Welcome To Reception Class
Meet the Year Group Teachers, Miss Brown…
Hello, I am Ruth Brown. I have been teaching for over 10 years, most of which I have spent in Early Years. I started teaching at New Silksworth Infant School and then moved to Hylton Red House Nursery School, where I developed my leadership skills, before coming to work at Oxclose Primary Academy on a secondment in January 2014. I now have a permanent role here. I love teaching in Reception Class as I see the children develop so much in the first year of their school life. When not at school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, particularly my niece and nephew.
and, Mrs Jordan-Richardson
Hello, I am Alexandra Jordan Richardson. I have been teaching at Oxclose for 15 years, most of which I have spent in Early Years and Key Stage 1. My favourite subjects to teach are reading, PE and PSHE. Currently I am a subject leader for PE and PSHE across the school.
After I had my son in 2013 I returned to school working 3 days each week. Since then I have thoroughly enjoyed working in a range of different classes within the school and this year I am excited to be working in Reception and a variety of classes across Key Stage 2.
When not at school, I enjoy spending time with children Lawrence and Bea. I also enjoy going to the gym and shopping.
Meet the Year Group Teaching Assistant, Mrs Wilson…
Hello, I’m Joanne Wilson and I’m the Early Years Teaching Assistant who works in Reception alongside Ruth Brown. Throughout my career, I have worked in various year groups but Reception is definitely my favourite. I enjoy being creative with the children and love watching them grow. Part of my role is to work with children throughout school delivering nurture sessions. At home, I like getting up very early to enjoy long walks with my dogs. I also enjoy spending time with my family.
Visit to the seaside
Despite the weather not being great, the Reception children had a fantastic trip! We spent the morning being pirates with Tiny Tweeties singing some of our favourites as well as some new songs. Some of us even had to walk the plank! After lunch we spent some time on the beach and in the pirate play park at Roker before returning to school worn out!
Health and Happiness Week
The children in Reception have really enjoyed Health and Happiness Week. Each morning we have been outside to do 2 minutes of fast running – this has got our hearts beating really fast and helped us to be ready for the day! We have done some yoga sessions, talked about healthy eating and why we are all special in our own way. We read a story called ‘The Jar of Happiness’ which was about a little girl who filled a jar full of all the things that made her happy. We designed our own jars and talked about smells, food, people and other things that make us happy!
School Nurse Visit
Carol, the School Nurse, came into speak to Reception about keeping ourselves clean and healthy. She talked about washing our bodies, cleaning our teeth and washing our hands properly. We now know you should be able to sing one verse of ‘Old MacDonald had a Farm’ in the time it takes to wash your hands! We all had a practise at brushing our teeth properly using the pretend teeth and brushes.
Busy Bee Day
Reception had a brilliant Busy Bee Day to celebrate filling their marble jar! In class, we have been learning about bees and how important they are. Throughout the day children made and ate honey sandwiches, made bee biscuits to take home, made bee hats as well as lots of other fun activities.
It was a particularly special day for Faris’ family as bees were his brother Daniel’s favourite animal and are now an important part of his memory for them. Faris’ mam even sent us some amazing photographs that she has taken of bees over the years!
We had a fantastic Science Week 2019 in Reception. We loved our workshop with Loraine and Sarah from Durham University to start the week, looking at dinosaur teeth and talking about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We have done lots of fun activities including looking at and making our own chocolate fossils, being dinosaurs in the outdoor area, making dinosaur lands in the construction for our Sock-A-Saurus and making balloon dinosaurs.
World Book Day
Reception had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day 2019. There were some brilliant costumes! We shared our stories from home with our friends in other classes and did lots of fun activities on the story of Elmer. Elmer was unique because she was colourful and we talked about how we are all unique too in lots of different ways.
We are busy making Sock-A-Saurus’ in Reception at the moment. Carol is an expert and has been coming in on an afternoon to help us stuff and sew the body parts together. Once we all have a Sock-A-Saurus we are going to have lots of fun making stories up and they will even help us develop our writing and maths skills!
We enjoyed celebrating Hannukah in Reception. We made Happy Hannukah cards to send to each other and learned about the menorah which is a big candle that is lit each night. We even made our own. Beau and Caycee enjoyed using lollipop sticks to make their own Star of David. Mrs Halls Hannukah lunch was delicious!
It snowed! The children in Reception were so excited, Chloe even said it was the best day of her life! We loved walking around in the snow, talking about what it felt and sounded like under their feet. Reception children also enjoyed looking at the big pieces of ice and discussing what would happen if we brought them inside out warm school. Beau wanted a carrot so that he could build a snowman!
Anti – Bullying Week
We have really enjoyed celebrating Anti-Bullying Week in Reception this year! We read the story of Elmer and talked about how everyone is different and that that is a good thing. Some of the children even made Elmer masks.
We also worked together as a whole class to decorate our own Elmer. If the teacher’s heard children using kind words to each other, they were asked to colour a square on Elmer’s body. We managed to fill him up by the end of the week!
Another activity we enjoyed was making our ‘Reception Ok Book’. We looked at lots of different people and talked about how they were different but then agreed that this was ok! We are going to keep the book in our Reading Area to look at during choose time.
Reception have been lucky and taken part in some weekly music sessions with Rachel and Chris from Tiny Tweeties. We have absolutely loved every second! The children have taken part in movement, singing, stories and played musical instruments in the Tiny Tweeties band.
Reception really enjoyed their puzzled afternoon! We invited parents in to help us solve various puzzles involving numbers, shapes, patterns and lots more. Some of them were quite tricky but we tried our best. We are looking forward to our next puzzle afternoon in the Summer Term.
We loved Science Week in Reception. We enjoyed doing lots of activities in the classroom about space. We used food colouring and pipettes to represent earth on cotton wool pads. Mrs Wilson made some slimy jelly in the water tray that we thought might be found on Mars. Some of the children made an amazing space station that had a toilet and a kitchen with a sink. Everyone made a rocket that we blasted across the school field which was great fun!
World Book Day
We really enjoyed World Book Day in Reception. The children dressed up as some brilliant characters including Little Red Riding Hood, Postman Pat and on the of The Three Little Pigs. We loved listening to stories from Mrs Bolam in the library. Some children brought their favourite book to school and shared it with their friends, telling them their favourite parts.
Reception loved their Christmas dinner! We enjoyed pulling our crackers and telling the jokes to our friends.
Reception have been taking part in weekly music sessions run by Tiny Tweeties. They have been absolutely fantastic and have supported the children’s development across the Early Years curriculum, not only in music. During the sessions the children have sang as range of songs including using instruments, puppets and retelling familiar stories.
Roald Dahl 100 Day
In Reception we celebrated Roald Dahl 100 Day by having a day full of chocolate. We pretended to be Willy Wonka in his chocolate factory! The children decorated biscuits and cakes with chocolate and made golden tickets. Some of the children were even dressed as Willy Wonka!