Week Beginning 1st April 2019
This week we have come to the end of our topic on Dinosaurs. Rexi our class dinosaur returned from her visit to Australia and sent us her last set of photos, where she had been all round the Brookmans Park village. The children were excited and able to identify the different places she had visited in the village. We then found that Rexi had sent us a letter with some clues for us to find out where she was hiding in the school. We had to look round the Pirate Ship, Trim Trail, in the Dining Room, and then finally found her asleep after her long journey in our Dino Cave.
The children then made some 'Found' posters to tell everyone that she was back safe and not to look for her anymore!
In Maths this week we have been using the story of 'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs' to do our own addition with dinosaurs in buckets. The children were able to work out the total of two bucketful of dinosaurs and write the correct number sentences to match.
We have been doing some Easter Activities, this week. We have made chocolate Easter Nests and decorating a flowerpot with a spring flower and a surprise inside!
We are looking forward to our Easter Egg Hunt and the last day of term!
We wish everyone a very 'Happy Easter' and enjoy a well-earned rest!
Week Beginning 25th March 2019
We have had an exciting week this week as we found out our Dinosaur Rexi had gone missing. In literacy we made 'Missing Posters' to ask around the school to see if anyone had seen her! Later in the week we discovered she had gone away on holiday around the world and ended up in Australia. We have written lots of sentences about where she has visited. She is on her way home and hopefully we will see her next week.
In Maths we have been busy measuring various dinosaur bones and using cubes and centimetres to see which is the longest and shortest.
Next week we will be counting different irregular arrangements of objects and combing two sets of object together to see how many we have.
We will be continuing to count how many children have come to school by walking, scooting or riding a bike in the 'The Big Pedal'.
We are looking forward to showing our parents all the work we have done about dinosaurs next Thursday morning.
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Week Beginning 18th March 2019
This week we have been busy learning about fossils and how they were made. In literacy, we have explored dinosaur bones and fossils, making drawings of the fossils and described what they looked like.We really enjoyed our Dinosaur Workshop on Thursday where we saw lots of great models of dinosaurs. We saw fossils of dinosaurs' poo, toe bones and a neck bone. We also saw the size of a dinosaur egg compared to the size of a chicken's egg. Graham the Palaeontologist showed us a very special fossil of a dinosaur's egg that still has a baby dinosaur in it. We all had a turn at holding the egg. He was also very impressed with all our knowledge about dinosaurs. We have written letters to him to tell him about our favourite part of the workshop.
In Maths this week we have been weighing fossils and estimating how many small plastic dinosaurs weigh the same as different types of fossils. We also made dinosaur biscuits weighing out the ingredients we need using scales.
Next week we will be looking at different countries that our dinosaur Rexie has visited, in particular we will be focusing on Australia. We will find out what it is like to live there, what animals are found in Australia and what the different parts of Australia are like.
In Maths we will be measuring length using non-standard units and centimetres.
Don't forget 'The Big Pedal'starts next week until the end of term, where each day we will be asking the children how they have come to school and count who has cycled, walked or used a scooter.
Have a good weekend!
Week Beginning 11th March 2019
This week we have had lots of fun in Reception! We came to school on Monday and found that our dinosaur 'Rexie' had been busy over the weekend. She had taken a trip around the school visiting classrooms, the hall, the dining room, the office and even Mrs Davies' office. We looked at photos of where she had been and wrote our own story maps to show the events in the story.
Not only had she been going around the inside of the school, we also discovered that she had been laying lots of dinosaur eggs all around our garden. We went on a dinosaur egg hunt and each found a brightly coloured egg. We had to put them into water to help the shells crack open and then out popped lots of baby dinosaurs. In literacy we have written sentences to describe the dinosaur that has hatched in our egg. The babies have been growing over the week in the water and we are looking forward to taking them home.
We also discovered dinosaurs eggs in our sand tray as well as ice eggs, which we had to try and carefully crack open to reveal the dinosaur stuck frozen inside.
In Maths we have been learning about sequencing different times and events of a day and putting them in order. We sequenced pictures of how to make a jam sandwich and then followed the instructions to make our own sandwiches. During the week we have also been measuring how many times we can complete particular activities in a minute.
On Friday it was Comic Relief and to celebrate this event we held a LOL-athon, where each child told a joke. The winning joke from each class was told to the rest of the school in our Celebration Assembly. Well done to Ida and Thomas for telling the funniest joke.
Next week we will be learning about fossils and the work of paleontologists. In literacy we will be looking closely at fossils and writing sentences about what we can see. On Thursday we are having our dinosaur workshop, where we will be looking at different dinosaur models and exploring fossils.
