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Welcome to Miss Daniels' Reception Blog

WC 14.05.2018

Well done to Star of the Week, Kyle. Kyle has been working very hard to make the right choices this week, and it has had a big improvement on his writing. In particularly, his letter to Woody the Woodland Elf. Keep it up Kyle. 

Merit Awards "I think about others." Gold - Harry Silver - Francesca  Bronze - Ruby

Class Awards: Reader - Scarlet Writer - Leo  Maths -  Amelia 

Attendance: 98.88%

This week, we had a special visit in our forest area from Woody the Woodland Elf. He wrote a letter for us and stuck it to one of the trees. Woody asked all of the children in Reception to help decorate the forest area for him, and he hopes that other elves and fairies come and join him. The children were so excited and couldn't wait to get busy creating things for our forest area. They came up with some brilliant ideas, they made fairy doors for the other trees, dream catchers, clay faces, and magical wands. 

It has by far been one of our favourite weeks in school, the children have learnt the manage risks as they play in the forest area, develop their gross motor skills in our climbing tree, and enhance their imaginations further when engaging with their senses to explore their environment. Each of the children produced fantastic writing this week, as they wrote letters to Woody the Elf thanking him for moving into our forest area and asked him questions such as; do you have any friends? Do you like our decorations? The children have been so engaged with their learning this week, it has been wonderful to see. 

On Friday, we had red, white and blue day to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Megan on Saturday. The children were busy making flags and decorating their own crowns. We had a class full of Princes' and Princesses with their Great Britain colours and crowns. The children thoroughly enjoyed their Royal lunch boxes of Turkey Dinosaurs. We hope Prince Harry and Megan have a wonderful wedding day on Saturday. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 07.05.2018

Well done to Star of the Week, Esmae. Esmae has made excellent progress in her reading over the last term. She is blowing us away each time she reads her books with us. We can tell you read lots at home. Keep it up Esmae. 

Merit Awards "I can share." Gold - Evelyn Silver - Amelia  Bronze - 

Class Awards: Reader - Taylen Writer - Sam  Maths -  Oliver P 

Attendance: 96.55%

This week we have been learning about animals and their habitats. We have learnt that a habitat is a place where animals live and why they need to live in those places. We have explored with a jungle, the arctic, and the ocean in our small world area this week. In literacy, we learnt the names of different habitats and sorted the animals into different hoops. We then challenged our friends to sort the animals once they were mixed up again. Our writing activity this week was to write a fact file about an animal of our choice, describe what it looks like and which habitat it lives in. Most of the jungle chose jungle animals, they seem to be our favourite. 

In Maths continued with our Singapore Maths lessons, finding one more and one less using Lego blocks. We also spent time learning how to double amounts and then share them equally between our friends. We practiced our halving and sharing as we enjoyed snack outside in the sunshine. The children have also been holding their own distance competitions using the tubes and racing cars. They used metre rulers to measure the distance their cars could travel, looking at numbers from 10 to 100. 

Have a good weekend

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 30.04.2018

Well done to Star of the Week, Riley. Riley has worked so hard this week in his Literacy and Maths lessons. He is really enjoying taking part in our Singapore Maths and loves solving problems each day.  Keep it up Riley. 

Merit Awards "I make myself proud." Gold - Zinar Silver - Harry  Bronze - Leo

Class Awards: Reader - Kyle Writer - Esmae  Maths -  Ruby

Attendance: 95.55%

This week in Reception, we have learnt all about plants. In our Literacy lessons we have labelled the different parts of a plant and wrote about our favourite flowers. In Literacy, we are focusing on all of the children being able to write simple sentences independently which they can read themselves. Please continue to work on this at home.  In provision, the children have created their own flower collages and drew beautiful pictures of flowers and labelled them. We have had artificial flowers in the playdough area for the children to explore with and be gardeners. It has been lots of fun. We have learnt that plants need water, sunlight and nutrients from the soil to help them grow. We became gardeners  and planted our own flowers in pots. We planted Salvia's, Magnolia's and Marigolds. We are going to be looking after them for the next couple of weeks, making sure they have enough sunlight and water, then the children will be taking them home. We are also going to hold our own science experiment with the plants, by keeping one in the cupboard away from sunlight, and keeping one outside without any water. I wander what will happen to them? 

To prepare us for Year 1, we have introduced the children to using the laptops, as they will be used in their curriculum next year. The children practiced turning them on and logging on using the Reception password. Next week, the children will practice using the mouse pads with their fingers to complete a computer program. 

On Friday we had a visit from Haydock Community Officers. They told us all about 'Stranger Danger' and how it is important for us to stay near our Mummy's and Daddy's when we are out and about. They read the story Clicken Chicken, for us to understand how to stay safe when we are playing on ipads and computers. The children learnt that they must always show Mum's and Dad's what they are doing on their Ipads/computers to keep them safe. 

