‘Ourselves’

Autumn Term 1

16.10.17

Last Friday the children took part in a visit to Caversham Library. We went together in small groups led by an adult. The children walked sensibly holding hands with partners or adults. They listened to instructions and followed them beautifully. When they got to the library they listened attentively and were respectful to the books and their surroundings. They learnt about the purpose of a library and what it offers to the wider community. They learnt about how they can borrow books and enjoyed choosing a range of books to look at and share. They learnt that some books have stories whilst other books are information books.

Could we take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful parent volunteers, without whom this visit would not have been possible – Thank you! 

 

In Phonics this week the children have practised the sounds SATPIN plus D and M we have had help from Geoffrey our class pet giraffe who often gets muddled with his sounds and needs help from the children. The children have especially liked singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

We have begun ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words. We have also begun writing simple words, which is very impressive.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 1-10 and 1-20.  We have also looked at one more, the number that comes next/after or adding one, so we have introduced the children to specific mathematical vocabulary. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We have had a focus on Shape and capacity this week carrying out lots of practical activities inside and outside.

The children enjoy this song to help them add one.

 

Practical Maths

 

In P.E. the children children continue to impress Coach Meakin with their travelling, balancing, throwing and catching skills.

Mud kitchen fun

This week the children have joined with Nursery to celebrate ‘Black History Month’ by coming together for three afternoons. We have been African dancing, instrument making, experimenting with instruments, coloring African cloth patterns, making African necklaces and listening to cultural stories as well as watching Tinga Tales.

 

Watching the year 6 ‘Buddies’ get their golden ties. We are amazed at how well the children did attending their first assembly.

Have a lovely half term holiday and see you on the 30th October!

God Bless

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

09.10.17

 

  • Appeal for tinned and dry goods for our Harvest Festival box- final day for donations Monday 16th.

  • Also could we ask for donations of empty Pringle tubes and coffee tins – (cylindrical style with plastic lids) to enable the children to make their own musical instrument for Black History week starting Monday 16th.

Thank you!

 

The children are still immersed in the topic ‘Ourselves.’ In Literacy the children having been enjoying sharing the story Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar. The children have listened to the story over and again in order to learn the sequence of the story. We have been rehearsing our own shortened script and learning actions based on Pie Corbett’s approach the Literacy and ‘Talk for Writing.’ We have made a class story map of the story and the children have enjoyed making their own versions independently. They have also made lolly stick puppets of the baby to re-enact their own versions.

In Phonics this week the children have practised the sounds SATPIN, we have had help from Geoffrey our class pet giraffe who often gets muddled with his sounds and needs help from the children. The children have especially liked singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

We have begun ‘blending’ (saying sounds slowing) the sounds together using our ‘Phonics Fingers’ in order to read simple words. We have also begun writing simple words, which is very impressive.

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 10 and 20. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We have had a focus on Shape and Position this week carrying out lots of practical activities inside and outside.

We have also introduced the children to the concept of doubles and they have loved our doubles song. You can sing this too at home with your child. Here is the link:

In R.E. we had our first class liturgy. We shared the Candle prayer and a prayer about family. The children had the opportunity to respond by saying what they were thankful for with regards to family. We had some eloquent and thoughtful responses. 

Reminders –

 Caversham Library visit -Friday 13th 1:15 – 3:15pm. If all parent helpers could be at the back gate to accompany us by 1:10pm that would be fantastic.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

Maths

The children have done practical activities counting, writing and recognising numbers. We have shared fun activities around position, capacity and shape. 

Sounds and mark making

The children have had lots of opportunities to write.

 

A story map designed by the children

 

Creating transport

 

Being arty

 

 

Investigating

 

Being a good friend

02.10.17

 

Firstly can I request your help?

Please note there has been a change to the time of day due to Library having to reschedule

We are planning to go to Caversham Library on the afternoon of the 13th October. Any parents willing to  volunteer for the morning would be greatly appreciated. Could we just ask that volunteers would join us without younger siblings as we have to put the health and safety of your child in Reception as a priority.

 

The Reception children are enjoying our topic of  ‘OURSELVES.’ We have enjoyed sharing a number of stories this week which include, The Good Mood Hunt by Hiawyn Oram, The Mummy Shop by Abie Longstaff, Baby Brains by Simon James, Avocado Baby by John Burningham and Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar. The children used words to describe babies and some had a go at writing the initial sounds they heard in those words.

In R.E. we continued the topic of ‘Creation.’ We have been thinking about how God created the Earth, the planet we live on and everything in it. We shared the story of Creation and learnt about the sequence in which God made the world we live. We have been learning a song to help us with this which we shared with some lucky parents last Thursday during ‘Sharing Time.’  This week the children retold the story in their own words.

In Phonics this week the children have been introduced to the sounds SATPIN, we have had help from Geoffrey our class pet giraffe who often gets muddled with his sounds and needs help from the children. The children have especially liked singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

We are impressed that the children are beginning to blend simple words using their SATPIN sounds. 

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 10 and 20. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups. We have also introduced the children to the concept of doubles and they have loved our doubles song. You can sing this too at home with your child. Here is the link:

In P.E. the children are progressing well and demonstrating some fantastic travelling and balancing skills. Coach Meakin is very impressed by the way the children have already improved in such a short time with both their physical and listening skills.

Can I take this opportunity to answer a concern that some parents have voiced about not having reading books which contain words. Learning to read relies on many different elements suited to individual children, these include; having phonetic knowledge, language rich environments, speaking and listening opportunities, fostering a love of reading and opportunities to map out/ retell or act out stories. We want your children to be fully confident before giving them books which may well include a lot of ‘tricky words’ which their phonetic knowledge will not help them to decode. We are carrying out these activities on a daily basis to prepare your children to be confident and ready to take on worded books, so rest assured they will receive books with words in very soon.

Bug Club is an electronic platform to support your child’s reading. These books will directly match the level of phonics being taught. I have allocated books on Bug Club this week and passwords will be given out.

Can I remind parents to check for the email I sent out to invite you to use Tapestry, which is the online learning journal we use where you can access your children’s profiles. Could I ask you to be aware that the email will  have come from ‘Tapestry’ not St Annes, in case it goes to your spam folder and it will contain your log in details.

 

Making continuous patterns

 

Counting

Playing and learning with friends

Happy Birthday!

 

Shape pictures

Fun with phonics and writing

Proud of our independent work

Reminders –

 

Helpers needed for the Caversham Library visit.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

REMINDERS

School photos 3rd October

Tapestry Talk 4th October 9am

Bug Club/Phonics Talk 5th October 9am

We would love to see you there!

 

 

 

 

25.09.17

The Reception children have settled in wonderfully and are enjoying our topic of  ‘OURSELVES.’ We have enjoyed sharing a number of stories this week which include, I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child, My Mum Is Fantastic by Nick Butterworth, Some Dogs Do by Jez Alborough and Peace at Last by Jill Murphy. 

The children have also had the opportunity to practise writing their name.

In R.E. we have began the topic of ‘Creation.’ We have been thinking about how God created the Earth, the planet we live on and everything in it. We shared the story of Creation and learnt about the sequence in which God made the world we live. We have been learning a song to help us with this.

The children have also practised the class prayers and we are very impressed with how well they are doing.

In Phonics this week the children have been introduced to the sounds SATPIN, we have had help from Geoffrey our class pet giraffe who often gets muddled with his sounds and needs help from the children. The children have especially liked singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

In Maths we have have been counting, ordering, recognising numbers to 10 and 20. We have been doing this during short sessions on the carpet as well as during play and during adult led fun activities individually or in small groups.

In P.E. the children have really taken to the sessions led by coach Meakin and he is very impressed by the lots of different ways they have thought to travel and the ingenious ways they thought of to balance bean bags on their bodies.

Can I take this opportunity to answer a concern that some parents have voiced about not having reading books which contain words. Learning to read relies on many different elements suited to individual children, these include; having phonetic knowledge, language rich environments, speaking and listening opportunities, fostering a love of reading and opportunities to map out/ retell or act out stories. We want your children to be fully confident before giving them books which may well include a lot of ‘tricky words’ which their phonetic knowledge will not help them to decode. We are carrying out these activities on a daily basis to prepare your children to be confident and ready to take on worded books, so rest assured they will receive books with words in very soon.

Very soon the children will be given a log in allowing them to use Bug Club which is an electronic platform to support your child’s reading. These books will directly match the level of phonics being taught.    

Can I remind parents to check for the email I sent out to invite you to use Tapestry, which is the online learning journal we use where you can access your children’s profiles. Could I ask you to be aware that the email will  have come from ‘Tapestry’ not St Annes, in case it goes to your spam folder and it will contain your log in details.

