Year R

Pembroke and Edinburgh

Term 6

 

Week 6

This week we have been talking a lot about our transition to Year 1. We had our transition session on Wednesday where we were able to explore our new classrooms. We each made a new helping hand and thought about things that were really important to us to tell our new teachers.

We have made pictures this week of ourselves in blue school uniform – we are excited about wearing this in September. We have also been writing about what we have learnt in Reception and what we would like to learn about in Year 1.

We have reflected on our year together as a class and made collages to show all of the exciting things that we have done together.

Week 5

In phonics we have been consolidating our knowledge of the new vowel phonemes that we have been learning (ow, or, ar, oo, oi/oy, er/ur, ear and air). We have been reading and writing words and sentences that include these phonemes.

In maths we have been solving problems involving more/less, money and counting in 10s.

We have started thinking about our transition to Year 1 this week. We have taken part in circle times with children from Year 1 who told us about what stays the same and what is a little bit different. We even got to try on a blue school jumper! We also met Colin and Catherine, the cows who will be coming to Year 1 with us.

On Wednesday we watched the children in Year 6 perform their play. We really enjoyed it and everybody was very impressed at how well we all listened.

On Friday we had our marble jar reward of a teddy bears’ picnic! We had a lovely time with our teddies in the sunshine on the field.

Week 4

This week we have been learning all about The Gruffalo! We have listened to the story and joined in with all of the parts that we know. We have been identifying rhyming words, talking about the characters and settings, and comparing it to The Gruffalo’s Child. We have all written a recipe for one of the food items in the story such as Gruffalo crumble or owl ice-cream. We have also been making story maps to retell the story.

We have used clay to make models of characters from the story. We thought carefully about how to join the clay together and how to use tools appropriately and safely. We have also learnt a Gruffalo song and we used instruments to explore what we thought each character’s footsteps would sound like.

In maths we have been solving problems. These have involved us sharing quantities, using positional language and sorting. We have also enjoyed playing a mystery number game involving asking questions and giving clues such as “is your number more/less than …?” and “is your number even?”

Week 3

What a hot and sunny week it’s been! We have been talking a lot about how to stay safe in the sun including discussions about suncream, staying in the shade and drinking a lot of water. We have explored a lot of water play outside this week; over the course of the week we used different resources to make a ‘water park’ for the small world toys.

We have continued our learning about minibeasts after our educational session at the Zoo last week. We have particularly been focusing on the life cycle of a butterfly. We used different types of pasta to represent each stage in the life cycle in a craft activity. Some of us have made snails using playdough and spider webs using threading skills. On Wednesday we hunted for minibeasts on the field. On Friday we took part in the whole school Poetry assembly and sang “There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf”.

We have continued learning in our phonics and maths groups this week. In PE we used equipment to explore climbing, balancing and landing safely.

 

Week 2

On Tuesday we went on our first ever educational visit and went to Bristol Zoo! We saw a lot of different animals and we listened to a zoo keeper tell us about minibeasts; some of us were brave enough to hold a cockroach! Our teachers were very proud of how well we listened and behaved both on the coach and at the Zoo. Some of us have been using small world toys to act out our trip and make enclosures for different animals.

In phonics, some of us have been learning new phonemes. We have all been reading and writing simple sentences using the phonemes that we know. In maths we have been adding and taking away. We have been recording number sentences; some groups have focused on number bonds of 10.

In PE this week we continued to practise ball skills including throwing and catching.

 

Week 1

Having had a holiday we were all excited to be back, see our friends again and get on with our learning.

In phonics and maths this week we have been continuing to learn in our groups.  

In PE this week we practised our ball skills. We had to really concentrate to throw and catch with a partner.

We have spent lots of time this week preparing for our assembly on Friday. We have been practising our ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ story and song and making sure we had lots of lovely work to show you. On Friday it was great to see so many of you come to watch us do our first ever assembly, we hope you enjoyed it.

 

TERM 5

Week 5

It has been sports week this week and we have been having a great time trying out lots of different sporting activities. On Monday we went on the climbing wall, on Tuesday we did new age curling, on Wednesday it was inflatables then we finished off with archery on Thursday. 

