Dear Parents and Carers,
As we enter these challenging next few weeks and months I wanted to say how extremely proud of you all I am. As a teachers we are Loco Parentis and take our responsibility in caring for your children seriously. Mrs Cirelli and I have had great pleasure in teaching your children since September and we will miss you all so much!
Please keep in contact via Tapestry. I will try and update the website with different resources for you to access, but above all please stay safe and well.
This week is National School Sports Week. One of your challenges for this week to is engage in a range of sporting activities of your choosing. I have linked some fantastic ideas from the people at the Running Bee Foundation and other websites below. If you engage in some exercise this week please take a photograph and send it to me via Tapestry. I will use these photographs to create a slideshow/video depending on how many photographs are submitted. I am looking forward to seeing what sports you engage in.
Dear Parents and Children,
I hope that you are all well.
Below are a two websites that may be of interest:
30 Days Wild- A free downloadable pack from The Wildlife Trusts.
Tricky Word Rap- A song aimed at developing children's ability to recognise tricky words.
BirdNet App- A nice app that is useful for identifying different birds from their sounds.
It has been wonderful to see all of the fantastic work that you have been doing at home. As the next fortnight are the half term holidays there will be no videos or work uploaded until Monday 8th June.
I am very proud of each and everyone of you,
Updated website links:
Recap Phase 3 sounds with the Alphablocks-https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_qs3c0ehDvZkbiEbOj6Drg
Updated Website links
Celebrating VE day? Click the link below for a simple explanation on why we celebrate VE day.
Do you want to exercise? Try out Jumpstart Jonny, we sometimes use this in class.
Explore the outdoors with ideas from the Woodland Trust.
BBC Bitesize have uploaded a range of videos. Explore the links below, they are worth checking out.
Updated resources 30/5
Happy Birthday Captain Tom!
To celebrate Captain Tom's 100th birthday Paperchase have created a colouring sheet to download and colour in.
If your parents have Facebook, explore what it is like to be a zookeeper by searching the wonderful resources developed by Auckland Zoo.
Some useful resources to help explain coronavirus to your child:
Updated website links:
During the summer term at St Mary's the children normally witness the life cycle of a butterfly and a chick first hand. However due to the current climate this is not possible. The link below documents the duck hatching process. (This organisation also states that this will be updated weekly.)
John Lewis and Partners are challenging you to design your own superhero teddy. You will find all of the details at the bottom of the link.
Mr Mc Phonics on YouTube- Explore different Ph2 and 3 sounds using the link below
Free printable worksheets can be found on the website below-
Free temporary login-
User ID: temporaryaccess
Learn how to make a range of paper aeroplanes using the link below.
Photographs from Tapestry
Below are a small selection of photographs from last week.
Mrs Cirelli and I are extremely proud of you for working so hard. We would also like to say a special thank you to your wonderful parents for helping to support your learning at home during these challenging times.
Week Beginning 20th April 2020
New Suggested Webpage- Oak National Academy Reception Link
A Little Note
Over the past week it has been lovely to see all of the fantastic work that you have been doing at home. Below is a small collection of the photographs I have received (via Tapestry.) I wanted to share these photographs with you as I know that lots of you are missing your friends greatly. Mrs Cirelli and I miss you all so much and hope to see you all again very soon.
What can I do at home?
Mrs Cirelli and I love to see what you have achieved at home. The images below may provide you with some inspiration. Please remember to upload a photograph to Tapestry.
For parents with children under 5 years old see hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk.
There are recommended websites from the DFE and ideas for games/activities to play with your child.
YouTube- Alphablocks and Epic Phonics- tricky words
YouTube- Number Crew, Numberjacks and Numberblocks
https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 (daily workout at 9am Monday-Friday.)
Expressive Arts and Design
A very warm welcome to the Reception class webpage. Mrs Cirelli and I are looking forward to a fun and successful year with our lovely children. Please remember if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Reception team, we are always happy to help.
