1 July 2022
This week we have read Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne. The story is set in Kenya in Africa.
We found out about some of the animals that live in the wild in Kenya and which fruits are grown there.
We brought into school the different fruits from the story to try for ourselves in a fruit salad. We brought in mango, pineapple, guava, passion fruit, avocado, banana, orange and tangerines. First, we prepared the fruits by peeling and chopping and then put them together to make a fruit salad.
We then tasted the fruit for out mid-morning snack.
“I love pineapple, it’s so juicy”.
“I’ve never had guava, I think it’s nice”
“Delicious and yummy, I love it all but not the mango”.
“It’s too slimy, Yuk! I do not like avocado”.
“Banana is still my favourite”.
We put some of the fruits into a basket like Handa and observed them closely to make observational drawings of the fruit. Mrs Riches was very impressed with our artistic skills
24 June 2022
This week we have read All Are Welcome and have been learning that children live all around the world in every country, and some parts of their lives might be different to ours but others are similar. We have explored how everyone is unique and special, just like us.
We have also talked about animals around the world and identified features they have in common, where they might live and why. We found out about animals that live in Africa, the Arctic, Australasia, Asia, South America, North America, Antarctica and Europe.
We held our sports afternoon this week. We worked together in our colour teams to win points. We had to take on all sorts of challenges to demonstrate our skills of running, jumping, throwing, kicking, striking and coordination. It was a lot of fun, well done to Blue Team who were this year’s winners. Mrs Riches was very proud that we worked together as a team by supporting each other, encouraging each other and praising each other for our efforts.
17 June 2022
This week has been all about ducks. We have patiently waited for 28 days for our eggs to hatch.
Our first duckling hatched on Sunday evening.
It is a very lively duckling, it likes to climb and sit on top of the heat lamp to see what’s going on and loves boiled eggs! We named it Dave.
The second duckling arrived on Tuesday morning. This duckling was exhausted after hatching and needed a long rest but was soon ready for lots of cuddles. This is Lily.
Duckling number three had made a hole in its shell early on Tuesday morning. We watched it pecking and pushing its way out and it then it arrived while we were busy having our phonics lesson. This is Billy.
The fourth duckling hatched on Wednesday evening. It was a lovely surprise when we got to school on Thursday. This is Jerry,
The ducklings enjoyed a paddle to cool down in the heat this week. They splashed around and preened themselves.
While the ducklings enjoyed the sunshine, we painted portraits of them.
We even took the ducklings to Forest School with us on Friday. They loved exploring a new environment with room to run around in.
10 June 2022
This half term our topic is The Big Wide World. We will find out about the global community to which we belong and explore how living things, communities and climates differ around the world.
This week we have shared the two stories We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and We’re Going on a Lion Hunt.
We looked the similarities and differences between the two stories including the characters and setting. It was a lot of fun re telling the story using the small world toys.
“Oh no! A river, a deep cold river. We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it. We have to go through it. Splish, splash, splish splash”
We worked as a team to produce a map of the story We’re Going on a Lion Hunt.
Lots of fun was had learning all about doubling numbers. We found out that a double means two of the same amount added together.
We had a lot of fun at Forest School going on a bear hunt. We went through the long grass, the squelchy mud, the deep dark forest, the tall pointy mountain and across the rickety bridge to the bear cave. We could not believe there was really a bear! Luckily, he was not scary and we made friends with him. He name is Barney.
27 May 2022
This week we have been learning all about Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.
We have found out lots of information about the Queen and how the jubilee is going to be celebrated in our local area and further afield.
In school, we painted portraits of Queen Elizabeth, which we are very proud of,
We have enjoyed lots of play outdoors including making afternoon tea and driving our London buses to visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
We have been busy preparing for our school Jubilee party. We made cupcakes by reading the recipe, weighing out the ingredients, mixing them together and baking them. Once the cakes were cool, we mixed up some icing and decorated them. Union Jack flags and bunting were also painted.
On Friday, we had our Jubilee party with Year 1. We came to school wearing red, white and blue and enjoyed dancing, singing and eating our Jubilee treats.
