Welcome to the Reception Class

Big Talk

21.7.17

Hi Everyone!

 

Reception have had lots of fun this week – the children really enjoyed learning about life on a farm. They were fascinated to learn how wool from a sheep makes our clothes! Next week we will be preparing for our trip to Croxteth Hall.

 

It was ‘Maths Challenge Day’ on Tuesday and the children joined in lots of fun maths games.

 

In Literacy we have been doing lots of phonics work and revision ready for Year 1. The children’s books and reading logs have been collected in now for the summer. Please access ‘Reading Eggs’ at home with your child’s login.

 

Well done to Rosanna and Joshua who won the homework prize this week!

 

Our readers of the week are Alex and Lily Rose, well done for reading at home!

 

For homework we would like the children to practise their phonics sounds, key words and access reading eggs now that their books have been collected in.

 

Next Monday the children will be visiting Year 1 as part of their transition.

 

We are excited to be visiting Croxteth Hall on Wednesday 26th July. Please arrive into school at the usual time. Please ensure that your child has a waterproof coat, sun hat and sun cream applied before coming to school.

 

The Reception Celebration Assembly will take place on Tuesday 25th July at 2.30pm in the Junior Hall. We are looking forward to celebrating your child’s progress with you.

 

As usual thank you for all of your support, have a lovely weekend.

 

 

The Reception Team

 

 

 

Big Talk

14.7.17

Hi Everyone!

 

It has been another exciting week in Reception – the children really enjoyed talking about going to the seaside and comparing holidays in the past with holidays today. Next week we will be preparing for our trip to Croxteth Hall by learning about life on a farm.

 

In Literacy we learned how to label seaside pictures and use adjectives to describe what we could see.

 

 

In Maths we have been exploring the capacity of different containers and working out which containers hold more water or sand.. We have also been working hard practising counting, adding and subtracting using numicon, hundred squares and number lines. Next Tuesday it is ‘Maths Challenge Day’ and we will have lots more fun developing our Maths skills.

 

Well done to Libby and Tilly who won the homework prize this week, the children really enjoyed finding out about their holidays.

 

Our readers of the week are Kyle and Eva who have really made progress with their reading.

 

For homework we would like the children to think about the farm. They could find out some information about animals that live on a farm; the jobs of a farmer; what grows on a farm. They could also share their own experiences of visiting a farm.

 

As we prepare the children for starting Year 1 in September, any additional support that you can give your child with shapes at home (i.e. looking at 2D and 3D shapes; finding shapes in the environment; making pictures or models using different shapes….) will really help your child.

 

You should have received your child’s report today. Please speak to your child’s Teacher if you would like more information about your child’s progress.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The Reception Celebration Assembly will now take place on Tuesday 25th July at 2.30pm in the Junior Hall. This is due to the need to re-schedule the Infant and Junior sports day. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that you will still be able to attend this special event.

 

As usual thank you for all of your support, have a lovely weekend.

 

The Reception Team

 

 

Big Talk

6.7.17

Hi Everyone!

 

It has been another busy week in Reception – the children really enjoyed ‘Art Day’ on Wednesday and learned about the artist ‘Lowry’. They showed off their creative talents by drawing pictures of what they could see in our outdoor area, painting seaside pictures and using chalk to draw buildings.

 

The children also visited ‘The Lifebus’ and learned about their bodies and how to keep healthy.

 

 

The children have continued to enjoy reading ‘The Naughty Bus’ and have learned about his adventures at the seaside this week. They also wrote about what they like to do at the seaside.  Next week we will be looking at holidays in the past and comparing them with our holidays today.

 

In maths we have been learning to estimate and check by counting. We have also been solving real life problems and recorded our favourite colours. 

 

 

Well done to Eva and Mason who won the homework prize this week, they showed off their artistic skills. Well done!

 

Our readers of the week are Jane and Ethan - Well done!

 

For homework we would like the children to think about holidays. Some suggestions include: find out about a famous British seaside resort and what it was like to go on holiday in the past or find out some information about animals that live in the sea.

The children could also draw or write about their favourite place to visit.

 

 

As we prepare the children for starting Year 1 in September, any additional support that you can give your child with numbers at home (i.e. counting objects; adding and subtracting numbers up to 20 or playing games) will really help your child.

 

It is INSET DAY on Friday 7th July so the children will not be in school.

 

As usual thank you for all of your support, have a lovely weekend.

 

The Reception Team

 

 

 

 

Big Talk

30.6.17

Hi Everyone!

 

It has been another fun-filled week in Reception – the children really enjoyed ‘Science Day’ on Wednesday and explored shadows, ice, colour, magnets and mirrors. They were super excited to watch the flowers changing colour!

 

The children have continued to enjoy reading ‘The Naughty Bus’ and have learned about London. They made up their own stories about where the Naughty Bus might go.  Next week we will be thinking about holidays and where ‘The Naughty Bus’ might visit.

 

In maths we have been learning to add and subtract, counting forwards and backwards along the number line.  We have also been learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. These are really important skills that the children need to keep practising.

 

Well done to Leo and Brooke who won the homework prize this week, they showed off their counting skills.

 

Our readers of the week are Maisie Bullock and Freya - Well done!

 

Next Tuesday it is ‘Art Day’. The Theme is ‘Cultural Diversity’. We will be looking at the work of the local artist ‘Lowry’ and his paintings of the local area. We will also have a go at doing some ‘observational drawings’.

For homework we would like the children to get creative. Some suggestions include looking at an artist or artwork from their own or another culture and create a picture or a sculpture in that style. You could look at local artwork or encourage your child to draw a picture of something that they can see in front of them, not what they imagine it looks like.

 

As we prepare the children for starting Year 1 in September, any additional support that you can give your child with reading stories, looking at phonics sounds, listening to sounds in words and writing sentences at home will really help your child.

 

It is INSET DAY on Friday 7th July so the children will not be in school.

 

As usual thank you for all of your support, have a lovely weekend.

 

The Reception Team

 

 

Big Talk

22.6.17

Hi Everyone!

 

It has been a very action packed and exciting sports week – the children have tried lots of different activities including circus skills, gymnastics, boxing, climbing wall and more! We hope you enjoyed coming to see some of the events, and well done to the parents and carers that joined in too!

 

Next week is back to normal with regards to wearing school uniform. Please continue to apply suncream before your child comes into school and send some into school (clearly labelled with your child’s name) so that your child can reapply it at lunchtime if needed.

