Welcome to Reception
Classroom teachers: Miss Garnett & Mrs O'Connor
Nursery Nurses: Mrs Coppola & Mrs Senk
Information For New Reception Intake 2019/20
Week ending 21st June
Thankyou to everyone who supported our sports day. The children loved having their families to cheer the on and they were so excited to see parents and grandparents taking part in their own races!
Next week is International week for the whole school
RG will be exploring all things Italian and RO will be exploring all things Chinese
If you have any artefacts or talents that relate to these countries please let your class teachers know. We would love you to share them.
On Monday we will have a flag ceremony for each country and on Friday your child is encouraged to wear colours of their country or national dress for a donation of £1.
Week ending 14th June
This week we have enjoyed practical sharing, halving and doubling and the children are becoming confident at problem solving.
Class R.O could not wait to share their Collective Worship with you today and were very excited to have an audience. They all did so well to learn their lines and then stand up in front of a large audience and say their lines clearly and sing enthusiastically. Mrs Senk and Mrs O'Connor were very proud of their efforts. Thankyou for your support at home.
EYFS sports day is being held on Tuesday 18th June in the afternoon, weather permitting. Please come along and support your child.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Week ending 7th June
Welcome back to our final term in Reception.
The children are maturing and are definitely getting ready for their transition to Year One as they demonstrated when they all completed this weeks "Big Write" as a whole class. Miss Garnett and I were very proud of them all for doing their best.
The children were wowed by Anthony Glen as he introduced Shakespeare to the whole school on Monday and the children were a fantastic audience for the Year Six production of "Romeo and Juliet" on Friday afternoon. Well done Year Six for an amazing achievement in only four days.
The children are loving our new topic on under the sea and pirates and have completely immersed themselves in dressing up and role-play. They have been searching for treasure, having sandcastle competitions and enjoyed exploring our sensory rock-pool.
Life in Reception has been a bit more restricted because of the current renovations to our outdoor areas but the children have taken it in their stride and are beyond excited to see what awaits them when the work is completed.
Next week we will be making Oceans in an egg carton so please send a small, six egg, cardboard box with your child for use next Friday.
On Friday 14th June, Class RO will be holding their Collective Worship at 2.30pm. All parents of RO children are welcome to attend.
If it is your stay and play session please attend the Collective worship in the hall at 2.30pm.
The Reception classes are collecting supplies for a Syrian family in need.
RG require donations of nappies for an 8 month old child, plus the next stage up.
RO require donations of rice and dried pasta.
Please give generously. Many thanks.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Week Ending 17th May
We had a fantastic start to the week when we attended " Jack and the Beanstalk" at the Redbridge Drama centre. The children behaved impeccably and the bus ride alone was a highlight and the children were completely mesmerised by the one man show.
Our creative juices were also inspired by the visiting woodwind quartet on Wednesday as they shared their talents and performed some beautiful music for us to enjoy. We learned a lot about the differences between the Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Piccolo and Bassoon. Hopefully a future generation will be inspired to take up music lessons.
We finished our week with a fantastic sensory Dinosaur walk. The children loved walking through Dinosaur desert, Triceratops turf and crunchy carnivore country, finishing in the squelchy swamp.
Apologies for the grubby toes! If your child came home without their socks, Mrs O'Connor has two pairs in her room!
Don't forget next Thursday 23rd May, St Antony's is a polling station for the elections and will be closed for the day.
Have a great weekend from the Reception Team.
Week ending 10th May
The children have loved listening to "Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs" stories this week and the children used great imagination to create their own adventures. They are becoming confident at using their phonic knowledge and spellings in their writing. They even completed their first Big Write... Well done!
The children also painted some fabulous dinosaurs and are able to tell us lots of facts about their favourite dinosaurs.
Today we created some great sound effects and dinosaur music using our body sounds and percussion instruments. Lots of enthusiasm and noise, but great fun! The children were extremely focused on making their own musical instruments using recycled materials. We had shakers, rain-sticks and even a set of bongo drums! It's amazing what you can make out of yoghurt pots and cardboard tubes. Have a go at home!
On Monday we are going to see Jack and the Beanstalk at the Redbridge Drama Centre. Please ensure you have returned your permission slips to the Office and paid £9 on Scopay. If anyone would like to volunteer to help please contact the office by Monday morning. Thankyou for your support.
Have a lovely weekend!
Week ending 3rd May
We are now fully immersed in our new topic on Dinosaurs. The children have been sharing lots of dino-facts and have been inspired to create their own dinosaurs.
We have learnt some dinosaur songs and have created some wonderful dinosaur art.
Next week starts with a bank holiday so we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.
