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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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 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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FANTASTIC BOLLYWOOD DANCING AT OUR GLOBAL CELEBRATION EVENT

Children in Reception class were very proud to present their Bollywood dance in front of family, friends and teachers, on the stage at Kirk Balk Academy. The costumes were amazing and the children danced with superb confidence and energy! Well done, everybody! The evening was an exciting celebration of our school’s global links and our outward looking school ethos. After dancing, Reception children really enjoyed watching other classes performances-a wonderful community event which will be remembered for years to come! 

Thank you to everybody for your support. 

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Welcome back to a new half term in Reception!

Children in Reception have been busy estimating and measuring using non-standard and standard measures all around the EYFS setting. They have had super fun solving problems, for example Connie and Cian enjoyed measuring a wand with cubes, paper clips and counters.They then compared the different measurements. 

Izobella set about finding the length of our outdoor slide using a ruler.  Vinny, Gage and Joshua realised that the potato plant they were measuring was much taller than a 30cm ruler and needed to use a metre rule for the job instead! Fantastic thinking and practical maths!

In response to the children’s interest in super heroes and heroines, our outdoor writing hub has been transformed into a ‘SUPER DEN’ with clipboards and posters.

The children have been very excited to jot down their super hero action ideas and develop narratives with friends. They have listened to the story ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson and have been very busy sticking their writing on the den. Many children have created ‘WANTED’ posters to locate ‘Superworm.’ Some children have enjoyed retelling the story both verbally and through their writing, using a narrative style. 

Well done everybody!

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A Slimy, Slithery Visit from Zoolab!

Nursery and Reception have been learning about different animals and their habitats. This week the focus is on tropical rain forests. Barry, from ‘Zoolab,’ came to visit and brought in a selection of rain forest animals for us to meet, stroke , touch and learn about. We met Deidrie the snail, Tracey the tarantula, Michelle the millipede , Gary the gheko and Sophie the snake! The children asked really good questions and found out lots of interesting information about rain forest animals.

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KNIGHT TRAINING IN RECEPTION CLASS!

Children in Reception class have been learning about St George’s Day (Sunday 23rd April). They have enjoyed reading the story and re-enacting it, at the castles and knights small world area. There has been labelling of different parts of a dragon and retelling the story verbally and through narrative writing. Children have followed story maps and threaded beads on pipe cleaners (to represent the dragon’s fire).

The ‘George and the Dragon’ learning culminated in the Reception children taking part in Knight training. This involved Jousting, Balancing, Aiming, Dragon Defeating and Horse Shoe Throwing.

All of our brave knights excelled in their set of physical and mental challenges. They were extremely proud to kneel before Queen Hendry and receive their Knighthood. Each knight took their Royal certificate home with them as well as a copy of the ‘George and the Dragon’ story to read at home.

WELL DONE BRAVE KNIGHTS!

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