Reception Noticeboard

Week Beginning 1.7.19

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We were delighted  to find out that we had a won a beginners prize in the Swansea in Bloom competition. The children were very excited about this and it has made them even more enthusiastic about caring for the flowers and seeds they have planted, especially in this hot weather!

Things to remember:

  • The children will be meeting their new class teacher on Thursday morning and spending some time in their new classroom.
  • Games on Friday with Mrs Porter-Weather dependent-You should have already brought a PE Kit into school for your child so they can change in class.
  • Please make sure you send your child into school with a sun hat, clearly labelled with their name and apply sunscreen before school on hot, sunny days. We are not allowed to apply sunscreen to your child.
  • Library on Tuesday
  • Please ensure that you help your child practise reading their reading book on a daily basis. They will also have either words/sounds from Read Write Inc to practise. 10 minutes daily practise is sufficient.
  • The children are working hard on developing their counting skills in class. It would also benefit your child if you could help them with their counting at home or when you’re out and about. Can you count to 20, 30, 40, 50 or more? Can you count in 2s to 20 (and more) and in 10s to 100 (and more)? Can you count back from 20, 30, 40 etc?

Literacy:

This week the children will be writing all about themselves to show to their new class teacher. When writing we will be focusing on starting a sentence with a capital letter, finger spaces between words and a full stop at the end of a sentence.

Numeracy:

This week the children will be developing their ability to measure the length and height of objects using non-standard units-blocks, pieces of string, foot prints, sticks and anything else they can think of. We will continue to practise identifying 3D shapes using everyday items around the classroom-cube, cuboid, cone, sphere. We will also be developing problem solving skills using addition and subtraction. For example, Mrs Fox had 5 strawberries but she gave 2 away. How many strawberries does Mrs Fox have left?

 

Week Beginning 17.6.19

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Things to remember:

  • Games on Friday with Mrs Porter-Weather dependent-You should have already brought a PE Kit into school for your child so they can change in class. 
  • Swansea in Bloom judging on Wednesday-The Reception children/Gardening Club have been working really hard at developing the area at the top of the Infant Yard, as part of our entry for the competition. The role of the Gardening Club now is to look after the new plants to ensure that they bloom throughout the Summer months.
  • A trip letter/consent form will be given out this week for a trip to Plantasia. The trip will take place on Tuesday 25th June.
  • Library on Tuesday
  • Please ensure that you help your child practise reading their reading book on a daily basis. They will also have either words/sounds from Read Write Inc to practise. 10 minutes daily practise is sufficient.
  • The children are working hard on developing their counting skills in class. It would also benefit your child if you could help them with their counting at home or when you’re out and about. Can you count to 20, 30, 40, 50 or more? Can you count in 2s to 20 (and more) and in 10s to 100 (and more)? Can you count back from 20, 30, 40 etc?

Numeracy:

This week the children will be learning to identify 3D shapes (cube, cuboid, sphere, cone) through sorting every day items found in kitchen cupboards, around the home and in class.

Literacy/Science:

This week the children will be hunting for minibeasts in the outdoor areas around the school. They will be learning the names of the minibeasts and discussing their features. The children will also be using our new magnifying glasses, which have a special recording feature so the children can record their own observations and then share them with others. The children will also be making mini fact files about minibeasts.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns at any time, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 10.6.19

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Things to remember:

  • Games on Friday with Mrs Porter-As part of transition to Year 1, we want the children to experience changing themselves for PE. Hence, please could you PACK a PE kit for your child that can be left in school for the remainder of the Summer Term (white t shirt, dark shorts, trainers). If your child doesn’t have spare trainers that can be left in school, please can they wear their trainers to school on a Friday. As always, please LABEL all items of PE kit and school uniform.
  • Gardening Club will take place on a Tuesday lunch time. The children involved will participate on a rota basis until the end of the Summer Term.
  • Library on Tuesday
  • Please ensure that you help your child practise reading their reading book on a daily basis. They will also have either words/sounds from Read Write Inc to practise. 10 minutes daily practise is sufficient.
  • The children are working hard on developing their counting skills in class. It would also benefit your child if you could help them with their counting at home or when you’re out and about. Can you count to 20, 30, 40, 50 or more? Can you count in 2s to 20 (and more) and in 10s to 100 (and more)? Can you count back from 20, 30, 40 etc?

Literacy/Science:

This week the children will be hunting for minibeasts in the outdoor areas around the school. They will be learning the names of the minibeasts and discussing their features. The children will also be using our new magnifying glasses, which have a special recording feature so the children can record their own observations and then share them with others. The children will also be making mini fact files about minibeasts.

Numeracy:

This week the children will continue to use their addition and subtraction skills to solve simple every day problems. You can practise simple problem solving at home and when you’re out and about. For example-Mrs Fox went to the shops and bought 5 apples and 4 pears. How many pieces of fruit did Mrs Fox buy altogether?

As always, if you have any questions/concerns at any time, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 3.6.19

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Things to remember:

  • Sports Day on Thursday (weather permitting)-It will begin at approx. 9:30 am and finish at approx. 10:30 am. As usual, parents are invited to come and watch on our school field. Please bring your picnic rug/deckchairs to sit on. We look forward to seeing you. Please can the children wear their PE Kits on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to practise for Sports Day and wear their coloured t-shirt, shorts and trainers on Thursday. If you are unsure about what colour t-shirt your child needs for Sports Day, please come and ask. 
  • Gardening Club will take place on a Tuesday lunch time. The children involved will participate on a rota basis until the end of the Summer Term.
  • Library on Tuesday
  • Please ensure that you help your child practise reading their reading book on a daily basis. They will also have either words/sounds from Read Write Inc to practise. 10 minutes daily practise is sufficient.
  • The children are working hard on developing their counting skills in class. It would also benefit your child if you could help them with their counting at home or when you’re out and about. Can you count to 20, 30, 40, 50 or more? Can you count in 2s to 20 (and more) and in 10s to 100 (and more)? Can you count back from 20, 30, 40 etc?

Science/Numeracy:

This week’s theme is mud. The children will be investigating which combination of soil and water makes the best mud. In order to do this they will be learning to measure capacity using non-standard units. In their role as investigators, the children will be developing their collaboration skills and ability to talk about their ideas with a partner.

Numeracy:

This week the children will be using their addition and subtraction skills to solve simple every day problems. You can practise simple problem solving at home and when you’re out and about. For example-Mrs Fox went to the shops and bought 5 apples and 4 pears. How many pieces of fruit did Mrs Fox buy altogether?

As always, if you have any questions/concerns at any time, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 20.5.19

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Things to remember:

  • Film Night on Thursday. Please make sure you have completed and returned the consent form.
  • Gardening Club will take place on a Tuesday lunch time. The children involved will participate on a rota basis until the end of the Summer Term.
  • Our Sports Day will take place on Thursday 6th June. It will begin at approx. 9:30 am and finish at approx. 10:30 am. As usual, parents are invited to come and watch on our school field.
  • There will be no library this week but it will start again after half-term.
  • Please ensure that you help your child practise reading their reading book on a daily basis. They will also have either words/sounds from Read Write Inc to practise. 10 minutes daily practise is sufficient.
  • The children are working hard on developing their counting skills in class. It would also benefit your child if you could help them with their counting at home or when you’re out and about. Can you count to 20, 30, 40, 50 or more? Can you count in 2s to 20 and in 10s to 100? Can you count back from 20?

