Ahlberg

Reception 

Welcome to Ahlberg Reception’s homepage. Miss Billington is our Class Teacher and Miss Newton is our Early Years Educator. 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 25th November 2022

Another busy week in Reception!

The children have made a great start at learning their lines for the Nativity. Please keep helping your child to learn their Nativity line so that they know it off by heart and can say it in a loud, clear, confident voice.

This week the children have been learning about lists. They have been thinking about all the different types of lists people might write and they have had a go at writing a list of the animals that live at Old MacDonald’s farm.

In Maths this week we introduced the numbers nine and ten. The children found ways of representing the numbers using resources and objects from our classroom. We have also introduced tens frames and the children have learnt how to line up counters on a tens frame starting from the top row on the left. They took turns with their partners to count out different amounts of counters up to 10 and organise them on their tens frame.

In our relationship and health education lesson the children listened to the story, ‘Come over to my house,’ by Dr Seuss. The children enjoyed talking about their homes and the different types of homes in our community and further afield. They also had a think about what their dream home might include! Some children had a go at making junk model houses. We don’t have much left in our junk model boxes so if you have any clean, dry smallish cardboard boxes then please send them in and we can continue this activity next week.

In Phonics this week the children have been grouped into three smaller groups. The children have been revisiting Set 1 sounds they are not yet secure with and some children have begun learning the Set 1 digraphs (2 letters, one sound).

Today some children will bring home a Sound Blending Book or a Ditty Sheet. Please read carefully the letter which explains the reading process to you (the letter can also be found on the blog).

Homework

This week’s red words are:

Please also complete this week’s handwriting sheet:

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Miss Billington and Miss Newton

Friday 18th November 2022

This week we have been reading The Nativity Story to the children. They have discussed and sequenced the story and had a go at acting out the story in preparation for their Nativity play. Today we have sent home in your child’s book bag their line to learn for the Reception Nativity. We have included the line that comes before your child’s line which will help them when we begin rehearsing. Please practise with your child so that they are really confident saying their line.

In Maths this week we introduced the numbers six, seven and eight. The children found ways of representing the numbers using resources and objects from our classroom. At home please support your child by doing lots of counting out loud and counting objects. Within 10 to begin with and then challenge them further by counting out loud to 20 and beyond. Are they able to tell you what one more than and one less than is to 5 and then 10? Also encourage your child to spot and identify numerals in their environment when you are out and about over the weekend such as: door numbers or number plates on vehicles.

This week in our relationship and health education lesson we read the beautiful book, ‘The great big book of families,’ by Mary Hoffman. The children enjoyed talking about who lives in their home with them and with a little bit of help were able to follow a key using different colours to represent the people who live or visit their homes often.

In Phonics this week we have been completing phonics assessments ready to put the children into smaller phonics groups. It’s wonderful to see how much they have already learnt during their phonics lessons. Please continue to support your children at home by encouraging them to identify the first sound they hear in words and then being able to blend simple CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words e.g. b-u-g is bug. Use the phonics sound chart on the blog to review the sound that each letter makes.

Homework

We will now be sending home Red Words as well as the weekly handwriting. Red Words are words that your child will need to learn off by heart, as at this stage they have not yet been introduced to the alternative sounds letters and groups of letters make in many of the words we will send home. Learning to read these common words will help your child when they begin reading and writing sentences. It is a good idea to display these words in your home such as on the fridge or in your child’s bedroom and review them as many times as possible during the week with your child.

This week’s red words are: I, the

Please also complete this week’s handwriting sheet g, q and e.

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Miss Billington and Miss Newton

Friday 11th November 2022

This week we have continued to explore out topic: Celebrations. The children have been learning about how people celebrate Eid and sharing their experiences of birthday celebrations too. The children drew celebration pictures and labelled their pictures using initial sounds.

During maths this week we explored positional language. The children listened to the story, ‘Where’s Tumpty’, by Polly Dunbar, and played some positional games. They also began learning the names of the most common 2d shapes and enjoyed the story, ‘Mouse Shapes,’ by Ellen Stoll Walsh. The children had fun trying to copy some of the pictures the mice made with the different 2d shapes.

This week in our Relationship and Health Education lesson the children listened to the story, ‘Harold shares his scarf.’ The children talked about all the kind things Harold said and did. They then thought about kind things they can say and do if a friend is feeling sad.

On Friday the children joined in with the two minutes of silence and had the opportunity to make some poppy crafts.

