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Reception Newsletter - September 2018

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, Mrs Jelley, Mrs Brown and Mrs Hersey.

 

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 It’s all about Frozen!

On Monday we received a mysterious parcel. It was from Elsa. She had accidently frozen her friends and needed our help to rescue them. The children thought about how they could melt the ice and save Elsa’s friends. The children were so excited trying to melt the ice in their hands! Elsa said she might visit if we did a good job. The children wrote letters inviting Elsa to our school.

We read the story Frozen and talked about the different characters. We did a vote to find out who was our favourite character and we made a class tally table to find out the winner. In literacy we wrote who we liked the best and why. The children have enjoyed colouring pictures, writing about the characters and doing crafty art work. The children built ice castles, built snowmen using snow dough, retold the story in the small world area and cracked secret codes to find hidden words. 

In maths we have continued learning about measure. We used the scales to compare fruit and vegetables and find out which was the lightest and which was the heaviest. We weighed items from around the classroom, we tried to balance the scales using cubes to find out how much things weighed. 

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Frozen visitors ❄️ 
Elsa must have received our letters! We were so excited to meet Elsa and Anna. We enjoyed singing songs with them and showing them our classrooms. Elsa even showed us her magic and made snow!

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This week’s Stars 🌟 are...

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This week we have been practising our Talk for writing for our story The Polar Bear and The Snow Cloud. We have enjoyed retelling the story in our small world and have written the story in our literacy lessons. We have been creating lots of polar animal art and craft. We have enjoyed reading books and using the internet to find out lots of interesting facts about the animals. We have continued measuring length and height using cubes and rulers to compare the size of different polar animals. We have used QR codes and iPads to find out the measurements of different animals. It was fun using the rulers to find out how big they actually were!

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Polar animals
This week the children have extended their topic about winter and discussed how the climate is different in certain parts of the world. The children looked at a globe and we talked about different countries ... the children were fascinated at how small Great Britain was. We learnt more about the polar regions and went on a fact finding mission to identify the different animals that lived in this habitat. In maths the children used the animal facts to learn about measure. The children used the language of tall(er) and small(er) and long(er) and short(er) to compare different animals and their footprints. We used cubes, rulers and meter sticks to measure different lengths and heights of the polar animals. The children enjoyed measuring themselves against a life size emperor penguin and finding out how tall they were. The children then explored their environment measuring and comparing heights and lengths to consolidate their learning. The children were amazed about how tall a polar bear was (6m when stood on their back legs) and we learnt more about these gigantic bears. In literacy the children wrote facts about polar bears using some of the new words they have been learning in phonics. We got creative making cotton wool polar bear faces and cutting out and ordering different sized polar bears and penguins. Wow what a busy week!
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Our stars of the week are...
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This week we have enjoyed talking about winter and the changes that happen. We went outside on the the field one frosty morning to explore. We made footprints in the crunchy grass and touched the frost, watching it melt in our warm hands. We found frosty leaves and twigs. We could even see our warm breath in the cold air. We have written about what we can see in winter this week and we have learnt a new tricky word 'are’. We have been threading beads onto snowflakes to help strengthen our fingers. We have been making snowmen faces and painting winter pictures in craft. In maths we have been practising carefully counting out buttons and putting them onto the snowmen and adding two groups together. 
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Our stars of the week are...
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The children were excited to be back at school after their Winter break. There has been lots of conversation about where the children have been and what they have been doing over the school holidays. Not forgetting what their favourite Christmas present was! They then used this talk as a prompt to write a thank you letter to Santa in literacy. This term our topic focus is Winter. We have introduced the story of Jack Frost and the children have enjoyed retelling the story in the small world area as well as using the ice bricks to build a house for Jack Frost. The children have been using fantastic language and imagination in the role play area as they act out senarios in the winter cafe. This week in maths, the children have been consolidating their counting skills and have been counting out snowflakes. The children have been practising their cutting skills by making snowflakes and have worked together to make paperchains. The children have had a very busy first week back! 

 

 

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Our stars of the week 🌟 
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Merry Christmas everybody 

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Christmas party day 🎉 
We had lots of fun on our Christmas party day. We enjoyed dancing at the disco and playing lots of party games. We even had a special visitor, Santa! He came to wish us a merry Christmas and gave us all some special reindeer dust to sprinkle on our garden. We are very excited for Christmas. Happy holidays! 🌲 🎁 
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A Little Nativity

All of the children in Reception have been practising lots of songs and their lines for our special Christmas performance over many weeks. We were so excited to wear our costumes and perform to our grown ups. We were very brave to stand on the big stage and deliver our lines and sing together. We were very proud of our concert and we hope you all enjoyed it!

