Milne

Reception

Welcome to Milne Reception’s homepage. Our teacher is Mrs Ghoul, our Early Years Educator is Miss Johnson. This page will be updated every Friday where you can see what the children have been learning.

 

JOY

‘Sing him a new song

Play skillfully and shout for joy’

PSALM 33 V3

Class Updates

Friday 27th November

This week we have been learning about the Nativity story. The children have looked at the story in greater detail and worked to sequence the story during Literacy. This has worked very well when beginning to practise our Nativity lines. We have been also singing and learning the words and actions to lots of songs which we will be performing during the Nativity show. Well done to everyone who has learnt their line at home. Please do keep practising at home so that your child is ready for the dress rehearsal next week. Practise speaking nice and loud with as much character and smiles as possible. It’s all very exciting!!

During maths this week we have been looking at ‘weight’. We have been thinking about what makes an object heavy or light and have been comparing the weights of various objects. We have introduced using the balance with the children and have been using it to compare the weight of objects from around the classroom. The children have been predicting which object would be ‘heavier’ or ‘lighter’ or if the objects would balance.

This week we have extended our measure of weight topic to Expressive Art and Design where we looked at different bridges and asked the children to try to create their own. We also tied this topic into our stories where we read a variety of traditional tales and discussed vocabulary such as ‘more’, ‘less’ and ‘fewer’.

This week in Relationships and Health Education we read ‘The Great Big Book of Families’ by Mary Hoffman. This book beautifully illustrates how different each of our families are, from the homes we live in to the pets we keep. It developed a beautiful circle time conversation for the children.

Next week we are going Nativity rehearsal crazy and will be practising our scenes and have a dress rehearsal with the children next week too. We will be looking at ‘Capacity’ in maths and will be working hard to build up the children’s confidence when writing words by labelling objects in literacy.

 

Homework

For homework please practice all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new word: put. We will not be sending anymore red words home this term as we would like you to practise the ones we have sent out already so that the children are very confident at sight reading them. If your child is very confident at sight reading all of the current Red Words then please begin to practise writing them with your child, as this will really help them once they begin to write sentences independently. Please see a table below of the Red Words we have sent home so far.

We have also been revisiting letter formation this week by exploring handwriting families. The children have practised g, q and e.

This is an important stage in the children’s learning as it is important that they learn how to present their work neatly and clearly so that it can be read by others. Please take the time to read this information carefully so that you are able to help your child to get off to a good start with their writing.

In class the children have been practising writing on the line and are beginning to learn how to size their letters so that they fit between the lines. We are not aiming for the children to have tiny writing! It should be sized according to the space between the lines on the worksheet (sent home today) but if you find this is an issue please ask your child to try to write the letters onto a blank piece of paper for the time being.  In class we have talked about how some letters start by almost touching the ceiling (the line above) and that some letters start in the middle of the two lines. We will also introduce how some letters have parts that hang down below the line also. All letters must stand on the floor (the bottom line) and not float away.

Each week we will focus on a family of letters that are formed in similar ways. This week is the caterpillar family. It is so important that children are writing letters with the correct formation as this is extremely difficult to fix once they have settled into a way of writing.

Children should also be encouraged to use a ‘perfect pincer grip’ (as shown below). If children are not using the correct grip on the pencil (even if their letters look good) then they will experience fatigue much quicker than their peers, and will not be able to write for long periods of time when they are older.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Miss Johnson

Friday 20th November

We have had a wonderful week in Reception. The children have been learning the songs and actions for our Nativity. They have blown us away with their wonderful singing and enthusiasm! We also enjoyed the eagerly anticipated, ‘Movie Night.’ It was very exciting to stay at school whilst it was dark and enjoy a couple of movies together.

During maths this week we began learning about length and height. The children learnt how to compare and order objects by their length or height and use the vocabulary: longest, shortest and tallest. We also had a go at measuring children and adults in our class using large lego bricks. During their choosing time children compared towers and objects using smaller unfix cubes. Next we week we will begin comparing the weight of objects and ordering objects by their weight.