To end our exciting week we were delighted that all our butterflies had emerged from their cocoons and released outside to fly free although some of them were reluctant to fly straight away. Many of our tadpoles have become frogs so were released back to a pond.
20 May 2022
This week has been very exciting, as many awesome changes have occurred. Our caterpillars have now built their cocoons and we are eagerly awaiting for the butterflies to emerge.
Our tadpoles continue to grow and change. We have noticed their bodies have grown and changed colour and shape. We have observed them eating and can clearly see their eyes but most exciting of all some have grown back legs!
Outside in our garden the sunflower seeds are growing nicely and our beanstalks are beginning to grow taller. We are making sure they get plenty of water during the hot sunny weather.
We also have some new additions to our class to look after. We have six duck eggs, which we are hoping will hatch ducklings. The eggs are in an incubator to keep warm where they will stay until their hatching day in about four weeks’ time.
13 May 2022
This week has been all about snails. We have found out lots of interesting facts about snails.
We have explored where snails can be found in our environment and observed them closely to find out what they look like and how they move.
We found out about an artist called Henri Matisse. He was a French artist known for his use of colour and shape. He made collages, which are pictures made using cut up bits of paper. He created apiece called ‘The Snail’. This inspired us to create our own Snail collages.
After learning how to use watercolours, we also created these beautiful snail paintings.
6 May 2022
This week we have been finding out how to make things grow. We know that plants need food from the earth, rain to drink, air to breathe and sun for light and warmth.
We followed some simple instructions to plant some giant sunflower seeds. First, we filled a pot with soil, then we put a seed in and covered it over and then we watered it.
Our apple seeds planted in the autumn are growing nicely and the bean seeds planted in March are beginning to grow stronger and taller. However, we have been most excited to see the conkers we planted in the autumn have also started to grow.
We noticed the horse chestnut tree at school has blossom on it now, so we observed it closely and then painted pictures of it.
We invited our parents and carers in to spend an afternoon with us to find out how we are learning to read and write using our phonics. It was a lot of fun enjoyed by all.
It was very exciting at Forest School this week. We found a bottle with a message in it. The message was from some fairies! They set us a challenge to create a garden outside their front door and to write back to them.
29 April 2022
This week Reception have been learning all about butterflies. We were very excited to receive some caterpillars that we can watch grow and change into butterflies. To help us learn all about the life cycle of a butterfly we have enjoyed reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
We found out that butterflies have symmetrical wings and explored making our own symmetrical butterflies using a variety of resources such as paints and loose parts.
We have continued this week focussing on numbers up to 20. Ordering the numbers, matching the correct number of items and understanding that the teen numbers are made up of 10 and some more.
At forest School, we continued our learning about the life cycle of a butterfly and used the natural resources to create symmetrical butterflies.
22 April 2022
This week Reception have been learning all about frogs. We have loved the story of Tadpoles Promise. Tadpole loves his rainbow friend, the caterpillar, and she tells him she loves everything about him. "Promise that you will never change," she says. But can tadpole keep his promise?
We have set up a ‘pond’ in our classroom with live tadpoles in it. We are going to look after the tadpoles and observe how they grow and change into frogs. We are very excited about this.
We wrote about the life cycle of a frog explaining how tadpoles grow and change in to frogs.
Our maths focus this week is numbers up to 20. We are focussing on building, identifying and ordering numbers to 20 using a range of resources.
We explored making shades of green using blue and yellow. We are very proud of our frog paintings.
At forest School, we observed many shades of green and created some frogs using natural resources found in the forest.
1 April 2022
Reception have been learning all about the season of spring. At Forest School, we found many signs spring. Primroses, daffodils and tulips were spotted as well as new buds on the plants and trees.
We picked some of the daffodils and brought them into the classroom to observe. We then used paint, pastels and pencils to create still life picture of them. Mrs Riches was very proud of our work.
We found out about Easter and made our own Easter cards and chocolate Easter nests. We melted chocolate and mixed in shredded wheat, we then put some of the mixture in a cup case, added some chocolate eggs and waited for it to set.
Sadly, this was Mrs Groves’ last week with us before she moves to Wales so we had a farewell party at Forest School to say goodbye. We had an Easter egg hunt, which was lots of fun and cooked chocolate filled roasted bananas on the fire, which tasted delicious. We will miss Mrs Groves very much but wish her all the best.
