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This week we have been focussing on the theme ‘My Family’, and have enjoyed taking inspiration from the book ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson.

The children had fun creating their own stick man, from a range of natural materials found while exploring the school grounds. They also used sticks and other natural objects to construct, mark make and create collage pictures.

During circle time, we talked and afterwards wrote about other things a stick could be used for. Some of the fabulous ideas that the children came up with included: hairbrush, microphone, paddle, make-up brush, back scratcher, pointer, drum stick and bat.

The highlight of the week was receiving our brand new fantastic mud kitchen made by Hanna’s family.

We finished the week off by spending time in the glorious sunshine, reading books with our Year 6 Reading Partners.

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Meet Our Year 6 Reading Partners

On Friday, we met our Year 6 Reading Partners and had lots of fun getting to know them! Some of the Reception children were a little camera shy and decided not to pose for a picture. Look closely and you will probably see them playing in the background!

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Reception Class Week 2

What a busy week Reception have had!

We have spent the week focussing on the story ‘Owl Babies’ and have learnt that owls are nocturnal, and that they live in nests high in the trees. We looked at a real nest and couldn’t believe how light it was. We even had a go at building our own from collage materials and large construction.

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On Wednesday, we celebrated Roald Dahl Day by reading ‘The Enormous Crocodile’. We made crocodiles from junk modelling materials, painted crocodiles and even counted their teeth!

Today, we participated in our first ever class act of worship. The children were amazing at offering up prayers for friends, family members and pets. They were quiet and respectful. It was a real spiritual moment! This was followed by a trip to the Prayer Garden and the International Garden.

Next week, we are focussing on the story ‘Stick Man’.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

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Our First Week in Reception

What a wonderful first week we have had in Reception Class!

The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring their new learning environment and getting to know each other. They have coped really well with coming into class in the morning, learning new routines and with lunchtimes. I am sure they are all coming home absolutely shattered at the moment, which is to be expected.

We hope you enjoy looking at the photographs- please feel free to comment!

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team.

 

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Willows Farm

What a wonderful day was had by all!

The children started the day by thinking about what animals need to stay healthy. We then went with our guide Danielle, to the large indoor animal house, where we saw and fed the shire horses, donkeys, goats, alpacas, rabbits and pigs. Some of us held the guinea pigs!

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Next, we visited the reindeer and goats. Did you know that a male reindeer loses it’s antlers before Christmas every year and a female after Christmas? They grow back exactly the same shape but every year they get bigger! That must make the reindeers belonging to Father Christmas all female!!

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Then it was show time!

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Then we learnt about how cows are milked and what everyday foods start out as milk. We also had a go at milking.

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There was just enough time before lunch to go on a tractor ride.

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After lunch, we let off some energy in the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground, before watching the sheep race.

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An early night needed for everyone I think!

Enjoy your evening,

The Early Years Team

Traditional English Folk Dancing

The highlight of the week by far was when Reception participated in a traditional English folk dancing workshop. The children absolutely loved every minute of it.

Please see the following videos for an insight into their session!

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Early Years Team

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Garden Party, Pirates and More…

What a busy week we have had. The children have definitely led us in their learning this week- diverting us slightly off topic and immerging us in the world of pirates, during Child Initiated Learning! We have been busy making pirate ships, flags, props and drawing our own treasure maps and writing clues.

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During assembly on Monday, we were visited by Affinity Water, who taught us about the water cycle and how to be water efficient.  The demonstrations were lots of fun!

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On Monday afternoon, we were treated to the Year 6 show- Pirates of the Curry Bean. Reception thought that their reading partners were fantastic!

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The rest of the week was spent preparing for the garden party on Friday. We learnt all about our assigned decade- the 80s. We looked at (and laughed at) the fashion, listened to 80s music and learnt about the toys that were popular during that era. The children could not believe the size of the mobile phones during that time! We designed our garden and spent Thursday getting it ready.

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Finally, on Friday we had lots of fun celebrating!

 

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Thank you so much for your kind donations of cakes.

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Early Years Team.

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Sports Day

It was a wonderful first ever sports day for Reception on Friday and the children enjoyed every minute of it!

Well done everyone!

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Spirituality Week, Tie Dye and Celebration Morning

Wow! What a busy week we have had; our feet haven’t touched the ground since Monday!

The start of the week saw the introduction to Spirituality week, where the children made prayer cards and shared them with their Year 6 partners.

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On Tuesday, we asked ourselves the question, ‘Where do I see God?’

On Wednesday, we were led through the various prayer stations by Year 6. The Reception children were respectful and  prayerful throughout.

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On Tuesday, we tie dyed our t shirts ready for the Potters Bar carnival next month. Remember to give them a wash on their own, either by hand or on a quick cycle in the washing machine.

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Thank you so much for the wonderful turnout at the Celebration Morning today. I hope you enjoyed sharing your child’s learning.

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Have a wonderful half term holiday.

The Reception Team

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Year 6 – 26/05/17

Along with the rest of the school, Year 6 have been participating in Spirituality Week, during which we have been taking the time to find God’s presence in school and in our lives. After assembly on Monday, each pupil in the school made a prayer card for another member of the school to give to them. Year 6 swapped theirs with their Reception reading partners, then spent time reading with them outside to make the most of the beautiful weather.

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Well done to Brody for representing Year 6 so well in Wednesday’s guitar concert; we were all very impressed!

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In recognition of the Feast of the Ascension, the children used chalk pastels to show their interpretation of the story.

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I wish you all a glorious half term! We won’t be using scripts for rehearsals after half term, so make sure you learn your lines if you haven’t already done so.

Miss Donatantonio