Welcome to Reception!
Miss C. Butler
Miss L. Cinavas
Autumn 1- Magical Me
Autumn 2- Winter Wonderland
Spring 1- People Who Help Us
Spring 2- Animal Magic
Summer 1- We are Explorers
Summer 2- Toy Story
Key dates/things to remember
*We use the Online Learning Journal 'Tapestry' in Reception, please check this often and upload experiences and learning from your child's home-life, we love seeing the learning that takes place at home!
*Please read at home daily and write in your blue reading diary.
*Just a reminder that water bottles must contain water only please.
Our first day at school!
What a brilliant first day we had at school, meeting our new teachers and making new friends! We also had a Teddy Bears' Picnic with our Year 5 buddies. What a memorable first day at school that we will never forget!
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
We started our first week of school by looking at the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen.
We listened to the story and enjoyed joining in with the repetitive lines from the story. We then went on a bear hunt around the school where we were introduced to different parts of the school, like Mr Tapley's office and the front reception. What a fun adventure!
When the weather is nice we like to get outside as much as we can. The children love taking their learning outside and we make sure that we cover all areas of the curriculum. They are imaginative with the small-world scenes, they build different things with the construction materials, they use chalk to write their names and draw pictures, and they enjoy using skipping ropes to build their strength. These are just a few examples of our outdoor learning.
The 5 senses
As part of our Magical Me topic, we have been learning about the five different senses. We have been using our senses to guess and describe the smell, feel, taste, sight and sound of different things.
Taste- We blind tasted a variety of foods, such as sour lemons and crunchy cereal.
Smell- We smelt a range of things whilst wearing a blindfold, like curry powder, minty toothpaste and candles.
Touch- We retold the story of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, feeling different parts of the story, such as ice for snow and chocolate moose for mud!
Sound- We have been playing a Soundtrack game, where we have to try and guess the sound being played. We have also been making our own instruments and will explore the different sounds that they make.
Sight- We have been using our sense of sight to describe the look of things. We will also be going on our 'beautiful' walk, where we will use our eyes to spot all the beautiful things in our local environment.
In Reception we have been learning all about addition. We have been practising counting out two sets of objects, and then counting all of the objects to find the total. We have also been looking at the matching addition calculations. Because this week is halloween, we thought we would practise adding in our spooky witches' cauldrons!
In Reception we take part in free-flow. This is where the children are able to explore a variety of different activities in all three classrooms. They can choose if they want to play phonics games, practise counting, play in the different role-play areas, paint a picture, and much more...
The children really look forward to free-flow, and it is lovely to see the children apply skills they have been taught to their independent learning.
To start our week off learning about colour, we decided to all come to school dressed in our most colourful clothes! We had lots of fun on our colour day and participated in activities based around colour. First we made some 'shaky shaky' hands where we learn about colour mixing and the primary colours. Then we took part in a 'magic milk' investigation where we had to predict what would happen when washing-up liquid was mixed with milk and food colouring. Last of all, we read the story 'Elmer the Elephant', and talked about celebrating differences in people.
What a fun day!
In Reception we have been learning all about Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night. We learnt about this through a cross curricular approach; in Maths we were adding fireworks, in Literacy we were writing firework poems with onomatopoeia words, in PSHE we talked about how to stay safe on Fireworks Night and in Topic we made some fantastic fireworks artwork. Have a look below at some of our brilliant work.
You've Got Mail!
To start off our new topic, 'People who help us', we have been learning all about the role of Postal Workers and how the mail system works. In our Literacy sessions we wrote letters to our families and then walked to the local postbox and posted them home. Please write a letter back and we will share them in class! This week we also talked about what to do if you get lost and the importance of knowing your home address. Quiz your child on their address, do they know it?
The Three Little Pigs
The past few weeks we have been learning all about the traditional tale The Three Little Pigs and we have been so busy!
* We built our own Three Little Pig houses using junk-modelling materials.
*We learnt about weight and strength through doing an experiment where we tried to move bricks, sticks and straw by blowing them with our breath, a fan and a hairdryer.
