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Reception Blog 11/12/20  

         

Dear Parents

 

I cannot believe we have come to the end of the autumn term.  What a term it has been.  The children have all worked extremely hard at their learning and their social skills and I am so very proud of all of them.

 

In Personal Social and Emotional Development this week the children created a communal picture.  We used a large piece of paper and started with half the class.  They had to draw a picture of something that makes them happy.  After a couple of minutes the children got up and moved around the paper, to either draw a new picture or to continue someone else's picture.   They did this a few times.  We then brought in the second group and they continued the picture.  There was so much discussion, sharing of resources and turn taking happening and the result was an amazing bit of art. 

 

In Communication and Language we have been continuing to listen to our friends and to ask relevant questions and answer in a polite manner.  The children are getting very good at putting up their hands when they have something to say.  They are being encouraged to give an answer and to respect everyone’s views.  They are learning that their opinions are valued and that it is not kind to laugh at each other.  This has resulted in children being much more confident to speak in a large group.  

 

In Physical Development the children have been using the Lego to build lots of intricate designs.  Lego is great for fine motor skills.  They have also been doing lots of mark making and writing and their pencil grip and letter formation is improving.

 

In PE this week the children had to do as many star jumps as they could in one minute.  They then played ‘Spaceship Football’ by making a spaceship out of cones and then kicking the football to knock the spaceship over.

 

In Literacy the children are continuing to use their sound talking skills to read and write CVC words and sentences.  I am so pleased to see how the children are progressing.    

 

In Phonics this week we have learnt the ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ sounds. The phonic stories were about ‘Yimmy Yak’ and ‘Ziggy Zebra’.  I have uploaded the stories onto Google classroom for you to go through with your child. Can your child think of any other words that have these sounds in them? Have a look at home and see if you can find any objects that have these sounds in them. If there are any CVC words, e.g. y-a-k or y-u-k you can sound talk them with your child.  

 

In Maths this week the children have been learning about numbers and comparing numbers.  We learnt about more than, less than, the most, the least, and how many more than. We made a bar graph of the weather chart for November.  It was very evident that November had lots of cloud days and not many rainy days.  

 

In Understanding the World the children were looking for minibeasts in the garden.  They found a small, soft caterpillar which was quite exciting.  They were a bit disappointed that it had to go back in the garden.  They were quite insistent that if we put it in the box with leaves we could keep it as a pet.  I explained that this would not be a kind thing to do and that the caterpillar needed to be in nature.  They accepted this and we let it go back in a quiet place behind the security guard hut.

This week I showed the children a picture of Prince William.  They had no idea who it was so I showed them a picture of the queen.  They knew that was the queen.  I was told that her name was Queen Elizabeth and that she lived in Buckingham Palace.  They then wanted to see the picture of the king.  I explained that the queen had a husband but that he wasn’t the king, he was called Prince Philip.  I also told them that he is ninety nine years old.  They then wanted to know if he was still alive.  I went back to the picture of Prince William and told them that he was the queen’s grandson, that the queen was his granny or his nanny.  I again asked if they knew what his name was and I was asked “Is he Prince Charming?”  

Pepsi also came to visit us again.  The children were able to go and stroke her gently.  Some children were a bit nervous but most of them enjoyed the experience.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been using their creative skills to make fantastic Lego designs, including a gorgeous Chanukiah.  They have also been making lots of Chanukah decorations.  

 

In Forest School this week the children played ‘The Conker Game’.  It was very exciting.  The children then learnt about fire.  They learnt that fire needs fuel, oxygen and heat to burn.  They used flint sticks to create a spark.  They were very excited when their flints caused a spark.  They then tried to set a bit of fuel (a cotton wool ball) alight.  Three children managed to make a fire.  Emma promised that they would have another try in the new year.  

 

In Jewish Studies this week the children continued to learn about the story of Chanukah.  They learnt that after the Jewish people successfully beat the strong Greek army, they went to the Bet Hamikdash to thank Hashem for helping them overcome the Greeks, only to discover that King Antiyochus and his soldiers had smashed it up and set it on fire.  The Jewish people were very sad and worked hard to clean and repair their holy Bet Hamikdash.  When it was time to light the beautiful golden Menorah, they were only able to find a small jug of oil that would burn for just ONE day.  However, Hashem made a miracle and the oil lasted for EiGHT days! 

Today, we celebrate Chanukah on the 25th Kislev, by lightning a chanukiah and adding a new candle each night for eight nights.

We remember the special miracle of the oil and eat foods fried in oil - Latkas, doughnuts.

We also remember how the Jewish people tricked King Antiyochus soldiers by playing dreidel when they heard them marching around looking for them and when they left they carried on learning the Torah.  We too, have fun spinning dreidels on Chanukah.

The children have also learnt a new Aleph Bet letter - CHAF (sound CH like the letter CHET).  The letter CAF has a “cookie” in his tummy but CHAF has eaten his so his mum has renamed him CHAF! 

Over the holidays, please keep practising with your children using their aleph champ reading books to retain their fluency and confidence. 

Have a lovely Chanukah and a fun winter holiday.

Best wishes 

Mrs Roodyn 

 

Reminders:

 

It appears that little Lego men have been making an appearance in the Reception Class.  We have let it go for this term but we have noticed that it causes quite a few arguments.  Please can I remind you that all toys must remain at home from January.  All toys brought to school will be confiscated and put in the cupboard until the end of the day.

 

Please remember that ALL the boys in the class MUST wear a Kipah to school.  It is part of the school uniform.  

 

Have an enjoyable Chanukah and a lovely fun winter holiday.

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.

Reception Blog 04/12/20  

         

Dear Parents

 

Just one more week until the holidays.  It’s been a long but very rewarding term and I cannot believe how much the children have grown and changed. 

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) the children have been thinking about how they would feel in different scenarios.  For example, how they would feel if no one wanted to play with them.  Or how they would feel if someone said something unkind to them.  I can honestly say we have had very few timeouts this week and the children have been playing beautifully with each other. 

 

In Communication and Language we read the story of ‘Puff the Magic Dragon”.  This fitted very well into the friendship theme because Puff felt very sad when Jackie didn’t want to play with him any more.  However the story had a happy ending because Puff found himself a new little friend.  The children have continued to use their descriptive words, describing Puff.  

 

In Physical Development the children are continuing to focus on their letter and number formation and their cutting skills. This week in their homework folders I will send the ‘f’, ‘v’ and ‘w’ formation sheets. There is no rush to complete these sheets with the children but I would appreciate it if you could send them back to school when they are done so that I can have a look at them.  

 

In PE this week the children did a Bean Game warmup.  They had to be a runner bean or a jumping bean and do the action on the spot.  A broad bean had to stretch or a baked bean had to curl up small.  A jelly bean had to wobble.  They then had to play a ball game and place the ball on to the corresponding colour cone.  

 

In Literacy the children are continuing to use their sound talking skills to read and write CVC words and sentences.  They are getting really good at these skills and it is so pleasing to see them when trying to read and write.  

 

In Phonics this week we have learnt the ‘W’ and ‘X’ sounds. The phonic stories were about ‘Winnie Witch and her cat Wilbur’ and ‘What’s in the box’.  I have uploaded the stories onto Google classroom for you to go through with your child. Can your child think of any other words that have these sounds in them? Have a look at home and see if you can find any objects that have these sounds in them. If there are any CVC words, e.g. b-o-x you can sound talk them with your child.  

 

In Maths this week the children have been learning about time.  First they had a series of pictures of things they do every day and they had to cut them out and put them in the correct order.  There were seven pictures which is a lot for little ones to sequence but they managed brilliantly.  We then used paper plate clocks and learnt about o clock times and then we touched on half past the hour times. The children had the opportunity to make their own paper plate clocks.

