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Welcome to the Reception web page 2021-22

 

On here you will find lots of information about our weekly routines and details about the exciting learning that will be taking place both indoors and outdoors this term. 

 

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. 

 

We hope your child's first year at school will be both rewarding and enjoyable. If you have any questions or worries please don't hesitate to come and speak to the Reception staff!

 

Our Reception team will all work together to ensure all the  children are happy, engaged, supported and challenged.

Preparing your child for homework...

 

To help your child with their home learning you can:

  • Plan a homework timetable for your child and agree the time they will complete it;
  • Provide a quiet place at home to be used as a homework area and ensure it has a good light source;
  • Provide all the required equipment to complete the homework, such as pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.;
  • Provide your child with something nutritious to eat before starting their homework to ensure they have enough energy to complete the task;
  • Turn off the TV and put aside any potential distracting devices to increase their concentration;
  • Discuss any homework tasks with your child and how this relates to what they have learned at school;
  • Do not help your child by giving them the answer; instead, explain or model how to complete the task in order to reach their own conclusions;
  • Try to make their homework as engaging as possible, as a fun activity that they would look forward to;

Reception Homework 2.5.22

As we are not in school on Monday we have already uploaded the homework for this week. We would like the children to retell the story of Monkey Puzzle, using their phonics sounds and tricky words. They should know the story really well, as we have been practicing it for our performance, but we have included some pictures below to help them if needed.

Monkey Puzzle pictures

Reception Easter Homework

Reception Homework 28.3.22

Reception Homework 21.3.22

Reception homework 14.3.22

Reception Homework 7.3.22

Phonics workshop for parents

Thank to all the parents who attended today. We hope you found it useful and we know the children really enjoyed showing you their classroom. 

Here is a copy of the power point we used in the session.

Reading and Phonics workshop presentation

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Reception Long Term Plan 2021-2022

Reception Medium Term Planning Autumn 1 2021-2022

Reception Medium Term Planning Autumn 2 - Superheroes

Reception Medium term planning Spring 1

Reception Medium Term Planning Spring 2

Reception Medium Term Plan Summer 1

Reception Induction Weekly Timetable

Summer Term Week 2

This week was only a short week, with the Bank holiday and voting day, but we still managed to pack a lot in. On Tuesday we learnt about Eid and some of the children in Reception taught us how they had celebrated with their families.

On Wednesday the children did an amazing job in their performance of the Monkey Puzzle story for our assembly. We hope the adults who came to watch enjoyed it as much as we did.

 

 

Summer Term week 1

The children have made a great start to the Summer term and we loved reading the homework that the children brought in of their 'Adventures with Chickstick.'. Well done to all the children who have sent theirs in you will get a treat next week and there is still time for homework to be handed in next week.

In phonics this week we have been reading writing adjacent consonants in words and sentences.

In Maths we have been learning about doubles and how to duble a number by adding the same number again.

In RE we talked about how we celebrate Easter with our Families and learnt about the Resurrection.

In PSED, we re-visited our Safe guarding hands and chose our 5 people in school that can help us if we need it.

We have been working hard on our performance of Monkey Puzzle and can't wait to show it to you next week. (Wednesday  at 2.30)

Today we took part in our sponsored move completing 14 different activities for 1 and a half minutes each. It was hard work but the children didn't give up and we were very proud of their determination.

 

Thank you to the parents from Mrs Bailey's class who came in to join us this week, we hope you enjoyed it and found it useful. We would really appreciate if you could complete the survey that has been sent to you to give us your views.

 

We hope you have a lovely long weekend.

The Reception Team

Spring Term -week 1

We were so excited to welcome the children back to school this week and hear all their wonderful holiday news.

In Phonics we have been revisiting the digraphs 'ck', 'll', 'ss' and 'ff' and using the sounds to write new words.

In Maths we have been working on our subitising skills and we are getting quicker at recognising how many there are in a small set without having to count.

In R.E we learnt about the Christmas story and who were the first visitors to see Baby Jesus. We also celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany by learning about the 3 Wise Men.

When it snowed, on Thursday, we went outside to see what it felt like then we came inside and made our own snow scene pictures using chalks.

In PSED we thought about our safe-guarding hands and named 5 adults in school who could help us if we were feeling sad or worried about something.

What a busy 3 days we have had!

 

Have a lovely weekend. The Reception Team

Spring term week 2

This week the children have been really interested in cake sales. They were making cakes in the playdough, designing posters and even making our own money to buy the cakes. The children would like to follow this up by having a real cake sale next Monday. Please send your child into school with 50p and some cakes to sell (NO NUTS PLEASE due to allergies)

In phonics were learnt the tricky word 'has' and the sounds j, v and w. Please help us to practice these in our homework.

In Maths we have been learning about number 5  and singing the ryhme '5 Little Peas in a Pea Pod Pressed'. Can the children show you 5 at home?

