Milne

Reception

We are Reception Milne class. Our teacher is Mrs Francis, our Early Years Educator is Mrs Barrett and our Learning Support Assistant is Miss Anya.

This page will be updated every Friday with important reminder and information. You will also be able to see what the children have been learning about!

Class Updates

Friday 14th February

And just like that… we are somehow halfway through the year already. It has flown by!

In Literacy this week we have been focusing on writing captions for pictures and remembering to leave gaps between words so that they don’t bump together. Some of us have even been making up our own ideas and having a go at writing them down by listening for the sounds in each word.

In Maths this week we have continued our work on addition and have been using number tracks to organise our counters when adding. We talked about how you can’t leave any gaps in the line of counters and that you must start at 1, adding each counter to the next number. We found out that instead of counting them all you can just have a sneaky peek under the last counter in the line to find out the total! We then had a go at both reading and solving some simple addition number sentences. E.g. 2 + 3 = … “Two plus three is equal to….” Finally we then played the penguin adding game and challenged our partners to write a number sentence to show what had happened… very grown up stuff!

On Thursday we took part in DT Day and learnt all about different types of bridges. The children did a great job of designing and building their own bridges to span a river!

Homework

Handwriting homework is now all about numbers! In the homework folders there is the new handwriting sheet for 0, 1 and 2. Please check for details on how to form these correctly.

For homework over the half term holidays please keep practising all the Red Words, both old and new! If your child can recognise them all then have a go at writing them from memory. The more that children can quickly recall how to write these words the more fluent their writing will become.

In the homework folders you will find your child’s 2D shape assessment. In this assessment we also included some irregular shapes which can not just be ‘recognised’. Please remind your child that you cannot guess what to call each shape, but you should count the number of sides or corners, before deciding what it is! E.g. 5 sides = a pentagon, 6 sides = a hexagon, 8 sides = an octagon. Don’t worry if your child has struggled with these trickier shapes, just keep practising at home. However all children should be able to spot and name circles, triangles, squares and rectangles. Thank you!

Also we would love it if the children could draw us a picture of something fun that they got up to in the holidays. They could have a go at writing a simple caption to go with their drawing, e.g. I went to the park. Some words will not be spelt correctly as we are still learning how to write all the sounds, e.g. ‘park’ may be written as ‘puk’ or ‘prk’ which is perfectly fine at this stage. Just encourage your child to write down all and any of the sounds that they can hear in the word – it’s all about confidence!

Over the holidays please could you all have a good look in your wardrobes and laundry baskets for any spare clothes, pants, socks or PE kit that your child may have borrowed from school. Our stock is completely empty! Thank you so much.

Have a lovely half term break and we will see you back at school soon!

Mrs Francis

Friday 7th February

We are absolutely flying with our learning at the moment in Reception! In Literacy we have been working on reading short sentences. We learnt about capital letters and how we will see one at the start of a sentence. We talked about how the capital letters still make the same sound as the lower case letters, and that we should sound them out if they are in a word. We talked about how when I is on its own it is a Red Word, but if it has other sounds next to it then we should sound it out as an ‘i’. E.g. When the word ‘It’ is at the start of a sentence!

We read sentences about polar bears and decided if they were true, or if they were a load of rubbish! The children were great at this and loved finding the silly ‘rubbish’ sentences!

In Maths this week we have been focusing on addition. We used a ‘part whole model’ to organise our counters when playing a penguin adding game and practised saying our star sentences “… is a part and … is a part”. We then learnt how to push all the counters into the larger circle and count them all to find the total, saying “there are … altogether”. We then introduced the words ‘plus’ and ‘is equal to’ to say a number sentence. E.g. 2 plus 3 is equal to 5.” Next week we will be continuing with addition and this time organising our counters onto a number track, before learning how to write simple number sentences using symbols. E.g. 2 + 3 = 5… very grown up!

