Monday 11th – Friday 15th December
The children were very patient this week, the cold spell meant it was very icy and slippery. Most playtimes were spent inside but we did enjoy watching the snowfall!
Christmas lunch 2017
Thank you to everyone who was able to come to the Christmas performance, the children were able to perform for each other today (Thursday) so they got to watch every class perform on the stage for one last time.
Tomorrow (15/12/2017) is a busy day for the children in school. It is Christmas Jumper day for Save the Children, so they can come in non uniform wearing Christmas jumpers (no football kits). Please bring in a £1 donation for the Save the children Charity.
Tomorrow is also the Children’s Christmas fair. The children will need to bring some change so they can visit the stalls – no more than £5 in change please.
Finally, if you have not yet collected your art exhibition purchases, you can collect these from the school office
Monday 4th – Friday 8th December
The children have been busy practicing for the Christmas Performance this week, altogether they perform 3 songs – one as a class on their own and two more songs with the whole school. Now the children are more confident I have sent home a copy of the other two songs to practice with your child if you wish.
Visit from Mr Putman:
We also had a lovely visit from John Putman who is the Children’s, Youth and Family worker based at St Michael’s, Pensby. He taught the children a beautiful poem about the Christmas story using BSL signs – the children really enjoyed joining in. He shared his family’s advent candle with us and the children had some special thinking time whilst it was lit. We look forward to him visiting again, the children sat so nicely and were very interested in Learning about the Christmas story.
The children have enjoyed specding some special time with their buddies recently, the year 6 children have helped the Reception children write a very special letter which is now on it’s way to a very special place…Can you guess where and who it is going to??
Christmas card workshop:
Reception class staff are offering a Christmas card workshop on Monday 11th December only. If you want your child to send Christmas cards to their classmates – please bring in the completed cards (there are 29 children currently in reception) and we will help your child complete the cards to their friends (adding their friends name only). You must complete the message/greeting and who the card is from at home please. We hope this is helpful as we are no longer able to provide class lists of names.
Guided Reading/ Songs for Christmas production
Due to rehersals this week we have been unable to test each child on their fast 5’s this week in time to change their words. We will continue to test in-between rehearsals as we know the children work hard on their fast 5 homework. They will of course receive their rewards/team points/stickers. There will be no new fast 5 words this week as a result.
Don’t forget to bring your child’s costume for the Christmas Production into school, in a labelled bag before the whole school dress rehearsal on Tuesday 12th December.
Art Exhibition – Thursday 23rd November
We hope you can join us at the school’s are exhibition tomorrow, the children have all worked very hard on their pieces. Please read the accompanying letters below the pictures so you know what to do.
The inspiration for the children’s work was the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. We first created a class big book of our own version – We’re Going on a Beast Hunt. The children then created their own page and illustration using watercolours, mixed media and photography. They are absolutely beautiful, we hope you enjoy them!
Monday 13th – Friday 17th November
This week the children have a sheet to complete to prepare them for their end of phase assessment. We are reviewing the success of the Read, Write inc phonics programme, paying particular attention to letter formation and handwriting. These will be in your child’s book bag.
The children have been learning how to use their new challenge books this week. The children are rewarded for completing a challenge independently during continuous provision. We have been using the restaurant role play to engage in lots of talk for writing and the children have then used their experiences to write receipts, sign the guest book and even write a restaurant review!
Next week we will begin to start our new topic – Winter and Arctic environments. We hope you have a lovely weekend, see you next week!
Monday 6th – Friday 10th November
Fast 5 and guided reading plus we will also be giving each child a maths game to play with on Friday. These games have been recently sorted and had any missing pieces replaced so please take care of them and return them to school next Tuesday.
Monday 30th – Friday 3rd November
This week the children have been busy again, our continuous provision has had some new resources encouraging the children to explore the themes and light and dark and how colours and textures can be used to create different light effects.
The class has also been exploring a range of information books in our reading area, along with a selections of materials, torches and reflective resources. They have created dark spaces to explore how light can be change when shone onto different surfaces and textures.
Also this week the children explored the story A Dark Dark Tale by Ruth Brown. This was a childhood favourite of Miss Grant’s. We shared the story on the big screen together, looking closely at the illustrations and the children enjoyed building the suspense throughout the text. There are lot’s of prepositions throughout the book so it gave us a chance to work on these too.
The class really enjoyed sharing the Funnybones stories, we decided to have a skeleton craft activity as a free choice activity but the children have really run with it and we are now suggesting that the children add body part labels. Some children have used dictionaries to write their own labels and have used topic books to find out more about different parts of the skeleton.
Guided reading – this week all the children will take home a book they have read in school, we will have chosen that book as it works on a particular skill of reading. This may be using a repeating pattern work out words, using the visual clues in the pictures or recognising familiar words such Mum, Dad etc. Every other week we will do this but they will have the chance to choose their own reading book once a fortnight as we do want to encourage reading for pleasure.
Please continue to help your child practice their fast 5. It can take a few weeks for some of the sounds/words to stick so stick with it. We are very pleased with how the children are embracing this challenge and we share in their pride when they are successful or make an improvement. Thank you and have a great weekend!
Monday 16th – Friday 20th October
We hope you enjoy the half term break – if you could help your practice their fast 5’s and complete their reading that would be brilliant – thank you!
Thank you to everyone for attending, below are some links that I discussed with some of you that may be useful:
Ruth Miskin Read Write inc – the video clips help you learn how to teach the sounds and how you can help your child with their reading book.
