Monday 10th July 2017
The children in Reception had a wonderful time this morning
working with their families.
Reception families heard all about the Early Learning Goals
and expectations for Understanding the World
and Expressive Art and Design.
We hope you tried out some of the fun ways
to explore the different materials with your child today.
We chatted about The Queen
and some of the other people we have heard about in our special stories.
Take a look at the fun photos below to
remind yourself about some activities you could try at home.
Friday 7th July 2017.
Today the children of Alston Primary School commemorated its 90th Anniversary!
What an amazing day!
Past pupils and teachers gathered to share the special memories of their time at Alston.
Do you have any special memories that you would like to share?
Pop in to tell us all about your time at Alston?
You could chat to your children about your school days.
How was it different?
Take a look at some photos of our celebration.
Wednesday 5th July 2017
What an exciting day!
Reception children spent the day in Year 1 today.
They spent time learning in their new classrooms all day.
The Year 1 teachers were delighted with the way Reception children behaved
and their lovely manners.
Well done to all of the Reception children!
Super learning today!
You should be very proud of yourselves.
Why not chat to your child about what they have enjoyed?
If you have any questions please come and talk to Reception or Year 1 staff.
Welcome to Alston!
Monday 3rd July 2017
Today was a very exciting day in Reception.
The children helped to get the classrooms ready to
welcome the families of children joining Reception in September.
We chatted about 'Transition Day'.
Do you know the name of your child's teachers in Year 1?
Please come and chat to the team in Reception or Year 1
about any worries you or your child may have.
Remember to chat about Transition Day on Wednesday 5th July.
Your child will meet their new class teachers and spend the day exploring Year 1.
Your children have helped to make this year amazing for the staff and the other children.
Thank you for working with us this year to make our year such fun.
Take a look at our photos of the 'Induction Meeting' today.
We hope they will enjoy being part of
the Reception team as much as you have this year.
Tuesday 27th June 2017
We hope our families who celebrated Eid
this weekend had a wonderful time.
Today the children in Reception
came to school in their special clothes.
We chatted about visiting our families and friends and eating lovely food.
What did your family do this weekend?
What did your family do to celebrate Eid?
Take a look at our party photos.
We wished each other 'Eid Mubarak!'
and danced to our favourite Eid songs.
We enjoyed playing 'Musical Statues'.
Friday 23rd June 2017
Today the children chatted about how
our families like to celebrate special days and events.
Many of our friends are getting ready to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.
We enjoy meeting our friends and family on Eid.
We love sharing food with our guests.
We are looking forward to wearing our special clothes.
What do you like to do to celebrate special days and events?
We decided cards and presents help us to remember special times.
So we designed and made our own Eid cards.
Take a look at the photos to see some of our designs.
Click on the link to share an Eid song.
Today we worked with the artist Benny
to create some beautiful clay shapes and designs
to add to our mural.
Take a look at the photos to see how well
we all worked together to create our clay designs.
Wednesday 14th June 2017
The children in Reception have been learning about
the work that UNICEF does around the world to help children.
Today we thought about what some of the Rights mean to us.
We discussed four areas that help to keep children safe and well.
These areas are family life, the chance to have a good education,
people and services to help us to be healthy and the opportunity to play.
You could chat about how these are shown in your child's life.
Click on the link below to see some of the
incredible and important work UNICEF does.
Tuesday 13th June 2016
Today the children in Reception had a fantastic time working with the artist Benny.
We will be creating a mural as part of Alston's 90th Anniversary celebrations.
You could share some ideas or your time to help us to create this masterpiece.
What was your school like when you were a child?
Chat to your child about all the things that have changed.
Take a look at our photos to see some of our ideas.
It was very exciting!
We can't wait to see our work up on the wall as part of the mural.
The children in Reception have been exploring alien worlds.
Just look at the strange new planet in our photos.
The children in Reception have been thinking about friendship.
In our story the animals learn how to be better friends.
The children decided it is important for friends to be kind and honest too.
Tuesday 6th June 2017
We hope you had a lovely holiday. It is lovely to see all the Reception families again.
We have so many exciting things to share with you this half-term.
We will be thinking about different sounds.
