Look at what we’ve been up to in Reception

Under the Sea

In Reception we have been learning all about the seaside and sea life. We have been exploring our seaside themed tuff tray which included , sand, sea shells, seaweed, stones and sea animals. We have been playing with the small world sea animal figures and using them in our imaginative play. We have been looking at images and videos of various beaches and their features. We have also been comparing past and present life at the beach such as the clothes that would have been worn on the beach in the past. We have been painting pictures of the seaside and under the sea, looking in particular at the plants and animals that live there.

Shakespeare week – The Tempest

Reception have been learning all about ‘The Tempest’ as part of Shakespeare week. We have been experimenting with different materials and exploring those which are waterproof and those that are not. We have been learning all about William Shakespeare, his life and his work. We have been making our own models of ships using the junk modelling materials and using them to re tell the story of the Tempest. We have been using the small world resources to act out the story of the Tempest and using the story line within our role play narrative.

Homework Heroes 27.05.2022

Reception have been working hard on their homework this half term which was based all around minibeasts . A huge well done to all the children who completed all the homework tasks and well done to those who completed some. You are all homework heroes !

Our Platinum Jubilee fun Day ! 27.05.2022

We spent the whole day celebrating the Platinum Jubilee with the whole school. We came into school dressed in the colours of the Union Jack flag and took part in various Jubilee themed activities. We went up to the sports hall and enjoyed looking at each year groups Platinum Jubilee themed crafts. We then had a party where we played lots of games. We enjoyed taking lots of photos in the photo booth using the props and frames. We had so much fun with all of our class friends and teachers.

The Platinum Jubilee

In Reception we have been learning all about the Platinum Jubilee and preparing for the upcoming celebration. We have made and turned our role play area into a royal castle. We have been dressing up as royalty and using this to inspire our role play narrative. We have also been learning all about the Queen and her role as Queen. We have researched and learned all about the history of the Queen and her family, and have also been looking at money and how the Queen face is present on this. We have made flags of the united Kingdom to hold and wave at our Jubilee party. We have also designed and made our very own crowns, paper chains and bunting which we have decorated our classroom with. Outside we have decorated our fence by weaving red , blue and white ribbon to represent the colours of the United kingdom. We have also used stamps to create portraits of the Queen, using our cutting skills to create these. In the construction area we have been using the resources to build models of castles, we have also been doing this in the malleable area using the playdough to create models of crowns, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

A visit from ‘Angela’s Ark’ 06.05.2022

Reception had a very special visitor in school this week who brought us some mini beats to hold, look at and learn about. There were also other exotic animals, these were the animals who eat the mini beasts. We took part in craft activities and read stories all about mini beasts. We even designed our very own type of mini beast which we shared and discussed with our friends. We had so much fun learning about all the different mini beasts and getting to experience and see them in real life.

Mini Beasts

Reception have been learning all about mini beasts. We have been looking at the names of different mini beasts, labelling their body parts, also looking at the different habitats that mini beasts live in. We went on a mini beast hunt outside where we searched for the mini beasts in different areas such as in our bug hotel, in the soil, and under rocks and logs. We also made our own mini beast habitats both indoors using the Junk modelling materials and outdoors using natural resources. We have been drawing, painting and labelling pictures of mini beasts and have been reading a range of both fiction and non-fiction books which we have learned so many new and interesting facts from. Reception have studied the lifecycle of a caterpillar and have enjoyed exploring the provision with the different mini beast themed activities out to explore.

Our homework heroes

Reception have been working hard on their homework this half term which was based all around growing . Well done to all the children who completed the homework booklet and a huge well done to those who grew their own sunflower . You are all homework heroes !

Easter celebrations

In Reception we have been learning all about the Easter Story and the traditions of Easter. We had our own egg hunt in school, we also decorated our own biscuits and made Easter cards. Throughout the school we had an Easter competition where each year group displayed their work in the sports hall. We also had an egg decorating competition which some of the children brought in from home. We took part in a range of Easter themed activities throughout the week such as an egg and spoon race, various craft activities and Easter singing practice.

