This week we learnt about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We made Diwa lamps out of clay and discussed the story of Rama and Sita. The children talked about what they would wear to their own family festivals/celebrations and we compared this to other cultures. We also made some artwork for Remembrance day and we talked about the First World War and how it effected the lives of children at that time. We made some Remembrance artwork which has been displayed in the hall.
This week we have started a new topic of 'Celebrations.' Each week until Christmas we will learn about a different special event and this week was 'Bonfire Night.' We learnt about Guy Fawkes, the gunpowder plot and firework safety. We have also been learning how to add numbers in Maths so please recap this at home by talking about adding one more onto a number. As it is our second half term we have now started going to assembly on a Monday afternoon.
Wow, half term already! We have had a fantastic six weeks! This week we have been measuring our heights and comparing them by using the words 'tall, taller, tallest, short, shorter, shortest.' Our story of the week was 'Titch' and we used these new words to describe the characters in the story. Our phonics sounds this week were f, l, j and b. Please practise singing our phonics songs by using this link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx4Jj69J1-I
It was good to see you all at parents evening and we wish you a happy half term break!
This week was Science Week and we were lucky enough to visit four other classrooms to take part in some fun science experiments. We made slime, investigated floating and sinking, explored dissolving and built Lego bridges. Our story of the week was 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?' and we practised ordering main events from the story. In Maths we have been learning about more and less and comparing different weights. Our weekly phonics sounds were e, u, r and h. We look forward to seeing you all next week at Parents evening.
Our stories for this week were 'My Mum' and 'My Dad' by Anthony Browne. We had a creative afternoon of painting portraits of our Mums, Dads, Grandmothers and Grandfathers and we enjoyed experimenting with colours. In Maths we learnt how to identify 2d shapes and we enjoyed taking part in a shape hunt to find 2d shapes in our environment. Our phonics sounds for this week were d, o, c and k. Please encourage your child to find these sounds in their reading books next week!
This week we have enjoyed focusing on stories about The Large Family, starting with 'Five Minutes Peace.' The children have drawn and labelled their families using the phonics sounds we have learnt so far. (s, a, t, p, i, n, g, m)
In Maths we have been focusing on ordering and writing numbers to 10 or even 20. Please do encourage your child to practise careful counting at home.
This week in Willow class we have enjoyed our first computing lesson in which we used the "2 Simple" software to create pictures of ourselves. Our story of the week was Funny Bones and we learnt the names of different body parts. The children did very well at changing for PE on Thursday for the first time. Please keep practising this at home.
This week in willow class we have enjoyed meeting the rest of our classmates and staying for our first week of school dinners. As it is health week we have discussed healthy foods and we even took part in a whole school 'Joe Wicks workout'. We're looking forward to our first full school day next week.
Literacy: We have learnt about the Grimm Brothers who were German authors and wrote about ourselves. We have read Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin and The Ugly Duckling to name a few.
Maths: This week we have been learning to count to 10 in German and playing lots of 3D shape games including making our own 3D shape sweet homes just like Hansel & Gretel.
Topic: This week we have been on a journey around Germany. We learnt about the ‘Fairy Tale Road’ in Germany and discussed why you should not talk to strangers whilst reading Little Red Riding Hood and saying kind things to our friends whilst reading The Ugly Duckling.
TASK: Next week we are continuing on our journey around the world. We will be focusing on Spain and would love for you to find out all about Spain. You could learn to count to ten in Spanish, make a poster, make a Spanish fan, eat Tapas for dinner or even do a flamenco dance!
Literacy: This week we have been looking at children who live and go to school in Thailand. We have written letters about ourselves and a question about life in Thailand.
Maths: This week we have been working on place value and recognising tens and ones e.g. 17 is 1 ten and 7 ones and using this to help us count how much money we have rather than counting each coin as 1p.
Topic: This week we have been practising our chop stick skills as part of our work learning about Thailand, which has been great fun! Perhaps you can have a chopstick evening at home?
