Welcome to London Class
This half term London Class have been enjoying the topic of 'People Who Help Us'. London Class worked together to brainstorm this topic and came up with a whole list of people who help us, first and foremost, their mummy's, daddy's and family members. They also thought about people in school and people in the community and they have tried hard to remember the term 'paramedic'. As part of this exciting topic, a Doctor Surgery was set up in class and the children were able to role play being a doctor, a patient and a receptionist. Whilst having great fun, they were able to practice their writing skills in making appointment times, writing prescriptions and writing appointment cards. They were also able to develop their maths skills, through measuring height, measuring body parts and measuring weight. They have also thought about the qualities needed to be a Police Officer and worked hard to use their phonic skills to write a list of qualities needed. London Class all knew a very famous fireman - Fireman Sam, and have developed their awareness of question words 'Who, What, Where, When, Why' by thinking of a question they would ask Fireman Sam if they were to meet him and writing their question down. Some interesting questions were asked such as 'Where do you go to the toilet in the fire station!' London Class enjoyed watching 'Barnaby Bear at the Seaside' and were able to think about dangers at the beach, as Barnaby contacted the Coastguard when some children floated out to sea in an inflatable dinghy. It was exciting watching the clip of the RNLI lifeboat rescuing the children and London Class made some fantastic posters to inform people of how to keep safe on the beach. Another important person who helps us is the 'Librarian' and London Class enjoyed their first visit to the library, where the librarian read two stories and the children each chose a book to bring back to school. London Class have their library books stored in a special box and are enjoying looking at these with a friend. It is great to see that they know how books work, are able to look at the title and can think about what might happen in the story, just by looking at the pictures - all important skills to aid their comprehension skills in the future. In all their written work, children have continued to focus on using their knowledge of phonic sounds to enable them to attempt to write words independently and it is pleasing to see our children now being able to make good attempts at hearing the sounds in words to aid their reading and writing. Learning about sentence formation and using a capital letter at the start of a sentence, a full stop at the end of a sentence and remembering to use spaces between their words is an ongoing target. Children are now more able to evaluate their own work, to look at it to see how they can improve it and are noticing when they have not put spaces between words.
In maths, London Class are continuing with their everyday counting skills and are getting skilled at counting forwards in one's and backwards in one's. They are developing their understanding that when numbers are added together, the total number gets higher and when numbers are subtracted, the numbers get lower. London Class are working hard to remember the symbols for add (+), take away (-) and equals (=) and use arm movements to accompany the symbols to help them remember.
The children are very much enjoying the outdoor environment now that the sunshine is here (hooray!) and I have been treated to our children wanting to show me their amazing gymnastic moves on our PE mats, their balancing skills on the trim trail and their ball skills on the playground. I have been playing tennis with some of our children and I can report a good forward hand for some of them!
London Class have continued to be creative in their lovely art work, both through paint and though using an art programme in the computer suite. Visits to the computer suite take place weekly and London Class are learning to have more control over the mouse and the keyboard.
London Class have been 'stars' this half term and have continued to work hard to learn new skills and concepts. Mrs Cole, Mrs Huq and Mrs Haggerty remain proud of their ongoing achievements! Well done to you all.
We wish you all a lovely half term and hope you enjoy some sunshine. We look forward to seeing you for our last half term, which will hopefully be warm and hot, so we would like to remind you to ensure your child has suncream on to protect their sensitive skin.
Thank you all for your continued support
Mrs Cole, Mrs Huq and Mrs Haggerty.
London class returned after the Christmas break showing that they were ready for learning and keen to engage in the new topic – ‘traditional stories and nursery rhymes’. Some of our stories have included favourites such as ‘The Gingerbread Man’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘The Princess and the Pea’ and all of the children have enthusiastically joined in with the familiar repeated phrases within the stories –‘Run run as fast as you can ….’ and ‘Fi Fi Fo Fum ……’. Learning has been extended through these stories to incorporate the development of their English skills with the children attempting to write what they might put under the bed instead of a pea, sequencing the story of the Gingerbread Man and writing captions, as well as using speech bubbles to write the giant’s phrase from Jack and the Beanstalk. They also enjoyed making stick puppets and gingerbread men for their small world play tray and have had fun using these to retell the story to each other. In maths, the children have enjoyed measuring beanstalks, building their own towers , which they have measured and compared, as well as measuring each other. They have enjoyed making snakes with playdough and have used string and rulers to measure length whilst developing mathematical vocabulary of short, tall, long etc. This learning was enhanced by a special visitor to Jubilee, who was over 7 foot tall, and London class were in awe as they looked up to him and found it funny that the shortest member of London class only came to just above his knees!
London class continue to enjoy PE in the hall and, despite the weather, continue to utilise the outdoor environment for learning, where they have measured the fence, used chalk to draw around each other, as well as using chalk to create their own artistic pieces on the ground! London class definitely have a great deal of talent between them and we look forward to seeing more or it as we head into Spring Term 2. Onwards and upwards as we press on with developing imaginations, enquiring minds and a team spirit.
London class came back to school with smiles on their faces and a continued enthusiasm for learning. A growth in their confidence could be seen, as was commented on by staff in the wider school. A busy time ensued with activities involving phonic work, written work, exploring number and adding numbers together, looking at patterns and shapes and getting ready for the most important time of year for children, and adults alike – Christmas! London class were very excited to be involved in all activities relating to Christmas, including making ‘addition paper chains’, Christmas collage and craft activities, writing letters to Santa, dancing and singing to Christmas songs and preparing for their Christmas Production. What a production it was – absolutely fabulous, with the children singing and performing with both confidence and with pleasure. They were proud, as they should be, given that performing on stage, in front of an audience, requires perseverance in learning new songs, practice and confidence. They all excelled and we were very proud of both their performance and their efforts. Well done to all!
So what will 2018 bring for our wonderful reception classes? In English we will be consolidating the phonic skills the children have acquired in the first term of school, using those skills more and more in our guided reading, writing and communication. We will be looking very closely at Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes, both traditional and more contemporary. We will be combining fairy tales and nursery rhymes with our music sessions and PE too. In maths we will be bringing together all of the
children’s maths skills and taking on more challenging activities to do with number, shape and space, measures and problem solving.
As all this is taking place, the children will continue to sing, dance, will keep fit and healthy, will play kindly and develop their team spirit, will be imaginative and will continue to learn about, and grow a deeper understanding of, the fascinating world around them.
We wish everyone a very happy and successful New Year!
The enthusiasm of London class was very apparent when we joined them (a little late) on their entry to Reception and it was an immense pleasure, for both of us, to be working with a very welcoming and happy bunch of children. London class were keen to join in with all activities and showed a sense of purpose in exploring their new surroundings. We started with the topic ‘Me, Myself and I’ - this enabled us to have discussions with the children about their families and their interests, giving us ample opportunity to develop both their language and communication skills, whilst at the same time allowing us to get to know them as individuals. Through reading stories, through creative activities, through exploring number, through physical activity, through outdoor learning, through daily phonic teaching and through encouraging collaborative learning, we have seen the children develop their skills in all curriculum areas, as well as developing enquiring minds and an understanding of being part of a team. London class have also acquired greater independence, as they have had to grapple with new daily routines and structures and have begun to understand class expectations. What a lot they have had to take on board, but they rose to the challenge. What a fantastic start for London Class – a big Well Done!