Coppice Primary

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Hello and welcome to our special page for Reception Class, known as the 'Squirrels' class! The place where children have lots of fun learning through play!

In Reception, Miss Bestwick is the class teacher and Mrs Tomlinson, Mrs Rowley  and Miss Renshaw are the Early Years Practitioners who will be working with the children throughout the week. Miss Harrison is the Early Years Co-Ordinator who will be popping in lots to check we are having lots of fun whilst we learn.

We want your child to be happy and to enjoy learning so if you have any questions or concerns please come and see us! Don't hesitate to get in touch with any question no matter how big or small. Email me at Squirrels@coppice.derbyshire.sch.uk I know next year will be another amazing year in our Squirrel class with lots of learning and laughter happening!!

 

Home Learning Activities W.C 12.10.20

In Reception this week we would have been learning through the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’. We will continue using this story for our learning activities for home learning! Each day we will plan activities linking to this story. We will email them to you and put them on the Squirrel class page of the website for you to access.

We have also put together other activities that you can have a go at during the week!! Click on the link below for these activities!

Click here for activity ideas based on the story 'Little Red Hen'. One of the activities is to make bread, click here to see a simple recipe.

Please send in any photographs / videos to show what your child is doing, as we love to see the children learning through play - this is what it is all about in the Early Years Foundation Stage! We will then add these to your child’s learning journey so we have a record of what they have been up to during our time at home! Please send all photos of your child to:

Squirrels@coppice.derbyshire.sch.uk 

Friday 16th October

It’s Friday! Our last day of home learning! Make sure you rest this weekend! If you need activities to do whilst staying in the house don’t forget the optional challenges I sent home last week. Later on today, I will email you our weekly newsletter and this week’s video of our home learning!

Today Sammy the Squirrel has set you some more challenges – good luck!

Challenge 1 – name writing

Make a washing line and order your name. Can you get faster each time? Leave your washing line up as you will need this in phonics! I have sent some photos as examples of this in your morning email.

Challenge 2 – phonics

Warm up by using your washing line. Leave the letters of your name up and add the letters s, a and t. Your grown up with say lots of words that start with sounds from your name or with s, a and t. “What sound does tomato start with, find it?” Can you find the sound? Can you do the action? Can you think of any more words that start with that sounds? Once complete you could swap roles and test your grown up!

Play ‘Pick a Picture’ to practise your blending skills. When the pictures come up sound chop them to your grown up. Your grown up will then read you the word shown by sounding it out. Can you blend the sounds to make a word and then click on the right picture?  (Make sure you click on phase 2) https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/pick-a-picture  

Challenge 3 – maths

Today let’s play shape bingo. I have attached some bingo boards to this morning’s email or you can draw your own. Play a couple of games of bingo.

  1. On game one, say “cover up the [shape name]” Do they recognise which shape is which?
  2. On game two, say “cover up the shape with [number] sides” Do they know what a side is? Can they tell you which shape they have covered?
  3. On game three, say “cover up the shape with [number] corners” Do they know what a corner is? Can they tell you which shape they have covered up?
  4. If you fancy game 4 – mix all the clue types together. Don’t forget you can also swap roles and the children can test the grown-ups!

Below I have also put some educational games linking to 2D shapes which you might like to play together:

Thursday 15th October

It’s Thursday! We have seen lots of fabulous home learning so far – let’s make this morning even bigger and better! I can’t wait to see the photos.

Today Sammy the Squirrel has set you some more challenges – good luck!

Challenge 1 – name writing

Practising ordering the letters in your name. Get your grown up to time you. Do you get quicker each time? (Please see this morning's email for some examples of this)

Challenge 2 – phonics

Warm up your listening ears with this game: https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/odd-sound-out?phase=2 Which sound does each word start with? Which is the odd one out that starts with a different sound?

Then we are going to use the same approach as we did for name writing. On this morning's email I have sent you some pictures. Chop the words up. As you chop them up, your grown up will write the sounds down and hide them. Can you find the letter to make the word/s that your grown up says?  Alternatively, you could use magnetic letters.

Feel free to draw your own pictures and think of alternative words using initial sounds s, a and t.

Challenge 3 – maths

WOW you are masters of 2D shapes and patterns! It’s been really hard for Sammy to think of a challenge for today.

Using your dough disco dough, can you use your fine motor skills to make the 2d shapes. Roll the dough out and use cutting tools to create the 2d shapes. If you don’t have dough – you could make them out of string, lollipop sticks or any way you’d like.

Whilst you are making them, your grown up will ask you what is its name? How many sides does it have? How many corners does it have?

Then get your grown up to hold two shapes. How are they similar and how are they different?

You could even sort the shapes in different ways, put all the curved shapes in the bowl, shapes with straight sides, 4 sided shapes etc.

Challenge 4 – literacy

Over the next two days you are going to become authors and illustrators. We love making books to share with others and place in our reading corner. I would like you to make your own book of Little Red Hen. You can make it on a computer and use pictures of your props, or you can make it on paper and draw your illustrations.

Remember to mark make on each page – your grown up will then ask you what your marks mean and will scribe each part of the story on each page for us to read. I bet your book will be much better than mine!

