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Reception Class 1 (2014-2015)


Sports Week in Reception

posted 25 Jun 2015, 06:38 by Vicki Bowes   [ updated 25 Jun 2015, 06:38 by Tom Kentfield-Wells ]

This week in maths we have been working with 3D shapes, naming and describing properties. We have been looking at time o’clock and half past.


In English we have been reading the book The Wizard of Oz, some of us had a go at writing the beginning scene. In Phonics we have been writing captions using keywords and tricky words.

We have been very busy with our Sports Week and Open Day. We had a session of Dance which we thoroughly enjoyed and during Open Day we had our face painted and showed our parents all the fun things we get up to in school. 


We have been making observational drawings of a variety of different fruits including mango, water melon, coconut and kiwi’s which Farrah’s mum kindly donated to school. We tried these fruits and loved them. 


We have also been rehearsing for our class assembly, we hope to see you all there next Wednesday (1st July) at 2.15pm in the hall.

A Letter From Queen Elsa

posted 19 Jun 2015, 07:08 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 19 Jun 2015, 07:08 ]

This week in maths we have continued to work on our number bonds. We have also been counting on and back to calculate addition and subtraction number sentences. We find this a bit tricky but we are getting much better at it. We have continued to practise counting in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Ask us to demonstrate this at home and we will have a good go. 


In English this week we received a letter form Queen Elsa. She wanted to know if Olaf could come to our school because he has been a cheeky snowman. We wrote letters to Olaf and Queen Elsa explaining to them what it was like to be a pupil at Caldicotes Primary Academy. Olaf even sent us a video asking for some more information.


On Thursday Mrs Robson came into reception to teach us music. We had lots of fun learning new songs and using the instruments. Mrs Robson is coming back again next week.


Today was sports day for the rest of the school. We went outside to watch and cheer them on. We are getting excited for our sports day. This year we are having it with the rest of EYFS. We are having our sports day on the 8th July in the morning and the afternoon. We hope that you will be able to come along to join us and cheer us on. We might even have a race for the grown ups.


Reception Children Become Authors!

posted 12 Jun 2015, 06:04 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 12 Jun 2015, 06:04 ]

This week in Maths we have worked so hard. We have continued to work on addition and subtraction using the counting on and counting backwards method. We are getting very good at this now.


In English this week we have become authors, writing our own versions of the story Frozen. We talked and wrote about the character of Olaf from the story, we then read our book in front of the class. Some of us have started to write about the models we make in the areas. In phonics we have been practicing writing tricky words and VC words using the look, cover, write and check method.


On Thursday, we worked with James, practising our sports day games, in particular running races and throwing races. We found out that Danyal is the fastest runner in class 1 with Farrah coming a close second fastest.


We also have been making representations of Olaf is the creative area.


Week 7 in Reception

posted 12 Jun 2015, 05:59 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 12 Jun 2015, 05:59 ]

Welcome back – we hope you had a lovely break. The children have returned to school full of energy and have worked very hard this week

This week in Maths we have been focusing on addition and subtraction using the counting on and counting backwards method. We have been adding two digit numbers and writing these number sentences down.


In phonics this week we have attempted writing our own dinosaurs poems using words that rhyme. We have been practicing writing tricky words and making sentences with these words in. We also talked about our week off school, and answered questions from our fellow class friends.


On Thursday we worked with James on our Athletics, we are getting in some good practice for Sports day. We know that keeping fit and eating healthy is very important. We have talked about healthy foods in a circle time today.


We also mixed paints to make Dinosaurs prints in the creative area.


Week 6 in Reception

posted 12 Jun 2015, 05:54 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 12 Jun 2015, 05:54 ]

This week in Maths we have been measuring capacity using water and sand. We have ordered the containers in capacity from biggest to smallest amounts. We also looked at pictograms and made our own. Children have enjoyed making number sentences with the stones in the EYFS areas.


In phonics this week we have been focusing on writing using our phonics knowledge when segmenting sounds to write. We have learnt about dinosaurs, what they look like, what they like to eat and discussed possible reasons for extinction. Some children became an author and wrote their own dinosaur book.


This week we have made dinosaur teeth and bones. We used newspaper and straws, cutting, joining and gluing together.


