Rossetti

Reception 

Welcome to Rossetti Reception’s homepage. Miss Billington is our Class Teacher and Miss Newton is our Early Years Educator. We also have Miss Lucy, who is a Learning Support Assistant, working with us this year.  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 18th June

This week we have continued to focus on traditional stories in Reception. The children made up their own versions of, The Three Little Pigs. They chose different characters to replace the pigs and also thought about who they wanted as their villain and what the villain does. They then decided how to end their stories in the style of traditional ones with a happy ending! We really enjoyed listening to the children’s lovely imaginative ideas.

 

Next week we will be learning about castles. Please bring in to school clean, dry recycling so that we can build castles. We would also like your child to bring in any story books or information books with castles in them.

 

During Maths this week we revisited addition within twenty focusing on counting on from the greatest number. We have been teaching the children to hold the greatest number in their head and then count on using their fingers or manipulatives.

 

Next week in Maths we will revisit subtraction within 20. We will use manipulatives to show the children how to take away an amount. We will also teach them how to subtract by counting backwards on a number line.

 

During our health and Education lesson we revisited life cycles. The children could remember the different stages of the frog and butterfly life cycle and also name many animals and their offspring. Next week the children will be learning about the different stages of the human life cycle.

 

Homework

 

Please continue to hand in homework and reading books each Wednesday, so that they can be sent home each Friday in order to comply with new government Covid guidelines.

 

Sentence writing – This week we would like your child to describe a character from a traditional story they are familiar with.

 

Handwriting – For the remainder of this term, when writing sentences each week. Please ensure your child is forming their letters correctly. If there are certain letters which your child is struggling with then we advise you to ask them to write it out a few times along the bottom of the page.

 

Red words – Please continue to support your child with reading and writing the red words in the table below.

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

 

Friday 11th June

It’s been a wonderfully sunny week here in Reception. This week the children have been learning about traditional tales and we have been reading, ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Each child then designed their own storyboard by remembering and then drawing pictures to represent the key events in the story. Each class has a new home corner theme this week to enjoy role play with their friends. In our class we have a ‘Fairy tale toy shop’. The children were very excited and keen to explore what had been set up. We will continue focusing on traditional stories next week. The children will be writing their own versions of, ‘The three little pigs,’ choosing the characters and changing other parts of the story too.

 

During Maths this week we have been learning to identify the different coins we use and the value of each one. The children have been using coins to pay for objects and thinking about different combinations of coins to use to pay for a toy costing 5p.

 

Next week we will revisit addition within twenty focusing on counting on from the greatest number. The children will also explore using a number line to solve additions alongside concrete manipulatives.

 

During our health and Education lesson we revisited seasons. The children thought about the changes which take place throughout the year as the seasons change. Next week we will be revisiting life cycles and move on to thinking about the different names for animals and their offspring.

 

Homework

 

Please continue to hand in homework and reading books each Wednesday, so that they can be sent home each Friday in order to comply with new government Covid guidelines.

 

Handwriting – For the remainder of this term, when writing sentences each week. Please ensure your child is forming their letters correctly. If there are certain letters which your child is struggling with then we advise you to ask them to write it out a few times along the bottom of the page.

 

Red words – Please continue to support your child with reading and writing the red words in the table below.

 

Maths and sentence writing – This week we would like your child to experience using coins to buy something at the shop. Please ask your child to write a sentence about what they would like to buy or what they actually bought at the shop.

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

 

Friday 28th May

We’ve had a fun filled Dinosaur fact week, this week here in Reception. The children have been sharing their many dinosaur books and have been teaching each other lots of information about Dinosaurs. On Thursday we were extremely lucky to have ‘Uncle Brock’, who is a Paleontologist working in Utah, join us via Zoom to show us some of the amazing projects, dinosaur bones and fossils he has been working on or has worked on. The children and staff were extremely impressed and the children got to ask lots of questions at the end of the session as well. An enormous thank you to Brock for joining us. It was an amazing experience!

 

This week was also Design Technology week and the children followed instructions to measure ingredients and make their own Dinosaur fossil biscuits. We also learnt about the various food groups during our health and relationships lessons and focused on how to keep our bodies healthy by choosing the right food and not having too many treats. We also learnt about how to keep safe in the kitchen and to make sure we have an adult with us when using the oven or appliances which get hot.

 

During Math this week we revisited length and have been measuring using non-standard units of measurement. Using cubes the children have also been estimating the length of objects and have been learning how to make a sensible guess when estimating. The children have really enjoyed exploring ‘length’ further this week so why not have a go measuring using other non-standard measures at home. For example you can measure using your hand span or feet.

 

After half term we will be looking at traditional tales in Literacy and will be trying to rewrite our own traditional story. In Math we will be looking at money and will be learning how use a variety of coins when using money.

 

 

Homework

 

Please continue to hand in homework and reading books each Wednesday, so that they can be sent home each Friday in order to comply with new government Covid guidelines.

 

Red Words – This week we are introducing two new Red Words. Please introduce these and review all the other Red Words we have learnt so far.

 

Rainbow Red words – Just 2 red words this week. Your child must write each of this week’s red words using different coloured pencils, like a rainbow. Encourage them to look at the word and copy the word to begin with then encourage them to look at the word, cover the word and write it from memory.

 

Where and there

 

Sentence writing (red homework book) – Encourage your child to choose one or more of this week’s red words and write a sentence or more in their homework book (the red one). Sentences in homework books must be completed in pencil not coloured pencils or felt tip pens.

 

A quick reminder Monday 7th June is a staff INSET day and will be closed to pupils.

 

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton, Miss Lucy and Miss Ahmadi

 

Friday 21st May

This week the children have been learning about Mini-beasts. We have been reading and exploring lots of information books paying particular attention to the glossary. Some children have even had a go at making their own Mini-beast glossaries. The children had fun being Mini-beast detectives. They had to solve the clues written and read out loud by their peers to identify the Mini-beast that was being described.

 

In Maths this week we revisited weight. The children compared the weight of two then three objects using their hands and balance scales. They then put them in order. We also began estimating and checking how many unifix cubes it takes to make the balance scales balance for different objects. The children are now fantastic at describing the weight of objects using appropriate mathematical vocabulary such as heavier, heaviest and lighter or lightest.

 

Next week we are learning all about Dinosaurs. If your child has an interesting dinosaur book they would like to bring in to share then please do this throughout the week. We will continue to learn about measure. The children will be comparing and ordering the length and height of dinosaurs and dinosaur footprints. They will also estimate and then measure length using non-standard units (cubes, paper clips, hands). Next week is D&T day so we will be making dinosaur bread/cookies. The children will be working in small groups to measure ingredients and follow instructions. We will also have a go at writing instructions for making dinosaur bread/cookies.

 

Homework

 

Please continue to hand in homework and reading books each Wednesday, so that they can be sent home each Friday in order to comply with new government Covid guidelines.

 

Handwriting – Please can your child practise writing out all of the ‘Robot Family’ letters into their red homework book. Remind your child to go down the robot before going over his arm.

 

Rainbow Red words – Just 3 red words this week. Your child must write each of this week’s red words using different coloured pencils, like a rainbow. Encourage them to look at the word and copy the word to begin with then encourage them to look at the word, cover the word and write it from memory.

some, come, why

 

Sentence writing (red homework book) – Encourage your child to choose one or more of this week’s red words and write a sentence or more in their homework book (the red one). Sentences in homework books must be completed in pencil not coloured pencils or felt tip pens.

 

A quick reminder, as we approach the final week before half term, that Monday 7th June is a staff INSET day and will be closed to pupils.

 

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton, Miss Lucy and Miss Ahmadi

Friday 14th May

This week the children have been learning about the life cycle of a frog. We read ‘Tad’ by Benji Davies, as well as lots of other stories and fact books. The children had great fun writing captions for the different stages of the frog life cycle, putting them in order and finally gluing them on to a long tongue rolling out of a frog’s mouth. See our photos below!

 

In Maths this week we revisited subtraction. We began by subtracting within ten and then tried working within 20. The children had to solve problems involving a frog eating flies. They took away flies to find out how many there were left and then used the subtraction and equals symbols to record their answers.

 

Next week in Literacy, we are learning all about mini-beasts. The children will be exploring information books a little further and will be learning what a ‘Glossary’ is. The children will also be playing a fun mini-beast quiz where they will need to solve the clues to reveal the mini-beast and will also be creating their own clues for their favourite mini-beast.

 

Over the next couple of weeks we will be revisiting measures. We will begin with weight next week and then move onto length and capacity. The children will be comparing the weight of three or more objects and then putting them in order using balance scales to check their predictions. We will also estimate and check how many unifix cubes it takes to make the balance scales balance for different objects.

 

Next week is, ‘Walk to School Week’

 

The benefits of fresh air and daily exercise are well documented for keeping us all healthy in mind as well as body. The last year of lockdown has proved that walking has also been beneficial for our mental well-being. Not only is it great for us but also great for the environment.

 

So, as part of a national Walk to School Week we are encouraging all children to walk, cycle or scoot to school with their families instead of using their cars for the whole week. We will awarding special Walk To School house points for each child who has walked, cycled, scootered to school every day for the week. So set the alarm clock a little earlier, ditch the car and hop, skip and jump to school next week!

 

 

Homework

 

Please continue to hand in homework and reading books each Wednesday, so that they can be sent home each Friday in order to comply with new government Covid guidelines.

 

Handwriting – Please can your child practise writing out all of the ‘Long Ladder Family’ letters into their red homework book.

 

Rainbow Red words – Your child must write each of this week’s red words using different coloured pencils, like a rainbow. Encourage them to look at the word and copy the word to begin with then encourage them to look at the word, cover the word and write it from memory.

Many, any, one, anyone

 

Sentence writing (red homework book) – Encourage your child to choose one or more of this week’s red words and write a sentence or more in their homework book (the red one). Sentences in homework books must be completed in pencil not coloured pencils or felt tip pens.

 

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton, Miss Lucy and Miss Ahmadi

 

Scientist in Residence position at our school: We have started advertising for a new Scientist in Residence to work at the school one day a week enthusing the children in all things science with lots of practical work. If you know anyone who may be suitable and interested please send them the link to the job advert on the LDBS website. Closing date is 31st May.

Jobs Archive – London Diocesan Board for Schools (ldbs.co.uk)

Friday 7th May

This week the children have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. We have been thinking about all of the various changes that happen throughout a butterfly’s life cycle and have learnt some key vocabulary such as egg, caterpillar, cocoon, chrysalis, pupa, metamorphosis and butterfly. The children then all helped to write sentences to detail each step of a butterfly’s life cycle.

 

This week we also had our very own caterpillars delivered. We rehoused them into their own little pots and gave them some feed to live off. We will watch them get big and fat and change into butterflies before we release them in around 2 to 3 weeks’ time.

 

Next week in Literacy, we will be learning all about the life cycle of a frog and will be reading Tad by Benji Davies with the children; as well as lots of other stories and fact books.

 

In Math this week, the children have been building upon their addition skills.  We also had Math’s Friday this week. We have been working on addition to 20 and have been looking at the commutative law, where no matter which order you add two quantities it will always equal the same amount.  We have also been learning the skill of ‘counting on’ and have learnt a trick where if you hold the larger quantity you are calculating in your head and then count on the additional quantity that you are adding by using your fingers. Ask your child to teach you at home!

 

Next week in Maths we will be revisiting subtraction. The children will subtracting two single digit numbers working within 20. If your child is unsure of their numbers to 20 please keep practising these at home but counting numbers and singing lots of number songs.

 

 

Homework

 

Please continue to hand in homework and reading books each Wednesday, so that they can be sent home each Friday in order to comply with new government Covid guidelines.

 

Handwriting – Please can your child practise writing out all of the ‘Caterpillar Family’ letters into their homework book. Please work with your child to ensure they are drawing ‘around the caterpillar’ first, as this will benefit them hugely when learning cursive handwriting next year.

Letter families

 

Rainbow Red words – Your child must write each of this week’s red words using different coloured pencils, like a rainbow. Encourage them to look at the word and copy the word to begin with then encourage them to look at the word, cover the word and write it from memory.

 

Sentence writing (red homework book) – Encourage your child to choose one or more of this week’s red words and write a sentence or more in their homework book (the red one). Sentences in homework books must be completed in pencil not coloured pencils or felt tip pens.

 

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

 

 

Friday 30th April

This week the children have been learning all about plants. They have been busy learning about the different parts of a flowering plant. Then they created a huge sunflower which they then wrote labels and captions for them. We also planted sunflowers and have put them in a warm spot in the classroom. The children can’t wait to see them begin to grow.

 

Next week in Literacy, we will be learning all about the life-cycle of a butterfly and will be reading Tadpole’s promise, by Jeanine Willis and Tony Ross, with the children as well as lots of other stories and fact books.

In Math this week the children have been making repeating patterns using 2d shapes. They have also been describing and naming 3d shapes. They have been spotting 3d shapes in the environment and continued repeating patterns using 3d shapes before trying to make some repeating patterns of their own. They really enjoyed playing musical bumps using 3d shapes! Ask your child about it this weekend.

 

Next week in Maths, we will be revisiting addition. The children will adding two single digit numbers working within 20. They will begin by counting both groups of objects to find how many there are altogether and progress to counting on from the first amount which is a more efficient strategy.

 

During our Health and Relationship lesson this week we had a live Zoom lesson with a teacher from Coram Life Education. The children were very excited to see Harold the Giraffe and they learnt about ways to stay calm when feeling upset or sad. Harold was very impressed with their, ‘Tin soldier, rag doll’ technique. The lesson was about Harold being sad as he has not been able to visit his grandparents. The children shared examples of special things they have that cheer them up when they are sad such as a teddy bear or blanket. Harold had his special pyjamas that he wears when he visits his grandparents. In the end Harold’s parents suggested he give his Grandparents a call while he can’t visit them for a sleep over.

 

Homework

 

Please continue to hand in homework and reading books each Wednesday, so that they can be sent home each Friday in order to comply with new government Covid guidelines.

 

Handwriting – This week’s handwriting is x and z. Please complete using a writing pencil not felt tip pen or coloured pencils.

 

Rainbow Red words – Your child must write each of this week’s red words using different coloured pencils, like a rainbow. Encourage them to look at the word and copy the word to begin with then encourage them to look at the word, cover the word and write it from memory.

 

Sentence writing (red homework book) – Encourage your child to choose one or more of this week’s red words and write a sentence or more in their homework book (the red one). Sentences in homework books must be completed in pencil not coloured pencils or felt tip pens.

 

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday, enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend!

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

Friday 23rd April

What a lovely sunny and busy first week back the children have had. We have loved hearing about all of your Easter adventures and the children have been sharing their holiday moments by drawing and writing up recounts of some of the things they have been doing over their Easter break.

 

This week for Math we have been reviewing some 2D shapes and their properties and have completed a ‘shape hunt’ tally. We have also been sorting shapes into groups, using their properties, and have been recapping ‘half and double’ from last terms learning.

 

Within this half-terms R.E sessions we will be learning about ‘‘Why Christians believe Jesus is special’ and this week have been thinking about who the special people are in our lives and how we know they are special to us. We have been creating artwork of the special people in our lives and have also been thinking about the baby Jesus and how people knew he was special to the world.

 

During our Health and Relationships lesson we have been learning about ‘Harold the Giraffe’ and how he sometimes gets a little cross. We looked at how to help Harold understand that sometimes we do get cross and that’s ok, and ways we can help him and ourselves when we are cross.

 

This week we had a new music session and the children had lots of fun singing and moving to lots of new songs!  I wonder if the children can sing you any at home?

 

Homework

 

Please continue to hand in homework and reading books each Wednesday, so that they can be sent home each Friday in order to comply with new government Covid guidelines.

 

Handwriting – This week’s handwriting is v  and w. Please complete using a writing pencil not felt tip pen or coloured pencils.

 

Rainbow Red words – Your child must write each of this week’s red words using different coloured pencils, like a rainbow. Encourage them to look at the word and copy the word to begin with then encourage them to look at the word, cover the word and write it from memory.

