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Thursday 19th April

What a great first week back we've all had with the sun shining, giving us all a spring in our step!

Please can we remind you to send your child in with a hat and suncream on whilst the weather is this warm.  Please don't send in suncream, but apply it before your child comes to school, thank you.

 

Week beginning 22nd April

We have our trip to Hobbledown Farm next week! Finch and Owl are going on Tuesday 24th and Robin and Wren on Thursday 26th.  Please remember the children need to be in school uniform and if the weather is very warm, a hat and suncream.  If the weather is wet please bring welly boots and a rain coat.  The children will also need a packed lunch in a named lunch box/bag.

 

Reading 

We will be reading the story 'The Little Red Hen' and enjoying telling the story and changing elements of it to make it our own!

 

Maths 

We will be focusing on learning 1 more and 1 less than numbers up to 20.

 

Phonics - 

Ms Scott/Mrs Sweetman's group will be embarking on Phase 4.

Mrs Stretton/Miss Buckland's group will be continuing to consolidate the phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs. 

Mrs Emery's group will be continuing to consolidate the phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs. 

Mrs Bridges' groups will be reviewing consonant blends.

Mrs Merrett-Jones' group will be continuing to learn about split digraphs - rice (i-e) rope (o-e) rake (a-e) cube (u-e) these (e-e).

 

The Reception Team

Wren

Robin

Owl

Finch

Lacey

Maher

 

Diomid

Nicole

Sadia

 

Joey

Phoebe

Sebby

Aadam

Cadence

Nishna

Friday 29th March

 

Duck News

 

Bye bye to our not so little ducklings!

 

Today we had to say goodbye to the ducklings! We were sad to see them go, but happy they were all going to lovely new homes.   

 

This half term has flown by! The children have learnt so much about how we look after ourselves; through eating a balanced diet, exercising, and by getting enough sleep. The children have also started to learn about how to look after different living things such as plants and ducklings!

 

Week beginning 16th April

Next half term children's learning will be based on the theme 'Where do I live?' We will be beginning our topic by thinking about our pets and where they live. Throughout the week children will have visits from a variety of different pets and their owners. 

 

Pet Photo- 16th April 2018

We are inviting children to bring in and share a picture of their pet/s. If you would prefer to email a picture, please don't hesitate to email these to your child's class teacher/s. The email addresses of staff can be found on the staff pages on the Earlswood website. 

 

Reading 

We will be reading the story 'Dear Zoo' and encouraging the children to make their own flap books containing their favourite pets.  

 

Maths 

We will be focusing on learning our teen numbers and using the vocabulary tens and ones when talking about them; e.g. 15 is made up of 1 ten and 5 ones. 

 

Phonics - 

Ms Scott/Mrs Sweetman's group will be embarking on Phase 4.

Mrs Stretton/Miss Buckland's group will be continuing to consolidate the phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs. 

Mrs Emery's group will be continuing to consolidate the phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs. 

Mrs Bridges' groups will be reviewing consonant blends.

Mrs Merrett-Jones' group will be continuing to learn about split digraphs - rice (i-e) rope (o-e) rake (a-e) cube (u-e) these (e-e).

 

Have a relaxing, peaceful and egg-filled Easter break. See you all on Monday 16th April.

 

The Reception Team

 

Wren

Robin

Owl

Finch

Ellis

Arella

Olivia

 

Ruby

Hiresh

 

 

 

Amari

Gabriella

Evelyn

 

Benjamin

Oliver

Lillie-Rose

Ayesha

Swimming Practice

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Friday 23rd March

 

Duck News

 

It's been a really cracking week or should that be quacking?

 

The week started in a state of high anticipation as children (and adults) waited for the arrival of the twelve duck eggs.  They were delivered on Monday afternoon and events quickly took off with the first duckling hatching out within the first hour, and we proudly welcomed our first duckling, who was duly named "Rachel" by one of the children. Nine more ducklings hatched successfully over the next 24 hours and we are all now officially in love with our new friends.  They had their first swimming lesson today (video footage to follow).  The arrival of the ducklings has inspired lots of new learning about the life cycle of ducks and the natural world in general.  The children have been producing beautiful duck artwork and recording the progress of the ducklings in duck diaries and labelling their duck pictures.

 

Week beginning 26th March

 

Reading 

We will be continuing with our text of "Farmer Duck" and developing story maps to encourage the children's story-telling skills. 

 

Maths 

We will be learning about money and the different vocabulary associated with buying and selling.  We will also be introducing some of the coins, and the children will have the opportunity during independent learning to practise coin recognition by "buying" some priced objects.

 

Phonics - 

Ms Scott/Mrs Sweetman's group will be consolidating the digraphs and trigraphs they have learnt this week (er, air, and ure) by playing some word games. 

Mrs Stretton/Miss Buckland's group will be learning the new digraph er as in butter, letter...

Mrs Emery's group are learning new digraph er and the tricky word her.

Mrs Bridges' groups will be reviewing consonant blends.

Mrs Merrett-Jones' group will be learning about split digraphs - rice (i-e) rope (o-e) rake (a-e) cube (u-e) these (e-e).

 

We will also be following the development of Rachel and her duckling pals with awe and wonder!  

 

Dont' forget it's a four day week and will be finishing on Thursday 29th March at our normal time of 3pm.   Have a relaxing, peaceful and egg-filled Easter break. 

 

The Reception Team

 

 

Wren

Robin

Owl

Finch

Olivia

Lucas

Kyle

 

Mantas

Livia

Daisy

 

 

Paige

Tanvi

Esme

 

Philip

Georgina

Adam

Thursday 15th March

We've had another fantastic week! What wonderful costumes the children came dressed up in to celebrate a belated World Book Day!  Thank you all for making such an effort to get or make your children such fantastic costumes!  They loved dressing up and talking about their characters!

 

Well done to Verity from Wren class for winning the extreme reading competition! smiley

 

Week beginning 19th March

 

Reading- We will be reading a non fiction books about animals, and writing our own animal books, we'll also be using Farmer Duck to help immerse us further in our story telling!

Maths - We will be learning about subtraction, using all of the different words to help us understand taking away (less than, fewer, minus).

Phonics - 

Ms Scott/Mrs Sweetman's group are learning 'ure' (pure)  and 'er' (mixer) and tricky words 'like' and 'so'

Mrs Stretton/Miss Buckland's group are recapping 'air' (hair), 'ure' (pure) and 'ear' (dear)

Mrs Emery's group are learning 'ur' (fur) 'ow' (cow) 'oi' (soil) and tricky word 'they'

Mrs Bridges' groups will be reviewing polysyllabic words eg championship & lunchbox

Mrs Merrett-Jones' group will be learning the sounds 'ew' (flew) and 'oe' (toe) and 'au' (autumn) 'ey' (key)

 

We will also be having some very exciting, quacky little visitors coming to visit us next week!

 

The Reception Team

Wren

Robin

Owl

Finch

Lily

Nelson

Sienna

 

Alisa

Charlie

Harrison

 

Alex

Amelia

Maike

Nora

Aadya

Anita

Sienna

 

Extreme Reading Competition – extension of deadline date!

As the snow disrupted our World Book Day plans, we’ve extended the deadline for our ‘Extreme Reading competition’! We will be taking in photos of you reading in extreme places up until Wednesday 14th March, winners will be announced on our book dress up day on Thursday 15th March.

We look forward to seeing your photos of you reading in weird and wonderful places!

Happy reading! J

Thursday 8th March

What a great week we've had so far exploring many different fruits using our senses! Pineapples, bananas, apples, melons and oranges are some of the fruits we've drawn, cut up and eaten!  Visit the photo album section on the website to see some of the action!

 

Week beginning 12th March

 

Reading- We will be reading lots of Non-fiction (information books) about fruit and vegetables and how to keep healthy and looking at reciepes for fruit salads!

Maths - We will be continuing to explore the concept of halving and sharing numbers.

Phonics - 

Ms Scott/Mrs Sweetman's group are learning oi and ear and tricky words 'like' and 'so'

Mrs Stretton/Miss Buckland's group are learning ear, air and ure and tricky words 'they' and 'all'

Mrs Emery's group are learning oo, ar and or and tricky words 'was' and 'my'

Mrs Bridges' groups will be learning

 

 

The Reception Team

Week beginning 5th March 2018

This week we will be using our senses to explore a variety of different fruits. We will be peeling, cutting, eating and looking closely at their contents. We will be writing fact sheets about different fruits, labelling pictures and printing with them within our art.  

 

Reading- Will be finding out about different fruits.

 

Maths - We will be exploring the concept of halving using the our fruit. 

 

Phonics - 

Ms Scott/Mrs Sweetman's group are recapping the sounds or, ow and ur and the tricky words said and have. 

Mrs Stretton/Miss Buckland's group are recapping the sounds or, ur and oi and the tricky word you

Mrs Emery's group are recapping the sounds igh and oa and learning and the tricky words all and are.

Mrs Bridges' groups will be continuing to review consonant blends.

Mrs Merret-Jones's group will be learning the sound ay, ou, ie and ea and the tricky words their, people and oh!

 

The Reception Team

Please don't worry that the costumes you had organised 

will be wasted due to the school closure today.   

A new date will be announced shortly.

Wren

Robin

Owl

Finch

Esme

George

Zachary

Freddie

Miley

 

Gracie

Phoebe

Sebby

Cadence

Holly

 

Friday 23rd February 2018

What a lovely first week back. The children have settled back into school seamlessly and are enjoying our new topic about healthy eating and exercise. They have especially enjoyed their teachers' production of the story 'Sam Sandwich'! (Please see Reception's photo album)

 

Week beginning 26th February 2018

Next week children will be having a variety of visitors to talk to them about keeping themselves healthy and growth. For example on Monday 'Sharon Kid' a Dental Hygienist will be visiting to talk to the children about dental health. On Tuesday 3 babies and toddlers will be visiting Reception in order for the children to explore change over time. 

 

Baby photo

We would like to invite you to bring in a baby photo of your child, in order for us to explore with them how they have changed over time. 

 

Reading- Will be reading and exploring the themes in the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.

 

Maths - We will be continuing to explore time in relation to how the children have changed over time.   

 

Phonics - 

Ms Scott/Mrs Sweetman's group are recapping the sounds oa, ar, oo, OO and the tricky words they and her. 

Mrs Stretton/Miss Buckland's group are recapping the sounds ur, ow and oi and the tricky words all and are. 

Mrs Emery's group are recapping the sounds ai, ee, igh, oa and learning the new tricky words all and are.

Mrs Bridges' groups will be continuing to review consonant blends.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

The Reception Team

 

Wren

Robin

Owl

Finch

James

Ishan

Hayley

Haiden

Isa

Freddie

Ava

Maike

Joey

Naomi

Eesa

Oscar

Friday 9th February

It's been a very busy 4 days in Reception this week. Children have loved sharing their favourite stories with us and their classmates and lots of children have performed their very own stories based on the traditional tales we have been learning this half term.  What a great story telling week we have had!

 

Next half term Spring 2

Next half term children's learning will be based on the question 'How do I grow?'. We will be learning about our bodies and how to keep them healthy through exercise and healthy eating. We will also be having a visit from a dental hygienist to teach the children about the importance of keeping their mouth healthy. 

 

Week beginning 19 February 2018

We will be having a visit from our PE specialist who will put the children through their paces teaching them all all about exercise.

 

Reading- Will be reading and exploring the themes in the story 'Sam's Sandwich'.

 

Maths - We will be exploring time in relation to exercise for example; how many star jumps can you do in 10 seconds, how many can you do in 1 minute? 

 

Phonics - 

Ms Scott/Mrs Sweetman's group are recapping the newley learnt tri-graphs (3 letters that make one sound) ear, ure, air and igh

Mrs Stretton/Miss Buckland's group are recapping the phonenes ai, ee, igh, oa

Mrs Emery's group are learning the new phonenes ai, ee, igh, oa

Mrs Bridges' group will be reviewing consonant blends.

 

Have a lovely half term, see you on Monday 19th February. 

 

The Reception Team

 

 

Wren

Robin

Owl

Finch

Ashar

Kasper

Summer

Alexandra

Oliver

Suraiya

Indy

Caleb

Sam

Ariele

Elvis

Nishna

Friday 2nd February

It's been a fabulous week in Reception as we say goodbye to January and welcome in February

There has been more cooking, lots of singing and dancing and a visit from Githanda, a storyteller from Kenya! 

If you would like to do some cooking at home, here are the recipes: 

 

Ingredients Makes: 15 Makes 15 - 25 depending on size of cutters used (i used mini)

· 350g plain flour

· 100g butter

· 5 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

· 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

· 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda Gingerbread People

· 175g light brown soft sugar

· 4 tablespoons golden syrup

· 1 medium egg

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.

2. Put the flour, butter, ginger, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda in a mixing bowl. Mix it all together with fingertips until crumbly. Add the sugar, syrup and egg and mix until it forms a firm pastry mix.

3. Using the rolling pin, roll out the pastry to about 5mm thick. Make sure the surface and the rolling pin are well dusted with flour. Use gingerbread men cutters to cut out shapes.

4. Place the cut out pastry on a greased or non-stick baking tray.

5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 15 minutes. Check after 10 minutes. Gingerbread may be ready after 12 minutes in a fan assisted oven.

6. Enjoy :)

 

Cheese Straws

 

Ingredients 1/4 cup butter, softened

1 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Pinch of salt

Method 1, In a large bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. 2, Beat in cheese until blended. 3,Combine the flour and salt stir into cheese mixture until a dough forms. 4, Roll into a rectangle. 5, Cut into strips. 6, Gently place strips on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

 

We have also had some more parents coming in for a home-time story session, so many thanks to those of you who have visited us, the children have really enjoyed it.

 

Week Beginning 5th Feb

We would like to end the half term by inviting you to bring in a story book to share with the class. So choose one favourite book, make sure your name is in it, and hand it to your teacher! 

 

Maths - We will be exploring doubling through practical activities using objects, paint and fingers! 

 

Phonics - 

Ms Scott/Mrs Sweetman's group are learning er, ear, ure, air and her

Mrs Stretton/Miss Buckland's group are learning ai, ee, igh, oa, was and my

Mrs Emery's group are recapping sh, ch, th and ng

Mrs Bridges' group will be learning polysyllabic words (eg: lunchbox and moonlight)and tricky words: were, little, they and one

 

Just a reminder that next week there will be only 4 days of school, with Friday 9th being an INSET day. We will see you after half term on the Monday 19th February.

Wren

Robin

Owl

Finch

Ava

Lio

Lila-Rose

Chase

Joseph

Rebecca

Sophia

Harrison

Henry

Lilly

Cody

Lizzie

Harrison

 

Friday 26th January

Despite some very wet and windy weather this week, the children have kept busy and continue to impress us with their enthusiasm for learning.  We have now swapped stories so Robin and Wren have been learning the story of the Gingerbread Man and Finch and Owl have been learning The Three Little Pigs.  Why not ask your child to retell the story to you? 

Thank you to all the parents who were able to come in and share a story with the children.  It was really lovely to see how entranced the children were.

 

Week beginning 29th January

 

African Storyteller

This will be taking place on Monday 29th January.  There will be a session for each class during the morning.

