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From Monday 21st September pick up times will be slightly later. Yrs 1-6 staggered pick up from 3.25 to 3.35. Reception staggered pick up from 3.20 to 3.30. Nursery will continue to pick up at 11.30 (morning Nursery) 3.30 (afternoon Nursery)

Reception

Welcome to our Reception Class Page 2020/21

 

A warm welcome to Renoir and Morris class page!

 

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 Conroy and Mrs Sheppard

Morris Class - Miss McGregor and Mrs Charge
 

Important dates

PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday.

Please ensure to bring in named kit which is specified is displayed on the communication board outside the Reception classrooms.

 

Below you will find some documents that you may find useful in supporting both you and your child in Early Year's.

Week commencing 14th September 2020

 

This week we have been busy doing lots of maths learning.

 

We have been practising our counting, trying to use mathematical language and exploring shapes. 

Week commencing 7th September 2020

 

The Children have settled in Reception so well and we are so proud of them. They are following the routines and becoming more and more independent each day. 

 

This week we started phonics. We have been learning the ‘s’ sound and name. The children thought of some words beginning with ‘s’, sorted out words that did/didn’t begin with ‘s’ and had a go at forming the letter ‘s’ with their magic finger.

 

Keep up the super learning Reception!

Welcome to Reception

 

A warm welcome to our new Reception parents with children who are starting September 2020. Please find our welcome video and Powerpoint below πŸ™‚

 

If you have any questions or queries regarding starting Reception at Round Diamond in September please email: faqs@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk

Welcome to EYFS

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2019-2020

 

🌟 Goodbye Reception 🌟

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Welcome to our Reception Class Page 2019/20

 

 

 

A warm welcome to Renoir and Morris class page!

 

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.

 

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/03/4Children_ParentsGuide_2015_WEB.pdf

Information on how to support your child's development in the Early Years can be found in the above document 

What to Expect, When?

The What to Expect, When? document is a useful documents which breaks down the development matter statements into simple sentences as a way of tracking your child's development. 

Meet the team!

 

Renoir Class - Miss Conroy and Mrs Charge

Morris Class - Miss McGregor and Mrs Sheppard

Important dates

 

PE days are Monday and Thursday:

Please ensure to bring in named kit which is specified in the Welcome to Reception letter.
Where possible, please can children have Velcro/ slip-on trainers to aid independence. Many thanks smiley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home learning - Week Beginning 20.07.20

 

The home learning for Reception children not yet returning to school is attached below. 

 

We hope you have a lovely summer.

 

Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor.

Week Beginning 13th July 2020

Story Writing

 

This week in literacy we have continued to read tales written by Beatrix Potter. We have read Johnny Townmouse and The Tale of Jeremy Fisher this week. On Wednesday we planned our own version of The Tale of Jeremy Fisher and then on Thursday we wrote our stories into mini books.

 

We hope you like our plans! Some of us have decided we would like to be authors when we are older.

 

 

Home learning - Week Beginning 13.07.20

 

The home learning for Reception children not yet returning to school is attached below. 

 

Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor.

Home Learning Overview W.B:13.07.20

Literacy resources

Johnny Town-mouse READ ALOUD by Beatrix Potter Kids Read Aloud Story about Country Mouse Timmy Willy

"The Tale of Johnny Town-mouse" by Beatrix Potter follows the adventures of two mice: Johnny Town-mouse and Timmy Willy. Johnny grew up in the city, while Ti...

The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, like Peter Rabbit, began life as an illustrated letter to a young child. It was written when she was on holiday in Scotland wh...

Maths videos

Let's Get Fit | Count to 100 | Count to 100 Song | Counting to 100 | Jack Hartmann

Teach your children to count to 100 as they get some great exercise too. This cool kid-friendly song starts out with a message about staying healthy and fit ...

Counting By Twos Song

The Counting By Twos Song by Have Fun Teaching is a counting song that teaches skip counting by two. Download the Counting Videos: http://havefunteaching.com...

Farmer Pete song with animation by Sunshine Class (pupils aged 5 years)

We made our own animation for the Farmer Pete number bonds for 10 song.

