Welcome to Reception!
Our teacher is Mrs Noonan
Our Early Years Educators are Miss Wheeler and Mrs Pond - Jones
“God saw all that he had made and it was VERY GOOD”
On Wednesday we celebrated RE day at school. Each class were focusing on a part of the bible timeline and for Reception we were thinking about the creation story. We learnt about all of the things God created and made some artwork inspired by the beautiful world. In the afternoon Charles came and visited our classroom and read the creation story from the Bible and we all sang ‘If I were a Butterfly’ together. We also worked as a team to make a new display for our classroom. We made a beautiful world and added our artwork to show all of God’s beautiful creations.
A Letter from the Giant
It is always exciting to get a letter in the post and on Tuesday we got a very big letter indeed.
The letter said…
Fee Fi Fo Fum! There is a lot of measuring to be done. Can you find things longer than my footprint? Can you find things shorter than my footprint?
p.s. How long are your feet?
Challenge accepted Giant! We had so much fun measuring the Giants footprint…it was 19 cubes long or 30 cm on the ruler! Then we measured our own feet using cubes and using a ruler. Have a look at our measuring in action.
Beans, beans, beans!
Last week we left some beans in water to sock over the weekend. On Monday we were very intrigued to see how the beans have grown! We then made our own little greenhouses, which are now stuck up, on our window, which means they will get lots of sunshine. Inside the beans are slowly growing…I wonder what they will look like next week!
One of our favourite activities this week has been when we have all had a ‘Dough Disco’. For this activity, every child has a small piece of playdough and we follow actions, songs and disco moves to mould and shape the dough in lots of different ways – we’ve been patting, prodding, pinching and rolling. This is a great activity to help develop the children’s fine motors skills and strengthen the muscles in their hands. Many of the videos we use are online so if you have some playdough at home why not have your own dough disco over the weekend!
Have a lovely weekend,
“Fee Fi Fo Fum!”
Reception has been so busy this week! We have been learning through the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. In Maths work we have been measuring everything! On Friday, we tested to see what it would be like to write like a giant! We also have put some very special (maybe magic) beans in some water. Over the weekend, they will be soaking up lots of water ready to be planted for our science experiment next week.
Our Trip to the Science Museum
On Wednesday, the whole class went on a trip to the Science Museum. The children all behaved beautifully throughout the day including walking to the station, sitting nicely on the tube and in all of our workshops. Thank you again to our parent helpers, we could not do the trips without your help. Once we got to the museum, we had some time exploring the Space section before going to the garden area. In the garden play area, we explored the amazing water area, experimented with different sounds and used our muscles to climb and build. Then it was a quick tasty lunch before we went to the Pattern Pod and did some more exploring with colours and textures. Well done the Reception on such a fun and educational trip!
The day that Mr Rob came…
We have to say a huge thank you to Rob. On Tuesday, he worked all day to put up some new display boards in our role-play area – which means that Mrs Noonan can get creative with the role-play area and not cover the wall in blue tac! We were so amazed to watch Rob as he started by getting all the tools he would need including two big real drills! We made sure everyone was safe by making barrier and talking about where we could and could not go. “But can we watch?” the children asked enthusiastically…of course! We watched Rob measure, cut and drill and attached the corkboards. The children were so inspired that Miss Wheeler searched all the way to the back of shed where we have put away the box of builder’s equipment from our ‘People who help us’ topic and then the children got building themselves. Have a look at what they got up to…
A few notices…
PE lessons are back to normal next week.
The children brought home a technology questionnaire and wow note today please fill these in and return them to school.
Returning borrowed clothes
Many children have spare sets of underwear/socks/tights in their bags in case of any accidents, if your child doesn’t have their own clothing we do have spares in school. If your child has had to borrow some items from school please can you make sure they are returned as we don’t have an unlimited supply. Thank you.
Have a lovely weekend
“Time to PARTY”
Sir Seven from Ten Town
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas holiday and enjoyed celebrating the New Year. Thank you for all your kind messages and gifts for Christmas.
