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Reception (The Seals)

 

Week beginning 2.7.18 

 

Week beginning 25.6.18 

This week in Reception we have been looking at the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’. We discussed the main themes of the stories and linked them to our learning about ‘differences’. The children have also been following up from our ‘Aspirations’ week and painting what they would like to be when they are older. Their paintings are fantastic and we can’t wait to show them off at our graduation. 

We have had lots of sports day practises this week and we are ready for the big day. The children have been trying so hard and are really looking forward to it. In Maths we have been looking over our 2D and 3D shapes and discussing their properties as well as their names. They have also been practising their numbers using the correct number formation.

 

 

Week beginning 18.6.18 

This week in Reception the children have been very busy talking about our transition into Year 1. The children even had a visit from Miss Fear on Wednesday and they were very polite and showed Miss Fear their fantastic behaviour and were keen to share lots of information with her. In Maths, we have even been getting ourselves ready for Year 1 by practising to write and order the days of the week.

We have also been talking about how we are all special and linking this to our story about a little boy called ‘Leki’. Today, we are excited to have had a visit from the illustrator of the book to help draw ourselves and what it is that makes us special.

In PE, the children have also had lots of fun practising for Sports day. Next week we will have one more run through before the big event and the children are all very excited. In Art, we have also been making our own artwork following the design and patterns of the Artist Oscar Olufisayo Awokunle.

 

 Week beginning 11.6.18 

This week in Reception, we have continued to look at our new topic of the ‘Jungle’. The children have identified where the jungle is on the world map and we discussed the difference and similarities between the countries. The children have also written what they know so far about the jungle and its climate. We have also been reading the story ‘There’s an elephant in my fridge!’. They have been designing new homes for elephants and discussing what they might need.

In Maths, we have continued to use the number line method, this time to help us with subtraction. The children have had to get used to going the other way along the number line but they are trying very hard. In PE, we also had another visit from JB Sports and JB the dog. The children went on a treasure hunt adventure and had lots of fun.

 

Week beginning 4.6.18 

Last week in Reception, we were focusing on life in the jungle, linking with our Wonderful World topic. We discussed the things we would find there, including the environment and different animals. The adults were blown away with our knowledge. We enjoyed a special assembly with the coastguards learning all about how to stay safe on the beach, and we even got to sit in their special truck.

We have also been reading all about ‘Elmer’ the patchwork elephant. We have used the book to identify things that are special about us and make us unique. The children had some really good ideas and written descriptive sentences. We have been getting creative with some art work, making our own colourful paintings of Elmer ready to display on our jungle wall.

In Maths, we have been using the number line to help us with addition, the children enjoyed making up their own sums to test each other. We have also been getting ready for sports day in PE with Mr Parker, we had lots of worn out children by the end of Wednesday!

 

Week beginning 21.5.18 

This week in Reception, the children have concluded their topic work on Minibeasts. We have had such good fun learning all about Minibeasts and made our own classification chart to sort our minibeasts from what we now know.

The children have also been working on doubling numbers up to 20 in Maths. The children have been trying very hard and remembering lots of doubles! We have also been keeping ourselves busy play Beetle Drive. Thank you to everyone who attended our session on Tuesday, it was such a lovely event to see you all there.

In our English, we have been writing sentences about the Royal Wedding. The children have been trying very hard at writing a sentence with a capital letter and full stop.

 

Week Beginning 14.5.18 

This week in Reception, the children have released their butterflies on the backfield. It was a lovely experience and the children enjoyed watching them fly off to their new home. We have also been reading ‘The Very Lazy Ladybird’ and used the ladybird to help us with our number bonds to ten. The children are now creating their own story using minibeasts and actions to help us remember our number bonds to ten.

We are also very excited for the Royal Wedding this weekend. We have been busy writing invitations, decorating biscuits, watching William and Kate’s wedding and finding out all about the Royal Family. We are even going to have our own little celebration in the woodland area.

 

Week Beginning 7.5.18 

This week in Reception we have continued with our work on Minibeasts and focused on the book ‘Spyder’. The children have had lots of writing activities to do this week, including creating their own super hero minibeast. The children designed some fantastic creatures describing how many legs, wings and various imaginative habitats they could live in. We had a girls verses boys class challenge, where we worked together and discussed ideas on how to protect our chocolate cake. The children were all very determined and looked after their cake all day so they got to eat the cake at milk time. It was delicious!

In Maths, we have been looking at number bonds to 10. We have been using our numicon to work out the number friends. Mrs Warren even did some magic in the classroom with the numicon. We have also been busy being creative and decorating our classroom using feathers dipped in paint.

