Ahlberg

Reception 

Welcome to Ahlberg Reception’s homepage. Miss Billington is our Class Teacher and Mrs Kazem is our Early Years Educator. 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 22nd July 22

Who can believe the year is over already? We have all had so much fun and it has passed by incredibly fast. It only feels like yesterday the children were attending their first day or practising for their nativity play. All the children should be incredibly proud of how hard they have worked this year and it has been an absolute pleasure to see how confident all the children have become and how much their personalities have grown around each other. They are such a lovely class, with so many wonderful characters. I’m really looking forward to seeing them grow through each year here at St Stephen’s. I’m also so excited for Mrs Hayes. She will have lots of fun with the children.

A big, BIG thank you to all of you parents, families and carers, who have been so supportive and a joy to work with. You have made my life so much easier with your brilliant organisational skills, big smiles and great communications. A BIG thank you too to our class readers and Ms Emily, who did so many wonderful drama sessions with us. The children have been extremely lucky to have work with you all this year.

Finally, we want to send you all an extremely big thank you for your unbelievably generous cards, gifts and wonderful words. We hope you all have a wonderful summer. Please make sure to come and say hi to us next year.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazeem

 

Important Notice

Please make sure you download your Tapestry PDF’s before the end of August. Details have been sent out on ParentMail.

Friday 15th July 2022

This week the children did a wonderful job of performing in the summer show. Thank you so much for all of your help getting the children back to school each evening and to the children, who worked incredibly hard to keep focused in this incredible heat. We hope you all enjoyed the show as much as we did!

 

This week in maths, the children have been learning about money. We looked at the coins we use up to £2 and thought about the language used when handling money. We explored the colour, size and shape of each coin and discussed their value. The children also had lots of money play activities to participate in this week.

During literacy, the children listened to the story, ‘The great pet sale’ by Mick Inkpen. Then they had a go at writing a money sentence independently.

This week in our relationship and health education lesson we continued with our topic: Growing and Changing. The children discussed the different parts of their body and talked about ‘private parts’ and how they need to keep them private.

 

Next week is our final week. The year has gone so fast!

 

Please note a few important pieces of information for next week.

 

  • PE kit needs to be worn on Tuesday and Wednesday due to Gymnastics being moved. No PE kit on Friday please.
  • Please ensure that all of your library and reading books have been returned.
  • On Tuesday we will be having a water party. Please send your child’s swimming costume and towel into school in a labelled bag. Please DO NOT bring any water toys or accessories.
  • We will be sending out an email regarding Tapestry. Please look out for it as you will need to download your child’s profile if you would like to keep it.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

 

Friday 8th July 2022

The children thoroughly enjoyed their trip today and the extra special time they got to spend with the Year 6 buddy readers. A big thank you to all the parents and carers that helped on the trip.

In English, this week we have continued to add to our class fairy tale and the children have had a go at writing their own fairy tales. We are so impressed with how much progress they have all made with their writing this year.

During Maths this week the children explored number bonds to 10 by playing a simple tens frame games with a dice. They also moved on to exploring addition within 20. Next week we are going to explore money, a new topic for the children that we haven’t focused on yet but which will prepare them for some of their learning in Year 1.

We have continued to make felt puppets with the children this week, they have really enjoyed this activity. The children have also been busy making some decorations for the summer show.

This week was our class assembly and the children did such an amazing job! A big thank you for your help with all of the costumes. Especially Miss Lucy who made all of the colour Monster costumes from scratch. It was so lovely to see so many of you turn up. We are so pleased you enjoyed the show!!

 

Homework

 

Red words – Please continue to support your child with reading and writing the red words in the table below.

 

It’s the Summer Show next week! Please check Parentmail for all the key information you need to know.

 

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

 

 

 

Friday 1st July 2002

Sports Day on Wednesday was a HUGE success and we all had lots of fun! Thank you all for your help getting the children to and from the event, we couldn’t have managed it without you.

For those of you who weren’t able to join us on the day, the children each took part in 6 different activities: the bean bag race, the dressing up race, the sack race, the egg and spoon race, the hurdle race and a target game with bean bags. The children were all awarded with lots of stickers during these races. They were all incredibly well behaved throughout the day and showed fantastic sportsmanship by cheering each other on and celebrating each other’s successes.

In English, this week and next week the children will be writing fairy tale stories using characters, objects and settings from the ‘You choose’ collection of books by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart.

During Maths this week we revisited addition and subtraction within ten. The Children had to read number problems and used ten frames and counters to help solve them.

Homework

This week is the final homework and book week of Reception! The week of the 11th July is our school show week, so next week will be when books and homework is collected in.

Sentence writing – This week we would like your child to draw a picture of their favourite event at sports day and then write a sentence or more about the day. Don’t forget a capital letter to begin each sentence, finger spaces and a full stop.

Handwriting – For the remainder of this term, when writing sentences each week. Please ensure your child is forming their letters correctly. If there are certain letters which your child is struggling with then we advise you to ask them to write it out a few times along the bottom of the page.

Red words – Please continue to support your child with reading and writing the red words in the table below.

Just three weeks to go now. We can’t believe how fast the time is flying by!

See you at the summer fair!

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 24th June 2022

This week we have continued with our pirate topic. The children have been learning about the different parts of a pirate ship, listening to lots of pirate poems and making treasure maps and pirate eye patches. Next week we will be reading the story, ‘You chose fairy tales’ by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt. The children will be thinking of their own characters and settings for their fairy tales and trying to use fairy tale vocabulary.

This week in Maths, we have continued with sharing and grouping and explored whether or not numbers are odd or even by sharing them between two groups. Next week we will revisit addition and subtraction within 10 and the subtraction facts for the number bonds to 5.

This week in our relationship and health education we continued with our topic: Growing and changing. They listened to the story, ‘Once there were giants’ by Martin Waddell and put the different stages of the human life cycle in order and discussed each stage.