Learning all about the Farm

In Reception we have been learning all about the Farm. We have been learning all about the different animals on the farm, the names of their offspring, where the different animals live on the farm, the produce these animals make and the various jobs on the farm. We have been looking at the role of a Farmer and the different responsibilities they have such as harvesting and growing all the crops also cleaning and feeding the various animals. We have also been learning all about the story of the ‘Little Red Hen’. We then made our own bread just like the Hen from the story, once baked we cut and tasted our own bread. We also have chicks in school ! we had so much fun holding and observing them.

Mother Day Crafts

In Reception we have been making mothers day gifts and cards. We created a farm themed card as we have been learning all about the farm in our topic work. We used our cutting skills when making the card and also our fantastic writing skills when writing the card inserts. We enjoyed making them aswell as learning all about mothers day and why we celebrate it. We also made clay coasters as a gift for our Mam’s. We rolled and cut out the clay into the shape we wanted to use. We then used different tools to design patters onto our coasters. Once dried we then painted them choosing from a range of different colours. Once finished and dried we sealed them into a small gift bag with a tea bag alongside it. We had so much fun making and giving these gifts to our Mam’s as a thankyou for everything they do for us.

Science Week WC 14.03.2022

This week has been Science week where we have been learning all about growth. We took part in a whole school activity where we had to stretch playdough as far as we could and measured its length using unit cubes as a non standard measure. We also took part in a whole group activity where we had to stretch a curly whurly chocolate bar and compete against the other year groups to see who stretched it the furthest. We looked at and labelled the different parts of the flower and also learned about the life cycle of a flower. We did observational paintings and drawings of various flowers. We also investigated the inside of different fruits and used our fine motor skills to remove the seeds from within. We did some planting outdoors in our gardening area aswell as inside including an experiment where we looked at how plants survive in different conditions. In the tuff tray we explored the roots of the flower and different vegetables and bulbs.

Red nose day 18.03.2022

On the 18th of March the whole school helped support Red nose day and raise money for the Charity. We wore red clothes and accessories to help raise money .We learned all about what Red nose day is and why we help fundraise for the charity. We designed our own red nose , and took part in other Red nose day themed activities.

Trip to the Farm 17.03.2022

Reception have been on a trip to the Farm ! We had so much fun spending the day with lots of different and amazing animals. We loved exploring the farm and learning all about the animals and the jobs on the farm. We were able to feed some of the animals there and we also got to hold some of them. We were all very friendly and kind when handling the animals, also very brave when we went to the Reptile room ,where we held snakes ! We loved playing on the park at the end of the trip and spending a day full of fun with our friends and teachers.

Jack and the Beanstalk

This week in Reception we have been learning all about the traditional tale ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ . We have been using the wooden characters to act out the story and repeat key phrases from the tale. We have turned our role play area into the Giants castle and made our very own beanstalk which we made and put up ourselves. We were very good at using our cutting and drawing skills to make the leaves for the beanstalk. In the tuff tray we explored the soil and different gardening tools, we enjoyed digging the beans out of the soil and exploring the different textures. We also used the story mats to sequence the story into the correct order and retell key events from the tale. We also took part in a singing and dancing activity where we stomped and shouted like the Giant singing ‘Fe Fi Fo Fum’ we were all very good at remembering the actions to the routine and remembering the lyrics.

World Book Day

In Reception for World book day we dressed up as a character from our favourite story and brought the book into school to show our friends. Throughout the day we took part in different activities such as drawing and labelling the character we came dressed as, making our own book marks and taking part in story sessions throughout the day. We also read with the year six children, who we very much enjoy spending time with . We went up to the sports hall where there was a ‘world book day fayre’ at the fayre we made and decorated our own biscuits to eat whilst reading books we purchased in the reading den.

