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Reception - What's happening this half term (autumn second half term)?

4th November 2021 Posted by Reception

This half term Reception are learning about:

Celebrations / Story telling / Number


Read about what we will be learning in school and what you can do at home to support this.

C and L (Communication and Language)

In School:

  • To continue to ask appropriate questions.

  • To tell stories, sequence ideas and events.

At Home:

  • Encourage children to talk about different celebrations and ask appropriate questions.

  • Ask your children to tell you a story about a character that interests them.

PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional development)

In School:

  • To take turns and share when playing a game.

  • This term we are developing confidence when facing new challenges and new experiences.

At Home:

  • Play board games.

PD (Physical Development)

In School/At Home

  • To put coat on independently and do it up.

  • To move in a variety of ways such as skipping, hopping and jumping.

  • To gain confidence with scissor control.

  • To continue to develop pencil grip. (Crocodile snap).

Literacy

In School:

  • To use our segmentation skills (splitting up words in to sounds) to build words.

  • To develop letter formation and write own name in cursive.

At Home:

  • Segment and spell three/four letter words e.g hat, cat, dog, frog.

  • Looking for key words in the environment and in print. (Stick sight words up around the house).

  • Read lots of stories and talk about the book.

Maths

In School:

  • Classifying, matching, comparing and ordering.

  • Matching numeral and quantity.

  • Comparing two groups of objects.

  • Counting reliably.

  • Applying knowledge of numbers to solve mathematical problems

At Home:

  • Sorting and matching socks that have been washed.

  • Number formation.

  • Playing board games e.g Snakes and Ladders.

  • Listen to and sing number songs and rhymes.

Understanding of the World

In School/At Home:

  • Show interest in different ways of life.

  • To know about similarities and differences within their community.

Expressive Art and Design

In School:

  • Experiment with colour, texture and resources.

  • To express their feelings through song and dance.

At Home:

  • Role play and build stories around different toys or objects in the home.

  • Singing familiar songs.

Important Information:

PE – Please remember to come to school dressed for PE on the appropriate day.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


Forest school starts this term. Please ensure your child has a pair of wellies in school. Both boots should have your child’s name in.


Work at home

Please read with your children every day and write it in their reading diary.

The ‘Autumn 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon and you can also visit our Learning Hub.


Thank you

Class RN - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Miss Nahar

Wow, what a great start to Reception in RN. I am very pleased with how you have settled into school. Thank you for your support this half term.

The children have been learning to become independent in RN and I am so pleased to say that most of the children are now putting their coats on independently, finding their drawers and putting their own coats on their peg. Please continue to encourage children to be as independent as possible at home and continue to allow them to practise putting their own coats on.

In Literacy, the children have been learning to identify their name and beginning to write their name. The children are aware that they need a capital letter at the start and rest of the letters are cursive. Continue to practise name writing at home.

In phonics, the children have been learning their sounds and sight words.

Sounds are: s, a, t, p, i, m, d, g, o, c, k.

Words are: the, and, a, to, said, in, he, I, of, it, was, you.

Vocabulary words are:

Sparkle- to shine with points of light

Delicious- yummy, yummy in my tummy.

Terrified- very scared.

In Maths, the children have been practising to count orally every day and experience lots of hands on practical Maths. Please continue to practise counting, singing number songs and identify numerals in the environment. You could also go on a shape hunt and look for shapes in the environment.

Hope you all have a nice break and I will see you soon.

Miss Nahar

Class RD - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Miss David

RD, I have been completely amazed at how well you have settled in to your first half-term at school. There have been minimal tears and an abundance of beautiful, smiling faces! I am so proud of you all! You have established a great routine, you know exactly where everything is, and you are growing in confidence and independence. Keep up the great work!

This half-term in school, we have been learning all about each other. We have been asking questions and sharing our thoughts and ideas. We have created a self-portrait which is displayed proudly in our classroom and we have also brought in photos of our family to share and discuss with our friends.

We have started learning the sounds of the alphabet and some sight words too! The children are learning them well and are beginning to apply their knowledge to enable them to decode and read simple VC/CVC words. Well done RD! I am very impressed.

We have been learning our numbers too! Mainly through song and games and the children are loving it! I'm sure you have noticed how much more singing they do at home.

PE has proven to be a huge success. We have been playing lots of listening and attention games, our favourite has been 'Musical statues' and 'Grandma's footsteps'. Next term we will be learning some ball skills.

Some children find putting on their own coat, a little tricky. Please practise this at home and help your child become more independent. This would save us a lot of time in class and allow us to focus on other areas of their learning.

Next term, we will begin our Forest school sessions, please remember to bring in a pair of wellies as it does get very muddy over there. Thank you!

Parents, thank you for your on-going support.

