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Welcome to Reception!
Welcome to Collingham School!
Reception have been amazing this half term, we are really noticing how mature they are becoming! After the holidays we will be continuing with our 'Welcome to Fun Chick Farm' topic, we will also be doing lots of preparing for year one in order to help with the transition. We will be practicing lots of independent writing and reading and mathematics. As you are already aware we assess the children all year round through play based observations and focus activities, this half term we will be doing our final assessments of the children, these will also be done very informally in a play based way. If you have any questions please come and see Mrs Swift and Mrs Letheren. We hope you have fantastic half term break and a good rest!
Please read the sections of the website below for details about what we are learning about in the different subject areas this half term. We hope you enjoy reading our class page, where topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half-term and latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday. As always, there will be lots of photographs uploaded after all the exciting activities and events we get up to!
The Reception staff team consists of Mrs Swift, who is the Early Years Leader and class teacher and a member of the Senior Leadership team, Mrs Letheren, class teacher and Mrs Wilson, Mrs Naylor, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Meek who are teaching assistants. Mrs Swift will be teaching Monday mornings, all day Tuesday, Wednesday mornings and alternate Wednesday afternoons. Mrs Meek will be teaching on a Monday afternoon when Mrs Swift is having her leadership time and planning exciting things for the whole school! Mrs Letheren will be teaching alternate Wednesday afternoons and all day Thursday and Friday. Mrs Wilson will be our teaching assistant every morning. On Mondays and Tuesdays Mrs Shaw will be our teaching assistant in the afternoons and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Mrs Naylor will be our teaching assistant.
Our PE day this half term will be Friday. During this lesson the children will focus on particular skills and aspects of PE. However the children have access to physical development opportunities every day both inside and outside of the classroom. Physical development in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) is a prime area of development. Part of this includes developing children’s knowledge and skills in taking responsibility for their own health and self –care. The EYFS states that ‘children manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully including dressing and going to the toilet independently’. For this reason, Reception children should bring their PE kit to school in a draw string bag at the start of every term. Their PE kit will stay in school and children will practice getting dressed and undressed independently at the start of every formal PE lesson. Reception children will take their PE kit home at the end of every half term to be washed.
Book changing days will be Mondays and Thursdays, please note that books will only be changed if your child's reading record has been signed. Books will not be sent home with the children as soon as they start Reception. Children will be given a reading book to take home when Mrs Swift and Mrs Letheren have assessed them as being ready.
Show and Tell will be on a Monday. This is an opportunity for children to talk to, and/or show the whole class about something important to them. This may be something they did or created at the weekend or out of school or it could be something from home that is special to them. Show and Tell helps us to get to know the children and their achievements and interests outside of school, it is also a fantastic opportunity to practice their speaking, listening and questioning skills. Children do not have to participate every week, this is an optional activity.
Tommy the Travelling bear will be sent home with a different child every Friday and should be returned preferably by Monday but no later than Wednesday of the following week. Tommy will be part of your family for the weekend, the class love hearing about what he has been up to! Tommy activities can be recorded in his book with writing and/or pictures, please see Tommy's book for more details.
Monday 4th June- Training day
Wednesday 20th June- Sports day
Wednesday 27th June- Back up Sports day
Wednesday 4th July- Reception parents event- pm
Monday 9th July- Transition week
This is the place to check in each fortnight to find out about all the exciting things we have been up to!
An action packed couple of weeks in Reception!
Our farm now has a name: 'Fun Chick Farm'. The Reception children wrote their ideas for names and put them in a special box. We then talked about the British Value of democracy and voting and voted on a name for our class farm. Reception have been busy learning about plants over the last couple of weeks. Our garden has so many different flowers and plants growing in it and the children - with the help of Mrs Meek - are doing a good job of caring for them! We have learnt about the Life Cycle of an apple seed and the children have been drawing their own life cycles. The children have been fascinated with the fact that bees help to turn the flowers on an apple tree into fruit! We have also learnt about what the different parts of a plant are called.
