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12th July 2019
What a lovely week! We have been so busy as usual.
Our caterpillars emerged from their cocoons and we had 5 beautiful painted lady butterflies. We have been drawing pictures of them and writing about them. We couldn’t believe all the beautiful patterns on their wings. We talked about how we should look after them including making them nectar from sugar and water. We all decided that it was best for them to be set free! It was a real awe and wonder moment watching them fly away.
We entered an RE art competition this week. The theme was “Where is God?” We really impressed Miss Massey with our thoughtful reasoning and explanations of our pictures. Miss Massey has turned these into a book for the entrance area of our school to share our amazing work!
We had a special visitor on Thursday, two Jewish ladies came to teach us about their religion and how it differs from Christianity. We enjoyed listening to the prayers in Hebrew and learning all the Sabbath.
We have been practicing our WOW assembly this week too. We have a real treat for you!
See you all at the Summer Fayre!
5th July 2019
What a beautiful sunny week! We have had lots of fun outside, we do love to be outside.
This week we continued learning about mini-beasts. Our caterpillar’s have turned themselves into cocoons so they are now hanging in the butterfly net and we are patiently waiting! In the meantime there were LOADS of bugs in forest school and our outdoor area to explore.
In our writing this week we have been focusing on adjectives to describe a caterpillar. We used the words we thought of to write sentences. We have also written fact-files about caterpillar’s including all that we have learnt.
We have looked at the life cycle of a caterpillar this week, it is slightly different to the chicken but we understand that they both continue round and round.
In maths we have continued consolidating our knowledge with a variety of independent tasks including more complicated patterns and taking away.
How is there only 2 and a half weeks left of Reception???
27th June 2019
4 days just isn’t long enough to have all the fun we need!
This week we started our new topic, we have some creepy crawly caterpillars in our classroom! We are going to observe them and watch them grow into butterflies (a lot less maintenance than our chicks!)
This week we wrote predictions about what will happen to the caterpillars. We also did some internet research to begin our non-fiction writing.
We have gone a little bit bug crazy and have been finding them in the outdoor area, Miss Massey made us some sheets so we could go to Forest Explorers on a bug hunt.
Around the classroom we have had lots of activities linked to the very hungry caterpillar including balloon painting.
Miss Massey had her new Reception class in to play this week so we were very helpful in tidying the classroom and showing them a real Clearwater welcome!
Today the sun came out so we all raced straight outside to continue our leaning the way we love to do!
21st June 2019
WOW! What a fun week, we have well and truly been enriched!
We couldn’t even pick a favourite out of all the activities we have done this week! (Miss Massey said hers was learning to juggle – although we don’t think she quite got it!)
There has been a lovely feel around the school this week of us all having fun and enjoying being together!
Please have a look at the photo’s on the main school news to see what we’ve been up to!
14th June 2019
This weeks been super speedy! We have achieved so much, I can’t believe it was 5 days long!
We’ve been reading the story of Little Red Riding hood this week. We re-told the story using pictures, actions and music. We wrote the story independently as a big write piece. Miss Massey was very impressed and said we are super duper ready for Year One.
In Maths we have continued to consolidate our knowledge of addition and subtraction. We have also been looking at counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s….feel free to be super duper impressed with us!
We have made our Daddy’s some very creative cards and we cant wait until Sunday to give them to them! (Daddy’s if you’re reading this please be surprised!)
In RE this week we began our new topic “Why is the word God important to Christians?”. We talked about what we thought this meant before talking about the Creation story. We talked all about what each day would look like and created collages to show them. They are now very proudly displayed on our RE working wall.
Our reading is coming along so well and we are very proud of ourselves. Can we show you this weekend?
Next week is enrichment week and we are SUPER excited!!
7th June 2019
What a speedy week! Miss Massey loved hearing all about our half term holidays. We completed our big writes this week telling the recount of our half term holiday (don’t they seem like a long time ago already?) We have continued to ride along with the Jolly Postman this week and landed in the story of Cinderella. We read and ordered the story writing the key parts ourselves. We loved the part where they live happily ever after!
This week we did some research about weddings on the internet and then used materials to design wedding dresses – this was super funny! When choosing this week we have been acting out weddings, making Miss Massey and Miss Cunningham laugh A LOT! In literacy this week we have been writing invitations to the royal wedding – Miss Massey was very pleased to be invited by some of us even if the wedding is taking place in the park!
We discovered paper-mache (sticky!!) this week and made carriages for Cinderella, we are finishing them off still so will show you the finished carriages next week!