How many instruments can you name?
Can you hear any sounds in space?
Our children are fascinated by space at the moment.
Maybe you could take your child to visit a museum about space.
Can you find out about the planets in our solar system?
Don't forget to create your own musical instrument, space ship or space creature at home.
We would love to see all the different models you create.
Bring your model to school by 14th July 2017.
Friday 26th May 2017
Thank you to all the Reception families for joining us at our 'Farmyard Capers' performance today.
What a lot of fun we all had!
The children in Reception sang their favourite farmyard songs for their families
and shared some interesting facts about farm animals.
We hope you learnt all about where our food comes from.
Take a look at our photos to see how much fun we had singing and performing for our families.
Which song was your favourite?
Did you choose banana or strawberry smoothie?
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
We have been planting some beautiful flower in our Growing Area.
Why not stop and take a look next time you are at school.
You could chat to your child about the colours and textures.
Do you have a garden or space to grow things at home
Why not grow some flowers or vegetables with your child?
Friday 5th May 2017
The children in Reception will be enjoying a fantastic story next week called
'The Little Red Hen'.
It has been told in many different ways over many years.
You can share the story with your child by clicking on the link below.
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Today we had some very special visitors.
The eggs were nice and cosy in the special chick incubator.
Many of the chicks have hatched already!
We have been watching them carefully
and trying to answer lots of questions about them.
We have tried to think of some names for the chicks.
Can you help?
Monday 1st May 2017
The children in Reception will be sharing this fun story about a hen called Rosie.
Can you see which animal is trying to sneak up behind Rosie?
Try to name all the places Rosie visits on the farm.
Thursday 27th April 2017
This week we have been thinking about the food that we eat.
We shared some food that was bought at the supermarket.
Some of our food comes from plants and some from animals.
The children decided how to sort the food.
Try spotting food from animals and food from plants
the next time you are shopping at the supermarket.
Monday 24th April 2017.
What do you like to eat?
Where does your food come from?
Does your favourite food come from a plant or an animal?
Can you name any farm animals?
In Reception we will be learning all about farms and farm animals.
Can you answer our special question?
Try to visit a farm with your child to see for yourself what the animals eat and drink.
Click on the link below to take a peak at a farm.
You could chat about what you might see on a farm.
Monday 24th April 2017
It is wonderful to see all the children and families again.
We hope you had a lovely holiday.
Did you do anything special?
You might like to bring your photos and mementos to school to share with your friends.
Thursday 6th April 2017
Just look at all the super minibeast models in Reception!
They look incredible and so colourful!
Well done to all the ladybirds and spiders and worms.
Can you spot any other minibeasts on our exclusive designer T-shirts?
We enjoyed sharing our creations with our Year 1 friends
in our Minibeast Catwalk Show.
Tuesday 4th April 2017
Reception was full of bunnies and chicks today.
Take a look at all the inventive bonnets the
creative Reception children have made.
Can you spot your child in the parade?
Friday 31st March 2017
We love all the strange and wonderful
minibeasts that have invaded Reception at Alston.
Remember to bring your child's
minibeast creation to school to share
with the other Reception children.
Friday 31st March 2017
The children in Reception are very excited
about the Easter Bonnet Parade on Tuesday 4th April.
Please remember to bring your bonnet to school ready for the parade.
Come and join us cheering and clapping for all the children in the Easter Bonnet Parade.
Please remember to come and support your child on Tuesday 4th April.
The most creative bonnet in each class will win a special prize!
Friday 24th March 2017
Thank you to all the Mums and Grandmas, Aunties and sisters
who attended the special Mother's Day assembly today.
We hope you had a wonderful time.
The children in Reception worked really hard to prepare for today.
Did you join in singing the Mother's Day song ?
We hope you enjoyed the poems too.
You are very special people and deserve the card, painting and Spring daffodil you received today.
To all the special ladies who do so much for the children at Alston
a HUGE thank you!
Have a very lovely Mother's Day!
Thursday 23rd March 2017
Wow! What a fantastic turnout!
The families in Reception are amazing!
Just look at all the Mums and Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas, Aunties and Uncles enjoying the Writing Workshop activities.