We are now well and truly back into the swing of things in Reception. It was lovely to observe how much more settled and grown up the children have become after their first term in school. The theme of this half term is Traditional Tales. We will be exploring all of the stories we know and love and hopefully learning about some new ones. We will be growing our own beanstalks, exploring the best materials to use to keep the Big Bad wolf away and seeing if we can get the porridge “just right”!
The children have been getting back into the routine of school enjoying their phonics lessons, learning about using scales to measure what is heavy and what is light and practising their Every Day Words. On Friday we had a lot of fun playing a directions game. The children had to help one of the characters from ten Town ‘Sir Seven’ get to the end of the maze by avoiding the obstacles. The children had to use directional arrows to help find him a path and when he got to the end it was “Time to party!” with some funky tunes! Have a look at how much fun we had…
PE Next week
Due to attending a sports competition on Tuesday Mr Cotton will be teaching the children’s gymnastics lesson on Friday next week. Please bring the children to school on Friday in PE kits.
PE on Monday will be as normal.
Science Museum Trip
On Wednesday Reception will be going on our first trip of the year to the Science Museum. A letter was emailed to you all earlier on this week – please go onto parent mail to sign the permission slip. As stated in the letter we will need some parent helpers. On Monday I will look at the names of who has offered to help on the trip and inform you of who will be coming then.
Have a lovely weekend
“Happy Christmas Everyone!
Firstly I have to say a huge well done to all the children in Key Stage 1 and Reception for their fantastic performance of the Nativity ‘I’m Gonna Shine’ the children all spoke, sang and danced brilliantly and shared the message of Jesus’ birth to all of us. Reception sang their songs so well and really enjoyed joining in with the singing and actions throughout the show.
I hope you all have a peaceful, fun Christmas break – with lots of rest (I think we all need it!)
Have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year!
“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas means a little bit more…”
The Grinch By Dr. Seuss
Rehearsals are in full swing for our nativity performance of “I’m Gonna Shine”. Thank you to all of the parents for bringing in the children’s costumes in time for our dress rehearsal this afternoon. All of the teachers and children in Key Stage 2 loved watching the performance and all of the children did really well. Now only a few days till the real performances on Tuesday at 10am or 2pm. There are no tickets for the performance please just come along before the show to take a seat or find a space to stand.
As well as rehearsing this week the children have been in full creative Christmas mode in class. We have been making some special cards and presents that will be coming home next week. We all looked fantastically festive on Friday wearing our Christmas jumpers, thank you for all of the donations towards the Children’s charity.
Can you believe it is the final week of term next week? The children are already a third of their way through the year. And what a brilliant term it has been!
One more very busy week to go…
Monday 16th – No PE lesson (due to Nativity rehearsals) please come to school in uniform
- - All reading books will be collected in today
- - Please return any library books you have at home
Tuesday 17th – No Gymnastics (due to Nativity)
- - Nativity Performance at 10am and 2pm
- KS2 Carols by Candle light Service in St Peters Church 6pm, Reception are not involved but you may attend this service if you wish
Wednesday 18th – Winning House trip (The winning house will be informed today)
Thursday 19th – Reception and Key Stage 1 Christmas Party in the afternoon at school
Friday 20th – Christmas Church Service at 9am at St Peters
- - School finishes at 2pm!
Have a restful weekend – we will need a lot of energy next week!
"It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas"
This week in reception we gave been learning all about advent. We have a very exciting ‘Happyland’ Advent calendar which has a new character for our small world area behind each window, our favourite so far has been the Gingerbread man! The children have really enjoyed retelling the Christmas story in lots of ways in our room, making puppets and using the small world area. Our Christmas home corner has been a busy area of our classroom this week, having wrapped presents in Santa’s Workshop the children have filled under the tree with presents and then had their own Christmas celebrations where they have been opening each other’s gifts! We have also been singing a few times a day (Mrs Noonan has been singing songs in her sleep because we have practised that much!) ready for our Nativity.