TASK: Next week we are continuing on our journey around the world. We will be focusing on Germany. We will learn about The Grimm brothers and the famous Fairy Tale road in Germany. We will be reading Hansel and Gretel along with many more fairy stories written by the Grimm Brothers. We will learn to count to 10 as well as much more… Please can you find out about Germany e.g. learn to count to 10, create your own sweet house, write your favourite fairy story, create your own fairy tale road etc.
15th June 2018
Literacy: We have written father’s and grandfather’s day cards.
Maths: This week we have been focussing on addition and subtraction and have played a London bus game. We have also had a look at the value of numbers and have been ordering numbered bus stops in both ascending and descending order.
Topic: This week we have been on a journey around England. We learnt about Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham, read the story ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ and made our own colourful pair of pants and even had afternoon tea! We also looked at various landmarks across London and made our own beautiful art pieces.
TASK: Next week we are continuing on our journey around the world. We will be focusing on Thailand and would love for you to find out all about Thailand. You could make a factfile or a poster. You could make a travel brochure that gives details about the different places in Thailand you can visit. You could find out more about the kinds of weather they have at different times of the year in Thailand. You could find out about the food that you can eat in Thailand. You could find out about the history of your favourite landmark.
8th June 2018
Literacy: We have been writing our own story using original African story called ‘The Papaya that spoke.’
Maths: We have been counting in twos and pairing up socks
Topic: This week we have been creating our African setting using the milk-pastel technique.
For next week: Our journey continues to the U.K. Can you find out something about the U.K to share with the class. E.g. where is England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales on a map? Who are the royal family? Who is Saint George? Is there a Loch Ness Monster? We will be sharing what we have found out about the UK on Friday in class whilst having afternoon tea with tea and scones/cakes.
18th May 2018
Literacy: We retold the story of Cinderella and wrote invitations to each member of staff for our ball on Friday. We became shoe detectives and had to match the shoes to the photos of our teachers.
Maths: We have continued learning about estimation by making sensible guesses about how many multi-link cubes would fit in our shoes and then counted out how many really did fit and checking our answers with our estimations. We looked at how to tell the time using analogue and digital clocks and made sure we all knew what midnight would look like, ready for our Cinderella ball!
Topic: We had our science hats on where we were predicting and investigating what happens when you put skittles in water. Why not ask us what the outcome was!
TASK: We are learning the story of the Gingerbread Man and things that float and sink. For homework this week please could you investigate objects around the home that might float or sink. You can put the objects in the bath/sink and sending us your photos on class dojo e.g rubber duck, do all spoons float? Etc
11th May 2018
Literacy: We have had a fun week learning all about bears and their homes. We have written the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and have had fun role-playing the story and we have had a very exciting cooking lesson making our own porridge.
Maths: We have had a go at estimating in maths this week and have enjoyed making some sensible guesses about how much food baby bear, mummy bear and daddy bear had on their plates, then checking how much food there really was.
TASK: Please can you log onto mathletics using the username and password in your homework books and play as many games as you can as we are giving out certificates in assembly each week for any child who has reach their bronze or silver award.
Don’t forget it is our Cinderella Ball on Friday 18th May and your child needs to come to school dresses in their best clothes.
4th May 2018
Literacy: We have been writing about our weekend trying to write 2-3 sentences independently.
Maths: We have been measuring our feet using cubes and rulers. We then went onto do an investigation using a ramp and cars to see which could roll the furthest. We had to measure using what we had learnt during the week.
Topic: This week we have been looking at houses from around the world. We have made igloos from ice cubes and mud huts from soil and sticks. We then went onto look at household objects from the past and tried to work out what they were before matching old household objects to new ones.
Task: Next week we are going to be learning the story of ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’ and in maths sharing numbers, porridge etc fairly. Can you show that you can share things? E.g. sharing grapes equally with your brother, sharing water in two cups so they both have the same, sharing toys with your sister, sharing biscuits (you may need to break one in half so that it is fair!) What other things can you share?
We want to know that your child understands the concept ‘sharing’!
27th April 2018
Literacy: We have been learning about the story of the Three Little Pigs. We drew our own story maps and used these to retell the story using exciting story language.
