What a jam packed week we have had yet again in Reception! On Monday we planted our very own beanstalks (runner beans) and designed our own castle for our beanstalks to grow towards. We learned all about the things that plants need to grow and we will be keeping a close eye on them over the next few weeks. Something else that we have been keeping a close eye on is our caterpillars, I am so pleased (and relieved) to say they are growing very quickly and I am sure they will be in their cocoons in no time.

In RE this week we learned about forgiveness. This half term we have been learning through the stories from the bible how important mistakes are. Even more importantly we have been learning just saying sorry may not be enough, we need to make sure that we show we are truly sorry. This week we learned about what happened in The Garden of Gethsemane, Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, said he did not know Jesus 3 times! We learned of Jesus’ forgiveness and realised that we should try to make sure we forgive and make friends if somebody has upset us. The children worked together to make and colour grass, trees, flowers, butterfly’s and lots more to make our class picture of The Garden of Gethsemane. Take a look at the pictures below to see it in action!

On Thursday we received a letter from the Giant! He asked if we could find things longer, shorter and the same length as his footprints! This has led to us writing some letters back to the Giant and to Mrs Ormerod to see if she knew anything about it! Our Jack and the Beanstalk activities will continue next week.

Here are some of the photos from our learning this week:

There may not be many posts on our Reception section after today leading up to the Easter break, as from next Thursday Reception will be taught by Mrs Clarke as I will not be here for a couple of weeks.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your families.

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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Thank-you for coming into school for our meetings this week, it has been lovely to have some time with you to discuss what amazing progress all of the children are making in Reception. This week we have written our own class version of the three little pigs, we decided to change the house of straw to the house of grass. We worked in groups to write our story and the children have learned the story inside out! We have continued our RWI sessions and the children are becoming confident at sounding out and blending the sounds to make words. Some children can even do the sounds in their head (we call this ‘Fred in your head’), have a try at home!

In maths we have continued using our knowledge of number to estimate how many objects or pictures we can see, even when they are covered up after a few seconds! This is quite fun and the children are becoming very good at this. Next week we will we measuring and looking at bigger, smaller, shorter and taller.

The caterpillars are growing very quickly, we cannot wait to see the cocoons that they will make before they turn into a butterfly!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend together.

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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What an exciting week we have had in Reception. I am so proud of their super listening in Church on Wednesday as we begin our Lenten journey. We have discussed the meaning of Lent and we will continue our learning about this next week. I wonder if you could discuss any of the changes that we could make in our lives in the special time of Lent?

Thank-you for all of your effort for World Book Day, the children looked fantastic and were so excited to share their characters, stories and enjoy reading together. In Reception the children learn a tremendous amount through stories each day and they begin to read theirself, so participating in a special day which recognises the impact which books can have on our lives is fantastic. We had an extra surprise on Thursday, after we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar… The children were told about our very own caterpillars that we will be looking after until they become butterfly’s and we can set them free. We have looked more closely at how this process will occur and we are excited to watch this happen with our caterpillars. Please look at the Reception - Gallery section for photos from the day!

We were challenged to read in an unusual place this week, so we decided to read in the hall! The children listened beautifully and enjoyed a story, aswell as retelling The Three Little Pigs together. We have internalised the story so well that we will be writing our own version next week!

Also this week… We made our own maths game, looked at which materials would be best for The 3 Little Pigs, made maps of where the houses are, did some gardening and we enjoyed looking at our wow work in our wow folders. Here are some photos :

I look forward to seeing you all next week (Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March) for our meetings. I can’t wait to discuss your child’s progress and achievements. If you haven’t selected a time please come and speak to me after school on Monday to arrange one.

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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We have started our new topic in Reception this week, the children are working very hard to pronounce ‘traditional’ as it is a tricky word to say. Understanding what is meant by traditional tales is quite hard too, you could have a conversation at home about it. A traditional tale is a story that has been told and retold for many years and most people know them!

Our focus this week has been on The Three Little Pigs, we have used our story map to to orally retell the story and we will continue this next week.
We have played maths games making the house of bricks, and the chimney from the house, using a secret amount of blocks from the card which they selected from the pack. Choosing the right amount of objects from a larger group is a focus in maths that is very important in Reception. The rest of the group then estimated how many blocks/lego bricks had been used. It was lots of fun!

In RWI we learned a new sound today:
ow - blow the snow
We have enjoyed working in our Read Write Inc groups this week, the children are becoming confident in their ability to blend sounds to make words. This is assisting them in their writing, as the children can use their ability to split a word into it’s sounds to write!