I hope we see lots of you at our Nativity production ‘I’m Gonna Shine’ on Tuesday 17th December at 10am or 2pm in the Scott Hall. The children in KS1 and Reception have worked so hard to get this ready for you all and they are going to be brilliant!
House Dodgeball Competitions
Over the next week, within PE lessons, St Peter’s will be running the first sporting House Competitions; the competitions will be house dodgeball competitions which will take place within our year groups. Each class will be divided in their house groups where they will compete against their opposing house groups to win the House Competition trophy. Each year group will have a winning house but the trophy will be given to the house with the most wins across the school; the trophy will be presented in one of our assemblies and each member of the winning house will receive a certificate. We hope that our sporting House Competitions will be an opportunity for all children to take part in competitive sport and represent their house. We will be organising a termly sporting competition and the trophy will be displayed in the trophy cabinet.
Dates for your diary and Christmas events:
Nativity play on 17th December at 10am and 2pm in the Scott hall
Carols by Candlelight on 17th December at 6.30pm in the Church (The reception children are not involved in this but if you wish to join the school community and celebrate Christmas with KS2 you are welcome to come and watch)
Wednesday 11th December is also our Christmas Dinner at school – yummy!
Friday 13th December is Christmas Jumper Day - come to school in your most festive attire and donations will be collected outside school in the morning for the charity Save the Children.
Wednesday 18th December House Trip, for the winning house in Autumn term – more details to follow
Friday 20th December is our Christmas service in the Church at 9am please come and join us.
…and don’t forget we finish at 2.00pm on Friday 20th for Christmas.
Have a lovely weekend
"Stick man, I’m Stick man that’s me…"
We have loved learning this week and all of our work has been focused on ‘Stick man’ by Julia Donaldson. We started by listening to the story and looking at the order of when things happened to the poor stick man, we then used the sticks to do some height ordering from longest to shortest. Then we used the sticks to practise our positional language. After that we did a little bit of magic with googly eyes and PVA glue to turn a normal stick into a real stick man! The children were very creative with their designs.
Then on Tuesday morning, we went to Ravenscourt Park with our buddies and explored with our stick men. Year 6 learnt the whole book and performed it to us and then we went around the park making tree houses for the stick man and finding some more sticks we can magically turn into stick children and the stick man’s lady love! A huge thank you to Year 6 for being so responsible with their buddies and for letting their imaginations run wild by encouraging the Reception children to come up with new and exciting adventures.
On Wednesday and Thursday, our focus was all about being a good friend. We spent some time rotating between some special friendship activities and choosing special friends to play with, we also tried to have turn playing with different people that we usually do. The children were all exceptionally kind to each other and are really starting to create some special friendships with many children in the class.
Christmas fair this Saturday 30th November in the Scott hall!
I hope to see you all there come and visit me on the staff bottle tombola stand,
“The environment is everything that isn’t me”
On Wednesday, we loved taking part in Environment Day. The children worked in their house groups and took part in 4 activities throughout the day. In year one the children read the story ‘Someone Swallowed Stanley’ by Sarah Roberts which tells the story of a carrier bag washed out to sea. In the Art Room, the children were making artwork from recycled paper and working with Debra (a school governor) and some parents to make some beautiful decorations that will be sold at the Christmas Fair next week. In Year Two, the children were decorating their own St Peter’s tote bag – which they all took home and we hope that he children will use this bag in place of a plastic one. Finally, in Reception the children were being litter pickers! Miss Wheeler was being a ‘litter bug’ (I can assure you this was purely for the learning experience – we all know in real life Miss Wheeler would never drop litter!) The children then went outside, armed with litter pickers to ensure they picked up every piece of litter they could find. On Friday we all wore something green with our uniform and donated towards the ‘Just One Tree’ charity – thank you for all your generous donations. In the afternoon on Friday the children were thoroughly entertained by the ‘Big Pants Theatre Company’ with their production of ‘Plundered’ which taught the children all about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling plastic.
