We have 3 Reception classes at The Grove; Chestnut, Lime and Sycamore. The teachers are Miss Holt, Miss McDermid, and Mrs Norton.
Welcome to the Reception blog. Each week we will update our page to share with you some of our learning and remind you of upcoming events. The children help write the blog and we often share photos too.
Week Beginning 24.2.20
What a busy week in Reception! We hope you all had a well deserved break and that the children are feeling refreshed! This half term our new Topic is 'On the Farm.' The children will be learning about farm animals and their jobs, as well as exploring plants and crops, and looking at farming vehicles. This week in Literacy we have been writing about our favourite farm animals, as well as exploring a variety of farm stories. In Maths we have been focussing on Subtraction, counting back from a number and using the - and = signs. Chestnut have enjoyed their trip to the forest this week, with a focus on pancake day and the story ' Mr Wolf's Pancakes.'
Next week in Maths we will continue to focus on subtraction, as well as looking at positional language. We will delve deeper into our Farm Topic, looking at animal produce and making our own farm animals. Next week is also 'Book Week' where we will be reading a selection of exciting stories and looking at different authors. We will kick off the week by having a 'Drama lama' story workshop, where the children will have the opportunity to act out stories through role-play. We will also be dressing in pyjamas on Friday to celebrate World Book Day. The children are welcome to bring in a teddy and a torch for a cosy day of stories!
Have a lovely weekend!
Welcome back everyone! We have had a lovely start to the term learning all about our new topic 'Snow and Ice'. Each class has been exploring cold places in the world, looking at Arctic animals and pretending to be polar explorers. We will continue to delve deeper into this topic in the coming weeks.
This week in reception we have also been focusing on the Chinese New Year by participating in a lion dance workshop, learning about how families celebrate, making our own decorations and reading the story of the Chinese Zodiac. In maths we have been comparing groups of numbers using mathematical language such as equal, fewer, more than etc. It was Lime Class' turn to go to the forest this week, where they made 2D shapes using natural materials.
Next week we will be learning some new songs about polar animals, and practising for our sharing assembly in a few weeks! We will also be bringing bird watch week into our learning by collecting data on different birds in the playground. As part of an ice investigation, we will be experimenting with different ways of melting ice.
Phonics, guided reading and outdoor learning will continue to be incorporated into our everyday learning.
Have a lovely weekend,
The Reception Team
We have thoroughly enjoyed all of the festivities at school this week, we hope you have too! It was a pleasure to see so many of you at our festive family evening.
We would like to take this opportunity to say have a lovely Christmas holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone refreshed in January!
The Reception Team
What a fun-filled week in Reception! The children have enjoyed making lots of Christmas crafts, as well as wrapping up presents in the 'Elf workshops' and writing letters to Father Christmas. In Literacy we have been learning about why Christians celebrate Christmas, sequencing the Nativity story and acting out the story through role-play and drama. In Maths we have been focussing on subtraction, looking at 1 and 2 less than a given number. Look out for Maths Homework books in the children's book bags!
Lime Class enjoyed their 2nd trip to the forest this week, and despite the cold and rain we loved exploring the forest and collecting natural resources. Reception also enjoyed eating a delicious Christmas dinner with the teachers, as well as watching the Year 1 Christmas show on Wednesday.
Next week we will be looking at recipes and following instructions to make our own Christmas cakes. We will also be continuing to look at subtraction in Maths, and counting down to the Christmas break! We look forward to sharing all of our Christmas creations with you during Family Evening on Monday. See you then!
From the Reception Team
This week in Reception we have been very busy preparing for Christmas! The children have enjoyed opening their class advent calendar each morning and have loved decorating the classrooms. In literacy we have been writing our own rhyming poems based on the poem 'Fox in a Box'. The children have enjoyed exploring rhyming words and listening to a variety of different poems. In maths we have been focusing on 2D shape, looking at properties and naming shapes in our environment. All classes have enjoyed creating Christmas crafts using a variety of media and we look forward to sharing these with you at family evening.
Lime Class have enjoyed their first trip to the forest collecting natural materials for printing Christmas decorations. Chestnut class have thoroughly enjoyed being elves in Santa's workshop and Sycamore Class class have enjoyed creating Santa's sleigh with the big blocks and concentrating on their snow flake designs.
