Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Reception Times 25 May 2018

We have had a great week this week learning about mini-beasts and thinking about the changes spring is bringing to our environment. Inside we have been thinking about different types of mini-beasts, learnt how to use an information book to find information on mini-beasts and we have even created our own mini-beast flow chart!

Outside we have been thinking about spring time. The children have been writing about the spring, observing the changes in our tadpoles and creating observational watercolour paintings of the flowers that have been blooming in our garden.

Miss Persaud and Mrs Nixon went to Hill End in Oxford on Wednesday for profile moderation.

Phonics & Maths:
In Phonics we are working towards children’s individual targets. Some children have started to learn about letter names.
In Maths we have been learning about time.

After half term:
We will be throwing ourselves straight into book week, focussing on The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Our trip to the butterfly farm in Stratford will be on Thursday 7th June. Children will need weather appropriate clothing including having sun cream already applied. They won’t need to bring anything at all – we have their picnic lunches from school including a drink, as well as a separate drink and snack. Children will come in and be collected from school at normal times.

All being well, Mrs Nixon is planning to leave for her Maternity leave on Tuesday 19th June.

Forest school group 2 on Tuesday 5th June. Please can the morning group come ready to leave and the afternoon group come with their waterproofs and wellies in a named bag. Please send children with an extra carrier bag for their dirty kit, preferably named. Please make sure you have checked the Forest School board so that you know which group your child is now in. Thank you for signing up to help. Please make sure your child has waterproof trousers and a waterproof coat, regardless of the weather. These protect children from scratches and stings as well as the rain.

Homework – children have personalised homework focusing on their individual needs. Please can children complete these under supervision to ensure that they are starting and finishing their letters in the correct places and not taking their pencils off the page before lower case letters are finished – some children are already slipping into bad habits with letter formation which may make things tricky for them in Year 1. We are also teaching children to name the letters. Please focus on reinforcing letter names as well as sounds.

Please help our day to begin calmly by keeping children with you on the playground before and after school.

Have a wonderful half term break!

The Reception Team