We have gone list crazy this week in our Literacy lessons! The children have learnt how to begin a new line for each item on their list and they have been using ‘Fred Talk’ to segment and blend the sounds in each word and write the corresponding letters. Try challenging your child to write the shopping list this weekend, a birthday list or perhaps it’s not too early for a Christmas list!

In Phonics this week we have put the children into new groups so that we can revise any sounds the children are not confident in. At home, continue to revise the single sounds and segmenting and blending CVC words.

Homework

For homework please practice all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new ones: we, she, be. Please see a table below of the red words we have sent home so far.

We have also been revisiting letter formation this week by exploring handwriting families. The children have practised c, a and d.

This is an important stage in the children’s learning as it is important that they learn how to present their work neatly and clearly so that it can be read by others. Please take the time to read this information carefully so that you are able to help your child to get off to a good start with their writing.

In class the children have been practising writing on the line and are beginning to learn how to size their letters so that they fit between the lines. We are not aiming for the children to have tiny writing! It should be sized according to the space between the lines on the worksheet (sent home today) but if you find this is an issue please ask your child to try to write the letters onto a blank piece of paper for the time being.  In class we have talked about how some letters start by almost touching the ceiling (the line above) and that some letters start in the middle of the two lines. We will also introduce how some letters have parts that hang down below the line also. All letters must stand on the floor (the bottom line) and not float away.

Each week we will focus on a family of letters that are formed in similar ways. This week is the caterpillar family. It is so important that children are writing letters with the correct formation as this is extremely difficult to fix once they have settled into a way of writing.

Children should also be encouraged to use a ‘perfect pincer grip’ (as shown below). If children are not using the correct grip on the pencil (even if their letters look good) then they will experience fatigue much quicker than their peers, and will not be able to write for long periods of time when they are older.

We have sent home lines for the Nativity today. Please practise with your child so that they can say their line with a loud, clear voice.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Miss Johnson

Friday 13th November

This week we have been learning about Diwali and Bonfire Night. The children have been busy creating rangoli patterns, decorating hands with Henna, making colourful fireworks pictures and talking about festivals and special occasions they celebrate with their families. We also joined in with the two minute silence on Wednesday and the children had the opportunity to make collage poppies. It was wonderful to be able to meet with you all during the parent consultation evenings this week and discuss how your children are getting on so far in Reception. Thank you for your support with these meetings and for being so positive about your children’s experience of Reception so far.

During maths this week we continued to learn about the part, part, whole model and explored ways of making 6 and other numbers using objects. We also introduced the addition and equals symbols and children began writing number sentences to represent their part, part, whole models.

During Literacy we continued to label pictures using the sounds the children have learnt so far this term. They used ‘Fred Talk’ to segment and blend the sounds then identified the corresponding letters. The children also began writing sentences using red words we have learnt so far. We showed the children how to say their sentences, count the words, use finger spaces and use a full stop at the end of their sentence.

In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds w, z, x.

w – down up, down up

z – zig-zag-zig

x – down the arm and leg and repeat the other side

Homework

For homework please practice all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new ones: he and me.

Next week we will begin rehearsing our Christmas nativity. The children will be learning the nativity songs with Ms Rachel and we will be giving some children lines to learn which they will bring home. Please practice with your child.

Movie night – 19th November 2020

On Thursday we will be watching, ‘Zog’ and ‘The Highway Rat’. These are U rated films based on the books by Julia Donaldson. Please sign up using ParentMail if you would like your child to attend otherwise collection as normal at 3:30pm. The children will have a break in between viewings for a snack, which we will provide, and games outside (weather permitting). Pick up time from the Reception playground is the earlier time of 5:15pm to enable parents with siblings to collect younger children first.

NEEDED – We are setting up a role-play Post Office in the EYFS playground and need envelopes and postcards for the children to play with. If you have any spare we would be extremely grateful if you would donate them to us.  Many thanks!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Miss Johnson

Friday 6th November

We’ve had a wonderful week back at school. The children have settled back in really well. This week we made some small changes to our outdoor space to make the resources we have more accessible to the children and to make the space more engaging. We will continue to develop this space over the coming weeks.