Have a restful and well-deserved break RD and I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Miss David and Miss Lewis

Class RMB - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Miss Brown

Wow RMB I can’t believe it, we have finished our first half term at school! We have been so busy getting to know each other and exploring life as Yardley Primary School students.

So far this term we have been learning all about our new friends and what makes us special. We started of by painting brilliant self portraits which are displayed in the classroom and on our Twitter page. We had so much fun introducing ourselves and spotting our art work on the walls. I love to see how creative you all are… keep it up!

We have also been very busy learning our letter sounds and names. We already know how to write 12 sounds and we can recognise them in our reading books too! I have loved watching your determination when learning these and the joy you have when you do them by yourself for the first time. This just shows that if you never give up you can do anything.

In maths we have been exploring numbers and colours. My favourite maths activity was fishing for the fish with numbers on! I wonder what yours was?

I have loved seeing your PE skills blossom I think we have a few athletes amongst us!

Next half term we have Forest School, please remember to bring in wellies as we will be having lots of fun with mud, we provide waterproof clothing so this is not required.

Have a lovely half term RMB, give your brains a rest and get ready for another load of fun when you get back.

Miss Brown and Mrs Erdinc

Class RB - Autumn 1

19th October 2021 Posted by Miss Barnett

Well RB we have finished our first half term at school and you have been amazing. I am so proud of how well all have you have settled into the school routine and begun your learning journey. It has been a very busy half term getting to know each other and exploring all the resources and activities that are provided each day. I think we all need a week to recharge our batteries ready for the next part of our learning adventure.

So far in school we have been learning all about each other. We have been asking questions and listening to everyone’s experiences and ideas. You have all painted an amazing self-portraits which are displayed in our school hall for everyone to see. You can also see the display on Twitter at the top of our page.

We have begun learning the sounds of the alphabet and I am so impressed with how eager you all are to learn the sounds and apply them to help you read words. RB you are all superstars! We are also learning how to write each letter. This is tricky, but I can see improvements in children’s writing already so don’t give up, continue to show me your enthusiasm and determination.

We are loving our number parties where we get to explore number and demonstrate our knowledge. During number parties we wear number hats, dance, sing and complete challenges, it is so much fun.

PE has proven to be a huge success. We have been playing lots of different games, although our favourite is definitely dodgeball. Next term we will be learning some ball skills.

Some children are still finding putting on their own coat tricky. Please practise this at home and help your child learn to do up their coat independently. This would save us a lot of time in class.

Next term we will begin our Forest school sessions, please remember to bring in a pair of wellies as it does get very muddy over there. We have waterproof suits that children wear to protect their clothing so a change of clothes is not required.

Have a restful half term RB. I can’t wait for more fun with you next term.

Reception - What's happening this half term (autumn first half term)?

9th September 2021 Posted by Reception

This half term our topics in Reception we will be ‘Starting school’, ‘All about me’ and ‘Autumn’.


Physical Development

In school we will be developing skills in holding and using a pencil, developing independence skills in self-care eg going to the toilet, putting on own coat. Our PE lessons will also begin this term, children should come to school dressed in their PE kit on this day.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Support your child in becoming independent in the skills above.

Important Information:

If your child wears earrings there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E. lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

We advise parents to take earrings out if possible as plasters need to be managed independently by the children – teacher‘s cannot put plasters on or take them off.


Communication and Language

In school we will be learning to develop our attention by listening to stories, practising following simple instructions and sharing our own experiences with others.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Share stories with your child.

Give your child sets of instructions to follow at home, eg first eat your breakfast, then brush your teeth.

To share memories of important events at autumn.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Our learning this term will be to say when we do or don’t need help, to form good relationships with adults and children in school.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Encourage your child to verbalise their needs and use good manners.


Literacy

This term our learning focus will be to give meaning to marks as we draw, write and paint. This will be extended so that children begin to form recognisable letters in order to write their name. We will be paying particular attention to the way that letters are formed so that children are able to form letters cursively. Children who are already writing their names will be learning to write their surname, use capital letters and finger spaces correctly and keep the height and size of letters correct.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Encourage children to identify recognisable letters in the environment and make links to their own name.

To practise writing their name.


Maths

In school we will be using number names and number language appropriately. We will also be developing children’s knowledge of shape and space by playing with shapes and making arrangements with objects.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Discuss shapes around the home. How many can you find?

Look at numbers in the environment. What number is on your door?


Understanding of the World

Activities we will be doing in school that you can do at home:

Talk about special times or events for family or friends.

Encourage children to comment and ask questions about the world around them.


Expressive Art and Design

In school we will be experimenting with colour, texture and resources. Expressing our feelings through song and dance.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Role play

Build stories around different toys or objects in the home.

Explore rhythm and movements to songs.


Please ensure that your child has a pair of wellies and a water bottle in school (don’t forget to label them).

