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Reception

 

16th February

This week we hung our bird feeders outside and looked for places where we thought would attract the most birds. We have been learning more about birds and their nests and continuing with our bird watch. We have been working hard in maths on our number bonds to 4, 5 and 6!  In Art to finish our topic on old toys, we drew a teddy bear step by step and our drawings were amazing!  We have written the ending of the story, Juniper Jupiter and have been working hard on sentence construction and the presentation of our handwriting. In RE we have been reading stories from the Bible, stories which Jesus heard when he was a boy. We enjoyed the story of the Creation and Noah’s Ark.

9th February

We had a very special visitor in class on Monday. Mr. Cooke who had fixed our gate came into class to talk to the children about his work as a carpenter and showed them some of his work tools. The children had been writing Thank you letters to him last week, so they were very excited when he came to see them. All of the children asked him a question and we had some very interesting questions and found out a lot of information about what he does!  In Literacy we have been writing sentences linked to the story, ‘Juniper Jupiter.’ We have been talking and writing about different parts of a story – The Opening, Build up, Problem and Ending. In Maths we have been comparing amounts – which has more and fewer and exploring the size of different objects. We had to count very carefully to discover which set of objects had more because of the size of the objects! When we used bigger objects we thought that there were more, but with careful counting we realised that actually that was not always the case.  In History we have been comparing old and new bears and explored how technology has changed over time during Safer Internet day on Tuesday.  Our bird feeders are now made and we are going to hang them on the trees outside to attract more Winter birds to come into our garden. 

2nd February

In reception this week we have been continuing to explore toys from the past. We played Tiddlywinks and made our own hoopla game which was great fun!  In Maths we have been making 6 and 7 using different amounts and we are adding amounts together.  We have been writing lots of letters to Mr. Cooke to thank him for fixing our gate and we have invited him to come into class to talk about his work, explain how he fixed the gate and the tools which he used.  In Literacy we are learning how to plan and write the ‘Opening’ to our story, ‘Juniper Jupiter,’ which is our class story based on a superhero.  We are also making bird feeders to try to encourage more birds to visit our garden and we have been learning about different types of birds.

26th January

In Art we have been drawing snowy pictures using white chalk on black paper, after the snow last week! We have been sorting old and new toys, exploring old toys and talking about how toys have changed over time.  We have been wondering what happens to birds in Winter and we have been talking about  how birds migrate to warmer countries during Winter. We have been looking for birds using binoculars when we have been outside. We also noticed that our bulbs which we planted in October are starting to grow, so there are signs of Spring! In maths we have been exploring amounts to ten using a tens frame and recognising amounts straight away just by looking at them!  We are loving our superhero story, ‘Juniper Jupiter’ in Literacy and the children have been working hard on sentence construction. 

22nd December

What a busy final week it has been. The children were absolutely amazing in the Nativity both in school and church. We are so very proud of all of them! They were so brave and utterly brilliant, especially in church as it was the first time they had been!  We have seen the arrival of the very cheeky elf in class. He has gone down a treat. All of the children were very excited to see him hanging upside down on the door and have been writing about where he should go next. This has really helped with our understanding of positional language, as we have talked about where the elf is – on top, underneath, above, below, in front of, behind etc…. We have also been making lots of Christmas crafts and of course today has been our Christmas party. We have been playing games this morning and will be continuing this afternoon with pass the parcel and party food! We have been listening to stories such as the Snowman which the children have loved and retelling and sequencing the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth.  In Maths we revised number bonds to 5 by making green and red paper chains and counting how many red and green chains make 5. I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and cant wait to see all of the children next term. Finally a huge thank you for all of your support throughout the term.  It is an absolute privilege to work with your children who make me smile every day!

15th December

The children have been very busy practising the Nativity and we can’t wait to perform for you all next week!  We have been working on how to write the ‘Opening’ of a story in Literacy, linked to the story, ‘Star in the jar.’ In Maths we have been using positional language and placing Gerald the Giraffe on top, underneath and next to/beside all sorts of objects in and around school.  We have been talking about how the church gets ready for Christmas and learning about Advent.  The children were excited to tell me about their Advent calendars and we learned about Advent candles and the Advent wreath in church. 

8th December

This week the children have been exploring the Art work of Andy Goldsworthy and creating pictures together using lots of natural resources.  In Maths we have been learning about the properties of 2D shapes and comparing shapes – ‘What is the same and what is different  about them?’ We looked for shapes in the environment and made shapes using straws, looking carefully at the lengths of the sides.  In RE we read the story of the Nativity and the children learned about the birth of Jesus and why we celebrate Christmas. We talked about and drew pictures of our own birthdays.  We are working very hard on spelling simple words and writing sentences linked to our class story, ‘Star in the jar.’  We explored where light comes from and how light travels in straight lines/waves and will be exploring what shadows are and how they are made.

1st December

What a cold week this week has been! The children didn’t seem to mind though and were very excited to discover that the water inside the tyres outside had frozen and turned into ice! The children worked together to chip away at the ice and collected pieces of ice in a bucket. We brought the bucket inside to see what would happen next and the children predicted that it would melt. Of course the ice did melt inside the warmth of the classroom and we measured how much water was in the bucket. We ar going to put the bucket outside tonight to see what will happen and make predictions about whether the water will freeze and turn into ice again.  In RE this week the children listened to and acted out the story of the ‘Calming of the storm.’  We talked about how Jesus was a good friend to his disciples and the importance of trusting our friends. We made a ‘Christingle’  candle together and talked about how Jesus is the light of the World. We started our topic of Light and dark and explored where light comes from and dark spaces in our classroom.

24th November

In Reception this week the children have been exploring what makes 5 and simple number bonds to 5.  We made playdough and rolled 5 balls of playdough then explored sharing the playdough between 2 plates to gain a deeper understanding of the number 5.  In RE we have been continuing to talk about our class value, ‘Friendship’ and asking the question, ‘What makes a good friend?’  We listened to the story of Ruth and Naomi in the Bible who were true friends.  In Literacy we are reading ‘Star in a jar’ and developing our vocabulary and sentence construction.  We created Autumn pictures and talked about what happens in Autumn. We mixed primary colours to create orange and brown leaves.   

17th November

In Reception  this week the children have thinking about how to be kind, to mark the start of ’30 Days of Kindness.’ We talked about how we can be kind towards others and our friends. The children drew pictures and talked about showing kindness to their friends.  We have also been learning about ‘Diwali’ the Hindu festival of light and mixed paints to create firework pictures to celebrate Diwali.  In Art the children will continue to mix colours to create Rangoli patterns.  In Literacy the children enjoyed the story, ‘Star in the Jar’ and have been working hard learning new vocabulary and writing words and simple sentences. 

10th November

The children have been talking about what happens in Autumn and exploring lots of different objects which they have collected. Some of the children brought in pine cones and we have put them in the windowsill to observe what happens to the pines due to changes in the weather. We are enjoying using these objects to create collages and leaf rubbings. In Art we are learning how to mix Primary colours to create lots of different colours.  In Maths we have been sequencing daytime, night time, days of the week and simple activities such as hand washing.  In RE we have been learning about Remembrance day and talking about why we wear poppies. The children created a poppy shape using their own bodies and using tissue paper. Another busy week working hard in reception and enjoying our challenges!

3rd November

This week the children started our New Topic for this term, Autumn and Celebrations! We have started to look at and talk about the collections of Autumn objects which the children collected over the half term holidays and have been collecting lots of Autumn leaves, pine cones, acorns etc on our Autumn welly walk.  In Literacy we have been writing lists of the characters in the story, ‘Room on the Broom’ and making new brooms for the Witch in the story, with seats!  In Maths we have been comparing amounts and identifying more and fewer.  We are working hard on our letter formation and letter sounds in Read write inc.  Well done children for a great first week back to school!

20th October

This week the children learned about one of the British Values ‘Democracy.’ We each voted for the story of the day and counted how many votes each story had received. Th children understood that the story with the most votes was the one that we were going to read. Elmer was the clear winner! We talked about our families and started to look at family photographs. We celebrated diversity and noticed that all families are different.  In Maths we counted objects to 5, recognised and ordered numerals to 5 and identified the fives pattern on fives number frames.  We finished our shared writing about Harvest when the children picked apples from the trees outside and enjoyed listening to stories about Friendship such as ‘the Rainbow Fish’ and ‘Willy the Wimp.’  In Art, we finished our portraits by adding background to our pictures in the style of Frida Kahlo.

13th October

The children have been creating lots of repeating patterns in Maths this week. They selected different objects and natural resources to create and talk about their patterns.  In Literacy, the children have been writing lots of signs and labels and labelling their body parts.  We continued to develop our understanding of Friendship which is our class value and the children listened to stories from the Bible about what Jesus liked to do with his friends. We discovered that Jesus had 12 special friends called ‘Disciples’ and that there are also 12 children who are all special friends in Reception!  We have talked about what we can do now as children, compared with what we could do in the past when we were babies. We sorted lots of objects into those which we used in the past and present time. We have been sorting our apples by size into small, medium and large. In Art, we colour washed our portraits last week and we are adding background to our pictures in the style of Frida Kahlo, a self portrait artist.  In PE, the children have continued to explore different ways of travelling and direction. We are all working hard during phonics, writing letters, forming them correctly and blending sounds to read words.  

6th October

This week the children have been celebrating our Harvest festival. We have explored where different foods come from and what Harvest means.  We wrote a Harvest prayer together, thanking God for our wonderful Harvest foods and talked about those who are less fortunate. Thank you so much for all of your very kind donations! The children went into the hall for the first Celebration
Assembly with the whole school and sang the Harvest song beautifully!  In Literacy this week we have been working hard on learning new letter sounds and how to write them.  We have been learning how important labels are and the purpose of writing. We are starting to write our own signs and labels and looking out for signs and labels when we are out and about such as Street signs, Road Signs, Supermarket logos etc…  In Maths the children have been continuing to sort and order objects, this week by height and size.  We have been exploring our feelings in particular what makes us feel happy, sad or worried.  We are all working hard on our challenges throughout the week, well done Reception!

