Class RB 2018-2019
Welcome to Class RB
Miss Bermingham and Mrs Slattery
Scroll down our class page to see all of the amazing things that we have been getting up to. Don't forget to visit our gallery to see wonderful photos of the children in action!
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage begins from a very early age. Children will have already learnt a great deal by the time they are three years old, particularly from their families, and will have varied interests and skills.
Children aged three, four and five are constantly encountering new experiences and seeking to understand them in order to extend their skills, develop their confidence and build on what they already know. They learn in many different ways.
Children deepen their understanding by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other.
Well-planned play is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge during the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Personal, Social and Emotional development
Supporting the children as they are admitted to the Nursery and Reception years. We provide opportunities for each child to become a valued member of the school and the community so that strong self-image and self-esteem are promoted.
By developing an enthusiasm for knowledge and learning and a confidence in their ability to be successful learners. Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and celebrate their achievements.
Playing and Exploring
By providing opportunities that enable them to learn how to co-operate and work harmoniously alongside and with each other and to listen to each other, they investigate and experience things by ‘having a go’.
Creating and Thinking Critically
By developing the capacity to concentrate on their own play or on group task. Children develop their own ideas and start to make links between ideas, developing strategies for doing things
Communication and Language
By providing opportunities for all children to talk and communicate in a widening range of situations, to respond to adults and to each other, to practise and extend the range of vocabulary and communication skills they use and to listen carefully.
Reading and Writing
By providing opportunities for all children to explore, enjoy, learn about and use words and text in a broad range of contexts and to experience a rich variety of books.
By providing opportunities for all children to develop their understanding of numbers, measurement, pattern, shape and space providing a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about them.
Understanding the World
By providing opportunities for all children to solve problems, make decisions, experiment, predict, plan and question in a variety of contexts, and to explore and find out about their environment and people and places that have significance in their lives.
By providing opportunities for all children to develop and practise their fine and gross motor skills and to increase their understanding of how their bodies work and what they need to do to be healthy and safe.
By providing opportunities for all children to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, design and technology, music, movement, dance and imaginative role play activities.
The last year of the Early Years Foundation Stage is the Reception year when children are admitted to the Reception classes in the Infant School. The Early Years Foundation Stage prepares children for learning in Key Stage 1 and is consistent with the National Curriculum.
We have had a very busy first few weeks settling into school but the children are beginning to establish a routine and they have made lots of lovely new friends. We are very proud of them!
Have a look here to see some of the things we have been busy learning.
In RB we have been listening to lots of different sounds (some very silly, which I am sure they would love to tell you all about) to prepare us for when we start learning our first set of sounds. The children have also been listening carefully for rhyming words.
Our afternoons have consisted of lots of counting games, whether this be counting in silly voices or traveling to the land of '1/2/3/4/5.' The children are especially fond of this game as we have to travel on a aero plane all the way to the land of a specific number. When we land in that location, EVERYTHING there correlates to the number that we have been looking at that day. Therefore we may land our plane in the world of '3' where we may see 3 cows, eat 3 chocolates bars and sleep in 3 beds. We even made up our very own '3' song and marching actions!
One of the areas we will be working on a lot during this term is improving our fine motor skills in the funky fingers area. Some of the activities we have are pegging pegs onto numbers, placing buttons in a pattern and seeing how many spinning tops we can spin in 1 minute. It's harder than it looks! Through all of these activities we are strengthening our fingers in order to help to develop our pencil grip. We are also developing other skills such as hand eye co ordination and getting ready for reading and writing by holding one hand still while the other hand is moving. (peeling an orange is a great activity for this) We are also developing our learning behaviours like perseverance and resilience.
Here are some of the ways we are holding our pencils and equipment at the moment and we are all aiming for a tripod grip by the end of Reception.
We have a very exciting half term ahead of us. Keep your eyes peeled for all of the fantastic activities that we will be doing.
Decorating the Christmas tree
Our classroom is looking very festive this year all thanks to the children's decorative skills. We have not 1 but 2 Christmas trees, along with Santa's workshop and a Christmas craft area.
The children thoroughly enjoyed decorating our Christmas tree and they have done a fantastic job. The random scattering of baubles and beads makes it look all the more interesting, we wouldn't have it any other way! Our beautiful tree is surrounded by red and green paper chains that were also made by the children.
Despite only having 2 weeks left until we break up, our timetable is jam packed with festive activities including baking, the Christmas craft afternoon and of course the EYFS performance. All of which will be featured on this page, so keep your eyes peeled!
