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Welcome to Class Willow

 

Our teachers are Mrs Denney and Mrs Bibi. There are 23 children in our class. We play and learn very closely with our friends in the other Reception class 'Class Rowan'.

 

We are looking forward to working together to help your children to achieve their best and have an exciting year. Learning through play will continue to be an important part of the school day. Please do not hesitate to come into school and talk to a member of our team if you any questions or concerns.

 

Home learning links

Here are some useful website links that you can use to help your children at home. There are sections within each of these websites aimed at Early Years/Reception children and we sometimes use them in school.

 

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk (Look under phase 2 and 3)

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37

http://www.starfall.com

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk

 

This Week...

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 2nd and 9th July 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

For the next 2 weeks the children will be creating their own Sea creature fact files. Each child will choose their favourite sea creature and then will use books and the internet together to help them write some interesting facts and add some amazing illustrations.

 

                                                    

                                                                  

Maths

For the next 2 weeks we will be recapping a variety of areas to check the children's understanding and ability to apply their mathematical knowledge. Our theme will be the ‘World Cup’ .

 

                                               

 

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

On Monday we will have class PE sessions with our sports coach Anthony. On Tuesday some children will be doing some PE activities with Adam from Premier Sport.

As the weather forecast is for it to be extremely hot this week we will be reminding the children how to keep safe in the sun.

Please remember on Wednesday 3rd July in the afternoon it is the Early Years Sports Day when the children will have a chance to try out lots of different activities.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be learning to play lots of new games, including table football and noughts and crosses.

 

Understanding the World

As we are thinking about sea creatures we will be looking at the problem of so much plastic that ends up in the sea and the effect it has on wildlife. We will talk about how we can help by recycling etc,.

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be using our creative skills to create our own illustrations for our sea creature fact files.

 

How you can help at home...

 

  • Practise sharing as a family.
  • Remind your children how to keep safe in the sun.
  • Read a little every day- it really helps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 25th June 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

 

This week we will be continuing to look at the text 'The Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister. We will be making story maps to help us retell the stories and we will also be having a go at writing the story too. We will also be doing a 'hot seating' activity - different children will pretend to be the Rainbow Fish and will have a go at answering questions asked by their class mates.

 

Maths

This week in maths we will be recapping a variety of areas to check the children's understanding and ability to apply their mathematical knowledge.

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

On Monday we will have class PE sessions with our sports coach Anthony. On Tuesday some children will be doing some PE activities with Adam from Premier Sport.

As the weather forecast is for it to be extremely hot this week we will be reminding the children how to keep safe in the sun.

 

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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be focussing upon sharing and giving the children chance to talk about a time when they have shared. We will be encouraging the children to think about how they feel when someone shares with them and how they feel when someone doesn't share with them.

 

Understanding the World

This week in internet safety week and we will be talking to the children about how much time they spend on the internet and how to use it safely. We will be reading a story about Dot, a young girl who realises she needs to spend more time playing outside with her friends and less time inside on her own going on the internet.

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week we will be using our creative skills to create our own Rainbow fish.

 

How you can help at home...

 

  • Practise sharing as a family.
  • Remind your children how to keep safe in the sun.
  • Read a little every day- it really helps.

 

We hope to see as many of you as possible at our Pentland Family Picnic Day on Saturday.

 

Week Commencing - Monday 18th June 2018

On Monday we will be having our Eid Parties . We will be sharing how we celebrated Eid with our families. We will be having a turn on the Bouncy castle and eating lots of yummy party food!

On Tuesday it is our Father’s Day lunch. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

 

 

This week we will be introducing our new text- The Rainbow fish by Marcus Pfister.

The Rainbow fish is an award winning book which tells the story of a fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learns to share. We will be making story maps to help us retell the stories.

 

                                                                      

Maths

Our maths focus this week will be sharing. We will be giving the children lots of practical opportunities to share with their friends.

 

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

On Monday we will have class PE sessions with our sports coach Anthony. On Tuesday some children will be doing some PE activities with Adam from Premier Sport.

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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be focussing upon playing co-operatively and taking turns. We will be encouraging our children to be confident to speak out infront of their class and share their ideas.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week we will be using our creative skills to create our own Rainbow fish.

 

How you can help at home...

 

  • Practise sharing as a family.
  • Play games which involve turn taking.

Read a little every day- it really helps.

 

Week Commencing - Monday 11th June 2018

We cannot believe that the children only have 6 weeks left in Reception!

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

We will be introducing a new book to the children, 'My Dad is Brilliant' by Nick Butterworth. We will be reading the story and then asking them to think about why their dad brilliant. They will also write some sentences about their dads to put inside their special hand made Fathers Day cards. 
Later on in the week they will be learning about the Eid festival and how it is celebrated. All the children will have the opportunity to share how they celebrate Eid with their families.

 

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Maths

Our maths focus this week will be reviewing the things that we have learnt over the last couple of weeks including addition, subtraction, more or less, positional language and counting in 2's, 5's and 10's.

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

On Monday we will have class PE sessions with our sports coach Anthony. On Tuesday some children will be doing some PE activities with Adam from Premier Sport.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week we will be talking to the children about how religious festivals also give a sense of enjoyment, relaxation and offer the time needed to bond with family members and friends. It is also a time to think about those that are less fortunate than us and helping them in which ever way we can.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be given the opportunity to make Fathers day cards, Eid cards and draw and paint henna designs.
 

Health and self care

We will be thinking about how we can look after ourselves and live a healthy lifestyle.

 

Understanding the World

The children will learn about how other Muslims celebrate Eid around the world and will also be given opportunities to talk about how they are planning to celebrate Eid.

 

How you can help at home...

* Please, please continue to read with your child at home. Sharing their school book 5 minutes a day will make a huge difference!

* Practise counting in 2's, 5's and 10's with your child.

* Talk to your child about your plans to celebrate Eid.

Week Commencing - Monday 4th June 2018

We cannot believe that the children only have 7 weeks left in Reception!

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

The children will be talking about what they did in the holidays and listening to what other children did too. We will be introducing a new book to the children, 'Billy's Bucket' by Kes Gray and Garry Parsons. We will be reading most of the story and then asking them to predict and write about what might happen next.

 

 

 

Maths

Our maths focus this week will be counting in 2s, 5's and 10's. We will be explaining to the children that when we have a large number of objects to count it is easier to group them.

