Reception 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Reception's class page
Teachers & Teams
Mrs Till (Class Teacher) – Red Team
Miss Welch (Class Assistant) - Yellow Team
Miss Graystone (Student Teacher)
Mrs Clarkson (PPA cover on a Friday)
Mrs Rea (Class Teacher) – Blue Team
Miss Reed (Class Assistant) – Green Team
Miss Hemingway (1:1 assistant)
Mrs Gray (PPA cover on a Friday)
Once again we will be hosting Science week in school. This event allows our pupils to get involved with hands on experiments and listen to science and engineering professionals. We want to engage pupils in jobs for the future and this is a great insight for them, so please come and share your skills and passion for science and engineering. Examples of previous helpers:
• Structural engineers doing a hands on experiment teaching how to make structures out of spaghetti and paper
• Nurse – teaching children first aid
• Forensic team - setting up a crime scene and getting the children to solve the crime
These are just a few of the ideas that we have had in previous years, so if you know anyone who could spare half a day or even an hour, then we would love to hear from you. Please call the school office on 01270 685355 to express your interest or email firstname.lastname@example.org or see Miss Allan or Mrs Till.
Science week is Monday 9th March – Friday 13th March 2020
*Our first PE lesson will be on Monday 16th September.
PE will be on a Monday morning, please ensure your child has their PE bag in school at all times, we will send these home at half term for a wash.
*Childrens reading diaries and a lilac reading book will be sent home on Monday 9th September. The lilac books encourage children to tell a story using the pictures.
Children in Reception are expected to read at home at least 5 times per week. For each time they read and it is recorded in their school planner (signed by an adult), they receive a stamp. When they complete the 5 reading sessions per week, they gain a sticker. If they receive 12 stickers by the end of the Autumn term (one for each week at school with an allowance of two weeks where the full reading quota may not have been met), they will be included in the Reading Treat. This is where the children choose their activity for an afternoon at the end of the term and also receive a certificate.
Miss Allan and Mrs Till have been exploring Offley’s outdoor area and we have been looking for science around us.
‘This is science because the leaves are changing colour showing seasonal change’
Our challenge for parents and children of Offley is to take a selfie of science found in your home and local community. Post your selfies with the caption ‘This is science because…’ or bring them into school for us to see! Have fun hunting for science!
Use the hashtag #sciselfie
- MYSTERY READER. As a school we have moved our whole school celebration assembly to 2.40 on a Friday. Therefore, we will have to change our mystery reader day to a Thursday- apologies! Therefore, on Thursday's at 2:45 we like to have a Mystery Reader in our class to read to the children.You will usually come to the office and sign in as a visitor.Also, please bring 2/3 of your favourite books to read. If this is something you would like to do please speak to your class teacher or write a note inside your child's diary to book in a Mystery Reader slot - the children absolutely love having mystery readers!
Well what an incredibly jam packed week it has been!
In continuous provision this week we have been practicing using our shape vocabulary by creating a London bus using shapes, building the London Tower Bridge, going on shape hunts, drawing and labelling features of London, using lots of different materials to create the ‘Naughty Bus’ and role playing in the hair dressers.
In phonics this week we have been looking at the oa, oo and ar sound. We have been reading these sounds in words and applying these sounds in our writing. We have been making our own buried treasure games, going on a word hunt around the classroom, playing roll and read games as well as writing pirate words whilst practicing the ar sound. The teachers are very impressed at how well the children are picking up these sounds and applying them!
In maths this week we have had a further focus on shapes and we have been creating shape pictures and talking about their properties, going on a shape hunt and looking for everyday shapes in the environment as well as using plastic rods to create regular shapes. We have been recapping 2D and 3D shapes as well learning all about ‘vertices’ and ‘edges’ – terminology that we can use to describe shapes. We also learned that circles don’t have edges because edges need to be straight!
This week we have dived straight into our current topic and have been learning all about London. We have been comparing Sandbach with London and talking about their similarities and differences.
In Literacy we have also been carrying out some drama. In the story of the ‘Naughty Bus’ the children to doing a ‘freeze frame’ of when they were waiting for the bus e.g. showing excitement, listening to music, reading a book. And then we repeated our freeze frame after the Naughty Bus decided to drive straight past them!! Below you can clearly see the difference in emotions!
In PE this week we have also been practising our control over objects! We were taking it in turns to push, pass and kick the ball in between the 'gates' to our partner.
Have a lovely weekend everyone! Look forward to another fun and busy week next week
The Reception Team
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