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Autumn term

Term 1b Week 1

In Reception we have been thinking about our senses, in particular this week our sight, we talked about fireworks night and Diwali the Hindu festival of light then we wrote 'I can see' sentences.  The dark den was up in the class and we investigated the light and glow in the dark toys, talking about what we could see.

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We have also been thinking about shapes - we focused on square, rectangle, triangle, circle and tried to describe them using mathematical terms: corner, side, long, short, the same, different.  We enjoyed watching and singing along to some YouTube kids songs about shape one of them had lots of different shapes ending with 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 sided shapes!

Shape sorting task

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Term 1a Week 8

Using Size Words

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Reception have been working hard to think about size and use size words accurately, this week during our nature work they were challenged to find three items and describe them using the size words we have been learning.

Week 7 Term 1a

We have been using Numicon this week to match numeral and quantity, some of the children even managed to make teen numbers using Numicon and order numbers to 20!

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Harvest!

Reception worked very hard to join in with all the words and actions of their song in our Harvest Festival performance and to sit and concentrate whilst the other classes shared their harvest work with us.

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At the end of last week and the beginning of this one we used our collected items to make temporary art works and then photograph them.

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Week 6 Term 1a

Reception investigated our outdoor environment this week, we put on our wellies and set off across the school grounds to collect natural objects for our Andy Goldsworthy inspired art. The children were very good at finding unusual leaves and huge sticks, we talk about the changes that happen in the autumn and saw a large branch which had been blown down by the wind.  When we had collected lots of things the children went on the Trim trail to support their gross motor development to strengthen muscles that will help them to sit, stand, grip, run and balance well and improve their coordination for large and small scale movements.

Searching for interesting items

On the trim trail

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The hall was busy this week during our PE slot so we took a big bag of balls to the playground and practised our ball skills.  Catching (holding our hands out at about tummy level ready to catch the ball) and throwing (gently throwing the ball to the open hands of our partner), kicking (with control, not too far) and stopping the ball with our feet (by putting one foot on top of it).  Reception had some time to practise skills and then some time to do their own thing they worked hard to include everyone and enjoyed making up their own games too.

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Week 5 Term 1a

Reception are getting really good at telling the 'Dear Zoo' story and adding in their own animals.  Here are two examples, with Miss Luke and Miss Morgan helping out.

Dear Zoo

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Remembering the repeated refrains from our story.

Dear Zoo - a different version

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Using the story structure to tell our own story.

Week 4 Term 1a

It's been a really busy week, we have been learning to tell the Dear Zoo story by Rod Campbell, joining in with repeated refrains, using toys to help us remember all of the animals and drawing story maps.  Next week we will think about what other animals we might get sent or other places we could write to to ask for things.  Miss Luke has been working with the children to decorate the initial letters of their name for a big display.  Miss Morgan has been counting and recognising numerals with the children using Numicon  and our outdoor number line.  We also had our first 'Come and See' morning and over 20 grown-ups joined us in the reception class over the course of the morning.

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Decorating initial letters

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Numicon numeral matching

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Week 3 Term 1a

This week we have been practising our counting and numeral recognition counting pieces of pizza onto plates.  We played a whole class game and then did group work to stick pizza slices into their books.  We have also been learning the S, A, T sounds and learning to blend them to read words.

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Week 2 Term 1a

This week we won the attendance award for Key Stage 1! That means that nearly everybody in our class came to school every day, getting us to 99% attendance.  Well done Reception.

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We made mini pizzas this week, thinking carefully about the sequence of the process so that we could order some pictures the next day, the children worked hard to talk about and write instructions for pizza making.  They also really enjoyed eating them.

Week 1 Term 1a

Reception have had a busy first week settling in, getting to know each other, exploring our resources and areas, learning to share and becoming more independent.

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Picture 2 Making table
Picture 3 Mud kitchen
Picture 4 Water play
Picture 5 Sand monsters
Picture 6 Making table
Picture 7 Mud kitchen
Picture 8 Filling and pouring carefully
Picture 9 Large white board
Picture 10 Outside small world
Picture 11 Duplo blocks
Picture 12 Soring animals in the farm
Picture 13 Tyre rolling
Picture 14 Working together

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