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Following on from the children's interest in ice last week we have had a week focusing on our mini topic of Winter. We learnt the signs of Winter and how it differs from the Autumn time. The most exciting part of the week was when we received a parcel and a letter all the way from the North Pole. Inside were some penguins that had been frozen in ice. It was our mission to work together to rescue the penguins. We experimented with lots of different methods to free the penguins such as using a hammer to smash it and pouring on salt. As a class we decided the ice needed to be melted, so we placed the penguins in hot water in front of a heater. I am so pleased that the penguins are now safely back in the North Pole thanks to the great efforts of the Reception children!
Through our Winter topic we learnt lots of new vocabulary such as hot, cold, temperature, season, winter, freezing and melting. I wonder if your child can give you the meaning of any of our new words!
In Maths this week we had a week focusing on the shapes square and rectangle. We learnt that these shapes are different because of the length of their sides and discussed their properties such as how many sides and corners they both have. The children did an amazing job using these shapes to create some spectacular shape art pictures. We also became shape detectives and enjoyed using the Ipad to take photos of squares and rectangles that we found around the unit. I wonder if your child can find any of these shapes in your home too?
The new phonemes that we have learnt in Phonics this week are qu, ch and sh. We learnt that these phonemes are called digraphs because there are two letters that make one sound. The tricky words that we have learnt this week are his, her and go. Please continue to practice recognition and formation of these phonemes and tricky words.
Happy New Year and welcome back to school. We hope you had a great Christmas break. To start the New Year we learnt what the word "resolution" means. We each thought of our own New Years Resolutions, which we aim to work hard on in order to achieve them by the end of the year.
We have also been working hard to develop our understanding of the concept of one more and one less. Concept Cat taught us how to do this using a few different methods such as with practical objects learning if we needed to add one more or take one away. We also used a number line to help us, Numicon or our fingers. I wonder if your children can you teach these concepts to you at home too!
This week the children were very aware of the changes to the world around them and spotted some signs of winter. They loved exploring the ice and snow and were eager to learn more about the processes of freezing and melting. Therefore we have decided to follow the children's interests and dedicate next week to a mini topic all about the season; Winter.
We have had such a festive week to get us in the Christmas spirit. Elfie has kept us entertained and has surprised the children each morning with his cheeky antics. He has also left us lots of exciting treats such as a wrapping station, a sleigh and an elf workshop to help Santa make his toys. Elfie must have thought he had earned lots of pom poms for all of his hard work, as he made quite the mess when he pinched them from the children's pots. He also delivered some beautiful Christmas trees, which we have worked very hard to decorate. To celebrate the different nationalities within our Reception community we focused on the countries Syria, Poland and Britain and enjoyed learning how these countries celebrate at Christmas time. We incorporated these traditions into our Christmas decorations and I am sure you will agree the tree looks spectacular!
We have also been working very hard to write our letters to Santa. We were blown away with the children's determination and they did an amazing job segmenting and spelling the words in their letters. The children were thrilled when we got a special delivery in the post all the way from the North Pole. Santa must have been very impressed with the children's work too because he wrote to each and every child in response to their letters.
To end a very exciting week we filmed our Christmas songs. This will be uploaded online very soon so please keep checking the website for this so you can watch a truly spectacular performance. We also had lots of fun wearing our festive Christmas jumpers to complete our Santa Dash. We would like to thank Mrs Thompson for organising this for us it was so much fun completing the different obstacles and we were thrilled to earn a medal when we completed the Dash!
Christmas Party - 16th December - A letter will be sent out shortly to provide further information regarding this.
School closes - Friday 17th December - We return back to school on the 4th of January.
'Twas the night before Wednesday, when all thro' the school, not a creature was stirring, not even a mule! How wrong we were! Wednesday morning came with a very exciting surprise... Elfie is back! It is such a delight to have him back and even more so when we have seen how excited the children are about a Christmas. He came with a few surprises such as a book advent calendar as well as some chocolate advent calendars too! We can't wait to see what other surprises Elfie comes up with.
As it is Christmas we wanted to get into the festive cheer. The children were so excited to help out and so they have worked collaboratively to create some decorations for around the unit. We now have a festive home corner filled with wrapped presents, a homemade Christmas tree and some beautiful decorations dotted around.
Whilst we have been having so much fun there has also been a lot of hard work taking place behind the scenes. The children have been busy practising their recognition of phonemes and graphemes. We are having a recap this week so here are the phonemes that we have learned so far: s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,g,o,c,k,ck,e,u,r,h,b,f,l,ll,ss,j,v,w. We have also learned the tricky words: I, the, is and as. Please continue to practise oral blending as well as segmenting and blending at home.
Looking towards maths this week we have been learning some positional language with the help of Concept Cat. Thank goodness we did as we had a very important letter from Santa! Rudolph has forgotten his way to Crook and so we had to use our new positional language to create a map to help Rudolph find us. What a marvellous job the children did as well from using the language, to creating a 3D map and also drawing their own. Well done!
Tuesday 7th December: if you agreed for your child to have the nasal spray it will be taking place on this day.
Friday 10th December is our Christmas Jumper day. The children will also be participating in a Santa Dash. This is just in school and unfortunately parents are not invited. We will be sure to take lots of photos and will pop them on the website.