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Welcome to our Reception Class page. Here you will find out what we have been doing each week and what we have planned for the term. We base our learning around books linked to a theme but also adapt our plans to take into account children's interests and key events and celebrations throughout the year.
Please see below for our termly overviews, weekly news and photographs of our learning.
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This term Reception are focussing on three different traditional tales. They are starting with Mr Wolf's Pancakes, then the Gingerbread Man, and finally The Frog Prince.
Week 2 and 3
Reception have had great fun reading the Gingerbread Man story. They followed a recipe and made their own Gingerbread Man biscuits. Unfortunately the teacher's Gingerbread Man biscuits jumped out of the oven and ran away! The children have been searching for them and during Muddy Monday they made traps to try and catch them. The Gingerbread Man has sent the children some letters and asked them to help him. They have designed bridges to help him get across a river and today they have been looking at photographs of the Gingerbread Man in the local area and trying to work out where he could be. Reception have also used their imagination to create their own Gingerbread stories. They have written stories about characters including the Gingerbread Rats and Gingerbread Ducks being eaten by cheetahs and crocodiles!
Reception have had a great start to the new term! We read Mr Wolf's pancakes and then made our own pancakes! We have drawn and made maps to show where Mr Wolf lives. In Maths, we have been practising our addition skills. During Muddy Monday, we went outside to look for signs of Spring. We used the iPads to take photos of the things we found.
This term our learning is based around the book, Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson. We will be learning lots about different animals and their habitats. Our term will also heavily focus on PSHE skills and talking about keeping ourselves safe and talking about different feelings.
We had a wonderful trip to Noah's Ark Zoo Farm. We loved seeing all the animals and we enjoyed taking part in an animal workshop where we held a Giant African Land Snail and a Cockroach! We also stroked a leopard tortoise and a python!! Everyone was very brave!
Week 4 and 5
Reception have enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated around the world. We made dancing dragons and shiny lanterns as well as working in groups to perform a Chinese Dragon dance. We loved making a Chinese stir fry. After carefully chopping and grating the vegetables, we stir fried them with noodles in a big pan. Eating with chopsticks was tricky but everyone had a great try!
We have been learning about non-fiction books and using them to find information about different animals. We then made a class book all about elephants. In computing, we have been using the laptops to paint pictures of our favourite jungle animals and creating jungle scenes by clicking and dragging different objects.
In Maths, we have been comparing the mass of two objects and saying which is heaviest and which is lightest.
Week 2 and 3
Reception have had great fun designing and making their own jungle masks. We enjoyed using papier mache to cover a balloon, it was very messy! Then we have carefully followed our designs to paint and add detail to our super masks.
During maths, we have been focussing on finding different ways of making 5. We have used cubes and beanbags to finding lots of different combinations to make 5. We have tried hard to record our number sentences too.
In Literacy we have been learning the story of the Monkey Puzzle. We have acted out the story and then made our own puppets to help us retell the story. We enjoyed using masks to retell the story as a class. We have been really trying hard with our reading and phonics sessions. This week we have learnt about vowels and consonants!
We have had an exciting start to the term. Our classroom has transformed into a jungle and we have found a little baby monkey called Max. He's lost his mummy! We have made posters to help him find his mummy. We drew pictures of what we thought his jungle home might look like.
In Muddy Monday (on a Friday!) we had great fun making a fire and toasting marshmallows.
In Term 2 our learning will start with a special week of learning about and celebrating several difference festivals and celebrations - Halloween, Diwali and Bonfire night. We will then move on to basing our learning around the story 'Charlie's Superhero Underpants' by Paul Bright. We then focus on other superhero stories including Supertato and Whatever Next before moving on to basing our learning around Christmas!
Week 6 and 7
Reception have had a busy final two weeks of term. They have loved taking part in lots of Christmas celebrations, especially their super nativity 'Honky, Tonky Donkey!'. They made Christmas hats for Christmas Dinner Day and created beautiful Christmas cards. In science, the children looked at the seasons and talked about how they change. They then created super calendars by finger painting different colours for each season.
Happy Christmas everyone! See you in January for a busy Term 3!
Week 4 and 5
Reception have all passed their superhero training! They were fantastic in their first sharing assembly and all loved standing up and showing their visitors all of their learning this term. We had a great Superhero day where we completed lots of challenges and all received our Superhero certificates at the end of the day! We have been looking at all the places that Charlie visited in the story and comparing what they were like. We sorted clothes that we might need for different places and enjoyed looking closely at the Globe.
This week we were really lucky to be visited by four scientists from Infinity Systems. They came in and talked to use about their jobs and then they helped us to make a rocket and a rocket launcher. We had a great afternoon shooting them into the air!
Week 2 and 3
Reception received a message from Super Ben! He needs their help to save the world. The children have agreed to train to be superheroes over the next few weeks. They have created lost posters to help Charlie find his pants and have even designed him a new pair just in case his super red pants don't come back. The children have designed and started making their own amazing superhero capes. In our science sessions, the children have been exploring making shadows. They have explored how to make their own shadow puppets and discovered how they can make the shadow get bigger and smaller.
This first week has been full of pumpkins! The children have loved reading the story Pumpkin Soup and exploring pumpkins and what is inside them. They have been developing their fine motor skills by hammering golf tees into a pumpkin. Finally they have observed closely what happens when they mix different ingredients to make magical potions! Lots of mess and fun had by everyone!
In Term 1 our learning will be based around the story 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. We will also focus on other 'bear' and 'wood' themed stories during this term.
Week 1 and 2
Welcome to Cashes Green Primary School! Everyone has had a great first two weeks at school and have enjoyed meeting new friends and getting used to their new classroom. We have looked closely at our faces and painted some fantastic self portraits. We have been on a listening walk around the school and made some listening ears to help us hears lots of sounds around us.
Week 3 and 4
Reception have had a busy fortnight! We've all enjoyed staying at school full time and getting used to some new routines. We have loved reading our class book 'We're going on a bear hunt'. We have used story trays to retell the story and made some super story maps using lots of different materials. We had great fun walking through some paint and making lots of colourful footprints! This week Reception have been looking at a different 'bear' themed book, 'Goldilocks and the three bears'. We all enjoyed tasting porridge and choosing whether we preferred Daddy, Mummy or Baby Bear's favourite topping.
We also went outside for our first Muddy Monday session. We learnt about base camp and some simple rules. We played 1,2,3, Where are you? and even had time to play on the swing and hammock!
Week 5 and 6
Another busy fortnight in Reception. The children loved inviting their bears to our Teddy Bears' Picnic! They had a lovely afternoon together, even remembering to share their cakes with their teddies! They also showed great observation and concentration skills as they carefully painted a picture of their bear. In maths, they have been examining natural objects and sorting them into different groups.
In our science work, they have continued to learn about sound. After playing lots of listening and sound spotting games, they made their own sound shakers. They were then challenged to play them in different ways - they loves playing them loudly!
This week, they have been focussing on the story 'Owl Babies'. The children have loved dressing up and acting out the story. During Muddy Monday, they made bird feeders using peanut butter, pine cones and bird seed! The baby owls live in a hole in a tree. The children then thought about where they live and what their home is like. Some of the children were able to remember their address!
Our last week of the term was super busy! Bernard the Class Bear went missing! We walked to Randwick Woods to find him! We had great fun playing in the woods, building dens, balancing on logs and making a slide! We were so happy to find him hiding in a tree.
We have also been talking about Harvest. We read The Little Red Hen and then made our own dough. We took it outside and cooked bread twists on the campfire!