Reading at home: This half term each child will receive a reading diary, please ensure that it is used and brought to school every day in their book bag. Please do not bring rucksacks as these do not fit in drawers and damage our books.

Please can you also make sure that all belongings are clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.


Important dates:

Roald Dahl Day (dress up) —Monday 13th September

National Poetry Day – Wednesday 7th October

Class RN - Our Final Term in Reception

16th July 2021 Posted by Miss Nahar

​Wow! It has been an amazing time getting to know you all. I firstly want to thank you all for your continuous positivity and support. It truly has been an adventure with you all.


Summer 2 learning in RN

We had 3 week of Little Red Riding Hood which was extremely fascinating and the children loved learning to re-write the story using key features of a narrative. The children thoroughly enjoyed becoming authors.

During the summer holiday, you can help your child make up their own stories using these key features for the beginning, middle and end part of the story. Please focus on using adjectives to describe character, setting and feelings. Remember to use punctuation, check grammar and spellings. Encourage your child to use all their phase 2 and 3 phonics.


Key features of a narrative bank

Beginning- Character and Setting

Once upon a time

A long time ago

Early one morning

One day


Middle-Problem in the story

Suddenly…

But then…

Unfortunately

All of a sudden


Ending-Resolution in the story

Luckily

Fortunately

They lived happily ever after.

The end


In Maths we began to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s as well as counting in Spanish. Then we consolidated our learning and worked with numbers within 20. We counted on and back on the number track making addition and subtraction number sentences. We also learnt the days of the week, sequence time and events, doubling and halving. Finally we did some number bonds to 10 in preparation for Year 1.

During the summer holiday, you could consolidate on these and get the children to practise counting and recognising their numbers and shapes (2d and 3D).

A holiday pack will be available online for you to work throughout the summer if you wish to do so.

Hope you all have a great Summer holiday. Good luck in Year 1. I will miss you all very much. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. Hope you enjoyed their virtual graduation.

Have a very happy Summer holiday

Class RB - Our Final Term in Reception

16th July 2021 Posted by Miss Barnett

So for our final term in Reception we have been learning all about the story Little Red Riding Hood. We have acted out the story, rewritten it and thought about the different features that are needed in a story. We have read lots of different versions of the story, so we know that fairy tales are not always retold exactly the same way. We even made up our own endings!

In maths we have been practising all we have learnt this year. We have been naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes, using numbers to 20 (and beyond) to solve problems by adding, subtracting, halving and doubling. We have even been learning and exploring number bonds to 10. Phew! What a busy term.

We recently enjoyed our sports day and have explored recreating famous art works by Matisse, Van Gogh and Kandinsky.

I can't believe that we are at the end of the school year RB. We have had so much fun over the past year despite everything that has been going on in the world around us. I still remember your first day here at Yardley Primary when you astounded me with how well you came into school it was as though you had been doing it for years. You have been a truly amazing class and I look forward to watching you grow as you progress through the school.

Thank you for a fabulous year, enjoy the summer and I will see you soon,

Miss Barnett​

Class RB - Our Final Term in Reception

14th July 2021 Posted by Miss David

For our final term in Reception, we have been learning all about the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We have acted out the story, re-written parts of it and watched an animated version of it.

In maths, we have been recapping and consolidating our learning. We have been naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes, we have been working with numbers up to 20 to solve problems involving adding, subtracting, doubling and halving. We have also been learning and exploring number bonds to 10.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their Sports Day too! They behaved sensibly and listened very well. Their physical development has improved so much this year and it really showed in their performance, on the day.

​I can't believe it is our final term in Reception. The children have been on an incredible journey and I hope they have enjoyed every minute of it. I know I have! I feel honoured to have met such a lovely bunch of kind and caring children. Thank you for being so amazing RD, seeing you all flourish has been so beautiful to watch and be part of. I will miss you all incredibly!

Enjoy the summer holidays! See you soon!

Miss David and Mrs Erdinc​

Class RG - Summer 2

29th June 2021 Posted by Mrs Ankcorn-Lane

Oh my gosh the end of the year is in sight! It has gone so quickly,I can't believe I will have to say goodbye to my lovely class very soon!

This term we have been reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood and we have been writing our own versions of the story making sure that we use key features of a narrative. We enjoy the pasrt when the big bad wolf comes into the story!

In maths we have been looking at counting along a number line, we have used pizzas to help us with halving, we have doubled on butterflies and we have used Farmer Pete's sheep to help us make our number bonds to ten.

In RE we have learnt about refugees and asylum seekers and we have celebrated art week where we have let our creative sides out. We focussed particularly on observational drawing.

In PE we have been training for the Olympics! We have practised the shot put and the races amongst other events.

Well it really is time to say goodbye. It has been an absolute pleasure to teach RG this year. I wish you all the best for Year One and I hope you have a very happy summer holiday. Rest well so you are ready to impress your new teacher in September!