Week 5 in Reception

posted 15 May 2015, 05:36 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 15 May 2015, 05:36 ]

This week in maths we have been learning how to count on to make 10. There are lots of different ways to make 10 in a number sentence. Some of us also counted on to make the next 10. Evie-Mae calculated that 98 + 2 = 100! We also looked at tally charts and bar graphs.


In phonics this week we have been working within phases 3, 4 and 5. We are writing sentences using the different phonemes that can be read by ourselves and others. We have also used this knowledge in our writing about butterflies. We wrote a fascinating fact and some of us even used a ‘wow’ word in our sentence.


The nurse came to visit us on Tuesday to talk to us about hygiene. We put some special cream on our hands and when we placed our hands under a light we could see all of the tiny germs. It is important that we wash our hands properly and we have learned a song to help us to wash them.


This week was so exciting because our butterflies hatched. They emerged from their chrysalises on Monday and Tuesday and they were beautiful! On Wednesday we decided that it was a good idea to set them free so we released them into the nursery garden. Some of them did not want to go and they landed on our jumpers.


Week 5 in Reception

posted 15 May 2015, 05:25 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 15 May 2015, 05:26 ]

This week in maths we have been learning the months of the year and day of the week. We have talked about different times of the day and what time we come to school, have lunch and go home. We also looked at the different seasons and which months belong to these.


In English we have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly, we have looked at a non fiction text to help us find out facts.


We visited the library this week, we read Hairy Maclary and made badges, we then went on a treasure hunt around the library to find his friends. We were all given a book bag containing two books to keep at home. The library is open every evening after school and Saturday mornings.


In PE we have continued playing cricket and we are getting very good at batting the ball.


The Royal Garden Party

posted 1 May 2015, 05:56 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 1 May 2015, 05:56 ]

This week in maths we have been working with time, we have concentrated on making the o’clock time and half past. We know that the long hand on the clock goes around in 5’s. We also talked about half turns and starting to remember our left and right.


In English this week we have been reading the story of Paddington goes to the palace. Following our Best of British topic we have also been looking at the royal family. So we have created our own Royal character out of paper bags and written about this character. In Phonics we have been reading sentences, writing them down using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.


We had a royal garden party on Tuesday, our parents and children enjoyed this time to shared cakes and play. We were hoping that the Queen would come and visit us but she was too busy. 


Our caterpillars have started to make their chrysalis, we had to leave them alone for a few days so they could concentrate on this, it looks like a lot of hard work. We have discovered some facts about caterpillars, they have 12 eyes but they can’t see very well and their only job is to eat! We can’t wait to watch what happens next week.


A Trip to the Shops

posted 24 Apr 2015, 08:49 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 1 May 2015, 05:14 ]

This week in maths we have been working with money again, and when we out on our visit in the local environment we looked for something that cost 50p. We then used 10p coins to pay the correct amount.

We have also made a tally chart in class to discover which our favourite fruit is. We found out that we love strawberries the best.


In English this week we have been reading the story of Paddington at the Tower. Paddington visited the Tower of London and he found out that ravens like to eat marmalade sandwiches. We have labelled pictures of Paddington and written a description of the tower. Please can you help us to find out what else a raven likes to eat.


We went for a walk to see what was in our local area. We looked at the different types of shops in Thorntree and bought some biscuits. Then we had a look in the library, some of us had not been there before and we enjoyed looking at all of the books. Finally we went to the park to have a play and eat our biscuits. Please can you help us to learn our own address.


Our caterpillars have grown! They are getting very fat. We are eager to see how they will change next week.


Please remember to put suitable PE shoes in with your child's PE kit because we will be doing PE outside weather permitting.

Summer Week 1 in Reception

posted 24 Apr 2015, 08:42 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 24 Apr 2015, 08:52 ]

This week in maths we have been working with money again, we can match coins to Numicon plates and we can add 1p 2p and 5p together to make a different amount in pence. We have been using the large Numicon to double and add these together too.


In English this week we have been finding about the non fiction books, in particular about our local area. We have been writing our own shopping lists and looking at the features of Thorntree.

In Phonics we are writing tricky words, we continue to read sentences and practice our letter sounds.


Little Green Riding Hood visited us on Thursday and we learnt lots of different ways of saving water.


This week our Caterpillars arrived, we have the fantastic opportunity to observe them growing and changing in to Butterflies.


The School Nurse visited our class to talk to us about dental hygiene.


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