School Closure Updates

13th July 2020

Although it hasn’t been the year that we were hoping for, here are a few memories of some special times we have had together. Thank you for being a wonderful class, we will miss you all. Good luck in year 1, lots of love Miss Dixon and Mrs Hill xxx

The End of Reception

29th June 2020

Hello children and parents, it’s been great to see lots of you engaging with the online learning on Google Classroom and it’s also been lovely to communicate with you through the messaging system. From now on we will only be setting work via Google Classroom and this will be assigned on a weekly basis. If you still haven’t signed up to Google Classroom please do so using the guides to help you. These guides can be found under the ‘School Closure’ section of the school website.

Miss Dixon and Mrs Hill

22nd June 2020

Hello parents and children, here is your new home learning for the week. A big well done to all of you that have been completing the activities that I have set – I have seen some fantastic photographs of your work this week so keep them coming! We love to see what you have been getting up to.

Parents, please remember to be kind to yourselves and do what you can, when you can. I can appreciate how difficult it is for you but keep going! We are nearly there 🙂

Miss Dixon and Mrs Hill x

Reading

I can’t stress how important it is that the children read every day. As we can’t give reading books out please use Oxford Reading Buddy to access books online. The children have thoroughly enjoyed reading eBooks this week in school and have loved completing the quizzes at the end to assess their understanding.

20 Inspiring Quotes About Reading for Kids and Students ...

Phonics

Take part in these daily phonics lessons on YouTube. The week, practise reading words of more than one syllable and compound words. Compound words are words made up of two or more individual words used together to create a different word with it’s own individual meaning, for example, rain + bow = rainbow

Monday: Multi-syllable words 

Tuesday: Multi-syllable words

Wednesday: Compound words

Thursday: Compound and multi-syllable words

Friday: Compound and multi-syllable words

Phonics Challenges: 

Polysyllabic Words Game 

Phase 3 Phonics Outdoor Challenges

Phase 4 Phonics Outdoor Challenges 

 

Literacy: Oak National Academy 

Monday: To learn some features of reptiles

Tuesday: To justify an answer using the word ‘because’

Wednesday: To commit the story ‘The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water’ to memory 

Thursday: To describe the features of a reptile

Friday: To recall and write facts about a reptile

 

Maths: Oak National Academy 

Monday: Investigating quantities using the language ‘more’ or ‘fewer’

Tuesday: Exploring the concept of doubles

Wednesday: Finding half of numbers to 20

Thursday: Estimating and counting

Friday: Reviewing addition and subtraction

Maths Challenges:

Each challenge sheet contains a selection of fun, practical maths activities based on addition and subtraction. Maths activities for young children are often based on practical games and activities for children to explore. Use a topic that the children are interested in to create a practical maths activity. Include opportunities for children to explore and talk about what they find out. Plan maths activities that encourage children to practise and apply their skills to solve problems. Complete as many challenges as you like over the course of the week

Play ‘Fruit Shop’ on Education City to practise using the language ‘more’ or ‘fewer’

Doubling, halving and sharing challenges 

Play ‘Share Bears’ on Education City to practise doubling and halving

Estimating Challenges

Magical Estimating and Counting PowerPoint

Play ‘Counting Carnival’ on Education City to practise adding and subtracting

Addition and subtraction games

 

PSHE lessons from Oak National Academy

Emotions – The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas

Games apart

 

Topic: The Seaside/Under the Sea

Seaside Book List

This list contains a lovely selection of fiction and non-fiction books that can be used during a topic about the seaside. Some stories will also be available to watch on YouTube if you don’t have the books at home.

Summer Activity Booklet 

Seaside Writing Activity

Listen to the lovely rhyming story ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ written by Giles Andreae. Discuss all of the different sea creatures that you can see, what makes them special? Pick a favourite (it doesn’t have to be a sea creature from the book – it can be a favourite of yours that isn’t mentioned) and research facts about it using books or the internet. When you have finished your research make a fact file or a poster about your favourite sea creature. Write down 3-4 facts that you have learned and draw some pictures, remember capital letters and full stops and try to write as independently as you can. If you would like to upload a photograph of your fantastic writing then please do – we would love to see what you have written!

