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 have enjoyed writing about the life cycle of a butterfly. We learnt how to write about it in different stages and use 'time words' like next and then to explain what happens. We have also been showing the life cycle of a caterpillar in different areas in the classroom like the playdough, construction and workshop. It is Summer Fair on Friday and we have been very busy making things for our stall. We have made some 'Pet Rocks' for you to buy and have also made lots of healthy minbeast snacks for you to enjoy.
We hope you all enjoyed the Summer Fair!
It has been a busy week this week in Reception. We started off our week with a trip to the library. We have enjoyed all our trips to the library this year and our favourite part has been getting to choose a book to bring back to school with us. This week our caterpillars finally changed in butterflies. We fed them sugar water and fruit to make them strong and ready to fly. We watched the butterflies fly off into the playground and added lots of pictures on Tapestry for you to see. On Thursday we were all very grown up and spent the whole day in Year 1 with Miss Lindsay. We all had such a fun day and are all very excited to be in Year 1 in September.
This week we have had a very exciting project in Reception. 'Michael Recycle' wrote a letter to us and asked us to help make Westroyd a cleaner and greener place. We all had lots of ideas of what to do and we have been busy making posters and writing letters to explain our ideas. We have all especially loved recycling and sorting different recyclable items according to their materials. On Friday it was Sports Day and we had the best time trying all the different activities. All the teachers were very impressed with how brave and enthusiastic we were trying new and sometimes difficult activities and also how we all tried our best.
We are all loving our minibeast topic so far and been enjoying watching our caterpillars grow this week. They are eating lots of food, doing lots more moving around and are getting fatter. Also in our topic sessions we have been learning about minibeasts that live under the ground. We have been using non fiction books to find out more information about these creatures and also writing facts about them. We have also been loving our new challenges and are all very enthusiastic to solve the challenges and collect as many minbeasts as we can!
This week we have continued with our minibeast topic and our new 'Learning Journey' display is looking fantastic. Well done to all the children for being so creative at home and making the minibeasts for our display, they all look amazing! This week in our topic session we have been focusing on minbeasts that live above the ground. We have read some non fiction books to find out some more information about these creatures. In our English lessons we have also been looking more closely at non fiction books and discussing the features of these books. On Thursday we had a special assembly by the NSPCC and they were reminding us of how to stay safe. In Maths we have continued with our problem solving and been drawing pictures to help us solve word problems.
Welcome back and hope you all had a lovely holiday. We started off the week by writing about what we did in half term. We enjoyed sharing about all the exciting things that we had got up to. We have also started our minibeasts topic and sorted living and non living things. We learnt about what all living things need and do. In Maths this week we have been solving addition problems and we showed good reasoning skills when talking about how we solved the problems. On Friday we had an exciting delivery come to school......our caterpillars arrived! We will be watching our caterpillars grow and change over the next few weeks and learning about the life cycle of a butterfly.
We have been busy with lots of Maths work this week. We have been naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes and we even tried to create some 3D shapes in the playdough area. We have also been doing lots of measuring and weighing and we loved weighing and comparing the pirates treasure. On Wednesday it was 'Pirate Day' in Reception and we had a fantastic day playing lots of fun games and everyone looked great in their pirate costumes! Our new 'Estimation Station' has been lots of fun this week and we are all learning to make sensible guesses. On Friday, it was Science day and in Reception we learnt about the brain and our memory.
Happy half term holidays!
We have loved writing our Captain Plank stories this week and some of us made our own stories up using our own ideas. During our Maths sessions we have been reading and writing numbers and we loved playing BINGO to help us practise our numbers. On Wednesday we had a fantastic day at Rainbow Factory. We did lots of fun pirate activities like sword fighting, salt dough modelling and pirate descriptions. We had so much fun and back at school on Thursday we enjoyed looking at all the photos and writing about our trip and our favourite parts.
Our story this week has been Captain Plank and we have been learning to re tell this story using actions to help us remember. We even created a class story map to help us to re tell the story. In Maths this week we have been learning to double and half numbers. Some of us have even been solving doubling problems and showing our working out! In Reception we are loving our new pirate challenge area and we are all very determined to collect as many golden coins as we can by solving the challenges.
This week we have continued our Pirate topic and read a book called Ten Little Pirates. We enjoyed reading the book and have made our own class version of the story. In Maths we have been practising with our teen numbers. We have been playing games to help us to read, write and order the teen numbers and we even sang a song to help us to remember that teen numbers always start with 1! We have also been finding different ways of making ten and 20 and we were able to show this in many different ways. We have loved making our own treasure maps this week and everyone has been very impressed with them.
A visit from Pirate Jack on Wednesday was the highlight of our week!
We discovered that his treasure box had been emptied and we needed to catch the thief! The children did some amazing descriptions of the pirate that stole the treasure. They were encouraged to use their phonics to write words and sentences for our new 'wow' writing display.
We have also been making up our own subtraction stories this week and using our small world treasure island to make our own subtraction stories. Some children were also able to use a number line to 'count back'!
This week has been all about Easter in Reception! We enjoyed our trip to St Johns church to start our Easter celebrations and we hope you all liked our Easter song that we sang. We have also enjoyed learning all about how people celebrate Easter and why Easter is such an important time of year for Christians. At the end of the week we had a very special visit from the Easter Bunny who left lots of eggs all around our outside area and we had to try to find them all!
This week has been 'Faith Week' at Westroyd. We have been learning all about the religion of Islam. We had a visitor come in on Wednesday to tell us a little bit about her religion and she taught us a Muslim greeting that we practised saying to each other. We have enjoyed finding out about the what Muslim's do during Ramadan and we also enjoyed comparing the Islamic festival of Eid to the Christian festival of Christmas. We enjoyed sharing our learning with you during our Open Session on Wednesday and hope you all have a lovely Easter break.
This week we have enjoyed practising our assembly, where we shared with all of our grown ups and the rest of school what we have been learning this half term. We were so excited to show everyone what we had been learning about pets and we were all very brave and confident during the assembly. Our book this week has been 'Rumble in the Jungle' and we loved learning the poems and performing them with actions. We have also enjoyed describing the different animals in the book using clues for our friends to guess.
In Maths this week we have been using the numbers 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. We have been practising writing these numbers correctly and making the numbers using Numicon. We have also been carefully counting out these amounts using different objects. On Friday we loved celebrating Comic Relief in school. We had a lot of fun coming to school dressed very funny and we had a great time telling each other our jokes. Well done to Lacie who won the school competition with her joke, it was a very funny one!
Floppy has been having a great time going home with everyone and we have loved hearing what she's been up to with you all at home. Floppy will have a chance to go home with everyone at some point and Floppy will continue with her home visits next half term too! This week we have enjoyed sharing what pets we have at home and writing about these pets for our 'Learning Journey' display. In Maths we have set up a pet shop and have been using the pet shop to practise our problem solving. We have been picking 2 or 3 objects that we would like to buy from the shop, finding the total amount and then paying for the items using the correct money. You could even make your own pet shop at home!
We have started our new topic all about Pets this week and had a very exciting delivery. A parcel arrived and inside was our new class pet, a rabbit that we have named Floppy. We talked about how to look after Floppy and all of us will have a chance to take Floppy home with us. This week we have loved reading the story of Dogger and talking about the character Dave. We compared how Dave felt at the beginning and middle of the story when he had lost Dogger and we were all very pleased that Dave found Dogger at the end of the story. In Maths this week we have been learning about take away and enjoyed playing playdough smash to help us to solve take away problems.
It has been an exciting week this week. We celebrated 'Digit Day' on Tuesday and everyone looked very good in their number outfits. To celebrate this day we also did lots of activities using the book 'Aliens Love Underpants'. Also this week we enjoyed celebrating 'Love Day' on Wednesday and we loved sharing all the things that we loved. We have been busy writing about the things that we love and making Valentines Cards too.
Hope you all have a lovely half term holiday.