Some of you were interested in some gross and fine motor activities to help your child at home – some of the ideas on this American website I use within the classroom:
I aslo discussed the development of handwriting that happens throughout the year – this website has lots of useful hints and tips for when your child is ready to write:
When the children return to school after the break we ask that the grown-ups handover the children at the small wooden gate and do not enter the Reception classroom anymore. It is time to promote their independence skills and allow them to put their things away by themselves. Than you.
As part of our investigation into Autumn – we enjoyed exploring and cutting open a Pumpkin, we talked about the foods that are harvest during this time of year and enjoyed turning our Pumpkin into delicious soup!
A reminder about packed lunches – if you provide your child with small tomatoes or grapes 0 please make sure they are sliced lengthways – they can be a chocking hazard, see the link below for further details:
Monday 9th – Friday 13th October
Fast 5, reading book and Learning Journey upload: What can you see around you that tells you it is Autumn? Talk with your child about the season of Autumn, what special things happen during this time? What signs can you see on your way to school, in your garden or at the greengrocers? What is seasonality?
This week in Reception the children have continued their work inspired by We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, the children have completed their writing and are now illustrating their work using watercolour paints. Miss Grant demonstrated how to use the paints, using only one brush, being careful to wash the brush regularly and how to mix colours using the base of the tin. The children needed to be careful not to scrub the paper or get it too wet. We can’t wait for you to see the final result!
The children are looking forward to decorating their t-shirts on Friday ready for the NEON DISCO Thursday 19th October!!
Thank you if you have been able to bring in wellies for your child to be used in school for Forest School, we will be starting the first of our sessions tomorrow – I promise to post some photos when we complete our expedition!
EYFS FOREST SCHOOL ADVENTURES!
Monday 2nd-Friday 6th October
Fast 5 and guided reading
Continue practicing your fast 5 letters/words and share your reading book at home. Each child will have completed guided reading in a group or 1:1 with an adult in school – this will be a specific guided reading text aimed at a particular Literacy focus for that week. The children do not take these books home, instead we allow the children to choose their own book from a book band appropriate selection. We aim to promote reading for enjoyment but we will of course comment how they read in school. Please respond to these comments in your child’s grey reading log – we need to know that have read at home.
This week our focus in Literacy has been We’re going on a Bear Hunt, the children enjoyed taking part with the actions and sound effects. We are creating our own version of the story, we made a list of possible creatures we could hunt, chose our favourite one and then the children described to me what he looks like!
Each child is now creating their page for a large class book – We’re Going on a Beast Hunt!
Cookery for the previous 2 weeks has been bread rolls, the children really enjoyed exploring the dough, watching how it expands during proving and how it changed after it was baked – happy eating!
Monday 25th – Friday 29th October
Each child has a wallet containing a small spelling book. Paper clipped to the book will be set of either 5 letter sounds or 5 simple words. These will be given out each THURSDAY. Homework must be returned the following TUESDAY, the children will complete a short task every WEDNESDAY as part of their phonics session to see how well they know the sounds or words. Depending on their fluency – your child may receive the next set. You can begin by making flashcards, display them to your child – can they read each word or say each sound? Once familiar you can begin to work on helping your child write them. They need to get to the point where they can write each sound/word without copying it. Please keep everything together.
In the next week or so we will also begin formal guided reading. Your child will read 1:1 with an adult and then with a group. We will write on your child’s reading log which day they read so you know when to return your child’s book and reading log. Please write in the date they read and a comment. Did they struggle recognising a particular sound? Did they enjoy creating a story to match the pictures? Did they remember the character’s names?
Please continue to share other stories, books, reading materials with your child. Research shows that children who are read to regularly flourish throughout life, it is a precious time and reading for enjoyment comes from them watching you read too!
Below are some links to some useful resources to help guide and support you:
Here are some of the other fabulous things we have been up to this week!
In the next few weeks we aim to set up a Forest School session for all of our Early Years children. We would like the children to learn to explore the surrounding environment, put on the wet weather gear and get wet and muddy (but not our uniforms!)If you would like to bring in a set of wellies for your child that would be very helpful – please label them clearly inside with their name. We do have some spares available but they are a variety of sizes and conditions.
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd September
This week each child will take home a handwriting book. This is for your child to practice writing their name each day, they can practice writing their family members names too. There is more information inside your child’s book regarding strategies you can use to help your child become a confident writer. We do ask you return this book inside your child’s book bag each day.
Monday 11th – Friday 15th September
Each child has a brown envelope – this for your child to decorate and return to school. This will be their very own time capsule which will hold a variety of pictures and objects. We will keep them safe and they can open them when they are in Year 6.
Could each child also bring in a baby/toddler photo clearly labelled on the back or in an envelope with their name. We will copy each of these photos for an activity we will be doing in class next week.
Don’t forget that if you haven’t already done so you can pay for your cookery online via the school payment website. You also need to pay for toast via this website if you want your child to have it. Some children do not eat a lot at lunch time so maybe think about if your child does actually need to have toast each day.
Thank you – have a good weekend!
Wednesday 6th – Friday 8th September
What a brilliant start to the new Reception class year, the children seem to be settling really well. Today they have visited the hall for whole school assembly and too part in Music with Mrs Shaw. The rest of the school staff were very impressed with how they came into the hall as during the assembly and even attempted to join in with the song – Well done!
As of next week we will begin homework in Reception – the homework will be set via this class page every Thursday – and should be completed for the following Tuesday. Of course to begin with it will be something relatively practical and simple. The children will also begin guided reading soon too, we talk about this a little more at the Parent’s meetings on Thursday 28th September.
