We have great fun in Reception and there are lots of different activities to help us with our learning. 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 1pm we go back into class for the afternoon session. Each day we do different things. Sometimes it's linked to our Come and See topic, sometimes it's Show and Tell, Music 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 a song and then we are ready to go home at 3.20pm.
We had a wonderful time today at Imagine That!. We made slime, magnets and bath bombs as well as enjoying a whole range of science and role play activities. The children behaved beautifully and were a credit to our school. We are very proud of them and so pleased they had such fun.
Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly
As part of our whole school SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and cultural) week we read the book Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly by Sue Heap and Nick Sharratt. We had some lovely discussions about our individual likes and how wonderful it is that we are all different. We made jelly as a treat and enjoyed this as our snack on Thursday. We also had an assembly in which some of the children stood up and shared their writing with the whole school!
Eye Spy Christmas
We hope you all enjoyed our Christmas Nativity. The children have worked incredibly hard on learning their songs, lines and dance moves. We are now, well and truly, in the festive spirit and for the last couple of weeks of term we will be getting ready for Christmas - writing our Christmas lists, making Christmas cards and painting decorations. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Visiting St Patrick's Church
We had a lovely morning visiting St Patrick's Church for the first time. We got to meet Father John and he answered lots of our questions. He even played us a song on the guitar. We looked closely at the features of the Church including the font, the stained-glass windows and the pews. We are looking forward to attending Church again soon with the rest of the school.
Autumn Leaves are Falling
The sun has disappeared but we've still been having lots of fun spotting signs of Autumn around school. Last week we practised our cutting skills by making our own Autumn tree collages. It was wonderful speaking to the children during this activity - hearing all of the wonderful information they know about the world around us.
We have had a fantastic first couple of weeks settling in to Reception. The children have been making friends and building relationships with each other and their teachers. We have had lots of fun taking part in practical activities including counting games, phonic songs, and outdoor play. We are so proud of the amazing start our children have made at St Patrick's School and we are looking forward to seeing the progress they will make over the coming year.