29th September

In Reception this week we have been working extremely hard on forming our letters correctly. We even ‘formed’ the letters outside using our bodies to trace over the shapes. We are learning lots of new sounds and how to blend sounds to read words. In Maths we have been continuing to sort, match and identify the ‘Odd One Out.’ We have especially enjoyed sorting out buttons and have looked very carefully at similarities and differences. In PE we are exploring lots of different ways to travel including rolling and finding our very own space. We talked about International World Peace Day and made Peace doves. We listened to the story, ‘Peace at Last’ and described all of the sounds in the story. Together, we wrote a list of all of the sounds which we could hear on our Listening walk and those which we had heard at home. All of the children wrote a list of the sounds which they could hear. We are working very hard on our early writing.

 

22nd September

We have had a very busy week in reception this week! The children started to learn their letter sounds in Read, Write Inc, played lots of ‘Fred’ games and have been working extremely hard on forming their letters correctly.  In Maths we have been sorting and matching objects and identifying what is the same and what is different. We celebrated ‘International Peace Day’ yesterday and learned that the ‘Dove’ is a symbol of Peace. We are making Doves together, working together, taking turns and sharing.   We are all settling into school life brilliantly and making new friends which is amazing as our class value is ‘Friendship!’  We have been drawing self portraits and talking about what makes us special. We are very proud of all of the children, well done reception!

New School Year

15th September

The children have had a very busy first week full time in reception and we are very proud of all of them. We have been learning our ‘Golden Rules’ with the help of our class puppets, ‘Shaun’ and ‘Shirley.’  The children have been making lots of new friends and learning lots of new names too!  We have had our first PE lesson with Mr. Saunders, a class photograph from the Observer, school dinners and lots of new experiences! We have been developing our listening skills both inside and outside and enjoying the story ‘Peace at Last,’ by Jill Murphy.

7th July

The children have been exploring money this week. We have been learning how to identify different coins and match the coins to the amounts on the price tags.  We have started to make different amounts using a combination of different coins!  We have been looking after all of the seeds which we planted and now the cress is ready to eat!  The children in the Owls group made cheese and cress sandwiches. They grated the cheese and sprinkled the cress on top. After making the sandwiches, they cut them in half and then quarters to share with the squirrels group. The children loved eating the sandwiches at the end of the day.

30th June

We have had a very exciting week and we loved our visit from the Curious Critters! In Maths we have been exploring Capacity in water and using a variety of different objects and containers.  In Literacy this week the children have been writing ‘Sorry’ letters to the Giant in the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’ Jack is now very sorry for stealing the Giant’s harp, hen, eggs and money!  We have been continuing to learn about Living things and have been learning how plants breathe using their leaves.  We have also been on a Living Things hunt outside.  In Geography as part of our ‘Desert’ topic, the children have been learning about the Sahara desert and finding out about desert plants such as cactus and animals which survive in the desert.  Another very busy week in reception!

23rd June

The children have had another very busy week in reception. In maths we have been exploring weighing using scales. We discovered that the biggest object is not always the heaviest! We explored weighing objects which were heavy and light and identified the heaviest and the lightest each time. We are now learning what happens when we weigh two objects which are the same weight and exploring balancing objects.  We have also explored different types of scales and talked about what they are used for.  We are enjoying reading traditional tales and this week we have been reading and writing about ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’  In RE we listened to the story of ‘Jonah and the Whale’ and talked about how it is important to listen to others just as Jonah should have listened to God.  We are planting cress seeds and observing what is happening to our sunflower seeds.

16th June

This week started with a Science show which we loved! In class we have been looking after our sunflower seeds and learning about what plants need in order to survive.  In Literacy we have been continuing to write instructions linked to the story ‘The Tiny Seed.’  We discovered that in the story, one of the seeds landed in the desert and unfortunately did not survive. We have been exploring what a desert is and where we would find a desert. We explored the continent of Africa and compared the size of Africa with Europe. We have started to learn about the Sahara desert. The children were keen to find out more interesting facts about the desert. We will spend the next few weeks researching more facts about the desert and hopefully answering all of their questions. In RE the children listened to the story of the Good Samaritan. We have been thinking about how we can be like the Good Samaritan in class and be a good friend to everyone. 

9th June 

We have had a very busy start to the term this week. In Literacy we have been reading, ‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle and we have started to learn about the life cycle of plants, planting our own sunflower seeds.  We have been ordering and writing instructions – ‘How to plant a seed.’ In Maths the children have been learning how to halve amounts. We have explored odd and even numbers and discovered that when we try to halve an odd number, there is always an odd one left over! The children decided that the odd one also had to be shared equally and had to be cut in half.  The children are starting to learn about the artist, Van Gogh and his famous ‘Sunflowers’ art work. 

26th May

In Reception this week, the children have been exploring Space, in particular rockets as we come to the end of our Journeys topic. We have been writing lists of what we would take with us if we travelled to Space. In maths we have been learning how to double amounts and have enjoyed singing a doubles song called, ‘Mister Double Trouble.’  Outside, the children have been busy weeding our garden area in preparation for planting new seeds and bulbs after half term. We have been learning about recycling as we added the weeds and dead flowers to the compost heap.  Today the  children had a fantastic sports day and we are very proud of them. All of the children joined in and showed true sportsmanship, well done Reception!

19th May

This week the children have continued to explore numbers to 20 and further develop their understanding of how these numbers are composed using one ten and ones. In Understanding the World, we explored the work of real astronauts after reading the fictional story, 'Bob, man on the moon.' We researched Tim Peake and his mission to the Space Station. We are enjoying learning about space. If you would like to support your child in finding out more interesting facts about Tim Peake/Space that would be fantastic and we can share your findings in class. We have been sketching pictures of local Wigan landmarks in Art using charcoal as we explored coal last week when we looked at the history of Wigan Pier.

12th May

This week we have been learning about different modes of transport and how transport has changed over time. The children explored a Sedan chair, an Omnibus, Motor buses and Bendy buses! They sequenced pictures of transport to create a simple Timeline.  In Literacy we have been thinking about what types of transport there might be in the future and the children enjoyed listening to the story, ‘Man on the Moon.’ They were all very excited to imagine what it might be like to be an astronaut and travel by rocket ship!  In Maths this week we have been exploring numerals to 20 and understanding how the ‘teen’ numbers are composed, for example ten and 1 more makes 11, 10 and 2 more makes 12.  We enjoyed ordering numerals correctly and identifying one more and one less than.

5th May

The children have been learning more about the famous landmarks in their hometown of Wigan. They were particularly interested in learning more about Wigan Pier, Mesnes Park and the statue of Sir Francis Powell.  We explored the history of Wigan pier and discovered that coal was transported to and from the pier. The children were fascinated to learn what coal was and what it was used for in the past. We learned about the Leeds to Liverpool canal and how coal was transported by boat.  We researched steam trains and how they operated by steam caused by the fire which was made using coal. We made models of these famous landmarks in construction.

28th April

The children have been learning about St. George as it was St. George’s day on Sunday. After listening to the story of St. George and the dragon, we talked about feeling brave like St. George. In Literacy the children wrote a message to St. George, to warn him that the dragon was hiding in the lake!  The children have been designing and making shields, the England flag and building castles in construction.  We are continuing to count on in maths when adding 2 amounts together and in Understanding the World we are exploring Google Maps and developing our understanding of a ‘Bird’s eye view.’ The children have produced some beautiful observational drawings of daffodils in Art this week as well!

21st April

The children have been very busy this week after the Easter break. We have been continuing to learn more about our topic of Journeys. The children learned that maps have symbols and have been drawing maps of their journeys to school, using symbols. In maths we have been learning how to count on from any given number when adding two amounts together. We have been talking about special places and journeys to these special places. In R.E we are learning that the church is a special place for Christians and we have been exploring what the church looks like both inside and outside

31st March

The children have been learning about Capacity in maths this week and have been exploring empty,  half full, full, nearly empty and nearly full.  We have also been exploring 2D and 3D shapes and looking for objects in the environment which match the shapes.  We have all made beautiful Easter bonnets and we are very proud of them – they look fantastic! In Literacy the children have been writing messages to warn the family that there is a bear in the cave!  We have been continuing to read ‘The Bear Hunt’ story and building caves for the bear in construction.  We have been learning about where we live, our town Wigan and finding Wigan on a simple map. We learned that Wigan is in England which is part of the United Kingdom and that Wigan is in between Manchester and Liverpool. The children enjoyed looking at photographs of our town and we are starting to identify famous landmarks in Wigan.  We drew a simple map of our journey from school to church when we went to church for our Easter service.

24th March

In Reception this week, the children have been learning how to measure, the importance of measuring objects accurately and different types of measures. The children measured using non standard units, rulers and tape measures. We learned how to order objects by size, starting with the smallest/shortest to the tallest/longest.  We enjoyed measuring each other too! In Literacy, we started ‘The Bear Hunt’ story as we explore our topic of Journeys. We talked about our journeys to school and described all of the things we see, hear, touch and smell on the way.  We went on a Spring walk around school as we looked for signs of Spring and the changing seasons.  The children were very excited when we looked at our garden area to see that their bulbs which they planted in Autumn had grown into beautiful springtime flowers.

10th March

This week we have been continuing to learn about Chinese New Year! We enjoyed making and measuring noodles in the Funky Fingers area and learning about China. The children enjoyed learning about famous Chinese landmarks such as Mount Everest and The Great Wall of China and finding out where China is on a map. In Maths we have been exploring repeating patterns and have enjoyed printing our own patterns too! In Literacy we have been learning about menus. We have been writing our own Chinese menus. We have also loved seeing the snow again. Well done reception!

