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Croxteth Hall  – Please pay by next Friday 22nd June if you haven’t already paid.

15.6.18

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!  Well done to Frankie and Aurora who won the best model competition. 

We will continue retelling the story next week but this week our focus has been on the recycling week.  We have listened to the story of Messy Magpie and we were delighted that he changed his ways so the forest could bloom again.  Ask your child to tell you the story.  You will be invited to a ‘workshop’ which will take place on 10th July.

In maths we have been doing addition and subtraction problems using different methods.  We have been counting on and back and used a number line.

Our readers of the week were Angela and Harry B. – well done to both of them.

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.  Please make sure your child comes to school each day wearing appropriate clothes and shoes – dark coloured shorts and a white/light tee shirt, trainers or pumps.

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

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25.5.18

Hi Everyone!

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

Well done to Lexi and Aurora for being our ‘Readers of the Week’, they have read lots at home this week as usual, Lexi has also been on Reading Eggs at home and printed out a certificate!. For homework Liam and Seve did lots of measuring and could talk about what they did using the vocabulary taller and shorter..

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, any boxes to make buildings also any bus or train timetables you can pick up.  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 practising numbers would be a great help too!

Also after the holidays we will be finding out about recycling as part of a whole school project.  In Reception we will be inviting our parents in to school to become involved and see what we have learned.  Details will be sent home after the holidays.

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 stay out for us.

The Reception Team

 

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18.5.18

Hi Everyone

We have had a great day celebrating the Royal Wedding!  First we went into assembly and found out about the Prince Harry and his bride Meghan and the Royal Family.  At dinner time we really enjoyed our picnic.  Thank you to those parents who came and joined in the celebrations.

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.

In maths we have been continuing with ‘Number Bonds’ and most children can now recognise and order numbers up to 20.  Next week we will be doing more mmmadding 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 Harry W and Lily 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 stays out for ‘The Royal Wedding’.

 

The Reception Team

 

 

 

 

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Next week – Friday 18th May: Royal Wedding Picnic. Please can children dress in red, white and blue.  Thank you.

11.5.17

Hi Everyone

We had some fantastic pieces of homework sent in Lexi and Poppy made some great patterns.  Well done!  From the week before Lacey and Alfie’s instruments were chosen as the winners but all the children who made an instrument have received a prize.

This week the children have been writing about the life cycle of a caterpillar and learning the different stages in the cycle.  We will be continuing with this next week and the children will be writing their own stories.

Next week we will also 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 will be looking at addition and subtraction problems and the children will be starting to record their own ‘sums’.  For homework we have sent home some subtraction activity (counting back) sheets for your child to complete, but feel free to do some addition or subtraction problems of your own.

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 Alfie L and Thomas as ‘Readers of the Week’.  They have both made a big improvement – Well Done!

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

 

The Reception team

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29.3.18

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for all the Easter Bonnets and Eggs you sent in. We really have some creative parents and children out there.  Unfortunately we could have only one winner in each class.  A big well done to Oliver and Charlie!

Our readers of the week this week are Joshua and Ela Batak – well done to both of you for reading at home and trying really hard!  Don’t forget to read over the holidays and to practise 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’. We would like to do lots of planting outdoors and would be very grateful for any donations of seeds, bulbs, compost and gardening equipment.

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 has 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. 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.

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

The Reception Team.

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Diary Dates

Easter bonnet parade – Thursday 29th March

Last day of term – Thursday 29th March

24.3.18

Hi Everyone!

It has been a sad day today as we wave ‘good-bye’ to Miss Wood and Miss Meacock.  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. Oliver and Esme showed us some great learning that they have been doing at home with money, well done! Our readers of the week this week are Angela and Anton. They have all made such great improvements through learning their words and reading at home – well done!

This week the children have enjoyed making traps for Wizard Lizard, writing secret messages using white crayon and painting over them, using money, playing games and doing obstacle courses for Sports Relief day. The children also enjoyed doing the ‘5 a day fitness’ videos and we talked about what happens to their bodies when they exercise.

Next week we will 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. 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!

Thank you as usual for your continued support, have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team

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 16.3.18

Diary Dates:

Sports Relief (dress up in sports gear) – Friday 23rd March

Easter Bonnet Competition – Thursday 29th March.

Hi Everyone!

Thank you 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! Hayden made a big boat that rescued all of the animals and Alfie made lots of boats, improving on the ones he had already made! This activity fitted well into British Science Week as we looked what happened to the materials of the boats when they got wet.

