Welcome to Reception
In the Foundation Stage at St.Josephs,the children are taught to share and care about others reflecting the Catholic values in our school mission statement. Our dedicated Early Years team provide a happy,caring,secure learning environment where your child will flourish.
🕸🎃🕷Trick or treat🕷🎃🕸
There have been some spooky goings on in Reception this week. Magic bubbling potions, a witches kitchen with eyeballs, witches fingers, spiders, bats, skeletons and rats. Spooky orange and black playdough and ghosts for counting with. We joined with the nursery children and had a spooktacular party with edible wands, skeleton biscuits and bats blood sandwiches. We did the " monster mash " and had a wonderfully scary afternoon.
The children enjoyed a sparkly, twinkly Bonfire night. We learnt about the gunpowder plot and Guy Fawkes. We made some transient art pictures of the sky on Bonfire night. The children enjoyed some hot chocolate with marshmallows and edible sparklers round the bonfire with the children from the nursery.
The children have been finding out about the importance of the poppy and why we wear poppies during the month of November. We have been learning about how soldiers protect us and keep us safe, and , how we wear poppies as they were the flowers which grew on the battlefields after the First World War.The chaplains came and told us how we could buy some poppies and the money would help soldiers who have been injured and their families. We made poppy playdough, counted poppies and made poppy biscuits. We have been learning a song about Peace and saying special prayers for peace across the world.
We had an exciting visit from the police in Reception as part of our "People who help us" topic. The police officers told the children all about their job and how they protect us and keep us safe. They dressed Mrs.Armes in the uniform they have to wear when they attend a riot and handcuffed her! The children got to try on their jackets, hats, helmets and vest. We went outside and got to sit in the riot van and the police car. They even let us turn on the lights and the siren. The children had a brilliant morning and we thank the police officers for giving up their time to come and see us. The children all went straight into the police station we made in the role play!
The children have been learning about Baptism and being welcomed into the family of God. We talked about how we are all part of our own family at home, part of St.Josephs family and part of Gods family. We baptised baby Macie in the role play church in Nursery. The mummy, Molly and the daddy Anith, chose their godparents carefully, thinking about who would be kind and patient with the baby, who would teach their baby to be a good friend and grow up to be like Jesus.
The children have been learning all about Advent and how we are waiting for baby Jesus to be born on Christmas Day. We made Christingle oranges for the service in church. The children learnt how the orange represents the world, the red ribbon is the blood of Jesus, the four cocktail sticks are the four seasons and the sweets are the riches we get from the Earth which God created for us and that the candle reminds us that Jesus is the light if the world.
The children had a wonderful time making Christmas biscuits and Snowman soup for the Christmas Fayre. Thank you to all the families who supported our school and were so generous at the Christmas Fayre.
The children have been loving playing in our Christmas post office. They have written lots and lots of letters to Father Christmas and are enjoying posting them with a stamp on to him at the North Pole. Father Christmas has sent us a cheeky elf, Twinkle, who has been up to all sorts of mischief. Every morning we come into school and find him in different places, playing with the numbers, making snow angels in the hot chocolate even posting his own letter to Father Christmas and getting stuck in the post box!
The children have made a fantastic start to their year in Reception. They have welcomed some new friends and are loving exploring the new learning environment. They have quickly got back into the classroom routines and are already working very hard. We are looking forward to an exciting year.
Star of the week
Now we are in Reception, the children will join the rest of the school at the " good news" assembly on a Friday where two children will receive an award , star of the week and worker of the week. Our first hard worker in Reception was Alexis. She is an amazing artist and a prolific painter! She painted some brilliant pictures of different Disney princesses, see if you can guess which ones.
In the woods
We are learning all about the woods, the animals you might find in the woods and all the different trees and plants which grow there. We have been on a leaf hunt around the " woods" in our school grounds. The children found all different types of leaves and brought them back to class to use in our maths and creative work.
Macmillan Tea Party
The children made some cakes so we could take part in the Macmillan coffee morning. Alexis wrote the ingredients and the children all helped to make the cakes. We enjoyed our cakes with a lovely cup of tea. We talked about how nurses work very hard to help people who are sick and how important they are.
The children are loving number activities at the moment. They have been making birthday cakes, with candles to match the numbers on the cards. They are enjoying playing the games in the outdoor area. It's lovely to see them sharing and taking turns.
Thank you so much to all the parents, grandparents and carers who came to our phonics and reading workshop. We hope you found it useful and informative and remember our door is always open for any questions you may have. The children have been reading and writing lots of CVC words all around the classroom and outdoors.
We had the best time learning all about Italy. We made playdough pizza with real herbs, measured coffee beans in espresso and cappuccino cups, used pasta to thread onto, built the Leaning Tower of Pisa and recreated our own fruit pictures inspired by the work of Italian artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo. We made some real pizzas with different toppings on and enjoyed them in the afternoon with a lovely ice cream.
The children enjoyed making vegetable soup with the left over vegetables from our Italian day. They read the recipe and chopped up the different vegetables. They put the vegetables into the pan and we cooked it. We enjoyed our soup on a lovely sunny Autumn afternoon, sat outside.
The children have been really loving the Autumn sunshine this week. We have been doing lots of different activities outside. Looking for mini beasts and birds. Playing maths and phonics games. Picking out the seeds from different squashes and pumpkins and counting how many we find.
Oh help, oh no, it's the Gruffalo
The children loved our Gruffalo week. We made Gruffalo playdough, magic Gruffalo mud and wrote about the Gruffalo and the other characters in the story. We ended the week with a Gruffalo party where we ate knobbly knees, poisonous warts, terrible tusks, orange eyes, scrambled snake, roasted fox and mouse droppings. We drank purple prickle juice. The children enjoyed the week so much we have turned our reading area into the Gruffalo cave.