 

15th June 2020

Hello parents and children, I hope you are all well. We have had an exciting week welcoming some of you back to school, it has been so lovely to see you again. Mrs Hill and I can’t believe how tall you all are! For those who are continuing to learn from home it was wonderful to speak to you on the telephone, I will contact you again very soon to keep in touch. Here is your home learning for this week which has also been uploaded onto Google Classroom. Please try and access the work through Google Classroom if at all possible, as this will become the main source to connect with home learning.

I’ve uploaded daily Phonics lessons which are really important to help you become even more super readers and writers than you already are! I’ve also uploaded daily literacy and maths lessons from Oak National Academy that look like lots of fun. These do not need to be marked or handed in, they are just for you to work through. However, if you would like to share something that you have done why not upload a photograph to Google Classroom.

Any extra challenges that I set can also be completed and shared by uploading a photograph onto Google Classroom if you would like. (This is not compulsory)

Please remember that these are suggested learning activities and you can follow your child’s interests whichever way it takes their learning. I can’t wait to see what you all get up to! Have a great week everyone.

Miss Dixon and Mrs Hill x

Phonics:

Take part in these daily phonics lessons on YouTube. Review the phonemes ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, oo, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er. Practise reading and spelling words and sentences.

Monday: ai, ee, igh

Tuesday: oa, oo, ar

Wednesday: or, ur, oo

Thursday: ow, oi, ear

Friday: air, ure, er

Phonics Challenges:

Use these home learning challenges as a great way to get children using their phonics skills at home. Choose as many challenges to complete as you like from Phases 2-4

Phase 2 Challenges 

Phase 3 Challenges

Phase 4 Challenges

Using Phonics Skills for Reading challenges 

Literacy: Oak National Academy 

Monday: Language focus: Inventions 

Tuesday: Hear the story (audio retrieval)

Wednesday: Commit instructions to memory (map)

Thursday: Write instructions to build a home 

Friday: To follow instructions to build a home

Maths: Oak National Academy 

Monday: Combining 2 quantities to find the total

Tuesday: Exploring addition by adding on

Wednesday: Exploring subtraction as partitioning 

Thursday: Exploring subtraction as taking away

Friday: Comparing 2 sets of objects using the language ‘more’ or ‘fewer’

Maths Challenges:

Each challenge sheet contains a selection of fun, practical maths activities based on addition and subtraction. Maths activities for young children are often based on practical games and activities for children to explore. Use a topic that the children are interested in to create a practical maths activity. Include opportunities for children to explore and talk about what they find out. Plan maths activities that encourage children to practise and apply their skills to solve problems. Complete as many challenges as you like over the course of the week

Subtraction

Subtracting by counting back

Addition

Adding objects and counting on 

PSHE lessons from Oak National Academy 

Why is sleep important?

Glitter Germs

Topic: The Seaside/Under the Sea

Seaside Book List

This list contains a lovely selection of fiction and non-fiction books that can be used during a topic about the seaside. Some stories will also be available to watch on YouTube if you don’t have the books at home.

Summer Activity Booklet 

Seaside Writing Activity

Listen to the story ‘Billy’s Bucket’ written by Kes Gray and Garry Parsons. Recap what Billy could see in his bucket and then imagine you had your own special bucket! What would it look like? Draw a picture on some paper. Beside your picture use your imagination and write what you can see inside of your bucket. You could start your sentence with… ‘Inside my bucket I can see…’. Try to write 2 or 3 things that you can see. Remember capital letters and full stops and try to write as independently as you can. If you would like to upload a photograph of your fantastic writing then please do – we would love to see what you have written!

 

12th June 2020

Hello parents, I hope everyone is well. Just a message to address the teething problems that have occurred this week. From next week the children will have a range of resources made available through Google Classroom that can be used on a screen as inspiration for work that children can complete using practical resources. While older children can access work electronically and use keyboards, editing tools etc. independently to complete their work, this really isn’t practical for Reception children. It is vital that children working within the EYFS continue to have the physical experience of using pencils, pens, paper and manipulative objects in their learning. For this reason, and to ensure that we are continuing to embed handwriting skills, writing tasks can be completed on paper and uploaded as a photograph if you would like to share work with Mrs Hill and I. Likewise, the mathematical concepts and skills that children are learning are much better taught and experienced through the exploration and manipulation of physical resources. Therefore, from next week I will upload challenges that can be completed more easily at home and again if you would like to share the children’s work then a photograph would be lovely. I apologise for the inconvenience and confusion caused this week – Google Classroom is very new and is taking some getting used to. I will upload the home learning challenges over the weekend and look forward to seeing what the children get up to. Thank you for your cooperation and continued support.