Following last weeks ‘Superhero’ Day at school we have created a superhero headquarters in our classroom. The children have been taking it in turns to be superheroes. They have been wearing their capes and masks, using the various computers and technologies available in the headquarters to help them save the world! Have a look at the gallery to see their heroic endeavours…
Next week we are very excited that our Year 6 Buddies will be taking us on a Stick man adventure. On Monday we will be making our own stick men, (any donations of sticks around 20cm long would be greatly received) and then we will be going on our adventure on Tuesday morning.
Next Friday 29th November the children can wear their own clothes in exchange for bringing a donation of a bottle for the tombola for the Christmas Fair
The Christmas fair is taking place on Saturday 30th November between 2 – 6pm. I look forward to seeing you all there.
Have a lovely weekend,
“You are stronger than you believe. You have greater powers than you know.”
This week at St Peter’s we have been learning about Anti-bullying week. In Reception, we have been focusing on being a good friend and talking about what we can do to be a good friend. The children have been brilliant all week, taking extra care to help others and share with them. Learning how to negotiate and work things out ‘using their words’ and trying to solve problems without always needing a teachers help.
On Monday, we took part in a 2 minute silence with the rest of the school on remembrance day. We used a brilliant video on Cbeebies called ‘Poppies’ that helps explain the war, through a very lovely little rabbit, to the children. Later on that day, we created a poppy each, which we have added to a vase in our reflection area to help us remember.
Is it a bird?…Is it a plane?...
No - its Reception on Superhero Day!
On Thursday, we loved taking part in Superhero day to help raise money for the Charity JDRF. The children all looked brilliant in their masks and capes. In the morning, the children thought about what they would like to have as a super power. Flying was very popular as well as being able to run so fast you could run on water! The children then loved playing all day as superhero completing super hero missions for Miss Wheeler and I and making sure they were helping everyone. The day was so popular that we have decided to change our role play area into a ‘Superhero Mission Control centre’ next week so the children can carry on their creative and imaginative play.
If that wasn’t enough excitement for Reception on Thursday we also got to go to Movie Night! Thank you to the PTA for organising such a great effect.
And…speaking of saying thank you to the PTA we must say a huge THANK YOU to them for funding the new Reception outdoor clothes, wellies and storage rack. As the weather gets worse during winter we still want the children to be able to play outside whatever the weather. We have got some new ‘all-in-ones’ that the children can wear with our wellies to make sure they are nice and warm and can get as messy as they like without spoiling their uniforms.
Have a lovely weekend
“Being in touch with the natural world is crucial”
This has been another very busy week – but when do we ever not have one of those at St Peters?!?
On Monday we were exploring our natural areas of our outside classroom as part of our RE lesson on God’s Creations. The children had a list of items to find in the outside area and then once they had ticked off the list then they created their own lists with all of the other natural things they could find. We spotted spiders webs, parakeets flying through the sky, flowers blossoming and woodlice. Have a look at the gallery to see what we got up to.
On Wednesday we took part in our first DT day. DT days happen once per term and are based upon a theme. Every child in the school takes part and spends the day producing a product that fits the purpose of the day. No ‘normal’ lessons take place just lots of designing, making and evaluating. The theme for this DT Day was Nature. We were focusing on creating habitats for local animals and creatures. In reception, we each made a ladybird house and feeder.
The house and feeder can be placed in any outside area, ideally near a plant. Ladybirds are also great for eating aphids so placing the house near a plant susceptible to aphids would also be a good idea. The feeder can be filled with raisins, which apparently are a particular favourite for ladybirds. We have a large ladybird house and some extra feeders that we made which will be going into our nature area.
Any advice or ideas any of you have on how to keep the cats and foxes from using our nature area as a litter tray would be greatly received as we are struggling to use the area at the moment because of the mess being left by our night time visitors. House points for any successful suggestions!
Why did the teacher wear sunglasses?
Because her class was so bright!
We changed the role play area of our classroom to…a classroom. Complete with a computer and board, carpet area, phonics board and house point charts. The children have been loving being the teacher. We have been fairly taking it in turns by signing up to the list at the beginning of the day and using the 10 minute timer to help us to take turns. I have to say that the children make excellent teachers; getting the children to count aloud, running through the timetable spell some words and line up for lunchtime after saying their prayers. Miss Frazer might be calling up a few of them in the future!
