Welcome to Reception!
Elm - Mrs Clements
Ash - Mrs Byron
CURRICULUM OVERVIEW: For the latest Curriculum Termly Topic for Reception Classes please see link below.
(Reception Classes photograph courtesy of Weston Mercury 2nd November - First Class supplement)
Reception Classes will be performing their Christmas Nativity Plays on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th December, afternoon performances at 2.00pm (details and ticket information sent home).
Reception Newsletter Term 1 and 2 - please see document attached below for update on dates and events.
CHRISTMAS TEA TOWELS: for further details please see letter below
St Martin's Day Celebration Tuesday 14th November: Reception Classes visit to St Martin's Church (details sent home, see letter below)
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 Educational Visit to Berkeley Castle: on Tuesday 25th April
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.