 

Maths

This week we will be revisiting shape.  We will compare 2D and 3D shapes and talk about their properties.  The children will have lots of opportunities in Independent Learning to apply their knowledge.

 

Reading

We will be “innovating” different ideas into our stories this week.  So the “Gingerbread Man” may become a dragon and “The Three Little Pigs”… we’ll leave that to the children to decide!

 

Cooking

It will be Robin and Wren’s turn to make gingerbread men and Finch and Owl’s turn to make cheese straws.

 

Phonics

Mrs Bridges' group – Phase 4: ccvc and cvcc words, for example “flag” and “bump”.

Mrs Sweetman/Ms Scott's group – Phase 3: learning digraphs “oo” as in book; “th” as in this; “ow” as in cow and “oi” as in coin, plus tricky words they, all.

Mrs Buckland/Mrs Stretton's group -  Phase 3: consolidating digraphs “sh, ch, th, ng'” and tricky words “you” and “was”.

Mrs Emery's group - Phase 3: consolidating sounds “sh, ch, th, ng” and tricky words “you” and “was”.  Phase 2: consolidating sounds, tricky words with a particular focus on developing blending skills.

 

 

Wren

Robin

Owl

Finch

Callum

Oliver

Robin

Diomid

Ishaan

Hanaan

Charlie S

Nihal

Ritvik

Aadam

Charlie F

Kairo

Friday 19th January

Another busy week in Reception! This week the children have had their first taste of cooking in school, with Finch and Owl baking gingerbread men and Wren and Robin cooking cheese straws. As we are swapping stories for next week, we will be cooking again the week after next, so get your taste buds ready! 

 

Week beginning 22nd January

Maths

This week we will be learning about capacity. The vocabulary will include full and empty, half full, nearly full and nearly empty. Children will be investigating capacity using liquids, rice and other materials and resources

 

Reading

We will be swapping our stories of 'The Gingerbread Man' or 'The Three Little Pigs' and will be learning the new tale with actions and repeated phrases.

 

Phonics

Mrs Bridges' group - ccvc words, for example 'flat, plug and cross' and tricky words 'have' and 'some'

Mrs Sweetman/Ms Scott's group - learning di graphs 'oo, ar, or, ur' tricky words, 'you' and 'was'

Mrs Buckland/Mrs Stretton's group - 'sh, ch, th, ng', tricky words 'we, me, be'

Mrs Emery's group - Phase 3 consolidating learning sounds 'sh, ch, th, ng', tricky words 'we, me, be', and practising blending skills; Phase 2 - consolidating sounds, tricky words with a particular focus on developing blending skills

 

Tell us a story...

As part of our 'Tell me a story' topic we would love to invite parents/carers/grandparents, to come and share your favourite story books with the children.  Please speak to class teachers to arrange a time to come in as we'd love to see you!

 

African Storyteller:

Just a reminder that we will be visited by an African storyteller in the week beginning 29th January. If you still need to return your slip or contribution, please do so ASAP! 

 

Friday 12th January

What a great first full week we've had back at school!  We've been on three fabulous trips to the library, where all children were such super ambassadors for our school! They all seem very keen to go back so if you don't have a library card get yourselves signed up!  Owl still have their visit planned for next Tuesday.

 

Week beginning 15th January

Maths -

This week we will be learning about weighing things and comparing weights, using language such as 'heavy, heavier, heaviest, light, lighter, lightest'. We will also be weighing our ingredients for cooking our gingerbread men or cheese straws!

 

Reading -

We will be continuing to tell our stories of 'The Gingerbread Man' or 'The Three Little Pigs' and will start to change some of the elements of the stories!

 

Phonics -

Mrs Bridges' group - cvcc words, for example 'sink, lend, lump' and tricky words 'said' and 'so'

Mrs Sweetman/Ms Scott's group - learning di graphs 'ai, ee, igh, oa' tricky words, 'be, we'

Mrs Buckland/Mrs Stretton's group - 'y, z, qu'  and tricky words 'we, me, be'

Mrs Emery's group - 'sh, ch, th, ng', tricky words 'we, me, be'

 

Tell us a story...

As part of our 'Tell me a story' topic we would love to invite parents/carers/grandparents, to come and share your favourite story books with the children.  Please speak to class teachers to arrange a time to come in as we'd love to see you!

 

 

Wren

Robin

Owl

Finch

Joshua

Leland

Hollie

Hugo

Sadia

Gbenga

Alice

Ralph

Lucas

Matti

Elliott

Elysia

Happy New Year and welcome back for the Spring Term!

 

We all hope you had a peaceful and relaxing time with your family over the festive period.

This half term our topic is “Tell me a Story.” We will be looking at a range of familiar stories/traditional tales and encouraging the children to retell them and create their own versions.

 

Week commencing 8th January 2018

 

Literacy

Owl and Finch will be beginning to learn the story of The Gingerbread Man. Wren and Robin will be beginning to learn the story of The Three Little Pigs.

 

Phonics

Mrs Bridges’ group will be starting Phase 4 which consolidates the sounds learnt in Phases 2 and 3 and introduces longer words with consonant clusters.

