Last week was another busy week in Reception. In maths,he children were learning about 3D shapes and in literacy were producing some fantastic independent writing. During PSHE, we have really enjoyed sharing your family pictures and finding out where your family come from and who are important in your lives. We have continued to complete our mile a day and regularly share mindfulness times. We also said goodbye to Miss Burrett who begins her maternity leave.
This week we are counting in 2's during maths and completing patterns. In Literacy we are continuing to share traditional tales and focus on independent writing. We have really enjoyed seeing your homework trolls and tasting your gingerbread biscuits and bread.
Have a super week
The Reception Team.
Week beginning 23.04.18
Another great week in Reception. The children have all been so engrossed in the story of 'The Little Red Hen'. They have had a go at adapting the story and changing the characters. Some of the children decided to set the story in a Zoo rather than a farm and had Zoo animals instead of farm animals. They then added these changes to their story maps. Some of the children did some beautiful handwriting whilst writing the story. Mrs Davies was very impressed.
In maths the children were all able to show that they knew the number bonds to 6 and 7. We have been using a song online to help us remind ourselves of the number bonds. The children also had a go at writing down the correct number sentences. We also introduced subtracting to the children this week.
This week in PSHE the children had a chance to write down something that they wished their teacher knew about themselves. This could either be a worry, something that they thought they were good at, something that they were excited about or anything else they wanted the teacher to be aware of. This has helped the children voice some of their concerns that they may not be comfortable sharing orally.
We were lucky enough to have Sapphire Class come down to Reception on Tuesday to show us their Bollywood Dance that they have learnt. The children of Sapphire class taught Reception some of the moves and they then performed this in the playground to the teachers. The children really seemed to enjoy spending time with the older children and also enjoyed learning the dance. After Sapphire class had left some of the children continued to practise the moves they learnt. We spoke with the children about different dances originating from different countries and they all learnt that Bollywood dancing came from India.
Topic- We will be continuing our Traditional Tales topic.
Maths- Counting back in 1's, 2's and 3's
Phonice- Continuing to practise our Set 3 sounds.
Have a fantastic weekend.
Week beginning 17.4.18
The children have returned full of energy after the Easter Break. They all came back to school ready to learn.
Our Topic for this half term is traditional tales. This week we have been looking at the Little Red Hen story. The children have created their own story maps and used actions to tell the story. We did our own bread making and bread tasting and then the children had to vote for their favourite out of french bread, naan bread, pitta bread and a loaf of white bread. We showed our date using a Pictogram Chart. Aquamarine's overall favourite was Pitta bread.
In Maths the children have been learning how to give Beebots instructions. They each had a go at computering in the instructions and watching how the Beebot responds. They found this fascinating.
Well done to those children that took part in the park and stride on Thursday.
Please remember to send your child in with a named Hat and Suncream applied.
You should have received a letter this week from Miss Pomeroy asking for the children to bring in some Family Photographs or a Collage of Photographs to share with the class for our PSHE this term. We will be discussing the different areas that family members live in as well as referring to maps.
Have a great weekend Aquamarine Team
Welcome back. We hope you had a wonderful Easter break and are looking forward to enjoying your child's last term in Reception.
Our new topic for this term is Traditional tales. We will be looking at 'The Little Red Hen,' 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and 'The Gingerbread man.'
This week we have retold the story of 'The Little Red Hen' and have used actions to retell the story.
We have been giving each other directions, using forward and back, left and right. We have been using Bee Bots to help the Little Red Hen find her way. Also we have been tasting different kinds of bread and making a pictogram of our favourite breads.
During phonics we have been practising our sounds and some of us are learning the first of the set three sounds, ea, oi, a-e, i-e.
Here's a list of all the Set 3 sounds and their rhymes.
ea: cup of tea
oi: spoil the boy
a-e: make a cake
i-e: nice smile
o-e: phone home
u-e: huge brute
aw: yawn at dawn
are: share and care
ur: purse for a nurse
er: a better letter
ow: brown cow
ai: snail in the rain
oa: goat in a boat
ew: chew the stew
ire: fire fire!
ear: hear with your ear
ure: sure it’s pure?
tious / cious: (scrumptious / delicious)
e: he me we she be
Click the link below to see how to pronounce at the sounds.