The children sequencing the Creation story from the Bible

 

Artwork

 

 

Fun with conkers and acorns

 

 

Maths

 

 

Show and Tell

 

Together times

 

 

Fun outside

 

 

 

Reminders –

 

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

 

Last Reception news for this year

 

 

Welcome back to Autumn Term One. We hope you had an enjoyable and rewarding Summer Holiday together.

This term our topic will be ‘Ourselves’. Since this term’s priority is to see the children settle into their new surroundings as smoothly as possible, we believe this topic is a great starting point. It allows the children to share the knowledge they already have about themselves, as well extend their learning through stories, exploration and play. Through stories such as The Funnybones series, Avocado Baby, Oliver’s Milkshake and I Will Never ever eat a Tomato we will take on many different roles, such as mini actors, story tellers, builders, engineers and scientists. We will explore the world of our imaginations whilst at the same time relating the stories to real life situations. Although there will be certain stories we focus on, the topic of ‘Ourselves’ is loose and will ultimately be guided by the children and their interests.

 

You will be pleased to know that the children had an amazing first week and we are very proud of how well they have settled in.

 

The children meeting their Year 6 ‘Buddies.’

Some of the things we enjoyed this week

 

Reminders –

 

 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays and Fridays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught skills on different ways of travelling.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. Wellies should be brought in to store on our class rack for the children to enjoy muddy play.

Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and lunchboxes.

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden and Mrs Rowe.

 

 

 

Last Reception news for this year

 

Can the Reception Class team take this opportunity to thank all the parents for they continuous support this year, which I’m sure you will agree has been extremely successful. We would also like to thank you for your kind, generous and thoughtful cards and gifts.

The rewards for us have been immeasurable, seeing all your children grow in confidence, being enthusiastic, happy and secure in their learning is more than we could ever ask for.

Wishing you all the very best for the summer holidays and good luck to all the children in their onward journey at St Anne’s…you will be amazing!

Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Miss Andrew

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Term 2 

10.07.17

People Who Help us

In Literacy the children have been looking at different sports and sports equipment. Every day we have been taking various items out of a bag and thinking what they could be used for. The children have been coming up with sentences and labels to identify the sporting paraphernalia.  

In R.E. this week the children learnt about the importance of St Anne and her relationship to the school. We talked about her role in the bringing up of Mary the mother of Jesus and the children cleverly worked out that St Anne was Jesus’ Grandmother. During class liturgy we shared a prayer about grandparents and the children reflected on the spacial  moments they share with their grandparents. The children then recorded reasons why grandparents are special in their R.E. books.

In phonics we have continued with phase 4 where the children consolidate the sounds they have learnt in stages 3 and 4 and apply them by making cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words and challenge them by making ccvc cvcc words. Some children have begun phase 5. We have designed some fun activities to encourage and help the children in their learning.

In Maths we have been focusing on practical activities such as counting the number of bean bags thrown into a hoop within a minute and made tally charts to record the number achieved. We have also carried out timed activities will illustrate how long a minute is. We have continued with daily CLIC sessions to improve the children’s mental maths.We have been counting backwards and forwards to 20 and 100. Practising 1, 2, 3 less or more than a given number and solving halving and doubling problems as well as the skill of subitising.

On Thursday the children went into year 1 for the morning to gt a feel of what it will be like in September, they also had a chance to meet their new teacher and experience their new surroundings. The children all came back with positive expressions and some even said they wanted to stay in Year 1 forever! (which did slightly upset Mrs Omar – how fickle are my lovely Reception children?) Seriously though we are so proud of all the children and the progress they have made and believe they are truly ready to move on to Year 1 – they are all superstars!

During sharing time we made fruit salad which links to our topic ‘Am I the Fastest?’ as we have been thinking about eating healthily like top sportsmen/women and athletes have to. We also shared the song ‘Praise Him’ that we have learnt this week.

The children received the good news that they were joint winners with Year 1 for the bottles for the Tombola competition. So the P.S.A. are kindly providing a prize of a movie, popcorn and drinks which will take place this Friday afternoon.

Reminders –

RECEPTION CLASS PARTY on the afternoon of Thursday 20th of July. We will send out slips with what we would like you to provide food wise this Friday. The staff will provide games, prizes and other extras. The children must wear uniform to school on that morning but if the would like to bring party clothes to change into in a labelled carrier bag that would be lovely.

We have a shortage of spare pants and socks. Could we kindly ask for any that have been lent out to be returned. More have now been purchased but any extra are always appreciated thanks.

We now go to the library every Thursday and all the children will have the opportunity to take out a new book of their choice each week. Could we please ask for them to be returned on Wednesday in order for us to process returns and issue reminders – thank you.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught athletics skills outdoors.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. As warmer weather approaches hats and sunscreen (applied at home) will also be a necessity to protect the children’s delicate skin. Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water. 

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and hats. 

LAST DAY OF TERM FRIDAY 21st July at 2pm – Please ensure all your children’s belongings are collected from the classroom. We will send home P.E. kits on Thursday 20th.  

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew.

 

Summer Term 2 

03.07.17

People Who Help us

In literacy we have been reading two lovely stories about Grandparents, ‘Grandfather and I’ by Helen E Buckley, ‘My Two Grannies’ by Floella Benjamin. This links nicely to the fact that we are looking at different saints in R.E. and the patron saint of our school, St Anne is the patron saint of grandparents. We will be working on a thank you prayer to Grandparents.

In R.E. this week the children have learnt about the life of St Francis. The children thought about all the words that described St Francis and what he did. They came up with loving, giving, helpful, friendly, kind, he prayed for the sick and poor, he helped animals and he loved everything. 

In phonics we have continued with phase 4 where the children consolidate the sounds they have learnt in stages 3 and 4 and apply them by making cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words and challenge them by making ccvc cvcc words. Some children have begun phase 5. We have designed some fun activities to encourage and help the children in their learning.

In Maths we continue with daily CLIC sessions to improve the children’s mental maths.We have been counting backwards and forwards to 20 and 100. Practising 1, 2, 3 less or more than a given number and solving halving and doubling problems.

This week we embarked on a project led by the talented Mrs Rowe to build an emergency street scene. We used the wooden houses that we made earlier in the year, which was the children’s own idea. We designed and painted a scenic backdrop, the road and gardens and added a house on fire. We also included emergency vehicles and people.

Last Thursday during Sharing Time the children enjoyed making Banana Splits, we think they enjoyed eating them just as much! Thank you to the parents and carers visiting that joined in with us.

 

Reminders –

RECEPTION CAKE SALE FRIDAY 7th JULY. Please bring in baked cakes or bought cakes to sell to raise money for the school.

We have a shortage of spare pants and socks. Could we kindly ask for any that have been lent out to be returned. More have now been purchased but any extra are always appreciated thanks.

We now go to the library every Thursday and all the children will have the opportunity to take out a new book of their choice each week. Could we please ask for them to be returned on Wednesday in order for us to process returns and issue reminders – thank you.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught athletics skills outdoors.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. As warmer weather approaches hats and sunscreen (applied at home) will also be a necessity to protect the children’s delicate skin. Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water. 

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and hats. 

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew.

 

Summer Term 2 

26.06.17

People Who Help us

 

In literacy we have been reading the wonderful picture book, ‘The Jolly Postman’, by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The story describes how a postman delivers cards and letters to various fairy-tale characters. He has a letter of apology for the three bears from Goldilocks, a postcard from Jack for the giant, a solicitor’s letter on behalf of Little Red Riding-Hood for the wolf who ate grandma, and so on. The children will be thinking who they would write a letter to. 

In R.E. this week the children listened to the Bible verses Matthew 16 13-19 where Peter confirms his belief that Jesus is the son of God. We introduced the topic of saints, beginning with Peter and Paul with is especially relevant as June 28th is the feast of St Peter and St Paul. The lesson made the children think about how much Peter loved Jesus, they then thought about how they could show that they loved Jesus and wrote about it.

In phonics we have continued with phase 4 where the children consolidate the sounds they have learnt in stages 3 and 4 and apply them by making cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words and challenge them by making ccvc cvcc words. Some children have begun phase 5.

In Maths we continue with daily CLIC sessions focussing on counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. We have practised our doubles and halves and making simple number sentences. We have also been revisiting position and money this week.

On Tuesday the children took part in Sports Day. It was wonderful to see so many reception parents and carers coming along to support their children. The Reception team were very proud of how the children conducted themselves. We saw super teamwork, determination and encouragement all around – great work! The Reception team would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Meakin for all his hard work and for a super well organised day.

