Reception Class News

Living and Learning: I know the importance of sleep.

Posted on Friday 26 April 2024 by Mr Freeman

Our living and learning statement for this week was:

I know the importance of sleep.

As well as individual class living and learning sessions, the whole school attended our ‘Tuesday Viewsday‘ collective worship to learn more together. We discussed the role of sleep in our lives and it’s importance/lack of importance both personally and collectively (the world).

Children put forward some fantastic points of view to debate both sides of the importance of sleep – here’s some of the quotes:

‘I think sleep is important because it gives our brain a chance to rest so that we can do well in school the next day.’ (JC, Year 6)

‘Sleep is important for us to switch off and not think about things for a while. If we didn’t sleep, we would all just be tired and moody.’ (FJ, Year 2)

‘I don’t think sleep is important because it wastes time. We could be doing other things that we like instead of sleeping.’ (NE, Year 5)

‘Sleep can be important if you have a job, but if you don’t have a job or something to get up for, you’re wasting time in your life that you could use to help others or find something that you enjoy.’ (JS, Year 5)

Help at home:

Discuss the importance of sleep for a healthy, happy lifestyle with your child. Does your child know what a good amount of sleep is? Explore their thoughts on what might happen if they don’t get enough sleep, or they sleep too much!

The Bad Tempered Ladybird

Posted on Sunday 21 April 2024 by Emma Kendrew

Welcome to the Summer term!! I can’t believe we are in our final term of the school year, this year has absolutely flown by so far!

This week our focus book has been The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle. 

The children have really enjoyed this story and have had fun joining in with the repeated lines. In class we have enjoyed making ladybirds and looking at the life cycle of a ladybird. We even discovered some ladybird facts. For example a group of ladybirds is called a loveliness.

Help at home: go on a walk and look out for some ladybirds, see if you can find a loveliness of ladybirds and count how many you can find.

Our Word of the week this week was frustrated the children have really enjoyed using this during their learning.

“I was frustrated when I was hungry and my dinner wasn’t ready so my mummy gave me a starter.”

“I was frustrated with my little brother for breaking my Lego.”

In Forest School we have practiced our drilling skills by using the hand drill to put holes in wood, this has helped us to get ready to make a Bug Hotel next week. We also did some litter picking to make sure we keep our school grounds safe for the animals that live here.

Help at Home On Monday 22nd April it is World Earth can you so something with your grown ups to celebrate our wonderful Earth.

Next week our focus book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Reminders and Notices

Forest School- We have our last week of Forest School this week. Please send your child to school in their PE kits on Friday with waterproofs and wellies in a labelled plastic bag. Please can everyone check all clothes that have gone home after forest school, a few items have been misplaced. Thank you.

Waste Innovation- Please don’t forget to send in any donations for us to be creative.

Have a happy and healthy weekend and please don’t forget to email any pictures from home to stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org thank you as always for all your support.

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Mrs. Feldman

Rabbits Don’t Lay Eggs

Posted on Tuesday 02 April 2024 by Emma Kendrew

We ended the spring term with the focus book Rabbits Don’t Lay Eggs! by Paula Metcalf.

This is a very funny book, that definitely made the children chuckle! We were also very lucky to receive a visit from the Easter Bunny who kindly left us all a lovely Easter Egg! Thank you so much Easter Bunny and the PTA helpers!

When we come back after the Easter break our Summer term topic is Life on Earth and our First book will be The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle. 

We will be learning about bugs and will be going on lots of bug hunts. We will be learning about the life cycle of a butterfly and will hopefully set some free! We will be using some hand drills to build a bug hotel for our outdoor area.

Next half term we are also hoping to develop our outdoor space a bit more so if anyone has any old flags, plant pots, tree stumps or gardening skills we would would really appreciate any help. Please drop us an email at stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org

Reminders and Notices

Forest School- We will be continuing to go to Forest School for the first two weeks after the holidays. Please send your child to school in their PE kits on Friday with waterproofs and wellies in a labelled plastic bag. Please can everyone check all clothes that have gone home after forest school, a few items have been misplaced. Thank you.

Waste Innovation- Please don’t forget to send in any donations for us to be creative.

Have a happy and healthy half-term break, and please don’t forget to email any pictures from home to stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org thank you as always for all your support.

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Mrs. Feldman

 

 

Happy Easter!

Posted on Thursday 28 March 2024 by Miss Gledhill

On Wednesday, we went to church for our Easter service.

Reception and Key Stage 1 did a fantastic job of singing the Easter Chicken song we have been practising.

watch here 

Some of Year 2 also read beautifully as well.

We hope everyone has a lovely Easter break. 

Jack and the Beanstalk

Posted on Saturday 16 March 2024 by Emma Kendrew

This week our focus book has been Jack and the Beanstalk.

We talked about how it is is an old story and has lots of different version, the children really enjoyed the Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk version! During the week we have been busy planting our own magic beans. We have also completed some beautiful drawings of some tulips. In our PE lesson we mastered our balancing skills and even managed to move from one balance to another. Fantastic skills everyone!

Our word of the week was gigantic the children have really enjoyed using this during their learning.