In RE this week we talked about neighbours and how we can look after the people around us. We discussed how neighbours are not just the people who live next door to you but all the people who are in our local community, including everyone at our school! We talked about how not all neighbours are friendly and if we ever want to talk to someone it is best to ask our mums and dads or those we know if it is OK first. We then made paper dolls of ourselves and some of our neighbours and talked about ways to care for them, such as saying hello.

Today we took part in our school Coding Day and went to a fun assembly run by some of our very own St. Stephen’s parents who are real-life coders! The children learnt about how coding is all about solving problems, spotting patterns and giving instructions. Back in class we completed some fun activities including continuing some repeating shape patterns, “programming” our friends to navigate a maze, and programming the Beebots to move to a particular location.

Homework

These are our new Red Words:

Please keep practising all the other ones that we have learnt so far!

Our handwriting letters this week are x and z. Please see the homework folder for further details.

Next week we will be assessing the children on their recognition of the 2D shapes that we have been learning. Please practise these again with your child at home, remembering to count the number of sides or corners first to determine what to call the shape.

2D shapes homework

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Francis

 

Friday 31st January

Wow – what a jam-packed week we’ve had in Milne class! We have squeezed in so much learning and we are all so proud of how well the children are getting on, and how interested and engaged they are in their learning – well done Reception!

In Maths this week we have been working hard on recognising those tricky ‘teen’ numbers 11-15. We have been practising our counting out skills and making sure to stop at the correct number. We made our own counting bead strings which the children are bringing home for homework! More details below… The children have been great at working with their partners during Maths sessions and practising saying their ‘star sentences’ e.g. “The big part is 10, the small part is 5, altogether there are 15!” We also began working on some simple addition and really enjoyed playing a game with a partner where each person took turns to roll a dice and count out the correct number of counters, before working together to count them all to find the total.

In Phonics we have been focusing on blending sounds to hear the word, and reading some short captions. We’ve also been working on clapping out the words in an idea we want to write down and then remembering to leave spaces between the words so that they don’t bump into each other!

In RE this week we talked about how we can all look after our world and keep it nice. The children made thank you cards to the various people who help to look after our school and keep it clean and tidy. Hopefully this enthusiasm will also apply in keeping their bedrooms tidy!

We also learnt about Chinese New Year and read some lovely stories set in China. The children have really enjoyed playing in our Chinese restaurant role play area and talking about their favourite foods! We found out about lantern festivals and then made our own paper lanterns to decorate.

Homework

This week our new Red Words are:

Please keep practising all the Red Words that we have taught so far.

Our handwriting letters this week are v and w, from the ‘zig-zag monster’ family. Please see the homework folder for details on how to form these correctly.

Tapestry Counting Homework

This week we would also like you to practise some counting with your child and upload a quick photo and comment to their Tapestry account so that we can see how they got on!

In their homework folder you will find the counting bead string that we made this week. Please keep this in their homework folder as they will need to use it again for future homework.  Please support your child in recognising the ‘teen’ numbers below and then counting out one bead at a time until they reach their ‘stop number’ and shout “Stop!” Then practise counting how many beads are in the big part (one colour) and how many are in the small part (the other colour!).

E.g. For 13, count out thirteen beads and say “Stop!” at 13. Count the orange beads and say “There are 10 beads in the big part”. Count the blue beads and say “There are 3 beads in the small part”. Then count how many there are altogether again (to check!) and say “There are 13 beads altogether!”. Then repeat for all the other numbers.

If your child struggles with counting correctly through the teens numbers don’t worry and just support them with saying the numbers in the correct order… practise makes perfect as they say!

Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Francis

 

Friday 24th January

This week we have been looking further at how to write a simple sentence. The progress that is being made is really noticeable and with a little support the children are producing some super stuff. This week we have been checking to see what Red Words the children may need a little recap on. Please check your child’s bag for the slip which tells you which ones need a little more work. It is very important that your child learns all of these words, as without them your child will struggle when reading and writing sentences.  Please display them somewhere within your child’s eye line (maybe on a fridge or cupboard) and please try to make learning them as fun as possible (snap, pairs, Red Word hunt, splat!) as well as frequently reading over them quickly with your child.

