Reception: Blog items

Reception - Spring 2 Week 5

Date: 26th Mar 2021 @ 6:03pm

 

We have had the most wonderful end to our Spring Term, by taking part in lots of “eggciting” Easter activities this week. 

 

Throughout the week, we have continued our writing all about minibeast. The children worked exceptional hard to create their very own 'Minibeast Fact Book'. They drew pictures and wrote facts about different minibeasts and the books looked fantastic. 

This week, we enjoyed listening to the Easter story and talking about different Easter celebrations at home.  We learnt about the significance of Hot cross buns, Easter eggs and the cross. We talked about how the bun signifies the end of Lent and that the cross is to signify Jesus died on a cross. We enjoyed tasting hot cross buns for snack - yummy!

Adding to the Easter excitement, the children couldnot believe it when they saw the Easter Bunny hopping around our outdoor area on Thursday! He danced, played and explored our school grounds, giving the children a big giggle. We felt very lucky to have received some yummy treats from him too! Thank you, Easter Bunny.

 

A huge well done for your hard work this half term, Reception and thank you for returning to school with such a brilliant attitude. 

 

Have a wonderful Easter everyone! 

Miss Giles x

Reception - Spring 2 Week 4

Date: 18th Mar 2021 @ 4:57pm

 

It has been a brilliant and busy week in Reception, yet again. We have enjoyed all things… bugs and brains!

On Monday, we continued looking at ‘Growth and Change’ by going on our own minibeast hunt around our school grounds. We enjoyed spotting different minibeast, holding them and ticking them off our list. The children used their wonderful team work to find various minibeast and share their findings with everyone.

This week, we have focused on the story ‘I’m going to eat this ANT’, by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros. It made us giggle, smile and really got our creative juice flowing. The children enjoyed writing a list of new food items the anteater could eat and they have also designed their very own ant inspired menu for the anteater to choose from.

In Mathematics, the children have transformed themselves in ‘Math Magicians’, using their magical powers to turn 2d shapes into 3d shapes. To help our understanding, we described 2d shapes as ‘flat’ and 3d shapes as ‘fat’. We have used a magic box to turn 2d shapes into 3d shapes using the magic spell, the children have been amazing helpers and transformed all of the shapes brilliantly.

On Friday, it was Red Nose Day and we used our PE lesson to celebrate and acknowledge this day. The children took part in a red nose and spoon race, pin the red nose on the face and also used red noses when playing with the large parachute outside. We had lots of fun!

This week it has been ‘Brain Awareness Week’, the children enjoyed talking about how the brain is the boss of our body and helps us with our thinking and emotions. We talked all about the ‘Brain House’ and how the house has different levels, one for thinking and one for feelings / emotions. We linked this to our school values of Imagine and Nurture. To remind ourselves all about our thinking brains, we enjoyed creating a ‘brain house’ thinking hat.

 

It has been a wonderful week and we cannot believe we have one week left till Easter break. Have a lovely weekend everyone.

 

Miss Giles x

 

Reception - Spring 2 Week 3

Date: 11th Mar 2021 @ 6:25pm

 

I cannot put into words how proud I am of each and every one of our Reception superstars, this week. They have been so resilient over the past few months and they arrived back into school with such enthusiasm putting a smile on my face every day!

We started our new theme ‘Growth and Change: Minibeast’ by reading the story ‘Superworm’, by Julia Donaldson. Superworm has been the main feature in our writing all week and the children have loved using their black thinking hats to recall facts and knowledge about Superworm in their writing. The children have also been busy using their multi-coloured thinking hats to design their own ‘superbug’. After designing and discussing what their superbug will do, the children made their own superbug using clay. They moulded and modelled the clay to create their design and bring it to life!

This week, it has been ‘British Science Week’ which linked wonderfully to our ‘minibeast’ topic. Throughout the week, we have research different minibeast habitats and homes and on Friday…. the children received a very important letter from, Superworm asking for help! The children had to help Superworm build a wormery for his worm friends and the children got right too it! As a class, we read the instructions and used the resources provided to add the various materials to our wormery’s in order to make a secure, safe and comfortable home for Superworm’s, worm friends. Take a look at Twitter (@ReceptionTSP) for a closer look at some of the fantastic wormery’s the children made.

The children have been very busy preparing for Mother’s Day this week. They are very excited to share their creations with you and shower you all with love. I hope you all have a brilliant Mother’s Day and feel the love rom your lovely little ones.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the lovely gifts and well wishes I received this week. I was overwhelmed by your kindness and I am very grateful for the thoughtful gesture!

 

Have a brilliant weekend everyone and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Miss Giles x

Reception - Spring 1 Week 1

Date: 8th Jan 2021 @ 3:44pm

                          

Happy New Year!

It has been wonderful to welcome everyone back, both in person and virtually, after the Christmas holidays. Although it has been a very different type of week, the children have worked incredibly hard.

In Maths, we have been very busy learning all about time. We looked at the difference between night and day, morning and evening routines and our daily routine. The children were able to distinguish between activities and routines they do in the morning and evening as well as during the day and night. 

This week, we read the stories ‘Spots, New Year’ and ‘Squirrels New Year’s Resolution’. After reading the story, the children worked hard to decide on their own New Year’s Resolutions that they hope to achieve in 2021. It was wonderful to hear and see so many children discussing and deciding on what goal they wanted to achieve this year.

Don’t forget, if your child has missed or struggled with any lessons this week, you can still refer back to the daily Tapestry updates where you will find all activities, presentations and worksheets. 

