Home Learning starting 20.04.2020
We are almost at the Easter holidays and we are sure that you can't wait for two weeks with your children without worrying about writing phonics.
We are excited to show you our plans for after the Easter holiday. Attached underneath is a rough plan that you are welcome to use for the week to help stimulate your children and give you some ideas as to how to stretch them during this strange time.
We will be posting each week's planning the week before so you can be mentally prepared for the week ahead :)
Thank you so much for everything you are doing with your children. We miss them very much and hopefully will see them soon.
The Reception Team!
Reading while at home
It is so important for children to still be reading at home and we know you must be pulling your hair out for new books and ideas about reading.
Oxford Owl is a fantastic website full of books for children to read. They are closely linked with the books we use at school and have many reading stages on there. They also have fantastic activities for the children to complete which focus on their phonic skills and comprehension.
Good morning to another week!
It's Monday again. We hope you are all staying safe and had a lovely weekend. It feels stranger every day we don't see the children's faces so say a massive "Hello!" from all of us.
Below are some ideas of Easter activities you can do with your children this week (the last time we will be posting Easter activities, promise) so feel free to give them a go if you are stuck for inspiration
Writing - Try using carrots and paint to make some bunny pencils. Dip the end of the carrot in paint and watch the children write sentences or keywords in an area you're happy for them to write in.
Maths - Use old egg trays to practice counting, adding and subtracting skills. Fill the tray with lego/eggs/blocks and ask your child how many more to make ten, or how many you've taken away.
Reading - Can you make a new Easter story about a bunny who has lost their egg? Once written see if your child can read the story back. Try replacing some of the key words to make the story funnier too!
UTW and EAD - While on your one walk of the day, collect some pretty flowers and bring them home. Can you use different forms of art to draw and colour the flowers? Maybe paint, pastels or even just colouring pencils?
We hope you all have a lovely week and we'll be sure to post more things on our class page as the week progresses.
The Reception team
We hope you've had a lovely week with your parents and have been staying active. All of the reception staff are staying safe and we hope you are too.
I know lots of you will be wanting to help your children progress in their learning but dont feel pressured to do anything above and beyond. A little reading, some writing practise and counting will be more than enough. We can always fill in the gaps when they get back to school and have the utmost confidence we can do this!
If you are finding it tricky to find ideas then twinkl is an excellent resource to use for all kinds of learning. just make sure to tick the EYFS box at the top of the page or type EYFS along with your search words into the search bar. They also have a home learning tab which looks fantastic.
Below is an example of some of the fantastic resources they have on offer.
Stay safe and have a lovely weekend.
From all of the Reception team!
Hello from Reception
We hope your first few days of teaching your children at home have gone well. We are really missing the children but know that you will be doing a fantastic job continuing their learning and keeping them active at home.
We thought it would be helpful if we told you how a normal day at school usually panned out. This way the children aren't too far away from what they know and it can help you to space the day into chunks and make it more bearable!
Writing/Maths activity - (usually based around a particular story, would have been the Easter story if we were still at school) 20-30mins
Break time - 20 mins
Phonics - (reinforcing phase 3 and phase 4 phonics. Phonicsplay and phonicsbloom very good websites for activities). 20 mins.
Continue Writing/Maths - Continue with the writing or maths activity. If it was completed then stretch them by writing a little more, rereading their writing/drawing a picture.
Lunch time - 30 mins (followed by 30 mins exercise)
Reading and craft activities - Time to read with your child. We usually do a few pages and then the key words in their envelopes.
Outside activity - Something fun outside. Could be building an assault course, finding things that start with a certain sound or anything that you can imagine. Pinterest has some fantastic ideas for outside activities. 30-45 mins
We will post some useful links and worksheets that the children can do on our class page when we find them.
Good luck and say "Hello!" to all of the children from us.
Mr North, Mrs Silver and the rest of the reception team!
Easter Egg Hunt
Hide some eggs (doesn't have to be eggs) in the garden or around the house with numbers written on them (up to 20). The children have to find them and then put them into order. If this is being completed too quickly, make them find them in order too!
Our first class photos
The children have settled into school beautifully and we took our first whole class photos today. Chestnut class and Oak class are enjoying their time in school. Smile!
What a sporty morning! The children came into school dressed in their most sporty gear and looked amazing. They also ran laps around the school playground and competed in a tug of war on the school field. A super effort.
We were very lucky to welcome ‘Rocktopus’ to the school this week. They are a rock band aimed at making songs with children of all ages. Our reception children really enjoyed making a brand new rock song all about our amazing school! Rock on!
World Book Day
The children came in in all of their fantastic costumes to celebrate World Book Day. We had a variety of amazing book characters that the children chose and they all looked amazing.
Children from Year 1 also came down to share their 'Three Little Pigs' books that they have been making. A brilliant day all round.
We celebrated Shrove Tuesday by eating pancakes with lots of healthy toppings on Thursday. The children really enjoyed eating them all together and spoke really well about which topping were healthy.
Reception School Disco
Thank you so much to the PTA for organising the reception disco for the children. There were some incredible dance moves, knee slides and signing on show. The children really enjoyed it and even got a drink and some crisps at the end.
Chinese New Year dragon
We have been hard at work making a brand new dragon head for our Chinese New Year display. When it was finished, we performed a dragon dance for the whole school, travelling up the main corridor for everyone to see. What a fantastic dragon and a wonderful way to welcome in the Year of the Rat!
PE with Mr Bourne
The children always enjoy their PE lessons with Mr Bourne and this week it was even more exciting. The children were able to navigate the equipment in our brand new hall. Using balancing and travelling skills, going under and over equipment and also jumping off of tall blocks. The children showed a lot of bravery doing this for the first time.
Saving the Polar Bear
The reception children have been working as a team to save a polar bear who has gotten himself stuck in a tree! They used good team work and communication skills, as well as having to think outside of the box. Great work!
Present from Santa
We were delighted to welcome Father Christmas into our school. He came with presents for all the children who were on the good list and we loved our new puzzles and tap-a-shapes he got us. Thank you so much to the PTA for organising Santa's visit!
What a fantastic performance! The children did everybody proud and impressed everyone with their singing and acting skills. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Tea party with Mrs Hodgson
A selection of children were privileged enough to have a tea party with Mrs Hodgson. They enjoyed cakes and juice and got to ask Mrs Hodgson all manner of questions. They really enjoyed themselves and even brought back a cake for Mr North and Mrs Silver!
The children were joined by a special visitor today to celebrate Children in Need. Pudsey joined Oak class and Chestnut class and stayed behind to take some photos with the children. Thank you Pudsey!
The children enjoyed watching 'Malcolm the Magician' as their end of half term surprise. The children have settled in well, worked hard and made friends. They couldn't believe that Malcolm the Magician could pull coins from his ears and rabbits out of hats!
Our first few weeks