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Reception

 

REP - Mrs Edge, Miss Percival & Mrs Murphy (HLTA)

RM - Miss McGregor, Mrs Jones (HLTA) & Miss Walker (LSA)

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Our Current Topics

Term: Spring 2

Can we live on the moon?

 

Communication and Language and Literacy (Talk 4 Writing)

  • Fiction: Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy

We will make predictions about the characters and story before reading the text. We will then listen and respond to the text and explore the different vocabulary. We will create story maps and retell the story using actions. We will focus on setting description and will explore what it would be like to visit the moon. We will innovate the story by changing the setting.

  • Non-fiction: Non chronological report - Postcard from the moon

We will read a postcard sent from Baby Bear from the moon. We will look at the different features and will create postcards of our own from a setting of our choice. 

 

Sounds Write (phonics)

  • Units 9-11 (Using the sounds a, i, m, t, s, n, o, p, b, c, g, h, d, f, v, e, k, l, r, u, j, w, z, y, x, ss, ff, ll, zz, sh, ch, th, qu, ck)

We will be learning to read and write CCVCC and CCCVC words such as blush and strap. We will continue to build our fluency by reading and writing phonetically decodable sentences such as  'Cam got the strap on the bag in a twist.The high frequency words: be, you, all, are, her, was, they, my will be introduced.

 

Maths

  • Numbers within 15

We will learn how to count fifteen objects and will explore the composition of numbers within fifteen. For example, fifteen may be made using 1+14, 5+10 etc. We will find out what is one more than and one less than numbers 1-15 and will use concrete apparatus to practise addition and subtraction, focusing on counting on. We will practise making sets of objects and will explore sharing into equal and unequal groups. We will consolidate our knowledge of coins and will begin to explore how we can represent a quantity of money such as 10p in different ways. 

 

PSED

  • We will be learning about the value 'forgiveness'

We will learn that forgiveness is about giving somebody a second chance. We will discuss how we can resolve disagreements through negotiating.

 

Understanding the World

  • We will be exploring the changes that take place during spring.
  • We will learn all about the planets in our solar system, the moon and the sun.
  • We will learn about the customs and celebrations linked to Shrove Tuesday, Mother's Day and Easter.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

  • We will be looking at Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh and will be creating our own paintings in response.
  • We will listen to The Planets by Holst and will create our own musical compositions.

 

Creative Curriculum Week - Week beginning 4th March

We will be taking part in the whole school Creative Curriculum Week and will be learning all about our home city, Liverpool.

 

PE will be on Mondays and Fridays (REP) and Wednesdays (RM). Children should come to school wearing a full PE kit.

Homework will be given out on a Friday and must be returned on Wednesday.

April 2019

Easter

 

We found out why Easter is an important time for Christians. We enjoyed creating and writing Easter cards for our friends, going on an egg hunt and taking part in an Eco Hat Parade with Years 1 and 2.

March 2019

Space

 

We have enjoyed learning all about space. We read Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy and enjoyed acting out the story with our firends and creating text maps. We spoke about what we would take to the moon and watched a video of a rocket launch and used recycled materials to make rockets of our own. We then explored the different planets in our solar system and wrote facts about them to share with our friends. We became interested in astronauts and enjoyed learning about how astronauts eat and sleep when on the International Space Station. We learnt that you have to be really fit to be an astronaut so did our own version of astronaut training!

March 2019

Starry Night

 

We looked at the painting The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, we discussed the different types of lines and brush strokes we could see. We then created our own paintings in a similar style.

March 2019

World Book Day

 

We enjoyed taking part in World Book Day. We came to school dressed as our favourite characters and enjoyed taking part in a class swap, reading quiz and sharing our favourite books.

March 2019

RM Creative Curriculum Week 

 

RM's focus for Creative Curriculum Week was Sport in Liverpool. We took part in different sporting events such as the triathlon, measured sports pitches, did a number hunt, designed our own sport kits and looked at the logos of sports teams based in Liverpool.

March 2019

REP Creative Curriculum Week 

 

REP's focus for Creative Curriculum Week was Liverpool Landmarks. We read Scouse Mouse has lost his house by Shaun Ryan. We investigated the different landmarks mentioned in the book and created our own class guide book. We used shapes and construction toys to create representations of popular landmarks and designed our own Superlambananas.

March 2019

Shrove Tuesday

 

We learnt about the significance of Shrove Tuesday and why some Christians choose to give something up for Lent. We enjoyed reading Mr Wolf's Pancakes by Jan Fearnley and talking about if the wolf did the right thing, eating his neighbours. We choose our toppings and enjoyed eating our own pancakes.

