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TEACHER: MRS P DUNN

TEACHING ASSISTANT:  MRS J QUIRK

Welcome to Reception!

The children have now settled into the Reception class routine and are working hard. It has been lovely observing their friendships develop, as they explore the classroom and access the resources. We are looking forward to helping them learn and grow as they play and explore together.

We are currently assessing the children to find out what they already know, understand and can do, to enable us to plan effectively for each child's learning needs. We are passionate about pupil progress and will regularly monitor the children's progress and set them personalised targets. We look forward to working with you to help your child achieve their full potential.

                        

Our Fantastic Families

We have been talking and learning about our different families. The children have enjoyed listening to each other talk about their family photographs, which are now on display in our classroom.

Reading Rocks

Thank you for allowing your children to bring in their favourite reading book from home. It has been wonderful to listen to the children speak so enthusiastically about their stories.

Before reading each book we have been identifying the name of the author, illustrator and reading the blurb.

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School Reading Books

We will be sending home a school reading book next week. Please make a comment in your child’s reading record book each time you share the book with them. We change the books every Monday. Please also read books from home as being exposed to a wide range of books will benefit your child.

                                                            

We want to encourage children to read at home. Research shows that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge, a better understanding of other cultures and are more successful in adult life.

Sharing a book with your child allows you to share adventures and experiences in the safe world of the book. It allows you to ask questions, talk about what has happened and decide what you think together.

Please listen to your child read as often as possible and write a comment in their reading record book. Mr. Smith will be monitoring reading and your child’s name will be placed in the Golden Box if they read at home at least five times a week.

Summer Reading Challenge

We are very proud of the children in our class who completed the summer reading challenge and are now officially ‘Animal Agents’!

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Super smart and looking the part!

It was wonderful to see the children looking super smart in their school P.E. kits. They enjoyed taking part in a number of fun games and developed their catching and throwing skills.

We were very impressed with the number of children who could get dressed and undressed independently. Keep practicing those tricky buttons at home!

Reception high frequency words

The following words are called ‘high frequency’ words. Children should be able to read them, by the end of the school year. We will be sending home a few words to learn each week.

I

to

go

of

can

big

are

come

see

mum

the

day

up

dad

my

she

look

play

said

yes

here

dog

you

in

it

on

going

went

like

and

this

was

is

he

am

all

a

me

love

get

at

we

no

away

cat

for

from

they

 

 

Diwali

We have enjoyed learning about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. We found out facts about Diwali by reading fiction and non-fiction books. We also watched a film about a boy called Shyam and how his family prepare for their Diwali celebrations. It was interesting to see him visiting a temple with his family to light candles and say prayers. We talked about their traditions and recognised some similarities to the way we prepare to celebrate Christmas as they send cards, give presents, decorate their homes, wear special clothes and prepare a family meal.

During the week, we set up an inter-active Diwali display so that the children could explore some of the objects that Hindu’s have in their houses during Diwali.

The children enjoyed working with clay to make their own diva lamps They listened carefully to the instructions and showed good control as they worked with the malleable material. Once they had dried they decorated them with paint and glitter, carefully combining different colours.

At the end of the week we enjoyed our own Diwali celebration day, linking together all of the learning we had done.

Many children had their hands decorated with Mehndi patterns. The children showed great patience in waiting for the henna ink to dry before washing it off. A few children recognised that some of the Mehndi designs were symmetrical.

After looking at pictures of Indian dancers with dandia sticks, we set the children a challenge to make their own dandia sticks in the workshop. Many children made fantastic dandia sticks and decorated them with repeating patterns. We played Bhangra songs and had great fun moving to the beat of the music.

Many children worked in the writing area and made beautiful Diwali cards for their friends.

The children were extremely creative in the outside classroom using coloured chalks to make Rangoli Patterns. We also set up large trays for the children and they were highly involved exploring coloured glass beads and designed some fantastic patterns.

