We have great fun in Reception and there are lots of different activities to help us with our learning. We run our Foundation Stage as a unit so all children have access to all areas of our provision throughout the day. This means that even though we have our own class teacher and key person, all the children have opportunities to work with both teachers and teaching assistants. Our day begins with Early Doors at 8.45am: children are welcome to arrive anytime between 8.45am and 8.55am. Then we are ready to learn our Letters and Sounds. Each day we learn a new letter or sound. After this we have some time to choose our own activities or we work with an adult. At this time we also set up our outdoor area activities so that we can play inside or out, hail, rain or snow! Before playtime we sit down for snack and milk. We have a healthy snack each day except on Friday's when we have a treat.
After playtime we take part in Maths activities, which can involve counting, singing, shape games, ICT, water play, sand play and lots of measuring. We like to learn through fun, practical games and activities. Lunchtime starts at 11.45am. For the Autumn term we go into the hall fifteen minutes before the other children so we can get settled. Most of us have hot dinners and some children bring in a packed lunch.
At 1.15pm we go back into class for the afternoon session. Each day we do different things. Sometimes it's linked to our topic, sometimes it's P.E. or Show and Tell or Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Circle Time Games). We have a piece of fruit each afternoon as part of the free fruit scheme Healthy Schools Government initiative.
Each day we take part in Collective Worship and enjoy learning about Jesus through our Come and See topic. We say prayers in the morning, before and after lunch and before hometime.
Before hometime, we like to finish our day with a story or song and then we are ready to go home at 3.30pm.
Class Teachers - Mrs Shirley and Mrs Palmen
Teaching Assistants - Miss Mullan and Mrs White
Music and Movement
We have been lucky enough to have Mrs Murphy come and visit us on Wednesday afternoons to teach us some new songs and dance moves. We have loved clapping out rhythms, moving our bodies like different animals and singing on our own to the rest of the class.
We had a brilliant time on our first school trip to Imagine That in Liverpool. We made slime, dressed up, had fun doing experiments with Professor Patrick and really enjoyed exploring the science and role play activities.
Chinese New Year
We have been engaging in lots of Chinese New Year related activities this week to celebrate the 'Year of the Dog' including lantern and cat model making as well as colouring our own Chinese masks. We finished the week by getting together with RH and enjoying our very own Chinese feast of noodles, spring rolls and prawn crackers.
ICT in the Classroom
This week we have been playing with some of our ICT resources including the Bee Bots. The children have enjoyed programming a desired route and watching their journey across a map or classroom. By using the Bee Bots the children have consolidated their learning on directional and positional language as well as familiarise themselves with technology within the school.
We have begun rehearsing for our Reception Christmas Nativity. The children are really enjoying learning the songs and actions. We can't wait for you all to see it in December!
Learning through Play
Through play-based activities the children are learning lots of new skills, both in their academic development but also their personal, social and emotional development. These vital attributes include sharing, problem-solving and how to build positive relationships with adults and children. It is lovely to see how the children have progressed in all areas of learning since beginning school in September.
We love seeing our buddies at lunchtime and in assemblies. Sometimes they come for a special visit to the classroom to play with us or hand us letters and gifts they have made.