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Aim High; Be Resilient; Take Care of Each Other

Reception Class

Welcome to Reception - Class 1!

 

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Autumn Term 2018
'OURSELVES' and 'PEOPLE WHO HELP US’

                         

                                     

 

We hope you enjoyed a lovely Summer Break and that your children have enjoyed spending time with their family and friends. 

This term we are going to explore two mini themes of 'Ourselves' and 'People who help us' and through carefully planned activities, will cover both the Prime and Specific Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. 

 

For more information please look up our New Termly Overview Pamphlet (in the Curriculum Area) providing further information of our curriculum planning for all areas of the Foundation Stage together with ideas that you can share with your child at home to support them with their learning.

                                                                               

Growth Mindset 

The school is committed to promoting a ‘Growth Mindset’ with your children - a belief that personal ability can be developed through dedication and hard work. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. To support your child’s knowledge and understanding, we will be sharing our ACHIEVASAURS. These are dinosaur characters that are examples of the learning dispositions we are trying to promote. You may hear your child saying that they have been a ‘Thinkodocus’ or a ‘Tryatops’, among others, and wondered why!

THINKODOCUS                                                   TRYATOPS

                                                                                                                   

 

How can you help?

Please see our parents guides (after the Class Gallery) which expands on the three main areas of Playing and Exploring, namely, ‘Willing to have a go’, Playing with what I know’ and ‘Finding out and exploring’ with some statements in child speak to help understanding. For example, your child might show a curiosity about objects, events and people, or use their senses to explore the world around them, engage in open-ended activity or show particular interests. They may also pretend objects are things from their experience and represent them in their play, e.g. using an experience of visiting the doctor, a child may use a funnel, placing it their ear and on a teddy’s chest and tell you that they are “listening to teddy, he is sick”. 

 

 We will send some ‘WOW’ cards home and would be grateful if you could to let us know of any observations you have made of Playing and Exploring at home?

  

                                                                     


We will be introducing Phase 2 and Phase 3 letter sounds this term as part of our phonics program. Your child we bring home a 'sound book' which will detail each new sound they have learnt that day. Please can you support them to practice writing and saying the letter sound. You can also draw or stick pictures that begin with the initial sound they are learning, for example, Snake for 's'.  We will also support the skills of blending and segmenting for development of reading and writing as well as teaching them tricky words such as I, no, go, to, the, into. 

                                                                      

 

We continue to provide a variety of reading opportunities every day in school and would appreciate your support reading with your child as often as possible. The school reading policy for reading homework is at least 3 times a week. This can be through hearing your child read the books we send home, using and sharing books from the library or reading stories to them at home. Please make a note in their reading record when they have read with you so that we know if we need to change the reading book.
We aim to change your child's home reading book every Tuesday and Friday.

MATHEMATICS

 

 

                                                                       

The children will be introduced to our educational videos of ‘numberblocks’ that support a deeper understanding of number in addition to activities that enable children to master the deeper mathematical concepts. Please use the link below to explore related activities and games with your child.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

 

frown WATCH THIS SPACE for details of our Early Phonics and Early Mathematics Parent Information Evening happening this term! 

 

If you have any further queries please don't hesitate to come and talk to us either at the beginning or end of the day, or if you think you would like a longer appointment, please ring the office to arrange.

Many thanks,

Mrs Michelle Batstone and Laura Beer 
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(Class Teachers)

Becky Steward (Teaching Assistant Mondays - Thursdays)

Megan Doidge (Work Placement Trainee Teaching Assistant  - Friday) 
 

Class Gallery 2018 - 2019

Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 1 MD- Season sorting
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 2 UTW - Autumn Senses Walk
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 3 UTW - Harvesting apples
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 4 UTW - A twist! This one is ripe for picking
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 5 UTW - Looking at different varieties of apples
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 6 MD- Measuring for our Flapjack baking
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 7 MD- Measuring our height
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 8 MD - Order our heights independently, Great job!
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 9 PD - Building our Sukkah
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 10 MD - Making Paper Chains in repeating patterns
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 11 UTW - Celebrating the festival of Sukkot
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 12 UTW -Celebrating the festival of Sukkot