Challenge 5 – topic

Please choose one of the activities off of the ‘Squirrels Learning weekly challenges’. You could make a Little Red Hen chef’s hat, explore mixing flour and water, make a windmill, make story stones, set up a roleplay, bake bread, grow something, complete a funky fingers activity or hand / finger paint. They all sound so much fun! You’ve worked hard all week so choose something that you’ll enjoy!

Challenge 6 – story and song time

As usual, enjoy reading one of your favourite stories! Get your grown up to use your lilac book mark and ask them to write some comments in your school reading diary.

Mrs Rowley has read today’s end of the day story. See your email for the link to access the video.

Today’s end of the day song is ‘one tomato, two tomatoes’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-one-tomato-two-tomatoes/zf2kbdm

Thank you for your continued support. As usual if you have any questions or need any support please just send me an email.

Have a lovely day!

Miss Bestwick

Wednesday 14th October

It’s Wednesday! We are half way through the week and not long now until we can be back in class again!

Today Sammy the Squirrel has set you some more challenges – good luck!

Challenge 1 – name writing

Are you ready? Let’s make writing vanish! Write it outside in chalk and then use your fine motor skills to spray the letters away! There are some photos of this activity on your morning email.

Challenge 2 – phonics

Let’s continue with the outside theme today – after all it would have been PE day. Ask your grown up to write s a t letters on the floor in chalk everywhere, or you could pin them on skittles / the fence. Warm your ears up by listening to a word your grown up says e.g. ‘tap’ squirt or throw a beanbag / ball at the sound it starts with. Did you get it right?

Now we are warmed up, we need to practise our oral segmenting and blending skills. First of all your grown up will sound talk and then you will swap roles. Let’s play ‘Simon says’. Try the following sound talk instructions, can your child blend them and follow the instructions? After they have completed them all can they sound talk instructions to you?

  • h/o/p
  • j/u/m/p
  • r/u/n
  • j/o/g
  • s/i/t
  • w/ai/v (wave)
  • c/l/a/p
  • w/i/gg/le
  • t/a/p
  • c/l/i/ck
  • t/i/ck/le
  • r/o/ll
  • s/t/e/p
    Feel free to think of additional instructions that you can segment! 😊

 Challenge 3 – maths

Today we would have been practising 2 / 3 item repeating patterns using shapes.

Warm up by using this game: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns

Then can you make some 2D shape patterns of your own? You could paint them, use potatoes and print the shapes, use the shapes spare from yesterday’s activity and stick them down, use shape objects from around the house or anything else you fancy!

Challenge 4 – literacy

Now you should know our story pretty well! Please can you retell the story. You might want to do it whilst looking at your story map. You might want to use props like a farm small world or masks or actions. The choice is yours. If you feel brave enough film the story so I can share it with Sammy the Squirrel – he misses you lots!

Challenge 5 – topic

Today would have been PE so let’s get active.

We have been practising moving in different ways. Warm up with a ‘Andy’s Wild Workout’. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p06tmry2/andys-wild-workouts-series-1-9-the-undergrowth

After warming up you can either choose to put actions to the story to Little Red Hen or explore the different ways dinosaurs might move. If you want to explore how dinosaurs move you could use this as a starting point https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3vqplh   

Challenge 6 – story and song time

As usual, enjoy reading one of your favourite stories! Get your grown up to use your lilac book mark and ask them to write some comments in your school reading diary.

Mrs Tomlinson has filmed another end of the day story for you to enjoy, which you have a link to on this morning's email. 

Today's end of the day story is 'Five Little Ducks’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-ducks-went-swimming-one-day/z43xwty Again you can act this one out if you wish!

Thank you for your continued support. As usual if you have any questions or need any support please just email.

Have a lovely day!

Take care and see you soon,

Miss Bestwick

Tuesday 13th October

It’s Tuesday! WOW you were busy bees yesterday! Thank you for all your hard work.

Today Sammy the Squirrel has set you some more challenges – good luck!

Challenge 1 – name writing

Let’s start the day as we always do – name writing. Let’s try ghost writing! Colour a piece of paper in wax crayon, you can then either use a cocktail stick or the end of a paint brush to scratch out your name. Please see your morning email for some example pictures.

Challenge 2 – phonics

Time to get those listening ears working again!  Warm up by practising your listening skills – can you follow your grown ups instructions? Grown ups send your children on a scavenger hunt.

Give them instructions like:

  • Find something blue
  • Find something big
  • Find something that is loud
  • Find something that starts with ssss
  • Find something multi-coloured

    Once you have a selection of items practise initial sounds. Ask your child what is it? What sound does it start with? What do we use it for? Depending on what the item is, try sound chopping the word. Words like helicopter are a little too difficult at this stage (h/e/l/i/c/o/p/t/er) – we are focussing on 2/3 sounds per word and sometimes 4 e.g. t/e/n/t. Leave the words that are a bit tricky to chop up 😊

    Challenge 3 – maths

    Can you remember the shapes from yesterday? What are the shapes names? How many sides? How many corners?

    Today can you make a shape picture? Your grown up can cut you out lots of different sizes of each 2D shape. Alternatively, you could practise your fine motor skills and help cut them out.

    Then using the shapes, can you make a Little Red Hen. After making your picture can you point to the shapes and name them? Do you know how many sides and corners each shape has? On this morning's email, I have included a picture of a Shape Fox for inspiration.

