Reception Class News

The Big Book of Families

Posted on Friday 22 September 2023 by Emma Kendrew

The children have had another fantastic week settling into Reception, they’ve really begun to make some lovely friendships and have continue to learn our daily routines. We’ve had lots of fun exploring and learning this week- we’re so proud of them!

A big Thank you to all the grown-ups who came to our ‘Welcome to Reception’ meeting on Wednesday. It was fantastic to see so many of you! Any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Phonics

This week the children have learnt the phonemes (the sounds a letter makes) i, n, m and d. The children have been listening to and saying words that begin with these phonemes. They have also been practicing writing the graphemes (the written letter).

Poetry Basket

Each week we will be learning a new poem. We will recite the poem each day. By saying the poem out loud we can focus on the sounds and rhythm of each word or line.

Our first poem is Chop Chop.

Chop, Chop, Choppity Chop.

Cut off the bottom and cut off the top.

What there is left, we put in the pot.

Chop, Chop, Choppity Chop.

I am sure your child will enjoy reciting and performing it for you, they have done so well learning it in school.

Super Subitising

This week we have been practicing our subitising skills. This means, we have been looking and saying how many objects we can see – without counting one by one! Ask your child how many spots they can see by subitising.

Families

Thank you so much for the family photos already sent in, the children have really enjoyed sharing their home experiences with their friends! We have been reading ‘The Big Book of Families’ where we have talked about how different families can look.

Help at home

Today, your child has come home with a ‘learn at home’ phonics sheet. The sheets link to our current learning in phonics and will be sent home each Friday. Please support your child by practising their new sounds and reading skills at home. Your child will also be coming home with their reading diary and information explaining how to log on to the ebook, your child’s personal log in details are stuck inside the front cover, under the dinosaur! They will be visiting the school library next week to pick a reading for pleasure book to bring home too.

Reminders

We will be doing PE on Monday, so please send your child to school wearing their PE kit and trainers. They will stay in this all day.

Stay and Learn Sessions

This is an opportunity for you to come into school to find out about the Early Years Curriculum and watch your child Learning in school.

Phonics Phase 2- 12.10.23- 8.50am-9.30am

Maths- 15.11.23 2.20pm-3.00pm

Phonics Phase 3- 16.1.24 2.20pm-3.00pm

Early Writing- 05.02.24 2.20pm-3.00pm

World Book Day 07.03.24 -8.50am-9.20am

Learning Journey Drop In’s

An opportunity to “drop into” school and share your child’ learning journal with them.

Times- 8.45am-9.15am and 3.15pm-3.45pm (Tuesday and Thursday)

Week beginning 11.12.23

Week beginning 25.03.24

Week beginning 08.07.24

Don’t forget to email your pictures from home stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org thank you, have a lovely weekend!

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Miss. Feldman

Our First Full Week in Reception and Important Information shared on Friday 15th September

Posted on Tuesday 19 September 2023 by Emma Kendrew

Wow! What a fantastic first full week have had in school with our new class family. The children have been amazing and settled, thank you all so much for preparing them all so well. It has been so lovely to begin to get to know each and every one of them. I hope they have had lots of exciting news to share with you.

We have started our phonics lessons this week. The children have shown great listening and were proud to learn their first four sounds (s,a,t,p). Today, your child will be bringing home a ‘learn at home’ phonics sheet. The sheets link to our current learning in phonics and will be sent home each Friday. Please support your child by practising their new sounds and reading skills at home.

PE Days

Reception’s PE day is on Monday. We will have our first PE lesson on Monday 25th September. Please can you send your child to school in their PE kit on this day.

 

Bookbags, spare clothes and wellies

Please send your child with their bookbags each day. Please also send a pair of wellies and a bag of spare clothes/underwear that can be left at school. We will send it home if it needs washing or replacing.

Please double check that all you child’s school items are labelled with their name.

