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Thursday 20 January 2022
We started our new topic 'Africa' this week and the children have loved it! We have learnt about the 7 continents of the world and how we live in Europe. We have learnt about the different animals that live in Africa, the patterns they have and the names of their baby animals e.g. calf, cub.
In maths, we have worked really hard on our addition and subtraction skills! The children have been amazing and learnt different ways in which they could work out the addition or subtraction using objects, drawings and a number line.
Try some at home with your child!
Have a fab weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 13 January 2022
We have had an amazing week of learning! I have been very impressed with the children's knowledge of winter animals and the facts they have shared! We have been learning about bats and have written our own bat facts! We have learnt about nocturnal animals and animals that hibernate. Did you know a bat can sleep for 64-66 days whilst hibernating?!
Ask your child what they know about bats!
The children created some lovely artwork of hedgehogs and owls - take a look at the photos below.
In Maths, we have focused on more, less and fewer. We have taken part in lots of practical activities and games to identify 1 more and 1 less as well as linking this to add(+) 1 and subtract(-) 1.
We have started ping pong to develop quick fire knowledge of 1 more and 1 less. You could try this at home, in the car, on a walk! 
Adult says 'ping', children respond 'pong'. Tell the children you want to play '1 more pong'. Adult says '4', children respond '5' and so on for random numbers.
"ping - pong, ping - pong, 6 - 7, 2 - 3, 11 - 12, ping - pong, 9 - 10" etc.
We visited the library on Wednesday. Please pop your child's library book in their bookbag on a Wednesday so that it can be returned and they can take a new book home.
I hope you have a great weekend.
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 6 January 2022
Welcome back to school! It has been lovely to be back with the children today, and hearing about their Christmas holidays!
This week, we started our new RE topic 'Celebrations' and created some beautiful art work of the Church.
In Maths, we have been learning about the composition of 9 and 10, developing our addition skills e.g. 7+2=9, 2+7=9, 6+3=9. We have used tens frames and part whole models to help us.
We have begun our winter caves topic learning about the signs of winter. The snow helped us today! We have learnt about Bats and looked at a range of non-fiction information to help us write some bat facts!
Have a super weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 16 December 2021
We have had a brilliant final week of term! The children have been very busy writing letters to Santa, wrapping presents and creating maps for Santa to follow! As part of our 'My City' topic, we have looked at maps of the UK and Newcastle, and Google Earth to identify where our school is. We have looked at landmarks of Newcastle Upon Tyne including The Angel of the North, Tyne Bridge, the River Tyne, Town Moor, Gosforth High Street and our school.
After Christmas, we will be starting a weekly PE lesson. This will take place on a Wednesday with our first lesson being Wednesday 5 January. Children should come to school in their PE kit which they will wear all day.
Below are the expectations of PE kit
-Blue PE T-shirt (available from Tots to Teams with logo)
-Navy PE Hoodie with school logo (available from Tots to Teams)
-Navy shorts
-Navy bottoms and navy sweatshirt (tracksuit)
Finally, a big well done to all of the children who have worked very hard this half term and have shown brilliant learning behaviours!
I can't wait to see all the wonderful learning that next half term brings!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and happy start to the new year. We will see you on Tuesday 4 January!
Miss Micklethwaite and Miss Cranney
Thursday 9 December 2021
This week we have continued to learn about Stickman. We have retold the story and created our own versions! We have loved having a story book to write in. 
In maths, we have been learning to order and sequence numbers to 5 and 10. We have been doing this with all numbers as well as random numbers e.g. sequence the numbers 6, 3, 8 and 1 starting with the smallest. We have created number lines using gems to represent each amount.
In RE, we have  learnt all about the Christmas story. The children have loved playing with our beautiful nativity set. We are excited about the countdown to Christmas and the birthday of Jesus.
I hope you have a fab weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 2 December 2021
We have had another super week in Reception. We have started our new text in English - Stickman! The children had super knowledge of the author, Julia Donaldson. They told me lots of other stories they knew written by her! We have created Stickman puppets, story maps and independently created our own storybooks!
In maths, we have been learning about measurement, focusing on weight. We have developed our use of vocabulary - heavy, heavier, heaviest, light, lighter, lightest, balanced, equal and the same. We then measured how many cubes an object weighs. eg a glue stick weighed 12 cubes.
We loved the arrival of our class elf - Peppermint! He already set us a riddle which we managed to solve and he is already spreading his magic. We can't wait to see what else he gets up to!
Today, we enjoyed playing in the snow, making snow angels, playing snow races, building mini snowmen!
I hope you have a lovely weekend and I can't wait to hear what your elves have been up to!