Ms Scott/Mrs Sweetman’s group will be continuing with Phase 3 and revisiting the ch sh th and ng, tricky words: he she.

Mrs Stretton/Mrs Buckland’s group will be starting on Phase 3 and learning z, zz, qu, x and the tricky words: he, she.

Mrs Emery’s group will be starting on Phase 3 and learning z, zz, qu, x and the tricky words: he, she. Some of the children will be remaining on Phase 2 to revisit some of their missing sounds.

 

Maths

We will be learning about length and height and linking it to our stories of the Gingerbread Man and the Three Little Pigs.

 

Library Trips

Please make sure your child comes suitably dressed with warm waterproof shoes and coats. The school day will not be affected by the trips and the children will be back in time for lunch.

Date reminder:

Tuesday 9th January - Finch

Wednesday 10th January - Robin

Thursday 11th January – Wren

Tuesday 16th January – Owl

 

African Storyteller Visit – 29th January

Thank you if you have already paid for this visit. If you haven’t yet, please could you return the reply slip and £3 payment to the office by Friday 12th January.

Friday 15th December

We've had a very festive week! The children’s performance at the Christmas sing-a-long made us feel very proud and we hope you enjoyed it too. They were rewarded by a tasty Christmas lunch and with a special visit from Father Christmas.

 

Reminders ...

 

Library visit – Amended Dates

Please note the following revised dates:

Tuesday 9th January - Finch

Wednesday 10th January - Robin

Thursday 11th January – Wren

Tuesday 16th January - Owl

 

African story teller

We have a visit from an African story teller on Monday 29th January. Please can you ensure you make the £3 payment and return the slip by Friday 12th January.

 

Week beginning 18th December

Phonics for next week -

Mrs Emery’s group – recapping Phase 2 sounds and tricky words and practising blending cvc words

Ms Scott/Mrs Sweetman’s group – phase 3 single sounds, ‘j v w x y z’ and tricky words

Mrs Bridges’ group – learning digraphs oi, er, igh, ear and segmenting and blending them within words

Mrs Buckland/Mrs Stretton’s group – revising phase 3, tricky word ‘are’ and two syllabled words (eg cobweb, lunchbox)

 

Maths – We will be continuing to learn subtraction with a Christmassy theme.

 

Reading – we will be reading “Father Christmas Needs a Wee” by Nicholas Allen.

We break up at normal time (3.00pm) on Wednesday 20th December.

Have a restful and happy Christmas break. 

 

 

Friday 1st December

What an exciting week we have had- the run up to Christmas has really started!

 

Thank you for supporting the Night Walk in the woodlands and for Christmas Making Morning.

 

 

Week beginning 4th December

Reading

We will be reading the nativity and other Christmas stories.

 

Phonics

Mrs Emery's group - revising all Phase 2 sounds and tricky words, with a focus on blending sounds together to read cvc words.

 

Mrs Sweetman's and Ms Scott's group - revising all Phase 2 sounds and tricky words, with a focus on blending sounds together to read cvc words.

 

Mrs Buckland's and Mrs Stretton's group – revising all Phase 3 phonics sounds and learning two syllable words and learning to write the tricky words no and go. 

 

Mrs Bridges' group - practising and revising ar, or, ur, ow sounds within words and reading tricky word my. 

 

Maths

We are going to be learning about subtraction through a range of nursery rhymes. 

 

Woodland's visit-Wednesday 6th December

In order for all the children to have an experience of the woodlands on Wednesday we will be taking all Robin and Wren children in the morning and all Owl and Finch children in the afternoon. 

The weather will be cold or possibly wet so please make sure the children have a warm coat, wellies, hats, scarves and gloves. 

 

Parent Presents 

During this week children who have brought in money for a parent present will have the opportunity to choose and wrap a present for their adult. 

 

 

 

 

Friday 24th November

What an exciting week we have had! Owl, Robin and Wren got to visit the firefighters and the fire engine (and even spray the hose!) after the firefighters came back to finish off their visit from the week before.  A big thank you to them, the children had a wonderful time! 

 

Week beginning 27th November

Reading

We will be reading the last of a range of our day and night stories, before we embark on Christmas stories!

 

Phonics

Mrs Emery's group - revising all Phase 2 sounds and tricky words, with a focus on blending sounds together to read cvc words.

 

Mrs Sweetman's and Ms Scott's group - revising all Phase 2 sounds and tricky words, with a focus on blending sounds together to read cvc words

 

Mrs Buckland's and Mrs Stretton's group – revising all Phase 3 phonics sounds and learning 'er'

 

Mrs Bridges' group - practising and revising 'ee', 'ai', 'igh', 'oa' sounds within words.

 

Maths

We are going to be talking about the language of time, thinking about what we do during our day, and ordering our routines.

 

ICE! We will be exploring ice in our water trays next week, we would love you to freeze some water in any shapes or sizes and bring them in to see what happens to it!

 

NIGHT WALK - WEDNESDAY 29TH NOV

As mentioned previously, on Wednesday 29th Nov, 5.30-6.30pm at the junior school, we welcome all Reception children with an adult to our woodland walk, we are very excited to go on an adventure in our woodland and hope you can make it!  Please remember to wrap up warm and bring a torch (one per person if possible!) Thank you.

