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WELCOME TO RECEPTION! 

In Elm Class you will find Miss Walker, Miss Dion-Fehily and Mrs Ross-Smith on a Thursday afternoon - any questions speak to us in the morning at the gate or you can email on fs@strathmore.herts.sch.uk. 

 

Our topic this half term is ‘Getting to know you’ and ‘Families’ 

 

We have a class mascot called Elm Owl. He will go home with a member of Elm Class on Friday to have some adventures. Please bring Elm back on Monday.

 

We use the outside area as our second classroom so please make sure the children bring suitable clothing and wellies (named) as they will be outside whatever the weather.

 

Your child will bring a reading book home daily. We will change this book every other day. Your child should be reading daily at home. 

 

In Elm Class our P.E lessons are on a Thursday morning and a Friday afternoon. P.E kits need to be in a named bag hanging on their peg, we will send them home every half term to be washed. Please ensure all items are clearly labelled.

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Playing in the geli baff was great fun! We had to use the tweezers to see what we could find and then put it in the right cup. There were lots of spiders!

Week Beginning 19.10.20 

 

*A reminder that it is Parents Consultations this week, on Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st, so please make sure you are aware of your time slot and that you are prompt to start the meeting.* 

 

The children have really been enjoying our Autumnal theme and liked tasting the Pumpkin Soup and seeds, some of them enjoyed it more than others! This week we will be introducing a new book ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson and our activities will be based around this, continuing our Autumn theme too. 

Room on the broom video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uQulEnxsRo 

We will continue to make potions like the witch from the story and think about all of the different characters. There will be a character hunt outside and a number hunt. 

 

English 

Like most Julia Donaldson stories, it is a rhyming book. We will be listening to the rhyming words and then having a go at writing our own rhyming words using the characters from the story. The children will also have a go at sequencing the story by cutting and sticking different parts of the story in the correct order. We will also keep our focus on curly caterpillar letters and make sure that the letters start in the correct place. 

 

Maths 

Our number of the week this week is number 5 and the children will continue to learn about the ‘fiveness of five.’ We will look at the number 5 song on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhb8FQjy6jo 

The children will practise forming the number 5 and then counting out the correct amount of spiders to make their spider sandwich. This activity is inspired by the book ‘Spider Sandwiches’ by Claire Freedman. 

 

Phonics 

This week in phonics we will be teaching them three new sounds ‘u’ ‘h’ and ‘b’ and then revisit the other sounds we have learnt this half term. The children are especially enjoying learning the new actions to each Jolly Phonics song. Please encourage the children to teach you the actions and the songs at home. The link for the Jolly Phonics songs is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRtjQEcnsoc&t=300s 

Star of the week - 15.10. Well done to Daphne and Elliot for working really well with other children.

Elm class had a go at using some of the vegetables to print a repeating pattern

Week Beginning - 12.10.20

The children enjoyed dressing up for our ‘Scarecrow Stomp’ day and had fun stomping around the school grounds. Thank you for your donations to the ‘Trussell Trust’ we are sure they are grateful for your support.

This week we will be introducing a new book ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper, and our activities will be around the theme of Autumn. Pumpkin Soup video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leNn-R7iKD8

We will continue to explore vegetables and see what happens to them over time. We will also be getting creative and use vegetables to print repeating patterns. Other creative activities will include carefully painting ‘Autumn Trees’.  

 

English

As well the story being about pumpkins, it is also about friendship. The three friends are happy until one of them decides he wants to be in charge. We will be talking about being a good friend to everyone and how it makes us feel happy to take turns and share. We will also be thinking of and naming our favourite vegetables, the children will have a go at writing it down. Alongside this, we will be continuing to encourage children to write their name, paying attention to using a capital letter for the start of their name and their letter formation, making sure they start all letters in the correct place.

 

Maths 

Our number of the week this week is number 4 and the children will similarly learn about the ‘fourness of four.’ We will look at the number 4 song on YouTube: CBeebies | Numberblocks | Number Four Song  The children will have a go at forming the number four and copying then creating repeating patterns using the cubes. 

 

Phonics

This week in phonics we will be teaching them three new sounds ‘ck’ ‘e’ and ‘r’ and then revisit the other sounds we have learnt. The children have particularly enjoyed joining in the Jolly Phonics actions so feel free to encourage them to sing this at home and teach you the actions. The link for the Jolly Phonics songs is: JOLLY  SONGS A- Z JOLLY SONGS

The children will also be working on the formation of their ‘Curly Caterpillar’ letters, making sure that they start them in the correct place and move their hand anti-clockwise round. We have attached the sheet so that you can have a go at home too.

Star of the week 8.10.20 - Cohen and Theo for working really well together outside in the water area.

Scarecrow Stomp - Elm went with Ash class to stomp all the way around the school

Visiting the school allotments was great fun and very interesting. We talked lots about different vegetables and how they grow.

Introduction to Reception video

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A short video introducing reading and phonics and a few notices about Reception.

Elm enjoyed visiting the I.C.T. suite to create their self portraits using Colour Magic

Week beginning  5.10.20

 

This week we are continuing our work on ‘Families’ and ‘Five Minutes Peace’ and we will also be looking at the Scarecrows' Wedding by Julia Donaldson as we will be starting to look at Harvest.

Scarecrows' wedding video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIHLnnJ-uFc.

We will have a range of vegetables to explore and different farm animals out to discuss. We will also be getting creative and make our own scarecrow faces ready for our Scarecrow Stomp on Wednesday 7th October. 

