Weekly Roundup 20th November 2020

We have had another fun week in Reception 2. Miss Roscoe and Mrs Umarji are so proud of everybody! We have had so many people on our proud cloud this week for being amazing, well done Reception 2! Lets take a look at everything we have learned this week.

Literacy
This week we have read the story of Red Riding Hood. We got a special delivery from the police asking us to help catch the Big Bad Wolf! We made wanted posters and some of us thought about what the wolf was like by acting out what Red Riding Hood said to him when she saw him in Grandma’s Cottage.

Maths
We have been helping Grandma sort out her basket after the Big Bad Wolf knocked it over in her cottage. We have been doing some estimating and counting, putting food in Granny’s basket. Then we made her a new basket using the language under and over, and looking at recognising and making a repeated pattern. We had to concentrate and use our fine motor skills to weave the baskets.

Topic
This week was anti-bullying week and we talked about using ‘kind hands’ in our classroom and also at home. We looked at our similarities and differences and decided that we all have things that are the same, and things that are different. As a class we came to the agreement that being different is a good thing and our differences don’t really matter, as long as we are kind to each other. How right you are Reception 2 🙂

We have been having fun in our brand new wrapping station this week too! We are all getting very excited for Christmas.

Wow, another really busy week! I have been so amazed by your brilliant Reading, Writing and Maths this week reception. Well done to everybody and we will see you all next week.

Miss Roscoe and Mrs Umarji

If you would like to continue your child’s learning at home you could:
* Read their reading books and traditional tales every night to help them become familiar with story telling. Can they retell some of the stories and talk about the characters?
* Continue to help your child write their own name. If your child can do this, start working on their second name and correct letter formation.
* Talk about estimation as a ‘good guess’ and have a go at estimating using jars, boxes or packets. Support them to count the objects to check their estimate.
* Talk about the different people in their lives and what kinds of things we can do to be kind to those around us.
* Use mathematical language of over and under and see if they can create repeat patterns independently.

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Weekly Roundup 13th November

We have had such an exciting week in reception. Look at all the fun activities we have done this week.

Literacy
The Jolly Postman has been delivering lots of letters to our class and this week we had a giant special delivery! When we came into our class there were giant muddy footprints everywhere! We found a giant letter stuck to Miss Roscoe’s board. The giant from Jack and the Beanstalk was sad because Jack had stolen all his things and he needed our help. We all wrote a letter to Jack asking him to give the hen, coins and the harp back.

Jack was so sorry that he sent us some magic beans to plant. We looked at instructions on how to plant them and we all took some magic beans home. I hope none of them grow into beanstalks reception!

Maths
The Jolly Postman got all muddled up with the numbers on the doors and how many letters he was supposed to deliver. We helped him to put them in the right order.

Then we talked about long and short and Miss Roscoe challenged us to find things longer than the giant’s footprints. We put them into size order and even used cubes to measure how big they were.

Topic
On Wednesday it was remembrance day. We talked about wearing poppies and watched a video to understand why we remember all the people who died in war. We printed our own poppy pictures to help us remember.

On Friday we learned all about Diwali and why Hindu people will be celebrating tomorrow. We looked at diva lamps and talked about all the different traditions of Diwali. At Diwali, Hindu people dress in nice clothes and paint henna on their hands. We made our own henna hands using paint and sequins.

Phew Reception 2, you have had such a fun, busy week! What was your favourite part?

Miss Roscoe and Mrs Umarji

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. Can they recognise some of the letters we have been learning in phonics?
* Continue to help your child write their own name. If your child can do this, start working on their second name.
* Match numerals 1-5 with amounts of objects.
* Talk about the traditions of other cultures and celebrations around the world.
* Use mathematical language of long and short to describe some things around your house and local environment.

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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. Our letter of the week was ‘b’ for bear and we wrote invitations to baby bear for a picnic in the park! Some children used our super reading shed to share the story with their friends.

