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Reception 2018-2019

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The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing their Christmas lunch alongside their friends. The children listened to Christmas songs and pulled crackers with their friends. Mrs Worth had also made some 'elfie' sticks for children to enjoy. We had the choice of a mince pie, ice cream or a Christmas biscuit for our desserts.


Happy Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

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The Reception class school council helped to collect donations at the end of the Year One nativity production. They took their role very seriously and were extremely polite when thanking the grown ups for their donations. 

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Today was Reception's first ever school visit.


We all wore our wellington boots and waterproof coats, and set off for a fun filled day. The children were really excited to see that we would be travelling there on a double decker bus. Once we all found a seat we fastened our seat belts ready for the off.


The children had great fun telling their supporting adults what they could see such as fields of sheep, farm land, a red flag, and even some 'funny tall towers' (pylons.) We even spotted a van with a lift that had taken a man high into the sky to change a light bulb on a lamppost. Some of the children were keen to share that they recognised specific areas of Colchester as we travelled through it. 


On our arrival we had a snack and were organised into groups ready to participate in a senses walk or a natural art class. We went on an adventure in the nature reserve where we had to use a sticky palette to stick all the interesting, colourful things that we found as we explored. We found lots of different coloured berries, flowers, leaves, and many other interesting things. At the end of our senses walk we were all given a ball of mud and were challenged to create some muddy faces using what we could find. We used leaves, sticks, stones , grass, flowers and berries to create our muddy faces, one muddy face had arms and legs. At the end of our senses walk we made a potion. We each had a container small container where we added lots of things we thought might help the plants to grow. It needed to be mixed well before we could feed the plants.


Just before we left, our final challenge was to spot all the 'caterpillars' (pipe cleaners) hidden in the hedgerow. We spoke about which coloured caterpillars were easiest to identify and why. One of the children explained that the brown and black caterpillars were the most difficult to spot as they were camouflaged.  

Last week Mrs Minshull came to see us in the classroom, but Mrs Worth said that she thought we could come to visit her in her music room this week. Mrs Minshull explained we sit on a bug mat in her room so we have plenty of space.
We sang the Old McDonald song and children were given another chance to hold each animal puppet as it was sang in the song. We had to remember the sound of each animal whilst doing the action.
The children were introduced to the ‘Stave House’ characters using song. Each character is given a ‘room’ and the children were learning which line they should sit on. We learnt a song which helps us to remember.
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Today we went down to the wildlife area. In the wildlife area we found some bug hotels, a log circle and a mud puddle. Before we entered the wildlife area Mrs Worth gave us some instructions to follow to keep us safe. We made sure we listened to the rules for example, not to go to the pond without an adult. We explored the wildlife area, climbed trees, looked for acorns and let our imaginations go wild!

Children said:

"I have found a dinosaur footprint!"

"The pond is cold. Fish like it cold."

"I think the squirrel has been eating this one."


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Today we had P.E. As it as raining we decided to have P.E in the hall. We had to get changed into our P.E kits and remember to put the clothes we have taken off into our bag. We replaced our bags onto our pegs and lined up ready to walk to the hall for P.E. Mrs Worth spoke about how fast our heart was beating before we had been running/exercising and compared this to how we felt once we had been running. We spoke about our heart pushing our blood around our bodies, which helps us to run, and keeps us healthy. We also spoke about why we might be feeling hot following exercise.

Our First Week at School

The children have made a fantastic start to school life. Children are starting to remember their daily jobs including finding their pegs, putting their book bags away in their trays and their places during morning work.


This week we have been working on ensuring children are arriving into school happy and secure with the expectations and routines of a normal school day. They have been participating in a daily phonics sessions focussing on supporting children's phonological awareness (linking sounds, listening for rhymes) and developing our love of reading. Children have been given their reading books and are beginning to be heard read by an adult. Reading books can change these at any time.


Mrs Minshull came to teach us this morning. Over the course of the year Mrs Minshull will be teaching us how to read music and play instruments. Today we played a game where we had to clap fast, slow, loudly and quietly. We read the story about Old McDonald and Mrs Minshull asked us for some animals we remembered from the story. Mrs Minshull had a bag with some of the animals from the story. We listened to what animal sounds they make and tried to copy them.


Welcome to our Reception page!


To support your child's transition into school life please feel free to practise some of the listed activities with your child over the summer holidays.

  1. Getting dressed and undressed (focussing on buttons and fastening zips.)
  2. Holding a pencil and mark making
  3. Recognising and/or writing their names
  4. Turn taking and sharing
  5. Independently managing their toileting needs (support will be provided at school when necessary)
  6. Sharing books for pleasure using the pictures to support understanding

.....Not forgetting to simply have fun and share experiences together!


I have attached a document which is really useful when tracking your child's learning and development. It has been designed to help you as the parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. As suggested in this attachment, this document could be used to identify what your child can do and use it as a prompt to try and explore new things together.


We really are looking forward to seeing your children in September and hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday.



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