Reminders –

We have a shortage of spare pants and socks. Could we kindly ask for any that have been lent out to be returned. More have now been purchased but any extra are always appreciated thanks.

We now go to the library every Thursday and all the children will have the opportunity to take out a new book of their choice each week. Could we please ask for them to be returned on Wednesday in order for us to process returns and issue reminders – thank you.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught athletics skills outdoors.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. As warmer weather approaches hats and sunscreen (applied at home) will also be a necessity to protect the children’s delicate skin. Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water. 

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and hats. 

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew

 

Summer Term 2 

19.06.17

People Who Help us

 

In literacy we have been the wonderful picture book, ‘Officer Buckle and Gloria’, by Peggy Rathman. The story revolves around the obsession Officer Buckle has about safety tips and how he has hundreds of them which he enjoys sharing with local schools. Gloria becomes his special friend when the Police Department issue him with a police dog. The children came up with their own very sensible safety tips which they wrote up on star templates. 

In R.E. the children have continued the unit of Pentecost. This week the children worked really hard at  independently sequencing the story of the arrival of the Holy Spirit. They thought about what happened ‘First’ ‘Next’ and ‘Finally’ which we rehearsed and practised actions for.  The children then labelled the pictures or wrote simple sentences describing the scenes. 

In phonics we have continued with phase 4 where the children consolidate the sounds they have learnt in stages 3 and 4 and apply them by making cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words and challenge them by making ccvc cvcc words. Some children have begun phase 5.

In Maths we continue with daily CLIC sessions focussing on counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. We have practised our doubles and halves and making simple number sentences. We have also been solving some simple halving and sharing problems.

Linked to our topic of People Who Help we have been looking at the Lifeboat and Helicopter rescue services and the children began a discussion about swimming or drowning. This discussion then moved on to sinking and floating. Since the children seemed very interested in this we decided later in the week to experiment with seeing which objects from a group of 4 would sink or float. We tested a screw, a stone, a lemon and a cork. The children then had to make a hypothesis as to what they thought might happen before testing it. After testing they then thought whether they hypothesis was correct or not. They really enjoyed this activity and we are definitely impressed with all our super scientists.

In P.E. the children have once again been enthusiastically practising activities in preparation for Sports Day. Mr Meakin with the support of the Reception team had a run through of the activities the children will be doing on the day. The children took to the activities brilliantly and we are sure you will be as impressed as we are when you see them in full action next week!

Reminders –

KS1 Sports Day next Tuesday 27th June from 9:30am. Picnic lunch 12:00-1:15pm all parents and carers are welcome. Packed lunches can be provided by the school kitchen for those children who require one.

We have a shortage of spare pants and socks. Could we kindly ask for any that have been lent out to be returned. More have now been purchased but any extra are always appreciated thanks.

We now go to the library every Thursday and all the children will have the opportunity to take out a new book of their choice each week. Could we please ask for them to be returned on Wednesday in order for us to process returns and issue reminders – thank you.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught athletics skills outdoors.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. As warmer weather approaches hats and sunscreen (applied at home) will also be a necessity to protect the children’s delicate skin. Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water. 

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and hats. 

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew

 

 

 

 

Summer Term 2 

12.06.17

People Who Help us

 

In literacy we have been the wonderful picture book ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’  by Ronda and David Armitage. We have been listening to, rehearsing parts of the story and retelling it our own words. We have focussed on the part of the story were Mr Grimling has his lunch and wrote a shopping list together of what he needed to make it. The children then thought of ingredients they would enjoy in their own lunch so they could independently write shopping lists. We also had fun icing biscuits.

In R.E. the children have continued the unit of Pentecost. We have linked this unit to our topic, and thought about the trinity and how God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit might help us too. The children produced a bubble map in their R.E. books to illustrate this.

In phonics we have continued with phase 4 where the children consolidate the sounds they have learnt in stages 3 and 4 and apply them by making cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words and challenge them by making ccvc cvcc words. Some children have begun phase 5.

In Maths we continue with daily CLIC sessions focussing on counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. We have practised our doubles and halves and making simple number sentences. We have had a focus on measure this week and we have been measuring short amounts of time. The children took part in an activity were they worked with a partner to see how many skips they could do in one minute. We also looked at capacity and compared containers full of coloured water. The children described whether the containers were full, half full or empty as well as ordering and comparing capacities. Some children correctly read the scales on the measuring jugs.

In P.E. the children have been enthusiastically practising activities in preparation for Sports Day. Mr Meakin was especially impressed with how fast the children were at running and how they were able to stay in their lanes.

On Tuesday the children had a safety talk relating to the Railways presented by Network Rail. The children sat beautifully throughout and asked some sensible questions and replied with well thought out answers.

Reminders – 

We have a shortage of spare pants and socks. Could we kindly ask for any that have been lent out to be returned. More have now been purchased but any extra are always appreciated thanks.

We now go to the library every Thursday and all the children will have the opportunity to take out a new book of their choice each week. Could we please ask for them to be returned on Wednesday in order for us to process returns and issue reminders – thank you.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught athletics skills outdoors.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. As warmer weather approaches hats and sunscreen (applied at home) will also be a necessity to protect the children’s delicate skin. Also water bottles should be brought in daily. Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water. 

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and hats. 

– Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew

Summer Term 2 

06.06.17

People Who Help us

 

Welcome back to Summer Term 2. We hope you had a peaceful and relaxing Half-term together.

This term our topic will be ‘People Who Help Us’  In literacy we will be sharing lots of wonderful picture books, such as;

 ‘The Jolly Postman’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg,Mr Tick the Teacher’ by the same authors, ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’  by Ronda and David Armitage, ‘ No dragons for Tea’  by Jean E. Pendziwol ‘ Mog and the V-E-T’  by Judith Kerr and ‘Officer Buckle and Gloria’ by Percy Rathmann. As well as lots of non-fiction texts.

In R.E. the children have continued the unit of Pentecost. We then watched a short clip which reenacted what happened when the Holy Spirit came and thought about how the disciples must have felt. We then discussed the events of that special time and practised retelling the story in sequence. In a session later in the week we watched a clip of the song ‘Holy Spirit’ performed by  Kari Jobe ft. Cody Carnes and followed a dance to this. The children put their heart and soul into following the dance and many came up with their own ideas. Finally the children produced some wonderful writing about what they had done and why- we were extremely impressed! 

In phonics we have continued with phase 4 where the children consolidate the sounds they have learnt in stages 3 and 4 and apply them by making cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words and challenge them by making ccvc cvcc words. Some children have begun phase 5.

In Maths we continue with daily CLIC sessions and have had a focus this week on counting to 20 and 100, forwards and backwards. We have practised counting in 1s, 2s and 10s. We have compared 2 amounts, subitising what we see. We have practised our learnits and made lots of addition number sentences. Some children met the challenge of writing all the number sentences they could think of to make 10.

We have started a class art project where we have drawn around several children with the hope of transforming them into a policeman, fireman and nurse for a classroom topic display. 

The children continue to enjoy drumming with Mrs Asbury they are producing some fantastic rhythms!

 

Reminders – 

We have a shortage of spare pants and socks. Could we kindly ask for any that have been lent out to be returned. More have now been purchased but any extra are always appreciated thanks.

We now go to the library every Thursday and all the children will have the opportunity to take out a new book of their choice each week. Could we please ask for them to be returned on Wednesday in order for us to process returns and issue reminders – thank you.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught athletics skills outdoors.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that waterproof coats are brought into school daily. As warmer weather approaches hats and sunscreen (applied at home) will also be a necessity to protect the children’s delicate skin.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and hats.

Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew

Reception Summer Term 1

 

22.05.17

Do Dragons Exist?

This week we have continued with our topic  ‘Do Dragons Exist?’  In literacy we have read Zog and Zog and The Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson. The children have enjoyed listening, rehearsing the story and learning parts of it off by heart. The children then retold the story and wrote a part of the book in their own words.

As well as the children reading individually during the week, they have been enjoying their weekly guided reading sessions where a group of six children of a similar level read together developing their reading skills.

In R.E. the children have been introduced to the unit of Pentecost. Firstly we talked about the emotions felt when someone you love goes away and compared this to how Jesus’ disciples must have felt.  We then watched a short clip which reenacted what happened when the Holy Spirit came and thought about how this would have felt.

In phonics we have continued with phase 4 where the children consolidate the sounds they have learnt in stages 3 and 4 and apply them by making cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words and challenge them by making ccvc cvcc words.

In Maths we continue with daily CLIC sessions where we practise mental maths strategies. We have had a focus on time using the analogue clock to look at O’clock. We revisited days of the week, months of the year and seasons.