Next week we will be focusing on the Christmas story, sequencing the main events and discussing the meaning of Christmas. In maths we will be exploring subtraction focusing on finding one or two less than a number. We will continue with our Christmas crafts and look forward to Christmas dinner on Wednesday!
Enjoy your weekend from the Reception Team.
This week in Reception has been another fun filled week! We have started our count down to Christmas and look forward to seeing you all on Saturday for our Christmas bizarre. This week we have been doing lots of new learning, in Maths we have been focusing on addition using the part part whole model where the children have been adding parts together to find a whole total. In literacy we have moved onto learning poetry, focusing on exploring the poem 'Fox in a Box'. The children have learnt the poem by heart and added their own actions, ready for innovating and writing next week. Chestnut Class enjoyed their second trip to the forest printing with natural resources in clay and making leaf angels! The children have enjoyed practising the Christmas songs in preparation for today's lantern parade, we look forward to seeing you there!
Next week we will be going full steam ahead with our Christmas crafts. In maths we will be focusing on 2D shape and in literacy we will be writing poems.
Please look out for maths homework books which will be going home today.
Enjoy the Christmas bizarre and we will see you on Monday!
What a busy few weeks in Reception! Firstly we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came to see our exposition on 'Our School Our World'. We think you will all agree the children did a fantastic job and really showcased their knowledge and creativity. We have loved exploring our different countries and sharing our new knowledge with each other.
This week we have been focusing on writing about our trip to the Abbey Cathedral and using our phonics knowledge to help us write sentences. In maths we have been looking at finding one more than a given number to 10. We have also continued to enjoy guided reading, writing and phonic activities throughout the week.
Chestnut Class also enjoyed forest schools this week where we practised our printing skills using clay.
Next week we will be focusing on poetry in Literacy, learning a poem and adding our Talk For Writing actions. In maths we will be focusing on addition, please look out for maths homework books at the end of the week.
We will also begin to sing Christmas songs in preparation for Southdown Lights Up on Friday, and begin our countdown to Christmas.
Have a lovely weekend, from the Reception team.
Welcome to the Reception blog! This is where you will see weekly updates of what the children in Reception have been learning. As you know the children have already made an incredible amount of progress since their first day at school in September! We are all very proud of the classes and have loved seeing friendships blossom.
This week we have commenced 'Our school our world' which will continue next week with our school exposition on Thursday. This topic is a chance for the children to focus on a country that is linked to members of the class. Chestnut are focusing on France, Lime are looking at Brazil and Sycamore have chosen to focus on Scotland.
We have had a very busy week in Reception with our trip to St Albans Abbey Cathedral. Firstly a big thank you to all the volunteers that joined us, we really appreciate your help. The children enjoyed exploring the cathedral looking at patterns and shapes inside the building. They also made their very own clay tile which we will be sending home soon.
Next week we will continue our focus on our countries and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday to share our learning with you! Have a lovely weekend, from the Reception team.
Week beginning 01.07.19
What a busy few weeks in Reception! We would like to thank everyone for joining us on family morning, it was lovely to see so many of you celebrating your children's success... we think you'll agree that they were all fantastic!
Since our sharing assembly we have been focusing on story writing and innovating our own stories. In maths we have been solving word problems involving addition and subtraction. We have also been revisiting time, focusing on o'clock, half past and quarter past.
Chestnut enjoyed forest schools this week, exploring the ups and downs in the sunshine! Please remember it is Lime classes turn next week to go to the forest as a whole class.
Next week we will be continuing our independent story writing in literacy, in maths we will be exploring missing number problems. The children will be meeting their new teachers on Thursday morning and we will end the week with athletics morning on Friday.
Hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine!
Week beginning 17.06.19
This week in reception we have all become artists. As well as acting out the story of 'Handa's Surprise' and practising songs for our sharing assembly, we have also had our art morning!
All three classes visited the different Reception classrooms to participate in a number of activities. In Chestnut class we collaged large scale African animals, created our own African patterns and did some messy painting outside. In Lime Class we made our own beautiful butterflies and in Sycamore we used clay to make our own fruits from the Handa's Surprise story. We all thoroughly enjoyed art morning and look forward to showing you our pieces of art very soon!