Have a good bank holiday weekend

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 23.04.2018

Well done to Star of the Week, Tia. Tia has grown in confidence so much over the last couple of weeks and it is lovely to see. Tia has been working very hard with her writing about The Very Hungry Caterpillar this week. Keep it up Tia. 

Merit Awards "I realise what I do affects hoe other people feel." Gold - Harrison Silver - Kian   Bronze - Bobbie

Class Awards: Reader - Riley Writer - George  Maths -  Leyla

Attendance: 99.67% Winners again! Well done Reception!

This week we have been learning all about minibeasts. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this topic and have loved exploring with bugs and insects in our forest area. During our minibeast hunt we searched using magnifying glasses and binoculars. We found woodlice, worms, spiders and ladybirds. In our lesson with Mrs Fowler we sorted minibeasts into different groups, of which ones had wings, which ones had legs and which ones had no legs. The children have learnt lots of new minibeasts names this week. 

In Literacy we read the story; The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We read about all of the food that he ate and then wrapped himself in a cocoon and turned into a beautiful butterfly at the end of the story. The children enjoyed pretending to be a caterpillar and wrap themselves up tightly. In our writing books we retold our favourite parts of the story and tried to make the story better by using our FANTASTIC's. As part of our creative task this week, we discussed that butterflies have symmetrical wings, which means they have the same patterns on each side. The children made wonderful, colourful butterflies and the concentrated as they made sure they patterns where the same on both sides. In Maths, we carried on with our Singapore lessons, counting out objects and learning that we can write numbers as numbers and also in words. The children are really enjoying having a problem to solve at the start of each lesson. They are developing into excellent mathematicians. 

We also had a lovely treat with Lucas' Dad from Mr Ashtons class, were we looked at lots of different reptiles! The children were very brave, holding and stroking each of the animals. It was such a lovely treat. 

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 16.04.2018

Welcome back to the Summer term. It definitely has felt like Summer this week with the gorgeous weather. 

Well done to Star of the Week, Ollie. Ollie started our school this week, and has settled in brilliantly. He has made lots of new friends and has been a pleasure to have in our classroom. Keep up the good work Ollie. 

Merit Awards "I realise what I do affects hoe other people feel." Gold - Chyna Silver - Oliver F   Bronze - Mason

Class Awards: Reader - Esmae  Writer - Evelyn  Maths -  Riley

Attendance: 100%! Well done Reception! 

This week we have had tadpoles in our classroom. We are hoping to nurture them and watch them grow and change into frogs. We have learnt about the life cycle and how they start off as frog spawn, then turn into tadpoles, then turn into froglets and finally grow into frogs which lay frog spawn and start the life cycle all over again. In our Literacy lessons we each drew the order of the life cycle and labelled it or wrote a sentence about it. There were some fantastic pieces of writing.

In Maths, we have introduced the children to Singapore Math, which is an approach to teaching mathematics across the rest of the school. We are doing this to prepare the children for the structure of the lessons ready for Year 1. During these lessons, the children work in partners to solve a math problem each day. The children then take much more ownership of their learning as they think of multiple ways to solve the problem and show their workings out in their Math's books. 

Our creative task this week was to make our own frogs to hang from the ceilings. The children painted paper plates and and attached frogs legs, a tongue for catching flies and some googley eyes. We have also enjoyed lots of time out in the sunshine. Our outdoor area is really coming together and it has been lovely to see the children exploring in our new forest area this week. Please make sure that children have Waterproof Factor 50 applied in the morning before they come into school and also sun hats are essential for keeping their heads cool. 

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 26.03.2018

Well done to Star of the Week, Chyna. Chyna has made excellent progress since the start of the year both personally and in her reading and writing. We are so proud of you, Keep it up. 

Merit Awards "I make good choices about my health": Gold -  Francesca  Silver - Kyle   Bronze - George

Class Awards: Reader - Zinar  Writer - Taylen  Maths -  Esmae

Attendance:

This week we have had a very fun and busy week in Reception. We have been learning all about Easter. We started the week with a trip to Christ Church with Sandra. We learnt the Easter story and the true meaning of Easter and why it is celebrated. We  also enjoyed an Easter egg hunt around the church which was lots of fun. 

In Literacy we wrote our own acrostic poems about Easter which were lovely to read, In Math's we have learnt how to weigh objects and order them from lightest to heaviest, we learnt that just because an object is bigger does not mean that it is always heavier.

We were also very busy in the creative area making Easter baskets using lovely pastel spring colours. and the children have all individually decorated their Easter cards for their families. They all look wonderful and so unique. On Wednesday we also made yummy chocolate cornflake cakes with mini eggs on top as a decoration, our classroom smelt yummy. 