On Monday we set 10 frogs free in our pond that we had watched grow from tadpoles. 

We have been practising our Jack and the Beanstalk story and learning a new song to perform in our class assembly when we come back.  We hope as many parents/carers as possible will be able to join us at 9.00 am on Friday 9 June.

In phonics and maths we have been going over what we know already to make sure we are really good and remember what we have learnt.

 

Week 3

In phonics this week some of us have started to learn the four alternatives for reading and spelling ‘oo’. These include; “oo” as in “moon”, “ue” as in “glue”, “ew” as in screw” and “u_e” as in “flute”. Some of us have been consolidating our existing phoneme knowledge, including the alternatives for “ai” (ai, ay, a and a_e).

In maths we have been focusing on number work this week. We have been recording number sentences and using numicon or number lines to find the answer. Some of us have started to learn how to count in 2s and 10s.

In the woods this week we returned to find a letter from the fairies! We looked for them in the field, wrote to them to invite them to our garden and made magical fairy wands involving whittling and wrapping skills.

We have been having a focus this term on our independence. We have been trying our best to come in to school independently and say goodbye to our grown-ups outside. Our teachers are very proud of how well we are getting on! This week we have also started joining the rest of the school for the celebration assembly on a Friday.

Week 2

What a quick week it has seemed following Monday’s Bank Holiday. In phonics and maths we have continued learning in new groups across both Reception classes.

We have been learning the Makaton signs to help us to retell “Jack and the Beanstalk”. We have been practising our dramatic voices for pretending to be the giant!

We have been planting seeds outside and started to think about what plants need in order to grow. We can’t wait to watch our seeds starting to grow. 

On Thursday we had a visitor who works with the school nurse. She taught us all about handwashing, hygiene and germs. We practised washing our hands very thoroughly whilst singing ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star’ to make sure that we were washing for long enough.

We have been thinking carefully about our role play area this week by creating and writing a plan of what we would like to create. Some of us wanted to build a castle, a shed or a house using the variety of resources. Outside we have been decorating the garden to try and invite the fairies. We have also been using these decorations to have parties!

Week 1

What a busy first week back we have had! In phonics and maths we have started learning in new groups across both Reception classes in order to ensure that our teaching and learning is appropriately meeting our needs.

In phonics, some of us have been consolidating our knowledge of phonemes and using this to read and write words. Some of us have been learning four ways to read and write ‘ai’: ‘ai’ as in ‘rain’, ‘ay’ as in ‘hay’, ‘a’ as in ‘baby’ and the split digraph ‘a_e’ as in ‘cake’. In maths we have been checking our number and counting knowledge. We have been using numicon and number lines to practise adding and taking away. We have also had a look at 2D and 3D shapes; some of us have used these to make repeating shape patterns.

This week we have been also been celebrating St George’s Day. We have made St George’s cross flags, designed coats of arms and painted pictures of dragons. We have also started learning our new story of the term, which is “Jack and the Beanstalk”.

We have enjoyed using our new ‘deconstructed’ role play area. This is a more open ended space in which we can use boxes, material and natural resources along with a lot of imagination to create our own role play. In the woods this week we went on a search for fairies! We also used the parachute and played several different games.

TERM 4

Week 7

This week has been our Enterprise Week so it has been very busy! We decided to make 'growing kits' that were made up of a pot, soil and seeds. First we had to clean and wash the plant pots. We did market research and found out how much the other children in the school would be prepared to pay for our kits, then we made posters and put them up around the school. We designed seed packets and carefully repackaged the seeds. We needed to make sure each pot had enough soil so we used spades to scoop and fill plastic bags. On Wednesday Mrs Harris visited us to see how we were getting on; she loved our idea and said that we had been working very hard. On Thursday we sold our kits; we did an amazing job and we will let you know the exact total and what we are going to spend it on next term.

We also had our Marble Jar treats this week; we had a lovely afternoon in pyjamas and dressing up clothes and we even had an Easter egg hunt in our garden!

