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Class RO 2018-2019

Mrs O'Grady



Welcome to Class RO.

Mrs O'Grady, Mrs Jones and Mrs Slattery. 


Chatter Bag homework 14.6.19 

 This week we'd like you to ask your child about recycling. What does the word mean? What do they know about it? On Thursday could they bring an item of recycling into school?  We will look at the materials it is made of and how it could be recycled. 


Phases this week : We have learnt to read the tricky words have,some, come and like.  We have been spelling the tricky words my, her, they, all and are.  We have also been listening really carefully to the sounds at the start of the words for example, think, thank, street and strap. 

Can you read and write these sentences? 

A crab crept into a rock. 

Can sharks jump on trains? 

For choice time this half term (Friday 24th May) the children have chosen to have a pyjama party with party games and party food. They need to come to school in their pyjamas and bring a labelled plate of party food with them. 

Suncream - as the weather is warmer now please apply suncream to your child in the morning.

If you want them to have suncream in school it needs to be in a named bottle and they need to be able to apply it themselves. (they will be supervised doing this) This will be kept in class and usually put on at lunchtime. 

We were very excited today when we came to school! All of our caterpillars have formed a cocoon. We wonder how long they will take to hatch! 

Chatter bag homework - 17.5.19

We have been learning all about mini beasts in our class. For the Chatter bag homework this week we'd like you to find out about a mini beast and where they like to live. Can you collect some natural materials to help us build a mini beast house in the outdoor area?  You might gather leaves, twigs or bits of bark. Bring them in any day next week and we'll use them for our mini beast hotel. 

Phases - this week we have continued to work on more complex words with adjacent sounds. Can you write the following words and add the sound buttons? 

star  clown   spoon    train    clear   bleed   growl

We have also learnt to read the tricky words : were, there, little, one. 

We have learnt to spell the tricky words: they, all, are. 

Can you use any of these words in a sentence? 

We've had some amazing shows this week in class. The children have made tickets, refreshments and posters. It has been fantastic! 


This week we've had a special delivery to school. We can't believe how much they've grown in a week! 


Phases 3.5.19

This week in phases we have started phase 4. Phase 4 has no new sounds but we look at reading and writing words with adjacent consonants which is a bit trickier! This week we have looked at CVCC words where there are two consonants after the vowel, for example, jump and next. We then looked at CVCC words with phase 3 sounds in them, for example, roast and chest. 

We have also learnt to read the tricky words 'said' and 'so' and spell the words, 'he, she, we, me' and 'be.' 

Don't forget to have your yellow tricky word cards in school and keep on playing  the games on Spelling Shed. 


Today we had some very exciting visitors to Reception. Miss Bermingham's mum brought her chickens to school. We found out about what they eat, where they live and how to take care of them. We even had a go at feeding them when they were in our outdoor area! 

Look in the gallery to see some more photos. 

This  afternoon the children from 1B came to us with their games they had made for DT. The children read their instructions and then invited  RO to play the marble run games. They were fantastic! 

Check the gallery to see some more pictures from this afternoon. 

Don't forget to check spelling shed for this week's list. 


The children really enjoyed their first gymnastics session this week with the coach. She was super impressed with their listening skills! 

Check the gallery to see more! 

Summer term 

The children have settled back into school really well this week. They have been very busy in the classroom using the new areas and learning lots of new things. I have been super impressed with their listening skills this week. 

Have a look at the gallery to see what we've been learning. 

Phases 29.3.19 

This week we have been recapping sounds from phase 3. We have been trying to identify the digraphs in the words to help us read and spell them. Can you spot the sounds in these sentences?

He had a tear on his cheek. 

The pan is hot with boiling oil. 

I go to the farm to see the goats. 

For phases homework this holiday I have sent home the sounds and words to practice for each child. Please see the highlighted sheet. 

The Chatter bag homework during the holidays is to go on a technology hunt around your house. 

The children really enjoyed making cakes for choice time, I hope they tasted good! 


Phases 22.3.19

This week we have learnt the sounds ure and er. 

ure - pretend to rev the handlebars on a motorbike and say 'ure.' 

er - same as ur (we have learnt this sound is usually used at the end of a word) 

Can you read and write these words? 

pure       cure       manure       sure       her     ladder     letter    better

We have also been practising our tricky words. 

Maths  - in maths this week we have looked at teen numbers and how we make them using a ten and units. 

Can you write the teen numbers, don't forget the ten needs to come first! 

Have  a look at spelling shed for this week's game. 


Phases 15.3.19 

This week we have learnt 4 new sounds.

  • ow – rub hand ‘ow’
  • oi – shake fist ‘oi’
  • ear – point to ear
  • air – someone fanning themselves

Can you read and write these words? 

town        down     coin    soil    dear    beard     air    hair    fair   

We have also learnt to read the tricky words 'are' and 'all.' 

Can you write a sentence with one of the words in? 

Don't forget to check Spelling Shed for the new word list, some children have collected lots of honey pots already! 

This week in maths we have been busy collecting information in different ways.We had great fun finding out the most popular eye colour in the class and some children went onto make their own tally charts. Check the gallery to see what else we have been up to in our areas.