In maths we are still looking at 2D shapes and thinking about their properties. The children have had the opportunity to make shape pictures and go on a shape hunt. We have also been looking at how to accurately count up to 15 and have been spotting quantities within 15. We have introduced some basic addition to the children this week and plan to develop this over the next term.

Today we had some very exciting visitors in Milne class… Max’s guinea pigs, Tickle and Pickle (and his lovely mummy!). Max did an excellent job of explaining how to look after them and the children were all very careful to be quiet and stroke them gently! This tied in nicely with our RE session this week about caring for God’s creatures.

Homework

Our handwriting letters this week are from the one-armed robot family. All these letters begin at the top go straight down and back up, before curling around to the right to make the robot’s ‘arm’. They then continue on to make all the different robot family letters – b, n, h, m etc.

 

Please check the homework sheet in the book bag for details of the rhymes for each letter.

 

We will be learning two new Red Words this week. Please practice these lots at home.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Francis

Friday 17th January

This week we have introduced our Polar Lands topic.  We have been looking at images of Antarctica and have been discussing what it might be like there compared to our home environment, what animals you may or may not find there and learning about the scientists who visit there.  We have had lots of creative penguin activities and will be finding out a little more about these fascinating creatures next week.

Also this week, we have been learning lots about sentences. The children have been discussing how a sentence is made up of words, some of which you can sound out and some of which may be Red Words. We had a go at reading some basic sentences and then writing our very own sentence.  We are encouraging the children to just have a go at writing words, even if they cannot hear all of the sounds within the word. Hearing and knowing which sounds to use will develop throughout the year and we want them to gain confidence in having a go first. Believe it or not we can make lots of sense of the wonderful sentences they have written this week!

This half term we will be looking at the numbers 11-15. We will be looking at counting on from that ‘safe’ number 10 and seeing how these numbers are made and recognised in a variety of forms.

During RE we have been thinking about all the wonderful things that are on our planet. The children have been sharing their ideas of what is important and why they are important. They also have been thinking about the things that they help to take of.

Homework

Our handwriting letters this week are from the one-armed robot family. All these letters begin at the top go straight down and back up, before curling around to the right to make the robot’s ‘arm’. They then continue on to make all the different robot family letters – b, n, h, m etc.

Please check the homework sheet in the book bag for details of the rhymes for each letter.

We will be learning two new Red Words this week. Please practice these lots at home.

 

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs Francis

Friday 10th January

We have hit the ground running in Reception and have been doing lots of learning this week! We learnt about 2D shapes and talked about how we need to count the number of sides or corners before we can decided what to call each shape, especially for the shapes with lots of sides!

In Literacy, we talked about what we have all been up to over the holidays and drew lovely pictures of our adventures and time with family and friends. We then had a go at saying some words that we wanted to write down listening carefully for the sounds that we could hear in the words. We talked about how we don’t have to ‘know’ how to write words (except for the Red Words that we have learnt so far – please keep practising!) but that all you need to do is keep saying the word out loud and just write down any sounds you can hear! It is important that the children are not worried about spelling words correctly at this stage in their development and instead build their confidence to ‘have a go’. The teachers were all very impressed with their efforts!

In RE this week, we talked about our fantastic Earth and who cares for it. We discussed how Christians believe that God wants people to help care for the world and some ways that we could do this. The children had many lovely ideas about the amazing things we have in our world and we added some of them to our display!

This term we will be starting our new topic ‘Polar Lands’. Next week we will be talking about cold places and what the weather and environment is like there. We will find the Arctic and Antarctica on a globe and find out about some of the animals that live there. If you are visiting the local library, or have information books already at home, see if you can find out any information about these Arctic regions! Alternatively, support your child to search for information safely online.

Homework

Our handwriting letters this week are from the one-armed robot family. All these letters begin at the top go straight down and back up, before curling around to the right to make the robot’s ‘arm’. They then continue on to make all the different robot family letters – b, n, h, m etc.