As mentioned last week we have a busy week again next week the important things to remember are…
Wear odd socks on Monday
Add a cape or mask to your uniform on Thursday
Own clothes on Friday for Children in Need
Have a lovely weekend,
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress and working together is a success”
Firstly, I hope everyone had a lovely half term break. I have been hearing from the children all week about some of the exciting things you all did. I had a very relaxing week at home, and now hopefully we are all ready for the next half term and the exciting lead up to Christmas! (I know - already!?!)
This week we have been getting back into our routines in school. We reminded ourselves of our school rules and have been working as a team. There is an ongoing competition between the teachers and the children. We have a connect 4 game which has green tokens for the children and red tokens for the teachers. When it is tidy up time a token can be won…if the classroom is tidy by the end of the timer then the children win a token, if it isn’t then the teachers win. I’m happy to say that the children were the winners this week! Even though Miss Wheeler and I do not like losing a competition, we have a beautifully clean classroom, so maybe we are all winners!
Our Maths work this week has been all about 2D shapes. We have been creating shape pictures, using shapes to make patterns and creating some lovely artwork using shapes. We have been learning the properties of some 2D shapes including how many sides and corners they have.
On Thursday, we enjoyed attending our first Poetry Recital assembly. We loved listening to each class perform a poem and we were particularly proud of our buddies! The next Poetry Recital will be in Spring and it will be our turn to perform.
Don’t forget Parents evening is on Monday 4th November and Tuesday 5th November in the Scott Hall. Please remember that the appointments are for 10 minutes, if there are any issues that you wish to discuss in more length please let me know and I can arrange a meeting at a separate time. I hope to keep appointments on time so it is always helpful if you are aware of your time slot and between us we can keep the appointments running on time!
Poppies will be on sale in the school office from Monday 4th November.
Changing for PE
On Monday and Tuesday, the class got changed at school for their PE lessons. I’m glad to say this was a success! The children all tried their best to get changed. One small request though…please practise shirt buttons at home. One trick we use at school is that an adult does the top 2 buttons and the child then has a go at the rest (this makes sure all of the buttons line up). Just a reminder that on Mondays the children come to school in their PE kit and will change into their uniform and on Tuesday the children come to school in a uniform and change into their PE Kit. The PE bags on Monday morning go into the 4 ‘house buckets’ which are colour coded and also have the names of the children in each house displayed inside. The PE bags can then stay in school until the end of the day on Tuesday.
Dates for your diary…
As ever as St Peter’s we have a full diary of upcoming events
Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th November – Parents Evening
Wednesday 6th November – DT day
Monday 11th November – ‘Odd Socks Day’ wear odd starts to start Anti-Bullying Week
Thursday 14th November – Super Hero Day. The House Captains of Fisher House have organised a day in support of JDRF Diabetes Charity. Add something to your uniform to be a super hero.
Friday 15th November – Children in Need (more information to follow from the School Council)
Thursday 21st November – Environmental Day
Friday 22nd November – Wear your own clothes day and bring in a £1 donation in support of ‘Just One Tree’
Saturday 30th November – Christmas fair – Scott Hall from 2pm-6pm
Have a lovely weekend,
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
Black History Month
This week the entire school has been celebrating Black History Month. In Reception we have been learning about the stories of Anansi the Spider from Ghana. The children have learnt about how Anansi got his skinny waist and legs from being too greedy and enjoyed the story when Anansi showed the bigger animals that even the smallest of creatures can be strong and clever! Our favourite story was about Anansi’s six sons. The children also used the beautiful art from the storybook/ to inspire some beautiful pieces of work. Have a look at some of our beautiful creations…
We also learnt some new songs this week including a Swahili action song ‘Simama Kaa’ have a look at Receptions fantastic performance.
