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Reception - Chestnut Class

Queen's High Tea

 

The Platinum Jubilee

This week the children have been celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. This is a celebration of the Queen's 70th year on the throne since her coronation. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Queen and the Royal Family and recalled many interesting facts about them. We had a fantastic time celebrating today; everyone looked lovely in their red, white and blue outfits!

Meet the guinea pigs

Meet Preston, Sonic and Flash the guinea pigs. All of the classes at Preston Primary were very lucky to receive a donation of money from our wonderful PTA. It was decided in Reception that we would club together our money to purchase a class pet, as it would be a great opportunity for the children to learn how to look after animals. The children were so excited by our new arrivals and helped choose their names, along with our Headteacher Mrs Hodgson who came up with the name Preston. Thank you again to our super PTA!

Meet Milo!

We are very lucky to be receiving weekly visit from Milo the golden labrador. 

Easter Number Hunt

Today we took the children onto the field for an Easter number hunt. They thoroughly enjoyed searching for all the numbers and working together as a team to find the most hidden numbers! Happy Easter!

Easter Baking

The children had a fantastic take making Easter nests. Each child got chance to stir the mixture and spoon it into the cases. Happy Easter!

Mother's Day Assembly

The children were very excited to invite their mummies, nannies and aunties into school. Each child drew a beautiful portrait of their mum and wrote about their wonderful individual qualities. We are very proud of how hard the children worked and thoroughly enjoyed the children's performance.

Lifebus Visit

Last week the children had a visit from Helen from Lifebus. She spoke to the children about how they could keep healthy and things they needed to do to look after themselves. The children LOVED Gerald the Giraffe and could not stop talking about him after they left. Thank you to SCARF for providing such a useful and exciting workshop.

 

PCSO Visit

The children in Reception have been very lucky to receive lots of visitors this month as part of our ‘communities and celebrations’ topic. Andrea the PSCO for Abbey Manor, Lil the Nurse and Jordan from Kingston Vets came in to tell the children about their jobs and what they do to help us in the community. We were very impressed with some of the questions that the children asked and they look forward to spotting Andrea when she is out in the local area soon.

St James’ Church Visit

This week the children walked down to visit St James’ Church on Preston Road as part of our ‘Communities and Celebrations’ topic for this term. Reverend Ruth welcomed all of the children into the church for a mock christening. This was an amazing experience for all the children and they thoroughly enjoyed asking Ruth lots of questions about the church.

Red Nose Day

Since its launch in 1988, Red Nose Day has become a much-anticipated date in the calendar. The money we raised this Red Nose Day will help people in the UK and around the world live free from poverty, violence and discrimination. This year's theme was all about individuals being superhero to help others. All of the children looked fantastic in their superhero capes and masks and we are very proud of all the money that the children helped to raise.

Science Week

This week is National Science Week and the children have been lucky enough to conduct their own science experiments. The children had a go at making their own 'dancing' raisins and creating shaving foam rain. We had great fun guessing what was going to happen!

Vet Visit

Today the Reception children have been fortunate to receive a visit from Jordan, a Vet from Kingston Vets, as part of our 'Communities and Celebrations' topic this term. The children were able to guess her occupation on the first go, and we were very impressed when they asked her lots of interesting questions about her job. They found out how long it took her to become a vet (5 years), how she helps fix poorly pets and her favourite parts about the job. The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing her 'pets' that she brought along with her too! 

 

Thank You, Jordan and Kingston Vets.laugh

School Disco!

Reception classes Oak and Chestnut joined together for our school disco on Friday Afternoon. The children looked fantastic in their disco clothes and thoroughly enjoyed showing off their incredible dance moves (even some of the teachers joined in!). We would like to thank our wonderful PTA for arranging the event and providing drinks and crisps for all of the children.

Ninesprings

The children in Reception were fortunate enough to visit Ninesprings today, accompanied by Rangers Ed and Lauren. We began the day with a story surrounded by nature. The children took part in various activities including clay animal making, den building, pooh sticks, leaf hunting and leaf stamping. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning outside!

Mother's Day Surprise!

Today the children have been working with clay to make something very exciting for their mummies for Mother's Day. They have thoroughly enjoyed the process and are looking forward to presenting the finished product to you soon!

