Reception 2017 - 2018
Welcome to Reception
Hello I am Mrs Rea and I am currently teaching Reception. This will be my 4th year at Offley and I have just got married over the summer (just to confuse all of the children). I love PE and I am currently the PE co-ordinator in school alongside Mr Earlam. Outside of school I love to go walking, watch musicals at the theatre and drink lots of hot chocolate!
Hello my name is Mrs Ellis I am an Early Years Consultant and trainer and have the fabulous opportunity of teaching in reception untill February when Mrs Harrop and Mrs Jones return from their maternity leave. Just a little about myself I enjoy walking going to the theatre and being creative.
This half term the children will be learning about fairytales.
This week we have been learning about ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’. The children were introduced to the story through a radio clip. They had to listen carefully to create the story in their head using their imagination. This was a very challenging task! However, we were AMAZED with how fantastic the children did! They were able to recall lots of detail from the story – wow!
The children LOVED the crime scene in the classroom last week, so we decided to plant another one. This time…it was…a BROKEN CHAIR! It posed many questions. What has happened? Who has been in? Was it a child in our class? Who else could it have been? The investigation started…
This week in phonics we have continued to have a big focus on tricky words I no go the into to. We have also introduced tricky words he and she. We have been playing detective games, racing games and working hard to spell tricky words. . Please can we ask you to help your children at home by playing fun games with tricky words and practising to spell them over the weekend. This will really help their reading and writing!
We have also continued to work on simple CVC words and even combining them together to write simple 3 word sentences. This is very tricky so we will continue to work on this.
In maths this week we have been learning about 3D shapes and their properties. This was introduced by putting 2D shapes into a magic bag. We blew into the bag and out came fat, solid 3D shapes. We noticed that the 3D shapes had 2D shaped faces! We spent lots of time talking and investigating the shapes and used lots of mathematical language. We also did lots of fun activities including making 3D shaped monsters! This ties in well to this week’s homework…please can you have these discussions with your child whilst you are out and about. If you can upload any evidence to LearningBook we would love to see what you have been up to.
Anti-bullying Week & Children in Need
Mrs Clarkson has been doing some work with us on 'All different, all equal' to support anti-bullying week. We had lots of discussion about being kind to each other regardless of our differences. The children came into school wearing odd socks to support this theme.
On Friday the children looked brilliant in their spotty outfits! We watched a video clip about how different people have been raising money for children in need in the UK and around the world. Some people were singing, baking, having pj days, cycling and even SKYDIVING! We also looked at some pictures of how other cultures live.
This week we were blown away by Grandad Bill’s Story! James’ grandad was our mystery reader this week. He told us a story about a school trip, there were no pictures and we didn’t even see him reading! He told the story and the children had to visualise what was happening using their imaginations. It turns out…the story was about us! We were the characters in the story and James, Jake and Dylan were the cheeky trouble makers that ended up saving the day (alongside Spiderman), our heroes! It was FANTASTIC and made our week. Thank you so much, please come back again soon!
Another busy busy week!
Check in next week.
Mrs Rea & Mrs Ellis
PE will be on a Monday morning. Please can you ensure that your child's PE kit stays in school at all times and all items are NAMED. We will send them home every half term for a wash. Please can you also ensure that long hair is tied back on these days and that the children are not wearing jewellry - thank you.
You should have all received a log in for your child's learning journey on LearningBook. I am very much looking forward to seeing all of the great things you get up to at home and looking forward to reading your comments. If you would like any support with this please do not hesitate to speak to me.
Reception staff will collect diaries in on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and you will notice that your child will receive stamps and stickers in their reading diaries. This is part of the 'Reading Challenge' in school. In Reception, the expectation is that children will read five times per week (20 minute sesions). 5 times = 1 sticker. If they read on ten separate occasions in one week, they will receive two stickers. 10 times = 2 stickers. However, if your child reads more than the expected amount but not enough to achieve two stickers, the additional reading sessions cannot be transferred to the following week.
This term if your child receives 10 stickers they will receive the reading reward.
STARS OF THE WEEK
Every week we have two minions (Kevin and Bob) who choose 2 children as 'stars of the week' to go home with for the weekend. This week Bob chose Penny for always being a star and being so enthusiastic in her learning and Kevin chose Tinaye for working so hard on her blending skills in phonics! Well done, we look forward to reading all about your adventures on Monday.
Our Key Worker Groups
Blue - Mrs Rea & Miss Bell
Red – Miss Graystone
Green - Mr Shaw
Yellow – Mrs Ellis
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