I would like to say a very BIG well done to our Reception superstars for their amazing work, this week!  The children continue to amaze me with their resilience and have not let anything get in the way of their learning. It has been truly wonderful to see their smiling and reassuring faces each day on Zoom and in class. Thank you to all of the parents for their support and allowing for us to make this transition hopefully as smooth as possible. It has been a pleasure to see all of the children fantastic work in class, over Zoom and on Tapestry. 

We will continue with our weekly class blog updates when we are all back in school together. 

Take care and stay safe x

Reception - Autumn 2 Week 7

Date: 17th Dec 2020 @ 5:54pm

 

What a magical week we have had in Reception!

I cannot believe we are at the end of our first term in Reception! What a busy term it has been. We have watched all of our Reception caterpillars turn into super butterflies right before us and we could not be prouder!

We hope you enjoyed watching your little superstars in our Nativity performance on Tuesday, we know it was not our normal lights, camera and action but we were so impressed with how hard the children worked! It really brought a big smile to our faces and we hope it did to yours!

On Wednesday, we had our Christmas WOW Service. Thank you, Caroline and Anne for leading another wonderful service. The children enjoyed looking at the various colours that symbolise Christmas and we look forward to seeing, both Anne and Caroline in the New Year.

The run up to Christmas has truly been underway this week. On Monday, the children enjoyed watching the ‘National Elf Service’ pantomime and we enjoyed taking part in all aspects of a pantomime. The children found a 'magic portal' which allowed the class to save Christmas - thank goodness! The children also enjoyed a visit to see Santa, what a truly magical experience for them. Thank you, to all involved!

On Friday, it was PARTY DAY! The children had a festive filled day, playing party games, making party hats and having a party picnic together! What a great way to end our first term in Reception and celebrate our last day in school.

 

From myself and Mrs Giles, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. A BIG thank you for your generosity and kind words in our Christmas gifts and cards – thank you!

 

Stay safe and take care!

Miss Giles and Mrs Giles x

Reception - Autumn 2 Week 6

Date: 11th Dec 2020 @ 4:34pm

 

 

What a week! This week has been full of festive cheer and fun!

In English, we have focusing on the story ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’. The children have enjoyed following him on his journey to deliver the Christmas cards, meeting all of the familiar characters in the story and seeing Father Christmas’ workshop! Throughout the week, the children worked very hard to write lists, cards and completed a flow map all about the story. We have even got our own Jolly Christmas Postman Post Office, in our role-play area for the children to retell the story with their friends.

This week in RE, the children have enjoyed learning about the Christian tradition of a Christingle. The children talked about symbolism of the Christingle and then enjoyed creating their own Christingle to take home.

On Friday, we supported Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day! The children were so excited to be in school in their festive outfits. The children enjoyed taking part in a task set by Peppa Pig herself to design their own Christmas jumper for her competition! Take a look on Twitter (@ReceptionTSP) at some of the wonderful designs. If you would like to donate please click on this link.  

On Friday morning, we also had a visit from two of Santa’s Elves! The children could not believe their luck and were so excited! The Elves left the children a letter to complete a series of task. The children quickly set of their way to work as a team and get the letters back to the correct owners. One letter which was not addressed to anyone, allowed for us to look for clues as to who it could be for. Finally, the children figured out it was for the Gingerbread Man and they unlocked a secret message from the Gingerbread man himself! They were so excited to receive a present from him as a thank you and enjoyed decorating their own gingerbread man ready to take home and eat! Well done Reception, for truly believing in yourselves and working as a great team!

 

Have a lovely week!

 

Reception Reminders:

For more information about the events listed below please see letter on school spider.

  • Wednesday 16th December – WOW Services - St. Peter's Church @ 2pm.
  • Friday 18th December – Mufti day / last day of term, school finishes at 1pm.

Reception - Autumn 2 Week 5

Date: 3rd Dec 2020 @ 4:02pm

 

We have had a wonderful festive week to kick start December!

 

We have been busy preparing for our Christmas show and we cannot wait to share our performance with you all, COVID style!

In RE, we have begun our ‘Christmas’ topic. In RE, we have begun to think about Christmas and how it is time to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. The children enjoyed opening up a mystery box, filled with Nativity characters, an advent calendar and Christmas tree decorations. The children then listening to the Nativity story and discussed how special Jesus is to them, especially at this time of year.

On Tuesday, we had a surprise delivery straight from Father Christmas! He had sent one of his elves with a present. The present was a book called ‘The Elf on the Shelf’. After reading it, Reception worked together to come up with a name for our Elf. We have loved searching for our new friend, Jingle Bells the Elf, every morning and seeing what he has been up to! Jingle Bells has been very kind and delivered a new story book each day, including ‘Slinky Maliki’s Christmas Crackers’, ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs make a Christmas Wish’ and

On Friday, the children enjoyed taking part in the annual ‘Santa Dash’ as a class. We had so many festive costumes and characters enter our classroom, very excited to get going! Well done, Reception!

During the summer, many of our pupils took part in and completed the Arts Council's 'Summer Reading Challenge'. This year, they have introduced a 'Winter Mini Challenge', encouraging children to read three books between now and the 15th January 2021. For further details on how to take part, please visit the 'Winter Mini Challenge' website.

Formby Methodist Church have created an Angel Trail around Formby Village! You are tasked with hunting for the missing angels in various shops and locations around the village. All will become clear when you follow the link for the digital trail sheet here. There is also a Christmas "goody bag" for every family that takes part. Good luck!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Reception Reminders:

For more information about the events listed below please see letter on school spider.