Christmas Craft Afternoon
Our Christmas craft afternoon was a great success, both the children and parents thoroughly enjoyed it. We played Christmas songs and had a variety of crafts set up for the everybody to enjoy.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to see all of the photographs in our gallery.
Happy New Year!
Happy 2019! Wishing all of our children, parents and carers a happy and healthy New Year. I look forward to seeing you revitalised and ready to learn on Monday 7th January. We have yet another fantastic term ahead of us.
Week Beginning 7th January 2019
What a fantastic first week back we have had! The children all came back to school with great big smiles on their faces ready to learn. We have been getting up to some very exciting things this week.
Our home corner is back in action and the children have enjoyed having tea parties and cooking some delicious food for each other.
We have had a little think about what our wishes for this year in reception are and we have written them down in our best handwriting. We have also been learning some new sounds during our phases lesson. This week we have introduced j, v, w and x.
The children have produced some amazing models with all of the left over Christmas junk and we have even had a paper aeroplane competition. Now this may seem simple... However, there are a number of skills involved when making and using a paper aeroplane. We used our fine motor skills to fold the plane and our gross motor skills to throw the plane, followed by our maths knowledge to count how many points we received when our plane landed.
This weeks sounds: j, v, w, x
This weeks tricky words: he, she
Don't forget to visit our class gallery to see all of the photos from our first week back.
Week Beginning 14th January 2019
The children have thoroughly enjoyed their phases lessons this week. We have introduced 3 new sounds but they are tricky compared to the ones we have previously learnt. The new sounds are 'y' 'z' and 'qu'. The children found 'qu' particularly challenging but they enjoyed pretending to be a duck and mimicking the 'qu' sound in 'quack.'
This weeks sounds: y, z, qu
This weeks tricky words: he, she, we
Week Beginning 21st January 2019
The weather has provided us with some fantastic opportunities for learning this week. The children were fascinated with snow on Tuesday (it looked more like sleet to us!) The cold weather has led to lots of exploration. On Thursday we filled some containers with water and then added food colouring. We are hoping that when we return to them on Friday morning the water will have frozen. This will promote lots of discussion regarding how and why water freezes and melts. Who would have though such a simple activity could lead to so much learning!
This weeks sounds: ch, sh, th,
This weeks tricky words: he, she, we, me
Week Beginning 28th January 2018
The children were thrilled to see that we have a new area in our classroom this week... a post office! This provides the children with opportunities to handle money and use money related language, explore weight when weighing parcels and develop their writing though writing postcards and letters.
This weeks sounds: ai, ee, igh, oo
Please can you try to practise the tricky words with the children at home each week. These are the words given out on the yellow laminated strip. It is hugely important for the children to be able to instantly recognise and read these words as they are appearing more frequently in their reading books. The children will be tested on their tricky words every Friday. They should remain in their chatterbag so that we can attach the next set of words to the treasury tag.
Week Beginning 4th February 2018
Our final week of this half term... already! Time flies when you're having fun!
This week in reception we have be learning all about Chinese New Year. We have worked out which animal we are and found out our lucky numbers and lucky colours. Some of the children have made beautiful Chinese lanterns and decorated them.
The children have also enjoyed learning how to tell the time. We have talked about the hands on a clock and practised reading o'clock times. They were fantastic at the by the end of the week.
Well done RB for all of your hard work this half term, you put a big smile on my face everyday!
This weeks sounds: oo (oo that makes the uh sound), ar, or, ur
Welcome back! I hope you have all had a lovely week off. As the light evenings creep up on us and spring approaches we have a very exciting half term ahead. Spring is a wonderful time of year and there are so many learning opportunities for the children.
In RB we are kick starting the new term with a new area. This time, the children did a vote and decided that they would like an airport in the classroom. Therefore that it what they shall have.
Week beginning 25th February 2019
Firstly, a great big thank you to all of the parents who have brought junk / resources into school this week. There was much more than we expected and it has all been put to great use so keep it coming!
The children have had had so much fun floating their Chatterbag boats this week. We talked about the type of materials that float and those that sink. Some children even decided to remake their boats with plastic because they found that when their cardboard became wet and soggy the boat sank. We have some lovely videos of the children with their boats so keep an eye out for them on the learning journals.
Week beginning 4th March 2019
What a jam packed week we have had! We have had pancake day, world book day, the launch of our airport area AND grounds all rolled into one week! Keep your eye on our class gallery at the bottom of the page for all of the photographs.
The children all looked fantastic on world book day and had a great time telling their innovated 'talk for writing' story during assembly. They did a great job as it was the first ever assembly they have attended and they were so brave performing in front of so many other children.