 

Earth Day

 

This week, we have celebrated ‘Earth Day’. This is a great day where we take a moment to acknowledge how we treat this beautiful planet we are lucky enough to call home. As part of your homework activity, we would like you to do one of the following and then write in your homework book/or upload to your child’s Tapestry to share with us what they have done.

 

Ideas:

  • Go for a walk or cycle (or scoot) instead of using a car.
  • Use public transport (if you feel it is safe to do so) instead of a private car.
  • Create a recycling system at home.
  • Create a simple bug hotel with a plastic bottle, twigs and leaves (here is a link with some ideas) http://www.gardenplotters.org.uk/making-a-simple-bug-hotel You will need an adult to help you cut the bottles.
  • Draw around your foot on a piece of (scrap) paper and inside your drawing list some ways you will help the environment – stick this up somewhere you will see every day. For example you could ensure the lights are turned off when they’re not being used, turn the tap off while you’re brushing your teeth or be mindful of buying less plastic wrapped items – we’re excited to see what you come up with!

 

This term we are very pleased to have Miss Ahmadi joining us. Miss Ahmadi has had a fun week getting to know all of us and we are excited to have her with us over  the next 6 weeks. Please do say hello when you can.

 

Sadly, I have not been able to be with the children in person this week and really hope to be back in class with them soon. I am still in contact with the class and have lots of fun activities planned for them next week.. Please do not hesitate to speak to Miss Newton at the door if you need to discuss anything regarding the school day. 

 

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

 

Miss Billington, Miss Newton, Miss Lucy and Miss Ahmadi.

 

Thursday 1st April 2021

We’ve made it to the end of the Spring term! A huge well done to all the Reception children for a successful return to school and the parents and carers for supporting them with the transition. We have been so proud of how well they have slipped back in to our Reception routines and approached their learning with enthusiasm. We have had a busy final week. The children have been making Easter cards, Easter baskets and preparing their runner bean to take home and observe over the holiday. The children looked fantastic in their Easter bonnets and really enjoyed showing their creations to their friends and talking about how they constructed them.

In Literacy this week we read, ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ to the children. They then rewrote the story by making up their own character and deciding what the character did to their bean. Some mowed it, some watered it and some watched it grow! We will begin next term by writing about the fun activities the children get up to over the Easter holiday.

In Maths this week the children were learning to find double and half a quantity. The children learnt to double an amount using their fingers and the spots on a ladybird’s wings. They learnt that when we double we have twice as many. Next term we will begin by learning to find half a quantity and then we will revisit 2d shape. The children will be describing the properties of 2d shape and sorting them into groups.

The children have also been continuing to learn about their rights and responsibilities as part of our Relationship and Health Education lessons. This week they considered how they can care for our Reception garden and the important jobs that need to be done each day.

During the first week back we will be junk modelling so please bring in any clean, dry recycling you have at home for us. Many thanks in advance.

Homework

Please continue to hand in homework and reading books each Wednesday, so that they can be sent home each Friday in order to comply with new government Covid guidelines.

Handwriting – This week’s handwriting is k and p. Please complete using a writing pencil not felt tip pen or coloured pencils.

Rainbow Red words – Your child must write each of this week’s red words using different coloured pencils, like a rainbow. Encourage them to look at the word and copy the word to begin with then encourage them to look at the word, cover the word and write it from memory.

Sentence writing – We would like your child to observe their bean grow over the holiday and write a sentence or more about what they see in their red homework book. Please use a writing pencil. Try drawing the bean too. They do not need to write a sentence using this week’s red words.

We hope everyone has a lovely Easter weekend and spring holiday. See you all in the summer term on the Tuesday when school reopens.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

Friday 26th March

It’s been a wiggly worm week, this week in Reception and the children have been learning lots of fun facts about worm. We have been reading ‘Yucky Worms’ by Vivian French and ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler and have been learning lots of interesting things. Some of our favourite facts this week have included worms having 5 – 10 hearts, they feel the light through their skin and also play a super important role by digging tunnels to allow water to get to the roots of plants. This week we made our very own ‘Fact Books’ and wowed our teachers with our fantastic writing.  We have also been participating in lots of fun ‘worm’ activities both inside and outside in the EYFS garden.

During Math, we have been looking at ‘one more and one fewer’ for the numbers 15 – 20. We have been playing some fun games with our Math partners to challenge them on ‘more and fewer’ and have also been looking at number combinations to 20. Please keep counting and identifying numbers with the children at home to develop their confidence in this.

In our Health and Relationships session we looked at ways in which we can help out within the classroom and work as a team. We also are still continuing to learn about the Easter story in R.E and made our own Easter gardens in class.

Next week, we will be doing some planting and will be reading lots of books about planting throughout the week. We will be reading ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen. We will be looking at the story sequence and making our own Beanstalk books with our very own characters. We will also be planting some beans for the children to take home over the holidays. Please can you bring in an empty jam jar clearly labelled with your child’s name. Please do not cover the jar though as the children will be watching their bean grow.

Reminders

  • On Wednesday is our Easter Bonnet day where we will be taking photographs of the children in their Easter Bonnets for our virtual Easter Bonnet parade. Please bring your child’s hat to school with them on Wednesday. We are asking that the hats are made from as much recycled material as possible and that the items are as securely fixed as possible. It would also be helpful is you could let the children know that parts do accidently fall off during the day and that it is not a big problem and can be fixed once home again.

 

  • Please remember that our homework is now due in each Wednesday and will be returned each Friday. Also, please remember to hand in the whole homework folder containing your child’s homework book and their signed reading record. If you want to keep the book for a second week then please note that in their journal also. Many thanks.
  • Please check and label all of your child’s items of clothing. We have lots children with jumpers, shoes and PE kits which are not labelled at the moment.

 

Homework

Handwriting – This week’s handwriting is n, h and m. Please complete using a writing pencil not felt tip pen or coloured pencils.

Rainbow Red words – Now that your child is confident reading many of the red words we have sent home we would now like them to learn to write them. Each week your child will write some of the red words using different coloured pencils, like a rainbow. Encourage them to look at the word and copy the word to begin with, then encourage them to look at the word, cover the word and write it from memory. Then encourage your child to choose one or more of these red words and write a sentence in their new homework book (the red one). Sentences in homework books must be completed in pencil not coloured pencils or felt tip pens.

 

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend,

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

Friday 19th March

We’ve had another wonderful week in Reception. There has been quite a bit of rain which has meant that lots of worms have appeared in our mud kitchen much to the delight of the children. So next week in Literacy we will be reading the book, ‘Yucky worms’, by Vivian French and creating some information books with interesting worm facts.

In Literacy this week the children created WANTED posters for the evil pea character in the Supertato series of books. We focused on using a capital letter to begin each sentence, finger spaces between words and a full stop at the end. Some children also tried making wanted or missing posters for the other characters in the stories.

In Maths this week the children were representing numbers using unfix cubes. They were learning to make a group of ten first and then count on to represent the numbers between 10 and 20. The children also explored conservation of number, a mathematical concept that was first identified by Jean Piaget in the mid twentieth century. It is the recognition by a young child that quantity does not change with physical rearrangement. Next week in Maths, the children will be applying their understanding of finding one more and one fewer and extend this to working within numbers from 0-20. The children will also explore the possible combinations for some of the numbers between 10 and 20 by sharing an amount of eggs between baskets. For example, how many ways can you share 16 eggs between 4 baskets.

This week in Reception the children also enjoyed their first drama lesson with our new drama teacher. We have also been busy painting and drawing daffodils and noticing how the flowers have changed each day as the buds have begun to open. We also did a little science experiment to see what would happen if we placed food colouring into the daffodils water. The children have also enjoyed learning about the cross and its significance for Christians. The children have been finger painting crosses to display in our classrooms. During our relationship and health education lesson the children thought about when their friends might need help and what they could do to help them. We created fuzzy feeling jars. Each time a child gets that fuzzy feeling inside because someone has helped them and treated them with kindness they share it with the class and pop a pom pom into the jar. We are pleased to say that the jars are already quite full!

A few important reminders

Sunday the 21st March is Down syndrome awareness day. Please send your child to school in brightly coloured, odd socks on Monday and make a £1 donation.

This year’s St Stephen’s Easter bonnet will be slightly different as we cannot all meet and parade in the hall for parents and carers as we have done in previous years. We would however still like children to make an Easter bonnet at home, with a focus this year on using recycled materials, and wear them to school on Wednesday 31st March.

Homework – Homework and reading books are now to be handed in each Wednesday, so that they can be sent home each Friday in order to comply with new government Covid guidelines.

Water bottles – Please send your child to school each day with a labelled water bottle (not cup). Please ensure the water is fresh each day.

Sports – The children attend Kick London on a Thursday and Gymnastics on a Friday. Please ensure that your child wears their tracksuit bottoms and jumper (this can be a school jumper if your child struggles to remove the sports one) on a Thursday. On a Friday the children will need to wear shorts and a T-Shirt underneath their tracksuits so that they are allowed to participate in Gymnastics.

Homework

Handwriting – This week’s handwriting is r and b. Please complete using a writing pencil not felt tip pen or coloured pencils.

Rainbow Red words – Now that your child is confident reading many of the red words we have sent home we would now like them to learn to write them. Each week your child will write some of the red words using different coloured pencils, like a rainbow. Encourage them to look at the word and copy the word to begin with then encourage them to look at the word, cover the word and write it from memory. Then encourage your child to choose one or more of these red words and write a sentence in their new homework book (the red one). Sentences in homework books must be completed in pencil not coloured pencils or felt tip pens.

 

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend,

 

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

Friday 12th March

What a wonderful week back in school we have had with all of the children! We are so impressed with how happy and settled the children have been and we have been having so much fun reuniting with friends and exploring the early years together. As you may have seen, we have had a little make over within the EYFS playground and the children have spent time exploring the various new areas. We are hoping to try and set up before school each day in order to enhance the activities offered. We kindly ask that the children do not play with these activities before school as this will save us time setting activities up again and will allow us the opportunity to introduce these activities to the children after their morning carpet session. We are collecting pennies for our new outdoor supermarket so if you have any pennies you can spare then please pass them on to us. We also have lots of jobs coming up once lockdown is over if anyone has any spare time to come in and help with the garden improvements. We will let you know as soon as this is possible.

This week we have been checking which sounds the children are confident in and have met our new Phonics groups. We have also been looking at representing, ordering and identifying numbers to 15. We are super impressed with the children’s remote learning and it has been lots of fun for the children to share their knowledge with us. If you have any concerns we can discuss these during our upcoming parents evening.

Next week, the children will be continuing with some ‘Supertato’ fun and will be creating their own ‘WANTED’ posters. We will be building  the children’s confidence when writing sentences. We will also be introducing numbers to 20 and working within these over the next two weeks.

A few quick reminders for you

Homework – Homework and reading books are now to be handed in each Wednesday, so that they can be sent home each Friday in order to comply with new government Covid guidelines. Please  ensure you sign your child’s reading journal each week as we will not know if to change it for you if not.

Water bottles – Please send your child to school each day with a labelled water bottle. Please ensure the water is fresh each day.

Sports – The children attend Kick London on a Thursday and Gymnastics on a Friday. Please ensure that your child wears their tracksuit bottoms and jumper on chilly days (this can be a school jumper/cardigan if your child struggles to remove the sports one). On a Friday the children must wear shorts and a T-Shirt underneath their tracksuits so that they are allowed to participate in Gymnastics.

Homework

Handwriting – This week’s handwriting is j, y and u.

Rainbow Red words – Now that your child is confident reading many of the red words we have sent home we would now like them to learn to write them. Each week your child will write some of the red words using different coloured pencils, like a rainbow. Encourage them to look at the word and copy the word to begin with then encourage them to look at the word, cover the word and write it from memory. Then encourage your child to choose one or more of these red words and write a sentence in their new homework book (the red one).

 

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

 

Remote teaching Information and useful links

Dear parents, carers and of course children,

 

We are so very sad that we haven’t been able to welcome you all back into school after our Christmas break. We were so very much looking forward to seeing you all and hearing all of your Christmas stories from the children.  We do hope you all have been well and have managed to enjoy your time over the last few weeks. Although we cannot open our classrooms for the children to return just yet we plan to stay in contact as much as possible and will host a daily Zoom call to catch up with all of our little smiley faces. We will be setting work daily via the blog and will be using Tapestry to upload videos and other resources which you may find useful.  Please do make sure that you can access Tapestry and upload some of the things your child has been doing whilst at home. We will be making sure to leave the children some comments and can’t wait to see the things they share with us. Look out for stories and videos from the staff too and if anyone wants to pop us a video via Tapestry then please do!

 

Below is a list of websites which you may find useful whilst working with your child at home. 

 

The Early Years Team 

 

General resources and games

 

Educational Games – https://www.education.com/games/

Twinkl – Parent Resource pack – https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/eyfs-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-tp-2549362

National Geographic Kids – https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/

Mental Health Matters – https://www.ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk/mental-health-support-for-children-and-adults-during-school-closure/ 

 

Literacy

 

Teach your monster to read – https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ 

 

Oxford Owl – general resources – https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home

 

Oxford Owl – eBook Library – https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=Age+4-5&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=#

 

Read Write Inc Phonics guidance for parents – https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-schemes-oxford-levels/read-write-inc-phonics-guide/ 

 

Cbeebies – https://www.bbc.co.uk

/cbeebies/watch/playlist-storytime-app-stories

BBC School Radio – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5RMpbn1X8tMkMQgw0GRhz8L/early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs

 

Maths

Primary Games – https://www.primarygames.com/math.php

NRich – Maths – https://nrich.maths.org/13371

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

 

PE

Cosmic Yoga – https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

PE with Joe – https://www.youtube.com/thebodycoachtv

Andy’s Wild workouts – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06tmmvz

 

Art

Art Adventure with Pablo – https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/live-lessons/cbeebies-pablo-live-lesson/zn7ty9q

Reading with your child

It’s Ditty time! 

Here is a link to 28 Ditty’s which you can read with your child. We would recommend you read one to two of these Ditty’s with your child a week. Below is an explanation of how to read these Ditty’s as well as some comprehension questions you can ask them.

https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2020/03/25/12/12/55/1a5fba52-4af4-4008-9fcf-56517ab25cb7/RWI_OnlineDitties.pdf

How to use the Ditty Books.

For each Ditty you will need to say the ‘Speed Sounds’ first. Remember to say the sounds and not the letter name. It is really important not to add an -uh at the end and to keep the sound ‘pure’ e.g. “ssss” not “suh”. Watch this video to remind yourself if you are not sure if you are saying the sounds correctly. 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/read-write-inc-phonics–1/phonics-pure-sounds-video

Then read the ‘Green Words’. Green Words are ones that you can sound out and blend (unlike the Red Words which we know that you just have to remember!) If you are feeling very confident you could try to Fred them in your head. This is when we sound them out in our silent ‘thinking voice’ inside our brain and then just say the word. Don’t just guess though! You have to sound it out (either out loud or in your thinking voice) otherwise the word might trick you!

Next check that you can remember the Red Words. Can you find them on your Red Word mat?

Then read the Ditty. Sound out and say each word, remembering to go back to the beginning of the sentence each time and say the words that you have already read.

E.g. I

I g-o-t got

I got p-o-p pop

I got pop

 

This will help you to make sense of what you are reading rather than sounding out everything and trying to remember what the sentence meant at the end e.g. I g-o-t got p-o-p pop. Not repeating the words from the beginning each time makes it more difficult for children to understand the sentence. 

If your child is sounding out words in their ‘thinking voice’ (Fred in your head) then still ask them to repeat the sentence at the end so that they can practise building up their fluency in reading. Try to be patient and give your child plenty of time to think. It is fine to help them if they are stuck, by guiding them to look at the Speed Sound mat with pictures on if they cannot remember a sound. Remember to give them lots of praise for their effort and sounding things out, rather than whether they get it ‘correct’ or not. This will result in confident, happy readers!

