Spring Bank Primary School

Reception Category

 

Summer 2 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all enjoying the half term holiday, here is some general information about Reception and an overview of the learning we will be doing for the final half term in Reception! The year has gone so fast!

 Staff in Reception this half term

  • Mrs Ryan, Reception Class Teacher.
  • Marcella, Full time Teaching Assistant.
  • Miss Milburn, Learning Mentor (All day Tuesday and Thursday, plus Friday morning).
  • Miss Chudzik, Part time Teaching Assistant.

Miss Luney

We would like this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you to Miss Luney for all her support, commitment and enthusiasm. She has now completed her teacher placement with us and with be starting a new job in Lower Wortley as a Reception Class Teacher. We wish her all the very best and all the luck in the world, we know she will be amazing and her new class are very lucky. Miss Luney’s last day wil be Tuesday 5th June, we will miss her lots.

Morning drop off

Please encourage your child to come into class (the cloakroom) by themselves, please refrain from coming into the cloakroom, we are now preparing the your child for the transition into Year 1. If your child can come into school independently, it will make their transition into Year 1 every morning much smoother and relaxed.

Phonics

Phase 3 sounds this half term – digraphs (2 letters than make one sound): er, ue, ue and trigraphs (3 letters that make one sound): ure.

This will conclude all the sounds we learn in Reception, we will spend the rest of the half term consolidating all the sounds we have learnt throughout the year.

Please continue to read with your child every day and practise their new sounds. Remember to write in their reading journal once you have read with your child, we can then change their book.

We will continue to visit the school library on a Friday.

Circle Time

We will be focusing on reflection, of our plans, activities and goals, of how we have developed over the year and what our hopes and fears are for Year 1 and how we can make the transition smooth and relaxed.

Maths

We will be revisiting EVERYTHING! Just to make sure we are ready for Year 1.

PE

PE lessons will start on Wednesday 6th June. We will be having PE lessons outside (weather dependent) where we will be perfecting our skills for Health and Sports week. We will continue to learn about the effects that exercise and being active has on our bodies and how to make healthy food choices. We will also be practising buttoning and tying laces, please support your child with this at home.

Please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school at all times

– white t-shirt, dark blue/black shorts, socks, trainers. Optional: Dark blue/black joggers and a dark blue/black hoodie.

 Without a PE kit your child will not be able to take part in PE.

Please make sure that your child wears clothes that are easy for them to take off and put on independently (no buttons at the back). Please encourage your child to get dressed/undressed at home independently as this will support them when getting ready for PE. Please do not send your child to school in their PE kit, part of our PE lessons, is getting changed.

Children with long hair should come to school with their hair tied up on a Wednesday.

Please make sure all clothes are named, including the clothes that your child wears on a Wednesday. It is very difficult for us to keep track of 30 PE kits and 30 outfits when they are not named. If you are missing any clothes from before the holidays, please check the pink lost property bin, we have only kept clothes that were named in the cloak room.

Weather

As the weather is improving (hopefully) please make sure that your child has a water bottle in school. They will need to take this home at the end of each day for it to be washed and refilled. You may also wish to provide a sunhat/cap for your child. Please make sure this is named. On particularly sunny days you may want to put sun cream on your child, this is something that we are unable to do in school.

At the end of the day when collecting your child, please leave the outdoor reception area as soon as you have collected your child. I realise that the weather is better and the children want to continue playing but the outdoor learning area is set up and ready for the following day each afternoon.

Rose

As you are aware Rose is receiving medical treatment for Leukaemia, this means that she will be at serious risk if exposed to measles, chicken pox or shingles. Please let us know immediately if you suspect that your child has chicken pox or measles. It is also very important that you let us know if anyone in your household has shingles. May we also remind you that your child should not attend school if they have diarrhoea or vomiting. Thank you for your co-operation, we know we can rely on your help with this.

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored myself and Rose’s mum, Emily in taking part in the Race for Life 10k on Sunday 3rd June, if you would like more information or like to donate you can use this link –

https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/natalies-race-for-life-2479

Transition into Year 1

Your child will spend 2 afternoons in Year 1 during the week beginning 16th July. They will be split into 2 groups for this transition. They will all spend the morning in Year 1 as a whole class on Thursday 19th July.

Teddy Bear End of Year Picnic

You are invited to join Reception on Monday 23rd July for an end of year picnic, 12:10-1:10pm. This is a chance for parents, carers, Reception staff and children to chat and celebrate an amazing year in Reception, you will be given the chance to look at your child’s learning journeys and can take them home.

Lunch will be provided for children in Reception, please bring your own lunch, snacks an treats for yourself and any younger siblings who attend. We will also invite older siblings in school, who will be able to attend once they have had their lunch in the school hall.

If you have a picnic blanket, please bring that also. Keep a look out for more information nearer the time.

A Final Thank you

I would like to say thank you for your support and understanding throughout the year, it has been a pleasure you work with your children throughout the year and I will be sad to say goodbye to them at the end of term but they are ready for the challenge of Year 1 and I wish them all the best!

 If you have any questions, as always I am happy to have a brief chat before or after school, if you need longer, please arrange a time with me so we can discuss things fully. My email address is n.hussain@springbankprimary.org

Mrs Ryan

Reception Class Teacher

Dates for your diary

Sunday 3rd June: Race for Life, Temple Newsam, 9am. Come and cheer us on!

Monday 4th June: Back to school.

Tuesday 5th June: School trip to Temple Newsam House.

Miss Luney’s last day.

Monday 18th June: Teacher Training Day. School will be closed.

Tuesday 19th June: Whole class photos.

Saturday 7th July: Summer Fair.

Thursday 12th July: Sports Day, from 1:10pm.

Monday 16th, 17th, 19th and 20th  July: Transition afternoons in Year 1.

Thursday 19th  July, AM: Whole Class transition to Year 1.

Monday 23rd July: Teddy Bear End of Year Picnic.

Wednesday 25th  July: Last day in Reception. Break up for the summer holidays.

 

 

Reception had a wonderful day at the farm on Friday, we started at the pond searching for pond life, we were very good at it! We found lots of creepy crawlies and then had a closer look at them using magnifying glasses and a microscope. After lunch we went on a tour of the farm, we were able to feed the llamas, donkeys, goats and sheep, the sheep let us stroke them too! We also got to stroke a  baby chick, which was a good practise for when we have our own chicks in class (1 week to go!). We also saw lots of cows, hens, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs. Thank you everyone who helped out on the day and to everyone who contributed to the cost of the trip, we couldn’t do trips without all your support.

Take a look at the photos, we did get a little soggy but we had a great day and the children were fantastic! Already looking forward to our next trip!

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Summer 1 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all enjoying the Easter holidays, here is some general information about Reception and an overview of the learning we will be doing for the first half of the summer term.

Staff in Reception this half term

  • Mrs Ryan, Reception Class Teacher.
  • Marcella, Full time Teaching Assistant.
  • Miss Milburn, Learning Mentor (All day Tuesday and Thursday, plus Friday morning).
  • Miss Luney, Trainee Teacher.

Phonics

Phase 3 sounds this half term –

digraphs (2 letters than make one sound): oa, oo, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi.

trigraphs (3 letters that make one sound): igh, ear, air, ure.

We will continue to practise reading some common exception words – I, go, to, the, no, a, into, you, me, he, she, we, be, they, was, all, have, come, some, do, so, have, like, little, one, out, said, there, were, what, when.

Thank you to all those parents who have attended the phonics evenings throughout the year. Please continue to read with your child every day and practise their new sounds. Remember to write in their reading journal once you have read with your child, we can then change their book. We will continue to visit the school library on a Friday.

Circle Time

We will be focusing on how to work as a team, take turns and follow rules, as well as thinking about how to take responsibility for our actions including taking care of the world we live in.

Maths

We will be focusing on counting reliably to 20 in 1’s and ordering numbers 1-20. As well as counting aloud in 2’s to 20, in 5’s to 50 and in 10’s to 100! We will use our counting to support our grouping in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We will also be working on number bonds to 5 and 10, recapping doubling, halving and sharing. We will also squeeze in some work on 3D shape characteristics, capacity and O’clock time!