Reading and library books are changed every Thursday. Please complete your child’s reading record to indicate if you have read the book with your child at home.
In Reception we cover a variety of topics.
Our topics this year are:
* Autumn 1 - All about me
* Autumn 2 - People who help us/ Christmas
* Spring 1 - Winter/Space
* Spring 2 - Fairy Stories
* Summer 1 - Minibeasts and Growth
* Summer 2 - Zoo and Farmyard animals
At St Mary’s we aim to develop children’s enthusiasm for learning. We encourage children to concentrate, keep on trying and celebrate their achievements.
Playing and Exploring
We provide opportunities that enable children to co-operate and work harmoniously alongside each other.
Creating and Thinking Critically
In Reception we develop children’s capacity to concentrate on their own play or on a group task. We also encourage children to develop their own ideas.
Personal, Social and Emotional development
In Reception we provide opportunities for each child to become a valued member of the school and the community and promote a strong self-image and self-esteem.
Communication and Language
At St Mary’s we provide opportunities for all children to talk and communicate in a widening range of situations to respond to adults and each other.
We provide opportunities for all children to explore and learn about and use words and text in a broad range of contexts.
In Reception we provide opportunities for all children to develop their understanding of numbers, patterns, shape and space.
Understanding the World
At St Mary’s we provide opportunities for all children to solve problems, make decisions, experiment, predict, plan and question in a variety of contexts.
We provide opportunities for all children to develop their fine and gross motor skills, to increase and develop their understanding of how their bodies work and what they need to do to be healthy and safe.
Expressive Arts and Design
In Reception we provide opportunities for all children to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through art, music, dance and role play activities.
Reception Reading List
On occasions we have been asked 'What books are suitable for my child to read at home?' The document below recomends 50 books for your child to read at home.
Droylsden library opening times are listed below:
|Monday:||9am - 8pm||9am - 1pm|
|Tuesday:||9am - 8pm|
|Wednesday:||9am - 8pm|
|Thursday:||9am - 8pm||9am - 1pm|
|Friday:||9am - 8pm||1pm - 5pm|
|Saturday:||10am - 3pm||10am - 3pm|
Drop Everything and Read
Over this half term we are trying to raise the profile of reading with our EYFS classes. We are asking for any volunteers who would be willing to read their favourite children’s story to Reception. These reading sessions will take place from 9:10am-9:30am on Monday 2nd to Friday 6th March. If you would like to volunteer, please see me (Mr Horan) with your preferred date.
Spring 1- Review
We have had a very busy half-term. The children have enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year, Valentines day and the RSPCA Big Garden Birdwatch. It has been lovely to see the fantastic progress the children are making with their phonics. A number of children have now finished Phase 3! I am so proud of the children's achievements so far this year. Have a lovely week.
Thank you for your wonderful support during this half term. Mrs Cirelli and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
When we return we will be studying the topics Winter and Space. We will also be starting Phase 3 phonics with the majority of children.
Have a lovely break,
The Sleepy Shepherd
On Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December the children performed the Christmas Nativity 'The Sleepy Shepherd.'
Last year I applied for a Tesco bags for school grant. Through the public's support we achieved the most blue tokens and subsequently recieved £4000 to develop our outdoor area.
Mrs Cirelli and I would like to say a massive thank you for your amazing support, everyone has settled in extremely well into Reception and have simply been a joy to teach.
This half term we have introduced the children to Phase 2 phonics and covered the topic 'All About Me.' It has been lovely to see the children develop new friendships and solidify existing ones.
On a funny note...Mrs Cirelli and I normally pride ourselves on developing children's enthusiasm for learning. However, this can not be said for one child who at the start of the school day asked me to 'hurry up with school' as she had her bedroom to tidy.
Have a restful week,
In Reception the children have been learning how to ride a balance bike. The photographs below show the children's ability to persevere even when things are challenging.