# 2018 - 19

## Another hard working week, Clare Class, well done!

We have been writing fact files and little books about minibeasts, including 'Superworm'!

We have been learning about symmetry and looking at how things are repeated on both sides of a 'mirror line' or 'line of symmetry'.

We have been learning and re-telling the story of 'Superworm' using our Talk For Writing actions and Story Map.

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We have revised digraphs sh and ch.

We have been closely observing insects and then painting them.

And we have continued to work on writing strings of words that rhyme.

The children have been busy indoors and out all week - well done! Have a good weekend.

## Week 2

This week we have focused on snails and spiders as our minibeast interest.

The children have had a go at writing their own information books about minibeasts. There has been some wonderful sentence writing being displayed - we are very proud of your children.

There has been some amazing  minibeast creations going on in the Creative Area. The children are getting really good at planning, altering and talking about the models that they make.

We're hoping that next week will bring some dry weather!

### Week 1

The children have embarked on our final topic for the academic year: MINIBEASTS!

We have shared our initial ideas on a 'mind map' to share what we already know.

We have been out in the Reception garden looking for all sorts of minibeasts.

We have started learning some songs about minibeasts.

We have been learning about number bonds that make 10.

We have enjoyed being creative in the junk modelling, transient art and watercolour painting areas this week, making and painting a whole host of wonderful insects and 'bug hotels'.

Summer Term (first half)

### Week 5

This week we have been learning about the life cycle of a ladybird - this was initiated by our wonderful trip to the local allotments, last week.

We have been carrying out 'I Spy' activities around the Reception Garden.

We have been learning about the concept of 'sharing' and 'equally dividing', in maths.

We have been labelling parts of a plant, accurately.

We have been practising using high frequency and 'tricky' words in our sentence construction.

We have been matching up and writing rhyming words - 'fox' and 'socks', for example.

## Week 6

### The children in Clare Class have been looking at the signs of Spring. We have discussed things around us that are blossoming, budding and growing. We have also had some extensive talk about animals and the names of their young. Did you know that a baby rabbit is called a kitten?

## Week 4.

### Week 3.

To celebrate Science Week, children dressed up as animals on Monday.

We did some 'skittles chromatography':

And we had a visit from 'Animal Experiences' during which we learned about wonderful creatures such as the chameleon, Chile Rose tarantula, royal python and hissing cockroach!

We also learned two different sounds for the digraph 'th':

'hard' th (thing, think, bath) and 'soft' th (that, there, they).

Some of us had red noses to celebrate Red Nose Day and made donations for the charity Children In Need. Thank you to all of those who took the time to come and support our wonderful Science Festival at Trumpington Meadows school on Thursday. Wasn't it great?!

Have a restful weekend.

## Have a great weekend.

Week 1.

We have had a really interesting and fun first week back after the half term holiday focusing on PSED (Personal, Social, Emotional Development.) We have been sharing lots of books that deal with big emotions and friendships and the children have engaged in activities that have involved turn-taking, sharing and talking to one another in a co-operative manner. We played 'Jenga', Snakes and Ladders, 'Connect Four', to name a few. We also did some wonderful team-building and group activities, such as parachute games, sharing a picture (drawing in a small, collaborative group) and 'Pass the Squeeze'. We have set up a 'Kindness Wall' for children to nominate one another for the kind deeds and words that they experience.

In phonics we learned phonemes 'x' (fox, box, axe) and 'v' (violin, violet, love)

We also worked very hard on 'tricky' and high frequency words, this week. Lots of children are using some of these words very ably in their writing.

In our maths we have been continuing with subtraction and taking away.

We are looking forward to doing some activities based around The Gruffalo next week: if you have the book at home, you might like to share it with your child over the weekend and/or upcoming week.

Have a good weekend.

## Week 6. Chinese New Year.

We have all really enjoyed finding out about how Chinese New Year is celebrated. The children have discovered the artistic delights of Chinese lanterns, money wallets and dragon pictures:

~The children have been learning about the story of The Great Race, which gives the tradition of naming each new year after a different animal.

