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Reception Elm

Hello and welcome to Elm class web page.

In our classroom, you will find

 

Mrs Mountney

Mrs Margrove

Mrs Ali-Shah

                                       Miss Smith

 

If you have any questions please feel free to speak to a member of staff at the beginning or end of the day.

In Elm class our P.E lessons are on a Wednesday morning and a Friday afternoon. Please ensure P.E kits are in school on these days and all items are clearly labelled.

Library sessions are on a Monday so please ensure the children have their books in their drawers ready to change on Monday morning. They will be able to choose from a wide range of fiction or non-fiction books.

 

We use the outside area as our second classroom so please make sure the children bring suitable clothing as they will be outside whatever the weather. If possible please leave wellies (named) in school as we have a digging area, water wall and mud kitchen that the children have daily access to.

 

 

What we are learning: 

WC: 16.7

 

As we enter our very last week in Elm class we would firstly like to say a very big thank you to all our parents. This year has been a real partnership and we couldn't have achieved what we have without your help. We wish you a wonderful 6-week break and look forward to welcoming you back in year one!  

 

We would also like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers this year: Mrs Jeffrey and Miss Lucas. Thank you for helping us each week with our learning.  

 

Finally, we would like to say a huge well done and thank you to all 30 members of Elm class! It had been an absolute pleasure to teach you and watch you grow. Your attitude towards learning and giving things a go is so commendable. Have lots of fun on your 6-week break and stay safe. We will see you in year one!

From Mrs Mountney, Mrs Margrove, Miss Smith and Mrs  Ali-Shah

 

Some key dates for the last week: 

 

Monday: sports day ( 9.30am) please ensure P.E kit is in school, children have a hat and water bottle. 

Wednesday: beach party (children to bring sensible clothes and footwear in a named carrier bag) 

Friday: school finishes at 1.45 

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

What we are learning: 9.7.18

 

Last week the children really enjoyed learning about pirates and sharing their facts with the rest of the class. We made eye patches and swords using junk modelling which resulted in lots of role play. After dipping scrunched up paper into tea and baking it in the oven to make it look old we made our own treasure maps. We thought carefully about the other features to include on our maps, a forest to hide in and look out for pirates or a bottomless lake. They had lots of fun using small world pirates to follow the trail to the treasure. 

This week we will be continuing with the pirate theme and the children will be acting out their own pirate adventure story before writing it for others to read. 

 

In Numberland they will be using directional language to direct a partner to the resources that they want to use in their gardens. Why not have a go at this at home? You and your child need to take on the role of either the robot or the person giving directions. Where will your directions take each other?

 

Monday 9th July 5.30-7.00 is open evening and we would love you to come and see our learning and in particular the artwork we have produced. You will also be able to visit the science fair that is on display in the hall and will showcase the investigations that took place across the school during science week.

 

Story of the week: Pirates Love Underpants

Maths table: measuring worms 

Finger gym table:  drill and bolts

Literacy table: guess what is in the feely bag 

Circle table: this will change each day

 

 

Pirate Accessories

Pirate Paintings

Potion Making

Buildings

Water Pollution

Science Week

What we are learning: 

WC: 25.6

 

A special thank you to all the parents that supported us last week. Without your hard work and support the children really wouldn't have had such a great week. The children were a real credit to us on our school trip and had a wonderful time. Don't forget we are selling a class photo of our trip for £1 please speak to a member of staff if you are interested in this. 

 

This week we will be continuing our work on saving the earth. We will be completing a different experiment each day, so look out in the morning to see what we have been up to! 

 

In Numberland we will be re-visiting all the different vocabulary we have learnt this year. The children will be set challenges involving doubles, halves, patterns, one more and one less that they have to complete. Can they explain to you what each word means?    

 

Story of the week: The World Came to my Place Today

Maths table: ordering in 5's and 10's 

Finger gym table:  wooden blocks

Literacy table: guess what is in the feely bag 

Circle table: this will change each day

 

Whipsnade Zoo

Upcycling

What we are learning- wc: 18.6.18

 

We found out the exciting news this week of what class the children are going to be in next year, and who their new teacher is going to be. Now we know this, we will begin to talk about transition as part of our everyday routine. This will help ensure that the children are feeling confident when it is time to move up. Don't forget we are holding a meeting on Monday 25th June at 7.30 where you will find out lots more information about your child moving to year one. 

 

We have a very busy week ahead, so it has been broken down into days to make it a little more simple: 

 

Monday: Start of 'Heal the Earth Week' and visit from Chip the storyteller. Children will also be upcycling different things ready to sell to you on Friday!  

 

Tuesday: Our school trip (normal collection and pick up time).

 

Wednesday: Art lessons delivered by some of our very talented parents.