In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds z and x. We have begun our first phonics assessment to see how many of the sounds, we have taught so far, the children can remember.

z – Zig, Zag, Zig

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

Handwriting homework – return on Thursday in your child’s homework folder

This week we have been exploring the handwriting families. The children have practised c, a and d.

This is an important stage in the children’s learning. They begin to 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 but please encourage your child to use the lines on the worksheet (sent home today). If you find this is an issue, please ask your child to try to write the letters on 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. 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 familyIt 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 may not be able to write for long periods of time when they are older.

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Miss Billington and Miss Newton

Friday 4th November 2022

This week we have been learning lots about Diwali and we have begun learning about Bonfire Night. The children have been busy creating Rangoli patterns, making Diva lamps and learning the Diwali story of Rama and Sita. Next week will be learning about other celebrations including birthdays and Eid and thinking about the similarities and differences between various celebrations and traditions.

In Maths this week the children enjoyed listening to the story ‘Mouse Count’ by Ellen Stoll Walsh and learnt how to find ‘one more’ within numbers to 5. The children also began learning to find one fewer and enjoyed the stories ‘Ten in the bed’ by Penny Dale and ‘Ten red apples’ by Pat Hutchins. Next week, the children will be learning about positional language and 2D shapes. We will be doing a 2D shape hunt in our EYFS garden so it would be great if you could have a go at finding 2D shapes in your home environment and when you are out and about this weekend.

During Literacy the children labelled simple pictures using sounds they have learnt so far. They used ‘Fred Talk’ to segment and blend the sounds, then identified the corresponding letters. Next week the children will be thinking about ways they celebrate special events and festivals in their families, then drawing and labelling their pictures.

In Religious Education we are learning why Christmas is special to Christians. This week we began by thinking about how families prepare for new babies and the children shared their experiences of waiting and preparing for new baby brothers and sisters. The children learnt that a long time ago some people were getting ready for a new baby to be born, baby Jesus. They learnt that Christians believe this baby was God’s son and God had sent messages to tell people that the baby would be born.

In our Health and Relationships lesson we read a number of books to explore ‘Valuing difference’ our new topic. We explored what the children have in common with other children in the class as well as exploring their unique differences. The class created a graph of their favourite after school and weekend activities. Playing with friends and family was the most popular activity!

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

J – Down his body curl and dot

v- Down a wing, up a wing

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

w – Down, up, down, up

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend and manages to enjoy some fireworks together.

Miss Billington and Miss Newton

Friday 21st October 2022

The first half term has flown by! The children have settled so well and are exploring and learning confidently and independently.

This week was ‘Black Voices Week’ here at St Stephen’s. In Reception we read a variety of poems and rhymes from across the world, including Tingalayo, a fun Caribbean tune about a little donkey. We also read Nature Trail, a joyful rhyming book written by the poet Benjamin Zephaniah and ‘Riley Can Be Anything’ by Davina Hamilton. After listening to the story ‘Riley can be anything’ the children discussed various occupations and thought about which occupations they would like to do when they are older. 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 learning about Mae Jemison who was the first Black African American woman to travel into space. The children learnt how Mae wasn’t always encouraged to become an astronaut but through lots of hard work and by not forgetting her dreams she eventually achieved what she wanted.

On Show Racism the Red Card Day the children all wore red and enjoyed a circle time where the children celebrated each other’s uniqueness and shared some thoughts on the things they have in common, such as what they enjoy doing or places they like visiting.

This week the children have also been exploring colour mixing. They listened to the story, ‘Mouse Paint’ by Ellen Stoll and then had a go at mixing the three primary colours to make three new colours just like the mice in the story.

In Maths this week the children have been learning to copy, continue and create repeating patterns. They have explored action patterns, word patterns and patterns with objects. We also looked at sorting objects and how to sort objects in a variety of different ways, such as by colour or size.

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

E – Lift off the top and scoop out the egg

l – Down the long leg

h – Down the head to the hooves and over his back

r – Down his back and then curl over his arm

After half term we will be focusing on our reading of simple CVC words and we will be learning to find one more and one less than numbers to 5. We will be learning about Diwali and Bonfire Night and the children will be thinking about and sharing some of their family’s special celebrations and family traditions.

We hope everyone has a lovely half term!

Miss Billington and Miss Newton

Friday 14th October 2022

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our first Reception Drop-in. We hope you enjoyed looking around the class and exploring some of the activities, toys and resources the children play with when at school.

