Welcome to Reception!



Engaged, Excited and Enthusiastic! 


This week we put up our Christmas tree! We all helped to add different decorations and we were so excited putting the big star at the top. The top of the tree was a long way up. However one of us had a great idea to solve our problem to use a chair so we could reach! 


We had great fun in our garden this week, we played bowing and recorded our names and our scores so we could add them all up at the end and see who had won! We got so excited when someone got 10! We also enjoyed creating an elf's workshop outside, we used our clever cutting skills to cut out pictures in our Christmas brochure to make toys ready for the elf's to take to Father Christmas. We also found a elf on our shelf this week!! He was a lovely elf called Eric who gave us a wonderful story all about the little red elf. We have loved learning this story and writing about it! Every day Eric writes us a new kindness act that we act out! We want Eric to stay! 



Next week is our nativity and we are super excited to show our grown ups how confident we all are!! We are also going to the residential home to sing lots of songs and bring Christmas cheer to everyone! Such an exciting week ahead!! 


The Great Outdoors!

This week we have enjoyed our first forest school experience! It was wet and rainy but this made it more fun, we loved making cay faces on the trees and using natural resources to create the features. We also enjoyed building animal homes for the poor animals who were getting wet and cold in the weather. We tried to create nature crowns with all of the leaves and grass. However the wind made this a bit tricky for us, and it was very funny to watch. 


We showed of our clever maths skills this week too, we were adding! We discovered one more than a number and had a letter from Pip about her greedy granddad coming to stay. We had to help pip with her recipe and make grandads porridge, however because he was so greedy we kept having to add one more!! It was great fun. After this we showed our teachers how clever we really are by adding numbers using our cubes and representing our number problems on whiteboards. We were able to interpret and explain our numbers. Out teachers were very proud!! 


Today we had Christmas craft and circulated the whole school taking part in lots of different craft activities!! We are so excited to continue practicing for our nativity next week and explore Christmas even further, including why Christians perform nativity plays at Christmas time. 

Family fun!


This week we really enjoyed spending time with our grown ups. On Monday we had a stay and play with our grown ups where we looked at our online learning journals, this was so much fun as we got to share all of the amazing work we do with them! We also had a boys, books and brunch day and some of our grown ups stayed to read lots with us and share the importance of reading for fun! The saints also came to join us to share why they love reading so much and how important it is in their job roles! 





We have also been very busy outside again this week, we have added to our tunnel and came up with a new way to move through it. We also spent a long time building giant towers and problem solving how to get to the top of the tower. 




We have also loved learning our magic porridge story and have already started to change it to make it our own. We have enjoyed tasting porridge and exploring porridge play dough and reading lots of other books that involve porridge! We can't wait to see what other innovations you all come up with next week! 

Counting, Writing, acting and more!


This week we have been very busy. We visited the life education bus which was very exciting. We learnt lots about our bodies and what we need to do to give ourselves lots of energy! We even met a doll that lit up and showed us loads of different body parts, we were amazed. We especially loved meeting Harold the giraffe. 




We spent quite a bit of time outside this week as well. We loved exploring the construction resources and decided to build an animal shelter for the animals who live in our garden. We were inspired by the pigeon earlier on in the week who entered our classroom to say hello. We worked for ages and used great team work to hare thoughts and ideas. 


We were also very interested in numbers this week and we found lots of number cards. We worked as a whole class to order these numbers into a number line. Once we had completed this we moved onto finding the number of objects for a chosen number and matching them on our line! 



We have also learnt a new story this week, The Magic Porridge Pot! We can already retell our new story and we began to unpick it. We stating things we liked about our story and things we didn't like. We drew our story maps and some of us already innovated our story. We're so exciting to see what other work comes fro our story next week! 

We're Feeling Thankful 


This week in reception we have been thinking a lot about what we have to be thankful for. We thought about why we wear poppy's and what they mean. We then went around our circles holding a poppy one at a time and said something we are thankful for. Lots of us were thankful for our grown ups at home for making us food and taking us to school. 



We have also come on so much with our phonic knowledge this week and we are starting to write lots of different words and trying our best to sound out what we want to write. We have also spent a lot of time outdoors this week, our garden has been covered in glitter from us painting the garden. We have also found lots of spiders this week and enjoyed looking at them closely with our magnifying glasses.


Tomorrow there is something special waiting for us in our classroom. Keep your eyes peeled on twitter to see what has arrived!! 

Autumn 2 Curriculum Newsletter and Home Learning Challenges

Our First Week Back

This week was our first week back after the half term holiday. We all came back so happy and confidently, it was lovely to see! This week we had some new visitors in our classrooms. There was Gerald the giraffe and Edgar the elephant!!  we really enjoyed discussing with our friends how we thought they got here and why they were here!




We also enjoyed the change in weather this week, we were able to observe the changed to our environment. We noticed that there was ice appearing in our garden! This excited us very much and we had lots of science experiments to discover how to make ice! We then came up with a way to represent our own ice, we filled buckets with glitter and water and covered our garden in lots of sparkles!!


