Milne

Reception

Welcome to Milne Reception’s homepage. Our teacher is Mrs Ghoul, our Early Years Educator is Ms Johnson. This page will be updated every Friday where you can see what the children have been learning.

 

JOY

‘Sing him a new song

Play skillfully and shout for joy’

PSALM 33 V3

Class Updates

Friday 3rd December 2021

This week we have been very busy rehearsing for our Nativity performance. The children have all worked so hard to learn their lines and also the words to all of the songs. Thank you for your support at home with this. We can’t wait to show you all the performance next week.

Please ensure your child wears a vest under their school uniform (no PE kit) on the day of the Nativity. It would also help if children wear socks rather than tights. Please also ensure your child’s uniform is labelled as this makes it so much easier for staff and the pupils when changing for the Nativity.

This week we were very lucky to have our first drama session with Miss Emily, who is the founder of The Arts Place London. Our first session was lots of fun and the children are very much looking forward to the next one!

This week in Maths, the children have been learning the names of different 2d shapes, spotting shapes in pictures and going on shape hunts to spot shapes in their environment.

This week in our relationship and health education lesson the children listened to the story, ‘Harold shares his scarf’ about our Relationship and Health Education giraffe, Harold. The children talked about all the kind things Harold said and did. They then thought about kind things they can say and do if a friend is feeling sad.

Next week, we will be learning about lists and the children will be helping Old McDonald write a list of the animals he has on his farm. We will also be exploring other lists which we commonly use in everyday life. This weekend you could try thinking about what lists you write at home with your child.

For homework please practise all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new ones: they, to

 

This week we have been exploring our handwriting families. The children have practised c, a and d.

This is an important stage in the children’s learning. They begin to learn how to present their work neatly and clearly so that it can be read by others. Please take the time to read this information carefully so that you are able to help your child to get off to a good start with their writing.

In class the children have been practising writing on the line and are beginning to learn how to size their letters so that they fit between the lines. We are not aiming for the children to have tiny writing but please encourage your child to use the lines on the worksheet (sent home today). If you find this is an issue please ask your child to try to write the letters on a blank piece of paper for the time being. In class we have talked about how some letters start by almost touching the ceiling (the line above) and that some letters start in the middle of the two lines. We will also introduce how some letters have parts that hang down below the line. All letters must stand on the floor (the bottom line) and not float away.

Each week we will focus on a family of letters that are formed in similar ways. This week is the caterpillar family. It is so important that children are writing letters with the correct formation as this is extremely difficult to fix once they have settled into a way of writing.

Children should also be encouraged to use a ‘perfect pincer grip’ (as shown below). If children are not using the correct grip on the pencil (even if their letters look good) then they will experience fatigue much quicker than their peers, and may not be able to write for long periods of time when they are older.

Please note that this is the last week for borrowing library books before Christmas. All books should be returned to the library on Monday 6th December. That way we will have time to chase missing books and restock for spring term. In the last week of term we will let you know the name of any outstanding book titles. If a book is not returned you will be sent a ParentMail asking for it to be replaced.

Have a great weekend, keep practising those lines!

Mrs Ghoul and Miss Johnson

Friday 26th November 2021

This week we had ‘Author Day’ and the children attended two wonderfully creative sessions. The first session was with Fiona Lumbers, an author and illustrator. Fiona read to the children and then taught them how to draw a crab and an ogre. We were so impressed by the children’s concentration and also their artwork. In the afternoon, we watched a story telling session based on the adventures of Mr Benn. A character created by David McKee who appears in several children’s books. The children loved the show and some children had the opportunity to dress up at the end. This week, we also learnt a little more about the Nativity Story and cut out and sequenced images from the story.

In Maths this week the children have been learning lots of different positional vocabulary. The children have played lots of games, listened to stories and sung songs to develop their understanding and use of positional vocabulary, including an exciting treasure hunt in the garden. Next week the children will be learning the names of different 2d shapes, spotting shapes in pictures and going on shape hunts to spot shapes in their environment.

This week in our relationship and health education lesson the children listened to the story, ‘Come over to my house,’ by Dr Seuss. The children enjoyed talking about their homes and the different types of homes in our community and further afield. They also had a think about what their dream home might include!

In Phonics this week the children have been grouped into three smaller groups. Some children have begun by revisiting Set 1 sounds they are not yet secure with and some children are moving on to learning the Set 2 sounds.