PE

PE lessons will start on Wednesday 18th April. We will be having PE lessons outside (weather dependent), please ensure that your child has a pair of trainers and socks in their PE kit.

Please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school at all times (white t-shirt, dark blue/black shorts, socks, trainers. Optional: Dark blue/black joggers and hoodies). Without a PE kit your child will not be able to take part in PE.

Please make sure all clothes are named, including the clothes that your child wears on a Wednesday. It is very difficult for us to keep track of 30 PE kits and 30 outfits when they are not named.

If you are missing any clothes from before the holidays, please check the pink lost property bin, we have only kept clothes that were named in the cloak room.

Please make sure that your child wears clothes that are easy for them to take off and put on independently (no buttons at the back). Please encourage your child to get dressed/undressed at home independently as this will support them when getting ready for PE. Children with long hair should come to school with their hair tied up on a Wednesday.

During our PE lessons we will be preparing for Health and Sports week, this will include moving a mile around school, basketball shooting, javelin, long jump, relay races and the famous egg and spoon race! We will continue to learn about the effects that exercise and being active has on our bodies and how to make healthy food choices. We will also be practising buttoning and tying laces, please support your child with this at home.

Play and Learn

Will start on Monday 23rd April at 9am. The session will now finish at the earlier time of 9:45am, this is because Reception will now be attending assembly on a Monday, and so we will need to start phonics earlier. This is also a good way to start the transition process in preparation for Year 1.

Our last play and learn will be on Monday 21st May. We will have a whole class picnic at the end of the year, where we can all come together to reflect and celebrate your child’s year in Reception.

Visitors and School Trips

I will be collecting our chick eggs on Tuesday 17th April as part of our growing project this half term. Reception will be learning all about how to nurture them and look after the chicks once they have hatched. As well as this, we will also be going on a school trip to Meanwood Valley Farm on Friday 27th April. Please keep a look out for more detailed information.

Fundraising

Next week you will be able to see that during the holidays we have been very lucky in Reception and the team at Holly Bush have been working very hard to get our climbing equipment installed. We are very grateful to the PTA and school for helping fundraise to raise the money for this equipment.

We still need to raise some money for this so Reception would like to have a Fun Day Bun Day on Thursday 24th May after school, 3:25pm. We would be very grateful for any cakes, buns, biscuits you wish to make/buy and bring in on the morning of Thursday 24th May so we can sell them at the end of the day. We are also hoping to have a fun activity for you to join in with and raise some extra funds whilst having fun, but Reception haven’t quite decided on what the activity will be just yet.

Finally if you have any questions I am always happy to have a brief chat after school. If you need longer, please arrange a time with me so we can discuss things fully. My email address is n.hussain@springbankprimary.org

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Ryan

Reception Class Teacher

Dates for your diary

Monday 16th April: Back to school.

Tuesday 17th April: Arrival of chick eggs.

Monday 23rd April: Play and Learn starts, 9-9:45am.

Wednesday 25th April: School nurse to visit Reception.

Friday 27th April: School trip to Meanwood Valley Farm.

Monday 7th May: Bank Holiday – No school.

Tuesday 15th May: PTA meeting.

Monday 21st May: Last Play and Learn.

Thursday 24th May: Fun Day Bun Day, 3:25pm.

Friday 25th May: Break up for May half term.

 

Thank you to all the parents who joined us yesterday for the Easter egg hunt, the Easter bunny had hidden the eggs so well that we couldn’t find all of the eggs! However during afternoon playtime, Reception and Key Stage 1 resumed that egg hunt and found lots of the missing eggs!

Here are some photos from the hunt!

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Today Reception went on their first school trip to Pizza Express. All the adults were very impressed with how sensible and grown up all the children were when walking into Headingley. On arrival the children listened carefully to the instructions given and all made their own pizza. Whilst our pizzas were cooking, the children took part in a pizza ingredient quiz. We found out that there are 156 tomatoes in each tin of tomatoes used at Pizza Express and the 5 ingredients needed to make dough are flour, water, yeast, salt and sugar.

We then came back to school and ate our pizza’s for lunch! They were very tasty! Only 2 children managed to eat all their pizza, everyone else had some to take home after school.

Have a look at the photos to see our Pizza fun!

