Week ending 01/07/2016
Hello! This week we have been learning all about space! We have enjoyed researching all about the different planets and the moon. We have made some beautiful space pictures, some rockets and had lots of fun dressing up as astronauts pretending to go to space!
Week ending 24/06/2016
Hello! Come and see what we have been up to in Reception W this week! We have been learning all about Australia.
We started this week researching Australia and designing the Australian flag.
We baked our very own anzac biscuits. We had lots of fun adding the ingredients and mixing it all together before putting it on the trays to bake. We loved tasting them afterwards the most!
Come back next week when we are going to be learning all about space!
Reception W Team :-)
Week ending 17/6/16
Hello! This week we have continued our around the world topic and we have been learning all about Brazil!
We started the week by making our very own Brazilian flag.
We created masks and shakers to wear at our Brazilian carnival. We really enjoyed using the feathers gems and glitter.
On Thursday, we watched the England football game! We made flags and hats to wear to support the team and really enjoyed cheering them on.
We finished the week of celebrating at our Brazilian carnival! We danced and sang and then had a special treat and watched Rio the film in the big hall with nachos.
Come back next week when we will be learning all about Australia.
Reception W Team ;-)
Week ending 10/06/2016
Hello! Welcome back. We hope you all had a lovely half term break.
Over the last few weeks we have left in Reception, our topic is focusing on different countries from around the world. We are going to be looking at different cultures and ways of life and also various factors such as foods, animals, weather and also features of the different environments.
We have started off with our very own country this week, England!
We have looked at our capital city and done lots of talking about the queen! We started the week drawing pictures of the queen and sending her invitations to our tea party.
On Friday we had our very own tea party! Unfortunately, the queen couldn't attend this time but i'm sure she can fit us in her busy schedule another time! We really enjoyed eating our scones with jam and cream and had a party to celebrate the queens birthday with lots of dancing and games.
Come back next week and see what we have learned about Rio!
Reception W Team :-)
Week ending 27/05/2016
Hello! We have had a very busy week this week but we have done some really amazing and fun things! Thank you to you all for donating for our Race for Life. The children were amazing and completed two full laps of the school field! The grown ups were very proud of us raising all that money for charity.
We hope you have a lovely half term break and we will see you on the 6th June!
Reception W Team :-)
Week ending 20/05/2016
Hello! We have been learning all about Peter Pan this week in our class, come and see!
We started the week having a look at capacity and measuring out Captain Hook's pirate potions!
We made our very own Peter Pan puppets and acted out the story with our friends :-)
We played 'what time is it Captain Hook?' and really enjoyed learning all about the time.
Next week is our trip to the zoo! We are so very excited, grown ups included! Come and have a look at our pictures next week!
Reception W and the team :-)
Week ending 13/05/2016
Hello! We have had a very busy week this week in Reception W, come and have a look...
We started this week reading the story of the Beastly Pirate and a story about a smelly pirate! We drew pictures of ourselves as pirates and wrote about things we would need. Look at Evans writing! He has used finger spaces and full stops! Well done!
We made our very own treasure maps! We used coffee to stain them and make them look old and then Miss Hall even burned some of them!
We went to the ALPS and planted some seeds. We are going to visit every week to see how they change and grow from the rain and the sunshine!
We have been working super hard learning how to rhyme! We really enjoyed playing the rhyming bingo game as a class and then played it with our friends on our own to practice even more.
Come back next week and see what we get up to learning all about Peter Pan!
Reception W and the Team :-)
Week ending 29/04/16
Hello! Come and see what we have been doing this week...
We read the story of the Enormous Turnip and have done lots of learning about the characters and different ideas from the story. We made Turnip soup and it was so yummy! We made puppets and acted out the story and did lots of maths work counting and adding turnips!
Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and we will see you next week!
Reception W and the Team :-)
Week ending 22/04/2016
Hello! We have had another busy week in RW this week, come and see!
We started this week reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and we acted out the story pretending we were the characters.
We have been doing a lot of work practicing writing sentences with finger spaces and full stops. The grown ups have been so impressed with us! We did some writing all about Jack and the Beanstalk and the nasty giant. Look how amazing Paddy's writing is!
