Reception really enjoyed our first lesson with Mr O! It was a lot of fun and we learned some new songs!
We had lots of fun learning about Italy. We made and ate pizza. We created the Leaning Tower of Pisa, we made towers with lots of other things too. We even painted the Sistine Chapel like Michael Angelo. We ended our week with a Venetian ball!
Thank you to all the parents who helped their child to make a Venetian mask for Reception’s homework project. They were all fantastic!!!
- Please continue to practise saying and writing letter sounds often with your child.
- Practise any tricky words as they come home.
- Homework books should be handed in every Monday.
As the weather is changing please make sure your child comes to school with a winter coat, hats and gloves.
Please bring in Wellies if they have not got a pair in school already.
What are we doing in Reception this half term?
This half term we will be continuing to learn our letter sounds and practising our reading and writing skills.
Our topic is around the world and each week we will be ‘visiting’ a new country / city and learning about festivals, architecture and landmarks, food, languages, and reading stories from that area.
Week 1: What I got for Christmas
Week 2: Italy
Week 3: Spain
Week 4: China
Week 5: New York
Week 6: Brazil
Week 7: France
We are continuing to use Ten Town and Numicon to support our maths learning.
Children will begin ‘Little Dribblers’ to help with physical skills every Thursday – please bring in a P.E kit to keep in school this half term.
Mrs Garr, Mrs Ramshaw and Miss Little
Our Reception class have had a very busy first week at school. We made the most of the sunshine and played in our outdoor area, and experienced our very first PE lesson!
A letter that may resonate with parents of new starters:
I know you’re rather busy
First day back there’s just no time.
A whole new class of little ones
And this one here is mine.
I’m sure you have things covered
And have done this lots before,
But my boy is very little
He hasn’t long turned four.
In his uniform this morning
He looked so tall and steady,
But now beside your great big school,
I’m not quite sure he’s ready.
Do you help them eat their lunch?
Are you quick to soothe their fears?
And if he falls and hurts his knees,
Will someone wipe his tears?
And what if no-one plays with him?
What if someone’s mean?
What if two kids have a fight
And he’s caught in between?
You’re right, I have to leave now,
It’s time for him to go.
I’m sure he’ll learn so much from you
Things that I don’t know.
Yes, I’m sure they’ll settle quickly
That he’s fine now without me.
I know he has to go to school
It’s just so fast you see.
It seems like just a blink ago
I first held him in my arms.
It’s been my job to love, to teach
To keep him safe from harm.
So, when I wave goodbye in a moment
And he turns and walks inside
Forgive me if I crumple
Into tears of loss and pride.
I know as I give him one more kiss
And watch him walk away,
That he’ll never again be wholly mine
As he was before today.
Miss Little’s reply:
Yes, we are so busy,
The kids all come today
There are lots of brand new faces
Ready to come and play.
I know you have your worries
About the things he’ll do and see
But please, please know, as I take your child
He means so much to me.
He’s small and he is nervous
The same feelings that you show,
But as I watch you tremble
There’s something you should know.
We help him choose his lunch and then,
We show him how to play,
We help him when he’s anxious and
We encourage him to say,
‘Why will no-one play with me?’
Or ‘I think she’s being mean’,
‘Those two children had a fight,
And I was caught between.’
We’re here to guide and listen
To soothe all of his fears
We’re here to help him grow and learn
And wipe away his tears.
So know that when he comes here
He’s not just another face.
He’s Harry or he’s Michael
She’s Isobelle or Grace.
You’ll always be his parent
Of that we can’t deny
And with your help we hope to make him
Reach up for the sky.
So right now all we ask of you
Is to encourage him to grow
To listen when he tries to tell you
Everything he knows.
So take your time to say goodbye
But know, you’ll see him soon
When he’ll tell you of his first day
At Dunn Street Primary School.