Weekly Roundup 20th November 2020

This week we have been doing lots of activities linked to Little Red Riding Hood.

Literacy
In literacy, the children used puppets and props to retell the story, thinking about what the characters would say. Some children described the wolf and write about what Little Red Riding Hood would take in the basket to her grandmother’s house.

Maths
We counted the cakes that Little Red Riding Hood took to her grandmother’s house! We also looked at patterns, and some children were challenged to create Little Red Riding Hood’s basket, using a pattern of colours when threading the ribbon through.

Topic
This week we had a look at how the Jolly Postman would be able to find his way around our school and local area. We looked at familiar places around school and shops that we may visit regularly.

Online safety
As we are using the internet much more frequently, especially during at home, it is so important to remind our children how to keep safe online.
Please access this link: https://www.bolton365.net/online-safety-at-home/ for lots of great resources and top tips on how to support your child to stay safe online.

We look forward to seeing you again next week Reception 1!

Miss Lord & Mrs Sharples

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Weekly Roundup 13th November 2020

Literacy

This week we have been reading Jack and the Beanstalk. We know it’s wrong to steal, so we wrote letters to Jack asking him to give the giant back his things. Then we had to follow instructions to plant some magic beans of our own!

Maths
We looked at the giant’s and Jack’s footprints. We learned the words ‘long’ and ‘short’ and some of us could order the footprints from shortest to longest!
Our extra challenge was to use cubes to measure and see if we could find out how long each footprint was.

History – Remembrance Day
Together we talked about Remembrance Day and the children did so well with our 2 minute silence. We discussed why people wear poppies and watched a lovely video to explain. The children then made some beautiful poppy art.

Diwali
Today we celebrated Diwali by creating some beautiful handprints. Have a look at these lovely photos!

Well done for another amazing week Reception!
Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Lord & Mrs Sharples

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Weekly Roundup 6th November 2020

Literacy
This week we have started our new topic, all about ‘The Jolly Postman’ by Allan Ahlberg. We have been learning about the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We wrote invitations to baby bear for a party in the park!

Maths
In maths we have been using the mathematical language of ‘more’ and ‘less’ or ‘fewer’ to describe amounts. We have been sorting and labelling amounts using the new words we have learned.

PSHE & RE
We have been discussing our feelings and how we can take some time out of our busy day for some calm time. Miss Lord showed us how to breathe and listen to music. we all felt very relaxed. We talked about all the things that we are good at and some of the things we might need to practise. We decided that everybody is good at something. We are all different and that’s what makes us special.

Remote Learning
This week we have sent home a ‘home learning book’ with information on how to access our remote learning should your child need to be home schooled for any reason.

In the event your child needs to work from home, they will be provided with daily lessons to complete using the ‘Teams Microsoft messaging service’. All information and learning tasks will set as an ‘assignment’ on our ‘Teams Microsoft messaging app’.

You can log into the app using your child’s purple mash username, followed by @oxford-grove.bolton.sch.uk and their purple mash password.

Detailed information on how to access the assignments, your purple mash passwords and also how you can use Teams to message your child’s teacher can be found in the front of the home learning books that were sent home today.

If you have any questions regarding Teams or remote learning, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me.

Click the link below for step by step instructions.

https://www.oxford-grove.bolton.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/how-to-use-teams.pdf

Miss Lord & Mrs Sharples

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Weekly Roundup 23rd October 2020

Literacy
Some of us have been learning more new sounds! This week we focussed on: g, o, c and k.
In our reading lesson we did lots of different activities. Some children have been learning Incy Wincy Spider, using props and areas outside to sing the rhyme independently. Other children have been focussing on sharing books as a group, talking about the characters and pictures and tracking the words with our fingers.

Creative Work & Role Play
The children have had lots of fun this week in our different areas in the classroom. Our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic is coming to and end so we made the most of the lovely areas we have set up with this theme. We discussed what our next topic will be (Special Delivery) and started to read some books linked to this. Some children helped Mrs Hart do some beautiful art work for out new display.

Music
We had a brilliant music lesson this week! We have been learning lots of songs with Mr Martin since the start of the year and today we performed the songs together.

Well done for a great first half term! We hope you have a restful break next week.
Parents, please check the sheet in your child’s bag for lots of ideas on how to carry on their learning at home next week.

Miss Lord & Mrs Sharples x

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Weekly Roundup 16th October 2020

Literacy
This week in phonics, we have learned the sounds: i, n, m and d. In our writing lessons, we have been practising forming these letters and applying them to write CVC words. In our reading lesson, we read a book called Charlie the Firefighter and learned a new song: Here Comes the Fire Truck! We had a great time singing, retelling the story through role play and describing the pictures in the book.

Maths
We have been learning how to understand and use positional language. This includes words like: under, next to, on top, in. The children were challenged to follow my instructions to put teddy in the right place.

Mental Health Week
This week we have been learning to talk about our feelings. We introduced our feelings station where the children can come to think or talk about their feelings at any time. We talked about how you can sometimes tell how someone is feeling by looking at their face. The children had a go at making different faces to show different feelings – they did a great job!

Firefighter Visit
We have been talking lots about people who help us and we were very lucky this week to have a visit from a real firefighter! Firefighter Mike spoke to us about how he helps people and animals, and showed us his uniform.


