Welcome to Reception!
The first year for the children at the Alvey school is full of hands-on, fun-filled learning experiences. We are proud of the links we have built up with our feeder nurseries and pre-schools. Our taster sessions carried out prior to children starting at the Alvey help to achieve a smooth transition into the first year of school.
Our 2019-2020 topics:
Autumn 1- Magical Me
Autumn 2- Winter Wonderland
Spring 1- People Who Help Us
Spring 2- Animal Magic
Summer 1- We are Explorers
Summer 2- The Seaside
World Book Day!
Last week the Reception children loved their first World Book Day at school. They loved dressing up in their brilliant costumes and looking at their favourite books as well. We talked all about why reading is so important and shared lots of stories together. We also talked about who we were dressed as and why they are our favourite book character. In the afternoon, the Year 5 buddies came to see their Reception buddies and read some stories with them. What a fantastic day in Reception!
Key dates/things to remember
* We use the Online Learning Journal 'Tapestry' in Reception, please check this often and upload experiences and learning from home. The children take great pride in talking about the things they have done at home, their family and special events.
*Please read at home daily and write in your child's blue reading diary.
This week, another visitor came to see the Reception children. PC Lockton told us all about his job as a police officer and how the police help us. We got to try on his uniform and he even let us put on his handcuffs! He showed us his police radio and we heard another police officer telling PC Lockton about an emergency. The children loved talking to PC Lockton and they listened brilliantly. They asked some great questions and understood that in an emergency we have to call 999.
A visit from Sleaford Fire Brigade
Sleaford Fire Brigade came to visit Reception last week. The children got to explore inside the fire engine and it was great looking through the fireman's infrared camera. We walked around the fire engine looking at the generators, hoses and cutting equipment. Finally, the children took turns spraying the hose onto the field. What an exciting morning!
This week, following on from our work on 'The Three Little Pigs' story, the children in Reception have been investigating the properties of different materials. The children had to make predictions as to whether the materials from the Three Pigs story would move if we blew them, fanned them or used a hair dryer on them. We then tested our predictions out on straw, sticks and bricks. Great predictions and investigation skills!
The Three Little Pigs story maps
We have had a great start to the new year in Reception reading at traditional tales and finding out about people who help us. This week we have been learning the traditional tale of 'The Three Little Pigs'. The children made story maps in groups and we practised reading our stories with lots of expression and actions. The children did a fantastic job at retelling the story by following their story maps!
The Woodland Trust donated 150 trees for our school forest area (Wild Cherry, Rowan, Field Maple, Oak, Silver Birch and Grey Willow). This week, every child in Reception planted a tree and they are really excited about watching them grow as they move through the school. Some of the children have been estimating how big they think their tree will be by the time they reach Year 6. Bailey thinks his tree will be "Taller than Mr Tapley!" and Alex thinks his will be "20 metres big!"
We have had a very busy month in Reception. We learnt all about why we celebrate Bonfire Night and we held sparklers after talking about ways to stay safe on Bonfire Night. We wrote poems describing the sounds that fireworks make and we made fantastic firework pictures with paint and on Purple Mash. We also enjoyed our first school Remembrance Assembly. In circle time we talked about why Remembrance Day is important and we made large poppies which we held up during a very special song.
Our Autumn Walk
On Tuesday afternoon we went for a walk along the River Slea. We talked about how the season is now Autumn and how all the leaves had fallen off the trees and changed colour.
The children enjoyed exploring their surroundings and observing all of the different wildlife, plants and trees. We had a lovely time!
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
We have been learning to re-tell 'We're Going On a Bear Hunt' in the style of the author
Michael Rosen - with lots of expression and actions!
The children were challenged to act out the story in our forest area. They did a fantastic job at remembering the words and actions. We loved the swirling, whirling snowstorm!
Our first day at school!
What a brilliant first day we had at school, meeting our new teachers and making new friends! We also had a Teddy Bears' Picnic with our Year 5 buddies. What a memorable first day at school that we will never forget!