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Reception Weekly Updates on Learning 2022-2023

Friday 27th January

 

In Literacy this week we have been starting to read Handa’s Surprise. We have been focusing on adjectives, describing words. The children have been thinking of all the variety of adjectives we can use to describe Handa’s fruit. We also set each other riddles to solve: I am green, I have a bumpy skin and I have a large stone. What am I? (An avocado). This has helped the children to see how useful adjectives can be. In addition, the children have been writing descriptive sentences about fruit, using adjectives.

 

This week, in Phonics, our sounds have been learning some new Phase 3 sounds: sh, th, ng, ai, ee. We practised using these sounds in fun activities such making words, reading clues, doing sound and word searches and a variety of writing activities. Links to understanding phonics and some fun phonic activities can be found on the Curriculum Information PowerPoint on the school website https://www.st-helens-inf.essex.sch.uk/curriculum-information-evening-for-parents-2022-23/

 

In Maths this week we have been focusing on how we can make the numbers 6 & 7. This is building on our work on number bonds to 5 from last week.  The children have been making different combinations of two colour counters to show how the numbers 6 & 7 can be made and thinking about the variety of number bonds.

 

In R.E. we have brought our topic of Celebrating to a close. We considered the Big Question again: What and why do we celebrate? The children shared their learning about how the Parish Family celebrates special occasions, such as baptisms and marriages, in church. We have also been reflecting on the role of the Parish Priest in and out of the church.

Friday 20th January

 

In Literacy this week we have started reading our new Power of Reading book, ‘Handa’s Surprise’. As a part of this we have been exploring how different fruit and vegetables and where they grow. We have also done a taste test and tried various fruits such as; pineapple, mango, orange, banana, avocado, guava, passion fruit and tangerines. We also wrote about our experiences and have been discussing how much we enjoyed trying all the different fruits.

 

This week, in Phonics, our sounds have been: y, z, zz, qu, ch.

This week we have started to revisit the sounds that we have already learnt to consolidate our learning. We practised using those sounds in fun activities such making words, reading clues, doing sound and word searches and a variety of writing activities. Links to understanding phonics and some fun phonic activities can be found on the Curriculum Information PowerPoint on the school website https://www.st-helens-inf.essex.sch.uk/curriculum-information-evening-for-parents-2022-23/

 

In Maths this week we have been exploring number bonds using the song ‘5 Little Speckled Frogs’. We also made fruit kebabs to explore how many different combinations we can make using two different types of fruit. We also discussed how we could compare different number bonds.

 

In R.E. we explored the role of the parish family and how we may celebrate together. We also learnt about the role of the priest and all of the amazing things they do for their parish.

We also had a lovely visit from Bishop Alan where Reception were given the opportunity to ask about aspects of his job too.

Friday 13th January

 

In Literacy this week we have been talking about ways we stay healthy, as an introduction to our Power of Reading book, ‘Handa’s Surprise’. The children have designed their own healthy meals, writing about their plates and talked about their favourite forms of exercise and good sleep patterns. We even took part in a glitter sneeze activity to try and demonstrate how easily germs can be spread, talking about ways to avoid them.

 

This week, in Phonics, our sounds have been: ss, j, w, v, x

We are still revisiting the sounds that we have already learnt to consolidate our learning. We practised using those sounds in fun activities such making words, reading clues, doing sound and word searches and a variety of writing activities. We have also been working on remembering our high frequency words. When we know all of the ones on a list, we then get a new list to work on.

 

In Maths this week we have been furthering our understanding of number orders. We have used the numerals and representations to show the pattern of numbers 1-5 and 1-10 to show how we know one more than the previous number. We ordered towers and checked for missing amounts, then matching the numerals to represent each tower.

 

In R.E. we have been learning about our new topic: Celebrating. We have discussed a variety of things that people celebrate such as birthdays, weddings, jubilees and Chinese New Year. We painted pictures of celebration symbols and role played hosting different celebrations.

 

We have also been talking about our solar system during Understanding of the World, and have been practising rolling ball skills and making shapes during gymnastics in our PE lessons. It has been a great first, full week back at school!

Friday 16th December

In Literacy this week we have been reading a variety of Christmas stories, some of them very funny! We have had Greg the Sausage Roll helping Santa deliver presents and The Stinky Sprouts making friends with all the vegetables at Christmas. The children discussed whether the books were fiction or non-fiction; we talked about who the characters were in each story; finally, we decided where the stories were set.