This week we have celebrated ‘Parliament Week’. The children have had the opportunity to vote for books they would most like to listen to at story time. They then went on to vote for their preferred meal from a selection available. Once all the votes have been counted the most popular option will be added to the school menu.

During maths we introduced the number six. The children found ways of representing the number six using resources and objects in our classroom. We had another go at subitising, this time within six, where they find smaller numbers within a group. We also introduced the part, part, whole model to find ways of making six.

During Literacy the children learnt how to label pictures using the sounds they have learnt so far this term. They used ‘Fred Talk’ to segment and blend the sounds then identified the corresponding letters. This is something you can try at home to help your child consolidate their learning.

In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds r, j, v and y.

r – Down his back, then curl over his arm

j – Down his body, curl and dot

v – Down a wing, up a wing

y – Down a horn, up a horn and under his head

Homework

For homework please practice all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new ones: they and to.

Next week we will be learning about different celebrations and we will be exploring how the children celebrate special events with their families. Please do talk about this with your child over the weekend. If you have a photo of a family celebration please send it in with your child on Monday.

Tapestry

Later on today we will be setting Tapestry live so that you will be able to view your child’s learning journal online before Parents Evening. For new Reception parents you will be sent a link to create your new password for your account. Please check your junk mail and any other email accounts you may have given us if you have not received a link. If your child attended St Stephen’s nursery you will need to sign into your old account. There is a simple reset password link if you have forgotten what it is. We are not sharing photos on our blog this week as there are photos on Tapestry of your child at school.

All Reception children also have a learning journal at school which contains their pictures and work completed at school. Unfortunately we are unable to share these with you at the moment due to Covid restrictions. These will be sent home with the children at the end of the year and hopefully we will be able to share them with you in person during our next parents evening.

If you need any support when using Tapestry please click here.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Miss Johnson

Friday 23rd October

Can you believe it is the last week of half term already? The children have settled so well and are exploring and learning confidently and more independently.  This week was ‘Black Voices Week’ here at St Stephen’s. In Reception, one of the books we read was called ‘Riley Can Be Anything’ by Davina Hamilton. The children discussed various occupations and thought about which occupations would be fun to do themselves. We talked about the qualities you need when wanting to achieve something and how, when you try hard and practise, you can succeed. Also this week, we have been looking at lots of successful and significant people from various occupations, including Mary Seacole. We have also looked at some art work created by Frank Bowling who represents his feelings and emotions through his paintings. This tied in nicely with our Health and Relationships lesson, where we discussed ‘worries’ and read The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas. We spoke about how worries grow when we do not talk to someone about them and we discussed who we can talk to when feeling worried. The children them drew their own colour monsters and labelled them with their initial sounds.

During maths the children have continued to work within five. The children are very good at subitising, where they find smaller numbers within the group. We also used five frames to count out amounts within five.

On Thursday and Friday the children completed their Design Technology Day activity where they designed and made a bag prototype. When completing their design they considered the colours, shapes and patterns which they wanted to use. They then went on to paint their bags to match their designs. There were definitely a couple of last minute design changes made!!!

In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds f, e, l and h.

f – Down the stem and draw the leaves

e – Lift off the top and scoop out the egg

l – Down the long leg

h – Down his neck to his hooves and over his back

For homework please practice all of the Red Words which have been highlighted on the sheet of paper which was sent home. We also ask that your child practises writing their name, and is confident to put their coat and shoes on independently. Also on the Sunday before we return to school please discuss the things you have done over half term with your child e.g. visited the park, cooked a meal  or played a game etc. as they will be drawing pictures and sharing their experiences with their peers on their return.

After half term we will be focusing on our reading and working with numbers within 6. We will be learning about Guy Fawkes and Diwali and will be thinking about celebrations and family traditions. We will also be starting our Nativity practise!

We hope everyone has a lovely half term!