Genevieve Goings- "How Many Fives Around The Clock?" Official Video

DO YOU KNOW how to tell time? Learn with Genevieve Goings, Children's television Star! -As heard on Radio Disney Junior! Known to Disney Junior-watching fans...

Understanding of the World

Personal, Social, Emotional Development

Physical Development

Communication and Language

Week Beginning 6th July 2020

πŸ‡πŸ₯• Peter Rabbit πŸ‡πŸ₯•

 

This week in literacy we have been reading tales written by Beatrix Potter. We have discussed the similarities and differences between some of her tales and spoke about some of the unfamiliar words in the stories. The children have really enjoyed watching some Beartirx Potter animations and comparing events in the stories to their own lives.

 

Here are some lists the children wrote about what their grown ups do for them when they are feeling poorly! Peter rabbbit got tucked into bed and drank some camomile tea in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Home learning - Week Beginning 06.07.20

 

The home learning for Reception children not yet returning to school is attached below. 

 

Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor.

Home Learning Overview W.B:06.07.20

Literacy resources

Literacy 3 - The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter loved the countryside and she spent much of her otherwise conventional Victorian childhood drawing and studying animals. Her passion for the n...

Maths video

Odd Todd and Even Steven

TeacherTube User: Mszdaz TeacherTube URL: http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=225201 This is a math video lesson to help you with new math, mat...

Personal, Social, Emotional Development

Physical Development

Communication and Language

Week beginning 29th June 2020

🐝🍯 Bees and Honey 🍯🐝

 

This week we have been learning all about bees. 

 

The children started by sharing their own knowledge about bees. As a class we discussed facts about bees and honey. The children looked at honey and watched how a honey sandwich was made.  We discussed how important bees are and how we need to protect them because there’s not as many bees as there should be. 

 

The following day we watched a video about bees and how they make honey, it was really interesting. We had a think all together and created a mind map of ideas of how we could protect bees and try to keep them safe. 

 

On Wednesday, we looked at a non-fiction book about bees. The facts we learnt stimulated some questions about bees so we recorded these questions and then researched the answers to them using the internet. Finally, we had a go at answering some bee questions all by ourself. 

 

To finish our learning all about bees this week, we wrote some of our favourite facts in the shape of a bee. We carefully decorated them and have put pictures of them on our class page so we can share our knowledge and help keep bees safe! 

Home learning - Week Beginning 29.06.20

 

We hope you have had a brilliant week in the sunshine and you are keeping safe at home in the sun!

 

The home learning for Reception children not yet returning to school is attached below.

 

This weeks learning in literacy is all about bumble bees which we’re very excited about! 

🐝 We hope you are as excited as we are. πŸ 

 

Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor.

Home Learning Overview W.B:29.06.20

Maths videos

Odd Todd and Even Steven

BBC Schools - Numbertime Money - Coin Recognition to 10p

BBC Schools Numbertime Money All Up To 20p

Counting By Twos Song

The Counting By Twos Song by Have Fun Teaching is a counting song that teaches skip counting by two. Download the Counting Videos: http://havefunteaching.com...

Communication and Language

Come Outside - Eggs

Educational fun for children. Auntie and Pippin collect some newly laid eggs from the hens. Auntie looks at her scrapbook in which she has pasted pictures of...

Personal, Social, Emotional Development

Physical Development

Understanding of the World

Expressive Art and Design

Week beginning 22nd June 2020

πŸ„πŸ‡πŸ– Non-Fiction Writing πŸ–πŸ‡πŸ„

 

This week in Reception we have written our own non-fiction books. We each chose an animal and researched some important facts. Then, we put these facts into our own sentences to make our very own non-fiction books.

Home Learning - Week Beginning 22.06.20

 

We hope you are all safe and well. 

 

Please find below the home learning for Reception children not yet returning to school.

 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor.

Home Learning Overview W.B:22.06.20

Maths videos

Shapes Song 2

A shapes song for children. If this video corrupts, please try the link below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1xvpti6h0A This song was written and performed...

3D Shapes Song | Shapes for kids | The Singing Walrus

The Singing Walrus presents "3D Shapes Song" - an upbeat, funky music video that shows various three dimensional shapes. Join our characters as they learn 4 ...

