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Reception 2018-2019

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What a wonderful morning the children have had. As expected the children were fantastic! They listened carefully to instructions (not to use loud voices, put their hands in their mouths or to get up from their seats). Children were separated into three groups and each group given an animal to hold or touch. We were introduced to each animal, one at a time, and told some fun facts about each one. Some animals were spikey, silky, soft and smooth. The children sat for a whole hour listening to the lady talking.


What an experience and what a treat!

Silly Sock Coffee Morning for Autism Anglia

Today the children  took part in 'Silly Sock Day' to raise money for Autism Anglia.  The parents came to join the children decorating their socks and purchased cakes and drinks to raise money. We even had a raffle. A huge thank you to all those parents who attended this session and who donated cakes/money.


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The EYFS team thought it would be nice to sign up to take part in 'Good Morning Britains' bereavement week. As part of this the school invited  members from the wider community, in particular those who have lost someone special, to come and listen to the children from Reception sing songs from their Spring performance 'There's a Sunflower in my Supper!'. After the performance the children stayed and chatted with the grown ups, sharing what they enjoy the most about school and what they enjoy doing. The children spoke happily, confidently explaining their answers. The grown ups were invited to stay and have a cup of tea and a piece of cake also.

Reception's Outdoor Provision

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This years project in Reception is to develop the outside provision. We wanted to provide learning opportunities for children which generate intrigue and curiosity.  Children now have a wonderful new water wall and mud kitchen!


Money raised from the 'May Black Tie Ball' will go towards continuing to develop this area.


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We braved the weather to take our hobby horses out for a spin in aid of Comic Relief.  The children enjoyed creating and making their own hobby horses with their families using various resources. 


"......It was such fun!!"

Science Week

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As part of science week children had a visit from 'Pyro Pete.' Each class had the opportunity to participate in various experiments. Pyro Paul showed us lots of cool things you can do with dry ice. He explained that it is so cold it will burn you if you touch it. He added hot water and made lots of fizzy air, finally adding washing up liquid to make even more fizz. We all had a chance to smell the air and hold some fizz in our hands.

The children were extremely excited to come to school dressed as their favourite book character. This morning we had a surprise visit from our friends Rapunzel and Snow White. As part of World Book Day each class shared the book called 'There's no Dragon in this Story.' Each class were given a character from the story to decorate and share in our whole school assembly at the end of the day. 

There's a Sunflower in my Supper!

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Reception proudly present this terms spring performance called 'There's a Sunflower in my Supper!' Children have been busy learning lines and dance routines in preparation. The story is about a cow who finds a sunflower growing in her field of grass. The cows work alongside the other animals and wildlife to solve what exactly is growing. Do they find out what it is? Does it end happily ever after? and what did we learn about seeds?.....All will be revealed!
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As part of the NSPCC Number day children were challenged to come into school dressed as something mathematical. Children arrived dressed as a number; with numbers written on their t-shirts; wearing different 2D shapes on their clothing. At the end of the school day children participated in an assembly about what the NSPCC do and why they encourage family and their children to take part and fund raise.


Thank you for being so supportive and for making the day so special. 

Number Blocks Day

To celebrate this terms overarching theme of the 'Numberblocks' reception dressed up as their favourite character from the BBC animation. 


The BBC television series aims at introducing children to early number. The snappy animation and loveable characters combine with engaging storylines to gently introduce concepts of number to support early mathematical understanding. It will be through this approach that we will be introducing children to the concept of addition and subtraction.


Thank you for all your hard work on producing such fabulous costumes. The children thoroughly enjoyed wearing them, particularly when finding different ways to overcome challenges including how to carry their trays.



Christmas Lunch 2018

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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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