 

This week, in Phonics, our sounds have been: r, h, b. f. ff. l, ll

This week we have started to revisit the sounds that we have already learnt to consolidate our learning. We practised using those sounds in fun activities such making words, reading clues, doing sound and word searches and a variety of writing activities. Links to understanding phonics and some fun phonic activities can be found on the Curriculum Information PowerPoint on the school website https://www.st-helens-inf.essex.sch.uk/curriculum-information-evening-for-parents-2022-23/

 

In Maths this week we have been practising using sequencing language. We have thought about night and day, morning, afternoon and evening. We have been learning and using sequencing language: first, next, then, after that and finally. The children were sequencing pictures about building a snowman and The Nativity story.

 

In R.E. we have brought our topic of Birthdays to a close. We considered the Big Question again: Why do we celebrate birthdays? The children shared their thoughts on why and how we celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. We reminded ourselves of the importance of Advent in preparing for this celebration and talked to each other about the Advent Wreath on our Reflection Area.

 

Of course, we also enjoyed the most amazing performances of the Reception Nativity play! I am sure that anyone who was lucky enough to see them will agree that they put on a wonderful show for us telling the story of the birth of Jesus. They made the whole Reception Team very proud.

 

Wishing everybody a peaceful and happy Christmas!

Friday 9th December

 

In Literacy this week we have been looking at our book Christmas Around the World. We have been looking at the features of a text, a title, a contents page, captions and a glossary. We have started to write out fact files about how different countries celebrate Christmas and we have been making sure to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

 

Phonics

This week our sounds have been: c, k, ck, e, u.

This week we continued revisiting the sounds that we have already learnt to consolidate our learning. We will be practising using those sounds in fun activities such printing letters into playdough, reading clues, doing sound and word searches and a variety of writing activities. We are continuing to work on blending the sounds we identify, to read the words. Links to understanding phonics and some fun phonic activities can be found on the Curriculum Information PowerPoint on the school website https://www.st-helens-inf.essex.sch.uk/curriculum-information-evening-for-parents-2022-23/

 

This week in Maths we have been focusing on shape. We have been looking at what makes a square a square and how a rectangle is different to this. We have also been looking at how to make repeating shape patterns by making our own wrapping paper using potato prints.

 

This week in R.E. we have continued our topic of Birthdays. This week we focused on the Nativity story and who the main people were. We have dressed up as our favourite character and described what happens to them in the story of Jesus’ birth.

 

We are continuing to work hard learning our lines and actions for our songs that are in our upcoming Nativity.

Friday 2nd December

In Literacy this week we have been looking at the features of non-fiction texts: headings, contents page, photographs, captions and glossary. We sorted books into fiction and non-fiction discussing how we can tell. Then we started reading our book Christmas Around the World. We have enjoyed looking at maps of the world and comparing where the locations are compared to England. We are discussing what we have learned from the text in preparation for writing fact files next week. We talk about how every sentence we write needs a capital letter, finger spaces between words and a full stop at the end.

 

Phonics

This week our sounds have been: n, m, d, g, o.

This week we continued revisiting the sounds that we have already learnt to consolidate our learning. We will be practising using those sounds in fun activities such making words, reading clues, doing sound and word searches and a variety of writing activities. We are continuing to work on blending the sounds we identify, to read the words. Links to understanding phonics and some fun phonic activities can be found on the Curriculum Information PowerPoint on the school website https://www.st-helens-inf.essex.sch.uk/curriculum-information-evening-for-parents-2022-23/

 

This week in maths we have been focussing on representing numerical values in different ways. For example: 4 can be 2 and 2; 4 and 0; 3 and 1, etc. This is preparing us to remember number bonds which will support us in all further learning. We also completed an activity where we had to count out a specific number of objects in the environment and match them to the numeral. We use number block videos and counting songs to help consolidate our learning.

 

This week in R.E. we have continued our topic of Birthdays. This week we focused on the Scripture which begins the story of the first Christmas. We talked about Advent wreaths and used an interactive activity to create our own wreaths. We also practised saying the Hail Mary prayer and discussed how special Mary was. We wrote key words or sentences describing what we know about Mary, choosing an image of Mary that we enjoyed looking at.

 

We are continuing to work hard learning our lines and actions for our upcoming Nativity.

