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Reception

Welcome to Reception

 

Class Teacher: Miss Baum

 

This page will contain class newsletters, photos of interesting activities and useful links.

While school is closed, your class teacher will add regular challenges to keep you thinking. There is also a separate page with school closure information and lots of great learning tasks. Please click on the link below.

Parent's guide to Phonics (Letters and Sounds)

Fine Motor Skills Activity Ideas

Phonics Lessons: reading at home support

Week Commencing: Monday 6th July 2020

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Week Commencing: Monday 4th May 2020

Your Sunflowers Progress

Your Sunflowers Progress 1

Week Commencing: Monday 27th April 2020

Week Commencing: Monday 20th April 2020

Happy Easter!

Hope you are all enjoying a nice break over the Easter holidays and are managing to keep busy spending lots of time with your household and doing lots of fun things together.

A little Easter challenge: using bits you have at home (including recycling) can you make an Easter bonnet? Be creative and have fun!

Week Commencing: Monday 30th March 2020

Week Commencing: Monday 23rd March 2020

Week Commencing: Monday 9th March 2020

 

Number of the week: 12       Shape of the week: Cube

Sound of the week:  Z    z    Words of the week: all    him

 

This week has been an exciting week with our eggs in class. The children made their own pictures and wrote sentences about what they thought was in the egg. We then waited patiently for them to hatch; one hatched on Wednesday, the children were deciding what was in the egg from what they could see. As they saw yellow, some thought it was a chick but then realised it was a duck once it had hatched. We looked at a non-fiction book about how a duck goes from egg to duck. We had 4 more hatch on the Thursday and one more had arrived by Friday morning making 6 ducklings altogether. We looked forward to observing them next week and looking after them.

 

In Maths Land, we explored sharing with the character David Divide. We learnt that divide means 'share' and used various resources to help us share amounts between groups, making sure that we shared accurately to make sure all groups had the same amount. We also explored the number 12 and how we can represent it in different ways.

 

In Well Done assembly were Riley-Jo and Isaac for their great inquisitive skills and reasoning about the world. Aleighcia was our Always Person.

Week Commencing: Monday 2nd March 2020

 

Number of the week: 11       Shape of the week: Cube

Sound of the week:  Z    z    Words of the week: all    him

 

This week, we have continued to find out about space by looking at non-fiction books and the computer to find out some information. We have also been very busy making rockets and space ships out of various materials and resources; the children did a great job deciding what resources they wanted to use and how to put them together to make their model. We also continued to share the story The Way Back Home. We made a story map to help us retell it, alongside using the actions. We also used colourful semantics to think about who is in the story, what they do and where they go.

 

In Maths Land, we first had Chopping Charlie and talked about 'chopping' things in half. We talked about what 'half' is and had a go at matching halves of objects, deciding if items were in half or not and cutting images in half. We then had Sharing Shauna and Sharing Shane who help half numbers by sharing the amount equally between two. The children were really good at sharing the items and making sure it was fair. On Friday, we recapped what 'doubling' means and the children led their own learning to find the doubles of numbers.

 

On Friday, we had an exciting delivery of some eggs - we thought about what might be inside them and made some signs to make sure people don't touch them. We will be finding out what are inside them on Monday and we look forward to seeing them hatch!

 

In Well Done assembly were Matilda and Darcey for their brilliant creating and making skills. Leah was our Always Person.

Week Commencing: Tuesday 25th February 2020

 

Number of the week: 11       Shape of the week: Cube

Sound of the week:  X    x    Words of the week: was    get

 

Welcome back after the half term, hope you all had a lovely break! This week we started looking at Space; we read the book The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers and put actions to it to help us retell it. The children offered some great ideas throughout the book about what might happen next and how the characters might be feeling at different points in the book. The children also came up with some questions about space and  we looked at some non-fiction books to try find the answers.

 

We also have our new cafe role-play area. We talked about what a cafe is and talked about what we do when we go to a cafe and the different job roles. We then looked at a non-fiction book about going to the cafe. The children then enjoyed role-playing in the cafe, taking on the different roles. Also this week, due to the windy weather, some children had fun making some kites to fly outside.

 

In Maths Land, our character was Doubling Donna. We recapped what doubling means and used various resources to solve different doubling number problems. We also represented our number of the week, number 11, in different ways.

 

In Well Done assembly were Dylan for his lovely writing and letter formation and Reggie for his improved focus and listening skills. Jordan was our Always Person.

Week Commencing: Monday 27th January 2020

 

Number of the week: 10       Shape of the week: Cylinder

Sound of the week:  J   j    Words of the week: he   not

 

This week, we have learnt about the Chinese New Year. We learnt about how the Chinese New Year is celebrated and compared this to other celebrations such as Diwali, Christmas and Bonfire Night. Some children had a go at making their own Chinese lanterns. We also read the Zodiac story of how the animals were chosen for the 12 years of Chinese New Year. We also watched some videos of dragon and lion dances. Also this week, the children designed their own snakes and wrote sentences about their snake design.

 

We had a visitor on Monday - Samuel Pepys - who did a theatre performance about the Great Fire of London. This will hopefully help when the children learn about this in Year One!

 

In Maths Land, our character was Tommy Time Keeper. We talked about lots of different ways to measure time and used language such as days, weeks, months, years and yesterday, today, tomorrow. The children also had a go at ordering familiar events and used ordinal language like first, second, and then, next, after that, lastly, finally. The children also led their own learning around subtracting.

 

In Well Done assembly were Rochelle and Safira for their resilience in ICT to improve their mouse skills. Matilda was our Always Person.

Week Commencing: Monday 20th January 2020

 

Number of the week: 9       Shape of the week: Cylinder

Sound of the week:  L   l    Words of the week: up   of

 

This week was problem solving week at school. We came in on Monday to a letter from Stanley the Sloth asking for help to plan a party for his friend Danny Duck. The children did really well making their own lists of things he might need for the party. The next day we had another letter from Stanley asking for help with 3 problems that involved using our number knowledge to help solve them. 

Also this week, we read a different version of Hansel and Gretel. We had a go at using full sentences to say things that were the same and things that were different about the different versions of the story.

 

In Maths Land, our characters were Adam Add and Susie Subtract. The children were challenged with a range of number problems that either involved adding or subtraction. They had a range of resources to help them solve the number problems and had to work out whether to add or take away.  The children also led their own learning around the number 9.

 

In Well Done assembly were Kyle and Shamus for their great problem solving. Mia was our Always Person.

Week Commencing: Monday 13th January 2020

 

Number of the week: 9       Shape of the week: Sphere

Sound of the week:  F   f    Words of the week: me   if

 

Another great week in Reception. We have continued to look at Winter and the children have made their own winter art work. We explored mixing white paint in to make the blue paint lighter and mixing in black paint to make the blue darker. Also this week, we continued to read the book Hansel and Gretel. The children thought about their most and least favourite parts of the story and were able to answer questions about the story in full sentences.

 

On Thursday, we had a guest who works at The Grand Theatre, Carriagework Theatre and Hyde Park Cinema, come in to do a workshop with us. We learnt all about pretending in the Theatre and did lots of activities involving moving in different ways and pretending to be different things. The children were great at using their imagination!

 

In Maths Land, our character was Susie Subtract We have learnt what 'subtract' means and have been using lots of different resources to help us solve problems involving taking away.  The children also led their own learning around adding.

 

In Well Done assembly were William for being a kind and polite member of the class, as well as being great on our theatre workshop, and Aleighcia for her great winter artwork and fine motor skills. 

Week Commencing: Monday 6th January 2020

 

Number of the week: 8       Shape of the week: Sphere

Sound of the week:  B   b    Words of the week: be   back

 

What a great first week back it has been in Reception. The children have settled back in well and have enjoyed telling us all about their Christmas break. This week, we have talked about the changes from Autumn to Winter. We have looked at a non-fiction book all about Winter and have been looking for signs of Winter outside. Also this week, we read the book Hansel and Gretel. The children discussed the book thinking about feelings of the characters, what words might mean and what might happen next. The children have also really enjoyed our new Doctors role-play area.

 

Throughout the week, the children have also had the opportunity to go on the computer in class to play a game about counting and numbers. They learnt how to use the mouse to play the game to prepare them for using the mouse on the computers in the ICT suite.

 

In Maths Land, our character was Adam Add. We have learnt what 'add' means and have been using lots of different resources to help us solve problems involving adding.  The children also led their own learning about the number 8.

