|Reception - Foxes|
Mrs Clements, Mrs Doick
Spring 2 Week 2
This week has been our final week of remote learning! I'd like to say a huge heartfelt THANK YOU to the parents and children in Foxes for supporting us in continuing our learning during Lockdown. We couldn't have done it without you! The learning you have shared on Tapestry has been invaluable in continuing to build the picture of your child's development.
I have loved seeing the children virtually, but Monday morning couldn't come soon enough!
This week has been just the beginning of our 'Discovering Dinosaurs' topic. There is lots of exciting learning to be done when we are back in school!
Next week we will be assessing your child's progress in Literacy, allowing us to quickly adapt our teaching to fill the gaps. The following week we will be assessing all of the Maths we have covered since January.
A few things to remember:
Spring 1 Week 6
This week has been our final week of the Spring 1. I'm so proud of all of the children's achievements in their learning in this very strange half term! Everyone should have started to get some post this week too.
This week has been pet week and I hope you have enjoyed finding out about the pets of the staff at school! There are so many! Did you guess what animal Mrs Manders has are her pet? Thank you to those of you who have also sent me videos and photos on Tapestry of your own pets and how you look after them. You are all becoming very confident in front of the camera
During half term, please take the opporunity to be kind to yourselves, have a rest and recharge ready for the next half term. We are hopeful that it won't be too much longer until we can welcome you all back in school.
Thank you again for all of your support in guiding your children's learning and standing in as their home schooling teacher during these times. We couldn't have done this without you!
We will be sending out a Reception Newsletter after half term with some updates and reminders.
I look forward to seeing the children on Zoom during our first week back. Have a lovely half term.
Spring 1 Week 5
This week we have been exploring under the sea creatures. Thank you to those of you who had added your learning to Tapestry, I look forward to you sharing any of your under the sea creatures with me during our live session on Tuesday 9th Feb.
Well done to everyone for keeping going with their home learning. It is a really tricky time but you are all (children and parents!) doing an amazing job!
Our final week of Spring 1 is pet week so we will be finding out about the pets of Barnett Wood staff. You may like to add your own 'show and tell' to Tapestry, telling us about your pets and how you look after them.
I look forward to seeing you at achievers assembly and during our live story sessions this week.
Spring 1 Week 4
Well done to everyone for completing another week of learning at home. I've enjoyed seeing the observations of learning on Tapestry, please continue to add these. If you are having any issues logging in or uploading, please email me and I'll do my best to solve any questions.
It was lovely to see most of Foxes at my live stories this week. Our Friday Funhouse Phonics today, was great fun! Everyone found items to match the sounds and words, great job everyone! I'll do it again next week.
Our Amazing Animals topic will continue next week and we will be learning about Under the sea creatures.
Have a lovely weekend.
Spring 1 Week 3
We started off our week with a very exciting learning opportunity. Amber from Wild Science, shared 4 animals with us over zoom, telling us interesting facts and showing us them up close! I could see from those of you who shared an animal fact file following this that the albino hedgehog was a favourite! A big thank you to Bonnie's parents who own Wild Science for providing this opportunity for us.
Well done to all of you for continuing with your learning at home, it's a bit different to being at school, but hopefully it won't be long until we can welcome you all back into the classroom. I've been so impressed with the learning you have shared on Tapestry or via email, keep up the good work!
It's been lovely to see most of you for Zoom stories this week and I look forward to seeing you all again for another 2 story sessions next week. Next week Mrs Theobald will also be doing a weekly Zoom achievers assembly in addition to a normal assembly, so remember to log in as she will be celebrating individuals achievements.
I hope you have managed to enjoy the snow this weekend! Please feel free to share any snowy creations or observations on Tapestry with me.
Next week we will be learning about African Savannah and Dessert Animals.
Spring 1 Week 2
A great BIG THANK YOU to parents for sharing so much home learning with me through Tapestry and for supporting your children with their learning this week. I have loved seeing all of the photos and videos of the class completing the activities and am incredibly proud of how well they have been adapting to a new way of learning.
It has been wonderful to see most of Foxes on ZOOM for our live stories and for a little bit of 'show and tell' today (Friday) to share our favourite Christmas presents after our 'Owl Babies' story. There will be another 2 live story sessions next week- keep your eyes peeled for the invite.
Next week we will be learning about Lakeland animals. These are animals that live near water. Maybe you'd like to think about what sort of animals we might learn about. We have a very exciting learning opportunity on Monday afternoon lead by Wild Science. Please attend this session, you should have had the zoom link sent via Parent Mail.
Please do not hesitate to get in contact with me should you have any questions to help support you with your child's home learning.
Have a restful weekend.
Spring 1 Week 1
What a week it has been!
It was lovely to see Foxes back from the Christmas break on Monday and hear all about their holiday news.
Thank you for all of your support with teaching your children at home this week at the drop of a hat! I have loved seeing some of the learning uploaded onto Tapestry throughout the week, so please keep me up to date with your child's learning from home, either on Tapestry or via email.
We will be sending out a Reception Home Learning letter early next week with a little extra information to that already shared by Mrs Theobald.
I will be doing 2 live story sessions next week, please keep an eye on your inbox for the invites!
Please do contact me if you have any questions at any point. I will do my best to get back to you asap.
I hope you are all keeping safe and well during this time, and thank you again for your ongoing support.
Autumn 2 Week 7
This week has been our final week of the Autumn term. Firstly I'd like to congratulate the children on doing so well during this term, settling in so well and developing their love for learning. They have been super stars in what has been a challenging term.
We have continued with our Christmas topic this week, learning about the Christmas story and sharing how we celebrate. We have also continued with some Christmas crafts, making glittery pine cone Christmas trees and pre-writing pattern baubles. Thursday was party day. They children came in dressed in their party clothes and looked very festive! We ahve great fun playing party games such as msucial mats, musical statues and having a penguin waddle race with a balloon egg!
In Phonics we have learnt the 'ar' sound. This is a tricky witch sound so we have been busy painting the 'ar' sound into words. We have then developed our reading skills by sounding these words out and blending.
In Maths this week our topic has been 'time'. We have sequenced events in the day and used the vicabularly 'first', 'then', 'later' to tell the story of what happens. I was very impressed with how the children correctly sequenced the events and began to use the vocabularly we have learnt linked to this.
Finally we'd like to say a huge THANK YOU for our very kind gifts from you all. We are looking forward to having a rest so we will be full of beans in January to continue our learning journey.
We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and hope you have a wonderful time with your families and loved ones.
Mrs Clements, Mrs Doick and Mrs Hill xx
Autumn 2 Week 6
We have been learning about Christmas around the world this week and compared traditions to our own. We looked at Australia, Sweden and Portugal. We have also continued with our Christmas decorations, sewing snowmen tree decorations and weaving Christmas trees. These will be coming home next week.
In Phonics this week we have learnt the long 'oo' sound and the short 'oo' sound. Cool blue makes the long 'oo' sound and tricky witch has changed it to the short 'oo' sound. We have been learning to identify words with these sounds in them as well as reading them to match them to the correct pictures.
In Maths this week we have continued on from 'First, then, now' stories to find one more and used our understanding to find one less. For example, first there were 4 decorations on the tree, then one fell off, now there are 3 on the tree. We then introduced to vocabulary 'take away'.
Next week we will be learning about Christmas, sharing the Christmas story.
I hope you all have a restful weekend.
Autumn 2 Week 5
This week has been Christmas Art & DT week. The children have been busy making baubles to decorate the hall, lolly stick reindeer and printing christmas cards. We will continue our crafts next week as well, sewing tree decorations and weaving!
We have also learnt about New Zealand this week. There are 12 active volcanoes there so we did an experiment to make a volcano. We used bicarbonate of soda, wahsing up liquid and vinegar. The children saw how lava erupts and then slows down.
In Phonics this week we have learnt 5 new sounds! (sh, ch, th (hard), th (soft) and ng). For 'ch' we had a very special treat of chocolate tasting! We tried white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate and evaluated what we thought of them. Almost everyone liked all of them! For 'th' we have been sorting pictures and words into the hard and soft sounds.
In Maths this week we have been finding one more using 5 frames and by telling stories. e.g. first there are 2 cars, then one comes along, now there are 3. Our focus has been on using the vocabulary 'first', 'then' and 'now'. Next week we will be using a similar strategy to find one less.
Next week we will be learning about how Christmas is celebrated around the world.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Clements & Mrs Doick
Autumn 2 Week 4
We started this week with a 'STEM' problems. We read the story 'lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers, where a boy finds a penguin on his doorstep. He finds out penguins come from the South Pole and needs to get it home. The children were set the task of using recycled materials to make a boat to get to the South Pole. They had to think about size and strength so they boy and penguin would get there safely. It was lovely to see how engaged they were and how their ideas evolved.