25 March 2022
The Gingerbread Man story has inspired our learning this week.
We read many different versions of the story and talked about the similarities and differences, which led us to making up our own stories about the Gingerbread Man.
Making our own gingerbread people was a highlight. We followed the recipe to make a firm pastry mix and then used a rolling pin to roll it out. We then used a person shaped cutter to cut out the shapes and baked the gingerbread people biscuits. Once the biscuits were cool, we decorated them with icing and then enjoyed eating them, yummy!
Even though we kept an eye on our Gingerbread men, it seems some ran away. We made ‘lost’ posters to try to find them before any of them were eaten.
As a special gift for Mother’s Day we gave our Mummy’s a gingerbread man with a card we made by bubble printing flowers.
18 March 2022
This week is British Science week, the theme this year is ‘Growth’. We have been reading Jack and the Beanstalk, which led us to wonder how beans grow. We planted our own bean seeds to try to grow our own beanstalk.
We put cotton wool inside a cup. Then slipped the bean seeds between the cotton wool and the cup and added a little water to the cotton wool. Now we have to wait.
We have also been learning about how we change, as we grow older. We cut and sorted out a range of people and sorted into groups of baby, toddler, child, teenager, adult and the elderly. We looked at photographs of ourselves when we were babies and talked about things that we can do now that we could not do as a toddler or a baby.
We visited the Secondary Science department this week. We did an experiment to find out about ink chromatography. Even though a felt tip pen will only write in one colour, the ink is actually made from a mixture of different coloured pigments. We put some paper with coloured felt tip dots in water and watched as the different coloured pigments separated.
On Friday it was Red Nose Day, we donated money to wear red and found out how our money can help children in Great Britain and in Africa who are not as fortunate as we are.
11 March 2022
Our Traditional story this week has been Goldilocks and the Three Bears. As well as focussing on the characters and the setting we have been retelling the story in our own words using the story basket.
We thought Goldilocks was very naughty and needed to apologise to the three bears for going into their house, eating Baby Bears porridge, breaking Baby Bears chair and sleeping in Baby Bears bed so we wrote letters to say sorry.
We wanted to try some porridge so like Mummy Bear we made our own porridge and made sure it was not too hot, not too cold but just right, yummy!
In the creative area we have used the junk modelling materials to make beds for Goldilocks. We thought about our own beds to inspire us. We had to decide what type of bed we would make such as a cabin bed, bunk bed or a single bed, whether we would have a bed head and legs and what we would use for a pillow and covers.
4 March 2022
We have been very busy this week learning all about the traditional story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, finding out about Shrove Tuesday and celebrating world book day.
We have enjoyed listening to different versions of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and have been learning about the characters and the setting. We have been retelling the story, drawing our own trolls and writing a description of them.
Designing and making our own bridges has been a challenge this week. We had to make sure the bridge reached from one side of the river to the other and that it was tall enough for the troll to fit under.
We learnt that Shrove Tuesday is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent. It is the last chance to indulge yourself and use up all the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Pancakes are eaten because they contain fat, butter and eggs which are forbidden during lent. We made pancakes and enjoyed eating them with sugar, lemon and syrup, Yummy!
In 2022, World Book Day is celebrating its 25th anniversary. World book day is to celebrate books and authors and promote reading for pleasure on World Book Day, and all-year round.
We came to school dressed as animal characters from a range of stories including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Giraffe’s Can’t Dance and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We enjoyed reading lots of stories, visited the school library and became authors and illustrators.
25 February 2022
We started our new topic this week ‘Once Upon a Time’. Our focus book this week is The Three Little Pigs.
We have enjoyed listening to different versions of the story and were very surprised to hear that in some versions the wolf actually eats the first and second little pigs! We have been developing our story telling skills by retelling the story in sequence in our own words using a variety of resources.
In maths we have been focussing on the numbers up to 10. We have practised counting forwards and backwards and representing these numbers in different ways including using the ten frame to represent these numbers.
