Welcome to Reception

Come and find out what the Hedgehog and Owl class have learnt about!


The last two weeks our topic has been Pirates and Mermaids.

We changed our role play into a Pirate ship.

Both Owls and Hedgehogs have been learning their Pirate songs for the Family Fun Evening!

The children have made some treasure maps, marking where the treasure is!

The children have been thinking of adjectives to describe their Pirate and Mermaid pictures.

The Owls and Hedgehogs took a trip to St.Walstan's Church.

Father David spoke to the children about the church and what was inside. 

The children looked around the Church and drew some pictures of what they liked best!

In Reception we were lucky enough to watch our Caterpillars turn into Butterflies!

The children were able to learn about the life cycle as well as how to look after the Caterpillars and Butterflies!

Here are some pictures of us setting the Butterflies free in our outside area!

This week the children have been learning about Zoo animals and finding out about what part of the world they are from.

We have also looked at the book 'Dear Zoo' by Rod Campbell. 

The children have made some zoo animal pictures using their hands and feet, this was a new experience for some of the children, take a look at the photos to see!

In maths we have been using Numicon. This is some very new equipment that is helpful when leaning about numbers. The children have found this exciting and useful, look at the photos and ask them all about it!

Over the Easter holidays our outside area had a revamp! Here are some photos of the children enjoying the new improved area!!

This week we have been learning about Spring and New Life.

The children have been lucky enough to watch our duck and chick eggs hatch. On Wednesday both Owls and Hedgehogs had the opportunity to hold a duckling and watch them paddle in the classroom. The children were keen to create their own duck and chick pictures using a variety of materials.

We have been looking at 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' story and looking at how this shows 'New Life'. The children learnt about the life-cycle of a butterfly and created caterpillar paper chains! The children have started doing something called 'Talk for Writing'. For more information click on this link: http://www.talk4writing.co.uk/

During 'Talk for Writing' the children create actions to help them retell a story. This enables the children to feel confident enough to start writing about it. Next the children adapt the book and come up with a new beginning, middle and/or end with actions. This week the Hedgehog class adapted 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and came up with 'The Very Scared Hedgehog' (he was scared of the big bad wolf!).  The Owl class came up with 'The Very Thirsty Butterfly'. Lots of the children were inspired to write after each session!

In Maths this week the children have been learning about symmetry and repeating patterns. The children have been really enjoying using Numicon and created some amazing symmetrical designs.

The Reception class enjoyed their trip to Easton Farm!

We got the opportunity to meet some Calves, Lambs, Pigs, Cows and Sheep.

In the afternoon the children made oil, butter, flour and felt. 

This week the children have been learning about growing. Each child has planted some cress seeds and we have looked at what plants need to grow. The children will be taking these home and looking after them, maybe even tasting it! The Owls have experimented with some of the cress they have put one pot on the windowsill, one on the radiator and one in a dark cupboard. The Hedgehog class have started to draw pictures of the process of growing cress and even labelled it. Some children have been looking at our Daffodils on the painting table and had a go at painting a picture! 9-3-16

This week we have been learning about people who help us. We had a visit from our lollipop lady, Mrs. Padwick, she told us how to keep safe on the road. We learnt about the police force, hospital services and the fire service. The children got the chance to dress up in different costumes and act our different scenarios. 4-03-16

The children learnt about superheroes. They thought about the qualities they have that make them super and they wrote these out. The children created their own capes too! We changed our role play to fit in with our topic and our small world play for the children to play with.


Today we have been learning about Shrove Tuesday. The Owls and Hedgehogs have enjoyed decorating their pancakes and then eating them. 09-02-16

Today we learnt about Chinese New Year and we found out that 2016 is the year of the Monkey. The children were able to try on traditional Chinese clothes, create Chinese lanterns as well as try some Chinese food. Some  of the children tasted noodles and prawn crackers. 08-02-16

This week the children have been learning about Winter. Some children went on a Winter walk around the school and collected natural objects, all the children worked together to freeze these natural objects and then see what happens when they melt. We turned our role play into the Antarctic and looked at different animals that live their as well as looking at what happens when animals hibernate.


This week the Owls and Hedgehogs have been learning about The Gruffalo. We have designed our own terrible creature and have written a description to go with it. We have also used paint programmes on the computer and tablets to draw our favourite character from the story. In Religious Education we learnt about when Jesus fed the 5000. We got to make salt dough loaves of bread and fish too. In Maths we compared numbers and ordered them correctly. In Phonics we learnt the sounds 'oo', 'or' and 'ar'.



This week the children have continued learning about 'The Stick Man'. They have been looking at the sequence of the story and making collages for our display. Some children went on a walk to collect sticks and other natural objects to put onto their collage. We have also been busy writing letters to Father Christmas to thank him for taking Stick Man back home. In RE the children came up with their own special prayers. The Owls wrote prayers of thanks to Jesus and the Hedgehogs came up with prayers of guidance. 10/1/16

This week the Reception classes are learning about the story 'The Stick Man' by Julia Donaldson. The children have been busy making their own stick men and acting out the story in the Role Play. 5/1/16

Reception enjoyed taking part in their Nativity 'A Miracle In Town'.

This week the Reception class have been learning about the Gunpowder Plot, they have enjoyed playing in the role play as well as making pictures for our firework display.    

The Owl and Hedgehog class have been very busy learning about Little Red Riding Hood by Roald Dahl. The two classes worked together to make their own display.

In R.E. both Owls and Hedgehogs have been busy learning about God's world and welcoming people. We have made a display together of God's world and some children have painted some pictures of welcoming a baby at Baptism.

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Here are all of the photographs from our 'Wriggly Nativity'.

To raise money for Children in Need, we made chocolate biscuits on Thursday and decorated them on Friday.

We dressed up in non-school-uniform and made spotty bandannas for our teddy bears from home!




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