Don't forget to book your parents evening appointment on the website for next week! Any problems just let me know. 

Reminder - Thursday 14th March class photographs. 

World Book Day

The children had a lovely day on Thursday and the costumes were fantastic. We went into assembly and told our Talk for Writing story to the rest of the children, they were very impressed! The year 3's came over to read us some stories in the afternoon which was great. 


Phases 8.3.19

This week we have recapped the sounds sh,ch,th and ng. We have also learnt to read the word, 'her.' 

Can you read and write these words?

sheet      sharp     church    chain     teeth    faith   ring     thing

Can you use one of the words in a sentence? 

Maths - this week we have been learning about halving. We have found out how to halve a shape and a number and know that it has to be equal. The children have really enjoyed practising their skills using the website Top Marks maths and the hit the button game. See if you can beat your score.

Don't forget to log onto Spelling Shed with your new username and password and have a go at playing the  spelling games. I will upload a new list each week for you to practise your phases sounds. 


Thank you so much for all of the hard work you have done on the Chatter bags this week. The boats were really imaginative and we had great fun finding out whether they would float or sink. Have a look at the gallery to see what happened.  

Have a look at the gallery to see some of the ways we have been using the areas in our classroom. 

Phases 22.2.19

This week we have recapped some of our phase 3 sounds. The sounds we have recapped this week are: 

ai, ee, igh and oa. 

Can you read these sentences? 

We go in the rain. 

The sheep is in the barn in the farmyard. 

It is dark at night. 

The goat is big. 

Choose a word from the list below, can you write it in a sentence? Maybe your grown up could upload it to EExAT for me to see. 

road      dark      feet      main     night     right 

Maths - in maths this week we have been looking at shapes and making shape pictures and shape patterns. 

Talk for writing - this week we have learnt our new story Lost and Found. The children have really enjoyed learning the story about a penguin and a boy. They have produced some super writing this week making a poster for the lost penguin. We have talked about how you might feel if you were lost and then how you'd feel if you found a friend. Chatter bag homework this week is to make a boat and then we will see which ones we can get to float. 


Phases 8.2.19

The sounds we have learnt this week are: 

oo – pretend to open a present and say ‘oo.’

This digraph also makes the ‘u’ sound like in book and look.  

ar- pretend to be at the dentist and open your mouth wide saying ‘ar.’

or- hold hands out to the side, fish or chips?

ur- pretend to have eaten something horrid and say ‘ur.’  

We have also learnt to read the tricky word ‘was’ and the spell the tricky words ‘no’ and ‘go’.  

Can you read and write these words?

moon, soon, look, book, food far, car, hard, barn, for, fork, worn, torn, fur, burn, hurt, turnip.


Can you write one in a sentence?

Maths - In maths this week we have been using langauge related to time. We have ordered the events of the day and talked about what we do at different times in the day. Can you order the things you do in the morning? Do you brush your teeth or eat your breakfast first? 

Phases 1.2.19

The sounds we have learnt this week are: 

ai- use arms  to make a bow and arrow shape and say 'ai.' 

ee- pretend to use hands to dry hair.

igh - salute like a captain. 

oa- pretend to be surprised and say 'oa.' 

Can you read and write these words? 

aim    rain    pain   night   might    keep  beep   goat   boat 

Phases 25.1.19

The sounds we have learnt this week are: 

ch - hand at side like a train making 'ch' sound.

sh- finger in front of lips making a 'sh' sound. 

th - stick out tongue and make a 'th' sound like in moth. 

th - also makes a hard sound like in 'this' and 'then.' 

ng- pretend to hold weights and lift above head making a 'ng' sound. 

Can you read and write these words? 

shop     ship   rich    chip    this    then    moth   bath    ring    king     sing song    ping pong 

We have also learnt to read the tricky words we, me and be. Can you spot them in these sentences? 

I can be the king.         We go to the shop. 


Maths - in maths this week we have been learning how to subtract or take away. We have used objects, our fingers and even managed to draw some pictures to help us to find the answer.


We had a visit from 1B this morning. They want us to help them with their DT project as they have been asked to make a game. They came to ask us some questions as part of their market research and they will now plan what they are going to make based on our answers. We hope they come back soon with a finished product for us to play with!

The children listened carefully and gave sensible answers to the year 1 children. 

We had lots of fun today exploring the snow and the ice. We found some amazing patterns and even the bird feeders we made last week had ice on them! The children were able to say what would happen to the ice and we left some containers out with water overnight to see if they were right. 


We have been thinking about learning in our classroom and the children have shown some fantastic teamwork skills this week. They have also been trying hard and have been proud of what they have produced. 


Phases 17.1.19 - this week in phases we have learnt the sounds: 

y- finger up and down like a yo yo.

z/zz - pretend to do up a zip. 

qu- use hand as a beak to quack. 

We have also learnt to read the tricky words 'he' and 'she.' 

Have a practice with the following words, can you read and write them? 

quack          quit       yes       yell        zip      buzz

Can you read the sentence? Don't forget to spot the tricky words first! 

She ran to the quiz. 

Do not quit!

The duck can quack. 