3rd March

This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We discovered that this year is the year of the rabbit! We have been listening to the story, ‘The Great Race,’ which explains the origins of why each year in the Chinese zodiac is named after a different animal.  We have been exploring Chinese numerals and learning how to write them. We will be continuing this topic next week, as the children are very excited to discover more about this exciting celebration. In maths we have been learning our number bonds to 10 and have been busy exploring lots of different ways to make different amounts. The children thoroughly enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day and looked amazing! They loved talking about their favourite stories and the characters. What a great start to the new term reception!

 

17 February

In Reception this week we have been exploring our number bonds to 5. The children have been learning how to make 5 in lots of different ways! We have also been exploring different materials, in particular, wood, plastic, metal and glass. We went on a materials hunt and explored these materials in our classroom and outside. We have been comparing different materials and learning lots of new vocabulary to describe the properties of different materials.  The children enjoyed listening to the story, ‘The Toys Party ’ to draw our topic of ‘Toys’ to an end before we start our new topic – Journeys next term.

10 February

We have been thinking about how to keep ourselves healthy – our bodies and our minds! We have had a very relaxing well- being day in reception. The children enjoyed bringing their teddies into class and loved to introduce their bears and talk about them. We enjoyed our teddy bears picnic together and talked about our feelings. We had a lovely day doing the things which made us feel happy! We enjoyed painting, drawing and colouring, building models in construction and singing. Outdoors, we enjoyed a lovely walk, listening for birds and looking out for more birds as part of our bird watch. We hung our bird feeders on the branches of the trees and noticed that daffodils are starting to grow. We also saw that buds are starting to appear on the bare branches. We enjoyed a little bit of gardening in our area and will be looking after our newly planted bulbs. A very calm and relaxed day in reception.

3rd February

This week the children have been continuing to enjoy ‘Old Bear’ stories by the author Jane Hissey. They particularly enjoyed listening to the story of ‘Jolly Snow,’ and acting out the story using soft toys as the characters and props to make the sledge and a birthday cake! We have been writing about Old Bears and learning about what is special about bears from the past.  In maths we have been learning how to add one more and comparing amounts, identifying which has more even when the objects are different sizes.  We have started to talk about looking after our bodies and eating a healthy diet – healthy food choices.

27th January

In Reception this week the children have been learning how to add 2 amounts by counting how many they have altogether.  We have been continuing to learn about the importance of following instructions and have been making our bird feeders by carefully following every instruction. We have also started to write instructions together to make playdough. Again, we followed our instructions and our playdough turned out great!  We are continuing to learn about old and new toys and have been learning about the history of the teddy bear!

20th January

What an exciting Wintery week we have had in reception! The children have enjoyed exploring the snow and learning more about the season of Winter! We have been writing our names and forming letters in the snow and conducting experiments too. We collected two containers of snow and placed a teddy bear inside each of the containers. We then placed one container in a warm place – on top of the heater and one in the windowsill which was a cold place. The children predicted which bear would escape from the snow the fastest. Of course they predicted accurately because the heater was a warm place and we learned that when a solid turns to a liquid that this is called melting and this bear escaped from the snow and ice faster than the bear which was in the windowsill. At the end of the day we placed the containers of water back outside and in the morning, we were thrilled to see that the liquid had tuned back into a solid and we had ice again!

13th January 2023

Thank you so much for sending in your homework this week. The children are enjoying talking about the toys which their parents/grandparents played with when they were young. We have been exploring old toys, learning the names of toys from the past and finding out how children used to play with them. We have been looking at the different types of materials which were used in the past and discovered that most toys from the were made out of wood, metal or even porcelain. In Literacy, the children enjoyed the ‘Old Bear’ story.  We have been taling about our ‘New Year Resolutions’ and setting challenges for ourselves to achieve hopefully over the year! We also went on a Winter Bird watch and discovered that at the moment, there are not many birds around. Where do birds go in Winter and why?  We decided that it might be a good idea to make bird feeders so that more birds might come to visit us. A great start to our new term!

2nd December

We have been very busy practising our Nativity for next week’s performance.  It is all starting to come together now slowly.  In maths we have been recognising amounts to 5 and learning to read the number words to 5 as well. In Literacy we are enjoying ‘Stickman.’ All of the children are working extremely hard on their letter sounds, formation and sounding and blending. We are continuing with our topic of light and dark and beginning to understand how shadows are formed.

25th November

This week the children have been learning about ‘Time.’ We have been talking about our daily routines and sequencing pictures. We talked about days of the week and months of the year. We used a one- minute timer to complete the teddy bear challenge! We had to use tweezers to pick up the plastic bears and then count how many bears we put into the bag in one minute!

We are really enjoying our ‘Light and Dark’ topic and have been exploring how light also gives us heat. Mrs. Clarke brought her lava lamp into school and the children could see what happened to the lava as the light started to get warm. We have been making dens using lots of material and pegs and creating lots of dark and light spaces and have started to explore how shadows are formed.

18th November

This week we started the week with ‘Odd Socks Day’ in support of Anti – Bullying. We talked about being a kind friend to others and how our actions can make others feel happy or sad. We have enjoyed listening to the story, ‘Can’t you Sleep Little Bear,’ and have been thinking about how little bear was feeling inside the dark cave.  Of course, when he realised that it wasn’t dark outside at all because of the stars and the moon he felt much happier! The children have been thinking about where light comes from and the difference between natural light and artificial light.  In Maths we have been learning about more and fewer and have been very busy counting and comparing amounts over the week.  We are very proud of our reception children, well done everyone!

11th November

This week, the children have enjoyed talking about the fireworks which they saw on Bonfire night. We talked about the beautiful colours and lights and this lead us nicely onto our topic of ‘Diwali’ the Hindu festival of light.  We listened to the story, ‘Dipal’s Diwali’ and created our own Rangoli patterns and explored Diva lamps.  We are starting to think about the differences between dark and light and have enjoyed the story, ‘The Owl who was afraid of the dark.’ The children are very keen on collecting Autumn objects and we have been exploring our Autumn collections, talking about them and writing labels.  Outside, we have been busy weeding our garden and planting our bulbs in our area. In Maths the children have been recognising numerals to 5 and counting objects to match.

4th November

Thank you so much for supporting the children with their Autumn walks over the half term. The children are enjoying talking about their walks and all of the Autumn things which they have collected.  Thank you also for the bulbs. We will be starting to plant these over the next few weeks.  This week we have been learning about the changing seasons and have been on an Autumn walk, looking for signs of Autumn.  We will use our collections of objects to create Art work in the style of Andy Goldsworthy.  We have been learning about pattern in maths and have created lots of repeating patterns using natural and manmade objects.  We have enjoyed the story, ‘Room on the Broom’ and also ‘Funny bones.’ The children have been learning how to write lists and have been writing a list of all of the characters on the broom.

14th October

What an exciting week we have had in reception this week. We started the week wearing yellow in support of Mental Health Awareness Day.  The children enjoyed doing lots of activities to promote ‘Mindfulness.’ We talked about the importance of looking after our minds as well as our bodies. We listened to calming music, went on a Mindfulness’ walk, feeling the sun and listening to the sounds we could hear. The children took part in yoga and learned a few yoga poses. They were amazing!  We have been working hard on letter formation and learning our letter sounds and in maths we have been continuing to match, sort and classify objects.  We had a very special visitor too this week. Miss Alice came to talk to us about her special job. She is a Professional dancer and demonstrated her beautiful ballet and tap dancing. The children were very keen to learn how to dance with Miss Alice and I am sure she has inspired lots of children to work hard and follow their dreams!

7th October

In Reception this week we have been doing lots of sorting and matching objects in our Maths lessons. We have been exploring pattern and decorated our ‘bed’ for the ‘dog’ using repeated patterns.  As our British Value is Democracy, all of the children voted for their favourite name, to name our ‘dog.’ ‘Super Pup’ won with 16 votes!  We are enjoying playing lots of ‘Fred’ games as we learn to blend sounds and say words.  We have started to learn our letter sounds and letter formation.  We have continued to talk about how we are feeling and have talked about feeling sad.  As our class value is ‘Friendship,’ we have been talking about what makes a good friend. We read the story of the ‘Miracle catch of Fish,’ and talked about how Jesus had twelve special friends called disciples.  We talked about what Jesus liked to do with his friends and the children discussed who their friends are and what they like to do with them.

30th September

This week the children have been learning about their feelings. We talked about what makes us feel happy and excited in preparation for using our feelings chart every morning. We watched a video  clip of ‘Nemo ‘and talked about how ‘Nemo’ felt when he started school. We are learning our Golden rules with the help of Shirley our class puppet and through stories. This week we read the story of ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and talked about how we can be a good friend. All of the children talked about sharing and we discussed what they could share in class.  The dog’s bed is beginning to look marvellous too! The children explored colour mixing as they painted the bed using the rollers. They then created repeated patterns to decorate the box. The children have such brilliant ideas! Another very busy week in Reception.

23rd September

This week we have been drawing Self- portraits and learning about the work of ‘Frida Kahlo,’ a self- portrait artist.  We have been talking about ourselves and talking to others about what makes us special. We looked at ourselves in the mirror and described what we looked like. We learned that we are all different but that we are all unique and special and that we like doing lots of different things too. We are continuing to learn the school rules and daily routines. We have also started to identify the pictures in preparation for Read Write Inc. Another fantastic and very settled week for our reception children!

16th September

We have had a fabulous first week, full time in Reception.  This week we have been learning lots of new rules and routines along with our class puppets, ‘Shirley’ and ‘Shaun.’  We have all been working hard to follow our Golden rules and work towards our Golden Time on a Friday afternoon.  We have been trying lots of new foods at dinner time and have enjoyed our first PE lessons this week.  All of the children are making lots of new friends and learning how to share, take turns and listen carefully especially at carpet time! Well done Reception children we are very proud of you!