We also had Boogie Beats to come into our school this week who brought some very special visitors from the residential home across the road from our school. We all sang and danced together to lots of different stories.


What a fun filled week!! We are so excited for the term ahead. We are looking forward to hearing about fireworks spotted this weekend and the different sounds and colours we have seen. Don't forget you can upload lots of pictures onto tapestry for your child to share with their friends at school!! We can't wait to see them all!!





Stories, stories and more stories!! 

This week in reception we have been so engaged with stories again! Reading them, writing them and performing them! We even made up stories about our junk modelling creations! they were everywhere!


We also enjoyed exploring height this week and in maths we lined up from the smallest member of our class all the way to the tallest. We chose the smallest member to draw around and then measure using cubes. We discovered that our smallest member was 52 cubes tall which meant the rest of us were all taller than 52 cubes!! 


We also loved making our own autumn soup! we used chopping skills, cutting skills and stirring skills to create a yummy dinner! We worked so well as a team sharing our resources and describing what we could see. 


Stories, Lasers and More! 

This week in reception we have carried on our huge interest in story telling! We now have our own story telling/mapping area in our classroom and it is very popular! We have had stories with lots of amazing story telling language such as once up a time, he walked and he walked and he walk and the end. All of the teachers were so impressed with our growing knowledge. 


We also loved being outside this week and we became engaged in a wonderful idea from one of the boys. We found some wool in the garden and started to walk around with it through the trees, we soon realised that this made barriers. We started to call them lasers and soon lots of others joined us!! We used loads of team work, tying skills and cutting skills. 

We cannot wait to see what other brilliant ideas you all come up with next week! Remember we break up for the half term on Thursday the 18th next week! :) 

Autumn is here!

This week in reception we have been amazing authors (if you haven't already please go and look at our twitter page!) we have created so many new stories and performed them in lots of different ways. Some of use performed our stories using story spoons, puppets or our friends. Some of us sang our stories and stood in front of the whole class!



We spent some time hot seating our characters and doing some drama! we loved acting as our characters and it gave us the confidence to come in front of the class (even the very shy children). 


We also explored the changing seasons this week an discovered what signs mean it is now autumn. We went out into our community for a walk to the park and collected lots of leaves, conkers and acorns. We discovered that these things were sings that autumn is here! We also sang out song for everyone to here "autumn leaves are falling down!"



"Wow a machine!" 

This week we have settled in so well and have loved joining up as a whole unit. There were 60 of us in this week and we were all super grown up and ate lunch in the big hall! We had loads of fun! Now we now our environment a bit better we were able to explore deeper and investigate things little bit closer. We were especially over joyed with our new lawn mower!! We used out strong muscles to help out and cut all of our grass in the garden, we were very good at turn taking and cheering our friends on. 


We have just read our new T4W (Talk for Writing) story 'The Little Red Hen' some of us have been joining in already with some of the words and actions! We can't wait for you all to come in and learn deeper whilst explore and playing with our new story next week! 

Today we also had the saints come in and talk to us all about rugby! We loved the new games they taught us and we listened and followed their instructions beautifully. When we got back to the class room a lot of us said our favourite part was all of it! 


Receptions First Week 

This week reception have loved exploring their new environment! We have made lots of new friends and enjoyed talking about our families and things we like doing. We have grown in confidence over the week and shown what smart caring children we are already! We especially loved being outside this week, where we discovered worm and spiders, we asked lots of questions about where they came from and what they were doing! We discussed where they should live and found them new houses in our garden. We also showed off our fantastic story telling skills and brilliant mark making, our teachers were very proud of us all. We cannot wait to have another week filled with more discovery and fun! Follow are twitter page for more updates on our learning journey! @RecepStJamesNN5




Reception Curriculum Newsletter - Autumn 1: 2018

(Incredible Me)

Take a look at what we will be learning during the Autumn Term!!

Jolly Phonics songs

We are learning new sounds in Phonics, we will be focusing on s,a,t,i,p,n to begin with.
Please use these songs at home to help your child learn the sounds.


Tips for talking to your young child

Here are some top tips and benefits of talking with your young child.

Top tips for talking with your child:

  1. Talk to your child when you’re playing together.
  2. Get into their zone and talk about what they are looking at or playing with – they will learn language faster that way.
  3. Have fun with nursery rhymes and songs, especially those with actions.
  4. Encourage your child to listen to different sounds, such as cars and animals. This will help your child’s listening skills.
  5. Gain your child’s attention when you want to talk.
  6. Increase vocabulary by giving choices, e.g. “Do you want juice or milk?”
  7. Talk about things as they happen, e.g. when you’re both unpacking the shopping.
  8. Listen carefully and give your child time to finish talking. Take turns to speak.
  9. Always respond in some way when your child says something.
  10. Help your child to use more words by adding to what they’ve said, e.g. if they said “ball” you might say, “Yes, it is a big, red ball.”
  11. If your child says something incorrectly, say it back the right way, e.g. “Goggy bited it.” “Yes, the dog bit it, didn’t he?”
  12. Try and have special time with your child each day to play with toys and picture books.
  13. Limit TV time. Try to watch TV together so you can talk about what happens.