Week Commencing 18th January 2021
Hello my little Ducks Another excellent week of working at home and at school, I am so proud of you all. Even though half of us are at home and half at school I have felt like we have been more normal this week after seeing you all through my live learning. We are going to continue with live lessons next week as it has worked really well and I have had lots of positive feedback
In maths at school we have been using dominoes to find the total number of spots and some of us have been writing addition sums using the spots on each side of the domino. I have been so impressed with the children's presentation and number formation.
We have also been busy using playdough to make our own models, we used our fingers, hands and different tools.
We have also been making different patterns using different objects, different sizes and different colours.
We have also been looking at money and the values of the coins and notes. We have also been adding pennies together to find the total.
I have been so impressed with all of the home learning I have had through Dojo and I am making a special home learning display board in the classroom which I will show you next week
I have put some super home learning below.
Have the best weekend and I will see all of your faces on Monday morning
Week Commencing 11th January 2020
We have finally made it to the end of a busy week and our first full week home schooling and learning at school and we have all done it amazingly, I have been so so amazed by the home learning I have received everyday and the children at school are working so hard too.
This week in maths we have been working hard on our number formation, and recognition of numbers to 20. In school and at home I have seen some brilliant formation of numbers and we are always improving. We have enjoyed singing the number rhymes to support our learning.
In phonics this week, we have introduced some new digraph sounds. We have been learning the ‘qu’ ‘ch’ ‘sh and ‘th’ sound. We have been using our segmenting and blending skills to read words with the Phase 2 and 3 sounds. We were very good at this and had a go at writing some of the words. We used our pre cursive handwriting and concentrated on starting letters on the line. Look at our amazing efforts! All of the children are working so hard with their phonics skills and I cannot believe how much the children have progressed from September.
In our winter topic we have been learning all about the weather. We discussed what clothes we wear in winter and how these help to keep us safe. We enjoyed using our technology skills to play a game all about winter, not only showing our knowledge of the world but being able to use technology and software independently.
We also looked at ice and became scientists, we all got very excited by the ice at school and I know children at home made lots of predictions about the ice and how it melts at home! We learnt how ice is formed and used some great vocabulary to explain the process off freezing and melting. With our hands, we explored the textures of ice and water. We had a great day!
We have had brilliant week of learning and to finish our topic story, ‘Jack Frost’ we have made a story map to show our understanding of beginning, middle and end. This week we have also had lots of opportunities to learn from our environment we have been playing with lots of different resources. Play is an important part of our curriculum and we always make time.
Thank you for your home learning photos, you have all been brilliant. Until next week, Miss Davies
Week Commencing 4th January 2021
Welcome back to the first Spring term of Reception, we may have only had one whole day back learning today but we will remain positive and continue to do our best learning whether we are at home or at school. This half term we are learning lots of different things but we are going to focus on the topic of 'winter' and its seasonal change and how it has similarities and differences to different seasons. We will be focusing our learning on the book 'Jack Frost'.
On Monday we discussed all of the fabulous things which the children had done over the two week break, they were so happy to talk about all of the snow they got to play in, it really was the best way to start our winter topic as we normally do not get snow this early on.
We were very busy on Monday so here are some of our pictures of the fun learning we had
We have some children currently in school and we have come together to form one Reception Class bubble, we are doing all of the work that you are doing at home as well as having fun in the classroom. Miss Davies made a special Birthday Party Roleplay for the children and the children who are currently in school had an excellent time playing with their friends with such imaginative narratives. We wrote party invitations, birthday cards and then ordered the weight and height of the birthday presents, we wish all of the children were here to play with us though!
We have also been busy writing and practising our pre cursive letter formation during our phonics sessions, we have been so impressed with the children's writing this week
This week in maths we have been looking at repeated patterns. We are excellent at this and picked it up really fast. There were lots of different ways to make a pattern, with numbers, pom poms, colouring, even shapes!
We have also received lots of lovely home learning and the children in school have loved seeing what everybody has been doing at home, we have really enjoyed the videos. Below is some photographs of some wonderful home learning so if you are learning at home you can see some of your friends and their work
We hope you all have a lovely weekend and we will speak to you all on Monday, if you need anything then you know where we are to help.
