This term our topic is Spring. We have been observing our frogspawn and learning about life cycles. We have planted sunflowers and are learning what a plant needs to grow. We have also been working hard in Read Write Inc and learning about shape, money and adding one more in maths.
This week we have enjoyed learning all about Chinese New Year.
Our first term in big school.
We have had a very busy Autumn term in big school. We have been getting to know each other and making friends. As part of our topic we have shared many wonderful stories. We have particularly enjoyed searching for the Gingerbread Man and exploring the Christmas story. Our grown ups are able to see all the activities we enjoy on our online learning journals recorded on Tapestry. Take a look at our pictures below to see how busy we have been.
Reception Class Sept 2021
We have been having great fun settling in to 'big school'.
Reception Sports Day 2021
Welcome to our class page. We have settled back in to school life brilliantly, and we have been so busy! We have enjoyed our stories topic, and have been learning all about Spring! We are busy little people, who love to be active and learn, we enjoy both our indoor and outdoor classrooms. Here are a few pictures to show you what we have been up to since our return to school.
Welcome back February 2021
Hello everyone. Below is a short video to welcome you back to school.
Dosbarth Glasbren & Cangen Blended learning January 2020
Please find daily activities below for home learning. Also remember there are 'Busy Feet', 'Cosmic Kids' yoga and Joe Wickes kids fitness videos available on You Tube if needed.
Reception and Year 1 have formed a bubble and will be sharing these learning tasks. There will also be a chance for a 'check in' meeting every day using 'Google Meet'. Don't forget to join our Google Classroom following the information on the e mail.
Friday 15th January 2021
Today our story is one of my favourites. 😃 The Smartest Giant in Town. Please click on the link below to listen to the story.
* Please follow the link emailed to you for your daily phonics lesson.
* The giant in the story was so kind to everyone he met and he loved the crown he received. I think he would write them a thank you letter or make them a thank you card.
Write a thank you letter/ make a thank you card for all the animals from the giant. Or perhaps you’d like to thank somebody yourself- you could make a card/ write a letter to send to somebody.
*The giant was very tall, I wonder if he was the tallest character in the story. Who is the tallest person in your house? Can you organise the people in your house into height order? Or perhaps you could use your teddies and sort them into height order instead. Who is the tallest? Who is the shortest?
* Dress up as a giant! Can you borrow some of your grown up’s clothes?
* Be kind like the giant. Do something kind for somebody to make them feel special. 🥰
Thursday 14th January 2021
Today our story is Room on the Broom. Please click on the link below to listen to the story. 🙂
*Follow the link emailed to you for your daily phonics lesson.
*Make up your own spell, what ingredients will you use? A scoop of mud? A pinch of moss? Learn your spell off by heart. You may like to write it down too.
*For this activity you will need a few different size containers. You could use a cup, a bowl or perhaps a measuring jug. You might want to do this outside in the garden or maybe in the bath!
Fill your smallest container with water ( you could also use rice, soil...) how many do you think it would take to fill one of the other containers? Make a prediction. Now full it up and count how many you need. Repeat with your other containers. Can you place you containers in order from the one with the least capacity to the one with the largest capacity.
* Can you make a potion? This could be part of your maths work, language work or something completely different.
* Can you make a magic wand? You could find a stick in your daily walk and decorate it? Or build one out of Lego. I’d love to see some photos.
Wednesday 13th January 2021
*Follow the link emailed to you for your daily phonics lesson.
*In the story Zog there are lots of rhyming words, listen to the story again and see how many rhyming pairs you can identify. You can pause the story as often as you need to.
*How many words can you think of that rhyme with Zog? Can you write them down?
* Zog learnt lots of lessons in school. Can you remember the order of what he learnt? What did he learn 1st? 2nd? Etc.
*Can you make a paper aeroplane? Decorate it so it looks like a dragon. 🐉 I’d love to see some photos on out google classroom.
*Follow the link emailed to you for your daily phonics lesson.
*Think of all of the creatures the little mouse meets. What letter do they start with? Practise writing the letters. You could do this with pen and paper, in some flour or even outside in the mud.
* Your afternoon activity to is make a Gruffalo crumble! Can you write down the method of how you make it? Think about the bossy verbs you need to use e.g. mix, add, measure, bake.
