Week Beginning 1st April
Our story focus this week has been ‘Superworm’. Amongst other things, the children have had lots of fun re-enacting and discussing the story, creating their own magic potions, writing their own uses for Superworm and digging for worms to add to the compost bin. The children enjoyed Outdoor Day on Tuesday and had great fun taking part in Superworm activities.
On Wednesday, Reception led the whole school mass in a very special Lenten Act of Worship. As usual, the children made us proud with their excellent behaviour, respect and reverence. Thank you to all of the parents and family members that attended this special occasion.
Also this week the dinner cooks challenged the children to create super vegetables to encourage the children to eat more fruit and vegetables. The cooks were very impressed with the children's creations!
Week Beginning 25th March 2019
What another busy week of learning Reception have had! This week we have been taking part in Waste Week and have been learning about the affects of plastic on the ocean. The children have been very busy creating collages, making transient art using loose parts, painting ocean scenes and making models from recyclable materials. Some of the children also decided to create posters encouraging people to recycle and not use too much plastic.
In RE, Reception have been learning about Lent and how we prepare for Easter by praying to bring us closer to God, by giving to others less fortunate than ourselves and by doing kind things for others. The children wrote their Lenten promises which were used as part of our mass next week.
In Literacy we have been introduced to the story 'Superworm' and have linked this with our investigation area wormery. In mathematics the children have continued to learn the teen numbers to 13. Please reinforce number recognition and one more/less at home.
Week Beginning 18th March 2019
This week the children have shown great curiosity and excitement when planting bulbs/seeds and learning about spring. They have been exploring different types of seeds/bulbs and have enjoyed planting their own. Some of the children labelled their pot and have been writing instructions about how to correctly plant a seed/bulb. They also have been given the responsibility of looking after the seedlings and have been taking turns watering them.
In the investigation area the children have set up a wormery with the help of Mr Worthington. They have shown an interest in digging for worms and have been learning facts about worms. The children have also been learning about the importance of worms when it comes to creating compost. They have begun collecting their fruit peels in a newly donated food caddy and have started adding them to the school compost bin. Some of the children took their first venture to the compost bin on Friday and enjoyed learning about how compost is created. They also took photographs of signs of spring on the school grounds so they could show the rest of the Reception children.
It has been wonderful to see the children's enthusiasm and curiosity about the world. Next week we will be continuing to develop the children's interest in the natural environment and will be reading 'Superworm'. We will also be continuing to learn the teen numbers as the children have been taught number 11 this week.
On Monday 11th March the children attended their Blessing in St Edward's church with their Year 5 buddies. Thank you to all the family members and friends that attended this special occasion for the children. We were all very proud of the children's reverence in church. They led the Blessing beautifully through writing their own prayers, creating paintings and choosing the hymns that they wanted to sing. Well done children, you were amazing!
This week we have been learning about comparing the height of different objects and people. We are learning to use the mathematical language related to height when making a comparison (i.e. long, short, longer, shorter, longest, shortest). In phonics we have been learning to write sentences and captions using phase 3 digraphs (e.g. sh, ch, ng, th, oa, ee, ar, ai). Please continue to support with this at home by encouraging your child to write and read for pleasure.
In the investigation area the children have begun exploring seeds and bulbs. They have been creating observational drawings of plants and have begun using watercolours to create paintings of spring flowers.
Week Beginning 4th March
This week the children have been learning about Lent and have made suggestions of how we can raise money for different charities of their choice (CAFOD, St Mary's Hospice, Birmingham's Children Hospital and homeless charity SIFA Fireside). We will be holding Lenten fundraising activities across the Lenten period (more information will follow).
On Tuesday the children took part in a pancake making activity as part of celebrating Shrove Tuesday. They enjoyed measuring the ingredients, working together as a team to mix them and had great fun eating them! On Ash Wednesday the children attended mass in St Edward's church for the first time as a class. They were very reverent throughout mass and enjoyed being in God's house.
On Thursday the children took part in World Book Day activities and dressed up as their favourite book characters. It was lovely to hear the children talk so enthusiastically about the characters that had chosen to be. They enjoyed telling their own stories, painting book characters, making books and completing STEM activities linked to fairy tales (e.g. making the Three Little Pigs a house from different materials and a bed for Goldilocks using construction resources).
This week in mathematics we have been continuing to learn about estimation. The children have learning how to make a 'good guess' and have been using language of 'more' and 'fewer' to compare sets of objects. We have also been practising one more or one less than a given number. In phonics we have continued to practise reading and writing phase 3 graphemes (j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or). Please continue to support your child at home by completing weekly homework activities, reading at home and practising tricky words given to date.
The children enjoyed visiting our new painted prayer garden during an religious education lesson. We listened to a bible story and discussed the message of being kind and caring towards others. The children also shared their prayers with the group and listened reverently to each other. We are looking forward to attending mass in church next week and have also been practising for our upcoming Blessing in church on Monday the 11th of March.