Which activity did you enjoy the most?
Thank you for all your wonderful comments. We are so glad that you have enjoyed the workshops each half term. We love to hear about how you have been using the ideas and activities from the workshops to help your children.
We hope to see you all at the next workshop!
Friday 17th March 2017.
Don't forget to join us at the 'Writing Workshop'.
Thursday 23rd March
9 am until 10:30 am.
We are looking forward to sharing some special surprises at the Mothers Day Assembly
We hope you will join us for this wonderful assembly
on Friday 24th March
at 9am until 10 am.
Friday 17th March 2017
Wow! We have been learning all about insects!
Do you know what a Thorax is?
How many wings does a dragon-fly have?
Can ladybirds be blue?
The children in Reception know
the answers to these tricky questions
and lots of other interesting facts too!
This half term we have a new challenge for the Express week.
What will you make for the minibeast challenge?
You can make a minibeast of your choice
you might like to build a home for your minibeast.
Please bring your minibeast
or minibeast home
to school by Wednesday 5th April
Thursday 16th March 2017
Today the children were set a challenge.
Each week the children in Reception will be competing for the special 'Walk to School' badges.
To help your child to win a badge all you have to do is...
Pick any day in the week when you can
walk to school
cycle to school
get on your scooter and 'scoot' to school
park a few streets away and walk the rest of the way to school
I'm sure you can find more than one day a week to do this challenge.
We found out it could even help you to be better at Maths!!
Tuesday 14th March 2017
We are excited about working with Reception families at the
EYFS Writing Workshop.
Thursday 23rd March
9am until 10:30 am
In the Performance Hall.
We listened carefully to your feedback from previous workshops and have planned some super writing activities for you to share with your child.
We would love to chat to you about any questions or suggestions you have.
Remember to return the attendance slip
to your child's class teacher.
See you soon!
Wednesday 8th March 2017
The children in Reception have been making 'Moon Sand'!!!
We had so much fun mixing, stirring, pouring and kneading
to create the special 'Moon Sand'.
Then we explored how the texture had changed.
Here are some of the things the children said-
'It feels like cake'
'It's squishy and soft'
'I like it because it's so soft'
You can find out how to make your own 'Moon Sand' below.
Monday 6th March 2017
Have you met our newest friend?
We have a brand new member of the Early Years- a rabbit!
The children in Nursery and Reception voted for their favourite name.
We chose Cocoa.
The children are having a wonderful time learning how to care for Cocoa.
You could help your child to find out about rabbits by clicking on the video below.
Thursday 2nd March 2017
Today we enjoyed a world of reading fun!
We celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite characters and sharing lots of fun stories.
We joined in with poems by a special poet. He was very funny!
See if you can spot the smelly super hero.
Which book is your favourite?
Why not share a story you remember with your child.
Don't forget to use your special World Book Day tokens at a book shop soon.
You can bring the books you buy into school to show the other children.
Tuesday 28th February 2017
Wow! Just look at the amazing animals Reception met today!
Thank you to Henry for bringing his interesting animals to meet us today.
We were very excited about holding the animals. Some animals were soft and furry but others were spiky!
Can you name some of the animals?
Which is your favourite animal?
13th February 2017
Wow! just look at this amazing police car. Well done Safi from RS!
OK Reception families- time to bring those fabulous vehicles to school.
Don't forget to label your child's model with the child's name and class.
The 'Transport Exhibition' will be held on-
Friday 17th February 2017
You can see all the fantastic models the Reception children have been making
as-well as the 'Home-project' models you helped your child to create.
For just £2 you will receive your special Transport Exhibition ticket
Chat to your child's teacher about what the children have planned for you.
Any funds raised will be used to fund the next exciting project for your child.
10th February 2017
We have been very busy thinking about transport this week.
Thank you to everyone who sent in empty packaging, boxes and bottles. You will be delighted with the vehicles we made from them. Just look at how busy we are using lots of different tools and resources to make our favourite type of transport.
Don't forget to note Friday 17th February in your diary. We would like you to bring in any vehicles that you have made together at home. We would love to display them for everyone to see how creative Reception children are at Alston!
