Spring Term 1 2019/2020

What a busy time we have had in Reception!  The children have really enjoyed our Transport topic making their own vehicles in our Let’s Create and Explore sessions and have learned to label different vehicles such as trains and hot air balloons – do you know what the parts of a balloon are called?  If not ask your child to name them. 

The children have developed their language and communication skills whilst using the train in the Conservatory.  They have role played the Train Ride story, selling tickets, being the ticket collector or taking a ride on the train to far flung places such as Australia and Africa!

As well as learning the skill of labelling, the children have also created their own passports.  The children used Mighty Writer to write captions and sentences to retell the Train Ride story and performed it really well during the Fantastic Finales; well done to all the children!  They are using their phonics and Jolly Phonics cards to help them write the sound they can hear in words and are doing well at using the correct letter formation.

The children have been practising reading words such as ‘hat’, ‘pig’ and short captions such as ‘cats on a rug’ and have been matching them to the correct pictures.  We have all enjoyed using Oxford Reading Buddy, reading stories, predicting what might happen and then taking the quizzes.  We hope you are enjoying using it at home too.

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In Maths the children have been practising counting forward and backwards to 10 and 20.  They have been introduced to adding using practical objects and have looked at all the different ways they can make numbers, for example; all the pairs that make 5.

A highlight of this term for the children has been our BEAT lessons.  Laura teaches the children to be Cool and Confident, not only in dance but when they are doing maths or reading etc.  The teachers certainly saw the children’s confidence grow.  To begin with some of them would only dance with a partner, but in the final sessions they were able to dance across the hall showing their moves and poses.

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The children took part in their first Let’s Go sessions ready for Art Week.  For this each child went to each teacher’s class to try a different art activity, then chose their favourite art activity to go back with.  They then produced their final Art piece for the exhibition.  I think you’ll agree the children produced some lovely art work and that the hall looked fantastic.

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We celebrated Chinese New Year by parading around the school singing, “Chinese New Year, Year of the Rat”.  The children played instruments, held Chinese-related objects and did some dragon dancing.  They also tried to eat noodles and rice with lollipop sticks which was great fun.

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I said it had been a busy half term!!  We are really proud of the children’s attitude to learning; if they have found something a bit challenging they haven’t given up, but have persevered so that they always aspire to do their best.  The children are also proud of what they have achieved too.

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We look forward to much more fun learning next half term.  Thank you for all the support you give to your children and the Reception team, especially for the Scooterthon fundraising event.

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Autumn Term 2 2019/2020

What a busy half term it’s been!!!  We started off our Celebrations topic by celebrating Bonfire Night.  In the conservatory we had a campfire where the children sat around singing songs and pretending to toast marshmallows.  The children learned a poem as a group and performed it to their classes using actions and props.

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Our next celebration was about weddings.  The children learned the story of The Scarecrow’s Wedding and then used coins to find the correct amount of money to buy the items that the scarecrow needed.  The children also learned to sequence the story.

For our inspiration day each class had a visit from a baby.  It was so lovely for the older siblings to talk to the rest of the class about their brother/sister.  The children prepared some questions such as “What do they like to eat?” and “What is their favourite toy?” to ask the mums.  The babies were very well behaved!

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The Conservatory was then changed into a party area.  The children role played having tea parties and birthday parties.  We have done lots of cooking this half term including making Gingerbread Men, cakes to eat at the celebration table as well as edible sparklers!

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In maths the children practised weighing and measuring parcels, they have also been learning how to spell and write simple CVC words such as dog, cot etc.  During our Fantastic Finale the children worked with their parents to make a Christmas card.  The children then wrote their cards and walked to the post box to send them home.  We hope you liked receiving your card in the post.

I think you will agree that the children performed really confidently during the Nativity plays. They sang so well and knew all the words.  This was the perfect end to the children’s first term in school.  Have a relaxing rest over the Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Autumn Term 1 2019/2020

The children have had a fantastic start to their first year in Reception.  They have settled in so well and look extremely smart in their uniform.  The children had an exciting start to their school life by literally sliding into their learning!!  The term was started by getting to know new routines and friends and enjoying our newly set up Reception Base including the Conservatory and Courtyard.

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The children have really enjoyed developing their fine motor skills through activities such as threading and using tweezers.  Our classrooms smelt lovely as the children practised their cutting skills, cutting up lavender and lots of lovely herbs.  The children have started learning their letter sounds and practise writing them in sand, salt and shaving foam. 

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For their first Home Learning the children went for a family walk to collect items relating to Autumn.  These items were used for our maths sorting and number work learning.  It was extra exciting to find some spiders and woodlice amongst the leaves.

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The children have had two exciting events this half term.  They certainly enjoyed the visit from Rocksteady where they listened to different instruments and joined in with lots of singing.  There was also our Time to Read session when the children came back to school in the evening in their pyjamas.  While the children enjoyed listening to bedtime stories the parents received information on how to support children with reading at home.

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The children have loved hearing the Supertato story.  They acted out the parts and made puppets.  To finish off our Superhero topic we held a Superhero day where the children came dressed up as Superheroes and took part in a range of rescuing and creative activities such as making their own Supertato and Superhero biscuit.

The teachers are really proud of the fantastic start the children have had and how well they are following the Golden Rules.

We look forward to more exciting learning next half term.