## Autumn 1, Week 3!

We would like to welcome all of our families to a brand new year in Reception!

During our settling in weeks, the children have enjoyed exploring both our indoor and outdoor classrooms, developing new friendships and getting to know staff, as well as learning the daily routines of the Reception classroom.

Miss Bailey, Sara and Miss Bowen are so impressed with how quickly everyone has settled in, and we are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead!

Please take a look at some photos of the children exploring the classrooms during our first couple of weeks at school…

STARS OF THE WEEK!

All of the Reception children!

Reception, you are all superstars! You have all made a great start to school, and you should all be so proud of yourselves!

Great work!

## Summer 2, Week 7

Stars of the Week: Jack and Liv

Jack and Liv have been helping to organise the classroom this week. Both have enthusiastically aided the adults to sort different areas of the room, ready for the Transition Morning on Monday 22nd July!

This week in Mathematics the children have looked at word problems involving both addition and subtraction. For example: If Sam had 7 teddies but he lost 3 of them, how many teddies does Sam have left? 7-3=4. You can write word questions like this together at home and have a go at answering them, writing the corresponding sums.

In Literacy we’ve been re-telling stories in our own words and summarising the beginning, middle and end.

This is a skill you can also practice at home. After reading a book together, ask your child to summarise the main plot points. Help them to only relay the important things.

On Monday morning, the children will have time in their Year One classroom, with Miss Kandiah and Margaret!

On the final day – Wednesday 24th July, we are hoping to have to small treat for the children with individual popcorn boxes, cinema style. The children will be able to watch something together with their popcorn. The popcorn with be sweet and salty, nut free and egg free. If you would prefer your child not to have to the popcorn, please let us know in person or via an email to the office by Tuesday 23rd.

This is our final blog! I would like to take the time to thank all of the parents and families of the children in Reception class. The children are incredible, and your support has been wonderful. I will miss each and every child and I know they will have a fantastic time in Year 1. Thank you all so much,

Miss Hardy

## Summer 2, Week 6

Stars of the Week: Erin and Michael-Romeo

This week the children have been preparing for Year 1 and spending their mornings in quiet groups getting busy independently with various activities, moving around like a carousel. Erin and Michael-Romeo have taken to this brilliantly, being able to get busy quietly.

## Summer 2, Week 5

Stars of the week: Jack and Ara liya

These children are our stars for being so sensible whilst outside the school and for representing the school  beautifully on our way to and from The London Aquarium.

This week children have had a lot of fun. First, with you all at our Sports Stay and Play. Thank you to everyone who made an effort and came along – the children loved it. Next they had jam packed morning at SeaLife Centre where they saw everything from jellyfish to penguins. Finally, History Day – we  saw so many incredible costumes. The children took part in a Victorian Toy workshop and a virtual Now, Press, Play listening experience.

Next week will be calmer, with no big events to think about.

In Mathematics the children will be introduced to early word problems involving addition using visual images.

For example, first there were nine carrots on the plate, then two more were added. How many are there now?

You can ask questions like this using the real items that you have at home.

To help us understand the world better, we will be learning about the 5 different senses: taste, sight, sound, touch and smell.

In Literacy, we will be developing our descriptive writing skills and learning to describe a setting whilst thinking about all of these different senses.

For Phonics, we will be beginning their end of year assessments. This could mean children are only read with once this week as the assessments demand an extended one to one session with each child and are equivalent to reading a story.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Hardy

## Summer 1, Week 6

Stars of the week: Everyone

All of the children have successfully made it to the end of the first half term. A big congratulations to all!

We hope everyone has a well deserved break next week.

This week we had the honour of welcoming Ross Montgomery, author of many children’s’ books including ‘Ten Delicious Teachers’. He presented our morning assembly and held a workshop with the Reception class.

When we return, our half term topic will be: Our Place in Space

In Literacy we’ll be introducing poetry, specifically space-themed poetry. The children will read short poems and discuss what they like or dislike about each poem. We’ll practice rhyming words together and learn about what this entails.

In Mathematics we will be using Numicon to look at the composition of numbers up to 20.

In Art, we will be painting and collaging our own outer space scenes. You’ll get to see these in our Collective Worship on Wednesday 12th!