Science/Numeracy:

This week’s theme is mud. The children will be investigating which combination of soil and water makes the best mud. In order to do this they will be learning to measure capacity using non-standard units. In their role as investigators, the children will be developing their collaboration skills and ability to talk about their ideas with a partner.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World:

We have set up a Travel Agents as our class roleplay. We want to encourage the children to look at simple maps and atlases to develop their knowledge and understanding of our world. If possible, please could you send in a photo of your child on holiday, as this would encourage discussion with their peers in the Travel Agents. All photos will be returned at the end of the Summer Term.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns at any time, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 13.5.19

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Things to remember this week:

  • On Wednesday and Thursday the children will be taking part in a printing workshop with a local artist. The theme is teeny, tiny, things and all children will be involved in creating a masterpiece to display in our hall.
  • Our Sports Day will take place on Thursday 6th June. It will begin at approx. 9:30 am and finish at approx. 10:30 am. As usual, parents are invited to come and watch on our school field.
  • The children will still need to wear PE Kits on Friday as Mrs Porter will be teaching dance and music.
  • Library books on Tuesday.
  • Please ensure that you help your child practise reading their reading book on a daily basis. They will also have either words/sounds from Read Write Inc to practise. 10 minutes daily practise is sufficient.
  • The children are working hard on developing their counting skills in class. It would also benefit your child if you could help them with their counting at home or when you’re out and about. Can you count to 20, 30, 40, 50 or more? Can you count in 2s to 20 and in 10s to 100? Can you count back from 20?

Literacy:

In our focus sessions this week the children will be learning to use a capital letter when writing the name of a person, place and month. They will be writing a short description of their friend in order to do this.

Numeracy:

In our focus sessions this week the children will be revising their number bonds to 10. Eg. 0+10=10, 1+9=10, 2+8=10 etc. We will be using a variety of equipment to make these number bonds, including Numicon. The children will also be exploring symmetry and creating their own symmetrical butterflies through printing.

We are delighted to re-open our outdoor area this week!! We have lots of exciting challenges and learning experiences planned for the children involving sand, water and role play.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns at any time, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 6.5.19

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Things to remember this week:

  • Balance bikes on Tuesday for Miss Rees’ class-Please can the children come dressed in their PE Kits and wear suitable footwear.
  • The children will still need to wear PE Kits on Friday as Mrs Porter will be teaching dance and music.
  • Library books on Tuesday.
  • Please ensure that you help your child practise reading their reading book on a daily basis. They will also have either words/sounds from Read Write Inc to practise. 10 minutes daily practise is sufficient.
  • The children are working hard on developing their counting skills in class. It would also benefit your child if you could help them with their counting at home or when you’re out and about. Can you count to 20, 30, 40, 50 or more? Can you count in 2s to 10 and in 10s to 100? Can you count back from 20?

Literacy:

In our focus sessions this week the children will be using their five senses (see, touch, taste, smell and hear) to write a poem about “our beautiful world”.

Numeracy:

In our focus sessions this week the children will be introduced to estimating. They will be told that estimating means having a “sensible” guess. The aim is for them to make a sensible estimate of up to 10 objects to begin with. The children will also be practising recognising o’clock times on an analogue clock. The children will be practising through playing the game, What’s the time Mr Wolf. If you have an anologue clock in your house please can you show it to your child, so they become aware of what clocks look like and how we tell the time.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns at any time, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 29.4.19

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We hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter and have enjoyed the sunshine! Our new theme for the Summer Term is “Our Beautiful World”. The children will be investigating and exploring their locality, improving our outdoor environment with lots of growing and gardening and comparing their locality to other parts of the world. We will be introducing the children to simple maps and atlases and they will be creating their own maps of familiar places.

Things to remember this week:

  • Balance bikes on Tuesday for Mrs Foxes’ class-Please can the children come dressed in their PE Kits and wear suitable footwear.
  • The children will still need to wear PE Kits on Friday as Mrs Porter will be teaching dance and music.
  • Library books on Tuesday.
  • Please ensure that you help your child practise reading their reading book on a daily basis. They will also have either words/sounds from Read Write Inc to practise. 10 minutes daily practise is sufficient.

Literacy:

In our focus sessions this week the children will be using their five senses (see, touch, taste, smell and hear) to write a poem about “our beautiful world”. They will also be going on a sound trail outdoors and recording sources of sound in different areas. During the week the children will be discussing what is meant by manmade and natural materials and will be sorting a variety of objects accordingly.

Numeracy:

This week the children will be identifying, describing, continuing and creating their own patterns with up to 4 colours/objects. They will also be introduced to symmetry and will be creating their own symmetrical pictures outdoors using natural materials.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns at any time, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 8.4.19

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Things to remember this week:

  • Library Trip on Monday-Please ensure you have sent in a signed consent form and £1. If not, please see Mrs Fox/Miss Rees first thing on Monday morning.
  • Balance bikes on Tuesday for Miss Rees’ class-Please can the children come dressed in their PE Kits and wear suitable footwear.
  • Library books on Tuesday.
  • Easter Bonnet Parade on Friday afternoon-Time will be confirmed on Dojo ASAP. Your child can wear their Easter Bonnet to school on Friday.
  • Please ensure that you help your child practise reading their reading book on a daily basis. They will also have either words/sounds from Read Write Inc to practise. 10 minutes daily practise is sufficient.
  • We break up for Easter this Friday, 12th April.

Numeracy:

This week the children will continue to practise identifying odd and even numbers and using the concept of halving in order to do this. The children will be carrying out their investigations practically using a variety of counters and sorting rings. The children will learn that halving means having 2 equal amounts. Hence, even numbers can be halved but odd numbers cannot. The children will also be using number grids to colour odd/even numbers to help them identify a pattern.

In the mud kitchen this week the children will be practising doubling and halving with numbers to 10 (and beyond).

Literacy:

The children thoroughly enjoyed having the chicks in our class and watching them hatch and grow. This week they will be writing some simple instructions for how to care for chicks, to pass on to the next school that has them.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns at any time, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 1.4.19

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Things to remember this week:

  • Balance bikes on Tuesday for Mrs Foxes’ class-Please can the children come dressed in their PE Kits and wear suitable footwear.
  • Library books on Tuesday.
  • Onesie Wednesday-Wear a onesie to school on Wednesday to raise awareness of Autism.
  • Please ensure that you help your child practise reading their reading book on a daily basis. They will also have either words/sounds from Read Write Inc to practise. 10 minutes daily practise is sufficient.
  • Library Trip-Monday April 8th-Information and consent forms will be sent out during the week.

Numeracy:

This week the children will be learning to identify odd and even numbers and will be introduced to the concept of halving in order to do this. The children will be carrying out their investigations practically using a variety of counters and sorting rings. The children will learn that halving means having 2 equal amounts. Hence, even numbers can be halved but odd numbers cannot.

