names and facts about them. We looked at different dinosaur skeletons and tried to identify them.

This week's WOW Stars – Kai, Harry, Hannah, Sophia and Aemilius. Well done everyone! It is lovely to hear about your achievements outside of school.

We are looking forward to seeing those of you who have signed up to help with Art and DT day next Tuesday and those of you can make it next Thursday (1st December) for our first Open Morning (8:45am-9:30am).

Duck Food Donations
Thank you to those of you who have donated £1 this term towards the duck food. Please could any further donations be handed to a member of the Reception team, thank you.

What we want to learn about in Reception
We would love to know what your children are interested in learning about during this year at school. Please could they bring in one item of interest for them to share with the class. We will take photos and this will form part of our learning wall. We are very excited to know what we will be learning about together this year.
Please could your child bring this in by next Wednesday 28th September. Children will bring their item home once they have shared it with the class.
Many thanks,
The Reception Team

Reading Books
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This week we have started sending home reading books. All children will have reading books by Wednesday 28th September.

Once your child has read their books at least twice with you please place them along with their Reading Record in the box in the classroom to be changed.

Happy Reading! smiley

Maths Games and Library books
We are now collecting in Maths Games and Library books, please bring in any outstanding ones you have at home. We will not be giving out anymore of either this term.

Class Swim
We will be having our whole class swim in the last week, Wednesday 20th July. All the children will be in the pool together. The swim will start at 2:10 and finish around 2:45. 4 swim change helpers will still be needed to help in the changing rooms. Thank you for all your help this year!

Reception Assembly
We will be performing our Reception Assembly Wednesday 24th June, we will sing songs that we have learnt during the year and show some of our lovely work. Please come along and watch at 9am. The performance will last around 20mins and will be in the school hall. smiley

Ladyland Farm Trip
We are very excited about our trip to Ladyland Farm this Thursday (16th June).
Please can we remind parents that the children need to wear long trousers or leggings and wear suitable footwear e.g. trainers. 
We are hoping for good weather, however, please ensure your child also brings to school a pair of named wellies in a plastic bag and rain coat. 
Keep an eye out for photos of our trip in our photos section. smiley

Swimming Ribbons
The children are starting to get their swimming ribbons, the first ribbon is light green for 'swimming confidence'. Well done for excellent swimming so far!

Queen's Birthday
We will be celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday after half term by having a tea party. The children will be singing songs together for the party.