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Class RO 2018-2019

Mrs O'Grady



Welcome to Class RO.

Mrs O'Grady, Mrs Webster and Mrs Slattery. 


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 bisucits 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 practise 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 vocabularly 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. 



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.

Our Aims

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.

Active Learning

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.

Physical Development

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.

Creative Development

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.

Reception Year

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.

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Welcome , by Mrs O'Grady

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Class RO : Calendar items

Parent Christmas Craft, by Mr Redmond

FPS Christmas Dinner, by Mr Redmond