In the mud kitchen this week the children will be practising doubling and halving with numbers to 10.

Literacy:

The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit from Prince Phillip last Tuesday. They were so enthusiastic about asking him questions!! It was a brilliant opportunity for developing oracy skills as well as awe and wonder. This week the children will be writing thank you letters to Prince Phillip which we will post to him.

Chicks:

The children have probably told you……..We had a delivery of eggs last Monday that have now hatched into chicks. As part of our curriculum the children are caring for the chicks as well as observing first hand a life cycle.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns at any time, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 25.3.19

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Things to remember this week:

  • Visit from a prince on Tuesday-The children can wear their “best” clothes to school for the royal visitor. We would be grateful for a contribution of £1 to cover the cost of the visit. (No balance bike session this week.)
  • Library books on Tuesday.
  • Please ensure that you help your child practise reading their reading book on a daily basis. They will also have either words/sounds from Read Write Inc to practise. 10 minutes daily practise is sufficient.

Numeracy:

This week the children will be introduced to the concept of doubling. They will be calculating doubles to 5 to begin with using their fingers, a variety of equipment and number stories. When they have mastered doubles to 5, they will move onto doubles to 10. Key concept-Double means 2 of something.

Please can you help your child with counting, number recognition and writing numbers using the number lines/grids that were given out in the parent meetings. If you have misplaced the number line/grid, please ask for a replacement. Try and display the number line/grid in a place where your child will see it regularly and can use it regularly.

In mud kitchen this week the children will be practising doubling numbers to 5 and then 10 by making a variety of dishes/drinks using the mud kitchen utensils. YUM!!

The children are also playing a variety of counting and number based games during Maths time to develop their mathematical skills in a real life context.

Literacy:

Please can you talk to your child about the prince’s visit on Tuesday. Focus on what questions would they like to ask him. After the visit the children will be writing individual thank you letters to the prince, telling him what they enjoyed most about his visit.

PSD:

The children will be working in groups and taking part in circle time. During circle time they will be discussing any problems they have in class or in the yard or at dinner time. The children will be encouraged and supported to also think of solutions to other children’s problems, as well as their own. When a solution is found for a child, that child has the “magic wand” to “magic” the problem away. We are calling this “Magic Wand Therapy”.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns at any time, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 18.3.19

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Things to remember this week:

  • It is the turn of Miss Rees/Mrs Eagles’ class for balance bikes this week. This session was cancelled last week by Balance Ability. The children will need to come dressed in PE Kit and wear suitable footwear.
  • Library books on Tuesday.
  • Please ensure that you help your child practise reading their reading book on a daily basis. They will also have either words/sounds from Read Write Inc to practise. 10 minutes daily practise is sufficient.

Numeracy:

The children will be continuing to practise taking away/subtraction this week. They will be using a variety of equipment to develop their skills:

  • Number lines (It’s not what you think!)-We will be teaching them to start with the smallest number in the sum and jump on to the biggest number, counting the jumps along the way.
  • Numicon-The biggest shape/number is placed on the bottom and the smallest shape/number is placed on top of it…..Count the holes that are not covered by the top shape/number.
  • Variety of counters

When the children are confident subtracting using the above equipment, we will show them how to “count on” using their fingers to determine the answer. So smallest number in your head, count up to the biggest number using your fingers to show how many steps it takes.

In mud kitchen this week the children will be practising their number bonds to 10 by making a variety of dishes/drinks using the mud kitchen utensils.

Literacy:

We have told the children that they will be having a visit from a real prince in a few weeks.(We will send out a letter to you with more details during the week.) In Language sessions this week the children will be continuing to think of questions they would like to ask the “real” prince when he comes to visit. We are giving the children question starters to help them formulate a question-what, when, why, where, how.

PSD:

The children will be working in groups and taking part in circle time. During circle time they will be discussing any problems they have in class or in the yard or at dinner time. The children will be encouraged and supported to also think of solutions to other children’s problems, as well as their own. When a solution is found for a child, that child has the “magic wand” to “magic” the problem away. We are calling this “Magic Wand Therapy”.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns at any time, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 11.3.19

Bore da pawb! Thank you to everyone who came to the parent meetings last week. It is so valuable  to have a partnership between home and school. Thank you for your support and cooperation with regards to your child’s learning.

Things to remember this week:

  • It is the turn of Miss Rees/Mrs Eagles’ class for balance bikes this week. The children will need to come dressed in PE Kit and wear suitable footwear.
  • Library books on Tuesday.

Numeracy:

The children will be practising taking away/subtraction this week. They will be using a variety of equipment to develop their skills:

  • Number lines (It’s not what you think!)-We will be teaching them to start with the smallest number in the sum and jump on to the biggest number, counting the jumps along the way.
  • Numicon-The biggest shape/number is placed on the bottom and the smallest shape/number is placed on top of it…..Count the holes that are not covered by the top shape/number.
  • Variety of counters

Literacy:

The children will be making a list of the princes from the traditional tales that we have been reading in class as part of our topic. Very soon we will be having a visit from a prince. So this week during language sessions, the children will be thinking of questions they would like to ask a prince if they ever met one (the visit is a surprise). They will also be writing down their questions in order to remember them.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns at any time, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

Week Beginning 4.3.19

Bore da pawb!

Things to remember this week:

  • Dress up for World Book Day on Thursday 7th March.
  • Parent meetings on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th March in the classroom.
  • It is the turn of Mrs Foxes’ class for balance bikes this week. The children will need to come dressed in PE Kit and wear suitable footwear.
  • Library books on Tuesday.

Numeracy: The children will be practising their data handling skills this week. Following on from their RSPB homework task, they will be completing a survey to find out what is the favourite bird in the class. The children will be introduced to tables and tally marks in order to complete their survey. Key vocabulary-more, less, most popular.

Literacy: Following on from Chinese New Year and our Welsh Week, the children will be comparing everyday items in Wales and China. They will then write a short sentence for each comparison. For example……..In China they eat with chop sticks and in Wales we eat with cutlery. As well as developing writing and comparison skills, we want the children to gain a basic  understanding of life in China, in preparation for the Chinese children visiting our school in the Summer Term.

The children will also have RWI homework at the end of the week in the form of sounds/words/reading. Please find time to practise this with your child, along with their reading book.

As always, if you have any concerns/questions at any time, please come and see us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 11.2.19

Bore da pawb!

Things to remember this week:

  • Balance bike training session on Tuesday for Miss Rees’ Class only. Mrs Foxes’ Class will have their session next week. Miss Rees’ children will need to wear their PE kits and trainers to school on Tuesday.
  • Library on Tuesday-Please put your child’s library book in their bag so they can swap it. Mrs Hearne is in the process of restocking our library. If you have any good quality books to donate, please see Mrs Hearne.
  • PE every Friday until further notice-The children will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit.
  • Please ensure you read with your child on a daily basis, even if it’s only for 5 minutes. Short bursts of daily practice is what is needed at this stage.
  • Your child may also bring home some words/sounds to practise that they have been introduced to in Read Write Inc.
  • Homework for Welsh Week-Creating Welsh themed bunting.

