Week beginning 10.06.19

This week we are recapping online safety so that the children get a top up of information.

The story this week is Chicken Clicking which conveys a lot of the information in a fun way and at the children’s level. There is a lot of other information regarding online safety on the Garrick Green website http://www.garrickgreen.co.uk/online-safety/

We will be continuing to write through story scribes which the children are becoming more and more independent with which is fantastic. We will also be writing dictated sentences.


We will also be practising writing tricky words so that they can be committed to memory and the children can write them without having to look at them.

In maths we are working on telling the time. We are learning to tell the o’clock time and the half past time. So at home when you notice it’s o’clock or half past ask your child to tell you the time by looking at the clock. We have focused on analogue time and not digital.  There are also some time games on education city that can help with this

We will be continuing to play both indoors and outdoors.


Have a good week!


Week beginning 10.06.19

This week the book is The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The children have been showing a real interest in mini beasts so we thought this would be a good story to focus on. We will also discuss the life cycle of a butterfly. The children are seing more and more of them outside so it will be good to understand the life cycle.


We will be continuing to do writing through story scribing, writing dictated sentences and independently writing our own sentences.

In maths we are revisiting shapes by looking at the properties and then the children might create models, pictures and patterns using 2D and 3D shapes. We will also be looking at coins and making amounts by adding the coins together. We will have a pretend toy shop and the children will have to use the right coins to add up to the price of the toy.

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We are having a focus on being able to write the tricky words that the children have learnt to sight read. If you want to practise this at home here is the mat – we are only working on Phase 2 and 3 but we will be doing some phase 4 this half term.

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Have a good week!

Reception Blog Week Beginning 03.06.19

Welcome back – We hope you had a lovely half term.

Wow, only one half term left in Reception – We can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by! It will be a busy half term though with lots to look forward to.

This week is International week in school and the Year 1s and 2s are learning about India. We focus mainly on the UK in Reception so the children develop a more thorough understanding of where we live.

The book this week is a non-fiction book about mountains. We will discuss the mountains that are the names of our school teams – Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike. We will remind the children why we have mountains for team names and we will also compare these mountains to the Himalayas.

In maths we will be revisiting halving and using our knowledge of halving to solve real life word problems. here are some you can try at home. We will also revisit sharing amounts.

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We are learning a special dance for the beginning of sports day which will be a nice surprise for the spectators. We have a specialist dance teacher who comes in to work with each year group and then it all comes together for a good introduction to sports day.

We will be continuing to do story scribing and writing dictated sentences, learning phonics and reading.

Also we will be playing both inside and out as normal, making the most of the nice June weather!


Reception Blog 20.05.19

This week we are having another Quentin Blake story that is featuring on the corridor display.

Mr Magnolia – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mister-Magnolia-Quentin-Blake/dp/1862308071

This is a rhyming story about a man who only has one boot but then he finds a mysterious package with something in it so that he can be like everybody else. Rhyming is really good for the children as they are starting to play with the sounds of and can have fun making up silly rhyming sentences.

The corridor displays are being put up this week and hopefully will be finished by the end of the week so please come and have a look at the beautiful artwork the children have done.

In maths we are recapping doubling and trying to solve real life problems involving doubling. We will also be having another look at telling the time with o’clock and half past. Here are some challenges that you can try at homethumbnail of doubling and halving challenge cards

We will be doing all the normal things like story scribing, reading, dictated sentences and the children will be practising writing tricky words. If you’d like to continue practising reading and writing these at home too that would be great. We have only done phase 2 and 3 so far.


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Please remember there is a story cafe of Friday morning which you had a letter about last week. It is 9.00 – 10.15 in the hall.

Have a good week and a fabulous half term holiday next week!

Reception Blog 13.05.19

Sorry there was no blog last week as the main focus was artwork to replace the corridor display boards. Every child has done something to contribute to the display. The theme of the displays is Quentin Blake stories and they will be put up over the next few weeks. We will let you know when they are complete so you can come and have a look. The children have spent the beginning of the week putting finishing touches to their artwork in the form of pastels and sequins.

This week we are reading the story ‘Patrick’ by Quentin Blake as this is one of the books that will be part of the corridor display. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Patrick-Quentin-Blake/dp/184941047X

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The children will find out all about the wonderful things that happen when Patrick plays his violin.

In maths we will be revisiting sharing objects equally. We will introduce word problems so the children learn how to share in real life situations. We will use objects so that we can work out the answers to these problems.

