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Week beginning 02.05.22
This week, our learning has been focused around 'The Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. The children have learnt all about the life cycle of a butterfly and have learnt how the process starts as an egg and moves through the stages of becoming a caterpillar and a cocoon (chrysalis), before becoming a butterfly. We currently have caterpillars in each of the reception classes and we have been fascinated by how much the caterpillars have grown in the two weeks that they've been with us. We are incredibly excited to follow their next two stages!
In maths, we have been continuing to learn about, spot and continue patterns using shapes, colours, numbers and body percussion. The children have become much better at recognising patterns around them and within their work. This week, we have also been recapping the days of the week and the order of the days, linked to 'The Hungry Caterpillar'.
Next week, we will be learning all about minibeasts so have a think about names of minibeasts that you know about already and some facts about them.
Week Beginning 21.03.22
This week we have started to learn about people in history- real life astronauts! We started the week by reading 'Man on the Moon' to find out about the day in the life of an astronaut. The children loved this story and enjoyed sequencing pictures from it. We then learnt about Tim Peake and Neil Armstrong and found out some facts about them. They have also learnt more facts about space and the planets.
In continuous provision the children have been writing lists about what they would take to space, making Mother's Day cards, practising their newly learnt maths skills (part part whole and 3D shapes) and fishing stars and aliens out of the water.
The children have learnt another 3 sounds in Phonics ('oi', 'ear' 'er') and the tricky word 'my'. Lots of the new digraphs and trigraphs we are learning look and sound very similar so children tend to find them difficult to distinguish between. Please reinforce these at home using the folders and the link on the school website https://www.cotenend.warwickshire.sch.uk/phonics-9/
In Maths, the children have continued to learn and recall different ways to make 10 (number bonds). They have used a variety of resources throughout the week to practise this practically. There are also lots of YouTube songs we have been playing to support children to remember these number bonds.
Week Beginning 14.03.22
This was such a busy week as it was Science week, Comic Relief and we had a visit from an Olympic athlete!
For Science week, we decided to go different experiments each day in our 'lab' role play. We made fizzing planets with bicarbonate of soda, water and vinegar. We predicted what would happen each time a new ingredient was added and then were able to talk about what happened at the end of the experiment. We also made moon sand using cornflour and baby oil and investigated what would happen when we dropped moon rocks (different sized stones) into it. We found that the different sized moon rocks made different sized craters. We decorated alien underpants with wax crayons and watched what happened when we painted over it all with watered down paint. We couldn't believe that our pattern still showed through as the water didn't sit on top of it! Later in the week we had a letter from the aliens asking us to find all of the magnetic objects in the classroom. This was exciting as lots of the things that we didn't think would be magnetic were! We enjoyed the visit from the Year 5 Science Ambassadors on Wednesday and visiting the Science fair on Thursday.
The visit from Joe Roebuck was brilliant and we loved completing our exercises with him. We also learnt a lot about how he trains and showed lots of resilience to become an Olympian in the assembly.
Alongside all of this, we still had time to learn three new sounds in Phonics- 'igh', 'ur' and 'ow'. Please continue to practise these using the folder and the videos on our school website.
Week Beginning 07.03.22
This week we focussed on the story 'Whatever Next' and the children completed various activities to related to this. Each class had props from the story so that the children could recreate a picnic on the moon! In small groups, we also thought about what we would like to pack and take to the moon. The children used the sounds we have been learning in Phonics to write their lists.
In our outside area, the children made moon sand and enjoyed using the small world space toys to act out a story with it. We turned our wooden hut into a space rocket and supported the children to develop their own narrative.
In Maths, we have learned about 3D shapes. The children have been practising recognising cubes, cuboids, sphere, cylinder, cone and pyramid. We have introduced specific mathematical language to describe the shapes- edges, faces and vertices (corners).
In Phonics we have taught the sounds 'oa', 'ar' and 'or' as well as the tricky word 'was'. Please continue to work on these using the phonics folders.
Week Beginning 28.02.2022
Week Beginning 14.02.2022
This week we have been learning about the Great Wall of China. At the beginning of the week we learnt some facts about the wall and all week the children have been using various construction toys to build it. Each day we have had a construction area challenge to complete. In our small groups, the children have thought about their journey to school and drawn a map to represent this. We encouraged the children to label their maps using the sounds they have been taught. Using charcoal and tissue paper, the children have created a piece of blossom art.