Numeracy Focus:

  • Adding 2 amounts together to calculate the total. We will begin by doing this with numbers to 10 using a variety of equipment-counters, number lines, Numicon, fingers. The children will also be recording their sums.

Creative Focus:

  • We are now preparing our gallery in readiness for Welsh Week, which will take place next week. The children will be creating a beach collage of a local beach using a variety of shapes.
  • We look forward to seeing the children’s Welsh themed bunting that they are creating as part of their homework. The bunting will also be displayed in our gallery.

Literacy/Welsh Focus:

  • Writing a simple description of themselves in Welsh using writing prompts.
  • The children will be answering the following questions in their writing:
  1. Pwy wyt ti?
  2. Sut wyt ti?
  3. Beth wyt ti’n hoffi?

As always, if you have any concerns/questions at any time, please come and see us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 4.2.19

Bore da pawb!

Things to remember this week:

  • Balance bike training session on Tuesday for Mrs Foxes Class only. Miss Rees’ Class will have their session next week. Mrs Foxes children will need to wear their PE kits and trainers to school on Tuesday.
  • Library on Tuesday-Please put your child’s library book in their bag so they can swap it. Mrs Hearne is in the process of restocking our library. If you have any good quality books to donate, please see Mrs Hearne.
  • PE every Friday until further notice-The children will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit.
  • Please ensure you read with your child on a daily basis, even if it’s only for 5 minutes. Short bursts of daily practice is what is needed at this stage.
  • Your child may also bring home some words/sounds to practise that they have been introduced to in Read Write Inc.

This week the children will be learning about Chinese New Year celebrations. This is particularly relevant for us this year, as we will be having several children from China coming to spend some time in our school during the Summer term, as part of an exchange program. Two little boys will be spending some time in Reception.

Literacy Focus:

  • Listening to and discussing the story of Chinese New Year.
  • The children will be writing a Kenning Poem, relating to the animals in the story of Chinese New Year.

Numeracy Focus:

  • Making number bonds to 10 (Sums that add up to 10) Eg. 1+9=10, 2+8=10

The children will be using a variety of equipment to learn these number bonds:

  • Numicon-Placing 2 Numicon pieces onto a 10 piece-Both Numicon pieces together must fir the 10 piece exactly.
  • 2 sorting hoops/baskets and 10 items-Each item must be placed in a sorting hoop/basket and then count how many items are in each hoop/basket to discover the number bond.

Creative Focus:

On Friday, the children will be working with Mrs Eagle and exploring and discussing the work of Kandinsky. We have chosen this artist as it links with our work on shape. The children will be creating their own shape pictures in the style of Kandinsky.

As always, if you have any concerns/questions at any time, please come and see us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 28.1.19

Bore da pawb!

Things to remember this week:

  • Balance bike training session  on Tuesday for Miss Rees’ Class only. Mrs Foxes Class will have their session next week. Miss Rees’ children will need to wear their PE kits and trainers to school on Tuesday.
  • Library on Tuesday-Please put your child’s library book in their bag so they can swap it.
  • PE every Friday until further notice-The children will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit.

Numeracy Focus:

  • Recognising coins-1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p
  • Matching coins to price tags.
  • Substituting coins for the equivalent amount of 1p/2p coins.

If you have chance, play shop at home using real coins, so the children can practise the skills they are learning in school.

We have been using song and dance to help the children develop their counting skills. Most of our songs/dances are taken from Youtube. If you would like to help your child practise at home, search for-Counting to 20/50 forwards and backwards; Counting in 2s.

Science Focus:

This week the children will be experimenting and investigating glitter, pretending that it’s germs. As part of the investigation, your child may be asked to put hand cream on their hands to help the glitter stick. The hand cream will be hypoallergenic but please let us know on Monday morning if your child cannot have the hand cream.

Creative Focus:

On Friday, the children will be working with Mrs Eagle and exploring and discussing the work of Kandinsky. We have chosen this artist as it links with our work on shape. The children will be creating their own shape pictures in the style of Kandinsky.

As always, if you have any concerns/questions at any time, please come and see us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

 

Week Beginning 21.1.19

Bore da pawb!

Things to remember this week:

  • Balance bike training session  on Tuesday, so the children will need to wear their PE kits to school.
  • Library on Tuesday-Please put your child’s library book in their bag so they can swap it.
  • PE every Friday until further notice-The children will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit.

Numeracy Focus:

  • Recognising coins-1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p
  • Matching coins to price tags.
  • Substituting coins for the equivalent amount of 1p/2p coins.

If you have chance, play shop at home using real coins, so the children can practise the skills they are learning in school.

We have been using song and dance to help the children develop their counting skills. Most of our songs/dances are taken from Youtube. If you would like to help your child practise at home, search for-Counting to 20/50 forwards and backwards; Counting in 2s.

Literacy Focus:

We will be continuing our recipe writing this week for making gingerbread. The children have taken part in “Talk for Writing” and have been talking through the recipe using actions to help remember what to do. The children enjoyed making their gingerbread in school last week. Thank you for the pictures of them decorating their gingerbread at home. We will use the pictures to display in class.

Creative Focus:

On Friday, the children will be working with Mrs Eagle and exploring and discussing the work of Kandinsky. We have chosen this artist as it links with our work on shape. The children will be creating their own shape pictures in the style of Kandinsky.

As always, if you have any concerns/questions at any time, please come and see us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 14.1.19

Bore da pawb!

Literacy Focus:

The children will be learning a new tale this week, The Gingerbread Man, as part of our new topic, Dragon Tales. During the week the children will be making gingerbread men and then will be writing a simple recipe of how to do this.

Numeracy Focus:

We will continue with the work on shape that we began last week-Please scroll down to see explanation.

PSD Focus:

During this week the children will be discussing what makes a happy class/school. They will then complete a “promise star” for this year. This activity is linked to Article 29, UN Convention Rights of the Child-School should be a happy place where we look after each other. As we are a Rights Respecting School, we are teaching children their rights from the beginning of school as part of our PSD curriculum.

Fund Money:

Fund money is due for this term. We ask for a voluntary contribution of £1 to go towards craft and cookery supplies. This contribution helps us considerably.

Cake Stall-This Friday:

It is the turn of our class to provide cakes for the cake stall this Friday. The cakes can be bought or home made. Cakes can be brought into class on Friday morning. Please make sure you label any tins with your name, to ensure that they are returned to you.

As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 7.1.19

Welcome back everyone & Happy New Year!

Remember school will be closed on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th for inset days and essential roofing work. The children return to school on Wednesday 9th January.

Our new topic is Dragon Tales. This topic involves the children learning about a variety of traditional tales, including traditional tales from Wales. We will begin this week with Beauty and the Beast, as this links with our Christmas trip to the pantomime. In our language work, the children will be writing character descriptions of either Beauty or the Beast. We will also be asking the children for their ideas, with regards to planning which tales we are going to study.

Read Write Inc will be re-starting this week and individual reading will continue. Please ensure your child has their reading book and reading journal in their bag on their reading day. Library will begin next week on a Tuesday.

