Reception Weekly Blog
Hello and welcome to our Reception blog page!
Please read our newsletter below to find out what will be happening in reception this term.
Each week we will be writing about the exciting things we are learning in Reception.
This week we went on our school trip to Tropical World. We had a fantastic time on the coach and sang lots of songs on the way. When we arrived we had our snack in the Ann Maguire building. We then walked to Tropical World. We loved seeing all of the animals, insects and creatures. A few of our favourites were the crocodiles, the spiders and the meerkats. We then walked back to the Ann Maguire building and we ate our lunch. In the afternoon we worked with a park ranger, in the woods, looking at the different leaves and trees. We even went on a minibeast hunt! We found lots of different minibeasts, we used ticklers and magnifying jars to observe the minibeasts closer.
We had such a fantastic time on our school trip!
‘Be Healthy Week’ has been a huge success! We have had a busy and jam-packed week, learning lots of ways that we can keep ourselves fit and healthy and how we can keep ourselves safe. We have been learning about road safety and taking part in several activities, such as learning the green cross code and how we can keep ourselves safe when in cars. We have been learning about the importance of healthy eating and the different foods we should eat. We loved making our healthy snack on Wednesday and enjoyed eating it at our class picnic.
This week we have been learning about worms. We have been making and measuring our own play dough worms using cubes and tape measures. We have been developing our mathematical language and encouraging the use of long, longer, longest and short, shorter, shortest.
When we came to school on Monday we noticed that we had butterflies. We were all very excited and found flowers for them to enjoy. On Friday we released our butterflies in the garden, as we wanted to continue the life cycle process and encourage the butterflies to lay their eggs.
I want to say a huge well done to the children in Reception for their fantastic performance during our class assembly. The children worked so hard to remember their lines and project their voices and we are all so proud of them! Well done, Reception.
This week we have been learning about spiders. We learned that the spider uses its web to catch its prey, they eat flies, they have eight legs and like to live in warm places. We have had lots of fun making webs using different materials. We have been reading the story ‘Aaargh Spider’ and have been discussing who is afraid of spiders. We found that most of the children are not afraid of spiders.
Our class caterpillars have grown this week and have now turned into chrysalis. We have placed them in a net and we are waiting patiently for them to turn into butterflies.
This week Mrs Ponton brought in rabbits for us to look after and care for. We have enjoyed watching them in the run and we are learning how to take care of them.
Summer Term 2
Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely, restful half term break.
This week we started our new topic of ‘minibeasts’. We were all very excited to receive a surprise in class on Tuesday: five very small caterpillars, which we have enjoyed observing this week. In literacy we have been reading the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We have enjoyed retelling the story using talk-for-writing actions. We have discussed our favourite part of the story and made a class story map. In maths we have been learning how to halve and used cubes to support our understanding.
WOW! What a fantastic week to end our Pirate topic. We have been reading the story ‘The Pirates Next Door’. We have been talking about the characters in the story and have been using descriptive language to describe them. In Maths we have been developing our understanding of halving. We have been using cubes to help us understand this concept.
To conclude our topic, we celebrated Pirate day yesterday. What a fun-filled day we had, we played lots of pirate games, sang pirate songs and enjoyed dressing up as pirates. In the afternoon we cooled off with a fruity ice lolly.
I hope you all have a lovely, restful half term holiday and I am looking forward to hearing all of your holiday news!
This week we have been reading the story The Rainbow Fish. We have enjoyed retelling the story using ‘talk-for-writing’ actions. We loved drawing lots of pictures of the rainbow fish and writing about what we have drawn. We have been using the dough to make our own rainbow fish using different media.
We have been enjoying the sunshine in the outside area, by riding the bikes and developing our hula hoop skills. In maths, we have been doubling to twenty using the numicon.
This week we have been reading the story of Peter Pan. We have been talking about the different characters in the story and describing the setting. Our focus for writing this week has been ‘message in a bottle’: we imagined that we were on the island of Neverland, wanting to go home, and we wrote our messages using our knowledge of sounds. We have enjoyed retelling the story using puppets. In maths we have had great fun learning about estimating. We have been taking part in different class competitions and using our estimating skills.
