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Blackbirds - Reception Class

Welcome to St Leonard's!

Thank you for choosing St Leonard's as the place for your child to grow and blossom through their primary school years.

 

Reception class is called 'Blackbirds' as each of our school classes are named after different birds.

We hope you enjoy learning about all the advenures and progress we make during the year!

You can contact school on  01254 247156 or either by email at head@langho-st-leonards.lancs.sch.uk or jharris@langho-st-leonards.lancs.sch.uk

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We're going on a bear hunt.

We enjoyed looking for the bear in our school woods.

Week commencing 21/02/22.

Across our Early Years phase this week we have been learning about Africa. Some of us enjoyed finding out about the Savannah, Rainforest and Desert. 'Camouflage' was a key word that we explored - creating animals and matching them to their habitats to see if they were easy or harder to see. We have celebrated how precious and unique we are - developing our drawing skills through self-portraits. Some of us have thoroughly enjoyed feet printing. This sensory experience was heightened further as the children worked together to use the paint, balance and print. We have spent time outdoors and decided together that the return of our 'potion station' would support new experiences and ideas - no doubt we will have lots to share about this play space very soon!

Week commencing 28/02/22.

This week we have had a super time reorganising and developing our play spaces across the early years phase. The children have enjoyed finding out about Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Some of our children have thought about the story of the Gingerbread Man whilst others have remembered our Bible story when Jesus fed the 5000 with loaves and fishes. We have enjoyed activities involving floating and sinking, tasting our own pancakes, pancake tossing, and dough play to strengthen our fingers. A very busy week with lots and lots of fun. 

 

week commencing 07/03/22.

This week we have been space explorers in our early years department. In Little Lennie's we have loved hearing the story of 'Aliens love Underpants' and in Blackbirds 'Q Pootle 5' has held our interest as we have found out more about the sky and beyond. The children have been very creative learners this week, using a range of media and materials to chalk the solar system and build their own 3-dimensional rockets. In Little Lennie's we have continued to use our new classroom spaces very well - we are amazing at tidying up and our 'styling teams' have done a great job at looking after our enabling environments. Well done everyone! Great learning. 

Week commencing 14/03/22.

This week has been exciting for everyone! Our Reception children enjoyed their educational visit to 'Imagine That!' They made snow, slime and even painted their own magnets. The role-play spaces were very popular, as was painting a real car! For the rest of the week, we have been thinking about England and what we know about it. In Little Lennie's the children have enjoyed making the most of the outside classroom and lovely weather. Our story of the week was called 'The Smeds and the Smoos' and we have thought carefully about how special we are and how being different is a wonderful thing. Another super week for our early Years children - well done!

Week commencing 21/03/22.

This week our early years children have been on exciting under water adventures! They have enjoyed finding out about what creatures live beneath the waves and we have used the stories of 'The Rainbow Fish' and 'Tiddler' to help us. Some of us have made our own sea creatures, whilst others have looked more at ships and how they float on the sea. Some children made their own tin foil boats to see how many toys they could rescue whilst others have preferred to make collections of shiny under the sea things! Amid lots of singing and continuing to think about sharing and being kind to each other, we have had another very busy and successful week. Well done everyone!

Week commencing 28/03/22.

What an exciting week we have had to end of spring term. We have had great fun finding out all about Easter. Some of us have made stained glass windows, whilst others have made cards. We have watched the story of Easter, made palms and had fun thinking about Easter nests and gardens. The weather has supported our outdoor learning and we are really ready for a wonderful Easter holiday. Well done everyone on such a great term!

Week commencing 18/04/22.

This week in our early years phase we have had such fun enjoying the warmer weather. All the children have spent a lot of time building, imagining and creating in the outdoors. In Little Lennie's the children have listened carefully to the story of 'Kipper's Toybox' which has led to lots of art and counting activities. In Blackbirds class we have read 'One is a snail, ten is a crab.' This book has allowed us to explore numbers beyond 10 and up to 100! We have begun learning about Ramadan and also the story of the wise and foolish builders. Amid lots of singing and a newly designed inside classroom, we have managed to fit a great deal into just four days. Well done everyone

Week commencing 25/04/22.

This week in early years we have been learning all about St George and enjoyed listening to the stories 'Zog' and 'Zog and the Flying Doctors.' In Little Lennie's we have been excited to be Doctors in our very own Doctor's surgery. We have been very creative, making our own model castles and designed our own flags. The weather has continued to be kind and we have made the most of our outdoor classroom. In Reception, we had an amazing time at the beginning of the week with our woodland learning. We used hammocks, made swings, dens, went fishing in the brook and chalked pictures on the trees. We have thought carefully about vaccinations and keeping ourselves healthy. Problem solving has been a focus for our week too... listening to different social scenarios and deciding how we would teach others and solve issues. A wonderful week for all our early years children - well done as always everyone!

