Mrs McLean and Mrs Varley would like to warmly welcome you to the Reception class page. We hope that you will be regular visitors so we can keep you up to date with what we have been learning, any class news and other key activities or events that may be taking place.
Please look through the site below for our most recent learning, achievements and useful information such as letters and topic overviews.
We are looking forward to getting to know everyone over the next few weeks and are thrilled to be sharing your child's learning journey with you.
If you have any questions or queries that you'd like to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact us via the school office.
The children were surprised to find a mystery black piece of paper in the classroom on Thursday. It appeared to have something written on it but it was so dark we couldn’t see it properly. The children suggested we try shining torches on it, which made it a little better, but still not clear. So I showed them that sometimes water makes secret messages appeared, and as we painted over the top of it the message appeared: ‘to reception, how are you? From batman’
The Children discovered that he had also left some Batman logos behind so we decided to write our own secret messages. Some even hid under the tables to make it extra dark. Some fantastic mark making occurred! At least we know we’ve got a superhero nearby to save us from any disasters!!
Forest school week 5
Following on from last week, we played 'blind mans seek' to use our hearing, smell and memory senses.
We had some amazing team work going on to rescue 'steggy' from the swamp and a small group of students enjoyed beginning to learn how to make dens with tarp and ropes
Forest school week 4
Following on from our class topic, we sat and discussed the sounds we could hear and the things we could smell.
We looked at our hand and foot prints created with the glorious mud we have and measured them with sticks to see which was bigger ....great maths activity boys and girls :)
Lots of role play throughout the session allows me to gauge how friendships are expanding and the language that we can use to help children discover the great outdoors. I will be sending some boots home this weekend as they are beginning to grow mud inside them
Can I please request if you have any old pots and pans or digging equipment lying around please send them our way as we have lots of avid gardeners and mud kitchen chefs.
Many thanks to our volunteers who spent the afternoon with us. As always I will put the whiteboard outside for this weeks signup
Have a great weekend
Mrs V and the forest family
" We sit in the mud .....and reach for the stars "
Mervin the maths monkey loves numbers, but he sometimes gets confused, so he asked us to help find some numbers which were muddled up with letters. We did so well that he asked us to find him some more numbers, so we went on a number hunt. It turns out that we have some really good investigators in our class, finding numbers in the tiniest of places. Well done Reception, Mervin was very thankful.
We have had another very busy week. We have started phase 2 in our phonics sessions, being introduced to the first set of letters and sounds. These have been sent home as flash cards, and we will continue to send more home as they are introduced in class. The children have worked hard to form the letters s,a,t,p this week, please continue to practise these at home. We also continued our marvellous me topic, learning the story ‘funnybones’ through actions and sounds. In maths, we have started to focus on a number a week to truly master each one. This week we started with the number 1. Ask the children to teach you the rhyme for it’s formation.
We had our first computing session this week and all had a go at making marks in 2paint. I’m very impressed with the children’s mouse skills. Some were even able to demonstrate skills to their peers. Giving really clear instructions. Great work.
Forest school week 2 and 3
I failed to mention Mrs Croc to you last time, however I'm almost certain you will have heard of her She helps us learn our boundary lines and ensures we're always mindful of not disturbing her protected area too much.
Last week we made our mud faces and decorated them around the forest school area to see if they would still be there this week.....Well done AL yours was the only one still standing. This week we continued our classroom learning and made our own bodies out of sticks before heading off to explore.
We found a fabulous swing courtesy of year 4 and discovered how to hang the hammock. There was lot of role play happening today and I especially enjoyed my muddy pancakes.
I'll be leaving an invitation on the white board every Monday for volunteers to come along and help. Many thanks to the lovely ladies last week and this without you we simply couldn't do it all.
" It's a wondrous thing how the WILD calms the child" - unknown
We continued our theme of Marvellous Me this week, reading the story of Elmer. We talked about what makes us special and created our own Elmer collages. These can be seen on display in the school hall.
We created a class pictograph of our favourite colours and were able to say which was the most and least popular.
To support our Phonics walk, we went on a sound walk this week. We used our listening ears to hear sounds in the environment around us. We heard diggers from across the road, an aeroplane, children playing and birds. The children walked really sensibly around school for their first big trip out. Well done.
Thank you for taking the time to help the children create their all about me bags over the summer. We have had a lovely time finding out about each and everyone of the children. They have shown great confidence in standing in front of their peers to share their special items.
We start each morning with our funky fingers activities. The purpose of this is to strengthen the children’s fingers in preparation for writing. You could support this at home by trying one of the following activities:
- threading beads
- cutting along fine lines
- stacking Cheerios in dry spaghetti
- screwing nuts on bolts
- unlocking padlocks
Thank you to those who attended our reception picnic. It was a fantastic turn out and a great way to celebrate the end of the children’s first week at school.
Forest school Week 1 Autumn term 2018
Hello and welcome to our forest family. Our first session was learning about our forest school rules. There aren't many but those we have are important. Children practiced their counting skills before making a bid for the mud! and boy did they find the mud.
Each week we will tie our activities in to our topic where we can, but our main aim is to be free to explore, to build trust and to respect the world we live in...and not forgetting to take risks. Your child will come home dirty from time to time and as the wetter weather arrives it will only get more dirty :) The mental benefits forest school has far out way the dirt.
Thanks to our parent helpers, I'm sure you will agree much fun was had.
What a fantastic start to school they have all had! I am so proud of each and every one of our reception children, making that huge step into big school. They have taken every thing in their stride, settled incredibly well and already started making some lovely friendships. These first few weeks are all about settling in to the classroom environment and forming new relationships, but other activities have already including computing, data handing, sharing stories, sound walks, forest school and our weekly buddy time with their y6 buddies. Photos to follow soon!
Next week we will start PE, so please make sure their indoor PE kit is in school.
We go through a lot of the following equipment/perishables so if you ever find yourself with an empty shopping basket we would be really appreciative of donations:
-cream of tartar
What an amazing start! We have already achieved so much, in just week 1. This week has all been about settling in, making new friends and adjusting to new routines, and they have all taken it in their stride. They had their first buddy time and even went to their first school assembly. I’m very proud of you all!