Reception - Green Class
Mrs Davies, Mrs Oliver

17th January
  This week we have continued our ‘Amazing Animals’ topic by learning about African animals. Green Class have produced some lovely writing about lions, giraffes and elephants.
We all really enjoyed meeting the author Grant Koper on Wednesday. He read us one of his books and spent lots of time answering question
s about being an author and writing stories.
In Maths we have been learning to name 3D shapes and describe some of their properties. We have used words such as ‘edges’, ‘corners’, ‘faces’ and ‘points’.
This week in Phonics we have learnt the digraphs ch, ng and th (both the soft sound as in think and the hard sound as in that). The children particularly enjoyed chocolate tasting as part of ch!

We have celebrated lots of lovely achievements with our new Wow Moments. We are focussing on achievements at out of school clubs and using technology.
Enjoy the weekend!

10th January
Happy New Year everyone!
Please can I start by saying thank you for all your kind words over the last few days.
Green Class have come back to school well-rested and ready to learn. In phonics we have been revising the digraphs we already know- focusing on ff, ll, ss and zz. We have read and written words containing these sounds.
Our Maths topic this week is number bonds to 5. We have spent lots of time exploring the ways to make 5, including using counters, bean bags and objects.
Our topic this term is ‘Amazing Animals’ and each week we will focus on a different group of animals, as chosen by the children in Reception at the start of the year. We began this week by learning about bears, including brown bears and pandas.
Have a fantastic weekend!


20th December
This week we have learnt about the Jewish celebration Hanukkah. We have found out how it is celebrated and why it is a special time for Jewish families.
Our Maths topic has been sharing. We have learnt to share a number equally between different amounts, using practical objects for support.
In phonics we have been applying what we have learnt this term, by reading and writing words and captions. We have also recapped all the teddy words we have learnt so far.
All library books have now been collected in and the children will get new ones after the Christmas holidays.
Green Class loved their first Barnett Wood party day and enjoyed playing games with their friends. Thank you all so much for your cards and presents. It really is very kind of you.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to 2020!


13th December
 What a fantastic day we have had! The children all really enjoyed our Christmas lunch. We ate turkey, stuffing balls, sausages, carrots and roast potatoes and then finished off with an iced Christmas cookie. Yum! It was lovely to have the whole school eat in the hall together.
The rest of the week has been busy too. In phonics we learnt the new sounds x, qu and sh. We learnt the term digraph, which describes two letters working as a team to make one sound (as in qu and sh).
Our Maths topic has been teen numbers with a focus on recognising them, counting with them, ordering them and making them with numicon. We have especially enjoyed singing the ‘Let’s Count to 20’ song.
Thank you for bringing in your costumes. We are very excited to perform at the Church next week. We would really appreciate your help walking to and from the Church. There is a sign-up sheet in the Reception cloak room. Thank you in advance!
Enjoy the weekend!


6th December
This week we began our Christmas topic. Green class have listened to the Christmas story, learnt about how and why we celebrate Christmas and have been practicing our songs for the Christmas show. We had a brilliant time on Art and DT day, making lots of decorations for the classroom and the school hall- be sure to have a look during the Christmas fair. Thank you to all the helpers who gave up their time to come in and help us.
Our Maths topic this week was learning to say the days of the week in the correct order. To help us with this we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Mr Wolf’s Week, as well as learning the days of the week song.
Have a super weekend and we hope to see lots of you on Sunday at the Christmas fair.


29th November
This week we completed our dinosaur topic by thinking about how we know dinosaurs existed. We learnt about scientists finding dinosaur bones and fossils and even had a go at digging up our own! We also made dinosaur skeleton pictures and looked at real fossils.
We then thought about what might have happened to the dinosaurs. Was it a space rock? Did they all get poorly? Was it a volcano eruption? No one knows for sure! We learnt lots about volcanoes and even made our own volcanic eruption in the classroom!
In Phonics we have learnt the sounds ‘b’ ‘j’ and ‘z’. We are getting very good at segmenting and blending, which is helping us with our reading and writing.
Our Maths topic was length. We have practised using the vocabulary long, short, longer, shorter, longest and shortest. We even had a go at ordering dinosaur bones!
We are very excited about Art and DT day on Wednesday. We still need helpers so please sign up in the cloakroom if you are available to help.
Enjoy the weekend!


22nd November
This week we have continued with our Dinosaurs topic. We have learnt about the triceratops and the tyrannosaurus rex. As part of our learning we have written about dinosaurs, made dinosaur masks and listened to lots of dinosaur stories.
In phonics our sounds have been ‘l’ ‘h’ and ‘e’. We are working very hard on our segmenting and blending skills. Can you find these sounds in your reading books?
Our Maths topic this week is positional language (e.g. next to, behind, in front of etc.) The dinosaurs were very cheeky and decided to hide in our outside area. The children had to find them and use positional language to describe where they were hiding. We are not sure how the stegosaurus got on top of the house!
We are continuing to enjoy using the equipment in PE. Our focus is moving and travelling in different ways (for example across a bench) and landing safely when jumping from equipment.
Thank you to all those that have offered to help on Art and DT day. We still need a few more helpers so please let us know if you are around.
Enjoy the weekend!