Here are some examples to try at home:

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In maths we are also revisiting length by comparing objects to see which is the longest and the shortest and putting a group of objects in length order. We will also be looking at shapes and making repeating patterns while also remembering the names and the properties of shapes. There are lots of games on education city so that they children can practise these skills at home.

LS class will be on their trip to Pizza Express and the Forum library on Wednesday and will hopefully have a fabulous day. LB class really enjoyed their trip the week before! I’ll try to post some photos next week when both classes have had their visits.

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We will be continuing with our normal writing activities: story scribing and writing a dictated sentence, phonics, reading and playing both indoors and outside.

On Thursday and Friday we are swapping the lunch menu.

Have a good week!

Reception Blog 29th April 2019

This week we are looking at non-fiction books again so the children become really familiar with the difference between fiction and non-fiction.

We are comparing a fiction book ‘The life cycle of a frog’ and a fiction book ‘Frog is Frog’


By comparing these books side by side the different feature will be really clear to the children. We will focus on the contents page and the glossary. It is also a good topic of book because we get a lot of frogs in the Reception outdoor area so the children will know where they can find out more information out about frogs.

In maths we are revising one more and one less than any number up to 20. When we assessed the children before Easter there were a lot of children who had forgotten how to find this out so we will spend time this week refreshing the children with this concept. We will use the giant number line and find the number that is one more and one less, this will be really visual and hopefully will really make it clearer to the children.

The number of the week is 13 – we will be going over all the teen numbers so that the children can recognise them quickly.

The children will be having their hearing and vision checked this week by the nursing team. If you wanted to opt out of this, there is an email address on the original letter sent by the NHS.

We will be continuing to hear the children read, do story scribing, write a dictated sentence and play both inside and outside.


Have a good week!



Reception Blog 22.04.19

Welcome back – we hope you all had a lovely Easter break and we are looking forward to reading the postcards that the children have written over the holidays.


This week is science week across the school.

The book we have chosen for this week is ‘Senses’ – it is a non-fiction book which we haven’t focussed on yet. We will look at the features of non-fiction books e.g. the contents page, photos rather than illustrations, fact instead of fiction.

In Maths we are recapping the teen numbers so we are focussing on number 12 this week as this is one of the teen numbers that is a bit confusing.

This is a game that you can play at home to help with recognition of numbers


In English we will be writing a dictated sentence, continuing with story scribes and revising the phonics we have covered so far.

We will be doing some science activities where we will investigate what happens when you put raisins in lemonade, we will be doing a colour matching investigation and the children will have a workshop led my ‘Mad Science’

Have a good week!

Reception Blog – 05.04.19

This week is assessment week so we will not be doing any whole class teaching inputs as we will be assessing the children in maths, writing and phonics.

The story of the week is Bog Baby – it’s a lovely story but is a bit sad! Its about 2 girls who find a bog baby and want to keep it as a pet but because the bog baby is not in his natural habitat he gets poorly. The mum in the story tries to teach the girls that sometimes if you love something, you need to let it go.


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We will be continuing to play both inside and outside – we have been very lucky with the weather at the start of this week and the children have been enjoying playing in the sunshine.

We will hear the children read and the children will be doing independent writing.

In Maths we are revising the teen numbers in the number of the week session – this week we are recapping 11.

In maths we are looking at ordering a set of random numbers from smallest to largest.

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On Thursday there is a special Easter lunch.

On Friday we are wearing silly socks and paying £1 to raise awareness of Autism.

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On Friday morning at 9.15 we have a story cafe where we will be doing a sessions about phonics which you are all welcome to join us. Then at 10.15 there is a whole school open morning where you can come into the classrooms, look at your child’s work and talk to the staff. There are more details on the newsletter.


We hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday!


Reception Blog – 25.03.19

This week the story is ‘Burglar Bill’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

The children will act out the story as normal and have a discussion about the moral of the story – when bad turns into good. The children might want to continue with the wanted posters that they talked about last week.

We will have the NSPCC pants lesson where the children will watch the Pantasaurus animation and we will talk about good and bad touch and explaining that what is inside their pants is private.

There is more information for parents here – http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/

In maths we are learning about estimation and will teach the children how to make an accurate guess. here are some games to play at home if you would like your child to do a bit more – https://nrich.maths.org/public/leg.php?group_id=73&code=-808

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We will continue to play both indoors and out, do story scribing, writing dictated sentences, writing independently and reading.

Have a good week!