For homework please practise all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new ones: of, said.

For homework we would also love it if you could practise your child’s Nativity line with them as much as possible. Ask the children to try to pronounce their words as loudly and clearly without shouting and to stand nice and tall when speaking too.

PLEASE RETURN ALL HOMEWORK FOLDERS ON MONDAY AS WE WILL BE SENDING HOME HANDWRITING HOMEWORK FROM NEXT FRIDAY.

We would also like to remind you that children must have shorts on for their gymnastics lesson on Fridays. They need to have their shorts on under their trousers if they are wearing trousers on the day rather than in their book bag please. Some children have been wearing tights under their shorts or under trousers, this makes it a bit tricky when changing so please do send them in socks. Knee high ones work well to keep legs warm! Long hair must be tied up. Thank you for your support with this.

Mrs Ghoul and Miss Johnson

Friday 19th November 2021

This week we have been exploring the topic autumn. The children have been discussing the seasons and the changes which happen during autumn. We have been thinking about the colours of autumn and went on an autumn hunt where we explored the garden, searching for autumnal objects. We have also been continuing to attempt to label some pictures and made our very own CVC booklets.

In Maths this week we introduced the numbers nine and ten. The children found ways of representing the numbers using resources and objects from our classroom. We then moved on to finding one fewer than numbers to 5 and then 10. At home please support your child by doing lots of counting out loud and counting objects. Within 10 to begin with and then challenge them further by counting out loud to 20 and beyond. Are they able to tell you what one more than and one fewer than numbers to 10 are? Also encourage your child to spot and identify numerals in their environment when you are out and about over the weekend such as: door numbers or number plates on vehicles.

This week in our relationship and health education lesson we read the beautiful book, ‘The great big book of families,’ by Mary Hoffman. The children enjoyed talking about who lives in their home with them and with a little bit of help were able to follow a key using different colours to represent the people who live or visit their homes often.

In Phonics this week we have been doing a phonics assessment ready to put the children into smaller phonics groups. It’s wonderful to see how much they have already learnt during their phonics lessons and with support from home. Please continue to support your children at home by encouraging them to identify the first sound they hear in words and then being able to blend simple CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words e.g. b-u-g is bug. Use the phonics sound chart to review the sound that each letter makes. We have included the Set 1 Special friends that we have learnt (digraphs – 2 letters, one sound).

For homework please practice all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new ones:

It is a good idea to display these words in your home such as on the fridge or in your child’s bedroom and review them as many times as possible during the week with your child.

Today we have sent home in your child’s book bag their line to learn for the Reception Nativity. We have included the line what comes before your child’s line which will help them when we begin rehearsing. Please practise with your child so that they are really confident saying their line.

Next week on Wednesday we have, ‘Author Day’ at St Stephen’s. As per the letter sent out on ParentMail, please send in the correct amount of money and the title of the book you would like your child to choose in an envelope on or before the day. We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Miss Johnson

PLEASE COULD WE ASK FOR CLEAN RECYCLING ITEMS FOR JUNK MODELLING? MANY THANKS

Friday 12th November 2021

This week we have been learning about Eid, Christmas and birthdays. The children discussed which celebrations they have experienced and then drew and labelled some key things from their celebrations; such as balloons, food, cakes, fireworks and family. The children used ‘Fred Talk’ to segment and blend the sounds and then identified the corresponding letters in order to write down their words.

We also joined in with the two minute silence on Thursday and the children had the opportunity to make collage poppies. It was wonderful to be able to meet with you all during the parent consultations this week and discuss how your children are getting on so far in Reception. Thank you for your support with these meetings and for being so positive about your children’s experience of Reception so far.

During maths we introduced the numbers six, seven and eight. The children found ways of representing the numbers using resources and objects from our classroom. We had a go at subitising, where they find smaller numbers within a group.

In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds ch, qu, x and ng.

ch – The horse sneezes when the caterpillar’s hair gets up his nose.

qu – Round her head, up past her earrings and down her hair.

x – Down the arm and leg and repeat the other side

ng – Thing on a string

For homework please practice all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new ones: put, are and was.

Next week we will be introducing our Christmas nativity to the children. The children will be learning the nativity songs and we will be giving some children lines to learn which they will bring home. Please practise these with your child.

