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Welcome to Reception!
We hope had a lovely week off! What a way to start the half term- the trip yesterday to Skelton Grange was fantastic. The children had a fabulous time and showed great team work, motivation and perseverance throughout the day. Check out the photo section of the website! This half term we will be finishing off our topic 'Welcome to McDonalds Farm'
Next week (commencing 10.07.19) will be assessment week in Reception, we will be assessing the children through a combination of play based observations and more formal activities. The children will also be taking part in a writing assessment based on the traditional tale of 'The Three Little Pigs'. The children will be writing independently. This half term we will also be thinking about why we celebrate Father's Day and we will be having a little celebration before Mrs Swift leaves to have her baby!
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 team
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. Mrs Lowe will be in Reception this year every morning and Mrs Stubbs will be in Reception Tuesday to Thursday in the afternoons.
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.
10.06.19- Reception assessment week
08.07.19- Transition week
This is the place to check in each fortnight to find out about all the exciting things we have been up to!
We are gathered here today…
We had a wonderful afternoon in Reception when Mrs Letheren (AKA the Reverend Letheren!) baptised a huge variety of dolls, babies and soft toys that the children had brought in. The children absolutely loved recreating the service which included a font, Godparents, a candle, prayers and even a photographer! Thank you so much for allowing us to look at all the very special Baptism photographs and keepsakes. We all found it so interesting and it really enhanced our learning. Please see the website for more photos.
Thank you so much for the lovely cards and very generous gift vouchers!
The children in Reception have had an incredible journey this year. We cannot believe how much they have grown up and settled into life at Collingham School. Their progress in their behaviour and their learning has been huge and we think they deserve a well-earned rest over the summer after all their hard work! We would like to take this opportunity to tell the children how brilliant they have been this year, to wish them all the very best for Year 1 and to thank you for your support throughout the year.
Mrs Letheren and the Reception Team
Reception – Creative RE
This week in Reception, we have been finding out about different places of worship. As a class, and then in smaller groups, we looked at photographs of religious buildings from our country and around the world. The children had some brilliant discussions about the features that they could see on each building and about what people might do there such as pray and sing. They can all name some of the buildings such as Mosque, Church, Temple and Synagogue – well done Reception! Following this, they drew some beautiful pictures of the buildings using oil pastels and created models in small groups – the results were amazing! Finally, we have loved sharing all the wonderful Learning Logs so far and look forward to seeing the rest. We’ve had drawings, writing, photographs and models; what a fabulously creative class you are!
In the final full week (w/c 15th July), we will be focusing on Baptisms. If your child has been Baptised or had a Naming Ceremony and would like to bring in a photograph or keepsake to share with the class, we would love to see them. These will be kept on Mrs Letheren’s desk and handled only by the owner and Mrs Letheren! Thank you in advance.
Little pigs, little pigs…!
Wowzers! Last week the children in Reception absolutely blew us away with their amazing story writing. After listening to The 3 Little Pigs, they planned their own version and then wrote the story completely on their own. They all tried so hard and we were really proud of them. We had the 3 little dogs, rabbits, stick insects and jaguars amongst others!
This week and next, we are learning about money in Maths. This is a really tricky area for many children and any practise at home would be great. We are focusing on making totals with 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins. Some children are able to make teen numbers using a 10p and 1ps; some are beginning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. We have made piggy banks that the children will be bringing home to save up some money in!
The end is nigh…
Mrs Swift is finishing on Wednesday to start her Maternity Leave. Everyone is very excited to hear her baby news soon! Mrs Letheren will be teaching Tuesday to Friday for the last few weeks. Mrs Naylor will teach on Monday mornings and Mrs Meek on Monday afternoons as usual.
A message from Mrs Swift
Thank you so much for all your kind wishes. I am really going to miss all the children, staff and parents at Collingham but am super excited about the imminent arrival of a new addition to the Swift family. I’ll pop in to see everyone once we’re feeling settled and organised! Have a fantastic summer everyone!
Wow! We were so incredibly proud of all Reception class on our visit to Skelton Grange. The children loved ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’, observing the natural environment and immersing themselves in the role-play. We spent to afternoon building dens, making mud pies and potions, swinging on ropes and in hammocks and even making popcorn over the campfire! The teamwork, collaboration and perseverance demonstrated by the children blew us away. Please see the website for photographs.
Before the holiday, the ambulance service came to visit school. The children loved finding out about the job of an ambulance driver and listened very carefully about what they should do in an emergency, such as shouting for help or calling 999. Again, please see the website for photographs.
Amazing learning in Reception!
