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Reception Elm

In our classroom, you will find: 

 

Miss Walker 

Mrs Ali-Shah 

Mrs Harriss 

   

 

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.

 

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. We have some spare pairs of wellies that children are also able to use.

 

Your child should be reading daily to an adult, which can then be recorded in their green reading record book. This needs to be in school everyday and placed in the clear baskets in the corridor each morning. Please keep the book your child is reading in their drawer. If your child reads a library book, a book of their own, listens to a story tape/CD or any kind of reading related activity, please also note it in their green reading record book.  

Zones of Regulation

Zones of Regulation 1

We use the zones of regulation to help manage our emotions. We are free to move our name to the appropriate colour when we are feeling excited, sad, tired, or cross. We understand it is normal to feel all these different emotions. By acknowledging them we can then find strategies to help us, which in turn will ensure we can move ourselves back to green. When we are on green we are ready to learn. 

Our learning- 2.12.19

 

The children have been working really hard during Christmas play rehearsals, particularly with their singing. They are very excited to find out about their costumes and we will be revealing those on Friday. 

 

This week will be basing our learning on the story ‘Stick Man,’ a popular favourite. There will be lots of work involving sticks, including measuring, ordering, making weaving sticks and of course using our imagination to decide what else a stick could be. Hopefully you enjoyed hunting for sticks at the weekend.

 

In maths the children will be ordering sticks according to length. We will be using the vocabulary longer than, shorter than, as we order them. 

 

This week in phonics we will be learning recapping all the sounds we have learned so far this term including digraphs. We will also be reading the tricky words in captions and matching pictures to them once they have been decoded. These skills will be used to support the children when writing about their stick and what else it could be.

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

maths table: measuring and ordering sticks according to length

 

finger gym: making a weaving stick

 

story table: Stick Man

 

We have now started rehearsing for our Christmas production of ‘Shepherd Little.’ You may even have heard your child singing some of the songs that we have been learning.

 

Please ensure that children are heard to read as often as possible and their reading record books are signed and placed in the corresponding basket every morning. Many thanks for your continued support.

We had a great time visiting Hitchin Library. We listened beautifully to the story the Librarian read to us and joined in with the different songs.

Our learning- 25.11.19

 

The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Hitchin library on Friday. They listened carefully to the stories that Rebecca the librarian read to them and we were very proud of their behaviour both at the library and on the walk back to school. Hopefully they have enjoyed reading the books they choose, with you at home. Also, a reminder that the books will need to be returned to Hitchin library in 3 weeks and a very big thank you to all the parents who were able to support us at the library or on the way back.

 

Making bear paw biscuits was also very popular with the children and they were amazed at how big they were when we took them out of the oven, so were the adults! We hope they were delicious!

 

In maths the children will be writing number lines which they will then use to make a number path for our small wooden Number Land houses. They will also be learning rhymes that will help them with their number formation. Once they have made their number lines we will be exploring different ways that they can be used, counting on, counting back or even measuring.

  

This week in phonics we will be learning the sounds z, w and x and the digraph ng. We will also be recapping the tricky words we have learned so far and writing letters that belong to the one-armed robot family. The children will be taught how to write each letter and how to identify them in words. The children will also be using their robot hands to orally segment and blend words independently. When the children are reading their books to you or you are out and about point out the letters we are learning and ask the children to tell you the sounds they make

 

 The challenges for the following tables are:

 

maths table: making number lines

 

finger gym: using loose parts to form letters and CVC words

 

-story table: The Cave

 

We have now started rehearsing for our Christmas production of ‘Shepherd Little.’ You may even have heard your child singing some of the songs that we have been learning. A letter will be coming home shortly explaining which part your child has been given and any costume requirements. If you have any questions please speak to a member of staff.

 

Please ensure that children are heard to read as often as possible and their reading record books are signed and placed in the corresponding basket every morning. Many thanks for your continued support.

We had great fun making bear paw biscuits, but we did find out that mixing is actually quite hard work!

Our learning- 18.11.19

 

The children thoroughly enjoyed designing their own potions last week and added some interesting ingredients including frogs, unicorn horns, mushrooms and dragon's breath. We had a go at making some of them in the tuff tray outside, although some of the ingredients were a little hard to find! The mud kitchen has also been very popular this week, particularly as it has been so wet, which added to the excitement. 