 

The children have really enjoyed reading The Naughty Bus and have been playing in our ‘bus station’, pretending to sell tickets and use money. We will continue retelling the story and making up our own adventures for The Naughty Bus next week.

 

In maths we have been learning to add and subtract, counting forwards and backwards along the number line.  We have also been learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.

 

Well done to Lily Rose and Dylan who won the homework prize this week, we really enjoyed finding out about how they keep healthy.

 

Our readers of the week are Olly and Aurora who are really making progress by reading at home. Well done!

 

For homework we would like the children to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. They could count different amounts of objects in groups of 2, 5 or 10, or sing counting rhymes for example.

 

Next Wednesday it is ‘Science Day’. We will be doing lots of fun activities to learn about the world and how things work. It would be great if you could do some science experiments of your own at home, for example seeing what happens when we mix colours, looking at the weather; looking at plants, animals or ourselves; experimenting with water etc.

 

As usual thank you for all your support, have a lovely weekend.

 

The Reception Team

 

Big Talk

 

Croxteth Hall  - Please pay by next Friday 23rd June.

(16.6.17)

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back, we hope you all had a brilliant holiday.  A massive thank you and well done for all the fabulous transport models that have been sent in – we were really impressed! 

The children have really enjoyed reading The Naughty Bus, they particularly enjoyed playing with the buses and getting them messy in the water outside!  We will continue retelling the story next week.

In maths we have been learning to halve and double numbers.  We have been doing lots of sharing amounts between 2.  We have also been looking at both 2d and 3d shapes; their names and their properties.

As the weather has been so nice the children have been spending a lot of time learning outside so it would be really helpful if you could put suncream on your child in the morning and send in a sun hat or cap.  If you want to send some suncream into school for your child to put on at lunchtime please make sure it is clearly labelled with their name. 

We are also trying to confirm our visit to Croxteth Hall, please can you make sure the money is paid in by the end of next week.  We will then assess whether the trip will go ahead.

Next week at school it is ‘Health Week’ and it will be our Sport’s Day on Wednesday afternoon.  We have a full itinerary of events from Gymnastics to Circus Skills!  It will be very exciting!  So please make sure your child is wearing appropriate clothes and shoes (Trainers or pumps).  Please can they have shorts and a T shirt for Sports Day on Wednesday afternoon (weather permitting). 

For homework we would like the children to tell us what they do to keep healthy at home, we would particularly like to hear about after school activities they may attend eg, swimming or things they like to do with the family eg, the park, walking etc.

As usual thank you for all your support, 

The Reception Team

(26.5.17)

Hi Everyone!

We can’t believe it’s the end of another half term already; this year has gone so quickly.

Well done to Tilly and Roseanna for being our ‘Readers of the Week’, Tilly has read lots at home this week and Roseanna has worked hard using robot talk to read and spell words.  For homework Phoebe and Clayton did lots of measuring and could talk about what they did.

After the holidays our new topic will be based on the book ‘The Naughty Bus’ by Jan and Jerry Oke!  (There is a video on line if you google The Naughty Bus) We have read the book at school already and the children are really excited at the thoughts of the journeys we might have on our Naughty Bus.  Who knows where we might end up!  We will be looking at different places each week and writing about our adventures.

As usual we have set a task for over the holidays; we would like the children (with your help of course) to make a model of their own naughty or magic transport.  It could be the naughty aeroplane or the cheeky bike etc.

We would also be grateful if you have any old road books/maps you could send in so we could use them in our play, and any boxes to make buildings.  The first week back we will be visiting ‘London’ and learning about the Queen and Royal family. 

After the holidays we will also be looking at using number lines to help us with addition and subtraction problems by counting on and counting back.      For example for 4+3 start at no.4 on the line and make 3 jumps to find the answer.  The children love playing on chalk number lines outside and making hops to find the answer to problems.  We have sent home a number line on the back but it would be great to hear about any number lines you make outside.

In June we will be completing the assessments on the children as they reach the end of the Foundation Stage, so it would be great if you could remember to do some reading or let your child go on ‘Reading Eggs’ to make sure they don’t forget all they have learned.  We have also sent home a list of the 100 High Frequency words.  To achieve a ‘good level of development’ the children are also required to recognise and order numbers to 20, so practicing numbers would be a great help too!

As usual thank you for all your support, we hope you all have a lovely two weeks holiday and we hope that the sun will come out and shine for us. 

The Reception Team

(19.5.17)

Hi Everyone

We had some fantastic pieces of homework sent in; Nowella drew some coloured repeating patterns and Neve made up some repeating shape patterns on her own! A ‘dip in the box’ for those two! Well done!

This week the children have been writing about the Very Hungry Caterpillar, they have all tried exceptionally hard to keep their writing neat and sitting on the line.  We have been really impressed with their work.  Some of the books are hanging up in the ‘Exploration Area’ in RB’s classroom so please go and have a look. 

Next week we will be finding out about the life cycle of frogs.  We will be reading books and watching videos about frogspawn, tadpoles and froglets. 

In maths we have been continuing with ‘Number Bonds’ and nearly all children can now recognise and order numbers up to 20.  Next week we will be adding and taking away using counting on and counting back strategies.  We will also be doing some measuring, we will be using the words longer and shorter and taller to compare objects and maybe even ourselves to see who has the longest arms, fingers etc.   For homework we would like the children to find things that are taller and shorter than themselves.

We are pleased that some children are using ‘Reading Eggs’ at home and this is really helping them with their reading in a fun way!  This week we have chosen MacKenzie and Kyle as ‘Readers of the Week’.  They have both made a big improvement – Well Done! 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and that the sun returns and the rain keeps away.  As usual thank you for all your support.

(12.5.17)

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for the homework sent in last week we had so many returned that it was so difficult choosing six to go on the WOW wall.  The children have really enjoyed finding out about mini-beasts and they are still busy collecting them and watching them when we are outside.  They have been looking at how the bugs are all different – the number of legs, how they move and where they live.

Aurora wrote about different mini-beasts she had found in her garden.  She enjoyed telling the children about them when we were watching a video.  Leo went on a bug hunt with his Nana, well done you two! 

This week we have been looking at the life cycle of a butterfly and have been reading the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  In maths we have been looking at patterns – repeating and symmetrical patterns.  We have been making shape patterns eg square, square, triangle, square, square, triangle and outside we have been doing physical patterns eg jump,jump, hop, jump,jump, hop! For homework it would be great if the children could make up their own patterns. They could even find out about different types of butterflies – and copy their symmetrical pattern. 