Finally ask your child to answer these questions about the Ditty. Many children think that they have to ‘know’ the answer but it is not a memory check! The purpose of answering questions is to build their skills in comprehension and finding evidence in the words or pictures to support their answer (Looking at the pictures is not cheating!) This will become especially important as they become older and the stories or texts that they are reading become more complicated. It is important that we build this mindset, and skills in looking back through the text to find the answers, from an early age through simple activities. Prompt your child to point to the exact word or picture that tells them the answer. Some questions are inference questions. This means that your child can think about their own ideas but base these on the pictures and words in the story. It is great to encourage them to think about their own experiences and there are no right or wrong answers, as long as they can explain why they think that!


Read the Speed Sounds, Green Words and Red Words.

Sound out and read the Ditty. Don’t forget to go back to the beginning of the sentence each time and say the words in order. This will increase your fluency and help you understand what the Ditty is about! 

 

(Ditty 1)

What is the girl drinking? (Find the word that tells you)

Who got a sip? (Find the word that tells you)

Why did the dog not get any pop? (What do you think? Why do you think that?

(Ditty 2)

Who is the lady? (Find the word that tells you)

Which game are they playing? (Find the word that tells you)

Who is the best at tag? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

(Ditty 3)

Questions:

What is the man holding? (Find the picture that shows you and the word that tells you what it is)

What does the dog find? (Find the words that tell you)

What is the man looking for? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

(Ditty 4)

What is the mug like? (Find the word that tells you)

What is the girl doing? (Find the picture that shows you and the words that tell you what she is doing)

What is the girl drinking? (What do you think? Why do you think that

(Ditty 5)

What is the bag like? (Find the word that tells you and use the picture too)

What is in the bag? (Find the the words that tell you)

Where do you think the boy is going? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

What would you put in your bag? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

(Ditty 6)

Where does the cat nap? (Find the picture that shows you and the word that tells you)

Who naps on the bus? (Find the word that tells you)

Where do you like to nap? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

(Ditty 7)

Where did the pup sit? (Find the two words that tell you)

How will the muddy pawprints get cleaned up? (Find the words that tell you)

Have you ever got really messy? (When was that? What happened?)

(Ditty 8)

Where does the cub sit? (Find the picture that shows you and the word that tells you)

What is the pup doing?  (Find the word that tells you)

What do you think a kit is? (What do you think it might be? Where could you look to find out the answer? – online, in a dictionary)

(Ditty 9)

What did she put on? (Find the words that tell you)

What animal did she get? (Find the word that tells you and the picture that shows you)

How did she feel? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

(Ditty 10)

What does the lady sit on?

Can you name something the lady gets?

Would you like to go fishing? Why?

(Ditty 11)

What things did the child take with her to the shop?

How could they tell the shop was shut?

What might the child have bought in the shop?

(Ditty 12)

How does the boy feel? (Find the words that tell you and the picture that shows you)

What does mum do? (Find the words that tell you)

Have you ever hurt yourself? What happened?

(Ditty 13)

What type of shop is it? (Find the words that tell you)

What did he buy at the shop? (Find the words that tell you)

What pets do you think he has? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

(Ditty 14)

What can she do? (Find the words that tell you)

What things can you do?

(Ditty 15)

What does she pick up? (Find the word that tells you)

What type of pens are they? (Find the three words that tell you)

Why does she think it is a bad pen? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

(Ditty 16)

What does she get? (Find the three word phrases that tell you)

What does ‘tuck in’ mean? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

Why do you think he is sick? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

(Ditty 17)

What does she get? (Find the two words that tell you)

Where does she sit? (Find the word that tells you and the picture that shows you)

(Ditty 18)

Who is the man? (Find the word that tells you)

What colour is his van? (Find the word that tells you)

What does your mum or dad have?

(Ditty 19)

What does he want to drink? (Find the word that tells you)

What does he want to eat? (Find the two words that tell you?)

Why do you think he is told ‘no’? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

(Ditty 20)

Where is he? (Find the word that tells you and the picture that shows you)

What are the fish like? (Find the word that tells you)

Remote learning - Friday 26th February

Mr Schumm’s Good Work Assembly

Maths

To recognise the relationship between sharing and grouping.

Today the children will continue to explore the relationship between sharing and grouping and use mathematical vocabulary to describe the problems they solve. 

 

Watch the Oak video and join in with the activities. 

You will need some counters and the activity cards on Tapestry. 

Recognising the relationship between sharing and grouping

 

Alternative offline learning task

Using counters/objects encourage your child to count out 20 treats and explore how they can be grouped in different ways. 

 

Can they make groups of 5 using the 20 counters? Then describe what they have done using these sentences:

20 shared equally between 5 is 4

4 groups of 5 is equal to 20

 

Can they make groups of 2 using the 20 counters?

Can they make groups of 10 using the 20 counters?

Can they make groups of 4 using the 20 counters?

 

Share a short video on Tapestry with us of your child sharing counters into equal groups and then explaining what they have done using the 2 sentences. 

 

Phonics

 

This weeks red words are: some, come

There is no recorded phonics lesson today. Please revise any of the sounds your child found tricky this week. Continue to use the Set 2 Green words to practise reading. 

Don’t forget to read 1 to 2 Ditty books a week available on our reading blog. 

Religious Education

This week we will be reading the story of Palm Sunday with the children. (Tapestry)

Expressive Art and Design

 

Watch the Pepper Pig version of Supertato.  The creator of Pepper Pig has been super creative and made a song to go with his cartoon clip. 

 

The chorus of the song is as follows. 

 

Super vegetables keep us alive.

Always remember to eat your five.

Wiggle your hips and do a jive.

Always remember to eat your five.

 

Did you notice how the last word in each sentence rhymes with the last word in that sentence? Today we would like you to use your big imagination to create your own version of the chorus. You can keep it simple by simply changing the actions (wiggle your hips) in the song or if you are feeling very creative you may be able to change all of the words and create new words to the tune. Try humming the tune to yourself a few times first as this should help.  The more the sentences rhyme the better your chorus will be. 

 

We would love to hear how you get on!

Spanish

This week Miss Johnson will be teaching us how to name some animals in Spanish.

Additional Resources

MYUSO/Busythings

 

Remote learning - Thursday 25th February

Mr Alastair’s P.E assembly

Maths 

To recognise the relationship between sharing and grouping.

Today the children will share objects into equal groups and use the vocabulary of sharing and grouping to describe the problems they solve. 

 

Watch the Oak video and join in with the activities. 

You will need some counters and the activity cards on Tapestry. 

Recognising the relationship between sharing and grouping

 

Alternative offline learning task

Using soft toys and counters to represent treats encourage your child to solve the following problems and use the sentences below to describe what they have found out:

6 treats shared equally between 2 toys.

9 treats shared equally between 3 toys.

12 treats shared equally between 3 toys.

20 treats shared equally between 2 toys.

10 treats shared equally between 5 toys.

 

Model how to use these sentences and encourage your child to use them to:

6 shared equally between 2 is 3

2 groups of 3 is equal to 6

 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson on Tapestry. Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper or a whiteboard and whiteboard pen. The children will be reading and writing words containing the sound – or – shut the door. They will then try writing a sentence using an ‘or’ word.  

This weeks red words are: some, come

 

Literacy

What was your favourite part of Supertato?

 

Today we are learning about the word ‘character’. Characters are who the story is about. Chat to your grown up about characters. Are they always people? Can you think of any other characters from a different story? Usually the main character is the character who is discussed the most; sometimes they are good and sometimes they are bad. 

 

Here is a clue about one of these characters from Supertato. Who do you think it might be?

For today’s task, we have put some clues onto Tapestry for you to match up the character with the clues. 

 

Adults – The sentences only contain the phonemes and Red Words which the children have been introduced to so far ;therefore some words have been intentionally incorrectly spelt. We regularly participate in activities like this in Reception in order to help the children gain confidence when recognising phonemes , when decoding words and to help the children to read a variety of sentences independently. The children easily learn the correct spelling of words once new phonemes are introduced so please do not be concerned. If your child happens to know the correct spelling then it is ok to say that this is a game to help fix the words too. 

Handwriting

This week we are practising writing the Long Ladder family.  Watch the video on Tapestry to guide you.

Expressive Art and Design

Supermarket role play!

 

Today we are making our own supermarket. Ask your adult if you can borrow some items from the kitchen e.g. tins, packets of pasta, secure bottles etc. You can also print some shop labels off or use some junk modelling. 

 

Next grab your Supertato characters and create your own supertato stories. What fun will all your characters get up to? 

 

Additional Resources

MYUSO/Busythings

EYFS: Listen and Play – The Rabbits and the Crocodile – BBC Teach

Remote learning - Wednesday 24th February

Maths 

To share quantities into equal groups.

Today the children will continue sharing and will share different quantities of objects into groups of 2, 3, 4 and 5.  

 

Watch the Oak video and join in with the activities. 

You will need the digit cards and problems to solve on Tapestry. 

Sharing quantities into equal groups

 

Alternative offline learning task

Using soft toys and counters to represent treats encourage your child to solve the following problems:

9 treats shared equally between 3 toys.

6 treats shared equally between 2 toys.

12 treats shared equally between 4 toys.

15 treats shared equally between 5 toys.

18 treats shared equally between 2 toys.

24 treats shared equally between 4 toys.

 

Model how to use these sentences and encourage your child to use them to:

15 shared equally between 3 is 5

3 groups of 5 is equal to 15

 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson on Tapestry. Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper or a whiteboard and whiteboard pen. The children will be reading and writing words containing the sound – ar – start the car. They will then try writing a sentence using an ‘ar’ word.  

This weeks red words are: some, come

 

Literacy

Read or listen to the story again. Can you tell your grown up what happened at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the story?

 

Today we are learning about the word ‘setting’.  The setting is the place where the story happens. Where is the setting of Supertato? Is it at the beach? Or in space?!

 

Chat to your grown up about supermarkets.  What is a supermarket? Why would you visit a supermarket?  What sorts of things might you buy? Which supermarket do you go to? How do you pay for the items you are buying? Who works at the supermarket? What types of conversations would you have in a supermarket?

 

Today we would like you to help us write a list for when we do our shopping. Head to Tapestry to watch the video we have made for you. 

 

Expressive Art and Design

Making Supertato characters.  Today we would like you to gather a potato and some other vegetables and to decorate them to make lots of Supertato characters.  You can use lots of different materials and colouring pens or paints. Make sure you consider each of the characters personality. Supertato is very smiley and strong, Carrot looks a little scared or Broccoli looks shocked. Can you give each character a mask and cape. Make sure you also create an Evil Pea too! 

Make sure you keep your characters for tomorrow’s Expressive Art and Design Lesson.

 

Additional Resources

MYUSO/Busythings

Remote learning - Tuesday 23rd February

Mr Alastair’s R.E assembly

Maths 

To share objects into 3 equal groups. 

Today the children will continue to develop their understanding of sharing. They will share objects into 3 groups.  

 

Watch the Oak video and join in with the activities. 

You will need some counters and digit cards on Tapestry (multiples of 3 up to 27). 

Sharing objects into equal groups

 

Alternative offline learning task

Begin by showing your child the number 5 digit card and asking them to count out 5 counters to represent dog treats (or another role play idea that you have toys at home to support). Ask them to share the 5 dog treats between 3 dogs today. Encourage them to notice if the 3 groups are equal or unequal. Repeat with other digit cards but now use multiples of 3 (you can extend this activity to work within 30). Encourage your child to use this sentence: __ shared equally between 3 is __.

 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson on Tapestry. Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper or a whiteboard and whiteboard pen. The children will be reading and writing words containing the sound – oo – look at a book. They will then try writing a sentence using an ‘oo’ word.  

This weeks red words are: some, come

 

Literacy

Listen to Supertato by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. There is also a video on Tapestry for you to use.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTf0MBXqdb4

 

Listen to the story for a second time, pausing on the following pages to answer these questions. Discuss your answers with your adult. Can you find anything in the pictures to support your answers? Can you ask your adult these questions to see what they think?

Expressive Art and Design

Introduce your child to static electricity by using a balloon to make Supertato characters move. Watch the below video but instead of drawing ghosts use thinner pens to draw Supertato characters. Activity 4.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/lets-go-club-ten-minute-crafts?collection=the-lets-go-club-craft-activities

 

Music

Miss Rachel video 

Activity Link

 

Additional Resources

MYUSO/Busythings

Remote learning - Monday 22nd February

We hope that everyone has had a lovely half term and is feeling refreshed and ready to continue on our remote learning journey. Let’s hope that by the end of today the situation will be clearer on when we can all come back together again. Please do let us know if you need any support with anything. We are so keen to get back and have fun with our classes again but until then we look forward to catching up with you all via Zoom and Tapestry; so please do keep in touch. We know it is always tough for the children to settle back into their learning after half term so recommend spacing out the activities between lots of exploratory play if possible and to reintroduce some sound and number revision if you haven’t managed any over the last week. 

 

Maths 

To share objects into 2 groups and identify when the 2 groups are equal or unequal.

 

This week the children will continue to develop their understanding of sharing. They will just share between two groups today and develop an understanding of unequal as well as equal groups. 

 

Watch the Oak video and join in with the activities. 

You will need some counters and even digits cards to 28. 

Sharing objects into 2 equal groups

 

Alternative offline learning task

Introduce the concept of unequal groups. Choose an odd digit card from (between 2-20). Count out the correct number of counters, these could represent dog treats. Then share them between two soft toy dogs, e.g. share 7 dog treats between 2 dogs. Explore how if one dog has 4 and the other dog has 3 they do not have an equal amount of dog treats each.  Continue to explore equal and unequal amounts by repeating with other digit cards. When sharing an even number between the 2 dogs encourage your child to identify the 2 groups are equal and use this sentence:

__ shared equally between 2 is ___

 

Relationship and Health Education

 

Our new topic is: Rights and responsibilities. 

 

Lesson 1 – Looking after my special people

 

Watch the lesson on Tapestry and then draw and label a family portrait. Write a sentence explaining how you help the adults at home. 

 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson on Tapestry. Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper or a whiteboard and whiteboard pen. The children will be reading and writing words containing the sound – oo – poo at the zoo. They will then try writing a sentence using an ‘oo’ word.  

This weeks red words are: some, come

 

Red words WB 22.2.21

 

Expressive Art and Design

 

Animation – This really easy two page animation is a great way for your child to make their own little film! Talk through how you could make two slightly different pictures, or encourage your child to develop the story to make a longer film. Activity video 3.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/lets-go-club-ten-minute-crafts?collection=the-lets-go-club-craft-activities  

Additional Resources

Cosmic Yoga – Popcorn the Dolphin

MYUSO/Busythings

Design Technology Challenge - Feed the birds

St Stephens is setting all years the challenge of creating a bird feeder! Giving birds a little extra food is a simple and fun way to help these little friends, especially in the cold Winter. There are birds everywhere, no need for a garden or countryside. In fact, the birds in London will be all the more grateful for some support from a windowsill! Please do not rush your project, if you want to do your creating in half term, then great! We will be sharing your creations on Twitter (you can too @StStephensLBHF) from this week until February 23rd.

 

Bird feeders come in different shapes and sizes just like the birds they feed.

Here are some tried and tested creations which you can use to inspire your own bird feeder:

 

Why not rummage through your recycling box? 

All you need is an empty loo roll holder and some lard/butter for this creation (scroll down on linked page to the loo roll bird feeder):

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/make-a-bird-feeder-from-recycled-materials

 

Can you find a pine cone?

Cover it with lard, roll in seeds and nuts and hang up with string! Easy! Learn how here: 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/how-to-make-a-bird-feeder

 

Do you happen to have pipe cleaners, or something similar?

Create a delicious seed and nut ‘ring’ for birds:

https://www.ecokidsplanet.co.uk/blogs/news/make-your-own-fruit-cereal-bird-feeder

 

Remember to take a photo of your bird feeder and share with your class teacher on Tapestry. We can’t wait to see what you create and which birds you attract!