Week Commencing 7th December 2020
This week in Duck class we have been learning all about 'The Nativity Story' and the importance of the story to Christians and why it is the reason that people celebrate Christmas. The children have really listened well this week and have been using fabulous vocabulary which links to the story. The children have been able to sequence the story using pictures and could also fill out missing words from the story.
They have also enjoyed using our Nativity set to act out the story showing their knowledge and understanding through their narrative, it was lovely to see the children playing together and taking on different roles.
This week we have also made some Christmas and Winter cards to take home to our families, the children have used different resources to make a snowman card and I was very impressed how independent the children were when doing the card. The children even wrote beautifully inside and I hope you enjoyed your little surprise inside
We have also been really busy in our outdoors area this week regardless of the weather we always strive to do great learning, I have been super impressed with the children being able to order numbers to 20 independently even though that is an Early Learning Goal Skill We have been demonstrating lots of skills this week and it is fantastic to see the progress the children have made since September.
Next week is our last week of the term and I cannot believe it! We have been so busy and I am very much looking to our spring term to keep growing and learning
Next week we are going to be focusing on Christmas, why Christmas is celebrated and how it is celebrated here in the UK and around the world. It is going to be a fun and busy week and we are going to finish the term off with a bang!
Speak to you next week,
Miss Davies x
Week Commencing 30th November
Our little bubble is now back in school and we came back into school on Tuesday like we had never been away We have continued to learn about hibernation this week and the children really impressed me with their knowledge of Autumn, hibernation and migration and could talk about it in some depth using great vocabulary which is just fantastic!
We finally got to go and roleplay together in our post office and the children have really enjoyed themselves and they were able to demonstrate skills which were taught during home schooling such as talking about money correctly and using it in the correct manor. The children have also loved writing letters and then posting them in the post box and they have asked if we can write letters to Santa Claus next week so we can post them for the post man to take to the north pole!
We have also been working on our fine motor skills by using scissors to cut out different types of lines and various shapes, I could see a huge improvement in the children's scissor skills from September which is wonderful and is an area we are going to continue to develop.
The children have also been learning in the outdoor area despite the weather and went on a 2D and 3D shape hunt the children were really eager to share their knowledge and were able to discuss shape names and their properties.
It is now finally December, I really don't know where this year has gone! The children were excited to tell me about their advent calendars at home so I thought it was important to share the meaning of advent and its importance for Christians, everyday the children have come in to tell me what was behind their door and it has been a lovely talking point to start the day
Next week is our last full week in school before the half term so as always it is going to be really busy and we are going to be looking at the 'Nativity Story' and why Christians celebrate Christmas.
Have a lovely weekend and we will see you next week
Miss Davies x
Week Commencing 23rd November
It has been an unusual couple of weeks as we have all been learning at home but the learning which the children have done has been sensational and I am so proud of the mindset the children have had
We have kept you all very busy and it shows in all of the videos and photographs which we have received, we have saved all of the photographs and we are going to print them off to go into the children's learning journeys. Just one more day of home learning on Monday and we shall be back together again back to some normality. Next week we are going to be working on hibernation to tie in with our topic of Autumn.
Have a lovely weekend and I will see you all on Tuesday
Week Commencing 16th November 2020
WOW! What a week, this week we begun to learn all about the season of Autumn, I was impressed of the knowledge the children remembered from their time in Nursery and over the past few days we have been deepening this knowledge. The children can discuss what the season feels like through their senses:
The leaves fall off the trees as the change colours to red, yellow, brown and orange, not many leaves on the trees.
It starts to get cold in Autumn and you feel the crunchy leaves in your hands and under your shoes when you walk.
You can hear the wind blowing the leaves off the trees and around the floor. You cannot hear many birds flying in the sky.
We used the book 'We're going on a leaf hunt' as our stimulus this week and so we went on our very own leaf hunt around the school grounds. The children absolutely love it, they love to explore and have fun and that is exactly what we did. We got to experience the Autumnal changes first hand and we got to collect so many leaves to explore with when we are back in school
We have also discussed other areas of Autumn such as hibernation and migration which the children are growing in their understanding and are areas we will continue to develop next week.
