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Welcome to Reception 2021

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Week beginning 14.7.21

This week we had our sports day. We spent the morning throwing javelins, jumping over hurdles, Aiming and throwing balls and beanbags into a hoop and competing in different kinds of races. We had individual events and team games. We all completed the activities and had a fun time doing so!

Week beginning 5.7.21

Ahoy there Matey!

This week we have continued to learn about pirates. We have been making our own treasure maps using grids and talking through the journey we would make if we visited a treasure island using the words first, then, next and finally.

We have been using 'Talk for writing' and improving our speaking and communication skills.

We have been using play dough to make treasure islands with lots of shiny materials.

We have investigated shiny materials from a treasure chest that are magnetic, finding out if they stick to the magnets or not.

In mathematics we have been measuring snakes made from ribbons and pipe cleaners. We ordered them and then measured them using cubes. We used language like long, longer and longest. We also cut out pirate trhemed pictures and put them in order from smallest to biggest.

We found a message in a bottle telling us all about Blackbeard's famous hidden treasure. During Forest Schools we set sail on our pirate ship to Skull Island. We followed the instructions on the letter crossing the old bony bridge, creeping through the dark cave and even climbing a mountain. 

Week Beginning 28.6.21

This week, the children have been introduced to our new topic 'Pirates'. We have been very busy walking the plank, drawing and designing our own treasure maps and being creative making parrots. On Wednesday, Pirate Pete delivered a letter to school to ask the children to draw a map of the copse area so he could locate the hidden treasure. We have had lots of fun so far. 

Walking the Plank

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Balancing skills

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We learned to walk the plank, concentrating on our balancing skills.

We painted a large treasure map with sand and paint.

Blue Class talking like pirates

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We looked at how pirates talked and some of the language that they used. We tried it for a day!

We have been looking at treasure maps. We received a letter from a pirate called Pete who needed us to draw him a map of the copse.

The pirates left a chest full of treasure and jewellery. The children used magnets to investigate if any of the treasure was magnetic. 

We have had a great time learning 'Tricky' words, CCVC and CVCC words. We had to find words hidden in our pirate provision areas and then make a sentence from them. We solved all the puzzles!

Fantastic team work Blue Class!

We have decorated our classroom with our hand made bunting!

Look at our pirate pet parrots. We used paper plates, feathers, paint and crepe paper to make them. They look so colourful flying around our classroom!

Week beginning 21.6.21

We started this week with a big explosion and a real 'WOW' moment for the children. Watch the clips below to see and share our excitement.

Volcano explosion

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We used the paper mache volcano that we have been making over the past 2 weeks to conduct an experiment. The children predicted what might happen.


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Conducting an experiment

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We watched how bicarbonate of soda and vinegar reacted.

We wrote some amazing recounts of what happened during our experiment.

This week, we have been reflecting on our favourite topics and memories in reception. We loved looking through our Learning Journeys to find our highlights of the year. 


We made a dinosaur swamp using mud, twigs, leaves and sticks. We had so much fun! When we had finished, we played with the dinosaurs in the swamp.



We have been talking about we can earn money. We have got a jar in our classroom and we are earning pennies for doing jobs around our Reception area. We are talking about how we save money in 'piggy' banks and other money boxes. We discussed when we receive money for different occasions like birthdays and even a visit from the tooth fairy. In class we have been exploring using 1p coins to buy items and exchanging these for 2p, 5p and 10p coins when we have a larger amount. 

Money week in Reception

We linked our story 'The girl and the dinosaur' to a famous female fossil hunter from the past called Mary Anning. We talked about her role as a paleontologist and how she found some of the first fossils of sea creatures. We drew a portrait of her and our teachers were amazed by our pencil control and attention to detail!

Mary Anning portraits

We talked about how fossils are made and then used salt dough to make our own dinosaur fossils. Can you guess which dinosaurs they are?

We used art straws to create a dinosaur skeleton. Can you guess the dinosaurs?

Week beginning 14.6.21

This week we have been choosing and using lots of different materials to make our own Jurassic world pictures. We talked about what it would have looked like when the dinosaurs were living there millions of years ago. Can you spot the volcanos and plains, plants and trees?

This is our 'Dinosaur Stomp' song and actions. We loved joining in with 'Boogie Beebies'

Dino Stomp

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Dino Stomp

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Song and actions

We have been reading a lovely story called 'The girl and the dinosaur' by Hollie Hughes and Sarah Massini. It has given us so much inspiration and ideas that we have planned our own stories in pictures with a beginning, middle and ending. Next week we will be writing about our pictures to create a narrative story.

Here are some of our lovely story plans.

Story Plans

When we grow up we would like to be paleontologists and search for dinosaur bones. We have had a great time hammering, scraping and brushing away the block to find the fossils.

In mathematics we have been using our doubling skills to find halve and share out dinosaurs between the two volcanos.

We have been having a messy but fun time using newspaper to make a paper mache volcano model. We are hoping to paint it and use it in our small world area.

As we approach the end of our time in Reception we have been looking at our 'Learning Journey's' and talking about what we have enjoyed doing and what we have become really good at during the year. We made choices about our favourite activities and explained why we liked them so much.

This week we have been playing games during our phonics sessions to consolidate our knowledge of CVCC words. We loved taking turns and sounding out the words before we moved the counters. 

Week beginning 8.6.21

What a start to this half of the summer term!

The week has been filled with fun facts about dinosaurs. The children have been really engaged and done so many wonderful activities from painting to modelling and paper mache volcano creations. 

