A warm welcome back to school and to our new families who we are welcoming this year.
We are excited to start the year with some familiar and new faces on our team.
Remember all of our learning will be shared on Tapestry, but this page may provide you with a further insight into school life at Round Diamond.
Meet the team!
Renoir Class - Miss Owen and Mrs Charge
Morris Class - Miss Ireton and Mrs Sheppard
PE days are Thursdays:
Please ensure to bring in named kit which is specified in the Welcome to Reception leaflet. Where possible, please can children have Velcro/ slip-on trainers to aid independence. Many thanks
Occasional Day (school closed) - Friday 24th November 2017
Autumn Term stay and play - Monday 4th December 2017 2.30pm-3.10pm
Early Years Nativity - Monday 11th December 2pm -3pm
Tuesday 12th December 9.30am - 10.30am
End of Term - Autumn Term ends Tuesday 19th December at 2pm
Our Learning 13th-17th November 2017
This week Renoir and Morris class have been learning how to label and subitise!
Within our literacy learning we have been labelling characters from the Stick Man story. We have used our sounding out to carefully sound out each label before writing it down.
In maths we have been subitising. This means we have been learning that it does not matter how an amount is shown it will always be the same amount!
We recognised that it does not matter how we display 5 stones there will still only be 5 stones.
We began 'Fabulous Fridays!' this week and had a fantastic turn out of parents, thank you!
Our Learning 6th - 10th November 2017
This week in Renoir and Morris class we have been focusing our literacy and maths learning around Bonfire night.
First we shared our experiences of Bonfire night from the weekend, then used describing words for the sounds we heard to make rhyming strings in literacy, such as 'wizz, bizz, fizz'. We made chalk pictures and had a go at writing labels for our pictures.
In maths we practised counting using 1:1 correspondence before writing the corresponding numeral. We also recapped our 2D and 3D shapes, finding objects that were straight, round, small and tall.
We had great fun creating our own firework pictures using paints outside on large black paper, thinking about the colours, sounds and patterns from our own experiences.
On Wednesday we had a day dedicated to learning about Remembrance day. We watched a news clip about a girl and her veteran Grandfather selling poppies which showed us how they are made. We talked about how the poppies help us remember all the soldiers who fought in the wars to help us. We made our own poppies from a range of resources including clay, paint, tissue paper and coloured paper which we will be bringing home soon.
Next week we will be focusing our literacy learning around the story of Stickman, which the children enjoyed after our Autumn walk.
In maths we are introducing the skill of subitising - being able to say how many objects is in a small group (1-6) without counting, an important skill to underpin further maths learning later on.
You can help support this learning by pointing out small groups of objects and encouraging your children to say how many they see, such as how many spots on a dice, or how many apples in a bowl.
We will continue to learn new phonemes in phonics and practising our segmenting and blending for reading. Thank you for your continued support in reading at home with your children.
Our learning 30th October - 3rd November
This week we have been very busy in Renoir and Morris class.
We went on our Autumn walk on the 1st of November with our parents and grandparents to explore the natural environment near our school. We collected a range of natural resources and used them to make our own creative learning.
In maths we have been exploring shapes and patterns linked to the festival of Diwali. We made our own rangoli patterns, mehndi patterns and explored how to make patterns with a variety of resources in our classroom.
In literacy we listened to the story of Rama and Sita and as an adult led activity we ordered the images from the story. We also used puppets to act out our favourite parts of the story and drew our favourite characters.
Next week we will be incorporating Bonfire night into our literacy and maths learning and having a Remembrance Day topic day on Wednesday 8th November.
Our learning 16th-20th October 2017
It's been a fun filled last week in Renoir and Morris!
We have been exploring the story of 'Dear Zoo' and discussed our favourite characters. We tried to write their names or the initial sounds of their names.
In maths we have been learning the names of 3D shapes. We learnt cube, cuboid, sphere, cylinder and pyramid. We also went on a shape hunt in the outside area and realised there are 3D shapes all around us!
After half term our topic will be celebrations. If you have been to any celebrations recently or have any coming up please do send any pictures in to school or post onto Tapestry for us to share! We will also be learning about religious festivals and celebrations and would love any artefacts or pictures that you would be willing to share.
Thank you for your on going support we hope you have a lovely half term!
Miss Owen and Miss Ireton
Our learning 9th - 13th October 2017
This week we have focused our Literacy learning around the Gingerbread Man story. The children have been retelling the story in small groups using puppets, decorated their own and used play dough to recreate scenes from the story.