Friday 25th November

 

In Literacy this week the children have been continuing to enjoy the poems of Michael Rosen, from his book “A Great Big Cuddle”. We have been looking at his poem “I am Angry” and coming up with ideas for what may have made the character feel angry. We have also been sharing times when we have felt angry and discussed them as a class, helping us to recognise emotions and how angry and sad differ. As well as this we have been reading a selection of other poems and discussing which one was our favourite and why.

 

Phonics

This week our sounds have been: s, a, t, p, i

This week we have started to revisit the sounds that we have already learnt to consolidate our learning. We will be practising using those sounds in fun activities such making words, reading clues, doing sound and word searches and a variety of writing activities. Links to understanding phonics and some fun phonic activities can be found on the Curriculum Information PowerPoint on the school website https://www.st-helens-inf.essex.sch.uk/curriculum-information-evening-for-parents-2022-23/

 

This week it has been Maths Week. We have been focusing on odd numbers, and what makes them odd, as part of this we have also enjoyed our ‘Odd Day’ on Wednesday. We have also been exploring different shapes and applying them to real life, e.g., recognising that a triangle has three sides, so a word that also starts with ‘tri’ has something to do with 3 (a triceratops has 3 horns).

 

This week in R.E. we have started a new topic – Birthdays. We have been discussing what a birthday is and why we celebrate them. We have also been exploring what Advent is, and understanding that it is a time to prepare for Jesus’ birth. We have made Advent promises that we will try to do to help us prepare for Christmas and we have also made and Advent wreath as a class, made out of handprints.

 

Friday 18th November 

 

This week we celebrated Anti-Bullying Week and Interfaith Week. For Anti-Bullying Week the children wore their odd socks on Monday. We focused on how we, like our socks are all different and unique. We have also done activities with the classes to explain what bullying is, to know who to ask for help and to emphasise that we are all special and important. We have also been celebrating difference and respect in our learning of other faiths through our Interfaith Week activities. The classes have talked about all the ways that we might show respect and we have acted out being kind and respectful to others.

 

In Literacy this week the children have been continuing to enjoy the poems of Michael Rosen. We have been looking closely at his poem Lost. We have been focusing on asking questions to find out more information, writing questions we would like to ask the mouse in the poem. We have also been imagining how we might feel in the same circumstances and what we can do to be safe.

 

Phonics

This week our sounds have been: y, z, qu

Next week we are going to be starting to revisit the sounds that we have already learnt. We will be practising using those sounds in fun activities such making words, reading clues, doing sound and word searches and a variety of writing activities. Links to understanding phonics and some fun phonic activities can be found on the Curriculum Information PowerPoint on the school website https://www.st-helens-inf.essex.sch.uk/curriculum-information-evening-for-parents-2022-23/

 

In Maths, the children have been investigating the different ways of making the numbers to 5, putting 2 groups together to make a total. We also looked at how the numbers 2, 3, 4 & 5 can be laid out differently if we use blocks or printing. Also we have been building our subitising skills which are so useful (to simply recognise how many things there are without needing to count)

 

This week in R.E. we reminded ourselves of our Judaism learning from last week, looking again at the Menorahs that we created and the story of the Hannukah. We also had a lesson on different faiths as part of Interfaith Week with the focus on respect for all. Next week we will start our new R.E. topic of Birthdays.

Friday 11th November 

In Literacy this week we have been looking at poems from our book “A Great Big Cuddle”. Firstly, we looked at one of the characters depicted in the book to see what we could tell about them and how they might be feeling before reading the poem. We then read the poem ‘Let Me Do It’ and have been making our own poems based on ‘Let Me Do It’ and finishing the sentence. We then thought about how we can use our voices when reading a poem, can we use no expression? Does this make us want to read the poem? We then looked at the difference when we added expression into our voice. We have also been looking at using rhythm when we read a poem aloud and how it may help if a poem rhymes. We then looked at the poem “Once” and using our imagination to think what the character might look like.

During writing sessions, we are modelling how to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in sentences. When writing independently, we are encouraging the children to hear the sounds in the words and recording what they can hear.

