Teachers – Miss Cooper and Mrs Summersgill
TA –Mrs K. Broadbent, Mrs M. Hughes and Mrs A. Pollit
Welcome to Reception
Mrs Broadbent and I would like to welcome you all to our Reception class. Over the next few weeks, the children will be settling into their new school day. They will be exploring our classroom and Percy’s Park for outdoor learning, making new friends and meeting up with their old friends. We will be working together through the Early Years Curriculum to learn new skills and share new experiences.
Here is some information that may be helpful to you, as you begin your journey at St Peter’s Catholic Primary School.
Reading- We hear the children read at least once a week and then they take the book home. Please could you share this book everyday and make a comment each time.
Spelling- As your child becomes more confident with their literacy skills, we will send home some Tricky Words. These words are tricky because they cannot use their phonic knowledge to sound out. They just need to learn to read and write them independently. We will check them regularly to see if they are ready for the next set of tricky words.
PE- PE day is a Monday; please could your child bring in their kit for the first Monday each half term and it will remain in school for the whole half term. Please support your child in becoming independent at getting dressed and undressed to support these skills in school.
Homework- Your child will be given a piece of English or Maths homework each week. It will be sent out on a Friday to be returned on a Monday. It would be a great help if you could make a comment on the homework, so I know how much help you needed to give your child.
I hope this has been helpful information. If you have any worries or concerns, do not hesitate to come and discuss it with us.
Thank you for your support
Please find some links below to help you guide your child along their faith journey during school closure.
Autumn 1 update
This week, we have had lots of fun learning about Oliver’s Vegetables. The children have been writing shopping lists for the vegetable shop, we have been adding how many vegetables Oliver has altogether and we even made our very own vegetable soup!!
Next week, we will be focusing on ‘Our Senses and Autumn’. We will be reading ‘Room on the broom by Julia Donaldson’, our focus will be looking at words that rhyme.
In phonics, we will be looking at all the sounds we have covered in phase 2 so far and seeing which ones we know.
In maths, we will be looking at subtraction – you can help your child by singing some of the following songs:
• 10 green bottles
• There were ten in the bed
• 10 currant buns
We will be going on a sensory walk around school, looking for things that we can see, smell, hear and touch (we will leave taste out for now!)
As a part of our RE curriculum, we will be looking at Judaism this week, the children will have the opportunity to look at how Jewish people celebrate Shabbat, the different foods that they eat and special symbols in Judaism.
Here are some of the links for the songs we discussed at the Phonics Workshop:
Maths in Art
In art, we have been using our knowledge of shapes to make our own shape monster.
Planting for Spring
In Reception, we have been learning about different flowers and plants. The children have been working in the role play area as florists and gardeners. We have been learning about the different plants that occur in different seasons. We decided to plant some seeds in Percy’s Park and watch them grow over the next few weeks!!
The Bog Baby
We have been learning about ‘The Bog Baby’ this week. The children have been using adjectives in their writing to describe The Bog Baby. We have been learning about ‘Animals and their habitats’, we spoke about how animals live in different habitats to suit their needs. We looked at the difference between The Bog Baby and ourselves and why the Bog Baby lives in a pond and we live in a house. We have been learning about different materials in Art and Design, the children created their very own Bog Baby using clay. We then made a habitat for the Bog Baby, we painted the boxes green to represent the leaves and plants and the inside blue to represent the water .
We have been very lucky to have some baby chicks in our school!! We have been learning about the life cycle of a hen. We observed the eggs, we spoke about how the chicks hatch from the eggs and then we got to stroke the baby chicks as they became stronger.
During the day, we completed three different experiments. The children had lots of fun making balloon powered cars, watching skittles dissolve as well as melting chocolate to make ‘Chicks nest buns’.
We had so much fun learning about all things Science!
Spring 2 – Week 4 – Minibeasts
This week, we have been learning about minibeasts. We have been using ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ as our focus text. The children have been learning about where we find information, we know that we can use non-fiction books and the internet to find out facts about different minibeasts.
We have been working hard to sequence the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, we even made our very own caterpillar with all of the food he ate during the week!!
In maths, we have been learning about numbers to 20! We have been representing the numbers using cubes, the number line, numicon and numerals!! Well done Reception!!