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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!

Reception garden party

Date: 25th Jul 2022 @ 7:15pm

For the last week or so reception have been organising their very own garden party. They have made invitations, menus and even played super market sweep with Miss Riley so that they had all of the ingredients for their party feast. Today was finally the day and even though it decided to rain all day reception didn't let a bit of rain stop the party! 
Well Done on an amazing year in reception! Each and every one of you have made us all so proud! 

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 @ 2:09pm

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! 

Wear it green day

Date: 13th May 2022 @ 6:49pm

Today was wear it green day and we have been celebrating by looking after brains.

We started our day by doing some mindful colouring and listening to relaxing music. We also went on a run to keep our brains fit and healthy. We had a lovely day and left school feeling very happy.  

The whale with a snail on his tail!

Date: 9th May 2022 @ 7:53pm

Today when we walked into school we noticed something mysterious! There was a giant whale on our playground! On closer inspection we found a teeny weeny snail on his tail. We thought it was very peculiar, especially when we followed the clues back in class and found another whale sat in our reading area reading the story 'the snail and the whale'.

We decided to read the story and came to the conclusion that the whale was here to ask for our help! The children practiced speaking whale and asked our whale lots of questions, they wrote posters and signs saying 'Save the whale!' and we hope that in the coming weeks we can get the whale back to the ocean where he belongs.


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! 

The day the ducklings came to play …

Date: 31st Mar 2022 @ 7:48pm

Today we had some very special visitors in Reception. Daisy and Luke, the ducklings, came into our class for the morning. They swam in our water tray and got very excited running around in circles. The children loved watching and listening to them tweeting. We were very sad that they had to go back to the farm tomorrow, so we spent the afternoon making them cards and pictures so that they wouldn't forget us.

Eggsellent easter bonnets

Date: 31st Mar 2022 @ 7:42pm

Yesterday was our Easter Bonnet competition. We had great fun making and wearing our bonnets all day! The entries were amazing! Well done everyone and Happy Easter! 

Red Nose Day 2022

Date: 18th Mar 2022 @ 7:31pm

Wow ! What a busy week reception have had! We finished off our week wonderfully by celebrating Red Nose Day. 

The children made Red Nose Day crowns, silly nose biscuits and even had a nose and spoon race. Their favourite part of the day was definitely telling one another their best jokes and having a good laugh together on the carpet. 

Thankyou everyone for your donations! 

Here are a few of our favourite jokes so that you can have a chuckle too...

Why did the chicken cross the road? Because he wanted to eat ice cream! 

Knock knock, whose there, woo? Woo hoo

Why did Elsa have a balloon? She didn't want to let it go! 


Science week

Date: 18th Mar 2022 @ 7:10pm

This week was science week. To celebrate the children all put on their lab jackets and practiced their science skills. They explored, observed, experimented and most importantly they had lots of fun! 


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! 


Colour mixing!

Date: 19th Jan 2022 @ 8:43am

This week we have been experimenting with colour. We loved mixing the primary colours in water and seeing which colours we could make. We made our own colour charts so that we could remember how to make new colours when we play independently in the classroom.

Happy New Year!

Date: 9th Jan 2022 @ 5:07pm

Happy New Year!

This week in Reception we celebrated the new year by looking back on all of our memories from 2021. We had such a fun start to Reception and we can't wait to use our learning powers in this new year.

This week we launched our new topic all about winter and cold places. We have shown a real interest in penguins and polar bears and can't wait to learn more.

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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