Welcome to Reception
Our AMAZING Christmas Performance
Thank you Foundation Stage for your contributions to Luton Foodbank!
Skills: Making Bird Feeders
During our skills sessions we have thought about changes that are going around us as winter is about to arrive. We've talked about the weather, clothing we need to keep warm and changes in nature. We have been making bird feeders for our feathered friends as the weather is getting very cold and their food is becoming scarcer. They will go out on the bird tables around school and we will go to see how they have changed after a week.
Unfortunately, the computer system we use for in the library at school is not working at the moment. This means that the children will not be able to take out new books this week, they are of course able to return them as normal. Hopefully next week things will be up and running again.
Names in Uniform
Whilst getting changed for PE this week we have noticed a lot of the children's uniform and PE kit is not named. We endeavour to make sure that all the children have the correct items of clothing after getting changed, but things do get muddled up sometimes. Clothing that is not named makes this much harder for staff as we have 30 children to help. Please could you make sure you name everything to help us ensure that items are with their correct owners.
Look what we've learnt!
Our afternoons have been very action packed and exciting. All of the children have been busy practising different skills and to increase their independence in problem solving and making decisions.
This week we have been looking at the festival of Diwali, focusing on dance and movement. We began by thinking of different ways to move and used these ideas to create dance actions in pairs. Next, we looked at how to use symbols to organise our movements and create our own dances.
We ended the week by making lots of sparkly headbands, wrist cuffs and sparkler wands to wear when we perform next week to our friends. For this, we used all of the skills we learnt before half term about joining different materials in different ways: glue, tape, staplers, paper clips and anything else we could think of!
We've found the next boy band!
Everyone has been enjoying our 'Star Factor' home corners, complete with sparkly backdrops, instruments and costumes. We have enjoyed singing, playing music and creating their own dances. Others have acted as judges- mini Simon Cowells in the making!
Here is a very lively performance of a George Ezra song.
Outdoor Classroom Revamp-
We need your help!
Friends of Bushmead (FOBS) have nominated us for the AVIVA Community Fund this year. If successful, we hope to be granted funding to help improve our outside classroom environment and provide more exciting learning opportunities for our children.
We need your help though to push up the votes. It only takes a couple of minutes to log on and vote. Everybody in your household aged 13 or over are allowed 10 votes each- just move the slider along until it says 10 when you vote! Please ask any other members of your family and friends to vote too.
Here is the link you'll need:
We have noticed a number of our pupils are coming to school wearing hooped earrings or earrings which hang below the earlobe.
These are not suitable for school as they may get caught during activities and result in your child being injured, something we do not wish to happen.
We ask that if your child needs to wear earrings to school that they are small studs (those that sit on the lobe) and they should not be worn to school on the day your child has PE, we are not allowed to remove them or cover them with tape.
Thank you for your support.
Skill of the Week
In Reception we are working hard to become independent learners. As part of this we are going to have a 'Skill of the Week' we would like our children to practise at home.
This weeks skill is...
Practise writing our names
We are busy learning to hold our pencils and form our letters correctly to help us write our names. It would be great if you could help at home with this too.
Some ideas to make it fun:
- Fill a tray with shaving foam and write your name in the foam.
- Write your name in a tray of sand.
- Get a pot of water and a paint brush and paint your name on the patio.
- When the bathroom mirror is all steamed up, write your name there.
- Use a stick in wet mud.
- Use a tray of salt or flour and write your name there.
- Write it with a white candle on paper and then paint over with watery paint- watch your name appear!
Thank you for your support.
Tricky Word Song
Here is the 'Tricky Word Song' that we enjoy singing in Phonics.
Phonics Workshops Coming Soon!
Soon we shall be sending out the details of our Phonics Workshops for parents, where we shall be telling you about what phonics is, what the children will be learning and how you can help your child at home. In the mean time, please find below some useful information and ideas to get your child started.
Have a bowl and a spoon. Ask children to make your soup yummy by putting objects or pictures with your selected sound in the soup. Any items that don't start with your initial sound will make the sound disgusting. As you mix the soup, sing;
We're making lots of silly soup,
We're making soup that's silly.
We're going to put it in the fridge,
To make it nice and chilly.
Cross the river
'Can we cross the river Mr Crocodile?' 'Only if your item starts with...'
Children to have a picture card or an item. If their picture starts with the initial sound you have called, they can attempt to cross the river. The adult is the crocodile who is very hungry and attempts to catch the children.
Have a grid with four or six words. Children to cross the words as they are called. When all the words off, children call 'bingo'. This game can also be played with sounds or tricky words.
Have a selection of words or sounds in the middle. When a sound or word is called, it's a race to splat it as quick as possible. The first player to splat the word or sound is the winner.
Tricky words are words which we can not use our phonics to decode. We must learn them by sight. The Phase 2 tricky words are; I, no, go, the, into.
At school we learn these by playing games, such as bingo, splat and snap.
Useful website links
Sound Pronunciation Guide