Reception Lions & Giraffes
Below is our most recent blog from Reception. This includes a summary of the two weeks including any important information for the coming weeks (reminders etc). These will be updated every other Friday.
Click here for the topic flow chart for the summer term.
Friday 20 July
At the beginning of the term, the children excitedly welcomed some police officers and a community support officer into the school. They talked to the children about how to keep themselves safe and what their job entails. The children even got to have a sit in the police car and explore the wide range of resources the officers need to do their job.
Later in the term, we embarked on a trip to Thames Young Mariners where we explored nature through workshops and within the instructor led forest school. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience especially toasting marshmallows, climbing trees and creating mud pies.
More recently, the children visited Kingsmeadow for their first ever sports day which was great fun. The children transformed themselves into mini athletes as they jumped into a proper long jump pit and ran speedily in lanes along the running track.
As we reach the end of the year we are beginning to reflect back on how far the children have come and talk about the transition into Year One. The children have become confident, independent learners who are more than ready for their next challenge. The Reception staff are extremely proud of all of the children and how hard they have worked all year. We would also like to say a very big thank you to all of the parents for their help this year. We would not be able to do as many wonderful things without your support.
Friday 13 July
The past fortnight has been focused mainly on preparing the Reception children for their transition into Year One. The children have been thinking about the things they have enjoyed during the year in Reception and the things that they would like to find out about before they start in September. The children explored question words and questions marks and compiled a list of questions remembering to add a question mark on the end.
Then the children were lucky enough to have a visit from several Year One children who told them all about the exciting things that happen in Year one and they were also able to answer questions in great detail. The children are eager to find out where their new classroom is and who their new teachers will be next Tuesday.
Please could you ensure all reading books and maths packs are brought back to school as soon as possible.
The Reception team would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the parents and family members who have helped us to have such a successful year. We would not be able to do so many wonderful things without your support.
Friday 29 June
We have almost reached the finish line.
This week in reception has been incredibly active as we prepared for our very first sports day at Kingsmeadow! We would like to say a very big well done to reception. The children took part in every activity trying their best.
As the week draws to a close we shall be making some fruity flapjacks as a nice way to end what has been an energetic week.
In English, we have focused on revisiting previously learnt sounds as we prepare to transition into year one. We continue to focus on handwriting ensuring that children are now comfortable when using Kingston cursive.
In mathematics, we have continued to focus on number bonds to 5 and 10. The children have enjoyed playing a variety of different activities to help solidify their understanding of number bonds.
Thank you for your support at sports day and through the week.
Friday 15 June
The children have had a busy two weeks in Reception, which started with an exciting trip to Thames Young Mariners. Here the children had the opportunity to explore nature alongside their peers and the instructors.
In the morning, the children worked together to create skeletons, fairy dens and shelters out of leaves and sticks. In the afternoon, the children were able to explore the forest school, which included a mud kitchen, digging areas and rope swings. The children also helped the instructors to build a fire and then enjoyed warming hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows over it.
Thames Young Mariners has been the topic for our learning over the past two weeks but we will now move on and begin exploring the story ‘Tom and The Island of Dinosaurs’ by Ian Beck. We will begin our exploration by imagining we are on a hot air balloon ride that lands on a mysterious island. The children will describe their islands and create labelled maps to show what exciting landmarks their island has.
A very big well done to Lion class on their first class assembly. Thank you parents for all of your support with helping to learn the lines.
Friday 25 May
Half term has arrived so quickly, as we are drawing closer to the end of the academic year we have been focusing on revisiting learnt information in preparation for Year 1.
When the children return to school from half term we will be going to Thames Young Mariners. Please remember that children should not be brought to school but to Thames Young Mariners. Also it is important that children bring weather appropriate clothes as the majority of the day will be spent outside. The arrival time at Thames Young Mariners is 9.15am and the day will finish at 2.45pm. Please adhere to these times as they will help the day run smoothly. Finally, as mentioned in the letter, when collecting your child please ensure a member of staff knows that you are taking your child.
Congratulations to Giraffe class on their first class assembly, we are looking forward the Lion class assembly which will now be taking place on the 13th June.
Thank you all for your continued support. All the reception team wish you a restful half term.
Friday 11 May
Where has this half of the term gone! It is almost the end of this half term and the children have been working extremely hard in all areas of learning.
In Maths, the children have been counting in 2's and learning about doubling and halving. During lessons they have discussed sharing and how we can halve items to get an even share. They have enjoyed having these discussions and this has helped develop their understanding.
In English we have continued to focus on Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds, Reception will continue to revisit the sounds they have learnt this year to help solidify their understanding of each individual sound.
As we are entering summer and have experienced hot weather please ensure that your child comes to school with a sun hat and sun cream, already applied as we are unable to apply sun cream directly to your child. Finally, please be aware that with such lovely weather we are subject to rain at some points too so please regularly check weather forecasts to ensure children are sent into school with weather appropriate clothing.
Friday 27 April
The children have become thoroughly immersed in our new topic of 'Mini-beasts and Mega-beasts'. This topic began with sharing the story 'Aaaaaaargh! Spider!' and discussing the different sorts of pets we have and what our parents would think if we brought home a spider as a pet! The children then imagined what it would be like if we shrank down to the size of a mini-beast and how different the world would look if we were really small. The role play areas have also been transformed into a mini-beast investigation lab and 'The Ugly Bug' Café.
In maths the children have been shape hunters and have looked around the school to find as many 2d and 3d shapes as we could. Next week the children will begin exploring doubling, halving and counting in 2s.
The reception children were also lucky enough to have a visit from some police officers who told us about their job and showed us their uniform and equipment. We even got to see their police car up close. They reminded the children to make sure they say hello if they see a police officer when they are out and about.