We started the day listening to the story of Samira's Eid.
We listened to and danced to traditional music...
Then came the food! Mrs Riaz was very busy yesterday preparing lots of delicious treats!
The teachers were so impressed as the children tried new food including onion bhajis...
samosas and vegetable rolls! Yum yum!
Eid al- Fitr
Eid Mubarak to everyone that celebrated today!
Reception made a special Eid card for each of our Muslim families at St Paul's. Each one was unique and the children took great care when writing the messages inside.
We can't wait for our Eid party next week so we can celebrate with our friends!
St George's Day
On Friday 23rd April Reception celebrated St George's Day. St George is the patron saint of England. To mark this important day we made our own St George flags by reading the instructions that Miss North left for us in the creative area. We also acted out the story of St George and the dragon, we thought the George was very brave!
The Legend of St George and the Dragon
This is George. He was a soldier in the Roman army.
Legend has it that a fierce dragon was causing panic in the village. Everyone was scared!
To stop the dragon coming to the village to eat the people they gave it sheep to eat.
The dragon liked eating the sheep but it was always hungry!
One day the Princess was walking in the forest. The dragon saw her and took her away!
George decided to rescue the Princess from the evil dragon...
He found the Princess in a cave and brought her to safety.
George then battled the ferocious dragon...
He killed the dragon with his mighty sword and returned to the village.
Everyone in the village cheered! They were safe at last!
The King gave George money and precious jewels to say thank you for saving the Princess...
George decided to give the treasure to all the people in the village as he was so kind!
The Queen's Birthday
Wednesday 21st April 2021 marked Queen Elizabeth II ‘s 95th Birthday. We researched the Queen by looking in books, watching videos and looking at artefacts. We then held a birthday party with thrones, crowns and of course some birthday cake. We enjoyed knighting our friends and the winners of our party games were crowned Kings and Queens for the afternoon!
Talk 4 Writing
This half term we will be using the story, What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson as a stimulus for our writing. At the beginning of each unit we learn the story so well that we can retell it word for word by heart. We do this by using a text map to help us. You can find the model text and the text map we have used below. We have these displayed in the classroom so that the pupils can practise at any time!
We are always trying to think of ways for the children in Reception to be more independent. Today Miss North set out some simple instructions for the children to follow to create their own Easter Rabbit! It was wonderful to see the children working together, sharing ideas and adapting their rabbits to demonstrate their own individual artistic flair!
Snack time in the sun!
Some of the girls had fun today creating their own picnic benches at snack time! The children in Reception have access to lots of loose parts in the outdoor area which they can use to develop their play and we thought this was a great example of team-work making the dream work!
Fun in the Sun!
Reception have had a brilliant time in the sun today! This week we have been learning about 3D shapes and today we went onto the playground to play a unique version of 'corners'. Miss North blew up some enormous 3D shapes and placed them in different parts of the playground. We then had to run around to the music and choose a 3D shape to run to once the music had stopped. With her eyes closed, Miss North then called out the name of shape, with all the children standing next to the shape being 'out'. By the end of the session we all knew the name of and recognised a pyramid, cube and sphere!
To mark Remembrance Day Reception took part in lots of activities to show their respect for the many service men and women who have given their lives to keep us safe. We started the day with a visit to the school Remembrance Day display. We looked at the flags and the silhouettes of the soldiers. We then created our own poppies in the creative area using lots of different materials. At 11 o’clock we then went onto the playground to observe our minutes silence. Miss North, Mrs Johnson, Mrs Gears and Mrs Riaz were so proud of the children who stood silently whilst holding their Remembrance pictures.
Work of the Week!
Work of the week!
Work of the week!
We are learning how to look after our class pet. Today we learnt how to give her a bath. We had to make sure the water was not too hot and then we used a toothbrush to scrub her shell clean. Miss North showed us how to use cotton buds to wash her legs and around her neck. Once she was dry a few of us were brave enough to hold her.
Work of the Week!
This week we have been thinking about what makes a good friend. We have been working together in teams to create some amazing structures. We also made friendship bracelets with Mrs Gears. We had to concentrate really hard to make sure we threaded the beads correctly.
Reception has been learning about the artist Claude Monet this week. Using a variety of printing techniques and 3D sculpture we created these homages to Waterlilies.