    Challenge 4 – literacy

    Can you remember our story from yesterday? Watch today’s video of Little Red Hen which shows you the talk 4 writing actions. The link was sent in this morning's email. After watching the video can you work with your adult to make a story map – we are going to use this tomorrow. You can make it as big or small as you like. I have put a picture of an example below:

    Challenge 5 – topic

    Today would have been forest schools so here’s a few forest school activities for you to choose from:

    • Go into your garden and collect items to make a flower crown
    • Build an outdoor den so Sammy Squirrel can visit your garden
    • Do some ‘bark’ rubbings. Place paper in different places e.g. on a tree, on a wall, on the floor and compare the texture / rubbings.
    • Create giant bubbles. Mix six cups of water with one cup of washing up liquid and half a table spoon of glycerine. Tie a piece of string and dip it in to the water to make giant bubbles. What is the biggest bubble you can make?
    • Go on a nature hunt. What can you find? – You could use your binoculars from last week.

      Challenge 6 – story and song time

      As usual, enjoy reading one of your favourite stories! Get your grown up to use your lilac book mark and ask them to write some comments in your school reading diary.

      Today Mrs Rowley has also sent you a video to enjoy for our end of the day story! Please open your email to view this.

      Today’s end of the day song is ‘ Five currant buns’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-currant-buns/zm4nmfr Again you can act this one out too!

      Thank you for your continued support. As usual if you have any questions or need any support please just email.

      Have a lovely day!

      Take care and see you soon,

      Miss Bestwick

Monday 12th October

It’s Monday! I hope you have had a lovely weekend. Thank you to all of you who sent pictures in of the optional weekend challenges. It looks like you had a lot of fun.

Today Sammy the Squirrel has set you some more challenges – good luck!

Challenge 1 – name writing

You know the routine now – we always start by practising our name.
Can you make a colourful name? The bigger and brighter the better!
If you need inspiration I have sent a few photos to your email addresses as examples. 

For every day this week we have given an idea of how you could practise your name. We know everyone has different resources at home. Therefore, if you don’t have the resources needed for our activity be creative and think of one of your own! You amazed me last week and I ‘magpied’ a lot of your ideas!

Challenge 2 – phonics

Make pictures to represent some of the following words with your child: sit, pat, tap, sun, hat, rat, cat, log, frog, fog, jog, pig, wig, dig, pen, pan, tin, tent

Hide the pictures inside / outside. Ask your child to find a word e.g. ‘Find the s/u/n’ When your child has found it, they are to say ‘I have found the sun’. Did they blend it correctly? Ask them to re-chop the word (s/u/n) Can they tell you how many sounds are in it? Remember it is good practise to chop each word more than once. At school we usually chop it on our chopping boards, clap the sounds out, jump the sounds out, whisper the sounds out and shout the sounds out. Oral segmenting and blending provides the children with the foundations they need to be fluent readers and confident writers! 

Challenge 3 – maths

This week we would have been looking at 2D shapes. There are a couple of videos you can watch to learn about 2D shapes:

After learning about 2D shapes, go on a shape hunt around your house. What shape can you find? What are their names? How do you know? How many sides does it have? Have many corners does it have?

Challenge 4 – literacy

Today watch the story of Miss Bestwick reading the story of the week ‘Little Red Hen’ (I have sent you a link to this morning’s email).

After listening to the story can you answer these questions:

  1. Who were the main characters in the story?
  2. Where did Little Red Hen live?
  3. Which creatures were not helpful to Little Red Hen?
  4. Why did she plant the corn?
  5. Why did she water the corn?
  6. What is a mill?
  7. What did all the animals want to do?
  8. How did Little Red Hen feel at the end of the story?

    Challenge 5 – topic

    We didn’t do any mark making in Literacy so it’s time to do some in topic! Choose your favourite dinosaur and research some facts about it. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/curations/dinosaur-facts There are some nice ‘dinosaur adventure stories’ on this link. If you don’t fancy learning about a dinosaur, learn about an animal from the Little Red Hen. Then impress your grown up – show them how we have practised labelling! Your grown up will draw a line on and ask you what is this part? What sound does it start with? Can you write the initial sound? If not trace the letter! I have attached an example to the email sent to you this morning.

    Challenge 6 – story and song time

    As usual, enjoy reading one of your favourite stories! Get your grown up to use your lilac book mark and ask them to write some comments in your school reading diary.

    Today’s end of the day song is ‘Five little men in a flying saucer’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-men-in-a-flying-saucer/z6qgscw Again, if you wish, you can act it out!

    Thank you for your continued support. As usual if you have any questions or need any support please just email.

    Have a lovely day!

    Take care and see you soon,

    Miss Bestwick 😊

Home Learning Activities W.C 7.10.20

In Reception this week we have been learning through the story of ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’. We will continue using this story for our learning activities for the rest of this week! Each day we will plan activities linking to this story. We will email them to you and put them on the Squirrel class page of the website for you to access.

We have also put together other activities that you can have a go at during the week!! Click on the link below for these activities!

Click here for activity ideas based on the story 'Tyrannosaurus Drip'

Please send in any photographs / videos to show what your child is doing as we love to see the children learning through play - this is what it is all about in the Early Years Foundation Stage! We will then add these to your child’s learning journey so we have a record of what they have been up to during our time at home! Please send all photos of your child to:

Squirrels@coppice.derbyshire.sch.uk 

Friday 9th October

It’s Friday!!! That means later on today you will receive our weekly
newsletter and a special video showcasing some of the amazing home
learning which has been going on this week.
Today Sammy the Squirrel has set you some more challenges – good luck!