 

In Well Done assembly were Jordan and Harper for their improved confidence and great effort in class. Amy was our Always Person.

Week Commencing: Monday 25th November 2019

 

Number of the week: 7       Shape of the week: Rectangle

Sound of the week:  R  r    Words of the week: on   off

 

A very Christmassy week we've had this week. We had our Nativity performance on Tuesday. I was super proud of all the children, they did a fantastic job performing in front of everyone! We have also made our Christmas cards this week. The children have also been making lots of Christmas crafts. Some made little Santa's and Elves like our elf made.

 

In Maths Land, our character was Doubling Donna. We learnt that doubling meant adding the same amount together. We have used various resources to help us work out the double of numbers and have enjoyed singing our doubling song.The children also led their own learning around one more and one less.

 

On Thursday, we enjoyed watching Key Stage One's great performance of Babushka.

Week Commencing: Monday 2nd December 2019

 

Number of the week: 7       Shape of the week: Rectangle

Sound of the week:  U  u   Word of the week: big

 

This week we have had some visitors - we have had some elves visit our classroom and they have been leaving us notes. They even gave us a story book advent calendar to share. The children have been making lots of lovely pictures and writing letters to the elves. We have also been very busy practising our Nativity Performance ready for our performances on Tuesday 10th December at 2pm for family. We have also read and discussed the Nativity story. 

 

In Maths, we have been looking at money. We have enjoyed role-playing shops, using language related to money and started to learn what the different coins are.

 

Thank you to the grown-ups who were able to make it to our Come and Make on Friday. We hope you enjoyed it.

Week Commencing: Monday 25th November 2019

 

Number of the week: 6       Shape of the week: Square

Sound of the week:  E  e    Words of the week: and    it

 

This week has been RE week at school. We have recapped about the celebration of Diwali, and Mrs Rehal talked to the class about how she celebrated Diwali, and brought in her beautiful outfit to wear as she did her talk. The children also made their own diya lamps. We have also been discussing the Nativity story as we prepare for our Foundation Stage Nativity Performance. We have thought about different celebrations and how we might celebrate.

 

In Maths Land, our characters were Prince One More and Princess One Less. We have been using lots of different resources to help us solve problems involving one more and one less e.g. I had 7 teddies, a friend bought me 'one more', how many do I have now? I bought 10 strawberries from the shop, I ate one, how many do I have left? The children also led their own learning about the number 6.

 

In Well Done assembly were Shamus and Dylan for their great contributions during RE week and an improved focus in class. Bella was our Always Person.

Week Commencing: Monday 18th November 2019

 

Number of the week: 6       Shape of the week: Square

Sound of the week:  C c   K k   ck    Words of the week: and   it

 

This week in class we have been doing lots more rhyming! We have been listening to identify words that rhyme and those that don't. We have also tried to make silly rhyming strings of words that rhyme even though some might not be real words. We have read the book Duck in the Truck which has lots of rhyming words in. We have also discussed the book, thinking about what we thought might happen next, as well as discussing the characters and what happened after we had read it all. Do you have any rhyming books at home?
 

In Maths Land, our character was  Shapebot, we have been talking lots about different shapes. We have looked at 2D shapes and 3D shapes and have done lots of sorting of real objects.

 

This week, we have also started practising our songs for our 'wriggly nativity'. The children are having fun singing the songs and doing different actions. Our nativity will be on Tuesday 10th December at 2pm.

 

In Well Done assembly were Amy for her fantastic reading and writing and Darcey for applying herself well and improved confidence. Daniel was our Always Person.

 

An extra note: thank you to everyone for their donations for our Christmas Fair which is Friday 29th November from 2pm.

Week Commencing: Monday 11th November 2019

 

Number of the week: 5       Shape of the week: Square

Sound of the week: O   o    Word of the week: his

 

This week we have been learning about rhyming words. We have been reading lots of rhyming books and poems and singing lots of nursery rhymes. We have also played games like matching rhyming words and finding the odd one out that does not rhyme. 

 

In Phonics, we have learnt the sounds x, y, z and zz. The children are working hard on their blending and segmenting words as well as sight reading the high frequency and tricky words. In Maths Land, our character was Counting Callum and we have played lots of different games to practise counting carefully.