We also had the Easter Bingo on Tuesday, there was a great turn out and it was lovely to see so many Reception families there. All the money raised will be going towards our Forest School area. 

Have a lovely Easter break

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman xx

WC 19.03.2018

Well done to Star of the Week, Oliver P. Oliver is making fantastic progress in his reading and writing. This week he wrote an indepedent sentence all about what we could see on our Spring walk. 

Merit Awards "I take care of the world around me": Gold -  Emily  Silver - Ruby   Bronze - Amelia

Class Awards: Reader - Chyna  Writer - Bobbie  Maths -  Leo

Attendance: 93.66% -  We have had a lot of illnesses in Reception over the last couple of weeks. Stock up on your vitamins at home! Lets make it 100% next week!

This week the children have enjoyed learning all about Spring. We enjoyed a lovely Spring walk around the school field. We took pens and paper on our walk to write down and draw pictures of all the signs of spring that we could see. It was lots of fun. 

In the creative area this week we made our own spring flowers with different arts and crafts resources. They all looked wonderful. We also discussed different types of flowers and decided which ones where our favourites, we had Daffodils, Tulips and Carnations in our classroom to explore with. We can name all the different parts of the plant. 

We have added to our courtyard area this week and we can see that there are lots of different resources for us to play and learn with in a calm environment. The children loved helping to set it up at the start of the week. 

Have a good weekend,

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman

WC 12.03.2018

Well done to Star of the Week, George. George has loved our Space topic and engaged with all areas of his learning. In writing this week George sounded out words for what he could see on the moon independently.  Keep it up George!

Merit Awards "I treat people how I would like to be treated": Gold -  Emma-Faye  Silver - Jessica   Bronze - Oliver P 

Class Awards: Reader - Kyle  Writer - Oliver F  Maths -  Scarlet

Attendance: 92.07% - Lets make it 100% next week!

This week Reception have read the story Whatever Next! In this story Baby Bear uses his imagination to go to the moon in his own cardboard box rocket. We decided to make the story even better using our new FANTASTICS symbols to extend the story. We discussed what we could see, smell, hear and what it would feel like on the moon. We acted out being in space rockets and had sensory trays to develop our vocabulary for writing. 

In Maths we have learnt how to double numbers. We understand that doubling is adding the same amount together. We worked in pairs to double our House Point counters with each other and we also used the characters from Whatever Next to double the amount of food they had for their picnic on the moon. We are amazed with how well the children have done with this aspect of Maths.  

During continuous provision this week we had lots of messy play. We created our own moons by mixing flour with paint and we used the bottles to make craters for the moon. We also enjoyed exploring with alien slime this week, the children followed the instructions and made it together and then enjoyed getting very sticky and messy! Reception also created their own planets with bicarbonate of soda and then watched them dissolve as we poured vinegar onto them. This week we also had the Book Fair in school, the children enjoyed exploring with the different books available. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 05.03.2018

Well done to Star of the Week, Eva.  Eva is amazing us each day with her independence and enthusiasm to achieve the challenges set for her. This week Eva solved money problems adding 3 coins together. Wow!  Keep it up Eva.

Merit Awards "I can listen to good things about me": Gold -   Leyla  Silver - Esmae   Bronze - Harry 

Class Awards: Reader - George  Writer - Oliver P  Maths -  Emma-Faye

Attendance: 94.83% - Lets make it 100% next week!

This week our Literacy learning has been based on the book Aliens Love Underpants. The children have really enjoyed this book and found Granny's spotted bloomers particularly funny! We have introduced the children to the FANTASTIC'S this week. The FANTASTIC'S are tools that we can use to help us with our reading and writing to make them fantastic.  We used the symbols to help us read the story and discuss key points. We cannot wait to see how the children develop further using them. The children focused on describing words for the underpants and designed their own pair to write a describing sentence about. We had lots of rainbow and glittery underpants hanging around our classroom. On Friday, we enjoyed an underpants hunt around the school and wrote what they looked like.  

In Maths this week we have learnt about money. We have recognised the coins and learnt how to add two coins together to create a total amount. Our Maths area was transformed into a Vegetable Shop and a Underpants shop. The children used this space independently to act as the shop keeper and customer to develop our mathematical language related to money and explore with the coins. 

We explored with 2Create a Story on the ipads this week to make our own alien pictures and type words and sentences about them. I think they look amazing! 

This week we also held our Messy Maths Workshop for parents/grandparents. We were so pleased that so many of you could make it and had a wonderful time exploring Maths games with your children. 

As Sunday is Mothers Day, we spoke about why we love our Mum's and we made special cards, which a lot of thought went into by each child. We also recorded a special message for our Mum's which you can find on your child's story. 

