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Week Ending 5/7/19

This week Reception were extremely lucky to have had visits from a paramedic with her ambulance and a police officer with his car.  The children were keen to ask questions and find out about the vehicles, equipment and role of these people who help us. After our visits the children were keen to write recounts of their experiences.  

We have also been focusing on and celebrating our differences and created our very own class book ‘We are all different, we are all special’.  The children shared reasons they are special, focusing on things they are good at, the way they look; hair, eyes, skin etc. and produced some outstanding self portraits. 

Week Ending 28/6/19

Over the last few weeks children have been learning about being healthy and people who help us. We have explored the role of individuals that help us including, doctors, dentists, nurses, and people in our local community, such as shopkeepers, librarians and builders. We had a visit to our school library and made our own library in our classroom.

Week Ending 21/6/19

Today reception performed their first assembly at Newberries Primary School. We are very proud of how hard the children have worked to create, write and practice for their parts. I think it shows how much the children have grown in their time here.  After we celebrated with juice and biscuits. Well done again Reception. You make us proud everyday.

Week Ending 14/6/19

This week in Reception children have been very lucky to experience a cricket workshop.

Week Ending 7/6/19

This week in Reception children went on their class trip to Paradise Wildlife Park.  The children were able to have hands on experience with some of the zoo animals. Once again children’s behaviour was impeccable.  The children returned to school to write their own recounts of their trip and to continue learning about zoo animals and the role of the zoo keepers.  Children listened to a variety of stories including; Chimp and Zee and Goodnight Gorilla and have had the opportunity to participate in a variety of zoo themed activities.

Week Ending 24/5/19

This week in Reception children have been learning about ocean pollution. One child rightly told the rest of the class about the sad truth behind The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, he told his classmates that this is a part of the ocean that is filled with rubbish and plastic that is as big as a country, how sad! The children have been working hard on their promises to the earth and thinking about how we can look after the world by reusing, recycling and reducing.

We ended the week with outdoor learning as part of Outdoor Classroom Day and children participated in activities including natural sculptures, pond dipping (always a favourite), maths and released out butterflies into our wild area. We have enjoyed watching our butterflies grow and change from tiny caterpillars into butterflies and are proud to release them into the wild. They might even come back to lay their eggs!

Week Ending 17/5/19

This week in Reception children have been learning about pirates and mermaids.  They have read a variety of stories including Pirate Pete and The Singing Mermaid and carried out a variety of activities including making treasure maps, treasure addition and finding out about real pirates from long ago.  After reading Sunk children investigated floating and sinking, made predictions and explained their reasoning. We finished the week with The Night Pirates and used a variety of media to create our own pirate collages.

Week Ending 26/4/19

Last week Reception children went pond dipping to collect the tadpoles so that they could observe the changes. They’re growing into big strong healthy tadpoles. We also received a very exciting delivery and now have our very own caterpillars. We have been excitedly observing the stages of a caterpillars life cycle and look forward to setting them free in our wild area once we have beautiful butterflies. Hopefully the weather improves too!


This week in Reception children were lucky to have an exciting trip to the theatre to see The Tiger that came to Tea. Despite the rain, the children had a lovely time, enjoyed the show and a very rainy walk! We had lots of comments on how well behaved our children were so well done everyone. You make us proud every day!  

Week Ending 5/4/19

This week we have been learning about Passover and Easter and what these celebrations mean for the people that celebrate them. We have been busy little bunnies this week; from decorating eggs and making chocolate egg nest, (with writing recipes of course) to an Easter egg hunt in or wildlife area, we’ve had lots of fun. We’ve been busy observing our tadpoles and sunflower seeds and can’t wait to see the changes when we come back to school with an exciting opportunity to observe another interesting and fascinating change so watch this space.

We took part in a science workshop yesterday and were able to investigate; changes using slime and electricity. The children were truly wowed!

Then we finished with poor Humpty Dumpty having an accident and we had to look closely at the clues to decide if we thought he had been pushed and who may have been responsible. Luckily no one pushed humpty and it was just the wind and Little Red Riding Hood (who the clues pointed to) was there to help!

Amazing work once again everyone. We hope you all have a lovely Easter break and we will see you soon to start the Summer Term.

Week Ending 29/3/19

This week in Reception children have been learning about farm animals and reading stories such as ‘Little Red Hen’, ‘Farmer Duck’ and ‘A squash and a squeeze’. We have used these stories to learn about the importance of helping each other. We ended the week thinking about some very special people in our lives; our mums, and took the time to think the reason our mums are special to us. We hope you all have a lovely Mother’s Day.

I have attached some of the tricky words to help you identify these in children’s reading books.

