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Autumn in the Nature Garden

We have been learning about the changes that Autumn brings. We went into the nature garden in small groups. We worked with a partner to find the things on our list. We found different coloured leaves, acorns, pine cones, twigs and lots more. This led to lots of talk about Autumn.

Information for Parents and Carers

Helping with Reading

Preschool Reading

Children can learn a lot about reading even before they come to school and are formally taught. Young children learn about reading when

  • they see people reading books, magazines, newspapers etc.
  • they notice print in the environment
  • they have their own books
  • they are read to regularly and can talk about the story and predict what might happen
  • they are encouraged to look at books and try to read for themselves
  • they say rhymes and poems off by heart and sing songs

Starting School

We would like children coming into school to

  • have had stories read to them
  • have enjoyed sharing books with others
  • have handled books on their own
  • have an awareness of print around them
  • have some idea of what reading and writing is
  • have had the opportunity to draw and write with various materials
  • have confidence and look forward to learning to read


Strategies used in teaching a child to read

Children use many strategies when reading. Phonics or ‘sounding’ a word out is the most important stage and we teach a scheme of work for synthetic phonics in our Reception class as recommended by the ‘Rose Report.’ Children also learn to use visual memory, that is looking at a word and remembering it. Children also learn when reading a good story. If the story makes sense and holds his/her interest the child can gather clues from the text and the pictures, making logical guesses about unknown vocabulary.

Helping your child progress with reading

Once children have started to read they will make better progress if you can help them by reading with them daily.

Helping Your Child with Maths

Activities to do at home

  • counting in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and  10’s
  • number activities in everyday situations e.g. How many buttons are on your coat ?; Pass me 5 apples; What number is on that house?
  • traditional games like Snakes and Ladders, Ludo and Dominoes are an invaluable and fun way to learn
  • looking for relationships and patterns in numbers
  • using ‘mathematical’ words e.g. long, longer, longest, tall, short, narrow, more than, less than etc
  • recognising and naming shapes
  • using the language of position e.g. under, over, above, between, next to, below, behind, in front of etc..

 

Helping Your Child with Writing

Children usually experiment with their own pretend writing first and this should be encouraged. Children are making marks at this stage but often to them they are writing. Ask your child to read back their writing to you and give them lots of praise, don’t tell them it is wrong or ‘just scribble.’ Young children learn writing when:

 

  • they see people writing
  • people share and discuss writing with them
  • there are opportunities for children to join in writing with adults. Can they help write the shopping list?
  • the child does some writing which is praised by the adult
  • the child’s efforts (even pretend writing) are taken seriously

 

A young child encouraged in this way will soon be ready to form letters correctly and will develop a love of writing which will stay with them throughout their learning.

 

Activities to do at Home

  • colouring books, dot to dots, tracing over patterns
  • Activities which encourage a pincer grip (finger and thumb) like picking up small objects with plastic tweezers
  • large arm movements especially anti clockwise such as waving flags and swirling ribbons
  • painting
  • make a name card for your child to copy
  • as children progress write birthday cards together, shopping lists, invitations, thankyou letters, so that writing is shown to have a purpose.
  • play simple word games
  • Look at word with your child

 

In Reception, when children first learn their letter sounds they are taught to form their letters correctly. We will send out more information about this in the first half term.

 

Websites to help support your childs learning;

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

www.ictgames.com

http://www.numberjacks.co.uk/kids/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games/alphablocks-games
www.oxfordowl.co.uk

Recommended Books to help with Maths;

  • Dinosaur Dig! by Penny Dale – This inventive counting story manages to combine diggers, dinosaurs and counting.
  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury – Illustrated beautifully by the illustrator of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, this story is ideal for young children.
  • One Ted Falls Out of Bed by Julia Donaldson and Anna Currey – This magical story by the author of The Gruffalo has a counting theme and rhyming text. It’s all about the fun that toys have while children are fast asleep.
  • One Mole Digging A Hole by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt – Another counting, rhyming story by children’s favourite, Julia Donaldson. From moles digging holes to parrots pulling up carrots, the wacky and wonderful illustrations by Nick Sharratt are sure to make counting fun!
 

Books to enjoy at home include:

  • Julia Donaldson books- The Scarecrow's Wedding, Room on a Broom, The Grufffalo, A Squash and a Squeeze and many more.
  • Nick Butterworth books- " Percy the Park Keeper Stories"
  • Mike Inkpen books- Kipper, The Blue Balloon, "Penguin small","Jasper's Beanstalk"
  • Jill Murphy books - " All in one piece", " Five Minutes peace", and lots more about the elephant family.


