The Reception classes aim to foster independence in the children and we would ask you to support your child in this, such as allowing them to put on their coat, get their reading books ready to place in the box on the relevant day and place their book bags in their tray. We have different strategies in place such as self-registration and 'Own Learning Time', which will enhance these opportunities, as well as a helping hands board, whereby the children complete the weather chart, hand out the fruit and milk during snack time and assist the adults with other jobs in the classroom throughout the day. We add to some of these responsibilities throughout the year.
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Autumn Term 2 (2019) - Let's Celebrate!
Autumn Term 1 (2019) - Marvellous Me
Week beginning 2nd December 2019
We have had a very busy and exciting week as we held our Christmas Concert. We practised daily and performed in front of the whole school on Thursday and to our families on Friday. All of the Early Years staff were incredibly proud of the children. They sang loudly, remembered all the actions to the songs and for those who had speaking parts, they said their lines beautifully. A big well done to them all! We are now feeling extremely Christmassy!
Week Beginning 25th November
This week the children have been making aliens using a variety of materials including junk modelling, paints and playdough. They then described their own aliens and practised writing labels and captions. In Maths they have been learning how to estimate how many objects they can see and counting to check how close their estimates were. They then compared two groups of objects and said which had the most. For our phonics this week we have been continuing to learn new sounds and tricky words such as 'I, the to, go and no'. In readiness for our Christmas Concert next week we have been rehearsing our songs and actions.
Week Beginning 18th November
This week we have been following the children's interests and learning all about Space. The children and adults have created a spaceship and mission control and the children have particularly enjoyed climbing the ladder to be astronauts. In our Maths learning this week we have started to solve problems involving taking away and saying how many are left over. We have continued to practice letter sounds in Phonics and are beginning blend sounds to read cvc words.
Week beginning 11th November
We have had an exciting week, celebrating lots of different special days. We began on Monday by learning about Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies. We made poppies using a variety of materials. On Tuesday we had fun wearing odd socks to school to support anti-bullying week. We talked about how to be a good friend. On Wednesday we discussed the different people that help us, such as doctors, vets, police, firefighters. On Thursday we dressed up as superheroes in support of Diabetes Day. On Friday was Children In Need so we had fun making Pudsey masks and finding out why this day is important. In Maths we have been using everyday language to talk about money and in Phonics we have learnt the sounds g, o, c, k.
Week beginning 4th November
We have been reading 'Whatever Next' in our classes - a delightful story about baby bear going to the moon in his rocket, a cardboard box! This led us to make fabulous rockets from junk modelling and write lists of what we would take to the moon. We have also been learning about Bonfire Night and talking about how we celebrated it with our families. We made firework pictures using paints, chalk and tissue paper. In Phonics we learnt the sounds i, n, m, d. In Maths we counted actions which cannot be moved and matched numbers to groups of objects. We went to the computer room where the children showed us their creative skills by drawing colourful fireworks using a paint program. The children were very excited this week as we had a very special visitor in assembly. Wilma the guide dog came to see us and show us what she could do. The school is supporting this charity this year.
Week beginning 28th October
At the beginning of the week we went on an Autumn walk in the school grounds. We noticed some of the trees had changed colour and had fun finding and collecting a variety of leaves that had fallen onto the ground. We have been learning about Diwali, the festival of light. We made some Rangoli patterns using coloured pens, rice, sand and chalk. We also used clay to make our own special diva lamps. We tasted some Indian sweets and enjoyed listening to Indian music. In Maths we have focused on patterns-recognising and describing them as well as creating our own. We used different objects, shapes and pictures to make repeating patterns. In phonics we have learnt to recognise and say the letter sounds - s,a,t,p. We found objects beginning with these sounds and tried writing the letters.
Week beginning 7th October
We have had an fantastic week in Reception with our learning based around the book 'Pumpkin Soup'. On Monday we peeled, sliced and chopped a variety of vegetables to make pumpkin soup in our classes. We then tasted the soup and ate the bread we made last week. Some of the children discovered the joys of dunking their bread into the soup. It was delicious! In our maths this week we have been exploring and using language related to size. We ordered pumpkins from biggest to smallest and went on size hunts around our environment finding objects that were long or short. In phonics this week we have been listening to initial sounds in words and beginning to write the initial sounds in words.