 

Phonics

This week’s letters are j, v, w, x. For each letter the children will learn the letter name and the letter sound. e.g. for b the name is “bee” and the sound is “buh”. The children have enjoyed finding the missing letter in a word by using picture clues and blending the letters they already know.. We have also introduced our high frequency words, which the children are to learn at home, and we also put them all up around the classroom to help reinforce the learning. These are words which frequently appear in books so knowing them will help support their reading a long way. Links to understanding phonics and some fun phonic activities can be found on the Curriculum Information PowerPoint on the school website https://www.st-helens-inf.essex.sch.uk/curriculum-information-evening-for-parents-2022-23/ 

 

In Maths, the children have been exploring the composition of number (knowing that a whole number is made up of parts), for example, 3 + 1 = 4, 2 + 2 + 4 and 4 + 0 = 4. To consolidate this learning we have been using different object around the classroom e.g., a puzzle, a cube tower, and have been taking them apart to see that the parts make a whole when put together. In addition to this we have been looking at objects in our classroom e.g., a soft toy, or a cube, and seeing that they are the whole made of one part. We have also been drawing around different shapes to make a picture, and naming the shapes while we do this. Outside we have been matching the appropriate number of stones into a numbered flowerpot.

 

This week in R.E we have been looking at Judaism and the story of Hanukkah. We have learnt about King Antiochus and the Maccabees, the temple of Jerusalem and what happened. We also learnt about the small amount of oil the Maccabees used to keep the lamps in the temple alight for eight days and eight nights. Based upon this the children have drawn a part of the Hanukkah story and describing what they have drawn. We have also learnt about menorahs (which are used during Hanukkah) and we have created our own using paint.

 

On Friday for Remembrance Day we spent time collaging our own poppies to remember the end of World War 1. The children in St Martin’s house also dressed up in green for the day!

Friday 4th November

 

It has been lovely to have all the children back with us this week and they have settled back in, after half term break, wonderfully!

 

In Literacy this week we have been discussing our focus author, Michael Rosen. First we deepened our understanding of the text ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by joining in with the poetic performance and then creating our own bear hunt maps. Then we explored some of the poems from our power of reading text ‘A Great Big Cuddle’. We practised playing with the sounds of new words and worked on using our volume and expression as we joined in. During writing sessions, we are modelling how to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in sentences. When writing independently, we are encouraging the children to hear the sounds in the words and recording what they can hear.

 

Phonics

This week’s letters are h, b, f, l. For each letter the children will learn the letter name and the letter sound. e.g. for b the name is “bee” and the sound is “buh”. The children enjoy completing physical activities to reinforce their learning such as painting the letter, tracing it in sand, hunting for it around the outside area. We have also introduced our high frequency words, which the children are to learn at home, and we also put them all up around the classroom to help reinforce the learning. These are words which frequently appear in books so knowing them will help support their reading a long way. Links to understanding phonics and some fun phonic activities can be found on the Curriculum Information PowerPoint on the school website https://www.st-helens-inf.essex.sch.uk/curriculum-information-evening-for-parents-2022-23/

 

In Maths, the children reviewed the skill of subitising to four (knowing how many there are without having to count each object individually). Then our main focus was on comparing numbers. We were working on comparing amounts of counters, superheroes, Barbies and even built towers outside with giant blocks, that would allow use to compare. We used the word equal to explain when both groups had the same amount in them. Furthermore, we have been exploring and grouping 2D shapes this week, discussing their properties.

 

This week in R.E. we finished off our topic of ‘Welcome’ by discussing the Baptism symbols and explaining their uses. Then we celebrated our end of topic by collating all that we learned and singing the hymn ‘We Welcome You To This Place’ We also joined in with a special assembly on Monday, which was led by CAFOD. We learned about the charity and gained understanding of how they help people around the world.

 

On Friday, we took part in a Silly Science workshop in the hall. This helped us to explore scientific skills like predicting and observing. We took part in lots of interesting investigations with a range of materials. We all had a lot of fun!

Friday 14th October

 

This week we celebrated World Mental Health Day, on Monday. The children thought about how to stay healthy in body and mind. The enjoyed doing a session of yoga and playing musical instruments.

 

In Literacy this week the children enjoyed the end of A Brave Bear. It was lovely to find that the adventure to the river was a great success. The children thought about how Little Bear was feeling at different times in the story: hot, excited, sad, brave, joyful and relaxed. They then drew an appropriate facial expression for Little Bear and described when they felt like that. In addition, we compared elements of A Brave Bear with other bear stories: Goldilocks and the Three Bears and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. What was the same in the stories, and what was different.

 

For the second week of Black History Month, we reflected on how Harriet Tubman led so many people to safety through the night. She used secret routes which became known as the Underground Railway. At night she would carry a lantern to light the way. We made lanterns to help us understand how this might have felt. Next week the children will take part in an African Dance workshop on Thursday 20th October as part of our Cultural Curriculum learning about Black History Month.

