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Reception – Apple and Lime

Welcome to Reception.

Our Teachers are Miss Jackson and Mrs Freer and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Wonnacott and Miss McDonald.

  • Anti-Bullying Week

    This week is Anti-Bullying Week. In Reception we watched the video ‘For the Birds’. On our first watch we all found it really funny, but when we watched it again and started talking about what was happening we realised that actually the little birds did quite a lot of mean things. The deeper we dug the more we decided that there were a lot more options that the birds could have done instead. It’s a great video to watch at home and talk about further!

    In phonics this week we have learnt the tricky word the. We have now learnt all of the phase 2 phonemes and tricky words, which are as follows:

    s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

    the, I, go, no, to

    Play phoneme spotter with your child by finding phonemes on a page, or searching for tricky words on a book!

    In Maths we have been learning to combine objects. Have a go at combining objects at home, you could count each separate fruit in your fruit bowl and then add them altogether to find out how many altogether. You could also model addition sentences as follows:

    2  +  5 = 7 Natural: NT-234 Pack of 2 Bananas £5368 Five Oranges Photos - Free & Royalty-Free Stock Photos from Dreamstime


  • Children in Need

    The children have enjoyed coming to school in their own clothes today. Thank you for all the donations for children in need. We enjoyed doing some exercise with Jo wicks and Pudsey.


    Reading books

    Thank you for reading the children’s books with them 4 times. I’m sure you’ll agree that they become so much more confident by the fourth time. Also it gives you more of a chance to discuss the story, talk about characters and setting etc…

    Library books

    The children seemed excited to pick their own class library book yesterday. You can enjoy reading it together and it’s a good opportunity to spot the tricky words like:  I, no, go, to, the. Please can they be returned next Thursday to be changed.


    In phonics this week we have learnt the sounds l, ll and ss. That takes us to the end of the phase 2 sounds so we’ll be working on blending the sounds for reading and spelling.


    Our number of the week is 8. The rhyme is: Make a s and do not wait, when it’s joined up you have an eight.

    We have been thinking about time and what we do at different times of the day. We have enjoyed learning the days of the week through a song. The link is below if you’d like the children to sing it to you!



    Happy Diwali for those who are celebrating this weekend. The children have been learning about the festival of Diwali this week in school.

    Discovery time

    During discovery time one of the children made a raft out of straws and tape, which developed into a lesson about floating and sinking. The children were very good at describing the properties of objects and predicting if they thought something would float or sink.


  • Be Internet Legends: The Family Adventure

    ” Join The Internet Legends with this new family adventure at home.

    Learn about online safety together from Google and Parent Zone.

    This family challenge is a three-part animated series following a family of Internauts through Interland. “

    Once you have finished watching the films, why not download and complete the accompanying activity packs? There is even a quiz to complete where you could win our school some prizes!

    Click here for the new Internet Legends family adventure.

    Click here for the Legends family challenge where you could win prizes for our school!


    Here is an introduction to Be Internet Legends.

  • Welcome back!

    Welcome back, we hope you had a good half term break.

    This week our number of the week is number 7.  The rhyme is: Across the sky and down from heaven, that’s the way we make a seven.

    In phonics we have learnt the sounds: h, b, f, ff and the tricky word, to.

    These are the actions to go with the sounds…

    h         Hold hand in front of mouth panting h, h, h as if you are out of breath.

    b        Pretend to hit a ball with a bat and say b, b, b, b.

    f , ff  Let hands gently come together as if toy fish deflating, and say ffffff

    The children came back to school telling their stories about what they did for Halloween. We had a pumpkin in Apple Class, so we decided to make pumpkin and carrot soup. We scooped out the seeds of the pumpkin and then scooped out the flesh. We cut up the carrots and added stock to it. Then we cooked it and tasted it.  All the children had a try, some thought it was delicious but others weren’t so keen!


    In our music lesson with Miss Dore, we made our own song, using news from the holiday and put it to the tune of twinkle twinkle.


  • Time flies when you’re having fun!

    We can’t believe that this week is our last week of school before half-term, and what a start to the term it has been!

