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Welcome to Reception!

                              

 

Our Team

 

 Miss Simpson        Miss Middleton       Mrs Wallis            Miss Stansfield      Mrs Back     

 

          

Miss Simpson is our Early Years Lead. 

 

 

 

 

 

A very warm welcome to all of our new Reception families. It has been a very busy couple of weeks as we are learning the routines and settling into school life. The children are settling so well and we are so proud of them. 

Newsletter

 

Below are the copies of the Reception weekly newsletters.

Summer 2

Our theme is... Water, Water, Water

Please look at the topic web below to find out what fun things we're learning this half-term.

Church Visit

 

We’ve had a super visit to church on Thursday afternoon, where we explored the church, asked some interesting questions and had a go at drawing some of the wonderful things we see in our church.

Adventure Playground

 

We were so excited to open our new adventure playground this week, the children are learning to be safe, patient and persevere.

Fun in the sun!

Water

 

We've started our new topic 'water' by learning about the water cycle, we have created our own illustrations, paper plate water cycles and independent sentences. We've followed the children's interests and transformed the role play area into a pirate ship and created some super large-scale ships outside. 

Planting

 

As part of our whole school food growing project Reception planted runner beans and cosmos. We are excited to take care of them and watch them grow.

The Queen's Jubilee

 

Following on from our wonderful London topic, we’ve learnt about Queen Elizabeth and have engaged with some brilliant discussions as we’ve learnt about her life and her timeline of events. To celebrate the Jubilee, we’ve engaged in a variety of art tasks, we’ve enjoyed making crowns and some wonderful sponge paintings using a stencil. We want to say a big ‘thank you’ to our wonderful SMART Team who kindly gave us some money for our amazing books, maps, crown stickers / jewels and some wonderful classroom decorations.

London

 

What a fantastic time we’ve had learning about London. We’ve practised finding Leeds and London on different maps and we’ve exploring London with Google Earth. Many of our challenges have had a London theme with a London ‘then’ and ‘now’ sorting task. Our pupils have all engaged in some great discussions about how London has changed with some wonderful discussions and sketches of some famous London landmarks.

RHS Skelton Grange Trip

 

Both classes had an incredible day at Skelton Grange, we engaged in many activities, including pond dipping, bird watching and minibeast and plant hunting! We couldn’t be prouder of the Reception pupils for their behaviour and attitude on their first ever school trip.

 

 

 

RGS Skelton Grange Trip

 

Both classes had an incredible day at Skelton Grange, we engaged in many activities, including pond dipping, bird watching and minibeast and plant hunting! We couldn’t be prouder of the Reception pupils for their behaviour and attitude on their first ever school trip.

 

Eid and Ramadan

 

We’ve had a brilliant time learning about Eid. Mrs Qureshi kindly came to discuss Ramadan and fasting. We then had another special visit from a school governor, who discussed how her family celebrate Eid.We saw some beautiful clothes and listened carefully to some stories. Two Year 1 girls also showed the classes their henna, we learnt another word for henna is mehndi. One of our challenges this week was inspired by our visitors as we created a mosque art piece. 

Year 6 Buddies

 

We really enjoy spending time with our Year 6 buddies. We often enjoy break times together, share books and play different games. Look at us enjoying the KS2 playground with our buddies!

A Taste of Reception

 

Here are some photographs of us exploring in Reception...

Number bonds

 

We're working really hard to orally say number bonds to 10 and represent them. This song is helping us to recall the number bonds quickly.

Number Pairs Song

I Know My Number Bonds 10 | Number Bonds to 10 | Addition Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann

Summer 1

Our theme is... Traditional Tales!

Please look at the topic web below to find out what fun things we're learning this half-term.

The Three Little Pigs

 

We have thoroughly enjoyed listening to The Three Little Pigs and some alternative versions (Alaska's Three Little Pigs, The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig). We have orally retold the story using props and puppets in our tuff tray. We've created independent story maps and written some fantastic independent sentences. Have a look at our super craft work below!

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

 

We have made some super bridges in the outdoor area and have done some fantastic retelling of the story as we cross the bridge. The children have confidently retold the story orally and have used their voices to show how each of the goats and the troll sounded. We've written some wonderful sentences pretending to be the Troll and had a go at drawing the The Three Billy Goats.

Wellbeing Day

 

What a fantastic day we had to finish our Spring term. Mrs Ball opened our day with a wonderful assembly to prompt our thinking for the day. We discussed ways to look after our wellbeing and stay positive. We learnt how important it is to wash our hands to keep ourselves safe, we also discussed how important it was to look after our minds and our bodies. We participated in a range of activities that made us feel happy and successful, some of which included Yoga, PE games, music and more! A big thank you to all the adults for a super day, especially The Little Book Shop for reading some wonderful stories.

Skipathon

 

What a fantastic morning we had raising money for a wonderful charity, Leeds Mind. Thanks for the support with this sponsored event. 

Spring 2

Our theme is... Minibeasts!

Please look at the topic web below to find out what fun things we're learning this half-term.

ZooLab Workshop 

 

Spring 1

In Spring 1, we enjoyed a Julia Donaldson topic. She has written so many incredible books and we enjoyed reading these stories and engaging in activities. Some of our favourites are: The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Stick Man.

 

Washing Hands

 

We're frequently discussing effective ways to wash our hands and to keep ourselves safe. We've used this video in class to support our children's understanding of how to wash their hands properly.

