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Mad About Minibeasts!

Date: 19th Apr 2024 @ 2:36pm

Although it has been a very rainy and wet first week back at school, spring really has sprung!


This week Reception have been out in the garden to look for MINIBEASTS! Take a look at what we have found...


Next we wrote sentences all about our favourite insects and worked really hard to draw carefully, details and anatomically correct drawings of what we found. 

Crocodile Joe!

Date: 25th Mar 2024 @ 12:27pm

This morning we had a very special visitor called Crocodile Joe! He brought his animals from all over the world for us to see. We looked at the different sized eggs that some of the animals came from and we even got to touch some of the animals! Have a look at the pictures below, which animal was your favourite?

How to Train Your Dragon

Date: 22nd Mar 2024 @ 1:10pm

Reception have been very busy writing instructions about how to train our very dragons! 

We decided that we needed to train our dragons to fly, to guard a castle and to breath fire. We very carefully wrote our instructions to send across the world to any and all would-be dragon trainers! Listen carefully to our recordings to see what we have written...



World Book Day Celebrations

Date: 8th Mar 2024 @ 3:51pm

Thank you so much to all of the parents who came to school to read with us this morning! 


We have had a fabulous day, filled with all the wonders of reading! 


We especially enjoyed having Year 4 come to read their stories to us this afternoon. 


Have a look at our fantastic costumes below! 

Welcome Back!

Date: 1st Mar 2024 @ 4:09pm

Welcome back Reception! 

We have had a wonderful this week starting our brand new topic 'What comes from an egg?'

We have been looking closely at different types of eggs and the animals that lay them. We have been using information texts to research as scientists! Then we used this information to write Fact Files to share with our friends. 

If you would like to find out more about what we will be learning this term, check the Files section to download the half termly overview.

Mr Wolf's Pancakes

Date: 15th Feb 2024 @ 8:28am

This week, Reception read the story 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes' by Jan Fearnley. 


Just like Mr Wolf, we very carefully wrote our own shopping lists with all the ingredients we would need to make our perfect pancake! We designed out pancake and labelled the toppings we would like. We worked as a team to make the pancake batter smooth. We really enjoyed counting our Numicon to make sure we had enough to 'buy' the toppings for our pancakes! We tasted our pancakes at the end of the day and they were delicious!

Get Well Soon King Charles!

Date: 9th Feb 2024 @ 2:43pm

This week, we heard the sad news that King Charles has not been very well. 

We know that King Charles likes to look at wild flowers. We researched different wild flowers and chose our favourite. Next, we drew a picture of it and cut it out to add to our class 'Get Well Soon' card. 

Miss Wilkinson bought a stamp, and she is going to post it to Buckingham Palace after school. 

Amazing Aquarium Artwork!

Date: 2nd Feb 2024 @ 4:04pm

This week, as artists, we have been working really hard to create our own pictures of fantastic fish and super sea creatures!


Firstly, we wrote lists detailing the different sea creatures we saw after our visit to Sealife. Next, we looked closely at the details of the animals using information texts from our class library. 


I think the children have done a FABULOUS job, have a look at some of our work below!

Sealife Visit!

Date: 25th Jan 2024 @ 4:02pm

This week we took a trip to the Sea Life Aquarium to explore under the sea!

We saw many animals including stingrays, starfish, sharks, turtles, and some very interesting fish species.

All complete with a short workshop where we got to draw our own aquariums. 


Date: 19th Jan 2024 @ 2:04pm

This week in our maths lessons we have been using the Numberblocks to help us put the number 1-5 in the right order. Have a look at some of our amazing work! 

Once we had the numbers in the right order, we made it EVEN TRICKIER by hiding one of our Numberblocks and seeing if we could work out who had gone missing... 


Kandinsky Inspired Art in Reception

Date: 12th Jan 2024 @ 1:52pm

This week in our connecting curriculum program, we took a look at warm and cool colours and how they match with the seasons of the year. With a focus on cool colours for winter, we created some Kandinsky inspired artwork. Check out the beauitful results below!



Hello, Noi!

Date: 8th Jan 2024 @ 8:17am

Hello Reception!

We are going to be meeting a new character this week, his name is Noi. Noi has lost his friend... Do you know who his fried might be? He is big and he can swim. 

Can you write who you think Noi's friend could be?

Diwali Celebrations!

Date: 17th Nov 2023 @ 2:44pm

In Reception, we have been learning about different types of celebrations. This week has been a very special week as we have been celebrating: Diwali!

First we listened to the story of Rama and Sita. We learned that Diwali is a festival of lights! 

Next, we made cards for our grown ups. We decorated them with rangoli patterns. We even designed our own mehndi patterns! 

Finally we learned how to perform special dances for Diwali. 

It has been such a fun week! Why don't you ask me all about Diwali at home? 



Date: 2nd Nov 2023 @ 2:10pm

Today in Reception, we have been exploring different ways of making fireworks. Which is your favourite?