*We made our own Three Little Pigs story maps using art materials and we then retold the story using traditional story language and actions.
*Because we have been learning about what material houses are made from, we thought we would take the opportunity to look at a variety of different materials such as plastic, wood and metal. We tested these materials to see which ones were magnetic and which were non-magnetic.
What a fun couple of weeks we have had in Reception!
The Gingerbread Man
"Run, run as fast as you can!"
In Reception we have been looking at the traditional tale 'The Gingerbread Man'. We looked at examples of recipes and then had a go at making our own gingerbread men! We learnt that a recipe consists of the ingredients, method and equipment needed. We also looked at 'bossy' verbs and learnt that these are the doing words, e.g. mix, roll, add, stir. After baking, we wrote our own instructions for making gingerbread men.
Healthy Living Day!
To raise the awareness of mental health and the importance of mindfulness in children, the school held a healthy living day. In Reception we made a healthy fruit salad and talked about the importance of eating 5 a day, we discussed different emotions and then created a 'blowing out your emotions' piece of artwork, and we also did some Tai Chi to help us relax. We had a wonderful day in Reception and we now have a better understanding of how to keep our minds and bodies healthy.
Visits from People Who Help Us
What an exciting week we have had in Reception! We have been learning all about people who help us and we were lucky enough to have visits from both PC Lockton and the Sleaford Fire and Rescue Brigade!
When PC Lockton came in we tried on his handcuffs, hats and police jackets. We even got to listen to his colleagues on his police radio.
The fire brigade showed us around their fire truck and all its equipment, talked us through their fire-fighter uniform, and they even let us have a squirt of the hose!
A massive thank-you to all of our visitors! We love learning through real life experiences!
January and February 2018
9 - 6= ?
In Numeracy this term the Reception children are going to focus on subtraction. So far we have been subtracting practically to 10; we have eaten food, delivered parcels, taken animals off of buses and have even had little pigs run away from their straw, stick and brick houses! This week we also started writing calculations and used cubes to help us solve them.
Test your child at home, I bet they will impress you with their taking-away skills!
Animal Magic !
This half term we are learning all about different animals. We will be learning about different minibeasts, jungle/rainforest animals, farm animals and the daily life of a farmer, and different types of pets. We will be learning about different animals from around the world and this will get us talking about different countries and continents. We started the topic by going on a minibeast hunt. Have a look at what we found!
Snow day in school!
Today in Reception we took full advantage of the heavy snow. We took the children outside where they played in the snow, made snow angels, threw snow balls and even made some snowmen. We made sure we took full advantage of learning opportunities and we talked about where snow comes from, appropriate clothing for the freezing cold weather, the different weights of different sized snow balls, and how to stay safe in the snow.
What a fun day !
Shape and Measure
We have been learning all about different shapes and measure. Areas we have been learning about are time (o'clock and half past), days of the week and months of the year, 2D/3D shapes and their properties, measuring and comparing different sizes, heights, lengths and weights.
Test us at home!
Can we tell you...
*The time on a clock?
*What days are on a weekend?
*What month our birthday is in?
*The name of a 2D/3D shape?
*The properties of a 2D/3D shape?
*Who is the tallest person in the family?
Reception's trip to White Post Farm!
Have a look at our pictures from our exciting trip to White Post Farm. We went to to the farm as part of our learning about animals and farming. When we got back to school we did different follow up activities; we wrote a recount of our day, matched mother animals to their young, and we learnt about different types of farming from around the world and where different fruits grow.
Today we travelled back in time and had a visit from some dinosaurs! We were lucky enough to meet a life sized Tyrannosaurus Rex which moved and even roared! We were even shown an example of a fossilised footprint of the T-Rex. During the workshop we talked about how long ago dinosaurs were alive, the extinction of dinosaurs, and how life was different when the dinosaurs roamed the planet. Thank-you Mrs Camm for organising this special treat!
Summer is here and the sun is out!
Today the whole school was invited to make a seed bomb in Tom and Maddie's garden. We took this learning opportunity to talk about where plants and flowers come from, what seeds need to grow, and even practised saying the word 'photosynthesis!'