Welcome to Reception!
It is a pleasure to have welcomed our new Reception children back into school from September and we are really pleased with how well they have settled in.
There are 2 classes in Reception- Orange and Yellow Class. The children spend time in their own classrooms but also have access to the other classroom and our outdoor area throughout the school day where they are supported in their learning by our Reception Team:
Miss Kidd (Orange Class) Miss Kamillo (Yellow Class)
Miss Campbell Mrs Weightman Mrs Mottershead
Mrs Penkavova Miss Royston
Term 1- All About Me
This term our focus is All About Me- we have enjoyed getting to know each other finding out about our likes and dislikes, interests and skills as well as talking about our friends and family and all of the people that are important to us.
We talked about how each of us are All Different and All Special and had fun creating our own self-portraits as well as making funny pictures on the IPads too.
Our favourite story this term has been We're Going on a Bear Hunt which you can watch below:
We enjoyed acting out the story in our outdoor area and then even created our own version about the mystery eggs that we found outside!
At the end of term we thought about going on a Halloween hunt and we had fun using the story language from the Bear Hunt to tell our spooky Halloween hunt stories.
Term 2- Night and Day
This term our topic is Night and Day and we are exploring the story Night Monkey, Day Monkey which you can watch here:
We have talked about what Night and Day Monkey see and introduced the word Nocturnal- talking about what this means as well as finding out facts about Nocturnal animals.
As part of our Friendship week we have also spent time exploring the things that make us each unique, talking about what makes us and our friends all different and all special. We even made our own portraits using different materials.
In Spring Term 3 our topic is Traditional Tales and Nursery Rhymes...
We have enjoyed sharing lots of different stories and rhymes together so far this year and we will be exploring these more this term. In particular we are learning the story of the Gingerbread Man- re-telling the story together, making our own endings and even making our own tasty gingerbread men to eat!
This term we will also celebrate Chinese New Year- we will re-tell the story of the Great Race (seeing if the animals can run just as fast as the Gingerbread Man) and we are looking forward to performing our own Dragon dance too!
As part of our Traditional Tales focus we are also thinking lots about our book corners- sharing stories we love and practising being Story tellers ourselves...
On 9th February we celebrated Safer Internet Day where across school we re-visited the importance of staying safe online and talked about some of the key rules that help us to do this. You can find out more about how to stay safe online by looking at the links further down on this page or visiting our online safety section here:
Term 4- Space
This term our topic focus is Space. Our focus story will be 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers. As well as exploring this story we will be sharing lots of books- both fiction and non-fiction- about Space. We will find out Space facts, create our own space stories and exploring building rockets and moon buggies too.
This term we also have World Book day activities to enjoy on 4th March as well as exploring some special Space themed activities during STEM week (wc 8th March).
KEEPING SAFE ONLINE
The internet can be fantastic and is full of lots of great resources like those above but it is also important to make sure that children are safe when using it. Please find attached some guidance to support you and your children in using the internet safely when accessing online learning, games and activities.
Below you can find some useful websites for supporting your child in their learning:
SCHOOL CLOSURE WORK
Please find below the information sent home for Reception pupils. A social story about Covid 19 is also attached below which may be helpful to share with your child. Please check Tapestry and Parent Hub for ongoing updates about learning from home.
Below are some useful websites that you may wish to look at with your children over the next week. You can keep checking both this page and Tapestry for other suggestions and useful links as we will add items over the next week or two. Please keep adding your own photos/ videos of the fun things that you are doing as we will be checking Tapestry regularly and we are looking forward to continuing to hear from you all.
Joe Wicks will be hosting a 30 minute P.E. session for children each day at 9.00 from Monday. This will be live on his YouTube channel:
If your child loves animals there are also several zoos and farms that have set up live streaming of their animals. You can find out which zoos and follow the links to watch here:
Phonics play is a website that has some games we enjoy to play at school and they have currently offered access to all of their resources and games for free. This included interactive games and some comic book stories for your child to read. You can access the site here:
https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/ - you can access daily phonics lessons that follow the scheme we use in school called ‘Read Write inc’.
If you copy and paste the above link should you want to access these lessons. Most children are following phase 1 unless they are in Mrs Mottersheds group who have just started phase 2.
https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/ootam-at-home/ - this site gives access to some great songs.
Purple Mash is a site that gives you access to a range of activities for online learning and they have offered free access for 60 days. If you are interested you can access this here:
There are also lots of animal websites and links that you can explore...