 

Our new story of the week is ‘The Cave by Rob Hodgson.’ In the story a wolf waits outside of a cave for a little creature that he can see living inside. He tries many different ways to entice the creature out of the cave and when he finally succeeds he is in for a surprise, a big surprise. The children will be trying many activities linked to the story including making caves, designing a wolf mask, making bear paw biscuits and of course visiting Hitchin library.

 

The children loved our maths challenge last week, estimating how many objects were in a jar, writing their estimate on a post-it-note and then opening the jar and counting the amount to see how accurate they were. Why not have a go at this activity home? If you haven’t got a jar you could hide some objects under a cloth, then quickly show the children, then cover them again and ask the children how many they spotted.

 

It could also be a good memory game if you placed a small amount of different objects under the cloth. Show them the items and count to 10 so that they can have a good look and try to remember the objects. Then cover them up and discreetly remove 1 object. Uncover them, can they work out what is missing? 

In Numberland we will be continuing with our shape work.

 

This week in phonics we will be learning the digraphs sh, ch and th. We will also be recapping the tricky words we have learned so far and writing letters that belong to the curly caterpillar family. The children will be taught how to write each letter and how to identify them in words. The children will also be using their robot hands to orally segment and blend words independently. When the children are reading their books to you or you are out and about point out the letters we are learning and ask the children to tell you the sounds they make

 

 The challenges for the following tables are:

 

maths table: number formation

 

finger gym: using loose parts to make a cave

 

-story table: The Cave

 

On Friday 22nd November Elm class will be visiting Hitchin library. On this day we would like all the children to be dropped off at the library between 8.45 am and 9.00 am. If this is going to be a problem please speak to your class teacher. Children will be walking back to school after their visit in time for lunch.  If you are able to help walk the children back to school please speak to a member of staff. If your child has a library card they will need to bring it with them on the day, if not please get a membership form from the classroom on Monday morning and return it by Thursday 21st at school or on Friday morning.

We had great fun dressing up for Children in Need! We did lots of colouring in, dot to dots and we even got to meet Pudsey Bear!

Our learning- 11.11.19

 

The children really enjoyed all the firework art we created last week, there are lots on display in the classroom. They worked really hard to use their robot arms to help them segment firework words to write on stars.

 

We will also be continuing to read our story of the week ‘Room on a Broom.’ As part of this work we will be making potions and thinking carefully about the ingredients we would add and what the potion will turn people into. 

 

In maths we will be using our number skills to estimate amounts. On the maths table there will be 2 jars. The children will be encouraged to choose one and have a go at estimating  (guessing) how many objects are in the jar. They will need to write their name and the amount they think is in the jar on a post-it note. At the end of the day we will open each jar and count how many objects were in each. The amounts will change each day.

In Numberland we will be selecting regular and irregular shapes that belong in our garden, based on the number of sides they have. 

 

This week in phonics we will be learning the sounds j, oa and ie. We will also be recapping the tricky words we have learned so far and writing letters that belong to the curly caterpillar family. The children will be taught how to write each letter and how to identify them in words. The children will also be using their robot hands to orally segment and blend words independently. When the children are reading their books to you or you are out and about point out the letters we are learning and ask the children to tell you the sounds they make

 

 The challenges for the following tables are:

 

maths table: estimation jars

 

finger gym: using loose parts to make a poppy picture

 

-story table: Room on a Broom

We had great fun dancing to firework music and moving around the hall like different fireworks.

Our learning- 4.11.19

 

We hope you all had a relaxing half term and we are looking forward to seeing the children again. I’m sure they will have lots of news to share with us and each other!

 

This week we will be learning all about fireworks and using lots of different resources to make firework pictures, including spray painting using plant sprayers, a salad spinner and straws joined together. 

 

This week in phonics we will be learning the sounds f, b and ai. We will also be recapping the tricky words we have learned so far and writing letters that belong to the curly caterpillar family. The children will be taught how to write each letter and how to identify them in words. The children will also be using their robot hands to orally segment and blend words independently. When the children are reading their books to you or you are out and about point out the letters we are learning and ask the children to tell you the sounds they make.

 

In literacy we will be writing firework words on stars, thinking carefully about the letter sounds we can hear. Outside in the tuff spot we will be mixing potions and having a go at writing the list of ingredients so our friends can make it too! 

 

In maths we will be continuing to explore shape, using lolly sticks to make 2D shapes and describing their properties. This will include the number of sides and if the sides are curved or straight. In Numberland we will be selecting regular and irregular shapes that belong in our garden based on the number of sides they have. 

