Thank-you so much for your support at this time. You are all doing a great job of inspiring your children to learn at home. We really appreciate it! Stay safe, Mrs Beaumont :)
Reception Class now have passwords for "Spelling Shed" and "numbots" like the rest of the school. We planned to introduce these in school after Easter. However, if you would like their password now, to use as an additional resource at home, please email me and I will happily provide the details for you.
Questions about the Coronavirus book
The Grufallo illustrator Axel Scheffler has teamed up with experts to create a free book to explain what the Coronavirus is for children. It aims to answer questions for children between five to nine year olds and help them to understand what they are going through right now.
COMPETITION TIME- EASTER GARDEN
Can you make an Easter garden this week at home?
Do not go to the shops but use objects you have already in your house or garden. Try to be creative and create a garden which shows what Easter means to you.
Take a photo of your garden and send it to Mrs Clinch by email-Year3email@example.com.
Please send your photos by Friday 10th April
I will post the winning gardens on the website on Easter Sunday!
Work has been provided for children to complete in the event of a school closure. If your child was absent when the work was handed out, please see the links below to access work. All children have been given new logins to Purple Mash.Keep an eye out for daily "To Do" tasks that Mrs Beaumont sets for you! You can play on Mini Mash too, and save work in your named tray.
Please also use all of the phonics and ten town number cards that have been provided throughout the year so far. We have also provided a list of phase 2-5 key words to continue reading and spelling. Thank-you for your support. :)
From 20th April, please use the PHASE 4 powerpoint below to teach daily phonics. Just do one blend each day, working in order through the powerpoint. There are no new sounds in phase 4, just lots of blending known sounds together. :) I have also added phase 2 and 3 for revision.
Beginning Monday 20 April, BBC Bitesize will publish daily online lessons for all ages. We'll also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer
Home Learning Gallery
Keep sending your home learning photos, Reception! I love seeing what you have been up to!
The Last Supper
Take a look at a selection of our wonderful home learning about The Last Supper!
Covid-19 TIME CAPSULE
We are all living through history. Here is something to use to remember it. We can create a keepsake of this time for us to look back on. Print it off and fill it in :)
Daily PE at 9am - "PE with Joe" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8
Maths factor is an online maths resource for children 4- 12 years old. The resource is currently free due to Covid 19. Register for free and your child will have access to daily maths sessions and games.
Free passwords in the event of school closure:
PhonicsPlay is currently free to use. Children can use the site at home without parents needing to subscribe. All you need to do is log on using the following details:
Username: march20 Password: home
Oxford Owl Reading EBooks
Class Username: ReceptionStP
Class Password: books1
TWINKL- Free educational resources
TWINKL have created a code for parents to access all TWINKL resources for free for one month from the day the account is created. You just need to visit the above link, create your own account using an email address and insert the code UKTWINKLHELPS
EPIC - https://www.getepic.com/sign-in - Free 30 day free trial if you sign up. Lots of great reading resources!
Below are instructions on how to access your child's account on epic.
To access on a Laptop or Chrome book
Have your students open up their web browser and
To access on ios or android
After launching the Epic app, ask students to:
|Autumn A Parent Planner EYFS Marvellous Me.pub||Download|
|Autumn B Parent Planner EYFS Superheroes.pub||Download|
|Spring A Parent Planner EYFS Winter and Chinese New Year.pub||Download|
|Spring B Parent Planner EYFS Dinosaurs Easter.pub||Download|
|Summer A Parent Planner MiniBeasts and Life Cycles.pub||Download|
Mother’s Day Assembly Footage
Thank-you for your understanding regarding the cancellation of our Mother’s Day assembly. We will do our very best to ensure you see your children perform all of their hard work on this page instead. Please keep an eye out for videos below. They will be available once we are back in school, but here is a little taster video that we have already prepared for you! :)
Welcome to St Peter's Reception class page.
My name is Mrs Beaumont 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.
Children will also take home a book of their choice to read for pleasure at home, as well as a book that they are able to read themselves, with phonetically decidable words linking to the current sounds being taught in phonics.
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 Mrs Beaumont.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Beaumont 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!
Learning With Our Buddies
We have been getting to know our buddies a bit better this week. Our Y6 buddies have been helping us to learn about the Nativity. Talking to them about our Nativity performance has really helped to develop our CLL skills. Our Year 6 buddies even sat with us 1-1 and helped us to write about the Nativity to show our understanding. We enjoyed a book with our buddy and also practised some blending, with their help. After that, we spent some time playing with our buddies, who were just as excited as us to help us on the trim trail and show us how to play football as a team!
This week, EYFS performed the traditional Nativity to the whole school and also to parents and carers. They worked so hard and enjoyed learning lots of dances, songs and lines. Dressing up was fun too! We are incredibly proud of them. Take a look at some of our photos below.
SPRING TERM 2020
Reading for Pleasure
Every week, we bring in our favourite books from home so that our teachers can read them to us. We also choose books from our class library to take home and enjoy with our families as a bedtime story.
In class we have combined reading with computing, by using a CD player to choose audio books and listen to them in a quiet area. This has proved to be a very popular area of our continuous provision as we love stories!
We have continued our learning about the different seasons by focusing on Winter.
