Spring Term 1- Week 4

Date: 2nd Feb 2024 @ 9:37am

Hello everyone, we have had another fantastic week in Reception!

This week's focus story was Julie Rhodes' book 'The Very Nosiy House'. We had a great time discussing and writing about our favourite parts of the story.  We then considered our homes and the rooms within them, and recreated them using junk modelling materials. The children thought carefully about the various materials, colours, and placement of materials. In keeping with the 'homes' theme, the children had fun programming bee-bots around a map of the Three Little Pigs' homes. The children listened carefully and followed the instructions.

This week in phonics, we learned the final letter sounds that we will learn in Reception: 'air, ure, and er'.  Over the next few weeks, we will revisit Level 3 sounds to ensure that they are embedded. Please try to review all previously taught letter sounds with your children at home. This revision will help them gain confidence and improve their phonic skills. The children have been given a letter formation sheet that reinforces previously taught letter sounds. There is no need to return the sheet to school, so please just do what you can and when you can. Use your imagination to practise letter formation (writing with paint, foam or even a twig in the mud, for example.)

In maths, we have started looking at numbers 6, 7, and 8. This week, we investigated various representations of these numbers and created our own representations. We also experimented with a ten frame to represent various amounts. The children have been given a fun maths activity, which helps to reinforce the work they have been doing in school.  There is no need to return the sheet to school, so please just do what you can and when you can. It would be lovely if you could upload a photograph of your child's work to Evidence Me so we can celebrate their learning.

This week's Wellie Walk was a a lot fun. We could not believe our eyes when we found some fairy dust in the forest! The children were concerned about the fairies because they thought they might be cold, so they decided to build them some fairy homes to keep them warm. We had a great time!

Mental Health Week takes place next week. We will have a great time participating in various activities that will benefit our health. We will visit our Reception Spa, meet the captain of the St Helens Rugby Team, Jonny Lomax, practise yoga and do a variety of craft activities. Watch this space! 

St Mary's Birchley Catholic Primary School

Birchley Road, Billinge, Nr Wigan,

Lancashire WN5 7QJ

Main Contact: Mrs Janet Ollerton

SENDCO Contact: Mrs Andrea Hymers

Tel: 01744 678610

Email: stmaryrcbp@sthelens.org.uk