DON’T FORGET IF YOUR CHILD WANTS TOAST EACH MORNING THIS NEEDS TO BE PAID FOR VIA THE SCHOOL ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM. YOU SHOULD ALL NOW HAVE YOUR ONLINE LOGIN DETAILS FOR THE SCHOOL REPORTING SYSTEM – PLEASE KEEP THESE SAFE AND BRING THEM WITH YOU TO THE PARENTS MEETING ON THE 28TH SEPTEMBER.
This week in reception the children have been showing me how they write their names and drawing themselves for our first display in the classroom. I will put some pictures of the display on the website when it is finished. They have been learning games to play at playtime and their Year 6 buddies have been helping them get used to the lunchtime routine. Sue from the kitchen commented on how brilliantly they have done and what lovely manners they have!
Today I introduced them to Sid – our sign language friend (puppet) who is helping us learn the days of the week in BSL (British Sign Language) – see if your child has remembered any of these. They were interested in learning about Miss Grant’s nephew, Arthur, who is profoundly deaf. We discussed how sign language is a language using your hands and facial expressions. We will continue to develop this throughout the year.
Welcome to Reception 2017!
All the children in Reception are having a fantastic time – they are being very independent! They have enjoyed maths, playtime and learning each other’s names. All the staff have been very impressed by their behaviour – lot’s of helpful children being very kind to each other – well done! Here are some pictures to let you know how they re getting on:
Monday 10th – Friday 14th July
This week the children have continued to work on their Yearbooks, a collection of memories, reflections, photographs and messages that each child will take home next week. We hope you enjoy sharing these with your child as they have also written about their hopes and aspirations for the following year.
Friday – Rockstar Day!
The children had an amazing day – they boogied and danced for most of the day, think the staff will need a lay down in a darkened room!
Continue with your fast 5 words and talk to your child about how they are feeling about moving into Year 1. Can they share with you what they did when they visited their new classroom? The names of the staff who will be working with them? What are they excited about?
Monday 3rd – Friday 7th July
What an amazing week we have had – we all got into the sporty spirit and enjoyed a range of sporting activities throughout Sports week. The children displayed a great sporting ethos throughout the challenges and supported and encouraged each-other tremendously – we are very proud of them. Congratulations to ASHLEA team on wining the inter-house trophy this year.
Continue to practice your fast 5 words – reading and spelling and don’t forget – it’s Rock Star Day in Reception on Friday 14th July. Help your child create a fantastic, rocktastic costume/character for a day of moshtastic fun! Your child can come to school wearing their costume – can’t wait!
Monday 26th – Friday 30th June
This week the children thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the Year 1 classroom getting to know their new staff team. They were all very well behaved – more than ready for the move!
During handwriting we had a go at cursive handwriting – normally only taught in Year 2 – I think you will be very impressed by the results!
The class continue to work on their individual Yearbooks – a collection of writing, pictures and photos that have allowed the children to reflect on their achievements and memories in Reception class.
Fast 5 words are going well – if your child scored 4 or 5/5 they will receive a new set of words. We were very impressed this week – well done! They are getting trickier and trickier each week so sometimes they take a little longer than a week to perfect.
We have also won another attendance award – we will celebrating with a fancy dress day of Friday 14th July the theme is Rock Stars! Help your child to create a costume they can wear to school on that day.
FRIDAY 30TH JUNE – NON UNIFORM DAY – TOMBOLA
MONDAY 3RD JULY – FRIDAY 7TH JULY – SPORTS WEEK (RACE FOR LIFE ON THE FRIDAY)
CHILDREN CAN WEAR SPORTS CLOTHING FOR THE WHOLE OF THAT WEEK AS THEY WILL BE TAKING PART IN SPORTING ACTIVITIES EACH DAY
Monday 19th – Friday 23rd June
Next week the class will be spending Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning in their new class with their new teacher and support staff. We have practiced with the children walking in from the gate and waiting in the Poppy playground. Please can you bring your child here on Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th June in order for them to get used to how they will be coming into school in September.
Fast 5 words – these have been changed, please continue to practice these at home with your child. Make sure all letters are formed correctly and are the right orientation. There are some letter formation activities on the busythings website for further support. Please use your home login details to access this resource.
Monday 12th June – Friday 16th June
This week in Reception we have been very busy, we are beginning to think about our transition into Year 1 and reflecting on our experiences in Reception.
Each child is working on a Year book, a collection of thoughts and photo’s that celebrates their achievements and considers what they would like to achieve in the future. The class has enjoyed looking through their Learning Journeys and Literacy/maths books to select their favourite piece of work.
We have been revieving our understanding of the days of the week, including the days that come before and after the day we are on. We have talked about things that happen on certain days of the week such as after school clubs, P.E, Stacey time etc. If you have a Calendar at home – share this with your child and let them add some special events to it.
Our focus has been our Year books and Writing Champions. At this time of year it is important to practice our independent writing skills – we are focusing on handwriting, letter formation and remembering to use our phonic skills when spelling. Many children are remembering how to spell the ‘tricky’ words they have been practicing. Well done!
We shared Jasper’s Beanstalk and completed a range of activities that involved the days of the week. We are currently Benchmarking the children to assess their reading, comprehension and speaking and listening skills.
Next week we will start our new topic – minibeasts! If you have any exciting books or resources you would like to share – feel free to bring them in.
Continue with your current fast 5 words and check out the following link to the cbeebies webpage that shares some ideas of what do when out and about.
