Welcome to Foundation 2.
Time To Say Goodbye!
Well the time has come, only 2 weeks left and we say Goodbye to our beautiful Reception Superstars! This is the show we have been dreading putting together as we know its one of the last ones with our children. We hope you have enjoyed our website page and we all would like to say ‘THANK YOU’ for all your support during the year! Grab those tissues folks as you watch our ‘Goodbye Show’ (Staff have already had a preview and the tears were flowing). It has been a pleasure and privilege to teach your children. They have been a super class and we will all miss them very much. Mrs Harrison, Miss Doughty, Mrs Trayford & Mrs Williams xxxx
Butterflies from Louis and his Mummy!
Louis and his mummy over the past few weeks have brought in a butterfly garden for all Reception to observe how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Our children have been enthralled with the process and last week we all said goodbye to the butterflies as Louis and his Mummy set them free.
A massive thank you to Louis and his Mummy from all Reception and the team!
Writing about Minibeasts!
As our topic this term has been Minibeasts, we asked our children to choose their favourite Minibeast and to write some facts about their chosen Minibeasts.
Reception went to the writing table and set about this task. To say we are lost for words is an understatement! Their writing is just PHENOMENAL! We didn’t expect to top their last piece of writing on People Who Help Us...but they have as you can see! Fantastic Reception! What SUPERSTARS you all are!
Mrs Harrison & team.
We held our annual Environment Day on the 5th June 2014. The rain held off for us and the whole school worked hard weeding, digging and planting all of the school's grounds and gardens. Well done everyone! The school looks great !
Please take a look at the slideshows of the pupils and staff hard at work! We hope you enjoy them!
On the 9th April we were invited to Holy Cross College to watch a performance by their theatre study students. (A few days before this Reception were treated to a sneak preview of the performance as the students and their teacher Jenny (Ralphie's Mummy) came to Reception Class.)
We were all very excited to get on the coach and to be treated to this special performance for us.
The students at Holy Cross were great and they played some games with us until it was tome to watch.
We all got a chocolate egg at the end for being a super audience.
Mrs Harrison has been teaching Reception all about Symmetry! Our children have loved saying the words Symmetry and Symmetrical and are coming to us with all sorts of objects, showing us which are symmetrical and which are not.
Please click on the slideshow to view our children painting a symmetrical butterfly ( we cut out the butterfly shape once the paint was dry) . They are all hanging from our classroom ceiling and look amazing!
Our children have made a beautiful display of sunflowers in our classroom. We heard some wonderful language from this activity, growing, tall, soil, summer, sunshine etc. With this in mind we gave the children a ‘growing a sunflower worksheet ‘. The children had to put the pictures in the correct order from the sunflower seed to the tall beautiful sunflower. Reception were fantastic at this!
As a bonus and with our Reception children being super writers we asked them to write a sentence or word to explain what is happening in each picture.
On Molly’s last day before her op we made her Queen for the day! Molly had to wear a crown and a badge with VIP written on it. Molly sat in Mrs Harrisons chair and was allowed to choose whatever she wanted!
We held a party in the afternoon... pass the parcel, musical bumps and then all her friends from Reception and Nursery came together to watch a DVD with goodies to eat and drink. At the end of the day all the children and staff wished Molly lots of luck and told her to hurry back to school as we will be missing her.
We decided to make blossom trees to display in our window. Mrs Harrison showed Reception different ways to paint by using their fingers to create a tree trunk and by blowing paint to create branches.
Reception couldn’t wait to try this!
Please click on the slideshows to see us creating our Blossom Trees!
Good Job Reception!
Our Reception children use the school I Pads at least twice a week.
When they see the I Pad trolley in the classroom they are so excited!
We are delighted with how their IT skills are progressing!
Please click on the slideshow to see our children using the I Pads!
Four-year-old Molly Denney was given a boost by school friends as she faces complex leg surgery. All children from our school took part in a Disney Day to raise funds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where Molly will be having her operation.
Please click on the slideshow to see Reception dressed as Disney Characters.
We have been talking about people who help us and especially our ‘Emergency Services’.
Our Foundation Unit had a visit from some very important people, ‘The Police’. We were very lucky to have Sam’s Daddy who is a Policeman to come and talk to us and bring a Police Van with other Police Officers.
The Policemen told us all about their job and what they do to help us. We wore the Policemen’s helmets, held the walkie-talkie, handcuffs and truncheon.
Miss Wharmby was dressed as the Police Officer and Mrs Harrison was the robber. Miss Wharmby chased Mrs Harrison around the classroom and then when Miss Wharmby caught Mrs Harrison the handcuffs were put on! Our children laughed so much at this!
Then we went out to see the Police Van. Our children sat in the drivers seat, turned on the blue flashing lights and turned the police sirens on too. Then in the back of the van our children sat where the police put the prisoners when they have been naughty.