Have a great weekend!
Week Beginning 4th March 2019
This week we have been learning about Dinosaurs that were Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores. We found out that dinosaurs who are carnivores walk on 2 legs and have sharp teeth and claws to attack their prey. Herbivores walk on 4 legs and usually have some protection like spikes, tough skin, plates and can make themselves look dangerous. This is to stop them from being eaten by the carnivores.
In literacy we have written a list of which dinosaurs are carnivores and herbivores. Next week we will be looking at dinosaur eggs. We will be using story mapping to retell dinosaur stories.
In Maths we have been recognising coins by finding them in the sand tray using metal detectors. We have begun to recognise the value of each coin. Next week we will be learning about time and sequencing different events.
This week was World Book Day and we came to school dressed in our favourite book characters. Everyone looked fantastic in their different costumes. We chose the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and after discussing the story, we did some activities making bear and Goldilocks faces using paper plates, as well as writing a letter from Goldilocks to the 3 Bears to say sorry for coming into their house.
Next week is Comic Relief and on Thursday we are having a LOL-athon! So don't forget to start learning a joke and see if you can be the funniest!
Have a good weekend!
Week Beginning 25th February 2019
This week in Reception we have started our new topic about Dinosaurs. We came back to school to find dinosaur footprints in our classroom. We compared the dinosaur footprint to the size of our own feet and estimated and counted how many pairs of our shoes would fit inside a Triceratops' foot print. We then measured the footprint using big bricks.
We have enjoyed playing in our Dinosaur Park Museum outside in the garden as well as in a Dinosaur Cave, where we have dressed up in dinosaur tails and masks pretending to move around like dinosaurs.
With Miss Shaw we have made our own dinosaur egg with a hatching dinosaur inside.
In Literacy we have found out lots of facts about different dinosaurs and drawn and labelled pictures, as well as writing sentences about different dinosaurs. Next week we will be learning about dinosaurs that were carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
In Maths we have been counting and recognising the patterns of counting in 2's and next week we will be using coins and recognising different values in money.
Have a great weekend!
Week Beginning 11th February 2019
In our final week of our Space and Transport topic we have been learning about what it was like to travel in the past. We have looked at steam trains and how people used a horse and cart. In literacy we have written sentences about travelling in the past.
We were very lucky to have a Road Safety workshop. We discussed how we travel to school and how to cross the road safely. We discussed how important it is to
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK!
We practised crossing a road with a partner remembering that we must hold hands with an adult.
In Maths this week we have been continuing with subtraction and counting back using a number line.
On Thursday we learnt about Valentine's Day and why we celebrate giving cards, flowers and chocolates to our loved ones. We made our own Valentine Cards!
We hope you all have a lovely half-term holiday and enjoy the rest!
Week Beginning 4th February 2019
This week we have had a fun week learning about types of transport that use water. We have looked at sailing boats, submarines, and rowing boats. We have learnt how sailing boats use the wind to make them move and submarines pump air into and out of their tanks to make them move up and down under the water. Mr Peacefull brought in a life-size dingy for us to explore and learn how oars are used to make them move on the water. In literacy we have been writing sentences about the different types of boat.
In Maths we have been adding 2 digits together and finding out the total, using number sentences to record our work.
In Science we had fun exploring which things float and sink, and watched how an egg will sink in ordinary water, but once it is in salty water, it will float.
We have also designed and make our own boats using junk modelling items and explored which ones floated and which sunk.
This week has been Chinese New Year! We listened to the story of the Great Race and found out that in the Chinese Calendar each year is named after an animal that took part in a swimming race. Twelve animals took part in the race so there are 12 years in the Chinese Calendar. We discovered that if we were born in 2013 we were born in the Year of the Snake, and if we were born in 2014 we were born in the year of the Horse.
This year is the Year of the Pig.
We tried some prawn crackers and fortune cookies. Each child had a different fortune. We then used Chinese New Year Puppet masks to act out the story of the Great Race!
Next week we will be finishing our Space and Transport Topic, by learning about types of transport that go on land. We will also learn about Road Safety and how to keep safe when crossing the roads.
In Maths we will be doing subtraction up to 5, by counting back using number lines.
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
The Reception Team!
In RE during the past half-term, we have been learning about Weddings. We acted out what happens in a Christian wedding and discussed how people celebrate getting married.
Week Beginning 28th January 2019
We have had a fun week learning about different forms of air transport. We have learned how aeroplanes, helicopters and hot air balloons work. In literacy we have written sentences to explain how each type of transport works.
