Rossetti

Reception 

Welcome to Rossetti Reception’s homepage. Miss Billington is our Class Teacher and Miss Johnson is our Early Years Educator. This page will be updated every Friday where you can see what the children have been learning.

 

Class Updates

Friday 17th January

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

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

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

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

Homework

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

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

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

 

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

 

Miss Billington

Friday 10th January

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

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

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

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

Homework

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

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

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

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Billington

Friday 20th December

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

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

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

 

Homework

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

This week’s handwriting letters are:

 

An absolutely massive THANK YOU for all of the very generous words, cards and gifts we have received. We hope you all have a very wonderful Christmas and a very good rest. We are very much looking forward to seeing all the little ones back with all of their Christmas stories in January.

Have a lovely holiday,

Miss Billington and Miss Johnson x

Technology Homework

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

Friday 13th December

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

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

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

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

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

Homework 

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

Technology Homework

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Billington

Homework

Please check blog for Handwriting.