Well done to all the children who read at home, research shows that 5 minutes a day can have a big impact on a child’s reading age.  Please don’t forget to practice the words and letter sounds.  We will be doing our phonic tests in the next few weeks.  Ben and Dylan are the ‘readers of the week’ this week.

In maths we are getting much better at working with numbers up to 20  - ordering them, recognising them and completing simple addition and subtraction problems.  We have been playing maths games this week involving adding and subtracting; we have had a ball shoot outside and played money games inside. 

As the weather is getting warmer it may be advisable to put sun cream on your child before they come to school, thank you to those of you who sent in a sun hat and sun cream, this means your child can reapply it in the afternoon if necessary, please make sure it has your child’s name on it.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and that the sun continues to shine.  As usual thank you for all your support.

The Reception Team

(5.5.17)

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for the poems sent in last week, we were really impressed!  The children have really enjoyed reading the poems and some children can actually recite some poems now!  I have written out some of the poems and laminated them so that the children can read them and copy them out to practice their handwriting next week.  Olly and Freya have had a ‘dip in the box’ for their lovely Spring poems.

Our readers of the week this week are Joshua and Grace – Well done!

This week we have been really busy finding out about bugs, with the nice weather arriving at last, the children have been collecting bugs while outside!  We hope to continue with this next week so it would be great if for homework you could help your child to find out about different bugs.  They could draw the bug and label the parts or make a fact sheet to tell us about a bug – how many legs it has, where it lives etc.

Next week we will be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and finding out about the life cycle of a butterfly.

In maths this week we have been looking at repeating patterns and will continue with this next week.  We have been making clapping patterns and using the sticks outside to make a ‘long and short’ pattern.

As the weather has been getting warmer and the children have been spending longer outside so please could you send in a sun hat with your child’s name in and some sun cream, again labelled with your child’s name that they can apply themselves. 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and as usual thank you for all your support.

The Reception Team

(28.4.17)

Cherry Stone

I had a little cherry stone I put it in the ground,

When next year I went to look,

A tiny shoot I found!

The shoot grew upwards day by day,

And soon became a tree!

I picked the rosy cherries then,

And ate them for my tea!

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for the homework sent in last week the children are getting really good at doubling and halving numbers and counting to 20 and beyond. 

Our readers of the week are Phoebe and Luca.  For homework Oliver enjoyed telling us about playing the game ‘Pay Day’ and he told us about how he had to double the numbers shown on the dice.

Mrs Hall has been busy planting the beans with the children this week, we have put them in the window so keep a check to see if your child’s is sprouting roots! 

The children have really enjoyed learning the poem about “The Little Cherry Stone”.  We have decided that it would be good to learn some more poems and rhymes next week, so for homework it would be great if you could send in any poems or rhymes you know, especially related to Spring or plants, gardens or mini-beasts etc. Maybe the children could write one out for us, or even make up their own.

Thank you to all of you who have been helping the children to write a sentence in the morning, this is having a big impact on their writing skills.  Next week we are going to have a focus on handwriting and we will be trying to make sure children are forming letters correctly.

We hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend and as usual thank you for all your support.

The Reception Team

(21.4.17)

Hi Everyone.

We hope you all had a good Easter break and managed not to eat too many Easter eggs.

Thank you for all the homework sent in this week, were really impressed with fantastic bird feeders and bug hotels. All children who made a bird/feeder or bug hotel have received a dip in the box, but we were particularly impressed with Libby’s bug hotel which she decorated herself.  We will put the feeders outside and really enjoy watching the birds feeding from it.  We also loved Emily’s photos of her planting and growing daffodils.

Our readers of the week this week were Aurora and Gabriela – well done to both of you, reading at home really makes a difference, thank you all for supporting your children with this.

This week we have enjoyed starting our new topic.  We have read the book Jasper’s Beanstalk and will be opening our ‘Garden Centre’ soon. We have also been enjoying the drier and warmer weather and have spent a lot of time outside making use of our wonderful outdoor equipment.  Next week we will be planting seeds and beans!

In maths this week we have been doubling numbers, and counting in twos; some children have amazed us with how good they are!  For homework this week we would like the children to show you how they can double numbers up to 10.  We played a game using a dice where we had to double the number we rolled.  You could also play simple doubling games with playing cards.  Next week we will be finding halves of numbers.

We are really pleased that so many children can now recognise numerals up to and beyond 20!  

Thank you for helping your child to write a sentence when they come in school, the children are getting really good at writing and using their phonics to help them to spell words. 

As usual thank you for all your support.

The Reception Team

 

(31.3.17)

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for all the Easter Bonnets and Eggs you sent in.  We really have some creative parents out there.  Unfortunately we could have only one winner in each class.  A big well done to Ethan and Thomas!   Our readers of the week this week are Nowella and Alex – well done to both of you for reading at home and trying really hard!  Don’t forget to read over the holidays and to practice your phonic sounds everyone!  (There are videos on You Tube for Jolly Phonics songs which demonstrate the actions and sounds.)  In addition to Reading Eggs’, there are lots of free apps available for tablets which can support your children’s learning in a fun way.  One we use a lot in school is ‘Hairy Letters’ which helps children to form letters correctly. 

After the holidays our topic will be Gardens and Growth, for homework we would like the children to see what they can find in their own gardens – they could take pictures, draw or write about what they see and any changes they have noticed now it is Spring. (These could be flowers, trees, mini-beasts, birds etc)  If you are feeling really ambitious and want a challenge - we would love to have some items that we can put outside such as a bird feeder or small bug hotel. (Pinterest is a web site that have lots of ideas.) As usual there will be a ‘Dip in the Box’ for the most creative item sent in! 

We are really pleased with the progress the children have made in writing, so after the holidays we will be encouraging the children to write a short sentence rather than their name when they arrive at school.  We will give all the children a book and we would be grateful if you could write the date above the sentence so that we can see their progress.

Thanks as usual for your continued support and we wish you a lovely holiday!  Let’s hope the sun comes out!

The Reception Team.

 

(24.3.17)

Hi Everyone!

It has been a sad day today as we wave ‘Good-bye’ to Miss McGibbon and Mrs Gilligan.  We have really enjoyed having them in Reception and they will be missed by us all, we wish them all the best in their future career and know they will make superb teachers.

