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Reception

Welcome to Reception

 

 

In Maths, we have created repeated patterns

OUR R.E. TOPIC - Which Places Are Special And Why?

We used Google Maps to explore the local area, find our house and follow our route to school

We talked about the life cycle of a sunflower and the children helped to sequence the different stages

April 2024

Welcome back everyone. We hope you have all had a wonderful Easter break and are ready for the new and exciting experiences awaiting you this term. 

Please remember that we are always happy to speak to you about your child and their time at school. If there is anything you would like to talk to us about, please tell us and we will arrange a suitable time to do this.

We are really looking forward to the term ahead. We have got lots of exciting activities planned and we know this is going to be another fantastic term with lots of new experiences, including our End-of-Year trip. 

We will be visiting the woodland on a Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Children should come to school wearing tracksuit bottoms or leggings on those days. 

Miss Forster, Mrs Harvey, Mrs Hawkins, Mrs Scott and Miss Jones

Our topic for the Summer Term is:

One Moment In Time

During this topic, the children will learn about the life cycles of: frogs, butterflies and chickens.

We are really excited that we will once again be getting an incubator and ten Living Eggs, these will be arriving on Tuesday, 7th May. This is always an amazing opportunity for the children to learn about life cycles and to be able to look after the baby chicks for a few days.

They will also learn about the life cycles of plants; they will plant seeds and find out what seeds need to grow. We will use the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk' to introduce our learning about plants.

This topic will also be a good opportunity to celebrate the special moments in the lives of the children; we are really looking forward to our End-of-Year trip which will be a wonderful experience. 

 

We will also be taking part in Sports Day and helping the children to understand the changes they will face as they transition to Year 1. 

OUR DOJO PARTY WAS GREAT FUN

We had lots of fun at Maiden Castle when Reception class were invited to take part in the Bear Hunt festival.
First, we took part in some team games where the children had to complete an obstacle course to collect bears. Then, we went outside and followed the Bear Hunt trail, reciting the story along the way. We particularly enjoyed the snow storm! When we came back in, the children were thrilled to find the bear, he wasn’t scary at all!
The session ended with a Bear Hunt dance when we performed different movements to a song of the story. 

EASTER FUN AT STAY AND PLAY

OUR R.E. TOPIC - Why do Christians put a cross in an Easter garden?

WORLD WATER DAY 2024

IN MATHS, WE HAVE BEEN LEARNING ABOUT NUMBERS TO TEN AND 3D SHAPES

MUSIC LESSONS WITH DURHAM MUSIC SERVICE

The children really enjoy their music sessions with DMS.
This term, they have been learning some counting and action songs, including an old favourite: Knick Knack Paddy Whack 🎶

LEARNING ABOUT PLASTIC WASTE DURING BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK

WORLD BOOK DAY 2024

It was wonderful to see all of the children dressed up in their amazing World Book Day costumes today, well done everyone. 
During the session, the children also enjoyed colouring in book marks and playing Fairytale lotto.

WE CREATED OUR OWN STORY MAPS

STARS OF THE HALF TERM

DOJO TREAT ~ FEB 2024

As well as making and eating pancakes, the children also enjoyed dancing to their favourite songs and playing Musical Statues.

OUR R.E. TOPIC - Which Stories Are Special And Why?

WE CELEBRATED SHROVE TUESDAY

We had lots of fun with our parents, carers and friends at our Stay and Play session

OUR MOVEMENT SESSIONS ARE A GREAT WAY TO DEVELOP THE CHILDREN’S PHYSICAL SKILLS

DINOSAUR LAND

SAFER INTERNET DAY

DRAW A DINOSAUR DAY

WE EXCAVATED BONES IN THE SAND

WE MADE VEGETABLE SOUP

THE CHILDREN LEARNED ABOUT HEALTHY AND UNHEALTHY FOODS IN PSE

WE MADE A JELLY SWAMP FOR THE DINOSAURS

WE MADE GINGERBREAD MEN BISCUITS

The children helped to make Gingerbread Men biscuits.
They described the appearance and texture of the ingredients then we talked about what was happening at the different stages and the changes they could see.

Scientific Enquiry ~ What Happens to Water When we leave it overnight in the classroom and outside?

January 2024

Welcome back everyone. The Early Years team would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. 

