Monday 16th July 2018
This marks the last session for reception in forest school. We finished out journey looking at the story of 'The giving tree' a story of unconditional love and giving. The children were then asked to give something to a tree in the area and say a thank you for letting us climb and swing all over it.
On to the fire, many thanks to Mrs Badham for supplying us with the chocolate biscuits and marshmallows to allow us to roast and make s'mores......very yummy indeed.
Our hard workers enjoyed moving more bark to the area using the wheel barrow and lots of muscle ...are you free in the holidays to come help me??
Its been an amazing year with the group in forest school. I've seen them all grow in confidence, work together as teams but also individually blossom when they are outside. So as my parting advice ....
Encouraging a child to go outside in all weather builds resilience, but more importantly it saves them from spending their life merely tolerating the 'bad' days in favor of a handful of 'good' ones.
Mrs V xx
Summer term week 6
These weeks are flying by. So we sent Wednesday making our own smoothies to share with teddy for our teddy to school day. I'm sure each and everyone of them enjoyed a tasting :)
Forest school saw the children making new homes for the fairies after the giant from 'The smartest giant in town' wasn't so smart and trampled all through forest school. Some fabulous ideas ...I especially loved the swimming pool. We also made fire and roasted out marshmallows.
In class we have been continuing with our phonics phase tests and recapping on any that we were unsure of. Numeracy was focusing on number lines and adding forward. Great job guys
Its a busy week coming up so please be prepared for lots of kit coming home and work books at the end of the week.
27 5 year old's and a bow saw......who knew!!
Massive well done to reception class this week who have absolutely done me proud. They listened, they used and they conquered. I'm still speechless so will the photos speak for themselves
Next Monday please bring photos and measurements of sunflowers to forest school so we can tie this in with our class topic of size ( The giant who came to town)
We still have 2 more sessions of forest school to go so please remember kit and water bottles. Our final week will be fire and cooking........if you have time available and would like to join us I really could do with some more parent helpers that day to ensure safety. If you can spare a couple of hours would you mind contacting me through the office or the communication book in your child's book bag so that I can arrange the day.
As always thanks in advance for your continued support
Summer term Week 4
Reception were welcomed in to the world of Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson this week. Looking at chants and rhymes, How Tyrannosaurus Drip felt about his situation and how stories are written.
We had another week of amazing story writing by some of our students which is fantastic to see how they use their imagination and their phonic skills to produce some wonderful stories.
Math focus saw us use dinosaurs to count, then adding and subtracting them. Repetition of numbers is vital to learning so please use this principle in your every day objects at home too. e.g " how many apples are in the fruit bowl? can you take one out for us to eat....now how many are in the fruit bowl?"
We are still repeating our 100 hfw. Children may know these by sight but we are still working on their understanding of when the word is used and when a word may sound the same but is in fact spelt differently. Digraphs we are working on are OU,AI, NG, ER, OI
Thank you all for sending children in mufti clothes I'm sure you will agree they were relatively clean ( not for the want of trying on my part, but the sun kept drying up the mud pit) We had great fun exploring dino land with many role play situations, digging for dinosaurs and looking at how easy/hard mud was to use as a painting medium.
Forest school saw us break open the tool box and get some whittling peelers out....well done those of you who gave it a go. You listened to instructions and showed that even at age 4/5 you are capable of using and learning this technique. I'm incredibly proud of you.
We also saw lots of potion making and team work discussing what might go in to it and what magical powers it has, smells its creating and then what to do with it after.
Monday we have the school picnic.
Please remember to label water bottles and sun cream.....we now have a number of sun cream bottles in the class and no idea who they belong to :(
Whilst the warm weather continues please leave cardigans and jumpers at home. This not only saves the children carrying them back and forth but we are often retrieving them from the field or having to look through lost property to find them.
Reading books........With everyone now at different stages of reading and PE being outdoors, We no longer change them on a Tuesday morning but when we hear the children read. This may mean it is not the same day each week. Should your child wish to change their own books in between time or get more then please remind them that they can do this themselves in the morning upon arrival.
This coming Friday is International mud day. We intend to get very wet and very muddy. Please send your child in with spare clothes for them to participate in these activities we will endeavour to get them cleaned up and changed back in to uniforms for praise assembly and home time.
Also following on from our nature photography day two weeks ago we would like to invite you to stay after the class assembly in July to view all the wonderful pictures the children have taken. We will be serving tea and coffee and the children will be making cakes in class to hand out. Any donations of baking ingredients will be very much appreciated. If you could possibly write in the communication book whether you will be attending or not so that we can keep a track of numbers and ultimately save paper :)
Thanks in advance
Summer term week 2
Oh my goodness where did the week go?
Monday began with forest school fun where we were looking at a real life birds next and trying to recreate our own and leave for the birds to make their new homes. Some amazing dens were built by the boys lets hope they are still there next week We also began to start listening out to sounds of the area....most interesting response " I hear the clouds moving "
With forest school can I please remind you that even though its nice weather long trousers must be worn, we have lots of stingers in the area and there have been a number of bites from flies so as much cover as possible.
In class this week we are focusing on recapping digraphs and looking for them in the stories we read in particular SH, CH,TH.
