Nursery and Reception Weekly Roundup

Dear Parents,

This week in Literacy we have read the story of St. Jordi and talked about some St. Jordi’s Day traditions and knights as part of our topic work. Our junk model castles project is ongoing.

The Nursery children are making good progress with learning their sounds and so far we have covered the letters; s, a, t, i, p, z, m, j.

The Reception children have been reviewing the long vowel sounds; ai, ee, ie, oa, ue and practicing hearing or spelling words that contain these graphemes. We have also started to discuss the fact that there is more than one way to spell the long vowel sounds because some of the children have started to come across these alternative spellings in their individual reading books.

In Numeracy we have been revising the names and properties of the most common 2D (square, circle, rectangle, triangle) and 3D (cube, cuboid, sphere, cylinder, pyramid, cone) shapes. We have explored different ways that we can sort the shapes, e.g. 2D/3D, curved faces/no curved faces, shapes that will roll/not roll, stack/not stack, etc.

Suggestions for activities at home:

* Read or tell the story of St. Jordi (in any language) and encourage your child to retell the story to you in their own words.

* Read or tell any other stories that you may know or have with knights or dragons in. Talk about the characteristics of knights and dragons, e.g. knights have swords, shields, helmets and armour, they ride horses and are brave, strong, etc; dragons are green or red, they have wings, long tails and scales, they are big, fierce, scary and they breathe fire, etc.

* If you can in the next few weeks or during the week’s holiday in May visit a castle.

* Look for shapes in the environment, especially in buildings and around the house, e.g. a clock face is a circle, a bus is a cuboid, a window is a square or triangle, a tin is a cylinder, etc.

* Build models at home with building kits or old boxes and talk about the shapes you used to build the model and which shapes don’t work, e.g. wheels need to be round so they can roll, castles towers are cylinders, bricks are rectangles, etc.

The Reception children are all very excited about our colonias trip next week. Please read the information that you have been sent carefully and be sure to pack everything that your child may need.

On Friday 6th May at 15:30 the Nursery and Reception children are going to do a play in assembly, “Sleeping Beauty”, to which you are all cordially invited. We started rehearsing this week and the children are all very excited. If your child has lines to learn I will send them home in the diary on Monday and if we need help with props or costumes I will send notes in individual diaries next week. If your child is not going to be in school on Friday 6th May (or in other words a planned absence) it is important that you let us know on Monday please via the diary.

Thank you

Miss Claire

Making plasticine roses for St Jordi’s Day.

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A fabulous model T-rex.
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Re-enacting the story of St Jordi and the Dragon.
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Brick castles and junk model castles.P1050015

Happy Saint George’s Day everyone! And thank you M for my beautiful rose!

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