We have also included a minibeast hunt sheet for you to complete with your child, on the back there is room for you to write some interesting facts or you child could draw their favourite minibeast.
Monday 22nd-Friday 26th May
What an amazing Pirate day we have had – and Marvin was returned to us safely by the naughty Pirates! He had a great adventure and was now calling himself Captain Marvin! The children will be writing about their pirate character and why they think they should be chosen to join Marvin’s pirate crew – or will they walk the plank instead???
Next week we would like you to enjoy the break and help your child practice their Fast 5 words. If you get a chance we would love for you to add a photo to your child’s Learning Journey about your holiday adventures. The children have loved sharing these on the big board in class.
Monday 15th – Friday 19th May
The children have thoroughly enjoyed their new topic – Pirates. We have shared a selection of Pirate stories, dressed up as Pirates in the role play area and learnt about famous Pirates through history. The children were surprised to learn that there were female Pirates – I wonder if they can remember their names?
Our focus in Maths this has been 3D shape. It has been a while since we explored shape last and we are all a bit rusty. Try and help your child search for and name 2D and 3D shapes at home. Naming the shape and talking about it’s properties (how many faces, edges and corners/vertices).
The class are owed a treat day due to receiving another attendance award. We would like you to help your child design and create a Pirate costume. We will holding a Pirate day on Thursday 25th May, your child should come to school dressed in their Pirate costume. They will need to create a Pirate name and talk about their ‘history’. We have been looking at the various Pirate flags in class too and the names of some of the Pirate ships. What type of ship does your Pirate have? How many crew? Where do they sail? What treasure do they steal? Rum, jewels, gold or gunpowder?
Your child may have new Fast 5 words – depending on how they did in their spelling test. We are also revisiting some of the earlier sets of words to refresh the children’s memories.
Monday 8th May – Friday 12th May
We have set up a Sunscreen station in the classroom to allow the children to put on their Sunscreen when needed. We will also provide baskets to keep sunhats and sunglasses when the weather gets hotter. If your child brings in sun cream make sure it is clearly labelled and help them practice how to put it on – the station has a mirror to help them see what they are doing. There is also a poster which reminds the children how to stay safe in the sun.
We have also been exploring feelings and emotions during circle time this week. As part of our Mindfulness time we want to train the children to help recognise what different feelings and emotions can feel like, how to identify these feelings within themselves and communicate how they are feeling and ask for help and help. We are learning about the Mood Monsters, each day when the children come into the classroom they can place their name card on a particular Mood Monster to share how they are feeling. This will be a visual prompt for the Adults to talk with the children about how they are feeling. We will continue to work together to develop mindfulness techniques to improve and develop the children’s emotional intelligence.
During Maths the children have been developing their understanding of Number bonds – we have been training the children to use a range of tools and apparatus to problem solve and support their working out. This week we have been using the Numicon and balance scales to find the number bonds to 10 and 20.
We would like you to help your child write about a time that they have felt; happy, sad, surprised, angry, scared and excited. Talk with them about how their body feels when they are experiencing these different emotions. The Mood Monsters are different colours for example, you could talk about feeling hot, shaky, heavy or nervous. How your tummy feels – is it full of butterfly feelings? We have included a Mood Monsters record sheet for you in your book bag.
We would also like you practice your fast 5 words again with your child.
Monday 1st May – Friday 5th May
The children have really enjoyed exploring the story Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers this week. They have spent the week role playing the characters and exploring the themes of emotions and friendship. We discussed what it meant to be a good friend and we made wishes into wishing shells and threw them into the boy’s umbrella. The children have also explored the story using a large story map and are thinking of creating a ‘new beginning’ for the story.
In maths this week the children have been exploring subtraction through a range of methods such as bar modelling, pictures and number sentences.
You will find a new set of Fast 5 words in your child’s book bag – we saw a real improvement this week – well done. There are several games to help with letter formation on the Busythings website which you have home login details for, these include Alphabet trace and Messy Letters. We have been practicing letters that the children struggle most with throughout the week, you will see this reflected in the marking you see in their written work. We are showing the children what they need to ‘fix’ by highlighting it in green pen. The children respond to this using a red pen. This is part of their transition into Year 1 and part of the whole school marking policy. The class enjoys this as it makes them feel important and ‘grown-up’!
To support the transition further into Year 1 we have developed how we support and deliver Guided Reading during the final term. The groups take part in an enhanced guided reading/comprehension session with an adult throughout the week. This could be based on a book, text, poem, visual/picture prompt etc. The group are expected to write during this session and talk/discuss what they have read and shared. The children are then allowed to choose their own reading book to take own from a book band appropriate selection of books. The children have enjoyed visiting the school library and choosing books that they want to read – thus promoting reading for enjoyment further. Sometimes children really want to take home a book that is slightly too hard for them. We do allow this sometimes as we know you will help them to read it or read it together at home.
Monday 24th April – Friday 28th April
Next week we will be learning about Oliver Jeffers – we would like you to share some of these stories together. You could visit the library together or bring some of these stories to school. We will be using these stories as a stimulus to create our own stories. This week we have shared A way Back Home and The Day The Crayons Quit.
Tuesday 18th April – Friday 21st April
This week we would like you to upload a photograph of your child and their Sunflower seedling to their online Learning Journey. We would like to know how tall your seedling is and how you are looking after it, have you re-potted it? Has it been kept inside? In a greenhouse etc. If your Sunflower seed has perished – don’t worry, there is another task for you. We would also like you to write down a question to ask Mrs Jones when she returns from Australia with Marvin the monkey – what would your child to know about their trip? We have put a piece of paper in your child’s book bag, you can scribe their question or you can encourage your child to write the question themselves. Don’t forget the question mark at the end of the sentence.
