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Reception Blog 25/09/20

 

Dear Parents

 

Welcome to our third blog of the year.  It is so heartwarming to see how beautifully the children come into the school in the morning, holding out their hands for hand gel and happy to say goodbye to their parents.  

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) the children have focused on self-confidence and self-awareness and have been gaining confidence to speak in a familiar group and to ask for help if they need it. They are learning to listen to their friends and respond in an appropriate way. They have also been discussing managing feelings and behaviour. They have been learning how to discuss and show their feelings, about their own and others' behaviour and its consequences. They have also discussed that some behaviour is unacceptable. They have been learning to work as part of a group and to understand and follow rules. These are all Early Learning Goals and part of the Reception curriculum. They have also continued to learn how to share and take turns with the resources. 

 

In Physical Development the children have been reinforcing their motor skills in the playground with the use of the climbing frames and balance beam.  They also had their first PE lesson of the year with Miss Nolan.  They were very excited to see the different games she had to show them and they did a lot of ‘move and stop’ to instructions.  

 

In Literacy the children have also been writing the phonics sounds which we have learnt.  They have previously learnt the ‘s’, ‘a’ and ‘t’ sounds and this week we have learnt the ‘p’, ‘i’ and ‘n’ sounds. The phonic stories revolved around Pete Penguin, Iggy Iguana and Ned Newt. The children have been thrilled with the new large whiteboards in the playground and have been doing lots of mark making.  In addition to this they have been doing lots of mark making on the ground with sidewalk chalk.

 

In Maths the children have continued counting the people in the class.  They have also been learning about adding one more up to number ten and ordering numbers to ten. Some children have been ordering numbers to twenty and have enjoyed the challenge. They are really enjoying the numbers and enjoy counting.  

 

In Understanding the World, the children have continued to look at changes in the environment.  They are looking at the colours of autumn and we have begun to paint pictures using brown, red, yellow and orange.  The children also saw the ‘skittles’ experiment and were amazed at the lovely skittles rainbow it made.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children continued to make portraits.  They have completed the self portraits and have begun making portraits of the staff.  These included not only the teaching staff but the security guards, Ismail, the dinner ladies and Mrs Craig.  My favourite was the picture of Andre the security guard.

 

In Forest School today the rules were reinforced about how to carry equipment safely and to come when you are called.  The children lay down on the mat with their eyes shut and listened to the sounds in the park.  They identified a bird tweeting, people talking, traffic noises, etc.  The children then used natural objects to make noises.  These included banging sticks together, rubbing leaves, shaking dry leaves, etc.  The children then made musical instruments.       

 

There has been a change in plan regarding the clothing for Forest School.  It has been decided that because we are going at 9am, we will send their wellies and waterproofs home and then each Thursday you bring your child to school, dressed ready for Forest School, with their shoes in their bag to change into later.  We will then send their wellies and waterproofs home at the end of the day for you to keep for the following week.

 

I will be uploading the phonics reading onto Google Classroom.  It is the same sign in as last year for the nursery.

 

Please remember that the children need a healthy snack for mid morning.  A packet of crisps or a cake is not considered a healthy snack.  It would also be great if you could put their snack box separate to their lunch boxes as some of the children are eating some of their lunch at snack time.

 

Please also remember that we are a nut free school.  This includes sesame seeds, which are not allowed.  This is for the safety of all the children.

 

Please remember to send in spare clothes if you haven’t done so already.  Children sometimes get their jumpers and T-shirts wet when they are playing in the water tray and outside and as the weather gets colder it is important that they have something dry to change into.

 

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday morning.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.

Reception Blog 18/-09/20

 

Dear Parents


We have now completed two full weeks of school and what fun they have been.  The children have been learning about their friends but, above all, they have been learning some new rules in the class.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) the children have continued learning how to share and take turns with the resources.  They have all shown great confidence in coming into school in the morning with huge smiles on their faces.  

This week the children have also learned the consequences of hurting their friends.   The consequences are a five minute timeout and the need to apologise.   The children are generally responding very well to this.  I keep reminding them that if someone hurts them at school, they need to tell an adult.  It would be appreciated if you could reinforce this at home.

 

In Communication and Language, I have been reinforcing with the children the need to  raise their hands when they want to say something in a large group.  They have been learning the need to listen to their friends and the appropriate way of responding to what their friends say.  This includes not laughing at their friends and not shouting out a response.  For the most part, they are a very well mannered class and are doing the right thing.

 

In Physical Development the children have been reinforcing their motor skills in the playground with the use of the climbing frames and the balance bikes.  Some children are more confident than others but with practice and encouragement they are developing.  

 

In Literacy the children have been writing their names. They have also been writing the phonics sounds which we have learnt.  Last week we learnt about Spud Spider and this week we have learnt about Ali Ant and Tim Tortoise.  Next week I will upload a small book that I have made for each sound onto the Google Classroom.  

 

In Maths the children have continued counting the people in the class.  They have also been counting to five, practising writing numerals to five and ordering numbers to five.  To challenge the children, we ordered numbers to ten.  They were very excited about this.

