Welcome to Reception!
Welcome to Reception's class page!
Miss Hand and Miss Allport will keep this page updated with all the fantastic work Reception are doing and interesting activities that they are involved in. Pictures, news and any useful links to support learning at home will also be included.
Our class page is also a really useful tool to find out information so please make sure you check it on a regular basis.
Miss Hand and Miss Allport
For Reception resources (websites, documents, videos and games) and important information please go to the bottom of the class page where you will find a number of useful links below to help with your child's learning at home...
Important dates for your diary!
★ Star of the week ★
Each week, the star of Reception will appear on our class page. Please make sure you check regularly to find out who the star of the class is that week!
Our star of the week this week is...Mollie!
(20th April 2018)
★ This week Mollie has been chosen as star of the week for her fantastic reading and for her increased confidence. Well done Mollie, keep up the good work!
These children have been stars in Reception so far!
Ginevra (16.03.18, Sophie (09.03.18), Sophia (02.03.18), Emylee (09.02.18), Dalia (02.02.18), Emmanuella (26.01.18), Mikey (19.01.18), Sophie (12.01.18), Aaron (01.12.17), Amanda (24.11.17), Charlotte L (17.11.17), Bradley (10.11.17), Mathilda (03.11.17), Seena (20.10.17), Charlotte M (13.10.17), Ella K (06.10.2017), Eli (29.09.2017),
Gini (22.09.2017), The WHOLE class (15.09.2017)
Our Class Wish!
At the start of this year, each class chose a wish that they would like to see acted out in their class. After much discussion, we decided that our class wish is 'to be a helpful and loving friend'.
This means that we all get along with each other in Reception, we are all friends, we make sure that those around us are happy and we look after each other.
At the beginning of each half-term, a child will be chosen who we feel has shown that they have been helping to make the wish come true by their words and actions. The chosen child will win 10 house points for their house team.
Autumn Term 1
Emylee was chosen, for being kind to all of her friends and supporting the children who are new to our school.
Autumn Term 2
Nicole was chosen, because she is a very caring and thoughtful friend. She always makes sure that her friends are happy and will initiate play with children who might be lonely.
Spring Term 1
Jaya was chosen, because she always plays nicely with all her classmates. She is a very caring friend and will ask those playing alone to join in her games.
Spring Term 2
Charlotte M was chosen, because she is a very caring member of Reception. She likes to make sure that her friends are happy and makes sure that she asks children to join in her games if they are alone. She always has a great big smile on her face, beautiful manners and likes to give her friends a hug if they are sad.
Summer Term 1
Charlotte L was chosen because she always treats others kindly and goes out of her way to help others. She can often be seen comforting those who are upset or asking children to join in her play. Charlotte is a delight to have in Reception and has the most beautiful manners. Well done Charlotte!
Literacy and Mathematics
WC: Monday 23rd April 2018
Summer 1 - Week 2
This week in Literacy we will be continuing to look at our new book - The Little Red Hen. We will be writing sorry letters to the Hen from the cat, dog and duck.
This week in Maths we will be focusing on adding by counting on (e.g. 5 + 2 - starting with 5 and counting on 2...) and problem solving.
This weeks homework will be based on the concepts learned in Mathematics and handwriting practice will also be given using the 'air' sound learned in phonics.
Little Big Maths
Please see the link below for the Little Big Maths PowerPoint.
We will be learning the following sounds this week...
Sounds learned so far:
s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss
j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, 'th', ng, ai, igh, ee, or, oa, oo, 'oo', ar, ow, oi, ear
We hope you have a wonderful break.
See you back at school on Monday 16th April...
Stations of the cross
Reception's Prayer and Reflection Assembly - LENT
We have been learning all about Lent in Reception. On Monday, it was Reception's Prayer and Reflection assembly in front of the whole school. The children worked really hard to say their lines in a video which was shown. Well done Reception, Miss Allport and I are very proud of you.
12.03.18 - Goldilocks - We made and ate porridge...it was JUST RIGHT :)
12.03.18 - Today we got to....HOLD the chicks! :)
Lent Retreat Day - A Heart That Sees
Today the whole school were treated to a very peaceful and enjoyable reflection all about Lent. Two visitors – Dan and Emily led the day, and what a lovely day we had. The focus of the day, was to be able to see with our hearts – what does God want us to see?
