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Trip to Morden Hall Park - 9th June 2017

 

We had a fantastic visit to Morden Hall Park. We met our leader Isobel, who taught us all about minibeasts. We learnt how many legs they have, that some have wings, and some minibeasts (slugs and snails) only have one ‘foot’ that they use to slide about. After learning about minibeasts we then went on a minibeast hunt, looking under logs and catching them in our specimen jars. We examined what we found using magnifying glasses, checking to see how many legs each creature had, and if any had wings.

 

We then went back inside where Isobel had collected some water from the stream nearly. In our groups we had a look at all of the different creatures who call the river their home, including  water snails, pond skaters, fresh water shrimp, and damselflies. We had a lovely time and are now minibeast experts!

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Mill Cottage Farm Visit - 17th May 2017

Reception had a fantastic time when we had Mill Cottage Farm come and visit! Check out the pictures below and be sure to ask your children about what they learnt from Farmer Tom!

Maple Class
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Reception Curriculum Information for Parents / Carers

Summer 1 - 2017

 

Key Texts

This half term our key texts will be ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle, and ‘Tadpole’s Promise’ by Jeanne Willis

Curriculum

Some of the things we will be concentrating on this half term are:

 

  • Maths – We will be looking at doubling, halving and sharing. We will also be exploring money and all the different coins. In Maple and Birch class we will have the opportunity to use real money to purchase items in our roleplay areas.   
  • Writing – This term we will send home some weekly writing activities so children can practise their sentence writing at home. We will be really focussing on getting children to do their writing independently, so they are ready for writing in Year 1. Independence is key!
  • Physical development – This half term we are continuing to do the Merton Early Years Activation Programme. We have noticed a positive impact from doing 10 minutes of exercise every morning before starting our learning. Miss Bennett has asked that all children have a PE kit so they can start practising changing themselves for PE.
  • Understanding of the World – This half term we will be focussing on life cycles of butterflies and frogs. We will also be planting and learning about how seeds grow.
  • Mud Kitchen – This half term we will be developing our outdoor mud kitchen area. We have wellies and ponchos for the children to use. Your child may still sometimes come home a little muddy, but it just means they’ve had a fantastic day of learning!

Roleplay

In Maple Class we will have a supermarket roleplay area. If you have any empty boxes or cartons that we could use for the children to do their ‘shopping’ please send them in.

 

Birch Class will have a post office. If you have any empty boxes or wrapping paper that you could donate this would very helpful!  

Trips

This half term we will go on another trip to Morden Library. We are very impressed that some of the children have been using their library cards and borrowing books!  

Reading

 

 

We continue to encourage parents to use Bug Club at home to help children make excellent progress with their reading. If you need help accessing this, please speak to a member of staff, who will be happy to show you.

Home Learning

As well as 2 weekly homework words to learn, we will now be sending home a weekly writing activity. We encourage children to have a go at doing this by themselves, as they are doing very well with their independent writing in school.

 

 

Science Day - 22nd March 2017

Reception had great fun for Science Day. Each class has a wormery and we have been making predictions about what will happen to the layers in the soil once the worms have moved through them. We also made paper airplanes and tested how far we could throw them. We carried out an experiment where we used yeast to blow up a balloon. And we ended the day looking at the reaction of Coca-Cola and mentos mints! Have a look at our pictures below.  

World Book Day

We had a lovely day in Reception celebrating the joy of reading! Thank you to all of our parents who could come and join us for our regular Friday reading morning. The children had great fun throughout the day - whenever the bell rang at random times, everyone stopped what they were doing and read instead. 

REMINDER

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

On Tuesday 7th March we would like to invite you to a performance by Reception children in the hall at 9am. This is a short performance and as it is only for Reception there are no tickets needed.

On this day please bring your child to school as normal.

We look forward to seeing you then,

Mr. O’Donoghue, Miss Aldrich and Mrs Bond.

Reception Curriculum Information for Parents / Carers

Spring 2 - 2017

 

Key Texts

This half term our key texts will be ‘Supertato’ and ‘No-bot’, both by Sue Hendra.