We're really looking forward to another term of super learning in Reception!
Thank you for all supporting our dance festival yesterday. Although there were a few nerves the children performed beautifully and enjoyed being a part of such an inclusive and diverse performance. Photos to follow.
We will be looking at how to tell the time to the hour will both digital and analogue clocks.
We will be finishing off our work on the hungry caterpillar.
We will be planting and looking at more lifecycles.
Please join us for our Easter open morning, on Wednesday at 9-10.30 where you can join us in some Easter crafts.
This week we have had a great time observing the chicks. They have grown so much over the last week and have sadly gone back to their farm. We will all miss them very much.
In topic we have continued finishing off our Chick Diaries. We wrote about what happened when the chicks hatched and that there 4 girls and 6 boys. We have also been looking at rhyming strings and rhyming words.
In maths we have been working on doubling numbers up to 5. The children all had a good go at this and did really well. Some were even able to complete their own number sentences independently.
In phonics we carried on with our Ditty books, looking at our green and red words and being able to write their own sentences. Some of the children independently wrote their own sentences about what they did on Mothers Day. These were AMAZING!!!!
Topic and Literacy- The Hungry Caterpillar
Maths- Looking at 3D shapes.
Reminders: Please return your individual planning, Dance festival 22nd March
Please find attached a list of the Set 1, 2 and 3 phonics. We have taught Set 1 and 2 and will be moving on to Set 3
We have really enjoyed watching our chicks grow and develop. We were lucky enough yesterday to enjoy stroking and handling the chicks. We had to be really careful to hold them over there wings to protect them. If you look really carefully you can spot their feathers changing. They were quite messy on our floors too but it was very funny!
We have had a fantastic week. We had the arrival of our chicks who have now all hatched and we had a great trip to the farm. On the farm the children were all so well behaved and really had their listening ears on. They all understood the importance of staying with an adult.
We got to see lots of different farm animals, Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Ducks, Geese, horses and we even got to see some piglets that were very cute. The children had a vote when we got back to class and they decided that the Meerkats were their favourite animal that they saw.
We would like to say a big thank you to the Parent helpers.
In topic this week the children have all been writing their own Chick Diary based on what they have observed happening. They have all now hatched out and are in a nice and warm incubator.
Please feel free to come and have a look.
Enjoy your weekend
The chicks are here! 7/3/18
We were so excited when our chicks arrived yesterday and what a lovely surprise to see that one had hatched over night.
The children have have made some super observations already and are thinking of some great questions.’
‘We have 1 come out, there are 9 to go.’
‘There are three with cracks, I think they will hatch today.’
’it’s bigger than the egg.’
’what will it eat?’
We will let you know if anymore arrive.
Week beginning- 26th February
This week the children have been continuing learning the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. They have created their own story maps and written about the Beans that they had planted.
In Maths they have been looking at different pairs of numbers that add up to a total of 5. All of the children had a good go at this and they are continuing to make really good progress.
The Children have all come in to school looking amazing in their World Book Day costumes. We had many different costumes Peter Pan, Cat in the hat, Cheshire Cat, The Highway rat and many more. You all looked fantastic.
The children have been so sensible this week around school whilst it has been icy and snowy. Well Done!!
Topic- Our Chicks are arriving, we are all very excited.
Maths- Pairs adding up to a total of 10.
Phonics- Continuing to recap our phase 3 sounds.
Farm trip 8th March, If you have not done so please give your lunch choices to the class teachers of the office.
World Book Day
Today we have been celebrating World Book Day, and all the children looked fantastic in their different book character costumes. In class we had a look at the story called 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan. This was a story told through pictures, about a man leaving home and travelling to a different place and how he came across new and different creatures. Some of the children drew their own pictures story board.
Week beginning- 19th February
The children have all had a good first week back after half term. They have all been enjoying our new topic of spring and new life. We have been looking at the story of 'Jack and the beanstalk'. The children have all made their own books based on this story and have planted their own green beans. They have all been enjoying our new role play area of a farm shop and are all looking forward to our trip to the farm on the 8th March.