We were very lucky to have a special visitor, Monica, who talked to us about Diwali and had prepared food for us to taste. The children were very keen to sample the dishes. A few children were spotted making several visits to the buffet table! Some children thought of fantastic adjectives to describe the taste.

Monica also showed us how to wear a sari. The children had great fun choosing traditional saris and coloured bindis to wear. The teachers dressed up in traditional Hindu costumes and a great day was had by all!

It was fantastic to observe the enthusiasm the class had for learning about other cultures, communities and traditions.

The children displayed high levels of involvement during the week and it was amazing to watch them develop their ideas and extend their own learning.

It was lovely to see the children arriving in school so excited to start our own celebrations. There was a wonderful atmosphere in the Foundation stage Unit as the children wandered from activity to activity, encouraging each other to participate.
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Fine Motor Skills

It has been fantastic to see so many children taking up the different finger gym challenges that are placed within the Continuous Provision each week. Lots of fastening, attaching, connecting and exploring to develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination. Great concentration and involvement! #FantasticFunkyFingers

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Remembrance Day

In class we remembered all of the brave soldiers who fought in World War 1. We talked about the uniforms that the soldiers wore and how difficult it was fighting in the trenches, often going without sleep and food. We also thought about the doctors and nurses who cared for the injured soldiers and helped to make them better.

We looked at pictures of medals that were awarded to soldiers and nurses for being courageous and helpful. Some medals were star shaped and some were circles. We particularly liked the rainbow coloured ribbons attached to the medals.

This led to a discussion about the significance of the poppy flower and why we wear a poppy in November to remember the brave people involved in the War.

After the lesson, the children were highly involved in the workshop making their own poppies. They competently used a variety of tools and materials to create their poppies and were quite rightly proud of what they achieved.

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Super Shape Work

We have had a fantastic week exploring shapes! The children have been learning to name and describe 2d shapes. 

We all enjoyed going on a shape hunt around school. We found lots of shapes but could not find anything shaped like a pentagon! We took lots of photographs for our classroom display. 

It has been wonderful to observe the children continuing their learning independently during COOL Time. They have been playing with the mystery shape bag and using a variety of resources to create their own shapes. We are very impressed to hear them using the correct maths vocabulary to name and describe their shapes.

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Fantastic Formation

We are very impressed with how well the children are forming their numbers. Lots of them are recalling the number rhymes to remind themselves how to form each number.

The children have been making their own number lines and writing amazing addition number sentences.

This week the children have had fun playing "roll and cross". They have been taking it in turn to roll the dice and crossing off the number they roll. It has been fantastic to listen to them reasoning, as they discuss how many numbers they still need and which numbers they need to roll to win.

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Teddy Bears Picnic

We enjoyed sharing the story ‘Best Loved Bear’ by Diana Noonan. This book gave us the idea of having our own best bear competetion and a teddy bears picnic.

The children were highly involved writing lists of all the party food they would like to eat. It was fantastic that they used their phonic knowledge to Fred Talk and write unfamiliar words.

On Friday we had great fun at our teddy bears’ picnic and everyone brought into school their favourite teddy bear. We could tell that all of the bears were well loved but Ryan’s bear won our class competition.

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The Christmas Story

In R.E. we have been discussing the different ways we celebrate birthdays. We led us to about the birth of Jesus, the son of God. We shared the Bible story of Jesus’ birth and explored this further through the performance of our Christmas Nativity, The Bossy King.

The children enjoyed telling and retelling the story of the Nativity through role play, sequencing and songs. We are very proud of how well the children learned their lines and the lyrics to all of the songs in our play. It is fantastic to see how much they have grown in confidence.

We enjoyed sharing the story of Anna and Simeon (Luke 2:21-40) and thinking of adjectives to describe how Mary and Joseph would have felt hearing that Jesus was so special.

The children now recognise that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus. We were extremely proud to take part in the Christmas Service at Church and perform a song from our Nativity. We have shared in the excitement together and our circle time has revealed the ways we will be celebrating Christmas.

 

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