In maths this week we have been playing a doubling game, the children have been fantastic at using their fingers to work out the doubles of the number on the dice.

We have also been finding out how to add two numbers together and can use our fingers or draw a picture to work out the answer. 

We had some very different ways to work out the answers. 

Outdoor learning 

This week in our outdoor area we have been trying to find out about the birds we can see. We made bird feeders out of cheerios and wool and had to work really hard to thread the cheerios onto the wool. At first we tied them onto the fence but then we decided that it might be better to put them in the tree. We hope the birds enjoy them. 


Have a look for the Reception newsletter in the files. This will tell you some of things your child will be learning this term. 

Keep an eye our for the EExAT learning journey for your child. They have been sent this week. Don't forget to add a comment on the learning journey, we are interested in your feedback. Any problems let me know. 


Welcome back. I hope you have enjoyed the Christmas holidays and are ready to start the new term. 

Chatter bag homework - Don't forget your Chatter Bag on Thursday, I can't wait to see how you celebrated Christmas. 

Thank you for all of the lovely gifts and we hope you have a fantastic Christmas! 

The children have had a fantastic last week at school. They have enjoyed a talk from the dentist and found out all about how to keep our teeth clean and healthy. 

They had a fantastic party day, enjoying the entertainment from the Amazing Stephen and we even had a special visitor! We even joined the Year 1 and Year 2 children in the hall for a special Christmas sing song. 

The children were beautifully behaved and laughed and giggled lots! 

Thank you to the PTA for organising it. 

What a busy few days we have had! We really enjoyed making our Christmas cookies with Mrs Tatham. They looked fantastic! We had to listen really carefully and follow instructions to make them. 


Thank you to all of the grown ups who came to make Christmas crafts with us yesterday. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Reminders for this week (10.12.18) - Christmas crafts Wed RO and Thur RB from 1.30 - 2.45 in the school hall. 

Thursday - send in your child's Christmas jumper, t shirt or head band in a named plastic bag ready for the Christmas assembly. 

Friday - Reception Christmas assembly first thing in the hall. 

 We are at the end of our phase 2 sounds now and are just recapping them. The children are getting very good at segmenting and blending and have even begun to write some simple sentences. Keep an eye on the Pobble website to see some fantastic examples. 

Here are the sounds your child should now know: 

s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d  g  o  c  k  ck  e  u  r  h  b  f  ff l ll ss   

Here are the tricky words your child should be able to read: 

the     no   go  into    I 

In maths this week we are looking at patterns and how to make repeating patterns. 

Chatter Bag homework - to write or draw a Christmas list, don't forget to send in Chatter Bags every Thursday. 

We have had some fantastic fun in Reception in the last couple of weeks. Have  a look at what we've been getting up to.  We have been baking some healthy biscuits with Mrs Tatham, each group made a different type of biscuit and they were delicious! 


We all joined in with a fantastic nursery rhyme session in our classrooms. The children loved the story and all of the rhymes. They even got to play with a parachute and bubbles! 


Autumn Term 2 

Thank you for all of the Chatter bags for homework last week. The children really enjoyed telling their friends about their Autumn walks and showing them what they had found. We had some really interesting objects.

This week's Chatter Bag is all about celebrations and how we all celebrate different things. You can send a photo with a note on the back to say which celebration it is and who is in the picture. 

Remember, you can also send these pictures to me on EExAT using the app or on the website. All of these observations provide us with information about your child too. If you're not sure, pop in and I can show you what to do. I hope you all managed to log in and see your child's learning journey too!

In phases this term we will be completing phase 2 of Letters and Sounds. Here are the sounds we have covered so far, 

s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d  g  o  c  k  ck  e u r 

Please practice the yellow tricky word cards with your child at home, they need to be able to read the words on sight (no sounding them out) and then they can have the next set. Some children are on set 2 already! 

In our maths work we have been busy counting to find the total of 2 sets of objects. We have also been using the vocabulary most and least. We have also been writing numbers up to 10. 




The children have settled in really well to school and we are very proud of them!

Have a look here to see some of the things we have been busy learning.


In our classroom we have been busy listening carefully to sounds. We are trying to improve our blending skills so that we can hear the sounds in words, for example, cat is c-a-t and fish is f-i-sh. We will give you more information about this at the Reception Phonics Meeting on Tuesday 25th September. 

We have been counting up to 20 and back again using silly voices, baby bear and daddy bear's voice are a current favourite. We have also been counting objects carefully to find out how many there are and trying to match the correct numeral to the set. 

We are learning each other's names and trying to play together and share resources. 

One of the areas we will be working on alot 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. 

Pencil grip poster Reception Spring Term Newsletter Phases homework and Chatter bag number 10 Reception Summer Term Newsletter

Class RO : News items

Open Classroom, by Mrs Johnson

Newsletter Out Now!, by Mr Redmond

Sponsored Event, by Mrs Johnson

Class RO : Gallery items

Chickens RO , by Mrs O'Grady

1B Marble run games with RO, by Mrs Bateman

RO and 1B playing games. , by Mrs O'Grady

Class RO : Calendar items

Open Classroom, by Mrs Johnson