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Reception

Welcome to Reception!

 

Reception 2022-2023

 

RR  

Mrs Rowley

 

RFS

Mrs Ferdinand and Mrs Smith

 

 

 

Our topics

 

Autumn Term

Starting School

People Who Help Us

After the Storm 

Autumn

Celebrations

 

Spring Term

Winter

Once Upon A Time...

Spring

If you go down to the woods today! (Nature Time)

 

Summer Term

In My Little Garden

Blue Planet

Summer Holidays

 

 

Reception News

Friday May 26th

We have been so lucky with the lovely weather this week. Please can you remember to send a labelled sun hat/cap to school with your child as the sun can be very strong at this time of year. 

This week we have introduced polysyllabic words in Monster Phonics. The children have been reading these through the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff - pondweed, lunchbox and we have been learning other polysyllabic words such as suitcase and playground.

In Maths we have been practising addition calculations using minbeasts. 

The children have also been doing observational drawings of minbeasts in their Sketch books. 

We were lucky enough to have a special assembly yesterday which focussed on deaf awareness. The children were taught how to communicate with someone who has a difficulty in hearing. They learnt how to do a few signs of British Sign Language too!

After half term we will be making sea creatures using recyclable materials as part of our whole school DT project. 

Please could you bring into school any spare plastic bags that you have at home, preferably different coloured ones.

Finally,we would like to wish you all a very happy half term holiday- lets hope the sun continues to shine!

The Reception Team

 

 

Friday 19th May

This week we have were so excited to see our caterpillars emerge as butterflies.  Once they were all ready, we took them out into our outdoor classroom and released them.  It was a really beautiful sight!  We have all been enjoying  our new fluency book about the ladybird and have continued practising our CCVCC words in our phonics sessions through the story of The Little Red Hen.  In maths, we are really enjoying creating our own number sentences on the maths table and have continued exploring halves and doubles in our groups.

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and fingers crossed for some sunshine!

The Reception Team

Friday May 12th 

This week we have observed our caterpillars making their chrysalises and we have moved them into our big butterfly nets. We hope to watch them hatch out as butterflies very soon!

We have continued to read and write CCVC and CVCC words. Please continue to practise all the digraphs, trigraphs and key words at home. The children took home a new Fluency Book, Caterpillar, on Tuesday.

In Maths, we have been learning to identify halves using our butterfly spots. 

We have also been drawing bird's eye view maps of gardens. 

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team

Friday May 5th

This week we have been creating spring meadow pictures through printing. They look amazing in the classroom. The children have also made a minibeast each to run/fly through the meadow!

We have continued to focus on CCVC and CVCC words including our Phase 3 digraphs - sh,ch,th,ng,ee,oo such as fleet, creep, munch, thrush, broom.

The children have enjoyed reading their new Fluency Book 'Bert the Earwig' and they were able to observe a May Bug which Mr Darrington found in our outdoor learning area. It looks like a cross between a beetle and a moth!

We had a special assembly this week to learn all about the coronation of Charles 3rd this weekend. We have also been learning about the royal family in class and discussing what will happen tomorrow.

Finally, we are all dressing in red, white and blue today in celebration of the forthcoming coronation with a special picnic on the field at lunchtime. Fingers crossed for good weather!

We hope you all have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend!

The Reception Team

 

Friday April 28th

We started the week by discussing the Eid celebrations that took place last weekend. We were lucky to share photos of our children's special celebration. 

We enjoyed an assembly from Mrs Gibson about British Values where we learnt about respect and tolerance.

This week we have continued to observe our caterpillars. They are getting bigger and bigger! They certainly are very hungry caterpillars!

We have been learning to read CCVC (consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant) words such as, from, step, trot, plot and drop. We are writing these words too!

In Maths, the children have been continuing to learn number facts within 10. We say '10 is made from 6 and 4, 6 and 4 is 10'.

We have been talking about the seasons and the children will paint spring pictures that will be displayed in our classrooms. 

Finally, don't forget next Friday is a celebration of the forthcoming coronation. We will be dressing in red, white and blue and children will enjoy a packed lunch. You are very welcome to bring your own packed lunch if you like. Please do not include nuts.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend!

The Reception Team

 

Friday April 21st

Welcome back after our Easter break. We hope you all had a lovely holiday!

This week we have moved onto Phase 4 in our Monster Phonics scheme. We are focussing on CVCC words (consonant, vowel,consonant,consonant) .We are reading words such as went, belt, tent, band, felt, grin etc. 

