Thank You

I am overwhelmed by the wonderful gifts and cards that I received and would like to say a huge thank you for these. You have all been wonderful and I cannot thank you enough for the support. Being a new teacher, it is quite daunting taking on your first class and I understand it can be quite worrying from a parental point of view. However not one parent doubted me and you all had faith and trust that I could bring out the best in your children and I appreciate that massively. It has been wonderful to get to know you all and I absolutely adore the children. They are all wonderful individuals and as a class they gel so well together. It has been my pleasure to be their first teacher and to start them on their journey through primary school as a class.

As you are all aware I am moving on to Valencia in September to teach a Year 1 class. I am very nervous but it will be an experience. I will keep in touch with Allerton and I wish my class the very best for their future in Year 1. I know they will be very well looked after by Mrs Carter and Mrs Duba and they know I will be in touch to check how they are getting on.

All the best for the future and have a fantastic summer- keep in touch!

Best Wishes

Miss Vickers

 

Trips and chicks

This week we had our last school trip as a Reception class where we went to Skelton Grange. Although the weather was not glorious, the children still managed to see some minibeasts. They enjoyed going on a minibeast hunt, pond dipping and tapping their feet on the ground to make the worms come up out of the soil. Some children even held a tiger worm on their hands.

On Thursday we decided to get one of the chicks out to have a hold. The children were very careful and held the chick very well. They all took care and I imagine they are very good with pets at home.

Reminders:

  •  On Monday and Tuesday Reception will be having their transition day to Year 1. My class have Mrs Duba (in school Mon-Wed) and Mrs Carter (in school Wed-Fri).
    Mrs Duba will be with the children on Monday and Tuesday next week during their transition time.
  • Please ensure all reading books/ reading records/ library books are returned before the end of this week.
  • Please could all children bring a bag with their name on this week in which we can put all of their things in, ready to take home on Friday.

Have a lovely weekend!

Chicks!

This week we were very lucky to see 8 chicks hatch from the eggs that we have had in the incubator in the classroom.

Bug Ball:
This week we had our bug ball where we dressed up as bugs for the day. We played a game of corners in the hall using bugs to mark the corners. We did a catwalk to show off our bug outfits and played some games; musical statues and acting out bug moves to specific music.

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Reminders:

  • Please ensure your child has their P.E Kit on MONDAY as it is our sports day at 1:30pm. They need to wear a plain t-shirt which is their specific house colour (red/yellow/blue/green). Appropriate footwear please and remember a water bottle- labelled.
  • Reading books and library books will be collected in this week.
  • Skelton Grange Trip for Reception- Miss Vickers class is on Tuesday:
    Confirmed parents are:
    Laira’s Mum
    Reuben B’s Mum
    Sara’s Mum
    Andrew’s Mum
    Nathan’s Mum
    Alan’s Dad
    Tommy’s Dad
    Hareem’s Dad.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Butterflies

This week we have been looking at caterpillars and butterflies. We enjoyed creating our own life cycle of a caterpillar and know this very well. Throughout our week we read the story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and then we created a recount of the story. The children were able to retell the story very well and tried really hard with their writing.

In Reception we have had 5 caterpillars which we loved watching them wriggling around before turning into cocoons. Excitingly on Thursday when we returned from lunchtime, 2 of the cocoons had opened and we had two beautiful butterflies. The children were in awe and enjoyed looking at the colours on the caterpillars wings.

We also have eggs in Reception and have been counting down the days before the chicks hatch. Fingers crossed we will have chicks by next week- very exciting!

Thank you to everyone who came to support our stall at the Summer Fair- we hope you enjoyed it!

Have a good weekend!

Minibeast bugs and snails

This week in reception we have been learning about snails. We enjoyed looking at some non-fiction books that told us lots of facts about snails. We then used our knowledge and wrote some facts onto our snail paper. The children all tried really hard and are really developing their writing. We have now put into place some red word vocabulary mats which contain red words up to their level along with check sheets which encourage children to check they have included finger spaces, full stops, capital letters and checked red words. They are beginning to use these really well and are becoming very mature, ready for Year 1.