Week 6

On Monday it was Science Day! We carried out several different experiments including: predicting and recording what happened to ‘Humpty Dumpty’ eggs when they were dropped inside bags filled with different materials; cracking and melting ice; re-growing vegetables and making coloured water mix and travel and making a lava lamp!

In maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We have been comparing 2D and 3D shapes, talking about their properties and naming them. We have also used different mathematical resources to make shapes and shape pictures.

In phonics we have been consolidating our knowledge of the four ‘oa’ phonemes. We have been working on recognising the digraphs in words.

In the woods this week we each had a colour that we had to match to something natural. We looked carefully to make sure that the colour was exactly the same shade.

We have been getting creative this week. We have collaged pictures of frogs and tadpoles, painted observational pictures of daffodils and made messy potions outside!

Week 5

In phonics we have learnt 4 different ways to spell ‘oa’: ‘oa’ as in boat, ‘ow’ as in snow, ‘o’ as in no and ‘o_e’ as in bone. In maths we have used a new rotational system. We each had a turn at different activities over the course of the week. We ordered numbers, played a maths game, used numicon and practised our number formation.

This week we innovated new versions of “The Enormous Turnip”. We thought about who we would like to do the pulling and what they were going to pull out of the ground. We have also been making Mother’s Day cards this week and thinking about what our mums do for us.

In the woods this week we looked for signs of spring, dug in the mud and whittled sticks. In PE we explored jumping and landing safely. We used different equipment and mats to land on.

On Tuesday we held a mark making event for parents; “From Scribbles to Sentences”. We explored fine motor, gross motor and mark making activities. Thank you to all of the parents and children who attended this event.

 Week 4

In phonics we have been consolidating our ability to read and spell words that include the five different ways to represent ‘ie’. We know the technical names for each alternative; we can now identify and name ‘trigaphs’ and ‘split digraphs’!

In maths we have been exploring time. This involved learning about the days of the week, seasons and months of the year as well as looking at o’clock times. Some of us have been playing “What’s the time, Mr Wolf?” outside.

This week we have been making story mountains to retell “The Enormous Turnip”. We thought carefully about the key parts of the story.

Our frogspawn has all grown; we now have a lot of very active tadpoles. We have enjoyed watching them swim and talking about how they have changed. The tadpoles have started to need feeding so we have fed them with cabbage.

On Wednesday, we returned to the field to climb and explore. Some of us practised ‘whittling’ using potato peelers and sticks. In PE on Friday we practised jumping, with a focus on landing correctly. We used equipment and mats.

Week 3

We have had some exciting new arrivals this week! In our classrooms we have frogspawn that has come from the school pond. The frogspawn is already starting to grow into tiny tadpoles that are moving ever so slightly! We have been using magnifying glasses to look carefully at what changes are happening. We have also been using a range of media to create frogs.

In phonics we have been learning five different ways to read and write ‘ie’: ‘ie’ in pie, ‘igh’ in light, ‘i’ in kind, ‘y’ in fly and ‘i_e’ in kite. In maths we have been using ordinal numbers to talk about the results of races, both outside and using the beebots inside. Some of us made medals to show our friends if we were first, second or third.

We have been continuing to learn “The Enormous Turnip”. We have been pretending to be the old man and writing letters to different people and animals asking for help to pull the turnip out of the ground.

On Thursday this week we were visited by Early Years Advisors from the Local Authority. We are very pleased to have been told that our provision is really good. They were also very impressed with the behaviour and engagement of the children.

Week 2

We have had a busy week this week with lots of special events and celebrations.

Tuesday was Pancake Day and we all tried a range of different toppings on our pancakes to see which were our favourites. We then made a tally chart to see which toppings were the favourites in the whole class.

In phonics we have continued learning different ways to represent and read the phoneme 'ee'. We have been practising how we can use 'ee' (as in bee), 'ea' (as in leaf), 'y' (as in jelly) and 'e' (as in evil).

In maths we have been using balance scales to compare the weight of different familiar objects. We really enjoyed comparing different vegetables and relating this to how heavy, ‘The Enormous Turnip’ must have been. We used compare bears to weigh and record how many bears would be the same as different items (eg scissors, glue, etc) and began to learn how bigger is not always heavier.

