Welcome to Reception!
Hello and welcome to Reception class.
Teaching in Reception we have Miss Watson, Mrs Lowcock and Mrs Dickinson and 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.
Helping us out in Reception are the wonderful Miss Bristo and Mrs Clapka, who do a brilliant job as class teaching assistants. Together, we are going to work extremely hard to ensure the children have fun whilst they’re learning.
Overviews and Homework
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’.
The children in EYFS were lucky enough to have a special visit from Father Christmas just before they broke up for the Christmas holidays. Father Christmas told them a Christmas story and they got to tell him what was on their wish list.
Shine Star, Shine
Today we got dressed into our costumes and performed our nativity 'Shine Star, Shine'. We weren't put off by all the lights and cameras and know that our parents will love watching it after it has been filmed. Miss Watson was very impressed with us and said we did an amazing job!
We had such a surprise this morning when we saw it was snowing! We wrapped up warm and went on a scavenger hunt to find signs of Winter in our school grounds. We looked for robins, berries, trees with no leaves on and animal prints in the snow.
We had such a fun time but were very grateful for the heating when we came back inside.
We love Thursday afternoon Forest School with Miss Dulley! This week we got to use the natural resources outside to make a home for different animals that might need shelter and warmth during these colder months.
We were lucky enough to get a visit from the local firefighting team to show us the fire engine as part of our 'Trains, Planes and Automobiles' topic. They showed us the different parts of the fire engine and even showed us how the hose worked. We loved it when they put on their siren and flashing lights. It was VERY loud!
We have been incorporating different kinds of balances into out dance routines. We have been experimenting balancing on different body parts. We can do solo balances and ones with a partner too.
The children are loving the current role-play area set up as a doctor's surgery. They are doing a fantastic job checking that their teddies, friends and teachers are feeling okay.
This afternoon in Forest School we collected lots of autumn leaves and used them to create a leaf collage. We enjoyed walking over leaves and hearing them crunch whilst we looked for the brown leaves for the hedgehogs.
Autumn Scavenger Hunt
Recently we have been talking about the different seasons we experience throughout the year. We went on a hunt of the school grounds to see if we could figure out what season we are currently in. We found lots of different coloured leaves on the floor as well as conkers and pine cones. We decided that it must be Autumn.
Look What We Found
The children were so excited when they spotted a snail in our outside area. They were very careful and gave it lots of space as they didn't want to scare him away. Some children thought the snail might be hungry so they went to get him some grass, what a lovely idea!
Our new daily mile track has been opened this week and we are loving getting out in the fresh air and burning off energy.