During the week beginning the 4th July our lesson will be covering where babies come from. We will read the story, ‘There’s a House Inside my Mummy’ by Giles Andrae and Vanessa Cabban. This story represents one type of family and is just a starting point for a conversation with the children. We will through our discussions represent and celebrate the many different types of families in our school community. Please know our content will be entirely child appropriate and helps prepare children with the Science learning they will encounter on their Primary School Journey. Please do contact us by email if you wish to discuss this further.

Next week is Sports Day! Your child will need to wear their PE kit with a tshirt in the colour of their house. I will display this outside the classroom on Monday if your child does not know their house colour. Please ensure that your child has the appropriate clothing on the day (raincoats if soggy and sun hats and pre-creamed if sunny). The school day will end at 1pm. Let us know if your child is going to be collected by another parent or carer. Your child will need a water bottle and a healthy lunch with no nuts and no sesame seeds. Bring lunch with you to enjoy with your child.

If you are able to help with our trip to Holland Park next week please let us know.

Our learning for this term can be found here:

Summer 2 Fascinating people

Homework

For this week’s homework we would like the children to write about something they are really good at. It is really important that the children do this homework. The practice at home helps them to become more confident and supports them with their learning in school.

If you still have to bring in your assembly costume please do at the beginning of next week.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

 

 

Friday 17th June 2002

This week we have begun a new pirate topic which we will continue with next week. We began the week by reading the story, ‘The pirates next door,’ by Jonny Duddle. This week and next week the children will be doing lots of pirate themed activities such as making treasure maps, eye patches and Jolly Roger flags. Next week they will also have a go at writing messages to post in bottles.

This week in Maths, the children have been learning to share and group objects. They have had a go at sharing gold pirate coins between, gems between the Queen’s crowns and buttons between gingerbread cookies. They have learnt that an odd amount can’t be shared equally into two groups.

This week in our relationship and health education we continued with our topic: Growing and changing. The children discussed the different life cycles they are familiar with and explored the names of the offspring for different animals.

In RE, the children considered how it feels to have friends to play with and shared times when they have felt lonely. They listened to the Bible story of Zacchaeus, a lonely tax collector who didn’t have friends. The children learnt that Christians believe that Jesus loves everyone and wants to spend time with everyone, so they never have to be alone.

We are sending home Father’s Day cards (or cards for a special person) today in the children’s book bags so please look out for them.

Homework

For this week’s homework we would like the children to write about somewhere they have been on holiday. It is really important that the children do this homework. The practise at home helps them to become more confident and supports them with their learning in school.

Ask your child to say their sentence, count the words and then use ‘Fred Fingers’ to identify the sounds in each word before they write. Encourage your child to spell any of the red words, which we have sent home, correctly by copying them.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Next week is our class assembly! The children have been working hard all week learning their songs and lines. Please could you practise these at home over the weekend. Please ask the children to try to be loud and to speak clearly and slowly too!  Also, if you have not dropped off your assembly costume/clothes etc. please could you do so early next week.

Many thanks!

 

Friday 10th June 2022

This week we have continued with the Jubilee celebrations! The children have been learning about the Monarchy and the Jubilee and writing facts about the Queen and recounts of our school Jubilee party on Wednesday. They enjoyed making crowns to wear for the party.

On Friday we celebrated St Stephen’s ‘World Explorer’s Day’. The children learnt about the history of the Notting Hill Carnival and enjoyed making mas to wear as they paraded and danced around the playground on Friday.

This week in Maths, the children have been doubling. They have enjoyed our new book by Allan Ahlberg, ‘This is the story of Alison Hubble who went to bed single and woke up double.’ They have been playing lots of doubling games and enjoying our new sets of class dominoes.

This week in our relationship and health education we began our new topic: Growing and changing. The children recalled what they know about the seasons and learnt why we have seasons on earth.

In RE, the children listened to the story of Jesus and his disciples being caught in a storm. The children discussed times when they have been afraid and the ways which people can help themselves and help others when they experience such feelings.

Homework

For this week’s homework we would like the children to write some sentences about their weekend. Please help your child to choose a simple sentence (or more) to describe an activity they do this weekend and record it in their homework book.

Ask your child to say their sentence, count the words and then use ‘Fred Fingers’ to identify the sounds in each word before they write. Encourage your child to spell any of the red words, which we have sent home, correctly.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 26th May 2022

This week the children have been learning about worms! They have listened to interesting facts from different books including, ‘Yucky worms’ by Vivienne French. We have been writing class sentences about worms and the children have also had opportunities to write sentences independently about worms. Outside we have been on mini-beast hunts using our new bug catchers with magnifying lids. The children are getting very good at identifying the mini-beasts they find.

The children have continued to make mini-beasts using our new brightly coloured clay and are very proud of what they have achieved.

This week in Maths, the children have been learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. The children will focus on this more in Year 1 but many of them are already aware of grouping to count so we have explored it during our carpet sessions this week. The children have been joining in with some 2, 5 and 10 counting songs and enjoyed counting the shoes, hands, fingers and toes in our class!

This week in our relationship and health education the children learnt about how important a good night’s sleep is for a healthy mind and body. The children discussed their bed time routines with each other and the class. They learnt that a good night’s sleep will help them to feel happy, have energy to play and help their body to grow.

In RE, the children have been learning about commandments. We discussed that Christians believe that these are instructions to live by. We discussed one of the commandments ‘To love one another’ and why this is important for everyone.

Homework – Reading Red Words

This week we have assessed the children reading the red words sent home so far. Please check your child’s book bag for their assessment and spend time over the holiday focusing on the words they do not yet know.

After the holiday we have a non-school uniform day (wear, red, blue and white) on Wednesday to celebrate the Jubilee and class photos on the Thursday (full winter uniform please).