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

Friday 5th November 2021

This week we have been learning lots about Diwali and Bonfire Night. The children have been busy creating Rangoli patterns, making Diva lamps and learning the traditional story of Rama and Sita. Next week will be learning about other celebrations including birthdays and Eid and thinking about the similarities and differences between various celebrations and traditions.

In Maths this week the children enjoyed the story, ‘Mouse Count,’ by Ellen Stoll Walsh. They learnt how to find ‘one more’ than numbers to 5. Next week we will be identifying and representing numbers to 8.

During Literacy the children labelled simple pictures using sounds they have learnt so far. They used ‘Fred Talk’ to segment and blend the sounds, then identified the corresponding letters. This is something you can try at home to help your child consolidate their learning. Next week the children will be thinking about ways they celebrate special events and festivals in their families, then drawing and labelling their pictures.

In Religious Education we are learning why Christmas is special to Christians and thought about how families prepare for new babies. The children learnt that a long time ago some people were getting ready for a new baby to be born, baby Jesus. They learnt that Christians believe this baby was God’s son and God had sent messages to tell people that the baby would be born.

In Health and Relationships we have read a number of books to explore ‘Valuing difference’ our new topic. The children have been considering what makes them special and drawing pictures to go on our class display.

In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds y, w and th and z.

y – Down a horn, up a horn and under its head

w – Down, up, down, up

th – The princess in the tower is rescued by the horse. Thank you, says the princess.

(We also teach the ‘th’ makes 2 sounds, a blowy ‘th’ sound such as ‘think’ and a tickly ‘th’ such as ‘then’. We ask the children to try both sounds when reading ‘th’ words.)

Z – Zig, Zag, Zig

For homework please learn the two new Red Words:

From Monday Tapestry will be live so that you will be able to view your child’s learning journal online before your Parent Meeting. For new Reception parents you will be sent a link to create a new password for your account. Please check your junk mail and any other email accounts you may have given us if you have not received a link. If your child attended St Stephen’s Nursery you will need to sign into your old account. There is a simple reset password link if you have forgotten what it is. Please ensure that photos containing other children are not shared as stated in the consent form. We have decided not to share Reception Milne photos on the class blog this week as we would like you to login to Tapestry and explore the observations and photos of your child that we have uploaded.

If you need any support when using Tapestry please click here.

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend and manages to enjoy some fireworks together. Wrap up warm!

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

Friday 22nd October 2021

Can you believe it is the last week of half term already? The children have settled so well and are exploring and learning confidently and independently.  This week was ‘Black Voices Week’ here at St Stephen’s. In Reception, one of the books we read was called ‘Riley Can Be Anything’ by Davina Hamilton. The children discussed various occupations and thought about which occupations they would like to do when they are older. We talked about the qualities you need when wanting to achieve something and how, when you try hard and practise, you can succeed. Also this week, we have been learning lots about Mae Jemison who was the first Black African American woman to travel into space. The children learnt how Mae wasn’t always encouraged to become an astronaut but through lots of hard work, and by not forgetting her dreams, she eventually achieved what she wanted. We were also very lucky to have a special guest, Colin Stuart, visit us this Friday. Colin Stuart is an astronomy author, writer and speaker. He worked with the children to explore what life is like in space for astronauts like Mae Jemison.

During maths the children have been learning about length and height. We have been exploring the language involved in this topic and have been using items such as cubes, hands, feet and pencils to measure and compare objects around the class.

On Wednesday the children completed their Design Technology Day activity where they planned and made space themed stick puppets. When completing their design they considered the colours, shapes and textures which they wanted to use.

In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds r, j and v

r – Down his back, then curl over his arm

j – Down his body, curl and dot his head

v –Down a wing, up a wing

Homework

For homework please practice the children’s first two Red Words of the school year.

We would also like your child to practise writing their name, and putting their coat and shoes on independently.

On the Sunday before we return to school please discuss the things you have done over half term with your child ready for them to share their holiday news on the first Monday back at school.

After half term we will be focusing on our reading of simple CVC words and we will be learning to find one more and one less than numbers to 5. We will be learning about Diwali and Bonfire Night and the children will be sharing some of their family’s special celebrations and traditions.

We hope everyone has a lovely half term!

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

Friday 15th October 2021

Another busy week in Reception. The children enjoyed learning about the Hispanic World through our class story, ‘Carolina’s Gift’ and joining in with some Peruvian themed crafts. We had a very exciting assembly this morning where the children got to see flamenco dancers sing, play and perform. They then had a flamenco dance workshop.

