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Welcome to Reception! 

Croeso i’r Dosbarth Derbyn!

Spring Term!

Our topic this term is: 'Why don't snakes have legs?'

 

Why don't snakes have legs? Why do chameleons change colour? Explore these questions and more in this project about reptiles, their characteristics and habitats.

 

This term we will be exploring:

Reptiles and their habitats

How to care for reptiles

Reptile patterns and camouflage

Body parts and special features

How reptiles reproduce

Food chains

 

Our current RE topic is: Celebrations

 

Reading Books: Please remember to bring your reading book and reading diary in on your allocated day. A polite reminder that all homework is to be completed by your child.

 

P.E. : P.E. kits need to be worn to school every Monday.

Outdoor Learning: Please remember to bring wellies and a waterproof coat in every Wednesday. (weather permitted)

 

Homework: Please see the attached takeaway homework sheet. These activities are to be completed by the dates shown. A polite reminder that all homework is to be completed by your child.

 

Important Dates:

Outdoor Learning Trip: 5th February

Parents Evening: 18th and 19th February

 

What a busy start to the New Year! In maths we have been counting in 1's, 2's and 10's, exploring teen numbers, learning to recognise and identify odd and even numbers and using our data skills to create bar graphs and tally charts. We have also enjoyed taking part in our weekly Big Maths activities and challenges! In Language and Literacy we have been learning to compose and dictate sentences, write descriptive and silly sentences and write captions and labels for different reptiles. We have also enjoyed working independently to identify and sort different sounds in words. This has helped both our phonic recognition and promote independence.

 

When Santa came to Reception 🎅🏽

Guess who's back....

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Santa came by Reception class with a visitor this week, Can you guess who?

The Gingerbread Man 

 

This week we had a VIP arrival in Reception class! We found large snowy footprints by the front door, we followed them into class and there he was, just where Santa said he would be, up on the projector, IT'S BUDDY! (check out Buddy's Adventures in the video above) and oh what fun we've had together so far! 

 

A big week in RE this week, as we visited our big question which Evan kindly helped us investigate but celebrating his 5th birthday all together! Penblwydd Hapus Evan! (Watch Evan's birthday celebration below!) We also lit the first advent candle this week, the candle of hope, in our Advent assembly led by Mrs Taylor.

 

Developing our writing and formation skills by exploring and investigating different materials to help strengthen our fine manipulative skills, we've especially loved forming letters and numbers in glitter and foam! 

 

We are still doing lots of recap work on number, phonics, recognition and writing and would appreciate if you could continue this at home! Jolly Phonics: https://youtu.be/ei0iFs5uF6w

 

When buddy arrived this week, he brought gingerbread men with him so that we could carry out our Science investigation where we looked at whether the gingerbread man would sink or float and what would happen to him if he was left in water for a long period of time! We came up with an brilliant vocabulary of words such as dissolved, soggy, crumble and disappear! 

 

​​​​​​​Its almost performance time, so don't forget to get your ticket slips into us as soon as possible and please could all costumes be in school ready for our dress rehearsal on Monday 10th December! 

 

A polite reminder regarding reading/phonic books, please encourage your child to complete the phonic writing activities independently and in pencil as this supports us and their learning in the classroom and also that the children bring reading books to school on the allocated day so that each child has the opportunity to read. 

 

Don't forget you can follow us on twitter for daily insights of the classroom @stmichaelswales

 

Enjoy your weekend! 

Miss Vile and Ms Davies 

 

THE BIG QUESTION!

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We celebrated Evan's birthday as a class as part of our 'Big Question!' in RE! Penblwydd Hapus Evan!

Little Red Riding Hood

 

Things are starting to look a little festive in Reception! The 3 Bears have decorated their cottage ready for Christmas and we having been preparing for the beginning of advent by dressing our altar and making green glitter handprints to represent holly on our class wreath!

 

We recaped the story of Little Red Riding Hood and explored the use of speech marks. We recalled speech from the story and wrote our own speech bubbles for Grandma, Red and the Big Bad Wolf! To introduce our new fairytale, We built a gingerbread house together for the gingerbread man and decorated it with lots of icing and sweets! 

 

Money, Money, Money in maths this week! we've been looking at using and the value of 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2! Can you use these coins at home and when you go shopping? we'd love to see lots of pictures of you independently spending! 

 

We are still working on our number and phonic recognition, if you could continue  do this at home that would be great! Here are the resources we have been using within the classroom to make our learning fun! 

