Welcome to Minnows & Sardines Class News.

We are a reception class.

   

Our Teachers are Miss Lee, Miss Isted and Miss Dicker.  Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Kimmitt and Mrs Mewburn.

Our Early Years Lead is Miss Isted.

 

Class News

19th November 2018

What a busy start to the new term! We have celebrated Bonfire night, Diwali, Remembrance Day, World Kindness Day and Children in Need!

We are learning about People Who Help Us as our topic. We have explored different roles in society, talked about our parents jobs, talked about our job aspirations and even had some visitors!

Mr Blakelock came to see us to talk about his role as a headteacher. We asked him lots of questions about how he helps us. We also found out that his favourite colour is green!

The firemen Gary and Pete also paid us a visit. The children were in awe of the men in their uniforms. We learnt about keeping safe, and what to do if our clothes set alight. Stop, Drop, Roll! The firemen showed us their firefighting gear, and we loved trying it on! They have promised us they will return in the summer with their fire engine if we do amazing learning all year!

On Thursday we learnt from Jennifer the Midwife. She came all the way from her London hospital to chat to us about her job to look after the Mums and their babies. We learnt how to wrap babies, how to listen to their hearts, how to hold them. We now also know to test the bath water with our elbows.

 

We still have lots of visitors to come - a man from the Lifeboats, a beekeeper and a Vet Nurse! 

In maths we have been practising and understanding our numbers to 10, we have looked at positional language and this week we are learning our 2d shapes.

Please practise your numbers to 10 at home, and practise the phase 2 sounds we have learnt so far. You could even use the Jolly Phonics songs on Youtube.

 

 

November 2018

Welcome back to Term 2 in Reception. We are very pleased and excited about our new term with the children. Our planning will continue to follow the interests of our learners, so activities and themes will vary. However, this term we will cover celebrations such as ‘Bonfire Night’, ‘Diwali’-which is a Hindu festival of light, this will open up opportunities to appreciate different cultures and celebrations. Christmas will be an exciting time too and will include a Christmas performance with the nursery on Monday 10th December, time to be confirmed.

This week we have begun learning phase 2 phonics. Each day the children will be introduced to a new phoneme and will learn the letter name and the phoneme sound. We will be encouraging the children to form the letters correctly and ‘sound out’ themselves when writing. We are teaching children how to 'blend' sounds together to read high frequency words.

 

How You Can Help

Please read with your child every day and talk to them about what they are reading. Ask them questions about the story, characters and plot. Can they predict what will happen next? We want your child to win as many certificates and prizes as possible. It is through sharing books and reading that your child will become a confident, brave and enthusiastic reader..

 

Read stories and play with rhyming words, alliteration and initial sounds

Talk to the children about rhyming words and patterns? Can they think of any other words that rhyme? Play games such as I spy, or practise their alliteration by thinking of words that start with the same sound.

 

Many children are very proud that they can now write their name. Well done! 

 

 

Please continue to encourage your child to practice writing their name at home. You can use the name card with a whiteboard pen (these were sent out on the taster afternoons before the summer).

 

This week the children have enjoyed sharing their previous experiences of Halloween and family traditions/celebrations. They have had opportunities to create various Halloween art including witches, pumpkins and bats! We have been printing with apples to make pumpkins and creating witch hats!

 

   

We have also begun learning about Bonfire night and have shared the story of 'The Gunpowder Plot'. 

 

Next week we will be continuing this learning and will look at keeping safe on bonfire night and are looking forward to making firework pictures

 

 

 

Class News

Welcome back to Term 2 in Reception. We are very pleased and excited about our new term with the children. Our planning will continue to follow the interests of our learners, so activities and themes will vary. However, this term we will cover celebrations such as ‘Bonfire Night’, ‘Diwali’-which is a Hindu festival of light, this will open up opportunities to appreciate different cultures and celebrations. Christmas will be an exciting time too and will include a Christmas performance with the nursery on Monday 10th December, time to be confirmed.

