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Reception Class

 

   

Welcome back to Reception - Class 1!

 

smileySpring Term 2019
'SPACE' and 'DINOSAURS'

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We hope you enjoyed a lovely Christmas holiday with family and friends and that your children are ready for the new term ahead! Last term was an exciting one for your children that saw them take part in many performances of our Christmas Play, sing in our Carol Service and even meet Father Christmas!



This term we are going to explore two mini themes of 'Space' and 'Dinosaurs' and through carefully planned activities, will cover both the Prime and Specific Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. A space ship has even managed to land in the classroom for your children to explore on their return.frown

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For more information please look up our Termly Overview Pamphlet under the Curriculum heading for further information of our 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.


CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING

We will also be launching our 'Characters of Effective Learning' this term to work in partnership with you to gather even more information on the leaps in learning that your child is making. Whilst the characteristics of effective learning are something that we are already plan and observe in school, we wanted to provide you with more information using some cuddly characters that the children can also identify with that share some of these characteristics. More information will be provided under a separate information pamphlet in the coming weeks. Watch this space! smiley
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We continue to provide a variety of reading opportunities every day in school and would appreciate your continued support reading with your child as often as possible. 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.
We aim to change your child's home reading book every Tuesday and Friday.

LEARNING JOURNEY RECORD
We will aim to capture as much of your child's learning as possible through photographs which will share with you, as they not only provide a record of your child's learning, but they are a fantastic memory of your how your child spends their time in school. Some of these will be part of their Learning Journey Record, along with other evidence from school and home. Please feel free to share the Learning Journey Book with your child.
We will also be sending home our 'Long Observations' of your child and would appreciate your comments.

Keep those WOW cards coming in as they are a celebration of the steps your child has made in their learning at home and we love to hear and share them.



If you have any 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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

                     



Mrs Michelle Batstone and Laura Beer smiley

(Class Teachers)

Becky Steward (Teaching Assistant Mondays - Thursdays)


 

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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