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                             WELCOME TO RECEPTION CLASS 2016-2017

                              Mrs. Winters,  Mrs. Conlon and Mrs. Norwood

  We are a very friendly and happy bunch of children and we hope that you enjoy looking at some of the many things we do.

 

Fantastic fun in the woods! Today we had a walk to our local woods. We built mini beast homes - what imaginations! We had homes with adventure playgrounds, with flags and footpaths, with stairs and roof top sitting areas! It's amazing what you can do with all kinds of things found in nature! We enjoyed our picnic lunches in the sun before playing in the fields. We loved playing "Duck, duck, goose!" and  practised our throwing and catching!
Today was our final assembly in Reception Class. We made EVERYONE extremely proud with our loud clear voices, great expression and wonderful smiles. We shared what we want to be when we grow up, how we have learned this year and "Ten Little Pirates." We also shared a power point of pictures of some magic moments from throughout the year.
We are very, very lucky to have been baking with Mrs. Orlinski. We have been learning to sieve, to mix, to beat and to measure. We talk about what the ingredients look like and how they change as we mix them and put them in the oven. The buns taste absolutely delicious too!
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Fitness Week Friday Fun ... and sunshine! We spent the morning playing football. We showed such determination and good sportsmanship and ran our socks off! In the afternoon we also did  a warm up before completing our FoSP's FUN RUN being cheered on by our proud parents.
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Fitness Week! So many activities! To name but a few.... Learning to balance, target practice, juice tasting, yoga, whole school skipping, "Wake - Up Shake - Up," running a mile, riding bikes and scooters, moving to music and singing!
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Fitness Week! Thank you, thank you, thank you Miss Haley for coming in and keeping us fit by teaching us a dance routine. We loved all the actions and movement. It was great fun. We also practiced our balancing, "Sitting like a frog" and relaxed our bodies listening to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons!" We made a graph showing our favourite foods and tried raw celery and cauliflower.
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Fitness Week! Despite the rain we have managed to complete many fitness challenges. We started the day with "Wake Up Shake Up!" did circuit training with coaches from Holt Park, ran a mile (honest!) and we've started learning a ZUMBA fitness routine. We are practising skills and control doing the egg and spoon.To allow our bodies to recover we also started to take part in a short mindfulness activity, "Sitting like a frog!"
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STAY AND PLAY! We loved having mums, dads and Grandmas visit us in our classroom. We were set lots of challenges and activities and enjoyed being in charge and showing our parents what to do. We also served them drinks and biscuits!
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We have started reading "Handa's Surprise" and have been learning about foods from different countries. We were brave and tried guava, mango, passion fruit, pineaplple and even physallis! We loved passion fruit!
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What a wonderful day we had at "The Rainbow Factory!" We joined in with animated story telling, wandered through the magical woodland meeting many fabulous characters and even shared in composing our own song, which we later performed for others. The children had a very busy and stimulating day and we were so very proud of them all.
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This new term we are exploring lots of traditional stories, learning all about "Jack and the Beanstalk," new life, foods and growing. We started the new term making special Easter nests with Mrs. Bowyer. We have been busy planting sunflower seeds, cress seeds and broad beans. We will be looking after them and watching them grow.
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Easter fundraising.....we have been filling "Smartie" tubes, buying raffle tickets, making Easter gardens and and decorating eggs for the competitions... all to raise money as part of our Lenten journey. Here are just a few.
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We had our last P.E. session with Miss Sellwood and we showed our skills jumping and landing safely, making shapes and challenging ourselves to move up and across the climbing frame. We were very brave and tried lots of new things.
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Book Fair. Today Mr. Harrison read to us. He read two great stories . Then we had a look around and enjoyed spending our money choosing a book for ourselves. There were so many fabulous books to choose from.
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World Book Day! Thursday 2nd. March

Bedtime Stories....We all came to school in our pyjamas today and showed or talked about our favourite bed time stories. We started the day enjoying Year 2's assembly as they retold the story, "Guess How Much I Love You." Then we loved having some of our mums and dads in to read to us. A great big "Thank you" to Noah's dad, Catherine, Luke, Matilda and Iris' mums. DEAR - drop everything and read! We then shared favourite stories and reading with children from Year 2. We had a great day.... and we're all already for bed!

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Thursday 9th. February

Today we did our very first St. Paul's assembly, in front the whole school with mums, dads and grandparents watching. We were very brave and spoke up beautifully and shared some of our learning by showing pictures, singing, story telling and even a little bit of acting! Everyone was so proud of us, our mums and dads, our teachers and our Year 6 buddies. We were proud of ourselves too!

