What a week we have had in reception. The evil pea has been up to no good! First he stole our superheroes on Monday, so we wrote WANTED posters to see if anyone had spotted him. On Tuesday he returned our superheroes but left the poor carrots, broccoli and cucumber in our classroom like he did in the story ‘Supertato’. We had a letter from Supertato asking us to make our own Supertatoes to help the vegetables. We have some super problem solvers in our classroom. We have now been learning the story off by heart and changing parts on our story map so we can write our own versions next week.

We have of course continued our RWI phonics groups, the children are becoming more confident in their reading and writing each week!

In Maths we have been focusing on speedy number recognition, in particular with numbers 0-20. We have also been thinking about the days of the week and reminding ourselves that we can spot shapes everywhere! Even with our fruit.

In RE we had lots of lovely ideas for things that we could do for Mary in her special month of May. The children also discussed what we think heaven looks like as we started making our ascension cups. We will continue this next week.

We have started our Sports Day practice so we will be rearing to go for sports day which is on Friday 5th July! It should start soon after registration, so at around 9.10am on our school field.

Reception have had lovely Y6 helpers this week as they have been completing their SATS, congratulations to all of Y6 on completion of their SATS week! Gosh that seems like a long way off for us in Reception but believe me, time goes so quickly in school! The work we do in Reception is so important to create a lifelong love of learning.

Reminders:
-Please do not use the trim trail before or afterschool. This is for the use of KS2 at playtime and lunchtime only.

-Please send your child with velcro shoes for PE days, unless they can tie their own shoelaces.

-We break up from school a week today at 3.25pm. The children return on Monday 10th June.

Here are some photos of the children making their supertatoes:

Have a lovely weekend, here is hoping the sun is shining still!

Miss Dixon

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We are beginning to see that we have super writers in our class. The children have been using their Read Write Inc knowledge to help them write their own superhero stories and descriptions. In school the children read atleast 4 times per week with an adult and so much more independently. Reading at home, atleast 3 times per week, makes a big difference to their learning not only to their reading but to their writing as well. Please make sure you are reading with the children at least 3 times per week. We rarely send other pieces of homework to ensure you have the time to do this with your children.

In Maths this week we have been counting in twos and tens. What amazing learners the children are, they have been counting pairs of socks, beads on the abacus, dinosaurs and coins! I wonder if they can show you their counting in twos and tens at home?

In RE we learned about the Ascension and we were thinking about why this happened. Why and how are important questions that come up lots for us, most of the time we cannot answer these questions but it is important to wonder about God and the stories from the Bible. The children were really thoughtful and lots of them thought Jesus wanted to share his love and be with his father.

We loved our superhero dancing on Thursday, the children worked in pairs and had to guess which superhero their partner was being, just from their dance moves! We had different levels, speeds and actions! I hope they will show you their superhero dancing at home.

Over the Easter holiday, Mrs Mahoney looked after the cocoons for our class, four of the butterfly’s decided to see the world on Tuesday and the last one on the Wednesday of the holidays. We had a look in class at the photos this week and I thought you may want to have another look at home!

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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This week we have been thinking about the powers which superheroes have and the superpower we would like if we could have one. We then discussed superheroes that we have in our community; including, policemen and women, firefighters doctors, nurses, paramedics and many more. How lucky we are! We will be thinking more about this next week.

We have continued our doubling activities this week and the children have been looking at halving even numbers from 10 and below. The children have worked out the halves by sharing cubes with their friend. I have been so impressed with their focus and perseverance with this.

We have some budding actors and actresses in our class. On Wednesday, for our RE, we did some role play in groups of 5. The children worked together to decide their roles without any help from me and loved putting on their costumes! We had two scenes, one where Mary was met by an angel that shared the good news… Jesus has risen! Mary then saw Jesus and asked if she could share the good news. The second scene was in the room with the disciples, including Doubting Thomas, who could not believe their news. Jesus then appeared and Doubting Thomas could believe. We have spoken about how we believe and discussed ways in which we can share joy like Jesus does.

Our beanstalks are really trying hard to grow, despite the ever changing weather! This week the children have been observing and recording their growth. We look forward to planting some more seeds and taking care of them like we do with our classroom and each other.

I hope you have a lovely bank holiday weekend, see you on Tuesday!

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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It has been a week full of joy and smiles this week, the children have been a pleasure and they have represented our school so well with our special visitor on Tuesday. Sarah Jane started our PE off with a bang with superhero dancing which we have loved continuing this week. Here are a few of the photos, we loved doing superhero poses and dancing across the room as superheroes. The children worked together taking turns to be the strong superhero pushing the rolling bolder (in case you were wondering from the photos)!