Outside we have been developing our team work. We used the blocks and other large loose parts to build a strong house to keep us safe from the big bad wolf. Mrs Riches was impressed with our design features to keep the wolf away, which included a telescope to keep a look out, a large pot of boiling water in the fire place, a drawbridge and shutters on the windows.
We have also been developing our fine motor skills using scissors to cut out shapes to create pigs, a straw house a stick house and a brick house. We then used these to retell the story of The Three Little Pigs.
11 February 2022
Space has been an interest in Reception this week. We read the story How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers which generated lots of ideas of how we would catch our own star.
We watched a video clip of the first moon landing and became engineers using our imagination to make and build our own rocket ships using the junk modelling materials. We also observed photographs of the moon and then painted pictures of it.
In maths this week we have focussed on number six and enjoyed the challenge to find as many way as we could to make six.
Lots of learning has taken place outside. We explored how we could make the cars drive as fast as they could down the slope. This involved lots of talking, planning, negotiating, thinking and laughing.
We created our own recipes in the mud kitchen and prepared a party. Lots of collaboration, creativity and fun was had. Cups of tea, cupcakes and a big birthday cake were on the menu, delicious!
4 February 2022
We have been celebrating the Chinese New Year this week. Chinese New Year festivities usher out the old year and is meant to bring luck and prosperity in the new one. Each year is named after an animal 2022 is the year of the tiger.
We made some Chinese lanterns that are seen as a wish for a bright future. They are usually red and gold as the Chinese believe red is a symbol of happiness and gold is a symbol of wealth.
After watching some Chinese dancing we made our own dragon and lion’s head using our junk modelling materials and tried out the dancing ourselves. It was a lot of fun.
We prepared and cooked a Chinese stir fry with carrots, beans, peppers, mushrooms, noodles, rice and prawn crackers. We then enjoyed eating it with chopsticks, which was a real challenge!
28 January 2022
In Reception class this week we have been learning how important it is to clean our teeth. We know that cleaning our teeth twice a day will get rid of any food that is around our teeth and wash away any sugar and other things that will hurt our teeth.
We then practised brushing our teeth after Mrs Riches showed us how to do it properly.
We have been digging deeper this week finding different ways to make 5. We used five ducks and a pond and had to work out how many ducks went swimming.
Some of us took up the challenge to write down all the different ways to make 5. Mrs Riches was very impressed that we found them all.
We had lots of fun with the blocks this week. We worked together to create some horses which we rode to the seaside and made sure they were fed plenty of grass.
21 January 2022
Snow and ice has been our focus this week.
As we haven’t had any snow or icy days this week we made our own ice by freezing water. We then explored the ice by using our senses.
“It’s freezing!” It’s melting away to water”, “The ice is getting smaller and my hands are wet and cold”, “It’s very hard, I can’t crack it”, “The warm on my hands is melting the ice”, “Look there’s water now”.
We then added warm water and salt to the ice to see what would happen.
We have been inspired to paint winter trees after observing the Grandmother tree at forest school. We noticed her branches were bare and glistening with frost.
During maths this week we have investigated ways to make 4 and 5. We played a target game to find the different ways which we then recorded.
14 January 2022
This half term our topic is ‘Winter Wonderland’. This week we have been answering the question where is it always cold?
We found out that it is cold and snowy in the Arctic and the Antarctic and that different animals live in these cold places. We couldn’t believe that polar bears and penguins don’t live together!
In out tuff tray we sorted out the animals according to where they live.
After finding out that penguins live in the Antarctic we wanted to find out more about them. We then recorded some of the facts we found out.
We have been measuring penguins using cubes to find out how tall they are. We then counted how many cubes tall the penguins were and recorded the numeral.
We were also inspired to create our own penguin pictures by painting, collage and using our loose parts.
17 December 2021
Another very busy week in Reception Class preparing for Christmas.
We have been learning all about Christingle which is a special church service often held during advent.
We have been making our own Christingles. You need an orange, four cocktail sticks, red ribbon, some sweets or raisins and a candle.
Each part has a special meaning. The orange represents the world, the candle is the light of the world bringing hope, the red ribbon is God’s love for the world and the cocktail sticks and sweets represent God’s creations and the four seasons.
We held a special assembly for Christingle where we lit our candles and had time to think about how we can bring light to other people who might be feeling sad or lonely.