Well done for your hard work again this week Reception. We hope you are having a lovely time coming to school and learning every day.
Parents, please continue your child’s learning at home by:
* Reading their reading books and other stories every night to help them become familiar with story telling. Can they talk to you about the settings and the characters?
* Continuing to help your child write their own name. If your child can do this, start working on their second name.
* Talking about feelings and emotions, how to recognise emotions in other people and about how our actions can affect other people.
* Practising positional language at home.

Have a lovely weekend Reception 1 – we will see you again on Monday!

Miss Lord & Mrs Sharples x

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Weekly Roundup 9th October 2020

Well done Reception 1 for another great week! Here is what we have been getting up to…

Literacy
In phonics we have learned the sounds: s, a, t and p. We have been continuing to work on pencil control and letter formation this week and applying the ‘s’ sound to the beginning of words. In reading, we have been listening to and joining in with the nursery rhyme 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, once I caught a fish alive.

Maths
We have been exploring the numicon a bit more this week. Some children matched numicon pieces to pictures and practised counting up to 5. Other children worked on recognising numicon pieces by counting the holes and choosing the matching numeral.

P.E.
In PE, we practised throwing, catching and dribbling. We used soft items like bibs and bean bags until we got a bit more confident. We talked about how exercise keeps us healthy, and put our hands on our chests to feel our hearts beating fast.

Please continue your child’s learning at home by:
* Reading their reading books and other stories every night to help them become familiar with story telling. Can they join in with the story by filling in the missing words in familiar phrases?
* Continuing to help your child write their own name. If your child can do this, start working on their second name.
* Talking about exercise and being active around the house. You could take a walk together and look for changes in nature linked to Autumn.
* Counting items around the house e.g. toys at bath time.

Have a lovely weekend Reception 1 – we will see you again on Monday!

Miss Lord & Mrs Sharples x

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Reception Weekly Roundup 2nd October 2020

We had had another great week in reception, everyone has been working hard and doing their best. Here is what we have been working on.

Literacy
This week we have focussed on the ‘a’ sound. We have been carrying on with our pencil control practise and lots of children have been learning to write their names this week. We are so proud! We have also been reading ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and thinking about our favourite part of the story. We did a book review and discussed the characters. Well done everyone.

Maths
In Maths we have been working on our number recognition and matching different amounts. We learned how to use the Numicon pieces to help us and some children had a ‘Numicon challenge’ to make an amount using two different pieces! We have also learned about our daily routines and we had a think about the order we get ready in the morning.

Topic
We have been learning all about keeping ourselves healthy. We have talked about healthy and unhealthy foods and why we need healthy food in our bodies. Our teacher’s gave us lots of food and we had to decide which to put on our giant dinner plate! Well done Reception for great understanding.

If you would like to continue your child’s learning at home you could:
* Read their reading books and other stories every night to help them become familiar with story telling and also to recap the Oxford Reading Tree characters.
* Use ‘nip, flip and grip’ at home and practise writing and recognising their own names.
* Talk about meals you are eating and about the healthy foods on your plate.
* Let your child hep to prepare a healthy lunch.

Well done Reception we will see you al on Monday.

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Reception Weekly Roundup 25th Sept

We have had so much fun on our first full week in reception. The children have all enjoyed making new friends and having lot of fun together. Here is what we have been learning this week.

Literacy
This week we have been focussing on pencil control and holding our pencils correctly. We have learned how to ‘nip, flip and grip’ to use a tripod grip. We have practised writing our names and in reading we have been discussing the family from the Oxford reading tree stories. Some children have even been writing sentences about them! Can anybody from reception remember the children’s names?

Maths
In maths we have been counting amounts and matching them to numerals. We have been singing lots of number songs using our fingers to help us. We practised using our fingers to help us to keep count when we are working with a group of objects.

Topic
This half term our topic is all about people who help us. We talked about doctors and nurses and about how they can make us better when we are poorly. The children knew that they could get poorly if they didn’t wash their hands. We discussed the reasons for washing our hands and discovered that there are tiny germs that we need to wash away. Miss Roscoe and Miss Lord challenged us to find out why it is important to use soap when we wash our hands.

We discovered that the ‘glitter germs’ really didn’t like the soap on our fingers and they all ran away when we put it near. Well done reception, great investigating!

If you would like to continue your child’s learning at home you could:
* Read their reading books and other stories every night to help them become familiar with story telling and also to recap the Oxford Reading Tree characters.
* Use ‘nip, flip and grip’ at home and practise writing and recognising their own names.
* Have fun singing the jolly phonics alphabet to begin to learn some letters and the sounds they make. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euxN7LGOoLc

What a lot of learning, well done reception!

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Settling In

What a brilliant first two weeks we’ve had in Early Years! Take a look at our pictures to see all the wonderful things we have been getting up to.


Our Reception children have now finished their transition weeks and are ready to start coming in for full days. We are all very excited!
Our Reception school day runs from 9.00am – 2.30pm. We can’t wait to see you again on Monday!

Early Years Team x

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Welcome to Early Years!

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We’ve had a lovely week so far meeting you all. We have learned how to play nicely together in all of our fantastic areas and also shown our new teachers the amazing things we can do.

This term, our topic is People Who Help Us. We will also be learning all about how to keep ourselves healthy, happy and safe.

What are you looking forward to about Nursery or Reception?

Early Years Team x

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Foundation Stage Induction Meeting

Thank you to everybody who attended our virtual Zoom Induction meetings today.

Click the links below to download a copy of the information that we shared with you.

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