In English we have started reading the book 'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson. We talked about the 2 characters in the story and learnt some facts about whales.

In Music we had fun listening to some African 'Call and repeat' songs to celebrate the African festival of Kwanzaa. We  make our own drums to join in with music. It was wonderful and loud!

In Forest school the children exlpored what had happened to the ground in the cold weather. They were investigating the ice and the patterns in it.

Spring Term week 4

Another amazing week where the children have worked very hard.

In Phonics, we were practicing the tricky words we have learnt so far. We were also learning the digraphs qu, ch, sh and th. We learnt to recognise the sounds, read them in words and write them in short sentences.

In Maths, the children were introduced to the words 'part' and 'whole'. We talked about how some parts can be moved and some can't. The children learnt the stem sentence 'my____ is a part of me and the whole of me is______'. Can the children find any toys at home that have parts that can be joined to make a whole?

In Literacy, we have been looking at the book Handa's Surprise. We have thought about how Handa's home is different and similar to ours. We also looked at the fruits in Handa's basket  and investigated them using our senses.

In Forest school this week the children learnt about the different animals we might find living in our  forest. They looked at the types of houses these animals live in and what they are made of. Then they worked together to build their own animal homes, choosing a sensible and safe place to build it and thinking carefully about the materials they would need.

In Art, we began looking at spiral patterns. We learnt how to make a spiral without taking our pen off the page. We made large scale spirals in  the air, then used our fine motor skills to create our own spirals on paper. We had lots of fun.

In Music, we learnt about the Jewish celebration of Hannukah. We listened to the different instruments we could hear in the music and learnt a traditional Jewish dance called the Hora. We had lots of fun dancing in time to the music.

Please remember to send your child in with a coat and hat for our walk around the local area on Monday. Also, another reminder that Forest school is now on TUESDAY afternoon, instead of FRIDAY and children should come to school in their P.E kit (including trainers) with their wellies for Forest School in a seperate bag (if not already left in school).

Many thanks for your support.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team

Spring Term week 5

The children started this week with a walk around our local area to look at the buildings and landmarks around our school. The children were looking closely at what they could see all around them. Thank you to the adults who came with us and helped us stay safe on our journey. 

When we got back to school, we worked together to make our maps of the route.

On Tuesday, we learnt about Chinese New Year. We learnt about some of the ways people celebrate the festival around the world and created our own dragon dances in the hall.

On Wednesday it was our Year group Mass. The children celebrated the Feast of Candlemas with Father Denis  and were respectful and reverent throughout.

In Phonics we have learnt the tricky word 'he' and the sounds 'oa, ai and igh.' Please help your child to practise reading and writing words with these sounds in them.

In Maths, we continued our work on the composition of numbers and looked at different ways of making the same number ,thinking about the whole number and it's parts.

In Forest school, we built on our work from last week about animal habitats and looked for suitable materials to build a nest for the owls in 'Owl Babies.'

As you can see, it was another super busy week and the children have worked very hard and deserve a rest this weekend!

See you on Monday, the Reception Team

Spring Term Week 6

In Phonics this week we have been learning the sounds ar, or, and oo. We practised writing the sounds and writing them in words and sentences.

In Maths we have been thinking about what the word 'equal' means and showing an equal number of objects to the number shown. We have also learnt how to count things that can't be fixed, for example jumps, claps, hops etc.

In Art we continued our work on Spirals by looking at Matisse's 'The Snail and using his paper cutting technique to create our own snails. We also read the story 'Matisse's Magical Trail' and talked about how we can all be artists.

To celebrate Children's Mental Health week we read the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and talked about how the caterpillar grew and changed. We then thought about how we have grown since we were babies and the things we have learnt to do. We also talked about things that we enjoy doing and chose our favourite dances to copy on the whiteboard.

It was Safer Internet day on Tuesday and we started the day by taking part in an assembly led by the Year 6 Digital Leaders . We discussed what we like to use the internet for and how we can keep ourselves safe online. We learnt what a 'pop-up' is and what we should do if we see one on our computer.

In English we continued our work on Handa's Surprise by learning about the country that Handa lives in and comparing it to where we live.

Phew! What a jam-packed week of learning!

We look forward to seeing all the children again on Monday.

REMINDER: school Photographs will take place on Tuesday and children should wear FULL WINTER uniform. We will be having outdoor day on Thursday this week instead.

 

Spring week 7

Love was well and truely in the air this week in Reception as we learnt about Valentine's Day by reading the story 'Guess How Much I Love You'. We talked about the people who love us  and made cards for them.

In Phonics we have learnt  the 'oo, oi and ur' digraphs and the tricky word 'was'.

In Maths we have been increasing our speed at subitising a standard arrangement of dots. We sang the song '5 elephants went out to play on a spider's web' and practised our number recognition.

