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.
Summer 2 - Week 7
The final week of the school year has begun and what a year it has been! It has been a little unusual but we have had lots of great experiences along the way. Some of you have learned to ride your bike without stabilizers! Others have written letters to each other and had fun baking cakes! All of you have been amazing throughout this strange time and I continue to be impressed by your wonderful home learning. For the children who have returned to school, you have blown me away with all your hard work and the great enthusiasm that you show each day.
In school this week we will be focusing on some core skills and beginning to look to September. Please find below the core skills for the end of Reception and some activities for you to try. You may wish to consolidate these skills throughout the summer, in preparation for the autumn term.
During school's closure we will be uploading activities weekly onto Tapestry. In addition to Tapestry we will post a weekly overview of the planned activities here. This will be posted every Monday. Resources and further support for the activities can also be found on Tapestry.
Please note that during this period, it is possible that you may experience some difficulty accessing the website or Tapestry, due to much higher web traffic nationally. We are sure the system providers will be working hard to ensure accessibility. If you do experience problems and are unable to access for a prolonged period of time, please contact school.
This week we were excited to welcome caterpillars in reception! We have been watching them grow throughout the week and will be learning about the life cycle of a butterfly next week! This week we have been busy learning all about plants and the things they need in order to grow. We have been using our observational skills to look at our plants and discuss the changes that we can see. We have had lots of fun learning about money, practicing finding the total of two amounts. We have enjoyed role playing buying items in a shop, carefully counting the correct amount and how much change we may need.
Also, we worked really hard completing our sports relief challenge, managing a huge 48 star jumps in one minute! All donations for this valuable cause are greatly appreciated.
We have had a great week in reception continuing our new life topic, learning all about plants and celebrating 'world book day'! We had lots of fun planting our own sunflowers, discussing seeds and the things they need to help them grow. We enjoyed looking at photographs of ourselves planting and using them to write a set of instructions for others to follow. We looked fantastic in our costumes on world book day and were keen to share our favourite characters with our friends, through taking part in a fashion show and by creating some wonderful book reviews!
In maths we have been learning all about money! We have been learning to recognise different coins and how much they are worth. We enjoyed singing '5 currant buns' and role playing using different coins to buy buns from a shop.
We were excited to be back in reception and begin our new 'new life' topic! We began by talking about ourselves as 'new lives', discussing what we were like as babies and the things that we needed help with. We had fun bathing babies in the water area and discussing all the things that babies need. We also enjoyed sharing all the things that we can do now that we are 4/5, creating some fabulous writing to match. We have lots of talents!
In maths, we have been practising matching numerals to quantities and finding one more/one less. We had fun playing lots of games to help us develop these number skills, especially when we beat our teacher!
Next week we will be learning all about plants!
What a fantastic end to our topic this week! We had great fun dressing up as our favourite superhero and sharing with our friends all the superpowers that we have. We used our super problem solving skills to complete a treasure hunt, solving the phonics clues to save the vegetables. We even made our own supertato! Outside we practised moving in different ways and strengthening our sense of balance as we navigated through an obstacle course.
Thank you for joining us for the open session, we hope you enjoyed our superhero song as much as we did!
This week has been full of more mischief from the evil pea! Once again he wrote to the class setting another tricky challenge! The children used their problem solving and technology skills to be real superheroes and rescue the people, by programming Beebot to direct him around a map. After the challenge, he returned some of our toys. The children worked hard to write some fantastic letters thanking him.
In maths, we have been learning our number bonds to 10. Some of the children had fun dressing up as sheep, as we counted how many were still in the pen and how many had escaped! We loved singing number bond songs and rhymes!
It has been another busy week in Reception! We have been learning about real superheroes in our community and thinking of all the people who help us. The children were excited to receive another note from the evil pea, challenging them to be firefighters and put out the phoneme fires! We have shared our ideas about what we would like to be when we are older. The children came up with some fantastic future careers... from police, vets and lollipop ladies to paleontologists! We have enjoyed learning about the features of a comic and creating our own speech bubbles for the Supertato characters. In maths, we have been exploring all the numbers up to 10 and had fun using cars outside to practice these. We have also practiced the part part whole model, using it to make jam sandwiches!
It has been an exciting week in Reception! The evil pea has been up to mischief in our classroom! The children have enjoyed completing various challenges that he has set for the class. We have used our problem solving and number skills to investigate a numicon city, finding out which numbers made each building and the total of these. We have solved number problems to match the correct key to its padlock and free the superheroes. Later in the week, the children were challenged to build their own 3D shapes using jelly beans and craft sticks. This was really tricky but we made some fabulous shapes! Outside we had fun designing and building an assault course to use for a shape game. We enjoyed working together to guess the shape from the description of its properties.
