Reception

Home Learning Ideas

 

We have made a list of activities to try at home that cover the seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Many of these activities should be able to be done using everyday items you already have at home so you shouldn’t need to buy any resources.  We have tried to make them open and flexible and easy for you to adapt where needed.

This is not a tick list for you to work down, choose your favourites and do them as many times as you like – repeating them is a good way of embedding knowledge and skills. We hope you have fun as a family giving them a go!

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Share stories – retell and act them out
  • Bake together – you could make a cake or some bread, or even try making pastry!
  • Chop the vegetables for dinner together – decide who will chop which vegetables and who needs help!
  • Sharing a family meal and talk about your day
  • Do the housework! At Dale Hall we always talk about being responsible. Use this oportunity to allow your children to show how responsible they can be and ask them to help you with some jobs

Physical Development

  • Threading pasta or beads on to wool or string
  • Water play in the bath or sink – scooping, pouring and measuring. See how many spoons of water it takes to fill a container!
  • Design a treasure hunt around the house or create an obstacle course
  • Junk modelling
  • Make playdough together  (recipe attached)
  • Musical movement games – like musical statues
  • Lego and block play.  Plan to build something and see if you can follow your plan – can you label your picture?
  • Make sensory trays with shaving foam, soap, jelly etc
  • Paint the fence with water in the garden
  • Rough and tumble play
  • Building dens and tunnels with blankets and under a table or in the garden
  • Join in with ‘Cosmic Kids’ yoga on Youtube.
  • Join in with ‘brain break’ exercises on Youtube. (Search for ‘penguin song brain break – this is a favourite)!

Communication and Language

  • Singing nursery rhymes and action songs
  • Make a news room and take it in turns to tell your news from what you have done during your day.
  • Play guessing games – such as think of an animal and model giving clues to help your child guess the animal
  • Play board games
  • Storytelling with homemade puppets, teddies and toys – use old socks, lolly stick and straws to make your puppets

Literacy

  • Share story books and talk about what is happening on each page
  • Play Bingo – write down some letters, then call out random phonemes or letter names. Who will win!?
  • Sing Jolly Phonics songs (all on Youtube)
  • Tap out syllables of your names and then of other words
  • Read, read and read. Your child can read to you and you can read to your child. There are lots of interactive stories online too!
  • Help your child to write a letter to somebody you may know who is isolating to cheer them up!
  • Play ‘restaurantes’ at dinner time and ask your child to be the waitor/waitress and write down everybody’s food and drink orders.
  • Practise letter formation.
  • Leave secret messages around the house for your child to find and read. Can they write some secret messages for other members of the family to find!? (This works for tricky words, decodable words and phonemes too)!

Maths

  • Add numbers to pegs and then help your child to order them by clipping them onto a strip of card or paper
  • Write a number on a piece of paper and ask your child to clip that amount of pegs to it
  • Measuring ingredients to cook/ help make dinner
  • Sing number songs, such as 5 currant buns (5 little Firemen on Youtube is another favourite)!
  • Sorting and counting coins
  • Make repeating patterns out of every day items
  • Count in twos by pairing socks or shoes together
  • Find different ways of making 10
  • Write the numbers 0 – 20 on paper, cut them out and ask your child to put them in order. Try taking some numbers away and ask them to sequence them from smallest to biggest and then biggest to smallest.

Understanding the World

  • Blowing bubbles
  • Make soup or porridge and notice the changes that take place through the process
  • Read information books
  • Hunt for bugs in the garden
  • Use Nature Detectives for lots of exciting activities to do at home: https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/
  • Observe your grass and/or bean that you planted at school. Remember to give it enough water! You could keep a diary to track the changes and growth.
  • Look at science experiments for Early Years https://www.firstdiscoverers.co.uk/early-years-science-activities-eyfs/
  • Observe the weather each day and make a weather chart – can you predict what the weather will be like the next day and give a reason for your prediction?
  • Make a family tree – who is in your family
  • Talk about jobs and professions. What do the people in your family do? Talk about what your child would like to be when they grow up. Can they tell you why?
  • Freeze small toys in ice – and work out how to get them out of the ice.
  • Add food colouring to water and freeze it. Put the ice into a bowl together – what will happen as they melt!?
  • Feed the birds in the garden and keep a tally of which birds visit your garden
  • Play appropriate games on the computer or tablet (but please limit this to a small amount of time).

