Welcome to Reception
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This week we have been focusing on our fine motor skills to ensure that our fingers are very strong and we are ready to do some super writing as the year progresses. The children were using their strong hands and grip to thread beads onto pipe cleaners to make bracelets. They were all so proud of the bracelets that they made!
Before we start our Phonics, we have been working on our listening skills. We all participated in a listening walk around school which was super fun! We walked around school and the yard and heard so many different things along the way. We heard birds cheeping, wind blowing, footsteps, talking and cars driving along the road. I think our huge listening ear headbands helped us to listen even more carefully!
In reception we love art! The children created some amazing self-portraits using paint. As we painted our face, we discussed the colour of our eyes, hair and skin. The children tried very carefully to control their paintbrush and they all did an amazing job.
On Friday 27th September, Reception and year 6 took part in their buddy assembly. They all did a great job and we are looking forward to watching their relationships build over the year.
Jet and Ben
Reception class had some special visitors. Jet, Ben and PSCO Claire came to visit our class! We had so much fun learning all about the importance of the Police and Police dogs. We loved trying on the uniform and stroking Jet and Ben. We then got to go outside and have a look at the police van. We even heard the sirens, they were so noisy!
Reception class have been learning all about autumn and the things you might see outside during autumn. We went on an autumn nature hunt in the field and collected lots of different autumn coloured leaves and other pieces of nature. We brought them back to class and used them to create some beautiful nature window decorations for our classroom.
Reception class are really enjoying spending time with their buddies. This week Year 6 came to our class and read their buddies a story. It was lovely to see them engaging with reception children and having some fantastic discussion around the story that they were reading.
Reception class love dough disco! We are still trying really hard to build up our fine motor skills and we use dough disco all of the time to get ready to write, whilst having fun! We are now amazing at the moves including patting, rolling and squeezing the dough. Well done everyone!
We have been learning all about keeping ourselves healthy as part of our All about me topic. We had a great discussion about different foods and whether they were healthy or unhealthy. We then made up our very own healthy packed lunch box. The children showed a great understanding of having a balanced diet and keeping healthy.
Sense of Smell
Reception class have been learning all about their senses. This week we focused on our sense of smell. We used our sense of smell to smell different foods in different cups. We had a go at smelling onion, garlic, orange, lemon, coffee and ginger. The children found some of the smells disgusting and some really nice! We then drew pictures of our favourite smell and one we didn’t like at all.
On Thursday 10th October it was Hello Yellow day at school, which focused on Mental Health awareness. As part of this, Reception class did a range of activities to help us relax and switch off, as well as discussing our feelings and who we can talk to in school. On Thursday, we practised some yoga in class. The children really loved it and did a really good job of listening carefully and copying the moves really well. Here are some photos of the children practising some of their yoga moves!
Computer and Ipad Time
During our computing time, we have been getting used to using the Ipads and computers. We have been practising our mouse control and keyboard skills. The children have loved using different types of technology!
Reception had a visit from Dogs Trust this week. We learned all about how to keep safe around dogs and what we could do if a dangerous dog approached us. We also talked about how we need to ask the owners before we stroke dogs that we do not know. The children then had a go at stroking a pretend dog, practising how to ask the owner first, letting the dog sniff them and then stroking them on the shoulder. The children really enjoyed the session and learnt lots of new information!
In preparation for our Harvest assembly on the 23rd October, we have been learning all about Harvest in class. As part of this, the children used different vegetables to make different sized and shaped prints on their paper.
Room on the Broom
As it is Halloween during the holidays, Reception class have been focusing on the story ‘Room on the Broom’ this week. We have read the story as a class and have learnt the story well so that we can join in with the words when we are reading it. We have discussed the key events in the story and have used pictures of these to sequence the story. We then went outside to collect a stick to make our very own magic wand. We decorated our stick and they all looked beautiful.
Sense of touch
Reception have been continuing to learn all about their senses. This week we have looked at our sense of touch. We felt lots of different materials and textures and discussed how they all felt different. We focused on using some great vocabulary to describe the textures including bumpy, rough, smooth, soft and fluffy.
In our computing time we have been using BeeBots. We have been learning how to programme the BeeBots to move from one place to another.
In reception we have been learning all about ‘The Festival of Light’, Diwali. We read a story called ‘Dipal’s Diwali’ and learnt all about the things that happen during Diwali, including lighting lots of lights and candles, tidying houses and having feasts. We then made our own Diya lamps using clay and sequins. The children used the strength in their hands to shape the clay and then decorated them independently. They looked amazing!
As part of our space topic, the children asked if we could learn all about the different planets we have in our solar system. We have been learning the names of the different planets and learnt a song to help us remember them! We then used a range of materials to create our own planet artwork to go on display in our classroom.
School Nurse Visit
Reception class had a visit from the school nurse. She talked all about brushing our teeth and why this is important. She then discussed the importance of washing our hands and used glitter to represent that germs can spread so easily! We then learnt a song that we can sing when we wash our hands and the children all practised washing their hands effectively before lunch time.
In maths we have been learning all about 2D shapes. We have been learning the names of the 2D shapes and also how we can describe them. We have also been spotting shapes in our environment and we went on a shape hunt in our outdoor area. The children found so many different shapes and were very proud of what they found.
In Reception class we went on an adventure to space!! We started by reading the story ‘Whatever Next’ and we then re-created the story. We made jam sandwiches to take with us on our journey to space and practised safely using the knife to spread the butter and jam onto the bread. We then made space hats to wear so that we didn’t bump our heads on any planets on the way! After that we went into the hall, climbed into our ‘space rockets’ and off we went to space! We used some new technology in school called ‘Now Press Play’ to make us feel like we were really in space!
Polar Express Afternoon
We had a very special afternoon with our buddies on Friday 6th December. We had a Polar Express afternoon where we got into our pyjamas, got our tickets ready and boarded the Polar Express! We enjoyed hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream with our buddies whilst watching the film. It was a great afternoon.
We had a very special visit from Santa in our class! He even brought us all a gift just in time for Christmas. The children in reception class are so excited for Christmas!
On Friday 13th December we read the story ‘The gingerbread man.’ We discussed our favourite part of the story as a class. We then went down to the dinner hall to make our very own gingerbread men. The children had to use their listening skills to listen to instructions and they were very proud of their finished gingerbread men. They then got to eat them which went down well with the class!
On Wednesday 18th December it was a very icy morning! We went outside to explore the ice and frost in our outdoor area. The children said the ice was ‘freezing’, ‘cold’ and ‘looked like glass’. We explored how the ice melted when we held it in our hands and what happened when we threw it onto the floor. The children also discovered that with this cold weather the sand turned hard! It had frozen!!
Christmas Craft Afternoon
On Wednesday 18th December we had a Christmas craft afternoon in Reception class. We made baubles, calendars, Christmas trees and melted snowman biscuits. We had to use our fine motor skills to stick pieces of paper down and decorate our sticks. The children had a great time!
Reception classes first Christmas lunch at Copeland Road!
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