New Reception class 2022-2023

 

9th September

We have had a fantastic start to the new school year in Reception. All of the children have been amazing and we can’t wait for them to all start full time next week! The children have been getting to know each other and we have been getting to know all of them too.  We are making lots of new friends and learning where everything is in our new classroom.  We are learning how to be good listeners at carpet time and have enjoyed listening to lots of stories and singing nursery rhymes and songs.

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15th July

The children have had another fabulous week. All of the children have loved visiting their new class and getting to know their new teacher Mrs. Pullar. She has already been very impressed with them and can’t wait for them to start in Year 1. I on the other hand will be very sorry to see them go and letting go will be extremely difficult! I know though that they are ready to move on and that their journey in Reception is almost over.  We have been learning our lines for next Tuesday’s Performance which you are invited to attend and our Performance is looking and sounding great!  Thank you so much for helping your child to learn their lines. The children can’t wait to perform for you all! Many thanks, Mrs. Clarke.

 

8th July

In Reception this week the children have been revising 2D and 3D shapes. We have been exploring shapes outdoors and collecting objects which are 3D shapes. We have been making shapes in the playdough and measuring the perimeter of 2D shapes using cotton reels.  In Literacy this week we have enjoyed the story of ‘Little Red Riding hood.’ The children have been creating a safe route for Red Riding Hood along the path and using tweezers to place the corks long the path carefully.  We went on our trip to church on Thursday. The children enjoyed looking on Google Maps at the local area. We took lots of photographs and the children sequenced the photographs of our journey to create a simple map. We have had a very busy and exciting week!

 

1st July

In Reception this week, the children have been enjoying the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man.’ All of the children are loving listening to Traditional Tales and joining in with the repetitive phrases.  In construction the children have been building a castle for the Giant and have been making stick puppets on the ‘Funky Fingers’ table to act out the story.  In Maths the children have been doing lots of measuring and ordering objects by height. We measured each other and estimated how tall we were using blocks as non- standard measures. We also measured sunflowers and worked out the difference between the tallest and the shortest amounts.  We have continued to learn more about Living Things and were amazed to learn that plants give us oxygen which we need in order to breathe! Another busy challenge filled week for our Reception children! Well done everyone!

 

24th June 

This week, the children have been learning about ‘Living Things.’ We have been on a ‘Living Things’ hunt outside and have found lots of interesting things which are alive and living! We have been learning how to look after living things, especially our Sunflowers which are starting to grow. We have also been learning about life cycles, in particular the life cycle of plants.  In maths we have been learning about Pictogram and Tally charts. The children created a Pictogram chart of their favourite animals and the animal with the most votes was the cat! They also learned how to do tally charts by counting the traffic.  We have enjoyed Jack and the Beanstalk story and we have been very busy making our own beanstalk which will soon be taller than Mrs. Clarke!

 

17th June

This week in Reception, the children have been very busy exploring seeds, comparing them and finally planting them. So far, we have planted sunflowers, runner beans, peas and cress. The children are doing a fantastic job of looking after them by watering them every day and making sure that they have plenty of sun light. We have also put some of the seeds in a dark area, without any water to see what happens to them!  The children have been learning about the life cycle of a plant and sequencing pictures correctly.  In Literacy, we have been reading ‘The Tiny Seed’ and writing lists of all of the things which the children used when they planted their sunflower seeds.  In maths, we have been learning about money, recognising coins to the value of 10 pence and playing ‘Pretend shop.’ The children have been adding two items together and exchanging pennies for 2pence, 5 pence and 10 pence coins.  All of the children are working very hard, showing great team work and resilience. Well done Reception!

 

10th June

I hope that everyone had a wonderful half term and enjoyed the Jubilee Celebrations. In Reception this week, we have been very busy celebrating and learning more about the Queen. The children wrote letters to the Queen to say thank you for being our Queen for 70 years and also made crowns and thrones in our Art and Construction areas. We all took part in the sponsored egg and spoon race and Sports day, we are very proud of you all! In Maths this week the children have been learning about Capacity, continuing with our theme of Measuring. In Literacy we are reading ‘The Tiny Seed.’ All of the children are planting their own sunflower seeds and will be bringing them home once they start to grow. We are learning about plants and living things and what plants need in order to survive. We can’t wait to grow more plants and vegetables in our garden area.

 

27th May

In reception this week, the children have been learning about Weight and Measures. We have explored lots of different types of weighing scales and talked about why scales are important, for example when baking. The children thoroughly enjoyed wrapping parcels and weighing them using the scales. They were able to identify the heaviest and lightest parcels. Next, we balanced our parcels using non- standard measures such as cubes and teddies. In Literacy and Understanding the World the children have been learning about Tim Peake. The children were so excited to learn about a real Astronaut after reading the story, ‘Whatever Next.’ We then thought about what questions we would like to ask Tim Peake if he visited our class. ‘Can you play football in space?’ ‘How do you eat? What do you eat? ‘How do you brush your teeth?’ Our garden area has also been tidied and the children have weeded and cut down the stems of their flowers. We are ready to plant sunflower seeds when we return after half term. School finishes this Friday for half term and we return to school on Monday 6th June which is also our Jubilee Celebration Day.

 

20th May

The children in Reception have enjoyed the story ‘Whatever Next.’ We have sequenced the story and engaged in role play using props to retell the story. We have been writing about the story and talking about what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story. In maths we have been learning about odd and even numbers. The children have been working extremely hard on sharing amounts equally when halving and working out if an amount is odd or even. We have continued to learn about our town Wigan, in particular Mesnes Park and the statue of Sir Francis Powell. We are also learning about Wigan Pier and how coal was transported in the past along the canal to the pier. As we explore what coal is, we have been sketching using charcoal. The children are sketching local landmarks using charcoal. A busy week of challenges for our wonderful Reception children.

 

13th May

Thank you so much for completing your home learning activities last week. The children enjoyed looking at their ‘Bird’s eye Views’ in class and exploring where we live using Google Earth and Street Maps. This week we have been finding out more about our town, Wigan and learning about local landmarks. In Art we are learning about James Isherwood, a local Wigan Artist and exploring colour mixing to paint our own pictures of Wigan landmarks and building models in Construction to match. In Literacy, the children have enjoyed listening to the story ‘Whatever Next!’ They have been acting out the story using props and also sequencing and writing about the story. In Maths the children have been working extremely hard on doubling and halving amounts and we have started to discuss odd and even numbers.  We have been learning about looking after our bodies and this week talked about the importance of good dental hygiene. Thank you all for your continued support. We are extremely proud of our Reception class!

 

29th April

This week we have been learning about ‘Doubles’ in Maths and learning how to double amounts. The children enjoyed singing ‘Mr. Double Trouble’ as they made their doubles on each half of the lady bird/butterfly. The children discovered that all of the amounts were even numbers! In Literacy, the children continued to write a message to Saint George, thanking him for slaying the dragon and saving the Princess. The children looked closely at Street maps of Wigan and we located our school on the map. We learned that maps use symbols and words and we talked about what else we could see on the map. We discussed where we live in Wigan and learned that we live in England which is part of the United Kingdom. Next, we will learn our addresses so that we can locate our homes on the map and explore them further using ‘Google Earth.’ The children have also explored colour mixing, as we painted the green dragon using blue and yellow. In R.E, we learned about ‘Special Places,’ in particular that the Church is a special place for Christians. We looked at the main features of St. Paul’s Church both inside and outside. A great week in Reception, continuing our topic of Journeys.

 

22nd April

This week the children have been learning about Saint George as it is St. George’s day on Saturday. The children have listened to the story of Saint George and the dragon and we have talked about how brave Saint George was when he fought the dragon. The children talked about feeling brave themselves. In construction we have been building castles for the Princess and we have been writing messages to Saint George to warn him that the dragon is in the lake! We are all making flags and measuring the length and width of the red cross to compare which is the longest and has more cubes and which is the shortest and has fewer cubes. A great first week back after half term. Well done Reception!

 

1st April

In Reception this week, the children have been learning ‘The Easter Story.’ We recreated scenes from the story in Construction, building scenes from ‘The Last Supper’ and making the ‘Easter Cross.’ We decorated the Easter cross using repeating patterns and wrote about the story. We have loved making our Easter bonnets which look fabulous and can’t wait to do an Easter Parade wearing them on Friday! We have been talking about what we can see on our journeys to school and have drawn simple maps of our journeys. We have enjoyed using tweezers to pick up counters and small cubes and race against the one- minute timer. We compared how many we had picked up with our buddy and talked about who had more/fewer counters. We then ordered our scores and compared the amounts.  We have been learning about how to look after our bodies with a healthy diet, exercise and the importance of sleep. I hope that you all have a wonderful Easter and a very well- earned rest for all of the children. Happy Easter everyone! Thank you for all of your support, as always, Mrs. Clarke.

 

25th March

We have had another fabulous week in Reception and definitely enjoyed the Spring sunshine! The children have been busy making their Easter bonnets, which look amazing! We will be making them next week as well. We have been creating our own obstacle course outside to recreate ‘The Bear Hunt’ story as the children travel over, under and through obstacles. We have been writing warning signs in Literacy to warn the family that there is a bear in the cave! In ‘Magical Maths,’ we are continuing to add one more and one less and exploring the composition of numbers. We have also been painting our beautiful daffodils in our Reception garden area and sketching using pastels and chalks in the Art area.  We have been learning about Healthy foods and the importance of exercise and learning how to keep ourselves healthy. All of the children have once again shown great resilience and perseverance with their challenges! Well done you little Superstars!