We had a wonderful outdoor day on Thursday exploring Winter themed activities, focussing on ice and it's properties. In the afternoon, we moved into looking for signs of Spring. We found some daisies, flower buds, insects and a nest.

In Literacy we learnt about speech bubbles and wrote down what we thought Handa and her friend Akeyo might be saying.

We also enjoyed using the computer to make fruit kebabs for Handa and using our fine motor skills to weave new baskets for Handa.

We hope the children have a lovely rest for half term and we can't wait to see the children's costumes for World Book Day on Thursday 3rd. 

Many Thanks

The Reception Team

Spring Week 8

It was lovely to see the children back again after the half term holidays and what a busy first week we had!

On Tuesday, we celebrated Pancake day by talking about why it is a special day. We read the story 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes' and had our own pancake races outside.

On Wednesday, we marked the start of the beginning of Lent by watching Mass and receiving our ashes in school. We wrote our own Lenten Promises to help us prepare for Easter.

On Thursday, we had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day. The children looked amazing in their costumes and enjoyed talking about their favourite characters.

We had our first coaching session with James from Aston Villa where we were moving like the Animals in our story 'Monkey Puzzle.  We also spent time reading stories with our friends.

We hope the children have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing them again on Monday.

The Reception Team

 

Spring Week 9

In Forest School this week the children worked in teams to make rain gauges and decide where would be the best place to put them to collect the rain. How much rain will be in there when we check on them next week? We also spotted more signs of Spring as the flowers start to grow.

On Friday we had our first trip to the infant library. The children were very excited to choose their books and read them with their friends. Please can the children bring them back ready to change for a new book next Friday.

In R.E lessons we have been thinking about the wonderful world God created for us and the gifts he has given us. 

In PSED we started talking about the war in Ukraine and prayed for peace as soon as possible.

Spring Term week 10

This week the children were learning the rhyme '5 Little Men in their Flying Saucers' to help them to understand the composition of 5 and then the die frames to see how we can share '5 and a few more' on to the frames.

In RE, we wrote our sorry prayers to show that we are thinking carefully about our Lenten preparations.

In Forest School we made Spring vases and then collected signs of Spring to put into them.

Reminder next Friday is Fancy dress day. The children can come to school dressed as either a princess or superhero and bring in £1 to go to our Lenten charities.

Spring Term Week 11

This week has been a really fun week in Reception. 

In science, linked to Science week, we made and evaluated our own smoothies, thinking about the fruits we put into them and where they came from.

In Forest school we had great fun working as a team to build our own

obstacle courses. The grown ups then tested them to make sure they were stable.

In Maths we have been learning about numbers 6 and 7 and how they are made. We learnt the stem sentences " 5 and one more is 6", " 5 and 2 more is 7."

In Phonics we have been increasing our reading and  writing speed and writing words with adjacent consonants in them such as 'st' and 'nk'. 

 

Spring Term weeks 12 and 13

Wow! We have had an incredibly busy last two weeks of the term! 

We have been learning all about the events of Holy Week and learnt about why Easter is such a special celebration for us. 

In Outdoor day on Tuesday we worked in teams to make our own free-standing structures. Teams were given points for creativity, teamwork and how stable the structures were. Well done to the winning team.

 

We enjoyed taking part in the Easter Bonnett Parade this week, showing off our wonderful creations. Thank you to the parents who came to support us and help raise money  for our Lenten charities.

 

We would also like to thank the parents from Mrs Hill's class who came in this week to see their children's work and help the children with their learning. Mrs Bailey is looking forward to welcoming her parents in after the holidays.

 

On behalf of all the Reception Team we would like to wish you all a happy and healthy Easter holiday and we look forward to seeing you all back on Monday 25th April

Reception week 1

The Reception children have had a wonderful first week in school, full of fun and excitement.

We have experienced smiles, laughter, fun and a few tears, which quickly disappeared once the children were in school.

We are extremely proud of the way that they have settled in and begun to form friendships, that will help them to grow and learn together in the future.

The children deserve a rest with some family time over the weekend and we look forward to welcoming them all back again on Monday.

Reception week 2 

The children have had a great second week in school. They are beginning to make more new friends and try new activities.

We have been learning about 'Ourselves' and talking about the people in our families. We enjoyed using the Play-dough to make portraits of people in our family.

 

Reception Week 3

This week the children have been learning how to make self-portraits. We have been looking closely at ourselves in the mirror and talking about what we can see. We discussed skin colour and the children were sensitive to the differences between us. The children enjoyed mixing the paint to get just the right shade.

We also listened to a story about Noah and the Great Flood after we had our own flood in the classroom.

Targets for next week: 

Please help your child to practice putting on their own coat and doing up the zip.