Expressive Art and Design

  • Dancing to music
  • Sing familiar songs and make up your own words to nursery rhyme tunes (Baa Baa pink sheep and Incy Wincy are more favourites of ours)!
  • Make shakers with pasta or rice in pots
  • Make your own paint with shaving foam or coloured ice
  • Paint and draw pictures
  • Go on an imaginary journey – will you go on a train, a plane or a unicorn!?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playdough is Brilliant!

 

Playdough is amazing for so many reasons. Not only is it a great way to develop the muscles in children's fingers as they squash, squeeze, roll, flatten, pinch, chop and pull it has so many other benefits too! Here is a really interesting article from the imagination tree, describing all of the benefits of playing with playdough.

 https://theimaginationtree.com/benefits-of-playing-with-play-dough/

 

And here is a tried and tested recipe that must have been used hundreds of times over the last 34 years. So many little hands have enjoyed playing with the playdough from this recipe. Why don’t you give it a try?

 

Cooked dough (long lasting)

 

2 cups flour

2 cups water

2 tsp cream of tartar

2 tbs oil

1 cup salt

Food colouring

 

Cook all of the ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat. Keep mixing until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan. Sprinkle a little flour onto a board and knead well to finish.   

 

Welcome to Reception!

 

Starting school is an exciting and important step in children’s development. Research shows that good Early Years (Nursery and Reception) provision lays solid foundations for future learning and achievement.

 

 At Dale Hall Community Primary School our aim is to work together with you to meet your child’s development and learning needs whilst they are in our Reception classes. We strive to provide a welcoming, safe, caring, stimulating and fun learning environment. Our activities and learning tasks are tailored to meet the needs of our youngest learners. We ensure that we provide playful opportunities that are open ended and challenge children’s thinking. We support their learning by allowing them to explore their own ideas and choose ways to do things for themselves. We encourage them to persist, take a risk, test their ideas, learn by trial and error and to enjoy a challenge when solving problems. 

 

 The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Guidance forms the basis of our curriculum. It is based on seven areas of learning and is broad and open-ended allowing us to follow the interests of the children. The seven areas of learning consist of Communication and language; Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. These are the prime areas. The prime areas support learning in four specific areas. They are; Literacy (reading and writing) Mathematics; Understanding the world and Expressive arts and Design.  Our aim is to provide high quality teaching and learning that enables all children to reach a good level of learning by the end of Reception.  

 

It is during their time in Reception that children develop self confidence and a belief in themselves. They try new things on their own and feel pride in their achievements. They become more independent and take care of their own personal needs.  They learn social skills and develop friendships. Good Reception provision prepares children for their lives ahead and enables them to take their first steps along a life-long learning journey that could lead them almost anywhere!

 

Mrs Kirk

Early Years Leader. Starfish Class

You’ll find lots of paint and paper and crafty bits in Mrs Kirk’s house as she loves to be creative. She also likes to cycle and cook. In the summer you’ll find her swimming in the sea, especially if the waves are big!

Mrs Morris

Assistant Headteacher (EYFS and KS1). Seahorse Class

Mrs Morris loves to be outside. You will often find her walking around the coast and countryside with her family. Mrs Morris has two little boys that keep her very busy... When at home, she is usually busy in the kitchen or playing with trains, planes and fire engines!

Miss Banks

Teaching Assistant - Starfish Class

Mrs Banks enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves being outdoors and likes anything that involves food!

Mrs Clements

Teaching Assistant - Seahorse Class

You will often find Mrs Clements in the kitchen baking delicious goodies such as brownies and cakes. She also likes to read lots and to spend time with her family and friends.

Be a Growth Hero and Challenge Yourself! 