 

In Understanding the World we finished our November weather chart.  There really were a lot of cloudy days in November.  Next week we will cut it up and put it into a bar graph and compare the numbers.  After showing them a picture of Captain Sir Tom Moore last week, I’ve decided to show them a famous face each week and see their responses.  I showed them a picture of Donald Trump.  I was told: ‘It’s the Prime Minister’, ‘it’s Boris Johnson’, ‘it’s the old man we learnt about last time’, and ‘it’s the Rabbi’.  One child said ‘it’s Donald Trump.  He’s the Prime Minister in America’.  Another child informed us ‘no he’s not in charge any more.  There was a big election and now Joe Biden is in charge of the world’.  

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children made their own clocks using paper plates, card strips and split pins.  They found writing the numbers evenly around the clock very tricky. They also enjoyed playing in the home corner.  During their play I heard barking coming from the home corner.  They were playing mummies and daddies and the dog.  The children also had loads of fun playing with Lego this week.  There were lots of exciting constructions made and the children were very good at sharing and taking turns.  

 

In Forest School this week it was a bit rainy and muddy so Emma put up a large tarpaulin attached to a few trees and the children could stay under there.  She read the story ‘How to Catch a Star’.  The children then had the opportunity to make their own stars.  They used willow sticks which they bent into a triangle and fixed with pipe cleaners.  They made two triangles and attached them together to make a star.  They also had the choice to make their own tents, to dig for worms or to explore using the binoculars and magnifying glasses.

 

In Jewish Studies this week the children started to learn the story of Chanukah.  The children learnt that a new king came to power over Jerusalem, King Antiyochus.  He was a mean king and did not allow the Jewish people to keep Hashem’s mitzvot.  He stopped them keeping Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh and Brit Milan.  And he instructed  that all people bow down to idols.  The Jewish people did not listen to king Antiyocus, and insisted they carry on learning the Torah and keeping the mitzvot.  This made king Antiyocus very angry.  Some Jewish people ran away to hide in the hills and mountains in Jerusalem, this way they would be able to carry on learning Torah.  King Antiyocus sent his soldiers to look for the Jewish people.  So the Jewish people planned to trick the soldiers.  They carried on learning Torah and when they heard the soldiers coming they quickly hid their Torah and took out a dreidel to play, when the soldiers asked if they were learning Torah they said “no, we are playing dreidel! “ this clever trick allowed the Jewish people to keep learning Torah.  

 

Next week, we will complete learning the story of Chanukah, and learn about the miracle of the oil.

 

The children have  started to make and decorate their own Chanukiah and they  had fun practising how to spin a dreidel.  

 

In Aleph Bet lessons, the children have learnt their first vowel.  Patach - it makes the sound UH. They have been practising blending the letters they have learnt with the patach underneath.  They have all done really well and I am so proud of them and how well they have grasped this new concept.  They have also learnt a new letter “Kaf”. - sound k.

Please continue to practise Aleph Champ reading book with your children so they retain their fluency and confidence.

 

Shabbat Shalom 

Mrs Roodyn

 

On Wednesday we celebrated the birthdays of the children who had birthdays in September, October and November. Happy birthday to Ethan Z, Rafael, Isaac, Hugo, Yonatan, Ethan S and Max. The children each received a happy birthday certificate, a happy birthday sticker and a happy birthday pencil. Children celebrating birthdays in December will celebrate on the first Wednesday we are back at school.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.


 

Reception Blog 27/11/20  

         

Dear Parents

 

I cannot believe how fast this term is flying by.  Before we know where we are, it will be 2021 and there will be a whole new year to look forward to.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) the children have been thinking about how we can show kindness to each other.  We are continuing with our ‘kindness tree’ and although I had hoped to have it done by this week, it is taking a bit longer than anticipated.  We will post some pictures of our kindness tree when we have finished it.  We had a visit from Ms Simon and Pepsi in the week.  The children were all very excited to meet Pepsi and were very well behaved and calm around her.  They made Ms Simon promise to visit again soon.

 

In Communication and Language we read the story of ‘Monstersaurus’.  The children loved this book and were amused by the fact that one of the ingredients in the monster recipe was bellybutton fluff.  The children used their descriptive powers to describe what the monster looked like.  The children are getting very good at listening to each other and respecting each other’s views.

 

In Physical Development the children are continuing to focus on their letter and number formation.  This week in their homework folders I will send the letter formation ‘e’, ‘u’ and ‘r’, as well as number formation sheets. There is no rush to complete these sheets with the children but I would appreciate it if you could send them back to school when they are done so that I can have a look at them.  

 

In PE this week the children were divided into two teams.  One team had to turn the cones upside down and the other team had to try and turn them over.  Then the children worked in partners to make a spaceship out of the cones and then prevent another child from knocking them over with a ball.

 

In Literacy the children are continuing to use their sound talking skills to read and write CVC words and sentences.  They are making huge progress and I am so very proud of all of them.  When we had read the story of ‘Monstersaurus’, we thought about the ingredients that were in the recipes and we made our own monster recipe as a whole class activity.  Some of the ingredients were slug slime, blue tack, old bananas and chillies.  When we had made our list, one child looked at them and said "Mrs Collier, I don't think we should be making this monster!"

 

In Phonics this week we have learnt the ‘j’ and ‘v’ sounds. The phonic stories were about ‘Jill Jellyfish’ and ‘Viv the Vet’.  I have uploaded the stories onto Google classroom for you to go through with your child. The idea is for you to go through the book with your child.  Ask your child if they can think of any other words that begin with these sounds or have these sounds in them.  You can also ask them if they can find any objects in the house that have these sounds in them.  If you find any objects in your home that begin with any of these sounds, please don’t hesitate to take a picture and post it on Tapestry for me to see.  If there are any CVC words, e.g. v-a-n. you can sound talk them with your child.  

 

In Maths this week we are continuing with adding two groups of numbers.  The children worked with a partner, which in itself can be quite tricky.  One person had Unifix cubes and the other person had a number fan.  I wrote a number sentence on the board.  E.g.  4+5=  the person with the blocks had to count out first four and then five blocks.  They had to count the blocks together and finally the person with the number fan had to find the answer and hold it up.  They then swapped.  The children worked brilliantly together and I was very proud of them.

 

In Understanding the World we are continuing with our weather chart.  It seems there were a lot of cloudy days in November and not much rain.  I read the story “One Hundred Steps” by Sir Captain Tom Moore to the children.  Before reading the book, I put a picture of him on the whiteboard and asked the children if they knew who it was.  These were some of the answers I received:  ‘It’s the prime minister’.  ‘It’s Boris Johnson’.  And my favourite of all was ‘It’s the prime minister of America’. (I’m not sure who I should email first with this information, Number 10 or the Whitehouse).  Mr Moses used the Beebots with the children.  They enjoyed this activity and there was great team work.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children did some leaf rubbing.  They were fascinated to see how the shape of the leaf and the veins of the leaf were so pronounced.  The children did music with Mr Fingerhut. They were doing some musical interpretation and then played the instruments.  The children are developing a very good sense of rhythm.  

 

In Forest School this week the children heard the story "Where the Wild Things Are".  The children then went into the forest and had to build a tent.  They had to choose two trees and tie a rope between the two branches. They placed a tarpaulin over the rope and then had to find sticks to hit into the ground with a mallet to keep the tarpaulin in place. The children were then asked to put things into their tent.  There was a chimney, a coffee machine, and someone even tried rubbing sticks to make a fire. There was great teamwork and the children really enjoyed the activity.

 

ln this weeks Parasha, Vayaizai, the children learnt that Yakov (Jacob) had to run away from his twin brother Eisav (Esau).  Whilst running through the desert to his uncle Lavan’s (Laban) house, Yakov became very tired.  He took a rock as a pillow and lay down to sleep.  During his sleep, he dreamt of a ladder reaching all the way to the sky, with malachim (angels) going up and down.  When Yakov awoke Hashem told him that his dream meant that Hashem and His malachim would always be there to keep him safe.

When Yakov arrived at his uncle’s house, he met Lavan’s two daughters, Leah and Rachel.  Yakov loved Rachel and asked Lavan if he could marry her.  Lavan insisted Yakov work for him in his fields for 7 years and then he could marry Rachel.  After 7 years of hard work, Yakov prepared to marry Rachel.  His bride wore a heavy veil and her face could not be seen. After the ceremony Yakov lifted the veil and saw his uncle had tricked him and given him Leah to marry instead.  Lavan insisted Yakov work a  further 7 days in order to marry Rachel.  
Between Yakov’s two wives, they had 12 sons and 1 daughter.
The children enjoyed creating their own ladder using lollipop sticks, using a real rock for a pillow and drawing their own Yakov sleeping on it.
 
