We found the dragon!

November 25, 2016 at 3:13 pm

I’m sure you’ve heard that we have had a very cheeky dragon in Reception this week. He has been sending us pictures of all the mischievous things he has been up to and he stole Miss Hutchinson’s jewels!

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The children have been trying to find the dragon all week and have thought of some fantastic ideas. They have made maps, written letters to the staff at school, spoken to staff at school, emailed Mr Harris and made wanted posters.

The children stuck their posters around school:

Today, we received a letter from the dragon which gave us a clue as to where he was hiding. We followed clues around  school and we found him. The dragon had a note to say he was sorry and he gave Miss Hutchinson her jewels back. The children have taught the dragon how to be a kind person and we have forgiven him.

Well done for all your hard work Reception!

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RE in Reception

November 24, 2016 at 4:08 pm

RE in Reception begins from the children’s own experience and we have already talked about where they live and who lives there. We talked about belonging to a family and that the house they live in is their home. The children were very excited to show one another the photos of their home and chat about the similarities and differences. Have you seen the display of work in RF classroom and also in the hall?

The next unit of work is entitled “How do Christians celebrate Christmas?” The children will talk about what happens when a baby is born in their family, how Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus and why some children celebrate Christmas and others may celebrate Eid or Divali.

This week the children will be asked to talk about these questions at home and bring in photos of themselves when they were a baby. We can then play “Guess who?” The children really enjoy looking at each other as a baby and trying to guess who the baby is.

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A busy week in Reception…

November 18, 2016 at 4:45 pm

Thank you to everyone that came to the Reception Literacy Workshop. It’s really beneficial for us to share how we teach children to read and write, and to suggest ideas to help you support at home. If you didn’t attend, we have put the handouts in the children’s bookbags today. If you have any questions about the evening, please contact your child’s class teacher.

We showed the ‘Jolly Phonics’ video during the evening which models  how to pronounce the Phase 2 phonic sounds correctly and it includes actions.

Jolly Phonics Phase 2

It has been very exciting in RH’s classroom this week as the role play area has turned into an Ice Castle! The children have enjoyed putting logs on the fire and playing with the penguins.



The Ice Castle

They have also been busy:


decorating the castle by copying a polar bear picture out of a book


and dressing up!








As well as the Ice Castle, we have also been making our new small world area. The children decided they wanted a castle. Here is how we made it:

The children have started learning about castles and who lives in them. Next week, the children have asked to learn about dragons!


In numeracy, we have learnt about the numbers 14,15,16 and 17. The children have been using Numicon to make the numbers and have been experimenting with making the numbers in different ways. They have also been working on their number formation this week and have been doing a great job!


We have learnt the sounds:

Tricky word: to

Look at our fantastic handwriting:

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Reception this week

November 11, 2016 at 4:39 pm

Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to see the teachers this week at Parents’ Evening. It was lovely to share your child’s learning journeys so far. If you didn’t make it, please book a time to either see Mrs Fulton or Miss Hutchinson next week.

Don’t forget that we are holding a Reading Information Evening on:

Thursday 17th November 6.45 – 7.30pm in the North building.

It’s a really valuable time for us to share how we teach the children to read and write and what you can do to help support the children at home.


In phonics this week, the children have been learning the sounds:












We have also learnt the tricky sound ‘I’ and have practised forming the letter, reading it and writing it in a sentence.

The children have also been writing sentences about fireworks. They practised writing the words by hearing and identifying the sounds, and then segmenting them in order to spell the words.

Whilst the children were writing, they were encouraged to use a capital letter at the beginning of the sentence, leave finger spaces between words and finish the sentence with a full stop. A way that we teach sentence writing is by using objects to represent the words. This way, the children can see how many words to write and they can see a gap between each word which represents a finger space.

For example:

lego brick


lego brick


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The children have been learning about the numbers 11, 12, and 13.

They have been ordering numbers to 13 on a numberline and recognising that these numbers are made up of a ten and then ones.

The children have also been exploring how many different ways they can make the numbers by grouping Multilink Cubes together in different ways to represent the same number. For example, they may have a group of 5 and 6 to make 11, a 10 and a 1 and so on.


The children have been developing their balancing skills today. They were balancing cones on different parts of their bodies and were creating their own balances as they were doing this. The children also played a game which involved lots of running around and movement to get their hearts pumping fast. We have been explaining to the children that it is a good thing to get out of breath as it means they have been working their bodies to their maximum fitness.

Have a lovely weekend and we will hopefully see you all on Thursday evening.

The Reception Team




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Fun in the snow!

November 11, 2016 at 1:16 pm

The children were very excited to see lots of snow at school on Wednesday. All the Foundation Stage children had fun throwing snowballs, making a snowman and sledging down the hill! (I think the grown ups secretly enjoyed it too!)

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Welcome back Reception

November 4, 2016 at 3:19 pm

We hope the children have had a lovely rest over the half term. They were certainly ready for learning again on Monday morning.

We have had a very busy week this week.


We have recapped all the sounds the children learnt before half term and we have been practising blending sounds together to read CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, for example p/ i /n to make pin. Our new sounds this week are:













On Monday, we talked about celebrating Diwali and lots of the children made Diwali cards.

RH also made a Creepy Crawly Soup which they later tasted. Click on the link to see the recipe.  The children had to read through instructions to know what to add and the amount to add. Whilst reading the instructions, the children used the pictures and the first letter of the words to help decode them. Some children also noticed that the first word ‘add’ was repeated so they were remembered this word and were able to read it at the beginning of each instruction.

See if you can recognise any of the witches in this video…



Be safe

The children have also been learning about Bonfire Night. They have learnt about Guy Fawkes and we have also talked about fire safety as part of our class assemblies this week.


Bonfire Event

Thank you to all the adults who took part in our event this morning. It was a lovely to see so many adults and there was a great atmosphere. The children loved singing around the fire and they also enjoyed taking your orders for hot chocolate and crispy cakes – we hope you all received what you asked for! If you couldn’t make it, the video below gives you an idea of all the exciting activities the children have completed this week.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team


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Containers with lids – needed!

November 4, 2016 at 8:06 am

Nursery are wondering if anyone has any containers with lids that people no longer use that we could have? They could be plastic bottles, gravy granules containers, plastic jars/tubs all with lids.

If you have any we would really appreciate it if you could leave them with your child’s class teacher and we will pick them up from there.

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