We have also been very proud of ourselves this week as we managed to collect 20 blue smileys. Throughout the autumn term we have been working together as a class to collect the blue Smileys. We have been awarded with blue smileys for going above and beyond what is expected. Smileys have been awarded for things such as showing kindness to others, using our initiative to tidy up, using good manners at all times and helping a friend. After much discussion we decided our reward would be to have a party.
We made party hats to wear, planned party games and iced biscuits to eat as a party treat. It was a lot of fun!
We wish everyone a very happy, healthy Christmas and New Year.
10 December 2021
This week has been very exciting as we got to perform our Nativity show that we have been rehearsing for. We can’t wait for our family and friends to see the video of it. We feel very proud!
Other preparations for Christmas have also continued. We found out that people send Christmas cards to their family and friends to wish them a Merry Christmas so we made our own cards to give to our families.
We also found out that at Christmas people eat special food. So we made our own Christmas cakes. We weighed out all the ingredients, mixed them together and cooked them in the oven. We then decorated the cakes by adding icing and a sprig of holly. We can’t wait to taste them!
We have also made angels to decorate the top of a Christmas tree. These represent the angel Gabriel in the story of The First Christmas. We listened carefully to follow lots of instructions and practised our cutting skills to produce these beautiful angels.
Forest School was also Christmas themed this week. We used the saw and drill to make Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer tree decorations and Santa sticks.
3 December 2021
This week we have been finding out about the Festivals of Hanukkah and Christmas.
Hanukkah is the Jewish festival of light and lasts eight days which started on Sunday 28 November this year. Every year Jews remember the eight day festival and celebrate the miracle of oil by placing eight candles in a menorah and lighting one each evening.
One of the best known symbols of Hanukkah is the Dreidel. Spin the Dreidel is a popular game played during the Holiday. Players chocolate coins (gelt) as tokens. The player spins the dreidel. When the dreidel stops, the letter that is facing up decides the fate. It was lots of fun.
We have also started preparing for the celebration of Christmas. We read The First Christmas which tells the story of the birth of Jesus. We know that Christmas is celebrated on December 25th every year and lots of people prepare for this celebration for example by putting up Christmas trees and decorating their homes.
During Maths this week we have focussed on one more and one less. We used Christmas baubles to add one more to the tree or take one away to find one less.
Lots of acting, singing and dancing has also been happening this week as we prepare for our Nativity show next week. We can’t wait to share this with you, it’s going to be fabulous!
19 November 2021
We have been busy this week preparing for Children in Need. We donated money to come to school in our pyjamas! We also wanted to raise more money to support Children in Need. We talked about how the money raised will be used to support children less fortunate than us such as poorly children and their families, helping children stay safe and warm and giving children a safe place to have fun.
To raise more money we planned a cake sale. First of all we made cupcakes using the balance scales to measure out the ingredients. We then stirred the mixture, put it into cupcake cases and baked them in the oven. Once the cupcakes were cooked and cooled we decorated them with icing and sprinkles.
We designed posters and made invitations to advertise our cake sale. We set up our cake stall and sold our delicious cakes to our friends and teachers.
We also had a lot of fun making Pudsey masks, measuring the height of Pudsey’s friends, painting and cutting out Pudsey bears and practising our counting by adding the correct number of pom poms to Pudsey’s band.
We raised an amazing £78.85 from our cake sale!
12 November 2021
This week we found out that Remembrance Day is a special day in November where people wear a special symbol called a poppy. On Remembrance Day we remember people who have suffered and died in wars.
We made our own poppies and observed poppy paintings and photos which inspired us to paint our own poppy pictures and create poppy pictures using paper. We also used the loose parts to represent poppies in different ways.
On November 11 at 11 o’clock we all observed a two minutes silence to show our respect.
5 November 2021
In Reception this week we have been learning about the Festival of Diwali and Bonfire night.
Diwali is celebrated by Hindus in India and all around the world in October or November. It is also known as the festival of lights. We have made our own Diva lamps, painted Rangoli patterns, made Indian sweets and enjoyed learning a Diwali dance. This year Diwali started on 4 November.
Bonfire night is celebrated on 5 November. We learnt all about Guy Fawkes and how he tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. We practised our writing skills by using our phonic knowledge to describe what we could see and hear at a firework display.
We also created our own firework pictures and made firework rockets.
At forest school we had a fire which we sang bonfire themed songs around while we waited for our chocolate orange cake to cook in the fire. It was delicious!
22 October 2021
Pumpkins have been a focus in Reception this week. Jacks Supermarket kindly donated them to us.
We have explored the pumpkins by cutting them open and scooping them out. The pumpkins were soggy, wet, cold, mushy, squishy and smelly!
In maths we used the pumpkin seeds to explore the different compositions of numbers 3 and 4. We found out that there were many ways to make 3 and 4 such as 2+1=3, 1+2=3, 2+2=4 and 3+1=4.
Mrs ‘Witches’ helped us to create our own spells. We put lots of ingredients in to the cauldron such as a frog, ghost, pumpkin and a bat. Then we wrote down our spells using our phonic knowledge.
In the art area we explored colour mixing orange to paint pumpkins and collaged our own pumpkins.
15 October 2021
Autumn has been our focus this week. We have been collecting lots of autumn treasures such as beautiful red, orange, yellow and brown leaves, conkers, acorns and sycamore seeds. We have used these treasures to enhance our learning.
We have used the autumn treasures to develop our maths skills by counting sorting and matching. We have also enjoyed story telling in our woodland tuff tray using the forest animal puppets.
We found out that acorns grow on oak trees and conkers grow on horse chestnut trees. We wondered how these trees grow so Mrs Riches suggested we plant some conkers and acorns. She also told us we need to be very patient!
We loved reading the Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert this week. It inspired us to create our own leaf people using our autumn treasures.
To remind us of how beautiful autumn trees and leaves are we did some leaf printing, leaf threading, leaf rubbing, made leaf confetti and created our own autumn trees by painting and printing. We are very proud of our autumn display.
8 October 2021
This week has been all about apples. We have found out that during the autumn apples and blackberries grow. We used these to make an apple and blackberry crumble. We prepared the apples by peeling off the skin and chopping the apples up. We then put the apples and blackberries into a dish added the crumble and cooked it. It was delicious!
While preparing the apples for cooking we found lots of apple seeds. We planted some of these hoping we can grow our own apple tree.
We had enough apples to experiment with apple printing, which proved to be lots of fun!
We finished our week off at forest school with our first fire. We learnt how to whittle sticks to make skewers and then toasted marshmallows over the fire and enjoyed with a cup of hot chocolate, delicious!
1 October 2021
This week we have shared the story The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas. We have talked about expressing our feelings and what makes us feel happy, sad, angry, scared and calm. We created our own monsters in the art area and then talked about how our monsters feel and why.
This week we have started learning letter sounds with the Phonic Fairy. We have focussed on the phonemes s, a, t and p this week enjoying the stories of ‘My Pet Snake’, The Big Sneeze, Tip Tap Dancing Cat and Pirate Pete.
In maths, we have been making comparisons between objects, finding the odd one out and comparing amounts and identifying more and fewer.
We have been on many adventures this week through our story telling using small world toys, role play, Mighty Writer and acting out stories scribed for us.
Forest school was all about the mud this week. We made mud faces, painted with mud and rolled down the hill in it!
24 September 2021 - Making Friends
This week we have shared the story Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. We have talked about how our class is a community and why it is important to be good friends to each other. We talked about ways to be a good friend and made a friendship garden.
We have enjoyed singing a range of different nursery rhymes and have focussed on hearing words that rhyme. We have also been working on holding tools correctly for writing, copying and continuing patterns to support our letter formation.
In maths, we have been exploring matching the same, comparing different and sorting using a variety of objects such as socks and natural resources such as leaves, pine cones and stones. After sorting and matching we talked about how we had sorted the objects whether it was by colour, size or shape.
We had a lot of fun at our very first Forest School. We met the Grandmother tree, learnt about staying safe in the forest learning the important rules of ‘No pick, No lick, be careful with a stick!’ explored the forest, played in the mud kitchen, searched for mini beasts, made a den and crossed the rope bridge.