Thank you for all the Big Talk homework that you have sent in, Mason and Maisy M wrote great sentences about what they are good at.  Our readers of the week this week are Lily Mae and Leo. They have all made such great improvements through reading so often at home.  The children have also had a ‘phonics’ assessment and we are pleased that the children are trying really hard to use ‘robot talk’ to help them to spell and read words.

This week the children have enjoyed playing out in the rain with their wellies, check our picture posted on our Facebook page.  We have also been practicing our handwriting skills in our new handwriting books making sure we formed the letters correctly.  In maths we have been writing number sentences using the + and = symbols and learning number bonds to 10.

Next week we will also be finding out about Easter; why and how it is celebrated by Christians.  We will also be having an Easter Bonnet and painted egg parade on Thursday so for homework we would like the children to make their own Easter Bonnets and decorate them or alternatively they could paint or decorate an egg (remember to oil it first). The PTA will be providing an Easter Egg for the winner in each key stage! Good Luck everyone.

Have a great weekend and enjoy ‘Mother’s Day’!  Thank you as usual for your continued support.

The Reception Team

(17.3.17)

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for all the Big Talk homework you have sent in we have really enjoyed testing all the boats on the water.  We really do have some creative parents and children, Brooke and Jacob H made fantastic boats that both floated and were able to rescue Superworm!!!  This fitted well into British Science Week and their theme ‘Change’, as we looked what happened to the materials of the boats when they got wet.  We also really enjoyed writing our new Superhero stories based on Superworm! Ask your child to tell you their story!

Our readers of the week were Lily-Rose and Ethan – well done to both of you!  They have both made such great improvements through reading so often at home and practicing the letter sounds and words.

This week as part of this term’s assembly theme  -  ‘It’s Good to be Me’, we encouraged the children to think about what they are good at, or what they enjoy, and why it is ‘Good to be Them’.

Next week we will be focusing on handwriting; making sure letters are correctly formed and the right size.  We have sent home some letter formation and number sheets for your child to practice.  They could then write a sentence on the back of the Big Talk sheet using the handwriting lines, to tell us what they are good at.

Next week we will have say ‘Good-bye’ to Mrs Gilligan and Miss McGibbon.  We have really enjoyed having them in our Reception classes and they will be missed.  We would like to wish them all the best for the future and we know they will make great teachers!

Finally please can you check your child’s jumpers are named and that they have their own jumper as a few parents have said their child’s have gone missing.  Thank you!

Thanks as usual for your continued support

The Reception Team

(10.3.17)

Hi Everyone!

This week the lizard from Superworm stole our beloved friend, Penguin. Wizard Lizard sent a letter to Reception to tell the children what he had done. We were outraged! The children quickly began to hunt for penguin, they hatched plans to capture Lizard and wrote letters to him to tell him how they felt. Thankfully the children rescued Penguin from a tree - we are sure you will hear all about it!  We are all delighted to have Penguin back.

Thank you for all the Big Talk homework sent in last week. We really enjoyed finding out about Imogen’s and Oliver’s routines at home. We were also very impressed with all the things that Olly could do in one minute, such as 111 claps or 54 jumps. Millie and Maisie also got a dip in the box for their super homework.  In maths next week we will be continuing our work on time and also developing our counting skills and recognising numbers upto 20 and beyond!

The children are still enjoying wearing their superhero capes and using their special powers. They have now made superhero puppets and have been putting on shows for their friends. Some of their puppets are displayed on our superhero wall so feel free to take a look.

As part of ‘finding out about the world’ we will also be looking at ‘floating and sinking’ and for homework this week it would be great if you could find things that sink or float – a great bath night activity!  For those of you who like a challenge you could make a boat using food trays (not ones that have had meat or fish in).  This will also be one of the challenges the children will be set this week to help Superworm cross a river to help his friend!

Congratulations to our readers of the week; Dylan and Charlie-Anne, reading at home has really helped them!

As usual thank you for your continued support. Have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team.

Diary Dates – Parent Consultation Meetings 8th and 9th March.

(3.3.17)

Hi Everyone!

We hope you all had a good half term break, thank you and well done for all the amazing ‘Superhero Capes’, you have made with the children!  We were really impressed with the creative skills you have and all the children with a cape had a ‘dip in the box’!  A huge well done to Lily-Mae and Ben for being the winners and to Olly and Emily for being the runners-up!  It was very difficult choosing the winners – because they were all so wonderful, so we gave this difficult task to the Mayor who was here to judge the cakes!  The children have really enjoyed wearing their capes and we have had some great role play both inside and outside! 

The children have enjoyed reading the story of ‘Superworm’ and have learnt a song to help them to retell the story – ask them to sing it for you!  We will be continuing to work with this story next week.

This week we really enjoyed World Book Day, we loved dressing-up and looking for ‘Wally’ around school.  Don’t forget to spend your book token!  We also enjoyed the assembly on ‘The Great Corrie Bake-Off’!  Thank you to everyone who made or bought cakes, the money made will be shared between Richmond’s Hope (our chosen charity) and the school council.

In maths next week we will be learning about ‘time’, we will be learning the days of the week, the months of the year, and using the vocabulary sooner, later, after, before etc.   We will also be finding out about how long a minute is by seeing how many different things we can do in one minute; such as jumps, building a tower etc.   As usual we will also be recognising and ordering numbers to 20.

For homework it would be great if you could do any of these things at home or write and tell us about your daily routine over the weekend – what time the children get up, have dinner etc.

Please let us know what you have found out.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you for your continued support.

The Reception Team

 

Diary Dates Parent Consultation Meetings 8th and 9th March.

(17.2.17)

Hi Everyone!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Reading Eggs Workshop, the children have been enjoying going on it at school and it is great to see that so many are using the programme at home too,  don't forget to read the reading books too over the holidays!  Our readers of the week are Kyle and Alice – well done you two!

We have been really busy this week, the children have really enjoyed videoing themselves acting out the story of Penguin.  They have also written their own version of the ‘Penguin’ story by changing one of the characters.    

We had art day on Wednesday and the children had the opportunity to model and sculpt using pipe-cleaners and clay.  They enjoyed finding out about Antony Gormley and looking at pictures of statues.  We had lots of good homework returned – thank you, Joshua sent in some lovely photos of him modelling shapes with plasticine and Libby sent in pictures of Nelson’s Column from when she went to London. 

After the holidays our topic is going to be ‘Superheroes’!  We will be finding out about different ‘super characters’.  If you have any pictures or books your child would like to share please send them in. 

For homework over the holiday we would love the children to find out about a superhero or better still to invent their own.  We would like you to help your child make a cape for their own character – (please make sure it is safe around the neck; a little elastic may help).  There will be a small prize for the most imaginative cape - so it is time to put on your thinking caps!

The children can keep their capes in school and use them in their play, we may even write some stories about your child’s character!

We will also be reading the story of ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson.  To link with this we will be doing lots of work on measuring and comparing lengths, using the words longer, longest, shorter, shortest, taller and tallest.

 We wish you all a lovely half term break, thank you all as usual for your continued support and we look forward to seeing all your creative ‘Superhero’ capes!

The Reception Team.

 

Diary Dates – Reading Eggs Workshop Wednesday 15th Feb 9am

(10.2.17)

Hi Everyone!

The children have really enjoyed ‘Careers and Aspirations Week’, some of the jobs they have found out about are; the work of a vicar (Rev Cant), a soldier, a nurse, a police officer and what it’s like to work at the PDSA.  They also went in the planetarium and looked at the planets and watched an astronaut brush his teeth!

They have also spoken about what they would like to be when they grow-up – thank you for all the homework sent in this week.  Unfortunately we could not not give any good ideas to the children on how to become a Princess or a Superhero!  Mackenzie and Neve did some super homework and they had the ‘dip in the Box’ – Well done!

Our readers of the week are Faith and Jane!  We are really pleased with both of you!

Next week we will be having ‘Art Day’ on Wednesday as well as the Reading Eggs workshop.  In Reception we will be looking at statues and sculptures and particularly the work of Antony Gormley, who made The Angel of the North.  We will be using clay to make our own sculptures so be prepared that the children may come home a little messier than usual! (Clay does wash out very easily but if you want to send in old shirt/T. shirt for them to wear, that will be fine).

In maths we will be looking at 3d shapes (sphere, cone, cube, cuboid) and we will be making our own models, we would be grateful if you could send in boxes for us to use.

For homework we would like the children to bring in any pictures or information they can find about sculptures and statues. 

We would also like the children to look for 3d shapes around them, again food packaging can be good for this. 

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next week at the Reading Egg Workshop.  We will also be giving out the children’s log in details so that they can log in at home on a tablet, phone or PC.

Have a lovely weekend and thanks as usual for your continued support!

The Reception Team

 

Workshop for Reading Eggs Wednesday 15th February 9am.

(3.2.17)

Hi Everyone!

We had lots of Big Talk returned last week  - Thank you!  We had some excellent things sent in for Chinese New Year.  Roseanna made lots of things including a lantern and a dragon, and Renae found out that she was born in the year of the dragon!

This week we have been reading the story of Penguin by Polly Dunbar.  The children have really enjoyed learning the story and next week we will be acting it out and we will be writing our own version of the story using different characters. 

In maths this week we have been counting backwards from 20, making addition sentences (being able to say 3 and 2 make 5 altogether) and finding the doubles of numbers upto 5. 

Next week it is ‘Careers and Aspiration Week’ across school and we will be having visitors into school to talk to the children about their jobs.   If any parent/carer or relative would like to come and talk to the children about their job please come and speak to us. 

For homework this week we would like the children to think about what they would like to be when they grow up, they could draw or write about it.

On Wednesday 15th February we will be holding a parent’s workshop at 9am on ‘Reading Eggs’.  Reading Eggs is an on-line individualised programme that all the children are able to access at home using their own personal log-in.  After a short chat you will be given your child’s log in password and be able to use the  I -pad with your child!  The children really love using this and it really helps them to develop their reading skills. 

Our ‘readers of the week’ this week are Thomas and Rabail! Well done to them both and thank you to their grown-ups for the support they give them at home!

Have a lovely weekend and thank you all as usual for your continued support

The reception Team!

 

(27.1.17)

Hi Everyone!

Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop on Assessment, I hope you all found it useful, and that you enjoyed looking through your child’s learning journal.  The journals are available for you to look through at any time, please just ask a member of staff.  You can also add to your child’s journal; WOW sheets are available if you want to share any proud moments or achievements your child has at home.

Well done to those children who completed their homework last week, we had some lovely pictures of penguins sent in, Grace drew some lovely pictures and Emily wrote a sentence telling us why she likes penguins.  Both children will have a ‘dip in the box’.

This week we have been finding out about ‘Chinese New Year’, we have played with coloured noodles, made dragon masks and lanterns,  today we had our own lion dance!  The children really enjoyed finding out about how this festival is celebrated.  For homework we thought it would be good if the children could tell us about what they enjoyed doing or they could find out more about Chinese New Year – they were born in the Chinese Year of the ? (which animal), they could make a model dragon or a lantern.  We look forward to seeing their work.

Next week we will be continuing our topic on the cold snowy weather! (Hopefully the igloo will be completed!) We will be reading the story ‘Penguin’ by Polly Dunbar and finding out more facts about penguin. 

Our readers of the week this week were Thomas and Aurora!  Well done to both those children.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you all as usual for your continued support.

The Reception Team

(20.1.17)

Diary Dates – Assessment in Reception – Parent’s Workshop Wednesday 25th 2.45pm  (Please return the slip to say if you are able to attend.)

Hi Everyone!

A huge ‘thank you’ to Mrs Cruden for coming in this morning to support parents in claiming for ‘Pupil Premium’ funding, she will be coming in again next Friday at 9am, please let us know if you will be coming in either for support or just to use the lap tops.  The school is currently losing thousands of pounds in unclaimed money – if you are entitled, the money supports your child’s learning.

Thank you for the homework returned last week showing some great examples of maths work, Jane did lots of number sentences and addition and Dylan sent in some photographs of him adding two amounts together using his fingers!

Thank you too for the great examples of Healthy Meals; Millie and Roseanna were chosen as the winners – Well done!

This week we have been reading the story ‘The Snowy Night’ about Percy the Park-Keeper and the children have written about their favourite animal that came to stay the night.

We have also been looking at how ice melts when it gets warm, and how ice is made from water – you may want to explore this more at home by making ice-lollies or ice-cubes!  The children really enjoyed trying to find ways of helping to release creatures (toy ones of course!) that were trapped in ice!

Next week we will be continuing our topic on the cold snowy places and   we will be finding out facts about penguins.  If you have access to the internet it would be great if you and your child could do some ‘research’ on penguins.  Again this would contribute towards their assessment at the end of the year – knowing that we can find things out from books and computers.

