Reception Blog 2020-2021

Welcome to our Reception blog!
We are so excited to be able to share some of our wonderful learning with you. We have had a great start to the summer term and are spending lots of time outdoors. We have enjoyed planting our sunflowers and potatoes and watching them grow. We are looking forward to our upcoming 'animal dress-up day', as we have been learning about domesticated and wild animals this term. 
Sports day!
Reception have had the most wonderful Sports Day- even the sun came out to support us! We all enjoyed a series of activities, including racket and bean bag races and jumping through hoops. We finished with a grand finale of running races on the field- and what fantastic sprinters we have! 

We demonstrated our wonderful sportsmanship, cheering everyone on and celebrating taking part. Well done, Reception!
Thursday 24th June 2021
As part of International Week in school, we have been learning about Denmark. Today we had an opportunity to talk to Mrs Roe's cousin who lives in Denmark and he told us all about Danish Food and about lego! We have harvested some of our potatoes and enjoyed seeing how many we had grown - 23 in total from 3 seed potatoes! We helped to dig them up, wash them and then Mrs Roe prepared them for us to try using a Danish recipe. We enjoyed eating them and were delighted with the achievement of growing our own food!

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This week the children across the school will be celebrating Diversity Week! Our focus for today's session is: When I Grow Up - What do be?
The children listened to the story 'Riley Can Be Anything' and they discussed jobs that they would like to have when they grow up. we had a range of dream jobs such as: Paleontologists, Doctors, firefighters, vets, train drivers, hairdressers, gymnasts, chefs, builders, policemen/women, carers and many more! it was a great discussion and we were amazed at the children's knowledge of various jobs.
Have a chat with your children about your dream jobs this evening!
Diversity Week!
The children really enjoyed some new stories this week. They listened to a story called 'All are Welcome'. Use the link to watch or listen to it at home this evening.
The NSPCC have teamed up with Ant and Dec and David Walliams to host a live assembly on 23/02/21 at 10:00 around the 'speak up, stay safe' campaign. It links with some of our learning from PSHE from last term. 
You can check it out here, but note that the assembly is aimed at children who are 5+
Thank you to Simeon from Dragonflies for pointing out that the (wonderful!) poem 'On the Ning Nang Nong' by Spike Milligan works really well for thinking about our 'ng' digraph.
Have a listen and see how many 'ng' sounds you spot! (reading with lovely voice intonation)
Well done to all the children who have been completing their learning at home and thank you to the adults who have sent us pictures of it :)
Have a look below to see if you can find your work! There is a selection of work to look at below. We see every piece of work you send in and we are so proud of you. We will upload a few each week. Don't worry if you cant see yours on the page - we will still see everything you get up to when you email it to us :)
Dear Ladybirds and Dragonflies,
I just wanted to share a short message to say we are missing you lots and hope you have enjoyed your weekends :) We are really looking forward to seeing you on our zoom lessons next week! Please make sure you have everything you need ready for the sessions and remember to bring your smiles with you!
Take care and stay safe, 
From Miss Khokhar and Ms Elgaziari
Christmas has come to Shirley! 
This past week, we have been writing letters to Santa and inviting friends to our Christmas party on Friday. We have been thinking of initial sounds in our friends names and using segmentation to spell them phonetically. 
This past few weeks we have been working as a team in the forest area to explore the natural environment and what living beings we can find. We have discussed how important the natural world is, and how every living thing has their part to play. 
Below, you can see pictures of our pond dipping and reception's efforts so far with building a hibernaculum.  
This week, we have had a wonderful start to our phonics learning. 
We learnt about the S, A, T graphemes and their corresponding phonemes- ask your child to show you the actions!
We follow the StoryTime Phonics program, which you can learn a little more about here -
Miss. Khokhar will be hosting a phonics workshop to provide information about how you can support your child's learning at home and will be in touch with dates soon.