Another busy couple of weeks in Reception! The children have been doing some amazing science learning when creating their own pictures about the similarities and differences between chicks and babies. The children also got the chance to stroke and hold the chicks last Thursday before we had to return them back to ‘Hatch it!’ This week, we have continued to focus on science and we have been thinking about what plants need to grow. We have been learning about the ‘Life Cycle of an Apple seed’ and doing some fantastic scientific drawings, which are on display in the KS1 corridor. Our focus story for this week - and next - is Jack and the Beanstalk. The children have loved this and have been so enthusiastic in their learning. They have enjoyed retelling the story with small world figures and have done some lovely independent writing. Mrs Swift was absolutely blown away by the children's Big Write this week. Nearly all the children were writing independently and creating amazing character descriptions about Jack and the Giant. We have now introduced our topic to the children, which is 'Welcome to the Farm'. Next week, we will be thinking of a name for our farm and having a class vote. Please see the topic section of our class web page for more details of our topic and what we will be learning about each week.
What an ‘EGG-citing’ start to term!
Wow! This week, we have been super busy in Reception. We began the week with some very special visitors. Our classroom has been transformed into a farm and 9 eggs arrived in the classroom. Reception have doing some great science learning. We have been thinking about the differences between animals and humans and looking at what we need to do to look after the chicks. We have been doing some great observations and scientific writing in our chick diaries. We have been putting ‘chick’ updates on our class web page every evening and posting pictures. So please check the website for lots of information about the chicks. Mrs Letheren will be taking the chicks home over the bank holiday so they will be well cared for. She will put some pictures on the website over the weekend too.We have also been learning all about Easter. The children have shown great enthusiasm and interest and have really blown us away with their mature questions and thoughts. We have been learning about the key events of Easter and have been sequencing the story. Mrs Naylor created a beautiful ‘Easter Garden’ with the children on Monday so come and have a look in our outdoor area! Before the holidays, we learnt about another spring celebration - ‘Nowruz’ (Iranian New Year). Mrs Azimikorf came to talk to the children about the celebration and she thought the children listened beautifully and asked lots of great questions. It was lovely to have so many of you join in with our Easter themed parent afternoon and we hope you enjoyed the word hunt and the chocolate prizes! It was a pleasure to watch the joy and determination on the children’s faces as they made their Easter baskets and hunted for the words. Finally, some of you may have noticed that we have a new easel out first thing in the morning. This easel will have a different challenge on for you to try with your children every morning while you wait for the bell.
A super start…
Wow! What a busy couple of weeks we have had in Reception! They have absolutely flown by!
The children have settled back into their routines and learning well and we are proud to see so many of them really starting to mature and grow in confidence.
At the beginning of the week, the children enjoyed listening to the story Mr Wolf’s Pancakes and learning about Pancake Day. Yum! They have also had lots of fun playing in our pancake area, especially with the rather messy flour!
We have also been learning about the polar explorers Captain Scott, Matthew Henson and Helen Skelton. The children have found this super interesting and have amazed us with their discussions and their understanding of past and present. Now they are going to be thinking carefully about what they would take on their own polar expedition.
We have loved reading some of the children’s books for World Book Day already and will continue to work our way through these next week.
Happy Chinese New Year!
Last week, we learnt about Chinese New Year and we made stir fry which we ate with chopsticks! We also practised our cutting skills by making Chinese lanterns which are now hung up around the classroom. A massive thank you to Mrs Bamforth and Tom who came in to talk to the children about how Chinese New Year is celebrated. The children had a great time and it really enhanced our learning about the festival.
This week, we went for a walk around Collingham to explore our local area. We followed a map, made notes and drew pictures about what we could see. The children have been very busy preparing for this trip as they have been organising it themselves. The children split up into house teams and each group took on a different aspect of the planning. The children have even carried out their own risk assessments! The children were amazing when they performed their ‘Frozen’ dance today. They have been learning this dance, with the help of a dance coach, every week for the last half term. They performed with such confidence - it was lovely to see! Mrs Swift really enjoyed watching as she doesn’t often get the chance to see Reception in their PE lessons.
