Thank you for sending me photos of some of the lovely things you are doing while school is closed. I am enjoying seeing you tackling the tasks in your pack with such brilliant results. I also love seeing photos of you playing and having fun. I hope you enjoy looking at them, too.
We can't wait to see you all back at school. In the meantime, keep reading, keep busy and, most of all, keep smiling!
If you took a little pot home before school closed, how are your sunflowers doing? I think the foxes might have dug up the ones we planted in our school garden. I can't see any sign of them anywhere .
Do you remember we kept a flower pot near to our fruit table and poked any pips or seeds we found into the soil as a little experiment? Well look what's happened! Two of those plants must be very tiny apple and pear trees. But I can't think what else might be growing in there. Can you?
Our On the Move topic gave us lots of opportunity to experiment with movement and discuss our observations and experiences. Children identified for themselves the forces of push and pull that were essential for movement to take place.
Carpet times were full of descriptive, analytical language as the children explained how they made themselves and non-motorised vehicles move. They delighted in explaining how by pushing the pedals on their bikes with their feet they saw the chain move and the wheels turn or how they created wind with the squeezy bottles to move the boats in the water tray.
We had lots of fun with our class books, acting out some (very messy!) parts of the story, creating props and going on journeys of our own:
We know that children love playing with blocks but let us look at how important it is to their development. Block play offers an open-ended, creative and valuable experience. It boosts imagination, self-expression and communication, allowing children to co-construct, take turns and negotiate. It also offers a great platform to develop problem-solving, allowing them to test hypotheses and practise scientific reasoning.
They can take risks in their block play and experience a sense of achievement as they 'have a go'. Due to the many shapes and sizes on offer, blocks offer ample opportunity to practise important maths skills, covering measurement, number, symmetry, balance and estimation, at the same time increasing attention span.
We had a lovely visit on Wednesday afternoon from a group of Year 2 siblings who wanted to read their pirate-influenced rhyming couplets to their brothers and sisters! It was lovely to see them back in Reception.
The children have got off to a flying start with their daily phonics sessions! They are becoming familiar with the 42 letter sounds and main alternative vowel sounds they need to decode and read regular words through a wide range of interactive and stimulating stories, actions, songs and games and activities arranged throughout the class and garden. Here are the sounds and an idea of the corresponding actions they are learning:
Children are reading, choosing and changing books with Leanne every week and parents are using the reading record book to communicate with us how their child is doing.
Developing a love of books and reading is at the heart of everything we do in Reception. You could hear a pin drop when children come to the carpet for a new story. If it's one they know and love, they will recite it by heart along with us or join in with a repeated chorus.
I'm sure all parents will have heard their child singing 'Rocking In My School Shoes', from Pete the Cat, one of our Books of the Week! The children used this story to think about what they liked doing in their new school shoes, which took away any anxiety they might have had from starting the year in a new class, and for some children a new school, and with new teachers!
Here are some photos showing the different ways children are enjoying books, alone, with a close friend or as a whole class:
Building friendships, taking turns, taking account of others' thoughts and feelings and working together on shared interests are all key to a happy class and this is something we try to foster in everything that we teach the children:
Helping children to develop the strength of their fingers and thumbs is the cornerstone of so much that we expect children to be able to do, from getting dressed and undressed to using cutlery and scissors and moving and handling everyday objects. We plan a host of ways to develop children's strength and coordination to become independent and confident in their lives:
-Nursery 2018 -2019 archive-
Each day we gather together to say a morning prayer, a lunchtime prayer and an afternoon prayer.
You are with me night and day,
Bless us O Lord
As we sit together
Bless the food
We eat today
Bless the hands that make our food
Bless us O Lord
God our Father
And all the friends you give to me
Guard me in the dark of night
And in the morning send your light
We have a selection of books to read under our awning. You can spend a few quiet minutes reading with your child before the day begins to settle them before you say goodbye.
Each child has their own peg, please encourage your child to hang up their coats, jumpers and cardigans here. Build their physical skills by practising pulling clothing up and down, before and after using the toilet. Practise going to the toilet and washing and drying hands properly.