A good website for buying books at discounted prices is www.thebookpeople.co.uk/schools

 

 

 


 
Reception Class Gallery 2018-9

We would like to say a big 'Thank you' to all our Reception parents and children for welcoming us into your homes when we undertook home visits. We were made to feel welcome and it was a pleasure to meet the children in their home environment. The children are now settling well into school and we would like to share some photos of some of the activities we have been doing in the first two weeks. We have spent time in our outdoor classroom. We have enjoyed the shop and mud kitchen. Inside the classroom we have been exploring the different areas of provision.

Trip to Sundown 27.6.18

On Wednesday 27th June Reception class went on a trip to a magical adventure land called Sundown. We had so many new experiences. We went into storybook village where we could try the chairs in the seven Dwarf’s house and play the piano in the Three Little Pigs House. We saw the big bad wolf in Grandma’s house and stirred the porridge in the Three Bears House. We enjoyed lots of wonderful rides. We had a tractor ride taking a trip around the English countryside, a Jolly Pirate ride where we were splashed with a little water. We travelled through Sherwood forest aboard the Robin Hood Ride. We went into Lollipoppet castle with all it’s wonderful smells of candy. In the Angry Birds activity park we took a spin on Okie Yolkie ride and bounced along on the Giddy Piggies ride. We explored Fort Apache where we could swing, climb, slide and explore, great for our physical development. We had such a wonderful day with fun, laughter and smiles. Many of us fell fast asleep on the coach coming home, exhausted but happy!

Fun in the Sun

Today (8.5.18) was a beautiful sunny day. This afternoon we had such fun in the sun. take a look at our outdoor activities.

Dog's Trust

Today (22.3.18) Laura Jane from Dog's Trust brought Winnie the pug into school. We acted out a story about caring for a dog that had been abandoned. Mohammed dressed up as Mitch the dog, Lola was the helper from Dog's Trust, Faith was the vet and Raiah was the dog groomer. Lexi and Areej were visitors to the re homing centre and they decided to take Mitch home and look after him! We have learnt about staying safe around dogs when we are out and about. We all had the opportunity to give Winnie a little stroke and then sensibly washed our hands. We really enjoyed having Winnie in our class today.

Thorton Hall Park Farm-March 2018

A brilliant visit to the farm with lots to see and do. We fed baby calves and baby goats, collected eggs from the hen house, saw cows, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, rabbits, ducks and guinea pigs. After lunch we played in the playground, sand pits and drove tractors around the yard. Donna was our guide and she said we were very well behaved, good listeners and very brave.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Today Catherine from Tiny Tales and Tunes came to visit us in school. We listened to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We had such a lot of fun pretending to be the characters from the story. We danced and sang using scarves, pom poms and the parachute. We had a wonderful time and look forward to Catherine's next visit.

Number work January 2018

In Reception we have been involved in practical activities that involve addition. Take a look at us working.

The Magical Christmas Tree Nativity 2017

The children all participated in their first nativity and they were very confident in front of their audience. We had some fabulous singing and some budding actors! The children were brilliant especially as they have only been in school for about 10 weeks!

Songs from the Christmas Nativity 2017

Our Christmas nativty songs from "The Magical Christmas Tree" were fantastic. We hope you enjoy them!

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The Three Little Pigs

Today Catherine from Tiny Tales and Tunes came to visit us in school. She told us the story of 'The Three Little Pigs.' We had such a lot of fun. We used puppets to bring the story to life and real life straw, sticks and bricks. We danced and sang as part of the story. We used the parachute, scarves, pom poms and musical shakers. Catherine said we were all 'Superstars'

Spooky Dress Up Day- 3rd Nov 2017

The children were able to drss up in their spookiest costumes- dont' they look great ?

Autumn in the Nature Garden

We have been learning about the changes that autumn brings. We went into the nature garden in small groups. We had a list of things to find and ticked them off when we found them. We found different coloured leaves, pine cones, acorns, twigs and lots more. This led to lots of talk about autumn.

Starting School

We would like to say a big 'Thank you' to all our Reception parents and children for welcoming us into your homes when we undertook home visits. We were made to feel welcome and it was a pleasure to meet the children in their home environment. The children are now settling well into school and we would like to share some photos of some of the activities we have been doing in the first two weeks. We have spent time in our outdoor classroom. We have enjoyed the shop and mud kitchen. Inside the classroom we have been exploring the different areas of provision.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

On Wednesday 5th July Reception class went on a trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park. At the wildlife park we saw so many different animals. We saw lions, tigers, rhinos, giraffes, camels, meerkats, lemurs, squirrel monkeys, wallabies., polar bears, otters, to name but a few. It was a wonderful opportunity to see some of these animals up so close.We enjoyed a play in the outdoor play park. Many of us fell asleep on the coach on the way home. We were so tired after all the walking and fresh air!

Butterflies!