 

18th March

In Reception this week we have been on our Spring walk, looking for signs of Spring! The children were amazed to see their beautiful Springtime flowers which they planted in Autumn. We noticed lots of daffodils and talked about looking after our environment.  The birds were singing and we enjoyed lots of outdoor play, drawing pictures using the chalks on the playground of all of the signs of Spring! In maths we have been continuing to learn how to add one more and one less and recall our number bonds to 5. We have now started our topic on Journeys and in Literacy, we all enjoyed reading ‘The Bear Hunt’ story. We have been thinking about how the Bear may have felt in the story, as he walked back to his cave and talking about how we can help others if they are feeling sad or lonely like the Bear in the story.  We are all working extremely hard in our ‘Fun Phonics’ groups and enjoying our reading activities! We are very proud of all of you, well done Reception!

 

11th March

This week we have been learning about China as we finish our topic on Chinese New Year. The children discovered that China has famous landmarks such as ‘The Great Wall of China’ and ‘Mount Everest.’  In construction, the children have been building models of these landmarks and we have been locating these on a map. The children absolutely loved searching on ‘Google Earth’ for these landmarks. We have finished our Chinese dragon and will be performing our ‘Dragon dance’ tomorrow in school. We have been measuring our dragons in maths, exploring number bonds and adding one more and one less than. We also learned about Chinese foods and learned that ‘Tea’ comes from china. The children explored what a ‘Tea Strainer’ does to make a lovely cup of tea!

 

4th March

This week the children in Reception have been learning about Chinese New Year.  We have been drawing pictures of Tigers as this year is the year of the Tiger. The children have been writing menus and learning about Chinese foods. We have been learning how to fold paper in a concertina style to make a Chinese dragon. We are going to do the Dragon Dance when we have finished making it! We have been learning about famous landmarks such as the ‘Great Wall of China’ and have been building this in construction.  We have also celebrated World Book Day and had a fabulous vocabulary parade! Well done Reception!

 

18th February

In reception this week, the children have been preparing for our ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic.’ We have been learning how to write invitations, inviting our teddies to come to the picnic. In Literacy we have been continuing to learn about instructions. Thank you so much for sending in your homework – Following instructions to make a jam sandwich! The children will be experts when we make our sandwiches in class for our own indoor picnic.  The children finally completed their Winter bird watch and noticed when we counted our tally of Winter birds that the Blue tit was the most popular winter bird to come and visit our outdoor area. I think the bird box really helped and all of the treats which the children have been making for the birds over this half term.  In Maths we have been adding amounts together and further developing our understanding of number. The children have also been learning how to measure using non -standard measures, to design and make a parachute for ‘Old Bear’ to escape from the attic.

Thank you for all of your support over the term. I hope that you all have a lovely half term break and we will see you back on Monday the 28th February.

 

11th February

This week we have been writing instructions to help Old Bear to escape from the attic. They acted out the story using props and followed their instructions. Great teamwork!  The children realised that old bear had a very fast and bumpy landing because he didn’t have a parachute. Our next challenge to learn how parachutes work and make one for Old Bear to use so that he can have a slow and safe landing. In construction the children had to build something to help Old Bear to escape. We have had lots of wonderful inventions such as helicopters, ladders, wheelbarrows and aeroplanes. The children have also been designing and making their own toys and have started to make a puppet with moving parts. All of the children are working extremely hard on their challenges, well done reception!

 

4th   February

This week the children have been exploring the number 10 in our ‘Magical Maths’ lessons. We used double sided counters to explore lots of different ways to make 10. We have been paying for our snack and using pennies to buy the old toys in our toy shop.  In Literacy this week, we have been enjoying the story of ‘Old Bear’ and ordering instructions. The children ordered instructions to help ‘Old Bear’ to escape from the attic and acted out the story using props.  We have been observing Winter birds to find out if they have been eating our ‘Cheerio’ bird feeders which we made last week. We observed more Winter birds this week than last week, so our bird feeders must be a success! We have also made bird feeders using lard and bird seed to observe which foods the birds prefer to eat. Another exciting and busy week with all of our challenges in class too. Well done Reception!

 

28th January

We have had a fabulous week in reception this week. We have been continuing to learn about old and new toys and explaining how we know which toys are old and which toys are new.  In maths we have been exploring the number 9 and finding lots of ways to make 9!  We have been learning about money and price tags and have been busy setting up our toy shop using the old toys.  As part of our Winter topic we have been continuing with our Winter walk and our bird watch, observing changes in nature. We have been learning about Winter birds and exploring where birds go in Winter. To encourage more birds to visit our outdoor area we are making bird feeders. We will make some bird feeders using cheerios and others using bird seed to compare which bird feeders are the most popular! Let’s hope that we see many more Winter birds coming to visit us now!

 

21st January

This week in Reception we have enjoyed learning our new letter sounds l, h, sh and r. We have practiced sounding, blending and writing all with the help of our frog Fred. We have loved going on adventures with Fred helping him to sound and blend. In Maths, we have been exploring the number 8. We have played lots of dice games and used a ten frame to figure out how many extra counters we need to make 8. We have also experienced observational drawing, we have been drawing a teddy bear and labelling our drawing and we have even looked at a giraffe teddy to draw. In our writing area we have been writing a list of words we know with the letter sounds we have learned this week, the class favourite was r because we can write rainbow. We have also been exploring books in the reading area and finding the letter r in our stories and copying those words on to paper to sound and blend. We have also enjoyed going on a winter walk, it was very cold but we wrapped up warm and talked about all the things we observed in the natural environment. After our winter walks, we talked about snowflakes and made our own snowflakes with paper and scissors to promote scissor control.

 

14th January 2022

This week we have had a very busy week in Reception. We have all had our own challenge cards to complete and we did a fantastic job of completing them. In Math we learned about the number 7. We created an alien with 7 arms, 7 legs and 7 eyes. We also did some addition and talked about all the different ways we can make 7. We also did some group work working out number 7 with a part – whole method. In phonics we have been learning the sounds ‘u, b, f and e’. We have practiced our sounding, blending, letter formation, word reading and word writing. We have also loved doing phonics with our new frog Fred, we have loved playing his game Fred says. We have also enjoyed retelling the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, we linked this to maths as the children noticed there are 7 days in a week, linking to our number of the week. This week we have also started to look at old and new toys, Mrs. Clarke worked with us to sort our toys into 2 groups. Toys we had then (as a baby) and toys we have now. Our class favourite was the iPad, we looked at a toy baby iPad and a real iPad. We talked about the different materials and how we use them differently. We also played some traditional outdoor games, such as: skittles, hopscotch, hula hoops and bean bag toss. In art, we have done some observational drawings. We looked at a teddy bear and talked about all the different textures and shapes we could see. The children decided we could see lots of circles shapes and soft fur. So, we used our pencil to make soft drawings.

 

17th December

This week we have enjoyed learning about the celebration Christmas. We have enjoyed sounding and blending CVC words such as, log, hat, cup, mum and dad and have even put them into sentences. In Maths we have enjoyed lots of fun Christmas activities such as feed the reindeer counting, Christmas tree shape bauble decorating and colour by numbers. We have also all joined in with writing our own Nativity story. We are very good at remembering it because we linked it to our own Nativity! We have also spent a lot of time this week reflecting on the year, we spoke about what we are thankful for and wrote thank you notes to our friends and family. We also discussed why we celebrate Christmas and why it’s so important. On Friday we ended our fabulous term with a well-deserved Christmas party, the children are amazing dancers!

 

10th December

We have had a lovely week in Reception, we celebrated the end of our Christmas Nativity with a hot chocolate and biscuit, we even sneaked a peak of our filmed Christmas Nativity! In phonics we have recapped on our previously learnt sounds and have started to sound and blend simple CVC words like ‘cat’, ‘dog’, ‘mum’ and ‘dad’. In maths we have been collecting sticks of different sizes, linked to our Stickman story. We have placed them in size order and used the language of size to describe them. We also used our sticks for addition and have made number sentences with them. We have also made kites in expressive arts and design and understanding the world. The children cannot wait to test their kites on a windy day. We have also continued our Christmas theme this week and created our own Christmas Cards and other decorations to share with our families. We have also continued to focus on our class value of friendship, the children have been discussing what is right and what is wrong and how to help themselves and their friends when they are in need.

 

3rd December

We have had another busy week in Reception. We have spent a lot of our time getting ready for our Christmas Nativity next week we are super excited to show all our grown ups! In fabulous phonics we have learnt two new letter sounds the ‘ck’ and the ‘e’ sound. We have been playing games of eye spy in small groups to spot the letter sounds of the week. In Maths we have introduced the estimation station we have really been enjoying writing down our estimates for the week and are really looking forward to finding out our ‘Estimator of the week’. We have also been taking part in lots of colour sorting activities in magical maths too as well as playing shapes dominoes which we really enjoy playing with our class friends. As part of our Understanding the world we have been learning about the differences and similarities in different countries. We have chosen to compare the similarities and differences between Germany and England where we live. We decided to compare the Christmas decorations in the different countries as we are all very excited for Christmas! We found out that in Germany they put candles on their Christmas tree to give off light but in England we use Christmas tree lights! As part of our Personal Social and Emotional Development lesson we have been reading the story ‘Stickman’ By Julia Donaldson. We have been discussing and understanding Stickman’s feelings and why he may feel the way he did in the story. We have also created our own story map together in our 2 groups of Owls and Squirrels. Another busy week in Reception!

 

26th November

We have had such a fun week learning in Reception this week. In Phonics we have been exploring the letter sounds ‘c’ and ‘k’, we have been learning how to form the letter sounds as well as sounding and blending to form cvc words.  We have enjoyed making collages of the letter sounds using tissue paper alongside creating a repeated pattern to link into our maths! In Maths we have been learning all about 2 and 3D shapes using the feely bag. We use the feely bag by hiding the shapes inside and then describe the shape we can feel while the children guess what shape we are describing. We have also taken part in many shape hunts with Miss Ashbrook around school we have really enjoyed ticking off the shapes we have found on our list. In our understanding the world lesson we have been carrying on exploring and discussing sources of light. This week we have been talking about natural and manmade sources of light. We enjoyed sorting the picture cards we had into the right boxes as a whole class, we then carried on doing this at the back of class independently as a gluing and sticking activity. We enjoyed spending time together during circle time passing around the seeds and bulbs we brought in as part of our homework. We talked about the names of the flowers as well as describing how the seeds and bulbs looked in the packet. After this we went off to write labels for our flower seeds and bulbs ready for us to put in the garden area once planted. Finally, in PSED we have carried on talking about feelings linking it to our story ‘Can’t you sleep little bear’. We have been discussing what it feels like when someone is scared and how we can overcome this feeling just like little bear did. Overall a fun busy week in Reception!

