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Reception have loved Sports Week this week. We have enjoyed Walking football, Parent Workshop and Sports Day. 


'The walking football was great because we weren't allowed to run' - Max


''I love sports day because I liked tackling people in walking football.' - Levi


'I liked the running race because I ran fast and I won' - Mina


'I love sports day because it was fun going over the hurdles' - Annalise


'I liked the bean bag race because I like making the bean bag balance.' - Skye


Following our trip to the farm the children have used their artistic skills to draw farm animals, some of us extended our learning by using a ruler to label the drawings.
The children have been using different types of measuring equipment including rulers to estimate and measure different sized farm animals.
As part of healthy week the children have designed their own healthy plans. We talked about healthy food, exercise and well being. 

Reception had a wonderful trip to the farm. We enjoyed learning all about life on a working farm and about the different farm animals. 


The children loved bottle feeding the lambs and watching the cow milking show. We went around the farm on a tractor ride and had lots of fun playing in the indoor and outdoor play areas. 


The sun came out for us to enjoy an outside picnic lunch!


We we all left the farm feeling very tired after a fun filled day at the farm. 

In Reception this week we have been getting prepared for sports day by going out onto the school field and practicing our races. We did running races, hurdles, jumping and a relay race. We will be continuing to practice ready for the big day. 

We have done a lot of work on capacity/measuring looking at different quantities, the children have enjoyed using their own resources and exploring in the water. The children used estimating skills and then recorded it by colouring in containers empty, half full and full.
We continue to look at the story the Gruffalo, we have been ordering the story and practising our letter formation, finger spaces and using full stops. 

We have had a busy week in Reception class, we have started to get ready for year 1. The children have really impressed the adults with how focussed they have been and showing how independent they can be. 


The book we we have been learning is a favourouite, The Gruffalo. We have been perfecting our letter formation and using finger spaces and full stops in our writing. We have been describing the Gruffalo and thinking about what the creatures in the woods would be saying. 

We have been using scissors to carefully cut out ice creams and match the lower case letters to the upper case. 
We have been ordering numbers to twenty and filling in our own number lines. Some of the childrenfound forming numbers tricky so we practiced lots of number formation and the children are now getting much better!!
The children have been getting creative by model making log pile houses from the Grufalo book. 

​​​​​​Come and look at the fabulous display in the hall, designed and made by Reception class!

We have been exploring floating and sinking. The children predicted if items would float or sink and then we went outside and tested them in the water tray. Lots of our predictions were correct! 
We have done some more work on 1 more and 1 less and looked at sharing. We have been using lots of mathematical language such as the same as and equal . 
We have made the most of the weather and enjoyed spending time outside exploring the environment. We have taken our writing outside, climbed the climbing frame, read books, eaten snack, played ball games and circle games in the sunshine.

This week we had a visit from two PCSO's . They talked about their job, the equipment they use and the vehicles. 


The children enjoyed trying on the different outfits and hats. They asked lots of questions and then wrote thank you letters.

In Reception this week we have been doing lots of number work. We have learnt how to half and double. The children really surprised us with this. Ask your child how to double a number. We have also been learning how to add and subtract and write the number sentence for this. The children are becoming really confident with this now. 
We have been looking at 3D shapes and their properties. We played a guess the shape game.

Welcome back, we hope you had a lovely Easter break.


Our new topic this term is People who help us. We have been reading and learning The Lighthouse Keepers Tea.



We have been perfecting our letter formation and beginning to use finger spaces and full stops in our writing.
In maths we have been learning how to double. Some of us extended our learning by writing number sentences.
Now that the wind has dropped we have been making the most of our outdoor environment. Our bug hunt was a huge hit.

We have been practising subtraction by completing dinosaur subtraction stories. The children wowed us with their determination to understand subtraction. 


We have also had a huge push on numbers beyond ten, please practise number recognition with your children home.

We have been working on place value by counting on from ten. The children have been perfecting their skills on the computer.
This week was World book day week. The year 6s came into Reception to read stories and helped us to act out the story. We also made masks as props.
For pancake day we discussed whole, half and quarters. The children enjoyed eating the pancakes with a little bit of sugar and lemon. Some of us had not tried pancakes before, some liked it, some loved it and others did not but everybody tried one.
We have been learning the art of archaeology by chipping away at objects in the ice. RThis encouraged lots of conversations between the children.

Term 4 - What is that rumble in the jungle?

Week 1 - Term 4

This week, we have been practicing our counting skills. We have been counting objects up to 20. Sometimes we find it a little bit tricky but we will keep practicing as much as we can. During our forest school session, we decided to use different materials to design the jungle trees. We used a range of materials and really enjoyed feeling the different textures.