Pancake day and ‘Mr Wolves Pancakes’

In Reception we have been learning about the traditions of pancake day and engaging in ‘pancake day’ themed activities with a focus around the book ‘Mr Wolves pancakes’. We all taste tested our very own pancakes which we watched and assisted Mrs Pattison in cooking. We all helped Mrs Pattison with the recipe and to choose the correct ingredients we needed to make the pancakes , from there we were able to do a sequencing task where we had to put the pictures in the correct order. In the tuff tray we explored the different utensils with the flour and we used them to make pancakes like Mr wolf from the story. We also made pancakes in the mud kitchen outside !. We used the scales to weigh and measure out ingredients in the playdough area and then used playdough mats and other tools to make toppings for our pancakes which we served to our friends. In the reading area we enjoyed re-telling the story to our friends and also reading the story with our teachers. We wrote shopping lists in the writing area like the one from the story. We also coloured in and drew different characters from the story. We made our very own ‘runaway pancake man’ in the creative area using a range of different materials. In the maths area we took part in a counting activity where we placed the correct amounts of toppings on top of the pancake and we also completed a shape matching activity where we had to recognise , name and correctly match the different shapes. We have had so much fun learning all about Pancake day and the story of Shrove Tuesday.

Our Homework Heroes

Reception have been working hard on their homework this half term which was based all around dental hygiene and also our love of reading’ . Well done to all the children who completed some homework tasks and a huge well done to those who completed all six !. You are all homework heroes.

Real life Super-heroes

In Reception we have been learning all about different people and professionals who help us. We have been learning about their roles and how and why they are important to us. We have been engaging in lots of role play getting dressed as a real life superheroes and acting out their roles in how they help us. We have been exploring the different uniforms and vehicles they use when helping us. We have also been looking at how the profession has changed and developed over time and what has changed as well as what has remained the same. We have took part in activities such as ; sorting activities, ‘superhero lotto’, small world play, cutting and sticking, reading fiction and non fiction books, interactive games online and various creative activities. We took our role play outside and used our gross motor skills to run, jump and climb like the superheroes. We also made obstacle courses to show our strength and skills just like the people who help us.

Valentines day 14.02.2021

In Reception we have been learning all about the traditions of the celebration ‘Valentines day’ and learning about how it originated. We made valentines day cards for our loved ones and we discussed the ways in which people celebrate valentines day. We participated in a range of Valentines themed activities throughout the day such as Valentines playdough, valentines finger gym activities and valentines crafts. We have had so much fun learning all about the history of Valentines day.

A visit from Police Officers !

In Reception we had two very important visitors come and meet us in school. We have been learning all about everyday superheroes in class, discussing what it means to be a real super-hero and giving examples of who they are. We were so lucky because two super-hero police officers came into Reception and taught us all about the work that they do and how they keep us safe. The Police officers showed us their vest and all the equipment that it stored. We were so excited because they allowed us to try the police vest on, it was very heavy !. We then discussed the different vehicles the police use to help them and the animals they use also. We learned so much from the Police officers and we had so much fun with them.

The Lunar New Year

In Reception we have been learning about the traditions of the Lunar New Year. We have been learning about the Zodiac story and how the traditions came about. In Reception we have been taste testing traditional Chinese food and discussing the similarities and differences between Chinese and English culture and traditions. We have been comparing the Celebrations of the Lunar New Year and Christmas. We have also been dressing up in traditional Chinese clothing and exploring Chinese objects and artefacts such as: chopsticks, symbols and decorations. We made our very own Chinese dragon and had a parade throughout the school like the parade that takes place on the Lunar New year. We also looked at Chinese symbols and numerals and then practiced forming them in the glitter trays. We made red Chinese lanterns as red is considered a lucky colour and wrote our own wishes which we hung on our wishing tree. We have had so much fun learning all about the Lunar New Year!

The Magic porridge pot

In Reception we have been learning all about the traditional tale ”The Magic porridge pot’ we have been reading the story then completing work and activities all around the tale. We made and taste tested our own porridge. We used our home corner to act out the story using props such as pots and spoons to repeat phrases from the tale. We have also been practicing our number and letter formation in the porridge oats tough tray using the paintbrushes to write them. In the playdough area we made and played with the porridge playdough and used bowls and spoons to serve our friends porridge.