Along came a different…
To help Reception engage in the important messages of Black history Month and ‘Show racism the red card’ we have been reading a story called ‘Along came a different’ by Tom McLaughlin. In this story there are lots of shape characters the yellow squares, the blue triangles and the red circles. At the beginning of the story we were shocked that the blue triangles wouldn’t share with the yellow squares because they only like blue things and the red circles made a space that was for ‘reds only’. But…along came a “different different!” This was a shape made up of lots of other shapes and was the most colourful shape there has ever been. Most importantly this “different different” shape likes blue, red, yellow and all of the colours and will share and be kind to everyone. The story finishes with the very important message…”being different is the best thing ever!” In our Art lessons this week we painted some of the colour shapes and then we learnt how to make other colours by mixing red, yellow and blue together. We then created our own ‘different different’ shape by working together in teams.
After half term
As promised after half term we will getting the children changed in school for their PE lessons (yes all 30 children at once!).
Please bring your children into school on Monday morning in their PE kits. Our lesson is at 9.30am and as we attend singing assembly we will not have time to get changed before the lesson. We will however have time to get changed into uniforms after the lesson. Then on Tuesdays the children have gymnastics in the afternoon. Therefore on Tuesdays we would like the children to come to school in their uniform and we will change them into their PE kits during the day which they will return home in ready for the next Monday.
Monday. Wear PE kits. Uniform in bag
Tuesday. Wear Uniform. PE Kit in bag
The Art Ambassadors are running an ‘Art Competition’ for the whole school to promote art and to celebrate the amazing art talents we have in our school. To enter the competition please make a piece of art based on the theme ‘Fantasy’ on an A4 piece of paper. Please write your name and year group on the back of your artwork. All entries must be given to an Art Ambassador or Mrs Noonan by Tuesday 29th October. There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Winning pieces of work will be displayed in the Art Room for everyone to see.
Come rain, sun, sleet or snow at St Peter’s we will always have to walk to the hall for our lunch. Please make sure your child has a dark blue coat with a hood with them every day. Even if it sunny in the morning the weather can change during the day.
Have a lovely, restful half term
“Words cannot espresso how much you mean to me!”
Our role-play area this week has been transformed into 'Reception Café'. The children have been taking turns to be cashiers, servers or customers. Children have been choosing carefully from our menus and making their orders. It has been lovely to hear all of the children asking questions, using beautiful manners and chatting to each other – because in Mrs Noonan’s opinion there isn’t anything better than a good old natter over a brew and biscuits.
On Monday morning, we enjoyed our first trip to Church for our collective worship for Harvest. Thank you for all the generous donations you provided. The children sat beautifully and loved joining in with all of the singing and listening to the prayers.
This week we have spent time thinking about God’s creations, we learnt about the story of Creation and Adam and Eve. We then explored our outside area to spot things that God had created. We found lots of things! Luckily, we don’t have any arachnophobia as we found a lot of spiders!
Reception Class Representatives
In Reception we have chosen our representatives for our school pupil groups. The children have been attending meetings over the last week and all reports say that they are doing and excellent job representing Reception.
School Council – Alfie and Serenity
Arts Ambassadors – Bart and Becca
RE Ambassadors – Milena and Leon
Eco Council – Tom and Sabine
On Friday morning our House Captains from Year 6 can and introduced themselves to Reception and tell them about the house charities that they will be raising money for over the coming year. Thank you to the House captains for coming to see us and your informative talk to the class.
A few reminders...
Please bring your child’s reading folder and yellow reading record to school every Monday and Thursday. There will be a large yellow bucket outside in the mornings for you to place the folders.
Library Books are changed on Thursdays (this is Receptions timetabled slot). We can only give children a new library book when they return the book they currently have on loan. Please also place the library bookmark given to your child inside the book as this helps us organise the library books ensuring the children take home the book they have chosen. There will be a purple box labelled 'Reception Library Books' outside on a Thursday morning to put your books in.
Names on Clothes
It’s always after a few weeks and many washes that names in jumpers become trickier to read or are washed off. Please check that names in all jumpers (including PE) are clearly named. Thank you.
Black History week
Next week we are celebrating Black History Month in school. We will be taking part in workshops, listening to stories from different cultures and in Reception; we will be focusing on the story of Anansi and learning about the incredible Ruby Bridges.
