Welcome to Butterfly class!
Butterfly class is one of the Reception classes here at the Isle of Ely Primary School. Miss Palmer is the Butterfly class teacher.
Butterfly class will have PE on Friday afternoons and we visit the library on Thursday afternoons so please send the children in with their library book on this day to be changed.
Please see below our curriculum overview and the weekly news flash.
Who works in our Classroom?
Communication and language
The children will continue to adapt to new routines and understand our school rules. Our middle classroom has a new focus of communication language. The children have access to a home corner, café, ice cream stand, doctors surgery and construction area where they can share their ideas, develop their speaking and language skills, broaden their vocabulary and share their own experiences with their peers.
In everyday activities, we will focus on the gross motor skills, coordination and balance. The children will develop their pencil grip through a variety of every day fine motor skills opportunities.
Children will gain confidence through choosing and accessing resources. Children will talk about their and other’s feeling and consequences of some actions. They will learn to take turns, begin to work in a small group or with a different partners. In our weekly PSHE lessons, the children will discuss their families and friends and gain a deeper understanding of emotions and what causes certain emotions.
The children will access a variety of high quality texts, based on their interests. The children will study fiction, non-fiction and poetry linked to the themes explored this half-term. They will develop a greater appreciation of books, while developing and celebrating their love of sharing and exploring stories and learning how to look after books in school.
In Phonics, we will continue to learn all of the single letter Set 1 sounds and introduce some of the Set 1 diagraphs. The children will practise blending sounds orally through Fred Games and everyday opportunities.
In writing, the children will learn to write their names and begin forming graphemes correctly, developing their understanding of the correspondence between graphemes and familiar phonemes. The children will be challenged to write CC words and will have access to sound mats to support their formation.
We will be exploring 3D and 2D shapes. Children will discover the characteristics and attributes of shapes through play. When discovering common properties, shapes can then be sorted in ways to make connections (for example. number of sides, shapes that stack, shapes that roll). Children will also begin to recognise shapes in the real world.
After shape, we move onto one more and one less than a number within 5. It lays the foundation for addition and subtraction although, at this stage, children should not be expected to use the addition or subtraction signs. It is important to introduce this concept in a real life context and allow children to practise through play.
Next, we will focus on number bonds to 5 in the context of a part-whole model and the idea that there are a limited number of bonds to a given number (5 in this case) and that if 2 and 3, for example, make 5, then so must 3 and 2. This is the basis of understanding addition and subtraction.
To conclude the term, we will introduce positional language. Not only is this a maths skill, but it is a life skill. Spatial awareness supports all aspects of maths. Children will increase their vocabulary to allow them to begin reasoning by being able to describe and explain how and where.
Understanding of the word
We are learning about transport this half term. The children will learn about the types of land and sea transport, what transport is used for, how transport has changed over time and the different types of transport around the world.
Expressive Arts and Design
In Art, the children will be introduced to colour mixing focussing on the primary colours before learning how to make secondary colours. The children will focus on artists such as Joan Miro and apply their new skills and knowledge through various tasks and activities.
In music, we will review our learning from last term which was to understand what a rhythm and a beat was. This half term, we will be learning to sing as a group as we prepare some Christmas songs.
Weekly Newsflash w/c 29th November
The children have had a busy week and Nativity rehearsals are in full swing. Thank you for supporting the children with their lines and singing practise at home - they’re becoming very confident and can’t wait to perform. The Christmas countdown has begun and the children have been enjoying their class advent calendar each day. The 'Santa Cams' are in full use and Santa himself is keeping a very close eye on the children in the run up to Christmas!
We have been exploring moving toys this week. We read the story, The Naughty Bus, and thought about what a toy needs to move. Using this knowledge, the children used dowels and axles to build their own moving toy.
In maths, we finished our ‘one less’ unit of work and have moved onto positional language such as ‘in, on, below, under, above, in front of, behind, next to, up, down, across, forwards and backwards’. The children will be applying this language through various games and activities both in our lessons and within the environment.
As always, please ensure all items of clothing are named. In addition, the children can keep a pair of wellies in school. They will need these to access the muddier areas of our outside environment. For hygiene and safety reasons, we also encourage all pupils with longer hair to have their hair tied up during the school day
Thank you for your ongoing support and have a restful weekend!
Week beginning 22nd November
What an exciting week we’ve had in Reception! The children enjoyed planning an expedition to the South Pole and learned about the explorer, Ernest Shackleton, and the dramatic voyage of his ship Endurance. The pupils made lists of necessary equipment any explorer needs to pack – hats, food, water, maps, tents, mums and dads… The children are developing confidence in representing sounds they can hear in words using ‘Fred fingers’ and sound mats.
