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19th July 18
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Mrs Meeks

Meet the Reception Class of 2017/18

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Please remember.....

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  • …to make sure your child has their PE kit (both indoor and outdoor) with them in school at all times.
  • ….that girls who wear tights have a pair of socks in their PE kit for PE lessons.
  • ……that any girls who do not have their earrings removed on PE day (Friday) bring plasters into school to cover their ears during the lesson.

 

  • that your child must bring a coat with them each day - we access outdoor play all day everyday and go out in all weathers! We only restrict outdoor play in dangerously icy weather. Please make sure the coat is a sensible choice for the weather that day.
  • that if you have not already done so, please send your child into school with a pair of wellies that they can keep in school with them. Please add their name so that we know which pair belongs to your child.

 

  • that Weekend News books  and Homework Tasks need to be completed with your child each week – we work in Key Worker Groups and share this work.
  • …that reading records need to be filled in every time you read with your child at home. It is important that you do so regularly – these books are Home Readers to be read at home.
  • ...to complete sound/letter formation tasks with your child. This helps to consolidate their learning from the classroom.

 

  • …to send in 20p each day you would like your child to have toast at break time.
  • ….children can have a drink of water whenever they like. Please don’t send in water bottles for the classroom.
  • ...to keep us informed of any food allergies.

 

Thank you for your support :-)

 

Summer 2 curriculum

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We are all starting to get very excited about the summer holidays and the exciting adventures that await us all! As a result our literacy, topic and maybe some of our maths work will be inspired by this. We will share experiences of holidays and how we actually got to our holiday destinations as a starting point to this term’s work. We will take the opportunity to read postcards from places around the world (if we get some!) and also write some postcards of our own. We hope to develop our descriptive vocabulary, both spoken and written, and hope to produce holiday posters that may also incorporate some facts about different places around the world. We will also continue to work on our sentence building skills for the final half term using key words associated with holidays and the seaside…..or alternative holiday destinations!

In maths we will begin by looking at ‘one more/one less’ and will familiarise the children further with number lines and hundred squares. We will then set tasks of completing number sequences with missing numbers. We will continue to work on addition and subtraction, adding two single-digit numbers for some and for others adding a single-digit number to a two-digit number. This will then lead on to further work on place value and the children gaining more knowledge and confidence when using numbers to 20 for some and for others up to 100 and maybe beyond. We plan for the children to work on 3D shape and may take this opportunity to plan out some ‘nets’ we intend to build out of junk modelling. We also plan to experience some practical capacity tasks and activities and work on our skills with money which can be consolidated in our role play holiday souvenir shop. Please note though that this may all change and our learning may take a completely different direction!

Praise and Play June 2018

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We loved our Praise and Play session this month - Jonah and the Whale 'messy style'! We talked about the story and understood that Jonah didn't listen to what God wanted him to do....and his punishment was being swallowed by a whale! We had to search the contents of the whale's stomach for Jonah -we found all sorts of animals until we eventually found Jonah......(luckily it was only strawberry flavoured jelly that we were searching!)

Punch and Judy

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We were so lucky to be invited to join Year 1 and 2 for a Punch and Judy show at the start o this half term. Some children had never seen this sort of traditional summer holiday show before so it made us start thinking about how holidays have changed over the years.

Summer 'Show and Tell' in outdoor classroom!

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We did our 'show and tell' in our outdoor classroom because it was such a beautiful day. Some children brought in items that had come from different countries, some brought souvenirs they had been given as gifts off other people and some shared post cards from different places around the world. We loved finding out new things about different places!

Summer 1 curriculum

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We have now got some frog spawn so we hope to have the chance to look at life cycles with the children this term as more time than anticipated was spent on traditional tales last half term. We will learn about the life cycle of a frog and then move on to learning about the life cycle of a caterpillar. Some children began to show interest in a caterpillar that was found by older pupils outside last half term and due to this enthusiasm our classroom door was decorated as ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ for World Book Day! Therefore we hope to continue with our life cycles/growth theme. The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be our key text to begin with and we will enrich our continuous provision with related activities and tasks. We will also take this opportunity to look at information books which is a different genre of text to those we are most familiar with. We will focus on some cross-curricular skills when sequencing and retelling the story using days of the week (maths) and we will continue to widen our knowledge about the environment (science). We will take the opportunity to improve our use of descriptive language and use more adventurous vocabulary both in our spoken and written word. The variety of foods eaten by The Very Hungry Caterpillar will prompt us to discuss healthy eating and lifestyle and we hope to sample many of these foods in class – some of which may be new experiences to the children. Hopefully we can time this for when it is Healthy Week too!