We have been focusing on this weeks book of Room on the broom. Math focus on how many of each ingredient went in to the Witches cauldron and working on the interactive white board to recognise the correct numbers.
Handwriting was to remember and write how many different items went on to the cauldron.
We are seeing lots of free writing coming to school, many in the shape of short stories. These have all been amazing and we have been so impressed with all the hard work and interest going in to this.
The builders in the gang helped me make the ball pit which was most probably the highlight of the day....who knew something so simple would create so much fun.
On to Fathers day, the class were fantastic at getting their cards and cakes made...I hope they all made it back in one piece? Thank you if you came along to see us it was really wonderful to see you and for you to get to see your children interacting with their peers. We hope to have another little event before the end of term for just reception parents but more information will be shared once its confirmed.
There has been lots of practice for sports day next week.....even us adults HAD to have a go and we hope to see as many of you as we can next Tuesday morning to cheer our little ones on.
Apologies for no library this week we were just too busy with learning and practice. I will try and catch up next week.
Well done AB for sharing your Magic Moment with us, we loved hearing all about your " sand" sandwich and your lovely holiday.
Looking ahead to next week. Its sports week so a reminder to send your child in with their PE kit on every day. And to bring a change of clothes for forest school on Monday as this will still be going ahead. Please also send water bottles as we will be outside doing sports most days it will be helpful for each child to have access to water whilst these activities take place to save trips back to class.
As always another packed week of learning and fun was had and we hope to have another one next week.......off now to dig out our sports shoes.
The Reception Team
Summer term 2 Week 1
Welcome back to school and what a fun way to return for our last term together. We borrowed Pre-school's equipment to slide in to summer ......what fun we had, even us adults
Due to missing forest school this week, we incorporated it in to PE to run and find sticks ready for our focus topic of Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. We then made our own version of stick man and then as a team made the longest line to see how many sticks it would take to cover the play ground. Great work Reception you worked brilliantly together, we saw some great leadership skills being used too!
In math's we were looking at length, comparing the sticks we found and who had the longest or shortest and then arranging them in groups. The class also continued looking at counting doubles.
With Julia Donaldson being our topic for this term, We were very fortunate to obtain a lovely old fashioned typewriter from a village local to enable us to explain how stories were written before computers took over. Much fun was had by all giving it a go and we even got some amazing sentences from students.
Our phonics focus this week was OU, we had some fantastic examples of words in our handwriting session.
'say something nice day' was beautiful .........we loved hearing children say such wonderful and positive things to each other and hugs given all round. We aim to show the little ones the benefit of positive speech and building each other up.
Praise bench awards went to CW for growth mindset, her amazing and hard work over the half term for a special story she wrote also achieved the Head teachers award
Our new term value for Courage went to GH for being particularly brave this week
Well done also to AG for being awarded the best behaved certificate chosen by your friends :)
News for next week.......its a busy one almost too many things to mention but please be prepared for lots of things coming home and for some very tired children
The Reception team
Summer term week 6
Many thanks to the parents who were able to join us for the final forest school session of this term, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and have been practicing your stealth like moves (great practice for Christmas Eve!) I'm hoping by now, the sunflowers the children planted are starting to make an appearance and they are monitoring their growth. We will be asking for photos and measurements soon so we can start comparing.
This week in phonics we were covering digraphs, looking especially at 'll' and 'ss' the children came up with some fantastic words that were then put in to sentences.
Handwriting focused on writing a fact sheet about elephants, we watched small documentary before hand and then wrote something which we remembered about it.
Maths focus was on counting in 2's and 10's. We also had the opportunity to work on directional language by using our new 'codapillar' looking at which section helps direct him to where we wanted him to go.
Much building fun was had this week, we saw a stage and a cinema being built and labels written explaining what part was what :)
A great thanks goes to Mrs Westrope, Evie and Elliot for sharing their very cute lambs with us. It was an exciting time to see baby jigsaw up close and have a pet. We even got to see how they tag the ears and how you scan them. An additional surprise was seeing mum and her baby who were named by year one in a competition for naming. Well done year 1
Praise assembly this week saw OW for growth mindset. AR for our value of simplicity and CB for best behaviour. Well done all of you we are very proud of you.
Thanks to Mr and Mrs Ginsberg for coming in to see us and support HG in her Magic Moments, She did a great job and we all enjoyed looking at the photos.
Over half term there is some homework to do so please make sure the children have gotten it from their book bags.
Next terms topic is the works of Julia Donaldson and our first book will be stick man. You will see from the photos that our very own stick insect eggs have arrived and we are eagerly awaiting their birth. Watch this space for their names
Tuesday the 5th is 'say something nice day' please encourage your child to write down something nice to say to a friend/friends when we come to carpet time.
Have a super half term and who can believe we are going in to our last term already!
The Reception Team
Summer Term Week five
Another fun and fabulous week in reception and at school ....who knew parties two days running would be learning opportunities? WE DID
Reception class have been busy learning about pictographs in Math and counting to 100 in tens. We were able to transfer data from our pizza topping wish list in to seeing who likes which one the most.
Literacy was based around the story of 'Dear Zoo' Children were asked to write their own letters to the Zoo asking for their preferred animal. Discussions were had around size of animals and what makes a suitable pet. Phonics knowledge is working on HFW words that we should now recgonise. These came home a few weeks ago so please keep reminding your child to look over them.