In maths we have recapped our knowledge on 3D shapes and continued working hard on our phonics skills.
Next week in Reception we will be hosting our Family Morning. We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that this will be on Tuesday 25th June. Thank you so much for providing the children with a costume and apologies for the slight mix up with dates on the posters. It has been a very busy term so we got a little bit muddled up. We are so excited to tell you all about what we have been learning this term. We will then be spending the remainder of the morning on the field completing races with all the Mums and Dads there to cheer us on!
Please remember to apply sun cream before school as we are anticipating high temperatures next week.
Thank you again for all of your continued support and we look forward to seeing you for our final Reception sharing assembly.. don't forget the tissues!
This week in reception we will be continuing to recap on our trip to Woburn Safari Park last week. A massive thank you to all of our parent helpers, you were a great support and we really appreciate it.
In literacy we will be focusing on the story 'Handa's Surprise' and in maths we are going to be recapping 3D shapes. We will also be practising for our family morning assembly next week. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 25th for a fun filled morning!
This week we are also going to have our annual art morning. The three classes will all be rotating to get creative with a number of different art activities based on our 'Go Wild' topic.
Thank you again for your continued support and have a lovely week!
Week beginning 20.5.19
This week in Reception we have been busy making our own fruit salad! The children chose which fruits to put in and wrote a list of ingredients. We really enjoyed eating our fruit salad in the sunshine and the children then wrote about how it tasted. In Maths this week we have been continuing to focus on subtraction by counting back on a number line. We have also enjoyed learning about Ramadan, and were lucky to have a visit from Mr. Zeeshan who did a great assembly for the school.
We hope you all have a well rested half-term and look forward to seeing you back for our final term in Reception. Next term we will be focussing on transition to Year 1, the children will have the opportunity to meet their new teachers and prepare for the year ahead. We will also be going on our trip to Woburn Safari park and sharing our learning with you during Family Morning, focusing on Africa and our 'Go Wild' Topic.
Happy half term everyone!
This week in reception we have been thinking about how humans affect the environment. In literacy the children have been writing about ways to keep our oceans clean, focusing on the importance of recycling plastic.
In maths we have moved on from counting on to counting back, the children have been subtracting numbers in different ways including jumping back on a number line. This weeks maths homework will be a counting back challenge, please practice counting back from 20 at home.
This week in reception we have had an exciting visit from Hoop Guy! The former Britain's Got Talent contestant taught us some lovely games with hoops and showed us a fantastic hooping display. The children were all very enthusiastic to practice their hooping skills in our continuous provision. We now have lots of hoola hoop experts... including some of our teachers!
Next week we will be continuing to focus on counting back from a given number and making our very own fruit salad!
Have a lovely weekend.
Week Beginning 7.5.19
This week Reception have been busy continuing our topic about 'Growing'. The children have been learning about what plants need to grow, and we have been planting our own cress seeds and observing how our beans have changed over the week. The children have really enjoyed planting their own seeds and we will continue to plant outside throughout this term.
In Maths we have been focussing on addition by counting on from a number. The children have learnt how to add numbers using a number line to jump forwards and recording addition sums using the + and = signs. In Literacy we have been exploring 'growing' books and stories , including 'Oliver's vegetables' and 'The tiny seed.'
Next week we will be thinking about the environment and how we can help to look after our World. In Literacy the children will be writing sentences about how to keep our planet clean and exploring the human affect on the environment. In Maths we will be focussing on subtraction by counting back. The children will be using number lines to jump backwards and we will be recording using the - and = signs.
Next week we have the children's class photos on Monday 13th. We will also be having a visit from 'Hoop Guy' (from Britain's Got Talent) who will be coming in to help us with our hoola hooping skills! We look forward to seeing you for our 'Open Classroom' on Tuesday 14th May, where you will have the opportunity to explore the classroom and share your children's work from this term. Have a lovely weekend!
This week in Reception we have been continuing our topic on 'Growing' by planting our own broad beans! We will be observing changes over time in the classroom as well as planting more seeds outside. In maths we have been exploring capacity using a variety of bottles and containers. The children have been using the vocabulary of 'full, half full and empty' to describe different capacities and ordering these amounts using water and rice.