Mathematical Development-Our focus this week will be revising 2D shapes and then talking about their properties. We will begin with simple 2D shapes-circle, triangle, square and rectangle and then we will move onto semi-circle, pentagon and hexagon. When we are describing the properties of the shapes we will be talking about how many sides and corners. At home, you could look for these shapes around your house and when you’re out and about.

As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 3.12.18

Bore da pawb!

Things to remember this week:

  • Help your child practise their words for the concert. Encourage them to speak in a loud voice.
  • Costumes for the concert need to be in school on Friday 7th December.
  • Allow your child time to practise reading their new book with you. Also, practise identifying and reading the names of the story characters using the posters provided. Please can you comment in their reading log as to how they coped at home with their reading book. Please ensure your child has their reading book and log in their bag on their reading day.
  • Please can you also help your child practise their sounds or words from Read Write Inc.
  • Practise counting and number recognition using the number lines provided. It would also help your child if you practised writing the numbers too.
  • Short burst practise, regularly, is the best way to learn at this age.
  • Library will still take place every Tuesday, as it’s important for your child to have access to a variety of books.

 

Mathematical Development:

  • The children are learning to say one less than a given number and then to write the matching taking away sum. We are using counting backwards to discover one less than a given number and the children are using number lines to aid counting backwards. We are also using equipment, for example-count out 5 cars and then take one away, how many now?
  • The children are also developing their understanding of left, right and beside during a physical development activity in Maths time.

 

Language, Literacy & Communication:

The children are learning to be storytellers and to retell the story, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, using actions and different voices. The children will be asked to sequence pictures in the correct order to retell the story and they will also be making a short film, showing them acting out parts of the story.

Christmas Craft:

As it’s December, the children will be starting their Christmas crafts. We would be grateful for a contribution of £2 to go towards these activities.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 26.11.18

Bore da pawb!

Things to remember this week:

  • Help your child practise their words for the concert. Encourage them to speak in a loud voice.
  • Costumes for the concert need to be in school on Friday 7th December.
  • Allow your child time to practise reading their new book with you. Also, practise identifying and reading the names of the story characters using the posters provided. Please can you comment in their reading log as to how they coped at home with their reading book. Please ensure your child has their reading book and log in their bag on their reading day.
  • Please can you also help your child practise their sounds or words from Read Write Inc.
  • Practise counting and number recognition using the number lines provided. It would also help your child if you practised writing the numbers too.
  • Short burst practise, regularly, is the best way to learn at this age.
  • Library will still take place every Tuesday, as it’s important for your child to have access to a variety of books.

Mathematical Development:

  • The children are learning to say one more than a given number and then to write the matching sum. We are using counting on to discover one more than a given number. We are also using equipment, for example-count out 5 cars and then add one more, how many now?
  • The children are also developing their understanding of left, right and beside during a physical development activity in Maths time.

As always, if you have any concerns, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 19.11.18

Bore da pawb!

Christmas Concert:

The children will be bringing home a letter this week about what costume they need to have for our Christmas concert and words to learn. Please can you practise the words with them at home. We will also be practising daily in school.

Things to remember this week:

  • Allow your child time to practise reading their new book with you. Also, practise identifying and reading the names of the story characters using the posters provided. Please can you comment in their reading log as to how they coped at home with their reading book. Please ensure your child has their reading book and log in their bag on their reading day.
  • Please can you also help your child practise their sounds or words from Read Write Inc.
  • Practise counting and number recognition using the number lines provided. It would also help your child if you practised writing the numbers too.
  • Short burst practise, regularly, is the best way to learn at this age.
  • Library will still take place every Tuesday, as it’s important for your child to have access to a variety of books.

Let’s Celebrate:

This week the children will be making lists of presents for Dylan for his birthday. This will be a focus writing task. We will be asking the children to write the initial sound of the word and any other sounds they can hear. We give the children sound mats, so they can find and copy the sound they hear onto their list.

Handwriting:

We will begin handwriting activities this week. We are starting with forming the letters in their name correctly.

Physical Development/PE-Usual school uniform on a Friday for the rest of this term and not PE kit:

For the rest of this term, the children will participate in PE activities as part of our everyday planning and provision. This week the children will be going outside in groups to take part in an assault course and then to have a go at creating their own. Please ensure your child is wearing suitable footwear for running, jumping, climbing, hopping, balancing etc.

As always, if you have any concerns, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 12.11.18

Bore da pawb!

Important dates for your diary:

  • Photos by Roz and Kirsty will take place on Wednesday this week. Please ensure you have completed the registration sheet with your email address, in order for your child to be photographed.
  • Our Christmas Concerts will take place on Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th December:

CF/SP Class-9:15-10:00am on both days

LR/KE Class-10:30-11:15am on both days

Let’s Celebrate:

Before the holidays the children voted on what celebration they would like to plan. The celebration with the most votes was a birthday. This week the children will be watching a video message from Miss Rees’ little boy, Dylan. Dylan is soon going to be having his second birthday and Miss Rees needs the children to help plan Dylan’s party. Our language focus this week will be making a list of what is needed for Dylan’s party.

Numeracy:

We will be continuing with the theme of number bonds to 5/6. Eg. 1+4=5, 2+3=5. If you would like to practise at home, find 5 or 6 objects (cars, little people) and ask your child to split them into 2 piles. Then practise saying the sum with them. It’s good practise to use a variety of vocabulary. Eg. add/plus/and; how many altogether; equals/makes.

Please continue counting to 20 and beyond and counting back from 10 to 0. Please use the number lines that were sent home last week to practise number recognition.

Home Learning:

This week your child will come home with their first reading book. There will be a reading log and a letter accompanying the book. Please read the letter thoroughly, as it contains vital information about how to help your child.

Also, please practise the sounds or words that your child brought home last Thursday for Read Write Inc.

As always, if you have any concerns, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 5.11.18

Welcome back everyone! We can’t believe it’s November already! We are all looking forward to a busy and very exciting half term!!

Important dates for your diary:

Our Christmas Concerts will take place on Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th December:

CF/SP Class-9:15-10:00am on both days

LR/KE Class-10:30-11:15am on both days

Let’s Celebrate:

Our theme this week is Bonfire Night. The children will be participating in groups in Forest School throughout the week. The sessions will begin with the story of Guy Fawkes. The children will then be working in small groups to either build a bonfire or to build a home for a woodland animal away from the bonfire to keep them safe. A key focus of the activity is to develop collaboration skills.

Read Write Inc:

The children will be working in their groups this week. When the children have completed a unit of work, they will have some practise activities for homework.

Numeracy:

Our theme this week will be addition. The children will need lots of practical experience in order to understand this skill. If you would like to practise at home, give them objects to add up and use numbers to 5 to begin with. Eg. 2 teddies add 1 teddy, how many teddies have you got now?

Library:

Please ensure your child brings their library book on a Tuesday in a bag. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns at anytime, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 22.10.18

Bore da pawb!