Thank you to those that were able to volunteer to help with our class trip. We now have enough volunteers.

In Maths this week the children have been learning to copy, continue and create repeating patterns. They have explored action patterns, word patterns and patterns with objects. The children enjoyed copying, continuing and creating their own simple repeating patterns with a range of objects in the classroom and in our garden. Next week we will be exploring and comparing size.

In Literacy this week we have been reading ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper. The children have enjoyed making ‘Silly Soup’ with objects that rhyme and have been trying to hear the initial sound in rhyming words, try this at home. They also got to enjoy some pumpkin soup made by Ms Kazem. Next week the children will be learning about Mae Jemison, the first Black women to travel into space.

In our Relationships and Health lesson this week we read the story, ‘The bag full of worries.’ Then the children thought about adults they can go to at school and at home if they are worried about something.

In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds l, h, sh, r. The rhymes for each sound are below. Please do focus on the sound with your children as this is more important at this stage than the letter formation. The sounds they have learnt so far are: m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e, l, h, sh (special friends) and r. Here is a link for parents and carers to support with the correct pronunciation of each sound:

Parent video: How to say the sounds

l – Down the long leg

h – Down the head to the hooves and over his back

sh – Slither down the snake, down the head to the hooves and over his back

r – Down his back and then curl over his arm

Next week is Design Technology Day on Wednesday and our school focus this term is puppets. The Reception children will be making some design decisions first before making simple space themed puppets to play with in class.

On Thursday it is national ‘Apple Day’. We would like the children to bring in an apple if they can so that we can have a variety to cut up, share and compare at the end of the day.

And finally, a gentle reminder that hair accessories must be in school colours.

We hope everyone has a lovely restful weekend. Just one week to go before their first half term.

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

Friday 8th October 2021

This week in Reception the children have been enjoying our new, rather large, sandpit in the Early Years garden. You may have noticed your child coming home with sandy feet! Please do ensure your child’s shoes (and socks if you can) are clearly named to make sure the children can easily locate their things after taking their shoes and socks off to play in the sand. We had our first ‘Buddy Reading’ session with Year 6 on Thursday. After meeting their buddy for the first time the children had time to play in the Key Stage 2 playground at break time with the rest of the school. They then spent time enjoying a book from our school library with their buddy. Some children stayed in their Reception classroom and some got to visit their buddy’s Year 6 classroom.

In Maths this week the children have been learning to find matching pairs and sort groups of objects using different criteria. The children have been identifying what is the same and what is different about objects they sort. Next week, we will be focusing on pattern. The children will be exploring action patterns, word patterns (we will learn some simple tongue twisters!) and patterns with objects. The children will copy, continue and create simple repeating patterns with a range of objects in the classroom and in our garden. You can prepare your children for this at the park this weekend using autumnal objects the children find.

In Literacy this week we have been reading ‘Oi Frog!’ and other rhyming books by the author Kes Gray. The children enjoyed identifying rhyming words in the books and during activities throughout the week. Please continue to draw your children’s attention to rhyming words when reading with your children at home. Next week we will be reading, ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper. The children will continue to explore rhyme by making, ‘Silly Soup’ with objects that rhyme.

In our Relationships and health lesson this week we read the story, ‘The Colour Monster’ by Anna Llenas. Then the children thought about times when they have experienced the different feelings in the book and shared simple coping strategies when feeling angry, sad or scared. We will continue to explore feelings next week and who the children can go to for help if they feel worried.

In RE this week the children listened to a story about a very worried sparrow. They then learnt that Christians believe that God doesn’t want anyone to worry about anything. They learnt that Christians believe that because God loves everyone, He will take care of people and provide for them . . . just like he did for the worried sparrow.

In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds u, b, f and e. The rhymes for each sound are below.

u – Down and under, up to the top and draw the puddle.

b – Down the laces to the heel and around the toe.

f – Down the stem and draw the leaves.

e – Lift of the top and scoop out the egg.

Next Friday is Hispanic Day at St Stephen’s. Each class is allocated a Spanish speaking country to learn about and the children come to school dressed in the colours of their country’s flag or clothing which reflects Hispanic culture. Reception will be exploring Peru. We will still have gymnastics on Friday, the children will wear their non-school uniform and take their shoes off. For gymnastics earrings need to be removed or covered and long hair must be tied up.