On Tuesday 8th October Zoolab visited Reception with a variety of creatures for the children to learn about and compare to themselves. As the pictures below show, many of the pupils were really brave and touched the creatures on show! Well done Reception!
Week beginning 30th September 2019
This week we read the story of 'The Little Red Hen.' We enjoyed acting out the story as well as making story maps. We had a very exciting end of the week as we made our own bread in class. We have not tasted and eaten it yet as we are saving it for Monday when we will be doing some more cooking connected to our next story-but hush, the children don't know yet what the story is! In Maths we have been focusing on key vocabulary-heavy, heaviest, light and lightest. We used our hands to feel the weight of various objects then investigated weight using scales-small scales for inside and large scales in our mud kitchen. We discovered that just because an object is big doesn't mean it's the heaviest.
Week beginning 23rd September 2019
We had an exciting start to the week when we arrived back in school on Monday. We found straw, sticks and bricks all over the playground and we asked the children where they thought it had come from. Many guessed that the 3 little pigs and wolf had been to our school! We read the story in class, then had fun acting out the story, retelling it using small world and making story maps. In Maths we have continued to focus on numbers to 10. We introduced the term 'altogether' when adding two groups of objects and also looked at 2D shapes. In Phonics we have been listening to and joining in with various rhymes and recognising rhyming pictures and objects.
Week beginning 16th September 2019
This week we have continued to focus on our listening skills. We have been following instructions, using positional language such as next to, behind, in front of, in between. In Maths we have been counting out objects and recognising numbers to 10 and beyond. The children have now joined the older children on the field for lunchtime play. They have adjusted well to this change and have had fun playing with them. The older children have been very caring and have enjoyed looking after them.
Week beginning 9th September 2019
The children in all three reception classes have completed their induction days and have been attending full time all this week. It has been really exciting getting to know all the new routines, children and the amazing spaces we have in Reception. We have focused on expectations, recognising numbers and making new friends.
Our Learning 2018-19
Week Ending 12th July 2019
This week we have been learning about what to do in the case of an emergency! We know that if an adult needed help and we were home alone that we have to call 999. We also practised giving CPR using special models that the First Aid trainer provided. After that we learnt about how to help someone if they are choking and we had to count to 10 while giving the models a hard slap in the back. It was fun to use the bandages to wrap up imaginary wounds on each other and on ourselves. All of us received a First Aid certificate, booklet and special sticker.
Week Ending 5th July 2019
It's been an interesting week learning all about sharks, the children have even been teaching the teacher some shark facts! The children told us that sharks are predators, they eat fish and live deep in the ocean. We even learnt a new type of shark from one knowledgeable boy who explained to us that there is a type of shark called a Megalodon. We have also been learning about The Great White, Hammerhead, Whale shark and Tiger shark. We know that when we write facts we have to write the things that are true and not just the things we think as these as our opinions.
Week Ending 28th June 2019
This week has been a very sporty week as we had an Olympic long jumper come to school to work on a fitness circuit with us and we had our sports day where the children all had fun taking part in various activities showing team work, agility and good sportsmanship. We have been writing a recount of our sports day and using time connectives such as first, then, next, after that. In Maths we have been practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s up to 100 using songs to help us.
Week Ending 21st June 2019
This week the children have settled into their new learning bays in the hall. It has been an exciting change and all of the children have adapted to their new learning environment and have displayed exemplary behaviour, we are very proud of them. We have been reading the story Bog Baby and writing lots of words to describe him as well as making up some exciting adventures that he went on. In Maths, we have been practising counting to 100 and practising number recognistion and place value of numbers from 0-20. For home learning this week please continue to practise reading and writing the Phase 2 and 3 High Frequency Words.
Week Ending 7th June 2019
Welcome back everyone, we hope you enjoyed the half term break and are looking forward to the final term in Year R! The children were very excited to return from their holiday to a new and improved classroom with lots of new furniture. It was lovely to share our holiday news with each other and ask relevant questions to each other to show how confident we are at speaking and listening. In maths we have been ordering numbers and solving word problems where we had to find one more and one less than a number.
This week we have been reading the book 'Blanche and Rocky' which tells the lovely story of a polar bear and penguin living at the North and South Poles, who became penpals and wrote letters to each other. The children were very excited to receive a letter from Blanche the polar bear, so we had fun writing our own letters back to her. We talked about looking after our environment and discussed what recycling meant. The children are keen to place the correct rubbish into our school recycling bins now! In Maths we have been learning to name, recognise and describe 3D shapes. We counted the edges and vertices of lots of shapes and enjoyed printing patterns using the faces of 3D shapes.
Week Ending 17th May 2019
This week we have been reading the story the Gruffalo's Child and comparing it to the Gruffalo, we have been discussing the similarities and differences between the characters and the setting in both stories as well as discussing what makes us different from each other and understanding that it's ok to be different. We have been creative and made our own creatures using a variety of resources such as paint, blocks, Lego and even mud! It has been fun testing materials to investigate which one we should use to make a coat for the Gruffalo's Child to keep her dry and warm from the snow. We then wrote a description about them. In Maths we have been solving addition and subtracting problem by counting on and counting back, we have also been practising our number bonds to 10.
Week Ending 10th May 2019
This week we have been learning all about the Gruffalo. We have been describing the setting and the characters and joining in with the repeated refrains in the story. We have been making our own story maps to help us correctly sequence the story. The Gruffalo sent us some letters asking us to help him to share, we had to share his Gruffalo crumble between Mouse, Fox, Owl and Snake. We know that sharing means we all have to have the same amount. We practised sharing the purple prickles on the Gruffalo's back, we shared some food around the camp fire outside and some of our toys inside. We were very excited to spot a bird in its nest in our outdoor playground and have been discussing and making observations on it.
Week Ending 3rd May 2019
This week we have continued to immerse ourselves in the story of 'We're going on a bear hunt.' The children thoroughly enjoyed the sensory experience of physically going through the settings of the story, particularly the river and mud! - that will explain any muddy feet or socks! We have been writing about the settings and using descriptive words such as dark, squelchy, deep and twirly. We also made up alternative stories, which included a dragon instead of a bear. In Maths we have been sharing between two to show we understand the concept of halving. If you have a pizza or cake at the weekend can your child show you how to half it so that it is fair? We have also been halving a quantity and know that each person has to have the same amount.
Week Ending 26th April 2019
Welcome back everyone, we hope you all had an exciting yet restful Easter holiday! We have been having 'double trouble' this week after reading the very funny story, 'Two of Everything' where Mr and Mrs Haktak find a magic pot that doubles everything, they even managed to double themselves! We have been showing that we understand the concept of doubling by finding two of something in our classroom and outside. Our book of the week has been an adventurous one, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. We have enjoyed making actions to help us retell the story and discussing all of the different settings in the story such as the deep, dark woods and the swirling whirling snow storm. We all had a very successful first swimming lesson together and can't wait to make a splash of it next week!
Week Ending 5th April 2019
This week we have been celebrating Easter by making cards, baking chocolate Easter nests, and enjoying showing off our Easter bonnets, ties and t-shirts during our Easter assembly. We have been practising our blending skills by sounding out words on eggs and matching them to our pictures. We have also been practising our number bonds to 10 using a variety of resources such as carrots, eggs, chicks and nests. It has been exciting to see the blossom falling from the trees and we have enjoyed going outside and pretending it was snowing.
Week Ending 29th March
This week we have been continuing with our story the Hungry Caterpillar and looking at different mini-beasts. We have been excited to see the frog spawn in our garden has turned into tadpoles and can't wait to see if these will grow into real life frogs! We have been writing fact files about the different mini-beasts we have learnt about and know that if we want to find out information about something we can use books to help us and the internet on our computers, iPads, phones and iPods. In maths we have been using caterpillars to compare lengths ordering from shortest to longest. We have enjoyed making Mother's day cards and describing all the lovely things our mummies do for us!