This week we have been learning about different types of pirate ships. We learned that pirates had two main boats: the sloop and the square rigger. The sloop was a very fast ship, good for stealing treasure and the square rigger was big and could hold up to two hundred men. In literacy we have been labelling the different parts of the boat e.g. the mast, flag, stern etc. We have been making our own boats in the workshop using different materials and testing them in the water tray to see if they float or sink. We found out that cardboard gets very soggy in water and boats made from plastic float. In maths we have been developing our understanding of subtraction using numicon, objects and coins.
This week we have enjoyed reading the story ‘The Night Pirates’. We read the blurb on the back cover and made predictions about what we thought would happen in the story.
We made treasure maps and tea-stained the paper to make them look old. We then each created our own treasure map. We discussed the different landmarks that may be found on an island such as mountains, trees, water, and then drew our islands. We then wrote directions, explaining how to reach the treasure. Our maps are displayed in the classroom and we are very proud of them.
In maths this week we have been continuing with number recognition and counting to and from twenty. We have been developing our addition skills, including doubling, using numicon and different objects.
Summer Term 1
Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely, relaxing, Easter holiday. I have enjoyed hearing about the children’s holiday news.
This week we have started our new topic, which is ‘Pirates’. On Wednesday, while we were at assembly, a pirate called Pete came into our classroom and stole our treasure! We have been trying to catch him by looking in the outside area for clues and making ‘wanted’ posters. We used our knowledge of sounds to write about the incident. We haven’t managed to find him yet!
In Maths this week we have been developing our understanding of numbers to twenty. We have been putting them in order and saying which is one more and one less than a given number e.g. one more than six is seven. We have been singing counting songs and used different apparatus to help us.
We have enjoyed exploring the pirate ship in the outside area with Mrs. White and dressing-up as pirates! We have been learning some pirate language to use in our play!
Arrrgh me mateys, have a lovely weekend!
On Monday we went to Farsley Library and met the librarian who read a story for us. We also each chose a book to take back to class, which we have enjoyed looking at in the mornings.
This week we have been learning about Judaism and a Jewish visitor came to school on Wednesday to talk to us about her religion. She showed us different artefacts, such as the Torah and the Yad. We have been learning that Jewish people visit the Synagogue to pray and that their special symbol is the Star of David. We made our own Star of David using lolly pop sticks. We have also been learning about Easter and the importance of this festival for Christians. We have learned that the egg is a symbol for ‘new life’ and that is why eggs are given at Easter. We went on an Easter egg hunt in our outside area and had great fun looking in all the nooks and crannies for eggs.
As we come to the end of term, I want to say a big well-done to the children in Reception. They have worked hard all term, learning their sounds and applying their knowledge to their reading and independent writing. They have been developing their mathematical understanding in number and shape, space and measure. I hope you all have a wonderful, fun-filled Easter break and look forward to seeing you all next term!
We had a great week finishing our topic of farms and then we learned about how to keep ourselves healthy, particularly the importance of having a balanced diet.
In maths we have been using shapes to make repeating patterns. We have enjoyed creating our own individual patterns using paint, musical instruments and shapes.
We have been using our knowledge of sounds to write our mother’s day cards with a special message to our mums explaining why we love them.
On Thursday we performed our very first class assembly to the whole school and our parents. We worked hard to talk about our learning and use loud voices so everybody could hear. We were very brave! We have also enjoyed dressing-up and raising money for Comic Relief. We held a ‘jokeathon’ in class and chose three winners.
This week we have been reading the story Oliver's vegetables. Oliver loves to eat chips and doesn’t like to eat vegetables until his grandparents teach him about food, where it comes from and that potatoes are also a vegetable. We have been learning about different food and its origins. We enjoyed playing in our farm shop and making our own Mr. Potato heads. Outside copied the techniques of Arcrimboldo to make pictures using real fruit and vegetables. We have been writing sentences about our favourite food using our knowledge of sounds. In maths we have been developing our understanding of 2D and 3D shapes, talking about the different shape properties and finding shapes in the environment.
We enjoyed Science Day by experimenting with ice and spaghetti and visiting the Science Dome where we learned about space. It was a fantastic week.
What a fantastic week in Reception!
We have been reading ‘Rosie’s walk’. In this story Rosie the hen lives on a wheat farm and so we decided to make bread, mixing flour, salt and yeast to make dough, which we then kneaded and baked in the oven. It was delicious! We then wrote instructions explaining how we made the bread.
We were very lucky to have Mrs. Marshall visit us again and, this time, she brought in two hens from her farm. We enjoyed stroking the hens as they were very soft.
Thank you to all of the parents who attended the phonics meeting this week, and those who stayed to work with the children in class.
This week we have been discussing the role of farmers and the different tasks they do on a farm. We have been learning about animals and their young. In literacy, we have been reading ‘Farmer Duck’ using a range of different strategies to support our story telling. We have been developing our understanding of subtraction through practical activities. On Thursday this week, we celebrated World Book Day! We had such a fantastic day dressing up as our favourite characters and talking about the books we love! We took part in the whole school book swap and celebrated our work throughout the day at assembly.
Finally, thank you to all of the parents for attending parents’ evening this week. It was a great opportunity to discuss your child and their progress.
Spring Term 2
This week we have been learning about farms. We had a visit from one of our parents who lives and works on a farm. Mrs Marshall, and her son Harry, showed us lots of photographs of the animals they look after. We enjoyed learning about the hens, horses, geese, ducks and the lama. We asked lots of questions about what the animals eat, where they live and how they are looked after. In literacy we have been reading the story ‘What the Ladybird heard’ and discussing the different animals in the story. In maths we have been developing our understanding of addition through different games.
Spring 1 Term
This week we have continued learning about vets and we have loved playing in the role play area. We have been doing lots of talk 4 writing, learning the story of the tortoise and the hare using actions. We have been describing the characters in the story. In maths we have been learning about weight. We have been using balances and scales to weigh objects. We have been ordering objects in terms of their weight and using the language heavy, heavier, light, lighter, lightest etc.
We have enjoyed having Miss Gourmley with us this week who is taking over Mrs Hollingshead after half term.
I would just like to say it has been a pleasure teaching you all and I will miss you all very much! Enjoy the rest of the year and I will see you soon as I will be bringing in the baby to see all the children in the not too distant future!
This week we have been learning all about vets. We have been learning about what a vet does and how they help animals. We have been watching clips of real vets in action in a vet hospital. We then have set up a vet role play area in the classroom. The children have loved playing in this area this week. We have been writing vets reports and percriptions as well as making appointments.
In maths we have been learning about height. We have been comparing different objects to order them by height and learning to use the language of short, shorter, shortest, tall, taller, tallest to describe them. We have also enjoyed measuring ourselves in the maths area using tape measures.
This week we have been reading the story 'The Great Pet Sale'. The children have enjoyed looking at all the different animals and researching some one that the children had not heard of before like 'gecko'. We have been learning to describe the pets. We have been making posters and signs for the pet shop which show what animals are for sale.
In maths we have been using numicon and beadstings to help us take away. We have also enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year this week. We have been reading the story of 'The Great Race' which tells us about which animals the different years are named after. We have also been looking at what some people might do to celebrate Chinese New Year.
This week we have been reading the story 'Dear Zoo'. We have been enjoying learning more about pets and thinking about the different animals in the story. In maths we have been adding two numbers together and using numicon to help us find the total. On Tuesday we have our maths open session for parents we hope you enjoyed it!
This week we have started our 'Pets' topic. We have been talking about what makes a good pet and the different types of pets people have. We have been reading the story ' Dogger'. This has prompted us to think about pretend or imaginary pets. We read another story together called 'Everyone needs a rock' and then children have been making their own pet rocks! On Friday Mrs. Ponton brought her dog into school and talked to us about what he needs and how to look after him. We have also set up a pet shop role play area in the classroom. In maths we have been learning how to order numicon plates and the corresponding numeral. We have been mixing them up and taking ones away to see if the children can work out what has changed!
Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Christmas holiday! We have been back for just 3 days this week but we have still be very busy! We have been learning the story of Cinderella and reading different versions of the story. We then created a book review where we recorded what we thought about the story. On Thursday we watched the Panto Show of Cinderella which was so much fun! In maths we have been matching amount of objects to the correct numeral and order numbers.
Next week we are starting our 'Pets' topic!
Autumn 2 Term
How time has flown! Can you believe it's Christmas already! We have had a lovely week doing lots of Christmas crafts and activities. On Wednesday we had our party day. We had party food, played party games, had an entertainer and a visit from Santa! It was a very exciting day! On Friday we had Christmas Jumper day to raise money for Save the Children. We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and we will see you in the new year!