We have started learning about doubles in Maths this week, we will continue this next week. We have looked at numbers 0-5 in detail and some children have looked at larger numbers, even up to double 10! We have used dominoes and cubes to see doubles and enjoyed doubling aliens on the whiteboard. Writing doubles such as 2 + 2= 4 has been a new challenge and I look forward to having a go in many different ways next week. Please have a go at doubling at home if you can!

We have continued our RWI this week and we are doing our quizzes at the moment. I am so pleased with the fantastic progress that the children are making. Regular reading at least 3 times per week really helps them to improve their phonics skills. We keep a record of this in school and as you know each day means another sticker on their bookmark, once the bookmark is completed the children get a certificate and a raffle ticket which we should have a draw for at the end of the half term in assembly.

In RE we have started our New Life topic and learned about the Resurrection of Christ. The children recalled the story well and we will look into this further next week.

Thank-you all for your continued support and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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What a jam packed week we have had yet again in Reception! On Monday we planted our very own beanstalks (runner beans) and designed our own castle for our beanstalks to grow towards. We learned all about the things that plants need to grow and we will be keeping a close eye on them over the next few weeks. Something else that we have been keeping a close eye on is our caterpillars, I am so pleased (and relieved) to say they are growing very quickly and I am sure they will be in their cocoons in no time.

In RE this week we learned about forgiveness. This half term we have been learning through the stories from the bible how important mistakes are. Even more importantly we have been learning just saying sorry may not be enough, we need to make sure that we show we are truly sorry. This week we learned about what happened in The Garden of Gethsemane, Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, said he did not know Jesus 3 times! We learned of Jesus’ forgiveness and realised that we should try to make sure we forgive and make friends if somebody has upset us. The children worked together to make and colour grass, trees, flowers, butterfly’s and lots more to make our class picture of The Garden of Gethsemane. Take a look at the pictures below to see it in action!

On Thursday we received a letter from the Giant! He asked if we could find things longer, shorter and the same length as his footprints! This has led to us writing some letters back to the Giant and to Mrs Ormerod to see if she knew anything about it! Our Jack and the Beanstalk activities will continue next week.

Here are some of the photos from our learning this week:

There may not be many posts on our Reception section after today leading up to the Easter break, as from next Thursday Reception will be taught by Mrs Clarke as I will not be here for a couple of weeks.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your families.

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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Thank-you for coming into school for our meetings this week, it has been lovely to have some time with you to discuss what amazing progress all of the children are making in Reception. This week we have written our own class version of the three little pigs, we decided to change the house of straw to the house of grass. We worked in groups to write our story and the children have learned the story inside out! We have continued our RWI sessions and the children are becoming confident at sounding out and blending the sounds to make words. Some children can even do the sounds in their head (we call this ‘Fred in your head’), have a try at home!

In maths we have continued using our knowledge of number to estimate how many objects or pictures we can see, even when they are covered up after a few seconds! This is quite fun and the children are becoming very good at this. Next week we will we measuring and looking at bigger, smaller, shorter and taller.

The caterpillars are growing very quickly, we cannot wait to see the cocoons that they will make before they turn into a butterfly!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend together.

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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What an exciting week we have had in Reception. I am so proud of their super listening in Church on Wednesday as we begin our Lenten journey. We have discussed the meaning of Lent and we will continue our learning about this next week. I wonder if you could discuss any of the changes that we could make in our lives in the special time of Lent?

Thank-you for all of your effort for World Book Day, the children looked fantastic and were so excited to share their characters, stories and enjoy reading together. In Reception the children learn a tremendous amount through stories each day and they begin to read theirself, so participating in a special day which recognises the impact which books can have on our lives is fantastic. We had an extra surprise on Thursday, after we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar… The children were told about our very own caterpillars that we will be looking after until they become butterfly’s and we can set them free. We have looked more closely at how this process will occur and we are excited to watch this happen with our caterpillars. Please look at the Reception - Gallery section for photos from the day!

We were challenged to read in an unusual place this week, so we decided to read in the hall! The children listened beautifully and enjoyed a story, aswell as retelling The Three Little Pigs together. We have internalised the story so well that we will be writing our own version next week!

Also this week… We made our own maths game, looked at which materials would be best for The 3 Little Pigs, made maps of where the houses are, did some gardening and we enjoyed looking at our wow work in our wow folders. Here are some photos :

I look forward to seeing you all next week (Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March) for our meetings. I can’t wait to discuss your child’s progress and achievements. If you haven’t selected a time please come and speak to me after school on Monday to arrange one.

