Look at what we’ve been up to in Reception

Welcome to Reception

We have loved our transition into Reception after our time spent at home. We have enjoyed seeing our friends again and building new friendships with some of the children who have joined our school. We have been very busy getting to know our new teachers, exploring our new classroom and playing with our new toys. We have been learning lots of new things in our Phonics and Mathematics groups and have been showing off the new skills we have learnt in the provision and outdoors. 


Fun with Mrs Hughes

Every Friday we have PE with Mrs Hughes. Over the past few weeks we have been exploring the apparatus, developing our listening skills, working hard on our running, target throwing and negotiating space. Mrs Hughes is so proud of how much we are achieving and how our skills are continuously developing.

Art Attack

We have been learning about a famous artist called Frida Kahlo. We were fascinated by the bright colours on her art work. We decided to be artists ourselves by making our own brightly coloured flower crowns and creating our own pieces of art work. We then linked our flower crown work with Elmer, talking about the colours on his patchwork skin. We then had a parade, celebrating that we are each unique, like Elmer. We even wore our flower crowns.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Over the past 2 weeks our focus book has been Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We been very busy exploring the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have been reading the story, acting it out and loved joining in with the repeated refrains from the story. We have been learning new mathematical vocabulary whilst exploring the porridge in a tuff tray, talking about different amounts. We have represented our learning through pictures, paintings and retelling the story. We have also been making and taste testing porridge. We even discussed different ways to make our porridge healthier by adding fruit. However, the most popular topping was syrup! Yummy.

The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man is our favourite Traditional Tale. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning through this story. We have been building our team working skills, taking it in turns, using our fine motor skills in the creative area to paint a ginormous gingerbread man for our display. We then used the open ended resources to add all of its features. We talked about ingredients and a gingerbread recipe. We washed our hands and then took it in turns to measure out the correct ingredients using scales and all had a go at mixing and rolling the dough. Once the dough was cooked, we all tasted our gingerbread men, delicious. We have incorporated the gingerbread man into our maths and have been exploring representing numbers and using different resources such as numicon. We have also been using dice and we are now great at subitising!

Mini Beasts

This week we have been learning all about mini-beasts. We have been classifying different types of mini-beasts and sorting them into groups with ‘wings’ ‘legs’ and ‘both’. We have been on a mini- beast hunt outside and drew different mini-beasts with chalk on the ground. We have also been manipulating the play dough to create different mini-beasts  thinking in particular about their features and body parts including ‘antennae’ ‘abdomen’ ‘wings’ ‘legs’ and we have also been making our very own butterflies in the creative area.

Mini Beast Habitats

This week we have been learning all about where mini-beasts live. We have been matching the mini-beasts to their habitats with a card sorting activity. We have loved tracing images of mini-beasts and practicing our printing skills with paint in the creative area. We have been making and exploring mini-beast fossils in the malleable area as well as creating our own mini beast habitats using natural resources that we have discovered.


This week we have been continuing to look at mini-beast. We have enjoyed going on mini-beast hunts outside. In the play dough, we have been exploring bees and creating bee hives. We have been practicing our fine motor skills by using tweezers to find mini-beasts in our spider web. Outside we have been using natural resources such as sticks and mud to practice our CVC words and letter formation.

Our Trip to the Beach

Today we went for a visit to the beach as this half-term we are looking at our topic Under the Sea. We enjoyed playing in the sand, eating our ice lollies and having lots of fun.

The Tempest

This week reception have been learning all about William Shakespeare and his play ‘The Tempest’. In the creative area, we have used different junk modelling to create our very own boat, then testing to see if they can sail outside. We have also been experimenting making stormy weather outside in the water tray and discovering materials that will ‘float’ or ‘sink’. We have also been reading non-fiction books and finding out facts all about ships and boats. We enjoyed practicing our printing skills in the creative area and working on labelling our pictures we have drawn. 

Under the Sea

This week in Reception we have been learning all about the Seaside and Under the Sea. We have been learning about the sea animal’s that live under the sea and their habitats. We have also been drawing pictures of Sea animals and labeling them. We have been exploring in the sand and water tray with the sea shells, rocks and sea animals. We have also been making our own transient art outside using sea shells and stones.


This week is Europe week in school. Reception have been learning and celebrating all about England.. We explored and talked about British coins and notes, finding out which coins we would need to buy different objects worth different amounts. We were invited to an afternoon tea so we all helped to prepare it. We used our cutting skills to make bunting, spreading and creating skills to make England flags and strengthened our fingers to make paper chains to decorate the room. We made cakes, scones, sandwiches and decorated England flag biscuits. We then compared the British seaside in the past and now. We talked about how eating fish and chips and ice cream is a tradition at the beach. We ordered and ate fish and chips for our lunch and then ice cream for dessert. It was delicious.