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Adults in our class this year are: Our class teacher is Miss Reilly Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Hanns Other adults who help us in the classroom are Mrs Wren Our PE day is Wednesday. We hope you enjoy reading our weekly blog below.Week Ending 25/9/20

This week in Reception we have been working on belonging and have focused on our groups; Caterpillars, Kippers, Elmers, Gruffalo and Rainbow Fish. Each day this week we celebrated one of these groups by reading the story and participating in a variety of activities linked to the stories. We have used these stories to celebrate our differences and help us think about things such as sharing. We have also thought about people who we can talk to if we feel worried or upset about something during circle time.

Week Ending 2/10/20

This week in Reception we have been reading Here We Are as part of our return to school.  We have been exploring space and planet Earth and completed activities including observational painting of planets, shared our favourite things about the world and explored our wild area looking for minibeasts.  The children have enjoyed exploring their Space Station role play area this week.  . 

Children have also started their first week of phonics and have been introduced to s, a, t and p.

Week Ending 9/10/20

This week in reception children have finished reading Here We Are and used this book to continue to learn about our wonderful world.  We focused on understanding that even though we may look different, sound different and act different we are all still people and made our own self portraits to celebrate this.  We also explored some of the wonderful animals that live on planet earth, where they live and know that some animals are endangered and that we have to help look after them and our world by recycling and walking to school.

Week Ending 16/10/20

This week in Reception we have been investigating Autumn. We went out and collected our own bags of Autumn treasures and used these for a variety of activities including leaf rubbing and leaf prints. We used Autumn stories to help us understand the importance of being helpful and being a good friend. 

We had a lovely surprise to end our week, organised by Friends of Newberries, and took part in a Halloween Trail. We had so much fun following the clues. Thank you to all those involved.

Week Ending 23/10/20

This week in Reception we have looked at the story Room on the Broom. The children spent a long time setting up a stage and acting out the story while singing the Room on the Broom song. They enjoyed exploring pumpkins, first using golf tees and hammers and then scooping out the insides. We have some very brave children who were willing to try something new and feel the inside of the pumpkin. They also enjoyed counting out items to make items for the witches brew. 

As part of Black History Month children were introduced to Martin Luther King and his dream of everyone being treated the same. Children then spoke about their own dreams and wished for the future.

Week Ending 13/11/20

This week in reception children have been learning about lots of different celebrations. They have explored Remembrance Day, Diwali, World Kindness Day and Children in Need. 

After sharing a story and looking at the history of the poppy children created their own poppies, currently displayed in the windows on the one way system near Reception’s drop off point, by using printing techniques with apples and corks onto laminate pouches and they look amazing! They also created Vincent Van Gogh Poppy fields using finger painting techniques which are also stunning. 

After finding out about what Diwali means and how it is celebrated by Hindus, children created their Rangoli patterns using shape printing, created Diya lamps, puppets of Rama and Sita and firework pictures. 

For World Kindness Day and Children in Need the children looked out how we can give to others by filling up someone else’s bucket through acts of kindness and participated in a variety of pudsey activities including Pudsey says.

Week Ending 20/11/20

On Monday we celebrated Odd Sock Day and the children were very pleased to share all their different socks, helping us to understand that all our difference make us beautiful too!

This week also marks World Nursery Rhyme Week 2020 so Reception have been participating in lots of learning based around this year’s Nursery rhymes; The Wheels on the Bus, 5 Little Speckled Frogs, Hickory Dickory Dock, Old MacDonald and Miss Polly had a Dolly.  Each Nursery Rhyme started each day’s theme of learning including Road Safety, pond dipping, learning about time, the farm and People who help us – Doctors.  A favourite this week would definitely be investigating the school’s pond area to find out what we have living in our pond. Sadly, we didn’t find any frogs – they must have been hiding.  

Nursery Rhymes are like rocket fuel for a child’s development, they support children’s language and communication, physical development and numeracy skills.   They also develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the world.  Singing Nursery Rhymes helps children to  develop auditory skills and memory skills.  They develop phonological awareness, introduce the idea of a narrative and are a stepping stone for learning to read and spell (World Nursery Rhyme Week, 2020).