In our maths this week we have been sequencing familiar events and using everyday language of time, the children ordered their school morning and used vocabulary such as first, then, after and next. Vocabulary is a big focus in Reception so it is something that we will continue to develop and deepen as the year goes on.
Then just like that our little bubble is closed for a while and we are home learning, I am so impressed with the home learning that you have all sent for the past two days and the positive attitude everyone has shown. Keep working hard at home and I cannot wait to see you all soon I will put your super home learning below so you can share what you have been doing with your friends.
-Miss Davies x
Week Commencing: 9th November 2020
This week the children have had a very busy week, we have learnt so many things and I hope your child has come home and told you all about the things that we have done. Our main focus this week has been the all about the Hindu Festival of 'Diwali', the children have been fantastic at retaining all of the information they have been given and have done some outstanding work this week.
We have really enjoyed this weeks story about the Mr Men and Little Miss celebrating Diwali and the children can talk in great detail about the different ways Hindus celebrate such as cleaning their homes, buying new clothes and having a feast with their loved ones.
The children have been particularly interested in Rangoli Patterns, intricate patterns which are usually made from coloured sand, rice and flowers. These patterns are usually made at the front of Hindu's home for good luck and to welcome the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi. The children have been creating these patterns in various ways using chalk, glitter, sand and colouring them in.
As Diwali is known as the 'Festival of Light' and the children really enjoyed learning about Bonfire Night last week we thought we would carry on learning about fireworks so we went into the hall to dance like fireworks. We had coloured materials which we used as our fireworks, we dance to different songs such as Katy Perry 'Firework' and the children absolutely loved it and I was so impressed with how rhymical they all were.
We have also made diya lamps which is very important for Diwali as Diwali means a row or series of lights. The children used play dough and various decorative pieces to create their own diya lamp, I am impressed with how much the children's manipulation skills have improved already this year.
It was also Poppy Day/Remembrance Day on Wednesday so that was our daily focus with lots of activities based around poppies which were very creative, the classroom was so quiet as the children were so busy painting, gluing and colouring. At the end of the day I couldn't believe all of the beautiful poppies that the children had made, each one different and unique. The children know that we have Remembrance Day on 11th November every year to remember those soldiers who have gone out to protect us.
Friday was also BBC Children in Need, so after PE with Mr Franklin we went back into class to complete lots of activities around Pudsey and Blush the Bears. We also spent a part of the day discussing our selves and others and how some children are not as lucky as we are and even as children we can help others. We again spoke about our emotions and how we can self regulate ourselves and make ourselves feel better when we feel sad and angry and also how we can make others feel better.
This weeks Superstars are:
Next week we are going to start our topic all about the season of Autumn, we will begin by building on the children's previous knowledge from Nursery, addressing any misconceptions and broadening the children's vocabulary skills. We will be focusing our topic around the stories:
Have a fantastic weekend and speak to you all next week
Week Commencing: 2nd November 2020
I don't know where this week has gone, it has flown by as we have been so busy learning all about Bonfire Night, we have used the story 'Sparks in the sky' as our stimulus and it allowed us to imagine a 'normal' bonfire night, we talked about what our five senses would see, smell, hear, taste and feel. I am hoping the children get to see some fireworks this week as they have loved talking about them during the week We have also used Fireman Sam's safety tips to discuss how adults and ourselves can keep safe during bonfire night, what the dangers are and how we can avoid them and stay safe.
We used different modes and medias to make our own firework pictures, the children had a variety of resources such as chalk, paint, glitter, toilet rolls, spoons and forks to use and they all got very creative making their own designs using different colours and making their fire works big or small.
For our fine motor activity this week we used different colours and patterned pipe cleaners to make our own fireworks we made them bright and colourful by adding small beads onto them, it took some precision and we really needed to focus on threading them carefully. Doing fine motor activities like this really supports us to write and hold our pencil in a tripod grip.
For our reading activity this week we had to look at the picture on the card and then find the letters to make the words, these are three letter words we refer to as cvc (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, the children use their segmenting and blending skills to make the words. The children's phase 2 phonics knowledge has improved so much since September and the children are doing so well with their reading.
