Welcome To Reception Class
wb 22nd November
Christmas has started in reception this week! We have read the story of the Nativity in preparation for our end of term Christmas performance. Some new words arose as we read different versions so we discussed them together as a class. Words such as manger, inn keeper, stable, shepherd. We also used Google Earth to find our school and then gradually zoomed out to see our local area and then find where Bethlehem is located. The children loved looking at Google Earth. We will be exploring maps and trying to create our own in the next couple of weeks.
You may have also heard your child singing many of our Christmas songs. Next week will start practicing our acting skills. We have all the costumes in school so no need to get anything!
wb 15th November
Another busy week stretching our brains in Reception class! This week we have been exploring and talking about 2D shapes and doing our best to use full sentences and the correct mathematical language. What shapes can you spot in your home? We have also read the book 'Have you filled a bucket today?' and linked this with One Kind Word (anti-bullying week). We have been making an extra effort to fill each others buckets with kind words and actions. We are also still enjoying exploring autumn and on Thursday Mrs Hargreaves discovered a long line of children in our woody area. When asked why they were lining up so patiently (it wasn't time to come inside) the reply was "we're waiting for our turn to jump on the leaves." On closer inspection there was a HUGE pile of leaves perfect for jumping on - great fun was had by all!
wb 8th November
This week we have enjoyed reading a couple of stories together as a class.... 'Stanley's Stick' and 'Not a Stick'. The stories inspired us to venture onto our school field and go exploring for the best sticks we could find! After collecting our sticks we then thought and talked about what our sticks could be - we all have incredible imaginations. Some of the children's ideas included a hairbrush, an aeroplane and even a rabbit! We have all spent time this week turning a picture of a stick into a drawing of something else and many of us have had a really good go at writing to go alongside it. The children are applying all their amazing learning in phonics to their writing now - magic!
This week has included Remembrance Day. We have watched the CBeebies video linked below and also created some stunning poppies using small loose parts.
wb 1st November
It has been great to all come together this week after the half term break. We have learned about Diwali which is a very important festival celebrated by many people around the world. Diwali is often celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs but can be celebrated by other religions too. In class we have made Diva lamps using play dough and small loose parts, explored making Rangoli patterns using Numicon and also read information about this ‘festival of lights’ using different fiction and non-fiction books. Alongside Diwali, this week has also been Bonfire night and we have exercised our fingers making firework patterns using black paper and pastels.
We have all certainly noticed the change in weather in our return to school and have talked about the seasonal change occurring, how we need to dress appropriately to keep warm and dry and have been outdoors spotting signs of Autumn.
AUTUMN TERM 2 - Seasons Come, Seasons Go
We have a busy half term ahead of us as we immerse ourselves in many more wonderful stories and experiences. We will also be working towards our Christmas performance in December which is always a really special event. See below for a snap shot of what we will be focusing on.
wb 18th October
This week we have been fascinated by spiders and have been learning lots about their lifecycle. We have learnt lots of new words such as hatchling, spiderling, female and male. We have listened to lots of stories about how clever spiders are when they create their webs and how patterns can appear in them too. Alongside our super spider learning this week we have also been very active this week with our daily balance bike sessions and had great fun developing our skills of balance and coordination. Everyone is now ready for a rest over half term - see you all soon!
wb 11th October
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wb 13th September...
Wow - we have had a fabulous first week getting to know one another! The children have been amazing at picking up the new routines very quickly and have settled so well. We have spent lots of time exploring the indoor and outdoor learning environment. Take a look at the photo slideshow below to see what we have been up to. We have built, performed, created, sung, moved, collaborated, investigated and so much more. We have also shared many stories about starting school and are working really hard on learning each others names as the basis for developing further friendships.
wb 6th September...
We have really enjoyed welcoming you all for your Stay and Play session and 1:1 meetings this week. It was wonderful to see the children start to explore their new classroom and interact with one another. This half term the theme of our learning journey is called 'Where are Story Begins'. We follow a curriculum very much led by nature and the seasons, festivals and celebrations and children's own interests. Interweaved into every single day we also immerse ourselves into high quality texts encouraging talk and the exploration of new vocabulary. Make sure you check our Reception page on this website each week to follow our learning journey.