Reception class have some exciting news.....we now have our very own class pet. Miss Dootson has kindly loaned to us her tortoise! We have spent the last week working out what she likes to eat, we think sweetcorn is her favourite, and learning how to look after her. All we need now is a name! If you have any ideas please send them in!
Each week in Reception we will be carrying out a Nature Study. These studies are seasonal so at this time we are thinking about Autumn. Each week will have a different focus. So far we have learnt all about owls and this week we are looking at apples. We will be tasting different varieties, printing with cut apples and making our own warm apple juice.
During our stay and play session we also created a self portrait using different textiles. We then painted colour washes onto art card, creating these brilliant portraits. I think you will agree that they really brighten up the classroom.
The children in reception are continuing to settle into school life. Next week they are beginning to stay for the whole day and we are all very excited! During out stay and play sessions we completed some creative tasks with Mrs Gears and our parents. We can now show you the finished results! The handprints were used to create our 'Kissing Hand' display. The Kissing Hand is a beautiful story written by Audry Penn. The story is about a mother racoon and her son Chester. Chester is nervous about going to school. His mother kisses his center palm and tells him that, "whenever you feel lonely and need a little love from home, just press your hand to your cheek and think, "Mummy loves you, Mummy loves you." We think that this is such a lovely idea and we have shared the story below;
Reception's Reading Spine is a selection of high quality picture books that have been specifically chosen to broaden your child's knowledge of story, develop their vocabulary and to expose them to a range of different authors. Each day Miss North will text you a link to her You Tube channel where you will be able to watch a video of her reading these brilliant stories!
Reading Spine - Friday 22nd May- We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Reading Spine - Thursday 21st May- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Reading Spine - Wednesday 20th May - Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Reading Spine - Tuesday 19th May - Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Reading Spine - Monday 18th May - Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd
Reading Spine - Friday 15th May- Mr Grumpy's Outing by John Burningham
Reading Spine - Thursday 14th May - Come On, Daisy! by Jane Simmons
Reading Spine - Wednesday 13th May - Hug by Jez Alborough
Reading Spine - Tuesday 12th May - Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Can You See? by Bill Martin
Reading Spine- Monday 11th May - Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake
Reading Spine - Friday 8th May - Jasper's Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth
Reading Spine - Thursday 7th May - Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
Reading Spine - Wednesday 6th May - Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy
Reading Spine - Tuesday 5th May - Where's Spot? by Eric Hill
Reading Spine - Monday 4th May - The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Reading Spine - Friday 1st May - The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Reading Spine - Thursday 30th April - Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore
Word Time 1:7 - Red Words
Word Time 1:6 - Word Time Words
Word Time 1:5 - Word Time
Word Time 1:4 - Word Time
Part Part Whole -This short video shows you the Part Part Whole Model which we use to teach early addition to your child. The is an open ended activity and can be repeated whenever you like! Apologies for the stop start nature of the video as I had to merge several videos together!
Monday 20th April. Hello pupils and parents! We will be uploading a video each day for the next 7 days that will teach your child the Word Time words. These are, in the main, shorter words which only feature three sounds. Our aim is for your child to be able to read these words at speed, without using their Fred Talk, so that they become fluent readers. Please rewatch these videos over and over again - the more they practise the quicker they will get!
The two videos today are for the adults! I have just quickly gone through how to correctly pronounce the Set 1 and Set 2 sounds and how they are represented. Next week we will be uploading videos of the Word Time words that we want the children to speed read! Set 1.
You have now been shown all of the Set 2 sounds! Please keep rewatching the videos, maybe one a day, so that you can recall them at speed.
Today we have uploaded three videos that will show you how to practise Assisted Blending with your son or daughter.
There are a total of three short videos, due to filming difficulties, to show you how you can use your Set 1 and Set 2 flashcards to build words.
We have also uploaded the sheet sent out in the first home learning pack in case it has been misplaced.
It has been lovely to hear the children talk about their Set 2 sounds when we have rung you over the past week and we are glad that you are watching the videos with your families.
A big thankyou to Mrs Wilkinson too for being an ICT wizard and uploading the videos for us each day!