In Maths, we have introduced 5 frames. These have been used to practise number bonds to 5. The children have gained lots more confidence with this.
In Phonics, we have learnt the tricky word 'you' and sounds 'th', 'ng' and 'ai'. Please continue to work on these using your folders.
Thank you to all parents who attended our come and play sessions, the children loved having you in their classrooms!
Week Beginning 31.01.22
This week we have made a stir fry. The children observed how the food changed from uncooked to cooked and how it appeared different. We talked about the different vegetables and where they came from. We added soy sauce and the children loved trying the finished product.
We have also been exploring Chinese music and recreating this using our percussion instruments. We talked about how to change the dynamics and tempo of the music.
On Tuesday, we celebrated Chinese New Year by making lucky red envelopes and gifting each child a chocolate coin. We read the story of The Great Race and discussed how this is the year of the tiger. We also found out that children born in 2016 are the year of the monkey and those born in 2017 are the year of the rooster.
In Phonics we have recapped the sounds previously taught, please continue to work on these in the folders.
In Maths we have played a variety of games to work on number bonds to 5. The children are gaining in confidence and lots are able to instantly recall these.
Please remember to record when you have read with your child in their yellow diaries.
Week beginning 24.01.22
This week we set up a Chinese restaurant in our role play area. The children have loved taking on new roles and taking orders for their friends. We added some chopsticks to the restaurant which have been tricky to master! These have also been in other continuous provision activities throughout the week to support children's fine motor development. In our outdoor area, the children have enjoyed using chop sticks to retrieve treasure from rice and noodles!
The children have been writing numbers and letters using Chinese symbols. They have enjoyed writing their names and their friends names.
We have added a colour wash to our panda artwork and these are now displayed around the classroom.
In Phonics we have continued to learn 3 new digraphs (2 letters together making 1 sound). These have been 'sh', 'ch' and 'qu'. Our tricky word this week was 'she'. Please continue to work on these with your child in their folder.
In Maths, we have continued to practise using the part-part whole model to learn number bonds to 5. This has encouraged lots of reasoning and mathematical language.
Week Beginning 17.01.21
This week we continued to learn about pandas and moved onto a variety of different bears. We talked about habitat and compared the habitats of different bears around the world. The children learnt what a fact was and added it a fact file for a panda. In small groups, they also write a sentence to match a panda picture. We began to create some panda art by drawing the outline of the bear and adding the black features. Next week, we will colour wash them to complete our artwork.
In the outside area, the children have been exploring magic snow! They watched as the water was added and talked about the changes they could see. Afterwards, they had fun playing with this alongside the small world arctic animals. We also had sugar cubes to make our own igloos, practising fine motor control.
In Maths, we have been consolidating last term's learning of number recognition and ordering up to 10. We encourage the children not just to be able to put numbers in order but to be able to explain this. For example "I know that 5 comes after 4 because 5 is one ore than 4." They have grown in confidence with this using their knowledge of more and less. Towards the end of the week, we introduced the 'part part whole model'. This is a way to represent that numbers can be split into parts. We will continue with this next week. For more information on this please see our maths videos https://www.cotenend.warwickshire.sch.uk/maths-7/
In Phonics we learnt tricky words 'we' and 'be' as well as new sounds 'x', 'y', 'z' and 'zz'. Please work with your children on these using their reading books and phonics folder.
Week Beginning 10.01.22
This week we launched our new learning theme 'Panda-monium'. This learning theme focuses on China and for this week and next we are particularly learning about pandas. The children have loved watching the live cams of pandas around the world and learning facts about them. They have labelled a panda in small groups using their phonic knowledge and made them out of balloons. We have a new role play area which is a panda reserve and the children have used toilet roll tubes to make their own binoculars to spot the pandas around the classroom! Also, as the weather has been so cold, one day the pandas were frozen in blocks of ice and needed rescuing! The children had to problem solve to find ways to either melt or crack the ice; we found that dishwasher salt really helped.
In Phonics, we have learnt new tricky words 'he' and 'me'. Alongside this, children have learnt sounds 'j', 'v' and 'w'. Please continue to work on these in their folders. As well as this, we have assessed the children's Phase 2 phonic knowledge. Feedback from this has been glued into their yellow reading records, please see your child's class teacher if you have any questions.