    This week our number of the week is ‘6’. Each week we introduce a new number, and a number formation poem. . We have been problem solving linked to the number 6, such as how many different ways we can combine amounts to make 6, and finding one more than and one less than 6.

    Some of the children have been creating their own games outside this week and we have been talking about ways to record our scores. We have learnt that a line in a tally counts as 1, and we have been counting all of the points altogether to find our total.

    In phonics this week we have learnt the following sounds (and actions):

    ck: clicking castanets

    e: pretend to crack open an egg

    u: pretend to put up an umbrella

    r: imagine being a dog with a rag in your mouth saying rrrr

    Try to play with the sounds we have learnt so far to make CVC words such as c-a-p, cap.



  • Google Classroom

    In the front of the children’s yellow reading logs there is a sticker with the login details for google classroom. When you have a moment, please log in so that we are able to post work to you if there’s a situation when you need it. We can’t post anything to people who haven’t logged in.

  • Numbots log in details

    The children have come home with Numbot log in details this week, because they are new to the school and we have just registered them. They can use the website to practise their maths skills anytime they want to. It is a useful tool, if for any reason, we have to go back to home learning.

  • Black History Month

    As part of Black History Month, the children were excited to find out about Mo Farah. They found out a bit about him, watched one of his races and enjoyed cheering him on.

    We have also read a few stories about how people are different, which was a great stimulus for the children to be able to talk about how they are different to each other.

    In Phonics we have learnt some more sounds.  These are: g, o, c, k

    g        Spiral hand down, as if water going down the drain, and say g, g, g.

    o        Pretend to turn light switch on and off and say o, o, o, o.

    c k    Raise hands and snap fingers as if playing castanets and say ck, ck, ck.

    We are learning the jolly phonics songs to go with the sounds so if you ‘d like the children to sing them to you, use the link below.


    In maths we have been learning the rhymes for number 4 and 5




  • World Mental Health Day

    For world mental health day we have been doing some cosmic kids yoga, singing songs and watching a film with our blankets and cushions.


    In Maths this week we have been finding out about patterns. The children have been making their own patterns and correcting patterns when there is a mistake.



    In Phonics we have learnt some more sounds.  These are: i m n d

    i       Pretend to be a mouse by wriggling fingers at end of noise and squeak i, i, i, i.

    n     Hold arms out at side, as if a plane, and say nnnnnnnnnn.

    m   Rub tummy as if seeing tasty food and say mmmmmm

    d     Beat hands up and down as if playing a drum and say d, d, d, d.


  • Phase 2 Phonics sounds

    This week in phonics  we have been starting to learn the phase 2 sounds: s, a, t, p. You might want to reinforce the children’s learning by looking for things starting with these sounds in your house. For example p for potato or t for table etc…  The children have  been taught an action to go with each sound so perhaps you could get them to show you.

      s  Weave hand in an s shape, like a snake, and say ssssss.

    a  Wiggle fingers above elbow as if ants crawling on you, saying a, a, a.

    t  Turn head from side to side as if watching tennis and say t, t, t, t

    p  Pretend to puff out candles and say p, p, p  

    In maths our number of the week has been number 2. We have been learning a rhyme to help us think about the formation.

    Around and back on a railway track,                                                                                                                                                                 Two, two, two.

    This is the link if you want to have a look at all the rhymes we’re going to be learning to support our number formation.

    We have also been counting amounts and using the mathematical language: more,  fewer, same as, 1 more and 1 less. To help your children, take opportunities to count anything and everything and use the mathematical language that we’ve been teaching so that they can apply the vocabulary in different situations.


    The children have been developing their interests in many ways. Some children have been getting very confident at mixing their own power paint to make different colours. Other children have been developing their skills in den building.


    We even made the most of the rain to work on our gross motor skills.

    Reminder                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Please can children bring their reading books and reading logs to school, in their book bags, every day even if they haven’t read the book so that they are there if we want to read with them.

    Junk modelling                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Please could you collect and send in, your milk bottle lids and similar types of lids, small boxes and kitchen rolls for our junk modelling?  If they come in in a separate bag we can quarantine them before we put them out for the children to use.