St George's Day
Today we celebrated St George's Day, by coming to school dressed in red, white and blue. We learnt about the story of Saint George and the Dragon and how this special day is celebrated in England.During our independent time we created English flags using paint, pencils and tissue paper. We also coloured in our own dragons and made our own shields just like Saint George.
This afternoon we were then treated to an English Afternoon Tea to celebrate St Georges Day. We had juice and cake and sat together at our tables.
This week in our adult led topic sessions we are learning about all things spring. To begin the week we learnt about the different seasons and the months that are in spring. We learnt about the changes that happen in springtime such as new life, flowers coming up, leaves and blossom growing on the trees and lots of birds returning from warmer countries.
We then went for a spring walk around school to see what signs of spring we could see, once back in class we completed a checklist and discussed what we had seen on our walk.
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Screen Free - Home Learning
I know that a lot of the activities and work I have been setting involve using a screen (Ipad,tablet,computer,phone) and I also know that it can be hard if you have other people or children in the house that all need to use these screens. A big part of reception is learning through a variety of ways including play! I have attached 20 ideas for screen free activities which will help support your child's development in all areas of the eyfs: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal Social and Emotional development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and expressive arts and design.
Just because they are not sat down 'doing work' does not mean they are not learning and developing.
Any time spent communicating with you is valuable to their development. You are all doing so well!
Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
As I have previously mentioned children learn through a variety of different ways including play!
Here are some videos for you to watch that includes ideas for learning at home.
Learning Through Play - film series of activities for early years children at home
I am excited to share a series of short educational films ‘Learning Through Play’ that showcase 20 activities that parents can do cheaply and easily at home with their early years children. The films are translated into Sylheti, Urdu, Polish and Somali and are part of our Schools with Roots project.
I am Miss O’Reilly and am delighted to be teaching Reception this year.
The children have had a wonderful first term and we are all looking forward to seeing them progress through the rest of the year.
In our class we are supported by Mrs Bliss and Mrs Folliard.
This term our topic is Helpful Heroes.
We have P.E with Mr T on Tuesday mornings.
In order to support your child at home with their learning please encourage them to:
Here is all the exciting things we will be doing this half term:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We will be continuing with our weekly Jigsaw PSHE sessions. Alongside this we will be thinking about how we can be helpful and making Make badges for being helpful (Daily helpful heroes),we will be exploring our finger prints and how we are unique. We will also be thinking about what we aspire to be.
Communication and language
We will be making our own books about people who help us and sharing our knowledge of helpful Heroes, we will taking on a role in our learning and play. We will be taking part in Helicopter story sessions and we will become part of Welcomm groups.
We will be taking part in weekly P.E sessions with Mr T alongside this we will be learning how to look after our mouths and teeth, We will be learning about the role of doctors and nurses and creating a poster on how to stay healthy
We will be taking part in a daily busy fingers session – name and handwriting practice In our RWI daily sessions we will be learning to blend sounds together to read words. We will be practising our speed sounds daily. We will also be exploring non-fiction books and making thank you cards for people who help us. Alongside this we will be using our writing skills to write labels for models we have created, writing police reports and wanted posters.
In our daily maths sessions we will be sorting objects into groups according to different criteria and comparing sets of objects, more less equal to. We will also be finding one more and one less than a given number and sequencing familiar events such as their day and story events. We will also begin to look at measuring short periods of time, whilst becoming familiar with days of the week and months of the year.
Understanding the world
In our afternoon topic sessions we will be finding out information about doctors, how they help us. We will be understanding different occupations and how they help us including understanding the role of Emergency services. Towards the end of this half term we will also be exploring Chinese new year, learning about how and why it is celebrated.
We will also continue our weekly Discovery R.E sessions.
Expressive Arts and Design
We will be getting creative this half term starting with using a variety of resources and techniques to create emergency service vehicles models. We also will be taking on a role in our play. We will be exploring new resources and techniques to create a Chinese new year dragon and a valentines day card. We will be using different materials and scissors skills to create my own detectives badge.
Please check our class page regularly as we will be updating it with all our wonderful learning!
Today we all dressed up as real life heroes and thought about what makes a Holdbrook Hero. We even had a go at making our own superhero masks.
Settling into Reception
The children have settled into Reception wonderfully. We took our first class photo, had lunch in the dining hall and explored lots of areas both inside and out.