We would like to welcome you and your child to Reception Class at Edward the Elder Primary School.
We would also like to provide you with some important information to help you to support your child’s learning and ensure that they are organised and comfortable with their new routines.
• Show and Tell
(Your child will be asked to bring something from home every week to share with the other children in their group. There will be a weekly theme which will be shared with you in the form of a note home).
• P.E. Soccer 2000
(A clearly labelled P.E. kit should remain in school every day. This will be returned home at regular intervals in order to be washed).
• P.E. Dance
• Weekly Merit Assembly 9.05am
(Parents are welcome to attend and will be notified by letter or text if their child will be receiving an award).
• P.E. Kit (All labelled with names and in a small bag)
• Wellington boots (Labelled with name and in a small bag. To remain in school every day).
• Reading book, words and reading diary (All children will be given a reading book and words at some point during this half term. It is important to share these at home and bring them to school every day)
• Water bottle (Labelled clearly with name and filled daily with water/flavoured water only please).
• Packed lunch/drink if not having school lunches.
• In Reception we are ‘active learners’ and during Autumn Term we will be supporting your children to settle into their new environment and routines and introduce them to their learning. The children will be given many opportunities to develop their critical thinking, explore their own skills and actively learn.
• Reception pupils will be taught through a mixture of teacher led, teacher guided and child initiated learning, both indoors and outdoors, and will have opportunities each day to interact with Nursery pupils, staff and environment.
• Their day will consist of class teaching for both Literacy and Maths, including phonics, when the children will be ability grouped and use other teaching areas within school.
• They will also have opportunities to access planned child-initiated tasks of their own choice, for example role play, exploration, construction and outdoor activities.
• Lunchtime will take place between 12.00 and 1.00 in the school dining hall. During this time all children will have use of the large school playground.
• School gates open: 8.45am. End of school: 3.15pm.
Mrs Evans – Reception Class Teacher/Early Years & KS1 Phase Leader
Mrs Hunt – Nursery Nurse
Mrs Harris/Miss Housden – Nursery Managers
Miss Clarke – Teaching Assistant
*Information regarding this terms theme and ‘Sharing Together Journals’ will be provided in our first newsletter.
Well done to Early Years children for their wonderful Christmas Performance.
The children in Reception enjoyed a visit to Santa at Birches Valley, Cannock Chase on Monday December 10th 2018.
They had a wonderful time on the Adventure Playground exploring all of the exciting equipment and spending time with their friends.
The children made their way past polar bears and penguins to find Santa in his Christmas Cabin. After singing him a special song from our Early Years performance each of the children were given a Santa badge and small Christmas tree to plant at home.
What a wonderful morning!
The children in Early Years enjoyed a visit from Sergeant Beards from Wednesfield Police Station on Friday November 23rd.
He brought his colleagues PC Gary Cullen and Paramedic Richard Smith along with their brand new fast response ambulance.
The children had so much fun exploring the ambulance, meeting such important members of our community and especially disturbing everyone in school with the lights and sirens!
Congratulations to Alexander for coming runner up in the Christmas Card Competition organised by Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East.
He was awarded a special certificate and a chocolate treat from the MP herself during our special Act of Kindness Week Assembley on Friday November 23rd.
Well done Alexander…We are extremely proud of you!
Act of Kindness Week 2018
Reception Class chose to support The Have Refuge for Women and Children in Wolverhampton as their Act of Kindness Week Community project.
Pupils wrote letters to their families to ask for donations to support their charity.
We could not believe just how many donations of clothes, toiletries, toys, books and food we received!
The children helped to sort and make parcels which were collected during our special assembly by Hayley Powelll from the charity. Reception pupils were presented with a special thank you certificate from The Haven for all their hard work and support!
On Monday July 16th 2018 parents and carers were invited to our Reception Graduation Assembly as the children move on from Early Years into Year One.
All pupils were presented with a certificate and a beautiful dictionary from Ray Ward courtesy of Wednesfield Rotary Club.
We all enjoyed a slideshow of memories from throughout the year and pupils were also presented with their Learning Journeys and Sharing Together Journals.