Week Commencing: Monday 4th November 2019

 

Number of the week: 5       Shape of the week: Square

Sound of the week:  G  g    Words of the week: my   the

 

Welcome back after the half term! This week we have been talking about what the children have been doing over the half-term and have also been discussing different celebrations e.g. Halloween, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and Diwali. The children have made some lovely bonfire night artwork using different media and also used their fine motor skills to make some paper 'diya lamps' for Diwali.
 

As we learnt a bit about the celebration of Diwali we have looked at a range of non-fiction books about Diwali. Mrs Rehal also told us about what she does to celebrate Diwali.


In Phonics, we have learnt the sounds j, v and w. In Maths Land, our character was Positional Pete and we have been following instructions using positional language as well as using positional language to say where something is. We also started learning about 'directional language' and the children had fun following instructions involving 'forwards', 'backwards' and 'sideways'. The children also led their own learning around the number 5.

 

In Well Done assembly were Lexi and Riley-Jo for being fantastic artists. Harper was our Always Person.

Week Commencing: Monday 21st October 2019

 

Number of the week: 4       Shape of the week: Triangle

Sound of the week:  D  d    Words of the week: in   an

 

This week we have continued to look at Autumn and we have lots of discussion to see what we could remember about Autumn. We have also made some Autumn leaf pictures by painting them Autumn leaf colours. We only had the primary colours red, blue and yellow so we had to mix them to make orange, green, purple and brown. We used a colour wheel to help us know what colours to mix.
 

We also continued with our story We're Going on a Leaf Hunt and used colourful semantics to think about who was in the story, where they went and what they were doing.


In Phonics, we have continued  playing lots of games to support us as we start sounding out and blending VC (at, an, up) and CVC  (dog, bin, hop) words. We are trying really hard writing some of the high frequency words we have been learning. In Maths Land, our character was William Weight. We discussed what 'weight' meant and have been weighing lots of objects using balancing scale to help us know heavier or lighter or weigh the same. We also learnt that if something is bigger it doesn't always mean it is heavier. The children also led their own learning making patterns.

 

In Well Done assembly were Casey and Amelia for a fantastic attitude to learning and working hard. Isabella R was our Always Person.

Week Commencing: Monday 14th 2019

 

Number of the week: 4       Shape of the week: Triangle

Sound of the week:  M  m    Words of the week: to

 

This week we have started to learn about Autumn and have continued to look at Autumn, we have been looking at the different Autumn leaves outside and trying to think about which tree they came from and why. We have also used lots of natural objects like pinecones, leaves and conkers to do some artwork and some counting challenges.

We read the story We're Going on a Leaf Hunt. We put actions to it to help us remember the story and made a story map as well.


In Phonics, we have been playing lots of games to support us as we start sounding out and blending VC (it, in, on, off) and CVC  (cat, dot, hen) words. We are also starting to try write some of the high frequency words we have been learning. In Maths Land, our character was Harry Height. We discussed what 'height' meant and compared objects using tall, short, taller, shorter, tallest and shortest. The children also have a go at ordering 3 items by height The children also 'led their own learning' on the number 4.

 

In Well Done assembly were Matilda and Leah for their fantastic reading, both in school and at home. Amelia was our Always Person.

Week Commencing: Monday 13th 2019

 

Number of the week: 4       Shape of the week: Triangle

Sound of the week:  N  n    Words of the week: no   go

 

This week we have started to learn about Autumn and have looked at some non-fiction books that tell us about the season Autumn. Next week, we will be going on an Autumn walk to have a look for signs of Autumn, using what we have learnt.

We have also written our own story this week, we have changed the Little Red Hen into the Little Penguin, who asked for helping making ice so she could make some slushies.


In Phonics, we learnt the digraphs ss, ff and ll. In Maths Land, our character was Lenny Length. We discussed what 'length' meant and compared objects using long, short, longer, shorter, longest and shortest. The children also have a go at ordering 3 items by length. The children also 'led their own learning' on the number 3.

 

In Well Done assembly were Bella for her good maths work doing one more and one less and Reggie for doing well with length. Casey was our Always Person.