 

19th November

This week we have such a fun busy week in Reception. We have started the preparations for Christmas! In class we have learnt all about the Christmas story ready to act it out in our Christmas nativity in church. We have enjoyed learning our songs and parts for the Christmas nativity we have picked it up quickly. In phonics we have been learning the letter sounds ‘g’ and ‘o’ we have enjoyed learning how to form these letters as well as sounding and blending cvc words with these letter sounds. In maths we have been learning about greater than by comparing many objects to the small number of objects and finding out which is greater than. We have been carrying on our art class project of Andy Goldsworthy. We have been enjoying working outside as a team to create pieces like Andy Goldsworthy created. In PSED we have been reading the story ‘Can’t you sleep little bear’ By Martin Waddell we have enjoyed discussing together what our favourite bedtime stories are as well as drawing a picture of our favourite stories to put up around class. The story ‘Can’t you sleep little bear’ also links to our theme of light and dark in Reception. We have enjoyed circle time together when we have been discovering different man made sources of light and then having a vote of which is our favourite light source. 

 

12th November

We have had a very fun and busy week in Reception! We have enjoyed learning our letter sounds ‘m’ and ‘d’ as well as doing fun activities in phonics around the sounds we have learnt. We have also been learning about Remembrance Day and why we celebrate it each year, the children enjoyed making poppies for our Poppy Garden (we think they look amazing!) In maths we have been exploring the number 5 and all the different ways we can make 5. We have also enjoyed exploring outside, we collected lots of different natural objects in 5’s. We have also explored why we celebrate Bonfire Night, the children loved learning about Guy Fawkes and thought he was a ‘bad man’ because of his plan. Finally, we have been reading Room on the Broom in Reception over the last few weeks and this week we have explored why the characters are so special to the witch. This then led to the children stating who is special to them and we also discussed why Jesus is so special to us. The children all wrote their name on a photo of Jesus to commemorate their special friendship. As the children in Reception know that Jesus is always there for us.

 

15th October

We have had a very fun week in Reception this week. We have been enjoying learning our letter sounds ‘I’ and ‘n’ as well as doing fun activities around the phonics we have learnt. We have been learning all about harvest festival in which we have been taste testing all different harvest foods such as cereal, bread, fruit etc. We have really enjoyed learning the song ‘The farmer plants the seeds’ for harvest festival in which we sang beautifully in the harvest ceremony this morning. In maths we have been exploring all the different 2D shapes using the feely bag to describe and then guess the shape. Finally we have been on a colour hunt around our school to search for all the different colours there are! We have had such a fun busy week! We are really looking forward to our last week of the term when we can start our Halloween decorations for class.

 

8th October

We have had really busy week in Reception this week. We have made a great start to our letters and sounds in class and are really enjoying learning the letter sounds. This week we have been learning the letter sounds ‘t’ and ‘p’. We have been going for hunts around the classroom for objects beginning with those letter sounds as well as practicing our formation using tissue paper to create a collage and also using 2 colours to create a repeated pattern! We have been carrying on with the Rainbow Fish this week by sequencing the story together in class along with discussing how can we share together? What can we share and then we have done our own piece of writing to go into our writing books! We have had a really fun time learning our harvest song ‘The Farmer Plants the Seeds’ together we are doing really well learning the actions and lyrics together. Finally we really enjoyed celebrating Census day too in the dinner hall we had balloons and cupcakes to celebrate. Overall a really fun week in Reception!

 

1st October

This week in Reception we have been looking at the letter sounds ‘s’ and ‘a’. We have practised forming the letters in a variety of ways, such as in the sand, by printing and using pens and whiteboards.  

The number that we have focussed on this week is number 1. We have looked at physical items in sets of one and practised forming the number one. Well done to Reception who took part in a ‘Number Hunt’ as a home learning activity. 

The story that we have been looking at this week if ‘The Rainbow Fish’. The children have enjoyed learning the story and discussing their views and opinions. We have made Rainbow Fish collages as well as large scale fish pictures using fabrics and materials.  

 

24th September

This week we have been learning the names of the different parts of our bodies. We have been working together as small teams to label giant sized body outline we are all trying really hard.We have also been talking about our families and why they are special to us as well as showing our class the pictures of our families! We all really enjoyed showing our friends the pictures of our families which are now on our family pictures display. Finally we have been learning about the importance to share with our friends in class and we are trying super hard when choosing in the outdoor and indoor areas. Overall a super busy fun week in Reception

17th September

This week we have been really busy in Reception, each morning we have been choosing our own school dinners together and we have adapted really well to the routine of going into the hall. Mr Manchester and Mrs Atherton have also started our early morning wake up and shake up to get us ready for the busy day ahead. We have been enjoying lots of circle time together talking about what we have on our faces such as eyes, nose and mouth. After this Miss Robinson set up an activity to paint our own faces onto paper plates and to help us we used a mirror to make sure we used the right colours! Finally we have split up into our 2 groups called owls and squirrels and we are doing really well at taking turns in the outdoor and indoor area. We are really enjoying Reception so far! 

 

10th September

We have had such a great start to our first week in Reception all the children have been really brave at coming into class and are quickly picking up our routine in Reception. This week we have been learning all our friend’s names in class by singing and playing games such as roll the ball. We have been learning the Golden rules in class and enjoying getting to know our new classroom! Overall a great start to the new school year :)

 

16th July

This week the children have spent two mornings meeting their new teacher, Miss Corless. Miss Corless has been getting to know all of the children and it has been lovely for all of the children to have the opportunity to meet with their new class teacher.  We have been enjoying taking our learning outdoors and making the most of the lovely weather this week. The tree which the children have tracked throughout the seasons has now produced apples. The children were very excited to pick fresh apples from the apple tree and we are going to explore the insides of the apples and create some beautiful artwork. Finally, we will wash, peel and taste the apples for our snack. Some of the children are already thinking of some tasty treats for us to make such as apple pie and toffee apples!

 

9th July

This week we have collected so much rain water that we have started to collect and measure the amount of rainfall again! We have been learning how to work together as a team to transport the water which we collected in the tray into the bottles so that we could fill up our water sprays. We are enjoying watching our runner beans grow and watering them daily using our rain water.  We have been learning about the life cycle of a seed and sequencing pictures showing the seed, the sprouting seed, seedling and then the sunflower. I hope that all of your sunflowers are continuing to grow strong!  We have been learning how to halve amounts and are doing extremely well, even when the amount is not an even number!  We have been learning about the story of the Creation and thanking God for our wonderful world, especially the rain this week! Another fantastic and very busy week in reception!

 

2nd July

In reception this week we have been learning about doubling and halving amounts in maths. We have been sharing amounts equally between 2 and working out what to do if the number is an odd number! In phonics we have been revising all of the sounds which we have been learning so far and learning the ‘ar’ sound. We are working very hard especially with our reading and writing and making sure that we are forming our letters correctly.  We have been amazed at how fast our seeds and beans are growing and have been continuing to look after them each day and observe what is happening to them. I will send home a chart for you to start to fill in so that the children carry on watering and measuring their plants. Some of them may even need repotting as they are growing very tall. We are enjoying traditional tales and have enjoyed listening to the ‘Gingerbread man and Jack and the beanstalk and Goldilocks and the three bears.’ Another busy week, great teamwork and super effort and attitude from all of the children. Well done you little superstars! 

 

25th June

This week we have been continuing to look after our sunflowers and runner beans in class and will be bringing them home on Friday. They will need re-potting soon as they are growing very fast! Please continue to water your sunflower at home and observe your sunflower as it grows.  We have been writing instructions: How to plant a seed and ordering them.  We are enjoying reading lots of traditional stories and have enjoyed Jack and the Beanstalk this week.  We have been continuing to learn about where we live and the local landmarks.  This week we looked at Mesnes park, Sir Francis Powell and of course St. Pauls Church.  The children have been using charcoal to sketch and smudge pictures of the Pavillion.  We were so excited to go on our little outing to Church on Wednesday morning. A huge thank you to Reverend Mark and Fran for showing the children around Church and taking the time to talk to them. All of the children even had the opportunity to stand in the pulpit and we had a wonderful experience, thank you! We have been drawing maps of our journeys to church and writing lists of all of the things which we saw on our journeys. What a busy week, we are proud of all of your hard work reception!

 

11th June

We have had a lovely first week back and have enjoyed the lovely weather outdoors! This term we will be learning about how plants grow and we have planted our own sunflower seeds already. We will be bringing these home when they start to grow! We are learning about what plants need to survive and will have lots of fun growing lots of different seeds such as cress, runner beans etc…  We have all enjoyed our first sports day today and took part in the long jump, the javelin and running races. In our class the overall winners were the blue team! Well done to all of the children for taking part.

 

28th May

We have had a fantastic week learning all about our town Wigan.  We have been exploring local landmarks such as Scotsman’s flash and the Leeds to Liverpool canal which runs alongside the flash. We have been exploring different types of boats and finding out which materials make the best boats by testing which materials will float and sink.  We then designed and made sails for our sailing boats and explored which shapes make the best sails, triangular or square shaped sails.  The children have been making barges and canoes in our outdoor area. We even attached oars to our crates and made tickets for the boat trip.  We learned about the locks along the canal and watched how a barge travels through the locks. A great week, following the children’s interests and working together! Well done reception!

