Welcome to Reception’s Class Page. Laura Lord is the Class Teacher in Reception.
Some of the main activities in Reception Class – Weeks Beginning Monday 3rd July 2017
We have continued our travels around the world this half term. We have learnt about the different foods that they eat in china and that they use chopsticks to eat with and visited a Chinese restaurant to taste some of these foods. We have looked at where our world is in the universe and became very interested in Space so created our own small world play planet. We have learnt about Bhangra dancing from India and have put together a dance routine to show to our parents at our end of challenge presentation. Mrs Proudman has been to Australia so we interviewed her about what it is like there and looked at some photographs and we decorated boomerangs with aboriginal style art.
We had a very exciting morning when a budgie landed in our outdoor area! Luckily his owner was soon found and he went home safely but we loved him and were very sad to see him go so wrote him some letters to say how much we missed him. We have been working hard with our writing and have producied some fantastic sentence writing.
In maths we have been learning how to subtract using a number line.
We have met our new teacher ( Mr Hunt ) for next year when we move on to Yr 1 and spent the morning with him in our new classroom and are all looking forward to being in Yr1.
We really enjoyed our EYFS sports day. Lots of our parents came to cheer us on – thank you for your support.
We had our first RPA talent show and we certainly have got a lot of talent in our school. It was a great afternoon and we got to perform on stage with a song we have been learning to present to our parents about our world. Well done to Layla who won the competition with a lovely solo.
Our summer fayre was enjoyed by us all, we had a little bit of rain but that didn’t dampen our enjoyment at all. With face painting, animals to handle, ice cream to eat, bouncy castles, giant sandpit and paddling pool, a cafe and stalls from every class it was an amazing afternoon.
We have had a very exciting year in Reception and are looking forward to moving on to Yr 1.
Mrs Lord, Mrs Proudman and Miss Lea are very proud of Reception and will be sad to say goodbye but wish all the children a smooth transition into Yr1.
Some of the main activities in Reception Class – Weeks Beginning Monday 5th June 2017
This half term has already been very busy in Reception. During the first week we visited a Chinese restaurant, all of the children really enjoyed this experience. They tried lots of different foods and the staff made us all feel very welcome. The children behaved impeccably and were a pleasure to take out. Back in the classroom the children have been playing in role in our very own Chinese restaurant and they will be using this to write lists and solve money problems in Maths.
We have continued our learning about the world, finding out about different foods that are eaten in different countries and the crops that can be grown in different places around the world.
We have been reading the book Handas Surprise and have been solving problems linked to the story involving adding, subtraction, halving and doubling.
Some of the main activities in Reception Class – Weeks Beginning Monday 1st May 2017
This half term we have begun to explore the world for our new challenge. We have looked at the globe and talked about the different regions in the world e.g. Deserts, mountains, jungles, hot and cold countries. We have concentrated on the different homes that people live in around the world and have compared them to our homes that we live in and discovered that some people live very different lives to us. We have thought about how we can travel to the different countries and had fun with making different modes of transport from big boxes outside.
We have been looking at how plants grow. We planted some grass , cress , sunflower and bean seeds and have been amazed at how they have grown! We have written a diary on the changes we have seen each day and have used a ruler to measure how much our plants have grown. We have also planted some wild flower seeds in our garden and are waiting for them to grow now.
Some of us decided to make some magic potions so we have made a potion lab outside and have been busy mixing and writing recipes for our magical spells and potions.
In maths we have been adding and subtracting and have learnt how to half and double a number. We have been using Numicon a lot to solve our maths problems and have been learning how to write number sentences.
In literacy we have been working hard on writing sentences and are getting really good at remembering to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We have been thinking how we can make our sentences more interesting by using some describing words.