Challenge 1 – name writing
First thing every morning we always start the day with our name
books. Show your parents what we have been practising. Today’s
challenge is who can write their name the biggest and who can write
their name the smallest? Don’t forget name writing doesn’t have to be
done inside – get creative!

Challenge 2 - phonics
After name writing we would have had phonics. Please can you warm
your listening ears up by playing this game:
https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/match-sounds?phase=1 
Once your ears have warmed up we need to start chopping up words.
Can you go on a hunt around your house and find these items for me
(If you can’t find them you could draw them):
 A cat (not real)
 A dog (again, not real)
 Hat
 Cap
 Leaf
 Duck (not real)
 Rug / mat
 Pen
 Pig (not real)
 Sock
 Rock
 Fork
 Knife (be careful remember how we hold knives and scissors - a grown up will help)
 Card
 book

Once you have found them, get a mixing bowl / saucepan and cook
me up a silly soup. Remember things can only go in the pan if you
chop it up first! At the end let your grown up mix it – close your eyes,
cross your fingers and just like at school a treat might appear in the
bowl/ pan! If you want to add a little extra fun your could dress up as
a chef or even as a witch / wizard and cast a spell in the cauldron.

Challenge 3 – maths
Warm up by practising using the language or ‘more’ ‘less’ ‘most’ and
‘least’ by watching this song
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/numberblocks-who-has-moresong 
Today I would like you to practise your counting, sharing and more/
less skills by making a lovely family picnic for lunch. Together pack
up a baggy of goodies to eat at lunch time! Then practise sharing the
food out. For example, I will give you a handful of grapes and I have
a handful. Let’s count them. Who has most? Is that fair? NO! Let’s
share them fairly. “One for me, one for you”. How many do we both
have now? If we had 1 more how many would we have? If we ate one and had one less how many would we have?

Challenge 4 – literacy
Re watch the story Tyrannosaurus Drip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfvv9GLmaUM or read the book if
you have that. Using paper / junk modelling make the characters from
the story. Can you act out the story with your family? Can you retell the story? Do you remember what happened at the beginning? In the
middle? At the end? If you don’t feel very crafty, you could dress up
and act it out or draw a picture on paper or on a tablet and just retell
the story.

Challenge 5 – topic
Friday means it is music day! I hope the parents can sing better than
I can! Today we are learning a song to the tune of ‘if you are happy
and you know it’. Today’s song is ‘You are a dinosaur and you know
it’. I have sent you the words as a PDF via email or you can click here. Can the
children sing the verses? Can they add actions? Sound effects? Body
percussion? Instruments? The challenge would be to think of a verse
of their own to perform to their friends!

Challenge 6 – story and song time
At the end of every day we always end with a story and song.
Read me your favourite ever book! Why is it your favourite book?
What is your favourite part?

Today’s song to end the day is ‘ten in a bed’. This song links with our
maths of the week of working out 1 less. You could act this out with
your dolls, toys or teddies!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZkPYzIKZNc 

To your morning email, I have attached of me reading one of my favourite stories – just so you don’t forget my face! I hope you enjoy it! Please excuse my camera skills - by the end of the time I will be a true professional.

I know staying at home this weekend will be tricky. We are used to nipping here there and everywhere. Sammy has put together a bank of optional weekend activities that might interest you - please click here to access them.

Thank you for your continued support. As usual if you have any questions or need any support please just email.

Have a lovely weekend! Take care and see you soon,
Miss Bestwick 😊

Thursday 8th October

Today Sammy the Squirrel has set you a few more challenges – good luck!


Challenge 1
First thing every morning we always start the day with our name books. Yesterday lots of parents got creative! Can you make your name out of twigs? Playdough? Pennies? Pasta? Lego? Stickers?

Challenge 2
It is now time for phonics. I have added a power point full of photos that you have sent in. For today I haven’t included the children’s faces as I forgot to ask you to include permission – silly me! Can you tell your parents if the items begin with a s / a / t? Don’t forget to do your jolly phonics actions. For ssss do a snake with your hands. For aaaa do ants on your arm. For tttt watch a tennis ball and turn your head left to right.
After you have warmed your listening ears up by practising your initial sounds, I would like you to show your grown up your chopping skills. I have placed pictures on the power point of words which are made from two or three sounds, can you chop them up on your chopping board and then blend them together? For example s / i /t = sit.
If you are up for a challenge, I have then attached a work sheet for you to try writing the sounds you hear. Can you write the initial sound? Can you write the middle and end sounds? Sometimes if we find this tricky Miss Bestwick writes the sounds we say in yellow pen and we trace them to practise cursive letter formation. IF you are unsure about cursive letter formation, I have also attached this power point too!

Please click here for today' power point

Please click here to see how we form our letters

please click here for the writing challenge activity

Challenge 3
This morning we would have then had maths. We have been counting, comparing amounts and working out 1 more and 1 less. Can you teach your dinosaur how to do this? To warm up show your grown up the game we played earlier in the week. https://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/busyday/bugs/  
Can you use the language ‘more’ ‘less’ ‘most’ and ‘least’?
Then borrow your grown-ups pegs and a coat hanger. Ask your grown up to say (or even better show you) a number. Put that many on the hanger with your dinosaur. Then ask your grown up to ask you to put on one more / or work out 1 less. How many would you have now? If you are up for a challenge try and work it out mentally before doing it practically. I know you will make great teachers for your dinosaurs!

