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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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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