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Welcome to Reception Class!

The staff team are: Mrs. Winters, Mrs. Walker and Miss Bingham-Hamilton

 

In Reception we are a very busy, lively and friendly group of children. We hope you enjoy looking at some of the very many different things that we do together in our school.

Thursday 5th. July and today was our last assembly in Reception Class. We shared just some of the many different things that we have been learning throughout this year and shared one of our favourite stories, "The Ten Little Pirates." We then retold the parable of "The Sower" and sang our hearts out, "He's Got The Whole World in His Hands." A big "thank you" to all the families who came to support us, I am sure you are all very proud.
We have been absolutely fascinated watching tiny caterpillars grow and change into beautiful butterflies. We have been feeding them sugar water and fruit. They seem to like bananas! We will be sad to set them free!
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Just a small selection of the many activities in Healthy Week, including bike riding, "First Aid" vegetable pictures and Sport's Day. The children should all be very proud of themselves for giving everything a go with great spirit.
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It is amazing that we are still going! We have walked to Alwoodley Tennis Centre for fantastic coaching from Jamie and Ben. In the sunshine we learned about balancing and bouncing the ball. Following lunch we walked to "David Lloyds" where we played different game, we especially enjoyed playing "Cat and Mouse" using the parachute. We have also practised our obstacle and relay races in preparation for sport's day on Friday.
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What a start to Healthy Week! We started the day with "Wake-up Shake-up!" followed by a fantastic skipping session with Jodie from "The Skipping School." We then had a super dance session with Hailey from "Evolution Dance" where we moved to lots of different funky music! After lunch we all ran a mile together and followed this with a quiet meditation. The day just flew by and we can't wait for tomorrow!
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On Monday we received a special parcel. Ten tiny caterpillars arrived in class. They have some food in the little container and we are watching and waiting to see how they grow!
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As part of our learning about "Our Church," Fr. Joshua came to visit us. He talked to us about the Church and how we all belong to God's family. He also brought in some of the things that he uses during Mass and some of the special garments that he wears. He showed us his Stole and Chasuble  and we got to hold the Paten and Chalice. We had a great time and Mrs. Winters was very proud of us and how we answered some of Fr. Joshua's questions.
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In number work we have been learning how to weigh things. We used our hands to compare the weight of objects and then we used the balance pans to check our thinking. We then weighed how much each object weighed, using cubes and compared the weight according to the number of cubes.
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This week we have been making jam sandwiches for our café. We worked together to read and follow the instructions. We had to use knives to spread the butter and jam and to cut the sandwich in two! After we had sat in the café enjoying our sandwiches,  we had a go at writing our own instructions.
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We have loved playing together in the mud kitchen this week in the lovely weather.
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What a very special day! We enjoyed celebrating the Royal Wedding. We came dressed in our very best and waved our flags at our very own wedding, between Ava and Ben from Year 2!!! Following the wedding we played "Hunt the Royal" and shared some lovely wedding cake. The afternoon was complete with a bit of Maypole Dancing!
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Busy, busy, busy! We have loved exploring the climbing frame and different ways of moving around lots of apparatus. Lots of us practiced our throwing skills using "Hoop-La" and made up our own ways of scoring pointsWe have been making pizzas for our cafe and finding out about shapes by building models.
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Using the story, "Jack and the Beanstalk" we have been doing lots of finding out about seeds, growing and measuring. We have planted broad beans and cress and we have made repeating patterns. We have also learned about spreading, cutting and making healthy choices making pizzas with Mrs. Orlinski.
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The first week of the Summer Term has flown by and the children all settled back quickly into routine. We have spent a lot of time learning about and thinking about the Easter Story. We watched Year 4 retell the story of The Resurrection through dance, drama and song. We have also read the story and acted it out. Here are just a few of the activities we have enjoyed this week.
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We couldn't be more proud! Reception Class performed their very first assembly and made everyone glow with pride. The children spoke up beautifully, loud and clear, they knew their lines, acted out "The Lost Sheep" and sang their hearts out. Afterwards we loved having our parents back for juice and a biscuit and to "Stay and Play!"
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World Book Day postponed! Due to the snow, we celebrated "World Book Day" on Wednesday 14th. March. We enjoyed a day full of books and stories.We enjoyed a fabulous assembly led by Year 2, we had lovely mums and Grandads reading special stories to us and we drew pictures and talked about our favourite characters.
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Book Fair: We had a visit from Mr. Harrison as part of World Book Day. He read us two of his favourite books and then we were all able to buy a book to take home and enjoy.
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Signs of Spring! Despite the snow, we had a wonderful day at Harlow Carr, looking for signs of Spring. We saw spring bulbs, we heard different birds singing, we found lots of footprints and we found bird nests. In the afternoon we had fantastic fun building snowmen. What a resilient bunch!
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A warm welcome back to the second half of the Spring term and what a busy start it has been.

We have been learning about Lent as a very special and important time when we are getting ready for Easter. We will be doing this by learning new ways to pray, fasting, saying sorry and almsgiving. We also had a SEAL day where we though about how it is "Good to be me!" through story, circle time and a special assembly. On top of all this, we have been finding out a little bit about the Chinese New Year - we have tried noodles, bean sprouts and soy sauce and made lanterns and rattle drums!