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas - we look forward to hearing about the children's experiences of Christmas and finding out what Santa brought! 

Please remember that we are always happy to speak to you about your child and their time at school. If there is anything you would like to talk to us about, please tell us and we will arrange a suitable time to do this.

We are really looking forward to the term ahead. We have got lots of exciting activities planned and we know this is going to be another fantastic term with lots of new experiences.

We will be visiting the woodland on a Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Children should come to school wearing tracksuit bottoms or leggings on those days. 

Miss Forster, Mrs Harvey, Mrs Hawkins, Mrs Scott and Miss Jones

Our topic for the Spring Term is:

Dig, Dig, Dig

We will begin this topic by focusing on Winter, when hopefully there will be lots of opportunities for digging in the snow. The children will use their investigative skills to find out where ice melts the quickest and will learn which materials are used to keep us warm.

The children will then become archaeologists as they dig for dinosaur bones and we travel back 200 million years to discover what the prehistoric world was like.

After half term, we'll don eyepatches and bandanas as we board our pirate ship and go digging for treasure in the woodland, following treasure maps drawn by the children and singing pirate songs. 

 

We will also be learning about Chinese New Year, Spring and Easter.

STARS OF THE HALF TERM

OUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS CAME TO HAVE FUN WITH US AT OUR CHRISTMAS-THEMED STAY AND PLAY

OUR CHRISTINGLE CELEBRATION

CHRISTMAS PARTY FUN

CAROL SINGING AT THE BAPTIST CHURCH

Reception Class and the school choir were invited to sing at the Baptist Church. We sang our favourite Christmas carols and songs from our Nativity Play. It was a wonderful experience. When we got back to school, we had some yummy treats kindly provided by the church. 

WE RETOLD THE STORY OF THE FIRST CHRISTMAS USING PUPPETS

EARLY YEARS CHRISTMAS NATIVITY 2023

WE HAD FUN MAKING A SNOWMAN

POSTING OUR LETTER TO SANTA

Donaldson Class went for a walk to the post box to post our letter to Santa.
On the way, we talked about the different things we could see and all of the buildings we passed, we drew some of these features on a map of our route and used positional language to describe our route (behind, through, next to, in front of).

OUR INVESTIGATIONS

Mrs Kirk came in to tell us about the history of Thanksgiving and brought a delicious sweet potato cake for us all to try, it was yummy!

WE LOVED MAKING PEACE BRACELETS TO REPRESENT DIFFERENT RELIGIONS DURING INTER FAITH WEEK

CHILDREN IN NEED DAY

We had lots of fun celebrating Children in Need Day. 
We watched a video about a poorly little boy to understand why it is important to support this charity and where our money goes.
The children took part in Joe Wicks’ Five Minute Move, it was great to see everyone joining in with a short work out before lunch. 
We also made spotty head bands,  completed pencil control sheets and coloured in pictures of Pudsey.

ODD SOCKS DAY

WE REALLY ENJOY OUR MUSIC LESSONS WITH DURHAM MUSIC SERVICE

CELEBRATING DIWALI

REMEMBRANCE DAY ACTIVITIES

We watched a short video about Remembrance Day and helped the children to understand why this is an important occasion.
We looked at the medals worn by soldiers and thought of reasons for earning a medal. The children drew around shapes and cut them out to make their own medals, giving reasons to explain why they had earned a medal, including  ‘Being brave’, ‘Being kind’ and ‘Helping a friend’.

STARS OF THE HALF TERM

HAVING LOTS OF FUN AT OUR DOJO PARTY

WE LISTENED TO THE STORY ‘THE LITTLE RED HEN’ THEN ALL WORKED TOGETHER TO MAKE OUR OWN LOAF OF BREAD. IT WAS DELICIOUS!

We loved going on an Autumn Walk and collecting lots of Autumn treasures with our parents and carers at our Stay and Play session.

MAKING OUR OWN REPEATED PATTERNS

WE WERE VERY EXCITED WHEN THE FIRE FIGHTERS POPPED IN TO SAY HELLO

WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DAMAGE BEING CAUSED TO PLANTS AND ANIMALS IN GOD’S WONDERFUL WORLD. THEN WE MADE NATURE PICTURES TO CELEBRATE LIVING THINGS.