January and February learning in Reception
The children found the space topic very interesting. They read ‘Whatever Next’ and pretended to be baby bear going to the moon. They sent postcards to mother bear describing their journey and what they did on the moon. They read ‘Aliens Love Underpants’. This book linked to making patterns in maths and the children created and described their own patterns. In maths, the children have also been learning about finding one less number from a given number and adding one or two to a given number. For our topic space, the children made spaceships, aliens, painted pictures of different planets and sang songs about space.
We have also been learning about Shakespeare and his play ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’. We focused on the part of the play with the mischievous fairy Puck and what he gets up to following the quarrel between Oberon, the king of fairies, and Titania, the queen of fairies. The children enthusiastically acted out this part of the play, in role play and in the small world tray.
We celebrated Chinese New Year and a Chinese visitor came into Reception to talk about the Chinese New Year story and how Chinese people celebrate it. The children listened carefully and were able to remember the order of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac.
Finally, thank you for coming to the library, it was a brilliant trip.
Midwife Visits Reception
Reception January 2019
Using K-Nex to build an aeroplane
Finding out about gradients.
Preparing for a picnic.
“I have made a pattern.”
“I have built the top part of a helicopter.”
“This is my alien.”
“An alien, I made.”
Adding one more
Forest Hill firefighters talked to the reception children.
Forest Hill firefighters visited Reception today. The children inspected the fire engine and listened to the firefighters talk about there job and how they help people. They also talked to the children about fire safety. The children had great fun using the water hoses and firing the water in the air. Thank you to Juno’s mum for organising both the nurse and the firefighters to visit us today.
The Nurse Visits Reception 2018
A nurse came to visit the children in Reception to tell them about his job. The children enjoyed finding out about how he helps people when they have hurt themselves. They were very interested in finding out how nurses look after people, who stay in hospitals, when they are ill.
The Nativity 2018
Reception children enjoyed preforming their play ‘The Nativity’ to their families today. Well done Reception!
Larry the Hedgehog Visits the Reception Children
The children in Reception have been learning about hedgehogs. We have been reading ‘One Winter’s Day’ by M. Christina Butler and other hedgehog stories. Today, Larry the hedgehog visited us and the children learnt some fascinating facts about Larry such as what he likes eat and how much he likes to sleep.
Make-up artist visiting Adamsrill Reception
Today we had a visitor who helps people. She sometimes helps people get ready to appear on television! She is a parent of a reception child and works in make-up for television, advertising and fashion shows. Miss Casal volunteered to have her make-up put on by our visiting make-up artist and looked stunning. The children described her as looking like Belle from the ‘Beauty and the Beast’, a princess and a queen! Miss Casal was delighted. Thank you Claire, for demonstrating your artistic talent and explaining your role in helping people.
This month, reception children have had visits from people who help us. The children are learning to ask sensible questions to our visitors using where, when, what and how. In Maths, the children have been practising writing numbers and consolidating their knowledge of counting. In phonics, the children are increasing their knowledge of phonemes and are learning to apply them in their reading and writing. Reading Eggs passwords have been given out, please help your child to access this at home. Reading Eggs is an excellent resource to help your child with learning to read. Teachers can see what is accessed at home. Should you have any questions about Reading Eggs then please ask your child’s class teacher. There is also a helpline for Reading Eggs that you can call Mon-Fri 8:30am -5:00pm. The children will be able to dress in something colourful or Christmas themed on Friday 21st Dec. We are asking for £1 donation, for school funds, if your child chooses to do this. There will be a Christmas party for the children on Thursday 20th Dec. Your child’s class teacher will provide a list of items and would be grateful if you are able to sign your name next to an item that you would be able to supply for the party. Reception’s Nativity Play will be held in the main hall on Thursday, 13th December at 9:30am. The children are learning the songs and there are a lot of enthusiastic singers in Reception. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 13th December.
The children are enjoying their first week at school, meeting new children, adults and finding out the routines of the school day.
Reception this Term
Reception Summer Term
Literacy- We continue our daily phonics lessons. More information for parents can be found at www.ruthmiskin.com. We are applying our phonic knowledge in reading and writing. In addition to phonics we are building up our sight vocabulary in reading. We are writing using different genres such as recounts, instructions and letters mostly based on a pirate theme.
Maths- We are consolidating our knowledge of solving problems including doubling, halving and sharing. We are using our mathematical language to talk about length, weight, position and time.
Communication and language- We are sharing our own ideas and opinions giving detailed explanations and reasoning. We are continuing to develop our vocabulary through this term’s topic of pirates and the sea.
Physical Development- We continue our weekly PE lesson. We are practising for our sports day which is on Friday, 6th July at 9:15am.
Personal, social and emotional development- We are very good at taking turns, sharing resources and helping one another. We will now be focussing on getting ready for Year One, talking about the new environment and what the transition will be like.
Expressive arts and design-We are exploring different media to create art work based on a pirate theme. We continue with our music lessons with Mrs Wray and are learning pirate songs and how to use the different instruments.
Understanding the world- We are talking at the different seas around the world. We are looking at the causes of noise pollution for whales in the sea. We are focussing on how to prevent waste polluting the sea and the dangers this poses for sea life.
We are all looking forward to our trip to the Golden Hinde on Friday, 13th July.
Reception Learning in November
The children enjoyed the story of ‘Pumpkin Soup’ and were able to discuss what each character did. They then made their own pumpkin soup which some children thought was delicious and others were less keen! The children have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and finding these shapes in the environment. New this term has been Italian lessons for Reception children and reading morning. Thank you to parents who attended the reading morning. Children enjoy having their parents coming to school and sharing books with them. Rehearsals for the Christmas play ‘It’s A Baby’ have begun by the children learning the songs. The play will be on the 8th December at 9:30am.
October learning in Reception
Reception children have been making owls using shapes and singing ‘The Owl’ song. Other songs learnt this half term have been about Harvest and Autumn. ‘Big Red Combine Harvester’ and ‘Autumn Leaves’ are two of their favourite songs to sing. They have also been learning a lot about rhyming and children are enthusiastic about finding words that rhyme. They have enjoyed the book ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’ and some children can recite this from memory because of the rhyming text. In maths, as well as learning about shapes and number songs, children are using Numicon to explain what numbers to 20 look like. As part of our topic about ‘Ourselves’ the children have completed their self-portraits, labelled a picture of a body and drawn pictures of their family. They have all had a busy first half term!
Reception this September
We are very pleased how the children have settled. They are getting to know all the children in their classes and in Reception. They are enjoying the activities and climbing on the new climbing frame is very popular! This term the children will be learning about starting school and the topic covered this half term is ‘Ourselves’. The children have been making faces from playdough and painting self-portraits as part of our topic. The story we are focussing on this half term will be the ‘Owl Babies’.