For the final week of our topic Colourful Creatures, we have read the book 'WOW said the owl'. In numeracy we have continued to subitise and in Literacy, the children sequenced their daily routine and wrote captions. We have also looked at the life-cycle of owls, carried out science experiments about colour, experimented with colour mixing, colour sorting and produced pictures using wax reliefs and colour washing. Penguin class also explored shades of colour by using white paint added to a base colour to make lighter shades and black paint to make darker shades. They then used these colours to decorate owls.
In addition to lots of learning, the Christmas Art and Craft Exhibition production line has been in full flow! The children have been busy making lots of lovely gifts that will be on sale next Friday, including a personalised tree decoration, a calendar and a pop-up Christmas card - all of which you can buy in a pack for the bargain price of £2.50. There will also be other items on sale including Christmas cookies, hot chocolate stirrers, wrapping paper, tree decorations, reindeer food plus more! All of the funds raised will be spent within Reception, so it's all for a good cause, so we hope you will find something to tempt you to buy!
In the Secret Garden, the children made Autumn Crowns by collecting lots of different natural materials and attaching them using double-sided sticky tape. Don't they look amazing?
In assembly, as well as in class, the children have been learning Christmas songs for sharing with you at the Reception Sing Song. Thank you to those parents that have already returned their requests for seats at this performance. For those that have not yet done so, please could these be returned at your earliest convenience, to enable us to allocate extra seats to those that have requested them.
Congratulations to all of the children that received 'well-dones' this week or who celebrated birthdays.
Next Friday afternoon, the children are visiting the Wolsey Studios to watch Arthur's Dreamboat. Because it will be such a busy day, we are asking that the children do not bring in their book bags that day (Friday 6th December). The children should arrive back at school by the end of the day and so normal end-of-day procedures will apply.
For show and tell next week, the children need to bring in something with buttons.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
We have had such a busy week this week, which was made even more special by the Stay and Play session that was held on Wednesday. In maths the children have continued to subitise and have been using dice and teddies to represent the numbers thrown, in Literacy the children sequenced the story of The Rainbow Fish and added captions about how this character was feeling at certain points in the story, and in Art the children used celery to print scales onto the Rainbow Fish. The children have also participated in lots of other activities including making fruit kebabs to resemble the Rainbow Fish, which looked very juicy and tasty and as part of the Christianity unit in R.E., the children have been learning all about Jesus. This week, the children learnt about his birth and produced miniature mangers to represent this special occasion.
Stay and Play was a great success and we were thrilled with the amount of support we received, so thank you to everyone that was able to attend; we hope you had a wonderful time too? We will repeat this later in the year, as it seemed to be enjoyed by everyone involved and it was lovely to spend some time meeting and chatting with you all.
It was less soggy in the Secret Garden this week, which meant that the children had a longer time in there. They made rubbings of different trees and textures from around the garden, where different coloured crayons were also placed, to resemble the different coloured scales of The Rainbow Fish.
In our celebration assembly this week, not only did we celebrate lots of 'well-dones' and birthdays, but we also sang 'One Little Speckled Frog', as it's not just in our Toolkit, but also because this week has been World Nursery Rhyme week.
You should have received information on the School Newsletter about the Reception Singalong that will be taking place in the North Hall on Friday 13th December. Doors will open at 2.30pm and the singing should start at 2.45pm and last for half an hour. The children will then be taken back to class where you will meet them on the playground as normal. There will be a limit on seats per family, so details will follow shortly about this.
Next week for Show and Tell, as this week has been World Nursery Rhyme week, we would like the children to learn a nursery rhyme that they can share with the class.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend!
We began our new topic of Colourful Creatures this week by reading the story of Elmer the Elephant. Elmer even made an appearance in Reception! This story has generated lots of lovely work including block printing paper plate elephants in Art, labelling colours using different coloured pens in Literacy and identifying different expressions and feelings and what makes us feel this way in PSHE.
In Numeracy, we have continued to learn about subitising and the children have been identifying different arrays for the number 6.
The Read, Write,Inc sessions are working very well and the children have quickly adapted to changing classes. They also seem to be enjoying the Share at Home books. However, there are a few children that are not remembering to bring these or their RWI wallets into school. Please can you ensure that these are kept in book bags at all times. New books won't be issued unless the old book is returned. This is disappointing for the children, so we want to make sure that this is avoided if at all possible.
We have continued to receive lovely homework from the children, which is great. This is celebrated in class, which the children enjoy, so thank you for your support with this.
Today was the children's first ever disco and they all had a fantastic time; there are some super little movers in Reception! With D.J. Fykin at the decks, it was always going to be a hit! Although they are a little dark, you can see how much they enjoyed it from the following clips:
Congratulations to everyone who received a well-done this week or celebrated a birthday.
For next week's 'Show and Tell' we would like the children to bring in a creature from the sea (not literally; a picture or soft toy will suffice!!).
Have a lovely - and hopefully not too wet - weekend everyone.
We have carried on with our topic this week of Winter Celebrations by centring our learning around Bonfire Night. The children have been introduced to Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate Bonfire Night and how to keep safe during these celebrations. In the Secret Garden, they had a particularly exciting time, as they built mini bonfires with sticks (which they didn't light!) and then melted and ate marshmallows. YUM!
The children have also produced some pleasing work including number rockets, bonfire hand prints, writing words to describe a firework scene such as 'boom' and made chocolate apples. In maths they have been practising their subitising skills, which means to be able to recognise the number of objects in a small group without having to count them.
Panda class have continued to look at poems from the Rushmere Toolkit and have been amazing at learning and reciting the poem 'Cats Sleep Anywhere' by Eleanor Farjeon. I'm sure you'll agree that they had a lot to learn but did a splendid job.
Thank you to the parents that were able to attend our meeting about Reading and Phonics. I appreciate that there was a lot of information to process, but we hope that you found the session informative. Because of the poor turn-out, we are considering other ways in which we can share this information with you; we will be in touch shortly so watch this space! In the meantime, for those that were unable to attend, the power-point will be saved on the website and I would strongly suggest that you look at it, as it will help you to understand how we are now teaching phonics and reading in school. Obviously, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to speak with your child's class teacher.
A reminder also that there will be a 'live' phonics lesson taking place on Monday, which you are invited to watch. This will take place in the South Hall at 9.15am and will be conducted by Mrs Dunne with children from Year 1. Please try and attend if you are free, as it will give you a good understanding of how the phonics lessons are ran and the speed at which they go - they are quite pacey!
Congratulations to everyone who has celebrated a birthday or received a well done this week.
A reminder that next Friday is the Reception Disco. The children, if they wish, can bring in a change of clothes. They will change after lunch and the disco will run in school time from 2.30pm to 3.15pm.
For Show and Tell next week, we are asking the children to bring in something patterned. This is to link to our new topic Colourful Creatures, where we will be starting off with the lovely story of Elmer the Elephant.
For your information, please find attached the curriculum map that has been written for this module. Please remember that this is a working document and subject to change, but I thought you may find it useful to see how we plan activities for your children and what areas of the curriculum we link them to.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
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