Important dates for your diary:

  • Parent meetings are taking place on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October-This week. If you have made an appointment, please come to the classroom for your meeting.
  • The flu spray will take place on Tuesday. Please ensure you have completed the consent form with a yes/no response.
  • School finishes for half term on Friday.
  • LIBRARY every Tuesday-Please ensure your child has their library book in their bag.

 

Let’s Celebrate:

During this half-term the children have been developing their knowledge and understanding of a variety of celebrations. This week we are going to ask the children to vote on which celebration they would like to plan as a class after half-term.

Homework for half term: Visit a card shop with your child and look at the variety of cards and invitations that you can buy for different celebrations. Purchase one item-card or invitation, for your child to bring into school and discuss.

 

Numeracy:

The children are continuing to practise their number recognition in class (0 to 10 and then extend to 20). Please can you practise this with them at home. You could also look for numbers when you’re out and about on doors, number plates, buses etc.

We are teaching the children to count objects into sets. You can also practise this at home. Write them a number on a piece of paper (1-10 and then extend to 20) and ask them to go and find that many objects.

Last week we introduced the word, estimate. We told the children it means having a guess. This is another concept that can be practised at home. For example, put 8 sweets on a plate and ask your child to estimate how many. Stick to numbers within 10 and make sure that they only count to check if their estimate is correct.

Read Write Inc:

The children have now been assessed on their sound recognition and grouped accordingly. We will discuss this with you at your parent meeting this week.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns at anytime, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 15.10.18

Bore da pawb!

Important dates for your diary:

  • TRIP-This Monday, 15th October to All Souls Church, Tycoch to watch a Christening. Parent helpers are welcome! Please come to school with your child on Monday morning if you can help and we will be leaving school around 9:15am. We should be back at school by 11:00 am. In the event of heavy rain, we will have to reschedule the trip, as we are walking to and from the venue.
  • Parent meetings will be held on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October. Times are being allocated this week so remember to return your sheet.
  • School will be closed for an inset day this Friday-October 19th.
  • LIBRARY every Tuesday-Please ensure your child has their library book in their bag.

We have now completed our initial assessments and we will share these with you during parents meetings next week.

Let’s Celebrate:

This week our theme is Christenings and what a wonderful way to begin with a trip to All Souls Church to watch/role play a Christening. During the week the children will be taking part in a variety of activities to develop their knowledge and understanding of this celebration:

  • Circle Time-Questions and answers
  • Building a church with the giant construction outdoors
  • Dressing up as vicars and christening babies in the Water Area
  • Dressing up and role playing a Christening
  • Making a Christening gown for a baby at the Scissor Station
  • Exploring and drawing pictures/artefacts associated with Christenings in the Investigation Area
  • Introducing our Time to Talk Chair

Read Write Inc:

During this week the children will be practising the digraphs, ng and nk. When two letters come together to make one sound, we call them special friends. The children will come home with posters displaying these sounds and there will be some activities on the back to help them learn the new sounds.

Numeracy:

During this week we will be working with number lines-Counting forwards and backwards within 10 (& beyond if necessary) and recognising the numerals. The children will also be practising counting a set of objects to match the correct numeral.

Shape:

We are continuing to practise recognition of 2D shapes (circles, triangles, squares, rectangles) and basic 3D shapes (cubes, cuboids). We will also be talking their properties-how many sides and corners for 2D shapes and how many faces for 3D shapes.

Cymraeg:

Our question of the week is “Pam?”, which means why. The children will be asked this question in relation to how they are feeling. Please scroll down to find out the list of vocabulary we are using in class for feelings.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 8.10.18

Bore da pawb!

Important dates for your diary:

  • Parent meetings will be held on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October. Time slots will be sent out nearer the time.
  • School will be closed for an inset day on Friday October 19th.
  • LIBRARY every Tuesday-Please ensure your child has their library book in their bag.

Let’s Celebrate:

This week we will be showing the children a variety of pictures associated with a Christening Celebration. We will be discussing these pictures during circle time and then asking the children for their ideas of what they want to learn about Christenings. If you have any pictures or artefacts you want to send in, please do so.

Read Write Inc:

During this week the children will be introduced to two new digraphs-ng and nk. When two letters come together to make one sound, we call them special friends. The children will come home with posters displaying these sounds and there will be some activities on the back to help them learn the new sounds.

Numeracy:

Please continue to practise counting at home. Count forwards as far as they can go and backwards from 10 to 0. Could you also practise recognising numbers to 10. In class we have been doing this with age badges on birthday cards. You could also do a street walk and look at numbers on doors or numbers on cars/buses etc.

For milk time in the afternoon we set up a Siop Llaeth-Milk Shop. We give the children a different coin each day (1p/2p/5p/10p) to buy their milk. The Helpwr y Dydds are the shop keepers. Please could you help your child to recognise these coins at home.

Cymraeg:

Our question of the week is “Pam?”, which means why. The children will be asked this question in relation to how they are feeling. Please scroll down to find out the list of vocabulary we are using in class for feelings.

 

Week Beginning 1.10.18

Bore da pawb!

Important dates for your diary:

  • Parent meetings will be held on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October. Time slots will be sent out nearer the time.
  • School will be closed for an inset day on Friday October 19th.
  • LIBRARY every Tuesday-Please ensure your child has their library book in their bag.

Let’s Celebrate:

This week we are continuing the theme of weddings. Last Wednesday we also asked the children what they wanted to find out about weddings and we have used their ideas when planning this week. Here are some activities for this week:

  • How to make a wedding cake.
  • How to make a wedding card.
  • How to dress up for a wedding.
  • How to make flower displays for a wedding.
  • How to make head dresses for a wedding.
  • What buildings do weddings take place in.

Thank you to those who have already sent in pictures of yourself or a family member getting married. The children are going to show and talk about these pictures during circle time this week. We will then use the pictures to make a class wedding album.

Read Write Inc:

During this week we will be revising the sounds-sh, ch, th. You have had the poster for sh and the posters for ch and th will also be coming home this week. Please display the posters where your child will see them everyday. There are a list of activities on the back of each poster to help your child learn the new sounds.

Foundation Phase Profile:

We have almost completed our observations and we will share these with you during parent meetings-See dates above.

Cymraeg:

Our question of the week is “Sut wyt ti?” (How are you?) The children will be learning the following responses:

  • hapus-happy
  • drist-sad
  • wedi blino-tired
  • cynhyrfus-excited

We are doing a daily “check-in” or “check-out” to give the children the opportunity to express how they feel and for us to determine if there is anything worrying them.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns at any time, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

 

Week Beginning 24.9.18

Bore da pawb!

Important dates for your diary:

  • Parent meetings will be held on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October. Time slots will be sent out nearer the time.
  • School will be closed for an inset day on Friday October 19th.
  • LIBRARY every Tuesday-Please ensure your child has their library book in their bag.

 

Read Write Inc:

The children will be introduced to 3 new sounds this week-sh, ch, th. They will bring home posters displaying each sound and there will be a list of activities on the back for you to practise at home to help them learn these sounds. Please display the posters where your child can see them daily.

Let’s Celebrate:

Thank you for sending in photos of special celebrations that have happened in your family. The children enjoyed sharing their photographs during circle time and they are now displayed on our celebrations board. This week the children will be learning about wedding celebrations. Please can you talk to them about weddings that have happened in your family and look at some family wedding photographs.