Thank you for all the fabulous Marvin the Monkey cover designs – please bring yours in if you have not done so yet. We will be judging the competition soon!
Marvin’s adventures in Australia!
Monday 27th March – Friday 31st March
What an interesting and busy week Reception have had!
First of all we would like you to enjoy the break, and wish you all a very happy Easter. We would like you to upload a comment and photograph to your child’s Learning Journey to share how you celebrate Easter at home. Whether this be a celebration of Spring, family time or the Religious aspect. here is the link again for you access your child’s Learning Journey:
You will all be given new fast 5 words to practice at home and new reading books. Also – Marvin the class Monkey is currently on his holidays with Mrs Jones who is visiting her daughter in Australia! We have given each child an A4 piece of A4 card and we would like them to create a front cover for Marvin the Monkey’s book which holds all of the lovely adventures he goes on with the children from the class. We will hold a competition and their Year 6 Buddies will vote for their favourite.
Mr Bromley will be visiting for the last time of Friday as he is moving on to his final placement of his Teacher training. We would like to thank him for all his hard work – I am sure the children will miss greatly and we wish him the best of luck!
School closes Friday 31st – we return to school Tuesday 18th April
Monday 19th – Friday 24th March
The class continue to enjoy working with money – we have been using Numicon to help us add different amounts together, we than look to see if we can select the correct coins. We have been using money in our new Toy Shop role play also. Thank you if you were able to upload last weeks homework to your child’s Learning Journey – we shared these in class throughout the week.
We would like to continue with the same fast 5 words this week – focus on letter formation and presentation. If your child can Use those words in sentence – even better!
I have also included a piece of card in your child’s fast 5 wallet – this is for them to create a new cover for their Sunflower diary. It must have the title – ‘Sunflower Diary’ and their name but they can decorate as they wish. Once you bring it back we will stick them to the front of their Diary and go on display in the classroom. The children have been working out how much their Sunflower has grown by comparing their new measurement to the previous weeks measurement. They have used a numberline to count on and record their findings in their diary.
Monday 13th March – Friday 17th March
Some children have been completing spelling assessments in small groups, they have been learning how to mark their own work – using a red pen! They will also be learning how to complete peer assessment by marking each other’s spellings and helping their friends to fix any mistakes. Your child may have new fast 5 words or need to practice the same set again to increase fluency and accuracy. We have also been exploring money in school, let your child use money at home. Maybe you could ‘pay’ them for completing small chores and jobs around the house, let them pay for some items in cash when visiting the shops. Help them count the money in their money box and explore the sizes, colours and images on each of the coins or notes. Do you know why we have certain images on our money? You could help your child research this further. Upload your comments and/or photograph titled ‘homework’ to your child’s Learning Journey:
It has been lovely to see observations and photographs uploaded from some families already, I use these to inform my assessment of your child and they help create an overall picture of your child’s development. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this! I do try to respond to each upload personally and the children have enjoyed sharing their Learning Journeys in class also.
The children’s Sunflower seeds are growing! We have added canes to the pots to help the seedlings grow tall and straight and they are checking them each day to ensure they are receiving an appropriate amount of water – not too much and not too little. They continue to update their Sunflower Diaries and I will post some photographs of our Sunflower Learning wall when it has been updated. Spring has definitely sprung! Is there anything new growing your garden or can you see anything new on your journey to school?
Monday 6th March – Friday 10th March
All the children have planted their Sunflower seeds and we are in the process of creating an interactive display. We have a small greenhouse and the children are learning about the conditions needed for plants to grow. We have a chart to record when our seeds/seedlings have been watered, a diary to record what they look like and we will be investigating measuring – working out how much they have grown each week!
Carry on practicing your fast 5 words – choose the one your child struggles with most and encourage them to verbally construct a sentence or write a sentence in their grey books.
We would also like you to collect some materials that the children could use on our new weaving wall; wool, material strips etc.
Monday 27th February – Friday 3rd March
Families can now add comments to their photographs when using the Learning Journey aspect of your child’s School Pupil Tracker online. Simple visit:
Log in using the login details found on the letter you collected from the school office. Please keep these details safe as you will need to access the site for reports also. Please have go at uploading your own photo’s and comments from home – there is a 3mb file size limit and this can be a problem for some smartphones. I have attached an example from my own son’s Learning Journey to give you an idea of what to add:
Linda Grant — Mum, Matthew made his own pizza, we followed the recipe to mix the dough Matthew enjoyed kneading the dough and stretching it, I asked him to stretch it into a circle shape. He added the tomato sauce independently and sprinkled oregano with his fingers. He grated the cheese but needed a little bit of help to hold the grater still. “Circles Mummy” (the pepperoni.) We cooked the pizza in the oven and he ate it for lunch with his brother, Henry. “Mmm this is delicious”! (Updated: 05-03-2017 14:00:57)
Your child has new fast 5 words to learn, we will be looking at them everyday during phonics and looking out for them when reading and writing.
Here are a couple of links to websites we use in school:
Oxford owl – has some great tips for families on how to support reading and phonics at home, including how to learn tricky words!
Which One Doesn’t Belong? – A great maths/reasoning website – we choose pictures appropriate to the class and ask the children which picture doesn’t belong and why.
I will also add some pictures of our Learning Wall very soon so watch this space!