The Snow Queen

This week we have continued our learning about Winter with a focus on the traditional tale, “The Snow Queen”. We have been reading the story in group time, focusing on the characters and the story line. From this we made our own castle in our role play area, using different materials. The children decided how they wanted it to look and did this independently. We made some ice cubes from junk modelling to add to our castle, we made some snowflakes and icicles to add on. We enjoyed dressing up as the snow queen and acting out the story in our play. In the provision we looked at some ice, exploring how to make it melt and discussing how it feels using lots of vocabulary and making links to winter

Dinosaurs

In Reception we have been learning about Dinosaurs. We have been learning about the different kind of dinosaurs that existed and researching which dinosaurs were Carnivores and which were Herbivores. We have been exploring and searching for dinosaur fossils, using the playdough to make our own dinosaurs and working on our counting skills and number recognition in the maths area. We have been playing with the dinosaurs in the small world area and exploring artifacts in the understanding the world area.

Learning how to look after our teeth

In Reception we have been learning all about how to keep our teeth and mouth clean and healthy. We have been practicing cleaning our teeth every day in school and we now know to clean our teeth twice a day and for 2 minutes each time. We also got a special visit from the dentist who told us how we can keep our teeth healthy. We also created our own dental surgery in the role play area and we dressed up as Dentists, Dental nurses and receptionists. We have also been reading books all about dental hygiene !

Winter and Africa

This week we having been learning about winter. We have thought about the different weathers we see in England and how this makes us feel. We have explored different clothes we need to wear to keep us warm, and enjoyed exploring the ice we found outside. We loved investigating what happens when we hold the ice in our warm hands, or when we add warm water to the ice. We have also been learning about how animals keep warm in the winter, and how some birds migrate to warmer countries over the winter months.

For continents week we have been learning all about Africa. We have been using our knowledge of England and winter to compare the similarities and differences between England and Africa. We have loved learning about the different African animals, housing, music, weather and food. We really enjoyed investigating some African fruits, exploring the different textures, shapes and colours, we were keen to find out about the different tastes of these fruits. Our favourite was the pineapple, and least favourite was the passion fruit! We have also made some amazing African art, painting sunsets and learning about mixing primary colours and adding finger printing to cut out African animals to make beautiful safari pictures.

Our homework heroes

Reception have been working hard on their homework this term which was based all around ‘Festivals of light’. Well done to all the children who completed some homework tasks and a huge well done to those who completed all six !. You are all homework heroes.

Pyjama and film day

Reception had so much fun coming to school dressed in their pyjamas. They felt so cosy whilst watching films and having lots of yummy treats. We had hot chocolate and popcorn whilst we enjoyed the film and snuggled up under cosy blankets. They designed their very own pair of pyjamas using a range of colours and patterns, they also took part in interactive games such as ‘ The Grinch run’. Throughout the day we played lots of fun games such as ‘pyjama snap’, we read Christmas stories and enjoyed watching our special message sent from Santa Claus in the North pole. At the end of the day we received a present from Santa and we were all so excited to open it ! This was such a lovely day.

Our Christmas party !

We had a fantastic time at our Christmas party. We really enjoyed all the fun games we played and wearing our party clothes. Reception had such a good time dancing with their friends and teachers. We also enjoyed the delicious party food we ate.

Santa Dash 10.12.2021

On Friday the 10th of December Reception took part in a Santa Dash in school. We were so excited to have Santa Claus in our school and we all enjoyed chasing after him and meeting him. We were all so tired after all the running we did! Thank you Santa Claus for coming to our school.

Christmas Dinner 08.12.2021

On the 8th of December the whole school enjoyed their Christmas dinner. In Reception we loved having our Christmas dinner with all our class friends and our teachers. We all sat down to eat together and enjoyed the delicious food while we spoke about how excited we all are for Christmas and what we hope Santa Claus will bring us.

