Welcome to Reception!
Friday 19th March 2021
Welcome back! The children have settled well back into school life and have enjoyed exploring our new themes. 
In Maths, we have learnt about capacity and pattern. The children enjoyed finding different patterns around the indoor and outdoor classroom, as well as forest school! We have learnt about repeating patterns and symmetry linking to butterflies.
The children have been very excited about our class caterpillars and are observing their changes everyday! We can't wait for them to make their cocoon / Chrysalis! The children have been retelling the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and developing their understanding of lifecycles!
We are exploring the signs of spring including other animal lifecycles, and will begin exploring plants further next week.
I hope you have a great weekend! 
Miss Micklethwaite
Friday 8th January 2021
Happy New Year!
During this lockdown blogs will not be updated weekly while we continue to teach in school and deliver home learning. I hope you understand. We look forward to welcoming all the children back soon.
Well done to everyone for a fantastic start to the spring term, both at home and in school. I have been very impressed with the amazing work that has been happening at home and the work the children have completed in school! You are all super stars!
We have been adding numbers this week and even added 3 single digit numbers together.
The children have recapped their phonic sounds and we will be working through the set 2 digraphs (special friends). 
I hope everyone managed to enjoy the snow today! We enjoyed exploring in the snow at school. We listened to the sound it made as we worked and how it felt on our hands. A great way to explore the signs of winter weather!
I look forward to next week and seeing all the learning that the children take part in! I hope you have a lovely snowy weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite
Friday 18th December 2020
Reception performed their amazing Nativity! All the children did a fabulous job! They sang beautifully, remembered their words and spoke clearly! Hopefully we will be sharing it with you very soon!
As well as our Nativity, we had a special visit from Santa on Monday! We went to the hall to practice our words and Santa appeared! The children were very excited and asked Santa lots of questions. When we went back to class, the children wrote letters to Santa to tell him what they would like for Christmas!
The children enjoyed Christmas lunch on Thursday and myself and Ms Owens joined the children! It was delicious!
The children we very excited for party day today. We played lots of games, had a disco dance and enjoyed lots of yummy treats!
Finally, if I don't speak to you before the end of term, I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and I look forward to the New Year with you in January!
Miss Micklethwaite
Friday 11th December 2020
Reception have had a fantastic week! We have been busy preparing for Christmas! The children have decorated Christmas trees, learnt about the Christmas Story and practiced our Christmas nativity ready to be filmed next week!
Our cheeky Elf arrived and the children have been inspired to write notes and cards to Elfy!
We have been focusing on the story Stick Man and the children have been encouraged to write their own version of Stick Man with extra Christmassy parts! Stick Man has even visited the North Pole.
In Maths, we have been focusing on one more and one less using practical objects, as well as quick recall of these number facts!
Father Johnathan came to visit on Thursday. He told us about the birth of Jesus and we asked him lots of questions. We finished off by sharing one of our Christmas songs with him!
Have a wonderful weekend! 
See you on Monday!
Thursday 3rd December 2020
This week we have been focusing on the text Stick Man. The children have enjoyed retelling the story using actions, puppets and a story map. We have created Stick Man using natural sticks, wool, string, tape and glue to develop our fine motor skills!
In Maths, the children have been learning about doubling numbers. We have used practical resources such as counters and Numicon to help us with our double knowledge. We are writing the matching number sentence e.g. 4 + 4 = 8
In RE, we are continuing to learn about Birthdays and have been thinking about the lead up to the birth of Jesus. We have discussed Advent and how it is a time of preparing. The children enjoyed creating Advent wreaths in Forest school.
We were very excited that our stage has been put up for our Nativity performance! The children had their first practice on the stage!
Friday 20th November 2020
Reception enjoyed 'Odd Sock Day' on Monday and decorated a pair of their own. We have been thinking a lot abut how to be a good friend and how it is important to be kind to each other. The children created anti-bullying bands and a friendship chain for Anti-Bullying Week.
In Maths, we have been learning about measurement (length and height). The children have enjoyed comparing their heights and putting themselves in order. We have been using language such as tall, taller, tallest, short, shorter, shortest and long, longer and longest. We have ordering different objects by length and begun to measure these using non-standard units of measure. We measured the different lengths of sticks and measured them using blocks and cubes e.g. the stick is 12 cubes long. We introduced rulers and how these are a way to measure length. The children enjoyed trying to find objects that were longer and shorter than the ruler!
Can you see what you could measure at home? Do you have anything really tall in your house? Or anything that is very long? Could you measure it with an item in your house? 
Next week in Phonics, we will be recapping and consolidating all the sounds we have learnt to date. Your child may not receive a new sound in their sound book but do keep practicing any they find tricky or focus on 'special friends' - ch, sh, th, qu, ng, nk, ck.
Have a super weekend!
Friday 13th November 2020
Reception have had a brilliant week! We have been very busy and enjoyed learning about lots of different special days. 
Our topic 'Materials' has been very popular with the children and they have impressed me with their fantastic knowledge! We can name lots of different materials as well as explain what they are like. The children enjoyed our experiment testing different materials forks to see which was best to pick up rice, pasta and beans! We had super predictions and gave super explanations as to why they though a certain material - bendy, strong, hard, flexible, floppy! Super vocabulary.
We learnt about Remembrance day on Wednesday and the children enjoyed making poppy biscuits. 
In RE, we learnt about Baptism and looked at how babies are welcomed into the church and God's family. The children enjoyed practicing a baptism with our dolls in the water area. We talked about how you can be any age when you are baptised but lots of us are baptised when we are babies.