This week we have begun learning phase 2 phonics. Each day the children will be introduced to a new phoneme and will learn the letter name and the phoneme sound. We will be encouraging the children to form the letters correctly and ‘sound out’ themselves when writing. We are teaching children how to 'blend' sounds together to read high frequency words.

 

How You Can Help

Please read with your child every day and talk to them about what they are reading. Ask them questions about the story, characters and plot. Can they predict what will happen next? We want your child to win as many certificates and prizes as possible. It is through sharing books and reading that your child will become a confident, brave and enthusiastic reader..

 

Read stories and play with rhyming words, alliteration and initial sounds

Talk to the children about rhyming words and patterns? Can they think of any other words that rhyme? Play games such as I spy, or practise their alliteration by thinking of words that start with the same sound.

 

Many children are very proud that they can now write their name. Well done! 

 

Please continue to encourage your child to practice writing their name at home. You can use the name card with a whiteboard pen (these were sent out on the taster afternoons before the summer).

 

 

This week the children have enjoyed sharing their previous experiences of Halloween and family traditions/celebrations. They have had opportunities to create various Halloween art including witches, pumpkins and bats! We have been printing with apples to make pumpkins and creating witch hats!

 

We have also begun learning about Bonfire night and have shared the story of 'The Gunpowder Plot'. 

 

Next week we will be continuing this learning and will look at keeping safe on bonfire night and are looking forward to making firework pictures

 

 

October 2018 

We are very proud of how well our children have settled in this term. Our planning this term has focused on a wide variety of activities and learning opportunities to find where the interests lie. We have looked at Autumn, shared Autumn treasures and enjoyed finding out about harvest. The children have loved learning some seasonal songs such as ‘Paintbox’ (Cauliflowers Fluffy). This term there has been a huge focus on phase 1 phonics. This is a very important topic as it focuses on the skills the children need in order to hear and identify sounds before they learn their phonemes. When you are out and about its great to encourage your child to listen carefully, what can they hear in the distance? Can they hear the rustling of Autumn leaves, or animal noises in the field?

We have been sharing our Autumn treasures this week, and using the conkers to count and compare weight.

How You Can Help

Please read with your child every day and talk to them about what they are reading. Ask them questions about the story, characters and plot. Can they predict what will happen next? We want your child to win as many certificates and prizes as possible. It is through sharing books and reading that your child will become a confident, brave and enthusiastic reader..

 

Read stories and play with rhyming words, alliteration and initial sounds

Talk to the children about rhyming words and patterns? Can they think of any other words that rhyme? Play games such as I spy, or practise their alliteration by thinking of words that start with the same sound.

 

Please encourage your child to practice writing their name at home. You can use the name card with a whiteboard pen (these were sent out on the taster afternoons before the summer).

 

We have loved exploring Autumn, the children have been creating Autumn tree paintings, and exploring different ways of printing with paint.

Next week we will be learning all about hedgehogs and hibernation.

If you have any hedgehog themed stories, please bring them in we would love to share them.

We hope everyone has a great last week and a relaxing half term,

The Reception Team x

 

As of Monday 8th September we will be asking all Reception children to be dropped off with the rest of the school at the side entrance of the hall in the morning. The children have been so brilliant at saying goodbye to their families at the door without them having to come in, that we think they are ready to arrive with the rest of the school. Well done Minnows and Sardines!

Reminder: Inset Monday 1st October

September 2018

Rye Community Primary School would like to welcome the Reception class of 2018-2019! Our new children began their school journey on Monday 10th September. We spent the first few weeks settling in, learning our new routines and exploring all of the exciting spaces around the school. So far we have been to assembly, played with the older children on the big playground and tried the delicious school lunches. We have been switching on our eyes and ears by playing lots of listening and attention games to get ourselves ready for all the amazing learning that we do in Reception.

The children have made quite a journey already and we are so proud with how they have come on even in their first month.

This term we hope to continue to practise our listening before we start to learn our sounds! We will be going on a listening walk around the school, and we hope to go out into our community to explore every day sounds and to look for signs of autumn!

 

29th June 2018

Reminder: Transition afternoons next week are Wednesday and Thursday.

Please bring in your white t-shirt by the 6th July to create a keep-sake.