Some of the main activities in Reception Class – Weeks Beginning Monday 20th & 27th March 2017
We have been working really hard with Jenny and Krystal from Unique Voice over the last couple of weeks in preparation for our challenge outcome of performing a puppet show. We have designed and made some pipecleaner puppets and used them to help us to ask and answer questions in the Hot Seat. Percy pig came along with Jenny and Krystal to watch what we are doing and ask us what we had learnt so far. We also got to play a few of our favourite games – “who’s got the keys?” and “let me see your bungalow” Our school arts ambassadors joined us last week and had fun working with us.
We really enjoyed Everybody Write Day, assembly was very exciting with Pirate Atkins asking for our help to keep him out of jail by writing him some poetry to present to the judge. We did a CAF on all the things we know about pirates and then chose some words we associate with pirates to do a rhyming string with. We then presented our rhyming strings to everyone in assembly using some of the skills we have learned with Jenny and Krystal , speaking in a loud and clear voice and changing our voices to suit different characters. We chose to use a giants voice, a squeaky mouse voice and a robot voice. We had lots of pirate activities going on in the classroom and read a new story Pirates love Underpants . We enjoyed making boats out of junk and found out about floating and sinking when we put them in the water to test them. We have now decided on and designed and made our final puppet to use in the performance to our parents and are putting together our stories.
We enjoyed dressing up for Comic Relief day and had great fun making some red nose cakes to give to our mummies at our Mother’s Day afternoon tea.
We got to go and watch Nursery’s challenge outcome last week. They did a fantastic parade with music and dancing and costumes. We cheered them on and played our instruments along with the music. They did a brilliant job.
In literacy we have used our phonics knowledge and how to write a sentence knowledge to write a special message to our mummies in our Mother’s Day cards.
In maths we have been using Numicon to work out 1 more and 1 less than and are beginning to recognise the pieces without having to count the holes. We have also been using it to solve addition and subtraction problems.
We are looking forward to pyjama day this week in support of Autism Awareness and to our Easter break. HAPPY EASTER
Some of the main activities in Reception Class – Weeks Beginning Monday 27th February, 6th & 13th March 2017
Reception children have had a really busy and exciting couple of weeks. The children have taken part in more fantastic sessions with Krystal and Jenny from Unique Voice, learning lots more to help them with their challenge outcome at the end of term. The children have been learning how to bring their puppets to life, looking at how to express their puppets characters by changing their voices and altering the movements of their puppets. The children have learnt that their puppets need to be looking at the audience when they are speaking and that their mouths need to move to match what they are saying by working on their lip synchronisation. Children have used their spoon puppets and have designed and made some pipe cleaner puppets. The children were very excited when they got to play their two favourite games with Krystal and Jenny, ‘Who’s Got the Keys?” and Boom Chicka.
The children made pancakes for Pancake Day, following instructions from a recipe and then they correctly sequenced some pictures of them making the pancakes and wrote some instructions on how to make pancakes. They were delicious!
Everyone enjoyed dressing up as their favourite fairy-tale characters in support of World Book Day on 2nd March. Some children bought their favourite story book in to school to share with their friends. During the day they listened to a new story called ‘The Great Paper Caper’. Paper airplanes were made in the story, so all of the children had a go at making their own paper airplanes and they flew them outside. They were surprised to find out that the smaller ones flew further than the bigger ones!
As well as reading traditional fairy tales, the children have been looking at different stories which have wolves in them. Mr Wolf actually came to visit the children! They used their puppets to ask him some questions because everyone was a little bit afraid of him.
The children have opened their self-service paint and glue station and have had lots of fun mixing their own colours to paint with.
They have been thinking about the importance of keeping themselves clean and have had fun keeping dolls clean in a nice warm soapy bath. Some of the children have written instructions on how to bath the babies.
In literacy, the children have been thinking about what they need to do to write a sentence and have been using ‘gruesome fingers and sparkly rings’ to help them to remember to use finger spaces. They have continued to build on and consolidate their phonic knowledge, hearing sounds, segmenting and blending those sounds to read and write them and forming their letters correctly.
