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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 ‘Let's Celebrate.' 

 

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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Week beginning 14.12.20

Last week was another busy week with lots of Christmas themed activities. We especially enjoyed having Christmas lunch together in our Reindeer hats and listening to Christmas music. This week, the Christmas theme continues with a range of other activities. We will be watching the Pantomime in our Reception bubble, this year the pantomime is Dick Whittington, a Virtual Christmas show. 

On Thursday afternoon Reception will be having their Christmas party where we will have a couple of snacks, play some party games and have a dance with all of our friends. The children are allowed to bring in a bag, labelled with their name on, of Christmas party clothes. We will get the children dressed in their party clothes in the afternoon, they must come to school dressed in their School uniform. 

 During the week we will be finding out why Christmas is celebrated by discussing the traditional Nativity story, as well as exploring a range of books around the theme of Christmas. We will be giving children the chance to act out the Nativity story using different props and masks. 

 

English 

The focus for this week is to continue using the Post Office and writing a range of letters or postcards in there. Remembering to use the correct letter formation, especially the curly caterpillar letters that we have been practising.  We will also look at writing a list of things that you might need to build a snowman. Encouraging all children to use their phonics skills to help them segment each word. 

 Maths 

We will review our number from last week and consolidate all of the numbers that we have looked at this term. We will be practising drawing objects to the value of a chosen digit and forming all the numbers up to 10. For our maths challenge, we will roll 2 dice and count out the total amount of dots. We will then need to find the correct number on the snowman’s hat. Place it on top of the snowman and give him that many buttons/stones. 

 Phonics 

This week in phonics we will be revisiting sounds that we have previously learnt. As well as continuing to focus on the correct formation of all letters, we will continue to practise sounding out and blending to read CVC words and deciding if the word is real or nonsense and have a go at sounding out to write CVC words such as ‘pin’ ‘sat’ ‘dog’ etc. The children will also be working hard on remembering their tricky words and have a go at writing some of them down. We sometimes listen to ‘The tricky word song’, the link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0


 

Well done to Ingrid and Eva for 10.12.20 Stars of the week!

The Jolly Christmas Postman Read Aloud

Week beginning 7.12.20

 

The children had great fun last week making a range of different Christmas crafts and decorations and completing their final performance of ‘Whoops-A-Daisy Angel.’ They all did such a good job and should be very proud of themselves. The children will watch the play in school this week and it will be posted onto their Google classroom page on Friday 11th December in the afternoon and it will then be deleted on Friday 1st January at 6pm for safeguarding reasons. 

If you still have not got access to your child’s google classroom then please speak to a member of staff or email fs@strathmore.herts.sch.uk

We will be having Christmas lunch in our own bubbles on Wednesday 9th December. The children can wear a festive jumper in aid of ‘Save the Children’ charity, with a suggested donation of £1.  

 

During the week we will look at Christmas by discussing the traditional Nativity story, as well as exploring a range of different books. We will be particularly exploring ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman.’ The video of the story is posted above. 

This story is linked to our new role play area in the classroom, The Post Office. The children will be encouraged to write notes, letters, cards or make up postcards to send to each other in the post box.  

 

English 

The focus for this week is to write a range of different letters or postcards and use the role play area Post Office for inspiration. We will ask the children to mark make, write captions or simple sentences. Remembering to use the correct letter formation, especially the curly caterpillar letters that we have been practising.  

 

Maths 

We will review our number from last week and consolidate all of the numbers that we have looked at this term. We will be practising drawing objects to the value of a chosen digit and forming all the numbers up to 10. For our maths challenge, we will roll 2 dice and count out the total amount of dots. We will then count out the correct amount of snowflakes to place on the correct numbered mitten. 

 

Phonics 

This week in phonics we will be revisiting sounds that we have previously learnt. As well as continuing to focus on the correct formation of all letters, we will continue to practise sounding out and blending to read CVC words and deciding if the word is real or nonsense and have a go at sounding out to write CVC words such as ‘pin’ ‘sat’ ‘dog’ etc. The children will also be working hard on remembering their tricky words and have a go at writing some of them down. We sometimes listen to ‘The tricky word song’, the link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0.