Miss Dixon and Mrs Hill

8th June 2020

Hello everyone, here is your home learning for this week which has also been uploaded onto Google Classroom. Please try and access the work through Google Classroom if at all possible, as this will become the main source to connect with home learning.

I’ve uploaded daily Phonics lessons which are really important to help you become even more fantastic readers and writers! I’ve also uploaded daily literacy and maths lessons from Oak National Academy that look like lots of fun.

This week I will be welcoming some of you back to school and some of you will still be learning at home. As the weather has been so nice recently I thought we could do a Seaside/Under the Sea mini topic. We will be doing some seaside linked learning at school which you will find linked below for those learning at home. As usual there are lots of resources available on Twinkl that you can add to support learning. Please remember that these are suggested learning activities and you can follow your child’s interests whichever way it takes their learning.

Have a great week everyone, stay safe and keep smiling. We miss you!

Miss Dixon and Mrs Hill x

Phonics

Take part in these daily phonics lessons on YouTube. Review the phonemes oi, ear, air, ure, er. Practise reading and spelling words and sentences.

Monday: oi

Tuesday: ear

Wednesday: air

Thursday: ure

Friday: er

Practise your tricky words – Phase 2

Practise your tricky words – Phase 3

Practise your tricky words – Phase 4

Phonics activities

Some activities focus on reading, for example choosing the correct word to match a picture and others with a writing focus, such as filling in the missing sound in a word. All of the words used are taught in phase 3 and 4 of Letters and Sounds.

Literacy: Oak National Academy

Monday: To identify some features of buses

Tuesday: To listen to the story of ‘The Hundred Decker Bus’ by Mike Smith

Wednesday: To commit a story to memory

Thursday: To read a sentence on a postcard

Friday: To write a sentence on a postcard

Maths: Oak National Academy

Monday: Understanding the concept of double

Tuesday: Understanding the concept of half

Wednesday: Understanding the concept of half

Thursday: Understanding the concept of half

Friday: Applying understanding of doubling and halving

Topic: The Seaside/Under the Sea

Seaside Book List

This list contains a lovely selection of fiction and non-fiction books that can be used during a topic about the seaside. Some stories will also be available to watch on YouTube if you don’t have the books at home.

Summer Activity Booklet 

Seaside Writing Activity

Listen to the story of ‘Lucy and Tom at the Seaside’ by Shirley Hughes and talk about all of the things that they got up to.Talk about a time when you visited the seaside; what could you see, hear, smell? Write a sentence about what you like to do when you visit the seaside and draw a lovely picture to go with it.

Paper Plate Sunshine Craft Activity

4th June, 2020

Hello children, next week I will be welcoming you back to school. Mrs Hill and I are so excited to see you! I’m sure your mams and dads have told you that our classroom might look a little bit different so I’ve taken a photograph for you to have a look at. I’ve also uploaded a photograph to show you where to stand with your grown up and a  ‘What our day will look like in Reception’ sheet to see what we will be getting up to throughout the day. There is also a lovely PowerPoint all about coming back to school. Please don’t worry – our classroom will still be full of fun, laughter and learning!

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Miss Dixon and Mrs Hill x

What our day will look like in Reception…

Coming Back to School

 

1st June, 2020

Hello Parents and Children,

I hope you have all had a lovely half-term holiday in the beautiful sunshine and are continuing to stay safe and well. Mrs Hill and I still think of you every day and are missing you so much. We have been wondering how tall you will be when we get to see you again!

You will see below that we have provided lots of links to websites that you can access from home. On these websites are some very useful and fun maths and phonics games that we would like you to have a go at. Remember you also have the packs sent home with you when school closed. Please try really hard to do some work every school day as this will help you to keep making progress with your learning.

We can see that you have been accessing Education City and Oxford Reading Buddy and are so impressed with the scores you have achieved – well done!

