Reception - Class 1
Welcome to the Class 1 pages with Mr Gaul and Mrs Elliott.
14th September 2020
We have started to learn our phonic sounds, beginning with "M". Please ask your child to repeat words that begin with "m", such as mat, mirror, moon, man, mouse and try to emphasise the beginning "mmmm" sound. When we write the letter M we say, "Maisy, mountain, mountain" - having a sentence to say with the sound helps your child to remember the letter formation.
16th September 2020
Today we have been learning the letter "a". We have tried to recognise it in words that begin with "a", for example, "a,a,a,a,apple. When we write it, we say, "Round the apple and down the leaf".
21st September 2020
This week we are learning how to use the numbers 1 - 5. This is not just a matter of being able to count to five. We are teaching the children the following:
- 1. Count from 1 to 5
- 2. Recognise the digits 1 - 5
- 3. Be able to order the digits 1 - 5
- 4. Be able to bring to the teacher the number of objects from 1 to 5
- 5. Know that the value increases by one as we count up, so that the value of 5 is greater than the value of 4 etc.
- 6. Be able to recognise the number of objects up to 5 by looking at them grouped together, without needing to count them individually.
- 7. Be able to work out the number bonds to 5. Such as: 2 +3 = 5, 4 +1 = 5
21st September 2020
Today we have been learning the "S" sound. We emphasise it at the beginning of words, such as "ssssss...sun, sssssss...snail". When we write it, we say the sentence, "Slither down the snake".
23rd September 2020
Today we have learnt the "t" sound. We've been using it to say such words as "t,t,t,t,t,t,teeth". When we write it we say, "Down the tower, across the tower".
28th September 2020
We have been learning the 'd' sound by saying such words as d,d,d,d,dog. When we write it, we say, "Round the dinosaur's bottom, up his long neck and down to his toes".
Now that we have learnt a few of the initial sounds, we are beginning to try to blend them together to form simple words. For example, m...a...t when blended together spells 'mat'. With the sounds learnt so far, we try to read, mat, sat, dad, sad, mad, sam, dam. This can require several attempts at saying and repeating the three sounds together until the word is recognised.
5th October 2020
Today we have introduced the 'i' sound. When we write it we use the sentence, "Down the body, dot the head". We are trying to use it to read such words as 'it, did, sit'.
9th October 2020
Today we have learnt the 'n' sound. To write it we say, "Down Nobby and over his net'. We are trying to read such words as: in, it, sit, din, dan, man.
12th October 2020
Today we have learnt the 'p' sound. To write it we say, "Down the pirate's plait and round the pirate's face'. We are trying to read such words as: pin, pan, nip, pat, dip, map, pad'.
16th October 2020
We have started to learn the 'g' sound. When we write it we say, "Round the girl's face, down her hair and give her a curl". We try to read such words as: dig, tig, tag, nag, pig.
20th October 2020
We are learning the 'o' sound. When we write it we say, "All around the orange". We are trying to read such words as: pot, top, dot, dog, not, pop, got.
To practise recall of the sounds, please ask your child to read the changing sounds on the slideshow below.
Please use the slideshow below to practise blending the sounds to read words.
12th October 2020
This week in maths we are learning about 2-d shapes. We are learning to recognise and describe the following four shapes. Being able to describe the shape in words is important.
Square: This has four equal sides. Or, it has four sides and they are all the same length.
Rectangle: This has four sides. There are two long sides and two short sides.
Circle: This has one round side.
Triangle: This has three sides.
We use the RML scheme to teach phonics. The following videos will help you to understand how this is taught, please click on each sentence to be directed to a video: