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Reception

Hello and Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Reception, your first year of full-time school! Mrs Wilby is your class teacher on Monday to Thursday and Mrs O’Brien teaches you on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Bailey is your teaching assistant and midday supervisor..

Starting full time school in Reception can be a big change but we try hard to make the transition as smooth as possible. In the autumn term we work with the support and guidance of an adult, and we focus on developing the core areas of communication and language, physical development and personal and social education. This will be through topics the children are familiar with, for example ‘family’ and ‘people who help us’.

As children get older and are more used to the routines of the day, we introduce more whole class and small group literacy and maths activities alongside topic activities. However, it is still very important that the children have time each morning and afternoon for self-initiated activities in which to play and practice their skills and to follow their own interests.

Throughout the year we maintain electronic Learning Journals for each child in which we record their achievements and interests in the form of photos, observational notes and examples of work. These Learning Journals then help us to make assessments against the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Reception year. Parents have access to these via an online app and can add their own comments and observations.

Topics vary during the year, according to the children’s interests, however we tend to cover seasonal changes and celebrations every year such as autumn, Fireworks night, Diwali, Christmas, winter, spring, Easter etc.

There’s lots to learn during Reception but we have fun doing it!

3rd May 2019

LO: to describe materials

We have been reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears to kick off our Fairytales topic this term. In our Science learning, we made beds for the 3 bears using different materials and then we described them by thinking about what Goldilocks might say!

26th April 2019

LO: to care for living things

We were very excited to see that some baby ducklings were visiting Nursery class this week! Mrs Norman let us stroke them if we wanted to and we were all very careful not to scare or hurt them.

5th April 2019

LO: to combine different materials in our artwork

As part of the whole school Arts Week, Reception class created self portraits based on work by the artist Frida Kahlo. They used photos of themselves then added fresh flowers. They had to select their flowers, cut them to the correct size then stick them onto their pictures.

29th March 2019

LO: to use our topic in our CIL

We have been learning about ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ in our topic and we have been encouraging the children to choose activities linked to this in their child initiated learning time. Lots of children have enjoyed challenging themselves and using their literacy, maths and art skills.

22nd March 2019

LO: to take part in physical challenges

All of the children in KS1 and EYFS had a visit from the Stevenage Sporting Futures team this week. They were able to take part in a range of different challenges and were encouraged to beat their score to get a new ‘personal best’.

15th March 2019

LO: to listen and ask questions

This week we were very lucky to receive a visit from a hawk! We found out lots of facts by listening carefully and asking questions, then we all got to have our photo taken and see Elmer fly.

8th March 2019

LO: to create our own pancake designs

We learnt about why we celebrate pancake day / Shrove Tuesday this week. Following on from health week, we designed and made our own healthy pancakes using blueberries, bananas and strawberries. Once we had finished them, we ate them! Yummy!

1st March 2019

LO: to celebrate health week

We took part in the whole school ‘health week’ event. The children created some amazing ‘healthy selfies’ over half term and also made healthy plates which are displayed outside the school office. In class we talked about healthy and unhealthy foods, how to keep ourselves clean and good types of exercise.

15th February 2019

LO: to investigate floating and sinking

For our final week on transport we looked at boats. After spending the week finding out which objects sink and float, Mrs Dent set the children a challenge to build a boat which could carry some bears. The children enjoyed using different materials to build their boats then testing them in the water tray outside.

8th February 2019

LO: to find out information

This week we have found out lots of different facts about space! We have used videos, books and the internet to learn about the different planets, rocket ships and astronauts who have visited space. In our choosing time we have been very creative in showing what we have learnt.

1st February 2019

LO: to investigate balloons

As part of our transport topic, we have been learning about hot air balloons this week. We looked at a helium filled balloon and then tried to fill balloons with different materials to see if we could make them float. We tried air, water and pom poms. We used the outside area to explore ice and water balloons, including finding out how to pop them!

25th January 2019

LO: to begin to double numbers

This week we introduced the concept of doubling in Maths. We looked for numbers that were they same and added them together.