What are we learning about next half term?

Date: 18th Oct 2023 @ 9:37am

We have had a great time learning lots of new things this half term. We are so proud of the children and how much they have grown in the past 7 weeks. 

Here is our overview for next half term so you can see everything that we are about to learn about.

Healthy Me

Date: 29th Sep 2023 @ 12:59pm

This week we have been getting ready for sports day. We have had lots of discussions about how we can be healthy and decided that one way to be healthy and get energy for sports day would be to make our very own healthy food.

On Thursday we tasted different fruits and described how they felt, looked and tasted. Then on Friday we made our very own class fruit salad. The children loved eating their fruit salads and everyone tried their best to try new foods with their friends.


"mmm this is very fresh! I'm going to get my Mummy to make one with me." William

"It feels soft and squishy and smooth" Armeen

"It smells so fruity and tasty and I just want to eat it!" Kylah

"The apples! Because it's got juice!" Arthur

"I love fruit it's going to make me feel so strong and healthy" Lucy

"I am proud of me for touching and tasting it and it actually tastes so nice!" Armeen

"My favourite was the melon!" Beau

"We need to eat vegetables and fruit everyday. We need to have much sleep!" Hannah

"It smells so lemony" Imogen

"Strawberries are so bumpy" Damifunre

"I liked the juice. I like the apple and the banana and the strawberries!" Chukwuemeka

"I think this is a little sour... but i like it!" Awa

"My body feels healthy and strong and ready to run fast!" Nathaniel


"It made me feel happy" Myah

The children learnt that their bodies and brains need lots of things to make them feel happy and healthy including healthy food, excercise, sleep and good friends.

The children would love to make fruit salads at home with their grown ups. It would be lovely for you to make them together and share your pictures with receptionhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Ph-antastic Phonics!

Date: 15th Sep 2023 @ 4:36pm

What a fantastic week we have had in Reception! We have loved learning all about Mo and all the different super speedy ways he can move!

We also started our phonics sessions this week. Thank you so much for your support in making sure that you bring your book bag to school each day. We have sent home the phonics sounds that we have been practising this week so your children can show off how well they can read them! 


We look forward to welcoming you back to school on Monday.

Welcome to Reception

Date: 8th Sep 2023 @ 7:15pm

? Welcome to Reception! ?
We have had a lovely week welcoming back our Reception children and meeting lots of new friends too!
This week we have been getting used to our new classrooms and have been exploring all of the new toys and things that reception has to offer inside and outside. The water area has definitely been a hit this week ??!

In literacy this week we have read the book 'a superpower like mine'. We have talked about what makes each of us super - being kind, caring, brave, funny and have all made our very own superhero pictures and labelled them with our names. 

In maths we have looked at height and have read the book about Ernest the giant moose who just couldn't fit in a book! We measured things that were taller and shorter than us and used maths vocabulary to compare different objects. 

Next week we are so excited to start reading the story 'Ready Steady Mo' and can't wait to get started with our phonics sessions! 

Sports Day!

Date: 13th Jul 2023 @ 1:46pm

Reception had a brilliant time today competing in our sports day! Everyone worked hard and tried their best in all the races, and we loved seeing the parents have a go! 

City Trophys!

Date: 12th Jul 2023 @ 9:26pm

What a fabulous opportunity we were offered today in school! This week 3 security guards arrived with the treble winning trophies! All of our classes had the opportunity to have their photographs taken with the trophies and staff too! The pictures on some of the children’s faces when they saw what was in our hall was amazing to see! ??? thanks to citc for organising this for us! ?

Trip to ASDA

Date: 12th Jul 2023 @ 11:38am

Reception had a great time today going on our trip to ASDA. We had a good think before our trip about what we would need to make some healthy snacks, and managed to get all of the things on our list! 

We can't wait to eat them tomorrow on our sports day! :) 

Eid Mubarak

Date: 21st Apr 2023 @ 10:16am

Some of our friends didn't come in to school today because they were celebrating Eid at home with their family and friends. We watched a video to learn about how Muslim people celebrate Eid.
We loved looking at the beautiful clothes the family wore and we watched them worship at their Mosque. Then the family gave each other presents. We realised that this is just like when we celebrate with our families! 
Here are the videos we watched. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Happy Eid everybody. 

Easter Bonnet Parade

Date: 30th Mar 2023 @ 11:32am

Reception loved celebrating easter by showing off our amazing creations! 

Duckling surprise

Date: 29th Mar 2023 @ 12:28pm

We had some very exciting surprise visitors in our classroom today! 4 ducklings came to say hello! 

We loved watching them run around and shake their feathers! 

RND Keepy Uppy Challenge

Date: 17th Mar 2023 @ 5:21pm

As part of our RND cleebrations we completed Bluey's EYFS Challenge. During our danceathon we had to keep the balloons up in the air. As you can see, we were amazing at this.


TOP TIP: Keep your eye on the balloon and don't pat it up too hard because it will fly too high.



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