We have published new observations on Tapestry so do have a look at Tapestry over the school holiday.

Have a great half term holiday and enjoy your Jubilee celebrations.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

 

Friday 20th May 2022

This week the children have been learning about non-fiction books. We have been reading the book, ‘Bugs’ part of the Usborne Beginners series. We have been learning how to use a glossary and have been looking at the glossaries in several Usborne Beginners books. The children then thought of their own mini-beasts and wrote sentences to describe them.

The children enjoyed exploring our new brightly coloured clay and made a variety of different mini-beasts. We will continue this next week.

This week in Maths, the children have been revisiting subtraction. We have been using, ‘First, then, now’ stories to describe subtraction problems. The children enjoyed getting on and off the class school bus and saying the corresponding subtraction sentences.

This week in our relationship and health education we focused on keeping healthy by exercising. After sharing their favourite ways to keep active the whole of Reception joined in Ms Kazem’s exercise class outside in the Early Years playground. It was lots of fun!

In RE, the children revisited this terms learning and discussed why Christians believe Jesus is special and recalled some of the parables they have been learning.

After much anticipation, the chrysalides finally hatched this week and the children enjoyed observing the butterflies before we released them today!

A big thank you for the wonderful flowers, gifts, cards and happy birthdays from you all. I am truly spoilt and very lucky to work with such wonderful parents. Thank you x

Homework

Rainbow Red Words and sentence writing

Now that the children can read many of the red words we have sent home it is time to learn to write them. Encourage your child to write each red word 4 times using different coloured pencils (like a rainbow) on the worksheet in their Homework Folder. This week’s red words to write are:

some, come

Your child then needs to choose one or more of the red words and use them to write 1 or more sentences in their homework book.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 13th May 2022

This week the children have been learning about the life cycle of a frog. They have been reading ‘Tad’ by Benjo Davies and have also been making and discussing the various stages of the life cycle of a frog using playdough. They are now experts, so please do ask them about Frogs at home!

This week in Maths, the children have been using the part/whole model to combine and subtract quantities. We have been making up addition numbers stories, for example:

There are 3 children at home and another 3 children at their home. When they all come to school, how many children are in class

Then we used the part whole models to explore how many frogs are left if one group leaves the pond. The children then had a go at creating their own number stories involving frogs and other small world toys in class.

This week in our relationship and health education the children have been discussing ways in which they can keep their minds healthy. This includes keeping active, connecting with people, being creative, mindfulness and giving to others.

In RE, the children learnt about the story of Jesus feeding the 5000. The learnt what a miracle means and discussed miracles that Christian believe Jesus performed.

This week the children also had a salt dough activity session . The children then had a very fun story read to them in French. A big, THANK YOU, to Diane who came in to work with the children. They had lots of fun.

Homework

Rainbow Red Words and sentence writing

Now that the children can read many of the red words we have sent home it is time to learn to write them. Encourage your child to write each red word 4 times using different coloured pencils (like a rainbow) on the worksheet in their Homework Folder. This week’s red words to write are:

many, any, one, anyone

Your child then needs to choose one or more of the red words and use them to write 1 or more sentences in their homework book.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 6th May 2022

It was lovely to meet so many grandparents today and other people special to the children.

We have continued learning about growing and changing this week focusing on the life cycle of butterflies. We read the story, ‘Tadpole’s promise’, by Jeanne Willis which explores the life cycle of both butterflies and frogs (we will explore frogs in more detail next week). We wrote sentences as a class to describe the different stages of the life cycle of a butterfly and children then had the opportunity to do this independently. The children have continued to observe our class caterpillars this week and have been very pleased with how large they are getting!

In Maths this week we have been revisiting addition. The children have been generating addition sums using their digit cards from 1-10 and counting out spots to put on each of their ladybird’s wings before counting how many there are altogether. We have continued to focus on addition within 10 but also explored bridging 10 and counting larger groups of objects. We have been encouraging the children to put the greatest number in their head and then count on.

In Religious Education we introduced the children to the story of Jesus lost as a child in the temple. The children shared stories of times when they have been lost and we discussed what to do in that situation.

In our Relationship and Health Education lesson the children discussed favourite foods they enjoy eating, foods that are good for their bodies and that their bodies need lots of and foods that they should have less often. They learnt about the different food groups and explored the amount of each food our bodies need using the Eatwell Guide plate.

Homework

Rainbow Red Words and sentence writing

Your child must write the previously learnt red words using different colours on the Rainbow Red Words homework sheet in your child’s homework folder. Then choose one or more of the red words and use them to write 1 or more sentences in the homework book. Please make sure your child uses a writing pencil to write their sentences in their homework book. It is also helpful if you date the homework. If your child struggles to write in the book please do allow them to write on a plain piece of paper for now.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazeem

Friday 29th April 2022

This week the Reception children had a fun filled trip to Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve. The children participated in activities including pond dipping, where they used nets to explore the mini beasts that live in the pond and hunting for mini beasts in their woodland habitats.

In Maths, we have been reviewing subtraction and have also been exploring the numbers 16 to 20 as well as looking at patterns within 20. Next week, we will be reviewing addition methods, including counting on.

In Religious Education we have been learning about Parables and the spiritual lessons they teach people. We listened to and role played the parable of ‘The Lost Sheep’ by Nick Butterworth and Mike Inkpen.

Following on from our delivery of duck eggs, the children had the opportunity to visit the eggs in Nursery. We discussed where they have come from, why they have been placed in an incubator and what will happen next. Our hungry caterpillars are still happily munching their food and getting nice and fat. The children are eagerly waiting for them to begin forming chrysalides.

