Better late than never!

Friday was a manic day and so was Monday, hence the late arrival of the reception blog.

At last we are back on track with our topic of houses and the ideal story was The Three Little Pigs. This was a story that most children knew and by looking at several different versions throughout the week, the children were able to get used to joining in with the repeated refrains, even if they could not read along with the book. The finger puppets they bought home will give you a chance to act out the story with them and help them to join in with the repetitive language and also to help you retell the beginning and decide an ending for the story.

   The children used their own house pictures which they drew at half term to make into a clay house which they have now started to paint. They also traced their house with fabric crayons to make into a wall hanging for the classroom. In both activities the children had to think about the materials their houses were made of and how best to represent the colour and texture of these materials.

   Our PE lesson was extra exciting for some, as the children were given a first experience of the wall bars in the hall during our apparatus session. There was some excellent problem solving, as many children worked out how to get along the wall bars or how to get through to the other side rather than just climbing back down the ladders. For some this was a completely new and rather daunting experience, some children chose to avoid it completely. We will be working to build confidence in all children, to develop their gross motor skills and problem solving skills. It is important to provide the children with opportunities to go to parks to use this type of equipment and indoor ‘Space to Play’ centres are another source of provision.  As scarey as it is for parents to watch, hildren need to further develop their gross motor skills and upper body strength which hanging and swinging from equipment helps to develop.

  Friday is Open Morning and we hope that lots of you who are not at work will be able to pop in and see the children throughout the school at work.

On Thursday afternoon we are doing ‘our bit’ for Sport Relief’. The children are invited to bring in their scooters (Named please and parked in the designated area outside our door on Thursday morning. We will bring the scooters round into the reception playground when everyone is in school.) We will be scooting our mile around the playground. Please let me know if your child has not got a scooter and I will arrange for them to borrow one for their scooting session.

  I am out all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning on a ‘safe guarding’ course. If you need to speak to me urgently leave a message at the office or e-mail me and I will get back to you.