Welcome to Reception's Class page!
Reminder - Foundation Stage Fund
The Foundation Stage Fund is £3 every half term. It helps us to provide breakfast in the morning, activities such as baking and other resources to enhance the children’s learning.
Sounds that we are learning in phonics.
On Wednesday we enjoyed looking at and learning about different animals as an enhancement to our topic "Living things". We saw Meerkats, owls, hedgehogs, chameleons, tarantulas and many more. The children were extremely brave - and some even held snakes!
In our guided writing sessions we used the IPads to create fact files about different fish.
In our painting area we have used pastels to create some beautiful observational drawings. We have also written facts about what we have found out.
We looked at some real sea creatures and made some careful observations using magnifying glasses.
In our Aquarium small world area we have been investigating and counting different sea creatures, and finding out new facts from information books.
WOW! We started our topic by going on a multi-sensory underwater adventure. We looked at different images from under the sea, listened to sea noises and even got sprayed by water!
Our new topic is Living things and we are focusing on the book "Fantastic Fish".
Reception will be performing a pirate assembly on Friday 1st July at 9:10am. All parents and/or careers are welcome to come and watch our performance.
Well done to all the children who took part in Holden Clough's sport day 2016. We felt so proud of the positive attitudes the children displayed, cheering on their peers and showing great sportsmanship. Thank you again to all the parents who were able to show their support on the day :)
Our caterpillars hatched from their cocoons this week and we held a leaving ceremony for them. We waved them goodbye and wished them good luck as they flew away.
The children have really enjoyed observing the caterpillars on their life cycle into butterflies. This week they have done some fantastic observational drawings and written facts about the butterflies.
We have been looking at People Who help us. In our Outdoor Area we have been taking on the roles of Police - we set up our own Police Station and a hideout for baddies!
We have been using our Maths skills to order the numbers on the beanstalk.
In our Lego area we have been inspired by the popular game mine craft. We have been following and writing instructions on how to make our own characters in the Lego and unifix cubes and have design and labelled our very own mine craft.
The flower stall next to the garden centre was lots of fun! We wrapped and decorated flower arrangements, added price tags and paid for them using numicon.
A big Thank you to all the parents that came to Stay & Play this week. It was a lovely opportunity to share the children's learning about our mini-theme of "Chicks"
We have really enjoyed having the chicks in our class. This week we got to hold them!
Thank You for all your support with Sport Relief. The children had a fabulous time and all did brilliantly running round our school, whilst raising money for a fantastic cause. Here is a video of our warm up!
A huge Thank you to Logan & his Mum for making these fabulous cakes for Reception for Sport Relief !
In Our Painting Area we have used paint, pens & pastels to do observational drawings of daffodils.
On Thursday we moved the chicks into the Brooder Box. We discussed how they need to be given food and water every day and the importance of cleaning them out.
We have enjoyed exploring in our Small world area. The children have been writing speech bubbles about what the chicks might be saying.
On Wednesday we came into the classroom and 8 chicks had hatched over night. One more chick hatched when we were in school, so we now have 10 altogether
In the Playdough Area we made our very own chicks using different materials. We drew and labelled our chicks.
On Tuesday one of the eggs hatched! We did some fantastic observational drawings of the chick using charcoals.
On Monday some Living Eggs arrived in our classroom. We made predictions about what kind of eggs they might be...
In the story the toys all parachuted back down to earth. We made our own parachutes in the workshop area and tested them outside.
We organised our own party. In our Guided write we wrote party lists, we organised our own party games & had party food.
The Hoctopize was sad because he had lost his friend, so the toys threw him a party to cheer him up. In circle time we discussed different ways to make our friends feel happy.
On Monday we found 7 toys lying on the floor. We talked about where they could have come from and discussed how we would feel if we lost our toys. In Literacy we read the story Toys in Space.
On Monday we explored the snow in our water tray. We used clipboards to record questions about what we wanted to find out about the snow.
Happy Valentines Day - Lots of Love Reception
To celebrate the Chinese new year, we created our own Chinese dragon in the workshop and created a dance in our outdoor area!
Our new role play area features a hospital. We have had some very poorly patients.
We used The Green Screen to retell the story of The Bear Hunt. A big Thank You to the talented Harry, Amelia & Charlie in Year 6 for doing the filming, sound & editing!
We wrote some fabulous alternative endings to the story.
We have painted some beautiful pictures of the different settings in the story.