Here are our learning goals for the first half of the summer term:

Reception Summer 1 Goals Growing and changing

Homework

Rainbow Red Words and sentence writing

Your child must write the previously learnt red words using different colours on the Rainbow Red Words homework sheet in your child’s homework folder. Then choose one or more of the red words and use them to write 1 or more sentences in the homework book. Please make sure your child uses a writing pencil to write in their homework book.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Do you speak any languages other than English? We would love for you to come in and to work with the children at some point. We would also really appreciate your help in including some key vocabulary in languages the children speak at home throughout our Early Years Environment. It is really important that all the children’s languages are represented within our school and we would appreciate your help with this. Please contact your class teacher if this is something you would like to help with.

 

Friday 22nd April 2022

Welcome back everyone! It has been lovely to see everyone and hear all about your fun-filled Easter breaks. This week we have been sharing all of our Easter experiences and have been getting back into the routine of school life. We have introduced one of our new topics, minibeasts, and the children have been writing descriptive sentences about their favourite minibeast. We have also been having a go at weaving and have been discovering the different things that can be made using this craft.

In Maths, we have been reviewing subtraction and have also been exploring the numbers 16 to 20. We will be continuing with this next week.

In Religious Education we have been looking at why Christians believe Jesus is special. We have also been thinking about the people in our lives who are special to us and why.

In our Relationship and Health Education lesson we introduced this terms topic of ‘Being our best’ and discussed different ways to ‘bounce back’ when things go wrong.

Today we had a very exciting delivery of caterpillars! The children helped to move them from their delivery container into the smaller pots where they will stay until they form chrysalises. Yesterday Mrs Quartermaine kindly collected our duck eggs and we will spend time over the next few weeks monitoring both the eggs and the caterpillar’s progress.

Homework

Rainbow Red Words and sentence writing

There are no new red words to learn this week. Keep learning those already sent home. Your child must write the previously learnt red words using different colours on the Rainbow Red Words homework sheet in your child’s homework folder. Then choose one or more of the red words and use them to write 1 or more sentences in the homework book. If your child struggles to write in the book please do allow them to write on a plain piece of paper for now.

An important reminder!

Please ensure your child brings a raincoat with them for the trip next week. We also ask that your child has a healthy pack lunch with a bottle of water (no fizzy drinks please) and that their lunch does not contain any nuts. If it is a sunny day please ensure your child has sun cream on as we are not allowed to apply sun cream to the children.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 1st April

This week the children have been painting and labelling sunflowers. The children have been learning about the life cycle of a flower and have been describing the various parts of a flower. The children then wrote their own descriptive sentences about sunflowers.

On Thursday the children wowed us with their fantastic Easter Bonnets and participated in the school Easter Bonnet parade. We were so impressed by the effort and creativity that went into them. They could have all been winners!

This week in Maths, the children have revisited height and length, time (sequencing every day events) and 3d shape. We have set some Math homework below to complete over the school holiday.

In our relationship and health education the children continued learning about money. This week’s focus was saving money and keeping money safe.

In RE, we revisited everything the children have learnt about the Easter Story and enjoyed an Easter Service at St Stephen’s Church.

Homework

Math homework

By the end of Reception children should know some ways of making 10 and be able to subtract within 10 as well. Over the holiday we would like the children to record in their homework books 5 number bonds to 10 and 5 subtraction facts e.g. 8 + 2 = 10  10 – 8 = Encourage your child to use 10 objects to add and subtract or their fingers. You can upload a photo on Tapestry if you prefer and write a comment to let us know how your child got on.

Red words

For homework please practise all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new ones. Red words are common words with an uncommon spelling. Encourage your child to ‘Fred’ the words to begin with to identify the uncommon spelling then move on to learning them off by heart:

Rainbow Red Words and sentence writing

Your child must write the previously learnt red words using different colours on the Rainbow Red Words homework sheet in your child’s homework folder. Then choose one or more of the red words and use them to write 1 or more sentences in the homework book. If your child struggles to write in the book please do allow them to write on a plain piece of paper for now.

A few important reminders

In the summer term the children will be learning about fascinating people in their communities and the special jobs they do. If you would like to come in and talk to the Reception children about your occupation please let us know.

Next term we will be doing lots of junk modelling so please save your recycling for us. Nothing too large though!

This week we have published observations on Tapestry to share with you so please log on and have a look.

Our upcoming class trip to Gunnersbury Park is also available for you to pay for on ParentMail.

Have a wonderful Easter holiday and see you all next term.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 25th March 2022

This week the children have been reading Oliver’s Fruit Salad and enjoyed making fruit kebabs with the generous donations of fruit you sent in. It was lovely for the children to see and taste such an exotic range of fruits and they really enjoyed choosing their favourites to make their fruit kebabs.

This week in Maths, the children have been learning to subtract. Continuing with our fruit theme we have used the story, ‘Handa’s Surprise’ in our learning this week. The children have taken it in turns to be Handa, they have been choosing an amount between 1 and 10, and then counting out that amount of juicy red mangoes to put in their baskets. Their math partner then took on the role of the wild animal in the story and took some of the fruit. Finally the children have been counting how much fruit they have left in their basket and saying their number sentence. Have a go at playing this game with your child this weekend. Challenge them to record their number sentence using the – and = symbols.

This week in our relationship and health education the children began the first part of two lessons about money. This week’s focus was recognising and spending money. The children enjoyed discussing everything they know already about money. Then they learnt about what money can be used for, where money can be stored to keep it safe and how adults get money.

In RE, we used the resurrection garden that the children made last week to explore the next part of the Easter story. They learnt that Christians believe Jesus came back to life after his body was placed in the tomb. They enjoyed listening to ‘The Easter story’ written by Brian Wildsmith which tells the Easter story from the perspective of the donkey.

