Welcome to Reception!
Class Teacher: Mrs. Dugdale
Morning T.A: Mrs. Greer ( except Wednesday)
Afternoon T.A: Mrs. Riley
1:1 Support: Mrs. Kelly
PPA/DHT cover: Mrs. Stones (every Tuesday)
P.E Days-Monday and Tuesday
Please make sure that your child has their wellingtons and waterproofs in school every day as we go outside whatever the weather!
Our Gospel Value is "Kindness"
Our School Rules
We are proud to be an Eco school!
At St Thomas' we value the importance of recycling. If you have any batteries that you no longer use, please bring them into school in a clear bag and they will be sent to the office to add to our recycled battery collection.
Also our school water bottles are made from recycled material. Water bottles are available to buy for a cost of £2 for a new bottle and 50p for a replacement lid. Please send the money in with your child if they need one in a named envelope. Thank you.
Our Eco Warriors this term are ...
To be announced soon!
Weekly Newsletters, reminders and notices!
Look been up to what we've this week!
Welcome back! It's Autumn 2 and our theme will be festivals and celebrations.
Monday 23 November
Reception have been having a party all week! We have made wrapping paper using different printing techniques, written invitations, prepared party food and made party hats.
We have also started learning about the Christmas story and made Christmas cards and decorations to put on the school tree which arrives next week.
We are all really looking forward to the Grotto and Post Office which will be the new role play areas in our classroom next week!
Let's Celebrate! Monday 16th November 2020
Last week we had a fantastic time looking at different celebrations. We spent time learning about Diwali, the festival of light and made some beautiful hanging ornaments and tealight holders. The tealight holders were made out of clay which we painted then and added glitter and sequins to make them sparkle. We also celebrated Hanukkah and made handprint Hanukkiah which are 8 branch candlesticks, with a central candle used to light the others.
Monday 2nd November 2020
This week we have been very busy! We have been celebrating Bonfire Night. We have been talking about why we celebrate Bonfire night and discussed how we can enjoy the celebration safely. Using different materials we created firework pictures and made our own sparklers to use around the campfire. The campfire could be used if you dressed up safely and put on your gloves and scarf to keep warm! In the blackout tent we used torches and stencils to project images onto the sides.
We can't wait to find out what our next celebration or festival is going to be!
Monday 5th October 2020
We have begun our phonics lessons. We learnt the "s" sound. We looked for things that had an initial sound of "s", we even made the letter "s" out of spaghetti!
2nd October 2020
This week Mrs. Dugdale started reading the "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell. We have enjoyed listening to the story and can't wait to see what happens, We have been lots of owl related activities and we even had a go at making our own owl nests! We worked really well in our groups, all the teachers were really pleased with us!
1st October 2020
What an exciting day at St Thomas'! Mrs.Mason rescued a hoglet from the builders hole! We checked he was well and not injured, gave him a tour of school and popped him into Forest School for him to continue searching for his food ready for hibernation!
We also have been having lots of fun balancing on the balancing playground stomper stilts!
Monday 28th September 2020
Reception Class celebrated the European Day of Languages. We could wear clothes in blue,white and/or red.
We started the day by saying bonjour to all our friends, then we answered the register in French We learnt that red is rouge in French, that blue is bleu, that green is vert and that yellow is jaune. We also learnt to count up to 3!
When we went outside for P.E. we moved around the playground in lots of different ways. Mrs Dugdale then called out a colour in French and we had to go and stand next to a hoop in that colour. We were magnifique! Then Mrs Dugdale shouted out a number in French and we had to make that number in a group!
We also learnt about the French flag, some of us used our fingers to print a flag, some of us collaged a flag and some of us made a flag out of coloured pegs. We even had a go at making the Eiffel Tower from lollysticks!
Our day was tres bien!
Our first few weeks of school have been lots of fun. We have made new friends and done lots of activities. We've had a great time, look at the smiles on our faces!
What shall we build next?
All kitted out, searching for puddles!
The first story we have shared is called "While We Can't Hug" by Eoin McLaughlin. Covid has been a difficult time for us all, this book helps with the transition back into school and for our Reception who are starting school. For EYFS children it helps them deal with social distancing.
Hedgehog and Tortoise were the best of friends. They wanted to give each other a great, big hug. But they weren't allowed to touch.
"Don't worry," said Owl. "There are lots of ways to show someone you love them."
So the two friends wave to each other, blow kisses, sing songs, dance around and write letters. And even though they can't hug and they can't touch, they both know that they are loved. A gorgeous, uplifting, inspiring picture book that makes social distancing fun!
Link on the link here to see the story.
We have started big school! Welcome to all the children who have joined us. Are you ready for some fun?