Week Ending 22nd March 2019
This week we have been reading the book The Hungry Caterpillar, we enjoyed retelling the story and joining in with the many repeated refrains throughout the story! The book helped us with our days of the week, counting and helped us to understand the life cycle of a butterfly. We counted fruit in Maths and added two amounts together, we had fun outdoors throwing beanbags into the caterpillars mouth and we practised finding one more and one less than a number. We have been looking at other mini beasts and going on a mini beast hunt around our school.
Week Ending 15th March 2019
This week we have been learning all about The Tiny Seed, we discussed that we need soil, water and sun in order to plant seeds, we are excited to see what will grow in our garden as we watch them grow. We have been practising our measuring skills and using different objects around the classroom to measure things. We had to estimate and then measure the length and height of items such as chairs, tables and doors using non standard-units such as, Lego pieces, books and string. We have been painting in the style of Eric Carle by using different textures and strokes with forks and tissue paper to create some spring flowers. We have learned the parts of the flower and have been writing labels. We wore our own clothes and red noses to raise money for Comic Relief.
Week Ending 8th March 2019
This week we have been celebrating World Book Day by reading the story 'Handa's Hen' which was set in Kenya, Africa. We have been exploring African animals and writing riddles that included clues so that our friends could guess which animal we have written about. We have been creative by making African patterns with paint and making colourful necklaces. Some of the patterns and artwork created were used to decorate a class tree to celebrate Tree Dressing Day. Handa has to do lots of counting in the story and we have been counting the animals she found as she looked for her hen. We also found out about the life cycle of a chicken and we were visited by Veronica and Cheryl the hens. We were able make observations and compare how they were similar or different to Handa's hen in the story. We also got to stroke them and discover how warm and soft the feathers were! It was lovely to see the super effort everyone made when coming to school dressed as their favourite book character.
Week Ending 1st March 2019
This week we have pulled and pulled the enormous turnip but it still wouldn't budge! We have enjoyed role playing the story 'The Enormous Turnip' and taking on the different characters task of trying to dig up turnips in our own garden. We got creative in the writing area and used some carrots to paint with. In Maths we have been learning about the number 19 and were quick to spot that it is only one away from 20. We have also been learning about 3D shapes and going on a shape hunt to find some shapes in our learning environment. We introduced the 'Tinkering Table' outside this week, where the children have the opportunity to use a variety of tools such as hammers, nails, screwdrivers and screws.
Week Ending 15th February 2019
This week we have enjoyed reading and making up actions for the story The Magic Porridge Pot. We made up our own magic words just like in the story and had a go at writing them. We discussed what toppings we would like in our own porridge and were adventurous when we tried porridge in class with a variety of different toppings. In Maths we have been learning about the number 18 and all about capacity using the terms full, half full and empty. We went outside to practise measuring in the water area and in the mud kitchen.
Week Ending 8th February 2019
This week China Town has come to Snodland! We have enjoyed learning all about the Chinese New Year story and how the Jade Emperor asked all the animals to participate in a race. We had fun acting out the story outside by crossing the river too. In Maths we have been learning about ordinal numbers and practised using the terms first, second and third by having our own races. We discussed how people celebrate the Chinese New Year and compared it to how we celebrate, discussing the similarities and differences. We tried some delicious Chinese food and could describe to our learning partners what it tasted like. Some of us successfully used chopsticks to eat the noodles! We enjoyed making Chinese lanterns and dragons as well as having a go at building the Great Wall of China! We even tried writing in Chinese! We had such a fun and busy week!
Week Ending 1st February 2019
This week we have been using scales to weigh a variety of objects to see which were heavy and which were light. We discovered that just because an object is big, it doesn't mean it will be heavier. We continued to focus on the story the 'Three Little Pigs' and looked at different materials, naming them and thinking of their uses. In Phonics we have been trying to blend to read words starting and ending with sh, ch, th and ng. We enjoyed finding ice again in our water trays outside! This gave us the opportunity to talk about what ice is and think of words to describe it.