Nurse Visit

As part of our 'Communties and Celebrations' topic this term, the children were lucky to have a visit from Lil the Nurse. We gave the children the opportunity to guess what Lil was, and they came up with a range of answers, including Window Cleaner! She checked Mrs Margetts' heart and took her blood pressure. Lil also demonstrated how to apply a bandage with the assistance of Dr Daniel. Dr James assisted with removing the bandage. Thank you very much to Lil!

World Book Day

All of reception had a fantastic World Book Day. We thought that the children looked amazing dressed as their favourite book character, and we would like to thank the parents for their continued support. The children enjoyed a variety of book-related activities such as designing their own books and sharing books with another year group. 

Holly Ryan - Author Visit

The children were very lucky to receive a visit from Holly Ryan, author of 'Never Mess With A Pirate Princess!'. She read her book to the children and they were able to ask her questions. We were very impressed with some of the questions and answers that the children came up with!

Pancake Day!

This week the children have been lucky enough to be able to have a go at making their own pancakes as part of their adult-led continuous provision. The children enjoyed being able to taste their creations!

Home Learning

Due to the high winds today (Friday 18th February), the school is closed.

Here is a list of learning activities that would benefit your child:

 

- Listen to your child read, ensuring that your child understands what is happening in each picture.

 

- Practice your child's word wall with them. You could make flashcards of these words and pin them up around the house for your child to find and read.

 

- We are currently learning about doubling and halving. Please see the link below for a Numberblocks episode that covers this topic. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08q4jkq/numberblocks-series-2-double-trouble

 

- Here is another link to BBC Bitesize Phonics episodes. After watching each very short episode, they can click on the arrow to play a game to revise what they have learnt.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvq9bdm

 

- We have been introducing board games to the children to encourage turn-taking and understanding of rules. If you have any board games at home, it will benefit your child's greater understanding.

 

We hope that you keep safe and have a wonderful half term.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

 

Kindest Regards

Mrs Margetts and Miss Watson

Valentine's Baking

This week the children have been baking in the conservatory! They have been mixing, melting and moulding to create some lovely valentine's treats. Mrs Andrews and Miss Read were very impressed with the children's baking skills.

Parachute Games

Both Reception classes joined together today, and we went outside today to play some parachute games. We played fruit salad and popcorn, and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. 

E-Safety Day

The Reception children were very lucky today to have two prefects from year 6 come in to read them a story. This story was called Digiduck's Big Decision and was read to the children for E-Safety Day. We discussed how to stay safe online and the children had lots of great ideas about how they could also keep safe online at home.

Children's Mental Health Week

This week is children's mental health week, and to help raise awareness we wore scarves on Monday in collaboration with SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship). We discussed how we can care for ourselves and each other, and were very impressed at some of the ideas that the children came up with. Each child has received a Wellbeing Calendar and we look forward to discussing some of these ideas with the children.

Chinese New Year Dance

The children in Reception performed a Chinese New Year Dragon walk around the school. Every child was involved in the dance, some were the dragon, some shook an instrument and some carried a special Chinese lantern they had made! All of the children throughout the school commented on how amazing the dragon looked, and appreciated the children's hard efforts.

 

What a wonderful end to our week!

Chinese Dance

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Chinese New Year

To celebrate Chinese New Year, the reception classes were very lucky to visit our Chinese dragon gazebo from the local library. The children learnt all about Chinese New Year celebrations and traditions, and we were amazed at how many children knew facts about China.

 

Gong Hei Fat Choy! 🧧

Bird Boxes

Preston Primary School has been very lucky to receive some handmade bird boxes from Graham Pritchard and his Father-in-law Bill. Each class selected a child to assist with putting up the bird boxes, and each class now has an individual bird box to monitor. The children are fortunate as this will allow them to observe nesting birds up close.

We look forward to hopefully welcoming chicks onto the school grounds shortly.

Comparing Heights

This week in maths, we have explored and compared different heights. Part of our exploration included ordering our class from tallest to shortest. The children enjoyed working out who they were taller and shorter than, which allowed them to use the new mathematical language we had learnt.

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to the Spring term! We hope that the children and their families had a happy and restful break. We look forward to the rest of the school year and the exciting opportunities planned for the Spring and Summer terms.

A Visit from Father Christmas

On the last day of term the children were very lucky to receive a visitor from The North Pole. All the children were delighted (and very excited!) to see Father Christmas, as he delivered a present to every class. A wonderful way for Reception to finish their first term at Preston Primary School!

