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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.





Dog Trust

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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.


Please find below the link to the Read Write Inc website where you can find out how to pronounce the pure sounds. Please scroll down and click on the area that says 'How to say the sounds'.

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.

Children In Need

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Remembrance Sunday


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.

Remembrance Day

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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.

Diwali Celebrations

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

Aquamarine Class

Aquamarine Class 1

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!


Circus Skills


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!

Wheels on the Bus

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After a Maths session where the children were learning how to count one more using a bus, the children chose to continue acting this out during their special learning time. They set up the chairs to form a bus and had the song 'Wheel on the Bus' playing. The children all sang together and acted out the actions of the song.

Wheels on the Bus

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Wheels on the Bus

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Our Senses


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.

Second day

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?