In maths, the children have started to work with ‘teen’ numbers and have been completing lots of work using Numicon. They have been working hard to add two numbers together and recording the number sentences, they used the Gingerbread Man’s buttons to help them with this.
Some of the main activities in Reception Class – Weeks Beginning Monday 6th and 13th February 2017
Reception children been exploring the ice which has formed in the tuff tray on the cold, frosty mornings which we have had recently. The children’s penguins have been frozen into the ice! They had to use their collaboration saw to work out how to break the ice and then enjoyed breaking it into small pieces which then melted on their warm hands.
The children have been reading and retelling fairy tales using finger puppets and even making their very own bridge for the Three Billy Goats Gruff to trip trap over, hopefully without being gobbled up by the troll!!!
They have designed and made some wonderful spoon puppets and have been thinking about the characters which they have given to their spoons and using a voice which they think their spoon puppets would have. They have also been thinking about what their spoon puppets would be talking about to each other. They have also used their yellow thinking hats to say what they liked best about their partner’s spoon puppet and black thinking hats to look at ways they could improve their own spoon puppets.
Jenny and Krystal from Unique Voice have been in to work with Reception children again and the children worked on mirroring each other’s movements, moving around in different ways to display their feelings and emotions and they used their hands to convey how their sock puppets were feeling. The children are looking forward to working a lot more with Jenny and Krystal after half term.
In maths, the children have been thinking about one more and one less and have been making clever guesses to estimate how many objects are in a set. Following on from their learning about weight last week, the children have been using the balance boards outside to see which one of them is the heaviest.
In literacy, they have been working hard with their reading and have been thinking about putting words together to make a sentence and holding that sentence to write it down. The children are continuing to work hard during their phonic sessions.
Some of the main activities in Reception Class – Weeks Beginning Monday 23rd and 30th January 2017
In Reception, the children have been very lucky to have had a visit from Crystal and Jennie from Unique Voice, they had great fun playing lots of games which will help them to perform their puppet show at the end of their challenge. Everyone is looking forward to seeing them again over the next few weeks.
The children have been finding out all about Chinese New Year and have been thinking about the use of bright colours when making their Chinese dragon masks. They made rod puppet Chinese dragons and have been moving around like a Chinese dragon in PE. Reception children have looked at the different ways that Chinese people write and have had a go at copying some Chinese numerals.
They have learnt that there are lots of different types of puppets and have now made their own stick, rod, finger and sock puppets, as well as using hand puppets in the role play puppet theatre.
They have been reading fairy tales and have been thinking about the ways that they could change their voices when performing the story, using a stick puppet character from the stories.
In maths, the children have been sequencing the events in one of their favourite fairy tales – Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They have been investigating objects which float and sink and have been learning about weight. They have found out that it’s not always how big things are, which help to make them heavy, but also what the objects are made from.
In literacy the children have used their phonic knowledge to help them to write. They have also been learning what they need to remember to do/use when writing a sentence.
Some of the main activities in Reception Class – Weeks Beginning Monday 2nd, 9th and 16th January 2017
The children returned to school after the Christmas break to a very exciting new challenge pack – to perform a puppet show for an audience. They began a new TASC wheel with a CAF to find out what they already knew about puppets and any puppets which the children had at home were bought into school to show their friends.
The children watched a fantastic Punch and Judy puppet show and met the Puppet Master – Richard. The show was very funny and had some amazing puppets in it including a man whose neck could stretch so he could have a good look at the audience and of course a crocodile which was everyone’s favourite! Richard then came to the Reception classroom to show the children his puppets and tell them how he made them. Everyone was able to have a go at being a puppet master using Richard’s wonderful puppets! He also answered all of the children’s questions about the puppets and the show.
The children have designed and made their own sock puppets and have been enjoying performing their own shows in their puppet theatre role play area. They also have a shop in their role play area which sells popcorn, drinks and French fries.
The children have enjoyed looking at old and new puppets and other toys. They have been busy using their noticing torches to find the differences and similarities between the two.