On Friday 18th October we will be celebrating the national day for 'Show Racism the Red Card' on that day we ask children to add something red to their uniform, this could be a red hair bow, a red tie, red socks etc.
As I’m sure you have noticed the children are all getting quite tired at the end of a very long and exciting first half term at school, some big sleeps and lots of rest this weekend is what we all need (Miss Wheeler and Mrs Noonan included!).
Have a lovely weekend,
“Doctor Doctor I feel like a bell….’
“Well take 2 of these and if they don’t work give me a ring!”
A broken arms, sore tummy, banged head, broken fingers, blocked ears and 4 sprained ankles and that’s only the aliments that Mrs Noonan has had this week! Luckily, the doctors in our role play area have been on hand with their bandages and medicines to make everything better again and make sure everyone is fit and healthy for the weekend. The babies from our home corner have all been to the baby clinic for their check-up where we have made sure that they are healthy by measuring and weighing them. The firefighters have been around this week again helping to keep us all safe and put out any fires they see. The children loved making their own fire engine to travel around in!
I’m surprised Miss Frazer hasn’t had to come and visit the doctors this week with a headache after the builders have been working outside her office. The children, when pretending to be builders, have been hammering, screwing and sawing away to make some very impressive houses! They made sure they were safe with their hard hats and high-vis jackets on and worked brilliantly as a team! I’m sure Miss Frazer didn’t mind when she looked out of the window and saw the amazing buildings they had created!
Miss Wheeler and I have been so impressed this week watching all of the children engage so brilliantly in their learning. They are sharing with each other, always remembering their manners and very importantly helping to tidy up after we have had so much fun learning! Maths this week has been looking at patterns. The children have been making and completing patterns using colour, shapes, and sizes. The children have been hugely impressive in their phonics lessons where we have been focusing on the letters s, a, t, i, m, o and p. The children have been writing words such as pat, tap, sat, mat, in and is. They are beginning to form their letters correctly and are using great segmenting and blending skills. Don’t forget to look at the Sounds Write website for more information about the phonics scheme we are using and if you get a chance to download the app then the children can show off their skills to you at home.
Upcoming events and dates for your diary:
Please join us on Monday 7th October 9am in St Peter’s Church for our Harvest Festival. If your child is bringing donations for the festival then please bring them into school on Monday morning and the children will carry them over to church before making their offering at the beginning of the service.
Black History Week
The week beginning 14th October as a school we will be celebrating Black History Month. If you would like to be involved and come into school to help us celebrate please email and let us know.
Show Racism the Red card
On Friday 18th October we are asking all of the children to add something red to their uniform to mark the national event ‘Show Racism the Red Card’. In Reception we will be focusing on how God made us all unique and celebrating what makes us special in our RE lessons.
Have a lovely weekend,
“Hello, hello, hello…”
“999. What is your emergency?”
This week the children have been discussing all of the different people who help us and the things they do. Luckily our very brave firefighters were on hand and answered the call on Thursday when there were a lot of fires to put out – they worked together as a team to use our water pump to make sure that every bit of the fire had gone. The police have been on patrol around our classroom looking for anyone who needs any help, finding missing items and keeping any trouble makers at bay! Anyone who had an injury, tummy ache, broken arm or a headache has been safe at the Hospital where the doctors and nurses have been taking care of them.
In our RE work we have been thinking about what is precious to us. The children created pictures of the things in their lives that are precious to them. We also discussed how the world is precious and that we need to be thankful to God for our beautiful world.
Our learning in phonics this week we have been using the letters s, a, m, i and t to write and read words. In Maths we have met members of Ten Town including King One, Tommy Two Thelma Three and Freddy Four. They have been helping us to count, find more or less of an amount and practise writing our numbers. We have also been making some patterns using shapes and colours. Why not see what patterns you can find at home?
