Welcome to our Reception Class Page
In Reception we have two classes: Our teacher in St Francis is Miss Spittle and in St Lucy is Mrs Goodyear. Our teaching assistants are Miss Campbell and Mrs Armstrong.
We have P.E on Thursdays so P.E kits should be in school if they are not already. Please could you ensure that all belongings including drinks bottles are named. Book bags should be returned daily.
Welcome back to Reception and we hope you enjoyed the Christmas break. This year we are encouraging children to be healthy, with a big push on healthy foods. We would like to give parents a gentle reminder that if children wish to bring a snack for break time it must be fruit or vegetables. Any other snack will be labelled and returned home at the end of the day. Children are allowed to bring either water or squash as a drink.
Thank you on behalf of the Reception team.
The Gingerbread Man
In our topic this term (Once Upon a Time), we are reading and exploring different classic stories, like The Three Little Pigs, The Ugly Duckling and The Gingerbread Man. Our main focus is The Gingerbread Man.
Floating and Sinking
We have been exploring materials and which materials float and sink. We like to predict if each object will float at the top or sink to the bottom. This week we have been working hard at junk modelling to create our own boats, in order for the Gingerbread Man to safely cross the river. After we made our boats, we took them outside and tested them in the water tray. Most of them floated but a few sunk to the bottom. We noticed that the boats made from plastic worked the best. We had fun putting the Gingerbread Men in the boats to test how safe they were.
People Who Help Us
In RE we have been learning about different people who help us in different ways. On our visit to Mount Carmel Church, we learnt how Father Tony helps us. Today we had a special visitor, Lisa the Paramedic! She told us all about how Paramedics help people who are poorly or have hurt themselves. Lisa wore a green uniform and brought in lots of special equipment. We had fun looking at all of the different things and talking about what they are used for. Lisa even let us try on her coat and helmet! The helmet was very heavy.
After looking at all of the different equipment that a Paramedic uses, we got to go outside and see an Ambulance! Lisa showed us the inside and explained where the patient sits. We loved exploring the Ambulance and talking about the sirens. We talked about calling 999 when there is an emergency so that the Paramedics can help.
For winning with the most house points of the half term, St Andrews house got to try Archery! It was great fun! We learnt how to hold the bow and load the arrows. We tried our hardest to hit the middle of the target. We had to use our strong muscles to pull back the bow, and soon got the hang of it. We felt like Hawkeye!
Mount Carmel Church
This week we went on our first trip to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. We were all very excited to leave and ride on the coach! When we got to the Church we looked around at all of the different statues and artifacts in the Church. We found a statue of St Thomas More! We spotted a big Crucifix and statue of Mary and Jesus.
Father Tony met us at the Church to teach us about Baptism. We spoke about the Font and Holy Water and what happens at a Baptism. Father Tony showed us exactly what he does to Baptise the babies and adults, and we each got to have a go!
Our own Gingerbread Men!
This week we have been creating our very own gingerbread men. First we had to follow instructions carefully, weighing out the ingredients and mixing them together. We used ginger and cinnamon, they smelt lovely. We enjoyed mixing the dough with our hands in the bowl! After lots of kneading we finished the dough, it looked just like play-dough!
Next, we rolled out the dough and used the gingerbread man cutters. We baked them in the oven, they smelt delicious! Once they were cooled we each decorated our own gingerbread men to match our designs. We used icing to pipe, smarties for buttons, chocolate chip eyes and strawberry lace smiles. We loved this part! Finally we took them home to taste, they were yummy. Luckily, this time, our gingerbread men didn’t run away!
We have been exploring lots of different learning opportunities for our Gingerbread Man topic! We worked together using our construction skills to create a bridge for the Gingerbread Man to cross the river.We created different bridges and tested them to see how well they worked.
We have also had fun retelling the story. We have had to order the story, thinking about who chased the Gingerbread Man first and what happened last. We create actions to help and even have a Gingerbread Man costume to help us get into character!
Chinese New Year
This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year and how people celebrate. First we heard the story of The Great Race, and learnt how each year is named after each animal. This year is the year of the rat! We watched some videos of Chinese new year celebrations, including red lanterns and decorations, and a big dancing dragon in the parade! We loved looking at the beautiful outfits and Dragon puppets. We made our own Chinese lanterns using our fine motor skills.
We also had a special surprise, a Chinese ribbon dancing lesson! A special teacher came to show us the traditional dance, her outfit was beautiful. Then we all got to have a go. it was great fun!
Alongside our Gingerbread Man theme, we have a new role play in Reception; we have a sweet shop! We have all had fun counting and weighing the sweets. We explore money as the customers, paying the correct amount for our sweets.
A new travel agents has arrived in Reception! We love looking through the brochures at all of the different places around the world. We decide which holiday we would like and fill out a form using our phonic knowledge. We have to decide how many people will be going and how we will get there. We enjoy looking for each destination on the world map and globe.
A surprise visitor!
Today we entered the classroom to discover that there had been a visitor! We were all shocked and confused. The classroom was such a mess, there were crumbs everywhere! We noticed that the crumbs smelt like ginger, and there was a trail of flour… it was the Gingerbread Man! We searched for him, but he was nowhere to be found.