 

Each week we will be setting the children a learning challenge to do over the weekend.
It would be lovely to hear all about the weekly learning challenge along with any other learning your child has been doing, or experiences they have had. Tapestry is a great way of telling us about your child's home learning. If you have any problems uploading onto Tapestry or need a little help, please do come and speak to a member of the Reception team. 
Please do not feel pressured to complete the challenges if you have a busy weekend planned. You could keep them as a bank of ideas to dip in and out of to support your child's learning at home.

 

This weeks home learning challenge is...

A parent with a child in year 1 has kindly given us some frog spawn. We talked about it's arrival last week and this week you got to see it! Can you remember what will happen to the frog spawn next? Can you tell an adult? You could look on the internet with an adult and see if you can find out anything else about the life cycle of a frog. Could you draw a picture and write about it?

Can you remember the song 5 Little Speckled Frogs? You could teach this to an adult or a sibling. You could use your fingers or objects to show taking away one each time a frog jumps in to the pond. Can you write the number sentence?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-speckled-frogs/zjjbnrd

Frogs are really good at jumping. How high can you jump? Can you do a long jump? Who can jump the furthest in your family? Can you take a picture? How many jumps does it take to get from one side of your garden to the other? You could measure this in different parts of your house. Be careful of slippery floors though!

We look forward to hearing all about your learning.

 

 

Previous home learning challenges

The children have been using words to describe the position of objects. The words that the children have been encouraged to use are 'in, under, above, below, next to, between and on'.  

Can you tell an adult about the words we have been using in maths. Maybe you could get your favourite toy and a box and show them using the words 'in, under, above, below, next to, between and on'.  E.g. My toy is next to the box.

 Ask your adult to hide your toy somewhere in your house. Ask questions to find out where it is, starting with the room it is in and then more specific questions E.g. 'Is it underneath the...? Is it behind the...?   

You could then hide the toy and your adult could ask the questions.

We look forward to hearing all about your learning. 

How tall are the people in your house? Can you measure them? What will you use? Can you talk about who is the tallest and who is the shortest? Can you write this down? Is there anything in your house or outside that is taller than the tallest person, or shorter than the shortest person? Can you write this down too?  

We look forward to hearing all about it on Tapestry! 

Don’t forget to have a rest over the half term holiday and enjoy spending time with your family.

You could ask your adult to take a photo of something that you have enjoyed doing over the school holidays. Tell them to upload it on to Tapestry so that you can tell your friends about it when you come back to school. We will look forward to hearing all about it!

Can you make a pattern?

You could collect some leaves and stones from outside to make a pattern. Have you made a repeating pattern?
Can you draw a pattern? Maybe you could use 2D shapes.

Can you find any animals in the books you have at home that have a pattern? Maybe you can find a giraffe or a zebra. Can you draw the pattern?

Ask a grown up to clap a pattern. Can you repeat it back to them? You could clap a repeating pattern and see if your grown up can repeat it back to you. You could try this with some other body percussion, including tapping on your legs, knees, shoulders and head.

We look forward to hearing all about your learning!

 

Can you tell a grown up the story of The Gingerbread Man? You could use different voices for each character or act out the story together.
If you don't have a copy of the book you could go to the library or look on the internet together to find the story online.

 

Can you draw a picture or make a model of the Gingerbread Man? You could use crayons, paints or pencils or make a model using playdough or cardboard boxes and tubes. We would love to see what you make. You could take a photograph and upload it on here or bring it to school to show everyone.

 

Can you draw a picture of your favourite place? It could be the beach, your house or somewhere you have been on holiday, or it could be an imaginary place. Can you label your picture using the letters you know or write a story? We look forward to seeing your ideas.

 

Number bonds to 5 challenge.

How to Set up the Challenge
• Gather a collection of five small items, such as buttons, coins or pom-poms.
• Place the items into a small bag.
• Take turns with your child to take some items out of the bag.
• With your child, count each set of items and then count the total.
• Talk about the number bond. For example, ‘I have three buttons and you have two buttons. Three and two make five.’ • Place the items back into the bag and repeat the activity. Try taking different numbers of items and talk about the different ways you find of making five.

