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Welcome to Reception A.

2015-2016 The Year of New Challenge

Children enjoy learning through play, and often talk about their learning as play. Learning in Reception is through real, meaningful experiences, which provide inspiration and ideas for future learning. Self- initiated play and adult led and directed learning, supports children in further developing areas of interest and ensures access to a wide range of opportunities.  We look forward to sharing all of this with you, in part, through this class page. 

 
Staff working throughout Reception


Mrs Alderson; Miss Fitzpatrick; Mrs Haigh

Miss Reynolds; Miss McGlinchey; Miss Wilson

Miss Longhorn

Whenever you have any questions about school and your child, please speak to a member of the Reception team.
If you need to speak to Mrs Alderson, please contact the school office (0113 2574129), e-mail sarah.alderson@pudseyprimrosehill.co.uk or speak to a member of the Reception team at the start or end of the day, indicating you need an appointment or to have an informal conversation. 
  
Meet the Reception Staff

Here are some photographs of the staff in Reception. Remember we are here to answer any of your questions about school and how your child is progressing. Please let us know if you would like an informal chat or if you would like to speak in more detail about something; we can arrange a mutually convenient time if before or straight school isn't suitable.

Meet the Reception Staff
Key Dates and Information:

Theme for learning - Changes
Now that we are nearing the end of the school year, we are finding out about how things change. We are caring for tadpoles and froglets, caterpillars and of course Jon the snail and family.
During this period of transition in school we are planning exciting visits to Year One and adding some of the Year One routines to each school day.  For example playing out in the KS1 playground in a morning wth Year 1 and 2 children and visiting the ICT suite in class groups.


Workshop in Term 3
Tuesday 12th July will be the last workshop.  We hope you can come along and spend time with your child.  Looking at their learning and observing our growing caterpillars and tadpoles are just some of the things we will be doing.



Small Group Visits
The last two small group visits will take place during the week beginning 11th July; children who have received a letter are visiting Goodalls Ice Cream shop in Tong and Horsforth Pick Your Own.  They will be bringing back delicious treats for all the children in Reception!
We hope your child has enjoyed whatever their additional small group visit has involved.  Over the year children have taken part in one or more of the following small group visit:  Posting letters to school and through the door of children's homes who live near to school in order to find out more about where people live and one anothers families; visiting the Lego shop and purchasing Lego for school which we used to make a Lego area in the classroom; visited Leeds City Museum to find out more about animals in preparation for the whole cohort visit to an animal park; visit Goodalls to buy ice cream for all of Reception; visit Horsforth Pick Your Own to buy fruit for all of Reception.

 
Transition to Year One
On Wednesday 6th and Wednesday 20th July the children are visiting their new teacher in Year One, spending the morning with them to experience what being in this year group will be like.  There will be lots of fun challenges planned.  Further to the letter sent home regarding the last two days in school (Monday 25th July and Tuesday 26th July), your child will move into their new Year One class on the Monday and so will complete their academic year in Reception on Friday 22nd July. 


Reception Sports Afternoon - Tuesday 19th July; 2.00pm to the end of school
You will have received a letter informing you about our Sports afternoon.  We will be using the KS1 playground and the Reception outdoor classroom for the children to complete a carousel of sporting challenges in their house teams. They will be able to earn points for every challenge they take part in which will contribute to their house team points total for the end of the school year.
If you are able to come along you are welcome to join in with encouraging the children to do their best as they move around the different challenges.  



 

The Class of 2016!

We made bunting to decorate the outside of school for our Summer Fair.

The Class of 2016!
People Who Help Others

Don visited us with his education ambulance after our learning about keeping healthy during the Health and Medicine focus week. We learnt about how paramedics help people and what we can do to stay safe when we are out and about with our families.

People Who Help Others
Changes

We have been exploring how changes are made to different materials and living things. This collections of photographs shows the fruit faces they made by chopping fruits into pieces, cress the children planted and cared for and the ice lollies they made using juice. What can you make at home which results in you changing the shape, or properties of something?

Changes
Yorkshire Wildlife Park Visit

We had a fabulous day at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. The children walked their socks off as they explored the park. We saw most of the animals and enjoyed everything we did; the journey there and back, the animals, meeting new people and having a picnic in the sunshine.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Visit
Character Ball

The Friends of Primrose Hill organised an exciting Character Ball! We met Captain America, Spiderman, Doc McStuffin, Princess Sofia, Minnie Mouse and Buzz Lightyear!

Character Ball
Express Yourself

How do you express yourself? What makes you happy? Have a look at our learning journeys this week as we explore different ways of expressing ourselves.