In literacy the children have been using their increasing phonics knowledge to hear and record sounds in words and have been learning to think of and hold a sentence to write it down. They have been finding out all about capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
In maths they have been counting and working with numbers to 20, including adding two amounts together to find a total. This has enabled them to buy items in the puppet theatre shop. The children have been exploring the different coins which we have in England and learning their values and have been looking at the different properties of 2D and 3D shapes. They have also been learning the mathematical terms to describe them – curved, straight, corners, edges, face etc.
Some of the main activities in Reception Class – Week Beginning Monday 5th December 2016
Reception class enjoyed watching the Cinderella panto which came to school a few weeks ago… Oh yes they did!!!
Over the last two weeks Reception have been working hard practising their nativity play. On Tuesday they performed it for their parents, all of the children looked fantastic. They spoke and sang brilliantly and made everyone feel very proud!
The children have enjoyed lots of winter and Christmas counting activities and have also continued to work hard on their independent writing. Everyone is extremely proud of the outcomes which are displayed in the classroom.
Some of the main activities in Reception Class – Week Beginning Monday 14th November 2016
The children have been super busy in Reception over the last two weeks! The children have started to learn the songs and words for the EYFS nativity play – many of the children have taken on speaking parts.
They have continued to work on their challenge pack ‘A Magical World’ looking into where their fairy forest might go, what things they would like to put in the forest and what the fairies will look like.
In Maths, the children have been learning about shapes and words which the children could use to describe them. They have enjoyed designing and building with 3D shapes and learning about patterns and how to make repeated patterns. The children have thought of lots of different ways to make patterns.
The children have been working hard in phonics and are now becoming very good at hearing and recoding sounds in words. They have applied their knowledge in various ways, including describing what their fairy will look like.
Over the last week, the children and staff in Reception have all missed Mrs Proudman, who has had to take time off to have an operation. She is on the mend now and we hope she will pop in to see us before the Christmas holiday.
Some of the main activities in Reception Class – Week Beginning Monday 31st October 2016
Reception class came back from the half term holiday fully recharged for this next exciting few weeks. The children began the new half term learning all about some of the special events and traditions of the Hindu religion. Together with Nursery the children learnt about Diwali, they tasted some food which would be eaten at Diwali and listened to some Banghra music. They also had a go at playing some instruments and dancing to the music. They learnt about Rangoli patterns made with rice and Diva lamps which both bring good luck then they made their own Rangoli and Divas.
The children have an exciting challenge this half term – To make our Forest School magical. To help them with this, the children visited Birches Valley at Cannock Chase. They had a fantastic day exploring the forest, playing big drums, hearing a story in the forest and then finding a trail of stones to follow. At the end of the trail, they found some treasure – a box of Maltesers!
The children built some fairy dens and followed the signs to find the Gruffalo and Stickman from some of their favourite stories. They also visited the fairy forest at Birches Valley, to get some ideas to bring back with them to use in forest school. The children ended their day with a play at the park and a picnic lunch in the forest. Everyone came back to school, having used their noticing torches really well, full of ideas on how to transform our forest school. The children have been busy with CAF’s and PMI’s, using their black and yellow hats to help them to decide how they are going to make their forest school magical.
The children had a fantastic firework night at school with a BBQ, cakes and drinks, toasted marshmallows by the campfire in forest school, sparklers and a brilliant fireworks display.
In maths, they have been looking at the properties of 2D shapes and have been learning about estimating by making clever guesses of how many items there are in a group.
In literacy, they have been thinking about the words which they want to write and using their phonics knowledge to hear and record the sounds they can hear and to help with their writing and fine motor skills they have had fun with a dough disco to strengthen their fingers.
The children learnt about Remembrance Day and made their own poppy pictures to remember all the soldiers who have died enabling our country to be a safe, happy place to live.
