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Class RO 2018-2019

Mrs O'Grady



Welcome to Class RO.

Mrs O'Grady, Mrs Jones and Mrs Slattery.  


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. 



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 practice 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, practice 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 practice 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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