*Please remember we are asking children to dress up in a scarecrow outfit, farmer outfit or non-uniform and bring a £1 donation. We are raising money for ‘The Trussell Trust’. The Trussell Trust and other food banks have had increasing numbers of families in the Letchworth and Hitchin area who require their support during these unprecedented times, so we feel this is a very worthwhile charity to support at this time. 

 

English

When listening to the Scarecrows' Wedding we will be encouraging the children to listen out for rhyming words and hear the pattern of rhyme. We will also be thinking of and writing a name for our scarecrow face and naming the vegetables we like to eat. Alongside this, we will be encouraging children to write their name, paying attention to using a capital letter for the start of their name and their letter formation, making sure they start all letters in the correct place.

 

Maths 

Our number of the week this week is number 3 and the children will similarly learn about the ‘threeness of three.’ We will look at the number 3 song on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JbJSkaG0zU.

The children will have a go at rolling a die and building the corresponding amount in a tower of cubes and then write the number down. 

 

Phonics

This week in phonics we will be teaching them three new sounds ‘o’ ‘c’ and ‘k’ and then revisit the other sounds we have learnt. The children have particularly enjoyed joining in the Jolly Phonics actions so feel free to encourage them to sing this at home and teach you the actions. The link for the Jolly Phonics songs is on our class page. The children will explore a phonics basket which will have a range of objects in that have that sound in. The children will sound out the word and then have a go at writing it. Some words will be simple CVC words and others will be more challenging.

01/10/20 - Star of the week for 'Being positive about change'

We enjoyed talking about and drawing our families

Some of Elm class had a go at painting Autumn leaves using water colours

We had a great time playing with the water beads and the Elephants. Just like when the Large family have a bath.

Week Beginning 28.9.20 

The children have continued to settle in really well this week and are getting used to the school routine. They have enjoyed exploring the areas inside the classroom and particularly enjoyed playing in the outside area. The sandpit has been a favourite! We also had our first ‘Celebration Assembly’ and said well done to two stars of the week for ‘Settling in’ and I am pleased to say that Reuben and Sylvia were the stars of Elm class.

We are continuing to get to know the children and our topic will be ‘Families.’ We will be reading and exploring the story book ‘Five Minutes Peace’ by Jill Murphy. We will be talking about the Large family in the book and talking about how each of the characters might feel throughout the book. A link to the video of the story is below. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-cDHwLSIYM  

 

English 

We will discuss our own families and what we like about our family. We will have a go at drawing our own pictures of our families and who lives in our home. The children will be continuing to practise writing their name in a range of different ways. 

 

Maths 

Our number of the week this week is number 2 and the children will similarly learn about the ‘twoness of two.’ We will look at number 2 song on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5yjca4eS20 . The children will build on their maths challenge from the previous week and will make up their own number 2 song using the grid to place the objects in. “Two shells, two hearts, two pinecones, two dice and two elephants” - the children can sing it to any tune they like 🎶 

 

Phonics 

This week in phonics we will be teaching them three new sounds ‘m’ ‘d’ and ‘g’ and then revisit the other sounds we have learnt. The children have particularly enjoyed joining in the Jolly Phonics actions so feel free to encourage them to sing this at home and teach you the actions. The link for the Jolly Phonics songs is on our class page. The children practise their letter formation during the week at the phonics area. 

'Settling in' - Well done to both of our stars of the week

Week beginning: 21.9.20

Mrs Patel- Martin and I have been very impressed with all the children in the way they have enjoyed their first few weeks at school settling in and learning new routines. They have been very busy exploring inside and outside, trying new activities and making new friends, being creative and using natural resources to make self-portraits as well as a painted portrait too. Some of the other activities we have been exploring include copying patterns, building strong structures at the STEM table and junk modelling where the children have impressed me with models such as a robot and a rabbit puppet. We also introduced the letters 's' 'a' 't' and looked at the sounds they make as well as how to form them.

We have introduced two books 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' and The Colour Monster' (links below to share at home). These two books are part of our 'Favourite Five' books for this half term which means they will be hearing them a lot over this half term. The books have been chosen so that the children can make links with home and their feeling and emotions.

Colour Monster https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih0iu80u04Y

The Tiger who came to tea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1_lnmdyR1s

What a busy few weeks!

 

English 

This week we will continue to think about our feelings and draw things that make us happy, sad, angry and calm. We will also be thinking about things we like and things we don't like. As an ongoing activity, the children will be learning to form the letters of their name by starting in the correct place.

 

In Maths we will be exploring the oneness of one and looking at the Numberblocks song video for ‘one’ https://youtu.be/QCRfVVyMF5A 

We will then make up our own number 1 song  - "one shell, one heart, one pinecone, one die, and one elephant" - the children can sing it to any tune they like. 🎶 

We will also be learning to recognise numerals 1-5 and counting up to 5, then 10 objects, including an irregular arrangement. To help with this the children will learn the song "1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM7uO4WyE-8

 

In Phonics we will continue to go over 's' 'a' 't' and introduce 'p' 'i' 'n' 'm' 'd'. We have added the Jolly Phonics songs for you to go over them at home. 

Jolly Phonics Phase 1, 2 and 3

We are currently working on phase 2 sounds.

Phase 1 Phonics Letter Sounds (Set 1)

Phase 1 Phonics Letter Sounds This Phase 1 video helps to introduce letter sounds and new vocabulary.

Phase 1 Phonics Letter Sounds (Set 2)

Week beginning 14.9.20 This week we will be ...

Wow! What a fantastic start to the term. Mrs Patel-Martin and I are amazed at how well everyone has settled. Thank you for bearing with us during pick up and drop off as we appreciate that this has been a learning curve for us all. In order for this to work, please be mindful that different families have different circumstances.
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