Have a lovely weekend 

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 26.2.2018

Well done to Star of the Week, Oliver F. Oliver has produced amazing independent writing this week about his own planet in the solar system.  Keep it up Oliver.

Merit Awards "I value my achievements": Gold -   Taylen  Silver - Evelyn   Bronze - Riley 

Class Awards: Reader - Francesca Writer - Kian  Maths -  Bobbie

Attendance:95.66%

Thank you for all sending your space/alien projects for our new learning topic. They are all fantastic! We can see that so much work has gone into them and the children have loved telling each other about their models and having them on display in our new classroom. 

This week we have begun our Space topic. We have learnt what a solar system is, the names of the planets, what they're like and designed vehicles to take us to space. It has been so much fun. On Monday, the children followed instructions to make Moon Sand and developed their vocabulary as they discussed what it felt like. In Literacy this week the children designed their own planets for the solar system and described what it would be like to live there. We had some cold, stormy planets and some hot planets with mountains and lava. What fantastic imaginations we have in Reception. Click this link to listen to the Solar System song we have used in class this week. 

In Maths this week we have been learning how to add numbers together using a number line; which is also this weeks homework task. The children have solved space number problems by writing addition number sentences.  We were so proud at the amount of children who developed their addition skills independently when they accessed continuous provision. 

We have definitely taken advantage of the wintery weather this week and had lots of time outside exploring with the snow and ice. As well as having endless amounts of fun with each other, the children have developed a strong understanding of how snow is formed and what makes it melt away. The best part of being outside in the snow was definitely making snow angels and having snow ball fights. 

To celebrate World Book Day this year, we enjoyed an afternoon of reading with our parents and having a pyjama day on Friday with our favourite books, teddy bears and blankets. It was a wonderful day, of sharing our favourite stories and enjoying being cosy with a hot chocolate. 

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 19.2.2018

Well done to Star of the Week, Scarlet. Scarlet has blown us away this week with her reading and writing about Chinese New Year. Keep it up Scarlet.

Merit Awards "I can say how I feel": Gold -   Leyla  Silver - Leo   Bronze - Eva

Class Awards: Reader -Kian Writer - Emma-Faye  Maths -  Harry Gorton

Attendance: 98.62%

This week we moved into our new classroom! Everything is brand new and looks amazing. The looks on the children's faces were priceless as they entered the room. Have a look for yourselves....

This week in Reception we have celebrated Chinese New Year and the year of the dog; Kung Hei Fat Choy! 

In Literacy we read the story of the Chinese Zodiac to understand why the years are named after animals. We acted out the story using role play masks and props. The children wrote about their favourite parts of the story and sequenced it from beginning to end. We also enjoyed some delicious Chinese food this week. We ate noodles, prawn crackers, prawn toast, spring rolls and sweet chilli sauce. The children recorded which of the foods they did and didn't like. The prawn crackers went down a treat. 

In Maths this week we concentrated on finding one more and one less.  We used lego blocks to build the great wall of china and challenge our friends to build a wall that was one more/one less than our own. The children did very well with this activity, now we will progress to finding one less of numbers to 20. We also had a competition of Teachers VS Children, and...the children won! They're much better at Maths than us! 

In the creative area this week we created our own dancing dragon puppets with tissue paper and lolly sticks. The children enjoyed making them dance around the classroom like the ones we had seen on the videos. We also practiced writing Chinese symbols, we used gold and red glitter paint as these colours symbolise good luck in China.  

On Friday the children had their Valentines Disco! They all enjoyed a good boogie on the dance floor and a yummy hot dog and juice. 

Have a good weekend

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 29.1.18

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Francesca for doing fantastic number work this week.

Our Merit winners Oliver, Harrison and Mason for learning from their mistakes.

Our Reader of the Week Amelia for her growing confidence when reading.

Our Writer of the Week Zinar for improved handwriting.

Our Maths Magician of the Week Kyle for making his own clock and showing a real interest in telling the time.

96.55% 

This week in Literacy the children learnt more facts about dinosaur. A real life dinosaur entered our Reception classroom and messed it all up! The children wrote about what the dinosaur had done to the classroom. In provision they also used the pictures from our Liverpool Museum trip to write sentences about what they liked, what they saw and what happened during the day. In Maths we have been focusing on time. The children have been looking at days of the week, the different times of the day and how to measure time in simple ways. 

   

As you know we had our fantastic trip to Liverpool World Museum this week. It was a lovely trip and the children learnt so many things. In provision the children also got to play with gloop, shaving foam and different coloured rice. They also got to smell different scents to see if they could recognise what they were.  On Thursday the children loved seeing what the dinosaur had done inside of our classroom and following his footsteps to explore where he had gone. 

Homework this week is looking at telling the time. Also the Messy Maths workshop has now been changed to after the half term. We apologise for the inconvenience. Have a lovely weekend. :)

 

WC 22.1.18

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Emma-Faye for writing fantastic sentences about Harry and the dinosaurs.

