Elm C of E Primary School

Elm C of E Primary School

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Reception Blog

16th November 2018
 
This week we have started to look at 'The Bear and the Hare' the Christmas advert from John Lewis in 2013. It tells the story of a bear who had never seen Christmas and links to topics such as hibernation, friendship, celebrations and the seasons. It was also made into a story book. We have only seen the first part and are building the story up over the next few weeks. We are also learning a retelling of the story following our Talk for Writing approach. It has allowed us to have some interesting discussions.
 
We have been creating games in Mathematics that look at one more and one less than a number. You roll a dice to get a number. Then you roll the dice with 'add' and 'take away' to see of you need to find one more or one less than the number.
 
We found some fogs in Wild Space this week too! And the leaves have nearly all fallen off one of the trees. 
 
We have had lots of visitors this week for Safety Week. A lady from Animal Kind talked to us about being kind to animals. The police came in and Miss Cropley got locked in the back of the police van. The firemen came and showed us all about what their job involves and we got to see everything on the fire engine.
9th November 2018
 
This week we have been exploring the changes that are happening linked to the seasons. We have looked at learning some autumnal words such as, fog, dew and mist to describe autumn mornings. The children have been observing the changes in the Wild Space each week. This week there was dew on the ground and many of the leaves had now fallen from the trees. We saw some birds eating berries on some of the trees and talked about how food for wildlife can be different in the autumn and winter. 
 
We have been looking at segmenting and blending words for reading in our phonics work. We have been playing lots of games to help support this and develop these skills.
 
We have been looking at one more and one less than a given number. We have been using this knowledge to help work out how many children are at school when someone is away or comes/goes for an appointment. We have been counting on a hundred square, particularly focusing on the pattern of number beyond 20 and the pattern up to 20. We have been pointing out that we do not say 'three-teen' or 'five-teen' but that the last digit can help us with some of the other teen numbers like 'eight-teen'. 
 
In P.E. we have been looking at ball skills such as rolling and throwing. The children have really impressed me with their ability. They had to roll a small ball and try to hit/knock off a football placed on a cone. We will be replicating these activities in out outdoor area to help us practice.