The children have also excitedly enjoyed an Aleph Bet party on Friday to celebrate reaching the letter YUD.  They have worked so hard to achieve this and I now look forward to introducing the first VOWEL  - patach ( sound is UH) on Tuesday, and we will start blending the letters learnt with the new vowel .
Please keep practising the aleph champ reading book with your children to retain their fluency and confidence.
Shabbat Shalom 
Mrs Roodyn 

 

Regarding Birthdays:  You will all have seen the email from Ms Simon about celebrating birthdays in school on the last Friday of each month.  In Reception, because it is such a short day and the children celebrate Kabbalat Shabbat,  there is very little time.  For this reason we will be celebrating birthdays for the month on the last Wednesday of every month, beginning in the new year.  This term we will be celebrating September, October and November birthdays next week on the 2nd of December.  December birthdays will be celebrated on the first Wednesday we are back at school.

 

Take care everyone.  Look after yourselves and others and I will see you all again next week.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.

Reception Blog 20/11/20  

         

Dear Parents

 

I hope you are all well.  I cannot believe that we are halfway through the Autumn 2 term.  Three weeks down and only three weeks to go. 

 

It is Anti Bullying week this week.  In Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) the children have been learning about what it is to be a bully and how we should be a good friend in the playground and in the classroom.  We are making an anti bullying poster and a kindness tree where everyone’s ideas will be displayed.  We have also had some behaviour worksheets which the children could choose to do.  They had to cut out the pictures and stick them either in the sad column or the happy column.  We will post some pictures of our kindness tree next week when we have finished it.

 

In Communication and Language we have been reading stories about kindness.  We read Cinnamon Girl.  It’s a lovely story about a little girl who was being called names because her skin was a bit dark.  The children really enjoyed the story and the discussion which followed.  The other story we read was Giraffe Left Out.  It is about the animals not wanting their friends to play with the new animal.  This story really struck a chord with lots of the children as many of them had been on the receiving end of this behaviour.

 

In Physical Development the children are continuing to focus on their letter and number formation.  Some of them are finding the lead outs for joined up writing very tricky.  I will be sending home letters d, g, o, c and k.  I will also be sending home a number practise sheet.

 

In PE this week the children were honing their ball skills. They started with tennis balls and progressed to footballs.  They were practising their throwing and catching skills.

 

In Literacy the children are continuing to use their sound talking skills to read and write CVC words and sentences.  It is delightful to watch them sitting at a table and sub consciously use their robot arms to silently sound talk words.

 

In Phonics this week we have learnt the ‘ll’ and ‘ss’ sounds. The phonic stories were about ‘Bill Gull’ and ‘Bess and Tess’.  I have uploaded the stories onto Google classroom for you to go through with your child. The idea is for you to go through the book with your child.  Discuss the main character.  You can ask your child “Can you remember who the main character is?”  If they don’t remember, remind them.  Allow them to look at the pictures in the book.  Ask your child if they can think of any other words that begin with these sounds or have these sounds in them.  You can also ask them if they can find any objects in the house that have these sounds in them.  If there are any CVC words you can sound talk them with your child.  For example, the Bill Gull book has a h-i-ll, s-i-ll, etc.

 

In Maths the children are continuing to learn about simple addition.  They have been adding two groups of objects together to make a total.  I have modelled for them how to write a simple number sentence and they have been writing number sentences on their white boards.

 

In Understanding the World, the children have continued the weather chart for the month of November.  Every day we are recording the weather and at the end of the month we will count to see how many different weather days we had.  We read a Winnie the Witch story this week and in the book Winnie did magic to turn a boat into a submarine.  I was asked if submarines were real.  Many children thought they were fantasy.  I showed them a short video clip of a submarine submerging and I was told by one clever little person “the air must go out of the submarine and then the water must go in. The submarine has something called a ballast”.  Wow! I was super impressed.  The children have also been looking at all the earthworm bumps in the soil.  There are lots of them and the children wanted to know what they were.  They were fascinated by them and now all they want to do is to find earthworms.  They were very intrigued  to find out the process by which this happens.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children were doing free drawing and sticking and painting.  They are really enjoying the challenge of just the three primary colours for painting.  Some children try very hard to keep the colours separate and some children like creating their own colours.  The children also enjoyed their music lesson with Mr Fingerhut, showing their good sense of rhythm and their ability to copy a rhythmic pattern.

 

In Forest School this week Emma had her forest friends puppets.  The children first had to say what kind of animals lived in the woodland and then they were introduced to the toys.  There was a mouse, a badger, a mole, an owl, a squirrel and a hedgehog.  The children were then split into groups of three or four and each group had their own toy. They then had to go into the wooded area of the park and make a home for their animal using natural objects.  The results were really sweet.

 

In Jewish Studies this week the children learnt the Parashah Toldot.  Rifka gave birth to twin boys, one was called Eisav (Esau), he was the first born and one was called Yakov (Jacob).  Eisav was red and hairy and Yakov had smooth skin.  Eisav was not a good boy, he  loved to hunt animals in the field whereas Yakov loved to learn Torah and do Mitzvot.  One day, Eisav came home very hungry and very tired from hunting and when he smelt the lentil soup that Yakov was cooking he said “give me some soup”, Yakov only agreed to give him the soup if Eisav gave him his birthright.  Eisav didn’t care about being the older twin and agreed to swap.  A few years later, Yitzchak their father, who was blind with old age, wanted to bless his first born son.  Rifka, their mother heard and dressed Yakov as Eisav because he was a good man and she wanted Yakov to get the special bracha.  When Eisav heard that Yakov had been given the special bracha from their father he was furious with Yakov.

 

The children had lots of fun making their own pot of lentil soup using real lentils and drawing their own Yakov and Eisav.

 

The children have also learnt a new letter YUD …….yyyy

 

Please keep practising Aleph Champ Reading books with your children so they are familiar and fluent with the letters and sounds learnt.

Shabbat shalom

Mrs Roodyn

 

 A few reminders:

 

Don’t forget that Forest School is continuing so please send your child in their wellies and waterproofs on a Thursday.

 

If your child brings home wet or muddy clothes, please remember to replace them the next day.

 

If anyone has old school tracksuit bottoms that your child doesn’t wear any more, please could you donate them to the early years.  We have lots of spare jumpers but no more bottoms.  

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.


 

Reception Blog 13/11/20  

         

Dear Parents

 

I hope you are all well and coping with the lockdown and restrictions that are being placed on all of us.  

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) the children have been learning what it is like to be ‘the new kid on the block’.  We welcomed a new friend this week and the children have all been amazingly kind and friendly and made him feel quite at home.  We discussed how he might be feeling and the children were surprisingly empathetic for such a young age.

 

In Communication and Language we have been reading the story of Beegu.  We discussed where Beegu came from and how she was feeling when she got to earth.  She felt very sad and alone and frightened.  This linked in very well with our new little friend and the children were able to make the connection.  

 

In Physical Development the children have continued to focus on letter formation and pencil grip.  We have been practising very hard to write the letters using the correct formation.  In their reading folder I will be sending them with practise sheets for the ‘l’ sound as well as the ‘p’, ‘i’ and ‘n’ sounds. 

 

In PE this week the children were practising their ball skills.  They had to pick up a ball which was placed on a cone, throw it in the air and catch it, place it back on the cone and then run to find another ball.

 

In Literacy the children are continuing to do a lot of ‘sound talking’ and rhyming activities.  The children have been putting their sound talking skills to good use doing the sound talking sheets that have been provided in the classroom and outside.  They are showing a growing sense of confidence and accomplishment at this and it is wonderful to see their development.