Our Merit winners Scarlett, Esmae and Millie for knowing to ask for help when it is needed.

Our Reader of the Week Kian for improved recognition of tricky words.

Our Writer of the Week Eva for writing a detailed speech bubble independently.

Our Maths Magician of the Week Leyla for being able to tell the time when it is o'clock.

Thank you so much for your help this week. I know it has been hectic but we really appreciate it. In Literacy we have been looking at the story of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. We have looked at different stories including 'Harry and the Dinosaurs go to school' and 'Harry and the Dinosaurs go wild.' The children love these stories and lots of them wanted to read the stories whilst in provision. We focused on speech bubbles and what we think Harry and his dinosaurs are saying in certain situations. In Maths we focused on time for the first time this year. I was very impressed with the children and they did very well at telling the time when it was o'clock.

                                                                           

In Reception this week we have been designing our own dinosaurs using different materials. We have used arts and crafts, colours and with Mrs Fowler the children created their own dinosaur out of playdough.

Homework this week is to have a think about what Harry and his dinosaurs may be saying and write it in their speech bubbles.

Have a lovely weekend :)

WC 15.1.18

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Sam for being a wonderful friend and cheering people up when they're sad.

Our Merit winners Bobbie, Riley and Taylen for always trying to be the best that they can be.

Our Reader of the Week George for recognising tricky words.

Our Writer of the Week Tia for writing some brilliant labels.

Our Maths Magician of the Week Oliver for knowing one more and one less of numbers to 10.

What an exciting week in Reception. Dinosaurs seems to be the children's favourite theme so far, they have all been so engaged and fascinated. Again thank you so much for all the work you put in making the dinosaurs with the children. They look brilliant in the classroom. In Literacy we have looked at labelling different dinosaurs using adjectives. In Maths we have been looking at one more and one less. Homework this week will be looking at one more and one less than a specific number.

                                                                

This week the children have painted their favourite dinosaur for our classroom display, investigated dinosaur eggs, made dinosaur egg cakes and made our own class dinosaur.  The children really enjoyed investigating the dinosaur eggs by using magnifying glasses and describing how they felt. 

It has been a very arts and crafty week in Reception.

   

       

Have a lovely weekend :)

WC 8.1.18

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Leo for his enthusiasm in his learning this week. 

Our Merit winners Harry, Jessica and Sam for being able to explain what they would like to be better at.

Our Reader of the Week Emily for recognising tricky words.

Our Writer of the Week Francesca for doing a fantastic letter to Paddington Bear.

Our Maths Magician of the Week Zinar for adding two groups together independently and for using the vocabulary add and equals.

As Paddington left his suitcase in our classroom we had the chance to look through it and discuss what things he keeps in his suitcase. We then spoke about where he comes from and where he came to visit. The children were very excited to tell their teachers that Paddington loves eating marmalade sanwhiches. Later in the week the children made their own marmalade sandwhiches to try.

                   

Our first theme of the Spring term was Paddington Bear. It was a lovely choice as every class across the school did work about the Paddington Bear story. The children loved this and really enjoyed having a new Paddington in their classroom. In Literacy we wrote sentences about Paddington's adventure in our school. In Maths we focused on addtion. The children used a number line for the first time to help them solve number sentences.

                                                         

Please do not forget to bring in your junk model dinosaurs on Monday if you have not already. There is a small task of researching dinosaurs for homework. This will help the children with our topic of 'Dinosaur facts' next week. There is also a letter in bags about our trip to the museum on the 29th of January. We really need the replies in by the 19th of January so that we can sort out packed lunches and other details. If you have any queries then feel free to ask at hometime or via Class Dojo.

Have a lovely weekend! :)

18.12.17

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Kian Milser for the the biggest improvement in writing since starting Reception in September.

Our Merit award winners Francesca, Oliver and Leyla for staying calm even when they can be frustrated.

We cannot believe how fast this term has gone. This week we have been recalling our favourite parts of our trip to Imagine That!, the children have wrote some fantastic independent sentences about it in their writing books. We also completed all of our beautiful Christmas crafts to take home for our families on Wednesday. 

All the  staff would like to say a huge thank you for all of your support, help and patience throughout the Autumn term. We would also like to thank you for your generosity with all of your cards and gifts, we really appreciate your kindness. The children have been fantastic. We hope you have a fantastic Christmas break.

WE WISH YOU A LOVELY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR :D

WC 11.12.17

Well done to Star of the Week, Amelia! Amelia was a fantastic narrator  in our nativity this week and she used her big clear voice.

Merit: Gold -  Leo     Silver - Mason   Bronze -  Bobbie 

Class Awards: Reader - Kian       Writer -  Esmae       Maths -  George

                                

Thank you to  everyone for your kind donations to charity on Christmas jumper day.

