27th november 2016

27th november 2016

21st November 2016
We were extremely proud of all the children in Reception as they respectfully listened to Mr Pat Talbot, a member of the Royal British Legion, as he explained the significance of the poppy that we wear to symbolise our remembrance connected to the British Armed Forces, those who were killed, and those who fought with them and alongside them.
He shared with us the following poem and then we held a one minute silence, after which the children laid a poppy wreath which they had made together at school.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;
at the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
we will remember them.

Focus for learning:
Continuing with our festivals and celebrations theme we will be embarking on learning the songs for our Nativity Play as Christmas is fast approaching. Be prepared to hear tuneless wailing from Mrs Wright…   
Don’t despair once we are all together in St John’s Church the magic of Christmas will make it all better.
We will be performing at 1.30pm on Tuesday 13th December. We are fortunate enough that our Year 2 friends will be helping us with the singing this year.
In addition to this we have been discussing emotions and feelings which we tied into Anti Bullying Week and the Rights and Responsibilities of children. It was our job in Reception to focus on the right to play.
Article 31
“That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
That member governments shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.”
Focus for Literacy:
Using inferred knowledge from the stories that we share and noticing the body language people display to express their feelings we hope to make a book for the year group to use as a tool to self-regulate their own emotions and to help their friends to identify their feelings.

Focus for Mathematical Development:
Continue counting and ordering numbers. Recognising basic 2D shapes and their properties.

Focus for Character Development:
We have been encouraging the children to take responsibility for their emotions and how they can recognise other people's feelings and what they can do to affect them (e.g. give them a cuddle to make them happier)

How you can help at home: 
Discuss and compare different 2D shapes that they can spot in objects around them. I.e. wheels, plates, windows, doors etc. Compare the distinguishing properties by counting the number of sides, edges and corners. What do they have in common and what makes them different.

Anything else happening this fortnight:
On December 1st Mrs Lazar and Silvia will be introducing the children to Romanian Day, a celebration that is an important event in their family’s calendar.