NUMBERJACKS | Sphere Today, Gone Tommorrow | S1E3

Personal, Social, Emotional Development

Week beginning 15th June 2020

β­οΈπŸ’— Someone Special πŸ’—β­οΈ

 

 

As Fathers Day approaches, we discussed special people in our lives and why we love them. The children discussed how people help them in different ways by reading to them, playing with them, cooking with them and playing sports together.

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Home Learning - Week Beginning 15.06.20

 

We hope you are all safe and well. 

 

Please find below the home learning for Reception children not yet returning to school.

 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor.

Home Learning Overview - W.B: 15.06.20

Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis

Counting By Twos Song

Communication and Language

Expressive Art and Design

Personal, Social, Emotional Development

Understanding of the World

Week beginning 8th June 2020

🌈 Our second week back 🌈

 

During our afternoon learning we completed a session of cosmic kids yoga. The children thoroughly enjoyed the session and loved trying some different yoga moves! The cosmic kids yoga is a great way to relax and focus and can also be done at home, simply search cosmic kids yoga on YouTube and select a video.

Home Learning - Week Beginning 08.01.20

It has been so lovely to see lots of our Reception friends back at school this week.

 

For those children who are not yet returning to school, please find the home learning attached below.

 

We hope you are all keeping safe and well!

 

Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor.

Home Learning Overview W.B: 08.06.20

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

Big Numbers Song Count to 100 Song

Count 10-100 Count by 10 Song

Communication and Language Resources

Understanding of the World Resources

Flight Of The Bumblebee - Rimsky-Korsakov

Week beginning 1st June 2020

🌈 Our First Week Back 🌈

 

 

This week we have been getting used to our 'new' classroom and routine.

 

We have completed lots of fun activities including creating our new learning pack front covers, playing bean bag games outside and completing an all about me sheet. We have also been doing our regular phonics, literacy, maths and theme learning.

 

Well done to all of the children for taking the change in their stride and staying positive and producing fantastic learning! ⭐️

 

Summer 2 - W.B: 01.06.20

We hope you had a fantastic May Half Term.

Thank you to all of those children (and grown-ups) who completed the 'nature' challenge. You found so many beautiful things on the ground whilst out and about, well done!

 

We are really looking forward to seeing lots of lovely, smiley Reception faces back at school this week. For those of you not joining us back at school just yet, please find the home learning attached below.

 

Keep safe and keep smiling all!

 

Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor.

Reception Home Learning Overview W.B: 01.05.20

The Highway Rat

PSED All About Me!

Music - Robert Schumann, Soldier's March

May Half Term 

 

Hello Reception,

 

We hope you have a wonderful half term. We are missing you all lots and can’t wait to see you soon!

 

We have a half term challenge for you, watch our video below to find out more.

When you’ve done the challenge, post a photo of your creation to Tapestry and we will share them for your friends to see!

 

Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor πŸ’ 

Nature nature all around, look what we’ve found on the ground!

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Summer 1 Home Learning - Week Beginning 18.05.20

 

Please find below the home learning for the above week.

 

Thank you to all of those grown-ups that have been posting on tapestry. We really do enjoy seeing the children's smiley faces and all of the lovely things that they have been up to at home. We noticed lots of yummy tea parties last week to celebrate VE day!

 

Keep safe and keep smiling!

 

Miss Conroy, Miss McGregor, Mrs Charge and Miss Sheppard

Reception Home Learning Overview 18.05.20

The Snail and the Whale

Numberblocks - Double Numbers

NUMBERJACKS | Half Time | S2E10

Music- Rain is Falling Down

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Summer 2 Home Learning - Week Beginning 11.05.20

 

We hope you are all safe and well. Keep smiling Early Years children, we can do this!

 

We hope to see you all very soon,

 

Miss Conroy, Miss McGregor, Mrs Charge and Miss Sheppard.

Reception Home Learning Overview 11.05.20

ROOM ON THE BROOM

Days of the Week Song

What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?

Let's Learn About the Clock

"How Many Fives Around The Clock?"

Months Of The Year Song

Music- Five Little Monkeys

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Summer 2 Home Learning- W.B: 04.05.2020
 

Please find below the Reception home learning for the week beginning 04.05.20. This learning and the supporting resources can also be found on Tapestry.
 

