Reception Class Teacher - Miss Morgan
Hello! I joined the teaching team at Ravensmead in February 2014. As well as being a Reception teacher, I lead English for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, coordinate the school clubs and this year I am also the Foundation Stage Manager.
I have taught classes from Nursery to 4 and before teaching I worked as a Senior Nursery Nurse.
I love singing, pretend play and creative activities like painting and making up new stories. My favourite story is ‘Mrs Armitage on Wheels’ by Quentin Blake, because Mrs Armitage is a crazy character and she gets up to crazy things!
I also enjoy playing games in PE lessons and having lots of fun.
I have been a part of the Ravensmead team since 2010. I recently qualified as a teacher with a specialism in Early Years. I enjoy all things creative, especially painting. Reading stories is an importance in my teaching and my favourite author is Julia Donaldson, I love the way her stories rhyme. I also enjoy sport and teach netball and athletics during after school clubs.
Each week an information sheet will be sent home outlining what the children will be learning in school the following week, as well as detailing the homework. The homework will include a task which will support their learning in school and is usually linked to the current topic. Homework is handed out to the children on a Friday and should be returned into school on the following Wednesday. Topic web sheets will be sent out at the beginning of each half term, explaining how the topic will support the children’s learning in all seven areas of the Early Years curriculum.
We also encourage the children to take home a library book every day to share with you at home. Reading is an essential, life long skill and promoting a love of books at an early age is crucial. Children who read 4 or more books every week are entered into the weekly reading raffle, when they get the chance to win a free book from Mr Bell and Mrs Goodall!
Once your child is ready, we will also send home a formal reading book. This will allow your child to practise using their phonic skills to read real words in various story and information books which will be changed weekly.
Reception classes September 2017
We had a wonderful time at Trentham Gardens on Tuesday 3rd July. It was a beautiful, warm and sunny day for our trip. The children were so excited on the bus journey and cheered when they arrived! They enjoyed exploring the sensory garden, playing in the adventure playground and taking the barefoot walk challenge.
Expressive Arts & Design Workshop
This week the Reception children were involved in an Expressive Arts & Design workshop. They were able to invite a grown up in to school to show them what activities they complete in this area of learning. Mrs Webb did a short music session, where everybody joined in! After that the children explored the inside and outside classrooms, taking part in activities linked to the topic “The World Cup” where they designed a collage football shirt, completed an observational drawing of a trophy, as well as icing a football flag biscuit. Everybody enjoyed the workshop and it was a great success.
Thank you to all the grown-ups who could attend.
Circus Skills workshop
On March 5th, we had lots of fun meeting Stephen the clown and taking part in his circus! We learned lots of different skills and got to show these off in assembly.
The Reception children have been busy this week working with their adult as part of their Mathematics Workshop. There were a variety of activities for the children to access in order to show the learning in this area in Reception. Despite the cold weather, activities were accessed in our outdoor learning environment where the children could for example; number hula hoop clocks and put icicles in the correct number order. Inside activities included estimating how many objects were in a pot, fishing for numbers and adding numbers together to equal 10. Both the adults and children had a great time at the workshop!! Well done everyone!!
Keeping Warm in Winter
Supporting the current Foundation stage topic, which is Keeping Warm in Winter and learning about the Homeless. Soup and hot chocolate was made and served for parents to make a donation. We raised £68.37 during this event and all proceeds will be sent to the charity Shelter.
Thank you for all your support.
We all had a great time at our Christmas workshop completing various activities including singing Christmas songs on stage. Parents and grandparents were able to work alongside their child getting into the Christmas spirit playing festive bingo, making decorations, sharing their handmade mince pies and a fun music session. It was lovely to see everybody having a good time.
On Monday 9th October Reception and Nursery children went to visit the Chapel as part of our Harvest celebrations. The children took across food donations, which were being donated to the local food bank. During the visit the children sang some songs in order to celebrate Harvest time.