 

Note for parents/carers: If you cannot buy any nuts or seeds for the time being, you can just focus on creating your bird feeder now and add the nuts or seeds later! It is easy to buy nuts and seeds for birds at any (open!) pet shop. Otherwise, they are easy to buy online (https://www.gardenwildlifedirect.co.uk). 

 

For the children who cannot handle seeds and nuts, you could either make a bird bath or look after some other precious wildlife! Both butterflies and hedgehogs would love a helping hand this Spring. See the ideas below:

 

Butterfly feeder: https://www.ecokidsplanet.co.uk/blogs/news/make-your-own-butterfly-feeder 

 

Hedgehog home: https://www.ecokidsplanet.co.uk/blogs/news/how-to-build-a-recycled-hedgehog-home

 

Here are instructions on how to make a bird bath:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/maketheperfectbirdbath/

 

We can’t wait to see what you make!

If you are on Twitter, please share your creations with the Twitter handle @StStephensLBHF​

 

Remote Learning - Friday 12th February

Good Work Assembly

Maths 

To count in groups of five to find the total.  

Watch and join in with these counting in fives songs:

Scratch garden counting by 5

Jack Hartman counting in 5s

The singing walrus counting in 5s

 

Today the children will begin counting in fives. They will use the animal task cards to make groups of 5. 

Watch the Oak video and join in with the activities. 

You will need the resources on Tapestry, some counters and a dice. 

 

Counting in 5s

 

Alternative offline learning task:

Take your learning outside, begin by making a counting in 5s number track using chalk on the ground. Roll a small dice (1-6) and ask your child to collect that many groups of objects for example, if you roll a 3 your child will collect 3 groups of 5 pebbles or if you roll a 4 then 4 groups of 5 sticks. Can they count how many there are altogether by counting in 5s each time? 

 

Phonics

There is no recorded phonics lesson today. Please record a short video (1-2 minutes) of your child reading the set 2 sounds and share with us on Tapestry. Use flashcards or the Set 2 sound mat found on Tapestry.

 

Continue to use Word Time 1.6 and 1.7 to revise the set 1 sounds. 

Don’t forget to read 1 to 2 Ditty books a week available on our reading blog.

This weeks red words are: one, anyone  

 

Religious Education

 

Do you recognise the building below? 

 

 

This is St Stephen’s church. Do you remember we held our nativity play there just before Christmas? We also go there sometimes to listen to Reverend Denis and to meet with the rest of our school to learn more about God, pray and sing. Christians show love by going to church. They also show their love by helping other people. The church also does lots of things to help other people. Do you remember ‘Harvest festival’, when we collected food for people who are less fortunate? The church also helps feed people who do not have homes and money to buy food. Churches also fundraise so that they can help people in their communities, as well as other people from all over the world. 

 

Today we would like you to listen to Miss Johnson’s video on Tapestry. Today she reads ‘God’s Dream’ which tells you all of the ways in which God would like us to bring love to the world. Try to think of something you could do today to bring more love to the world. It could be to share something or you could draw a picture to cheer someone up. You help out with some jobs, call someone who may be feeling lonely or when you are in the shopping centre you could donate an item of shopping to the food bank box. 

 

Christians believe that each and every person is important and plays a role in helping out. Each person brings light to the world and this makes the world beautiful. 

 

‘You are the light of the world’ (Matthew 5:14)

 

Spanish 

Miss Johnson has put a video onto Tapestry to teach you how to count in Spanish.

 

Chinese New Year

Today is Chinese New Year. This is a traditional festival in Chinese culture. Within this tradition each year is represented by a different animal; with this year being the year of the OX. Chinese New Year is also called ‘Spring Festival’.  We have found some videos below which tell you all about Chinese New Year and the traditional tale of how the animal in each year was chosen.

 

Watch how Abbey and Yin prepare and celebrate Chinese New Year below.

How they prepare for Chinese New Year

How Chinese New Year is celebrated

Traditional Tale – The story of the Chinese Zodiac

 

Expressive Art and Design

Today we would like you to have a go at drawing any of the arctic animals you haven’t tried yet this week or you could continue to work on one you have started already. Colour it in and then display it proudly in a front window of your home to join in with The Great Big Art Exhibition. 

 

Additional Resources

Chinese New Year Craft

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Remote learning - Thursday 11th February

Mr Alastair’s P.E assembly can be found on the News and Events Page

 

Maths 

To count in groups of ten to find the total.  

Watch and join in with these counting in tens songs:

Scratch garden counting by 10s

Jack Hartman counting by 10s

The singing walrus counting by 10

 

Today the children will begin counting in tens to 100. They will use this understanding to count in 10s to find the total amount of objects.

Watch the Oak video and join in with the activities. 

You will need the resources on Tapestry and some counters. 

Counting in 10s

 

Alternative offline learning task:

Make a counting in tens number track in chalk on an outside wall or on the ground. Set up a target, a bucket, a chalk circle drawn on the floor or wall, a hula hoop. Explain that each time the ball/bean bag/pebble lands on/in the target they will score 10 points. How many points can they score in 1 minute? They must count in 10s to keep track of their total.  

 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson on Tapestry. Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper or a whiteboard and whiteboard pen. The children will be reading and writing words containing the sound – ow – blow the snow. They will then try writing a sentence using an ‘ow’ word.  

Alongside learning the set 2 sounds it is important to revise the set 1 sounds. There is a video on Tapestry to help you practise. We also encourage your child to continue reading the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7 to revise set 1 sounds also.  

This weeks red words are: one, anyone

 

Literacy

 

Today we are playing silly sentences. To play this game you will need the following. 

 

1) Three part sentences. 

  • I want a
  • I see a
  • I went to the

 

2) A full stop.

 

3) A list of words made up of set 2 sounds. We suggest using the sounds your child is least confident in so that they can practise reading them. 

 

(Adults you can write these out quickly so that your child can focus on the reading element of this task.)

 

Your child then has to select a word to put at the end of each part sentence and to see if it is a good sentence or a silly sentence. A good sentence needs to make sense. Don’t forget to put a full stop at the end of each sentence and to check each sentence by reading it from the beginning each time. Send us a couple of good sentences and some silly ones too when you have finished. 

 

Expressive Art and Design

Today’s animal is the Arctic Puffin. Watch and join in with the video on Tapestry. 

 

Additional Resources

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Remote learning - Wednesday 10th February

Maths 

To count in groups of two to find the total.  

Watch and join in with these counting in twos songs:

Pinkfong counting by 2s

The singing walrus counting in 2s

Jack Hartman counting in 2s

 

Today the children will begin counting in twos to 20. They will learn what a pair is and count in 2s to find the total amount of objects.

Watch the Oak video and join in with the activities. 

You will need the animal and sock cards on Tapestry and some counters. 

Counting in groups of two

 

Alternative offline learning task:

Introduce the concept of a pair meaning two of something. 

How many pairs of socks do you have in your drawer? 

How many socks are there altogether? Count in 2s to find out. 

Choose a four legged soft toy, how many pairs of socks does it need to keep its feet warm? 

How many pairs of socks do you need to put socks on all your soft toys? 

How many socks are there altogether? Count in 2s to find out. If you don’t want to get out all your child’s socks you could use the pairs of socks on Tapestry. 

 

To take this learning outside try drawing an animal in chalk on the ground with the correct number of feet. For example an octopus with 8 tentacles. How many socks does it need to keep warm? Ask your child to draw a sock on each tentacle (or a shoe) then circle each pair and count in 2s to see how many socks there are altogether. Repeat with other animals. 

 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson on Tapestry. Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper or a whiteboard and whiteboard pen. The children will be reading and writing words containing the sound – igh – fly high. They will then try writing a sentence using an ‘igh’ word.  

Alongside learning the set 2 sounds it is important to revise the set 1 sounds. There is a video on Tapestry to help you practise. We also encourage your child to continue reading the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7 to revise set 1 sounds also.  

This weeks red words are: one, anyone

Literacy

Today we would like you to watch the video of ‘No Trouble at all’’ by Sally Grindley on Tapestry. When you are watching the video we would like you to think about the following things and then afterwards discuss them with your adult.

 

  • Can you retell the story to another person?
  • What ‘trouble’ do the little bears get up to?
  • Why does the adult bear think the house keeps making noises?
  • The little bears go outside by themselves without asking an adult. Why is this unsafe?

 

To play ‘Splat’ you need to place Red Word cards onto the floor and stand around them. Next, one person calls out a Red Word whilst the other person ‘splats’ the Red Words with some sort of ‘splatter’ (this can be a fish slice, their hand, a fly swot etc) whilst shouting ‘SPLAT’ as loudly as possible. If more than two people are playing this game you can have a ‘splat’ race and see who splats the correct word first. Just pre-warn everyone to be a little careful not to hit each other….Happy splatting! 

You may find using fewer words works best to start with. You can then add more words as the children gain confidence.

Expressive Art and Design

Today’s animal is the polar bear. Watch and join in with the video on Tapestry. 

 

Music

Hello from Miss Rachel 

BBC Link

 

Additional Resources

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Remote learning - Tuesday 9th February

Mr Alastair’s R.E assembly

 

Maths 

To share objects into equal groups and count how many there are altogether. 

 

Today the children will be sharing different amounts of objects into different numbers of equal groups. 

Watch the Oak video and join in with the activities. 

You will need counters and the animal resources on Tapestry.

Counting in equal groups and adding them together

 

Alternative offline learning task:

Make some fields using pieces of paper or by building Lego enclosures or using cardboard boxes. Use counters, small toy figures or teddies and ask your child to share them in different ways. Always making sure there are an equal number of objects in each field and checking the total by counting them all.

6 sheep shared between 3 fields

8 sheep shared between 2 fields

4 sheep shared between 4 fields

12 sheep shared between 4 fields

30 sheep shared between 3 fields

25 sheep shared between 5 fields

4 sheep shared between 2 fields

 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson on Tapestry. Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper or a whiteboard and whiteboard pen. The children will be reading and writing words containing the sound – ee – what can you see? They will then try writing a sentence using an ‘ee’ word.  

Alongside learning the set 2 sounds it is important to revise the set 1 sounds. There is a video on Tapestry to help you practise. We also encourage your child to continue reading the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7 to revise set 1 sounds also.  

This weeks red words are: one, anyone

 

Literacy

Today we would like you to watch the video of ‘Some Dogs Do’ by Jez Aldborough read to you by Miss Johnson.  When you are watching the video we would like you to think about the following things and then afterwards discuss them with your adult.

 

  • Who is the main character of the story and what is his special gift?
  • Did his friends believe he could fly? Would you believe your friend if they said they could fly?
  • Who came to chat to the little dog at the end of the story and how did he make the little dog feel better? 
  • If you could have a special gift what would it be and why?

 

To play ‘Splat’ you need to place the Set 2 sounds onto the floor or a table in front of you (this can be extended by using words containing Set 2 sounds). Next, one person calls out one of the sounds/words whilst the other person ‘splats’ the sound with some sort of ‘splatter’ (this can be a fish slice, their hand, a fly swot etc) whilst also shouting ‘SPLAT’ as loudly as possible. If more than two people are playing this game you can have a ‘splat’ race and see who splats the correct sound/word first; just pre-warn everyone to be a little careful not to hit each other….Happy splatting!

You may find using fewer sounds/words works best to start with. You can then add more sounds/words as the children gain confidence.

Expressive Art and Design

Today’s animal is the Arctic Harp Seal. Watch and join in with the video on Tapestry. 

Remote learning - Monday 8th February

This week we are having a Phonics and Red Words focus week. There will be opportunities for writing during your Phonics lessons so we will be focusing on reading games and stories during your Literacy lessons.

 

Maths 

To understand the concept of equal groups. 

 

Today the children will explore sharing. They will learn what equal means and explore sharing objects equally. 

Watch the Oak video and join in with the activities. 

You will need counters and Old MacDonald’s farm (5 fields).

To understand the concept of equal groups

 

Alternative offline learning task:

Set up a small world with 5 fields and 20 animals. Encourage your child to decide where to put each of the 20 animals. Are there the same number of animals in each field? If not encourage them to share the animals putting one in each field until there are none left. How many are there in each field? Is there an equal number of animals in each field? Explain that equal means the same. 

Phonics Update

We have finished introducing the Set 2 sounds and are so impressed with how well the children have picked these up. We can see that some children are very confident at reading the Set 2 sounds already and parents/carers are wondering if to move on to Set 3 sounds. We would suggest holding off for the time being. Set 3 is usually introduced in Year 1, although we will be introducing them next term to those who are ready. It is really important that children are confident when writing several sentences independently using the Set 2 sounds first and can easily spot these sounds in words. We are going to be revising the Set 2 sounds over the coming weeks and want to work on developing the children’s writing so that they begin to use it in their play and ‘true life’ contexts such as writing notes and their own stories etc. This helps the children to have confidence in their ability to form sentences, meaning they can focus more on adapting the spellings of their words as they progress. We think you are all doing a wonderful job and couldn’t be prouder of the children and all of their efforts. Well done everyone!

 

Here are some practice sheets to help your child practise their Set 2 sounds at home.

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson on Tapestry. Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper or a whiteboard and whiteboard pen. The children will be reading and writing words containing the sound – ay – may I play. They will then try writing a sentence using an ‘ay’ word.  

Alongside learning the set 2 sounds it is important to revise the Set 1 sounds. There is a video on Tapestry to help you practise. We also encourage your child to continue reading the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7 to revise set 1 sounds also.  

This weeks red words are: one, anyone

 

Red words WB 8.2.21

 

Health and Relationship Education

Our topic is: Keeping myself safe

Lesson 4 – Listening to my feelings

This lesson of the Keeping Myself Safe unit, introduces the important issue of consent, in the form of safe and unsafe touches. 

Please discuss these questions with your child before watching the video. Please note it is important that your child watches this video with you and not by themselves so that you are there to discuss and answer any questions they have:

 

How do we keep safe?

(Listen to the rules, e.g. don’t play on a building site, look and listen before crossing the road).

How do we know when something isn’t safe?

(Adult tells us, it doesn’t look safe e.g. sharp knife). 

What if no-one has told us that something’s not safe? How might our body tell us that something isn’t safe? 

(Hurts us, makes us scared, funny feelings in our tummy, don’t want to do it anymore, feel nervous).

What can we do if we don’t feel safe?

(Tell a trusted adult, move away from the danger.)

How can someone help us feel safe?

(Hug us, hold us, make us a drink and snack, sit on their knee/lap, gentle hand on shoulder, or arm around us).

When would these touches be ok?

(If you were ok with them – if you like them and feel comfortable with them.)

If you didn’t feel ok with anyone touching you in this way or in a different way, (if they made you have those funny feelings) what could you do? 

(Tell another adult, move away, say ‘I don’t like that’.)

 

Now watch this video watch the NSPCC Pantosaurus song. 

Talk PANTS with Pantosaurus

 

Emphasize that our bodies are private and should be respected. If someone touches someone else when they are saying ‘no’ or their body is saying no, this is unsafe touch and we should try to walk away and find a trusted adult to tell. 

 

This is an important, ongoing conversation to have with your child. 

 

Expressive Art and Design

Museums and leading artists are inviting the British public to take part in what they hope will be the biggest art exhibition ever mounted.

The Great Big Art Exhibition is being launched by Sir Antony Gormley. The idea is to create a country-wide show of imagination and optimism, inspired by the rainbow images people made to celebrate the NHS and key workers during the first lockdown.

Antony Gormley has suggested animals as the theme for the first two weeks so this week we will teach you how to draw a different animal each day. Choose your favourite and turn your front window into a gallery as part of this nationwide initiative to create a “magical patchwork of creativity”.

Today’s animal is the Arctic wolf. Watch and join in with the video on Tapestry. 

 

Additional Resource

Cosmic Yoga – Floss

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Remote learning - Friday 5th February

Children’s Mental Health Week – Leaf Weaving

 

This is a simple activity that combines nature, fine motor, and mindful weaving. For this you need leaves, some hole punches, and some string. Quite simply punch some holes in the leaves. Then get a piece of string probably about 18 inches long. Try threading it through the holes.

