Week Beginning 2nd July 2018
We have reached our final half term in Reception, and how time has flown! Now we begin the work of preparing for our transition to Year One and looking forward to the summer break.
Before that though, we will be continuing to work and play hard in all aspects of our curriculum and we hope to enjoy every minute together.
To aid your child’s transition into year one please continue to reinforce tricky words, digraphs, visits to the library and some number work (addition, subtraction, 1 more or 1 less, counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s) over the summer months. Please do these concepts through play activities rather than sit down number sentence.
The tricky words learnt to date are:
The digraphs learnt to date are:
Transition information for children to move to year 1
How to achieve target
To have a good knowledge of the children prior to starting year 1
June 15th (pm)
Year 1 teacher visit children in reception to introduce himself and TAs
To understand and use the development matters
June 18th (pm after school )
Reception and Year 1 meet to discuss how scores are entered and information found out
To develop the Year 1 area for continuous provision
June 19th (draw plan) (am – before school)
Sept 1st move furniture
Use the same areas of learning as in Reception (just slimmed down slightly)
To give more opportunity for independent learning
Audit resources in Year 1 and consider ways to share receptions resources
Spend a playtime with Year 1 children in the Reception playground
Reception and Year 1 teachers to supervise
Reception children to go into KS1 playground to undertake playtime
Reception and Year 1 teachers to supervise
Current Reception and year 1 parents to meet new teachers in regards to transition
July 18th 2:45 pm
Presentation with new Year 1 and Year 2 teachers
Reception children to spend the day with new teacher (full transition day)
Year 1 teachers to complete transition activities with the children in their new classrooms
Week Beginning 18th June
This week the children have been learning about superheroes and also people who help us. We have been discussing real life superheroes and how people can help each other through their jobs e.g. firefighters, the police, doctors and dentists. The children have enjoyed role playing different professions and sharing their knowledge with their peers.
As part of our superhero topic the children have been learning about pop art and the work of Roy Lichtenstein. They have created bubble word art and have decorated the backgrounds with different materials. The children have also decided to paint and label a range of superheroes. In the creative area the children decided to create different superhero gadgets and costumes. They enjoyed sharing their creations and loved discussing their favourite superheroes.
In mathematics we have been learning about doubling and have continued to practise halving and sharing. The children have explored these skills practically using range of objects and resources. They have also been writing number sentences as they have solved their number problems. Please reinforce doubling, halving and sharing at home through practical games.
Week Beginning 4th June
Well done to all the children for their hard work in preparing for our Fairy Tale assembly which took place on Thursday – they did really well and worked their socks off to put on a great performance! It was wonderful to see how confident they were and how well they could say their lines. Thank you to all the parents & family members that came and watched – it was great to see such a huge turnout. It meant the world to the children!
Throughout the week we have been learning about the role of Father Denis in our community. We have been discussing all of the jobs a priest does and also have been exploring the different artefacts you would find in a church. Next week we look forward to Vocations Week and will continue to learn about how people help us in our community.
In mathematics we have learning about halving and sharing. We have also been practising counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. The children have explored sharing and halving practically using different objects. In phonics the children have been continuing to revise reading and writing previously taught digraphs/trigraphs/tricky words and have been applying this to sentence work. Please continue to support with tricky words at home as this will greatly aid your child’s confidence when reading and writing sentences.
This was also a whole school Art Week. The children have learning about the paintings of Jackson Pollock and have been recreating their own versions of his artwork. They had great fun flicking the paint on to the paper and also explored the mood that can be created through different colour choices. During praise assembly the children had the opportunity to share their artwork with the rest of the school. Well done reception for working so hard during this busy week!
Week beginning 14th of May
This week has been a very busy week. We have been practising for our upcoming year group assembly, which will take place on the 7th June, about Fairy tales.
Our topic focus has been on mini beasts. The children have enjoyed activities both indoors and outdoors. On Thursday we all went on a mini beast hunt around the school. We were a little disappointed in the lack of mini beasts due to the recent dry weather. However, this made a good teaching point. As it was World Bee Day on the 20th of May we had a visit from Mr Duffy who taught the children about how bees make honey, showed them an empty beehive and gave them a taste.
