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6th May 2022
We have had such an exciting time in Reception over the last few weeks. We went on our very first school trip to Whitehouse Farm. We went on a big bus which was so much fun. At Whitehouse Farm, we were very brave and had the chance to hold different animals such as a mouse, a rat, a rabbit, a guinea pig, a cockroach and even a snake. We then went on a tractor ride to see the animals in the field. After our packed lunch, we got to feed some big animals including sheep, goats, cows, donkeys and horses and then bottle fed a baby lamb. We finished off our day by playing in the park. It was a fantastic day and Reception were all superstars!
When we got back to school we had lots of discussions about the farm and the children were so excited to share their best part of the day. In literacy, the children drew a picture and did some writing of their favourite part of the trip.
We have had an exciting arrival this week…
The children drew a picture and did some writing of their predictions of what could be inside the eggs. We have had lots of different ideas… a chick, a baby dinosaur, a lizard, a penguin, a turtle and a platypus. The eggs eventually hatched and they were baby chicks. In literacy, we wrote some rules of how to keep the chicks safe in the classroom. We have also been learning about the lifecycle of a chick. We drew a picture and wrote what happens at each stage. Mrs Cook is super impressed with the children for their fantastic writing!
In maths, we have been learning about numbers to 20. We have been playing lots of different games including adding games, subtraction games, bingo, ordering, counting and representing numbers to 20.
1st April 2022 
Over the last two weeks we have been really enjoying our topic ‘Journeys’ and exploring space. We have continued our learning of the story ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy. In the story Baby Bear has a picnic on the moon. We talked to our friends about what we would have in our own picnic. In literacy, we wrote instructions of how to make a jam sandwich and then we followed the instructions to make it. We have also been reading a number of different stories about space but our favourite story this week has been ‘Aliens Love Underpants’. We designed our own alien and wrote a description of what it looks like.

In maths, we have been leaning about 3D shapes. We matched different items to the correct shape of either a cylinder, a cuboid, a cone or a sphere. Linking to our space theme we also used 3D shapes and paint to make our own rocket print pictures.

In PE with Mr Robertson, we have been enjoying experimenting with a variety of different sports equipment including balls, cones and ladders as well as playing lots of fun team games.

We have also been learning about the season Spring. We enjoyed exploring in our school grounds for signs of spring. We found some flowers starting to grow, daffodils, flower buds, green leaves, a bird’s nest, blossom and insects.

18th March 2022

We have had another fun and busy two weeks in Reception. Our new topic this half term is ‘Journeys’ We were very excited to find a box in our yard with a teddy bear in it. Where did the teddy bear come from? Why did it appear in our yard? After lots of great discussion, we found out that it was Baby Bear from the story ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy. The story is about Baby Bear and his adventure to the moon. Baby Bear finds a rocket, a space helmet and some space boots and sets out on his journey. Last week in Literacy we did some writing of what we would take if we were going to the moon. This week we have been sequencing the story of Whatever Next as well as doing some wonderful writing of the different parts of the story.

In maths we have been looking at the composition of 9 and 10. We really enjoyed playing bingo with our friends. First we picked a picture card, counted how many items that were on the picture card and then if we had the representing number we used a counter to mark it off on our bingo card. We have also been comparing numbers within 10. Our favourite activity was ‘Ten Town’ where we had to find numicon pieces that add up to 10 to make towers.

A travelling production company came to our school to perform The Sword and the Stone. Ten children were selected to take part in the interactive performance. Eliza from our class was chosen and what a superstar she was on stage!

In PSHE with Mrs Vardy we have been learning about the importance of healthy eating. We tasted some different foods and we could have lots of fruit and vegetables but we only had a little bit of chocolate and pop.

4th March 2022

Our final week of last half term we finished off our ‘Amazing Animals’ topic. We looked at a picture of a dinosaur landscape and then talked and wrote about what we could see. We also did a step by step drawing of a dinosaur. We are fantastic artists in Reception.

In literacy this week we have been talking about the exciting things that we have been doing in the school holidays. We then drew a picture and wrote about our adventures. Miss Robinson is super impressed with the fantastic writing from Reception.