 

Lost Polar bear update

 

You did it!  Someone saw one of your posters and contacted us to let us know where the little Polar bear lives. His Mummy came to collect him and has taken him all of the way back to his home in the Arctic. He has sent us some pictures of his journey home and some of the fun he has been getting up to whilst at home. He said to send you all a big THANK YOU for all of your help!

 

Maths

To revisit numbers to 15. 

 

Today the children revisit their learning so far for numbers to 15. 

Watch the Oak video and join in with the activities. 

You will need: a number track to 15, 0-15 digit cards and some counters.

 

Revisiting numbers within 15

 

Alternative offline learning task

Try posting a short video on Tapestry to show us how your child is getting on with one of these learning objectives below:  

 

*Identify and then represent numbers (focus on 11-15) – call out a number (0-15) and have your child select and hold up the correct one.

 

*Find one more and one fewer using objects – choose a digit card, ask your child to count out the correct number of objects. Ask them what one more/one fewer is? 

 

*Find one more and one fewer using a number track – choose a number then ask your child to put their finger on the number on the number track. Ask them, what is one more/one fewer? They then show you by moving their finger forward or backwards and saying the answer. 

 

Religious Education

 

Try to recall the story of ‘The Good Samaritan’ which was read to us by Miss Newton last week. If you don’t remember it too well then have another listen to the story on Tapestry.

 

This week we are thinking about how in the story Jesus says to ‘love your neighbour’. We are going to be exploring this a little further today. What do you think Jesus meant by ‘love your neighbour’? Think about where you live. Do you have any neighbours? Do you see them pass by? Our neighbours could be people we know or people we don’t know. What would you and your parents/carers do if you saw that somebody was hurt and needs help? (tell an adult, call 999, find a first aider or doctor). 

(Adult – please ensure you reinforce messages about stranger danger and to always tell you first when speaking to and helping people.)

 

Christians believe that God made everybody on the earth and so part of taking care of this special world means taking care of the people who live around us. Today we are making paper chain dolls. You could decorate them by drawing some of your neighbours and local people that you know. Then put the paper chain doll up in your window so that it can make people smile when they walk past. Click here to watch how to make a paper chain doll.

 

Phonics

Today we would like your child to continue making a set of flashcards for the set 2 sounds. Just one card is enough to work on today. Let them choose one of the sounds from the set 2 sound mat. Review the sound including the phrase. Give your child a small piece of paper or card for them to write the sound and draw a picture to represent the sound. For a challenge your child could add a list of words which contain the sound somewhere on their flash card.  

Don’t forget to read 1 to 2 Ditty books a week available on our reading blog.

Expressive Art and Design – yarn capital letters

Today you can have another go at any of the activities this week you have really enjoyed or try one that you haven’t had the opportunity yet to do. 

 

If your child is eager to do another creative activity then try the one below. This will help your child to become familiar with capital letters. Encourage them to choose a letter, then draw it on a piece of corrugated card for them. Cut it out for your child then encourage them to use any left over strips of paper, fabric, pipe cleaners, ribbon or threads you have at home to wrap around the letter. Secure the ends using cellotape. This will look lovely displayed on your child’s desk or bookshelf! 

Spanish 

Miss Johnson has put a video onto Tapestry to teach you how to say lots of colours in Spanish.

 

Additional Resources

Alastair’s Challenge – News and events page

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Remote learning - Thursday 4th February

Children’s Mental Health Week – Drawing to music

Music can portray some really strong emotions. These can be conveyed through lines and drawing. Select some kind of classical music for this, particularly a piece that changes in mood frequently. A good example of this is excerpts of ‘The Rite Of Spring’ by Stravinsky. This fluctuates between passages of serene beauty with moments of extreme anger. Have some kind of large surface to draw on – such as wallpaper. Put the music on, and let the children just have a go of ‘drawing the sound’. They can close their eyes, or just look at what they are doing. This is very open-ended, and the process is definitely the most important thing.

Mr Alastair’s P.E assembly

 

Maths

To revisit ordinal numbers and counting within 15.  

 

Today the children revisit original numbers (1st-11th) by exploring Old Mother Hubbard’s map of the places she visits looking for bones for her dog. 

Watch the Oak video and join in with the activities. 

You will need Old Mother Hubbard’s map on Tapestry and some counters. 

 

Ordering and exploring numbers within 15

 

Alternative offline learning task

Set up a role play with 11 houses, these could be Lego houses or cardboard boxes. Label them 1st, 2nd…11th. Give your child a soft toy (such as a dog) and ask them to visit the 1st house and collect 1 counter (bone). Repeat with the other shops, not in order, to check their understanding of ordinal numbers. Encourage them to collect a different number of counters (bones) at each shop to develop their counting skills. 

 

Literacy

 

Well done for reading through all of the ‘Lost’ posters yesterday. Do not worry that there wasn’t one for our little Polar bear. Today we are going to be making our own ‘Lost’ poster for him.  Head to Tapestry to see how to do this. Once you have completed your poster, stick it in your window so that anyone who walks by will see it and will contact us to let us know where his home is.  Thanks for all your help….he will be so pleased to get home!

 

Phonics

Today we would like your child to begin making a set of flashcards for the set 2 sounds. Let them choose one of the sounds from the set 2 sound mat. Review the sound including the phrase. Give your child a small piece of paper or card for them to write the sound and draw a picture to represent the sound. For example if they chose, ee – what can you see? They could draw a child with binoculars or they could make up their own flash card using an ee word such as, green, draw lots of green objects on their flashcard. For a challenge your child could add a list of words which contain the sound somewhere on their flash card.  

Handwriting

Head to Tapestry to watch how to form ‘x’ and ‘z’ from the ‘Zig, Zag Monster’ family.

Expressive Art and Design – wavy weaving

Today we would like you to try another paper weaving activity. The paper loom today is cut in a slightly different way, can you spot the difference? 

Watch this video and have a go at today’s activity.

Wavy paper weaving

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Remote learning - Wednesday 3rd February

Children’s Mental Health Week – Painting emotions

 

Art helps many people understand their emotions better. This is a very open-ended activity. Pick an emotion to try to paint. It could be ‘sad’ for instance. Select some colours that remind you of sadness, and then try. Although many people associate sadness with greys and blues, this is really subjective. Many children will pick unusual colours, like bright sunny yellow. It is best for them to make their own decisions, and craft their own artwork based on their independent ideas. Don’t worry if it looks a little odd.

Maths

To solve Math problems.  

 

Today the children will be solving some Math problems. 

Watch the Oak video and join in with the activities. 

You will need the 5 house template on Tapestry and some counters. 

 

Solving Math problems

 

Alternative offline learning task

Set up a role play with 5 houses, these could be Lego houses or cardboard boxes. Give your child a selection of small teddies or figures. Encourage your child, through play, to solve these problems:

There are 8 teddies. At least one teddy lives in each house. How many teddies can there be in each of the 5 houses?

There are 10 teddies. At least one teddy lives in each house. How many teddies can there be in each of the 5 houses?

There are 14 teddies. At least two teddies live in each house. How many teddies can there be in each of the 5 houses?

Encourage them to use the language of first, second, third, fourth and fifth to explain how many teddies live in each of the houses. 

 

Literacy

 

Our poor little Polar bear is still lost, so today we need your help. When people lose things sometimes they put up ‘Lost’ posters so that people will see them and read them. Today we have had a look on the computer and have found lots of ‘Lost’ posters for you to read through to see if any are for our little Polar bear? Don’t worry if not… tomorrow we have another plan to help. (Check Tapestry for today’s video.)

 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson (link below). This is the last of the set 2 sounds! Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper. Alongside learning the set 2 sounds it is important to revise the set 1 sounds. Encourage your child to continue reading the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7 to do this.  

oy – toy for a boy

Expressive Art and Design – paper weaving

Today we would like you to try paper weaving. Watch this video, it will show you how to make a paper (or thin cardboard) loom by folding a piece of paper in half. 

How to make a paper loom and weave with paper

Additional Resource

BBC School Radio – Brilliant Brushes and magical marks

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Remote learning - Tuesday 2nd February

Children’s Mental Health Week  – Puddle Art

 

This one can get a bit messy, but it’s a beautiful way of using puddles for learning. There’s different ways of doing it. You could get a pallet of paint, and try swirling the paint through the puddle with brushes. Another way is to squirt the paint directly into the water. If you can’t find a puddle you could use the sink or a bucket. In the end they almost always go brown, but up to that point there are all sorts of opportunities to observe the fantastic swirls and effects of painting and water combining.

 

Mr Alastair’s R.E assembly

 

Literacy

We need your help!! Head to Tapestry to see what strange find Miss Newton and Miss Lucy discovered at school this morning.  

 

Today we are going to learn a little more about Polar Bears so that Miss Newton and Miss Lucy know how to care for our little lost friend. Listen to the information book video and try to remember some of the things listed below. Afterwards send a little video (max 1 – 2 minutes) to Tapestry with your answers.

 

What is a baby Polar bear called?

Where would the cub like to sleep?

What should they feed the Polar Bear?

Do you remember any interesting facts about Polar Bears?

How do you think the little bear is feeling?

 

Maths

To find one more and one fewer than numbers to 15. 

 

Today the children will continue to find one more and one fewer than numbers to 15 by repeating the game they played yesterday. 

Watch the Oak video and then play the game. 

You will need a number track to 15, your 0-15 digit cards and some counters. 

 

One more and one fewer

 

Alternative offline learning task

Continue to play the game introduced yesterday (see instructions on Monday’s blog or Tapestry).

 

Extend your child’s understanding by playing, Guess my number.

Choose a number but keep it a secret e.g. 10.

Give your child clues to guess your secret number e.g. My number is one more than 9. My number is one fewer than 11. My number has two digits. 

Take turns with your child to play the game. Have a number track available when playing the game. 

 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson (link below). Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper. Alongside learning the set 2 sounds it is important to revise the set 1 sounds. Encourage your child to continue reading the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7 to do this.  

ou – shout it out

Expressive Art and Design – weaving with a loom

For today’s activity your child will need a cardboard loom. 

  1. Find a piece of cardboard or use the back of a cereal box.
  2. Cut one-inch lines on either end of the cardboard. 
  3. String yarn, twine, or string from one end to the other and tie it in the back (or cellotape it).
  4. Keep the string tight, but not too close that it bends the cardboard. 
  5. Tape the cardboard loom to the table to hold it steady.
  6. Cut strips of paper or use ribbon or scraps of fabric to begin exploring how to weave.

Music

Hello from Miss Rachel 

BBC Link

 

Additional Resources

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Remote learning - Monday 1st February

Children’s Mental Health Week 

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week 2021.

Children (and adults) are being encouraged to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas which will make us feel good!

In this book about friendships Charlie the author has used storytelling and illustrations to share his thoughts and feelings. 

Listen carefully to this story and look at the beautiful illustrations: 

The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse by Charlie Mackesy

Maths 

To find one more and one fewer than numbers to 15. 

 

Today the children will apply their knowledge of finding one more and one fewer by playing a game.  

Watch this video and play today’s game. 

You will need 2 different coloured sets of counters/objects (e.g. small blue and green Lego bricks) a number track to 15 and 15 countable objects such as dried beans or spoons. 

 

Applying knowledge of one more and on fewer

 

Alternative offline learning task – please find instructions below for today’s game: 

You will need:

A coin, a number track to 15, 15 objects to count, some smaller counters/objects to place on the number track, digit cards. 

Take turns to choose a digit card e.g. 12. Count out 12 objects.

Flip the coin. If it lands on heads then find one more than the number of objects by taking one more object and counting on (from 12) or counting them all. 

Place one counter on 13. 

If the coin lands on tails then find one fewer than the number of objects by taking one away and counting back (from 12) or counting them all. Place a counter on number 11.

Take turns until the number track is full! Have fun.  

 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson (link below). Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper. Alongside learning the set 2 sounds it is important to revise the set 1 sounds. Encourage your child to continue reading the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7 to do this.  

ir – whirl and twirl

This weeks red words are: any, many

Red words WB 1.2.21

Expressive Art and Design

This week the children will be trying a number of weaving activities. 

To get started today I would like them to try weaving using a cooling rack. They can weave using a variety of different types of material. Use just one or try a combination: 

Coloured paper strips, recycled magazine strips, newspaper strips, fabric strips or even pipe cleaners. Introduce the concept of weaving to your child by watching the following video with them:

Weaving using a cardboard loom

Draw their attention to the over, under way of weaving the material. Then give them time to explore the weaving using the cooling rack.

Additional Resource

Cosmic Yoga – JoyBob The Polar Bear 

MYUSO/Busythings (This may not be working at the moment due to technical issues. Please check ParentMail for updates)

Remote learning - Friday 29th January

Maths

To know one fewer than a number to 15. 

 

Today the children will consolidate their previous learning, finding one fewer than a number to 10 and extend this to finding one fewer than a number to 15. 

You will need some counters or small objects, your 0-15 digit cards, a number line and the picture cards on Tapestry.

One fewer than numbers to 15

 

Alternative offline learning task:

Continue to play with the shop you set up yesterday. Take turns with your child being the shopkeeper and the customer (once you have demonstrated this your child may continue to play independently or with a sibling). Place an order for example: May I buy 11 pieces of pasta (you could hand over the number 11 digit card to support them). Your child then counts out the 11 pieces of pasta. Then change your mind and ask for one fewer than 11. Show your child how to take away one piece of pasta. Ask your child to check how many pieces there are altogether. Model the sentence, ‘One fewer than 11 is equal to 10’. To extend the learning further have a purse full of pennies to pay with.  

 

Religious Education

 

Today we are thinking about who is responsible for tidying up? When we are at school who is responsible for keeping the school tidy? Is it Mr Schumm as the Headteacher? Is it Mr Brown as the Premises manager? Is it Miss Billington or Mrs Ghoul as the teachers? 

 

Christians believe that everyone is responsible for looking after our environment because we are borrowing God’s world and need to take care of it. 

 

Today Miss Newton reads the story of The Good Samaritan. Jesus told this story to show that we shouldn’t walk past when things are wrong, we need to stop and help. In our school, it is important that everyone joins in and helps. Sometimes this means picking up litter or turning off taps; sometimes it means helping people who are hurt or upset. When we all help together the world is a much nicer place. Have a think about where else it is good to help out and take care of the things around us. Have a go at helping out at something today!

Phonics

There is no recorded phonics lesson today. Please revisit any of this week’s set 2 sounds your child needs to revise. Continue to use Word Time 1.6 and 1.7 to revise the set 1 sounds. Don’t forget to read 1 to 2 Ditty books a week available on our reading blog.

Expressive Art and Design

Today we would like your children to enjoy playing with some of their junk model creations from this week. Encourage them to create a storyline or narrative into their play. Perhaps they can try retelling one of the stories we have listened to this week. Have fun!

Spanish

Head to Tapestry to have some fun learning Spanish with Miss Johnson.

 

Additional Resources

Alastair’s Challenge – To be added

Remote learning - Thursday 28th January

Mr Alastair’s P.E assembly

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BZDRoIOzdz4&feature=youtu.be

 

Maths

To know one more than a number to 15. 

 

Today the children will consolidate their previous learning, finding one more than a number to 10 and extend this to finding one more than a number to 15. 

You will need some counters or small objects, your 0-15 digit cards and a number line or number track (there are no new resources on Tapestry to use for this activity).

One more than numbers to 15

 

Alternative offline learning task:

Set up a shop with toys you have in your home, you could try using dried pasta, cereal or dried beans if you have some to spare. Take turns with your child being the shopkeeper and the customer (once you have demonstrated this your child may continue to play independently or with a sibling). Place an order for example: May I buy 12 pieces of pasta (you could hand over the number 12 digit card to support them). Your child then counts out the 12 pieces of pasta. Then change your mind and ask for one more. Ask your child to check how many pieces there are altogether. Model the sentence, ‘One more than 12 is equal to 13’. To extend the learning further have a purse full of pennies to pay with.  

