Welcome to the Reception Page!
Old class pages can be found below. Info added before February 2016 can be found there.
Have a wonderful holiday.
You are a very special person
We wanted you to know
We have loved being your teachers,
How fast the year did go!
Come back to visit us
As through the years you go.
Try hard to learn all you can
There is so much to know!
The one thing we hope we taught you
To last your whole life through,
Is to know that you are special
Just because you are you!
Well done to all the children in Reception and all of our families
for your amazing hard work this year.
A huge well done to our super Governors Award winners.
We hope you enjoyed sharing the special ceremony with your family.
Just look at all the wonderful Eid clothes we wore to our Eid celebrations at school. We had such a lot of fun chatting about what we did with our family and friends. It sounds like Alston has lots of Master Chefs.
Why not send in some photos of how you decorated your home or your hands for Eid-ul-Fitr.
Congratulations to the children from RH who performed songs and a short play for our parents today.
Take a look at the photos to see how grown up they look speaking in front of such a large audience,
There are lots of aliens with googly eyes and shiny rocket ships in Reception at the moment.
The children have been showing just how creative they can be by making their own models of aliens and rocket ships.
They look amazing.
Why not pop into one of the Space museums near Birmingham to share an exciting family day learning about Space.
You might see a real rocket ship!
Take a look at the photos of the children's models.
Thank you to all the fathers, brothers, grandfathers, cousins, uncles and mothers who came to the Reception Father's Day Assembly.
It was such an enjoyable occasion.
The children really enjoyed sharing their paintings and songs with you.
Congratulations to our raffle winners!
Take a look at the photos of our special assembly.
We have been thinking about the wonderful role-models in our families.
We decided that we would like to thank all the male role-models who are special to us.
For all the ways that you show your love and kindness to us.
Don't forget to come to our Father's Day Assembly
Friday 17th June 2016
We have been learning some lovely songs to share with you on Friday.
You could sing them with your child at home.
We can read instructions using our phonics skills.
Just take a look at the tricky words and sentences we have been reading.
Some of the words are polysyllabic!
Have you ever been to an alien hairdresser?
Have you been into space on a rocket?
Have you ever bought clothes for an alien?
The children in Reception have been using their imagination in all of these places.
Take a look at our Role-play pictures.
Many of our families are taking part in a special religious month called Ramadhan.
Click on the link below to share some of the ways different families take part in Ramadhan.
Why not share what you do at home by talking to your child's teacher or bringing in something you use at home .
Click on the link below to share the story with everyone at home.
Why not make a collection of all the different colours and patterns you can find.
When you are out and about notice all the colours and patterns in the environment,
Which part of the story did you think was the funniest?
In Reception we have been listening to lots of different music from many different cultures.
Do you have a favourite composer or musician?
Why not share some of your favourite music with your child.
We would love to hear what you think of our composer of the month .
Click on the link below to hear some music by Haydn.
What a great morning trying out lots of different activities to help make learning fun.
Thank you to all the Mums, Dads, aunties, uncles and grandparents who joined us this week at the workshop.
We had a wonderful morning sharing ideas and talking about all sorts of fun ways to help our children learn about this area of Maths. It was a lovely opportunity to chat about how everyday experiences can all help with learning in this area and it was a great time for our families to ask questions.
We hope you will enjoy trying out some of the practical ways to learn about shape, space and measures with your child.
As promised- click on the links below to enjoy singing along to the songs we love singing at school.
We learned all about special windows called 'Stained glass windows'. These windows are very colourful because they are made of colourful glass. A long time ago only very important buildings had these beautiful windows. The light shines through and looks like an 'inside rainbow'.
We looked at the colours and pictures that show important people and stories. Then we thought of our own designs before creating our own stained glass windows using colourful cellophane and tissue paper.
You can see our windows displayed in the corridor.
Next time you are out and about see how many stained glass windows you can find.
Our beans have been growing.
look for the roots, shoots, stems and leaves.
In Reception we have been following instructions to help us to plant beans. We hope that our bean plants will grow tall and green. We know seeds need soil, water and sunshine to help them grow.
Have you planted anything in your garden or window box? Why not let your child help you to plant something at home? You could visit the library to find out about how to care for plants.
There were lots of parties and dressing up in red, white and blue to celebrate.
The 'Bake-Off' winner Nadia baked a special orange drizzle cake.
What cake would you like for your birthday?
The children in Reception enjoyed a wonderful day at Birmingham Airport this week.
We travelled by coach to Birmingham International Station and then on the Mono-rail across to the airport. It was very exciting.
The airport is a very busy place!
Lots of people work at the airport helping travellers to enjoy their journey by plane and keeping travellers safe.
Why not share where you have travelled to by bringing in some photographs or mementos of your holidays abroad.
We are looking forward to a great Summer Term.
We hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday.
Why not share some of your news with your friends in Reception. You could write or draw about the fun and relaxing things you did. Perhaps you have some photographs you would like to share.
Take a look at the Summer Term Curriculum letter to find out about all the amazing learning planned for this Term.
This is one of our favourite stories.
Why not pop in to your local library and borrow a copy to share with your child. There are lots of different versions to chat about.
Find out if Jack escapes from the Giant in the link below!
Thank you to all our Reception families!
The children enjoyed dressing in their sports kits today to take part in our Sports Relief charity event.
We went to a special assembly all about Sports Relief and how the charity has helped children to go to school and have fun.
Take a look at our photos to see how determined we are to help run an Alston Marathon. For each mile the children needed to run 24 laps around the Arena. We worked together to help children and families who need our help to be safe and happy.
This week we have been thinking like scientists.
We planned a fair experiment using fish made of different types of paper and card. We blew the fish across the table to see which fish would get to the other side first.
These are some of our predictions about the fish we thought would win.
"I think the pink fish will win because its my favourite colour".
"I think the blue fish will win because it's light".
At the end of the experiment we tried to think about what had happened and why.
"The pink fish won. It's paper and it's straight. The cardboard fish was too heavy.
Just look at our super writing!
The chicks now have feathers at the tip of their wings.
They are eating lots and growing fast!
We think they are so cute and have really enjoyed watching them develop.
We have some baby chicks in Reception!
The eggs were carefully placed in the special incubator on Monday.
The first chick hatched on Tuesday night.
Now we have five fluffy chicks to care for.
Each day we need to check they have enough food and water and the special tank is clean with fresh sawdust.
We will care for them until Friday 11th March when they can go back to their farm.
Take a look at how they have grown and changed.
Perhaps you could visit a farm to discover other animals. Why not suggest some names for our chicks.
The children are full of enthusiasm for our new book.
'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle.
Take a look at the link to share the story with your child.
Perhaps you could take your child to visit a garden centre. There are so many plants and lots of other interesting things to see and do there.
Perhaps you could ask your child to help you look after the baby in your family.
The children have had lots of fun choosing flowers to make up a bouquet for the special people in their families.
Who would you like to send flowers to?
Perhaps you could visit a market near you to see all the flowers or take your child to a florist to order some flowers for a special occasion.