Our story this term is 'The Enormous Turnip'. We have started telling the story together with actions/Makaton signs.

On Wednesday in the woods we went on a bear hunt, just like in the story, and had great fun going through woods, mud, streams, snow storms and puddles to find the bear in his cave. We took lots of pictures ready to make a class book the next day.

On Thursday it was World Book Day. We all came in dressed as a book characters and brought in our favourite books to share. We read lots of books throughout the day and enjoyed lots of story based activities.

 

Term 4

Week 1

Welcome back! We hope that you had a good break and are ready for a new term; we have already had a busy and exciting first week back at school.

In phonics we have started learning different ways to represent and read the phoneme 'ee'. We learnt that we could use 'ee' (as in bee), 'ea' (as in leaf), 'y' (as in jelly) and 'e' (as in evil). In maths we have been using number lines to count forwards and backwards when adding and taking away. 

On Monday we came across a frog in our garden! We found out that he had hopped round from the school pond; we were interested to see what he looked like and to watch him jump. On Wednesday we went to the field to explore the surroundings. We really enjoyed climbing, jumping, swinging, rolling using the equipment and running in such a big space! On Thursday it was very windy! We made kites outside; it was a lot of fun to watch them blow in the wind.

Our story this term is 'The Enormous Turnip'. We have started by looking at props to tell the story and we will move on to learning the actions/Makaton signs next week. Linked to this vegetable theme we have been discussing and sorting healthy and unhealthy food this week. Both classes have also been exploring new role-play areas inside; Pembroke has a doctor's surgery and Edinburgh has a Garden Centre. 

World Book Day: On Thursday 2nd March please can children dress up as a book character and bring in their favourite book to show (please ensure that their book is named so that we can return it at the end of the day). Thank you!

Term 3

Week 6

This week in maths we have been doubling and halving numbers. We have learnt a doubles ‘rap’ to help us.

In phonics we have been practising writing camera words, identifying rhyming words and reading sentences. Outside we have been squirting camera words using syringes and reading the words to our friends!

We have been creating innovated versions of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We all thought of our own changes that could be made to the story and, when we were ready, we told our new story to our teachers who recorded us on the iPads. You can see your child's video on their Tapestry Learning Diary.

Miss Cameron has been teaching us all some Makaton signs to use when we are speaking and singing and we have been watching clips of 'Something Special' to practise signs as well. In Edinburgh, we have also been learning some simple Polish words this week as well. 

We hope you all have a restful school holiday!

Week 5

This week began with wheelchair basketball which was great fun. We all got to sit in and ride the special wheelchairs and learn some of the skills needed to play basket ball in them.  Many thanks to Kevin for visiting and teaching us.

We have had a really great time making cookies this week, measuring and mixing the ingredients ready to cook them before taking them home to eat.  Yum!

In phonics we have continued learning Unit 6 consonant digraphs (sh, ch, th and ng) and have been learning new camera words (Mr, Mrs, look, people, their and oh).

In maths we have been exploring number lines and how to use them to help us count, add and subtract. We also used our maths skills when cooking.

In the afternoons we had been using junk materials to make vehicles learning the skills to join, fix and make.

When we went to the woods we enjoyed making things by using string/ribbons with sticks and getting good and messy with the mud kitchen equipment.

 

Week 4

We have been celebrating Chinese New Year this week! We have used chopsticks with rice, made lanterns and masks, watched videos of dragon dances and even performed our own dragon dance in PE! We played instruments fast or slow; this told the 'dragon' how quickly to move.

In phonics we have been learning the Unit 6 consonant digraphs (sh, ch, th and ng). We have been reading and writing these phonemes in words. Our joined up (cursive) handwriting has been amazing!

Now that we know the Billy Goats Gruff story so well, we have made story mountains to retell the tale. We talked about the structure of the story and focused on the beginning, the build-up, the problem, how the problem was solved and the ending.

In maths we have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes. We have been looking at the features of these shapes and using words such as “corners”, “faces, “edges” and “sides”.