*Draw a lovely long snake just like the one in the story, colour it in using a repeating pattern. Use two colours to start with - perhaps blue, red, blue, red. Draw another snakes- how many colours will you use this time? Perhaps three or four. Remember to check your repeating pattern as you go along. 🐍
*Become a chef! In the story the mouse talks about eating Gruffalo Crumble and Owl ice cream! Your task is to make something based on the story. You might make some Gruffalo biscuits or some nut bars. Perhaps you will bake them in the kitchen with a grown up helper, or create something fantastic out of play dough. You might like to make a mud pie in your garden and decorate it with sticks for Gruffalo prickles. Be as inventive as you like and have lots of fun. I’d love to see some photos of your finished creations. 😊
*Please use the phonics link emailed to you.
*Super Worm was so useful! Can you make a list of all the things he was used for? Remember that when we write a list we put one item underneath the other and we put a comma after each one. I’d love to see your photos of your lists posted in our google classroom.
*Today we are going to measure the length of some objects in your home. Imagine a sock (or something similar) is Super Worm. How many socks long is your bed? Remember to start at one end of your bed and keep measuring until you get to the other end. Can you measure something longer than your bed? Or shorter? How many socks long is the longest thing you have measured? 🪱
* Go outside and find a patch of grass in your garden or on your daily exercise route. Dance and march around on the grass- the worms will feel the vibrations you are making and come up to see what is happening. How many worms can you spot? Do they all look the same?
* Imagine you are a worm underground. What do you think you might find? Perhaps some seeds, a lost toy or some treasure! Draw an underground picture and include all of the things you’d like to discover. Don’t forget to draw a worm! I’ll look forward to seeing some of your pictures in our google classroom. 😊
Friday 8th January 2021
Literacy - Please continue to access the daily Read Write Inc Phonics sessions posted on You Tube by Ruth Miskin. Its important that the children access these daily, as the letter focus will change in accordance with the scheme, which we would normally be following in school. For Reception children, you should be following the Set 1 sounds, with todays letter focus being 'd'.
The schedule is posted below if you would like to see which letter is posted on which day (posted at 9.30am and available for 24hrs). Children that know all of their letter sounds can access set 2, which looks at 'special friends', the letters that make a different sound when together.
Today we will think about 3d shapes. Take a look at the videos below and see how many 3d shapes you can find at home. I bet you can build some great models using 3d shapes too!
We hope you enjoy this Percy Parkeeper story about a big storm. We can't wait to see the houses you build for the poor animals who don't have a home after the storm.
Thursday 7th January
Please see the links above for Daily Read Write Inc phonic session. Our class are all working on a Set 1 level.
You could also practise writing the letters of your name, and maybe your surname too! Remember your froggy fingers, and your letter formation rhymes which can be found further down the page.
Today we will revise 2d shape.
We hope you enjoy this story about a very snowy night.
Daily Literacy Read Write Inc Phonics
The children have been doing so well with the Read Write Inc Letter sounds scheme. These will be taught by Ruth Miskins Read Write Inc team and posted on You Tube for blended learning. Please look at the daily videos and practise the letter sound and formation with your children.
Here is the link for Set 1 sounds daily phonics sessions on you tube.
Aso below you will find the daily schedule. We are currently working at a set 1 level.
Today we are thinking about number 5.
Take a look at the number videos below. Can you write it? Can you make it in different ways? Can you write down the different ways of making five using a number sentence? Can you find sets of five objects around your home?
We hope you enjoy the story below about little hedgehog. We cant wait to see your pictures. Don't forget to upload photos to the Google classroom if you want to share them. Write your name on the back too.
Miss Dawn and I would like to share 'The first christmas' as our final story with you this term. There's a little task go with it. Then in your pack you will also find some colour by number activities. There's lots of Christmas colouring sheets for you to do this afternoon too! Have a lovely Christmas, and we will see you all very soon! Stay safe and well 🌈🌈.
Have a go at counting to 100 with Jack Hartman whilst you watch the video below! I know how much you love doing this in our classroom! We know a faster way of counting to 100 too. Join in with Mrs Blundell and Miss Dawn, when we count to 100 on the next video.
Then have a go at the counting activities in your pack.
Well done for today's work. In your pack you have a snowman spiral cutting activity for you to complete this afternoon! Have fun!
Today we will share the story of 'The Jolly Christmas Postman' you will find the cutting activity in your pack.
Today's numeracy activity is based on 2d shape. Watch the shape song video below, before having a go at the shape cutting activity in your pack.
PE/ Keeping active
We will continue our shape theme with a Busy Feet shape session with Mrs Power! Please join in with the video session posted below. If you enjoy this one you can find many more on their You Tube channel.
Tuesday 15th Dec 2020
Please watch the video story below 'Dear Santa'. You will find a christmas bordered piece of paper in your pack to complete the task.
Please watch the number warm up videos below, then complete the 'number 4' worksheet in your pack.
