Week Ending 22nd October 2021
An end to a wonderful week, and the end to a wonderful first half-term. Well done to all of the children, starting at a new school is never easy, but the excitement, happiness and learning that they have shown has been outstanding. Thank you also to all of our families for the support and engagement this half-term, we look forward to the rest of the year being just as great as this first half-term.
Highlights this week have been the amazing learning we have done as part of Diversity Week. This included learning about Aboriginal Art, exploring the similarities between us and a school in Jamaica, and reading the Parable of the Good Samaritan. The freeze frames of the story were particularly impressive. The children's kindness and empathy for others really shone through.
Have a restful and safe break, we look forward to seeing you all again on November 2nd!
Week Ending 15th October
This week in Class R has been amazing. We have built dens, tested Lego boats, and explored Australian Aboriginal art. Even with all that amazing learning happening, the highlight was undoubtedly the Family Reading Morning. It was joyous to see so many of our families able to attend. The children loved every second and seeing them enjoy books with you all was something very special to see.
One week till half-term, and I am staggered at how quick this year is going already! Next week we have our Teddy Bear Picnic and will be exploring the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Week Ending 8th October 2021
This week in Class R has been another impressive one, full of learning and enthusiasm. A particular highlight was the children all taking part in a fantastic Autumn Hunt. Mrs Conyers led our class around the school, finding leaves, conkers, helicopters, and other Autumn wonders. The children were buzzing with the discoveries, and used their finds to create stunning artwork, inspired by our book 'Leaf Man'. It was brilliant to hear the children's knowledge of Autumn and see their skills as artists.
In RE, we explored what prayer is, why we make prayers and why prayer is so special. We began making morning prayers every day, with the children sharing their own prayers for people they would like God to look after and help. It has been joyous to see the children be so thoughtful and caring on this topic.
Next week, we will be exploring everyday materials in science, planting some seeds in our vegetable garden and becoming actors on our stage.
Week Ending 1st October
Another fabulous and energetic week in Class R. This week our class was buzzing with the sound of mystery! Our class teddy Rubble was missing, with only a trail of footprints left behind. The hunt for The Bear was on! This led us to practice map making, binocular creating, wanted posters, trap building and even go on our very own Bear Hunt. Luckily, by Friday Rubble was back with us - but the children had a wonderful time and did loads of amazing learning!
In RE, we explored Baptism further, and spoke about the importance of the Baptismal font, washing away sin, and the baptismal candle, representing new light and faith in our lives.
Week Ending 24th September 2021
The end of another week, and I am proud to say yet again that the children have been wonderful!
We explored the Baptism, why it is important for Catholics and what role a Godparent plays in our lives. We are hoping to visit our new priest, Father Matthew, some time in Autumn Term 2 (after half-term) where we will hopefully be able to see a real font and learn more about our local church. We also learnt the song, 'We Welcome You to This Place'. This was joyous, with the children remembering the lyrics better than I could!
We have been reading the story, 'Pumpkin Soup', receiving letters from the characters, cooking our own pumpkin soup, and talking about friendship. A highlight of this was on Wednesday afternoon, when we learnt how to do freeze frames. This activity helped us to understand the emotions and thoughts of each character. It was brilliant to see the children being so thoughtful and engaged in the story, and their acting skills were top notch! I look forward to seeing the children in a Hollywood Blockbuster when they grow up.
We cannot wait to see you all again on Monday, thank you for your continued support.
Week Ending 17th September 2021
Our first full week in Class R, and a brilliant success. The children have been grown-up and impressive at lunchtimes, with both Mrs Conyers and Julie impressed. In our classroom, the learning has been great. Our class is full of busy-little learners, buzzing around enjoying our learning opportunities.
The children's first RE sessions were really special. We shared our knowledge of God, and spoke about how God knows and loves us. George explained, "Jesus died on the cross. He's everyone's father, he's important to us." Hearing the children then ask God to look after their loved ones was very special, particularly Chloe, who asked God to take care of all of her friends in Class R.
It has also been a joy to see the children so engaged and motivated in phonics, with the Jolly Phonics actions a particular favourite.
We are excited for another week of learning on Monday, where we will be reading the story 'Pumpkin Soup', continuing our practice of counting, and beginning to explore the Baptism in RE.
Week Ending 10th September 2021
What an amazing start to our school year! Class R have started wonderfully. It is rare that the beginning of a school year in reception goes as smoothly as this, and the children should be praised for this. They are all showing themselves to be kind, grown-up and ready for school. Our class has been full of busy-little learners, ready to take on new challenges and try their best.
This week, we have had a focus on how to be a good friend, on our classroom rules, and how to reach the superstar. One book which helped us to think about those things was, 'The Selfish Crocodile'. The children spoke about how to be kind to each other, and how to share our toys - NOT like the Selfish Crocodile!
We also began doing our phonics practice, beginning with the sounds, s/a/t/p/i/n . We practised recognising, saying and writing these letters. Next week, we will do sounds, m/d/g/o/c . If you are unsure what phonics is, or how to help your child at home, then the Family Workshop on Thursday 16th of September will tell you more.
Keep checking Dojo where posts will be more regular, and if you have any questions please just ask myself or Mrs Conyers at the beginning or the end of the day.