 

 Week Beginning 30.04.18

This week in Reception we have visited our woodland area to find our Woodland Elf. The children had so much fun reading her special messages and finding her clues. She wanted us to make beautiful butterflies using natural resources from our woodland. The children had a great time and especially enjoyed having a cup of hot chocolate and a story there too.

We have also been reading the ‘Twist and Hop, Minibeast Bop’. We have used the book to identify rhyming words and the children have been doing lots of different rhyming activities all week. They have also written their own invitations to other people to come and watch them perform the ‘Minibeast Bop’ in our theatre role play.

In Maths, we have continued with our number formation and reviewing the properties of 3D shapes. The children are also being put through their paces in PE with Mr Parker. We had lots of worn out children by the end of Wednesday!

 

Week beginning 23.4.18 

This week in Reception we have continued our work on Minibeasts and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. The children have had lots of writing activities to do this week including writing a list of all the food the caterpillar ate. They were very long lists and the children demonstrated great skills in segmenting the sounds they could hear. We have also been writing facts we now know about minibeasts to add to our learning wall.

In Maths, we have been looking at measuring. We have drawn around our feet and had to guess how many cubes long our footprint would be. We then had to check our estimation and decide whether our new answer was longer or shorter than our estimation. We have also been busy being creative and decorating our classroom with lots of minibeasts.

 

Week beginning 16.4.18 

This week in Reception, we have started our topic of Minibeasts. The children are already having so much fun with our topic and are enjoying learning all about the different creepy crawlies. We have started our topic by learning all about the butterfly. We have had a special delivery of baby caterpillars so that we can watch them turn into butterflies. We have been learning all about the lifecycle of a butterfly and we know the next stage that needs to happen! We are also having fun reading the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

In Maths, we are also learning all about money. The children shared their ideas about what money is used for and we have started to look at the different value of coins. In our circle time sessions, we are also discussing about how to be a good friend and develop relationships.

 

Week beginning 26.3.18 

This week in Reception the children have been exploring our new Spring season. They had lots of discussions about what happens in Spring and have had a go at writing some fantastic sentences. We our using our phonics knowledge to help us sound out words we find tricky and are beginning to remember capital letters and full stops. Take a look on Tapestry at their fantastic sentences.

In Maths, we have been ordering numbers from 1 - 20 and also a selection of numbers to order from smallest to biggest. Our next mission is practising our number formation! In class, the children have been getting creative and used pastel paints to paint observational painting of Spring flowers. Their attention to detail can really be seen and we are looking forward to putting them on display.

 

Week beginning 19.3.18 

This week is the last week of our ‘Under the Sea’ theme before moving onto Spring and Easter. The children have fun read the story ‘Barry the fish with fingers’. We have discussed new vocabulary that we have come across and had discussed other features of the story. In our Maths this week we have been looking at finding ‘one more’ and ‘one less’. The children have had to use a range of resources including numberlines and numicon.

The children have also had a great time reading instructions on how to make a fish finger sandwich. They also had to answer some maths questions including ‘one more’, ‘one less’, addition calculations and word problems to earn their fish fingers! They worked very hard and their sandwiches looked yummy. They were very quiet when it came to eating them and thought it was a fantastic snack to have in the classroom!

 

Week beginning 12.3.18 

This week we continued with our work from last week. We had lots to catch up on! We have been busy reading the book ‘Commotion in the Ocean’. We were listening very carefully to the different poems and trying very hard to spot the rhyming words. We were also checking our understanding of different vocabulary such as ‘scampering’ and ‘sniperty-snip, claperty clap’.

We have also been practising writing sentences about different sea creatures. Our trip to the Aquarium was fantastic and it gave us loads of information to write about the different sea creatures. The children have also tried very hard and are looking forward to showing our amazing work during our school assembly.

 

Week beginning 5.3.18 

This week we continued with our work from last week. We had lots to catch up on! We have been busy reading the book 'Commotion in the Ocean'. We were listening very carefully to the different poems and trying very hard to spot the rhyming words. We were also checking our understanding of different vocabulary such as 'scampering' and 'sniperty-snip, claperty-clap'.

We have also been practising writing sentences about different sea creatures. Our trip to the Aquarium was fantastic and it gave us loads of information to write about the different sea creatures. The children have also tried very hard and are looking forward to showing our amazing work during our school assembly.

Week beginning 19.2.18 

This week in Reception we have started our new topic - 'Under the Sea'. The children had a lovely surprise on their first day back and found that we had goldfish in the classroom! We researched all about how to look after the fish and so far they are doing well! We have decided to name them Goldy, Sparkly and Stripy. The children have also helped label different parts of a fish and today they had the opportunity to dissect a fish (not their pet ones)! We have also done our own science experiement to see how fish use their gills to breathe.