We have made our own hot air balloons using paper plates and craft materials. They are hanging up in the classroom!
In Science we have been investigating how planes and helicopters fly in the air and how they stay up. We have tested our own paper aeroplanes, helicopter blades and gliders. We discovered that they all use air to help them stay up and fly.
In Maths we have been looking at repeating patterns and made up our own patterns using body actions as well as colouring different repeating patterns. Next week we will be looking at adding 2 digit numbers using written number sentences.
Next week we will be looking at transport on water.
Hope you all have a good weekend!
The Reception Team
Week Beginning 21st January 2019
This week we have been learning about astronauts and have become 'astronauts in training'.
We have learnt about living in space and found out what astronauts wear and how they breathe. We have found out what kind of food astronauts eat and even tried freeze-dried food.
We also made pizza planets this week, and designed our own planets using different toppings such as mushrooms, peppers, ham, sweetcorn and cheese. These were delicious!
In Science we explored what the surface of the moon looks like and discovered how craters are made by asteroids. We also watched how astronauts walk on the moon and in our Music lesson, we used glockenspiels to help us make music using high and low sounds, as if the astronauts were bouncing on the moon.
In Maths we have been learning to use numicon and number lines to add two single digit numbers.
In Phonics next week we will be learning our last set 2 sounds - 'ir', 'air', 'ou' and 'oy'.
Next week we will be starting to learn about other forms of transport and learning about air travel.
In Maths we will be making identifying and continuing repeating patterns.
Have a great weekend!
The Reception Team
Week Beginning 14th January
This week in our literacy we have listened to a story called 'Back to Earth with a Bump' about a boy travelling in space and seeing all the planets. We did our own story maps and wrote sentences about our favourite plants. In our special learning time we have drawn and labelled our own pictures of the planets.
In Maths this week we have been using numicon to find number bonds to 10.
This week we have also started Gymnastics in PE and have visited the library for the first time.
Next week in literacy we will be learning about Astronauts going into Space and in Maths we will be doing addition with numbers up to 10.
In Phonics the new sounds this week will be, 'oo' - zoo, 'ar' - 'car' and 'or' - 'for'.
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Happy New Year
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas with your families. Thank you all for our lovely gifts and cards.
Week Beginning 7th January 2019
This term we are starting a new topic about Space, Travel and Transport.
This week we have been learning about Space and we received a letter from an alien called Zig.
In literacy the children have written letters to Zig telling him about the food they eat on earth. The children have designed their own aliens and labelled pictures of them. We have also made aliens out of playdoh and built space stations with bricks.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed playing in our new Space Station and Airport roleplay areas.
Next week we will be learning about the different planets in our solar system.
In Maths we have been using Numicon to recognise and order numbers to 10. Next week we will be using Numicon to help with adding 2 single digit numbers.
In Phonics we have started to learn our set 2 vowel diagraphs - 'ay', and 'ee'.
Next week we will be learning the sounds - 'igh', 'ow' and 'oo'.
Week Beginning 10th December
This week in literacy we have been learning about the story of Jack & the Beanstalk which we will be seeing next week at the Pantomime. We have been making our own story maps of the story, using puppet masks to act out the story and sequencing pictures in the correct order.
In Maths we have been doing some Christmas activities, recognising numbers to 10, ordering numbers to 10 and using 2-D shapes to create Christmas pictures.
We have thoroughly enjoyed putting on our Christmas Concert this week and hope that all the parents and grandparents who came to watch, enjoyed seeing us singing our songs and saying our lines for the ABC of Christmas!
Next week we are looking forward to showing our parents around the classroom during our Christmas Craft Activity mornings. We hope you will enjoy coming along and helping us make some lovely Christmas decorations!
We are looking forward to having Christmas Dinner next week and going to see the Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime.
Week Beginning 3rd December 2018
In Literacy this week we have been busy writing letters to Santa and telling him what we would like for Christmas. We then put our letters into envelopes and went on a trip to the local village to buy a stamp from the Post Office. We paid 67p for our stamps and stuck them onto the envelopes. We then posted the letters into the post box. We also went on a walk around the village to look for signs of Christmas! We found lots of Christmas trees, snowmen, tinsel, lights and an elf. We sang some of our Christmas songs in front of the two big Christmas trees on the village green.
In Maths we have been learning about money and recognising the coins that we used to pay for our stamps.
Next week in Maths we will be doing some Christmas Maths activities.
In literacy we will be looking at the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, that we are going to see at the Pantomime.
We are looking forward to performing our Christmas Show to everyone next week!