 

Phonics

Next week’s letters are e, u, r, h. For each letter the children will learn the letter name and the letter sound. e.g. for e the name is “ee” and the sound is “eh”. The children enjoy completing physical activities to reinforce their learning such as matching the letter, laying out beads to make the letter, hunting for it around the outside area. Links to understanding phonics and some fun phonic activities can be found on the Curriculum Information PowerPoint on the school website https://www.st-helens-inf.essex.sch.uk/curriculum-information-evening-for-parents-2022-23/

 

 

In Maths, the children learnt to compare groups of objects to decide which had more than and which had fewer than another. Please note: we use the word fewer (not less) when comparing groups of objects. We did that practically using our puppet / soft toy maths ‘helpers’, comparing pictures of groups and making our own groups and labelling them with more/more than and fewer/fewer than. Next week we will be learning more about counting, understanding that the total is the last number we said when counting and finding ways of making numbers.

 

 

This week in R.E. we began to use the vocabulary connected to Baptism and understand what the sacrament means. We acted out a baptism in class, playing the priest, parents and godparents. Just as we welcome a new baby home into the family, by baptising a baby it is being welcomed into the family of God. Next week we will be learning more about the symbols of baptism: the priest, the candle, the font and the white shawl.

Friday 7th October

The children have enjoyed another exciting week where the text, ‘A Brave Bear’ has been the focal point for learning.

 

In Literacy this week the children examined maps and talked about their features. Then they drew their own maps of the forest, where the characters would journey to get to the river. We also talked about the setting of the story and compared it to real world places where bears from around the world live. Next week we will be discussing how the characters have felt throughout the journey of the book and we will read the entire book to find out what happens at the end!

 

We have also started our learning about Black History Month this week. We are focussing on the amazing Harriet Tubman and thinking about how we can be heroic and brave like she was. Next week we will be making lanterns to symbolize the lantern she used to guide others to safety.

 

Phonics

This week’s letters are g, o, c, k. For each letter the children will learn the letter name and the letter sound. e.g. for g the name is “jee” and the sound is “guh”. The children enjoy completing physical activities to reinforce their learning such as painting the letter, tracing it in sand, hunting for it around the outside area. Links to understanding phonics and some fun phonic activities can be found on the Curriculum Information PowerPoint on the school website https://www.st-helens-inf.essex.sch.uk/curriculum-information-evening-for-parents-2022-23/

 

In Maths, the children learnt to observe whether a given quantity has changed or if the quantity is the same but the layout has changed. When investigating the amounts made by Numberblock Four (the character made from a tower of 4 cubes) they began to recognise that the whole number (4) can be made up from different arrangements e.g. 2 blocks on top of another 2 blocks or as a line of 3 with 1 on top. Next week we will be learning about the concepts of more and fewer. First the children will be given 2 groups where the difference is obvious, then we will move them on to situations where we need to count the objects to find the difference.

Friday 30th September

 

In Literacy this week the children responded to the part of the story of ‘A Brave Bear’ where Daddy bear and Baby bear are feeling very hot and want to cool down. The children worked with a talk-listen partner to role play being Daddy and Baby bear, thinking of different ways to cool down. They thoroughly enjoyed using the trim-trail to explore moving like bears and climbing trees. Next week they will be researching bear habitats and maps of different places before creating their own map.

 

Phonics

This week’s the letters are i, n, m and d. For each letter the children will learn the letter name and the letter sound. e.g. for i the name is “eye” and the sound is “ih”. For n the name is “en” and the sound is “nnn”. They enjoyed completing physical activities to reinforce their learning such as painting the letter, tracing it in sand and hunting for it around the outside area. Links to understanding phonics and some fun phonic activities can be found on the Curriculum Information PowerPoint on the school website

 

Key information - Curriculum - Curriculum Information Evening for Parents 2022 - 23 - Information Evening Powerpoint Reception 2022

 

In Maths, the children learnt that when we count, each item is ‘One’ and therefore a given number is composed of a given number of Ones (e.g. 3 is made up of 3 Ones.) They repeated our stem sentence, “1 + 1 + 1 makes 3”. They completed lots of counting activities such as finding the correct amount of bowls, spoons and chairs for The Three Bears. Next week the children will be encouraged to look closely at a variety of small quantities and observe whether the quantity has changed or if the quantity is the same but the layout has changed.

