Summer 1 in Reception

This half term our topic has been ‘Once Upon a Time.’ We have been reading lots of traditional tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have also read some not so traditional versions of these stories such as ‘Blow your nose, Big Bad Wolf’ and ‘The Great Fairy tale Disaster.’

The first story we read was Jack and the Beanstalk. We learnt how to create a story map and then had a go at making our own. Using our cutting skills, we cut out a spiral pattern to make our own beanstalks. Some of us made ‘Jack’ to put on the beanstalk and added leaves. At the end of the week, we planted our own magic bean! We are waiting patiently to see if they will grow.

In class, we had a go at making and trying porridge like Goldilocks. Some of us had raisins or honey with our porridge and we decided it was ‘just right!’

We have had a go at making stick puppets and enjoyed retelling the story of the Three Little Pigs using our puppet theatre. We also had a go at making houses for the pigs using straw, sticks and blocks.

Spring 2 2019 in Reception

This half term our topic has been ‘People Who Help Us’. We have been very lucky and have had lots of visitors coming into school to help us learn more about the different jobs that people do to help us. We met paramedics, nurses, fire fighters, police officers, veterinary nurses and dentists. We all had a great time looking at the emergency vehicles, and going inside the police van and ambulance. We talked a lot about what we would like to be when we grow up, and we learned about the jobs that people in our families do.

Spring 1 in Reception

This half term our topic has been ‘Fantasy’.  We enjoyed starting the topic with a dressing up day where we all came to school dressed as our favourite character.  We have been busy reading lots of stories, and have had visits from fairies, aliens and pirates!  We have explored potion mixing and making treasure maps, and we have been using our imaginations to write many of our own stories.

Autumn 2 in Reception

As part of our ‘Celebration’ topic, we have been learning about Diwali; the Hindu Festival of Light.

We took part in a workshop with Miss Helen; she taught us some dance moves and we were told the story of Diwali. We learnt all about Rama and Sita, Ravana the ten headed demon and Hanuman the monkey king! We all enjoyed trying on and dancing in some traditional clothes. We have looked at Diwali information books, read stories and watched videos.

In the classroom, we have designed our own Mehndi’s, lanterns, Rangoli patterns, shadow puppets and Diva lamps.

We have looked at Diwali information books, read stories and watched videos to find out more information.

Autumn 1 in Reception

This half term our topic has been ‘Ourselves’. We have spent time talking about our families and our pets, where we live, the things we like doing and we have been learning about our bodies and how to stay healthy. We painted self-portraits and made a display for the classrooms out of pictures of ourselves.

At the end of the first half term the children in Reception enjoyed a morning of activities linked to the celebration of Harvest, and to the season of autumn.  Parents were invited in to join their children to explore the wide range of activities on offer.

It was fantastic to see so many parents attend the session, and sharing in the learning experiences with the children.  Everyone had a fantastic morning!

Our First Day in Reception

The Reception children have been settling in very nicely to their new school. They have been exploring their new classrooms and having fun in the outdoor areas, including Ted’s Den. The children have been on tours of the school to learn where everything is. They have been working hard in class and have already started learning about letters and numbers. They have also been very busy making new friends and getting to know each other.

Summer 2 in Reception

This half term our topic has been ‘In the Woods.’ We have been listening to stories about teddy bears and have been writing our own stories too. In the last week of our topic, we all brought in our teddies from home. Some of them got up to mischief while we were at home! On Thursday, we made and decorated a headband to wear to our teddy bear’s picnic and learnt the words to the ‘teddy bear’s picnic’ song. We all enjoyed sitting outside to eat our lunch with our teddies and friends.

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