 

Literacy

We now know the story of ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ very well!!  Today we would like you to recreate your own ending to the story. Imagine there is no giant’s castle at the top of the beanstalk……..imagine there is something else. This is where we need to use our big imaginations.  Watch the video on Tapestry describing how to complete today’s task. 

 

If you have not uploaded any Literacy yet please would you send us a very short video of your child sharing and talking about one of the Literacy tasks they have completed this week. Please keep the video’s under 2 minutes long. Many thanks!

 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson (link below). Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper when completing your video. Alongside learning the set 2 sounds it is important to revise the set 1 sounds. Encourage your child to continue reading the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7 to do this.  

air – that’s not fair

Handwriting

Head to Tapestry to watch how to form ‘V’ and ‘W’ from the ‘Zig, Zag Monster’ family.

Expressive Art and Design

Today’s challenge is to listen to the story, ‘No-Bot the robot with no bum,’ and then create a junk model robot. Then listen and join in with the funky robot dance!

No-Bot the robot with no bottom

Do the funky robot dance

Additional Resource

Andy’s Arctic workout!

Make a Polar Bear cake

Remote learning - Wednesday 27th January

Maths

To count up to 15 objects and put them in order. 

 

Today the children will continue to identify, represent and order the numbers 0-15. Watch this video and complete the activity. You will need some counters or small objects, 0-15 digit cards and the number tracks with missing numbers on Tapestry

Counting up to 15 objects day 3

 

Alternative offline learning task:

Choose three soft toys. Encourage your child to give each toy a different digit card. Count out objects (you could use pasta or play food) for each toy to represent their digit card. Who has the most? Who has the fewest? Can you put the toys and their objects in order from least to most? Repeat with different digit cards.

To develop the learning further, put some of the digit cards in order but miss some out with a gap for your child to identify the missing number and encourage them to find it from the remaining pack of digit cards to complete the number track. 

 

Literacy

Today we are thinking about ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ again. If you need to rewatch the story please do so that you can remember what happens in it. 

 

For our task today we are making a storyboard. Watch the video on Tapestry describing how to complete today’s task. 

 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson (link below). Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper when completing your video. Alongside learning the set 2 sounds it is important to revise the set 1 sounds. Encourage your child to continue reading the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7 to do this.  

or – shut the door

Expressive Art and Design

Today’s challenge is to listen to the story, ‘Giraffes can’t dance,’ and then create a junk model giraffe or another jungle animal from the story.

Then listen to this song and join in, moving like different animals. 

Giraffes can’t dance

The animal Boogie

Additional Resource

Giants and Beans – BBC School Radio

Remote learning -Tuesday 26th January

Mr Alastair’s R.E assembly

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qfcaAaDll0I&feature=youtu.be

 

Literacy

For Literacy, Miss Billington is reading ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Head to Tapestry to watch the video. 

 

For our task today we are drawing and writing a sentence to describe our favourite character. Watch the video on Tapestry describing how to complete today’s task. 

 

Maths

To count up to 15 objects and put them in order. 

 

Today the children will continue to identify, represent and order the numbers 0-15. They will explore pictorial representations alongside concrete manipulatives (counters or small countable objects). 

Watch this video and complete the activity. You will need some counters or small objects, 0-15 digit cards and the picture cards on Tapestry. 

Counting up to 15 objects day 2

 

Alternative offline learning task:

Take a picture card and ask your child to count by crossing each object off with a pencil. Ask them to match the quantity to the correct digit card and then represent the number using counters or objects. Repeat until all the picture cards have been used (page 1 only). You can make your own picture cards. Draw objects to represent the numbers 11-15 for today’s learning. 

Using the number tracks (page 2) can your child count and represent each picture with a number? Can they identify the next number in the sequence? Can they spot any mistakes? You could make the number tracks using lego or other small countable objects instead of the worksheet. Include a mistake for your child to spot and missing amounts of objects along the number track. 

 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson (link below). Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper when completing your video. Alongside learning the set 2 sounds it is important to revise the set 1 sounds. Encourage your child to continue reading the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7 to do this.  

ar – start the car

Expressive Art and Design

Today’s challenge is to listen to the story, ‘Mr Gump’s outing,’ and then create a junk model boat big enough for all the animals. Try to include a sail and mast or some portholes. Once you’ve built your boat, test it out. Does it float or sink? How many toy animals can your boat carry? LIsten and join in with one of the songs too.

Mr Gumpy’s Outing

BBC Radio – Mr Gumpy’s Outing

Row, row, row your boat

Port side pirates

Music

Hello from Miss Rachel 

BBC Link

Remote learning - Monday 25th January

Happy Monday everyone!!  We hope everyone had a lovely weekend and had lots of fun in the snow yesterday. This week we are having a little break from focusing on  ‘The Polar Regions’ and instead will be reading and completing lots of activities linked to various stories. Don’t worry though as we will be adding some additional topic resources for the children to begin learning about the Arctic and some of the wonderful animals which live there. Make sure to check out Tapestry and the blog for additional videos, activities and stories also!

 

Also, if you haven’t had the chance yet, then head over to MyUSO to check out the online resources available for your child to use at home. We have selected a couple of tasks on Busythings which link to this weeks learning too! Login details have been sent out previously via ParentMail.

 

Maths

This week it would be really useful if you could upload short videos to Tapestry (1-2 minutes) which show your child’s understanding of the learning in Maths. This does not need to be every day. Thank you. 

 

To count up to 15 objects and put them in order. 

 

Today the children will build on their previous learning, representing numbers to 10. They will be introduced to the numbers 11-15 in this lesson and represent each of these numbers using counters or objects. 

Watch this video and complete the activity. You will need some counters or small objects and 0-15 digit cards on Tapestry. 

Counting up to 15 objects

Alternative offline learning task:

Encourage your child to group and count objects around your house. For example, 11 spoons, 13 blueberries in a bowl. Try to stay within 15 objects and draw attention to counting out 11, 12, 13 and 14 objects. Select a digit card 0-15 and encourage your child to represent the number using objects. 

Meet numbers 11 – 15 Numberblocks

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson (link below). Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper when completing your video. Alongside learning the set 2 sounds it is important to revise the set 1 sounds. Encourage your child to continue reading the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7 to do this.  

oo – look at a book

This weeks red words are: tall, small

 

Red words WB 25.1.21

 

Health and Relationship Education

Our new topic is: Keeping myself safe.

Lesson 3 – Safe indoors and outdoors

 

Read, ‘Harold the safety detective,’ published on Tapestry to your child. Discuss with your child what Harold should do to stay safe as he explores some possible dangers inside and outside his home. 

Help your child to make a Safety Detective badge using a piece of card and mark making tools. They can copy the words: Safety Detective. Go with your child on a hunt around your home identifying possible risks and encourage your child to explain how to keep safe. Your child could wear their badge when you go out and continue to identify risks in the community and how to stay safe. 

Expressive Art and Design

This week is junk modelling week! Each day there will be a story inspired junk model challenge. You may want your child to try each challenge or they can choose their favourite one to work on throughout the week. They can spend a couple of days building, then a couple of days painting and embellishing before spending their final day playing with their junk model. When junk modelling the best adhesive to use is masking tape as your child will be able to colour and paint on top of it more easily. However, if you don’t have masking tape then pva glue or sticky tape work will do.

 

Today’s challenge is to listen to the story, Jack and the beanstalk, and then create a junk model castle for the giant. Try to include some towers, perhaps a drawbridge and a flag! 

Jack and the beanstalk

 

Additional Resource

Cosmic Yoga – Frozen World

Remote learning - Friday 22nd January

Good Work Assembly – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGUhW6uXXCw&feature=youtu.be

The Friday Challenge from with Alastair, Clare and Miss Marchant – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHsKryLy7GU&feature=youtu.be​

Maths

To add and subtract using a number track.

 

Today the children will consolidate their learning this week by solving some addition and subtraction problems. 

Watch this video and complete the activity. You will need your number track and some counters:

Adding and subtracting using a number tack

 

Alternative offline learning task:

Print the addition and subtraction word problems on Tapestry. Read the problems to your child and encourage them to solve them using their number track and counters. You could instead of using counters and the bus template use soft toys and pillows to represent chairs on a bus or build 10 lego bus chairs and use lego figures to solve the problems.   

 

Religious Education

This week we are still thinking about our wonderful world.  Today we would like you to listen to the below song.

 

https://youtu.be/l9GsKFIaRo0

 

Do you have a pet or a favourite animal? Can you tell us a little about it? What does it look like? What does it eat? Can you pretend to be that animal? How does it move and how does it sound? Why do you think it is important to look after all of the animals in this world? What could you do to help look after animals?

 

Today we would like you to create your own animal book. On each page draw your favourite animals and then write a list of all of the animals you have drawn. Another idea is that you fingerpaint some of your favourite animals onto a large piece of paper and then write a list of all of the animals you have drawn. Remember a list starts at the top of the page with each animal name placed underneath. Like a shopping list or a birthday invitation list.

My favourite animals 

Frog

Pig

Chick

Fish

Cat

 

Expressive Art and Design

Your R.E. lesson today is very arty, so if you have time and feel like doing another creative activity then we would like you to get your play dough out (or make some new dough) and strengthen your hand muscles by rolling, pinching, cutting and moulding your playdough.  

 

Another way to strengthen those hand muscles and get your Friday night dinner ready is to make some pizza dough. Your child will enjoy mixing, kneading, stretching and shaping the dough. They could even try twisting it to make dough straws. 

Put some music on, have a dance and try this simple (tried and tested by Mrs Ghoul) pizza dough recipe below:

Jamie Oliver – pizza dough recipe

It freezes really well, so you can save some in a sandwich bag to use again next week 🙂

Phonics

There is no recorded phonics lesson today. Please revisit any of this weeks set 2 sounds your child needs to revise. Continue to use Word Time 1.6 and 1.7 to revise the set 1 sounds.

Have a great weekend everyone 🙂

 

Handwriting 

This week we are still practising the ‘One armed robot family.’ Please watch the video on Tapestry which shows your child how to correctly form the letters h, m, k and p.

Additional Resource

BBC School Radio

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/eyfs-listen-and-play-tiny-tigers-and-cosy-cats/zdssxyc

Remote learning - Thursday 21st January

Literacy/Understanding the world

We start off today by discovering if our predictions from yesterday’s experiment were right. Reread your prediction and then go and find all of the pots you left in various places. Which of the pots of water has frozen? Did you notice anything about the other pots of water? What changes can you see and can you feel? Why did some freeze and others didn’t? 

 

Next, get out the larger tub of ice from the freezer and tip it out into a tray or into the sink. Today the challenge is to melt the ice and rescue the toys as quickly as possible. What could you use? Discuss how the ice feels and what happens to the ice during your challenge. 

Try adding some salt to the ice to see what happens!

 

 

Later, when you have warmed your fingers a little, you could try doing some snow writing. Sprinkle some flour or some icing sugar (even better) into a tray or even a large baking tray and ask the children to try and write some of the words they used when melting the ice. Some examples are cold, wet, fun, Ice, drip etc.  

Maths

To understand the concept of subtraction as take away.

 

Today the children will continue to learn about subtraction. They will be taking objects away from a set and counting how many they have left using a number tack to support them.

Watch this video and complete the activity. You will need your number track, some counters and the task sheet on Tapestry:

To understand the concept of subtraction as take away

 

Alternative offline learning task:

Try using play dough today to create some subtraction first and then number stories for your child to solve. For example:

First there were 7 cup cakes on the plate (you and your child can enjoy spending time making and decorating some play dough cupcakes first – or maybe even baking some real ones!)

Then Fred (use your puppet or soft toys name) ate 2 of the cupcakes. Use the puppet to gobble up and hide the cup cakes, or eat them with your child! 

Encourage your child to count how many cupcakes are left on the plate and say the sentence:

Now there are 5 cupcakes left on the plate. 

7 take away 2 equals 5.  

Your child can represent the subtraction stories using counters on their number tack. 

 

Expressive Art and Design

Today we would like you to make some paper line sculptures. Use some of your left over paper lines from yesterday or cut out some more using coloured or patterned paper or a magazine. Using a glue stick, glue both ends of the paper line to your paper so that it stands up. Try folding a paper line to make a staircase like structure or roll it to create a swirl. 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson (link below). Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper when completing your video. When leaning the set 2 sounds, revise the set 1 sounds using the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7.  

oo – poo at the zoo

Word Time Lessons 1.2-1.7

Remote learning - Wednesday 20th January

Literacy/Understanding the world

Today we are doing an experiment!

You will need:

4 plastic pots or cups.

Water

(you can place small objects or toys into the water to make this more fun.)

 

Today we are going to complete a science experiment. Do you know what a Scientist does? A Scientist tests things to get a better understanding of how things work. Do you know how ice is made? Today we are going to be scientists and find out the best way to make ice.  Have a discussion with your adult as to how you think ice is made? Has ice always been ice? Does ice always stay ice? 

Adults explain to the children that ice is made by water freezing. 

 

To complete the experiment you will need to

  • Fill to just over half fill each cup with water. The water needs to be the same in each cup so that it is a ‘fair’ test.
  • Next, one cup is to go into the fridge for the night, one cup is to go into the freezer for the night, one cup is to go outside for the night and one is to be left on a side indoors for the night. 
  • Now it’s time to make a prediction. Which cup of water will freeze overnight? Can you explain why?

 

I predict that the cup ………………………. will freeze because ……………

 

As an extension to this task your child could write out their prediction sentence or draw and label their cups of water and where they were placed.

 

Additional Resource

Oak academy has provided as teaching resource video for hot and cold. 

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-understand-the-difference-between-hot-and-cold-6cukcr

 

(Adults- For tomorrow’s activity it would be great if you could fill and freeze a large container of water with small toys or objects in it. You can put in other things such as beads or drops of food colouring too. Please keep this a surprise for the children tomorrow.)

Maths

To understand the concept of subtraction as take away.

 

Today the children will be introduced to subtraction and they will be taking objects away from a set and counting how many they have left.

Watch this video and complete the activity. You will need your tens frame, some counters and the task sheet on Tapestry:

To understand the concept of subtraction as take away

 

Alternative offline learning task:

Using a hand puppet or soft toy create some first and then number stories for your child to solve. For example:

First there were 6 red apples in the fruit basket (you can use counters, lego pieces or real fruit if you have enough!)

Then Fred (use your puppet or soft toys name) ate 3 of the apples. Use the puppet to gobble up and hide the apples. 

Encourage your child to count how many apples are left in the basket and say the sentence:

Now there are 3 apples in the basket. 

6 take away 3 equals 3.  

Your child can represent the subtraction stories using counters on their tens frame. 

 

Expressive Art and Design

Today we will continue working with lines. Cut out strips of coloured paper or magazines. These can be different widths and lengths. Make sure the children have a go at the cutting as this is good for strengthening their hand muscles. Arrange your paper lines to make an interesting picture like the ones below. 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson (link below). Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper when completing your video. When leaning the set 2 sounds, revise the set 1 sounds using the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7.  

ow – blow the snow

Word Time Lessons 1.2-1.7

Remote learning - Tuesday 19th January

Literacy/Understanding the world

Today we are thinking about ‘How information can be retrieved from computers’. The first thing we would like you to do is discuss the following with your child.

 

  • Why do we use computers?
  • Can we find out  information when using a computer? 
  • Is all of the information we see and read true on the computer?

 

Now we would like you to model using a search engine to find out information about ‘Antarctica’ with your child. We advise you use a child safe search engine such as https://www.safesearchkids.com/

 

Talk through each of your steps with your child, explaining that you are searching for information that other people have put onto the Internet. Explain that the Internet is like a big library. Explain that you need to type the words you are searching for into a search engine in order to find information that is relevant. Once you have searched ‘Antarctica’ you can scroll down through the list with your child. It is worth briefly explaining to your child that some people put fake information onto the computer and that if something looks or sounds like it may be a little strange it’s best to look at another page of information.