In literacy we have been reading and writing instructions and we wrote our own set of instructions on how to plant a seed. We have also enjoyed dancing around the Maypole in PE and exploring our outdoor environment.
Next week we will be exploring a variety of growing books and stories. In maths we will be focusing on addition by counting on and looking at using a number line to jump forward. We will also be creating a moving picture based on the life cycle of a seed and also creating flower collages using a variety of materials.
We hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend and we look forward to seeing you next Tuesday!
Welcome back for the summer term, we hope you had a lovely Easter break and are feeling refreshed and energised for the final term of the year!
This week reception have been busy sharing news from their Easter holidays and writing recounts applying their phonics and time words. In maths we have been exploring time, focusing on 'o'clock' and 'half past'. We have also kicked off our topic 'Go Wild' with a particular focus on growing plants. This week we have started by looking at the human life cycle and how we grow from babies to adults. This will lead to exploring the plant life cycle and how to care for plants discussing what they need to grow.
Next week we will be planting our own beans and cress to observe the changes over time. In maths we will be exploring capacity, introducing new vocabulary such as full, half full and empty. The children will be exploring using different containers and jugs to experiment with capacity. In Literacy we will be focusing on instructions, writing our own instructions on how to plant a seed. The children will continue to do guided reading, phonics and handwriting throughout the week and we will continue to follow their interests through 'in the moment' planning.
Week beginning 1.4.19
What a fun-packed week in Reception! We have been learning about the Easter story and why Christians celebrate this time of year. We have been making lots of Easter crafts: decorating eggs, making Easter baskets and drawing Spring animals. We even went on our own Easter egg hunts! Lime class found some chocolate eggs in the woods, Sycamore went searching for eggs in the playground and Chestnut class were visited by the Easter Bunny who delivered some Easter treats!
In Maths we have been continuing our learning about subtraction, finding the answer by counting back. We would appreciate it if the children could practise counting backwards during the Easter holidays.
After Easter we will begin our new Topic 'Go Wild!' We will start off by looking at the human lifecycle and then move on to growing, looking at what plants need to grow and also planting our own beans and cress. In Literacy we will be doing some independent writing about our Easter break. In Maths we will be focusing on telling the time.
We hope you all have a relaxing break and we wish you all a very Happy Easter!
Week Beginning 25.3.19
What a busy week! Reception have been learning the story of The Enormous Turnip. The children have learnt the story by heart and have added actions for key words and story language. In Maths we have been focusing on Subtraction, using objects to take away and also counting back in our heads. We have also been continuing our sewing, using binka to practise our running stitch. As well as this we have been thinking about Mother's Day, and discussing how our Mums are special to us.
Next week we will be exploring Easter, doing lots of Easter crafts and learning about why Christians celebrate this time of year. We will also be continuing to focus on subtraction in Maths, and continuing to practise our reading and writing.
We hope you have a lovely weekend and we wish all the special Mummies a very Happy Mothers Day!
This week in Reception we have been focusing on keeping fit along side our traditional tales topic! We had a very special visit from Kidz Fit. We worked on different muscles in our bodies and talked about ways to stay healthy. Chestnut class even mentioned that we do a daily mile here at The Grove!
During this week the children have also been reading a new traditional tale called The Enormous Turnip. First we read the story, looked at different versions, re-enacted the story in our literacy lessons and now we are focusing on reading the story using our Talk 4 Writing actions. We will continue this next week and we will innovate the story to add our own twist! In Maths we have been counting in 2's and 10's this week, next week we will start looking at subtraction and introducing the mathematical language linked to subtraction.
We are going to be sewing in classes next week for Easter, if there are any parents that would like to come and help please speak to your class teacher at the door. Thank you!
We will also continue to enjoy guided reading, writing and phonic activities throughout the week.
Have a lovely weekend!
What a story filled week in Reception! We have been learning all about different stories and have been writing our own story about what our toys do at home whilst we are at school. In Maths we have been learning about addition, starting with using objects, numicon and writing number sentences.
We were super lucky to have a special visitor this week. His name was Mr Goode and he is a fantastic illustrator. He showed us all of the different projects he has worked on and inspired us to keep illustrating along side our writing. Thank you so much Mr Goode we will keep drawing!
