Reception Blog

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Our Reception Classes are Starfish and Seahorses.


Thursday – Reading book change

Friday – Show and tell



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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Den Building

What a fantastic day we had on Tuesday with Chris the den building man! He brought lots of special equipment with him and we listened carefully to his instructions so that we could work safely as part of a team.

We thought carefully about what our den structure was going to look like before we started building and then came up with some very creative ideas. After the structure had been checked to see if it was sturdy, we used different materials to cover our dens to make them sheltered. We even had flags to fly.

Everyone had such a great time and we have learned a great deal about team work!P1010643 P1010645 P1010649 P1010653 P1010654 P1010657 P1010663 P1010664 P1010669 P1010670 P1010732 P1010733 P1010737 P1010739 P1010743 P1010748 P1010750 P1010751 P1010761

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

This half term, our topic has been based on the popular children’s book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. We have completed lots of different learning activities linked to the story and also to bears.

We listened to the story repeatedly until we were familiar with it and then joined in with actions. We also really enjoyed the version on YouTube where Michael Rosen retells the story –

We worked in groups to experiment with gummy bears by adding them to various solutions (water with either vinegar, bicarbonate of soda or salt). Firstly, we talked about how our gummy bears felt before we added them to a solution. Each child then chose which solution they wanted to put their gummy bear into and then created the solution by carefully pouring the water into their plastic cup, then spooning in some salt or soda or pouring in some vinegar. Once their solution was created each child added their gummy bear and waited until the following day to see the results.
The next day we gathered into our groups to discuss the changes that had happened to our bears and compare these to our predictions.

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In our ICT lessons we used the program 2Simple to draw a picture of a bear. We practised using and controlling the mouse with one hand and changing the colour and size of the pen –

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To help us to retell the story, we created story maps and made bear masks in the creative area using paper plates, tape and lollypop sticks –

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Foundation Stage Sports Day

Yesterday we enjoyed taking part in sports day. Although it was very hot and sunny, with regular stops for water and a rest in the shade, we were able to complete all of the activities. We were put into teams named after some of the countries currently taking part in the World Cup football tournament in Russia and wore wristbands to help us to remember which team we were in.

The activities we took part in were:

Egg and spoon race

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Dart throw

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Sack race

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Space hoppers

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Beanbag relay

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We had a fantastic time and earned lots of reward stickers and a certificate for taking part. Thank you to our parents and carers who came along to watch us.