We spent the day praying, meditating, singing and thinking more deeply about how we can help others and be more like Jesus. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and particularly loved learning the song ‘A heart that sees’.
A big thank you to Dan and Emily for such a fantastic retreat day!
07.03.18 - Lent Retreat Day - A Heart That Sees...
07.03.18 - Chick updates... 7 chicks in total so far!
06.03.18 - Chick updates.... Welcome to the world chick number one!
The Living Eggs
Today some very special visitors arrived in the Early Years! A company called the Living Eggs have delivered some eggs in a special box called in an incubator to keep them warm. In a few days they will start to hatch!
Keep an eye on this page for photo updates of how our chicks are doing. The children will also have the opportunity to hold them! We can't wait!!!
World Book Day!
Lots of fun was had by all the children and staff! The children made a fantastic effort to dress as a character from one of the 100 books to read by the end of KS1. These included the penguin and boy from 'The Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers and Handa from 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Browne. We joined in the fun too as Little Miss Busy and Little Miss Sunshine from 'The Little Miss' collection.
Congratulations to Ellysha (Handa - Handa's Surprise) and Riley (The Tin Man - The Wizard of Oz) who were chosen as the winners for the best costumes in Reception by the school council. They were both given certificates and prizes! Well done both!
01.03.18 - World Book Day - 100 books to read by the end of KS1!
World Book Day - Thursday 1st March 2018
This year for World book day, we are asking children to come dressed as a character from The 100 books to read in KS1. The top 100 books for KS1 are listed on the school council page so click here or click on the documents below to find out what they are.
Let's see how creative we can be in Reception. See if you can make your costume at home rather than buying it! Prizes will be given for the best costumes....! I wonder who Miss Hand and Miss Allport will be dressed as this year?!
Spring Term 2 - Books we've read this term...
Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Day!
Chinese New Year
We have been learning all about Chinese New Year which is on Friday 16th February this year. The children have been making and decoration Chinese Lanterns and also decorating red money envelopes with Chinese writing and a picture of a dog (It is the year of the dog).
Take a look at the pictures below...
Penguin Gingerbread biscuits
Over the last 3 weeks, the children have enjoyed making Penguin gingerbread biscuits in small groups on a Friday afternoon! Please take a look at the photos below. They were yummy!
If you would like to have a go at home, the biscuits are very easy to make. Here's the recipe and a list of ingredients that you will need:
Ingredients - (Makes 25)
125g unsalted butter
100g dark muscovado sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
325g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
Supercook Writing Icing (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3. Line baking trays with baking parchment. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally, then remove from the heat.
- Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a bowl and stir the melted ingredients into the dry ingredients to make a stiff dough.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll to a thickness of about 5mm. Dip biscuit cutters into flour before cutting the dough. Place the shapes onto the lined baking trays and bake, in batches, for 9-10 minutes until light golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and when completely cool, decorate with the icing. The gingerbread biscuits can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Penguin gingerbread biscuits!
Safer Internet Day
Today we learned all about how we stay safe
online. Buddy the dog helped us to remember what to do with a new song ------------->
- Always ask a grown-up for help if you see anything strange or unusual.
- Don’t download or install anything without asking a grown-up first.
- Remember, not all games and videos are for children.
- Don’t talk to strangers online and don’t tell them where you live.
- If you are ever unsure what to do, remember
- Buddy’s song, and always ask for help!
The children also had a go at programming blue-bots to reach the letters in their names. Have a look at the photos below...
We had a fantastic day today learning all about the Polar regions. We carried out a number of experiments which were thoroughly enjoyable and which prompted many questions about how and why things work. Please take a look at the photos below...
1. Blubber experiment - How do Polar Bears stay warm? We had a tray of cold, icy water, and we used sandwich bags and oil as a 'blubber layer to keep our hands warm.
We talked about how Polar Bears stay warm when it's dry with their thick fur coats. When it's wet they have a layer of fat, called blubber, that insulates their bodies from the cold and even in water.
2. How do Penguins stay dry? The children coloured in penguin pictures using wax crayons and then sprayed water on them. The wax crayons repelled the water and the picture stayed dry. The picture without the wax crayons fell apart once wet.
We talked about how Penguins feathers are very special and waxy - the wax helps to keep the penguins dry and warm.