Challenge 4
This morning we would have also had a literacy activity. For our book this week we would have focussed on emotions and being a good friend. Listen to the story of ‘The ugly duckling’. You can either read the book if you have it at home or watch the story on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qafXdmFsTbE
Ask your grown up to ask you the following questions:
• Who are the main characters?
• What happened at the start of the story?
• What happened in the middle of the story?
• What happened at the end of the story?
• How would the duckling feel if he heard the words ‘ugly’ ‘strange’ ‘we don’t want him here’ or didn’t get a kiss when the others did?
• How would he feel when the other ducklings bullied him?
• What should we do to be a good friend?
• Does it matter if we are different to our friends?
• What is unique about you? What makes you special?
• How is this story similar to Tyrannosaurus Drip?

Challenge 5
For this afternoon’s topic we were going to try and cheer Drip up by trying to find his family. We were going to base our hunt on the book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’
Grown-ups please hide dinosaurs around the garden – if you don’t have them you could draw them on paper. Make sure they are all mean apart from the last one Drip’s family.
Go on an adventure together….

“We’re going on a dinosaur hunt! We need to find a duckbill! What a beautiful day! We’re not scared! Uh oh! Grass! Long wavy grass! We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it, we’ve got to go through it! At the end of each verse you might discover the dinosaurs and discuss whether it is Drip’s family. Are they smiling? Are they welcoming? No let’s keep going!
Use your drama skills Squirrels.
As well as grass you might find:
• A river – a deep, cold river
• Mud – thick oozy mud
• A forest – a big, dark forest
• A snowstorm – s swirling, whirling snowstorm
• A cave – a narrow, gloomy cave

At the end of your adventure you will find Drip’s family. How does he feel? How will his face change?
If you are feeling really brave and up for a challenge you could add voice sound effects, body percussion or instruments to this challenge – this would be a good warm up for our music lesson tomorrow!

Challenge 6
At the end of every day we always end with a story and song.
Can you read your school book or your favourite story with your grown up? Remember to use the lilac book mark to practise your reading skills. Again, don’t forget we love photos and videos! If Sammy sees you reading then he might read a story to you!
Finally, you can teach your grown-up our 10 fat sausages song. Can you show them the actions? If you have forgotten them make your own up! Or you could even make 10 sausages and put them in a frying pan and take the sausages away whilst singing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNNBHQTfb8k  (This song links with this week’s numeracy of 1 more and 1 less).

Don't forget there is also a rang of topic activities which you can choose from throughout the week.

Remember to keep sending videos and photos of your work in. On Friday I am hoping to put a range of these together with music to share with the class. Please let me know in your emails if you give consent for your photos and videos to be used. Photos and videos do not need to have your child’s face in them, it could just be of their work

Wednesday 7th October

Please click here to see today's Sammy Squirrel challenges that were emailed to you. Below I have explained them in a little more detail.

Challenge 1 - Name Books

First thing every morning we always start the day with our name
books. Show your parents what we have been practising. Can you
write your name on paper? On a tablet? On the ground in chalk? In
sand? In magnetic letters? By organising the letters given to you on
chopped up pieces of paper? How many ways can you find to practise
your name?

Challenge 2 - Phonics

After name writing we would have had phonics. Today Sammy wants
you to go on a hunt around your house to warm up your listening
ears. Stop and look at items. Tell your grown-up what sound they
start with e.g. coat starts with cccc. Remember this is how we say our
sounds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlTw0oiLNys  . When you
find an item you could also practise our jolly phonics actions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVyry9jpVjI  If you find any
items that begin with a ssss, aaaa or tttt please could you send me
a photo of each item in and we will use them tomorrow (try and find
3 for each of these sounds).

If you want an extra challenge click here to download SATPIN bingo to play with your grown-up.

Challenge 3 - PE

We would have had PE this morning. We have been practising moving
in different ways and at different speeds – we have also had to avoid
obstacles. Can you send photos and videos of moving in different
ways at home. Can you run? Jump? Hop? Skip? Shuffle through a
tunnel? Climb up steps? Bounce on a trampoline? Don’t forget you can also move like different animals! Try and be active for 30 minutes! I
hope you have lots of fun!

If you want an addition challenge, click here to download some fitness challenge cards.

Challenge 4 - Story and Song (Literacy, Listening and Numeracy all in one!)

At the end of every day we always end with a story and song.
Can you read your school book or your favourite story with your
grown up? Remember to use the lilac book mark to practise your
reading skills. Again, don’t forget we love photos and videos! If
Sammy sees you reading then he might read a story to you!
Finally, you can teach your grown-up our 5 little speckled frog song.
Can you show them the actions? If you have forgotten them make
your own up! Or you could even make 5 speckled frogs and take them
away. Click here if you'd like some song props to cut out and use. 
This song links with this week’s numeracy of 1 more and 1
less . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQTVrxj4l6o 

Sammy can not wait to see your learning! Tomorrow he has even more exciting challenges for you. Tomorrow will be Naming writing, phonics, numeracy, topic and a listening game to end the day!

