Adel St John The Baptist

Reception Class

Morning Drop-off

Thank you for your support and patience in dropping your children off at school. We understand that the children entering the cloakroom independently may be quite different to what they were used to at nursery, however all children are ready to be independent in their morning routine of hanging up their things, changing in to their pumps, putting their water bottle away and entering the classroom.

3.15pm Pick-up

At 3.15pm, the children have been leaving the classroom via the ‘Garden’ door in to the Reception play area, one at a time. They are asked to sit patiently until we call their name when we can see their adult. We are getting quicker as we go! If someone new to us is picking up your child, or there is a change to the usual routine, please let us know at morning drop-off, via the office or by email.

At home-time and after school, please do not allow your children to play on the climbing frame or other equipment in the ‘Garden’ area or on the school field. This is for health and safety and insurance reasons. Thank you.

Reading Mornings

As of January 2024, Reading Mornings will be held on a Tuesday. Reading morning is an opportunity to come in to the classroom with your child and share a book together. Reading Morning will start 8.50am and finish at 9.10am.

Outdoor Learning

In Reception we love to be outside in our garden, exploring on the field or visiting our Conservation Area. We try to go outside in all weathers (and particularly enjoy the rain!) so, if you haven’t already, please provide your child with an all-in-one waterproof suit or a waterproof coat and trousers, along with wellies to avoid lovely new uniforms from becoming not-so-lovely. These would be best left in school if possible please. Please provide a named coat hanger on which we can hang the wet waterproofs! Thank you. For indoors, we ask that each child keeps their pair of pumps in school, we will send these home at the end of a term for you to check their fit. Please name everything that comes in to school. 

PE

Reception’s PE days will be on a Tuesday & Wednesday. Please can all children come to school in their PE kit on their designated PE days. 

 Milk and Water Bottles

The children have a snack (fruit or vegetable) each day and are always encouraged to try all new foods. They will also receive cow’s milk each day until they turn 5. This will begin at the start of the children’s first full week of school, Monday 18th September. If you would prefer your child not to have milk, please let the school know. Once children are 5, their milk will need to be paid for as outlined in previous information received. Please be aware that there is a delay between your payment happening and your child being added to our school milk order. Children have access to their water bottles throughout the day and are encouraged to drink regularly. Please ensure children have their names on their water bottle and bring fresh water to school each day. The children are able to re-fill their bottle throughout the school day as needed.

Menus

After receiving a menu in your child’s book bag, please select a food choice for each day with your child and return to school the following Monday in order for us to process their lunches. Please ensure your child’s menu is named before returning them to school.

Book Bags

It is helpful if children can bring a book bag to school each day so they can bring home drawings and books etc. We would also appreciate a spare set of underwear and socks being kept in your child’s bag. This could be in a spare bag, left on your child’s peg, or inside their book bag.

Staff

Monday – Miss Griffin & Miss Smith

Tuesday- Miss Griffin & Miss Smith

Wednesday- Miss Griffin, Mrs Milne & Miss Smith

Thursday- Mrs Milne & Miss Smith

Friday- Mrs Milne & Miss Smith

Communication

As of Wednesday 13th September, you should have received your invitation to log on to ‘Tapestry’. This will be where you can see your child’s individual learning and progress recorded. Further information will be on our class page on the school website as well as weekly blog updates about our whole class learning and experiences.

Our email addresses are given below. Please be aware that we may not be able to check these when we are teaching the children but we will aim to get back to you as soon as we can.

anna.griffin@adel-st-john.leeds.sch.uk

emme.milne@adel-st-john.leeds.sch.uk

 

 

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Reception Class Blog 8th February 2024

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We have been doing lots of learning about Lunar New Year. This year, the Lunar New Year begins with the New Moon on 10th February Festivities will continue until the Full Moon on 24th February. We will be preparing and cooking a dish to celebrate on the first Monday back after half term. 

The class are thoroughly enjoying the training from the YMCA on a Wednesday. 

We will be starting to learn about telling the time after the half term holiday. Throughout the holiday, you might want to start trying to tell the time with your child (both analogue and digital).

Have a lovely week during half term.

Team Reception 

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Reception Class Blog 24th January 2024

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We've had a few poorly children this week. Sending health and vitality!

Reception have been loving their superhero learning and we have been rewriting the lyrics to What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor to What Shall We Do With Evil Pea? Evil Pea in the villain from Supertato. We have started to put actions with the words. Please feel free to practise at home. Here are the lyrics...

 

What shall we do with Evil Pea?

What shall we do with Evil Pea?

What shall we do with Evil Pea?