We had so many children receiving not just their first but their second reading certificate today in our assembly, it was lovely to see. Please remember we ask that you read with your child a minimum of 3 times per week and sign the reading record. We can then add the stickers to the children’s bookmarks for the schoolbooks they have read at home.

World book day is next Thursday 7th March, the children have brought home a blank book cover on a sheet of paper to draw the character they will be coming as on world book day. You are welcome to bring them in when you have completed them but we ask for them to all be returned (with their name on) by Thursday 7th March please. I look forward to seeing everybody looking fabulous in their costumes!

In Reception we are having 10 minute meetings and that is why we have not sent reports home tonight. You will be able to select a time slot from next Monday morning, I will put a timetable for you to allocate yourself a time at our gate in the morning and after school, I will then send the sheet to after school club. There is a 10 minute time slot for each meeting and it allows me to give you an update regarding your child’s progress, attendance and time for you to ask any questions. The dates and times are on Wednesday 13th March 1-2pm and Thursday 14th March 1-5pm.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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We are half way through our academic year in reception and wow! What amazing progress the children have made already. It is lovely to sit and reflect on how far they have come in so many ways.

This week we have enjoyed rounding off our learning about the Chinese New Year. The children have enjoyed making special envelopes with coins on, lanterns, dragons and dragon masks. We have been learning about coins and thinking about why we need money and what we spend it on. The coins we have focused our learning on are 1p, 2p and 5p. Although, we have looked at all of the coins you may find in our purses/wallets or behind the sofa!

In RE this week we learned about when Jesus healed the man at the Pool of Bethesda, this again led us on to thinking of people who we would like to ask for God’s help in making them feel better. The children have drawn a picture and written some lovely prayers for our prayer book, with Miss Lane.

What fearless children we have in our class! PE was lots of fun on Monday with the large apparatus. We pretended we were climbing the Great Wall of China and had lots of fun. Here are some of the action shots!

Important activities for the week off, aswell as reading and blending sounds practice:
- Scissors and cutting practice, this would be very useful as we have lots of children who need to improve their grip of the scissors and ability to cut on the lines.
- Knife and fork - please could you try to get the children cutting up their own food.
- Clothes - zipping up coats, putting jumpers on and off, putting socks and shoes on and off.

These things will come over time but if you can start the practice over the break and continue into our next half term that would be fantastic.

We return to school on Monday 25th February, on Thursday 7th March it is world book day so the children can come to school dressed up as their favourite character!

Have a wonderful break, fingers crossed for some more sun next week!

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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We have been working hard in the kitchen area today making our very own spring rolls. The children listened carefully to Mrs Mahoney and followed the instructions to make their delicious spring rolls to celebrate Chinese New Year. They have also made Chinese lanterns and ordered the animals from The Great Race. We will continue learning about China and the Chinese New Year next week.

In RWI we have continued our group work and learned one new sound:
or - Shut the door
In Maths we have started to look at coins, we have been counting 1p and 2p coins. I have been really impressed with our counting in twos! This is something we will continue to look at over next week and throughout the year.

In PE this week we have enjoyed exploring ways to get over the dragons back (the bench), throwing and catching in the air, hopping, jumping and doing pencil rolls. I have been blown away by the children’s focus, creativity and confidence to have a go. They were so co-operative and hardworking, it really allowed them to show how much they can achieve in just 2 sessions! I hope to have more apparatus for us to experiment with on Monday.

In RE we learned about people who help us and the children thought about how we could say thank-you and show that we are thankful, they made some lovely cards with great writing for the people they wanted to thank. Next week we will think about how Jesus can help us and how he helped others.

We will have show and tell next Friday 15th February, which is also the day we break up for half term at 3.25pm.
Have a lovely weekend, I hope you have enjoyed the spring rolls.

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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The children have been real Curious Clara’s this week as we have started our new topic, Chinese New Year! The children have loved working away in our Chinese Restaurant and Take Away. They have been talking orders, making food, writing shopping lists and ofcourse washing up! We have looked on the map at China and looked on the globe to see how far away it is from our country. The children have learned all about some of the traditions for Chinese New Year and we have danced like dragons to music in PE! Our story focus has been The Great Race, The story of the Chinese Zodiac. This explains how the Chinese Calendar selected the animals for the different years. This year it is the year of the pig!

We have continued our maths focus looking at numbers 0-10 and working our one more and one less. This is something which we will continue working on, have a practice at home when you can! In RWI the children have been working in their groups to not only blend words and sentences but to write words too! Using their decoding skills, the children can break the words into their separate sounds to write them. I think the children have surprised theirself this week with what they are capable of!
We have started to learn 2 more sounds in RWI:
oy - toy for a boy
oo - poo at the zoo

There will be no show and tell next Friday 8th February as we have a busy day planned.