This week we began the week with an exciting delivery from 'The Floogals'. It was a box of everyday objects but 'The Floogals' didn't know what they were or what they were used for. Our job was to write clues for the objects to explain what they were. This week in Maths we have been doing lots of measuring. We had to draw around our foot and measure it using cubes. We then made rockets in the workshop and had to measure how far our rockets traveled using footprints. We have also enjoyed continuing to find out facts and information about space. On Friday we did a story with Mrs Edwards and performed some different yoga moves to show the different animals in the story. Also on Friday we had 'Movie Night' and the children had lots of fun.
This week in Maths we have been learning about 2D shapes. We did lots of fun shape activities to help us to name, describe and compare 2D shapes. We have also enjoyed learning about stars this week and we found out about what a star is and discussed why we have night and day. We also read the story 'How to catch a star' and did some lovely writing and drawing about how we would catch a star. On Wednesday we had a fantastic story time with 'Tiny Tales and Tunes. Catherine from Tiny Tales and Tunes read the story Whatever Next with us and did sang lots of songs and played lots of games during the story.
This week we have enjoyed continuing with our Space topic. We have been playing in our space station and loved going on our space missions. On Wednesday it was National Compliment Day and we all wrote a compliment to our friends to make them smile. In Maths this week we have been doubling numbers and we even learnt a a doubling a song to help us with our learning. In PE we have been doing Pilates and we have loved performing lots of different poses to the jungle music.
What an exciting week we have had in Reception this week! We started off the week by reading the story of Meg on the moon. We used a class story map to help us to retell the story and we even made our own story maps too. On Wednesday we had a REAL space ship land in our playground and we were all so excited to find out why it was there and where it had come from! Then on Thursday, it was Pantomime time and we all loved watching the performance of Beauty and the Beast!
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and Happy New Year!
We have had a lovely first week back finding out what we all got for Christmas and finding out about all the exciting things that we did in the holidays. We have been learning about number 10 in our Maths sessions this week and we have also been practising adding 2 numbers to work out the total. We are all very excited about our new topic of space and have set up our own Space Station in our classroom. We are very excited to go on our own space missions!
We have been preparing for our Christmas break. Children have made decorations for their Christmas tree at home. We are also preparing for our Christmas Party and cant wait to sing songs and play games.
Children have been busy perfecting the Nativity and cant wait to show their parents! We have also been creating our own Christmas cards. Children have remembered who their card is for, the message and who its from! We have been talking about the meaning of Christmas and the fact that we do not have to spend money to make people happy- we can give the gift of a smile.
We have been practicing our Nativity this week. Children are really enjoying learning all the words to the songs and practicing their lines. We have learnt the number 9 this week and have looked at different ways to make that number. Children have been learning 1 more and 1 less this week and finding out how to work out the answer using objects and the number line. We have been continuing to practice writing a sentence trying to use a capital letter, full stop and spaces. It is important that children practice these skills at home.
In Maths this week we have been learning about number 8 and outside we loved setting our own obstacles courses where we had do 8 of different things like jumps and hurdles. We have also been looking at Winter poems and writing our own Winter poems using wintery words and phrases. In the workshop we have been busy making different wintery crafts and also making some special stars to decorate our classroom and the hall ready for Christmas.
This week we have been busy planning Kipper's birthday. We made cards for Kipper in the writing area and we were very excited when an invitation came to invite us to the party on Friday! We loved writing replies to Kipper so he knew that we could come. We even set up a party shop to help us to buy things for the party and had to carefully count out the correct money to pay for the items that we had selected. The party on Friday was so much fun and we loved playing all the party games and sharing Kipper's cake with him. This week in maths we have been practising doing careful counting of objects up to 7.
We have been looking at birthdays this week and been reading the story 'Kipper's Birthday'. We have been writing lists of all the things that Kipper might need for his party and sharing how we all celebrate our birthdays. We have also been practising singing the 'Westroyd Birthday Song' so that we can join in during Birthday assembly up at main school. In Maths this week we have been looking at number 6. We really enjoyed playing games with dice and we were really good at recognising the patterns on the different sides of the dice.