Early in the morning!

 

Put him in the freezer until he freezes

Put him in the freezer until he freezes

Put him in the freezer until he freezes

Early in the morning!

 

Way hay and up she rises

Way hay and up she rises

Way hay and up she rises

Early in the morning!

 

What shall we do with Evil Pea?

What shall we do with Evil Pea?

What shall we do with Evil Pea?

Early in the morning!

 

Gobble him up until he’s in your tummy

Gobble him up until he’s in your tummy

Gobble him up until he’s in your tummy

Early in the morning!

 

Way hay and up she rises

Way hay and up she rises

Way hay and up she rises

Early in the morning!

 

What shall we do with Evil Pea?

What shall we do with Evil Pea?

What shall we do with Evil Pea?

Early in the morning!

 

Flush him down the toilet into the drain

Flush him down the toilet into the drain

Flush him down the toilet into the drain

Early in the morning!

 

Way hay and up she rises

Way hay and up she rises

Way hay and up she rises

Early in the morning!

 

What shall we do with Evil Pea?

What shall we do with Evil Pea?

What shall we do with Evil Pea?

Early in the morning!

 

Mush him up and throw him in the bin

Mush him up and throw him in the bin

Mush him up and throw him in the bin

Early in the morning!

 

Way hay and up she rises

Way hay and up she rises

Way hay and up she rises

Early in the morning!

We will share it with you as a performance soon.

We have been working hard on our writing this week and have all composed a sentence that a superhero would say. 

I didn't get any pictures unfortunately but lots of children were very creative and helpful in shifting sand and compost in our garden. We had a good conveyor belt to get the heavy bags into place. Bring on Spring! We will get planting soon.

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Reception Class Blog 17th January 2024

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Conservation Area

We are going to be taking part in the RSPB bird watch so this morning we got wrapped up to explore our conservation area and look for natural and human placed features which help birds to thrive. It was delightful to get out on such a crisp, bright morning. We spotted nests, log piles, insect homes, trees and bird houses.

We also spotted some signs of early spring. The daffodils are coming up and we’re going to check on the again soon.

Dance

We have been enjoying expressing ourselves through dance together. We practised skipping in time to the music and explored Handa's Surprise and Handa's Hen though dance.

Phonics - we started unit 6 this week

We have been focussing on letter formation in phonics this week.

See the j, w and z on the photographs.

We wrote the sentence ‘Get the dog to the vet.’ with a focus on leaving finger spaces between words.

Superhero Plate

We have been designing plates fit for superheroes filled with healthy foods. We used a program on Mini Mash to create them and then used our handwriting to label them.

Maths

We have been concentrating on one more and one less and started capacity.

Ice 

As always, we have made use of the natural environment and have left things to freeze overnight and play with them the next day.

Thanks for coming to the Characteristics of Effective Learning meeting on Wednesday morning. Apologies again for my lateness, I had a two hour journey from Harrogate.

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Week Commencing 8th January 2024

Welcome back

This term, our topic is called Calling All Superheroes.

The children seem naturally very inquisitive and fascinated by all things superheroes. This maybe due to Spidey on CBeebies.

The learning will start with all things superheroes but will continue onto people and animals who are real life superheroes. Please see the Long Term Plan on the class page for more information.

PE – YMCA and Dance

Our PE days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

On Wednesdays, we will be having our expert teacher from the YMCA in Lawnswood teaching us ball skills.

As a slight change to the Long Term Plan, we will be doing Dance as our other PE session. I will hopefully share some videos of our choreography with you via Tapestry. Our first session will be based on Handa’s Surprise and the delicious fruit she encounters as part of our healthy eating learning.

Reading Books

Please write in the reading record each week if you can.

School Trip

Very excitingly, our first school trip is also coming up as part of this topic. We are off to Stockeld Park on Tuesday 5th March.

I have these adults down to help with this school trip. If any of you can no longer help, please let me know.

  1. Henry Musto’s mum
  2. Daniel’s mum
  3. Amelie’s mum
  4. Esme’s mum
  5. Kamran’s mum
  6. Jake’s mum

Allergies

Just as a reminder, we have allergies in the classroom so please do not send chocolate in for birthdays (sweets are fine – preferably gelatine free).

We welcome Emma Milne to the class. She's enjoying getting to know all of the children.

anna.griffin@adel-st-john.leeds.sch.uk

emma.milne@adel-st-john.leeds.sch.uk

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Week beginning 18.12.23

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What a wonderful final week of 2023 we have had at school. The children have enjoyed their Christmas party, Christmas Service, final reading morning of the year and today have enjoyed Toy Day (alongside their Year 6 buddies) as well as a whole school Christmas sing-a-long!

