Spring 1, Week 2: Our new workbooks

Stars of the week: Laura & Grace

Well done to Laura and Grace who this week did some amazing writing in their new Literacy books! They thought carefully about the sounds they could hear in the words and then wrote down all the sounds they could hear. Well done girls!

This week was our first week using our Maths and Literacy books. All the children did amazing work in their books, taking care and showing a lot of pride in their books. We look forward to being able to show parents more work in our books soon!

Last week you saw us preparing our portraits and here they are on display in the hall alongside work from Nursery and Year 1. We are very proud of all our Reception Artists!

Next week in Reception: We are exploring the traditional tale Little Red Riding Hood. In Maths we are using our super subitising skills to start doubling numbers. In Phonics we will learn oo, ar & or.

Spring 1, Week 1: Welcome Back!

Stars of the week: All of Reception
Well done to all of Reception for settling straight back into school after a lovely break. All the children were eager to share their holidays adventures, look around some of the changes in our classroom and spend time with their friends.

This week we are making our self portraits to contribute to the whole school display that will be put up in the hall. Check back next week to see our final pieces, but for now, here are some pictures of use preparing our backgrounds and foregrounds.

Next Week: In Phonics we will we starting Phase 3 with ai, ee, igh, oa. We will use Writing books for the first time in literacy and be comparing and estimating in Maths. Our new topic about Terrific Tales will start next week – all about fairy tales, fables and cultural tales.

Autumn 2, Week 7: Christmas in Reception!

Stars of the Week: All of Reception

Well done to all of Reception this week for an amazing performance of the Nativity. You all sang beautifully, said your lines clearly and made all of your teachers very proud! We think that your parents enjoyed the show too!! Well done!

This week in Reception we have been enjoying the festive season!
EYFS Christmas Party
On Monday we had our party in the hall with Nursery! We loved dancing to the music, and enjoyed playing games like musical bumps and pass the parcel.

Christmas Crafts
This week we enjoyed some Christmas Crafts. We decorated baubles and made some Christmas Stars.

Christmas Jumper Day
Here are pictures of us wearing our fabulous, festive jumpers.

Christmas Lunch
Also on Wednesday we had a special lunch in the hall! We pulled crackers and ate a delicious Christmas dinner!

Nativity Performance!
On Wednesday we performed our Nativity for our families!
A video of the Nativity can be seen here.
Here are photos of the performance. We hope that you enjoyed the performance! Thank you to all who came!

Over the holidays: We have sent home the tricky words that we have been learning this half term. It would be great if you could practise reading these. They are words that are tricky as they may not be decodable, or we are yet to learn the digraph/adjacent consonants in them.

Next term: We will focus on applying our phonics to our writing as well as start to develop our sentence writing. Our topic for the half term is “Terrific Tales” – looking at traditional tales and stories.

We hope that you all have a very safe and Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in 2022!

Autumn 2, Week 6: Toys!

Stars of the week: Orpheus & Emma

Well Done to Orpheus and Emma who this week wrote some great descriptions of toys. They thought of the adjectives and then used their phonics to write the words!

All of Reception also did an amazing job of singing the ‘Rocking Carol’ at the Cathedral alongside Nursery and Year 1! Well done all of you!

Here are some photos of our toy descriptions, as well as some independent Christmas list writing.

Next week in Reception We will be getting prepared to present our Nativity to parents on Wednesday! We will continue our Phonics learning and enjoy our party and the Frosty Fair – another busy week!

Autumn 2, Week 5: Why we love London!

Stars of the Week: James and Alyssa

Well done to James and Alyssa who this week came up with some great ways to describe Big Ben! Not only were they able to think of the words to describe this famous landmark, they then used their super phonics skills to write them down too!

This week we recapped all the wonderful things we have learnt about London. Here are some of the reasons why Reception love London!

Next week: We are looking forward to singing at the Cathedral with Nursery and Year 1. We will be practising our Nativity in preparation for our performance! In Phonics we will learn our last single letter sound – we will soon know the grapheme and phoneme for every letter of the alphabet!

Autumn 2, Week 4: Getting ready for Christmas!

Stars of the week: Taylie and Annabella

Well done to Taylie and Annabella for making thoughtful contributions in our RE lesson this week. We were thinking about how Christians get ready for Christmas, and beginning to learn about advent. We made our own advent calendar, thinking of daily challenges, such as playing with a new friend or helping someone for each day of advent. Well done girls.