In Maths, we have been busy using the numicon to help us add two numbers together. The children did a great job! We are also practising really hard with our handwriting and writing on the line. Keep up the good work boys and girls!

Week beginning 5.2.18 

This week in reception we ahve finished our work on Space. Our Solar System is now complete and is on display in the corridor. The children and staff have worked very hard and it looks amazing! They have had lots of fun learning different facts about the planets and having a go at naming them all! In Maths, we have been looking at different 3D shapes. The children have been naming them and discussing their properties. They even had a go at making their very own 3D shapes with Miss Buyers.

The children are continuing to work hard on their letter formation. they will be bringing home a letter formation sheet so you can practise with them too. Thank you for all your contributions on Tapestry. It's been lovely to see what they are getting up to at home and don't forget the 'Home Learning Challenges' posted earlier in the week. Have a lovely half term.

 

Week beginning 29.1.18 

This week we have again been exploring everthing Space! the children are working very hard to finish off our solar system and are being very creative and paying lots of attention to detail to make our plants look real!

we have also been reading a David Walliams book called 'The first Hippo on the Moon'. It's very a very funny story and the children have enjoyed comparing the different characters in the story and looking at new features such as speech bubbles. The children also had a fantastic time at making their own rockets, just like Hercules, with their grown-ups. It was a fantastic turn out and I hope you all had a fantastic time. The rockets the children made were amazing!

In our Maths the children have been comparing different lengths using the correct terminology. We are also working hard to practise our handwriting and the children are very proud of their work!

 

Week beginning 22.1.18 

This week in reception the children have been reading Aliens Love Underpants'. In our maths work, we have been looking at patterns and discussing the different patterns on pants! The children then had to design their own patterns for a pair of pants. In English, we have been discussing the difference between fiction and non fiction books all about space. In Art, the children have continued to make their very own solar system in the classroom. So far we have made Earth, Mars, the Sun and Saturn.

Don't forget next week is our 'Learning Together Event'. Please rmember to bring all your junk modelling materials ready to make a 3D rocket with your child. We are all looking forward to it, see you there!

 

Week beginning 15.1.1.8 

This week in  Reception, we have continued to look at space and we have been reading the story Back to earth with a bump!'. The children really enjoyed the story and it gave us an idea of what we would take in a rocket to space. The children came up with some fantastic ideas and lots of children wanted to take money in case there were any shops! We even got creative to make our own rocket bed from the story for our role play area.

In Maths, we have been looking at the names and properties of 2D shapes. We went into the hall to work in teams and make a big rocket on the floor. The children had to talk about the different shapes they were using and why. In our PE, the children have been practising their balancing and catching skills with bean bags. They have lots of fun with Mr Parker and always look forward to PE.

 

Week beginning 8.1.18 

This week in Reception we have been to space and back! We have been reading the story ‘Whatever Next’, following baby bear on his journey to space. We have been making ourselves passports to go to the moon and the children tried very hard with their writing.

 In our maths we have also been looking at cutting something in half and making sure the parts are equal. The children had to put this skill into practise to make a sandwich for a picnic just like Baby Bear.  We have had two sessions of PE this week, one with Mr Parker, where the children were practising their throwing and catching skills, and one where we had a visit from JB the dog mascot.

  Week beginning 11.12.17

In Reception this week we have been super busy getting ready for Christmas. We have written in our Christmas cards and put the finishing touches on our calendars. In Maths, we have been looking at weighing and the children have been investigating which objects will be heavier or lighter. They have even used their weighing skills to help them bake some delicious shortbread for Christmas.

The children have also had fun with JB sports in the hall. They really enjoyed listening to the story and acting it out in PE. They were very tired when they came back and had burned off lots of energy.

 

Week beginning 4.12.17

 

This week in Reception the children have been super busy getting themselves ready for the Nativity. We have been practising very hard and we are looking forward to showing you all next week. We have been stretching ourselves with challenge cards in Maths all linking with buses, demonstrating our addition, subtraction and counting skills. The children have also worked hard on creating a story involving the Naughty Bus and Santa!

The children were very excited to help get their classroom all ready for Christmas and help us with our decorations. I wonder if they are going to spot our new classroom visitor too! He’s come all the way from the North Pole and he’s very good at making good choices!

 

Week beginning 27.11.17

This week in Reception the children have started to look at our book, ‘The Naughty Bus’. We have turned our role play area into a bus station and we even have a bus! The children are enjoying the story and the different places he goes to and the chaos he causes! We are using our maths skills to pay for tickets to go on the bus, developing our addition skills with the number of people getting onto the bus and using our phonics skills to help with their writing.

