Category Archives: Reception News

Reception Reading Challenge!

This week the Reception children have been taking on a tricky reading challenge. They had to use their phonics skills to sound out and blend, so that they could read some tricky sentences. They then had to match the sentences to the corresponding pictures. It was hard work, but the boys and girls in Reception tried their best and did really well. Our reading is getting so good that we are now ready for Year 1!

Sensational Sunflowers

This week the Reception children have been learning all about flowers, and how they grow. They have looked at lots of different types of flowers, and discovered that they start off as a tiny seed, which grows in the ground, and eventually turns into a lovely flower.

To help the children understand how it works, they have been planting their very own sunflowers. Firstly, they had to put some soil into a cup. Then, they put the seed into the soil. The children then used a watering can to water the soil, because the seeds need water in order to grow! Finally, the children put their sunflower cups in the window sill so that they can absorb lots of sunlight, because they also need sunshine to grow. We are really excited about our sunflowers, and we will check on them every day to see if they are growing!

Minion Reading Challenge!

This week the children in Reception have been learning to put sounds together to make words, and reading the words to make sentences. They have had a little bit of help from some friends – the Minions! These clever creatures have challenged the children to see if they can blend their sounds together and read words, and have even provided some tricky alien words for the children to try out.

As well as having a lot of fun with the challenge, the children also get a star if they can read their words with a teacher, and if they get a star every week then they will win a lovely prize! We are all trying our best to sound out our words, with the help of the Minions!

Helpful people…

This week, the Reception children have been learning about the different sorts of people who help us. If we have an emergency, we can dial 999 so that the police, fire service or ambulance service can come to help us. However, there are lots of other people who help us as well: if we need to cross a busy road, the school crossing patrol can help us; if we are feeling poorly, we can go to see a doctor; if we have a pet that is sick, we can take it to see a vet. The children have spent some time talking to each other about their experiences of being helped by some of these different people, and have had fun matching picture cards together showing who these people are and what they do.

Christmas Art Morning

This week the Reception children invited their mummies and daddies into school for a Christmas art morning. They had a lot of fun cutting and sticking reindeer bags together, and took them home to use during the holidays! Mummies and daddies had a lot of fun as well, helping their children with the creative activities. We’re all looking forward to a nice rest now!

It’s Nearly Christmas!

This week, the Reception children have been getting ready for the holidays by designing and making their very own calendars and Christmas cards. They had lots of fun cutting and sticking, using snowmen and Santas to make some lovely cards. They also followed up their work from last week – when they were finger painting the fairy lights on their calendars – by sticking their pictures on and attaching some colourful ribbons to hang them up. The holidays are nearly here!

New Year Calendars

With the holidays fast approaching, the Reception children have been designing and making calendars for New Year. The children wanted to get really creative, so we decided to do some finger painting – dipping our fingers in paint and then using them just like a paint brush to paint some fairy lights! The children had a lot of fun, and their calendars are looking great. They can’t wait to take them home so that they can start planning 2017!

Handy Hints For Hand Hygiene!

This week, the Reception children have been learning all about hand hygiene. They were paid a special visit by the school nurse, who told us all about how germs spread on our hands during play. We must make sure we wash our hands: after touching animals; after we’ve been to the toilet; after playing in the mud or sand; before eating. The nurse also gave us some special steps to follow, so that our hands are kept clean:

1) Put soap on your hands and rub it into a lather.
2) Rub the front and back of your hands, and both of your thumbs.
3) Clean your nails.

The children always wash their hands before lunch, and now they know exactly why!

Phonics workshop

A big thank you to all the Reception parents that made it to the phonics workshop on Thursday 10th November. We hope you enjoy using your packs to plan lots of exciting phonics activities at home! If you were unable to make a session but want to learn more then please talk to your child’s class teacher.

Firework Work!

It was Bonfire Night at the weekend, so this week lots of children came into Reception talking about hearing loud bangs and seeing different colours sparkling in the sky! The children drew some wonderful pictures of what they had seen, and were able to use their knowledge of phonics to sound out the words to describe them. The fireworks went pop, crackle and bang!

After that, all of the children imagined that they were fireworks, starting off silently on the floor, then whooshing and zooming up into the sky, and then popping, crackling and banging really loudly!