In the Workshop we have made backpacks, torches, binoculars and phones to take on our bear hunt.
This week we have been looking at the story "We're going on a Bear hunt".
In our Small World Area we built settings for the story of Goldilocks & The Three Bears. We used the app "Animate" to make animations of different sections of the story.
We found footprints in the classroom and predicted who we thought it might be. Some of us thought it could be Goldilocks!
This week we have been looking at the story of Goldilocks & The Three Bears.
In our Chip Shop role play area we have taken on the role of servers and customers. We have developed some good language and this has generated some super writing!
We looked at different types of penguins in the Painting Area and created some beautiful pictures.
In Literacy we learned a section of the story of The Penguin and retold it using actions.
Our overarching theme this term is "How Food Changes". We made some melting Snowman biscuits in the snack area to tie in with our mini-theme of Winter.
On Tuesday we read the story "Penguin" by Polly Dunbar.
On Monday we received a present! We looked at the shape of the present and guessed what it might be...inside was a penguin!
This half term the children have been learning to be more independent and how to get changed for PE and the Nativity etc. Please could you check your child's PE kit and school bag to ensure that all clothing belongs to your child. Please return any items that do not belong to your child by Friday 18th of December so that we can ensure they are returned before the Christmas holidays.
Please label all belongings with a permanent marker.
REMINDER - Please remember to send your child's book, reading diary and words into school everyday
On Thursday we had lots of fun at our Christmas party. Musical statues, pass the parcel & lots of party food!
In Our Elf Workshop we have been developing lots of Physical skills: cutting wrapping paper, wrapping presents & writing tags. We have showed brilliant team work, sharing and working together.
A big Thank you to all parents and carers that brought in fabulous costumes and came to support Reception on their performance. We wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year .
Dress rehearsal - Friday 11th December
Performance 1 - Monday 14th December 9.30am
Performance 2 - Tuesday 15th December 2pm
(Please ensure that you have given your child's outfit to a member of the reception team in a labelled bag).
On Wednesday we caught him having a snowball fight with the teddy bears!
On Tuesday we found him in The Painting Area...
On Monday we caught Buddy eating our Advent Calendar chocolates!
In the Playdough Area we have made some lovely Christmas decorations
In maths we have been learning how to estimate. We estimated how many "elf donuts" were in Buddy's bag and counted them out onto a number track.
Millie, Gracie & Anayah painted some beautiful Christmas trees with Miss Jones
In our outdoor area the children made Santa's sleigh, complete with reindeer and tinsel! Isa and Ostynn made signs for the sleigh applying their phonic knowledge.
On Friday, we caught Buddy at the snack table eating all the cheerios (he thought they were elf donuts)!
On Thursday, Buddy knocked the chimney over on the log cabin!
On Wednesday an elf appeared in the classroom. We listened to the story and decided to name him Buddy . Throughout the week we found him in different places around the classroom...
We have had lots of fun in our new role play area: decorating the Christmas tree, making Christmas dinners and keeping warm by the log fire.
On Tuesday morning we found a log cabin in our classroom!
In our Outdoor area we explored different colours using painting techniques inspired by the artist Jackson Pollock.
In our painting area we painted the different animals from the story and labelled them using our phonic knowledge
This week we have been looking at the story of Brown Bear, Brown Bear.
In the construction area and work shop children designed and created their own brooms. Here are Rudra, Lyle and Jaxon with their "Truly Magnificent Brooms".
Look at our fabulous writing! We drew and wrote who we would take on an adventure on the broomstick.
We have adopted the roles of different characters from the story in our Small World area.
In our role play area we made wands using sticks and different materials. During circle time we made wishes on how to make our school better.
"A bigger car park!" - Isaac F.
"Glitter on the walls." - Sonia
"Flowers in the classroom." - Emily
"A dinosaur area." - Aarav
We have had lots of fun in our castle role play this week, making potions and doing some fabulous princess writing!
In our outdoor area Elise, Eleanor & Emily worked together to make a castle for the princess. They used their phonics to label the "Drawbridge", "Tower" and the "Princess Castle".
In the block area we made a trap to try and catch the wizard. Logan made a drink for him, Aaquiba made some cakes for the wizard and Haider made a ladder so he could climb into the trap.
In Literacy we read the story of The Princess & The Wizard and discovered the wizard turned people into stone!
On Monday we found a trail of glitter around the classroom which lead to a hat. Under the hat we found 3 glittery stones. We thought that they might have been left by a wizard...