Welcome to Summer Term! This half term our traditional tale is Jack and the Beanstalk. We will be looking at how plants grow and even planting our own seeds in our outdoor classroom. We have got lots of exciting things coming up so keep your eyes peeled on the website for dates to put in your diary. Our Collective Worship theme for this half term is 'friendship'.
To celebrate World Book Day 2016 we all dressed as Pirates. We even got to read with a reading buddy from year 2. We had lots of fun. Argghhh!!
Many thanks to those parent/carers who have returned their questionnaires. We will be holding a variety of events this half term, starting with 'Stay and Play' sessions starting Monday 9th November.
We will share details and dates with you as soon as possible.
Pupil's Voice Feedback
Many thanks to all the children (and helpers at home) who have returned their feedback sheets. Here are some of the wonderful comments!
"Paige comes home every day with something new she has learned. She loves school and her teachers!"
Lucy has liked learning the alphabet and Jessica likes Phonics.
Macy-Leigh has enjoyed playing in the mud kitchen and Jaydan likes the bikes!
Olivia enjoyed the mini beast hunt outside too!
Hattie enjoyed making a chime and decorating it!
Grace has had fun learning to read and write!
Charlie's best thing was making new friends and Charlie W's was "playing human bunny rabbits!"
Ivy's favourite story was Goldilocks.
Lexie likes our school very much and Emina thinks it is beautiful!
Some suggestions that the children would like to learn about next term are...
lanterns, flowers, cooking and Phonics! Watch this space!
Thank you to every one who was able to attend our parents phonics workshop. The children were really excited to have their parents watching their lesson. We hope you picked up lots of useful information for helping your child at home. If you need any further advice or resources do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.
The children have been learning all about writing instructions and recipes this week! As our traditional tale is Goldilocks and The Three Bears, we all had a go at making porridge! We wanted to get it jussttttt right! :)
Our visit to Tesco
The children were very lucky this week as they were invited to Tesco for a visit to the bakery. They met Ken the baker who was kind enough to let them sugar and take home a doughnut. The children then had a go on the checkout scanning different items. It was lots of fun!
Our Autumn Walk
The children really enjoyed their Autumn walk to Stanley park. They were really sensible and found lots of exciting Autumn resources for our investigation area.
Many thanks for our returned questionnaires. We had lots of positive comments including ....
What your children think about Arnot St Mary
"My child loves coming to school. He tells me about his lessons and is excited to learn more."
"He is excited because he’s learning English by playing in a pleasant environment."
"She really enjoys school. Reception is a big step but my little one has really settled and likes everything she does."
What we do well at Arnot St Mary
We also had some great suggestions about what we else could do for you and your children, so please read your weekly 'ideas to do together at home' homework/newsletter, parent board or white board outside class for up coming events-including Phonics sessions and workshops, Stay and Play days and Messy Mornings this Autumn.
We will also be sending home letters, flyers or invitations- with as much notice as possible for you.
Don't forget, any more comments and suggestions can be included in our 'Suggestion box' on our Parent/Carer noticeboards, or just talk to a member of staff!
Thank you to everybody who was able to attend our 'stay for a story session'! The positive feedback is much appreciated and the children really enjoyed having their parents and families in school. Don't worry if you were unable to make it as we will have many more opportunities for parents to come in and see children in their own setting in the near future.
Here is some of our lovely positive feedback from the session....
'I really enjoyed being part of story time. All the children loved it. It was great to see how they all got involved and the teacher read with different sounds to get the children involved. Well done Miss Stackpoole!'
'Olivia really enjoyed sharing a story. It was good to see how they got involved with the teacher during story time asking the children questions about what happens in the story.'
'It was a lovely chance to see Ivy in her school surroundings.'
'Really enjoyed coming to story time. It was good to watch how they read the stories to do the same at home. Really good :) thanks for having us.'
Sharing a story...
Please find below a list of our end of year 'non-negotiables'.
These are skills which we hope your children will have gained by the end of their time with us in Reception.
Abbreviations for areas of learning-
PSED-Personal, Social, Emotional Development
C&L- Communication and Language
UW- Understanding the World
EA&D- Expressive Arts and Design
We hope that you will help by focusing on these skills together at home also.
Any questions, please ask a member of staff who will be happy to explain.
We like to develop our children’s speech patterns, rhyming skills and number recognition through Nursery Rhymes.
These are some of the specific ones that will be taught this year in school.
Please help your child to learn these by heart at home too!
¨ Twinkle twinkle
¨ Wind the bobbin up
¨ Pat a cake
¨ Round and round the garden
¨ Ring o' roses
¨ Incy wincy spider
¨ Humpty Dumpty
¨ Row row your boat
¨ 2 little dicky birds
¨ 1 finger,1 thumb
¨ Baa baa black sheep
¨ Wheels on the bus
¨ 1,2, buckle my shoe
¨ 5 little ducks
¨ 5 in a bed
¨ 5 speckled frogs
¨ 5 big sausages
¨ 5 currant buns
¨ 5 little monkeys
¨ 5 green bottles
¨ 1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive
As you are aware, all children up to Year 2 are entitled to free school dinners and children in our school choose their own lunches. However, our Reception classes need some adult support to do this. Although staff do explain dishes to children as best we can, we would like to ask you to spend a few minutes together doing the same, to familiarise them with the dishes on offer.
Please consider this an excellent opportunity to encourage your child to be adventurous and try new dishes – even just one a week! We are sure you will agree that it is hugely important to establishing healthy eating habits as early as possible for our children. By introducing a wide and varied diet now, we will help them grow into strong, healthy adults.