Today we let our butterflies free! We have watched them change from tiny caterpillars, form a chrysalis and finally emerge into beautiful butterflies. Today was a special moment letting them fly free!

Addition

This week we have been adding in our number lessons. We added the two numbers together when the dice were rolled together on the interactive whiteboard. Some of us did our adding in the water tray. We fished out two ducks and wrote down their numbers to make a number sentence. We then wrote the answer. Take a look at our photos!

Writing

This week we have been working with our carpet buddies to practise our writing. We have been writing lots of our high frequency and tricky words. We worked with our partners so we could help each other. One of our writing tasks this week was to write a list of items we would take with us on an expidition to the jungle. We worked with our carpet buddies again so we could support each other. We used our phonics really well to support our writing.

Trip to Thornton Hall Park Farm- March 2017

Reception class enjoyed a trip to Thorton Hall Park Farm, near Skipton. We had a fantastic day being shown around the farm by Donna. We bottle fed the calves and lambs, hand fed the llamas, goats, donkeys and horses. We saw pigs, cattle, alpacas, deer, rabbits,guinea pigs,chickens and the sheep dog, Mickey. All the children were very excited as it was their first trip. Their behaviour was outstanding on the coach and throughout the day. They listend well, were confident and calm around the animals and even got to play on the slides, bouncy tractor and in the straw maze and sandpits. A fabulous day, which ended with most children (and a few adults) falling asleep on the coach trip back to school!

Dog's Trust

On Monday 27th February we had a visit from the Dog's Trust. We were very lucky to meet Winnie, a two year old pug and her owner Laura.We learnt about how we can keep dogs happy and healthy. We all had the opportunity to stroke Winnie gently on the top of her head. Of course we all had to wash our hands afterwards! When it was time for Winnie to leave we all received a sticker and a certificate. Take a look at our photos.

The Gruffalo's Child

One of the stories we have been reading this half term is 'The Gruffalo's Child by Juilia Donaldson. We enjoyed the story very much. We have drawn our own story maps, made the Gruffalo's child out of playdough and built a cave for the Gruffalo's child using our big build equipment in the outdoors. Outside we also put on our wellies to do some footprints just like in the story. Today stickman appeared in class and he is lost. we are going to write a letter to the Gruffalo's child to tell him where he is. We will let you know if he finds him!

Our First Nativity

All the children in Reception took part in a Christmas play called "Our First Nativity". They did very well, learning songs, actions and taking on the roles of different characters in the story. We hope you enjoyed it.

Bonfire Night

During our first week back after half term we had a very busy week talking about halloween and bonfire night. We read together 'Room on a Broom' by Julia Donaldson. We then made our own magic potions in our outdoor classroom. We used lots of different coloured powder paint and then the children added leaves, stones and special bits of treasure! We said 'Izzy whizzy let's get busy.' We created some lovely pictures of fireworks using a stamper made out of straws. We have made a lovely display outside our classroom. We also used the chalks outside to chalk firework pictures on the ground.

Trip to the Nature Garden

This week in school all the children have visited the nature garden to look for signs of autumn. We collected leaves that had started to change colour. We found orange, brown and yellow leaves. We saw lots of berries on the trees for the birds to eat. We found apples on the floor which had dropped from the tree. We collected signs of autumn with our partner and brought them back to class to show our friends. We did some number work using autumn leaves. Look at our photos.

European day of languages 26th September

Today in class Mrs. Goltowska taught us the polish words for hello, goodbye and thankyou. Hello is 'dzien dobry', thank you is 'dziekuje' and goodbye is 'dowidzenia' We tasted some polish sweets and polish dumplings. After eating the dumpling Abdulrahman said 'That was yummy, really yummy. Take a look at our photos .

Reception Class 2016-2017

We would like to say a big 'Thank you' to all our Reception parents and children for welcoming us into your homes when we undertook home visits. We were made to feel very welcome and it was a delight to meet the children in their home environment. The children are now settling well into school and we would like to share some photos of some activities we have been doing in our first two weeks in school. We have enjoyed time in our outdoor classroom, we have planted some lovely plants in wellington boots and we have been reading the Story 'The Little Red Hen'. You can see the hens we made out of playdough!

Graduation Ceremony July 2016

This is the first graduation ceremony to be held at Quarry Mount and what a lovely event it was. The children made their own mortar board hat, sang songs "In our Class we're Superstars" and "Finishing Reception", received certificates and celebrated with juice, cake and biscuits. Thank you to all the parents who turned up to watch. Here is the video presentation of the children in their mortar board and gown. What a beautiful class- how grown up do they look?

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Parental involvement strategies used in Foundation Stage 2.

Here are some of the strategies we use in our Reception class to involve our parents in their children's learning. Any further suggestions are welcome. Please contact Mrs Robinson.