P.E

As part of transition to Year 1, Reception will start having P.E lessons every Friday morning. After the session, children will have toast and milk and play in the big yard with the Key Stage 1 children, to help them get ready for next year when they enter Key Stage 1.

From Friday (16th June) your child will need to bring in their own P.E kit in a labelled bag; containing a white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps. PLEASE ensure that all items are labelled to reduce the risk of your child’s kit to be misplaced or lost.

We would appreciate it if you could encourage your child to dress and undress themselves at home to help them for when they begin to do so in school.

Many thanks,
Miss Mather

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Growing Cress

Reception have loved learning about flowers and plants this week! Their writing has been amazing in our new garden centre writing area; writing shopping lists, selling flowers, writing letters for magic beans and writing cress diaries. We are so proud of them.

We have also loved growing our own cress heads. We will keep you updated with how they are going but please feel free to pop in and have a look at your child’s cress head.

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Summer Term 2 Newsletter

Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely half term. This is the final newsletter for this school year (I can’t believe how quickly it has come around!). Please find below a few reminders, requests, and an overview of the final half term of your child’s time in Reception.

Topic
Our new learning challenge for this half term is ‘What has changed?’ As we explore this learning challenge we will be learning about and exploring growth and change. We will look at the growth of plants, changes in the weather and seasons, changes to food, and changes as we grow. In week 3 we will be going on our school trip to the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm where we can explore where vegetables are grown, farm animals and how ice cream is made. We will also be reflecting on our time in Reception and begin to look ahead to our time in Year 1.

Dates for your diary
21/6/2017: EYFS trip to Cheshire Ice Cream Farm
5/7/2016: Sports day (weather permitting-this date is subject to change)
21/7/2017: End of term (1pm)

Reports will also be sent home this half term- date to be confirmed

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Rhyming fun!

As we have been learning about nursery rhymes the children are learning to become more aware of rhymes. We thought it would be a fun idea to have the children create a word that rhymes with their names (real or silly) to help them to recognise rhymes.

Thank you to all the parents who helped their child to come up with a rhyming word for their name, we had a lot of fun finding out what each child had come up with.

Here are just a few examples of the rhymes they came up with:

Libby Wibby
Georgie Porgie
Harvey Warvey Narvey
Lola Pola
Ava Quaver
Chinonye  Monye

Well done Reception! 🙂

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Spring Term 1 Newsletter

Welcome back, we hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. It has been lovely to see all of your children refreshed and taller!

Topic
Our new learning challenge for this half term is one of my favourites ‘who are the characters in my favourite stories and rhymes?’ and will be based on Nursery Rhymes and Traditional Tales. Throughout the topic, we will be learning to sing and recite a variety of Nursery Rhymes and enjoy a range of Traditional Tales. This has always been a lovely topic and often one of the children’s favourite so we are excited to start it!

Reading
Last term we were really impressed with how reading at home had increased weekly and we had almost 70% of children reading 4 or more times at home! All of those children received weekly prizes for their participation and many received their own story book to take home.  Thank you to all of the parents who have been joining in with the new reading scheme, it has been lovely reading your comments on how your children are finding it. Please make sure to return all laminated reading cards.

Uniform
There have been several lost jumpers/cardigans. PLEASE put your child’s names in the jumpers/cardigans. If a jumper is found with a child’s name on it can be returned. Any unnamed jumpers/cardigans are placed in a lost property box near the coat pegs in Nursery.

Toys
We have had a few children bringing toys into school. Please can you encourage your child to leave their toys at home and to not bring them into school. We have plenty of toys here at school and if your child brings in their own they are at risk of being lost or broken, so please leave them at home.

If you would like to discuss any concerns you may have with your child then please contact the school and ask for an appointment or catch up with me after school.

Warm wishes,
Miss Mather.

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Christmas Play

Our Christmas play will take part on Wednesday 14th December at 2pm, this will take place in the hall. Those who have acting parts in the play have been chosen and parents have been informed. The rest of the class will be singing the songs, which we have now started to practice in school.

 

We hope to see you there.

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Reading Meeting

Thank you to all the parents who turned up to the reading meeting yesterday. It was lovely to see you there and seeing you interested in the new reading scheme.

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Changes to reading in Reception

We have made a big change to help improve and enhance reading in Reception, as we are aware that it is an area that needs improving, as we want help build children’s enjoyment and confidence.

3 Day Books Children will now take home a reading book, aimed at their reading ability, and they will keep this for 3 days. On the 1st day children will read this book like normal, on the 2nd day they will take home a word reading card and will complete the task with you, and on the 3rd day they will take home a comprehension card and again complete the task with you. There are 10 different cards so it is likely that your child will bring home a card you have already completed, but it will be used with a different book so are easily reusable.

Recording in Reading Record It is important that you record whether your child has read at home. This also applies on the days that your child is completing the word reading and comprehension, just make a simple note on how they got on.

Picture Books Your child will still take home a picture book for you to enjoy with them at home. This is for YOU to read to your child.

Reading Meeting for Parents I will be holding a short meeting for you all after school on Tuesday 22nd November at 3pm so that I can explain the new reading scheme and answer any questions you may have.

Completing these tasks will help your child build their understanding of reading. If you have ANY questions, please come and speak to me before or after school or make an appointment to see me and I will happily help.

Miss Mather

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Autumn Term 2 Topic

Topic
Our learning challenge for this half term is The Magic Key. This was decided after talking to the children and finding out what they are interested in. Throughout this topic we will be using the magic key to explore a variety of fantasy lands which we know the children will love.

Reading
Last term we were really impressed with how reading at home had increased weekly and we had almost 70% of children reading 4 or more times at home! All of those children received weekly prizes for their participation and many received their own story book to take home.  Unfortunately, there are still a few children missing out on getting a prize. Reception children are reliant on their parents and carers for their support as they need YOU to sign their reading record book when they have read at home. I would love ALL reception children to get a prize. Please come in for a chat if you need any support.

Christmas Play
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And the most exciting as this half term all of the Early Years children will take part in the Christmas play. This is very exciting for us all and you will receive letters closer to the time regarding costumes and performance dates.

Uniform
There have been several lost jumpers/cardigans. PLEASE put your child’s names in the jumpers/cardigans. If a jumper is found with a child’s name on it can be returned. Any unnamed jumpers/cardigans are placed in a lost property box near the coat pegs in Nursery.

Winter Weather
We give the children the option to play outdoors in EYFS every morning and every afternoon regardless of the weather, as the outdoor area provides a lot of essential opportunities for learning. Therefore, we would appreciate children wearing suitable outdoor coats with hoods for school. Hats, scarfs and gloves should be worn when it is really cold and a NAMED PAIR OF WELLIES should be left in school at all times for when it is wet outdoors. We don’t stop children playing outside in the wet weather, instead we dress them in a wetsuit and wellies so as not to hinder their outdoor experiences.

Toys
We have had a few children bringing toys into school. Please can you encourage your child to leave their toys at home and to not bring them into school. We have plenty of toys here at school and if your child brings in their own they are at risk of being lost or broken, so please leave them at home.

If you would like to discuss any concerns you may have with your child then please contact the school and ask for an appointment or catch up with me after school.
Warm wishes,
Miss Mather.

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