 

21st May 

This week we have been ‘Going on a Bear Hunt!’  The children have created a fabulous story map, including the grass, forest, mud etc from the story.  We have been chanting the ‘Bear Hunt’ and accompanying our chant with instruments to represent the different textures and scenes throughout the story.  The children have created some fantastic caves for the bears and  have been writing warning messages for the family, to warn them that the bear is hiding inside the cave!  We have also been learning about where we live in Wigan and what is special about our town.  The children wanted to learn more about ‘Scotsmans’ Flash and were very interested in the different types of boats which they could see on the water.  We wondered why sailing boats have triangular sails? We are now exploring, designing and making our own sails to test out which shape makes the best sail and which material to use for our boats. After all, we do not want our boats to sink!

 

14th May

This week, we have been collecting the rainfall as there has been so much rain! We collected the rainfall and decided where to collect the most rain. We decided that underneath the guttering would be the best place.  We then measured the amount of rain over the week and were amazed to find that we had collected almost 2 litres of water! A very wet week in reception this week but great problem solving and teamwork, well done Reception!

 

7th May

This week, we have been continuing with our topic of journeys. The children have been describing their journeys to school and talking abut what they see and hear on the way!  We have been drawing simple maps of our journeys, using the symbols which are used on maps and writing about what we can see and hear.  We have really enjoyed looking at the photographs of our own bird’s eye views from our houses and talking about what we can see. We noticed that things look a lot smaller when you are further away from them! It was very interesting finding out what these were from a different viewpoint!

 

30Th April

We have been continuing to learn about Saint George this week.  The children measured the length and width of the England flag using a variety of different objects. They added the 2 amounts together and then we worked out if this amount was more or less than our special number for this week, the number 18.  We learned about the story of St. George and the dragon and talked about what a myth is. We loved acting out the story and wrote letters to Saint George, warning him that the dragon was hiding in the lake. We decorated biscuits and measured the length and width of our biscuits as we used strawberry laces to represent the Saint George flag. What a busy week we have had learning about Saint George.

 

23rd April

We have had a fabulous first week back this week! The children have enjoyed talking about what they did over Easter and we have been enjoying the lovely weather in our outdoor area.  We have been continuing to talk about our topic of ‘Journeys.’ This week we have been thinking about our journeys to school. What do we see, hear, touch and smell on our journeys to school? We have been exploring maps and the use of symbols and we have been drawing simple maps of our journeys, using the symbols used on real maps.  We are all working extremely hard, particularly with our reading and we are working together to read our class reading book every day! Great team work reception, well done!

 

26th March

This week the children have been busy making seed balls to plant on our day of reflection.  We explored what different types of seeds look like and then spread our seed balls underneath the trees at the front of school.  We also worked together to make reflection hearts and talked about who we are sending our love to as we attached them to the trees outside.  Together we talked about our experiences of lockdown and shared our lockdown memories and photographs. We have been learning the Easter story and talking about Jesus’ journey on Palm Sunday to Jerusalem.

 

19th March

This week we started our topic of Journeys. We talked about where our school is and enjoyed searching for our school on Google Earth.  We have been learning about where we live and we went on our own special journey around the outside of our school.  The children wrote a list of all of the things they could see on their journeys, including all of the lovely springtime flowers which are now in bloom! We noticed that buds were starting to grow on our apple tree and we can’t wait to see what happens next!  As it has been windy this week, the children made their own kites. We went on a stick hunt to find a stick which was shorter than the plastic strip which we used as a measure.  We measured the length of the string to make our kites and then attached the string to our sticks. We loved to see what happened as we ran holding onto them in the wind!

 

12th March 2021

What a wonderful first week back we have had! All of the children have had an amazing week and we have really enjoyed playing with our friends again. The children were so excited to see our garden area which is now blooming with the beautiful springtime flowers which the children planted in the Autumn.  This week we have been talking about how we are feeling, our worries about returning to school and all of the things which we are looking forward to! We have all been helping each other to remember our Golden Rules and stay safe.  We have been thinking especially about Mother’s day and talking about why our mums are special. You are all superstars and we are so happy to have you all back together again.

 

11th December

In Reception we are all getting very excited as Christmas is fast approaching! We have been making special ‘christmas’ playdough’ with sparkly glitter!  We have been busy making our Christmas crafts and singing our songs which we have filmed on Dojo.  The children were all fantastic!  In maths we have been learning how to add one more and one less than and playing games using the dice adding and taking away.  We have been continuing to order objects by size and have been building lego models and labelling them as small, medium and large.  We are growing a hyacinth bulb and we have estimated and ordered the number of days we think it will take to start growing.  I will keep you all updated on dojo!  We have loved reading the story of the Nativity and we have enjoyed writing about it together.

4th December

This week has been a week of welly walks, despite the weather!  We have loved going on  Winter walks and observing what is happening to the trees, plants, leaves and animals.  We were amazed to find that some leaves were covered in frost and others were not.  We explored why this was the case and discovered light and dark areas outside.  We turned off the lights in class and explored where the light was coming from. We investigated other light sources and found out lots of interesting facts about the sun.  After reading ‘Stickman,’ we went on a stick hunt.  We ordered our sticks by length and counted how many we had collected.  We compared the shortest and the longest stick and measured them.  Another busy week in reception!

27th November

In Reception we have been planting our bulbs and writing labels for them.  We can’t wait to see what happens next! We have been writing more labels in class and observing bulbs and seeds and comparing them. In maths we have been exploring the number 9 and finding lots of ways to make 9.  We ordered the plant pots and filled them with the correct number of bulbs outside.  In Literacy this week the children have enjoyed listening to the story ‘Can’t you sleep little Bear.’ In the story, little bear is afraid of the dark, so we have been thinking about what makes us feel scared.  The children explored light and dark in the bear’s cave in preparation for our topic on Light.  We realised that there was no electricity inside the cave so the bear had to use a lantern.  We have been thinking about where light comes from?  Another exciting and very busy week in Reception.

20th November

This week the children have been learning about Diwali, the festival of light.  We have really enjoyed making Mehndi patterns and Diva lamps using the playdough.  In maths we have been learning the number 8 and went on a number 8 hunt! We have been exploring how to make 8 and counted 8 lights in our Diva lamps.  The children have been learning the n and the I sound in phonics and have been working hard to form the letters.  Our garden area is now ready for us to plant our bulbs ,as the children have done a fantastic job weeding the garden. We worked as a team to weed the garden area and then we learned about recycling as the children put the weeds in the compost bin.

13th November

In Reception this week we have been creating ‘Firework’ pictures and exploring colour mixing.  We rolled the ball in the tray to mix the colours together.  Then we wrote labels to stick on our pictures to describe the sounds which we could hear, such as bang, zoom and fizz!  We have been learning the t sound in phonics and the p sound.  We have been learning how to form these letters correctly and have been doing lots of sounding and blending to help us with our spellings!  We made poppies and talked about Remembrance Day.  In maths we have been exploring how to make 7 and been outside on a number hunt! Another very busy week in our Reception class!

6th November

We have been enjoying reading the story Room on the Broom in Reception this week. We really enjoyed writing labels for the different animals in the story as well as ordering the animals on the witches’ broom. In maths we have been learning all about the number 6, we have really enjoyed searching for 6 objects around class and counting them into hoops. We also talked about Bonfire night in class this week as well as watching a firework display in class. While it was Bonfire night we coloured in some fireworks in class as well as dancing like fireworks in our music lesson. Very fun week all round!

23rd October

We have been exploring shapes in reception this week and we have enjoyed looking for shapes in the environment and we have enjoyed going on shape and number hunts.  We have been celebrating Harvest and talking about where our food comes from.  We have been sharing our food during snack and thanking God for our wonderful Harvest.  The children enjoyed watching as the branches were weaved into the trees outside.  We all had a go at weaving using paper strips. We worked together and helped each other.  Great teamwork Reception well done!

16th October

We have had another very busy week in Reception.  The children have really enjoyed listening to the story ‘Peace at Last’ and listening to all of the sounds which are keeping Daddy bear awake!  We have been writing about the story and also writing about ‘The Rainbow Fish.’  In maths we have been learning to recognise numerals and counting objects to match.  The children set up their own bowling alley and recorded how many skittles they knocked down.  They learned how to add 2 amounts together and we ordered the scores.  Super listening this week during our Wake up and Shake up every morning too! Well done Reception!

9th October

This week we have been continuing to learn about ‘Ourselves.’  We talked about how we have changed over time.  We talked about some of the things we can do now, compared with when we were babies and sequenced pictures by age.  In our phonics we have been listening to sounds which are the same and making ‘Smoothies’ using objects and pictures beginning with the same sounds.  The children have really enjoyed exploring objects which have the same sounds as their names.   In maths we have been making ‘Museums of Numbers’ for the numbers 1 to 5 and making collections of lots of different objects.  We even worked out that if a brick has 3 holes in it then 3 bricks would have 9 holes.  The children are now able to get themselves dressed and undressed for P.E which is amazing, and we are so proud of them! 

2nd October

The children have been continuing to learn about rhyming words and nursery rhymes.  In construction we have been building walls for Humpty Dumpty and making models in the playdough and in the craft area.  We have been learning about ourselves, drawing self- portraits and looking at photographs of our families.  We have been learning lots of new vocabulary as we labelled our body parts. In maths we measured the shortest and tallest child in our class using non- standard measures such as the soft bricks and blocks.  We have been learning about our class value of ‘Friendship’ and reading about ‘The Rainbow Fish.’  We are understanding how to be kind and share with our friends.  We have another fantastic week in Reception.

 

25th September

We have had another fabulous week in Reception this week. The children are settling really well and enjoying being in their keyworker groups of Squirrels and Owls.  We are all making lots of new friends and learning about our class value of ‘Friendship.’  We have been singing lots of nursery rhymes and number rhymes and have been exploring what sounds we can hear whilst out and about on our ‘Listening Walks.’  Well done Reception you are fantastic!

