Combe Down Primary School

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Welcome to Reception (aka Foundation Stage)

Willow 1 - Mr Roy, Mrs Slator and Mrs Desai   
Willow 2 - Mr Wainer, Mrs Imrie, Mrs Riley and Mrs Selway

This blog is a great way of keeping up to date with the work of the Foundation Stage each week. You will find here information about events coming up and what the children are/have been doing in class. Hopefully with the nightly twitter updates, the blog each week and the daily drop offs, you will feel that you know what your child has been up to at School.

 W/E 17th May 2019

This week, we have continued our topic on Terrific Transport!  We are sharing stories, pictures and books all about different types of transport.  We switched our focus to water this week, discussing what types of water vehicles we knew already, learning the names of some new ones, and doing some writing about what types of transportation we might see on the water.  The children are improving their writing yet again by extending sentences using 'and', and improving their descriptions with some adjectives!

Related to this week's focus, we conducted a Science experiment all about floating and sinking.  The children knew some things already that might float or sink, but were surprised by some results and improved at explaining why some things float while others sink. 

Next week we will finish our Terrific Transportation topic looking at air transportation. Again, we will study the vehicles, but also imagine being up in one and looking down at the world below! What would we see? How would it look? We will do some writing on this theme.

In Maths this week we did lots of work counting in 2s and 5s, beginning to apply these skills. Well done to those children who have gone home, keen to improve their counting even further!  Next week in Maths we will focus on 'time' elements of 'measure', such as units of time like seconds, minutes, weeks, etc., as well as recognising o'clock times. 

In Phonics, we are recapping some of the taught digraphs (like 'or' and 'oa') and trigraphs ('igh', 'ear', 'air') from Phase 3. This term we will also be looking more formally at Phase 4, which involves blending consonants together at the beginning or end of words (e.g. 'cart', 'trap', 'spring') for reading and writing.  We have continued to look at how to join our taught digraphs and trigraphs, which the children are really enjoying. Joining letters together really helps children remember the order of letters in their spelling, and also leads to the handwriting skills required by the National Curriculum.

Do check the noticeboard in the corridor between the two classes for our '5 Steps to Success'.  Supporting your child with these changing targets is one way to help your child's learning! 

We will continue our P.E. as normal on Friday with our P.E. teacher Ms. Martin! The children will be learning ball skills this term.

Keep up the great work on the Duck, Dinosaur and Rocket words! Please support your child's reading on a daily basis.  Remember, try to save time to read stories to your children, as well.

As always, please do not hesitate to bring any questions or concerns our way.

The Foundation Stage Team