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

On Monday we will have class PE sessions with our sports coach Anthony. On Tuesday some children will be doing some PE activities with Adam from Premier Sport.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week we will be talking to the children about their kindness bottles and what acts of kindness they did in the holidays to help other people.

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be given the opportunity to make, paint and use pastels to draw the sea creatures that Billy had in his bucket.

 

Health and self care

We will be thinking about how we can look after ourselves and live a healthy lifestyle.

 

Understanding the World

The children will be given opportunities to talk about Ramadan, fasting and how they are planning to celebrate Eid.

 

How you can help at home...

* Please, please continue to read with your child at home. Sharing their school book 5 minutes a day will make a huge difference!

* Practise counting in 2's, 5's and 10's with your child.

* Talk to your child about your plans to celebrate Eid.

 

Week Commencing - Monday 21/5/2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be introducing a new book to the children The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. We will be writing simple sentences describing the Gruffalo and the children will be using the story to showcase their retelling writing skills.

 

Maths

Our maths focus this week will be Capacity. We will be encouraging our children to use words such as full, empty, half full in context.

We will also be revising 2D and 3D shapes and their properties.

                                                                             

 

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

On Monday we will have class PE sessions with our sports coach Anthony. On Tuesday some children will be doing some PE activities with Adam from Premier Sport.

 

 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

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This week we will be ‘showing’ off what we have learnt so far in class. We will also be talking about why we like some activities more than others.

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be given the opportunity to make Gruffalo claws and to make their very own Gruffalo mud pies in the mud kitchen.

 

 

 

Health and self care

We will be thinking about healthy food choices and what makes a healthy meal. We will be giving the children the opportunity to create their own heathy meals using collage, paint and small world materials.

 

 

How you can help at home...

*Please, please continue to read with your child at home. Sharing their school book 5 minutes a day will make a huge difference!

*In this lovely, warm, sunny weather- take a washing bowl outside full of water and lots of containers. Can your child make a container full of water, half full? Can they show you an empty container?

* Can your child talk about healthy food choices- Can you plan together a healthy picnic to make and eat? Can they write the menu or an invitation to their special picnic?

Week Commencing - Monday 14th May 2018
 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week our main theme is the Royal wedding. We will be looking at different types of weddings. We will be encouraging the children to use talk to share their thoughts, ideas and preferences about the royal family and weddings. We will also be writing invites and making lists of people who we would like to call to the wedding.

 

Maths

Our maths focus this week will be using language related to time e.g. yesterday, today, tomorrow and o'clock

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

On Monday we will have class PE sessions with our sports coach Anthony. On Tuesday some children will be doing some PE activities with Adam from Premier Sport.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be taking about relationships and how people we know can make us happy.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week we will be using our creative skills to make our own clocks using different materials.

 

Understanding the World

The children will have the opportunity to talk about their own pets and why certain animals are chosen as pets. They will also be able to learn more about rabbits eg how to care for rabbits, what rabbits like to eat and drink, what baby rabbits are called, what male/female rabbits are called, the two types of rabbit poo (!) and binkying (You'll have to google it!).

 

How you can help at home...

- Practise using the correct vocabulary related to time e.g. yesterday, today, tomorrow and telling the time in o'clock.
- help your child to say the days of the week in order.

- Show your child pictures or tell them about your wedding and how you celebrated this special day.

 

 

Week Commencing - Tuesday 8th May 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week our main theme is animals. We will be reading the book 'Dear Zoo' and talking about different types of animal. We will be encouraging the children to think about which animals would be suitable to have as pets. We will also be having a surprise visit from Mrs De'Ath's rabbits, Popcorn and Cookie. We will be observing and asking questions about the rabbits in the courtyard area to find out more about them and then writing about what they have found out.

 

 

Maths

Our maths focus this week will be subtraction and to continue with our theme we will be doing some rabbit takeaways!

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

On Monday we will have class PE sessions with our sports coach Anthony. On Tuesday some children will be doing some PE activities with Adam from Premier Sport.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be reading a story (in English and Gujarati) about a rabbit called Floppy who has one straight ear and one floppy ear. He tries to be like all the other rabbits who have two straight ears but then he realises it's ok to be different.

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week we will be using our creative skills to make pet carriers for different animals. We will also be painting pictures of Popcorn and Cookie the rabbits.

 

Understanding the World

The children will have the opportunity to talk about their own pets and why certain animals are chosen as pets. They will also be able to learn more about rabbits eg how to care for rabbits, what rabbits like to eat and drink, what baby rabbits are called, what male/female rabbits are called, the two types of rabbit poo (!) and binkying (You'll have to google it!).

 

How you can help at home...

- Practise simple subtraction sums within 10 (10 - 2) or within 20 if your child needs an extra challenge (18 - 3).

- Ask your child to tell you all about the visit from Popcorn and Cookie and what they found out about rabbits.

- Read some fiction and non-fiction books about different types of animals.

- If your child has a pet why not encourage them to bring a photograph in to share with the class?

 

Week Commencing - Monday 30th April 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

Last week we created our very own Bog Babies.

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This week we will be thinking about how we can care for our Bog Baby by providing him/her with their very own home to keep them safe.

We will also be creating some Wanted Posters focussing upon writing character descriptions.

 

We will also continue to practise reading and writing the phase 3 tricky words, (he, she, me, we, be, you, all, are, her, was, they, my).

 

Maths

Our maths focus this week will be number bonds to 10 and 20.We will be learning our bonds by using our colourful rainbows! Ask your children to tell you all about it.

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

On Monday we will have class PE sessions with our sports coach Anthony. On Tuesday some children will be doing some PE activities with Adam from Premier Sport.

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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be focussing upon playing co-operatively and taking turns. We will be encouraging our children to be confident to speak out infront of their class and share their ideas.

Expressive Arts and Design

This week we will be using our creative skills to make homes for our Bog Babies.

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding the World

 

We will be talking about pets and whether the Bog Baby would make a good pet.The children will have the opportunity to talk about their own pets and why certain animals are chosen as pets.

 

 

How you can help at home...

Talk about number bonds to 10. For example, start with a lego tower of 10. Break it into 2 towers- what numbers go together to make 10. Make a rainbow to help learn the number bonds.

- Practise reading and writing the phase 3 tricky words, (he, she, me, we, be, you, all, are, her, was, they, my).

