Friday, 29 June 2018

Multi Cultural Arts Week and more...

What a fabulous week we had last week!  It was our Multi-cultural Arts week and everyone enjoyed a whole variety of brilliant creative activities.  The children individually decorated t shirts and made some beautiful masks with Mrs Ralph.  They sang and they danced and had a wonderful drumming workshop.  The week finished with a whole school assembly on Friday afternoon and the children processed to the song ‘The Ugly Bug Ball’. It was a most colourful display!

We waited in anticipation as our chrysalis caterpillars were placed into their net ready to begin their transformation in to butterflies.  Finally, 3 beautiful butterflies emerged.  We fed them with some orange pieces and created a nectar solution from sugar and water for them to feed on.   On Monday of this week we took our butterflies outside to let them fly free. We enjoyed learning through observation the life cycle of a butterfly.

In Maths we have been working really hard to understand what it means to half a number – sharing it into two equal parts or groups.  We have been using cubes and plates. The children have shared the cubes between the two plates.  Some children initially found it helpful to say, “one for you, one for me”.  They then checked they had shared the cubes equally and repeated the phrase, “half of….is …..”   Some children can now say half of 2,4,6,8,10 without having to use cubes to work the answer out. Well done! 

In RE we have begun our new topic, “Our World”. We have been thinking about all the things that make our world so wonderful and everything we need to be thankful for. We are enjoying listening to “What a wonderful world” by Louis Armstrong with lots of the children recognising the tune. Next week we will begin to look at the creation story in the Bible and how we are able to share our world with everyone. We will also be thinking about how important it is to look after our world for ourselves and future generations.

We have a busy week next week.....
We are looking forward to our school trip on Monday 2 July, please remember to put sun cream on your child before they arrive at school. We will be outside all day and they will need a sun hat and plenty of water to drink.
On Thursday 5 July it is open evening – please come along to school between 6.00 pm and 8.00pm to have a look at our classroom and see all the lovely work from Art and Multicultural week. There will be an opportunity to visit other classrooms and to listen to some of our older children perform in the school hall. This is an event for all the family and the children love to show their parents around!
On Friday 6 July we have our Sports Day which takes place at 9.15 in the morning. The children need to bring in to school a T-shirt in their house colour to wear for this event - St Bernadette (red), St Thomas Moore (blue), St Clare (yellow) and St John Fisher (green)

Have a lovely weekend – we hope to see you at the Summer Fair on Saturday! 

The Reception Team

Friday, 15 June 2018

Mini beasts!

Our topic in EYFS this half term is ‘Nature Explorers’.

 In Art we have started making 3D models of minibeasts and will be completing these over the next few weeks.
We are beginning to learn the songs for our Summer Performance and the children are very looking forward to performing it to you. We will be sending home some words to learn next week and a note to say what minibeast your child will be and items they may need as part of their costume.
We have been practising doubling numbers in Maths - you can do this at home. We have been using our fingers to show doubles of numbers and have been doubling spots on ladybirds then writing the doubling number sentence.

In Phonics we continue to  work hard to learn our Phase 3 phonemes (digraphs and trigraphs)  and many of us are reading and writing CVCC and CCVC words (ask us and we can tell you what these are), learning to read and spell our tricky words and writing simple captions using these and our learnt phonemes.
In RE, we have been completing our work on Friends. We read from the Bible that Jesus loves us and he wants us to love each other. We thought about how we can show our love for each other in school and then asked God to help us do this. Our prayers are displayed on our RE board. To finish each lesson, we have really enjoyed singing the song ”You can count on me” by Bruno Mars. The lyrics remind us all how to be a good friend.

We are looking forward to Arts and Muticultural Week, which starts on Monday and the children will be printing their own designs onto t shirts, making minibeast masks and will be taking part in a drumming workshop.
A few dates for your diary..
30 June – 12.00 School Fair
2 July – Reception Trip to Aldenham Country Park and Workshop Activities
5 July – Celebration Evening (for the whole family)
6 July  - 9.15 Sports Day (reserve date 11 July)
13 July - 11.15 Foundation Stage Summer Performance and Picnic

We thank you for your continued support and hope you all have a lovely weekend
The Reception Team