  See you tomorrow! x

Important Information for September 2020

CLICK ON  THE LINKS BELOW FOR FURTHER INFORMATION FOR SEPTEMBER:

 

 Meet the Squirrels Class Team

      

Miss Bestwick Class Teacher

 

Mrs Tomlinson Early Years Practitioner

Mrs Rowley Early Years Practitioner

 Miss Renshaw

Early Years Practitioner

Our topic this term is

Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars – Here come the Dinosaurs!  

Here are some ideas to start with and we will continue to add to them as we go through the half term. We base our learning on a book/theme each week linked to our topic. Within this we also follow the principles of 'planning in the moment' which means that the children guide our learning following their interests so every day is full of surprises!

Please click here to open our Stomp, Chomp, BIG roars, here come the dinosaurs! topic web.

This term's topic challenges are...

Challenges for your child to work on with you during the topic. The children will receive stickers for their hand print by completing the different challenges:

1 point – bring in your favourite dinosaur story to share with the class
2 points – create a family portrait and share it with the class
3 points – practise writing your name
4 points – make a show box habitat for your favourite animal

Autumn term 1 - Week 1

Week beginning 7th September

Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School

What has Harry got in his bucket? How many dinosaurs can we count? What can we collect in our bucket? What could Harry do with his dinosaurs? What could Harry teach the dinosaurs at school?

Our new Reception children are joining Squirrel Class this week. They have been split into groups A and B and are visiting for two mornings each. This week we are starting our new topic, which is called 'Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here come the dinosaurs!

We will begin the week finding out what we have all been up to during lock down and getting to know our class mates. This week’s learning will be based around the story ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs go to school’. We will think about the feelings he is feeling about starting school and compare this to our own. As part of our learning we will learn the school rules, classroom rules and good hygiene rules. We need to make sure we are washing our hands for at least 20 seconds each time we do this and making sure we catch any sneezes or coughs and bin them! In the classroom we will have hand sanitiser in different areas which the children will be using to keep their hands as clean as possible! 

There are so many activities we will complete which link to this week’s story. We will practise counting the dinosaurs and see if we can count to 10 and beyond! We will look at how they are similar as well as being different in some ways. Together we will make some big dinosaurs using our printing, painting and collage skills to start the topic display! We cannot wait to see what dinosaurs you create! We will practise filling the bucket in different ways and explore the language of capacity and volume. And just like Harry, this week we will also be practising our name writing and finding our name card to help us so we can write our name on all of our amazing paintings and mark making!

What a busy week it will be! I am sure there will be plenty of smiles, fun and laughter!

Autumn term 1 - Week 2

Week beginning 14th September

If I had a dinosaur

Which animal is the best? Can all animals be pets? How are animals the same? How are animals different? If you had a pet dinosaur how would you care for it? If you had a pet dinosaur what would you do with it? What are our classroom rules? How can we move up the behaviour ladder and what do the different pictures mean? 

This week all of our Reception children are in squirrel class for the mornings sessions and lunch time. The children will have ample opportunities to play with their new friends.

This week our class book is ‘If I had a dinosaur’. This book will allow children to explore their imagination. We will learn about lots of different animals and about what pets your child has / wants. We will also learn about different types of dinosaurs and what made each species unique. We will look closely at similarities and differences between animals.

There are so many activities we can completed linked to this book and our whole class discussions. These might include junk modelling our favourite pet, thinking carefully about the medium and colours we use. We might use simple sorting plates and venn diagrams to sort a selection of animals by their features e.g. meat eater / not and big / small.

In maths, we will continue to practise counting to 10 and beyond. We might try some tricky problems in our play for example, I have a hamster and a T-rex, how many legs? Who has more legs? How many more?

The possibilities are endless!

Autumn term 1 - Week 3

Week beginning 21st September

Dinosaurs Love Underpants

Why do dinosaurs love underpants? How do dinosaurs move? What colour/pattern are on the pants? What happened to the cave men in the story? What is a skeleton? 

This week is when the children start full time! It will also be the first week that Miss Harrison takes them to Forest School! How exciting!

During the week we will explore lots of concepts linked to the book ‘Dinosaurs love Underpants’. One of our activities will be about moving like a dinosaur - we will do this in our outside area as I am sure there will be lots of big movements and big roars! In the malleable area we will explore dinosaur bones and become fossil hunters as we brush the bones from little trays of sand. I wonder what we will find! We will sort the bones in order of size from the smallest to the largest as well as grouping the bones by size! The book will introduce us to rhyming words and we will play lots of circle time games linked to this – I wonder how many silly (fake) rhyming words we will be able to think of!

Of course we cannot read the story of 'Dinosaurs Love Underpants' without exploring pants! We will look at the different colours and patterns on the pants to help us sort them. We will go on a pant hunt and use the ones we find to make repeating patterns and to order them by size. We will open a dinosaur shop and we will design and make pants to sell. For this we will practise our knowledge of mixing primary colours and repeating patterns – I am sure they’ll be able to get the orders just right! To help us with our fine motor skills we will peg the pants on the washing line to dry! On the creative table we will print patterns on different shaped and sized pants using a range of printing tools! Outside we might even investigate which pants would make the best trampoline by exploring which pair has the stretchiest elastic!

Autumn term 1 - Week 4

Week beginning 28th September 

Would you like to own a dinosaur? How could we get our own real-life dinosaur? What are seeds? What are eggs? What is the lifecycle of a dinosaur?