Numeracy:

Please continue to practise counting at home. Count forwards as far as they can go and backwards from 10 to 0. Could you also practise recognising numbers to 10. In class we have been doing this with age badges on birthday cards. You could also do a street walk and look at numbers on doors or numbers on cars/buses etc.

The children are now having milk in the afternoon. For milk time we set up a Siop Llaeth-Milk Shop. We give the children a different coin each day (1p/2p/5p/10p) to buy their milk. The Helpwr y Dydds are the shop keepers. Please could you help your child to recognise these coins at home.

Cymraeg:

Our question of the week is “Pwy wyt ti?” (Who are you?) The children respond with their name, followed by “ydw i”. Ask them to sing you the song that we have been learning in class.

Creative Movement-Dance:

The children are exploring the theme of Bonfire Night using music and actions. The children need to come to school wearing their PE kit every Friday for dance in the hall. They do not need to change into their school uniform afterwards.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns at any time, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

Week Beginning 17.9.18

Bore da pawb!

Important dates for your diary-Parent meetings will be held on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October. Time slots will be sent out nearer the time.

This week the children will need their photos of them or a family member celebrating a special occasion. It doesn’t just have to be a birthday celebration. We would like to see different celebrations if possible. The children are going to talk about their photos during circle time and they will be displayed on our celebrations board.

We will also been discussing “When is your birthday?” with the children. If you could talk about this date at home too, it will help them remember. At the moment, it is the month that is important.

Our Mud Kitchen is now set up and ready to go for this week. Please ensure your child has a pair of wellies that can be kept in school. Please clearly label both wellies with your child’s name. We will provide the waterproof clothing.

Read Write Inc-During this week we will continue to revise the single sounds that were introduced in Nursery. Please can you continue to do this at home with the sounds cards that were given out in Nursery. If these cards have been misplaced, please let us know and we can give you new ones.

Our library will begin this Tuesday and will hopefully run every Tuesday. Please can you ensure your child has their library book in their bag every Tuesday as we will only be swapping books on this day. Obviously, this Tuesday, the children will be given their first book. All books are clearly stamped with our school name, to aid identification.

We would be most grateful for a voluntary contribution of £1 to go towards extra craft, gardening and cookery resources.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns at any time, please come and speak to us.

Kind regards,

The Reception Team

Week Beginning 10.9.18

Welcome back everyone! The children have been fabulous at settling back in to school after the Summer break. Last week the children met their Y6 buddies and they enjoyed having their buddies to look after them during lunch time. The children will have the same buddy throughout the year to help nurture them into school life.

Below is a list of Reception Staff:

Cath Fox-Teacher (Monday to Thursday)

Sara Porter-Teacher (Friday)

Liz Rees-Teacher (Monday-Wednesday lunch time)

Karen Eagle-Teacher (Wednesday afternoon-Friday)

Liz Stockton-TA

Elin Wiltshire-TA

Cerys-TA

Our theme for this term is “Something Special” and it will involve exploring  a variety of celebrations around the world. The first home learning task is for the children to bring in a photo of themself/their family celebrating a special occasion. It might be a birthday, wedding, christening, Diwali, Eid. The children will talk about their photos in class and they will be displayed in the classroom. 

During the children’s first 6 weeks in Reception, we have to complete a Foundation Phase Profile of each child. The profile is a series of observations/tasks involving Language, Literacy & Communication Skills; Mathematical Development; Physical Development and Personal & Social Development & Well-being. The children will have no idea that they are being assessed but it is compulsory for all schools and necessary to inform planning and teaching. We will then discuss your child’s profile with you in a parent meeting after half-term. Hence, our focus tasks for the 6 weeks will be based on the profile.

In Read Write Inc sessions we will begin with revising the single sounds that were introduced in Nursery. Please can you continue to do this at home with the sounds cards that were given out in Nursery. If these cards have been misplaced, please let us know and we can give you new ones.

Forest School/Mud Kitchen/Outdoor Learning will continue on a daily basis as part of our Active Learn Sessions. Please can you ensure that your child has a pair of wellies that can be kept in school, clearly labelled with their name. We will provide the waterproof clothing.

Please make sure all items of clothing and belongings (fruit pots, water bottles, lunch boxes, bags) are clearly labelled with your child’s name. If your child is having packed lunch, please can they have a drink in their lunch, as well as a water bottle to be kept in class.

As always, if you have any concerns at any time, please come and see us. 

 

Week Beginning 2nd July

This week is Pirate Week!  We are having a week of pirate activities including writing pirate poems, singing pirate songs, putting music to a pirate story, pirate role play and getting ready for the Pirate Training Day on Friday! Thank you for the offers of help for Friday – please sign in upstairs at the office and we will be informed when you arrive.  Please could all children wear a pirate costume on Friday.

This week’s maths is all about addition and number bonds for 5,6,7,and beyond.

There will be a letter later in the week with dates for the remainder of this term, including our Open Day, where you can look at the children’s work with them, and also a party that the Year 6 Buddies are organising.

 

 

Week beginning 25th June

This week we will be visiting the theatre on Tuesday – usual lunchtime arrangements apply.

This week in Maths we continue to learn number bonds to 10 using Numicon to support.  They will be recording their sums independently.

We are continuing to write about the beach before moving onto our Pirate Week next week – we hope you are able to join us for Pirate Training on the Friday (6th).

 

Week beginning 18th June

Tomorrow will be the postponed Ultra Run so please send the children in their PE kit and trainers.

This week in Maths we will be learning to tell the time on the clock face – we will be focusing on 0’Clock to begin with.  This could be something that you could practise at home.

We had a fantastic day at the beach last week and couldn’t have done it without the helpers – thank you all!  The children were very keen to write a list of rules for next year’s Reception class for their visit to the beach!  There was  quite a longlist of Do’s and Don’t’s!

The children have voted for our new role play outside – it is going to be a pirate ship!  They are having a lovely time setting it up each day and playing at being pirate’s!

As well as writing rules for the beach, we will be writing about what a typical day at the beach looks like for our pupils.  They are so lucky to live near the beach and have lots of memories to share already in their work.

 

Week beginning 11th June

Tomorrow we are going to the beach to do a scavenger hunt in the rockpools- we hope to have time for a sandcastle competition and an ice cream as well!

Tuesday is the postponed Sports Day and the weather looks like it is going to be kind to us this time – please send your child into school with their team colour top on and trainers.  Lunch is as normal that day.  We start at 9.15 and should be finished by 11am.

In Maths this week we will be working on addition and subtraction making our own sums and recording them accurately.

We will be writing a list of rules for the beach on our return.

 

 

Week beginning 4th June

This week we will starting our new topic ‘Beach’ and watching the weather forecast very closely as our trip is the following Monday!

The children will be making predictions about what they might find in the rockpools and we will be thinking of rules we must follow on a beach to keep us safe from harm.

In Maths, we will be learning to partition numbers into tens and units.  We also be practising telling the time when it is ‘0’ clock’ on the clock face.