Homework

Red words

For homework please practise all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new ones. Red words are common words with an uncommon spelling. Encourage your child to ‘Fred’ the words to begin with to identify the uncommon spelling then move on to learning them off by heart:

Rainbow Red Words and sentence writing

Your child must write the previously learnt red words using different colours on the Rainbow Red Words homework sheet in your child’s homework folder. Then choose one or more of the red words and use them to write 1 or more sentences in the homework book. If your child struggles to write in the book please do allow them to write on a plain piece of paper for now.

A few important reminders

Please bring your child’s reading book and record to school every day in their book bag so that it is available for adults in school to read with them.

In the summer term the children will be learning about fascinating people in their communities and the special jobs they do. If you would like to come in and talk to the Reception children about your occupation please let us know.

Please make sure long hair is tied back, especially on the days the children have PE and gymnastics.

Have a great weekend and enjoy making those Easter bonnets from recycled materials ready for the parade next week.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

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Friday 18th March 2022

This week the children have been reading Jaspers Beanstalk by Jennifer Bruce. In this story Jasper tries to grow a bean. This week the children wrote their own version of Jasper’s Beanstalk, thinking about the steps they would take to grown a bean into a beanstalk. This week the children have also begun to grow their own beanstalks. They have been learning about germination and will be monitoring the changes to their bean whilst it grows into a small plant.

Next week we will be reading Oliver’s Fruit Salad and will be learning about instructions. We will also be making our very own fruit salads.

Please could we ask that each child brings in 2 fruits of your choice for next Tuesday? We would love the children to try new things if there are any exciting fruits that you would like to share.

This week in Maths, the children have been learning about time. They have been busy discussing the seasons, learning the days of the week and months of the year and thinking about activities they do at different times of the day. We introduced them to the three hands on a clock face and observed how quickly the second hand moved around the clock face. They enjoyed joining in with some fun timed activities to gain a better understanding of how long a minute is. Have a go at seeing how many times you can write your name in one minute at home with your child!

This week in our relationship and health education lesson we continued with our topic: Rights and Responsibilities. The children listened to the story, ‘Somebody swallowed Stanley’ and then thought about how they can do their bit to look after our world. We discussed using less water, feeding local wildlife and of course recycling!

In RE, the children have been learning about the cross. They considered where they may have seen a cross, such as on churches or on books, and also less obvious places such as on hot cross buns. The children are continuing to learn the Easter story and learnt that Christians believe that Jesus dies on the cross.

Homework

Red words

For homework please practise all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new ones. Red words are common words with an uncommon spelling. Encourage your child to ‘Fred’ the words to begin with to identify the uncommon spelling then move on to learning them off by heart: my, a

Rainbow Red Words and sentence writing

Your child must write the previously learnt red words using different colours on the Rainbow Red Words homework sheet in your child’s homework folder. Then choose one or more of the red words and use them to write 1 or more sentences in the homework book. If your child struggles to write in the book please do allow them to write on a plain piece of paper for now.

Please return all library books next week ready for the school holiday.

Please bring your child’s reading book and record to school every day in their book bag so that it is available for adults in school to read with them.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 11th March 2022

This week the children have been Supertato detectives and have been working to read and solve clues to free the fruit and vegetable characters. The children then decided to write their very own clues, which their shared with the rest of the class. Next week we will be reading and rewriting ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and Mike Inkpen. We will be also growing our own beans as well.

This week in Maths, the children have been learning about 3D shapes and their properties. They have been playing lots of fun games where they got to explore, sort and describe a variety of 3D shapes.

This week in our relationship and health education lesson we continued with our topic: Rights and Responsibilities. The children thought about how they can all work as a team to do their bit to look after our classroom. The children wrote captions for photos of different areas in our class and we made a class book about how to care for our classroom.

In RE, the children have been learning about the Garden of Gethsemane, where Christians believe Jesus went to pray after the final supper. The children discussed why Jesus chose to pray in a beautiful garden and considered the many places where people can pray.

Homework – red words and handwriting

For homework please practise all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new ones. Red words are common words with an uncommon spelling. Encourage your child to ‘Fred’ the words to begin with to identify the uncommon spelling then move on to learning them off by heart: many, any

This week the children have a Rainbow Red Words homework sheet to complete. We have also included a homework book (green) for your child to record their sentence in. If your child struggles to write in the book please do allow them to write on a plain piece of paper for now.

We just wanted to inform you that we have had a couple of cases of chicken pox confirmed in Nursery and Reception. Whilst this is a mild and common childhood illness, we are aware it could be more serious to vulnerable groups such as pregnant woman.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 4th March 2022

It’s been Art’s Week here at St Stephen’s and the children have been busy doing lots of fun creative activities. This week we have been learning about Fahrelnissa Zeid, a Turkish Artist who loved to paint large scale abstract paintings and patterns inspired by elements of Islam and the West. The children have completed several beautiful pieces of art including designing their own patterned tunics for a self portrait, collages and shape pictures of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and wool wrapping moon and stars mobiles. We hope you all enjoy seeing them at the Art’s Week Café next Friday. It was fantastic to see the children dressed up on Thursday for World Book Day! WBD coincided with buddy reading so many of the children were able to share the book they brought to school with their buddy.

This week in Literacy we have been writing captions for some of the characters in Supertato. The children have come up with some wonderful ideas of what the characters would say and have been having a go at reading their captions to the rest of the class.

This week in Maths, the children have continued learning to add but they have been using a different model called the part, part, whole model (it can have more than 2 parts!). The children will continue to use this model in Year 1. They learn that the 2 parts combine to make the whole. The children have continued to use the different strategies they have learnt to add: counting all the objects or counting on from the greatest number. You can support your child at home with their learning by encouraging them to combine 2 groups of objects and record their answers by writing number sentences using the addition and equals symbols.

This week in our relationship and health education lesson we continued with our topic: Rights and Responsibilities. The children thought about ways they can help their friends. They enjoyed acting out different situations where a friend might need help and thinking of a sensible way to help them.

