Grange Valley Primary School & Nursery

Inspire to guide, challenge and achieve

Heyes Avenue, Haydock, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0XQ

grangevalley@sthelens.org.uk

01744 678300

welcome to Mr Ashton's reception blog

 

WC 5.2.18

 

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Rylee for a fantastic week in school and always staying on task.

Our Merit winners Jared, Lucas H and Harrison for always being kind and following the class charter.

Our Reader of the Week Lucas Pender for moving up to a higher book band.

Our Writer of the Week Maisy for a great improvement in writing using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

Our Maths Magician of the Week Jaxon for always taking part and understanding the concept of subtraction.

97.24% 

This week has been assessment for Reception. The children have been assessed in Maths and Literacy.  The children have been researching about Arctic animals and writing facts about them. They have also been practising writing and ordering numbers to 20, 2D/3D shapes and adding two numbers together.

As it is pancake day whilst we are on half-term, on Friday we made pancakes. The children were able to pick their own toppings from chocolate/strawberry sauce, strawberries and golden syrup. The children really enjoyed trying them.

Homework for over half term is a project for our Space topic. You can choose what you would like to make. There are lots of options such as a rocket, planet, alien etc. In the children's bags this week will be 3 learning stories. These are stories of different topics we have done this year so far (superheroes, Christmas and dinosaurs). This is a lovely way to show you what the children have been doing. They provide a brief outline of the topic covered, pictures for you to look at and links to the Development Matters outcomes. We would like you to fill in the back of the sheet with any opinions or comments that you would like to tell us. These will then go into the children's files. 

The children have been fantastic this half term. Have a lovely break and be safe everyone! :)

WC 29.1.18

 

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Sophie for writing brilliant sentences in provision.

Our Merit winners Tia, Lucas P and Kenzie for learning from their mistakes.

Our Reader of the Week Isaac for a fantastic improving when reading CVC words.

Our Writer of the Week Matthew for writing really improving his handwriting and practicing his writing at home.

Our Maths Magician of the Week Rylee 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. :)

29.1.18

School Trip to Liverpool World Museum!

The children had a fantastic time at the museum. They had the chance to explore 4 different floors including Aquarium, Egypt, Dinosaurs and Space floors. They were all so well behaved and were a credit to Grange Valley Primary School.

WC 22.1.18

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Jack for writing fantastic sentences about Harry and the dinosaurs.

Our Merit winners Isaac, Grace and Megan for knowing to ask for help when it is needed.

Our Reader of the Week Freddie for reading very fluently.

Our Writer of the Week Jared for writing CVC words independently.

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

98.8% 

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 Jayden for trying his best in Literacy and Maths

Our Merit winners Jaxon, Ben and Cooper for always trying to be the best that they can be.

Our Reader of the Week Caleb M for fantastic progress in reading.

Our Writer of the Week Phoebe for writing some brilliant labels and using adjectives.

Our Maths Magician of the Week Kenzie for knowing one more and one less of numbers to 20.

98.62% 

What an exciting week in Reception. Dinosaurs seems to be the childrens 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.

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

Have a lovely weekend :)

WC 8.1.18

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Caleb G for coming back to school very grown up after Christmas.

Our Merit winners Oliver, Grace and Alara for being able to explain what they would like to be better at.

Our Reader of the Week Harrison for fantastic sounding out and recognising tricky words.

Our Writer of the Week Sadie for doing lots of her own writing during 'Get Busy' time.

Our Maths Magician of the Week Tia for adding two groups together independently.

 

Attendance 96.12%

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.

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 Mr Ashton and Mrs Mather that Paddington loves eating marmalade sanwhiches. Later in the week the children made their own marmalade sandwhiches to try.

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! :)

WC 18.12.17

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Miley Brown for having a brillaint week and writing a fantastic sentence about her trip to Imagine That.

Our Merit award winners Jack, Matthew and Tia for staying calm even when they can be fustrated.

Last Thursday the Children got to meet Father Christmas before our Christmas party. 

 

The children also had a fantastic time at Heyeswood Retirement Home on Friday. They sang their nativity songs and got to meet some of the residents. It was lovely to see the children confident to go off and meet people that they had never met before.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I cannot believe how fast this term has gone. This week we have been getting ready for Christmas in Reception by finishing off Christmas crafts and finishing out writing about our trip to Imagine That. 

All the Reception staff would like to say a huge thank you for all of your support, help and patience throughout the year. We would also like to thank you for your generosity with all of the 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...

Our Star of the Week Oliver Edwards for performing two different roles in the Christmas Nativity and doing brilliant.

Our Merit winners Caleb G, Isaac and Theo for making the right decisions when annoyed.

