Reception - Big Dragons

Summer 1

 

I hope you all had a fabulous Easter, I can't believe we are in the last term of Big Dragons! It has flown by and we have so much more to pack into the next few months of school before the long summer holidays.

 

As we move towards the end of the school year for Reception, it is vitally important that the children are prepared for the next part of their school journey into Key Stage 1. We will be working closely alongside the other classes and giving the Dragons opportunities to spend time in the different classrooms, as well as within the wider school. Please help your child to prepare for this step by talking to them about changing classes and how this might make them feel. It would be great if all the Dragons could be prepared for school everyday by bringing their book bags, reading books and PE kit when needed as they will be more responsible for their own equipment as they progress through the school. 

 

However, before we move too far forwards, we still have lots of learning to do as Dragons! Our main topic for the term is 'Marvellous Me' and this half term the focus within this will be growing. We have already started to learn about changes and growth in both ourselves (we had lots of very cute baby photos to look at from when our Dragons were much smaller!) and in plants. To help with our work on plants, our first role play area is a Garden Centre and Mrs Barry has even kindly supplied us with some real life examples from her greenhouse! We hope that you will come and see our class assembly, on Friday 10th May (PLEASE NOTE, THE DATE HAS NOW CHANGED TO FRIDAY 17TH MAY)so that you can see what we have learned so far, we will have lots to share with you.  Later on in the half term we will move towards looking more closely at different parts of our body and how we are all different but all special, using a super photographic book to support our learning.

 

Our PE day is now a Thursday as we are very lucky to have Coach Craig helping us. We are doing Games and getting ready for our Sport Day on Wednesday 22nd May, which we hope you will join us at. Please send full kit every Thursday; it is important that your child wears their House coloured top as this is what we use weekly to split the children into teams. 

 

The warmer weather should hopefully be with us soon so please remember to apply sun cream before school and send a sun hat as we spend a lot of time outside. It may still rain and some children are already getting caught out by not bringing a coat on a warmer morning so a waterproof in book bags is a good idea. 

 

The children are making good progress in their reading, please can we remind you that reading for 5 minutes each day with your child will help them enormously. If you can manage at least 3 times a week, that would be great and I'm sure their writing will also benefit too so it really is the best support you can give your child! In Number, we are working hard on addition, subtraction, doubling and halving, as well as lots of shape, space and measures activities; keep checking Tapestry to see what we have been up to!

 

Our Family Fun Friday sessions are becoming very popular now, if you've not been to one yet, then why not pop into the next one? They are every week, from 8.50-9.15am. 

 

As always, if you need anything or have any worries then just let us know. 

 

Thanks,

 

Mrs Sault, Miss Page, Miss Goodall, Mrs Hobson, Miss Hanson smiley

 

Spring 1

 

Happy New Year and welcome to the start of the Spring term in Big Dragons! All of the children had a fabulous first term and have settled in really well to the routines of full time school. We regularly get lots of recognition for how quietly and smartly we move around the school on our way to Collective Worship and PE, which is a credit to the children and their determination to set the best example right from the start of their time at school.

As we move into possibly even colder weather through January and February, please make sure your child has a jumper/cardigan and a warm coat every day in school. We learn outside all the time so it is important that the children are wrapped up. Please send wellington boots for your child to wear in the woodland area but they must also have a pair of school shoes everyday so we keep the school building mud free!

 

Our PE day is now a TUESDAY and your child will need a full, named kit every week. Please make sure EVERYTHING is named, that includes all the clothes that they take off. We had several issues with lost shoes last term and it was very difficult to work out what had happened as children have the same style and no names. Please help us to keep your child’s property with them, not lost!

 

This term our theme is ADVENTURE! We will be finding out what an adventure is, what it might involve, how it might make us feel and what we might need to have with us. Once we know that, we will be going on some adventures! We have started our adventure work with the stories about Percy the Park keeper and all of the woodland animals he is friends with. Our first book is ‘One Snowy Night’ and we have been finding out what an adventure it would be to be lost on a dark, snowy night! We will be finding out about woodland animals habitats and what they do to keep themselves warm in the Winter.

 

Our adventures will then move onto the classic story of ‘We’re Going On a Bear Hunt’, as we explore the area around us and the different features we have such as rivers, woods and meadows. We will be going on bear hunts and hopefully have an adventure or two along the way. As part of this work we will begin our Eco-Project on wild meadows and the importance of bees, linking our work with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. As we approach half term, our work will move the The Gruffalo and we will explore the different characters and create maps to help them on their adventures.

 

Each day we have a Phonics and Number lesson. It is very important at this stage for your child to rehearse these skills at home, so please listen to your child read to you at home as much as possible. Just 5 minutes a day is so much more beneficial than 30 minutes once a week. Our bedtime bear, Betty, has been on some sleepovers as she enjoys reading so hopefully your child will have a visit from her soon!

 

Please speak to us at the end of the school day if you have any concerns at all, we are more than happy to help.

 

Mrs Sault, Miss Page, Miss Goodall and Miss Hanson.

Autumn 1

 

Welcome to Big Dragons! We are really looking forward to getting to know our new children and support those children that were in Little Dragons as they move to full time school.

 

During this first half term we will spend time settling the children into the routines of full time school, such as attending Collective Worship in the hall. The children will soon become used to the expectations within the classroom and the school but if you have any worries about them settling in then please have a chat with us.

 

We spend a lot of time outside so please make sure your child has a coat in school and as the weather turns cooler they may need a hat and gloves. All children wear plimsolls inside school and it would be a great help if all the children had their own pair of wellington boots to keep in their locker for using in the mud patch and woodland. 

 

Our PE day is a Monday so your child will need a full, NAMED kit each week. Please make sure you name the clothes that they will be taking off too!

 

This half term our theme is GREEN! We will be investigating all things green and have already had good fun exploring peas!

 

 

Over the coming weeks we will be sharing the story of 'The Princess and the Pea' and exploring why the princesses can't feel the pea, as well as changing our role play area to a Royal Kitchen to cook up a selection of green flavoured recipes! We will then look at a story called 'Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea' which explores the idea of differences and how to develop friendships. The children will be looking at differences and similarities between themselves and others and understanding how to treat everyone the same. Our role play area will change into a supermarket as we look at the story of 'Supertato' and his nemesis, Evil Pea!! We are hoping to visit one of the local supermarkets and help the children to understand where our food comes from as we move towards Harvest. 

 

Please speak to us at the end of the school day if you have any concerns at all, we are more than happy to help.

 

Mrs Sault, Mrs Kennedy, Miss Page, Mrs Killelay and Miss Goodall