Have a lovely weekend and come back again next week.
Reception W and the Team :-)
Week ending 15/04/2016
Hello! Welcome back :-) We hope you had a lovely break. We have come back to school and once again have worked really hard! Our new topic this week is all about Spring time and the things that happen and what we see. We began by reading the story of The Hungry Caterpillar. We talked about what happened to the caterpillar and why he changed into a beautiful butterfly!
We have made our outside area into a garden center. We planted lots of seeds and we talked about what we need to do to help them grow. We made some bird feeders to hang in our garden center so that the birds have something nice to come and eat. We also have pretend flowers to plant in the soil and a till so that people can come to buy nice things for their garden.
We went for a 'Spring walk' to find signs of spring in the environment. We all had a checklist to help us search for the signs of spring and really enjoyed looking at the animals. We even sprinkled the rest of our bird seed.
Come back next week to see what fun we have learning all about Jack and the Beanstalk!
Reception W Team
Hello! Come and see what we have been up to this week in RW. We have come to the end of our monster maths month and we have learned so much and been so busy!
We have been learning all about telling the time...
And how to measure each other. We measured our friends and talked about who was the tallest and who was the shortest.
We have also been drawing pictures and writing in our special books describing our own aliens and monsters. Look at Florri's sentence she wrote all by herself...well done Florri! :-)
Week ending 04/03/16
Hello! We have been very busy in Reception W this week and our new topic for this half term is all about monster maths. We have been focusing on shape this week and have been doing some very hard work to learn all about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. We began the week making monster pictures out of 2D shapes, look how scary our monsters are...
We then used the shapes to create our own repeating patterns. We had to think hard about which shape needed to come next and what colour it needed to be.
We went to the ALPS to do some measuring. We found lots of different objects such as sticks and logs and we had to measure them to see which was the longest and which was the shortest and then put them in order. Luckily we never found any monsters whilst we were there!
That's all for this week. Come back next week to see what other exciting and 'monsterous' things we get up to!
Reception W and Team :-)
Week ending 12/02/16
Well what a busy busy week we have had! In our class this week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year. We looked at the Chinese traditions such as dragon dancing and lantern parades and we also tried Chinese food using chop sticks! We made our own Chinese dragons and even wrote our names in Chinese and these are now on display in our classroom. Have a look at us...
We were amazing at the chatterbox challenge! Thank you to mums and dads who came along to walk with us on our sponsored walk. We sang our little hearts out and we really enjoyed the afternoon.
We hope you all have a wonderful half term break. Keep safe and we will see you all soon!
Reception W and the Team :-)
Week ending 05/02/2016
Hello! Well we have been very busy once again in Reception this week still looking at our topic of keeping our bodies healthy. We started with P.E and were thinking about how excercise affects our bodies and how our heart beats faster when we do lots of excercise.
We also thought about other things that can have an effect on our bodies. We talked about Germs and how they can make us poorly if we don't wash our hands after using the toilet or before eating. We looked at how germs spread and how we need to use soap to wash them away.
Our theme next week is all about Chinese New Year and we will also be going on our trips to Jump Division as well as taking part in the Chatter Box challenge! How exciting! See you next week!
Reception W :-)
Week ending 29/01/16
Hello! We have had a very busy week in reception this week learning about our new topic of keeping our bodies healthy. We started on Monday with a walk to the fruit shop where we spent our own money to buy a piece of fruit. Have a look at us...
When we got back to school, we tried all of the different fruits we had bought and talked about which were our favourite.
We really enjoyed making a den out of lots of different materials and enjoyed listening to Miss Gray read us stories.
We finished the week making fruit smoothies. We all talked about which fruits we would like to try in a smoothie and we made 3 different ones. We talked about our favourite and also discussed which fruits we would like to try next time. Some of us loved them...Some of us didn't... :-)
A quick update...Chips and Egg have settled in very well and are now part of the reception family! The children take turns to be 'fish monitors' ensuring the fish are fed and cleaned and looked after. The children are doing a wonderful job at taking care of them.
