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Friday 24 September

Dear Parents

We have had an amazing third week with the children playing very nicely in the nursery playground and having Tefillah and Bensching in the nursery class with the nursery children.  This has made them feel very grown up and they have enjoyed sharing their Siddurs with the little nursery children.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development the children have continued with the settling in process.  I know some children are struggling to say goodbye in the morning and I think some of them are struggling to settle because of the disrupted weeks.  However I am confident that once we get to October and they are in for full weeks, they will settle better.  Please rest assured that if your child is very unsettled during the day, I will give you a call and let you know.  They have also been playing very nicely together, both inside and in the playground and there has been a lot of collaborative play and sharing of resources.

 

In Communication and Language, the children have been listening to stories and discussing them in a large group.  They are recognising the main character and the setting and many of them are able to predict what might happen next or answer questions like: ‘what would happen if…?’ , or ‘what else could have happened?’ 

 

In Physical Development the children have been making lots of lovely paper chains for the Sukkah.  They were very pleased to see their flowers and chains hanging in there when they went in to have their dessert on Thursday and their snack on Friday.  The children have also been clicking the waffle blocks together to make shapes and have been using these in their play.

 

In Literacy and Phonics, the children learnt the next phoneme ‘t’.  The story was about ‘Tim Tortoise’’ and all the things he managed to climb onto which began with a ‘t’ sound.  For homework I would love for your child to practise writing the ‘t’ sound. They should then look at the pictures on the page and colour in all the pictures which begin with ‘t’.  Please return your child’s homework next week, in the plastic folder, so that we can look at it and celebrate your child’s work together.

 

In Maths the children continued to do lots of counting.  They have also been doing lots of capacity play in the water tray.  They have been counting how many small pots of water it takes to fill a large bottle, how many small bottles of water fit into the large bottles, and most importantly of all, whether two differently shaped bottles could possibly hold the same amount of water.  

 

In understanding the world, the children have been discussing Sukkot and many of them have told us about meals shared with their families in the Sukkah.  They have also been noticing the leaves which have suddenly started falling from the trees.  They have learnt that this season is called autumn and that in America, autumn is called fall.  

 

In Forest School the children learnt the rules.  They are as follows:  ‘No pick! No lick!’.  ‘Remember how to carry a stick’, and most importantly of all, ‘Respect the woodland plants, trees and creatures’. The children then discussed leaves and that the season was called autumn.  They then collected leaves and made faces with them.  The children then had choices to make a house in the forest, drill holes in elder beads or thread leaves.  They all had great fun and Emma was very impressed by how well behaved and sensible they were.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been playing really nicely with the large construction.  They have made all sorts of things from a Sukkah to an airplane.  They have also been playing very nicely in the nursery playground with the little nursery children and teaching them how to play.

 

In Jewish Studies, with Ms Tabach, the children enjoyed decorating their paper Sukkah on Monday, and having some of their snacks in the Sukkah after Yom Tov. 

We went over the key reasons why we sit in a Sukkah and some children remembered, from last week’s lesson, that the Sukkah represents the clouds that protected Bnei Yisrael in the desert, before they entered Eretz Yisrael.  

 

They also enjoyed talking with their friends about their experience in their own Sukkah. Some children told us that they shook the lulav and we talked about the importance of being a united people, that, like the Arbaah Minim (the 4 species - etrog, lulav, hadass and arava), we are all different and unique, but need one another for completing a mitzvah.

 

We moved on to the next letter in the Hebrew alphabet, “Vet”, which is similar to “Bet”, but without the dot in the middle (that we called a belly button).

 

We started to learn about Simchat Torah, which is on the last day of Sukkot - a time when we rejoice in Shul as we have completed reading the whole Torah over the year and are ready to start again with Bereishit. The children completed making their special flags which they decorated themselves, and are ready to be waved in Shul, during Hakafot (dancing with the Torah).

 

On Friday we had our very special Kabbalat Shabbat party. 

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba - Zach T

Shabbat Ima  - Hannah

Shabbat Ben  - Joshua

Shabbat Bat  - Bella

 

Other Information:

  • Please can you make sure you return your child’s Jewish Studies folder each week.
  • Please try to send in Tzedaka (some coins for charity) each Friday. It is important that the children understand the importance of giving and that there are people less fortunate than ourselves.

