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Reception Weekly Blog

2021-2022


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.

Spring 1

Week 3 (W/C: 17.01.22)

This week we have continued out Talk for Writing strategies to explore the story of The Gingerbread Man. We have made our own fantastic gingerbread people whilst learning how to write and order our own  instructions so we can show others how to make them too! To help us to develop our speech and language skills we thought of lots of interesting volcabulary talk about how our gingerbread men tasted. We also created 'WANTED' posters after discovering a letter from the little old woman in the story, asking for our help to find the gingerbread man. After a long search we finally found him in our Reception classroom. Then we tried some 'hot seating' where we asked all the characters in the story questions about what had happened to them and how they were feeling.

In Maths we have been learning all about capacity and have been using mathematical language such as 'full', 'half full', and 'empty' to describe. We have also been using our careful counting skills and measuring skills as well as our number recognition skills to measure out the right quantities to make our tasty gingerbread people. 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Week 2 (W/C 10/01/22)

 

This week we have started using Talk 4 Writing to help us learn the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We have learnt actions and words to help us re-tell the story. We have created story maps to help us to re-tell the story too. We had to think carefully about the beginning, middle and end and make sure the events were in the right order. We have enjoyed making gingerbread men in the dough area and re-telling the story in the reading using puppets and props.

In Phonics we have now started phase 3 and have learnt the sounds 'w' and 'x'.

In maths we have been delving deeper into numbers to 5. We will be looking at how different amounts can be combined to give the same total. We have been thinking about 'how many altogether?' We enjoyed lots of challenges in the areas to show how we can combine 2 groups of objects to find the total. 

Spring 1 

Week 1 (W/C 04.01.22)

 

Welcome back everyone we hope you had a lovely Christmas break.

The children have done really well coming back and settling back into the rules and routines of school. This week we have welcomed Mrs Gair to the Reception team. Please see the welcome video on Tapestry from her. 

This week we have taken part in a whole school 'Interfaith week'. Where we have taken a look at a few different faiths. This week is about the children understanding similarities and differences and developing respect for others. We used two books to support our learning. 'Hats of faith' is a book that shares how people from different faith, religions and cultures use head coverings. We also read 'Not like the others' which uses animals to show how even though we might all look similar we aren't all the same, we are all unique! 

 

In maths we have introduced the concept of '0' using the book 'None the number'. We have also looked at sharing amounts into 'equal' and 'unequal' groups. 

Autumn 2 

Week 7 (W/C 13.12.21)

 

What a lovely last week in the countdown to Christmas. We have had a fun week this week filled with lots of fun crafts and activities. We enjoyed our party day on Wednesday, we played games, made party hats and even Santa came to join the fun! We hope you all have a lovely Christmas break and we will see you in 2022!

Autumn 2 Term

Week 6 (w/c 6.12.21)

This week we did our Early Years Nativity. Both Nursery and Reception joined together for our show. The children did an amazing job and we are so proud of them. We have been busy writing lists and letters to Santa. We have been enjoying the story of 'The Jolly Christmas Postman'. We have made our own Christmas postbox so we can post our letters. In maths we have been reading '10 little elves'. We have used this text to help us practise finding 1 more and 1 less. 

Don't forget Early Years party day on Wednesday 15th December - Children can come in non-uniform but remember sensible footwear. 

Autumn 2 Term 

Week 5 (W/C 29.11)

This week we learnt about the artist Paul Klee. We saw how he used shapes to create artwork. We used this to inspire some of our own winter artwork. This was great as we have been learning about shapes in maths! So we carefully chose shapes and colours to create our art work. This artwork will be displayed at the Westroyd art gallery and you will able to purchase your child's framed artwork. 

We have been learning more about the Christmas story and learning about why it is important for Christians. We have also learnt about advent. We know advent means 'coming' and we are all very excited that Christmas is coming. We used this to introduce our own advent countdown. 

We are feeling very festive and the children all helped to decorate our tree and classroom. 