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: making a 2D shape using lolly sticks

-finger gym: rescuing spiders from their web using tweezers

-story table: Room on a Broom

 

Please ensure that children are heard to read as often as possible and their reading record books are signed and placed in the corresponding basket every morning. Many thanks for your continued support.

Our learning- 14.10.19

 

Last week we introduced a superhero theme based on the children’s interests and suggestions. In our outdoor classroom we have made a superhero writing hut which has proved very popular indeed. We also dressed up as superheroes and thought carefully about what our superpower would be and why. Watch out for the photographs and the children’s work appearing on display in the corridor.

 

This week we will be continuing to think about autumn and harvest. We will be exploring a range of different fruit and vegetables, painting pictures of them, making vegetable soup and even making our own superheroes out of potatoes which will link with our story of the week ‘Supertato.’ 

 

The children continue to enjoy their visits to Numberland and this week they will be left additional maths challenges to solve by the unkind pea from the story ‘Supertato.’

 

In Storyland we will be reading the story ‘Shark in the Park.’ Our focus will be exploring the illustrations, using them to make predictions and finding rhyming words.

 

This week in phonics we will be introducing the children to the sounds: g, l, o, and u. The children will be taught how to write each letter and how to identify them in words. The children will also be using their robot hands to orally segment and blend words independently. When the children are reading their books to you or you are out and about point out the letters we are learning and ask the children to tell you the sounds they make.

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: investigation numbers and solving problems

-finger gym: making a superhero mask

-story table: Supertato

 

Please ensure that children are heard to read as often as possible and their reading record books are signed and placed in the corresponding basket every morning. Many thanks for your continued support.

 

On Wednesday 16th October  9.05 we will be holding a phonics workshop. There will be a brief introduction to phonics by Mrs Mountney and Miss Walker and then parents will be able to try some phonic based activities with their children. The children are very excited about sharing their learning with you. If you have any questions about the workshop please speak to an adult.

 

Our Harvest festival assembly will be held on Thursday 17th October 9.05. The reception children will be showing their scarecrows and have been learning the song ‘Big Red Combine Harvester,’ which I am sure many of our parents will be familiar with. Parents are very welcome to join us.

Children In Need

Children In Need 1 Some of us went to cheer on the rickshaw.
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Our superhero photos - we all thought of some really interesting super powers!

We enjoyed making our scarecrows, ready to share at our Harvest Assembly on Thursday 17th!

Our learning- 7.10.19

 

We had a very busy week last week. We enjoyed digging in the garden looking for worms and planting some new flowers. The children were very excited by the really long worms we found and had lots of fun measuring them! Making bread rolls was also very exciting and although the animals in the story did not want to help Ash and Elm class were very eager to help.

 

This week we will be continuing to think about autumn and harvest. We will be re-reading the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and using the new Makaton signs we have been learning for each of the animals to support our storytelling. We will also be making scarecrows ready for Harvest assembly on Thursday 17th October. Parents are welcome to join us for assembly and the children will be showing their work.

 

The children were extremely excited by their first visit to Numberland and particularly enjoyed meeting the wooden characters that belong in each garden. We added a door and the correct number of windows to our house. When we visit this week they will be adding the correct amount of objects to each garden. Please have a look at the photographs below to see our learning.

 

In Storyland we will continue to read the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and signing the names of the animals as they are mentioned in the story. We will also be acting out the story in a small group. 

 

This week in phonics we will be introducing the children to the sounds: h, m, d, and r. The children will be taught how to write each letter and how to identify them in words. The children will also be using their robot hands to orally segment and blend words independently. When the children are reading their books to you or you are out and about point out the letters we are learning and ask the children to tell you the sounds they make.

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: tens frames to make number patterns

-finger gym: making stick puppets

-story table: The Little Red Hen

 

Please ensure that children are heard to read as often as possible and their reading record books are signed and placed in the corresponding basket every morning. Many thanks for your continued support.

JOLLY SONGS A Z Alphabet Song

Uploaded by lớp tiếng anh phonics on 2019-01-22.

Our learning- 30.9.19

 

The children really enjoyed making their portraits using natural materials and there was lots of interesting discussions. We  had our first PE lesson and all children thoroughly enjoyed it. We are looking forward to our next one!

 

This week we will be starting to think about autumn and harvest. We will be listening to the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and thinking about the animals and their actions. We will be linking this to our PSED work on feelings and how our words and actions can make others feel. We will also be acting out the story and making some bread rolls.