7th February 2017
Thank you to all the Mums, Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas, Aunties and Uncles and everyone who attended the Shape, Space and Measures workshop today.
Just look at the happy faces enjoying learning in our outdoor area.
Don't forget, you can ask any of the adults if you have any questions about helping your child with their learning.
We hope you had lots of fun!
3rd February 2017
We enjoyed learning all about Chinese New Year celebrations.
We listened to a story about how
each of the twelve years is named after an animal.
We think the rat cheated! That's not fair!
Later we watched special dances and
then we went outside to have a race like the animals in the story.
Finally we shared some special food.
It was delicious!
How do you celebrate special days with your family?
Do you enjoy special food too?
2nd February 2017
We are super investigators!
Just look at how we sorted the items using our special vocabulary to talk about weight.
Can you find things around the home that are heavy or light?
How many items can you find that are heavier or lighter than a can of beans?
Is it tricky to put the items in order from lightest to heaviest?
27th January 2017.
We hope you have enjoyed singing along and joining in with all the actions to this amazing story. Why not pop along to your local library to find more books about bears.
We have been describing the different places the family went to on their journey to the bear's cave. We enjoyed joining in with all the sounds. Which part of the story did you enjoy the most?
26th January 2017.
Thank you to all the families who attended Parent's Evening. We hope you found it useful to chat to your child's teachers. We enjoy hearing what you have to share about Alston's amazing pupils. Together we can help the children to achieve their potential. Don't forget you can ask your child's teacher about how to help your child with his or her learning at home.
24th January 2017
In Reception we have been learning about capacity. We can talk about the containers and place them in order from empty to full. We think a bowl of custard should be half-full because there is space for a piece of cake too! Yum! What do you think?
23rd January 2017
In Reception we have been investigating kites this week. First we selected the resources we wanted to use to create our kites. Next we tried our kites to find out if they would fly high. We found out that a windy day is the perfect weather to fly kites.
We're going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen.
This week the children are looking at the story 'We're going on a bear hunt' by Michael Rosen. As part of this the children will be re-enacting the story using various props and resources. They will need to choose their characters and use the repetitive language to help them re-tell the story in the correct order. Watch this space for more...
Friday 13th January 2017
The Reception children enjoyed exploring the snow; touching it, tasting it, making snow balls and snow angels. They even managed to build a snowman!
On Thursday 5th January 2017 we enjoyed taking part in special maths activities as part of our whole school Maths Day.
The children were involved in a range of activities including; dominoes, making 2D shapes with the peg boards, reading numbers on the bikes and counting in fun ways.
This week the children in Reception have been playing in the new role play areas. They are all linked to our brand new Imaginative Learning Project - Are we there yet? The project is about Journeys and Transport.
Look at the fun they have had! They were all very excited to play various roles!
By June Crebbin.
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
We will be sharing this wonderful story at school.
Click on the link to join in with the sing-song words.
Where would you like to travel to on a train?
What do you think you might see on your journey?
Who would meet you at the station?
Can you think of different types of transport?
Which is your favourite?
By Julia Donaldson.
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Click on the link below to share one of the stories we will be enjoying this term.
Why not make your own map with directions
to find something you have hidden at home
maybe go on a treasure hunt at a familiar place like your local park.
You could pop into your local library
to borrow this amazing book to read together at home.
3rd January 2017
It is 2017!
The Reception staff would like to say how lovely it is
to see all our amazing Reception children and families again
at the start of a brand new year and a brand new term.
We have lots of exciting things to share with you!
As always make sure you come to school every day and on time.
Remember to bring your book-bag each day and
don't forget to ask any of the Reception adults if you would like some help
with the homework.
We can't wait to start with all the fun learning this term!
Friday 2nd December 2016.
We can't wait to enjoy our special pantomime!
Make sure you return
your child's request slip to attend this fabulous event!
Every year we hold a Christmas Fayre.
Each year it gets bigger and better thanks to all your contributions.
Remember to check the newsletter each week
for all the ways you can get involved with school in the next few weeks.
Thursday 1st December 2016
Our families are AMAZING!
