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Week beginning 8th January 2018

Welcome back and a very happy New Year from the Reception Team! This term the children will be learning all about China, it’s culture, geography and the conservation of their famous Giant Pandas. We have been reading ‘The Great Race,’ a story about the animals that represent the Chinese New Year. Using this knowledge, they have written their own lists of animals from the Chinese zodiac. The children have also been finding out which animal represents the year that they were born in. This year it is the year of the dog. 

In Role Play, we have our very own ‘Panda Reserve’ which the children absolutely love. They have been finding out that a Panda’s favourite food is bamboo, that they have an extra thumb and sleep a lot! 

We look forward to sharing more information with you as the term progresses and hope that you enjoy hearing about our new topic from the children.

Week beginning 18th December 2017

 

Wow what a very busy week to finish the germ off. At the start of the week we had our Christmas party and showed everyone's our dance moves, until our feet were sore. They we tucked into our party food which didn't last long. Without stopping for a rest we went to watch 'We're going on a bear hunt' at Warwick Art Centre. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the performance and once again they managed to entertain all of us. The children demonstrated fantastic behaviour and once again were a credit to the school. The next day the children were very excited to have their Christmas lunch and from their faces l think they enjoyed every last bit. Which only left  'Jumper day' to go. As you can see from the photographs below, the parents out did themselves as every child had a different jumper on. Well only one thing left to do, to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We thank your for your support throughout this term and look forward to seeing you all in 2018.

Week beginning 27th November 2017

So this week we are in full swing of rehearsals for our Christmas Nativity play. Its been lovely to hear and see so many children confidently say their lines. We have started Phase 3 sounds in phonics and will be starting digraphs very soon. We have been counting 1:1 correspondence while making our bubble wands. Carefully counting one bead at a time to ensure we only use 10 beads. The role play has created many X Factor wannabes and a wide range of songs being performed. Our Literacy activity was linked with our bubble wands. We had to draw our own bubbles and then draw and label an object using our sounds. Lots of skills being used and applied to complete the writing independently. During the week we also have been listening to different music. We then thought how the music made us feel and drew this on our whiteboards. As it's now December it can only mean one thing...glitter is out and about in our classroom. It is non-school uniform day Thursday as children will need to bring in a gift for the Christmas fayre and we look forward to seeing you all after school on Friday, at the Christmas fayre.

Week beginning 20th November 2017

Reception have been enjoying lots of singing this week, not only practising their nativity songs, but also taking part in a ‘Singing Playgrounds’ workshop. They have been busy creating art inspired by Kandinsky and painting on different media. In Phonics, the children have been concentrating on recognising and writing ‘Tricky Words’ and are looking forward to beginning to learn the Phase Three sounds next week. 

Week beginning 13th November 2017

Another busy week in Reception. We have been continuing to practise our Phase 2 sounds. Our teachers are really pleased with the progress we have made! We have been writing CVC words such as 'hat' and 'sun'. We have been learning more about shapes and some of us can identify a square, oblong, circle and triangle now! Our learning theme this week has been about Music. We have listened to different styles of music and even made our own musical instruments out of junk.

Week beginning 6th November 2017

This week we used the great art work that one of our children bought in, to show her class, as an art activity. Children used different media to recreate the fireworks they had seen over the weekend. We then continued to look at Wassily Kandinsky Concentric Circles and used our fine motor skills to draw and cut out lots of circles to make our own. Then finally making our Remembrance Art using paint, pastels, felt tips and crayons. Wow lots of skills being learnt in these creative activities. During the last week of having the role play as an 'Art Studio' the children have been looking at different sculptures and models. Sometimes the children posing in different positions while others draw them, looking closely where their arms and legs are placed. In Maths we learnt that objects can be placed in a tens frame. They can be placed in different positions but still show the same number, key skills of 1:1 correspondence and counting accurately. Finally it was great to see so many of you at the disco, dressed up and enjoying the DJ and his tunes.

 

 

Week beginning 30th October 2017

Our term has started on a creative note with our new topic, ‘A Symphony of Arts.’ The children have been enjoying the role play area which has been transformed into a music/dance studio. We have a few boy bands in the making and several prima ballerinas! Our Phonics continues at a pace, and at the end of next week we will have completed all of our Phase Two sounds. Thank you for your support, the children really enjoy learning their phonemes and corresponding graphemes and when reading with them, we are seeing this new knowledge continuing to develop.

Week beginning 16.10.17

 

What a busy end to this half term?! We have been learning how to form our numbers in sand and practising our fine motor skills. We have been tapping golf tees into pumpkins which has been lots of fun! In Phonics, we have learnt the sound - g, o, c and k. Our writing is getting better everyday. Thank you for visiting us for Parents Evening and we all agree we deserve a restful half term holiday. We are really impressed with how well the children have settled in to school life.

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 9th October 2017

Wow this week whizzed by. At the beginning of the week we were thinking about our journey to school. The children used their phonic sounds to label their pictures of what they saw as they walked to school. Lots of great writing and discussions about their journey. We had a great time and weather for our 'Autumn walk'. Again this produced lots of great comments about the colour, size and shape of the leaves we collected. Reception had a super time explore KS2 playing and scramble area.  It's was so nice to see lots of adults at our 'Come and Play season this week. We hope you enjoyed exploring some of the activities we do inside and outside of the classroom. In Maths this week we have been looking at number formation and using sand to practise our correct number formation. Don't forget to sign up for an appointment for Parents Evening next week on Wednesday and Thursday.

Week beginning 2nd October 2017

This week in Reception we have been learning about all things Autumn. The children told us about the ‘strong winds’ and the ‘coloured leaves fallng’. We also talked about animals that slept during winter and learnt a new word, ‘hibernation’. All the Reception children had a go at leaf rubbings and enjoyed feeling the textures of the leaves, conkers and fir cones in the tuff trays. Finally, we started our phonics. The children love singing the action songs that go with each phoneme, we are sure that you will enjoy singing along too!

Week beginning 25th September

 

Another busy week in Reception! The children are really starting to settle in to school life. We have been looking at naming shapes and making simple patterns. The children are beginning to use their skills in junk modelling and making some interesting creations! We have continued to use the outdoor play area and are enjoying building upon some new friendships. We are looking forward to starting our Phonics next week! Please make sure that you have brought in a family photo for your child to talk about next week if you have not done so already. Have a restful weekend.

Week beginning 18th September 2017

Wow! What a great first week we've had in Reception. The children have been accessing both the classroom and the outdoor activities. Lovely to see so much sharing and communication happening, while they are enjoying the different activities. Inside the children have been demonstrate their number skills and as well as their hand-eye co-ordination with pencils, pens and scissors. Lots of creative learning occurring to ensure that each child will be ready to present their 'All about me' posters very soon. Don't forget the Phonics meetings on Tuesday afternoon or evening. Remember to send your slip back to which session you would like to attend. 

Week Ending 15th September 2017

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Reception have really enjoyed their Induction Week, getting to know their teachers and teaching assistants, making new friends and exploring the environment. They have been very busy creating their 'All About Me' posters, impressing us with their drawing and design skills. We are looking forward to having them with us full time next week!

Week Ending 8th September 2017

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The Reception team have thoroughly enjoyed visiting all of the children at home this week.  Back at school we have been very busy preparing the classrooms for the children's first day.  We are looking forward to seeing to all!


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