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'Vittoria Primary School is a happy place.' 'Pupils talk confidently and positively about the school.' Staff have high expectations for every pupil.' Leaders have made sure a broad curriculum is in place across the school.'OFSTED Oct 2021

This Spring 1 half term we are looking at Once upon a time stories: Traditional Tales. We are looking at some favourites; the three little pigs, The Gingerbread Man and The Little Red Hen; as well as some less known ones like The Giant Turnip, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas. This last one connects our learning to the Chinese New Year festival.

 

In Phonics, we are starting to make words and short sentences (wow!) with more sounds we are learning- so we are starting to read!!

We are learning "special friends" sounds - when two letters make one new sound - for example sh, th, ch, ng. We also are now taking home in our book bags, a phonics book that the children will read to someone special at home, to give them practice with their emerging reading skills. It is so exciting...but also challenging so we are really learning to benefits of positive struggling and trying hard in our learning. Alongside this, we are learning to segment words so we can spell and write them down to help our compositions of ideas and be writers!!

 

In maths we are also looking at compositions but this time of numbers inside other numbers - eg. what combinations make 5, 6, 7 and 8? We are learning all about subitising (not counting but seeing the numbers up to 5), counting for cardinality (the final number said is the total for the whole group), compositing and decomposing numbers (what makes up or is inside the number we are looking at) and some measuring. Lots of firm foundations to make all of us fantastic little mathematicians. 

 

If parents have any questions please do just ask Miss Prentice or Debbie or send it to us on Tapestry. We love seeing what your child is learning at home too so please add your own observation of their learning to your Tapestry Learning Journal.

 

All the best

Miss Prentice

Autumn 2

This half term we are looking at celebrations in our topic - In the night-time sky. The days are getting shorter and the night and darkness longer therefore celebrations are happening throughout the world and our different cultures. We started the term with a brief look at Halloween then studied fireworks. Then we look at festival of Diwali. After that, later in December, we look at Hanukka and Christmas, as well as the shortest day of the year and, scientifically, why that happens.

 

In Phonics, we are starting to make words and short sentences (wow!) with the sounds we have already learnt - so we are starting to read!! It is so exciting...but also challenging so we are really learning to benefits of positive struggling and trying hard in our learning. Alongside this, we are learning to segment words so we can spell and write them down to help our compositions of ideas and be writers!!

 

In maths we are also looking at compositions but this time of numbers inside other numbers - eg. what combinations make 5? We are learning all about subitising (not counting but seeing the numbers up to 4), counting for cardinality (the final number said is the total for the whole group), composition (what makes up or is inside the number we are looking at) and some measuring. Lots of firm foundations to make all of us fantastic little mathematicians. 

 

If parents have any questions please do just ask Miss Prentice or Debbie or send it to us on Tapestry. We love seeing what your child is learning at home too so please add your own observation of their learning to your Tapestry Learning Journal.

 

All the best

Miss Prentice

How to form the letter for ssssss sound

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Click the video and see me teach you the rhyme - or ditty - of how to write sssssss sound.

        September 2021 – Autumn 1
Welcome to the new school year. We are all very excited about welcoming you to our Reception class on Monday 6th September 2021. We have been busy making arrangements for the children’s safe return to school and look forward to be seeing you all.

 

I am your reception teacher Miss Prentice and your Early Years’ Practitioner is Debbie  Mann.

 

Our first topic is called My Favourite Books – a lovely one for everyone to share about their favourite books, things and important people in their lives. A great getting-to-know-you topic. This is also a chance for the children to learn about their new reception classmates. Friendship and positive relationships are so important in normal times, but even more now after the three lockdowns.

See below the planning for this half term. 

 

P.E.

The whole of EYFS will do P.E. lessons Wednesday mornings 9-10am. For the first term, we ask that your child comes to school on Fridays in their PE kit, including plimsolls/trainers, to better participate in the lessons. They can stay in these more comfortable clothes for the whole day. If you have any questions about this, please see Miss Prentice.

 

Tapestry – your child’s online learning journal       

We use Tapestry to record your child’s learning over the week and the whole year. We publish to your email each Friday afternoon so you can share and re-live these learning highlights with your child. Our parents have told us that it provides a great “chatting moment” with their child and bridges school and home better.

Please log in and start this sharing on Friday week 1!

One parents excellent advice is to “download the free app”.

Any questions about this, please see Miss Prentice or email me at sprentice8.206@vittorialgfl.org

 

Welcome again to our fabulous community where we all aim high to increase all our children’s curiosity about learning.