During our Christmas Service, led by our school Worship Committee alongside Reverend Alison, nine of our Reception children were chosen to add special items to the nativity scene. This was lovely to see!

The children have been working hard on creating Christmas cards for their families. We hope you like them. They have worked especially hard on their writing, with everyone showing good progress since their start at school! Our classroom has turned in to a glitter ball!

Rosie and Jim were collected today by their Mummy and Daddy. Mr Routledge came in to collect them. He passed us a letter that their Mummy and Daddy had sent. It read, ‘Dear Reception, thank you so much for looking after Rosie and Jim. You have all done an excellent job of keeping them happy, healthy and safe and we are very grateful! We are now here to take them home for Christmas with our family. We hope you all have a very special Christmas with your families and share many moments of wonder and joy. Love, Rosie and Jim’s Mummy and Daddy. x ’ Mr Routledge them took them to Mrs Dean and Mrs Ramsden in the office, who let them out of the front door to their parents. Thank you to our Reception families for your support in this throughout this half term!

We would like to say another big thank you to you all for your support this year. Your children are a pleasure to teach and Miss Griffin and Mrs Milne are looking forward to sharing a new topic with them in the New Year. Mrs Quinn will be starting her maternity leave after Christmas and will miss everyone!

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas time full of joy and a very happy and healthy 2024.

Miss Griffin, Mrs Quinn, Mrs Milne and Miss Smith

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Week beginning 11.12.23

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We have been enjoying many Christmas activities this week, including our Christmas Jumper Day and our very special Christmas Lunch! Our nativity performances were a huge success, we hope you enjoyed them. Thank you for the lovely comments we have received. We are all so proud of all of the children, they were fantastic. Each class involved received the Gold Award in Celebration Assembly this week for their efforts. Well done, children! Thank you for all of your support in pulling it together!

Our preparations for Family Morning are almost complete. We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday morning. Our final Reading Morning is next Thursday. Please note the change of days following the Christmas break. Reading mornings will move from a Thursday morning to a Tuesday at the same time, 8.50-9.10am. We hope to see as many of you there. Thank you for the huge support in this, this term.

Next Wednesday afternoon we have our Christmas party! On this day, the children are able to come to school in party clothes. They are also able to bring in a small snack. Please see last week’s blog for more information. Thank you.

As a staff team, we would like to say a huge thank you for our lovely cards and gifts. You have been so generous with your words and gifts for each of us and they are very much appreciated. We have loved teaching your wonderful children this term. Thank you again.

We hope you have a lovely final weekend before the Christmas break.

Miss Griffin, Mrs Quinn and Miss Smith

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Week beginning 4.12.23

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What a busy time of year! The children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been practising very hard for their nativity next week. We hope you enjoy it! Thank you for all of the costumes, we did our first dress rehearsal this week and the children were almost fully independent in getting changed! For Wednesday evening’s performance (13th Dec), please could all children return to school for 5.30pm. The children will enter via the main entrance. If your child is attending after school club on this evening, school staff will collect them and bring them to the classroom. Please can all children be collected from the usual classroom door at 7pm.

As of next week, our classroom will have a special Christmas Post Box ready for sending Christmas cards! If your child(ren) would like to send Christmas cards, they may bring them in and post them in the post box on a morning. Each home time, they will be given out. A class list has been uploaded to Tapestry to support this. Christmas cards are a great way of encouraging writing in Reception!

On the afternoon of Wednesday 20th December, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will join together for a Christmas Party! On this day, the children may come to school wearing their Christmas party outfit and each bring in a small party snack for afterwards. They will have had lunch so only a small snack is required please! Thank you.

We have spent lots of time outside this week exploring in the frost and snow. The children really love the freedom and space that our wonderful field and outdoor areas provide. On Tuesday, we visited church for a special Advent Service. It was a lovely service and Reception were beautifully behaved as always. Thank you for bringing in the children’s wonderful Christmas decorations for the tree in the hall. We were amazed at how many we received and how beautiful they all were! We loved going in to the hall where the children chose a branch and independently hung their decoration. It looks amazing!

For your information, Mr Dalrymple has planned a meeting for Reception Parents to discuss how we follow the characteristics of effective learning in our class to support how we manage emotions, behaviour and our expectations as well as the learning that supports managing our feelings at this stage of the children’s development. Information regarding this is on the whole school newsletter.