It is hard to believe that this is the final half term of the academic year – time has flown!  We will be having a busy term with our trip and Sports Day next week (weather pending) and our theatre trip towards the end of June.

Week beginning 21st May

What a shame we had to cancel the Sports Day last week – the new date is Tuesday 12th June at 9.15am (all other arrangements for the day remain the same).

You will have received a letter regarding our trip to Caswell on Monday 11th June – we need plenty of helpers, so please let us know if you can come with us (we are unable to accommodate siblings sorry).

This week the children will be bringing home their beanstalks which we would like them to continue to look after at home.  They will also have a bean diary to complete for homework.

In Maths, we will continue to learn about money and giving change.

We will be writing to the fairies this week after making them some new houses in Forest Schools last week!

Week beginning 14th May

 

This week we will be looking forward to Sports’ day – please see the letter sent home today with further information.  The weather is looking good for this week!

In Maths this week we are continuing working with money and will be introducing the idea of ‘change’ – the children will be working out change from 10p.  They will using subtraction to work this out.

We are writing to Jasper this week as he wrote to us asking for help-he cannot grow his bean seed!  The children have lots of advice to give him!  We have been keeping an eye on our potatoes which are growing in the ‘allotment’ and we have been earthing up today.

The bean seeds that the children have planted will be coming home over half term, with a homework booklet, for them to keep a record of the growth.

In Forest Schools, the children are helping the fairies – their homes were blown away over the weekend and they have asked for our help.  We are rebuilding the homes just big enough to fit a fairy.

Week Beginning 8th May 2018

This week we will be returning to money in Maths, finding different ways of making amounts.  Please let the children handle money at home (1p,2p,5p,10p,20p).  They can use a combination of coins to make different amounts.  We will be learning how to give ‘change’ next week!

We are getting ready for Sports Day this week as well practising our circuit and races.  Look out for more details this week.

The children are watching their bean seeds closely but there is no sign of growth yet.  However, our potatoes are growing well!

In Welsh, we have been learning some new songs – they can be found on You Tube here

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Week beginning 30th April

This week we are planting some bean seeds after reading some bean inspired books!  We will be reading Jack and The Beanstalk,  Jim and the Beanstalk,  Jasper’s Beanstalk and Jody’s Beans!  We hope to create small planting exploration areas under the canopies outside the classrooms!

The children will be writing instructions using the ipads – how to plant a bean seed.

In Maths we are estimating up to 20 objects this week and will be checking the estimates by grouping objects into 2’s and 10’s to check out answers.  Please practise at home counting in 10’s to 100 and 2’s to initially 10, then 20.

As part of out topic activities, we will be seeing if the children can follow simple directions and make full and half turns using both their bodies and the Beebots!

Don’t forget that Rec ER/KE’s class assembly will be this Friday in the school hall at 10.30am.  Please use the Breakfast Club entrance.

Week Beginning 23rd April

This week we are following up on our Teeny Tiny Expedition by making Teeny Tiny Books – thank you to all the parents/ grandparents who came in to help.  Both classes were lucky with the weather!

This week the children are going on a Spring Watch trail outside to see if they can find signs of Spring (some they may remember from last week).

We will be reading the story Mr Small and writing a fact file about him in Literacy.  He is one of the Mr Men characters.

In Maths we are continuing with number patterns and completing patterns counting in 2’s, 1’s and 10’s.  We will be starting to count in 5’s this week as well.

Please send the children in in their trainers on a Thursday if you don’t want them to keep them in school in their PE bags.

Week Beginning 16.4.18

This week we are starting our new topic ‘Teeny Tiny Things’. We are looking forward to welcoming our parent and grandparent helpers on Tuesday (Rec ER) and Wednesday (REC DD) on the expeditions.

We are also going to be planting some potatoes this week. Throughout this term we will be growing various plants and vegetables as part of our topic.

In Maths this week we will be focusing on numbers to 20 – reading them, writing them and ordering them!  There will be a particular focus this term on making sure that all the children are writing their numbers to 20 accurately with no reversals or incorrect formation. Please could you practise this at home with the children.

Mrs Evans sent a letter home at the end of the last term asking for PE kits to be sent into school for the children to change into.  This is part of our Summer Term transition to Year 1.

We are practising for our class assemblies as well and hope that you will join is on Friday 27th April (Rec DD) and Friday 4th May (Rec KE/ER) at 10.30am in the school hall.

Week beginning 26.3.18

This week we are writing a list of rules ‘How To Look After The Chicks’.  The children have loved watching the chicks grow and will be sad to see them go on Thursday.

We will also be continuing our work on Number Bonds in Maths for 5/6/7.

The children have been drawing pictures using the paint programme on the ipads and will be doing pictures of Dewi Dragon this week.

We are practising for our class assemblies as well and hope that you will join is on Friday 27th April (Rec DD) and Friday 4th May (Rec KE/ER) at 10.30am in the school hall.

Week Beginning 19.3.18

This week we will be writing a character description of The Bumble Bear, the children have enjoyed working on this book!

In Welsh, we will be continuing writing about the weather.

In Maths we will be doing work on Number Bonds for 5/6/7, trying to remember some of them off by heart.

We are making a Welsh Book for our friendly dragon Dewi, the children will be drawing pictures on the ipads of Dewi to add to the book.

The eggs are arriving on Monday and the children will watch them hatch and grow over the next 2 weeks.  We will be learning how to care for them as the life cycle of the hen.

 

Week beginning 12.3.18

This week we will be reading The Bumble Bear and the children are writing book reviews.  They will also be writing in Welsh about the weather.

In Maths we are learning double and halves to 10 using cubes, fingers and cubes!

They are using the ipads to draw pictures of their favourite characters in the story, changing brush size and colour.

We are looking forward to the eggs arriving on Monday.  We will be watching them hatch and grow into chicks over the next 2 weeks.

 

Week beginning 5.3.18

Due to school being closed last Thursday and Friday, we will be celebrating St David’s Day and World Book Day this week.

On Thursday we will be celebrating all things Welsh, singing Welsh songs, learning new Welsh phrases, making Welsh craft and hearing Welsh stories.

In Maths we are using the vocabulary higher and lower and ordering numbers to 20

Just a reminder that we are dressing up as book characters this Friday.  Our theme for the day in class is The Fairy Tale Tea Party.  Thank you for the offers of story telling – we have a full agenda now!  If your child would like to bring a book for the Book Swap, please send it in on Friday.  We are also asking for £1 donation to go to Book Aid.

Week Beginning 26th February

We have a busy first week back – Welsh Week and the World Book Day on Friday 2nd March!

This week we will be celebrating all things Welsh, singing Welsh songs, learning new Welsh phrases, making Welsh craft and hearing Welsh stories.

In maths we are learning Number Bonds for 5 and 6 using the Numicon to support.  They are also making repeating patterns using the beads.

Just a reminder that we are dressing up as book characters this Friday.  Our theme for the day in class is The Fairy Tale Tea Party.  Thank you for the offers of story telling – we have a full agenda now!  If your child would like to bring a book for the Book Swap, please send it in on Friday.

We look forward to a busy and fun week with the children!