What a wonderful start the children have made in Reception!
On Friday it was lovely to see how confident they have become in such a short time. Over the first few weeks we have been learning to use all the different areas of the classroom and we have been able to give out lots of ‘Curious Cat’ badges to children who have been keen to try out new activities. At the start of the week we went to visit Mrs Bull and Mrs Pennington in the school office to learn about the work they do and then use these experiences when playing in our role play ‘Office’. All the children really enjoyed PE and although it was a little bit tricky getting changed into PE kits, I think they would like to do PE everyday!
We started the week with a session from the South Ribble PE coaches, working on the Fundamental PE skills of - running, side stepping and skipping and these sessions will continue each Monday for this term. We have had great fun with art work this week, creating hand prints and using cotton buds to paint patterns on porridge bowls. We have been practising different types of marks such as the 'soldier mark' and the rainbow mark' and some of us have been learning how to do St Teresa's fancy writing forming s, a, t and p correctly. The children have brought home 'Sound Books' and 'word blending lists' as their first homework so please spend some time practising these at home.
The story of 'The Three Little Pigs' has been our theme for this week. Our Literacy work has focused on acting out and retelling the story using lots of story language and the children have loved using masks and puppets to help get into character. Our phonic sessions are in full swing now and we have been working very hard on the vital skill of orally blending sounds into words. We have also been learning about 'tricky words' which are words which cannot be sounded out and just have to be learnt. We are trying to recognise to, the no, go and I quickly and this week we will give out sheets of the tricky words which can be cut up to play games with at home. In Maths we have been working on counting carefully, making sets of different amounts and recognising numbers. This week we have completed our first RE topic and we celebrated all our work with a very prayerful Collective Worship.
This week we have been working really hard on our blending and segmenting skills. Now that we know how to correctly pronounce more phonemes we have been using magnetic letters to make lots of short words. In maths we have been learning about 2d shapes through creating shape pictures and going on a shape hunt. We have been learning and using lots of language to describe shapes. Our RE topic for the week has been Judaism, finding out how Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah. We played the 'driedel game, made Hanukkah cards and even tasted pancakes! We had a lovely 'autumn walk' on Thursday and the children really enjoyed spotting all the signs of the season.
As part of our new RE topic we have been exploring how we make others feel welcome and sharing our own experiences of being made to feel welcome. We then put this into practice by welcoming our class Governor, Mr Gaughan for a visit. Last weeks 'autumn walk' has led to lots of craft work including making hedgehogs and hoglets, stick wrapping with autumn colours and using pastels to decorate leaves. In maths we have been learning about addition and had a great time playing a pirate game involving combining bags of treasure. Each child has received their own 'tricky word key ring' today. Please help your child to quickly recognise these words as this will help them to read more fluently.
We have really enjoyed learning about Baptism in RE this week. The children were all keen to take part in acting out what happens when a baby is welcomed into God's family and made some lovely baptismal candles. The story 'Owl Babies' created lots of interest in owls led to lots of great art work with the children particularly enjoying making owl masks. In our maths lessons we have been learning how to add 1 more and playing number track games. Our PE coach was very impressed this week with the improvement in the children's rolling and aiming skills and these sessions will continue on Mondays next half term.
Have a lovely half term break!