Thank you again for your ongoing support, any queries please email Miss Owen at aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk

Keep smiling!

 

Miss Conroy, Miss McGregor, Mrs Charge and Ms Sheppard.

Reception home learning overview W.B: 04.05.20

Zog - Julia Donaldson

2D shape song

3D shape song

Aliens Love Underpants

Music - Little Sammy Saucer

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Home learning
Summer Term- Week 2 (W.B: 27/04/20)

 

Welcome to your second week of Summer Term home learning for Reception.

 

As last week, attached below is an overview of the literacy, maths, afternoon and CIL (child initiated learning) learning for you to complete at home with your child. The resources to support this home learning are also attached below.

The way this learning is completed again is up to you. It may be a good idea to reflect on what worked well in last weeks home learning timetable 
and how you can make it even better this week. The timetable and learning we are providing is flexible and should be used and tweaked to best suit you and your child at home.

 

The below learning is also posted on Tapestry for your convenience.
Lots of grownups have been sharing their childrens home learning on Tapestry and it has been absoloutly delightful to see this learning and be able to engage with you and the children. Please keep Tapestry posts coming our way!
 

 

Sending lots of happiness your way.

 

Thank you again for your ongoing support, any queiries please email Miss Owen at aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk 

 

Miss Conroy, Miss McGregor, Mrs Charge and Ms Sheppard.

Reception Home Learning Overview Week Beginning 27.04.20

The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson

Home learning
Summer Term- Week 1 (W.B: 20/04/20)

 

Welcome to your first week of Summer Term home learning for Reception.

 

Attached below is an overview of the literacy, maths, afternoon and CIL (child initiated learning) learning for you to complete at home with your child. The way this learning is completed is up to you, however we would suggest you create a weekly/ daily timetable with your child that fits best with your home learning environment.

 

Documents have also been saved below to match the learning. Where necessary, there are sheets or photos for your guidance. Not all of the activities need sheets as we have tried to ensure the activities will keep your child engaged during their learning at home, just as we do at school. 

 

Each Thursday, learning for the following week and resources will be posted on this page and the weekly overview of learning will also be posted on Tapestry. We will also continue to post challenges on Tapestry for Early Years and on Facebook for the whole school. We are sure your children loved seeing their friends' learning at home so please continue to join in with the challenges where possible.

 

We hope you enjoy the learning attached and you are all keeping safe, healthy and happy!

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, any queiries please email at aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk 

 

Miss Conroy, Miss McGregor, Mrs Charge and Ms Sheppard.

Reception Home Learning Overview Week Beginning 20.04.20

🐣 Easter Holidays 🐣 

 

We hope you have had an enjoyable couple of weeks learning from home and have found the activities useful. Thank you for updating Tapestry with your fantastic learning, beautiful rainbows and scrumptious baking challenges.

There are a few Spring time craft and baking activities posted below if you wish to be creative during the Easter holidays.

 

We hope to see you soon and hope you are all keeping well. Thank you again for your continued support at these uncertain times. 

Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor.

School Closure

Week Beginning 23rd March 2020

 

Attached you will find an assortment of activities should you wish to complete with your children at home. There are also links to videos and songs that the children have been enjoying whilst in reception.

 

There is also a link to twinkl.co.uk which is a resource bank filled with interactive games, videos, stories and printable resources. Parents are being granted free access during this uncertain time. For a free log in use www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and use the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS 

There is also free access to phonicsplay which is another great resource with phonics games for free access;

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If you have any questions regarding this learning please email aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk

 

Week beginning 16th March 2020

 

This week in Reception Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor have been checking to see which sounds and tricky words we are now reading fluently and confidently. 

We have blown Miss Conroy’s and Miss McGregor’s socks off by how many words and sounds we have learnt and remembered so far this year. 

Week beginning 9th March 2020

 

This week we had a visit from a Sports Relief Coach. She taught us some really fun games that we could play to help us keep fit and healthy.

We played the ‘bean game’ and then we did some different exercises using the bean bags. 