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
We have been discussing our feelings and how we can take some time out of our busy day for some calm time. Miss Roscoe 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 practise at. We decided that everybody is good at something, we are all different and that’s what makes us special. Miss Roscoe said she was good at remembering so we played a memory game and tried to catch her out. You were all too good for me R2, I think maybe I need more practise!

Remote Learning
This week we have sent home a red ‘home learning book’ with information on how to access our remote learning should your child need to home school 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 red 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.

Well done on your learning this week Reception 2, have a lovely weekend and we will see you all on Monday.

Miss Roscoe and Mrs Umarji

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Firefighter Mike!

On Friday we had a very special visit from a real life firefighter! His name was Mike and he came to tell us all about what it’s like fighting fires. We learned that being a firefighter doesn’t mean you only put out fires, you also need to rescue people from lots of other places too. Firefighter Mike showed us his special uniform he wears to help protect him when he is helping people. We were all very impressed with his mirror visor. We showed Firefighter Mike our fire station role play area and he loved it!

‘ I liked when he showed us his big boots’ – Brooklyn
‘ My favourite part was when we said the matches rhyme’ – Mohammed
‘ We thought he couldn’t see through he visor but he could’ – Jessica

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Weekly Roundup 16th October

What an exciting week we have had this week in Reception 2. Here is what we have been learning about.

Literacy
In our literacy lessons we have been learning about the letter ‘t’. We have been practising sounding and forming the letter using the phrase ‘down the tower, across the tower’. Everybody did really well and Miss Roscoe and Mrs Umarji were very impressed. We also learned a song called ‘Here comes the fire truck’ and read a story about some children who visited a fire station. We learned actions and then we performed it to our friends. Miss Roscoe told us there would be a real life fireman coming to visit, so we were very excited to meet him.

Maths
In Maths this week we have been learning about positional language and the language of size. We talked about big and small and how we can put objects in size order using smaller, bigger, biggest and smallest. We also practised using ‘on, under, next to, behind and in between’ to describe where our teddy bear was in our classroom.

Topic
In our topic sessions this week we discussed our feelings and how we can tell if someone feels happy or sad by looking at our facial expressions. We talked about some other emotions and how they might make us feel. Miss Roscoe showed us the feelings corner in our classroom and we learned that if we let a trusted grown up know how we are feeling, they might be able to help. We also learned that our friends in our class can help us feel better too. Well done Reception 2!

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. Can they recognise some of the letters we have been learning in phonics?
* Continue to help your child write their own name. If your child can do this, start working on their second name.
* Talk about our feelings and the things we can do to calm our minds after a busy day. Maybe you could do some kids yoga together on Youtube.
* Use positional language to hunt for things around the house. Play a game of hide and seek with a teddy bear, then use positional language to give clues to where it is hidden.

Have a great weekend Reception 2 – we will see you again next week!

Miss Roscoe and Mrs Umarji 🙂

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Weekly Roundup 9th October

Well done Reception 2 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. Some children used the water fountain and some fish puppets to help to remember the nursery rhyme.

Maths
We have been exploring the numicon a bit more this week and using it to help us match amounts to numerals. Some children matched numicon pieces to pictures and practised counting up to 5. Other children worked on recognising numbers by counting the numicon holes and choosing the matching numeral. We started to use number lines as a strategy to help us to find the right numeral if we were unsure.

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.

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. Can they join in with the story by filling in the missing words in familiar phrases?
* Continue to help your child write their own name. If your child can do this, start working on their second name.
* Talk about exercise and being active around the house. You could take a walk together and look for changes in nature linked to Autumn.
* Count items around the house e.g. toys at bath time.

Have a lovely weekend Reception 2 – we will see you again on Monday!

Miss Roscoe and Mrs Umarji 🙂

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Weekly Roundup 2nd October

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 all on Monday.

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Weekly Roundup 25th September

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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