What a fantastic experience for our children!
We would like to thank the following officers for coming to visit us. The children loved your visit!
Reception Class Mums! Make sure you have your tissues ready!
A Mother’s Day message for Reception Class Mums!
We hope you enjoy the show!
Mrs Harrison & Miss Doughty
We decided to introduce a ‘rolling snack’ into our Foundation Unit at the beginning of the year as we know children may be hungry, thirsty at different times. Therefore we decided on the Snack Shack!
The Snack Shack allows our children to have the choice of when they want to eat and drink, whom they would like to sit with, activities need not be stopped and our children can continue their play undisturbed therefore snack time becomes an integrated activity within the session. Also research shows that eating patterns developed in early childhood tend to be carried into adulthood. If children are introduced to fruit and vegetables at a young age it is more likely they will enjoy them and eat them more frequently
The Learning Outcomes your children will achieve through the Snack Shack are...
Communication, language and literacy
Language for thinking: We have conversations about food and drink preferences, where food and drink comes from etc.
Literacy skills: We display healthy eating posters and photographs of children at snack time, Our children are reading their names on their name cards and bringing them to the Snack Shack to show they are in the shack.
Lovely interaction between the children and us, the team!
Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
Counting, calculating and problem solving: we ask questions like, how many children are at the table, how many plates and cups do we need, what if another child joins in or leaves – how many children are left, how to make more spaces available etc.
Personal, social and emotional development
Turn taking and making relationships: waiting for a space at the table, we have a dish and put in the middle of the table and the children can take it in turns to choose what they would like.
Behaviour and self control: learning about appropriate behaviour at the snack table, sharing and knowing how much food or drink to take
Knowledge and understanding of the world
Exploration and investigation: through cooking and preparing snacks and drinks, looking at changing properties, also through growing fruit and vegetables
Fine motor skills: peeling skin off, slicing and cutting fruit, using cutlery, spreading jam etc
Gross motor skills: pouring from jugs, preparing snack area
Health and bodily awareness: learning about the benefits of eating a balanced and nutritious diet and its role in healthy growth and development of our bodies.
Exploring media and materials: experiencing a range of tastes and textures of food and drink e.g. We tasted Chinese Food for Chinese New Year as our snack.
Our children love coming to the ‘Snack Shack’. We open at 9.30am -11.15am and 1.00pm -2.45pm. The children queue up to help us set up the snack shack every day and by preparing their own snack, washing their hands, getting their own cup and plate, cleaning up after themselves our children are becoming increasingly independent as well as helping each other and taking turns, especially when new to the group, our children are learning and improving their social skills.
We feel it is very important to make snack time an enjoyable and positive experience!
In Reception, one of our topics this term is ‘People Who Help Us’.
We asked our children to tell us who they think helps us. Reception named Police, Nurses, Doctors, Postmen, Firemen, Dentists, Opticians, Lollipop Lady and Librarians as people they thought helped us. Then we asked the children to choose one of the above to write a sentence on what they do to help us.
Reception went to the writing table. Capital letters, full stops, finger spaces were used as well as using their blending and segmenting skills to write their words. We watched beautiful letter formation and they really thought about what they wanted to write. We were overwhelmed and delighted. You gave us goose bumps again Reception!
Mrs Harrison is giving EVERY child a ‘Wow Moment’ as their writing skills and sentences were brilliant!
We are thrilled with how much the children have progressed in all areas but especially their writing skills,
Miss Doughty has made a slide show showing on the left hand side of each child’s clip their very first sentence and on the right side the latest sentence. You will be amazed!
We would like to say ‘thank you’ to you all. the parents, guardians, grandparents etc as with your input at home and our input at school ,look at what your child can achieve!
In Reception we have noticed that we have lots of artists, so with this in mind we decided to let our children experience ‘still art’.
We placed a blue vase with a bunch of daffodils on our table. We then called groups of children over and asked them why they thought we had done this.
We got some fantastic language from this, Spring, flowers, stem, petals, pollen and one little person said ‘to make us happy’. It did make us happy too!
We asked our children to choose what colours they would need as they were going to sit, look at the vase and flowers and try and paint the vase and flowers.
We are so impressed by their painting efforts that we decided to use them for our hall display and are displaying them in our classroom too!
PE Lesson Using Apparatus
Mrs Harrison & the team decided that our children were sensible enough to be able to use the PE apparatus in our PE lesson.
Reception helped to set up showing they could move the equipment safely. Mrs Harrison explained each activity to Reception and how we must keep safe by listening to the instructions etc.
Reception amazed us by their grown up attitude to this lesson.
They showed us they could travel with confidence and skill on the balancing activity.
They could jump off the high and medium high frames and land appropriately. Some children needed a little encouragement and help and we were delighted with their eagerness to give it a go.
The ball catching activity shows us their increasing control over an object by throwing and catching it.