For the Royal Wedding celebrations reception joined the rest of the school for a celebration picnic. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the nice weather helped too!
Week Beginning 7th May
Last week reception enjoyed our summer visit to Wonderland in Telford. Whilst there we went on a fairy-tale trail through a forest and met various characters along the way. The children enjoyed some rides and a story told by Alice in Wonderland. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this trip! Thank you to the parents who came along.
We have been learning about addition for the past three weeks and feel it is time to move on to subtraction. The children will be learning to count backwards from a specific number and will be introduce to the subtraction symbol. Please support with mathematics vocabulary at home (i.e. subtract, take away, minus, find the difference, less, fewer).
In phonics we have been learning the ‘er’ (better letter) and have reading and writing with this digraph. Up until half term we will be revising previously taught digraphs/trigraphs. Please encourage your child to participate in the homework set (diary extract) and complete it as independently as possible.
Tricky words: we really need parental support with reading and writing tricky words. We need to give out the next set of tricky words but are unable to as the children are not secure on those previously given. Please remember these words are learnt by sight and cannot be sounded out (see Phonics PowerPoint for ideas).
Week Beginning 23rd April
We have embarked on our new topic of Fairy tales. The story we are focusing on is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children have really enjoyed acting out the story and creating story maps in preparation for writing in the upcoming weeks.
In mathematics we have been focusing on addition. Please support your child at home with counting on from a specific number (please start at a random number in the range of 1-20).
In phonics we have been revising the digraphs / trigraphs learnt to date. In particular ear (hear with your ear), air (that's not fair) and ure (sure it's pure). Please continue to support with tricky words at home as phase 4 will be coming out shortly.
Before the Easter holiday reception completed a 45 minute non-stop sponsored activity. Thank you for your generous donations. The money has been sent to various charities including Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Week Beginning 19th March
Thank you for the parents who attended our mathematics workshop this week. The children had a lot of fun and we hope you did too! Last week the children took part in leading their first mass – they did everyone proud.
As we are heading into the final term we are trying to build up the children’s writing stamina. As a result we do need your support with reading and writing tricky words both phase 2 and phase 3. Please see the EYFS section of our school website which contains phonics resources. Phase 3 tricky words (which can't yet be decoded) are: he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my and her. Phase 2 tricky words are: I, go, no, the, into, to. To date we have taught the following digraphs/trigraphs igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear and air.
In mathematics we have been learning about 3D shapes (cube, cuboid, sphere and cylinder). It would help your child if you talked about these shapes in the environment.
On March 7th and 8th R1 and R2 went on a trip to Mount Pleasant Farm. The trip was very enjoyable and informative as the children were able to carry out jobs on the farm, feed the animals and ask lots of questions. The children have enjoyed learning about farms animals and how they are important to our lives.
On World Book Day the children enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters. Each child shared with the class who they were dressed up as and why that character was their favourite book character. They enjoyed reading stories to their friends in the book area and listened to lots of books throughout the day.
The children enjoyed a visit from a local dentist and dental nurse. They talked to the children about dental hygiene and modelled how to brush teeth correctly. We also learnt about how much sugar is in a variety of drinks and how sugar can cause teeth to decay. The dentist was very impressed with the interesting questions the children asked - well done reception!
Week Beginning 22nd January 2018
Thank you to all of the parents that came to the phonic workshop last week. We hope that you found them useful and have been able to use some of the ideas at home. Our next workshop, which will be held in March, will be about supporting your child with mathematics.
We know that at this time of year your child is picking up a pencil to write various things; please print off a phonics sound mat to help support your child with this. The sound mats can be found alongside other phonic resources in the EYFS phase information page.
In class we have been reading ‘I Want My Hat Back’ and have been writing facts about bears. We are becoming more confident with our numbers to 20 and will need reinforcement of number recognition at home. Please support with this.
To date we have been learning the following digraphs – qu, ng, th, sh, ch, ai and ee. See the phonics resource area for ways to support at home.