We are working hard on preparations for our Family Morning on 20th December. Invitations that the children have written have been sent home this evening.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Griffin, Mrs Quinn and Miss Smith

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Week beginning 27.11.23

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We have had another great week in Reception. The children have enjoyed using our crib in their role play and getting to know all of the characters in the nativity story. We have been practising singing our special 'Away in a Manger' song as well as many others for our nativity performances. We are looking forward to practising on the stage next week! The children have loved playing hockey as part of our ball skills topic in PE and had a great time exploring the snowy field on Thursday during Movement Play! We have been writing invitations to our family morning and are looking forward to welcoming you into school on Wednesday 20th December.

Nativity costumes are due in school from Monday, with the final day to bring them in on Thursday 7th December please. Thank you for your support.

As of this half term, the children have been joining the whole school ‘Celebration Assembly’ on a Friday. Two children from each class are chosen each week by their teachers to receive either a ‘Well Done’ certificate for outstanding learning or a ‘Gold Award’ certificate for kindness, effort or attitude to learning. The chosen children come to the front of the assembly and receive a sticker from Mr Dalrymple and a round of applause from the school. It is a lovely celebration of our children. Included in this assembly are any achievements from outside of school, such as musical or sporting certificates. If your child would like to share their achievements with the school, these can be brought to school on a Friday.

Have a lovely, warm weekend,

Miss Griffin, Mrs Quinn and Miss Smith

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Week beginning 13.11.23

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To further help our visitors, Rosie and Jim with feeling settled with us and where we are, we have described our school and local area. We have been thinking of ways to keep Rosie and Jim healthy, happy and safe and have taught them how to keep safe in our community, particularly with road safety.

We know to Stop, Look and Listen.

In Computing, we have decorated a template of a Lollipop Person and each used the keyboard to type our name! We had a copy of our name written in capital letters to help us find them on the keyboard. It was tricky to find some of them, but we all managed in the end with patience and perseverance. Well done, Reception!

Next week, our focus will be on ‘Family’. In preparation for our upcoming learning, please send in a baby photo of your child via Tapestry. We are looking forward to thinking about the past and some of the ways that we have changed since we were a baby! As a reminder, our 'Family Morning' will be held on Wednesday 20th December 8.50-9.15am. Thank you for your ongoing support.

We very much enjoyed our run for Children in Need this morning and particularly enjoyed watching Mr Routledge getting covered in custard! Thank you for the sponsorship. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Griffin, Mrs Quinn and Miss Smith

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Week beginning 6.11.23

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We found Rosie and Jim in our Reading Corner this week! They arrived with a letter saying ‘Please look after us until our Mummy and Daddy come to collect us’.

We thought about what it means to look after them, deciding that we should find out what they need for them to be healthy, happy and safe. This has led us to think about how we look after ourselves, and how we ourselves as well as our adults help us to be happy, healthy and safe.

We decided that we would try to do these things for them:

give them healthy food, give them clean water to drink, keep them clean by brushing their teeth, washing their hands, having a bath and washing their hair, keep them warm, give them a bed to sleep in, help them do exercise, teach them new things, play with them and give them love.

We were very concerned about where Rosie and Jim would sleep at school, so the children had the idea to take them home each night. They decided to share the duties out so that every child could have a turn, deciding that Rosie and Jim would go home with a different child each home time and allow them to join in with all of the things that they do after school over a couple of nights. The children are very excited to look after them!

See you at the bonfire tomorrow evening!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Griffin, Mrs Quinn and Miss Smith

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Week beginning 16.10.23

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We have enjoyed completing our first investigation this week! We wanted to find out which was the most common eye colour out of all of our friends in our class. To do this, we started with a photograph of all of our friends. Unfortunately, the photographs were in black and white, so in order to find out each child's eye colour, we had to go and investigate! We each had a clipboard, a blue, green and brown pen as well as our printed investigation photograph sheet. Once we had our equipment, we set off! We found every member of our class and investigated which eye colour they had, then added the correct colour next to their photograph. The children were very persistent in this activity and loved mixing with all of the children in our class. They were all amazing investigators! Once our investigation was completed, we added our findings to an online pictogram using the computing programme ‘Purple Mash’. The most common eye colour in our class is...brown!

Some children also had a great time making playdough this week, and the whole class have enjoyed using it in their Choosing Time.

Thank you for uploading your child’s special item to Tapestry. We have very much enjoyed sharing them with the class and have been asking and answering very detailed questions. We will continue to share them next week.

Next half term, the children will be hosting a ‘Family Morning’ on Wednesday 20th December 8.50-9.15am. The children will be sharing their learning from this term and there will be activities that all the family can take part in. We hope you can make it.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Griffin, Mrs Quinn and Miss Smith

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