This week we introduced our ribbon dance which we will be performing to the parents and the school on the 22nd of March at our dance festival. We can not wait for you all to come and watch how hard the children have been working on this.
We have also welcomed Mrs Evans to join our Reception team this week. We are lucky enough to have her every Tuesday and Wednesday. We hope she had an enjoyable first week.
Topic and Literacy: Continuing with Jack and the Beanstalk
Phonics: Carrying on with our phase two sounds and our Ditty books.
World book day is on Thursday 1st March. Come as a character from a book.
Our trip to Lee Valley Farm Thursday 8th March.
Have a fantastic weekend
Week beginning: 5th February 2018
This week the children have been using scales to weigh and compare the weight of dinosaurs. They were all able to recognise from the scales which weighed the most. This linked in with our Literacy and Topic as we were reading the story of ' Harry and the Bucketful of dinosaurs'. Not only did the children estimate how much they thought Harry's bucket would have weighed. But they also created their own story map too.
We have been learning about Chinese New Year and the children knew it was the year of the dog. The children learnt a ribbon dance and had a go at making some Chinese lanterns and snakes.
We have also been talking about Valentines Day. The children learnt the story behind why we celebrate it and how. They have also made some lovely cards for their Parents.
After half term:
Next term we will be starting our new topic of Spring. We will be getting our very own chicks for the class to see grow and are hoping to organise a trip to a children's farm.
Maths: Recognising and comparing numbers up to 20.
Phonics: Recapping on the sounds we have learnt.
Thank you for helping your children to have such a good half term.
Enjoy your break
Guide Dog Puppy
Today we were lucky enough to have a visit from Mr Thomas and his Guide dog puppy Varley. We learnt all about the job of a guide dog and we found out how long it takes for him to train. Nearly 19 months!!!
We hope he comes to visit us again!!
Week beginning 29/01/2018
This week we saw the return of our class dinosaur. The children were shown photos of the dinosaur around the village in Brookmans Park. They then had to write about where he had been. We then went on a hunt around the school as he had sent us some clues of where he was hiding. We followed the clues all of the way to the rainbow room.
In maths the children have been writing and working our number sentences. All of Aquamarine class have worked really hard doing this.
In PSHE the children spoke about the natural world such as desserts, beaches and mountains. The children tried to come up with different describing words. We then went on a walk around our playground to see what parts of the natural world we could see. The children spotted trees and flowers growing.
Thank you to all of those parents that came to our coffee afternoon.
Next week :
Topic and Literacy - Harry and the bucket full of dinosaurs
Maths- Measurine weight
Phonics- Recapping over the sounds we have learnt this term.
Have a lovely weekend.
This week we had a great start to the week. The children all took part in our Dinosaur workshop. Graham who was a real life Paleontologist brought in some models of the different types of dinosaurs.
They learnt what animals were carnivores and herbivores, how big the different types were, what fossils are and how we find them.
Graham had brought in some fossils that he had found by digging underneath the ground. He brought in a Triceratops toe bone, an egg which had baby dinosaurs inside, Velociraptor teeth and dinosaur poo which had turned into a fossil.
The children were all very engaged and sat beautifully throughout the workshop. Graham even commented on how well behaved all of the children were and how much knowledge the children already had.
We had such a lovely morning!
In Literacy our children were shocked to find out that our school dinosaur had gone missing. They all had a go at creating their own Missing posters to put up around school to find out if anyone had seen him. We later received a postcard with some photos from the dinosaur explaining that he had gone on holiday around the world. The children had to guess from the clues where the dinosaur had traveled to. We are hoping that he hurry's up back soon.
Literacy: We will be writing thank you cards to Graham to thank him for the dinosaur workshop. We will also be trying to track down our school dinosaur.
Maths: One or Two more than a given number
Phonics: Recapping our set 1 and set 2 sounds, practicing our green and red words and holding a sentence.
Reminders: Diversity and Kitemark coffee afternoon Wednesday 31st January 2-3PM all parents and siblings welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.
Have a lovely weekend.
