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.
Privacy and Cookies Policy
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
1.1. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of the users of our services. Our services include and will hereby be referred to as 'Our Services' (our websites used to promote eSchools services and tutorial resources, specifically
and https://academy.eschools.co.uk), 'School Websites' ( designed by eSchools and populated by individual schools themselves) and 'Platforms' (individual online services that provide teachers, learners, parents and governors with information, tools and resources) as well as our smartphone app. This policy sets out how we will treat your personal information across these services.
2. Collecting personal information on Our Services
2.1 We may process or temporarily store the following kinds of personal information:
information about your computer and about your visits to and use of Our Services (including but not limited to, your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths)
information contained in or relating to any communications that you send to us or send through our website (including, the communication content) via online forms
any other personal information that you choose to send to us via online forms
manually inputted details of users added to the platform
details of users as integrated by our providers at Wonde via your MIS (if applicable to your package). For further information on integrated data please see our Data Sharing Agreement
2.2 Before you disclose to us the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person's consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information in accordance with the terms of this policy.
2.5 Schools are also able to add analytics tools and can therefore gather information on visits to and use of their website (including but not limited to, IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths). Individual visitors can manage their preferences through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
2.6 Session IP addresses are retained to monitor and safeguard against improper usage of our services.
2.7 Content on the platform (added by staff, governors and students) and website content is added directly by School Users. This information is only used for to display on the platform in the way the user intends and is not used for any other purposes by eSchools. At a time when a school ceases to use our services the content is removed within a 14 day period as detailed in our agreement with the school.
2.8 Some of our services require the school to provide access to information they require for use with those services. For example a school using our communication tool, Letters Home, which enables schools to contact parents by email regarding important school information. In this situation a school will provide eSchools with access to the email address(es) they wish to send their communication to. Schools have granular access to ensure only the required data is shared and accessed by eSchools. The data is frequently updated to ensure that eSchools only retains up-to-date data.
3. Using your personal information
3.1. We may use your personal information to:
administer our services
enable your use of our services
troubleshoot and problem solve
send you email notifications that you have specifically requested. You can manage your preferences at anytime through your eSchools dashboard.
keep our services secure, safeguard against improper use of our services and prevent fraud.
3.1.1. For the purposes of providing you access to your eSchools platform and app (ie. forgotten password/login)
3.1.2. By registering for updates, School Staff/Governors are able to subscribe to our regular communications.
3.1.3. We will use any contact details supplied in an online form for the purposes explicitly detailed in said form. For example troubleshooting and problem solving or the provision of live online training as explicitly requested by you, the user.
3.2. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.
3.3. eSchools understands our obligation to be mindful about the data we process and only process data that is required to fulfil our obligations in providing our services; to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user.
3.4. We will not pass your information to third parties; except for the purpose of fulfilling our services to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user or where we are required to do so by law.
4. Disclosing personal information
4.1 We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
4.2 We may disclose your personal information:
to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;
in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);
to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information;
to the school in the case of improper use on the platform by individuals
4.3 Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third parties.
5. International data transfers
5.1. Data directly collected by eSchools may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this policy. Any third party we use is within the EEA or they hold an existing EU SCC, as in line with requirements under the GDPR. No other third party are permitted to access the school’s data.
5.2. Personal information that an individual adds to our websites may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.
6. Retaining personal information
6.1. This section sets out our data retention policies and procedures, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal information.
6.2. Personal information that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
6.3. Data collected through analytic cookies will be retained for 26 months. Individual visitors can adapt the data collected through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
6.4. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:
To the extent that we are required to do so by law;
If we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and
In order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk). Data will no longer be kept after the termination of the contract with the school.
7. Security of your personal information
7.1. We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
7.2. We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers. The web service we employ has a broad range of accreditations and certifications and the data centres used ensure the data stays within the EEA.
7.3. eSchools use a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which creates a secure connection and uses two keys to encrypt data in transit. Despite this, you acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data.
8.1. We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
8.2. You should check this page regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes to this policy.
9. Your rights
9.1. You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you.
9.2. We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.
9.3. You may change your cookie preferences at any time as referenced in 2.4.
9.4. School Staff/Governors who subscribe to our Newsletter may manage their preferences at any time through their eSchools dashboard.
10. Third party websites
10.1 Our websites may include hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites. We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy policies and practices of third parties.
11. Updating information
We will only provide communication about the eSchools platform to school staff/governors who can manage their preferences at any time through their eSchools dashboard.
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by online service providers in order to (for example) make their websites or services work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.
Cookies set by the website owner or service provider (in this case, eSchools) are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website or service you are using (such as advertising, interactive content and analytics). The third parties that set these third party cookies can recognise your computer both when it visits the website or service in question and also when it visits certain other websites or services.
We use first party and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Services to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” cookies. Other cookies enable us and the third parties we work with to track and target the interests of visitors to our Services, and we refer to these as “advertising” or “analytical” cookies. For example, the embedding of YouTube and Vimeo videos, as added by individual schools, will require “advertising” cookies to be enabled in order to successfully play them. Schools that, for example, opt to track visitor data using Google Analytics will require “analytical” cookies to be enabled in order to do so. These third party cookies are used to tailor content and information that we may send or display to you and otherwise personalise your experience while interacting with our Services and to otherwise improve the functionality of the Services we provide. We also enable schools to employ cookies and similar tracking technologies in connection with their use of our Services in order to allow them to track visitors to and interactions with their school website.
User Embedded Content
Our Services allows schools to embed code which may potentially contain cookies. Please note embedded content, if displayed on one of our websites, has been added by the school and not by eSchools. The embedded content added by the school may require additional cookies or tracking technologies to be enabled in order to function.
How can I control cookies?
You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. Be aware that cookie preferences are set on a per device basis; therefore you may need to set your preferences on each device you use.
Initial cookie pop-up banner: You can exercise preferences about what cookies are served on our Websites by selecting your preference from this modal which appears upon visiting an eSchools website/login screen and dashboard. You can also change your cookie preferences by clicking on the link on the footer of any page. The banner will reappear annually (August 31st to coincide with the academic year) to confirm your settings.
Disabling Most Interest Based Advertising: Most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of Interest Based Advertising. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing. If you would like to find out more information, please visit aboutads.info/choices or youronlinechoices.com.
Mobile Advertising: You can opt out of having your mobile advertising identifiers used for certain types of Interest Based Advertising, by accessing the settings on your Apple or Android mobile device and following the most recent published instructions. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.
How often will you update this Cookie Statement?
Where can I get further information?