We have been learning our Set 2 sounds in Reception. For the next 12 days (weekdays only, not including bank holidays) we will upload a video of Miss North teaching the sound. Please make sure that your child has a pen and paper so they can practise their spelling using 'Fred Fingers.' These videos can be watched over and over again during our time away from school.
We would expect all chlidren to know these sounds by the end of the academic year in Reception and, by watching these videos, we hope that this can still be achieved.
After the twelfth video, Miss North will upload another video showing you how to use your Set 1 and Set 2 cards to build your own words to read. Happy Reading!
The 12 sounds will be posted, one a day, from Friday 27th March.
On Thursday Reception class celebrated World Book Day alongside the rest of the school. Our school book this year was Island by Mark Jaansen. The story is about a father and his daughter who are shipwrecked onto what they think is a deserted island. We came to school dressed as explorers and went on an adventure around the school. We really enjoyed going on an expedition with some of our older friends from other classes. We took part in all the activities and particularly enjoyed our adventurers picnic at lunchtime.
On Tuesday 25th February we celebrated Pancake Day. We set up a little café in the classroom and heated up our pancakes in the microwave. Once cooked we chose from a selection of toppings – the golden syrup was the most popular choice by far! As you can see from the photos we all agreed that the pancakes were delicious!
On Tuesday 11th February we took part in Safer Internet Day, We read a story in class about a penguin named Smartie. Smartie had been gifted a brand new tablet for his birthday. We discussed as a class what Smartie should do if an add appeared on screen, if a website was left open and if someone was saying unkind things online. We all agreed that we should always tell our Mum or Dad if any of these things happened.
Last week was National Storytelling Week. In Reception we have been practising the stories we have been learning over the last few weeks in our English lessons. Miss North made us a book of all the text maps we have used so far to help us. We have enjoyed telling the stories to each other during our provision time. Which story would you tell to your family?
Today we took part in our own Six Nations Tag Rugby tournament. We were each put in team that represented one of our home countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. We then played knock out matches to find our champions. Ireland were victorious! We then watched some ‘real’ rugby, we thought it looked very dangerous, we definitely preferred the Tag Rugby.
The Gingerbread Man & Text Map
Today marked the start of the Big Garden Birdwatch from the RSPB. Reception did their bit by spotting birds in our outdoor area. We used a picture recognition chart and then counted how many of that bird we saw during the afternoon. We definitely have some budding 'twitchers' in our class this year!
Reception had lots of fun on St Paul's Day, recreating the school logo!
Here are the text maps for our Traditional Tales - Jack and the Beanstalk and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
And here are the simple versions of the stories that we are using.
Reception have been busy all week preparing lots of gifts for their families. Here is a sneak peak at one of the edible gifts that they have made with Mrs Gears. The best bit was Mrs Gears asking us to whisper, “Let it snow” and seeing our trees becoming dusted with “snow”.
This week is World Nursery Rhyme week!
Reception will listen to and sing Nursery Rhymes everyday.
Nursery rhymes are important for young children because they help develop an ear for our language. Both rhyme and rhythm help kids hear the sounds and syllables in words, which helps kids learn to read.
Recent research has found that if a child can recite 15 Nursery Rhymes by the time they are 4/5 years old they are more likely to be a fluent reader at 7/8.
In Reception we use the BBC School radio website as they sing the Nursery Rhymes with an English accent.
Some of the boys in Reception have had a smashing time this morning. They discovered that our water tray had turned to ice overnight!! They worked together to find ways that they could break it into chunks - they found that their elbows were very effective! Unfortunately the ice didn’t last long as it melted in the sunlight but we have set up lots of trays full of water in the hope that we will have lots more ice in the morning.
Following our session this morning, here are two videos in which Miss North demonstrates the assisted blending technique.
If you have any questions, please just ask.
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Reception took part in our Remembrance Service at school today. The children stood beautifully as they remembered those who fought and died in conflicts around the world. We also created our own Remembrance Garden under our tree and completed some lovely activities in the class throughout the day.
Our new topic in Reception is called 'Up, Up and Away'. We will be learning all about things we can find in the sky from clouds and hot air balloons to planes and British birds. As the weather is beginning to turn Mr Woodward and the children decided to make some bird feeders that we could hang from our tree in the Reception playground. Hopefully the local birds will enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them!