Thank you Mums and Dads and Grandparents who came to "Stay and Play" with us this morning. Following our assembly we came to class and there were four challenges. We loved sharing our class with our visitors , making "Fantastic Fruit Faces!" making "Crazy collander hats" and "Bucket Bean Bags!" Enjoy looking at our pictures.
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As part of our learning about being healthy we have been baking some buns.... we made "Bunny Buns" (with carrot) and "Cheeky Monkey buns" ( with bananas.) We learned about hygiene and that when we make buns ourselves we know what goes into them and that all the ingredients are fresh. It was amazing to see how the mixture changes when it has been in the oven! Delicious!
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To make sure we keep up with our New Year Resolutions to be more healthy, we did lots of exercises in the hall in P.E. We thought about space and different ways of travelling and we also learned about rolling - we did pencil rolls and egg rolls - and tried hard to make our bodies neat.
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Today we had a very exciting time learning about digging up roads and being safe. We had a visit from Oscar's daddy and a digger! Yorkshire Water also visited to teach us about how clean water gets to our homes and about being safe around road works. Antwone and Aidan won prizes for coming up with great names for a new digger. Antwone won a ticket to "Digger Land"  and Aidan won a book token. Well done boys and a great big thank you to Mr. O'Donnell, "Barhale," "Indepth Civil Engineering" and "Yorkshire Water."We had great fun!
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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! Welcome back to the new term. All the children have come back with big smiles and full of chat about all the exciting things they did during the Christmas  holidays. Please see the Spring parent information letter and Curriculum Map to find out more about some of the things we  will be exploring this term.
Christmas Party Day! Ho! Ho! Ho! Musical bumps! Musical statues! Christmas corners! Pass the elephant! Hoops and singing and Luke leading the dancing! And Santa visited too!
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Thank you Miss Maxine and all the kitchen ladies! We had a wonderful Christmas dinner with crackers and juice and ice cream snowmen! Delicious!
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Eric has had us doing so many jobs! We have been so very busy, we are exhausted! We have had to make lots of paper chains, some "Get Well" cards for the poorly elves and we had to make some wrapping paper for Santa! Look at the wonderful patterns we have made!
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What an exciting day! Today we received a parcel from the North Pole. Riley and Valeria unwrapped Eric the Elf! He had come from Santa to see if we are being good and with lots of jobs for us to do! First we had to find his missing jar and then we had to write our name for him so he can get to know us all. There was great excitement and elf dust everywhere!
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A great big thank you to all the mums and dads who came in to our first "Stay and Play" of the year. It was lovely to have so many of you with us. We hope you enjoyed spending time with your child showing you around, showing you some of the activities they love to do and to gain a little insight into what life is like in Reception Class.
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On a cold and frosty morning.... today the frost was so beautiful we could not resist a closer look at what Jack Frost had done to the grass and leaves, nor could we resist running on the grass - it was crunchy, hard, sparkling, white and freezing! The grass was quite magical and some of the long grass looked like tiny Christmas trees! And just look at our shadows!!!
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Friendship and Well-Being Week: What a lovely start to our week, thinking about being a good friend to every one and making new friends. We met new friends from Year 5 and we got to know each other by sharing some of our favourite things. We then worked together to make bird feeders, carefully threading counted Cheerios on to pipe cleaners and making a hanging loop with rafia. 
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SNOW! Wonderful snow! We loved playing in the snow even though it was freezing! We made snow angels, snowmen, watched the snow melt and turn to water, caught snowflakes on our tongues and even played football! When we came inside our fingers went all tingly!!!!
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...We went on a school trip! We went on a great one! We were very excited....

On Friday 4th. November we went to Nell Bank, in Ilkley, to go on a bear hunt with Ally and Jack. We went through the woods, crunching leaves and twigs, squelching through mud - thick oozy mud - swishing through the long grass and even creeping through a spooky, old house! The only way down was down a dark, tunnel slide! When we got our breath back we built dens for our bears with sticks, stones and rocks. Following lunch we enjoyed lots of fun and different activities, learning all about our environment, how it changes in Autumn and the creatures we live with. We learned what they eat, where they like to live and how to treat them kindly. We went mini-beast hunting, (we found a frog, a newt and a toad! ) pond dipping, (found lots of pond snails) and water play - winding water up hill and squirting bushes!

After all that we clambered on the bus and came home... very excited and very tired. What a lovely day!

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I was so very proud of how all of Reception  Class came in to school after the holiday: full of big smiles and bursting to tell each other their holiday news. We had a lovely start to the new half term sharing a beautiful assembly in our out door prayer garden.
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Here are just a few photographs to share, showing some of the important things we have been learning in our first few days.... meeting new friends, getting to know our "buddies," learning where to put our coats and shoes, knowing where everything is in the classroom, and most importantly looking after each other.... and don't forget to tidy up!
We have had a lovely first few days exploring our room and all the different activities and most importantly learning to make new friends, play together and tidy up! We have also been learning the Story of Creation and have worked really hard to make a display to show all the wonderful things that God made for us.
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In readiness for our Harvest Festival Mass we visited our church today. We learned that our church is a very special place where we can spend time with God, talk with Him, and where we share lots of celebrations. We learned to bless ourselves, to genuflect ND HOW TO SIT BEAUTIFULLY. We also got to look at the altar, the candles, the crucifix and our very special book, The Bible. We can't wait for our Harvest celebration and thanking God for all the lovely foods and gifts we have. We also visited our prayer garden.
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We are learning about being good listeners and working as a team. We shared what made us happy and we loved playing "The Parachute Game."
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Thank you Fr. Tim for coming to see us in Reception Class. We talked about all the wonderful things that God has made and we said a lovely prayer together.
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Today we went into our "Outdoor Garden" and "Mud Kitchen." We had a great time exploring all the different areas. We were digging and jumping and mixing. 
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We have visited our school library and we have chosen books to take home and share with our families. There are so many books to chose from. We listened to a very funny story called "The Jumblebum" about a monster made from the mess in a little boy's bedroom! The only way to defeat the Jumblebum was to lure it into the washing machine!
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To strengthen our fingers and to develop good co-ordination and control of our fine motor skills we have been playing a lot with playdough. We have been squashing, squeezing, rolling, pinching and poking to make all kinds of shapes and patterns.
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