In RE we have been discussing times when we have shared family or family meals. We read the story of the last supper and discussed how Christians believe that Jesus held his last meal with his closest friends, his disciples, and shared a meal of bread and wine with them.

Homework – red words and handwriting

For homework please practise all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new ones. Red words are common words with an uncommon spelling. Encourage your child to ‘Fred’ the words to begin with to identify the uncommon spelling then move on to learning them off by heart: tall, small

This week the children have been learning to form letters in the zig zag monster family. In class the children have learnt how to correctly form x and z. Please complete the handwriting homework with your child. Your child should practise their name on the top row and then complete one row of each letter.

 

You may notice that your child has a different colour ‘Book Bag Book’ today. We have assessed the children and many have made great progress during their phonics lessons and are ready for more challenging books. As children progress through the ‘Book Bag Book’ colours you will notice that there is more content and it will take a bit longer to listen to your child read. Remember that on the first read your child will be focusing on decoding words using ‘Fred Talk’, by the second read they will hopefully become a bit more fluent and be able to read more speedily. By the third read they will be able to focus more on comprehending the story and be more ready to answer questions. Please do write a comment in your child’s reading record if you feel the level is not quite right.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 25th February 2022

It was lovely to welcome so many of you into the Reception classes on Wednesday. We handed out our Reception Goals for the Spring Term to most of you but if you missed out please below.

This week in Literacy we have been reading ‘Supertato’ by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. This tells the story of the Evil Pea who escaped from the freezer and causes destruction within the supermarket. This week we have been looking at the Evil Pea character and have been writing simple sentences describing him and the things he has been up to. Next week, we will be reading and writing captions for a variety of characters from the story.

This week in Maths, the children have been learning different strategies to add. They began by counting all the objects in two groups then they tried counting on from the greatest number first when adding two groups. The children used tens frames to put their counters on and practised counting on from 5 when the top row of the tens frame is full. They also noticed that when there is just one space left on the tens frame the answer is 1 less than 10. The children are getting really confident at adding now and they are also learning to work cooperatively with their Math partners.

This week in our relationship and health education lesson we began our new topic: Rights and responsibilities. The children thought about how their families take care of them and what they can do to help at home.

In RE, we have begun to learn about the Easter story and this week read the story of Palm Sunday. We have been thinking about the role of the donkey who carried Jesus into Jerusalem and how the people reacted to him when he did so.

Homework – red words and handwriting

For homework please practise all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new ones. Red words are common words with an uncommon spelling. Encourage your child to ‘Fred’ the words to begin with to identify the uncommon spelling then move on to learning them off by heart:

This week the children have been learning to form letters in the zig zag monster family. In class the children have learnt how to correctly form v and w. Please complete the handwriting homework with your child. Your child should practise their name on the top row and then complete one row of each letter.

Next week is Arts Week at St Stephen’s and we would will need magazines and potatoes to complete two of the activities we have planned. If you have any to donate please bring them in on Monday. Thank you.

The children will have PE and gymnastics as usual so please send them in their PE kits.

Next Thursday is World Book Day, the children are encouraged to come to school dressed as a character from a book they enjoy reading or listening to. They can also bring the book for us to read during the day.

Please remember to put your child’s name on their water bottle. Use either a name label or a permanent pen. We have lots of identical water bottles and it is very difficult for the children to know which one is theirs when they are not named. Thank you for your support with this.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Reception Spring 2 Goals Planting and growing

Friday 11th February 2022

Can you believe half term is upon us already? This week the children have been busy showing us all the wonderful things they have learnt this half term. We are so impressed by how well the children can read and write simple CVC words and next term we will begin working towards building the children’s confidence when writing sentences. Well done for all your hard work in helping your child learn their Red Words at home. This will really benefit your child when reading and writing. We have checked which of the Red Words your child is unsure of and ask that you could keep practising these at home over the holidays.

On Wednesday we were joined by Wing Kei, who came in to read a story to the children and to complete some Lunar New Year activities with them. The children all enjoyed making their own lion puppets, red envelopes and painting good luck greetings in Cantonese. A big thank you Wing Kei for organising this for us and for sharing your experiences. The children thoroughly enjoyed it. If any parents would like to come in to share their traditions or expertise please do speak to your child’s class teacher.

This week in Maths, the children have reviewed number bonds to 5 and 10 and also 2D shapes. We will be moving into learning about combining numbers and counting on when we return after half term break.

This week in our relationship and health education lesson the children learnt about keeping themselves safe inside and outside. They joined Harold the safety detective to identify potential dangers and how to stay safe.

In RE this week, the children read the story of ‘The Good Samaritan’ and discussed whose responsibility it is to take care of our school. The children learnt that everyone can help to care for our world and make it a better place to live!

Homework – red words and handwriting

For homework please practise all of the Red Words we have learnt so far. Look in your child’s book bag for their Red Word Assessment completed this week. Words that are highlighted are words they still need to learn to read. Red words are common words with an uncommon spelling. Encourage your child to ‘Fred’ the words to begin with to identify the uncommon spelling then move on to learning them of by heart

This week the children have been learning to form letters in the robot family. In class the children have learnt how to correctly form k and p. Please complete the handwriting homework with your child. Your child should practise their name on the top row and then complete one row of each letter.

We have published more observations on Tapestry so do have a look to see some of the activities your child has been doing in Reception.

We are keen to do some planting next term so if you happen to go to a garden centre this holiday we would love donations of soil and some lovely herbs to plant.

Wishing you all a wonderful half term!

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

4th February 2022

Friday 4th February 2022

This week we found a small polar bear cub in our garden! The children have been busy making posters to put up to find his polar bear parent so that he can return to the Arctic. We have been so impressed with their descriptive writing and once the polar bear parent has been found and the cub safely returned to the Arctic we will display the posters in our classroom ready to share with you during the soft start drop after half term.