During this week the children have had the opportunity to do a 'book swap' and go to different classes to listen to a variety of exciting stories which we have thoroughly enjoyed.
Next week is our sharing assembly. We have been practising really hard and we are very excited to share our work with you that we have been doing throughout our Snow and Ice topic. We can't wait to perform for all of our parents and carers.
In Maths we will be introducing money with an added focus on addition. We will also continue to enjoy guided reading, writing and phonic activities throughout the week.
We hope you have a lovely weekend filled with stories and imagination.
This week Reception went on a school trip to St Albans Abbey Cathedral. The children enjoyed learning about the Abbey and looking at different shapes and patterns inside the church. They also had the opportunity to make their own clay tiles by rolling out clay and then designing their tiles with images related to the church. The children were so well behaved inside the Cathedral and we were very proud of them!
On Tuesday we had a very special visit from Mr. Bingham, who talked about his expedition to the Arctic. The children were all fascinated to see his equipment and find out about all of his adventures. Thank you for coming in and inspiring us!
Next week we will be creating story bracelets, sequencing the beginning, middle and end of our penguin story. We will also be practising the songs for our Family morning and writing sentences about polar animals. In Maths we will continue to learn about doubling numbers, and focus on halving different shapes and numbers too. We will continue to enjoy guided reading, writing and phonic activities throughout the week.
Chestnut Class have their forest school session next Tuesday where they will be exploring the Spinney and doing forest art as a whole class. Miss Holt is very excited about her first forest school visit, please keep an eye out for up and coming photos...
This week we have been continuing our Topic- Snow & Ice. We have enjoyed looking at books about different polar animals, such as penguins, seals and polar bears. Each class has been busy doing a range of Art activities, painting polar animals and creating large-scale collages by cutting and sticking a variety of materials. In maths we have been learning about teen numbers, learning to count to 20 and sequence the numbers in order.
Lime Class enjoyed Forest School this week, we had lots of fun making pictures using natural resources from the forest and we loved exploring the Ups and Downs! Sycamore Class have their session next week.
Next week we will be creating story maps, sequencing the beginning, middle and end of our penguin story. We will also be learning about Chinese New Year, making Chinese lanterns and tasting Chinese food. On Friday the children will also have the opportunity to take part in a lion dance workshop to celebrate Chinese New Year. In Maths we will continue to learn about teen numbers, and also focus on estimating different amounts. We will continue to enjoy guided reading, writing and phonic activities throughout the week.
Next week we will be continuing our 'Talk for Writing' story about penguins. In Maths we will be exploring teen numbers, and using programmable toys to follow different directions. We will continue to enjoy guided reading, writing and phonic activities throughout the week.
We are looking forward to starting Forest Schools next week - Lime Class will go first on Tuesday the 22nd January.
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and a very Happy New Year! This week Reception kicked off our Topic about Snow & Ice. We have enjoyed learning about the North & South Poles, looking at the different environments and exploring the animals that live there. In maths we have been learning about positional language, using words like on, under, in front and behind to describe the position of objects.
Next week we will be learning a story about penguins and adding actions to key words. In Maths we will be exploring 3D shapes, using words to describe their properties like corner, edge and face. We will continue to enjoy guided reading, writing and phonic activities throughout the week.
This week we have been learning about colour mixing. We have enjoyed a range of art activities and looked at books about colour, such as 'The Black Book of Colour' and 'The Dot'. In maths we have been learning about 2d flat shapes, using words like corners, sides, curved and straight to describe them.
Children will be bringing home lanterns tonight ready for the Soutdown lantern parade. We hope you enjoy it - it should look spectacular.
Next week we will be learning about recipes, noticing that the instructions are numbered and in order. In Maths some children will be working on addition, whilst others are ready to move on to subtraction. We will continue to enjoy guided reading, writing and phonic activities throughout the week.
This week we have been learning about fireworks, creating some fantastic art work and exploring firework poetry.
In Maths we have finished off learning about 'one less' and moved on to addition. Next week we will be exploring colour in more detail and in maths we will be looking at 2d shapes, using words like corners, sides, curved and straight to describe them.
Tomorrow is our Christmas fair! See you there at 2-5pm.
