Welcome London Class
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!