Tuesday 28th February: Sponsored Pancake flip!
All the children took part- if you did not bring in your child’s sponsor form today – don’t worry, we have put a little note in their book bag with the number of flips they completed. They had lot’s of fabulous, flipping fun!
Monday 13th – Friday 17th February
Relax, enjoy the break. You can carry on working on the fast 5 words if you have time but we would also like you to have a go at uploading a photograph and observation to our new electronic Learning Journey system. You can access this via the login you use for your child’s online report. Reception and Nursery children will not have a written report this half term as the Learning Journey’s and current targets address this but we do want to gather evidence from home as well as school to build an overall picture of your child’s development.
All the adults have commented this week how many children have been reading, recognising or writing more tricky words independently. A big thank you for all your hard work at home helping your child learn these particularly difficult high frequency words!
Monday 13th February – Science day!
Here are some photographs of the day so far, the children are thoroughly enjoying completing their investigations and generally getting up to lots of mad science! We will keep you updated throughout the day. Mr Bromley planned some very exciting activities for the children to take part in – we had so much fun!
The children also worked in small groups to make predictions about several materials if they held them in their hands; they tested chocolate, ice cubes, butter, jelly, a wooden block and a Lego brick. They are using their investigation as a stimulus for their Big Write and learning how to record a scientific experiment properly. You can see some of these above.
Monday 6th February – Friday 10th February
Next week the class will be celebrating their attendance award with a Science fun day. Your homework is to create a fabulous Mad Scientist costume (staff will take part too!) Good luck!
Monday 30th January – Friday 3rd February
This week, continuing our theme of Fairy Tales – the children have explored a range of Traditional stories from across the world, including China, Japan and Germany. We have enjoyed exploring their moral messages along with using Google Earth to compare the countries with our own.
The school are all getting ready for Sign2Sing 2017 – check out the link below for video tutorials that will help you help your child practice the song and signs at home.
In preparation for kindness week we have provided you with a ‘Kindness checklist’ for you to complete with your child. You could encourage your child to write about or draw picture/take a photo of some of the Kindness tasks that they complete.
Tuesday 24th January: Lantern Making Workshop at Heswall Primary School.
Thursday 26th January: Wirral Science Under The Stars.
See the links below for further information:
Monday 16th January – Friday 20th January
The children have continued to explore Traditional Tales this week – along with creating their own alternative ‘fractured fairy tales’. We have explored story maps together and created new and exciting stories in small groups using mind mapping and illustration’s. Mr Bromley has been using images and captions to help the children create a whole class story using familiar images from classic fairy tales – the children have added their own interesting twist!
Continue with your tricky words for one more week please, I have also included a traditional tale character activity – if you could share some traditional tales with your child you could use the illustrations to help reinforce the character traits the activity discusses.
Next week we will also be celebrating Chinese New Year – this year is the year of the Rooster, please click the link below for some information on local events:
Monday 9th January – Friday 13th January 2017!
This week the children have been working hard in maths – exploring our Numicon resources and learning about bar modelling!
Phase 2/Phase 3 tricky words
Check your homework diary/fast 5 wallet for more information – remember these words cannot be ‘sounded out’ so need to be learnt by sight. It takes time and lot’s of repetition!
Monday 19th December – Thursday 22nd December
Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
This week – as well as festive fun the children have been learning about real and nonsense words in phonics. Together we have been blending words and deciding if they are real or not by putting them into a sentence – or providing a description of what the word is or represents. A particularly good game for reinforcing this is Picnic on Pluto – check out the link below!
Some other exciting links for you to look at over the Christmas break:
When we return after the Christmas break we are lucky to have a Trainee Teacher working with us, his name is Mr Bromley and he is very excited to join our team and work with the children.
If you get time we have included a holiday recount sheet – add comments or photo’s and a reading book.
have a safe and happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the new year!
Monday 12th December – Friday 16th December
Christmas fun! This week Reception have had a very busy week! We have been preparing for Christmas in a variety of ways, we have been exploring the Nativity Story and finding out about the first Christmas. We thoroughly enjoyed performing for you in the Christmas production and the staff were very proud of the class during all the performances! We have enjoyed the Christmas fair as well as visiting Santa!
Our maths focus continues to be measuring, weight especially. The children have explored weighing parcels in the Santa’s workshop role play area and we will continue to investigate how we measure a variety of objects next week.
I have included a phase 2/3 phoneme mat for you to share with your child. It provides you with a visual image to help you pronounce the sound correctly – you can work on the sounds that your child is comfortable with.
Please do not put water bottles in your child’s book bags – we had a very nasty leak recently that soaked through the whole book bag basket! Make sure your child has a bottle they can confidently and independently open and close.
Reception attendance reward:
Thursday 22nd December – the children in Reception have received an award for best KS1 attendance and have choses to have a onsie/pyjama and film afternoon on the last afternoon. Please can your child bring in their onsie/pyjamas in a named bag please – if they wish to bring slippers they MUST have sensible soles in case of a fire alarm. We will share a lovely Christmas film and snacks together!
Monday 5th December – Friday 9th December
This week the children have been doing lot’s of measuring, comparing and weighing. They have spent time with their buddy’s baking Gingerbread men. They worked together to gather the ingredients, follow a recipe and experienced weighing and measuring the different ingredients.
This weeks homework: Busythings, Foundation, Mathematics, units of measurement, The clock – Demo 1.
