Welcome to Reception 2017 - 2018

Save the date: Phonics Workshop for parents and children - Monday 20th November 9:00 - 9:20 am in the school hall

Phonics workshop for parents and children

Thank you to all the parents/carers who attended the phonics lesson today. We hope it gave you an insight in to how we teach phonics and some ideas of how you can support your child at home. If you have any questions or would like further support please come and see one of the Reception team.

Judaism Week

This week in RE we have been learning about the Jewish faith. We started the week by listening to the story of Hanukkah and how important oil is in the story. We then made potato latkes which are cooked in oil. Then on Thursday we were lucky to have a visit from Ruth Jampel who talked to us about her Jewish faith and told us all about Shabbat. We were lucky enough to get to try on kippah's and prayer shawl's and even sat down for a Shabbat meal with challah bread and grape juice wine. Take a look at our photos of the week.

Today I saw a little worm poem

In class we have been looking at a book called 'Yucky worms'. Today in class we learnt a poem called 'Today I saw a little worm' by Spike Milligan. Take a look at our video of us reciting the poem. 

Welcome tea party celebration

In RE we have been learning about what it feels like to be welcomed into a family, group or school community. During our 'Welcome' topic we learnt about being welcomed in to God's family through Baptism and talked about the celebration or meal that people share. To celebrate our learning we organised a tea party to welcome our friends in Nursery. Each class made food for the party to share with our friends. 

Making a wormery

In class we have been reading a book called 'Yucky worms' by Vivian French. To support our learning about worms, Gruffalo and Elmer classes have been busy making their own wormeries. We have learnt that worms like to eat dead leaves and fruit and veg scraps so we will feed them and observe the tunnels that they dig!

Science Investigations

Gruffalo and Elmer classes have been busy taking part in different science investigations today. Elmer class investigated 'Soggy Cereals' where they discussed what happened to different types of cereal when water was added to it and why the changes occurred. Gruffalo class' investigation was called 'Dinosaur Discovery'. Children looked at 'ice eggs' and talked about what ice is and what happens to it. The children then spent time trying to get the dinosaurs out of the ice by melting it. Look at our pictures to see the fun we had.

Curriculum meeting for parents 

Thank you to those of you could attend our curriculum meeting this week, we hope you found it useful. You can click on the link below to view the power point slides from the meeting. If you have any questions please see a member of the Reception team.  

Reception Curriculum meeting power point slides

Author Visit

Reception and Year 1 were very lucky to receive a visit from award winning children's author Helen Docherty and illustrator Ali Pye today. Helen read her new book 'You can never run out of love' and Ali taught the children how to draw different characters from the story. The children had a great time.

Welcome Mass

Our school community came together this morning to celebrate mass with Fr Mark. Reception children and their Year 5 buddies worked together to lead our mass to welcome new families to our school. 

Getting creative

This week in Reception we have been demonstrating our creativity by using a variety of materials to make animals for a display about living things. The display will be put up next week but in the meantime here is a sneaky peak at some of the things you might see! 

Woodland Work

Reception had a lovely trip to the Methodist Garden's wooded area this morning. The children have given this area a new name and it is now called the 'Gruffalo Woods'. We spent time using magnifying glasses to look closely at the insects we could find and captured some to take back to class for a closer look. (They have since been returned to their natural environment). Some of the children then decided to draw and paint the insects they found. Our classes are now full of lots of spiders, worms, slugs and snails! Take a look at our photos.

Our first week at school

We have had a busy first week in Gruffalo and Elmer class this week. We have begun to make new friends and explore our new learning environments. Take a look at our photos!

We can't wait to welcome all the new Reception children next week. The classes are all set up and ready for learning. Take a look at some of the photos!

 Reception Team:

Miss Haugh - Gruffalo Class Teacher        Mrs Weddell- Gruffalo Nursery Nurse

Mrs Cantellow - Elmer Class Teacher        Miss Haugh - Elmer Nursery Nurse  

 

Information on phonics and fun games to play.

 http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ParentsMenu.htm