Week Beginning 26th November 2018
As part of our Superhero topic we had a visit from the Dog's Trust. We learnt about how to look after and treat dogs with respect. We found out how dogs can be used to help other people.
In literacy this week we have also been thinking about our mum and dads as superheroes and discussed all the things they do for us. We wrote sentences and drew pictures of our mums and dads.
In Maths we have been weighing and comparing objects to see which is the heaviest and lightest. We used scales to measure out the ingredients that we needed to make biscuits.
Next week we will be writing letters to Santa and going on a walk to the village to buy our own stamps, so we can post the letters. We will also have a look around the village to see the signs of Christmas.
Week Beginning 19th November 2018
Reception have had another busy week with a visit from the Fire Fighters. The children were shown the equipment and uniform that the fire fighters have. Mr Peacefull dressed up in the fire fighter's uniform, The children were very excited to see the fire engine and even had a turn looking inside.
In Maths this week we have been learning about 3-D shapes. We have learnt the names of the shapes and went on a shape hunt around the school. We sorted real-life 3-D objects and discussed their properties.
Next week we will be finding the weight of different objects and comparing which is the heaviest and lightest.
We have started to learn the words for our Christmas concert, so please keep practising at home.
Week Beginning 12th November
We have had another exciting week in Reception! In our topic work we have continued learning about the emergency services and how the people who work in these services are like real-life superheroes, who help and look after us when we are in trouble or hurt. This week we had a visit from two Paramedics. We learnt about the different types of transport that Paramedics use such as ambulances, first response vehicles, cars, motorbikes and air ambulance helicopters. We had a look at the different types of coats and jackets that the Paramedics use when they working in the dark or in different weathers. We had great fun trying on the uniform coats, jackets and the helmet! The teachers even had a turn! We were very lucky to have look inside the St John's Ambulance and all had a turn at sitting on the bed inside. We heard the three different sounds that the siren makes. It was so loud that we had to cover our ears!
We also learnt how to make a 999 call if we ever need to call in an emergency.
In Maths we have been learning to tell the time recognising the different o'clock times on an analogue clock.
This week has also been Anti-Bullying Week, where we all came to school on Monday in odd socks, to celebrate that we are all different and unique individuals. Wearing odd socks reminds us that we must treat everyone with respect and that we must be kind to all people, even if they seem different to us.
On Friday we wore our spotty clothes to raise money for 'Children in Need'. We learnt about Pudsey Bear and how he helps us to raise money for this special charity.
This week we have also been learning about why we have been buying Poppies. We discussed how it has been 100 years since the end of World War 1. We discussed how we remember each year on 11th November the end of the war. We made our own poppies to remind ourselves of this special important time.
We have learnt about the Hindu Festival of Lights called Diwali. We listened to and acted out the story of Rama and Sita, which is a story of how good overcomes evil and light overcomes darkness. We learnt how Hindu people decorate their doorsteps with Rangoli Patterns made from different coloured rice. We had a go at making our own Rangoli Patterns using red, blue, green and orange rice.
Diwali means 'Row of Lights' and Hindu people light little candles inside clay lamps called Diva Lamps. These are lit during the celebration of lights by Hindu people, to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi into their homes. We made our own Diva Lamps out of card and decorated them.
Week Beginning 5th November 2018
This week we have had a busy week starting our new topic on Superhereos. We have discussed what it would be like to be a superhero and what qualities are needed to be a hero.
The children have had great fun in our roleplay areas - The Superhero Challenge Den and The Fire Station. They have acted out different scenarios and rescues and talked about what equipment they would need to use.
As part of our topic we discussed real-life heroes as people in our community who help us. We were very lucky to have a visit from our local Community Police Officer Sam. She came and showed us her police car and the equipment she uses. She talked about her job and we listened and spoke to the control centre on her radio.
Week beginning- 22nd October 2018
This week we have been thinking about what we want to be when we grow up. It was great to hear what everyone wanted to do when they were older and we all made a special pair of glasses that helped us see into the future.
We have also been showing our 'All about me' collages and books that we have made. The children have loved sharing these and finding out about their friends. Thank you very much for bringing these in to share.
Hope you all have a lovely half term.
The Reception Team.
Week Beginning- 15th October 2018
We have had another great week in Reception, and particularly enjoyed going on a bear hunt around the school. We have been able to retell the story by drawing our own story maps and have been using these to recite Michael Rosen's version of the story.
We really enjoyed taking part in cross country and were all very proud of ourselves for completing it. Well done Reception!
