Welcome to the Newcastle Reception Class Page. Here, you can find out about everything that we've been doing this year.
Week beginning 13th July 2020
As we approach our final week can we just say how proud we are of the children and all of the lovely work they have been producing over the last few months. It has been a very difficult situation for everyone and we feel you have all coped brilliantly. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful support you have given the children and the updates you have shared with us. Our last week of the summer term is always full of fun and exciting activities to celebrate the end of our Reception year. With this in mind we thought the plan for this week could all be based around a celebratory Teddy Bears Picnic. We hope you enjoy the activities and have a lovely time celebrating how much your children have achieved this year. Have a great weekend everyone. Team Newcastle xx
It is always around the end of the Summer Term that we normally take Reception to Tynemouth for the day - it is a brilliant trip - we go to Tynemouth Aquarium to look at the Rockpool creatures in the morning and then spend the afternoon playing in the sea and on the beach...so as you can imagine, we are all very disappointed that we didn't get to do this trip with this years lovely lot. This week, therefore, has a seaside theme, and we hope that the weather is kind and that some of you might get the chance to go to the seaside to make the most of this week's activities. Please send us any photos - we would love to see them.
Hi Everyone! Here is this week's suggested timetable of activities.
We have given all our children access to a free online library called Epic .https://www.getepic.com/students It is an American site so there may be a few different spellings to be aware of. However, there are many books that you can read online and the site looks like it should be very useful. It is not linked to Oxford Owl levels or RWInc. levels but you might like to use it as a source of books to read to your child. There will be some books that your child can read too. Your class code has been posted on Tapestry.
This week we are using National Oak Academy site for Maths and one art/science activity. You might choose to use it for some writing tasks too. There is an Art week focus, some PHSE information as well as ongoing music and story activities. If you are still needing activities please look at BBC Bitesize.
We love seeing your photographs and updates on Tapestry and hope you have a lovely weekend and week.
Hi Everyone! Please find attached some home learning activities for next week. We're looking at all things space and aliens next week so we hope you have lots of fun! . Please remember these activities are just a guide for you so don't feel that you need to do everything on the list. We understand it is getting really difficult to work from home while home schooling. We still love receiving your Tapestry posts and updates and we're so proud of all of the hard work the children are doing. If you have any questions or queries please feel free to send us a message on Tapestry. Hope you all have a lovely weekend. Stay safe and keep smiling! Team Reception.
We hope you've all had a lovely half term break - the weather has been very kind to us so I'm sure you had lots of fun outdoors. Please find attached a suggested timetable for next week. It would be lovely to see your photographs and updates on Tapestry next week. Have a lovely weekend.
Well done to everyone that entered the competition - it was great to see all the cakes, hats, bunting and decorations that you had made. It looks like lots of people had lovely VE Day tea parties over the weekend.
After careful deliberation we have decided on a winner....Evie!!
We loved the look of your finished cake and on the photographs it looked like you had worked really hard, helping to make it. We also thought that your idea of taking the cake to share with neighbours was also really kind.
A prize will be winging its way to you Evie, but everyone that entered...make sure to keep your eyes peeled over the next few days as a runner up prize might also be making its way to you!
Week beginning 11th May 2020
Hello Newcastle Class,
We hope everyone is OK. Thank you again for all of the lovely up-dates.
Here are some suggested activities for next week. We are hoping that many children from Emmaville will take part in the Gateshead School Sports Partnership dance project as we normally take part in the Dance Festival. Take care, Reception Team.
Another week of home schooling over and we're absolutely blown away with all of the amazing work and fun activities you have been doing at home. The Tapestry posts have kept us smiling so please keep them coming!
We're so impressed with all of your hard work but now it's time for the Easter holidays, so please make sure you take time to relax and enjoy your family's company. However, if you're stuck for something to do, here are some ideas that might keep you entertained.
Have a good Easter holiday, keep in touch and stay safe!
Thank-you to all the parents and grandparents that made it to our maths Stay and Play on Friday. We hope that you found it useful and came away with an insight into how we teach maths in Reception. We know your children loved having you in their classroom to show you how to play all the games and activities.
Week Ending Friday 6th March 2020
This week we had another visit from the musicians at the Gateshead Music Service.
Today we learned some musical vocabulary:- Tempo, Timbre, Pulse, Pitch, Dynamics, Forte and Piano.
We sang lots of songs. We even sang along to the story of The Three Little Pigs, which just happens to be our focus story at the moment!
This half term is so often very 'magical' when you are in a Reception classroom - it is the half term when things just start to 'click' and fall into place. The children's hard work and persistence are definitely paying off. We are so proud of everybody's effort in their phonics lessons, we can see so much progress as the children begin to be able to read and write independently.
This week in our maths lessons we looked at combining two amounts. With the help of a double decker bus and some cubes (children) we counted out how many children were on the top deck, how many were on the bottom deck and finally how many were on the bus altogether. The children used a bus that was laid out in a ten-frame style so that they could practise there subitising skills - being able to 'see' how many without having to actually count them one by one. You can practise this at home by showing your children dot patterns on dice or dominoes to see if they know how many dots without counting them.
