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Blackbirds 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.

During these unprecedented times it is difficult to know how and when we will be able to induct our September starters. We will continue to monitor the current health situation over the coming weeks and months and work together to ensure the best approach to starting school.

We have created this page as a 'go to' point where we hope you will find resources, advice and further information about starting school and the transition from pre-school settings.

Thank you for taking the time to view our web page. If you have any questions regarding starting school over the coming weeks, please do not hesitate to 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

 

HOME-LEARNING DURING LOCKDOWN 2021

Please see below to access your child's home-learning activities each day.

If you have any questions at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us.

jharris@langho-st-leonards.lancs.sch.uk

nhacking@langho-st-leonards.lancs.sch.uk

Take care and many thanks for your continued support.

Week 3: Monday 18th January through to Friday 22nd January

A NOTE ABOUT EXERCISE

We know that children would be getting lots of physcial play at school, in our woodland classroom, during PE sessions, in our outdoor classroom and at play times. Where possible, it is likely that we are all trying to make the most of our current daily exercise during lockdown. However, we wanted to share the page below that is a super resource to help support keeping active for the children whilst we are apart. There are lots of suggestions, demonstrations and video links that we hope the children will enjoy. Let us know how they get on and please make sure they have enough room to move!

Monday 18th January

Today's home-learning - bringing school experiences directly to you...delivered to your homes! 

  • Worship/RE time - a story from the Bible with a question for reflection.
  • Marvellous Maths click on the link for today's lesson called 'Composition of numbers to 5.' (2 groups)
  • Wonderful Writers - 'One Snowy Night' and all about story characters.
  • Fantastic Phonics - click on the video below - today we learn two new tricky words.
  • Reading activity 1 - available on www.phonicsplay.co.uk - please log in and see details below for the week's  learning.
  • Reading activity 2 - available on www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk  - please read below for the comics you should read. 
  • Art and Craft - winter and animal themed paper craft ideas below. 
  • Story time - today's story is called 'Bumble, the bear with big ideas.'

WORSHIP/RE - this week we learn all about another of God's friends - Moses. Today's story is called: 'The Secret Baby.' Jesus heard stories when he was growing up - do you like listening to stories?

MARVELLOUS MATHS - here is the link for today's lesson and activity.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/alive-in-5-week-2/

WONDERFUL WRITERS - today's story is called 'One Snowy Night' but it's different from last week. Let's find out about story characters.

FANTASTIC PHONICS - it's time to learn two more tricky words.

READING ACTIVITY 1 - this week choose from the following that are found after clicking 'resources' 'phase 3.'

  • Dragon's Den, Buried Treasure or Picnic on Pluto - select from the menu +options.
  • Pick a Picture - select phase 2 - sets 1-5 and phase 3 - sets 6-7.
  • Tricky Word Trucks - phase 2 and phase 3.
  • Grab a Giggling Grapheme - select from the menu - e.g. all phase 3 +ai, +ee, +igh etc.

READING ACTIVITY 2 - this week click on 'comics' and then choose from 'Buzz,' 'I can spot,' 'Let's Go,' 'Moon' and 'Farm Park.' Work though these throughout this week and coming weeks.

ART AND CRAFT - take a look at the winter and animal paper craft below - have a go and recreating your own. Yours do not have to be exactly the same but are a starting point from which your child can develop their own planning and ideas.

STORY TIME

Tuesday 19th January

Take a look at what's in store for you today!

  • A letter from your teacher - this will be sent to parent's emails - please read this with your children.
  • Worship/RE time - a story from the Bible with another question for reflection.
  • Marvellous Maths click on the link for today's lesson called 'How many altogether?'
  • Wonderful Writers - discovering wow words and exciting spelling/language. Time to practise letter formations.
  • Fantastic Phonics - click on the video below - today we learn 'ar.'
  • Reading activity - (Parents: please see your email with the website and log in details for this.) Today's books are listed below.
  • Themed learning: All About Food - (physical development) See below for details. 
  • Story time - today's story is called 'Icky Little Duckling.'

