We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year! Another busy and exciting term lies ahead with plenty of fun and learning in store.
TOPICS This week, we have really enjoyed hearing all about the children’s Christmas celebrations. Thank you for taking the time to put together the Magic Moments - the children were proud to share them with us and they make a lovely addition to their Learning Journeys.
Our topic this half term is entitled TRANSPORT.
Week beginning 9.1.17 – Road travel
Week beginning 16.1.17 – Air travel
Week beginning 23.1.17 – Water travel
Week beginning 30.1.17 – Rail Travel
Week beginning 6.2.17 – Bikes and scooters
Welcome to Reception, and if you are new to Manor Fields – a very warm welcome to our school! We hope you and your children had a good summer and are ready for a busy and exciting term. It was lovely to see so many of you at the Reading Meeting yesterday, we are really looking forward to getting to know you all. The children are already amazing us - coping so well with the demands of a full day at school as well as quickly getting used to the lunchtime routine. On Monday they all tried their very best to change for PE independently. What superstars they are!
TOPICS We start the new school year with a topic about OURSELVES. Under this umbrella topic, we begin by focusing on settling the children into the routines of the day, getting to know each other and finding our way around the indoor and outdoor learning environment. We will be exploring ‘why it is good to be me’ – thinking about what makes us special, our families and our likes and dislikes. After half term, we move on to an exciting new topic – SPARKLE AND SHINE, which will include the preparation and celebration of some important festivals! Throughout the term, we will, of course, be spending some time looking at the changes that occur in Autumn and Harvest Time, and are very excited about our Harvest Festival Assembly performance and open morning on 14th October.
NOTICES Notices will be placed in the classroom window. Please keep a check on this as it will have copies of letters that have been sent out and other information we have to share with you. After half term, once the children have settled, our Parent Rota will also be placed in the window. Please sign up if you are able to pop in for a morning or afternoon. Your help will be greatly appreciated, whether you enjoy playing with the children or carrying out some preparation jobs for us (there is plenty to do!). The children will really enjoy your company. Please could we just remind you that if you do wish to help out on a regular basis, you will need a Police Check Form (DBS), available from the office. These forms need to be completed and returned to the office along with all relevant documentation as soon as possible.
PE We will be having our PE lessons on a Monday morning. Please could you ensure the children have their PE kits ready – blue shorts and white t-shirt. We may also take the children outside for PE and therefore a track-suit (any colour) and trainers will also be necessary. Please make sure all your child’s clothes are clearly labelled, including socks, as items of clothing are often identical. For health and safety reasons, long hair should be tied back and ear-rings removed. Many thanks.
Welcome back to what is going to be an extremely busy and exciting Summer Term.
Once again, we would like to thank you for providing us with photos and comments about your child’s Easter break. They seem to have had a fabulous time! The children have been keen and very proud to share them with us and they have provided a great prompt for some wonderful writing.
At the end of last term, we had a strong focus on Science in Early Years. Exploration and investigation is the key to independent learning and young children love to make their own discoveries. Our Science Day proved to be a big hit with the children and we were amazed at their insightful responses and reasoning behind the outcomes of different experiments.
Last week, we were thrilled to welcome Mrs Storey and Mrs Collings, scientists and Mums to two children in Mrs Mather’s class. They set up a fabulous carousel of scientific activities, linked to a story, which the children had to explore in order to help the rabbit get to his supply of carrots. Activities included investigations involving the concepts of floating and sinking, musical sounds, living things and materials and friction. The children were captivated by the different experiences and one child even said: “I thought I was really inside the story!” Wonderful! We would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Storey and Mrs Collings for enhancing the children’s learning in such an informative and fun way.
If any of our parents have a skill or career that the children would be interested to hear about, please do come and talk to us and we would be delighted to arrange for you to visit.