 

Counting to 20: https://youtu.be/_MVzXKfr6e8     Jolly Phonics: https://youtu.be/ei0iFs5uF6w

 

We have also started practising songs for our Christmas performance, so be ready for lots of singing and you may even hear a tune or two that you recognise! 

 

Big thanks to Ms Davies and Mrs Raven-Gregg this week as we celebrated 'Stars in our School'! We can't thank you enough for all the wonderful things you do in our classroom!

 

A polite reminder regarding reading/phonic books, please encourage your child to complete the phonic writing activities independently and in pencil as this supports us and their learning in the classroom and also that the children bring reading books to school on the allocated day so that each child has the opportunity to read. 

 

Don't forget you can follow us on twitter for daily insights of the classroom @stmichaelswales

 

Enjoy your weekend! 

Miss Vile and Ms Davies 

 

 

Jack and the Beanstalk!

What a very busy week indeed, so busy that we accidentally left magic beans out in the classroom and now we've got a huge beanstalk right outside the 3 bears cottage!

 

Carrying on our topic of fairytales, We've been looking at heroes and villains! 

We sorted 'Goodies' and 'Baddies' and we quickly found out that some people, like Little Red Riding Hood aren't always as good as we think!

 

It was 2D Shape week in Maths and in our groups we went off exploring the school for 2D shapes in things we use everyday! (Don't forget to check our video out!) We chalked shapes outside, made shapes from materials in class and even matched shapes!

 

We have also been working on our team work and turn taking skills by playing lots of fairytale board games before play!

 

We are still working on our number and phonic recognition, if you could continue  do this at home that would be great! Here are the resources we have been using within the classroom to make our learning fun! 

 

Counting to 20: https://youtu.be/_MVzXKfr6e8     Jolly Phonics: https://youtu.be/ei0iFs5uF6w

 

A polite reminder regarding reading/phonic books, please encourage your child to complete the phonic writing activities independently and in pencil as this supports us and their learning in the classroom and also that the children bring reading books to school on the allocated day so that each child has the opportunity to read. 

 

Don't forget you can follow us on twitter for daily insights of the classroom @stmichaelswales

 

Enjoy your weekend! 

Miss Vile and Ms Davies 

 

Vision Week

 

What a fun filled (but very busy) week we've had in Reception. This week has been all about our vision, FAITH ACTION SUCCESS and trying our best to fulfill the values of the Jesuit profile. This terms values are: Faith-filled and Hopeful.

 

We started off the week with the baptism of Baby Sarah (see video below) where we talked about all the special things we would need for a baptism and the important people that are involved.

 

In Maths, we counted numbers and objects to 10 and 20 and have also began to investigate single digit addition sums. For our Language, we have been completing over/under writing activities to help us build the confidence to start writing independently. We have also been doing a lot of work on both number and phonic recognition, if you could also do this at home that would be great! These are the resources we have been using within the classroom to make our learning fun! 

 

Counting to 20: https://youtu.be/_MVzXKfr6e8     Jolly Phonics: https://youtu.be/ei0iFs5uF6w

 

For vision week, we talked about what made us faith-filled and hopeful (see video below) and wrote our ideas onto leaves to hang on our new classroom Jesuit tree. We made flags to support our FAITH ACTION SUCCESS vision and wrote our own class prayer, we hope to see you at our assembly Monday. We looked at the importance of our hands whilst praying and what each finger means using the '5 finger prayer'.

 

This week was also anti-bullying week and we decided that 'Don't be a bully, Be a friend' would be our class motto after hearing the stories of Snappy the Shark and Horrid Henry. We talked about our feelings, how we would feel if we were not kind to our friends or if our how our friends were not kind to us. 

 

We have also started learning our songs for this years Foundation Phase Christmas concert on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th December at 1:30. (Ticket information and allocation to follow) So be prepared for lots and lots of singing when the children get home from school each day!

 

FINALLY, a day of celebrations to end the week starting with Mickey's 90th Anniversary where we made our own Oreo Mickey Mouse and looked at vintage Steamboat Willie cartoons. We celebrated Children in Need by wearing our spots and wacky hairstyles. We decorated Pudsey biscuits and looked at how we can make a difference, Diolch yn fawr iawn for your very generous donations today! We ended the day celebrating vision week at St Dyfrigs with a lovely service by Father Allan and Mrs Williams and singing our new school anthem (check us out on youtube: https://youtu.be/82XcRE0l9dg)

 

A polite reminder regarding reading/phonic books, please encourage your child to complete the phonic writing activities independently and in pencil as this supports us and their learning in the classroom and also that the children bring reading books to school on the allocated day so that each child has the opportunity to read. 

