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.
Information on how to support your child's development in the Early Years can be found in the above document
Meet the team!
Renoir Class - Miss Conroy and Mrs Charge
Morris Class - Miss McGregor and Mrs Sheppard
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
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 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 🛑, look 👀 and listen 👂 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sharing, halving and doubling
Literacy - Constructing 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.
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!
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.
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!
Spring Term 2
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.
Please ensure your child has a named pair of welly boots in school.
Please remember to bring back your child's PE kit.
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.
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!