Ash - Reception
Welcome to Reception!
Hello and welcome to Reception class.
Working in Reception we have Miss Britt, Mrs Dickinson, Miss Kennedy and Mrs Lowcock. Helping us out in Reception we have the wonderful Mrs Brambles, Mrs Clapka, Mrs O'Donnell and Mrs Stafford. We have some fantastic topics planned for the year ahead including 'Healthy Me', 'Mysterious Monsters' and 'Under the Sea'. We can't wait to see what fun we get up to over the next few months.
Together, we are going to work extremely hard to ensure the children have fun whilst they’re learning.
Meet the Teacher presentation
We were lucky enough to have Mr Rigby visit us and tell us all about how he drives his train! He showed us his train keys, his torch that flashes red and green and his high-vis jacket that keeps him safe and even told us all about all the different types of trains!
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The EYFS Team
Overview and homework tasks
Mr Bate was kind enough to bring some brass instruments from the Salvation Army for us to try out. We did an amazing job and made lots of noise!
Reception class behaved impeccably on our school trip and were a credit to the school. We went to Blue Planet aquarium to learn all about the creatures that live under water.
We managed to fit lots into our day including:
- Watching some divers feed the fish and sting rays
- Exploring the rock pools and coral reefs
- Attending a workshop where we learnt about different habitats and which marine animals might live there
- Walking through the shark tunnel!
Reception enjoyed a visit from Wayne and Joe from Broughton Tennis Club who gave them a taster session all about tennis. They learnt how to balance the ball on their bat with great control and enjoyed hitting it to each other too. Well done Reception 👏
In maths we have been learning all about repeated patterns. We practiced making our own patterns using beads to make a bracelet. Most of us did an AB pattern, but some of us challenged ourselves to make an AAB or ABC pattern. They looked beautiful!
World Book Day
Reception were so excited to be able to dress up as their favourite book character for World Book Day. They were also lucky enough to share their favourite books with the Year 6s.
This half term we are reading the book ‘Owl Babies’. Our malleable area has been open this week for children to make their own salt dough owl babies. Everybody has been really creative adding feathers and eyes to make their creations. Well done everyone!
Life Education Van
We were lucky enough to have two special visitors come into Reception to talk to us about keeping healthy - Steven and Harold the Giraffe.
They taught us about our different organs, what their jobs are and how to keep them healthy. We also looked at our teeth and the importance of brushing them twice a day.
Thank you Steven and Harold!
Today we learnt all about Shrove Tuesday and enjoyed an afternoon of making and eating pancakes!
Today we were lucky enough to have a special visit from the fire fighters from Fulwood fire station. They talked to us about the importance of fire safety and working fire alarms at home.
The children were able to climb into the engine, spray the water and try on the helmet. They had a great time!
This week we have been exploring the Lunar New Year and how it is celebrated in countries such as China. We learnt that people often set off lanterns to symbolise letting go of their past selves and becoming a new version of themselves. We made our own versions using scissors to cut the slits in the lantern and then we decorated them too. We learnt that red is a colour of good luck in China.
R.E. - Baby Moses
After learning all about the Bible story 'Moses in the basket' we went into the creative area to practice our weaving skills and made our own baskets that Moses could go down the river in.
Our new topic for Spring 1 is ‘Healthy Me’. Our role play area has turned into a cafe and our task this week was to make some menus for customers to choose from and order. We did an excellent job using our phonics to sound out all the different foods.
Nativity - ‘Everyone Loves A Baby’
A huge congratulations to all the EYFS children for putting on such a lovely Nativity show. You did an amazing job and we are all so proud of you!
Different types of transport
Today the children were so lucky! Mr Stafford brought in some different types of cars for us to look at and ask questions about. The children asked some fantastic questions and thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the parts of the cars.
In Forest School this week we talked about why all the leaves are brown and on the floor. This led us to talking about the change in seasons and how we must be in Autumn. We then used the fallen leaves to make leaf kebabs. We had to use our straw to poke a hole through the leaves and thread them onto the straw.
AeroZone School Trip
Reception had a fantastic time at Manchester Airport’s ‘AeroZone’ to learn about all the different jobs at the airport. We were able to visit different areas of the airport and role play being security staff, air traffic controllers, check- in assistants and cabin crew members. We also got to talk to an EasyJet pilot who told us all about how planes and helicopters work.
We had an amazing time!
Fine Motor Skills
We have been doing lots of practise cutting using scissors recently. We used our cutting skills to add some spikes to hedgehogs.