This week in Maths, we have been sequencing events using the language of 'first', 'next', 'then' and 'finally'. We have also used this language in the context of giving instructions and completing an obstacle course. Using bamboo, the children have practised comparing length and ordering from shortest to longest.
Week Beginning 03.01.22
The children have settled back into reception extremely well and it was lovely to hear about their Christmas breaks! We have talked about New Year and how different countries celebrate this. We discussed New Year's resolutions and thought about things we would like to get better at this year. We have launched our new Jigsaw topic 'Dreams and Goals' and talked about what this means in reception.
We are looking forward to starting our new learning theme 'Panda-monium' next week. Please see attached ideas for home learning linked to the learning theme.
Week Beginning 29.11.21
This week we have been learning about advent. We talked about advent traditions in various countries and our own advent calendars! We have made our own advent calendars by ordering numbers, made wreaths using playdough and made paper chains to stars decorating the classroom.
In Phonics we have learnt sounds 'f', 'ff', 'l' and 'll' and recapped our tricky words. Please continue to work on these with the children in their folders.
In Maths we have consolidated numbers 9 and 10 and completed activities related to this.
The majority of the week has been spent rehearsing for the Nativity, the children are doing so well and we can't wait to show you all next week!
Week Beginning 22.11.21
This week we have been in full swing with our Nativity rehearsals. The children are working really hard to learn the words for the songs as well as their lines (keep practising this at home!). Can I remind you that costumes are due in on Monday 29th November and need to be in a named carrier bag?
In Phonics this week we have learnt the tricky word 'the'. We have worked with the children to ensure that when the say this word, their tongue is in between their lips so that they are saying 'the' and not 'v'. We have learnt 4 new sounds, 'r', 'h', 'b' and 'ss'. Please continue to work on these at home using the Phonics folder and reading books.
In Maths, we have focused on subitising. Subitising is where we are able to use a pattern to know the amount without having to count, for example, on a dice. This supports children's early number knowledge and helps with later skills such as addition and subtraction.
Week Beginning 15.11.21
This week the children were asked to bring in something that represents what they celebrate at home as a family. We have loved hearing the children talk about their special traditions and have learnt so much about everyone in our class. We have had everything from Eid outfits to Easter bread and even a Korean game.
The children have worked collaboratively this week to create a piece of art. We learned about the artist, Kandinsky and talked about the colours and shapes that feature in his art work. Each day, the children added to the design and we are so proud of the finished result!
On Friday, we celebrated Children In Need by bringing in money to buy a cake. As a class, we talked about Children In Need and how our money would go to help children less fortunate than ourselves.
In Phonics, we have learnt sounds 'ck', 'e' and 'u' as well as a new tricky word 'into'.
In Maths, we learnt the numbers 7 and 8 and talked about how they were made up. The children practised saying one more and one less than a given number.
Nativity rehearsals have started this week- please can you support your child to learnt heir lines at home?
Week Beginning 08.11.21
This week, the children engaged in activities based on the fireworks they had seen at the weekend. We used pre-writing shapes to chalk pattern onto black paper and used sparkly pipe cleaners and beads to make fireworks on black glittery playdough.
On Thursday, we discussed Remembrance Day and why people where poppies. We had various art and craft activities available for the children to make their own poppies to take home.
In Phonics, we learnt new sounds 'o', 'c' and 'k' as well as the tricky word 'to'.
Week Beginning 01.11.21
This week we started our new learning theme 'Festivals and Celebrations' with a visit to St Nicholas' park. Prior to our visit, we talked about Autumn and what the signs of this season were. Each child had a brown bag to collect any interesting Autumnal objects. We then used these objects throughout the week in various art and craft activities such as leaf hedgehogs and Autumn crowns.
We also learnt about the festival, Diwali. We talked about other festivals that we celebrate at home with our families. The children created their own Rangoli patterns using a variety of seeds and beans.
Later in the week we talked about Bonfire Night, learning the Guy Fawkes story and talking about bonfire safety.
In Phonics this week, we have recapped tricky words 'I', 'no' and 'go' as well as the previously taught sounds 's', 'a', 't', 'p', 'i', 'n', 'm', 'd' and 'g'. Please continue to use the Phonics folder to reinforce this learning at home.
In Maths. we learned about 2D shapes. We practised using the correct names for the shapes and describing them using mathematical language.
Reading books and Library books have gone home this week. Please remember that Reading Records need to be in book bags every day. Reading books and Library books need to be returned every Monday and Phonics folders on a Friday.