Here are a few images to show you how focused we all were during our first few days this term.

Week Beginning 17.5.21

This week we have been using junk modelling materials to build, make and then paint our own emergency services vehicles. We used different techniques to join the materials together including glue, tape and folding.

In our creative area we focused on designing, drawing and painting emergency vehicles.

We sorted emergency vehicles into the past and present. We talked about the pictures on the smart board before we sorted them using the interactive tool. We looked at the shape of the vehicles, the colour, the sirens and lights before we sorted them. We were fantastic at this activity!

The highlight of the week in Blue Class was doing 'Pen Disco'. We concentrated on circular patterns and pencil grip. We couldn't resist a boogie at the end!


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During Forest Schools we used mud to create our own trolls. We had to mould the mud carefully into shape and then we used natural objects that we found in our copse to create the hair and facial features.

This week we have used lots of different construction materials, both indoors and outdoors, to build fire stations and police headquarters.

Week beginning 10.5.21

For the next 3 weeks we are looking at key workers and people who help us. 

This week we started with a WOW moment as the creative area of our classrooms were turned into a crime scene. The children looked for clues and asked each other questions to find out more. We talked about when it could have happened, who may have done it, what evidence was left behind and why it possibly happened.


We have lots of exciting activities in our different areas of provision both indoors and outdoors. Here are a few images from the first few days.

We have been writing reports about what happened. Take a look at our amazing factual accounts using super words to signal time like first, next and finally.

Week beginning 4.5.21

Look at our lovely chalk space pictures!

 We used chalk in different ways to draw, smudge and create different textures. We read a book called 'The darkest dark' by Chris Hadfield and took inspiration from the pictures in the book. We also listened to Holst's 'Planets' and talked about how the planets were all very different.


We have also used paint to make our own moon and landed our own rockets on it. We used our cutting and sticking skills to make the rockets.

Week beginning 26.4.21

This week we have been finding different ways to make 10. We have been reinforcing our understanding of number bonds and which pairs of numbers make 10.

We have been learning the 'ur' digraph. We went on a hunt around the classroom to find words that contain the sound.

We have also played 'snowballs' during our phonics sessions. We had to find the word on the snowball, read it and put it in the correct hoop. We loved throwing the snowballs and reading new words each time. We also wrote some silly sentences using 'ow' and 'ur' words. Can you read some of our silly sentences?

During our space topic this week, the children have been investigating how craters on the moon are formed. The children dropped stones from a height into the moon sand. Then they moved the stone to see the crater. Everyone had lots of fun in the moon sand!

Week beginning 19.4.21

This week we are exploring patterns. The children have enjoyed using their voices, instruments, blocks and any other resources they can find to create patterns.

An alien sent us a message to tell us that they had hidden 'ar' words in the copse and asked us to go on an alien hunt to find words, read them and write them down. We had a really fun phonics session today!!!

As the weather gets nicer and we are making the most of our newly developed outdoor area the children will be spending lots of time outside. Please could sun cream (preferably 'Once a day' sun lotion) be applied before coming to school. 

Week beginning 13th April

We had had a fantastic first week back. The children have all accessed our newly extended outdoor area. They have enjoyed a range of physical and imaginative activities building structures, making creations in the mud kitchen, using tubes to create water slides and riding bikes.

This week we have been exploring 2D shapes. We have used our outdoor area to go on a shape hunt and sorted shapes according to their properties. We have also been making pictures using 2D shapes.

Week beginning 22nd March 2021

We have had a very ‘eggciting’ week in reception getting ready for the Easter holidays. We have explored 3D shapes and investigated which shapes roll, planned our own magic egg story & spent lots of time outside in our outdoor area. We have had lots of fun making Easter baskets and a chick in our creative area. In PE this week we explored a variety of ways of moving like jumping, hopping, skipping and running. We had so much fun. 

This week we have been applying our new sounds to words and caption in Phonics sessions. We have been trying really hard with our letter formation too. Look how fabulous our handwriting is and how neat we have formed each letter,
We have been investigating shapes this week in Mathematics. We have been set challenges to sort flat and solid shapes and build models using and naming shapes too. We have also investigated whether some 3D shapes roll. The children have really enjoyed their learning this week!
As Easter approaches we have been trying to draw Easter bunnies and chicks. We read a short story and drew pictures while we listened to retell what happened. Our pictures were amazing and it really helped to develop our listening skills.
We had a 'Crazy hair day' for Comic Relief to raise money.

Week beginning 15th March 2021

We have had a super week continuing with our theme of Traditional Tales.

In Mathematics we have been measuring a giant's foot using cubes. We had to count the cubes accurately and then find items that were smaller and bigger.

We have also been learning prepositions. We took the big parachute outdoors and tried to keep the balls on the parachute. We ran under the parachute and around it too. We had lots of fun and worked as a team!
We have been outdoors in the copse looking for early signs of spring. We found lots of daffodils and decided to paint them. We chose the colours we needed and looked at the shapes of the stem and petals. We have displayed them in our classrooms as they look so beautiful.
We have been learning about what seeds need in order to grow after we planted our own broad bean seeds last week. We used the words seed, shoot, stem and flower as we ordered the cycle.
In Phonics we went on a 'Snail Trail' around our classrooms as our teachers had hidden snails with 'ai' words on them. We found lots hidden in the different areas of our classes. We then read and copied the words onto our whiteboards.