Reception

Summer Term 2021 Topic

Our topic this term is ‘Land Before Time’ which will be taught through the Early Years Foundation Stage and the following areas of learning: Religious Education, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

As part of our topic, we will look at different types of dinosaurs, discover how they lived, make our own fossils and go on dinosaur hunts.  We will stomp off into a world of dinosaurs to discover what happened many years ago. We will then look at the Stone Age and discover how cavemen lived and hunted.

Here are just some of the activities that the children will be doing in the next term, although this will be guided by the children:

  • Learning about the different types of dinosaurs that ruled the earth
  • Researching the history of dinosaurs- look at dinosaur fossils (photographs) and make our own
  • Creating a dinosaur environment to show where dinosaurs lived
  • Learning about volcanoes and make our own exploding volcanoes with vinegar and baking soda
  • Following a map to find dinosaur eggs, then design and create our own maps
  • Finding out what dinosaurs eat- carnivores & herbivores
  • Dancing and moving to new dinosaur songs
  • Sketching and drawing fossils and cave art on stained paper
  • Making paper mache eggs, dinosaur skeletons and other exciting creative activities
  • Finding out facts from non-fiction books and looking at features of non-fiction books
  • Practice how to double, halve and share an amount of objects
  • Learn addition and subtraction facts
  • Securing our understanding of properties of 2d and 3d shapes

Reception Summer 2021 Class Newsletter

Week commencing 17.05.21 ... here's what Reception have been doing this week.

This week we read the story of ‘The Little Green Dinosaur’ and we used a Talk for Writing plan to act out the story just using the pictures. We made our own maps to help the little dinosaur find his mummy. Here are just some of the things we have been doing this week!

Week commencing 10.05.21 ... here's what Reception have been doing this week.

In reception this week, we have been on a virtual trip the Liverpool World Museum to look at their dinosaur exhibition. We had a great time looking at the different dinosaurs and the dinosaur skeletons. We have also been exploring dinosaur fossils and used salt dough to make our own.

Week commencing 03.05.21 ... here's what Reception have been doing this week.

This week we have been looking at dinosaur poems and we have been writing our own poems using describing words. During our maths blast sessions we have continued to explore subtraction using a tens frame. Here are just some of the things we have been doing this week!

Week commencing 19.04.21 ... here's what Reception have been doing this week.

This week in Reception, we have launched our new topic, ‘Land Before Time’. When the children arrived at school they found a letter, which had appeared in the classroom, and dinosaur footprints that were leading outside. We thought about what we would need to take with us on our dinosaur hunt and followed the footprints outside to find dinosaur eggs!

We’re going on a dinosaur hunt

We’re going to catch a big one

ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!

Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!

Spring Term 2021 Topic

Our topic during the Spring term is ‘Step into a Story’ which will enable our children to learn a variety of Traditional Tales, and will be taught through the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, incorporating the following areas of learning: Religious Education, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

As part of our topic we will look at a range of different traditional and fairy tales including Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and many more!

Here are some of the activities that the children will be involved in during the next term:

  • Learning and sequencing traditional tales
  • Discuss what the character’s actions tell us about making the right choices
  • Discuss different seasons and explore the seasonal changes that we see (Winter and Spring)
  • Exploring different life cycles including chicks and frogs
  • Growing and learning about how to care for plants. (Jack and the beanstalk)
  • Baking and following recipes (The Gingerbread Man)
  • Add, subtract and find number bonds to 10 using a tens frame
  • Explore 2D and 3D shapes

In RE, our units of work will focus upon Baptism, Weddings, Lent and Holy Week in preparation for the season of Easter.

We will also be reading a range of stories by our class author Roger Hargreaves.

Week commencing 15.03.21 ... here's what Reception have been doing this week.

Science Week 

This week we have taken part in lots of different science experiments to celebrate British Science Week. We have enjoyed making our predictions and then testing and observing to see if we were right. We have made bubbling potions, balloon powered rockets, ice gardens, explored with magnets and gloop, made delicious healthy smoothies, bird feeders and much more!

Week commencing 01.02.21 ... here's what Reception have been doing this week.

This week we listened to the story, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. We have made our own maps, researched facts about bears and used a Talk for Writing plan to retell the story.

Week commencing 25.01.21 ... here's what Reception have been doing this week.

This week we listened to the story, ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We built houses for the pigs using our construction from home, made pigs using our craft materials and wrote interesting facts about pigs. In RE, we also learnt about Baptism. The children made their own baptismal candles and shared their photos of their own Baptism.

Week commencing 18.01.21 ... here's what Reception have been doing this week.

This week we listened to the story, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. We made wanted posters for the troll and built bridges for the goats. We also learnt about the role of a nurse and the children enjoyed role-playing with their teddies at home. In maths, we explored the names of 2D shapes and discussed their properties. The children went on shape hunts around their homes and even made shapes using their play dough.

Autumn Term 2020 Topic

Our topic is My World and Beyond’ which will be taught through Early Years Foundation Stage areas of learning: Religious Education; Communication and Language; Physical Development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

In RE, we will be learning about Creation, Weddings, Advent and Christmas.

As part of our topic, we will look at ourselves, the world around us and the similarities and differences between the different parts of our world.  We will fly off into space to discover and visit the moon and the planets within our solar system.

Here are some of the activities that the children will be doing in the next term:

Learning new rhymes, poems & stories about our world and space

Stories from our class author, Giles Andreae, and tales around the world

Sequencing stories and learning stories by heart using Talk for Writing

Booklets of who belongs in their family

Greetings cards-reading & writing

Learning to say new number rhymes, including those with a Space theme

Measuring children’s height using everyday objects

Adding and taking away objects

Understanding the world using our 5 senses

Celebrations around the world leading up to and including Christmas Seasonal activities

In some cases the activities will be guided by the children’s interests.

Autumn Newsletter 2020 Reception

Week commencing 16th November- here's what Reception class have been doing this week ...

Humpty Dumpty Egg Experiment

When we arrived at school this week, we found Humpty Dumpty who had fallen off a wall. We decided to help him by finding the best material, which would protect him from a fall. We each made our prediction of whether we thought sand, water, cotton wool or paper would make the best protection. We then dropped our eggs from a height to see if any of them survived. The egg that survived was the one that landed on sand!

Week commencing 9th November- here's what Reception class have been doing this week ...

Diwali

This week we have been learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We have enjoyed learning how festival of light is celebrated and we have made our own rangoli patterns using numicon and shapes.

Week commencing 2nd November- here's what Reception class have been doing this week ...

This week we have been learning all about Bonfire night. We have made lots of wonderful firework crafts, used the sand trays to mark make and made fantastic rockets using 2D shapes.

Week commencing 12th October - here's what Reception class have been doing this week ...

This week we have been learning all about autumn. We have discussed the seasonal changes that we see during autumn and have learnt that some animals hibernate during the winter. Here are some of the activities that we have enjoyed.

Week commencing 5th October - here's what Reception class have been doing this week ...

In Reception, we have been exploring how to keep ourselves healthy. We have discussed the importance of eating healthy foods, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. We have enjoyed looking at x- rays of the human body on the light box and used these to make a skeleton.

We know that it is also important to brush our teeth and we have learnt how to keep our teeth strong and healthy. We set up an experiment and discussed how different drinks effect our teeth in different ways and why it is important to brush our teeth. We left the eggs in the different drinks overnight and checked for any changes in the morning.

We have been exploring our local area. We joined Barnaby Bear on his adventures to Stoke-on-Trent and looked at the features of our environment. We went on a local area walk around our school to look at the different types of houses and homes.