 

Your next step is to select a website to visit. We suggest the kids – world – travel – guide or National Geographic. You can even look through the images or videos. Discuss what the children think of the information they find. Read through a couple of facts with your child. Can they spot any ‘Red Words’. Maybe try searching for another word or let your child type something in. Have fun exploring!

Extention

Your child could draw a picture of Antarctica and label it or they could find a ‘fun fact’ from their internet search to write down.

 

Additional Resource 

Miss Quartermaine’s Penguins book on Tapestry

 

Maths

To add two numbers using a number track to count on.

 

Today the children will continue to add within ten but they will use a number track to support them. 

Watch this video and complete the activity. You will need your number track from last week and the task sheet on Tapestry:

To add two numbers using a number track to count on

 

Alternative offline learning task:

Set up a small world role play with animals, people, teddies or playdough. Encourage your child to think of number stories using addition. This will depend on the toys you have in your home. For example:

First there were 4 ponies in the field. 

Then 2 more ponies galloped into the field to join them.  

Now there are 6 ponies in the field. 

4 plus 2 equals 6. 

Your child can represent their addition stories using counters on the number track. Encourage them to count on from 4 to 6 rather than starting again at one. This is a more efficient method of addition.   

 

Expressive Art and Design

In the story, ‘The Dot,’ by Peter Reynolds, Vashti shows the little boy at the end of the story that even a line can be a piece of artwork. Have a go today and making different types of lines on a piece of paper. Begin with a pencil and then go over the top of your lines with a black crayon, if you have one, to create a wax resist. Then paint in between your lines with different vibrant colours. Have fun! 

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson (link below). Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper when completing your video. When leaning the set 2 sounds, revise the set 1 sounds using the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7.  

Word Time Lessons 1.2-1.7

igh – fly high

Music

Miss Rachel has sent us a series of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ music sessions for us to do. 

First listen to her introduction 

And then find the first session here!

Remote learning - Monday 18th January

Maths

To use manipulatives to count on when adding. 

 

Today the children will build on their previous learning, addition within 5 and learn to add within 10. 

Watch this video and complete the activity. You will need your tens frame, some counters and the task sheet on Tapestry: 

Using manipulatives to count on when adding

 

Alternative offline learning task:

Set up a small world role play with animals, people, teddies or playdough. Encourage your child to think of number stories using addition. For example:

There are 3 Ninjago lego figures in the lego castle. 2 more join them. 3 plus 2 equals 5. Your child can represent their addition stories using counters on a tens frame.  

 

Health and Relationship Education

There is a presentation on Tapestry for today’s lesson. The children are familiar with the Giraffe, called Harold, in today’s story. The children will learn about medicines and liquids in the house and how to keep themselves safe by always checking with their adult before putting anything into their body.

Expressive Art and Design

Today we would like you to listen to the story, ‘The Dot,’ by Peter Reynolds.

The Dot by Peter Reynolds

Then have a go at creating a dot picture. Use whatever resources you have at home. Below are some ideas. Try using a toilet roll tube dipped in paint or a circular play cookie cutter. Don’t forget to sign your artwork!

Phonics

Please watch and join in with today’s phonics lesson (link below). Your child will need a pencil and a piece of paper when completing your video. When leaning the set 2 sounds, revise the set 1 sounds using the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7. 

Word Time Lessons 1.2-1.7 

ee – What can you see?

This weeks red words are: all, call

Red words all call

Remote learning - Friday 15th January

Maths

To understand and use ordinal numbers.

Today the children will be using vocabulary associated with ordinal numbers from 1st to 10th. Watch this video and describe the position of each player in the race:

Ordinal numbers

If you prefer your child to learn offline today try these activities:

Host a teddy bear’s tea, line the bears up to collect their tea cups, who is 1st, 2nd, 3rd… in the queue? 

Build a cinema from Lego, line the lego people up, who is first in line, 2nd in line, 3rd in line? 

Go to the park and race your family. Try a skipping race, a hopping race or a jumping race. Who came 1st, 2nd, 3rd? 

R.E.

Christians believe that God created everything and everything he created is special to him. Even slugs, wasps and ants!

Today we are thinking about talents! A talent is something which each person is good at and usually enjoys doing. This could be to be good at a sport, being a keen reader or writer, being a keen gardener, being good with animals or being able to communicate well with others. The list is endless!  Christians believe God wants everyone to use their talent as they are important for maintaining a wonderful world.

For your task today we would love to see your talent or talents! Upload a video onto Tapestry showing us or talking to us about what your talent is. Every single one of you has many, many talents; we just need to think hard about what they are. 

You can watch the ‘Parable of Talents’ (Matthew 25:14:29) with your child.

https://youtu.be/aJ1WZjQZDW4.

It is important to explain that the bags of money are representative of a talent such as gardening or writing stories and if you do not use your talent then the talent cannot grow and be developed.

Expressive Art and Design

Today we would like you to finish off any of this week’s creative activities you have begun and also go back and attempt any of the activities you didn’t have the chance to try. 

Then we would like you to get your play dough out and strengthen your hand muscles by rolling, pinching, cutting and molding your playdough into different shapes. 

Can you form some of this week’s sounds we have learnt? Can you use the play dough to write your name? Can you set up a cake stall with play dough cakes you have made?

 

Phonics

There is no recorded phonics lesson today. Please revisit any of the sounds your child needs to revise that we have learnt so far by reading the words in Word Time 1.6 and 1.7 below.

Handwriting 

This week’s handwriting introduces the ‘One Armed Robot family.’ Please watch the video on Tapestry which shows your child how to correctly form the letters r, b and n.

Additional Resources

Antarctica – CBeebies – BBC

Friday yoga! Pedro the Penguin – https://youtu.be/Rzw-Oir8UPw 

ParentMail/School Website – There is a wealth of stories, assemblies and videos, created by the staff at St Stephen’s, for you to explore . Enjoy!

 

Remote learning - Thursday 14th January

Maths

To apply knowledge of numbers to ten to solve problems. 

Today the children will be using their understanding of numbers to 10 to solve problems. Watch this video and try try the activity:

Applying my knowledge of numbers to ten to solve mathematical problems

If you prefer your child to learn offline today try this similar Math activity:

Pirate Panda has taken all the treasure, 20 golden coins. Cat, Dog and Rabbit jump about excitedly. “Can we have some too?”

“No! No! No!” says Pirate Panda.

Encourage your child to use small objects (like Lego) and teddies or soft toys to solve this problem. Discuss these questions:

Can your child suggest what Panda ought to do?

Is it fair?

Have they all got the same amount?

Is it fair now?

Why is this fair/not fair? How do you know?

What if we give them another one each?

Sheep comes along – what should we do now?

Bear comes too, so what could we do about the remainder?

What else could we do?

Could you draw a picture to show Panda what to do in order to be fair?

Literacy

Today listen to Miss Quartermaine’s video on Tapestry reading you all about Penguin facts!

Today we are going to be building our own sentences. Adults please can you write the following words and symbols onto a piece of card and then cut each one out individually.

 

The*, penguin*, can, is*, has*, swim, run, hop, big, long, hot, mad, feet, .

(* – Red word which you may want to write in red)

Work with your child to carefully read through each word. Then begin to build some sentences with your child. You can begin by building a sentence such as ‘The penguin can hop.’ and then remove the word hop and then see if your child can replace the word with another. Make sure your child rereads the sentence and checks it is correct with a capital ‘T’ at the beginning, spaces between the words and a full stop at the end. You can then play with the sentence by replacing the ‘can’ with and ‘is’.

 

As an extension to this reading activity your child could then write some of their own words to go at the end of the sentence. Even silly sentences are ok such as ‘The penguin is pink. If you child is super confident and you want to extend this further your child can write their own sentence independently about the penguin.

 

We can’t wait to see what sentences you have built on Tapestry!


Expressive Art and Design

Today we would like you to create a rainbow collage to celebrate all the NHS workers and Key workers in our communities. It would be lovely if once you have made your rainbows you hang them from your front doors or a window in your house to cheer passers by up. Begin by cutting out a rainbow shape from stiff card, ideally corrugated (an adult may need to help cut the rainbow out). Then gather collage materials you have in your home. Ribbons, threads, magazines, stickers and coloured paper will all work well. Decorate your rainbows. Each arch should be a different colour.

Phonics

Today we are going to learn the first set 2 sound – ay – May I play?. This is new learning for all the children. Please watch today’s phonics video below. You will need a pencil and a piece of paper when completing your video. 

Set 2 – ay – May I play?

Additional Resource

EYFS: Listen and Play – Ishy Fish – BBC Teach

Remote learning - Wednesday 13th January

Maths

To be able to place numbers within ten in order. 

Today the children will be ordering the numbers from 1-10. 

Watch this video and use the resources below to order and compare numbers: 

Ordering and comparing numbers to 10

If you prefer your child to learn offline today try this Math activity:

Make a number book – Ask children to collect, cut out from magazines or draw objects to represent each of the numbers from 1-10. Ask the children to tell you about the objects they have chosen or drawn and the numbers they represent. Help your child create a simple number book by glueing or drawing their objects in the correct order from 1-10, one number for each page.  

Literacy 

Today we are going to be learning a little about Antarctica.  Remember on the video Miss Billington said that Antarctica is at the South Pole? It is very cold in Antarctica and there are lots of penguins; as well as lots of other animals.  Please watch the video by a little boy called Matthew who has visited Antarctica. The video is a little long but watch what you can to get a good idea of what Antarctica is like and which animals live there. 

Next join in for our Penguin song! 

Today we would like you to label a penguin. Use a teddy, make a junk model penguin or draw one and label it with post-it notes, stickers or pieces of paper. The penguin song below may help you. If you are very adventurous you could create a whole Antarctic scene.

 

(Adults there may be lots of ‘sounds’ the children are unsure of when completing this activity. Please do not worry this is totally normal and just explain to the children that th\ey will learn these sounds soon. Ask your child to sound out what they know and then help them when they are unsure. You can suggest more decodable areas such as head (h-e-d), neck (worth pointing out that quite often when a c is at the end of a word the ‘k’ comes along to help the little ‘c’; still making just one ‘ck’ sound.) , tum, wing, legs and eye (the children may write I which is fine for now or explain ‘eye’ is a Red Word.)

 

Additional Resource

Not all penguins live in Antarctica. Some live in other places such as New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Have a look at this video to find out if where they live is cold and icy like Antarctica. 

Expressive Art and Design

Today we would like you to work in the style of Paul Klee and have a go at making a collage of a castle similar to his called, ‘Castle and sun.’ Draw around objects in your house to make different 2d shapes. Then cut them out and arrange them to form a castle. You could try making a collage of your house instead like the ones below. The children have used lots of different materials not just paper.

Phonics

Today we are revising special friends ‘nk’. For some children this is new learning. Please watch today’s phonics video on Tapestry. You will need a pencil and a piece of paper when completing your video. Once you’ve joined in with the lesson read the green words – Word time 1.6. 

Remote learning - Tuesday 12th January

Maths

To explore one fewer and one less within ten.

Today the children will be building on their learning before the school holidays. They will consolidate finding one fewer than numbers to six and extend this to working within numbers to 10.

Watch this video and use the digit cards, tens frame and number track below to complete the activity: 

Exploring one less within 10

Literacy

Please listen to the ‘Lost and Found’ written by the author Oliver Jeffers posted to our ‘activities’ page on Tapestry. Today we would like you to discuss the following with an adult. 

 

  • Who are the main characters in the story?
  • What problem did the boy have?
  • Can you think of a time when you had a problem you tried to fix?
  • How did the story finish? Was the problem fixed?
  • How do you think the boy felt when he was looking for the penguin and then finally found him?

 

Afterwards we would love you to set up a role play of the boy taking the penguin home. Get yourself a hat like the boy and an umbrella like the penguin. Maybe one of your toys can be the penguin. Can you build yourself a boat? Maybe sit on your bed and row? Can you bring a bag and a map? Think about what else you could use to recreate the story. Have fun!! 

Expressive Art and Design

Today we would like you to create a collage portrait in the style of Pablo Picasso, a famous Spanish artist. Look carefully at your face in a mirror. What can you see? 1 nose, 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 eyebrows, 1 mouth… Cut face parts out of old magazines or draw and cut out face parts from different coloured paper. Arrange your face parts in an unusual way to create an abstract portrait.

 

Phonics

Today we are revising special friends ‘ng’. For some children this is new learning. Please watch today’s phonics video on Tapestry. You will need a pencil and a piece of paper when completing your video. Once you’ve joined in with the lesson read the green words – Word time 1.5. 

Remote learning - Monday 11th January

Happy Monday everyone! A big well done for making it through week 1 of remote learning. This week we are beginning our topic ‘The Polar Lands’ and will  be looking a little closer at a country called Antarctica and some penguins which live there. We are also working within 10 for Maths and have some new artists for you to discover in Expressive Arts and Design. 

We will be having Health and Relationship lessons on Monday, Literacy lessons will be Tuesday to Thursday and we will be having R.E lessons on a Friday.

We do understand that remote learning can be a little overwhelming for some parents and carers and we want to reassure you that we do understand that finishing all of the activities may not be achievable. Please just do what you can and upload when you can and please let us know if you need any further help.

Maths

To explore one more and one greater within ten.

Today the children will be building on their learning before the school holidays. They will consolidate finding one more than numbers to six and extend this to working within numbers to 10. 

Watch this video and use the digit cards, tens frame and number track below to complete the activity: 

Exploring one more within 10

Health and Relationship Education

Our new topic is: Keeping myself safe.

Lesson 1 – What’s safe to go onto my body?

Today we would like you to explore with your child what things they put on their body and why. Discuss these questions:

 

  • When we get up in the morning, what goes onto our body? (clothes) 
  • When we play outside? (coat, scarf, hat etc.)
  • If we hurt ourselves when playing? (plaster, cream)
  • At night time? (pyjamas, slippers)
  • Which things feel good?
  • Which things feel unpleasant?
  • Which things are ok – and why?
  • Which things are not so good – and why?

These are questions that can be explored during role play at home. When dressing and undressing dolls and teddies or playing doctors. 

 

We would like the children to draw or paint or cut out from magazines things they put on their body. The children can then try labelling their pictures. 

Expressive Art and Design

This week we will be trying a number of collage activities. Collage is a French word that means, ‘Stuck together.’

Today you will try working in the style of Wassily Kandinsky. Try cutting out different colour circles in different sizes and gluing them on top of each other in layers to create something similar to his painting below. You could draw around different sized circular objects you have in your house. 

Phonics

Today we are revising special friends ‘qu’. For some children this is new learning. Please watch the Phonics video posted to Tapestry. You will need a pencil and a piece of paper when completing your video. Once you’ve joined in with the lesson read the green words – Word time 1.4. 

Red words WB 11.1.21

Remote Learning - Friday 8th January

Phonics

Today we are revising special friends ‘ch’. Please watch the Phonics video posted to Tapestry. You will need a pencil and a piece of paper when completing your video.

We use Read, write Inc by Ruth Miskin as a Phonics scheme at St Stephen’s. During remote learning Ruth Miskin has created a series of videos daily for parents to use at home. In Reception we aim to focus on ‘Set 1’ (This is all of the single sounds and the diagraphs sh, ch, th, qu, ng, nk) but some children may find they are ready to move into ‘Set 2’ .  Here you can access the videos to help you with your home learning. Each day the videos will focus on one sound within each set and will also have some reading, spelling and holding a sentence videos for your child to use also. Each sound video will be available for 24 hours. We highly recommend you follow these videos daily with your child.

(83) Ruth Miskin Training – YouTube

 

R.E

This term during Religious Education we are thinking about ‘Why and who cares for our special world’. Miss Johnson has recorded us a special video of her reading a story which has been posted onto Tapestry for you to watch. This story reminds us of all the things we have in our world. What beautiful things did you hear about? Where in the world do you think is amazing? Have you seen the sea before? Have you visited a lake or been to a forest? Can you list any animals? Which animal would you say is the most amazing animal?

