St John the Baptist
Church of England Primary School

Welcome to Reception!

Thank you to all our Reception children and their families for uploading their super learning onto Microsoft Teams on the 'Reception Home Learners' Team this week.

Next week our learning will continue to be linked to the theme of 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes' and will also include some activities for World Book Day. Please refer to the 'Home Learners' Team on Microsoft Teams for the timetable of activities and the assignments which will be uploaded daily.

Introducing our Reception Team:

Mrs Duffill, Mrs Gibbons and Mrs Johnson are the teachers and Mrs Beardwell and Mrs Rangeley are the teaching assistants.

We very much look forward to continuing to support our Reception children on their learning journey with us, during the new Spring Term 2021.  Our topics will be:

 'MR WOLF'S PANCAKES'

During this topic we will be:

  •  Sharing the story of Mr Wolf’s Pancakes and talking about the different characters
  • Writing a shopping list for Mr Wolf
  • Writing instructions for how to make pancakes before following those instructions to make one.
  • Understanding why we celebrate Shrove Tuesday
  • ‘Shopping’ for pancake ingredients, paying for the items with 1p and 2p coins
  • Using comparative language as we weigh different items
  • Using tally sheets to find out our favourite pancake toppings.

 'JACK AND THE BEANSTALK'

During this topic, we will be:

  • Sharing and retelling the story of Jack & the Beanstalk using story props
  • Planting beans and writing instructions for how to plant a bean
  • Solving number problems linked to beans
  • Building castles with 3D shapes, and talking about the properties of these shapes

 'EASTER'

During this topic, we will be:

  • Discussing why and how people celebrate Easter.
  • Looking after and observing our living chicks, and talking about caring for living things.
  • Problem-solving in maths, including finding pairs of numbers that total 10 with chicks and eggs.
  • Calculating with eggs and chicks and recording our maths learning – addition and subtraction.
  • Finding out all about eggs and animals that lay eggs.
  • Making Easter cards.

FROM 8TH MARCH 2021 ONWARDS, WE WILL BE SENDING READING BOOKS HOME AGAIN. WE WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO STICK THE GRAPHEMES, THAT THE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNT DURING LOCKDOWN, INTO THEIR PHONICS BOOKS TO TAKE HOME.

  Phonics Books

 Thank you for supporting your child with their practise in writing their graphemes in their phonics books at home. This will enable them to develop the correct letter formation and good pencil control.  the children will be able to collect shiny stars from their teachers to put on the front cover of their books, to reward their efforts. 

Ask your children to show you the action for each phoneme and encourage them to think of words or look for objects that begin with that initial sound.   

PLEASE CLICK here FOR A GUIDE TO PRONOUNCING EACH PHONEME (SOUND).

Reading Books

In school, the children are engaged in a range of activities to  develop their love of books and facilitate their early reading skills.  As part of this, they have begun to bring home a reading book to share with you. Please talk to them about the illustrations on each page to develop their understanding of the events in the book and their use of language. 

As they read the text, ask them to point to each word and then say each sound in it before supporting them to blend the sounds to read the words.  Some words cannot be read phonetically.  We call these 'tricky words' and your child will need to learn to gradually recognise these by sight. When your child reads their book with you at home, please write in the comments section of their reading record, to let us know how they have got on.   

Below are some of our news items which celebrate the learning at home of our previous Reception children from March 2020 onwards...

 

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Celebrations!

Our 2019 - 2020 Reception children have had great fun in school and at home with our learning activities linked to our Celebrations topic.  We shared stories including 'Kipper's Birthday' by Mick Inkpen and 'The Scarecrows' Wedding' by Julia Donaldson. 

The children have been busy planning parties as well as thinking about how they can help others.  They have enjoyed making model scarecrows as well as musical instruments.

               

Outdoor Learning at Home!

Find ideas to try Outdoor Learning activities to do at home on our webpage.

Pirate Topic!

Our Reception children who are learning at home and those learning in school, have been having great fun with our pirate topic!  They have been imagining what it would be like to be a pirate and even creating their own pirate ships and treasure maps. Using their clever phonics skills and imagination, they have been writing a message in a bottle too.

   

   

  

 

Outdoor Learning at Home!

If you are going on a walk, exploring a local outdoor area or playing in your garden, you may like to have a go at some of these outdoor learning activities. Click this link to take a look at Mrs Llewellyn's suggestions!

Minibeast Creations!

 Our children have been very busy at home and in school learning about minibeasts.

   

  

      

   

    

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