Sonya Prentice

Early Years’ Leader and Reception Teacher

 

 

Barish reads us a core topic book - I want my hat back by Jon Klassen - thanks Barish!

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Exercise and dance are important for your physical development...and fun too!

 

It is important to get some exercise. If you can go outside remember you need to be 2 metres apart from other people at all times.

I love dancing so I'm so happy to see my favourite dancer Oti is bringing out daily kids dances to learn: Click on the image.

     and here is the lion king one:    and the Shrek one: 

 

Alternatively this is a PE lesson you can do at home.

P.E with Joe | Tuesday 24th March 2020 - Day two of my 9am daily workouts: 

 Five a day will keep you active too - and I look forward to seeing someone beat me at the routine: Click on the photo.

  And this wake up song is fab every morning: 

 

 

 

 

Summer 1 half term news

 

Dear Reception parents and children,                           

 

We hope you had a lovely, restful Easter holiday and are ready for some Summer learning at school. Here is some news for this term:

 

We have an exciting half term ahead of us. Our topic is called Chirp, Wriggle, Crawl and Buzz! And it is all about Spring and growing. We have some exciting little friends to meet this week but they are coming to us as eggs – can you predict what they are? Yes, the chicks are arriving on Tuesday. We must be very careful with them and look after them so they hatch into little chicks and grow up strong. Parents, we had a vote and chicks won over ducklings. We are very democratic in our class!   

 

Also voted on in the last week was the new colour shade of our outside reading/chill out bench and the winning colour was Cornflower Blue. The children helped sand it and painted the first strokes and I finished it after they left on that last Wednesday. It came up really well – let me know what you think of it. I also painted a little wee fence for our mini mud kitchen garden – planned up with ‘herby weeds’ – herbs that some people consider weeds like lemon balm. All very scented and safe to play with in the mud kitchen. Can’t wait to see what our children make with them. Children, we must also take care of our garden too – I know I can count on you to do so.

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Summer Term in reception also means a focus on our growing skill of reading. We will be learning the link between phonics and the skill it leads to – which is the life-long skill of reading. We, as a school, decided to buy each child in EYFS a new reading bag and I gave them out on the last days of last term. Each week your child will bring home:

1. A phonics book for them to read to you and,

2. A core picture book that they have freely chosen that you read to them.

 

We also have 2 new people to meet in EYFS – our new student teachers that will be with us for 10 weeks. Last term we had to say goodbye to Saacha and Miss Brown who have now gone to their second placement school. Now we welcome Miss Aba to reception and Miss Charlotte to nursery. As early Years’ Lead, I will be their mentor, and they will observe and help Miss Enrique and myself as we teach our classes – on their journey to be fully fledged teachers themselves.
 

Speaking of teachers – last term we had many children being mini-teachers on Tapestry – for example, Miss Zoe taught us how to weave, Miss Aisha taught us how to make a paper rabbit and Miss Zahra taught us how to count in Farsi 1-10. Now who wants to teach their friends something else as I know each and every one of you is a teacher too? Have a think about what you want to teach us, make a short video and upload it to Tapestry and I will add it to your friends’ Tapestry – and we can also watch them in class. Can you also upload something you did over Easter so Salma, Emily and I can see? Thanks.

 

See you tomorrow,

Miss Prentice, Salma and Emily

Welcome to Summer 2!

 

This term's topics are called Teddy Bears' Picnic and Wonderful Women.

For the first 5 weeks we are learning all about bears. Then for the final two weeks we are learning about Dina Asher Smith, a famous and wonderful British woman.

    

 

Click on the crayon icons below to learn more about each book with someone reading it to you. 

 

 

 

Welcome back to school!!!

 

We have missed you all so much and I loved seeing you all back at school this Monday.

I thought your learning over the lockdown was fantastic and we are still working on our topic called Once upon a time.

This week and next we are looking at traditional stories from different parts of the world. 

We are looking at Stories from the Caribbean with Anansi stories. 

Next week we will look at Stories from Africa and Australia.

Then we will look at Jack and the Beanstalk - also growing our own beans as it is Spring now.

 

In maths we are going to work on numbers beyond ten; counting in 2s and 10s, length and height, bigger and smaller shoes ( looking at the giant’s shoes!).

 

We had fun dressing up for world book day and we had lots of characters from books and magazines:

Here is Alice in Wonderland and Ben 10. 

 

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