 Dates for your diary

This year we will be offering various opportunities for you to find out more about Early Years at school. There will be after school meetings with your child’s teacher. There’ll be stay and learn sessions where you can come into school and be part of a lesson and then find out how you can help at home. Then, opportunities to pop into school to share your child’s learning journey book with them. We hope that you can join us for as many of these sessions as possible.

Welcome to Reception

An invitation to this event was emailed to you back in July but here is a reminder. Come to school to find out the basic ‘need to knows’ about life in Reception. 20.09.23- 6pm-6.30pm

Stay and Learn Sessions

This is an opportunity for you to come into school to find out about the Early Years Curriculum and watch your child Learning in school.

Phonics Phase 2- 12.10.23- 8.50am-9.30am

Maths- 15.11.23 2.20pm-3.00pm

Phonics Phase 3- 16.1.24 2.20pm-3.00pm

Early Writing- 05.02.24 2.20pm-3.00pm

World Book Day 07.03.24 – 8.50am-9.20am

Learning Journey Drop In’s

An opportunity to “drop into” school and share your child’ learning journal with them.

Times- 8.45am-9.15am and 3.15pm-3.45pm (Tuesday and Thursday)

Week beginning 11.12.23

Week beginning 25.03.24

Week beginning 08.07.24

 

Home link…

Next week, we’ll be talking about our families using the book The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith, as our talking point. To help the children in our discussions, please send in a photograph of your child with their family. You can send the photos to the Reception email address stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org . We will also be doing some observational drawings in our Creative area so if you go on a walk and see any natural objects such as leaves, pebbles, conkers and pieces of wood please can you bring them up for us to draw. Thank you so much.

What an amazing year!

Posted on Friday 21 July 2023 by Mr Roundtree

I cannot believe we are at the end of the school year. What an amazing year we have had. I am so proud of everyone for their hard work and determination. I know that everyone will be fantastic in year 1.

I would like to say a big thank you to all parents/carers. You hard work at home has meant that everyone could flourish.

I would like to share the song we sang at church on Wednesday. I am sure you will agree that the children were amazing.

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I will miss you all very much. Have a great summer!

Mrs Payne

EYFS Sports Day 2023!

Posted on Friday 14 July 2023 by Miss Ward

Hello Everyone!

A massive thank you to all our parents/carers for attending our sports day this year! I’m sure you will all agree with how fantastic the children were. They showed great determination, resilience and brought team spirit to make it a really enjoyable morning. It really displayed to us how hard the children have worked this year and we are so proud of them!

 

 

Well done everybody!

 

Miss Ward and Mrs Payne

Transition

Posted on Friday 07 July 2023 by Mrs Freeman

On Thursday, Reception Class spent the morning in their new Year 1 classroom. The children were excited and coped incredibly well with this change. We enjoyed playing some fun games and some getting to know you activities. Following this, the class completed a drawing of themselves onto their own footprint – look out for these in our science lessons next year!

Regular communication between home and school is important so please feel free to pop in if we can help with anything at all.

Help at home

There will be plenty of up to date posts on our Year 1 Class News page so do please keep having a look with your child. This is a great opportunity to hold a conversation about what’s been happening in school.

Reading Competition

Here at St James’ CE Primary, we love reading. Over the Summer holidays, we’ve a challenge for your child… Show us how reading-obsessed they are by sending us a pic of them reading in an extreme place or position.

Here’s someone who’s already getting stuck into some extreme reading. (can’t think who it could be!)…

To enter, email your pics to stjamesoffice@spherefederation.org by Friday 08 September. Enter ‘Summer competition’ as the subject.

All entries will be displayed in school, and there are prizes for our favourites

To finish with, we wish you all a very happy and healthy summer break and look forward to welcoming your child into Year 1 on Tuesday 5th September 2023.

