Shapes, patterns and weighing this week…

June 12, 2015 at 2:55 pm

We have been busy this week learning about 2D shapes, making patterns using seaside objects, measuring with spades and using our giant weighing scales. Time for a rest this weekend!

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How much do Reception weigh?

June 12, 2015 at 2:31 pm

We have had a very exciting week in RF and RC weighing different objects. We found out that our biggest dinosaur weighed at least 150 cubes but we couldn’t fit any more cubes on the scales. The children weighed different objects and had so much fun estimating how many cubes would balance the scales. Then we moved on to bigger things! Using the PE equipment, we weighed the children to see who made the scales go down or up. Ask your children about it and have a look at our photos.

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A great week ahead in Reception!

June 8, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Welcome back to another exciting week in Reception!


This week in our Literacy lessons we will be reading the story Handa’s Surprise! Watch the video below to see what happens to all of Handa’s fruit as she travels to her friend’s village. The children have loved identifying the different African animals as the story develops.

We will also be learning some more facts about Africa. We will be finding out about Mount Kilimanjaro, the Congo Rainforest and the Savannah! We will be talking about the different wild animals that live there. We will also be learning about where Africa is on a map and looking at how large it is compared to where we live! We will then be focusing on writing facts about Africa and thinking about what we have learnt. Bee Jobs will include making fact files, writing about their favourite animal, painting footprints, sorting different animals into groups and using pastels to sketch wild animals. Our new tricky word is so!


In our maths lessons this week we are focusing on measuring size, length and weight. The children will using language such as tall, short, heavy, light, bigger, smaller etc. We will be ordering objects depending on height and length and will be completing Bee Jobs doing this independently. The children will also be discussing how and why we weigh things. We will be using weighing scales and estimating which objects they think are the heaviest/lightest. We will be also using a PE bench to weigh ourselves!

Have a wonderful week!


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A busy week ahead in Nursery…

June 8, 2015 at 1:04 pm

We hope you have had a super weekend and managed to enjoy the sunshine! We have a busy week ahead looking at 2D shapes, measuring, patterns and weighing.
The children will be learning about 2D shapes – triangle, square, circle, rectangle, oval, hexagon and pentagon. We will be creating shape pictures using lots of different shapes. We also have a shape song to learn. We have some huge weighing scales to help us find heavy/light objects and possibly some objects which weigh the same (balance). We are using seaside objects to create our own repeating patterns. We need to investigate which spade is the shortest and which is the longest!

Hesketh Farm Park
Please can we ask that any remaining balances are settled by the end of this week. The trip is getting closer and I will be sending out information packs to all parents. Don’t forget you will need a packed lunch for the trip and suitable clothing/footwear.

Stay and Play
From Wednesday 24th June we will be changing ‘Stay and Count’ to ‘Stay and Play’ sessions. Parents, grandparents are welcome to Stay and Play with their child from 8.45-9.15 or 12.30-1pm. This will give you a chance to explore the Nursery’s areas of provision.

Have a great week and hopefully we will have a sunny week!
The Nursery Team

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Physical fun in Nursery this week!

June 5, 2015 at 9:03 am

The Nursery children have been busy practising their gross and fine motor skills. Disco dough was very popular as it entails you getting your own pot of coloured play doh and manipulating in different ways to pop music! We have been throwing, catching, making marks in shaving foam and cutting out shapes. We also listened to different kinds of music and decided how to move our bodies. The music made us feel happy, angry and sad it even made us move very fast. Another busy week!

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Roarrrrrrrrr …… Welcome back Reception!!!!!

June 1, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Welcome back Reception! We can’t believe that we only have 7 (and a bit!) weeks left until the summer holidays it has gone very quickly. We hope that you have had a very relaxing half term break ready for another exciting term in Reception.

Today we have began our new topic …….. WILD ANIMALS!!! Take a look at the picture below to see some of the lovely animal collages the children have made today. In RC we are beginning to transform our Garden Centre into a African Safari Adventure! The children said that we might need some binoculars, safari hats, wild animal toys etc If you have anything that we might find useful we would be very grateful if we could borrow it for our new area!
In our literacy lessons this week we are beginning to think about what sorts of things we would like to find out about wild animals. We are also going to be thinking of exciting describing words  for wild animals and listening carefully to the different noises they make. We will also be focusing on writing sentences and thinking about how to make them even better e.g. adding a connective or describing word. Some Bee Jobs will include labelling animals, describing lions, creating collages and painting pictures of animals. Our new tricky word this week is – said.
In our maths lessons this week we are focusing on counting in different numbers using our 100 square grids. We will be counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and noticing the different patterns this makes. We will also be thinking about odd and even numbers and different strategies we can use to add and subtract.
Have a wonderful week everyone!

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