We were extremely proud of them all!
Year 1 and Reception had a fantastic day visiting Hoo Farm. They looked at all the different farm animals and found out about their different diets and habitats.
The children were even allowed to feed some animals using the special animal food and they got to meet and stroke a hedgehog and a lamb which they all enjoyed.
The day was finished off with a play on the park!
As part of our theme ‘Under the Sea’ pupils in Nursery and Reception enjoyed a fantastic ‘Pirate Day’. Children and staff dressed up as Pirates and the costumes were absolutely fantastic! We all took part in pirate singing, dancing and music in the sunshine. We also made pirate jewellery, eye patches, hats and flags. The children made treasure maps and took part in treasure hunts in the sand…with real golden coins as prizes!!! Everyone made pirate cakes with Jolly Roger flags and icing and had fun talking like Pirates all day long… SHIVER ME TIMBERS!!!!!
The children in Nursery and Reception thoroughly enjoyed their Father’s Day Celebrations on Thursday June 14th. We shared activities such as biscuit-decorating, football, skittles and creative tasks with our Dads, Granddads, Uncles and big Brothers. Our staff enjoyed sharing pictures and stories about their own Dads and then it was time to ‘cuddle up’ and enjoy a special story. All of our grown-ups were extremely proud of the medals they received from the children. What another wonderful day!
During the Summer term the children in Early Years have been learning about growing plants and animals, habitats and lifecycles. We have planted seeds and watched them grow and observed and cared for lots of different animals and creatures. We have enjoyed Minibeast Hunts during Forest School and helped to develop our Sensory Garden by growing plants and vegetables.
We were also learning about ‘Life Cycles and Habitats’ during our theme ‘If You Go Down to the Woods’. We watched our caterpillars grow, build a chrysalis and change into a beautiful butterfly. We sang them a song as we set them free. We watched our baby frogs change from tadpoles to froglets. We put them back into their natural habitat to continue their life cycle.
During the Spring term the children in Early Years were learning about materials and forces during our theme ‘In the Toybox’. We enjoyed so many investigations and explored so many different materials. We built and tested bridges, investigated ramps, explored floating and sinking and sorted materials/metals using magnets. We explored different ways of using air to move things and made and tested paper paper aeroplanes. We developed the skills to observe, make predictions, carry out tests and discuss all our findings.
What a fantastic way to end such a super term! All of the children in Nursery and Reception took part in a wonderful Easter Bonnet Parade and did such an amazing job. Parents and carers helped the children to make their bonnets at home and we were astounded by their creativity! Family and friends were invited to watch their children proudly parade their bonnets and we all had a great deal of fun!
Members of Wednesfield Rotary Club joined the staff and pupils to plant shrubs, hedges and trees in our Early Year’s Outdoor Area. These were kindly donated by The Woodland Trust and included varieties such as Silver Birch, Oak and hedging plants. It was an extremely cold but enjoyable activity as we all worked as a team to dig, plant and water throughout the morning. It was particularly rewarding to watch the children happily interact with the adults and show such enthusiasm in further developing the outdoor environment to enhance their learning. They especially enjoyed the delicious refreshments at the end of the morning as a reward for all their hard work! Thank you once again to Wednesfield Rotary Club!
What a fantastic day we all had as we enjoyed our annual Mother’s Day Celebrations event in Early Years! Mums, Aunties and Grandmas were all invited to attend and astonishingly over 60 of them did so! A session of ‘Stay and Play’ activities included decorating biscuits and Mother’s Day creative crafts. This was followed by cakes, biscuits and juice in our school hall which everyone thoroughly enjoyed! The session ended with a quiet IWB story and lots of cuddles and snuggles together. This was lovely to see! After a Mother’s Day poem and a missive ‘Hip, Hip, Hooray’ all our special guests received a flower and a giant ‘I love you!’ from their little ones. What a wonderful way to celebrate such a special event!
As part of our topic on Transport the Paramedics came to visit the children in Reception and Nursery. Mr and Mrs Hill brought their ambulance to school to show all of the children. They showed us their special uniforms and all of the important equipment they use. They took us into the ambulance and let us wear their helmet. We were even allowed to sit in the driver’s seat and turn the siren on…It was so loud! What a fantastic day!
