Reception

Welcome back! We hope you all enjoyed a lovely break and relaxing start to 2020. Term Three is already here and we have lots of exciting learning to start immediately! 

This week, the children will be performing their postponed Nativity in the school hall 10 am Thursday 9th. Please come along and support them, they’ve been working hard to perfect their performance in December and January. We are also starting PE in the school hall this term so please ensure children have their PE kit in school at all times just in case the day changes or we do extra PE. Our school PE kit consists of a white t-shirt, black shorts and black daps or plimsoles. Any questions, please come and see us at the end of the school day.

Our enquiry question this term is “ What is under the sea?” . If you have any non fiction or fiction books at home based on our enquiry question we would love to read them. Or you could come and read them to us! We shall be updating the website regularly so keep an eye out for pictures of our new learning . 

Online diary

You should all now be accessing your children’s learning diaries online. If not, please see one of us and we can solve the problem for you. We will be sharing the journals with the children so please send in observations of what you get up to at home.

Homework

Coming soon…

Core Learning

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Term 3 – Reaching for the Stars! 

The children will be setting goals and targets for themselves in an area they want to improve.

  • I can say what I need to get better at.

 

Dates for the Diary

6th January—INSET DAY
7th January—Children start back
9th January—Nativity @ school 10:00AM
13th January—Maths Enterprise week ending
with a sale on Friday 17th at 2:30pm please come along.
29th January—Aquarium trip—letter with more details to follow
30th January—New Year family disco 5—6:30
3rd February—Fairtrade fortnight
7th February—Pennies to be in class—please see newsletter for more information
13th February—Walk to the Wicker Whale— letter with more information to follow
14th February—Term 3 ends
24th February—Term 4 starts
3rd March—CoW day 8:45—9:15 or 2:45-3:15
4th & 10th March—Parents evening

Gallery

We’ve been enjoying being Mathematicians and preparing for the Maths Enterprise sale. As we’ve been looking at shapes and their properties we decided to bake and decorate shape biscuits for the sale. We spent time talking about a sensible price to sell our biscuits for and the children voted to decide. We shall be selling them all and seeing how much profit we made. We shall let you know!

What a start to the term! Thank you all for coming to see our Nativity . Even though we performed it in January it felt like an incredibly special performance and the children sang their hearts out- we were all so proud of them.
Following on from our incredible Nativity performance we had a special secret Sea Mills cinema experience on Friday morning. We started with looking at a variety of tickets and listing lots of events you need to buy tickets for. We made a huge list and then someone mentioned the cinema. We talked about our cinema experiences and then One of our class remembered his question he asked  before the holidays linked to the sea. Our enquiry question which was started by one of the children is “ what is under the sea?”. I then explained we were going to watch “ The snail and the whale” as our new question is “ what lives under the Sea”. The children made their tickets independently adding coins too make a total of 4p. They then went to the secret cinema and watched the film with popcorn. We all loved it!

Thank you all for attending the Nativity. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and we were so proud of their acting and singing- what an incredible performance.

What an end to term 2. We had a visit from one of our parents who kindly taught us the story of the nativity. Afterwards we all enjoyed activities based on Christmas. We also finished off our enquiry with a delicious healthy banquet choosing a selection of foods we all like and know are good for us.

The dogs trust
We had a visit from Helen from the charity “ The dogs trust” .  She showed us how and when to stroke a dog. She also showed us how and when to show a dog we love them. We also learnt some songs – see if your child can remember any of them…. here’s one of the verses she taught us

If a dog is sleeping leave them alone, leave them alone, leave them alone , if a dog is sleeping leave them alone cos dogs like sleeping!

Last week we worked lots more on our Enquiry question- Why do we need food? We discussed a variety of foods and which foods were healthy and not healthy. We decided to make a vegetable soup. Children worked in groups to decide which vegetables would be added into their soup. They then practised their physical skills by peeling and chopping the ingredients. After that, we headed to the kitchen to fry the vegetables and add the stock. Eventually , we tasted our soup and shared it with family and friends in school. Did you try it? Which was your favourite? This week we will be having a visit from a baker so why not ask the children what they found out?

This week we are fundraising for BBC’s Children in Need. We rolled out our dough ( which took a lot of hard work!). We then chose our shapes and cut the biscuits out. After that , they were cooked for 8 minutes. Our last job was to decorate them before the sale. We really hope you enjoyed eating them and we’ll let you know how much money we raise! 

UPDATE:

Thank you so much for your support for Children in Need. Reception Class raised £40 by selling biscuits and wearing our pyjamas. Thank you again!

This morning the children used different coloured paper to make their own poppies. They cut out the shapes they needed and stuck them together using glue. Once all the poppies were finished we stuck them down to make a wreath. During our minute silence we laid the wreath on our class steps. 

Today we made edible sparklers for bonfire night. The children were told the instructions and then were left to make their own sparklers.  I hope you got to try them before your child ate them all!

What a great start to term two! This week we have been really busy . We started off with firework celebrations; making a variety of paintings, chalk pictures and edible sparklers. We also had an exciting new experience on Friday. We met our Year 5 reading buddies. Every week, half of Reception Class will go to Year Five to read to their reading buddy and the other half of Reception will stay in our class to read to their buddy. Here are a few pictures to show you how much fun we had. Why not ask your child if they can remember their reading buddy’s name or age?

United Nations fair

What a brilliant end of term. We enjoyed getting our creation ready for the United Nations fair . We linked all of our learning and after we talked about a variety of homes around the world we went in a walk around Sea Mills. We looked at the different types of houses and buildings and then we all worked together to make our own Sea Mills street. We hope you all enjoyed seeing our hard work!

Being artists with nature inspired by James Brunt

We went out with boxes to collect the autumn leaves and some sticks. Once we had collected enough we worked together in two teams to lay the leaves and sticks out to be artists and make a picture! What do you think of our art work?

Busy Few Weeks

What a busy few weeks we have had . Whilst making new friends we have also been learning all the new routines of school and exploring the school and playgrounds. We have been learning in the outdoor and indoor areas(even in torrential rain!). This week we started learning some Spanish and we were lucky to have a visit from some of our Spanish speaking families. It was such a lovely day full of learning new words and a variety of activities. Hopefully , the children all came home with some new Spanish words to teach all the family. 

Stay and Play

What a lovely few days. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the children during stay and play sessions. They have all enjoyed a variety of activities both inside and outside. It was great to watch them all meeting new friends and learning together. We even learnt where everything goes in the classroom and helped one another to tidy up. What a fantastic start to the year!