On Friday, we loved coming to school in our onesies, pyjamas and spotty clothes to support Children in Need. We learnt about how some children have different lives to us.
We also looked at the Hindu festival of Diwali, which is celebrated on Saturday. The children enjoyed exploring the different colours and light of Diwali as well as listening to the story of Rami and Sita. The children made Rangoli patterns, practiced Henna art and role played the story of Rama and Sita. We learnt that Hindu's also use fireworks to celebrate Diwali like people do for Bonfire Night. 
Look out for any fireworks on Saturday night! These will be to celebrate Diwali.
It has been a very busy week with lots of super learning! 
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite
Friday 6th November 2020
What a fantastic start the children have made to our second half term. The children have come in ready to learn, with lots of thoughts to share!
We have started our first topic of 'Materials'. The children have explored a range of materials (wood, metal, plastic and fabric), practiced identifying and naming them correctly and thinking about why an object is made of that material.
Challenge - Can you find any materials in your house? 
We celebrated bonfire night by learning about Guy Fawkes and looking at a range of firework displays. The children used oil pastels to create their own firework pictures. We also went to forest school with Miss Owens to collect items to make a bonfire. We learnt that you have to have dry leaves to make a fire!
We also celebrated our school Feast Day on Wednesday where the children completed our special mission to re-design our school looking. We really enjoyed our special treat as well!
Next week we will continue to explore materials and embed our knowledge through our enquiry question - Can you make a fork out of paper?
Let the experimenting begin!
I hope you have a great weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite
Friday 23rd October 2020
Reception started the week with a special Commando Joe mission! The children had to locate the mission card and use the COJO box to complete the tasks. We had to help carry water over an obstacle course without dropping any! The children showed great teamwork and encouragement to one another. We had lots of fun and thought about how well we work together!
We have been exploring shape this week, looking at 2D and 3D shapes. The children enjoyed hunting for shapes around the classroom and in the outdoor area, as well as creating shapes in Forest School.
Our class book this week has been 'Oi Frog' where we have been listening out for rhyming words, as well as exploring rhyme in the classroom. The children have matched pictures and words and even written some of their own rhyming words! The cat on the mat. The fox in the box! Super work.
I hope you have a lovely half term.
See you in a week!
Miss Micklethwaite
Friday 16th October 2020
This week the children have been busy thinking about what we see in Autumn, the types of weather we get and the animals that are busy collecting food. We have learnt about different vegetables that are harvested at the beginning of Autumn. The children enjoyed exploring a range of these in the classroom.
In RE, we continued to learn about Judaism and the children had very creative ideas about how to make a menorah!
In Maths, we have been busy thinking about how to represent numbers up to 10 in a different ways - using Numicon, drawing pictures, using autumn leaves & conkers, as well as writing the matching numeral.
The children have also been enjoying rhymes and riddles which is something we are going to focus on next week. Try think of some rhyming words at home over the weekend!
*Special Mission* 
Reception also received a letter about a special mission they need to complete on Monday. We are very excited!
Don't forget to wear your PE kits to school! 
Be prepared and have a 'can do it' attitude!
Have a great weekend everybody!
Miss Micklethwaite
Friday 9th October 2020
This week we have enjoyed reading our class text Leaf Man. We started the week with an Autumn walk - it was very wet and rainy! We used our checklist to see what signs of Autumn there were around school. The children all had a go at writing what they had seen on the walk! 
Using leaves from our Autumn walk, the children created their own Leaf Man picture. We thought about the other leaf animals we saw in the story.
In RE, we have started learning about Judaism and the celebration of Hanukkah. The children enjoy learning about the menorah and have started to create their own using Lego, play doh and collage materials.
In Maths, we have explored numbers up to 10 by counting forwards and backwards and matching amounts to the correct numeral.
Well done to everyone for your super efforts with home reading! Keep up the fab work!
Miss Micklethwaite
Friday 2nd October 2020
What a great week Reception have had! The children have engaged with our new class text 'Only One You' - linking it to ourselves and our families. The children have thought about how to make the world a better place.
We took part in our first class worship as part of our RE curriculum. We have been thinking about ourselves and how we are precious to God.
In Maths, we have explored numbers to 5 and practiced writing the numeral using our number rhymes. Ask your child to teach you!
We have learnt new sounds in phonics and everyone has been fantastic at practicing their blending in Play to Learn time!
Hopefully everyone is excited to start their reading books you received today.
Have a fab weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite
Friday 25th September 2020
We have had another fantastic week in Reception! The children have explored new letter sounds - t, i, n and p. There have been lots of challenges to use our letters to make words - pat, pin, tin, mad, sat.
We have talked about ourselves and our families, thinking about how we are special and unique. We have thought about what is special in our family - a song, a cuddle, a story!
On Thursday, we took our first trip to Forest School with Miss Owens! We had lots of fun exploring and discovering what was there! As well as practicing our Maths linked to numbers 1, 2 and 3!
Have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday for another busy week!
Miss Micklethwaite
Friday 18th September 2020
This week we have been settling into Reception, getting to know each other and learning our classroom routines. All the children have been super at coming into school, finding their pegs and being ready to learn! Amazing independence already!
In class, we have been exploring initial letter sounds in phonics - m, a, s and d. As well as exploring in the play doh, the mud kitchen and building amazing constructions with the large blocks.
The children have been super at taking turns, listening to each other and sharing resources.
Outside, we have been getting messy during water and foam play! As well exploring with paints and colour! 
Have a fantastic weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite

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