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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!

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Listen to the story here!

Our Week in Pictures

Happy Friday! We can’t believe that the end of the first half term in Reception in upon us, the last seven weeks have flown by!

This week our focus story has been ‘Skeleton Crew’; one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funnybones. In this story the three skeletons enjoy a holiday on-board their little boat. But one night - "Yo-ho-ho" - the pirates come and put them out to sea on a tiny raft, launching them on an oceanful of new adventures.

To link in with our story we have had lots of different skeleton activities in all our curriculum areas. We have been learning about human and animal skeletons and created lots of different skeleton artwork with different materials. In our Maths work we have been ordering bones by size and using language of length to describe them. We are getting really good now at using words like shortest, longer, longest and longest, shorter, shortest. We have been counting out different quantities of bones to match numerals too!

We were lucky enough to have a sports session with Time 4 Sport this week! Mr. Henderson said how well behaved we all were and how well we listened. We had lots of fun with him playing different parachute games. Mr. Henderson also talked to us about the importance of exercise in keeping our bodies fit and healthy.

A HUGE thank you to all of you that attended our POPUK concert at Stoke Minster Church, we had an amazing night and it was wonderful to see so many Reception children there singing their little hearts out. We definitely have some future performers amongst us! If you would like to learn a little more about the fabulous work that POPUK do and even have a sneaky peak at some videos of the staff of Stoke Minster enjoying some POPUK fun, please visit their website below:

http://www.popuk.org/

Thank you for all your support this half term; it has been very much appreciated. We hope that you have a wonderful weeks break and look forward to sharing the run up the Christmas with you!

The Reception Team

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/

Winnie and Wilbur - THE AMAZING PUMPKIN

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Happy Friday!

We have had a wonderful week back at school in Reception! We have been focusing on the story ‘Winnie and Wilbur and The Amazing Pumpkin’ by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul. In the story Winnie and Wilbur love their vegetables. They are regulars at the weekly farmers' market to stock up on their greens, but bringing them back home on a broomstick proves to be rather hazardous. So Winnie decides to grow her own and digs a vegetable patch in her garden. Not having the patience of a true gardener, she uses a little magic to speed up the growing process . . . only to end up with a garden overrun by enormous vegetables. She uses her giant pumpkin to make pumpkin pies, pumpkin scones, creamy pumpkin soup for Wilbur, and dish after dish of roast pumpkin. She invites all her neighbours to help themselves to pumpkin, too. Eventually the yummy orange flesh is all gone but the shell remains. What can Winnie do with it? She waves her wand, shouts 'Abracadabra!', and something amazing happens . . .

We have been learning about different vegetables this week in Reception, looking at the different vegetables mentioned in the story and talking about our favourite vegetables. We then wrote a shopping list – writing all the different things Miss Barber needed to get from the shops so we could make some vegetable soup. Then on Wednesday with Miss Hibbitts we had a look at some vegetables and put them all into a soup maker to make some delicious vegetable soup. We all had a taste of the soup at the end of the day – some of us loved the soup and even wanted more!

Our activities around the classroom have all been linked to the story; we have had lots of pumpkin activities. We have painted pumpkins, made pumpkins out of play dough and even scooped all the seeds out in pumpkin messy play. The children have loved learning about the different vegetables, especially Winnie’s enormous pumpkin.

In our Maths on the Mat this week, we have been focusing on the teen numbers 13 and 14. We have been looking at the numerals; how it looks using numicon and counters; how it is written; 1 more and 1 less and we have been singing the Pirate George number songs. We are getting really good at the teen numbers we have learnt so far.

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

The Reception Team

Our Week in Pictures

Bonfire night

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We have had a ‘banging’ week in Reception this week learning all about Guy Fawkes! Children have enjoyed listening to, discussing and ordering the events in the story and learning all about why we celebrate Bonfire Night.

We have loved playing in our Bonfire Night Food Stall and Café role-play area, serving customers lots of different Bonfire Night treats. We have also created some wonderful fireworks art using lots of different materials and tools.

In our cooking we have made baked potatoes and added our own different toppings. We then even created a class pictogram from this to show Receptions favourite topping for a Jacket potato, it was… cheese!

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend,

The Foundation Stage Team

Our Week in Pictures

Diwali

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This week our shared text has been another Non-Fiction book, this time all about the Festival of Lights: Diwali! Children have been introduced to what it means to celebrate Diwali and learnt why this holiday is special. Through exploring the different sections of the book and investigating non-fiction photographs, they have learnt all about the different countries that celebrate Diwali and how people celebrate this special occasion. We even used the picture glossary in our Non-Fiction book to help us learn the meanings of lots of new words! This week children have also enjoyed listening to a Diwali story about Rama and Sita.

We have got very creative during our Diwali themed activities and modelled our own Diwali Diva’s. Children made them look beautiful by adding different coloured gems as decoration. They then continued their creativity outdoors, by producing different Rangoli patterns using brightly coloured rice and sand.

In the writing area this week we have produced our own Diwali greetings cards. We are all getting really good at applying what we have learnt in our Letters and Sounds now, with lots of us writing the word ‘to’ and our names with no support! We are also becoming much more confident in segmenting (sounding out) the other words that we want to include in our writing.

If you would like to share more about Diwali with your child at home, there is a great CBeebies episode of ‘Let’s Celebrate’ that you might want to watch and discuss together. Please follow the link below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/cbeebies/episode/b00s0859/lets-celebrate-13-diwali

Reception looked wonderful dressed in their spotty clothes for Children in need this Friday. Thank you very much for your kind donations towards this wonderful cause.

We hope that you have a great weekend, thank you for your continued support!

The Foundation Stage Team

 

Our Week in Pictures

Stick man

We have had a wonderful week here in Reception! We have been focusing on the story ‘Stick man’ by Julia Donaldson. "Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three." But it's dangerous being a Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him; a swan builds her nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the family tree?

We have had lots of wonderful stick activities around our classroom and outside this week. We have learnt all about floating and sinking in our water tray, we have been on a hunt to find some sticks, we walked through the story around our school and we even designed and created our own stick man character! We have also had a circle time looking at what stick man is good at and the things we are all good at. It has been lots of fun.

We have been busy here in Reception practising all of our songs for our Nativity performance. We hope you have all sent back your letters to get your tickets. It will be a brilliant performance! The costumes need to come into school in a bag labelled with your child’s name by MONDAY 27th NOVEMBER.

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

The Foundation Stage Team

Stick Man