Welcome to the Reception Class 2021-22 with Miss Diplock, Ms Barnes-Weston, Mrs Dray & Mrs Minshull.
The children's first full day at Primary School is on Monday 6th September 2021.
Welcome to Reception everyone. Here are the people you coloured in when you came to visit us during one of the transition sessions.
Our classroom is ready for your first day!
Here is a sneak peak from our first day at big school...
We hope you all had a wonderful day.
Here are the photos of us getting to know our Year 6 buddies.
During the first half of the term the children will talk about themselves and learn about each other during our topic ‘All About Me’. They will explore their new surroundings at school and the local environment. They will also begin to learn about characteristics and tools for effective learning.
Please see our slideshow below which is narrated by the teachers to tell you all about our curriculum this term in Reception.
There is also a pdf document provided of the slides.
During our 'All About Me' topic, we will theme each weeks learning and continuous provision.
At the beginning of term we asked each child to bring in an 'All About Me Bag' to help us introduce our topic. Each child had a turn to share three objects from home with the class.
It was great to see some bags that had been personalised and decorated by the child. I think we all found it very useful to learn more about each other. Here are a few examples...
We used the story 'The Three little Pigs' to help us theme our learning around 'Our Homes'.
We listened to the traditional tale 'The Three Little Pigs'.
Children worked together to re-tell the story using puppets and props in the tuff spot tray.
Or in the reading corner.
They created their own story maps to help them re-tell the story.
Complete with illustrations too.
They conducted some surveys to find out which character was most popular. This encouraged some great communication skills within the class.
Coloured templates of the characters.
Or drew their own characters.
Decorated pig masks using a selection of media.
Constructed with bricks.
Built houses for the pigs using construction kits.
Learned how to work as a team. Listened to others ideas and demonstrate how to be respectful.
We focused one of our weeks around the theme 'Birthdays'.
Kipper's Birthday (Mick Inkpen)
Explored the birthday themed tuff spot tray.
Made our own birthday hats and decorated them.
The children enjoyed wearing these all week!
Made playdough birthday cakes.
Practised counting out the candles.
Practised counting the birthday balloons.
The Numberblocks taught up some top tips to help us count. Can you remember them?
We used these top tips when counting cakes to give to the teddy.
We developed our fine motor skills whilst chopping playdough. This will help to develop strength in our fingers and hands.
Took turns to place the candles on the birthday cake.
Write party shopping lists. The children have been learning to hear and say the initial sound at the beginning of words.
It was so lovely to see some children initiate their own play and take on the role of the teacher taking the register.
Here is our learning that was themed around 'Harvest' in preparation for the Harvest Festival at St. Andrews Church.
The class listened to the story 'A Wet and Windy Harvest for Puddles' (Jill Vaisey).
Children enjoyed exploring the Harvest themed tuff spot tray.
The conkers were a big hit.
They explored the story independently and met the soft toy characters in the reading corner.
Explored real life fruit and vegetables.
Created some wonderful observational drawings.
Thought about a fruit or vegetable that they would like to say thank you for at Harvest time.
Drew a picture and wrote a label. Practised using their phonic knowledge to hear and say the initial sound.
Each childs leaf is now displayed on our Harvest Prayer Tree in the classroom.
We practised our mark making skills on hedgehog templates.
Practised counting out conkers reliably onto the numbered hedgehogs.
The class also made a harvest loaf in the form of individual bread hedgehogs.
They had great fun measuring out and mixing all the ingredients together before shaping the dough.
We were visited by Farmer Brown. He came to talk to the class about his job as a farmer at Harvest time.
It was so interesting to see examples of vegetables and crops that are grown on their family farm.
Last weeks learning was themed around the story 'Funnybones' (Janet and Allan Ahlberg) and focused on our bodies. Here is some of the learning that took place in our classroom.
The class listened to the story 'Funnybones' (Janet and Allan Ahlberg).
We all joined in performing the skeleton dance together.
We displayed some skeletons on the Smartboard. Children used mathematical language to describe each one before working together to order them.
In maths this week they cut out and ordered their own skeletons.
Then used mathematical language to describe them. Some children were challenged to draw a skeleton that was even bigger or smaller.
Children ordering skeletons independently within the continuous provision.
Mr Potato Head helped us to learn about our five senses. We used our talking partners to discuss what we could see and e.g. like to smell.
We made popcorn as a class to allow us to explore all of our senses. We enjoyed listening to the kernels pop!
Each child took a bag of popcorn home so they could explore their final sense- a sense of taste!
In literacy we chose one of our senses to write about. Children have been learning to hear, say and write initial sounds.
In a dark, dark town tuff spot....
Small world play
Learning in our final week before half term will be focused on 'Pets'.
Our new topic after half term will be 'Our Cool World' and focuses on the wider world. Children will learn about different festivals and celebrations in the run up to Christmas and find out about other countries and cultures along the way.
We will finish the term learning about how Christmas is celebrated by Christians and perform a traditional Christmas Nativity for the school and parents.
We didn't need to board a plane the first week back after half term as we had planned to stay in the United Kingdom to find out about Bonfire Night. The children found out about what happened many years ago.
Houses of Parliament
Construction area- working together to build a wall around the bonfire to keep everyone safe
The following week we all boarded an aeroplane and travelled across land and sea to India to find out about Diwali. We listened to the story of Rama and Sita on CBeebies and found out about how Jessica celebrates Diwali with her family at home. Click on the link below to find out more.
After that, we boarded the plane again and flew to West Africa to find out about a traditional Asante Tale.
The Leopard's Drum
Talking around the story
Naming and labelling the animals in the story
Comparing lengths of snakes in maths
Exploring length using non-standard measures
Building walls in the construction area and describing them using the mathematical language 'shorter' and 'longer'
Taking part in some African Drumming
Our third trip on the plane was to America to find out about Thanksgiving.
After Thanksgiving, we flew back to the UK to begin finding out about 'The Very First Christmas Story'.
Making harvest bread in the form of hedgehogs
Shaping the dough
Mixing the ingredients
Our Thanksgiving Tree
What are you thankful for?
The Very First Christmas
Puddles and the Christmas Play
Sounding out the names of presents inside Santa's sack
Labelling presents using phoneme frames
Writing christmas lists
How many baubles.... Can you find one more/one less?
Draw a map for Santa's present delivery
Comparing weights of presents
Santa's Toy Workshop- Design a present
Finger gym activity- decorate the stocking
Our topic ‘Superheroes & Villains’ will span the first half of the Spring Term. The topic will begin with familiar people who help us in our own lives before moving on to community helpers and finally fantasy superheroes.
Children will gain information from non-fiction texts and we hope to gain real life experience from encounters with people who help us in our local community. We will then use some fictional texts and our imaginations when entering the world of fantasy superheroes.