Pizza party day was a huge success, a huge thank you to Mrs Lagoda for helping to make the dough and to each of you who sent in boxes and toppings. I'm sure you will agree the pictures speak for themselves. Children then had the opportunity to design their own huge pizza boxes, we saw some amazing team work during these activities and fabulous sharing. Well done gang we are hugely proud of you all.
Friday saw a carousel of activities allowing our class to experience learning in year 1 and year 2. Invitations to our party were written, Bunting with messages to the wedding couple were written, Crowns and commemorative plates were made. All before our very own school street party. I'm sure you will agree no better way could have brought the whole school together to celebrate this occasion.
We had more than enough food for everyone and any remaining items we decided to keep for Monday's forest school fun. Many thanks to you all for your continued support for our learning opportunities.
Please keep sending in your Marmite jars
Library didn't happen this week due to all the excitement so we will ensure it gets done next Thursday in time for the half term break.
If you intend to come to meet Mrs Fortune on Monday at our Forest school session please come dressed to get muddy, dusty and have flowers braided in your hair ....its all about being at ease in your surroundings and having fun whilst enjoying and learning about the environment. We will ask you to take forest school clothing and wellies home for the half term to be washed and returned the first Monday back.
Tuesday we will send PE kits home unless we know your child does sports club later on in the week, These will then come home Friday.
Can we please remind you to label all items of clothing for your child, we have had numerous tops and jumpers left without names which have now gone to the office lost property box.
Have a great weekend
The Reception Team
Forest school fun 14.5.18
Looking after baby crocodiles is no easy game!! Our lovely group had to steal away baby "Croccy" from his sleeping parent without being caught. Using stealth like moves, children took turns to hide him and let the parent try and work out who had him.
As you can see much fun was had down in FS again this week, We see children getting braver and more inquisitive about their surroundings. Now that Spring has brought us shade, colour and fantastic hiding places we are gaining a real sense of our outdoor environment. Hearing bird song, listening to the wind in the trees......making beautiful hair decorations with the wild flowers.
When children play outside they learn a whole heap of skills and knowledge, a few I would like to mention here.
ADAPTION, BALANCE, CARING, CREATIVE THINKING, EXPERIMENTATION, GRAVITY, IDENTIFICATION, LANGUAGE, NURTURING, PATTERNING, REGULATION, PROBLEM SOLVING, WEATHER the possibilities to learn are endless and this is why we do it. We are very lucky that reception will have FS right through to the end of the school year so please remember to always have suitable clothing for Mondays
If you plan to join us next Monday do come dressed suitably and prepared to muck in :)
SUMMER TERM - WEEK 4
Wow what a short but full week we've had in reception...
Monday began with us perfecting our skills in PE. We have been working on using the ball to bounce, pass, catch and move around the playground. Their are some avid footballers in class too :)
We have continued with SUPER WORM and had to go on a bug hunt to find all the insects Super Worm helps or has help him. The purpose was to practice our positional language, for when we found the insect we had to say whether it was above, below, in front etc. Great job everyone.
In handwriting this week Reception have been writing their own "cunning plan" to save Super worm from the Wizard Lizard. Each child had their own amazing version to tell and write ( what imaginations they have !) The class are producing fantastic writing and its clear their practice is paying off with some beautiful written and cursive letters being seen. A big well done from both of us keep it up.
In math's this week we have focused on counting in 2's and tens. Reminding ourselves of our number knowledge and recognition. You will find some amazing number tunes on the internet should your child wish to have a sing song over the weekend.
The class worked together to make jelly worms. Looking at how jelly dissolves and what makes it solidify again.....what a sticky mess it was when we got to play with the jelly on Friday
We have had some more new equipment in the shape of wobble boards, these use our balance to manoeuvre the ball from one end of the board to the other. Lots of child initiated learning has been seen also this week. Our 'professional' builders have been hard at work creating homes, skate ramps and rockets along with our trustee gardeners helping to look after our potatoes, strawberries and beans.
Thank you to my little gang of chefs on Friday we decided to make chocolate brownies for the Wonderful Mr Bush the caretaker to show our appreciation for the work he does for us and around school ....oh and we might be sweetening him up to help us with a project in the garden but shhhh dont tell him that
Well done to our praise bench children. We now have our nomination station set up. This is where we the teachers write throughout the week names of children who have met the criteria for each value set and discuss our final decision. However, this week we have also asked the children to start nominating their class mates for things they may have done out of the extraordinary, encouraging each other to celebrate those successes and be mindful of our behaviour at school.
Well done to EP for her continued excellent behaviour at carpet time, she is always listening and keen to join in with the discussion.
Our growth mindset goes to OS. We were so impressed with her attitude to her work we felt she thoroughly deserved to be recognised for it.
Our value for simplicity went to SY. We realise that sometimes the first step to writing something can be the hardest. SY sat for a while really trying hard to think of different ways to start her story and after a few first drafts created an amazing piece of work.
Well done all of you we are really proud of you .
Many thanks to MR and Mrs Yeardye for coming in to share our magic moments session we throughly enjoyed having you there.
A few reminders for next week.
