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.
I Did Nothing Today
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.
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 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!
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.
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!
We we now have our very own library in the early years foyer. Please feel free to borrow a story book, you can record this in your reading diary. When you have finished enjoying your book just return it and help yourself to another!
We have enjoyed listening to the story Walking in the Jungle”. The children worked hard to add actions to the story and we even added our own adjectives to describe the animals.
The children then thought about their own stories and chose some wonderful settings for these. The children also used different verbs to explain how they were moving in their story.
Please take a look at our beautiful stories!
We received a letter from Mummy Triceratops. The letter said she had left her babies for us to care for. We found a nest, eggs and 2 baby triceratops outside. We decided to call them Tim and Beau.
We know that triceratops were herbivores, so decided to feed them leaves and grass.
We tried some different vegetables including cabbage and lettuce to find out more about a herbivores diet.
This week the children have been learning about the Jewish festival, Hanukkah. The children explored the differences between Judaism and Christianity and enjoyed exploring a range of religious artefacts.
Reception enjoyed tasting some traditional foods eaten at Hanukkah and had lots of fun making a Star of David using pretzels and chocolate!
We enjoy learning about different cultures and religions.
A big thank you to everyone who came to support Nursery and Reception at our Christmas performances. The children worked incredibly hard and did a fantastic job!
Here are some pictures of us in our wonderful costumes!
We have been having lots of fun in our PE sessions. The children have been working on fundamental skills, this includes balancing, jumping and moving in different ways. The children worked safely using the equipment and showed excellent skills.
We love being active and are always challenging ourselves! PE is not only great fun but helps to keep us healthy and strong.
Please take a look at some of our routines.
Reception enjoyed listening to the story Whatever Next and learning all about space! We enjoyed making our very own rockets using junk modelling materials and made an extra large rocket to help us retell our story using other props from the story.
The children carried out there very own science experiment to see which material would be best for making a rocket. In the story baby bear travels in the rain, we tested materials to see which one was waterproof. We discovered that metal would be the best material to use when building a rocket!
Reception have been learning French! We are very lucky to have a French teacher come into our class each 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 !
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!
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.
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.
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!