In maths we have been using the language of more and less, and challenging the children to find 1 more / 1 less than a given number. We supported this learning through our Monkey and Crocodile song in our music lesson.
We have been practising our phonemes for phonics and using them to begin segmenting and blending sounds to support our reading and writing. The children have really enjoyed this song to help articulate the phonemes (sounds) ... https://youtu.be/jPVbJ-IaHIw
We have also been singing a song about Harvest festival and finding out about what Harvest Festival is and why people celebrate it.
Next week: we will be looking at the story Dear Zoo, and exploring 2D and 3D shapes.
We have been sharing this shape song as part of our maths learning... https://youtu.be/WTeqUejf3D0
2nd - 6th October 2017
This week in maths we have been exploring Numicon to develop different mathematical skills. We have used the Numicon to double, order numbers, add and count.
In literacy we have been reading the story of 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?' We explored the characters in the story and drew our favourites. As a challenge we labelled our characters with their names by identifying the initial sound and then copying the rest of the word.
We have continued our all about me topic by creating our own 'Jigsaw Faces' which encouraged us to practise and perfect our cutting skills. We also explored the size of our feet by measuring them using unifix blocks, we compared our feet to our friends to show how we are all different and grow in different ways.
If you have not already please ensure you select a time for your parent consultation appointment with your child's key worker. The information on how to do this is on the back of the letter handed out on Thursday 5th October.
25th - 29th September 2017
This week we have been using our phonics to identify initial sounds in words, and matching words that begin with the same sounds. The children have also been practising sounding out CVC words linked to pictures during busy fingers activities and writing these on white boards or large rolls of paper.
In maths we have been ordering numerals 1-10 and learning that we can order objects in a variety of ways such as by size or quantity. The children have been collecting quantities of natural objects to match to numerals, then ordering them in these ways.
Continuing our 'All About Me' topic, we had a fruit tasting session, expressing our likes and dislikes. We then voted for our favourite fruit by colouring a picture and using them to make a class pictogram.
Next week we will be focusing our Literacy around the story, 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?', learning some Makaton sign for animals and colours, and incorporating our phonic skills of blending and segmenting sounds.
In maths we will be recapping skills linked to number recognition and simple addition using a resource called 'numicon'.
How you can help your child at home:
18th - 22nd September 2017
This week in reception we have been continuing our learning around 'All about Me' within our topic work. We have created paper plate faces of ourselves and discussed our favourite stories.
In maths we have been exploring pattern. We created our own repeating patterns and continued repeating patterns too. We looked outside at the patterns we could see and recorded them using Ipads.
In literacy we explored rhyming. We read rhyming stories and made up our own rhyming spells linked to 'Room on the Broom.'
11th-15th September 2017
This week in Maths we have been learning to match number and quantity, using a variety of resources. In literacy we have focused on activities linked to the story, Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Schefler. The children have shown a keen interest in listening to the story on our CD player and using puppets to retell the story in small groups.
Next week we will be focusing on rhyming in literacy, and patterns in maths.
How you can support your child at home:
sharing stories and nursery rhymes, encouraging them to identify rhyming words,
pointing out patterns in the environment, e.g. clothing (stripes, spots, flowers)
We will continue out topic, All about Me. Please can all children bring their favourite book to school by Tuesday 19th Sept. We will be taking photos to make a display.
4th - 8th September 2017
The children have settled well this week and have shown resilience when faced with new experiences and routines.
They have enjoyed their first stay for lunch and explored the KS1 playground.
Both classes have attended music sessions with Mrs Thomas and PE with Mr S.
Next week we will be starting our phonics lessons and giving out first reading books. Please share these and other books with your children at home regularly.
The children in Reception have been very excited to grow their very own runner beans. We have been keeping diaries of the growth of everyone's bean - in conclusion, the children could recognise that the beans changed but in different ways. Some children compared this to how humans grow! We hope they have continued to grow since they have made their way home - please post the changes on Tapestry so we can continue to share these in class. Thank you 🌱
Calculation guidance for mathematical methods used within the EYFS can be viewed in the link below.
Remembrance Day Assembly
Renoir and Morris classes attended a whole school assembly today. The school paid their respects to the brave men and women who fought and battled through World War 1, especially to those whom lost their lives for the sake of others.
Follow the link below to explore Cued Articulation with your child at home.
Our chicks have arrived! The children are very excited and can't wait to see what hatches!