Anti-Bullying Week

The children at Sacred Heart have thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities this week surrounding anti-bullying… we even made the BBC news!

We kicked the week off last Friday with a performance from theatre company ALTRU. They spread the message that everyone is different and that’s OK.

The actors then came into Reception class to complete a workshop around anti-bullying. We thought about what makes each and every one of us special and unique and celebrated those differences.

On Wednesday, we had the NEBAB in school. They delivered an assembly telling us all about who they are, what they do and why they do it. We even got a turn on their bikes!

We finished off anti-bullying week with our local MP Liz Twist in school telling us all about the laws surrounding anti-bullying.

 

 

We also celebrated Children In Need today by taking part in the ‘Big Move’. The children loved doing a classroom workout and all donations go to charity.

 

Reading Books

The children are making great progress with their new home reading books. We thank you for taking the time to do this as it really does make a difference! Can we please just remind parents that books will only be changed when a comment has been written to say that the child has read the book.
Children are read with at school on a Thursday, ready for their books to be changed on a Thursday night and new books handed back out on a Friday. Please ensure to send in your child’s reading book and record on a Thursday if you’d like a new book. Thank you.

 

Money, Donations

Although we greatly appreciate the children bringing money into school to support cake sales and charity events, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of the amount of money each child has brought. Please make sure any money is sent into school in a named purse, money bag or envelope stating how the money is to be spent. Children are becoming very upset if they misplace money in school, however this is inevitable with such young children and a significant amount of loose money.

Learning Update

This week we have been focusing on sounds ‘e’ and ‘u’ and tricky word ‘go’. We have continued to look at money in Numeracy and thought about all things ‘7’.

Please note our Wow Wednesday is this coming Wednesday (20th November). The school enterprise day is Thursday 28th November (1pm – 3pm) where you can come and buy Christmas crafts the children have made. Our liturgy is Friday 29th November at 9am.

Thank you everyone and have a lovely weekend 🙂

 

Christmas comes early…

I know, I know, it’s only November but our school enterprise fair is only 2 weeks away! Because of this, Year 6 have had two rather special afternoons this week; we’ve begun making our Christmas crafts!

On Tuesday, we met up with our special reception buddies to make some festive greeting cards that the reception children were able to keep to sell at their enterprise afternoon. The children were all very excited to spend some time with their friends. Sadly, the weather held us back as we had also planned to have some play time exploring the new outdoor area reception. Thankfully we still have many more days of Year 6 to enjoy the space with our buddies.

Following on from this, on Thursday afternoon Year 6 welcomed a visitor into class to help them making their own, very professional looking, Christmas cards. A friend of Miss Reid’s has her own stationary shop on etsy where she designs and makes everything from Christening invitations and birthday cards, to save the dates and wedding table cards. The whole class loved the activities that we had organised for them and I think you will agree their final products look fantastic!

Thank you to everyone who has given time to help us this week in our craft making and we hope to see you all on November 28th for the Enterprise afternoon.

Bonfire Boffins!

The children have absolutely loved learning about all things Bonfire Night this week. They have learned the history behind why we celebrate bonfire night then re-told and sequenced the story and made lots of different types of fireworks/bonfire crafts. We also set up our own pretend bonfire and enjoyed ‘roasting’ our marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate around it.

This week we also welcomed our new member of staff into Reception… Miss Cummings. The children love her already and it is great for Mrs Bowes and I to have an extra pair of hands!

The children also loved their first golf lesson with Mr Ross this week. Mrs Bowes was very impressed at how good they were for their first time!

In phonics, we have been looking at tricky words ‘I’ and ‘no’. We talked about how the word ‘no’ would sound if we used the letter sounds to try and blend…it would sound like a made up word instead of ‘no’ and that is why it’s a tricky word.

In number, we have focused on all things number 6.

Just a reminder this Tuesday is our open day 9.30 – 11.30, Wow Wednesday is now 20th November and our first liturgy is Friday 29th November at 9am in the school hall.

Have a lovely weekend everyone 🙂

The Great Outdoors!

What a week we’ve had in Reception this week! I can’t actually believe what we’ve fit into 4 days!

The children have already started to use the area and have had great fun exploring their new environment. The scooters, water area and sand pit were all a massive hit and it’s safe to say it makes our classroom feel a lot bigger! A special thank you to the Reception parents for all of their very kind and generous sponsors to the children in Reception during their sponsored silence to raise money for resources to put in our area. It really has made a huge difference.

We also enjoyed a brilliant visit to Hardwick Park on Wednesday. The children were perfectly behaved for their first out of school visit and had so much fun. Although it was Amazing Art Day in school, we didn’t miss out. Before our visit, we looked at the work of Goldsworthy who created art using leaves and the children made some art using leaves to re-create his work on their visit. They also went on a leaf hunt, learning about the different types of trees and leaves that grow on them. They then had their packed lunches which they were very excited about and finished off the day with a gruffalo hunt… we found him! Once we found him, we had to concentrate very hard to follow instructions to  make a gruffalo crumble out of all the yummy things we find in the forest.