This week we too have been getting ready for Christmas, by working collaboratively with Nursery to get our hall Christmas board ready. Our board links with the carol we are singing at the Cathedral in the Christmas service. We thought about who would be in the scene – Jesus, Mary and Joseph, as well as what kind of animals may have been living in the place where Jesus was born.

Autumn 2, Week 3: Our London Trip!

Stars of the week: All of Reception!

Well done to all of Reception, who were SUPERSTARS on their first ever trip! All of the children (and our adult helpers!) were great on the trip. Not only were they able to spot lots of famous London Landmarks, they listened carefully to instructions and stayed together to keep everyone safe. Well done all of you! You have made all of your teachers very proud!

We had a wonderful time on Wednesday, taking four different modes of transport around London to see some of the key London landmarks. Fortunately the weather was on our side and the sun shining!
We boarded the 381 bus to Waterloo, with a great view of the Shard. After disembarking at Waterloo, we walked to the South Bank, and took in the amazing view of the London Eye, as well as Big Ben and the House of Parliament beside the Thames.
We headed to Waterloo pier and boarded the Uber Boat (Thames Clipper) towards Greenwich. Also the river we saw amazing sites – the Oxo Tower, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Tate, The Globe, the Walkie Talkie, Southwark Cathedral, The Shard, HMS Belfast, the Mayors office, The Tower of London and Tower Bridge to name a few!
When we reached Greenwich, we were amazed to see the Shard from a different angle – it looked very small! After a sunny lunch by the Thames, neat the Cutty Sark, we jumped on the DLR to Bank. From Bank we took the underground back to Borough. We got back to school, we had tired legs, but it was worth it for a wonderful day!
Below are some photos of our trip!
Next week: Next week is assessment week, so we will be showing all of the wonderful learning that we have done, as well as consolidating our learning in Phonics. We will continue to reflect on our trip, making art showing the shapes of London. Next week we will be handing out the scripts for the Nativity play, so please start practicing lines at home.

Autumn 2, Week 2: In the city…

Stars of the week: Louie and Amelia

Well done to Louie and Amelia, who have worked so hard in their writing this week! This week we have been writing lists of things we can find in a city. Both Louie and Amelia carefully listened to the sounds that they could hear in words and then recorded one of their phonic sounds! Well done both of you!

This week we read the book ‘In the city’ by Dominika Lipniewska. The book is all about the day in the life of a busy city – just like London! We enjoyed looking at the colourful pages and thinking about, then writing a list of all the different things that we could see.
What can you see in the city?

Next week: In phonics we will learn the sounds ff, ll, ss and j. We are also looking forward to our very first trip on Wednesday! Next week we will share all the pictures with you.

Autumn 2, Week 1: Happy Diwali!

Stars of the week: Tara & Avani

Well Done to Tara and Avani this week for some brilliant work! Tara was able to share all of her experiences of Diwali with her friends which really helped all of our understanding of this special celebration.
Avani did some wonderful writing this week, listening carefully when we were sound-talking words and then writing down every sound she could hear.
Well done both of you!

All of Reception made a fantastic start to Autumn 2, coming back to school and settling straight back into routines.
This week we learnt about Diwali, and how people celebrate Diwali. We read the story ‘Dipal’s Diwali’ and then we made our own Diya lamps.

Next week: In Phonics we will learn our next sounds – h, b, f and l. In Maths we will be learning about more, fewer and the same. Our literacy activity will be linked to our London topic – exploring the kinds of things that you might see in the city. Please ensure children are bringing reading folders every day.

Autumn 1, Week 7: Self Portraits

Stars of the week: Ibrahim and Summer

Well done to this weeks stars – Ibrahim and Summer. This week we carefully looked at our reflection in the mirror and painted self-portraits. Ibrahim and Summer were able to talk about the colour of their skin, hair and eyes and then carefully pain their portrait. Well done both of you!

We all painted our own self portrait and they are now proudly hanging in the classroom. Have a look at our portraits in the pictures below!

Miss Godsell, Miss Bowen and Debbie cannot believe that all the children have now completed their first half-term of Reception! We are so proud of you all – you have quickly learnt the classroom expectations and routines, and are making fantastic progress in your learning already! Well done! This week children have taken home reading books. These should be bought to school every day!

Next half term: Our new topic will be ‘Living in London’, looking at where we live and what makes it a special place. We will continue our learning in phonics, applying our knowledge to new words, as well as continuing our learning in Maths. AS part of our ongoing Celebrations topic, in week 1, we will be looking at how Diwali and Bonfire Night are celebrated. Have a lovely half term break!