1st Intake- 9th September 2019
2nd Intake- 16th September 2019
In Reception we give the children 3 weeks to settle in, building upon the timetable, meaning that by week beginning 30th September, our timetable will be in full swing, as we introduce and slowly build the timetable up for the children.
The children have settled very well into the Reception classroom and have enjoyed exploring all of the activities in the setting. They are learning to be independent by looking after their belongings and closing their lockers. Each morning we do an activity before the register-book share, wake up shake up or handwriting practise and we are very good with our routines. Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been a great story to learn and we have loved being in the role play acting out the Bears making porridge, reading in the bear corner or taking a walk through the forest. We have started enrichment activities across school and enjoy going with the captains; all of the staff think our behaviour is fantastic! Keep practising your reading at home and Well done to Louie for drawing the winning ticket!
We have successfully made the transition to being independent coming into school- well done superheroes! The children are enjoying their weekly wood work session with Miss Wilner and are learning to use a hammer and nails. In Forest school with Miss Mantle we are cooperating with others and working together. Our daily phonics lessons are fun and we have learned the phonemes m,a,s,d,t,I,n,p,g,o,c,k,ck,u,b; learning to segment and blend these for reading- we are fantastic at Robot arms and blending hands! We are enjoying our take home library books, reading books and word challenges too! Keep reading at home to earn raffle tickets to see if you could be the one to win in Reception. In aths we have been learning to count on and back from 20; using Numicon to recognise the amounts and matching them to the numeral. We finished our last 2 weeks with ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson and enjoyed making potions and making up dances in PE to the theme music- our moves included all of the characters. The first half term ended with a Halloween Disco, fabulous pumpkin competitions, tattoos and activities- which was fab. Phew time for a rest!
November and December 2019
During our Festival of light project we celebrated Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas. We used our Funky Fingers to make firework explosions out of ribbon-threading them in and out of card; made sparklers from chocolate fingers and mince pies in cooking, created Rangoli patterns using the colour magic program on the computer. In Forest school we worked together to create dens and solve problems. In woodwork, we learned how to use a hammer and nail to add beads to our work to make a whole class Christmas tree.
In Phonics we continued to learn new sounds from phase 3, including tricky diagraphs and tri-graphs. Our new books arrived for reading groups and we love them! Mrs O’Hare brings us a new Mystery book once a week and we exploring the new story boxes at story time. In Nursery rhyme week we worked with Year 1 and had great fun with rhyming games and making our own props and pictures.
In Maths we have used Numicon and objects to count one more and one less. We have explored different ways to make numbers e.g. 3 and 1 make 4 but 2 and 2 make 4 as well! We practice writing our numbers and making marks on our boards to begin number sentence work. Our weekly challenges are fun and we get to explain why we know the answers.
Our Christmas play was a huge success with the whole school, parents, relatives and the community coming to watch. We visited Bradshaw’s Farm for our Christmas trip and got to eat a Christmas biscuit whilst drinking hot chocolate, listen to a story from Santa and Mrs Claus. When we met them, we told them what we wanted for Christmas and sat in Santa’s sleigh. We all visited Matt and Lottie at St. Johns church to make party hats, angels and play games. Lottie and Matt dressed us up for the Christmas story and we had lots of fun. Our half term ended with a joint Early Years party and lots of food and games-fun and exhausting!