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Spring 1 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the winter break and are settling back into the routines of school life. Here is some general information about Reception and an overview of the learning we will be doing this half term.

Staff in Reception this half term

  • Mrs Ryan, Reception Class Teacher.
  • Marcella, Full time Teaching Assistant.
  • Miss Milburn, Learning Mentor (Tuesday and Thursday all day and Friday morning).
  • Miss Luney, Student Teacher.

Phonics

Phase 2 sounds this half term – j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh. (digraphs: 2 letters that make one sound).

We will also be learning how to read some common exception words – I, go, to, the, no, into, are, they, my, was, her, he, she, we, me, be, you.

Please continue to read with your child every day and practise their new sounds. Remember to write in their reading journal so we can change their book. We will continue to visit the school library on a Friday.

There will be a phonics ‘parent’ lesson on Monday 8th January, 6pm. Thank you to all those who attended the previous phonics evening. I look forward to seeing you all again. This session will introduce you to Phase 2 and provide you with the opportunity to really put yourself in your child’s ‘learning’ shoes. I will also provide your child’s assessment of phases 1, so you can practise the sounds they find tricky at home.

Circle Time

We will be focusing on making goals and plans, understanding that some behaviours are unacceptable and have consequences, and learning how we can show sensitivity to other people’s needs and feelings.

Maths

We will be focusing on counting on to 20 and back from 20, as well as counting on and back from any given number within 20. We will be learning that numbers beyond 10 are combined by more than one digit, as well as focusing on number facts to 5, doubling, halving, and measuring height, weight, length and time.

PE

PE lessons will start on Wednesday 10th January.

We will continue our work on the gym apparatus, helping us to learn how to keep safe and assess risks. We will continue to learn about the effects that exercise and being active has on our bodies and how to make healthy choices.

Please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school at all times (white t-shirt and dark shorts, socks, trainers). Please make sure that all items are named. Without a PE kit your child will not be able to take part in PE.

Please make sure that your wears clothes that are easy for them to take off and put on independently (no buttons or clothes that fasten at the back). Children with long hair should come to school with their hair tied up.

Play and Learn

Will start on Monday 8th January, 9-10am and will run every Monday.

A gentle reminder

Please refrain from entering the Reception outdoor area on a morning. We will open the main door and gate at 8:55am. These will close no later than 9:05am.

Trips

We will be going to Pizza Express on Tuesday 6th March, this will be a morning only trip. We will walk to Pizza Express, make our own pizza, walk back to school and eat our pizza for lunch! More information regarding the trip will be provided nearer the time.

Fundraising

On Friday 2nd February we will be fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy. We would like all children to come to school wearing something orange and to donate a £1. More information will be sent regarding this fundraiser nearer the time.

Finally if you have any questions I am always happy to have a brief chat after school. If you need longer, please arrange a time with me so we can discuss things fully. My email address is n.hussain@springbankprimary.org

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Ryan

Reception Class Teacher

 

 

Yesterday Reception were visited by some owls, a hawk, 2 snakes and 2 geckos! We were able to have a very close look and even got to touch and hold some of the visitors.

 

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Last half term Reception learnt about people in the community who can help who. We were visited by a fire fighter, a police officer and we all took part in a Teddy Bear workshop with the student doctors, nurses and dentists from the University of Leeds.

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We’ve been very busy already! Here’s just a snapshot of what we have been up to so far.

 

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Welcome to Reception.

We hope you and your children are settling in well, we now have all 30 children in class full time. I have attached a copy of the newsletter for this half term, hopefully this will help answer some of your questions. This was also sent via parent mail on Friday, most information will be sent this way, so if you have not yet had chance to sign up please do. Thank you to everyone who already has, it’s a lot of you, I was very impressed!

Just a reminder that we will be holding a phonics parents evening tomorrow, Tuesday 19th September, at 6pm. Please come to the main entrance and make your way into the main hall. This is a session for parents to ask questions about phonics, to experience how your child is learning phonics in school and to find out how you can help at home. Thank you to everyone who has let me know if you can attend or not. I am looking forward to seeing you all.

Thank you for all your support so far.

Mrs Ryan

 

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