Please be aware that we have a number of children  in unit with allergies so please check carefully the labels on the food you send in your child's lunchbox. The allergies are nuts and cows milk. Thank you

Reception week 4

We have had a really busy week in Reception this week. We started off the week with a wonderful African dance workshop where all the children enjoyed learning a new dance routine and dancing in time to the music.

In RE we have been learning about Jesus' family and comparing them to our own families. We talked about how our families show love and care for us and how we can show love and care to them.

We have also been busy learning about our senses. We went on a senses walk around the school and used our sense of taste to see if we could guess the flavour of the baby food!

Reception Week 5

What a busy week we have had in Reception!

We have begun our daily phonics sessions and the children have learnt the sounds 's', 'a' and 't', the tricky word 'I' and the high frequency word 'a'. We explained to the children that when you see 'a' in a word it's a sound and when it is on it's own it is the HFW 'a' Please help you child to spot objects that begin with these sounds in your home and, when reading stories, encourage them to identify the difference between 'a' in a word and 'a' in a sentence.

We have worked hard on our 1:1 correspondence, encouraging children to touch and move each object as they are counting.

The highlight of our week was celebrating St. Edward's day on Wednesday where we learnt some facts about him and the children have created a wonderful display of artwork based on him.

 

Reception Week 6

This week the children made us extremely proud as we went on our first school trip to The Black Country Living Museum. They behaved beautifully, asking lots of questions about what they could see, and we have all learnt about homes from the past so that we can compare them to our own homes. We even learnt what it was like in a Victorian school and some of our teachers got told off for wearing nail polish! Thank you to all the adults to came with us and helped us on our trip.

We hope you all have a restful half term and look forward to seeing you all after the holiday.

Reception week 7

This week we have had another busy week full of learning and fun. We started the week with our buddy assembly and really enjoyed getting to meet our Year 5 buddies. We are looking forward to them coming to work with us every week.

In RE we have been learning about the sacrament of Baptism and how we receive the light of Jesus to share with other through our good choices. 

 

Linked to the topic of light, we also learnt about the Hindu festival of Diwali and enjoyed making our own colourful Rangoli patterns. 

 

We also enjoyed using LOTS of glitter to make our fireworks pictures and talked about the fireworks that we had seen with our families.

 

Please can we ask that any parents who haven't returned their reply slips for our open sessions return them on Monday thank you. Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team

 

 

 

Week 8 8.11.21

This week the children were really excited to show their grown ups how hard they have been working in class. Thank you to all the parents who attended our phonics and reading workshop, and for the feedback you gave us, we hope you found it useful and enjoyed spending time with your child.

In phonics, we have been learning the sounds 'g', 'o' and 'c' and the tricky word 'no'.

In Maths this week, we took our learning outside to see where we could find numbers. We were surprised to see that numbers are all around us.

The children learnt about Remembrance Day by watching a video from CBeebies and talking about how the soldiers would have felt.

On Friday, it was our first Forest School session and the children thoroughly enjoyed being outside and exploring more of our wonderful school grounds. The children worked together to build homes and obstacles courses. We also enjoyed having our snack and milk outside.

Please can we ask that all children have a spare pair of shoes to change into after Forest School for next week. Thank you. Have a lovely weekend. The Reception Team 

Week 9 15.11.21

This week the children have been learning the sounds k,ck and e in our Phonics lessons. We are trying really hard to use the sounds we know to help us with our reading and writing.

In Maths we have been looking at the composition of numbers and learning the stem sentences " 1 and another 1 makes 2" and "1 and 1 and 1 makes 3". We then looked for collections of objects to show 2 and 3.

We were very lucky to have 2 outdoor days this week and the children thought about the message of anti-bullying week 'One kind word'. We thought about how we could be kind to each other in the forest and what we could make to be kind to the fairies that are hiding in the forest. We decided to make them some new magic wands.

In PSED we also talked about Road Safety Week and how important it is to be safe.

 

Week 22.11.21

This week the children walked to Saint Edward's Church to look at all the different artefacts and talk about the role of Father Denis in the Church.

In Phonics, we learnt the new sounds 'b', 'r' and 'h' and practised reading and writing words with them in.

In Maths we were think in about the numbers 3 and 4 and how they can show the numbers in different ways with the objects.

The children have continued to show an interest in fairies and have enjoyed making fairy puppets and writing letters to the fairies.

This Sunday marks the start of the season of Advent, please talk to your child about how we can celebrate Advent at home.

Have a lovely weekend. The Reception team

Week 6.12.21

 

In Phonics this week we have been learning the sounds 'f,ff,l,and ll'. The children have worked really hard to write words with these sounds in.

In Maths, we having been using the stem sentence '........ has more than....'. Can you practice this at home by sharing out the toys to see who has more.

We have been getting ready for Christmas by making lots of secret Christmas crafts which we hope you will enjoy looking at next week.