We have started our new topic 'In My Little Garden' which the children are really enjoying. We are reading and listening to stories and poems about minibeasts. We have been drawing and labelling minbeasts too. We are writing facts about minibeasts and are playing in our small world minbeasts garden.

We have also welcomed some new visitors to our classrooms - caterpillars! We will observe them carefully while they grow and change into butterflies!

Have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team

 

 

Friday 31st March

It has been so lovely to see all the royal guests- knights, princesses, kings and queens dressed ready for our Royal Banquet today! The children look fantastic! They will be dancing and eating fruit kebabs this afternoon and we have been practising our royal waves!

This week we have introduced the new graphemes 'ear' and 'ure'. We enjoyed an Easter assembly on Tuesday morning where we sang our favourite Easter songs. Spring Chicken is a particularly popular!

The children have also enjoyed learning doubles and singing along with our doubles rap.

Finally, this week they have all made an Easter basket ready for Easter. The Easter Bunny has hidden some eggs in our Outdoor Learning Area. 

Wow! An Easter egg hunt and a Royal Banquet on the same day!

There are some lovely photos to see in the photos section at the bottom of this page of playing and learning this term.

We hope you all have a very enjoyable Easter break!

The Reception Team

 

Friday 24th March

This week the children have beeen introduced to 2 new graphemes - 'oi' and 'air'. We have been reading sentences and writing words that contain these new graphemes. We have been assessing their knowledge of phonics and we are really pleased with how they are learning all Phase 3 graphemes and phonemes. After Easter we will be starting on Phase 4!

 

RR  enjoyed their coding session yesterday using the Chrome books. 

In Maths, we have been continuing to practice doubles and we have also been learning how to add 2 numbers using dominoes.

We have begun to learn about the Easter story ready for the Easter assembly next week.

Don't forget about our Royal Banquet next Friday!

 

Have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team

Friday March 17th

This week the children have been learning a new trigraph - igh. We have been segmenting words with it in -  light, sight, night, knight and we have been blending these words too! The children have continued to enjoy their Scheme books which is great to see! 

We have been drawing pictures of ourselves as knights, princesses, kings and queens and we have written speech bubbles alongside them. These are now displayed in our classrooms.

We have also been doing detailed drawings of daffodils using coloured pencils and magnifying glasses. Hopefully, we'll be seeing more signs of spring over the next few weeks!

To celebrate our 'Once upon a time...' topic, we will be holding a Royal Banquet on Friday March 31st (the last day of term!) The children are invited to dress up as a knight, prince, princess, king or queen on that day. There will be royal dancing and much merriment! 

Have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team 

Friday March 10th

Earlier this week the children enjoyed going on a 'signs of spring' walk around school. They looked at the daffodils, crocus and blossom growing in our school grounds. They then went on to draw what they could see in their sketch books.

The children this week have also participated in our spring Design and Technology days. We made gingerbread biscuits which we will be decorating today. They will bring them home this afternoon. 

In RFS we were lucky to have a coding expert work with the children on a coding activity on the laptops. RR will be able to have their turn in a couple of weeks. 

In our DEAL sessions we have started a new narrative immersion based on the book 'The Princess and the Wizard' by Julia Donaldson. The children have loved pretending to be the different characters!

Linked to our topic of 'Once upon a time..' the children have drawn detailed pictures of themselves as princesses, knights, kings and queens. These pictures will be displayed in our classrooms!

We have introduced the new grapheme 'er' this week. The children have continued to enjoy reading their new Scheme books. Don't forget to return these books on Mondays with a comment in the yellow reading diary so that we can give them a new Scheme book.

Finally, we have been learning how to write the beginning of a story this week focussing on 'Once upon a time...'. The children have been very keen to start to write thier own stories too! We have lots of budding authors in our classrooms!

Have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team

 

Friday March 3rd

We hope you all had a lovely half-term. This week we have introduced the new grapheme 'oa' and we have been blending words that contain this grapheme - boat, goat, road, coach. 

The children were very excited to take home their first Scheme book on Monday. Please write in the yellow reading diary to tell us how your children got on with reading it at home. Please return it on Monday so that we can give them a new one.

We have started our new 'Once upon a time...' topic this week. We have changed our role play areas into a castle and we have been looking at the key features of castles and the differences between how people lived long ago and how we live now.

The children looked fantastic in their World Book Day costumes yesterday! They were able to go to the hall to see all the Book in a Boxes from the rest of school too! 

