Autumn Term 2 (2021 - 2022)

Autumn 2, Week 6
This week started very differently, with Miss Berry working from home on TEAMs! The children were fantastic though and continued to REACH in all they did - well done!
The Reception children were absolute superstars in the Nativity this week! I am so proud of them! They have enjoyed learning the songs and joining in with the actions, all whilst learning about the Christmas Story. The children have begun learning some Phase 3 phonic sounds this week and are working really hard to form their letters correctly. In literacy this week Reception wrote letters to Santa and made Christmas cookies, which then enabled them to write instructions on how to make them. The children really enjoyed the Panto 'Sleeping Beauty' today and were able to retell the story afterwards. Reception's Learning Elf came to visit the children, challenging them to form the letter 'b' in the snow! The children have loved working in the role play area 'Santa's Workshop', where they have been busy designing, making and wrapping toys for Father Christmas to deliver on Christmas Eve!
Autumn 2, Week 5
Reception have had the busiest week, getting ready for our Nativity! Each day has been full of dancing, singing, acting and reflecting on the Christmas Story. They are absolutely exhausted but I am so proud of all the children and I know that they will perform brilliantly next week!
Reception children have been learning about Advent and what this means. The prayer table has been changed to purple and the children have been exploring the nativity set, thinking about how each person must have felt as they met baby Jesus for the first time! The children explored advent wreaths and have learned how many candles are on them and why. Reception produced lovely advent wreaths in their God Matters books and were very proud of themselves! In literacy this week, the focus has been on the text 'Santa Post'. The children have retold the story, created actions for it and have been able to sequence it. They have even tried to write the sounds, they hear in the words, when labelling each picture. Finally Reception had the best day on Wednesday when they were able to wear their own clothes to school for non-school uniform day! Thank you for the wonderful gifts the children brought in, the red hamper will look stunning and be full of lots of Christmas goodies!
Autumn 2, Week 4
What a magical week Reception have had!
The children began the week by again listening to our focus text 'The Snowman'. They then drew a picture of Mr Snowman and wrote a sentence to go with it. After this the children put their work into an envelope and posted them to the North Pole so that Mr Snowman could see them! A few days later, Reception received a wonderful surprise... Miss Gardiner brought in a HUGE bag with 'The Snowman's' face on and said it had been delivered to the school for St Mary's class! The children guessed that it must have come from Mr Snowman, and they were right! 'The Snowman' had sent the children a letter, which read that he was so amazed by the children's work that he wanted to give them a 'North Pole Breakfast'! He provided the children with yummy breakfast goodies and even a present! Mr Snowman gave Reception a new book called 'Santa's Post'. The children were so excited that we had to read it straight away. They then used the North Pole Breakfast to write a list of the food they ate and used the new story to begin focusing on letter writing.
 
Reception also took part in 'Advent Retreat' this week. They were so respectful and hard working, listening really well to the Christmas Story and producing wonderful reflective pieces of work. The Year 6 Chaplaincy Team came to support the children which was lovely. Reception are now very excited to start learning about Advent as we prepare ourselves for Christmas when Jesus was born.
Operation Christmas Child
In God Matters this half term Reception are looking at ‘Prayers, Saints and Feasts’ which is a topic predominantly focusing on love and care for others. 

The children have been exploring ways to display kindness to individuals and ways they can think of others before themselves. During some of our God Matters lessons and class prayers the children suggested that an act of kindness could be to “give people in poor countries some things”. Because of this, I decided that I would like the children take part in ‘Operation Christmas Child’ Project.

Reception watched a moving film clip where they saw children in poorer countries receiving shoeboxes full of gifts. They discussed how lucky we were to have everything that we do. Throughout the week, the children brought in a range of wonderful items to fill the shoeboxes, such as soap, toothbrushes, toys, pens, pencils, notepads, teddy bears and much, much more! Generous amounts of money was also donated, to help cover travelling costs. Reception then really enjoyed choosing items to fill a shoebox for either a little boy or girl aged 5-9 years old. The children were able to fill 10 boxes! How amazing!

The shoeboxes will then be passed on at the drop off centre tomorrow where they will continue their journey to  another country to put smiles on children's faces who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Thank you for your generosity and love.

Autumn 2, Week 3
This week was wellbeing week! The children have taken part in a variety of kindness and mindfulness activities. Reception have worked so hard in maths, focusing on the number 6 and developing their letters and sounds knowledge in phonics, looking at CVC words and initial sounds. Reception children have been looking at the text 'The Snowman' and have begun writing short sentences to send to him!
 
During outdoor learning this week the children found a little hedgehog in our garden! This was so exciting! The children loved seeing the hedgehog and found it funny when it started to walk across the grass. One child said "It's awesome we got to see it"!
Autumn 2, Week 1
Welcome back to a new term! The children have come back into school smiling and ready to learn! This week Reception have been learning all about people who care for them. On Wednesday the children were very fortunate to have a Fire Engine and Firefighters come to school. Reception learned all about what Firefighters do and how they care for people. The children got to use the Firefighter's hose which was very exciting!
 
This week, the theme for independent learning has been 'fireworks'! The children have been extremely creative, producing firework pictures using a range of resources such as paint, salt and water colour, pipe cleaners, marbles and much more! Reception used the outside whiteboards and glitter to make firework marks - great for developing their fine motor skills!
 
Outdoor learning has been so much fun this week! The children brought in so many fantastic resources to make their bug hotels. Mrs Hill and I were blown away by how creative the children were - our bugs are very lucky!!