This week we started our superhero topic and have enjoyed learning the story of Supertato. The children were surprised and excited to receive a note from the evil pea stating he had been to our class and taken some of our things! We worked hard planning and building lots of different traps to try and catch him before he could get up to more mischief.
We have also talked about the characteristics of a superhero and that we are all superheroes in different ways. We discussed ways in which we can be superheroes at home and school by helping our friends/family, using kind words and being a great friend. We had lots of fun making medals for people who are heroes to us.
In Maths, we have been looking at the number 8 and finding pairs of number that make the number. We have sorted objects from our classroom that represent 8 and those that don't, finding lots of things including spiders, an octopus and an octagon.
Next week we will be doing various problem solving challenges to try and defeat the evil pea!
We have had a wonderful start to the new year in Reception! This week we enjoyed learning all about the Buddhist faith for faith week. We have talked about the Buddha and the origins of the faith. The children had lots of fun making special lanterns for the Buddhist celebration of Wesak which celebrates the Buddha's birthday. We have discussed giving gifts of kindness, such as donating to charity. We have also enjoyed learning about meditation and giving it a try too! We have created lots of our own temples using large construction blocks outside, various materials in the workshop, building blocks inside, painting and drawing them.
In maths, we have been focusing on the number 7. We have looked at different ways of representing the number and learned lots of ways of making 7. We have enjoyed singing songs about the 7 days of the week and using various colours to paint rainbows.
This week in Reception we have began to feel very festive! We started the week off with some wonderful carol singing and helping to decorate the school Christmas tree, then ended the week with a fabulous pantomime! We have talked about the Christmas story and been practicing acting it out, ready for our special performance next week! We have been learning about the Arctic and the various animals that live there. We have looked at non fiction books and found out Arctic animal facts. Lots of us were surprised to learn that polar bears have see through hairs, not white fur! We were also excited to help free some dinosaurs that were trapped in ice in our classroom! We thought carefully about what ice is made from and how it is formed, then used our problem solving skills to try out different ideas to free them. We have also enjoyed using our creative skills to make lots of beautiful gifts to sell; look out for them at the Christmas fayre next week!
We have had a very busy week in reception this week! We have enjoyed reading Stick Man and making our own versions of him for art week. We have made him with construction blocks, used materials in the workshop and built him outside with natural materials too! We even had a visit from 'Stick Man'! The children really enjoyed asking Stick Man their questions.
Outside we have been problem solving and working as a team with nursery, building a bridge for Stick Man to cross the river safely. In maths, we have been exploring the number 5 and that it can be represented in many different ways, but is still 5!
This week in Reception we have been learning all about animals that hibernate through winter. We have talked about what 'hibernate' means and which animals go into hibernation in the cold winter months. In Literacy, we really enjoyed re-telling Stick Man using actions and some of us have even created our own Stick Man books! In Maths, we have been learning all about the number 5. We have had fun digging for number treasure in our sand area and practicing recognising lots of different ways of showing 5.
Next week we will be learning all about winter and creating some fabulous artwork for art week!
This week in Reception we have been talking all about Autumn and the changes that happen throughout this season. We have discussed the changes to the weather, trees and clothes that we need to wear. We listened to the story 'Leaf man' and then got really creative making our own wonderful leaf art!
In Literacy, we started our new text 'Stick man' and have enjoyed using props to re-tell the story. Some of us also drew some fantastic stick man drawings using our special 'stick' pens.
In Maths, we have been focusing on the number 4. We have talked about 2D shapes that have 4 sides/corners and went on a shape hunt around our classroom and outdoor area. The children found lots of different shapes around us! We have also talked about finding double 2 and half of 4, learning a new action rhyme to remind us.
Next week we will be learning about different animals and what they do in Autumn!
We have had a busy week in Reception this week! In Literacy we have talked about bonfire night and all the fabulous things we have seen. We also created lots of colourful firework pictures, using paint and chalk. The children enjoyed finding out about the different colours they can make by mixing other colours together.
On Wednesday we had some special visitors into school. We had lots of fun taking part in the Moving Words workshop and learning all about our similarities/differences with a wonderful poem. In class we have discussed all of the things that make us the same/different and enjoyed celebrating these.
In Maths we have been focusing on the number 4 and finding different numbers that can be added together to total 4. We have found lots of things that we can do four of and had fun counting our hops, jumps and skips!
Next week we will be learning all about Autumn!
We have had a great week in Reception! In Maths, we looked at ordinal numbers 1st, 2nd, 3rd. We enjoyed racing each other for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and played lots of games using ordinal numbers to choose which object in which order.