Our airport has gone down a storm this week! The children have been learning about different countries, practising their writing for their boarding tickets and discussing time when talking abut when their plane departs and arrives.
Grounds was anther exciting experience for the children and thankfully, the rain stayed away! This didn't stop the children from returning to the classroom covered in mud but that doesn't matter at all, they learnt so much about gardening!
Week beginning 11th March 2019
This week we have been learning all about halving. Before our first lesson I asked the children whether they would prefer 1/2 of 1 pizza. Most of them opted for 1/2! After learning what 1/2 was I asked them again and they soon changed their minds!
Week beginning 18th March 2019
In RB this week we have introduced the 'rainbow challenge!' The children have a number of challenges to complete and when they complete them they can pop a coloured stick in their rainbow envelope. If the children complete all of the challenges in the classroom they will receive a certificate at the end of the week.
We are also trying super hard with our sounds, specifically 'th,' 'ng,' 'ure,' 'air' and 'ear.'
Week Beginning 25th March 2019
As it is the last week of term, the children have made rice kripsy cakes during their choice time. As simple as it may seem, making rice krispy cakes requires the children to practise their listening and attention, understanding, handling and exploring materials. We have added all of the photographs to our class gallery for don't forget to have a look!
Here are a couple of videos of the children baking their rice crispy cakes. Both groups of children demonstrated super listening and attentions skills and showed a good understanding of the task in hand yet they were all completely unaware of how much they were learning, how fantastic!
I hope everyone is having a lovely (not quite) Easter break! Here is some information about what we have to look forward to in the summer term.
Phases: We will be recapping the phase 3 sounds that we found tricky and starting phase 4.
Talk for Writing: Our stories this term are 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and 'The Gingerbread Man.'
Maths: We will be doing lots of work on our teen numbers using a tens frame.
Outdoor: We are lucky enough to have some lovely new outdoor equipment that will enhance the children's learning when outside.
All of this information and more will be provided on our Summer term newsletter so keep your eyes peeled!
Week beginning 15th April 2019
We have had a lovely week this week in RB and the children have been fantastic. The children are becoming noticeably more independent and will emerge themselves in the different areas of learning in the classroom with very little teacher input. It is fantastic to see what inquisitive learners they are becoming. We have had lots of lovely Easter activities for the children this week, including making number bonds to 10 using Easter eggs and reading tricky words on Eater carrots.
Every Friday we ask the children to get their yellow 'tricky words' out of their bags and we check to see if they can recognise and read them instantly without sounding them out. Tricky words are words that are commonly found in the children's reading books therefore it is very important they know them as it will really help with their reading. As this is such an important part of the children's learning we have decided to make a BIG deal of it.
Introducing you to...
'Tricky Word Land!'
On a Friday if there is a particular child/ren that have made a super effort to learn their tricky words they have to opportunity to be crowned a 'tricky word King or Queen.' If they have be chosen, the children will enter the classroom to a royal fanfare and then they will be crowned in front of the rest of the class. As if that isn't enough... their picture will then feature of a tricky word wall.
Keep your eyes peeled for you child's picture on our trick word wall! We will add the names/photographs of our Kings and Queens each week.
Week beginning 10th June 2019
What a fanatstic first week back we have had! This week we had the pleasure of making clay models with Miss Plant. We started by talking abotu what clay was and where it is used in the home. The children were then divided into small groups and modelled ther clay into the most fantastic caterpillars! We were sure to take pictures of the process so that the children are able to look back and see how their model has devleoped from a slab of clay.
I have uploaded all of the photographs to the class gallery so make sure you have a nosey!
We have also been making some lovely father's day cards so don't forget to check your child's bag just in case they have one hidden in there! All of the children made cards and they will be taking them home on Friday.
Many parents have asked that we write a list of resources that would be useful for the children's learning. Below I have added a chart containing all of our current areas in the classroom and things that may be useful in those areas. The saying 'one man's junk is another man's treasure' goes a long way in reception!
If you are having a clear out then feel free to bring any 'junk' into school because the children have an amazing imagination and your junk is guaranteed to be turned into something fantastic. Please do not feel obliged to do this nor under any circumstances must anything be bought! Thank you for your continued support, we appreciate every single piece of junk that comes in!
Cosy corner/ natural area
Junk modelling area
Anything imaginable that could be used to build!
We would love this area to contain more 'real' resources rather than plastic as it will make the children's learning experience much more valuable.
Who needs recycling bins when you have reception!
Absolutely any plastic or cardboard is useful to us. The children love to turn old junk into something amazing.