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Reception Class Week 10

This week, Reception have been participating in National Anti-Bullying Week.

The theme this year was ‘All Different, All Equal’ and the class have spent a lot of time celebrating what makes us unique.

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We used the book ‘The Rainbow Fish to the Rescue’ to explore different types of bullying. In the story, a little striped fish is left out because he looks different to the other fish. This was a great way to start talking about what bullying is, in a way the children could understand and relate to.

This is what some of the children said about bullying…

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“A person who keeps biting you all the time is being a bully. That is not good. I will never, ever be a bully. No way.”

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“A bully person always says to another person, ‘I’m going to fight you!’ and they just keep on fighting everyone all the time.”

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“A bully will leave you out and not share.”

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“A bully is a mean person. They fight people all the time. They make people sad all the time. I don’t like bullies.”

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“A bully goes around pushing kids all the time. It is a really bad thing.”

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“Bullying is things like always biting or hurting the same boy all the time. It is very unkind.”

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“If someone is hurting you at school, you need to tell the teacher.”

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“Bullies make people sad. They make children cry. It is not kind.”

Sometimes bullies call you bad names. You are not allowed to do that. You need to tell your mummy or you should tell your teacher.”

Mrs Theo was on a first aid course for two days this week, and so Reception Class had our Modern Foreign Languages leader, Mrs Moccia. She took the opportunity to speak some French with the class, alongside the French student visiting our class this week!

Next week, we will be focussing our learning around the book, Traction Man by Mini Grey, as well as rehearsing for our fast approaching class nativity.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team.

 

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Reception Class Week 9

 

 

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This week, Reception have been learning about why we have Remembrance Sunday and the significance of the red poppy. In particular, we have been thinking about bravery and talking about the times that we have been brave, even though we have felt very scared.

We also had some very exciting visitors who have to be brave every single day- fire officers!

Some of the fire officers from our local station came to show us around their fire engine. They showed us how they use their life saving equipment in an emergency situation and spoke to us about how they keep themselves safe in a fire. The fire officers also stressed the importance of working together as part of a team. The children asked lots of interesting questions and listened very well to what was being said.

To finish off, we all had a go at turning on the fire hose and knocking over the cone with the water!

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Next week, we will be celebrating World Nursery Rhyme Week, focussing on one rhyme each day, and we will be joining the rest of the school in Anti Bullying Week.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

The Reception Team

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Week 8 Reception Class

 

This week we began our new topic, ‘Festivals and Celebrations’, with a focus on Diwali.

We learnt how about how Hindu families celebrate Diwali, the festival of light, by going to pray at the temple, lighting special diva lamps, coming together to eat special food and setting off fireworks in the evening. We listened to the story of Rama and Sita and watched film clips about how Hindu families prepare for Diwali

We also learnt about rangoli patterns and had fun creating our own from a wide range of materials.

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We made diva lamps from clay.

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During circle time, we talked about keeping safe around fireworks and bonfires. We even wrote some safety posters.

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Some of the children decided to make a bonfire, complete with a seating area, from the large construction materials outside.

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Other children made fireworks from junk modelling or created pictures using a computer programme.

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Finally, we have made a start on getting the flower beds ready for Spring by exploring and then planting bulbs.

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Next week we will be learning about Remembrance Sunday.

Have a great weekend,

The Reception Team

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One World Week

What an exciting week of learning we have had!

Reception have enjoyed learning all about Italy during the school’s ‘One World Week’.

We made individual pizzas and some delicious lemonade. We used clay to make the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We created gondolas on a large and small scale and built replicas of the city of Venice with the large construction materials outside. The children also designed menus for an Italian restaurant and created beautiful artwork using dried pasta!

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It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Learning Celebration Morning today. The children were so excited to share their learning with you.

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Wishing you all a well deserved half term break,

The Reception Team

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Reception Class Week 6

This week in RE, we have been learning about how God created our wonderful world. The children listened exceptionally well and were able to recall the creation story in great detail afterwards. We then drew pictures and made models of creatures from clay, to display on our prayer table.

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On Monday morning, we suddenly abandoned the classroom, as something very distracting and very exciting was happening in the field next to us! The farmer was finally harvesting his crops. This was a fantastic real life learning opportunity for the children, and we were able to use the experience to make learning links with the celebration of Harvest Festival.

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On Thursday, Mrs Theo, Mrs Heymoz, Hanna, Emily, Panayiotis and Vincent all went to the church to visit the Little Lambs Group. We wanted to tell the parents and the children all about Pope Paul School, and to invite them to come and visit us. We also managed to have some fun while we were there!

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On Wednesday, we had our first session with Mr Dugan from Dame Alice Owen School. Despite the fact that we had to stay indoors due to bad weather, we still managed to have lots of fun practising our throwing, catching and jumping skills.

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Don’t forget, next Friday you are all invited to the Harvest Festival assembly. This will be followed by our Learning Celebration Morning, where you will get the chance to see some of the children’s fantastic learning on display in class. Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Reception Team

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Week 5 Reception

This week we have been thinking about when we were babies. We have spent a lot of time talking about the things that we could or couldn’t do when we were so small and comparing it with the things we can do now. The children have really enjoyed sharing their baby photos with each other.

On Tuesday, we were joined by baby Rocco, brother of Matteo in Year 1, and his mummy. The children were told all about how Rocco’s family keep him safe and happy. The Reception children had lots of interesting questions. We were amazed by how much they remembered about him the next day!  Eraldo’s mummy has recently had a baby, and so Eraldo taught us all how to hold a baby properly, explaining how important it is to support the baby’s head.

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This week we took our PE lesson outside and had a go at some team games. They children were brilliant at listening to instructions and turn taking! Next Wednesday, we are looking forward to PE with Mr Dugan, the PE teacher from Dame Alice Owen School.

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Before reading with our Year 6 partners this afternoon, we met up in the hall to participate in a very fun Fitter Futures session together.

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Have a wonderful weekend,

The Reception Team

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Week 4 in Reception Class

What another busy week- it has flown by!

On Monday, we began our phonics learning. Thank you for supporting your child at home with this- I know it can sometimes be a battle to get the children to practise their letter formation and sounding out, but the extra time spent at home really reinforces the new learning and pays off in the long term.

On Tuesday we had our ‘Welcome Mass’. The children were extremely well behaved and very excited to receive their own prayer books, blessed by Father Shaun.

On Thursday, the class took part in a drama workshop and they absolutely loved it. They were taken on an underwater adventure, in search of a missing pearl, and met lots of sea creatures along the way!

Lots of our learning this week focussed on turning the shed into a supermarket, and the new mud kitchen into ‘The Mud Kitchen Café’. The children enjoyed writing menus and posters, labelling, pricing and making shopping items, creating food and of course, serving customers.

Next week, we are going to be thinking about when we were babies. Please can you provide your child with a baby photograph of themselves, that we can display in class? They will be returned to you in due course. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

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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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