Bean Bag Balance

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Week beginning 2nd March 2020

 

This week we celebrated World Book Day. We dressed up in costumes that were inspired by characters from our favourite books. Most of us donated £1 to the school to buy some more books for our school library that we can share at home.

Week beginning 24th February 2020

 

This week we began our new theme in Reception which is ‘Fairytales’.

In our classes we had a vote to choose a fairytale to go and listen to with either Miss Conroy, Miss McGregor, Mrs Charge or Ms Shepard. 

Some of us chose a story we had heard many times before at home, whereas some of us chose an unfamiliar fairytale.

Week beginning 10th February 2020

 

This week, as part of the children’s creative learning they have made dinosaur masks.

Here are some of the mighty dinosaurs giving a big ‘roarrrrrrrr’.

Week beginning 3rd February 2020

 

Over the last few weeks the children have been doing lots of wonderful learning within our ‘Dinosaur’ theme. Lots of their learning is now displayed on our updated Reception corridor display.

I think you will agree it looks amazing!

Week beginning 27th January 2020

 

This week it was Renoir’s turn to become ‘Palaeontologists’...

Week beginning 20th January 2020

 

This week Morris class went on a discovery! The children went out to the court yard to see what they could find... 

Week beginning 13th January 2020

 

This week we had our first ‘Fabulous Friday’ in Reception. We had a great turn out of parents and it was wonderful to see so many children engaging in their learning alongside their grown up.

Thank you again to all of those that could make it and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

‘Fabulous Friday’ will continue to run for the rest of the academic year in Reception. 

Week beginning 6th January 2020

 

Happy New Year!

This week we started our new theme of ‘Dinosaurs’ in Reception. We started by doing a knowledge harvest to find out what we already knew about dinosaurs. Then, we used our decoding skills to label some of the dinosaur body parts. These diagrams are being displayed in our classroom as the start of our theme display.

Week beginning 16th December 2019

 

This week we performed our Christmas story to some of the children at Round Diamond school and our grown ups!

We have worked so hard this year to learn the words and actions to some very fast and challenging songs. Some of us even had lines to learn and say on our own in front of the entire audience.

 

We have had lots of fun and our teachers are proud to say that so many of us have grown in confidence throughout our rehearsing times. Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor say that we are all superstars, and we agree!

Week beginning 9th December 2019

 

On Friday we celebrated ‘Christmas jumper day’. The children came into school wearing their Christmas jumpers and bought in £1 for the ‘Save the Children’ charity. The children really enjoyed showing their jumpers off and we spoke about the good cause we had donated to by wearing our Christmas jumpers.

Week beginning 2nd December 

 

Today reception had a special visitor  from Hertfordshire County Council, a road safety officer called Barbara. Barbara was speaking  to us about how to cross the road safely. We learnt that to cross the road safely you have to stop πŸ›‘, look πŸ‘€ and listen πŸ‘‚ and ALWAYS hold a grownups hand. Then we spoke about the safest places and ways to cross the road. Barbara reminded us to that we must always wear our seat belt in the car and keep our seat belts on until the car has stopped and our grown up is ready to help us get out of the car on the side near the kerb. 

Barbara told us we should always try to wear light clothes when we are outside so people can see us clearly, especially in the winter when there’s less daylight. We also looked at the reflective strips on our book bags and learnt a song to help us remember how to cross the road safely. To finish, we practised crossing the road safely with our friends.

Well done Renoir class, you all know how to cross the road safely!

Week beginning 25th November 2019

 

This week the teachers have been busy assessing our phonics knowledge. We are pleased to say that we can now hear, identify and say lots more sounds than we could when we begun reception in September. Lots of us are nowsegmenting and blending too!

Our teachers are so proud of us!

Week beginning 18th November 2019

 

This half term our topic is ‘Superheroes’. In literacy, we have been reading the story Supertato. This week, as part of our topic learning we made our very own ‘Supertatoes’ by sticking and combining different materials on to a real potato. These potatoes are now in our Small World Areas in the classroom ready for us to imitate scenes from the story. 

Week beginning 11th November 2019

 

On Monday we reflected on Remembrance  Sunday. Some children shared their own knowledge and  experiences of Remembrance Sunday so far. We watched a short clip which explained the story of ‘Poppy Day’ and then the children created some beautiful art work which is now displayed in the Reception classrooms.

