We hope you had a lovely Easter Holiday.
Avon class have settled back in wonderfully and have enjoyed sharing and writing about their holiday news.
This term we will be learning about Space, ourselves, people who help us, growing, mini beasts and of course, we have our trip to Ladyland Farm in June which we are all very excited about!
Avon's Amazing Inventions
Our activities for the next 2 weeks will be based around the characters from the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We will be:
· Re-telling the story using writing maps
· Acting out the story
· Testing the strength of the materials used in the story
· Exploring the building work going on around the school
· Designing houses for the 3 Little Pigs
· Re-visiting 2D shapes and exploring 3D shapes (looking at shapes of houses/buildings)
Welcome back to everyone in Avon class after the Christmas break. We have been delighted by the way the children have settled back into school and amazed at how well they have adapted to the changes in routine now that the building works are under way. Thank you for all your understanding and patience as well; we really appreciate your co-operation. The children have been fascinated by all the machinery and have been keen to observe their new school being built. It is a very exciting time here at Westbourne!
This half-term we are focusing on the weather. We are learning about the rain and have been having fun splashing about in the puddles. We are exploring waterproof materials, thinking of the sounds that we hear and the way that different weather makes us feel. We are also learning about the wind and the fun we can have on windy days. We will be making our own windmills and blowing lots of bubbles! The children are hoping that we may even see some snow as the weather starts to get colder. They are busy watching the weather forecasts and will even be trying their hand at doing their own weather report in our class weather station.
At the end of January we will be celebrating Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Rooster. We look forward to finding out about this special celebration and the customs associated with it.
In Maths we are mastering our knowledge of numbers. We are continuing to work on counting and recording the number of objects accurately, recognising numerals and practising the correct way to form them. We are also ordering numbers and finding one more and one less than a given number.
Thank you for all your continued support with your child’s learning, especially in helping them to learn their phonic sounds and to blend them, as well as practising the key words. It is wonderful to see the children becoming more confident in their reading and making super attempts at their own independent writing.
Please have a look at the photos below to see some of the ways we have been busy in Avon class.
This week’s sounds are;
h, j, v, w,
Thank you for your support in
helping your child to learn the key words.
We will be recapping the key words, we have learnt so far and helping the children understand that some are decodable (can be sounded out) and some are undecodable (cannot be sounded out) so they need to memorise these ones.
Focus for this week:
This we will be learning about superheroes and what they think makes a good superhero i.e kind, brave, helpful etc. We will make our own life sized superhero collaboratively per class, make junk models and create our own superheroes with speech bubbles to practise writing some of our key words.
We will be learning about measurement in maths this week.
Comparing and ordering sizes, lengths and weights with different objects in the classroom and learning about simple capacity, full, half full and empty. We will also be talking about time using words such as before, after, now and next.
Please could you ensure that your child has a labelled pair of wellies in school and a waterproof coat that you don’t mind them getting muddy.
This is so the children can take part in a forest school one Friday afternoon each term, where they will experience learning outdoors as well as learning how to explore and take risks safely in the outdoor environment.
We hope you all had a wonderful half-term break and look forward to hearing all the exciting things you have been up to!
This week’s (01/11/2016) sounds are; f/ff, l/ll, ss, b
The new key words for this week are; no, go, I
This week we will be learning about Diwali and re-telling the story of Rama and Sita.
If you have any pictures or photographs of your celebrations at home, please share these with us.
We will also be learning about 2D shapes. We will be looking for shapes all around us and going on a shape hunt. How many different shapes can you find on your way to school?
We will be exploring and creating shapes in Rangoli patterns and learning about symmetry.
The Reception team would like to say a massive thank you to both you and your children for such a smooth and happy start to school life. We have worked together to settle the children and couldn't be prouder of how they’ve adapted to the transition. They have been busy making friends, getting used to class routines, increasing in confidence and of course, doing lots of learning!!!
We look forward to another successful half term after the holiday.
Focus for this week
This week’s sounds are; ck, e, u, r
The children will be using stories to support the learning of their letter sounds. We will be reading ‘Duck in a Truck’, ‘Elmer’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood.
There are no new key words this week. Instead, we will be revising those we have already learnt: is, in, it, at, and, to, the
In maths, we are consolidating our understanding of numbers 0-10 by ordering, counting forwards and backwards and exploring number bonds.
Well done to all our wonderful Reception children for making such a fantastic start to their time at Westbourne!
We have been very impressed by how quickly they have settled into the school routines and are really enjoying getting to know them!
We will be starting to teach phonics this week. The children will learn a new sound each day. This week the sounds are;
s a t p
Each day, a new sound will be added to their phonics book which will be kept in their book bags.
Please go over the letter sounds with your child each day and see how many objects they can find at home or on the way to school beginning with the daily sound.
You tube: Mr Thorne does phonics
Cbeebies website- alphablocks
Cbeebies website– Numtums (Maths games)
It has been so lovely meeting you all at your home visits. The classrooms are all ready for you and we are really looking forward to you starting Westbourne! You are going to make lots of new friends and we hope that you will enjoy the new challenges and approaches that Reception has to offer.