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Friday 23rd March 2018

 

World Book Day!

 

Today we celebrated world book day by dressing up as our favourite story characters. We dressed as Willy Wonka, George from George's Marvellous Medicine, Digger Dog, Kitty from Kitty Lacey, Peter Rabbit and lots more. We bought stories from home and read them to our friends and even wrote our own stories. We made story maps and used story sacks to retell stories such as 'There was an old lady who swallowed a fly', The Little Red Hen' and 'The Three Little Pigs'. We really love reading in Reception and have had a super day. Have a look at our pictures. We think we all look fabulous.

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Friday 16th March 2018

 

Science day!

 

Today the whole school took part in science day and Reception loved thinking critically, planning, exploring and investigating. We had a think about mammals, reptiles and insects and worked in teams to categorise different animals into groups. We found out that mammals are warm blooded and have hair or fur. That means we're a mammal!

 

We also needed to save the dinosaurs! Lots of dinosaurs were trapped in ice. We needed to think of a plan of how we were going to save them. Maybe with a hammer, maybe with a knife and fork or maybe with warm water. We decided warm water would be best as it would melt the ice.

 

We also dug for fossils in sand, explored colours with cellophane, investigated magnetic and non-magnetic items and made  a rainbow. We also used junk modelling to create our own inventions.

 

Have a look at the photos!

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2.3.18

 

Our visit from Zoolab!

 

This week Zoolab came to visit to teach us all about minibeasts and reptiles. We saw an African land snail called Alan, a millipede, a hermit crab, a Madagascan hissing cockroach, a tarantula and a snake!

 

Before the visit, we were quite nervous, however, we decided to be courageous and show a can-do attitude. We all touched and held the animals and were so proud of ourselves and our friends. We realised the animals weren't scary at all - they were AWSOME!

 

We have learnt so much about minibeasts and reptiles. For example, did you know an insect has 6 legs and no bones? It has a hard shell around it called an exoskeleton which keeps it safe. A snake is a reptile and reptiles do have a bone. They are scaly and cold blooded, which means they live in hot countries to stay warm.

 

We found out that cockroaches eat anything and they love ice cream and shampoo the most! We also found out that a hermit crab has it's home on its back. It changes its shell as it grows A snail has its teeth on its tongue and a snake sheds its skin. We thought the tarantula was really cool. It was called Tilly and it grows as big as a dinner plate. Tarantulas place their webs across the ground and have 8 legs and eyes.

 

What a brilliant day! Have a look at our photos below.

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2nd February 2018

 

We have been busy learning through play and practising our communication skills with our friends. Look at the pictures below showing us interacting, collaborating and working together. In Reception we always work as team and believe this is the best way to explore and learn! We were also visited by Rob from the toy library who came to tell us an interactive story. Next week, Rob will be back and we will be creating our own interactive stories to share with our friends. As well as this, we have been exploring 2D  shapes and made some yummy shape pizzas. Have a look below at some of our creations! We have been enjoying making our 'Finding Nemo' stories and pieces of writing and are looking forward to sharing our work with year 4 who are going to be visiting our class on Monday. Earlier this half term, Matt and friends from the Christian Mission visited us for a Question of Faith day. We learnt lots of wonderful stories from the Bible and even acted some out. We created beautiful mosaic collages depicting scenes from the stories and celebrated our work with Matt. We can't wait to see what next week brings. We will be tasting pancakes and thinking about what they symbolise, as well as creating cards and gifts for our family to celebrate Valentines. What a busy yet fun time we're having!

 

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21st December 2017

 

It's Christmas in Reception!

 

We have been super festive in Reception for the last few weeks. We have learnt all about the Christmas story and made Christmas decorations for the classroom such as snowflakes, paper chains and snowmen. We've also done some fantastic Christmas writing, including letters to Santa and descriptive writing about the snowmen we created. We also did our Christmas performance 'Christmas with Aliens' at the church. We practised so hard for our performance and we were more than proud of ourselves on the big day. We did such wonderful singing and we even did our own dance! It was a fantastic performance.

 

On Tuesday Santa came into the school which was so exciting. We went to visit him in his grotto and sang him a Christmas song. He then gave us all a lovely present and we gave Santa a hug to say thank you. The next day, we had our Christmas lunch which was so delicious. We had turkey and stuffing, parsnips and roast potatoes. We even pulled a Christmas cracker!

 

This morning, Buttons the clown came into the school to do some magic. It was amazing - how did he do it? He was also really funny!

 

We have been so busy but have also had so much fun. We feel so festive and excited for Christmas now. We hope you all have a lovely, restful break and enjoy this special time with family and loved ones.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Friday 24th November

 

We have been extremely busy this week. The Little Red Hen was very kind and let us use her bread recipe for making our own bread rolls. We worked as a group to read the instructions carefully and followed the recipe step by step. We learnt that reading instructions is different to reading a story because you learn how to do something new! We collaborated and worked as a team to make our delicious bread rolls, making sure we measured the ingredients, shared the equipment and all had a turn. We learnt how to make dough, which bread is made out of and we even learnt how to kneed! We rolled the dough into little roll shapes and put them into the oven. They smelt so delicious!

 

We've also been writing Little Red Hen stories and creating speech bubbles for the different characters. A speech bubble shows you what someone is saying! We've been remembering to use our capital letters at the start of our sentences and our full stops to show the sentence is finished. We've also been spelling our tricky words and using our sounds for our other words. We've been practising using finger spaces and writing left to write. Our writing and our phonics is improving each week and we our so proud of ourselves! Next week we will be moving onto Phase3 in our phonics and learning all about digraphs. We can't wait!

 

Have a look at our bread making photos below

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Friday 10th November:

 

This week we have been learning the Little Red Hen! We have been able to retell the story using our Talk for Writing actions and have even made our own story maps. We have also been beginning to write sentences in literacy, using our sounds to spell simple words and remembering how to spell our tricky word 'the'. In maths we have been learning all about the number 8 and know lots about it. Did you know that 8 is one more than 7? Half of 8 is 4 and 6 and two more makes 8?

 

We also had a lady come in this week with her dog from the Dogs Trust. We learnt all about how to look after dogs and how to stay safe around dogs. Did you know dogs love a cosy bed, food, water, treats and dog toys? They love to play fetch and be stroked. You also need to ask the owner if it's okay to stroke their dog. In the afternoon we did lots of dog craft. Have a look at out photos!

 

The Dolphin and Ladybird class.  

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