We enjoyed creating some artwork in the style of the artist Matisse. We used different coloured squares to create a collage in the shape of a snail following Matisse’s art work. The children were very good at this and enjoyed being artists.

Celebration Assembly
Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to our celebration assembly. It was great to see children sharing their work with all the adults who were there. We hope you enjoyed looking at all of our amazing work and learning about the ladybird life cycle through our dance in the hall. Here are a few pictures from our morning:

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Sound of the week books:
Well done to everyone completing their sound of the week homework. It is lovely to see the different ideas people have to display the sound. At this stage it is good to encourage children to use the red words and words beginning with the letter sounds within sentences to develop their writing in preparation for Year 1.

Reminders:
Thursday 29th June:
Class Photos in the morning
Sports Day 1:30pm onwards (Please ensure your child has a plain P.E top that is their house colour- red/ yellow/ blue/ green with their name on)

Friday 30th June:
School Fair 3:00pm-4:00pm in the hall

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Minibeasts

 

 

Caterpillars
This week the children were very excited to see we had five caterpillars in our classroom. We have them in a special container in the classroom where we can check each day to see how much they have grown. The children are very excited to see them become butterflies. Not only do we have caterpillars in our classroom, there are hundreds on the trees at the bottom of the playground. We are not quite sure whether they will turn into moths or butterflies but we are all enjoying looking at how these are turning into their cocoons.

Chicks
This week we had some eggs arrive in our classroom. The children knew straight away that these were chick eggs and that we will be growing them in our classroom. The children are aware that it takes 21 days for the chicks to hatch and we are counting down each day.

Dad’s Day
Thank you so much to all of the male relatives who turned up to celebrate Dad’s day with the children. It was great to see all the different games that were brought in and the children absolutely loved having you all here. It was great to see everyone joining and playing games with different adults. The children who did not have their adult there also worked really well and created models with Miss Vickers. We all had lots of fun!

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Have a lovely weekend- Enjoy the sunshine! 🙂

Mini beast Art

The Bad Tempered Ladybird Artwork
This week we were in the Art Studio with Mrs Johnston.

Day 1:
First of all we were introduced to Mrs Johnston and then we were split into two groups and sent on a hunt for clues. We were given clues to lead us to the next envelope. Within the envelopes were parts of a riddle which we had to solve. The children were all very good and enjoyed this. Our envelope clues lead us to the Art Studio and we discovered that we were learning about Ladybirds.

  • We watched a fact video that told us some information about ladybirds and then we played a game called Ladybird drive. We had to get into teams of 4 and our aim was to be the first to create the full ladybird. We had to roll a six on the dice to get the ladybird body to be able to begin the game. We all were very good at turn taking and looking carefully to see which part of the ladybird we could get from the number we rolled.
  • We listened to the story called ‘The bad tempered ladybird’ and joined in with the repeated refrains: “Hey you! Want to fight?”- “If you insist”- “You’re not big enough”
  • Throughout the story we were looking at how the time changed and the children were very good at identifying the time at o’clock.
  • We looked at ‘tints’ and ‘tones’. A tint is when white is added to a colour and a tone is when black is added to a colour. We used tints and tones with the colour red when creating patterns on paper.
  • We created ladybird models using Plasticine and practiced creating patterns using different media materials.

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Day 2:

  • We had a lovely role play area that had been set up with small worlds from the story. The children loved playing in the different areas.
  • We created puppets and used them to act out the story.
  • There were also lots of stations set up for children to create art with different resources.
  • We learnt about the life cycle of a Ladybird.
  • We created a tint ladybird and a tone ladybird.
  • We created a background for the ladybirds which we printed on with a potato.
  • We created ladybirds using collage materials.

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Day 3:

  • We created a dance to show off our knowledge of the ladybird life cycle.
  • We went ladybird hunting but did not find any ladybirds. We did find strawberries, slugs and snails though.
  • We created some lovely writing about the story.