Week Ending 25th January 2019
This week we have been practising using money in our class shop. We used the language pennies, cards, coins, buy, sell and change. There was a flurry of excitement as the snow fell, we loved catching snowflakes. We experimented with liquids and solids by putting some toys in water and leaving them outside to freeze, we then had to rescue the toys! We read the story the 'Three Little Pigs' and made houses using bricks, straw and sticks at the creative table and in the construction area. In Phonics we were actively trying to blend to read words using the bikes and scooters.
Week Ending 18th January 2019
This week we have continued learning about The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We made story maps and discussed the characters in the story. In Maths we have been learning all about halving and have been doing lots of practical activities to help us see that when we half a shape we get two equal parts. It was a yummy week halving pizzas and adding the toppings just like Tia Ten and Freddie Four did in Ten Town. We made some huge bridges in the construction area outside and practised the familiar phrases from the story such as "Trip, trap, trip, trap" and "Who's that crossing over my bridge?".
We have enjoyed sharing our Christmas holiday news. This week we have been learning the story, 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. We have practised retelling the story using actions, props and masks. In Maths, we have been making repeating patterns using paint, shapes, pegs, cubes and bricks. We have also been learning all about the number 13 and finding different ways to make 13.
Week Ending 14th December
This week we have been working like elves in Santa's workshop to make lots of Christmas crafts to surprise you all with. We have been practising to read and write the tricky words 'I, no, go, to, into, the' these are words that are not decodable so we can't sound them out. It has been a frosty and icy week and we have enjoyed playing in the 'North Pole' small world area outside. In Maths we have been learning all about the number 12 and know that Tia Ten comes first and then Tommy Two. We have also been learning about the seasons and can describe the colours, clothes and animals that happen in each one. We ended the week with Christmas jumper day and Christmas school dinner and are really feeling festive!
Week Ending 7th December
This week we have been learning all about the story of Christmas and Advent as well as practising and performing our Christmas concert. In Phonics we have been learning more digraphs (ss, ff and ll) and writing our tricky words in different ways. We have been adding 10 and 1 to make 11 and naming 2D shapes and describing their properties. I have 4 straight sides, I have 4 corners, all of my sides are the same. What am I?
Week Ending 30th November
This week we have been learning all about Scotland and celebrating St Andrew's day. We read a story about Barnaby Bear's visit to Edinburgh castle and made our own castles in the construction area. We made some Scottish flags and weaved tartan. It was really fun making shortbread, we used flour, butter and sugar and got to taste it in class!
Week Ending 23rd November
This week we have been learning about gratitude and discussing what we are thankful for. We enjoyed sharing the book 'Bear says thanks.' Lots of us are thankful for our families and having nice friends to play with. In Maths we have been learning about the number 10 and finding different ways to make it using a variety of resources. It was exciting to have our parents in to watch how good we are at Phonics, we are trying to write more CVC words by ourselves.
Week Ending 16th November 2018
This week was 'Anti-bullying' week, We wore odd socks to show it's ok to be different. We also dressed up in spots and Pudsey Bear outfits to raise money for Children in Need-thank you for your generous donations. We have been learning about what it means to be a good friend. We discussed how we can share with our friends, how to show kindness and what to do if we see a friend who is upset. We have been practising blending and segmenting our new sounds and writing some CVC words. In Maths we have worked out different ways to make 9 and some of us have even been having a go at doubles!
Week Ending 9th November 2018
This week we have been learning about Guy Fawkes night and Divali. We discussed all of the different colours we could see in Rangoli patterns and made our own using different shapes and colours. It's been a fun week learning about Eric Eight and practising how to write him in the 'snow' that we found in our tuff spot outside.
Week ending 2nd November 2018
This week we read 'Room on the Broom' and 'Funny bones' The children were very excited as it was Halloween, so there were lots of spooky activities going on! The children enjoyed dressing up as witches, collecting sticks to make broomsticks, making magic potions in the mud kitchen and drawing skeletons with chalk. All the children decorated Halloween cookies to take home on Halloween night.
Congratulations to this week's 'Stars of the Week' - Christopher and Jasmine from Gala Class, Harry and Reegan from Bramley Class and Connor W and Alex from Pippin Class.
