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First Day At School

It was lovely to welcome all our new families into Reception this week. We look forward to sharing your child's exciting new adventures with you, as they journey through their learning here at Stoke Minster. We were also very impressed that the majority of tears on the gate were from proud parents and carers! We hope that you enjoyed your first day goody bag!

Welcome to Reception!

All children have settled into their new routine really well this year and we are very proud of them all. Keep visiting this page to stay up to date with new information and to see some of the exciting things that we do here at Stoke Minster! We will update it as often as we can.smiley

Important Information

Our Reception doors open in a morning at 8:50a.m. and there will always be a member of the Reception team there to greet all the smiley faces and answer any questions that you have. Children's busy learning starts straight away, so they MUST be in school before the doors are closed at 9:05a.m. If you are late and arrive at school after the doors are closed, please walk around to 'Late Gate' at the main school office. Please do not knock on our doors and windows as we can't let you in, because learning will have began and the registers closed.

School ends at 3:05p.m. and the doors will be closed at 3:15p.m. If you arrive after 3:15p.m. you will have to collect your child from 'Late Gate' at the main school office.

NO EARRINGS

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As we spend lots of our busy learning time participating in Physical Activities, for the safety of your child we advise you to take their earrings out before they come to school each day.

Children CANNOT participate in PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES if they are wearing earrings.

Thank you for your support.

HAPPINESS WEEK!

Happy Friday! We hope that you have all had a good week, we know that we have! It has been lovely to see lots of smiley faces coming in each morning. All the children have settled into their new routine really well this year and we are really pleased with them.

This week has been HAPPINESS WEEK and we have launched this very special week with Muddy Monday! We had a mud café, sensory tray and mud slide outside and had lots of fun getting down and dirty. Inside we really liked playing with toy cars and diggers in chocolaty mud made with flour, sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate syrup. It smelt AMAZING! The next day was Terrific Tuesday, where we cleaned all of the things that we got muddy the day before. We then discovered on the staff car park that Mr Burgess’ car was very muddy, so we cleaned that too! It really helped our physical development as we could practice our big letter writing movements with the sponges to get the cars clean. We all had a go of the hose and made the cars sparkle. We got wet and wild on Watery Wednesday, having lots of fun with water play. We especially enjoyed making our own water slides with the marble run and water. It was great fun! Foamy Thursday was equally as great; we constructed and painted with shaving foam and had it in trays to practice forming our letters and numerals. Outside we conducted a Science experiment to create our own foam. In a test tube we mixed liquid soap with vinegar and then in a different test tube mixed baking soda with water. Ask your child what happened when we mixed the two test tubes together! We rounded off a lovely week with Fire and Ice Friday. We investigated how ice-cream was made and then visited our very own ice cream parlour! Through all our different ice play we learnt all about melting and freezing.

Thank you for your support, we hope that you have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team

 

Muddy Monday

Terrific Tuesday

Watery Wednesday

Foamy Thursday

Fire and Ice Friday

Stoke Minster Staff Hokey Cokey

Here are the Staff of Stoke Minster doing the Hokey Cokey! Remember Reception, it is your homework this week to have a family Hokey Cokey. We would love to see your own videos, so please email them to reception@stokeminsterprimary.org.uk and stick any photos into your homework books. We hope that you have as much fun as we did! Enjoy!

Reception Email Address

We are SO sorry, but we have just realised that we mistyped our Reception email address in your child's homework book.

The correct address is: Reception@stokeminsterprimary.org.uk

Please try sending again to this address.

Thank you, The Reception Team

World's Biggest Coffee Morning!

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The Dot

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Listen to the story of 'The Dot' here!

We have been learning 'The Dot' song!

 

Our Week in Pictures

This week we have been celebrating ‘International Dot Day’ by having a whole week dedicated to the story ‘The Dot’ written by Peter H. Reynolds. In this inspiring, award-winning story of self-expression and creativity, Vashti thinks she can’t draw. But her teacher is sure that she can. She knows that there’s creative spirit in everyone and encourages Vashti to sign the angry dot she makes in frustration on a piece of paper. This act makes Vashti look at herself a little differently and helps her discover that where there’s a dot there’s a way… Peter H. Reynolds encourages even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark – and follow where it takes us, so that’s what we have been doing this week!

As well as discussing the events and feelings of the characters in the story, we have made LOTS of dotty, spotty art with many different types of media and materials. We especially enjoyed creating outdoor floor art with both natural objects and different coloured chalks. To help give us ideas for our artwork we looked at the works of ‘Jackson Pollock’ and ‘Piet Mondrian’ and then created our own masterpieces in the style of these famous artists.

As a starting point for our writing, like Vashti we started with a dot and then turned it into our own magnificent picture. We shared what our picture was and then completed the written sentence ‘My dot is…’ We all tried very hard to hear and say the sounds in the words that we were writing.

We would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone for completing your homework this week. It was wonderful to see all of your photos, videos and fantastic comments.

Have a wonderful weekend; we look forward to hearing all about it.

The Reception Team

Growth Mindset

This week our children have been developing a Growth Mindset and we are really proud of how they have done. Below are some of the things they said they couldn't do at the start of the session and their own ideas for how they can get better at the end. It has been lovely to watch them persevere with their learning and see them help and encourage each other.

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Key Strings

We were very lucky to have ‘Key Strings’ visit our school this week! Mr Mosedale and Mr Montifroy helped us to discover how the Beatles used different instruments and styles to keep their music new, interesting and unique. We saw lots of new instruments and listened to Mr Mosedale and Mr Montifroy play many different songs by the Beatles on these. We all joined in by clapping and tapping and had LOTS of fun! Some of us even got to have a little try on some of the instruments.