Curriculum

Some of the things we will be concentrating on this half term are:

 

  • Maths – We will be learning about the following: distance, weight, addition and subtraction and how to write a number sentence for these. 
  • Writing – We will continue to write weekly in our superhero writing books, which were given to us by Captain Capital, our writing superhero! Children are making great progress with their writing and are very keen, which is lovely to see.
  • Physical development – This half term we will begin the Merton Early Years Activation Programme. This involves children taking part in 10 minutes of focussed activities each morning for 5 weeks, with the aim of improving their coordination, balance and strength! It also aims to help children focus and concentrate during class learning activities.
  • Art – we will be focussing on junk modelling and using materials in new and interesting ways. If you have any boxes or bottles that you think we could use, please send them to school.
  • Children will have a go at completing simple programs during ICT and we will explore how computers work and can be helpful to us.
  • This half term will be celebrating Pancake Tuesday and the Hindu festival of Holi.

Roleplay

In both Maple and Birch classes we will have Superhero Headquarters as our role-play areas, linking with our key text ‘Supertato’.  

Trips

This half term we will go on another trip to Morden Library. We are very impressed that some of the children have been using their library cards and borrowing books!  

Reading

 

 

We continue to encourage parents to use Bug Club at home to help children make excellent progress with their reading. If you need help accessing this, please speak to a member of staff, who will be happy to show you.

Home Learning

Keep on learning those 2 keywords that we send home each week! They are making a big impact on the children’s reading and writing and children are very eager to spot them in their home reading books, and to use them in their independent writing.

 

 

Link to Bug Club
"We're going on a Bear Hunt!"
Celebrating Chinese New Year
Making pictures with natural resources. 

Reception Curriculum Information for Parents / Carers

Spring 1 - 2017

 

Key Texts

This half term our key texts will be Little Rabbit Foo Foo and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, both by Michael Rosen.

Curriculum

Some of the things we will be concentrating on this half term are:

 

  • Maths – We will be learning about the following: size, capacity, estimating, position, and simple addition.
  • Writing – We will continue to learn new and even trickier sounds in phonics and practise using these in our writing. If you are curious about what sounds we are learning and how to pronounce them please ask us! We have also uploaded a link below which will open a video that demonstrates the correct pronunciation of each sound.
  • Physical development – We will be working on improving children’s coordination and how they can handle equipment and tools effectively, for example, using a scissors safely and accurately to cut something out.
  • Art – we will be learning about primary colours and how we can mix them to make a range of different colours.
  • We will be looking at the festival of Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. We will also be doing some exciting healthy eating activities related to this!

 

Roleplay

In Maple Class we will be creating a doctor’s surgery roleplay area and in Birch Class we will have a café. Both of these roleplay areas will give children the opportunity to use their own experiences to develop their imagination and language.

Trips

This half term we are planning a trip to the woods to explore and recreate the story of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

Reading

 

 

This half term we are introducing new phonics books which will give your child an opportunity to use what they have learnt in phonics to help them read. We also encourage you to share your child’s library book with them and to use Bug Club to read books online which have been chosen specifically for each child by their teacher. We are very excited that some children have been visiting Morden library and using their library card to choose their own books!

Home Learning

Keep on learning those 2 keywords that we send home each week! They are making a big impact on the children’s reading and writing and children are very eager to spot them in their home reading books, and to use them in their independent writing.

 

 

Fire Brigade Visit

On Thursday 3rd November we had a visit from London Fire Brigade. We had great fun climbing aboard the fire engine, trying on their helmets and squirting the hose. We also learned the importance of keeping safe and not playing with fire. 

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Early Years Messy Play Day

We had a fantastic turnout for our Early Years Messy Play Day. A big thank you to all those parents and carers who could make it. The children really enjoyed having their adults there, and the adults seemed to have great fun too! 

 

If you couldn't make it this time, don't worry, we will be having another Play Day later in the term.

 

Soon we will also begin reading mornings where parents/carers are invited to come and read with their child in class. We'll keep you updated when this is about to start. 

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Welcome Back!

 

Welcome back to a new and exciting school year!

 

The children in both Reception classes are settling well. It has been a big change for many children coming from Nursery who are now spending a whole day in Reception but the children are doing fantastically! We have some children who are new to the school who are doing very well and already making lots of new friends.  

 

Some information which may be useful to you:

 

Times:  School begins at 8.50am and ends at 3.10pm - please ensure that your child arrives to school on time so that they don't miss out on important learning.

 

PE:  Reception have PE on a Tuesday.  Children do not need a PE kit until the Summer Term. We will remind you closer to the time.

 

Library books: Friday is our library day and children will choose a library book to take home. Please ensure that your child's book is returned in their book bag each Friday so they can choose a new one.

 

Contact:  If you need to speak urgently to any of the Reception teachers, a brief message can be given in the morning or at the end of the day.  If you need more time, please let the office know and make an appointment.

 

Thank you for your continued support!


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