Reception Class - September 2021
Please find links below to all our learning letters for the academic year 2021-2022. These contain important information on topics we are covering in class and PE days.
KIRF's (Key Instant Recall Facts)
KIRF’s are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work we complete in school. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing.
Monday 17th January
The scientist was right. When we arrived at school this morning there was indeed a large nest with a huge green egg inside! We're going to have a baby dragon! The children are so excited.
We had a long discussion about what a baby dragon might need. Nappies? Bottles? A dummy? Professor Clarke told us that baby dragons only eat foods beginning with "ch" and they will only drink hot drinks. We need to get ready.
Friday 14th January
We've had a reply from the laboratory! You won't believe it.
Monday 10th January
What a shock the children had this morning when they arrived in the playground and found an enormous ..........poo! Mrs Crosbie had carefully cordoned off the area to avoid any messy accidents but where had it come from?
We noticed some large red footprints too. It was all very strange.
The children were full of ideas. Was it a dog? Too big. Was it a giraffe? I've never seen one in Burnley before. It was indeed a mystery. Luckily, Mrs Crosbie has a friend who is a scientist so she carefully took a small sample of the poo and has sent it to the laboratory to find out what animal it has come from. Watch this space.......
In the meantime Reception class wrote about this shocking news for the Burnley Express.
Thursday 2nd December
Our new Santa's Workshop role play area is proving extremely popular with the children................or should I say the elves. They have been so busy helping Santa to get ready for Christmas. Making toys, painting toys, wrapping them and writing name tags.
Friday 12th November
Seeds and Gardeners Tea Party
Oh the excitement! This afternoon was the first Seeds and Gardeners Tea Party and the children were so pleased to welcome their gardeners into class. They had put their all into the preparations; sending invitations, making welcome banners and decorating a cup and plate for their special guest.
The children helped to make the classroom look lovely by adding tablecloths to our tables and arranging the treats onto plates.
When our guests arrived everything was ready. The children did a great job of welcoming their gardeners and looking after them.
Well done Reception!
We are working hard to write our letters with the correct formation. The video below shows the correct formation that we practise at CTK.
Thursday 4th November - The Hindu Festival of Diwali
One way Diwali is celebrated is by making Rangoli patterns at the entrance to your home. The patterns are brightly coloured they welcome visitors and bring them good luck. The children made their own Rangoli patterns using paper and chalk.
During times of celebration like weddings or Diwali, Hindus often use mehndi (henna) to paint beautiful patterns on their hands and arms. It is thought to bring good luck! We watched a video of some mehndi being applied and them we had a go ourselves.
Monday 18th October
Black History Month
Monday 4th October
How lucky were we this morning? The rain stayed away and we had beautiful, bright sunshine for our autumn walk, it was perfect. We talked about what the signs of autumn were before we left class, so the children were well prepared and keen.
The children enjoyed looking for signs that the season is changing. Later, back in class we had a closer look at what we had found and did some drawings too.
All that searching is thirsty work so we took advantage of the nice weather and had our snack and a hot chocolate in the outdoor classroom while Mrs Crosbie read us a story.
In our RE lesson this week we have been talking about Baptism, and how when we are baptised we become part of God's family. We baptised a dolly with children pretending to be the mummy and the daddy and everyone else was a guest at this special celebration.
Mrs Crosbie showed us what happens when a baby is baptised. A priest will pour Holy Water on the baby’s head and say these special words.
“I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”
We shared photos of the children's baptisms and then the children re-enacted a baptism in their play.
Thursday 30th September
Seeds and Gardeners
We had special visitors in Reception class, last week. It was our wonderful Year 6 children who came to be partnered with a reception child for our Seeds and Gardeners initiative. Every year each reception child (the seed) is given a special friend from Year 6 (their gardener) who will help them to grow by being a good role model and encouraging them to do their best. The new friends sit together in assemblies and spend a little time together each week. Their first meeting was a great success - they got on like a house on fire.
We made Apple Crumble in class.
What could be better now that the weather is turning than a lovely taste of homemade apple crumble...mmm? We picked the apples from our apple trees and the children set to work chopping apples, crumbling crumble and tucking in.