Please check your child’s PE jumper over the weekend, we have 2 children who have recently lost their PE jumpers, pegs and lost property have been checked and it is so easy for the children to pick up the wrong one if theirs has fallen off their peg and been put on a different peg with the best intentions!

Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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As always we have had such a busy week, the amount of learning that happens in one week in our classroom is truly magical. I bet it is the same at home! We have been focusing on our teen numbers over the past few weeks, so far we have looked closely at 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. This week we have been ordering numbers 1-20, counting forwards and backwards and looking at which numbers are one more and one less than a given number. We have also enjoyed ordering numbers on the caterpillar, this requires lots of problem solving - have a go at this at home! https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/caterpillar-ordering
We will be looking more closely at 16 and 17 next week.

We have lots of fantastic books that have been written and illustrated by all of our super writers this week. In groups we have written our own version of ‘That’s not my polar bear…’ and illustrated it with pictures and materials. In RWI the children have been working really hard to blend the sounds they know. This is tricky and for some children it will take a little longer than others but we will get there! Practice, practice and more practice! This ofcourse requires lots of patience too when reading books at home. If you can fit in more blending practice there are lots of exciting blending games on the phonics play website https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase2Menu.htm we enjoy buried treasure at the moment in school! I have been really impressed with the children’s storytelling, listening, independent reading, shared reading and writing. Our vocabulary is really growing by the day.

We have also learned 2 new RWI sounds this week:
ay - May I play?
ee - What can you see?

Not forgetting, we have also been singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, painting, junk modelling, building, jumping, hopping, running, walking like Sven, playing on the computers and iPads but this week I asked the children to think about their learning goals. We talked about why we come to school and how important it is to grow our brains. I was really impressed with their own goal setting and lots of children have been working on their learning goals this week. I wonder if your child can remember their learning goal?

We hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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What an exciting week! We have been doing lots of investigations because our visitor was back again this week. Our poor toys have been frozen for most of the week. Yesterday, we decided to set up a camera to see who was freezing our toys. We were surprised to find… it was Elsa! She wrote back to all of our letters and explained she had heard we were learning all about winter and on her visits, she had accidentally frozen our toys. Reception have decided to forgive Elsa and they have loved drawing her pictures, writing her letters and learning about where she lives, in Norway!

We have continued growing our brains this week and we have been learning about 3D shapes. I have been very impressed with their 2D and 3D shape knowledge. I hope the children can point out some 2D and 3D shapes for you at home and outside - shapes are everywhere!

The children have been reading and writing in their new RWI groups this week. We have been really impressed with their sounds and blending. I am sure you can see their amazing progression at home too.

In RE we learned about when the first 4 disciples were called. We enjoyed talking about boats and fishermen. The children enjoyed listening to the story and we have made some lovely, colourful fish for our display!

Enjoy the photos, a snapshot of our exciting learning in Reception and have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Reception team.

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I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! The children loved listening to each other when we shared our stories from our holidays on Tuesday. They have returned to school for our second half term relaxed and ready to learn which is fantastic.

This week we have been learning about shapes and their properties. We have looked in particular at 2D shapes including: triangles, squares, rectangles, circles and pentagons. The children have been counting how many sides and corners the shapes have to prove which shape is which.

We have been practising the sounds which we learned before Christmas this week and blending them into words. The children are making great progress and that is thanks to the regular reading at home which really helps the children in school. Please keep this up, at least 3 times per week.

Next week the children will continue RWI phonics in groups, this will allow us to focus on each child and their needs. Some children will share RWI books in this time, this will be instead of time spent doing guided reading with the book that comes home. The children will still bring similar books home as we are not able to send the RWI books home. That means we will not write in their reading logs but we will be reading with the children 4 times per week in their RWI session. Please do keep writing in their reading logs and dating it when you read at home, as we do read them and it allows us to put stickers on their reading bookmarks.
Please catch me after school if you have any questions!

We have enjoyed starting our new topic - frozen! We have had a focus on winter and the seasons this week. The children have started learning ‘that’s not my polar bear…’ which is a lovely little story. Over the weeks, the children will make their own story maps and write their own stories based on this one. Unfortunately, we have had a visitor at the end of this week who has frozen our toys! This lead to an investigation to see how we could get the ice to melt and go away, we had lots of fun! We do have a feeling they might be back next week and some more of us will have to investigate…
Speaking of fun, we started learning how to do junk modelling this week! Watch this space for pictures of our super creations.

In RE we have learned about the Epiphany, when the Wise Men followed the star to see baby Jesus. The children cut out their own bright star and decorated them with sparkles, they certainly brighten up our classroom!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

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