What a busy week! This week we have continued our learning on 'The Stickman'. In the writing area we have been writing letters to Santa. We have also been making and writing Christmas cards. On Wednesday we did our Early Years nativity with Nursery...twice! It was a great success and the children were brilliant! We are looking forward to a week filled with more Christmas fun next week!
This week we have been learning the story 'The Stickman'. We have been re-telling and ordering the story. We have also been describing the characters in the story. We have been thinking about what questions to ask the Stickman and we have been 'hot seating' the Stickman, asking him our questions. In maths we have been learning to add 1 more than using objects and numicon to help us. We have alos been getting ready for Christmas and enjoyed the Christmas Fair on Friday were we made and sold some decorations.
This week we have been looking at the story 'The Gruffalo's Child'. We have been learning parts of the story using talk 4 writing. We have been re-telling the story in the reading area using puppets. We have also been looking at the character of the Gruffalo's Child and describing her. In maths we have been comparing amounts. We have been learning to use words such as; more, most, few, fewest, least. We have been using the numicon to help us understand how when an amount or number has more it is bigger.
A reminder that we need nativity costumes in ASAP!
This week we have continued our learning about The Gruffalo. In maths we have been learning about money and learning the different coins. We have enjoyed playing 'shops' to help us learn about the coins. We have started practicing our nativity. Please remember we need children's costumes in by next week.
On Friday we celebrated 'Children in Need'. We dressed in spots and made buns and biscuits to sell.
This week we have been learning about the Gruffalo. We have been learning the story using talk 4 writing actions and we have also been creating story maps to re-tell the story. On Wednesday we had a 'Julia Donaldson' day where we all dressed up as different characters from Julia Donaldson books. We have also been making masks of the different characters in the Gruffalo.
Welcome back! We hope you had a nice half term! This week we have had a very busy week in Reception! On Monday we talked about Halloween and read the story 'Room on the Broom'. This also links with our topic for this half term which is the author Julia Donaldson. The children have enjoyed learning the story and re-telling it in the reading area. This week we have also talked about Bonfire night and in the painting area we have been creating firework pictures! We have also been celebrating 'Black History Week'. We have been learning about the boxer Nicola Adams. We have been talking about how hard she worked to win all her medals. We talked about what we want to achieve when we are older.
You will have had a letter explaining that next Wednesday 9th November we will be having a Julia Donaldson day where we are asking you to bring in your favourite Julia Donaldson book and dress up as a character.
Autumn 1 Term
We can't believe that the first half term is over! The children have done so well, in what is the trickiest and longest half terms! This week we have been preparing for our Talent Show and also been talking about what we like the best about Westroyd. The Talent Show was lovely and the children were very confident. Thank you to those of you who came to show your support! We hope you all have a lovely half term and look forward to seeing you after the holiday!
This week we have been talking about hobbies and talents. We have been learning what a hobby and a talent is. We have been sharing what we do when we are not at school for example if we attend any clubs.
In maths we are continuing learning the numicon plates and have been doing lots of ordering. We have also been learning them by describing their colour, shape and how many holes they have.
Keep checking your child's page on tapestry and please add your comments!
We have continued our 'All about me' topic this week. We have focused on houses and where we live. We have looked on google maps at Farsley and looked at different types of houses like terrace and semi-detached. We have been describing our houses and drawing pictures of them. We have also been talking about our address and what information an address tells us. We have also been looking at numbers on doors. Can you talk to your child about where you live? What is your house number and street name?
This week we have been talking about our family. We have been talking about who is in our family and who are special people in our lives. We have also been drawing pictures of the people in our family. We are all settling in well and learning lots and making new friends! Please remember to log on to Tapestry or download the App to see what your child has been doing! Don't forget you can add your own information and learning too!
This week we have continued learning how to use the resources in the classroom. As part of our topic we have been thinking about what makes a family. We have been talking about the different people in our family and why they are special to us. We have also started learning the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'. We have been learning it through Talk 4 Writing where the children learn actions and draw story maps to help them learn the story.
Week 1 and Week 2
In week one we had a lovely week getting to know the children and they really enjoyed their half day visits. In week 2 all the children have been together and its been a full week! We have stated our topic 'All about me' and we have been thinking about how we are the same and how we are different. We have been describing ourselves and looking in mirrors to compare ourselves to others. We have been talking about how we are different now to when we were babies and how we have changed. On Thursday we celebrates International Dot Day, which is based on the book 'The Dot' by Peter Reynolds. We made lots of dotty artwork!