Mrs Ghoul and Miss Johnson

Friday 16th October

It’s been a fun filled week here in Reception. We have continued learning about autumn and hibernation. The children have been making lots of silly soup where we mixed in lots of rhyming ingredients and worked on learning rhyming strings. During maths we have been looking at ‘numbers within 5’ and looking at the various ways in which we can represent 5 for example on a five frame, with Numicon, with a maths picture etc.

This week the children have been discussing ‘worries’ and who we can talk to when we are feeling worried. We are really enjoying our circle times and the children are extremely good at sharing their ideas as well as listening to the ideas of their friends. Well done Reception!

Thursday was ‘Show Racism The Red Card’ day. We read several stories with the children throughout the day which highlighted how we should embrace and celebrate uniqueness. Some of the children then made some wonderful pictures of themselves with their peers and we wrote down what they thought was ‘super’ about them.

Friday we travelled all the way to Peru for Hispanic Day. The children attended a drama workshop where they mirrored each other’s movements and acted out a story. In the afternoon we made Peruvian flags and decorated Alpacas. We also set up a Peruvian kitchen in our role play corner where the children found lots of treasures hidden there from Miss Johnson’s travels to Peru a few years ago.

In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds k, u and b. We continued to read green words (words which can be segmented and blended) containing sounds we have learnt so far.

k – Down the kangaroo’s body, tail and leg.

u – Down and under, up to the top and draw the puddle.

b – Down the laces to the heel, round the toe.

Homework

On Friday we introduced the Red Words: ‘want’ and ‘was’. These are words which cannot be sounded out and the children just need to try to learn them off by heart. Make little word cards at home and put them up somewhere your child will see and say daily.

Next week is ‘Black Voices week’. We will be reading ‘Riley can be anything’ as a focus story and looking at careers and some specific people from different careers.

We also have DT day on Thursday and Friday afternoon where we will be looking at bags and we will be designing and then making our own bag prototypes. We do not need anything from Parents/Carers for DT day, thank you.

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend,

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

 

Polite notice

Please can all parents and carers remain on the green tarmac during collection and pick up. We also ask that you wear masks whilst on school property to ensure the safety of our staff and children and to enable the school to remain open. If you need to speak to a teacher please drop them an email. We appreciate your understanding during these trying times.

Friday 9th October

It’s been a wet week in Reception but it hasn’t stopped us having lots of fun! We’ve had fun exploring lots of autumnal objects such as conkers, acorns and leaves. We have also read lots of books about autumn. Do continue to send in any special autumn objects you come across when you are out at the parks this weekend. Plimsolls are not very practical for the wet weather and our children spend lots of their time in our garden so on Thursday’s we are happy for you to send your child in their school shoes and have their plimsolls ready to change into for Kick London. On Friday’s the children do not wear shoes for gymnastics so they can also wear their school shoes on this day if you would like them to.

This week we read the book, Oi Frog! and other rhyming books by the author Kes Gray. The children had lots of fun recalling what each animal had to sit on and we played lots of rhyming games.

In Maths this week we introduced the numbers 3 and 4. The children learnt lots of different ways to represent these numbers such as cubes, pictures or numicon. They ended the week by learning to form the two numerals correctly. Next week, we will be introducing the number 5 and exploring numbers to 5 in more depth.

During our Health and relationship session we talked about the special people we spend time with when we are not at school. Then the children had the opportunity to draw family portraits using charcoal and other mark making resources.

In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds p, g, o and c. We continued to read green words (words which can be segmented and blended) containing sounds we have learnt so far.

p – down the plait and over the pirate’s face

g – round her face, down the hair and give her a curl

o – all around the orange

c – curl around the caterpillar

Homework

On Friday we introduced the Red Words: ‘was’, ‘are’ and ‘of’. These are words which cannot be sounded out and the children just need to try to learn them off by heart. Make little word cards at home and put them up somewhere your child will see and say daily.

We are keen to improve our outdoor space which we share with Nursery. If you have any skills or expertise in this area and are keen to help out then please do let us know. We would also welcome any donations of left over blackboard paint you may have in your cellars or sheds!

