And what a week it has been for all of our new Reception children. Our school now feels complete, full of new faces, new smiles and such amazingly positive attitudes to school and learning.
We have worked very hard on learning about all of our routines and the places we can go in our school. We’ve been lining up in straight and quiet lines, walking respectfully around our school so that we do not disturb other children’s learning. We’ve also been practising our special: FIND, USE, RETURN rule, putting our toys and resources back where they belong.
Using our thinking thumbs has also been a big focus for us this week. Whenever we have something that we want to share or ask we put our thumb up so that we aren’t all speaking at the same time. We’re still working on this one but hopefully we will be thinking thumb experts by the end of next week.
We’ve also been exploring our outside space find out how to learn and share resources and ideas with all of the children in Reception. This week we’ve been using the den building area as well as the sand pit and ride-on toys in our traffic zone (the children have even been drawing the roads and signs themselves!).
Teacher Headlines: We are so impressed and proud of how quickly the children have learned to follow all of the rules and routines this week. Thank you for preparing them so well for school.
For Next Week: The teacher-led sessions will focus on Michael Rosen’s timeless story ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ – but instead of hunting for bears, we’re going to be going on a ‘Mr.Biddulph Hunt’ around our school. To help prepare children for this we encourage them to go on a local walk with their families and to listen carefully to the sounds that they hear around them and to notice the different types of trees, leaves and wildlife. Linked to the text it would also be wonderful if you could talk about positional language in relation to objects – over, under, through, next to, beside, in front of and behind.
TASK: please practise putting on shoes and socks at home. The more confident the children are with this, the greater their independence at school.
Don’t forget – Friday is Jeans for Genes day. The children are welcome to come dressed denim all day. We ask for a £1 donation for charity.