Reception – Mrs Hartley

 

Reception Teacher

In Reception class the children enjoy a range of exciting learning opportunities, both inside and outside. They have lots of fun whilst reading, writing and investigating mathematical concepts, through child initiated learning and focus activities. Pupils love to explore the world around them, developing and applying their imaginative, expressive and problem solving skills.

Please take a look at our Reception blogs to learn more!

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Reception class have been busy learning all about…

patterns in their environment. The children have particularly enjoyed using the I-pads to capture the patterns that they have spotted. They have been continuing, creating and describing a range of 2, 3 and 4 part repeating colour and shape patterns. Fantastic! The children have also explored tessellating shapes. Alongside this learning, the children have also been exploring Rangoli and Mehndi hand patterns, in the context of ‘Diwali.’ There has been sequencing of the Rama and Sita story as well as asking and answering a range of questions. The children have initiated lots of learning both inside and outside, following their own ideas and applying lots of their skills and concepts.

Reception children have also taken part in a GIST road safety session, learning about their own safety near trucks, other vehicles and roads. They have watched videos about keeping themselves safe when out and about. 

Well done everybody!

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‘ONE THING’ CHARLIE AND LOLA MATHS EVERYWHERE OPEN MORNING

Children in Nursery and Reception have listened to a Charlie and Lola story, ‘One Thing.’ This book contains huge amounts of mathematical concepts and vocabulary, whilst relating to everyday fascinations. All of the children were involved in identifying their own maths interests within the book. They created fantastic large scale posters! Please take a look below. The children’s learning culminated in our Open Morning. Nursery, Reception and the Outdoor areas were full of exciting activities. These included:

  • Repeating pattern fruit kebabs
  • Biscuit decorating/counting
  • Measuring our heights and comparing to Charlie and Lola’s heights
  • Estimating and counting the number of sweets in a jar
  • Outdoor goal scoring / tally chart recording 
  • Charlie and Lola object / tally chart hunts
  • Counting the number of pegs to match the numerals
  • B-bot programming along a route plan
  • and much much more………………….

We are so proud of the wonderful learning that took place.

Thank you to our Year 6 Maths Ambassadors who supported us greatly in our explorations of mathematics.

Thank you also for the continued support from our families and community. A fun time was had by all!

A massive thank you to all of the Early Years staff and students who have been planning and resource collecting for this event.

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Early Years Maths Workshop : Thursday 12th October 2017

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FIND OUT HOW RECEPTION CHILDREN HAVE BEEN HELPING THE WITCH FROM ‘ROOM ON THE BROOM’ by Julia Donaldson.

Children in Reception class received a letter from the witch, which told them about her big problem. She then arrived in class (teacher in role) to explain that her brand new broomstick had crashed into the school roof. She was very sad as she had no transport and she had dropped her collection of wands, bows and hats. Reception children were very keen to help as they set about designing new brooms on paper and computer drawing programs. Other children filled in tally charts to record the number of wands, hats and bows that they could spot around the outdoor area. Another group of children created spells in the mud kitchen, following recipe cards for witch’s broth and wizard stew. The children wrote their own potion ingredient lists, matched rhyming picture pairs in the sand as well as developing narratives in the ‘Potion Lab’ role play / small world area. A great time was had by all and the witch was very grateful too! 

Over the last two weeks, the children have enjoyed exploring numicon in many different ways. They have recognised the values of different coloured pieces by pressing it into clay and using marbles to place in the circles. They have also played a class ‘meet and greet’ game-walking around the classroom with a numicon piece, until the music stopped. They then turned to a partner and compared their numicon pieces. There was some super mathematical thinking and use of linked vocabulary. For example, “My piece has 2 more circles than yours but yours has 2 less than mine.” Some children found different ways to make 10 by placing different numicon pieces on top of the blue piece (10). Fantastic learning and looking at concepts in many different ways!

Well done, everybody!

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A WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEW STARTERS IN RECEPTION CLASS!

This half term’s enquiry question: WHY IS IT GOOD TO BE ME?

Reception class children have settled really well into their new class and have had great fun exploring their indoor and outdoor learning environments.

They have been busy painting self-portraits and talking about themselves and their families. The children have enjoyed adding home and school learning 

to their ‘Ideas and Interests’ working wall as well as asking questions about the world around them.

The children have explored our school forest area and looked for signs of Autumn; sketching what they have seen, drawing and labelling pictures and taking I-pad photographs of interesting leaves, trees and other natural objects. The children’s ‘Maths Everywhere’ working display is also developing well as they add their ideas and thinking about different aspects of maths. There has been lots of numicon investigating alongside our EYFS assistants (Key Stage 2 pupils) as well as recognising and ordering numerals. Super role-play and conversations have been taking place across the setting but particularly in the mud kitchen and ‘Tankersley Shoe Shop.’ 

What a fantastic start to the new term! Well done everybody!

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Reception

RECEPTION CLASS HAVE BEEN OBSERVING THE LIFE CYCLE OF A BUTTERFLY!

Over the last few weeks, Reception children have been observing tiny caterpillars, watching them grow quickly then seeing them change into cocoons. The children have been amazed to watch the butterflies nibble their way out of the cocoons! 

OUR CLASS TRIP TO THE TROPICAL BUTTERFLY HOUSE AND FALCONRY CENTRE

Last week, the children visited the Tropical  Butterfly House at Anston and had a super time exploring interactive displays, looking at different animals and taking part in a mini beast handling session. They also had great fun playing on the adventure playground, riding the tractors and splashing in the water park. A fun time was had by all! Thank you to everybody who helped to create such a memorable visit!

MAKING AND SELLING SOUP AS PART OF OUR GROWING ENTERPRISE PROJECT

Our EYFS Enterprise project came to a super conclusion last week!  The children have been busy all year, looking after a range of vegetables and herbs. They have been pulling up potatoes and shallots; washing and preparing them before cooking and blending them with chives! The final step was to taste and sell the soup, which was a great success! 

As we draw near to the end of the school year, the EYFS team would like to wish you a wonderful Summer break. Thank you for all your support! 

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