This week Minnows and Sardines enjoyed many trips to our new sensory garden. We enjoyed the new scents and sounds. We listened for the birds and we saw lots of Mummy birds feeding their babies. The children enjoyed the relaxing shade in this very hot weather. (Please do remember to send your children in with a sunhat, a water bottle and apply sun cream before they come to school too).

This week we continued our Under the Sea topic. We read Hooray for Fish and then we innovated it with our own fish. We also followed our interests and built junk model boats; we tested them in the paddling pool! Which ones sunk and why?

Next week we will be reading The Singing Mermaid by Julia Donaldson to carry on with our sea adventures. Where will our learning take us next?

Please keep adding to your Learning Journeys on Eexat. We love to look at your home experiences as a class! Any problems with logging in please speak to a member of the Reception Team.

 

Week ending 22nd June 2018

The past couple of weeks we have been learning all about Under the Sea. We have explored lots of fishy facts, the children have written facts and made ‘Who am I?’ posters. We have loved watching Blue Planet II clips!

Today we celebrated Save the Children Den Day. Thank you for your support and contributions to a very worthy cause.  We raised £65.

Next week we are going to explore the imaginary world of the ocean; we will read Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins. The children will be revising number facts. Please continue to use maths in everyday situations with your children to make it meaningful and on-going. For example, making cakes; measuring and weighing the ingredients, sharing the cakes. Or going to the shop and letting your child count the coins.

We are already preparing for sports day in our P.E sessions on a Tuesday. Please make sure your child has a fully named kit.  Sports day will be on the 11th July in the morning.

 We are also spending lots of time with the current Year 1’s, visiting their classrooms on a Thursday afternoon. Thank you for filling in the form enclosed with the transition toys; this helps us address any worries and concerns.

 

 

8th June 2018

We thought all about sun safety this week. The children came up with lots of ideas about wearing sun cream, putting on sunhats, keeping in the shade and drinking lots of water. The children designed posters with a slogan. Please remember to put sun cream on your children before they come to school, and make sure they are equipped with a sun hat and a bottle of water as the weather gets hotter.

Over the holidays our class butterflies were sent home with some of the children. They were taken very good care of and were released as soon as they had hatched from their chrysalis. The children loved learning about and looking after the caterpillars. 

 

Term 6

Welcome back Minnows and Sardines! We have a very busy term ahead of us. We will be getting year 1 ready. It is the big push this term, so keep up that amazing reading, writing and counting at home. Can you name all of your 3D shapes?

This week we are learning about capacity in maths. Maybe you could make a juice cocktail at home, or a magical potion! We are learning about keeping safe in the sun, and designing summer posters.

If anyone has any toys or spare uniform they would like to donate to Minnows and Sardines we would be very grateful.

25th May 2018

Well done on all your hard work in term 5! We are very proud to be your teachers.

Sharing assembly photo to follow

Next term will be all about getting you year 1 ready! We will be really practising your independant writing, reading and maths. In your bookbags are lots of things for you to practise over the holidays, and there will be rewards for your efforts. 

Minnows will have the first session for P.E in term 6 and will be getting changed, and Sardines will have the 2nd session. Please ensure all uniform and P.E kit is named clearly.

Thank you for all your efforts, and here's to term 6!

11th May 2018

Reminder *Our sharing assembly is on Friday 18th May*

Minnows and Sardines enjoyed their visit to the Farmer's Market. Each group were given £1 to spend and shared their goodies back at school, including bread and marmalade. Leo's lovely Mummy kindly took the eggs home and made cakes with Leo for the children. Customers at the market commented how well behaved and polite the children were. What a credit they are to Rye Primary. 

We enjoyed planting some flowers this week in our donated plant trays, they do make our outside area look colourful!

Next week we will be observing our new caterpillar friends, talking about their life cycles and looking at change. In maths we will be practising our Days of the Week to go with the Hungry Caterpillar story.