Week 3

This term we are learning the story of the 'Three Billy Goats Gruff'. This week we have been telling the story together using words and actions. Some of us have been looking at books and using props to retell the story with our friends.

In phonics this week we have continued Unit 5, reading and writing CVCC and CCVC words and learning unit 5 camera words. We have also been making simple sentences. We wrote letters to the troll from the 'Billy Goats' story using what we have learned in phonics; segmenting to write phonetically plausible words along with the camera words we know. 

In maths we have been learning about estimating and sharing. We played estimating games to practise how to make 'educated guesses'; exploring how you can think about what you know to get an answer that is close enough. We had teddy bears picnics, sharing out 'food' to learn about sharing (early dividing). 

Linked to our holidays/transport Inquiry, we have had an airport outside this week. We have been buying and selling tickets, making and checking passports ,and going on journeys. We also had a special event with children and parents coming in to taste food from around the world which was great fun (a big thank you to everyone who joined us).

In the woods on Wednesday we enjoyed climbing trees, building shelters and hunting for mini beasts.

 

Week 2

This term we are learning the story of the “Three Billy Goats Gruff”. We have started off by listening to the story with props this week. Some of us have been building bridges and pretending to be the goats and the troll outside!

In phonics this week we have started Unit 5, which focus on CVCC and CCVC words (eg lamp, tent, frog and drum). We have been listening for the phonemes that are difficult to hear when blending for reading and segmenting for writing.

In maths we have been learning about money. We have used numicon to help us to recognise 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins. We have been exploring how to use the coins to make different totals as well as finding out about change.

Linked to our holidays/transport focus, we have had a train station outside this week. We have been buying and selling tickets and creating train tracks and trains. In the woods on Wednesday we enjoyed climbing trees, building shelters and making stick pictures.

 

Week 1

This week we were very excited to be back after the school holiday. We have been sharing our news with our friends about what we have been doing over Christmas. 

We have been remembering what we learnt last term in phonics and maths. This has included practising our reading, writing, adding and taking away skills. We have been thinking about what we could do when we were babies and what we can do now. We have each written about this on a leaf that will make an "I can..." tree display.

Our new role play areas are all about travelling and places around the world. We have been looking at brochures and maps to see where we would like to go as well as creating aeroplanes and trains. 

 

Week 7

This week we have performed our Christmas play twice to different audiences. Everyone who came to watch us said that they were very impressed! We also chose Christmas parties as our marble jar rewards, as well as the whole school Golden Ticket afternoon of a disco in the hall. On Wednesday we had Christmas dinner. We enjoyed pulling crackers and listening to Christmas music while we ate our roast dinner.

We have been playing phonics and maths Christmas games that have involved reading, writing and counting.

We have made Christmas cards using our footprints! First, we chose if we wanted to make a Christmas tree, a snowman or a reindeer. Next, we painted our feet and made a footprint. When they were dry we carefully decorated them.

We have been playing with pretend snow, polar animals and a lot of glitter outside! Inside we have had a Winter Wonderland small world scene and various Christmas craft activities. 

Week 6

This week in phonics we have been practising using Unit 4 phonemes in words as well as learning Unit 4 camera words. We have enjoyed listening to several different winter and Christmas stories throughout the week. In maths we have enjoyed playing Christmas counting/number recognition games on the interactive whiteboard! We have also been finding one more and one less each day as we look at our Advent Calendar and as we count down the sleeps until Christmas.

We have been very busy practising our Christmas play this week and we know the songs very well now. Some of us speak in the play and we are trying very hard with our words. 

Outside, some of us have enjoyed using building materials to construct a castle. Our model developed over the week and we added a new element and a deeper story line each day. We have also been pouring water using jugs, guttering and trays at different heights. In Pembroke we have been using our new small world area with logs as well as using the new construction area.

Week 5

This week in phonics we have learnt the Unit 4 phonemes (y, x, v, z, zz, w and qu). We have been learning how to form these letters correctly as well as reading them in words. In maths we have been exploring patterns in the environment and we have been creating repeating patterns.