In Maths this week we explored the number 5. The children began using five frames for the first time and had a go at representing the numbers 1-5 using objects on their five frame. They also had a go at pictorial representations of 5.

In Literacy this week we have been reading ‘Oi Frog!’ and other rhyming books by the author Kes Gray. The children enjoyed identifying rhyming words in the books and during activities throughout the week. Please continue to draw your children’s attention to rhyming words when reading with your children at home.

Thank you for sending in all the autumnal leaves and other objects your children have found. This week the children made autumnal crowns and pictures of autumn trees using different coloured paper and pens.

In our Relationships and health lesson this week the children explored in more detail the adults at school that can help them. Next week we will be discussing feelings and strategies to use when you feel a particular emotion.

In RE this week the children listened to a story about a very worried sparrow. They then learnt that Christians believe that God doesn’t want anyone to worry about anything. They learnt that Christians believe that because God loves everyone, He will take care of people and provide for them . . . just like he did for the worried sparrow.

In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds u, b, and f. The formation rhymes for each sound are below.

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

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

f – Down the stem and draw the leaves.

Next Friday is Show Racism the Red Card Day. The children will not change for gymnastics so please send your child in comfortable clothing and something red (or PE kit if easier for you and something red).

Miss Billington, Miss Newton

Friday 7th October 2022

Another week has flown by at St Stephen’s and we are racing towards half term. In Maths this week we introduced the numbers 4 and 5. The children learnt lots of different ways to represent these numbers such as unifix cubes, pictures or numicon. They ended the week by learning to form the numerals correctly. Next week, we will be focusing on looking at 5 in more depth and will be representing 5 in a variety of forms such as on a five frame and making number pictures.

In Literacy 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 role played the story. 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.

This week we have begun some autumnal art and craft activities. The children have made repeating patterns with autumnal paints and leaf stamps. They have also had a go at making some leaf decorations which many of them took home using cardboard leaf shapes and autumnal coloured wool. It was not as easy as it looked to keep the wool tight! They also looked closely at natural objects that can be found on the ground in autumn and then painted and drew them.

We would like to continue with our autumnal craft activities and discussions next week so please do bring in any interesting sticks, autumnal seeds or leaves the children find this weekend to share.

In our Relationships and health lesson this week the children have been exploring who in our communities they can go to for help. They were able to confidently talk about people at home that they can go to but found it more tricky to think of the many different people at school and the wider the community that help them. We will continue with our discussion next week looking more closely at the different members of staff at school and key community figures.

During R.E this week the children learnt a little more about Harvest Festival. The children discussed why it is an important festival and how it is important to share gifts with each other. Next week we will be learning about what and who Christians believe is special to God and will be reading, ‘The worried sparrow’ by Meryl Doney.

In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds o, c and K. The formation rhymes for each sound are below.

o – All around the orange

c – Curl around the caterpillar

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

Today the children enjoyed the Hispanic Day Assembly and back in class they had a go at working in the style of Columbian artist Fernando Botero to create pictures of people using circles.

School uniform, coats and jackets.

Please ensure you clearly label your child’s school uniform, book bag, PE bag and water bottle. Please also ensure your child has the appropriate jumper, coat or rain jacket with them each day.

We hope everyone has a lovely restful weekend and look forward to seeing many of you at our first Reception drop in next week. The children are looking forward to showing you their classroom and some of the different toys they play with and types of activities they complete.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Safia

 

Friday 30th September 2022

September seems to have flown by and the autumnal leaves have begun falling in our Early Years playground!

The children enjoyed their St Stephen’s Church Service on Thursday and it was lovely to see so many parents and carers able to come along and celebrate Harvest with our school community. Next week in RE as part of our learning in class about Harvest the children will be considering what they are thankful for. This could be a discussion topic for the dinner table this weekend to prepare the children for sharing in class.

In Maths this week we introduced the numbers 1, 2 and 3. The children learnt lots of different ways to represent these numbers such as unifix cubes, pictures or numicon. They ended the week by learning to form the numerals correctly. Next week, we will introduce the numbers 4 and 5 and explore different ways of representing them.

In Literacy this week we have been reading ‘The Little Red Hen’. We discussed how stories are made up of a beginning (where the story setting and characters are 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 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 continue exploring traditional stories and sequencing key events using the story, ‘The enormous turnip.’

