Our new children have settled well into school life and are already enjoying their learning in both reception classes. They are making new friends and exploring many new activities, working together and developing new relationships.
Our number lessons have consisted of counting objects with one to one correspondence and ordering numbers to ten. Spotting missing numbers and giving explanations as to how they found the answer. We have been looking at and naming 2D shapes.
We have been learning phonic sounds. The sounds that have been introduced so far are, s, a, t, p, i, n, c, k, e, n, m, g, o. Some children are beginning to blend sounds to read words e.g. t-a-g/tag, p-e-n/pen. It would be good for the children to practise doing this at home.
All children have name cards showing their name in the Monkfrith script and are being encouraged to use this to name all their independent work. They are all trying really hard with the letter formation.
Thank you to the parents who attended the EYFS coffee morning. We will be running another in the spring term.
PHONICS: All the letter sounds for Phase 2 Letters and Sounds have been introduced, sa,t,p,i,n,m,g,o,c,k,ck,d, f,h,l,r,u,b,e. The children continue to build CVC words for reading and writing. We have also introduced ‘ss’ ‘ll’ ‘ff’ stating these sounds are usually found at the end of words.
WRITING: Children are being encouraged to begin to write short sentences using a capital letter at the start and a full stop at the end. e.g A red pan. A big bus. We expect the children to use Monkfrith script at all times.
MATHEMATICS: Most children have a good understanding of numbers to 10 and are recognising the numerals. We have introduced the names of 3D shapes and have begun to talk about their properties. Last week we started working with money and coins. We had a market stall outside selling real fresh vegetables. It was so exciting to buy the veg with real coins. We heard many children comment on how ‘heavy’ some items were and that some felt other items were ‘lighter’ bringing in the mathematical vocabulary in to their role-play.
TOPIC: Our current topic is ‘Healthy Eating/Healthy Bodies‘. Children have handled real fruit and vegetables and by using Non Fiction books, now have a growing awareness of how important it is to eat healthily. We have a ‘Hospital/Doctors’ role-play area. This week we have opened a baby care centre where the children, bathe, dry, feed, dress ‘babies’ and take them outside for a walk in the fresh air. They express the importance of keeping themselves clean while playing in the centre and demonstrate an understanding of why exercise is important to maintain a healthy body.
Thank you to all the parents who were able to come to our Maths ‘Play and Stay session. It was so lovely to have your support and be able to share with you how the children learn in reception.