We have also been learning the songs for our Nativity . Can you help the children learn the words by watching the video the videos below.

Reception week 13.12.21

What an amazing week the children have had this week! They sang beautifully in our Nativity on Tuesday and Wednesday and made all of the staff very proud with their sensible behaviour throughout. We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children did. 

We had a great time at our Christmas party and really enjoyed dancing with the entertainer in the hall.

We hope that you all have a happy and peaceful Christmas holiday filled with lots of special time with your families and loved ones. 

Merry Christmas we look forward to welcoming you all back in the New Year- The Reception team

Welcome to our Reception 2020/2021 web page

 

On here you will find lots of information about our weekly routines and details about the exciting learning that will be taking place both indoors and outdoors this term. 

 

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. 

 

We hope your child's first year at school will be both rewarding and enjoyable. If you have any questions or worries please don't hesitate to come and speak to the Reception staff!

 

Our Reception team are Mrs Hill and Mrs Bailey (class teachers), Mrs Naylor and Miss Jones  (teaching assistants). We are a big team who all work together to ensure all the Reception children are happy, engaged, supported and challenged.

Teacher Biographies

Here are the biographies we have written to tell you more about ourselves.

Our daily routines

Here is an outline of how our day looks in Reception

Helping at home

Please have a look to see how you can help with your child's learning at home.

Parents Phonics Loom

Below you will find a PowerPoint to explain the world of phonics. As we are moving into phase 2, we would like you at home to pick up phase 1 which runs alongside all the other phases.

We are experiencing technical issues in uploading the video with the teachers explaining each slide, so we have put the PowerPoint on for you to access and enable you to get started in helping your child. Thanks.

Summer Term 2021

We hope you have all had a lovely holiday and enjoyed the sunshine.

We have a busy half term with lots of fun and exciting learning opportunities for the children. Starting with Maths week and  Friday 11th June as Rockstar Day where children can dress up as a rockstar.

 

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

This week the children have had lots of fun reading the story 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'. We went on a 'barefoot' walk to explore the different obstacles the family had to go through to find the bear. We described them using our senses and wrote about them in our books. "The mud felt squishy", "The grass is prickly." "The snow is like ice-skating."

 

Sports Week 28th June- 2nd July

 

The children in Reception celebrated Sports week by taking part in lots of outdoor activities which included our coaching session with Coach James, from Aston Villa, and our Sports day running races. The children all did extremely well and enjoyed cheering on their friends.

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New timetable for Summer term 2

Please see  an updated timetable for this half term..

Monday- Forest School:

Navy or black joggers (even in hot weather),

St. Edward's crew neck PE shirt with school logo,

school jumper with logo

white/dark plain trainers (if raining please send wellies)

Tuesday:

PE day is moving to THURSDAY, as we are having Aston Villa coaching sessions, so children are required to wear normal school uniform on Tuesday

Wednesday and Friday: full school 

Thursday:- PE day:

White St Edward's crew neck PE shirt with school logo,

royal blue shorts,

school jumper with logo ,

white/dark plain trainers

 

If you have any questions about this please see a member of staff. Thank you

Spring Term 2 

We are delighted to welcome everybody back to school this week. The children have been amazing and were overjoyed to see each other.

Our timetable has been refreshed in light of the lockdown experiences the children have had (see timetable below).

You will notice that we have ensured the children are receiving a broad and balanced curriculum with a focus on the children's well-being.

This week we have focused on reviewing digraphs and numbers within ten. We have noticed the children are becoming more skilled in the use of a tens frame and their writing is beginning to take off.

Reception children's timetable

Spring term 2021

The Year, and indeed the new school term, hasn't quite started as we had hoped but the children have all been amazing over the last few weeks, adapting to the changes and challenges of either home learning or being in school as a Key Worker child.

They are embracing their learning with enthusiasm and it is lovely to see how much they are enjoying and engaging with the home learning tasks we are setting for them. Please continue to upload their work so we can see how well they are doing.

The children all look so happy on our daily Zoom sessions and are proud to show us all the work they have been doing.

Here are just a few photos of the work the children have been doing, both at home and in school. We will try and keep and adding to the gallery each week.

Many thanks for your continued support, stay safe

The Reception teamsmiley

Autumn 2- week beginning 14.12.20

Wow! What a busy, fun-filled week we have had this week.

The children did an amazing job in the Infant Nativity and we were really proud of how they performed using their big confident voices. They also really enjoyed watching themselves on the big screen in our Nativity premier. We hope you enjoy watching it too.

In Forest School we were having fun running in the rain and splashing in muddy puddles. We were trying to see if we could find the deepest puddle and how we could make our splashes bigger.

On Thursday we started the day with a visit form our very own 'Santa Paws' Ralph and then we tried out our best dance moves at the Christmas party. We enjoyed eating some yummy party food and playing games like 'Pass the Parcel' and 'Santa's Coming'.