This week we started our 'Celebrations' topic off by looking at Bonfire Night. We watched videos of Bonfire night and used words like crash, bang, zoom, wizz to describe the fireworks. We also wrote a class poem using our senses all about Bonfire Night. We have also enjoyed learning about Poppy Day. We talked about why we celebrate Poppy Day and why poppies are special on this day. In the painting area we enjoyed making some poppy artwork and some of our artwork have gone up to main school to be displayed. In Maths we have enjoyed reading a book called 'Bear Counts' and we have been learning how to draw and write 5 in different ways.
This week we have been celebrating 'Black History Week' in Reception and we focused on the similarities and differences that we have with each other and other people. We all went up to main school and took part in a special workshop and enjoyed singing a song about Elmer. We also enjoyed reading the story of Handa's Surprise and we made a class story map to help us to re tell the story. Some of us even made our own story maps. One of our favourite parts of the week was when we tasted some of the different fruits from the Handa's surprise story. Also this week we have been busy producing lots of lovely artwork and some of us even have our artwork displayed on the 'Black History' display up at main school.
This week in Reception we had a 'Talent Show'! At the beginning of the week we talked about what a talent was and shared all the talents we have. Then we had time to practise our talents ready for the show on Friday. We even drew pictures of us doing our talents and writing about our talents in our writing books. On Friday we were all very brave and confident and shared our talents in our class 'Talent Show' and even Nursery came to watch us! In Maths this week we have been looking at number 5 and we used Numicon and multi link cubes to try to make 5 in different ways.
At the beginning of the week we enjoyed our first trip to St Johns church, where we celebrated Harvest. We enjoyed watching all the other children's performances and also enjoyed singing our Harvest song to everyone. This week in Maths we have been looking at number 4. We have been using Numicon to find different ways of making four. For example we found out that 2 and 2 makes 4 and 4 and 1 more makes 4. In English we read 'The Owl Babies' and had to help the three baby owls to find their mum. We all did lots of mark making to show the owl babies where there mum might have gone. In our topic sessions we loved measuring our feet using multi link cubes and talking about who had the biggest and smallest feet.
We have been thinking about our families this week. We drew the members of our family and even had a go at labeling them. In Maths we have been focusing on number 3! On Thursday this week it was national Poetry day and celebrated this in school. We read the 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson and looked at the rhyming words in the book. We also had lots of fun making spells in the water and on the tuff spot and enjoyed playing with glittery, magical playdough. This week we have also started practising our song for Harvest festival and are excited to perform it in church next week.
In Maths this week we have been focusing on number 2. We have been practising counting 2 objects and even trying to write number 2 correctly. In English we have been reading 'The Dot' and thinking about the characters in the story and how they might be feeling. We have also been thinking about our bodies and trying to label different parts of our body. During our phonics lessons we have been practising blending some of the sounds that we have learnt to help us to read words.
We started our week by thinking about our favourite things and then had a go at drawing and writing them in our Writing books. This week in Maths we have started off by learning about number 1. We did lots of practising on writing number 1 correctly. In Topic we have been thinking about our body. We made a body outline using the large and small construction. We had to count carefully to make sure we had 5 fingers on each hand. In Phonics we have been learning the sounds s, a, t and p. We have all done very well with reading the sounds and have even had a go at reading some words with the sounds in.
We have all had a lovely first full week in Reception. We have enjoyed playing in all the different areas in the classroom and are loving exploring outside. Thank you to everyone who returned the 'All about me stars' because we have enjoyed sharing all the things we like and they are on our topic display for everyone to see. On Friday we did our first PE session and did very well getting dressed and undressed into our PE clothes. It was also 'Dot Day' on Friday so we enjoyed listening to the story The Dot and also learning the song. We also talked about what things we find tricky and how we can get better at things.
What a fantastic start we have all had in Reception this week. We have all been very brave leaving our grown ups and have enjoyed playing with our new friends. We have listened to some stories about starting school and our favourite one was 'First Day at Bug School'. We have also talked about our class rules and how we can stay safe and happy at school. We are excited for our first full week next week!