Maths: We have been solving number calculations this week in maths using both addition and subtraction operations. We have been working out the answers to these problems using pigs and wolves and have had a go at using a number line in our books as well.
Topic: We planned, predicted, tested and evaluated an investigation this week! We had to choose which material would withstand the wolf’s huffing and puffing. We then used these materials to build a house and tested them using the wolf (hair dryer)
TASK: Next week we are going to be exploring different types of technology that you might find in your house and at school. Please can your child bring in something to share or show that represents technology that they have in their house. E.g. washing machine, television, computer, microwave, kettle. They could draw the technology and label it in their books, take photos of the technology in the home, or even a photograph of your child using a kettle, or washing machine. Maybe make a poster and write instructions on how to use a kettle, or an electric toothbrush etc
20th April 2018
Literacy: We were very excited to come back from the Easter Holidays and we have written all about what we did. We have also painted our homes and written labels for the windows, doors etc.
Maths: We have been learning to order numbers on houses to 20 and we noticed that on real homes the odd numbers were on one side and the even on the other. We then had to match the correct number of people to the number on the house.
Topic: We are very excited that Paddington Bear came to see us and we are all going to take it in turns to take Paddington Bear home over the next few weeks to teach him all about our homes.
For next week we are learning all about the 3 little pigs please can you bring something in to share about the story e.g. puppets, story map, cartoon strip, character masks, make your own pig game, sing a song about pigs/ wolf etc
29th March 2018
Literacy: We have been finding out about the Easter story. We pretended to be Jesus arriving in Jerusalem. Our friends stood either side of the corridor and welcomed us by waving, giving high fives and saying hello. We then had a last supper with bread and Ribena before watching a short power point showing Jesus carrying a cross and then rising again.
Maths: We have been playing maths games adding and subtracting eggs and finding the total.
Topic: We have made stained glass windows, made chocolate Easter nests and we even found time to go on an egg hunt!
TASK: Our new topic will be houses and homes. Please can you make a model home from around the world to display in our classroom and talk about how you made it when we come back after the holiday.
23rd March 2018
Literacy: We have been making our own diaries based on the ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’
Maths: We have been looking at patterns this week.
Topic: We have had a very exciting ‘Animal Encounter’ and loved touching the geckos, snakes and bearded dragons to name a few. We even found the time to paint symmetrical butterflies
TASK: Please can you make an Easter bonnet for a parade on Thursday 29th March.
16th March 2018
Literacy: We read the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and wrote about what the caterpillar ate throughout the week.
Maths: We have been learning our numbers thinking about one more and one less with Mr Greenwood and please practise at home using the interactive resources.
Topic: We have been learning all about how plants grow this week. We completed a scientific investigation using white flowers and food colouring. We made predictions and explained what happened in conclusions as well. I wonder if your child could explain to you what happened in more detail.
TASK: Each class has got 5 real caterpillars and we have been watching them grow. Next week we are going to learn about our caterpillars in more detail: You can: paint your own symmetrical butterfly, print your own caterpillar using 2 colour patterns etc (top tip potatoes work well, toothbrushes etc) You can make your own life cycle of a caterpillar using junk modelling, mobiles, posters etc The more creative the better!
2nd and 9th March 2018
Literacy: We have been reading and writing the story of ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ this week as part of book week
Maths: We have made a class graph about our favourite pancake toppings. Chocolate spread was the favourite!
Topic: We have also been doing lots of exciting things for book week including reading with our friends.
Next week: We are going to be learning all about plants including what they need to grow, the lifecycle of a beanstalk and writing instructions about how to grow a plant. Please can you create your own seed/plant packet, or instructions about how to plant them or a poster about what plants need to grow?
23rd February 2018
Homework 23rd February
Literacy: We have been learning the story ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’ by Eric Carle. We have had a go at retelling the story using only actions and did a great job!
Maths: We have been learning about doubling. We learnt what doubling was and used a ladybird to help us double numbers, then had a go at recording what we had found out using number sentences.
Topic: Our new topic started off with a great visit to Waterstones where we listened to some fantastic storytellers and had a great time.