Have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team

Friday February 10th

This week the children have really enjoyed investigating ice balloons in our outdoor learning area. They observed carefully how they melted and were able to discuss why they were melting. We had a special assembly on Tuesday as it was Safer Internet Day. The children learnt all about how to stay safe when using the internet. 

The children enjoyed making bird feeders at Nature School too.

This week the children have been introduced to our new programmable toy the Beebot.

They have enjoyed creating some wonderful winter collages in pairs which are now displayed in our classroom.

Finally, a reminder about our book share next Monday and Thursday mornings.

We look forward to seeing you then.

The Reception Team

Friday February 3rd

This week the children have been introduced to the 'ur' grapheme and they have consolidated their knowledge of the 'ee' grapheme through the new Fluency Book Green Frog.

In Maths we have been investigating how to make 5 in lots of different ways. 

In RE the children have been discussing which places are special to us and why. 

The children really enjoyed their winter animal hunt in Nature School too!

We will be having another Book Share on Monday February 13th at 8.30 - 8.55 and again on Thursday February 16th at 8.30- 8.55. This is another opportunity for you to share the learning environment with your child. Please come along to either of these sessions.

Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team

 

 

Friday January 20th

This week the children have really enjoyed playing in the snow! We have been learning all about the season of winter and it was lovely to have the snow this week! Much fun was had by all!

We have introduced the new grapheme 'ow' and we have been reading our new Fluency Book 'Cook Book' to consolidate the graheme 'oo' that we learnt last week.

For the first time, we have enjoyed a Deal session using our Magic Story Box which is very exciting. We are using the book 'Stickman' by Julia Donaldson as a focus. 

The children collected sticks in Nature School and they decorated them with glitter to look like frost. They will be displayed in our Art Gallery in our classrooms.

Finally, the children have been learning all about Chinese New Year. This year it is the year of the rabbit. The children have been learning how to carefully draw rabbits too!

Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team

 

Friday January 13th

Happy New Year! We hope you had a very enjoyable Christmas break.

The children have enjoyed a busy first week back. We have introduced the grapheme/ phoneme 'oo' as in wood, book, look, foot. We have used the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood as a focus for this, with a twist at the end!

We have written about what presents we got for Christmas and the children have enjoyed playing with the new basketball net that we got from Father Christmas during our Christmas party.

We have introduced our new topic Winter. The children have enjoyed playing in the winter house and dressing up in onesies to keep warm! 

They have created winter pictures using differing tints of blue which will be displaed in our Art Gallery. 

Please can you remember to provide us with the correct Nature School clothing if you haven't already- wellies and waterproof trousers-  as we will be visiting our Nature School area next week. Also, just a reminder that Home Reader books should be returned on Fridays. If a Home Reader book is not returned then we are unable to give it to the next child.

Finally, we attended our first ever Headteacher's Award assembly yesterday where some of our children very proudly received a headteacher's certificate!

Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team

 

Friday December 16th

We hope you all enjoyed our performance of Rudolf Around the World this morning. The children have worked so hard rehearsing their lines, singing, dancing and learning to speak in different languages! They all really enjoyed performing for their parents and grown-ups  and some told me 'it was the best day ever!' We are all so proud of them too!

We will be visiting the library as usual today and we will collect all the library books in. The children will be not taking a library book home now until after the Christmas holidays. 

As we approach the final week of term the children will continue to enjoy many  of the Christmas activities in class. They will be bringing home their cards, calendars and decorations next week too.

Don't forget the Christmas party day on is Wednesday 21st December and the children can wear their own clothes on that day.

Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team.

 

 

 

Friday December 9th

The children enjoyed wearing their Christmas jumpers yesterday. Thankyou to all who supported the Save the Children charity. 

This week we have been very busy making Christmas cards and calendars which the children will bring home and share with you during the last week of term.

We have introduced another new grapheme - ar, and we have enjoyed reading a new Fluency Book - Zoom,Zoom!

The Magic Microphone has been introduced into our Christmas House so that we can ask questions about what our characters are doing and how they are feeling. 

Today we have had our first dress, dress rehearsal and performed in front of the Nursery children. They loved it and I am sure the children will perform just as well for their grown ups next Friday morning!

Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team

Friday December 2nd

We have thoroughly embraced the countdown to Christmas in Reception this week starting with our advent tree. 

We have introduced our new Christmas House in our role -play areas. We have also introduced 2 new phonics games, Car Park and Ready,Steady, Write, with a Christmas focus!

The children are well underway with their Christmas rehearsals. We have plenty of costumes for the children, however, if we do need you to provide a costume we will let you know next week. 