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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We have started our new topic in Reception this week, the children are working very hard to pronounce ‘traditional’ as it is a tricky word to say. Understanding what is meant by traditional tales is quite hard too, you could have a conversation at home about it. A traditional tale is a story that has been told and retold for many years and most people know them!

Our focus this week has been on The Three Little Pigs, we have used our story map to to orally retell the story and we will continue this next week.
We have played maths games making the house of bricks, and the chimney from the house, using a secret amount of blocks from the card which they selected from the pack. Choosing the right amount of objects from a larger group is a focus in maths that is very important in Reception. The rest of the group then estimated how many blocks/lego bricks had been used. It was lots of fun!

In RWI we learned a new sound today:
ow - blow the snow
We have enjoyed working in our Read Write Inc groups this week, the children are becoming confident in their ability to blend sounds to make words. This is assisting them in their writing, as the children can use their ability to split a word into it’s sounds to write!

We had so many children receiving not just their first but their second reading certificate today in our assembly, it was lovely to see. Please remember we ask that you read with your child a minimum of 3 times per week and sign the reading record. We can then add the stickers to the children’s bookmarks for the schoolbooks they have read at home.

World book day is next Thursday 7th March, the children have brought home a blank book cover on a sheet of paper to draw the character they will be coming as on world book day. You are welcome to bring them in when you have completed them but we ask for them to all be returned (with their name on) by Thursday 7th March please. I look forward to seeing everybody looking fabulous in their costumes!

In Reception we are having 10 minute meetings and that is why we have not sent reports home tonight. You will be able to select a time slot from next Monday morning, I will put a timetable for you to allocate yourself a time at our gate in the morning and after school, I will then send the sheet to after school club. There is a 10 minute time slot for each meeting and it allows me to give you an update regarding your child’s progress, attendance and time for you to ask any questions. The dates and times are on Wednesday 13th March 1-2pm and Thursday 14th March 1-5pm.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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We are half way through our academic year in reception and wow! What amazing progress the children have made already. It is lovely to sit and reflect on how far they have come in so many ways.

This week we have enjoyed rounding off our learning about the Chinese New Year. The children have enjoyed making special envelopes with coins on, lanterns, dragons and dragon masks. We have been learning about coins and thinking about why we need money and what we spend it on. The coins we have focused our learning on are 1p, 2p and 5p. Although, we have looked at all of the coins you may find in our purses/wallets or behind the sofa!

In RE this week we learned about when Jesus healed the man at the Pool of Bethesda, this again led us on to thinking of people who we would like to ask for God’s help in making them feel better. The children have drawn a picture and written some lovely prayers for our prayer book, with Miss Lane.

What fearless children we have in our class! PE was lots of fun on Monday with the large apparatus. We pretended we were climbing the Great Wall of China and had lots of fun. Here are some of the action shots!

Important activities for the week off, aswell as reading and blending sounds practice:
- Scissors and cutting practice, this would be very useful as we have lots of children who need to improve their grip of the scissors and ability to cut on the lines.
- Knife and fork - please could you try to get the children cutting up their own food.
- Clothes - zipping up coats, putting jumpers on and off, putting socks and shoes on and off.

These things will come over time but if you can start the practice over the break and continue into our next half term that would be fantastic.

We return to school on Monday 25th February, on Thursday 7th March it is world book day so the children can come to school dressed up as their favourite character!

Have a wonderful break, fingers crossed for some more sun next week!

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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We have been working hard in the kitchen area today making our very own spring rolls. The children listened carefully to Mrs Mahoney and followed the instructions to make their delicious spring rolls to celebrate Chinese New Year. They have also made Chinese lanterns and ordered the animals from The Great Race. We will continue learning about China and the Chinese New Year next week.

In RWI we have continued our group work and learned one new sound:
or - Shut the door
In Maths we have started to look at coins, we have been counting 1p and 2p coins. I have been really impressed with our counting in twos! This is something we will continue to look at over next week and throughout the year.

In PE this week we have enjoyed exploring ways to get over the dragons back (the bench), throwing and catching in the air, hopping, jumping and doing pencil rolls. I have been blown away by the children’s focus, creativity and confidence to have a go. They were so co-operative and hardworking, it really allowed them to show how much they can achieve in just 2 sessions! I hope to have more apparatus for us to experiment with on Monday.

In RE we learned about people who help us and the children thought about how we could say thank-you and show that we are thankful, they made some lovely cards with great writing for the people they wanted to thank. Next week we will think about how Jesus can help us and how he helped others.

We will have show and tell next Friday 15th February, which is also the day we break up for half term at 3.25pm.
Have a lovely weekend, I hope you have enjoyed the spring rolls.

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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