In Literacy, we have been learning about rhyming words and have had lots of fun creating rhyming potions for the witch's cauldron. We have also created our own monster pictures by solving the rhyming riddles and played rhyming action games.
This week we have also been focusing on all the fabulous talents that we have. We really enjoyed our talent show and the children were fantastic performers! From knot tying to leaping, from singing to guitar playing, it was wonderful to celebrate each other's talents. What a great way to end the first half term!
Hope you all have a wonderful half term break!
This week we have enjoyed sharing with our friends all the things that we are good at and can do well. We have continued to learn about our bodies too. This week we learned how to measure using unifix cubes and had fun using the cubes to measure our feet. We have also been exploring the number 3 and all the different ways it can be represented. We had great fun making our own number 3 number blocks!
This week we have been learning all about our bodies and exercise. We have talked about why exercise is important to keep us healthy and explored the effects it has on our body. The children enjoyed taking part in different exercises and we even had a yoga disco!
In Maths, we have been continuing to explore our focus number 2, looking at doubles and finding half. We have practiced making doubles with ladybird spots and enjoyed learning a doubles rhyme. In the dough area, we have practiced cutting our 'cakes' in half to share them equally between two people.
In Literacy, we have been talking about our families and who lives in our house. We have also looked at the different types of homes people live in and discussed our own homes.
Finally, our junk modelling box is running very low, if you have any small empty cardboard boxes that you could bring in we would be very grateful.
This week we have enjoyed learning all about our senses and using them to explore. We have been talking about foods that we enjoy and even did some taste testing to see if we would discover a new favorite! The lemon proved a popular choice, even though it was really sour! We have also been sorting healthy and unhealthy foods and talking about why it is important to eat a healthy balanced diet.
Thank you to everyone that was able to come along and support the sponsored Welly Walk event on Friday. The children all did a super job, walking and raising money for a valuable cause.
Next week we will be learning more about our bodies and exploring exercise!
We have had another wonderful week in Reception continuing our 'marvellous me' topic, focusing on growth mindset. We have talked about the learning pit and what we can do when we feel like we are finding something tricky. We have learned about being a good friend and how we can help each other when we feel this way. We have enjoyed learning 'The Dot' song and actions too! This week we also introduced our first independent phonics challenge. The children were keen to give it a try and produced some fabulous work.
Next week, we will be learning all about our senses!
This week we have been celebrating international 'Dot Day' and talking about things that we find tricky. We have made our own special dots and talked about not giving up and keeping on trying!
We have started to learn Phase 2 Phonics and have enjoyed practicing our sounds by mixing lots of silly soup! It was wonderful to see some of you at the curriculum evening, where we covered how we teach Phonics in more detail. If you weren't able to make it, details from the evening are now available on the Reception class page.
In Maths we have been looking at repeating patterns, spotting them and creating our own. We have used different objects from around our classroom and we even did a repeating pattern dance.
Next Friday morning we will be taking part in a Welly Walk. Please bring in a pair of wellington boots for your child to wear. If you are able to help out for this event and can join us for the walk please let us know.
We have had a super week in Reception making new friends. It was wonderful to have all of our class in school together and we are enjoying getting to know each other better. We have been talking about all the things that are special to us. Some of us brought in a favourite toy/photo to share with the class. We have also enjoyed looking at all the fabulous 'all about me' stars that you have created at home!
We have been very busy in our workshop creating all kinds of wonderful things. So much so that we are running low on 'junk' for modelling! We would be very grateful if you have any small empty cardboard boxes i.e. crackers, cereal boxes etc that you could donate.
On Friday we had our first P.E. lesson. The children did a super job at getting changed independently and we enjoyed playing lots of games, practicing moving in different ways. Please ensure your child's P.E. kit is left in school on their peg.
Next week, we will be celebrating Dot day!
Welcome to Reception! What a wonderful first week. The children have done so well at settling in over the past few days. We have enjoyed getting to know all the children really well and we have spent lots of time playing and interacting with the children. We have also done a few activities like drawing pictures of ourselves. The adults in Reception have been supporting the children with making new friends, co-operating and using all the resources.
The children also did really well at having a dinner at school. All the school dinner menus are on the school website if you want to have a look. This week and next week we will be gathering as much information about your child as possible to help us know your child's starting points.
Next week when you bring your child into Reception you will see baskets set out with picture choices for them to select their dinner for that day. Please help them to choose as they get used to this routine.
Next week we will also be sending home a 'learning log' and a reading book. Letters will be coming home to give you more information.
We are looking forward to having all the children together next week!