 

Thursday: Write letters to the zoo to say thank you.

 

Friday: The children will be setting up a stall outside their classroom from 3 pm onwards to sell their products to you. We are asking for any donations, which will go towards the end of year party and we will also be giving a contribution to water aid. 

 

Story of the week: The Beauty Contest at the zoo

Maths table: 3D shape sorting

Finger gym table:  artist studio- paint a zoo animal 

Literacy table: guess what is in the feely bag 

Circle table: this will change each day

 

What we are learning - WC: 11.6

 

We did some fantastic learning last week all about bridges. We looked carefully at images of different types of bridges from around the world then had a go at making our own using clay. They are very impressive and you can see photographs of them below or come and see them in the classroom. 

 

We have special visitors on Tuesday as the dental hygiene team will be in to talk to us about how we can keep our teeth clean.

 

We will also be completing some top secret work for Fathers day this week! We can't tell you much but don't forget you are invited into our Friday assembly where you will be able to have a sneaky peek at what we have been up to. 

 

During Numberland the children will be exploring shapes. We will re-cap all the 2D shapes before moving on to the 3D Shapes and using the correct language to describe them.

 

Story of the week: Noah's Ark

Maths table: missing number challenge 

Finger gym table:  bridge making

Literacy table: guess what is in the feely bag 

Circle table: this will change each day

 

Bridges

Testing Strength

Shape Gardens

What we are learning - WC: 4.6

 

Welcome to the last term! We are still learning about water this term and we have lots of exciting projects planned.  

 

This week we will be learning all about bridges. The children will have the chance to paint a bridge of their choice and make one using clay. During PE lessons they will be getting used to sports day. This week they will learn how to take part in a relay race.  

We will also be reading 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and writing about our favourite part of the story. We are so good at sounding out our words now so our focus this term will be spelling the tricky words that we have learnt. Your child should have a list of tricky words in the back of their reading record, it's their current words that they are learning to spell correctly.

 

During Numberland the children will be exploring shapes. We will re-cap all the 2D shapes before moving on to the 3D Shapes and using the correct language to describe them.

 

Story of the week: Three billy goats gruff

Maths table: missing numbers    

Finger gym table:  Can you make a bridge?

Literacy table: guess what is in the feely bag 

Circle table: this will change each day

Outdoor Number Land

What we are learning: 

WC: 20.5

 

The children have really enjoyed our work on the rainbow fish. They have produced some amazing clay fish which you can see in the photos above and on display in the classroom. They are very proud of them.

 

This week we will be learning all about washing! We will be looking at some differences in washing equipment and how they have changed over the years. If you have any old washing equipment please feel free to bring it in and share it with us.

 

The children will be learning about the story "Mrs Wishy Washy" and writing their own sentences about the story. They will be working on spelling tricky words and sounding out words correctly.  

 

We will be continuing our Numberland theme. The children will be visiting Numberland with the goal of showing us exactly what the know! They will be able to show us their understanding of pattern, shape, addition, subtraction by the way that they present their gardens to us. 

 

Story of the week: Royal Wedding

Maths table: Numberland houses    

Finger gym table:  what can you build? 

Literacy table: guess what is in the feely bag (oo objects)

Circle table: this will change each day

Clay Rainbow Fish

Lego Fish

What we are learning: 13.5.18

 

The children had lots of fun learning about swimming pools and water. They had some great ideas on how we could help keep our rivers and seas free from pollution and how we could help children who are not lucky enough to drink clean water. We will be coming back to these ideas later in the term. Their swimming pools look amazing and they rose to the challenge of thinking of their own ideas! 

 

This week we will be learning all about the story ‘Rainbow Fish’. You can watch the story below this text. The children will be using adjectives to describe the fish and helping to make a large rainbow fish for our classroom. They will also be taking part in a rainbow fish hunt outside! The children will each have a fish laminated which they can write a sentence on about the story. This will then be hidden ready for someone else to find and read! 

 

Thank you to all that completed the home task last week telling us where your relatives live. The display in the corridor is looking brilliant. If you didn’t include a photo with your form it would be great if you could bring one in this week. Please speak to a member of staff if printing is a problem. 

 

Hopefully this week the children have come home talking about outdoor Numberland which is now up and running. The children really impressed us with how good they were at reading subtraction suns and counting back from different numbers to find the answers. This week the children will be visiting Numberland with the goal of showing us exactly what the know! They will be able to show us their understanding of pattern, shape, addition, subtraction by the way that they present their gardens to us. 

 

Story of the week: Rainbow Fish

Maths table: addition sentences  

Finger gym table: writing a message in a bottle

Literacy table: guess what is in the feely bag 

Circle table: this will change each day

 

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

 

 

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