Welcome to Class Reception
Our teacher is Mrs Hope and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Butterworth and Mrs Blake
Over the past days and weeks, the children in Class Reception have continued on their exciting learning adventure. They became fantastic explorers during our ‘Amazing Adventures’ topic. Everyone brought in photographs of places around the world that they, or their family members, had visited. The explorers really enjoyed finding out about all the different places including France, Spain, Papua New Guinea and Australia. As part of this topic, Class Reception took part in a trip to Manchester Airport Runway Visitors Centre. During the day, the children were able to see Concorde and learn about why it is a special aircraft; find out about different jobs at the airport and see real aircraft taking off and landing. Back in class, the children were able to role-play the jobs and happenings that they had learnt about during the visit, just like real airport employees. They particularly enjoyed taking part in our International Day, for which they came to school dressed in their holiday clothes, with their luggage and took part in a pretend flight to New York City to experience an International Food Market.
Class Reception have now embarked on a new topic entitled ‘Super Scientists’. Already, the mini scientist have been finding out about the world around them. They have taken part in mini-beast hunts; made observations of tadpoles and stick insects; learnt about recycling and recycled many of their own house hold objects with great enthusiasm! To enhance this topic, the Super Scientists had the opportunity to visit Eureka Children’s Science Museum. During the visit, the children particularly enjoyed the ‘All About Me’ exhibition, where they were able to find out about what their bodies consist of, and how babies grow.
The Class Reception team were also involved in an exciting project last term. The project was called ‘Step with Boys’ and was run by Lancashire County Council. The aim of the ‘Step with Boys’ project was to help Early Years staff to find new and interesting ways to engage boys in learning. As part of the project, enhancements were made to the teaching and learning taking place in Class Reception, including the creation of role play areas based on the interests of the boys in the class; introducing more male role models to the children; providing more physical and competitive opportunities for boys and introducing our Characteristics of Effective Learning Dinosaurs. These dinosaurs have had an amazing impact on the way that all children, boys and girls, in the Reception class approach their learning. Everybody wants to be a Tryotops, Pretendosaurus or Thinkosaurus! The school was presented with the ‘Step with Boys’ quality mark in April after meeting and exceeding the requirements of the project. Edenfield Primary School now holds both a quality mark for ‘Step with Boys’ and a quality mark for ‘Step Outside’, which was achieved last year. Moving forward will continue to strive to provide engaging and motivating learning opportunities for the children in our care.
I am pleased to report that all the children have settled into life in Class Reception with enthusiasm. They have listened carefully during ‘Carpet Time’ and played co-operatively with all of their new friends. Mrs Butterworth and I have been extremely impressed with their super knowledge on a range of subjects from mathematics, to monsters, baking and superheroes! We simply can’t wait for next week’s hot topics!
On Tuesday, The children took part in a ‘Classroom Hunt’ that involved seeking out different learning areas and finding out how these can be used.
They enjoyed listening to a story about ‘The Meanies’ who went to school and made a big mess! The boys and girls agreed that they would not be like ‘The Meanies’ and would keep their classroom tidy!
Everybody has been working very hard to write their name for our ‘Writing Wall’. All the children were able to find their special name card and hold their pencil carefully to attempt to write their name. All the grown-ups were very impressed!
We have shared a variety of stories over the course of the week, including ‘Cave Baby’, ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School’ and ‘Owl Babies’. We discussed how in the Owl Babies story, Mummy Owl went away hunting, but came back just like the grown-ups who had dropped them off at school.
During ‘Activity Time’ this week, everyone has made a fantastic ‘Super Hero’ mask to wear in our ‘Super Hero Den’. The children enjoyed selecting art resources to make an original design. They all did a great job and there have been sightings of many mask wearing super heroes saving the day all over Class Reception!
Children are expected to play outside during playtimes and lunch times. Sometimes the weather can deteriorate over the course of a morning and so children need to bring a coat to school each day, regardless of the weather!
Please ensure that all items of clothing that your child brings to school are clearly labelled. During their time in Class Reception, your child will be participating in outdoor play all year round. As mentioned earlier in the week, to participate in all outdoor activities, your child will need to have wellies and waterproofs (separate to their school coat) in school. The waterproofs can either be a jacket and waterproof trousers or a full body waterproof suit. Any spare socks would also be appreciated for our special sock box. Children sometimes get wet feet even when wearing their wellies and a pair of dry socks makes their little feet feel much better! Thank you for all the waterproofs and wellies that have already arrived in school.
We will be running an ‘Open Classroom’ system until half term. If you wish to engage in activities with your child during the fifteen minutes before the start of the school day, please feel free to enter the classroom through the conservatory doors at quarter to nine when the gate is unlocked. Please note that the ‘Open Classroom’ sessions are provided for you to access the learning environment with your child. For safety reasons, all adults are asked to remain with their children until the bell is rung at nine o’ clock. If you do not wish to use the ‘Open Classroom’ facility, please accompany your child to the top yard where they will line up and come into school at nine o’clock.
The children have access to drinking water throughout the day and are provided with fruit in addition to their lunch time meal. Please do not send any extra drinks or snacks into school as these often cause upset between children and can easily be misplaced.
Your child should have brought home their ‘Learning Diary’. This is a special book that you can use to help you keep up to date with what your child is learning at school. Please feel free to add activities that you have undertaken at home to the diary. As we finish assessing the children, we will write targets in the back of their ‘Learning Diary’ so that you and the practitioners in school are aware of your child’s next steps. Learning diaries should be brought to school each day so that information and activities can be added where appropriate.
I have also sent home some special ‘Wow’ Super Heroes. Please use these to share anything that your child has achieved at home. It might be that they have tidied up their bedroom or done some super swimming. Please cut out the ‘Hero’ and write your child’s name with their achievement onto the front of it so that we can celebrate their achievement during our ‘Chatter Time’ sessions.
Next week, your child will receive their first reading book. Initially, every child will be given a book with no words. This is to assess how well the children are able to use their communication and language skills to tell a story.
If you have any questions or worries about any of the above, please do not hesitate to ask. There is a lot to take in during the first few weeks at school!