Reception Class News

Thank you…

Posted on Thursday 24 January 2019 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

To the parents and children who came to our Marvellous Maths Stay and Play this afternoon.

The children did a great job of showing their maths skills in lots of different ways and it was lovely to catch up with our parent partners about learning both at school and at home.

EasyPeasy

Posted on Wednesday 23 January 2019 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

You should have received a letter and information booklet introducing you to the new and FREE educational app called ‘EasyPeasy’.

‘EasyPeasy’ is going live this Saturday 26th January. If you have not opted out you will receive a text message inviting you to access the many educational game ideas that you can do at home.

Each week, you will receive a text message with a new game that you can play in any location with everyday items that you’ll already have at home. EasyPeasy is designed to support learning through play!

This week the activity will be ‘stepping stones (F2) or lunch time (F1)’. Let us know how you get on by commenting on the game. Look out for our comment with suggestions of how to adapt the game!

Snack-time learning!

Posted on Wednesday 23 January 2019 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

In Foundation, we like to make sure our day is full of fun learning at every opportunity. This includes tidy-up times and snack times.

At snack time we often have a maths link. We take part in counting activities to see how many pieces of fruit have been handed out, work out which snack was most popular and what the difference is between them.

After visiting another school last week and ‘magpieing’ this fab idea, we had a go at writing Rocket Words on our banana skins for our friends to guess. The children loved ‘having a go’ at writing on such an unusual material and showing their friends what they know! A quick 2 minute activity that used both our reading and our writing skills 🙂

 

Parent Reminder

Please join us in the classroom tomorrow, for our Marvellous Maths Stay and Play, 3.15-3.45pm.

Stay and Play Reminder- Marvellous Maths

Posted on Sunday 20 January 2019 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Please join us on Thursday 24th January, 3.15-3.45 pm to take part in maths activities with your child, be given information about the development of important counting principles and to get ideas of how to support maths learning at home.

Please return the slips sent home this week, to confirm your attendance.

Thank you.

Ice Art!

Posted on Sunday 20 January 2019 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

The most important consideration in Early Years, is the Characteristics of Effective Learning. The children are experts at playing and exploring with purpose, as they are so naturally inquisitive.

When the world gave us sub-zero temperatures this week, we used our “senses” to “explore” what was all “around us”; ICE!

We were excited to discover that the water tray had frozen overnight and left us a lovely deep ice canvas! Take a look at our artwork…

     

Role-play Ready!

Posted on Wednesday 16 January 2019 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Foundation 2 have been putting the finishing touches to the new role-play area today, by working together in their Literacy time to create a travel map of destinations! ‘Destination’ has become a wow word this week, as we have been thinking about the purpose of vehicles and their journies.

We have everywhere on our map, from Wetherby to Egypt and the North Pole to the moon! All decided by the children and written using those important phonics skills. The map looks fab on our new chalk board wall!

The role play area will give the children the opportunity to create their own vehicles for their journey, add signs and numbers, buy tickets and become the driver or passengers. We can’t wait for all of the amazing adventures we will go on!

Welcome back Foundation!

Posted on Friday 11 January 2019 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break with your families. It has been great to see Foundation children return to school happy and ready to learn!

We have some new faces in both F1 and F2 and would like to welcome our new children and parents/carers. We are also welcoming our new class teacher Mrs Valentine. Mrs Valentine will be teaching foundation Monday-Wednesday and Mrs Allen-Kelly will be teaching Wednesday to Friday.

This week we have been introducing our new topic- Transport and Journies. Next week, we will start by looking at non-fiction books and fact finding, as well as creating props and signs for our upcoming role play area.

If you have access to any bus or train timetables, car manuals, old travel tickets or anything else relevant to our new topic that you could add to our role-play area, they would be much appreciated.

Home-Link Challenge- F1 and F2

We would love to hear more news from home this week, so we have attached our ‘Time to talk’ and ‘Learning at home’ sheets to the weekly update sent home this evening. Don’t forget to keep sharing learning at home on our parent whiteboard as you enter the classroom. Our sheets are always available to tell us about the wonderful things your child has been doing at home. We would especially like to see anything linked to our topic; does your child role play with transport toys at home? Do you have a photo of you travelling together on public transport?

You can email photos and learning at home to;  stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org

Parent reminder

PE will continue to take place on Thursday afternoons. Please return or bring in PE kits. Please also remember to have book bags and reading books in school each day. Books are usually changed on a Monday and Thursday or Friday. Thank you.

