Ten Square – Nursery
There were 10 teddies in total. We put one in each square on the mat. How many are there? We counted them in a variety of ways. There were always 10. We didn’t need to count them anymore as no more had been added or taken away.
Close your eyes … (-1 teddy). How many now? “10!” Someone shouted.
We checked. Holly put down one finger and counted the rest. “9!” she shouted. Come and count them. Yes she was right. We put that teddy back. How many now then? 10! How do we know this? “That’s how many there are with all them filled up!”
We repeated this activity down to 5 teddies and 5 removed. The children really enjoyed this and Dexter started to realise that each time the number would decrease by 1, ”There will be 7 now.”
(MA, CL, PSED)
On Tuesday 10th October, Year 6 visited the Community Fire Station in South Shields to learn about RAP (Reducing Accidents at Play).
We experienced several different workshops which included scenarios which we may find ourselves in throughout our lives. The morning encouraged us to consider safety in relation to fire, electricity, gas, going to the beach and even when near to Metro stations.
It was a thoroughly engaging morning that gave us lots of useful advice to help us stay safe.
This week in Reception we have started to learn our letter sounds and how to write them. We have enjoyed lots of fun activities to help us to remember the letter sounds s, a, t and p.
First we made sandwiches. Not only did this link to our letter sound, ‘s’, but it also helped us develop our communication and language skills of following instructions and our physical development skills and we had to handle the knife effectively to spread the butter on the bread. We did a great job and enjoyed our sandwiches and snack time!
Next we decided to link our next letter sound to the Expressive Art and Design and Maths areas of learning as we made apple print pattern pictures with paint! We enjoyed getting very messy and had lots of fun!
On Wednesday we went on the tyre park and trim trail as we explored the letter ‘t’. This helped us to practise our physical skills, such as climbing, balancing and jumping and also made us think critically about the best ways to do things. The children were very determined and although things may have seemed difficult at first, they never gave up. I think they have been listening to our motto for Reception. We encourage the children never to say they can’t do something, instead, we like them to say that they can’t do it, YET!
On Thursday we made pizzas. Again to develop our listening skills but to also to incorporate our Understanding of the World area of learning. We talked about how the pizza would change once it had been in the oven and the children had some great answers, such as ‘The cheese will melt and spread out’ and ‘The dough will go hard and crusty’. The children really enjoyed making, and eating their pizzas and I think we have a few chefs in the making!
We ended our week on Friday with our Reception Open Morning. Parents and Grandparents joined us to see how the children had settled into school life and to spend some time with their children in their classroom environment. We played a game of corners with the letter sounds we had been learning and practised our skipping, jumping, hopping and walking backwards which we had also worked on in PE this week. We then went into class to play a segmenting and blending game and then the children had some planning time with their special visitors.
What a super busy week we have had this week. Lots of learning and fun, just the way we like it!
We have had a very busy few weeks here at St.Joseph’s; from Nativity performances, parties, concerts to fundraising.
Our Reception children were wonderful in their performances of the Nativity in school and on the third Sunday of Advent in church. Year 2 accompanied Reception children with beautiful singing.
Last Wednesday we were treated to some fabulous guitar playing by children in Years 5 and 6.
Oliver, Ethan, Jessica, Sasha and Joseph played a variety of Christmas carols and songs for us.
On Thursday 15 December the choir sang for their parents in the school hall.
Last Friday was Christmas Jumper Day and £160 was raised for Save the Children.
Instead of sending individual cards staff made a donation and held a raffle in aid of St Clare’s Hospice and raised £77 for this wonderful local charity.
Once again Mr Pearson provided the disco and entertainment at all of our Christmas parties. Thank you Mr Pearson.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Jarrow, Councillors Mr and Mrs Smith enjoyed the carol service in church today. It was well attended by parents, grandparents, relatives and parishioners.
We hope you all have a happy and holy Christmas season.