We finished off the week joining in with a prayer service led by Year 6 and a live Zoom from a very special visitor.

 

We hope you all have a magical Christmas with your families and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. 

Christmas Blessings from the Reception Team

 

Next Steps for learning:

Over the Christmas holidays we would like you to help the children to decorate the reading journal they have brought home today. They can draw pictures of their favourite characters/ stories and decorate with stickers, glitters or anything else they would like to add. Maybe you might like to share with them some of your favourite stories too.

Autumn 2 - week beginning 7th December

 This week we have been preparing for our Christmas Nativity, which we will be filming next week and really looking forward to showing you. We have also been learning the sounds e,u,r and h in our phonics lessons.

 

Next steps for learning:

You can help your child progress with their learning by:

Making sure they can do their coats up by themselves (we will be sending a text reminder to the parents of the children who still can't do this to practice over the holidays)

Encouraging children to look for words that begin our phonics sounds from this week.

Continue to help children to write their own name (Capital letters at the beginning only please)

 

Thank you for your continued support.                                                                                                          Reminder: Next Thursday is a non- uniform day and Christmas party day 

 

 

 

Our Home learning -week 2

The children were amazing again in their 2nd week of home learning. They were learning about the numbers 4 and 5 in Maths. In phonics they learnt how to write the letters g,o,c and k and how to say the sounds they make.

In RE, the children were learning about how we can prepare for baby Jesus during advent and wrote some beautiful, thoughtful prayers to help us to get ready.

We would like to say a massive thank you to all the children and parents for their continued support with out home learning.

Our home learning- week 1

The children have been working so hard this week on their home learning and it is lovely to see so many of them on our daily zoom sessions, and seeing the photos of the work they are doing at home. Take a look at some of their photos here. Thank you parents for your continued support. We miss them all, we are very proud of them and can't wait to see them again in school next Thursday .

Home learning update -26/11/20

Well done to the children for all their amazing work so far. Here is a copy of our phonics sheets, if anyone has not got one.

phonics sheets week 1

Home learning update -23.11.2020

Moving forward for the next 9 days, our daily schedule will be as follows:

1st lesson Phonics (this will be a pre-recorded Loom for you to access) followed by child's free play with writing in various media eg- chalk , flour on the windows etc.

2nd lesson Maths (suggested time 10.30) This will be a pre-recorded video from the White Rose website, so you won't see the teachers. There is a video to watch and a follow up activity.

3rd lesson -RE/PSED or Outdoor Learning (suggested time 12.30) You will find the details for this on BGFL- J2Homework page listed for that day.

 

Mrs Hill will start each day with a live 'Zoom' at 9 am, welcoming the children and explaining the work for the day.

 

Mrs Bailey will end each day with a live 'Zoom' looking at the work the children have done and reading a story (all children will be muted until we un-mute them individually)

 

All lessons can be accessed via the BGFL-J2Homework page. You will need the passwords sent home last week to access this. Any problems logging on, please let us know and we will try to fix it as soon as possible. See you all on the 3rd December

Autumn 2 week beginning 16th November 

 

We have had another amazing week in Reception where the children have all been working really hard.

 

This week, linked to the children's interests, we had a Paw Patrol theme to our activities. The children enjoyed playing in the Lookout, making paw biscuits, helping Rocky with his recycling and rescuing the sea animals with Zuma.

 

In Maths we were building on our knowledge of the numbers 1,2 and 3 by looking at shapes with 1,2 and 3 sides (circle, semi-circle and triangle). We learnt the words 'straight' and 'curved' and introduce the language of 'one more' and 'one less'.

 

In Phonics we revisited the letters S,A,T and P, focusing on the sweep needed to start each of these letters when we write them in precursive. We practiced blending these sounds to make words.

 

It was also anti-bullying week and road safety week in school this week.

 

We thought about how we are different to each other and how important it is to be kind to each other even though we are different.

 

The children watched a video and talked about the rules we need to have to keep us safe on the road. 

 

Next steps for learning:

You can help your child with their learning by:

  • Look for circles and triangles in your home. Can the children draw the objects and label them?
  • Make a poster to show how to be safe on the road.
  • Paint hand prints for all the people in your family and bring them into school. We can them use these for our 'Kind Hands' anti-bullying display.
  • Paint or draw your Christmas card design for Mrs Kennett's Christmas card competition.

Thank you for your suppport. Have a lovely weekend. The Reception teamsmiley

 

 

 

Home learning 16.11.20

Please find below some ideas for those children who are isolating at home, linked to what we will be learning about in school this week.  Please remember to help your child to write their name on all thier work, using the correct letter formation. Thank you for your support. Any questions, please email us:

yearrec@stedward.bham.sch.uk

 

Maths- This week we will be learning about circles (a one sided shape) and triangles (3 sided).Have a look at the picture below and see how any circles and triangles you can spot.