How to Get Your Child Thinking
• How many buttons do we have altogether?
• How many buttons have I got?
• How many buttons have you got?
• What number bond did we find?
• How could we rearrange the buttons to find another way of making five?
• If I have zero buttons, how many would you have?
• Can you find another way of making five?
• I can see that you have four buttons. How many are left in the bag?

 

Can you play some phonics games?

Look at things around the room and say the sound they begin with. Can you hear the sound they end with too? Try writing some of them down.

Play a game with your grown-up. Take it in turns to give instructions. For example, ‘Touch your f-ee-t’ or ‘Stand u-p’.

Can you look in a book and find any of these words? 'the, to. I , no, go, he, she'.
Which words did you spot the most?

We look forward to hearing all about your learning!

 

Can you draw a picture of your favourite place? It could be the beach, your house or somewhere you have been on holiday, or it could be an imaginary place. Can you label your picture using the letters you know or write a story? We look forward to seeing your ideas.

 

Can you play a game of noughts and crosses? You will need someone to play with. Instead of using a nought or a cross could you choose a phoneme or digraph that you have learnt? Maybe  you could use one of the tricky words you know.

As always we would love to see your game on tapestry!

 

While you’re washing up or in the bath, can you find out what objects float and which objects sink? Can you record the results? You could write a list showing all of the items that float and all of the items that sink. Could you write a sentence detailing your findings? As always you could tell us about this by taking a photo and uploading it on Tapestry

We look forward to hearing about your learning.

 

Do you have anything at home that uses technology? It could be an app on an tablet, a simple computer programme or a camera. Could you tell us how it works? What other technology do you have at home?

You could ask your adult to film you telling us about it or they could help you to write it down. You could take a photo or your writing or upload your video on Tapestry. 

 

This week to continue your reading journey we are challenging you to find words and logos you recognise. Please cut them out or print them off. You might find them on food packaging, leaflets or magazines.
We hope to make a display or a class book using the words you know.

It is also the end of a very busy half term! We would therefore like you to spend some time over the holidays having a rest and enjoy spending time with your family and friends. We shall look forward to hearing about what you have been doing when we return to school.

 

Next week we are going to be learning about 2D shapes. The shapes will include a triangle, circle, rectangle and square. We will also be learning how to describe the shapes using the words corner and side.
Can you become a shape detective?
Can you go on a shape hunt around your house. What shapes can you find? Can you describe them? Can you draw and label the shapes you have found? Can you make a pattern with them?

We look forward to seeing this on Tapestry!

 

Can you practise counting up to 10? Can you find 10 objects from around your house? 
You could ask your adult to write the numbers 1-10 on paper and cut them out. You could then muddle them up and try to put them back in order. What other numbers do you know? What else can you count? We would love to hear all about your learning on Tapestry!

 

                                                         Our Story Based Curriculum

 In Reception we follow a Story Based Curriculum. Each term a range of high quality books are chosen which form our ‘termly focus stories’. Many of the activities and experiences which go on throughout the term are linked to the characters, themes and concepts which can be found within these books. Linking children’s learning to storytelling in this way provides many opportunities for children to become immersed in their play experiences having built an understanding of the accompanying book. As a parent or carer to support your children’s learning at home please see our list of books being used. You could visit the local library to borrow a copy of the book, talk about the characters and settings of the story and use the internet to search for audio stories and activities linked to the books.   

 

W/B 16th September

Our first story is 'One Year with Kipper' by Nick Inkpen

 

W/B 23rd September

This week we will be reading 'I'm Sorry' by Sam McBratney

 

 W/B 30th September 

Lots of our learning will be linked to 'Owl Babies'. 

 

W/B 7th October 

This week the children will be talking about their families. 

 

W/B 14th October

We will be reading the story 'Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister. Lots of the children's learning will be linked to the whole school focus for eco week. 

 

W/B 28th October

This week we will be reading 'Aaarggghh Spider'. The children will also be using information books to help them to write some facts about spiders.  