Christmas Countdown

Posted on Sunday 16 December 2018 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Amongst the fun and chaos of Christmas, Foundation have still been working hard in the classroom. This week F2 have learnt three new diagraphs; ng, ai, ee and Sid has also brought them the rocket wordwas’. We’ve rounded up our learning on our focus number 6; demonstrating what we know pictorially, through number stories and through different ways of showing the same value. Don’t forget, you can see our work on our ‘Fabulous Focus Numbers’ in the maths area, within the classroom.

F1 have enjoyed some festive song circle time which had a counting focus. They’ve been working on their personal, social and communication skills with their key worker, discussing happiness and sadness and the things that can make us feel that way.

We’ve looked closely at the Christmas Story and written about the people and scenes within the Nativity.

As part of our Living and Learning focus, we’ve been thinking about our school community and appreciating all of the people who work here. The children thought of some interesting questions to ask Mrs Walshaw (who works in our office), Mrs Philip (our cook) and Mr Atkins (our site manager) who came to talk to us in class. Mr Atkins also let the children help him PAT test ‘Henry the Hoover’, which led to some great discussions about electrical safety and general safety of the school, being part of his role.

On Thursday we joined our whole school community and had a lovely Christmas dinner and dance party in the hall. Check out our happy faces!:

Christmas Performance- It’s a Party!

We’re super excited to show off all our hard work in the Christmas performances this week. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 2-3 pm or Wednesday 6-7pm.

We understand it is difficult with the younger children but please do try to bring your children back to Wednesday’s later performance, so that the children, parents and carers at this showing can have the same experience.

Thank you for your support.

Home-link challenge

Please keep practising rocket words and reading at home. If your child has lines to say in our Christmas Production, please practise these at home.

Reading Books

Reading books were swapped on Friday and two were sent home for over Christmas (as long as previous books have been returned) If you have not returned book bags and reading books, please do.  We will not be reading next week. You will only need to bring book bags on Friday, in order to take home any special learning from this term.

Christmas Stay, Play and Decorate

Don’t forget to join us on Thursday 20th December, 8.30-9.45am to look at learning journeys and join your child in some Christmas Craft fun! A letter about the session has been sent home. Please let one of the Early Years team know if you need a replacement.

Applications for F2 places- September 2019

You must apply for a school place, even if your child currently attends our setting in F1. Please see the details below:

(This poster is also available to view in the classroom)

Funky Phonics!

Posted on Thursday 06 December 2018 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Thank you to the parents who came to our ‘Funky Phonics’ Stay and Play. We’re so proud of how far the children have come already in their phonics and pleased that they had the opportunity to share their learning with you.

Our next Stay and Play is our Christmas Stay and Decorate! A chance to look at your child’s learning journey and make some lovely Christmas crafts to take home with you. It is taking place on Thursday 20 December, 8.30-9.45 am.

As always, you’re welcome to stay for the whole session or a little while.

We hope you will join us for some festive fun 🙂

Christmas ADVENT-ures!

Posted on Saturday 01 December 2018 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

As the countdown begins, the next few weeks in Foundation will be Winter and Christmas topic-tastic!

The children have already been excitedly talking about the festive season and this has steered our learning toward some spontaneous discussion and activities. We have a new seasonal window filled with beautiful snowflakes. After exploring lots of vocabulary and sharing ideas, the children have written their ‘Winter’ words on them.

See if you can spot our ‘Kindness Advent Calendar’ in the classroom which the children have also collaboratively worked on this week. Each day, we’ll reveal a picture or kind message to our friends.

F2 have been learning about 3D shape names and their properties. The children have been using the 3D shapes in their construction to extend their learning.

We’ve been looking at small value coins and using our knowledge of combining numbers to create total amounts.  This activity will be continued into next week, when the ‘Focus table’ has its very own Post Office Shop.

Next week, our focus book will be The Jolly Christmas Postman. This amazing adventure takes the children on a journey to visit familiar nursery rhyme and traditional tale characters.

Home-Link Challenge: 

On Friday, we sent home our Monday News ‘Talk Time’ sheets. Please complete these with your child and bring to school on Monday morning. This includes both F1 and F2 children. Thank you.

Phonics:

Next week, we’re having our Funky Phonics Stay and Play after school on Wednesday 05 December. Phonics is so important: it’s the basis of skills our children need for reading and writing. We can help with important questions you may have.

Frequently asked questions include:

  • How is each phoneme sounded aloud?
  • Where is my child at in their reading/ writing and how can I best support this at home?
  • What activities can we do at home to make phonics fun?
  • What will my child be expected to be able to do at the end of Foundation Stage?

Although we are able to answer your questions at any time, the Stay and Play will be a good opportunity to see a variety of activities we use in action, as well as covering the above questions.

We hope to see many of you there.