A Visit From the Magician!

The children in Reception were privileged to have a visit from Malcolm the Magician. He wowed and astounded the children with lots of Christmas themed magic tricks and even invited some children up to help him! The children thoroughly enjoyed the show and loved celebrating the end of term in a magical way. 

Panto Time!!!

Reception would like to thank our wonderful PTA for arranging and paying for us all to go and watch 'Mother Goose' at The Octagon. The PTA work very hard all year to allow the children wonderful experiences such as the Pantomime, and we are very grateful. The children were engaged by the theatre from the moment we walked in and they all thoroughly enjoyed the audience participation! The children sat beautifully for the entire show, and we are very proud of them all. Well Done Reception.

Nativity

Reception wowed the audiences this week with their fantastic version of the nativity ‘Shine Star, Shine!’. The children thoroughly enjoyed the catchy songs and we were very proud of how well they sang them. We would like to thank the parents for their beautiful costumes and supporting their children with their lines. In our eyes all of the children are stars!

Well done Reception!

Animal Visit

Today we were very lucky to have a visit from Animals2uSouthWest. The lovely Marie showed the children lots of animals and explained the habitat and diet for each one. Everyone got to stroke or hold each of the animals and we discussed how the bearded dragon Rex was spikey and that the mice were very soft!

Reception would like to thank our wonderful PTA for providing such a lovely experience!

Nativity Rehearsal

The children in Reception have been practicing really hard for their nativity. We are delighted with their beautiful singing and would like to thank parents for taking the time to help their child learn their lines.

We cannot wait for you to see their production of ‘Shine Star, Shine!’. We know that you will be as impressed as we are!

 

A few sneak preview pictures of the show.

Reception Tea Party with Mrs Hodgson

Children in Need

Today the children celebrated Children in Need, and we thought they all looked wonderful! We discussed why we celebrate children in need and what the children could do to help those who are not as fortunate as they are. There were lots of lovely suggestions to raise money such as danceathons and cake sales.

We raised a total of £464.30 for the charity.

Thank you for all of your kind donations!

Remembrance Day

The Reception classes joined in with Key Stage 1 Remembrance day assembly outside. We discussed why we wear poppies and some children told us about their own families'  experiences and stories. The children were very respectful and adhered to the two minute silence. Well Done Reception!

Outdoor Learning Day

Our Reception classes thoroughly enjoyed participating in outdoor learning day. We took the children on a welly walk around the school grounds to look for signs of Autumn. We were very impressed with the children's knowledge of nature and seasonal changes. The children were rewarded with milk and a muffin.

Black History Month

Black History Month provides great opportunities to highlight key moments in Black British history. It is important to celebrate the contributions of everyone to our society and support the multiculturalism and diversity that helps shape our communities.

 

In reception we have discussed influential people in black history, with a particular focus on people from the UK.

Forest School

Reception were extremely lucky to have the opportunity to experience a forest school lesson last week. 

The children had the opportunity to take part in lots of different forest school activities such as making bird feeders, decorating forest elves, creating stick wands and participating in a nature hunt. 

 

The children had a wonderful time with Mrs Chislett!

The Little Red Hen

This week we have been reading and writing about The Little Red Hen. The children have thoroughly enjoyed making and then tasting their own sandwiches. We were very impressed with their sandwich making skills. 

Hello Yellow!

On Friday the children celebrated Hello Yellow Day, to raise awareness about mental health. We discussed how we can look after our friends and help to keep them happy. We read the book 'Have you filled a bucket today?' and the children gave us wonderful examples of how they could fill each others buckets with kindness. We enjoyed many yellow crafts including wonderful copies of Van Gogh's Sunflowers.

 

We had a fantastic Yellow Day!

 

 

Art Week

Thank you Miss Roy for letting the Reception children take part in the whole school art project. The handprint covered canvas includes every child and adult in the school, and will soon be on display in school for all to see.

Welcome to Chestnut Class

All of the children have settled into school life well, and look smart in their new uniforms. We have enjoyed watching the children explore their new classroom, conservatory and outdoor area, whilst getting to know their new classmates. 

 

The first few weeks has been full of plenty of fun, and lots learning. Here are a few photos of the things that we have been doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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