Read, read, read

Please continue to read every day at home using Oxford Reading Buddy or books you have at home. Parents – show them all the different ways that you read; books, the internet, newspapers, magazines ETC. Play reading games; can they spot any of our tricky words? Can they point out any digraphs/trigraphs? Act out stories, draw story maps, make puppets, draw pictures about the books you’ve read. Ask your children questions such as; What do you think would happen if we changed the ending? How could we change it? What else could happen? Could we add a new character to the story? What would they be like? How are the characters feeling? Make reading a fun and special time for you and your child.

Literacy/Phonics

Continue to practise your sounds and sight words every day – this is very important. Or why not take part in these daily phonics lessons on YouTube? Review the phonemes oo, ar, or, er, ow. Practise reading and spelling words and sentences.

Monday: oo

Tuesday: ar

Wednesday: or

Thursday: er

Friday: ow

Reading Captions/Sentences

Choose a caption from the link below and encourage your child to read each word by segmenting and blending and then reread back the complete sentence.

Writing  Captions/Sentences

Choose one of the captions or sentences from the link below and read it to your child. Encourage your child to count the words in the caption/sentence on their fingers and use their segmenting and blending skills to write each word. They can then check their writing by looking at the caption or sentence. Please encourage your child to write as independently as possible.

Phase 3 Captions

Phase 3 Sentences

Please also complete the daily English lessons for Week 6 on the Oak Academy website all about ‘Space’.

Maths

This week’s Maths activities are all based on another book written by Julia Donaldson – The Snail and the Whale. Use the following link to read the story first – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmMnaSkeKqQ

All activities can be accessed using the link https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

Monday: Complex Patterns – making spirals

Tuesday: Cotton Bud Spirals – adding more

Wednesday: Snail Danger! – Counting to 20, writing numbered lists and recording on a tally chart

Thursday: Snail Journey – odd or even numbers

Friday: Crawling up my Wall – exploring height

You could also have a go at completing the daily maths lessons for Week 6 on the ‘Oak Academy’ website’. https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/reception#schedule

Number Bonds to 10 Activity Booklet

We appreciate all your efforts and thank you for doing whatever you can, whenever you can and hope to be seeing all of you very soon!

Miss Dixon and Mrs Hill

 

18th May, 2020

Dear Parents and Children,

I hope you are all well and keeping busy. Mrs Hill and I are missing you all and are very much looking forward to seeing you again!

You will see below that we have provided lots of links to websites that you can access from home. On these websites are some very useful and fun maths and phonics games that we would like you to have a go at. Remember you also have the packs sent home with you when school closed. Please try really hard to do some work every school day as this will help you to keep making progress with your learning.

We can see that you have been accessing Education City and Oxford Reading Buddy and are so impressed with the scores you have achieved – well done!

Literacy/Phonics

Continue to practise your sounds and sight words every day – this is very important. I have attached a link to a page that includes all of the words you should be able to read and write by the end of reception. Words to read and spell Why don’t you choose a few of those words a day and practise writing a sentence with them in it? Remember to try and write your sentences as independently as you can.

Or why not take part in these daily phonics lessons on YouTube? Review the phonemes ai, ee, igh, oa, oo (moon). Practise reading and spelling words and sentences.

Monday: ai

Tuesday: ee

Wednesday: igh

Thursday: oa

Friday: oo

Please also complete the daily English lessons for Week 5 on the ‘Oak Academy’ website’. https://www.thenational.academy/

Reading

Please make sure you are reading every day. As well as reading the e-books on Oxford Reading Buddy, you can read stories that you already have at home. Why not choose a book and read it to someone in your family at bedtime? I can’t wait to hear about all of the stories you have been reading 🙂

Maths

This week’s Maths activities are all based on one of my favourite stories – Superworm!– Use the following link to read the story first – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pZwNie69n8

All activities can be accessed using the link https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

Monday: Worm Painting Patterns

Tuesday: Worm Number Lines

Wednesday: Super Moves!

Thursday: Super Shop!

Friday: Exploring Length

I have also assigned lots of maths games on Education City for you to play, you will also find games on Topmarks and Numberblocks. You could also have a go at completing the daily Maths lessons for Week 5 on the ‘Oak Academy’ website’.

The Oak National Academy also has a ‘Foundation’ section that you might like to have a go at. It includes activities about feelings, habitats, transport ETC.

