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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World Book Day


Reception really enjoyed celebrating Cathedral School’s Book Week. We read the story The Three Pigs by David Wiesner. In the story, the three little pigs fly out of the book on a paper aeroplane and into some other fairy tales. In Reception, we rewrote some of our favourite fairy tales with an alternative ending. The children chose their favourite fairy tale character and wrote a story where the character falls out of the book and into another fairy tale. The children’s ideas were fantastic!
We also had a great day dressing up as our favourite book characters! Here are some pictures of us in our costumes:

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Pancake Day

On Tuesday, as part of our Shrove Tuesday celebrations, Reception made some delicious pancakes! The children all helped to measure out the flour, milk and eggs and to whisk the ingredients together.

Here some pictures of us making the pancakes:

By the time Miss Keohane tried to take a picture of everyone enjoying their pancakes, most of them had already been eaten! Here’s a picture of us when we were just finishing our pancakes!!

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Our school trip to London Aquairum

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Last week,we had a very exciting start to our new topic, The World Around Me, when we went on our first class trip to London Sea Life Aquarium.
We saw lots of fish, crocodiles, stingrays, penguins and sharks. The children were very excited when we spotted Nemo and Dory!
The children’s behaviour was impeccable, something that was mentioned by members of the public throughout the day!
Thank you very much to all of our helpers.
Here are some pictures of our trip:

This week, in Maths we are learning to halve numbers up to 10. We have started looking at halving by splitting objects equally into 2 groups and finding how many is in each group. In line with Cathedral School’s Book Week, in English we are reading David Wiesner’s ‘The Three Pigs’, where the three pigs get blown out of the book by the wolf. The children are then writing their own stories where fairy tale characters fall out of the book. This week, we will also be designing illustrations to go along with our stories and making pancakes!

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Over the last couple of weeks, the children have been enjoying lots of different activities around our topic, Once Upon A Time.
They have been building bridges to help The Gingerbread Man to cross the river, making crowns to wear in our castle, acting out the story of The Little Red Hen, playing in the arctic fairy land and lots more! Here are some pictures:

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In English, we sequenced the story The Gingerbread Man and wrote a storyboard describing the main events of the story. We focused on sentences openers such as first, next, then, after that and finally. The children particularly enjoyed writing about the last part of the story where the fox gobbles the gingerbread man up in one bite!
In Maths, we did lots of jumping around when learning how to add and subtract using a number line. This week, the children will be bringing home a number line that they can use to practise Maths at home. We’ve focused on the different directions you jump on the number line depending on whether it’s an addition or subtraction sum and made sure that we only jump one number each time. You can see us using our outdoor number line here:

In phonics last week we reached the end of learning Phase 3 sounds! The next couple of weeks will now be spent consolidating their phonic knowledge and applying it when reading and writing. We also be focusing on rhyming words.
We also conducted our first science experiment, testing the properties of different materials to help us decide which material we should use to make our fairy tale town!
This week, in Maths we will be focusing on positional language (such as behind, next to, in front of etc.) as well as odd and even numbers. In English we will be looking at rhyming words to make Rhyme Slime Potions. We will also be starting to build our fairy tale town during afternoon sessions.
Finally, please look out for letters coming home this week regarding parents evening next week and our school trip to London Sea life Aquarium, which is taking place after half term.

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Visiting the John Harvard Library

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Last week, Reception visited the John Harvard Library on Borough High Street.
The children chose a book each and did some independent reading and also had 2 books read to them by Luke the librarian!
As a class, we found lots of books for our topic this half term, Once Upon A Time. Then, we got a class library card so that we could borrow the books and take them back to school.
Here are some photos from our trip:

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The children’s amazing landscapes created during Arts Week, where we replicated the work of Claude Monet’s Meadows, are now on display in the school hall and in the classroom. The children really enjoyed using water colours and did a fantastic job!

You can see our hall display here:

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This week we will be writing storyboards of The Gingerbread Man in English. In Maths, we will be learning to add and subtract using a number line and start to look at odd and even numbers. Our new sounds in Phonics this week will be ‘ear’, ‘air’ and ‘ure’. We will also learn to spell the words ‘they’, ‘is’ and ‘his’.

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Welcome Back!

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Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope that you all had a wonderful break.

This half term our topic will be Once Upon A Time. Our text to support this topic is The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters.

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Over the next few weeks, we will be exploring the text, looking in detail at the different letters and characters and developing our descriptive vocabulary. The text will also be supported by other traditional tales such as Rapunzel and The Gingerbread Man. In line with our topic, our reading corner has become Rapunzel’s tower. This week, the children have really enjoyed reading books to Rapunzel to keep her busy whilst she is stuck in her tower! Our role play area has become a castle for the children to enjoy dressing up as Kings, Queens and Knights and recreating some of their favourite traditional tales. You can see pictures of the reading corner and role play area below:

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This week, we have also been busy writing silly sentences using CVC words and writing about what we did over the holidays. In Maths, we have looked in more detail at 2d shapes and their properties. We have also learned about symmetry and used shapes to create patterns on butterflies.

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Today your child will be bringng home a letter regarding our school trip to the John Harvard Library on Monday. As stated in the letter, this trip is covered by the ‘blanket’ parental permission slip which you signed at the beginning of the year. However, if you have any reservations about this trip please contact the School Office as soon as possible.

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Christmas Party

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Today was the EYFS Christmas party. We had so much fun dressing up in our party clothes, dancing and playing musical statues. We were also lucky enough to find a present each under the Christmas tree.

Here are some photos of our party:

Today each child was given a pack containing a Phase 3 Sound Mat, a list of high frequency words and a Christmas home learning task. There is information for parents attached but please don’t hesitate to ask if there are any questions!

Finally, we hope that you have a happy and restful festive season and we look forward to seeing you in 2017!

And from everyone in Reception…

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Nativity Photos

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A huge well done to all of Reception (and Nursery too!) for their excellent performance of Our First Nativity

Miss Keohane and Sara are very proud of the whole class – every single one of you were amazing! All of the children played such an important role, either as a narrator or an actor-plus all the singing! They worked so hard to make it a fantastic performance and they showed so much confidence, its hard to believe that they are only 4 and 5 years old.

Thank you to everyone who came and watched the performance – we hope that you enjoyed it!

Here are some photos from Our First Nativity:

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