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Reception

 

 

Welcome to Reception!

In the EYFS, there are 7 areas of learning which form the core of all that we teach in the classroom. These areas are split into the 'Prime' and 'Specific' areas.

Prime areas:

Physical Development  (PD)

Communication and Language (CL)

Personal Social Emotional Development (PSED)

Specific areas:

Maths (M)

Literacy (L)

Understanding the world (UTW)

Expressive arts and design (EAD)

 

Some helpful links for parents...

In order to support the learning of your child across each of these areas, there is a document which explains the types of activities your child may be doing to demonstrate their ability in these areas. This document is called 'What to expect, when' and is available at the following web address:

http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/2015/03/what-to-expect-when-a-parents-guide/

 

As a School we follow the Read Write Inc. phonics scheme. If you would like to learn more about the scheme please look at the following website where lots of information is available:

 

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/

Our Egg-citing visitors!

On Monday 8th May our class received some special visitors - eggs in an incubator! We have been eagerly watching all day to see if any of the chicks are ready to make an appearance but so far they are yet to show any signs of hatching. Over the next week we will be watching closely for any signs of the hatching process beginning.

Keep watching the webpage for updates on the chicks!

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It has been an exciting day watching the incubator in Reception class. We came in this morning to find several cracks on the eggs and have been waiting eagerly all day! About 2:30 this afternoon, the first chick made their appearance! Our classroom has now become very noisy with the chirping sound of chicks!

 

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We have been extremely lucky with the fantastic variety in chicks that have hatched from our eggs! The children have been observing them daily and starting to generate different names we could call them..
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The chicks are rapidly growing in size as the days progress ! We are looking forward to getting them out to hold during the coming week!
The children have enjoyed getting the chicks out today and have been extremely careful at holding them gently.
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We have been using the chicks within our maths lessons this week where we are focusing on weight. Before weighing each chick, the class made a prediction about how heavy they thought each of the chicks were going to be.
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Our Growing Topic - Butterflies

We have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. In our class we have some caterpillars we are waiting to turn into butterflies. Each day we have been noticing the caterpillars getting larger and we think any day now they will make their chrysalis.

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Outdoor PE

Throughout the spring term, we are going to be having a go at lots of different athletic events in preparation for sports day! So far, we have had a go at a variety of events including:

  • Discus
  • Hurdles
  • Agility Ladders
  • Throwing
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Easter Trail at the Church

On Wednesday 22nd March, Reception were invited to attend an Easter Trail at Marshalswick Church. Upon our arrival, the children were assigned different roles and each of them assisted in the re-telling of the Easter Story.

Taking PE outdoors...

Over this last half term we have been looking at ball skills and how we can control objects using different pieces of equipment. We have been able to take some of our learning outside onto the playground during our PE lessons to put all these new skills to the test.

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Trip to Marshalswick Library

Reception were invited to attend the local library to learn all about the facilities it offers, as well as having the opportunity to exlore lots of the books available.

The children learned all about the role of the staff at the library, before having the chance to look at lots of the different books. To end our session, the children enjoyed a story read by a member of the library team.

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One windy day...

The children have been very observant of the weather conditions outside and we have discussed the different activities we could do on certain days. On a particularly windy day, the children decided they wanted to take advantage of the weather and made their own kites to fly during CIL.

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Spring Term in Reception

The children have been very excited to come back to school following their Christmas holidays and we have got lots of exciting learning opportunities planned over the course of this term.

A favourite so far of the class has been our PE lessons. The children have had opportunity to explore different pieces of apparatus and equipment, learning how to jump off them and land safely. The children were especially excited to have a go climbing up the wall apparatus, as well as swinging and climbing the ropes!

Our Special Delivery

Reception came in on Monday morning to find a special delivery had come for them in the form of a locked Christmas present box. There were footprints in the classroom the children thought must have been Santa!

There was a letter on the top which set out the instructions for the weeks challenge. An elf was going to deliver a letter each day to set the maths challenge for the day and each day the children would earn a number for the locked padlock.

Christmas has arrived in our Classroom!

The children came in on Monday morning to find Santa had appeared on our outside door! The children then decided we needed to make a grotto which needed to have a sleigh, reindeer and elves!

Using large pieces of cardboard and lots of paint, the class worked hard to help create Santa's Grotto.

Our Christmas Trail

Reception class walked to Marshalswick Baptist Church last week to participate in a Christmas Trail. Whilst they were there the children learned all about the story of Christmas and took on roles to act out the story.

Autumn 2 - Birthdays

As we are beginning our next RE topic of Celebrations and Birthdays, we have been talking about the sorts of things we would have at a birthday party.

The children generated lots of ideas and we decided that a birthday cake is always present at a birthday party!

This morning, the children all worked together to make some cupcakes... it was a very exciting experience for them all.

Autumn 2 - Fire Fighters Visit!

On Wednesday 16th November, Reception were visited by the local fire fighters as part of our people who help us topic.

The children learned all about how the fire fighters keep us safe and the different jobs they do. They got to see a fire fighter put on his special uniform he has to wear before going to a fire.

The children were then taken out onto the playground where they got to look around the fire engine, climb inside and then have a go at using the hose pipe!

Autumn 2 - Diwali and Remembrance Day

Over the last two weeks the children have been learning about the celebration of Diwali. They have learned the story of Rama and Sita and then each made their own tea light holder out of salt dough. After they had been baked, the children decorated their tea light holders.

 

Over the last week, Reception have been purchasing poppies in the playground for Remembrance Day. The children enjoyed wearing the poppies and began to create their own on the creative table during child initiated learning.

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Autumn 2 - People Who Help Us

 

On Tuesday 1st November, the children were visited by some of our local Police as part of our People Who Help us topic. The children learned all about how the Police help us and the different jobs they do.

The children were given opportunity to ask the Police Officer any questions they had and some were even able to use the walkie talkie!

After the talk, the children all went out on the playground to explore the Police car that had been brought along. We heard the siren and all the children were given opportunity to sit inside the car.

PE - Autumn 2

 

Throughout our PE lessons this half term we are going to be learning gymnastics. The children had their first lesson this week and were fantastic at learning lots of different shapes they could make with their bodies.

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Our Self Portraits

 

At the beginning of the year, we were learning all about one another and learning about ourselves. We each painted our own self portrait, using a mirror to help us identify which colours we needed for our skin, our hair and our eyes as well as looking carefully at the shape of our face.  

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Our PE lessons so far this term..

 

In our PE lessons, we have experimenting with different ways of moving and travelling around the hall. We had a go at skipping, running, jumping and hopping to name a few.

We then progressed to travelling with a bean bag balancing on different parts of our body.

Our Autumn Walk

 

On Tuesday 4th October, we set off on our Autumn walk around the local area. Before we headed off, we had talked about the signs of Autumn we needed to keep a look out for.

After our Autumn Walk, we began to think about the signs of Autumn we had seen. In our English lesson, we used our phonics to support us to write down some of the signs of Autumn we had discovered.
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Mr Men and Little Miss

 

In Reception over this half term we have been reading lots of the Mr Men and Little Miss stories and talking about the different characters. Throughout our English lessons we have been investigating different aspects of our favourite character. To begin, we painted a picture of our favourite character and explained why we had chosen that one. Following this, we thought of lots of ways to describe the character and where we thought they might live. We have even begun to write our own new story for the character!

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