Our Reader of the Week Cooper for reading sentences fluently.

Our Writer of the Week Miley for writing her own sentence during 'Get Busy' time.

Our Maths Magician of the Week Megan for fantastic counting and number writing to 20.

 

Attendance 95.86%

 

It has been such a busy week in Reception and we have really been getting into the Christmas spirit. It has been fantastic to see how much the children and the staff have enjoyed all of the activities this week. In Literacy we have been writing about our favourite part of the trip. This will also carry over into next week. In Maths we have been practising counting, ordering and writing numbers to 20. 

As you know it has been a brilliant week! The children have performed their nativity, been on their trip to Imagine That, had their Christmas Party and sang for the residents of Heyeswood resedential home. For the staff it has been an amazing week to enjoy with the children and see them having so much fun with so much sense of achievement. It is clear the children have also had so much fun! The pictures definately show how much the staff and children have enjoyed this week. As there are so many pictures I have only selected a couple from the party but the Imagine that pictures are below on a separate post!

As next week is a short week their is no homework. We will be giving homework out next Wednesday for the Christmas period. If you would like to do some extra work with your child over the weekend then Education City is a brilliant website to use. Have a lovely weekend and thank you so much for all your help this week with costumes, food etc. We really do appreciate it :)

Imagine That Trip - 13.12.17

WC 4.12.17

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Kenzie Ikin for really growing up and being very mature.

Our Merit winners Grace, Alara and Megan for always being good friends.

Our Reader of the Week Sadie for learning her sounds and doing lots of reading at home.

Our Writer of the Week Isaac Allen for writing some brilliant letters to Santa and his elves in his 'Get Busy' time.

Our Maths Magician of the Week Freddie Lunn for creating a wonder 2D shape pattern.

 

Attendance 97.93%

In Literacy this week the children have been getting to know our classroom elf 'Eddie'. We have looked at pictures of what Eddie has been up to while we are not in class. The children have then described what is happening within the pictures using words and sentences. In Maths we have been making patterns using 2D shapes. The children have created their own patterns using presents that are different 2D shapes. They really enjoyed creating their own patters using presents.

We have been very arts and craft this week in Reception. The children have made Christmas cards and calenders for the New Year.

We also had our fantastic trip to church! It was a lovely experience and the children behaved so well! They split into two groups while at church. One group did arts and crafts and the other group learnt about the Christmas story then they swapped over. I would like to say a huge thank you to Christ Church for allowing us to visit and all of the people who made the childrens experience so wonderful!

The children also had their Christmas dinner in school on Friday. It was a lovely occasion as you can see by some of the pictures :)

Homework this week involves labelling pictures or writing sentences about a picture. Please encourage your child to listen for as many sounds as possible when writing words. 

Next week is a very busy week. It is our nativity service on Monday and Tuesday morning at 9:30. The children are so excited to perform. We also have our trip to Imagine That on Wednesday. Then it is the Christmas party and non uniform day on Friday. Busy, busy, busy. Have a lovely weekend :)

WC 27.11.17

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Lucas Pender for setting a brilliant example.

Our Merit winners Kenzie Ikin, Jayden Sheridan and Harrison Hartley for always involving everybody in their play. 

Our Reader of the Week Lucas for using his robot arms to sound out words.

Our Writer of the Week Maisy Storey for a fantastic letter to Santa.

Our Maths Magician of the Week Caleb Gorringe for recognising 3D shapes.

 

Attendance 92.68%

This week in Literacy we have been writing our letters to Santa. The children have really enjoyed talking about what they would like for Christmas and writing a list to Santa. In Maths the children have been introduced 3D shapes for the first time. We have looked at cubes, cylinders, cuboids, spheres and pyramids. We have been recognising shapes and finding objects related to the correct 3D shapes. 

It has been a very busy week in Reception. The children have been creating Christmas decorations for church and also decorations for the Christmas bingo and enterprise sale. We made salt dough stars and cinnamon christmas trees.  We had a fantastic surprise on Thursday and was able to watch the Robin Hood pantomime. The children loved it and could not take their eyes off it. I know some of you have been told the story at home :). They also decorated our class Christmas tree! 

The children are so excited to have met our classroom elf. Eddie the elf has left his elf door in our reading corner and is watching us to see if we have been good. He has been leaving special presents and taking children's amazing work to have a look at!

Homework is looking at 3D shapes.

The children will be going to church on Monday morning and will be back at school for dinner.

Could you please bring Nativity costumes in for Monday. More information is on the letter.

WC 20.11.17

 

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Rylee Troilett-Travis for having lovely manners in class.

