Welcome to Reception!
Ash - Mrs Cottis
Elm - Miss Houghton
CURRICULUM OVERVIEW: For the latest Curriculum Termly Topic for Reception Classes please see link below.
DIARY DATES & EVENTS:
Most of you will meet our class friends on your home visit, whether it's George the Giraffe of Harry the Hippo. 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 will settle into 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. Your child’s safety is of paramount importance to us. Thank you for your co-operation.
School equipment is only for use in school hours whilst supervised by staff, please ensure your children do not use the equipment before and after the school day.
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 provided for your child.
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 again for your co-operation.
We have a number of children who are allergic to nuts, therefore we are a nut free zone in school and ask that lunchboxes do not contain them. This includes peanut butter, chocolate and hazelnut spread and any cereal bars containing nuts. Your cooperation in this matter is most appreciated.
We will begin home learning towards the end of Term 1, please comment and sign the home learning sheet. Home learning will be given out on a Friday and due in on Wednesday.
We will be 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 would like to share your child’s learning with you, if you would like to receive online updates please provide your email on the Tapestry Learning Diary sheet which will have been sent home. Feel free to make comments on the observations and send back to us, we are in partnership with you as your child learns.
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Reception Classes Celebration Class Assembly for parents and carers - Friday 19th July at 2.15pm:
Reception Seafront Visit and Sand Sculpture Workshop: On 9th July the Reception children went to Weston Sand Sculpture Festival. What a fantastic day it was! They started the day with an ice cream from PJ's, then headed down for a play on the beach. After lunch they visited the Sand Sculpture Festival looking at lots of wonderful sculptures that have been created by many people from around the world. They went on a hunt to spot clues from a checklist and could also vote for their favourite sculpture. Then it was their turn to have a go and took part in a workshop watching how the sand sculptures were made, what was used and learnt how sand sculptures were created on a large scale. The children were very excited to then have a go themselves with the challenge of creating a house.
The weather remained lovely all day and the children behaved beautifully, making us very proud. The children had such a fun day, here are some quotes:
"This has been the best day ever!" Hughie.
"I've had so much fun, I didn't want to leave." Mya.
"We are digging a hole to Australia" Lucas.
(Reception classes - Beach Art and class displays)
RSPB Visit: We received a visit from the RSPB during Term 6. Reception classes began with a short talk about different types of wildlife we may find in our gardens and how we can help them. Later, they held a workshop where they carried out a hunt around the outdoor area to identify different items available to help local wildlife. The children noticed they had lots of items from the checklist such as trees, bushes, bird houses, flowers etc. The children were pleased with how much we have on offer in our outdoor area and identified ways to improve it further such as a hedgehog house.
Reception Classes Drama Workshop June 2019: Reception classes had a very special surprise when they were all invited to take part in a ‘Drama4All’ workshop led by Perform for Schools.
Peter Pan came to visit the children to take them on an adventure all the way to 'Neverland' where they tricked Captain Hook and stole his treasure. The children explored drama through different techniques. They acted out being characters such as 'Tinkerbell', 'Wendy', 'Tick Tock Crocodile' and they even got turned into Peter Pan's shadow. The children had a wonderful experience. Everyone fully participated and the children were full of smiles and laughter.
‘Who Lives in the Garden?’
The Reception classes have been closely observing real caterpillars. They have observed the changes and discussed the processes they noticed. After the caterpillars made their chrysalides, the children saw them emerge and turn into butterflies.
At the start of Term 6 the children released the butterflies cheering them on as they flew off.
Exmoor Zoo Workshop Visit: At the start of Term 5 Reception and Year 3 classes enjoyed a visit from Exmoor Zoo. Reception children had the opportunity to learn facts about different animals including a snake, spider, giant African land snail, stick insect and millipede. All children had the opportunity to touch the animals if they wanted to. The children really loved the experience and were very well behaved.
The Exmoor Zoo staff both complimented on how well behaved all of the pupils were and they enjoyed their visit to St Martin’s School.
Reception Mother’s Day Assembly 31st March: Mums/parents/carers were invited to a Mothers' Day Assembly which took place in the school hall. The children sang songs with actions and afterwards the children invited them back to their classrooms where they were served refreshments and biscuits and presented with their Mother's Day card, which each child had individually made. We received some lovely quotes from parents:
“Thank you for organising. The children did such a good job of the assembly and serving the refreshments – it was lovely to see. "All the children were amazing. It's wonderful to have such lovely assemblies for the parents. Great stuff!" “It was a lovely assembly, the children were fantastic! Thank you to all those who arranged it!”
Reception Shared Learning Event: A thank you to all the parents and carers who came to the Reception classes event on 13th February and participated in our Valentine’s Day shared learning afternoon.
Reception Christmas Story at St Martin’s Church: On 19th December both Elm and Ash classes visited St Martins Church and enjoyed a Crib Service led by Rev Julie Fleming. Some children had the important job of acting out the story which they did amazingly. It was a very special trip and the children really enjoyed seeing the church decorated festively. Many thanks to all our parent/carer helpers who walked to the church with the classes, your help is truly appreciated.
Reception Nativity Performances: On 12th and 13th December Ash and Elm Reception classes performed their wonderful nativity play ‘A Little Bird Told Me’. We had some wonderful written comments from our parents and carers who came to watch:
“Absolutely fantastic performance, well done to all the children and staff.. Great work!.. It was fantastic to watch thank you all.. Congratulations on a magnificent performance by the children. Bravo!!.. Such a treat, lots of hard work, amazing well done.”
Wednesday 14th November Welly Walk to St Martin's Church:
The Reception children walked to St Martins Church where Mr Elliott, Church Warden, told them all about St Martin's. Afterwards they went down to the War Memorial on the High Street to see the poppies. The children behaved beautifully during their first trip. Well done Reception!
Wednesday 24th October 2.20pm Harvest Assembly: Parents and carers were invited to a Harvest Celebration where the reception children performed songs and told the story of The Little Red Hen. Thank you to all our parents, carers and family who were able to come along and support their performance, we received some lovely written comments:
“Lovely harvest celebration from reception classes, amazing how they had learnt the song and actions in such a short space of time! Well done.”
“So lovely to hear the songs and see all the actions,
well done children and teachers for a great show!” “Wonderful production!”
Puxton Park Topic Visit 19th October: The Reception Children enjoyed a visit from Leah the calf and a Chinese chicken called Carol last Friday. The children have been learning about ‘where milk comes from’ as part of this Terms Topic. Thank you to the Puxton Park staff who came along to St Martin’s to tell the children all about it!
Wednesday 10th October 3.15-4.00pm: Phonics Workshop for Recent Parents and Carers in the school hall. See Newsletter Issue 1 attached below for more details.
Wednesday 3rd October 9.00am: Reception Parents and Carers Coffee Morning in the school dining room. A chance to chat to other parents and staff over a coffee and slice of cake! It would be good to see you!
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Royal Wedding Celebration Reception May 2018:
Our Children really enjoyed the Royal Wedding Celebration. Our Royal Wedding Bake-Off competition was wonderful with some amazing cakes entered. Congratulations to our Winners of the Royal Wedding Cake Bake-Off Competition - 1st Prize went to Roman in Ash Class. The Reception classes both enjoyed a street party style picnic to end the days celebrations.
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.