Last week, we started our new topic - Frozen. With the help of pictures, we thought about what we might want to learn about winter, cold places, ice and polar explorers. We talked about how to ask a question and question words. We also had a cold drink with ice in! We have been thinking about winter in the United Kingdom and have learnt about hibernation and migration. Reception have been very interested in birds and how to care for them in winter. We got very messy making bird feeders. We have been practising our fine motor skills and following instructions by making origami penguins which are now on display in the classroom. Mr Cook liked them so much we made him one for his office!This week, we have been learning about the artist L.S. Lowry. We have been looking closely at some of his pictures and have been talking about what we like and dislike about them. We decided to be artists and draw pictures of ‘Winter in Collingham’ in the style of Lowry. We used charcoal and had to look very closely at what we could see. All the Reception team were amazed at the level of concentration and the detail in the children’s pictures. We have created our very own art gallery of pictures in the KS1 corridor. Finally, we have been using atlases and we have been locating Collingham on a map of the UK. We have also been exploring the school grounds and looking for signs of winter. What a busy couple of weeks!
Wow! Reception have come back with a fantastic attitude to learning- they have blown us away this week with their reading, writing and mathematics skills. It has been great to get stuck into learning our sounds and numbers again this week, we have really hit the ground running. The children have been learning to read and write words this week and we have been really focusing on the correct spelling of our last names. In mathematics we have been learning about the numbers 7 and 8 and the children are really showing us that they are becoming secure in their knowledge of number. We haven't started our new topic yet as we have been busy talking about thankfulness which is a part of our Respect code. We have been writing thank you letters to Father Christmas and have also been talking about how it is important to be thankful for other things that we have and not just presents. We have been thinking about how to be kind to each other especially at playtimes, we have spent a lot of time thinking about what sort of games we can play with each other at playtime and have come up with lots of good ones!
Inn-credible Christmas Fun!
Wow! What a busy and fun-filled couple of weeks we’ve had in Reception!
We hope you all enjoyed our fantastic 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 very proud of them for showing such joy and courage during their performances.
Last week we enjoyed a brilliant trip to Abbey House Museum. We all had a fab time at the ‘Christmas Experience’; making a Christmas hat, dressing up in Christmas costumes and even meeting Santa himself! Amazing!
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.
The children have been busy little elves and we hope that you like all of our Christmas crafts. We think they might be in need of a lot of sleep during the holidays!
Have a magical Christmas everyone!
The Reception Team
Mud, mud, glorious mud!
We would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Clarke for building a wonderful mud kitchen to enhance our outdoor learning. The children are loving making potions and being involved in lots of fabulous, imaginative play. We do ask that the children wear aprons in this area but please be understanding if they get a little muddy sometimes. The exploration and learning is worth a little bit of mess! On order to enhance this area further, we are looking for the following unwanted items:
· spoons - unusual, different shapes & sizes
The Reception children have absolutely loved being superhero scientists. We have continued to be impressed by their creativity, enthusiasm, perseverance and courage, especially when experiments don’t exactly go according to plan!
Thank you so much to those of you who were able to attend our Superhero end of topic celebration. The children loved sharing their (very full!) Learning Journeys with you and it was a lovely way to celebrate the amazing learning and play that they have been doing over the last term. We were impressed with how much the children recalled about being a healthy superhero and the masks looked great!
And finally…‘it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ and we are super excited to ‘step into Christmas’ and start our new (and favourite!) topic. Christmas play rehearsals are already well underway; we can’t wait for the children to show off their super singing in the performance.
Busy, busy, busy!
What a fantastic start we’ve had back to Reception! The children have settled back into their routines, are remembering our RESPECT Code and are learning brilliantly and we think that they have really grown up over the holiday.
Last week the children had fun creating Bonfire Night poems and practising sounding out and listening for sounds in words. We hope you all enjoyed an exciting and safe Bonfire weekend.
Also last week, we learnt about why people buy and wear poppies. We talked about the war, the army and remembrance in a simple way to make it accessible for the children but so that they begin their understanding of this incredibly important event. The children made poppies to help to decorate the school entrance and took part in a special remembrance assembly on Friday. The children behaved so sensibly and respectfully. We were very proud of them.
This week we have started a Science project. The children are very excited about being scientists and have been busy thinking about how to stop an egg from breaking when dropped from a height! Mrs Swift was absolutely amazed by their ideas! All our budding scientists will be designing, making and testing their inventions. They were very firm with Mrs Letheren about making sure we do a fair test!
Kind Hands 19.10.18-26.10.18
For the last couple of weeks, we have been focusing a lot in Reception on sharing, being kind and working together. Last week Reception continued their learning about Harvest. The children worked in groups to retell the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ They had to take it in turns to talk and also listen to other people’s ideas. The children worked in pairs to sequence the journey from wheat to bread, they then got the chance to spread jam and butter on a piece of bread and eat it! However, the children had to take it in turns to use the jam and butter and also cut their piece of bread in half to share it. We made our own Superhero rules to compliment the RESPECT code and talked a lot about having kind hands. We had a very exciting visitor from a Superhero dentist! Mrs Partington came to talk to us about how Dentists help us and how to look after our teeth. We learnt that children need help brushing their teeth until they are 8! A VERY BIG THANKYOU to Mrs Partington from Reception- we really enjoyed talking to you!