 

Reminders:

  • If you have not already done so, please could you bring a change of clothes to school for your child to keep on their peg in case of accidents or emergencies.  If your child has come home with a bag of wet clothes and is wearing their spare clothes, please replace the spare clothing.
  • If your child has had homework, please can you ensure they return the homework in the plastic folder. A couple of plastic folders have already gone missing.

Friday 17 September

 

Dear Parents

 

We have reached the end of our second week in school.  They might not have been full weeks but that does not mean we haven’t done lots of learning.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development the children have continued to settle into the routines in the reception class.  They have spent lots of time playing with their friends and learning the rules of the classroom.  They have shared the resources and negotiated with their friends about whose turn it is.  There has been lots of collaborative play and it has been wonderful to see them speaking and listening to each other.

 

In Communication and Language the children have been putting their hands up on the carpet in a large group and giving their opinions and answering questions.  The others are learning to listen to their friends and respect their views.  They are learning that not all people think the same as them and that this is what makes them unique and special. 

 

In Physical Development the children have been threading beads, some children making an amazing pattern with the bead colours.  They then went on to colouring in and threading around fruit to decorate the sukkah, which will be in the reception playground. The usual jumping, balancing and running skills were very much in action in the playground.

 

The children had their first PE lesson on Monday.  They had four different colour cones in different corners of the playground.  They were in the middle of the playground doing different movements according to instructions, e.g. walk, run, skip, walk slowly, etc, and when the PE teacher called out a fruit name, the children had to run to the appropriate colour cones.  

 

In Literacy and Phonics, the children learnt the second phoneme ‘a’.  The story was about ‘Ali Ant’ and all the things he saw which began with an ‘a’ sound.  For homework I would love for your child to practise writing the ‘a’ sound. They should find as many things as they can in their home that begin with an ‘a’ sound and ask an adult to write down what they have found.  When you return the sheets on Monday we will compare and see who has found the most things beginning with ‘a’.

 

In Maths the children continued to do lots of counting.  We counted forwards and backwards to the date number.  We then said what number came before and what number came after. The children then had to work out what was one more, one less, two more and two less than the date number.  They are finding this loads of fun and it is so great to see many of them counting on their fingers as they try to work it out.

 

In Understanding the World the children explored the garden, finding snails and bugs.  Many of the children were delighted with the little mud tray which we put out.  Many little creatures found their way into it.  Please don’t be surprised if your child comes home with a snail or earthworm in their pocket.  

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been learning songs.  They are learning the ‘Seasons of the year’ song and the months of the year song.  Children have also been introducing storylines into their play in the large construction and with the garage outside and with the trolls and in the home corner inside.  

 

In Jewish Studies with Ms Tabach, the children learnt about Yom Kippur - a very important day in the Jewish calendar, when we ask HaShem to forgive us for all the things that we have done which were not so good, and to give us another chance to do better. Some children already knew the word “Slicha” (“sorry” in Hebrew) and that we have to say it to our friends for anything we might have done to upset them. The children learnt about the story of Yonah and the big fish, which is read on Yom Kippur in Shul.  The children enjoyed making their own Yonah sitting inside the tummy of the big fish. They were able to draw, cut and stick by themselves.

 

The children were able to visualize on the weighing scales the way HaShem judges us. Once they learnt that the good must outweigh the bad, they were able to show it on their own worksheet, by separating actions on different sides of the scale. 

 

The children learned that HaShem is always ready to forgive us.

 

We also started to learn about the Chag of Sukkot.  The children found out that during Sukkot it is a Mitzvah to eat in a Sukkah - a temporary home built outdoors. We will learn more about Sukkot next week.

 

We also continued to practise the morning Tefillot and the Birkat Hamazon. (bensching).

 

On Tuesday, we moved on to our second letter in the Hebrew alphabet, letter “Bet”. The children did some fun activities, including letter tracing, colouring the “bet” and writing the letter on a shaving foam mountain! We had a splashing time!

