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Fitness Friday Fun!


We had so much fun during Fitness Friday. We concentrated on throwing and catching skills...but played a game making sure there was no smelly socks in our bedroom. It was so much fun throwing the smelly socks into the other team's bedroom and making it untidy! We showed Mr Kenny that we could listen well and follow instructions, freezing like statues when he told us to as well as well as ensuring we threw under arm.


Lots of fun! (Photos below)



Being Superheroes


After getting so excited in the classroom by pretending to be Superheroes, we decided to go outside on to the playground to 'fly' around and rescue people. We had lots of fun in our masks and capes (even if they were pretend!) 


See our fun photos below!




Chinese New Year


To celebrate the Chinese New Year, we made lanterns making sure that the colours we used were reds and yellows. We had to make sure that we carefully cut the lines on the paper to make the handle of the lantern and held our paint brushes steady so that the paint went on the lanterns and not anywhere else!

Picture 1


Spring Two


Is it a Bird.....? Is it a Plane....?No, it's a Penguin!


Spring Two will have a focus on Superheroes. We will be looking at describing them and what super powers they may have as well as designing our own superhero masks. We will explore Australia during Commonwealth Week as well as having a focus on And Tango Makes Three, a beautiful story about two male penguins who foster an egg of their own. This will allow our children to explore their own families learning that we are all the same but all different. Through circle time and lessons we will be learning about the Salvation and what this actually means. We will continue our daily phonics lessons to help the children read and write as well as counting and number work. Mr Kenny will continue to teach in our class (I feel a Superman outfit is about to appear!!) surprise


For Alien Day and Planeterium Visit pictures, go to Nursery's class page!


Muddy Monday


Ever wondered what we get up to during our Muddy Monday's? Here goes....


This week we went outside and took a walk around the outside hedges. We discussed the different leaves we saw. Very carefully, we touched the leaves, even if they were spikey! (We were very careful with holly and used our special 'pincer fingers' for this task!) We collected our own excting leaves and then went back to the classroom to draw our leaves. We made sure that we chose the right colours as well as looking closely to see we had drawn the correct shape.


 New Faces in the Classroom


A huge St Mary's welcome to our Student Teacher, Mr Kenny who will be with us for the next 5 weeks in Lumley! heart


Earth to control!


We are going to be dong some junk modelling this term, so any donatuons of egg boxes, empty cereal packs etc would be very much appreciated!


Thank you


Spring One


Our topic will be based around SPACE (as in outer!) We will be describing aliens and deciding what we should take with us on a rocketship to the moon! (decisions, descision....)


We will coninue with our daily phonics to help us read and write as well as our counting and number recognition. As we are doing so well at counting, we will be delving deeper, looking at adding, subtracting and even counting in 2's! For Literacy we will be doing some more T4W (what to take with us to the moon) as well as looking at what actually makes a sentence and how we can do this ourselves.




HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL  (and to all a Goodnight!)


I hope that you have a lovely Christmas and New Year Celebrations heart


 Reading Books


Over these next few weeks we should be ensuring that you child has a reading book. Books that are handed out may not have words in it. This is to get the children to familiaries themselves with sharing a book and discussing ideas and what they can see. From here, we will ensure that they have books with words, both tricky words that cannot be sounded out, but also with words that match their phonic knowledge (words that they can sound out.)


Please do not worry if your child has not yet got a book. This is because we want to ensure that the children are ready for reading books having a basic understanding of some letters and sounds and at this age, children develop at different stages.


Should you wish to discuss this with me, please do not hesitate to get it touch. laugh


World Nursery Rhyme Week


Thank you to all who were able to support us for our Nursery Rhyme Performance. This small performance has taken the children hours of rehearsing words, actions and remembering to sit still and sing! We really appreciate your support, so thank you for coming along. heart


Children in Need


Thank you to all for your continued support for Children in Need. We had an amazing day with some excellent costumes, brilkliant cakes, and even a visit from Pudsey himself! the children were delighted to show off to Pudsey and showed him how well we could count to 20 and then back again. He thought we were all amazing!



When Pudsey Came to Visit Reception


Autumn Two

Julia Donaldson Books and Christmas Time

This term sees the Reception children learning about the initial sounds in words as well as rhyming words through the use of Juila Donaldson books such as Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo's Child. We will also be ordering stories and describing characters through learning the Nativity Story. This will see the first introduction of Talk 4 Writing; a whole school strategy that sees the children internalising texts confidently in order to tell or retell a story. We will continue with our daily phonic lessons, learning the correct formation of letters and introducing blending of simple words. In Maths we will be concentrating on number recognition to 20, in and out of sequence, as well as forming the numbers to 20 and being able to count the correct quantity to the numeral.


This term will see two performances by our Foundation Unit. One is the Nursery Rhymes during World Nursery Rhyme week and the other is of course the Christmas Nativity. (Get the tissues ready parents...it gets me every year! coolheart)


Dates for this half term


17th November - Anti-Bullying Assembly at 2.30

21st November - Nursery Rhyme Performance at 2pm

29th November - Christingle Service at Church 2pm

8th December - Panto trip in afternoon

11th December - Foundation Stage Nativity at 10am and 2.15pm

20th December - Christmas Meal at lunch time (if requested)

21st December - Christmas parties during afternoon

22nd December - Christmas Church Service at 2pm




A Change to the People you will see in your classroom


Mrs Kabesh -  Reception Teacher  (SENCo)

Mrs Powell -  Reception Teaching Assistant

Mrs Vernon -Liley - Support Assistant

Mrs Chapman - Support Assistant

Mrs Wortley -  Reception & Nursery Teacher

Mrs Holmes -  Reception's Muddy Monday Expert




Welcome back everyone!


I hope that you have had a lovely holiday and are well rested and ready to start the new school year. I am raring to go so I hope you are too!


How this works...


I will update this page as we go along to bring you information, dates and photographs of the children's learning. I update by putting the most recent at the top BUT always scroll down in case I have added new information or changed the page over.


Happy reading and happy learning! heart


Autumn Term One


This term sees us learning about ANIMALS. 



The topic is called 'Aren't Animals Amazing?' We will be looking at texts such as 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' as well as 'Dear Zoo'. We will visit the Forest School and be looking at different classifications of animals...are they reptiles, mammals or amphibians, farm animals or wild animals or are they pets? As well as looking at how amazing we, as humans are. (Well aren't we? surprise) In Maths we will be looking at more or less numbers to 20 and beyond, concentrating on forming our numbers. We will be studying Henri Rousessau in our Art lessons and trying to recreate some of his work.


We will continue with our daily phonic lessons in order to help reading, writing and letter formation.



Our topic is called 'Animals and Me!' We will be looking at the animals around us and the patterns that they have. We will be having daily phonics lessons in order to build up a bank of letters and sounds which we can then practice writing out own names and the names of animals. In Maths we will concentrate on counting up to 5 and beyond as well as forming the numbers correctly.


Being the first term, we will get to know the children through play and circle times, allowing their confidence and trust in themselves and others grow.




We will be taking our learning outside on Monday afternoons (come rain or come shine!) so please can you ensure you bring wellies on this day. You can leave them at school should you wish, but please ensure that they are labelled.




PE kits will be needed for children. Our PE lessons will take place on a Friday afternoon during 'Fitness Friday'. (Year 1 will be already familiar with this.) PE kits can be left at school for each half term and then taken home to be washed during the holidays! Please ensure all kits are labelled clearly with names (shorts included please.) Year 1 will also have PE on Thursday afternoons.