Week ending 15/01/2016
Well what a busy week we have had in Reception this week! Our theme this week was all about winter. We began the week reading the story of the smiley snowman and making our own snowmen pictures. Have a look at us working very hard, creating our pictures. They are now on display in our classroom.
We worked very hard in our literacy work and wrote lots of different words all by ourselves to describe our snowmen. All the adults were extremely proud and impressed!!
Look at Rihanna's snowman that she made with the playdough! It is fantastic!
We now also have our very own shop in the classroom. We have really enjoyed pretending to do our shopping with the baskets and the trolley and loved pretending to put it all through the till and paying with the money. We are going to build our shop into a supermarket over the next few weeks using the shelves for lots of different items and label them all with prices.
We went on a winter walk to the ALPS to look for signs of winter. We had to wrap up warm because it was so cold! We saw lots of different things that told us it was winter such as snow on the top of Rivington (we could see it in the distance), no leaves on the trees and our breath when we blew! We helped each other write a list of the signs of winter we had seen and worked very hard to sound out all the words!
Miss Gray was so impressed with us this week that she had a surprise.....We now have two new members to our class...Meet Chips and Egg! We are so sensible now that we have our very own pets to look after! We need to help feed them and clean them and make sure they are well looked after. We are going to have fish monitors every week who can wear the special fish monitor badges.
Week ending 08/01/2016
Happy New Year! and welcome back.
What an exciting first week we have had back in Reception W! We started the week thinking about our new years resolutions and drawing pictures of what Santa had brought us for Christmas! We got straight back into our learning and went on a shape hunt around school to see what shapes we could see in the environment!
Here are Jayden and Ella finding shapes outside!
We also had lots of fun playing in the water tray with the green water using jugs and cylinders to measure and pour water!
Have a look at us...
We have spent lots of time in our new reading area reading lots of new books. Here we are reading some of our favourites!
Because we worked so hard, Miss Gray thought we deserved golden time on Friday afternoon. Here we are playing games and having lots of fun with our friends!
That's all for now. Please come back next week and see what other exciting things we get up to!
See you next week, Reception W and the team :-)
Week ending 11th December 2015
Our last full week in Reception before we break up for Christmas and oh my what a busy week it has been. We have worked so very hard with our Nativity, we have learned our words, listened to the songs and put together a really good performance. We are sure that you are as proud of us as the grown ups in the room are. Here we are all together ready to perform.
Week ending 27th November 2015
Welcome back to our blog. You are not going to believe your eyes when you read this. We started the week off with visit to the ALPS. We watched a video of a spaceship hovering above the ALP area and then dropping off a strange object. We couldn't wait to go and investigate. This is what we discovered......
Week ending 20th November 2015
What a great week it has been in Reception W. This week we have been learning all about What the Ladybird Heard story. This was such a good book.It's all about a little Ladybird who heard something and soiled a plan to steal a prize cow. Even more impressive is the fact that the Ladybird didn't say a word!
Let's have a look at some of the work that we have done this week.....
We started the week off with 2 different coloured sets of playdough, red and black. We used buttons, pipe cleaners, straws and different modelling tools to create, can you guess?
Yes a ladybird! Here is Kaisie's ladybird creation
Week ending 13th November 2015
Welcome back to our blog. We have had such an amazing and exciting week. We started the week off thinking about Diwali. We talked about what Diwali is, who celebrates Diwali and how important it is in the lives of Hindu people.
Week ending 6th November 2015
Welcome back to our blog. We hope you had a great half term and are now ready to learn! We have some very exciting weeks coming up but this week we have been busy learning all about Bonfire Night. We talked about why we celebrate Bonfire Night and who Guy Fawkes was and what he did.
We started the week off using a mix of media to create Bonfire Night pictures. We used black sand and lots of different coloured glitter to make our firework images. We talked about shapes and learned some new words linked to Bonfire. We had a great time!
Week ending 23rd October 2015
What an amazing, exciting and eventful week we have had. This week we have been so very busy learning all about Autumn. We have talked about the changes in seasons and how we change as well.
Then we had the excitement of the great Westfield bake off
Oh my goodness, there were cakes everywhere and they looked and tasted amazing. Thank you to all those people who took part we managed to raise a great deal of money. Here are just a small sample of the delicious offerings.
