Reception Weekly Bulletin

Week Commencing - Sunday, 20th January 2019

Literacy

In Literacy this week we are going to learn to hear, read, write, blend and segment the y and z sounds. Mr Thorne and Geraldine The Giraffe can introduce the children to these skills at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBajQHNOvj4 (y) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9dOmDQsXiw (z)

Just like last term the teachers would be delighted if children would bring small objects to school which begin with these sounds. They should be clearly labelled with the owner’s name and class to make sure they don’t get lost.

The tricky words this week are have and so. There is a mix of tricky and blendable words to be found in the dinosaur egg game at http://www.ictgames.com/dinosaursEggs/ for further practice. Cutting the letters in the tricky words from newsprint and sticking them on a new piece of paper is another way to have fun learning tricky words.

Tricky Word Keyrings

The best way to really commit the tricky words on the keyring to memory is to practise them for 5 minutes every day rather than for a longer period on a weekend. When the children are waiting before school they could spend 5 minutes of their time hunting for their own tricky words in a book!

Maths

In Maths this week we are learning to read, write and order ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd … ). They will be used in a wide variety of practical activities in the classroom as well as being particularly relevant for Sports Day on Thursday.

Many children always equate first with best. We will also be emphasising that being first can also be the very worst thing eg being the first person in the class to catch chicken pox.

Understanding the world

Thank you to all the children and parents who brought a wide range of bugs into school. This really helped to bring the learning to life!

This week classes will be investigating what happens when a swarm of unknown insects hits the school. Serious questions such as “what type of insects are they?” “why did they swarm?” “where do they come from?” where were they going?”will all be asked and investigated.

Labelling Uniform

As it is a little chilly many of the children are now wearing school uniform jumpers, cardigans etc. To make it much easier to return found garments to their rightful owner please ensure every piece of your child’s uniform is clearly labelled with their name and class.

Sports Day

The Reception Sports Day is at 10.30 am - 12 noon on Thursday 24th January. Parents are invited to cheer the children on, and classes are looking for volunteers to supervise teams, too. The children will be able to go home straight after Sports Day, although buses will, of course, be running normally.

Minibeast Parade

The Reception Minibeast Parade will take place on 14th February. The children will be asked to dress up as their favourite minibeast and parents will be invited to come along and to admire the costumes and listen to the children singing songs they have learned about a variety of minibeasts.

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Week Commencing - Sunday, 13th January 2019

Literacy

In Literacy this week we are going to learn to hear, read, write, blend and segment the w and x sounds. Mr Thorne and Geraldine The Giraffe can introduce the children to these skills at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWZLTI4zTtQ (w) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjOCuGIme9Q (x)

Just like last term the teachers would be delighted if children would bring small objects to school which begin with these sounds. They should be clearly labelled with the owner’s name and class to make sure they don’t get lost.

The tricky words this week are are and said. There is a mix of tricky and blendable words to be found in the dinosaur egg game at http://www.ictgames.com/dinosaursEggs/ . Listening and watching the Tricky word song at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R087lYrRpgY . Using a highlighter pen to highlight all of the ‘said’s in a piece of newsprint is a good way to learn this word, too.

Maths

In Maths this week we are practising counting up to 10 objects which are fixed, and actions or sounds. Remembering to stop saying numbers when you have run out of things to count is a very important skill to develop, and needs practise.

Understanding the World

In the first week of term all Reception classes visited the School garden to investigate what could be found underground. Most classes are now involved in some deep learning about the creatures which can be found underground here in Bahrain. It has lead to impressive observations and some fabulous discussion about similarities and differences between worms and slugs, for example. In addition drawing and labelling skills have been developed as children draw and label both real and imaginary underground bugs. Next week most classes will be investigating how to make a wormery and what will be needed to have really healthy worms!

If you happen to have any underground bugs in your garden which could be brought into school in an appropriate container the teachers and children would be delighted to see them.

The Reception Sports Day is at 10.30 am - 12 noon on Thursday 24th January. Parents are invited to cheer the children on, and classes are looking for volunteers to supervise team, too. The children will be able to go home straight after Sports Day, although buses will, of course, be running normally.

The Reception Minibeast Parade will take place on 14th February. The children will be asked to dress up as their favourite minibeast and parents will be invited to come along and to admire the costumes and listen to the children singing songs they have learned about a variety of minibeasts.