The Day the Crayons Quit

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Listen to the story here!

Our Week in Pictures Indoors

Our Week in Pictures Outdoors

Happy Friday! We can’t believe how quickly this week has gone, it really has flown by!

Our creative theme has continued this week through the story ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. During this story poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. The battle lines have been drawn. What is Duncan to do? We have been giving both Duncan and the crayons lots of different advice to try and help solve their problems in our story talk this week.

On Monday we all got our own little crayon family to bring home, we hope that you liked them? We talked about how to look after our crayon family and the exciting adventures that we could take them on. We have taken the school crayons on lots of different adventures in our small world play this week. They have visited the dinosaurs, wild animals, and pirates, been under the sea and caused havoc in the doll’s house!

In our Literacy this week we have made our own crayons and personalised them by writing our names. In our Maths we have been counting out and beginning to add different quantities of crayons. We have also solved lots of different Maths problems by sorting and ordering the crayons.

We were very lucky to have ‘Key Strings’ visit our school this week! Mr Mosedale and Mr Montifroy helped us to discover how the Beatles used different instruments and styles to keep their music new, interesting and unique. We saw lots of new instruments and listened to Mr Mosedale and Mr Montifroy play many different songs by the Beatles on these. We all joined in by clapping and tapping and had LOTS of fun! Some of us even got to have a little try on some of the instruments.

Thank you SO much to everyone that joined us for the Macmillan World’s Big Coffee Morning today! It was great to see you. We will let you know how much money we have raised for this wonderful charity next week.

We hope that you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to hearing all about it,

The Reception Team

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came to our Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning! We raised a massive...

The Brilliant Beast

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We have been singing the story of 'The Brilliant Beast'! Sing along yourselves here!

Our Week in Pictures

Friday is here again! We hope that your week has been as brilliant as ours?!

All of this week’s learning has been based around the story ‘The Brilliant Beast’ by Shonette Bason, Jaz and Amy! The Brilliant Beast is brilliant at lots of things: she can climb any mountain, jump any fountain she really is just super-duper brill! Unfortunately however her talents are unappreciated until she meets the Brilliant Twins; then the adventure really begins.

Our story this week has talked about ‘lemon lickers’ these are miserable people that don’t like having fun. They are called this because they have faces that look like they are sucking on a sour lemon! In light of this lots of our activities have had a lemony theme. We have tasted lemons to see what our ‘lemon sucker’ face looks like, had lemon scented play-dough in our literacy area to make letters with, painted lemons with lemon scented puffy paint and in our finger gym area tried to balance pennies on a lemon floating in citrus scented water. On Wednesday we all baked delicious lemon sponge cakes with Miss Hibbitts to try and cheer the lemon lickers up!

We have talked a lot this week about the things that we are brilliant at and discussed that we are all good at different things. We then drew a picture and wrote a sentence about something that we were especially good at. Our correct pencil grip is coming on beautifully!

In our Maths on the Mat we have been learning about the 2D shape family. This is made up of: Sandy Square, Ricky Rectangle, Suzy Circle, Tommy Triangle, Honey Hexagon, Ollie Oval and Randy Rhombus. Children have been learning to recognize, name and describe these different shapes. They have made amazing pictures with them too.

We hope that you have a wonderful week ahead, thank you for your support,

The Reception Team

PTFA Fashion Show

We would love to see you here for an evening of fashion and fun, whilst at the same time raising some much needed money for our school!

 

Mr Happy

Listen to the story here!

Our Week in Pictures

We have had a wonderful week in Reception. As it was mental health awareness day on Tuesday our story this week ‘Mr Happy’ has been focusing on our emotions. This story is written by Rodger Hargreaves and tells the story of Mr Happy, who is the happiest person in the world. He goes on a journey down the spiral staircase and meets someone who looks exactly the same as him except he is miserable. After meeting Mr Miserable, Mr Happy invites him back to happy land and eventually Mr Miserable turns up the corners of his mouth into a smile and then an enormous laugh!

As we have been learning about our emotions we have been thinking about making other people happy. We have written thank you cards to all the staff who work so hard in our school. We even made them all flowers as a big thank you. We have also been thinking about the different emotions we might feel.

During our Maths on the Mat this week we have been learning about 3D shapes. We have looked at; Cube, Cuboid, sphere, cylinder, cone and pyramid. Children have been learning to recognise, name and describe these 3D shapes. They have enjoyed talking about how many faces they have, the shapes of these faces and how many corners they have.

We would like to say a BIG thank you to all the Grandparents who joined us for our Grandparents Lunch on Tuesday. It was so lovely to meet you all; the children loved having you in. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!

We have also been busy this week, learning our Pop UK songs. The children are getting really good at all the songs and the actions that go with them. We have been practising them non-stop and cannot wait for the concert at the church on Wednesday 18th October 2017. We would really like to see you all there. J

We hope you have a brilliant weekend, thank you for your continued support,

The Reception Team

Take your Grandparents to Lunch Day!

Thank you to all the Grandparents who attended our special Lunch. It was lovely to meet you!

FUNNYBONES

Listen to the story here!

Our Week in Pictures

POPUK

 

POPUK involve the whole school in learning a set of vibrant, catchy, current sounding pop songs. The lyrics to each song provide vitally important learning for children’s emotional wellbeing, exploring key life-affirming values and encouraging children to live their passions and discover their purpose.

Over a the last two weeks our school has come alive with singing!  The entire school has worked towards performing a high profile community pop concert and recording a professional pop album.

We have LOVED working with Rachel and Jim from POPUK this year. If you would like to learn more about the wonderful work that they do and see some videos of the Stoke Minster staff enjoying the POPUK fun, please visit their website below:

http://www.popuk.org/