Week commencing 02/05/22.

This week in our early years phase the children have enjoyed thinking about the world around them. In Nursery we have enjoyed the story of 'The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse' and in Reception we have used the book 'The Street Beneath My Feet.' We have used famous artists such as John Constable and Thierry Noir to develop our creative skills. We have made comparisons about different places as well as learning about the underground, in particular, The London Underground. Our Reception parents also joined their children for a teaching session and had fun creating a piece of writing together. A very busy week and we managed to fit everything into just four days! Well done everyone. 

Week commencing 09/05/22.

What an exciting week full of adventures in early years this week! Our stories of 'Peace at Last' and 'Whatever Next!' have led us to think about many things. In Little Lennie's we have built houses, thought about day and night and the sounds we hear around us. We have also made our own dough and planted sunflowers seeds. In Blackbirds we have had great fun thinking about and making our own moon buggies using a variety of different materials. We have learned more about space as well as trying hard to work as a team to continue developing our outdoor learning skills in our woods. Well done everyone! 

Week commencing 16/05/22.

This week our Early Years children have been finding out lots of things based on the stories 'Jasper's Beanstalk' and 'Oliver's Vegetables.' In Nursery the children have explored different shades of green and designed their own unique beanstalks. The children have had great fun learning to sing a bean song along with actions, as well as making the most of the outdoors and ordering beans according to their sizes. In Reception, the children have enjoyed classifying fruits and vegetables. They have been Detectives and listened carefully to fruit and vegetable clues - trying hard to work out which fruit or vegetable was being described. They have also developed their artistic skills, creating observational drawings of fruits, looking carefully at segments, and paying close attention to details. Well done everyone on another super week!

Week commencing 23/05/22.

This week in the early years we have been discovering lifecycles and what they are all about. We have used the books 'Oi Frog' and 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' to learn more about tadpoles, frogs, caterpillars and butterflies. We have also enjoyed celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with our red, white, and blue day. We made and decorated cakes, designed crowns and completed wonderful collages. A lovely week has been had by all. Well done everyone! 

Week commencing 06/06/22.

We have packed a lot into a short week! The books that have helped us with our learning have been 'A Seed in Need' and 'The Secret Sky Garden.' Our theme has been all about planting, caring for seeds and understanding what they need to grow, enhancing our awareness of our local environment - using our woodland space. We have had fun developing our art skills - looking at Van Gogh's Sunflowers as well as designing and making kites. We have also spent time making mini-beasts, noticing symmetry in butterflies and enjoyed some calming mediation time. A lovely week of learning for us all in early years. 

Week commencing 13/06/22.

This week our Early Years children have been discovering lots about the world around and beyond them. Oliver Jefffers has been our focused author, reading 'How To Catch A Star' and 'Here We Are - notes for living on Planet Earth.' We have thought about ways to care for our environment. We have had an amazing time creating rockets and spaceships. Our design skills are developing well as we have thought about how to produce our own shakers. As it has been Well Being Week, we have talked about our feelings, when we are ok or not ok and that we know we can ask for help if we need. Lots of maths learning has taken place in the woods, including ordering, sequencing and counting. Lots of superb learning this week - well done everyone!

Week commencing 20/06/22.

This week our learning has enabled us to explore our wider world! In Little Lennie's we read the story of Paddington and learnt about where he had travelled from. We found Peru on the map and had great fun tasting foods that came from this country. Lots of playing in our outside classroom and designing our own different modes of transport have also been highlights of our week. In Blackbirds class, we read the story called The World Came to me Place Today, again supporting our understanding of foods from around the world. We have looked at the different continents and used food shapes to create exciting artwork. Some of us thought about where we might travel to this summer and written about what we think these places might be like. Well done everyone on a super week! 
 

 

Ideas for play...

Dear parents,

Please remember that learning and development in the early years looks very different to other age groups. When children are in school, they are learning but be reassured that much of what we do is plan for learning through play opportunities. We understand that the home environment is not a classroom setting (and neither should it be) but we want to provide you with some ideas about making the most of play situations that will be happening at home. Knowing these, we hope will give you the reassurance that you are providing play and learning time too.