Our maths learning starts with us focussing on doubling and halving in lots of fun ways around our provision. The children will then work on the practical and written skills of addition and subtraction and will generate their own number sentences by rolling dice, turning number cards over and seeking out number cards in their learning environment. They will then work out and check the answers using number lines..…weather permitting, we hope to use giant number lines drawn in chalk on the playground as the weather stopped us when we planned it last half term! Later this half term we will focus on 2D shape and then repeating patterns/sequences, both of which we intend to do in a cross-curricular way when creating butterflies using 2D shapes and then representing caterpillar’s bodies by creating repeating patterns.

Charity Work for Safe Space Rossendale April 2018

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Rachel Bulcock from Safe Space Rossendale (a local charity for homeless 16-25 year olds) gave a talk about the local charity to our pupils during assembly. There were some super, thoughtful questions asked by pupils from all year groups at the end of the talk. Rachel also used this opportunity to thank the school, and especially the Reception class, for raising monies and collecting food and household goods for this worthy cause. Reception had been learning about the Gingerbread Man in literacy and also charity in RE so the two were combined and the children decided to make and decorate Gingerbread Men to be sold in school - £30.00 was raised by doing this!

New Life April 2018

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We have some visitors in school this half term.....pupils brought in frog spawn and we also had a special delivery of caterpillars. We have already started observing them and see changes before our very eyes!

Spring 2 curriculum

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In the opening couple of weeks of Spring 2 we will continue with our ‘Space’ theme to tie in with our visitors into school and we will be writing and illustrating our own ‘Space’ stories. We then hope to look at some familiar stories, including some of the more traditional tales such as The Gingerbread Man and The Three Little Pigs. We will use our story map skills to help us to write and retell these stories. We will hopefully have some frog spawn in class to generate some information writing and ‘frog facts’! We can’t wait to watch what will happen before our very eyes! (Please be on the lookout for frog spawn for us and bring some into school if you can!) Our reading focus will continue to be working on our blending and segmenting skills (according to ability appropriate phonics phases) which in turn will further improve both our reading and writing skills. Parents can still help their children with their reading and writing by helping them to write simple phrases and sentences.

Our numeracy learning starts with us focussing on time followed by counting as next steps to our Maths Superhero Day at the end of last term. We will also be trying to develop our problem solving skills across a variety of maths strands. The children will work on problems using practical equipment and will also be using empty number lines and number sentences to aid their work with numbers…we also hope to use giant number lines drawn in chalk on the playground! Later this half term we plan to focus on addition, mass/weight, 3D shape and data. 

Easter Fun with our Year 6 Buddies 23.3.18

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We decorated eggs, went on an Easter Egg hunt and took part in an egg rolling competition with our Buddies! Some of the eggs had challenges inside them and we had tocomplete the challenges towin the chocolate treats.....it was great fun! 

Forest School session 22.3.18

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Making potions after reading Winne the Witch!

World Book Day 2018

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On World Book Day we all dressed as book characters and brought in our favourite stories. Our Year 6 Buddies came to class to share them with us. We also enjoyed looking at the traditional tale story sacks from the school library together as this linked nicely to our current class work. Mrs Thistlethwaite and Sue Allonby, a professional storyteller who is our Patron of Reading, also shared stories with us in class. In between all of this excitement we have also been writing our own Gingerbread Man stories using story maps to help us....some of the finished stories are amazing!

Forest School session 6.3.18

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Cotton Shed Interactive Road Safety Show February 2018

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We had such fun when Cath and her staff visited us and delivered an interactive road safety show for the class. We joined in with warm up activities, created freeze frames, had a quiz, used road safety props to create and act out scenes to help us to remember the basic road afety rules and played fun games to practise our very important listening and observation skills. We rounded off the fun session by learning a rap with actions! This session will help to consolidate the road safety training we did with Mrs Lund earlier this year. 

'Space' themed Stay and Play February 2018

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Forest School session 20.2.18

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Spring 1 curriculum

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We have begun Spring 1 by writing letters to say thank you for our favourite Christmas presents and retelling our favourite events of Christmas in sequence. Much of our literacy work this half term is likely to focus on using our phonics skills to blend and segment for the purpose of improving our developing reading and writing skills.....lots of 'chopping up' words, applying 'sound buttons' to words and using 'phoneme frames' to aid our learning. The choice of texts used will be very much guided by the children's likes and interests as we will read a number of 'winter' books at the start of term to immerse us into a wintery theme. Parents can help their children with their literacy by helping them to use their phonics skills to write words which match the sounds they say. Writing simple phrases and sentences will help to develop pupil's use of phonics even further.

Our numeracy learning will start with us focussing on money - working in and buying from toy shops selling some fantastic bargains! Later this half term we plan to focus on time, 2D shape and data, addition, patterns and symmetry and counting. Many of the continuous provision activities are linked to the numeracy theme for the week so again the children will consolidate their learning through fun, play-based activities. 

Praise and Play February 2018

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Today we looked at the story of Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish - we even practised our singing/counting skills! Take a look.....!

Forest School session 30.1.18

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Autumn 2 curriculum

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We will begin Autumn 2 by doing a little work on Remembrance Day as many of the children have shown an interest and joined in the discussion which took place before we created our class wreath for the school Remembrance service up at church. We will provide opportunities within the continuous provision to consolidate their understanding. As a result of the children showing an interest in keeping healthy at the end of last term we will be looking at a book called Titus’ Troublesome Tooth which also links to dental hygiene. Therefore our role play area will remain a ‘fruit ‘n’ veg’ shop for a while and then become a dentist surgery and the continuous provision activities within the setting will link to the children’s literacy learning in order to give the children the opportunity to practice their skills further. If you have any resources you think we could make use of please send them in! For the final few weeks of term our learning will then focus on Christmas and the story of the Nativity.

In numeracy we plan to focus on counting and patterns, addition, subtraction, 3D shapes and money. Many of the continuous provision activities will be linked to the numeracy theme for the week so again the children consolidate their learning through fun, play-based activities.

But please be aware that this is all likely to change again…..we will follow the children’s interests and ideas - that’s Early Years for you!!

Sledging Fun! 12.12.17

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Today we took to the slopes of Newchurch! We persevered, took risks, predicted and found new ways to sledge! We changed where on the hill to sledge, whether we should be pushed or pulled, whether we should be on our own or with somebody else in the sledge and where/how on the sledge to sit. We timed each other and had races......but most of all had FUN! 

Christmas Praise and Play 12.12.17

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This morning we attended church for our regular Praise and Play session. We explored lots of different Nativity scenes and Mother Penny was amazed at our Nativity Story knowledge - she said we had clearly been listening well when learning all about it in class! We then created our very own edible Nativity scene to take home with us.   

Forest School session 11.12.17

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Miss Vincent has recently done some Forest School training. We wrapped up cosy warm and she took each Key Person Group out to introduce them to the Forest School rules and play an introductory game.....followed by hot chocolate made and enjoyed in the outdoors! 

Winter Fun December 2017

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As the seasons have changed we have explored our outdoor environment and have noticed many of the changes that have occurred. When investigating the ice we thought of different ways to try to melt it and tested them all out to see which was most effective. The children said they now know how to help their mums and dads on cold frosty mornings when their cars are frozen up!

When it snowed we decided to use paint and coloured water with pipettes to see what effect the paint had on the snow and ice - we had some lovely mark making and some unique pieces of artwork were created.....temporarily!  

Nicholas the Kindness Elf 6.12.17

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Nicholas the Kindness Elf arrived on St Nicholas Day......he will go home with somebody different every evening!

Preparing for Christmas.....1.12.17

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We had a very special delivery from the North Pole today....Fr Christmas sent Mrs Meeks and Miss Vincent 'Santa Cams' to be worn during Advent....the children have been on their best behaviour ever since they came out of the packaging! Much of our continuous provision is now linked to Christmas and Advent.

Inter Faith Day November 2017

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All classes took part in Inter Faith Day in school - we learnt all about Islam. We compared mosques to churches, built them and had a go at sketching them. We designed some Mehndi patterns using a variety of media - paint, pen, ICT. We talked about prayer and the respect that is shown at this time - boys wear caps and girls wear head scarves - and we even dressed in some traditional dress. We threaded some prayer beads and created lovely repeating patterns. A real prayer mat was laid out for us to look at and we were inspired to create some of our own prayer mats in the creative area. 

Glitter Germ Investigation 13.11.17

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Today we investigated germs. We talked about how difficult it is to know whether our hands have germs on them! By the end of the investigation we all realised how easily germs can spread so we know we must wash our hands really well with warm, soapy water! We talked about what a 'prediction' is and we all predicted which child the glitter germs would spread to......Kane and Mrs Meeks predicted exactly right - the glitter germs spread as far along our class chain as child number 11!!!

Exercise Day 9.11.17

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The children decided we should have an Exercise Day as part oftheir continued learning about health. They all came dressed in sportswear and had a day full of various exercises - dance, movement, gymnastics, 'dabbing'...... we even had some mini experts showing us some ballet and martial arts moves! Can you spot them? 

We will remember them.....November 2017

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Preparing for our whole school worship at church next week......we will remember them.

Autumn 2017

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Weddings! Sept/Oct 2017

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Our learning quickly took a new direction when one of our class attended the wedding of her Mummy and Daddy. The class began asking questions and became very interested in weddings. We started with Show and Tell about weddings of parents, aunts/uncles, friends or weddings they had attended themselves.  We learnt that some weddings take place in church so we emailed Mother Penny to see if she could speak to us. Mother Penny was more than happy to come to see us so we asked if we could role play a wedding with her help........

Our wedding 'To Do' list

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The children generated our 'to do' list for the wedding:

  • flowers
  • cake
  • food
  • dresses/outfits
  • favours
  • invitations
  • music

and we worked our way through the jobs as a class.

The Big Day! Oct.2017

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The big day finally arrived after hours of planning and preparation! Everyone dressed in their smartest outfits and enjoyed the day. The wedding ceremony was for close friends (Reception class) but the celebrations also included Year 6 Buddies, Mrs O'Mara and Mrs Thistlethwaite! The juice was flowing and there were some impressive shapes thrown on the dancefloor!

Dino Watch September 2017

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One of our pupils brought a dinosaur egg in for 'Show and Tell' and we looked after it while it hatched. Much of our continuous provision was then planned with a dinosaur theme in mind. Once the baby dinosaur arrived we thought about what it would need......first of all we named it 'Chewy' after our Year 6 buddies voted on our top five suggestions. We then also identified that Chewy would need somewhere to live, somethng to keep him warm and something to eat and drink. We worked as a team to collect what we needed for him. 

Buddy Time 15/9/17

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We looked through our AMAZING 'All About Me' boxes today with our Year 6 Buddies - we all loved sharing this special time together!

Welcome to Newchurch St Nicholas School 15/9/17

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Take a look at our new Reception class being welcomed into our school family during Achievers Assembly 

Our first few days in Reception

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Reception Class Newsletters

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Please click on the links below to view copies of our class newsletter. Newsletters are completed each half term and copies are sent to parents via parentmail. A copy is also displayed on the doors where you collect your child at the end of the school day.

Homework

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Please look throught the homework tasks and activities for the Reception class by clicking on the appropriate link below. Parental support is very much appreciated.....and the bonus is that pupils recieve Rocket Points and Class Dojo points for their efforts!

VIPs

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Once the school year is underway we select VIPs (very important pupils) each week from class.We use our professional knowledge of each individual combined with feedback from home about likes, interests and needs. Parents return a completed letter to us as soon as possible after receiving it so that we can include activities and tasks into our weekly planning specific to their child……our very important pupil! This has proved to be a popular way of planning for individual pupils and we have received some very positive comments from parents about the children who have taken part in the past.

Class Dojo Reward System

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If you haven't already, please sign up to the Class Dojo Reward System being used throughout school. Your login details were sent home with your child. If these details have been misplaced please let us know and we can give you another copy.

Class Dojo is a great way to keep up to date with class news/photographs and see the reasons why your child is being awarded points by the class teacher!

Reception letters

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