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 Gargan
This year we will be following the New Early Adopter adopter framework and Development Matters. This can be found at:
From Monday14th September .
Children will be dropped off at the Nursery gate at 9.30. They will be collected at 2.45 from the Nursery gate too.
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'.
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 takes place on a Friday. On PE day ( Friday) children will come in already dressed in their PE kits, wearing dark jogging bottoms and their school jumper over the top of it. This is part of our COVID saftey guidance.
Children will read in class and we would encourgage you to read with them daily at home. Children will be given a school reading book to share at home each Monday and we will follow Covid safety guidelines to ensure they are clean and sanitised before going out. As part of this we ask that their book bags be returned on a Friday.
Oxford Owl have put an online library on their website if you need extra reading materials.
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.
Firstly can I say how proud the whole EYFS team were at how well the children have come into school and settled into their new classrooms and routines. Well done children you should be so proud of yourselves.
The children have been exploring the new resources in each base and making new friendships. An activity they particularly enjoyed was the Smarties game where they selected a Smartie from the bowl and answered the corresponding question. This helped us to get to know each other. We also explored our features to be able to create our own self portraits by colour mixing paints. This has also linked into our RE theme of Myself, where we have been learning the importance of our name. Thank you to all the families that participated in our homework challenge to tell your child why they were given they name. We have found these really interesting.
Our main focus of learning this month has been around the story of 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell. We found a nest in our garden outside and this is what sparked our interest. Children have made owl masks, owl fact files and nests outside. We also got lots of maths opportunities out of this by using worms and feather to create owl number sentences and matching number owls and amounts correctly. Bill the Owl even visited the 'Superhelpers' office Reception had set up and we helped him find his Mummy by creating missing posters and binoculars.
We have made good use of the nice weather in our outdoor garden too, going on a nature scavenger hunt and making our own bird feeders with Cherrios and pipe cleaners for the birds who visit our garden. We also have been learning lots of new games in our PE lessons outside too.
Next month we will be moving on to the story of 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy.