Welcome to St Peter's Reception class page.
My name is Miss Lightfoot and I am the Reception class teacher for this academic year. Our teaching assistant is Mrs Sinton who is a vital part of our team.
You can see below our end of year expectations for your children, the early learning goals which we will be striving to achieve and also the curriculum overview for each half term.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss any matter at any time, please come into school and see us. We have added below some more information for parents about EYFS and a link to a parent guidance booklet, which we hope may be of some use.
Reading - Please see the front of your child’s reading record for their book change day. Please read every night with your child and practise the tricky words and phonics sounds that we will add to their reading record regularly,
PE - PE will be on Wednesdays. The class is split into two groups, so they will change into their PE kits every second Wednesday to do PE with Mr Lord. Children also have daily access to our outdoor area, with structured provision in place to ensure children receive a great amount of physical education time.
If you ever have any questions or queries, please pop into school to see Miss Lightfoot.
Thank you for your continued support,
Miss Lightfoot and Mrs Sinton
Settling in, Making Friends and Learning
We have been settling into Reception. learning new rules and routines. We have been having lots of fun learning how to use the new continuous provision areas. Take a look at some of our settling in photos below.
We have been learning all about the different seasons, focussing closely on Autumn this half term. We have certainly made the most of our wonderful school forest! We went on a hunt to find different signs of Autumn. We observed the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees. We were very excited to find and learn about a range of mushrooms, berries and even ‘Leaf Man’ from our class text by Lois Ehlert!
Floating and Sinking
We have been learning lots of new scientific skills. We have learnt all about floating, sinking and density. We made predictions about whether items might float or sink in water and why. Some of us were surprised to see that it isn’t always the biggest item that sinks! This led us onto a discussion about density. As part of our learning about Autumn, we played apple bobbing. We talked about why we thought the apples were floating. We had lots of fun and even enjoyed eating the apples at the end!
We have been learning about other cultures and celebrations. This week, we learnt all about the Hindu celebration of light: Diwali. We used plasticine and decorative items to make brightly coloured Diwali lamps. We are really proud of our work!
Autumn Leaf Rubbing
We enjoyed Learning about the Leaf Man so much that we have all been collecting leaves on our lunch break. Miss Lightfoot saw how excited we all still were so decided to add an extra continuous provision area...and we loved it! We used wax crayons turned on their side to create the leaf pattern. We talked about texture, making sure we used the ‘bumpy side’ of the leaves. We enjoyed talking about the Seasons and why Autumn leaves are so beautifully colourful. Take a look at some of our wonderful creative work below.
Forest School Fireworks!
We put on our wellies again this week and headed out for forest school. We have been learning all about Guy Fawkes and what he tried to do. We talked about how fireworks are explosions in the sky. We looked at some firework pictures and then made some firework pictures of our own, using natural materials such as brightly coloured leaves.
In November, We Remember
We have been learning about war and the brave soldiers who died for us. We did a whole class meditation, made a window remembrance display with finger painted poppies and wrote prayers for people of our choice. In the continuous provision areas, we used our creative skills to paint poppies and make them out of play dough.
Melting and Freezing
We have really enjoyed being scientists this week! We read the story “Supertato” by Sue Hendra. When we got into school the next day, we found that ‘evil pea’ had frozen some poor carrots! We found them trapped in ice with a sign that said “help!”
We talked about what happens to ice when it gets warmer and we made predictions about what the quickest way to melt the ice and free the poor carrots might be. We had some fantastic discussions about freezing and melting experiences in our own lives too. We were VERY excited when we finally melted the ice and freed the carrots!
(Some of us are still outside with magnifying glasses, searching for Evil Pea “because he is small so we need a magnifying glass to help us see him.”)
Technology, Computing and Coding
We have been using bee-bots to start learning simple coding in computing / technology. We talked about why we need to charge the bee-bots and how we have brains but we need to tell the robots what to do by typing in the correct sequence of instructions. After Miss Lightfoot had modelled it to the whole class, we all had a go independently during continuous provision time. We enjoyed counting the squares and trying to get the bee-bots to move to different shops on the map!
Phonics / Reading
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