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Westonzoyland Primary School ‘Raising Aspirations’

Merlin – Miss Stockford (Reception)

Week beginning 13th November 2017

This week we introduce digraphs ch, sh, th and ng within our phonic sessions, as well as the sight words of 'the' 'it' 'to' and 'and'!

Our handwriting focuses on robot letters, forming r,n,m,h correctly.

Maths activities focus on adding two sets of objects together in different contexts, moving onto our own recording of totals.

Our literacy centres around the book 'Owl babies' exploring animals that live in the woods, particularly nocturnal animals, as well as exploring 'light' and 'dark'.  We will also be thinking about the roles family play, such as helping to keep us safe.

On Friday our learning becomes a little spotty, supporting Children in Need...

We enjoyed making a fruit salad for snack

We enjoyed making a fruit salad for snack 1

We enjoyed making clay models in response to the story Owl Babies, using tools to create different marks for texture. We were very proud of our efforts.

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We won the Attendance Cup with 100%. Great work Merlin!! We were very excited about having a real trophy.

We won the Attendance Cup with 100%. Great work Merlin!! We were very excited about having a real trophy. 1

We enjoyed dressing up for Children In Need.

We enjoyed dressing up for Children In Need. 1
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Week beginning 6th November 2017

This week we share experiences of Bonfire Night and carnival, celebrating both Bridgwater and Burnham carnivals!  We look forward to seeing the Westonzoyland cart. At the end of the week we take a moment to pause and reflect, thinking of all those who lost their lives in war, and the significance of the poppies we wear.

Our maths continues to develop skills of counting and recognition of numerals to 15, practising counting objects in different contexts.

Our phonic sessions introduce the sounds 'x', 'y', 'z' as well as the high frequency words 'mum' 'in' 'a' 'big'.  We continue to use magnetic letters to segment simple words to represent objects and pictures, as well as practising ladder letters in our handwriting - i,l,t,j,y,u; making sure we start each letter in the correct place, and holding our pencil correctly.

Our rocket pictures (and other things) using 2D shapes

We had an amazing time building our own carnival carts after sharing our experiences and looking at photos of great designs.

Counting, counting and more counting!

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Week beginning 30th October 2017

This week we start off with Mystery Monday, our very first experience of having a mystery object in a box, with our learning linked to it throughout the day.  We explore our family traditions for Halloween, experiences of Bonfire Night and consider how to keep safe.

We learn the new sounds of r,h,j, applying them to segmenting and blending words, both orally and with letters.

Mystery Monday

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Firework painting

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Week beginning 16th October 2017

This week we become bakers, baking our own bread ready for our parents who are invited in on Thursday.  We are very excited that we will be waiters and waitresses, choosing from a selection of fillings to spread on our fresh rolls and share with parents!  We will be practicing our weighing and counting skills, as well as estimating, when making the dough.

Our maths focuses on shape, naming cubes and cylinders within our model making, as well as name shapes and begin to describe simple properties of 2D shapes, comparing them with 3D shapes.

Phonics continues with identifying sounds within words, using magnetic letters to segment and make simple words, as well as learn the new sounds of b, f, e and l.  We will be hunting for these graphemes in different areas of the school!

We enjoyed sharing our freshly made bread with our parents, and thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with different fillings, especially the chocolate spread!

We enjoyed sharing our freshly made bread with our parents, and thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with different fillings, especially the chocolate spread! 1

We have enjoyed building and describing our models, using different 3D shapes

We have enjoyed building and describing our models, using different 3D shapes 1
We have enjoyed building and describing our models, using different 3D shapes 2
We have enjoyed building and describing our models, using different 3D shapes 3
We have enjoyed building and describing our models, using different 3D shapes 4
We have enjoyed building and describing our models, using different 3D shapes 5
We have enjoyed building and describing our models, using different 3D shapes 6
We have enjoyed building and describing our models, using different 3D shapes 7
We have enjoyed building and describing our models, using different 3D shapes 8

We have been practicing our phonic knowledge within different activities, enjoying the success of making real words that we can read!

Write dance - cats We have been developing our drawing skills and pencil control, drawing careful circles to create a classroom full of cats and mice!