We have had some fantastic readers this week and it has been difficult to choose a reader of the week, but we have chosen Kayla and Charlotte for trying particularly hard to remember the sounds of letters in the phonic lessons.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you all as usual for your continued support.

The Reception Team

Diary Dates Parent Workshop on Assessment in Reception Wed Jan 25th 2.45pm

Friday 20th Jan – Mrs Cruden in to support parents in claiming their entitlement to pupil Premium.

(13.1.17)

Hi Everyone!

This week in Reception we are pleased to welcome Mrs Gilligan and Mrs McGibbon who are trainee teachers from Manchester Metropolitan University.  They will be working with us at Corrie until Easter.

It has been really cold this week, but the children have loved playing outside, please could you make sure they have a warm coat and substantial shoes or boots. A hat and gloves are also essential!

Thank you for all the Big Talk sent in last week; Alex told us about the remote controlled car he got for Christmas and Gabrielle sent in photos of her terrific racing track!

This week in maths we have been writing numbers to 10, 20 and some children have been writing numbers up to 30! We have also been comparing amounts, saying which group has more and which has fewer or less.  Some children have also been adding two amounts.  For homework this week we would like the children to practice writing numbers and doing simple maths problems – they could write the numbers in chalk outside, record what numbers they see around the home – clocks etc, or do some simple addition problems – adding 2 different types of fruit, groups of toy cars etc.  Please send any photo’s you would like to share with us or write and tell us what your child has been doing

Healthy Eating

Today in assembly Mr Griffin spoke to all the children about eating healthy lunches and meals and how we can exercise to keep ourselves fit and well. The children in reception have been given the task of designing a healthy meal on the sheets provided.  There will be a small prize for the best meal!  Good Luck!

Reading

Please try to read with your child and go over their words every day if possible, it is so important to practice as often as possible (don’t forget to write in the reading record book to let us know how they have gone on).  Our readers of the week were Phoebe and Joshua ! Well done! 

Pupil Premium

We currently have a lot of families in reception not claiming for pupil premium funding.  If you are entitled to this, additional funding is given to the school to support your child’s learning and can make a substantial difference to their progress.  Mrs Cruden is in school on Friday morning between 9 and 10am to offer advice and support using lap tops to complete the forms on line. (Please see attached form for details)

Have a lovely weekend and thank you all as usual for your continued support.

The Reception Team

(16.12.16)

Hi Everyone!

This will be our last ‘Big Talk’ before Christmas.  We have had a really busy week making Christmas things and preparing for our party on Monday.  Please don’t forget to send in the party food on Monday!  The children can come in their uniform as usual and bring their party clothes in a bag labelled with their name and they can change after lunch.  We are all looking forward to our party and we are hoping a special person will pay us a visit!

After Christmas our topic will be about ‘Winter’ – we will be learning about how the weather affects us and the clothes we wear for protection.  We will find out about cold and snowy places and the animals that live there.   If you have any books, pictures or information that we could look out, please send them in!  We are also hoping to set-up an explorer’s den in our role play area so we would  be grateful for any old ski equipment or clothes you may have – goggles, mittens, scarves, hats, compasses, binoculars or camping gear that the children could use.

For Big Talk Homework we would like all the children to share with us what they have been doing over the holiday period.  We would really love for you to send in photographs especially of the children on Christmas morning!

Well done to all those children who have learnt all the Stage 2 words, children will need to learn these before they can move onto Stage 3 books.  Please try and have regular short reading sessions with your child over the holidays as at this age they soon forget, and they have worked so hard learning their words and sounds.  Thank you!

We would like to wish all our children and their families a wonderful Christmas and we wish you all the very best for 2016.

(9.12.16)

Diary Dates –Monday 19th December – Reception Christmas Party

Hi Everyone!

We hope you all enjoyed our Christmas Nativity play, the children had worked really hard learning the songs. Well done to all of them we were so proud of them!

Our Christmas Party will now take place a week on Monday on the 19th December.  Next week we will put up a list of party food we need and would be grateful if you could sign up.  On the day party clothes can be sent in to school in a named carrier bag and we will change them after lunch.

This week the children have been writing letters to Santa; next week we will be taking part in more Christmas activities including making Christmas cards etc.  We have also been enjoying reading Christmas stories, thank you to Aurora for the lovely book she sent in for her birthday.  If your child has a Christmas story or book they would like to share please send it in with your child’s name inside. 

For homework this week we would like the children to tell us about their favourite Christmas story/film or any special story.  They could draw or write about the characters or their favourite part.

Our readers of the week this week are MacKenzie and Lucca – well done to both of them.

We hope you have a lovely weekend though we know at this time of the year it will be really busy, and as usual thank you for your continued support.

The Reception Team

(2.12.16)

Diary Dates

Winter Fair – Friday 9th Dec Junior Hall

8.12.16 – Thursday at 2.45pm – Reception Nativity.

Hi Everyone!

I think you may have noticed that it is ‘that time of year’ already!  In reception we have already been busy rehearsing for our Nativity Play on Thursday make sure you have returned the slip requesting tickets!  The nativity will start at 2.45pm in the Infant Hall. The children are really excited and have been trying hard to learn the songs.  We are sure you will all enjoy our performance!  We are a few costumes short for the Nativity and would be grateful if anyone has any Xmas outfits their children could wear for the performance.  Roseanna has brought in a beautiful red Christmas dress and we have also received a Snowman suit.

Thank you to those who sent in for the £1 envelope draw; all the money raised at the Winter Fair will be spent on the children at Corrie. 

For Big Talk homework this week, we would like the children to tell us about how their family celebrate Christmas or any other festivals such as Eid.  We would like to know if they have special food, go to special places, see family members, send cards or decorate their homes etc.  As usual accompanying photographs would be great to look at, and they give the children prompts to talk about when they share their homework with the class.

Next week in school we will be writing letters to Santa and learning about the Nativity story.  We will also be looking at patterns and wrapping different shaped presents, please could we have any excess Christmas wrapping paper you may have.

As the weather has been considerably colder this week please make sure your child has suitable clothes for outdoor play – a warm coat, hat and gloves.  We can provide waterproofs if it is raining.  (Thank you to those who have sent in wellies for their child.)

Our readers of the week are Alex and Charlie-Anne – they have read lots at home and also well done to those children who have learnt all the stage 2 words on the sheets and phase 2 letter sounds.