Week Ending 22/3/19

This week in Reception children have been focusing on ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ stories.  Children can now sign the farm animals from the story. They created some lovely story maps of one of the stories and a large scale display.  Children were very helpful in creating missing and wanted posters on Wednesday when Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len stole our ladybird. Luckily some of our children found our missing ladybird and ensured he was safe in our bug hotels that the children made.  Children found out a little bit about London and the Queen and painted portraits of Queen Elizabeth ll which we will be sending to her. We looked at doubling using spotted ladybirds and numicon and started to look at understanding teen numbers,and played the Bus Stop game which encouraged problem solving, and used language related to addition and subtraction as people were getting on or off of the bus.  We also collected some tadpoles and are making careful observations of how they change over time. Lastly we celebrated the Gruffalo’s birthday and made Gruffalo Crumble, which the children enjoyed.

Week Ending 15/3/19

This week in Reception children have been learning about minibeasts as part of Science week. Children read a variety of stories linked to minibeast and carried out lots of activities linked to these. Children created a wormy after reading ‘Superworm’. They helped collect worms and made observations of their movements over the last few days. They created potions to help save Superworm from Wizard Lizard. Children have been using language related to addition this week and solving lots of different problems linked to addition for ladybirds and spiders; helping them to find the total number of spots on a ladybird and helping Spinderella count the number of flies in her web. They also made magic spiders which floated down the drain pipe when they used air as a force.

We also looked at St. Patrick’s day and made rainbows in Art and even added colour mixing for Science. This activity not only teaches about colour mixing but also is a great model for how plants drink water as the colour has to move up the tissue in order to mix in the empty cup! Children ended the week with Red Nose Day and leant how to sing and sign to the Red Nose Day song which the whole school performed in assembly.  We used the song to help us understand that we are able to make a difference to people around us and thought about how we could fill someone’s bucket when they’re feeling sad. We had lots of lovely suggestions including, giving them a hug, sharing with them, asking them if they want to play and saying something nice. Always such a fun and busy week!

Week Ending 8/3/19

This week in Reception children have been reading ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ to help them understand how plants grow as part of our Growing unit.  Children created mixed media images of them climbing up a painted beanstalk which are currently on display in the classroom in the Giant’s Castle Role Play. Children celebrated their first World Book Day at Newberries by dressing up, (and they really did look amazing!), bringing in their favourite book (thank you), which Year 6 came and read to them, and sharing their weird and wonderful places they like to read (thank you to all the parents who have sent in photos so far).  They were also able to participate in a Workshop with an author who encouraged them to use their imaginations to create and special box and use adjectives to describe it. They had some fantastic ideas.

Week Ending 1/3/19

In Reception this week children have been learning about vegetables. We started the week reading ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and ended with ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’. After reading ‘The Enormous Turnip’ we focused on the importance of working together and helping each other and after reading ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ we spoke about the importance of eating healthy foods and even made potato and leek soup inspired by ‘St David’s Day’. Children also thought hard about their chosen Value ‘Kindness’ and made their very own kindness potions.

Week Ending 15/2/19

This week in Reception children have been learning about Sea Creatures.  They have read; The Snail and the Whale, Sharing a Shell and Tiddler, and used these stories to discuss helping each other and sharing alongside writing letters, stories and creating story maps.  Children also participated in a Chinese New Year Workshop in which they took part in The Dragon Parade and had lots of fun. Their listening was amazing too! We celebrated Valentine’s Day by thinking about people who are special to us after reading Guess How Much I Love You,and thought about how much we love these people to inspire some writing.  We also made our own Love Potions using language of capacity. Have a lovely Half Term, thank you for your continued support.

Week Ending 8/2/19

This week in Reception children have been learning about Chinese New Year.  After reading ‘The Great Race’ children created masks and acted out the story.  They understand that each year is named after an animal and that this is the Year of the Pig.  Children also know how to sign pig. Children also shared the story ‘The Magic Paintbrush’ and painted pictures that they would paint if they had a magic paintbrush.   As well as exploring what Chinese New Year means children also spent time finding out about China, they looked at things such as; the flag, made lanterns, foods that are traditionally eaten and the famous landmark; The Great Wall of China.  Children were then eager to help build The Great Wall Of China in a STEM activity which required them to work together and share ideas to create a wall that was long and not high. They then took this learning further by adding people to the wall and investigating animals that live in China so that they could be added too.  We also explored Mental Health Week; by talking about things that make us special, and Internet Safety Day; and spoke how to use the internet, tablets, phones, computers safely and who we could go to for help if we were worried about anything.