- Ask your child about their PE sessions this week - Can they teach you how to play any of the games at home?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 23rd April 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

After listening carefully to an audio version of 'The Bog Baby' story last week we decided to go on a Bog Baby hunt. The children came up with a list of places to search and guess what? - We found our very own Bog Baby hiding in a tree in our woodland area! It was very exciting!

 

This week we will be thinking about how we can care for our Bog Baby and writing some top tips so that others know how to care for Bog babies too.

We will also be practising reading and writing the phase 3 tricky words, (he, she, me, we, be, you, all, are, her, was, they, my).

 

Maths

Our maths focus this week will be addition. We will be encouraging the children to write their own number sentences and solve simple addition problems. Throughout the week we will also consolidate the children's learning on counting skills such as counting back to help us to work out the number that is 1 less than a given number. We will be practising counting in 2s ,5s and 10s.

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

On Monday we will have class PE sessions with our sports coach Anthony. On Tuesday we are will be doing some PE activities with Adam from Premier Sport.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be reminding children about the importance of good manners at all times and singing the 'Please and Thank you' song.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week we will be using our creative skills to make the Bog Baby some Bog Baby friends. We will be using clay and once it is dry we will be painting it to add extra details. The children will also be able to paint and draw the Bog Baby some friends.

 

Understanding the World

We will continue learning about spring and what happens to the environment at spring time. We will also be thinking about how to stay safe in the sun.

 

How you can help at home...

- Practise simple addition - 'You have 8 sweets, I have 2, how many do we have altogether?' Can your children write the number sentence?

- Practise reading and writing the phase 3 tricky words, (he, she, me, we, be, you, all, are, her, was, they, my).

- Ask your child about their PE sessions this week - Can they teach you how to play any of the games at home?

 

Week Commencing - Monday 16th April 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

 

At the beginning of the week we will be sharing some of our Holiday News with our friends in the class. We will be thinking about what we did, where we went, when it happened and who we went with.

 

This week we will be introducing a new book to the children The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis. We will be listening carefully to an audio version of the story and asking the children to listen carefully to the descriptive clues and create a picture of the Bog Baby in their heads. Work on this book will last for two weeks .

 

 

Maths

Our maths focus this week will be 2D and 3D shapes. We will begin with a recap on names of the shapes and then move on to describing them using mathematical vocabulary .Throughout the week we will also consolidate the children's learning on counting skills such as counting back to help us to work out the number that is 1 less than a given number. We will be practising counting in 2s ,5s and 10s.

 

 

Physical Development

 

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day .

This week on Monday and Tuesday mornings (Monday-Rowan/ Tuesday- Willow),we are taking part in an exciting 'Mini mission PE' activity session with children from Savile Town and Thornhill Lees school. The session is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging the development of key sporting skills and team work. We are really looking forward to it and have our PE kits at the ready!

 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Our ‘mini mission PE ‘ session will help us to develop co-operation and teamwork .

 

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

 

We will be using our creative skills to make our own versions of the Bog Baby using a variety of materials.

 

 

 

 

 

How you can help at home...

*Support your child with their counting skills going forwards, backwards, in 2s etc.

Ideas include count backwards coming down the stairs, look at the even door numbers on your street, (counting in 2s) ‘High five’ your family members (counting in 5’s), jump with 2 feet (counting in 10s)

 

Ask your child about their PE mini mission- can they teach you how to play any of the games at home?

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 26th March 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be sharing the text 'Day and Night Animals'. The children were very interested in the bats when we visited Tropical World and they asked lots of questions about why they were in a dark area. We will use this text to find out additional information about animals that come out in the day/night. 

 

The text is non-fiction and we will continue to recap and extend our knowledge of non-fiction books and their key features, whilst using it to find out interesting information. The children will be taught to read and retrieve information from a simple chart, and we will then make our own chart as a class, before the children are given the opportunity to make one independently. 

 

 

Maths

Our maths focus this week will be on halving and sharing. We will begin with a recap on prior learning by cutting some different objects in half practically. The children will then move on to learning how to halve a number of objects by sharing them into two equal groups. Throughout the week we will also consolidate the children's learning on estimating, with short starter activities and games. 

 

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions every Wednesday. This Wednesday is our last session of our Real PE unit 'Monkey Business'. We are aiming to develop the children's core strength by practising seated balances. We will also be playing 'Huggy Chimps', a game were children are encouraged to get themselves into groups of  2,3,4,5 etc depending on whichever number is shouted out.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Following on from this weeks whole school homework to decorate an egg for the spring competition, the children will be encouraged to show their creations to the rest of the class. The children will be encouraged to talk about their own and ask questions about others' work. They will also be encouraged to say something that they like about someone else's work. 

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week the children will have the opportunity to paint spring pictures and make collages. They will also be taught how to make a bunny nose mask , using a lollipop stick, pipe cleaners, pom poms and card. They will be encouraged to assemble their masks independently after being shown during group time. 

 

 

Understanding the World

We will continue learning about spring and what happens to the environment at spring time. In RE, we will be learning about the Christian celebration of easter. We will watch a short clip about a young boy named Toby and what he and his family do in preparation for easter and how/why they celebrate easter Sunday. 

 

How you can help at home...

*Have a discussion with your child, helping them to think of what they might say about their decorated egg when they show it to the rest of the class. 

*Practise halving practically at home, you could provide opportunities for your child to cut things in half such as fruit, buns etc. You could also then challenge them by giving them some problems to solve which involve halving by sharing out objects e.g. 'if we have 4 sweets and we share them equally, how many will we have each?'

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 19th March

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

Following on from reading Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson, our text this week is 'HUG'. The story is very similar to 'Monkey Puzzle' as it is about a chimp who is looking for his mum. However, 'HUG' is a book which is aimed at a younger reader and has very limited text. The challenge for our children this week is to write the story to go along with the pictures. We will be giving lots of input on story language and structure.

 

 

Maths

This week the children will be learning about 'doubles'. We gave them a brief introduction to doubles last week and all enjoyed singing along to our doubles rap. We will be extending their knowledge of doubles by giving the children practical problems to solve. We will also be fishing for doubles in the water tray.

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions every Wednesday. This Wednesday is our last session of our Real PE unit 'Monkey Business'. We are aiming to develop the children's core strength by practising seated balances. We will also be playing 'Huggy Chimps', a game were children are encouraged to get themselves into groups of  2,3,4,5 etc depending on whichever number is shouted out.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week, using 'HUG' as a starting point, we will be talking about things that make us feel sad. We will be thinking about ways that we can help others if they feel sad. 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Following on from the children’s adventure to the moon last week the children will be using bottles/junk modelling materials to create their own rockets.