  • Friday 11th December – Christmas Jumper day – children to wear own clothes and a Christmas Jumper in support of ‘Save the Children UK’ charity.
  • Friday 18th December – Last day of term, school finishes at 1pm.

 

Reception - Autumn 2 Week 4

Date: 26th Nov 2020 @ 3:26pm

 

We have had a very busy week in Reception!

This week, in English we have continued reading ‘The Naughty Bus’ by Jan and Jerry Oke. The story of the Naughty Bus sparked the children curiosity even more once they had realised he had escaped his packaging and made a huge mess all around our classroom. The Naughty Bus has been on a big adventure around our outdoor area and classroom, resulting in the children wanting to know why? They children enjoyed writing letters to the Naughty Bus, plotting the journey he went on and also designing a trap for him to stop causing so much mischief! 

In RE, we finished off our ‘Special People’ topic, by continuing to discuss the special people around us and in our community. We talked all about the different things they do to help us, such as save lives, clean up, make places safe, make us feel better and making our food. The children wanted to say ‘thank you’ to the different people in our community. We designed thank you cards for our local firefighters, nurses and doctors in Southport hospital and vets. Miss Giles and Mrs Giles will distribute our thank you cards to all of the special people! Well done Reception for being so kind!

Thank you for a great week – have a lovely weekend.

 

Reception Reminders:

For more information about the events listed below please see letter on school spider.

  • Friday 4th December – Santa Dash during the morning – weather permitted.
  • Friday 11th December – Christmas Jumper day – children to wear own clothes and a Christmas Jumper in support of ‘Save the Children UK’ charity.
  • Friday 18th December - Mufti Day and last day of term.

 

Reception - Autumn 2 Week 3

Date: 20th Nov 2020 @ 3:20pm

 

Another fantastic week in Reception!

This week, in English we have been focusing on the book ‘The Naughty Bus’ by Jan and Jerry Oke. The pictures in the story have inspired the children to create some wonderful descriptive writing, including - a bubble map, list and letter writing. The children also mapped out a new route for the Naughty Bus to take. The children have loved listening to the Naughty Bus's journey and seeing what he got up to next!

As part of our theme ‘Journeys and Celebrations’, we celebrated Diwali in class this week. The children enjoyed learning all about the celebrations and traditions during this time. We also read the story ‘Rama and Sita’ which allowed us to truly understand how the ‘Festival of Lights’ began. The story inspired us to make our very own ‘Diya’ lamp which helped guide Rama and Sita along their way. Throughout the week, the children modelled their lamp using clay and painted their own design onto it.

In RE, we continued to discuss ‘Special People’. We focused on special and helpful people within our community. The children talked about various jobs and what people do to help others, such as police officers, vets, doctors, dentists, builders, pilots, firefighters and lollipop people. The children transformed themselves into a different person of their choice and enjoyed acting out different scenarios with their friends in groups. 

This week, is ‘Road Safety Week’. As a class we talked about the importance of being safe around and on the road. We were able to talk about the right and wrong thing to do when walking with an adult. Afterwards, the children enjoyed making a 'STOP' sticker for their cars at home.

 

What a wonderful week – I hope you have a great weekend!

Reception - Autumn 2 Week 2

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 4:00pm

 

 

This week, marked our annual ‘Celebration of Kindness’ week here at TSP. Reception have spent the week, spreading kindness, taking part in various different activities as well as reading stories, linked to kindness. After reading, ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio the children discovered how a little kindness can go along way. We talked about the impact of being kind and explored our differences. Inspired by the story, the children used their time wisely this week and made sure they said something kind or gave their friends a compliment throughout the week…..because in a world where you can be anything…choose kind!

In RE, we linked our ‘Special People’ theme back to Kindness Week. We discussed various special people in our lives, what they do to be special and how they make us feel special too. We decided to say ‘thank you’ and share our reasons with our special person / people. The children created a ‘gold star’ for a loved one, along with a special message to put a smile on their faces.

To mark Remembrance Day on Wednesday, Reception took part in a 2-minute silence to remember all members of the armed forces and their families. We discussed the poppy symbol and what it means before making our own poppy and decorating a poppy biscuit.

On Friday, we celebrated Children in Need. We have a great time joining in with Pudsey and Joe Wicks during PE before we made our own Pudsey crowns! Take a look at our Twitter account - @ReceptionTSP, to see how fantastic they were!

Despite two national lockdowns this year, our annual Celebration of Kindness Week was still able to take place in school this week, culminating in another video!  You can see this year’s ‘Celebration of Kindness video’ on our school YouTube channel. We hope that all our TSP friends and families can find enjoyment in watching this year's film. As always, the message of the video remains, 'Laugh More...Worry Less.'

 

Have a wonderful weekend and take care. 

Reception - Autumn 2 Week 1

Date: 6th Nov 2020 @ 8:13am

   

 

Welcome back, I hope you had a wonderful week off.

We have had a great first week back in Reception.

This week, we kicked off our ‘Journeys and Celebrations’ theme in Literacy and Theme and focussed on ‘Bonfire Night’. We enjoyed reading the story ‘Sparks in the Sky’ which inspired our descriptive writing as well as art projects and baking. The children have loved talking about their previous experiences celebrating Bonfire Night and how much they love to see fireworks in the sky at night time.

