8th June 2020
We hope you enjoyed last weeks topic. This week the theme is space. Keep up the good work and remember to let us know what you have been up to by emailing. F.email@example.com or tweet @ChrissiesSpeke.
1st June 2020
This week's activities focus on the theme: What a Wonderful world. They also include basic skills activities (activities that should be completed regularly, based on English, maths and phonics) which are specific for nursery and reception aged children. Have fun completing some of them.
This week Miss O'Connor has recorded a message for you with some challenges. We hope you enjoy them. Keep safe.
Click on the link to view it.
I hope you are all staying stay and having fun at home. We all miss seeing your happy, smiling faces and can't wait to have you back in school.
In the meantime I have posted a short video to say 'hello' and give you a few challenges to try at home.
To view it Click Here
Keep safe and keep smiling.
With many of our children at St Christopher's, as well as other schools around the country, having to self-isolate due to COVID-19 ( Coronavirus) we want to make sure that the children are still learning while at home. To help with this, we have created a sample timetable for learning at home, which you can find below.
We have created a home learning menu around a certain theme, with a selection of activities that you may want to do at home. A new menu will be uploaded each week with a different theme. We hope you enjoy trying some of the activities.
Spelling and Maths Shed will also be updated weekly with different tasks.
Below are English and maths activities that are easy to follow from Hamilton Trust. They will be added each week so that they are there for you if you need them.
In addition, there is also a link to the White Rose website. This is the scheme we use to support our maths planning in school. The link takes you to their home learning page, which has a series of lesson ideas to follow.
Finally, Twinkl.co.uk have a fantastic website that offers lots of wonderful resources and ideas. We have downloaded some of the activities to keep your child(ren) busy and learning while they cannot attend school. You can also find them below.
Natwest money lessons
Natwest bank are providing live maths/money lessons every Monday. They also have lots of free, fun and interactive learning activities and games, which are a great way of way of introducing money topics at home. CLICK HERE to find out more.
Our class book is "Star in the Jar". Reception children have been looking at treasure and how it does not need to cost a lot, something we think is special other people may not.
At home you could create a treasure jar( or other container) encourage your child to talk in sentences about why they have put the things into their jar. Get them to describe the items, sort them looking at material, colour, shape, size or importance. Encourage them to write a list of contents and sentences to describe why they are special. Play maths games that involve adding and subtracting objects and encourage your child to record the number sentence. Most of all have fun and stay safe.
The Reception team.
A big welcome to all our children who have started Reception at St Christopher's after the summer break. We are delighted with how well the children have settled into RBF.
Class Teacher - Mrs Baxter (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) Miss Franklin ( Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).
Support staff - Miss Finlay
In Reception we encourage our children to be independent learners. We encourage them to choose activities, tidy up after themselves, access snack and dress and undress independently - this is something we support initially. We ask that you support us by encouraging your child to become more independent at home e.g. dressing and undressing, helping with jobs around the house.
Once the children have settled into Reception our first topic this term will be 'Amazing me and Our World'. The topic is based initially on the text 'Owl Babies'. The children will use talk for writing to learn the text and story language before creating their own versions.
In Reception we teach phonics daily. Phonics is the learning and application of the letters and sounds children need in order to read and write. Phonics is split into phases based on children's development. Information and activities can be found at the following websites. Please use these at home to play games with your children and support their learning.
Outdoor learning is an important part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum so the children spend a lot of time outside. On sunny days please ensure your child has suncream, a cap and a water bottle. As the weather gets colder please ensure your child has a suitable coat, hat, scarf, gloves etc. Thank you.
PE is on a Monday. Please can you ensure that your child's school uniform, coat, PE kit and PE bag are clearly labelled with their name.
Your child will bring home a school reading book in a book bag. Please ensure that book bags are brought to school every day as we do not have a set day for reading. Please feel free to write any comments about how they got on in the reading diary. Your child will also bring home a library book for you to share. Remember, you can record any book, magazine or comic you have read with your child. Children will be given a sticker each time they read at home and when they reach 20 stickers can choose a small prize.
Your child can bring water into school in a water bottle with a sports cap. The bottles need to be labelled with your child's name.
The Early Years (EYFS) curriculum focuses on the learning and development of the whole child. (SEE the link for development matters below and our curriculum policy
Phonics lessons takes place for 20 minutes each day and the application of Phonics through out the day/ curriculum. Phonics is the teaching of letters and their sounds. ( More information can be found on the Letters and Sound website- link below.
You can help your child at home by playing a range of games, some of the website we use in school can be found below.
We are encouraging our children to be independent learners. You can help with this by giving your child the opportunity to dress and undress themselves, help with jobs at home and to be responsible for bringing their book bag, lunch bag and PE kit into school.
Autumn 1: Myself and my wonderful world.
The children settled in really well to their new classes and routines. Initially we looked at Myself, we spoke about things we liked, painted our portraits and discussed our families and names as part of RE work. RE also focused on the theme of Welcome. The children explored signs of welcome and then planned a party for a new baby. Father Ed also Welcomed the children and their families into St Christopher's through a welcome service in our school hall. We also looked at the other faith of Judaism through the festival of Hanukkah, making menorahs and learning the story about the temple.
We then moved on to study the book Owl Babies. The children went off on an adventure into the woodlands and found a nest where we found the book. We read it and learnt it through story mapping and actions. We then invented our own stories by changing the character. Our storytelling skills are also being nurtured through Helicopter stories. This is where we come up with a setting, characters and prop and build a story around them which we act out and record.
Art work was focussed around Owls as we created 3D structures out of collage and clay. We also painted owl pictures by mixing the primary colours. Maths was based around shape patterns and matching numbers and quantities. We also focused on controlling a Beebot, by controlling it through programming the directional buttons.
The topic then extended out to think about our world where we live. The children spoke about things by their homes and created maps. We took a walk to our local library and got to see the shops, buildings, trees, roads that surround our school. The children enjoyed choosing their own books to bring back to school and I know from reading your key person books many children have had a return visit with their families. The walk also allowed us to look at signs of Autumn.
Finally a select group of children from Reception were invited to LFC academy for a multi skills event. They got to practise their ball skills and met the Liver bird mascot.
After all this hard work we hope you enjoy your half term break.
During this busy half term the children will be focusing on the story Rosie's walk. This book focuses on Rosie's trip through the farm while a fox tries to catch her without much success! We will be visiting Acorn farm to support our learning and later on in the term prepare for the celebration of Christmas. Below is a curriculum overview for this half term.
AUTUMN 2 – myself and my world
Come and see
Rosie’s walk- journey story
Recount writing-the farm
Continue Number –more, less, addition and subtraction
3D Shape, positional language
Understanding of the world
Caring for living things
Phase 2 and 3
Risk area- camp fire and tools –safety
Art and Design
Printing and pattern
Design and make Christmas cards and presents
Use tools to make photo frames
Christmas Concert Preparation and Performance
Feelings and emotions.
RSE – A Journey in Love - Social
Spiritual-sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
moral understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
Exit Points – Show what you know
Assembly for parents- liked to the farm visit