 

Understanding the World

Spring begins on Tuesday and we will encouraging the children to look for signs of Spring in our outdoor area (hopefully all of the snow will have disappeared by then!)

 

How you can help at home...

*Share some stories with your child and ask them if they can remember what happens at the beginning, middle and end.

*Play dominoes, can your child find the doubles?

 

*Encourage your child to read the words on their tricky word bookmark and write them too if they can.

 

Week Commencing - Monday 12th March 2018 Science Week

 

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

 

This week we will be reading Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson. The story is about a monkey who has lost his mum and a butterfly who tries to help him find her. The butterfly keeps getting confused and leading the monkey to the wrong animals because she doesn't realise that the monkey's mum looks just like the monkey as her babies (caterpillars) don't look like her at all . Our main writing task this week will be to write a ‘What am I ?’ riddle.

 

Maths

 

 

This week the children will be exploring patterns.We will be revisiting repeating pattern and creating our own symmetrical patterns inside and outside. We will be practising counting forwards and backwards in 2s.

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions every Wednesday. We will be continuing to follow our PE scheme, 'Real PE'. Our next 3 week unit is called 'Monkey Business'. We are aiming to develop the children's core strength by practising seated balances.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week, using Monkey Puzzle as a starting point, we will be discussing our families and how they are similar and different.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week the children will be able to use a range of media to create representations of creatures they saw last week at Tropical World and those found in the Monkey Puzzle book. We will be using our creative skills to create paperchain snakes.

 

Understanding the World

As part of ‘science week’ we will be having a visit from a mobile Planetarium. Our children will be taken on a rocket trip to the moon!!!

Please ask your children all about their trip.

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing – Monday 5th March 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be getting ready for our trip to Tropical World on Wednesday. We will be discussing the things that we will need for the trip, how we will be getting there and what we can expect to see. We will explore the Tropical World Website prior to our visit and thinking of any questions that we might like to ask when we are there. After the visit, the children will be encouraged to talk and use new vocabulary to share their experiences, thoughts and preferences in whole-class situations and in groups. We will then work together to write a class recount of the trip using past tense. The children will then be writing their own, supported by a teacher. There is a link to the Tropical World website below if you would like to take a look at home:

https://tropicalworld.leeds.gov.uk  

 

 

Maths

This week in maths we will be focusing on adding two single digit numbers together. We will recap using objects to do this and will then be moving on to adding by putting the big number in our heads and counting on with our fingers e.g. 7+3 (put 7 in your head and count on three fingers 7...  8,9,10).  

 

Physical Development

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions every Wednesday. We will be continuing to follow our PE scheme, 'Real PE'. Our next 3 week unit is called 'Monkey Business'. We are aiming to develop the children's core strength by practising seated balances.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

As it will be Mother's Day on Sunday 11th March, we will be reading the text 'My Mum is Fantastic' by Nick Butterworth and then the children will be encouraged to reflect on and share their own feelings about their mum or an adult who is special to them. 

 

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week the children will have the opportunities to paint pictures of their Mum or special adult and make cards. After the trip on Wednesday, the children will be supported to create realistic observational drawings of the creatures that they observed at Tropical World, paying close attention to detail and colours that should be used. They will use oil pastels to complete their artwork. 

 

Understanding the World

Our topic this half term is 'It's Alive' we will be learning lots about animals and plants. We will launch this with our trip on Wednesday where we will begin by observing some living things closely, learning about them and talking about their features. 

 

 

Week Commencing – 26th February 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be reading 'Where The Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak. We will also watching a play of the story by a travelling theatre group who are coming into school on Monday to perform for us. We will be discussing the beginning, middle and end of the story and then creating a class story map.

 

 

On Thursday it is World Book Day, please encourage your child to bring in their favourite book (fiction or non-fiction) to share with their friends. The children will be writing a book review about their book. We will be dressing up as wild animals on Thursday to celebrate our 'Where The Wild Things Are/World book Day' theme. Mrs De'Ath will become Mrs Giraffe for the day!

 

Maths

This week in maths we will be recapping on the children's knowledge of 2D / 3D shapes and their properties. We will also be working on recognising, ordering and writing numbers from 1 - 20 with a special focus on the tricky teen numbers. As an extra challenge we will be asking the children to have a go at filling in the missing numbers on the 100 square.

 

Physical Development

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions every Wednesday. We will be continuing to follow our PE scheme, 'Real PE'. Our next 3 week unit is called 'Monkey Business'. We are aiming to develop the children's core strength by practising seated balances.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

The children will be reminded to use our diamond rules.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be encouraged to paint or make a mask of one of the characters from the story 'Where The Wild Things Are'. They will also be given the chance to retell the story using stick puppets. 

 

Understanding the World

We will be finding out about different types of books and traditional stories from all around the world.

 

 

Week Commencing – 12th February 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be reading Mr Wolf's Pancake by Jan Fearnley. We will be discussing the traditional story characters that are featured in the book.

 

We will also be encouraging the children to write cards / notes to people that they love to help celebrate Valentine's day.

 

Maths

We will be learning about the days of the week as well as sequencing the activities that the children do throughout the day. We will be referring to our class calendar and visual timetable. The children will also be helping to weigh out the ingredients needed to make pancake mixture. The children will be taking part in a data collection activity to find out which pancake toppings were the most and least popular. 

 

Physical Development

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions every Thursday. We will be continuing to follow our PE scheme, 'Real PE'. Our next 3 week unit is called 'Monkey Business'. We are aiming to develop the children's core strength by practising seated balances.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

The children will be encouraged to think about other cultures and how they celebrate different festivals, in particular, Chinese New Year. We will also be reading the story 'Cleversticks' which is about a little Chinese boy who doesn't like school because he thinks everybody else is good at doing things and he isn't, until he discovers he has a very special talent of his own.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be taking part in a variety of arts and crafts linked to our Chinese New Year activity day. They will have the opportunity to make dragons, drums, fans and lanterns. We will also be learning a Chinese New Year song. 

 

 

Understanding the World

We will be discussing the tradition of pancake day. The children will help to prepare and make their own pancakes. They will be encouraged to use their senses to describe the changes they notices before, during and after the pancake is cooked. The children (and staff!) will be definitely be using their sense of taste as they select different toppings and eat their pancakes! Yum! 