WORSHIP/RE - we continue to learn about Moses - now a grown up himself and the story of 'The Burning Bush.'

MARVELLOUS MATHS - here is the link for today's lesson and activity.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/alive-in-5-

WONDERFUL WRITERS - let's explore some wow words from our story and practise our letter formations at the same time.

FANTASTIC PHONICS - all about 'ar.'

READING ACTIVITY - log in to www.oxfordowl.co.uk - select Oxford Owl ebook library - my ebooks - ages 4-7 - book band 2: red, to read 'Big Feet' and practise what you already know, or for a little more challenge and to match you new phonics learning -  it's book band 3: yellow and read 'Leek Hotpot.' Have fun!

ALL ABOUT FOOD - following our super learning about ways to keep healthy, this week we build on this using 'Discovery Education.' Once logged in please click on 'Foundation' 'Physical development' 'Food.' Here you will be able to watch videos, activities and photo books that will help you think even more about food. When you have finished discovering, you might wish to draw or write something about what you found out.

STORY TIME

Wednesday 20th January

Happy Wednesday! Let's see what we are doing today...

  • Worship/RE time - a story from the Bible with a question for reflection.
  • Marvellous Maths click on the link for today's lesson called 'Composition of numbers to 5.' (3 groups)
  • Wonderful Writers - it's a BIG writing day today - try your best and don't give up! 
  • Fantastic Phonicsclick on the video below - today we learn 'or.'
  • Reading activity 1 - available on www.phonicsplay.co.uk - please log in and see details below for the week's  learning.
  • Reading activity 2 - available on www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk  - please read below for the comics you should read. 
  • Yoga Quest - the link can be found below.
  • Story time - today's story is called 'In My Heart.'

WORSHIP/RE - today's Bible story is called 'The Great Escape.' We think about rescuers and people who help us.

MARVELLOUS MATHS - here is the link for today's lesson and activity.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/alive-in-5-

WONDERFUL WRITERS - today we are doing a BIG writing task! Are you ready? Let's go!

FANTASTIC PHONICS - all about 'or.'

READING ACTIVITY 1 - this week choose from the following that are found after clicking 'resources' 'phase 3.'

  • Dragon's Den, Buried Treasure or Picnic on Pluto - select from the menu +options.
  • Pick a Picture - select phase 2 - sets 1-5 and phase 3 - sets 6-7.
  • Tricky Word Trucks - phase 2 and phase 3.
  • Grab a Giggling Grapheme - select from the menu - e.g. all phase 3 +ai, +ee, +igh etc.

READING ACTIVITY 2 - this week click on 'comics' and then choose from 'Buzz,' 'I can spot,' 'Let's Go,' 'Moon' and 'Farm Park.' Work though these throughout this week and coming weeks.

YOGA QUEST - here's the link for this week's yoga.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuL3lhsU1Bs

STORY TIME 

Thursday 21st January

Tremendous Thursday! Here's what we've got today...

  • A letter from your teacher - this will be sent to parent's emails - please read this with your children.
  • Worship/RE time - a story from the Bible, thinking about perseverance.
  • Marvellous Maths click on the link for today's lesson called 'How many are hiding?'
  • Wonderful Writers - beginning, middle and end - thinking about the story ending today and writing about it.
  • Fantastic Phonics - click on the video below - today we spell tricky words and practise 'ar' and 'or.'
  • Reading activity -   (Parents: please see your email with the website and log in details for this) Today's books are listed below.
  • Themed learning: Weather - (understanding the world) See below for details. 
  • New Spelling Shed assignment - please log in and practise your spellings! 
  • Story time - today's story is called 'The Little White Owl.'

WORSHIP/RE - today's Bible story is called 'A Long Journey' and we think about being determined, persevering and not giving up.