 

Infant Christmas Making Morning
On Friday 1st we will have our annual Christmas Making Morning at the Infants from 09.30 11.00. This is an opportunity to come and participate in Christmas craft activities with your children.
Please drop your child at school and then return at 9.25 when we will open both gates for you to sign in at the main office. Hopefully see you there!

Reception

 

Friday 17 November 2017

 

Thank you for supporting us by attending the Parents’ Consultation evenings that were held this week.   The partnership between us is fundamental to the children’s development and progress, so times like these where we have the opportunity to sit together and celebrate achievement and next steps are crucial.  We hope you found it beneficial.

 

If you have a child in Owl, Robin or Wren they may have made you aware that Green Watch from Salfords Fire Station were called away on an emergency during their visit on Tuesday!  Sorry if they came home that night filled with disappointment.  Below is a photo taken at the scene of the emergency - a fire caused by a tumble dryer!   Green Watch have kindly rearranged to visit next Wednesday afternoon to make sure that Owl, Robin and Wren classes don’t miss out.

 

 

Week commencing 20 November 2017

Maths

We will be using positional language to describe where objects are.  Vocabulary to practise at home:   in, on, under, over, behind, above, between, beside, next to.

Reading

We will be reading a range of stories based on the topic of dark and light and using ideas from this stories in our own stories at the writing table.

 

Phonics

Mrs Emery's group will be consolidating the Phase 2 sounds and tricky words.  They will be using the sounds they know to soundtalk and blend cvc words (simple three letter words).

 

Mrs Sweetman's and Ms Scott's group - will be practising segmenting cvc words.  Segmenting is the skill children need to be able to write words.  They will be encouraged to say the word and then identify the first, middle and last sound.

 

Mrs Buckland's and Mrs Stretton's group – will be learning trigraphs (three letters that make one sound)  – ear, air, ure and they tricky word “they”.

 

Mrs Bridges' group - will be learning the single sounds and digraphs (two letters that make one sound); j, v, w and x.  They will also be practising segmenting simple words.

 

Night Walk, Wednesday 29th November 2017

On Wednesday 29th November from 5.30-6.30pm children are invited to join us on a Night Walk at the Woodlands in the Junior School. If you have any queries about this special event please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Reception 

 

10.11.17

What a lovely week we have had. The children have really enjoyed sharing with us their experiences of fireworks, drawing pictures, painting and coming up with their own firework words.

 

Week Commencing 13th November 2017

This week we will be continuing to explore the topic of light and dark and in particular fire! On Tuesday we will be having a visit from a real fire fighter who will be explaining to the children what he does and what they should do if there was a fire. 

 

Anti Bullying, Monday 13th November 2017

This week is also Anti Bullying week. On Monday Children are welcome to wear something blue on this day to show their support for anti bullying. During the week we will be discussing with the children through a story what bullying is and what they can do if they or someone they know is being bullied. 

 

Children in Need, Friday 17th November 2017

Dress up in spots!

With a donation of £1, children are welcome to dress up in spots on this day or paint their face with spots to show their support for Children in Need.

 

Night Walk, Wednesday 29th November 2017

On Wednesday 29th November from 5.30-6.30pm children are invited to join us on a Night Walk at the Woodlands in the Junior School. If you have any queries about this special event please speak to your child’s class teacher.

 

Maths

We will be beginning to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting. Recording, using marks they can interpret and explain.

 

Reading

We will be reading a range of stories based on the topic of dark and light and using ideas from this stories in our own stories at the writing table. 

 

Phonics

Mrs Emery's group – will be consolidating the new sounds and tricky words they have been taught.

 

Mrs Sweetman's and Ms Scott's group - will be consolidating the sounds they have learnt especially focusing on 'b', 'd', u and 'll'. 

 

Mrs Buckland's and Mrs Stretton's group – will be learning the vowel digraphs (two sounds that make one sound); 'ur','ow' and 'oi' and reading the tricky word 'you'. 

 

Mrs Bridges' group - will be learning the single sounds and digraphs (two letters that make one sound); y, z, zz, qu.

 

Reminders:

 

Parents Consultation Evening

Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th November. 

 

We hope you have a lovely week.

 

The Reception Team

Reception 

 

3.11.17

We've had great first week back with the children. They are really enjoying our 'Don't be afraid of the dark!' topic and especially enjoying our dark areas and tent role plays. 

 

Week Commencing 6th November 2017

This week we will be focusing on fireworks, bonfires. Amongst others activities we will be doing firework pictures, crafts and movement activities.

 

Night Walk-29th November 2017

On the 29th November from 5.30-6.30pm children are invited to join us on a Night Walk at the Woodlands in the Junior School. If you any queries about this special event please speak to your child’s class teacher.

 

Maths

We will be focusing on combining amounts (adding). 

 

Reading

We will be looking at a range of firework poems. 

 

Phonics

Mrs Emery's group – will be consolidating the new sounds and tricky words they have been taught.

 

Mrs Sweetman's and Ms Scott's group - will be consolidating the new sounds, blending sounds and reading tricky words by sight. 

 

Mrs Buckland's and Mrs Stretton's group – will be learning the digraphs: oo, OO ar, or. 