After reading the story of 'Sparks in the sky' several times the children then had to independently sequence the story using a number of picture prompts, the children were fantastic and showed excellent recall. They could also talk about the story in depth, talking about the characters and what happened throughout the story. We have also looked at the Bonfire Night story to see the origins of Bonfire Night and why we celebrate it, please ask your child about the story they have lots of knowledge about it and know lots of facts about the story.
In Maths this week we have been learning about capacity, we have been ordering objects by capacity and have been beginning to use the correct mathematical vocabulary, during the week we have really been focusing on our use of capacity vocabulary and a lot of the children are now confident to use this vocabulary correctly.
As it is a new half term that means new treasure books for us to share, we have read them all this week and the children have really enjoyed them, our new treasure books are:
This weeks superstars are!:
Also a big big thank you to all of you who have worked so hard at home with your child to make their rocket over half term, they are all fantastic and so creative and I cannot wait to show you our class display next week which we have made using them
Next week we are going to be learning about another celebration, the Hindu celebration of Diwali and using the story of 'Mr Men and Little Miss, Happy Diwali' to help us understand how the festival is celebrated.
Until next week- Miss Davies and the Ducks
Week Commencing 19th October 2020:
What an absolutely fantastic week of learning we have had, the children have really loved our story 'Christopher Pumpkin' and have been asking me to read the story two or three times a day!
Miss Davies went pumpkin picking last weekend to get us a variety of different pumpkins for us to explore, some were orange and some were white and they were all different shapes and sizes. We loved exploring them using different tools like knives and spoons even though it was hard to cut the outer layer of skin and pumpkins don't smell that nice once you get inside. We then spoke about the seeds inside the pumpkin and what we could do with them, the children were fantastic at discussing what would happen if we planted the seeds, we decided to keep some safe ready for spring to plant in our vegetable patch!
We have also been in the outdoor area doing various pumpkin activities such as cutting out shapes to decorate a pumpkins face and then using plaster scene to make pumpkins and other items which relate to this week story.
In maths we have been learning about estimation and what that means, estimation is when you make a good guess and predict how many objects there are and then the children should count to check their guess was a good one. For our maths adult led this week we have been estimating how many sweets there were in two cauldrons, the children were fabulous at it and some could say which cauldron has more or fewer, others then counted the sweets to find the total number of sweets. The children really impressed me with their counting skills especially of the sweets being in an irregular pattern, we are now confident to ten and some beyond 10.
In our tough spot tray this week we have been making magic potions, some of them would make you tall, invisible or even turn you into a vampire! The children were adding eye balls, bats, bugs and even skulls into their potion and then using the magic wand to finish the potion off.
I have also been super impressed with the children and their writing skills this week, they have really started to apply their phonics knowledge and are beginning to segment to spell to write CVC words and have done this independently in their child led learning.
Our roleplay has also changed this week and is now a baby clinic which the children absolutely love, they have been engaging in each others play and improving their play narrative. The children have showed lots of care for the babies making sure they are fed, bathed and clothed, they have even been putting nappies onto the babies!
And just like that the first half term has been completed! It has been a very busy half term and jam packed with learning and I cannot believe the progress the children have made already! We have sent out a creative homework task of making a 3D rocket over the half term as when we come back after half term our learning will be focused around Bonfire Night. I cannot wait to see what you all make together
Have the best half term together making memories and having special times!
See you in a week!
Week Commencing: 12th October 2020
What another busy week we have had in Duck Class, we are making so much progress in all of our areas of learning and I am so proud of how far the children have come already!
The children have been talking all about themselves this week and we have been looking at the story 'I am special, I am me!', at the beginning of September the children found it difficult to articulate what made them different and unique to others but have celebrated our differences and similarities and have made our own self portraits.
We have also showed our super knowledge of our treasure books which we read at story time consistently throughout the half term, this week we focused on the story 'Peace at Last!' and we completed a story map to show what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story. I was blown away by the detail the children used to talk about the story and they really thought carefully about their drawings and they are amazing. I cannot wait to see them on our new treasure work display!
We are also always developing our fine motor skills to develop our hand muscle ready to write, this week we have used the tweezers to pick up pom poms and buttons and then carefully placed them on different shapes and lines. It was a challenge but the children kept going with a positive mindset and used their tripod grip to use the tweezers successfully, this has really helped the children to hold their pencil correctly and to form their pre writing shapes and pre cursive letters.