4th May 2018

*Our sharing assembly is on Friday 18th May*

Happy bank holiday weekend everyone! We have had a super busy week, it started off with a very exciting visit from the Romney Marsh morris dancers. They spoke to us about celebrating May Day, showed us various kinds of Morris dancing and even taught us some moves. We loved it as some of us had never experienced it before!

This week we have been learning about sharing. We did some sharing with playdough and had teddy bear picnics using cubes (or whatever we could find in the classroom really!) We ended the week with data handling, and we made tally charts for our favourite book so far this term, and then made that into a bar graph as a class.

We also practised some of our number formations using our number rhymes. 

'Straight line down and then you're done. Number 1 is fun!'

'Half a heart will never do, add a line, make a 2'

'Around the tree, around the tree, thats the way to make a 3'

'Down and across, down some more, thats the way to make a 4'

'First of all, make 5's back, add a tummy and then his hat'

'Make a C then in you go, now you have a 6 you know'

'Across the sky and down from heaven, that's the way we make a 7'

'Make a S and shut the gate, thats the way we make a 8'

'Make a loop and then a line, thats the way we make a 9'

 

We ended our busy week with the Reading Café. We were so pleased that to many grown-ups came along, armed with stories and picnic blankets. Thank you, we had a lovely time.

 

Next week we are off on a little walk to the farmer's market on Wednesday morning. We will be continuing our Data Handling maths - you could have a go on the Purple Mash website at home! (Your Log Ins were sent home - please ask if you need another). We will be doing some non-fiction reading and writing about farms.

Love The Reception Team xx

27th April 2018

It’s the second week after the Easter holidays and we are back into the swing of things!

We have been continuing our farm learning with… What the Ladybird Heard Next! We have been writing captions for various scenes from the book. Can you write a caption at home to go with a picture from your favourite story? Don’t forget to have a go at spelling those tricky words! Next week we will read What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

 

 

In maths we have moved on from doubling and this week we practised halving. We halved fruits, objects and even pizza toppings! Next week we will be looking at sharing amounts.  Maybe you could practise sharing equally at home with food or toys.

 

 

Sardines are changing for P.E this term and Minnows will be staying in uniform as our timetable has switched again.

 

The children are practising team sports in preparation for Sports Day in term 6, and have been allocated their colour teams! (These photos are from last week when we had a heat wave!)

We have also been getting a bit green fingered in Reception, planting beans to stick on the window! Next week we are hoping that the weather will warm up again so we can plant some sunflowers from the seeds from Mrs Mewburn’s garden.

 

Just to remind you that our reading café will be on Friday 4th May, and our sharing assembly will be on Friday 18th May. The weather has returned back to April showers, and is a bit chilly at times. Please make sure your child comes in with at least a jumper on.

Have a lovely weekend, and thank you for your plant pots and seed donations.

The Reception Team x

 

20th April 2018

Welcome back!

Thank you for all the baby photos we have received so far, we are making a ‘guess who?’ display which the children are enjoying. We also have set up a baby clinic too.

Picnic-themed Reading Café

Our next reading café takes place on Friday 4th May; we will have a writing focus to begin with. Then we would like to have a picnic theme so children can bring a teddy that day. We do not have enough blankets so please can you bring a blanket with you so we can create a picnic atmosphere. If your child has a favourite book at home it would be great to bring that too.

In maths we have been learning to double. The children know if you add the same number together it means doubling a number. They have been doubling spots on ladybirds.

 

We hope you have been trying the home learning which was sent home. Next week we will focus on halving and will send another learning activity sheet home.

Our text has been

‘What the ladybird heard’ by Julia Donaldson

The children have been writing their own speech bubbles with their own cunning plans. We definitely have some Julia Donaldson’s in the making.

  

Next week we will be learning about

‘What the ladybird heard next’ by Julia Donaldson

Have a great weekend.

Week ending 23rd March

The weather is getting warmer! Minnows and Sardines have had a busy first week of Spring. Our trip to the Heritage Museum allowed us to see the amazing Rye Town Model, hear some stories and have a go with the Penny Machines. We had a sunny walk into the town, and we saw lots of signs of spring such as daffodils, blossom and lots of ducks! Thank you so much to the adults who came to help us.