Week beginning 4th November 

 

This week we have been busy learning lots of new sounds in phonics to help us with our reading and writing. We use cued articulation actions to aid our understanding of how each sound is made.

Cued Articulation Song Ants in the Apple

Cued Articulation

Week beginning 21st October

 

We have all enjoyed our first half term in Reception. We have made lots of new friends and we are really enjoying the challenging learning set by our teachers.

 

Here is some of our learning from this week.

Week beginning 14th October 

 

In Reception we have been reading the story Whatever Next by Jill Murphy. We have engaged in lots of lovely learning activities and Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor have put our super learning on display in the corridor. We are so proud of our learning and so are our teachers! 

 

What do you think?

Week beginning 7th October 2019

 

In maths, we have been learning about repeating patterns. Here is some of our learning. 

Week beginning 30th September 2019

 

In reception our topic is ‘All about me’. This week the children have been practising their cutting skills by making a jigsaw from their faces and putting it back together. The children then looked closely at their photos and discussed their features with their learning partners. 

Week beginning 23rd September 2019

 

In literacy we have been reading ‘Whatever Next!’ By Jill Murphy. We have been taking part in lots of different activities to do with this story as part of our literacy learning.

We have used the playdough to make different planets, ordered the main parts of the story, drawn pictures of baby bear in space using the chalk, packed a bag for space and acted out the story.

Week beginning 15th September 2019

 

This week we have been doing our baseline phonics assessments ready for our phonics groups. We have started to learn some sounds and we have been looking at the initial sounds of words as part of our literacy learning. 

 

 

Week beginning 9th September 2019

 

In Reception we have been learning to undress and dress ourselves for PE. This has been quite challenging for some of us! It would be really helpful if we could practise this skill at home with our grown ups.

 

Look at us having a go!

Week beginning 2nd September 2019


The Reception children have settled in well and they are enjoying exploring their new learning environment.

The children are developing their new friendships within the Early Years and this is lovely to see.

Reception Class Page 2018/19

w/c 24th June - 28th June

 

This week we have been exploring measurements in maths! The children have explored different lengths and made estimations as well as using cubes to measure.

 

In literacy we have been preparing for our trip to the farm by writing lists, labelling maps and making tickets!

W/C 10th June - 14th June

 

Throughout the week we have been exploring number in maths. We have explored number problems by listening to the language in the sentence and deciding whether it was an addition or subtraction calculation. We have practised using number lines to help us answer our questions and have mastered this skill throughout the week. 

 

In literacy we have been watching the story of 'Farmer Dan'. We predicted what would happen in the story and created our own inventions to save Farmer Dan from the mud. After exploring the story in detail we were ready to rewrite the story. 

 

We are so excited for our farm trip on the 3rd of July!

Please remember to hand in your money and reply slip if you have not already.

 

Thank you,

EYFS team 

 

 

Monday 25th March - Friday 29th March

 

This week we have been continuing with our topic of fairy tales as well as discussing how special our mums are in preparation for Mother's Day.

 

In literacy we have been reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood and writing lists to buy food for Granny. We have also been thinking about the characters and how they differ from one another.

 

In maths we have been exploring money by discussing the properties of the coins and their value. 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, we look forward to seeing you at our Easter stay and play on Thursday 4th April at 2:15 - 3:00 

Spring has sprung!

Monday 11th March - Friday 15th March

 

We have been very busy in Reception this week.

 

We are learning about fairytales and planted our own beans as part of our understanding of the world learning. We are filling in bean diaries every week and are excited to see the changes that we see!

 

In literacy we have been reading the story of the three little pigs and have completed a selection of activities including writing speech bubbles and writing labels for the three pig's houses.

 

In maths we have been exploring capacity and length and have been sorting, ordering and measuring. We really enjoyed writing our own recipes to explore during CIL.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

The EYFS team 

 

 

Parent Voice feedback - Reading at Home

Week commencing 21st January - 25th January

 

Throughout this week we have been learning all about time in maths.

We sequenced routines, sorted day and night pictures and discussed o'clock times. Next week we will explore this in more detail to deepen our knowledge.