In P.E. the children continue to enjoy cricket sessions with Mr Meakin. Their throwing skills are really coming on. They work very well as a team and listen to modelled instructions wonderfully.

If anyone has any dragon themed books, movies (Certificate U), games, pictures etc. It would be great if they could be shared with us.

Can we take this opportunity to thank all the parents for helping us to make our Medieval fun day such a success. Without your support it would not have been possible. Thank you! 

Could we also give a special mention to Mrs Orife for giving up her time to carryout the most amazing face painting art for the children – we are very lucky to have you. Thank you!

Reminders –

Could we please remind parents that children should now be in the school’s summer uniform. (See specifications on the correct tab on St Anne’s website)

We have a shortage of spare pants and socks. Could we kindly ask for any that have been lent out to be returned. More have now been purchased but any extra are always appreciated thanks.

We now go to the library every Thursday and all the children will have the opportunity to take out a new book of their choice each week. Could we please ask for them to be returned on Wednesday in order for us to process returns and issue reminders – thank you.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught cricket skills outdoors.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily. As warmer weather approaches hats and sunscreen (applied at home) will also be a necessity to protect the children’s delicate skin.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and hats.

Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – Thank you.

We wish you an enjoyable half-term.

God Bless

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew 

Reception Summer Term 1

15.05.17

Do Dragons Exist?

This week we have continued with our topic  ‘Do Dragons Exist?’  In literacy we have read Zog and Zog and The Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson. The children have enjoyed listening, re-telling the story and even learning parts of it off by heart. The children wrote super character descriptions about their own dragon designs.

As well as the children reading individually during the week, they have been enjoying their weekly guided reading sessions where a group of six children of a similar level read together developing their reading skills.

In R.E. we completed the Easter unit by looking at an important symbol of Easter; the Paschal candle. The children learnt about the particular features of the candle and what they mean, such as Α and Ω meaning that God is the beginning and the end. They were also interested to know how the candle was used in church. The children then wrote in their RE books about what they could remember. Our class liturgy was based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and the children talked about how Jesus showed love to everyone he met. The children then shared their thoughts on how we could show love through our actions. The children remained respectful and considerate throughout and responded with carefully thought out answers – Well done!  

In phonics we have continued with phase 4 where the children consolidate the sounds they have learnt in stages 3 and 4 and apply them by making cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words and challenge them by making ccvc cvcc words.

In Maths we continue with daily CLIC sessions where we practise mental maths strategies. We have had a focus this week on counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s, recognising numbers up to 20 and 100, knowing that ‘teen’ numbers mean 10 plus some more, comparing 2 amounts and subitising.

In P.E. the children continue to enjoy cricket sessions with Mr Meakin. Their throwing skills are really coming on. They work very well as a team and listen to modelled instructions wonderfully.

If anyone has any dragon themed books, movies (Certificate U), games, pictures etc. It would be great if they could be shared with us.

Reminders – 

REMEMBER OUR Medieval fun day next Thursday 25th May. We will plan fun activities, games, a banquet (parents are invited to the picnic lunch) and a Falconry expert visit. The children will be invited to dress up in costumes relating to the theme, A letter will be sent out on Friday 19th May with the finer details.

We have a shortage of spare pants and socks. Could we kindly ask for any that have been lent out to be returned. More have now been purchased but any extra are always appreciated thanks.

We now go to the library every Thursday and all the children will have the opportunity to take out a new book of their choice each week. Could we please ask for them to be returned on Wednesday in order for us to process returns and issue reminders – thank you.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught cricket skills outdoors.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily. As warmer weather approaches hats and sunscreen (applied at home) will also be a necessity to protect the children’s delicate skin.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and hats.

Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew 

Reception Summer Term 1

08.05.17

Do Dragons Exist?

This week we have continued with our topic  ‘Do Dragons Exist?’  In literacy we have re-read the wonderful picture book story ‘Tell me a Dragon,’ by Jackie Morris, as well as the ‘Zog’ stories by Julia Donaldson and ‘Egg’ by M.P. Robertson. We have also watched some short clips from How to Train Your Dragon.  We have compared the different types of dragons in all these tales and discussed what we liked and disliked about them. The children then thought about what their own dragons would be like. In art the children painted their own individual dragons relating colour to the characteristics of their imagined creatures. We were very impressed with their designs.

In R.E. with have continued with the Easter unit and the children have enjoyed hearing the story of how Jesus rose again. We have thought about how Jesus’ disciples must have felt to have lost their friend but then the amazement they must have experienced when he returned. We have reenacted parts of the story and put it into sequence. The children have then chosen a part of the story they would like to write about. You will be very proud of what they have produced. It is extremely pleasing to see how deeply they have thought about Easter’s real message.

In phonics we have continued with phase 4 where the children consolidate the sounds they have learnt in stages 3 and 4 and apply them by making cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words and challenge them by making ccvc cvcc words.

In Maths we continue with daily CLIC sessions and have had a focus this week on problem solving relating to doubling and halving, counting in 2s,  odd and even numbers, knowing that ‘teen’ numbers mean 10 plus some more, comparing 2 amounts and writing number sentences for doubling.

In P.E.the children continue to enjoy cricket sessions with Mr Meakin. Their throwing skills are really coming on. They work very well as a team and listen to modelled instructions wonderfully.

On Thursday the children had fun joining Nursery class in a muddy puddle walk and were super role models to the younger children – Well done!

If anyone has any dragon themed books, movies (Certificate U), games, pictures etc. It would be great if they could be shared with us.

Reminders – 

On Thursday 25th we will be having a Medieval fun day. We will plan fun activities, games, a banquet and possibly a Falconry visit Children will be invited to dress up in costumes relating to the theme, A letter will be sent out very soon with the finer details.

We have a shortage of spare pants and socks. Could we kindly ask for any that have been lent out to be returned. More have now been purchased but any extra are always appreciated thanks.

We now go to the library every Thursday and all the children will have the opportunity to take out a new book of their choice each week. Could we please ask for them to be returned on Wednesday in order for us to process returns and issue reminders – thank you.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught cricket skills outdoors.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily. As warmer weather approaches hats and sunscreen (applied at home) will also be a necessity to protect the children’s delicate skin.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and hats.

Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew 

Reception Summer Term 1

24.04.17

Do Dragons Exist?

 

Welcome back to Summer Term One. We hope you had a peaceful and relaxing Easter Holiday together.

This term our topic will be ‘Do Dragons Exist?’  In literacy the children have been introduced to the wonderful picture book story ‘Tell me a Dragon,’ by Jackie Morris. We have looked at the different types of dragons and discussed how the author has described them. We then chose our 4 favourite dragons and wrote about them.

In R.E. we have begun our unit on Easter which we began with ‘Holy week’ just before the break. We have been thinking about what it means to put others first as Jesus did. The children listened to the special Easter song Alleluia and they talked about what they thought it meant. We looked at the churches colour of gold and white for Easter and decorated a range of Allellias for display and the children’s R.E. books. 

In phonics we have completed stage 3 by learning ‘ear’, ‘air’ and ‘ure’. Now very importantly we will move into phase 4 where the children consolidate the sounds they have learnt in stages 3 and 4 and apply them by making cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words and challenge them by making ccvc cvcc words.

In Maths we continue with daily CLIC sessions and have had a focus this week on counting backwards from 20, ordering and forming numbers correctly, recognising what 100 as a quantity looks like, comparing 2 amounts and working out less and more, estimating amounts and counting to check our estimates.

On Thursday Mrs Omar discovered that something very strange had occurred in the secret garden below Reception class. Upon further investigation children discovered dragon footprints, 4 eggs, a tooth and a claw!

If anyone has any dragon themed books, movies (Certificate U), games, pictures etc. It would be great if they could be shared with us.

Reminders – 

We have a shortage of spare pants and socks. Could we kindly ask for any that have been lent out to be returned. More have now been purchased but any extra are always appreciated thanks.

We now go to the library every Thursday and all the children will have the opportunity to take out a new book of their choice each week. Could we please ask for them to be returned on Wednesday in order for us to process returns and issue reminders – thank you.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught cricket skills outdoors.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily. As warmer weather approaches hats and sunscreen (applied at home) will also be a necessity to protect the children’s delicate skin.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and hats.

Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew

 

Reception Class News – Week beginning 13th March 2017

‘Are Eggs Alive?’

In R.E. the children have continued learning about the important part of the churches calendar – Lent. The children took part in a class liturgy based on John 9:1-12, Jesus heals a blind man. We talked about how Jesus helped people. We discussed how the organisation CAFOD helps people around the world. The children then shared their ideas of how they could help their friends and family. Please remember to help to fill our class vase with coppers.

