Friday, 25 September 2020
We have had a great week in Reception this week. The children have settled in whole classes really well and its lovely to see lots of friendships being made.
We have spent a lot of time outside exploring our outdoor areas. The water shoots and builder role play areas have been very popular. We also took the children up to the woodland area for a tour to show them how to use the mud kitchen, the bird watching area under a canopy which has spotter sheets and binoculars, our loose parts construction area and music area too. The children are very excited to have more time exploring up there next week.
We will be doing lots of outdoor learning and this year and so please make sure your child has brought in their wellies and puddle suits. Especially if they are staying for lunch on Monday as they will be having their outdoor lunch play on the woodland so will need to wear their wellies. We have practiced putting on welly boots, coats and puddle suits this week. Please can you encourage your child to do this at home themselves as with only one adult and 30 children they will have to wait a long time for help at lunch time. We met our lunch time teachers Mrs Cornhill and Mrs Gaul on Thursday and Friday who will be with them every lunch time. They did a tour of the school hall and were shown where to line up and how to clear their dinner trays at the end.
We have enjoyed looking through the children’s all about me books and finding out about each other. Thank you to those children who have brought in their favourite books which we will be sharing over the next few weeks. We are just missing a few children’s stories if they can bring theirs in next week please.
We would also like to ask if you can make sure your child has a spare set of cloths at school (and socks) so they can get changed if they do get wet at lunch times.
Have a lovely weekend,
The Reception team
Thursday, 17 September 2020
We are really enjoying getting to know all the children and they are doing very well learning all the new routines.
The school day
The school day
From next week (21st September) please drop your child off between 8:45 and 9:00am and collect them at 11:30am
In the week beginning the Monday 28th September we are inviting the children to bring their favourite book to school for us all to enjoy. As it will take us a while to read them all please can you explain to your child that their book may need stay at school for a couple of weeks. Please ask your child to give their named book to their teacher, thankyou.
On Wednesday afternoons from 7th October we will be taking the children on the large playground to ride on scooters and bicycles. If you would prefer your child to wear a helmet for this activity please send their helmet in a named carrier bag to hang on their peg each Wednesday from 7th October onwards.
Lunch-times at school
The week beginning Monday 28th September the children may stay for lunch at school and will need to be collected at 12:45pm.(previously stated 1pm) Please note the change of pick up time due to changes we have had to make to lunch times at school. If you would like your child to have school lunches please follow the instructions to book these via WISEPAY which were sent out in the brown envelope this week. If you would like your child to have a packed lunch please remember we are a NUT-FREE school due to several children in school having nut allergies. Please do not include sweets or chocolate in your child’s lunch box. If you pack a yogurt or jelly in their lunch box, please remember to provide a spoon ! Thank you.
Full time v part time
From Monday 5th October the children can be at school full-time if you feel they are ready. Please collect your child between 3pm and 3:15pm However we would highly recommend that the children remain part-time until at least after October half-term.
Several parents have already told us that their child will be remaining part-time until further notice.
Please be reassured that the main teaching sessions always take place during the morning in Reception so your child will not miss out if they are part-time.
If your child is going to continue to be part-time after 5th October they will need to be collected from the doors near the Lower School hall - just past the front of the main school office at 11:30am.
Lunchtimes at school are organised separately from the rest of the school day, due to the complete change of staff. Therefore it is very different from lunchtimes that your child may have experienced at Nursery or Playgroup.
Your child should be able to:
separate from their parent/carer confidently
move independently both inside and outside within set boundaries
cope with change of adults without distress
behave appropriately for the majority of the time
manage own personal hygiene and toileting independently
Please talk to your child’s teacher if you have any queries about this.
We will of course also let you know if we feel that your child is struggling to concentrate during the afternoons and would benefit from an afternoon at home from time to time.
Please can you ensure long hair is tied back. This helps with controlling the spread of head lice and ensures your child can see clearly when engaged in learning.
Please can you provide your child with a bag of spare clothes to keep on their peg in case of accidents ?
Melissa Aspin, Emily Newson and Nikki Fowler
Saturday, 11 July 2020
For the last full week of term, we will be suggesting activities to do with your child at home. This includes a daily letters and sounds and maths activity and a topic based idea too. We would like to thank you for all of your hard work in supporting your child’s learning.