It was freezing in the woods this week so we only stayed for a little while! Everything was covered in frost and we enjoyed finding ‘glittery’ leaves and grass.

We have also been learning about the seasons this week and making seasonal pictures for our calendars. December arrived this week and we have been exploring our new role play areas (Christmas cafe and Christmas at home). We are all very excited so we have started to count down the number of sleeps until Christmas. We have been very busy practising the songs for our Nativity.

Week 4

This week in phonics we have continued to use the Unit 3 phonemes in words for reading and writing (h, b, f, ff, l, ll). We have also been creating new versions of the Elves and the Shoe maker story. We had bakers, farmers, robot makers and more in our stories who were helped by a variety of magical creatures!

In maths we have been adding by counting all of the objects to find the total. We have started to write number sentences to record our adding.

Unfortunately due to the poor weather earlier in the week, we were unable to go to the woods this week. We look forward to returning next week.

TERM 2

Week 3

This week we have continued to explore autumnal resources. We have had activities related to our story theme "The Elves and the Shoe Maker" doing things like threading or making footprints. We have also been practicing our ball skills outside.

In maths we have been ordering items by capacity and weight. For capacity we use language like full, half fell and empty and for weight we use language like heavy, light, heavier and lighter when ordering items.

Over the last few weeks we have been learning the story of, "The Elves and the Shoe Maker" and this week we made story maps to retell the story on paper.

In the woods this week we made autumn crowns using things like leaves and sticks to decorate a strip of card, we had our snack and we had time to explore climbing trees, finding insects and playing with our friends.

On Friday we came to school wearing silly socks for "children in need".

TERM 2

Week 2

This week we have been exploring autumn and learning about Remembrance Day. We have playing with natural resources and creating autumnal pictures. We made poppies and were quiet for one minute on Friday at 11 o'clock. 

We have focusing on our phonics checks and reading. We have been using Unit 1 and 2 phonemes to read and write CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words as well as camera words. 

In maths we have been practising our counting skills as well as recognising and writing numbers. We have been finding the total of two groups and have still been enjoying measuring activities.

This week in the woods we were very lucky to have hot chocolate and biscuits! We played hide and seek and learnt about how to stay within a boundary so that we keep safe.

 

Week 1

Welcome back! We hope that you had a restful school holiday. This term, as it is autumn, we are looking at changes in the environment. We have been exploring natural resources and we went on our first Woodland Wander this week! The children were very excited to walk through squelchy mud, throw crunchy leaves and find fallen sticks. 

In maths we have been measuring objects to see if they are long or short. We have been putting objects in size order, such as spoons and shoes.

In phonics we have started learning Unit 2 phonemes (g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r) and we have been using these as well as the Unit 1 phonemes to read and write short words.

This term we will be learning the story of The Elves and the Shoemaker. We have new shoe shops in our classrooms; we have enjoyed trying on different shoes and selling them to our friends.

TERM 1

Week 7

This week in phonics we have been developing our pencil control and fine motor skills. We have been following pathways with our pencil and we have practised our letter formation. We have also been segmenting CVC words and writing these using whiteboards and magnetic letters.

In maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We know their properties and names and we have looked for shapes around us on a shape walk. 

On Thursday afternoon we had the whole school Golden Ticket afternoon. Some children brought in toys and games from home to play with their friends.

We have been looking back and remembering about all of our learning over the past seven weeks. Our teachers are very pleased with how well we have settled into school life. 

Week 6

This week we have using Numicon to develop our mathematical skills. We have made number lines and explored how Numicon helps us with counting, adding and representing numbers. 

In phonics, we have started to learn to combine the phonemes we know to make simple words. We have also been learning Unit 1 camera words. We have been playing a lot of fun games to help us to remember the Unit 1 phonemes and form the letters correctly.

After learning the 3 Little Pigs Story with actions last week, this week we have been making story maps and retelling the story. 

Outside we have been racing, recording the result of the race and making medals. We have also been building boats with large construction, digging for treasure and making maps.

 

Week 5

This week we have started to learn the phonemes for s, a, t, p, i, n, m + d. We have been learning to form the letters in creative activities and have begun to make simple words by building and blending.