3.12.20 - Well done to Harry and William for this week's star of the week.

The Hitchin Christmas Tree Festival Trail

Week beginning 30.11.20

 

Another busy week, the children have been very busy making rockets, writing a list of items to take to space and with rehearsing our virtual Christmas play. They had a very successful dress rehearsal, unfortunately, we didn’t manage to record it fully. Thankfully Mr Hall will be recording the play for us on Monday and we aim to share it with you on Google classroom soon. 

This week is decorations week and the children will be making a variety of decorations to decorate the school and the community. The school is taking part in ‘The Hitchin Christmas Tree Festive Trail 2020’ organised by the Holy Saviour Church. We will be decorating a tree in the ‘Bathstore’ located on Hermitage road. A poster has been added above for you to see.

 

This week we will be continuing the range of activities around ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy and we will be finding out about the phases of the moon through the story  ‘Moon’ by Britta Teckentrup. The video of the story is posted above.

 

English 

The focus for this week is curly caterpillar letters: a, c, g, o, d, q, s, f and e. Ask your child to write them for you at home, each letter starts as if they are writing a c!

 

Maths 

Our number of the week this week is number 10 and the children will look at the Numberblocks song. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcBQgHLXIYk

We will also be practising forming the number 10 and drawing objects to the value of 10. For our maths challenge, we will continue writing number lines to 10 or to 20, using our memory to think very hard about the order of numbers.

 

Phonics 

This week in phonics we will be revisiting sounds that we have previously learnt. As well as continuing to focus on the correct formation of all letters, we will continue to practise sounding out and blending to read CVC words and deciding if the word is real or nonsense and have a go at sounding out to write CVC words such as ‘pin’ ‘sat’ ‘dog’ etc. The children will also be working hard on remembering their tricky words and have a go at writing some of them down. We sometimes listen to ‘The tricky word song’, the link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0

Star of the week 26.11.20 - Well done to Renae and Henry.

Whatever Next

Written by Jill Murphy Published by McMillan

Week beginning 23.11.20

 

What a busy week it was last week! The children thoroughly enjoyed learning to skip through our ‘Skip 2 B fit’ workshop and have shown that they are super resilient in having a go. They also showed how imaginative they could be with their ideas on how they would catch a star! 

 

This week we will be continuing our space theme and introducing a new story ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy and the video of the story is posted above. We will be doing a range of activities linked to the story. 

 

English 

We will be thinking about what we would take to space and why and have a go at writing a list. We will be continuing to focus on letter formation and independently using our phonics to support our writing. 

 

Maths 

Our number of the week this week is number 9 and the children will look at the Numberblocks song. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p6OaYRltsY

We will also be practising forming the digit 9 and drawing objects to the value of 9. For our maths challenge, we will be having a go at writing number lines to 10 or to 20, thinking very hard about the order of numbers.

 

Phonics 

This week in phonics we will be revisiting sounds that we have previously learnt. As well as continuing to focus on the correct formation of all letters, we will be sounding out and blending to read CVC words and deciding if the word is real or nonsense! The children will also be working hard on remembering their tricky words and have a go at writing some of them down. We sometimes listen to ‘The tricky word song’, the link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0

Star of the week 19.11.20 - Well done to Monica and Ronnie!

Skip 2 B Fit workshop. Elm class all persevered to skip, we had a great time.

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

Week beginning 16.11.20

 

The children thoroughly enjoyed being creative last week. We made some beautiful poppy artwork and thought lots about different Diwali patterns, as well as making clay diva’s to celebrate the festival of light. During the school Diwali workshop we all enjoyed learning some traditional dance moves and acting out different characters from the traditional story. 

 

Thank you for your continued support and donations for ‘Wear it Red’ day for The Royal British Legion and for ‘Children In Need’ last week.  