 

Mrs Bridges' group - will be learning the sounds j,v,w,x.

 

Reminders:

 

Poppy Day!

From Monday 6th November to Friday 10th November we will be selling poppies for £1.00 each, in aid of The Poppy Appeal at both the infant and junior sites.

Your class teacher will be given a timetable detailing when the poppies will be sold in your class.

 

Anti Bullying, Monday 13th November 2017

Children are welcome to wear something blue on this day to show their support for anti bullying.

 

Children in Need, Friday 17th November 2017

Dress up in spots!

With a donation of £1, children are welcome to dress up in spots on this day or paint their face with spots to show their support for Children in Need.

 

We hope you have a lovely week.

 

The Reception Team

20.10.17

We've had great first half term with your children. See you in a week! Children start back at School on Monday 30th October 17 at normal time. See you then! 

 

Week Commencing 30th October 2017

As the nights draw in this half term our topic will be called ‘Don’t be afraid of the dark!’ We will be exploring light and dark, woodland and nocturnal animals, fireworks and the night sky.

 

Night Walk-29th November 2017

On the 29th November from 5.30-6.30pm children are invited to join us on a Night Walk at the Woodlands in the Junior School. If you any queries about this special event please speak to your child’s class teacher.

 

Maths

We will be focusing on practising our counting and comparing groups of objects saying if there is the same, more or less.

 

Reading

We will be looking at a range of stories based on the night time for example; ‘The Owl who's Afraid of the Dark’ and ‘The Very Noisy Night’.

 

Phonics

Mrs Emery's group – will be consolidating the new sounds and tricky words they have been taught.

 

Mrs Sweetman's and Ms Scott's group - will be consolidating the new sounds and tricky words they have been taught.

 

Mrs Buckland's and Mrs Stretton's group – will be learning vowel digraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa and the tricky words: was and my.

 

Mrs Bridges' group - will be learning vowel digraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa and the tricky words: was and my.

 

Up and coming events

 

Anti Bullying, Monday 13th November 2017

Children are welcome to wear something blue on this day to show their support for anti bullying.

 

Children in Need, Friday 17th November 2017

Dress up in spots!

With a donation of £1, children are welcome to dress up in spots on this day or paint their face with spots to show their support for Children in Need.

 

We hope you have a lovely week.

 

The Reception Team

We've had another great and busy week in Reception! Only one more week to go before half term!

 

Week Commencing 16th October 2017

Maths

We will be focusing on 'more' and 'fewer' with a particular focus on 'one more' when counting.

Reading

We are reading our learning behaviour stories this week, these link to key behaviours that we are encouraging our children to show in their learning.

Self motivation (The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle)

Resilience (Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson)

Reflective (A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson)

Collaborative (The Enormous Turnip- Traditional Tale)

Confidence (Giraffes can't dance by Giles Andreae)

Independence (The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson)

 

Phonics

Mrs Emery's group – learning new sounds h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss, and blending these sounds within words.  Learning to read the new tricky words: I, no, go

Mrs Buckland's and Mrs Stretton's group - learning the digrahs sh, ch, th, ng, blending and segmenting them in words and tricky words 'we, me, be'

Mrs Bridges' group - learning the digrahs sh, ch, th, ng, blending and segmenting them in words and tricky words 'we, me, be'

Mrs Sweetman's and Ms Scott's group - learning new sounds h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss, and blending these sounds within words. Learning to read the new tricky words: I, no, go

 

Teddy Bears Picnic!

On Friday 20th October, we will be having a teddy bears picnic in our classes to celebrate how well the children have settled into life in Reception.  We ask that your child please bring in a teddy from home (not too large please!) and a piece of fruit; either a satsuma, apple or banana, so we can make tasty fruit kebabs to enjoy at our picnic.

Reception

The weeks are flying by - only two more weeks to go before half term!!

The children are really settling into daily life at Earlswood and it’s been wonderful to see new friendships blossoming. We are also delighted to see how well the children are engaging with the learning environment and with their phonics and maths sessions.

 

Week Commencing 9th October 2017

 

Maths

The children will be practising number recognition and counting groups of moveable objects accurately.

 

Reading

It’s the last week of sharing our stories about families and homes (Owl babies, Peace, at Last, Along came Eric and The tiger who came to Tea). The children are now getting really familiar with finding the front cover, back cover, and blurb, and explaining what an author and illustrator do. They have really impressed us with how they are applying their phonics learning to these sessions, helping the teachers decode some of the words.

 

Phonics

The children have adapted well to their new phonics groups which are continuing this week as follows:

Mrs Emery's group – ck e u r They will be practising blending and recognising the initial sound. Learning to read the new words: to, the

Mrs Buckland/Mrs Stretton's group - segmenting and blending phase 2 sounds and introducing Phase 3 sounds y,z, qu and new tricky words he, she.

Mrs Bridges' group - segmenting and blending phase 2 sounds and introducing Phase 3 sounds Phase 3 sounds y,z, qu and new tricky words he, she.

Mrs Sweetman/Ms Scott's group - ck e u r and learning that two letters that make one sound is called a digraph. They will also be learning simple cvc words and the new words: to, the.

