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Welcome to Reception!

Welcome to our class webpage where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

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Mrs Farley would like to welcome you to our fabulous Reception class and introduce you to our wonderful team!

Mrs Farley would like to welcome you to our fabulous Reception class and introduce you to our wonderful team! 1 Mrs R Farley- Class Teacher
Mrs Farley would like to welcome you to our fabulous Reception class and introduce you to our wonderful team! 2 Miss S Newall- Teaching Assistant
Mrs Farley would like to welcome you to our fabulous Reception class and introduce you to our wonderful team! 3 Miss S Hunter- Teaching Assistant
Our classroom is always busy and full of stimulating resources and activities that our teachers have planned for us.  It is so much fun investigating the different areas of our classroom; we can be pirates digging in the sand for treasure one day and we can be on a spaceship to the moon the next.  We play to learn!

Ready, steady..... get your wellies! 

We are fortunate to have a lovely outdoor area where our children can express themselves physically and investigate our natural world.  There are opportunities for the children to explore their immediate environment by digging for mini-beasts, making mud pies or participating in water play.  The children are encouraged to discover new things and they are provided with plenty of opportunities to talk about what they have found.  As a result of this, our children begin to develop the key skills that they need in order to be competent and capable explorers and learners.  These opportunities also support development in our prime areas; communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. 

We are learning how to read and write!

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Alongside these fabulous play opportunities, the children in Reception are starting to become fabulous readers and writers through learning phonics.  We spend some time each day learning phonics and we use our phonetic knowledge when we are playing to help us read and write as we go.  We send out homework challenges each Friday and we encourage parents to support their child with this.

Jolly Phonics

Listen to our Jolly Phonics songs and join in. Don't forget the actions!

Letter sounds

Listen to the 42 letter sounds. Each letter sound is clearly spoken twice, before an example word is given. Notice that for some sounds there are more than one spelling. This will be explored throughout Key Stage 1.

We love maths too!

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We also dedicate special time to mathematics and the children love going to Magic Maths Island each day. Each child has an individual maths target and our maths sessions are tailored around these.  We love to explore the mathematical concepts of shape, space and measures through lots of exciting real life experiences such as baking, water and sand play. Children are encouraged to explore the similarities and differences in the shapes and amounts that they see and find in the world around them. We have so much fun doing lots of active maths activities such as counting as we jump, hop or clap and enjoy lots of engaging small group activities to promote mathematical development as we play.  We love to give the children maths challenges!

Mrs Farley's favourite poem

 

I Did Nothing Today

(Author unknown)

 

When children come home at the end of the day

The question they’re asked as they run out to play Is

“Tell me, what did you do today?”

And the answer they give makes you sigh with dismay

“Nothing. I did nothing today!”

Perhaps “Nothing” means that I read a book, Or…with a teacher I got to cook.

Maybe I painted a picture of blue, Or heard a story abut a mouse that flew.

Maybe I wrote in my journal myself, Or found a great book on the library shelf.

Maybe I helped a friend today, Or went to my favourite area alone,

Maybe today was the very first time, That my scissors followed a very straight line,

Maybe I sang a song right to the end, Or worked with a special brand new friend.

When you’re three, four, or five your heart has wings

And ‘nothing” can mean so many things.

Reader of the week

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This week our reader of the week is Alfie. 

Alfie has been reading every night during this half term. Well done Alfie!  

 

Please remember to sign your child's reading diary every night. 

Don't forget to include any additional reading.

Stay tuned to see who will be the next reader of the week on Friday! 

Frere Jacques

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Reception have been learning French!! We are very lucky to have a French teacher come into our class every week. She has been teaching us lots of different French words such as Bonjour and Merci. This week we learnt a new song in french.

 

C'est fantastique !

The Spider-Man taste challenge

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We have been learning about our senses. Spider-Man sent us a very special taste challenge. We sampled lots of different foods which tested our taste buds! We tried salty popcorn, bitter plain chocolate, sweet peaches, sour lemons and savoury cheese. Our favourite flavour was the salty popcorn. Please enjoy watching our challenge movie trailer and our reactions! 

Early Years were very fortunate to receive a lovely visit from Woodlands Animal Sanctuary. We had a chance to look at a baby hedgehog (hoglet). We learnt lots of facts and information about hedgehogs and enjoyed watching him run on Mrs Farley's carpet!

After we had seen the little hedgehog, we decided to make our very own to take home. We used clay to make his body and covered him in prickly spikes.

Ask us to tell you a fact about hedgehogs! 

A lovely autumn afternoon

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Nursery and Reception spent a lovely afternoon in our welly garden. We enjoyed being at one with nature whilst listening to stories and singing campfire songs. We ended our afternoon with a lovely hot chocolate and marshmallows. What a perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon. 

Pumpkin soup

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We had a soup-a-licious time make our own pumpkin soup. We worked our muscles incredibly hard, using tools to do lots of chopping and peeling. Miss Newall helped us to make the delicious soup and we all enjoyed tasting it with some homemade bread.

We have been thinking about The Harvest Festival during our collective worship. We showed thanks for all our lovely gifts and thanks to God for creating the world. 

Welly garden fun!

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Reception had a fantastic afternoon having lots of fun in our welly garden. We went on safari and found lots of animals. We also worked on our physical skills and had fun rolling, balancing,running, jumping and climbing. After all that fun we still had time for a quick selfie! 

A morning in Tesco

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On Thursday the children enjoyed an exciting trip to Tesco. We learned lots about different fruit and had fun exploring the store looking for different coloured fruit. When we had finished exploring we got the opportunity to try some of the fruits we had found. 

A special thank you to Lesley and Karen from Tesco for providing this lovely experience for our class.

 

This week we have been listening to the story of Handa's Surprise. We have enjoyed lots of exciting activities including investigating fruit using our senses, sorting food into healthy and unhealthy food and counting and weighing  different fruit in our math sessions.

 

The children have also been looking at the season of autumn and have collected some wonderful autumn leaves, conkers and pinecones.

 

Lets go to the dough disco!

Reception enjoyed going to the dough disco today! The children had a great time playing with the Play-doh. Squeezing, patting, rolling and poking Play-doh helps to strengthen our hand, shoulder and arm muscles. Good strong muscles makes for good writing! 

 

Over the last 2 weeks we have enjoyed listening to the story Funnybones . The children have worked incredibly hard to learn and order the bones in our bodies.  We enjoyed singing "dem bones" and joining in with a skeleton dance. Some children wrote labels to help us remember parts of the skeleton and everyone made their own skeleton! 
Keep checking back to find out more about our learning journey!
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