This year was the first time we have done a Reception only nativity at Grange Valley. I'm sure you'll agree it was a huge success. The children's acting, singing and narrating was fantastic and they made all of their teachers feel very proud. Well done children!

On Wednesday we went to Imagine That! on our Christmas trip. The children had lots of fun doing craft activities, playing in the role-play areas, digging for fossils, splashing in the splash zone, doing science activities and lots lots more.  The children's favourite activity was when they met Santa in his grotto. 

In our Maths sessions this week we have been focusing on recognising, ordering and writing numbers to 20. We were pleased with the progress children have made and most children can independently recognise numbers to 20.

             

WC 4.12.17

Well done to Star of the Week, Evelyn! Evelyn has been trying really hard during our nativity rehearsals and she knows all of the song words!

Merit: Gold -   Emily Ireland  Silver - Bobbie Murray   Bronze -  Francesca Morton

Class Awards: Reader - George Grime  Writer -  Ruby Carter Maths -  Harry Gorton

                                 

This week we've had lots of fun following Elvis the elf's antics. Each morning we have been checking what he has been up to on the elf cam.  The children have done some fantastic writing about all the different photographs they have seen. Their favourite was when Elvis covered our classroom in flour, it was very messy!

On Tuesday we visited  Christ Church for our Christmas experience. The children enjoyed visiting different locations around the church to explore the different parts of the traditional nativity story. We also did some sheep and star craft and sang some songs with Malcome. Thanks to all the helpers at Christ Church. 

On Friday the children enjoyed having Christmas dinner with their friends. 

 

WC 27.11.17

Well done to Star of the Week, Taylen! Taylen is such a friendly member of the class and is always eager to take part in all of our classroom activities.

Merit: Gold -   Oliver Porter  Silver - Amelia Haselden   Bronze - Leo Larsen-Osborne

Class Awards: Reader -Kyle Walford  Writer - Kian Milser  Maths -  Harry Gorton

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week we received a special letter from Santa. He told the children he was going to send one of his elves to come and watch the children in our class. The children were shocked when they found the tiny elf door hiding in the classroom! We used some of the elf's magic dust to make a Christmas wish. The children enjoyed writing letters to the elf and to Santa to tell them all about the toys they would like. We also put up our Christmas decorations. The children enjoyed decorating our tree all by themselves. In the craft area we made some beautiful star  decorations to display at the church.

On Thursday we watched the 'Robin Hood' pantomime in the hall. The children enjoyed chanting, singing and dancing. 

Have a good weekend

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 20.11.17

Well done to Star of the Week, Jessica! Jessica is a delightful member of the class, who always tries her best. This week she has worked really hard in maths and our learning all about money in the Toy Shop. 

Merit Award:  "I try to tell the truth even when it is hard." Gold - Oliver Foreman Silver- Zinar Inal Bronze - Tia Patel

Class Awards: Reader -Bobbie Murray Writer - Emily Ireland  Maths - Millie Mousdell

Weekly Attendance: 96.21%

This week the children have enjoyed learning all about old and new toys. We have discussed how we can tell if toys are from the past by looking at what they are made of. The children sorted different toys into groups for the materials that they are made from, we sorted them into wood, plastic and metal groups.

The children were encouraged to develop their independent writing skills by describing their favourite toys at home. We had lots of interesting words and we had to guess what toy each other was thinking about. It was lots of fun!

 In Maths the children have enjoyed learning about money in our Toy Shop role play area. We took on the roles of a shop keeper and a customer and the children developed their language related to money. They looked at different coins and are beginning to recognise them by looking closely at the number that is written on them. 

Have a good weekend

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 13.11.17

Well done to Star of the Week, Sam! Sam has come on leaps and bounds since starting Reception and we couldn't be happier with the progress that he is making. Keep it up Sam.

Merit Award:  "I know that we the same and we are different - to be both is okay." Gold - Mason Marsh Silver- Leyla Yigit Bronze - Evelyn Cain

Class Awards: Reader -Jessica Kay Writer - Harry Gorton Maths - Eva Nodwell

Weekly Attendance: 95.17%

This week we have celebrated Anti-Bullying Week in school and Reception have focused their learning around The Rainbow Fish. The children loved listening to this story and they developed their vocabulary and discussion skills. We decided to write kind words about our friends and stick them on each other so we could see all of the lovely things that our friends thought about us.

As we were reading the Rainbow Fish we noticed that our class fish had gone missing. Reception became police officers and wrote Wanted posters to put up around school for the other teachers and children to help us find him. The children sounded out describing words for the Rainbow Fish and wrote words such as; sparkly, colourful,  fish, friendly. Luckily, we found our fish by the fish tank in our library area. 

