Reception have had a great start to school this week and have settled well into our lovely new building. We have focussed on getting to know each other, becoming comfortable in our new classrooms and settling into the new routine of our school day. The children have loved exploring the different areas of learning within our classrooms as well as our outside learning area. They are developing confidence and independence in using the continuous provision areas throughout Reception.
We have started to practise recognising our names and holding our pencils correctly to help form neat letters. In addition, we have been talking about the things that we enjoy in Reception. Adam said he likes playing in the house (home corner) because he likes having a cake tea party in there. Stanley enjoys the construction area because he can build Transformers using Lego. Lyra and Pippa like coming to school to see their friends and play with them. Isabelle said she looks forward to going out onto the playground because she loves playing on the slide. We are so happy that the children are having a fantastic time in school!
Children in EYFS, Year 1,Year 2 and Year 3 will be performing in their Chriostmas Production on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th December. There will be a 9.30am and 1.45pm performance on each day. Check below to see the times each group will be performing.
The performance times are:
Tuesday 12th: EYFS/Yr 1 9:30am
Yr 2/Yr 3 1:45pm
Wednesday 13th: Yr 2/Yr 3 9:30am
EYFS/Yr 1 1:45pm
We estimate that the performances will last for up to 60 minutes. For the afternoon performance, we aim to have the children changed and ready for collection by 3.00pm for EYFS/KS1 and 3.10pm for KS2. Parents/carers who have watched the performance and will be collecting their children should exit through the main community doors, walk round to the playground and wait for the children to be dismissed.
Complete the form below to book a seat on the production. Please read and follow the instructions carefully to ensure you book for the correct event.
Each family may have two seats for each of their child’s performance. When you register you will receive a confirmation email. If you register for more than two seats or the names of the persons registered are not known to us as parents/carers, the booking will be removed. If there are special circumstances that require more than two seats i.e. parents have new partners, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the office team will contact you to discuss your requirements. You must bring either a print out of the email you receive or show the email on your phone when you attend for the performance. There is a maximum number of one hundred and sixty seats per performance, once we reach this capacity it will not be possible for you to register for the performance.
In reception this week we have had lots of fun looking at The Gingerbread Man story! We have talked about what the characters look like, what they do in the story and even made our very own yummy gingerbread men! We have worked on our phonics skills and practiced using our sounds to write the character’s names and writing our own captions for pictures in the story.
In maths we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes. We have compared 2D and 3D shapes and discussed how 2D shapes are “flat” and 3D shapes are “solid”. We had lots of fun being detectives and using magnifying glasses to find different shapes within our room!
This week something amazing happened in Reception! We had a mysterious object crash land into our outside area. We all went to have a look at the object and used lots of adjectives to describe what we could see. We all made a prediction about what we thought the mysterious object could be. Some of our ideas included a robot, a car, a spaceship and a bus. On Thursday our week then got even more exciting: we discovered footprints in our classroom! We focused on our learning of using adjectives to describe and described what we could see. On Friday we were told that Mr Dunne had spotted a friendly alien in our classroom, we were very excited! We have really enjoyed our introduction to Space and have already produced some fantastic pieces of learning.
We have also been looking at bonfire night. We learnt about why we celebrate on the 5th November, and talked about our experiences of fireworks. We also created our own firework pictures.
In Reception this term, we have been learning about people who help us at home, school and in the community. This week, we had a visit from a police officer, who told us all about his job in London, and we asked questions about his job. We found out he wears a tall helmet when walking around so everyone knows who he is and can go and ask for help. We also learnt that he drives his car slowly, watching to make sure everyone is safe – unless there is an emergency!
We got to look at some of his equipment, and even tried on his hat. When we came back to the classroom, we designed our own police badges, and pretended we were police officers!
Towards the end of last term, all groups were busy showing off their writing skills, especially with their work on Alice in Wonderland and Bata. There were some amazing examples of work that the children were proud to share with their peers at the Star Award Assembly.
Year 6 entered a writing competition with Explore Learning at Lakeside. They were challenged to write a mystery story using effective language to create suspense. Many of the children entered and Sam W in 6JD was successful in getting through to the final stages of the competition.
On Friday 22nd May, the last day of the half term, the entire community of East Tilbury Primary School & Nursery celebrated an Alice in Wonderland Equity Action in the glorious sunshine! Children had been enquiring into a number of ideas, using Lewis Carroll's famous story as a vehicle, as well as looking into local heritage through the Bata estates. Friday's event was a Hatter's Tea Party, with performances from children across the school, party food, games and work from the half term on display for parents, carers and other visitors to enjoy. Guests at the event included the Mayor Cllr Liddiard and his Deputy Mayor, MP Stephen Metcalfe, some of our Governors past and present, and representatives from local community groups. Children raised hundreds of pounds through this event to support the work of the Bata Reminiscence Resource Centre, making another positive contribution to the local community as active young citizens. Staff rallied round as usual to support the event and make all of our visitors feel welcome. Well done everybody!
Some people are calling for there to be a prize for the best displays on the day, so watch this space, if they can get us some more evidence, there might just be another prize giving coming up…
This week in Reception we have been continuing our work on toys. Children have been busy learning about old and new toys and have been writing lots of facts about them. We have used non-fiction to research toys that we are unfamiliar with. Children have used ipads to extend their research further.
Children have all worked really hard in maths this week, we have learnt how to halve an even number. Children have used practical methods, sharing a number of objects between two groups.
We have enjoyed the sunny weather recently, we are working together as a team to improve our outside area and have been enjoying recent improvements.