 

We will also be talking to the children about the 'Chinese Year of the Dog' and watching a shadow puppet story that explains why each year is named after a different animal. The children will be learning about which animal represents the year they were born in. 

 

Week Commencing – 5th February 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be introducing the children to a new text- If the dinosaurs came back by Bernard Most.

 

 

 

We will be using our imagination to think of what jobs the dinosaurs could do.

Could they clean the windows of the tallest skyscrapers?

Could they take all of Reception on their next school trip?

 

We will also be focussing upon the settings of stories and encouraging the children to design their setting.

 

 

We will also continue our work on reading and writing our Phase 2/3 Tricky words.

 

Maths

This week we are focussing upon subtraction/ taking away. There will be lots of activities to help consolidate the children's knowledge and understanding of subtraction. Maths vocabulary will focus upon-subtraction, take away, fewer, less than.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We are continuing our focus upon 'friendships' and talking about the qualities that the children need to be a good friend. We will be having circle times and reading stories about friends too. The children will continue to develop their confidence skills by sharing ideas in a familiar group.

 

 

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be supported in their role of an ‘illustrator’ and will be asked to design their very own setting.

In the creative area we will be painting our own settings and creating our own dinosaurs. Watch out for their creations? Can you spot the Rushbyosaurus or the Constindactyl or the De’AthRex?

 

How you can help at home...

*Share lots of different books with your children- can you talk about where the story takes place?

*Provide some practical support with their subtraction skills- have a bowl of small pieces of fruit/ raisins. Count them together, encourage your child to eat 1 , how many now?

*Encourage your child to read the words on their tricky word bookmark and write them too if they can.

*Help your child to be a confident reader and collect gold stars by reading their school book with them as often as possible.

 

 

 

Week Commencing – 29th January 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be reading more non-fiction books about dinosaurs to find out more information. We will be discussing the work of a 'paleontologist' and learning about dinosaur fossils.

 

 

We will also continue our work on reading and writing our Phase 2/3 Tricky words.

 

Physical Development

We have begun our REAL PE unit on Pirates. The children are building up their core strength and are practising balancing on one leg. They are also taking part in lots of team games and noticing the effect that exercise has upon their bodies.

 

Maths

This week our maths focus is on 'money'. We will be helping the children to recognise and understand the value of 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p coins. We will be sorting real and fake coins and going on lots of big coin treasure hunts in our outdoor area.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We are continuing to focus on 'friendships' and talking about the qualities that the children need to be a good friend. We will be having circle times and reading stories about friends too. The children will continue to develop their confidence skills by sharing examples of when they have been a good friend.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be painting their own brightly coloured abstract fossil pictures.

 

We will also have our very own dinosaur swamp for the children to play with and use their senses to explore!

 

Understanding the World

Once the children have learnt about fossils at the beginning of the week they will have the opportunity to make their very own dinosaur fossils using salt dough. We will be talking what ingredients we need to use, how they feel when they are mixed together and how the dough changes once it is cooked.

 

 

How you can help at home...

*Encourage your child to balance on one leg. Can they balance for 10 seconds?

*Help your child to sort their books into fiction and non-fiction.

*Encourage your child to play with and recognise 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p coins.

*Help your child to be a confident reader and collect gold stars by reading their school book with them as often as possible.

 

Week Commencing – 22nd January 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be continuing to learn more about different dinosaurs and their characteristics. We will be reading non-fiction books about dinosaurs to find out more information. We will be discussing the features of non-fiction books and learning about the contents, index and glossary pages.

 

 

The children will then take on the role of a librarians and help to sort fiction and non-fiction dinosaur books. They will be choosing their favourite dinosaur and writing a fact about it.

 

We will also continue our work on reading and writing our Phase 2/3 Tricky words.

 

Maths

This week we are having a maths themed week in our outdoor area. There will be lots of activities to help consolidate the children's knowledge and understanding of shape, number recognition, ordering, weighing, counting, 1 more/1less and addition. We will also be extending their addition abilities by given them the opportunity to take part in our 'Cheerio Challenge'! 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We are focusing on 'friendships' at the moment and talking about the qualities that the children need to be a good friend. We will be having circle times and reading stories about friends too. The children will continue to develop their confidence skills by sharing ideas in a familiar group.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be taught to create their own dinosaurs using a variety of materials.

We will be learning lots of songs about dinosaurs. Maybe your child could teach you the songs?

 

How you can help at home...

*Find out facts about dinosaurs together.

*Help your child to sort their books into fiction and non-fiction.

*Encourage your child to read the words on their tricky word bookmark and write them too if they can.

*Help your child to be a confident reader and collect gold stars by reading their school book with them as often as possible.

 

Week Commencing – 15th January 2018

 

​This week we will be launching out new topic of Dinosaurs!

 

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

We will be reading 'Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs' and finding out about different types of dinosaurs. The children will then be given the opportunity to learn lots of dinosaur names and to write a list of them. We will be encouraging the children to chop the words up into their sounds.

We will also be working on their prediction skills asking them what might happen next in the story.

We will also continue our work upon reading and writing our Phase2/3 Tricky words.

 

Maths

 

This week we will be focusing on weight. We will be using lots of maths vocabulary related to weight and using language to compare weight . Focus words will be heavy/ light/ heavier/ lighter/ heaviest/ lightest.

 

 

 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

After reading the text about Harry losing his bucketful of dinosaurs the children will be encouraged to think how they would feel if they lost something that was special to them. The children will continue to develop their confidence skills by sharing ideas in a familiar group.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be taught to create their own dinosaurs using a variety of materials.

We will be learning lots of songs about dinosaurs. Maybe your child could teach you the songs?

 

How you can help at home...

*Ask your child to tell you the story of Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs.

*Encourage your child to read the words on their tricky word bookmark and write them too if they can.

*Help your child to be a confident reader and earn reading merits by reading their school book with them as often as possible.

*Choose two objects from your kitchen cupboard. Place one in each hand and become a ‘human balance’.Which object is the heaviest or lightest?