How to grow a dinosaur

Of course after all these weeks of learning about dinosaurs and reading dinosaur books, the children are going to want their own pet dinosaur!

The book tells children to grow a dinosaur by planting seeds. This week we will spend lots of time in our gardening area and plant lots of seeds and bulbs. We will discuss what plants need (sun and water) and will think of ways to treat them like a VIP (sing to them, read them stories). Unfortunately, I don’t think the seeds and bulbs are a fast way to grow a dinosaur so we might get a special delivery from Mrs Seaton because we will have been so good all half term!

At the end of the week we will try and grow a dinosaur from Mrs Seaton’s eggs. To make them hatch we will need to care for them by hugging them, singing to them, dancing with them, reading to them, making them a home, keeping them warm and much more! We will use role play and cameras to make a how to care for my animal book. We will teach our pets about the behaviour ladder and the classroom rules. We might train our dinosaurs e.g. teach them how to make a sandwich, make an obstacle course and teach them how to go around it. We will also have lots of fun with them and might even get to take them home to teach them as many new skills as you can!

Autumn term 1 - Week 5

Week beginning 5th October

Another week, another great book! Julia Donaldson is well known for her books and this book is no different!

During this week we will again explore rhyming words. We will invent our own dinosaurs using our imagination and say how they are different to other dinosaurs. We will think about what makes a good friend and what to do if you feel sad and upset.

Autumn term 1 - Week 6

Week beginning 12th October

Little Red Hen

Who is the Little Red Hen? What did she do? Who are the other farm animals in the story?  What did the animals do wrong? What was the Little Red Hen making?  What ingredients do we need to make bread? How do we make bread?  What happens at Harvest time? What do farmers do?

This week we are going to learn about Harvest! We will read the story of 'The Little Red Hen'. We will read the story and then make a giant story map which we will use to retell the story. During this week we will begin to learn our talk for writing actions with 'once upon a time' and 'first'. Ask your child to show you these actions! The children will also get creative and think of their own actions for the animals in the story! We cannot wait to see the children retell this well known story! During the week the children will make their own picture story book of this story to bring home so they can retell you the story!

We will explore farm animals during the week and practise moving like these animals and making their animal sounds! In the small world area we will have the farm set out ready for the children to use to make their own stories! We will explore what farmers grow for people to eat! We will start by looking at wheat as that is what Little Red needs to make the flour to help her make bread! We will explore the amazing work that farmers do to ensure we have enough food to eat! 

As the Little Red Hen made bread in the story we think we should do the same using a simple recipe to follow! We will look at the different ingredients that we need to make bread and discuss how the ingredients change as we mix them together and leave the dough to prove! We will make our own bread roll which we will cook and then send home to taste! We will make a little loaf so we have some to taste altogether in special snack time! We cannot wait to smell the bread cooking! It will be amazing! 

 

Autumn term 1 - Week 7

Week beginning 19th October

What happens at Autumn time? What will we see in our outside area at Autumn on our walk? What colours are the leaves? What sounds can we make with the leaves?

Wow, by this week we will have completed our first half term in Reception! Where did that time go? This week we are going to explore the season of Autumn! In the investigation area we will have lots of different signs of Autumn which we have collected at the weekend. Using the magnifying glasses we will explore the texture, shape and colour of the leaves, pine cones and acorns which have been found! 

We will go on a walk around the school grounds looking for more signs of Autumn and we will scrunch in the leaves on the ground! When we get back to Squirrel class we will recount what we did and look at how we used our different senses to see items, hear sounds, feel signs of autumn and the smells which we experienced! 

During the week we will think about some of the animals which use Autumn time to prepare for hibernation over winter. We will make some of these animals in the creative area using our paint and collage skills.

Throughout the term, we will follow you child's interests and each day will be different to the next. Therefore, it is hard to provide a definite timetable. However, our weeks might look something like this:

Throughout the year we have lots of exciting topics planned. Click here to see an outline of our year.

Reception Important Diary Dates

Here are the dates we have so far for this half term. We will continue to add to them as the half term progresses. Also remember to check your weekly newsletter! 

Wednesday 2nd September 2020 - INSET DAY - School closed to the children.

Thursday 3rd September 2020 - School reopens  for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two classes.

Thursday 3rd September 2020 and Friday 4th September 2020 - Reception visit Squirrel class to explore their classroom. Please see your transition letter to see your appointment time. We can only have one family at a time in Reception

Monday 7th September 2020 - Reception visit Squirrel class to explore their classroom. Please see your transition letter to see your appointment time. We can only have one family at a time in Reception

Tuesday 8th September 2020 - Wednesday 9th September -  Squirrel class group A to visit for the mornings.

Thursday 10th September - Friday 11th September -  Squirrel class group B to visit for the mornings.

Monday 14th September 2020 - Friday 18th September 2020 - All reception children to visit for the mornings including lunch time.

From Monday 21st September - All reception children in for the full school day.

 Friday 23rd October - Last day of term

Monday 2nd November - INSET DAY - School closed to the children.

Tuesday 3rd November - Nursery and School reopens 

   

The Early Years Foundation Stage

 In Squirrels class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage which is organised into seven areas of learning. These seven areas are as follows:
PSED - Personal, social, emotional development (developing self confidence and self awareness, making relationships as well as managing behaviour and feelings).
CL - Communication and Language (speaking, listening and understanding)
PD - Physical development (moving and handling as well as health and self care)
LIT - Literacy (reading and writing)
MATHS - Mathematics (numbers, shape, space and measures)
UW - Understanding the World (people and communities, the world and technology)
EAD - Expressive Arts and Design (exploring and using media and materials as well as being imaginative!)