In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds 'y', 'z' and 'qu'. For 'y' we created yellow collages, 'z' we made bee pictures and for 'qu' we learnt 5 little ducks in Makaton. We have been reading and writing simple words using these sounds.
In Maths this week we have developed upon our understanding of more and fewer by comparing sets of non-identical objects. The children have learnt to line up both sets next to each other in the same arrangement. They found that the set with more objects didn't match up to an object in the other set.
Next week it is Art and DT week where we will be making Christmas decorations. These will be coming home during the last week of term. We will also be leanring about New Zealand!
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Clements & Mrs Doick
Autumn 2 Week 3
This week we have been exploring STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as part of our topic for this half term. Our first problem to solve waas to build a bridge for the 3 Billy Goats Gruff using tubes, string, tape and small boxes. This was quite a challenge for us in Foxes, but the children thought carefully about how to get from one side of the water to the other and how the goats could get onto their bridges safely. We have also been learning about the weather as part of this topic, sharing our experiences and understanding of rain, rainbows, snow, fog, sunshine and wind. As part of this the children had the challenge of designing a coat for teddy to go out for a walk but the weather was rainy. We looked at different materials that were avaliable and why they would or wouldn't be good to use for teddy's raincoat. We found that plastic materials were best as they were waterproof.
In Phonics we have learnt the sounds 'j', 'w', 'x' and 'v'. We have practised the formation for the sounds and even got to eat some jelly for j! It was very wobbly and yummy! We have also been segmenting CVC words using the sounds we have learnt.
In Maths this week we have been comparing quantities of identical objects. We have focussed on using the vocabularly 'more', 'fewer' and 'same'. We have been lining objects up next to each other in sets to work out which has more and how many more there are.
Next week we will be continuing our STEM topic.
Christmas card orders went into bookbags this week, thank you to those who ordered them.
Have a good weekend.
Mrs Clements & Mrs Doick
Autumn 2 Week 2
This week our topic has been 'pirates'. The children have loved using our small world pirate ships to create their own pirate scenarios. We have learnt to use the Bee Bot this week, a programmable toy, dressed as a pirate. The children have input instructions to navigate it around a treasure map to reach the treasure marks by an 'x'.
We have also learnt about the Hindu celebration, Diwali. The children have found out about how families prepare for Diwali by decoratig their homes, making Diva lamps and buying sweets to give to their friends and family. We have used power paints to paint rangoli patterns and looked carefully at photos of Mhendi patterns to create our own using felt pens. We have also listening to the story linked to Diwali.
In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds 's', 'ss', 'f', 'ff', 'l' and 'll'. We have been developing our blending skills to read simple words with these sounds in them. We even had a letter from 'Pirate Puff' asking for some help as Polly Parrot had flown away. The children have loved writing letters to post to Pirate Puff, saying they will look out for Polly. We have also been playing the education city games linked to these sounds on the interactive whiteboard. You may like to play them again at home too. Your login is in the back of your reading record.
In Maths this week we have been developing our understanding of sorting objects. We have learnt to look for similarities and differences to sort by a range of criteria, inclduing, colour, shape and size. To develop our learning further we have explored how sets of objects can be sorted in lots of different ways., and also into 3 sets not just 2!
Next week we will be starting to learning about Scientific Investigations through a range of STEM activities.
Autumn 2 Week 1
Welcome back after the half term break! The children started the week writing about their news. Everyone has been really perseverring to listen for the initial sounds in words and beginning to write the matching letter.
This week we have been learning about 'Fireworks'. The children have loved sharing their own experiences. We have created our own firework paintings using cut tubes in brightly coloured paint for printing and then drizzling glue on top, adding glitter for extra sparkle! We have also learnt about Guy Fawkes and why fireworks are let off on 5th November. We have also used musical instruments and our voices to make firework music.
In Phonics we have learnt the sounds 'h' and 'b'. For 'h' we have been cutting paper hair and making hats for the queen after reading the story 'The Queen's hat' by Steve Antony. For 'b' we have been blowing bubbles in paint to print with them.
In Maths this week we have been learning how the number 5 is represented in lots of different ways. We have used 5 frames, lined objects up and placing the correct number of objects into containers to represent numbers 1-5.
Thank you for signing up for your parent consultation appointments for next week and the following week. I will be emailing the link for your meeting the day before so please check your emails.