18th January 2019

LO: to make different shapes with our bodies

In gymnastics this term we are learning about curling and stretching. This week we got the apparatus out for the first time and tried to balance on it in our stretched and curled shapes. We are trying to remember to point our fingers and toes for the stretched shapes!

11th January 2019

LO: investigating ramps

To start our topic of ‘transport’ we have been looking at cars and buses this week. The children have been finding out how they move and carried out an investigation using ramps. They explored what happened if they made it steeper or longer, and tried to find out if different cars would travel further.

21st December 2018

LO: follow instructions

During the last week of Autumn term we spent a day making cookies to give as presents to our families. First we read a recipe and worked in groups to measure and combine the ingredients. Next we rolled out the dough and cut it into different shapes. Mrs Donovan baked them for us at lunchtime then, once they were cool, we decorated them with icing and wrapped them up. We hope you enjoyed eating them!

14th December 2018

LO: to observe and describe

We took part in a whole school experiment this week involving making instant snow. The children worked together to measure and add water to the granules, then we explored what happened next! The children enjoyed playing with the snow and every day we looked to see if it had changed.

7th December 2018

LO: to know about different Christmas traditions

This week we set up a Christmas workshop and Christmas house in our role play areas and the children have enjoyed thinking about Christmas activities and traditions from home. We also learnt about how different people celebrate Advent and Hannukah, and a special visitor came to tell us about how Jewish people celebrate.

 

30th November 2018

LO: to practise fine motor skills

Following on from our introduction to writing last week, we have been practising using our fine motor skills this week in our choosing time.

23rd November 2018

LO: to form letters correctly

Our story this week was ‘The Jolly Postman’. We enjoyed looking at the different types of letters people can send and we learnt how to hold a pencil correctly to form our letters. On Thursday we wrote a letter to send home and we walked to the postbox to send it.

16th November 2018

LO: to make and try vegetable soup

This week we read the story Oliver’s Vegetables in Literacy. We talked about different types of vegetables and which ones we have tried. On Wednesday we chopped up some vegetables to make our own soup. On Thursday we all tried it and thought it was delicious!

9th November 2018

LO: to know how to stay safe around fireworks

While celebrating bonfire night, we discussed how to use sparklers safely and practised by using some we made ourselves. We also created firework pictures and had a visit from a fire chief who showed us his uniform and helped us to stay safe around fireworks.

26th October 2018

LO: to create our own pumpkin designs

During the last week of term we made our own pumpkin lanterns ready for autumn celebrations. We scooped out the seeds using spoons then drew our own designs on the outside. The children thought that the insides were ‘sticky’ and ‘yucky’ but they decided to keep the seeds for counting activities.

19th October 2018

LO: To know about people who help us

We have been learning all about people who help us, with a particular focus on the emergency services. We learnt how to recognise people who will help us by looking at their uniforms and the vehicles they drive. We also had a special visitor who came to tell us about their job.

12th October 2018

LO: To retell a story

This week we have been looking at the story Little Red Riding Hood. We really enjoyed re-enacting the story using a range of props and we have been very busy during our choosing time with lots of Red Riding Hood linked activities.

5th October 2018

LO: To recognise and use letter sounds

All of this term we have been learning our Phase 2 sounds. Now we are starting to have a go at reading and writing using our sounds during our choosing time. We particularly enjoy using the interactive whiteboard to play games!

28th September 2018

LO: To think about how we celebrate birthdays

This week we have been thinking about the different ways which we celebrate birthdays. As it is the schools 50th birthday, we have been trying to count all the way to 50 in maths. On ‘decade day’ we had a great time dressing up and dancing to party music from our class decade – the 1990’s. What a busy week we’ve had!

21st September 2018

LO: To paint a self portrait

The children used mirrors to look at the features of their own faces. Then they chose the correct skin, eye and hair colours to paint a picture of themselves. Mrs Bailey has displayed these in our cloakroom area.

14th September 2018

First week in Reception

The children have completed their first week of full time school! They have all been very busy making new friends and exploring our indoor and outdoor classrooms. They have also started to learn some phonic sounds and to recognise numbers to 10.