Kingsfield Primary School

We believe every child is special


                                  Reception Classes


Hazelgo Maplego

Our Class Teacher is Mrs MacNeil

  Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Cutting, Mrs Petriello  

    Our Class Teacher is Mrs Edmond

       Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Wheedon, Mrs Cutting




Phonics and Reading


In English we have continued to look at the story, ‘I am Henry Finch’. We have discussed how we all
have thoughts and some are good and some are bad just like Henry Finch. We spoke about if we
have sad and bad thoughts we must talk about them and that this can make us feel better. We also
talked about another character this week ‘Harry Finch’ who had sad thoughts and we wrote him a
note offering him help and advice.

In Maths we have been looking at subtraction. We have practically solved simple subtraction
problems using objects and also used number lines and our fingers to help us solve different
subtraction calculations.

In Phonics we have continued to build words focussing on the sounds igh, ee, ai and oa. We have
also looked at the tricky words ‘her’ and ‘my’.

The children have continued to look at the story, ‘I am Henry Finch’. We have been talking about
what we would do if we were scared like Henry Finch and how we all have good and bad thoughts
like in the story. We have learnt that it is really important to talk about things. The children also
created their own Finch families which are now decorating our classrooms.

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It was also great this week to have some birds of prey visit school. We were told lots of interesting
facts about birds and all had the opportunity to hold one of them. It was also really exciting to
watch them fly outside and perform a few tricks!

In Maths we have been learning about addition and children have been adding together two
amounts to make a new total.

In Phonics we have been revisiting the phase 3 phonic sounds, ch, sh, th and ng. The children have
been trying really hard with their handwriting and are being encouraged to form their letters.

It has been great to see the children come back with great enthusiasm and hear all about their adventures over the holidays. They were very excited to see that the role play area had changed to a big nest! Our focus for the beginning of this term based around our new class book, ‘I am Henry Finch’. The book is by Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz and it is the story of Henry Finch, a loveable little bird, who strives for greatness, he gets it all a bit wrong, then makes it right again in a very surprising way – by truly becoming great!

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Also a reminder that PE will start back on Monday so please make sure your child brings in their PE kit. Please ensure everything is named, this really helps us when all the children are getting changed.

The children have continued to practise for their Nativity play and are really looking forward to performing next week! A huge thank you for all the wonderful costumes you have all sent in - the children will look great on stage for their big performance.

In phonics we have started to look at trigraph sounds. (3 letters making 1 sound) The focus sounds have been ear, igh, air and ure. When you are reading please keep on pointing out to children digraphs and trigraphs.

Please can you send a named plastic bag on Thursday so the children can have a tidy up in their drawers before the end of term.

It has been lovely to hear that so many children have been practising the Christmas nativity songs at home. It has really made a difference and the children are singing with great enthusiasm! Please remember costumes need to be handed in by Wednesday 11th December in a named carrier bag. If you are having any problems please let your class teacher know.

In phonics this week we have been looking at the sounds, ur, oi, er and ow. The tricky words that have introduced are ‘they’ and ‘all’.

In Maths and English we have been doing little assessments to check children’s understanding in the areas we have taught this term.

Also this week we celebrated Christingle. The children had lots of fun making the Christingles and they were taught what all the different parts represented.

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We have been busy all week practising Christmas songs for our big production, this year the Christmas play is called, ‘A Wriggly Nativity’. The children have had lots of fun and if your child would like to continue to learn the songs at home you can type the title of the play into YouTube and all the songs will play! On Friday your child should have brought home a slip in their book bags letting you know the part they will be playing and the costume they need. If you have any questions regarding this please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Reception staff who will be able to help you.

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In phonics this week we have been looking at the sounds, ar, oo, ai and oa. The tricky words we have focussed on have been ‘was’ and ‘you’.

In Maths we have been looking at 1 less than a given number and practising counting backwards from a given number.

In English we have continued to look at the story, ‘Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain’. The children have been learning about African animals and have painted some lovely pictures. We have also started to write a non-fiction information book on African animals.

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In phonics we have been learning the sounds th, ai, ng and ee and have also been looking at the tricky words we, be and me. Your child should be starting to recognise some tricky words in their reading books and beginning to segment and blend simple words using the phonics knowledge they have been taught in school. If you have time after you have listened to your child read we would love to know how they have got on at home, so please write in their reading journals to let us know.

In Maths we have been looking at adding 1 more to a given number and talking about how different numbers look and comparing them.

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