Our Merit winners Ben Burrows, Charlotte Rose and Zack Dealing for always telling the truth even when it is hard. 

Our Reader of the Week Alara for trying really hard with her blending.

Our Writer of the Week Grace for using her robot arms to sound out words.

Our Maths Magician of the Week  Tia Brown for recognising different coins and using it to by toys from our toy shop.

 

Attendance 89.66%

 

This week we have been looking at old and new toys. The children have enjoyed looking at toys they play with now and toys that their Mum and Dad played with, some similar and some very different to their surprise. In Literacy the children focused on sounding out the names of different toys and writing about the materials that the toys are made of.  In Maths the children have looked at money for the first time. We looked at recognising different coins up to £2 and using our own toy shop to buy different toys. 

The children have loved having a new toy shop in their role play area. They used different coins to buy different toys within the role play area. The children have also enjoyed using the magazines and creative area to find toys that they enjoy using or making their own toy that they would like to play with.

In the children's bags today there is a newsletter, literacy homework and a sheet with the characters from the Oxford Tree reading books (Biff, Chip and Kipper). Could you please practice the names of these characters with the children for when they are reading their books.

IMPORTANT NOTICE- Trip money for 'Imagine That' on the 13th of December needs to be paid by Friday 1st of December!!

Have a lovely weekend :)

WC 13.11.17

 

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Phoebe Lomas for setting a good example.

Our Merit winners Jack Dean, Lucas Pender, Jaxon Kay for making everyone feel welcome and being kind. 

Our Reader of the Week Maisy for continuing to show a real appetite for reading her books.

Our Writer of the Week Oliver for showing a real interest in writing.

Our Maths Magician of the Week  Charlotte for adding two groups together.

 

Attendance 93. 79%

This week our theme has been the Rainbow Fish. The children love this story and it focuses on being kind to other people.

In Literacy we have been describing the rainbow fish and writing sentences about our favourite part of the story.

In Maths we have moved onto adding two groups together. This is a big step up for the children and they have been brilliant! We have looked at the add and equals symbols. Homework will focus on adding two groups together and using the correct numbers.

The children have been making their own Rainbow Fish in different parts of the classroom. They have been using the playdough, paints and CD's covering in glitter, googly eyes and sequins. They are now on display in the classroom and the children love looking at their sparkly work.

Have a lovely weekend. Homework is adding two groups :)

WC 6.11.17

 

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Freddie Lunn for settling into our Reception class perfectly.

Our Merit winners Kenzie, Jared and Harrison for always respecting co-operating with adults and their friends. 

Our Reader of the Week Caleb Maleedy for using his robot arms to sound out words.

Our Writer of the Week Matthew for writing a brilliant sentence about Guy Fawkes.

Our Maths Magician of the Week  Jayden for ordering objects by their size.

 

Attendance 96.53%

This week our theme has been about Bonfire night and Guy Fawkes.

In Literacy we have looked at the story of Guy Fawkes. The children acted out the story of Guy Fawkes using role play masks. They also wrote about the characters and their favourite part of the story.

This week in Maths we have focused on ordering objects in terms of size and measured different objects using cubes.

This week the children have made a new display in our classroom. They made firework pictures using paint and straws, then they wrote some words relating to noises that a firework makes.  They had lots of fun making the pictures and they look fantastic on our display.

Have a lovely weekend! Next week is parents evening on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. A sheet has been sent home with your times on. We have tried to make it as close to the time you asked for as possible, particularly if you are coming to see more than one teacher. If you have any problems then feel free to Dojo or speak to me on Monday. Thank you :)

WC 3.11.17

 

Welcome back! It has been a great first week of the Autumn 2 term.

 

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Caleb Maleedy for being very grown up and setting a good example.

Our Merit winners Cooper, Oliver and Sophie for always respecting adults and being polite. 

Our Reader of the Week Alara for really enjoying her reading and talking about the story.

Our Writer of the Week Jaxon for brilliant segmenting when writing a list of ingredients for our potions.

Our Maths Magician of the Week Rylee for recognising and writing his numbers correctly.

 

Attendance 96.79%

This week our theme has been spooky stuff.

In Literacy we have looked at the story of Room on the Broom and wrote rhyming potions for Winnie the Witch. This involved the children segmenting words using their robot arms.

This week in Maths we have looked at counting, recognising and writing numbers between 0 and 20. The children have been counting different objects and then practicing writing their numbers correctly.

This week the children have been doing fun activities such as carving pumpkins, decorating shoe boxes and of course we had our brilliant ugly bug disco on Friday afternoon. The children really enjoyed partying in school with their friends. They were also performed brilliantly in their phonics assembly and I hope it was very useful for you to come and watch.

