Welcome to Reception. We are all looking forward to meeting you and learning lots together. If you are a Woodpecker, you will be with Mrs. Poller (class teacher), Mrs. Hammond (teaching assistant). Robins will be with Mrs. Barham (class teacher) and Mrs Walker (teaching assistant).
The team work closely together to provide exciting learning opportunities, indoors and outdoors, to develop each child to their full potential in a caring, safe and structured environment. We recognise the role that families play in educating their children and encourage close parent partnerships.
Over the next few days we will be putting on lots of information about Reception and telling you about the exciting things that are to come so please continue to look at this page to keep up to date. The children really enjoy seeing and reading about themselves on the computer.
Spending just 10 minutes a day listening to your child read can benefit them greatly. Please remember to fill out your child's reading record, for every completed reading record your child receives a certificate and for every 3 completed records they receive a Birches Green Pound.
Talk about what is happening in the pictures.
Can they predict what will happen?
Ask them to retell the story.
Encourage them to use their robot voice to sound out words ... c-a-t cat
Throughout the year the children are checked in class on how many of the 100 High Frequency Words they know so they can climb up the space rockets to reach the moon. Every child has had a set of words sent home to learn and it is really beneficial if you can work with your child to help them. Learning these words will help your child's progression in reading and writing.
Every Friday we send home a piece of homework. We would really appreciate if you could return this homework the following Monday.
Please don't hesitate to speak to us if you have any questions, thank you for your cooperation.
Zoha in Robins received the Celebration certificate this week for creating a super piece of writing about her Easter break and Khadeem in Woodpeckers for super work using clocks. Oliver was given the headteachers award for super Maths work.
We had the great pleasure of meeting Ceelo the Bearded dragon this week. Ceelo belongs to Luke and Vicky and they know lots of information about Bearded dragons. Earlier in the week the children thought about what they would like to find out about Ceelo, so Luke and Vicky had plenty of questions to answer.
Where does he sleep?
Ceelo lives in a glass tank called a vivarium.
Can he fly?
No, Bearded Dragons don't fly.
Can Ceelo change colour?
Ceelo can start changing into a black colour if he is feeling territorial.
What does he eat?
Ceelo eats live crickets, locusts and also enjoys salad.
Can he run?
Yes, he can run quite fast.
Does he have wings?
No, he doesn't have wings
Can he climb?
Ceelo can climb very well and uses his claws and tail to help him.
Can he breathe fire?
No, Ceelo does not breathe fire.
The children were absolutely fascinated by Ceelo and enjoyed finding out about him. Thank you to Luke and Vicky for bringing him in.
Here is some information about Bearded dragons if you would like to know more .
We had an amazing time at Plantasia. The weather was kind to us and the people were very friendly. We went around the mazes which were quite challenging and had a delicious packed lunch. In the afternoon we enjoyed a wild walk looking for the hidden stampers and planted our very own bean seed. We are taking them home and know how to look after them. It will be interesting to see how they grow.
The children have been developing their skills, showing good control when using small and large balls to throw and catch. We have also practiced aiming small equipment at targets. Robins think they are very good at this.
We listened to different types of music and created combinations of movement and gestures to show hoe we were feeling in response to what we could hear. As soon as we heard lively music with a strong beat we were already moving around happily.
We have continued to develop our control and co-ordination on large pieces of apparatus. Look how good we are at climbing and jumping off.
During Science day we tried an experiment in Robins to create rain from a cloud using lots of different resources. It was fun watching the water drip down from the shaving foam cloud. It looked like real rain!
We also looked at what happens to food if it is left. In relation to our healthy eating topic 'Why can't I have chocolate for breakfast', we placed milk and cereal in a bag and left some pieces of fruit out also. They didn't look very tasty.
This half term we have started our new topic 'Why can't I eat chocolate for breakfast'. The main focus of this topic is for children to discover and find out what it means to be healthy and stay healthy. We have already had lots of discussion about good and bad foods and the importance of brushing our teeth. In the coming weeks we will be going more in depth with the topic, we'll talk about the different food groups, trying different foods, making bread and much more.
We have been celebrating Chinese New Year, so we thought it would be exciting for the children to find out what Chinese People do to celebrate. We talked lots about the Chinese tradition of Dragon dancing and watched videos. The children noticed how colourful everything was and they could hear lots of drums. We based our PE lesson around Dragon dancing and the children were very good.
Robins dragon dance
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As well as the children joining in with the Dragon dancing, they also had lots of different activities within the classroom.
They found out about the Chinese animal calendar, this year being the year of the rooster
We have been busy working with Mr tempest to learn lots of new songs relating to our topic 'Where does snow go?'. Please listen to our amazing singing. We can sing in a round!
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In our PE lessons we have started to learn a Caribbean dance. The teachers have been so proud of the children's perseverance that we thought we would share what we have done so far with you. Remember we have had one hour of practice so far.