We hope you have a lovely weekend and as usual, thank you for your continued support.

The Reception team

Diary Dates

Next Friday   (2nd Dec) £1 Envelope draw.

Dec 8th 2.45pm Reception Nativity

Dec 9th Winter Fair

25.12.16

Hi Everyone!

A big thank you to all who sent in bottles for the Winter Fair last week and ‘smellies’ in today.

The children are getting much better at recognising numerals, thanks for all the homework sent in last week.  Brooke and Sinead tried really hard writing numbers – well done!

This week we have  been busy practicing the songs for our Nativity play – we can’t believe it’s just over a week away!  For homework this week we would like you to help your child practice the songs and learn the words.  Next week we will start our rehearsals properly.  We will also be looking at rhyming words so it would be great if you could help your child to find rhyming pairs around the home –eg chairs and stairs!

We will also be putting up our Christmas decorations next week; if you have any spare decorations you could send in we would be really grateful!

Our ‘readers of the week’ were – Kyle and Alice they had done lots of reading at home and as a reward they had a ‘dip in the box’!   The children have their book changed at school once a week, it is important that they have their reading folder in school every day so that their book is changed when they read with their group.  Each week the children are also assessed on whether they know the letter sounds and the key words we send home.  Learning these and practicing them at home as often as possible is really important and helps the children to become confident readers.

We hope you have a lovely weekend and as usual, thank you for your continued support.

The Reception Team

 

Friday 25th – Silly Sock Day for Smellies

Friday 9th Dec Christmas Fair

Thursday Dec 8th 2.45pm Reception Nativity

Hi Everyone!

Thank you also those parents who came to the Maths Workshop, I hope it has inspired you to do some counting and maths at home.  This week the children have been trying hard to recognise numbers to 20!  We are really impressed that we already have some ‘Maths Champs’ who can already do this.  We will be continuing to focus on this next week.  Every child will have their own target depending on where they are now – to learn numbers to 5, 10, 15 or 20. 

For Big Talk this week we would like you to look for numbers around the house (on clocks, the microwave, remote controls), and outside (on car registration plates, on doors, in shops).  It would be great if the children could also practice writing the numerals.

This week in reception we have been learning about ‘capacity’ and using the words full, half full and empty.  We have then been using these words in the sand and water play.  Some children sent in lovely work last week showing them measuring amounts – well done to Libby, Roseanna, Dylan, Shahriar, Nowella and Joshua.  We loved the photos of Nowella’s full and empty pan of chilli!

As part of Anti-bullying Week, we have also been discussing what makes a “Good Friend’ and how we can be kind and helpful towards each other.  Maybe the children might like to write about one of their best friends?

Our ‘readers of the week’ were Grace (who has done lots of reading and learning the words and letter sounds, even though she has been ill), Lily Rose and Neve, they have done lots of reading at home and as a reward they had a ‘dip in the box’! (A treat to take home!)

As the weather is getting colder please encourage your child to fasten their own coat and make sure they have waterproof shoes or wellies in school.

We hope you have a lovely weekend and as usual, thank you for your continued support.

The Reception Team

 

11.11.16

Diary Dates – Maths workshop next week – Tuesday 15th November 9am

Hi Everyone!

Thank you to everyone who attended Parent’s Evening this week.  We hope you enjoyed looking through your child’s Learning Journal.

Well done to all those who sent in homework last week; Ben sent in a lovely picture of things he has seen at a party and Shahriar did a great picture of a party.  Well done those two!

Our readers of the week were Dylan and Nowella – both children have benefitted from reading at home almost every night – this really makes a big difference – thank you! Don’t forget to write in the record book to let us know how you have gone on.

Please, please send in your child’s book bag with reading book and record every day!

As usual next  week in reception will be really busy – as it is anti-bullying week we will be talking about how we keep ourselves safe and how we follow the ‘Golden Rules’.  We will also be reading the story of ‘Elmer’ and discussing how we are all different.

In maths we will be learning about ‘capacity’, we will be using the words full, half full and empty and exploring ‘capacity’ in the sand and water play.  We thought it would be good if you could have a look at this at home for homework this week and also encourage your child to order amounts using the words ‘more’ and ‘less’.  Let us know what you have been doing photos would be really appreciated!  Please remember that all Big Talk Homework you send in helps us to make assessments about your child as part of their Learning Journey.

It was a sad day yesterday saying Goodbye to Miss Walker.  She would like to pass on her thanks to all of those who wished her well in her next venture.  She will be greatly missed!

We hope you have a lovely weekend and as usual, thank you for your continued support.

The Reception Team

4.11.16

Diary Dates  Wed 9th Thur 10th  Nov -  Parents Evening     Please check your times.

Tues 15th Nov 9am Maths Workshop.

Hi Everyone!

We hope you all had a good half term break!  Thank you to all of you who sent in Big Talk homework and items for our shop.     Ben and Roseanna did coin rubbings and Aurora and Dylan looked at different values of coins. The children have really enjoyed playing with the coins in our ‘shop’ this week.  Thanks also to Roseanna and Ethan who sent in a birthday items for our dough area.  The children have enjoyed making cakes and having pretend parties, so we have decided to continue with this topic for a while longer.  If you have anything else you can spare we would as usual be really grateful!  Next week we plan to ‘make’ cakes, have ‘pretend’ parties in our mud kitchen outside, play party games outside and hear more stories about birthdays!  We will also be encouraging the children to write by making their own birthday cards and invitations!  It should be an exciting week!  Please make sure your child wears a coat, and if possible has a pair of wellingtons in school. (Any old or outgrown wellies could also be sent in as spares.) 

For homework please could you talk to your child about any parties they have been to, the games they played and the food they had.  They could draw pictures or with help write about what they enjoyed.

Most children have now been given a reading book, please could you read every day with your child (if possible), and write in their reading record book to tell us how they have done.  We have also sent home lists of words and letters the children are learning at school so they can practice at home.  If you need to talk to a member of staff about this, please come and see us.  Please make sure your children bring their reading books to school every day and put them in their groups box.  Our ‘Readers of the Week’ were Brooke and Leo – They read almost every day! Well Done!

It is with great sadness that Miss Walker will be leaving us on Thursday but we all wish her as she starts her new life as a Landlady.  She will be hugely missed by the children and the staff but she assures us she will pop in to see us every now and again!