In maths we have continued to learn about 3D shapes, it was Billy Bears birthday and we had to guess what was inside his presents by talking about the properties of the 3D shapes. We have also been consolidating our knowledge of adding and taking away – we are very good at this now, maybe we could show you at home?
Rain certainly hasn’t stopped us enjoying ourselves and we even found time to practice sports day when the sun came out!
• Please can you all read with your children this weekend, it is really important for them to be practising as much as possible and to continue to their love of reading.
• We sent a message about jumpers, please can you name your child’s jumper really clearly to avoid this confusion
Have a lovely weekend! Miss Massey
24th May 2019
Well the weather certainly hasn’t let us down! We’ve been pretending we’re on a mini holiday over here in Reception! We’ve had picnic snacks and lots of sunny fun.
On Monday we came into a huge surprise….a beanstalk had been growing in our classroom and we found some massive footprints. Turns out they were clues for our new story, Jack and the Beanstalk (Jack is thrilled to be in the story!)
This week we have been learning to follow and write instructions. We planted some cress by following instructions and looked at the important features. We then wrote our own instructions in case any one else needs to do it. We tested this out in the outdoor area writing instructions of how to make a den.
In maths we have been practicing more of our adding skills and some of us have even attempted missing number problems. Think we are ready for our smarty-pants now!!
We have talked about what plants need to best grow and thought about the life cycle of a beanstalk….after all Jack chopped it down so how will it ever grow again??
Sports Day practice was super fun this week. Miss Massey has been teaching us a sun dance so that we have nice weather on the day, your in for a treat if you can come and watch us after half term.
After all this I think we all deserve a week off and Miss Massey said we need to have loads of fun to fill her in on.
A few notes from Miss Massey….
– Thank you for another lovely half term!
– All the children have read to me this week and I have decided if they need to move up a book level
– Please practice tricky words with your son/daughter this half term (this can be in a fun way if you are feeling creative) as these make a huge difference to their fluency
– After half term we are finishing off our Jolly Postman topic before beginning something new and exciting
17th May 2019
What a beautifully sunny week! We have all decided (especially Miss Massey) that everything is better in the sunshine and this has been one of our favourite weeks of school so far! We have had lots of time to learn and play in the sunshine using all our new resources – the water pump is certainly a big hit with us all!
We have continued our journey with the Jolly Postman and have this week landed in the story of Hansel and Gretal. We used the pictures in the story to help us describe the Witch and her gingerbread house. We know that lists are always written to the left, each item needs a new line and that we should use our capital letters. We have also been talking about healthy eating; we designed the witch a new and improved house using lots of fruit and veg.
In maths this week we have been learning about 3D shapes and have been using our funky fingers to build cubes and pyramids. We decorated them by finding the faces, corners and edges. We have also been practicing more of our taking away skills, this time using even bigger numbers!
This week in RE we walked to the Church to meet Father John and talk all about St James Church and why it is special to Christians in Quedgeley. We were all super well behaved and didn’t even mind how hot it was (thanks for remembering our sun hats Mum’s and Dad’s that was a big help!). When we got back to school we used lego to build Churches and thought about the important features they need to make them special.
On Thursday Miss Massey’s Mummy brought us all a treat! We went up to forest school and found she had turned it into Australia! We talked about all the animals we might find there before going on a Koala hunt and eating gummy snakes – yum! We read a funny Australian themed story called “Jacko and the beanstalk”….we wonder if the Jolly Postman will go all the way to Australia?
Please come back Mr sunshine we have lots more fun to have!!!
10th May 2019
Four days is a lovely length for a week isn’t it?! We have fitted an awful lot in and showed Miss Massey our super-duper-ness time and time again.
This week we have continued to look at Goldilocks and the three bears. In pairs we changed the story and drew new story maps….some of Miss Massey’s favourites include “Bear and the three foxes” and “Rose and the three gingerbread men” what a creative bunch we are! Once we changed our stories we made our own stick puppets to practise telling it to one another before writing our new story opener.
In maths this week we have been solving problems. Miss Massey read out different word problems, we had to decide if this was taking away or adding and had to choose what we thought was the most effective way to work them out. Our strategies ranged from using dinosaurs to elastic bands to using our fingers to being able to count on in own heads! We have also recapped telling the time this week, silly Billy Bear made mistakes and we had to correct him!
We had a lovely time in Forest Explorers this week and definitely chose the best day of the week to go! We made furniture for the three bears using the natural resources we could find.
Miss Massey let us help her re-vamp our outdoor area this week. We helped her decide what areas we should have and where we should move them around to….we left her to do the sweeping though and went off to find some outdoor learning.
Miss Masseys said our reading is coming on leaps and bounds and that she is super proud of us!
• Next week we are walking to the Church on Wednesday to talk about this special place for Chrisitians. If you are able to come we would love for you to join us!
• Today we have moved some children up in the reading scheme, please don’t panic if they are finding it slightly more difficult as the children are coping with this really well.
Have a lovely weekend and I will see you all on Monday.
3rd May 2019
We have had a very exciting week this week. On Monday we found Baby Bear was in our classroom and he had spilt porridge oats everywhere! He wrote us a letter asking if we could help him learn to make porridge after that pesky Goldilocks ate all of his! We enjoyed making and eating our porridge (Miss Massey said we all have real sweet tooths!). After this, we wrote instructions so that baby bear would never have to go without porridge again.
Baby bear inspired us all to read the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We drew story maps and made up actions before re-writing the story ourselves. We also used masks and small world toys to re-tell the story in our own language. We also learnt a song with actions to re-enforce the language of the story further.
Our number work this week has been super tricky! We had to look for number patterns and use number lines to help us work out what the next number would be, Miss Massey was so impressed with the way we used our learning powers and didn’t give up!
We learnt a super fancy word this week – symmetry. We have been making symmetrical pictures using paint, pens and natural resources.
In RE this week we began talking about special places. Miss Massey and Miss Cunningham brought photographs of their special places for us to see and we asked lots of questions. Between us we decided a special place is somewhere you feel happy and safe and often somewhere you have lovely memories in too.
26th April 2019
We have had a lovely first week back at school, feels like we’ve never been away!
After a good old catch up on Tuesday we got straight back to business as usual. It was St. George’s day so we read the story and talked all about England. We made shields featuring St. George’s red cross and coloured a picture from the fight scene in the story – we had all sorts of coloured dragons!
We launched our new topic this week (please have a look at our curriculum map to see what we will be up to!) Inspired by the Jolly Postman, we wrote letters to someone in our house. We really enjoyed writing our own addresses and attaching a stamp to the envelopes. We then enjoyed our (slightly wet) walk to the Post Office to post our very important letters. On the way we looked for important things to help us know which way we were going, such as, the shop, the tunnel and the park. At school we used the photographs to make a map of where we had been and directed a Bee-Bot to post it’s own letter in at the Post Office. We hope you enjoyed receiving your letters in the post and are impressed by how much our writing has come on!
To link in with our new topic we have a Post Office role play in our classroom. We have loved dressing up and exploring all the new resources. Miss Cunningham has been playing there with us this week helping us work out the change we would need when buying different items –we love looking at and using coins!
We also collaged a picture of the Jolly Postman to display in our classroom; he is decorated with lots of textures and colours – we will post a picture when he is complete.
In Maths this week we have been partitioning numbers in 10’s and 1’s, we are trying really hard with our counting in 10’s to help us check we have the right amount.
Can you believe we have done all of that in 4 days?!
• It sounds like you all had a lovely Easter holiday and it’s nice to see how many of you completed some of our family homework
• We will continue to work through phase 3 and 4 phonics this term, anything you can do at home will hugely benefit your child so please let me know if you would like any advice or anything providing
Have a lovely weekend – try not to blow away! Miss Massey
5th April 2019
HOPPY EASTER EVERYONE!
We have had a lovely last week at school filled with Easter treats and fun! Miss Massey brought the chicks back safely from their sleep over last weekend so we have been able to hold them lots (some chicks are more pleased about this than others!) and have been taking care of them including feeding them and cleaning their brooder box.
Our writing this week has focused on finger spaces. We built sentences and were the finger spaces; this really helped us to remember them when we wrote descriptions of the chicks.
We have completed lots of Easter-y tasks this week, including making bunny ears and baskets for our egg hunt, decorating eggs by weaving and printing repeated patterns and making our Easter cards (we hope you all like them!).
We were very proud of our WOW assembly on Thursday, it was really fun to show off our learning and independent work. Thank you all for staying.
A few notes from Miss Massey…
• This week we completed assessments on the children’s phonics and maths – I am very proud of how well the children did, they are a real credit to you!
• I have sent the children home with two books each for the holidays but please don’t feel like you are limited to these it’s important for the children to experience a wide variety of stories so I would love to hear about any reading they do!
• Have a lovely Easter and I hope you all get to spend lots of lovely quality time together!
29th March 2019
We have had a very busy week!