Our Trip to Beamish 01.12.2021

This week Reception have been on a school trip to Beamish. We met and received a gift from Santa. We visited the school and compared what schools were like in the past in comparison to now. We visited the church, the town, shops , saw ponies and visited the old fashioned houses. We rode on the tram and discussed how transport has changed throughout the years. We played with toys from the past in the old school yard and met very interesting people who taught us lots of facts about the past, showing us what they wore and teaching us about how they lived. We had an amazing time meeting Santa and learning lots of facts about the past.

Christmas Pantomime 29.11.2021

This week we had a very special treat in school. In preparation for the build up to Christmas we began our festivities with a Christmas Pantomime in school. We had so much fun dancing and singing along with the elf and Mrs Claus and we laughed from start to finish. The perfect start to the Christmas season shared with our class friends.

Learning about Hindu Weddings- Week commencing 22.11.2021

This week we have been learning all about Hindu weddings and traditions. We watched video clips of different Hindu weddings, read books, and learned lots of new facts in topic groups. In the creative area we made our own flowers using different materials. We looked at images of a range of flowers to inspire our work and then used these flowers to decorate our role play area arch and turn it into a canopy of flowers , as we learned this is a key tradition of a Hindu wedding. Once our Canopy was complete we wore Saree’s and traditional Hindu wedding clothes to act out our own Hindu wedding. In the malleable area we manipulated the play dough to create,decorate and design our own Hindu wedding cake’s whilst looking and comparing how they are similar and different to Christian wedding cakes. We also designed,decorated and drew our own Mehndi patterns as we learned Mehndi parties are a key tradition that a Hindu bride takes part in. We explored real Hindu wedding artifacts including traditional wedding clothing.

Learning about Christian Weddings- Week commencing 15.11.2021

This week in Reception we have been learning all about Christian Weddings and traditions. We have been writing our very own wedding invitations in the writing area, designing, painting and decorating wedding dresses in the creative area. In the maths area we have been using our maths skills to recognise numbers and count the correct amount of decorations to place onto the wedding dresses. We had a tuff tray full of dolls and used tissue paper to make wedding dresses and bouquets for them. We performed our own wedding in Southwick Methodist church. The bride wore a wedding dress that we made by hand sewing and the groom and best man wore top hats that were also made in our creative area. We created our own beautiful bouquet of flowers from tissue paper and ribbon. We returned to school and had a wedding reception where we all witnessed the bride and groom’s first dance and enjoyed our party food which we prepared ourselves of sandwiches and cakes. We took lots of photos using the photo props on the IPad just like we were in a real photo booth. We all had so much fun celebrating together.

Supporting Charities

Odd socks day 15.11.2021

In reception we took part in Odd socks day along with the rest of the school. On Odd Socks Day we celebrate what makes people unique, this event is organised by a charity who work together to try and stop bullying. On odd socks day we learned what a bully is and how we should treat everyone with respect and kindness. We helped raise money by purchasing keyrings, bracelets and ‘Be kind Bee’s’ from the older children in the school.

Children in need 19.11.2021

In Reception we took part in Children in need. We came into school dressed in our own clothes to help raise money for the charity. We also took part in the Pudsey bear design competition and learned all about how important it is to help those less fortunate.

Learning all about Remembrance day – week commencing 08.11.2021

This week in Reception, we have been learning all about Remembrance Day. We have been learning how to march like the soldiers in the War in PE. We observed the two minutes silence in school and discussed the importance of the silence and why we do it. We made our own stained glass poppies, which we displayed on our window in our classroom. We also printed poppies using apples, and made poppies in the playdough. We looked at the artist Jackson Pollock and created poppies inspired by his artwork. We had a tuff tray, which had soldier figures in, we used the soldiers to re-inact what it was like to be a soldier in the war, we discussed what the trenches were like and the living conditions the soldiers had to endure. We designed, cut out medals, learned all about what the medals represented and how brave the soldiers were. We discussed how we thought the soldiers and their families would have felt during the war.