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Welcome to Reception M
Teacher: Miss Melling
Teaching Assistants: Miss Murphy and Mrs Crawford
P.E. is every Tuesday, please ensure that your child is dressed in their PE kit on this day.
Words of the Week – we are introducing our children to new vocabulary each week, please ask your child what these words are, what they mean and encourage your child to use them as often as possible when speaking.
Each week your child will have the opportunity to bring home a ‘library book’ from our classroom. These books are for you and your child to share and enjoy together.
There are a wide variety of story books, information books and rhyming books for your child to choose from. There are also a number of books that contain just pictures and no words.
After reading your child’s library book together, talk about what has happened at the beginning, in the middle and end of the story. Can your child retell the story or answer questions about what has happened? (Talking about the story will help to develop your child’s speaking and listening skills and will get them ready for reading and writing stories independently as the progress further up the school).
There is no set day for your child to change his/her library book – just get them to bring it back to school when you have finished with it and they can choose another to take home the same day.
We love to read in our school and believe,
‘The more that your read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go’.
That is the way the mind grows,
Not with a test, but a tale….
Some useful information for the year ahead...
We really enjoyed British Science Week.
Acorn Farm came to school with a selection of animals. We were able to feed them and found out the correct way to stroke them.
We had fun carrying out science experiments, waiting and watching for a ‘chemical reaction’.
World Book Day 2022
How many characters do you recognise?
Tuesday morning’s are our favourite. Miss Quinn makes our P.E lessons fun and enjoyable whilst challenging us.
“Through supported interaction with other children they (children) learn how to make good friendships, co-operate and resolve conflicts peaceably. these attributes will provide a secure platform from which children can achieve at school and in later life.” (Statutory framework for early years foundation stage: early adopter version)
Being creative helps us to develop our imagination and creative abilities. It also challenges us to consider how our plans have worked out and it helps us to think about what we might do differently or how we have might improve our work.
We learnt about the first Christmas and why it is a special celebration for Christians.
We had a lot of fun putting on our costumes, singing and dancing for our nativity performance.
We have been settling into Reception, learning new rules and routines, and making new friends.
Mark making and adding some sparkle to our phonic activities.
Sorting and matching. Focusing on what is the same and what is different.
As part of our RE lessons we enjoyed reading The Creation Story and learning about Harvest time. We even made our own bread.
Keep up to date with our latest news and suggested activities…
Every pupil from Nursery to Year 6 has a user name and password for Education City. This enables children to continue their learning at home, playing fun activities linked to what they have been working on in class. If you you have misplaced your password or login details, please get touch and we can reissue them J
Thinkuknow is an education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
The Thinkuknow websites offers advice about how to help keey your child safe when they’re playing on a phone, tablet or computer. As well as advice, the website also offter a series of short age appropriate activities to do at home with your child linked to online safety.
For information about how we teach Phonics in school and how you can support your child at home please Click here for the Phonics Page
Some information on how we say the phonemes (sounds) to help our children learn to read and write.
There is more helpful advice as well as useful tips on learning to read with phonics on the Oxford Owl website:
Phonics Play is a website that we use regularly to support our daily phonic lessons in class and there are lots of fun and engaging games for you to play online at home. (To begin with we focus heavily on Phases 1 and 2 but as the year progresses, we move on to Phases 3 and 4.) For some of the activities and resources you do not need a login.
Phonics Bloom is another website that we use regularly in class (we especially love playing the ‘Yes/No Yeti’ game in Reception and if you give the game a go, I’m sure the children will amaze you with their confident, independent reading of the captions J) Many of the games are free to access on this site (we only use the free ones in class) and again we focus on Phases 1 and 2 to begin with before moving on to Phases 3 and 4 as the year progresses.
Boom Boom Shake the Alphabet
We love singing and dancing along to this cool rap song! It has been helping us to learn the letter names and sounds (remember to look at the letters on the screen though as you sing and dance Reception…) J
A class account for ‘Oxford Owl’ has been set so that your child can continue to read at home. The ebooks are free and are from the same reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree) that we use in school and for home reading.
On the web page go to the pink/purple ‘My class login’ button and insert the username and password:
Teach your monster to read is free game that make learning to read fun. It covers everything from letters and sounds to reading in full sentences and it complements all the synthetic phonics that we have been learning in class. The computer version in 100% free (there is a small charge to sign up on your tablet or phone though) and you only need an email address to register.
Corma Beanstalk are working with Very UK, to bring you a series of online Storytime sessions. There are some brilliant books featured and they are being read by some very familiar faces.
Each week a new story will be available, and each one will also be accompanied by some top tips to help make sharing books fun and engaging!
Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown.
Their online classrooms offer free access to great teachers, delivering video lessons, quizzes and worksheets. Available at Reception, primary and secondary levels, it covers a range of subjects. All of the lessons are ordered so your child can learn along a clear plan. New lessons and resources are provided each week to ensure continuity and continued progression.
Many little things light up hungry little minds. Children take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference.
Children love it when you chat, play and read with them, even when they’re too young to understand everything. Whatever the time and wherever you are, you can turn almost anything into a game and every little thing you do together will help set them up nicely for their return to school.
We understand that due to the coronavirus outbreak, you and your children are spending more time at home and you might be looking for a bit more inspiration for things to do. Start by trying some of these simple, fun activities.
Family Zone is full of free activities and ideas to keep your child busy at home, whilst also benefiting reading, writing and language development.