We hope you all enjoyed 'Our school, our world' exhibition on Thursday. We know the children certainly did and produced lots of fantastic work. Next week we will be learning about fireworks. We hope that all the children have experienced fireworks, either going to see a display or hearing the bangs from their beds. We will be creating art, exploring firework poems and talking about when people use fireworks to celebrate. On Friday 23rd it is a non-uniform day, as organised by out PTA. On Saturday 24th it is our Christmas Fair (2-5pm). We hope to see as many of you there as possible.
We have started our two week topic 'Our School, Our World' and each class are focussing on a different country. Chestnut are learning about Australia, Sycamore about Greece and Lime are learning about Mexico. On Thursday 15th we will show all our learning after school, do try and come! We have also been learning about Diwali this week. On Tuesday we enjoyed a traditional Indian dance workshop and performed what we had learnt to the school.
We are really keen to have some volunteers come in and read/ help with word ladders. If you can help then please speak to your child's class teacher.
This week we have been learning...
Next week is half term. Have a rest! When we return on 5th November we will be starting our mini topic 'Our school, our world'. Each class will be focussing on a different country and finding out about it. More information to follow. After that we will start our 'Colour and Festival' topic. On Tuesday 6th we will have a special Diwali day and will be attending a Diwali dance workshop.
Have a restful week off!
This week we have been acting out the 'Owl Babies' story and wrote our own speech bubbles from the characters point of view. We are continuing to learn our sounds and use them to read cvc words, such as pen, hat and lip. In Maths we continue to explore numbers 1-10 and solve problems.
Sycamore class photos - enjoy!
Chestnut Forest Schools - we had a blast! Thanks to Leah's Dad and Rebecca's Dad, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
What another busy week. This week we have been learning the 'Owl Babies' story and creating story maps. We created some beautiful owl art work using brusho dye. In Maths we have been learning how to use Numicon to represent numerals and quantities.
'We made owl pictures. First we were drawing the shape, then wetting it and then using fabric (paint brush) to tap it on. It went all colourful,' said Rebecca in Chestnut class.
'I was playing Mums and Dads. I ranned away a lot!' said Josh S in Chestnut class.
We've had such a busy week! In maths we have been developing our number sense, exploring numerals and quantities to ten. We have all enjoyed hearing the story 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell, and discussed times we have missed our family, just like Bill. In phonics we have been recapping the sounds 's,a,t,p,i,n,m' and using them to blend simple words, such as 'it, an, mat, tap.' Most of the children now have a reading book and word ladder to take home. Please practise reading as often as possible.
We have had lots and lots of play this week, and the children have been showing us their creative sides, such as painting, role play and construction. We've spent much of our time enjoying our outdoor space and learning how to use the equipment safely.
A few children are beginning to tire of the long week (they're full of colds!), this is completely normal! Rest assure that we are flexible in our daily timetable and adjust it to the needs of the children. If you have any concerns then please do not hesitate to speak to your child's class teacher.
Next week we will be learning the story 'Owl Babies' off by heart using actions and repeated phrases. We will also be creating a story map with labels. We will also be creating some owl art work. In maths we will be exploring Numicon, looking at patterns and matching them to numerals.
A topic mat has been sent home in book bags - please take a look at some of the suggested tasks. If you complete any of the activities then don't forget to record it (photographs or written notes are great) so we can share them in class.
Have a restful weekend!
Welcome to our first blog! The children are becoming very settled and flourished in their first full week at school - well done to all. We've had a busy few weeks getting to know the children and a little about their families. We have created self-portraits and drew pictures of our families. We have been learning about when and how to wash our hands (please encourage) and have learnt the sounds 's,a,t,p,i,n'. We have begun to use them to blend simple words, such as 'it, in, sat, tap'. Please could each child bring in a family photograph which can be displayed in the classroom? We would like to use them to personalise our role play areas and ensure it is personal to the children.
Next week we will be exploring the book 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell. In Maths we will be learning to recognise numbers in different forms, such as Numicon, on a dice and with objects. We will be learning how to get dressed for PE and continuing to grow our independence. We hope to send home word ladders/reading books over the next few weeks - please be patient, this takes a little time.
Have a restful weekend. Here's a few photos of the last few weeks...