In RE, we begun discussing ‘Special People’. We discussed different family members and friends who are special to us because they take care of us, watch over us and love us! We also discussed how God and Jesus care for us and love us. We decided to create a ‘Special People’ family tree. The children used their thumbprints to paint a dot, which represented various special people to them.

On Wednesday, we attend WOW Service at St. Peter’s Church. It was a wonderful service all about ‘Remembrance’ in preparation for Remembrance Day next week. Thank you again to Anne and Caroline.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Reception Reminders:

- Please make sure you keep us updated with any allergies or medical conditions that your child may have.

- If your child does not have wellies and an outdoor all in one waterproof, please can this be provided in a labelled bag.

Reception - Autumn 1 Week 8

Date: 23rd Oct 2020 @ 4:15pm

  

 

What a great week to finish our first half term together! Where have the past 8 weeks gone!? We have been so incredibly proud of all of the children for being so brave starting Reception! 

This week, we read the story ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert. This story follows Leaf Man as he is taken by the wind to various places. After reading the story, Reception wanted to find Leaf Man, so we went on the hunt for him! As our search was unsusseful, we changed our mindset and decided to make Leaf Man a new friend! We collected leaves, conkers, conker shells and sticks so we could design our own Leaf Man friend. Throughout the week, the children worked very hard making missing posters, lists and using lots of describing words to talk about their Leaf Man.

This week, we completed our Computing topic ‘My Online Life’. This topic focuses on online safety and made the children aware of what things are safe to do online and what things are not safe to do. The children listened very well and answered my questions brilliantly. Our favourite message from the lessons, is to always tell a teacher, parent or family member if you are unsure about anything when using an iPad, phone or computer.

For theme, we enjoyed listening to the story ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper. The children enjoyed following Duck, Squirrels and Cat’s journey together. The story inspired us to bake and decorate pumpkin biscuits, as well as design our own pumpkin soup using some yummy yet silly ingredients.

 

If you would like your child to continue their learning at home over half-term, I have collated a list of useful websites that you can access and shared this on Tapestry. You can also refer to the Home Learning page on our school website for more support.

As the nights draw in and the clocks go back this coming weekend, it is a good time to revisit road safety with your child. Please find a useful guide from RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) attached.

 

Thank you again for all of your support over the past few weeks. We have had a wonderful first half term and look forward to the next one. If you have any ‘WOW’ moments / news, please share this with me via Tapestry.

 

Enjoy the half term and stay safe.

 

Miss Giles x

Reception - Autumn 1 - Week 7

Date: 16th Oct 2020 @ 8:20am

   

We have had another wonderful week, in Reception!

We read the story ‘The Little Red Hen’. We discussed how the Little Red Hen might be feeling after her friends did not help, we talked about the characters from the story and what they could do next time. Throughout the week, we enjoyed writing a sorry letter pretending to be an animal from the story, making Little Red Hen pictures and completing a ‘flow map’ to order the story. On Wednesday, we had a wonderful delivery! The Little Red Hen delivered some yummy bread for us to taste, animal masks and a letter! She thanked us for our sorry letters and also surprised us with some bread mix. The children enjoyed making bread rolls throughout the week – we hope they were yummy!

Reception have become quite the mathematicians this week! They have become extremely confident measuring height, length and capacity. Firstly, we used the story ‘Dear Zoo’ to support our knowledge on size and height. Looking at the different sized animals and boxes they arrived in. The children used mathematical vocabulary to describe if they were in the correct box. They experimented filling different sized containers and described the different capacities as “full” “half-full” and “empty”.

This week in RE, we continued off our ‘Harvest’ topic by looking at how Harvest is celebrated around the world. The children enjoyed exploring different cultures and celebrations. They loved the colourful celebrations in China, which inspired us to make our very own colourful lantern.

On Friday, we enjoyed reading the Little People, Big Dreams book ‘Rosa Parks’ for Black History Month. Rosa’s story inspired us to talk about our own experiences of being brave just like Rosa.

 

Thank you for another great week. Enjoy your weekend.

 

 

Reception Reminders:

- Please kindly note that all children in Reception class should now be adhering to the school's Uniform Policy (http://www.trinitystpeters.org/serve_file/796357) as per the school's Home School Agreement.

- Please make sure you keep us updated with any allergies or medical conditions that your child may have.

- If your child does not have wellies and an outdoor all in one waterproof, please can this be provided in a labelled bag.

- By allowing your child to use Tapestry, you are confirming your acceptance of our Acceptable Use Policy. This has been attached below if you have not yet read this. 

Reception - Autumn 1 - Week 6

Date: 8th Oct 2020 @ 5:14pm

  

 

We have had another great week in Reception!

We have continued our topic ‘All About Me’ in our Literacy work. The children focused on their houses and families again this week. Discussing the differences in our families and our homes. We talked about what makes a home special and it was lovely listening to the childrens answers and ideas!

On Wednesday, we enjoyed our October WOW Service, all about 'Harvest'. We enjoyed watching the story 'Feeding the 5000' and saying our thank you prayer. Thank you to Anne and Caroline for another great service and thank you to all of the parents who were able to join us also.

In RE, this week we have continued discussing ‘Harvest’ as a class. We focused on the different food groups that get harvested every year. We discussed the fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and fish that are harvested. We discussed the hard work that the workers put into harvesting these different foods for us to eat. On Thursday, we read ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ we took us on a story with Oliver around his Grandfathers allotment. Oliver tried various vegetables he claimed not to like and ending up enjoying them all! We looked at the vegetables Oliver ate and decided to use harvested potatoes to make some yummy chips just like Oliver!