On Monday something very egg-citing happened and our eggs arrived! We waited very patiently and on Tuesday they began to hatch, what a time for a shellebration! We now have 8 extra members in our class (somewhat fluffier than our original members!!) As we are sure you have seen on the School Facebook page the chickens have brought lots of egg-ceptional learning with them. We researched eggs on the internet finding out which birds come from eggs, which were the biggest/smallest and what different colours eggs come in. We have also learnt about the life cycle of a chicken and egg. We have loved looking at our little friends and the changes that happen in front of our eyes; we have completed lots of observational drawings, painted pictures of chicks and created textured collages. Next week our chickens will be feeling stronger and will be ready for us to hold them (we will have to be egg-tra specially careful!)
This week in Maths we have been looking at time. We completed different exercises and talked about which took us the longest or who could do things the quickest. Miss Massey then showed us a clock, we talked about the numbers around the edge and all different types of clocks we might see around us. We learnt to tell the time to the O’Clock, we drew a huge clock on the playground and lay down to become the hands, we also made our own clocks and helped each other to practice this skill.
We are very excited for Mother’s Day and Sunday and can’t wait to give you the cards and gifts we have made.
A few notes from Miss Massey…
• We have been practising very hard for our WOW assembly on Thursday and can’t wait to share our learning with you. Please do come along if you can.
• If you can stay afterwards it will be a lovely chance to look through your child’s independent work (I’ll get some hot cross buns in for you all to enjoy too!)
• We have been working really hard on our cursive letter formation in school, if you do any practicing at home please bring this into school so we can celebrate together.
Have a lovely weekend, one more week to go!
22nd March 2019
Well what a SUPER week!
This week we have been working hard creating our own Superheroes. First we needed a catchy Superhero name, then we designed our capes, masks and badges. To colour our capes we experimented with tie-dye (this was super fun as we had to wear gloves like scientists!) – a very special thank you to Darcie’s Mummy for sewing our capes too! We used our designs to create our badges and decorate our masks. We wrote speech bubbles to put our characters in their own comic. Their entry noises (KAPOW, BOOM, BANG) gave us a really good opportunity to practice our capital letters. We posed in front of a skyline to really show off our Super hero skills….we hope you like our pictures!
On top of all of this we still found time to complete our big writes this week based on our new versions of Supertato. Miss Massey was super impressed with the way we could apply everything we have learnt independently.
In Maths this week we have looked again at taking away, we made a giant number line and talked about jumping down it to find how many less we needed. We are becoming really confident with the concept of taking away and all the different ways to work it out.
Now it looks like the weather is FINALLY improving we went and spent the afternoon in Forest explorers. We made superhero caves and traps to catch the baddies – we were really strong moving the logs and even thought about moving parts we would need.
Miss Massey’s Mummy brought her pet chicken Annie to meet us this week. She was super friendly and soft, she let us feed her corn and we looked at an egg she had laid that morning. Seeing a real chicken helped us think about why we have Easter egg’s and the way they represent new life.
We are really sad that we have finished our Superhero topic but we have learnt so much! We look forward to sharing it with you during our WOW assembly.
A few notes from Miss Massey…
• Next week the Chicks arrive in our class on Monday, keep your eyes peeled for our chick diary on Facebook.
• Our WOW assembly is on the 4th April – you are welcome to stay after this to look through our Learning Journeys and enjoy some Easter treats.
• Have a lovely weekend!
15th March 2019
What a super scientific week!
This week we have been working hard to achieve our “Early Years Explorer Award” during British Science Week (we will be bringing our certificates home tonight!). The national theme this year is journeys so we have been exploring Space. We started the week with some rocket experiments! We have also made lava lamps and played with space slime. We imagined we were space men and wrote a list of all the things we would take on a rocket and used our funky fingers to make Astronauts to use on the small world table. Miss Massey taught us all about the Solar System and the planets and we learnt lots of funky facts.
In Literacy this week we changed the story of Supertato and story mapped our own versions, we can’t wait for you to read Super-sausage and Super-bacon! Our sentence writing has really been coming along lately and we have been taking all our new challenges in our stride!
We explored the term “half” this week and chopped up various foods into two equal parts. We have been using this to re-enforce our work on sharing numbers. Miss Massey set us a problem solving challenge this week where we explored animals feet and how we could combine them to make 5 and then 10, we worked so well in pairs and Miss Massey was very proud!
PHEW…what a busy week! Next week is the final week of our Superhero topic and Miss Massey has a very exciting landing planned!
A few notes from Miss Massey
• Pyjama day for Comic Relief was a total success, thank you for your support, once we’ve got a final total we will let you know!
• We have now begun Phase 4 phonics so we will be looking at consonant clusters e.g. “fl” and “gr”, there will be no new sounds in our Letters and Sounds books but feel free to keep practising as practice makes permanent!
