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Date: 9th May 2022 @ 7:45pm

Three weeks ago reception received a very exciting parcel from our entomologist friend, professor beetlebee! It was 4 very very tiny caterpillars. We watched them eat and eat and grow bigger until they were ready to go into their chrysalids. The children have been very careful watching them closely, reading them stories, drawing them pictures and most importantly making sure that they weren't frightened.

On Friday two of our beautiful butterflies emerged and today when we arrived at school we found that all four were out and ready to fly away. 

It was emotional watching them go but we promised that we would keep our school butterfly friendly so that they could come back whenever they wished.


Date: 19th Apr 2022 @ 3:39pm

Reception had a very exciting start to term today, with a virtual visit from an Entomologist! Dr Beetlebee told us all about minibeasts and the work that scientists do to learn more about them, and she even sent us our very own entomology kit to make a home for minibeasts.

We had a great time reading some poems about different minibeasts, drawing some minibeast pictures, writing some questions to send to Dr Beetlebee, and we even went on a bug hunt in the school garden! We found lots of minibeasts including spiders, woodlice, worms and snails! 


Date: 14th Feb 2022 @ 3:44pm

Happy Valentine's Day from Reception! We have had a great day thinking about all the people we love in our lives and doing lots of lovely activities to celebrate! We've made cards and drawn some beautiful pictures for people we love, made some red roses, baked and decorated some heart shaped cookies and made some floral perfume in our water area! 

Its been a great day :) 

6 Aliens in a spaceship

Date: 11th Feb 2022 @ 3:50pm

We have had a busy maths week in Reception this week. Our classes have been working really learning how we can make different numbers. We started with 5 and thought about all the different ways we can make 5 by using our 5 speckled frogs song. Then we pushed our learning even further and thought about how we could fit 6 aliens onto our spaceships if they only had 5 seats! 

Good work Reception! 

Chinese New Year!

Date: 1st Feb 2022 @ 3:33pm

Today we celebrated Chinese New Year!

In Reception we spent the day learning all about Chinese New Year celebrations and did lots of activities to celebrate! We made dragon masks and a big red dragon head to follow the tradition of dragon dance, and made tiger masks and puppets to celebrate 2022 being the year of the tiger! We also painted some Chinese numbers and made some beatiful laterns with red and orange tissue paper! 


On Sudden Hill

Date: 31st Jan 2022 @ 3:24pm

Today Reception had a special delivery - some new boxes and a story! We read our new story, 'On Sudden Hill', and talked lots about all the amazing things our boxes could be.

Then we spent all day being creative and playing in our boxes, being different characters and turning our boxes into anything we wanted!

We made castles, race cars, houses, unicorns, lions, spaceships, dinosaurs, soldiers, dragons, and pirate ships. It was lots of fun! 

Making Noi a boat!

Date: 21st Jan 2022 @ 3:56pm

This week Reception have been reading the story 'The Storm Whale in Winter'. We had a good think about how we could help Noi and his Dad get home from the lighthouse and decided that we would make them a boat!

We did lots of fun experiments about which matierals float and which sink which helped us decide what we should use to make our boats.

We spent some time designing our boats and labelling them with the materials we would use, and then we worked together to make our boats and tested them in the water area! 


Merry Christmas!

Date: 17th Dec 2021 @ 7:41pm

We've had a very busy week of Christmas crafts! Reception have been making amazing cards, table mats and calendars, as well as Christmas paintings and colourings! We've had lots of fun learning about Christmas and done lots of celebrating to finish our first amazing term in Reception. 

We wish you a very merry christmas and a happy new year! 

Talking Top Tips #5!

Date: 28th Nov 2021 @ 2:01pm



So far in our Talking Top Tips series we have shared the importance of getting your child’s attention before you speak to them and some ways you can help to develop and broaden your child’s vocabulary. We have also looked at mirroring and thinking about commenting over questioning.


Today’s tip is very simple! 


When you ask your child any question, research tells us that it can take up to 10 seconds for your child to process what you have asked and to formulate a response. 


This week, try to give your child 5-10 seconds after you have asked them a question to respond. It may feel uncomfortable! Try not to repeat the question and show your child that you are listening and interested by maintaining eye contact. 


Good luck and please get in touch if you have any questions!

Miss Wilkinson.

Talking Top Tops! | #4

Date: 22nd Nov 2021 @ 4:48pm



I would like to share with you the 4th installment of our ‘Talking Top Tips!’ series. 


So far we have shared the importance of getting your child’s attention before you speak to them and some ways you can help to develop and broaden your child’s vocabulary. Last week’s Top Tip was all about limiting the number of questions we ask of our young learners. 


Todays ‘Top Tip’ is all about mirroring. 


English is a notoriously difficult language. Children will often make mistakes in their talk! Sometimes it is a mispronunciation of a sound (E.G lellow over yellow), other times part of a word is missing (E.G look, he run over look, he’s running) or sometimes the choice of word is wrong entirely (EG there’s snow on the ground over there’s frost on the ground). These mistakes are developmentally appropriate and should be expected as children explore and play with language! 