This week we have continued to learn about the signs of autumn and finding out about the festival of Harvest. We looked at lots of photographs of different fruits and vegetables, finding out how the farmers harvested their crops. We found out that apples are picked using machines and tea is picked by hand. We have been busy writing about signs of autumn listening carefully for the initial sounds in the words in our sentences.
In Phonics we have learnt the sounds ‘e’, ‘u’ and ‘r’. Lots of the children chose to make rockets when learning about the ‘r’ sound, using tubes, tissue paper and card. For ‘u’ we read the story ‘Aliens love underpants’, making the action every time we heard ‘u’ at the beginning of a word. We then designed our own pants for the aliens.
In Maths this week we have been learning about the number 4. We have explored different ways of representing 4 and identifying sets of 4 objects. We have also used a 5 frame to find out how many objects there are by placing each one into a box in the frame. We have also learnt to subitise! This is where we look at a set of objects/dots in different arrangements and are able to recognise how many there are without counting.
Remote learning- If your child should have to self-isolate you will be able to find the planned learning for the week under the ‘Class links’ tab on the website in the ‘Homelearning- Reception’ tab. The weekly plan and resources you will need will be there. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. We ask that you only complete this is your child is self-isolating.
Christmas cards- The deadline for ordering these online is Friday 30th October (during half term) and your child’s artwork needs to be returned to school on Monday 2nd November for us to return to APFS for photographing and printing. This is a great fundraiser for the school as a percentage of the money made from these comes back to the school for us to spend on art and DT resources for the children’s learning.
Reading records- Please make a note in your child’s reading record when you read with them at home. It is really helpful for us to know how they got on with the book and if they have looked at them since getting them.
After half term we are having hot lunches. Please spend some of the half term holiday helping your child to learn to use a knife and fork. We will of course help the children to cut their food up should they need it but it is always helpful if they can have a go whilst they are waiting for help with the tricky bits.
Our learning for the first week back will focus on our holiday news and Bonfire night!
I’d like to wish you all a relaxing half term and thank you for your support during our first half term in Foxes.
This week we have been learning about ‘Signs of Autumn’. The children have loved going on an autumn scavenger hunt around the track on the field. We collected lots of different coloured leaves, acorns and a couple of conker shells. The children talked about the colours they could see and the berries growing on the bushes for the birds to eat as the weather gets colder. As part of our learning we have also printed autumn trees using cotton wool and tin foil, make pictures with the autumn artefacts we found and made leaf rubbings.
In Phonics we have learnt the sounds ‘o’, ‘c’, ‘k’ and ‘ck’ and had a go at segmenting (spelling) simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words in a phoneme frame. To help us remember all of the sounds and teddy words we have learnt so far, we’ve been on a sound and word trail, jumping on sounds and words, saying them as we did so whilst going around the track.
In Maths we have explored the numbers 1,2 and 3, finding different ways of representing them and how to count sets accurately. We are beginning to understand that lining objects up helps us to count accurately. We have also learnt that the last number we say represents how many objects there are. The children also used their careful listening ears to listen for how many coins were dropped into a tin. Sometimes the coins were dropped quickly and sometimes they were dropped slowly.
This week in circle time we have also learnt about the ‘Pants rule’. We talked about the importance of following the rules and watched the NSPCC Pantosaurus song- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SzbMEVYiyg
Privates are private
Always remember your body belongs to you
No means no
Talk about secrets that upset you- this should be to someone you trust e.g. parents, adult at school
Speak up, someone can help
You can find more information on this on the NSPCC website https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/
Christmas Card designs- Please remember to order your Christmas cards through APFS the order deadline is Friday 30th October. This is a fantastic fundraiser for the school as a percentage of the money raised from these comes back to us to be able to buy new Art/DT resources to support the children's learning.
Next week we will be continuing our learning about Autumn and the festival of Harvest.
This week we have been learning about 'Our bodies', following the children sharing what they would like to learn about while they are in Reception. We began the week by drawing what we thought the inside of our bodies looked like and our understanding about the different parts. After this we then drew around one of the children and labelled all of the different parts we can see. Foxes knoweldge and understanding of this was fantastic! To help us understand about inside our bodies we looked at information books to find out more. The children loved spending the afternoon looking through the books, talking to each other about the pictures and their undertsanding.
In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds 'm', 'd' and 'g'. For 'm' we developed our cutting skills to make mice. We had great fun learning the 'd' sound, using the djembe drums to tap out our names and copying repeated patterns. We then left these out for the children to use independently, exploring how the sounds changed depending on how they were played- we even had a band one afternoon!