Each week lots of grandmas and grandpas,
Mums and Dads and Aunties and Uncles
have been popping in to read with our wonderful Reception children.
We love to share this time with you!
The children look forward to your visits
and it's a great chance to chat to the Reception staff or share your news.
Thank you so much for coming to school
each Thursday and Friday morning.
See you again soon!
Wednesday 30th November 2016
This week we have been thinking about 3D shapes.
We can sort familiar 3D shapes.
You could look for boxes, tins and other packaging at home to sort.
Our maths learning was a big challenge.
We practised finding 1 more!
You can help your child to use the vocabulary
and practise finding 1 more at home.
Click on the link below to sing some songs to help.
The children in Reception had a great time
sharing lots of phonics activities with our families today.
First the adults chatted about why we teach phonics
and how we teach phonics at Alston Primary School.
We follow the Ruth Miskin method.
Then we worked together to see how much fun it is to practise our phonics!
Monday 28th November 2016
We had a wonderful time at
We learnt about a special Christian festival.
Our Christian friends are getting ready to celebrate Christmas.
We saw beautiful purple decorations and candles for Advent.
We listened carefully to a special story
all about 'The First Christmas'.
We made angel cards and we sang a song about a special star.
See if you can spot the Christmas story in a beautiful stained glass window.
Click on the link below to take a peek inside Birmingham Cathedral.
Friday 25th November 2016.
We love surprises!
Our new story is called "Handa's Surprise"
by Eileen Browne.
Click on the link to see what Handa finds in her basket.
Friday 25th November 2016.
This week we have had lots of fun in Reception.
We found out how to compare different objects and describe them.
We can sort the animals and tell you which is the tallest giraffe and which is the shortest snake!
We can describe the animals in our story 'Dear Zoo,' using our senses
and we can match the baby animals to the correct adult animal too!
Thursday 24th November 2016
So many of our wonderful families joined the children in Reception
to share a good book!
Thank you to everyone who has helped to share a love of books and reading
with the children in Reception this week.
Which books did you choose?
We had a selection of traditional tales, rhymes, facts and favourite stories.
you can come and join in the morning reading sessions
each Thursday and Friday morning.
From 8:40 until 8:55 in your child's class.
See you again soon!
Wednesday 23rd November 2016
The children in Reception met Tinkerbell and Cocoa today.
They are two very well behaved puppies!
We saw their favourite toys and found out about the things
Tinkerbell and Cocoa like to eat and do.
We learned that caring for puppies helps to keep the puppies
safe, healthy and happy so it is very important.
Click on the link below to hear about some of the ways you can care for a puppy.
Friday 18th November 2016
Spot the Charity Champions on Friday.
Don't forget to dress up in your dottiest outfits!
We will be raising money for the 'Children In Need' charity.
You can order a dotty cookie from the kitchen. It's just 30p!
We are looking forward to raising lots of money for this wonderful charity on Friday!
Click on the link
to see all the amazing things your kind donations will help this charity to do.
Thursday 17th November 2016.
Don't forget to come and read with your child!
We will have some super stories for you to enjoy
as well as some of the home reading books and Ditty Cards for you to share.
Why not make up a story with your child using the picture books?
Maybe you know a story in a language other than English.
It would be wonderful to hear stories told around the world and from long ago.
Don't miss your chance to read in class every Thursday and Friday. 8:40 until 8:55!
See you soon!
Tuesday 15th November 2016
Take a look at our super story retelling!
We used masks and dressed up as the animals in our story 'Dear Zoo'.
Can you see the fierce lion growling?
Just look at that jumping frog?
We think the puppy is perfect too!
Monday 14th November 2016
This is our amazing new book. In this story lots of animals arrive in the post.
Which one would you choose as your pet?
Click on the link to share this wonderful story.
Friday 11th November 2016
Did you know that
wearing brightly coloured and reflective clothing could save your life!!
The children in Reception wore their brightest outfits today to raise money for the road safety charity called Brake.
We hope this was a fun way to remind everyone to make sure you are seen on these darker nights.
Click on the link to learn about this wonderful charity.
Friday 11th November 2016
Today the children thought about some very special people.
This is a special day to remember all the brave men and women who have helped to keep us safe. We wore our poppies to help raise money for them and their families.