Week Ending 25/1/19

This week in Reception we have been exploring Africa, we have looked at the African plains and jungles, animals and shared several stories, the first; Handa’s Surprise, which introduced children to an African Village, animals and fruits. Children made fruit kebabs, investigated Reception’s favourite fruit, and created pictures of animals in the African plains, made baskets and Maasai necklaces.  These look amazing!

After reading ‘Walking through the Jungle’ Children played ‘What am I?’ using jungle animals and then went on to write some of their own clues for their chosen animal, and created jungle collages inspired by Henri Rousseau. These are amazing too! We also discovered a new word this week and now understand what endangered means.  Why don’t you ask them to see if I can remember?

In phonics this week we have introduced the digraphs; oa, or and ar, and the trigraph; igh. Please encourage your children to spot these in their reading books. You should have received a phonics mat with sounds from Thursday’s meeting. Please contact us if you did not.

Week Ending 18/1/19

Welcome back, the children have settled back in to the routines quickly and have enjoyed being back at school.  We started the term’s theme ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ by asking the children to make links to animals that they may have at home; pets.  Children shared photos of their pets and wrote speech bubbles to share informations about their pets at home. We used ‘The Great Pet Sale’ to look at money and use coins to pay, some children were even able to use a variety of coins to pay for one or two pets.  We then wrote letters to the Zoo asking for a pet after reading ‘Dear Zoo’.

This week children were very excited when they arrived at school to find a Curiosity Cube, inside there was an egg.  The children were very keen to ask and answer questions about the egg and what they thought was inside. Over the course of the week the egg slowly hatched and revealed little clues for the children; a tail, a foot and then a head of a dinosaur.  Children have been learning about dinosaurs this week and have read a variety of stories based around dinosaurs and completed activities including, a dinosaur dig, measuring bones and footprints, creating fossils and exploring shapes found in the dinosaur swamp.  Another exciting week in Reception! Children have now started learning Phase 3 sounds for reading and writing and you can encourage your children to spot these in their reading; sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, oo (long; moon) and oo (short book).

Week Ending 14/12/18

This week in Reception children have been busy performing their ‘Straw and Order’ Nativity play. The children worked hard to learn the songs and their parts for the play. Well done, you all worked so hard!

We looked at rhyming words in the story ‘Stickman’ and completed a variety of activities around rhyming. The children also joined in with  Christmas Jumper Day this week and participated in activities such as designing a Christmas jumper and exploring patterns. I think a highlight of today was singing our pattern song; banana, banana, meatballs! What patterns can you find around you? We also used this day to reflect on how lucky we are and thought about things that we were thankful for. Lots of children suggested family members or friends, as well as toys, or their favourite foods.

Week Ending 7/12/18

This week in Reception children have been busy practicing and learning songs for their first Nativity show at Newberries. They are looking forward to performing this for you all next week. We started the week continuing with our Space theme and participated in activities including creating our own ‘Starry Night’ paintings inspired by Vincent Van Gogh.  We explored a variety of activities linked to Hannukah and understand that this is a festival of light celebrated by Jewish people. Children were very eager to end the week by writing letters to Santa and are looking forward to receiving their replies.

Week Ending 30/11/18

This week in Reception children have been learning about Space and have had so much fun!  Children have used key text such as; ‘Whatever Next!’, ‘How to Catch a Star’, ‘Man on the Moon’ and ‘The Way Back Home’ alongside information books about space. These stories were used to support sequencing, writing, comprehension, counting and understanding of shape. Children have enjoyed learning about stars, including their constellations, planets; including Earth, the moon and Astronauts. Children even created their own aliens using a variety of techniques; collage, blow painting and playdough. We have had lots of lovely role play in our space station and children have enjoyed making their own spaceships using our large construction in our outdoor classroom. What an exciting week! We have loved learning about space. 🙂

Week Ending 23/11/18

This week in Reception children have been participating in World Nursery Rhyme Week 2018 with over 650,000 other children. They completed a variety of activities linked to a different rhyme each day. These rhymes were used to teach rhyming, sequencing pictures into the correct order, writing letters and maths opportunities including capacity, counting and money, as well as many other opportunities. The children had lots of fun and enjoyed acting out these familiar nursery rhymes and putting on their own shows. Well done Reception!

Week Ending 16/11/18

This week in Reception children have been focusing on stories linked to Anti-bullying week.  They have read stories such as Elmer, Rainbow Fish and Monty the Manatee and completed various activities around these stories to help them understand how characters might be feeling and how they are special.  Children understand what to do if someone is unkind to them and who they can speak to after creating their ‘helping hands’. Reception ended the week with some crazy hairstyles to help raise money for Children in Need and they all looked amazing.  Thank you for all you support.

Week Ending 9/11/18

This week in Reception children have been learning about Bonfire Night, Diwali and Remembrance Day.  

