Big Talk

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.

Big Talk

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

Big Talk

 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

Big Talk

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.

Big Talk

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.

Big Talk

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!

Big Talk

2.2.18

Hi Everyone!

This week the children have been problem solving and talking about how to free the penguins from the ice. They have really enjoyed the story of ‘One Snowy Night’ and have written about their favourite characters. In maths we have been doing lots of doubling and halving. Our ‘Song of the week was ‘One, Two, Buckle My Shoe’. We have sent home the words so that you can continue to sing this song at home.

Next week we will be continuing our topic on cold climates and will be reading the story ‘Penguin’ by Polly Dunbar.

It is also ‘Careers and Aspirations week’ next week so we are really excited to meet our visitors who will talk to the children about the different jobs that they do.

We will also be talking to the children about using the internet safely on ‘Safer Internet Day’ (Tuesday 6th February).

In Maths we will be learning about different shapes. We will continue to read ‘One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab’ as it is a great book for developing the children’s counting skills.

Well done to those children who completed their homework last week, we had some fantastic discussions about how the children made ice at home! Well done to Tatenda who talked and wrote about making ice lollies, and Ela who was excited to talk about how she made ice. Both children will have a ‘dip in the box’.

For homework this week we would like you to talk about shapes that you see in the environment (i.e. a door is a rectangular shape, the clock is a circle……). You could draw or take photographs of what you see.

Our readers of the week this week were Ella Fogg and Seve. Well done to both those children. Please make sure that your child brings their book bag in everyday with their reading record and book inside.

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

The Reception Team

Big Talk

(26.1.18)

Hi Everyone!

Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop on Assessment, I hope you all found it useful, and that you enjoyed looking through your child’s learning journal.  The journals are available for you to look through at any time, please just ask a member of staff.  You can also add to your child’s journal; WOW sheets are available if you want to share any proud moments or achievements your child has at home. (They are hung on the wall in the cloakroom area – please feel free to help yourself.)

Well done to those children who completed their homework last week, we had some great homework returned.  Isabella C was able to tell us about how long her swimming lesson lasted and how long it took her to do some lovely paintings.  She even wrote the homework out herself!  Well Done Isabella!  Layla F did some beautiful writing too about how long it took her to brush her teeth!  I bet they are lovely and shiny now! Both children will have a ‘dip in the box’.

The children have enjoyed dressing up warm and playing in the Explorer’s tent.  Next week we will be reading the story ‘A Snowy Day’ by Nick Butterworth (A Percy the Park Keeper story).

Our readers of the week this week were Esme and Seren!  Well done to both those children.

In maths this week we have really enjoyed reading the book ‘One is a snail, Ten is a crab’ and the children have enjoyed counting in 10’s.  We will be continuing with this next week.

We will also be carrying out some investigations on ice…watch this space to see what we discover!!!  For homework it would be great if you could find out how to make ice (it could be an ice-lolly).  Let us know how you go on!

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

The Reception Team

Big Talk

Diary Dates Parent Workshop on Assessment in Reception Wed 24th January9am.

 19.1.18

Hi Everyone!

This week in Reception we are pleased to welcome Miss Wood and Miss Meacock who are trainee teachers from Manchester Metropolitan University.  They will be working with us at Corrie until Easter.

It has been really cold this week, but the children have loved playing outside, please could you make sure they have a warm coat and substantial shoes or boots. A hat and gloves are also essential!

Thank you for all the Big Talk sent in last week; Ronnie told us about the remote controlled car he got for Christmas and Lexi sent in photos of her building a terrific lego track!

This week in maths we have been reading the book ‘The Time it Took Tom’.  We have been finding out how many things we can do in minute.  For homework we would like the children to use timers around the home and find out how many things they can do in a certain length of time – write their name, hop etc or how long it took them to do something – an hour to go shopping, half an hour to get ready for bed etc.

Next week our Maths book of the week will be ‘One is a Snail, Ten is a crab’.

Reading

Please try to read with your child and go over their words every day if possible, it is so important to practise as often as possible (don’t forget to write in the reading record book to let us know how they have gone on).  Our readers of the week were Lily and Layla Rae ! Well done!  They have worked really hard learning their words and sounds.

Please could you make sure that your child’s reading folder is only used to store their reading books.  Books have been ruined by putting food/drinks in their book bag and we will have to charge for replacements.

Finally we are having a toy amnesty next week – any toys; particularly cars and lego figures that children have taken home please can parents return them- no questions asked.

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

The Reception Team

 

 

Big Talk

12.1.18

Hi Everyone!

Happy New Year everyone, and welcome back!  We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and feel refreshed and ready to start the new year!  We would like to thank you all for the lovely cards and gifts you sent in for Christmas.

The children have enjoyed telling us about what they did during the Christmas holidays, we don’t know how Santa managed to get all those presents to Denton!  We all enjoyed looking at the photos you sent in!  Well done to Aurora and Charlie who won the homework prize this week.

For homework this week we would like the children to tell us about toys they have that they have to operate either electronically or manually – remote controlled toys, push button machines, books with lift-up flaps etc.  This information would provide evidence we can use to complete your child’s assessments.  Again photographs would be great!

Our new topic is about ‘Winter Weather and Cold Places’ – we will be learning about how the weather affects us and the clothes we wear for protection.  We will be finding out about cold and snowy places and animals that live there.   If you have any books, pictures or information that we could look out, please send them in! This week we have looked at the globe and watched videos clips about the polar regions.  The children have enjoyed looking at information books about cold climates and the animals that live there.

Next week we will be reading the story Cuddley Dudley by Jez Alborough and finding out about penguins.

Thank you to those parents who have been reading regularly with their child at home – 5 or 10 minutes every day if possible can have a real impact on your child’s reading age!  Our Readers of the week are Jacob Norris, Alfie, Isabella Watt and Tatenda – we were really impressed with how hard they have all worked during the holidays!

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

The Reception Team