w/c 4th December 2017
Christmas has truly arrived in Reception! We have spent this week singing carols, making our Christmas cards (watch this space…), writing about the Nativity and practicing the songs (with actions!) for the upcoming KS1 and Reception Christmas Production. On Friday the photographer arrived, we had much excitement trying on our costumes for the first time. St Andrew’s Christmas tree is also at Holy Saviour in time for the Christmas tree festival – it looks amazing! Recption’s contribution are the wonderful Rudolf decorations.
w/c 27th November 2017
This week, our role play area has become a Post Office. We began by talking about what we would need to create our Post Office. The children demonstrated their knowledge by suggesting envelopes, parcels and packages, stamps and a till. They are now busy writing letters, cards and messages to each other. We even have our own post box! We are also continuing our interest in pattern from our daily maths fluency lessons by creating lots of patterns in different ways – using shapes, stamps, small parts, beads – and looking for pattern in the environment too!
w/c 13th November 2017 – Family learning week
This week, we enjoyed welcoming parents into the classroom to share with them how we teach and learn maths in Reception. This term, we have been working hard at practising counting and sorting, recognising pattern within numbers. Groups of children engaged in maths games such as dominoes, snakes and ladders and sorting/counting dot pattern cards. We had a fun game of Snap It! too. Thank you to all the parents that were able to share this experience with us – we hope you found it a fun and worthwhile session!
w/c 2nd October 2017
The highlight of this week was, of course, our trip to the Bird of Prey Centre at Wilstead. Despite the weather being unkind to use (really very windy!) we managed to have an enjoyable day – the staff there could not have been more enthusiastic. Children had the opportunity to hold an owl, watch a flying display and then have a go at flying an owl themselves, Peanut the barn owl! We learned lots of interesting facts and had a go at trying to turn our heads like an owl but sadly, we aren’t as flexible. After lunch and a welcome break from the wind, we met lots of interesting ‘little critters’ including Elizabeth the python, Barry the iguana and Susy the skunk! A huge thank you to all the parent volunteers without which the trip would probably not have been possible. We are now reflecting on our experiences at the Centre and enjoying learning more about Light and Dark, including nocturnal and diurnal animals.
w/c 25th September 2017
This week, Reception celebrated the diverse culture within their class on Tuesday 26th September. Children were invited to reflect their family’s culture by wearing some traditional clothes to school and share their knowledge and experiences with their peers. During the day, we had lots of fun and opportunity to explore some different traditions from around the world. We made carnival masks from Brazil, vegetable kebabs from Turkey, explored spices from India and made our own rangoli patterns using coloured rice, created paper-chains and flags to decorate our learning environment, and even learned some folk dancing from Denmark – phew!
A huge Thank You to all the volunteers, parents and grandparents that came into school to share their culture and experiences with us – you really helped to enrich the whole day for us and bring it to life. In the afternoon, we even enjoyed our own Carnival and all the children participated by wearing their carnival masks and talking about their own culture, families and home experiences.
w/c 11th September 2017
This week, Reception met up with their Year 6 buddies to walk to church. They really enjoyed the opportunity to chat and get to know each other a little more. Of course, the main event has yet to happen – staying for lunch on Friday! During this week, we have explored our learning environment in more detail. The most popular areas being our role play, small world and Atelier. The children are really enjoying the opportunity to spend time outdoors – digging in the sand, making rivers and lakes, creating a construction zone and building a wall with the bricks. We even made our own cement! Next week, we look forward to starting our Let’s Talk sessions and our Enrichment.
w/c 4th September 2017
Welcome to Reception! The children are settling in very well, investigating their environments and learning new routines. We are enjoying sharing holiday memories and talking about all the special items in our treasure boxes. Later this week, we met our Year 6 buddies for the first time, sharing some stories and books. Children were very excited and look forward to seeing their buddies again next week for our Welcome service and, of course, staying for lunch next Friday!