In our Relationships and health lesson this week we have been talking about our special people using the family photos you have sent in. We discussed and celebrated all the different types of families we have in our community. Next week the children will be drawing family portraits using different mark making tools.

In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds n, p and g. The formation rhymes for each sound are below. There is also a link to a website which has the RWI formation sheets that you may find useful at home.

n – Down Nicky and over their net

p – Down the pirates plait and around its face

g – Round her face, down her hair, give her a curl

RWI formation worksheets

An important message

In the mornings our priority is to settle the children quickly and this in turn makes it easier for the children as the period of separation is not prolonged. To assist us with this please do only pass on key information or ask urgent questions so that a queue does not form outside the class door. If it can wait until pick up time this is often easier as the class pick up is slightly more staggered. Thank you in advance for your support with this.

Lost property

Lost property often finds its way back to us in Reception via the lovely Ms Annora, if it is named! Lost property that does not make its way back to the classroom might be in the lost property box by the school office.

Hispanic day

On Friday please send your child in the colours of the Colombian flag or Hispanic dress. The children do not need to bring in their gymnastics kit or wear it to school. They will just take of their shoes and socks for their gymnastics lesson.

We hope everyone has a lovely restful weekend.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Safia

 

Friday 23rd September 2022

It’s been a lovely week here in St Stephen’s Early Years. The children are settling well, beginning to work as a team and are becoming familiar with their daily routines.

In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds d, t and i. We have put the sounds chart in the homework box on this page. The formation rhymes for this week’s sounds are below:

d – Round his bottom (dinosaur’s), up his tall neck, down to his feet.

t – Down the tower, across the tower

i – Down the body and dot for the head

In our Relationships and Health lesson this week we have been discussing all the things which make us special. We have been looking at the many ways we are similar and also celebrating the ways we are unique. The children really enjoyed their circle time and were keen to share their thoughts.

During R.E this week we have been learning about how Christian’s believe the world began and  the children have been thinking about different beginnings, such as a new day or the beginning of a story. Next week, we will thinking about how wonderful the natural world is. We will be encouraging the children to identify aspects of nature as in the creation story from the bible. The children will have the opportunity in class to draw and paint pictures of natural things that ‘wow’ them such as a beautiful beach or tall mountains.

In Maths, we have been learning how to count efficiently. The children have learnt that it is always best to put objects in a line first, to touch and 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 group of objects twice. 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’ a number song you can find on YouTube. Next week, we will be introducing the numbers 1, 2 and 3 and discovering different ways to represent them. The children will also learn rhymes to aid them in the formation of these numerals.

Next week, we will begin Literacy carpet sessions and a related activity. We will be reading the traditional story ‘The Little Red Hen’ and the children will be recalling the characters, setting and what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story. The children will have a go at sequencing pictures from the story in the correct order.

Please send in your photos

Each Year group at St Stephen’s has a bible verse and word to reflect our vision statement. In Reception our word is, JOY. We would like to explore this with the children and to do this we would like you to discuss with your child what brings them joy in their life and then send in a photo to reflect this. We will then discuss and display these photos in class. Examples of photos to bring in could be: spending time with a special person such as a grandparent, spending time at a familiar place of worship, a special family celebration or an activity that you do as a family such as puzzles on a Sunday. Please bring these photos in as soon as possible.

Our class poets

Each half term each class at St Stephen’s has a poem to learn. This half term Reception Ahlberg will be focusing on the book ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and have been introduced to some of the fun poetry within this book.

Storytime for kids read aloud – Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

We hope everyone has a lovely restful weekend.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Safia

Friday 16th September 2022

The children have had another great week in Reception. They have had their first PE lesson with Mr Josh, their first music lesson with Ms Rachel and their first Gymnastics session with Fiona and Sharon. They also had a library session with Mrs Pereira. We are so impressed with how well they are adjusting to life at St Stephen’s.

This week we have been busy painting self-portraits to display in class. The children have enjoyed looking in a mirror and describing themselves. The children have also been learning how to use the EYFS garden correctly and how to use their whole body to listen during carpet sessions. The children have enjoyed played some games and singing some songs to learn and remember each other’s names. We have been discussing our feelings and what the children can do if they are feeling sad or angry including, telling an adult, taking deep breaths, having a drink of water, looking at a book in the reading corner or having a snuggle with a class soft toy.

Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on developing our relationship with each child and helping them to form good relationships with other children in the class. We have been learning how to ask others to play with us and how to say a firm ‘Stop, I don’t like it’.