This week in Maths, the children have been exploring mass and capacity. We began by using our hands to compare the mass of objects and then moved on to using the more accurate balance scales. We then explored how many spoons of oats it takes to fill each of the three bear’s bowls. The children then enjoyed exploring capacity in the sand and water trays this week during choosing time.

This week in our relationship and health education lesson the children listened to a story about a little penguin called Smartie who got a new tablet for his birthday. They learnt a little bit about staying safe on the internet and a catchy song to remember to always ask an adult for help. As part of coding day the children also had the opportunity to explore a few games on the EYFS ipads in class.

In RE this week the children learnt that Christians believe God created all the different animals and that they are all special to Him. The children discussed the different pets they have and how they care for them and also thought about their favourite animals and some of the animals we have in London and what they can do to look after them.

The children have also been busy making Arctic scenes with a moving mechanism this week as part of their D&T learning. Please check their book bags for them.

The children were treated to an extra special Friday Assembly about The Lunar New Year. A BIG thank you to Beatrice’s mum for taking the time to prepare and deliver the assembly. The children thoroughly enjoyed it.

Homework – red words and handwriting

For homework please practise all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new ones. Red words are common words with an uncommon spelling. Encourage your child to ‘Fred’ the words to begin with to identify the uncommon spelling then move on to learning them of by heart :

This week the children have been learning to form letters in the robot family. In class the children have learnt how to correctly form n, h and m. Please complete the handwriting homework with your child. Your child should practise their name on the top row and then complete one row of each letter.

Some of the homework folders are getting quite full. Once handwriting is returned and then stamped by us please remove from the folder and keep at home for your own reference or recycle!

PE kit on Monday please for the ‘Sport for champions’ activity the children have been raising money for.

Please remember that if your child vomits or has an upset stomach the NHS guidance is to stay off school for 48 hours from the last episode. Thank you for your support with this.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

We are looking to do some planting with the children, in both the front and main EYFS garden, over the following weeks. If anyone has any spare soil that they would like to donate we would be extremely grateful. 

 

 

Friday 28th January 2022

This week the children have looked a little more in depth at Ernest Shackleton’s explorations to Antarctica and we have been thinking about how his journey may have been, the food he would have eaten, the shelter he would have slept in and the clothes he would have worn to protect him from the freezing cold weather. They also learnt about Polar Preet (Preet Chandi), the fastest female to complete a solo expedition of Antarctica. In Literacy, the children have been reading ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers and have been recalling the characters, settings, problem and resolution. We have also been continuing to look at ‘What make a good sentence’.

This week in Maths, the children have been exploring the composition of the numbers 9 and 10. They have continued writing number sentences using the addition and equals symbols. They have also been comparing numbers within 10 saying which group has more or fewer and finding the numbers on a number track.

This week in our relationship and health education lesson the children thought about and discussed the different things they put into their bodies. They looked at a variety of medicines and bottles of liquid and discussed how and why they are not safe to take without a parent’s/carer’s permission.

In RE this week, as part of our topic, ‘Who cares for this special world and why?’ the children thought about how they can look after our planet. They revisited what they learnt recently about reducing, reusing and recycling and thought about ways in which they can do this in everyday life, such as using material bags for shopping or to make things from the materials they may otherwise throw away.

Homework – red words and handwriting

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

This week the children have continued to learn to form letters in the long ladder family. The children have learnt how to correctly form r and b. Please complete the handwriting homework with your child. Your child should practise their name on the top row and then complete one row of each letter.

From next week please leave your child’s library book in their book bag on Monday ready for them to take up to the school library to change. This is instead of handing them in on Friday as we have been doing so far.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 21st January 2022

This week the children have begun learning about the explorer, Ernest Shackleton who attempted a number of times to reach Antarctica. In our Literacy lessons the children have also been learning about penguins and they have been making and also writing sentences about penguins.

This week in Maths, the children have been exploring the composition of the numbers 7 and 8. They have been using the numicon in class to find the different number bonds and some children have been recording their findings using the addition and equals symbols. We have also reviewed number order from 1 to 10 and doubles to 5.

This week in our relationship and health education lesson we began our new topic, ‘Keeping myself safe.’ The children thought about and discussed the different things they put onto their body at different times of the day and why. They thought of things they put onto their bodies to keep them safe and things they put onto their bodies to keep them clean.

In RE this week as part of our topic, ‘Who cares for this special world and why?’ the children thought about all the wonderful natural places in the world such as beaches, waterfalls and rainforests. They learnt that Christians believe God made the world like this and wants people to help take care of it. The children enjoyed painting watercolour pictures of beautiful natural places in our world.

Homework – red words and handwriting

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

This week the children have continued to learn to form letters in the long ladder family. The children have learnt how to correctly form j, y and u. Please complete the handwriting homework with your child. Your child should practise their name on the top row and then complete one row of each letter.

Please remember to send your child to school each day with fresh water in their water bottle. We are happy to refill them throughout the day but it is helpful if they begin with a full bottle each morning.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 14th January 2022

This week we have been learning about Antarctica. We have learnt that it is the coldest and windiest place on earth and have been exploring who lives there and how their lives might b when there.

This week in Maths, the children have been exploring the composition of the numbers 5 and 6. They have been using the addition and equals symbols to record the different ways of making the two totals.

In Literacy this week we have been discussing recycling. We have been thinking about why recycling is important and have been looking at the ways rubbish effects the sea and the creatures which live in it. The children also enjoyed a live Recycling lesson this week delivered by an expert at Western Riverside Waste Authority. The children learnt about all the different materials that can be recycled, and some of the things they can be turned into.

This week in our relationship and health education lesson the children had a live lesson with a teacher from ‘Scarf’ our Relationship and Health Education lesson provider. The children thought about ways Harold the Giraffe could keep happy and healthy.