February 2019

Healthy Living

 

We have been learning a persuasive leaflet about healthy eating. We innovated the text by adding more information about additional ways we can stay healthy such as brushing our teeth twice a day, doing regular exercise and sleeping well. We took part in different practical activities to help us learn the information. 

February 2019

Chinese New Year

 

We have been learning all about Chinese New Year. We read the story of the 'Great Race' and ordered the animals and took part in races of our own. We have designed cards to send to our friends and families and learned about the tradition of giving money envelopes. We have practiced counting on from a number using beads to create a dragon's body and have been practising using chopsticks. We enjoyed sharing our parents and carers into class to take part in the celebrations and are looking forward to our dragon dance and Chinese food tasting on Friday!

January 2019

All about Africa

To continue with our topic of Africa, Salma kindly volunteered to come and share with us different information about Africa. We learnt new facts and discussed the African Culture. We were able to perform our own African dance at the end!

Picture 1

January 2019

African Art

 

We looked at examples of African dot art patterns and then created our own patterns using paint and cotton buds.

January 2019

Kenya

 

We had a special visitor come to our classes to tell us all about her experiences of living and working in Kenya. Beth shared photographs and artifacts and told us about daily life in the country. She kindly left us a story all about Mandazi (a Kenyan donut), we are now all eager to try some of our own!

January 2019

Handa's Surprise

 

We came to school to find footprints, fruit and an empty basket. We made predictions about who could have left these things in our classroom. Afterwards, we read the story Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne. We enjoyed acting out the story with our friends and created story maps. After creating our story maps we learned to retell the story with actions and even performed them to a class in America as part of Multicultural book day. We continued to explore the story by tasting some fruits and describing how they looked, felted and tasted and wrote speech and throught bubbles for the different characters. We then innovated the story by changing the foods Handa placed in her basket.

January 2019

Knowsley Safari Park

 

On Wednesday 9th January, we had a fun-filled day at Knowsley Safari Park! We enjoyed our drive around the safari and were amazed at the animals we saw;  our favourite was the monkeys! We then got to learn more about the sea lions in the sea lion display. After that, we went on a trail to see the biggest cat of them all: the tiger! Finally, a workshop allowed us to touch and feel various types of animal bones and fur. What a great day!

Our Current Topics

Term: Spring 1

How is Handa's home different to mine?

 

Communication and Language and Literacy (Talk 4 Writing)

  • Fiction: Journey Tale - Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne

We will listen and respond to the text and explore the different vocabulary by taking part in activities such as fruit tasting. We will create story maps and retell the story using actions. We will innovate the story by changing the foods and descriptive language for example, Would she like the red juicy apple? 

  • Non-fiction: Persuasive writing - Healthy Eating Leaflet

We will read an information leaflet all about healthy eating and will create a text map to help us remember the information. We will research different ways of staying healthy, for example, doing exercise and will innovate the leaflet by adding additional information.

 

Sounds Write (phonics)

  • Units 7-9 (Using the sounds a, i, m, t, s, n, o, p, b, c, g, h, d, f, v, e, k, l, r, u, j, w, z, y, x, ss, ff, ll, zz)

We will be consolidating our knowledge of three sound words (cvc and vcc) and will learn how to blend and segment the sounds in four sound words (cvcc and ccvc) such as bump, soft, pond, trap, spell. The high frequency words: me, be, was, you, all, are, my, said will be introduced.

 

Maths

  • Numbers within 12

We will learn how to count twelve objects and will explore the composition of numbers within twelve. For example, twelve may be made using 3+9 or 4+8. We will find out what is one more than and one less than numbers 1-12 and will use concrete apparatus to practise addition and subtraction.  We will practise estimating quantities and will check by counting. We will continue to name and describe 2D and 3D shapes. We will use ordinal language such as first, second and third to describe position. 

 

PSED

  • We will be learning about the values 'optimism' and 'curiosity'

We will learn that optimism means looking on the bright side and looking for the good in situations. We will explore the link between optimism and perseverance. We will begin to demonstrate curiosity by asking questions.

 

Understanding the World

  • We will be exploring the changes that take place during winter.
  • We will learn about Chinese New Year.
  • We will learn about Kenya and Liverpool and compare the different locations.
  • We will use programmable toys such as the Codepillar and Beebot to go on journeys.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

  • We will be looking at African art and be inspired to create artwork of our own.
  • We will be exploring pitch (high/low) and dynamics (loud/quiet).