This week we have started our Phonics sessions and introduced the sounds m, a and s. Please do use the link on the Phonics Presentation to check the correct pronunciation. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Phonics Presentation. We have included the presentation on the blog for those of you who were unable to join us.

Reception Phonics Information Evening 2022-2023

The rhymes for each sound are:

m – Maisie, mountain, mountain

a – Round the apple, up and down the leaf

s – Slither down the snake

We suggested purchasing a chunky writing pencil for using at home such as these which have an option for left or right handed writers:

Handwriting pencil

In our Religious Education lesson (RE) this week we began our first unit, ‘Who made the wonderful world?’ We listened to the story ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes and the children shared with the class things that are precious to them and why.

In our Relationship and Health Education lesson this week we began our first unit, ‘All about me.’ The children thought about some of their favourite things and shared them with the class. We considered how there are things that are the same about us and things that are different. The children were introduced to Harold our giraffe that helps us learn during these lessons.

Please continue to send in at least a change of pants and socks in your child’s book bag for them to use if they have a toileting accident.

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.

Gymnastics

Please remove your child’s earrings for gymnastics on Fridays and hair that touches your child’s shoulder needs to be tied up.

Homework & Homework folders

We have sent home a task for you to complete with your child and return by Thursday 22nd September. It is about your family’s heritage. You will find it in your child’s new ‘Homework folder’. Thank you to everyone who has already completed it. My apologies for the confusion of leaving it up on my blog from last year. I’m so impressed how keen everyone is!

Joy

Each class has a spiritual identity and word. In Reception ours is JOY! And we would like you to think about this with your child and send in or bring in a photo of a family activity that brings your family joy. We will discuss these and display them in our class. For example it could be spending time with grandparents, Sunday lunches altogether, a particular game you all enjoy playing or going to the beach!

Please find below our goals for this half term:

Autumn 1 All about me

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Malisa

 

 

Friday 9th September 2022

Welcome to St Stephen’s! We have had a lovely week getting to know your children and seeing them beginning to settle into school life. The children are all working on remembering each other’s names and are gradually becoming more confident within their new environment and getting used to walking in all by themselves each morning. We promise it will get less daunting as the weeks go on and the children become more used to their routines. It is very normal for children to feel unsettled and a bit anxious when starting full time Reception and we will let you know if we think your child is finding it hard to adjust.

Next week, the children will attend school all day from 9am until 3.25pm. The school gates open at 8.45am. Please remain with your child until we open the doors at 9am.

We will continue with our settling in period and we will be playing lots of games to get to know each other. We will also be introducing our ‘All about me’ topic, as well as Phonics and some other fun learning sessions.

PE

The children will have Kick London on Tuesdays and gymnastics on Fridays. On these days they need to come to school wearing their PE kit. They do not need to bring their school uniform with them even if they have a club afterschool.

For Kick London the children need to wear the school PE shorts, PE T-shirt and black plimsolls/or trainers. As the weather gets cooler the children can also wear the school PE tracksuit or school hoodie.

For gymnastics the children MUST wear shorts and T-shirts, so if you choose to send them in the school tracksuit please ensure they have the school PE shorts and T-shirt on underneath. Long hair must be tied up and earrings removed. If your child’s earrings are recently pierced we can cover the earrings with tape.  They can wear black plimsolls or trainers. They take them off to do gymnastics.

Water bottles

Please send your child to school each morning with a water bottle filled with fresh water. Please label their water bottle.

Change of clothes

It’s important your child has a change of clothes in their book bag each day. We recommend at least a change of pants/knickers and a pair of socks. A change of shorts/trousers or a skirt is also useful.

Medical and allergy needs

If your child had a medical condition or allergy that requires medication then please drop this off to the school office as soon as possible. You will be required to fill in and submit a medical form.

Scooters and bikes

Scooters and bikes can be left in school down the Early Years alley. This is locked during the day.

FOSS class WhatsApp group

Each class has a WhatsApp group run by FOSS. Please speak to your class representative if you would like to be added. It is a really useful way for you to have up to date information from the school.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and will see you on Monday.

Miss Billington, Miss Newton and Miss Malisa

 

Autumn 2 goals: Celebrations

Autumn 2 Goals Celebrations

Support for parents/carers

Support for parents | NSPCC

Reception Timetable

Reception Timetable

Reception Timetable 2022-2023

Homework

Phonics Set 1-3

RWI set 1-3 sounds