After all of the rain the sunshine was a lovely surprise and the children as always have been in our outdoor area, embedding new skills and being innovative. It really did make me smile watching the children independently doing activities from our PE sessions, the children took it in turns to be Mr. Franklin and completed the games just as they would on a Friday morning.
This weeks Superstars are:
The children are so exciting for next weeks learning all about Halloween and the story 'Christopher the Pumpkin', the children absolutely loved the story when I shared it with them today and they cannot wait to see what is planned for next week.
I cannot believe it is the last week of our first half term, time flies when you're having fun
Speak to you next week x
Week Commencing: 5th October 2020
Its been another busy week in Duck class and I am blown away by the progress the children have made in such a small period of time back to school. They are all making me so proud with their fantastic mindsets and I know lots of you are working on reading, writing and maths at home and it is really make a difference
This week we have been shape detectives, we have been going around the classroom to find different 2D shapes, we can name many 2D shapes and can talk about their properties such as having 1 round side or 3 sides which are straight lines. The children enjoyed the activity so much that they went into the outdoor environment in the afternoon and independently found some more 2D shapes!
We have also been using various tools and equipment to mould and manipulate playdough, playdough is a favourite of ours and the children really enjoyed making their own models. Some of us also did some dough disco, where we use only our hands to manipulate the dough in different ways.
We have also been in the hall and done lots of ring games and songs, the children were fabulous at taking their own turns and following instructions.
Here are this weeks Super stars!
Next week we are going to be looking at the book, 'I'm special, I'm me!' and we are going to be looking at what makes us unique and what differences and similarities we all share.
Any questions or queries then please just message me
Speak to you all next week x
Week Commencing: 28th September 2020
Happy October, one of my favourite months of the year and one which the children can do lots of exploring of the environment, I know after talking about the change of month the children are so excited for Halloween!
This week we have continued our work around the story 'The Colour Monster' which the children have absolutely loved and have really grasped a good understanding of it and I know some parents have spoken to me at drop off and collection times and via class dojo that their children have been discussing different colours and how colours can sometimes represent emotions and mood such as happiness, anger, fear and calm at home which is lovely to hear .
The children have been drawing their own colour monster this week, they had a free choice of how they wanted to draw their monster and what colour they wanted to use to represent its mood, we had some very interesting monsters in various shapes with lots of arms, legs and even eyes! The children are really developing their pencil control and many are now holding their pencils in a tripod grip which has really allowed their drawing and writing to improve.
This week we have also seen the rain come but that doesn't stop our little ducks from learning in the outdoor environment, we embraced the rain and utilised our canopy area, we decided to play hopscotch to show our maths skills. The children rolled the dice, counted or Subitising the spots and then jumped that number following the order of numbers correctly. The children waited for each child to take their turn, lining up patiently and supporting their friends where they needed too. Our maths knowledge has really developed the last couple of weeks and its amazing to see the children incorporating this into their independent learning.
We have also been so excited because we have had a new role play area, we absolutely love animals in Duck Class so we know have a Vets for the children to roleplay caring for animals and making them better. The children's play narrative is improving each day, they are building on each others narrative and ideas and engaging in the play for a long period of time.
In our EYFS we focus on the children being able to form their pre writing shapes before they begin with pre cursive letters, the children have really enjoyed drawing the various shapes and even in a week they are really developing forming the shapes they found difficult last week. The children have now been going into the environment in their independent play to practise
Here is this weeks certificate winners, Well Done Superstars!
What another busy week in Duck class, full of fun, learning and laughter. I can't wait to see what learning we will do next week and what achievements everybody will make.
-See you next week
Week Commencing: 21st September 2020
And just like that September is nearly over and we have almost done a whole month in Reception and we have already learnt so much in that short time!
We have been really focusing on days of the week since the children have come back to school, every morning we discuss what day it is, what day it will be the next day and the day it was yesterday. We also know their are 7 days a week, what days we come to school and what days we have in the weekend, I have attached the video we use to sing to help us remember the days!
