Week beginning 6th January 2020
Happy New Year and welcome back! It sounds like everyone has had a wonderful Christmas - the children have enjoyed sharing lots of news about their holidays.
It has been a very busy week in Reception - we were lucky enough to have visits from the Road Safety team who showed us how to cross the road safely and Mrs Matheson from the Gateshead Music Service who will be completing six music workshops with us. The children thoroughly enjoyed both sessions and I know they can't wait for their next music workshop.
In our maths sessions we have been working on our number bonds to five. We used the book 'Maisy goes Camping' to help us understand that five can be made of different numbers in a range of different ways. I was really impressed with the children's knowledge and quick recall of their number bonds by the end of the week.
Have a lovely weekend everyone - you have all worked super hard this week!
Week beginning 16th December 2019
Wow! What an amazing end to our first term in reception. The children performed brilliantly for their very first Nativity play. They were an absolute credit to Emmaville with their wonderful singing, amazing costumes and brilliant dancing throughout both our dress rehearsal and the main performance. All of the staff were extremely proud of how brave and enthusiastic the children were and I'm sure you were all very proud of your children too. Well done everyone!
We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas catching up on some precious family time. See you all in 2020!
Week beginning 9th December 2019
What a wonderful festive week we have had. We have enjoyed lots of activities linked to our new story 'The Jolly Christmas Postman'. We have also enjoyed lots of other Christmas activities - our Christmas party and Christmas lunch being two of our favourites. Our highlight of the week was our visit to the theatre on Friday. We visited the Northern Stage to watch the production of 'Wolf'. It was a fabulous show and the children (and adults) thoroughly enjoyed it. I was incredibly proud of all of the children on our trip - they were absolute superstars and a credit to Emmaville. Well done everyone - I can't wait for another exciting week to end our fabulous first term.
Week beginning 2nd December 2019
Another busy and fun filled week in Gateshead class. We have extended our shape knowledge by introducing the children to 3D shapes - we have learnt the names of these shapes and discussed the properties of the shapes. We have also sorted lots of different shapes into 2D or 3D categories. The children have worked very hard on this and really impressed me with their knowledge.
We had a very exciting end to our week when, on Friday, some of our grown ups came to join us for a festive stay and play session. We all enjoyed getting glittery and creating some amazing cards and decorations. Thank to all of those who were able to join us - we hope you enjoyed your morning.
Next week our festivities will continue as we introduce the children to a new festive story and lots more Christmas activities.
Well done Gateshead for another brilliant week!
Week beginning 25th November 2019
This week we have enjoyed learning all about 2D shapes. We have learnt the names of some 2D shapes and talked about their properties. We know that 2D shapes are flat shapes and we went on a shape hunt around school to find different shapes in our environment - we found so many shapes and made a tally on our spotters sheet. We have also enjoyed making play dough shapes, using shapes to make our own painted pictures and dinosaur pictures, fed shapes to different shape monsters and made shapes using elastic bands. Brilliant work this week everyone - keep up the hard work!
Week beginning 18th November 2019
Wow! What an egg-citing week we have had. On Monday we received a special delivery - it was a huge egg with a letter from Daisy the dinosaur. The letter explained that our next story was all about 'The Little Green Dinosaur'. We have spent this week learning the story, making a story map and learning some key vocabulary and actions. We have also enjoyed lots of dinosaur themed activities, such as, dinosaur play dough, freeing the dinosaurs from the ice, labelling dinosaurs and making dinosaur pictures. On Friday we noticed that our egg was cracked but there was no dinosaur to be seen - we think that Daisy may have gone looking for her mummy just like the little green dinosaur from our story. We hope to hear from Daisy again soon. Another super week Gateshead - keep up the great work!
Week beginning 11th November 2019
This week in our PE session we built upon the fundamental movement skills which we have been working on over the past few weeks. We continued with our 'Jungle Journey' and used our balancing, sliding, throwing and catching skills to work with a partner. We moved like lots of different animals to perfect our techniques and had lots of fun in the process. Some of our moves were quite tricky this week - especially the hippo and crocodile moves - but the children didn't give up. They all showed a great growth mindset in order to successfully move like these animals. Well done Gateshead - another fantastic week!
Week beginning 4th November 2019
Another fabulous week in Gateshead Class. We have enjoyed lots of firework themed activities throughout the week - we even moved like different fireworks in PE and enjoyed describing how we were travelling (zooming, shooting, whizzing). This week I really want to celebrate our love of reading in Reception. The children have fully embraced our first Talk for Writing story (Charlie's Walk) by telling the story with enthusiasm using actions and a story map. This has then inspired the children to create their own story maps and tell their own stories using their favourite picture books. We love reading a range of story books to the children and have decided to give them some ownership of the stories we read by introducing a daily story vote to the children. This involves reading the blurb from two stories at the beginning of each day - the children then have the rest of the day to decide which story they would like us to read. Each child places a cube on their chosen book and at the end of the day we count the cubes and read the story which has the most votes. As you can see from our photographs this week we are developing into a class full of readers.