3. Floating and sinking The children explored the water tray and looked at a number of different items that float or sink.
We discussed why some float and some sink...
4. Salty seas We filled a bowl of water with plain water and added some grapes. The grapes sank to the bottom of the bowl. We then talked about what might happen if salt is added. Salt was then added to the bowl and the grapes floated to the top. Objects float better in salt water than they do in normal water...
5. Sugar cube igloos The children enjoyed learning about the Inuit people and built igloos in their house teams. Fantastic work!
We are Polar explorers...
3, 4, 5 biscuits...
Over the last 3 weeks, the children have enjoyed making biscuits in small groups on a Friday afternoon! Please take a look at the photos below. They were yummy!
If you would like to have a go at home, the biscuits are very easy to make. Here's the recipe and a list of ingredients that you will need:
3 oz granulated/caster sugar (85g)
4 oz margarine (115g)
5 oz plain flour (140g)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (160 degrees for a fan oven or gas mark 4).
Combine the ingredients and form into small balls (about the size of a sprout). Roll the balls in porridge oats, flatten slightly with the palm of your hand and finish with a piece of a glace cherry in the middle of the biscuit. Place biscuits on a greased baking tray and put in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
RE sculpture 'Jesus is placed in the tomb'
We have been working hard to create our sculpture for the Stations of the Cross. We have used chicken wire, bubble wrap, modroc and paint to create it. Take a look at the photos below to see the stages of what we have created...
23.01.18 - Forest School session 3 - Animal shelters and leaf crowns
16.01.18 - Forest School session 2 - Reinforcing rules and boundaries and a sticky leaf hunt
11.01.18 - Forest School session 1 - Rules and boundaries
What is Forest School?
Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.
This term, groups of children from each class have had their first few sessions of Forest School. We have learned the rules and boundaries, and have taken part in a number of Forest School activities to learn more about our natural surroundings and God's wonderful creation.
Reception have enjoyed creating sticky nature palettes and leaf crowns, going on leaf hunts, building animal shelters, finding out about the different plants that we have in our Forest School, and using good listening skills when playing a number of games to explore the site. We have really enjoyed being in the outdoors and look forward to learning more about nature and developing new skills.
Friday afternoon - Physical Development in the large playground
Every Friday afternoon we go into the large playground to explore the space and to build on our physical development skills. Each week we have a different focus, but we can also ride on the bikes and scooters, use the hula hoops, skateboards and skipping ropes, and ave a go on the trim-trail. Take a look at the photos below to see how much fun we have...
During this term the whole school is taking part in a Polar Explorer Programme. We will be looking at a book called 'Little Penguin learns to swim' in Literacy and learning all about the North Pole and South Pole throughout other areas of learning.
Spring Term 1 - Books we've read this term...
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
We would like to say a big well done to the children for working so hard this term and for telling the Christmas story so beautifully in our Nativity! We are both so proud of you! We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and very Happy New Year with your friends and family. We look forward to seeing you again on the first day back - Tuesday 9th January 2018!
Miss Hand and Miss Allport!
The EYFS and Year 1 Nativity
We all really enjoyed learning about the Christmas story and retelling it in our Nativity through singing, dancing and acting. We had a fantastic time practising and then performing it for the whole school, our friends and our family. The children all worked so hard to make it a great success. Well done to everyone for your amazing singing, Nursery for your fantastic dancing, Reception for acting out the story so beautifully and Year One for speaking so well.
Learning the story has really helped us during this special time of Advent, to prepare for the coming of Christ. Thank you to all the parents and carers for supporting us. We hope you enjoyed our Nativity just as much as we did…until next year! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Miss Hand, Miss Allport, Miss Coleman, Mrs Barnett, Miss Murphy and Mrs. Deocades
Please take a look at the photos below...
The EYFS and Year 1 Nativity - 19-20th December 2017!
Nativity 2017 - Reception
We have been busy practising our Nativity!
During our R.E. lessons we have learned about Advent. We know that there are 4 weeks in Advent and that this is the waiting time leading up to Christmas.
We learned that each Sunday we light a different candle on the advent wreath, and on Christmas day the white candle is lit to represent that Jesus is the light of the world. As a class we created an Advent wreath, our very own Advent wreath crowns and Advent cards.