Week Beginning 18th December
This week has been full of Christmas fun as the reception unit has been visited by Jingles an elf from the North Pole. The children have been excitedly looking for Jingles each day and have been busy writing reports about what he has been up to. The children have also been completing Christmas themed activities throughout the unit.
We have been learning v, w, x, y and z in phonic lessons and are continuing to read/write tricky words – I, go, no, to and into.
In mathematics we have been learning about weight and have been exploring the weight of different items around the unit using a variety of weighing scales. The children have been using mathematical vocabulary of light, lighter, lightest, heavy, heavier and heaviest to explain what they have noticed and are learning to compare the weight of two to three items.
It has been a very busy and enjoyable first term with the children making good progress in their learning. Thank you parents for your continued support and we wish you a very happy Christmas!
Week Beginning 11th December
The children have been very busy recently preparing for the Christmas Nativity. They sang their songs beautifully during the performances and remembered to use their actions too. Everyone was very proud of them. Well done reception!
As part of our Advent unit we held a prayer service for all of the reception children. We talked about the preparations we make during Advent to help celebrate the birth of Jesus and also discussed the different symbols of Advent (e.g. colour purple, Advent wreath and candles). The children helped decorate the prayer tables by creating their own Advent wreaths and by writing prayers for their family members.
Animal Man Visit
This week we had the Animal Man in showing us lots of different types of animals including a tarantula, chameleon, owl, snake and rabbit. The children learnt lots of interesting facts about the animals and took great care when handling them. Some of the children were extra brave and were happy to have the tarantula on their heads and the snake around their neck! The Animal Man was very impressed with the care and consideration the children showed for the animals.
Week Beginning 4th December
Thank you to the parents/family members who supported the Christmas Bazaar on Friday. Fun was had by all and a substantial amount was raised for the school. We have been busy preparing the children for the upcoming nativity and have been learning a number of Christmas carols.
In mathematics we have covered length and have been using mathematical vocabulary related to this e.g. long, short, longer, shorter, longest and shortest. The children went on a walk around the school grounds to collect items to compare the length.
This week we had the pleasure of watching a theatre group perform the Frog and the Princess. The show was very entertaining and was followed by a drama activity. The children talked about their favourite characters in fairy tales and also discussed good and bad characters. They were then asked to create statues of good and bad characters in different settings. It was great fun and the children loved the experience.
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. The children have been continuing to practise reading and writing tricky words I, go, no, to, into and the. New tricky words will be sent out before Christmas and will be as follows - he, she, we, be, me, you, all, are, her, was they and my.
Week Beginning 27th November 2017
During our RE topic of 'People who Care for Us' we were covering weddings through the bible story of 'The Wedding at Cana'. One child said, "I have never been to a wedding!" and another child said, " Can we have our own wedding at school...and there has to be dancing." This led to a number weddings taking place in the reception unit and afterwards followed a party. Please check out the photographs below.
Week Beginning 20th November 2017
We took our learning down to the forest and whittled sticks to make a Stickman, dream catchers, dens and we also compared the length of sticks. The fun we has was unmeasurable and will be continued again in a few weeks time.
We have made and ate cheese straws this week. The children had fantastic fun mixing, stirring, feeling and tasting their ingredients. They compared the texture to play dough and used vocabulary of sticky, squish, squeeze, kneed, roll, mushy, temperature and measure. The children compared the end product to Stickman but much tastier.
We have learnt the following sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b and this week f/ff and l/ll. The children have been continuing to practise reading and writing tricky words I, go, no, to, into and the. We have been enjoying singing along to this tricky word song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0
Week Beginning 13th November 2017
We would like to thank everyone for their contribution to the Blessing on November 2nd we appreciate all those individuals who read or walked with us. It was a very reverent occasion which was helped by the year six buddies. We are very proud of all our children!
This week we have begun singing our Christmas Nativity songs. Watch out for more singing as the week's progress. The children in reception will participate in the nativity by leading a class song with singing and actions.
For the past couple of weeks we have delving into the book ‘Owl Babies’. We have been reading the story in class using actions; sequencing main events; walking around our school to collect things to make nests; talking about main characters, setting and exploring non-fictions texts about owls.