 

In literacy we have been continuing to build upon our writing skills.

We have labelled pictures of dinosaurs and written sentences using sounding out, finger spaces and full stops.

 

Please remember to write down any reading completed on bug club into your child's reading record to ensure it is counted towards their reading certificate at the end of term.

Welcome back!

 

We hope you had an exciting Christmas and New Year.

This term we will be learning about Dinosaurs in our topic learning and we will be focusing on the following skills within the other areas of learning;

 

Maths - Addition and subtraction

Money

Time

Sharing, halving and doubling

Number recognition

 

Literacy - Constructing sentences

Writing sentences

Writing labels, lists and captions

 

Please remember to record any reading that you do with your child (including Bug Club) in their reading record to ensure they can receive a reading certificate at the end of the half term.

 

We look forward to meeting with you at parent's evening on Monday 11th and Wednesday the 13th of February.

 

 

Week starting the 8th of October

 

This week we have been learning all about 2D shapes and their properties. We have completed a range of activities including going on a shape hunt, shape pictures and shape playdough activities.

In literacy we have been learning all about alien nonsense words. These are words that we can read but they sound silly and do not make sense! We created our own alien words and practised reading them too. 

 

Please remember we have our Autumn walk on Monday 15th October at 9:10 am. We look forward to seeing many of you then. 

 

 

READING IN THE EARLY YEARS MEETING 26.09.2018

Thank you to those who joined us at our Reading in the Early Years Meeting. As promised here is the Powerpoint presentation .

The Early Years Team.  smiley

Reading in the Early Years

Summer Term 1

Welcome back!

 

We hope that you had a relaxing Easter break.

This half term our new topic is 'Animals'. The children will be learning about a range of animals from wild animals to domestic pets. The children will be finding out where in the world animals live and exploring a range of habitats. 

In literacy we be continuing to develop our writing skills and the children will be  using Non - Fiction books to find out facts about a range of animals. The children will then move on to writing facts and short reports using the information that they have found from exploring the Non - Fiction books.

In Maths we will be continuing to develop our understanding of addition and subtraction, using Numicon and number lines to support this. We will focus on learning our Number Bonds to ten. Please find the link to a Number Bond Song 'Farmer Pete' that we will be using in class to help us learn our Number Bonds so that you can practise this skill with your child at home.     

 

We continue to encourage you to read with your child daily as it is important that they are on at least yellow reading level by the end of the summer term.  

 

Once again the Reception Team would like to thank you for your on going support and we look forward to a successful summer term!

 

 

Phonics information for parents

 

Happy Easter!

 

Thank you for all of your ongoing support this year so far. We have loved seeing the children progress throughout the Spring term and are excited for a fun-filled Summer!

Our new topic will be 'Animals' and we would appreciate any books or resources you may have at home that we could borrow for the half term, we promise to look after them!

We hope you have a relaxing Easter break and look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday 16th April.

 

Miss Owen

Miss McGregor

Mrs Charge

Ms Sheppard

 

Our Learning 19th-23rd March

 

This week Renoir and Morris enjoyed taking part in Science Day. They took part in 2 experiments; 'Rainbow Magic' with skittles and milk and 'Ice Breaker!' with ice cubes. 

Morris and Renoir both enjoyed taking part in each investigation in their own class and in their partner class. They showed great enthusiasm throughout and made predictions before testing their ideas. 

They also explored what scientists do and came up with their own questions about the world which have been posted on Tapestry as a home learning challenge!

Overall it was an exciting day full of questions and wonder!

 

Next week we will be learning about Easter and taking part in plenty of Easter craft. 

 

Please remember school finishes at 2:00pm on Thursday 29th March

 

 

Our Learning 26th February  - 2nd March

 

It has been a very chilly and snowy week but we powered through! 

During literacy we explored the story of Hansel and Gretel creating our own story boards and retelling the story in small groups.

In maths we explored tally charts and pictograms by asking each other our favourite sweets to collect the data.

On Thursday we had 'World Book Day' where we all dressed up in our pyjamas! We had lots of fun sharing our favourite stories and listening to the adults share their favourite stories too.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, especially with the inconvenient weather!

EYFS team 

Spring Term 2 

Welcome back!