Week Beginning 25th February 2019
Thank you to the parents and family member who attended our reading workshop on Wednesday the 27th. The children really enjoyed sharing books and taking part in reading activities with their family members. It was lovely to see the children's enthusiasm for reading. For those who were unable to attend we have uploaded the PowerPoint that was used (it can be found below useful dates on our class page) and are more than happy to answer any further questions that you may have.
Polar Explorer Day - Tuesday 5th February 2019
On Tuesday, we celebrated our whole school Polar Explorer Day. Our Polar Ambassador, Dr Jenny Watson, led a whole school assembly explaining the importance of polar exploration when learning about the past, present and future of our planet.
The children took part in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities in the classroom and learnt about polar animals, igloos and carried out science experiments. The children explored whether ice would melt quicker indoors or outdoors and explained the results to Dr Watson. They also asked Dr Watson some excellent questions about polar exploration.
Week Beginning 28th January
This week the children have been reading ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson. They have been learning actions to go along with the story and have been joining in with the repeated phrases. As part of our literacy lessons we have been designing and describing the Gruffalo.
On Friday we had our Outdoor Day and, despite the cold, we had a great time! The Gruffalo had left us some presents in the mud kitchen for us to make scrambled snake, roasted fox and owl ice cream. The children had fun making their own Gruffalo themed recipes and getting muddy in the process. As part of the Outdoor Day we also went on a Gruffalo hunt in the forest. We looked for footprints and clues left behind by the characters in the story. The children also found habitats that the animals in the story could have lived in.
As part of Understanding the World we also took part in the Great Big School’s Birdwatch with the RSPB. The children identified different types of birds on our school grounds and completed a checklist. They had great fun and were chirping about it afterwards!
In mathematics we have been learning about part whole and have been partitioning numbers to 10. We have also continued to practise counting to 20 and one more/less with objects. Next week we will be comparing the length of two to three objects. Please continue to support with this at home by using mathematical language such as – long, longer, longest, short, shorter and shortest.
In phonics we have been revising tricky words and have been learning ‘has’. Next week we will be learning ‘of’. So far to date we have learnt the following sounds s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r , h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss, j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, ck, qu, sh, ch, th and ng. This week we have learnt ai and oa. Next week we will be learning ee, igh and or.
Week Beginning 14th January 2019
Happy New Year! We are very excited to welcome back the children after the Christmas holidays! They have enjoyed sharing their stories about the Christmas break and have quickly settled back into routine at school.
This week the children have been practising reading and writing tricky words. Please continue to practise these at home. Phase 2 tricky words are I, go, into, the, no, to and phase 3 tricky words are he, she, we, be, and me. The children will also shortly be taught you, are, was, her, all, they and my. In phonics we have begun learning the following digraphs (two letters representing one sound) – ck, qu, sh, ch, th and ng. We have finished phase 2 and are now learning phase 3 sounds. Please continue to recap on the sounds taught previously - s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r , h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss, j, v, w, x, y, z, zz. Thank you for your continued support with this.
In mathematics, we have been comparing quantities and have focused on recognising when amounts are the same. The children have been using tens frames to consolidate their understanding of ten and have taken part in practical activities using a variety of resources. We have also been practising counting to 20 and have begun learning ‘one more’ and ‘one less’.
In religious education lessons the children have been learning to retell the Christmas story and have enjoyed taking part in role-play activities together. They have begun planning our class prayer services and have been writing prayers to say thank you for people who love them. We have also been discussing the importance of being a good friend and sharing ideas about how to care for others.
Week Beginning 10th December 2018
Well done to all of the reception children for their wonderful singing during the Christmas nativity play. We were all very proud of them! Thank you to all of the parents and family members who attended and supported the children.
In class we have been learning about Advent and how we can prepare for Christmas. The children have explored the meaning of the Advent wreath and have taken part in class prayer services. We would like to say a big thank you for your generosity with donations to the 'Reverse Advent Calendar.' It was wonderful for the children to know that their family was helping others in need.
This week in phonics we have been learning the following sounds l, ll, ss, j and v. Next week we will be learning w, x, y, z and zz. So far to date we have learnt the following sounds s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss, j and v. We have also begun learning a new set of tricky words that includes he, she, we, be, me and was.
Week Beginning 3rd December
This week the children have been busy preparing for the Christmas nativity that will take place for parents on the afternoon of Wednesday 12th and the morning of Thursday 13th. They look forward to sharing their singing and actions with everyone. The children have also enjoyed a performance of Dick Whittington from a visiting pantomime.
This week in phonics we have been learning the following sounds h, b, f and ff. Next week we will be learning l, ll, ss, j and v. So far to date we have learnt the following sounds s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f and ff. We have also begun learning a new set of tricky words that includes he, she, we, be, me and was.
Fun and games:
Try the CBeebies site for lots of games, stories, rhymes and activities:
The PBS KIDS site has a range of online stories:
Information for adults about quality books and reading activities:
Week Beginning 26th November
This week the children have been busy practising Christmas carols and have been learning actions too. They are looking forward to the upcoming KS1 and reception performance.