Well done Reception!
Everyone had a taste.
Keeping Healthy, Being Active
Tuesday 21st September
If you notice the children are especially tired tonight, it might be because they've been to the gym! We have been talking in class about how we can keep ourselves healthy and how being active and moving is really important. Our hearts beat faster and we can start panting and breathing faster when we are active.
The children were very enthusiastic at the gym. We did lots of different exercises including jogging on the spot, press ups and star jumps. We also finished off with some yoga stretches and some deep breathing meditation. Finally we made sure we drank some water to keep us hydrated.
We felt great afterwards, in our bodies and our minds.
Running on the spot.
Relax and breathe deeply.
Have a drink - you deserve it!
Our Reading Journey
The children have brought home their new reading records and letter/sound cards; these are so you can practise at home and keep up with what they are learning in class. We appreciate it if you can write a quick comment each time you practise with them.
Please keep these things in their school bags and then they can be updated when necessary. There are instructions in the book but I've also added a short video clip below, which demonstrates how the sounds should be pronounced.
How we say our sounds in Reception.
We use the Jolly Phonics songs, with action to help us remember out sounds.
Thank you for sending all your empty cereal boxes into school, the children have enjoyed creating their own model houses and telling us all about where they live. There were a great many tongues poking out in concentration as it involved a lot of cutting and practising those scissor skills.
Reception Class were proud of their completed houses............more to follow.
This week we have been reading
by Anthony Browne
The story is about a little boy called Billy who worries about everything; he worried about hats, shoes , clouds and rain! His grandma gives him some worry dolls to put under his pillow and worry for him - it changes everything.
The children made their own worry dolls.
Our second group of children arrived, looking smart in their new uniforms, and now that we have met everyone I can reveal..................it's official.................we are in for a great year!
Here are a few photos of what the children got up to today.
The children collected their lunches on a tray and sat to eat in the hall.
See you all on Monday.
I can't believe the first day is over so fast, it went in a blur! We loved meeting our first group of children face to face - they were delightful. It is my favourite time of the year as we spend time getting to know their personalities and helping them to settle quickly into our school family.
Here are a few photos of what we got up to today.
We ate our dinner in the hall. Mrs Crosbie said we were all good eaters.
In the afternoon we did some painting to make our classroom look fancy.
We also spent lots of time exploring outdoors.
We look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday children.
Hello Parents/Carers and Children!
Now your child is starting their school journey we would like to give you a little information about life in the Reception Class. The class teacher is Mrs. Crosbie and I am supported by Mrs. Rowan and Mrs Sudall. We are looking forward to teaching your child and working in partnership with you to support your child’s learning.
Throughout the year we will plan activities based on themes. Some of last year’s themes for example were; Pirates, Knights and Castles and Vets and Pets. In addition to this we will plan activities based upon the children’s interests to optimise their learning across all areas of the curriculum.
This term we will be studying the three themes of Domestic Church (Family), Baptism and Confirmation (Belonging) and Advent and Christmas (Loving). Each class will approach the themes through different topics. The children will also spend a week studying Judaism.
Please click here for further information.
Your child will have lots of opportunity for physical play in our outdoor area. We also have timetabled PE sessions and Receptions PE day will be Wednesday. Since the start of the pandemic, children in Reception and KS1 have come to school wearing their PE kits. This has proved highly successful as more time is now spent taking part in PE activities.
Please remember to label your child’s school uniform, shoes, water bottles and PE kit. I am sure you can appreciate the problems we face when the children take off their jumpers/cardigans at the same time!
Milk and Fruit Time
We are fortunate to belong to the National Fruit Scheme which provides free fruit and vegetables for our infant children. The children enjoy this snack and a drink of milk in the morning. If your child does not like the fruit provided by school they are encouraged to bring in their own fruit from home. If you have not signed up for your child to have milk you can do so here. Milk is free until they turn 5. When they turn 5 milk is chargeable. The cost is approximately £7 per half term. If you are eligible for Pupil Premium/FSM school will pay for your child’s milk.