Autumn 2 Term 

Week 4 (W/C 22.11)

This week we have been practising key skills for our writing. We are learning to; say the sentence, write on the line and to use our phonic knowledge to help us write the sounds we hear. We all practised these whilst doing our weekend news writing.  We have joined in with many celebrations this half term. On Thursday we looked at the celebration of ‘Thanksgiving’. We learnt what the celebration is all about and discussed that some people celebrate and others don’t. We learnt this celebration was all about saying ‘thank you’ and being ‘thankful’ for all the wonderful things we have and do. We had circle time to say what we are ‘thankful’ for. We created a ‘thankful tree’. We each added a leaf with what we are thankful for. We are also very busy behind the scenes getting ready for out Nativity. 

Autumn 2 Term 

Week 3 (W/C 15.11)

This week we have continued our learning of the story ‘The Little Red Hen’. We have looked at how the story is structured using the words ‘beginning, middle and end’. Lots of us added videos of us re-telling the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ to Tapestry. We thought…’what if it wasn’t a little red hen?’

We explored other possibilities for the main character. We made our own story maps changing the main character. This is called innovating. 

We then practised our speaking and listening skills by following instructions to bake bread just like little red hen.

In maths we have been reading 'Rosie's Walk' another book about a hen! We used this book to inspire us to use mathmatical language to create an obstacle course. First we designed it then we created it outside. We then had to carefully explain where to go so our friends could use it.

 

On Friday we joined in raising money for ‘Children in Need’. We talked about the importance of helping others and ways we can help.

Autumn Term 2

Week 2 w/c 8th November

 This week we have been learning the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’. We have been using Talk 4 Writing actions to help us learn and re-tell the story. We have been practising re-telling this story to our friends in the reading corner. We have made a whole class story map to help us re-tell the story too. Some of us have even done our own.

Lots of us have been practising our names in the writing area using our names cards as we know how important this skill is!

On Thursday we joined in with ‘Remembrance day’. We enjoyed making a class wreath of poppies to join in with the whole school display.

In maths we have been looking at the shapes circles and triangles. We have been inspired by the art work of Kandinsky to make pictures using these shapes. 

  

 

Autumn Term 2

Week 1 w/c 1st November

What a magnificent week of learning this week! We have really enjoyed exploring the celebrations of Bonfire Night and Diwali and have taken part in lots of creative activities to bring these celebrations to life. We learnt about the Hindu festival of light and enjoyed looking at some wonderful photographs from one of our classmates. We made our own rangoli patterns and talked about the famous story of Rama and Sita. On Friday We learnt all about Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate on the 5th of November. We built our own bonfires and made some sparkly firework pictures. We learnt about the important job of the fire service and how to stay safe around fires. Have a lovely weekend all. Wrap up warm if you are going out tonight and be safe!

Week 7 ( w/c 18th October)

Some of the super activities Reception have enjoyed this week include potion making, witch races and spell writing! Anyone would think it was Halloween next week! We have certainly captured their imagination and they have been so enthusiastic about their learning. It has been good to see the children putting into practise their knowledge of phonics and using some initial sounds in writing. Anyone for a slime and rat tail soup? 

  Children have also enjoyed weighing the pumpkins and investigating size with them.

  The quality of home learning this week was amazing with the majority of the class sharing what good choices they were able to make. It was also wonderful to see the children enjoying some of the phonics games we sent home too!

 

week 6 ( W/C 11th October)

 

Following on from the children's interests last week we had a baby to visit in Reception! All the children were very excited as they had the opportunity to ask questions about how to care for the baby and keep it safe. We were very impressed with the quality of the questions:

'What does the baby eat?'  asked Carver. 

Daniel said 'When does he need his nappy changing?'

'When he was asleep he was so cute' said Sophia

Olivia - 'I like it when he smiled'

Henry - 'babies are the cutest!'

It seemed fitting that a new arrival was introduced in our home corner too - we welcomed 'Poppy Rose' and all took it in turns to care for her using what we had learnt. She is a very good baby although we do need to stock up on nappies for next week!

   We  also read the story of 'Owl Babies' which has always been a Reception favourite. We explored different media to make representations of owls and combined different materials to make nests for the owlets.