 

In Phonics this week we have learnt the ‘l’’ and ‘ff’ sounds. The phonic stories were about Len Lizard and Gruffalo. I have uploaded the stories onto Google classroom for you to go through with your child. The idea is for you to go through the book with your child.  Discuss the main character.  You can ask your child “Can you remember who the main character is?”  If they don’t remember, remind them.  Allow them to look at the pictures in the book.  Ask your child if they can think of any other words that begin with these sounds or have these sounds in them.  You can also ask them if they can find any objects in the house that begin with these sounds or have these sounds in them.  If there are any CVC words, sound talk them with your child.  For example, the Len Lizard book has a l-o-g, l-e-g, etc.

 

In Maths the children have been learning about simple addition.  They have been adding  two groups of objects together to make a total and looking for the total on the number fan.  I have modelled for them how to write a simple number sentence.  We also used non standard units of measurement (a wooden block) to see how far our pompoms travelled when we blew them.  There was a resounding winner with a magnificent distance of 7 blocks.  This was even further than mine went.

 

In Understanding the World, the children have continued the weather chart for the month of November.  Every day we are recording the weather and at the end of the month we will count to see how many different weather days we had.  We also did an experiment, blowing pompoms with a straw to see how far we could blow it.  We then measured the distance using non standard units of measurement.  We also discussed “Poppy Day”.  Some children had a very good understanding of what the day meant.  I was told “Because a long time ago there was a war and after the war they wore poppies to say thank you.”

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children made poppies to wear in class.  Many of them proudly wore their poppies home with them.  We also made Get Well cards for the “Save A Child’s Heart” charity.  

 

In Forest School this week the children played another game of Forest Fire.  After that they talked a bit about Diwali.  They combined their efforts to create a beautiful Rangoli pattern using natural objects.  After that they had to make a choice.  They could either make a diva candle out of clay, or they could create their own Rangoli pattern out of leaves or they could go and dig for worms in the forest.  They reminded Emma that when you carry a trowel, it must be pointy side down.  

 

In Jewish Studies this week the children learnt Parashah Chayei Sarah.  Avraham told his servant Eliezer to go and find a wife for his son Yitzchak. Eliezer travelled with 10 camels on a long journey through the desert.  During the journey, Eliezer became very thirsty because it was so hot in the desert.   He came to a well.  He thought to himself, “I am going to ask one of the girls for a drink of water, if she says yes and then feeds water to my 10 camels as well, then I will know she is a kind girl and will be a good wife for Yitzchak”.  Eliezer asked Rifka for a drink of water, and not only did she bring Eliezer water she worked so hard to feed all his camels too.  Eliezer knew this was the right girl for Yitzchak.  He asked Rifka’s parents if he was allowed to take Rifka back to meet Yitzchak and they agreed.  Eliezer gave Rifka lots of jewellery as gifts.  Rifka met Yitzchak and they were so happy together and got married. 

We discussed how a well works, and how some countries still have to access water using a well and how hard a person has to work just to fill one jug of water. The children watched a video of a lady in India using a well to get water to wash her clothes.  

The children had fun making and decorating their own well and enjoyed threading beads to make their own jewellery.

 

The children also learnt a new Aleph Bet letter - TET......tttttt.

Please keep practising the aleph champ reading book with your children and please don’t forget to sign their record book.

Shabbat Shalom 

 

A few reminders:

 
  • Don’t forget that Forest School is continuing so please send your child in their wellies and waterproofs on a Thursday.
 
  • If your child brings home wet or muddy clothes, please remember to replace them the next day.
 
  • If anyone has old school tracksuit bottoms that your child doesn’t wear any more, please could you donate them to the early years.  We have lots of spare jumpers but no more bottoms.  
 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.

Reception Blog 6/11/20  

         

Dear Parents

 

It has been so great to see the children back at school after the half term and to hear what they have been up to over the holidays.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) the puppets have been helping us to understand what we can say if someone takes your toy, if someone hurts you by accident, if someone hurts you on purpose, if someone doesn’t want to play with you, if someone wants to play with you and you don’t want them to.  The children came up with some very good ideas and I was amazed at the maturity of some of their responses.

 

In Communication and Language we have been reading the story of The Gruffalo.  We discussed the setting of The Gruffalo and talked about what else we might find in the forest.  We also discussed what the Gruffalo and the other animals wanted to eat.  We linked this to what we like to eat and what is a healthy choice to eat.  This links nicely with Health and Self Care in Physical Development.

 

In Physical Development the children have been focussing on letter formation and pencil grip.  We have been practising very hard to get our letters correct.  In their reading folder I will be sending them with practise sheets for the sounds we have learnt this week as well as for the first three sounds we learnt, ‘s’, ‘a’ and ‘t’.  

 

In Literacy the children are continuing to do a lot of ‘sound talking’ and rhyming activities.  Some children are very good at this and some children still need a lot of practise.  Some children have also been using their phonic skills to begin writing about what they did over the half term.  

 

In Phonics this week we have learnt the ‘h’, ‘b’ and ‘f’ sounds. The phonic stories were about Harry Horse, Ben Butterfly and Fin Frog. I have uploaded the stories onto Google classroom for you to go through with your child. The idea is for you to go through the book with your child.  Discuss the main character.  You can ask your child “Can you remember who the main character is?”  If they don’t remember, remind them.  Allow them to look at the pictures in the book.  Ask your child if they can think of any other words that begin with these sounds.  You can also ask them if they can find any objects in the house that begin with these sounds.  If there are any CVC words, sound talk them with your child.  For example, the Ben Butterfly book has a b-u-g, a b-u-s, a b-i-n, etc.

 

In Maths the children have been learning about numbers to 10 using the number fans. They have counted objects and held up the correct number.  They have worked out how to use the number fans to indicate one more and one less than a given number and what number to show if we are adding two more or taking two away.  They then used the number fans to estimate how many objects they think there might be.  This proved a bit more tricky as there were no right or wrong answers.  They really enjoyed the challenge of using the number fans and we will use them again.

 

In Understanding the World, the children have started making a weather chart for the month of November.  Every day we are recording the weather and at the end of the month we will count to see how many different weather days we had.  The children have also made salt dough which we will use next week in our story.  

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have started making leaves for us to create a jungle.  They have done Gruffalo pictures, which we have cut up to make puzzles.  We have done splash paintings for fireworks for bonfire night.  The children have told us all about fireworks and some children also knew the story about Guy Fawkes and his gunpowder plot.

 

In Forest School this week the children played a fire game. They had to pretend to be different animals (owls, foxes, rabbits and hedgehogs).  They then had to run through the fire (Abbey and Emma) to the other side.  If they were caught, they became part of the fire.  This made the fire grow each time and it made it more difficult for the animals to run through.  They discussed the different colours in fire (red, orange, yellow).  They collected leaves and then made a pretend fire.  The children could then choose to make a firework out of an elder stick, a sparkly pipe cleaner and a bit of fabric, or make a splash painting fireworks picture, or go and dig for worms.  

 

In Jewish Studies this week the children learnt Parasha Vayaira.  Avraham was a tzaddik - a very good man.  He did lots of mitzvot, but there was one mitzvah he excelled in  - he loved to invite people into his tent.  One day Avraham was visited by 3 men,  when they arrived at his tent Avraham immediately asked them to sit in the shade and washed their sandy feet to cool them down from the hot sun.  Avraham and his wife Sarah then prepared a beautiful meal for their visitors.  After the meal one of the men stood up and said to Avraham “next year your wife Sarah will have a baby boy”.  Sarah laughed and said “I’m too old to have a baby”.  Avraham was not aware that these 3 visitors were in fact malachim (angels) sent from Hashem.    However, the following year Avraham and Sarah had a baby boy - they called him Yitzchak (Isaac)

 

The children enjoyed making and decorating their own “Avraham and Sarah’s tent “ with the 3 malachim standing next to the tent.

 

Shabbat Shalom 

Mrs Roodyn 

 

A few reminders:

 

Please remember to send your children to school in their Forest School clothes on a Thursday.  Many parents were under the impression that there was no Forest School this term but it will continue for the remainder of the year.