Reception are having lots of fun with our mounting collection of leaves! They have also been ordering pumpkins by size, height and weight and even reading some of their Read Write Inc words that appeared on the giant pumpkin. Now we just have to sweep them all up!
Reception really enjoyed their trip to the Sea Life at The Trafford Centre. They saw so many different sea creatures and were blown away by the sharks and enormous turtles! They were even allowed to touch some of the delicate and fragile starfish in the rock pool. The children were beautifully behaved and we can’t wait until our next adventure!
Reception loved showing off their odd socks today!
Check back for lots of fun soon!
Reception had a very unexpected visitor in the outdoor sandpit yesterday - a young toad! We couldn’t believe our eyes! We gently brought it inside so that we could have a closer look, it was very bumpy! Mrs Haughton then found the perfect place to release it back into the wild!
🦆 A lot of people have been asking how our little ducklings have been getting on! Well here they are and I think you would agree that the are not so ‘little’ anymore!!! We love how Tiger still has his stripy feet! 🦆
All our ducklings now have names! All the children suggested a name and then we picked 7 out of a hat! Some of them are very fitting!
After much anticipation we have our 7 little ducklings! We are all a little bit in love! Today we took them for their first swim outside - they took to it like a duck to water!
Reception are very excited! After much anticipation finally one of our ducklings hatched yesterday afternoon!! I think it might have some brothers and sisters this morning!!
Another busy week in Reception decorating gingerbread men, exploring the outdoor water area (in the driving rain) and building bridges for the gingerbread man to escape across the river! The children have loved our Traditional Tales topic and are looking forward to finding out which story we will be learning about next week!
Reception had an “eggcellent” time on Thursday celebrating Easter. We made some beautiful cards with Mrs Gears and Mrs Johnson and tasted some delicious hot cross buns during snack time. After break Miss North found some clues in the classroom- the Easter bunny had been! We worked together in teams to read the clues and then set off on our hunt. We found so many eggs! We enjoyed sharing them together in the sun! In the afternoon we took part in our Easter bonnet parade. Here is Noah in his winning bonnet!
We had a fantastic day celebrating Nigel’s birthday from our school book, ‘You Must Bring a Hat’. We held a small party with play dough food, wrote party invitations to our friends, made party hats, shared stories with some of the Year 6 pupils and played traditional party games in the hall! What a busy day!
Reception class celebrated Pancake Day in style this year. We had our very own cafe where we could choose our own toppings and heat our pancakes. I think you can tell we enjoyed them from our smiley faces!
Reception class love learning about other cultures and their traditions. In the week leading up to Chinese New Year we harnessed our chop stick skills, tasted noodles, made lucky pig money wallets and learnt how to write Chinese numerals in sand.
There’s no keeping the biggest child in Reception class (Mrs Gears) out of the snow! The rest of the class has fun too building sledges and exploring our new frozen outdoor area!
Reception have been exploring ice this week as part of our ‘Frozen Planet’ topic. We had to try and rescue some of our toys that had got frozen in the cold weather. Mrs Haughton provided us with some tools and a bowl of salt? We found that if we sprinkles salt on the ice it began to melt! We also had to sort some toys based on the initial sound. We are getting so good at our sounds now! Noah also built his own swing today! He's very proud of it!!
Reception have a new area in their classroom. It is called the ‘Curiosity Cube’. Each week another curiosity will be placed in the cube for the children to explore. This week Miss North has included some photographs. Who are these men? What job did/do they do? Why are they surrounded by poppies?
Reception have been learning about taking risks this week. In our outdoor area we have lots of 'loose parts'. The children use these to build whatever their imagination desires. This week some children decided they wanted to build a bridge. We had to think of ways to ensure that they were safe crossing it. The children thought of fantastic ideas such as; using the tyres as a soft landing, weighing the other end down and having a 'spotter' to guide them across.
Reception have been trying to put into practice our Christian Value of Generosity. We have been learning to be generous with our classroom resources as well as with our time and knowledge. Pupils have been generously sharing their knowledge of their sounds with other children which has been lovely to see! Don't forget to check our door for our sound of the day!
Reception have settled in beautifully! This week we have continued to explore the different areas both indoors and outdoors. We love our brand new sand pit and muud kitchen!
AlphablocksPlay along with the Alphablocks and have fun with the letters of the alphabet.