Our first week at school
What a busy and exciting week we have had in Reception. The teachers have loved getting to know all of our new little Jellyfish, Seahorses, Starfish and Sea Lions. We have played lots of 'getting to know you' games and have enjoyed making new friends. The children have started to learn some of the routines of the school day - who knew having your own tray and peg could be so exciting!
Next week we look forward to having the children in full-time. We will be playing lots of speaking and listening games on the carpet and will be drawing the people who live in our house. In Maths we will be learning all about the numbers 1,2 and 3. Don't forget to send in a PE kit if you haven't already as we hope to get changed for our first PE lesson. Seahorses and Jellyfish have PE on a Thursday and Sea Lions and Starfish have PE on a Friday.
What a super start Reception, well done!
Reception News Summer 2023
If you go down to the woods today...
What a brilliant end to the year we've had in Reception. This week we have enjoyed making our own sandwiches, decorating a biscuit and eating them at our teddy bear's picnic. We all sat on the field together to eat with our cuddly toys but were rudely interrupted by a heavy downpour. We didn't let the rain ruin our fun though and zoomed inside to have a teddy bear disco instead!
We were also lucky enough to have a visit from two African Land Snails to tie in with our Snail Trail story. Some children were brave enough to hold the snails and described them as "cold", "wet" and "slimy"...this didn't put them off though; we've now got lots of children asking for their own pet snails!
For our writing this week, the children were challenged to write about their favourite moment in Reception and wow...it certainly ,made us realise what an absolutely fantastic and fun filled year we have had. The children wrote about the theatre trip, the Snow White pantomime, the trip to Salcy Forest, the many walks to the woods, Activity Week, making gingerbread men, making soup and the list goes on. We have loved every second and can't believe the year is over already. As we say our goodbyes today may we also take this opportunity to thank you for all your support this year. Your children have been a pleasure to work with and we wish them all the luck in the world as they continue their school journey into Year 1.
Have a great summer
The Reception Team
Wow! What a super Activity Week we had!
Over the course of the week we took part in an athletics workshop, learnt some ballet moves in our dance workshop, played a variety of musical instruments in our music workshop, helped to create a whole school art piece in a felting workshop and made characters and story settings with lego as part of our 'Brickies' workshop. We also got to play some cricket and learnt some new team games.
In our classrooms, we had a science investigation to find the best biscuit to dunk, used a hammer and nails for a DT project and played lots of turn taking board games.
Finally, we finished off our week with our Sports Day. The children took part in lots of sporting activities, collecting lots of points for their coloured house and then we finished off with our running and skipping races.
It was a super week had by all!
Summer Term is here!
Much of our recent learning has been focused on Eric Carle's 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. As well as looking at the structure and vocabulary of the book we have extended our learning to lifecycles, other minibeasts, and symmetry in nature and maths. We even went on a minibeast hunt to discover some of the tiny creatures which live all around us.
As we enter summer the weather these last two weeks has really helped us with our thoughts on seasonal changes and ways we can stay safe in the sun. Changes are also afoot with our class 'pets' as we watched them from tiny hungry caterpillars to much larger ones, and then chrysalises. We are eagerly waiting to see what happens next.
In maths, as well as finding out about doubles, we have been investigating what happens when we halve an amount (it turns out not all amounts can be halved equally)! The detail shown in our painted self-portraits really reflects our growing skills and ability as artists, and a lot of us got painted ourselves when we took part in the colour-run to help raise money for our fun-packed activity week.
Great start to the Summer Term!
Reception have had a great couple of weeks back. We have been learning about the artist Jackson Pollock and making our own artwork in a similar style. In Maths we have been making numbers to 20 and beyond using numicon and 10 frames. In Literacy we read the story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and we had to think of our own adjectives to describe the troll. We had a great time walking to a local bridge where we looked for trolls and acted out the story. We hope your children have told you all about it as they were all so excited!
Next week we will be learning about the King's Coronation. In Maths we will be looking at shapes and spatial awareness. In Music we will be learning the King's Coronation song 'Our King' which can be found on YouTube if you would like to practise and sing along at home!