Have a lovely weekend!
Week ending 5th April
Another term has come to an end! How time is whizzing by.
The children enjoyed preparing Easter cards and Easter baskets this week and the Easter bunny hopped by to fill them much to the astonishment of the children.
A big thankyou to the lovely girls in 5F for organising a fun and fantastic Easter egg hunt for the reception children. You really made their day.
We all joined together for our Stations of the Cross collective worship and all classes created a tableau for each station. Well done to our Reception children for participating so well.
Have a lovely Easter break and take time to rest, relax and enjoy some family time together.
Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Easter from the Reception team.
Week ending 29th March
The children have had a wonderfully creative week making beautiful cards for Mothering Sunday. We hope all mummies have a wonderful day being pampered by your family.
The children have started making Superhero jetpacks and are loving using them in role play. Thankyou for sending in the bottles for us to recycle. Our stay and play session was very productive!
Next week is our last week before the Easter break begins and we are assessing the children in numeracy, reading and phonics. Please remember that school finishes at 1.30pm on Friday 5th April.
We are also very excited to watch the Year 5 performance of Robin Hood on Tuesday. We are sure it will be amazing. The children have been rehearsing hard.
Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless all the mothers on Mothers day for all the unconditional love and care they give.
Week ending 22nd March
Another busy week in Reception!
This week the children have had enormous fun creating their own adventures for our Superhero book character, Nat Fantastic.
He saved the children from man eating sharks, monster snakes and fruit stealing, jelly monsters with help from Mr Zeolla, Mrs Nairne,
Mrs Hillier-Danes and Mrs Ewington.
On Friday we completed what we thought would be mission impossible as we battled the evil Mr Freeze to find ways to release keys frozen in ice so we could rescue our kidnapped superheroes. The dastardly villain is no match for our reception superheroes in training and using our super science knowledge we had a race against time to melt the ice with hot water, salt and chipping with tools. So exciting!
Let's hope the weekend is more peaceful!
Next week we will be making super hero jet packs and we would be grateful if your child could bring in two identical large plastic bottles to recycle into something fun and creative. Thankyou.
Week ending 15th March
This week we have continued to think about the Lenten promises we have made. We planted cress to see how new life begins and discovered that spring has sprung in the school garden with a beautiful display of daffodils.
Our children continue to be excited by our Super Hero themed learning and are thoroughly enjoying our story Nat Fantastic. This week they have thought of ways to use superpowers to help Nat stop the bank robbers stealing the money. They have shown great creativity when making super hero masks and choosing a superhero name for themselves.
Thank you to the parents attending stay and play. We hope you enjoyed your time with your children.
The children listened to the story of St Patrick and talked about how we will celebrate St Patrick's day on Sunday 17th March.
Wishing you all a Happy St Patricks Day and a lovely weekend from the Reception Team.
Week ending 8th March
Well another busy week comes to a close with a super celebration of World Book Day. We wore some fantastic costumes and shared some of our favourite stories.
We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to look at your child's books during Parents Evening. The children were very proud to share their learning with you and you can see how hard they are working and the progress they are making.
This week we explored the materials that are attracted to magnets and used our investigations to choose materials that would make our superheroes fly using the magnets.
Have a lovely weekend everyone, from the Reception team.
Week ending 1st March
We hope you all had a lovely break. It's been so lovely to see some pre-spring sunshine!
Our new topic for this half term is SUPERHEROES! We have started reading Supertato and the children are loving the exploits of the Evil Pea!
We are embarking on lots of secret missions from our superhero control stations and trying to save the world at every opportunity!
We also had a visit from the Road Safety Team and now understand the importance of crossing the road safely. Remember to LOOK, LISTEN and THINK and always hold a grown up's hand as you cross. The children can give you all the information you need! Please ask them.
Dates for the Diary
Wednesday 6th March: Parents Evening 3.30-6.30pm
Thursday 7th March: Parents Evening 3.30-6.30pm
Please allow time before your appointment to look at your child's work in the hall.
Friday 8th March: World Book Day Celebration
Please come dressed up as your favourite story character for a £1 donation
Week ending 15th February.
Our fantastic space topic has come to the end and the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the planets in our solar system.
Here are a few more photographs for you to enjoy.
Have a lovely half tem break and we will see you on 25th February.
Week ending 8th February
The children have had a fantastic week sorting shapes and writing about the characters in our story Winnie in Space.
They are developing well as writers and using their phonics to help them segment and blend words.
This week at stay and play we celebrated Chinese new year and 2019 is the year of the pig. The children made money wallets, tried to pick up objects with chopsticks, performed a dragon dance to drums, wrote numbers in chinese, made lanterns, dragon masks and prepared vegetables and noodles for a chinese feast to end the day. As you can imagine it was a very busy end to the week! Thankyou to the RO parents who attended stay and play . We hope you had a great time celebrating with us!
Gung hay fat choi.
Wishing you a happy and prosperous weekend!
Maths meeting powerpoint
Week ending 1st February.
We have had a great week counting one more and one less from a given number. The children have loved playing games like Blast off! to help them develop their understanding of this concept.
Well done to all of you for getting involved in Number Day. There were some very creative costumes and the children enjoyed sharing the significance of the numbers they were wearing.
Thanks to all the parents who attended our parent meeting on maths. We hope you found the information given informative. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask your class teacher.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Week ending 25th January
This week the children have loved listening to and retelling the story of Whatever next? by Jill Murphy. We discovered that you really can have tremendous fun with a cardboard box , a colander and a pair of wellies!
We have also enjoyed making our own moon surfaces out of clay, exploring texture and pattern and using lots of fantastic wow words to describe how the surface of the moon might look and feel.
The children have really enjoyed revisiting money too. They are much more familiar with the different coins available and the value of each coin in pennies. Try giving your child a few coins as pocket money to use on your next shopping trip!
Thankyou to all the parents who came to our meeting on Writing. We hope you found it useful and have taken away some practical ideas to use with your children to encourage them to become avid writers. If you were unable to attend we have posted the writing powerpoint on the page below.
Next Thursday, 31st January, we are holding a Maths meeting for parents. Please attend if you can at 3.30pm (creche available) and 5.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Spring Ist curriculum map
Writing meeting for parents
Week ending 18th January
Our space topic has certainly blasted off this week! The children are learning lots of facts about space and exploring lots of sensory textures such as moon sand and alien slime! They are enjoying being astronauts in our space stations looking out for new planets, stars and even alien life! They have also created their own planets, thinking about the type of landscapes and surface temperatures and if life can exist on their planet.
Congratulations to RG for their first Collective Worship all about Celebrating. The children performed beautifully and spoke their lines clearly. A big ask for little people in front of a large audience! Well done to all of you. Your teachers are very proud of you!
Our parents meeting on Writing is on Thursday next week. Please attend at 3.30pm (creche available) or 5.30pm.
Stay and play is also underway so please check the rota on the class page for your dates this term. Any queries please check with Miss Garnett or Mrs O'Connor.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Week ending 11th January 2019
Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you all!
The children have come back rested and full of enthusiasm. This week in Maths we focussed on patterns and sequencing.
The children made a fantastic job of creating their own patterns using colours, objects and numbers.
Our new topic is Space and the children enjoyed finding out space facts using non-fiction texts. They also made space portholes, using their facts and imagination to think about what space might look like out of the window of a Space shuttle.
Our new Space station role-play areas will be ready to blast off on Monday!
Dates for your diary:
RG Collective Worship: Friday 18th January at 2.30 pm. RG parents are invited to attend.
Parents Writing Meeting: Thursday 24th January at 3.30pm (crèche available) and 5.30pm (no crèche).
Parents Maths Meeting: Thursday 31st January at 3.30pm (crèche available) and 5.30pm (no crèche).
National Number day: Friday 1st February will be a non-uniform day with a numeracy theme.... More details to follow!
Week ending 21st December
The Reception Team would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We hope you all enjoy some lovely family time over the festive break and look forward to seeing you in the new year
Thankyou for all the lovely cards and gifts we received. We are all truly grateful for your kindness and generosity.
Our new topic in January will be Space, so try and find out lots of interesting facts to share with us at the beginning of next term.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!
Week ending 14th December
As Christmas draws ever near the children are starting to feel tired but still have lots of enthusiasm for their learning!
We were lucky enough to have front row seats at the Year Three performance of " Are we nearly there yet?" at St Thomas's church. We were all blown away by the talent for acting and singing! Well done Year Three!
The Christmas pantomime "A Christmas Carol" today was fantastic and was thoroughly enjoyed by children and staff. They were again a brilliant audience!
On Wednesday 19th December the children will be able to enjoy a festive Christmas lunch followed by class parties. Please provide your child with a carton of drink and a snack on a Christmas plate, labelled with their name.
Next week is the last week of term and school will be finishing at 1.30pm on Friday 21st December. Mrs O'Connor's Stay and Play parents are invited to attend at 9.15am for one hour as school will be closed in the afternoon and we do not want you to miss out. Any queries see Mrs O'Connor.
Have a wonderful weekend. Stay warm!