In literacy we shared a story ‘The Cow that Laid an Egg.’ We also thought about a set of rules for taking care of the chicks. Later in the week when the chicks had grown a bit, we made a run for them in the classroom and the children enjoyed watching them running round. They then imagined what conversations the chicks might be having and wrote up their ideas.  

In phonics we revised the phonemes ‘ai’, ‘oa’ and ‘igh’  and introduced ‘oo, ‘oo’ and ‘ar’. They have continued to enjoy making simple cvc words with all the sounds we have learnt. There is a Jolly phonics song which has most of the next sounds we are learning with some extra too. So it would be good practice for the children to listen to and sing along to this at home with you. Here is website address. 

www.youtube.co./watch?v=yjKq8s8154s

In Maths we continued, counting to 100 in 1s and 10s. We counted actual amounts of objects, we compared groups of objects. The children also compared size and thought of ways to measure the chicks.

In Music the children have enjoyed experimenting with playing different percussion instruments. In art we have made the life cycle of a butterfly and we have baked jam tarts.

The children enjoyed watching the Year 1 assembly on Friday and are looking forward to sharing their assembly with you next Friday. 

Reminders – 

We have a shortage of spare pants and socks. Could we kindly ask for any that have been lent out to be returned. More have now been purchased but any extra are always appreciated thanks.

We now go to the library every Thursday and all the children will have the opportunity to take out a new book of their choice each week. Could we please ask for them to be returned on Wednesday in order for us to process returns and issue reminders – thank you.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught netball skills outdoors.

Outdoor P.E.  kit such as tracksuits, leggings or sweatshirts may be necessary as some sessions could still be taught outside weather permitting.

As the weather is still unpredictable could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily and wellies can be left on the classroom rack to be used when needed

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats.

Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew

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Reception Class News – Week beginning 6th March 2017

‘Why do spiders eat flies?’

In R.E. the children have continued learning about the important part of the churches calendar – Lent. The children attended an assembly presented by Deborah West from CAFOD (Catholic international development charity). The Lent 2017 animation told the story of Florence from Zambia and the project of ‘one little fish’ and how it changed her life. You can watch the film on http://cafod.org.uk/Education/Primary-schools/Lent. The school has decided to support this cause by collecting coppers/small change in each classroom. Please help us fill our vase.

In Literacy we shared the story of Stripey The Caterpillar. The children took part in an activity where they discussed how they thought Stripey felt at the end of the story. They then wrote their own endings.

In phonics we revised the digraph phoneme ‘ng’, ‘ee’ and ‘ai’  and introduced ‘oa, ‘igh’ and ‘oo’. They have continued to enjoy making simple cvc words with all the sounds we have learnt. There is a Jolly phonics song which has most of the next sounds we are learning with some extra too. So it would be good practice for the children to listen to and sing along to this at home with you. Here is website address. 

www.youtube.co./watch?v=yjKq8s8154s

In Maths we carried out mini-beast activities which included counting, sorting and ordering amounts. We had a focus on learning about cardinal numbers and carried out bug races in groups. We re-visited finding one less and one more and doubles. We also painted caterpillars ensuring to use a continuous repeating pattern with 2 colours.  

On Monday we had an important arrival in class…Eggs ready to hatch and by the end of the week 8 had become chicks. Parents who came in to Sharing Time had the opportunity to meet our new class members. We are looking forward to lots of fun activities next week involving Chicks as well as being able to handle them as they will be bigger and stronger.

Reminders – 

We have a shortage of spare pants and socks. Could we kindly ask for any that have been lent out to be returned. More have now been purchased but any extra are always appreciated thanks.

We now go to the library every Thursday and all the children will have the opportunity to take out a new book of their choice each week. Could we please ask for them to be returned on Wednesday in order for us to process returns and issue reminders – thank you.

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught netball skills outdoors.

Outdoor P.E.  kit such as tracksuits, leggings or sweatshirts may be necessary as some sessions could still be taught outside weather permitting.

As the colder weather is here could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily and wellies can be left on the classroom rack to be used when needed

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats.

Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew

Reception Class News – Week beginning 27th February 2017

‘Why do spiders eat flies?’

 

In R.E. the children have been learning about the important part of the churches calendar – Lent. The children were introduced to the season’s emphasis on alms giving and we discussed ways we could others.  We attended Mass on Ash Wednesday at St Anne’s church when the children behaved impeccably. In addition the school held an assembly where the children had the opportunity to be anointed with ashes.

In Literacy we read and watched different versions of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, one version was a reading by the author himself, Eric Carle. The children took part in an activity where they sequenced the events in the story.

In phonics we revised the digraph phoneme ‘ng’ and introduced ‘ee’, ‘ai’, and ‘oa’. They have continued to enjoy making simple cvc words with all the sounds we have learnt. There is a Jolly phonics song which has most of the next sounds we are learning with some extra too. So it would be good practice for the children to listen to and sing along to this at home with you. Here is website address. 

www.youtube.co./watch?v=yjKq8s8154s

In Maths we carried out mini-beast activities which included counting, sorting and ordering amounts. We had a focus on finding 1 less than a given number in our CLIC sessions. As well as a focus on revisiting the days of the week.

On Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day the children took part in pancake races organised by Mrs Campbell and carefully carried out by Mr Meakin. The children put their heart and soul into both the racing and the eating of the pancakes afterwards.

World book day was as usual a fun filled day, where everyone got the chance to dress up, read lots of our favourite stories and generally enjoy themselves. In the morning the children were lucky to have a trio of Disney heroines visit the school to read and perform. After the show the children got to chat and have photos with the three ladies. During the morning we wrote a chapter for a school book which every class wrote a chapter for. This was shared at the end of the day in assembly, in addition the winners of the extreme reading competition were announced and Immy in Reception got a prize – Congratulations Immy, we loved the photo of you reading whilst riding your scooter!

Thanks to everyone involved and a big thank you to all the parents for providing the wonderful costumes. 

Reminders – 

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught netball skills outdoors.

Outdoor P.E.  kit such as tracksuits, leggings or sweatshirts may be necessary as some sessions could still be taught outside weather permitting.

As the colder weather is here could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily and wellies can be left on the classroom rack to be used when needed

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats.

Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew

 

Reception Class News – Week beginning 20th February 2017

 

‘Why do spiders eat flies?’

 

Welcome back! We hope you had a restful half-term.

This term’s topic is ‘Why do spiders eat flies?’

In R.E. the children learnt about the true meaning behind St Valentine’s day. We learnt about the saint himself and his struggle to promote love as an important aspect of the Catholic faith. We thought about what is means to love someone and how you can show your love by your actions. We wrote about how we can show our love to those we care about.

In Literacy we looked closely at non-fiction books and their key features. We made are first labelled diagrams of spiders. 

In phonics we had a revision week. We have carried out lots of phonics activities this week to reinforce phase 2 and 3 phonics. They have continued to enjoy making simple cvc words with all the sounds we have learnt. There is a Jolly phonics song which has most of the next sounds we are learning with some extra too. So it would be good practice for the children to listen to and sing along to this at home with you. Here is website address. 

www.youtube.co./watch?v=yjKq8s8154s

In Maths we carried out mini-beast activities which included counting amounts of bugs, ladybird doubles, sorting mini-beasts by characteristics and finding which were our favourite mini-beasts and making a pictogram to show this.

 

 

Reminders – 

Get ahead and prepare your customs for World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March

Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays

It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.

P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday and Friday the children will be taught netball skills outdoors.

Outdoor P.E.  kit such as tracksuits, leggings or sweatshirts may be necessary as some sessions could still be taught outside weather permitting.

As the colder weather is here could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily and wellies can be left on the classroom rack to be used when needed

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats.

Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – Thank you.

The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew

Construction

 

Reception Class News – Week beginning 6th February 2017

The children have worked extremely hard this term, we are amazed at their progress and very proud of them!

In R.E. the children continued the unit entitled prayer. We re-listened to a version of the Lord’s Prayer sung by Andre Bocelli and discussed how beautiful his voice was. I then explained that unfortunately Andre Bocelli is blind and we thought about how this made us feel. The children then wrote their individual prayers to thank God for the gifts he had bestowed on us. 

In Literacy we looked at the story There’s a sea in my Bedroom this is a story where the bedroom transforms into the sea. The children took part in a writing activity where they had to think what they would like their bedroom to change into. They shared some very imaginative ideas.

In Phonics this week the children have recapped on the digraph phonemes – qu and ch, sh, th and ng. We have carried out lots of phonics activities this week to reinforce phase 2 and 3 phonics. They have continued to enjoy making simple cvc words with all the sounds we have learnt. There is a Jolly phonics song which has most of the next sounds we are learning with some extra too. So it would be good practice for the children to listen to and sing along to this at home with you. Here is website address. 

www.youtube.co./watch?v=yjKq8s8154s

In Maths we have continued with the concept of doubles, counting in 1s and 2s, finding 1 more and 1 less of a given number.  We created number sentences 1+2=3 and 2+1=3 as well as 2+3=5 and 3+2=5. We looked at different ways to make 10 which we refer to as number bonds to 10. We  also revisited shape but this time had a focus which shapes are symmetrical.

In art we made symmetrical butterflies reinforcing the concept of symmetry and doubles.

We did some cooking and made chocolate chip cookies which the children enjoyed. This Friday 10th the children will get the opportunity to decorate heart shape biscuits along with the entire school. Don’t forget to join in the competition by baking cakes for the bake-off organised by the PSA.

Reminders – 

  • Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays – this is important for their safety since we are doing gymnastics.
  • It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.
  • Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. I have stuck the children’s’ log ins for Bug Club in their reading record books.
  • I will also attempt to re-add parents to the Tapestry Learning journal over half-term as some parents have not yet been able to log on. This email will not come from St Annes but from the Tapestry website direct.
  • P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday the children will be taught gymnastics skills indoors.
  • Outdoor P.E.  kit such as tracksuits, leggings or sweatshirts may be necessary as some sessions could still be taught outside weather permitting.
  • As the colder weather is here could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily and wellies can be left on the classroom rack to be used when needed.
  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats.
  • Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – thank you.  
  • Have a super half term holiday!  
  • The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew. 

Construction

Reception Class News – Week beginning 30th January 2017

The children are working very hard this term and we are amazed at their progress!

In R.E. the children continued the unit entitled prayer. We listened to a version of the Lord’s Prayer sung by Andre Bocelli and discussed how beautiful his voice was. I then explained that unfortunately Andre Bocelli is blind and we thought about how this made us feel. We then had a class liturgy based on the gifts God has given us. We read James 1:17 and shared what we thought our individual gifts were.

In Phonics this week the children have recapped on the digraph phonemes – qu and ch been introduced to the digraphs sh, th and ng. The children continue phase 3 phonics to recap on all the sounds they have learnt in phase 2 and 3 on a daily basis to ensure their knowledge remains strong. They have continued to enjoy making simple cvc words with all the sounds we have learnt. There is a Jolly phonics song which has most of the next sounds we are learning with some extra too. So it would be good practice for the children to listen to and sing along to this at home with you. Here is website address. 

www.youtube.co./watch?v=yjKq8s8154s

During Show and Tell this week the children have had the opportunity to share picture and drawings of some of their bedrooms. We have extended this theme in Literacy by using opinions to say why we liked and disliked certain bedroom designs we looked a together.

The story we have begun to look at in Literacy is Where the wild things Are this is a story where the bedroom of the main character Max transforms. The children took part in a writing activity where they had to think what would happen next in the story and predict how max’s room would change. They came up with some very imaginative ideas and some wonderful writing.

In Maths we have continued with the concept of doubles, counting in 1s and 2s, finding 1 more and 1 less of a given number. e introduced the We have introduced the idea of odd and even. We have revisited repeating patterns and the children have made some practically. The children also worked on problem solving activities based on linear patterns of 1 and 2 more. We  on which also revisited shape but this time had a focus which shapes are symmetrical.

In art the children created their own crowns like the character Max in Where the wild things Are.

The children are continuing to enjoy gymnastics with Mr Meakin, our outside coach and his wonderful assistants ( Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew). We have seen some very impressive body shapes, rolls and different ways to travel.

Could we make a request for donations of any magazines e.g. Argos, Ikea, Next etc which might have images of children’s bedrooms in them for the next part of our topic.

Reminders – 

  • Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays – this is important for their safety since we are doing gymnastics.
  • It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.
  • Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. If any parents need their log ins for Bug Club or our online learning Tapestry please contact us.
  • P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday the children will be taught gymnastics skills indoors.
  • Outdoor P.E.  kit such as tracksuits, leggings or sweatshirts may be necessary as some sessions could still be taught outside weather permitting.
  • As the colder weather is here could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily and wellies can be left on the classroom rack to be used when needed.
  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats.
  • Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – thank you.     
  • The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew. 

Construction

Reception Class News – Week beginning 23rd January 2017

The children are continuing to impress the Reception team with their  enthusiastic and determined attitude to their learning.

In R.E. the children continued the unit entitled prayer. We revisited the Lord’s Prayer, thinking about what it means and listening to a song to help us do this. We had the opportunity to think about what we are thankful for and the children worked together to write a class prayer. It went like this:

Dear God,

We thank you for our pets.

We thank you for trees and flowers.

We thank you for special people in our lives.

We thank you for our families.

Amen

It would be great if parents could practise the Lord’s prayer at home.

In Phonics this week the children have recapped on the phonemes – x,y, z and zz been introduced to the digraphs qu, ch and sh. The children continue phase 3 phonics to recap on all the sounds they have learnt in phase 2 and 3 on a daily basis to ensure their knowledge remains strong. They have continued to enjoy making simple cvc words with all the sounds we have learnt. There is a Jolly phonics song which has most of the next sounds we are learning with some extra too. So it would be good practice for the children to listen to and sing along to this at home with you. Here is website address. 

www.youtube.co./watch?v=yjKq8s8154s

In Literacy we have continued reading the Three Little Pigs. We have enjoyed reading and watching different versions of the story. This week we have focused on the character of the wolf and thought of some imaginative descriptions. We have also taken part in hot-seating the wolf and thought of asking him interesting and relevant questions. The children have enjoyed acting out the story in small groups which has been extremely entertaining as well as a way of enriching their vocabulary and boosting their confidence.

We have worked in small groups thinking about the colour and design we would like for our small wooden houses. The children worked cooperatively and we able to compromise on their preferences for colour and design. The finished results and amazing and we are looking forward to constructing our own street.

In Maths we continue to count to 100, both in 1s and 10s. We have also continued looking at one less and one more than a given number. We have had a focus on writing our numbers 1-10 correctly on a daily basis and worked in groups to order numbers 1-10 and 1-20. We have had a real focus on  doubles and carried out lots of activities to consolidate our learning practically. We have also found a fun new sing  to help us. Here is the web address.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik_-OAgzD-8

In music the children have been in full voice as well as experimenting by playing different percussion instruments. Mrs Asbury has been impressed with how well they have followed her conducting on when to begin and stop playing. The children have also enjoyed taking part in hymn practice this week.

Could we make a request for donations of any magazines e.g. Argos, Ikea, Next etc which might have images of children’s bedrooms in them for the next part of our topic.

Reminders – 

  • Could children who wear earrings have them removed for our P.E. sessions on Thursdays – this is important for their safety since we are doing gymnastics.
  • It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.
  • Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. If any parents need their log ins for Bug Club or our online learning Tapestry please contact us.
  • P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday the children will be taught gymnastics skills indoors.
  • Outdoor P.E.  kit such as tracksuits, leggings or sweatshirts may be necessary as some sessions could still be taught outside weather permitting.
  • As the colder weather is here could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily and wellies can be left on the classroom rack to be used when needed.
  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats.
  • Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – thank you.     
  • The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew. 

 

Construction

Reception Class News – Week beginning 16th January 2017

We are so impressed with how the children have quickly and smoothly settled into their learning – Well done!

In R.E. the children have begun the unit entitled prayer. We have discussed why we pray and focussed on the three main reasons, to ask for something, to say sorry or to give thanks. We have looked in detail this week at the Lord’s Prayer, thinking about what it means. We had the opportunity to think about making the right choices and how this prayer could help us. It would be great if parents could help by practising the Lord’s prayer at home too.

In Phonics this week the children have recapped on the phonemes – j,v,w and been introduced to x, y, z and the digraph zz. The children continue phase 3 phonics to recap on all the sounds they have learnt in phase 2 and 3 on a daily basis to ensure their knowledge remains strong. They have continued to enjoy making simple cvc words with all the sounds we have learnt. There is a Jolly phonics song which has most of the next sounds we are learning with some extra too. So it would be good practice for the children to listen to and sing along to this at home with you. Here is website address. 

www.youtube.co./watch?v=yjKq8s8154s

In Literacy we have continued reading the Three Little Pigs. We have looked at different versions. We have also focused on what the characters might say in the story and written our own speech bubbles. We have also produced some work labelling the different parts of a house.

As our topic of construction continues we have been looking at the many different styles of houses there are, the materials they are made from and the different rooms that might be found within our homes.

We were also extremely lucky to have Rebecca’s Dad come in and talk about his role in the construction industry. He shared computer models of building designs, talked about who worked in construction and their varied roles, as well as the importance of planning and safety. We like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Mr Huber.

We have had the opportunity to build our own small wooden houses in small groups, using a hammer and nails. The children took turns beautifully and we talked about what safety precautions we should take before we began. We also discussed the different 2D shapes we could see as we put the houses together. We will move on to painting and putting windows and doors on our houses before constructing our own street.

In Maths we have continued making simple number sentences to 10 e.g. 2+3=5 as a class. We have revisited shape and reinforce the children’s learning of the shapes’ properties. The children took part in a shape hunt activity and found lots of 2D and 3D shapes around the school. We continue to count to 100. We have also continued looking at one less and one more than a given number. We have talked about how ‘more’ means getting bigger and ‘less’ means getting smaller. We continue to sing our doubles song.

Reminders – 

  • It is important that the children take pride in their school and one way we can all ensure that we do this is to look smart in our school uniform.
  • Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. If any parents need their log ins for Bug Club or our online learning Tapestry please contact us.
  • P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday the children will be taught gymnastics skills indoors.
  • Outdoor P.E.  kit such as tracksuits, leggings or sweatshirts may be necessary as some sessions could still be taught outside weather permitting.
  • As the colder weather is here could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily and wellies can be left on the classroom rack to be used when needed.
  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats.
  • Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – thank you.     
  • The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew. 

 

 

Construction

Reception Class News – Week beginning 9th January 2017

Welcome back after a well earned Christmas break!

The children have settled in amazingly, it is hard to believe that they have ever been away, although the rest has obviously done them all good as their brain cells are definitely firing on all cylinders. The children have enjoyed our new Spring term 1 topic of ‘Construction’ so far.

In R.E. we have completed our unit on the Christmas story and the children’s knowledge of this has obviously been boosted by their outstanding Nativity performance. The children enjoyed sequencing this wondrous story and retelling it in their own words. They have thought about the true meaning of Christmas and what God’s gift of Jesus meant to us. We have also discussed why it is important to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

In Phonics this week the children have focused on the phonemes – j,v,w and x, which means they have begun phase 3 phonics which is very pleasing. We continue to  recap on all the sounds they have learnt in phase 2 on a daily basis to ensure their knowledge remains strong  .They have continued to enjoy making simple cvc words with all the sounds we have learnt. There is a Jolly phonics song which has most of the next sounds we are learning with some extra too. So it would be good practice for the children to listen to and sing along to this at home with you. Here is website address. 

www.youtube.co./watch?v=yjKq8s8154s

In Maths we have been making simple number sentences to 5 e.g. 2+3=5 as does 3+2=5, we did this practically with our fingers and small objects in focused activities. The children took part in a problem solving activity where children made towers out of cubes and they had to put them in order of height. We also drew around our feet and compared them with our classmates, we then used our footprints to measure different items in the classroom. We continue to count to 100. We have also continued looking at one less and one more than a given number. We have talked about how ‘more’ means getting bigger and ‘less’ means getting smaller. We continue to sing our doubles song.

In Literacy we have enjoyed reading the Three Little Pigs. We have looked at different versions and the children really like the Little Pigs Jig which is a song telling the story. We have made puppets and masks to help us reenact the story. We have also focused on what the characters might say in the story and written our own speech bubbles.

Reminders – 

  • Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. If any parents need their log ins for Bug Club or our online learning Tapestry please contact us.
  • P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled. On Thursday the children will be taught gymnastics skills indoors.
  • Outdoor P.E.  kit such as tracksuits, leggings or sweatshirts may be necessary as sessions could still be taught outside weather permitting.
  • As the colder weather arrives could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily and wellies can be left on the classroom rack to be used when needed.
  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats.
  • Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – thank you.     
  • The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew.

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Winter nights

Reception Class News – week beginning 5th December

This week the children have been practising for their upcoming Nativity. We have been singing all our sounds with Mrs Asbury during music lessons as well as having extra sessions to perfect our knowledge of the songs. We have also been reading and watching video clips which help to really familiarise the children with the Christmas story. Learning the story has helped the children to contextulise the Nativity and understand its importance.

In R.E. this week we have continued following the churches calendar and have now lit two candles on our advent wreath. We have talked about how we can prepare both practically and spiritually for Christmas. Last week ‘Tidy Up Week’ we thought about cleaning our hearts and minds by saying sorry. This week we moved onto ‘Thinking Week’ and thought about the Christmas story and in particular why God chose Mary to have his son Jesus.

In Phonics this week the children have consolidated the phonemes – digraphs (2 letters which make one sound) ff, ll and ss and have reached the end of phase 2 phonics which is excellent. They have continued to enjoy making simple cvc words with all the sounds we have learnt. They especially like singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

We have started to learn tricky words that cannot be spelt easily using phonics, so these need to be remembered. We will send some home over Christmas for you to help your children practise and learn.

In Maths we have been making simple number sentences to 5 e.g. 2+3=5 as does 3+2=5, we did this practically with our fingers and small objects in focussed activities. The children took part in a problem solving activity where everyone was given an amount of cubes and they had to find a partner who had the right amount of cubes to make 5 all together. We have also continued looking at one less and one more than a given number. The children like the interactive bunny game we use to demonstrate this. We have talked about how ‘more’ means getting bigger and ‘less’ means getting smaller. We continue to sing our doubles song.

On Friday the children enjoyed their ‘Snuggle Day.’ We had so much fun building dens, telling our favourite bedtime stories, eating hotdogs and drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows.

We had another treat on Wednesday this week when we watched the pantomime ‘Aladdin’ with the whole school. It was lovely to see the children laughing out loud and singing along to all the recent hits that were included in the production. We especially enjoyed Mrs B and Beatriz’ Dad from Year 2’s dance moves!

Reminders – 

  • Thursday 8th Christmas Surprise Room
  • Christmas Fair on Saturday 10th at 3:30pm
  • Christmas lunch on Tuesday 13th bring in £1 and wear a Christmas jumper to support the save the Children charity.
  • Reception Nativity on Thursday 15th at 9:30am
  • Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. If any parents need their log ins for Bug Club or our online learning Tapestry please contact us.
  • P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled.
  • Outdoor P.E.  kit such as tracksuits, leggings or sweatshirts will be necessary as sessions will still be taught outside weather permitting.
  • As the colder weather arrives could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily and wellies can be left on the classroom rack to be used when needed.
  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats.
  • Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – thank you.     
  • The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew. 
Reception Class News – week beginning 28th November

The Reception children are continuing to enjoy our topic of  ‘Winter Nights.’ This week we have looked at the story Snow Bear’s Surprise which is a charming tale of how a polar bear cub shows his love for his mother with a surprise. He decorates their den with the help of his friends and in turn his mother has something amazing to share with them. Maybe you can ask your child what their surprise was. Linked to the theme of ‘dens’ we have also looked at some factual video clips demonstrating which type of animals live in dens.

In R.E. this week we have begun to introduce the children to the first part of the church’s calendar, Advent. We introduced the children to the Advent wreath and with the help of the children gathering evergreen branches and holly, Mrs Rowe made a lovely class wreath. We discussed how the colour green symbolizes life.The wreath is a circle because a circle has no beginning and no end. This circle means our life with God just keeps going; He keeps on loving us and we should always love Him. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. Three of the candles are violet which represent sorrow. During Advent, we are sorry for not loving Jesus enough and we will try hard to do better. The pink candle, which is lit in the third week means joy or happiness and reminds us that Jesus will be coming soon. When we light the candles, we remember that Jesus is the light of the world and His teachings are our guiding light.

In music we continue to prepare for our upcoming Nativity the children are learning the songs beautifully led by the marvellous Mrs Asbury. Thanks to your kind support we have established that we have all the costumes we need bar a few bits which we can now purchase – Thank-you! This week we will be letting the children and you know which part  they will be – how exciting.

In Phonics this week the children have consolidated the phonemes b and h and will be moving on to the digraphs (2 letters which make one sound) ff, ll and ss. They have continued to enjoy making simple cvc words with all the sounds we have learnt. They especially like singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

We have started to learn tricky words that cannot be spelt easily using phonics, so these need to be remembered. this week we looked at I, a and the.

In P.E. the children are really enjoying taking part in their tag rugby sessions with our coach  Mr Meakin and the rest of the reception team. It is wonderful to see their skills coming along and see their confidence grow each week. We have some awesome potential rugby players.

