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Reception Parent Information Meeting notes - 17th September 2018

Welcome to Reception!

We have 3 Reception classes at The Grove; Chestnut, Lime and Sycamore. The teachers are Miss George, Miss McDermid, and Mrs Norton.

Welcome to the Reception blog.  Each week we will update our page to share with you some of our learning and remind you of upcoming events.  The children help write the blog and we often share photos too.



We hope you all enjoyed 'Our school, our world' exhibition on Thursday.  We know the children certainly did and produced lots of fantastic work.  Next week we will be learning about fireworks.  We hope that all the children have experienced fireworks, either going to see a display or hearing the bangs from their beds.  We will be creating art, exploring firework poems and talking about when people use fireworks to celebrate.  On Friday 23rd it is a non-uniform day, as organised by out PTA.  On Saturday 24th it is our Christmas Fair (2-5pm).  We hope to see as many of you there as possible. 



We have started our two week topic 'Our School, Our World' and each class are focussing on a different country.  Chestnut are learning about Australia, Sycamore about Greece and Lime are learning about Mexico.  On Thursday 15th we will show all our learning after school, do try and come!  We have also been learning about Diwali this week.  On Tuesday we enjoyed a traditional Indian dance workshop and performed what we had learnt to the school.


We are really keen to have some volunteers come in and read/ help with word ladders.  If you can help then please speak to your child's class teacher.


Next week...

  • Lantern workshop - please speak to the class teacher if you can help.  We all have different times on Monday but would love some support.
  • Tuesday 13th - Chestnut Group 2 Forest Schools
  • Thursday 15th  - Come in and see our work after school
  • Friday 16th - Children in Need - Wear spots!

Chestnut Class

Lime Class fun at Forest School!



This week we have been learning...


  • To recognise rhyming words, noticing the ends are the same.
  • To match rhyming words and begin to add our own.
  • To learn new sounds and apply in reading and writing.
  • To talk about the length of objects, using words such as long, longest, short, shortest.
  • To order three objects by length.


Next week is half term.  Have a rest!  When we return on 5th November we will be starting our mini topic 'Our school, our world'.  Each class will be focussing on a different country and finding out about it.  More information to follow.  After that we will start our 'Colour and Festival' topic.  On Tuesday 6th we will have a special Diwali day and will be attending a Diwali dance workshop.


Have a restful week off!



This week we have been acting out the 'Owl Babies' story and wrote our own speech bubbles from the characters point of view.  We are continuing to learn our sounds and use them to read cvc words, such as pen, hat and lip.  In Maths we continue to explore numbers 1-10 and solve problems.


Next week...


  • Monday - School photos. 
  • Parent consultations on Tuesday and Thursday. Make sure you've signed up!
  • Sycamore Forest Schools on Tuesday.  Come dressed ready for the forest and bring your school uniform in a bag, so we  can change if we get muddy.  If you'd like to come then please see Mrs Norton. 
  • Wednesday - Night Owl visit.  How exciting! 
  • We will be learning how to use colour magic to create pictures, learning to write owl facts and continuing to explore numbers 1-10. 


Sycamore class photos - enjoy!



Chestnut Forest Schools - we had a blast!  Thanks to Leah's Dad and Rebecca's Dad, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. 



What another busy week.  This week we have been learning the 'Owl Babies' story and creating story maps.  We created some beautiful owl art work using brusho dye.  In Maths we have been learning how to use Numicon to represent numerals and quantities. 


'We made owl pictures.  First we were drawing the shape, then wetting it and then using fabric (paint brush) to tap it on.  It went all colourful,' said Rebecca in Chestnut class. 


'I was playing Mums and Dads.  I ranned away a lot!' said Josh S in Chestnut class. 


Next week:

  • Monday 8th October  - open classroom, come and see your child's book and look around the classroom.
  • Chestnut class will be going to Forest Schools on Tuesday 9th in the morning.  If you'd like to come along then please speak to Miss George.  All the children need to come dressed for Forest schools (warm trousers, t.shirt, jumper, coat, welly boots) and need to bring their uniform in a bag to change into on our return.  We may get muddy!
  • We are creating speech bubbles linked to Owl Babies and will be exploring numbers in detail. 



We've had such a busy week!  In maths we have been developing our number sense, exploring numerals and quantities to ten.  We have all enjoyed hearing the story 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell, and discussed times we have missed our family, just like Bill.  In phonics we have been recapping the sounds 's,a,t,p,i,n,m' and using them to blend simple words, such as 'it, an, mat, tap.'   Most of the children now have a reading book and word ladder to take home.  Please practise reading as often as possible.


We have had lots and lots of play this week, and the children have been showing us their creative sides, such as painting, role play and construction.  We've spent much of our time enjoying our outdoor space and learning how to use the equipment safely. 


A few children are beginning to tire of the long week (they're full of colds!), this is completely normal!  Rest assure that we are flexible in our daily timetable and adjust it to the needs of the children.  If you have any concerns then please do not hesitate to speak to your child's class teacher. 


Next week we will be learning the story 'Owl Babies' off by heart using actions and repeated phrases.  We will also be creating a story map with labels. We will also be creating some owl art work.  In maths we will be exploring Numicon, looking at patterns and matching them to numerals. 


A topic mat has been sent home in book bags - please take a look at some of the suggested tasks.  If you complete any of the activities then don't forget to record it (photographs or written notes are great) so we can share them in class.


Have a restful weekend!



Welcome to our first blog!  The children are becoming very settled and flourished in their first full week at school - well done to all.  We've had a busy few weeks getting to know the children and a little about their families.  We have created self-portraits and drew pictures of our families. We have been learning about when and how to wash our hands (please encourage) and have learnt the sounds 's,a,t,p,i,n'.  We have begun to use them to blend simple words, such as 'it, in, sat, tap'.  Please could each child bring in a family photograph which can be displayed in the classroom?  We would like to use them to personalise our role play areas and ensure it is personal to the children. 


Next week we will be exploring the book 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell.  In Maths we will be learning to recognise numbers in different forms, such as Numicon, on a dice and with objects.  We will be learning how to get dressed for PE and continuing to grow our independence.  We hope to send home word ladders/reading books over the next few weeks - please be patient, this takes a little time. 


Have a restful weekend.  Here's a few photos of the last few weeks...