 

We have also celebrated Halloween in class by carving out and decorating pumpkins, rescuing spiders from their creepy webs and having a feel of the spooky goo covered skeletons in our water tray. Some of the children also attended the annual Halloween disco (pictures on the main newsletter).

In phonics, we have learned sounds c, k and ck, thinking about which words start with which grapheme and noticing that ‘ck’ only appears at the ends of words.

The children have also attended their first celebration assembly with the rest of school today. They were very excited to see everyone getting their ‘star of the week’ awards.

Next Wednesday (6th Nov) we are inviting parents in from 8.30-8.50am and 3.10-3.30pm to take part in Wow Wednesday – a special time set aside termly when you are able to view your child’s learning journal and leave them a comment. Simply attend the session that is best for you. We hope this will enable some parents to come and see their child’s work if they are unable to make a parent’s evening appointment.

Just a reminder that reading books cannot be changed unless a comment has been made on their reading record.

Have a lovely weekend everyone 🙂

 

Shape week!

Our main focus in Reception this week has been 2D shapes. We have talked about their names, properties and what is different/similar about different 2D shapes.

The children have loved going on a shape hunt around school, drawing around shapes, making a shape house for Stickman when he was lost in the story and playing ‘guess my shape’.

In phonics we have learned sounds ‘m’ and ‘d’ and have continued to try to blend sounds together to read.

We have also been focusing on rhyming and initial sounds.

We can’t believe next week marks the last week of our half term. It has come around so fast!

Next half term will be extremely busy with practicing our Christmas nativity, our first Liturgy as a class, our school visit, parents evenings, open day, Christmas market and enterprise day just to name a few. Very exciting times ahead!

Have a lovely weekend everyone 🙂

 

Autumn arrival

The children have been learning all things autumn this week. They have really enjoyed going on autumn hunt walks collecting conkers and autumn leaves. We have made pictures of animals using the things we collected and used our fine motor skills to crack open the chestnuts.

We have been very excited to see the start of the work on our new outdoor area. We love watching what the men are doing.

In Maths we have been thinking all things ‘2’ – how to represent the number in many different ways and form the number. We have also been ordering numbers on autumn leaves.

In phonics we have learned sounds ‘i’ and ‘n’. We have also briefly thought about blending sounds together we have learned to make 2 and 3 letter words (at, in, it, pat, sat, sit, tap etc).

A reminder our handwriting workshop will be Thursday 10th October straight after school for any parents who wish to attend.

Please note we break up for half term on Friday 18th October and children return to school Tuesday 29th October. The Halloween disco is on this first day back after school. The next day (Wednesday 30th October) is our visit to Hardwick Park… a very busy week!

Reception week 3

This week we have had a lot of fun learning all about ourselves; we’ve been exploring our senses and thinking about how to keep our bodies healthy.

We went on a listening walk, did taste and smell tests, looked for rhyming objects linked to our sight and were brave enough to have a go at the ‘feeley bag’.

We went outside and drew around our bodies pointing out different body parts and having a go at labeling them.

We made a packed lunch choosing from a variety of items but were only allowed to choose the healthy ones!

In phonics we have covered s,a,t and p and in number we have concentrated on number 1 this week. We thought about lots of different ways to represent the number 1 inspired by the book ‘I spy numbers’. We also made our own ‘1 black dot’ picture inspired by the book ’10 black dots’.

We have been very busy this week so hopefully the children will be tired out and go to sleep nice and early tonight 🙂 I know Mrs Bowes and I will!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Reception start phonics!

The children in Reception class have started their phonics lessons this week. So far we have looked at sounds ‘s’ and ‘a’. We have learned how to recognise and write the sounds and thought about objects which begin with that sound. We have also been learning some Jolly Phonics songs which have actions to help us remember the sounds. If you would like to practice these at home, just type ‘jolly phonics’ into youtube.

Reception’s first full week at school!

The children have had an amazing week for their first full week at school. Mrs Bowes and I are amazed at how well the children have integrated into school life. We have completed lots of firsts this week… first school dinners, first music lessons, first PE lessons, first time playing on the ‘big yard’ and meeting our Y6 buddies for the first time amongst many more. We are very proud of how confident you have all been taking everything in your stride. Well done Reception!

 

Reception’s first week

The children in Reception have done amazingly in their first week of school. They are really looking forward to being altogether next week with the rest of their friends… pray for Mrs Gritton and Mrs Bowes please! 🙂

They have been exploring their new classroom and learning the class rules. A full class picture will follow on Monday.

Well done everyone, we are very proud of you all x