MARVELLOUS MATHS - here is the link for today's lesson and activity.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/alive-in-5-

WONDERFUL WRITERS - it's time to think about the story ending today.

FANTASTIC PHONICS - spelling tricky words and practising 'ar' and 'or.'

READING ACTIVITY - log in to www.oxfordowl.co.uk - select Oxford Owl ebook library - my ebooks - ages 4-7 - book band 2: red, to read 'Quiz' and practise what you already know, or for a little more challenge and to match you new phonics learning -  it's book band 3: yellow and read 'Taods in the Road.' Have fun!

WEATHER - following our recent wintery story times, we build on this using 'Discovery Education.' Once logged in please click on 'Foundation' 'Understanding the World' 'Weather.' Here you will be able to watch videos, activities and photo books that will help you think even more about different kinds of weather. When you have finished discovering, you might wish to draw or write something about what you found out.

STORY TIME 

Friday 22nd January

It's nearly the weekend - enjoy your learning today and have a lovely rest on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Worship/RE time - a story from the Bible  - think about your favourite Bible story.
  • Marvellous Maths - click on the link for today's lesson called 'How many are hiding?'
  • Wonderful Writers - as we finish the week and our story - let's talk about the story setting and what the weather was like.
  • Fantastic Phonics - click on the video below - today we practise the new tricky words we have been learning.
  • Reading activity 1 - available on www.phonicsplay.co.uk - please log in and see details below for the week's  learning.
  • Reading activity 2 - available on www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk  - please read below for the comics you should read. 
  • Art and Craft - hedgehog themed paper craft ideas below. 
  • Story time - today's story is called 'A Friend Like You.'

WORSHIP/RE - today's Bible story is called 'Spies in Canaan' where our time with Moses ends and we meet Joshua and Caleb.

MARVELLOUS MATHS - here is the link for today's lesson and activity.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/alive-in-5-

WONDERFUL WRITERS - time to bring our story to an end - let's think about story settings and the weather.

FANTASTIC PHONICS - spelling our new tricky words.

READING ACTIVITY 1 - this week choose from the following that are found after clicking 'resources' 'phase 3.'

  • Dragon's Den, Buried Treasure or Picnic on Pluto - select from the menu +options.
  • Pick a Picture - select phase 2 - sets 1-5 and phase 3 - sets 6-7.
  • Tricky Word Trucks - phase 2 and phase 3.
  • Grab a Giggling Grapheme - select from the menu - e.g. all phase 3 +ai, +ee, +igh etc.

READING ACTIVITY 2 - this week click on 'comics' and then choose from 'Buzz,' 'I can spot,' 'Let's Go,' 'Moon' and 'Farm Park.' Work though these throughout this week and coming weeks.

ART AND CRAFT - take a look at the hedgehog paper craft below - have a go and recreating your own. Yours do not have to be exactly the same but are a starting point from which your child can develop their own planning and ideas.

STORY TIME

Week 2: Monday 11th January to Friday 15th January

Each day we will upload your child's home-learning opportunities and experiences below.

There are also two sections below containing suggestions about ideas for play and printable resources.

Monday 11th January

Today's home-learning - bringing school experiences directly to you...delivered to your homes! 

  • We begin with Worship - Mrs Harris reads a story from the Bible all about love with a little activity to do at home at the end.
  • Marvellous Maths - click on the link to access your first lesson:  https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/alive-in-5-week-1/ Session 1 video and activities.  
  • Let's do some writing! Mrs Harris reads us a story and then it's time to write together!
  • Fantastic Phonics - just click on the video below and your Monday phonics lesson is ready to view.
  • Your reading activity is available on Phonicsplay - parents, please log in and see details below for today's learning.
  • Mrs Harris ends our day of activities with a story.

WORSHIP - the story of The Good Samaritan. (Thinking about love and kindness to begin our week.)

