Monday 1st March 2021
In Reception this week, we are going to be learning about Lent and how as Christians, we particpate in it. Lent is a period of time that leads up to Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday (which is the day after Pancake Day). It is a very important time for Christians. Lent lasts for 40 days. It is 40 days long because this is how long Jesus spent in the desert to be with God. During this time he had no food and nothing to drink. Christians use Lent as a time to think about Jesus. In the past, Christians would give up all ‘rich’ food and drink during Lent. This meant food such as meat, eggs, fats and milk products weren’t eaten. People used up their ‘rich’ foods before Lent began by making pancakes. This is why we have Pancake Day. During Lent, many Christians try to ‘give up’ or ‘stop having’ something they like. It might be chocolate or something like video games. They do this to remember Jesus’ struggles in the desert, when he didn’t have food or drink and also to see if they can resist being tempted, like Jesus did in the desert. Christians also pray and worship more, ensuring they go to Mass.
Please see the VRC for this week's stories:
Please see the VRC for stories previously shared this term:
Please see the VRC for Julia Donaldson stories for this term:
Please see the YouTube links shared below for more 'Julia Donaldson' stories.
Please see the VRC for Dr. Seuss stories for this week.
Please see the YouTube links shared below for 'Jack and the Beanstalk' stories and songs.
More support for phonics can be found on our Video Resource Centre (VRC).
Please see our stretchy/bouncy sounds clips & our intervention for word building and blending clip.
The children in Reception are developing their ability to orally blend words. There are some clips shared on our VRC of the children practising in class. For some children this can be difficult so please do not worry too much. It is a case of slow and steady winning the race and oral blending is an important step.
Our children are also, alongside oral blending, learning to Fred talk and read words. There are some clips on our VRC that share quick fire ways of supporting your child using the sheets that have been sent home. Again, if your child is not ready for this, go back to the intervention clip and use their 'Set 1 Sounds' to build words and blend.
If you feel your child is blending, please see the clip ' Fred Talk/Fred in Head/Red Words' and use your 'Oxford Owl' login to access 'Ditty Sheets.'
Please see our Video Resource Centre for the following clips:
Monday 8th February 2021
In Reception this week, we are going to be thinking about the things we love about our school. At St Alban's, we follow in the footsteps of Jesus by trying to be more like Him. We have previously shared the things that we are thankful for, and thought a lot about the times we have been kind and others have been kind to us.
In preparation for 'We Love School Day' we are going to talk to our Mummy or Daddy about the things we love about school. Please draw a picture and use what you know about sounds to write about it.
Please see 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story' clip (VRC).
More Eric Carle stories...
Please see ' The Very Busy Spider' & 'The Fire Fly' clips (VRC).
When you go for a winter walk, search for spiders' webs and investigate what happens to them when it rains or the temperature outside drops.
More story telling to come...
Please listen and watch other stories by Eric Carle...he is one of my favourite authors. I love the story about the 'Mixed Up Chameleon.'
Tuesday 5th January 2021
Welcome Back! You have been missed!
We hope you have had the most amazing celebration with your family.
This week in Reception, we are going to be thinking about the real meaning of the celebration we have just experienced. Together, we are going to learn about the people who visited the baby Jesus in the stable. We know that the Shepherds and the Wise Men helped share the wonderful news of Christmas and the birth of Jesus.
Please see our planning for this week. We had sent home an information pack on the last day of term. At the time, it was to share with you, some of the learning your child would be experiencing when they came back to school. It has now become very useful.
At some point Ruth Miskin will provide a youtube clip that will allow your child to take part in a phonics session whenever it is suitable for them to do so. I will also be posting phonics session suppport (PowerPoints, Video Clips, Worksheets) on this area of our school website.
For today, I advise, if possible for your child to practise pronouncing their pure sounds using the youtube clip on our class page and complete the pencil control activity in their pack (up, down, circles, loops, spirals and shapes). There is a maths activity shared on the planning sheet with a White Rose link that looks like fun. The weblinks for Ruth Miskin Set 1 Sounds are as follows:
I am very grateful for your support. I hope to speak to you soon. Please take care and stay safe.
Please see clips on our class page or additonal activities.
How to pronounce sounds, Numberblocks & Pairs that make 3,4 & 5.