Mrs McLean and Mrs Pearce 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.
Below you will find a home learning pack for children to complete if self isolating or in the event of a school closure. This consists of:
-a suggested timetable for your day
-project based activities
-ongoing reading/phonics/maths activities
-suggested websites and resources
Your child will have been sent home with a blank blue exercise book to complete any activities in. Remember that for reception children, phonics is key when doing any writing. Praise them for having a go and don't worry if words aren't 'correct'. Take photos of any craft based activities- either stick them in the book or upload them to EY log.
This week's book from White Rose Maths is 'What the Ladybird Heard' by Juilia Donaldson. Again, readings of the book can be found online and the maths activities suggested by White Rose are well recommended. Remember to take photos of any you complete and add them to EY log for me to see.
If you would like any further ideas based on the story, I would suggest:
-stone paintings of a ladybird
-create a story map
-make some masks/puppets of the different animals. Use some junk around the house to make the buildings on the farm
-add thought bubbles for the different characters
-create a wanted poster for the thieves
-look for ladybirds in your garden. Use a tally to show how many you find. Get some different coloured paper and find out which the ladybird prefers? Why do you think that is?
-use the internet to learn about ladybirds. Make a fact book
-make a medal/trophy for the ladybird
-what noise do you think a ladybird makes? How could you represent this with art?
-act out being farm animals. Think about how they move
-look at the spots on a ladybird. Can you see a double?
-role play being the police officers. You could make a costume. Don't forget to write your police report.
Below you will find a link to White Rose Maths Home Learning. White Rose is the scheme we use for maths throughout school and they have produced some fantastic home learning packs for Early Years, each based on a story. The first is all around 'We're going on an Egg hunt' which we had planned to use in school next week (there are readings of it on YouTube). I wholeheartedly recommend the resources accessed via the link. If you would like further ideas based around the book, I would suggest:
We had a fantastic maths adventure workshop to mark NSPCC number day. The children had to solve a range of problems using their mathematical knowledge: matching numerals, finding totals of numbers, shape puzzles etc. Luckily we managed to complete them all before the Queen of Mathania came home and we received a special magical certificate for doing so well. Well done everyone and thank you to year 6 for helping with the activities.
Work around 'Lost and Found' continued this week with lots of fact finding in preparation for writing our own non fiction books. We made a life size penguin which led to some great measure vocabulary.
During our outdoor learning session we read The Emperor's Egg' and had a go at looking after own 'penguin' eggs. The children were given the task of taking care of a real egg for the whole afternoon. Well done to Mason who managed to protect his for the full afternoon by wrapping it in leaves and sticks.
We used actions to learn and memorise some facts before writing our own books. Even though the children were only asked to write one fact, so many chose to write more.
"I dont want to do one. I want to do them all!"
Im so proud of their writing and how inspired they were to have a go.
And it was a good job we created our books because a Polar explorer appeared Friday afternoon looking for his lost penguin. He's taken him back to the South Pole for us and took our books too so that he knew how to look after Pip on his long journey.
Another fantastic week in reception
The children arrived at school on Monday to find a mystery box. After discussing what it could be, why it could have holes, they decided to open it and found a lonely penguin. We made a list of questions they needed to know the answers to in order to look after the penguin: where does it live, what do penguins eat, where is its mummy and daddy?
We made found posters to let everyone know what we had found, just in case someone was looking for 'Pip' as we have decided to call him.
Over the week we have read Lost and Found and discovered penguins come from the South Pole. The children have used maps and globes to locate the South Pole. We have written lists of things to pack with children suggesting items like soup to keep us warm, pens and paper to keep us busy and ice skates to help us move around when we get there. We made boats at forest school and have thought about what we'd do if a penguin arrived at our front door.
I'm so proud of the children's work and effort this week. They have really been inspired to have a go, use their phonics and persevere.
We returned from the Christmas holidays to discover a winter wonderland in our classroom. Elsa later visited and froze lots of characters in ice. We tried to think of ways to protect ourselves in case she returned. Some children made shields while others decided to make Elsa masks to make her think there was more than one Elsa. Great thinking reception!
Wow! What a fantastic first day we have all had! They were all so grown up saying goodbye to Mummy's and Daddy's and all got stuck in with the different activities. If you can't see your child in the photos below, don't panic. It is probably just because I haven't yet received photographic consent. Once I have this, I will add further photos.