We enjoyed sharing non-fiction books about the polar habitats and using the globe to discuss the distance we would have to travel to reach the South Pole. We also thought about transport and the vehicles we would need to travel across the ice and snow, such as ice-breakers and dog sleds, as well as crampons to help us walk.
In maths, we have been taking one away from a group of up to five objects and telling ‘one less’ stories. You can support this learning at home by developing lots of ‘one less’ stories with your child e.g. ‘First, there were three cookies, then I ate one cookie, now there are two!’ This can be done with everyday objects; you could even come up with funny and exciting ideas together, making up silly ‘one less’ stories involving cheeky fairies or elves.
The children have started their Nativity rehearsals and are learning their lines and songs every day. All the pupils should have brought the script with their parts highlighted to practise at home. Please let us know if you need a new script and thank you for helping your child learn their lines at home.
As always, please ensure all items of clothing are named. In addition, the children can keep a pair of wellies in school. They will need these to access the muddier areas of our outside environment. We would also encourage all pupils with longer hair to have their hair tied up during the school day, for hygiene and safety reasons.
Thank you for your ongoing support and have a restful weekend!
Week beginning 15th November
We have enjoyed learning about old and newer types of transport this week. The children have learnt about George Stevenson: an engineer who took his knowledge of steam power to design the steam train. In pairs, the children innovated writing based on our Bonfire Night poem; instead of a rocket soaring up high, we had an owl swooping or a spaceship blasting off!
We enjoyed the book, The Cat, the Mouse and the Runaway Train and created warning posters to tell everyone about the Runaway Train. The pupils had a go at writing initial sounds in words and phrases such as ‘stop’, ‘look out’ and ‘watch out’. The children used sound mats to help them and others were beginning to use their ‘Fred fingers’ to segment words.
In maths, we have been adding one more to a group (within 5). The children have been telling number stories to help understand the process of adding one more. For example: ‘First there were 3 scooters, then one more joined the group. Now there are 4 scooters altogether.’ You can support the children at home by following the same process. This can be done with any object: cars, sweets, crayons etc.
We are in the process of organising a Christmas performance. The children will be performing A Wriggly Nativity. Details of this will be with you in the coming days. Thank you for your patience while we organise this.
As the weather turns, we appreciate the children will be bringing in more winter clothing. Please make sure ALL items of clothing are named. In addition, the children can keep a pair of wellies in school. They will need these to access the muddier areas of our outside environment. Again, please ensure they are named.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Week beginning 8th November
We have enjoyed talking about our experiences of celebrating Bonfire Night and watching firework displays this week; the children discussed the different colours, sounds and shapes fireworks make and linked this to their learning. We carried on retelling the Bonfire Night poem. On the 11th of November, we had a chance to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of others as well as on how fortunate and grateful we are to be able to enjoy the safety and warmth of our family homes. The children showed their sensitivity and developing maturity while discussing the Cbeebies animation Poppies, showing war from animals' point of view. Reception pupils impressed once again, joining their second whole-school assembly and taking part in the collective two-minutes silence.
We enjoyed the imaginative book, If I built a car, and designed spectacular cars this week. The pupils had a go at writing initial sounds and lots of labels while working on their car designs, using sound mats and their phonics skills.
In maths, we studied properties of basic 2D shapes, using vocabulary such as corners, straight sides and curved sides. You can support this learning at home by encouraging your child to spot shapes in the environment and asking them how they know it is a triangle or square. Try to challenge your child to spot unusual triangles and shapes in different orientations.
Please remember to keep bringing rain coats and water bottles every day and naming all of your child's belongings.
Have a lovely weekend!
Week beginning 1st November
The children have settled back in to the new half term well. They have confidently recalled our school rules and are already earning lots of house points!
Our theme for the half term is ‘transport’. Reception will be learning about the types of land and sea transport, what transport is used for, how transport has changed over time and the different types of transport around the world. This week, we have read Mrs Armitage on Wheels and the children have been challenged to create their own type of vehicle - just like Mrs Armitage.
Before half term, the children were assessed in phonics so have now been grouped accordingly. All children will be reviewing the Set 1 sounds and will continue to develop their blending skills through Fred games. The children will continue to practise their letter formation as part of each lesson. Some children will be introduced to ‘Fred fingers’. This involves holding up a finger to represent a sound e.g. ‘c-a-t’ the children would hold up three fingers and pinch each finger as they say the sound. We teach the children this strategy to help them with their writing. We encourage you to continue practising the set 1 sounds at home and provide blending and writing opportunities where possible to develop their confidence.