The children enjoyed going on a hunt in the outdoor area for some autumn leaves. They then used glue to turn them into their own autumn trees.
Well done everyone!
We have had lots of fun trying to spin hula hoops on different parts of our bodies!
Outdoor Number Hunt
We went on a hunt in the outdoor area to find 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 of an item.
This week we have been trying to build different religious buildings using our natural construction materials.
Doctors Role Play
The role play area has been extremely popular and the babies are being well looked after by our amazing doctors and nurses!
We tried so hard with a weaving today making sure we take the strips of paper over, under, over and under.
We have been working on our accuracy of throwing balls to knock over all the skittles.
We went on a walk with our listening ears to see what we could hear in different parts of the school grounds. Outside we could hear cars, sirens, birds and church bells. Inside we could hear teachers talking, music playing and we could even hear the ovens and taps in the kitchen.
Well done everybody for listening so carefully!
The Queen’s Jubilee
As part of our celebrations for the Queen’s 70th jubilee, we decorated our own crowns. We added lots of glitter and sequins to represent the jewels on the Queen’s crowns.
The children enjoyed their picnic outside to celebrate the upcoming jubilee.
This week in Maths we are learning all about doubling. We have worked in small groups to work out our doubles to 10 using the ladybirds. 🐞
U5 Mini Skills
A huge congratulations to our excellent mini skills team who competed at West View today. You did the school proud, well done!
Gruffalo Forest School
This afternoon in forest school we made Gruffalo pictures! We found leaves, spinning jennies, small sticks and flowers to stick on to make the Gruffalo’s body. We had to weigh our pictures down to stop them blowing away! We had a lovely afternoon in the sunshine ☀️
Look at our fantastic paintings of the Gruffalo!
Ah Help! Oh No! It’s A Gruffalo!
We have had such a lovely day with our Gruffalo party. We played lots of games including ‘Pin the wart on the Gruffalo’, built log pile houses and tucked in to some yummy Gruffalo (rhubarb) crumble!
A massive thank you to Mrs Stafford’s superstar helpers for making a Gruffalo crumble ready for our Gruffalo party day tomorrow. You did an amazing job girls, well done!
We have been putting our fine motor skills to good use to create some lovely Hama Bead art.
After learning about the story of Easter we made Easter gardens using materials from the outdoor area.
This morning we started the day with a bit of yoga. The lovely Clare from ‘Yogi Group Yoga’ showed us some breathing techniques and yoga poses and we ended the session with lots of positive affirmations. Clare was very impressed with how well we listened! Well done Reception 👏👍
This week in maths we are learning all about repeated patterns. To introduce the topic we have made bracelets. We chose two different coloured beads and arranged them in an AB pattern.
World Book Day
For World Book Day we were lucky enough to have a visit from the children in Year 3. We chose our favourite stories and the Year 3 children read them to us. We had such a lovely time - thank you 3D!
Parable of The Lost Sheep
In RE we have been looking at stories that Jesus told. One of those stories would have been the parable of the lost sheep. Miss Watson hid lots of pictures of sheep around the classroom and we had to pretended to be shepherds and go and find them. We discussed how it feels when we think we are lost and how it feels when we are found. We also talked about how God is like a shepherd and we are his sheep - he thinks we are all special and will look after us if we ever feel lost.
We then had a go at making our own sheep using paper plates, cotton wool and black paper.
Exploring Faces Of 3D Shapes
We have been exploring real life 3D shapes. We have looked at whether their faces are flat or curved and used this information to predict if they would roll down the ramp or not.
This half term we are going to be looking at the book ‘Owl Babies’. Today we read the blurb of the book and designed a front cover based on the title.
Trim Trail Fun
Beech class enjoyed going on the Trim Trail regardless of the cold and damp conditions. They enjoyed seeing how high they could climb, how long they could hang on the logs, how far they could walk on the balance beams and taking lots of risks.
Well done Beech Class! 👏
Daily Mile Obstacle Course
Beech Class had a fantastic time turning our daily mile track into an obstacle course. We jumped in hoops, climbed over crates and crawled through the tunnel. We had lots of fun!
We have had a fantastic morning getting all the equipment out in PE. We used lots of different skills including jumping, balancing, climbing and hula-hooping.
Fruits and vegetables
Our Spring 1 topic in EYFS is 'Healthy Me'. We have been exploring different fruits and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and satsumas. We have been using different utensils to chop and mash the food and used magnifying glasses to get a closer look.
We have been using our senses to talk about the different foods. We can talk about what we can see, smell, taste and feel.
The children throughly enjoyed watching the M&M production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’.