We do have a number of children in school with severe nut allergies. People who suffer from nut allergies can develop a severe, potentially life-threatening reaction. If someone has a nut allergy it is not just eating nuts that can cause a severe reaction, just being touched on the skin or smelling the breath of someone who has had nuts or a product containing nuts can trigger anaphylactic shock (which can cause breathing and swallowing difficulties). Therefore, we cannot have nuts in school in any form – we are a nut free school. Please could we ask all parents/carers to check that there are no nuts or food with traces of nuts in school lunch boxes.
- Peanut butter sandwiches
- Granola bars
- Cereal bars
- Cakes and biscuits containing nuts
This list is not exhaustive, so please check the packaging of products closely. If you would like to check products with the school, please do not hesitate to contact the school to make an appointment. We appreciate your support in keeping all of our children safe.
Water bottles (with sport caps), labelled with your child’s name are encouraged in school. These can be brought to school each day and the children have access to these throughout the day.
Home Time Routine
The Reception Class children will leave school via the door in the Reception Classroom. We ask that parents stand in the Reception Class outside area at home time. To ensure the safety of the children we will send them out to their parents/guardians one at a time when we have seen that their parent/guardian is on the yard ready to collect them. This can take a little bit of time, so please be patient with us.
Have a lovely Summer and we look forward to seeing you all in September!
We have a three-week cycle for meals, with three options each day. In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, your child is entitled for Universal Free School Meals.
Please login to Scopay (see below) and sit down with your child to choose their lunch options from 2nd September up to October half term.
**PLEASE NOTE** DUE TO YOUR CHILD NOT BEING IN A CLASS AT THE PRESENT TIME IT WILL LOOK LIKE YOU HAVE TO PAY £2.30 FOR EACH MEAL ON THEIR ACCOUNT – PLEASE IGNORE ANY CHARGES & DO NOT PAY. Once the children have been ADMITTED to school in September the Universal Free School Meal will put all their meals to zero cost.
Nut Free School
We are a Nut-free school, we do not allow nuts or nut products in school lunch boxes.
If your child has any allergies, please contact the office and we will send you the allergen information.
Please download the app today and search for Christ the King, Burnley, using our postcode BB11 4RB. The app will provide you with the most up-to-date information on Christ the King. We encourage all parents to download the app, as well as extended family members who collect your child. I have attached a troubleshooting guide
App features include:
• School send regularly ‘Notices’ out relating to school and/or your child’s class.
• News feed, receive the latest school news stories direct to your device.
• Calendar view, to quickly see the latest events.
• Newsletters downloaded direct to your device.
• Alerts about important issues, such as school closures.
• Links to useful websites selected by the school.
We're in the process of updating this app, and new features will be available in September, so stay tuned.
Scopay is our online payment and reservation system. An email will be sent to you shortly that contains a "link code" that will allow you to set up and access your child's account. If you share childcare with another parent/guardian, both parents can have separate login accounts; please let us know and we will send another link code to get a second login.
There is an App you can download on your phone which allows you book lunches and sessions. - Find out more here
Help Guides - Click here
Parent Information - Click here
Breakfast & After School Club Provision (CTK Stay & Play)
- Breakfast club opens from 7.45 am – 9.00 am. Breakfast is provided, and this is £3.00 per session
- After-school club runs from 3.15pm – 5.45pm. A small snack is provided, and this is £6.00 per session.
- We have the capacity for 30 children in each club.
- Sessions can be booked online via Scopay.
- Sessions should be paid in advance to guarantee your place. Please let us know in advance if you need to cancel a session, otherwise, you will be charged. We do not charge if your child is off school ill.
- We accept all Childcare vouchers, Tax-free childcare, and the Childcare Grant Payment Service (CCGPS). Contact the office if you need further information
SIMS Parent Lite App
All our contact details must be up to date within our school management system should we need to get hold of you in an emergency. You can give us as many contact numbers as you need to. We also ask for a minimum of three contacts and ask you to prioritise them. E.g. Priority 1 could be mum, Priority 2 could be a family member, grandparent/aunt, etc, Priority 3 could be Dad as he doesn’t work locally. In September, we will invite you via email to sign up to SIMS Parent Lite App which is a data collection tool for you to check that all details we hold are the most up to date. If there are any changes you can submit them to us to approve on our main system.