Welcome to Reception!
Elm - Mrs Clements
Ash - Mrs Byron
CURRICULUM OVERVIEW: For the latest Curriculum Termly Topic for Reception Classes please see link below.
Royal Wedding Shared Learning Reception classes: Thursday 17th May (details to follow)
Seaquarium Educational Visit 6th June 2018: The Reception classes enjoyed their visit to the Seaquarium and Weston Beach. We learnt lots of interesting facts about the different sea creatures. The children all enjoyed digging on the beach followed with a delicious ice-cream at PJ's ice cream parlour. The childrens' behaviour was exemplary and they were brilliant ambassadors for St Martin's. Thank you again to our parent helpers who accompanied us on today’s visit.
Reception WOW Day: At the beginning of Term 5 the Reception classes launched their new topic – ‘What treasures can you find at the beach?’ with a Pirate WOW day. We had a fabulous day walking the plank, playing buried treasure and making pirate props for the role play area.
Superhero Treasure Hunt Display: On Tuesday 17th April the Superhero models will be displayed in the hall from 3.00pm. This is your opportunity to view ALL of the superhero models which Ash and Elm classes created. Everyone is welcome to view our collection so please come along. Thank you to all of the children who took part and all of the businesses which offered their window space. It was a brilliant treasure hunt and lots of fun!
(Reception Classes Decorated Easter Bonnet Parade)
Reception Mother's Day Assembly: The Reception Classes celebrated and thanked their Mums in a lovely "Supermum" themed assembly and enjoyed a special afternoon tea in the classroom. What a lovely way to appreciate our parents and carers!
World Book Day 1st March 2018: pupils and staff came to school dressed in their fantastic World Book Day costumes. The children were able to take part in a variety of Dr Seuss based activities within school. Thank you to all our parents and carers for your support with the wonderful costumes.
Christmas Nativity Plays: Reception classes performed their wonderful ‘Born In A Barn’ nativity play at the beginning of December. Thank you to all the Parents and family members who came to watch. Also, a huge thank you to staff for their hard work. We had some wonderful written comments from our parents and carers who came to watch:
“Fantastic performance by all, well done to every single one of you.. amazing well done!
Best Nativity Performance I have ever seen! The children were amazing and so were the staff and all the helpers, only after a few short weeks how the children worked so well together.”
Reception Newsletter Term 1 and 2 - please see document attached below for update on dates and events.
Reception Wellie Walk to St Martin’s Church:
The Reception children enjoyed a welly walk...in the rain! to St Martin's Church where Mr Elliott spoke to the children about St Martin. Thank you to our parent/carer helpers who accompanied us on our Educational Visit and thank you to Mr Elliott too.
PCSO Visit Reception Class Visit: The Reception class children enjoyed their visit from PCSO Kemo. He told them all about his work in the local community and even let them see inside his police car. They were very impressed with the lights and sirens!
Reception Class Visitor Term 2: The Reception children enjoyed a visit from Mrs Mistry who taught the children all about Diwali the Festival of Light. They enjoyed a puppet show and dressed up in authentic Indian clothes. Their learning continued during the week where they welcomed parents in for a Diwali shared learning. A huge thank you to Mrs Mistry for giving up her time.
Fireworks! Shared Learning : Thursday 2nd November at 2.00pm (In Classroom)
Puxton Park Topic Visit Term 1: The Reception Children enjoyed a visit from Mandy the Jersey Calf last Friday. The children have been learning about where milk comes from as part of their Terms Topic - Farmer Joe from Puxton Park told them all about it!
Harvest Assembly: 18th October 2.15pm:
Thank you all for the generous donations of tinned foods which we collected for the Weston Foodbank - which provides food for those in need in the local area. The Reception
classes held a special Harvest Event for parents/carers on Wednesday where they presented their learning this term ‘Where does my breakfast come from?’
Coffee Morning: Wednesday 11th October 9am (Dining Room)
CLASS FRIEND - Most of you met our class friends on your home visit, whether it was Jasper the Cat, Marty Bear or Molly Monkey. In time, your child will get an opportunity to take their class friend home and share your experiences. We ask you to record the visit in a simple diary which we will read when the Class Friend is returned to school. If you are visiting somewhere exciting let us know and you can take the class friend along too!
END OF THE DAY - The children have begun to settle into the various routines, please be patient with them (and us) if they come out without some of their belongings. We do our best to ensure they have all of their belongings before leaving the class. If they need to collect anything from the classroom we ask that you wait until all the children have been handed to their parents and carers. We want to ensure ALL children are safely handed over to the correct adult.
FRESH FRUIT - Children can bring in a piece of Fresh Fruit to eat during afternoon snack. Water is available in school throughout the day in a named individual water bottle.
PACKED LUNCHES - If you are providing a packed lunch for your child we ask that it is sympathetic to our Healthy Schools policy. For delicious, healthy and nutritious lunch box ideas please check out the NHS website, http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/healthy-lunchbox-picnic.aspx – thank you for your co-operation.
HOME LEARNING - We will begin home learning in a few weeks time, please comment and sign the home learning sheet. Home learning will be given out on a Friday and due in on Wednesday.
LEARNING DIARIES - We are completing electronic learning diaries. All of our observations of your child's learning will be captured using an iPad and sent to a secure website where we are able to look carefully at their progress and plan specifically for their next steps. We will print out learning diaries at the end of each term and you are welcome to come and see them with your child as part of our morning activities. We welcome your input to their learning and would like to encourage you to complete a "WOW card" for special achievements or milestones in their development. This could be something like, 'Joe ate his meal using a knife and fork' or 'Sammy swam the width of the pool by himself!' Nothing is too small! WOw cards are in a labelled box in the classroom. Please date and name the cards so we can place them in the correct learning diary!
WOW Day Reception Classes: Reception enjoyed a Castle Characters WOW day last Friday. They came dressed for a Ball, partook in Castle activities followed by dancing in the Great Hall finished by a Banquet of jelly and ice-cream! They all looked amazing!
Reception New Stage: The Reception Classes welcomed Jamie, Mike, Steve and Deborah from Homebase Store Worle on Monday as they built a lovely new stage for the children to perform their creative stories. Thank you so much to parent Deborah Palmer for organising this for us!
Reception Classes Model Village Term 4: Reception classes opened their Model Village to parents after school. A queue of parents/carers and grandparents were amazed how impressive it looked. The detail of the models and how hard the children have worked on them was really appreciated. Visit our School Blog page to view a short video of the children's Model Village display: http://www.stmartinsschool.org.uk/school-blog-4/
WEBSITES FOR LEARNING AT ST. MARTIN'S
Just a reminder about some of the websites we use at school to help children learn that you can also access at home!
Children have been using this website to practise their maths and phonics skills. User name and password details can be found in our Reception Newsletter Issue 1 (Term 1 and 2)
We will provide you with log in details in due course. Please look out for this in Home Learning Folders.
Another website which is used in School to help children to practise their phonic skills. There is a free section of games on this website.