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 25 November 2021
Another brilliant week in Reception! 
The children have loved the start of our new RE topic - Birthdays! We have begun to think about how special birthdays are and how special Jesus' birthday is going to be. We have changed our focal point in the classroom to purple and we joined out first Advent Liturgy today. We lit the first advent candle.
We also decorated our class Christmas tree, with more decorations to follow on Monday!
As part of our English topic, we have been learning about instructions based around the story 'The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza'. The children have been writing ingredient lists, recipes and instructions! We then made our own pizza using DT equipment such as knives and graters. The children have been super!
Why not try writing a shopping list at home for something you would like to make! Take a trip to the shops or look in your cupboards. What could you cook/bake over the weekend?
See you on Monday.
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 18 November 2021
This week Reception have been reading the story 'Not a Stick' by Antoinette Portis. We went to Forest School to collect as many sticks as we could and brought them back to the classroom. We explored the story and how the stick was used in an imaginative way! The children then became very creative designing, making and experimenting with their stick. We had fishing rods, swords, wands and unicorn horns!
In maths, we have explored the number 6. The children have impressed me with their understanding of how 6 is composed and writing calculations to match different representations of 6.
The children took part in our class worship to end our 'Welcome' topic. The children spoke confidently about Baptism and how the church welcomes us.
As part of Anti-Bullying week the children thought about how to spread kindness. We thought about the words that we use and the actions we make. We created odd sock bunting and enjoyed wearing our odd socks! We are going to try hard to carry on spreading kindness!
Enjoy the weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 11 November 2021
Another brilliant week in Reception! We have enjoyed learning about baptisms in RE as part of our Welcome topic. The children practiced re-enacting a baptism and thought about how we welcome babies in to the world and in to the Church.
In Maths, we have been exploring the composition of 5. We represented 5 in as many ways as possible and have begun to look at how 5 can be partitioned.
We have introduced the symbols and words 'add', 'plus' and 'equals' (the same as). The children managed to challenge themselves to find all the tens frames in the classroom and write down the matching number sentence eg 4 + 1 = 5, 3 + 2 = 5.
As part of our Science topic, we have continued to learn about different materials. We carried out our experiment to find out if paper would make a good fork. We tested plastic, metal, wood and paper forks to see if we could pick up rice, pasta and beans! We realised paper was no good! We will be sticking with metal forks for lunch time.
Today, we thought about Remembrance Day. Children were able to go to the poppy stall that Mini Vinnies were running.
You can follow our school Twitter page for regular updates about our learning throughout the week - @StCharlesPrimNE
I hope you have a great weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 4 November 2021
We have had a busy start to our half term. We started the week by sharing news of our half term holidays. It sounds like the children had lots of fun and it was lovely to see and share some of their experiences that had been uploaded to Tapestry.
It has been lovely to hear the children read their reading books and be so enthusiastic about wanting to read! Please do write a comment in their reading diary so that we know the books have been read at home, and can then be changed on a Monday. 
In RE, we are learning about how we welcome others. This week we thought about how we welcome people to our classroom and how we welcome new babies to our families. The children enjoyed creating shopping lists for a new baby and practised dressing the babies.
We have learnt about Diwali, the Festival of Light, and enjoyed looking at pictures and hearing the story of Rama and Sita. The children created Rangoli patterns and Henna patterns.
In Maths, we have focused on numbers this week and how to represent numbers as a numeral, picture and with Numicon. We prcatised writing our numbers to 10 using our number rhymes.
6 - bend down low to pick up sticks, now we've made a number six.
7 - across the sky and down from heaven, now we've made a number seven.
8- make an S and do not wait, now we've made a number nine.
9 - a loop and a line, that makes nine.
As part of our science topic on Materials, we have begun exploring what a material is (what something is made of) and identifying what materials we have in the classroom.
You could talk to your child and explore materials in your house. Do you have a wooden table, a glass table or a plastic table?
How can we tell?
Have a fab weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 21st October 2021
What an amazing first half term we have had in Reception. I can’t believe it is the holidays already. What another fun filled, busy week we have had. It was MADD (Music, Art, Drama and Dance) week in school so we have been focused on these skills this week. Our theme was nature and we looked at the artist Andy Warhol. He was a pop artist who loved using lots of different bright colours and repeating patterns in his work. We looked at printing as our technique to learn.