 

18th September 

We have had a fabulous week in reception! The children have settled really well into the school routines and we are all learning our ‘Golden Rules,’ with the help of ‘Shirley’ our class puppet and the Little Red Hen.  We are enjoying our school dinners and making lots of new friends.  We are learning how to play ‘Follow my leader’ every morning during our ‘Wake up and Shake up’ and we are exploring how to move in many different directions!  In P.E we have been learning how to put our pumps on and have even completed an assault course. We are extremely proud of our reception children, you are amazing!

20th March 2020

Exciting times in Reception this week! The arrival of 6 duck eggs at the beginning of the week proved a great success as the children watched the eggs hatch in front of their eyes! We were amazed by our baby ducklings as they learned how to walk, eat and drink for the first time.  They have now been safely returned to the farm.  In maths this week we have been learning the number 18. The children made the shape of this number on the playground and made sets of 18 objects. The children ordered the numerals to 18 and counted out objects to match. We have been continuing to write about ‘The Bear Hunt’ story and we have been learning lots of new tricky words and sounds in fabulous phonics. The children have been learning about the famous landmarks of Wigan in particular, Mesnes Park and the statue of  Sir Francis Powell and Wigan Pier. The children made these landmarks in the construction area.

 

13th March 2020

This week we have been continuing  with our topic of Journeys and we have been talking about how we travel to school. The children completed a Pictogram chart and discovered that most children travel to school by car.  In Literacy we have been learning the ‘Sh and the ‘th’ sound and we have been reading ‘The Bear Hunt’ story.  The children really enjoyed going on a ‘Sensory Walk’ to discover the ‘Long wavy grass,’ the ‘squelchy mud’ and the forest just like in the story.  We have been talking about our special places and special journeys that we have been made.  We have been writing warning signs to stick on the Bear’s cave to warn the family not to go inside and building the cave in construction.

 

6th March 2020

In Reception this week the children set up an ‘Old Toy Shop’ and learned how to buy toys from the shop using pennies to add two amounts together.  We ordered numerals to 20 and played the missing number game, identifying one more and one less than each time.  We started our new topic of ‘Journeys’ and drew simple maps of our journeys to school and talked about what we could see, hear, touch and smell on the way.  We talked about where we live in Wigan.  The children had a wonderful day celebrating ‘World Book Day.’  You looked absolutely amazing! We read the story ‘We’re all Wonders’ and talked about using our kind hands and how we can be kind towards others. 

 

28th February 2020

In Reception before half term we made a ‘cake’ after reading the story ‘The Toys Party.’  We put in jam, ham, cornflakes and beans!  This week we have been learning about shapes and patterns and ordering numbers in maths.  The children have continued to explore old toys and made a Toys Timeline. We talked about how toys have changed over time and sequenced them. We enjoyed making ‘The Old Bear’ from the story using collage materials. We also went to church to mark the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.

 

14th February 2020

This week in Reception we have been learning the letter sounds W and X. As well as sounding and blending simple words beginning with the letter sounds W and X. We have also been using Lego bricks and Play dough to create the letter sounds. We have been playing lots of eye spy games when learning our phase 2 and 3 tricky words.

We have spent some time reading to Miss Honey and Shirley in our time to talk area in class we, had lots of fun.

In History we have been exploring new and old toys and have been playing with these in our small world corner. We have been enjoying comparing the differences between the old and the new toys during our carpet time with Mrs Clarke. We have also created a toy shop in class where we can buy old and new toys with our toy pennies.

In our magical maths we have been learning the number sixteen. We have been doing some fun activities by threading large buttons onto string as well as matching numbers from one all the way to sixteen. We have also been learning about Baptism after a visit from Reverend Mark. He came into school to talk to us all about Baptism. We had fun when Baptising Shirley our class puppet. We learnt that by Shirley being Baptised she was welcomed into God’s Family just like all of us in Reception. We had a fantastic time.

 

7th February 2020

Phonics:

This week in reception we have been exploring our fun phonics, focusing on the ‘V’ and ‘W’’ sounds.  We have been sounding and blending in the playground by using chalk to write out words that begin with our focused sounds, jumping on every sound button to help us blend whole words such as vet, van and vat… what fun we have had!  

We have also been playing a phonics eye spy game, hunting for tricky words.

 

Maths:

In our magical maths we have been exploring the number fifteen, threading fifteen beads onto string and building towers of fifteen dinosaurs and cubes. We have also been using 2 part models to work out what 2 numbers make ‘15’

 

Literacy:

This week in literacy we have been reading the story Elmer, which is all about a colourful elephant being different and not fitting in with his herd. Reception have been drawing and writing sentences about what happens in the story.

31st January 2020

This week we have been learning the letter sounds SS and J in our fun phonics lesson. We have been making the letter sounds out of Lego blocks. In magical maths we have been tasting and voting for our favourite noodle’s vegetable, chicken or beef. We then as a class counted out our votes as well as practicing writing the number fourteen in magical maths. We have also learnt about God’s wonderful world. We all brought in some bulbs to plant in our magical reception garden we planted five each.

 

 

 

24th January 2020

This week Reception have been enjoying fun Phonics on the playground. We have been learning the letter sounds 'l' and 'll.' The children have been forming words with chalk on the playground and sounding and blending words. We have also been busy celebrating the Chinese New Year. We have created Chinese lanterns and we have dressed up in Chinese costumes. In our Magical Maths we have been finding the missing numbers from number bonds 1-20 using the Chinese lanterns.

 

17th January 2020

This week we have been learning the 'f' and 'ff' sound in Phonics. We have enjoyed ourselves sounding and blending words with 'f' and words that end with 'ff' in  the playground. We have been creating words with building blocks and lego. We have also been exploring old and new toys, past and present, and enjoyed listening to the story 'Old Bear.' In Maths we have been sorting bears into small, medium and big, what fun we have had!

 

10th January 2020

We have had a very good first week back, the children have worked really hard. This week in our Phonics we have been learning the letter sounds 'h' and 'b.' We have been exploring and building words with the 'h' and 'b' sounds. We have used foam bricks, lego and lots more to sound out and blend CVC words beginning with 'b.' We have been focusing on old and new toys from the past and present. We have talked about what materials they are made from and made simple comparisons. During our Maths lessons we have been exploring venn diagrams, we have used them to sort old and new toys.  

 

13th December 2019

This week we have been learning the 'e' and 'u' sounds. We have used pine cones and twigs to create our new sounds. In Maths, we have been learning our number bonds to 9, we have been using our multi link cubes and dinosaurs to create the total of 9. On Tuesday, the Coverdale Puppets came in, they performed the Nativity, we had a fantastic time! On Wednesday and Thursday the children performed their first Nativity at St Paul's. The children enjoyed singing the Nativity songs and performing in front of everybody. On Friday, the children took part in Christmas Jumper Day, they all looked very festive!

Well done Reception! 

 

6th December 2019

This week we have had a very busy week in Reception. We have been learning the 'c' and 'k' in Phonics. We have been using building blocks and pine cones to create the letter 'c' and 'k.' In Maths, we have been exploring sequence of pattern using natural materials such as, pine cones, conkers, sticks, twigs etc. which we collected from the playground. As part of our sensory group we explored how to brush our teeth. The children enjoyed using the tooth brushes. 

 

29th November 2019

This week the children have been learning the 'g' and 'o' sound in Phonics. We have been using different shapes and working in the sand to form these letters. This week we have enjoyed reading 'The Stick Man.' We put our wellies and coats on and went outside gathering 10 sticks each. In Maths we used the sticks we had collected to put them in size order from  the longest to the shortest. We had fun rolling cardboard tubes to colour mix, we then used these tubes to create our own 'Stick Man.' 

 

22nd November 2019

We have had a very busy week in Reception. We have been learning the 'm' and 'p' sound in Phonics. We had fun using foam, play bricks and sand to practice forming these letters. We explored number bonds from one to ten using building blocks and small world mini beasts. We have been learning about our class value of friendship and we have continued to enjoy listening to 'The Calming of the Storm.' This inspired us to make rainbows using our coloured mini beasts.

 

15th November 2019

This week we learned about Remembrance day and made a poppy. We talked about Anti-Bullying week and came to school wearing odd socks. In RE we listened to the story of 'The Calming of the Storm' and wrote a prayer together asking Jesus out friend for help. 

 

8th November 2019

This week the children made wormeries for their worms. They worked extremely well together as a team and have started to write instructions about 'How to make a wormery.' We have been finding out lots of interesting facts about worms! In Maths we explored the number '7' and added one more/ one less to any given number. We have been working hard to form our letters correctly. Using our Autumn collection of objects we made sensory bottles.

 

1/11/19

We have had a very busy week in Reception. We have really enjoyed learning about Autumn and exploring all of the Autumn objects, sorting them and writing labels. We have been learning the 'S' sound and read 'Superworm.' The children have been collecting worms and making homes for them. We then labelled our models of our 'Superworm' homes.

 

18th October 2019

This week the children have been learning about Harvest. We printed repeated patterns using different fruits and vegetables and wrote Harvest prayers together. We explored number bonds and number recognition. 

 

4th October 2019

This week we have been learning about our class value 'friendship.' We enjoyed reading 'The Rainbow Fish' and learning about our Golden Rule of sharing in class. We celebrated Shirley's 5th birthday and shared the playdough during Disco Dough Time! Our new pet dog has been named 'Pippin' after the children voted for their favourite name.

 

27th September 2019

This week the Reception children have been learning about rhyming words and have enjoyed singing nursery rhymes. They worked together to build Humpty Dumpty's wall and then labelled it. Great teamwork boys! We measured ourselves and compared the heights of the children. We enjoyed creating repeating patterns for Humpty's wall and explored how to make bubbles in the water.