In maths, we have been learning about some properties of 3D shapes. The children have explored, through practical lessons and activities, which shapes roll and which slide. The children have identified that shapes with a curved side will roll and those with a flat face will slide. We have asked deepening questions to broaden the children’s reasoning skills such as ‘Which shapes will stack?’ or, ‘Which shapes will roll and stack?’
Any donations of junk-modelling would be greatly appreciated i.e. cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, tissue boxes, kitchen roll tubes, milk bottle lids, corks etc.
Reception now have P.E. on Friday afternoons.
Week beginning 18th October
The half term has whizzed by and we have arrived at the end of the first half of autumn Term full of new knowledge and experiences. This week, we experimented with using different senses to identify familiar fruits, we talked about the sense of smell, sight, taste and touch. As part of our learning about senses, human body and healthy foods, the children designed and made their own fruit kebabs. We had lots of fun drawing, naming, identifying initial sounds and trying to write some of the names of different kinds of fruit. The children enjoyed threading the pieces of fruit on their skewers.
We shared the Funnybones picture book as our class story for this week; we all had lots of laughter when following the adventures of the mischievous characters and practised the fine-motor skills cutting out and assembling the skeletons from the story.
In phonics, we learnt our last single letter sound - x and played plenty of blending games (Fred games). You can support this learning at home by incorporating blending riddles into your everyday routines, i.e. ask your child to put on their s-o-ck-s or c-oa-t. You can play 'I spy' to encourage identifying initial sounds in words, remembering to use the letter sounds and not letter names (i.e. 'a' instead of 'A' for apple).
In maths, we practised sorting objects into groups, based on different characteristics, such as colour, type, size, shape. The children were challenged to identify the rule of a sort and to spot the 'odd one out'.
Enjoy the well deserved half term break. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 1st November. Have fun and stay safe!
Week beginning 11th October
We have had another week with many house points; the children are showing an increasing understanding of the school rules and are often able to remind each other to implement the rules independently. We were able to award many house points for being being Ready, being Safe and showing Respect.
In our theme lesson this week, we have identified and named some of the main body parts. These include: head, arm, hands, legs, feet and back. The children’s writing challenge was to label some parts of the body using their phonic knowledge. The children were able to write the initial sounds in ‘head’, ‘back’ and leg and produced some great writing – there’s so much progress already!
In our Talk4Writing lesson, we continued to learn the story Owl Babies. The children came up with actions and worked hard at remembering the vocabulary and the order of the story. You can support this learning at home by sharing the book with your child and trying to retell it together.
In phonics, our new sounds this week are: 'j', 'v', 'y', 'w' and 'z'. The children are learning how to read and write all these sounds. We practise all the previously taught sounds daily and continue getting better at writing their letter shapes. Thank you for supporting this learning at home. The children benefit hugely from as many opportunities for recognising sounds and practising blending as possible. If you are able to, we would recommend purchasing your own set of Set 1 RWI Cards. It is a useful resource and will allow you to support the learning at home. You can also play blending games when possible, i.e. by playing sounding out I spy: say a word ‘like Fred’ and ask your child to guess it – b-o-x box, c-a-t cat, g-r-ee-n green, h-ea-d head etc.
In maths, the children were introduced to part-whole models. The children were given a group of 5 objects which represented the ‘whole’. We have looked at sorting the whole into two parts by focussing on colour, shape or pattern. As the week has gone on, the ‘whole’ was made up of the same objects and the children had to explore to find as many ways to make the whole as possible. This was a number bond to 5 focus. The split the whole in many ways to discover that 5 could be made in lots of different ways.
Don’t forget, PE on Wednesday and library books on Tuesday!
Enjoy the weekend and we hope the children have a good rest ready for the final week of what has been a long but successful half-term.
Week beginning 4th October
We have had another week with many house points; the children are showing an increasing understanding of the school rules and are often able to remind each other to implement the rules independently. We were able to award many house points for being Ready, being Safe and showing Respect.
In our theme lessons, we continued learning about religion. We focused on the many places of worship that we can find in Ely, as well as in other countries. The children had a go at drawing their chosen place of worship – they created beautiful churches, temples and mosques.
In our Talk4Writing lesson, we have been learning the story Owl Babies. The children came up with actions and worked hard at remembering the vocabulary and the order of the story. You can support this learning at home by sharing the book with your child and trying to retell it together.
