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Reception Year Blog

Welcome to the reception year blog page, which will be updated regularly so that you can keep updated with what's been happening school side

Post office visit - 21.6.19

This week the Butterflies wrote letters to Handa to describe what the fruits from her basket tasted like . They also wrote letters with questions asking what Africa was like. Today, the children went to the post office to post their letters to Handa in Africa. They bought a stamp, weighed their envelope, learnt that the letters would travel by plane and take up to 15 days to reach Handa!



Week beginning 17th June 2019

This week Reception have been getting ready for sports day, practicing their running, throwing, and catching skills in PE. In Maths they have been learning to half, using counters to help them get the correct answers. In Literacy, they have been writing to Handa from our story Handa’s Surprise. They have been working hard to remember capital letters, full stops and to use power words to make their writing exciting!


Week beginning 10th June 2019

This week the Bees and Butterflies have been reading the story of Handa’s Surprise in Literacy. The children have been describing the animals in the story and they have written sentences about the story, with some children even rewriting the story! In Maths, the children have been learning to double using Numicon and share between three using counters. Reception has also had to use their thinking skills on the creative table as they were challenged to make a new basket for Handa, which they had to quality check to make sure it served its purpose.

Week beginning 3rd June 2019

This week in Reception, we have been exploring our new topic: Around the World. We have been learning to say hello, goodbye and say the names of colours in Spanish. We made samosas, wrote in Chinese and even tried to paint the whole world! The children also had a go at some bhangra dancing which they really enjoyed. The Bees and Butterflies went on a walk around the local area to see what they could find in their environment. Reception used their observational skills to spot signs, different transport and buildings. They then went on a walk around Swanswell Park where they spotted the ducks and played in the playground.


Farm trip - 21.05.19

Reception had lots of fun visiting Hoar Park Farm. The children got to feed the animals, touch and hold them and they even went on a bug hunt in the field! They have loved learning about the names of baby animals and they put their maths learning to good use by counting steps and sheep.


Week beginning 13th May 2019

This week reception have been continuing to explore the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. They have been rewriting their own version of the story and editing their work. In maths we have been learning to add and takeaway. We have practiced counting on in our heads and careful counting. We have also been painting the beanstalk and enjoying the sunshine!                                     

Week beginning 6th May 2019

This week reception have been reading Jack and the Beanstalk. They have been learning all about how a story is structured with a beginning, middle and end. We have been learning to programme the Beebots at school and making them move to different areas. Pupils have also been revisiting their number solving skills, working out addition questions. Bees and butterflies have also been learning the instructions to plant carrot seeds which they did with Mrs Reeve. We are looking forward to seeing how they grow and change over the upcoming term!


Week beginning 29th April 2019

This week the Bees and Butterflies welcomed their new caterpillars. The children have enjoyed watching them grow. In Literacy, the children read the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar and they rewrote the story with a beginning, middle and end. In Maths, Reception has been learning to solve addition and subtraction word problems. The children recorded the sum and worked out the answer using number lines and counters. Bees and Butterflies have also enjoyed being creative by creating butterflies and caterpillars.


Week beginning 8th April 2019

This week reception have been learning all about Easter. They have been learning the instructions to make their own nest cakes and then decorating them. In maths they have been learning to problem solve, using the Numicon to find different ways of making numbers under 20.


Week beginning 1st April 2019

In reception this week we have been exploring the story Noah’s Ark and learning all about how the animals went two by two, which has fed into our maths learning about halving and sharing. We have loved the start of spring and have taken the opportunity to do some observational drawings of daffodils. 


Week beginning 25th March 2019

This week reception have been learning all about insects. They have created their own jelly worms by following instructions and taking turns. They have also been learning to tell the time. Outside they have been trying to rescue the insects from the big spider web and planting seeds!


Week beginning 18th March 2019

This week in reception we have been transported deep into the jungle to help the little monkey in the story Monkey Puzzle find his mum. We have been focused on using our descriptive language to create wanted posters too. As we have been exploring the jungle it has inspired some jungle creations on the creative table and some repeating patterns work in the maths area.


Week beginning 11th March 2019

This week reception have been learning all about the three little pigs. They have been performing the story using the story language, and some children have even got stickers from Mrs McCann from their independent story writing. In maths we have been revisiting 3D shapes and learning about their properties. Some children have gone on a shape hunt around the classroom and using the Ipad to record their findings.


Week beginning 4th March 2019

This week in reception we have been getting very frosty exploring the polar ice caps through our story Penguin Small. We have also learned all about penguins and polar bears and their habitat. Reception have even learned about how heavy a penguin is linking to the maths skill we have been learning this week which is all about weight! The children have loved using the scales and exploring what is heavier and what is lighter and measuring weight using non-standard measures such as cubes.

World Book Day - 7.3.19

The children absolutely loved celebrating World Book Day. They dressed up as their favourite book characters and enjoyed reading their favourite stories.


Week beginning: 25th February 2019

This week reception have been visited by lots of different animals and mini beasts! We have been lucky enough to have 8 chicks hatch and have had a visit from Zoo Lab. Pupils were really brave and held millipedes and some even stroked a snake! In Literacy we have been reading ‘Dear Zoo’ and we have written our own letters asking for a zoo animal of our own. In maths we have been solidifying our understanding of finding one more and one less by using a number line.



Reception welcomed some new baby chicks last week and this week they will spend some time looking after them. The children enjoy looking at them daily and holding them, showing lots of care!


Zoolab - 27.3.19

Reception had a visit from Zoolab today to learn about animals and their habitats. The children enjoyed this very much and held or touched the animals.



Week beginning 11th February 2019

In reception this week we have been exploring the world of Cinderella, creating our own shields and magic potion recipes to help the princess get to the ball! It has been a lot easier to keep track of all our potion ingredients because in maths we have been learning to create a tally to record information.