 

Expectations

In school we have a set of non-negotiables for Literacy and Mathematics for the children to aspire to by the end of each year group. Click below to see what is expected by the end of their time in Squirrels class (end of EYFS).

Writing non-negotiables for Squirrels class

Mathematics non-negotiables for Squirrels class

We work towards the Early Learning Goals (ELG's) in Squirrels class. Click on the document to see what the Early Years curriculum is all about and what the children should be able to do by the end of their time in Squirrels class.

EYFS curriculum explained for Parents/carers

                

Squirrels Stars of the Week

At our school we have a special 'star of the week' from each class! In Squirrels class we have Sammy Squirrel who goes home with the star of the week for a whole week and he has a special diary for the star of the week to fill in ready to be shared with the class the following week. Sammy can't wait to meet you!

Ambassador Awards 2019- 2020

This year we have incorporated the Learning Passport within a document that recognises children’s achievements in school and the wider community. What is expected in order for children to achieve their ’Ambassador Award’ comes under 4 headings:

  • Citizenship
  • Relationships
  • Learning
  • Behaviour and conduct

Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the waking day and it is important to recognise children’s achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the criteria identified; we are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves!

Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through 'Steps to Success' passport the Reception children will be working through this year to help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!

Ambassador leaflet - September 2018

Squirrels class - Steps to Success passport for the Ambassador Award letter - September 2018

 

Learning Journeys

During the last few years we have developed a way that we collect observations about what your child can do during their time in Squirrels class. We use an app called 'Early Excellence'. We will take photographs of your child completing different activities and make notes about what they are doing. One of the best features of this is that we can email you all the evidence we collect! Please make sure we have your email address and we will send you all of our observations! Don't forget to reply and let us know of any 'wow' moments you witness at home. Please see Miss Harrison for an email request form if you have not completed this in your new starters pack or you can download one by clicking on the link below.

Early Excellence consent form - September 2018

Proud cloud letters - September 2018

Proud cloud template - September 2018

Parent Workshops

During the year we hold  workshops to support parents and carers in helping their child at home. At the moment, due to Covid 19, we have not planned these. However, we hope to run these once it is safe to do so.

 Helpful Handouts for Parents

The EYFS curriculum for parents/carers handout
Dough disco information leaflet
Letters and Sounds Phase 1 booklet

Letters and Sounds Phase 2 booklet

Letters and Sounds Phase 3 booklet
Coppice Primary School and Nursery - Early language development booklet for parents

Speech sounds

Small Talk booklet - age related expectations related to communication

Communication friendly environments
Finger Rhymes

Developing core stability 

Developing early writing

Stay and Play sessions

Each term we have a stay and play session so parents, carers and other family member can join us in Squirrels class to see what we do. The children love showing everyone their classroom and the type of activities we do every day in Squirrels class. We always end with an activity for both children and adults. This could be a story, a squiggle, a dough disco or a dance! Who knows!! We like to keep it a surprise!!

The children love showing their grown ups the Squirrels classroom and EYFS outside area. We cannot wait to welcome you to our stay and play sessions this year! We are not sure when our next play and stay session will be due to Covid 19 but we already busy planning exciting things to do.

Have a question or concern?

We understand that there are times when you might have a question or concern! You have an open door policy in our school and you are always welcome and to come and speak to any member of staff. You can email me at abestwick@coppice.derbyshire.sch.uk or our EYFS co-ordinator, Miss Harrison, at kharrison4@coppice.derbyshire.sch.uk. Alternatively you can ring school on 01773 712840 and we will do all we can to help.

Helping at home

There are lots of things you can do to help your child. We don't have formal homework in Squirrels class but below are some ideas of what you can do which are quick and easy and will help your child consolidate skills we have taught in school. Look on each topic web for some challenges we have set the children to help them gain extra points for their reward chart in school! If you would like any help or support please ask any member of EYFS staff. We would be more than happy to help with ideas!

Reading

Your child has a reading folder which includes flashcards, a homework book and reading book. Please practise these for 5 - 10 minutes every night if possible. We will hear your child read every week in school and will practise letter sounds and high frequency words in our Letters and Sounds activities. 

Phonics

Every week your child will have a phonics activity to complete at home. As we move through phase 2 and phase 3 phonics they will also be bringing flashcards home to practise. If your child needs any help to record the sounds we have learnt this is a brilliant link to use at home https://lettersandsounds.org.uk/for-home/reception 

Writing

Encourage your child to write their names on invitations and cards reminding them to have a capital letter at the beginning! As they learn their letter sounds help them practise writing them using the correct letter formation.

Letter formation sheet

Mathematics

Play board games such as 'snakes and ladders'  to encourage your child to count spaces to move their counters forwards or backward. When you are walking as the children to count how many foot steps from one place to another and ask the children to identify different numbers they see on doors or buses. Practise counting in order to at least twenty and backwards to zero.

Life skills

Encourage your child to put on and fasten their own coat, to put on their own shoes and to get dressed and undress by themselves. Remind them to wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating a meal. When eating encourage your child to use a knife and fork correctly.