Congratulations to Emily from Gala Class, Freddie from Bramley Class and Ruby from Pippin Class who all achieved a 'Headteacher's Award' this week.
In Bramley Class we have enjoyed sharing the story 'Pumpkin Soup'. We followed a recipe, all got to chop some vegetables and then got to smell and taste our very own soup. We loved dipping the bread in the soup and some children even went back for seconds! We played lots of games in phonics focusing on hearing the first sound in words and in maths we have learnt all about Seal Six.
We read the story 'Pumpkin soup' by Helen Cooper and enjoyed making soup in class. We tried grating, cutting and peeling the vegetables and had fun tasting our soup. Some us loved the taste but others were not so sure! We also went on an Autumn Walk around the school grounds. We collected various leaves, sticks and pine cones and looked at the similarities and differences between them then created some lovely autumn pictures.
This week Pippin class loved reading the story Pumpkin Soup. We had fun playing with the pumpkins and working out how to get the pumpkin seeds out from inside the pumpkin using hammers, sticks and golf tees. We used pumpkins in Maths to help us count and improved our fine motor skills by threading cheerios onto pipe cleaners. At snack time we used some leftover apples to print pumpkins and practised our cutting skills by cutting out triangle eyes and drawing a scary mouth.
Congratulations to this week's 'Stars of the Week' - Ethan and Reeva from Gala Class, Katelyn and Josh A from Bramley Class and Connor M and Ava from Pippin Class.
Congratulations to Amy from Gala Class, Scarlet from Bramley Class and Ellie from Pippin Class who all achieved a 'Headteacher's Award' this week.
Bramley class have learnt all about the number 5 this week, and have found different ways to match an amount to the numeral. We have read lots of rhyming stories and have made up our own silly rhymes! We have continued to work on our gross motor skills through Write Dance and enjoyed making big volcanoes with crayons to the music. Bramley Class were very engaged in the computer room, using the mouse carefully to create a picture!
This week we made the most of the lovely weather to learn maths outside. We found out about Fiona Five so went on a scavenger hunt on the field to find 5 items. As Fiona likes to exercise, we also had fun doing various exercises in sets of five -5 star jumps, 5 strides, etc. The children also enjoyed exploring the pumpkins they discovered in our outdoor area which led to great discussions on a variety of topics.
Pippin class have been practising rhyming and playing lots of rhyming games, we especially enjoyed rhyming bingo! We sang nursery rhymes on the stage outside. This week we went to the ICT room for the first time and used the program 2Paint to make a picture.
Week ending 5th October 2018
Congratulations to this week's 'Stars of the Week' - Archie and Laila from Gala Class, Belle and Will from Bramley Class and Jack and Dylan from Pippin Class.
Congratulations to Christopher from Gala Class, Mia from Bramley Class and Ella from Pippin Class who all achieved a 'Headteacher's Award' this week.
We went to the computer suite for the very first time this week. It was very exciting! The children sat sensibly on the chairs, each having a computer in front of them. They all had a go at using the mouse to draw a picture on the '2 paint' program.
This week Pippin class have enjoyed being imaginative outside. We used the boxes to pretend we were astronauts travelling in rockets to space and some of us were race drivers with fast cars! It has been very windy so we have used the wheelbarrow to collect all of the autumn leaves that have blown onto our playground. We have been practising our counting skills and used the Interactive White Board (IWB) to count out cakes for teddy.
This week we have enjoyed exploring different instruments. The children had fun making up songs and then performing them to their friends. Bramley Class made lots of noise experimenting with various drums, we listened to different sounds and then tried making our own sounds outside. We have also enjoyed messy class, forming letters and numbers.
Week ending 21st September 2018
Congratulations to this week's 'Stars of the Week' - Isabelle and Harry from Gala Class, Evie-Grace and Aayan from Bramley Class and Ellis and Penelope from Pippin Class.
Congratulations to Millie from Gala Class, Harriet from Bramley Class and Cara from Pippin Class who all achieved a 'Headteacher's Award' this week.
The children have had fun exploring the outside area independently. They enjoyed writing recipes in the mud kitchen, making soup over the campfire and working as a team to see how far the boats would travel down the drainpipes.