This week has been all about engaging the children and introducing them to our new topic. We really want all the children to get the most out of everything they do, so we made sure that the introduction to our topic was a memorable one. When the children came into school there was a letter from a Polar bear, who was very worried. The Polar bear told the children that his friends had been trapped in ice and he didn't know what to do. He needed our help. I wonder if the children could come up with some ideas on how to free the frozen animals?
"We could hold it in our hands wearing gloves"
"Pour warm water on them"
"Use a hairdryer to warm the ice"
Wrap the ice in a warm towel"
"Break the ice with a hammer"
"Rub your hands together to make them warm then put them on the ice"
We would like to wish all our Birches Green families a very happy and successful New Year. We are really looking forward to all the exciting topics and challenges in the coming months. This term our new topic is 'Where Does Snow go?', the children will be finding out about winter weather, keeping warm and the properties of ice and snow.
The whole school had a wonderful treat today, a travelling panto came to visit and put on a show of Aladdin. There was lots of crowd participation to join in with the loud cheers and boo's, but luckily the good guy always comes through in the end.
We've had a fun filled day today, preparing for our party in the morning then dancing and playing party games in the afternoon. All of the children got very involved in preparing the food for their party, some children made the yummy sandwiches and some peeled and cut the fruit for the delicious fruit salad. We talked about the importance of making sure our hands were clean and how to handle the knives safely and correctly. After dinner, it was time to party! The children danced to lots of Christmas songs and joined in with the party games. Santa also came and made a special visit and gave each of the children a gift. Then it was time for the children to enjoy all the lovely party food. What a fantastic day!!
We had a very exciting day on Friday as it was our school Winter Fayre. The parents came and joined in the fun too, they won lots of prizes from the tombola and the raffle and they also bought lots of goodies from the different stalls. After the parents had left it was the turn of the children, there were lots of games set up for them with lots of opportunities for everyone to win a prize. There was also a special visitor in school too....Santa! He and Mrs Clause came to visit and make sure everyone was being good. Everyone in Reception had written him a letter to tell him what they would like for Christmas, the children sang a special song to him and had their photo taken.
Thank you to everyone who came along to support the Winter Fayre or gave donations.
I am very sorry Woodpeckers but I forgot to turn the camera flash on and our photos didn't come out! You all managed to tell Santa what you would like for Christmas and handed him your letters. Make sure you brush your teeth well tonight after eating the lollipop Santa gave you.
We have got two very special visitors in the Reception classes, it is two of Santa's helpers. The Elves appeared in the classes over night and left the children a message. The Elves finds a nice spot in the classrooms where they can watch all of the amazing things that the children are up to. They then visit Santa at the North Pole every evening to tell Santa all of the good things the children are doing.
Robins and Woodpeckers have been visual mathematical learners today. We have used cubes to help us count in ones and tens. Some of us now know that if we have more than 9 cubes in our ones column we must move them into our tens row and make a special tower. Please ask us what we must do if we have more than 10 cubes!
Some of us have really impressed our teachers by learning our words at home. Look at how many of us have flown onto different rockets. However, not all of us have been able to leave planet Earth. Remember to please practise every day.
This week we found out who Guy Fawkes is and what 'The Gunpowder Plot' is all about. We made a guy and a bonfire. Reception now know why we have fireworks every year and have created some special fireworks pictures using forks. Are you impressed with our 'Houses of Parliament' made out of building blocks?
Do you like our bonfire pictures made out of straws and small sticks?
Reception have been learning how to get apparatus out safely. We are becoming more confident travelling across climbing equipment. Our teachers were so impressed with how we keep on trying and show a 'can do' attitude.
We have had a really important visitor come into reception. His name was Peter Christie and he is a Constable for the West Midlands Police. Peter showed the children all of the different equipment and clothes that the police would use or wear. Peter also allowed the children to try on items of clothing and ask lots of questions, here are some of the questions.
Reception Robins really impressed us with their performance for Black History Month. Please watch the video below to see if you can work out who we have been learning about. Ask your child lots of questions to help you.
Today we had two special visitors come into our classroom to talk to all of us about 'Stranger Danger'. We watched a short video that showed us what we should do if ever we were lost and who we could go to for help if we needed it.
The children then answered questions to see if they had been listening.
This week we held our IMPACT Workshops for parents. The focus of the workshops were about phonics and how it is taught in a fun and captivating way in the classroom. The children came and had a phonics session in front of their parents and impressed them with their growing knowledge. Hopefully all our parents picked up lots of useful tips on how to support their children at home.
Please take a few moments to read through our year group newsletter which will inform you of our phonic workshops that are happening soon. You will be able to see the topic work your child will be covering with suggestions of how you can help at home.
Whilst we were all busy having a lovely summer holiday, our vegetable were growing in our garden ready for us to harvest. We used our senses to find out more about the vegetables. Why don't you ask your child what they discovered.