We have also done lots of phonics work this week, we have started to learn the phase 2 sounds and the 'memory words', which are sometimes referred to as 'tricky words' but nothing is too tricky for our Droplets. This week we have learnt that each letter has a name and a sound like an animal does e.g. a Lion's name is Lion but it makes the sound "Roar", our main focus at the moment is the letter sounds not names as this is what we need to know to begin reading. At Waterside we follow the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics programme alongside the 'Jolly Phonics' songs and actions, we don't learn the sounds in order of the alphabet so this week we have looked at the sounds, s,a,t,p and i.
The children have been excellent and can recognise many of these sounds and can say words which begin with that sounds e.g. s for sock, a for ant and t for toe. The children are developing their awareness of initial sounds and many can say what sound they can hear at the beginning of simple words.
Another important aspect of our phonics development is the children's understanding of rhyme, so this week we have been finding words which rhyme with each other and then completing a rhyming string e.g. cat, bat, hat, rat, mat.
We have also been working on our fine motor skills and we have been using scissors to cut snips in paper, cutting straight and wavy lines and cutting out circles and squares. The children were fantastic at discussing the importance of how to be safe with scissors and what safety protocols we have to follow.
We don't spend all of our time learning indoors we spent half of our learning time outdoors too and we have been super busy this week doing lots of things such as playing football, writing our numbers, building, singing and dancing.
We have also been reading our half term treasure books which we absolutely love, ask your children all about them, they have so much knowledge about them all and can describe what happens in great detail.
Hopefully next week all of the children will get a reading book and diary sent home for you to enjoy and for your child to read with you Keep sending in your email addresses and accept our invitation to 'Class Dojo' to get messages from me and our little Ducks.
-See you next week
Week Commencing: 14th September 2020
What a super busy week we have had in Duck Class this week! The children are now fully embedded into our class routines and expectations and they come into school everyday with such big smiles ready to learn which is just amazing. Lots of new friendships are being made and this has resulted in some fantastic imagination play in both the indoors and outdoors. We have also really enjoyed the sunshine, it was a nice surprise and the children loved to exploring, having fun and learning outside in the September Sun.
When we teach maths and in particular number activities we often use 'Numberblocks' as a concept that the children can relate to and this week in our independent free learning many of the children used the multi-link cubes to make them, they started at one and then worked their way up to 10. This sparked lots of conversations and the children began to work collaboratively, working well in pairs and they were all so proud of themselves showing our characteristic of learning of 'being proud of their own achievements'.
This week we have begun our weekly 'Sound pots' session which is ran by the City Music Service, it is slightly different to last year but I was so proud of how well the children adapted to the changes and they were such super stars! We absolutely love music in Duck Class and we are so lucky to have a music specialist teaching us every week, we have so much fun!
This week we have spent most of the week engaging with the children, playing and exploring with them and really getting to know them and it has been lovely watching the children's personalities shine through. I have taken so many photographs of the children doing fabulous learning but here are a few of my favourites from the week
Please remember that Friday is our PE day so the children need to wear their sports kit all day We will be sending out letters about 'Class Dojo' so we can start sharing your child's special moments with you and any messages we have. We are also frequently updating our school twitter account, follow us at @Watersidestoke to see what we are up to in Duck Class
Have a lovely weekend x
Week Commencing: 7th September 2020
It has been just lovely seeing our Reception classes full to capacity again which the children playing and learning together and having fun. Our Duck Class and Swan Class children access provision in both rooms and in the outdoors and it has been lovely to see the children seeing their friends especially friends they may not have seen for 6 months! The children have settled in sensationally and I am so proud of them, it is lovely to see them coming to school every day with such big smiles . The first few weeks in Reception are all about settling in, understanding our routines, expectations and making good relationships with staff and their peers, it has only been a few days but I feel like we have been together for ages! The children have been superstars at washing their hands, making sure they are keeping clean and keeping the germs away and completely understand why it is so important! I feel so lucky to have the very best children and I cannot wait to watch them grow and flourish throughout the year!
To be able to plan effectively we spend the first few weeks seeing what learning the children know and what areas we can develop, we have been very busy exploring!
Next week we are hoping to start our full timetable and begin to teach around 'Myself and my emotions', after the past few months we think it is vital that the children are able to talk about themselves and their thoughts and feelings and we will be doing that few the concept of 'mood monsters'.
We cannot wait to show you all of our learning next week
Miss Davies x