Ember Farm Trip June 2017
The children had such a lovely time at Lady Land Farm!
We travelled on the coach to the farm.
A really nice farmer called Liz took us around the farm and showed us some of the jobs farmers have to do and how they look after the animals. She told us about the importance of hand washing.
We fed the sheep, goats and chickens. We also fed the baby calves a bottle of milk each. We held some baby rabbits, chicks and a goat, they were so soft and cute!
Farmer Liz told us about the food and crops produced on the farm which go into our food.
We had a bumpy tractor ride with Farmer Phillip and we told him a farm poem that we had learnt at school which he was very impressed by! We had a yummy picnic lunch and then finished off the day with a fun play on the hay bales, large empty barrels and old tractors.
We hope you have had a lovely Easter Holiday.
Ember 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 very excited about.
Happy new year to you all and thank you for the generous Christmas gifts.
Ember class have settled back into school really well and are ready to begin the new term, filled with lots of exciting learning opportunities.
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.
This week’s sounds are; g, o, c, k
Our key words this week are;
and, to and the
Focus for this week
This week the children will be engaging in various
activities about the Gruffalo.
We will be focusing on number work, including recognition, ordering and sequencing.
This week the children will each be allocated with a small pot of playdough with their name on which will stay in their trays. Each day will we spend five minutes moulding the dough in time to music. This helps to strengthen the children’s fine motor muscles to enable them to develop their pencil grip, which will in turn help to develop their writing skills and most of all it’s fun!!
Why not try it at home too?
Please could the children bring in conkers, leaves, twigs, pictures of Autumn, or interesting things that they may come across when being outside for our exploration area. Thank you.
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.