School uniform and spare clothes

Children should come to school in correct school uniform this includes a tie when wearing a white shirt. The elastic ties and white shirts with short sleeves are best for children of this age. After half term the children will need to be in winter uniform, no more summer dresses or summer shirts.

Please do send in a bag with a spare pair of clothes to keep on your child’s peg or make sure there is a spare set in their book bag each day. Spare clothes must be named (including the bag!). Please do send back any school spare clothes that have been borrowed as we have a very limited supply. When changing for after school club it is helpful if the change of clothes is in your child’s drawstring PE bag and again ensure it is labelled.

We hope everyone has a lovely restful weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

Friday 1st October 2021

September seems to have flown by and the autumnal leaves have begun falling in our Early Years playground!

The children enjoyed their first St Stephen’s Church Service this week and it was lovely to see so many parents and carers able to come along and celebrate Harvest with our school community. This week as part of our learning in class about Harvest the children considered what they are thankful for.

In Maths this week we introduced the numbers 3, 4 and 5. The children learnt lots of different ways to represent these numbers such as unifix cubes, pictures or numicon. They ended the week by learning to form the numerals correctly. Next week, we will be focusing on matching and sorting using different criteria.

In Literacy this week we have been reading ‘The enormous turnip’. We have continued to discuss how lots of stories are made up of a beginning (where the story setting is introduced), a middle (where there is a problem) and the end of a story (where there is often a resolution to the problem). The children then sequenced the story by cutting out pictures and sticking them in the correct order. During this activity we encouraged the children to talk about the story and recall the key events. Next week we will be reading the book, Oi Frog! and other rhyming books by the author Kes Gray. We will be encouraging the children to identify the rhyming words and continue a rhyming string.

In our Relationships and health lesson this week the children have been exploring who in our communities they can go to for help. The children enjoyed drawing around their hands and thinking of a person they can go to for help. Next week we will be reading, ‘The Colour Monster’ by Anna Llenas. Then the children will be thinking about times when they have experienced the different feelings and also sharing coping strategies when feeling angry, sad or scared.

In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds g, o, c and K. We have put the sounds chart in the homework box on this page. The rhymes for each sound are below.

g – Round her face, down her hair, give her a curl

o – All around the orange

c – Curl around the caterpillar

k – Down the kangaroo’s body, tail and leg

FOSS WhatsApp group

If you would like to be kept up to date with key FOSS information and general school and class information via the class WhatsApp group then please pass your mobile number to either one of our class reps or to your child’s class teacher. It’s a great way to get to know other parents and carers and to have some support with the day to day things to remember for school!

Water bottles and school uniform

Your child must come to school with a water bottle every day. Please also ensure you clearly label your child’s school uniform, book bag, PE bag and water bottle.

We hope everyone has a lovely restful weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

Friday 24th September 2021

It’s been a busy week here in Reception. The children are continuing to settle in and are becoming confident with their daily routines. The children have enjoyed getting messy by mixing colours in the garden and exploring flour and making dough in the classrooms!

This week we have been working with the children to begin assessing their Literacy and Communication and Languages skills.

In Maths this week we have introduced the numbers 1 and 2 and the different ways to represent them. The children have learnt rhymes to aid them in the formation of these numerals. Next week we will introduce the numbers 3, 4 and 5. The children will once again look at ways to represent these numbers and learn rhymes to form them.

The children enjoyed listening to the traditional story, ‘The Little Red Hen’ this week. The children have been recalling the characters, setting and what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story. The children then had a go at sequencing a small number of pictures from the story in the correct order. We then all enjoyed some warm, fresh bread baked in our bread maker on Friday as an end of the week treat. This has been a timely story as next week we will be celebrating Harvest Festival by visiting the church on Thursday. We will continue to focus on traditional stories by reading and retelling the story, The Enormous Turnip’ next week.

In our Relationships and health lesson this week we have been talking about our special people. The children drew family portraits using different mark making tools. Next week in Reception the children will have the opportunity to talk in more detail about their special people with small groups and a Reception adult. They will also begin to explore who in their communities they can go to for help.

During R.E this week the children have been reflecting on how wonderful our natural world is. The children have enjoyed drawing and painting pictures of natural things that ‘wow’ them such as beautiful beaches and snow covered mountains! Next week in RE we will be learning about the Harvest Festival and experiencing our first whole school trip to the church.