Thank you from all the staff and children in Reception.
Wednesday 2nd November 2016
Thank you to all our amazing families.
Today the children in Reception had a great time learning about developing Number skills.
We worked with Mums and Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas and Aunts and Uncles exploring lots of exciting activities. Everyone came to join in the fun and learn how to help our amazing Reception children with developing confidence in Number.
Take a look at the photos below to see what we did!
Tuesday 1st November 2016
We are having so much fun dressing up as Zoo Keepers in our Role-play Zoo.
What is your favourite animal?
Why not visit a zoo to see some of our favourite animals?
Click on the link below to find out about animals you might see at the zoo.
Tuesday 1st November 2016
What is your favourite animal?
Where can you see your favourite animal?
We are learning all about animals during this Half Term.
Some animals live on a farm. These animals are useful and often have jobs to do.
Some animals can live with people in their homes. We need to care for our pets and take them to the special animal doctor called a Vet if the pet is unwell.
Some animals are fierce or too big. We can see these animals at the zoo.
Why not chat to your child about the different types of animals you might see in different places?
Tuesday 1st November 2016.
What is your favourite animal story?
Do you know any animal stories that are told in different places around the world?
This week we will be sharing a wonderful rhyming story full of colourful animals.
Have you ever seen a purple cat?!
Look out for the blue horse in our story.
Click on the link to share the story at home.
We love to find out all about the people who help us.
Lots of people help us at school.
Today Mr Waller visited the children in Reception.
We did not know that he cooks 500 dinners each day!
He talked about his special job. It sounds like lots of fun!
First we asked Mr Waller his name and then Mr Waller answered our questions.
Q-What do you do before you cook our dinner?
Mr Waller-I put on my uniform and I wash my hands. I wash my hands between each thing I prepare so if you are allergic to anything the food is not mixed.
Q-How do you know what to cook?
Mr Waller-I check the menu each day. It tells me what to cook each day.
Q-Who chooses what to cook?
Mr Waller-I worked with Jane to decide on a menu.
A menu is a special list of all the food.
It has choices of different food to be cooked each day for three weeks.
Q-What is your favourite job?
Mr Waller-I like baking the bread you choose from the salad bar. I like to see it rise.
Q-What is your favourite food to cook?
Mr Waller-I like eating pizza so I enjoy making pizza.
We told Mr Waller our favourite food then we gave Mr Waller a round of applause to say thank you for cooking our healthy and delicious dinners each day.
At Alston we know that everyone is special. We know that we must treat everyone fairly. We try to make sure all of our friends are happy and safe at Alston Primary School.
In Reception today we listened to Dr. Martin Luther King's famous speech.
It is famous for the phrase-
'I have a dream...'
In it Dr. King said everyone should be treated fairly.
In Reception we think Dr King should have been a real king with a real crown!
You can listen to his famous speech by clicking on the link below.
Today the children in Reception had a visit from the Nurse. It was very exciting! Our hands glowed!
We learnt how to wash our hands properly.
We are hygiene heroes now!
Today staff from the schools and nurseries in our Cluster came to Alston.
They wanted to hear all about phonics at Alston.
It was a great opportunity to have a good chat and a look around to share some ideas about exciting phonics and our wonderful Early Years!
This week we have been baking!
We have been learning about how to mix, stir, roll and keep safe while baking.
We loved the yummy smells coming from the oven.
Take a look at the photos to see how much fun Reception had baking our own gingerbread men.
Look carefully to see if any of our gingerbread men ran away!
We have had so much fun with the Gingerbread Man!
This week we have been counting and ordering with gingerbread men.
Click on the link below to share some gingerbread fun with your child.
This week the children in Reception have become super detectives.
They have been helping to find the missing Gingerbread Man.
He and some of his friends are hiding in our Outdoor Area.
You could help your child to talk about where things are.
Click on the link below to hear the special words we have been practising.
Then why not play a game with your child?
You could hide a favourite toy and hunt for it with your child.
Make sure you use the special words to describe where you found the toy!
This week the children in Reception have been thinking about different ways to keep healthy.
