Welcome to the new school year. We are all very excited about welcoming you to our Reception class on Monday 6th September 2021. We have been busy making arrangements for the children’s safe return to school and look forward to be seeing you all.
I am your reception teacher Miss Prentice and your Early Years’ Practitioner is Debbie Mann.
Our first topic is called My Favourite Books – a lovely one for everyone to share about their favourite books, things and important people in their lives. A great getting-to-know-you topic. This is also a chance for the children to learn about their new reception classmates. Friendship and positive relationships are so important in normal times, but even more now after the three lockdowns.
See below the planning for this half term.
The whole of EYFS will do P.E. lessons Wednesday mornings 9-10am. For the first term, we ask that your child comes to school on Fridays in their PE kit, including plimsolls/trainers, to better participate in the lessons. They can stay in these more comfortable clothes for the whole day. If you have any questions about this, please see Miss Prentice.
Tapestry – your child’s online learning journal
We use Tapestry to record your child’s learning over the week and the whole year. We publish to your email each Friday afternoon so you can share and re-live these learning highlights with your child. Our parents have told us that it provides a great “chatting moment” with their child and bridges school and home better.
Please log in and start this sharing on Friday week 1!
One parents excellent advice is to “download the free app”.
Any questions about this, please see Miss Prentice or email me at email@example.com
Welcome again to our fabulous community where we all aim high to increase all our children’s curiosity about learning.
Early Years’ Leader and Reception Teacher
It is important to get some exercise. If you can go outside remember you need to be 2 metres apart from other people at all times.
I love dancing so I'm so happy to see my favourite dancer Oti is bringing out daily kids dances to learn: Click on the image.
Alternatively this is a PE lesson you can do at home.
Five a day will keep you active too - and I look forward to seeing someone beat me at the routine: Click on the photo.
Summer 1 half term news
Dear Reception parents and children,
We hope you had a lovely, restful Easter holiday and are ready for some Summer learning at school. Here is some news for this term:
We have an exciting half term ahead of us. Our topic is called Chirp, Wriggle, Crawl and Buzz! And it is all about Spring and growing. We have some exciting little friends to meet this week but they are coming to us as eggs – can you predict what they are? Yes, the chicks are arriving on Tuesday. We must be very careful with them and look after them so they hatch into little chicks and grow up strong. Parents, we had a vote and chicks won over ducklings. We are very democratic in our class!
Also voted on in the last week was the new colour shade of our outside reading/chill out bench and the winning colour was Cornflower Blue. The children helped sand it and painted the first strokes and I finished it after they left on that last Wednesday. It came up really well – let me know what you think of it. I also painted a little wee fence for our mini mud kitchen garden – planned up with ‘herby weeds’ – herbs that some people consider weeds like lemon balm. All very scented and safe to play with in the mud kitchen. Can’t wait to see what our children make with them. Children, we must also take care of our garden too – I know I can count on you to do so.
Summer Term in reception also means a focus on our growing skill of reading. We will be learning the link between phonics and the skill it leads to – which is the life-long skill of reading. We, as a school, decided to buy each child in EYFS a new reading bag and I gave them out on the last days of last term. Each week your child will bring home:
1. A phonics book for them to read to you and,
2. A core picture book that they have freely chosen that you read to them.
We also have 2 new people to meet in EYFS – our new student teachers that will be with us for 10 weeks. Last term we had to say goodbye to Saacha and Miss Brown who have now gone to their second placement school. Now we welcome Miss Aba to reception and Miss Charlotte to nursery. As early Years’ Lead, I will be their mentor, and they will observe and help Miss Enrique and myself as we teach our classes – on their journey to be fully fledged teachers themselves.
Speaking of teachers – last term we had many children being mini-teachers on Tapestry – for example, Miss Zoe taught us how to weave, Miss Aisha taught us how to make a paper rabbit and Miss Zahra taught us how to count in Farsi 1-10. Now who wants to teach their friends something else as I know each and every one of you is a teacher too? Have a think about what you want to teach us, make a short video and upload it to Tapestry and I will add it to your friends’ Tapestry – and we can also watch them in class. Can you also upload something you did over Easter so Salma, Emily and I can see? Thanks.
See you tomorrow,
Miss Prentice, Salma and Emily
This term's topics are called Teddy Bears' Picnic and Wonderful Women.
For the first 5 weeks we are learning all about bears. Then for the final two weeks we are learning about Dina Asher Smith, a famous and wonderful British woman.
Click on the crayon icons below to learn more about each book with someone reading it to you.
Welcome back to school!!!
We have missed you all so much and I loved seeing you all back at school this Monday.
I thought your learning over the lockdown was fantastic and we are still working on our topic called Once upon a time.
This week and next we are looking at traditional stories from different parts of the world.
We are looking at Stories from the Caribbean with Anansi stories.
Next week we will look at Stories from Africa and Australia.
Then we will look at Jack and the Beanstalk - also growing our own beans as it is Spring now.
In maths we are going to work on numbers beyond ten; counting in 2s and 10s, length and height, bigger and smaller shoes ( looking at the giant’s shoes!).
We had fun dressing up for world book day and we had lots of characters from books and magazines:
Here is Alice in Wonderland and Ben 10.