This is a reminder to download and keep your child’s Tapestry journal, if you haven’t already done so.
If you have any queries or concerns, please post these on tapestry and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.
We look forward to seeing you for the picnic on Monday!
Letters and Sounds:
Each day-whenever possible- we would like your child to be reading- Bug Club is great to use and also please keep practising the tricky words and sounds in their sound book.
Don’t forget to collect your rewards on Bug Club as you answer the quiz when you have finished reading the book !
We recommend using the link below for 5 Phonics lessons suitable for Reception children during the summer term. Here is an explanation about the lessons which go live each Monday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8C8BCB4hvc
Here are this week’s lessons: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw beginning with Lesson 60
Our topic this term is 'Will you read me a story?' and each week we will be learning a different traditional story.
Please listen to this week’s story of ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ which will be uploaded to Tapestry ready for Monday morning.
1. After listening to Mrs Page read the story of ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ on Tapestry, ask your child to draw a picture of the characters in the story. Can they use their phonic skills to write labels to go with their picture ?
2. Can they draw a picture of their favourite part of the story and write a sentence to explain what is happening? Ask your child to tell you the important rules when writing a good sentence. ( A sentence needs to start with a capital letter, when you write you need to remember to leave 'finger spaces' between the words, it needs to make sense and you need to remember to put a 'full stop' at the end of the sentence.)
3. Can you help your child to imagine what good deed they could imagine the elves doing during the night at your house ? Can they describe what they might wake up in the morning and see, in a sentence?
4.On ‘Phonics play’ please can your child play ‘Giggling Grapheme’ phase 2 or 3? https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/2/grab-a-giggling-grapheme
'Education city' please can your child play ‘Sparkler’ game on 'English 2’.
5. On 'letterjoin' can they practice the letters in the words ‘e l v e s’ and
‘s h o e m a k e r ‘?
6. Can your child write a thank you note to the elves? I wonder if the elves will write back?
7. Can your child use their creative skills to design a pair of shoes? Once your child has drawn their design ask them to talk about what materials they have used and what all the parts of their shoes are.
8. Can your child create a shoe shop? They might like to add price labels, and ask family members to use real money to buy some shoes! Can you ask your child how many pairs they have altogether? Can they count in twos? If they sell some, how many do they have left?
Here is a link with a fun song to learn how to tie your shoes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKlB5UCrUrU
Please use the link for 'white rose maths' which the whole school use. There are 5 brilliant sessions each week based around a book. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/
Here is a video explaining counting in twos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpr1RXYzHC0
Here is a song to help your child with counting in 2s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EpnjQoprRQ
This week we will continue learning about Judaism. Here is a video to watch with your child about Jewish beliefs. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zw9jxnb
Here are some suggestions of calming activities to help children to support their well-being https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/joinin/seven-techniques-for-helping-kids-keep-calm?collection=mindfulness-for-children
Here are a selection of pinwheels to create, with instructions. These are to help children to focus on their breathing and help them to be calm. https://www.firstpalette.com/printable/pinwheel.html
Please see the link to Home Learning pages on the SSP website.
There are lots of ideas as to how you can keep your children active, challenged and mentally well whilst at home.
New resources include;
· Norfolk School Games - Virtual Challenges
· SSP Family Fun Games
· #ThisIsPE videos
· England Netball Bee@Home Challenges
· Art of Brilliance - Wellbeing Wednesday videos
· Chance2Shine Cricket Resources
· Cosmic Kids - Yoga Videos
· Art Hub tutorial Videos
· YST Leadership Videos
The resources are split into four categories; PE Home Learning, 60 second challenges, Active Breaks and Health and Well being.
To view all of the resources visit the Home Learning homepage on our website.
Monday, 6 July 2020
- Norfolk School Games - Virtual Challenges
- SSP Family Fun Games
- #ThisIsPE videos
- England Netball Bee@Home Challenges
- Art of Brilliance - Wellbeing Wednesday videos
- Chance2Shine Cricket Resources
- Cosmic Kids - Yoga Videos
- Art Hub tutorial Videos
- YST Leadership Videos