Week beginning- 15th January
This week the children have all done some fantastic story mapping based on the Dinosaur thta came to our school and the story 'The Little Green Dinosaur'. They also found a real Dinosaur egg in our outdoor area which they were all very excited about. The children worked out that it must be a dinosaur egg as it was to big to be a bird egg. We took it inside and have kept it warm so that hopefully over the weekend the egg should hatch. The children are sure that inside it will be a baby T-Rex. Some of the children have done some lovely writing during their choosing time describing what happened when they found the egg. We are all very excited to see what hatches out on Monday.
Phonics: air-that's not fair, ir-whirl and twirl, ou- shout it out, oy- toy for a boy
Maths: Ordinal numbers
Topic: Designing our own dinosaurs and writing a postcard to our school dinosaur who travelling around the world.
Reminders: Dinosaur workshop on Wednesday
They have all had another great week enjoy your weekend.
Week beginning- 8th January 2018
Reception have had another great week at school. They have all showed a real interest in our dinosaur topic and have all come up with some great ideas to add to our role play areas. They have done some lovely writing and drawings based on the story 'A Dinosaur in our school'. We even had a dinosaur visit Brookmans Park. The children saw photos of the dinosaur in the lunch hall, In ks1 and ks2 and the dinosaur was even sat in Mrs Davis's office at her desk. The children thought that he was getting a telling off for making a mess in our classroom.
In maths we have introduced our new topic of Money. The children are doing really well in recognising their 1p, 2p,5p and 10p coins.
Thank you to those parents who have paid for our Dinosaur workshop, just a quick reminder to those parents that have not.
Aquamarine class have also been very lucky to have Miss Pomeroy this week on Monday and Tuesday, this will be continuing forward to the end of the year.
Recognising & Ordering numbers to 20.
Our sounds next week are going to be the long oo, the short oo, ar and or.
The phrases that go with these sounds are as follows:
short oo - look at a book
long oo - poo at the zoo
ar - start the car
or - shut the door
Writing our own story maps, talking about the differences between present time and when the dinosaurs were around.
Enjoy your weekend.
Happy New Year!
Week Beginning 3/01/18
As part of our 'Sizzling Starter' to our new topic on Dinosaurs, we had a visit from a 'dinosaur' today! The children were very excited to find some enormous footprints! We discussed what type of dinosaur it might have been. We looked at the size of the footprints compared to the size of our own footprints and decided that it must be taller than the classroom. We decided to see how many of our own feet would fit into the size of one footprint. First we estimated the number of shoes that would fit into a footprint, then in groups the children took off their shoes and laid them onto each footprint. We found out that each group had a slightly different number of shoes that fitted into the footprint. When asked why this was, Chloe said "We all have different sized shoes!"
We discussed what we already know about dinosaurs.
Jack told us, "My favourite dinosaur is a T-Rex!"
Zach also said, "They eat plants and bugs".
Johnny decided to write and answer his own question about dinosaurs -
'What do dinosaurs eat? They eat plants.'
Frankie did some super writing about dinosaurs explaining what they are like and how we should run away from them!
Next week we will continue to learn about what dinosaurs eat and learn the terms 'carnivore', 'herbivore' and 'omnivore'. We will be looking at which dinosaurs were big and which were small and how they moved about. Watch out for our dinosaur stomp dance!
We will be learning the vowel sounds - ay, ee, igh, ow.
The phrases that go with these sounds are as follows:
ay - may I play?
ee - what can I see?
igh - fly high!
ow - blow the snow!
We will continue to practise our set 1 initial sounds and blend them together in CVC words.
Please continue to practise the set 1 initial sounds and the green and red words at home.
This week we are focusing on money and recognising coins. We will be using 1p, 2p, 5p & 10p coins to pay for items in our dinosaur museum shop.
We finished our term with a fantastic trip to the Pantomime on Monday and a fantastic Christmas party on Tuesday. We all had lots of fun.
We would all like to thank you for your kind gifts and your support over the last term and we look forward to working with you all again in the New Year.
The Reception team.
Week 12 - 15th December
We have had a fun packed week in Reception this week. We really enjoyed performing our Nativity Play on Wednesday and Thursday and the children looked wonderful in their costumes. We have also learned about the Jewish Festival of Hannakah which started this week, and some of the children shared how they have been celebrating this festival at home. Today we are celebrating Christmas as a school. The children all look very festive wearing their Christmas jumpers. We have all been very lucky to meet Santa and because we have all been very good, we all got a lovely chocolate Santa!