On Wednesday, we became plant detectives and went to look around the school grounds for different plants. We had to use our observation skills and look very closely at all the different things we could see. Also this week, the children have amazed us by writing their own version of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' in Big Writing and by learning to count in 5's during mathematics. We are definitely getting ready for Year One! Finally, thank you for all the chick learning logs. We have really enjoyed listening to the children talking to us about what they know. They have spoken with lots of confidence.
Reception also need more spare pants/boxer shorts and grey socks so we would be grateful to receive any that you can pass on to school. Thank you!
A fantastic start to the term!
Well that was a rather crazy half term! We would like to say a massive well done to all the Reception children who, despite all the disruption, have remained focused and engaged in their learning and have made some amazing progress.
Thank you so much to all those of you who attended our sharing afternoon last week. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We were so impressed with how the children were able to retell The Easter Story in detail and that they showed such compassion towards Jesus. We were equally impressed with your hunting and anagram skills! Thanks again for your comments; we value your opinions as always.
The children have had a wonderful time creating an Easter Garden with Mrs Meek and Mrs Wilson using all your fantastic plant donations. Please take a quick look at it and see if your child can explain what everything represents.
They also enjoyed celebrating this very important time of year at the Easter Service at St Oswald’s, demonstrating respectful and joyous behaviour.
Everyone had a brilliant time on our trip to Snozone. The children demonstrated lots of perseverance and courage when sledging, climbing the slope (time and time again!) and braving the cold! A real taste of being an Arctic explorer! They made us extremely proud with their exceptional behaviour. What a fantastic end to our Frozen topic.
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE TO LOOK AT OUR PHOTOS!
Please bring in any packaging (boxes, bottles, lids etc – the more interesting the better!) for our modelling area. We also need lots of ice cream tubs please!
We hope the children have a very well deserved Easter holiday and wish you all a very Happy Easter!
Super Science Week
This week we have really enjoyed being scientists again in Reception whilst investigating how and why ice melts. The children came up with some brilliant ways to try to make their ice cube melt quicker. We will then linked this learning with what is happening to the environment in the Polar Regions and how we can help to look after our world by saving energy and recycling.
Our igloo is finally finished and ready for lots of imaginative play. Thank you for all the milk containers!
Thanks also for all the flowers and plants that you have donated. Mrs Meek and the children have been busy planning our garden re-vamp. It’s going to look fab!
Finally, we have been learning about a Spring celebration from another culture, Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Mrs Azimikorf came in to talk to the children about it and showed the them lots of real life artefacts that her family use during this celebration. The children loved listening to her and she was extremely impressed with their behaviour and curiosity.
Spring is coming…or is it?!
Firstly we would like to say a massive well done to all the children for showing courage and huge amounts of joy when performing our dance routines just before the holiday. We were so incredibly proud of them.
During that week the children also enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year, especially making and eating a stir fry! We were lucky to have Mrs Bamforth to come in and talk to us about Chinese New Year, bringing with her lots of authentic artefacts for the children to look at and also kindly giving all the children a red envelope, colouring sheet and fortune cookie. Here is what she had to say…
“The Reception children were attentive throughout my little talk. They were very inquisitive and full of fascination for a different culture and it’s traditions. The children made a great audience and it was such a pleasure for me to be able to share a little bit about the Chinese New Year traditions and celebrations with them.”
So far this half term the Reception children have already enjoyed making pancakes, exploring colour mixing with paints, starting gymnastics with our coach, learning some new tricky sounds and lots, lots more! Over the next few weeks we will continue our Frozen topic, focusing on features of the polar regions and real life explorers. How fitting the current climate is!
Polar explorers and researchers!