Have a look at the photos below...
Bags for Brummies
Thank you so much for all your donations today. You have all been so generous, and your kindness will really help those in need.
You will have been given a letter about your child's part in the Nativity today. Please have a read of this and let us know whether you're able to provide a costume or not as soon as possible. Thank you for all your support!
P.E. - Gymnastics
Reception are really enjoying P.E. with Miss Neville on a Monday afternoon. This half-term they are learning lots of new skills in Gymnastics. Have a look at the photos below.
Well done to all the children for making such an effort to dress in spots on Friday. We raised lots of money for Children in Need. In the afternoon we all had a fantastic time watching and taking part in 'St Rose does The Voice'!
A BIG well done to Nicole and Bradley in Reception who sang in front of the whole school. You were both fantastic and so, so brave!
Nicole sang Beauty and the Beast and Bradley sang Bob the builder.
Photos and videos to follow...
Nursery and Reception have been learning about Remembrance Day. On Wednesday they made lots of tissue paper poppies and poppy pictures to remember the soldiers. The poppies were displayed in the hall for the Year 6 Prayer and Reflection assembly. Please see the photos below...
Remembrance Day Prayer and Reflection assembly led by Year 6
Shapes, shapes all around...
Reception went on a shape hunt around the school grounds today...take a look at the shapes that they found.
Our new story this half-term is Dear Zoo! Today the children had a go at retelling the story in groups!
They sent me a giraffe...he was too tall. I sent him back!
Reception had a great time drawing and colouring their very own chalk Rangoli patterns. They all worked really well together in their house teams. Take a look at the photos below...aren't they beautiful!
Diwali - Rangoli patterns
Autumn Term 2 - Books we've read this term...
Our self-portraits - September 2017!
Our first photos in Reception!
Settling into Reception - Week 3
Settling into Reception - Week 2
Settling into Reception - Week 1
Autumn Term 1 - Books we've read this term...
Reception resources and important information!
Below you will find a table listing some important information for you and there are also some useful links to help with your child's learning at home...
|1. Homework books:
||The books are given out on a Thursday. Please make sure that homework is completed and then returned on a Monday.
|2. Reading books:
||Please make sure that reading books are brought into school every day. We ask that you try and read with your child on a daily basis at home. Once read, please remember to sign the reading diary to show that this has been done. Reading books will be changed in school once a week, providing the reading diary has been signed. If the diary has not been signed, a new book cannot be given.
||Please make sure that soundboxes are brought into school every day. We ask that you try to practise the sounds and words on a daily basis at home (just 5 minutes). Children will be tested on their sounds and words each week. New sounds and words will then be given.
|4. High frequency words:
||You will find these words in the front of your homework books. Please try and practise reading and writing these words with your child as much as you can. There are 5 bands of words to learn (45 words in total). Once your child can read all 45 words, they will be given a prize. Likewise, if they can write all 45 words, they will be given a prize.
|5. Prayer bag:
||This is given out on a Thursday. Please make sure that it is brought back on a Monday so that the prayer can be shared with the class, and the bag can be given to another child to take home. Thank you!
|6. The Everywhere Bear bag:
This is given out on a Thursday. Please make sure that it is brought back on a Monday so that the bag can be given to another child to take home. Your children will be given an opportunity to share what they have been doing with Everywhere Bear over the weekend. Thank you!
|7. PE kits:
||Please make sure that your child has a full PE kit in school. Reception have PE on a Monday each week this term.
|8. Activelearn-Phonics Bug:
||Ebooks will be added on a weekly basis for your child to read with you at home. These books specifically link to the sounds we have been learning in school.
||Resources are available to help with Maths at home.
||You will find a number of resources on here to help with Maths at home.
|*Log-ins for Activelearn and Mathletics can be found in the back of your child's reading diary*
Play along with the Alphablocks and have fun with the letters of the alphabet.
Reception High Frequency Words - 45 words across 5 bands to learn to read and write by the end of Reception
Once the Reception HFW have been covered, the remaining words in Year One 100 HFW will be taught (as seen below) – Reading and Writing
Reception Soundboxes - Pink sounds, yellow words, blue words
Reception High Frequency Words - Bands 1-5 (Flashcards to print and use)
Handwriting practice sheets - Reception High Frequency Words - Bands 1-5