 

This week we will be introducing a new story ‘How to Catch a Star’ by Oliver Jeffers and the video of the story is posted above. We will be doing a range of activities linked to the story. 

 

English 

We will be thinking about how we would catch a star and then have a go at writing it or drawing a picture. We will be continuing to focus on letter formation and independently using our phonics to support our writing. 

 

Maths 

Our number of the week this week is number 8 and the children will look at the Numberblocks song. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qs2WDxs98o 

For our maths challenge we will count out the correct amount of moon rocks, rockets, planets or stars and place them under the right numbered block to make a numberline. We will also think about 2D shapes and what small 2D shapes we can combine together to make a rocket. 


Phonics 

This week in phonics we will be revisiting sounds that we have previously learnt. We will be focusing on the correct formation and thinking of different words that have that sound in and have a go at writing them down. The children will also be working hard on remembering their tricky words and have a go at writing some of them down. We sometimes listen to ‘The tricky word song’, the link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0

Star of the week 12.11.20. Well done to Harry W and Abby for being proud of being different.

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Elm class enjoyed joining in during our Diwali dance workshop. We learnt some great dance moves!

The Hindu Story of Rama and Sita

An animated clip narrating the Hindu story of Rama and Sita.

This week we will be looking at celebrations. We will be learning about Remembrance Day and Diwali, the festival of light, which is a Hindu festival. We will be doing lots of different crafts as well as lots of discussion about these different celebrations. 

 

English 

We will be having a go at making our own little books. We will have a go at re-telling the Diwali story by using different story props to remind us. We will illustrate our book and use our phonics to have a go at writing some simple sentences or captions. A video of this story can be found above this post.

 

Maths 

Our number of the week this week is number 7 and the children will look at the Numberblocks song. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWf5imSBruY 

For our maths challenge we will be building a tower with cubes and then making a tower with one more and a tower with one less. We will then think about our number formation and have a go at writing it below the tower of cubes. 

 

Phonics 

This week in phonics we will be revisiting sounds that we have previously learnt. We will be focusing on the correct formation and thinking of different words that have that sound in and have a go at writing them down. The children will also be working hard on remembering their tricky words and have a go at writing some of them down. We sometimes listen to ‘The tricky word song’, the link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0.

Star of the week 5.11.20 - Well done to Millie and Conor!

Leaf Man story

Week beginning 02.11.20

 

We hope that you have all had a lovely rest over half term and are ready to start another busy term. 

This week we will be learning about Bonfire Night, we will be getting creative and have a go at spray painting and making some edible sparklers. 

 

On Friday 6th November, children are allowed to wear something red, a hair bow, a top/jumper, a scarf, etc. Please bring in a donation of 50p to give to the British Legion. We will be thinking about Remembrance Day next week.

 

We will also be continuing to look at Autumn and introducing a new book ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert. A link to the video of the story is above this post.  

 

English 

We will be thinking about the sounds that fireworks make and having a go at writing some onomatopoeias. We will also be thinking about how to stay safe at a Bonfire and writing some Safety Posters. 

 

Maths 

Our number of the week this week is number 6 and the children will look at the Numberblocks song. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgDUdsciGyc 

For our maths challenge, we will be exploring numbers up to 10 and representing them in a range of ways. We will be matching the correct piece of numicon, writing the number and counting out the correct amount of objects to match the number cup. 

 

Phonics 

This week in phonics we will be teaching them three new sounds ‘f/ff’ ‘l/ll’ and ‘ss’ and then revisit the other sounds we have learnt. The children have been working really hard to remember each Jolly Phonics action that they have learnt so far. The children will continue to focus on the correct formation of each letter they learn.

Star of the week - 22.10.20 Well done to Bethany and Austin

We enjoyed exploring the apparatus in P.E. this week. Some of the balancing was very tricky.

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

Still image for this video
A short video introducing reading and phonics and a few notices about Reception.

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. 

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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