On Thursday 15th October, we have ‘Red Card to Racism’ day for the third year in a row. All children are encouraged to come in and where something red to show their allegiance to the anti-racist movement. We will be having a special (streamed) assembly and we will be reading some books to help us explore racism in an age appropriate way. Next term, our ‘Relationships and Health Education’ learning unit is ‘Valuing Difference’, which will continue the conversation. ​We can’t collect with the buckets this year due to Covid but should you wish to/are able to donate via text. Please text ‘RED’ to 70470 to give £1, ‘RED5’ to give £5, ‘RED10’ to give £10 or ‘RED20’ to give £20 if you are able to. Please send your child in trainers as they will have Kick London.

 

Next Friday is Hispanic Day at St Stephen’s. Each class is allocated a Spanish speaking country to learn about and the children come to school dressed in the colours of their country’s flag or as a Hispanic dancer! Reception Milne will be exploring Peru and Reception Rossetti will be exploring Panama. We will still have gymnastics on Friday, the children will wear their non-school uniform and take their shoes off. Please do remove earrings and long hair must be tied up.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Mrs Hardy

Friday 2nd October

It has been another lovely week in Reception. We have begun some autumn inspired arts and crafts and the children have enjoyed playing with lots of new balls we have for our garden. The children have been busy setting up gutters to race the balls down and playing target games.

This week we have been reading ‘The enormous turnip’. We have continued to discuss how lots of stories are made up of a beginning (where the story setting is introduced), a middle (where there is a problem) and the end  (where there is often a resolution to the problem). The children then sequenced the story by cutting out pictures and sticking them down in the correct order. During this activity we encouraged the children to talk about the story and recall the key events. Next week we will be reading the book, Oi Frog! and other rhyming books by the author Kes Gray. We will be encouraging the children to identify the rhyming words and continue a rhyming string.

In Maths this week we introduced the numbers 1 and 2. The children learnt lots of different ways to represent these numbers such as cubes, pictures or numicon. They ended the week by learning to form the two numerals correctly. Next week, we will be introducing the numbers 3 and 4.

During our Health and relationship session we talked about what makes each of us unique and identified some of our similarities and differences which make us special. Next week we will move on to thinking about the special people we spend time with when we are not at school.

In our Religious Education session this week we recapped the Christian story of creation and then looked carefully at the natural things in our environment. We discussed how wonderful our world is and that we need to look after and care for it.

In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds t, i and n. We also introduced word time which is when the children begin to read green words (words which can be segmented and blended). The children have begun reading words which contain the sounds: m, a, s, d, t.

t – down the tower, across the tower

i – down the insect’s body and a dot for his head

n – down Noddy, up Noddy and over his net

Homework

This week’s Red Words are: ‘you’, ‘your’ and ‘said’. These are words which cannot be sounded out and the children just need to try to learn them off by heart. Make little word cards at home and put them up somewhere your child will see and say daily.

And finally, WALK WITH US ON W/C 5 OCTOBER!

St Stephens has decided to take part in the greatest national Walk to School celebration, where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school. Each pupil will be challenged to walk, cycle, scoot or park and stride to school every day for one week.

Our five-day walking challenge aimed to be fun and engaging all week long, raising awareness and celebrating walking for all.

We will be awarding daily house points to all those who walk, cycle, scoot or park and stride into school next week.  Mr Schumm will announce the class winners in next Friday’s Stars of the Week Assembly.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Mrs Hardy

 

Friday 25th September

This week we have been reading ‘Little Red Hen’ and have been discussing how lots of stories are made up of a beginning (usually an introduction to the characters and setting), a middle (where there is often a problem of sorts) and the end (where there is often a resolution to the problem). The children then all set to work to sequenced the story by cutting out pictures and sticking them down in the correct order. We have also been doing lots of fun and creative activities with the children.

In Math, we have been learning how to ‘do good counting’. The children have learnt that it is always best to put objects into a straight line if possible, to always count each object only once, to stop when they have counted the last object, to count slowly and to always ‘check it’ by counting the objects a second time. Ask your child to teach you how ‘to do good counting’ at home.