Week beginning 28th October 2019
Welcome back everyone - it sounds like you all had a wonderful half term. The children have worked incredibly hard this week as we have been very busy with activities linked to our new story (Charlie's Walk) and, of course, lots of Halloween activities. I have been especially proud of our brilliant maths work this week. Last half term we did lots of work on counting quantities accurately and this week we used all of this knowledge to work on comparing different amounts. We introduced the children to the mathematical vocabulary of 'more' and 'fewer', we then used this vocabulary to talk about and compare quantities. We used lots of concrete resources to help us (cubes, pirate coins, sweets and counters) and we worked really hard to talk about our comparisons using full sentences, for example, 2 is fewer than 5, 4 is more than 1. If we were unsure of the quantity we had we used five frames to help us count our objects accurately. The children have been so enthusiastic about their maths work this week so a big 'well done' to all of you - what a fabulous start to our half term!
Week beginning 14th October 2019
What a fabulous start we had to our enrichment week. The author Adam Bushnell came in to tell us a story about his pet dragon - the children were absolutely mesmerised with his fantastic storytelling. They were super listeners and loved taking part in his interactive story. For the rest of the week we enjoyed learning all about our class names, Gateshead and Newcastle. We talked about famous landmarks and songs from our area. We even had our own North Run/Blaydon Race on the large school yard. The children are now North East experts!
The children have made a brilliant start to their Reception year and we can't wait to continue with their journey. Happy holidays - have a great half term break!
Week beginning 7th October 2019
Another week over and what a fun packed week it has been. We have enjoyed lots of 'Peter Rabbit' activities linked to our story of the week. In our maths sessions we have focused on sorting objects, people and pictures according to different categories - some of which was quite tricky but the children didn't give up and showed a great growth mindset in persevering with this task. We have also looked at the season of Autumn - talking about how our environment is changing and investigating lots of autumnal objects. To help us with this task we went to Clara Vale for our very first school trip - we found lots of signs of Autumn and got the chance to make our own apple juice! The children were full of enthusiasm on our trip and we all had a wonderful time - thank you so much to all of the grown ups who came to help us, we hope you had as much fun as we did!
Week beginning 30th September 2019
What a wonderful owl filled week we have had. We have looked at the story 'Owl Babies' and acted it out using puppets, fancy dress costumes and story spoons. We have enjoyed lots of owl related activities - making owl collage pictures, sorting nocturnal and diurnal animals, owl poetry, short burst writing about what the owl babies heard and making owl models with kitchen roll tubes. I was particularly impressed with how amazing the children were at learning the words to our song of the week 'a wise old owl'.
A fabulous week Gateshead - keep up the hard work!
Week beginning 23rd September 2019
Another week over already and it's true what they say, time really does fly when you're having fun!
This week we have been looking at the story 'Shark in the Park' by Nick Sharratt. We have enjoyed lots of shark activities including shark art, acting out the story using small world and story spoons, making telescopes and going on a shark hunt, playing rhyming games and finding lots of shark facts. We also produced our first piece of short burst writing - it was amazing, we have lots of shark experts in Gateshead class!
In maths we worked on counting accurately using one to one correspondence and in PE we practised our balancing skills.
Another great week everyone - keep up the great work!
Week beginning 16th September 2019
Wow! What a busy week we have had. We have introduced the children to lots of new activities this week and they have taken it all in their stride. We have worked on our number recognition skills in maths, taken part in our first PE session where we worked on moving in a space in different ways and we were also introduced to 'Jigsaw Jenie' in our PSHE session - in this session we discussed how we use kind words and have kind hands and then we created our own class charter of golden rules to remember. On Friday we decorated our own delicious dot biscuits for snack, investigated floating and sinking and made our own badger and squirrel leaves for our display.
A brilliant week Gateshead class and a big 'well done' to all of you!
Week beginning 9th September 2019
Our first week of full days was a huge success - the children have been superstars all week and have settled into our routines brilliantly! This week we have had lots of fun in our first phonics lessons. We learnt the sounds m, a, s, d and t and were also introduced to 'Fred Frog' who helps us with our sounds. We have also celebrated 'International Dot Day' by listening to the story of 'The Dot' by Peter Reynolds and also learning 'The Dot Song'. The children then created some brilliant dot art work using a range of techniques including collage, painting, printing and using pastels.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Week beginning 2nd September 2019
Welcome to all of our new children and families. We have had a great first week settling into our new classroom and surroundings. The children have fully immersed themselves in all of our activities and have taken everything in their stride. It has been lovely to see so many smiling faces arrive at school each morning - I'm sure we're going to have a fantastic year together. Well done to you all on a brilliant start to your time at Emmaville!