Next week: We are going to have a go at writing a whole story over the week and will be completing lots of activities based on the story. We are all going to dress up as our favourite book character for World Book Day on Friday 2nd March. We would like to find out which stories are your children’s favourites. Please can they bring in a book to share. It would be nice to know why it is their favourite, which character/page/part of the story they like the best and why.
2nd February 2018
Homework 2nd February 2018
Literacy: We have been learning about People who help us at home. We have read the Jolly Postman and written our own letters based on this story.
Maths: We have been learning about money. We focused on recognising coins and acting out buying items in a shop using real money.
Topic: We have acted out his route by following letter clues and completing challenges along the way.
Next week: This week we have found using money to pay for items very hard as there isn’t a 3p coin etc. Please can you practise using money at home and record what you have learnt in your homework book e.g. photos, drawings of the coins that you know, paying for things, change etc.
26th January 2018
Homework 26th January 2018
Literacy: We have been learning about being healthy this week. We have written sentences about children who aren’t well and labelled our bodies.
Maths: We have been learning about 3D shapes this week. We had to build a model using these shapes and then describe it to a partner (who couldn’t see our model) to see if they could make it. We had great fun doing this and most of our models were identical.
Topic: We have made doctors bags this week by following the instructions about how to make it. We had some very tricky things to cut out and we all had to use a stapler.
Next week: Please can you write a letter/draw a picture to send to yourself at school. The postman is going to deliver them all to school on Friday and we want every child to have something to open. The children will enjoy posting their letters in the postbox at home and then they arrive in school. The office staff will keep them all until Friday if you want to send them over the weekend or the start of the week. (If you do forget to post them in time you can hand them to one of the teachers to add to the post bag)
19th January 2018
Literacy: We have been learning about firefighters. We wrote sentences to go with pictures about a cat being stuck up a tree and needing to be rescued by some firefighters.
Maths: We have been learning about length and capacity this week. We have been comparing and ordering firefighter ladders and measuring coloured water into containers so that they are full, ½ full and empty.
Topic: We have been using a software programme called ‘Purple Mash’ where we put our faces into a different person, you will have to guess who we are. Look out for the fantastic displays that will be going up soon!
Next week: We are learning about doctors, nurses and the dentist will be visiting us. Please can your child find out something about being healthy to share with the class e.g. making a fruit salad or cooking healthy food, dressing up as a doctor/nurse, writing instructions about how to clean your teeth, make a poster about being healthy, take photos of yourself at a club e.g. ballet, football etc.
12th January 2018
Homework 12th January
Literacy: We have been learning about the Police. We wrote captions to go with pictures about a lost bag handed into the police by sounding out the words. We have had a go at writing lost posters for our missing bird feeder independently.
Maths: We have been practising our addition skills this week. We practised adding and then explaining our findings using mathematical vocabulary. We have also had a go at adding using a number line.
Topic: Unfortunately our bird feeder went missing this week. We have been detectives trying to use clues to find out where it went. We wrote our eye witness accounts for the Police who helped us to find the bird feeder that had been taken by a fox. We have made police badges and taken our fingerprints to look at how they are all different.
TASK: We are learning about firefighters next week. Please can you find out about the job of a firefighter. How do they help people? What clothes do they wear? What transport do they use? What equipment do they have?
5th January 2018
Literacy: We have been practicing the sounds; j,v,w,x and reading/writing them in words e.g. vet. We also have been thinking about pets and what they need.
Maths: We have been learning to take away this week. We have been taking away a given number of ‘dog bones’ and finding the answer.
Topic: We have started our ‘People who help us’ topic by learning about the ‘Vets’. We have watched videos about what vets do and created our own vet in class. We have discussed what animals need e.g. food, water, a home etc and were very excited to be visited by some real pets this week!
TASK: Next week we are learning about the Police. Please can you find out something about what they do to share with the class e.g. help at football matches, concerts etc help with fires and accidents, solve crimes and carry out detective work. You could make your own Police badge, police car/motor bike/ horse, take your finger prints and that of your family to see that they are all different, make a poster about one of their job roles, dress up as a police officer, make a lego jail or even solve your own mystery.
