Teachers – Miss Southall
TA – Mrs K. Broadbent
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
RE Knowledge Organisers
|YR God’s World – Autumn 1||YR God’s Family – Autumn 2||YR Getting to know Jesus – Spring 1||RE YR Sorrow and Joy – Spring 2||YR New Life – Summer 1||YR Our Church Family – Summer 2|
|Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE):EYFS – I am Special and Unique
World Book Day 2022
For World Book Day the children came into school in their pyjamas, and we shared our favourite books during story time in the library. The children also went on a treasure hunt around school to find book covers from some classic children’s literature.
We also had lots of activities in class, such as ‘name the story’ where the children were given clues to some of our favourite stories and they had to guess the book.
On Wednesday we celebrated the Feast of the Presentation in the Temple (also known as Candlemas). We shared a collective worship by gathering for a short prayer:
God our Father
We thank you for your love for us.
Thank you that you love us and care for us as babies, as children and as we grow.
We listened to the story of God instructing Moses that every first born son should be brought to the temple to be blessed. We used building blocks to create a temple and presented baby Jesus for his blessing. We heard about how Simeon saw baby Jesus and praised God for sending him for us all.
We lit a candle to represent Jesus being the light of the world and then sang “This Little Light of Mine”.
This week we are reading The Gruffalo’s Child. Whilst we were in assembly, someone came into our classroom and left snowy footprints! The children compared the prints to various animal footprints and we followed the trail of prints to find out who had been in our classroom!
To celebrate the start of Advent, we held a collective worship and spoke about the meaning of Advent and what we can do to help our families get ready for Christmas. We passed Mary around the circle and the children took turns to say how they could help their family prepare. We lit the first candle on our Advent wreath for hope and changed our altar cloth to purple to represent Advent.
The children loved getting out of the classroom and enjoying the snow on the school field. They made snowballs and snow men and used great adjectives to describe the snow. The snow was crunchy, cold and wet!
This week in music we have been looking at different tempos and tones. The children picked their favourite nursery rhymes, and we sand them in high / low voices, sang them fast and slow and also hummed or clapped them too.
The children had a fabulous time at our Pen Disco this week! They had to make marks to the rhythm of the music, starting off with small, slow circles and building up to large, fast circles in time with the music the help with their pen control and coordination.
As part of our topic on fireworks we tried to make our own by using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda with different food colourings. The children loved seeing the reactions that occurred.
As part of our Diwali celebrations the children acted out the story of Rama and Sita, all children joined in with helping Rama look for his wife, Sita, and then they all cheered when he finally rescued her from Ravana!
To celebrate Halloween, we made potions using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to create a ‘fizzing’ reaction. The children loved experimenting with making their own potions using vinegar, bicarb and food colourings with spiders, bats and skeletons too!
Our Bodies and Healthy Eating
As part of our topic on our bodies we have looked at the human skeleton. The children have enjoyed completing the skeleton jigsaw puzzle and labelling the bones in the human body. We have also looked at healthy eating, the children have used fruits and vegetable to print with in the paint area, they have made tomato soup and also we have looked at healthy and unhealthy foods to feed to our healthy eating alien, Alan.
In reception this week we have been learning all about our senses. We have all tried to guess what was in the cups – we tried to do this without peaking and just using our sense of smell. We also went out onto the playground and closed our eyes to see what we could hear. We could hear the wind rustling the leaves, we heard a plane, we could hear the children on the junior playground doing PE and we could also hear workmen doing roadworks.
First few weeks
Wow. What a busy first few weeks it has been!
In Reception, we have had a fabulous time getting to know each other. We have played games, begun learning our daily routines and even been on an adventure hunt.
As part of our relaxation and wellbeing, the children enjoyed a group massage session. We got into pairs and took turns with our partners to give back massages. We made heart shapes and circles on our partners back and did gentle pitter patter raindrops with our fingers too.
Finding pairs in nature
In maths we have been looking at matching pairs. We went for all walk around the school grounds to see which matching pairs we could find. The children spotted the benches on the playground and the sets of steps to the classrooms and then the children found matching leaves and branches whilst they were exploring independently.