As part of our theme ‘Up, Up and Away’ Sergeant Beards from Wednesfield Police Station brought his police car into school to show the children in Early Years. He taught us all about the lights, colours and sirens. He even allowed us to sit in the car with our friends! He showed us his uniform and answered lot of questions…We had lots of fun!
On Thursday December 7th. the children in Reception travelled to Birches Valley in Cannock Chase to visit Santa in his Grotto. After a very rainy start to the day the sun came out just as we arrived which meant that we could have lots of fun on the playground with our friends. When it was time to meet Santa we were greeted by his reindeer and travelled through a passage of twinkling lights and snowy scenes to his cosy cabin. Santa spoke to each and every one of us and we were all eager to tell him what gifts we would like for Christmas. He gave everyone a Santa badge and a small fir tree to plant in our gardens at home. We cannot wait to watch them grow into our very own Christmas trees! We all had a wonderful time!!
Fun in the Snow
The children in Reception and Nursery performed a play called ‘The Sleepy Shepherd’ for all of our parents and carers. This was the story of a shepherd who could not stay awake! She slept all night and all day which made the other shepherds cross with her. After all the other shepherds fell asleep and taught her a lesson she made her way to Bethlehem to meet the Baby Jesus. We also had a special appearance from ‘The Rapping Elves’ and Alan Sugar from ‘The Apprentice’! The children’s performances were outstanding and our sleepy shepherd Seren was an absolute superstar!! Well done everyone!
We were lucky enough to open our brand new school building two years ago and although the new classrooms and facilities were fantastic our outdoor area was bare and overgrown. As outdoor learning opportunities for Early Years pupils has always been a priority in our curriculum we decided to embark upon a project to develop and enhance this aspect of our setting.
The project began with the help of British Gas who kindly sent a team of their employees to volunteer their time in order to clear up and cut back an overgrown forest area and patch of land on which we hoped to create a Sensory Garden for the children to enjoy.
We were then contacted by Wednesfield Rotary Club regarding a £2,000 donation they wished to offer the school in memory of ex-governor Rtn Hortense Davis. With the continuous support and patience of Ray Ward, including numerous meetings and visits to school, it was decided that we would use the money to create a Sensory Garden, outdoor play equipment and a safe wooded area in which the children could experience Forest School learning activities.
With the recommendation of Ray we placed a bid in to the local Princes Trust who decided to choose our project as a two-week work scheme for young people, organised and run by Dave Langford. Funding from The Rotary Club was used by the team to plan and order materials and resources and carry out necessary work including preparing and membraning each area, covering these with bark, digging for fence posts and climbing equipment and ordering wooden planters.
Our school caretaker, Mr Dave Clarke, was a constant support throughout the entire project and proved to be invaluable in so many ways. He provided crucial Health and Safety advice, ordered materials, supported The Princes Trust contributions as well as offering his own skills and time in renovating existing climbing equipment, building new fencing and seating areas and building an impressive new outdoor sandpit with the help of Mr Hubbard.
As well as creating a super new learning environment for our children we were also extremely keen to establish relationships between school and the local community and businesses. For example, donations of sand, gravel and top soil were provided by local business Energyseal Windows and Conservatories based on Planetary Road and delivery was made free of charge. Plants and seeds were provided by a local gardening business and also a friend of the Rotary Club and logs, a Bug Hotel and bird tables were built and donated by willing parents.
On Friday November 10th we celebrated the opening of our new outdoor area and took this as an opportunity to thank The Rotary Club and everyone involved for their fantastic support. We enlisted the help of the Chairman of the Rotary Club and John Allen, backing singer for Olly Murs, to unveil the Hortense Davis memorial plaque and officially open our new site. This will culminate in Rotary members planting 500 crocus bulbs with the children which have been donated by The Woodland Trust.
Future plans for the development of this project include completion of fencing for the secure forest area, development of a vegetable patch and planting of trees to be donated by The Woodland Trust in March next year. We are excited to see this area continue to develop and make plans for future developments.