Forest school Monday. Hats, waterproofs/change of clothes and wellies all still a must. If you plan to join us please plan to get stuck in with games and climb trees and let your inner child come out.
Thursday is Pizza party day. I will have made the dough ready to bring in but any toppings your child may prefer please send it in along with their own labelled tupperware box so that we can send the finished product home.
Friday is wedding fever. See the bits and pieces letter next week for details but for now a reminder that its dress in red, white and blue day
For now enjoy the photos and have a super weekend
The Reception Team
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Since I have been with reception for two weeks now and intend to continue for the remainder of the school year, I felt this would be an appropriate time to introduce myself. My name is Beverley Fortune. I currently live in Milton Keynes, but I grew up in Canada and moved to the UK two and a half years ago.
As a student, I studied education, early childhood education, and philosophy. In my spare time, I enjoy learning French and German and working on my crochet.
Please feel free to say hello. I am looking forward to a great summer term in reception!
SUMMER TERM WEEK 3
This week has seen reception begin to work on the story of Super worm by Julia Donaldson. This much loved booked was well received by the children who immediately got to work on making their own Super worms. With the help of two little ones who hid them we then went on a super worm hunt to find them and bring them all home. This activity saw the class working together as a team searching high and low wondering where they might be.
Phonic lessons are revisiting our letter sounds and teaching the letter names and working on our HFW knowledge. A phase 3 activity sheet has been sent for this weeks homework please encourage your child to complete and return on Tuesday clearly labelled with their name.
Handwriting this week involved designing our own super worm poster using words we had discussed to describe him. Well done to OT for her outstanding work and was nominated for the praise bench, we are very proud of you.
Our nomination for this terms value of simplicity went to NB for trying something new this week and not giving in to fear or pressure. He went along and took on board all the learning objectives and turned them simply into how he wanted to attain the end result. Well done we are very proud of you too.
Apologies for not sending library books back with those who brought them back, the system was down which meant I could not return them and then hand more out. If your child still has a book at home please return it on Tuesday and I will get the whole class cleared and we will start again on Thursday.
In math we continue with one more and one less, working together to work out the equations and writing down the answers. We also used the interactive white board to recognise numerals and send the rocket into space.
Friday saw our star wars/space day. Thank you everyone who brought something in to share with us. We had super fun searching for letters for Yoda to tell us "read you shall" ...so off we went to read space books and share stories before pin the light saber on the Jedi and space crafts began.
Thank you MH for sharing your magic moments with us we loved learning all about Buddy :)
So after another packed week of learning and fun all that's left for us to say is "Happy Bank Holiday"
WHEN RECEPTION BECAME BIRDS!
Look how many of our forest family managed to become birds today. The children were learning how to stamp on the ground to entice the little worms to come up to the surface. We managed to make our wormeries and will observe over the next few days how our worms move around the soil and sand.
We had a some avid bug hunters among us and even had a visit from one of the baby frogs before it was released in to the pond. Thank you Mrs Burrows and year two for sharing with us today.
Today saw the phase three HFW mat come home. Please use this to ask your child to look for a given word for them to point out eg. "please find SHE" Repetition is key but please don't do for any longer than 5 minutes at a time :)
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY AND HELP REQUEST :) (date changes: please take a look below for amended dates)
As a fun addition to our learning journey over the summer term. Here are a few dates for you to add to your diary with a brief explanation of whats happening. I will remind you of each as the dates approach.
Friday 4th of May - Star wars / Space day. We will be looking at space activities in active learning time but also if there are any Star wars fans out there please feel free to bring along any toys/dressing up/fact books to show and tell. ( please note this is NOT a dress up day)
Thursday 17th May its a 'pizza party day' we will spend Thursday's active learning time to make our own pizza to bring home and share. Please send in a labelled tupperware box for this to come home in.
Tuesday 5th June- 'say something nice day' Encourage your child to write something nice to read out loud to a friend in class. Please clearly label your child's work and ask them to decorate it ready to hand to their friend once they have read.
Tuesday 12th June 'Red rose day' We will be making a beautiful red rose for a loved one....remember to look out for yours and Mum's get ready for your lovely bunch coming home with Dad's ..nudge nudge Daddy's
Friday 15th June 'Nature photography day' We will be sending the children out with our brand new kiddi zoom cameras to take photographs of all things nature. These will then be displayed in our own mini exhibition where children will serve cakes made my their own fair hands. Date for this to be confirmed.
Friday 29th June is International Mud day......Please send children with a change of clothes that can get muddy.
Tuesday 10th July ' Teddy bear picnic' Children are invited to bring in their favorite bear for a picnic lunch. If we could ask all children on this day to bring a packed lunch as we will host this in our own garden instead of going to lunch in the hall.
July 20th Class assembly
PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE ADDITIONAL DATES RECEPTION ONLY ARE HOSTING. ALL OTHER DATES FOR YOUR DIARY CAN BE FOUND ON THE SCHOOL CALENDER.
And finally......... could you please send in empty marmite/bovril jars ASAP. Ask your friends, relatives and next door neighbours if they are close to finishing and could they please send my way. Thanks so much in advance. Mrs Varley
What an amazing and full week we have had.
