Another gorgeous morning! I am absolutely loving the Tapestry observations! It's certainly making me realise how I miss everyone and their smiling faces. Mums, Dads and Carers you are doing an incredible job and I am so grateful.
I have attached some maths learning today but keep the playing going too. I have also organised a class login for Oxford Owl as I know some of you were struggling to find reading materials for your children. Please use the phonics that we have learnt already to gauge where your child should be. Please don't worry if your child isn't where you think they should be as we all learn at different speeds. It's more important that children in Reception enjoy reading and grow a love for it. I hope you find this resource useful.
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Username: Motcombe reception
Good morning! Thank you to those that have responded to my email. You guys certainly rock! I am so impressed with the home learning going on. A massive thank you!
Today I have carried on from yesterday's Three Little Pigs story- please see attachments below. I have also attached some maths problem solving tasks from a website called Nrich. Phonics is on the weekly plan.
Another teacher forwarded this shadow drawing to me, what a fabulous idea whilst the sun is shining!
Good morning to you all. I have had contact from many of you, which is great. Keep the Tapestry observations coming, I absolutely love seeing them and they brighten up my day seeing all those smiling faces. Thank you for all the hard work you are doing at home, I am incredibly proud of all the Ducklings. Just remember that most of what we do in Reception is practical, using objects for counting, playing games etc. I'm trying to think of activities that don't require you to print off resources as I know some families do not have access to a printer.
I have had a few questions regarding reading at home, especially if you don't have books. I will continue to research more options.
These are two great websites available:
Reading Eggs, which currently has a 30 day free trial.
Teach Your Monster to Read, which is free on a desktop or laptop.
Phonics: Don't forget to see the plan below for this week's phonics sessions.
Please find attached this week's phonics planning.
Make the most of the sunshine in your gardens today.
22 March 2020
First of all this seems very strange writing this and I'll do my best to be clear and keep things simple. Please ask any questions if you're not sure about anything. Also thank you so much for your support and kind words recently.
I will attach a copy of our current timetable to give you an idea of what a typical school week in Ducklings can look like. In general we have two writing mornings and two maths mornings with phonics as a discrete lesson taught daily. The fifth day is P.E in the morning and other subject areas are taught in the afternoons such as music, IT etc. I normally teach a whole class session lasting about 10 minutes, this teaches and explains what it is we are learning that morning and what learning I am looking for in continuous provision. When the rest of the class is enjoying continuous provision (this looks like playing to the untrained eye but the activities are planned and linked to the current and previous learning to ensure that a child can demonstrate that a previous skill is secure) I teach children in small groups according to their need. This learning in these small groups again is no longer than ten minutes. So please do not expect your child to sit for hours as this is not expected normally.
Although reading, writing and maths are very important at this age so is imagination, speaking, listening, understanding and social skills in general as these provide the bedrock for the future of your child and their ability to cope in society. So things like playing board games, doing jigsaws, making dens out of things around the house, playing hide and seek etc are all vital.
Please try to make a regular routine for your child as this will help them to understand the expectations. Please adapt activities and tasks to suit the needs of your child and your family.
Self Isolating/ School Closures
If you are self isolating (now school closure) your child at home and would like activities to do with them I will be adding them regularly to this page. I understand that it could be a challenge to persuade your child to do 'school work' whilst at home. I would recommend creating a timetable and sticking to it if possible. Use a reward system to encourage your child to complete tasks that are set. In class I do not expect a child to be sat with for longer than 10- 12 minutes before having a break so use this as a guideline. Remember that Reception is a play-based curriculum and wherever possible use games or toys to support learning. On the Early Years Curriculum page is the curriculum we have been following, Development Matters. Reception children are looking to gain the Early Learning Goal for each of the 17 areas.
I have provided a writing book with some starter activities for every child in Duckling. If you do any writing at home with your child please use this book. - PLEASE COME AND COLLECT IT ASAP. I have sent home several books per child to read at home, if your child was not in today (19/3) and you want to come and collect some reading books, please do ASAP.
There are also many educational apps and companies offering free access during this challenging time. Phonics Play is a good website using games to teach phonics.
Please don't forget your child has access to Mathletics from home with their own login. If you do not have this please email the office or via Tapestry and I will forward it to you. You are welcome to contact me about school work via Tapestry and I will respond ASAP.
Here are the last few digraph sounds we are learning in phonics: er (mixer) , or (fork), oi (coin), ou (round), oo ( cook and moon).
We will also be learning these trigraphs: air (hair) and ure (pure).
Please read to your child, have conversations, do jigsaws and play board games.
Please refer to documents from the Autumn part of Ducklings page.