 

W/B 4th November 

'Aaarggghh Spider' continued. 

The children will be talking about their pets this week.

 

W/B 11th November 

We will be reading the story 'MIXED'. By Arree Chung

 

 W/B 18th November 

This week we will be reading 'Stickman' By Julia Donaldson 

W/B 25th November 

The children will be introduced to the Nativity we will be performing to parents and carers. We will be reading stories about the first Christmas. 

 

W/B 13th January - The Gingerbread Man 

W/B 20th January - The Gingerbread Man continued

 

W/B 27th January - Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

W/B 3rd February - Goldilocks and the Three Bears continued.

 

W/B 10th February - The children will be introduced to the story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'.  

 

W/B 24th February - Jack and the Beanstalk 

W/B 2nd March - Jasper's Beanstalk 

W/B 9th March - Non fiction books about planting and growing 

 

W/B 16th March - 'My Mum is Fantastic' 

 

W/B 23rd March - 'The Enormous Turnip'. 

The characters in the story are very helpful. The children will be encouraged to talk about and demonstrate how helpful they can be. We will also be looking out for 'acts of kindness' and making a class book.   

 

 

My Mum is Fantastic!
 
The children have been busy learning a new creative skill this week. However it is remaining top secret until Sunday 22nd, along with some wonderful writing that has been linked to the story about a fantastic Mum! 
 
 
The children have also been busy using some of the positional language they were learning in maths last week (on, under, in, in front, next to, behind and above). We have also been learning 3D shape names this week alongside the consolidation of positional language. They have included cube, cuboid, cone, sphere and cylinder.
 
     
Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum...
 
A beanstalk has started to grow in starfish class. A castle has been built in seahorse class. Some magic beans have been seen and a cow has been spotted wondering around. Can you guess what story we have been reading this week?
 
The children have enjoyed retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
We focused on the giant for our writing. The children had a discussion about the giant and what a giant might look like. They then used their imaginations and drew their own giants. After this the children used their phonic knowledge to write a description.
They have been busy doing lots of other learning too!   
Bridges, goats and trolls! 
 
There has been so much learning that has come from the story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. The children enjoyed joining in with the repeated refrains and retelling the story using props. Our writing this week included making a story map. In addition the children have also undertaken lots of independent writing during child initiated play time that has been linked to the story. 
They have also been busy using lots of different resources to make bridges. Some of the bridges have been big enough for the children to cross theselves, while others were the right size for the small world goats.   
 
In maths this week the children have been learning the number bonds to 10. They have been using 10 frames to support their learning. The children have also enjoyed a number recognition and ordering activity that was linked to The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  
Goldilocks and how many bears! 
 
The children were so excited to bring their own teddy bear to school. They enjoyed telling their friends about their bears as well as getting their bear to join in with what they were doing, such as visiting the snack café, painting in the creative area and reading their bear a story.
 
One of the class challenges was to make their bear a chair.
 
Some of the children then left their bear at school for a sleepover. The children used their imaginations to think about what their bears might get up to overnight! In the morning the children were so excited to discover that their bears had been rather busy! Take a look at the pictures to see what they got up too!  

Goldilocks and the Three Bears 

 

It has been another busy week! The children have enjoyed listening to the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. Some of the children were able to talk about the story as they had heard it before, while others enjoyed finding out what happened to poor Baby Bear’s chair!   

During maths this week the children have been using the words ‘more’ and ‘less’, ‘most’ and ‘fewest’. To encourage the children to compare quantities the children have enjoyed playing a game. The name of the game was ‘Goldilocks and How Many Bears’ and the children had to move their counter around the track collecting bears in their cup as they went. Once someone had reached the finish line the children had to compare how many bears they had collected using the words ‘more’ and ‘less’, ‘most’ and ‘fewest’.   