The children are having such a fun time in PE with Mr Parker, developing  their gymnastic skills. The children have also impressed Mr Parker with their fantastic behaviour and listening skills and he always gives the class lots of praise for their fantastic efforts.

 

Week beginning 20.11.17 

This week in Reception we have continued to look at our story of The Naughty Bus. We have had lots of fun getting busy with baked beans, just like the naughty bus did, and we have also been discussing all about the importance of road safety, making our own traffic lights. We have also been using buses to help us with our subtraction, working out how many people are left when they get  off the bus!

The children are working very hard as soon as they get to school with their ‘Pop writing’ and we are busy sounding out, writing with the correct letter formation and holding our pens correctly. We have also started our Nativity rehearsals and the children are working very hard and remembering all of our songs!

Week Beginning 13.11.17

This week in Reception the children have continued our Cinderella theme. We have had another busy worker job to help Gus Gus the mouse find his missing cheese and the children have been busy creating ‘wanted’ posters for Cinderella’s missing shoe and order the main events in the story.

In Maths, the children have also started adding two numbers together. We can recognise the symbols in our addition sentences and are busy using our numicon (Maths resources) to help us work out the answer. Mrs Warren wowed the children during one of the Maths sessions with her special magic trick for adding two numbers together. The children were amazed and Mrs Warren has been busy making magic for the rest of the week!

Week Beginning 09.10.17 

This Week in Reception, the boys and girls decided that they would like ‘robots’ to be the focus for their learning. The children have spent their speaking and listening time reading the story of Bernard the Robot who lost his bottom! The children found the story funny but could also work together as a class to come up with some fantastic ideas and solutions to the story. We talked about how kind Bernard’s friends were and compared his friends to how kind we are.

We have also been busy making robots out of play dough and biscuits. We have been using our knowledge of shapes to make robots with the ‘tap taps’ and ‘numicon’ (resources in our classroom). We are making great progress in phonics and our blending is almost there! Keep up the good work everyone.

 

Week Beginning 02.10.17 

This week in Reception, the children have had a problem to solve! On Wednesday poor Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall and made a mess on the playground! The children had to work as detectives to solve the problem and came up with some fantastic ideas to fix him together again. The next day we were all very excited when a parcel arrived in the classroom. It was Humpty Dumpty and he was fixed! The boys and girls were so excited that their ideas had worked and celebrated for the rest of the day.

In phonics, the children are continuing to work very hard and we are making huge progress with blending. In Maths, we have also been learning about repeating patterns and making our own. In our topic work, the children are discussing the changes in weather and what we need to wear now the weather is getting colder.

 

Week Beginning 25.09.17

This week in Reception the children have continued to look at Autumn and have been reading lots of stories all about Percy the Park Keeper. We have been talking about different animals that we see in Autumn and talking about which animals hibernate. The children have also been on the back field on a hedgehog hunt and were excited to find a letter from a hedgehog asking the boys and girls for their help to build a cosy shelter!

We our continuing with our phonics and the children are trying hard with their blending. We have also started to look at lots of 2D shapes in our maths work and discuss the different properties of shapes.

 

Week Beginning 18.09.17 

This week the boys and girls have been learning all about Harvest time and Autumn. We have been busy making lots of artwork to decorate our classroom and have been on a woodland walk to spot different signs of Autumn. The children have been very creative in helping Mrs Johnson make a tree for our classroom using plaster of Paris. It was a messy job but we all had fun.

We have also looked at flour and where it comes from and the children have been busy making bread. It smelt delicious and some children have come back to school and said it was yummy! Today we are busy making a vegetable stew and the children are busy helping us peel and chop the vegetables.

 

Week Beginning 11.09.17 

This week the children have had a fantastic full week at school. They are getting more and more used to their routines and are enjoying school life. We have started our phonics sessions and the children are picking up the new sounds very quickly. We also had our first PE lesson this week and the children were very good at getting changed. They even impressed all the other adults in school with how their first PE session went and how grown up they all seem. Well done boys and girls.  Next week we will start looking at the Harvest Festival and Autumn.

 

Week Beginning 04.09.17 

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The children in Reception have had a fantastic first week at school. They are all getting to know each other and are busy making lots of new friends. The adults in Reception are very impressed with their confidence and they’re settling into school life well.

We have had lots of time getting to know our new routines and getting stuck in with lots of activities. The children are aware of our behaviour policy and are keen to show us how they use their kind hands and make lots of good choices. Dinner time yesterday was a success and the children were so excited to be having their dinner at school! Next week we will start our PE sessions and the children are looking forward to getting changed at school.

Thank you for all your support during your child’s transition.