Next week we will be thinking about what we would like to do when we grow up and will be talking about lots of different jobs we may have when we are older. In maths we will be beginning to use number lines to find one more and one less than a given number.
In Phonics we will be finishing off learning the set 1 sounds - z, x, ch qu, ng, nk.
Just a reminder to please bring in your 'All About Me' collage this week.
Have a lovely weekend!
The Reception Team
Week Beginning 8th October 2018
This week in literacy we have had fun learning the story by Michael Rosen - 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' We have learnt to tell the story orally with actions. We have begun to draw story maps to depict the different parts of the story, so we can retell it more easily. Next week we will be drawing our own story maps and retelling the story by acting it out in our environment.
In Maths we have started learning about 2-D shapes and their properties. We have made shape pictures and played guessing games of 'Which shape am I?' Next week will be continuing our work using 2-D shapes and learning how to tell the position of an object using different positional language such as - 'behind, near, next to' etc.
Next week in Phonics we will be learning the sounds, j, v, y, w, th.
Week Beginning 8th October 2018
Next week we will be discussing our favourite stories and reading 'I'm going on a bear hunt'. We will be looking at sequencing the story using pictures, and using a story map and actions to retell the story orally. We will also have a go at drawing our own story maps to help with the oral retelling.In phonics we will be learning the new sounds - e, l, h, sh, and r
The home learning books have been sent out today, so we hope you will have fun completing the activities. Please remember to return them each Thursday.
Hope you have a great weekend!
The children were very excited when the circus came to visit the school. The next day in the reception garden the children enjoyed practising some of the skills that are performed at a circus. They balanced along beams, walked on little stilts, balanced on wobble cushions, jumped in and out of tyres, as well as rolling tyres. The children had great fun!
This week we have been learning about our senses. We have played Kim's Game and used our eyes to find the missing items on a tray. We have used our noses to smell some different smells such as coffee, chocolate, vinegar, orange, mint and curry. We used our mouths to taste some different fruits - pomegranate, passion fruit, apricots, rapsberries, and mango.We thought about different words to describe the different tastes - sour, sweet, yucky, disgusting, delicious! We also went on a sound walk around the school using our ears to listen for different sounds.
Parent curriculum meeting.
Thank you to everyone who joined us today for our curriculum meeting. We hope it was helpful. Please do not hesitate to ask us if you have any questions.
Week Beginning- 24th September
This week in Reception we have been learning all about babies, looking at our own baby photos and we were very lucky to have a special visitor- Baby Harry. The children had lots of questions to ask Miss Burrett and were very excited to say hello and sing him a song.
We also read the book 'Only One You' by Linda Kranz, and have enjoyed celebrating how we are all unique and individual. We have started to paint our pebbles and the children have thoroughly enjoyed reading this story.
Next week, we will be learning about our senses and will be tasting different fruits, and smelling and touching lots of different things. In maths we will be continuing counting to 10 and beyond and will begin finding one more or one less than a given number. Our sounds for next week are c, k, u, b and f.
Just a few reminders, home learning will be given out next Friday and it will be lovely to see as many of you as possible at our curriculum meeting on Wednesday 3rd October at 2:30.
Have a nice weekend!
Week Beginning- 17th September
We have all really enjoyed our first full week in Reception together and the children are all settling in well, making new friends.
This week we started our topic 'All about me' and we have loved learning about ourselves and our friends. We have been working really hard this week, learning our first phonetic sounds and counting up to 10. We had lots of fun outdoors, making wind sticks and playing in the mud kitchen.
Next week, we will continue counting up to 10 in Maths and our new phonic sounds will be i,n,p,g,o. We will also be learning about ourselves as babies so please remember to bring in your baby photo.
We look forward to seeing you next week.
First week in Reception
We have all really enjoyed our first week together in Reception. The children have been busy making friends and exploring their new classroom environment. Over the last few days we have enjoyed eating our school lunches and we are now looking forward to our first full days.
Next week, we will be starting to learn our phonics- m, a, s, d, t, and also in maths counting up to ten, please encourage your children to practise these at home.
We will be beginning our topic 'All about ourselves' and are excited to find out about our different family traditions and cultures.
On Wednesday, the children will be starting their Art and Forest school lessons, so please make sure you have brought in your wellies.
We look forward to seeing you on Monday.
The Reception Team.
Today we welcomed the rest of the children to Reception. Our highlights included, playing outside in the sand pit and water tray, and making new friends.
We are all looking forward to the rest of our week.
First Day in Reception.
We had so much fun in our new classroom today. We made new friends and played with lots of different toys. Can you spot yourself in a photo?