Crabtree Infants School

Reception Blog

Friday 20th March

The Home Learning Zone: Children in Reception are expected to do 1-2 hours of learning each day in addition to an hour of exercise and reading.
 
Here are some ideas to be working on with your child while we prepare some activities for future weeks. These are excellent things to work on with your child each day and this outline will form the layout for each days learning throughout this period. We will update you on specific phonemes to work on and related words as well as maths activities and writing activities to focus on each week.
 
1. Please read with your child every day. It is important that you listen to them read as well as read to them. We realise that you may not have many reading books so use this link to access books.
Click on the link: Reading books  and sign up for free.   Start by looking at the title and the blurb. Look through the book and identify any key words. Ask them to identify these on each page. Use the picture clues to tell the story, and ask your child to read the book. Remember to ask your child about the story and ask what might happen next. You also need to check their comprehension when you are reading to them.  When reading to them you could also ask them to identify some of the key words in the text.

2. It is extremely important that your child does an hour of exercise each day. This can be split into 3, 20 minute sessions or however you would like.
 
    • Ideas: Using the links for some of our dance workouts- Click on the links:
   
    • Going for a walk (if this is allowed).
 
    • Making an obstacle course.
 
    • Playing on the trampoline (if you have one)
 
    • Playing in the garden (family football, tag, stuck in the mud, piggy in the middle)
   
  
3. Phonics 
 Every lesson we start by going through all the phonemes we have taught so far.  You can print out phoneme cards from twinkl. They are allowing every parent to join for free using the offer code UKTWINKLHELPS  Once you have joined, search for phase 2 phonics phoneme cards and phase 3 phoneme cards or if that it too much to print out you could just print the phase 2 phoneme mat and phase 3 phoneme mat or write them out.  Link: Twinkl
Start by asking your child to say each phoneme as you hold it up/point to it.
Over the past two weeks, we have learnt the digraphs ee, ai, oa and trigraph 'igh'.
Recap each sound and robot each word for them and ask them to blend them back together. Then ask your child to robot them (or use their phoneme fingers) and blend them. Then show them the words. It sometimes helps if you write the digraph in a different colour (sheep). You can uncover the word a sound at a time to help them to read it (you can fold a piece of paper in half and slide the word out a phoneme at a time). Your child could then practise writing the sounds and some of the words and even have a go at writing a simple sentence that you can dictate or they can think of one. Talk to them about what a sentence requires: A capital letter, finger spaces and full stop.
  
Words that you could use (focus on one of these phonemes each day next week):
ee- sheep, tree, teeth, green, sweet, bee, three   
ai- rain, brain, train, sail, hail
igh- light, right, high, night, bright, tights.
oa- goat, boat, cloak, toast, soap, coach
Please introduce this phoneme to your child:  oo (as in moon): spoon, broom,  pool, school, zoo, cool
Examples of sentences you could ask your child to write: 
The green sheep has three teeth.
I went on the train in the rain.
The stars were bright at night.
The goat went on the boat.
I went to the zoo with school.
 
A fun website to use for phonics is Phonics Play. You can select the phoneme you would like your child to work on and they can play the games. Obb and Bob is a good one. Your child reads the words and has to move them according to whether they are real words or fake words.  This game helps prepare the children for the Year 1 phonics test in which they have to read real and fake words.  Phonics play User name: march20 password: home. A new site will be opening soon called new,phonicsplay.
4. Handwriting: we learn letter formation by looking at the letter families and working through the families. Here they are:
        Image result for curly caterpillar letters   Image result for monster letter Families   Image result for long ladder lettersImage result for letter families
 
Focus on no more than 3 letters each day. Start by writing the letters using a yellow felt tip pen or highlighter and put a dot where the child needs to start their overwriting. They can trace over a few using a pencil and then continue to have a go on their own.
 
 
5. Maths: This week we have been learning about doubling and halving. See if your child can double the numbers to 10 (and then  numbers to 20, if they are confidently working up to 10). They could use fingers to help them or counters. When talking about halving explain that both halves must always be equal. Print out some pictures of pizza, cake, fruit etc and ask your child to cut them in half so that both sides are the same. Then give them some blueberries/strawberries/sweets (whatever you have) and ask them to share them out equally between two people. reinforce what they are doing by saying 'We have 6 all together, that is 3 each'.
 