Express Yourself
Superheroes Visit Pudsey Primrose Hill!

Thank you to West Yorkshire Police for visiting school to answer the children's questions about how they help others. The children learnt about the police and prepared questions before the visit. They were encouraged to explore the different parts of the police van and try on their uniform.

Superheroes Visit Pudsey Primrose Hill!
On the Throne Focus Week

We have had an exciting week learning all about our Queen. Have a look at our writing, Maths and art work inspired by the royals. We also held a special assembly where some children dressed up and we acted out the Queen's coronation from the 2nd June 1953, and then sang happy birthday to our queen for this year when she will be 90 years old. Happy birthday your majesty! Have a look on page 93 of the Queen's birthday book: http://www.thequeensbirthdaybook.com/ We have written her a message and uploaded a photograph.

On the Throne Focus Week
Science Super Learning Day

This week has been British Science week. The whole school became scientists, investigating different materials and shared ideas about how and why things happen. We explored water when it is mixed with different materials: soap, different flour, and soil. We also looked for living things in the outdoor classroom and talked about where different living things live. We noticed different materials in the classrooms and shared our thinking about how things work.

Science Super Learning Day
Travelling by Train

We have been exploring the world by travelling on the train from New Pudsey to Leeds City Station! We looked for numbers around the station and talked about what we could see, hear and sometimes smell. We met police officers and very kind members of the public who enjoyed speaking to us. We also saw lots of different vehicles in Leeds city centre.

Travelling by Train
World Book Day

Well done to everyone for dressing up in fabulous outfits as part of our celebration of World Book Day! Can you remember the names of all the characters when you look at the photographs?

World Book Day
Learning About Boats

Angus' dad helped us to find out more about boats. We listened carefully to find out the names of different parts of the boats and how they are used. Thank you to Angus' dad for taking the time to come into school and for letting everyone who wanted to, climb into the boats. We have enough knowledge now to make a sail for the boat in our classroom!

Learning About Boats
Writing inspired by a visit to Yeadon Tarn

The children watched film footage of their visit to Yeadon Tarn and looked at photographs of their adventures. They then chose how to write to share their experience with others; a story, re-telling in sentences, or an information book. We are proud of how well the children are using their phonic knowledge and developing their knowledge of tricky words.

Writing inspired by a visit to Yeadon Tarn
Visiting Yeadon Tarn

The children have travelled to Yeadon Tarn in the school minibus throughout the week. There were lots of different vehicles seen on the journey and throughout our visits to the tarn. We found bendy and secret paths, an "enchanted wood," a magical dragonfly and all the expected things such as birds, people, boats and a surprise vehicle, planes. The children were excited to hear about the visits as children returned to school and were fantastic representatives of Primrose Hill.

Visiting Yeadon Tarn
Write Now Focus Week

Shh! Our exciting focus week is starting with a story. What will happen in the story? Who are the characters? Come along to the parent/carer workshop in class on Friday at 2.15pm to see some of our learning and then the parent/carer workshop at 3.15pm in the school hall (see newsletter for further information). Watch this space! Monday 1st February Today we joined in with a whole school assembly where Mrs Barnes began reading the story Shh! Some blue people were looking for a colourful bird but the bird got away. Where is the bird now? How can we help it, or catch it? What happens next in the story? Today we painting and drew pictures and then wrote down our ideas for what could happen next in the story. Tomorrow we'll look at our plan again and see what we can do to help and find out more about the story Chris Haughton wrote. Tuesday & Wednesday The colourful bird in the story Shh! I Have a Plan arrived in our classroom. This inspired us to make birds and describe what the bird looked like. We used lots of different resources to make birds and a big thank you to Harry and his family for showing us how to make a bird mobile. Thursday Today the bird was gone! We have designed and made traps in the hope that we can catch the bird. Some children had the idea that food might attract the bird so we will be making flapjack with blueberries and other ingredients which are good for humans and some which birds also like to eat. We talked about how birds eat things humans can't eat but our flapjack recipe is for children and our colourful bird. We have used pictures from the story to link to our focus on counting in twos, making more and adding two groups of objects together. Some children have also been challenging themselves to work out doubles. Have a look at some of the photographs which capture the action packed learning from the week.

Write Now Focus Week
The Gingerbread Man

We have been using the story of the Gingerbread man to inspire our learning across the curriculum. How many gingerbread men can you count?

The Gingerbread Man
The Bossy King

All children in Reception took part in a play to tell a story about Christmas. The children learnt songs, actions, words and stage directions. We are very proud of their achievements in front of a hall full of adults. We hope you enjoy looking at the photographs from this exciting experience.