Week Commencing: Monday 30th September 2019

 

Number of the week: 3       Shape of the week: Triangle

Sound of the week:  I  i    Words of the week: it   is

 

This week we have continued with our story The Little Red Hen. We used colourful semantics to find who, where and what they were doing in the story. We then used these to make our own sentences. We also thought about different jobs and different people who help us. We thought of different scenarios and who we could ask for help.

The children also helped make some yummy bread! They followed instructions well and used their hands to knead the dough.


In Phonics, we learnt the new letters h, b, f , l. In Maths Land, our character was Princess One Less. We discussed what 'less' meant and used various resources to find one less than numbers to 10. The children also 'led their own learning' on a shape hunt.

 

In Well Done assembly were Mia and Daniel for their great attitudes in class and for being kind friends. Riley-Jo was our Always Person.

Week Commencing: Monday 23rd September 2019

 

Number of the week: 2       Shape of the week: Circle

Sound of the week:  P  p    Words of the week: mum   dad

 

This week was History Week in school. In class we have learnt what 'the past' means (something that has already happened). The children have been recalling events from their past and drawing pictures to go with it. Thank you to those that brought photos in from their past.

Also this week, we have read the book 'The Little Red Hen'. We discussed the book, encouraging full sentences to answer questions. We have also talked about helping others. We put actions to the story to help us retell it.


In Phonics, we learnt the new letters e, u, r and learnt about the digraph, ck, (2 letters that make one sound). We are still working hard on orally blending words. In Maths Land, our character was Prince One More. We discussed what 'more' meant and used various resources to find one more than numbers to 10.

 

In Well Done assembly were Isabella R and Ronnie for their great use of language related to recalling events from their past. Rochelle was our Always Person.

Week Commencing: Monday 16th September 2019

 

Number of the week: 2       Shape of the week: Circle

Sound of the week:  T   t    Word of the week: see

 

This week we have read the book 'Elmer' by David McKee. We have talked about the features of a book and have answered questions trying to use full sentences to answer. We thought about similarities and differences between ourselves and other and also about things we are good at. We also thought about things we like about our friends.


 In Phonics, we learnt the new letters g, o, c and k and are still working hard on hearing initial sounds and on blending CVC words e.g. p-a-t, orally. In Maths Land, our character was Pattern Penny so we have been busy making patterns with lots of different resources.

 

On Friday we had a Messy Play day while the rest of the school had their Colour Run sponsored event. We all had great fun getting messy. Thank you to everyone who contributed to help us raise some money for our school.

 

In Well Done assembly were Isaac and Kyle for working really hard in Reception and at home (as shown by their learning logs). William was our Always Person.

Week Commencing: Monday 13th September 2019

 

Number of the week: 2       Shape of the week: Circle

Sound of the week:  T   t    Word of the week: can

 

Another great week in Reception, the children have remembered our routines well and are working hard to follow them. This week we have continued thinking about what makes a good friend and the children are trying hard to be kind to others. We read the book It's Okay to be Different and talked about similarities and differences between ourselves and others.

 In Phonics, we have continued learning the letter sounds, and worked on learning i, n, m and d. We working hard on hearing the sound that words begin with as well as starting trying to blend words. In Maths, we visited Shapebot in Maths Land and have been doing lots of different tasks with shapes!

 

In Well Done assembly were Logan and Jacob for doing well hearing the initial sounds in words and for orally blending CVC words e.g. p-i-n = pin. Iyla was our Always Person.

Week Commencing: Monday 2nd September 2019

 

Number of the week: 1    Shape of the week: Circle

Sound of the week:  S   s    Word of the week: I

 

Welcome to Reception everybody! We have had a great first week and all the children are settling in really well. They are getting used to the routines and  are really getting stuck into their learning. I have enjoyed starting to get to know the children better and I am looking forward to seeing them progress as the year goes one.

This week we have been talking about what makes a good friend and have also been talking about the school rules and routines. We have enjoyed reading some stories about starting school as well. In Phonics, we have begun learning the letter sounds, starting with s, a, t and p. The children are doing really well with these! We are also working hard on hearing the sound that words begin with. In Maths, we visited Counting Callum in Maths Land and have been practising counting carefully!

 

On Friday we had Well Done assembly to share any Busy Books that the children did over the holidays. I have really enjoyed looking through the ones we got back and the children were able to share them with their friends. Thank you to everyone who brought one in.

 

Hope the children have a well deserved rest this weekend!

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