   

 

This week we finished off our Dinosaur topic, Dino-Dan has had a great time visiting some of your houses! We also had a pre-historic creature come and visit us – meet 110 year old Fred (who is actually a girl).

 

Next week we will continue to explore Spring and Easter! We will be reading the Easter story and doing lots of lovely spring crafts. If you have any spring stories to bring in, we would love to read them.

Please keep practising those phase 3 sounds and tricky words, we really want to start using them in our writing! If you see any signs of spring when you are out and about, don’t forget to ask your grown –up to take a photo of you for your learning journey. (Please tell your teachers if you have lost the log in).

The clocks go forward on Sunday, so make sure you have a lie-in so you don’t miss out on any sleep. We need alert and ready-to-learn Minnows and Sardines.

Happy weekend xx

Week ending 16th March 2018

Our learning on Dinosaurs has been a massive hit this term. The children have discovered lots of facts about different dinosaurs and they have learnt the meaning of new words such as ‘extinct’, ‘herbivores’ and ‘carnivores’.

We even had ‘dinosaur eggs’ which the children investigated with magnifying glasses to spot any ‘movement’.

Thank you for supporting the home/school Dino Dan with his diary. The children will continue to bring Dan home until everyone has had a turn. Some of the diary entries have been incredible. When Archie met Dino Dan he even met his Nanny’s tortoise and shared his tea. 

 

The children have loved sharing their talk for writing innovated story ‘We’re Going on a Dino-Hunt’ by changing ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ they enjoyed becoming authors and changing the familiar story into their own.

They have also stepped into time machines to go on a ‘Dino-Tour’ I’m sure they have been singing this at home.

The children recreated Dinosaur’s skeletons by piecing them altogether again.

Riley brought in his excavated dinosaur skeleton.

They used shapes to copy or create their own dinosaurs.

 

This week we are moving onto The Stone Age-moving a little forward in time-we will introduce this with ‘Cave Baby’ by Julia Donaldson. The children will have a go at cave drawings/paintings.

 

Week ending 9th March

Wow what a busy couple of weeks it has been! We had so much fun in the snow, it was the first time some of us had properly seen it. We went sledging and made snowmen. When we came back to school we used lots of lovely language to describe our snowy experiences.

   

This week we have been learning about Dinosaurs. The children have been really engaged, playing with the dinosaur toys and creating their own lands from a forgotten time. Dino-Dan has started to visit our homes, he has had a great time so far and has even enjoyed a fish finger sandwich.

WORLD BOOK DAY

 The children came to school dressed as their favourite characters!  We had a parade to show off our wonderful outfits. We enjoyed lots of book related activities and heard so many stories throughout the day.

     

Even our teachers dressed up!

Healthy Eating

We also had a Healthy Eating workshop yesterday. Two lovely ladies came in and spoke to us about eating healthily to build up our strength. We travelled around the world gathering fruit and vegetables and healthy food for our plates. We even travelled as far as China to get the rice!

 

 

Please keep practising phase 3 sounds and tricky words as we will continue to go over these until we really know them. Please also practise recognising and writing numbers to 20 and beyond, working out one more and one less and combing groups of objects together. Can you write a number sentence?

We are always excited to see any learning you do at home, so please bring it in or ask a member of your family to upload a photo and comment to your Eexat online learning journey.

Dinosaurs will continue next week, if you have any related stories we would love to read them to the class.

Happy weekend xx

P.S Mrs Baker and Miss Dicker are organising a trip to the Rye Town Model on the 20th March, letter to follow! Let us know if anyone would like to volunteer to help. Thank you!

Happy Snow Day Minnows and Sardines!

Who is up for a home learning challenge?

Miss Dicker and Mrs Baker are challenging everyone to send them a picture of your snow experiences! (‘Do you wanna build a snowman?’)  Please email them to bdicker@ryeprimary.co.uk or cbaker@ryeprimary.co.uk with a quote about what you got up to and how much fun you have had. We can add these to your learning journeys and we can share all the photos together during carpet time. We are so looking forward to receiving them. 