We appreciate all your efforts and thank you for doing whatever you can, whenever you can and hope to be seeing all of you very soon 🙂

Miss Dixon and Mrs Hill

Useful Websites

Launch of the Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub

The sector-led Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception and are free to use by both teachers and young people. The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:

https://www.thenational.academy/
Launch of BBC Bitesize

The BBC has today launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents. BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Alphablocks  

A Cbeebies website that has lots of phonics videos and games.

Cbeebies  

An educational website full of games, videos, craft activities and radio shows.

Topmarks

A website full of interactive literacy and numeracy games.

Numberblocks 

Sing along and learn all about numbers with the Numberblocks!

PhonicsPlay

In response to the ongoing situation PhonicsPlay is now free to use without parents needing to subscribe. To access the resources logon using the following details;

Username: march20 Password: home

The website consists of lots of phonics games that the children are used to playing in school.

Twinkl

This website has a huge selection of cross curricular resources and is also offering a free subscription to parents.

Oxford Reading Buddy

Oxford Reading Buddy is a virtual reading service that develops comprehension skills and makes reading fun! All of the children have their own login in for Oxford Reading Buddy that can be found in their home learning packs.

Teach your Monster to Read

The game takes children on a magical journey, meeting colourful characters along the way and collecting fantastic rewards. When children are engaged, they’re motivated to learn.

As they progress, they rehearse a range of essential reading skills; matching letters to sounds, blending, segmenting, tricky words and reading full sentences.

Letters and Sounds Phonics

Access to free resources to help support the Letters and Sounds programme that we use in school.

Nrich

A website packed full of maths games and activities.

Go Noodle

A range of movement and mindfulness videos.

White Rose Maths 

White Rose Maths are currently providing a daily video and work under the home learning tab on the website’s main page.

Recommended stories to read with your child

100 picture books to read before you are 5 years old.

Reading Letter – 2nd April 2020

real PE

At home programme which supports families to be active, play and learn together.

TTS home learning pack and activities

Welcome to Reception

This is a very exciting year for your children as they make the transition from Nursery to Reception. We aim to make this transition as smooth as possible by providing a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum. In Reception the children will learn lots of new skills which they will achieve by learning through their play. The children can follow their own interests, and topics are often catered to what the children are interested in. Reception is a creative, fun and warm environment to explore and learn in. We focus on subjects such as Phonics, Literacy and Maths, as these are the fundamental areas of early learning. As well as learning new educational skills, we work on becoming members of a new school community, learn to form new friendships, be more independent, and to follow school rules and routines.

Please do not hesitate to pop in, or pick up the phone if you have any concerns at all. We are committed to ensuring that every child has the very best, happiest and smoothest start to their school life.

Miss Dixon & Mrs Hill

 

 



Curriculum Information

Learning and Development in the Early Years

Curriculum Overview: Autumn 2019

Curriculum Overview: Spring 2020

Curriculum Overview: Summer 2019

Phonics Information

Reading and Writing Targets

Mathematics Targets

Early Learning Goals: A Parent’s Guide

What to expect, when?

The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the 7 areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.

 


Useful Information

Things to remember:

  • Please make sure the children have their book bags in school with them every day. Homework folders and reading books should be kept inside of book bags at all times.
  • Reading day for the children is a Friday. Remember to write a comment every time you read as these will equate to house points awarded to the children.
  • P.E kits should remain in school, our P.E session is a Tuesday afternoon.
  • All money should be handed into school in a named envelope.
  • All items of clothing and property must be clearly labelled. This helps to reunite your child with any lost property.
  • Please ensure your child is prepared for any potential type of weather so as to not limit their outdoor learning opportunities. E.G sun cream, hat, raincoat, gloves and wellies.
  • Please support your children to practise putting on and fastening his/her coat at home. This will increase their independence.
  • We kindly ask for a 50p donation every Monday which helps towards the cost of baking ingredients and resources for the children.

Home learning expectations:

  • Your child’s reading book will be changed on a Friday. Please write a comment in the record books every time you hear your child read.
  • Please use the children’s purple books to practise their sight words and sounds – little and often is best!
  • Please complete the children’s handwriting books once we have learnt the corresponding sound. We ask that the children use a pencil and colour in the pictures using coloured pencils only.

Thank you for your support, cooperation and involvement.

Miss Dixon & Mrs Hill