Mrs Harrison & Team
Our Reception children had some special visitors visit our Foundation Unit. Lauren (the Vet), Ella (Vet Nurse) and Fraser from T.A. Irving Veterinary Surgery in Whitefield came to talk to our children about the job they do and how to look after our pets.
Fraser the dog then took over and allowed our children to listen to his heart beating through a stethoscope, looked inside his ears and then practised putting bandages on his legs and paws. Fraser stood patiently while all the children had a turn. He was so well behaved!
Our children were thrilled with the visit as you can imagine.
A massive ‘Thank You’ to Lauren, Emma and the STAR of the visit ‘Fraser’ from all our children and staff in the Foundation Unit.
Chinese New Year (Year of the Horse)
Our children have been learning all about Chinese culture, food, dress and even some Chinese language. We have made lucky envelopes, decorated horseshoes (Year of the Horse), created lanterns, Chinese writing and performed a dragon dance in the school hall as well as singing Gung Hay Fat Choy.
Phew! We have been very busy in the Foundation Unit this term. Please click on the slideshows to view our children enjoying all the fun activities and learning we had during this celebration. We hope you enjoy them!
Snowdrops by Reception
Reception children have been busy this new term making snowdrop paintings for the classroom and the display board in the school hall.
Please click on the slideshow to see us making the paintings and the finished display in the hall.
Well done Reception, they look lovely!
Reception Cast of Sleepy Shepherd
Take a look at our little superstars who starred in our Christmas production, ‘The Sleepy Shepherd’
We hope you enjoyed the show as much as we did!
Posting Our Letters To Santa!
Our Reception Children walked up to the post office to post their letters to Santa!
Please click on the show to view our walk.
Please take a look at the slideshow of our Reception children dressed in Santa Suits!
How cute do they look!
Letter To Santa!
Take a look at the show of our children’s letters to Santa. They all tried their very best to write in their neatest handwriting and tried so hard to sound out their words before they wrote them. We are very proud of their effort and are sure Santa will be too!
Reception’s Christmas DinnerFriday 13th Dec was our School Christmas Dinner Day.
Sleepy Shepherd Dress Rehearsal
Please take a look at Reception & Nursery Morning Children during their Dress Rehearsal for the Sleepy Shepherd.
Our children have noticed the change in the weather and how we will moving into a different season e.g. Jack Frost has been and how there are some trees with no leaves on, so we decided to make our Winter Trees for our window display,
Glue and glitter at the ready, our children sat in groups making their very own ‘Winter Trees’.
Some fantastic language again could be heard coming from the creative area...
|Ice, hibernate, sparkly spiders webs, freezing, slippy, cold, etc and obviously Christmas was used a lot.
Please take a look at the slide shows of our children making their winter trees and their finished winter trees.
They look lovely in our window!
Well Done Reception!
Please take a look at the show of our Reception Children dressed in fantastic costumes for Children In Need.
Thank you for all your donations & well done to Leon for winning the Pudsey Gift Set.
Reception go on a ‘Bear Hunt’
Please take a look at our Reception Children in PE going on a ‘Bear Hunt’.
Charlie is going on a ‘BEAR HUNT’
Please click on the show to see Charlie narrating his favourite story ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ to all his classmates.
Wow Charlie, you were fantastic and brought tears to everyone’s eyes! We are so very proud of you! Well Done!
Mrs Harrison, Mrs Williams & the team.
Our Happy Songs For You!
All the staff in the Foundation Unit have passed comment on how great our children are. We hear lots of laughter and see happy smiling faces in our unit every day. Therefore Mrs Harrison decided to teach the children the 2 happy songs that she used to sing to her boys when they were little. Miss Doughty then wondered if they could learn the song she used to sing to her boy when he was small.( Miss Doughty can’t sing like Mrs Harrison hence the backing track on Happiness ha ha!)
Our children loved singing these songs and we hope you enjoy the happy songs too!
Well done Reception, keep SMILING!
Please click on the slideshows of our Reception Children making their very own skeletons. Lots of mathematical language was used by the children e.g., long, short, what length etc as they did the activity as well as cutting skills and remembering where our bones are and feeling our bones in our body.
The children were queuing up to do this activity and we are sure you will agree with us as they made fantastic skeletons.
We are so proud of you Reception!
As we are learning all about our bodies, Louis brought into school a fantastic poster showing us what our heart looks like and all the things it does. Louis & Mrs Harrison explained to the class how the heart pumps our blood around our body.
Thank you Louis for sharing your super poster with us!
|Our First Days in Reception
We are delighted with our Reception Children as they have been fantastic at settling in and getting used to a full day at school.
We know you all must be wondering what your child is doing throughout the day so please click on the slideshows for a look at just some of the fun activities we have done so far.
|We hope you enjoy them and please keep coming back to visit the page as more shows will be added frequently.
Mrs Harrison & Miss Doughty