 

The children ended the week with Kabbalat Shabbat where they enjoyed grape juice and challah. Each week different children will be on the Shabbat table (Shabbat Ima, Abba, Ben and Bat) and everyone will get a turn.

 

This week the Shabbat children were:  Shabbat Ima was Lily, Shabbat Abba was Ben and the guests were Zachary W and Ilse Bella.

 

Reminders:

  • If you have not already done so, please could you bring a change of clothes to school for your child to keep on their peg in case of accidents or emergencies.  If your child has come home with a bag of wet clothes and is wearing their spare clothes, please replace the spare clothing.

 

  • Forest school will be on a Thursday, starting next week on the 23rd September.  You must decide if your child needs wellies and waterproofs on the day.  When appropriate, please bring  your child to school wearing their Forest School clothes and have their shoes in a spare bag to change into when we get back to school.

 

  • Next week Monday, the 20th September, and the following week Monday the 27th September when the main school closes at 2pm, the EYU will close at 1.30pm.  

Friday 10 September

 

Dear Parents

 

Finally the first day of reception arrived and WOW! What an awesome day it was.  There was great excitement with a tiny bit of trepidation and a few nerves but those were soon gone.  

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, the children spent lots of time renewing friendship groups and just having fun with each other.  Barbies and ponies were the favourites with the little girls and they spent ages dressing and undressing the dolls.  The boys loved the Happyland characters and treehouse and building the Fireman Sam jigsaw puzzle.  Outside much fun was had with the medieval castle and the water tray amongst other exciting things.  The children, on the whole, remembered how to share and much fun was had by all.

 

In Communication and Language, the children were using their listening skills when chatting with their friends as well as on the carpet.  They needed a lot of reminding to put up their hand when they wanted to say something and this is a skill we will be working on.  They heard the story of ‘Dave’, the enormous cat who got so fat he got stuck in his cat flap.  Using this story they began learning the structure of a story by knowing the main character, the setting, the problem and how the problem got solved.  The story helped to develop their understanding and their speaking skills.

 

In Physical Development the children used their fine motor skills to thread, cut and stick amazing collages, dress and undress the Barbies,  and to colour in some pictures. They developed their gross motor skills by jumping, swinging, balancing and running in the playground. 

 

In Literacy and Phonics, they learnt the first phoneme ‘s’.  The story was about ‘Spud Spider’ and all the things he saw which began with a ‘s’ sound.  For homework I would love for your child to practise writing the ‘s’ sound and to find something at home that begins with a ‘s’ sound and draw it.

 

In Maths the children did lots of counting as well as looking at the date.  They counted to 10 on the 10th.  They counted objects to 10.  We discussed what comes before and after the number 10.  Some were able to tell me what 2 more and 2 less than 10 were and a couple of children were even able to double 10 and give me the answer 20.

 

In Understanding the World the children explored the garden, finding snails and bugs.  We also discussed the seasons and that we are now in autumn, even though it is still very warm.

 

In Jewish Studies with Ms Tabach the children started learning the Aleph-Bet, the Hebrew alphabet.

  • The children learnt the first letter – Aleph. Some of the children spotted it straight away and even knew it already! Soon we will be sending home the Aleph Champ, the book where the children practice their Hebrew reading. We will give more details nearer the time.

The children also continued practicing their brachot for their snacks and the Birkat Hamazon (davening after lunch). 

 

On Friday the children had their first Shabbat party. They sang songs and waited nicely for the challah and grape juice.

Thank you to our Shabat Ima, Eliya and our Shabat Aba, Raymond, who were wonderful hosts.

Next week they will continue learning the importance of giving Tzedakah. We would appreciate it if your children could bring a coin or two!


 

Reminders:

  • If you have not already done so, please could you bring a change of clothes to school for your child to keep on their peg in case of accidents or emergencies.
  • Although the main school is closed on Wednesday 15th September, the Early years will be open as normal, but the children will go home at 12.30.
  • Forest school will be on a Thursday, starting on the 23rd September.  You must decide if your child needs wellies and waterproofs on the day.  Please bring  your child to school wearing their Forest School clothes and have their shoes in a spare bag to change into when we get back to school.

 

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and have a great weekend

 

Lindsay and the Reception Team

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