The children then went on to say the number sentence out loud. For example 'five children add two children equals seven children altogether.'
Some children began to record their findings using a written number sentence.
This week we started our new unit of work in Talk For Writing with the story 'Pirate Tom'. We have learned the story using a story map and actions, acted out the story with pirate fancy dress, labelled pirates, wrote messages in bottles, sang like pirates and made lots of pirate props (hats, boats, telescopes, and eye patches). What a swashbuckling week it has been!
This week we had our third session with Mrs. Matheson from Gateshead Music Services. We recapped keeping a steady beat whilst singing songs. We did this by tapping our heads, stamping our feet or by playing the claves. Then she taught us about 'pitch' and we sang songs using high and low notes and used actions to help us to remember whether the notes were high or low. We finished by experimenting with lots of different percussion instruments and played a composition as a class. The children had to listen carefully and remember when it was their turn to play.
This week in PE we warmed up by playing 'rats and rabbits'. There were some fantastically fast dashes across the hall from the rabbits to avoid being caught, and the rats practised some early tag rugby skills by trying to pull the rabbit's tails out. Then we practised throwing and catching bean bags on our own, throwing carefully to head height then grabbing and catching with both hands. Then we practised rolling a ball using 'look, aim, push' to roll across the circle. Lastly, we practised throwing and catching around the circle. We made it trickier by trying to clap before we caught the ball. Super skills this week Newcastle class!
Welcome back to school! We hope our children and families have a fantastic 2020.
As part of our Whole School Singing Focus for the Spring Term, we have learned how to sing Happy Birthday in French. We even had two birthdays in Reception Class this week, so we were able to sing in french to them both!
Week Ending Friday 20th December 2019
Congratulations to the children in Reception for working so hard to produce a great Nativity performance! We were so proud of you all.
This week five musicians from the Gateshead Music Service came to our school. They played lots of tunes that we recognised from Disney Movies. It was great to dance and sing along to music played by a live band!
In Reception, we value the time that we give to the children for them to pursue their own interests and ideas. Every day they are given uninterrupted time to explore the inside and outside classrooms, to follow their own agendas and to develop their own independent learning skills. It is always so interesting to observe their play. Quite often, the children will act out scenarios and scenes that are familiar to them, playing games such as families, teachers or role-playing characters from TV programmes. Other times, the children will choose to make something that they can use in their play, such as a bag, some binoculars or a watch. The children often like to go back to a game or a resource that they are familiar with, perhaps building upon their game last time or extending it by joining in with different children. Other times, it is nice to see the children try something new or for the first time, perhaps attempting some independent writing or completing an assault course outside.
The highlight of our week this week was definately our trip to Clara Vale. Over the course of the year, we visit the nature reserve in Clara Vale and the surrounding area, three times. On each visit, we look at how the natural landscape changes according to the season, weather and time of year. Prior to each visit, we remind the children about what they saw the last time they were there. We predict what might be the same or what might have changed.
On this first, autumnal visit, we went to the orchard and learnt how to make apple juice; we collected lots of windfall, washed and cut the apples and then made juice in the apple press, very exciting and delicious! Then went to the nature reserve for an autumn scavenger hunt, finding lots of leaves, beechnuts, conkers, berries and other autumn treasures to stick onto our autumn crowns. We finished the day off in the park where everybody had a lovely time. Luckily there was a bus to take us back to school, the children were all quite tired at the end of the day! Thank you to all our grown-up helpers, we couldn't do it without you!
This week we have used the book Owl Babies to explore language, thinking of lots of different ways to describe what an owl looks, feels and sounds like. We even worked together to create an acrostic owl poem to enter into a competition! We also used costumes, masks, story spoons, and props to retell the story to each other.
We created some owl art and made wanted posters for the owl mummy. Lastly, we kept a close eye on a live owl-cam showing real owlets and their mummy in their bird box:
This week we have used the book Shark in the Park to practise our rhyming skills. We have also researched sharks in non-fiction books and on the internet - it turns out we had quite a few shark experts in the class already! Our daily phonics sessions have continued - this week we learnt the sounds c k u b and f.
In maths, we practised accurate one to one counting and in PE the children wowed me by getting changed very nearly independently (just a few inside out tights and tricky buttons!)
On Friday Jigsaw Jennie helped us in our weekly PSED lesson - this week we talked about feelings and some practical strategies to manage difficult feelings. We also had a blast attempting to make slime and baking and eating yummy shark shortbread biscuits.
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 fox and badger leaves for our display.
A brilliant week Newcastle class and a big 'well done' to all of you!
Week Ending 13th September 2019
Well that's our first full week accomplished; I bet there are some tired children this weekend...they have been none stop all week! We have begun some new routines including our Read, Write, Inc phonics programme. This week we have learnt the sounds m, s, a, t and d. Your child will have brought home a pack in their book bags of letter cards so that they can impress you with how much they know!
Week Ending 6th September 2019
Wow! What a busy first week at school. It has been so lovely welcoming back familiar faces from nursery and meeting lots of new ones. You should be really proud of how well your children have settled into 'big' school life. We are especially impressed with how they have coped in the main school at lunchtime. Keep checking the website for lots of photos and updates.
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