WRITING - we read the story of 'One Snowy Night' and then draw Percy the Park Keeper's hut adding labels, using our phonics skills to help us.

FANTASTIC PHONICS - here we go with a new sound to start the week.

PHONICSPLAY - from the home page - click 'resources' 'phase 2.'

Play 'Buried Treasure' and/or 'Dragon's Den.'

Both games teach and practice the same skills but with different themes. When you select one of the games, click 'start' 'phase 2' 'revise all phase 2' and the game will then begin.

Children read each word and decide if it is real or nonsense and sort accordingly.

STORY TIME - let's enjoy a story together, today we are reading 'Lost in the Snow.' 

Tuesday 12th January

Take a look at what's in store for you today!

  • A letter from Mrs Hacking - this will be sent to parent's emails - please read this with your children.
  • Worship time - Mrs Harris tells us a story from the Bible about thankfulness with a little activity too.
  • Marvellous Mathshttps://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/alive-in-5-week-1/ Session 2 Video and Activities. 
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development - question of the day with a lovely drawing activity to try.
  • Fantastic Phonics - just click on the video below and your Tuesday phonics lesson is ready to view. 
  • Your reading book for today is called 'Big Bad Bug' from Oxford Owl.  (Parents: please see your email with the website and log in details for this)
  • Mrs Harris ends our day with another wonderful story.

WORSHIP - the story of how Jesus calmed the Storm. (Thinking about thankfulness today.)

PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Please ask your child 'How do we keep ourselves healthy?'

Ideas might include - washing our hands, taking baths - general hygiene, eating a balanced diet, exercise and keeping ourselves safe from dangers.

After you have chatted to your child for a few minutes, please encourage them to draw a picture or make a poster showing the ways to keep healthy.

FANTASTIC PHONICS - time to practice our tricky words today.

READING TIME - Oxford Owl - once logged in...

Click on 'Oxford Owl ebook library' Age groups (drop down menu) 4-7, Levels (drop down menu) Book band 1: Pink. 

Open the book 'Big Bad Bug.' There are also some follow-up activities here once you have finished reading.

STORY TIME - let's enjoy a story together with Mrs Harris. This one is called 'The Runaway Iceberg.'

Wednesday 13th January

Happy Wednesday! Let's see what we are doing today...

  • Worship time - Mrs Harris tells us the story of 'David and Goliath' (one of our class favourites) and we think about being brave.
  • Marvellous Mathshttps://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/alive-in-5-week-1/ Session 3 Video and Activities. 
  • Fantastic Phonics - just click on the video below and your Wednesday phonics lesson is ready to view.
  • Your reading activity is available on Phonicsplay - parents, please log in and see details below for today's learning.
  • Yoga Questhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6bCgeR1b2E 
  • Mrs Harris ends our day of activities with a super story

WORSHIP - let's share today's story and worship together...

FANTASTIC PHONICS - here we go with another new sound this week.

PHONICSPLAY - from the home page - click 'resources' 'phase 2.'

Play 'Picnic on Pluto.'

Click 'start' 'phase 2' 'revise all phase 2' and the game will then begin.

Children read each word and decide if it is real or nonsense and sort accordingly.

Play 'Pick a Picture.'

Click 'start' 'phase 2 sets 1-5' - read the word and match the picture.

STORY TIME - let's enjoy a lovely story time together with Mrs Harris - this one's called 'Guess how much I love you?.'

Thursday 14th January

Tremendous Thursday! Here's what we've got today...

  • A letter from Mrs Harris - this will be sent to parent's emails - please read this with your children.
  • Worship time - Mrs Harris shares the bible story 'Daniel and the Lions' and we have a think about looking after others. (protecting)
  • Marvellous Maths: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/alive-in-5-week-1/ Session 4 Video and Activities. 
  • New Spelling Shed Assignments! https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb/ 
  • Fantastic Phonics - just click on the video below and your Thursday phonics lesson is ready to view. 
  • Your reading book for today is called 'The Dragon Balloon' from Oxford Owl.  (Parents: please see your email with the website and log in details for this) 
  • Mrs Harris ends our day with another wonderful story.