Please check the homework sheet in the book bag for details of the rhymes for each letter.

This week we are also sending some 2D shape homework. Please practise counting the number of sides on each shape and using this to remember what to call each shape, e.g. “It has six sides so it must be a hexagon”. Please stick this up on your fridge or somewhere visible and keep practising, as we will be assessing the children on their shape recognition in a few weeks. Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Francis

 

Friday 20th December

And just like that our first whole term is over! The children have all made such good progress and we are so proud of all their achievements. I think they deserve a good rest over the holidays!

This week we have enjoyed lots of Christmas learning challenges including reading CVC words, counting out the correct number of baubles onto the Christmas trees and even a Christmas Colouring competition!

On Thursday we enjoyed our Christmas party and had a few nibbles before a big Reception dance off! The children have got some amazing moves and were such good sports – well done!

Homework

Over the holidays please don’t forget to upload an observation on Tapestry for Technology (please see the bottom of the blog for details). If you would like to also upload an observation with some photos and details of what you got up to over the holidays and how you celebrated that would be fantastic!

This week’s handwriting letters are:

A huge thank you for all the kind Christmas presents and lovely messages that you have sent us. They are greatly appreciated. Wishing you and your family a very restful, happy and healthy Christmas. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Have a lovely holiday,

Mrs Francis, Mrs Barrett and Ms Anya x

 

Technology Homework

Children growing up today are immersed in new technologies. In the home, going shopping, at the doctors and in the street – technology is embedded in children’s everyday experiences sometimes to the point where it is almost invisible to them. As part of some of their first activities, early technology experiences will include push button activities, remote control devices, musical keyboards, televisions, cash registers, microwave ovens, tills, scanners and interactive books, as well as computers, tablets and phones. Most of these experiences occur outside of school and therefore we would appreciate your comments about your child’s development in these areas.

Early Learning Goal – Technology – Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

 

Here are some examples of things your child may do to support this area of the curriculum.

  • Using technology at home – tablets, PCs, laptops, mobile phones, cameras etc
  • Using programmable toys – remote control cars, toys with buttons etc
  • Using role play toys – hoovers, tills, microwaves, washing machines etc (or using the real ones!)
  • Interacting with apps or games online, or on a PC, tablet or mobile
  • Discussing how technology has changed, or how it differs in different places in the world
  • Uses of technology out and about – e.g. barcodes in the supermarket, automatic doors, lifts, hand driers, automatic street lights etc
  • Taking or viewing photos or film
  • Talking about e-safety

We would like you to snap a quick picture and upload it as an observation with a brief comment about how your child uses technology at home. If you are accessing Tapestry through a web browser please log in and click ‘add observation’. Then complete the sections as shown below to add your observation!

If accessing Tapestry through the app please log in and tap the + symbol in the top right corner. Then complete the sections as shown below, before tapping ‘upload’ to finish and upload your observation.

We look forward to reading about the ways in which your child uses technology outside of school!

Friday 13th December

A busy Christmassy week here in Reception. On Tuesday we were very lucky and got to watch KS1’s Nativity dress rehearsal.  They did an amazing job and I think the children were very wowed by how confident and how amazing the children were at remembering all their lines and dance moves.

We have had lots of Christmassy activities this week and the children have been creating maths Christmas trees, making our own tissue paper Christmas trees, writing out some Christmas lists as well as thinking about the Nativity Story in a little further depth.

This week we have been reading and writing some basic CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words. They are super impressive with their sounding out and writing!  Please keep practising with the children at home. If they are struggling to hear the sounds we use a variety of techniques to help them. First we say the word a few times, next we stretch it (emphasising the final sound), then we Fred speak it into sounds. Then we pinch the sounds onto our fingers to help us retain the information. Then (yes after all of that) we write it down. If your child is struggling then do help them through the stages as once this is supported a few times they usually pick it up after some practice.