Stay safe on the ice! Love the Reception team :)

23rd February 2018

The children have all settled back happily after half term, all ready and eager to learn :-)

Thank you for supporting our first ever reading café, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

The children have loved exploring ‘The Chinese New Year’ learning that the zodiac years are named after different animals and the story behind this.

Archie was interested in the Chinese Zodiac calendar

Matilda made her own calendar on a scroll.

They have practised their skills using chopsticks with pretend noodles…

Then on the real thing-tasting Chinese foods…we were surprised by how much the children enjoyed them, their talent using chopsticks also amazed us. 

 

The children have been writing their names and numbers using Chinese symbols…

  

Making Chinese lanterns

And Chinese dragons 

 

Next week we will be stepping back in time and exploring dinosaurs. This interest has come up a few times on superstar stories as well as during discussions and observations.

If you have any stories or information books about dinosaurs you would like to share please send them in. (Please name inside the books.) Thank you.

Week ending 2nd February

This week the children have been wishing on a star after exploring Oliver Jeffer’s story-How to Catch a Star.

They have also been problem solving how they would catch a star, like the boy did in the story. Some of their ideas were brilliant, using bungees, trampolines, helicopters, jet packs-EVERY child came up with a plan.

 

They are learning how to add and subtract too, they have been writing number sentences independently.

Next week we are going to look at the traditions of Shrove Tuesday as it falls during half term.

It is great to explore different traditions within our culture and others. The first week back we will be discovering more about the Chinese New Year.

As well as Valentine’s Day. 

It is great to explore different traditions within our culture and others. The first week back we will be discovering more about the Chinese New Year.

Next week we will be having meetings with you all to discuss your child’s progress and attitude to learning. Please sign up and if you have any problems not making the days/times please let us know as we will always try to help you.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Week ending 26th January

The children have been reading the story of Whatever Next this week. We have had a lovely time practising our Talk for Writing, and we even performed it to the Nursery children.

The children really enjoyed writing invitations to their teddies, and we enjoyed jam sandwhiches and biscuits as part of our picnic on Friday.

    

Next week we will continue with space, we are going to be reading How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers.

We have learnt so much already and we can’t wait to see where our learning story takes us, whatever next!

Next week we will be continuing with our phase 3 digraphs, or, ur, ow and oi. Please keep practising those tricky words, remember you can’t sound them out, you just gotta’ learn them!

The children have been amazing with writing their addition number sentences, they have enjoyed combining groups of objects. We will challenge them next week by writing some subtraction number sentences.

This term we have been so lucky to spend some time with Ms Shackel, the children have had a wonderful time getting involved with the messy play. Such lovely opportunities we have at Rye Primary!

     

Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to hearing your weekend news on Monday.

Week ending 19th January

The children have been arriving into class from the hall entrance very settled and happy so thank you for your cooperation with this.

The children have been learning their digraphs well and enthusiastically. 2 digraph photos…

Space invaders here we go… 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1-BLAST OFF!

Space was an interest a few children had mentioned on their superstar stories and wow-what a start we have made in exploring the solar system…

Here are some of the activities we have completed this week-truly amazing. The children have been also colour mixing to create their own planets, they have been writing facts about planets. Please ask your child to tell you some…you won’t believe their new learning and knowledge.

Challenging space puzzles...

Counting rockets...

Small world role play-the children even made their own moon rock.

Making our own rockets…blast off!

Space computer programs-Claire said all her rockets had gone far away to planet earth.

The children created their own numbered rockets too, some were able to write and order their numbers to 20-WOW! And even more impressively chose coloured squares to make a pattern-impressive!

 

Next week we will be imagining life on the moon…

‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy will be our focused story, we are planning for the chn to invite their teddies in for a picnic, they will send an invitation to their teddy bears, ready for Friday!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Week ending 12th January

Happy Friday Minnows and Sardines! What a busy week we have had. We have been reading Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers, and looking at all sorts of polar animals. Mrs Kimmitt made some amazing soap snow which we enjoyed getting messy with! We also had some fun with some ice.

  

 

This week we have learnt qu, sh, ch, th whilst practising our other phas

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