Week ending 16th October 2015
Welcome back to our blog and we want to say a BIG thank you to all of those parents who we saw this week, it was lovely to meet you all and we hope that you found the information we shared with you really useful.
This week we have been busy learning all about autumn, using the text Percy the Park Keeper. We loved listening to this story, we talked in great detail about the animals in the story, what autumn looks like and how this season differs from other seasons. Very informative!
Week ending 9th October 2015
Welcome back to our blog. This week has been a busy week and we have been learning all about Superheroes. We have been busy developing our reading skills and used Superheroes as a focus for developing our segmenting and blending skills. We are continuing to do Read Write Inc everyday and this is really beginning to pay off so thank you to all those parents who support this by practising letter formation at home.
We also had a great time thinking about what make a superhero super. We talked about all of the different talents and powers that we would like to have and this is just a small selection......
Paddy would like to be invisible
Lexie would like to fly
Week ending 2nd October 2015
We have had a very productive week this week and we have been busy busy learning. This week we have been using dinosaurs as our focus for learning. We started the week off by listening to a story all about dinosaurs and thinking about how they moved, where they lived and what they looked like. We also learned about fossils and we now know that these are bones embedded on rocks and stones from millions and millions of years ago. We decided that we would make our own fossils using salt dough and the dinosaurs we had in class. Take a look at our efforts.
We also thought about how we would feel if we actually saw a real dinosaur, this is what some of us said.....
Paddy - I would be really scared and frightened and would run fast
Mia - I would run away and hide
Kaisie - I would scream really loud and then find somewhere to hide.
When we write this is our chance to put into practice everything we learn in Read Write Inc.
We also took part in a dinosaur experiment, sounds very exciting and believe me it was. Some dinosaurs had been frozen in some water and it was our job to rescue them and get them free from the ice. We talked about the different ways we could free them and this is what we came up with....
Paddy - we could get some hot water and melt the ice
Phoebe - we could get a sharp knife and try to cut them free
We had lots of good ideas but decided to go with the hot water. and guess what? It worked! We talked about how ice melts, how water freezes and how it feels to hold the ice in our hands, brrrrrrrr it was so very cold!
Week ending 25th September 2015
We have had yet another fun filled week learning all about owls and where they live and what they eat. We started the week off using pine cones and transforming them into miniature owl babies. These are now on display near the classroom outside door and you will see that each one looks different.
Week ending 18th September 2015
What a great week we have had. This week we have been busy learning all about our body though the story Funny Bones. We started the week off listening to the story, talking about the different parts of our body and learning about how important the skeleton is and what it does. Amazing! We learned so many new words such as skull, spine, ribs etc.
Week ending 11th September 2015
What a wonderful first full week we have had in Reception. This week we have been getting to grips with the routines and how things work and the staff are very impressed with the way the children have taken everything in their stride.
We have been thinking about the feelings that we had when we first came into Reception, we talked about feeling happy, sad and excited and why we felt this way. This is just a small selection of some of the children's thoughts and feelings.
We have also had a great time showing off our number skills, we have played ladybird bingo and lots of other number based games and we have had such a good time.
Thank you to all those parents who have brought in reading book bags so far, we ask that the bags are returned to school each Monday and that your child's reading record is signed so that we can see you have shared this book. To begin with, talk to your child about the pictures, ask questions, predict what might happen. Using the text, ask questions such as can you find any letters that are in your name? This will encourage your child to talk and use their imagination and make up their own stories, a really important pre-reading skill.
Remember to come back and visit our blog again next week as we are having a fun filled, fact learning week linked to Funny Bones. We have lots of great learning experiences planned and this is where you'll find out all about them.
Have a great weekend. Staff and children in Reception W
week ending 4th September 2015
Welcome to Reception. Even though it has only be a short week, in fact just 2 days, we have settled in well and are beginning more familiar with the routines. This week we have been busy creating pictures about ourselves, using a mirror to study our features and paint to create them. Take a little look at the display we have created in class. You are more than welcome to come inside and take a look at your child's work on the wall. In fact, we would love you to!