We drew to music listening to a range of tempos and rhythms to see how it changed our drawings and movement. We played a range of musical instruments to different nursery rhymes and thought about how we should play them and to which part of the songs. 

I hope you have a wonderful half term! Please add pictures to Tapestry of all the things you get up to over the half term so that we can see them and share with the children when they are back in school.


Miss Micklethwaite and Miss Cranney

Thursday 14th October 2021
Reception have had a busy week exploring Harvest food. We chopped open our vegetables to see what they are like inside. Pumpkins, butternut squash, swede, carrots and potatoes! We enjoyed exploring the textures and smells.
Reception showed fantastic teamwork during our Commando Joe's Day! We focused on Tanisha Teamwork and Charlie Communication. We had brilliant communication and teamwork building our whole class obstacle course!
We have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes in maths through a range of games and activities. Ask your child about 2D and 3D shapes. Can you spot any when you are out and about over the weekend or in your house?
Have a great weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 7th October 2021
Reception enjoyed their first school trip this week despite the rain! We set off on our wet and rainy walk to the metro. The children were very excited and enjoyed their metro ride where we went underground! We were amazing at using the escalators at Monument station! 
The children explored the Laing Art Gallery and made a face creation of someone in their family! On the way home, we had to get the bus home as the metro line was flooded! It was lots of fun!
The children have continued to impress me with their knowledge of the world around them and have created some beautiful art work linked to Autumn.
In RE, we have started learning about Judaism as part of our other faiths learning. The children created a menorah in lots of different ways, using play dough, gems, lego and paint!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 30th September 2021
 What a super week in Reception! We loved going to explore Forest School for signs of Autumn, and enjoyed collecting leaves, pine cones, acorns and conkers.
We have created some beautiful Autumn paintings using colours that the children selected - red, orange, brown, yellow, pink and purple. 
We loved creating Autumn jewellery using a range of resources. 
The children also enjoyed taking part in their first class worship with Miss Hamer. We have a class worship at the end of each RE topic. Next week we will be learning about Judaism as part of our other faiths topics. 

Reminder - we ask that Reception now walk across the yard to our classroom independently each morning. There are staff on hand to ensure your child safely reaches the cloakroom door. 
Thank you
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 23rd September 2021
Reception have enjoyed a brilliant week! They have impressed me with their fantastic work in Phonics and we have begun writing simple words with the sounds we have learnt such as sit, mad, mat. Well done everyone for working hard on your letter formation as well!
In RE, we have been thinking about how we are special to God and that God knows all our names. We used a range of media to make our own names in a creative way.
There has been lots of lovely turn taking and sharing, as well as building friendships.
I have been very impressed with the children for saying bye to their grown ups, and walking across the yard and into school all by themselves! Well done - super independence!
Well done Reception!
Enjoy the weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 16th September 2021
Reception have had a brilliant first week as a class of 30 children! They have all played wonderfully together, getting to know each other and having lots of fun!
We have begun our first Phonics lessons and your child will have brought home their sound book on Friday. We will add the sounds for the week into your child's book. Please practice one per day and ensure your child's book is returned every Monday so the new sounds can be added.
We have talked lots about ourselves and our families linking to our RE topic of 'myself'. We have thought about our names and how God knows each of our names.
We have also been learning our school prayers. You may want to practice these at home (they can be found in your welcome pack from the summer.)
I hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 9th September 2021
Welcome to Reception Class at St Charles!
We've had a lovely week getting to know the children and cannot wait to see all the children together on Monday!
We have spent lots of time outside enjoying the sunshine and playing in the Mud Kitchen, on the bikes, going for treasure hunts and creating a range of pictures!
Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite and Miss Cranney