In PE we have been getting better at balancing in different ways.
Why not have a competition the next time the adverts are on?
Challenge the family to balance on one leg.
The children challenged themselves to do 10 squats!
Do you think you could do more?
We found out that sleeping is important too.
In school we have been thinking about eating more healthily.
There are so many delicious fruits and vegetables.
What are some of the most unusual fruits and vegetables you have eaten?
How many different ways can you think of to use fruit or vegetables?
Click on the link below to share some fun ways to be more healthy.
A traditional tale.
This week the children in Reception are sharing a wonderful traditional story. Have you read or heard 'The Gingerbread Man'?
Traditional tales have been told and retold for many years.
Can you make a list of all the characters in the story?
Click on the link below to share one of the versions of 'The Gingerbread Man' that we have enjoyed this week.
The children in Reception have enjoyed acting out the story.
You could talk to your child about the story.
Here are some ideas to help you ask your child about 'The Gingerbread Man'.
Did you enjoy the story?
What happened in the story?
Who is your favourite character?
What is your favourite part of the story?
What would you say to the characters chasing the Gingerbread Man?
How do you feel about the end of the story?
How would you change the story?
Take a look at our pictures.
Can you guess which part of the story we are showing?
This week Reception have been thinking about where our food comes from.
lots of the children know that we can buy food from shops, supermarkets and restaurants.
We thought carefully about whether the food we eat was from a plant or an animal.
Next time you are at the supermarket or restaurant why not chat about where the food comes from.
This week we have been singing one of our favourite rhymes.
Why not click on the link below to sing some of the rhymes we love to sing in Reception.
'Oliver's Fruit Salad'.
Reception children love fruit!
This week we have been exploring fruit by making fruit kebabs and fruit smoothies.
We shared the story 'Oliver's Fruit Salad.'
It is about a boy who loves the fruit that his Grandfather grows in his garden.
The only problem is that Oliver doesn't want to eat any of the fruit his Mum buys.
Why not pop into your local library to borrow 'Oliver's Fruit Salad' to find out what happens?
How many different fruits can you name?
Next time you are at the supermarket or Greengrocer why not stop and explore the different fruit on display.
You could chat with your child about the colour, smell or taste?
There are so many different ways to eat fruit.
Maybe you could find out if you prefer fresh, tinned or frozen fruit.
Can you find other ways to use fruit?
This week we have been singing a rhyme about peas.
Why not sing it together at home?
Just click on the link below.
Thursday 15th September 2016.
Thank you to all the Reception parents, friends and family members who attended the special meeting today. We had a super turn out.
We shared some of the ways that the Reception team will be working to help each child achieve all that they can this year. We are looking forward to working with you all to support the children's learning and development.
Take a look at the pictures and the slides to remind yourself of all the important information from the meeting.
to all our families
from everyone in Reception.
Today we have been thinking about a festival that our Muslim friends and families celebrated on Monday September 12th.
Alston children were invited to wear their special Eid and party clothes today so that everyone in our Alston School community could share in the celebrations.
The children in Reception looked stunning in their party clothes today.
Take a look at our photos to see what fun we had as we learned about Eid ul Adha in Reception.
Today the children in Reception shared what they did with their families
to celebrate the Muslim festival Eid ul Adha.
The children talked about Mehndi, going to mosque , visiting friends and family and eating our favourite food.
We found out that we all love to wear our special clothes when we celebrate and that Muslim families remember the story of prophet Abraham and his son Ishmael at this time.
Today we had lots of fun thinking about how to keep safe.
We can use songs and rhymes to help us to keep safe when we want to cross the road.
We know how to keep safe online too.
Don't forget to check your fire alarm!
We learnt how to keep safe in lots of situations.
Take a look at how much fun we had keeping safe!
Please take a look at our special letter telling you all about the wonderful things we will be thinking about in Reception this term.
Please send your child's PE kit into school this week.
Your child's friends will all be wearing a similar PE kit.
Please remember to write your child's name in each item of clothing and in each pump.
What an exciting day for the children and staff at Alston Primary School!
We had so much fun getting to know our new friends and teachers today.
Take a look at all the fun we have had learning lots of new things.