Write dance - cats  We have been developing our drawing skills and pencil control, drawing careful circles to create a classroom full of cats and mice! 1
Write dance - cats  We have been developing our drawing skills and pencil control, drawing careful circles to create a classroom full of cats and mice! 2
Write dance - cats  We have been developing our drawing skills and pencil control, drawing careful circles to create a classroom full of cats and mice! 3
Write dance - cats  We have been developing our drawing skills and pencil control, drawing careful circles to create a classroom full of cats and mice! 4
Write dance - cats  We have been developing our drawing skills and pencil control, drawing careful circles to create a classroom full of cats and mice! 5
Write dance - cats  We have been developing our drawing skills and pencil control, drawing careful circles to create a classroom full of cats and mice! 6
Write dance - cats  We have been developing our drawing skills and pencil control, drawing careful circles to create a classroom full of cats and mice! 7
Write dance - cats  We have been developing our drawing skills and pencil control, drawing careful circles to create a classroom full of cats and mice! 8
Write dance - cats  We have been developing our drawing skills and pencil control, drawing careful circles to create a classroom full of cats and mice! 9
Write dance - cats  We have been developing our drawing skills and pencil control, drawing careful circles to create a classroom full of cats and mice! 10
Write dance - cats  We have been developing our drawing skills and pencil control, drawing careful circles to create a classroom full of cats and mice! 11
Write dance - cats  We have been developing our drawing skills and pencil control, drawing careful circles to create a classroom full of cats and mice! 12

Week beginning 9th October 2017

This week in our literacy we focus on developing our pencil grip, creating patterns linked to The Little Red Hen and develop formation of letters in our names.  We will also be using different media to create artwork linked to the story.  We are also excited about going to the church on Thursday to sing our songs.

Our new sounds within our phonic sessions focus on c,k,u,d.  We will be using our listening skills to help develop our segmenting (separating words into their sounds) and blending (putting the sounds back together to create a word) in different games.

Maths focuses on counting objects VERY carefully, and find one more of a set of objects.  We will be practicing these skills in lots of contexts, such as building towers, fishing, netting footballs and moving ducks from one pond to another!

Harvest Festival - our first visit to the church

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Look at our artwork...combine harvesters have been a great hit this week in response to our favourite harvest song.

Autumn hunt! We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the school grounds checking for signs of Autumn.

Writing our names

We thought carefully about how we sat on our chair and how we held the paper before holding our pen carefully to copy our name.  Super effort by all!  Some of us were even able to write without the help of our namecard. 

Having a go at writing our names...

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Week beginning 2nd October 2017

Literacy

This week we introduce the story of The Little Red Hen, using this as a starting point to explore Harvest.  We will be learning new songs, as well as enjoying more familiar ones, practicing Big, red, combine harvester in anticipation of our Harvest service next week.

Maths

We will be comparing sets of objects within our maths, recognising which has the fewest and which has the most, as well as practising counting, using a harvest and autumnal theme, such as comparing piles of conkers, leaves, fields of farm animals to name a few!

Phonics

Children are progressing well with their phonics, enjoying games which practice phase 1 skills as well as learning new sounds.  This week we introduce m,g,o,n, again being reinforced in play activities as well as RWI sessions.  The homework is really supporting their work in class so thank you all for your support.

Looking for minibeasts!

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Outdoor counting

We have really enjoyed working together to construct amazing designs

We have really enjoyed working together to construct amazing designs 1
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We have really enjoyed working together to construct amazing designs 3
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We have really enjoyed working together to construct amazing designs 6
We have really enjoyed working together to construct amazing designs 7
We have really enjoyed working together to construct amazing designs 8
We have really enjoyed working together to construct amazing designs 9

Week beginning 25th September 2017

This week we continue to embrace the story of Goldilocks and the three bears; the children are showing so much confidence and storytelling language in retelling the story, loving the use of the interactive board and ebook to help them.  We begin to explore the different characters, describing them with interesting language as well as using a storymap to help structure the story.

Our phonics continues with rhyme and alliteration - the homeworks have been super, we can see that the children have enjoyed seeking objects beginning with the same sound and we will be practising this skill lots!  We also begin to introduce sounds with their graphemes using the Read Write Inc programme, incorporating many different activities to reinforce new letter sounds.  This week we will be introducing s,a,t,p, with some children extending with i,n,m.

Our maths continues to reinforce the recognition of numerals, now to 10, aswell as counting out corresponding sets.  We will also be ordering numbers to 5, linking with numicon tiles.

Conker maths!

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Friday 22nd September

We enjoyed working as a team to co-ordinate the parachute, enjoying applying our rhyming and phonic knowledge to seeking objects under the parachute before finally working together to create a 'mushroom' - succeeding in making the whole of Merlin disappear!

Parachute fun

We made the most of the sunshine today, enjoying painting with Autumnal colours; mixing our own shades to compliment individual and group pictures.

Paint enthusiasm

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Number game

We enjoyed running and jumping in the corresponding numbered hoop when the dice was thrown, identifying numerals to 6!  We got quicker and quicker the more we practiced.