‘My tower is gigantic, it is taller that me!’

‘I am going to pick the gigantic carrot at snack time!’

Help at home: find some things that are gigantic and tell your grown up about them.

Phonics

This week in our phonics we have focused on longer phase 3 words, words ending in -ing and compound words (words made up of two words i.e. rooftop) We have also been reviewing our tricky words.

Help at home: Please support your child with the tricky words sheet sent home. Please also keep accessing the ebooks.

Poetry Picnic

This week our poem was Spring Wind

When the spring wind blows,

In her gruff and growly way,

She’s saying keep your mittens on,

I’m blowing cold today.

But when the spring wind blows,

In her soft and gentle way,

She’s saying take your jumper off,

I’m blowing warm today.

The Classroom Challenges this week have been

  • to make a ramp and push and pull a vehicle up and down it.
  • to draw the spring tulips.
  • to make a repeating pattern using the paint dabbers.
  • to make a track outside and play a dice game with your friends.
  • to make a map to the railway museum.
  • to make an enclosure for the animals using the small blocks.

Forest School this week was another muddy one and included toasting marshmallows, these were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone!

Next week our week our focus book is The Tiny Seed by Eric Carl

Reminders and Notices

Forest School- Please send your child to school in their PE kits on Friday with waterproofs and wellies in a labelled plastic bag.

Waste Innovation- Please don’t forget to send in any donations for us to be creative.

Please can we also ask for any donations of children’s underwear, socks and old school uniform, we work hard and play hard in reception so things can get a little bit messy!!

Please don’t forget to email any pictures from home stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org thank you!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Mrs. Feldman

World Book Day

Posted on Thursday 07 March 2024 by Emma Kendrew

Thank you so much to all the grown ups who came to our special ‘World Book Day’ stay and learn. We hope you had a lovely time, we’ve had a brilliant day celebrating.

This morning we had a whole school costume parade, we showed off our wonderful World Book Day Costumes as we danced to the ‘World Book Day’ Song by Mc Grammar. Then the teacher’s all swapped classrooms, Mr. Kilner who usually teaches in Year 3/4 came to read us a story. We loved listening to him and we loved his different voices!

Thank you so much for all your wonderful support in celebrating World Book Day, you’ve certainly helped us to raise the profile of books and reading. Reception absolute LOVE story time!

 

Help at Home by sharing a story.

 

The National Railway Museum

Posted on Thursday 07 March 2024 by Emma Kendrew

Wow! What a fantastic day we had at the National Railway Museum and the children were fantastic, an absolute credit to you and our school.

We enjoyed looking at the trains in the Great Hall, including the Mallard, the high-speed Japanese bullet train and the replica of Stephenson’s Rocket. We found The Flying Scotsman in the North Shed and an old sign for Wetherby Train Station, plus a sign for platform 9 3/4!

A big thank you to the parents and helpers who came with us and made our day out so special.

 

The Hundred Decker Rocket

Posted on Saturday 02 March 2024 by Emma Kendrew

This week we have been really busy with our focus book The Hundred Decker Rocket by Mike Smith.

We have talked about what we would each have on our own deck on the rocket.

” I would have a bouncy castle because they are fun!”

“I would have an ice cream tree!”

Our word of the week was expedition the children have really enjoyed using this during their learning.

“An expedition is a journey.”

“When we go to the Museum we are going on a expedition.”

Help at home: tell your grown up about an expedition you have been on together, what did you see? Where was the destination?

Phonics

This week in our phonics we have reviewed the digraphs er, air

Help at home: Please support your child with the ‘learn at home’ sheet sent home today. Please also keep accessing the ebooks.

Poetry Picnic

This week our poem was Popcorn

Popcorn, Popcorn, sizzling in the pan.

Shake it up, shake it up,

Bam, Bam, Bam.

Popcorn, Popcorn, now it’s getting hot.

Shake it up, shake it up,

Pop, Pop, Pop.

The Classroom Challenges this week have been

  • to make an alien
  • to draw an alien with a pen and then use the pipette and water to melt it away
  • to make a flying saucer
  • to write a list of the rubbish we found left on the table
  • to order the images from 1-8 on the washing line
  • to draw a map outside and ask a friend to follow it

Also this week we have had our first Forest School session, this was so much muddy fun and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please can we remind everyone to send their child to school in their PE kits on Friday with waterproofs and wellies in a labelled plastic bag.

Next week our focus book is The Hundred Decker Bus by Mike Smith.

 

School Trip

We’re very excited about our school trip to the National Railway Museum next Wednesday!

Please can you send your child with a

  • Rucksack
  • Packed lunch (no nuts or fizzy drinks)
  • Water bottle
  • Suitable coat

Book bags can stay at home, thank you.

Reminders and Notices

Waste Innovation- Please don’t forget to send in any donations for us to be creative.  We really appreciate anything!!

Please can we also ask for any donations of children’s underwear, socks and old school uniform, we work hard and play hard in reception so things can get a little bit messy!!

