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Reception - Goldcrest

1. Key Information for Goldcrest Class

 

In this section you will find a quick reference guide to your class including your Forest School rotation, letters and uniform requirements. There is also a copy of the welcome booklet for your class - please do refer to it throughout the year because it contains lots of useful information about what to expect in this class, how long homework should take each week, samples of age-appropriate handwriting and more. 

Your teachers in Goldcrest class are:

 

Mrs Kathy Beaumont

Mrs Jenny Berry

Mrs Fullman

The Welcome Booklet for Goldcrest class is here:

Letters for Goldcrest class can be found here: http://www.bridgewater.herts.sch.uk/reception-class-letters/

Forest school rotation for Autumn Term 1 2018

 

Reception Wednesdays

Roc

Griffin

Phoenix

5 September

Forest School

SEAL

Discovery

12 September

Discovery

Forest School

SEAL

19 September

SEAL

Discovery

Forest School

26 September

Forest School

SEAL

Discovery

3 October

Discovery

Forest School

SEAL

10 October

SEAL

Discovery

Forest School

17 October

Forest School

SEAL

Discovery

24 October

Discovery

Forest School

SEAL

Home Learning

 

Reception

  •  Reading

 

  • *Family Learning
  • Daily

 

  • Weekly

SRE Curriculum

This year we will continue to teach the children using materials from our new Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) scheme. This new edition of ‘Teaching SRE with Confidence in Primary Schools’ reflects the recent developments in SRE and the Science National Curriculum. This resource encourages children to develop the skills of listening, empathy, talking about feelings and relationships with families and friends.

 

All the lessons have a clear structure and are age appropriate. The lesson plans have clear aims and learning outcomes with suggested additional activities and accompanying resources:

 

Reception: Our Lives - 

Our Day

Keeping Ourselves Clean

Families

Uniform requirements

A full list of the school's uniform requirements is on the school website here [http://www.bridgewater.herts.sch.uk/school-uniform/]. In Reception, points to note are:

 

Core school uniform No special notes for this class
Bags

1. Small book bag (school logo optional)

2. Drawstring PE bag (school logo optional)

PE / games

Trainers or plimsolls.  

 

2. What is going on in Goldcrest class?

We have launched off in an unexpected direction….. William Shakespeare and his plays. Several children had asked about him so we decided to explore and see where the journey took us. We talked about William Shakespeare himself and the children knew so much! We are using A Midsummer Night’s Dream as an initial focus.

 

For Family Learning we set the challenge to find out about any words that were used at the time of Shakespeare. We learnt that haste means quickly so we were tidying up the classroom with haste! We sent home some quotes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream too. The children in Goldcrest have used a flip camera to record each other. We will share some of the videos in our class assembly.

 

We watched a little play on CBeebies and changed our classroom so that we too had a space to perform. We have scarves and fairy outfits ready as props.  We also made a tuff spot with little characters and resources to support our learning.

 

 

We spent the morning in our woodland collecting vocabulary to write poems.

 

 

I smelld a wighld rose.

It smelled like strorberees.

I saw a leef it was sbighcy (spiky)

I saw a stick it was long and spighcy.

I like the big hill.

It was fun bckos of the fairys.

 

I saw a pricly ros.

I saw a bumpy lumpy tree.

I saw a light soft thin leef

I saw a wicid stingy stingnetl.

I saw a spoty red ladybird.

 

 

We worked with a partner to create fairy gardens using found materials. Mrs Berry and Miss Gaze observed some fantastic teamwork and collaborative play.

 

 

In Busy Fingers we made big drawings. We wondered what woodland fairies might look like? We made a plan then used lots of exciting resources to make our own……We experimented with different ways to join the materials. We had to measure and cut too.

 

Phonics – we have revised all digraphs and trigraphs and are really focussing on tricky words and high frequency words including some, come, are, when and what. and are consolidating reading and writing them. We have been talking about syllables and have been practising clapping and counting syllables in words.

 

We’re making plans for our transition into Year 1. From this week our mums, dads and care-givers will drop us off at the classroom door. Soon we’ll line up in the playground! We’re planning a secret mission to year 1 classrooms (shhhh – they’re out on a trip soon!) when we’ll play and learn in the year 1 spaces. Some children wrote a list for Mrs Beaumont to make a plan…….

 

Welcome to Goldcrest Class, we are enjoying getting to know your children! We have been busy, both inside and outside, exploring our classroom, atelier and meadow. We are learning each others names, our Key Workers and the EYFS team.

We have been observing your children very closely and making assessments to inform our entry baseline. Learning is very child-centred and based on children's interests. We have talked about our families and using your photographs from Family Learning we have created our very own Goldcrest family tree.

 

 

We have shared summer holiday news and made observational drawings of sea shells. Continuing the seaside theme our class display in the dining room features the book ‘Only One You’. It’s a story with the message, ‘There's only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place’. We chose this story to illistrate our first school value: Be the best you can be. To be a community which excels in the academic, cultural, personal and social development of all pupils. We used line drawings and Brusho to create our individual fish and wax crayon resist to make the sea.

 

 

The children have named our class bear Ben and he is working his way round the children visiting you at home. We do this to develop home/school links and to encourage follow-on opportunities for speaking and listening. Ben bear has a book in his bag that serves as a prompt for speaking. Please help your child to add something to the book for us to share, routine experiences such as home and play, tea and bath, or story and bed are absolutely fine! If you have Ben bear over the weekend please put him through a 40 degree wash, thank-you.

 

We have also celebrated Ben’s birthday! We made cards, wrote invitiations and wrapped presents. We learned how to mix powder paints and made bunting to decorate our role play area. We read Biscuit Bear and decorated biscuits for a party. We made pizzas too! Using our emerging phonics skills we added our own ‘writing’ to our photograph or our pizza making. For example some children wrote piz = pizza (writing in reverse is very common) and to = tomato and some children wrote the initial sounds they could hear m = mushroom p = pepper.

 

 

 

It is amazing to share the childrens exciting learning journey to become writers.

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