Mrs Quirk and I are so pleased with the way all of the children have settled into Reception. Those children who did not attend our nursery have made lots of new friends and are becoming familiar with our routines. Every day the children learn something new which is a delight to see. We are becoming quicker at changing for PE and are learning the importance of tidying up safely and quickly. We hope you enjoy following our exciting learning journey on our class page.
We have sent the children home with a set of keywords to practise. In Reception there are 45 words for the children to read. These are the words which cannot be sounded out. The children become a keyword champion on our Hall of Fame once they can read all 45 words. Last year we had our first 'keyword champion' before Christmas, can we have more champions this year?
Today Johnny from Class Sounds performed for the children in Collective Worship. The children absolutely loved listening to the songs and watching some of the older children trying out some of the instruments. We hope it will inspire the children to develop their own love of music.
School will be closed on this day as all teaching staff and teaching assistants within the Academy schools will be attending training.
Our Diwali celebration is always a highlight of the year. It is so important for the children to learn about other faiths and make simple comparisons to Christianity. During last week they watched videos, read non-fiction books, learned songs about Diwali, experienced mehndi patterns, built temples and wore traditional saris and shalwar kameez. They were brilliant at re-telling the story of Rama and Sita and asked to watch the story several times. They remembered how Hanuman the monkey could fly over mountains and seas. On Friday we ate some traditional vegetarian Indian food, which was very popular with the children.
This week a letter will come home asking you to choose a 10 minute time slot to meet with Mrs Davidson. Your child’s learning journal and book will be available for you to look at during the afternoon.
On the 21st November, your child will need to be picked up from school at 12 noon. They must then return with you at your appointment time in order to get their afternoon attendance mark.
While we we try our best to accommodate your time requests we often have to coordinate with siblings in other classes and sometimes have lots of people wanting the same time.
A Scholastic Book Fair is usually in the entrance to the hall during PPRD selling a range of books.
We look forward to sharing your child’s learning with you.
Mrs Davidson and Mrs Quirk
Happy New Year!
Today’s picture news (PSHE) session was all about the Australian bush fires. We watched an Australian news report which showed the fire and showed some animals drinking water from humans. We talked about how people needed to be evacuated and that the fire
was described as an inferno. We also tried to help the children to understand that Australia is a very big country and that Mrs Davidson’s family members who are there are all safe. To ensure the children were not distressed we talked about how when the fires are over there will be lots of new baby animals and we decided that the animals were very clever to ask the humans for water. Some of the children volunteered to pray for the people and animals in Australia which was lovely.