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Our stars of the week are.... 🌟 
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Christmas jumper day Christmas
We enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers. We were confident to stand in front of the class and describe our festive jumpers. We carefully designed a jumper just like the one we were wearing. 
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It’s almost Christmas!🎄 
This week we have been enjoying our Christmas activities. We have been busy practising our Little Nativity and we are looking forward to impressing our grown ups with our performance soon. We have been retelling the nativity story in our small world and writing about our characters. We have had lots of fun in our Santa’s workshop making presents🎅.  In maths we have been learning our 2D shapes and making funny snowmen with the different shapes.
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Our mischievous elves! 🧝‍♂️ 
Magical elves have appeared in our classes! We are keen to find out what our elves have been up to each day. We can talk about what they are doing and have been writing sentences about the funny things that they do. 
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Christmas dinner 🍴 🎄 
The children and teachers enjoyed a Christmas dinner together. We talked about the traditional Christmas food and what we like to eat. It was fun pulling crackers with our friends and wearing the party hats. 
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Our stars of the week this week are...
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Julia Donaldson
The children have finished their topic this term focusing on books by Julia Donaldson. The children have enjoyed re-telling the story of Room On The Broom. We have learnt facts about spiders and used our phonic skills to make a spider fact word-mat. We used our word-mat to write super sentences about spiders. We have had fun learning to count and add two numbers together with the help of the spiders in Spinderella. We got some new water equipment and the children have used their problem solving skills to collaborate, construct and build a shoot to flush the spiders down. The children used their artistic talents to paint pictures and create paper plate/paper staw spider webs too. 
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This week’s stars 🌟 
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This week we have enjoyed labelling a picture of a witch and writing character names from the story Room on the Broom. We have learnt a new tricky word 'she.' We have been practising our cutting skills and used scissors to make pictures of witches and wizards! We enjoyed making our own bubbling potions. We collected leaves outside and made an autumn picture using leaves.

We have enjoyed talking about Children in Need and why it is a special day. We all looked fantastic in our spotty clothes and made Pudsey ears and Pudsey cards. In maths we have been adding spooky items into a cauldron, counting them and then adding one more. 

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Our stars of the week are...

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Room on the Broom 🧙‍♀️ 
This week we have enjoyed retelling the story using our Talk for writing and our small world. We have been writing the character names. We have worked hard to create our very own witch picture using a colour wash sky. We enjoyed talking about Bonfire night and the fireworks we have seen. We have also been talking about why people wear poppies and why Remembrance Day is so special. We made our own poppies to make a big display to remember the soldiers. In maths we have been buying items from the Magic shop with different coins. 
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Our Stars of the week are... 🌟 
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Our hook day for our new topic - Julia Donaldson.
This term our topic focus is the author Julia Donaldson. We have read the book Room On The Broom and started to look at the different characters. As a hook into our new topic we dressed up as characters from the book or in a theme associated with the story. The children and staff had a great day. There was lots of chatter and conversation about who we were dressed as. The children used their imaginations as they played in our role play areas, reading corners and craft areas. The children discussed how many people came dressed as certain characters and enjoyed putting their counting skills to good use. The children were encouraged to stand up in front of the class and say who they were dressed as. They then used this prompt to write a super sentence about who they had come dressed as today. A day jam packed full of inspired learning.
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Rainbow day! 🌈 
To celebrate our Rainbow Fish 🐟  topic we had a special Rainbow day! We loved dressing up in bright colours and talking about our favourite colours. We enjoyed singing the Rainbow song and doing the Rainbow Dance. We made lots of rainbow crafts and enjoyed a fun disco! What a fantastic day! 😃 
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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, once I caught a fish alive! 🎣 

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RJL moving and balancing with Debbie Doo

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What we have been learning this week...
This week we have been learning how to write sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We used the tricky word 'I' in our sentence writing and have been using the sounds we know to write words. In maths we have been carefully counting out shells and making and writing the number of the day. We have made starfish to decorate our classrooms and used the scissors carefully to cut them out. We were excited to sing our Harvest Festival song this week in assembly and we did a super job! 
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 Our stars of the week this week are...

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We are enjoying learning
The children have continued with our theme The Rainbow Fish. This week we have learnt about the different parts of a fish and how fish can live under water. We enjoyed labelling a fish in literacy, listening for and identifying the initial sounds in words. We used our super writing skills too. In maths we have learnt number rhymes to help us with our numeral formation and continue to make and write our number of the day. Outside we have been building our upper body strength on the climbing equi