 

We concluded our first R.E. topic of ‘Myself’ with a celebration to celebrate how God knows and loves each one of us and made us in His likeness. To ‘Go Forth’ and take the message from their learning to others, they made their own name badge and wore it home to thank their parents for choosing their special name. Next week we begin our new topic, ‘Welcome’ where the children learn to recognise that people are welcomed into God’s family through Baptism.

Friday 23rd September

 

It was lovely to see so many of you at the Curriculum Information Evening. A copy of the PowerPoint is available on the website under https://www.st-helens-inf.essex.sch.uk/curriculum-information-evening-for-parents-2022-23/

Our School Mission Statement is:

With Jesus alive in our hearts, we celebrate each other and learn together as a family.

A copy of the three school daily prayers and the school Mission Statement will be sent home over the next couple of weeks. We encourage you to put them somewhere prominent at home and help your child to learn them off by heart.

 

Thank you for making reading with your child part of their weekly routine. The children thoroughly enjoy moving their name along their class Reading Race.

 

In Literacy and Understanding the World, the children looked at non-fiction books and watched clips to learn about bears from different parts of the world. They wrote or shared facts that they had learnt about their chosen species of bear. They also continued with learning to write their name in a variety of forms e.g. using playdoh/ felt pens etc. Next week we will be responding to the part of the story where daddy bear and baby bear are very hot and want to find a way to cool down.

 

Phonics

Starting this coming Monday to Thursday the children will focus on one phoneme (sound) each day and on Fridays they will revise the four letters learnt. This week the letters are s, a, t and p. For each letter they will learn the letter name and the letter sound. e.g. for s the name is “es” and the sound is “ssss”. For a the name is “ay” and the sound is “ah”. Links to understanding phonics and some fun phonic activities can be found on the Curriculum Information PowerPoint.

 

In Maths, they have helped their class puppet to count a range of objects this week and they learnt the song, ‘One, two, buckle my shoe’. Next week the children will learn that when we count, each item is ‘One’ and therefore a given number is composed of a given number of Ones (e.g. 4 is made up of 4 Ones.)

 

In R.E. our first topic is ‘Myself’ and the children have been focusing on how God knows and loves each one of them and made them in His likeness. They have each painted a self-portrait and made a hand print. They have learnt to recognise their first and their family name. They have also been learning to make the sign of the cross and the three daily prayers. The class Prayer Leader changes each day and they enjoy the responsibility of turning on the class candle and leading the prayers.

Friday 16th September

 

Welcome to the weekly updates for Reception. We have been delighted by how well the children have settled into the routines of school life, made new friends and engaged in their learning already. Every child has taken home their five reading books each day and many children have already reached the winning post of their class Reading Race, for having 5 entries in their yellow reading diary. What a great start to their reading journey! Please ensure your child’s books and yellow reading diary are in their book bag every day.

 

We ask that water bottles are not kept in book bags as we have already had a few books damaged from leaking bottles. Most children have now brought in their PE bag with a spare change of clothes and a raincoat to leave on their peg. Thank you.

 

This week the children were introduced to their first ‘Power of Reading’ book. This half term the text is a fiction book called, ‘A Brave Bear’ by Sean Taylor. We will be using this story as a stimulus for most areas of the curriculum. The story begins with two hot bears on a very hot day. In Literacy and Understanding the World, we focused on the contrast of hot and cold. The children sorted photos into hot or cold items and also selected ‘hot’ colours and images to make a collage. Next week we will be looking at non-fiction books to learn about bears from different parts of the world.

 

In Maths, the children have been counting objects from 0 - 5 and subitising amounts (when you are able to look at a group of objects and know how many there are without counting them). They have also enjoyed learning counting songs. Next week we will continue with counting and also look at repeated shape patterns (e.g. circle, square, triangle, circle, square, triangle) and ask the children to continue the pattern.

 

At St. Helen’s we have a strong emphasis on Active Learning. Each day the children have specific Literacy and Maths activities to complete outside in addition to the resources for them to play with on the Green Area. This week they were using their name card to hunt for letters in their name and jumping on given number mats for Maths.

 

The children have been learning the three daily prayers (morning, lunchtime and home time prayers). Each day the new class Prayer Leader lights the class candle and leads the sign of the cross at prayer times. On Wednesday the children will be celebrating International Peace Day.

 

We hope you enjoyed seeing your child’s ‘First Day at School’ photo on Tapestry. We look forward to sharing moments of class life with you and also seeing any photos of family life you share. Do access our school Twitter account too for photos and clips of school life. @StHelensInfant

 

 

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