This week in phonics we have been learning the following sounds e, u, r and have been practising reading/writing tricky words I, go, no, to, into and the. Please continue to encourage your child to write for pleasure at home e.g shopping lists, cards and letters to relatives or Santa. This will give them confidence within the classroom.
The children have shown an interest in colour mixing and have been investigating what happens when primary colours (red, yellow and blue) are mixed together. They have had great fun experimenting!
Week Beginning 19th November
On Friday the children enjoyed exploring the forest during Outdoor Day. They worked in teams to build a family home (dens) for Stick Man and had great fun retelling the story in the forest. We looked for signs of winter and used torches to explore shadows and mini beast habitats.
So far in phonics we have learnt the following sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck and e. Next week we will be learning u and r. The children have been enjoying writing shopping lists and creating story maps for the story Stick Man.
The children have been exploring numbers 1-8 through various representations and resources. Before Christmas we will have explored 1 through to 10. The children have enjoyed learning about numbers using Number Blocks and have shown an interest in creating them during free play (using interlocking cubes, in the paint area and with play dough). We have also introduce part, part, whole to the children to support their number sense and addition/subtraction skills. The children are learning to use numicon to show different representations of numbers.
Week Beginning 12th November
This week the children have shown an interest in rainbows and have been painting them during free play. The children have explored colour mixing and have been careful to wash their brushes between colours. There was great excitement when we spotted a rainbow in the sky. We talked about how the rainbow was created and later explored creating different colours by overlapping coloured lasers.
The children have also been exploring light and how shadows are made using torches in the investigation area. They explored how to make shadows bigger and smaller by moving the source of light. The children were challenged to see if they could change the colour of a shadow and used different coloured cellophane sheets to explore this. It has been lovely to see such curiosity about our world!
Week Beginning 5th November
The children learnt about the importance of Remembrance Day and why many people wear poppies at this time of year. They created their own poppies for a whole school display and also for a local nursing home. The staff in the nursing home were delighted with the poppies and wanted to say a big thank you to the children for the donation of poppies!
Week Beginning 22nd October
We would like to thank everyone for attending our Buddy Assembly on Friday 19th. The children enjoyed meeting their Year Five buddies and are looking forward to further opportunities to meet them. We were very proud of all of the children. Well done Reception for a lovely first assembly!
For the past couple of weeks we have delving into the book ‘Owl Babies’. We have been reading the story in class using actions and have also been talking about the main characters and setting. The children created story maps and have enjoyed retelling the story. We have also been exploring non-fictions texts about owls and other nocturnal animals. The children collected things around our school grounds and worked in teams to create nests.
In mathematics, the children have been learning to recognise numerals 0-5 and have been practising matching the numerals to different representations of number for quantities. We have enjoyed learning about numbers through Numberblocks and practical activities. In phonics, we have learnt the following sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d and this week g. We have been identifying initial sounds using objects/words and have begun practising blending sounds together in CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words. Examples are as follows – sat, tap, pat, sit, pit, pip, sip, pan, pin, tin, tan, nap, man, mat, map, sad.
It has been a very busy first half term and the children have been fantastic. We are very proud of the progress each child has made, well-done children! Thank you parents for your continued support and enjoy the half term break.
Week Beginning 8th October
In phonics we have begun learning our single sounds and listening for them in words. We have begun learning ‘s, a, t, p, i, n’ and have been learning how to form the letters using a pre cursive style. Our writing/mark making has been supported by fine motor activities that are aimed at strengthen our hand muscles and pencil control. The children have been enjoying learning the sounds taught and the actions and songs that go with them. They have discovered that there are some tricky words that we cannot use our phonics to read and have begun learning tricky words ‘I’ and ‘no’. The children have been practising how to read and write these tricky words in class.
In mathematics, we have been assessing the children’s knowledge of shape and number. The children been talking about shapes in the environment and making pictures/arrangements using 2D shapes. We have begun teaching number recognition and will be focusing on developing a deep understanding of numbers using different representations.
The children have been learning about autumn and the changes that have been happening around us. We have explored the forest area and have collected ‘autumn treasure’ for our nature table. The children have been describing the different textures of acorns, leaves, conkers and pine cones in our sensory tray. We have also been learning about nocturnal animals and are looking forward to reading our next story Owl Babies!
Thank you for all those who attended our Phonics workshop this morning. It was lovely to see so many of you there and enjoying the opportunity to learn alongside your child. Below are the slides we used for the presentation.
Welcome to our Reception Web page!
On this web page we will be putting lots of information about all the exciting things we will be doing this year.
The Reception year is a very exciting time for both parents and children. During this year we will all work together to ensure that your child has a wonderful learning experience and reaches their full potential in all aspects of the curriculum.
At St Edward's we aim to provide a fun, exciting learning environment for the children where they can feel confident to make their own choices, take risks and be independent. Children will have the opportunity to build on their nursery and home experiences and take part in a wide variety of multi-sensory activities in both the classrooms and outdoors. Learning opportunities are planned around different themes as well as the children's interests, with lots of practical experiences. They will be provided with a balance between adult and child led activities. Visits and visitors help enrich the curriculum and parents are encouraged to play an active role in their child's learning.