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Reception – Apple and Lime

Welcome to Reception.

Our Teachers are Miss Cooper and Mrs Freer and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Wonnacott and Miss Smith.

  • End of Year Music Videos from Mrs Dore

    There are a couple of videos for you to watch of the children performing in music. You’ll find them on google classroom.

  • Wonderful creations

    This week Reception were able to see the butterflies   hatch out of their cocoons. If you see any painted lady butterflies in your garden, we wonder if they are the ones Reception nurtured.
    In Maths we focused on number formation, different ways of making 5 and making maths games using bean bags and hoops.
    We learned a new number rhyme formation song which the  children asked to be put on the blog so here it is…
    In the creative area we introduced the children to modelling clay. We talked about stretching, bending, twisting and moulding the clay. The children decided what they wanted to make. It ranged from a dog in a basket to a burrito!
    The children thoroughly enjoyed PE when we got all the apparatus out. They enjoyed challenging themselves especially when climbing to a high height.
    Thank you to those who have returned library books and reading books. They will be sent out again in September.
    Have a lovely weekend.
  • Reading Books and Library Books

    Please can all books be returned by Friday this week. Thank you for your support.

  • Maps Maps and More Maps


    This week the children have been learning about maps. They started by thinking about the story of Little Red Riding Hood. They thought about where she started, which was at her house.  Then they thought about what she saw first, which was the forest, which she walked through. She saw the wolf in the forest but the wolf didn’t get drawn on the map because he moves about and things on a map don’t move. Then she saw some flowers. After that she saw a tall tree and finally she arrived at Grandma’s house.

    The following day the children drew their own maps showing their route to school from home.

    They used their own ideas to draw a map of an obstacle course.

    Some of the children decided to create their own maps in their discovery time on a big piece of paper. This is a map being drawn for cars.

    Different families 

    Through  stories the children have been thinking about different types of families. They have discussed their own families and started to think about how their family is different or the same as the other children in the class.


    The children have been using their imagination to create their own book bags.


    The children have been continuing gymnastics and practising jumps, balances,  travel and rolls.


  • The life cycle of a butterfly

    We have been watching the caterpillars grow and they are now getting very big. We are looking carefully to see when they begin to build their cocoons.

    We have been singing a song in Apple class called Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar. This is the link that a couple of parents have asked for.

    We have been learning another song called;  There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf. The children have made puppets, and practised singing the song in groups and they all had the opportunity to perform to the rest of the class.  The children noticed that there wasn’t a verse about the egg so some of them made up an extra verse to include the whole of the lifecycle.

    In Maths we have been using Cuisinaire rods to find which two rods make another  rod.  For example the white rod and the red rod are equal to the light green rod.

    We have also been creating patterns using the Cuisinaire rods.

    It was lovely to see that patterns were continued in other areas of the provision.

    Here it has been taken into the painting area.

    We have been continuing our gymnastics unit in PE. The theme was pet animals and the children were travelling over, around and along the apparatus. They were practising their rolls, balances, jumps and shapes.


  • Caterpillars

    We are very excited to tell you that we now have some real caterpillars in Reception, which were provided by to one of our families. We are going to be looking closely at them each day to see how they change over time and name and recognise the different stages of the lifecycle.
    We have been learning about printing and exploring different ways to print. We had lots of fun finger printing and wooden block printing. We produced different patterns and pictures. Some children were extending their art skills and exploring colour mixing at the same time as learning to print.
    In maths we are problem solving, for example: If 8 legs are allowed on the boat, which characters can we put in the boat? A man, a girl, a boy, a sheep, a dog  or a chicken.  We found different ways of doing it by choosing different characters and adding the correct number of legs for each character. 2+2+2+2=8  or 4+4 =8 or 2+2+2+4
    In Music we have been following the rhythm and feeling the beat. We practised tapping the beat with sticks.
    Please can we encourage you to keep reading your home reading books every evening. The children are making great progress in reading and we’re thrilled with them but it only happens with lots of practice. Thank you for all your support in home reading.
    Junk modelling is very popular across the year group. Last week, in lime class, lots of back packs were made. We are running very low on junk modelling so please do send anything it that we could ‘up cycle’. We are also still accepting any resources for our creative trollies eg ribbon, pom poms, sequins etc
    If you have anything in your kitchen that you don’t need eg saucepans, plates, cutlery etc please can you send it in for our home corner.
  • Odd and Even