 

Please remember that the children need a healthy snack for mid morning.  A packet of crisps or a cake is not considered a healthy snack.  

 

Please also remember that we are a nut free school.  This includes sesame seeds, which are not allowed.  This is to keep all children and staff safe from potential allergies.

 

Please remember to send in spare clothes if you haven’t done so already.  Children are  getting muddy in the playground in this weather and as the weather gets colder it is important that they have something dry to change into.  Please could you also help us and help your child by teaching them to become independent when changing their clothes.  Many children are requiring changing and need an adult to do it for them.  

 

Lastly, if you have a security duty at the main school or at the EYU, please just drop your child off when you need to.  I am always here early and am happy to welcome them.  The security guards will always bring them in and find me.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.

Reception Blog 23/10/20  

         

Dear Parents

 

Finally it is the half term and we can all have a mini break and relax for a week.  I am hoping that the weather is going to be gorgeous so that we can at least go to the park for a walk, even if we cannot go away on a holiday.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) the puppets have been teaching us that if someone does not want to play our game, we should not try to force them.  Also that people are all free to choose what they want to play with and who they want to play with.  No one has the right to tell us that we can’t play with someone. This has resulted in some quite interesting discussions and the children are giving some quite mature opinions.

 

In Communication and Language we are continuing to listen to stories about our five senses.  We read the story ‘Lucy’s Picture’ by Nicola Moon.  It is about a little girl who creates a tactile picture for her blind grandfather.  We have also been listening to lots of stories with rhyming words as many children are still struggling with hearing and identifying rhyming words.  I will upload a fun game with resources onto Google Classroom for you to play with the family over the half term. 

 

In Physical Development the children have been using their fine motor skills to create pictures by hammering shapes and cut outs into cork boards.  In PE the children continued to hone their ball skills.  They threw the ball in different ways, using both over arm and underarm, and then played a game where they had to keep the ball from coming into their side.  

 

In Literacy the children are continuing to write the phonics sounds which we have learnt. They have continued to do a lot of ‘sound talking’.  Some children are very good at this and some children still need a lot of practise.  I will upload a fun sound talking game onto Google Classroom for you to play over the half term. 

 

In Phonics this week we have learnt the ‘e’, ‘u’ and ‘r’ sounds. The phonic stories were about Ellie Elephant, Upside down Uncle and Red Robin. I have uploaded the stories onto Google classroom for you to go through with your child. The idea is for you to go through the book with your child.  Discuss the main character.  You can ask your child “Can you remember who the main character is?”  If they don’t remember, remind them.  Allow them to look at the pictures in the book.  Ask your child if they can think of any other words that begin with these sounds.  You can also ask them if they can find any objects in the house that begin with these sounds.  

 

In Maths the children have been learning about pattern.  They created a simple boy, girl, boy, girl pattern.  We then made a boy, boy, girl pattern.  They learnt that a pattern is something that is repeated over and over again.  They used natural objects (conkers, acorns, sticks, pine cones, feathers) to create basic patterns.  

 

In Understanding the World, the children are continuing to look at changes in their environment during autumn. It is very muddy and they have been fascinated to find some bugs and slugs in the garden.  We also found some little grubs which had been sleeping inside the acorns in the classroom.  They took them very gently and placed them in the bushes in the garden.  

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have continued to use their imaginations to create stories around their constructions.  They have also collaged a very big rainbow and ark, which is going onto a display in the dining room.  After reading the book ‘Lucy’s Picture’ they also created a large group tactile picture for display purposes.  They really love seeing their work on display around the school.  In music with Mr FIngerhut they played the instruments.  They had great fun and some of them displayed a very good sense of rhythm.

  

In Forest School this week the children played ‘Eagle eye hide and seek.’ They had to hide.  Emma was the eagle.  She stayed on the mat and called out ‘eagle eyes are closing, eagle eyes are opening’. The aim was for the children to get back to the mat without Emma noticing they were gone before they got back to the mat.

Emma read the book ‘Yucky Worms’ and the children learnt about worm facts like worms have 5 pairs of hearts and that worm poo is known as a ‘cast’

Children went hunting for worm cast. They found cast, poured water over the muddy cast and waited for the worms to come out.

They could then either continue to watch and wait for the worms to come out, or they could use a trowel to dig into the ground to dig for worms or they could make worms out of elder branches and pipe cleaners.

 

In Jewish studies this week, the children learnt about this weeks Parasha - Noach.  The children learnt that Noach was a good man but the people who lived around him were not good.  This made Hashem very sad.  Hashem told Noach to build a very big boat - an ark.  He was to put his whole family along with  7 kosher daddy animals, 7 kosher mummy animals of all the types and 1 non kosher daddy animal and 1 non kosher mummy animal of all the types, into the ark.  We discussed the names of some kosher animals and some non kosher animals.

Hashem then brought a flood for 40 days and 40 nights.  Only Noach and his family and all the animals in the ark were saved.  Noach then let out a dove to see if it was time to leave the ark, however the dove flew back with an olive branch in his beak and this showed Noach that it wasn’t time to leave the ark yet.  7 days later, Noach let the dove out again and this time the dove did not return.  Noach knew it was time to leave the ark.  Noach then saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky - a sign from Hashem that He would never ever bring another flood over the whole world again.

The children had lots of fun making their own ark, using lollipop sticks and choosing animals to go inside their ark. 

The children have also learnt a new letter -ZAYIN   -   zzzzzzz.

Zayin has a crooked hat and a crooked leg.

Please keep practising with your children so that they become fluent and confident with the letters learnt.

Shabbat shalom and have a lovely half term.

 

Thank you to everyone for sending the children to school ready for Forest School.  It makes life so much easier for us and it ensures that we are able to leave on time, giving the children the maximum time in the park.  I am also very impressed with how many children are able to change out of their Forest School clothes and back into their school clothes and independently.  Well done and thank you!

 

A few reminders:

 

Please remember that the boys MUST wear a kippah to school every day.  It is part of their school uniform.  Even if they are wearing a beanie in the cold weather, they need to bring their kippah to school to put on when they are in the classroom.

 

Please remember that the children need a healthy snack for mid morning.  A packet of crisps or a cake is not considered a healthy snack.  

 

Please also remember that we are a nut free school.  This includes sesame seeds, which are not allowed.  This is to keep all children and staff safe from potential allergies.

 

Please remember to send in spare clothes if you haven’t done so already.  Children are  getting muddy in the playground in this weather and as the weather gets colder it is important that they have something dry to change into.  Please could you also help us and help your child by teaching them to become independent when changing their clothes.  Many children are requiring changing and need an adult to do it for them.  

 

Lastly, if you have a security duty at the main school or at the EYU, please just drop your child off when you need to.  I am always here early and am happy to welcome them.  The security guards will always bring them in and find me.

 

Have a great week and I look forward to seeing everyone again after the half term.  

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.

Reception Blog 16/10/20  

         

Dear Parents

 

Only one week to go before the half term.  In these unusual times I hope you are all looking forward to some time with your children at home.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) the children are continuing to learn how to be a good friend.  The puppets have been working hard to reinforce the rules.  This week we have been learning how everyone is different and just because someone may look or sound different we should still be their friend.  We have also been learning how we are all different and how we are all good at different things.  It is good to hear how many children are good at ‘scootering’ and ‘riding bikes’.  

 

In Communication and Language, we have been listening to stories about our five senses. It has been very interesting to hear how different children have different opinions and ideas.  When we read the story ‘Lima’s Red Hot Chilli’ I asked why it is not a good idea for Lima to eat the chilli.  I was told, ‘because it is not ready yet’ (meaning it's not ripe yet). They also very much enjoyed the story ‘The Smelly Book’ by Babette Cole.  They took great delight in telling me what else could be smelly!  We then conducted a smell test to see who could correctly identify different smells.

 

In Physical Development the children have been using large and small construction toys which help to develop their muscles.  We have continued to do a lot of dance  and freeze songs on the big screen and the children are getting very good at following the instructions.  In PE the children were given an obstacle course to follow which they did very well.  They then practised their ball skills by bouncing and throwing the balls and then dribbling the ball between two cones.  