Homework 8th December 2017
This homework is for the Christmas holidays…
Our topic next half term is ‘People Who Help Us’. Please can you create something around this topic. It could be on anybody who helps us in the community. Fire Brigade, Vets, Police, Doctors, Nurses, Teachers. You could make a model, design a poster, create a collage, anything you like, just have fun!
Please read with your child and practise cursive letters and their names.
Finally, thank you for your support with the home learning, it really does make a difference for your child.
Homework 1st December 2017
Your child must do the task in green.
The other tasks are optional.
Literacy: We have been practising the sounds ‘f, l, b, and ‘j’. We were very excited when the elves put a post box for Father Christmas outside our classroom and we have been very busy writing our letters to him about what we would like for Christmas.
Maths: We have been learning about 3D shapes this week; sphere, cube, cuboid, cylinder, cone & pyramid. We have had great fun using these shapes to make models as well as playing lots of games with them.
Topic: We found out about St Andrews Day on Wednesday and were very excited to find out there might be a monster in Loch Ness. We used play dough to make our own Loch Ness monsters and finished the day by eating shortbread biscuits.
TASK: Can you finish our topic on celebrations by finding out about Christmas in another country around the world? E.g. Make a poster, what do they wear? What traditions do they have? Make some models e.g. paról from Philippines, make/taste some food that people eat, when do people put up their decorations etc.
Homework 24th November 2017
Your child must do the task in green. The other tasks are optional.
Literacy: We have been practicing the sounds ‘e,u,r,h’ and retelling the story ‘Owl Babies’.
Maths: We have been learning about time this week. We have sequenced our day and made ‘My Day’ books.
Topic: We have been learning about Nocturnal animals. We have sorted animals into groups that come out during the day and night and discussed any that could be both.
TASK: Next week we are learning about Advent and starting our ‘Countdown to Christmas’. Please can you bring in something to share e.g. make a list about what you want for Christmas, write a letter to Santa, take photos of your Christmas tree at home, make a Christmas card for a friend in your class, get arty and make a Christmas decoration, etc.
Literacy: We have been practicing the sounds ‘g,o,c,k and writing the names of our friends.
Maths: We have been working out what 1 less and 1 more than any given number is. We have been using a number line to help us to work out the answers.
Topic: We have been celebrating friendships and feelings this week. We have had a go at drawing our friends, we have made models of our friends and have discussed what makes a good friend. We have been giving each other compliments and every time that someone said or did something nice to us we put a cube in our class friendship bucket.
TASK: Next week we are learning about nocturnal animals. What can you find out about nocturnal animals? Can you make a mask of your favourite nocturnal animal? Can you draw a picture or make a model of them? Can you find out where they live, eat, sleep? Do any animals visit your local area at night? Can you investigate who comes near to your house at night-time?
Literacy: We have written our own fireworks poems and are starting to apply our phonics knowledge to our writing, which is fantastic!
Maths: We have spent the week focussing on subtraction and have looked at the vocabulary used in subtraction, the symbols for – and =
Topic: We have learnt about Remembrance Day. We have painted our hands red to make a class poppy wreath as well as forming a poppy shape on the laptops during our computing lesson.
TASK: Next week is anti-bullying week and therefore we would love to find out more about your friendships. Who are your friends? What makes a good friend? You could draw a portrait or paint a picture of your friend/s. You could make a poster about friendship, or perhaps bring in a story to share that is all about friendship. Please bring in your homework on Friday. Many thanks.
Literacy: We have been practicing the sounds ‘s,a,t,p,i’ and writing words with these sounds in them e.g. at, is, it etc. We have also written our own Diwali cards
Maths: We have been adding fireworks this week. We have focused on the vocabulary add, plus, more, equals and altogether.
Topic: We have been finding out about the festival Diwali.
TASK: Next week we are going to be learning about Remembrance Day please can you find out something about Remembrance Day to share with the class e.g. make a poppy wreath, find out about rationing, uniforms, evacuees, make a gas mask etc.