We have talked lots about gravity this week with our continued space topic. We have done lots of practical activities to explore gravity. A paticular favourite was the spinner activity.
We have made space buggies using construction, the children used their imaginations and thoughts to invent their own space buggies.
After learning about the planets, the children made their own from paper mache and then painted them in their own colours.

We continue to learn about space. The children have enjoyed watching clips of Tim Peake in space, maybe you could have a look at home?


We have been learning facts about space and using our sounds to write sentences about the Solar System.

In maths we have been sharing using counters and used language such as divide, equals, the same and share. 


We have been counting in 2s, ask your child how we count in twos.

The children have been collaging planets, these are now up on display.
We have been looking at rockets and the children designed and made their own rockets out of boxes. They used lots of language to describe all of the different parts of their rockets.

Week 1
This week we went on a space walk. We counted down from 10 in our space rocket and blasted off to the moon. We tried different space food, climbed alongside the craters  of the moon and hid from the aliens that were trying to find us.

This term we will be looking at Space. We will be looking at the different planets, space rockets and all the other different aspects of space. Reception will also be looking to continue with all the fantastic writing we have been doing and building on our phonics.

What is beyond the stars?

This week we have been learning the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.


The children have been using their mathematical skills by building beanstalks, measuring beanstalks, ordering numbers on a beanstalk. 


We are always perfecting our letter formation. We have been writing words and sentences to match pictures from the story Jack and the Beanstalk.


We have built castles and made tube characters. 

This week we went on a shape hunt for our Shape, Space and Measure morning. We went around the school looking for lots of different shapes that we could find in every day things. We looked at windows, doors and tables. We were able to find squares, rectangles and circles. We had to look hard for a triangle but finally found one on the top of our PE shed.


In Reception this week have been working really hard to order our numbers to 10. We worked in teams to get the numbered plates in order. It was quite tricky at first but when we started working together we were able to complete the task.

This week we participated in forest school. We read the book 'Stickman.' We then decided to go on the hunt for some sticks and tried to create our own Stickman. We had lots of fun creating the character and decorating them in different ways. We also enjoyed learning the story and repeating different parts of the story.

Week 1
In our Maths this week, we have been looking at ordering numbers to 10. We have done this as a whole class but also had a go in groups. We have been trying really hard to know which number goes first.

Some children said, 
'Number 1 goes first'

'I can find all my numbers'

'The number five is in the middle.'


Welcome back. We hope you had a lovely half term. This term we will be looking at traditional stories. 

This week we took part in the school fundraiser to raise money for more gymnastics equipment. We did lots of running around the school Muga. We ran around ten times! It was so much fun and we really enjoyed raising money for our school. Please remember to send in all donations to the class teacher..
We have been perfecting our name writing by writing our name in Mrs Wishy Washys tub. We have been trying extra hard at getting our letter formation correct.
In maths we estimated how many bites it would take us to eat a biscuit. We then counted and marked on paper every time we had a bite. Some of us then had a go at writing the numeral.
We have started to look different texts/prints and realising that writing has a meaning. This week we looked at a salt dough recipe, followed the instructions and made some dough that we then enjoyed squishing and moulding.

We continue to learn the story Mrs Wishy Washy.


The children have been very creative and used their painting skills to design their own farm animals from the story.

The children have been perfecting their counting skills and use of 1:1 correspondance by sorting and counting objects. We furthered this by using marks to represent the total, some children even wrote the numeral.
We have made good use of the beautiful weather and used our outdoor environment to sort Mrs Wishy Washy's washing.
We continue to do daily phonics and practise our letter formation.

We have been learning the story of 'Mrs Wishy Washy'.


The children used lots of language to retell the story.

We looked at instructions together and used some of our phonic knowledge to point out any sounds we know.
We continue to practice our counting skills and learn strategies to help us. This week we used balls to throw into a basket and count how many we got in.
Encourage your child to practise writing their name.

What a fantastic first week we have had in Reception!


The children have all settled well. 


We have already begun to learn some of our sounds, ask your child if they remember any of them.


We have played lots of listening games and have been learning each others names.


We have been practising our counting skills to 10 by counting chocolate buttons and then trying to recognise the numeral. We have extended this by discussing 1 more and 1 less.


The playdough has been a huge hit and we have been rolling a squashing the dough, this helps our fine motor skills ready for our writing.


We have also explored the outside area, the children have loved using the climbing equipment and slide.


What a busy 1st week!