You will find a christmas tree cutting and sticking activity in your pack. Please stick on the baubles to decorate your tree, and colour it in! Enjoy and well done for today!
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Read Write Inc - our new phonics scheme.
The children are really enjoying our new phonics scheme Read Write Inc. This week the children will have brought home a booklet with the first 15 set 1 sounds we have learnt over the last three weeks. They will bring 5 more sounds each week for the next three weeks.
Please practise with your child, and use the rhymes to encourage letter formation. You may practise letters on big paper if this is easier than the smaller sheets.
Please look at the Ruth Miskin website or Oxford Owl website for more information on this scheme. Alternatively follow this link
Please contact us if you have any queries or concerns.
A few useful reminders for after half term!
* PE will be on a Tuesday. Can the children please come to school wearing PE kit that is suitable for outdoor activities.
* We will be starting 'Welly Wednesdays' after half term. We would like the children to come to school every Wednesday dressed for outdoor play in our Wild Area. Wellies and a waterproof coat will be essential. We plan to go up the wild area as early as possible, and will try to spend most of the day up there.
* We will also be using the wild area throughout the week, it would be great if children could have a pair of wellies to be left in school.
*Please could all children have a spare set of clothes in their bags on their pegs, just in case they need changing.
* We are still having a lot of children in laces. Please could we advise against these, as even the laced shoes with side zips are coming undone and need doing up throughout the day.
Thankyou for your continued support.
We are so proud of how well the children have settled into the routines of 'Big School'. We have seen some great friendships develop, lovely sharing and good listening. We are enjoying getting to know the children, and we have all really enjoyed our topic of 'Will you read me a story?' . This half term we have looked at 'Rainbow Fish', and 'The Little Red Hen'. We have also enjoyed outdoor learning in our lovely wild area. Below are a few photos to show you what we have been up to!
Week 6 Home Learning 8.6.20
Hi everyone, over the last couple of weeks I have been observing a caterpillar cup that we would usually have looked at in school. The cup arrived through the post with 5 very tiny caterpillars that had hatched out of eggs. The pictures below show how these caterpillars changed into Painted Lady butterflies. This process is called metamorphosis! The adult butterfly then goes on to lay more eggs, and the whole process happens again, which is called The Butterfly lifecycle. We have talked about this when reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Our learning tasks this week are a mixture of phonics work, lifecycles, 2d shape and length. I hope you enjoy them ,and I look forward to hearing from you!
Home Learning Week 3 Resources (Brilliant Books).
Don't forget letter formation and learning support resources are further down the page from previous weeks. Giglets also has new books added with tasks to support this learning.
Weekly Home Learning Plan (Week beginning 27.4.20)
Below is a weekly plan for learning activities at home. There are 15 activities, based around three per day. However, it is up to you how much or how little you do with your children. Feel free to pick and choose the activities that work for you. Underneath the plan you will find resources to help with these activities. If you scroll on down the page, there is more general information about home learning also.
Resources to support weekly learning
(Weekly plan to accompany these will be uploaded by Friday)
It's really important that children keep blending their sounds to read words, any reading books are fine, they don't have to be school ones. The website 'Phonics Play' is great for blending games. Their free code was 'March20' password 'home'. Another couple of good reading sites are offering free trials if this is something you are interested in using. Take a look at 'Reading Eggs' and also 'Rising Stars', which is the website linked to our school reading scheme.
As a school, we use an online reading resource called Giglets. Our reception children have experienced this as a whole class activity. They love to listen to, join in with and talk about the stories they have heard. There are a variety of books available for them to listen to, with music and animations. You will have received a text message with your child's log in details, you can log in at www.giglets.com. There are a few books allocated to look at, and these will change regularly. We hope you enjoy, please do not hesitate in contacting me if you have any queries or concerns.
Drawing and writing will keep those froggy fingers strong! Please remind your child about a correct pencil grip when mark making. Most of the children still need to practise writing their names, with correct letter formation. Writing surnames is a great activity too. Letter formation booklets are available to print from the Twinkl website. Please see the formation rhymes below that we use with the children to encourage correct formation, with most letters starting from the top.
Lots of counting is also great, and recalling one more and one less of a given number. We had been looking at coins and 2d and 3d shapes. Any sort of number formation is also beneficial. Again, there are formation activities available on Twinkl. Topmarks website is also good for fun number games.
Keep having fun, being creative and stay healthy! Below is some information about daily resources online. My email contact is email@example.com if you need any further guidance.
As a school we use a Thrive approach to develop Social and Emotional wellbeing. Here are some great weekly plans to support a variety of play activities.