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Summer 2024

Class Heroes 2023
We have chosen 7 individuals who we believe reflect our school values of respect, teamwork, happiness, pride, honesty and resilience.
Each class has been assigned a hero and the children will be finding out about them throughout the year. We will explore ways in which our hero has demonstrated our values, their achievements and legacies. Watch this space for updates. 
In Reception, our hero is Ade Adepitan. You can see all of the class heroes on the poster below and our special poster about Ade as well.

24th May 2024

Reception have had a fantastic two weeks since our last update. To finish off our learning about London we made clay models of famous landmarks, the children practised their modelling skills by rolling, pressing, pinching and shaping the clay to make either Big Ben, the Tower of London or a London underground sign. The models turned out brilliantly and the children are super proud of them! We also went on a local area walk to find landmarks in Ellington, we sketched them while we were out and had a great time in the sunshine.


We have also been learning about Morocco and comparing Morocco to Ellington and London. We have asked questions that we would like to find out about the country, used the iPads to answer these questions and then used the information we found out to write our very own fact files. The children loved finding out about the different animals that live in Morocco, the types of foods the people enjoy, how their schools work and the different celebrations they do and do not take part in. Ask us about what we have found out, I am sure the children will be keen to tell you!


In maths we have been learning about coins and shapes. Last week, we named and identified each of the coins and thought about how we could make amounts using 1ps, some of us even swapped some 1p’s for coins with a higher value! The children were amazed to find out about how many 1p coins we could swap for each of the other coins, especially when we made £2 with 1p coins! This week, we have recapped our knowledge of 2D shapes including how many sides and corners they have. We have also been introduced to 3D shapes and have enjoyed looking for real life examples of each shape.


In our provision we have enjoyed making necklaces inspired by Moroccan jewellery, making mosaic tiles and painting the Moroccan flag.


Well done Reception! You have all earned a well deserved rest over half term- have fun!

10th May 2024

What an excellent start to the summer term we have had. We have started our brand new topic ‘Out and About’ and have enjoyed reading the story ‘Topsy and Tim Visit London’ by Jean and Gareth Adamson. We were sent a photo album of the places Topsy and Tim visited on their trip and enjoyed finding these places on a virtual tour of London. We have compared London to Ellington and wrote some wonderful sentences about which landmarks we would like to visit in London. We then thought of questions we could ask Topsy and Tim about their trip and used these questions in our hot seating task where we took turns to take on the role of Topsy or Tim. The children were able to provide some wonderful answers to the questions asked by their friends, scan the QR codes below to have a look. This week we have been finishing off writing a postcard to tell our friends all about London, the children have produced some lovely writing for this task!


In maths, we have been working on our number bonds to 5, addition by counting on and subtraction by counting back. The children have also enjoyed exploring division by sharing between 2 and 3 using skittles to find the answer, we even got to eat the sweets once we had finished, yum!


We were so excited to have Mr Bailey come into our class to teach us computing. It was lots of fun creating an algorithm to move the cow into the bathtub on Busy Things and debugging when we made a mistake. Mr Bailey was very impressed with our problem solving skills.


We have been exploring people who keep us safe at home, in school and in our community. The children had some great ideas including parents helping to keep us safe at home, teachers keep us safe at school and shopkeepers, police officers and doctors keep us safe in the community.


This week we began our daily mile challenge by running around the school field. The children have been really keen to join in each day and we are having so much fun getting some extra exercise to keep us healthy!

Great work Reception!