Monday saw Mrs Varley have the magic key one minute and "POOF" the next its gone!! Huge thanks to Mr Bush for saving the day and breaking us in to forest school so we could enjoy the rest of our session doing what we do best. Exploring and discovering what our great Earth has to offer. We found a new nesting place for Mrs Crocodile and her egg. Children rescued some worms and discussed where they should be to be safe and who could potentially eat them!! We also began to listen to sounds we could hear and will be looking further in to this as the weeks go. Our lovely hammocks are being put to good use, thanks to Mr and Mrs Westrope for assisting in their purchase. The children are learning heights and where to put them to be safe but also able to swing and to also share.
We welcomed the lovely Mrs Fortune to our school family and amazed her with our phonic knowledge and BIG words. This week we have worked on "er" and "oi" words as well as recapping on digraphs and tri-graphs. Please practice the following at home for repetition of what we have been working on over the past few weeks :- OO, OI, UR, EE, OA, OW, AIR, IGH, EAR
Our focus this week has been The Hungry Caterpillar as part of our termly topic subject of 'All things bright and beautiful' The children have amazed us with their writing for literacy in creating their own list of foods they remembered the caterpillar eating and even began to retell the story in their own words.
Numeracy saw us continue with subtraction, focusing on how many apples the caterpillar ate at a time. We invited the children to create their own mathematical problems and working together to count how many he had eaten. We also recapped how many of each fruit he ate each day and each took turns to answer and place the correct number on the board. Well done reception you really have worked together to support each others learning this week.
In active learning time we have seen some active builders and budding artists as well as future actors and actresses :) The children are learning to care for the beans we have begun to grow and will be focusing more attention on our potatoes and strawberries as they grow. Looking at how things grow in spring and measuring their development......Alan Titchmarsh you better watch this space as we begin to plant more seeds. A seed competition is fast approaching......sssshhhhh I can't tell you anymore than that.
Well done to OS for standing up and sharing his magic moments with us. We thoroughly enjoyed reliving these special times with you.
For the week ahead please note the weather is still due to be wet and on the cool side and although we have all donned our summer gear please do send coats and suitable outer wear for forest school.
Please also check school bags for updated HFW envelopes that came home on Friday. These are new words to be learning and formulating sentences with existing word knowledge to show understanding.
Mrs Croc has left us a lovely gift to look at this week....... we found her nest and discovered an egg! we tried to be quiet so not to disturb her or the egg while we had a look and feel of the egg. The children could tell me how it felt using words such as “ cold, smooth, heavy light”
After spending some time in the holidays I needed a few volunteers to help me finish off laying the bark. Thank you all you little darlings who helped you were absolutely stars today.
As you will see we have some new hammocks......these brought about a great deal of discussion and working out how to get into them as well as knowing how to share and take turns.
On behalf of all the years we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Mr and Mrs Westrope for their donation to forest school and us getting new equipment as well as helping us find a way to clear the pond. We have our lovely new hammocks as well as our bothy bag for our essential equipment to be kept dry and safe. We are also in the process of purchasing our very own woodland animals (not real 😉) for the area so they are there to help us instil a care for nature and all its inhabitants. Once completed we’d very much like to invite all our Reception parents down to the area to come and have a look and even maybe play.
Busy, busy, busy
Suffice to say another successful week of learning has been had. My goodness I’m exhausted looking back at all the wonderful things we’ve done this week.
We have certainly missed Mrs Maujean and those children who have been off poorly and we hope to see you all back on Monday for another exciting week.
We have been extremely fortunate to have had some new resources provided for our outside area. New balance beams and pogo sticks.... even I’ve had a go and trust me those pogo sticks are harder than they look.🤣
Following on in our term topic, we have moved on to Jack and the beanstalk and have been busy creating our very own bean stalk in the classroom. I wonder who will appear....will it be Jack or the Giant?
Lots of creative role play has been going on and all very much child led. Quite honestly these little people amaze me with their ideas and how they go about working together to create their own iniated learning.
We had lots of acting out Jack and the beanstalk and in creative writing, had a go at using words to describe the character and then draw what the children thought they might look like.
In Phonics we have been learning OO, IGH, OR, NG sounds and putting them to good practice to spell out words we know have these letters in.
In maths the children were learning all about repeating patterns and so you will see in the photos how they each went on to create repeating patterns using other items from around the classroom. Well done gang we are very proud of you!
All that’s left to say is.... here’s to another fabulous week of learning next week
We're going on a crocodile hunt...
This week we spent our time looking for the Edlesborough pond crocodile!!
Such imagination from the forest school family, searching for foot prints and finding Mrs Croc a nesting place. We even managed to help her build her nest, finding lots of sticks and twigs to ensure she has somewhere to lay her eggs. We hope to see some next week :)
We arrived back to class to make our bird feeders with the pine cones we collected last week .
Later in the week we started our gardening club and to tie in with our Jack and the bean stalk story theme we planted our own seeds which we will watch grow over the next few weeks before sending home to grow your very own "pea" stalk.
The children really are enjoying the outdoor adventures and would love parents to come along if you have a few spare hours to join us for forest school.....who knows you might even meet Mrs Croc
A big thank you to everyone who sent in seeds and bulbs and to Mrs Hattle for the compost. Also to Mr Briggs who has created our amazing planters which we can now begin to use. Your support as always is very much appreciated.
