Reception Home Learning
Friday 22nd January
Our traditional story this week is The Gingerbread Man. After reading the story we will learn about the features of instructions by following a recipe to make gingerbread men. The children will then write their own list of instructions - we have no doubt that they will enjoy using bossy verbs!
In our topic work the children will design and make a boat to help the Gingerbread Man cross the river and escape from the fox. They will test their boats on water and then investigate how many objects they can put into their boat before it sinks! You can extend this activity if you wish by choosing different household objects and asking your child to predict (then test) which ones float and which ones sink.
We are following lessons from Oak Academy in Numeracy this week. The units revise doubling (which the children are very familiar with) before introducing the concept of halving numbers.
In Phonics, we will be learning the Phase 3 digraphs ar, or, ow and oi. Well done to all of the children who have already read lots of books on Rising Stars - keep reading!
Thank you again for the observations you have been posting on Tapestry and for your continued support. As always, please email us with any questions or concerns.
The Reception Team
Home Learning Heroes!
Home Learning Heroes!
Welcome to Reception!
The first year for the children at the Alvey school is full of hands-on, fun-filled learning experiences. We are proud of the links we have built up with our feeder nurseries and pre-schools. Our taster sessions carried out prior to children starting at the Alvey help to achieve a smooth transition into the first year of school.
Our 2020-2021 topics:
Autumn 1- Magical Me
Autumn 2- Light and Dark
Spring 1- People Who Help Us
Spring 2- Animal Magic
Summer 1- We are Explorers
Summer 2- The Seaside
Key dates/things to remember
* We use the Online Learning Journal 'Tapestry' in Reception, please check this often and upload experiences and learning from home. The children take great pride in talking about the things they have done at home, their family and special events.
*Please read at home daily and write in your child's blue reading diary.
Light and Dark - Term 2 2020
The Reception children have been very busy this term learning all about things 'Light and Dark'. We have learnt about day and night, nocturnal animals, Arctic animals, Diwali and of course the celebration of Christmas! We loved creating beautiful firework pictures when we learnt about Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes. Each child in Reception made a poppy for Remembrance Day for our beautiful poppy wreath display at the front of the school. This term the children also got to have a go on the iPads, we have loved developing our subitising skills on NumBots and can't wait to explore the iPads further! The children really enjoyed learning all about Diwali and we celebrated by making our very own Dija lamps and Rangoli patterns. When the weather turned colder, the children learnt about the signs of winter and made some fantastic winter tree pictures. We also talked about the process of freezing and melting and what perfect way to end our winter topic with a surprise snowy day! Of course Term 2 wouldn't be complete without a Reception Nativity. Be sure to look at full class performances on Tapestry and the William Alvey Facebook page.
Merry Christmas from all of the Reception Team and a happy New Year!
Magical Me - Term 1 2020
Wow! What an exciting first term in Reception. We have been learning lots of new things in our 'Magical Me' topic. The children have created some fantastic art work from self portraits to teddy bears. To continue our work on 'Funny Bones' the children enjoyed creating x-ray skeleton hands and spotting the differences between the human and dinosaur skeleton puzzles. We had a great time in our first PE lessons. The children have been practising their ball skills and have developed the ability to throw and catch with increased control. In music the children had the opportunity to explore different percussion instruments and are beginning to learn to play in time to a steady beat. We have had great fun on NumBots practising our subitising, number recognition and addition skills. This also gave the children the opportunity to develop their computer skills and learn how to control a mouse and touchpad. Remember, you can practise NumBots at home! To end the term we loved spotting key seasonal changes on our beautiful autumnal walk around the school grounds. We are delighted with how well the children have settled into school and cannot wait for all the fun we will continue to have next term!
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
We have been learning to re-tell 'We're Going On a Bear Hunt' in the style of the author
Michael Rosen - with lots of expression and actions!
The children were challenged to act out the story in our forest area. They did a fantastic job at remembering the words and actions. We loved the swirling, whirling snowstorm!
‘There’s a curious commotion at the bottom of the ocean…’
This week, our book in Literacy was ‘Commotion in the Ocean’. We spoke about what poetry is and worked on recognising rhyming words. The children then choose their favourite poem and performed them to the rest of the class. We worked together to select actions to use and the children performed their poems with fantastic intonation, rhythm and expression. Well done Reception!
Back to School
What a busy first week back at school! We have had a great time in our 'bubbles' and our children have been absolutely brilliant at adjusting to our new way of learning. Well done Reception, we are really proud of you!
Our story this week was 'Aliens Love Underpants', the children loved creating their own aliens and they used a great range of adjectives to describe them. We have been working on repeating patterns and symmetrical patterns in Maths and the children used this knowledge to paint repeating patterns on their very own underpants! Our athletics started this week in PE and the children took part in some races. They already know the difference between sprinting and jogging. To finish our fantastic week Mr Tapley and Mrs Browning delivered a virtual assembly which we all enjoyed.
World Book Day!
Last week the Reception children loved their first World Book Day at school. They loved dressing up in their brilliant costumes and looking at their favourite books as well. We talked all about why reading is so important and shared lots of stories together. We also talked about who we were dressed as and why they are our favourite book character. In the afternoon, the Year 5 buddies came to see their Reception buddies and read some stories with them. What a fantastic day in Reception!
This week, another visitor came to see the Reception children. PC Lockton told us all about his job as a police officer and how the police help us. We got to try on his uniform and he even let us put on his handcuffs! He showed us his police radio and we heard another police officer telling PC Lockton about an emergency. The children loved talking to PC Lockton and they listened brilliantly. They asked some great questions and understood that in an emergency we have to call 999.
A visit from Sleaford Fire Brigade
Sleaford Fire Brigade came to visit Reception last week. The children got to explore inside the fire engine and it was great looking through the fireman's infrared camera. We walked around the fire engine looking at the generators, hoses and cutting equipment. Finally, the children took turns spraying the hose onto the field. What an exciting morning!
This week, following on from our work on 'The Three Little Pigs' story, the children in Reception have been investigating the properties of different materials. The children had to make predictions as to whether the materials from the Three Pigs story would move if we blew them, fanned them or used a hair dryer on them. We then tested our predictions out on straw, sticks and bricks. Great predictions and investigation skills!
The Three Little Pigs story maps
We have had a great start to the new year in Reception reading at traditional tales and finding out about people who help us. This week we have been learning the traditional tale of 'The Three Little Pigs'. The children made story maps in groups and we practised reading our stories with lots of expression and actions. The children did a fantastic job at retelling the story by following their story maps!
The Woodland Trust donated 150 trees for our school forest area (Wild Cherry, Rowan, Field Maple, Oak, Silver Birch and Grey Willow). This week, every child in Reception planted a tree and they are really excited about watching them grow as they move through the school. Some of the children have been estimating how big they think their tree will be by the time they reach Year 6. Bailey thinks his tree will be "Taller than Mr Tapley!" and Alex thinks his will be "20 metres big!"
We have had a very busy month in Reception. We learnt all about why we celebrate Bonfire Night and we held sparklers after talking about ways to stay safe on Bonfire Night. We wrote poems describing the sounds that fireworks make and we made fantastic firework pictures with paint and on Purple Mash. We also enjoyed our first school Remembrance Assembly. In circle time we talked about why Remembrance Day is important and we made large poppies which we held up during a very special song.
Our Autumn Walk
On Tuesday afternoon we went for a walk along the River Slea. We talked about how the season is now Autumn and how all the leaves had fallen off the trees and changed colour.
The children enjoyed exploring their surroundings and observing all of the different wildlife, plants and trees. We had a lovely time!
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!