In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds t, i, n and p. We have put the sounds chart in the homework box on this page. The rhymes for each sound are below.

t – Down the tower, across the tower

i – Down the body and dot for the head

n – Down Nicky and over their net

p – Down the pirates plait and around its face

An important message

In the mornings our priority is to settle the children quickly and this in turn makes it easier for the children as the period of separation is not prolonged. To assist us with this please do only pass on key information or ask urgent questions so that a queue does not form outside the class door. If it can wait until pick up time this is often easier as the class pick up is slightly more staggered. Thank you in advance for your support with this.

Lost property

Lost property often finds its way back to us in Reception via the lovely Ms Annora, if it is named. Lost property that does not make its way back to the classroom might be in the lost property box by the school office.

Exciting library news!

Our wonderful, new digital Library system is allowing us to extend our loaning potential to younger years, starting with Reception. From Monday next week the children in Reception will be able to borrow a book of their choice from our library to take home in their book bag. It is important to return this book each week on Friday. The library system we use will not allow us to issue a new book unless the previous one has been returned.

Weekly library topics and read aloud choices are up on the school website each week for parents to see:

St Stephen’s Library Corner

Harvest Festival – a message from Mr Perry

It is wonderful that we are getting back to some semblance of normality at St Stephen’s and that we can all meet together to celebrate our church festivals. On that note, you are all invited next Thursday morning at 9pm (September the 30th) to our Harvest Festival where we come together to thank God for our harvest. This will be held in St Stephen’s Church.

Every year we collect non-perishable goods to go towards feeding those in need at a local charity. Like last year, proceeds will go to the ‘Upper Room’. You have all received a parentmail with the list of appropriate goods. We look forward to seeing you there.

We hope everyone has a lovely restful weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

Friday 17th September 2021

It’s been a lovely week here in St Stephen’s Early Years. The children are settling well, they are beginning to work as a team and are becoming familiar with their daily routines.

This week we have been working with the children to begin assessing their fine motor skills, name recognition, number recognition and confidence counting. Next week, we will be working with the children to assess their Literacy and Communication and Languages skills.

In our Relationships and health lesson this week we have been discussing all the things which make us special. We have been looking at the many ways we are similar and also celebrating the ways we are unique. The children really enjoyed their first circle time and were keen to share their thoughts.

During R.E this week we have been learning about how Christian’s believe the world began and have been thinking about different beginnings, such as a new day or the beginning of a story. Next week, we will thinking about how wonderful the natural world is. We will be encouraging the children to identify aspects of nature as in the creation story from the bible. The children will have the opportunity in class to draw and paint pictures of natural things that ‘wow’ them such as a beautiful beach or tall mountain.

In Maths, we have been learning how to count efficiently. The children have learnt that it is always best to put objects in a line first, to touch and count each object only once, to stop when they have counted the last object, to count slowly and to always ‘check it’ by counting the group of objects twice. Ask your child to teach you how ‘to do good counting’ at home. We have also introduced the concept of ‘Zero’ this week and the children have been learning that ‘zero’ means ‘nothing’ and not to use it when counting objects. We have also introduced ‘Zero Zero Superhero’ a number song you can find on YouTube. Next week, we will be introducing the numbers 1, 2 and the different ways to represent them. They will also learn rhymes to aid them in the formation of these numerals.

Next week we will begin some Literacy carpet sessions and a related activity. We will be reading the traditional story, The Little Red Hen, and the children will be recalling the characters, setting and what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story. The children will have a go at sequencing pictures from the story in the correct order.

In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds m, a, s and d. We have put the sounds chart in the homework box on this page. The rhymes for each sound are below.

m – Maisie, mountain, mountain

a – Round the apple, down the leaf

s – Slither down the snake

d – Round his bottom, up his tall neck, down to his feet.

Please check your child’s Homework Folder in their book bag today. You will find a tree to complete with your child and these trees will be displayed in class. Please fill in the tree yourself after a discussion with your child. Your child can then decorate the tree with some pencils or crayons. Please cut the tree out before sending back to school on Monday in the Homework Folder. The children will spend time next week sharing the trees during carpet sessions.

Each Year group at St Stephen’s has a bible verse and word to reflect our vision statement. In Reception our word is, JOY. We would like to explore this with the children and to do this we would like you to discuss with your child what brings them joy in their life and then send in a photo to reflect this. We will then discuss and display these photos in class. Examples of photos to bring in could be: spending time with a special person such as a grandparent, spending time at a familiar place of worship, a special family celebration or an activity that you do as a family such as puzzles on a Sunday. Please bring these photos in as soon as possible, ideally on Monday or at some point next week.