Christians believe that God created the world and he wants all people to help care for and look after the world. Just like a head teacher looks after the school, a parent looks after a child or a zoo keeper looks after animals etc. 

Today we would like you to discuss with your child ways in which we can help to look after the world. Discuss the importance of keeping our world tidy and not over using things. Discuss reusing materials and where materials may go once they are thrown away.

Today’s task is to use some junk modelling to create some animals. The children can paint or colour their animals and can label them once they are finished. Then please do take a picture to upload for us onto Tapestry.

Maths

Today in Maths you will be learning about the number 10. Begin by listening to this number story then watch the Numberblocks episode:

Ten wriggly, wiggly caterpillars

Numberblocks Number 10

So far this year we have been working within numbers to 9. Today we would like you to represent the number 10 in as many ways as you can. You can use the mat below to do this. Can you form the numeral correctly? Can you write the word? Can you find 10 objects in your house? Can you draw 10 objects? Can you put 10 counters on the tens fame? Can you write a number sentence that equals 10?

Representing numbers

Recognising numbers with 10 video

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/counting-up-to-10-objects-reliably-ccw32e

Expressive Art and Design

Today I would like you to make some play dough using the simple recipe below. Once you’ve made your playdough I would like you to try rolling it into long snakes and then making some of the numbers and letters we have been learning this week. 

No-Cook play dough recipe:

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water – add a bit at a time
  • A few drops of food colouring

Friday Prayer Day 4

Romans 12 vs 8 

‘If it is encouraging, devote yourself to encouraging others. If it is sharing, share generously. If it is leading, lead enthusiastically. If it is helping, help cheerfully.’

Dear Lord,

Thank you for getting us through the first week back of home learning. Thank you for the hard work of all the teachers and staff at school for helping us and for our family in working together to make it happen. Let us have a good weekend lord and please bring encouraging news for the future as we continue to live with Covid. Please bless all those who are feeling low at the moment and let something truly wonderful happen to them this weekend.

Amen

Remote Learning - Thursday 7th January

Phonics

Today we are revising special friends ‘th’. Please watch the Phonics video posted to Tapestry. You will need a pencil and a piece of paper when completing your video.

We use Read, Write Inc by Ruth Miskin as a Phonics scheme at St Stephen’s. During remote learning Ruth Miskin has created a series of videos daily for parents to use at home. In Reception we aim to focus on ‘Set 1’ (This is all of the single sounds and the diagraphs sh, ch, th, qu, ng, nk) but some children may find they are ready to move into ‘Set 2’ .  Here you can access the videos to help you with your home learning. Each day the videos will focus on one sound within each set and will also have some reading, spelling and holding a sentence videos for your child to use also. Each sound video will be available for 24 hours. We highly recommend you follow these videos daily with your child.

(83) Ruth Miskin Training – YouTube

Literacy – Rainbow writing

Today we would like you to practise writing out some of your Red Words. To make this fun we would like you to do some rainbow writing. Ask your adult to choose some of the Red Words which you are unsure of how to spell. Ask them to put them into a table for you. Your job is to choose some colours and to write each word out several times.  This way you have changed the Red Words to Rainbow Words 🙂  Below is an example of how this could be laid out. 

Maths

Today in Maths you will be learning about the number 9. Begin by listening to this number story then watch the Numberblocks episode:

Ten Little Ladybugs

Numberblocks Number 9

So far this year we have been working within numbers to 8. Today I would like you to represent the number 9 in as many ways as you can. You can use the mat below to do this. Can you form the numeral correctly? Can you write the word? Can you find 9 objects in your house? Can you draw 9 objects? Can you put 9 counters on the tens fame? What happens if you arrange your counters in a different pattern on your tens frame, are there still 9 altogether? Can you write a number sentence that equals 9? 

Representing numbers

Recognising numbers with 9 video

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/counting-up-to-9-objects-reliably-74v38d

Expressive Art and Design

Artists use complimentary colours (colours that look fabulous together) to create beautiful artwork. Today I would like you to try making a collage in the style of Claude Monet’s Water Lilies. You can use tissue paper, magazines or coloured paper to create your lily pond. Share your mini Monets during tomorrow’s Zoom. Have fun!

Thursday Prayer Day 3

Hebrews 13:16

‘And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.’

Dear Lord,

Thank you to all those who are supporting us and being good to us in all ways. From the local shopkeepers to the wonderful NHS, from our teachers at school to our parents at home. Help us to stay positive and look up and have faith. Help us to be a light to others, whether it be sharing a lap top with a sibling while home learning , or to help mummy with preparing dinner and other chores. Let us give honour to you Lord and make you proud of us !

Amen

Remote learning - Wednesday 6th January

Phonics

Today we are revising special friends ‘sh’. Please watch the Phonics video posted to Tapestry. You will need a pencil and a piece of paper when completing your video.

We use Read, write Inc by Ruth Miskin as a Phonics scheme at St Stephen’s. During remote learning Ruth Miskin has created a series of videos daily for parents to use at home. In Reception we aim to focus on ‘Set 1’ (This is all of the single sounds and the diagraphs sh, ch, th, qu, ng, nk) but some children may find they are ready to move into ‘Set 2’ .  Here you can access the videos to help you with your home learning. Each day the videos will focus on one sound within each set and will also have some reading, spelling and holding a sentence videos for your child to use also. Each sound video will be available for 24 hours. We highly recommend you follow these videos daily with your child.

(83) Ruth Miskin Training – YouTube

Literacy

Have you heard of a New Years resolution?  A resolution is when you firmly decide to do or not do something!  Every New Year some people make up New Year’s resolutions that they try to keep throughout the following year. Below are a couple of resolutions for you to try to read with an adult. Today for Literacy you could try to think up your own resolution and write it down. Write out your resolution and then decorate all around it to make yourself a poster. You can keep your poster in your room to remind you of your resolution. 

(Parents – Some of the sounds below have not yet been taught to the children. It is perfectly fine for you to help your child sound out the words below. They may also need your help to write some sounds when completing their own sentence.)

Maths

Today in Maths you will be learning about the number 8. Begin by joining in with this number song.

One, two, buckle my shoe

Then watch the Numberblocks episode:

Numberblocks Number 8

So far this year we have been working within numbers to 7. Today we would like you to represent the number 8 in as many ways as you can. You can use the mat below to do this. Can you form the numeral correctly? Can you write the word? Can you find 8 objects in your house? Can you draw 8 objects? Can you put 8 counters on the tens fame? What happens if you arrange your counters in a different pattern on your tens frame, are there still 8 altogether? Can you write a number sentence that equals 8? 

Representing numbers

Recognising numbers with 8 video

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/recognising-and-counting-numbers-within-8-61hp8t

Expressive Art and Design

If you haven’t tried yesterday’s colour mixing activity then do that first. Once you are confident mixing colours you could try using complimentary colours to paint some flowers. Can you remember how to make green? Which two primary colours do you need to mix? Can you remember how to make orange? Which two primary colours do you have to mix? Share your beautiful flower paintings (or drawings) at our Zoom meeting tomorrow morning.

Today we have uploaded a story for you all to listen to. I wonder who might be reading it?

Wednesday prayer Day 2

“I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.”
— Joel 2:25

Dear Lord,

Thank you that although we have had many troubles these past weeks and months you will give back to us and we have a bright future ahead of us. Please bless those who are really finding things difficult at the moment with job worries, loneliness’ stress and of course ill health because of the pandemic. Help them to find peace and to acknowledge the promise that although we have had much taken from us, we will be back to normal eventually.

Amen

 

 

Remote learning - Tuesday 5th January

Please find today’s home learning tasks below. When you are done please take some pictures or videos and post your work on to Tapestry.  Well done everyone!

Phonics

Today we would like you to read through all of the Set 1 sounds which we have previously sent home in your child’s homework folder.  Ask your child to teach you the sounds. If your child is unsure of any sounds please do help them out. It may be worth keeping note of any sounds which your child is unsure of as these can be practised daily to help your child to learn them.

 

Below is a link to the Set 1 sounds. The lesson 1 – 7 videos cover Set 1 and will help your child to learn these sounds if they are unsure of them.

Literacy

We are so excited to hear all about what presents you got on Christmas day. Today for Literacy we want you to draw a picture of your favourite gift from Christmas and send it to us. Below the picture we would like you to write a simple sentence saying what you got. We have done an example for you below. If you got lots of amazing things then maybe you could make us a couple of pictures and sentences. It’s up to you!

Once you are done please make sure you upload your photo onto Tapestry so we can see all of the exciting things you have received.

 

Top tips when writing a sentence.

 

  • Say the sentence out loud at least 3 times.
  • Clap how many words are in the sentence.
  • Remember to use your Red Word mat and Sound mat to help you. (These are on Tapestry for you).
  • Try to sound out any words by yourself but if there is something you are not sure of then just ask an adult or older sibling.
  • Try to remember that a great sentence has a capital letter at the beginning, has spaces (secret circles) between each word and always ends with a full stop.
  • As long as you try then it doesn’t matter if it is wrong. It’s always tough learning things but once you practise lots you will get better and better.

 

 

 

Maths

 

Today in Maths you will be learning about the number 7. Begin by joining in with this number song. Then watch the Numberblocks episode:

 

One tomato, two tomatoes

 

Numberblocks Number 7

 

So far this year we have been working within numbers to 6. Today we would like you to represent the number 7 in as many ways as you can. You can use the mat below to do this. Can you form the numeral correctly? Can you write the word? Can you find 7 objects in your house? Can you draw 7 objects? Can you put 7 counters on the tens fame? What happens if you arrange your counters in a different pattern on your tens frame, are there still 7 altogether? Can you write a number sentence for the number 7?

Representing numbers

Recognising numbers within 7 video.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/recognising-and-counting-numbers-within-7-6hh38c

Expressive Art and D

Expressive Art and Design

 

This week’s creative activity is to explore colour mixing. This can be completed at any point during the week and can be extended as little or as much as you want.

 

Begin by listening to this story:  Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

 

If you have the three primary colours at home allow your child time to investigate mixing the paints. Can they make the secondary colours the mice made?

 

If you do not have any paint available then use the worksheet below and colouring pencils, crayons or felt tip pens so that your child can demonstrate their understanding of colour mixing.

 

EAD Mouse Paint colour mixing

 

Introduce the colour wheel, there is a presentation on Tapestry. Encourage your child to paint or colour a picture using complimentary colours like Van Gogh or Monet. The children can share their pictures during our morning meetings.

 

 

Bible verse

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
—Isaiah 43:19

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the New Year , the new term and the joys of technology that can bring us all together in these uncertain times. Thank you Lord that despite the worry that can come with all the bad news at the moment about the rise of Covid and that we cannot be together at the start of this year, we also have such encouraging news about the vaccine and that we may have some normality returning soon. As the bible verse suggests, you make way for us through troubled times, you provide new things to help us and we can make it !

Please bless all the teachers and pupils of our school as we prepare to start this new venture these upcoming weeks.

Amen

Friday 18th December

We want to say that it has been a wonderful first term and that we are extremely proud of all of the children and are impressed by how keen to learn and participate they all are. We really have had so many wonderful and funny moments so far this year and we are so looking forward to starting our next term with them all. A big thank you to all of you wonderful Mummy’s, Daddy’s and carers who put so much effort into their learning at home and bring so many smiles to our doors each day. Even through the masks it’s been lovely getting to know you all and we hope you all have a very wonderful and special Christmas. We want to say a big thank you for the many wonderful cards and extremely generous gifts we have received.  We hope you all have a very wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

 

Homework

Over Christmas we really hope you have a very well deserved rest. We have set out some things for you to do with your child at home if you have some spare time. If you want to share any of your home pictures and videos with us on Tapestry that would also be wonderful and a great point for us to discuss with your child on their return in the New Year.

Please do try to practise your ‘Red Words’ as much as possible. The children will be much more confident when reading and writing sentences when they know them, which is our focus in the New Year. Below is a table of the ‘Red words’ which we have sent home so far.

Red words

We sent home a pack of flash cards last week with all of the sounds on them. A good idea is to cut them up and let your child teach you them. If there are any sounds they are unsure of then please do not worry just tell them the sound and we will practise lots on our return. It would be a good idea to check how the sound is pronounced here  if you need to.

During our phonics lessons we read green words which we can segment and blend. Below is a table of ‘Fred Words’ which you can encourage your child to sound out and read at home. When you get to Word Time 1.4 there is a digraph (special friends – 2 letters that make one sound): sh. Not all children have been taught this sound yet but if you would like to introduce it you will find it in the pack of flashcards we sent home in book bags.

Word Time Lessons

Have an amazing Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Friday 11th December

This week our little superstars did an amazing job performing not one but two Nativity shows!! We are so proud of how quickly they managed to learn all of their parts, and the songs and how amazingly they performed. Thank you  for all of your help at home to prepare them. We really hope you enjoyed the show and cannot wait to share the recording with you all next week.

 

This week we also had Design and Technology Day where we started to make our own 3D Christmas with a spring mechanism. We will finish these off next week alongside a few other Christmas crafts.

Homework

For homework please practise all of the Red Words we have learnt so far this term. 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.

This week the children have been learning to correctly form the final 3 letters in the Long Ladder Family l, i, t

This week we have also been learning some of the names and properties of 3D shapes. We have sent home the list of 3D shapes we have been learning. Try discussing these with your child at home using the sentence structures below.

This shape has ____ vertices (vertex).

This shape has_____ flat/curved faces

This shape has _____ straight/curved edges.

 

Next week we will be looking at ‘one more’ and ‘one fewer’ in Maths and will also be looking at ‘Positional language’. We will we introducing ‘How to write a sentence’ in Literacy. We will also be having our Christmas party and will be doing lots of Christmas fun and crafts.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

 

Friday 4th December

This week we have been busy, busy, busy rehearsing for our Nativity performances. The children have all worked so hard to learn their lines and all the words to the songs. Thank you for your support at home with this. Please ensure your child wears a vest under their school top on Monday and Wednesday as they will be rehearsing and performing in the chilly church on those days.

It’s very important that your child’s clothes are labelled next week as they will be changing into their Nativity outfits!

On Wednesday we will open the classroom doors at 8:45am which will stagger the drop off to allow us time to get the children into their costumes.

This week the children have been learning to label objects using the sounds they have learnt so far. They are becoming really confident and using Fred Talk to segment the sounds they can hear in each word and then identify the corresponding letters. Why don’t you challenge your child at home to teach you how to use Fred Talk and label some simple three letter words e.g. mug, hat, pot, cat, rug, tap.

During maths this week we have continued to learn about measure. We introduced capacity and the children explored lots of different containers, boxes and bottles. The children learnt how to compare the capacity of two or more containers using water, sand and lentils. We also played a fun games throughout the week, where the children had to guess the content of 3 different sized boxes! The children used their understanding of weight and capacity to make some really sensible predictions which they recorded by drawing some pictures.

This week your child will have brought home a small booklet about Advent. We have introduced Advent this week and discussed its importance for Christians as we build to Christmas. We also listened to Mr Perry’s Advent assembly.

Homework

For homework please practice all of the Red Words we have learnt so far this term. 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.

This week the children have been learning to correctly form the final 3 letters in the caterpillar family: s, f and o.

Next week we will be introducing 3d shape and we will be making cards for DT day to give to someone special.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

 

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 their dress rehearsal next. 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 ones: 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.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

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.

Ms Billington, Ms Newton and Ms Lucy

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.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

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.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

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!

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

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 fives 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 Panama 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 learnt all about Panama and how it has a man-made canal which runs right through it. We did some dancing and made paper boats. We made flags and tried plantain chips which are a traditional food in Panama.

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,

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy.

 

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.

Ms Newton and Ms Johnson

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 of a story (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.

Ms Newton and Ms Johnson

 

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.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy

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!

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Lucy.

 

Friday 11th September

Well done to all of the children for completing their first week in their Reception classes. You may be noticing that they are probably a bit extra 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 an introduction to 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 loving our new little Reception teams.

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.

Miss Billington

 

 

Homework