Reception - Class 1 - Mrs Rowan and Mrs Harper
Autumn Term 2018
The Reception children have settled quickly into school life. They have been busy building new relationships and learning lots of new routines.
The first topic they enjoyed was ‘God’s Family’ where the focus was on celebrating different types of families, beliefs and traditions. We visited our local church to explore a Christian place of worship and volunteers from the local community explained the significance of many artefacts within the church.
The children have taken part in a range of group activities aimed at developing social and communication skills. We regularly welcome parents and grandparents to join us for ‘Stay and Play’ which is a great opportunity for the grown ups to come and see what their children have been doing in school.
After a positive start to term the children began daily phonics sessions. The children take part in a range of practical activities designed to develop phonological awareness. We have been pleased with their enthusiasm and focus.
After the half term break we had a whole school activity week focusing on ‘Healthy Schools and Healthy Minds’. The children enjoyed experiencing dance activities, disability sports, forest school, yoga and mindfulness sessions.
On a very wet Wednesday we hiked through the Lickey Woods. The puddles were extra large and enjoyed by everyone. We were grateful of lots of help from parents to encourage the children to keep up their efforts. Back at school we made clay animals using leaves and twigs we had collected from the woods.
The week finished with a visit from some local Guide Dogs and everyone enjoyed fussing them and feeding them a little treat.
At St Andrew’s we prioritise our children’s safety and well-being. To highlight the start of National Anti-Bullying week all the staff and children wore odd socks!