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Welcome to Reception!

Welcome to the Reception page. Please take the time to have a look at what we have been doing so far in Reception and also what we will be doing as the year progresses. 

 

Our Teaching Team consists of Mr Cranidge, Mrs Jones, Mrs Leader, Mrs Hall, Mrs Adams, Miss Redgrift and Mrs Brown.

 

Important information

  • Our new Reception PE days are as follows:
    • RCC Monday
    • RDJ Thursday
    • RJL Wednesday
  • Our topic for this term is Plants. We will be reading the traditional tale of Jack and the beanstalk. We will also be reading stories by Martin Waddell.
  • Please visit the Curriculum Section under 'Key Information' to find out more about our learning this year and how you can help at home.

Reception Newsletter

Easter 🐣🐇🍫

This week we have started to get excited for Easter! We have been going on Easter egg hunts and dressing up as bunnies. We have been talking and writing about why we like Easter. We have learnt why we celebrate Easter and can recall the Easter story from the bible. We have enjoyed using our art skills to make Easter cards. In maths we have been learning about 3D shapes. 

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Superheroes

 

This week we have been thinking about fictional characters who can help others. The children have been using their imagination talking about superheroes. They have discussed what their super power would be and who they would save. They have talked about some of the superhero characters they know and written about why they like them. There has been a real buzz in the classrooms as children have been setting each other super challenges during choosing time.

In maths the children have been investigating capacity and ordering the bottles of water.

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Our Learning Celebration

This week we invited our parents and carers into Reception to see all the hard work we have been doing so far this term on our new topic. We performed our poems to the grown ups with loud, confident voices. We enjoyed designing and painting a rock for our outdoor area. We had some fantastic designs. Thank you to all of the grown ups who came in to share our special celebration. 

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Our missing characters have been returned! 😀

We found a mysterious box on Friday addressed to our class....it had glittery fingerprints on it. When we looked inside we were surprised to see that our missing character had been returned! Inside the box was a letter from Burglar Bill. He apologised and explained he realised stealing was wrong so he returned our characters. We were very pleased to get them back!

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World Book Day
We had a great day sharing our favourite books and writing a book review. We made colourful book marks too. 
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World book day

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To celebrate world book day the children took part in a poetry recital in front of their peers. RCC performed ‘My Spring Garden’ RJL performed ‘The Morning Rush’ and RDJ performed ‘When I was young’. The children worked really hard learning their poems and we were extremely proud of their performances.

World book day

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Continuing our police work.
Following our visit from P.C Gibbs Mrs Roberts looked at the CCTV footage again to see if she could find anymore clues to what happened in our classrooms. Mrs Roberts sent us a message to say she had got a possible sighting of our suspect. The children used the description given to produce a wanted poster. We have been talking about how to describe people or items in more detail and using caption matching activities to help with this. The children have enjoyed playing in our doctors surgery and police construction area as well as looking at who else can help us in our small world tuff trays. We have enjoyed creating our own disguises and taking photos of each other using the iPads. In maths we have been Doubles Detectives and have been working out doubles using our finger prints. 
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Our visit from the Police
We had some special visitors today - The Police! They looked at the crime scene in our class and they are going to help us try to find our missing item. They spoke to us about their important job and taught us about stranger danger. We even got to go inside a real Police van. We pressed the siren button and got to try on the different Police hats. We even got locked up in the Police cell in the back! It was lots of fun. 

Stranger danger rules - Yell, Run, Tell

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The Police siren

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Oh no! What has happened?

On our first day back at school we discovered a crime scene in our classes! Our small worlds had been messed up and everything was on the floor. We used our detective skills to investigate and found some muddy footprints and some finger prints. When we inspected more we realised one of our characters was missing! Olaf was stolen from RDJ and RJL and Geraldine the giraffe was taken from RCC. We will ask the Police to help us to work out committed the crime. We have made missing posters to help try and find our missing characters. 

