At Anglesey, we are a vibrant and nurturing school community, where children are given the skills to become , inquisitive, resilient, independent learners. Our curriculum provides a range of creative, challenging and inspiring experiences for all. This equips our children with the life skills to be happy, flourish and be successful...Today, tomorrow and in the future
The schools total attendance is currently at:95.34% Total
Chinese New Year
This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year, before it is celebrated on Saturday. We know it will be the year of the rat, and we learnt about the other animals that are celebrated.
We watched videos of the parades and saw the people dancing with dragons, unicorns and lions.
We talked about chinese people and found out that they use chopsticks to eat, so we've been learning how to choose chopsticks to pick up noodles.
We have been reading the book: Owl Babies. The mummy owl flies off to look for food for her babies, and we now know that owls eat spiders, ants, worms, baby birds and other insects. Today we found some of their food frozen in blocks of ice, because of the winter chill. We had to think of a way to get the food out. We were given: salt, water, hammers, insulation materials and sponges. We predicted that either the water or the hammers would work best.
This week, in our outdoor area, we have been trying to attract some birds to our trees. As it is winter, and the food in our garden is sparse, we decided to make some food for the birds.
We learnt how to thread cheerios onto some string, and tie a knot so they didn't fall off. One of the children commented; ''the birds might not come because the string is too bright''.
Mrs Satnam went out this morning to inspect, and most of the food has gone. Hopefully we start getting more and more visitors over the next few weeks.
Flip the Clown
Flip the clown came to visit us on Thursday last week. We all watched a puppet show, and loved the magic tricks. Afterwards, we split into our classes and each class worked with Flip to learn how to use the puppets to portray different emotions - upset, excited, scared, worried, surprised and angry. Flip taught us that we could make the puppet's body shake to show he or she was worried, we could open the mouth wide to show surprised and we could turn away and hide to show upset.
We had a great day. Our teachers haven't told us yet, but Flip will be coming back in March to teach us some circus skills!!
Happy New Year!
Welcome back and Happy New Year!! We hope you had a wonderful break over the Christmas holidays and had some fun as a family.
We have now moved in to our new building, and have set our classrooms up so they were ready for the children to start. We have spent some time exploring our outdoor area, and the construction of that begins in February half term. Please see the photos below to see how your children settled into their new area in the first few days.
This term we have lots of exciting things planned:
We will be reading Owl Babies and experimenting with ice.
Flip the clown will be coming to visit and working with some puppets.
We will celebrate Chinese New Year.
We will familiarize ourselves with the Bee-bots and use them to explore different types of lines.
Please remember to log into Oxford Reading Buddy, and continue to support your child at home with their reading, writing and maths. This support is so valuable to your children and to us!!
Let's have a great term in our new building... keep checking our website for photo uploads of our days.
A quick reminder that you need to drop your children off to KS1 before you drop off your children into RB and RP. The gate to the garden will close at 9:05am. Our pick up time is at 2:55pm so you will need to pick your Reception child up first.
and a Happy New Year!!
We hope you all have a wonderful break, and thank you for your continued support this term.
The children will return to school on Wednesday 8th January at 8:55am.
Please remember we will have completed our move to our new department by then.
RP and RB will have taken over the old Nursery rooms; you will need to enter through the green Nursery gate on Anglesey Street. We understand you may have siblings in KS1, therefore we suggest you drop them off first, and bring your Reception children round afterwards.
RL will have taken over the old year 2 room, at the bottom of the ramp, next to the dining hall. Again, we suggest you drop any siblings in KS1 off first.
Please be aware that if your child is late they will need to go to the office, please do not try and drop them off at the Nursery entrance, you will be sent to the office so they can sign in first.
If you would like to work with your child over the holidays, then you'll find some homework in their book bags. You can recap the sounds and tricky words they've learnt, practise blending when reading or segmenting when writing, and read their story book. Don't forget to log into Oxford Reading Buddy too.
Enjoy the holidays :)
A Wriggly Nativity
Thank you all for coming to watch our Wriggly Nativity this week. We have had so much fun learning and rehearsing over the last few weeks. We cannot put into words how proud we are of your children, they tried so hard in every rehearsal and showed such enthusiasm.