• We love celebrating children’s success so look out for any excuse to write a WOW voucher this weekend, if you’ve run out please let me know
• We have a date for our WOW assembly on 4th April, I hope you can all make it
• Have a lovely weekend!!
8th March 2019
This week has absolutely flown by! Another week of lots of fun and laughter in Reception that’s for sure!
This week we have been writing the story of Supertato, we really impressed Miss Massey with the way we remembered everything she has taught us and applied to our writing. We have also been focusing on using our writing more independently around the classroom and have been planning what we are going to make in the construction area before we begin building.
We have been really busy in maths this week looking at capacity and sharing (not at the same time of course!) Billy Bear threw us a picnic and helped us understand how much water each of the bottles would hold by counting how many cups they filled. He threw us ANOTHER picnic later in the week (aren’t we lucky) but this time we had to share the chocolate equally between different amounts of friends.
On Tuesday it was Shrove Tuesday so we began talking about lent. We know that Jesus was tempted in the Desert so at this time of year we give something up to become the best versions of ourselves. Miss Massey made pancakes for us and year one (she was really good at flipping them!) and Miss Cunningham chose lots of yummy flavours for us.
We had a wonderful story filled day on Thursday for World Book Day! We started with our time at the library and continued the fun at school, making bookmarks, sharing our stories and drawing pictures of the front covers for our favourite books.
A few notes from Miss Massey….
A huge thank you to all of you who came to parents evening it is always lovely to talk to you about the children.
Please can I ask that you read at home at least once this weekend. The difference it makes to the children’s reading and confidence is enormous.
1st March 2019
We have had a super fun first week back in school – it feels like we have never been away! On Tuesday, we wrote the snapshots of our holidays, it was lovely to hear each other’s news and ask each other questions. Miss Massey and Miss Cunningham had a bit of a move around in our classroom over the holidays so it has been fun to explore all the new areas and resources.
On Wednesday we came into a crime scene! There were vegetables in trouble, we had to look for clues and write down what we could see. We soon discovered Evil Pea had been up to no good and we would need the help of Supertato this half term!
This week we have made wanted posters for the Evil Pea to make sure this doesn’t happen again! We are learning the story of Supertato and will be becoming Superheroes ourselves!
In maths this week we have been looking at doubling – we used a mirror to help us discover how much of something there would be if we had double the amount. Miss Massey said it would be awfully loud if we were to double ourselves! We also consolidated our knowledge of weighing and used a balancing scale to find all the things heavier than a book in our room.
Wasn’t it lovely to have a few days of sunshine this week too? We made the most of it and went in our outdoor area a lot! Miss Massey said we need to do a sunshine dance every day to try and bring it back for good!
• We have now finished all our Phase 3 sounds (these are in our letters and sounds books) so next week we will be consolidating what we know before moving onto Phase 4.
• Please keep an eye on the newsletter for upcoming dates including British Science week and our WOW assembly
15th February 2019
This week has absolutely flown by! We cannot believe it’s time for our half term already!
We have really enjoyed our topic of Pirates and have learnt so much! Our Pirate Day was the perfect way to celebrate everything we have learnt and to finish the topic having a lot of FUN! We found some treasure and had to experiment with what we could take on the boat by seeing what would float and what would sink. We also used instruments to make the sounds of the sea and flew our Pirate flags on the ocean.
This week we have learnt 4 new sounds – ur, ow, ear and oi. We are getting really confident at using these sounds but this is a very tricky skill so we will definitely keep practising.
This week we have been writing independently, Miss Massey wanted to keep in mind everything we know about sentence writing to make this work the best it can be. It’s been super tricky but as usual Clearwater children do not give up. Do you think we could write some sentences together over half term?
This week the whole school has been focusing on acts of kindness (thank you to those Mummy’s who wanted to spread this to the teachers too!) Our class decided to make valentines cards because it’s kind to show those we love that we appreciate them. We also made friendship bracelets because we are all friends in our class and it was kind to take a moment to think about that, some of the reasons we gave for choosing our friends really made Miss Massey smile!
In RE we continued to look at special stories. This week we focused on Hinduism and the different religions special story of Rhama and Sita. We talked about the messages behind the story and made our own Diva lamps to remember that light will always beat the darkness.
A few messages from Miss Massey…
• If you haven’t signed up for a parents evening appointment there is still time after the holidays
• Thank you for your continued hard work with reading at home, it makes a huge difference so please keep it up
• Have a lovely half term and come back rested for more fun and learning.