WORSHIP - let's share a story from a very long time ago, when someone was protected by God.

FANTASTIC PHONICS - let's learn two new tricky words.

READING TIME - Oxford Owl - once logged in...

Click on 'Oxford Owl ebook library' Age groups (drop down menu) 4-7, Levels (drop down menu) Book band 1: Pink. 

Open the book 'The Dragon Balloon.' 

STORY TIME - Mrs Harris shares a story with us today - this one is called 'Bedtime for Little Bears.'

Friday 14th January

It's nearly the weekend - enjoy your learning today and have a lovely rest on Saturday and Sunday.

WORSHIP - Here's the story of Noah's Ark to end this week's worship and RE.

FANTASTIC PHONICS - here we go with one more new sound to end our week.

PHONICSPLAY - from the home page - click 'resources' 'phase 2.'

Play 'Buried Treasure.'

Click 'start' 'phase 3' sets 1-5 '+j, +v, +w, +x' and the game will then begin.

Children read each word and decide if it is real or nonsense and sort accordingly.

STORY TIME - time for a listen and a rest as we enjoy Mrs Harris' story time.

I'm sure the children will all be able to tell you (because I talk about them all the time!) that I have lot of animals. Well this week has been a pretty dramatic one in our household as one morning when I was feeding everyone breakfast, I heard somebody coughing and snuffling....  I just thought the children might like to see, and that talking about Small being poorly with a cough might help some of them verbalise some of their 'big' worries - their friends and family members being poorly and all the little lockdown bits they may be overhearing at the minute.

And also, I miss them and telling them all my animal news! 

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.

Page contents

Please use the list below to navigate around the page, sourcing the relevant information you may find useful at this time.

  • Meet the Reception staff (messages and photos)
  • Getting Ready for School - Top Tips for parents and carers
  • Early Language and Communication - support and advice
  • Useful Starting School activity and information guides from Pacey (The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years)
  • The Early Years Curriculum - guidance about the curriculum and child development
  • Early Years Policy
  • Letters to you from our current Reception children (Written especially by our children to welcome new school family members.)
  • 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! (Take a look at our photos and be as reassured as possible during these uncertain times.) 
  • A message and story times (Come and listen to us reading some familiar stories. We can't meet in person but that doesn't stop us sharing a good book together.)
  • Get Involved - everyone welcome! (Scroll down and take part in some of our getting ready for school activities. We will upload your pictures to this page so you can see your achievements on the computer!) 
  • We have arrived! Take a look at our gallery of photographs showing how amazing we are and what fantastic learning adventures we have experienced in just the first four weeks of school. 

Meet the Team

Hello, my name is Mrs Harris – Reception teacher at St Leonard’s.

I am very much looking forward to meeting and welcoming all our new Reception starters to school in September.

What unusual times we are living in at the moment, all which make starting school a bigger challenge. Whilst starting school is a huge milestone for children and their families, we will do our very best to make it as easy for your child as possible under the current circumstances.

I will continue to add information to this page and we will be in touch with you shortly about how we intend to move forwards with our (remote) induction programme.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions before then.

With best wishes,

Mrs Harris

We are delighted to welcome Mrs Hacking to our Reception class teaching team. Mrs Hacking is a very experienced Early Years teacher and she is looking forward to meeting you and your children very soon.

Supporting Parents / Carers and children - Getting ready for school

The links below contains some fantastic information, including top tips for school starters, games, managing anxiety advice and helpful hints about how to talk to your child about their new school. We hope that you find these useful. The first link is from the Cbeebies website, the second from BBC Bitesize and the third from Lancashire County Council.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/curations/starting-school-curation

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/collections/starting-primary-school/1

https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/early-years-childcare-and-family-support/family-support/getting-ready-to-start-school/

Initiatives and Ideas focusing on early language and communication

Great initiatives and ideas that you might find useful, particularly supporting the importance of early language and communication skills.