We have been talking about time in maths. We made a booklet of our daily routines, read 'What’s the time Mr Wolf?' and 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', exploring the themes of time, days and sequencing and we enjoyed making watches.

We have been learning the actions for the three little pigs story and exploring related activities.

We have had a focus on the mud kitchen, with Mrs Putman taking groups to introduce the equipment, rules and opportunities. We made mud pies, cakes, soups and custards, took on challenges and wrote recipes.

Week 4

This week we have started learning the story of the Three Little Pigs. We have been looking at the story using props before we start to use actions/signs next week.

In phonics, we have been practising our blending and segmenting skills. We have learnt how to use our “robot arms” to break down words and say each phoneme. Thank you to those of you who attended this week’s phonics evening. Packs of home learning for phonics will be sent home on Monday. If anything is not clear, please do speak to us.

In maths we read the story “One is a snail, 10 is a crab”. We explored different ways of making 10 by counting legs and we recorded our findings in different ways. We have also been ordering numbers, finding missing numbers on a number line and identifying more/less.

This week’s challenge was to show respect. Our teachers have been looking carefully for children showing respect towards other people and towards property. They have been very impressed! Next week we will be focusing on responsibility.

Week 3

This week we all stayed all day! We have been learning the routine for the whole day. We have been building on our learning both inside and outside. 

In Phonics we have been working hard to listen to the sounds in words as an important first step towards learning to read and write. 

In Maths we have been measuring and ordering by size, height, weight and capacity. We have also explored repeating patterns and used language to describe position (eg in, on, under, behind).

Our challenge of the week has been to solve problems by ourselves. Next week's challenge will be to show respect. This is one of our five school values that we will be learning about over the next five weeks and are an important part of being in Castle Primary School.

Week 5

This week we have started to learn the phonemes for s, a, t, p, i, n, m + d. We have been learning to form the letters in creative activities and have begun to make simple words by building and blending.

We have been talking about time in maths. We made a booklet of our daily routines, read “What’s the time Mr Wolf” and, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” exploring the themes of time, days and sequencing and we enjoyed making watches.

We have been learning the actions for the 3 little pigs story and exploring related activities.

We have had a focus on the mud kitchen, with Mrs Putman taking groups to introduce the equipment, rules and opportunities. We made mud pies, cakes, soups and custards, took on challenges and wrote recipes.

Week 4

This week we have started learning the story of the Three Little Pigs. We have been looking at the story using props before we start to use actions/signs next week.

In phonics, we have been practising our blending and segmenting skills. We have learnt how to use our “robot arms” to break down words and say each phoneme. Thank you to those of you who attended this week’s phonics evening. Packs of home learning for phonics will be sent home on Monday. If anything is not clear, please do speak to us.

In maths we read the story “One is a snail, 10 is a crab”. We explored different ways of making 10 by counting legs and we recorded our findings in different ways. We have also been ordering numbers, finding missing numbers on a number line and identifying more/less.

This week’s challenge was to show respect. Our teachers have been looking carefully for children showing respect towards other people and towards property. They have been very impressed! Next week we will be focusing on responsibility.

Week 3

This week we all stayed all day! We have been learning the routine for the whole day. We have been building on our learning both inside and outside. 

In Phonics we have been working hard to listen to the sounds in words as an important first step towards learning to read and write. 

In Maths we have been measuring and ordering by size, height, weight and capacity. We have also explored repeating patterns and used language to describe position (eg in, on, under, behind).

Our challenge of the week has been to solve problems by ourselves. Next week's challenge will be to show respect. This is one of our five school values that we will be learning about over the next five weeks and are an important part of being in Castle Primary School.

 

Week 2

This week we have all stayed for lunch for the first time and some of us have stayed all day.

In Phonics we have been listening to and recognising sounds as well as learning through rhyming and alliteration games.

In Maths we have been counting and recognising numbers.

 

Week 1

This week we have been settling in to our new school. Some of us came to school in the mornings and some of us came in the afternoon. We have been exploring inside and outside while making new friends and getting to know our teachers.