 

Don't forget you can follow us on twitter for daily insights of the classroom @stmichaelswales

 

Enjoy your weekend! 

Miss Vile and Ms Davies 

 

 

 

 

 

Vision Week

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Using the Jesuit profile, Reception have been learning about this terms values and how we can be faith-filled and hopeful.

The Baptism of Baby Sarah

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Reception baptised baby Sarah this week and what a beautiful service and celebration it was!

Goldilocks and The 3 Bears 🧸

What very busy week we’ve had in Reception! 

 

We’ve made a great start to our new topic by reading our first fairytale, Goldilocks and The 3 Bears. We’ve visited the 3 Bears cottage, made porridge and made our own story maps! 

 

In Maths we’ve been looking at non-standard measure by measuring beanstalks, the 3 Bears and Goldilocks with a variety of resources such as multilink, paper clips and coins. We have also started looking at capacity by describing cups of water with words such as ‘full’ and ‘empty’.

 

We made Poppies for our whole school display and altar to remember those who  fought during the war and keep them in our prayers this Sunday, for Rememberance Day. 

 

We’ve loved seeing some of your fairytale coat of arms this week that we sent home for half term homework, still a few more missing so get them in as soon as you can! 

 

Have a lovely weekend, see you Monday for another fairytale adventure! 

 

Miss Vile and Miss Davies 

 

 

 

 

Reception’s Porridge Tutorial!

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READY! STEADY! COOK!

If you need a porridge recipe tutorial.. Reception have just the one for you!

We’ve been making porridge and adding voice clips to ICT work! 🥣

Bon Appetite! 🤤

Welcome Back!

 

We can’t wait to see you all tomorrow and catch up on what you have been doing over half term! We hope you’ve had a fun filled week! 

 

We’ve been really busy getting ready for our next topic ‘Will you read me a story?’

where we will be reading lots of fairytales and investigating characters.

 

Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad? How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat? Hopefully we’ll find out! 

 

See you bright and early! 

 

Miss Vile & Ms Davies  

WOW! What a busy first half term in Reception!

 

It’s been lovely getting to know you all and we know that we’re going to have lots of fun! 

 

We started our new topic ‘Do you want to be my friend?’ way back in September where we talked about getting to know ourselves and our peers, helping one another and being kind! We especially enjoyed making friendship soup in ‘The Friendship Cafe’ role play!

 

We loved our trip to build a bear and we’re so pleased to welcome our new classroom friends Mike and Ali! (not forgetting little Barnum Bear)

 

We’ve investigated, decorated, explored and learnt lots of new things this term and we can’t wait to start our new topic all about fairytales after the half term! 

 

Dont forget to follow us on Twitter @stmichaelswales for daily updates and a look into the classroom! 

 

Enjoy your well earned rest and we’ll see you back at school on Monday 5th November 2018! 

 

Miss Vile & Ms Davies 

 

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Week beginning 2nd July

 

This week we have been learning about Fair Trade by designing posters and adding the Fair Trade logo whilst talking about the importance of fairness for all. The children particularly enjoyed singing along to our Fair Trade song and listening to our Fair Trade story with Freddy and Flora. What Fair Trade things can you see? Take a look the next time you go shopping and keep your eyes peeled for the Fair Trade logo! The children also enjoyed taking part in this year's sports day event and were particularly pleased to see so many friends and family there to cheer them on during the big day. A huge thank you to you all for all your support. A reminder that all reading books can be returned to school next week also please, much appreciated. Have a lovely weekend all - enjoy the sunshine! 

 

 

Week Beginning June 25th

This week in Reception we have been writing labels for our seaside pictures and talking about our favourite memories from the past year. We have also welcomed a new little girl into our class called Elizabeth, the children were all fascinated to learn that Elizabeth has come all the way from Hong Kong! As part of our maths work this week we have been learning to weigh using a balance scales and non-standard units. The children all enjoyed making estimations and using the balance scales to investigate which object from our rockpool was the heaviest and lightest. We have also been busy practising all of our races in preparation for Sports Day next week! Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine Reception!

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