The children were also really excited when they received a letter from Wizard Lizard telling them that he had kidnapped Penguin! They looked for Penguin around school, wrote letters to Wizard Lizard and set traps for him! The children were really pleased that they found Penguin today – Wizard Lizard had left poor Penguin trapped in a cage in the oak tree! Well done Reception for rescuing him!

In Maths we have been learning to count forwards and backwards along a number line and have been learning positional language through the story of ‘Rosie’s Walk’.

Our readers of the week were Poppy and Frankie – well done!  They have both worked really hard reading and practising their phonics sounds and words at home. Please continue to practise the phonics sounds and words at home as we will be doing phonics assessments in the next couple of weeks.

Next week we will be writing our own ‘Superworm’ stories and changing a part of the story. In Maths we will be learning about coins and using money. For homework we would like the children to look at different coins and see what amounts they can make using the coins. Let us know how they get on.

Next week we will have to say good-bye to Miss Meacock and Miss Wood.  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 that they will make great teachers!

Thank you as usual for your continued support.

The Reception Team

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Diary Dates – Parent Consultation Meetings 14th and 15th March.

(9.3.18)

Hi Everyone!

This week we really enjoyed World Book Day, don’t forget to spend your book token!  Well done to everyone for the fantastic costumes, we hope you enjoyed looking at them on our Face Book page.

Today we have also held our Superhero Cape competition. We were really impressed with all the fantastic capes – we have some very creative children (and parents)! Well done to Evie, Noah, Layla and Blake for being our Superhero Cape winners!

For our topic on Superheroes the children have really enjoyed reading the story ‘Superworm’ and they have been learning the song about him.  Ask your child to tell you the story and about the heroic things Superworm does.

Our readers of the week this week are Blake and Oscar for trying hard and learning all the letter sounds.  Don’t forget that your child can access Reading Eggs at home which will really help them to become confident readers.

This week Ethan found a rock at school which someone has left as part of the ‘Tameside Rocks’ where people have been painting and hiding stones in the area for others to find.  We have posted our picture on the ‘Tameside Rocks’

Facebook page.  Let us know if any of you have painted a rock or found one!

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 for hygiene reasons).  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!  So please could you send in boxes etc that the children could use to make boats in the creative area.  Thanks.

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

The Reception Team.

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Diary Dates:

World Book Day – Thursday 1st March

 Parent Consultation Meetings – Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th March.

16.2.18

Hi Everyone!

We have had a really exciting last week before half term. The children have really enjoyed videoing themselves acting out the story of Penguin.  They have also worked really hard writing their own version of the ‘Penguin’ story.

We were busy making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and talked about the beginning of Lent. We also learned about Chinese New Year and explored noodles with chopsticks! The children were really excited to take part in our Dragon Dance around the playground!

In Maths we have been learning about height and weight – the children measured themselves and weighed different objects.

Our Readers of the week are Angelo and Layla Finnigan – well done for reading at home. We loved hearing about what all of the children want to be when they grow up – well done to Noah and Liam who won the ‘dip’ in the box for homework!

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 will be writing some stories about your child’s character and super powers!

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

Please can you ensure that all School Uniform has your child’s name written in. Some children have lost cardigans and jumpers recently. We would appreciate it if you could check at home and bring back any that may have been taken home by accident.

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.

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9.2.18

Hi Everyone!

We have had a really exciting week and have had lots of visits from People who talked about their jobs as part of Careers and Aspirations Week! We met Firefighters, a Police Officer, a Beauty Therapist and a Health Care Assistant! We also went to a wild animal workshop! The children were really excited to sit in the Fire Engine and Police Car! The children learned lots and talked about different jobs.

For homework this week we would like the children to draw and write about what job they would like to do when they grow up.

In Literacy this week we have been reading the story of ‘Penguin’ by Polly Dunbar.  The children have really enjoyed learning the story. Next week we will be acting it out and making our own ‘Penguin’ storybooks.

In Maths this week we have been learning about different 3D shapes and looking for these shapes around school.

Next week we will be learning about the start of Easter with Pancake Day on Tuesday. We will also be learning about Chinese New Year on Friday. If anyone has any spare decorations or anything else that we could show the children when joining in with these celebrations, please send them in.

In Maths we will be learning about length, height and weight.

We had lots of Big Talk returned last week – well done everyone! Jessica and Bailey won the ‘dip in the box’ this week.

Our ‘readers of the week’ are Harry Jepson and Alfie Thorp! Well done to them both and thank you to their grown-ups for the support they give them at home!

As part of our Eco Friendly School work, we have started a recycling project. Don’t forget to bring in plastic bags, bottles and batteries (a battery box has been sent home) each week. There is a prize for the class who has collected the most each week.

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

 

The Reception Team!