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Reception – Apple and Lime

Welcome to Reception.

Our Teachers are Miss Jackson and Miss Howes and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Wonnacott, Mrs Smith and Mrs Kumarasinghe.

  • Ahoy, there!

    We hope you all had a great half term!

    After the half term in Reception, we discovered some strange clues around the classrooms! We found the words for each code, and then put the words together to make a sentence. This led to some mysterious treasure. Who had been in our classroom?! We have been writing and using our language to talk all about this.

    We then used our skills in money to buy pirate objects from our pirate shop. We needed to remember that the coins have different values, and we added the coins together to make the amount (up to 15 pence). We used real money and noticed the different patterns or pictures on some coins that have the same value.

    In PE we have started to get ready for Sports Day, this week focusing on egg and spoon races. We practised working in our colour groups and cheering on our team.

    In Faith and Belief we are making a ‘Helping Our School’ book by taking photos of each other when we see something that is helpful/tidy.

  • Rhyme Time

    This week Reception have been looking out for rhymes in stories they have read and heard. They have then been on rhyming word hunts to find and record rhyming words.

    In maths we have been beginning to understand halving amounts and halving shapes. We are linking this to division and comparing it to doubling. 


    For art this week we are jazzing up our junk. Let’s see what we can create! We will compare our drawings from the local walk last week to photos and images from Google Earth to be able to talk and discuss differences and similarities in features of the environments.

    Our Show and Tell focus for the rest of the year will be technology, as we are really interested to find out more about the different types of technological skills your child has picked up at home. This can include games, toys, or any other objects that are appropriate to bring in.

  • Shaping up!

    We are learning to sort and explain the differences between 2D and 3D shapes this week in maths. We are also recapping on and using language to describe 3D shapes, such as by identifying faces, vertices and edges.


    In literacy, we are starting to write some fantastic stories about our under the sea adventures! We have explored what different parts of the ocean might feel, sound and look like, and we wrote lists of describing words to help us. We have been thinking about the different senses in our descriptions when writing about our adventures.

    In PE we have continued to practise aiming and balancing using a tennis racket. In Faith and Belief, we made pastel and water colour paint sea-scapes.

    Thank you to all parents and carers who have offered to help with our local walk!

  • Splashing into The Summer Term

    We have started our new Under the Sea topic by reading and learning about ‘Billy’s Bucket’, ‘Sharing a Shell’ and ‘Commotion in the Ocean’. This has helped us to think and write about things that are special to us, how we participate as part of a team and what different under the sea creatures are like. We have become under the sea explorers in our new Shark and Mermaid Palace/Submarine role play areas (Lime/Apple).

    In maths we have been counting and identifying numbers to 30 and also ordering non – consecutive numbers by searching for fish and ordering the amounts that we collected. We have also been learning to tell the time, beginning with ‘o’clock’.

    In PE, we have begun to learn how to hold tennis rackets and balance beanbags/tennis balls on our rackets.

    Well done to everyone who is bringing in show and tell items and talking about these with the class!

  • Sharing is Caring!

    This week in Maths we have been learning about sharing quantities. We explored sharing a variety of quantities between 2 and looked for patterns when doing this. We noticed that some numbers always leave one spare and so can’t be shared, we call these numbers ‘odd numbers’. We also learnt that to share equally means that each set must always have the same amount.

    In Literacy this week we have been developing our reading and comprehension skills whilst reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. A lot of us already knew this story but it was great to be able to link the story to our real life caterpillars which are growing and have now created their pupas (fingers crossed they stay cosy inside until after the Easter holidays…). We revisited our learning about non-fiction texts from last weeks Literacy and noticed that there is some factual information within the story but the key parts that are fictional link to just how much he ate and what he ate!

    We hope you all have a great break and can’t wait to hear all about it when we come back to school!

  • Life Cycles

    This week Reception have been keeping a close eye on their caterpillars and tadpoles, which are growing each day. We can’t wait to see them turn into butterflies and frogs! We have made stain glass butterflies in art and have acted out the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in groups. In maths we have been learning to double amounts using our ‘magic’ doubling pots or using the wings of a butterfly to help us.

    In PE, we are learning different types of throws using a rugby ball. As well as writing lots about our observations of the caterpillars in the classroom, we have been reading non-fiction texts about the life cycles of butterflies and tadpoles in guided reading. Here we are reading and following the words in the books:

  • A_ri_a

    Can you guess which continent we are learning about in Reception this week during International Week?

    That’s right – Africa!

    We have been focusing on sport in Africa this week, including running, dance and football, as well as learning about popular sport in some other continents too!

    We played football in small groups to work as a team, made African necklaces using patterns for maths, and observed different styles of traditional African dance, discussing the culture behind this. We then tried out our own African dancing and in music we copied rhythms using African drums. We’ve researched Africa using the iPads and library books, and have made flags for different countries in Africa for our art lesson. We will use these tomorrow in the closing ceremony.

    We have also been very lucky to have had lots of inspirational lessons with some visitors this week! This has included a baseball session, a snowboarding session, a rugby session, and a GB athlete running themed session.

    Thank you so much to all our parent volunteers who came in to run the sessions this week. Reception have loved learning all about sport in different parts of the world!

  • Dance dance dance!

    Well done to everyone in Reception who completed their sponsored Danceathon in PE this week! We have collected lots of sponsor money so far to go towards our Inspired Through Sport athlete visit next week during International Week. A huge thank you to all of the sponsors for taking part! We now have James Arnott, a Commonwealth Games para-athlete 100 meter silver medallist visiting on Tuesday. We will be thinking of lots questions we can ask during our session with him.

    We have begun to learn the names and features of 3D shapes this week in maths, and are thinking about how we can sort them into categories.

  • Natural Thinkers

    We had the BEST afternoon taking part in lots of nature inspired activities, including writing our names using natural objects, and going on a scavenger hunt where we found objects which were round, soft, something we thought was beautiful and something that made noise. Getting outside and in touch with nature is SO important and it really helped us to think creatively and develop our language as we spoke about the things we have found. We can’t wait to go back again next week. Take a look at some of the things we did:

    A HUGE thank you to all our parent helpers too… we wouldn’t be able to go if it wasn’t for you! We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children did!

  • Pip, pip!

    What a busy week it has been in Reception!

    On Monday, the farm responded to our fantastic letters and brought us some live eggs in an incubator. We have been carefully observing how the eggs changed and on Wednesday the eggs began to hatch. When the chicks were ready, we prepared their brooder and we were able to hold and feed them.On Tuesday, we had our first visit to the kitchen upstairs and after reading a recipe in groups, we made pancakes by measuring, whisking, pouring, and flipping! We’ve also been enjoying getting busy in our new role play Farm Shop. For maths, we have been applying our skills in money to think about which coins we would need to buy the items we want. We’ve started writing shopping lists to help us. We have also recapped on ‘one more than’ and ‘one less than’ a given number.

    After voting for the plant we want to grow, Lime and Apple Class have voted to plant grass and basil respectively in their classrooms. So far we have learned how to plant the seeds in our cups as part of Understanding The World. Now we need to sit tight and see how they grow!

    Today, we discussed Roald Dahl’s version of Jack and the Beanstalk from Revolting Rhymes. Which version do you prefer? Year 5 and 6 joined us for some reading to celebrate world book day. Can you guess which Roald Dahl character we are?