We hope you have a lovely weekend and as usual, thank you for your continued support.

The Reception Team

20.10.16

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for the great things you have sent in last week, Freya and Thomas won the dip in the box for their work on The Little Red Hen

We have started the children with reading books, it is essential that they have a reading folder to carry the books to and from school.  These are available at the junior office for £4.00. Please bring your child’s book and book bag into school every day.

After the holidays our topic will be shopping.  We will be looking at writing shopping lists, using money and adding two amounts together.  Over the holidays it would be helpful if you could look at different coins with your child and talk about their value.  Please send in any empty food packages that we could sell in our shop.

 We will also be setting the dough area out for a birthday party to link with our reading scheme.  If you have any birthday candles, table cloths, old birthday cards or party invitations we could make good use of them!

We would also be grateful if anyone has any dressing-up clothes they could spare, and any items left over from Halloween as they would come in useful as we will be reading Meg and Mog stories.

As we come to the end of our first half term we would like to say how proud we are of all the children and we are pleased at how well they have all settled into school.

Finally we would like to wish you all a happy half term holiday and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 31st October.

Thank you for your continued support,

The Reception Team

Phonics and Reading Workshop Wednesday 19th October 9am

7.10.16

Hi Everyone!

Thank you to all of you who came to the Dough Disco workshop, I hope you had fun and feel inspired to use playdough with your child at home.  The children really enjoyed seeing their ‘Grown-Ups’ in school.  It has been great to hear that Mason has been doing at home!  Well done Mason!

Thank you for all the Big Talk sent in, Ethan and Leo won the Dip in the Box this week – Ethan made a lovely booklet with lots of photos showing that he can order items by size and Leo sent in a photo of his toys in size order!  Please look at their work on the WOW wall in Mrs Birtles’ classroom!

On Wednesday 19th October at 9am, we will be holding a reading and phonics workshop for parents and carers.  Like with the dough disco you will be able to join in a phonics lesson with the children!  The children really love to see you in school and you will gain an insight into how we teach reading and phonics at school.

This week we have been learning how to wash our hands correctly using soap and water, especially after going to the toilet and before eating. 

Next week in school we will be finding out all about Autumn!  We will be talking about how the leaves change colour and fall from the trees and we will be looking at acorns, conkers and sycamore keys.  It would be great if you could get out and about, or just in your garden or on the way home from school to look for signs of Autumn.  We would love to display things you find on our Autumn Display Table so please send anything you find.  It is also harvest next week so we would welcome any contributions for St Mary’s food bank.

Before the holidays we will be starting some of the children with reading books, it is essential that they have a reading folder to carry the books to and from school, please send in your child’s book bag if you haven’t already!  They are waterproof so keep the books dry and because they have our school name on they will be returned if left in Morrison’s or the bus!  They are available from the Junior Office!

Thank you as usual for your support and we hope you all have a lovely weekend.

The Reception team

Dough Disco Tuesday 4th October

30.9.16

Hi Everyone!

This week we have also started ‘Dough Disco’, we hope you can come and watch the children in action at 2.45pm next Tuesday.  The children would love to see you in school.  The parents who attended this last year really enjoyed it and found that they could do it at home with their children, it really helps children to develop their writing skills.

Thank you for all the homework sent in last week the children enjoyed telling us about their favourite story, Libby drew a lovely picture of ‘Dinosaur’ and Clayton drew a great ‘Angry Giant’ from Jack and the Beanstalk.  

The children have really enjoyed retelling the story of the Three Little Pigs, next week we are focusing on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and we will be looking at the different sizes of items in the story.  For homework we would like the children to find different sized objects at home, eg. a small cup and a large cup etc.  If they’re being really clever they could order three items.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday morning.

Thank you for your support

The Reception Team

Diary Dates - Dough Disco workshop Tuesday 4th October 2.45pm

23.9.16

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for all the homework sent in last week, Tilly and Roseanna really worked hard on theirs and used collage and photos to tell us about their fun first week.  We have also been encouraging the children to write their name on their pictures, so any support you can give them would really help! We have sent home a letter formation sheet for you to help your child to write the letters correctly. (This is for you to keep at home for future reference.)

Thank you to those of you who have brought wellies in, it can get a bit muddy outside and wearing wellies helps to keep their shoes clean and feet dry!  The children have had so much fun playing outside in this lovely warm weather.

Next week we will start ‘Dough Disco’, we hope you can come and watch the children in action at 2.45pm Tuesday 4th October.  The children would love to see you in school.  The parents who attended this last year really enjoyed it and found that they could do it at home with their children, it really helps children to develop their writing skills.

Also next week we will be telling the story of the Three Pigs; we will be acting out and sequencing the story. 

This week for homework we would like the children to tell us about a story that they enjoy; they could draw a picture of the characters or their favourite part.

We have also been encouraging the children to use scissors and we have found that it is easier for them to card rather than paper.  If you have any old greeting cards that you can send in for the children to cut would be really appreciated.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday morning.

Thank you for your support

The Reception Team

16.9.16

Hi Everyone!

The children have now completed their first full week in school and we are really proud of them!  They are getting used to the routines and rules and have made lots of new friends.   Fortunately the weather has been really good so we have been making full use of our outdoor equipment.   The children really love the water play area and there has been some good learning taking place however this has resulted in some children getting rather wet!  It has been great that so many children had wellies and spare socks available so they didn’t have to suffer damp shoes all day.

Thank you to those of you who sent in completed ‘All about me’ booklets, we have enjoyed sharing these with the children and the information will help us with our initial assessments.

Each week in Reception we will send home our ‘Big Talk Homework’ which is then shared with the class each week.  The children love telling us about what they have done at home.  There is no right or wrong way to complete the homework, the children can draw, write, send in photos or you can write and tell us what you have done together.  The homework is always ‘marked’ and put in your child’s file and then forms part of their ongoing assessment, the files are sent home at the end of the year.  Each week we select six pieces of work to be displayed on our ‘WOW’ wall so that everyone can see the work you have been doing.  The homework is also put on our class page on the Corrie Website so if you lose your paper copy you can always check on line.

This week we would like to know what the children have enjoyed doing in their first few weeks at school.

We have also been encouraging the children to write their name on their pictures, so any support you can give them would really help! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone, and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday morning.

Thank you for your support

The Reception Team

Please could you check that your child has their own jumper and cardigan as we think someone has taken home Maisie’s cardigan by mistake, it has got her name in it!  Thank you!