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.
I have taught classes from Nursery to Year 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 use a lot of music in my class; teaching the children new songs all of the time. 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 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.
NEWCASTLE LIBRARY activity day during half term (see poster)
Reception September 2019
Science Week (week beginning Mon 9th March 2020)
During Science Week, the children completed a range of fun activities, including making bread, investigating which biscuits were the ‘soggiest’ and joining in with activities organised by Mr Warriner, some of the pupils from Sir Thomas Boughey Academy and the Ravensmead Science Ambassadors. The children loved being a scientist and they learnt some of the different jobs that scientists do!
The Listening Bus
Staff from the National Deaf Society came to talk to the school on Thursday 27th February about what it is like to suffer from hearing loss. The children in Reception got the chance to see the team on the ‘Listening Bus’.
Wendy from Chartwells
On Tuesday 25th January, Wendy from Chartwells visited Reception to talk about healthy eating and why we need fruit and vegetables to grow. She brought in some food for us to taste and play with! We created butterflies and caterpillars after reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. The children had the opportunity to taste watermelon, spinach, raisins, carrots, red and green peppers and cucumber.
Reception Class Assemblies
On Wednesday 12th February and Thursday 13th February both Reception classes held a maths themed class assembly. This involved all the children performing a shape song, a shape poem and a variety of shape themed activities where parents could join in. These activities were a shape bingo, a true or false game, a pattern activity and a listening game. Both children and teachers enjoyed the company of the parents/grandparents during the assemblies. Thank you to all those who attended.
Chinese New Year
This week (beginning 20th January) the children have been learning about Chinese New Year: where China is, how the New Year is celebrated and how the animals were chosen for the Chinese zodiac. As part of our week, we had a Chinese meal at school; a choice of chicken noodles or vegetable rice and wore our Chinese hats. It looks like the children enjoyed the experience!
Fab Friday 10th Jan 2020
We are still enjoying Fab Fridays here at Ravensmead and this week we created winter paintings using different techniques such as finger and spatter painting!
Party Day/ When Santa came to visit us on 19th December 2019
On our Christmas party day Santa came to visit us. We sang him a song as well as asking him all kinds of questions. He brought two elf helpers with him, who gave us a special gift for being on the nice list.
At our party lunch, we wore our party hats we had made and ate some delicious food. We ate pizza, dippers, chips, ice cream, jelly and much more. Very full tummies! What a great day we had.
Our Christmas Class Assemblies – 16th & 17th December 2019
Both reception classes took part in their own Christmas class assembly, singing and dancing along to our newly learnt Christmas songs. We also had chance to play some great Christmas games with our families. Oh what fun we had! Thank you to everybody who came and shared a lovely learning experience with your child.
Foundation Stage Chapel Visit – 12th December 2019
On Thursday 12th December both Nursery and Reception visited the chapel to share Christmas songs they have learnt and to also listen to Reverend Joy share a Christmas story. We had lots of fun and were extremely lucky as we received a candy cane to represent Jesus at Christmas time.
Fab Friday Fun (Jack and Beanstalk) – 22nd November 2019
After learning about Jack and the Beanstalk the children had the chance to taste a variety of different beans, as well as making up our own bean songs. The children were surprised when they enjoyed the taste of most beans after giving them a try.
Visit to St Peter’s Church, November 2019
After learning about what Christian’s believe, we visited St James’ church and spend some time listening to Rev. Simon Tomkins, looking around the building for different objects, such as the lectern, font, the bible and crosses as well as asking him questions about the things they had seen. The children were so excited to see what it was like in the church and were happy to sing ‘Our God is a great big God’ to Rev. Simon too.
Diwali dance workshop
The children really enjoyed working with Sophie from the Education Group who delivered the Diwali dance workshop. Some children were very good at moving their body to the beat of the Indian Bollywood music!
This Friday 13th September was the children’s first Fab Friday and we had lots of fun learning that ‘sharing is caring’: we shared equipment outside and played different board games inside as well as having to share the ipads with each other. We also shared pieces of fruit and and a fruity picnic outside in the sun. The children really enjoyed it! Just take a look…