Orange class performed an assembly all about The Jolly Postman. The children sand ‘Mr Postman’ by The Carpenters, and we talked about how our post gets delivered.
Thank you for attending the Reception Teddy Bears Picnic. It was lovely to see so many parents/carers for our current Reception classes. Thank you to all the new children and parents/careers who attended and we look forward to seeing you all in September.
The Reception and Year 1 team
The school council decided to set up a shop to raise money for the school. They made smoothies and snacks, and children from Key Stage 1 came to buy them at break time. School council will be debating what to spend the money on at their next meeting. Well done everyone!
Reception took a trip to St Peter’s Church in Edmonton, to learn about how and why Christians celebrate Easter. We learned about the different parts of the Church including the altar, lectern and the font. The Church volunteers showed us some paintings that told the Easter story. Soon we will be visiting a mosque and a synagogue, as part of our series of trips about different faiths.
Miss Alkan and Miss Rawlinson wrote and led the Enfield Local Authority training on literacy assessment in the EYFS and KS1 this term with borough advisers Diana Weston and Suzi Modi. The session was very well attended and received and rated as outstanding by the advisory service.
On the 24th February Ms Messer delivered a talk at City Hall, London on the theme of how we can better support early years’ education for the benefit of both children and schools. The focus was the work of our Terrific Twos programme and the Children’s Centre hub. The day gave Ms Messer the opportunity to champion the impact of this work to Joanne McCartney and others at the conference.
Last week was World Book Week, and to celebrate we did lots of special activities. All the reception classes learned the story of Hansel and Gretel. The children made lots of resources to act out the story, such as sweets, gingerbread and gingerbread houses. We acted out different stories, and talked about our favourite books. We even designed our own book covers and made up our own stories. On the last day everybody came to school dressed as their favourite character. There were some amazing costumes including Harry Potter, Willy Wonka, Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood and Captain Hook. The whole of reception held a fashion show to show off our outfits.
Miss Alkan ran a coffee morning for parents and children in the EYFS, teaching them how to make their own play dough. Children and parents then participated in a Dough Gym session. Play dough is an easy resource to make and is perfect for children to develop the muscles in their hands and arms. Dough Gym is a daily session conducted at Eldon where children listen to music and do hand, finger, palm, arm and shoulder workouts with play dough to help develop their fine and gross motor skills.
Simple play dough recipe:
Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
Add food colouring to the boiling water then pour into the dry ingredients
Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky dough
Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone.
(If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right)
Our Christmas concert was a great success, thank you to all the staff especially Mrs Smart for working so hard, and to the parents, carers and families who made up our audience. Each class sang a song, and together we followed the star to find baby Jesus.
We also had Christmas parties in our classrooms with competitions, prizes and healthy snacks. The children looked very festive in their party outfits!
In preparation for Christmas, we have been doing lots of festive activities, including making cards and decorations, to make our classrooms look Christmassy. Our Christmas concert performance is next week, so we have been practising in the hall – here is a sneaky peak.
The children have been very lucky to have a pantomime performed for them in the hall. There were lots of laughs, singing and dancing, and the children really enjoyed themselves.
Chesterfield Primary School came to Eldon recently to be trained on using Colourful Semantics. This is a programme that helps to develop children’s communication and language, using colour coded words and pictures to construct sentences. Our Reception TAs are expert in delivering these sessions, and we make all our own resources to fit in with our weekly topics. It was great to share this knowledge with another school, as we know how effective it’s been for our children. A big thank you to all the Reception TAs who worked hard to make it a success.
We have been electing our new school councillors for Reception this week. We talked about what the school council is, and what sort of person would make a good role model and representative. Then children nominated the friends in their class who they thought would make a good candidate. Each nominee stood up and made a pitch, before the whole class voted.
The school council meets with Miss Williams regularly to discuss issues that are important to the children, and next on our agenda is lunch. Councillors will be presenting their class’ ideas about lunch to Miss Williams after half term.
Our whole Early Years department including our wonderful Children’s Centre Hub was invited to celebrate our success and that of our colleagues across Enfield, at a special celebration. Eldon have been recognised for the contribution we make to the Local Authority, particularly in the areas of special educational needs and outreach working. We were especially proud of the reference made to our excellent collaboration between the Children’s Centre, school and external community teams. Well done to the whole team!
In Reception we are settling in well to our classrooms, through games and activities that help us get to know our classroom, our teachers and each other.
We have had play and stay sessions with our families and carers, and home visits for us to feel happy starting school. We have been playing lots of name games so we can learn all of our new friend’s names and exploring the classroom and the different resources that we can play with during the day. We sing lots of songs and play lots of games to get to know our new teachers and responsible adults.