We have recently been learning about 2D shapes. The children wanted to go on a walk around our school to find shapes in our environment. We looked at the properties of shapes and played games to familiarise the children with corners and edges.
Thank you to the parents who attended last week’s rearranged phonics workshop. It was nice to see parents having the opportunity to play and learn alongside their child. We have learnt the following sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u and this week r.
Please continue to encourage your child to write at home e.g. shopping lists, cards and letters to relatives or Santy. This will give them greater confidence within the classroom.
Week Beginning 30th October 2017
The children have come to school eager and excited to learn. We have been covering communication and language by listening to their stories about the half term.
This week we are learning about Bonfire Night and how people celebrate this event. The children have been creating pictures of fireworks; making rockets and play dough fireworks.
In phonics we are learning g and o this week. Sounds learnt so far include s,a,t,p,i,n,m and d. Please continue to support with homework i.e. tricky words and letter formation. So far the children have been learning to read and write ‘I’, ‘no’, ‘to’, ‘go’, ‘into’ and ‘the’.
This week are starting to focus on the book Owl Babies and this will continue for two weeks. Please support by reading this book at home if you have it or watch it through the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6aYYiyQUmY
Prompts – main character, setting, joining in with repeated refrains and finding tricky words in the story.
Week Beginning 16th October 2017
This week we have been learning about Diwali and talking about different celebrations. We have listened to the story of Rama and Sita; decorated Mendi hands and created rangoli patterns using various materials.
We are starting to prepare for our Blessing which is happening in church on the 2nd of November. All parents/family members are welcome and walkers will be needed so please speak to a member of staff if you can help.
Week beginning 9th October 2017
The children have settled well into school life and routines are becoming the norm. It has been lovely to see friendships blossoming and the children’s confidence growing.
We would like to thank all of the parents who attended the parent’s phonics workshop and as the last workshop was heavily disrupted we have rearranged this to Thursday 9th November. If you haven’t previously attended please come along as they are beneficial to your child. We have made the PowerPoint available under EYFS phase area. The children have been taught the following sounds to date – s, a, t, p, i.
As you are aware the children have come home with a tricky word zip lock bag please keep these in your child’s book bag at all times as we will keep adding words to them. So far the children have been learning to read and write ‘I’, ‘no’, ‘to’, ‘go’ and this week ‘into’ and ‘the’. We will send out the letter formation (book) on a weekly basis and your child will have a week to complete this. We will collect these in every Wednesday. On a Tuesday and Friday we will renew your child’s library book. Please adhere to these days.
If you are available on the 17th October we will be introducing the children to our local area. You are more than welcome to attend as we will need extra adults. Please let us know - thank you.
Welcome to Reception!
Our team includes Mrs Hill (R2), Mrs Carr (R1), Mrs Naylor, Miss Adkins, Mrs Hulme, Miss Baxter and Miss Lappin.
A very warm welcome to all the reception children and parents! We hope you all had a lovely summer enjoying the sunshine (or lack of).
Your child’s happiness is at the forefront of our minds as we believe they should be able to grow as a unique child in a stimulating and secure environment. We work with parents to ensure every child grows into a self-confident, independent and social individual who is motivated to learn.
In reception we aim to lay down the foundations for all future learning, this is achieved through a play based approach which promotes personalised learning enabling the children to access all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
We have access to the outdoor environment and a natural curiosity about the world often leads the children into various lines of enquiry where the adults support and extend each child’s thoughts and ideas. We encourage the children to take pride in all they do and enjoy celebrating their achievements with them.
Phonics play - there are several free games to play that will help your child with their blending and segmenting.
Phoneme pop! - the sounds/letters drift by on bubbles and your child has to pop the matching sound!
Phonics Pronunciation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ksblMiliA8
Phonics Support (Mr Thorne Does Phonics): http://mrthorne.com/
Jolly Phonics Songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei0iFs5uF6w
We feel the children would benefit from accessing mud play. Your child will need to bring in old clothing and wellies. Here are some pictures of the mud kitchen.