The Gingerbread Man Experiment 

 

Have you ever wondered what would have happened if the Gingerbread Man had decided to swim across the river? Well, the children in Reception have found out. We conducted an experiment using a bowl of warm water and a bowl of cold water and two Gingerbread men. First the children predicted what they thought was going to happen when the Gingerbread Men were put in the water. They used their phonic knowledge to write some wonderful words that included float, sink, melt, dissolve, soggy, crumble and wet. We then held one Gingerbread Man in the cold water and one Gingerbread Man in the warm water and we watched and waited…

This is what we found out. The Gingerbread Man did get wet, and crumble and float for a bit and then sink and the water changed colour and the Gingerbread Man dissolved. This all happened much quicker in the warm water than in the cold water. The children were brilliant at making predictions, talking about and describing what they could see, as well as answering how and why questions.    

The Gingerbread Man 

 

We have had another busy week! Lots of the children’s learning has been linked to the story 'The Gingerbread Man'.

The children really enjoyed listening to the story. They joined in with the repeated words, and some children were able to talk about what they already knew about the story, while others predicted what they thought would happen next. 

After learning about non fiction books and gathering information from the internet we found a recipe for Gingerbread Men. Luckily Mrs Clements had been shopping on Monday so we had all the ingredients we needed to make some! 

The children learnt how to follow a recipe and measure out the ingredients . They used some wonderful descriptive language to describe the smells, texture and what they could see happening. 

 

If you would like to make your own gingerbread, please see below for the recipe that we followed. 

 

Happy New Year to Everyone! 
 
The children have returned to school excited to tell us about their Christmas holiday. They were encouraged to write a sentence describing their favourite part of their holiday. We have been very impressed with their writing.  
They have also been very busy during child initiated play, constructing using the junk modelling boxes, playing counting games, threading, making up their own stories using small world resources and dressing up. 
Due to the milder weather lots of children have been keen to go outside. Ball games have been very popular this week. The children were also amazed by the amount of rain water that had collected in our water trays over the holidays! 
 
A Little Nativity!
 
The children put on a wonderful show for their families while performing 'A Little Nativity'. They did incredibly well to learn all of the songs and dances and performed with confidence in front of a very large audience!
 
A Little Nativity 
 
There has been great excitement in Reception! The children have been introduced to the story of 'The First Christmas' in preparation for our performance of 'A Little Nativity'. The children helped to count how many days we have before our performance and then helped to make a paper chain to show this. Each day we remove one of the links from our chain as we count down to show time!
The children have also been given their parts and have already been learning some of the songs and dances.  

Stick Man 

 

The children really enjoyed the story ‘Stick Man’. We read to the part where Stick Man is lying asleep in the grate, 'will anyone wake him before it's too late'. We then left the rest of the story on a cliff  hanger! The children then had to use their imaginations and come up with suggestions for who they thought might rescue Stick Man.  They had brilliant ideas including Captain America, a princess, a crocodile and a dinosaur!

They then used their phonic knowledge to write down their ideas. Later on in the week we revealed the real ending of the story!

 

 

 

Colour Mixin
 
The children enjoyed listening to the story 'Mixed'. This story is about the primary colours who mix together to create new colours. This inspired lots of colour mixing activities. 
The children painted their hands using 2 different colours, they then rubbed them together to create a new colour. There was lots of excitement as the children talked about the colours they had made. It also encouraged the children to ask questions and share ideas with each other. 
In addition the children have had lots of fun making mud paint outside and mixing powder paint with shaving foam! 
Aaarrrggghh Spider!
 
The children really enjoyed the story Aarrgghh Spider which is about a spider that really wants to be a family pet. After finding out what the children already knew about spiders they watched a short programme to find out more. The children then used what they have been learning in phonics to write some of the facts they had rememebred.  Lots of our activities and learning have also been linked to spiders.
 
The book also lead us on to talking about pets. In maths we made a tally chart and pictogram to show who has a pet in our class and what type of pet they have. It also showed how many children do not have a pet. 
 