Forest school fun:
We are now back out doors having fun as our forest school family, enjoying the chance to explore and get a sense of our environment.
We have enjoyed becoming secret agents and using alternative ways to get to base camp. Crouching down was good but rolling was great !!
We have started off this term discovering a new tree that is special to us here at Edlesborough school....its called the friendship tree. This is where we aim to build on our special friendships we already have by creating opportunities to discover together and share our experiences in the outdoors.
This week we discovered two poor ducks that had been caught by the pond crocodile which lead to excellent tracking by some of the girls who were also certain we could see the crocs snout popping out of the pond every now and again 😉
There have been some excellent observations of team work and creative minds thinking which is instilling the forest school ethos. I'm extremley proud of how the class responds to this amazing experience and how excited they get when they know we are heading down to the area.
Due to the snow and the time of year it is extremely wet and muddy down there so please send your little angels in with a spare set of clothes and appropriate waterproofs these can then be removed and popped in a plastic bag to come home. Our class are going to be going every week until July. Please dont send them in their best pair of spares it needs to be clothes that can get muddy stained and wet.
We had a very important visitor in Reception this week:
Much to the children’s delight, we had the most fantastic visit from PC Mclean yesterday morning (5.2.18)... In line with our topic “A Day in the Life Of” we were fortunate enough to have an hour with this “Everyday Superhero” and the children were in absolute awe of him. He sat and spoke to them about his main role as a Policeman and all of his daily responsibilities. The children were then given the opportunity to ask any questions they had - which I am sure you can imagine were very cute and innocent. Finally they got the amazing opportunity to have a little dress up in various “real life Policeman things”
A massive shoutout goes to our very own Mrs Mclean who helped organise this all for us and of course to Mr Mclean too.
One of the most adorable moments was when one of our little people was overheard saying: “I just can’t wait til when I am a Policeman and then I can wear my hat ALLLLL DAY LONG and even when I’m sleeping” Too cute!
New Phase 3 Flashcards and Reading/Writing home learning:
You will notice that the children have been sent home with a new set of "Letter Stack" Phase 3 flashcards If possible, please could you cut them out and staple them (in order, see below) together and practice them every evening/morning with your child to aid them with letter retention.
We have also inserted a pack of various letter formation and writing activities for you to work through with your little one. Please do no more than 1 page per day as a supplement to their HFW/TW recognition and remind your child about using their cursive handwriting (entry stroke and exit stroke) techniques. I have noticed in their Guided Writing lessons, that many of them are resorting to simply printing their letters and this is not the Handwriting of choice at Edlesborough School. Although it may seem easier for them to print their letters now, in the long run it is a lot more complicated to introduce cursive at a later stage in their school career so please assist where you can.
As I have mentioned before, I do not believe in sending home rigorous home learning tasks at such a young age, but as we start to transition our children into Year 1 expectations (final term) we will be sending home weekly homework for you to complete with your child. For now it will be reading and writing practice
Many thanks and have a wonderful half term with your precious children!
Spring 1, Weeks 2-5: (WC:15.01.18 - 02.2.18)
Our learning at school over the past few weeks has been fantastic, our days are busy and jam-packed.
In Maths we have been practicing our 1 more and 1 less and our 2D and 3D shape recognition and the properties thereof. We have most recently been exploring Measurement and have had the most fantastic time focusing on length. We've been on a "Stick hunt" where each child had to find 5 sticks and we then spent time ordering them from shortest to longest. We have also completed many 'Table Time' activities during our "Active Learning" sessions where we have worked in our Animal groups playing length games and recording our findings.
In Phonics we are now well into Phase 3 which is a great deal trickier than Phase 2 due to the sounds being largely Digraph based. Again, we make our learning fun and we play lots of games to help enable the children to retain what is taught during our daily Phonics and handwriting lessons. Most of them are doing fabulously but there are a few that are finding these sounds a challenge to retain, so please ensure that you are revising with them at least three times a week; as I always say to the little ones, "Practice makes perfect"
Our Topic this half term "A Day in the Life Of" has been a brilliantly successful one which has resulted in some awesome independent writing and imaginative stories by the little ones. Our focus over the last 2 weeks has changed from "People Who Help Us" to "Fictional Superheroes" and as I am sure you can imagine, the boys especially have THOROUGHLY enjoyed this part.
A little plea to all of you, if you have any dress up clothes that your children are bored of or are rarely played with anymore, please do not throw them out, send them this way as we are going to be continuing our learning next half term with another fantastically imaginative topic - "Once Upon A Time", that will revolve around role-play and dress-up. Our current stock isn't the greatest and role-play in Reception is such a crucial part of the children's learning. I am also interested in creating a "PROP BOX" which will have items like hats, glasses, goggles, scarves, shoes, gloves etc inside, so if you have any interesting items that are no longer of any use please feel free to send in to us.
This week we are learning about Internet Safety and the children have created the most gorgeous little "Cyber Superheroes" today that will be going on display in the Cyber Cafe later on this week. We watched a little Internet Safety clip by CEOP for KS1 children (Ages 5-7) where we meet "Cyber Sid" and learn all about the dangers of giving out our personal information to strangers. If you have time to chat to your little person about the dangers out there that would be a great bit of supplementary learning and recap as some of them were a little bit confused.