In maths we have been representing, sorting and ordering numbers to 10.

On Tuesday we celebrated Pancake Day. We decided which topping we would like on our pancake. The most popular topping was golden syrup. The pancakes were delicious…mmmmm!

On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day. We made our own personalised bookmark, did a self-portrait of ourselves in our World Book Day costume, shared some of our favourite stories, did a guess the story quiz and had some delicious sweet treats.

11th February 2022
We have had a busy two weeks in Reception. Last week we celebrated Chinese New Year. We looked at the story of The Great Race and found out that this year is the year of the tiger so we created our own tiger painting and we also made a Chinese dragon. Miss Robinson was super impressed with our fantastic Chinese number writing but our favourite activity was trying the yummy Chinese food mmmm!

We are continuing our topic of ‘Amazing Animals’ and now focusing on dinosaurs. We have been reading lots of different dinosaur books and our favourite has been Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs.

Last week we received a letter from a Museum saying that a friendly dinosaur was missing and then big footprints appeared on our yard. Miss Robinson checked the cameras and the dinosaur had been in our school yard! We were all super excited and in Literacy we made a lost poster to put around to see if anyone had seen the dinosaur. We have also been learning how to write labels by labelling the different parts of a dinosaur.

In maths last week we looked at dominos and the spots that they have on one side, on the other side and how many spots altogether. This week in maths we have been learning about taller and shorter. We used string to measure how tall we are and compared our height to the other children in the class. We have also been learning about longer and shorter by using pasta and play-doh.

This week we have also been learning about the importance of internet safety. We listened to a story called ‘Chicken Clicking’ and looked at a power point about Smartie the Penguin who learns how to be safe on the internet. We then drew a picture of our Class Dojo monster and talked about what we can do to be safe when on the internet, iPad, tablet etc.

28th January 2022
It has been another exciting two weeks in Reception. We have been continuing our learning of Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. We all retold the story in our own words and Miss Robinson was super impressed at how much of the story we could remember. We found out that penguins come from the South Pole, so we have been doing lots of different activities about the South Pole. We looked on a map and a globe to see where the South Pole is and then compared it to where we live. We thought about the things that we would need to take if we were going on a journey to the South Pole. We drew pictures and did some fantastic writing, we also made a penguin craft out of tubes, paint and different art materials.
 In Maths we have been super busy. Last week we did lots of activities, we used the weighing scales to compare some of the different items in our class to see which was heavy and which was light. We also experimented with water and cups to measure capacity of empty, nearly empty, nearly full and full. Another activity was using soil and different sized pots to identify which pot had the most and which pot had the least amount of soil. One of our favourite activities was measuring lots of different ingredients and as a class we made some play-doh. This week in Maths we have been exploring the composition of number 6, 7 and 8 as well as sorting and matching the numbers.
Miss Robinson is very proud of the dancing that the children have done in PE so far this half term. The children have shown fantastic concentration and can remember the different dance moves. Our favourite dance is Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay.
14th January 2022
Happy New Year!

Reception have had a busy two weeks back at school after the Christmas holidays. In PSHE with Mrs Vardy the children wished each other a Happy New Year and then talked about what makes us feel happy. Our footprints were then made into happy penguins for our display. We have also loved dancing to the ‘Happy’ song from ‘Happy Feet'


Our new topic for this half term is ‘Amazing Animals’ where we will be exploring Artic animals and dinosaurs. In our outside yard we found a box with some snow around it addressed to Ellington Primary School Reception. Inside the box was a penguin. We were all very confused at how the penguin got to our school. When we went back into the classroom there was a story called Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. Miss Robinson started to read the first couple of pages to see if we could solve the mystery. The story started by telling us that there once was a boy and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him.


Is this why the penguin has arrived at our school? We had a class discussion about penguins and what we already know about them. In Literacy we followed step by step instructions to create our own penguin and then wrote a description. Miss Robinson was super impressed with the children for their amazing writing. We also did some observational paintings of penguins.


In maths we have been looking at ways to represent zero by comparing it to other numbers. We have also been looking at composition of numbers to 5.