A visit from Reverend Pam
Ducklings were very lucky to have a visit from Reverend Pam. The children spoke about all the special things and people in their lives. She spoke about Easter and the children asked lots of questions about God and Jesus. Alfie said,”God is all around us.”
World Book Day
Ducklings looked incredible in their book character costumes. We had a fun day doing book and story related activities.
Pets at Home, Gillingham
The Ducklings had a fabulous time at Pets at Home and learnt lots of interesting facts about caring for pets. George taught us how to care for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and fish. Did you know that guinea pigs need vitamin C in their diet and rabbits need enough space to stand on their hind legs?
We were very lucky to have the opportunity to visit one of the Ducklings’ farm with the whole class. We travelled by minibus which was part of the fun. We saw different farm animals and looked at the different types of food they ate. Some of the animals were kind enough to let us touch them. The Ducklings would like to say a massive thank you to Mrs Gosling for letting us come.
NSPCC Number Day
The Ducklings had a super day learning about measure. This week we've been focusing our learning on The Smartest Giant in Town so took this opportunity to measure a giant's footprint that we found. We had a go at predicting how many cubes would be needed to measure the length and then actually measured it. We developed our learning further by drawing around our own feet, predicted and measured how many cubes would be needed.
RSPB School Watch
Ducklings took part in the national RSPB bird watch. We learnt to recognise some of the birds we might see in our field. The Ducklings agreed that we would need to be very quiet and observant to see the birds.
Using part part whole for addition
We have been using the part part whole method as a great practical way to understand addition.
Chinese New Year
We had a great morning learning about the Chinese New Year. We learnt about the story of the animals who had a race to see which animal the year would be named after, this year is the year of the rat. Ducklings came dressed in red and yellow to represent the Chinese flag and also explored different arts and tried Chinese food.
Making the Most of the Weather
Today we made the most of the glorious frosty morning and went to explore it further in our school field. The children talked about why it was frosty and what happens to it if you hold it in your hand or put it in our classroom. They all made a prediction about what would happen.
Ducklings have been very lucky to have Miss Tiffany come in to teach us ballet and dance. The children are absolutely loving these sessions and are developing their skills brilliantly!
Learning Journals and Tapestry
Every child in Reception has a learning journal which is unique to them. The journals will illustrate the child's learning journey throughout their time in Reception. Some of your child's achievements will be added to their learning journey and some to Tapestry, the online learning journal. To make the Tapestry journals more personal to you and your child we ask parents to contribute; this can be done through photographs as well as notes about what your child has said/ been getting up to.
Outdoor learning is valued in Reception and children will be given opportunities in most weather to develop their learning and skills. Children have access to both the indoor and outdoor provision most of the day. The provision set up outdoors will be linked to the learning the children carryout indoors.
The children in Ducklings love learning outside. We link both indoor and outside environments to provide the best learning opportunities and adult support is targeted and personal to the individual child.
To celebrate the harvest festival the Ducklings produced some amazing still life paintings of a bowl of fruit and vegetables. Then alongside the whole school took them to the church service to show everyone. What a creative bunch they are!
Fun With Our Buddies
We have been learning about the story of The Three Little Pigs. Ducklings, along with their buddies, were set the challenge of building a house for one of the pigs. It was so lovely to see them all working together so well. Well done everyone!
Exploring Number Outside
The Ducklings love being outside to do their learning. They have been busy counting, matching numeral to quantity and recognising numerals.
To celebrate the end of our first topic, Ourselves and Our Families, we all dressed up as superheroes as each and every one of us has a super power. Don’t they look amazing?
In the afternoon we worked with our buddies again to create our own superhero shields. The children each designed the shield to represent themselves and included pets, family members and activities they liked to do. Finally the Ducklings and Owls could use whatever resources they needed to create their masterpieces.
To start our new topic of Celebrations we had a visit from Shaftesbury fire engine. The Ducklings had a great time exploring it by looking at the different equipment, going inside and squirting water from the hose. After we had a fire safety session and were given some vital tips to keep ourselves safe around fire and matches. Thank you very much Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Brigade.
Today we learned about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. We heard the story about Rama and Sita and how she was saved from Ravana. We did lots of activities around Diwali including making naan bread. We worked in small groups to create the dough for the bread and after it was cooked we tasted and evaluated how it tasted.
“It’s really yummy.”
“I love the smell!”
Making Christmas Presents
Ducklings put on their creative heads today to create a clay tea light holder for their families. Each child made a holder by manipulating the clay into shape. Then we waited a few days for the clay to dry and finally painted them. I hope all the families enjoyed their presents.
Tree planting with Year 6
We enjoyed an afternoon with Year 6 planting trees to help the environment. There was a lot of mud so we had lots of fun!