 

In Literacy the children are continuing to write the phonics sounds which we have learnt. 

They have also been doing a lot of ‘sound talking’.  Some children are very good at this and some children still need a lot of practise. This week we have learnt the ‘ck’ sound. The phonic story was about Daisy Duck who found a sack. I have uploaded the story onto Google classroom for you to go through with your child. The idea is for you to go through the book with your child.  Discuss the main character.  You can ask your child “Can you remember who the main character is?”  If they don’t remember, remind them.  Allow them to look at the pictures in the book.  Ask if your child can think of any other words that end with the ‘ck’ sound.  Have a look around your house and see if you can find any objects that end with the ‘ck’ sound.  

 

In Maths the children have been learning about simple 2D shapes.  They have learnt to name the shapes, talk about how many sides the shape has and they have been looking for the shapes in the classroom.  They discovered that some books are a rectangular shape and some books are square.  They found circles on the floor and on the walls and they found triangles in the felt cut out shapes.  They made shapes with their hands and with their arms.

 

In Understanding the World, the children are continuing to look at changes in their environment during autumn. We have had a problem with wasps in our playground.  It became noticeable very recently.  We got pest control in to get rid of them and as this happened before school, I took pictures and a video to show the children.  They were fascinated and this resulted in a very productive discussion about wasps, bees, and who has previously been stung.  They knew that bees produce honey and some of them knew that without bees, we would have no plants or trees.  They have all vowed to look after the bees that they see in the garden.  I had the magnifying glasses out and the children spent many happy hours looking for bugs and minibeasts, finding mostly slugs and snails.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have continued to create storylines around small world characters and large construction games.  They have created lovely pictures using shapes with the felt board and also sticking paper shapes to create pictures.   

 

In Forest School today the children were focusing on birds.  They knew that birds have two legs, two wings and make nests.  They then went on a bird hunt to see if they could match pictures of birds.  After that they were given the choice of making a clay bird, making a nest using natural objects or using the binoculars to go and look for birds.  They really enjoyed these activities and the weather was gorgeous.  

 

In Jewish studies this week, the children learnt Parashah Bereishit, how Hashem created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th day - Shabbat. 

 

On day number 1 Hashem created the dark and light - nighttime and daytime.

On day number 2 Hashem created the sky and the sea.

On day number 3 Hashem created the grass, flowers and trees.

On day number 4 Hashem created the sun, moon and stars.

On day number 5 Hashem created birds and the fish.

On day number 6 Hashem created animals and insects and Adam and Chava (Eve).

On day number 7 Hashem rested.  Shabbat, and we too rest every week on day 7 - Shabbat.

The children had fun creating a special book for the 7 days of creation.

 

The children have also learnt a new Hebrew letter - VAV ....vvvvvv

Please keep practising the Aleph Champ reading book with your children as much as possible in order to maintain their fluency with the letters learnt.

 

Thank you to everyone for sending the children to school ready for Forest School.  It makes life so much easier for us and it ensures that we are able to leave on time, giving the children the maximum time in the park.  I am also very impressed with how many children are able to change out of their Forest School clothes and back into their school clothes and independently.  Well done and thank you!

 

A few reminders:

 

Please remember that the children need a healthy snack for mid morning.  A packet of crisps or a cake is not considered a healthy snack.  

 

Please also remember that we are a nut free school.  This includes sesame seeds, which are not allowed.  This is to keep all children and staff safe from potential allergies.

 

Please remember to send in spare clothes if you haven’t done so already.  Children are  getting muddy in the playground in this weather and as the weather gets colder it is important that they have something dry to change into.  Please could you also help us and help your child by teaching them to become independent when changing their clothes.  Many children are requiring changing and need an adult to do it for them.  

 

Lastly, if you have a security duty at the main school or at the EYU, please just drop your child off when you need to.  I am always here early and am happy to welcome them.  The security guards will always bring them in and find me.

 

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone again next week.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.

Reception Blog 09/10/20  

         

Dear Parents

 

I cannot believe that there are only two weeks left of this half term.  The time has gone so quickly and the children have learnt so much.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) the children are continuing to learn how to be a good friend.  I have also been reinforcing how to be a good friend, using the puppets to support their learning.  We have discussed ways to start resolving conflicts. We have been learning to ‘use our words’, to say ‘stop it I don’t like it’, and also to try and find a simple compromise.  An example that we used was two children playing a game and both wanting to do things their way.  Maybe they could try one way first and then try doing things the way the other person suggested.  The children seemed quite open to these suggestions.

 

In Communication and Language, we have been listening to lots of stories.  We have been comparing the stories, discussing the characters and how they are different, anticipating what might happen next in the story, and also saying how the story could have ended differently.  We have also been speaking a lot about how different characters in the story might be feeling and why.

 

In Physical Development the children have continued to use a lot of construction toys and games to develop their muscles.  We have done a lot of dance and freeze songs on the IWB which uses their little bodies to move in ways which develop their muscles and coordination.  They also had PE on Monday which they really enjoyed, following stop and go instructions.

 

In Literacy the children have been writing the phonics sounds which we have learnt.  This week we have learnt the ‘o’, c’ and ‘k’ sounds. The phonic stories revolved around Ollie Octopus, Candy Cat and Kev Kangaroo. I have uploaded the stories onto Google classroom for you to go through with your child. The idea is for you to go through the book with your child.  Discuss the main character.  You can ask your child “Can you remember who the main character is?”  If they don’t remember, remind them.  Allow them to look at the pictures in the book.  E.g. there is a cat, a cup, cot, etc.  If it is a simple CVC word like cot, you can sound it out with your child. E.g. c-o-t cot.  If it is a more tricky work, e.g. olives, encourage your child to look at the picture to work out what the word is.  Ask if your child can think of any other words that begin with the sound.  Have a look around your house and see if you can find any objects that begin with the sound.  I have also uploaded the video I have made for you about how the sounds are said correctly, and how to write them using the pre-cursive script.  

 

In Maths the children have been learning to count out objects.  I gave them each a stick of Unifix cubes and when I gave them a number, they needed to count out the correct number of blocks and hold them up.  They were quite competitive amongst themselves, always trying to be the quickest.  We then tried holding up the number of blocks which was one more than the number I gave.  This proved to be a bit trickier but some children managed it quite easily.

 

In Understanding the World, the children are continuing to look at changes in their environment. We have discussed how in autumn the weather is very changeable.  It can be cold and rainy one minute and warm and sunny an hour later.  This is because the weather is trying to decide whether it still wants to be summer or whether it is time to move into winter.  We also conducted an experiment on floating and sinking.  We tried to predict which objects would float and which ones would sink and why this might happen.  The children also had a computing lesson with Mr Moses, using the iPads.  The children decorated succah pictures using stamps and images on the iPad.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been playing lovely games involving their huge imaginations.  There have been ninja games and princess games.  Large group games and small group games.  They were very excited to play the instruments in music this week.  Most of them showed a good sense of rhythm.  They also decorated and brought home their lovely Succah decorations which they made using old discs.  They were very glittery and pretty. 

 

In Forest School today the children looked at the different leaves on the trees and lying on the ground.  They discussed the different colours of the autumn leaves, as well as the different shapes.  They then went on a leaf walk collecting as many different colour leaves as they could find.  They skewered them onto a kebab stick and made their own leaf kebabs.  

 

In Jewish studies this week, the children continued to learn about the Chag of Succot.  They were all very excited to eat their snack in the succah this week.

 

Thank you to everyone for sending the children to school ready for Forest School.  It makes life so much easier for us and it ensures that we are able to leave on time, giving the children the maximum time in the park.

 

A few reminders:

 

Please remember that the children need a healthy snack for mid morning.  A packet of crisps or a cake is not considered a healthy snack.  Also please remember that from next week we will be having a hot school lunch again so a packed lunch will not be required. Please remember to send your child with a water bottle each day.

 

Please also remember that we are a nut free school.  This includes sesame seeds, which are not allowed.  This is to keep all children and staff safe from potential allergies.