 

Individual and Sibling Photographs

The photographer will be in school on Thursday and Friday 12th and 13th October to take individual photos and the sibling photos will be taken on Saturday 14th October at 9.00am at the Infants.

 

Reception

We've had a super week, continuing to build friendships and getting to know each other in Reception. We've talked a lot about the rules we need to follow to stay safe and happy in school.

 

Week beginning 2.10.17

Maths

We will be continuing our learning about 2D shapes, and developing our knowlegde of 3D shapes.  We will be building using blocks, naming and describing the properties of the shapes we are using.

Reading

We will be sharing new stories about families and homes, to help us get to know different characters and settings. We've really enjoyed reading Owl babies, Peace, at Last, Along came Eric and The tiger who came to tea and making puppets and books to retell the stories.

Phonics

We have streamed our phonics groups depending on the children's prior knowledge and our initial assessments of sounds, below shows what each group wil be learning next week.

Mrs Emery's group - 'g' 'o' 'c' 'k' sounds and hearing initial sounds

Mrs Buckland/Mrs Stretton's group - segmenting and blending phase 2 sounds and introducing Phase 3 sounds 'j,v,w,x'

Mrs Bridges' group - segmenting and blending phase 2 sounds and introducing Phase 3 sounds 'j.v.w.x'

Mrs Sweetman/Ms Scott's group - 'g' 'o' 'c' 'k' and segmenting simple cvc words.

 

Remember the book fair next week...

 

Book Fair

‘Travelling Books’ are returning to the Infant School on Wednesday 4th October. The Book Fair was a huge success last year and we raised over £500 worth of book vouchers for the school. The book fair will be coming to the Juniors in March next year. 

 

There will be a large selection of books suitable for children aged 4-11 years old, at great prices, so please come and have a look in the bottom hall everyday October 4th - 9th before and after school.

 

If you will not be able to make the book fair, you can still support us by buying a book online. Just go to the online shop at: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/free-booksl and start shopping!

 

If you enter our school postcode RH1 6DZ, you can have the books delivered to school. This is also a great option if you would like to pay by card, as we can only take cash payments at school.

 

We hope to see you at the book fair next week!

 

The Literacy Team

 

Week beginning25.9.17

Independent Learning

The children have continued to develop and enjoy our home and ourselves activities, there has been a lot of junk modelling happening. Thankyou again for all the donations of materials for our junk modelling boxes. 

Next week we will be developing the topic through role playing different models of homes and families, and through our changing books of the week which feature different shapes of family and home. 

 

Phonics

Next week we will be beginning to learn the next set of single sounds (i, n, m, d) and practising blending and segmenting those sounds along with last weeks (s, a, t, p) to read words.

 

Maths

Next week we will be introducing shape and the different properties of shapes. 

 

Reading

Please bring book bags and books everyday as your child's reading book will be changed during the week.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

The Reception Team

 

 

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Week beginning 11th September 2017

It was lovely to spend our first two days with the new Finch, Robin, Owl and Wren children and we are very proud of the way they settled in. Monday will be the first day that we are all in at the same time and we start our exciting journey together!

 

In order to help us ensure your children return at the end of the day with all their possessions please could you ensure that all their items of clothing and other items such as water bottles, rucksacks, and book bags are clearly named, especially cardigans and jumpers.

 

Here are some other important things to remember:

  • the classroom doors open at 8.30am and the register is taken at 8.50am. If you arrive after this time please could you take your child straight to the office to sign in.

  • children to bring a water bottle every day (water only please, no juice or squash).

  • a book bag for children to take their work and reading books home in.

  • a coat every day, as our weather is so unpredictable.

  • a pair of wellies (named) to be left at school on the welly rack outside your child’s classroom.

  • life in a Reception classroom is very exciting and children often realise that they need the toilet too late. Therefore spare underwear, jogging bottoms and socks in a marked carrier bag on their peg would be really useful.

  • children should be collected from their classroom at 3pm.

 

On Monday we will be issuing your child with a home/school contact book. This will have the dual purpose of recording the reading that you do together at home, and also a means of communicating any important information to us. The book will be checked every day and signed by a teacher to show that it has been done. Also tucked inside the contact book will be your child’s first reading book. We hope you enjoy sharing it with them. At the beginning you will be doing most of the work but as the year progresses this will shift to your child being able to take more ownership of the process.

 

If you would like to find out more about how you can support your child at home with their learning we would really encourage you to join us on Thursday evening for the information evening (details below).

 

We look forward to welcoming you all again on Monday.

Thank you.

The Reception Team

Week beginning 11th September

Week beginning 11th September  1

Hello brand new Robins, Wrens, Owls and Finches!

We are all really excited to be welcoming you tomorrow!!!!

If you will be here in the morning, please come to your classroom door at 8-45am, say goodbye to your adult with a big kiss and a hug, then come on in!!!

School will finish for you at 11-30am, please ask your adult to collect you from the classroom door.

 

If you will be here in the afternoon, please come to your classroom door at 12-15pm, say goodbye to your adult with a big kiss and a hug, then come on in!!!

School will finish for you at 3-00pm, please ask your adult to collect you from the classroom door.

Remember your water bottle and book bag!

See you tomorrow!

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