Forest School / Science KUW - We took to the outdoors again to go on a hunt for signs of winter. We talked about how the trees have changed since Autumn, with deciduous trees losing their leaves. We spotted some evergreen trees and many of us noticed that these are “like Christmas trees.”
EAD/PD - This week, our creative challenge in the continuous provision areas was to choose and use materials correctly to cut and stick to make a penguin. We have been learning all about the Arctic and it’s animals. We have also been using brushes and our fingers to create winter paintings. We mixed in white paint to observe how it makes the colour lighter.
We have been learning all about rhythm, rhyme and clapping / moving to a beat. In the video below, we are learning a rhyming song. We used some simple percussion instruments, following the beat very skilfully!
Watch as we sing “1, 2, 3, clap-clap.” Here, we are learning a beat that will eventually enable us to understand notes such as crotchets and quavers when we learn about notation as we move up through the school!
Happy Chinese New Year!
We have been learning all about Chinese New Year this week. We have immersed ourselves in our learning through shop role play, math games, small word play, fine motor activities and creative tasks. We used atlases to find China on the map and look at famous landmarks such as the Great Wall of China. We have really enjoyed using masks and finger puppets to retell the story of Chinese New Year! Another favourite moment has been learning a dragon dance as a team and using percussion instruments to enhance our performance even more!
Our Class Dragon Dance!
Physical Skills - Gymnastics!
We have really enjoyed learning lots of new skills in gymnastics so far this half term. We have been working as a team, negotiating space, balancing, climbing and jumping and landing. Take a look at some photos of our achievements so far!
Parents Phonics Meeting
THANK YOU so much to all the parents that came to our phonics meeting this morning. We really hope that we helped you with supporting your child with phonics at home.
We have included photos of the resources we had on display this morning for you to see. On the right hand side of this page is a list of apps that would be beneficial for you to download and try at home - we know from the meeting this morning some of you have already done this !
Thank you once again for your time and continued support
Mrs Beaumont and Miss Barrett
We have had a great time developing our reading skills this week when we started guided reading. We took part in five different activities: group reading, blending with sound buttons, making and writing words, tricky words bingo and reading for pleasure. We can’t wait to do it again next week!
Learning About Space
We recently started a new topic on space. We have really enjoyed immersing ourselves in our learning with lots of practical activities. We have been dressing up as astronauts and aliens in our space station role play area, making up space stories in the small world area and using the construction to design and build our own rockets. Mrs Beaumont read us the book “Whatever Next?!” The next day, the bear from the book appeared in our classroom with a letter to us! He asked us to help him write a list of items that he could take to space. This has been our independent writing challenge this week.
Involving Parents... and other special visitors!
Every week, we invite one or two parents into our classroom to share our learning. This week was an extra special treat for us, as two parents brought in their pet lizard! We learnt all about cold blooded animals and why we need to keep them warm. We were given the opportunity to stroke / hold our new friend and even feed him! We are extremely grateful to the parents who gave up their time to come into school and share such an exciting morning of learning with us!
A Sample of Spring Continuous Provision
We have been learning so many new skills and building upon friendships in the spring term so far. Take a look at just a few of our spring continuous provision photographs below.
Our Visit to St Peter’s Church
This week, we visited our wonderful St Peter’s church. This helped us to learn about the different parts of the church and practise what to do when in Mass. We really enjoyed our visit and can’t wait to go to our first whole school Mass!
We have been doing some wonderful home learning this half term. Have a look at some of our fabulous writing and creative projects! A huge thank-you to all of the parents / carers who support us with your child’s learning and progress every day!
Science / UTW - Magnets!
This week a space ship visited our classroom! They left in a hurry, but left us a letter, asking us to use the magnets that they had left to collect as many of their magnetic possessions as possible. We had a wonderful time sorting the items and investigating what other materials are magnetic around our classroom! This led onto great discussions about materials and their properties!
Learning About Other Cultures
Today, we were visited by a lady who is a Sikh. She taught us all about her religion and India. She taught us some words spoken in Punjabi and even allowed us to have a look at and try on some of her beautiful jewellery!
World Book Day!
This year, our theme was bible stories. We had a wonderful time talking about who we had dressed up as from the bible and learning new stories. We acted them out through role play and sang songs. We had a great day!
Dinosaurs! (UTW and measuring)
We have really enjoyed the beginning of our new topic on dinosaurs this week. As soon as the new books came out of the cupboard, children (especially boys!) were swarming around to choose a book, eager to read it. We have been digging for fossils, learning through imaginative role play and writing about dinosaurs.
World Maths Day
We found some dinosaur footprints in our classroom! We used the magnifying glasses to investigate which type of dinosaur each print could be from. We used cubes and even tape measures to help us measure the footprints to help us decide which dinosaur might have been the biggest.
Spring and Chicks! (Science, UTW, forest school and art)
We have been very excited to observe the growth and change of our new chicks as they hatched in school! We have observed each stage of their development and written chick diaries. This week, every child was given the opportunity to hold the chicks. We have also been learning about Spring during our forest school sessions. This week, we went on a “signs of Spring” hunt. We then used some of the flowers that we found as inspiration for our art work, using oil pastels.
Phonics / Reading
Listen to and Enjoy Stories at Home!