On Friday, we supported Young Minds - Hello Yellow day in class. We discussed the characters from 'Inside Out' and talked about the feelings and emotions we feel. Afterwards, we then had fun in the Hello Yellow photo booth, making us feel the emotion 'joy', just like the film. 

 

Thank you for a wonderful week and enjoy your weekend!

 

Reception Reminders:

- Don't forget to check the 'Memos' section on Tapestry for any messages for your child.

- Please make sure you keep us updated with any allergies or medical conditions that your child may have

- If your child does not have wellies and an outdoor all in one waterproof, please can this be provided in a labelled bag.

- By allowing your child to use Tapestry, you are confirming your acceptance of our Acceptable Use Policy. This has been attached below if you have not yet read this.

Reception - Autumn 1 Week 5

Date: 1st Oct 2020 @ 5:16pm

   

Where has the week gone? It has flown by this week with all of the fun we have been having in Reception.

In RE, we have brought our ‘I am Special’ topic to a close, by reading the story ‘The Big Book of Families’ by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith. As a class, we discussed the different families in the book and compared them to ours. The children enjoyed talking about the different things they do with their family and how much they loved them!  

We have continued our 'All About Me' topic in our Theme and Literacy lessons by reading the story ‘Peace at Last’ by Jill Murphy. It has inspired our discussions and written work this week. We used our own bedtime routines and stories to discuss how Mr Bear would have been feeling and how we could help him.

On Thursday, we celebrated National Poetry Day by reading the book ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. The children loved listening out for the rhyming words and using the magic spell ‘Iggety, ziggety, zaggety, zoom’ to help them create their own magic potion. After our potions were complete, they produced a magic wand for each child to design and decorate! The children had so much fun and could not believe that a witch had been in our classroom!

On Friday, we finished the week by starting our new RE theme 'Harvest'. We looked at fruits around the world, how they grown and how they get to our shops / houses. We discussed the different fruits we liked, before making a yummy fruit salad! The children cut their own fruit and enjoyed choosing the different ones to add to their fruit salads. 

 

Thank you for another great week, enjoy your weekend!

 

Reception Reminders:

- Wednesday 7th October 2020 – WOW Services - St. Peter's Church @ 2pm.

- Friday 9th October 2020 - Tempest Photography in School.

- Don't forget to check the 'Memos' section on Tapestry for any messages for your child.

- If your child does not have wellies and an outdoor all in one waterproof, please can this be provided in a labelled bag.

- By allowing your child to use Tapestry, you are confirming your acceptance of our Acceptable Use Policy. This has been attached below if you have not yet read this.

Reception - Autumn 1 Week 4

Date: 23rd Sep 2020 @ 6:28pm

 

 

We have had yet another great week in Reception!

This week we started our 'All About Me' topic in our Theme and Literacy lessons. The children have enjoyed talking about their routines at home and their favourite things in their houses, such as toys, games and comfort items. They used pictures from home to influence their writing and support our discussions this week. The children have worked very hard with their activities and writing tasks and I have been very proud!

The children have also taken on some tricky maths challenges, during our 'matching' week. They used their number, pattern and shape recognition to work as a team to complete the various activities! 

In RE, we continued our 'I am Special' topic by discussing ourselves. After reading the story 'I Am Special', we looked at ourselves in the mirror and talk about our features, similarities and differences. We continued to celebrate our differences and defined what made us unique. Afterwards, the children enjoyed making their own special mirror to use at home!

On Friday, we enjoyed taking our learning outside. Dressing in our waterproofs and wellies, we had an afternoon of messy play, teamwork and outdoor fun! 

 

Thank you for another wonderful week. Enjoy you weekend!

 

Reception Reminders:

- Don't forget to check the 'Memos' section on Tapestry for any messages for your child.

- If your child does not have wellies and an outdoor all in one waterproof, please can this be provided in a labelled bag.

- By allowing your child to use Tapestry, you are confirming your acceptance of our Acceptable Use Policy. This has been attached below if you have not yet read this.

Reception - Autumn 1 Week 3

Date: 16th Sep 2020 @ 4:33pm

 

We have had yet another brilliant week in Reception, full of fun and hard work.

In RE this week, we started our ‘I Am Special’ theme, by discussing how unique we are and celebrating our differences. We looked at the different Trolls from the movie and looked at their differences, while linking them back to ours. 

Over the past two weeks we have been inspired by the film ‘Trolls’ across all aspects of our learning. We have loved receiving gifts, challenges and task to complete from Princess Poppy herself. We started this week off with Princess Poppy sending them on a hunt around the outdoor area for her latest challenge. The children were to design a passport to travel with Poppy on her world tour to visit the other trolls. This linked brilliantly with our RE theme this week, looking at our similarities and differences. On Thursday, we enjoyed creating our very own clay Trolls! The children worked so hard moulding them into the perfect Troll shape and adding colourful hair!

On Wednesday, we enjoyed our first WOW Service of the year. Thank you to Anne and Caroline for a great service to start off the year and thank you to all of the parents who were able to join us.

Thank you for a great week and enjoy your weekend!

 

Reception Reminders:

- Don't forget to check the 'Memos' section on Tapestry for any messages for your child.

- If your child does not have wellies and an outdoor all in one waterproof, please can this be provided in a labelled bag.

- By allowing your child to use Tapestry, you are confirming your acceptance of our Acceptable Use Policy. This has been attached below if you have not yet read this.

Reception - Autumn 1 Week 2

Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 4:30pm

 

What a fantastic and busy week we have had in Reception! The children have been engrossed in everything we have completed and worked incredibly hard.