    In Maths we have been learning about odd and even numbers. If we can make pairs without any left overs then it is an even number. If we make pairs and there is one left over, it is an odd number. The children have been practising this in different ways.  We have even been pairing socks but don’t worry they were clean. I wonder if the children would find an odd or even number of socks in your washing at home?

    This  would be something you could talk about at home to consolidate what they have learnt at school. Get them to prove it to you!


    We have been looking at the book, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’  to find out about life cycles. The children have learnt new information as well as sharing what they already know and then some of the children have decided to show what they have learnt in different ways. They have watched some videos and acted out the lifecycle.

    In this picture the child drew each stage of the life cycle and then decided to cut them out and stick them on to  a piece of paper in the order they happen.  After that he added labels.

    In phonics we are doing more writing of the digraphs in words and sentences as we practise and consolidate our learning.

  • Welcome Back

    It has been lovely welcoming back the children after the half term holiday. They have all come back happy and eager to learn.
    It’s great to finally see the sunshine, so please can you remember to send children into school with hats and suntan cream applied.
    This week we have been focusing on our helicopter stories. We have looked at story language such as ‘once upon a time’, ‘long, long ago’, ‘In a faraway land’. We have magpied stories and made up our own version.
    In Maths we have been sharing and making it fair and equal.
    In gym we were Lakeland animals and were developing our balancing and taking weight on different body parts.
    If you have any resources that we could use in our creative are such as feathers, buttons, sequins, ribbon, stickers, fabric, glitter or anything that you feel the children could be creative with, please do send it in.
    The children in Reception very much enjoy writing with different types of bens. If you have any going spare such as biros, gel pens etc please send them in- Thank you!
  • Climbing fun!

    This week, we have had some new climbing equipment delivered to reception, that the children have been learning to use. This is great for their physical development and learning to manage risk. They have been creative but very sensible.

    In maths the children have been doubling. They know that the numbers they are adding have to be the same to make it a double. They have practiced in different ways, including finding doubles on a dice.

    The children have been talking about the summer season and how to keep safe in the sun. The discussion included; wearing a hat, putting sun tan cream on, drinking plenty of water and taking our jumper or cardigan off if we get hot . Hopefully as the weather improves they can put this knowledge into practice!

    The children have made jelly with mandarin slices. It was very slimy but delicious.

    Today we have sent home two reading books per child so that you have plenty of reading for half term.  Please remember that each book needs to be read four times.

  • Gloop Glorious Gloop!

    This week the children had a google meet with Lockie’s mum.  Lockie’s mum works with animals and talked to the children about dogs’ different behaviours and what it means. We learnt how to stroke a dog.  We need to stroke it in the same direction as the fur falls and avoid patting the head.  Lockie’s mum also told us that if a dog licks their lips or their ears go down, this is a sign they might not be happy about us stroking them.

    In PE we started our new Gymnastics unit. Our theme is rainforest animals and we learnt to travel like crabs, scorpion and caterpillars. We also learnt about different shapes our bodies can make, eg a tuck shape, a straight shape and a star shape.

    We decided to make some gloop with cornflour. We put this in the tuft spot. It was great fun. We followed a recipe. We used 2 cups of cornflour, 1 cup of water and some food colouring.

    In maths we have been looking at shapes. We got a square and cut it in half to make two right angle triangles. We then rotated to the triangles to make a parallelogram. We have made rectangles using squares – long ones and wide ones.

    Have a lovely weekend.