Reception- Our Zoo Topic Begins!

Friday, June 7th, 2019

This week in Reception we have started to think about zoos, ready for our trip next month! Lots of the children showed a real interest in zoo animals through their play last term, so we have used this to plan lots of interesting activities.

This week we talked about how animals are looked after in the zoo, and who helps them if they are unwell- we’ve never seen a tiger at the doctor’s surgery, so we decided they must have their own vet! In literacy we read the story ‘The Zoo Vet’- ask me to tell you about it! We wrote a list of animals that might visit the vet, then filled in some patient information forms. We were also very excited to start building our own zoo vet role-play area in the classroom. We have been adding new things to it each day!


In numeracy this week we have been thinking about doubling numbers to ten and recapping teen numbers. We are very good at recognising all of the numbers and putting them into the correct order. Some of us have even been writing sums and thinking about doubling numbers during our play- look at these lovely number sentences one of the children chose to write!


On Wednesday we had some very kind volunteers from Sainsbury’s come in to school to help clear our Forest School area- we were shocked at how much work they had done, and were all very excited to pop out and see our new, improved area! It really does look different- one child thought a new tree had grown as they had never noticed it before behind all the high undergrowth! We now can’t wait to get back out there next week to start exploring!


On Friday, we played a phonics game on the whiteboard- we had to read words and decide whether they are real words or made up words! It is a great game that the children love, and can be played at home using the following link….


Try us with the phase 3 and phase 4 free games- you’ll be very impressed at how well we do!


This week we have also really been enjoying lots of creative play- we have been painting, making models and drawing beautiful, detailed pictures! We really are fantastic artists!

We are looking forward to another busy week next week!


Reception Celebrate Their Hard Work!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

The children in Reception have been working really hard over the last few weeks- especially practising their reading, writing and counting! In preparation for their transition into year 1 in September, they have been working in a way more similar to the year 1 routine, with writing and reading groups completed before they head off to do chosen activities. The children have taken to this amazingly and are really enjoying their new grown-up learning!


To celebrate the children’s hard work gaining their golden stars over the last half term, we enjoyed a ‘Lego party’ on Friday afternoon… the children enjoyed sharing some treats and making some fantastic models!

Wishing everyone a restful week- let’s hope the sun starts to shine!


Reception- Easter!

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

This week in Reception we have been thinking about Easter. We shared the Easter story, and learnt how Christians celebrate. We talked about the ways we celebrate Easter- (there are lots of excited children looking forward to visits from the Easter bunny!) We thought of words we could use to describe Easter eggs and wrote lists of these. We also thought of different words we could use instead of ‘good’ in our message ‘Have a good Easter’ to make it more exciting. We came up with lots of great words, and enjoyed writing our messages in our cards and decorating them.


We continued with our celebrations by decorating Easter bonnets and making delicious Easter nest cakes.


Throughout the week Miss Schofield has been spotting us consolidating our learning through our play- we have been leaving examples of our writing all over the place! We have been teachers, we have measured each other, we have been mathematicians- and we haven’t even noticed we are learning!


Also this week, among other things, we have been practising our reading, learning about weight, continuing to observe our tadpoles and tomato plants and problem solving. These pictures show a group of us working together to solve the problem ‘How do we empty the water tray?’ It took team work, but we discovered there were two different stoppers to undo to let the water out of the pipe, we worked out how to stop the water pouring out onto the floor, that we needed to tip the tray when the water stopped emptying and that together we could transport the water to the sink.


Our week ended with an exciting Easter egg hunt and a special movie time with lots of fruity snacks- our reward for working so hard to fill our golden tickets with stars this half term!


Wishing everybody a very happy Easter holidays- stay safe and have fun! See you all on Tuesday 23rd.



Reception- Another busy week!

Friday, March 29th, 2019

This week in Reception we have been busy, busy, busy!


We have made the most of the sunny weather this week with lots of outdoor play. In Forest School this week, we discovered lots of bugs- we found ladybirds, ants, woodlice, centipedes, worms, caterpillars, slugs, beetles, snails… and a few others that we couldn’t identify!

Also during our Forest School session we had fun posing with some flowers we had collected for special photos to surprise our special grown ups with on Mother’s Day. We told each other jokes and asked silly questions to make ourselves laugh!

We also explored the trees, and found some feathers as well. We guessed which type of birds they might have come from- the children thought they might be from seagulls or pigeons.

In numeracy this week, we have been learning all about addition! We have learnt that we can count two groups of objects to find out how many there are altogether, and have been using addition and equals symbols to record our findings. We have also continued to practice our teen numbers each day with our teen number rap… why not ask me to sing it to you?!


All week we have been very excited to watch our tomato seeds beginning to sprout, and our cress seeds growing taller. In literacy this week, we have been making books about the cress seeds, recording our observations of how they have changed. We have taken our books home this weekend to share with our grown ups.

On Friday, the cress was finally tall enough for us to try! We made some cress sandwiches just like Sam in our story, Sam’s Seeds, made with his Grandpa.

Once we had tried our sandwiches, we thought about words that we could use to describe our cress that were a bit more exciting than ‘nice’ or ‘not nice’. We wrote a word bank together, and used some of these words in our cress books.

This week we have also been learning a new song using sign language actions, practising our phonics and reading skills… and have earned some extra playtime in the big playground by earning lots and lots of happy marbles! What a fantastic week!

Reception have been thinking about change

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

This week in Reception, we have been thinking about changes.

In Forest School we noticed changes all around us, from new plants growing in the river to the beautiful bluebells that have suddenly sprung up everywhere.

We have been very excited to observe the changes our tadpoles have been going through- they have grown tails and are becoming very fast swimmers!

We have also planted slices of tomato and cress seeds this week. The cress seeds have already started to ‘crack’ (as one child said) and we can’t wait to see how they have changed after the weekend!

This week we have also celebrated several birthdays- this gave us the opportunity to think about how we have changed to become grown up 5 year olds!

Another busy week!