In Maths this week we have introduced the children to addition. We have been adding two groups together to find a total and some of use have learnt to write addition number sentences. Wow! Practice adding groups together at home, can you make a total of 10 with different amounts? 

We have also created our own Rainbow Fish with paints and glitter this week. The children have lots of messy fun making them!

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 06.11.17

Well done to Star of the Week, Ruby. Ruby has made tremendous progress since starting in Reception. She is growing in confidence each day and we are so happy to see her writing developing. Keep it up Ruby!

Merit Award: "I co-operate with others in work and play:"  Gold - Scarlet Ashall  Silver-  Oliver Porter  Bronze - Taylen Baker-Wilson

Class Awards: Reader - Tia Patel  Writer - Harrison Grime  Maths - Francesca Morton-Auer

Weekly Attendance: 93.79%

Thank you for all of your contributions to the Christmas Shoe Boxes. The St Helens Rotary Club picked them up on Monday and they were amazed that we had managed to fill 62 shoe boxes, that will be sent off to the Ukraine. Thank you for helping us to make a difference to children and people who are less fortunate than us. 

This week the children have enjoyed learning about Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot. We have learnt that Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1602. The children acted out the story and created their own props to support their role play. In our Literacy lessons we wrote about our favourite part of the story and some of us wrote the characters names. We also learnt the following rhyme about why we celebrate bonfire night, see if you can say it together at home:

'Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot, 

I see no reason, why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot. '

In Maths this week, we have learnt how to measure objects in order of height and length. We placed the images of rockets in order from smallest to largest and the children drew images of their own rockets in size order. We learnt that we can measure objects using different units of measure, such as cubes, pencils and hands. We had lots of fun measuring each other with our hands and also with unifix cubes. 

We enjoyed lots of other activities related to Bonfire night this week. On Monday the children made chocolate apples and decorated them with sprinkles to make them look like fireworks. In the creative area the children experimented with colours as they created their own firework paintings, rockets and sparklers; they were all so individual and unique to look at. We also explored using the computer software '2CreateAStory' to paint pictures of the fireworks that we watched over the weekend. 

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 30.10.17

Well done to Star of the Week, Harrison. Harrison has worked so far this year and we are very proud of the progress he is making in his phonics lessons and also with his name writing. Keep it up  Harrison!

Merit Award: "I treat all adults and children with respect:"  Gold - Millie Mousdell  Silver-  Riley Swift  Bronze - Tia Patel

Class Awards: Reader - Amelia Haselden  Writer - Zinar Inal  Maths - Bobbie Murray

Weekly Attendance: 93.79%

This week we have enjoyed learning all about Halloween and having a spooky week in Reception. We have dressed up in costumes and the children loved telling us all about their trick or treat costumes. We also bobbed for tangerines and carved our own pumpkins. 

In Literacy we read the story Room on the Broom. We discussed that this was a rhyming story and focused our learning on continuing a rhyming string. The children thought of horrid ingredients for the witches potion that needed to rhyme such as a bat, a cat, a rat, a mat. The children are now confident in thinking of their own rhyming strings. 

On Thursday we performed our phonics assembly for our parents and grandparents. We are so proud of how well the children did in the assembly. Thank you to everyone that came to watch and listen to our presentations. Please follow this link for our phonics song to sing at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffeZXPtTGC4 

Friday was our Ugly Bug Disco and the children's costumes were fantastic! They all danced the afternoon away, played party games and enjoyed yummy hot dogs and juice.

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 16.10.17

Well done to Star of the Week, Emma-Faye. Emma-Faye has developed so much since the start of the year, and we are so proud of how well she is progressing in her Literacy and Maths. Keep it up Emma-Faye.

Merit Award: "I can suggest one way to make our school a healthy one:"  Gold - Esmae Lake  Silver- George Grime   Bronze - Kyle Walford

Class Awards: Reader - Oliver Porter  Writer - Leyla Yigit  Maths - Kyle Walford

Weekly Attendance: 91.03%

This week in Literacy, we have read the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children enjoyed role playing with the props and masks. We all worked so hard to use expression and change our voices for the different characters in the story. Our favourite voice to do is Daddy Bears big, growling, voice. 

We also made porridge this week. The children enjoyed being independent and making it themselves. We discussed how to be safe when we are using different equipment for cooking. The children added the oats and milk to the bowl and then placed them in the microwave for one minute and them chose a yummy filling of either strawberries, nutella, syrup or jam.

On Wednesday we enjoyed a lovely walk to the Library in the afternoon. The children had a fabulous time, and they were so sensible walking down the busy main road. The children had the opportunity to explore in the library and listen to stories. Each of the children received a 'Time to Read' book from the library for you to enjoy together at home. 

