Image result for WELCOME TO RECEPTION      Week Ending: Friday 22nd June


Our Summer 2 Learning Journey is: Minibeasts



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In English: This week the children wrote facts about their favourite minibeast. First they drew a picture of the minibeast then they wrote clues about them. Finally the children read out their clues and we had to guess which minibeast it was.

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We have been reading the stories by Eric Carle, such as the Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Very Busy Spider and the Bad Tempered Ladybird and then acting them out and retelling them. The children have also been creating their own stories.

In our Letters and Sounds sessions this week we continued with Phase 4.

During our Literacy sessions the children have also been practising reading and writing sentences.

Phase 2 sounds: s a t p i n m d g o c  k ck e u r h b f l ff ll ss

Phase 2 Tricky words: I, to, the, no, go, into

Phase 3 sounds: j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th ng ch sh th ng ai ee igh oa or oo ar er ur ow oi ear air ure

Phase 3 Tricky words: he, she, we, me, be, you, my, they, her, was, all, are

Phase 4 Tricky words: so, said, were, there, have, like, come, some, do, little, one, out, when, what

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This week in Maths: We focused on time. We recapped on the seasons, months of the year, days of the week and time, particularly O’clock times. We used the story of the Bad Tempered Ladybird when discussing O’clock times.

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Next week in Maths we will be focusing number order.

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Also this week the children have been making their 3D minibeasts. Thank you for helping your child to collect the materials for their models.



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Butterfly news: The butterflies are emerging from their chrysalides. We will be observing them for a few days before we release them into the wild.

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Sports afternoon: Wednesday 4th July. You are all invited to come along and watch your child take part in a variety of events such as hurdling, relay races, long jump and throwing the vortex. You can either meet us at our sports field on Chimes Avenue or walk to the field with us from school. We will be setting off at about 1.15pm.

The children will need to wear their P.E. kits for the whole day so we will send it home after P.E. on the Tuesday of that week.


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Animal Variety Show: Thursday 5th July. You should have received a letter about our upcoming Animal Variety show which will be led by the animal expert Martin Rapley (The Bug man science shows).

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Tapestry: Remember that you can post photographs and observations of your child on Tapestry so that we can discuss what they have been doing at home. Perhaps you can go on a Minibeast hunt in your garden or at the park and post photographs of what you have found.



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The children voted to find out which was the most popular animal in their class. We also discussed why we vote. We used the outcomes of the vote to determine which animals we chose for two art projects.

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The children have made their 3D sculptures out of chicken wire and papier mache. Yellow class made a panda, Blue class made a lion and Red class a tiger. They all look fantastic. You can see all of these sculptures in the hall next to Yellow class. The children also created animal paintings for our hall display. Yellow class made an orangutan, Blue class a cheetah and Red class a panda. These are now displayed in the hall. Pop in and see them. They look amazing!!


We will be going on several trips over the year and really value your help and support. If you would like to help us on trips you need to see the office to complete a DBS check as it is not possible for you to accompany us without one. You will also need to do an induction with Mrs Gannon, the Deputy Head teacher. This can take a while to do so if you are interested in coming on trips with us please see the office as soon as possible to start the process. Thank you

Focus Children

Each week 3 children from each class will be the Focus children. As part of this we will be sending home a form to update us on any information about your child’s interests which will help us to plan for their Focus week. They will also be bringing home one of our class puppets to share in their adventures. The puppet will come home in a red school bag along with a booklet for your child to add to. We would like you to help your child to add some information about their adventures with the puppet. They can draw pictures, add photographs, tickets or leaflets from days out. All the information is included in the booklet.

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Reception Phonics and Reading Meetings

Thank you to all those who attended the Phonics and reading meetings. We hope that you found it useful. If you weren’t able to attend the meeting the powerpoint and handouts are available from this webpage.

Please label all your child’s clothing.

Coats and bags

Please make sure that your child has a coat at school everyday as we do go outside. The only bag your child needs to bring to school at the moment is the red book bag.  Please do not bring in any large back packs as we have no space to store them. Also the children should not be bringing in any toys from home.

Red Book Bags

Every week the red book bags will go home on Thursdays and need to be returned by Monday. Thank you


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The children will be having P.E. on Tuesdays and Fridays each week. The children cannot wear earrings for P.E.


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Boxes and cartons for modelling

If you have any boxes, cartons, tubes, fabric etc. that are suitable for model making please can you put them in the special bins outside our classrooms. The children have the opportunity to make models every week so we would really appreciate any recyclable materials. Thank you

If you will be available to support us at any point this year, please see the office to complete a DBS check as it is not possible for you to accompany us without one. You will also need to do an induction with Mrs Gannon. Thank you again for your amazing support.



Summer 2: Minibeasts: We all had a great time at Woodcroft Wildspace. The children had the opportunity to look for a range of Minibeasts, explore the area and take part in pond dipping activities. Thank you to the parents who were able to help on the trip and thank you to the volunteers of Woodcroft for leading the activities.

Summer 1: Amazing Animals

We had a fabulous day out at London Zoo. The children saw a variety of animals, had a lovely picnic and watched the penguins being fed. The children behaved brilliantly on their first school trip.

Spring 2: Arctic and Antarctic

In class the children also participated in several experiments. We wanted to find out how polar animals were able to keep warm in such extremely cold temperatures. They tested this out by placing one hand in freezing water whilst the other hand was coated in a ‘blubber’ substitute to feel what it must be like to be covered in blubber. The children found it amazing how their hands felt warm even though the water was freezing.


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Spring 1: People Who Help Us: We had visits from a Nurse, a Doctor, a Police woman and a road safety officer. We also went to look behind the scenes of the school kitchen to find out how Mary and the team prepare our lunch for us each day.

Tigger, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and Kelly from the Dog’s Trust visited the Nursery and Reception classes on Wednesday. Kelly told us all about how to stay safe around dogs, how to look after them and then Tigger showed us how he can play games to find treats.

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Autumn 2: Stories: We focussed on the stories of Julia Donaldson.

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Autumn 1: Nursery Rhymes: We learnt lots of Nursery rhymes and looked at rhyme and alliteration in stories.


List of useful revision websites:

Topmarks for Literacy and Maths activities.

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