Super Duper Reception!
The last two weeks we have been reading the story ‘Super Duper You’ by Sophie Henn. The children have been thinking about what makes them special and this week, they have specifically been thinking about the ways that they are kind. We have talked about our school family and how we look out for each other throughout the school day. Reception have had the chance to create their own kindness leaf and we have seen some lovely creations that display the ways children show kindness, before adding them to each class kindness tree. We are so proud that the children are already living out the school’s golden values and encouraging each other in this.
This week has been very exciting in the craft area as we have started to introduce our junk modelling resources. You may have seen lots of interesting paper and cardboard box creations in your children’s bags! Each week we introduce new items into the craft area along with new skills. We are very impressed with the way the children are using strips of paper to make 3D creations and think about what else could improve their artwork.
In phonics, we have been continuing our work on the sounds /n/, /o/, /p/ and the children have been practising their letter formation, remembering the rhymes to help them – all the rhymes are taken from read, write, inc. (please see picture attached). We have also been learning some high frequency words (‘is’, ‘a’).
Next week we will move onto unit 3 sounds: /b/, /c/, /g/, /h/ and introduce the high frequency words ‘the’ and ‘I’.
In maths this week, we have been continuing with our subitising skills (looking at a collection of objects/ images and knowing the number without the need to count). Children have been making their own subitising cards by printing dots onto paper with corks and paints. Next week, we will be looking at comparing numbers and talking about who has more/ fewer than. As part of this, we would love to set up some outside activities and games for the children where they can start to explore this. If anyone is willing to donate some empty plastic bottles for us to make some skittles, please bring them in on Monday and we will be very grateful!
Next week we will be continuing our theme of family by asking the children more about their own family. We are excited to hear about the different countries, languages, traditions, celebrations and more!
Just a gentle reminder that on Monday, each Reception class will have PE so please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school. Books will also be collected on Monday to be changed.
On Friday 21st October the Early Years children and team will be hosting their first Family Festival!
This will run from 2pm until 3.15pm.
We are hoping, that the afternoon will be filled with music, food, dancing and love to celebrate our diverse community.
Many of you have already expressed an interest in joining us and helping out so here are the options-
- We invite you and your family to join your child on the afternoon to explore the Festival and learn more about their friends at school. Please feel free to wear traditional celebration outfits for this occasion. You will need to enter through the EYFS gate, sign your child out of their class and then head to the hall for the festival. More information will follow shortly.
- Provide a dish of food to share. We would love to offer a selection of foods from different cultures. If you are able to provide a dish then please speak to your child’s teacher to collect an information sign. Please fill in the sign listing all ingredients to ensure all with food allergies can safely enjoy the celebration too. Please note- We will still need to follow the school’s no nuts policy (Including Coconut).
- Represent your country or culture with an activity stand-
Are you, your family or friends able to run a stand at our festival?
This might involve-
~Teaching children to cook a simple traditional dish
~Introducing children to a new language
~Teaching a dance
~Sharing photographs or special items from your country
~Writing in different languages
~Any other wonderful ideas you have!
If you have an idea for running a stand then please speak to your child’s teacher. If you’d like to run a stand but are not sure what to do then please also let us know! We’d be happy to share ideas and support each other.
We look forward to seeing you at our Family Festival event and hope to hear from lots of you willing to help us out. Please note, this event will run on the same day as Family Friday (In the morning, you will be invited to go into your child’s school to celebrate their learning.)
Have a wonderful weekend,
The Reception Team