Welcome to Reception!
Elm - Mrs Clements
Ash - Mrs Byron
CURRICULUM OVERVIEW: For the latest Curriculum Termly Topic for Reception Classes please see link below.
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!
Monday 10 July 2017 - 3.15-3.45pm School Hall
Current Reception (going into Year 1 - Sept 2017) Transiton Meeting for parents/carers. We look forward to seeing you there with your child.
Reading Treasure Hunt Reception Year 1 and Year 2 3.00pm (letter sent home inviting parents/carers with their child): Thursday 29th June straight after school
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!
Educational Visit to Worle Library - Thursday 18th May 2017
As part of our learning, 'Who lives in the Castle?' the Reception classes visited Worle Library during Term 5. They were interested to find out how they could discover more stories and facts about our topic 'Who lives in the Castle?'. They met Jackie the Librarian who explained how to join the Library, how many books we can borrow and how long we can keep them at home. Jackie shared a story with us called 'Oi, Dog!'; which was very funny! Thank you to our parent/carer helpers who were able to come along as helpers and accompany the classes on their visit.
Don't forget Library Memberships are FREE and a fantastic resource to share the joy of reading at home. Take your ID along to either Weston, Worle and The Campus Libraries to join.
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/
Elm Class Highways Visit: The pupils enjoyed a visit from Mr Belbin, one of our Parent Governors, who is a Highways Officer. He told the children about road signs and driving safely. This forms part of their project "What will you drive?" where the Reception classes have made vehicles which will feature in their Model Village Exhibition. The Exhibition which will be open to all parents/carers and pupils on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th March after School until 3:45pm.
All parents/pupils are welcome to come along to the Exhibition, tickets will be on the door 10p per entry. All proceeds are going towards Compassion UK charity.
Mother's Day Assembly: on Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 2.20pm. Children will take part in the assembly lasting about 20 minutes. You are then invited to join your child in the classroom for refreshments. We respectfully ask for one adult per child to ensure there is space for everyone.
RECEPTION BLOG - Check out what we have been learning and any news at our NEW blog:
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.