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Stay and Play: Wednesday January 31st. A great big thank you to all the mums, dads and grandparents who came to join us for the morning. We loved sharing some of our activities and challenges with you.
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Having fun in the mud kitchen - January sunshine! Playing together making hot chocolate, water slides and obstacle courses. 
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A few other things we have been exploring together this week.... spinning tops, talking about and sharing stories, building models with multi-link, P.E. with Dan from Leeds Rhinos, writing sentences, making obstacle courses, baking chocolate crispies...
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As part of our learning about the weather, we have been making bird feeders because there are no berries on the trees and bushes. We used lard, pine cones and lots of different seeds. We had to squash and squish the lard onto the pine cones and then roll the seeds around the outside.  
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Happy New Year! and welcome back to school. We said a sad "Goodbye" to Mrs. Busby before the holiday and wish her every happiness but we are very glad to welcome Miss Bingham-Hamilton to the Reception Class team. She has already got to know the children and is enjoying getting to know everyone really well.

 

The start to the new term has been very busy. We have been making numicon towers, playing in our hospital role play area, blending cvc words, exploring cold colours, catching the rain...... all alongside our reading, writing and number. We have also started our learning about Jesus the story teller and are enjoying "The Lost Sheep."

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Christmas celebrations!

We have enjoyed learning about the birth of Jesus and getting ready for Christmas by doing so many different things. We have prayed around our Advent Wreath and made Advent promises ,we loved performing our Christmas production, "It's a baby!" We enjoyed sharing Christmas dinner and played lots of games at our Christmas party. Oh and Santa came to visit!

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Winter numbers.

We have been ordering snowflakes, finding how many different funny "Santa's Helpers" we can make and making wrapping paper for Santa by printing repeating patterns 

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Thank you to all the mums, dads and grandparents who were able to come to our "Stay and Play."

We thoroughly enjoyed showing you around our class room and sharing many of the activities that we enjoy doing. It was fun looking after you and serving you drinks and grapes. 

Den Day! Working together, den and team building.

Today we spent the morning learning how to make a den by linking bamboo sticks together using zip ties. It had to be big enough for our team of six people. We then had to cover our dens, to make a proper shelter, by securing cloths and tarpaulin to the bamboo, with pegs! We really had to work together to push the bamboo sticks into the ground and help each other with the zip ties. We showed lots of "Percy Perseverence" and we were so proud of our finished dens. Thank you Mr. Chris!

Class Mass and Fr. Joshua's visit.

We had  our very first Class Mass on Wednesday 21st. November. We listened really carefully to Fr. Joshua who told us a little bit about St. Cecelia. After Mass Fr. Joshua came to visit us in our class and we talked about being part of God's family. We loved sharing some of our family photographs with him.

Children in need.

Today we had a very special fun day, celebrating friendships at the end of friendship week and raising money for Children in Need. We wore our spotty outfits and brought in our special teddies. We did lots of shared activities with friends in Year 1 and Year 2, making "Friendship Pom-Poms!" bird feeders, friendship bracelets and cards.

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First Class Trip to Nell Bank : "We're going on a bear hunt!"

What a wonderful day. We all  had a great time. We went on a bear hunt looking for clues as we went along, like scratch marks and broken branches. We went through thick, oozy mud, long wavy grass and crunchy, crispy leaves. Eventually we found the bear and he was very friendly, although his cave was quite spooky! Using things that we could find in the woods we had to make our bear a den to sleep in. After lunch we went looking for mini beasts, we did some pond dipping and finally explored the water play area. Water play in the rain! 

To help us in our learning about people and communities, two of our dinner ladies, Mrs. Sirohi and Mrs. Vijayanand, came in to share with us some of the things that they do with their families to celebrate Diwali. They talked about the festival of light and dressed some children in saris. We looked at rangoli patterns and had a go at making some with rice that we had dyed.
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Looking after God's beautiful world.

We have been learning about creation and all the wonderful things that God made.... including us! We have been talking about how important it is to care for everything and each other. We have been planting Spring bulbs that we will have to look after, they will make our out door garden look very pretty.

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Baking bread.

To develop stronger fingers and learn lots of new words, like yeast and kneading, we have been making little iced buns and hedgehog bread! Delicious.

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Reception class have visited our church St. Paul's. We learned that it is a very special place for us where we can be with God. We learned to bless ourselves, how to genuflect and how to sit nicely. We looked at the altar, the Bible and we also said a prayer together.
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We had fantastic fun exploring our Mud Kitchen and outside area. We made cakes, we played with cornflour and we made patterns with stones and twigs. We got very messy and tried lots of new things.
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Year 6 have been helping us to settle in to St Paul's.

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We are so lucky as we have a lovely grandma who is coming in to do some baking with us. We have been practising our spreading skills by decorating biscuits!
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We have been extremely active, learning to ride the bikes while looking out for others, playing parachute games, playing "What time is it Mr. Wolf?" getting creative in the gluing and sticking area and with "Duplo." 
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