Health and Well Being

In Reception,  we incorporate Health and Well Being as part of our Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) strand. At the start of term we continued to think about how we can solve problems with our friends e.g. finding a compromise, sharing toys, turn taking. Throughout the rest of the term, we thought about how we can stay safe at school and how we can look after our resources and keep our classrooms tidy. We linked this to the UNICEF Rights of the Child ‘The Right to be Safe’.

Here are a few quotes from our PSED lessons over the half term:

Maggie: You can give your friend hugs if they are feeling sad.

Rayan: You can play with your friends to make them happy.

Henry: We can look after all the things.

Harishan: Pick up toys so you can stay safe in the classroom.

This week’s learning

This week in phonics we continued to explore phase 3 sounds. We were introduced to the digraphs or, ur, long oo e.g. moon and short oo e.g. look. We practiced blending and segmenting words containing these digraphs through a range of practical activities (Word splat, Beanbag throw and BINGO). At the end of the week we learnt two new tricky words, my and was.

In maths we introduced money. We began the week by exploring 1p. We looked at the coin and described it to our talk partners. We then took our 1p coin and created some coin rubbings. We also learnt how to pay for items in a shop using 1p coins. We know that 7p is the same as 7 1p coins. Later in the week, we focused on 2p. We found out that 2p is the same as 2 1p coins. We then created more coin rubbings before paying for items using 2p coins. We had to learn to count in twos to be able to pay accurately. We now know that 6p is the same as 3 2p coins. To end the week, we paid for different items using a mixture of 1p and 2p coins.

In topic we used the app ‘Doodle Buddy’ to design our very own flags. We used a variety of colours, stencils and stamps to make our flags. We then used our sounds and adjectives to write a sentence to describe our flags e.g. The flag is green. It has a blue star. We had lots of fun finding out information about a different country (France or India) and tasting two items of food you would find in that country (Poppadum’s and Naan bread or Croissants and French bread). To end the week, we voted for a story we wanted to hear and answered a variety of questions about it.

Have a lovely half term break. See you on Monday 24th February!

The Reception team.

This week’s learning

In phonics, we introduced the phase 3 digraphs oa, ee and ar.  We also learnt the trigraph igh. Trigraphs have 3 letters that make one sound. We also continued to practise reading and spelling the tricky words no and go. We practised reading real and alien words containing the igh trigraph and learnt to segment words containing the ‘oa’ sound e.g. goat, soap, float, toast and coast.  We played a game of ‘Pass the Parcel’, where we had to match the ‘ar’ words to the correct picture e.g. dark, car, farm, barking.  At the end of the week, we enjoyed writing words containing the ee digraph e.g. bee, queen, teeth and sheep.

In maths we continued with subtraction from 10.   We sang ’10 Green Bottles’ and learnt that we could represent the bottles being taken away by using our counters and our tens frames.  The next day we talked about the Number Blocks race, where the characters lost their wheels and again, we practised using our tens frames to represent the amount of wheels that had fallen off.  We learnt that when we take away the number gets smaller.

In topic we practised using our sounds to design and write about the pizza that we wanted to make.  We discussed which country pizza comes from and special landmarks in Italy.  Then we washed our hands and made our own pizza. We enjoyed eating our pizzas and evaluating them.

During the week, each class were shocked to find a horrible mess in their classroom and this gave the children the opportunity to discuss how we can be safe in our classes, linking with the ‘UNICEF Rights of the Child – The Right to be Safe’. We also voted on our choice of 2 fiction books that we wanted to hear. We discussed the features of the fiction book and answered questions about the characters and the setting.

Have a great weekend,

The Reception team.

International Mother Language Day

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As part of our cultural learning, on Thursday 27th February 2020 we will celebrate International Mother Language Day. This is a day celebrated every year by UNESCO.

To celebrate the diverse cultures of the pupils and families at Avenue Primary, we would like pupils to come dressed in the national costume of their country of origin or wear the colours representing their home country’s flag. Pupils may also wear the national sports kit for their country of origin, e.g. England football team strip, New Zealand rugby team strip.

During the day, pupils will complete activities related to the different languages spoken by the Avenue school community. They will research “endangered” languages and use google translate to find simple expressions, tongue twisters and will also sing songs in different languages. They can also bring a traditional object related to their country of origin and show it to the class.

We are all looking forward to celebrating the variety of languages and cultures in our school community.