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It has been a lovely week back to kickstart the final term of Reception! This year is flying by and we cannot believe that we are now learning all about spring. We have looked at what happens in spring such as the creation of new life from little chicks to lambs and also seeing nature brighten up as we get to experience the flowers now blooming. We have also noticed that whilst it is still a little bit frosty in the morning, it is getting a lot warmer throughout the day.
The children have been taking full advantage of the lovely weather and with it, they have certainly enjoyed the challenges that we have been setting them. We have seen the children writing and also creating some beautiful repeating patterns.
One thing that has really shone this week has been the creative flair that our children seem to have by the bucket load. They were given a prop of real daffodils and tulips, some paint and paper and they have most certainly rolled with it. We may have some of our very own Banksy's and Picasso's in our midst because these children are INCREDIBLE at painting. More importantly, they have thoroughly enjoyed painting and we cannot wait to showcase their beautiful masterpieces.
Due to the lockdown last term we were unable to hold parent phone calls to discuss the progress your child is making. These dates have been arranged for Tuesday 8th June and Wednesday 9th June. They will be held in the morning and on an evening. To book your telephone slot, please call the Main Office as they have the sign up sheets.
Have a lovely weekend!
This week we have had lots of exciting opportunities to develop our reading and writing skills. We are so impressed with the children for having great determination and perseverance, even when they found it a little bit tricky. Please continue to practice reading at home too and complete the Reading Planet quizzes to earn 2 more dojo's!
This week in Math's we have re-capped the concepts of weight and capacity. It was lots of fun finding objects in the classroom to weigh. First we made predictions about the weight of our objects, then we weighed them using the balance scales. We also made a magic potion to explore capacity. The children did a great job following the recipe and could describe the jug as full, half full, empty, nearly full or nearly empty.
The most exciting part of the week was finding out that our magic potion had worked as the Easter bunny had been to visit. We had to search high and low to find our Easter eggs, but it was worth all of the hard work as they were delicious.
Well done to all of the children for working so hard since returning to school! We wish you all a lovely Easter break and look forward to seeing you all when we return to school on Wednesday 14th April.
This week we have been transported back in time once again to the Stone Age. It has been wonderful to experience a new and fun Topic with the children, and it has been amazing to explore this Topic together.
We read the story, 'Stone Age Boy' and discussed our favourite parts. The children were transfixed at the idea that there was no electric, no cars and no real houses. We have learned why the Stone Age was called the Stone Age... because they used stone to make most things! The children were able to showcase their own skills as they built their very own homes using 'Stone and animal skin' (imaginary of course!)
Today, we got very messy as we were able to enjoy one of our very favourite parts of the story - the cave painting. We learned that the cavemen painted in caves to pass on messages. Some cavemen believed that if they wished for something then they could draw it on a cave wall and magic would take place making their wishes come true! Have a look at some of our fantastic cave painting...
Throughout the week we are focusing on the children's phonics and maths skills. We are currently recapping everything that we have learned during our remote teaching. Please continue to practise these skills at home.
In maths we are covering: height, length, weight, capacity, 2D shapes and 3D shapes.
In phonics we are covering the Letters and Sounds Phase 2 sounds as well as some Phase 3 sounds such as: j, v, w, x, y, z, qu, ch, sh, th and ng.
The children have been engaging very well in their lessons and we are very proud of how hard they have worked.
Of course, one of the perks of being at school is the time we are spending together and with our friends. The children are spending a lot of time outside at the moment and why not, the weather has been glorious! They have even been showing off some excellent bat and ball skills...
It has been fantastic to welcome all of the children back into school this week. The children have blown our socks off for settling back into school life so amazingly well and for coming into school each day with huge smiles on their faces. Our focus for this week was to ensure the children came into school feeling happy and safe. We also want to ensure that the children have lots of fun with their friends as we haven't seen them for so long. We certainly had lots of fun together when playing some Lycra games!!
We also had lots of fun with shapes this week. We re-capped both 2D and 3D shapes by going on a shape hunt around the unit. A lot of the children were able to name the shapes that they found and discussed their properties. We also did some shape sorting and built some fantastic shape models!
Myself and Miss Roberts are very proud of the children for showing great resilience and for transitioning back into school life so well. We have no doubt that this is due to your commitment to remote learning. However if you do have any concerns or worries about your child returning back to school please do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as we are more than happy to offer any additional support that you may need.
This week has been very busy but we have loved every minute of it!
We have carried on with our mini topic, 'Dinosaurs', and it has been magical to see how much the children have loved their learning. We stepped back in time last week to identify the different dinosaurs and this week the real fun took place. We learned all about how dinosaurs became extinct! The children (parents and Mrs H, Miss Nicholas and Miss O'Connor) did an excellent job to re-enact the events that unfolded resulting in the extinction of dinosaurs. We saw volcanoes erupting and asteroids hitting the Earth - it really was incredible to look through all the photos and videos. If this wasn't enough, well the children have also created fossils and even became palaeontologists to find the fossils!
Following on from our learning of dinosaurs we know that we can find out lots of information from books. World Book Day came at a perfect time for us and it was so wonderful to see the children igniting their love for reading as they delved into the magical depths of the pages in their story books. The children took our World Book Day challenges and ran with them - your dens were incredible! It was also lovely to see some children dressed up and also the efforts that went into creating your story book crowns. Well done!
It was brilliant to see all the children engaged in our celebrations yesterday. We were asked to choose winners from our class for either dressing up or the crown challenge we set. Well done to Sofia Embleton from RF and Olivia Ryan from RR who won our competition.
We have just a few days left before we return to school. We are all extremely excited to see the children. We know that it is going to be different and may be a little bit of a shock for the children to return to the school routine but we are here to make this transition as easy as it can possibly be. All of the staff in Reception are really looking forward to Monday and we want to make sure that all your children are safe and happy so please try to relax over the weekend, any questions that you may have then please email them to us at email@example.com.
We have a couple of notices for your information for our return to school:
PE days for Reception (that is BOTH classes) are Wednesday and Friday. Please come to school dressed in PE kit on these days and make sure to have a pair of outdoor trainers to wear. PE kit consists of navy or black tracksuit bottoms and a white t-shirt.
The weather can't seem to make its mind up at the moment so as before, please make sure your child comes to school with a jumper, coat and wellies. Wellies will be left in school and sit underneath your child's peg to avoid them being lost. With the latter point in mind, please, please, please label all of your child's belongings. If something decides to go walkabouts we have a much better chance of reuniting the kit if it is labelled.
Finally, a HUGE THANK YOU to every parent that has made sure their child has attended the LIVE sessions as well as handing in their work. Miss Fox and I truly believe you are superheroes - we don't know how you've done it but we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being with us everyday. It has been wonderful to see many of the children thriving whilst also being able to build a relationship with all of you. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you all bright eyed and bushy tailed on Monday morning.