In Week 4 of the new half term, we’ll be thinking about what makes us unique. For the session, it’d be wonderful to have photos of the children as babies. We’ll see if they can recognise each other! Please feel free to send in a copy of a baby picture of your child so that we can begin to gather these together.

## Summer 2, Week 4

Stars of the week: Nina and George

Nina and George have been busy this week thinking about travel. They have been creating artwork and plane tickets to explore this theme.

Next week is a busy one in Reception!

On Tuesday we have our Sports Stay and Play. There will various activities set up around our outside areas for you to engage with with your children. The day will be largely unstructured, giving you the chance to participate and explore the activities yourself. We ask that children come into school on this day in their PE kits, with their uniforms inside their bags.

On Wednesday, children will be going to The London Aquarium. We ask that children have a packed school lunch on this day. We will take a public bus in the morning and be back soon after lunch time.

On Thursday it’s History Day and children can come into school in fancy dress. The theme is Kings and Queens.

They will also take part in a Victorian Toy workshop on this day.

In Mathematics we will be revising odd and even numbers.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Hardy

## Summer 2, Week 3

Stars of the week: Robert and Nia-Leigh

This week in Literacy we’ve been writing stories. We have had to considering our character, the setting, a problem and a solution.  All of the children have had fun with this and have created lovely short stories. We will be continue to practice writing longer pieces of writing. Children will have lots of opportunities to write their own stories.

We welcome any baby photos that can be brought in or emailed to us asap, we will be looking at these next Friday on the 28th.

In Mathematics, we will be reviewing composition. We’ll think of how many ways we can make each number.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Hardy

## Summer 2, Week 2

Star of the week: Everyone!

All of the pupils in Reception have done brilliantly this week not only in their Collective Worship, but also in completing each of their assessments. Congratulations to each and every one.

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend!

Next week we will be changing books and carrying out reading groups as usual.

Children had an incredible morning this morning at Southwalk Cathedral, watching the Year 6 Leavers Service.

Everyone walked sensibly and sat and listened beautifully.

In Literacy next week we are thinking about writing our own stories. We are creating characters, deciding on a setting, and writing a problem for our main character as well as the solution that will see them through. The children have lots of ideas and are enjoying being creative.

In Mathematics, we are revisiting composition. The children will solidify their understanding of the composition of numbers up to 10. The children will look at sums with missing numbers, for example 7 – ? = 5.

In PE we will continue practicing Sport’s Day activities so that they are ready to show you their skills on our Sports Stay and Play day on Tuesday 2nd July.

In RE we’ll be questioning what is special about the natural world. This ties in nicely with our topic, Our Place in Space as we will be looking specifically at planet Earth and discussing why it is so perfect for life.

Next week in RE, we’ll talk about what makes us unique. This is when it’s really fun to have baby photos of the children, to see if they recognise each other. Please email, or bring in a copy of a baby photo that you have of your child by Thursday 20th June!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Hardy

## Summer 2, Week 1

Stars of the week: Meadow and Anxo

This week in Reception the children have been creating solar system art work. Meadow and Anxo have taken great care over theirs and worked hard to colour in their planets beautifully.

## Summer 1, Week 7

Stars of the Week: Michael-Romeo and Nia-Leigh

Reception have been making beautiful butterflies out of coffee filter paper, felt tip pens and pipe cleaners.

Along with all of the children, Michael-Romeo and Nia-Leigh worked hard on their artwork and created beautiful butterflies.

This week we’ve had the pleasure of meeting Ross Montgomery who wrote Ten Delicious Teachers.

He held a special workshop with Reception, along with Nursery and Year 1.

When we return, in Literacy we will be reading poems about Space and looking at some of the feature of poetry.

To help your child over the holidays, writing simple sentences together, even just one a day would be great.

In Mathematics, we’ll be looking at number bonds up to 20. Over the holidays, it would help to reinforce the number bonds to 10 with your child.

In Summer 2 Week 2, we will have our Class Collective Worship.

The children each have two lines to learn. These will be stuck into their homework diaries.

We would be really grateful if you could practice your child’s lines with them whenever you can.

Thank you for your continued support.

I hope everyone has a wonderful half term break.

Miss Hardy