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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🎶
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.
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!
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.