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!
Please use the list below to navigate around the page, sourcing the relevant information you may find useful at this time.
- Learning Summary
- Look at us learning! Photos of our achievements and adventures.
- Have a look around your new classrooms! (Take a look at our photos and learn about all the exciting places to play and learn.)
- Have a look around other places in your school.
- Celebrating our learning - at the bottom of the page you will see photographs of achievements of last year's Reception children - these might be of interest to you.
- Our Meet the Teacher Presentation.
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 25/04/22.
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.
Super role play, designing and making in the block play. Lots of discoveries about Africa!
Super role play, designing and making in the block play. Lots of discoveries about Africa!
Getting creative and reflecting on the Christmas Story
Tyre play for building and balancing, getting creative outdoors and maths fluency.
Scientific explorers - making a bridge to hold people, ten frames, developing construction skills
Remembering... building and loose part play
Pattern making, sand play, shape play and phonics learning
Outdoor fun - chalks and all sorts!
Whole body movements - brushing and hula hooping, repeating patterns, playing schools.
How lovely to think about thankfulness and where different foods come from. With a visit from Reverend Tracy and some autumn songs, our learning is going very well.
Time for school - here we go!
Please take a look at the photographs below. They show you how our setting looks. We do make changes throughout the year that reflect the children's interests and next stages of development but these are a good starting point from which to share and talk to your child about their new school and where they will spend their time during their first year.
Rainbow making, sea world exploring, interest in mark making.
Great fun building our own stick people! As you can see from the photos below, we had a very busy week indoors and outside.
Thinking about how God made our world. We have enjoyed playing in a range of spaces and focused on interacting well with each other and making friends.
We have read the story 'Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs go to school.' We really enjoyed this story and explored the meanings of five words. These were thoughtful, belonged, nervous, special and excited. We have spent time trying to use these words independently. We have enjoyed playing in our dinosaurs world area, painting pictures of dinosaurs and having lots of fun!
We are very lucky in Reception class to have our own set of toilets in the classroom. There is no need to worry about having to find the toilets when you start school. We will show you where they are but above is a picture of the bathroom door. As you can see the bathroom is next to our classroom sink and creative spaces.
Here is a photograph of our school MUGA. It stands for 'Multi use games area.' All children at school have time to play on this and you will too! We also have a grassed area, playground spaces and our amazing woods for lovely learning walks.
Ideas for play...
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.
We had some building work done at school a couple of years ago and Reception class got a brand new classroom, including a bathroom. Here is a photograph of the bathroom sinks. Can you see the soap dispensers? They are easy to press so you can wash your hands well with soap after you have used the toilets and throughout the day. To make the water flow, you just press the top of the tap - it is really easy so please don't worry.