The class have been learning the days of the week each morning and predicting which day comes before and after the day we are on – this is very tricky! We have also been discussing periods of time and how measure this – using our visual class timetable to emphasise what happens throughout the day. Play the Demo activity above and maybe discuss general times with your child – referencing clocks, watches, clocks on your phone etc. Can they learn the general time that they get up? Have their lunch? Go to bed?
Don’t forget – if you haven’t brought in your child’s donkey costume (grey/black/brown top and trousers) in a labelled bag – can you please do so on Monday please – thank you! We have made each child a set of Donkey ears.
Don’ t forget your Christmas cake topper (edible or non edible) for cookery – for the following 2 Thursday’s the focus will be Yule Logs!
Monday 20th -Friday 25th November
We had a visit from the Fire Fighters this week – it was amazing! The let us spray the hose really high and sit in the Fire Engine cab. We got to look at the helmet’s and equipment too.
A 2d and 3d shape investigation of your kitchen at home – check your homework log for further instructions. We would like the children to record their findings in their chosen way – pictures, photo’s, diagram or a table. Labels would be great too!
The class also enjoyed spending time with their buddies to write their letter’s to Santa – they will be walking to the post box next week – we are all so excited!
Monday 13th November – Friday 18th November
This week we will be sending home your homework books and wallets – you can practice your fast 5 words again if you wish (or have a break). This week the main homework is a 3d shape game on busythings:
Go to Foundation and Year 1, Foundation, Mathematics, Shape , Name the 3D shapes
The task will look like this – your child may need support reading the labels. Talk about the edges, faces and whether they are curved, flat or both. This will help them identify the name of each shape. Don’t worry of they get any wrong – we will keep working on this in class!
Monday 7th November – Friday 11th November
This week in Reception our Maths groups have been busy, we are putting into the practice the skills we learn during basic maths each morning by playing maths games that encourage our children to master mental maths skills such as counting on, doubles and simple multiples. Board games and games that use dice for example are a great and fun way to continue developing these skills at home.
As you can see – our People Who Help Us topic is in full swing – the children have thoroughly enjoyed using the Hospital role play.
Check your child’s plastic wallet for their fast 5 words or phonic mini book to recap spellings and letters they are working on in school.
Each child has now been placed in a guided reading group, each group has day when they need to return their book as they will read again and receive a new book – please put their reading record book in their book bag too please. Each group will also take part in a comprehension/speaking and listening reading session as well as their guided reading session.
Groups days are as follows:
Messi – Monday
Pirlo – Tuesday
Maradona – Wednesday
Zidane – Thursday
Ronaldo – Thursday
Pele – Friday
Enjoy the weekend!
Monday 31st October – Friday 4th November
Another great week in reception – we have enjoyed lots of measuring, comparing and sorting in Maths this week – we have even started to use ruler’s to measure the length of objects from our classroom – we sorted these objects into those longer than a 30 cm ruler and shorter than a 30 cm ruler.
Homework – we hope enjoy the Bonfire night celebrations this weekend – Reception have been learning about how to stay safe. Your child can draw/write about a display they go to see or maybe what they can see from their window. Think about the colours, patterns, shapes and sounds that they experience. We have included a sheet in your child’s book bag for you to use.
People Who Help Us
Surgeon Visit from Miss Susannah Shore FRCS – the children were fascinated to learn what Miss Shore does when she is in the operating theatre, they explored several artefacts including bones and watched Miss Shore demonstrate stitches on a clementine! She talked about why she needed to wear ‘scrubs’ and how important it was to keep germs at bay – washing our hands is very important! She was helped by her PA Shirley – the children enjoyed placing the organs on her body and learning about what they do!
Keep encouraging your child to come into the classroom independently – the sooner all the grown up’s leave to quicker we can get on with our work – we are very busy in the morning!
This week in Reception we have been learning to use our red writing books, using Lego to do our maths and finding out what we want to be when we are older (Miss Grant always wanted to be footballer). We also had a visit from Sue – our Community CPSO, she reminded us about staying safe on Halloween and Bonfire night.
You may have some new fast 5 words in your child’s plastic wallet – we have also included some alphabet strips for if they need a little extra help. You may also have a guided reading book to share with your child over the holidays.
This year we have a very exciting and diverse cohort of children, we want to celebrate this. At home with your child you could explore your family history – maybe speak to Grandparents/other family members and talk about your own family history. For example Miss Grant’s parent’s are Scouse and Irish, She has Irish and Scottish Grandparent’s and Lithuanian heritage also. Very interesting!
You could use this Busythings template if you like.
Our children have really started to settle well – so if possible we would like to ask our parent’s to encourage their children to come into the classroom independently each morning – thank you!
After the break one of our new topics will be People Who Help Us -we are lucky to be visited by Miss Susannah Shore FRCS – a Surgeon from the Royal Liverpool Hospital – how exciting!
Enjoy the break and stay safe
Thursday 13th October – Reception news
Homework: some children will have new fast 5 words – check your plastic wallet
Log in to Busythings using your home user password – go to: Foundation and Year 1, Foundation, health and society, food and nutrition, where does this food come from? -1.
You can help your child name some of the foods but try not to give them any more help than this – we have been working on this in class and it is obvious we are quite disconnected from our food production – especially meat products. You can either print your child’s work or write some comments in their homework diary
100 Splat Square – the children have been counting to 100 and identifying all the numbers that end in 5 by showing 1 hand and all the numbers that end in 0 with 2 hands. This is an emergent multiplication skill. Get them to show you at home!
If your child has received a guided reading book and yellow reading log, please make a comment in the book when they have read their book to you. You can keep your book for a few days, we will take it out of their book when a comment/signature shows us they have read with you.