At the end of the week the children looked at their Nativity play and they know they are going to be very busy over the next few weeks, learning songs and lines to perform in front of friends and family at the end of term.
Some of the main activities in Reception Class – Week Beginning Monday 17th October 2016
The children in Reception have been working really hard on their art work to tell the story of their Big Adventure for the art gallery. Using green hats the children have been exploring textures, making colours lighter and darker by mixing in white or black paint and using wax crayons with a colour wash to represent the fossil which they saw in the tunnel. Everyone was very proud of their finished piece of art and enjoyed looking at all the other classes finished pieces of work.
The children and teachers are particularly proud of Reception’s special ‘Pride Board’ frame. Everyone has enjoyed looking at and hearing about the things that Ruby and Samuel are proud of, well done to them both!
The children had their first school photograph taken last week, everyone looked very smart and smiled nicely for the photographer.
In maths, the children have enjoyed ‘Snappy Maths’ lessons and have been matching numerals to a given number. They have learnt even more sounds in phonics lessons including some which have 2 letters but just make 1 sound and they have been working hard to segment and blend sounds in words.
The children have been producing independent writing to go on their new writing wall using their new phonics knowledge to hear and record the sounds which can be heard in the words the children want to write.
It has been a very busy first half term in Reception class and everyone is very tired so the half term break will give everyone to relax and recharge.
Happy half term everyone.
Some of the main activities in Reception Class – Week Beginning Monday 3rd October 2016
Reception class took part in their Big Adventure at Dudley Canals. The children prepared for their adventure by thinking about and talking about what was going to happen and using their ‘Black Hat’ to complete a CAFRA to help keep themselves and others safe. They also looked at some examples of barge art and using their ‘Green Hat’ had a go at reproducing some of the designs which they had researched to help them to decorate their plate on their adventure.
The whole class had a brilliant time at Dudley canals, looking at real examples of the barge art which they had talked about in class. They had a very exciting ride on a narrow boat, going through lots of long, dark tunnels and then they had a lovely picnic lunch and a play on the park before heading back to school. The children had such a busy day that many of them fell asleep on the coach ride back to school!
The children have been having fun in their new boat role play area outside and have been thinking where they could sail to on their boat.
They have also been using their noticing torches a lot, to investigate rocks and to look for fossils after seeing the fossil in the tunnel wall at Dudley canals; this inspired the children to make their own plasticine fossils with the dinosaurs.
They have been working hard in phonics lessons and have now learnt lots of sounds which they are starting to blend together, with the help of Freddie Frog, to make words. The children have been very excited to receive their first reading books to take home.
In maths, they have been counting groups of objects and working out how many there will be if we add 1 more and have learnt about the addition and equals signs.
They have talked about Black History Week and learnt about the important message from Martin Luther King and have thought about their own dreams for the future.
The children in reception have also been talking about Harvest and have collected food for people who do not have enough food to eat themselves.
The children are now beginning to think about their NICER Challenge Pack outcome, this has led them to explore shapes and textures in their environment and printing techniques which can be carried out with paints and crayons.
Some of the main activities in Reception Class – Week Beginning Monday 5th September 2016
Welcome to a new and exciting school year.
The children and staff have been busy getting to know each other in Reception class and having fun exploring the new classroom.
The children have been taking part in counting activities and enjoying ‘Snappy Maths’ with numbers up to 20 then using this counting in activities around the classroom.
They have been learning new sounds in phonics lessons and are beginning to blend those sounds to make words with the help of Freddie Frog.
It’s been all about the Bake Off this week, the children created a CAF to brainstorm all the ideas for a class cake. They then collected some data to help them to make the final choice of what type of cake and flavour they were going to make – a big chocolate cake decorated with chocolate icing and sweets was their final choice. They had lots of fun making, baking, decorating and especially eating the cake after the Bake Off and everyone in Reception was very proud of the result!
The children are all looking forward to starting their challenge pack next week with the Big Adventure on a barge on Dudley canals