Stay and Learn Sessions

World Book Day 07.03.24-8.50am-9.20am

Please don’t forget to email any pictures from home stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org thank you!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Mrs. Feldman

 

 

 

The Train Ride

Posted on Saturday 24 February 2024 by Emma Kendrew

Welcome to Spring 2!

This week we have started our new topic Let’s Go, our first book is called The Train Ride by June Crebbin. 

We have really enjoyed this story, we have talked about old trains like Stephenson’s Rocket, The Mallard and of course The Flying Scotsman! Plus new trains like the Eurotunnel and The Bullet!

“It is an old train because it has steam coming out of the funnel!”

“It is old because I can see some rust on it!”

We are also very excited about out upcoming trip to the National Railway Museum, we have had lots of discussions about how many sleeps it will be and what we will be taking in out lunch boxes! It is all very exciting!

Our Word of the Week was: Destination, the children have really enjoyed using this during their learning.

“My destination in the morning is school, at night time it is home, or sometimes the park!”

“When we go on our school trip our destination will be the Train Museum.”

Help at home: Talk to your grown up about the different destinations you go to over the weekend.

Phonics

This week in our phonics we have reviewed the digraphs ai, ee, oa, oo/oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi,  and the trigraphs igh, ear.

Help at home: Please support your child with the ‘learn at home’ sheet sent home today. Please also keep accessing the ebooks.

Poetry Picnic

This week our poem was Pancakes

Mix a pancake,

Stir a pancake,

Pop it in the pan.

Fry a pancake,

Toss a pancake,

Catch it if you can.

Maths

In Maths this week we have looked at comparing and in particular looking at differences and similarities. In our activities we have looked at the numbers of objects in a set, without being diverted by colour, shape or size. The children have then been encouraged to notice when quantities are equal or unequal, and to consider how they can manipulate the number of objects in 2 sets to make them equal. Our stem sentences have been 

____ has more than____.

____has fewer than____.

Help at home: Can you share an even number of objects (e.g. counters, pens etc) between two teddies. Do the objects need to be the same colour, shape or size?

The Classroom Challenges this week have been

  • to make a train
  • to make a bridge for a train to either go over or under
  • to make a large train track outside
  • to write a list of the things they go past in the story The Train Ride
  • to make the scales balance
  • to draw something you can see out of the window

Also this week, we had a visit from MindMate on Monday, who read us the story Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival. 

We already love this book in reception and have used it a lot when we have talked about our own worries and anxieties. Tom Percival also writes other books that deal with different emotions, they are a great starting point to support young children.

Next week our focus book is The Hundred Decker Rocket by Mike Smith.

Reminders and Notices

PE is on a Monday, please send your child to school wearing their PE kit and trainers they can fasten themselves.

Library Day is on a Friday this term, please can all Library books be returned on Friday ready to swap for a new one.

Forest School is on Friday, please see additional letter sent home for information.

Waste Innovation- Please don’t forget to send in any donations for us to be creative.  We really appreciate anything!!

Please can we also ask for any donations of children’s underwear, socks and old school uniform, we work hard and play hard in reception so things can get a little bit messy!!

Stay and Learn Sessions

World Book Day 07.03.24-8.50am-9.20am

Please don’t forget to email any pictures from home stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org thank you!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Mrs. Feldman

 

Supertato

Posted on Sunday 04 February 2024 by Emma Kendrew

This week has been our second week looking at the book Supertato by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.

We have enjoyed looking out for the Evil Pea, in and around the classroom and school and we have even left out lots of wonderful trap to try to catch him. We have also enjoyed looking at vegetables close up, by completing some observational drawings and commenting on what we noticed.

” The potato is bumpy and rough and wet inside!”

“Broccoli is cold and prickly!”

Maths

This week, we have continued to look at composition, or the numbers within numbers. We have used the Hungarian number pattern (die pattern) to explore making 5.  

Help at Home: Number bonds to 5 game.

  • Put 5 things into a bag.
  • Ask your adult to take some things out of the bag.
  • Then, you take the rest of the things out of the bag.
  • How many things do you have? How many things does your adult have?
  • How many all together?

Phonics

We have learnt our final Phase 3 graphemes this week (air, er) and the tricky words (are, pure, sure). Next half term, we will revisit all the phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs.

Help at Home: Reading books on line via the Collins site. This will help the children with their fluency.

Poetry Picnic

This week’s poem was an eight-line poem called A Little House

I’m going to build a little house,

With windows big and bright,

And chimneys tall with curling smoke,

Drifting out of sight.

In winter when the snowflakes fall,

Or when I hear a storm,

I’ll go and sit in my little house,

Where I’ll be snug and warm.

Next week our focus book is The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson and we will be looking at the Lunar New Year which this year is celebrated on Saturday 10th February.

Reminders

Stay and Learn Sessions-Early Writing- 05.02.24 2.20pm-3.00pm

Please can we also have some more donations for our Waste Innovation Area- we have such a creative bunch of children we are going through lots of boxes, tubes, pots etc. Please think of us before you fill your green bin!

Don’t forget to email if you have any questions if you can’t catch us at the door stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org thank you!

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Miss. Feldman