 

In Understanding the World, the children have continued to look at changes in the environment and how it affects what we wear.  It has been a bit tricky trying to teach the children that we are moving towards winter when we are in the middle of a mini heatwave.  I have acorns and conkers in the home corner and the children are often commenting on the fact that the parks are full of these and that the squirrels eat these in winter.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children made self portraits which are now on display in the corridor outside Mrs Craig’s office.  Singing with Mr Fingerhut has proved a bit tricky with children not being allowed to sing due to Covid restrictions.  However, they have been doing a lot of musical appreciation and movement to music.  They have also been listening to stories told to music.  This week they had the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

 

In Forest School today the rules were reinforced about how to carry equipment safely and to come when you are called.  The children were also shown how to behave when a dog comes near them in the park.  They should stand very still and cross their arms across their chests.  On the way back from the Forest School area a dog walker walked past us and it was pleasing to see so many children freeze and cross their arms across their chests. The children were shown which trees were safe to climb and some children were very brave and tried to climb just a little way up. The children collected large sticks, which they then ordered from smallest to biggest and some other natural materials.  Last week they made a face, this week they made a whole person.  The long stick at the bottom of the body is the surfboard that the person is riding.                 

 

A big thank you to all the parents who have sent Forest School clothes.  As soon as it starts raining and gets muddy, we will be needing them.  These clothes will remain at school and we will send them home when they need a wash.

 

Please remember to send in spare clothes if you haven’t done so already.  Children get their jumpers and T-shirts wet when they are playing in the water tray or if someone is messing about with the tap and as the weather gets colder it is important that they have something dry to change into.

 

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday morning.

 

Shana Tova and Shabbat Shalom

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.

Dear Reception Parents

What a great week in Reception! The children have been very busy completing their Rosh Hashanah crafts and are very excited to bring them home to show you.  The children have also learnt 2 new letters this week - BET and VET.  BET has a belly button and VET has lost his! BET sounds “B” and VET sounds “V”.
 

Please remember to practise for a few minutes each day with your child so they become fluent with the letters.   When sending the books back to school on Tuesdays, please only send your child’s aleph champ RECORD BOOK. Please keep the Aleph champ reading book at home in order to practise.  Please remember to always sign your child’s record book so I am able to keep a record of your child’s progress.

 

Wishing you all a Shana Tova and a year filled with just happiness and good health.

Best wishes

Mrs Roodyn 

Dear Parents


Welcome to our first blog of the Reception year 2020/21.  It has been a busy week, the first whole week with a whole class in nearly six months and the children have adapted beautifully.  I am so very proud of them all.

 

There has been lots of settling in, chatting with friends and exploring what the new class has to offer.  

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) the children have been learning how to share and take turns with the resources.  Some children do this naturally and some children are still learning.  It is a natural part of development for children to think that everything belongs to them.  The children have also been showing how confident they are coming into the school on their own in the morning.  I am so pleased with the confidence that they are showing.  It just proves how much they have grown and how ready they are for Reception.

 

In Communication and Language, the children have been practising how to raise their hands when they want to say something in a large group.  They have also been learning the importance of listening to their friends when they are speaking.

 

In Physical Development the children have been practising their climbing skills in the playground.  Some children are more confident than others but with practice and encouragement they will develop.  I have also been checking the children’s pencil grip and will be starting an intervention group for those children who are struggling to hold a pencil correctly.

 

In Literacy the children have been writing their names.  Everyone was able to write at least part of their name, if not all of it and I was very proud of all of their efforts.

 

In Maths we have been counting the children.  This means the children have been practising to count to 22.  

 

In Understanding the World, the children have been looking at changes in the leaves on the trees. One child told me “when the leaves fall down they are brown and they go crunch”.  We  have also discussed the weather changes and that this season is called Autumn. We will continue to look at changes in our environment for the rest of the school year.  

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been drawing independently, creating beautiful pictures of families, flowers and even a turtle submarine that goes under the water.  The children have been exploring the home corner where they have been copying what they have seen at home and pretending to cook food, then serving it to their friends.

 

In Forest School the children were learning the rules of Forest School.  They learned how to carry a stick safely, they learned how to answer and come when called and they collected objects from the forest.  They then used their collected objects to create a big face on the ground. We also found a tiny slug and two baby worms at Forest School.                         

 

A big thank you to all the parents who have sent Forest School clothes.  As soon as it starts raining and gets muddy, we will be needing them.  These clothes will remain at school and we will send them home when they need a wash.

 

Have a great weekend

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Lindsay Collier and the Reception team.

Dear Reception Parents

Welcome to Reception!

I hope you all had an enjoyable summer.  I am really looking forward to teaching your children for  Jewish Studies this year.  This week we are so excited to start the first letter of the Aleph Bet - Aleph.  Aleph is a very shy, quiet letter who makes no sound at all.  
All the children have been given their own Aleph Champ reading books and a record book.  Please spend a few minutes each day practising with your children so they become familiar with the letters and sounds as they learn them.  In keeping  with Covid 19 restrictions please could reading books come into school on Tuesdays and we will send them home 72 hours later on Fridays. 
 

This week, the children will also be learning about Rosh Hashanah and will start having fun making their Chag (Festival)crafts to bring home.

Looking forward to an exciting year ahead with your children.

Best wishes

Mrs Roodyn 

 

 

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