Reception 2019 - 2020
Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage page.
After reading the story of ‘Elmer’ during our transition visits to school, we immersed ourselves in the story during our first week and thought about the wonderful colours and messages in the story. We talked about how it is nice to be different and what makes us all special. We have Elmer’s friend Splat the snowdog in school and we received a letter to say that Splat was very sad. He wanted to be bright and colourful like Elmer. The children had a wonderful idea - to make a colourful coat for Splat. The children then decorated felt squares to add to Splat’s new coat. We wrote invitations to our friends inviting them to a colour parade to present Splat with his special coat.
Planting a Rainbow
After reading the story ‘Planting a Rainbow’ by Lois Ehlert, we talked about the difference in the rainbow song and the colours in a real rainbow. We noticed that there is no pink in a real rainbow. We have been mixing colours and creating repeating colour patterns. We created a plan to plant our own rainbow in our nature garden. The children looked for colours in our Reception environment and on the day of the parade we looked for the colours in nature around us and used our magic wands to collect them as we walked around the field. We sprinkled the magic colours onto the coat and when we got back to the classroom Splat was there to receive his coat. What a magical day, thank you for being so kind.
Jack and the Beanstalk...
We have been reading Jack and the Beanstalk over the last two weeks. The children now know the story very well and could join in with the repeated refrain “Fee fi fo fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones and make my bread.” We talked about the different parts of a plant, what a plant needs to grow and the life cycle of a bean. The children then planted their very own bean. Do you think it will grow to the size of Jack’s beanstalk?
Parent Early Reading information session
Thank you to the family members who joined us at our phonics and reading information session. It was wonderful see the children reading with you and we can't wait to see you in school again for our family home time reading sessions. If you ever have any questions regarding the early reading process for the resources you received please just ask.
"A Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows..."
Our book of the week this week is ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert. After going on an autumn walk, we collected lots of autumn treasures and looked at how the environment was changing around us. The children talked about changes in weather and the beautiful colours around us. We looked at the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy and created our own piece of transient art to represent a line from the story. “Leaf man used to live near me, in a pile of leaves.” The children worked hard to produce a collaborative piece of transient art. We used our autumn treasures to create our own Leaf Man and after looking at a map of Hetton-le-Hole, we transformed the story to think about what he might pass as he flies over Hetton.
We have been working hard in maths throughout our first half term in school, looking for numbers in our environment and being introduced to new equipment to support our counting and understanding of numbers. The children have been using their subitising eyes to recognise quantities up to 5 without counting them.
The children have been using new maths vocabulary and mastering our numbers of the week. We have represented each number to 5 in a variety of ways - concrete (objects), pictorial (pictures) and numbers (abstract). The children have been introduced to Number Blocks characters 1, 2, 3 4 and 5.
We are looking forward to welcoming parents into school again for our maths play and learn session in November where we share teaching strategies and everyday activities for learning.
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