Week ending 7th December
What a week! The children have amazed us with their enthusiasm for singing in not one but three performances of "Shine star shine." They looked and sounded amazing!
Our first visit to church went well and the children sat and listened to the Advent service beautifully.
Everyone looked very festive in their Christmas jumpers. Thankyou for the donations sent in. We will be using them to purchase some new playground equipment for lunchtimes. The children thoroughly enjoyed their disco and danced themselves dizzy! Thanks to FOSA for organising such a great event.
Next week, a theatre company will be coming to put on a pantomime for the Reception children on Friday afternoon.
Have a great weekend!
Week ending 30th November
What a busy week we have had hunting for Bears and preparing for advent!
Our stay and play session was full of Christmas wonderment with children accompanying Christmas songs with bells and triangles, recording our Christmas wishes on sound buttons, making stars and decorating bauble biscuits. We listened to the story of the Nativity and understand the reason we celebrate is for Christ's birthday.
Next week we have so much on with our school advent service on Tuesday at 2pm and performance of our Nativity on Friday at 10am and 2pm.
To top it all off we have our Christmas jumper day and Christmas disco on Friday 7th December. The Reception children will attend the first session from 3.30 to 4.30 pm.
Please send in your child's costume on Monday. It needs to be clearly labelled and in a carrier bag with their name on it. We ask that your child wears plain black clothing.
Have a restful weekend!
Week ending 23rd November
The children have loved our story of the Owl babies and have made lots of beautiful sensory collage owls this week.
They have also enjoyed using real coins in our role-play toyshop and are beginning to use everyday language related to money. Please continue to support your children with this if you are spending change at the Parish Christmas Fayre tomorrow.
We have sent home PACT homework today for return on Friday 7th December.
During our curiosity Friday session we explored our senses looking for pattern and feeling textures. The children had great fun getting messy in the corn flour goo and compost farm. We also made colour mixing sums to find out what colours are made when we mix them together.
Thankyou to the parents who attended our stay and play session today. We hope you had funny too!
Have a great weekend.
Week ending 16th November
The children have continued to work hard on their phonics and reading this week. Thankyou for the support you have given your children at home. It really does make a difference!
We are continuing to focus on owl babies in our literacy tasks and have enjoyed making nests and describing how the owl babies felt when their mummy left them alone in their nest.
We are focussing on recognising coins in our maths next week so please have a look at the different coins you use for shopping over the weekend.
Today we had great fun getting curious about bodies with the help of Bony Tony the school skeleton. We taught him to sing "Heads shoulders knees and toes" and he showed us the story "Funnybones" and taught us the skeleton bones song "Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones." Photos of all the fun activities we took part in will follow shortly.
Have a great weekend!
Phonics Meeting Powerpoint Presentation
Week ending 9th November
Thankyou to all parents who attended our phonics meeting. We hope it helped to make how we teach phonics clearer. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to see Miss Garnett or Mrs O'Connor.
The children are really enjoying their stay and play sessions with a member of their family. Please check the rota for your date. All dates for the year are available to allow for any organisation around work or childcare you may have to make.
Dates for your diary:
Thursday 8th November: Phonics Meeting. 3.30pm (Creche available) and 5.30pm in class RG.
Friday 7th December: Reception and Year One Christmas Performance 2pm. Please note, parents attending stay and play on that date will attend the performance. The children will need to wear all black clothing for their costumes.
Week ending 2nd November
The children have had a busy first week back at school after the autumn break. They embraced changing for P.E with enthusiasm and although we lost shoes, trousers and various other items everyone went home clothed! Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school for next weeks lesson on Wednesday. Please label all items of clothing clearly.
Our first stay and play session was held on Friday and we hope the children and parents enjoyed spending time sharing activities in their classrooms. Spaghetti painting and using sparklers safely were just some of the exciting experiences on offer.
We have talked to the children about safety around fireworks and we hope you all have a happy and safe November 5th.
Week ending 20th October
We have reached the end of our first half term and are very proud of how the children have settled into school life and classroom routines. They have developed friendships and are embracing the learning opportunities presented to them with great enthusiasm.
The Reception team wish you all a lovely, restful break and look forward to seeing you all on Monday 29th October.
Week ending 12th October
This week we have enjoyed the story "I will not ever never eat a tomato" by Lauren Child. The children loved talking about their favourite foods and their not so favourite foods! We made up lots of silly names for foods we did not like and took part in some lovely role play as Charlie and Lola.
We are continuing to think about food next week as our Big Talk topic is to talk about a special meal you have shared with your family.
Next week we are thinking about welcoming people into God's family and would really appreciate it if you could send in a photo of your child's Baptism. The children get so much from talking about their own precious memories. Thankyou to the parents that have already sent in their photos.