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 8th January 2018

 

Literacy- This week we will be taking turns to share our holiday news. The children will be encouraged to speak in a clear voice, loud enough for others to hear and also to speak in sentences. On Tuesday we will be writing our holiday news and refreshing and applying our phonic knowledge. On Wednesday the children will be introduced to a new text 'The Stickman' we will discuss the covers, title, author and illustrator. We will be practising our comprehension skills be answering questions related to the text on Thursday and on Friday we will be sharing our own thoughts, ideas and preferences and discussing what we like about the text and why. 

 

 

Mathematics- We will be focusing on positional language e.g. on top, under, next to, behind, in front, inside. The children will begin by responding to an instruction to place an object in a particular position and towards the end of the week, will be encouraged to use this language to describe where something is. 

 

 

PSED- The children will be developing confidence when talking about their own experiences with others (in larger groups). 

 

Art & Design- this week the children will be encouraged to explore using palettes to mix their own colours to make wintery pictures. They will also choose materials that they think are the most appropriate to use to make cold/wintery collages. The children will be encouraged to give reasons for why they chose to use particular things e.g. cotton wool because it looks like snow. 

 

 

How you can help at home...

*Help your child to be a confident reader and earn reading merits by reading their school book with them as often as possible.

*Encourage your child to read the words on their tricky word bookmark and write them too if they can.

*Practise using positional language to talk about where things are at home. You could place an apple in different places and ask your child to say where it is e.g. 'The apple is on top of the microwave.'

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 11th December 2017

 

Literacy- This week our main text will be The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. It is a beautifully illustrated book that has no text so we will be encouraging the children to retell the story using their own words. We will be watching a DVD of the story too to help bring the story to life. We will be encouraging our children to sequence the main events of the story and support them in talking about the beginning, the middle and the end and writing words and captions to go with the pictures.

Over the next two weeks ,we will be assessing your child’s phonics skills and will be providing you with feedback on how to support your child’s learning.

 

 

 

Mathematics- We will be starting a new concept – subtraction/ taking away. We will be doing lots of practical activities, games and songs to help teach our children how to take away and solve problems.

We will also be learning to recognise numbers 1 - 25 as we look at our class advent calendars.

 

 

Art- The children will be using a variety of resources to design and create their own snowmen.We will also be decorating the school Christmas tree with the decorations they have made at home.

 

 

Music- We will learning the words and practising the songs for our school Aladdin performance in December.

 

Understanding the World- We will be finding out a little bit about the Christian celebration of Christmas. We will also be talking about the early signs of winter and perhaps some snow!!

 

How you can help at home...

Ask your child to tell you the story of the Snowman.

Encourage your child to read the words on their tricky word bookmark and write them too if they can.

Encourage your child to tell you the sounds on their phase 2 sound mat.

Practise simple, practical subtractions.

I have 3 biscuits, but I eat 1 –how many will I have left?

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 4th December 2017

 

Literacy- This week our main text is 'Aladdin'. We will be starting the week by watching a theatre group perform 'Aladdin' on Monday. The children will then be discussing and writing about which parts they liked best. 

 

 

We will also be learning to read and write the phase 2 tricky words 'I, to, the, no, go, into'.

 

Mathematics- We will be continuing to focus on simple addition this week but we will be doing this via the theme of Aladdin. The children will be adding jewels and gold coins from the 'Cave of Treasures' to help develop their understanding of combining two groups and counting them altogether to find a total.

 

We will also be learning to recognise numbers 1 - 25 as we look at our class advent calendars.

 

Art- The children will be using a variety of resources to design and create their own 'magic carpets'.

 

 

Music- We will learning the words and practising the songs for our school Aladdin performance in December.

 

Understanding the World- We will be finding out a little bit about the Christian celebration of Christmas. We also have a naughty elf who has appeared in Reception who is having lots of different adventures!!!!

 

How you can help at home...

Ask your child to tell you about the Aladdin performance.

Encourage your child to read the words on their tricky word bookmark and write them too if they can.

Practise simple practical addition with things you have at home, toys, teddies, sweets...

 

Week Commencing - Monday 27th November 2017

 

Literacy- This week we will be introducing the children to the non-fiction text ‘Wolves’. We will be discussing the differences between fiction and non fiction books and will look at talk about some of the features of non-fiction books e.g. true information, contents page, photographs, index and glossary.

 

We will use it to help us to learn some interesting information about wolves and towards the end of the week we will work as a class to create a fact file about wolves. The children will learn about how to apply their phonic knowledge when writing.

 

 

Mathematics- We will be focusing on simple addition this week. We will be using objects and pictures to support them in developing an understanding of combining two groups and counting them altogether to find a total.

 

 

Art- We will be looking closely at photographs of real wolves and using them to create sketches. The children will be encouraged to look for detail and include it in their own pictures.

 

Music- We will be beginning to learn the words and practise songs for our school Aladdin performance in December.

 

 

Understanding the World- Using our non-fiction text and other sources of information such as the internet (google safe search kids) we will be learning about wolves. The children will find out about their habitat, behaviour, what they like to eat and how they find their food.

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 20th November 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will carry on with our work upon the traditional tale 'Little Red Riding Hood'. The children are now very familiar with the characters and have enjoyed retelling the story with actions. This week we will be looking at different versions and encouraging the children to listen very carefully to spot what is the same or different about the stories. We will also be working upon our rhyming skills. We will be ‘rhyme detectives’ and find the rhyming words in stories and poems. We will also try to create our own rhyming strings such as red……bed……fed…led.

 

 

Physical development

Please make sure your child has a named PE kit in school.

The children will continue to develop their fine motor skills by using a range of finger gym activities and cutting skills. We will be getting changed into our PE kits and continuing our PE sessions in the hall.

 

Personal, social and emotional development

This week , we will continue to encourage our children to try new activities .We will encourage them to talk about how they and others show their feelings and relate this to Little Red Riding Hood and others books they have read.

 

 

Mathematics

In mathematics we will be helping the children with their number formation. We will also be looking at the concept of ‘1 more’ and using real life examples to aid the children’s understanding.

 

 

 

Understanding the World

This week we will talk about what technology we use at home and at school. We will be listening to a different version of the story on a CD and the children will have the opportunity to take complete lots of simple programs on the computer.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week, the children will have the opportunity to mix paint colours to help them create wolf masks.

 

How you can help at home...

Encourage your child to make their own rhyming strings .

Let your child practise getting dressed and undressed independently.

Encourage your child to learn their words on their phase 2 bookmark.

Can they tell you the number that is 1 more than……………………………….?