Thank you for your support and have a lovely weekend.

WC 2.10.17

 

Welcome to our class blog!

 

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Oliver Edwards for always doing the right thing.

Our Merit winners Matthew, Maisy and Jack for talking about the world around us. 

Our Reader of the Week Rylee for recognising his letters.

Our Writer of the Week Tia for forming her letters correctly.

Our Maths Magician of the Week Ben Burrows for recognising all of his numbers to 20.

 

Attendance 90%

This week in Literacy we have been practising listening and writing different sounds. We used our autumn topic to focus on the different autumn objects that we may see in autumn. The children used different strategies to practice their letter formation and listen to the different sounds in the words. We have been focusing on using robot arms to help us sound out words.

This week in Maths we have looked at counting, recognising and writing numbers between 0 and 20. The children have used autumn objects that we have collected to practice their counting. They have also drawn autumn objects and wrote the correct number next to them.

This week the children really enjoyed going down the lane on an autumn walk. We looked at all of the different things that we may see in autumn. We collected some leaves, conkers, acrons and pine cones so that we could use them in class.

Thank you very much to the people who also brought in autumn objects. This week we have used them to explore and for counting!

It is great to see the children coming out of their shells now that they are settling into Reception!

I hope you have enjoyed reading our first class blog. Have a lovely weekend!

WC 9.10.17

 

Welcome to our class blog!

 

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Jack Dean for independently completing his work.

Our Merit winners Charlotte, Zack and Grace for being brave and overcoming fears. 

Our Reader of the Week Alara for using their robot arms brilliantly to blend and segment words.

Our Writer of the Week Miley for thinking of and writing different rhyming words.

Our Maths Magician of the Week Jayden for recognising 2D shapes and their properties.

 

Attendence 94.46%

Our theme this week has been Harvest. 

This week in Literacy we have focused on the story of The Little Red Hen. The children loved reading this story. We looked at sounding out CVC words within the story such as the characters names and also looked at rhyming words. The children came up with lots of words rhyming with hen. We also practised ordering the story correctly.

The children have continued to practice writing their names every morning when they come into school. They are making real improvements and it is brilliant to see. 

This week in Maths we have focused on 2D shapes. The children looked at recognising different 2D shapes and the properties that they have. They really enjoyed going on a shape hunt around school and making diferent objects out of shapes. They made cars, tractors, trains, houses and fairies.

With the brilliant help of Miss Welding the children also made Receptions own combine harvester!

As our theme was harvest festival the children got the chance to make bread. They really enjoyed looking at the ingredients, stirring the mixture, needing the bread and finally getting to eat it. They were very good at remembering what ingredients we needed to make bread.

I hope you have enjoyed reading our first class blog. Have a lovely weekend!

 

Mr Ashton and Mrs Mather

WC 16.10.17

 

We cannot believe it is the end of the first term. The children have progressed so much personally and academically. We are so proud of them!

 

Well done to...

Our Star of the Week Theo Wilkie for having a fantastic week and listening very well.

Our Merit winners Sadie, Caleb Gorringe and Isaac for talking about the world around us. 

Our Reader of the Week Jaxon for taking a great interest in books whilst at the library.

Our Writer of the Week Jared for forming all of the letters in his name correctly.

Our Maths Magician of the Week Megan for finding one more and one less for numbers to 20.

 

Attendance 95.36%

This week we have been looking at the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

In Literacy we have read the story and focused on how to make porridge just like the three bears.  We looked at writing a list of ingredients for making porridge and made a set of instructions to tell Mr Ashton how to make porridge at home. We practised hearing initial sounds, sounding out words and blending words so that we can write words. We also made our own porridge so that the children could practise using a microwave and making their own food :).

This week in Maths we have focused on one more and one less. The children have played different games to practise finding one more and one less for numbers from 0-20.

The children have also continued to practice writing their names. They are making great improvements.

We have had a very exciting week in Reception. On Tuesday we made porridge like the three bears and added our own topping. On Wednesday we went on a brilliant trip to the library. The children were very excited and brillaintly behaved whilst walking to the library and inside the library. They listened to a story and also looked at the books that the library had to offer. The library service also kindly gave each child a copy of the book that we read.  

The homework over half term will be on Education City. When you log onto Education City you will be able to see the activities that you need to complete. If you have any problems then please Dojo me. If you have any spare time and want to do any other activities with your child then name writing, counting to 20 and learning the sounds/letters of the alphabet are some activities that will be very beneficial. 

 

I have had a brilliant first half term. Thank you for all of your support and I hope you all have a fantastic week off! :)