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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.