Please teach your child about Symmetry.  Here is a rather American introduction: Symmetry introduction
Fold a piece of paper in half (show your child that both sides are exactly the same and the fold down the middle is a line of symmetry) , then unfold and quickly paint a picture on one side, fold the picture, pressing down so that the image is printed on the opposite side. Explain that the picture is symmetrical because both sides are the same. Ask them to have a go. You could ask your child to cut out some simple shapes that you have printed and ask them to fold them carefully in half. Are they symmetrical? Go on a hunt around the house for things that are symmetrical.
 
6.Games: Please play board games with your child. Any game involving a dice is good. They should all recognise the dice patterns and be able to say what number each pattern represents. Some children may still need to check this by counting the dots. It is a good idea to sometimes use a dice with dots on and other times use a dice with numerals to enforce number recognition. When playing things like snakes and ladders reinforce that you are counting on '4'. If you are playing a game such as 'The Ladybird Game' ask questions such as how many ladybirds do you have? who has the most ladybirds? Now you have 3 more, how many is that altogether? The Ladybird game is an Orchard game. These games are very good. Another good one is  the Bus Stop Game.

7. Keywords: Choose 6 key words that your child doesn't know and play pairs and snap and ask them to practise writing them. These words are in your child's home school book.
 
8. PSHE At Crabtree we follow a programme called Jigsaw, they are offering access to their resources for home learning. You can download and share the stories (audio files) and the Calm Me times (audio files) from two sessions. These stories align with the Jigsaw PSHE Dreams and Goals and Healthy Me Please use this link: PSHE Jigsaw password:  home

9. Other useful websites to help your child's learning include:
Topmarks
Cbeebies Watch Alphablocks and Number blocks
The Muddy Puddle Teacher
Crickweb

 
This week has been a strange one as we have had so many children absent. We hope that no one is too unwell and we all get through this awful time fairly unscathed. Enjoy spending the time with your loved ones.

This week the children have enjoyed watching the caterpillars grow. We will continue to post photographs (if possible) of their development for those children who will no longer be at school. Our focus has been on the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.  In Guided Writing the children have written lists of food eaten by the caterpillar. They have also mapped out the story of The Hungry Caterpillar and have completed a cutting task and fine motor activity. They could have a go at writing the story at home.  Make sure your child has a phoneme mat in front of them to support their writing. Remind them to say the word, finger the word (segment) and then write the word. They need to know the key words as many of these cannot be sounded out. If they don't, you could give them a card with the keywords on and ask them to identify it. They can use a lolly stick to help them with finger spaces (this is especially useful for left handed children).

In maths the children have been learning all about doubling, halving and sharing.

In ChIL the children have been using the Science investigation Role play area, in the writing area they have been looking at a range of lifecycles. They've been using clay and have had a fairies imaginative garden, small world to play with.
 
The children's sunflower seeds have been sent home. If your child's has not been in school don't worry Mrs Hall has taken them home and will nurture them!!
 
 Home Learning for the week after next will be sent to you, by Admin, on Friday 27th March.
 
We would like to say a huge thank you for all your kind words and support at this difficult time and a huge thank you for the kind and thoughtful gifts. We will really miss the children and hope to see you soon. Stay safe and well and look after yourselves.
The Year R Team
 

Friday 13th March


  • Requests and reminders:
  • Please can the children bring their Reading Challenge sheet in every Wednesday so that we can tally the number of books read each week. 
  •  'Show and Tell' on Wednesday afternoons:
Wednesday   18th March      BLUE GROUP
Wednesday   25th March      GREEN GROUP
  • Don't forget Parent Consultations next week. They are: Robins: morning of Monday 16th March. Ducks: morning of Wednesday 18th March. Robins and Ducks Wednesday  (Evening).
  • If you have any junk modelling boxes and pots and tubes please bring them in as we are running low.
  • We are in need of boys pants if anyone has any spare. Many thanks.
     
    Things to do...
    • This week the children have been taught the digraphs 'ee', 'ai'  'and the trigraph 'igh'. Please encourage them to identify these digraphs/trigraph in books. Can they segment and blend simple words using these sounds?
    • Please remember to help your child learn their key words. It helps to stick them on post-its around the house to be read each time they walk past. You could also focus on a few words and play snap or pairs with them. The children's reading improves very quickly once they are able to recognise these words. In order for children to read Yellow books they need to be reading red with fluency which means recognising the key words.
    •  In maths this week the children have been ordering numbers to 20 and finding missing numbers on a number track. They have also been finding one more and one less.


    On Friday the children looked super in their sporty clothes. The Reception raised £90.71 for Sports Relief. A huge thank you to everyone.

    The children are very excited about the arrival of our caterpillars which we will watch grow into butterflies.  We can't wait to see how much they have grown over the weekend. Next week we are focusing on the story of The hungry Caterpillar as part of our 'growing' topic.

    We have moved on to some tricky digraphs and a trigraph. Please encourage your child to identify words with these digraphs/trigraph in texts. See if they can have a go at writing the words.
    ai- rain, brain, hail, trail, sail, train
    ee- sheep, green, tree, sweet, bee, three
    igh- light, right, high, night, bright, tights,

    In maths the children have been working with numbers to 20. They had to order and stick the numbers 1-20 in the correct order. They also had to find missing numbers on a number track. The children have also been finding 1 more and 1 less for numbers to 20.

    In the afternoons the children have participated in three activities. 
    In their woodland learning activity they have been planting sunflower seeds. They can take part in our competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. Further details to follow.

    The children learnt about the artist Vincent van Gogh. They then concentrated very hard and used the pastels to create their own 'Sunflowers' picture.

    The final activity was an ICT activity. The children used the Beebots. They had to programme the Beebot to move from one place to another. They worked in pairs.

    ChIL

    In guided writing the children have labelled a picture of a plant, identifying the flower head/ petals, stem, leaves and roots. They then wrote a sentence about the picture. The children worked independently writing lists using picture clues. One group had a fine motor activity and one practised their cutting skills.There was a further group who did some secret writing!
     
    Enjoy your weekend,
    The Year R Team

    Friday 6th March


    • Requests and reminders:
    • Please can the children bring their Reading Challenge sheet in every Wednesday so that we can tally the number of books read each week. 
    • We have started  'Show and Tell' on Wednesday afternoons. The children have done brilliantly so far. We were very pleased that some of them had clearly practised hard and knew exactly what they were talking about and had some super props to help them. Their talk needs to reflect their learning or tell us about any family traditions. For example about how they celebrated Diwali, about a Christening they have attended, it could be about Emergency Services' or  an extra curricula activity they are participating in.  They could bring photos and will need to practise at home so that they know what to say. Thank you in advance for your help.
    Wednesday  11th March       ORANGE GROUP
    Wednesday   18th March      BLUE GROUP
    Wednesday   25th March      GREEN GROUP
    • Next Friday is Sport Relief. The children are invited to dress as sports people in exchange for a donation for Sport Relief.
    • Hopefully you have all made your appointments for Parent Consultations coming up soon. They are: Robins: morning of Monday 16th March. Ducks: morning of Wednesday 18th March. Robins and Ducks Thursday 19th March (Evening).
       
      Things to do...
      • This week the children have been taught and revised the digraphs 'sh''', 'th'  'ch, 'qu' and ck''. Please encourage them to identify these digraphs in books. Can they segment and blend simple words using these sounds?
      • Please remember to help your child learn their key words. It helps to stick them on post-its around the house to be read each time they walk past. You could also focus on a few words and play snap or pairs with them. The children's reading improves very quickly once they are able to recognise these words. In order for children to read Yellow books they need to be reading read with fluency which means recognising the key words.
      •  In maths this week the children have focusing measuring height and length, weight and repeating patterns. Please encourage your child to use comparative language. The Oak tree is taller than the apple tree. Sam is shorter than Maisy. Lucy is the shortest in our family.  Ask your child to compare objects. which is longer/shorter, taller, shorter, heavier/lighter. Can they order three or more objects by height, length or weight?
      • Encourage your child to continue repeating patters. apple. orange, apple, orange ... red, red, blue, red, red, blue. 


      It has been an extremely busy week. Thank you so much for attending our Fair trade Cafe on Monday morning.We thought it was very successful and the children loved having you there. In total we have managed to raise  £371.35 for Traidcraft exchange.  We are very grateful for your kind donations.

      We are learning about different people who help us. On Monday the children had a fantastic visit from the RNLI. The children learnt about the different coloured flags found on a beach. The children had to spot the dangers in a sea/beach picture. They learnt that if they were in trouble in the sea to make a star shape so they float and don't panic! Don't wave madly.  You can call 112 from any country.

      Thank you so much to our two fantastic parents who came in to tell us about their job as Doctors. The children found it extremely interesting.  We learnt about all the instruments they use- and how Doctors take our blood pressure, temperature and even test our urine. The children had a go using the stethoscopes on each other and we got to keep some real ones to use in our role play area. We talked about the importance of vaccinations and looking after ourselves by eating healthily, drinking water, having immunisations, taking exercise. At the end they talked about how easily germs could be spread and one child in each group put glitter on their hands and they all shook hands to watch the germs spreading. They then had to wash their hands very well which was a great life lesson!

      ChIL

      Have a super weekend.
      The Year R Team