We have also introduced the concept of ‘zero’ this week and the children have been learning that ‘zero’ means ‘nothing’ and not to use it when counting objects. We have also introduced ‘Zero Zero Superhero’ who you can find on YouTube. Next week, we will be introducing the numbers 1, 2 and learning to form them.

This week we have introduced the following sounds during Phonics. Please check ParentMail for the PowerPoint from the Phonics Information Evening which has links to ‘pure’ sound pronunciations within it.

Next week, we will be reading The Enormous Turnip and will be exploring the characters and setting. We will also be thinking about what makes each of us unique and special and will be discussing this during our Health and Relationship session.

Homework

For homework this week the children need to learn the following ‘Red words’. Red words are words that cannot be phonetically decoded so the children need to learn them by looking at them.  The best way to do this is to play games such as pairs or snap with them, putting the words onto the fridge or commonly looked at surface and to read them with your child quickly and frequently.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Miss Johnson

Friday 18th September

It’s been a lovely week here in Reception. The children have coped amazingly doing full days and there is lots of fun and laughter being had throughout St Stephen’s Early Years.

This week you can really feel the children are getting to know one another and the play and chatter is really developing. As Mr Schumm commented on our Zoom meeting, both classes have settled notably well and we have had lots of comments from staff as to how calm and happy everyone is. We hope they are sharing some of their experiences with you at home and that you are feeling reassured that they are happy and settling well within their classes.

This week, as well as learning our full time routine, we have been working with the children to see how their fine motor skills, name recognition, number recognition and confidence in counting is. This week during Religious Education we discussed all that is precious to us and tried to explain why we thought so. The children offered some really well considered answers and as you can imagine we had some super fun ones too! Next week we will be starting our Mathematics, Literacy and Phonics sessions and will be sending home some ‘Red Words’ for the children to learn.

Just a quick reminder that on both Thursday and Friday the children need to wear their full P.E kit as we have sports on both of these days. Please remove any earrings on these days also. If your child’s hair is longer than shoulder length it needs to be tied up every day.

Next week, we will be continuing our ‘All about me’ topic and we will be discussing our similarities and our differences during our Relationships and Health Education session. We will also be reading ‘Little Red Hen’ and will have lots of activities alongside this book.

Please check your child’s bag for their first piece of homework today. These trees are to go onto our display board and will move through the school each year with your child.  Please fill in the tree yourself and discuss what you have written with your child. Your child can then decorate the tree with some pencils or crayons.

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

Friday 11th September

Well done to all of the children for completing their first week in Reception. You may notice that the children are  a bit more tired and require a little more rest this weekend.

This week the children have done a fabulous job getting to know us, finding their way around the Early Years and beginning to learn their new busy routines. They have had their first Kick London session with Mr Alastair, their first music lesson with Ms Rachel and their first Gymnastics session with Ms Eisha. We are so impressed with how well they have adapted and we are enjoying getting to know them.

Also this week, we have been trying to get to know each other a little more and over the next few weeks we will be focusing on building these relationships and each child’s confidence. We have been learning how to ask others to play with us and how to say a firm, ‘Stop, I don’t like it,’ if in a situation where another child is wanting their toy or similar. We have been teaching the children that they should always talk to a teacher if they feel sad, as well as some other ways in which they can help themselves, such as taking a deep breath, having some quiet time in the reading corner or asking to have a chat to a teacher if they need to.

Next week, we will be continuing to get to know each other and learning our routines a little more. We will also be having lots more fun!

Please ensure that next Thursday and Friday the children wear their P.E kits to school so that they can attend their sports sessions. If your child wears earrings then please remove them on P.E. days.

We sometimes notice that during the 2nd and 3rd week of school some of the children will get a little more tired, possibly teary and definitely more aware that Reception is a full time thing now. Please try not to worry.  We will let you know if any of the children are upset when in school and find that this stage is short lived.  Please do let us know if you have any big concerns though as we are more than happy to chat.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Mrs Ghoul

Homework