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~ Week Eigh~


What a super last week of half term. We have had so much spooky fun to celebrate Halloween and we are so pleased that so many parents were able to join us for our Stay and Play session on Wednesday. The children were so incredibly excited to have their parents take part in some Halloween play and crafts and loved showing them around their classroom. Thank you to all those parents who were able to make it, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. 

We will be having another Stay and Play at the end of the next half term. 


As we come to the end of the half term, we would just like to thank all the parents and children for a great start to the school year and we hope that you all have a wonderful, relaxing time together for the half term holidays and we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 6th November. 


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Monday 6th November - Return to school  

The weather is getting colder now and we spend lots of our learning time, in Early Years, in the outdoor area throughout the day so please ensure that your child attends school appropriately dressed for the weather. This includes a warm coat, gloves, hat and sensible warm shoes. 

~ Week Seve~


In Reception this week, we have enjoyed exploring Autumn and the changes that this season brings. We created Autumn tree paintings and got messy with some pumpkin painting too. 


We have loved learning how to find one less than a number and taking our learning outside using songs to consolidate our learning. 


We listened well to our class story 'Incredible You' and talked about all the things that make us incredible from being incredibly kind to super boxing skills, we certainly have an incredible bunch of talented Reception children! 

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Wednesday 25th October - Reception Stay and Play 

Parents are welcome to come to school at 2pm to spend some time with their child in their Reception classroom where we will be enjoying lots of Halloween crafts and activities. Children can come to school dressed in Halloween clothing / costumes if they would like to. 


Wednesday 25th October - Parents Evening 

Please remember to choose an appointment time to speak with your child's class Teacher. The appointment list will be on the door in the morning and at home time. 


Friday 27th October - Break up for half term. 

We will return to school on Monday 6th November. 



~ Week Six ~


This week, we have been incredibly excited when exploring different materials and textures such as clay, jelly and sand. We have been super at using language to describe the different textures and which ones we enjoyed best. 

We have also loved getting creative in the junk modelling area using our imaginations. 


We have been delving into one more and one less than a number in Maths using different manipulatives to help us. 


Next week we will begin our new story 'Incredible You!' by Rhys Brisenden which celebrates how amazing and talented we all are. We have included some activities for you to try at home together linked with the story. 

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Friday 20th October - Show Racism the Red Card 

Children can come to school wearing red on this day. 


~ Week Five ~


As part of our feelings and emotions topic this half term, we took a visit to our school Thrive Hive where we met Mrs Quinn and Mrs Ellis. The room is a really calm and inviting environment that we loved to explore. We took part in a calm breathing exercise and created a calm monster together. It was lots of fun. We are so lucky to have a quiet space that we can visit if we are struggling to regulate our emotions. 


We have also enjoyed our new class text, 'Barbara throws a Wobbler' and really liked the part of the story when Barbara's Wobbler wobbles like jelly and when she squashes her Wobbler down and it POPS! The children have been incredible at remembering and retelling parts of the story and using new language within their play. 


In Phonics, we have been recapping some of our earlier sounds, so please remember to keep practising them at home together too. Today we will be sending home a sheet all about ideas of games and activities that you can play at home to help develop phonics skills (also attached below). We have loved seeing the confidence and pride from our Reception children when they have been able to read and write some words on their own. We have enjoyed exploring the writing areas in particular and recreating stories about feelings. 

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~ Week Four ~


We have had lots of fun this week, helping Colour Monster sort his feelings and creating our very own colour monsters using tubes and collage materials. The children are brilliant at recognising different emotions and they are beginning to develop skills to help them regulate their emotions too. 

To help us take a moment of calm in the classroom during our busy day, we have been enjoying taking part in some rainbow breathing (see below).


In maths this week, we have been exploring the composition of 5. We have enjoyed exploring making the number 5 using fingers, objects and five frames in different ways. 


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~ Week Three ~


We have had a fantastic amount of children returning their completed homework into school this week. Well done to those children who have been putting extra practise into their letter formation smiley


In school, we have continued to learn about our class text 'The Colour Monster' by using different words to describe feelings, create colour monster art work alongside colour mixing with different paints and expressing our feelings using body language and words. 


We have continued to practise our subitising skills up to 5 as well as recognising numerals up to 5. Below is a fun song to help with your child using subitising skills at home. 


Children have particularly enjoyed spending time outdoors on our balance bikes and taking part in PE lessons with Mr Danquah. 

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Wednesday 27th September: Individual School Photographs 

~ Week Tw~


The children in Reception have really settled in now and are quite accustomed to their daily routine. We have even had some children achieving 'Green Moments' for their outstanding behaviour and efforts in school. Well done to those children. 


This week we have been learning all about the number 3 and subitising numbers and objects to 3. 

Enjoy playing on the game below with your children to help them practise this skill at home. 


We have also introduced children to the first 5 letters from Read, Write Inc Set 1 sounds (m,a,s,d,t) and your child has been bringing home a letter each night to practise at home. Today they will receive some QR codes that will take you to a Read, Write Inc video that your child can watch at home (we have also added this on to Tapestry). 

Check out the RWI Parent guide below for any support. 

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~ Week One ~


What a fantastic first week back to school we have had. We have had so much fun getting to know each other and exploring our new Reception classroom and outdoor learning area. 


Next week we will be introducing the children to the story, 'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llenas. We will be exploring our feelings and emotions and learning how to remain in the green, calm zone of our 'Zones of Regulation'. We will continue to develop our turn taking and listening skills during our independent play. 


We are very excited that we will begin to learn some of our sounds to help us with learning to read and write. This week, we will learn the letters 'm' , 'a' , 's' , 'd' and 't' and your child will come home with each letter to practise at home with you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak with your child's teacher. 

We will also be consolidating our knowledge of the numbers 1, 2 and 3 through games and songs. Our Numberblocks friends are always around to help us with this too. 


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Mrs Barnes (English Leader) will be hosting some Reading Parent Meetings for our Early Years Parents on the following dates: 


Stories Matter! Top Tips for Reading!

Thursday 14th September (9:00 - 9:30am or 2:30 - 3:00pm) 


How to read Set 1 Sounds

Thursday 21st September (9:00 - 9:30am or 2:30 - 3:00pm) 


How to read words using Fred Talk

Thursday 28th September (9:00 - 9:30am or 2:30 - 3:00pm) 


If this is something you would like to attend, please inform your child's class teacher. 

~ Welcome back to School ~


Welcome to the first half term at Byker Primary School. We are so very excited to welcome all the children back to school this week and have some very exciting changes in our classroom that we think the children are going to love. 

We will begin this week by getting to know each other, sharing what we like and dislike, forming friendships and learning our class rules and routines. We are going to have so much fun settling in this week before starting full time next week (week beginning 11th September 2023).

In our first week, we will be reading a story called 'Our Class is a Family' by Shannon Olsen. We have included some home learning activities for you to try together. We hope you have fun. Any activities that you complete can be brought into school, or photographs can be added online to your child's Tapestry account. 


We look forward to seeing you all soon! smiley

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