The Bossy King
Capturing Learning

Children have been taking photographs of what they think is good learning. Have a look at some of the fabulous learning children have captured.

Capturing Learning
Making Music

We have been learning how to make sounds with different instruments. Playing along in time to a beat as we learn new songs, as well as those old favourites, is a target we are working towards achieving.

Making Music
The Grand Ball

This week the children have challenged themselves in their writing and dancing skills. During the grand ball the children danced with children they don't always work and play with. Some wonderful dance moves were shared!

The Grand Ball
Newsflash Focus Week

It's been an action packed focus week reporting on news events in school. Gold dust, sprinkles, handprints and sparkles all over school resulted in everyone being super observant and developing their writing skills!

Newsflash Focus Week
Letters

We are learning how to write letters. Throughout the year we will go out and about locally in small groups; this week some children went to post a letter to Mrs West and through the letterboxes of children's homes. Did you receive a letter? If you did, please could you write back to us?

Letters
Learning about and from each other.

We are all enjoying finding out about one another's interests and skills. Bringing things into school which help everyone to learn something new has resulted in some interesting conversations and new challenges in the classroom. The children can bring objects into school linked to a new experience, a hobby, a place they have visited, an important family event etc.

Learning about and from each other.
Children in Need Day 2015

An action packed day full of superhero learning! Thank you for supporting the Children in Need fundraising appeal.

Children in Need Day 2015
Festivals

Throughout the year we will be finding out more about important festivals for children in Reception. The Hindu festival of light, Diwali, has been celebrated in November. We have linked our learning to this bright festival to find out more about the world in which we live and to show respect towards those children in Reception and our school who celebrate Diwali with their families. Please get in touch with Mrs Alderson if there are important festivals you celebrate which we can learn more about.

Festivals
3d Shapes

We have been building models using 3d shapes and learning how to use the camera to take a photograph of our work. Have a look at the photographs taken by the children. Children who made a model, can you see which photograph is yours?

3d Shapes
Autumn

Now that we are surrounded by the treasures the season of Autumn brings, we have been using natural resources to support and challenge our skills, knowledge and understanding in Physical Development, Maths and Expressive Art and Design. Could you pick seeds out of a pumpkin and move conkers with a pair of tweezers? Watch this space for more photographs soon!

Autumn
Numicon Biscuits

To help the children recognise the shape of Numicon plates (a resource for helping children to understand the value of numbers) and develop their counting skills, we made Numicon biscuits. The children then chose a learning partner from Miss Reynold's class and talked about what the value of their biscuit was. Lots of counting forwards and backwards as the biscuits were made and then eaten.

Numicon Biscuits
Stickman

We have been linking our learning to the story of Stickman; this is a popular story amongst the children in Reception. We have been developing our fine motor skills by making stickmen and other characters with plastercine and sticks.

Stickman
Phonics

We have been learning the phonemes (smallest sounds in words; letter sounds) during our daily phonics lesson for 3 weeks now. Singing songs, listening to sounds in words, making letters by writing and making marks in paint and foam is just some of what we do to support the children in developing their knowledge and skills. Have a look and a listen to this website for more information about the phonemes we teach: www.focusonphonics.co.uk Select the 'Hear the Sounds' tab on the right hand side of the home page.

Phonics
Developing Writing skills and knowledge

Both inside and outdoors the children are challenged to develop their gross and fine motor control. Developing muscles in the arms, hands and fingers helps children to develop their ability to hold and control writing tools. Have a look at some of the ways we have been challenging the children.

Developing Writing skills and knowledge
Leading our own learning

Throughout Reception staff encourage the children to be investigative in order to find out more about the world and deepen their knowledge and understanding. Here are some of the ways we have been doing this recently.

Leading our own learning
Term 1 Prefects

We are proud to announce we have four prefects in Reception. These children have been chosen because of their kindness towards others and for being enthusiastic learners.

Term 1 Prefects
Physical Exercise

The children are developing their independence skills by getting ready for PE. Challenging each other to move in different ways has been a focus inside and outdoors.

Physical Exercise
Starting School

We have had a fabulous start to the new school year. The children have enjoyed exploring the newly refurbished Reception indoor classroom and continued to enjoy the outdoor classroom. The sunflowers the children planted during their transition visits have grown taller than the children! Have a look at some photographs of our first few days in school.

Starting School
Lunchtime

The children have quickly become used to the lunchtime routine. Eating together in the dining room is helping the children to get to know each other and other children and adults in school.

Lunchtime