What a busy and exciting couple of weeks Reception have had! Last week the children started planning our expedition around Collingham, they were split into teams. We have had a risk assessment team who have been learning how to carry out a risk assessment and thinking of all the dangers around Collingham and how to minimise them, we have had a team that wrote a letter to parents, a team that drew a map of Collingham, thinking of all the places that we might want to visit and finally a team that have been writing a list of what we need to take with us and how we need to behave. Last week the children also became researchers and learnt all about the features of non-fiction books and how they differ to stories (fiction). They again split into teams and used information books to research different polar animals, the children then presented their facts and research to the rest of the class. We have made our own information book about seals, penguins, arctic foxes and polar bears with a contents page!
This week the children have been learning about the festival of Chinese New Year, we have made and tasted chicken stir fry, the children had lots of fun using chopsticks! The children have also been singing and dancing with Chinese dragons. They have had a go at writing some numbers in Chinese! We have also been on our expedition around Collingham, the children had a map to follow and clipboards to write or draw anything interesting that they saw. We hope you enjoyed our dance performance; the children have worked really hard and listened well to Mrs Letheren and the dance coach. Have a fantastic half term and a well-deserved rest Reception!
We wish you a Merry Christmas!
Wow! What a busy and fun-filled couple of weeks we’ve had in Reception!
Firstly we’d like to say a big thank you to all the parents and grandparents who were able to attend our end of topic sharing afternoon. We could see that the children loved showing off their Learning Journeys to you and we really value the feedback you gave us. We were very impressed by the superhero model making too!
Another ‘Wow!’ is in order for our Christmas play! The children worked so hard to learn all the song words and to remember when to go on and off stage. We were incredibly proud of them for showing such joy and courage during their performances.
Next we’d like to say a massive well done to the children for behaving so brilliantly on our trip to Abbey House Museum. It was such a fab day! We noticed how wonderfully inquisitive our children were and all the staff noticed how polite and sensible they were. We were very proud of our class. Again!
Somehow we have manged to fit in a mini topic as well, based around the story Santa Needs a Wee! We have learnt about how children celebrate Christmas in other countries around the world. The children have also listened to and ordered the Christmas story, thinking carefully about the reasons we celebrate, sing and give gifts at the special time of year.
This year we have taken a different approach to making Christmas cards in Reception. We attended an Early Years Conference in November during which the key note speaker Dr Kathy Ring spoke about the importance of children’s drawings and how they are a way for children to express themselves about the many different things that they experience. In light of this we decided to make our Christmas cards more individual this year rather than every family getting the same design. The children really thought about what Christmas means to them and we had lots of discussions about their own Christmas traditions. The children have based their design on what they think about when someone says the word Christmas. We are so proud of the children as they have really taken their time and thought carefully about what to draw. We hope you like your cards as much as we do!
The children have been busy little elves and we hope that you like all of our Christmas crafts. They have tried so hard, right up until the very end of term. We think they might be in need of a lot of sleep next week!
Have a magical Christmas everyone!
The Reception Team
Reception Nursery Rhyme Week
Wow! What a fantastic week we have had in Reception! The children have loved learning and performing Nursery Rhymes. We have even had a go at changing some of the words and adding actions. All the children have grown in confidence when performing this week. Some of them would happily perform all day long! We are really looking forward to finding out what you have been getting up to at home. Please remember to return Learning Logs on Monday 27th November.
We have also had a brilliant timing being Scientists over the last two weeks. The children have been full of awe and wonder and have been so enthusiastic about their learning. Please encourage your child to tell you all about our egg investigation and about what happens when you drop a mint into a bottle of fizzy pop!
Please remember Christmas Play ticket letters and Abbey House trip permission slips. The trip date is THURSDAY 7th December.
Busy, busy, busy!
What a fantastic start we’ve had back to Reception! The children have settled back into their routines and are learning brilliantly. The school photographer could not believe that they are only Reception because of how well they all followed her instructions and their superb behaviour.
We had an excellent launch to our new RE scheme Understanding Christianity before the holiday and the children loved finding out about The Big Story and The Creation Story with the characters Tom and Tessa. They had lots of interesting things to say and produced some wonderful artwork. Try asking them why God made jellyfish?
We would like to say a big thank you to all those of you were able to attend our Maths Sharing afternoon. It was fantastic to see you all so keen to learn with your children and how well they could explain methods and concepts to you! We have really enjoyed reading your feedback forms so far; please send them in as soon as you can. Thanks.
Finally, we have done our first Big Write this week. The children had fun creating Bonfire Night poems and practising sounding out and listening for sounds in words. We wish you an exciting and safe Bonfire weekend. Remember, remember the 5th of November…
RESPECT Code- Newsletter update 2
Reception have made the transition to school amazingly! Mrs Swift and Mrs Letheren are so proud of them. It has been a joy to observe the children as they explore the resources in the classroom. The children are playing with such focus and high levels of engagement.
We have been learning all about the RESPECT code and the values within it. The children have all been using Mrs Swifts favourite word- perseverance! We have also started our RWI and Mathematics lessons and the children have all been very positive and enthusiastic about their learning! Mrs Letheren would like some old mobile phones with key pads to enhance our technology area in the classroom, if you have any that you can bring in that would be great.
A fantastic start to the new school year!- Newletter update 1
Thank you for welcoming us into your houses last week! We have really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know all the parents and children in Reception. This week the children have been coming to school for half days, all the staff in Reception cannot believe how amazingly the children are settling in. They have listened really well and as a result are learning all the new routines in the school day quickly. We have been focusing on organising and putting on our belongings independently, tidying up our learning resources, lining up at playtimes and how to take it in turns to speak when we are having whole class discussions. One thing that has really stood out to us both is that all the children have all been really engaged when playing and exploring in the classroom both inside and out. Next week we will be learning about the schools RESPECT code and what the words in the RESPECT code mean and how they will help us to become superhero learners! We would like to thank all the parents in Reception for their support in preparing the children for school as the children have been trying really hard to be independent and have already been showing lots of elements of the RESPECT code. Mrs Swift and Mrs Letheren.
Learning logs in Reception will not be sent home every week they will be set when appropriate to the children's learning and often link with what the children have or will be learning at school. Inside the learning log there will be a learning challenge set by the teachers, tasks and expected timeframes for the return of completed learning logs will vary depending on the challenge set. Time frames and expectations will always be clearly communicated to both children and parents at the setting of each task.
Learning Logs are a unique personalised home / school learning resource for children. In the Learning Logs, children record their responses to learning challenges set by their teachers. Each log will become a unique record of a child's thinking and learning. The children can demonstrate their learning in a way that suits them. Learning logs are an excellent opportunity for parents to contribute to their children's learning journey and profile in Reception and have fun learning together! We really value any annotations or notes about how your child has been carrying out the learning log at home.
Curriculum this half term
The curriculum in Reception is holistic and not separated into subjects. The curriculum is set out into areas of learning. We do not explicitly make links to these area when talking to the children about topic learning. However when teachers plan topic learning is planned using these areas. As parents we realise that you might like to know which areas of the curriculum the topic learning links to and so we have provided the curriculum links for you. Please note that all learning that takes place in Reception covers all the areas of learning however the links provided are the ones that we are particularly focusing on that week. Literacy (reading and writing) and Mathematics forms part of all the topic learning that we do. In order to prepare the children for Year One we will where appropriate link learning to the national curriculum subjects such as History, Science, Geography.
Below is a key for the areas of learning;
PSED= Personal, Social and Emotional development
C&L= Communication and Language
PD= Physical development
UW= Understanding the world
EAD= Expressive Arts and Design.
Please see the web links at the bottom of the page for more detailed information on the Early Year curriculum and areas of learning.
Our topic for this half term will be 'Welcome to Fun Chick farm'
During our topic this half term we will be answering the following questions;
This term Mrs Letheren will also be doing some RE lessons on a Friday- see the RE section for more details. We will also be thinking about Fathers day this half term and why we celebrate Fathers day!