The Early Years Journey.
WHAT IS THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) begins from birth for any children who attend a nursery, pre-school, or are cared for by a childminder. As they join our Early Years, they continue to be part of the EYFS until the end of the Reception year.
THE FOUNDATION STAGE CURRICULUM
- Personal, Social and emotional development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
The curriculum content is presented in a way that is appropriate to how very young children learn. It includes adult-directed and child selected activities and is closely monitored to ensure that your child takes advantage of the broad curriculum that is offered to them. We aim to ensure that your child has access to a positive, motivating and secure environment in which to develop their skills.
The Foundation Stage area provides stimulating, exciting and well-organised resources for your child to use and explore at their own pace. The resources are easily accessible and presented in areas, which are referred to as Continuous Provision areas.
The following Continuous Provision areas are provided at different times:
- Role Play
- Reading Area
- Small world
- Outdoor play
Play is an effective and valuable approach to learning and children put a great deal of effort into it. They often become absorbed and display high levels of concentration. Through their exploration, experimentation and discovery, various concepts are developed and formed. The curriculum is therefore planned and adapted to fit the needs, interests and learning styles of the children.
WAYS OF HELPING YOUR CHILD TO BECOME MORE INDEPENDENT
- Dress and undress, coping with clothes that may have become inside out.
- Practise fastening buckles, buttons and zips.
- Begin to use the toilet properly, be able to wipe their bottom and flush the toilet.
- Wash and dry hands properly. Practising good hygiene.
- Help tidy up toys after playing.
- Recognise their full name.
- Begin to use a knife, fork and spoon to be able to eat their school dinner.
- Practise using manners daily, saying Please, Thank You, Excuse me.
Your child’s first task is to become independent. A class teacher may have 26 children all wanting help with dressing and undressing at the same time. This is not just a problem at P.E times, but every playtime and lunchtime.
Please bear this in mind when choosing items of clothing for your child. Always look for simple fastening, especially shoes (e.g. Velcro rather than laces).
There are so many things you can do to prepare young children for pre-school. Many things you will have been doing automatically from birth, but here are some ideas of activities, which pre-school children particularly enjoy.
From a very early age, children enjoy having books – to look at themselves and to have stories read from.
- Use books with lots of pictures and discuss them – try not to just read the text and then move on to the next page. This helps your child with understanding.
- Many books produced nowadays introduce a further dimension to the idea of storytelling requiring the listener to participate (i.e. lifting flaps, pulling tabs etc.) Children particularly enjoy this activity.
- Encourage children to respect books, always turning pages carefully etc.
- Read to your child as often as possible.
- Show them how to handle books correctly.
- Join the local library.
- Look at lots of different prints/lettering within the environment.
So many opportunities arise when it is possible to extend a child’s vocabulary and understanding of our language, not only on special outings but also in the home where daily routines are carried out.
- Discuss interesting words and sounds.
- Re-tell and teach nursery rhymes and poems to your child so that he or she begins to hear words that sound the same (rhyme)
- Use television SELECTIVELY with your child and discuss programmes afterwards.
Your child may want to learn to write his/her name before they come to school. If you want to teach him/her please use small letters, not capitals (except at the beginning of the name of course e.g. Rebecca, John). Children must be shown the correct letter formation from the very beginning otherwise bad habits form.
After your child has settled into pre-school, we will begin to focus on the teaching of Phase 1 phonics.
At St Thomas’, we teach synthetic phonics using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, when ready.
Most parents begin preparing their children to be receptive to the concepts of number without realising it. They point out things, which are the same and therefore go together (sorting), for example, a pair of socks or two red flowers and things that match such as a cup and saucer or knife and fork. These concepts must be understood before any formal number of work can be introduced. Counting is great fun for young children but they must grasp the idea of ‘one number for one item’.
When shopping, discuss the fact that money is used to buy things but don’t worry about the value of coins at this stage. Perhaps you could save empty packets and playshops, or save used stamps and envelopes to play at Post Offices.
Children adore making things however simple the task may seem to an adult.
- Provide your child with things such as paints, crayons, pens, felt-tips, chalk, pencils, and large sheets of paper, card and glue. Use these opportunities to discuss colours, shapes and patterns.
- Teach your child how to use and be sensible with scissors. E.g. how to hold the scissors when passing them to someone else.
- Show him/her how to hold a pencil.
- Experiment with clay, Plasticine, sand and water. Talk about concepts such as more/less/few, empty/full, heavy/light etc.
Many daily activities can be the start of a discussion concerning scientific concepts e.g. baking, making jelly, growing plants (cress, carrot tops etc.) Talk about different seasons, the weather, animals, day/night – the list is endless!