Children started the week by exploring their experiences of fireworks and how to stay safe around fireworks.  They continued by exploring what Diwali means for Hindus and understand that this is a festival that celebrates light.  Children made Diya lamps, created a variety of Rangoli designs using shapes and natural resources.

To mark ‘Outdoor Classroom Day’ Reception got to play in mud, great, gooey, glorious mud! Children made holes and added water to create a clay like consistency. Children then used this mud to make ‘Tree Spirits’ by using natural resources for the faces. Children had lots of fun experimenting with mixing mud and water and observing the changes throughout the process. They shared their Tree spirits with their friends.

In phonics this week we have been focusing on the sounds ‘ck, e, u and r’.

Children ended the week by learning about Remembrance Day and know that it has been 100 years since the war ended.  Children created Poppy Fields in the style of Vincent Van Gogh and participated in a 1 minute silence memorial in our Remembrance Memorial.

Week Ending 26/10/18

This week in Reception children have been focusing on stories linked to Halloween after their experience at the ‘Spooky Ball’ last week. Children have completed a variety of activities including counting out objects to match potions for our Witches Brew, addition and one more, using language of capacity for pumpkin soup, exploring pumpkins using golf tees and hammers, scooping out the insides and exploring floating and sinking. Children also wrote a variety of spells, one to help the witch from ‘Room on the Broom’ make a new broom, and one to record the items they added to their witches brew. Children also read ‘Meg and Mog’ stories, ‘Pumpkin Soup’ and ‘Skeleton School’ for which children also created new spooky lunches for the children at Skeleton School. Children have been focusing on the sounds ‘g, o, c and k’ in phonics. The children have really enjoyed this week and are looking forward to a well deserved break next week. We hope you all have a lovely half term. 🙂

Week Ending 19/10/18

This week in Reception children have been learning about Autumn. We have enjoyed a variety of stories including ‘Percy the Park Keeper’, ‘The Very Helpful Hedgehog’ and one of our favourite Autumn stories ‘Leaf Man’. Children participated in a lots of different activities such as; writing lists for jobs that Percy the Park Keeper needed to do after the storm, looking after our Outdoor Classroom; sweeping leaves etc, leaf printing, counting conkers to match numbers, writing initial sounds for leaf creatures and creating the most amazing leaf sculptures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. Children have this week been focusing on the sounds i, n, m and d continuing in from last weeks sounds s, a, t and p. Once again, another busy week in Reception!



Week Ending 12/10/18

This week in Reception children have been reading ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and ‘Rosie’s Walk’.  Children completed a variety of activities based around these stories, including making story maps and activities involving positional language.  On Wednesday Reception received a letter from our Everywhere Bear telling them that he had gone on an adventure and that he needed help to find his way home.  The children went on their very own bear hunt and luckily found Everywhere Bear. On Thursday one of our children suggested that we build an obstacle course and use it to show the words from the story; over, under, through, past, around and across.  The children enjoyed exploring the course and travelled in a variety of ways that allowed them to portray their understanding of positional language. Children finished the week by participating in their first Newberries Primary School Sponsored Walk.  They all tried really hard. Well done! 🙂

Week Ending 5/10/18

This week in Reception children have been busy using language related to measures, children found someone who was taller and shorter than themselves and recorded this using a photo.  Some children then continued to use non-standard units of their choice, such as cubes, to measure the height or length of an object or themselves with a little help to count the number of non-standard units.  Children in Reception have also celebrated World Smile Day by a game of ‘Guess who these smiles belong to?’ and sharing times that they have either made someone else smile or someone has made them smile.

See if you can find your child’s smile… 🙂

Week Ending 28/9/18

This week in Reception children have read a variety of stories that focus on different emotions, such as ‘The Kindest Giant in Town’ and ‘Monkey Puzzle’.  Children have used a variety of media, including; paints, natural resources and mixed media such a string and materials, to create self portraits. They spent time carefully observing their faces and the emotions they were portraying and then wrote speech bubbles to share these feelings with others.  Children have spent time sharing photos and drawings of their families. We finished the week with the story ‘Mixed’ and participated in a variety of colour mixing activities. They should be very proud of all their hard work.


Week Beginning 17/9/18

Children have settled amazingly into their new classroom environment and our routines.  We are very proud of all children.  This week we have been focusing on belonging.  We have shared five important stories; The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Elmer, Kipper, The Gruffalo and Rainbow Fish.  Each child belongs to one of these groups within our class.  We value teamwork and have used these stories to build on this.  We have had lots of exciting learning opportunities linked to these stories and ended the week with a very special gift from Rainbow Fish; each child received a shiny scale in a promise to share in Reception.

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