On Friday, as a treat Reception class went to visit the Y6 classroom to look at their display of bones and fossils. The largest item we saw was a hippopotamus skull. It was huge! We could see its large, flat teeth. We saw smaller jaw bones from other animals and different vertebrae. Several ammonites and a fossil of a fish were part of the display too. 

Reminders – 

  • ‘Snuggle day’ this Friday 2nd December, please see the letter sent home or contact us for more information.
  • Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. If any parents need their log ins for Bug Club or our online learning Tapestry please contact us.
  • P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled.
  • Outdoor P.E.  kit such as tracksuits, leggings or sweatshirts will be necessary as sessions will still be taught outside weather permitting.
  • As the colder weather arrives could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily and wellies can be left on the classroom rack to be used when needed.
  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats.
  • Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – thank you.     
  • The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew. 

Winter nights

Reception Class News – week beginning 21st November
 

The Reception children are continuing to enjoy our topic of  ‘Winter Nights’, and have now become confident with understanding many aspects of the Owl Babies story, such as structure, setting, character speech and feelings. We have learnt a version of the story off by heart using actions puppets, as well as making masks and puppets to help us re-enact the story. All the children have completed a focussed task involving writing about what the Owl babies might say or feel in the story.

In R.E. this week we have begun to introduce the children to the first part of the church’s calendar, Advent. We discussed that it is a period of getting ready for Christmas or more importantly the birth of Jesus. Catholics believe that in order to be prepared they should begin by ‘tidying’ their minds. We talked about our minds been ‘clean’ by saying sorry and the children shared some very touching and  deeply thought out memories of times they had said sorry. The children made the Reception team very proud! We will be introducing the children to the Advent wreath which we will be preparing in class.

In Phonics this week the children have consolidated the phonemes e,u  and r and will be moving on to b and h. They have continue to enjoy making simple cvc words with all the sounds we have learnt. They especially like singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

In maths this week we have begun to look at money. We have mainly spent time identifying 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p coins, focussing on the different way they look and slowly introducing them to the value of each coin. The value of coins can be quite a tricky concept for children to master as they often equate size with value, thinking the bigger a coin is the more it is worth.  If you could show the children the real coins and discuss them at home it would be very worthwhile as often the plastic money we have as resource at school does not resemble exactly what the coins look and feel like. 

We continue our number facts and have looked at counting forwards and backwards to 20, counting on one more from a given number, counting to 100 in 1s and 10s, recognising numbers, putting them in order, singing our doubles song, estimating how many objects and checking amounts by counting and making simple number sentences to 5.

Last Friday the children took part in the whole school event in aid of Children in Need, it was lovely to be in our Pyjamas all day but the children also responded thoughtfully to the real reason behind our attire as we shared CBBC video clips of children helped by this great British charity. In the afternoon after school the children had another treat when they watched the movie ‘Frozen’ and enjoyed Popcorn. This event was kindly organised by the PSA and Ares’ Mum our Reception Class parent representative. The event raised a generous amount which will be used to help ensure the children’s costumes for our upcoming Nativity will be amazing. May I take this opportunity to say the biggest of thank-yous to all who organised and supported this event from all of the Reception team. 

In P.E. the children are really enjoying taking part in their tag rugby sessions with our coach  Mr Meakin and the rest of the reception team. It is wonderful to see their skills coming along and see their confidence grow each week.

Reminders – 

  • Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. If any parents need their log ins for Bug Club or our online learning Tapestry please contact us.
  • P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled.
  • Outdoor P.E.  kit such as tracksuits, leggings or sweatshirts will be necessary as sessions will still be taught outside weather permitting.
  • As the colder weather arrives could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily and wellies can be left on the classroom rack to be used when needed.
  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats.
  • Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – thank you.     

 The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew. 

Winter nights

Reception Class News – week beginning 14th November
 
 

The Reception children are continuing to enjoy our topic of  ‘Winter Nights.’ We have made owl babies which are on a wonderful display in class and we have shared and discussed lots of facts about owls. As a class we have made a story map of the book and have learnt a version of the story off by heart using actions and key phrases.

In R.E. this week our class liturgy was from Luke 8: 19-21. We talked about how The Blessed Mary cared for Jesus and taught him to follow the right path from an early age. The children learnt how special Mary is to us and that their is a special prayer we say for her, we said the Hail Mary together. The children thought about how Mary helped Jesus and how our mothers help us every day.

In Phonics this week the children have moved on to the phonemes e,u and r and have revisited ck. They have continue to enjoy making simple cvc words with all the sounds we have learnt. They especially like singing the Jolly Phonics song together in class. You might like to practise this at home so here is the web address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

In maths this week there has been a focus on shape. We have looked at mainly 2D (flat) shapes, but have also touched on 3D (solid) shapes. We have identified many basic shapes and described some of the shapes’ properties. We have made repeated shape patterns, shape pictures, sorted shapes and played guess the shape.

Last Friday the children took part in the Remembrance day 2 minutes silence and we were extremely proud of the children’s exemplary behaviour. Prior to the 2 minutes silence the children were involved in a together time which explained why we were taking part and about the importance of remembering those who lost their lives. We later made our own poppies for our class wreath which is displayed outside Reception Class.

In P.E. the children are really enjoying taking part in their tag rugby sessions with our coach  Mr Meakin and the rest of the reception team. It is wonderful to see their skills coming along and see their confidence grow each week.

Don’t forget to log into Bug Club to support your children’s reading and remember that new books will be allocated weekly for those who are completing the quizzes. If any parents need their log ins for Bug Club or our online learning Tapestry please contact us.

Reminders – 

  • Children in Need ‘Pyjamas day’ and  ‘Reception movie afternoon’ on 18th November.
  • P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled.
  • Outdoor P.E.  kit such as tracksuits, leggings or sweatshirts will be necessary as sessions will still be taught outside weather permitting.
  • As the colder weather arrives could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily and wellies can be left on the classroom rack to be used when needed.
  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats.
  • Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – thank you.     

 The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew.

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Reception Class News – week beginning 7th November

The Reception children continue to learn enthusiastically and are enjoying our topic of  ‘Winter Nights.’ By re-telling the story ‘Owl Babies’ the children have begun very familiar with the structure, key phrases and the language used  by the author. We have moved on to mapping out the story and look forward to the children producing their own story maps.

In R.E. we have continued the topic of ‘People Who Care for Us.’ Our class liturgy will look at how Jesus showed his love and care or those he came into contact with, when we share the story of ‘The wedding at Cana.’ We will discuss how this is Jesus’ first miracle will we link this to the children’s personal, social and emotion learning and think of times we have helped someone.

In Phonics this week the children have moved on to the phonemes c,k and the digraph ck. They have continue to enjoy making simple cvc words with all the sounds we have learnt. They especially like taking part in the interactive games and tasks in Bug Club teaching sessions.

In Maths we have continued counting, ordering, recognising and writing numbers to 20 forward. We have continued the concept of ‘clever counting’ or counting in 10s to 100. We continued to use our doubling rhyme. We have used interactive sessions to make simple number sentences to 5, looked at 2d shapes, found one more of a given number and some children have looked at making pairs.

Can I take this opportunity to answer a concern that some parents have voiced about not having reading books which contain words. Learning to read relies on many different elements suited to individual children, these include; having phonetic knowledge, language rich environments, speaking and listening opportunities, fostering a love of reading and opportunities to map out/ retell or act out stories. We want your children to be fully confident before giving them books which may well include a lot of ‘tricky words’ which their phonetic knowledge will not help them to decode. We are carrying out these activities on a daily basis to prepare your children to be confident and ready to take on worded books, so rest assured they will receive books with words in very soon. Please remember to use Bug Club to support your child’s reading, new books will only be allocated as and when children have completed previous allocations. If you have trouble logging in please contact us.   

Also I will be re-sending out an email to invite you to use Tapestry which is the online learning journal we use where you can access your children’s profiles. Could I ask you to be aware that the email will come from ‘Tapestry’ not St Annes, in case it goes to your spam folder it will contain your log in details 

Reminders – 

  • *Look out for your invitation to our movie afternoon on 18th November !
  • P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday for the next term and P.E. kits should be left in school and fully labelled.
  • Outdoor P.E. kit such as tracksuits, leggings or sweatshirts will be necessary as sessions will still be taught outside weather permitting.
  • As the colder weather arrives could we also ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily and wellies can be left on the classroom rack to be used when needed.
  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats.
  • Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – thank you.     

 The Reception Team – Mrs Omar, Mrs McAdden, Mrs Rowe and Ms Andrew.

Children investigating frost and ice. 

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