Number game

Porridge for the three bears

We have thoroughly enjoyed making porridge this morning, finding it too runny, too hot and too lumpy before finding it 'just right.'  We tried syrup and raisins to sweeten it, and ate it all up, just like Goldilocks!

Goldilocks and the three bears

Monday 18th September

Welcome to another week!

This week our learning focuses on Goldilocks and the three bears, with lots of role-play, porridge making and ordering of objects linked to the story according to size.

Our phonic sessions continue with rhyme as well as alliteration, so lots of games involving identifying the initial sound of words.

Our maths involves counting and comparing of two groups of objects, as well as reinforcing the recognition of numerals to 10, making use of natural objects in our environment.

We will be exploring lots of different mediums in our mark-making; helping us with anti-clockwise movements in readiness for forming letters.

There is definitely an Autumnal feel in our second week, and children have enjoyed exploring different concepts within this context, whether counting conkers, collecting and comparing leaves, mixing autumnal colours or looking for autumn clues on walks around the grounds.

Tuesday 12th September

We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Forest School area whilst making houses in response to our class story of The Three Little Pigs.  We thought carefully about keeping ourselves, and our friends, safe whilst working together to build amazing 'houses of sticks.'

Fun in the forest school area

Our first PE session!

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Look at our robots

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Monday 11th September

Welcome to our second week in school!

This week we will continuing one of our favourite stories, 'The Three Little Pigs,' with children being encouraged to retell the story in groups using props and identifying their favourite parts.  Children have learnt the repetitive phrases really well, and love joining in with the story.

Our write dance continues, (a big hit last week by all the children) moving on to a robot theme, where we focus on creating straight lines, both vertical and horizontal, and join them up to create robots.  We will also be encouraging children to find their name label and have a go at writing their names, initially the first letter.

Write dance involves dancing to a thematic piece of music, involving specific movements with arms, before using a crayon in each hand to draw large scale marks, developing into specific pictures on the identified theme.

Our maths involves lots of counting this week, using rhymes such as One potato, two potato, and 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught  a fish alive, and counting objects accurately, matching groups of objects with the numeral, initially with numbers to 5.  We will be playing lots of games to secure our knowledge with even more counting within our play contexts.

Just incase we have some energy left before lunch, we all enthusiastically join in our Dough Disco, where we strengthen our finger muscles by exercising them using playdoh, involving lots of different movements, and of course accompanied by a piece of disco music!

Friday 8th September

Wow! We have survived our very first week in school.  Well done to each and every one of our Merlin members.  We have been learning our new routine, and have loved our Write Dance sessions, dancing and then mark making to volcano inspired music to wake up our brains and bodies. 

We have loved sharing our special boxes with staff and friends, and they have really helped in getting to know the children, as well as developing confidence in speaking in a group.  Thank you to all those who have already brought theirs in, and we look forward to outstanding ones next week.

We have been exploring 2D shapes, and really loved the treasure hunt outside, searching for shapes hidden really carefully as well as making patterns and pictures with them.

 

A busy first week

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Tuesday 5th September 2017

 

Merlin have thoroughly enjoyed their very first day of school! We have amazed ourselves with all our learning, enjoying the story of The Three Little Pigs, using puppets and playdoh to extend our learning of the story.  We practised our counting using numberblocks as well as sorting and creating pictures with shapes.  Miss Stockford tired us out with Dough Disco and Write dance which focused on a  volcano erupting! Lots of fun!

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Welcome to Merlin Class

This page is intended to give you an overview of the routines in Reception, together with useful information. We will also post photographs and examples of work throughout the year. We hope that you will find it useful.

 

Teaching Team

Class Teacher: Miss Stockford

Teaching Assistants: Miss Hellyer and Miss Gregory

PPA Cover: Mrs Harris

 

This Term's Learning Expedition

We are learning about the woods in our learning. See our curriculum map in the link below to find out how we will be involving all curriculum areas.

PE

 

Our PE day will be Tuesdays, involving a specialist sports coach. However please make sure your child has their P.E. kits in every day in case of timetable changes. Could all clothing be clearly named (including shoes)  to avoid anything getting lost. 

 

Homework

 

Homework will be set on Fridays and expected back by the following Thursday. It is really important that this is completed in order to consolidate children’s learning of the week.  Reading, initially sharing books and modelling reading strategies, such as pointing to each word, highlighting known sounds and high frequency words, is expected to take place at least three times weekly, and it is essential to support your child's learning in these early stages of reading at home in order to practice new skills and knowledge introduced at school.

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