We took part in DT Day and explored using pop-up mechanisms and levers to add movement to our Nativity card scenes. The children worked hard making little figures and thought about how to push the levers to make their star fly across the night sky!

In Phonics this week we learnt the sound ‘qu’ which is our first sound that is written with two letters! We found out that the queen always carries her umbrella with her in case it rains, as she doesn’t want her crown to get rusty!

Homework 

We are still focusing on the ‘curly caterpillar’ family this week with g, q and e. Please check the homework folders for details.

Technology Homework

Children growing up today are immersed in new technologies. In the home, going shopping, at the doctors and in the street – technology is embedded in children’s everyday experiences sometimes to the point where it is almost invisible to them. As part of some of their first activities, early technology experiences will include push button activities, remote control devices, musical keyboards, televisions, cash registers, microwave ovens, tills, scanners and interactive books, as well as computers, tablets and phones. Most of these experiences occur outside of school and therefore we would appreciate your comments about your child’s development in these areas.

Early Learning Goal – Technology – Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

 

Here are some examples of things your child may do to support this area of the curriculum.

  • Using technology at home – tablets, PCs, laptops, mobile phones, cameras etc
  • Using programmable toys – remote control cars, toys with buttons etc
  • Using role play toys – hoovers, tills, microwaves, washing machines etc (or using the real ones!)
  • Interacting with apps or games online, or on a PC, tablet or mobile
  • Discussing how technology has changed, or how it differs in different places in the world
  • Uses of technology out and about – e.g. barcodes in the supermarket, automatic doors, lifts, hand driers, automatic street lights etc
  • Taking or viewing photos or film
  • Talking about e-safety

We would like you to snap a quick picture and upload it as an observation with a brief comment about how your child uses technology at home. If you are accessing Tapestry through a web browser please log in and click ‘add observation’. Then complete the sections as shown below to add your observation!

If accessing Tapestry through the app please log in and tap the + symbol in the top right corner. Then complete the sections as shown below, before tapping ‘upload’ to finish and upload your observation.

We look forward to reading about the ways in which your child uses technology outside of school!

 

If you have any questions or queries, please email or ask at the end of the day. Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Francis

Dear Parents/ Carers,
 
Last year, many of the children at St Stephen’s entered the Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition. Indeed we even had some winners from our school over the past few years. What an honour to have three published authors in our own school. This year, I would like to encourage any other keen writers from St Stephens to enter, as it is a wonderful opportunity to write a story for pleasure and potentially see it in print!
 
The competition is open to all children aged four to fifteen. The story must be all your child’s own work and must be between 300 and 1500 words.
How do I submit?
You should email your story as an attachment to l.pereira@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk by Friday 20th February. Please put your child’s name, age and class as the email title and on the story attached.
Eg: Sally- class Y4 Elliot (Age 9)
Please make sure that the stories are typed, double-spaced and single sided. We will then forward all St Stephen’s entries to Daunt bookshop by the closing date. A copy of the children’s stories will be kept in a special folder in the Library for all to read.   
Results will be announced in April 2020 and winning stories will be published in during summer term.
Good luck and I look forward to reading your children’s stories!
Yours faithfully,
 
Lia Pereira
Spanish Teacher & School Librarian​

Friday 6th December

We’ve been in a whirlwind of wise men, donkeys and angels this week! The children have worked so hard during our Nativity rehearsals and it all paid off as their performance was amazing. The teachers are all really proud of how confident the children were in front of a large audience and how well they sang!


Homework

This week we move on to the ‘curly caterpillar family’ in our handwriting practice. Each letter should start with a c (a curly caterpillar!) before continuing on to complete the letter. Please see the homework folder for more details. Thank you!

Next week we have lots of festive crafty fun planned, as well as our Christmas Lunch on Tuesday. On Thursday it is DT day and we will be making pop-up Nativity cards.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Francis

Homework

Please check the blog post for 0 1 2 pdf handwriting homework, Red Words 14 Feb pdf and 2D shapes.

Thanks!