This week we have been focusing on RE, the children have been learning about the Creation Story and thinking about questions such as ‘Why did God make Jellyfish?!’ The children have been retelling the Creation Story in groups and also been making collages of the different animals that God created in the Creation story. These animals have been displayed in the Reflection area in our classroom.
Finally thank you to all the parents that came to our Maths afternoon last week. It was such a lovely afternoon. The children really enjoyed showing you their maths skills and we hope you found the parent’s information session useful for supporting your children at home. Please don’t forgot to fill in your evaluation forms about the afternoon and return them to school, they really help us when planning for next year.
Well done Reception on your first half term at school- have a very well deserved rest!
Happy Harvest! 01.10.2018- 19.10.2018
Reception were absolutely amazing in the whole school Harvest Celebration! All the children joined in with the singing and actions and it was fantastic to see them with big smiles on their faces. They were so proud of themselves afterwards and all the staff in Reception thought they displayed a huge amount of courage by singing in front of so many people for the first time.
Reception have had a really busy couple of weeks. Last week, we learnt about British Values which are an important part of our school and also about becoming a superhero learner. We learnt about the British values of democracy, individual liberty, mutual tolerance and respect and the rule of the law. We created our own superhero rules for the classroom. We drew ourselves as superheroes and talked about what makes us a superhero by thinking about values from the RESPECT code. We talked about how to draw a person and thought about the correct colours to use. We also worked in pairs and designed superhero friendship bracelets for each other by following a repeating pattern. This week, we have been learning about harvest and about how a combine harvester works. We have been reading the story of 'The Little Red Hen' and have been thinking about how wheat is turned into bread. Mrs Meek has been reading the story of 'Oliver's Vegetables' and the children have been harvesting carrots grown in our Reception garden. They have also been printing with vegetables.
We also had the opportunity to meet some real life superheroes in our community – the firefighters. The children really enjoyed the visit. The firefighters spoke about the qualities that you need to join the fire service and the children were surprised to hear many of the words in our school RESPECT code mentioned. The fire fighters also told us all about their special superhero suits (protective clothing). The children listened brilliantly and asked lots of interesting questions.
We look forward to seeing you at our Maths afternoon on Wednesday 17th October!
Superhero Reception! 17/09/18 - 28/09/10
What a fantastic start! 03/09/18 - 14/09/18
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 is Welcome to the farm!
We will be answering the following questions;
This half term we will also be focusing on different traditional tales and doing lots of writing activities based on these traditional tales.
This term we will be continue with Big Writes on a Wednesday, this is where children practice writing independently with less help from an adult. This really helps children prepare for becoming more independent in Year One. We will begin by writing simple sentences but will soon build up to writing stories, letters, poems and instructions! We will also continue to learn our Set Two sounds, learning about capital letters and focusing more on reading and spelling High Frequency Words.
We 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.We will learn 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.
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. It is also really important that children are read to and are exposed to a variety of different text types. We will read stories to the children most days. Some weeks we may have focus stories that are linked to our topic. We will let you know what these stories are throughout the year. Please continue to read with your children at home as often as possible.
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.
This year we will be focusing more on incorporating Mathematics into our daily routines in Reception, during tidy up time and other transition points throughout the day the adults in the classroom will be scaffolding the children's maths learning in a variety of different ways, by counting resources, ordering resources, working out how many children are here and how many children have milk, how many more straws we need to make 10 etc. More information about this will be shared in the maths afternoon.
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:
As explained at our Maths afternoon, all the Shape, Space and Measure learning we do will be directly linked to the number of the week.
In our Technology Area the children will have access to the Beebots and also use these direction skills on the 2Go! programme on the iPad. In the Computer Suite we will be learning how to access programmes on Purple Mash such as Simple City, 2Go! and 2Paint.
We will be learning about various places of worship, including our local church St Oswald’s. The children will explore symbolism and find out about the features of religious buildings and their importance.
Our PE lessons will be on Friday afternoons. Firstly, we will be practising for Sports Day…how exciting! Then we will continue to practise and improve our sending and receiving skills using a variety of balls plus bats. The children will work on their own, in pairs and in groups and begin to play simple ball games.
We will be learning 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 value of 'Democracy' and the 'Rule of Law'. We will be having a votes as a class and thinking about why rules are important.
British Values include;