In phonics, our new sounds this week are: 'f', 'e', 'l', 'h' and 'r'. The children are learning how to read and write all these sounds. We practise all the previously taught sounds daily and continue getting better at writing their letter shapes. Thank you for supporting this learning at home. The children benefit hugely from as many opportunities for recognising sounds and practising blending as possible. If you are able to, we would recommend purchasing your own set of Set 1 RWI Cards. It is a useful resource and will allow you to support the learning at home. You can also play blending games when possible, i.e. by playing sounding out I spy: say a word ‘like Fred’ and ask your child to guess it – b-o-x box, c-a-t cat, g-r-ee-n green, h-ea-d head etc.
In maths, the children continued comparing groups of objects within 5. We practised using the vocabulary of 'more', 'fewer' and 'equal' and applying this knowledge in practical activities. The children enjoyed solving the problem of making marshmallow and strawberry kebabs – we represented the ingredients with cubes and counters and compared to check if we had enough of both ingredients for 5 kebabs. This is a good activity to do at home too e.g. when preparing snack or laying the table.
Please remember to bring in your library book on Tuesday!
Enjoy the weekend and we hope the children have a good rest ready for more learning.
Week beginning 27th September
Week beginning 20th September
This week, the children’s independence has continued to develop as is their understanding of the school rules: Safe, Ready, Respect. The children started earning points for their houses this week; please look out for letters informing you of the name and colour of your child’s house team. These will be sent out next week.
In our theme lessons, the children learned about historians and how to learn about the past. You can support this learning by using vocabulary of, 'past', 'present' and 'future' when talking about events in your child’s life and things you are planning to do. We found dinosaur teeth and bones in the Reception environments and discovered that old objects dug up from the ground are one of the ways of learning about the past!
In our Talk4Writing lesson, we practised retelling the story of The Little Green Dinosaur; the children independently put the story maps in the right order.
In phonics, we have been learning RWI Set 1 sounds: i, n, p, g and o. The children learnt how to read and write all sounds. We practise all the learn sounds daily and continue getting better at writing these letter sounds. If you are able to, we would recommend purchasing your own set of Set 1 RWI Cards. It is a useful resource and will allow you to support the learning at home.
In maths, children developed confidence and speed when counting to 5 and back from 5. They linked the skill of counting four concrete objects to the pictorial representation of 5, and then to the abstract numerals 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. We have been using five frames and dice formation to represent numbers and to encourage subitising. An easy way of supporting your child’s learning is incorporating counting and number recognition into everyday tasks, i.e. putting 4 forks on a table, spotting a number while walking or counting jumps and steps.
Enjoy the weekend and we look forward to seeing the children on Monday for more fun and learning!
Week beginning 13th September
We have had a busy week in Reception. We have continued to explore the new environment and playing with new friends. The children are demonstrating a growing understanding of our school rules: Be ready, Be safe and Be respectful, and lots of children have found themselves on the recognition board for demonstrating our school values.
On Monday, the children arrived at school to find some mysterious footprints all over their classroom. We had lots of discussion around who they could belong. We came to the conclusion that they belong to a DINOSAUR! In our Talk4Writing lesson, we learnt the story map of The Little Green Dinosaur. We worked as a team to create actions which help us tell the story.
In phonics, we have begun learning the RWI Set 1 sounds: m, a, s, d and t. The children learnt how to read and write all sounds. These sounds are called speed sounds and each daily new sound is added to the pack and are revisited during each phonics lesson. If you are able to, we would recommend purchasing your own set of Set 1 RWI Cards. It is a useful resource and will allow you to support the learning at home.
In maths, children started to count to 4 and back from 4. They linked the skill of counting four concrete objects to the pictorial representation of 4, and then to the abstract numerals 1, 2, 3 and 4.
We would encourage you to practise counting at home through various games and activities. Additionally, ask your children to spot numerals in their surrounding environment. This will help to build their confidence.
We hope the children have a restful weekend ready for another full week of learning.
Week beginning 6th September 2021
What a hot and exciting week we’ve had in Reception! The children have been settling in, getting used to the adults and their new environment. They are doing very well getting used to the reality of full time schooling, trying to remember the rules and routines of the school, as well as keep us with a busy Reception timetable. We are very proud of them!
Our theme focus for was ‘changing seasons’. The children learned the order of the seasons, discussed changes we notice when seasons change from summer to autumn and represented these on their summer and autumn trees. This work was inspired by the beautifully illustrated book ‘Seasons come, seasons go - Tree’ by Patricia Hegarty.
In phonics, we became familiar with the RWI flashcards we are going to use in each lesson. The children learned to recognise the images on th