Welcome to Reception Class – Mrs Bowman and Miss Smith
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Welcome to Reception class page. Here you will find important information about our routines, curriculum and general information. We will also keep you updated each week about the amazing activities we have been getting up to at school. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.
Children will begin to learn Action Words this half term. Five new words will be learnt (1 a day) and sent home in their Action Word Book as they are learning them. Please keep this book in your child’s book bag ready for their reading day and practice reading them every day at home. Reading books and reading records will be sent out after October half term. Children will begin learn to read through Read, Write, Inc. New letter sounds they have learnt will be brought home on a sheet. Please practice recognising each sound and forming it every day.
After Christmas, homework will be sent home on a half termly basis. It will consist of ‘Pick and Mix’ activities for you to enjoy with your child.
PE takes place on Wednesday afternoon – children should bring their full PE kit the first Monday of the new half term and we will keep it in school for the remainder of the half term, unless it needs to be washed. Please name all of your child’s kit. No jewellery – earrings must be removed either by the child or before they come into school.
Please make sure that your child has the correct PE Kit:
- Black shorts, white t-shirt and trainers
- No football or sports tops please.
- Tracksuit bottoms for outdoor lessons.
Reception Class 2019 – 2020
Making healthy sandwiches
This week we have been talking about how to stay healthy and how foods can be good or bad for us. We had a visit from a lovely lady from Warburtons. She brought in some bread buns and different sandwich fillers for us to try. The children talked about making a healthy sandwich and were then able to make it too. They all enjoyed making and eating their sandwiches.
A visit from the Fire Brigade
This week the children were treated to a visit from the Fire Brigade. The Fire Fighters talked about their jobs and how they help people. They showed the children their uniform and answered the children’s questions. The children even got to go inside the Fire Engine and use the fire hose. They had a fantastic time.
This week we had our Christmas Disco. The children all looked very grown up in their party clothes. There was lots of dancing and games. The children loved playing Pass the Parcel. We all had a fantastic time.
Thank you to all of the adults who attend our Parent Craft session. The adults helped the children to make lots of Christmas Crafts to take home. The decorations will look lovely on the tree.
This week we all enjoyed a fantastic Christmas Lunch. The children enjoyed pulling crackers and wearing Christmas hats. The dinner was delicious. Thank you to the kitchen staff.
This week we decorated the Christmas tree in the Hall. The children brought in a decoration from home to hang on the tree. Thank you for your contributions.
Visit to Santa
This week we went to visit Santa at the Town Hall. The children were very excited to meet him and tell him all of the things they would like for Christmas. They were very well behaved on our walk to and from the Town Hall and showed good manners when talking to Santa.
This week we had a space rocket land on our Stage. Baby Bear had been coming back from Space when he crashed his rocket in our school! The children found lots of clues around the outdoor area, showing who had crashed and what was in the rocket. They decided to write down what they could find and send it to the police.
Phonic and Action Word Workshop
We held a Phonic and Action Word Workshop today. The children enjoyed showing their adult all of the fun games that we do in school to help them learn their sounds and their tricky words.
Some children have shown an interest in measuring themselves using a metre ruler. They talked about who was the tallest. They went around measuring walls and stones and saying if they were longer or shorter. Some children enjoyed weighing the bricks on our large wooden scales. They talked about which side was heavy and which was light. This led on to the language of heavier/lighter and heaviest and lightest.
The children enjoyed using the Witches and Wizards den. They made some potions, adding different ingredients. The children write their potions down and added them to our spell book. They also enjoyed hammering golf tees into pumpkins.
This week we have been learning about number 3. We have met Thelma Three from Ten Town and found out that she sometimes makes the wrong choice and took 3 jam tarts. We decided to make our own jam tarts. We rolled out the pastry and cut out the correct shape. We then added jam to our tarts and cooked them in the oven. They were tasty to eat at snack time!
Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
This week we read the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. We talked about the characters in the story and some of the repeated language we could hear in it. We practised saying the language together as we read the story. We then turned our role play area into the 3 bears house and retold the story using masks and props. Some of the children even went away and made their own masks of the 3 Bears and Goldilocks. They used them to retell the story.
The children have loved looking at conkers (some still in their shells) with magnifying glasses. They used the language of smooth, hard, spikey etc to describe what they could feel and see. Some of the children cracked open the shells and enjoyed finding conkers. One shell even had 2 conkers inside of it! The conkers were used around the setting and some children used them to make faces in our Transient Art area.
Exploring movement using balls and pipes
The children decided to use pipes and guttering to see how they could move the ball around the outdoors. They worked as a group to solve the problem of the ball not moving. They decided to put it on a slant so that it would move. It still got stuck so we looked at where and why. Some children realised that two pipes together created a bump so one of the children moved one piece under the other and away the ball went!
This week we have been learning about Ourselves. We have looked at our faces and talked about the different features that they can see. We also talked about feelings and expressions. The children have used metal resources to make their own faces, as well as using leaves, conkers and shells. The children had great fun and made some amazing faces.
Raising Money for Jude
The children all looked amazing this week, coming to school in football strips and their own clothes. They enjoyed trying to score a goal past Mr Shannon.
Stay and Play Session
Thank you to all of the parents/carers who came to our Stay and Play session this week. The children loved showing you around their favourite parts of Reception.
This week we had 2 visitors who came to tell us how important it is to wash our hands. We watched a video and answered some questions. The visitors put glitter on the children’s hands to show how germs can spread. Then we all had a little song to show us how to wash our hands properly.
Our First few weeks at Ox Close Primary School
The children have all settled into Reception class very well and are enjoying exploring their new environment, as well as establishing new friendships with their peers and adults.
Reception Archive 2018 – 2019
You can view our previous work in our Reception Archive Page.