On Thursday, we were all very excited to get our own library books. The children have all been given a bookmark with their name on – please look after this, as it helps us know whose book is whose. The children can choose any of the books from the library and they enjoyed having a browse through the many shelves to find the right book for them. If you would like to take out a new book from the library please return, the book on Thursday (with the bookmark inside) and then the children will be able to return their current book before choosing a new one. We will not be able to give children a book until they have returned their current one.
Have a lovely weekend
“Yo Ho Yo Ho! A pirate’s life for me…”
We have had a lovely week in Reception. On Thursday we all dressed up as pirates and had a fantastic day full of pirate adventures! We met up with the other children in our houses and visited all of the other classrooms and teachers to take part in lots of pirate activities. We really enjoyed making friends with the children from Year 1 and 2 who are in our houses. Have a look at the gallery to see what we got up to.
This week we have also had our first PE lessons and Music lessons. The children were fantastic and all of their teachers said how well they behaved and joined in with all of the lessons. Thank you to all of the parents for remembering to put the children in their PE kits on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Phonics and Reading Meeting
Thank you to all of the parents who came along to the information meeting on Tuesday night. I hope everyone who came along found it informative. I have shared the information presentation to all of the parents – don’t forget if you have any questions please come and see myself or Miss Wheeler. Our phonics lessons have started this week!
Bike to School Week
Bike to School Week is a week-long (23rd- 27th September 2019) event designed to showcase the benefits of cycling to school across the UK. Bike to School Week is a great opportunity to promote the positive impact that an active lifestyle can have on pupils' wellbeing and health. It's free, there's no need to register, and it's a fantastic way to get warmed up ready for Sustrans Big Pedal in the spring. During Bike to School Week we ask teachers to encourage pupils, parents and staff to cycle to school. To win, Sustrans invite you to download the free 'Guide to walking, cycling and scooting to school' and to take part in the photo competition; click the link below for more information.
Have a lovely weekend
“The more that you READ, the more things you will KNOW. The more that you LEARN. The more PLACES you’ll go!”
What a great week! I am delighted to say that all of the children have settled in to Reception. It’s been a lovely week of getting to know the children, firstly in their smaller morning or afternoon groups and then as a whole class. They are all making friends, both new and old, enjoying exploring all of the activities in our classroom and outside areas.
Photos from our first day at school...
We have been learning about our classroom, we have been getting to know each other and learning lots of new things. We have been practising our cutting and sticking and making lots of creative things to take home and we have been sharing lots of stories that are all about starting school and how we look after our toys and each other. This included Roald Dahl’s ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ with his “nasty plans and clever tricks” but luckily Reception are far too clever to be tricked by him! We have been exploring all of the areas of the school including the climbing equipment in the ‘big playground’, the new school library, going to the school hall for our lunch and assembly on Friday morning and getting out our physical equipment, including our bikes and trikes, in the Scott Hall playground.
Have a look at what we have been up to...
The most exciting thing to happen this week was meeting our special reading buddies! Each child in Reception has been paired with a special friend in Year Six who will come and visit us each week to share books and stories. I would like to thank Year Six for being so sensible and having such a mature approach to their buddies and for being so kind and understanding when meeting their buddies for the first time. The children already want to know when they get to see their buddies again! Have a look at the gallery to see some pictures from our first buddy reading session.
Pirate Day! Arrrgh!!!
Next week our theme will be Pirates! Don’t forget to come to school dressed up as a pirate on Wednesday 19th September. Also, if you have any pirate toys or books at home that we could borrow for the week please bring them in.
I look forward to seeing lots of you at the Phonics and Reading meeting on Monday 16th September at 6pm in the Reception classroom. I will be sharing details with you about how we will be teaching phonics to the children which will help them to learn to read and write.
PE lesson will be starting next week so please bring your child to school on Monday and Tuesday in PE kit. They will wear this all day – they do not need their school uniform.
At the end of the day we will often put the yellow ‘Home Box’ outside. This is where the children can put the creations they make (pictures, collages, crafts) when they want to take them home. The children should all have written their name on the work so please have a look through and take their wonderful creations home.
Have a lovely weekend, you might have some very tired children who will need a big rest this weekend!