In maths, number of the week was 15.

And the children learned about 'ordinal numbers' (first, second, third). Veron did a great job of ordering all the ordinal numbers and adding numicon pieces to represent each one. Good job, Veron!

In phonics, children learned new phonemes 'ch' (chair) and 'sh' (fish).

Has your child told you about our Year 5 buddies? Every Friday, Year 5 children come and spend some time with their Reception 'buddy'. Activities vary: reading books together, playing outside together, playing board games together. It is a wonderful and valuable experience for everyone involved.  This week, we shared some books together:

We are looking forward to continuing to learn about Chinese New Year, next week.

## Week 5 - Another busy week in Clare class:

In our maths, this week, the children counted children on and off a bus, counting one more and one less each time.

The children have started learning how to add two groups of objects together, using the symbols to make a 'number sentence'.

In phonics, children have learned 'w' (wet), 'z' (zig-zag) and 'zz' (jazz)

The children have done lots of writing and reading using the book 'Mr Gumpy's Outing' as a springboard. They really enjoyed listening to how all the different animals caused a commotion on Mr Gumpy's boat. Children have used magnetic letters to support their writing, as well as doing some great independent writing using their segmenting and blending skills. Your children really are becoming accomplished readers and writers!

The children explored the concept of sinking and floating, using their predicting and observations skills:

We enjoyed the snow this week - and got quite wet and muddy, too.

Next week we shall be learning about Chinese New Year and will be learning the digraphs 'ch' and 'sh'.

## Week 4

This week we have been learning the sounds y (yes) oa (goat) and ss (mess)

We drew story maps of The Train Ride and the children were able to retell the story using actions.

Our number of the week has been 13 and we have been doing lots of counting.

We enjoyed playing different board games, card games and dominoes with our Buddies from year 5.

We have been practising using the correct letter formation when writing words and sentences.

## On Friday 14th December it was Christmas Jumper wearing day - we raised money for the charity Save The Children. Have a look at some of the great jumpers that we had in class ...

week ending 30th November

### As part of a whole school activity based around the writing, re-telling and thinking about themes in the story 'The Black Hat' by Maia Walczak, the children have made some fantastical creatures and beautiful butterflies which they imagined might have come out of the hat itself.

week ending 23rd November

## Making our own mendhi patterns:

17.12.2018                                                         Winter Maths Cafe

Thanks to all those that were able to attend the Winter Maths Cafe in November. We have uploaded the photos into the file 'Winter Maths Cafe' on the tab to the right. Please take a look with your child. We all had a lovely morning! We have attached the 'Maths at Home' sheet at the bottom of this page for those parents that were unable to make the session.

The children all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas lunch on Thursday, served by Year Six pupils.

We all enjoyed wearing and admiring others' Christmas jumpers on Friday.
For our weekly update, please see below.

Thank you to everyone who to came to watch the Reception Christmas Concert.  The children did remarkably well learning new songs and performing to an audience. We are extremely proud of them and we hope you are too.

This week we have learned phonemes U and L

In maths we learned about length

Number of the week: 10

While Fawcett School was cold and closed to pupils, the Reception Team stayed warm by doing lots of useful things. We now have a lovely new music wall and a water wall which will be ready to use, soon. We have also had a spring clean of our large construction area and our Mud Kitchen area.

Week ending 23rd November 2018

Week ending 16th November 2018

A reminder:  Maths Cafe Stay and Play at Fawcett on the morning of Tuesday 20th November and at Trumpington Meadows on Monday 26th November. All Parents and Carers welcome at either session.

A call-out:  Parent volunteers wanted! We would like to start our Forest School program, but in order for this to happen we need 1-2 parent helpers per session.  If you like the outdoors and are willing to help out on a regular basis (every Tuesday afternoon 1 - 3) please contact Ms Jannoch in Clare Class.

Week ending 9th November 2018