Thank you as well, to those of you who practised your children's lines and sent in the required costumes. We're sure you've heard the Wriggly Nativity many, many times over the last few weeks.
Christmas Craft Workshop
Thank you so much to all of you who joined us for our Christmas craft workshop. It's wonderful to see you working alongside your child to be creative.
Leading up to Christmas we've been making gingerbread men in our classes. We measured out the ingredients, sifted the dry ingredients and made a breadcrumb like mixture when we mixed it with the butter and sugar. We then added an egg and golden syrup and created our dough. We kneeded it, refrigerated it, rolled it and cut out the shape of the gingerbread men, before baking them for 15 minutes.
The children have been talking a lot about the food they eat at home, and as this week we are observing changes of state, we decided to make roti.
The children talked about the ingredients, the method and how the mixture changed as we added a new ingredient.
To remember those that fell in the World Wars, this week we created our version of the poppy. Across KS1 and EYFS, Mrs Draper collected all of our poppies and presented them in a beautiful display in the Infant Hall.
As we have been learning about bonfire night, and discussing why we keep hearing fireworks at night time, this week we created firework pictures using different resources. We then thought about the sounds that fireworks made, and wrote them on callouts to add to our pictures.
Autumn Term 2
Welcome back, we hope you all had a lovely half term break.
This term we will be continuing with our Phonics, and moving into teaching Phase 3 of Letters & Sounds.
We will be finishing learning our numbers 1-10 in Numeracy, and begin to apply our knowledge of number to addition and subtraction.
We will begin practising for our Nativity play, where your children may receive an actor, singer or dancer part. You will be invited to watch their performance nearer the time. We will learn all about the Christmas story and we will enjoy lots of different Christmas related activities in December.
In PE, we will be participating in Gymnastics lessons, involving balancing, jumping, rolling and using apparatus.
There will be lots of fun activities to participate in and we're very much looking forward to this term.
This week, as we have been learning about Autumn and Harvest, we explored the vegetables that are currently being harvested across the country. We used our senses and talked about how they smelt, felt, tasted and what they looked like. We carefully cut up the vegetables and added them to our soup maker with some stock and water.
Once it was cooked, we tasted the soup and talked about what it tasted like. We also wrote a shopping list and tried to remember the ingredients we had used.
This week we've been learning all about Autumn. We visited the Nursery Garden to look at the leaves that has fallen and we talked about all of the different colours we could see on the leaves before they start to turn brown.
Please remember there will be a parent workshop on Thursday 3rd October in the Infant Hall at 9:10am.
We will discuss reading and writing in Reception, and how you can help your child at home.
We hope to see you there.
Our Key Groups
These are our key groups in our classes, and our key group workers.
What a wonderful start to the new year we have had. The children have settled into their new classes wonderfully, and are eager and enthusiastic to learn.
Our classes this year are:
RB - Miss Bradbury & Mrs Chohan
RL - Miss Lee & Mrs Satnam
RP - Mr Pendry & Miss Mahmood
Support staff - Mrs Dhinsay, Miss Kundalia, Miss Begum & Mr Hoq.
We understand that part-time hours are difficult for some parents who work, study or have other children to drop off and pick up. These part-time days are important to aid a positive transition but also to help us familiarise ourselves with your children and yourselves; especially for safeguarding purposes.
The children will start full time tomorrow, Thursday 12th September, 8:55am - 2:55pm, other than the children who have been told specifically that they will have a longer transition.
This term we have lots of exciting lessons planned, focusing on Autumn, Harvest and World Food Day. Our activities will involve working on our cutting skills, exploring the outdoor area, planting bulbs for Spring, sequencing familiar stories and ordering objects by size.
There will be a parent workshop in October, which you will receive a letter for. This will explain about their reading books, our new handwriting policy and any homework we may send home.
If you have any questions please book an appointment with your child's teacher, or wait behind after all of the children have been dismissed at the end of the day.
Reception Year Manager