Thanks as always for the love and support that you give to benefit your child's learning
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE
Out goes 2017, in comes 2018
Week 1, Spring 1: (WC: 4.1.18 and 8.1.18)
Welcome back everyone, we hope you all had the most fabulous 'Festive Season' with your loved ones, many thanks to one and all for the very kind and thoughtful gifts that myself, Ms Varley and Mrs Celine received, they were very much appreciated.
We've started the year full of fantastic learning already. The children waltzed straight back into their learning space and hit the ground running.
We have already heard some fantastic reading, noticed an improvement in number writing and letter writing and worked with all the children who spent time selecting a specific skill with which they want to improve in the next few months.
With the New Year comes new focus and target setting. We are also going to be setting up learning challenges for the children to attempt each week which will really home in on the children's Growth Mindset and willingness to persevere at a task even if they are not successful at first.
As you are all now aware, morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up is set to change soon. Parents are asked to encourage the children to be independent and to have belief in themselves - they have done so exceptionally well thus far so I am confident that this too will be a fairly simple progression. Obviously we do have some that are that much more delicate and sensitive so with that in mind we will ensure that they feel safe and secure as quickly as possible. You'll all be amazed at how READY they actually are for this. For now, Ms Varley will meet and greet at the entrance gate to Reception each morning and will guide the children towards the classroom area where I will be waiting to welcome them each day. They will hang up their bags and coats and will then enter the classroom to begin their learning day.
If I could ask that you refrain from chatting too intensely to Ms Varley at the gate as she will have her hands full and the children are her primary focus, we also don't want to have a back log of parents and children as a result. Ms Varley will have a clipboard on which to write any brief message you may have (with regards to school and your child only) and she will then pass those on to me once the gates have been shut.
Just a gentle reminder that you are able to speak with me, the class teacher at any time that I am available and you are more than welcome to email me or to call the office to arrange a meeting at any time - I will always make time for my parents so please do not hesitate to make contact regardless of how big or small you may thing the query is.
Our first Topic of the New Year is "A Day in the Life Of..." Our first 3/4 weeks focus is on "People Who Help Us", we will then move onto "Fictional Superheroes" and then finally onto FairyTale/Traditional Tale "Heroes"...
If any of you are interested in coming in to chat to the children about what you do for a living and are happy to give a brief but informative synopsis of "A Day in the Life Of"... your occupation, you will be most welcome. We are well aware of the talent amongst our parents so we will gladly accept visits from those "Nurses, Carpenters, Teachers, Scientists, Farmers" The children will be enormously excited to have you be part of their learning.
Lastly, we are really aiming to bridge the gap between School and Home and our "Partnership with Parents" is really a massive focus of ours this year. So... With that in mind we are opening our classroom to any of you who enjoy a good story telling session. These will be held first thing at 9am every Monday and Friday. We had Mrs Briggs in on Friday and she was absolutely fantastic with the children. Thank-you Mrs Briggs for taking the time out to be part of your little boys learning - Harry was absolutely delighted to have you in telling his class one of his favorite stories. Please just let one of us know which time and day you are willing to come in and read on and we will sort out slots for you.
Thanks so much for your commitment to your children's education - let's all continue to "MAKE THEIR LEARNING MEMORABLE"...
Weeks 6 and 7 in Reception: (WC: 04.12and WC: 11.12.17)
Phew! I missed last weeks update, THAT's how busy we have been in Reception of late
Any Teacher or Teachers Assistant will know that along with the Christmas Period being THE BEST time in a school. it is also most definitely the BUSIEST and the children are the most excitable little darlings ever - therefore any department can often come across as appearing a little CRAZY
We had the most fantastic dress rehearsals and performances of our Key Stage 1 Nativity called Prickly Hay. I must confess to you all how very proud I was to stand there watching these gorgeous little people giving it their very best. They looked and sounded simply fantastic and I was simply beaming - to think that they have only been in Reception and part of the school for just gone 12 weeks and their confidence and ability to stand/sit in front of and perform as well as they did already was just amazing.
We have been so busy in the classroom with our learning and the application of our learning too. Each child has been working on creating their very own Christmas card, Calendar, Decoration and Chalk Candle Pots to bring home on their last day of term.
I have spent the past week assessing the children's Phonics and Reading abilities and I must just say, they did absolutely brilliantly - again, I am beyond proud of their hard work and effort as well as all of the support you wonderful parents have given to both me and to your children.
I am sure you are all well aware of the visitor we have had in class each day - he arrived on the 1st of December with a letter filled with glitter and sparkles and an important message for the Reception children directly from Santa himself - his name is JOLLY and he has brought with him some very funny antics and hiding places. Jolly has also selected various children each day as per Santa's orders, who received an important message from the big man himself in the form of a little card. I hope they have been sharing these experiences with you.
We went to the most amazing Pantomime performance of "Sleeping Beauty" last Thursday and for the children's very first school trip, they were phenomenally well behaved, sensible and respectful. The show was fabulous, but true to Panto style was quite loud and a little frightening in parts, so apologies for any stress or strain that may have resulted. They were all VERY excited and chatty about it afterwards, even the little ones who were scared.