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Frozen fun
For our last week this term, we have continued to enjoy all things Frozen. In maths we have been measuring our foot prints with cubes or a ruler. We have been measuring our height in centimetres and seeing if we are taller or shorter than Percy the penguin. We have also worked as a team to create our own Ice castle which looks fantastic!
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Reception celebration of learning
Thank you to all the adults who came to help celebrate our learning today in Reception. The children were so excited for your visit and it was lovely to see how proud they were to show you around their classrooms. The children’s artwork and writing has created an inspiring learning environment and the snowmen home projects look fantastic. I hope you enjoyed today as much as we did and that the children have continued to tell you all about our learning journey. Thank you once again for all your support.
Frozen mania ❄️⛄️
This week we have been enjoying our new Frozen topic. After our exciting visitors, we were keen to do lots of writing, pictures and craft all about our favourite characters. We have written thank you letters to Elsa and Anna. We have also enjoyed telling the story in our small world and have started to design and make our very own Ice castle in our craft area. In maths this week we have been learning how to measure length. We have been measuring different polar animals and foot prints using cubes or a ruler. 
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NSPCC numbers day
The children enjoyed celebrating numbers day today. In RJL the children started the day decorating numerals in their early morning activity. The children were challenged to find the number that was 1 more or 1 less than their number. The children then made ‘human’ number lines 0-9 and then grouped together to make different or bigger numbers. They used their imaginary super hero ‘maths masks’ to help them complete number worksheets and build and explore the number of the day. In PE the children had to complete number challenges. Using their good listening skills they had to listen for ‘number commands’ like take 4 steps forward or do 6 star jumps. Polar bear footprints with numbers 1-20 were placed around the room and children had to run, skip or hop to the correct numeral. 
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Wear red day.
Thank you to all our children who wore red to raise awareness of heart desease. The money raised will be split between the two charities being celebrated today. One of the pupils in our foundation unit was born with a hole in her heart. She was brave to talk to everyone in our assembly and tell them about her special bear with a special medal. The charity gives the little bears to the children to award them for their bravery in surgery. What a lovely special little bear. The money raised will go towards buying some more special bears.
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Our special visitors!
We were surprised today by our special visitors who came all the way from Arendelle! We loved singing songs and dancing together! The children enjoyed showing the ice queen and snow princess around our classrooms. We asked them lots of questions and showed them our fantastic work. 
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A special package... 
This week we received a very special package....from Queen Elsa! Inside she wrote us a letter explaining that she had accidentally frozen her friends and needed our help to rescue them. We thought of ways to free them from the ice and worked together to help Anna, Olaf, Sven and the troll. The letter told us that if we do a good job Elsa might come to visit us! We wrote a letter back to Elsa inviting her to our school. We have got our fingers crossed that she will!
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This week the children have been exploring ice!

This week we have been learning all about polar animals. The children have been learning different facts about polar bears and writing sentences about them. When we went outside the children discovered that some polar animals were stuck in the ice. The children explored the ice and tried to free the polar animals. The children have continued to dress appropriately for the winter climate in our winter shop.

The children have also enjoyed using their artistic skills to create polar bear plates. 

In maths we have been using buttons on snowmen to practise our counting and adding skills.

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What happens in winter?
This week the children have looked closely at similarities and differences. They have learnt more about the seasons and how the weather changes in winter. We have enjoyed the book Jack Frost and we even investigated some frozen rain water found in Mrs. Leaders garden ... twigs and leaves had got trapped! The children felt and investigated the ice blocks and enjoyed watching it melt during the morning. The children made a great bank of descriptive words to describe the ice. Following on from this, the children used their phonic knowledge to write about what they can see in winter, sorted summer and winter clothes and dressed the characters in the correct clothes to keep them warm in winter. The children also enjoyed turning the outdoor shop into a winter clothes shop (thank you for you donations of hats, gloves and scarves the children have loved it). In maths the children have been consolidating their previous learning, ordering winter clothes by size, writing and recognising numerals, ordering numbers 1-20 and counting out snowflakes for Jack Frost. Phew... what an exciting week.
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Winter

This week we have enjoyed talking about our Christmas holiday and all the lovely presents that the children received. We have also started thinking about our new topic Winter. We have been sharing what we know about Winter and have read the story ‘Jack Frost’. We have been acting out the story, cutting out snowflakes and creating snowmen. We have also enjoyed reading books in our igloo and role playing in our Winter Cafe. In maths we have been counting snow balls and writing the numbers carefully. 