Year 1 staff

Mrs Freeman – Class Teacher (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)

Miss Gledhill – Class Teacher (Thursday)

Mrs Cairnes – Teaching Assistant

Miss Rigley – Teaching Assistant

 

Week 4 – Clean up!

Posted on Friday 30 June 2023 by Mr Roundtree

Our focus book this week has been ‘Clean Up’ by Nathan Byron. This story helps us to understand why looking after our planet is so important and the impact pollution can have on our environment. The children have loved thinking of ways that they could help people to remember to take their rubbish home or put it in a bin.

Our book was set in Jamaica. We learnt more about where Jamaica was in the world and that it was an island. We recognised that we live on an island too! We then labelled the land and sea and made our own islands.

As there has been more rain this week, this made us think about rain coats and what materials are best to keep us dry. We decided to conduct an experiment to see which materials would be best to make a jacket for a polar bear.

We have learnt more about the sculpture Alexander Calder. We looked at some of his pieces of work and created our own inspired pieces using wire and polystyrene 3d shapes.

Our poem this week was all about peas! We hope you enjoy it!

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Week 3 – Sharing a Shell

Posted on Friday 23 June 2023 by Mr Roundtree

What a great week we have had in Reception. Our focus book this week is Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson. We recognised that this author has written lots of other stories and remembered some of our favourites.

We have been learning more about rockpools and creatures that live inside them. We used dough and construction to make our own ones.

We created our own ice-creams using puffy paint! We used shaving foam and glue to make our ice-creams come to life!

This week for poetry basket we learnt more about a song. We hope you like our version.

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We hope you have a great weekend!

 

Our School Adventure

Posted on Thursday 22 June 2023 by Mr Roundtree

We had such a fantastic day at Piglets Adventure Park on Tuesday. Even though the weather was a little rainy we had an amazing day. On the coach we saw what it is like to drive through a city. We saw different buildings and spoke about how the roads were busy.

We learnt more about what the animals need on a daily basis and the correct vocabulary for adults and their young.

The sand areas were great for us to discuss the beach and ways we can keep safe.

Thank you to everyone who made our trip possible.

Week 2 – Seaside Poems

Posted on Friday 16 June 2023 by Mr Roundtree

What a lovely sunny week we have had at school! This week our focus book is called ‘Seaside Poems’. We have loved reading and listening to the different poems. We had lots of fun spotting rhyming words and thinking about words we associate with the seaside.

We have really enjoyed learning with our new outdoor equipment. We have investigated how water can move in different ways and made our own beach. The ladder and climbing frame have helped us with our climbing and balancing skills.

We have been thinking about different ways we can travel when at the seaside. Boats are an important vehicle so we decided to create our own.

During circle time we discussed fruits that we like to eat. A member of our class said that they wanted to know where melons grow. We used an atlas to look at different countries and discussed why some things grow better in different places. We enjoyed a tasty snack of melon afterwards.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Week 1 – One is a snail ten is a crab

Posted on Monday 12 June 2023 by Mr Roundtree

Welcome back to a very exciting final summer term! Our topic this term is all about the seaside and different cities.

Our focus story this week is a counting book. We have been looking at the legs of different creatures. We have been adding different amounts together and creating numbers beyond 20.

Our word of the week this week is country. We have learnt more about what a country is and which country we live in and have lived in and different countries we have visited.  We created finger print flags for different countries.

We have been working hard on our counting skills. We have been counting amounts to 20. It is important to count slowly and carefully so we don’t miss any numbers.

We have been using our predicting, counting and recording skills in our maths provision. We had to predict how many objects were in the bowls, counted to see if we were right and then recorded the amounts.

We are loving our new physical activities in our PE lessons. This week we have been taking part in ‘ants in your pants’. We have to work in partners and one person needs to get the ants into the hoop whilst the other person moves the hoop away.

Our poem this week is all about thunderstorms. We loved making the different sounds.

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As the weather is set to get warmer please can we make sure that everyone has a sun hat, water bottle and sun cream.