Reception 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Reception's class page
Teachers & Teams
Mrs Till (Class Teacher) – Red Team
Miss Welch (Class Assistant) - Yellow Team
Miss Graystone (Student Teacher)
Mrs Clarkson (PPA cover on a Friday)
Mrs Rea (Class Teacher) – Blue Team
Miss Reed (Class Assistant) – Green Team
Miss Hemingway (1:1 assistant)
Mrs Gray (PPA cover on a Friday)
Once again we will be hosting Science week in school. This event allows our pupils to get involved with hands on experiments and listen to science and engineering professionals. We want to engage pupils in jobs for the future and this is a great insight for them, so please come and share your skills and passion for science and engineering. Examples of previous helpers:
• Structural engineers doing a hands on experiment teaching how to make structures out of spaghetti and paper
• Nurse – teaching children first aid
• Forensic team - setting up a crime scene and getting the children to solve the crime
These are just a few of the ideas that we have had in previous years, so if you know anyone who could spare half a day or even an hour, then we would love to hear from you. Please call the school office on 01270 685355 to express your interest or email firstname.lastname@example.org or see Miss Allan or Mrs Till.
Science week is Monday 9th March – Friday 13th March 2020
*Our first PE lesson will be on Monday 16th September.
PE will be on a Monday morning, please ensure your child has their PE bag in school at all times, we will send these home at half term for a wash.
*Childrens reading diaries and a lilac reading book will be sent home on Monday 9th September. The lilac books encourage children to tell a story using the pictures.
Children in Reception are expected to read at home at least 5 times per week. For each time they read and it is recorded in their school planner (signed by an adult), they receive a stamp. When they complete the 5 reading sessions per week, they gain a sticker. If they receive 12 stickers by the end of the Autumn term (one for each week at school with an allowance of two weeks where the full reading quota may not have been met), they will be included in the Reading Treat. This is where the children choose their activity for an afternoon at the end of the term and also receive a certificate.
Miss Allan and Mrs Till have been exploring Offley’s outdoor area and we have been looking for science around us.
‘This is science because the leaves are changing colour showing seasonal change’
Our challenge for parents and children of Offley is to take a selfie of science found in your home and local community. Post your selfies with the caption ‘This is science because…’ or bring them into school for us to see! Have fun hunting for science!
Use the hashtag #sciselfie
- MYSTERY READER. As a school we have moved our whole school celebration assembly to 2.40 on a Friday. Therefore, we will have to change our mystery reader day to a Thursday- apologies! Therefore, on Thursday's at 2:45 we like to have a Mystery Reader in our class to read to the children.You will usually come to the office and sign in as a visitor.Also, please bring 2/3 of your favourite books to read. If this is something you would like to do please speak to your class teacher or write a note inside your child's diary to book in a Mystery Reader slot - the children absolutely love having mystery readers!
This week seems to have flown by! We have been very busy in our continuous provision in the London role play area, building the city of London and creating lots of traffic, writing captions about the Naughty Bus, building 2D shapes with plastic rods (soon discovering we cannot make a circle), reading to teddies and dolls, and royal writing.
In maths this week we have been looking at the names of basic 2D shapes, sorting shapes in order of size and looking at repeated patterns. We soon realise that we can create patterns of anything (shapes, colours, objects, claps, movements, sounds…).
In phonics this week we have had a big focus on syllables in words. We have learnt how to tackle longer words in our reading books by breaking the word up (covering half up). We also learnt about some strategies to help us tackle spelling longer words. The first step is to break the word up into syllables; we did this with claps. (e.g ‘zig’ ‘zag’). Then to take the first syllable (zig) and write that down first. We then took the second syllable (zag) and wrote this down next to zig. We then checked by reading it back. The children have found this quite a challenge but have been amazing.
In Literacy we have been focusing on rhyme. We noticed in our book Naughty Bus that there were a few rhyming words. We took the word 'ding' from the text and created our own rhyming words.
We have also had fun in music this week with Mrs Clarkson. We have been learning to sing and chant familiar rhymes and songs in unison, participate in singing games, start and finish together with others and explore how sounds can be used to respond to a stimulus including voice. We used a parachute to help us do this and Mrs Mcgloughlin even joined in!
Have a lovely weekend everyone! Look forward to another fun and busy week next week
The Reception Team
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