Get to school in good time so you can say a proper goodbye to your child with a reassuring hug, particularly if they are occasionally worried about coming to school. If you are late, your child may feel rushed and this may make separation difficult.
Your child has had a busy day. Greet them with a smile not your phone. Talk to them about their day, tell them about yours, get down to their level if you can. It is a long day; they have missed you.
In our individual meetings at the beginning of this term you were given WOW sheets. Please use them. We want to know about their WOW moments and love finding out about some of the positive things they have done at home; we will share them with their friends, too.
Growth, New Life and Good Friends
25th February - 5th April
This week we had the opportunity of visiting our local library. While we were there the manager Zedh read us two stories, The Hungry Caterpillar and Dee Zoo.
After listening to the stories we were able to choose our own books to read. We also chose numerous books to borrow. Miss Molloy used our class library card to check them out of the library. We can borrow them for three weeks.
On Thursday we also dressed up as our favourite book character, we went into the hall for assembly to see the other children’s costumes.
During this week we also have had the beginning of lent. On Shrove Tuesday we made pancakes. We also made Lenten promises which we decorated to put under our awning.
7th January 2019 - 15th Feburary
We have begun this term looking at the Epiphany, when Jesus was visited by the Wise men, who brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. We made crowns and presents for Jesus.
We have discussed our new topics of Opposites and The Holy Family.
Throughout Opposites we will be looking at light and dark, holes, contrasts and opposites.
Within the Holy Family we will be looking at Jesus as a small child, Jesus love for small children and the story of The Good Samaritan. Thinking how we can be compassionate and caring for others each day.
Together we looked at our environment and the changes that we are seeing around us , such as leaves falling, the different colours and change in temperature
We investigated the colours we could see, make makes using those colours and investigated what happens when we mixed them together, what other colours could we make?
We looked at bonfire night and created our own fireworks using marble paining and magnetic painting.
Together we looked at the story of the Little Red Hen. What would we do if we were the characters in the story? We looked at harvesting on farms, the different machinery and produce we might gather. We made loaves of bread just like The Little Red Hen.
We look at nocturnal animals and animals that hibernate. Looking at books like Owl babies and Don’t Hog the Hedge. We made a class book based on nocturnal animals.
This half term we were focusing on our family. Looking at who is in our family at home, at school and at church.
Throughout this half term we learnt that Mary and Joseph were both visited by Angel Gabriel to tell them that Mary would have a baby, who is God’s son and would be called Jesus. We know Joseph and Mary had a very long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. We engaged in the Nativity story through a range of experience listening to stories, small world play and role play.
We became familiar with some Christmas carols, learning Away in a Manager for our Nativity.
This term our religious focus is God's Wonderful World. Through this topic we will be exploring God's creation of the world with a particular focus on plants, animals, knowing that God made us and understanding that God loves us and always will.
Our religious focus links in with our class topic Special Me and of our being aware that we are all unique. Through Special Me we will be looking at faces and bodies, keeping healthy, looking after ourselves, our senses and our feelings.
Week beginning 24th September 2018
This week we were focusing on the plants and fruits in God’s wonderful world and how we keep healthy.
We read Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French and Alison Bartlett, talking about where our food comes from, what plants need in order to grow and who created the plants that we get food from.
We each planted cress seeds on cotton wool and have been watching them grow through the week.
We talked about our plants, bushes and the trees in the garden. How can we help them to grow? We decided to have a compost collection bin. Each day during snack time we collect our fruit peel and cores to empty into the compost bin in our garden.
This week we used vegetables for printing and did observational drawing of plants, fruit and vegetables. We looked closely at them and used oil pastels to draw them.
We looked in our garden to see what we can find; we picked the apples growing on our tree and ate them.
We read Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. We talked about our own bones, which ones can we feel? What do they do? Our skull, protects our brain. Our ribs protect our heart and lungs. We talked about brushing our teeth to keep our mouth healthy. We practised brushing large teeth with a timer.
We made a fruit salad using bananas and oranges. We used our fine motor skills to peel the fruit and used our knives to chop the bananas.
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