On Thursday, Reception also took part in our annual 'Welly walk' and did a whopping 15 laps of the EY's building! Lots of money raised for school funds! Thank you for your support.

Week 5 ( W/C 4th October)

 

This week the children have really enjoyed reading the story of 'Stickman' and using the natural materials to make their own. The children were shown ways to assemble and join the sticks to make them stay together. We had some very artistic creations! The children shared their home learning on tapestry and talked about their own families. Some of the family trees created at home were phenomenal!

Children have worked on the core skills of blending and segmenting in phonics - please watch this space for details of our very popular reading and phonics meeting next half term term. Children have been sorting objects according to sounds and playing lots of 'eye spy' with the newly learnt sounds.

Babies has been a very popular topic this week and so we have already planned lots of activities for next week around this. We hope to have a baby come to visit!

Week 4 w/c 4th October 2021

Another fun week of learning here in Reception! It is always such a hive of activity and this week our activities have ranged from making model planes and experimenting to see how far they can fly, making a dinosaur enclosure, making bead jewellery and talking about our families. The children have developed their interest in the natural environment as we have started to look at seasonal change. The children did really well with their home learning and our Autumnal interest table looks very inviting! This week the children have also enjoyed looking for ladybirds and building ladybird habitats and exploring the nature garden. We were excited to see if the birds ate the food we put out for them last week. We talked about  why birds needed nests and made some of our own. 

    This week the children have continued with short phonics sessions where they learnt to say a sound for the letters 't' and 'i'. We have talked about blending sounds together for reading simple words.  In maths we learnt the word 'odd' and found the 'odd one out'. We have also sorted objects and thought of our own sorting criteria. Here are some of the children's comments from their learning this week:

'I have been practising my tricky words!' - Carver

'We read Simon's Sock. We made the pairs of socks!' - Ollie

' I liked sharing my reading books' ( M)

 

 

 

 

Week 3 W/C 27th September

 

This week the children have loved reading the story of ‘Kipper’s Birthday’ and celebrating Mrs Hollingshead’s birthday too! The children wrapped Kipper presents, made cards and used the dough to make cakes. We talked about how old the children were and how they celebrated their birthdays.

In our talk time sessions we talk about how we are ‘the same’ or ‘different’ to our friends. We looked at ourselves in the mirror and drew pictures of our family.

From worms to spiders this week! Many children really enjoyed problem solving with the water – How to get Incy Wincy down the spout! We also made bird feeders in the nature garden - what a busy week!

Week 2 13/09/21

 

This week it has been wonderful to get to know the children and find about their interests. We have explored different areas of the class and have talked about where we have enjoyed playing! A number of interests were discovered! We hunted for worms, made a wormery and then ended the week with a mini beast hunt! We also loved making a drive thru Macdonalds outside - we did some great emergent mark making thinking of our menus. We also worked on a growth mindset approach and talked about having a 'can do' attitude. This linked with a mini project on 'The Dot' book. We 'made a mark and saw where it took us'. Instead of saying ' I can't draw' we just 'had a go!'  Our imaginations were in full flow as we produced a 'rainbow black hole' (Carver) 'a skipping rope for a dinosaur' (Zoe) and a family of dot people ( Jaxon).

 

 Reception Class Blog 2021-22

 

Week 1 6/09/21

 

Welcome to all our new and returning families! It was wonderful to see how well the children embraced their new classroom and were eager to explore lots of familiar and new activities! This week the children have transitioned to their new class/school by having shorter sessions. Lunchtimes caused the biggest excitement by far; each child sampled the lovely school lunches and met lunchtime staff. It was so lovely to see the chatter around the tables as they made new friends.

  In class 'Silly Sally' helped the children learn the routines and as a group we talked about what class rules we should have. Our favourite activities this week have been dough disco, the newly revamped home corner, the climbing area and the nature garden. The children have already come up with lots of ideas for future learning - watch this space!

'We come to school to learn new things' said Carver.

'I didn't think my new class would be so fun!' said Henry.

Reception New Starters

We are so looking forward to welcoming you all for your 'stay and play' visits next week. We have lots of fun things planned for you! Take a look at these photographs so you know what to expect.

See you soon!

 

 

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