We also enjoyed watching Year 1 and 2 perform their Diwali assembly this week. The children in Reception loved being able to see some of their older brothers and sisters performing on the stage. 

Have a lovely half term break, see you all on Monday 30th October

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman

WC 09.10.17

Well done to Star of the Week, Harry. Harry has been working unbelievably hard with writing his name and he is always practicing independently when accessing continuous provision. Keep it up Harry.

Merit Award: "Being brave: overcoming feelings of fear."  Gold - Kian Milser  Silver- Eva Nodwell   Bronze - Emily Ireland

Class Awards: Reader - Sam Pitchford  Writer - Chyna Davies  Maths - Jessica Kay

Weekly Attendance: 96.68%

This week in Literacy, we have read the story of The Little Red Hen. The children have enjoyed listening to this story and joining in with the repeated refrains in the text. One of our activities this week was to develop our cutting skills and stick the story in the correct order from beginning to end and we can all confidently retell the story. We have also played lots of rhyming games and continued a rhyming string for the characters in the story, e.g. hen, pen, den. Towards the end of the week we decided to make bread just like the Little Red Hen, we all helped to need to dough and we enjoyed dipping it in warm vegetable soup. 

In Maths we have been looking at 2D shapes, we have learnt the names of the shapes and discussed how many corners and sides the shapes have. We discovered that there are lots of familiar shapes in our environment and we all became 'Shape Hunters' to look for 2D shapes in every day objects. As we explored school for the shapes we wrote down the objects that we found and information about the number of sides and corners they have. We also enjoyed playing with the chalk outside to practice drawing shapes and creating different pictures using the 2D shapes. 

As we have been celebrating Harvest this week, the children wanted to build a combine harvester with our junk modelling. Thank you to everyone who helped us by sending your boxes in. The children had great fun with it and developed their vocabulary immensely as they discussed the different parts of the combine harvester and changed their approaches to building it. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 02.10.17

Well done to Star of the Week, ZInar. Zinar has really enjoyed our Autumn theme this week and has worked incredibly hard with his Literacy and Maths activities this week. Keep it up Zinar.

Merit Award: "I can sya how I can improve the world around me."  Gold - Amelia Haselden  Silver- Leo Larsen-Osborne   Bronze - Millie Mousdell 

Class Awards: Reader - Oliver Porter  Writer - Mason Marsh  Maths - Kyle Walford

Attendance: 96.90%

This week we have been learning all about Autumn and the children have loved being explorers and using their senses to engage in the environment around them. On Monday we went for an Autumn walk down the lane at the side of school. We took clipboards, paper and pencils with us to draw pictures and write down all of the signs of Autumn that we could spot. It was a very windy day, so it definitely blew away the cobwebs. 

In Maths this week we have been counting different autumn objects and matching them to the numbers. We are focusing on recognising numbers to 10 and 20. It is a target for all children to recognise numbers to 10 by Christmas if they cannot already.  This week Miss Daniels couldn't remember what we had found on our Autumn walk, so we decided to write list's in our Literacy  lessons. We worked together to write lists of the Autumn objects we collected on our walk. We listening carefully for the initial sounds in words and we used our robot arms to sound out words to help us write.

On Wednesday we celebrated 'No Pens Day'. We took the time to focus on the children's communication skills, including speaking and listening. We emjpyed takling party in Peer Massage and Yoga. We performed puppet shows with each other to develop our language, and we also looked at famous paintings to discuss what was happening in them and how they made us feel. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x

WC 25.09.17

Well done to Star of the Week, Emily. Emily has settled into our school so well and made lots of new friends. We are so proud of the progress she is making already. Keep it up Emily.

Merit Award: "I listen to others."  Gold - Ruby Carter  Silver- Harrison Grime   Bronze - Chyna Davies 

Class Awards: Reader - Oliver Foreman   Writer - Francesca Morton  Maths - Tia Patel

Attendance: 

Welcome to our blog. This is where we will give you an update of the wonderful things we have been learning and exploring with this week.

We are so proud of how well all of the children have settled into a busy school routine. It's hard to believe that we are already half way through our first half  term in school. Have a look at some of the things we have been up to over the last three weeks.

This week in Literacy we have been learning all about Super Powers, we read stories about super heroes and acted like them in our classroom. In our writing books some of us have been sounding out the words of the super powers using our robot arms and alphabet mats to help us form our letters. Some of us are working hard to hear the initial sound in a word e.g. f for flying, s for strong. This something that you could work on with your children at home. 

in Maths we have been learning how to make patterns with objects and how to complete repeating patterns. In class we made patterns with coloured teddy bears, with playground objects and with each other. What other patterns can you make at home this weekend?

As we were learning about Super Powers this week, the children decided that they wanted to learn how to fly, and that's exactly what we have done. Take a look...

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Daniels and Miss Boardman x