 

Please remember to send in spare clothes if you haven’t done so already.  Children are  getting muddy in the playground in this weather and as the weather gets colder it is important that they have something dry to change into.  Please could you also help us and help your child by teaching them to become independent when changing their clothes.  Many children are requiring changing and need an adult to do it for them.  

 

Lastly, if you have a security duty at the main school or at the EYU, please just drop your child off when you need to.  I am always here early and am happy to welcome them.  The security guards will always bring them in and find me.

 

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone again next week.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.

Reception Blog 02/10/20

 

Dear Parents

 

We are now halfway through the term and the children are all settled well into the routine of the classroom.  They are all happy to come to school and are becoming aware  of the morning routines.  

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) the children are continuing to learn how to share and take turns.  I have also been reinforcing how to be a good friend, using the puppets to support their learning.  We have talked about how we feel when someone is unkind to us and also how we feel when we are unkind to someone else.  It is not a nice feeling to be unkind.  We have also been reinforcing how to put out our hand and say “stop it I don’t like it” if someone is doing something we don’t like.  I have been using puppets in the class to reinforce these behaviours and feelings.  Petey, Poppy and Patsy have been introduced to the class and the children have really identified with the characters.  

 

In Communication and Language, the children have been getting really good at putting up their hands if they want to say something.  They have also been using their powers of discussion to negotiate with their friends and to discuss what they would like to do and how they would like to do something.  A child in the class was playing with the doll’s house when their friend came in and asked if they could come outside and play. The first child replied “I am just playing with this at the moment and I will come outside when I am finished.”  This was a very happy solution, discussed calmly and in a polite voice, taking into consideration what was being said.  I was very proud of them at that moment.  

 

In Physical Development the children have been using a lot of construction toys and games to develop their muscles.  They have been climbing and swinging in the playground, showing their balancing skills, and they have been writing their names every morning to develop their writing skills.

 

In Literacy the children have been writing the phonics sounds which we have learnt.  They have previously learnt the ‘s’, ‘a’, ‘t’, ‘p’, ‘i’, and ‘n’ sounds and this week we have learnt the ‘m’, d’ and ‘g’ sounds. The phonic stories revolved around Millie Mouse, Dan Dog and Gertie Goat. I have uploaded some of the stories onto Google classroom for you to go through with your child. The others will be uploaded today. The idea is for you to go through the book with your child.  Discuss the main character, eg. Millie Mouse.  You can ask your child “Can you remember who the main character is?”  If they don’t remember, remind them.  Allow them to look at the pictures in the book.  E.g. there is a map, a mop, mum, etc.  If it is a simple CVC word like mop, you can sound it out with your child. E.g. m-o-p mop.  If it is a more tricky work, e.g. monkey, encourage your child to look at the picture to work out what the word is.  Ask if your child can think of any other words that begin with a ‘m’ sound.  Have a look around your house and see if you can find any objects that begin with a ‘m’ sound.

 

In Maths the children have been learning to recognise and order numbers to twenty.  Although not everyone knows their numbers to twenty, they are learning the teen numbers through the activities which we are doing.  We played a rescue helicopter game on the whiteboard and the children had to give a number between two numbers.  Some of them were very good at this.  The children have also been ordering and sticking numbers to twenty, or if they can’t do to twenty, then as far as they could go.

 

In Understanding the World, the children have continued to look at changes in their environment.  They have painted lovely pictures of autumn trees and these are now on display in the art room.  We also conducted an experiment using balloons to create static electricity.  The children found their hair standing on end very funny indeed.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children painted lovely pictures of themselves.  They have also been doing lots of role play using the large octagon construction in the playground and have been playing with the dolls’ house, creating different dialogues.  It has been lovely to see the number of boys playing with the dolls’ house.  

 

In Forest School today the children discussed the different animals that may live in the forest at the park.  These included birds, squirrels, rabbits, bugs and worms and possibly the odd fox or two.  Some of the children were amazed to learn that bears and wolves were not to be found in our local parks.  The children then went on a seed hunt, finding seeds from different trees.  They were fascinated to see the different seed types and to learn the trees they came from. 

 

In Jewish studies this week, the children learnt about the Chag of Succot.  The children learnt that we celebrate Succot for 8 days in Israel and 9 days in all other countries.  The children learnt that on Succot it is a mitzvah to eat our Yom Tov meals in a Succah - a temporary home built outside.  The children saw a model Succah that  made for them and noticed how beautifully decorated it was, this is because when we fullfill the mitzvah of building a Succah we go even further and make the Succah beautiful.  The children enjoyed making their own Succah decoration using discs, glitter and gems.

The children also learnt about the mitzvah of shaking a lulav and etrog each day of Succot.  It was demonstrated to the children how to shake a lulav and etrog using a model set.

In the Aleph Bet lessons this week, the children learnt a new letter DALED - “D”.

We have now learnt 5 Aleph bet letters - Fantastic! 🤗 Please keep practising using Aleph champ book with your children daily, this will help them to become familiar and fluent with the letters and sounds.

Wishing you all Chag Sameach Mrs Roodyn.

 

Thank you to all the parents who sent their children to school ready for Forest School this morning.  It made life so much easier for us and it ensured that we were able to leave on time, giving the children the maximum time in the park.

 

A few reminders:

 

Please remember that the children need a healthy snack for mid morning.  A packet of crisps or a cake is not considered a healthy snack.  It would also be great if you could put their snack box separate to their lunch boxes as some of the children are eating some of their lunch at snack time.

 

Please also remember that we are a nut free school.  This includes sesame seeds, which are not allowed.  This is for the safety of all the children as some children may not yet have developed an allergy or some children may not be aware that they are allergic.

 

Please remember to send in spare clothes if you haven’t done so already.  Children get their jumpers and T-shirts wet when they are playing in the water tray or if someone is messing about with the tap and as the weather gets colder it is important that they have something dry to change into.

 

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone again next week.

 

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.

Reception Blog 25/09/20

 

Dear Parents

 

Welcome to our third blog of the year.  It is so heartwarming to see how beautifully the children come into the school in the morning, holding out their hands for hand gel and happy to say goodbye to their parents.  

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) the children have focused on self-confidence and self-awareness and have been gaining confidence to speak in a familiar group and to ask for help if they need it. They are learning to listen to their friends and respond in an appropriate way. They have also been discussing managing feelings and behaviour. They have been learning how to discuss and show their feelings, about their own and others' behaviour and its consequences. They have also discussed that some behaviour is unacceptable. They have been learning to work as part of a group and to understand and follow rules. These are all Early Learning Goals and part of the Reception curriculum. They have also continued to learn how to share and take turns with the resources. 

 

In Physical Development the children have been reinforcing their motor skills in the playground with the use of the climbing frames and balance beam.  They also had their first PE lesson of the year with Miss Nolan.  They were very excited to see the different games she had to show them and they did a lot of ‘move and stop’ to instructions.  

 

In Literacy the children have also been writing the phonics sounds which we have learnt.  They have previously learnt the ‘s’, ‘a’ and ‘t’ sounds and this week we have learnt the ‘p’, ‘i’ and ‘n’ sounds. The phonic stories revolved around Pete Penguin, Iggy Iguana and Ned Newt. The children have been thrilled with the new large whiteboards in the playground and have been doing lots of mark making.  In addition to this they have been doing lots of mark making on the ground with sidewalk chalk.

 

In Maths the children have continued counting the people in the class.  They have also been learning about adding one more up to number ten and ordering numbers to ten. Some children have been ordering numbers to twenty and have enjoyed the challenge. They are really enjoying the numbers and enjoy counting.  

 

In Understanding the World, the children have continued to look at changes in the environment.  They are looking at the colours of autumn and we have begun to paint pictures using brown, red, yellow and orange.  The children also saw the ‘skittles’ experiment and were amazed at the lovely skittles rainbow it made.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children continued to make portraits.  They have completed the self portraits and have begun making portraits of the staff.  These included not only the teaching staff but the security guards, Ismail, the dinner ladies and Mrs Craig.  My favourite was the picture of Andre the security guard.