Though it is normal for children to make some mistakes in their talk, we still have a responsibility to correct them. Stopping a child to explain how to say a word and asking them to repeat it back to you might help them to remember how to use the word next time, but it will also stop your conversation in its tracks! Mirroring is a technique that allows the flow of conversation to continue uninterrupted whilst also showing the child the correct way to use the word. See the example below!


Child: Mummy, I fall at school.

Mummy: Oh no! You fell! You fell at school?


Here the child will hear the correct word to use in this context without interrupting their train of thought. Have a go at using this technique this week! 


And as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do come and have a chat. 


Miss Wilkinson.

Our shopping trip

Date: 17th Nov 2021 @ 4:46pm

Today we got our shopping lists, our walking shoes and our shopping bags and walked to Asda. We looked down the aisles for all of the things on our lists and ticked them off once we had found them. Once we had finished our shopping we paid using the self checkouts, packed our bags and made the short walk back to school. 
We had the best time and were all so sensible and safe walking to and from school.

we can't wait for tomorrow when we make our cupcakes and sandwiches and prepare for our tiger tea party!

Talking Top Tips #3!

Date: 15th Nov 2021 @ 4:12pm

Hello all! This is the third installment of our Talking Top Tips blog series. So far we have shared the importance of getting your child’s attention before you speak to them and some ways you can help to develop and broaden your child’s vocabulary.


Today’s ‘Top Tip’ is all about questions. 


How many bricks are in your tower? What have you drawn? You like to ride the bike, don’t you? What would happen if we added blue powder to the paint? Are you ok? Do you need a snack?


Both at home and at school children are asked an awful lot of questions! Questions can put children on the defensive and often lead to your child saying or doing less, rather than more. Before diving into questioning, it is important to OWL. This means to observe what your child is doing, wait to see what it is they are interested in and if they initiate a conversation with you through either talking, gesture or by looking at you and listening rather than thinking about what it is you are going to say next. I find waiting to be the most difficult part of ‘owling’!


Once your child has given you a cue to start a conversation (by looking at you or perhaps by showing you a toy), try to simply comment rather than question. If your child holds up a toy tractor, rather than asking ‘What do you have there?’, try ‘Oh look, you have the red tractor!’ Instead of ‘Do you like your juice?’, try ‘Wow! That juice looks delicious!’ Instead of ‘What is that? Is it a bus?’ try ‘That bus looks like it has a lot of passengers today!’ 


Research indicates that the best way to support young children’s language development is to make 4 comments to every 1 question you ask. This means we need to think really carefully about which questions are important! Try to use questions that match you child’s interests, questions that they would want to answer. It is also worth thinking about questions which require a longer response. For example, asking ‘How are you feeling?’ instead of ‘Are you ok?’ or ‘What can you hear outside?’ over ‘Did you hear the police car?’ There is more information about questions if you are interested to find out more at


Have a go this week at commenting rather than questioning when you are talking with your child! As always if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please get in touch.


Miss Wilkinson. 

Bonfire night!

Date: 8th Nov 2021 @ 4:34pm

Remember remember the 5th November...

On Friday we celebrated all things firework.

We looked at the shapes and noises that fireworks make in the sky and we made our very own firework pictures.

We loved watching videos of people making shapes in the dark with sparklers so we decided to make our very own sparklers and take them outside for a special Ravensbury Bonfire. We made a bonfire and did a special bonfire dance with our sparklers.

We had such a fun day learning about Bonfire night and looking at all of the bright colours that light up the dark night.

Pe/photo day 12/11/21

Date: 8th Nov 2021 @ 4:29pm

On Friday 12th November the children will be having individual and sibling photographs. Please ensure that your child is dressed in their normal school uniform and NOT PE clothes. We will still be doing PE this Friday, however, it will be in normal school clothes to allow school photos to be taken.

Many thanks,

The Reception team


Talking Top Tips #2!

Date: 1st Nov 2021 @ 1:27pm

Hello all! We hope you had a wonderful, restful and fun half-term break. I would like to introduce the second instalment of our blog series to help to support your child with their speaking and listening skills. This week’s TOP TIP is all about building vocabulary.

Vocabulary is key. Learning and remember new words is tricky but incredibly important. Your child should know around 1000 words by the time they are 4 years old. Your child will use these words to communicate to you what they need, explain their feelings or ask questions to deepen their knowledge. The process of building up a language or lexicon continues throughout childhood and beyond with the average adult using between 20,000 and 35,000 words!

To successfully build vocabulary your child will need to hear words repeated many, many times. Practice makes perfect! The more often a child hears a word used in the correct context, the more likely it is that they will then be able to understand and use this word themselves.

If you are walking to school with your child on a cold winter’s morning, try introducing new vocabulary! You could describe the weather (drizzling, freezing, crisp, bitter..) You could name things you see along the way (post box, van, seagulls…)

Another great way to build vocabulary is to ‘add one word’. When your child uses a word (such as asking for a tangerine) you repeat the word back to them with the addition of another word (you would like a juicy tangerine). This way of teaching language helps children to retain the word as you anchor it to a word they are already confident using.

