We have had a wonderful week in Reception and sports day today has been the icing on the cake!

We now have 30 bottles ready for our rocket making next week, thank-you for bringing them to school for us. Next Thursday 11th July, the children are having a moving up morning and spending time in their Year One class with Mrs Hollinghurst. Please still bring the children to the reception classroom in the morning, we will take the children after registration.

As a school we have made some changes to make our sports day more competitive, the staff are all so proud of the children for supporting one another in their achievements and showing great sportsmanship. Thank-you for taking the time to come and support the children this morning.

We hope you have a lovely weekend in the sunshine.

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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In Reception today we read a story about 3 aliens, one of the aliens had decided to make a dress. His friends kept suggesting ideas that could make it better and Zid kept making the changes he needed to until it was perfect. We talked about whether we like to change our creations to make them better when someone else suggests something that we could do. Resilience is so important when we are learning and trying to grow our brains and the children are becoming more resilient every day. Perhaps you could challenge the children at home to see if they can be resilient.

In Maths this week, the children have been taking away. They have used planets to help them to find one less than a number and lots of children have even managed to do sums such as 10 - 3 = 7. We have also been measuring this week. Some children measured their caterpillars using cubes and others measured using a ruler. I have been blown away with their super measuring skills.

Reception have been thinking about what makes a good friend and when they have been upset by others. We have discussed this as a class in detail and encouraged all of the children to try to be a good friend to others. The children have enjoyed sharing their nice experiences with their friends this week and we have talked about them after playtime.

Next week, we are looking forward to Amy returning to Year One for a little while on a couple of days. She will hopefully be playing for a short time on the playground. I am going to discuss this with the children on Monday and explain that we need to be careful and ensure we do not bump or get too close to her (including hugs) as this could make her unwell. She is still having medicine, so she may look different to when they last saw her. I would like the children to think about nice things to say if they get the chance to speak to her that don’t involve her appearance. If you would like to discuss this with your child before next week, that would be lovely. We cannot wait to see her.

Please send your children to school in their PE kit next Tuesday, as we are having a KS1 sports day practice and next Friday for our official Sports day. Fingers crossed for lovely weather!

Here are a few photos of our learning this week, enjoy and have a lovely weekend in the sun!

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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Hooray, the sun is making a comeback and we can make great use of our outdoor area again here in Reception. We have had a lovely week, writing our own versions of whatever next and playing one more and one less bingo. The children have spoken about their feelings when they started Reception and what they have achieved since starting their learning journey at Our Lady’s. They were thoughtful in their responses and it was lovely to hear them acknowledge their achievements. We discussed feelings about moving into Year One and what they expect, perhaps you could discuss this with the children at home? This will really support them in their transition.

We had a fantastic day on Wednesday, two lovely ladies came from the library and one lovely alien came all the way from Pluto! The children wrote letters to the children that live on Pluto and the children will soon be able to read their individual replies from the children of Pluto! You should have a leaflet in your child’s bag from the library to explain further. There is also a little flyer for rocket making at the Central Library on Saturday 22nd June at 11am and Saturday 29th June at 2pm.

Please make sure you have next Wednesday 26th June’s Shakespeare festival here at our school in your diaries. It is from 4.30-6pm on our school field, there will be lots of acting, traditional stalls from the fair and fun activities to enjoy.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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I can’t quite believe it, we have 5 weeks left together before the children move to Year One. How the time has flown! I can see children are maturing and becoming very ready for their transition, which is what we will be preparing for this last half term.

Our new topic is Space, the children have shown an interest in this topic throughout the last half term so we have loved our first week learning all about it. We have read Whatever Next! The children have written lists of things that they would pack and take to the moon, they have ordered the story and some children have written their own version of the story.

In Maths we have been counting forwards and backwards to 20 and counting from certain numbers. We have also been looking at o’clock and adding numbers together completing number sentences. I think you can you tell we are nearly ready for year one, with so much fantastic learning in just one week!

We have continued our sports day practice, we look forward to the big day on Friday 5th July!

This week was our last week of show and tell, we are so busy now over the last few weeks that we won’t be able to fit it in! Next week we will have a visit from the Library service, we will be doing a ‘Letter to Pluto’ activity session, which is very exciting!

I hope you have a lovely weekend with your families.

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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And so, we have one half term left together in Reception. How the time has flown! I am looking forward to preparing the children for Year One in our last half term together. But first, please enjoy the 2 weeks you have with your children. They are growing so quickly and I am sure that we will notice a change when they return on Monday 10th June.

Thank-you for your donations to CAFOD yesterday, the children loved having their teddies with them in school.

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Have a fantastic break, make lots of memories and don’t forget the sun cream!

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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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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