Reception Newsletter, Term 4 Week 4

Dear Reception Families,

It was wonderful to see so many families represented at our Reception Sports Day. The children had lots of fun participating in the events and enjoyed showing off their dance moves especially in Baby Shark and the Chicken Dance.

Over the past couple of weeks, the children have liked the Mindfulness lessons with Ms Meg, Junior School Educational Psychologist. During these lessons they have talked about how mindfulness can help to clean the brain and how it can also help the brain to grow. The children have been practising listening to the sounds inside and outside their bodies as well as becoming more aware of their breathing. These lessons will continue over the remainder of the term.

One way we develop early literacy skills is with Big Books. This shared reading experience is a wonderful way to enjoy stories and teach many literacy skills including fluency, expression, rhythm and rhyme. One Big Book the children thoroughly enjoyed this week was ‘Meanies’. You might like to discuss the book with your child and see how much they recall of the story. (It is a story about what Meanies do.)  We continue to look at number sequencing through games, songs and the use of manipulatives in Numeracy.

In Art, the children have been working with calico and a variety of other materials to build a collage on fabric. Some of the children have told stories through their artwork while others have enjoyed just experimenting with the materials. The art-room is a wonderful place where the children can express themselves in a myriad of ways.

As we move closer to the end of the year it is a time to reflect on how far the children have come this year.  They have grown and developed over the year and are now starting to prepare for their transition to Prep. You would have received some information about this. I am sure the children will really benefit from the opportunity to visit the Prep classrooms and to get a taste of some of the things they may do next year. It is exciting to watch them as they begin to take that next step in their learning journey.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be looking a little more closely at what the children know about space and what they might like to find out about it. This morning we noticed the moon in the sky and it promoted some interesting discussion, some questions that arose were:

“What shape is the moon? Why does the shape change? and What holds it there?”

If anyone has any expertise in this area or you have any resources at home that may be helpful I would love to hear from you.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Mrs Susan Blumenthal