 

Hungry Little Minds

This has been launched by the DfE to help parents and carers engage in activities that support their child's early learning and help set them up for school and beyond.

https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/

 

National Literacy Trust

Their new project, Small Talk, aims to support the language development of 30,000 children under the age of five by equipping parents and carers with the skills and confidence they need to chat, play and read with their child every day. If you feel this may be of interest and support to you, please click on the link below.

https://small-talk.org.uk/

 

Tiny Happy People

This helps parents and carers to develop their child's communication skills. It offers simple activities and play ideas to help parents and carers find out about their amazing early development.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people

Helpful Guides

Please visit https://www.pacey.org.uk/ - an excellent source of information and support.

The guides below are great sources of information and help with induction into school. Under more normal circumstances they are the guides we would have shared with you at the end of each of your child's summer induction visits.

#readyforschool

Happy Talk

Listen and Learn

The Numbers Game

Make a Mark

 

Preparing for school guide

Steps to starting school

The Early Years Curriculum

You many be interested to find out more about the Early Years Curriculum during the time before your child starts school. Here are two useful resources to help with this.

A guide to help parents and carers navigate through the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework:

What to Expect When Guide

 

A parents and carers guide to the current Early Years Foundation Stage Framework:

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2014/08/EYFS_Parents_Guide-amended.pdf

Early Years Policy

You can view our Early Years Policy by clicking on the link below.

Early Years Policy 2019-2020

Children's Letters

Written by our current Reception children, we hope you and your child enjoy reading these that have been especially made for you.

Bringing our school to you!

Whilst our new September starters cannot come into school to visit, we thought we would bring our school to you at home.

Please have 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.

This our welcome area. This part of the classroom is just by the door. Here it is set up as a jungle world with lots of exciting books to read. We change this area from time to time and enjoy using our imagination and finding out about people and places all over our precious world.

This is our worship area. Father Freddie and Puddles the cat along with Cannon Riley live here. We find out all about God's big story, say prayers and retell Bible stories with story spoons and our wooden Noah's ark.

This is part of our creative space - we like to call it our creation station! Here we love to use lots of materials with scissors, glue and pens to make lots of different things. What's great about this space is that there's lots of choice and we can use our own ideas to make brilliant inventions.

Here is our music space. We love to sing, dance and move in Reception. We sing each day and like to play instruments too. We even learn to play the Ocarina by the end of Reception!

This is where we look after our wellies! You can put your wellies on the shelves and when you need to use them, just swap them for your shoes. You can see that the teachers also have wellies - we especially like to put these on when we go for wellie walks in the woods.

Next to the wellies you can see one of our wooden houses - we like to move this around the setting, sometimes we take it inside and other times it's outside.

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 our Reception classroom door. We are very lucky to have such a large classroom space to play and learn in. Before we had the building work done, our classroom was actually two smaller rooms! The builders were very clever and made then into one super space for us. 

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.

Story time

Please read the message across the page to your child and then enjoy the stories.

We have arrived!

Please take a look at our photographs below of our exciting learning adventures and experiences in just the first four weeks. We have settled in so well and love to learn!

Lots of opportunities that support building relationships, physical play, communications, resilience and wellbeing.

This is where we hang our coats at school. You will also notice our slippers too! We like to wear slippers at school as this helps our wellbeing and makes us feel comfortable. We can swap our shoes and slippers when we like during each day. Even the teachers have slippers at St Leonard's!

This is our construction space. It has natural pieces to build with alongside favourites such as Lego and Kid K'Nex. We also have lots of block play and when we put all these things together we can make some amazing builds.

We love to read at school! We do so much reading and this is our reading corner. We like to place books all around our setting and change our space as and when we want to. We have so many books - story books, finding out book and poetry books and books we can read by ourselves. It's a really cosy and comfy place to be.