We will continue follow the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme of work in our Literacy lessons. We use this scheme to teach the children to read and write. The children will be continuing to recap their 'Set 2' sounds and we will also move on to learning some 'Set 3' sounds in preparation for year one. We will recap a different sound each day. We will practice saying, reading and writing that sound. The children will recap every sound they have learnt each day so that learning can be consolidated. Sounds that the children have been learning that week will be sent home at the end of the week so that you can support your child practicing at home.
When the children can say, read and write sounds confidently then they will start to take part in 'word time' activities. This is where the children start to read ( by blending the sounds together) and write ( by segmenting the sounds) three letter cvc (consonant, vowel, consonant) words made up of the sounds they already know. The children are now all taking part in either 'Ditty' or other reading book activities which focus on reading and writing in sentences rather than just single words.
This half term the children will continue to take part in 'Big Writing' once a week. This will be taught by Mrs Swift and is where all the children sit down and write at the same time without the help of an adult, it is an opportunity for the children to make marks and write independently depending on their stage of development. The children will begin by writing a sentence that is constructed by an adult and will then move on to thinking about their own sentences. Big Writing really improves the children's confidence and their stamina for writing at length. The children are often very proud of their grown up writing!
This half term the children will be recapping the letter names (capital letters) and continuing to learn High Frequency words- these words will continue to be sent home. We will also have a week in which we focus on the reading and spelling of our high frequency words at school.
In Reception the children will have opportunities to read and write in all areas of the classroom and areas of the classroom will be enhanced at different times to encourage the children to read and write words and sentences using the skills they have learnt during RWI lessons.
The children will take a reading book home when Mrs Swift and Mrs Letheren have assessed them as being ready. The reading books your child brings home are different to those we use in class for the teaching of specific reading skills. The home reading books are designed for your child to ‘show off’ to you about how well they are doing with their reading. They should never present too much of a challenge or become a chore; by using these Oxford Reading Tree books (based on the adventures of Biff, Chip and Kipper) we hope to foster a love of reading and an enjoyment of books that your child will carry with them into adulthood. Remember to read the books more than once and ask plenty of questions. Understanding the story is just as important as being able to read the words so look at the pictures and ask questions about how the characters might be feeling, predict what might happen next or ask why a certain character did what they did. We do not hear your child read every reading book that we send home however we assess your child in their reading all the time as part of their RWI lessons and will move them up to the next stage when they are ready.
Mrs Swift will be focusing on the number strand of Mathematics including addition and subtraction. This half term the children will be learning;
Mrs Letheren will be focusing on the shape, space and measure strand of Mathematics. This half term the children will be learning:
Children can recognise coins and order by value.
To add 1p coins to make a total.
To begin to find the total of a combination of coins e.g. 10p + 5p + 2p +1p = ?
Children will use everyday language to talk about distance, weight, capacity & size to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.
Can order two items by capacity, length or height.
To recognise, recite and order days of the week and months of the year.
To begin to understand units of time such as years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds.
To begin to match key events to o’clock times.
In our Technology Area the children will be going on machine and switch hunts and have access to Beebots, our programmable robot bees! They will continue to try to program the Beebots to follow routes and simple maps. They will also be able to use the Netbooks and iPads on a daily basis. In the Computer Suite we will be creating photo stories in groups and adding voice recordings!
During the summer term we will be learning about various places of worship, including our local church St Oswald’s. The children will explorer symbolism and find out about the features of religious buildings and their importance.
Our PE lessons will be on Friday afternoons. We will be practising and improving our sending and receiving skills using bean bags, hoops and a variety of balls. The children will work on their own, in pairs and in groups and begin to play simple ball games. We will also practise playing lots of playground games.
We will learn about what school is like for French children and continue to practise all the French we have learnt so far. Following that we will learn how to say the names of our family members in French and how to introduce ourselves. Hopefully your child may greet you in French!
This half term we will be focusing on the British Values of , mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith and the rule of law when we learn about treating all animals with respect and the countryside code and different types of farming.
.British Values include;