We are looking forward to going to see the pantomime 'Cinderella' on Monday.
The Reception Staff wish to thank you all for our lovely Christmas gifts, and wish you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!
This week we have been very busy practising our Christmas concert ready for you to see next week. We have also been very busy decorating our classroom for Christmas. The children have made their own deccorations and have been very busy in the mark making area writing Christmas cards.
The children have have all seemed to enjoy opening our class advent calendar which gives them a special treat throughout the day.
We look forward to performing our show to the rest of the school and the parents.
Dont forget that it is Christmas Jumper day on Friday the 15th.
Enjoy your weekends!
We have had another great week in Reception. The Children have all been working really hard on practising our Christmas Concert so that the Mummy’s and Daddy’s are all very proud. They have been doing a great job at learning our songs and their own words. We are very much looking forward to you all coming to watch it.
We we were very lucky and had a visit from the local Police Community Officer. She spoke to us about what she does every day and we even got
to sit in her police car and hear the sirens.
Maths: We will be doing some Christmas Maths activities.
Phonics: we will be continuing our handwriting and reading.
Topic: We will be focusing on Christmas and our Christmas concert.
Have a a lovely weekend!
This week we have been continuing with our Superhero topic. The children have all had a go at uncovering secret messages and following the clues to save the superheros. They have also learnt about real life superheros such as Doctors, Fireman and Policeman. We have spoken about when when and how you should ring 999 and what information you may need to pass on e.g. their addresses.
In maths we have been learning about 3D shapes, their properties and how to describe them to each other.
The children have been busy practising their songs for our Christmas concert as well as recording our school CD on Monday.
It was so lovely to catch up with you all during our parent consultations you should all be very proud of your children and how they have settled into Reception and progressed throughout their first term.
Have an enjoyable weekend
We had a very busy week last week. We started with an assembly on Monday discussing Bullying and we each drew handprints and wrote about why we are unique. We finished our week with a talent show in aid of Children in Need and have hopefully raised lots of money for this fantastic cause.
We will be practising our speed sound and green words and looking carefully at correct letter formation.
We are looking at 3D shapes and their properties such as faces and corners. We will be going on a shape walk around the school and building models with 3D shapes.
We will be discussing real life heroes such as the police, fire and ambulance and talking about 999 calls.
We look forward to meeting everyone during our parent consultations on Tuesday and Thursday this week.
The Reception team.
30th October-3rd November
Welcome back after half term, I hope that the children had an enjoyable week off and managed to rest after a very busy first half term in Reception. The children have all settled back into Aquamarine Class and I have loved listening to what they have have got up to over the holidays.
The children have come back to a brand new topic of Superheros. We have a new role play area which the children have all seemed to enjoy playing in and making up their own superhero names they have all done some lovely writing about their superhero powers.
Aquamarine class have been discussing how we can work together in a team and have taken part in our school team building activity of cross country. They all did so well and the teachers were so proud of them as i'm sure you will be too if you were lucky enough to have come and watched your child take part. The winning team will be able to wear their own clothes with their house coloured top on Friday 10th November.
We have also been practising our song for the School CD ' Together Everyone Achieves More'. (TEAM)
Please do not forget to practise the MHD challenge dance with your child which will be taking part on Monday 6th November. They will also need to remember their red piece of cloth for the dance.
We we have also discussed the importance of staying safe at firework night and why we celebrate it. The children have also been doing some lovely paintings too.
Phonics: Practising our 1.2 and 1.3 Green words and Red words.
Maths: Counting objects and actions correctly.
Topic: Continuing with our Superhero topic and learning about Remembrance Day and the superheros that fought for our country.
Have a lovely weekend
We started this week off with the children bringing in generous donations for the Harvest festival and attending the Harvest festival assembly where the children heard the story of Jesus and how he helped people by healing them.
Thank you so much for your kind donations, they have now been delivered to a shelter in St Albans.
We have been looking at the story of ' The Lion Hunt' this week and the children have all done some amazing story maps independently. They have worked so hard this week on their writing and are coming on so much.