Give one of these strategies a try this week! Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.


Miss Wilkinson.

Talking Top Tips!

Date: 18th Oct 2021 @ 4:50pm

Talking Top Tips! 

Hello wonderful Ravensbury families. This is the first in a series of blog posts designed to help you support your child at home in developing their speaking and listening skills. Lots of the curriculum in Nursery and Reception relies on children being able to express their thoughts clearly. There are many ways you can support this at home, but this week’s TOP TIP is about getting your child’s attention.

When you want to talk to your child, try getting down to their level before speaking. This will make it easier for the child to hear what you are saying when you begin, as well as giving them the opportunity to see the shapes your mouth makes as you talk. This will help them develop some of the trickier speech sounds that they are not yet able to make on their own. This is especially important for sounds such as th as in think, sh as in shower or ch as in choice. 

Before starting to talk to your child, say their name. Children find it difficult to listen whilst engaged in another activity. Wait for them to stop the activity or give you eye contact before speaking to give them the best chance of listening and responding.

Think carefully about the background noise when you are speaking to your child. Young children are unable to distinguish passively between noises they hear and do not ‘pick out’ the speech in noise the way adults do. If you are talking to your child near a busy road, with the TV on in the background or with the radio on in the car, they have to first decode which parts of what they have heard are speech before they are able to understand the words that have been spoken. Where possible try to spend time each day talking to your child in an environment with limited background noise.

Have a go at this over the half term and please come and see me if you have any questions or concerns!


Miss Wilkinson.

Challenge Fridays!

Date: 16th Oct 2021 @ 9:53am

We love challenge Fridays in reception, in fact it's our favourite day of the week! The children love challenging themselves to complete all of the challenges set.

This week we had 3 challenges linked to this weeks learning. 
The children could choose an Autumn challenge, a number challenge or a ready steady Mo maths challenge. The most popular was definitely the Autumn challenge. The children loves using the leaves that they had found to print red, orange and yellow colours onto the paper.

"look it looks like the floor on my way to school this morning!" Kadie

"the leaves feel so so squashy." Zara

"orange red leaves!" Muhammad 

Ready steady Mo!

Date: 11th Oct 2021 @ 6:27pm

We have been reading the book Ready Steady Mo in class. We love the story and we especially enjoy retelling the story outside with all of the different actions. Our favourite is run with a cheetah and run with a snail.

We have been thinking about different words that we can use instead of the word run to make the story more interesting. 

"Mo can sprint!" Lainey

"Mo can dash !" Tyzae 

This week we will be writing speech bubbles for Mo so that he can tell everyone how he moves. We have been retrieving the tricky word I and have been using our knowledge of beginning sounds to help us retrieve our running words.

Don't forget to check back this week to see all of the amazing writing that we have done! 



Date: 10th Sep 2021 @ 10:10am


Home Learning

Date: 6th Jul 2021 @ 1:08pm

Hello Reception,

Here is the link to our home learning for any children who are learning at home. We miss you and we are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Have fun and be safe x

Mrs Ganner’s Scientists Group

Date: 21st May 2021 @ 2:23pm

Yesterday we read a book called, “Look at the shoots”. In the book some children performed an experiment and we thought it would be cool to do the experiment ourselves. We carried out the same experiment this morning because we like to be scientists. Scientists find out things in the world. We wanted to discover what happens when you put celery and a flower in coloured water. We think they will suck up the water and it will male the celery red and the flower buds red too. 

Snail and the Whale - what’s in the sack?

Date: 14th May 2021 @ 3:52pm

At the start of the week we discovered something huge in the playground. It was immense and there was a speech bubble coming out of its’ mouth. Take a look at the videos to see our colossal discovery, what had been sent to us and the writing and pictures we made after. Books are so exciting, we love to learn about stories. 

Snail Challenge

Date: 14th May 2021 @ 3:37pm

Today we found out about where snails live 🐌.

”The fox is going to try to eat the snail. He’s going to crunch it all up.” Avaya

“Snails need a place to hide so it’s safe.” Goodness

“Our snail looks like Gary from Spongebob”, said Avaya.

The children decided what they were going to make and how they would make it. Some decided to build models, others drew and then some used resources from the creative area. We love how creative our children are.



Eid Mubarak

Date: 13th May 2021 @ 10:10am

Today lots of our friends are celebrating Eid

We watched a video and we listened to one of our friends tell us how she celebrates Eid. "We like to celebrate Eid. I help my mummy make some yummy food. My Mummy and my Daddy bring me new clothes. I will wear a yellow dress with little flowers on it. We hug everyone and say 'Eid Mubarak' "

Watch the video here:

We have been creating pictures, drawing henna patterns on hands, dancing and celebrating by having a party with the cake! Have a great Eid everybody.

Monday 8th March

Date: 6th Mar 2021 @ 2:30pm

In case you didn't know already, this is how we're feeling about seeing you all back in school on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend. 

From Mrs Ganner, Miss Conway, Miss Rashid, Miss Riley and Miss Cogger


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