Teacher – Mrs Ryan
TA – Mrs S. Broadbent and Mrs K. Broadbent
Welcome to Reception
Mrs Edge 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.
During the year the children take it in turns to bring the class, prayer and RE books home, so that you can see what they have been doing in class. We also send home our class friend, Daisy dog. This gives the children a chance to share what they have done at the weekend with the class. The children get the chance to stand at the front of class and share the fun they had with Daisy dog. This is a great way to show how good they all are at speaking, listening and questioning.
Here is some information that may be helpful to you, as you begin your journey at St Peter’s 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.
Home work- 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. The best time would be before 8.45am or after 3.25pm.
Thank you for your support
Please use the following links to help you with the children’s home learning.
Please find some links below to help you guide your child along their faith journey during school closure.
This week in Reception the children have been learning about the story The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward. We’ve seen some wonderful Bog Baby writing, and on Thursday the children were so excited to find that a group of 30 Bog Babies had visited our very own Percy’s Park!
Children found and adopted their very own critter and then as a class we discussed what we would put in a perfect Bog Baby habitat. Then the children made their very own habitat, including things such as grass (“to sleep on because they like damp leaves and grass”), water (“to swim in and have a bath”), stones (“to eat or to play with”) and a shell (“to sleep under”). Some children then went on to create another Bog Baby habitat using our junk modelling.
It is wonderful to see their fabulous imaginations come alive, and we hope the Bog Babies are now settled into their new homes with our Reception children.
We have had lots of wintry showers this week, so we have had to do lots of our number track work indoors! However, that has not stopped us from jumping forwards to add, and jumping backwards to take away.
RE – Judaism
In RE this week we learnt about another faith – Judaism! We know that in our world there are many different people and that some believe in different things to us, and we know that we should love our neighbours, even if they believe in different things.
Children were shown different Jewish artefacts and had the chance to try them on. We talked about Jewish Passover and compared the Passover traditions to traditions we have in our own lives and homes. We looked at the Jewish Seder plate traditionally eaten at Passover and children were asked to design a plate of food that they might enjoy at a party.
Number in Reception
We are all learning to count to 20, and to place the numerals in order. Each morning, we use the number tracks and we use our brains to help us find the answers to addition number sentences. We put our finger on the first number, and count on to find the total. Some of us can do this straight away!
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
After sharing this big book in class, we made a map of the different landscapes around the hall. We put one bare foot into each ‘landscape’ – this was a sensory tray, made up of different things, like grass, mud and snow!
We told our teachers what it felt like, and we also told them if we had seen or felt things like this before- maybe at the park or at the beach.
Next, we looked at some non-fiction texts about the landscapes, and drew what we thought they might look like, using extra large sheets of paper and pens.
Back in class, we built homes for different types of bear – grizzly bear and polar bear. We had received letters from these bears, asking us for new homes, because they had lost theirs. We talked about why they needed things like grass, trees, snow and ice in their homes.
Advent in our classroom!
In Reception, we have had a lovely time getting ready for baby Jesus’ birthday at Christmas.
Each day we open a door on our Advent calendar.
We can place a hand in the purple basket near the altar whenever we want to – we have to think of a way to get ready for Jesus’ birthday when we do this.
We light the candles on our Advent wreath in Collective Worship, and we have made our own wreath of Advent promises.
On the Christmas tree, we have hung Advent prayers.
We have acted out the story of Jesus being born with the small world toys, and made some beautiful Nativity candle jars.
We wrote invitations to Jesus’ birthday.
We look forward to the new year, and have made calendars to share with our families.
This week we have been learning about nocturnal animals. We really enjoyed a story about Plop – the Owl who was Afraid of the Dark. It was strange to come into our classroom to find it very dark – there were some eyes of nocturnal animals, too! We listened to some night time sounds, and then wrote lists of what we could do to help Plop not to be scared.
Oxford Reading Tree
Lots of the children in Reception are working hard to recognise the names of the Oxford Reading Tree characters instantly, without sounding out any letter sounds, or looking at the pictures. You might like to try out this PowerPoint or PDF file to give your child some practice with this!
Since beginning Reception, we have had lots of opportunities to develop our physical gross and fine motor skills. We did some painting in the style of Jackson Pollock, where we needed to flick and drizzle the paint from the brush. We have been using our pointy finger on the interactive whiteboard to complete programmes, and to write letter shapes and words.
We used tools in dough and clay to build 3d shapes. With beanbags, we have worked on our throwing and catching skills, and we have been using the muscles in our hands on the climbing wall outdoors.
In order to prepare our bodies for handwriting, we have been crossing our midline – playing bongo drums on either side of us, and rolling balls to friends on our right and left.
Our shared text this week was ‘The Smeds and the Smoos’ by Julia Donaldson. In it, we read about aliens and a spaceship.
The next thing we knew, a spaceship had crash landed into our Reception class! Here we are trying to fix the spaceship for the Smeds and the Smoos, so that they can fly back to their planet again.
We also enjoyed learning a song about the planets, and having a go at acting out the movements of the solar system!
This week in maths, we have been learning about addition. We now know that when we add two groups of things together, we need to ‘count everything,’ so that we know how many things there are all together.
Outside, we used hoola hoops to add together groups of fruit and vegetables: we counted a group of bananas, then a group of carrots, then moved each item into a third hoop and counted all of them together.
We now recognise symbols: + (we say ‘add,’ ‘and’)as well as = (we say ‘equals,’ or ‘all together makes’). We have learned to use our arms to demonstrate these symbols.
We have enjoyed a wonderful first week at school making new friends and exploring our classroom, hall and playground.
Here we are sharing cakes to celebrate the birthday of one of our friends in class!