The children have continued with their Monster Phonics sessions and have learnt the grapheme 'oo' this week. They have consolidated their knowledge of consonant digraphs, ch,sh,th,ng by reading the Fluency Book Chip Shop.

Finally, I hope you all have a lovely time at the Christmas Fair tomorrow at 2pm.

Have a great weekend!

The Reception team

Friday 25th November

This week the children have been learning all about having a growth mindset using the book 'Magical Yet' as a focus. We have been talking about how we all, whatever age, have to persevere to get better at doing something. Instead of saying 'I can't do it', we are learning to say 'I can't do it yet!' 

We have continued to introduce some new graphemes- ch,sh,th,ng. These are digraphs- 2 letters that make one phoneme. The children have also been reading a new Fluency Book - The Big Quiz.

The children have enjoyed drawing in their new sketch books for the first time. They looked carefully at the trees in our outdoor learning area and drew them with pencils. The sketch books are a great way to keep practising their drawing skills and enables them to see how their drawing has improved over time. 

We have introduced a new shapes game using a secret board onto our maths shelves. I am sure the children will be able to tell you all about it.

Finally, thankyou for all your chocolate contributions for the Christmas Fair. The chocolate bola is one of the most popular stalls every year!

Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team

Friday November 18th

Thankyou for all your contributions to Children in Need. It is a great charity and a good reminder to our children about how important it is to be kind to others. Being kind is one of our 3 bees.

This week we have continued to introduce new graphemes, y,z,zz,qu, as part of our daily Monster Phonics sessions and a new Fluency Book Fox and Box. Please don't forget to practise all the previous graphemes we have sent home and to reread the Fluency Books. Practice at home really does make the children more confident in school.

The children enjoyed wearing odd socks on Monday as part of anti-bullying week and they listened really well to an assembly delivered by Mrs Clapperton about the importance of kindness and how being kind is contagious.

We have participated in 2 DT focus days along with the rest of school. The children have learnt how to fix and join using split pins and treasury tags. They have also worked collaboratively to design and make their own playground using all the junk modelling that you have sent in. The project has been a great success!

Finally, this week the children have had the opportunity to go up on the stage for the first time, that was a very exciting moment!

Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team

 

 

 

 

 

Friday November 11th

We are very excited to announce that this week we have started our rehearsals for our Christmas production - Rudolph Round the World! We will be performing it for parents/carers on Friday 16th December at 9.30am. Tickets will be available soon.

This week we have introduced some new graphemes - j,v,w,x and a new Fluency Book - Up the Hill to consolidate the graphemes learnt last week. We hope you enjoyed sharing the Home Reader, these books will be changed today.

This week the children have been learning how to write a book review and to reflect on what aspects of the book 'I'm Not Cute' that they like. We will continue to have a book review area in our classrooms and we will change the book reguarly to link to our topics. 

Next week is anti-bullying week. We are going to start the week by wearing odd socks! Please can you send your child dressed in odd socks on Monday. The children will also be able to wear their own clothes on Friday as part of the Children in Need fundraiser.

We hope you like our stunning poppies on the trees at the front of school. The children have visited the 'poppy' trees this morning as part of their RE lesson.  

Finally, please could the children bring in lots of boxes/ tubes / plastic bottles/pots etc to help us with our junk-  modelling sessions next week.

Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team

 

 

Friday November 4th

Welcome back to school after half term. We have been hearing about all the exciting things that your children experienced during the holidays!

This week the children have been learning the graphemes l,f,ff,ll and ss. We have introduced a new game, Zap It, to help the children to blend cvc words. They have been reading a new Fluency book, Mum's Hat, too.

This week they will be bringing home a Home Reader book for the first time. These Home Reader books are accompanied by a support sheet that has been written by the Reception teachers with ideas about how you can extend your child's learning while sharing these lovely books together at home. The aim is to enhance you child's love of reading further. Please can you return the Home Readers every Friday. 

This week the children have been making poppies from bottles to commemorate Armistice Day. The whole school has been participating in this activity. The poppies will be displayed at the front of school next week. 

Finally, we have been discussing what happens on Bonfire Night and the rules around how to keep ourselves and our pets safe.

We hope you have a very enjoyable,and safe, Bonfire Night!

The Reception Team

Friday October 21st

Thankyou to all the parents that have attended Look at our Learning this week. We hope you enjoyed it and it gave you a chance to experience your child's learning environment for yourselves. 

This week the children have been learning all about Diwali which takes place next week. We have discussed how Diwali is celebrated around the world. The children have drawn rangoli patterns outside in chalk, have created temples using materials and have made their own diva lamps using clay! 

