After a lot of growing over the weekend, today the ducks moved into their bigger home in the travel cot. They also had their first swim in the water tray during fruit and milk time this morning. The children loved watching them splash around! We spoke about how ducks are born with the natural ability to swim and thought about how their webbed feet and waterproof coats help them. The children have been so confident and caring with the ducks- we will all be very sad to see them go back to the farm on Friday!

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An exciting arrival!

On Monday, we noticed a little crack in one of the eggs in our incubator. Over the next couple of days, the crack started to get bigger and another egg cracked too!

During Tuesday night, the eggs hatched and out came 2 ducklings!!

Reception are so excited to welcome two new members to our class! We decided to call them Jemima and Bill.
Today, the children sang songs, made cards and read books to the ducks.

Here are some of the things we overheard the children saying to the ducklings today:
“This is London and you are in Cathedral School.”
“We are happy that you hatched!”
“Welcome to your new home!”
“We love you babies!”

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International Week

Reception thoroughly enjoyed learning all about Thailand last week for International Week.

We had fun with lots of Thai themed activities around the classroom including…


Noodles in the water tray


Elephant Maths


Jungle Playdough


Decorating Buddhist Mandala patterns

As part of our learning on Buddhism, the children really enjoyed doing some meditation in the form of Cosmic Kids Yoga!

We also wrote letters to some Thai children to ask questions about how their lives are different to ours in London, learned about national emblems of Thailand, created Thai elephant pictures and decorated fans with the beautiful national flower of Thailand, the Ratchaphruek.

The children looked fantastic on Friday in their international costumes too!

What a busy week!

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International Week

We are all really excited about International Week next week! Reception will be learning all about Thailand. What do you know about Thailand?

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A Surprise Delivery!

Today was a very exciting day for Reception. We received a very special delivery from Surrey Docks Farm and when we opened it open, we saw it was 6 eggs!
Everyone made their prediction on a post-it note about what is going to hatch out of the eggs. The eggs will now be incubated for 4 weeks, which means that we should hopefully have some new members of Reception hatching during the first week back after half term!
What do you think is going to hatch from the eggs?

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back! We hope that you all had a wonderful Easter break.
This half term our topic will be Up, Up and Away. Our text to support this topic is Up, Up, Up by Susan Reed. Our focus for this topic is things that fly, float or are already up in the air, as well as the seasons and weather. Children will be bringing home a Curriculum Overview with details of the activities that we will be doing as part of our topic.

As the children enter their final term in Reception, here is a recap of the letter that we sent out at the beginning of the year, outlining a little bit more about the Early Years Curriculum and the national expectations for the end of the year.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their development throughout Nursery and Reception.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
• Communication and language;
• Physical development; and
• Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
• Literacy;
• Mathematics;
• Understanding the world; and
• Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. Planning for this curriculum is designed to be flexible so that your child’s unique needs and interests are supported. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. Below is a link to the government document that helps teachers with their planning and assessment throughout the year.

http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf

EARLY LEARNING GOALS
At the end of the Reception year, children are assessed in relation to ‘Early Learning Goals’ and are given a judgement as to whether they are ‘meeting the expected levels of development’, ‘exceeding the expected levels’ or ‘not yet reaching the expected levels’ (‘emerging’)’. It is important for you to see these early learning goals so that you know what the national expectations for children at the end of Reception are in each area of learning. If your child is exceeding these goals then the National Curriculum for Year 1 is used to ensure they are being challenged at the appropriate level. Below is a link to government exemplification materials for each of the early learning goals. The aim is not just that children reach these expected goals but that they are given the opportunities to exceed them.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eyfs-profile-exemplication-materials

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Stay ‘n’ Play – Easter 2017

Thank you to all the grown-ups who stayed and played with us. We loved showing you around our classroom and the children thoroughly enjoyed getting to do lots of fun Easter activities with you!

Don’t forget, Reception will be singing a hymn at the Easter Cathedral Service this Friday with Nursery and Year 1. It would be great to see you there!

Finally, a very Happy Easter to you all! We hope you have a lovely Easter break and look forward to seeing you ready for the start of the Summer term.

Here are some photos of the Stay ‘n’ Play fun:

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Gymnastics Fun!

Last week, we had a very exciting PE lesson! We got lots of different apparatus out to practise climbing, balancing, crawling and moving under and over equipment. We talked about keeping ourselves and each other safe when using the apparatus and the children did a fantastic job of moving carefully and adventurously!

Here’s some pictures of the action:

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Spring Term Collective Worship

Thank you to all of the parents who came to see Reception’s collective worship this morning. I’m sure you’ll agree that the children were absolutely brilliant- they learned their lines so thoroughly and spoke with such confidence- Miss Keohane and Sara are extremely proud.

Here are some photos of the performance along with the video clip that was played of our school trip to the Aquarium!

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Science Week

This week, Reception have been enjoying lots of activities for Science Week. On Tuesday, we had a very funny assembly from Professor Whizz Kid. He taught us all about air and how we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Here are some photos:

In the classroom, we have been investigating objects that float and sink in the water tray. We put celery into water with food colouring in and watched it change colour. We also looked at materials and their properties when we made 3D shapes in Maths. The children had the choice of either spaghetti, straws or lolly sticks to build models with and chose either marshmallows or Playdough to stick them together. The children worked as a team in their groups and all concluded that lolly sticks and play dough were the strongest materials for their models. Here are some pictures:

We have been also been hunting for Minibeasts in the outdoor area and the children have been helping Sara with some gardening and planting in the flower beds. It’s been a very busy week!

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