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Newnham Class

Week 3

This week has been a busy one so far! It is Science Week and we have been learning lots about animals. On Monday we dressed up as animals and had a go at writing down facts about the animals that feature in The Gruffalo story.

We talked about how mice have tails that can grow as long as their bodies, foxes live in dens, owls are nocturnal and snakes can shed their skin.

Then on Tuesday we had a visitor from 'Animal Encounters' who brought some real animals for us to see, touch and hold. We loved seeing the crested gecko climb the wall, stroking the meerkat and even having a hold of a royal python!

   

   

We have been trying out a few science experiments! Here we are doing the Skittles colouring mixing experiment. We had fun predicting what was going to happen and talking about the changes we observed.

 

 

 

We have been exploring 3D shapes and comparing them to 2D shapes. We have noticed that 3D shapes are solid and can stand up. We are learning the names and properties of a sphere, a cone, a cuboid, a cube and a cylinder.

In phonics we have been learning new sounds 'z' and 'v'.


World Book Day

We had great fun dressing up as our favourite book characters and enjoyed discussing who we were. We went on a World Book Day treasure hunt looking for favourite book characters hidden around our outdoor area.

 

 

We noticed many children were not familiar with some traditional tales and characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man and the Enormous Turnip so we plan to include these in our story times soon.

 

 


Week 2 

This week we have started our new topic - Tell Me a Story! This ties in nicely with World Book Day coming up on Thursday 7th March. This week and next week we will be looking at the story of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. 

  • So far this week we have read recipes to make messy play Gruffalo Crumble and have begun having a go at writing a recipe ourselves.
  • We have shared the story together and had a go at acting it out.
  • We have been exploring the concept of subtraction,  using different objects to count out and have been recording these as number sentences. We have also been working out what is one less than a given number.
  • In phonics we are very busy this week learning three new sounds! We have learnt 'j' for jug, 'w' for web and 'y' for yawn. Please keep practising these at home as well as the tricky words on the list sent out last week.

 

Some recent changes to our classroom:

The children have begun to really enjoy junk modelling and have been making some great models of computers, cameras, guitars and more. As a result we have enhanced our art area to cater for all junk-modelling needs!

 

Many children have loved playing with our newly donated phones, keyboards and other ICT equipment in the ICT area.

Due to the popularity of the ICT equipment we decided to make the role-play area into an office space. As well as phones, keyboards and calculators the children have access to lots of writing opportunities with clipboards, diaries, calendars and folders.

 

We have extended our Finger Gym area to encourage and enable everyone to keep practising using their fingers and develop their fine motor skills. Every week there is a new fiddly challenge to complete! This helps us to build up strength in our fingers to help us with our writing.

 


Week 1

WELCOME BACK... We hope you all had a wonderful break.

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, working as a group to keep a balloon off the floor, sharing a picture (drawing in a small, collaborative group) and 'Pass the Squeeze'. We have set up a 'Kindness Tree' for children to express how they and others can be kind.

In phonics we learned phonemes 'x' (fox, box, axe) and 'v' (violin, violet, love). We also worked very hard on 'tricky' words, this week. Your child should have come home with a list of these words to practise!

In maths we have been continuing with subtracting 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

 

 


Happy New Year and welcome back!

Our topic this half term is 'On The Move'. We are aiming to learn lots of things about transport and journeys. We have had a fun start to our topic talking about what we would like to learn from how a car works to finding out about trains and planes.


Friday 8th February

In Newnham Class this week we have:

  • Had great fun finding out how people celebrate Chinese New Year. We read The Great Race and acted out the story using puppets and props. We learnt a Chinese song, tried to use chopsticks to pick up different objects, learnt how to write in Chinese, made dragon pictures. We even have our very own Chinese Restaurant to play in!
  • Completed the various Rainbow Challenges in the class – 6 to complete each week!
  • Introduced the digraph ‘ch’ as in ‘chip’ and ‘sh’ as in sheep. We have also learnt the tricky words ‘are’ and ‘my’
  • In maths, we have been using various objects to add two numbers together to find the total
  • Making different things out of recycled materials

Note for home:

  • Next week we will be continue learning about Chinese New Year and tasting a few new foods!
  • We have a visit planned from the police on Tuesday!
  • In maths we will be looking at subtraction.
  • In phonics we will be learning the digraphs ‘th’ as in ‘thin’ and ‘th’ as in ‘that’ and ‘ng’ as in ring.
  • Please sign up for Mystery Reader/Speaker – the sign up sheet is on the class door. We would love to hear about your job or a special interest of hobby you have or even have you read us a story!
  • Bring in any (clean & safe) recycling that the children can use to build models. The children have started making different vehicles but we need more!
  • Please bring in both reading books and the READING DIARY every TUESDAY.

Have a great weekend. The Reception Team.


Friday 1st February

In Newnham Class this week we have:

  • Continued using the book ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’ – acting out and retelling the story.
  • Read and written sentences about the story.
  • Introduced the phoneme ‘b’ as in ‘bat’ and ‘ll’ as in bell. We have also learnt the tricky words ‘all’ and ‘they’
  • Reviewed all our numbers 1-13 and introduced number 14
  • In maths, we have been practising our counting skills and concentrating on 1 more than
  • Learnt how to use watercolours to paint pictures from ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’

Note for home:

  • Next week we will be learning about aeroplanes and discussing different flights the children may have been on. We will also be looking at how Chinese New Year is celebrated. In maths we will be looking at adding two numbers together to find the total. In phonics we will be learning the digraphs ‘sh’ as in sheep and ‘ch’ as in chop.
  • Please sign up for Mystery Reader/Speaker – the sign up sheet is on the class door. We would love to hear about your job or a special interest of hobby you have or even have you read us a story!
  • Bring in any (clean & safe) recycling that the children can use to build models. The children have started making different vehicles but we need more!
  • Please bring in both reading books and the READING DIARY every TUESDAY.
  • Encourage your child to practise recognising and writing numbers 0-14 with correct formation.

Have a super weekend.        The Reception Team.


Friday 25th January

In Newnham Class this week we have:

  • Listened to and joined in with the text ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’ as a springboard to further work in the class

 

  • Investigated different things that float and sink – making predictions and testing our ideas
  • Introduced the digraph ‘oa’ as in ‘boat’ and ‘ow’ as in ‘cow’ and revised tricky words learnt so far
  • Reviewed all our numbers 1-12 and introduced number 13
  • In maths, we have been practising our number recognition. We went on a number hunt around the garden and have been calling different superheroes from our Superhero Telephone Book!

Note for home:

  • Please sign up for Mystery Reader/Speaker – the sign up sheet is on the class door. We would love to hear about your job or a special interest of hobby you have or even have you read us a story!
  • Bring in any (clean & safe) recycling that the children can use to build models. The children have started making different vehicles but we need more!
  • Please bring in BOTH reading (& library) books and the READING DIARY every TUESDAY.
  • Encourage your child to practise recognising and writing numbers 0-13 with correct formation.

Have a super weekend.        The Reception Team.


Here are some pictures of activities in our classroom to give you a flavour of what we have been up to so far.  

Our idea maps showing lots of our thoughts about our topic including what we already know and what we would like to find out about.

We have been reading and retelling 'The Train Ride' by June Crebbin. We have learnt some actions to help us remember the story and we will use it to inspire some of our writing.