Again the children have been busy using their phonic skills to write a sentence about their pet or a pet they would like.
Lots of our activities and learning have also been linked to pets.   
The Rainbow Fish and Eco Week 
 
In Reception, we used the story 'The Rainbow Fish' to help us think about the ocean for Eco week. We talked about what pollution and plastic is and how this can impact on the oceans. During child initiated learning, the children recycled plastic bottle tops to make a new curtain for our stage, used tweezers to 'collect rubbish' from our ocean sensory tray, played Rainbow Fish number games and explored lots of sensory and creative play. For our adult focus activity, the children wrote a message from the Rainbow Fish about keeping the ocean clean. Finally, we did an experiment! We filled a fishbowl with clean water and put a toy whale in the bottom. Throughout the week, we added oil, dirt (cocoa powder) and small pieces of plastic and talked about what would happen to the whale in it surfaced for air.

Owl Babies

The children really enjoyed the story ‘Owl Babies’ written by Martin Waddell. We talked about the setting of the story and the characters, and encouraged the children to think about how the owls were feeling. They were very good at joining in with the repeated refrain of ’I want my Mummy!’

Some of the activities and resources in our classrooms were linked to the story. The children enjoyed creating their own owl nests using a variety of resources including playdough, sticks and feathers. They practised using tools and scissors while cutting out owls, making patterns and creating their own pictures. They also enjoyed retelling the story and playing an owl counting game too. What a lot of learning!    

 

Our Book of Birthdays

As you are aware we follow a story based curriculum. Our first book of the year was ‘One Year with Kipper’ by Nick Inkpen. This led the children into a discussion about birthdays and how they celebrate. The children talked about a cake they had had, a present they had received and party games they had played. It was lovely to hear so many children speak confidently in front of a small group.   They then helped to make a birthday book which is displayed in our maths area.

 

Our Maths Learning Journey so far...
 
Numbers, numbers everywhere! 
We have been focusing on  number recognition and counting.
The children were taught one number each day using numbers 1-10. The children played games where they matched the quantity to the numeral, they have been sorting, ordering, counting and labelling in their play. They have also been counting out an amount from a larger group.  
 
Shapes are all around us...
The children have been learning the names of 2D shapes and their properties. They have played games that have encourage them to describe the shapes using mathematical language they have also been on a shape hunt during their child initiated play time.  
 
The Rope Swing
 
What a brilliant example of our oldest learners at Dale Hall helping our youngest learners.
The children in Year 6 were inspired by our long piece of rope and decided to make a swing.  They made sure that the swing was safe, creating knots and placed blocks underneath so that the children in Reception were able to climb on and off the swing independently. They provided help to the children if needed and encouraged them to line up to wait for their turn. The swing has been so popular! All of the children were definitely following the 4 bees, being safe, being respectful, being caring and being responsible.    

Our Literacy Workshop and Share

 

Our fabulous Literacy workshop and share was really well attended. The workshop detailed the way in which literacy is taught in the Early Years at Dale Hall. We shared our handwriting policy and talked about how this impacts on the learning of the children. We also gave information about how we teach phonics and provided parents and carers with an interactive insight into how a typical phonics lesson is taught. Finally we talked about how we teach children to read. This included information regarding books that are sent home to read and also how we read with the children at school. The parents  also learnt about how they can support their child at home. After our workshop there was an opportunity for parents and carers to spend time with their child in their classroom sharing their learning. The classrooms were set up with lots of activities that gave parents and carers an insight into the types of things the children are doing at school, and  provided them with some ideas for what they could do at home. 

 

Jasper's Beanstalk 
 

The children in Reception have found out all about a cat called Jasper. Jasper wants to plant a beanstalk but is not sure how to go about it! Jasper tries out lots of ways to help his beanstalk grow. In the end Jasper waits and waits and finally his wish comes true! When we read the book some words on the page had been covered up. This meant that the children had to be detectives and listen and look carefully at the pictures to predict what the word might say. During the week children talked about what they would like to find if we climbed to the top of the beanstalk. There were lots of imaginative suggestions! The children then had a go at writing down their ideas.

After being inspired by Jasper the children have been planting their own beans. They talked about what they already know about planting and growing and used information books to help. They then planted a bean and wrote their own instructions to help others to learn about planting beans. 

Now the beans are next to the window, and just like Jasper the children are waiting for them to grow!