Our Class Teacher is Mrs MacNeil
Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Cutting, Mrs Petriello
Our Class Teacher is Mrs Edmond
Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Wheedon, Mrs Palmer
What a busy week we have had this week! We have focused all week alongside the rest of the school on Healthy Living Week. We were very fortunate to have two professional para athletes in to talk to the children about their life as an athlete to inspire and educate the children on how to achieve your goals and be determined to always try your best. The children enthusiastically took part in Sport's Day and we were very proud of all of them. We also tried out a new skill of Stacking Cups and children worked really well as a team to build a big tower and also the children were very motivated to practise different formations and try and improve how fast they could do it. Everyday we also went on a 5 minute jog and throughout the week the children became more and more determined to run for longer. Premier Sports have also been in to support us this week to offer us the opportunity to learn some more multi-skills. We also have been setting ourselves personal challenges trying to improve on certain skills and recording their achievements. Lastly during the week we have been talking about Healthy foods and we designed and made fruit kebabs.
We would also like to say a big thank you to all the parents that continue to help develop the Reception outdoor area - we are really indebted to you - without your support we would not have been able to do the changes we have done.
On Monday the children were very excited to discover that 2 of the chrysalises had hatched. Two more then hatched without us noticing and then we were really lucky to see the last one hatch, it was an amazing thing for the children to observe. We kept them in a special net for a couple of days and then released them into their natural habitat into the Five senses garden.
All children have now been told what their race is for Sports Day so you can look out for them, if they are not sure please speak to their class teacher. If you haven't been to Sport's Day before the children work in their coloured groups to try and get points for their coloured team. To begin with they take part in 8 different activities organised in a 'Round Robin' formation. Every time they complete a task they earn points for their team. After these activities children then take part in more competitive traditional races. Again this earns points for their team. At the end of the races we total the points and see which coloured team wins.
Next week, as we have previously mentioned, we will be having a 'Healthy Living' week. A lot of activities will be outside so please make sure your child has their PE kits, trainers, sunhats, sun cream and water bottle in school all week. Please take note of the advertised event at the end of the newsletter- there are still a few places left in the Family Fun Games Activity session you can take part in with your child. It sounds like lots of fun, please sign in at the office if you would like to join in. If you have any questions about this event please come and see Mrs MacNeil.
We will also be collecting in reading books next week, but please remember to keep reading and sharing books with your child over the Summer holiday.
This week Mrs Edmond’s class performed their class assembly with great enthusiasm and it was wonderful to hear about their favourite parts of the year and the things they really enjoyed learning about. Mrs Edmond’s was amazed at all of their different memories and ideas to put into their assembly.
We have said goodbye to our developing tadpoles this week. Lots had formed into little froglets and it has been great to see the children watch and discuss the development process of the tadpoles. Mrs Weedon took them back to her pond so they can happily live back in their natural habitat.
The children have also been very excited to see our caterpillars become big and strong and after the weekend they had formed into their chrysalis. We have moved the chrysalises into a net and we are now all eagerly waiting and watching them, hoping that they will turn into beautiful butterflies!
This week Mrs MacNeil's class have been busy practising their class assembly, 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. They had lots of fun rehearsing for it and have thoroughly enjoyed singing the songs. Next week Mrs Edmond's Class will be performing their assembly.
The children will be starting to practise for sports day so please make sure they have their PE kits in all week. Also please ensure they have spare clothes as they quite often get wet whilst playing in the water. It is important that the children have water bottles and sun hats with them for the warm weather.
We have been busy doing reading and writing assessments. It has been great to see the children becoming more independent in these skills and it really does make a difference when they practice at home. Thank you for all you support with this and please share any work or achievements they do at home with a member of staff.
This week has been another busy one. We were very lucky on Monday to have an author come and visit us. The author was called Ellie Sandall and she shared her book ‘Every Bunny Dance’. We had so much fun!
Ellie the author shared her book and then we role played sections of the story. She then asked different children to pose in various positions and then she drew them as rabbits. We also pretended to be in either the ‘bunny choir’ or ‘bunny band’ and some children dressed up and we sang, 'If you’re happy and you know it clap your paws!' At the end of the session all the children made their own bunny ears and throughout the afternoon children could be heard acting out the story in the five senses garden. The story definitely inspired the children's imaginative play!
In maths we have been looking at weight and length. The children have been comparing weights and also estimating how heavy different objects are and then measuring their weight by using cubes. We have also been comparing and measuring the different lengths of objects by using cubes.
This week in English we have continued to look at the book, 'So Much'. We have been writing captions to go with pictures from the book describing what the characters were doing. Children have been taught that all names start with a capital letter. The children drew a picture of themselves and then had to write the names of three people who care for them, remembering to use capital letters.
Linked to our story we have changed our role play area into a party area, as in the story they had a party to celebrate Dads birthday. The children have had lots of fun pretending to celebrate each other’s birthdays, making pretend party food with the playdough, making and decorating cards, writing invitations and making paper chains to decorate the area.
In maths we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes. We have been trying to describe them and have enjoyed playing a ‘3D lotto’ game. To help reinforce our learning this week please work with your child to look for 2D and 3D shapes around your house and outside when you are out exploring or shopping; this will really help your child get a greater understanding of shape seeing them in their everyday environments.
We have now started a new book in class called, 'SO MUCH!' By Trish Cooke. The children initially enjoyed talking about things they liked doing so much! We then discussed what makes us happy and all the different words we could use which mean the same as happy. Some of the words we thought of were; joyful, merry, glowing, delighted, gleaming, jolly, cheerful and joyous.
In Maths we have been continuing to focus on number bonds to 10, recognising coins and their values and adding coins together. Children have been trying to work out different ways of making the same amount with various coins. This is something a lot of children find quite confusing so if you are talking about pocket money or in the shop buying something,
try and involve your child with recognising coins and numbers and then trying to make different amounts.
We would also like to say a huge thank you for all the parents who came in to help tidy up and update our outside area. Your help was really appreciated and we are very grateful!