Week of 27th March in Reception

I’m hoping that you didn’t wake up to terrible pranks this morning. I spoke to the children about April Fools Day and they really ‘got it.’  They thought of some great jokes to play on you – I won’t give them all away. Some said they’d talk backwards, walk backwards, have a bath with their clothes on, say goodbye instead of hello….  I await the success stories upon their return.

 

We set up a STEM challenge (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) this week which was really popular and led to a discussion of 3D shapes. I was blown away with how this held the children’s interest and observed them revisit this again and again, working together. It was just a few cocktail sticks and a bit of play dough. I could have used mini marshmallows/Jelly Tots –  but didn’t think they’d last the week… and that’s just the adults! This will become a regular challenge in class using different resources. If you’d like to try it at home take a look on Pinterest for ideas, but be sure to take a photo for us!

It has been a full week. We have been discussing Easter and incorporated this into our maths and literacy. The children went on an Easter egg hunt, finding two halves then ordering the eggs and looking at one less.

We have also provided resources to decorate eggs and introduced Easter traditions. Thanks for all the hard boiled eggs, the children really enjoyed colouring them.

The best bit was the egg races on Friday. We went into the hall to firstly count our loose change. My competitive streak came out and Tiggy’s challenged Cottontails to see who had the most money collected. I was feeling confident until Mrs. Davis brought out a huge box of loose change…. well done Cottontails! Then we had egg races – a little pre-Sports Day practise.

Out in the garden we explored other uses for the eggs.

Here are a few more…

After Easter we are listening to the story of Jack and The Beanstalk, maybe you could read it at home to familiarise your child with this lovely tale. It’s a nice lead into a discussion about planting and growing things.

 

 

 

 

Reception Week of September 12th

It has been a brilliant week! The children are settling into new routines and establishing new friendships.

A few housekeeping issues to help everyone.

Electronic Learning Journeys: If you have requested to be set up to be able to send observations direct to your child’s electronic Learning Journey you will get an email once I have set you up online which you will need to reply to. Just as you get a confirm for password resets etc.  It is just 2Build-a-Profiles way to ensure you did request it.

Library: We sent out library books this week. These should be returned each Friday. Your child will be encouraged to take a book home weekly, but they may not want to. The book out on loan must be returned the following week to allow another book to be taken home.

Wellies: Not all children have wellies in school yet. Please provide them asap.

PE/Games: We had our first PE lesson today. Please ensure you have provided a PE kit, which will stay on their peg until half term. This should consist of NAMED t-shirt, shorts, socks, plimsols. I noticed today that some children have been given clothes from another family, but the previous childs name is in the clothes still, which makes finding out who it belongs to difficult. Please check.

Outdoors: Remember we are out in all weathers so as the weather begins to change please make sure the children have a suitable coat in school.

Returning letters etc: Please remember that we would prefer the TAs to send their time with the children rather than checking bags, so anything important, give to the adult at the door at drop off, or put in the trays provided.

We have been introducing the children to their house teams and small groups.

House teams are red, yellow, blue and green, The children are awarded ‘gold coins’ as house points for their colour team. Its a nice way to practice our counting to see which team has the most coins.

Our groups for morning activities are foxes, mice, owls, rabbits, kittens. Ask your child which group they are in.

Photos from this week:

Next Week:

We are still at that important stage of settling and observing the children as part of our baseline assessment to help inform future planning. We will be observing and assessing the children’s phonic knowledge next week with a view to sending home reading books and Teddy words.

There is a Phonics presentation on Wednesday during which I will explain what you can do to support your child at home and explain how we teach your child to read. I will also have handouts available.  I urge your attendance if possible.

There is a bit of a magnetic theme brewing so we are offering resources to the children to investigate which materials are magnetic and which are not.

We will be encouraging the children to draw self portraits, so we have other resources ready to encourage discussion about how we are the same, but different, and to use different media to create faces.

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Mrs Quinn.