In Maths this week we have continued to focus on shape, comparing 2d and 3d shapes to find out the children's existing understanding. We have had the builkding bricks out for the children to explore the properties of these shapes.
APFS Christmas card designs went home in book bags at the beginning of the week. Please follow the instructions on the leaflet to order them if you would like. Please email me to let me know if your child's artwork is in their book bag to be returned to us ready to send off so we can take it out.
Next week we will be exploring the signs of Autumn. Maybe you have spotted some whilst out and about at the weekend or on your way to school?
This week we have learnt about the artist Frida Kahlo, who is famous for her self-portraits.
We found out that to help her with these she used a mirror. We have created our own self-portraits using paint this week, looking carefully in a mirror to identify the colours, shapes and features we have. Take a look at our creations!
In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds 'n' and 'i'. For 'n' we worked on our fine motor skills by making neckalces, threading art straws onto wool. For 'i' we worked on our cuttin skills to snip squares of paper for ice blocks to stick onto an igloo shape.
In Maths this week we have been finding out about the children's understanding linked to 2D shapes. We have sorted shapes into different categories, for example shapes with straight sides. We have also played 'odd one out' where the children have used their understanding of 2d shapes to work out which shape doesn't belong in a set. We have also been shape detectives, enjoying looking for shapes around the classroom to match the shapes of our view finders.
We have enjoyed finding out about what the children would like to learn about during their time in Reception. Next week we are going to find out about 'The Body'.
We've had another busy week in Foxes!
This week as part of our 'All about me' topic, we have been thinking about how we have all changed since we were a baby. The children started the week by sharing what they know about babies, including sleeping, crying and crawling. Today we thought about what we can do now that we couldn't do when we were a baby. Some of the things shared included were being able to ride a bike, jumping and doing a forward roll!
We started Monster Phonics this week and have learnt the sounds 's', 'a', 't', 'p'. We have learnt how to recognise the written sound and form them. We are beginning to listen for the initial sounds by saying the names of objects slowly.
Thank you to those who have already shared what they would like to learn about in Reception with us so far. Please bring these in by next Wednesday.
Everyone now has reading books in their book bags, once these have been read twice at home they can be changed. Please remind your child to put them in the green box in the classroom when they come in if they need new books. Thank you.
On Thursday afternoon the children have the opportunity to choose a story book as a library book. Please ensure these are in book bags on a Thursday so your child can choose a new one.
We've had a successful first full week at school! The children are continuing to get used to our routines.
This week we have been starting to learn the names of the characters in the Oxford Reading Tree books. By the end of next week everyone will have 2 reading books, a reading record and a character strip in their book bags. Please read with your child at home, making comments linked to how they found the book, dating and signing. This is really helpful in knowing how they read at home and not jsut with us.
Next week we will be starting the Monster Phonics programme, learning 4 sounds and 2 teddy words. Your child will have a red teddy word/sound book in their book bags on Monday.
As there will be reading books and sound books in book bags, please please do not put water bottles in book bags, many of our books and resources get damaged as a result.
This week we had our first dance lesson. The children were brilliant at finding a space in the hall and listening to the songs to join in with the actions.
As you are aware the staggered start timings have been revised for Monday. Reception start at 8:40 and finish at 2:40.
Have an enjoyable weekend.
We have completed our settling in sessions this week. I'm so proud of how well the children have been coming in each morning. This week we have been learning the new routines and school rules.
Our topic for this half term is 'All about me'. Next week we will be thinking about our families.
Please name EVERYTHING, including snack pots, lunch boxes, cardigans/jumpers, book bags. It makes it much easier to reunite items if they are named.
Timings for next week will now be our normal times. For drop off 8:30-8:40am and collection is at 2:30, please be prompt to ensure that the playground is cleared ready for the next collection time of the next class.
Please only send one snack in for your child for the morning. This must be a piece of fruit of veg. Our playtime is 20 minutes, this is time for them to eat their snack and then have a run around.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Clements & Mrs Tiley
Welcome to Foxes Weekly Blog
Welcome to Foxes weekly blog! This page will be updated every Friday, sharing our learning from the week and any messages.
It was wonderful to see so many of you at the 'Meet and Greet' sessions earlier this week.
The children who have started with us have settled in very quickly and it has been lovely to see how confidnet and busy they have been with their learning already! We're really looking forward to seeing the other half of Foxes next Tuesday.
Please remember to bring the following to school everyday:
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Clements & Mrs Tiley