During your time in Reception you will get to play in many different role-play spaces. This is our home corner which we change regularly. Other role-play spaces we have had are shops, vets, police station, space station, garden centres, the nativity and plenty of free space with props and materials for you to make up and tell your own stories and use your imaginations! What fun!

The photo to the left side and the one above show one end of our fabulous outdoor classroom! This is our garden kitchen and provides us with lots of space to put on our wellies and get making and creating. This is definitely one of our favourite play spaces - there is such a lot to do and explore with our friends.

Just next door to our garden kitchen we have an area for lots of physical play. This trolley has bats, balls, hoops, shakers, quoits, skipping ropes and parachutes to name just a few. We create team games and learn new skills using all the items from the trolley. We throw, catch, jump, hop, skips, kick, dribble and bounce... all these things help us develop our gross motor skills.

This part of our outdoor classroom we leave up to your imagination. You might like to use the big building blocks in the red trolley, the wooden house or the imagination table for small world play. We change this space to whatever suits our learning at the time. It has also been a quieter place for natural artwork and story telling. It has nice soft carpet for lots of comfy play.

These last three photographs show the middle and end parts of our sheltered outdoor classroom. We play out whatever the weather but are very lucky to have this extra sheltered space. You can see our sand tray and our small kitchen space. We change these areas regularly depending upon what we all want to learn and know more about.

Just behind the photograph to the left is our construction space where we have lots of loose part play. We enjoy building vehicles, moving water and creating dens here.

 

What do you think?

Did you like looking at our photographs and finding out all about your new classroom spaces?

We can't wait for you to come and visit them but only when it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, you can keep looking at these with your family as often as you like.

 

 

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.

This is a photograph of our Infant Door entrance. When you walk through this door you will be facing our classroom door. (just as you can see in the photo across the page) So please do not worry about finding your new classroom, we will be here to help you.

A note for parents and carers... we have written these explanations in the hope that by September we will be using the same doors and facilities as we have described. You will appreciate that no one can say with absolute certainty how school life will look by then but we will work with you and explain any new safety systems that are employed in school in the future should this be the case.

Please use these photographs as a guide to how the classroom might look - talk to your child about how things may look different too and how the most important thing is that we all keep safe.

Arrangements would be communicated by school nearer the time. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Sharing stories

Dear parents and carers, 

Please read this short message to your child before watching the story clips.

Many thanks.

 

Hello everybody!

Normally when children start school at St Leonard's we get to meet each other three times during the summer before school closes. However, this year sadly things have been very different for all of us haven't they?

In the past, when children have visited us at school we have shared stories together. We couldn't do that together this year so instead we are sharing stories with you on this special page.

We hope you enjoy listening to the stories and have a lovely summer.

See you soon.

Get Involved - Everyone Welcome!

No doubt during the summer break your child will get to try on their new school uniform which is a very special time for them and starts to help them understand their new adventure and the new school family they are soon to belong to.

If you would like to take part, we are inviting the children to draw a picture of themselves in their new uniform. This is not compulsory but if you can take part, we would love to see the children's creations. They can draw, paint or collage - anything that they enjoy.

Towards the time when we re-open school in September - please send us your pictures and we will upload them to this page so your child can see their work on the computer alongside all the new friends they will soon meet.

 

Have a lovely summer!

Woodland Adventures

We always have such an amazing time in the woods - here are some photographs for you to see how well the children achieve, develop resilience, problem solve and have such fun in the outdoors!

Blackbirds Nativity 2020

One of the highlights, at the end of Autumn term is performing a Nativity to our families and the rest of the school.  However, due to the Covid 19 restrictions we had to do things a little differently this year.

In our wonderful woodland, we performed the story of the first Christmas, which we filmed and have shared below for everyone to enjoy.

The First Christmas Part 1

The First Christmas Part 2