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Remembrance Day

Date: 11th Nov 2022 @ 2:48pm

Today we have been learning all about Rembrance day.

We have been making poppies and poppy field pictures to help us remember all of the people and soldiers who look after us and keep us safe.

At 11oclock we were very respectful and sat for 1 minute to remember all of the soldiers.

Challenge Friday

Date: 11th Nov 2022 @ 1:04pm

Today we had a super fun Challenge Friday! We had 4 fun challenges to complete and worked hard to consolidate our learning with our independent tasks! 

Our challenges were:

Writing our amazing sentences about 'Stanley's Stick' using our sentence stem 'it is a...'. We had some brilliant ideas and drew some amazing pictures to match! 

Having a picnic with the 3 bears and making sure they all had the same amount of food so that it was fair. We used our special word 'equal'! 

Creating amazing natural pictures in our transient art area, and using our phonics knowledge to independently make labels to match. 

Exploring 'Remembrance Day' by making beautiful poppies and poppy fields. We also watched videos to learn more about why we have Remembrance Day, and did our 1 minute silence for the soliders. 

We have had a great Friday in Reception! :) 

Freestyle Footballer!

Date: 3rd Nov 2022 @ 11:12am

Reception had a special guest visit us this week! Rebaz, an amazing Freestyle Footballer, came in to show us his skills and tell us all about how he practices. We loved watching all the cool things he could do with the football, and had an amazing time having a go for ourselves! 

Harvest Festival

Date: 3rd Nov 2022 @ 11:04am

Reception had an amazing time at the harvest festival. They worked really hard on their brilliant song and dance to the song '5 little pumpkins', and made some great pumpkin hats for their performance. We loved sharing our performance with the children in Nursery and Key Stage 1, and getting to watch their songs and dances too! 

If you want to listen to our song at home, follow the link below! 

Five Little Pumpkins | Pumpkin Song | Super Simple Songs - YouTube




Date: 2nd Nov 2022 @ 8:39am

Reception have loved learning about Diwali and learning the story of Rama and Sita. We have been very busy making diyas, learning songs and re telling the story of Diwali. 

Our Learning Powers: Care

Date: 14th Oct 2022 @ 4:38pm

This half-term the EYFS have been looking at our Learning Power 'Care'. 

When I care I...

work hard

make good choices

am responsible

am positive

include everyone

am kind

understand others


We have made our own 'care for me bee' and shared the ways that we are kind in Nursery and Reception. We then put all of our hard work together on our new display!

Celebrate Me

Date: 13th Oct 2022 @ 6:10pm

We had a wonderful day celebrating 'Celebrate Me' day!

We came into school dressed in something that represented us, and had a great time telling our friends all about our clothes and the things that make us special! During the day we thought lots about what made us great, including what we liked to celebrate, what colours we liked, what activities we liked to do, and what made us amazing, and we read stories all about how amazing it is to be unique.

We thought about why we were proud to be us and shared our 'proud to be me' sentences with our friends, then we made a proud bee to match! 

In the afternoon we had the opportunity to share our special story 'Incredible You' and our song 'good to be me' with some of our grown ups. Below are links to our story and song if you would like to share them at home! :)


Ready Steady Mo!

Date: 29th Sep 2022 @ 9:17pm

We have loved reading and acting out the story 'Ready Steady Mo' for the past couple of weeks. This week we have been writing labels for our pictures of Mo using our newly learned vocabulary - run, sprint, dash and jog. We have also written captions for our own pictures and have spoken about what we can do. We have been so proud of the children and so impressed by their amazing writing and talking! Well done reception!

All about 2

Date: 29th Sep 2022 @ 9:10pm

In maths this week we have been exploring the number 2. We have been finding lots of different ways to represent the number 2 and now the children are becoming more confident in talking about how the number 2 is made - 1 and another 1 makes 2 altogether. 

The children enjoyed practicing their maths skills in the classroom, they made pictures and pizzas for 2 and even houses as well! We'll done Reception ! 

Moving like Mo!

Date: 19th Sep 2022 @ 5:06pm

Reception have had a busy week this week moving like Mo Farah!

We watched a video and saw Mo racing on the track, he was very fast, and then we read our new story 'Ready Steady Mo'! We thought about how Mo was moving and came up with lots of amazing words to describe it, including 'sprint', 'jog', 'dash' and 'race'. 

We then practiced moving like Mo in our playground and did an amazing job of showing off our skills! We made our very own medals in the classroom and wore them with pride! 

If you want to read our story at home you can find it on YouTube - 

Keep moving Reception! 

Welcome to Reception

Date: 13th Sep 2022 @ 6:30pm

This week we welcomed our grown ups into Reception. It was great getting to know some of you and the children loved showing you all our classrooms. For anyone who couldn't make it we have sent a copy of the information home and have attached it to this blog post. If anyone has any questions the reception team will be happy to talk to you at the end of the day.

Subitise fast eyes!

Date: 13th Sep 2022 @ 6:25pm

This week we have been practicing using our fast eyes to subitise. We have been looking at representations of numbers up to 3 and have practicing saying them quickly without counting (challenge us at home, we're very quick!). We now know that there are lots and lots of ways that you can represent a number- it may look different but it is the same number!

Welcome to Reception!

Date: 11th Sep 2022 @ 6:00pm

Welcome to Reception!

We've had an amazing first week in Reception. Our classes have loved exploring their new classrooms and making lots of new friends. We have had a great time doing lots of fun learning and playing in our new classrooms, especially investigating capacity, exploring new stories, and telling our friends all about us!

We're all very excited for the amazing year ahead - keep checking on the Reception pages for updates on our learning throughout the year!

Pirate Treasure

Date: 22nd Jun 2022 @ 2:53pm

This week Reception has had a visit from Captain Patch. He left us some pirate things to use and a letter asking us to do some challenges! We loved being a pirate and did a great job of helping him. We needed to find the treasure by doing lots of weighing and measuring in the classroom and outside and did a brilliant job! 

Blue Planet Aquarium

Date: 20th May 2022 @ 4:13pm

Today reception finally went on our trip to blue planet aquarium. We had such a great time seeing all of the different fish. We especially enjoyed watching the sting rays at feeding time and seeing all of the cheeky sharks trying to steal their food. 
Reception were so well behaved all day and made us very very proud! 


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.

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