Class Gallery 2017- 2018

Class Gallery 2017- 2018 1 EAD - Making Puppets for our Class Book
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 2 EAD - Our Space Pictures
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 3 EAD - Our Space Pictures
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 4 LIT - Alien Phonics Obb and Bob
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 5 LIT - Alien Phonics Obb and Bob
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 6 EAD - Exploring Media and Materials: Bubble Planet
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 7 EAD - Exploring Media and Materials: Bubble Planet
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 8 EAD - Exploring Media and Materials: Bubble Planet
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 9 EAD - Exploring Media and Materials: Bubble Planet
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 10 EAD - Exploring Media and Materials: Bubble Planet
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 11 MD- And they're off 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Blast Off
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 12 EAD- Superheros join everyone on the Moon
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 13 MD- How many planets? Let's Count!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 14 UTW - We are flying past Mars, Jupiter and Saturn
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 15 PSED - Playing together and taking turns
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 16 EAD - Space Play
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 17 EAD - ALL Shining Stars for our Christmas Play
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 18 MD- Problem Solving using the Singapore Bar
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 19 MD - Problem Solving using the Singapore Bar
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 20 UTW - All bandaged up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 21 UTW - Using a stethoscope
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 22 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 23 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 24 UTW - Can you find a heartbeat?
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 25 UTW - Say Ahhhhh!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 26 UTW - Using a stethoscope
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 27 UTW - When the Nurses came to visit
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 28 UTW - When the Nurses came to visit
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 29 UTW - When the Nurses came to visit
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 30 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 31 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 32 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 33 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 34 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 35 UTW - Can you find a heartbeat?
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 36 UTW - Say Ahhhhh!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 37 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 38 UTW - Taking our temperature!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 39 UTW - Can you find a heartbeat?
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 40 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 41 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 42 UTW - When the Vet came to visit
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 43 UTW - When the Vet came to visit
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 44 UTW - When the Vet came to visit
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 45 UTW - When the Vet came to visit
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 46 UTW - Treating our Pets
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 47 UTW - Treating our Pets
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 48 UTW - Treating our Pets
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 49 UTW - Treating our Pets
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 50 UTW - Treating our Pets
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 51 UTW - Treating our Pets
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 52 UTW - Treating our Pets
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 53 UTW Changing States - Making flapjacks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 54 UTW Changing States - Making flapjacks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 55 UTW Changing States - Making flapjacks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 56 Maths - Measuring flapjack ingredients
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 57 Maths - Measuring flapjack ingredients
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 58 Maths - Measuring flapjack ingredients
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 59 Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 60 UTW Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 61 UTW Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 62 UTW Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 63 UTW Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 64 UTW Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 65 UTW Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 66 UTW Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 67 UTW - Building a Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 68 UTW - Building a Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 69 UTW - Building a Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 70 UTW - Building a Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 71 UTW - Decorating our Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 72 UTW - Decorating our Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 73 UTW - Decorating our Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 74 UTW - Decorating our Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 75 UTW - Celebrating Jewish Festival of Sukkot
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 76 UTW - Celebrating Sukkot (thanksgiving for fruit)
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 77 MD Counting - Making Numberblocks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 78 MD Counting - Making Numberblocks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 79 MD Counting - Making Numberblocks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 80 MD Counting - Making Numberblocks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 81 MD Counting - Making Numberblocks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 82 MD Counting - Making Numberblocks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 83 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 84 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 85 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 86 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 87 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 88 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 89 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 90 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 91 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 92 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 93 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt

WEBSITES

WEBSITES 1 Numberblocks

'Fast forward nine months and the fruits of our work, Numberblocks, is now being broadcast on the BBC’s CBeebies channel. There are 30 five-minute programmes - one every weekday morning for six weeks - which gradually build deep understanding of the numbers between one to five, with an element of mathematics being integral to each episode, and not just an add on. Here are some of the ways in which we tried to embed mathematical rigour into the characters and the stories:

  • There is a mapped curriculum running across the programmes, giving attention to detail and ensuring good coverage of early mathematical concepts. One episode for example addresses the key principles of counting as highlighted by Gelman and Gallistel (1979)
  • Each character is made of the relevant number of blocks, e.g. three is made from three blocks. This structure means that they can transform into other numbers (as actual numbers do). For example the characters 3 and 2 can combine to create the character 5
  • The “part whole” structure where numbers can be split (partitioned) into other numbers is exposed. The character five can separate into two and three, or four and one, for example. This structure is very strong in both the Shanghai and Singapore textbooks and many teachers in England are now realising the benefits for pupils of stressing this structure. Those that have been doing so - with Maths Hubs programme projects over the last couple of years - report that this is now having a significant impact on KS1. The Numberblocks use the structure of splitting and combining to solve problems - for example 1 and 2 combine to reach the apples on a tree
  • There is variation in the way a number sentence is represented, sometimes with the equals symbol at the start, and sometimes at the end (strong in Shanghai textbooks). This develops children’s fluency and flexibility in recognising number relationships
  • Images and abstract number sentences are always presented together to help children connect the concrete and the abstract (very important in mastery)
  • Songs and rhymes provide repeated sentences to talk about the maths and repetition to embed learning
  • Precise and accurate mathematics vocabulary is used
  • Connections are made between concepts, for example addition and subtraction.

Working with talented animators and creative storytellers and songwriters has been a privilege for me, and all the more so because they took the maths in every episode seriously.

I’m sure that children watching the series will benefit enormously, and I’d encourage teachers to consider taking a look at these programmes and considering how they might use them as a resource to support teaching.

Debbie Morgan is Director of Primary Mathematics at the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)

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