Next week, the children will explore number composition for the numbers 7, 8 and 9. They will also be reading and creating their own sentences about penguins for Literacy.

Homework – red words and handwriting

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

This week we have begun a new handwriting family, ‘The long ladder family.’ The children have learnt how to correctly form l, i and t.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Polite reminders

  • Please can the children wear full school uniform every day; this includes a school tie. It is advisable to have several ties in case your child misplaces theirs.
  • If your child attends a club which requires them to get changed, we ask that they bring a school drawstring P.E bag with them, as their clothes do not fit into their usual book bags.

Many thanks!

Friday 7th January 2022

A very short but fun filled week for us here in Reception. It has been so lovely to all come back together and to hear about your Christmas breaks. This week we have been settling the children gently back into their routine and have introduced our new Polar Lands topic. The children have also attempted to write a sentence about their experiences over the Christmas holidays. We are so impressed by their efforts!

We also have begun our new Health and Relationships topic of ‘Keeping Myself Safe’ and this week discussed things that keep our body safe, such as warm clothes and sun cream.

Next week, we will be learning about Recycling and have a virtual trip with Wandsworth Recycling centre. We also will be looking at our number bonds in Math.

Also, a big welcome to Miss Kate who will be working with us until the February half term. If you see her please do say a big hello.

 

We understand that the children may be a little tired whilst settling back into their school routine so we will be starting homework from next week.

 

Friday 17th December 2021

We have made it to the last day of term! Thank you so much for the generous Christmas gifts. We have had a wonderful term getting to know and teach your children and we can’t wait for the spring term to begin.

This week the children have been busy making and writing festive cards, please check their book bags! The children have also revisited one more and one fewer within 10. For their Health and Relationship Education learning the children had some special badges to put on to show that they were making the effort to play with someone new. On Thursday we had a small Christmas party for Reception and celebrated with some snacks and festive music. Everyone enjoyed a good dance! We rounded off the week with a trip to the Church this morning to sing some festive carols with the rest of the school.

Homework – red words and handwriting

Please continue to practise all of the Red Words we have learnt so far. Check your child’s book bag for their Red Word Assessment.

 

In class the children have learnt how to form three more letters from the caterpillar family correctly: s, f, and o. Please encourage your child to complete one row of each letter. Children should 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.

 

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

 

Friday 10th December 2021

What a fantastic week we have had in Reception! We were so proud of how amazing all the children performed and sang in the Nativity. The children enjoyed a festive Christmas lunch on Wednesday and managed to make enough cheese straws on Thursday ready for our Christmas fair this weekend.

Next week, the children will be making festive cards and learning to write a simple message inside. They will also be revisiting one more and one fewer than within 10 and completing the final Religious Education and Relationship and Health Education lessons of the term.

Homework – red words and handwriting

Please practise all of the Red Words we have learnt so far including this week’s new ones: me, he

We will check next week to see how each child is getting on with the red words so please do find time to practise over the weekend.

In class the children have learnt how to form three more letters from the caterpillar family correctly: g, q and e. Please encourage your child to complete one row of each letter. Children should 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.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the Christmas fair if you are going. Don’t forget to visit the school D&T Day stand where you can purchase cheese straws made by the Reception children. Each bag has a name label made by your child so help them look for theirs

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

 

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!

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 26th November

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.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

 

Friday 19th November

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, finding lots of fun Autumn animals and objects. We have also been continuing to attempt to label some pictures and made our very own CVC booklets where we read words and matched them to the picture.

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 on the blog to review the sound that each letter makes. We have now 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: want, what

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.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

 

PLEASE COULD YOU BRING IN ANY CLEAN RECYCLING ITEMS FOR JUNK MODELLING. MANY THANKS!

Friday 12th November

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 of.

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.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 5th November

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 or Rama and Sita. Next week will be learning about Guy Fawkes, birthdays and Eid as well as thinking about the similarities and differences between various celebrations and traditions.

In Maths we have been learning how to represent numbers to 5 and have been learning ‘one more’ and ‘one less’ to 5. Next week we will be focusing on our reading and working within numbers to 8.

During Literacy the children labelled 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.

In Religious Education we are learning why Christmas is special to Christians and thought about how special new born babies are and why Christians believe Jesus is special.

In Health and Relationships we have been discussing valuing difference and during circle time the children all had the opportunity to share their kind words and thoughts to each other.

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

y – Down a horn, up a horn and under his 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 child to try both sounds when reading ‘th’ words.)

z – Zig, Zag, Zig

For homework please learn the two new Red Words: you and your.

From Monday Tapestry will be fully live so that you will be able to view your child’s learning journal online before your Parents 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.

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

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 22nd October

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.  A big thank you to Colin for visiting us this week. The children had lots of fun.

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. We have also introduced recording our findings with the children.

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 also ask that your child practises writing their name, and is confident to put their coat and shoes on independently. Also on the Sunday before we return to school please discuss the things you have done over half term with your child e.g. visited the park, special friend or family member, cooked a special meal or baked together with your child or played a game they enjoy. After the holiday the children will be drawing pictures and sharing their experiences with their peers.

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 thinking about and sharing some of their family’s special celebrations and family traditions.

We hope everyone has a lovely half term!

Miss Billington and Ms Kazem

Friday 15th October

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.

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 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.

Miss Billington and Ms Kazem

 

Friday 8th October

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.

Miss Billington and Ms Kazem

Friday 1st October

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.

Miss Billington and Ms Kazem

Friday 24th September

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 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 

 

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 would 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.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 17th September

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.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Friday 10th September

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.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

 

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.

Miss Billington and Mrs Kazem

Reception Timetable

Reception Timetable

Rec Timetable 21

RWI Sound Chart

 

 

Homework 17/09/21 – Please check your child’s school bag.

Homework