 

PS Don't forget it's our Early Years Literacy Parent’s workshop on Wednesday. We are looking forward to seeing you and sharing ideas of how you can help your child with their reading and writing at home.

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 13th November 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will continue our traditional tale theme by reading the story 'Little Red Riding Hood'. We will be learning to retell the story and sequence the events using story maps to help us. We will be taking part in lots of role play and retelling the story using character voices. The children will be practising their phonic skills by reading and writing some of the character names from the story. 

 

 

Physical development

Please make sure your child has a named PE kit in school. 

The children will continue to develop their fine motor skills by using a range of finger gym activities and cutting skills. We will be getting changed into our PE kits and continuing our PE sessions in the hall. 

 

Personal, social and emotional development

This week we will be thinking about our Diamond rule, 'kind'. We will be relating it to our text by talking about how Little Red Riding Hood was being kind by helping to look after her poorly Grandma. We will then be asking the children to share with us times when they have been kind to others.

 

Mathematics

In mathematics we will be helping the children with their number formation. The children will be counting and recording how many flowers Little Red Riding Hood picked for her Grandma and how many Big Bad Wolves they can see! We will also be encouraging them to order the number tiles from 0 - 10 and maybe 0 - 20 if they can. We will continue to learn a little bit more about 3D shapes and even learn a 3D shape song. 

 

Understanding the World

We will be talking about Pudsey Bear and why we have 'Children in Need' day. We will be telling the children about how important it is to care for and look after others.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week, the children will have the opportunity to make a Big Bad Wolf mask and paint some flowers for Grandma. There will also be opportunities to draw and decorate Pudsey Bear.

 

How you can help at home...

Encourage your child to retell the story to you using character voices.

Let your child practise getting dressed and undressed independently.

Enjoy sharing your child's library book with them. 

 

PS Don't forget it's Parent's Evening on Wednesday. We are looking forward to seeing you and telling you all about how your child is getting on in Class Willow.

 

Week Commencing - Monday 6th November 2017

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will continue reading the traditional tale of "The three little pigs". We will be learning to retell the story and sequence the events using story maps to help us. We will be taking part in lots or role play and practising retelling the story. The children will be practising their phonic skills by working as a class to read and write some of the key words from the story. The children will even watch a short play of the story performed by the teachers in the hall. 

 

Physical development

The children will continue to develop their fine motor skills by using a range of finger gym activities and cutting skills.We will be continuing our PE sessions in the hall. Please make sure your child has their PE kit with them in school. 

 

Personal, social and emotional development

The children will be encouraged to think and share their ideas as a group whilst using the Pentland sculpture base. We will be reminding each other to use and think about our class Diamond rules- kind, share, help, try, polite and listen.

 

Mathematics

In mathematics we will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes and sorting them into two groups. The children will learn that 2D shapes are flat and 3D shapes are solid. They will then be taught the name of some common 3D shapes and will have the opportunity to handle them, build models and look for them in the environment. The children will be encouraged to think about everyday objects that the shapes remind them of. 

 

 

Understanding the World

We will be talking about the different materials that we use in the sculpture base and why certain materials are more suitable for particular purposes than others. The children will be encouraged to test their ideas and find out by exploring.  

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week, the children will work in groups in the sculpture base and will be given the challenge to help the little pigs by making a trap for the big bad wolf. 

 

 

How you can help at home...

Encourage your child to retell the story to you including actions!

Look for 3D shapes when you're at home or out and about. 

Help your child with their homework and read their book with them as many times as possible. 

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 30th  October 2017

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be reading the traditional tale of "The three little pigs".We will be learning to retell the story and sequence the events using story maps to help us. We will be taking part in lots or role play and practising retelling the story in our own words.

 

Physical development

The children will continue to develop their fine motor skills by using a range of finger gym activities and cutting skills.We will be continuing our PE sessions in the hall. Please make sure your child has their PE kit with them in school.

 

Personal, social and emotional development

The children will be encouraged to think and share their ideas as a group.We will be reminding each other to use and think about our class Diamond rules-kind, share, help, try, polite and listen.

 

Mathematics

We will be working upon our touch counting skills, saying the numbers as we count, and using our woodland environment to encourage us to read and write our numbers.We will be using a mix of teaching methods including practical activities, games and Interactive Whiteboard activities to support and extend our children's understanding of number.

 

Understanding the World

We will be talking about the different materials that were used to build the houses- straw, sticks and bricks.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be using our creative skills to mix colours and create collage art work.

 

How you can help at home...

Encourage your child to retell the story to you including actions!

Talk about materials at home- Can they find something made out of bricks, wood...?

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 16th October 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be recapping on 'The Little Red Hen' story. We will be encouraging the children to take on the role of one of the animals in the story and act it out. We will also be receiving a letter from the Little Red Hen and following instructions to make our very own bread.

 

Physical development

The children will continue to develop their fine motor skills by using a range of finger gym activities. We will be encouraging our children to take off and put on their own socks and shoes. 

 

Personal. Social and Emotional development

We will continue to focus upon our Diamond Rule of 'help' linking it to our class book. We will be asking the children how they can help their friends and teachers in school.

 

Mathematics

In Mathematics we will be practising number recognition skills to 20. We will be taking part in lots of activities and games that require careful counting. We will be counting lots of different things such as steps, claps, jumps.

 

Understanding the World

The children will be helping to make bread. They will be thinking about the ingredients they need and using their senses to explore how the bread mixture changes when cooking. We will also be learning a little bit about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be using our creative skills to combine colours and shapes to make Rangoli patterns for Diwali.

 

 

How you can help at home...

Encourage your child to dress and undress by themselves so that they will find it easier to get change for PE after the half term holiday.

Help your children to practise saying the phase 2 phonic sounds and learn the tricky words on their bookmarks.

 

Week Commencing -Monday 9th October 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be introducing the children to the traditional tale-The Little Red Hen.We will continue our work upon comprehension with a real focus upon the characters and what they do and say. We will be encouraging our children to act out the story and the teachers will be modelling this through a Role Play Show!

 

 

 

 

Physical development

The children will continue to develop their fine motor skills by using a range of finger gym activities.We will be encouraging our children to take off and put on their own socks and shoes. If parents could encourage their children to do this at home it would be much appreciated.

 

Personal. Social and Emotional development

We will continue to focus upon our Diamond Rule of 'help' linking it to our class book. We will be asking our children to offer help at home so if you could think of some small jobs that they could help with that would be fantastic.

