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Reception Courage

Summer 2


Our topic this half term has been 'At the Seaside. We begun our topic by creating a mind map of everything we know about the seaside. We then wrote a question (remembering to include question marks) that we wanted to ask to further deepen our knowledge of seaside. We read 'The Rainbow Fish' and discussed the actions of the Rainbow Fish. We pretended that we were the Rainbow Fish and wrote sorry cards to the Little Blue Fish. We also read 'Somebody Swallowed Stanley' and talked about the importance of recycling. We then used this story as a basis for our own story writing. 


In maths we used pretend crabs to explore the concept of doubling, and various sea creatures to help learn how to share. We explored the concept of weight and had to use balancing scales to weigh various seaside objdects and then put them in order from the lightest to the heaviest. 


For Expressive Art and Design we used various collage materials to create our very own 'under the sea pictures. 


We thoroughly this half term and are so proud of everything we have achieved. 

Summer 1


We have had such a fantastic Summer 1 half-term. Our topic has been 'Into the Woods'. We began our topic by reading 'The Foggy Foggy Forest' by Nick Sharratt. We looked through the silhouttes on each page and had to guess what was lurking behind the trees. We found a fairy queen on a trampoline, three bears on picnic chairs, an orgre doing yoga and many more interesting creatures. We then predicted what we thought we would see in our school forest and went to explore. We found an owl sitting on a tree branch, a hedgehog hiding behind a log and a deer eating some of the grass. We then drew and wrote simple sentences about our observations. It was so much fun! We also explored the rhyming pattern in the book and were able to match rhyming pairs as well as continue a rhyming string. The second book we read was 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson, which we absolutely loved. We explored the vocabulary that was used to describe the Gruffalo and the other creatures in the story. We also used our imaginations to draw our own forest creature. We labelled and wrote simple sentences about it using descriptive language. We thoroughly enjoyed completing this task and finding out about the creatures our peers had invented.  


In maths we learnt about positional language. We had to find various forest creatures that were hidden around the classroom and describe their position. We also learnt about estimation, addition and subtraction. 

Science Week


Since returning we have also celebrated Science week. The theme of this week was 'Innovating for the Future'. The children had great fun using junk modelling to create their very own 'inventors thinking helmets'. They also listened to the well-known fairy tales, 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and used bricks, duplo and wooden blocks to build their own castles and bridges. To conclude the week, children were encouraged to plan and invent their very own creations. Reception had such a fun Science week and really enjoyed the activities that were planned. 

Welcome back everyone!


It has been wonderful to welcome the children back into Reception. They have all settled in really well and have shown great resilience and a positive attitude towards their learning. Mrs Themistocleous and myself are extremely proud of them. 


During the first week back, the children took part in some fun 'getting to know you' games. Reception's favourite game was 'Bug in a Rug'. The children enjoyed asking questions to find out who the 'bug' was hiding under the blanket. 


We also read the story, 'All Are Welcome' by Alexandra Penfold. We talked about diversity and how everyone in the world is unique, and that this should be celebrated. The children then shared their talents and decorated paper people cut-outs to represent themselves. 



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SCHOOL CLOSURE - online learning

Weekly Timetable - Mon 14th December 2020

Online Learning

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African Drumming !!!! 



Dancing away ... 

We had a listen to some soca music, picking out all the instruments we could here. We then had a go moving rhythmically to the music using our own streamers. We loved how they moved to the rhythm. 


CARNIVAL in Reception! 

We had great fun learning about the Notting Hill Carnival today. We created our own talking table, some crowns as costumes and created our own streamers ready to dance to some soca. We mentioned how there normally is over 2,000,000 people at the carnival, dancing on the roads to music and celebrating the history and the culture of the Caribbean in the capital. 



We spoke a lot about how we need to dress for a Carnival. The colours need to be bright and there should be a lot of embellishments. We couldn't wait to get the glitter on to the crowns and dance away! 


We thought about all the people in our lives that help us and how we need to be kind and respectful to everyone!


We mentioned people at home like mum, dad and grandad. People in the community like the Police Force, Firefighters and Shop keepers. We used vocabulary like kind, helpful caring and spoke about why all their jobs are important. 




You can be whatever you want to be . . . 




We have been talking a lot about what makes us special and all our God given talents and how these are all something we need to celebrate. So we had a think and decided what job we will be best at. We spoke about how it does not matter what colour, what hair or size we are, we can do anything we put our mind to.