Reception classes September 2016
Foundation Stage’s trip to National Adventure Farm, July 2017
On Monday 17th July, all of the children visited the farm and had a very busy day: planting beans and retelling the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’; looking for bugs in the growing garden; going on a trailer ride looking for hidden scarecrows; stroking the animals and having lunch (always a highlight of a trip for the children!). The sun was shining and the children were smiling!
On Wednesday 3rd May the Reception children had an English workshop. During the workshop the children worked with their parents completing different activities inside and outside linked to Reading, Phonics and Writing. Both the children and parents had a great time! A big thank you to the parents for their support from the Early Years team.
Mrs Morgan came to school to talk about what she does to help the dentist to care for people’s teeth. She allowed the children to look at the special mirrors, face masks and rubber gloves; some children even pretended to be patients and wear the bib and glasses!
Traffic patrol officer
Mrs Dugmore came in to speak to the children about her job as the ‘Lollipop lady’ also known as the traffic patrol officer. She showed us her uniform, resources and how to cross the road safely with her help.
We also had a special visit from a Nurse who came in to talk about how she helps people. She showed us how blood pressure is taken and talked about working in an air ambulance.
Easter Service at the Chapel
On Monday 3rd April Reception and Nursery went across to the Chapel to listen to the Easter story with Reverend Helen Hoe. We sung beautifully and sat and listened carefully to Helen as she told us all about Easter.
On Thursday 9th March the Bug Club lady came to visit both of the Reception classes. She brought in lots of different Minibeasts including Spiders, Millipedes and Beetles. The children were able to find out lots of information about the Minibeasts, as well as being able to handle them. The children really enjoyed the experience.
World Book Day
On Thursday 2nd March 2017, Reception celebrated ‘World Book Day’ by coming to school with their slippers, a cushion and their favourite book to share with their friends. We also completed a range of art activities based on a selected authors: ours being Allan Alhberg who wrote ‘Funny Bones’.
Children from classes in Year 3/4 came to read with us and we made lots of different skeleton pictures- it was great fun!
Author and illustrator, Matt Buckingham, visited Reception
On Monday 13th February 2017, Matt came to talk to the children about his job as an author and illustrator. He read some of his ‘Bright Stanley’ books and explained how he created the pictures. He then drew some pictures for the children to guess what they were going to be and after that, he asked the children to ‘scribble’ and he turned their scribbles into a picture!
His ideas and pictures gave the children lots of ideas which they then used to colour some pictures and add some new characters of their own!
Reception Shape, space and measures workshop
Chinese New Year
The children have been learning all about why people celebrate Chinese New Year and how they do this. As part of their learning, the children have made hats, written using Chinese symbols and made a dragon head which they then used to create a dragon dance. We also had a Chinese meal and the children could choose whether they wanted sweet and sour chicken or sweet chilli chicken.
Fun in the snow!
Lots of fun was had by the teachers and children in Nursery and Reception when they went out to play in the snow.
Christmas at the Chapel: visiting Audley Methodist Church
On Monday 12th December, Reception visited the chapel for a Christmas service with Rev. Helen Hoe. Rev. Helen discussed the meaning behind the stripes on a candy cane and we sang and danced to some festive songs.
On Wednesday, 7th December parents were invited into school to take part in the Early Years Christmas Workshop. The Reception & Nursery children performed Christmas songs which involved dancing & sign language. The children then worked with their adult at different workstations to decorate Gingerbread men hanging decorations, play Christmas Bingo, as well as being involved in a music activity station. A snack was enjoyed whilst looking at their Learning Logs. Everybody had a great time!
On Monday 31st October, both Reception classes enjoyed working with Manisha, an Indian Dance Teacher and learning about Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrated by the Hindu faith. We all had lots of fun and learnt two dances: Garba and Bhangra! Check out how good the children were…
All of the children have settled well into their new Reception classes and have been very busy with their learning so far- just take a look!
We’ve also been enjoying our school dinners- yummy!