In Reception, change is in the air and our children have spent their week reflecting on their achievements in Reception and looking forward to moving into Year 1. We thought about how to welcome the new Reception children into our school and how amazing we think it is to be in Reception at UCPS, this helped us reflect on how much we have grown over the year and how we have built our habits for learning whilst practising our oracy skills and explaining this through video (Green Challenge).
We have enjoyed going with our Reception teachers to visit the Year 1 classrooms and have had an opportunity to ask questions about how it might be different from what we already know. We have drawn maps of our new classrooms and made some suggestions about what we would like in our new classrooms.
On Thursday we had a great time meeting our new class teachers at the Teddy Bear’s Picnic. So it’s onwards and upwards for us in Reception!
Next week we will continue this transition process reflecting on happy memories of Reception. Our challenges will be:
Orange (adult-led): to write a letter to our new class teacher.
Red: to draw a summer picture using a range of materials.
Yellow: to make a mood board, choosing photos from our year in Reception and writing comments about them.
Green: to draw a picture and cut it into a jigsaw for our friends to re-assemble.
Purple: to contribute to a mural with their new class.
Some Important Notices:
Please see below for a parental guide to Minecraft – the risks and staying safe.
Children told the NSPCC that their top concerns when playing Minecraft are:
- talking to strangers
- downloading viruses.
They may also come across inappropriate content like violent or sexual language and images.
To help keep children safe on Minecraft, make sure:
- you know where they’re playing
- they’re using appropriate safety settings
- you talk to them about what to do if they see anything upsetting
In Minecraft, when you start a new game there are 3 main modes: Creative, Adventure and Survival.
Players can do anything, monsters can’t attack them and it’s impossible for your character to die. This is the safest mode and is great for younger players to get used to the game before they move on to the other levels.
Players can’t break any blocks, but can kill monsters and animals, or be killed by monsters.
Players must survive against monsters and hunger. But the monsters can be turned off by pressing escape, going into settings and turning the difficulty to ‘peaceful’.
Singleplayer vs Multiplayer
Minecraft has 2 main player options:
No one can join the player’s game and no one can contact you through the Minecraft chat.
Players can join any game they want, public or private. Players can also see, speak and interact with others, whether they are friends or strangers. Children can play together with friends in the same location or room if they are all sharing the same internet connection (LAN).