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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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