Reception Blog

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Our Reception Classes are Starfish and Seahorses.


Thursday – Reading book change

Friday – Show and tell


Making Pizza

Recently in Reception we have been reading ‘The Little Red Hen’ and as part of this we made bread. We loved the bread baking so much that when we read ‘The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza’, we had to make some pizza too!

Firstly, we followed our bread recipe from last week to make the pizza base.

Next, we flattened it before spreading some tomato puree on the top.



Then we chose our toppings – tomato slices or pepperoni.

After this, we carefully grated some cheese and sprinkled it all over the dough and toppings.


At the end of the day, we enjoyed our pizzas whilst listening to a story.


Making Bread

Last week we made bread as part of our learning about The Little Red Hen story.

First, we bought the ingredients from our ‘shop’ –

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Next we weighed the ingredients and mixed them all together –


When the dough was ready, we rolled it into balls and put it in the oven –



We enjoyed the finished product at the end of the day while we listened to a story –

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New Friend Friday

IMG_4311[1]Every Friday afternoon in Reception we take part in something called  ‘New Friend Friday’.

  • We all have a lollypop stick with our name on
  • We then take turns to choose a lollypop stick from the golden box
  • The child’s name on the lollypop stick we have chosen becomes our new friend
  • We have to make decisions about where we want to play and work together
  • Sometimes we have to use our negotiation skills and compromise
  • We play and work together all afternoon

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Some of the children were asked why they like ‘New Friend Friday’ –

“You get new friends and can play with them”

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“My new friends like to do the same things as me”

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“I like it because you have a new friend and you can get to know them better”





Last week in Reception we celebrated the Hindu festival of Diwali. We learnt a lot about Diwali through a range of different activities:

The word Diwali means ‘Rows of lighted lamps’ and the celebration is also known as ‘The festival of light’ so we practised our cutting skills and made our own paper lanterns, decorating them with coloured tissue paper and shiny sequins –

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Rangolis are colourful patterns that Hindus create outside their homes to guide and welcome the Goddess Lakshmi. We coloured in some Rangoli patterns –  we also created our own using a variety of resources including chalks to draw Rangoli patterns at the entrance to our classroom, seeds and beads to make Rangoli patterns in the playdough and we also used a program called ‘Slice’ to design Rangoli patterns on the computer and SMART Board –

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When learning about Diwali we also heard the traditional Hindu story of Rama and Sita which is often told using shadow puppets. We made our our puppets by drawing around a template on black card, carefully cutting it out then fixing an art straw to the back. When our puppets were complete, we demonstrated how to make shadows with them on the SMART Board using the light from the projector –

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In preparation for Diwali, many Hindus ladies decorate their hands with a special paint known as henna. These are called Mehndi patterns. We did not have any henna in school so instead we cut out paper hands and drew our own Mehndi patterns with a pencil –

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One of our favourite Diwali activities was making and eating some traditional sweets called Barfis. We mixed condensed milk, icing sugar, coconut and food colouring then rolled them into a ball and covered them with more coconut. We put them in the fridge to set and when they were ready, we all enjoyed tasting them!

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Peer Reading

On Friday 26th October we took part in a whole school peer reading session just before the end of the day. We were partnered with an older child in either Year 5 or Year 6 and we shared stories with them. They read to us while we listened, then we enjoyed talking to each other about what had happened. We are really looking forward to taking part in peer reading again at the end of next half-term.

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