 

Phonics- Revise the S,A,T,P sounds we looked at last week. Can you find objects around the house that begin with these sounds and label them?

 

PSHE- The focus of our PSHE lessons this week is exercise, and why it is important. Look at th -e activities below and see which you can do. Can you create a poster to encourage people to exercise?

 

Anti-bullying week  - As this week is Anti-bullying week we will be focusing on how we can show kindness to one another. Can you paint your hand and think of ways to have 'Kind hands.' 

Autumn 2 week beginning 9.11.20

We began this week learning about Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day. We made poppies and thought about why we wear them. On Wednesday, the children took part in the whole school 2 minutes silence very respectfully, and we were very proud of them.

 

In Maths we have been learning about the numbers 1, 2 and 3. We tried our best to write the numbers correctly and how to count a collection of 1,2 or 3 objects. We also went on a number hunt around our classroom looking for the numbers. We discovered numbers are everywhere!

 

In RE we have begun learning about the special celebration of Baptism. We thought about our Christian names and why they are special. Then we began to look at the symbols of baptism and what they mean.

We also learnt about the Hindu Festival of Diwali and had a very special teacher in our class teaching us all about their celebrations at home.

 

In Phonics we have been working super hard to read and write the letters s,a, t and p. We have been learning the jolly phonics songs and actions to go with each letter.

 

In Forest School we went on a mini beast hunt, thinking about where we might find mini beasts, and why they might like to live where they do.

 

Next steps for learning:

This week you can help your child to progress by:

  • Completing the final letter in their homework booklet (p)
  • Looking for numbers 1,2 and 3 around the house. Can the children write the numbers they have found?
  • Watching the videos below to reinforce the learning from our phonics lessons this week.
  • If your child has been baptised, or you have been to a baptism, look at photographs and talk about the special day. We would love to see any photographs you have.

 

Thank you for your continued support, have a lovely weekend.

The Reception teamsmiley

 

Autumn 2- week beginning 2.11.20

This week the children in Reception had to become detectives when we discovered that there was a chocolate thief in Reception. We looked for clues, questioned suspects  and made wanted posters to display around the school. Luckily, with our hard work, and a little help form the police, we found the thief. We then wrote letters to them to give them advice about their bad choice and what to do next. We talked about how saying sorry is a very important thing to do and how we should show forgiveness to someone when they do say 'sorry'.

 

In Maths, we have been learning about simple repeating patterns and how to describe objects and people by their size, using vocabulary such as 'big', 'small' 'tall' and 'short'.

 

On Monday we learnt about Fireworks night and made our own fireworks in the water tray, created some beautiful fireworks pictures, and made some very tasty fireworks biscuits. This was a very popular activity with the children!

 

In forest school, we built nests for Sarah, Percy and Bill from our story 'Owl Babies'. We looked at the best places to build a nest and decided that a tree would keep the nest safe. Then we looked closely at the trees in our forest, learning their name, making rubbings of their bark, and even giving them a hug!

 

There was also lots of home learning by the children who had to isolate this week and we are very grateful to their parents for their support. Well done children!

 

Take a look below at the photos of all the fun we have been having.

 

Next steps for learning:

This week you can help your child to progress by:

  •  Completing the homework sheets we will be sending home next week (a copy is also attached below)
  • Continuing to help them write their name, sitting on the line and using pre-cursive letters.
  • Talking about conflict resolution. We have been learning about this in school and the children should be able to tell you how we decided to solve problems (sharing, using a timer to wait their turn or using their words to explain what they want)

Thank you as always for your continued support, have a lovely weekend. The Reception teamsmiley

 

 

Phonics Homework covering letter

Homework week 1 (s,a,t,p)

Home learning week beginning 2.11.20

Below you will find some ideas linked to the activities we will be undertaking in school. Please email us any pictures of work you do yearrec@stedward.bham.sch.uk.

Please also practice writing your childs' name everyday, using correct pre-cursive letter formation (see below) Thank you for your support.

 

Maths-  This week we are thinking about pattern. Can you make a pattern of your own? Look at the sheet for ideas of other activities you can do.

 

Literacy- This week our focus is on the book 'Owl Babies'. Watch the story using the link below and discuss any new vocabulary (sad, lonely, unhappy, miserable, gloomy, abandoned, happy, glad, overjoyed, delighted, thrilled, trunk twigs, branch, ivy, swoop)  Can you draw or write about the story? The sheet will give you some activity ideas.

 

Phonics- Rhyming words  Focus on the nursery rhyme 'Hickory Dickory Dock'. Pause at 2 words that rhyme eg- 'dock' and 'clock' and comment how these words rhyme. Can your child identify any other words that rhyme? Repeat with other nursery rhymes.