Our maths activities have been on repeating patters this week and the children have all had a go at beginning their own patterns. They even had a go at making fruit kebabs and creating patterns out of these. It was also a good chance for children to try different fruits.
For Diwali we all had a go at making diva lamps and acting out the story of Rama and Sita, Mrs Seewoo very kindly told the story to the children.
Thank you for making it such a pleasure to teach your children this half term and I hope they have had as much fun as I have in the first term of Reception. They have all done so well.
Have a lovely half term.
9th-13th of October
This week we have been doing lots of work on the Bear hunt story. We went on our own bear hunt in the playground. The children all wrote their own story maps too which were brilliant.
We made some biscuits and all got to take these home, they were very yummy. The children have been learning our song to go on to our school CD which we will be recording in November.
Quick reminder to bring in consent forms for our Mental Heath Dance we will be doing after half term to enabler your child to be filmed.
Phonics - We will be learning 1:1 green words
Topic- Healthy eating and 'We are going on a lion hunt'
Maths - Recognising and starting our own patterns.
2nd-6th of October
We have had another fantastic week in Aquamarine class.
We have been talking about our favourite books and have been doing lots of activities based on 'The Bear Hunt' which is the teachers favourite book. The children have created story maps of the Bear hunt.
We were also very lucky to have Oynx class come down to Reception to read us the stories that they had written. They were very good and the children enjoyed listening to them.
Maths- Looking at 2D shapes
Topic- Continuing to look at the 'Bear Hunt.
Just a quick reminder that it will be individual school photos on Monday 9th of October.
Have an enjoyable weekend
25th- 29th September 2017
This week we have had lots of fun learning about Rosh Hashana. We also enjoyed singing and learning how to use our voices in different ways. In our maths lessons, we went on a search for different objects and had to count them carefully by touching and moving each one. We also started to use numicon to help with our counting. We've been doing lots of writing and mark making too,in our choosing time and some of us even made a book about worms!
W/C 2nd October 2017
We will be counting objects, ordering and recognising numbers up to 20.
We will continue to practice all our sounds and introduce the new sounds e, l, h, r, and j. We have started to blend our sounds to make words. What words can you make with the sounds we have learnt so far? Have a look at the sounds picture below.
We will be talking about our favourite books and the teachers favourite books.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
Wednesday 4th October 2017 - Nursery and Reception Curriculum meeting.
Have a wonderful weekend
This week has been another great week for the children in Aquamarine class. We have been looking at our memory boxes and decorating them. It has been so nice looking through the children's boxes and seeing the things they have put in there. The children have also enjoyed showing their friends what they have in them.
We have also been talking about the children's likes and dislikes and having a go at writing about these.
This has been our second week of phonics and the children are all trying really hard. We have also been talking about what sounds each child has in their names and what sound their names begin with.
The children all seemed to enjoy their first art session with Miss Shaw and PE with Mrs Zerny.
Next week we will be learning:
Literacy and topic: We will be talking about or feelings and what makes us feel happy/sad.
Maths: Recognising numbers and estimating quantities.
We will also be celebrating Rosh Hashannah on Monday. If any parents want to come in and talk about this or carry out any activities then please do let us know.
Have a lovely weekend
The children have done very well staying for their first week of lunches and full days. They are following their new routine well and are making lots of new friends. We have enjoyed learning about their families and looking through some of their memory boxes. These are going to be decorated next week.
What we will be doing next week:
We will be introducing the sounds i, n, p, g and o.
We will continue with our topic 'All about me' We will be sharing our memory boxes and decorating them with our names.
We will be recognising numbers 1- 10 and counting and sorting objects.
Our First week in Reception!
The children have all had a brilliant first week in Aquamarine class. It has been so lovely to meet all of the new faces and to see how much all of the children from Nursery have grown over the summer.
The children have all done really well in coming into the classroom in the mornings and getting used to their new class and teachers. They have had lots of fun using our play dough station, creating models, building things with construction materials and exploring the indoor and outdoor environment.
Next week we are going to be starting our Phonics sessions, working on numbers 1-10 and starting our topic 'All about me'.
Welcome to Aquamarine Class 2017-2018.
Aquamarine blog will be updated every Friday so that you can see what your children have been doing throughout the week.