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Merry Christmas to all our children and their families
This week the children have been enjoying writing letters to Father Christmas, being Santa’s helpers in our role play area, making Christmas crafts and writing cards to friends and family. The children have also used their maths skills to make paper chains with ‘repeating patterns’ to decorate our classrooms. The children counted how many links were in their chains... it got very competitive to see who had made the longest chain. We also enjoyed our Christmas games on the last day!
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A Little Nativity 
This week we performed our Christmas concerts to the parents. We worked so hard learning our lines and practising our songs. All of the children were amazing - a big well done! Thank you to all of the parents and careers who came to see our shows. 
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
This week we have started to get excited about Christmas! We enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers and dancing at our Christmas disco. We have been practising our Nativity performances and we are looking forward to showing them to our parents soon. We have been retelling the nativity story and writing the character names. We have also been watching our class elf...he has been a bit naughty! The children have enjoyed talking about him and writing about what he gets up to each day. We are trying to show him how to be good!
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WOW We are proud of .... 
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WOW - this weeks I am proud assembly.

 

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Spiders
This week we have been reading the book Spinderella by Julia Donaldson. We are learning about spiders and although some of us are still scared of them, we know that they are very interesting and have learnt some fascinating facts. In maths we have been counting spiders and learning how to add up using peas from the story.  We have enjoyed retelling the rhyme Incy Wincy Spider and creating some spider crafts.
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Children in need
We enjoyed dressing up in our spotty clothes for Children in Need. We enjoyed talking about Pudsey bear and creating some Pudsey pictures. We even learnt how to write his name! Thank you for all of your donations and for your fabulous clothing designs! 
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wow ... I am proud assembly
Our awards went to .... well done guys. 
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This week we have been ...

The children have been re-telling the story Room On The Broom using our picture prompts to build the story. They have been talking and writing about witches, making potions, rescuing spiders and making water colour scenes. The children have been pretending to be the witch on the Broom and adding ingredients to the witches potion to learn one more and one less than a given number. 

The children have also enjoyed playing teachers and teaching our sounds of the day.

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Remembrance
The children have talked about remembrance this week. We discussed the meaning of wearing a poppy as a mark of rememberance past and present. The children all made a poppy in our art lesson. We have displayed our own cascading poppy display in our craft area. I’m sure you agree it looks fantastic.
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Our First Celebration Assembly

The children in RDJ, RCC and RJL enjoyed gathering together for their first celebration assembly. The children sat beautifully on the carpet. The class teachers explained that the children had been doing some fantastic work this week and making them very proud. One child from each class was chosen for a special ‘I Am Proud’ award. This was a very hard decision as the children make us proud everyday. They were presented with a certificate in front of all the Reception unit. Well done to those that were nominated this week. 

The children in Reception will continue to gather each Friday for their own celebration assembly. I wonder who will be chosen next week? 

 

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Room On The Broom
We are celebrating the author Julia Donaldson this term and began this week by reading the book Room On The Broom. The children have loved exploring their newly decorated learning environments and have made wizards potions, carved pumpkins, rescued the book characters from the spaghetti swamp, made 2D shape witches, enjoyed retelling the story in their play and made dinner in the witches’ kitchen. The children have used their phonic knowledge to sound out and read Halloween themed words such as bat, cat and hat, and have been adding labels to the pictures they draw. In maths we have been learning about money and have set up a magic shop. The children enjoyed counting out the correct amount of coins to buy things from the magic shop. 
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Reception exit point
We invited our parents and carers into reception to see all the brilliant work we have been doing on The Little Red Hen and Farming. We enjoyed performing our Talk for Writing story and showing our Dingle Dangle Scarecrow dance. A big thank you to everyone who came in to join us!
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Farm animals
The children have been enjoying learning about different animals we would find on a farm. We have been painting and making animal faces. We have been using our phonics to read and write animal names. We have been learning about animal babies and their special names. In maths we have enjoyed learning about 2D shape. We had fun on a 2D shape hunt and were brilliant at guessing the mystery shape. We are also learning the Dingle Dangle Scarecrow song and dance. 
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Scarecrows
Here are some of our fantastic scarecrows the children have made so far. Thank you to parents and carers who have helped at home with this creative challenge! Your scarecrow can be as small or large as you like.
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The Little Red Hen
The reception children have settled into their new classes well and have been making new friends. They have been enjoying our new topic of The Little Red Hen. We have been retelling the story together using characters masks. We have started learning sounds in Read Write Inc. and we are practising counting and writing numbers in maths. Here are some pictures of the fun we have had together.
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