 

This week’s theme has been all about Trolls! On Monday, we received a very special surprise gift from Princess Poppy herself! We could not believe it. Princess Poppy gave us 3 tasks to complete throughout the week and we set to work straight away. Task 1 was to design Trolls hair, task 2 to design and paint a colourful Troll and task 3 to make a yummy marshmallow Troll. We have had a very busy week, completing all of these tasks for Princess Poppy and not to mention lots of fun! Once we were finished, Princess Poppy visited again….this time with a personal message on our computer screen! The children could not believe it and had so much fun dancing to some Trolls songs on Friday afternoon to celebrate. Take a look at our class Twitter feed (@ReceptionTSP) for lots of photos from our fun week!

 

Thank you for another wonderful week Reception, I wonder what next week will bring. Enjoy your weekends.

 

 

Reception Reminders:

- Please check Tapestry for a various memos that have been posted this week. 

- School Photographs – Wednesday 16.09.20 / Friday 18.09.20.

- If your child does not have wellies and an outdoor all in one waterproof, please can this be provided in a labelled bag.

- By allowing your child to use Tapestry, you are confirming your acceptance of our Acceptable Use Policy. This has been attached below if you have not yet read this.

- The school nurse service is still available to parents if you should require any health advice for your child.

Please find below contact details:

Peter Charlton

Community Staff Nurse
Formby 0-19 Team

T: 01704-395723

M: 07769-491162

Reception - Autumn 1 Week 1

Date: 4th Sep 2020 @ 3:52pm

 

 

What a great first week we have had in Reception!

I cannot believe how well our little superstars have settled into the new classroom. The children have been excited and eager to come into school every morning and see their friends.

Thank you to everyone for designing and making a ‘Forky’ over the summer holidays.  They were all so amazing and creative! The children loved having them on their tables and by their sides over the first few days in Reception. We have loved playing with them and the other Toy Story characters throughout the week inside and outside.

This week, we have been enjoying the story 'The Invisible string' by Patrice Karst. We also talked about the invisible strings that connect us with our family members and loved ones. The children then enjoyed making 2 'Invisible String' bracelets to take home with them. Attached is a piece of work that your child has completed, showing who their 'Invisible String' is attached to. A PowerPoint of the story has been uploaded onto Tapestry for you to share at home.

Well done Reception for being so grown up and amazing all week!

Thank you all for a brilliant week and enjoy your weekend.

 

Reception Reminders

- Please check Tapestry for a memo about snack and WOW Service. 

- On Friday's children are to come to school dressed in their PE clothes.

- If your child does not have wellies and an outdoor all in one waterproof, please can this be provided in a labelled bag.

- By allowing your child to use Tapestry, you are confirming your acceptance of our Acceptable Use Policy. This has been attached below if you have not yet read this.

 

Welcome to Reception!

Date: 1st Sep 2020 @ 2:03pm

I would like to wish you a warm welcome back to school and into Reception!

Texts have been sent to to clarify your childs start time for tomorrow. 

Wednesday 2/09/2020 drop off times - 

8.45am or 9.05am. 

Wednesday 2/09/2020 pick up time is 3.05pm or your specfied time. 

Please note after this day, all pupils are to arrive by or at 9.05am and picked up at 3.05pm or your specfied time. Please remember to abide by the one way system which is in operation.

The Foundation Stage team will be ready and waiting to welcome you in through the Foundation Stage door. 

 

The Reception classroom / outdoor area is set-up and ready for your arrival!


During the Autumn term, PE lessons will take place on a Friday morning. This lessons will not be practising contact sports and will be skills based only. PE will commence from week beginning Monday 7th September. 

On the day allocated for your child’s PE lessons, you children is to come to school wearing their white PE top, grey jogging suit and suitable trainers with Velcro fastening. However, additional opportunities can arise where PE kits will also be required. A pair of black pumps must be in school in a labelled bag, which will be kept on their peg. If a child is unable to take part in a PE lesson, a note should be written from the parent/guardian to the child’s class teacher.


Children are encouraged to bring a bottle of water with a sports cap type lid are also encouraged so the children can drink as and when they need it throughout the day.

 

I know that there may be times when you need to drop me a quick note for example: pick up arrangements, share news and so with this in mind you can now contact me directly via this email address: Reception@tsp.sefton.school
 
We hope this will enable each parent to be able to drop off and collect their child promptly so to support the social distancing measures and one way system we have in place.
 
Please kindly note, I will check this inbox each school morning at 8.30 am. If there is a matter of urgency, please contact the school office as normal. 
 
All emails will be monitored in line with our Parent Communication Policy.
 

Please also let me know for our records, by the end of the week, if you would require an electronic device should your child need to isolate or in the case of a local lockdown.


I am looking forward to welcoming the children to Reception and the start our exciting year together! 

See you tomorrow,

Miss Giles

Reception Final Blog - 17.7.2020

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 12:34pm

 

 

Dear Reception,

 

Firstly, we would like to say a big THANK YOU to you all for continuing to be so amazing. We are so grateful for all of the emails, videos and pictures that we have received over the lockdown period; they made us smile from ear to ear! The Zoom calls have also been a great way for us to see your lovely smiley faces, catch up and, most importantly, be together!

 

This year has been different to say the least, but the time that we did have together in school really was special. We have made so many wonderful memories together and I hope you can watch our Celebration Powerpoint with your family and remember them along with us. Thank you for always coming into school with big smiles and excited to learn every day; you really have made us so incredibly proud.