 

In Forest School today the rules were reinforced about how to carry equipment safely and to come when you are called.  The children lay down on the mat with their eyes shut and listened to the sounds in the park.  They identified a bird tweeting, people talking, traffic noises, etc.  The children then used natural objects to make noises.  These included banging sticks together, rubbing leaves, shaking dry leaves, etc.  The children then made musical instruments.       

 

There has been a change in the plan regarding the clothing for Forest School.  It has been decided that because we are going early in the morning, we will send wellies and waterproofs home the night before. Each week we ask that you bring your child to school dressed ready for Forest School with their shoes in their bag to change into later. We will then send their wellies and waterproofs home at the end of the day for you to keep for the following week.

 

I will be uploading the phonics reading onto Google Classroom.  It is the same sign in as last year for the nursery.

 

Please remember that the children need a healthy snack for mid morning.  A packet of crisps or a cake is not considered a healthy snack.  It would also be great if you could put their snack box separate to their lunch boxes as some of the children are eating some of their lunch at snack time.

 

Please also remember that we are a nut free school.  This includes sesame seeds, which are not allowed.  This is for the safety of all the children.

 

Please remember to send in spare clothes if you haven’t done so already.  Children sometimes get their jumpers and T-shirts wet when they are playing in the water tray and outside and as the weather gets colder it is important that they have something dry to change into.

 

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday morning.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.

Reception Blog 18/-09/20

 

Dear Parents


We have now completed two full weeks of school and what fun they have been.  The children have been learning about their friends but, above all, they have been learning some new rules in the class.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) the children have continued learning how to share and take turns with the resources.  They have all shown great confidence in coming into school in the morning with huge smiles on their faces.  

This week the children have also learned the consequences of hurting their friends.   The consequences are a five minute timeout and the need to apologise.   The children are generally responding very well to this.  I keep reminding them that if someone hurts them at school, they need to tell an adult.  It would be appreciated if you could reinforce this at home.

 

In Communication and Language, I have been reinforcing with the children the need to  raise their hands when they want to say something in a large group.  They have been learning the need to listen to their friends and the appropriate way of responding to what their friends say.  This includes not laughing at their friends and not shouting out a response.  For the most part, they are a very well mannered class and are doing the right thing.

 

In Physical Development the children have been reinforcing their motor skills in the playground with the use of the climbing frames and the balance bikes.  Some children are more confident than others but with practice and encouragement they are developing.  

 

In Literacy the children have been writing their names. They have also been writing the phonics sounds which we have learnt.  Last week we learnt about Spud Spider and this week we have learnt about Ali Ant and Tim Tortoise.  Next week I will upload a small book that I have made for each sound onto the Google Classroom.  

 

In Maths the children have continued counting the people in the class.  They have also been counting to five, practising writing numerals to five and ordering numbers to five.  To challenge the children, we ordered numbers to ten.  They were very excited about this.

 

In Understanding the World, the children have continued to look at changes in the environment and how it affects what we wear.  It has been a bit tricky trying to teach the children that we are moving towards winter when we are in the middle of a mini heatwave.  I have acorns and conkers in the home corner and the children are often commenting on the fact that the parks are full of these and that the squirrels eat these in winter.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children made self portraits which are now on display in the corridor outside Mrs Craig’s office.  Singing with Mr Fingerhut has proved a bit tricky with children not being allowed to sing due to Covid restrictions.  However, they have been doing a lot of musical appreciation and movement to music.  They have also been listening to stories told to music.  This week they had the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

 

In Forest School today the rules were reinforced about how to carry equipment safely and to come when you are called.  The children were also shown how to behave when a dog comes near them in the park.  They should stand very still and cross their arms across their chests.  On the way back from the Forest School area a dog walker walked past us and it was pleasing to see so many children freeze and cross their arms across their chests. The children were shown which trees were safe to climb and some children were very brave and tried to climb just a little way up. The children collected large sticks, which they then ordered from smallest to biggest and some other natural materials.  Last week they made a face, this week they made a whole person.  The long stick at the bottom of the body is the surfboard that the person is riding.                 

 

A big thank you to all the parents who have sent Forest School clothes.  As soon as it starts raining and gets muddy, we will be needing them.  These clothes will remain at school and we will send them home when they need a wash.

 

Please remember to send in spare clothes if you haven’t done so already.  Children get their jumpers and T-shirts wet when they are playing in the water tray or if someone is messing about with the tap and as the weather gets colder it is important that they have something dry to change into.

 

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday morning.

 

Shana Tova and Shabbat Shalom

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.

Dear Reception Parents

What a great week in Reception! The children have been very busy completing their Rosh Hashanah crafts and are very excited to bring them home to show you.  The children have also learnt 2 new letters this week - BET and VET.  BET has a belly button and VET has lost his! BET sounds “B” and VET sounds “V”.
 

Please remember to practise for a few minutes each day with your child so they become fluent with the letters.   When sending the books back to school on Tuesdays, please only send your child’s aleph champ RECORD BOOK. Please keep the Aleph champ reading book at home in order to practise.  Please remember to always sign your child’s record book so I am able to keep a record of your child’s progress.

 

Wishing you all a Shana Tova and a year filled with just happiness and good health.

Best wishes

Mrs Roodyn 

Dear Parents


Welcome to our first blog of the Reception year 2020/21.  It has been a busy week, the first whole week with a whole class in nearly six months and the children have adapted beautifully.  I am so very proud of them all.

 

There has been lots of settling in, chatting with friends and exploring what the new class has to offer.  

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) the children have been learning how to share and take turns with the resources.  Some children do this naturally and some children are still learning.  It is a natural part of development for children to think that everything belongs to them.  The children have also been showing how confident they are coming into the school on their own in the morning.  I am so pleased with the confidence that they are showing.  It just proves how much they have grown and how ready they are for Reception.

 

In Communication and Language, the children have been practising how to raise their hands when they want to say something in a large group.  They have also been learning the importance of listening to their friends when they are speaking.

 

In Physical Development the children have been practising their climbing skills in the playground.  Some children are more confident than others but with practice and encouragement they will develop.  I have also been checking the children’s pencil grip and will be starting an intervention group for those children who are struggling to hold a pencil correctly.

 

In Literacy the children have been writing their names.  Everyone was able to write at least part of their name, if not all of it and I was very proud of all of their efforts.

 

In Maths we have been counting the children.  This means the children have been practising to count to 22.  

 

In Understanding the World, the children have been looking at changes in the leaves on the trees. One child told me “when the leaves fall down they are brown and they go crunch”.  We  have also discussed the weather changes and that this season is called Autumn. We will continue to look at changes in our environment for the rest of the school year.  

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been drawing independently, creating beautiful pictures of families, flowers and even a turtle submarine that goes under the water.  The children have been exploring the home corner where they have been copying what they have seen at home and pretending to cook food, then serving it to their friends.

 

In Forest School the children were learning the rules of Forest School.  They learned how to carry a stick safely, they learned how to answer and come when called and they collected objects from the forest.  They then used their collected objects to create a big face on the ground. We also found a tiny slug and two baby worms at Forest School.                         

 

A big thank you to all the parents who have sent Forest School clothes.  As soon as it starts raining and gets muddy, we will be needing them.  These clothes will remain at school and we will send them home when they need a wash.

 

Have a great weekend

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.

Dear Reception Parents

Welcome to Reception!

I hope you all had an enjoyable summer.  I am really looking forward to teaching your children for  Jewish Studies this year.  This week we are so excited to start the first letter of the Aleph Bet - Aleph.  Aleph is a very shy, quiet letter who makes no sound at all.  
All the children have been given their own Aleph Champ reading books and a record book.  Please spend a few minutes each day practising with your children so they become familiar with the letters and sounds as they learn them.  In keeping  with Covid 19 restrictions please could reading books come into school on Tuesdays and we will send them home 72 hours later on Fridays. 
 

This week, the children will also be learning about Rosh Hashanah and will start having fun making their Chag (Festival)crafts to bring home.

Looking forward to an exciting year ahead with your children.

Best wishes

Mrs Roodyn 

 

 

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