The end of our first FULL TERM is now approaching and WHAT A SUCCESSFUL and WONDERFUL Term 1 it has been. Thanks so much to all of you for comitting to your children's success and for helping be part of an amazing Reception Team.
We hope you all have the most fabulous Christmas break together.
Lots of love,
Mrs Maujean, Ms Varley and Mrs Celine
Week 5 in Reception: (WC: 27.11.17)
What! A! Week!
My goodness, talk about filling every single minute up with Nativity/Christmas and Dobby Donkey excitement! We were all kept well and truly BUSY!
As you all know this was our last full week of Nativity practice and practice we did! It is all coming together so fantastically and the children are all little superstars! Mums, be sure to bring along some Kleenex to the performance you attend...
We have had so many parents offer their assistance to us which is enormously helpful given our exceptionally busy schedules at this time of year. Mrs Badham created the most fabulous horse and cow headbands; Mrs Gray has been an enormous help with our reading system and spent an immense amount of time sorting out the books into groups and creating an electronic list of book and band titles which has been a huge help and Mrs Rimmer and Mrs Hattle have so kindly assisted by taking home and sorting out the children's brand new handwriting books which will start to be used in the New Year, so a massive THANK-YOU goes out to them all for being such a huge help to us!!
In Maths this week our focus was on tallying and creating a “Class Birthday Graph”... We’ve spent lots of time going through the months of the year, how many there are, what months the children were born in and on what dates. We are in the process of making a personalized "Class Birthday Chart" for us to keep track of everyone's special day.
In Phonics we continued to revise the letter sounds "l, h, b, f". We practiced letter formation daily during our handwriting sessions (ask your child about their 'Magic Mats' and how they use them) as well as caption writing and simple sentences - BUSY BEE's!
Our writing focus this week was geared around our stunning 'Snowman' creations and the children were encouraged to use their brilliant brains to come up with something they'd like to write about their Snowman. Their writing was fantastic, so much so that certain children who really made a big effort were taken to the acting Headteacher, Mrs Peel, to show her how their abilities are improving. She was blown away and ever so pleased. Well done my little darlings
Finally, with all of your help we managed to throw the most FANTASTIC birthday celebration (in line with our "Let's Celebrate" topic) for our Class Take-Home Toy, Dobby Donkey! We really try hard to make our learning in Reception memorable, and this most certainly will be. Throughout the week the children were encouraged to make party invitations to Dobby's party as well as Happy Birthday cards for their furry friend. Independent Writing is a big focus in Reception and the children's efforts are really celebrated whenever they produce work independently so focus's such as the party really motivate the children to do so.
Thanks as always for all of the input you give to your childrens learning, it is so evident in their approach to school life and their attitude in general.
Week 4 in Reception: (WC:20.11.2017)
Time sure is flying now that the Festive Season is upon us.
This week we have spent a great deal of time rehearsing for our gorgeous Nativity "Prickly Hay". I must add that the Reception children have been absolutely beautifully behaved when doing our whole Key Stage rehearsals in the hall and on the stage, so much so that Mrs McClean has awarded them several house points for beautiful singing, sitting and performing in general. Well done Reception.
Much time was spent creating the new Reception Display board which this time had to be based upon a Winter themed storybook. We chose to do "The Snowman" by Hossein Amini and the children all worked incredibly hard creatively in order to create their very own depiction of the Snowman. I was blown away by the effort put in by each child, they truly are MASTERPIECES!
In Maths this week we continued our focus on number formation and basic addition. The children are really starting to understand the concept of simple adding and are thoroughly enjoying the various number games we have been playing. Next week we will be doing some "Cookie Crisp Cereal addition" which they are all looking very forward to.
In Phonics we have moved onto Letters and Sounds Set 5 (h, f, b, l) and each of their letter stacks were updated too - please continue to recap with your child each evening or morning before school as it's making such a big difference to their progress in Phonics and writing.
Mrs Celine and Ms Varley along with some fabulous parent helpers had a final "Forest School Party" on Tuesday and I am told that it went tremendously well with the roasting of marshmallows in "Neverland" and the playing of games and loads of exciting exploration. Many thanks to those parents who made the time and effort to come in and assist the Teaching Assistants - they so appreciate your support and input, as do the children and I.
In our current Topic sessions "Let's Celebrate" our focus is now on our dear little donkey friend, Dobby's 5th birthday, which falls on Thursday the 30th of November 2017. We are spending our Literacy "Book Time" creating and writing an invitation for Dobby's 5th birthday party which will be on Friday the 2nd of December during "Golden Time". I will put up a couple of sign up sheets on the door leading into Reception for you to choose what you would like your child to contribute to the party.
As always I'd like to end off by saying a huge thank-you to all my current Reception parents. We really feel so proud to be part of your beautiful children's learning journey and feel that we are making such great progress due to our strong partnership with you parents. Thank you to all of those that are so willing to help in any way, it's greatly appreciated and I cannot over emphasize the importance of a strong partnership between school and home which I really feel we are getting so right this year
Please be sure to keep an eye out for those Nativity tickets - you are going to be beyond proud of your little angels - boy do they SHINE!!