 

Topic- Fireworks night  We are learning about fireworks and looking at the shapes and colours they make. Think about the noises they make- are they loud or quiet? Have you seen fireworks before? Can you make your own firework picture?

 

 

Maths pattern activities

owl activity ideas

Bonfire night power point

Pre-cursive letter formation

Autumn 1 week 7 -19.10.20

Wow! The children have been working super hard this week. 

In Maths, we have been developing our sorting skills and thinking about which is the 'odd one out' We have been using sentences to describe how we know.

In Forest school, we had great fun building our own obstacle courses and getting the teachers to test them for us (Mrs Bailey only fell off once!smiley) We were thinking about how we could make them more challenging and we learnt what the word 'stable' means. We also went on a bear hunt, exploring the different elements form the book that we could find in the forest. See if you can spot where the bear was hiding.

 

As part of our work on Black History Month we listened to the story 'Handas' Surprise' and tasted some of the fruits from the story. We really liked the mango and pineapple. " It tastes sweet like jelly".  We made African necklaces and had a go at weaving. We also listened to music by Bob Marley and had our our disco. We liked listening to his music because " it makes us feel happy". Mrs Bailey and Mrs Hill were very impressed with our dance moves! 

 

Next steps for learning: 

Over half term, you can help your child by :

  • Continuing to name and recognise colours.
  • Encouraging them to read and write their own name.
  • Watching the video below to reinforce our learning on 'odd one out' and look for examples in your home environment.

We would also love to see any photos of what you are doing as a family. Send them to our year group email address: yearrec@stedward.bham.sch.uk 

 

We are so impressed with how hard the children have worked this half term and they are settling really well into school life.

We hope you have a great half term. See you on the 2nd November.

Mrs Hill and Mrs Bailey x

 

 

 

Autumn 1 week 6 (12/10/20)

Wow, what a week we have had this week! The children have been really engaged with their learning and have been having lots of fun.

This week we learnt about people who care for us and linked this to the people who cared for Jesus (Mary, Joseph and the Disciples). We talked about a wedding that Jesus went to with Mary and how he performed his first miracle. We even had our very own wedding in school!

On Tuesday, we celebrated the feast day of Saint Edward by making Autumn crowns in Forest School and have a party feast in our classroom.

In our phonics lessons we have been listening carefully to the sounds musical instruments make and copying the sounds.

In Maths, we were learning how to sort objects and explain how we have sorted them - for example things that are red, things that are blue.

Next steps for learning:

You could help your child to progress in their learning by:

  • Helping them to and name all colours including grey ,brown, black and white.
  • Focus on using a knife and fork correctly at home  (can grown ups sit and eat with their child to model good behaviour?)
  • Look for photographs of weddings you have been to at home. Can you talk about them with your child. If you have any to send in to school, that would be great

 

We really appreciate your continued supportsmiley

Looking forward to another great week- Remember this Thursday the children can wear sports clothes for £1 to raise money for Acorns

Autumn 1 week 5 (week beginning 5.10.20)

This week we have been having lots of fun in forest school learning about Autumn. We looked for Autumn leaves and sorted them into colours and size. We also collected twigs and leaves to make our own hedgehog homes.

 

We have also been thinking about how we can solve problems in school through conflict resolution. 

 

In Maths we were learning about how to match in pairs and how we know if something is a pair. We have challenged the children to help you with the washing and match up the pairs of socks.

 

Next steps:

  • Ask children to tell you the strategies they have learnt at school to solve conflicts. Can they use these at home too?
  • Please continue to encourage your child to put on and fasten their own coat. Well done to the children who have managed that this week.
  • Look for pairs around the house with children, encouraging them to say why they are a pair.

 

Autumn 1 week 4 (Beginning 28/9/20)

This week the children were interested in submarines, music and technology. The teachers planned for this through the different areas of learning and the children have produced some quality creations which are on display in the classroom. They are very proud of their work and like to show it to the adults.

 

In group time we have focused on personal, social and emotional development, specifically interactions with other children and looking after our resources. We have introduced 5 rules:

  • We put our hands up to speak in group time.
  • We wait until an instruction is finished before moving.
  • When the teacher is speaking we look and listen.
  • We all help to keep our classroom tidy.
  • We have kind hands and feet.

We have spoken to the children about why these rules are important and what will happen if one is broken.

 

We had great fun in the forest this week, learning about God's creation. The children understand the things God created and commented that the most precious gift God gave us is ourselves.

 

NEXT STEPS:

We would appreciate your help with:

  • Putting on coats independently.
  • Zipping coats up independently. 

 

We look forward to next week!

Phase Three Word List

Reception Class Prayers

Reception Curriculum Overview 2020-21

Useful Websites

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:

 

Phonics:   

 

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