This week we have learnt the graphemes b and h and we have have been learning how to play a new CVC Car Park game. The children will be going to the library today and will bring home thier own library book for you to enjoy over the holidays.

Have a great half term!

The Reception Team

 

Friday October 14th

The children have been very excited this week as we opened our new Wildlife Rescue Centre in our role play area. They have loved looking after and feeding all the animals. They are encouraged to read a sentence before they enter the Centre too!

We have continued to introduce new graphemes - e u r and have enjoyed reading our new Fluency Book Cat and Dog. In order to consolidate their knowledge of all the graphemes and phonemes taught so far we have introduced a new phonics game called Car Park which the children have loved playing with the teachers and independently. 

We have also introduced some new autumn themed maths games to develop recognition of numbers and one to one correspondence. The introduction of the 30 second timer has made the Autumn Leaves game even more exciting!

In Nature School the children had the opportunity to observe the wonderful autumnal colours that we can see at the  front of school. They have also completed a paint colour mixing activity which they have used to create super autumn trees. These will be displayed in our class Art Gallery.

You will all be able to look at all these learning opportunities next week on Tuesday and Thursday at 8.25 - 8.45am. Hope to see you then!

The Reception Team

 

Friday October 7th 

We were very lucky to have a visit from the dental nurse on Monday who told us all about the importance of brushing our teeth, eating healthy food and visiting the dentist regularly. The children listened really well and were able to remember a lot of what she had told them. 

We have continued to learn new phonemes/graphemes - o,c,k and have been practising blending lots of CVCs

(consonant,vowel,consonant) words using all the graphemes/phonemes we have learnt so far such as cap, kit, dog, dad, sat, tip, pit. Please continue to practise all the previous Fluency Books at home as this will develop confidence when your child is reading in school. 

We have been encouraging the children to use a knife and fork in school at lunch time. Please could you encourage your child to do the same at home so they are able to do this more independently in school.

Finally, a date for your diary. We will be holding our Look At Our Learning sessions on Tuesday 18th October 8.25 - 8.45am and Thursday 20th October 8.25 - 8.45am. This is an opportunity for your child to show you around our classrooms and to share their learning with you. There is no need to sign up, just arrive at school at the normal entrance at 8.25am. We hope you can make it.

Have a great autumnal weekend!

The Reception Team

Friday 30th September

We have enjoyed a very busy week in Reception this week. The children have been to the Music Room for the first time on Monday and have enjoyed playing the instruments with Miss Nolan. They have also enjoyed PE with Mr Dixon for the first time too!

They did their first writing in their Writing books on Tuesday where we wrote two sentences from this week's Fluency Book. We introduced new graphemes m, d, and g which the children will take home to practice. In Maths, we used our collection of buttons to sort to different criteria.  

We have started to talk about the signs of autumn and we will continue to do this next week. If you are out and about this weekend and find some conkers, beech nuts, pine cones, acorns or dry autumn leaves please could you bring some into school for our autumn collection. 

Have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team

Friday 23rd September

The children have continued to settle in well this week. We have been to Nature School for the first time. Some children still do not have wellies and waterproof trousers in school. Please could you provide these as soon as possible as we will be doing Nature School every Tuesday. 

Some children are finding it difficult to locate their bookbag in their group boxes. You could put a keyring on the handle if you wish to make it a little easier for them to find.

Please ensure your child brings a waterbottle and coat every day.

We have continued to introduce new phonemes and graphemes - i, n and they have taken their first Fluency Book home to practise these. The more they practise at home, the more confident they will be in school.

They have enjoyed reading a new Monster Phonics guided reading book too to further embed these new phonemes and graphemes. In Maths the children have completed a matching activity using buttons looking carefully at colour, shape, size and number of holes. They have also been expressing choices through a focus on the book You Choose by Nick Sharratt.

Have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team

 

 

 

Friday 16th September

The children have settled into their classes so well this week and are making lots of new friends. They are thoroughly enjoying staying for lunch too! We have completed all the Baseline Assessments and have continued with our Starting School topic. The children have brought in their favourite books and we have been sharing these with all their friends.  The children have been encouraged to write shopping lists for the house using their own squiggles and wiggles. 

Thankyou to all the parents who attended the Curriculum Meeting yesterday. We hope you found it useful. 

The children will be brining the first set of graphemes home today s,a,t,p. Please encourage your child to learn these phonemes/graphemes. We have been sorting objects with these initial sounds in school. We have also been sorting objects by colour and shape. 

Have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team

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