 

If you wish for your child to continue with their learning over the summer break, below are some suggested activities: 

English (Reading):

-  To support your child and to continue their Read Write Inc. learning journey away from the classroom, click this link , which includes various ‘phonics spine’ e-books matched to Read Write Inc. levels, along with 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets, parent information booklets and 8 Speedy Green Word Slideshows.

- There are 136 free reading books available for pupils to read, from Pink to Lime book bands. Follow this link and log in using the username: UKfreeaccess and password: engage. The books will be available to access until 31st August 2020.

- I am sure the children are continuing to have fun whilst exploring some of the wonderful books on the Summer Reading Challenge and being part of, ‘The Silly Squad'. Don’t forget that you can still enrol, if you haven’t already!

- To support your child’s reading further, you may wish to access the Oxford Owl website, which has a range of free eBooks available. They are split into age range, series and book band levels categories. If you want to find out more about the Reading Book Band levels, go the ‘Reading Band Level’ page on their website or ‘Reading Provision’ page on the school’s website.

English (Phonics):

- Can you play phonic bingo with your child? Using CVC words or tricky words, ask your child to write down 4 - 6 words, calling the various words / the words they have written down. Who will get bingo first? You may want to play this outside using chalk!

- Can you watch an episode of Alphablocks, spotting any sounds and words?  Challenge: can you write a sentence using any words from that episode?

- Read stories to your child every day and encourage the children to re-tell the story to you. Can you ask questions that encourage comprehension skills? Here are some comprehension questions to help you as you hear your child read (first two pages only).

Mathematics:

- Can you watch an episode of Numberblocks, spotting any numbers or working out the answers to challenges?

- Continue using the 100 square to develop confidence in number recognition or play games from last week, or watch the ‘Counting to 100 song’ video with your child. 

- Using the 100 square from previous blogs, children can practise counting and recognising the 10 times tables by highlighting the numbers ending in 0 and identifying the pattern it shows on the 100 square. To support your child counting in 10s, you might want to ask them to make 10 towers of 10 cubes or Lego and match it to the 100 square numbers.

- To prepare your child for Year 1, we would usually be practising number bonds to 10. You may want to use the attached videos to support your child with this:

- Number Bond to 10

- The Ten Dance

- Number Pairs Song

Computing:

- ‘Think U Know’ have released some new activity packs with simple 15 minute activities that can be completed at home to support online safety at a time when they are spending more time online at home:

Please also use our Learning at Home page, which will direct you to a wealth of resources, as well as our Wellbeing page, which has ways to support you and your child also at this time. 

 

We look forward to seeing you all next year and watching you grow and flourish in Year 1. We know that Miss Morris is so excited to teach you and she is incredibly lucky.

Have a wonderful summer! holidays, relax, have fun and hopefully we will be back to normal in no time!

A special thank you as well to all those parents who have sent in gifts and cards this week.

Take care and lots of love,

Miss Giles and Mrs Giles x

 

 

September 2020 - Transition Guide for Nursery into Reception

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 12:28pm

Please see the transition PowerPoint below for additional information to ensure that your child has the best start to Reception.

Thank you,

Mrs Bevin, Mrs Molloy & Miss Giles

September 2020 - Transition Guide for Reception into Year 1

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 12:21pm

Please see the transition PowerPoint below for additional information to ensure that your child has the best start to Year 1.

Thank you,

Miss Giles & Miss Morris

Picture News w.c 13.07.20

Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 9:36am

Holidays

Story: A new traffic light system, awarding different colours to countries depending on the number of coronavirus cases there has been announced by the UK government.

Question: What are holiday traffic lights?

How to use Picture news at home:

  • Show the EY Picture News poster (above).
  • Get the children thinking about what they can see on the poster and then tell them what is happening in the news story.
  • Use the EY Home Recording sheet to record your child's thoughts. Encourage other family members to also give their thoughts so your child can see that other people may think or feel differently to them. It might be useful to name the comments to help remember who said what.
  • Show your child the British Values poster and discuss.

 

 

Reception Learning at Home - w/c 13.7.2020

Date: 6th Jul 2020 @ 5:31pm

Hello everyone!

Hopefully, everybody has had another wonderful week! I cannot believe we are approaching our final week! I loved seeing you all on Zoom last week and can’t wait to see you again on Friday.

In September, we will be introducing the new learning platform, 'Tapestry'. Further information on this can be found in the “Tapestry Letter” attachment below. Please read this letter as well as the “Tapestry Acceptable Use Policy” which is also attached.
 

Individual login details will be sent via email early next week. 
 

If you experience any difficulties signing up, please let us know via the curriculum email account next week so that the whole class is prepared for September.

 

On Friday the 17th, we will be sharing our 'End of Year Leavers' Service' on the school's YouTube channel at 9:20am. We would encourage all our TSP families to watch this in celebration of both our Year 6 pupils, who will be moving onto secondary school, and despite closure, give thanks for another successful year at Trinity St. Peter's.

 

Zoom Schedule:

I will be hosting our final Zoom session, on Friday 17th July. I hope that your child will be able to join us!

Friday 17th July 11.40 -11.55am - Whole Class

You will receive a text message the day before to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting as usual. Hopefully, all being well, we will see your child again next week!

 

 

Please remember, the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set; just select the activities, which you feel, will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you. 

 

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.

 

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the Learning at Home section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well. The weekly timetable attached to support you, if you should wish to complete all the weekly activities.