We decided to make ‘wanted’ posters for the Gingerbread Man, and ask everyone around school if they had seen anything.
In reception we have been learning all about the liturgical season of Advent. We have learnt how it is a time of preparation and getting ready for Christmas. We have looked at our Advent wreath and learnt all about the different candles and what they represent. We know that the white candle is lit on Christmas day, because that is when Jesus was born.
We have discussed how people might prepare for Christmas. We were all very excited to discuss Santa and presents! We thought about how people prepare by decorating their homes and giving cards. We have enjoyed decorating our classrooms too. We made our own little Christmas trees out of pine cones and used our phonics knowledge to write Christmas cards.
A Midwife’s Crisis
This week has been a special week for Reception, as we have performed in the schools production of A Midwife’s Crisis, our nativity play. We have been preparing for the play for weeks, learning different songs and actions. We were all very excited to finally dress up in the exciting costumes! We had shepherds, sheep, angels and stars. We practiced our singing and dancing and finally got to show our parents. It has been fantastic to learn about baby Jesus and the story of Christmas. We will continue to learn more about the story in RE.
This week in Maths we have been learning about shape. We have learnt about 2D shapes like circles, triangles, squares and rectangles. We were excited to hunt for shapes around the classroom! There were loads! We have been finding them, naming them and describing them. We know how many sides each shape has and describe them using words like ’round’ and ‘pointy’.
We also enjoyed different shape activities. We created our own shapes out of pipe cleaners and used our scissor skills to cut out and stick together shape pictures. We used paint to stamp shape pictures and worked together to solve the shape puzzles. We all enjoyed making the different shapes with play-dough.
Today we discovered that Forky was gone again! We searched everywhere inside but there was no sign of him. We decided to look outside too. When we went onto the playground we found a treasure map! We decided to use our problem solving skills to follow the clues around the playground. We had to look at the map to find out where to go next and use teamwork to talk about each clue. They led us to the sandpit, where ‘X marked the spot’. When we dug in the sand we found a box, and there was Forky!
In our Maths this half term we have been focusing on number. We have enjoyed watching Numberblocks for each new number. We have been practising our number recognition, number formation and ordering! Our favourite activities include finding numbers in the sand and putting them in the correct order, using numicon, and representing numbers with lots of different resources. We have had great fun in our toy shop role-play exploring and using money.
This half term in reception we have been making loads of progress in our phonics. We all have our own phonics group and practice twice a day. Everyday we recap our speed sounds to make sure we don’t forget them! We have been practising our blending skills and CVC words. We have used whiteboards and pencils to practise our letter formation and have a go at writing words. We have also been matching the toys to the correct words, and even using magnetic letters to make CVC words by ourselves.
This week we have had lots of fun exploring new activities for our toys topic. We loved making our own Toy Story puppets and creating our own stories in the puppet theater! We have been exploring different things in the sensory tray. Our favourite was the green alien gloop!
Today we had a very special friend arrive in Reception – Forky! Forky appeared with a special story for us. Miss Spittle read it to us, it’s about Toy Story.
After breaktime we noticed that Forky wasn’t here anymore! We looked for him everywhere! We decided to create some lost posters and put them around the school. We asked all of the teachers if they had seen him.
At lunchtime Forky finally showed up! He was sat with all of the other forks and cutlery in the dinner hall! He’s so silly! From now on we have decided we will have to keep a closer eye on Forky!
Our new topic for this half term is Toys!
Today we started our new topic by bringing in our favourite toys from home. We each got to show everyone our toy and explain why it is special to us. We loved sharing our toys and games with each other! We wrote labels for our toys using our phonic knowledge.
Today we learnt all about Autumn. We discussed how the leaves change colour and begin to fall off the trees. We learnt about animals collecting nuts and acorns ready to hibernate in the winter. Then we went on an Autumn walk around the playground. Each of us had a checklist of things to search for! We loved collecting conkers and acorns and searching for squirrels!
We have been singing different nursery rhymes to practise our counting. We have acted them out, counted objects and practised recognising and writing our numbers. In reception we love the Numberblocks! We have been using Numberblocks to add numbers together. We have started to use a part part whole model to help us.
The school nurse visited us and taught us all about healthy eating and healthy teeth. We learnt how important it is to keep your teeth clean by brushing them twice a day. We also sorted foods into healthy and not healthy. We enjoyed choosing our favourite fruit and vegetables.
Riding the Bikes
This week we all got to have a go on the school bikes. There are scooters, tricycles and bikes. We had a great time! We enjoyed sharing the bikes and chasing Miss Campbell!
We have been enjoying our outdoor activities. We love digging for objects and sounds in the sand! Some children practised their letter formation using water in the tuff tray.
We had a go at bathing Miss Polly’s dolly; from the nursery rhyme we have been learning. We used warm, soapy water and cotton wool to take care of the baby. We also used our fine motor skills to hang the socks on our washing line using pegs.
Read, Write, Inc Phonics
This week we started phonics. We learn a new sound every day! Each day there are different fun activities to have a go at. We like using playdough and practising our letter formation.
Our first day of school
Our first day of school was very exciting! We made new friends and shared and played together. Everyone had a photo taken in the first day frame.
We were all very excited to make our own friend like ‘Forky’.