 

How to wash your hands NHS song | NHS

World Book Day

 

We all had a brilliant time dressing up for World Book Day. 

Chinese New Year

 

Some of our friends at St Matthew's celebrate Chinese New Year so we've enjoyed learning about this special festival together.

Ice Explorations

Whilst the weather was frosty, we decided to explore cold countries and cold weather conditions. We investigated what would make the ice melt the quickest, the children made some great predictions and enjoyed watching and discussing the observations. 

Phonics

 

The first song helps the children to remember the different elements to a full sentence and the second two songs help children to recognise the tricky words. 

The Capital Letters and Full Stops Song

Phase 2 Tricky Words Song

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song

RE and Reflection Time

 

During this half term, we have incorporated some songs into our RE and Reflection Time. The children have really enjoyed these and have asked to access them at home too.

You Can Be Brave. Story of David and Goliath.

Psalm 23 | Action Song | Kingdom Kidz

Our World

 

Our pupils have been really inquisitive about their world. We have embraced this learning with the globe, map books, Google Earth and the songs below. 

Seven Continents Song

The Solar System Song

A Taste of Reception

 

Here are some photographs of us exploring in Reception...

Capacity

 

We've had lots of messy fun exploring with container capacity! Our children are getting more confident to use the new vocabulary e.g. nearly full, nearly empty, half full / empty, full and empty.

Number 7

 

Our number this week is Number 7. Our pupils are showing a strong understanding of numbers and enjoy engaging in a range of creative tasks to consolidate their knowledge. Children enjoy sharing the resources, learning collaboratively and discussing the number of the week.

 

Christmas Fun!

A Visit From A Fire Engine

Mini First Aid

Phonics Workshop

 

We hope you found the workshop yesterday (Thursday 7th October) useful. Please refer to the PowerPoint below if you feel it would be appropriate or you couldn't make the session. Thank you for joining us for the workshop and we're excited to start your child's reading journey with you! Please ask us any questions you may have, we're happy to help.

Healthy Teeth

 

We've had fun learning about how to look after our teeth. Our pupils are great at explaining why we brush our teeth, how many times a day and for how long. We've had discussions about baby teeth falling out ready for our adult teeth. We also compared animals e.g. puppies who also lose their baby teeth.

 

Our Visit to St. Matthew's church

 

As part of our work on advent and the Christmas story, we went to visit the church. Reverend Sue was fantastic at engaging the children in this special story.

Anti-bullying week

 

We kicked off anti-bullying week with an 'Odd socks' day. The children loved showing each other their odd socks. The children did a great job thinking about ways to be kind to one another. 

Remembrance Day

 

The children have enjoyed taking part in Remembrance Day activities. Our pupils have created some beautiful poppy pictures using a range of resources and enjoyed talking about why we take part in Remembrance Day.

Growth Mindset

 

We have spent this week developing our knowledge about what it means to have a 'growth mindset' through a range of books, one of our favourites is Mabel and the Mountain. Our pupils have really engaged with class discussions and are beginning to use the new language e.g. 'I am going to keep trying',  'I will have another go' and 'I can do it'. We're so proud of this attitude to learning.

 

 

Mabel and the Mountain by Kim Hillyard

Mabel is a little fly with a big plan. Will she be able to prove the doubters wrong?#readaloud #book #kidsbooksreadaloud #readaloudbooksforkids

Diwali

We’ve had a lovely week learning about Diwali. Our pupils have shown lots of interest in learning about this wonderful festival of light. We have coloured in Diwali cards, created rangoli patterns with colourful sand and glue, painted and printed firework pictures and created the golden temple with construction blocks. Our learning got even more exciting this morning as we had a very special visitor, our visitor celebrates Diwali and discussed why it’s special and how she celebrates. 

Harvest Festival 

 

We had a fabulous first visit to St Matthew's Church. Our pupils joined in with the songs beautifully and showed lots of respect during the service. 

A Taste of Reception

 

Here are some photographs of us exploring in Reception...

 

Numberblocks

 

This week we introduced the number 1 Numberblock. The children had lots of fun creating their own Numberblock in the creative area.

Mark Making

 

The children are enjoying mark making both inside and outside. Some children have even tried writing the sounds we have learnt so far.

 

 

We are also really proud of the amazing drawings and paintings the children have created. They have loved discussing what they have made.

Typical Timetable

 

Below is a timetable for a general week in Reception, however, this can change to different circumstances.

Daily Prayers

 

At lunchtime and at the end of the day we do a whole class prayer. The children do not have to join in with this but are asked to be respectful during this time. Below are the words to the prayers. At lunchtime and at the end of the day we do a whole class prayer. The children do not have to join in with this but are asked to be respectful during this time. Below are the words to the prayers.

 

Keeping healthy

 

Here is the hand washing video that we have used to learn how to wash our hands properly. Remember, we need to wash our hands when we have used the toilet, before we eat and when we come into a new environment. 

WOW Vouchers

 

We are really interested in hearing anything that you and/or your child think is an achievement outside of school- things that make you smile with pride. Please print off vouchers from the link below and send them into us at school, so that this moment can be celebrated in class!

 

Maths

 

We use the Whiterose Maths mastery curriculum in Reception. This scheme of work was developed to build a new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths. 

 

 

We use the CBeebies Numberblocks to support our teaching of numbers.

 

Early Writing Skills

Please encourage your child to mark make using pens, pencils, paintbrushes etc. Part of the writing process is children ascribing meaning to marks and children gaining confidence with pencil control. 

 

 

 

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