Below are a range of documents to help you prepare your child as they move into year 1.
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 are having fun at home. We all miss seeing your happy, smiling faces and can't wait to have you back in school.
In the mean time 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.
Hi Class RO,
I hope you are all well at home and enjoying doing different things each day and keeping safe. I miss seeing all your faces and hearing your stories but I know I will hear them again when we can return to school.
I just wanted to let you know I have added some Easter activities for you to try and I hope you like my story pick. Its been great to see some of you have been trying the tasks on Purple Mash and if you log back in I've left you a surprise. I have also put up some Easter games for you to explore.
If you haven't already seen it the staff have made a video to make you laugh so ask your family to Google St Christopher's loo roll challenge -it hopefully will make you smile.
I hope you enjoy your Easter with your families.
From Miss O'Connor
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 RO.
Class Teacher - Miss O'Connor
Support staff - Miss McCormack
The focus for this half term will be the story of Mr Gumpy's outing and Journeys.
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.
This half term started with a superb response to our space rocket homework challenge. They were amazing and so varied. thank you for all your hard work on these.
The week the children returned to school we had pancake day so we followed the recipe and made our own. The children really liked tasting their hard work and many told us they also made some at home too. The following day Father Ed came to school and lead the Ash Wednesday mass in school. This was also parents evening and thank you for those who attended.
We started this half term looking at the book Mr Gumpy's Outing, we even had him visit our classrooms so we could ask him questions. In the story Mr Gumpy's boat sinks so we explore floating and sinking by investigating which items float. We also worked on heavy and light in maths. The children also built him new boats and did some amazing speech bubble writing.
World book day was a real success. the children looked amazing in their outfits and enjoyed our whole school parade. We also took part in the city wide drop everything and read and had Y5 come and read stories with us too.
Later on we begun our new book Star in the Jar. A treasure box arrived in class and sparked a lot of interest from the children. They were independently writing describing words, creating treasure maps and going on treasure hunts. The story is a finding story and lots of children brought in their own treasure from home to share with us in class. We had a great philosophy session on the meaning of treasure as we dug deeper into the meaning of words. We have also created shadow puppets and explore light sources in science.
Our new RE topic is growing and the children have planted some peas, carrots and cress. Some of these made their way home so I hope they are growing well. As part of this we have spoken about how we have grown as people and we made a Lenten promise to try and grow like Jesus.
We have some fantastic news too Reception entered the Young Writers competition and some of our children have had their work chosen to be published in a book, we are trying to post out letters ASAP to families so you can respond to them directly by following the instructions in the letter. We hope we can all be together again soon but in the meantime please keep checking our website for home schooling ideas and updates and keep safe.
This half term started with our annual Keeping Safe week. Rose came and taught us about road safety and we also worked on keeping safe online, around the home and online too. Tom from Bikeability came this half term and each Thursday morning we were outside learning how to safely ride our bikes. He was impressed with how much our confidence grew over the term.
Our story for this half term was Whatever Next by Jill Murphy. We started our topic by visiting space in our Dream room and even brought back a space rocket to have in our own classroom role play. The children were very creative in their play having picnics and meeting aliens in their play. We used the story to help us write lists. We made shopping lists, holiday packing lists, school supply lists and bucket lists. One of the favourite activities involving lists was when we had a scavenger hunt, lots of children now create their own in their child led play. Space definitely captured the imagine of the children and we created junk modelling rockets which inspired the homework project. We are very excited to see your entries when we return after half term for our space exhibition.
The children learnt about the art technique of marbling and used this to create their own planets. We have covered a lot of science this half term, we investigated which sweets would make the best rocket fuel with cola and created our own coke geyser to show the chemical reaction needed to send things into space.
Maths has been focused on number bonds to 10. The children used a range of equipment to investigate the many ways we can make 10 with. We then moved on to adding and subtracting and played games like skittles to apply these skills. Friday 7th February saw St Christopher's celebrate NSPCCs Number day. We were set two challenge, one was to help owl pack his bag correctly and also to do some doubling investigations. Our snack this day was even based on maths as we had to roll the dice to count out how many chocolate counters we could add to our biscuit.
RE has seen the children learning about the Parish family and Father Ed's job in church. We have acted out the possessions and leant Our Father's prayer. We had a lesson on how we have changed from when we were babies. The children enjoyed playing guess who with the pictures that were brought in from home. We also celebrated Chinese New year. We made Chinese lucky envelopes and even had a Chinese restaurant in class where we tried some Chinese food. We did lion dances and ribbon dancing too. We have also entered the Young Writer My First Riddle competition so to tune into our senses to help us describe items we had a senses stations day. As well as hearing the different sounds here we have also been counting the beat when performing Wind the Bobbin up on the chime bars.
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.