Mindfulness activities this week:
Why are people mean?
Friday 7th October – Reception news
Well done everyone – your response with homework has been fantastic. It’s great to see all the hard work in the children’s books and by working together we can really enhance our children’s learning!
Introducing our new WOW wall, each child has a section of the WOW wall dedicated to them. If you would like to share some work, achievements, homework etc. then bring it in. Don’t forget to check out Busythings at home with your child, we have been exploring food and it’s origins this week – there are some fantastic games to help with understanding where food comes from on this website that the children are familiar with from school.
Lots of busy children in reception this week – a lot of the children have really enjoyed drawing around some 2d shapes, cutting them out and creating pictures. Maybe you could have a look at some of the shapes you can see at home or on the way to school? Shapes are everywhere! Please see the newsletter below for further news.
Another fantastic week in Reception – the children are really enjoying having more independence and have shared play times with both Year 6 and Year 1. Maybe you could share some playground games you played as a child at home this weekend – check out this week’s newsletter below:
Reception Weekly News – Friday 9th September
Well done reception – an excellent first few days! Please read a newest newsletter to keep up to date!
Homework 1: Extreme Reading 29/07/16
The first part of your summer holiday mission – if you choose to accept it, is to visit a library and join it if you are not already a member. You can visit your local library or go further afield like Liverpool’s shiny new Central Library – which is nestled in-between the Walker Art Gallery and the World Museum – both of which you can access for free! Visiting the library saved Miss Grant’s sanity many times when she was on maternity leave with her two little boys!
The second part is to take part in the Extreme Reading challenge. This involves you having your photo taken reading in the most unusual place you can safely find. There will be a special prize for the best photo brought in when we start school in September.
Race for Life/Charity Day 2016
To donate, please go to our Just Giving Page by clicking HERE.
You can also view the information letter by clicking HERE.
Welcome to Reception 2015-16!
Friday 15th July:
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Some of our eggs from the Easter egg competition:
Well done everyone!!!!!
Thursday 24th March:
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Information from maths meetings:
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Friday 29th January:
Friday 22nd January:
We were lucky enough to have the local fire brigade pay us a visit. The children got a chance to ask them questions and look around the fire engine. They even let us sit inside, try on their helmets, and hold the hose!!!
Our class are learning all about people who help us, such as the police, vets, cleaners, teachers etc.
Our classroom now holds a police station and mini hospital. The children are very good in their roles of officers…..
Friday 15th January:
Friday 11th December:
Friday 4th December:
Positing our letters to Santa with our Year 6 buddies:
Our class Nativity song ‘We’re so angelic’:
We are very careful little angels
And we’re all extremely neat.
We are all as perfect as can be
From our heads to our feet.
Oh, how angelic, we can be.
We’re so angelic, don’t you agree?
(Repeat whole song once)
Friday 27th November
Friday 20th November
Friday 13th November
Friday 6th November
Friday 23rd October
Friday 16th October
Friday 9th October
Friday 2nd October
Friday 25th September
Friday 18th September
Friday 11th September
This week the class has begun to become more independent, we have noticed more children putting their own things away each morning – well done! They have also been sitting with their class in the dinner hall and they are getting used to carrying their tray and tidying up when they have finished.
P.E is focusing on self help skills at the moment – as the children get better at getting changed, they will be able to spend more time in hall! Keep practicing!
Please see our most recent newsletter below:
Friday 4th September
Please see our latest newsletter below:
We also have an Early Years Topic web that highlights the key areas/topics for this half term along with various activities the children will be experiencing in class. To begin with the class will be getting to know each other as well as getting to know the staff, classroom and the wider school community. During this initial time the staff will be doing lots of observing/recording. They will of course be helped by their new buddies!
Friday 10th July
* Please remember your child’s swimming kit each Friday!
* Sun hats, Sun cream and water bottles every day please – especially in this hot weather.
* Sports Day – coloured t-shirts.
Friday 3rd July – Race for Life!
All the children in Reception were able to take part, we have been practicing for quite some time! The fitness and resilience of all the children has improved and we are very proud of all the children!
This year Reception entered a film called – DIY SOS The Big (Small) Build. This film was based upon our Fairy visitors – and how the children designed and built a special Fairy house and garden for them! Although we did not win the competition category – it was brilliant to watch our film on the big screen at the Light Cinema, New Brighton.
Friday 19th June
Friday 12th June
Friday 5th June
Friday 15th May
Friday 8th May
Friday 1st May
Friday 27th April
Friday 2nd April
Friday 20th March
Friday 13th March
Friday 6th March
Friday 27th February
Friday 13th February
Kung hei fat choi!
Friday 6th February
Friday 30th January
Friday 9th January 2015 –
Happy New Year!
Friday 12th December
Friday 12th December
Friday 5th December
Friday 28th November
Friday 21st November
Please find attached our newsletter for this week along with some handy resources and activities for you to help support your child’s handwriting and letter formation.
Friday 14th November
A week of exciting Superhero activities in preparation for our Superhero fun day to raise awareness of Children in Need 2014
Please find information regarding the school film night attached below along with the most recent reception weekly news:
Friday 7th November
Friday 24th October
Friday 17th October
The children have enjoyed creating their troll’s and are now ready to write! Being able to spend time talking about their thoughts and ideas will help them when they begin to compose their writing. We have also been finding out what good writing looks like – thinking about where to start on the page, what to do when you get to the end of a line and where the letters should sit. Plenty to think about…
Friday 10th October