 

In Maths the children will be taking their first  visit to Number land! They will need to go across a number lane to enter this magical world and when they get there they will discover numbered houses and gardens to match! Why not ask your child to tell you all about it. The children will also be discovering how to match the correct number of windows to their house and placing the correct amount of objects in each garden.

 

In Storyland the children will be sharing the story of ‘The Little Red Hen.’ They will be signing the names of each of the animals and joining in with the repeated refrain, “Not I said the ...” Ask the children to show you the Makaton sign for each animal. 

 

This week in phonics we will be introducing the children to the sounds: p, n, ck, e. The children will be taught how to write each letter and how to identify them in words. The children will also be using their robot hands to orally segment and blend words independently. When the children are reading their books to you or you are out and about point out the letters we are learning and ask the children to tell you the sounds they make.

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: Place the spikes on the hedgehog

-finger gym: threading/repeating patterns

-story table: The Little Red Hen

 

Please ensure that children are heard to read as often as possible and their reading record books are signed and placed in the corresponding basket every morning. Many thanks for your continued support.

Our first P.E. lesson, we played some ring games and then had a go at balancing with a partner.

We had fun in the rain!

We made self-portraits using a range of natural materials.

Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.

Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  1
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  2
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  3
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  4
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  5
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  6
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  7
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  8
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  9
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  10
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  11
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  12
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  13
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  14
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  15
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  16
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  17
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  18
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  19
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  20
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  21
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  22
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  23
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  24
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  25
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  26
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  27
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  28
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  29
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  30
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  31

Our learning- 23.9.19

 

The children and their special toys thoroughly enjoyed our picnic on Friday. We made jam or spread sandwiches, wrote name labels for our toys and decorated biscuits. We explained to our friends why our toys are special to us and how it makes us feel when we cuddle them.

 

This week we will be continuing with our ‘all about me’ topic. The children will be making portraits using a range of natural materials including conkers, stones and sticks. 

 

In maths the children will be working on number recognition and building towers to stand on a range of numbers. We will also be thinking about how many bricks we would have if we added one more to the tower and working it out practically.

 

This week the children will continue to visit Storyland. We will be re-reading the big book 'Walking through the Jungle’ and discussing the different animals in the story.

 

In circle time this week we will be thinking about what makes us special and sharing it with the rest of the class.

 

This week in phonics we will also be introducing the children to the sounds: s a t i. The children will be taught how to write each letter and how to identify them in words. The children will also be using their robot hands to orally segment and blend words independently. When the children are reading their books to you or you are out and about point out the letters we are learning and ask the children to tell you the sounds they make.

 

 The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: building a tower that contains the correct number of bricks

-finger gym: threading and making a pattern

-story table: This is our house

 

On Tuesday 24th September 9.00 there will be a meeting for reception parents in the hall. We will be discussing different strategies for supporting your child with their reading, the characteristics of effective learning, wows and answering any other questions parents have.

We had a good time painting our own faces. We had a good look in the mirror to see what we looked like. Some of us had to mix a different colour.

Our learning- 16.9.19

 

The children have all enjoyed their first few weeks at school and have been very busy, trying new activities and making new friends. Some of the activities we have been exploring include using natural materials to make a picture of our faces, painting, using playdough, fishing for numbers and making a giant ball run. 

 

This week we will be continuing with our ‘all about me’ topic. The children will be painting portraits of themselves and we will be naming different facial features and exploring colour mixing. They will also be talking about the activities they like to do when they are at home.

 

In maths the children will be working on number recognition and clipping the correct number of pegs on numbered leaves. We will also be introducing the concept of more or less and linking it to other areas of their learning.

 

This week the children will also be visiting Storyland for the first time and sharing the big book 'Walking through the Jungle.' As part of the session they will be using the illustrations to tell the story and discussing the animals they meet along the way.

 

As part of our class circle time sessions we have been discussing people and objects that are special to us and as part of this work we would like the children to bring in a small bear or a small soft toy on Friday 20th September. The children will be writing a label for their bear and drawing or painting a picture of it. We will also be making sandwiches in the morning and the children will be having these at our picnic on Friday afternoon.

 

Please speak to a member of staff if you have any questions.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: identifying the correct number on leaves and clipping on the correct number of pegs

-finger gym: using elastic bands to make different shapes on geo boards.

-story table: This is our house

 

The children now have a 'mini me' each, on the maths challenge table and this week we will be adding mini mes to the finger gym. When they have completed the challenge they need to find their 'mini me' and place it in the basket to show the adults in the class that they have completed the challenge. They will need to do this daily.

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