 

Please note that the school’s ‘curriculum’ email account will close on Friday 17th July.

 

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

 

Please note, all attachments to blogs are provided as visuals for further support and don’t require you to print them for the activity to be completed.

 

English (Phonics):

- Continue to learn Set 2 sounds of the Read Write Inc. program. See list / sound mat on the Reading Provision page on our website. Continue to promote the rhyming phrases / letter formation when looking at each phonic sound. You may also want to take a look at the Set 3 sounds, in preparations for Year 1. 

- ‘Phonics Play’ have made all of their interactive and printable resources accessible during this time. The games and resources computer / tablet friendly. The children should be working within Phase 1, 2 and 3. Follow this link and log in using username: march20 and password: home.

- For Read Write Inc. resources, the Ruth Miskin website are streaming 7 phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on their YouTube channel.

 

English (Reading):

- There are 136 free reading books available for pupils to read, from Pink to Lime book bands. Follow this link and log in using the username: UKfreeaccess and password: engage. The books will be available to access until 31st August 2020.

- I am sure the children are continuing to have fun whilst exploring some of the wonderful books on the Summer Reading Challenge and being part of, ‘The Silly Squad'. Don’t forget that you can still enrol, if you haven’t already!

- To support your child’s reading further, you may wish to access the Oxford Owl website, which has a range of free eBooks available. They are split into age range, series and book band levels categories. If you want to find out more about the Reading Book Band levels, go the ‘Reading Band Level’ page on their website or ‘Reading Provision’ page on the school’s website.

- To support your child and to continue their Read Write Inc. learning journey away from the classroom, click this link , which includes various ‘phonics spine’ e-books matched to Read Write Inc. levels, along with 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets, parent information booklets and 8 Speedy Green Word Slideshows.

- Phonics Play have made all of their ‘Decodable Comics’ accessible for children to continue reading. They are short illustrated comics the children can read to you. You can access the resources here.

- Encourage the children to re-tell the story to you and ask questions that help to develop their comprehension skills. Here are some comprehension questions you may wish to use as you listen your child read (first two pages only).

 

English (Writing):

- This week, our pirate adventures continue and our writing will be based around the attached PowerPoints, ‘All About Pirates’ and ‘Famous Pirates’. If you do not have access to a printer, children may complete the activities in their workbooks/on a separate piece of paper. Encourage your child to sound out, as well as using finger spaces and full stops.

- Using all of their pirate knowledge from the past few weeks and from the PowerPoints, can your child complete the ‘Pirate Fact Hunt’ worksheet? Thinking of 3 facts about pirates, can they write them down and colour in the pictures?

- Your child can then complete one or all of the ‘Pirate Writing Activity’ worksheets, using the words and pictures to write a sentence to describe the pirates or pictures.

- Can your child then complete their very own ‘Pirate Passport’? Using the questions, pictures and template can your child use their knowledge, ideas and imagination.

 

 

Maths:

- This week, the children are to continue working on their number recognition to 100, counting in 10s and practising number bonds in preparation for Year 1.

- Continue using the 100 square to develop confidence in number recognition or play games from last week, or watch the ‘Counting to 100 song’ video with your child. 

- Using the 100 square attached or the ‘100 Square Splat’ PowerPoint, children can practise counting and recognising the 10 times tables by highlighting the numbers ending in 0 and identifying the pattern it shows on the 100 square. To support your child counting in 10s, you might want to ask them to make 10 towers of 10 cubes or Lego and match it to the 100 square numbers.

- To prepare your child for Year 1, we would usually be practising number bonds to 10. You may want to use the attached videos to support your child with this:

- Number Bond to 10

- Numberblocks – What Makes 10?

- Numberblocks – Super 10

- The Ten Dance

- Number Pairs Song

- You might also want to use the attached number bond PowerPoints and activity sheets with your child, to practise their addition to 10.

- For further challenges and additional maths lessons, please check White Rose Maths for their daily lessons and activities.

 

 

RE:

- Weekly Big Question discussion, please see separate blog post.

- St Peter's website have a weekly Sunday Club page, which will share ideas for you to complete with your family. Please click this link.

- ‘The B Tales’, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos are posted by 10am every Monday morning.

- The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

 

 

Computing:

- Looking through the ‘Exploring Technology’ at home challenges, complete the various activities, talking about the pieces of technology you may find at home with your child and having fun exploring together.

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

- Attached below are various Design Technology activities for your child to complete. They could assemble a pirate parrot, telescope, treasure chest or moving pirate, with help from an adult to complete and design together.  

- Follow this link to play exciting CBeebies pirate games, sing along and watch fun pirate videos. Get creative and enjoy a variety of pirate tasks.

 

 

Understanding the World (Science):

- Continuing with our pirate theme, can you help your child complete the ‘Fizzy Pirate Coin Investigation’ activity? The information / worksheet is attached below for you to carry out the various instructions to clean your pirate coins.

- You may want to share with your child the 'ScishowKids' or 'Maddie Moate' YouTube channels, where you can find Science experiments to complete at home! There are lots to choose from, so enjoy exploring and getting messy together!

 

 

Physical Development (PE):

- In addition to the PE with Joe Wicks and Cosmic Kids Yoga videos, you might like to take part in the fun and energetic exercise videos with ‘Miss Linky’. She has exercise videos with dinosaurs and superheroes, as well as fun songs and dances to join in with!

 

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Miss Giles. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day and it will be closing on Friday 17th July 2020 in line with the school closing for Summer.

 

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend,

 

Miss Giles x

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