 

PE will be on Mondays and Tuesdays (REP) and Wednesdays and Fridays (RM). Children should come to school wearing a full PE kit.

Homework will be given out on a Friday and must be returned on Wednesday.

December 2018

Christmas Show

We had lots of fun taking part in our Christmas show, 'Christmas in the Toy Shop'. Thank you to everyone who came along to watch.

December 2018

Christmas

We have enjoyed learning all about Christmas and Christmas traditions. We made Christmas cards and calendars, took photographs of our friends dressed as Christmas characters and made some mince pies.

November 2018

Medieval Banquet

To celebrate the end of our topic 'Who Lived Once Upon a Time?' we held our own medieval banquet! We wrote invitations to our friends, practised some medieval dancing and learnt some Jester tricks. We enjoyed a feast of bread, cheese and fruit. 

November 2018

Knight School

Our playground was transformed into Knight School! We practised sword fighting, rescued different characters, avoided dragons and did some archery. We would make great knights!

November 2018

Argh! A Dragon!

We were shocked to discover that a dragon had been in our classroom! We found footprints, flames, a scorched chair and paper. We created dragons of our own, wrote crime reports and used the iPad to take photographs of the evidence.

November 2018

The Princess and the Pea

As part of our Who Lived once upon a time? topic, we read the story of the Princess and the Pea. We then explored what materials would make a good bed for a princess.

November 2018

Castles

We have enjoyed learning all about castles. We learnt new vocabulary such as battlements, draw bridge and moat to describe the features of castles. We designed castles of our own by drawing, printing and building. 

November 2018

Bonfire Night

 We enjoyed watching videos of firework displays and describing what we could see and hear. We used paint, creative materials, and the computer to create firework pictures. We mixed together water, oil and food colouring and observed what happened. We discussed how we could stay safe on Bonfire Night and created some safety posters. Outdoors, we enjoyed doing firework dances and using musical instruments to create firework sounds.

November 2018

The Little Red Hen

We were surprised to come into school one morning to find someone had left red footprints on our classroom floor. There was also an apron, chef's hat, baking equipment, and dough. We looked in the oven and found a bread roll! We discussed who we thought could have left the footprints and what they may have been doing. Afterwards, we read the story of The Little Red Hen and decided it must have been her who had visited our classes!

October 2018

Autumn

We have been enjoying noticing the changes that have been taking place in autumn. We went on a walk in Greenbank Park and collected different autumn objects such as leaves and conkers. We created collages using the objects we found and did some leaf rubbings. We also made maps showing our journey to the park.

October 2018

Visit to Liverpool Hope University

We were very pleased to be invited to Liverpool Hope University to take part in some phonics activities with some first year teaching students. We enjoyed playing games such as cross the river and bingo, drawing sounds in shaving foam and on the wall using a light and practising our blending using puppets.

Our Current Topics

Term: Autumn 2

Who Lived Once Upon a Time?

 

Communication and Language and Literacy (Talk 4 Writing)

  • Fiction: Traditional Tale - The Little Red Hen 

We will be immersed in the text and will act the story out, hot seat and write speech bubbles. We will be innovating the plot by changing what the Little Red Hen will make next.

  • Non-fiction: Instructions - How to bake bread

We will be following instructions to bake our own bread and will practise putting the instructions in sequence. We will be innovating the instructions by changing what will be made based on the children's interests e.g. How to make cakes.

 

Sounds Write (phonics)

  • Units 1-6 (Using the sounds a, i, m, t, s, n, o, p, b, c, g, h, d, f, v, e, k, l, r, u, j, w, z)

We will be reading and writing words such as tin, bag, dog and jam. The high frequency words: I, the, go, to, into, no, he, she, we, me, be, was, will be introduced. We will be using these words to read simple sentences such as 'The man was sad'.

 

Maths

  • Numbers within 8

We will learn how to count eight objects and will explore the composition of numbers within eight. For example, eight may be made using 8+0. 7+1, 6+2, 5+3 or 4+4. We will find out what is one more than and one less than numbers 1-8 and will use concrete apparatus to practise addition and subtraction.  We will practise estimating quantities and will check by counting. We will explore length, height, mass and capacity using everyday objects and will begin to name and describe 2D and 3D shapes. We will order familiar daily events and will learn the days of the week and months of the year in the correct order.

 

PSED

  • We will be learning about the values 'resilience' and 'friendship'.

We will discuss what is meant by having a 'Growth Mindset' and will talk about how we can demonstrate this in school. We will discuss the importance of teamwork and working together.

