Our Teachers are:
Mrs G Smith – EYFS Leader & RS Class Teacher
Mrs E Bamber – RB Class Teacher
Miss C Buxton – RC Class Teacher
Our Teaching Assistants are:
Mrs V Daggers, Miss J Clemance & Miss L Orrell
Our email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Term 2nd Half
For their last half term in Reception Class the topic is ‘Minibeasts’ We will be looking at different types of minibeasts, studying their habitats, how they stay safe from predators and how they fit into the eco system. We will be going on minibeast hunts and using the internet to research different types of minibeasts. We plan to have an ‘Ugly Bug Ball’ towards the end of the topic where they can share what they have learned, dress up and have fun! We also have our visit to Mere Sands Woods on the 26th and 27th June to find out more about minibeasts.
In our Literacy work we will be looking at non fiction texts, poetry and traditional stories. The children will be creating their own non fiction book and writing some poetry. They will also have lots of opportunity for drama and speaking and listening. You can help your child by practising their Phase 2 and Phase 3 phonic sounds and tricky words at home.
As well as doing addition and subtraction, in our maths work the children will be focusing on capacity, time, doubling, halving and sharing, coin recognition and sorting, weight, understanding number (tens and units), 2D and 3D shapes, counting on and problem solving, particularly with money. As a continuing part of our work, you can help to support your child with their number work by counting in 1s to 20 and back, in 10s to 100 and back, in 2s to 20 and in 5s to 50.
There will also be a big emphasis this half term on the children becoming even more independent, in preparation for their transition to Year 1. This means trying to work on their own without becoming upset, getting changed for PE without help with buttons or jumpers and being able to zip up their own coat, which some of the children are finding quite tricky. You can help at home by giving opportunities for your child to practise fastening coats etc and encouraging your child to do things on their own – just generally ‘giving things a go’.
As you can see it is going to be another very busy half term!
Homework, which will be a mix of phonics, number or topic work, will be sent out on a Friday and should be returned to school by the following Tuesday. Homework which is returned late may not be marked until the following week.
If you have any questions about reading please see either Mrs Smith, Mrs Bamber or Miss Buxton. Purple reading packs should be brought into school each day and reading books should be kept inside them.
Our PE day is Friday. Please can we also ask children not to wear tights or earrings on PE days.
Mrs Bamber & Mrs Daggers
Look What We Did!
We learnt all about Easter traditions and why we celebrate Jesus. We learnt about what happened to Jesus at Easter time and then acted the story out ourselves.
We have enjoyed learning about and discussing Easter traditions like Easter eggs, egg rolling and decorating eggs.
Growth & Change
As part of our Growth & Change topic we have learnt about the life cycles of different plants and animals such as plants, butterflies and frogs. We planted seeds and learnt what they need to grow and had our own caterpillars in class and watched as they grew fatter and fatter before turning into chrysalis. In our PE work we used our bodies to re-enact the life cycles.
Chinese New Year 2018
We have been celebrating Chinese New Year this week in Reception Class. We made dancing dragons and lanterns and had a go at writing in Chinese. We learnt all about how why and how the New Year is celebrated and learnt the Chinese New Year story. On Friday morning we had a party to celebrate the New Year where we had a go at dragon dancing and tasted some yummy Chinese food, the prawn crackers were our favourite!
As part of our ‘buildings’ topic, this week we learnt about the Eiffel Tower. We found out that it is very tall, over 300 metres, and that it is made of very strong metal. We decided to try and make our own Eiffel Towers. First we used our bodies to make it then we worked together and used building bricks to build a tower. We had to be very careful in case it fell over! We took turns to see if we were taller or shorter than the tower.
When the children arrived at school on Monday they were horrified to find somebody had broken into the home corner and made such a mess!! They also found three very sad look bears and three empty bowls. We talked to each other to come up with ideas about who could have carried out the crime. On Tuesday morning we found a clue, a book! It was the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears! We realised that it must be her who had broken in. To help us to catch her we thought of as many adjectives as we could to describe her and wrote wanted posters that we displayed around the school.
The search is still on, we will keep you updated…
The Three Little Pigs
In our Literacy work we have been learning about the story of the Three Little Pigs. We spent the first week learning to tell the story using story telling language, actions and a story map. During the second week we made changes to the original story by changing the main characters and setting and then created a story of our own, ‘The Three Little Fishes and the Big Bad Shark’. We used our phonics to write about the different characters and settings.
We have been learning about the Nativity story in Reception Class. We learnt about the Bible and listened to the story then, over the course of the week, we used puppets, props and costumes to retell the story together.
We have learnt all about the true meaning of Advent. We looked at symbols of advent, such as calendars, candles and wreaths. We also learnt about how advent is celebrated in other countries. We made our own handprint advent wreath together.
Children in Need 2017
We had lots of fun raising money for Children in Need! It was very exciting when Graham Liver and Gilly came to visit us – they brought Pudsey Bear! We enjoyed bouncing on the bouncy castle and coming to school dressed in our sportswear.
We are very pleased with all the money we raised and learnt about the good causes and children it will go to.
Reception Class have been learning all about the festival of Diwali this week. In our Literacy work we have learnt the story of Rama and Sita and used puppets, masks and costumes to retell it.
We tried some traditional homemade Indian sweets, they were delicous! We looked at mendhi and rangoli patterns and tried to make our own – we had to concentrate very hard.
It was very interesting to find out how some of our friends in Reception Class celebrated Diwali with their families at the weekend, we enjoyed looking at photographs they brought in to show us!
In our topic work this week we have been learning about our senses. We tasted lots of different food, like bitter lemons, sweet strawberries and salty crisps, to help us learn about how we use our tongue to taste. When we learnt about our sense of smell we played ‘Guess the Smell’ with things like coffee and perfume! We played a range of games to teach us more about our sense of sight, touch and our hearing.
The Gingerbread Man
We have been reading the story of The Gingbread Man and learnt how to retell it using actions. We also drew storymaps to record and retell the story. We had lots of fun using props to act it out. In our mathematics we used gingerbread men to learn all about more and less.
This week we learnt about our bodies. We talked about the different parts and sang ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes’. We also learnt about the skeleton and all the different bones in our bodies. Did you know that a fully grown adult has 206 bones in their body?
We have been learning all about the festival of Harvest. We found out about where fruits and vegetables come from and how they grow. We learnt about other people who are less fortunate and talked about what we could do to help them, like bringing in tins of food to send to the food bank.
We enjoyed looking at and tasting lots of different fruits and vegetables when we learnt about how God created the world and provides us with food to eat.
Miss Buxton & Miss Orrell
Autumn Term 1
We have been so busy since we started school in September! We have learnt about our bodies and our senses as well as finding out about Harvest and Diwali. We have enjoyed learning to retell the story of the Gingerbread Man and we have been using phonics to write letters and words. In maths we have been counting, recognising numbers, finding one more and less, and matching numbers to quantaties.
Mrs Smith & Miss Clemance