Welcome to Reception
Our Class Value is Courage.
Easter Break (6-17 March): Fun Easter activity/homework - (Optional)
Here is a special message from Fr Edd
What a strange way to finish the term! I have missed you all and can't wait to see you again. We have often talked about Lent, the time before Easter as a time to think about what really matter just as Jesus spent forty days in the desert. If you remember the story, Jesus had a sort of battle with the Devil. Well. It certainly feels like we have entered a sort of desert, where we can't be in physical contact with our friends and some of our family and we have to think a bit more about what we eat and what is available to eat. And it certainly feels like a battle is going on all around us. A battle against a virus.
Just like the battle Jesus had in the desert this has a really good time to think about what really matters. What do we cherish and value? What do we miss about our friends or about school? How fortunate we are to have food or a secure home? How we might take health for granted? How difficult we find it to be still and enjoy simple things like reading or drawing?
I don't believe that God sends challenges like this virus, but God has made a world in which even in challenge, maybe particularly in challenge, we have opportunity to grow and change and learn.
This situation will not last forever, although it may feel like a very long time, but Jesus is always with us and encourages us to seize the day! It is in moments like this that all our training in holding fast to our values is now put into full effect. This is the time to have real compassion. To be kind and gentle with those we live with and pray for those who are caring for the sick. It is a time to be good stewards, tending the garden or even window boxes. It is time to seek justice by not hoarding lots of food but instead making sure everyone has enough. It is a time to be thankful for all the things we take for granted, a time to serve by helping out around the house. And of course it is a time for peace, peace in our homes and peace in our hearts because of the assurance that God is always with us and lives us very much.
Stay home and stay well and may the Lord Jesus be with you.
Love and prayers,
Here is something for you to look out for at 8pm on the 1/04/20
Watch the International Space Station pass overhead from several thousand worldwide locations. It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up.
Visible to the naked eye, it looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster!
I hope you are all well and are keeping yourselves busy!
I came across a super website for you to carry on with your Spanish learning.
Have a go at playing this game to go over the colours and numbers in Spanish!
Home School activities - Week 2 (week beginning 30.03.20)
I'm sure you all have a wealth of books at home, however I had to share with you the Booktrust website.
They have some great stories your child can listen to, or attempt to read along to and activities for your child to have a go at!
I hope you find this useful.
I hope you find attached below the activities I have set for your first week at home. I do not expect you to complete all these activities in one day, instead do what works for you and most importantly at your child's pace. This will look different for each child -This could be 10 minutes of Phonics, Reading and Maths a day and a Foundation subject like: RE or UW. What I find works is using visuals to tell the children what is happening throughout the day, drawing this out will have the same effect (I have included an example below), three boxes telling the children what they will be doing; now (Phonics), next (Maths) and then (you can choose between painting or yoga). Always offer a free choice activity.
Have fun and if you want to show me your child's progress you can reach me through Tapestry. Thank you! Miss Demetriou
Home School packs - For those in isolation, I handed out these packs on Friday. If you have access to a printer you can print these out, if not they will be available to print off and pick up at school.
Home School activities - Week 1 (week beginning 23.03.20)
... and we have lift off!
DR Angela visits Reception!!!
We spoke about how a doctor can help us, how there are different types of doctors to help us with certain body parts and she even showed us some of the equipment they use. To round up the meeting we spoke about germs and how important it is to wash our hands with soap, because that is what our super power is, as it will keep us safe and healthy.
African Story Telling
World Book Day: Anansi the Clever Spider
Here are some of our spider webs we created. We loved learning all the different facts about spiders, our favourite being it takes spiders over 3 hours to create their webs.
Phonics in Reception
At St Andrew's Southgate, we teach phonics for 30-45 minutes a day based on the Read Write Inc Phonics Scheme, which is a comprehensive, synthetic phonics programme that teaches children how to read.
Children in Reception are taught in small groups based on their developing phonological knowledge. During our phonics lessons, children start by going through the complex speed sound chart and then move on to learn new sounds and apply these sounds by reading RWI books.
How parents can help their children?
At St Andrew's, we encourage parents to support their children in learning their sounds at home. Here are some resources and videos to help you support your child at home with phonics.