I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! The children loved listening to each other when we shared our stories from our holidays on Tuesday. They have returned to school for our second half term relaxed and ready to learn which is fantastic.

This week we have been learning about shapes and their properties. We have looked in particular at 2D shapes including: triangles, squares, rectangles, circles and pentagons. The children have been counting how many sides and corners the shapes have to prove which shape is which.

We have been practising the sounds which we learned before Christmas this week and blending them into words. The children are making great progress and that is thanks to the regular reading at home which really helps the children in school. Please keep this up, at least 3 times per week.

Next week the children will continue RWI phonics in groups, this will allow us to focus on each child and their needs. Some children will share RWI books in this time, this will be instead of time spent doing guided reading with the book that comes home. The children will still bring similar books home as we are not able to send the RWI books home. That means we will not write in their reading logs but we will be reading with the children 4 times per week in their RWI session. Please do keep writing in their reading logs and dating it when you read at home, as we do read them and it allows us to put stickers on their reading bookmarks.
Please catch me after school if you have any questions!

We have enjoyed starting our new topic - frozen! We have had a focus on winter and the seasons this week. The children have started learning ‘that’s not my polar bear…’ which is a lovely little story. Over the weeks, the children will make their own story maps and write their own stories based on this one. Unfortunately, we have had a visitor at the end of this week who has frozen our toys! This lead to an investigation to see how we could get the ice to melt and go away, we had lots of fun! We do have a feeling they might be back next week and some more of us will have to investigate…
Speaking of fun, we started learning how to do junk modelling this week! Watch this space for pictures of our super creations.

In RE we have learned about the Epiphany, when the Wise Men followed the star to see baby Jesus. The children cut out their own bright star and decorated them with sparkles, they certainly brighten up our classroom!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

AuthorLeanne Dixon