Welcome to Reception
A new year begins..
A very warm welcome to all the new Reception children and their families. We are so excited to be back and to start our learning journey. Classes are ready and beaming with wonderful opportunities for your child to explore and learn through play. Our garden area is up and running ready for the children to; ride around our bike track, create shapes and letters in the sand area, read stories in the castle book corner, engage in role-play activities by dressing up and using tools to find creepy crawlies in the digging area!
Dear parents/ carers,
Reception children have started their PE lessons this week, so please ensure your child has their P.E. Kits in school. This consists of a white t-shirt, blue or black shorts and black plimsolls. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask the Reception Team.
Who is Who?!
It's not just the children that have fun learning in Reception!
Have a look at what the teachers enjoy doing ...
Welcome back Reception!
We hope you enjoyed your half term and have lots of experiences to tell us about. We have got a packed full term ahead of us so I hope you are ready to get stuck in
Our new topic is all about Changes and will will take a closer look at what that means by following the lives of Mini-beasts. These include: snails, spiders, ants, butterflies, worms, tadpoles, dragonflies, bees, wasps, grasshoppers and many many more!
The children will be reading texts related to the mini beast theme. Have a sneaky peek at what they are...
Rod Campbell's classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo has been a firm favourite with toddlers and parents alike ever since it was first published in 1982.
Young children will love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent - a monkey, a lion and even an elephant! But will they ever manage to send the perfect pet?
With bright, bold artwork, a catchy refrain and a whole host of favourite animals, Dear Zoo is a must for every child's bookshelf - and the thick card pages, chunky cased cover and sturdy flaps make it perfect for small hands.
Every little boy knows that going shopping with Mum is the most boring thing in the world. But for little Albie, one trip to the supermarket opens a whole new world of fun! Because this isn't just any supermarket - it's the supermarket zoo - and with a whole trolley full of animals on his list, Albie will never see shopping the same way again.
This classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary tea-time guest has been loved by millions of children since it was first published over 30 years ago. Now a new generation will enjoy this beautiful reformatted edition!
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!
This modern classic picture book is perfect for reading aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and again. All artwork has been re-originated and a fresh design approach has been used for this reformatted edition.
A modern classic named one of the best culturally diverse picture books in the UK, this is the story of Handa, who's part of the Luo tribe in south-west Kenya. Handa decides to take seven pieces of delicious fruit to her friend, Akeyo, who lives in the neighbouring village. But as Akeyo wonders, I wonder what fruit Akeyo will like best?, a series of sneaky animals steal something from Handa's basket, which she's carrying on her head...When Handa reaches Akeyo, will she have anything left to offer her friend? Richly-illustrated, brimming with luscious fruit and cheeky wild animals, this mouth-watering story is for the youngest of readers. In the best pantomime spirit, children will long to tell Handa what's happening right behind her!
As part of our new topic this half term... ‘Animals’… the children went to visit the animals at Colchester Zoo. We had such a great time and got to see so many wonderful animals... rainbow birds, owls, flamingos, vultures, wolves, wild dogs, tigers, lions, leopards, sun bears, meerkats, red pandas, chimpanzees, spider monkeys, crocodiles, komodo dragons, penguins, sea lions, zebra, rhinos AND we even got to feed the giraffes and elephants!
Reading and Writing
This term in their Reading and Writing, the children will be looking at some key texts.... 'The Three Little Pigs', 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'How to Grow A Dinosaur'
This term the Reception children have completed some exceptional Writing! Children are writing for such a wide range of purposes. These include making their own class registers and ticking off the children that are present in school, completing Health and Safety check lists to ensure their learning environment is safe to use and showing their calculations in their Maths learning. All the Reception staff have been so impressed with the children's hard work! Mrs Massar is going to have a lot of Gold awards to give out this term
Reception Christmas performance!
Reading and Writing
This term in their Reading and Writing, the children will be looking at some key texts.... 'Mr Gumpy's Outing', 'The Train Ride' and 'Whatever Next'
'I went to the sky and saw the stars' - Aaliyah
'I saw a huge spaceship flying past me' - Jordan
'I went to see my mummy at home' - Millie
'I saw power rangers!' - Mahama
The Reception children have been working extremely hard this term to learn all of their sounds. They have been using actions to represent each sound, practising writing the sounds during Handwriting sessions and then applying this knowledge into their writing. They have all produced some fantastic learning!!
Have a look at our Writing...
Have a go at singing along at home...
This term, the children have explored numbers using Numicon! Numicon is a very clever resource that allows all the children to access number in a variety of ways!
Take at look at what exciting learning the Reception children have accomplished...
These two clever boys ordered ALL of the dinosaurs from the box!!
They matched the dinosaurs that looked the same and the ones that were on their own, they grouped by colour!!
They then started to order them by size - smallest to largest.... AMAZING LEARNING! Their teacher was extremely proud
In Maths this term, the children will be looking at mathematical puzzles. Below are a few you could try at home.
You could show how you worked it out in your WOW Book!!
Post Box Trip!!
As part of their Writing, the Reception children wrote letters. Some included letters to their families and friends, but most children wrote a letter to Father Christmas! They wrote a list of which presents they would like and some children wrote a sentence about how well behaved they have been this term!
Once the children had completed their letters, they put them in an envelope and wrote the address on the front. They then designed their own stamps and stuck them on as well!
We had such a great time walking to the post box - we saw so many exciting things.
'I saw a police car zoom past me' - Zak
'I saw my building where I live' - Leon
'I liked when we counted the numbers on the door' - Lillie
'I saw lots of squares on the floor' - Riley
'I saw a dog barking at me. He was saying hello' - Ellie-May
GOLDILOCKS IS ON RED!!
For the last couple of weeks, Reception have been looking at People Who Help Us. This week we have been discussing who the police are, what they do and how they help us.
We noticed that in our Reception Garden, the red bike was MISSING!! We were all very suspicious.
Nobody knew who took the bike! But then we remembered that we had read the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In the story, Goldilocks breaks into the bear's house, eats their porridge, breaks a chair and sleeps in all of their beds! She was very rude and showed red behaviour so we were CERTAIN that it was Goldilocks that stole our red bike!
The police gave us a special job to write a Police Report about the robbery of our red bike.
Here is what the children decided....
Goldilocks was told by the police that she had to write a sorry letter. Here is what she wrote to us...
We all forgave her in the end!
Congratulations to the following children for receiving a Gold Award this term....
You are ALL excellent role models!
Keep up the Outstanding efforts in your learning and behaviour!