 

Understanding the World

  • We will be exploring the changes that take place during autumn. We will learn about the celebrations Bonfire Night, Diwali, Hannukah and Christmas.
  • We will learn about castles, knights and princesses and will be comparing then and now.
  • We will use the computer to design our own Rangoli patterns.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

  • We will be exploring the different sounds of instruments and will learn their names.
  • We will be exploring print making and will make prints in a variety of ways.

October 2018

Friendship Potions

 

We have been talking about what makes a good friend, and who are our friends and why. We decided to make some friendship potions. We discussed the features of a good friend and added them into a bowl and stirred them all together.

October 2018

National Poetry Day

We have loved celebrating National Poetry Day. We came to school dressed as characters from our favourite poems and rhymes. We performed a poem we had learned in assembly and had visits from pupils from St Hilda's, our Reading Revolutionaries and parents who spent time reading us different poems.

October 2018

Outdoor Phonics

We have loved doing some of our phonics lessons outdoors. We placed three hoops on the floors and drew some sounds in them. We then jumped in each hoop, saying each sound as we landed on it. After saying all the sounds we blended them together to read the word. We then had a go at writing the word using chalk.

October 2018

Subitising

We have enjoyed playing a game using our subitising skills. We took it in turns to turn over two cards. We then compared the cards to see if they are the same or different, explaining why.

October 2018

Innovating our story

We have enjoyed innovating the story Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. We decided to change the characters in the story. We drew our ideas on large pieces of paper and shared them with our friends. We then had a vote and choose new characters to create new class stories. REP created a story called Unicorn Babies and RM changed the story to Pumpkin stories. All the Reception staff were amazed at how confident the children were at doing their first story innovations.

October 2018

Our Senses

We have been enjoying exploring our five senses. We have investigated sounds by going on listening walks and playing guess the instrument games. We read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? and made telescopes and discovered what we could see in our classrooms and observed what happens when we mix two primary colours together. We tasted different foods and used the words sweet, sour, salty and bitter to describe and catergorise them.

 

September 2018

Our Bodies

We have enjoyed learning all about our bodies. We took it in turns to draw around our friends and label their different body parts.

September 2018

Pattern

We've enjoyed exploring different patterns and using objects in our classroom and outdoors to create patterns of our own.

September 2018

Exploring Size and Capacity

We had lots of fun exploring size and capacity in the mud kitchen. We used different sized containers to make some mud pies. We used language such as full, empty, big, small, large, medium, more and less. We spoke about how we could test which container would hold the most and least amount of mud.

September 2018

Owl Babies

We had a special visitor in our classrooms last night (18th September). We came to school to find a dark classroom with a nest on the carpet, branches hanging from the ceiling and woodland sounds. We spoke about who we thought had been to visit. Later on, we read Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. We made predictions about where Mummy owl had gone and explored some new vocabulary such as swooped.

After reading the story, we had lots of fun acting it out with our friends!

September 2018

 Classifying, matching, comparing and ordering

We have had lots of fun exploring different properties of things in our classroom and outdoor environment. We have talked about what is the same and different about different objects and have used different criterion such as size and colour to sort objects.

September 2018

Self Portraits

We have been using mirrors to look carefully at our faces. We spoke about our different features such as hair colour, eye colour and if we had freckles or not. We then used oil pastels to draw some self-portraits. We also enjoyed creating faces using paper plates and loose parts.

September 2018

Edible Art!

For our first cookery session we decided to make some toast, but with a twist. We made some edible paints using some food colouring. We then painted a design of our choice onto our bread. We allowed the paint to dry before toasting the bread. We then added a topping of our choice and practised our knife skills.

September 2018

Settling In

We have had lots of fun settling into our new classes. We have enjoyed making friends and getting to know our new teachers. We really enjoyed taking part in our first drama and PE lessons and have been showing our teachers what we know already.

 

Our Current Topics

Term: Autumn 1

 

Literacy (Talk 4 Writing)

Fiction: Losing Tale - Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Non-fiction: Information text  - Nocturnal Animals

 

Sounds Write (phonics)

Blending and segmenting words within units 1 and 2 (CVC words containing the sounds a, i, m, t, s, n, o, p)

 

Maths

Numbers within 3

 

Learning Challenge

Who is special to me?

  • Who is in my family?
  • Who are my friends?
  • Why am I special?
On Wednesday 1st May at 4-5pm we have an Open Evening for Nursery in September. All welcome. See everyone back at school on Tuesday 23rd April!
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