Day 4:

  • Mrs Johnston showed us a picture of a black ladybird with two red spots that she had seen.
  • The children looked through the story and helped Miss Vickers and Mrs Johnston to create a new story about a ‘friendly’ ladybird. The children were able to give adjectives about the ladybird.
  • We went out and saw some ladybirds.
  • Some children sequenced the story and some children created their own ladybird story.
  • Some children gave the ladybirds their spots and details.
  • Some children went to bake.

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Sorry for the overload of information…we have been exceptionally busy this week!

Have a great weekend!

Fun in the sun!

This week we have had glorious weather and we have made the most of every bit of it. The children have enjoyed practicing Sports day and competing in their house teams when taking part in 3 competitive games.

On Thursday we went out for P.E and the children enjoyed working in house teams to practice hopping, skipping, jumping and balancing using apparatus. They were all very good at listening to the instructions about keeping safe in the hot weather. All of the children were keen to put sun cream and hats on and made sure they drank plenty of water.

Fun Friday!
Today was a very hot day and we decided to have fun with the water in the outdoor area. We had bubble wands with bubbles, paddling pool to splash out feet in and Miss Vickers was about with a water squirter and the children tried to dodge getting wet. Mrs Willis got us all an ice-pop treat for the afternoon to cool us down. The children and staff had a fabulous afternoon! Apologies that I do not have any photos- we were all having too much fun!

If this weather is to continue please ensure your child brings a sun hat, sun cream and a water bottle!

Homework:
This week we have not sent home a new sound in the sound of the week books we simply ask that this weeks home work task is:

TO HAVE FUN!
– play outside
– eat an ice lolly
– spot a plane
– do a cartwheel
– have a water fight
– find an insect
– read a book
– stay safe

Have a lovely holiday, see you in a week!

A pirate’s life for me

Pizza for Pirates
This week we read the story “Pizza for Pirates” which followed the journey of a child who took pizza on his pirate voyage. We decided that it would be a good idea to create our own pizzas. We wrote a list of ingredients and then we went into the cafe and made our own pizzas from scratch. The pizzas were very yummy indeed. When we returned we wrote the instructions of how to make the pizzas. The children all worked really well and enjoyed pizza making, here are some pictures below:

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Pirate Day
The children had the chance to dress up as pirates and they all looked brilliant! We played pirate games, danced and learnt some pirate songs, created pirate flags and lots more fun pirate activities. The children had a great day!

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Reminders:
– Please ensure children have their P.E Kit on a Thursday as they will not be able to participate if they do not have this. (We now advise you P.E Kits are kept in school due to adhoc Sports day practices)

– Please can you make sure all belongings and clothing has your child’s name in it. As the children all have the same belongings it is very hard to distinguish whose belongings they are if they do not have names on.

– Please complete sound of the week books at home and bring into school every Friday as this is helping to prepare children for the forthcoming year groups where they will begin to receive more home learning.

Thank you

Have a lovely weekend!

Shiver me timbers! Ship Ahoy!

This week the children enjoyed exploring our new pirate ship role play area. Some children helped Miss Vickers to paint the boat and add some brilliant sea creatures onto the waves which looks fantastic in the role play area. The children are enjoying playing the role of the pirates, wearing eye patches and masks, creating treasure maps and looking for treasure.

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We have really enjoyed the sunshine this week and have been in the outside area a lot. The children have enjoyed developing their bike ability skills, skipping, playing bat and ball, and some children found it funny showing Miss Vickers how to hula hoop and having competitions to see who could hula hoop the longest.

SUNSHINE!
As the weather is becoming sunny and warm we would like to make sure the children are equipped for this. Please could you ensure:
– They have a sun hat/ cap (with their name clearly labelled.)
– A water bottle (with their name clearly labelled.)
– Sun cream which we would appreciate if you could teach your child to apply by themselves (with their name clearly labelled.)

P.E Kits to be kept in school please in case we have good weather and would like to practice for sports day. Thank you.

Have a great weekend!