We hope you had a restful and fun half term.

This half term we will be exploring the topic 'Traditional Tales' where we will be exploring stories including their characters and settings as well as creating our own representations of magical objects and people.

In maths we will be developing our understanding of addition and subtraction as well as being introduced to money.

In literacy we will be developing our writing skills and focus on writing short stories based on our favourite traditional tales.

 

We continue to encourage you to read with your child daily as it is important that they are on at least yellow reading level by the end of Summer term. 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Our Learning 8th January - 12th January

 

This week in literacy we have been exploring the book 'Supertato!'

We made our own fantastic Supertatos using real potatoes and created a cape and mask for our character.

We have also been writing our own descriptions of Supertato and needed to use our sounding out to ensure that we could write a sentence that could be read by an adult.

In the story we meet the evil pea so we discussed villains and the qualities that villains have. We created our own villains and wrote words to describe them such as 'nasty' and 'sneaky.'

 

In maths we have been exploring weight. We sorted a variety of vegetables into heavy and light by using our hands to balance them and compare their weights so we could sort them. 

We were then able to order the vegetables from lightest to heaviest in order and recorded our findings on paper.

We have also been exploring length and used rulers to find different objects that were long and short. We loved this activity as we were able to independently choose what we measured. 

 

In topic we created our own class superheroes! They will be displayed in our classrooms for you to see and were completed independently after drawing around 4 members of the class.

 

Reminders

Please ensure your child has a named pair of welly boots in school.

Please remember to bring back your child's PE kit. 

Spring Term

 

Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

This term we will be exploring the topic of 'Superheroes'! We will be developing a range of skills across the prime and specific areas of learning linked to this topic to make it fun and exciting for the children.

In literacy we will be continuing to learn new rainbow words and practising these weekly. We will also be writing our own stories and exploring a range of text types.

In maths we will be extending our knowledge of number recognition and formation as well as learning the properties of 2D and 3D shape.

Please see our curriculum map for more information on the skills we will be covering for each area of learning.

If you have any books linked to this topic that we could borrow we would greatly appreciate it and would look after them very well! We are also trying to incorporate the idea of 'local heroes' into the children's learning. If you are or know anyone who is involved in the public service industry please let us know as we would love to hear from you and involve you in the children's learning.

 

Thank you for your on going support.

The Reception Team

 

 

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.

 

Remembrance day

 

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. smiley

 

Remembrance Day Learning

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. 

 

Reminder

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:

 

  • Please send in a baby photo of your child for our Reception corridor display.
  • Look for numerals in the environment, e.g door numbers, clocks, bus tickets, receipts. Count objects ensuring they count one thing at a time.
  • Talking about the phonemes (sounds) your child has learnt at school. Listening for the sounds in words and looking at print in the environment.

 

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.

Thank you 

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.

2016-2017

22.05.17: Growing Runner Beans

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 🌱

Police Visit 14.03.17

The children enjoyed a visit from Police Officers.
They asked questions about a police officer's role
Enjoying the Police Car!
The children had a chance to dress up

World Book Day 2nd March 2017

Renoir Class all dressed up for World Book Day!
Morris Class showing off their wonderful costumes!

Early Years Reading and Phonics Presentation

Useful links for Phonics games:

 

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

 

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

Calculation Guidance

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.

Phonics Song 2 (new ZED version)

It's a phonics song with a picture for each letter. This version uses the name ZED for the letter Z. This is designed to help children learn the sounds of the letters in the English alphabet. This song was written and performed by A.J. Jenkins. Video by KidsTV123.

Encourage your child to use the Cued Articulation signs (see post below) when singing this phonics song.

Cued Articulation

Follow the link below to explore Cued Articulation with your child at home.

Our first few days at School!

EYFS Sports Day: Parent Race!

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EYFS Sports Day: Parent Race!

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EYFS Sports Day: Parent Race!

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EYFS Sports Day: Parent Race!

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Welcome to Reception!

 

Our chicks have arrived! The children are very excited and can't wait to see what hatches!

Wow! Five of our eggs have hatched and we have baby chicks to enjoy!

We are pleased to say that all our eleven eggs have hatched! We have three girls and eight boys.

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