Welcome to Firetips. Working with your child will be Miss Shergold, Monday to Thursday and Mrs Arnott on Fridays. Support staff will be Mrs McGuiness, Mrs Tyrell and Miss Ellis.
Welcome to the Summer term!
Welcome back to our last and final term in Reception. The summer term is always a busy one with lots of activities, heaps of learning plus fun and sunshine.
Our topic has been chosen by the children and is ‘Under Water World’. We shall be setting up our role-play to include sunken chests, sea shells, mermaids, fishes, water and maybe a shipwreck or two! We will use this topic as a stimulus for our writing and creative work. The Rainbow Fish will be our focus book and from this we will take inspiration for painting and 3d modelling, independent and Guided writing and lots of number work in Maths.
Our focus this term will continue to be reading and writing so please ensure that you are reading daily with your child. We may send home some sounds and words on flash cards for you to work on with your child so keep a look out in the book bags. Any opportunities you can give your child to write at home would really support them in school; scraps of paper, backs of envelopes and old greetings cards make wonderful resources.
In Maths, we will be continuing our number recognition and ordering to 20 and beyond. One more and One less will be revisited as will addition and subtraction. Money and time will be introduced to the children over the next few weeks and then we will spend longer on this after half term with our summer themed ‘Margaret Wix’ shop.
Learning in Firetips
Happy New Year! Welcome back and a big thank you for the wonderful Christmas cards and gifts, we were very touched.
We are now into our first Spring term in Firetips and there is a lot of fun learning ahead. Our topic is Helping Hands, as decided by the children at the end of last term. We shall be painting people who help us plus emergency vehicles, describing special people in our own lives and exploring the roles of vets, nurses, soldiers, teachers and firefighters.
In Literacy the children will be practising their writing skills as well as their reporting skills. The children will become reporters and 'interview' their friends who will be taking on the role of a 'helping hand.' The children will have to devise questions and answer them clearly.
In Maths we are looking at symmetry, repeated patterns, addition and subtraction as well as revising number recognition to 20. You can support your child by pointing out patterns in the environment when you are out and about.
Phonics sees us consolidate Phase 2 and begin to work on Phase 3. The long awaited support packs have been sent home this week with all the relevant learning material included. Please continue to give your child lots of opportunity to apply their phonics by reading at home on a daily basis.
We would also like to remind you about our Share and Learn mornings every Thursday from 8.45-9.15am. Please do come along and look at your child's Learning Journal, change their books if you would like and share some self-directed learning with the children.
The Firetips Team
Friday 25th November
Today we have been using our 'flipper flappers' to exercise and practise our gross motor skills. The children have had lots of fun twisting, stretching, swaying and tilting to the music. We then practised writing letters and numbers with straight lines in them.
We also learnt about 3D shapes and we turned some 'flat' 2D shapes into 'fat' 3D shapes. Some of the children used 3D shapes in their model making.
Friday 2nd December
This week the children have been immersed in fairy tales and in particular with the story of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children have really enjoyed retelling the story verbally, acting out the story in groups and also 'writing' their own stories.
Friday 16th September
Firetips have worked really hard this week. We have been thinking about what we look like and creating our own self-portraits. In Phonics, we have been learning about what alliteration is and making a 'silly alliteration soup,' full of ingredients starting with the same initial sound.
We are all looking forward to the first full week of school next week! Have a restful weekend.
Friday 23rd September
Firetips have been using the 'Robbie the robot' to blend sounds together and read words. This term we are concentrating on our fine motor skills and we are practising our pencil hold and scissor control. These are our robots made using paper, a hole punch, treasury tags and split pins. Firetips also used what they have learnt about 2D shapes this week to create the bodies.
Friday 14th October
Firetips have been working hard to develop their gross motor skills, which will help as they learn how to hold a pencil to form letters and numbers. They have been using their 'flipper flappers' to move their arms in circular movements to the music and stretch their arms up and down as if we are washing the windows! The children have then transferred these movements to paper, to start to form the shapes for numbers and letters. If you want to learn more about what the children have been doing, go to www.spreadthehappiness.co.uk
We also went to our first Celebration Assembly today and we collected a class certificate for Best Attendance with 98.8%! Well done Firetips! Let's see if we can win next time too
At the next Celebration Assembly after half-term, children will start to receive individual certificates and books will be awarded for Give me Ten reading.
Have a lovely weekend from the Reception Team!
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