 

Mathematics 

In Mathematics we will be practising our oral counting to 20 and beyond. We will be taking part in lots of activities and games  that require careful counting.We will be counting lots of different things such as steps, claps, jumps.

 

Understanding the World

The children will be encouraged to practise using the computers, especially their mouse skills.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be using our creative skills to make masks to help us act out our Little Red Hen story.

 

How you can help at home

Read your child's book with them as often as you can.

Let them help you with jobs around the house.

 

Week Commencing - Monday 2nd October 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy 

This week we will be introducing the children to the text 'The Giant Turnip'. We will work on comprehension and encourage the children to answer questions about what is happening and what might happen next. The children also will be coming up with and sharing their own imaginative ideas for ways of getting the turnip out of the ground. 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 2nd October 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy 

This week we will be introducing the children to the text 'The Giant Turnip'. We will work on comprehension and encourage the children to answer questions about what is happening and what might happen next. The children also will be coming up with and sharing their own imaginative ideas for ways of getting the turnip out of the ground. 

 

 

Physical Development

The children will continue to develop their fine motor control through a range of different activities and will also be taught how to hold a pencil correctly and begin to draw some basic shapes. 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be learning about our class diamond rules, 'kind', 'share', 'help', 'try', 'polite' and 'listen'.

This week we will be focusing on the diamond rule 'help'. In the story that we are reading, the characters all work together and help each other. We will have discussions about how the children can help each other in school. 

 

Mathematics

In mathematics the children will be exploring, handling and learning the names of 2D shapes. We will begin with the basic shapes circle, square, triangle and rectangle and will then move on to introducing an oval, diamond and hexagon later in the week. The children will also be practising holding mark making equipment correctly and drawing the shapes. 

 

 

Understanding the World

We will be learning about the Harvest Festival. Soon, the school will be inviting families to make donations of food, please look out for the collection bank either in the school entrance or in the hall. 

 

 

Expressive Art and Design

This week the children will be using shapes to make their own patterns and pictures. 

 

How you can help at home...

Look for shapes around the home and practise naming them, encourage your child to count the number of sides. 

 

Read your child's school reading book with them as often as possible.

 

Talk to your child about the school dinner menu each night and what they might choose the next day. As well as the paper copy sent home in the first week, the menu is also available on the website. please visit the 'parents' tab and then click 'school meals' and then scroll down to the bottom and click on the 'Pentland dinner menu

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 25th September 2017

 

This week we will be continuing to help the children to make new friends and settle into the class routines. We will also be supporting them with getting used to lunchtimes and we will encourage them to try different things and become more independent. We are still getting to know the children and their interests and will continue to carry out some assessments to find out what they can already do and how they like to learn. We are really pleased with how well they are doing.

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be introducing the children to the text 'My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh' by Nick Sharratt. We will be using this text as a stimulus to encourage the children to share things about their own family and home life. We will be supporting the children with their speaking and listening skills and developing their confidence when speaking in familiar groups. 

                                   

                                                                            

 

The children will be supported on a one-to-one basis with their reading. We will be teaching them about handling books carefully, turning the pages one at a time, recognising words and pictures and discussing what is happening in the pictures or answering questions. They will then take this reading book home in their book bags to practise these skills with an adult at home. Please check your child's reading diary to see what we have been working on and what you can do to help. Please share your child's book with them as often as possible, reading the same book more than once can help to develop children's understanding of language, and can help them to recognise some letters and words and become more familiar with the characters. Please write in your child's reading diary when you have read at home, letting us know how they did.  

 

Physical Development

The children will have the opportunity to practise their fine motor control through in different ways, this is an important skill that needs to be developed in order to help them to effectively handle different tools and equipment such as pencils for writing and scissors. 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will continue to learn about our class diamond rules, 'kind', 'share', 'help', 'try', 'polite' and 'listen'. The children will be encouraged to think about what different types of behaviour reflect each rule. We aim for the children to know the diamond rules well and understand what they mean for our class. 

 

This week we will also be focusing on ourselves and our families. The children will be encouraged to think and talk about the people who are special to them. We will also be encouraging the children to have the confidence to share their thoughts and ideas with their friends and teachers.

 

Mathematics

This week we will be teaching the children about pattern. This links well with the text that we are learning in literacy 'My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh' because Mum likes spots and Dad likes stripes. We will look at different patterns and talk about them. The children will be supported to talk about colours, shapes and whether patterns are repeating or not. They will then be supported to recognise and continue some repeating patterns. 

 

                                                                            

 

Understanding the World

The children will be encouraged to continue to practise using the computers and getting used to using a mouse to select programmes and use the software 'Education City'. 

 

Expressive Art and Design

This week the children will be using pastels to draw a self-portrait. They will also be exploring using different media and materials independently in the creative area. The children will also practise making patterns using fruit as stamps to use with paint. 

 

                                                                             

 

How you can help at home...

Look for patterns in the home (clothing , bedding etc.) and encourage your child to talk about them. 

 

Read your child's school reading book with them as often as possible.

 

Talk to your child about the school dinner menu each night and what they might choose the next day. As well as the paper copy sent home in the first week, the menu is also available on the website. please visit the 'parents' tab and then click 'school meals' and then scroll down to the bottom and click on the 'Pentland dinner menu'. 

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 11th September 2017

 

At the moment we are helping the children to make new friends and settle into the class routines. We are getting to know the children and their interests and carrying out some assessments to find out what they can already do and how they like to learn. We are really pleased with how well they are doing.

 

Communication and Language 

This week we are encouraging the children to talk about themselves. We will be supporting the children to take it in turns to speak within a group. 

 

Physical Development

The children will be developing their fine motor control by putting pegs into the pegboards.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be learning about our class diamond rules, 'kind', 'share', 'help', 'try', 'polite' and 'listen'.

 

Literacy

This week we will be reading the story 'What Do I Look Like?' by Nick Sharratt. We will be discussing similarities and differences. The children will be focusing on developing their listening and attention skills and their understanding. Each child will also bring home a reading book.

 

Mathematics

The children will be singing a variety of number rhymes and developing their number recognition skills.

 

Understanding the World

The children will be learning how to use the class Ipads to take photographs.

 

Expressive Art and Design

This week the children will be using pastels to draw a self-portrait. 

 

How you can help at home...

Talk to your child about what they have been doing at school and ask them about the friends they have made.


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