15th November
  Our week had a very exciting start… we came into the classroom to find a mystery egg! What could it be? On Wednesday a baby diplodocus hatched out! What a brilliant start to our dinosaur topic.
We have learnt about the diplodocus and the stegosaurus. We know that they are both herbivores and only eat plants.
In phonics we learnt our new sounds ‘f’ ‘l’ and ‘r’. We have practised reading and writing words that contain these sounds.
Our Maths topic has been finding one less than a number to 10. We have used both our fingers and objects to help find the answer.
It was great to speak to you all at the Parent’s Consultations and share with you how well your children are doing. Please remember we are available at the end of the school day if you have any questions.
Enjoy the weekend!


8th November
Welcome back! We hope you all had a fantastic half term. It has been lovely to hear from the children what you got up to.
Our topic this week has been ‘Fireworks’. We have learnt about the history of Bonfire night, how to keep safe when watching fireworks and even danced like fireworks! We also used a variety of paint techniques to create our own firework pictures.
In Maths we have been learning to say the number that is 1 more than a given number. We have used objects, such as bricks, to help us find the answer and we are beginning to be able to say the answers from memory.
In Phonics we have been practising ‘o’ ‘c’ and ‘k’, learning to spot the sounds in words and to form them correctly.
We continue to enjoy celebrating your WOW moments. Our focus for this half term is numbers and shapes. Please leave complete WOW moments in the folder in the Reception cloakroom.
In bookbags today you will find your child’s Christmas card design and details on how to order them. Sample cards are available to view in the office.

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the weekend!

25th October
The Harvest Assembly was a fantastic way to end our first half term at school! The children sang so well and we were all very proud. A big thank you to all the parents who helped us to walk safely to and from the church.
This week has been very busy as we have been revising all the sounds and teddy words we have learnt so far. We are practising our reading by sounding out the words and blending them together- please keep reading over half term!
In Maths we have been recapping numbers 1-10 and solving missing number sequences e.g. what comes next – 4,5,6,?
Our topic focus has been Harvest. We have looked at different foods, sorting them by if they grow or not, and discussing which ones are healthy and which ones are treats. We had a particular focus on pumpkins so we learnt pumpkin facts, did pumpkin writing, read pumpkin stories and even looked inside one!
Thank you again for all your support this half term. Please keep an eye on the notice board in the Reception cloakroom for sign-up sheets of ways you can help.
Have a great half term!


18th October
Image result for leaf clipart This week our topic is Autumn. We have been look at various Autumn artefacts, such as leaves, conkers and pumpkins and we went around the school track collecting things that remind us of Autumn.
In phonics we played the drum when learning ‘d’ and we made a Gruffalo when learning ‘g’.
Our Maths topic has been weight. We have been using the vocabulary ‘heavier’, ‘lighter’ and ‘balanced’ and using the scales to compare the weight of two objects.
We are continuing to practise our songs for Harvest Festival and look forward to seeing as many as possible of you next Friday (25th October).
Enjoy the weekend!


14th October
What a busy few weeks we have had!
In Phonics we have been learning the ‘n’ and ‘m’ sound. Green Class especially enjoyed eating a Malteser and making a ‘mmmm’ sound whilst rubbing their tummies!
In Maths we have been recapping 2D shapes and making patterns using both shapes and natural objects. The children have been describing what would come next in a repeating pattern and asking their friends to complete their own made up patterns.
We used our school tablets, the LearnPads, for the first time. We used an app called Annotate which allows the children to create their own pictures and they successfully learnt to use the tool bar to change colours and add shapes.
Well done to all of Green Class for coming in so sensibly on their own on Friday (due to the rain and dance being in the hall).  They all settled so quickly – we were very proud!


27th September
What a super week we have had!
 In Phonics this week we have learnt the ‘a’ sound and the ‘t’ sound. We printed with apples and made handprint tigers to help us remember our new learning.
In Maths this week we have been learning the numbers 5-10 and practised counting groups of objects accurately.
Today we celebrated Ben the Bee’s birthday! The children made birthday cards and invitations and served cake in the pizza restaurant.
All the children now have 2 reading books in their bookbags, alongside a reading record (which we would love for you to write in when you hear your children read) and a character strip. Please keep these in their bookbags everyday. When books need changing, please place them in the red box at the front of the classroom.
A little reminder for bringing toys to school- these must be pocket sized and are only allowed to come out of pockets during playtime. Thank you for your support.
Have a great weekend!


20th September
The children have had a great first full week at school. We have been very busy. In Phonics we have learnt the ‘s’ sound, listening to it at the start of words and practising forming it correctly. We also made super snakes to help us remember what it looks like.
In Maths we have been learning the numbers 1-5. We have sung lots of number songs and been recognising the different numerals.
On Thursday we made our first visit to the school library. All the children chose a book they would like to borrow for the week. Please return books on Thursday (by placing them in your child’s bookbag) so they can choose a new one.
Meet the Teacher is next week (Tuesday 24th September) at 7pm. It is a great opportunity to hear a little more about what we are up and ask any questions. We hope to see lots of you there.
Enjoy the weekend!


13th September
We have had a brilliant first week at school! The children have been spending time getting to know their new school- they have had a tour of all the classes and the playground. They really enjoyed saying hello to the other children in the school! We also visited Mrs Penny’s office, looking around at all her interesting things and singing a song together.
Green class have been busy adding collage materials to the super green paintings they did during the induction afternoons. They are all on display in the classroom – please do have a look!
Swimming today was a great success! Thank you so much to all the parents who came to help- we would not have been able to run these sessions without your support.
Enjoy the weekend!