We hope everyone has a lovely restful weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

Friday 10th September 2021

Well done to all of the children for completing their first full week in their Reception classes. You may notice that they are more tired than usual and will require a little more rest this weekend.

This week the children have done a fabulous job getting to know us, finding their way around the Early Years and beginning to learn their new routines. They have had an introduction to their first Kick London session (P.E) with Mr Alastair and their first Gymnastics session with Fiona and Sharon. They also had a library session and Spanish session with Mrs Pereira. We are so impressed with how well they are adjusting to life at St Stephen’s.

This week we have been busy painting self-portraits to display in class. The children have enjoyed looking in a mirror and describing themselves. We also agreed some simple class rules to make our classrooms safe and enjoyable places to be. The children have enjoyed played some games and singing some songs to learn and remember each other’s names. We have been discussing our feelings and what the children can do if they are feeling sad or angry including, telling an adult, taking deep breaths, having a drink of water, looking at a book in the reading corner or having a snuggle with a class soft toy.

Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on developing relationships and each child’s confidence. We have been learning how to ask others to play with us and how to say a firm ‘Stop, I don’t like it’.

In our Religious Education lesson (RE) this week we began our first unit, ‘Who made the wonderful world?’ We listened to the story ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes and the children shared with the class things that are precious to them and why.

In our Relationship and Health Education lesson this week we began our first unit, ‘All about me.’ The children thought about some of their favourite things and shared them with the class. We considered how there are things that are the same about us and things that are different. The children were introduced to Harold our giraffe that helps us learn during these lessons.

Next week we will begin our phonics lessons focusing to begin with on the sounds: m, a, s, d.

On Thursday 16th September at 6:30pm there will be a phonics meeting for Reception parents and carers to attend. You will receive information regarding this on ParentMail.

We will also begin our Math carpet sessions. We will be teaching the children how to count a small group of objects by lining them up and also introduce them to the numbers zero, one and two.

Please continue to send in at least a change of pants and socks in your child’s book bag for them to use if they have a toileting accident.

We sometimes notice that during the 2nd and 3rd week of school some of the children will get a little more tired, possibly teary and definitely more aware that Reception is a full time thing now. Please try not to worry. We will let you know if any of the children are upset when in school and find that this stage is short lived. Please do let us know if you have any big concerns though as we are more than happy to chat.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

Friday 3rd September 2021

Welcome to St Stephen’s. It has been lovely to meet children, parents and carers over the past two days. We have enjoyed getting to know the children and we are working on remembering all of the new names! Please continue to support us with this when you collect your child at pick up.

Next week the children will attend school all day from 9am until 3.25pm. The school gates open at 8.45am. Please remain with your child until we open the doors at 9am.

Next week we will continue to get to know the children and the children will be playing lots of games to get to know each other.

PE

The children will have Kick London on Tuesdays and gymnastics on Fridays.

On these days they need to come to school wearing their PE kit. They do not need to bring their school uniform with them even if they have a club afterschool.

For Kick London the children need to wear the school PE shorts, PE T-shirt and black plimsolls. On cooler days the children can also wear the school PE tracksuit or the school cardigan or jumper.

For gymnastics the children MUST wear shorts and T-shirts, so if you choose to send them in the school tracksuit please ensure they have the school PE shorts and T-shirt on underneath. Long hair must be tied up and earrings removed. If your child’s earrings are recently pierced we can cover the earrings with tape.

Water bottles

Please send your child to school each morning with a water bottle filled with fresh water.

Change of clothes

It’s important your child has a change of clothes in their book bag each day. We recommend at least a change of pants/knickers and a pair of socks. A change of shorts/trousers or a skirt is also useful.

Medical and allergy needs

If your child had a medical condition or allergy that requires medication then please drop this off to the school office as soon as possible. You will be required to fill in and submit a medical form.

Scooters and bikes

Scooters and bikes can be left in school down the Early Years alley. This is locked during the day.

FOSS class WhatsApp group

Each class has a WhatsApp group run by FOSS. Please speak to your class representative if you would like to be added. It is a really useful way for you to have up to date information from the school.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and will see you on Monday.

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

Reception Timetable

Reception Timetable

Reception Timetable 2021

EYFS Curriculum Overview

RWI Sound Chart

 

 

 

Homework