The stay and play timetable is now on the website, please check for your allocated date.
Have a lovely weekend!
Reception Stay and Play
Our Early Years Aims
At St Antony’s Catholic Primary School, our aim is to create a happy and secure environment, where children will develop confidence, key skills and an eagerness to learn. We recognise that as parents, you are the first educator in your child’s life and it is our wish to create positive partnerships with families from the outset.
We have introduced Stay & Play Sessions and we welcome all family members to attend, including; Mums, Dads, Grandparents and Carers etc. You are invited to stay and play with your children as we value your support and recognise the importance of partnership with parents.
Benefits of Stay and Play sessions
Stay & Play sessions allow you the chance to see your child interact with other children and learn through play in a relaxed environment. Staff will set up activities following the children’s interests and parents/carers can come along and take part in the activities, learn new skills and ideas for learning at home through play. You will also have the opportunity to find out about school life and daily activities that take place in the early years.
We offer one Stay and Play session per child per term. We ask that only one adult per child attends the session and this can be a different adult each time to allow all family members to enjoy a Stay and Play session throughout the year. The purpose of the session will be to stay and play with your child only and not to look through books or consult with teachers, as opportunities for this will be provided on parent’s consultation evenings. It is important to remember that confidentiality is vital within the school, after your visit if there is anything you feel it is important to share please speak directly with the class teacher. Sessions will last from 2:15pm to 3:15pm on Friday afternoons and children can leave directly from the classroom with their adult at 3:15pm. Please see Stay and Play timetables on our webpage for your child’s session date.
Stay and Play Timetable
Week ending 5th October
This week we have been learning about 2d and 3d shapes. We all had great fun making shapes using rope and chalks and talking about shapes we could find in our classrooms and around the school. Have a look and see if you can find any cylinders, cubes, cuboids, cones and spheres when you are out and about at the weekend.
Thankyou to all the parents who attended our welcome meeting. We hope the information you received was useful and don't forget to come and see us if you have any further questions. The power point is on our class page if you missed the meeting.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Dates for your diary:
We have arranged some meetings to share our expectations and explain ways to support your children at home with Phonics, Writing and Mathematics.
Welcome Meeting: 4th October 2018 at 3.30pm and 5.30pm.
Phonics Meeting: 8th November 2018 at 3.30pm and 5.30pm.
Writing Meeting: 24th January 2019 at 3.30pm and 5.30pm.
Mathematics Meeting: 31st January 2019 at 3.30pm and 5.30pm.
A creche will be available for children of parents attending the 3.30pm meetings.
Our Autumn curriculum newsletter.
Parents Welcome Meeting Powerpoint
Week ending 28th September
We have had a great week settling into our new classes, building relationships with our teachers and making new friends. The children have been very happy to share their likes and dislikes and to talk about their families.
Week ending 21st September.
You should have all received a letter detailing your child's class teacher and their house colour today. The best way to purchase your P.E t-shirt is by ordering online. The link is available on the school website. The office do have a limited stock but these are the old style t-shirts. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused.
Please remember we are lining up in the playground with the whole school on Monday at 8.45 am. Please be prompt as we would like the children to participate in morning prayers. We also expect the children to carry their own bags and lunchboxes as we want to encourage independence.
The children seem very happy and settled after their first two weeks at school and we are looking forward to seeing them in their new classes.
Have a lovely weekend!
Welcome to St Antony's.
Welcome to our Reception classes at St Antony's. We are looking forward to meeting you all at our drop in sessions on Friday 7th September from 9.30 am to 12 pm and 1.30 pm to 3 pm. This will be an opportunity for you to meet your child's teachers and to familiarise the children with their new environment.
Our Topics this academic year are:
All about me
Under the Sea
Big Talk posters will be given out fortnightly on a Monday. Please complete this with your child for that week's Friday.
Impact goes out fortnightly on a Friday. Please complete for following Friday.
Phonics goes out on a Monday. Please return by Friday.
Weekly reading please ensure you read with your child every night (as much as possible) and update the reading journal with comments based on the focus. This helps us to choose and set books tailored for your child's progress. This is alongside the group words which are to be returned on your child's reading day.
If your child's books are not returned on time then they will miss out on the tasks/spellings and/or given back out again.
There is more information about what is expected on the 'Reception Homework Timetable' at the bottom of this page.
Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled as it helps the children to identify and encourages responsibility for their own belongings.
Lost property boxes are located by the year 2 classrooms- please make sure if you need to access the lost property that you gain entry via the office so they are aware of who is on site at all times.