Reception Blog

Welcome to our Reception blog.
Scroll down to find out in more detail the things we have been learning and see some photos past and present.
Wednesday 22nd January 2020
We are having another busy week in Reception which started with a visitor on the school field! We went on a dinosaur hunt and found some dinosaur eggs in a nest! We then wrote about it back in class.
Yesterday, we read the story Dinosaur Roar and talked about the similarities and differences between different dinosaurs.
Today, RCR had a good Forest School session, making masks, drawing and writing with charcoal and doing some digging.
Wednesday 15th January 2020
This week we have started our new topic all about Dinosaurs. On Monday we watched a video showing that a dinosaur had been in our playground!
We enjoyed our first Forest School of 2020 and went hunting for mini dinosaurs as well as making dinosaur masks.
Sunday 12th January 2020
Happy New Year everyone!
We had a great first week back after the holiday with the highlight being a trip to the Pantomime to see Cinderella! It was fantastic and such a treat for us all. We enjoyed retelling the story in class, using a story map to help us remember the events in order.
We also started Phase 3 of our Phonics learning and learnt sh and ch sounds. 
Friday 13th December 2019
What a busy week we've had in Reception. We have been practising our nativity, ready for performing it to families next week. We have also been making Christmas cards and presents, as well as doing lots of Christmas phonics activities. 
Wednesday 4th December 2019
This week we are busy practising our Wriggly Nativity. We are nearly ready to show it to our parents!
Also we have been making decorations, decorating the classrooms and getting into the Christmas spirit. Each classroom has also had a little visitor! A naughty elf! We are teaching him how to behave and look after the classroom! We have been drawing and started to write about what he gets up to. 
Wednesday 27th November 2019
This week we have continued our topic work on Owl Babies. We have been writing sentences about where Mummy Owl went and done some super owl artwork.
Monday 25th November 2019
This morning REM visited the school library for the first time this year and selected the books which they wanted to take home for the week. The children were very respectful of the library and really enjoyed the process of choosing their own books and then scanning them out. We spoke to the children about the importance of bringing their books back each week!
A big thanks to the junior librarians in 5CS for helping us to use the library!
RCR's time slot is at the end of the week! 
Wednesday 20th November 2019
We had a lovely but rather chilly Forest School session today in RCR. The children thoroughly enjoyed making bird feeders, threading cheerios onto wire and then labeling them ready to take home and hang up on a tree! They also planted some bulbs and continued to explore the changing nature area.
Also this week we have been subtracting in maths. We use objects to help and take them away from a group and then count how many we have left. We are getting very good at recording our number sentences.
Wednesday 13th November 2019
As part of Anti Bullying week, this week we shared the story, 'The Ugly Five' by Julia Donaldson. We talked about why everyone, including the animals who thought they were ugly, are all beautiful in different ways. 
We also used an apple to show that if you say unkind words to someone, it can hurt them on the inside, shown by the bruises on the apple. 
We also shared the story, 'Have you filled your bucket today?' that tells us how we all have an imaginary bucket with us and we can fill it up by being kind to others. This will make us feel good. We can also fill other peoples' buckets up and that will make them feel good too. The children then enjoyed making their own little buckets.
Wednesday 6th November
RCR had another great Forest School session this morning. We made hats and crowns using autumn leaves. There was also chocolate mud cake making, hide and seek, tree climbing and lots of exploring!
We continue to use technology in class. Many children practise learning letter sound playing Cambugs and also play various games and programmes in class.
Wednesday 30th October 2019
We had a lovely morning at Forest School today. The children remembered lots of the Forest School rules such as walking around the fire circle and be careful with the nettles and brambles. Today we did some tree climbing. The children were very confident and careful climbing and took turns. We also managed to do some pond dipping, when the decking had dried. We were very careful and remembered to lie down on the decking to pond dip.
Wednesday 16th October 2019
RCR thoroughly enjoyed their first Forest School session this morning. The children did a brilliant job putting their waterproofs and wellies on. We collected leaves on the way to the nature area and enjoyed splashing in the puddles on the playground. When we got there we sat in the fire circle and talked about some of the Forest School agreements, including walking around the fire circle, not touching thorns and mushrooms and keeping well back from the edge of the pond and the platform when wet. The children really enjoyed exploring the area, playing in the dens, drilling holes in wood to make instruments to hang up in the trees, making music using sticks and wooden tubes and role playing. We look forward to our next session after half term. 
Tuesday 8th October 2019
In PE we have been continuing our unit of work, using the apparatus and practising and developing our jumping and landing skills.
Tuesday 8th October
Autumn has well and truly hit Reception this week... we have been celebrating all things linked with the season!
In Maths we have been sorting leaves based on their colour and making block charts with our results, we have also been matching numerals and their quantities.
In our small world area we have been exploring the different sounds, sites and smells of Autumn. 
In our Funky Finger Area we have been threading beads onto our empty Autumn trees!
Wednesday 2nd October 2019
This week we have read the story, The Scarecrows' Wedding and have been doing lots of play and learning about Autumn, including going on a hunt for autumnal objects. When the weather has been dry, we have been enjoying playing in our outdoor area. The children are brilliant at climbing and we have also had the instruments out and been exploring making different rhythms.
Wednesday 25th September 2019
This week we have read lots of stories including Elmer, We're Going on a Bear Hunt and The Squirrels Who Squabbled. In PE we use the equipment and went on our own bear hunt, going through the different things such as the forest and cave. The children enjoyed joining in retelling the story as they went along.
Wednesday 18th September 2019
We are enjoying our first full week in Reception and have been busy finding out about ourselves, sharing the book, 'What Makes Me, Me?' and doing lots of other fun busy learning. We have also been looking at the numbers 1 and 2 and exploring the numicon.
Wednesday 11th September 2019
The new Reception children have made a brilliant start to the school year. We have been getting to know each other, exploring the classroom and having fun. We have also been sharing lots of nursery rhymes, including Twinkle, twinkle, Baa Baa Black Sheep and Humpty Dumpty. 
Wednesday 16th October 2019
The children are getting really good at writing their names after lots of practice during Quiet Learning time in the mornings. We have also been writing numerals too.
We have also enjoyed reading The Colour Monster book. The children loved exploring all of the different emotions in the book and they made their own colour monsters to represent the different feelings.