Week Ending 27/11/20

This week in Reception we read We’re going on a Bear Hunt and created a variety of story maps to represent the places the family visited in the story. On Wednesday when we arrived at school the class bear had gone missing. The children helped to write lists for items we would need and maps including features of our school in order to go on our own bear hunt at school. We then set off on our adventure but couldn’t find our bear anywhere, eventually we found him hiding on the wall! We were so relieved to find him!

Week Ending 4/12/20

This week in Reception we have continued our bear theme and we have been to the moon with Baby Bear in Whatever Next! Children sequenced the story and retold it in their own words, acted out the story using props, made observations of the moon and created their own craters on the moon in a science experiment. The children investigated waterproof materials and helped to design and build a new rocket for Baby Bear. We had so much fun this week.

Week Ending 13/12/20

This week in Reception we have been investigating Winter. We were very lucky to be able to experience the first signs of Winter at school one ict morning and went off on an adventure to investigate. The children used their senses to look at the glittery frost, observe the icy leaves melting in their hand and listen to the icy leaves crunch under their feet. We recapped hibernating animals and discussed the importance of dressing warmly on a Winter’s day! Children also explored cold colours and made Winter pictures 💙

Children were eager to share their experiences of Hanukkah with the class so we shared the story of Hanukkah and the lighting of the Menorah for 8 days and it’s importance for Judaism. Children know that the oil was only supposed to last for one day but lasted eight so we created Menorahs using handprints. We wish all our families celebrating a Happy Hanukkah 🕎 

We ended the week with our Christmas dinner in a slightly different way this year on Christmas Jumper Day and didn’t the children look amazing in their apraxia jumpers. We discussed how lucky we are to have all the things we have and ended our afternoon with a bang and shared crackers with our friends.

Week Ending 18/12/20

Wow! I can not actually believe that we have come to the end of our first term in Reception. The children have worked so hard this term to adapt to routines and expectations, develop relationships and use the environment to enhance their learning. The Reception Team are very proud of all the children have achieved. Well done! 

We ended the week with our Christmas Party, the children played games, danced and sang along to Christmas songs and had a special snack thanks to the Friends of Newberries. 

The children learnt about the meaning of the Christmas Story for Christians and were keen to act out the story taking it in turns to take leading roles and watching in the audience awaiting the arrival of Baby Jesus. 

Please continue to use Bug Club over the holidays and continue reading with your child. The children have made so much progress throughout this term and I would really like them to continue reading to consolidate this. 

We wish all our families that are celebrating a very Happy Christmas. We wish you all a restful break and a Happy New Year!

Week Ending 8/1/21

This week in Reception we read Owl Babies and completed a variety of activities linked to the story including investigating our own homes, creating our own family trees and thinking about people who are special to us.  Children collected leaves and created an owl collage as part of their Busy Fingers and a little Outdoor Learning.  Children have also been developing their understanding of 0, including some addition number sentences including zero.  

Children ended the week by creating their own Baby Owl paintings using a printing technique.  Some children created their own animal homes using junk modelling.

Week Ending 15/1/21

This week in Reception children have been reading Owl Babies and completing a variety of activities based around the book. Some of these activities included thinking about the things we like and dislike. The children then, like the Owl Babies, considered ways to help others feel better when they are worried about something.  Finally the children wrote their wishes for the future on stars. Children at home sent their work in through Google Classroom and we were able to complete a whole class display to celebrate all the learning from this unit.

Thank you so much to all the parents for their support with their child’s learning. I hope you can see the impact that these activities will have on your child and their mental health and well-being as well as their literacy skills.

Children focused on other activities including building a new home for the Owl Babies, printing techniques to create textured Owl Babies and a special yummy treat of chocolate owl nests and strawberry baby owls.

I hope the children have had as much fun at home as we have at school.

Miss Reilly and the Reception Team 🙂

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