Literacy: We have been learning the sounds; ‘b, f, l, h’ Can you please practice these at home with your child http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCjJYB07aSU using this website to help with the songs. We have been learning the story ‘Titch’
Maths: We have been investigating who is the tallest and shortest and finding objects that are taller and shorter than Titch.
Topic: “What is special about yourself? What is special to you?” Please bring in something to share this can be in your homework book or a painting, model, photos, objects, or other.
Literacy: We have been learning the sounds; ‘e,r,u,h’ Can you please practice these at home with your child http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCjJYB07aSU using this website to help with the songs. We have been learning the story ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what can you see?’ and have been writing words and sentences about what we can see.
Maths: We have been learning about more and less and explaining our understanding. Identifying the group that contained less was much trickier, so if you would like to practice at home, that would be great.
Topic: We have been investigating our senses this week and we really enjoyed tasting crisps to guess the flavour, smelling pots to guess what food was in them and playing touching, sight and listening games.
Next week we are going to be learning about the story of Titch and his family. In the story he compares the height of his family. TASK: Can you measure some things in your family/house? E.g. who has the biggest feet (draw around everyone’s feet and order) What is the tallest and shortest thing in your house? Draw your family in order of height? How many steps does it take to get from your bedroom to the front door? You can be as creative as you like.
Literacy: We have been learning the sounds “g,o,c,k” Please use this website to practice at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COJdn6sbbsk&safe=active
Maths: We have been on a 2D shape hunt and made shape patterns.
Topic: We have been using the computer to draw pictures of our Mums and Dads as well writing about what they are good at and how we feel about them.
TASK: Next week we are learning all about the 5 senses. Your child needs to have something to show and talk about on Friday 14th October. You can make a musical instrument, make some glasses, with your family try and guess the flavour of crisps from a mixed selection, make some smelling pots for your friends to guess what is inside of them, draw a picture of yourself and label the 5 senses.
Literacy: We have been learning the sounds ‘i,n,m,d’’ Can you please practice these at home with your child. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCjJYB07aSU using this website to help with the songs.
Maths: We have been ordering numbers using the song 1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive.... Can you please practice with your child ordering numbers to 10 and beyond? We then extended the learning by having missing numbers and ordering them e.g. 5,3,8,1 – 1,3,5,8
Topic: We have been talking about ‘our skeleton’ this week. We have read the book Funny Bones and drawn our own skeletons. We had great fun playing the game ‘operation’ where we had to take the bones out from the patient without setting off the buzzer.
Next week we are going to be focusing on the 2D shapes (circle, square, triangle etc). Please bring in something to share about 2D shapes e.g. a shape mobile, a shape picture, go on a shape hunt around your house, make some shapes using food e.g. pizza, make a shape pattern, make a poster about shapes etc. Your child needs to have something to show and talk about on Friday 6th October. You can bring them into school before then but we won’t be showing them until the Friday
Literacy: We have been continuing to write our names using cursive handwriting – please continue to practice at home.
Maths: We have been learning to recognise and write numbers. Please practise at home with your child.
Task: “I know some bones in the body” your child needs to bring in something to talk about on Friday 29th September E.g. label a skeleton, research animal bones on the internet or at the library and make a poster or leaflet. Make a skeleton using straws, cut out an old magazine in the shape of bones and
create a skeleton.
All of the reception children finally got to see each other this week as they all stayed for lunch. The children have been very busy creating displays in the classroom including their favourite books and 5 currant buns. We have had our first computing lesson and met our P.E teachers in the hall where we played a few fun games. We were also very excited to have our first Music lesson and can't wait to see what we will be doing next week...
Our homework for next week is to bring in something to share about their family e.g. a photo, family tree etc. Your child will sit in small groups and share their homework with their friends.
It has been lovely to meet all of the children again this week. I must say how smart they all look in their new school uniforms! We have had a fun few days getting to know each other and the children are settling in to their new class well. The children have all painted self portraits this week, drawn who is in their family and played lots of maths games from digging for buried treasure shapes to rescuing the superheroes by working out what numbers they were.