  • Jigsaws - doing jigsaws at home provides endless opportunities for development. Talk about the shapes of the pieces and how they fit together. Count the pieces of the jigsaw and sort them out - all great maths skills. Do any of the pieces look similar or different? How? Why? Jigsaws can take some time and your child develops concentration skills throughout the experience and a real sense of achievement afterwards. Once complete, you can discuss what the jigsaw shows, why your child chose it and what they know about the picture they have made. TRY MAKING YOUR OWN JIGSAW - draw a picture on card, cut it up into different shapes and try putting it back together again.
  • GAMES - the possibilities for learning through games are endless. Whether they be literacy or maths based or simply for fun - there is something to be gained from these experiences. Talking, communicating and turn-taking are developing here. Understanding and waiting patiently and managing feeling of happiness of disappointment are all real learning points for children - the more games you can play...the better!
  • TOYS - many toys provoke children's imaginations and allow them to re-enact scenarios and develop their own story telling ideas. Encourage this kind of play. Watch and observe (or if you are busy - let them get on with it themselves) and then ask them questions about their story and what they are doing. Who are they being? What has/is going to happen?  Toys that involve an element of building are great for planning, designing and making - children learn to evaluate their models - looking to find the right pieces that they need and changing them to make them better. These are brilliant skills to see in young children - praise all their efforts. ENCOURAGE SOME EARLY WRITING - if your child makes a model or retells a story - ask them to draw a picture of it and write a sentence about it.
  • BAKING - cooking and baking (as long as closely supervised by a responsible adult) is a fantastic way for children to learn. Measuring ingredients, mixing and talking about the changes. Simple science - can you put a cracked egg back together? What did our baking look like before and after it had been in the oven? Numbers for temperatures, timing to see when things are ready are brilliant ways for children to understand how time passes.
  • WALKS - whilst we are allowed our daily exercise, make the most of any outdoor opportunities that come your way. Talk about the world around you, what is in our environment/community? Why do we need shops? Post offices? Railways and roads? How far are places to reach? What did you see on your travels? Seasonal changes... the list goes on. DRAW A MAP - when you have been outside, draw a map of the places you went to on a walk and the things you saw.
  • CRAFT - children often like to cut and stick and make their own creations. This is a wonderful skill to develop at home. Cutting skills, fine motor control and understanding what really interests your child through seeing them make their own ideas is a great thing to do at home and promotes learning across many areas.
  • COLOURING - brilliant to sit and have time to relax, talk and be calm together. Put some music on in the background and talk about how the music makes you feel as you colour together.

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Ideas for play...

Dear parents,

Please remember that learning and development in the early years looks very different to other age groups. When children are in school, they are learning but be reassured that much of what we do is plan for learning through play opportunities. We understand that the home environment is not a classroom setting (and neither should it be) but we want to provide you with some ideas about making the most of play situations that will be happening at home. Knowing these, we hope will give you the reassurance that you are providing play and learning time too.

  • Jigsaws - doing jigsaws at home provides endless opportunities for development. Talk about the shapes of the pieces and how they fit together. Count the pieces of the jigsaw and sort them out - all great maths skills. Do any of the pieces look similar or different? How? Why? Jigsaws can take some time and your child develops concentration skills throughout the experience and a real sense of achievement afterwards. Once complete, you can discuss what the jigsaw shows, why your child chose it and what they know about the picture they have made. TRY MAKING YOUR OWN JIGSAW - draw a picture on card, cut it up into different shapes and try putting it back together again.
  • GAMES - the possibilities for learning through games are endless. Whether they be literacy or maths based or simply for fun - there is something to be gained from these experiences. Talking, communicating and turn-taking are developing here. Understanding and waiting patiently and managing feeling of happiness of disappointment are all real learning points for children - the more games you can play...the better!
  • TOYS - many toys provoke children's imaginations and allow them to re-enact scenarios and develop their own story telling ideas. Encourage this kind of play. Watch and observe (or if you are busy - let them get on with it themselves) and then ask them questions about their story and what they are doing. Who are they being? What has/is going to happen?  Toys that involve an element of building are great for planning, designing and making - children learn to evaluate their models - looking to find the right pieces that they need and changing them to make them better. These are brilliant skills to see in young children - praise all their efforts. ENCOURAGE SOME EARLY WRITING - if your child makes a model or retells a story - ask them to draw a picture of it and write a sentence about it.
  • BAKING - cooking and baking (as long as closely supervised by a responsible adult) is a fantastic way for children to learn. Measuring ingredients, mixing and talking about the changes. Simple science - can you put a cracked egg back together? What did our baking look like before and after it had been in the oven? Numbers for temperatures, timing to see when things are ready are brilliant ways for children to understand how time passes.
  • WALKS - whilst we are allowed our daily exercise, make the most of any outdoor opportunities that come your way. Talk about the world around you, what is in our environment/community? Why do we need shops? Post offices? Railways and roads? How far are places to reach? What did you see on your travels? Seasonal changes... the list goes on. DRAW A MAP - when you have been outside, draw a map of the places you went to on a walk and the things you saw.
  • CRAFT - children often like to cut and stick and make their own creations. This is a wonderful skill to develop at home. Cutting skills, fine motor control and understanding what really interests your child through seeing them make their own ideas is a great thing to do at home and promotes learning across many areas.
  • COLOURING - brilliant to sit and have time to relax, talk and be calm together. Put some music on in the background and talk about how the music makes you feel as you colour together.