Reception Blog Archive

Blog Archive

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14 January 2022

Wonderful Weather

This week we have introduced our new theme for the half-term – weather. We have been learning about lots of different types of weather, especially clouds. The children...

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7 January 2022

A short but wonderful week!

Happy New Year! Reception have had a fantastic start to 2022! This week we have focused on remembering the routines and expectations in the classrooms. Often this is...

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11 December 2021

Reception Fun!

Another busy week in Reception! This week in Math’s the we have been discussing how we can identify different parts of the whole (total number altogether) using a...

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26 November 2021

Lights, Camera, Action!

Nativity filming has begun! We have been so impressed with how many of the children can confidently remember and perform their lines, so many thanks for helping your...

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19 November 2021

Our First School Trip!

This week the Nursery and Reception children enjoyed their first school outing. The children were so sensible during the walk to and from The Storey’s Field Centre and...

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5 November 2021

A Fabulous First Week Back

This week the children have had a wonderful first week back in school. They have been exploring counting actions, objects and sounds and have also been introducing a...

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21 October 2021

Exploring Autumn

In Reception this week we have celebrated the final week of our half term by exploring all things Autumnal. We have counted conkers, looked carefully at colour and...

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7 October 2021

Feelings and Phonics!

Another fun filled week in Reception! This week the children continued their phonics lessons. We are really getting the hang of concentrating during these sessions, looking after our...

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24 September 2021

Families, friends and fun!

Our first week of full time school has been a huge success. The children are quickly becoming familiar with their classrooms, the grown ups and the expectations at...

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17 September 2021

A Super First Week!

Wow! What a brilliant first week we have had. Pumpkins, Acorns and Sunflowers all settled in well and are starting to get the hang of their daily routines....

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16 July 2021

Journey to Reception and beyond!

This is the last blog post of the year before the summer holiday! Gosh how time has flown by…It feels like only yesterday that the children were showing...

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2 July 2021

Our school trip to Alien School

This week we were surprised to find out that there is a school dedicated to the education of young aliens. We found out about this school in the...

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25 June 2021

Our Super Creative Arts Weeks!

Wow! What a super busy week we have had in Reception this week. There has been an amazing ‘buzz’ throughout our school and Reception children have loved playing...

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18 June 2021

Our intergalactic space adventure

We hope you enjoyed the beginning of our intergalactic adventure into space. On Monday morning, we had a mystery object land in our playground. We were super detectives...

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11 June 2021

Blast off!

This week we have launched our Space topic! The children had a wonderful time creating and exploring the new space themed areas of our classrooms. We have started...

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28 May 2021

A Fairytale Ending!

May 28, 2021 … and they all lived happily every after. This week we have been teaching the ‘Big Bad Wolf’ to be a ‘Big GOOD Wolf’ and...

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21 May 2021

Who Is That Trip Trapping Over My Bridge?

One more week to go until the end of this first half of the summer term! As always, it has been super busy and full of excitement! This...

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14 May 2021

Jack and the Beanstalk

This week in Reception we have been exploring the story, Jack and the Beanstalk. During Group Learning, we have been writing about our first cooking experience, using our...

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29 April 2021

I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff!

The Three Little Pigs 29th April 2021 Once upon a time there were not one, not two but three classes called Acorns, Pumpkins and Sunflowers, they WOWED all...

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23 April 2021

Into the Woods with Little Red Riding Hood

We have had a super busy week in Reception as story time detectives, we worked as a team to correctly match all the statements to some of the...

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16 April 2021

Once upon a time..

Welcome back Reception, we hope you have had a fantastic Easter break and have been enjoying the gorgeous weather these past two and a half weeks. Are you...

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19 March 2021

So Good To Be Back Together Once Again!

It has been absolutely fabulous to be back together in harmony once again and there has been a glorious buzz in Reception once more! We are so proud...

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11 January 2021

Online Learning – WB 11.01.20

We hope you enjoyed our first week of online learning, we are excited to launch our second week of online provision with an adventure into deepest darkest space...

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4 January 2021

Online Learning

The Fox and the Star booklet

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11 December 2020

Ready Steady ……..And Action!

What a busy week! This week has been our intense practice week ahead of our big performances, we are so excited to release the new Block Buster Reception...

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4 December 2020

The Wedding bells are ringing out!

We have had a lovely week in Reception. We have continued our learning about different celebrations, this week we have focused on Weddings. We used the book: ‘When...

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27 November 2020

Carnival Celebrations!

We have had a very exciting and busy week in Reception thinking about all the sights and sounds at Carnivals. We were impressed with the wonderful hat designs...

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19 November 2020

Birthday Celebrations!

Although it was only a short week we still managed to fit in lots of learning! We all loved reading Kipper’s Birthday and exploring our own birthday celebrations....

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13 November 2020

We Love To Get Messy!

This week has been an eventful week in Reception! We have been busy immersing ourselves in paint and enjoying watching and discussing fireworks, becoming conductors of our own...

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6 November 2020

Hubble Bubble, Potion Making

This week: We began the week by reading and enjoying the story of Meg and Mog. Can you tell your parents what happened in the story? What happened...

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23 October 2020

Hip Hip Hooray! We have made it through this first half term!

We have reached the end of our first half term together and are so impressed with the way the children have settled and bonded as a cohort and...

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16 October 2020

Super Duper Reception!

We have had another fantastic week in Reception. This week we read ‘Super Duper You’ and discussed what is special and unique about each of us. It was...

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9 October 2020

How is The Colour Monster Feeling?

9th October 2020 It was brilliant to see so many of you at our ‘Reception Curriculum Meeting’ last night; thank you for the kind feedback we received. We...

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2 October 2020

Have you filled a bucket today?

2nd October 2020 Our teachers say: We have had a very busy week thinking about the book- ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ The children have made us very...

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25 September 2020

Our First Full Week!

September 25th, 2020 Our Teachers say… Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable week. The children have been fantastic in their first full week at school. They have enthusiastically...

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18 September 2020

First week complete!!

Our Teacher’s Say… We are so proud of the start to school our Pumpkins, Acorns and Sunflower children have made. After the home visits last week we have...

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10 July 2020

Finding our way to Year 1!

This is likely to be one of our final posts before we bid you all adieu for the summer holidays. With that in mind we hope that you...

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3 July 2020

Let’s get Non-fictional!

Children and families! Did you have a fantastic week exploring Alien School with Albie? We sure did at school and at home, we used our imaginations and participate...

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26 June 2020

An out of this world experience at alien school!

We hope you enjoyed the beginning of our intergalactic adventure into space. You all showed compassionate and empathy when we had a visitor from outer space land in...

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19 June 2020

Our Space Adventure Begins!

We hope you enjoyed the learning last week and have found both the Colour Monster and Grandad’s Island’s enjoyable texts to support talk around feelings. Next week we...

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12 June 2020

Week Beginning 15.06.20 – Grandad’s Island

Dear children and families, We hope you thoroughly enjoyed learning about ‘The Colour Monster’ last week – it was fantastic to see so many children excited about how...

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5 June 2020

Week Beginning 8th June: How is The Colour Monster Feeling?

We hope you enjoyed your first week back at school or at home during our final term together in Reception. This year seems to have just flown by!...

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29 May 2020

Welcome Back to Summer 2!

    Welcome back Reception, we hope you have had a fantastic half term break and have been enjoying the gorgeous weather this past week. Are you feeling...

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16 May 2020

A Fairytale Celebration!

It’s time for a celebration of story and legend – this week our focus will be on stories from around the world, the grand finale of our topic...

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10 May 2020

Who is that trip trapping over the bridge?

Watch out! Who is that trying to cross the bridge? We hope you enjoyed the story of ‘The Great Fairy Tale Disaster’  last week, it was fantastic to...

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1 May 2020

Oh What a Messy Disaster, Mr Wolf!

Stop Jumping into My Story Mr Wolf! Wk Beginning 4th May, 2020 We hope you enjoyed the story of Little Red Riding Hood last week. Today, we continue...

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26 April 2020

Into the Woods with Little Red Riding Hood

We hope you enjoyed the launch of our new topic ‘Once Upon a Time’, we continue on our fairy tale theme this week with the classic story of...

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21 April 2020

Three Little Pigs – Day three

Wow! We are super impressed with how resilient and courageous you have been getting back into your school routine after the Easter holidays. You have produced some superb...

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20 April 2020

Three Little Pigs – Day 2

Wow! It was lovely to see so much fantastic learning on Tapestry yesterday. Thank you to all for sharing these with us. You must be curious what learning...

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19 April 2020

A Fairy Tale Beginning – The Three Little Pigs – Monday

One Monday morning, the children were getting ready for an exciting beginning to their ‘Once Upon a Time’ topic. They are ready to go and excited to learn...

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17 April 2020

Once upon a Summer term,

Once upon a time, there were three classes: Sunflowers, Acorns and Pumpkins who bravely dived into the unknown world of ‘online learning’. As teachers we have been super...

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1 April 2020

So long, Spring term – Have a lovely Easter, everyone!

Well, it has certainly been an eventful ending to our Spring term! Today is our last day of online learning for the next few weeks and we hope...

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31 March 2020

Week 2 Day 3 Wednesday 1st April Lessons and Resources

We hope you all enjoyed your Tuesday’s learning videos and the learning tasks that followed. So you must be curious – what can we expect for tomorrow’s learning?...

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30 March 2020

Week 2 Day 2 Tuesday’s Lessons and Resources

We hope you all enjoyed your Monday learning videos and the learning tasks that followed. So you must be curious – what can we expect for tomorrow’s learning?...

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29 March 2020

Finale of Animal Kingdom – Monday 30.03.20

Good morning children and welcome to Monday’s learning activities – The Animal Kingdom, a phonics review and an introduction to time.     Group Learning: This week will be...

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27 March 2020

The online journey has begun, where will it take us next?

Dear Reception Families, What an exciting but bizarre week it has been for everyone at UCPS. We want to say thankful for all the kind wishes, your understanding...

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25 March 2020

Daily Blog: Onward to Thursday 26th of March!

We hope you enjoyed your Wednesday learning videos and that they weren’t too messy! We are so grateful to all families for sharing their children’s learning with us....

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24 March 2020

Prepare for Wednesday – Peak of the Week!

We hope you all enjoyed your Tuesday learning videos and the learning tasks that followed. So you must be curious – what can we expect for tomorrow’s learning?...

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23 March 2020

Our Online Classroom Begins!

We hope you enjoyed your first day of online learning, Reception! Please do email the Enquiries email address if you have any questions about the learning that you...

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20 March 2020

Bugs, bugs, BUGS! (+ Information for our Online Classroom)

What an exciting and peculiar week it has been for everyone at UCPS. Our focus this week has been on minibeasts (and not just the garden variety!). We...

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12 March 2020

Nature Explorers and Outdoor Adventurers: Celebrating STEM Week!

We have had a fantastic week engaging in a range of outdoor learning activities, from orienteering, microscope investigations to allotment exploration and planting. So much science, technology, engineering...

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6 March 2020

Spots or Stripes!

Wow! Another super busy fun filled week in Reception! Children have thoroughly enjoyed all the rainbow challenges and have worked very hard in a joyful way! Our focus...

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28 February 2020

Why you do not want wild animals as pets in your house!

What a busy first week back! Reception children have been super excited to start their new topic-‘Animal Kingdom’ and there has been some great discussions about why some...

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14 February 2020

Here We Are – It’s Book Week!

This week has been a fun filled adventure to learn about our Book Week book ‘Here We Are’. We’ve loved reading the story, learning about our special character...

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7 February 2020

Welcome Polar Scientists!

This week marked the end of our topic on Polar Explorers and what a super exciting week it has been! On Wednesday, Reception children had a fantastic time...

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30 January 2020

Writers and Explorers venture North!

This week we’ve moved on from our Antarctic exploration and ventured north to the Arctic tundra to learn about the animals that inhabit this part of the earth....

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24 January 2020

Inventors and Explorers

This week in our ‘Polar Explorers’ topic we have been helping Jade the Explorer pack her rucksack with all the objects we think she needs for her adventure...

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16 January 2020

Pointy Penguins Galore!

All our Reception children have demonstrated a real love for learning this week and there has been a hive of activity! Well-done Pumkins, Sunflowers and Acorns! The Rainbow...

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11 January 2020

A COOL start to the new term!

We’ve had a fantastic first week back at school, returning fresh and ready for all the new challenges that 2020 has to offer us. We’ve been recalling the...

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5 January 2020

A frosty beginning to 2020!

We hope you’ve all had a restful break and made lots of happy memories with family and loved ones, we are looking forward to welcoming you all back...

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17 December 2019

No room at the inn – take 2!

*Apologies for those trying to access this blog, we’ve reposted it and hope this one works. We have had a super busy week in Reception!!! All Reception children...

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13 December 2019

No Room at the Inn?

We have had a super busy week in Reception!!! All Reception children have contributed to making the ‘Nativity’ such a wonderful and joyous experience, which we know that...

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6 December 2019

There’s a Miracle in Reception!

What a busy week! This week has been our intense practise week ahead of our big performances, we are looking forward to welcoming you all to see our...

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29 November 2019

Weddings

We have had a lovely week in Reception. We have continued our learning about different celebrations, this week we have focused on Weddings. We used the book: ‘When...

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21 November 2019

Celebrating in Carnival Style!

We have had a very exciting and busy week in Reception thinking about all the sights and sounds at Carnivals. We were impressed with the wonderful hat designs...

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15 November 2019

Mr Muddles and Mr Snapples surprise Birthday Party

We have had a very exciting week in Reception thinking about different ways we can celebrate birthdays. We have been very busy becoming party planners, and planning a...

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7 November 2019

Fireworks and Fairy Fun!

This week has been an eventful week in Reception. We have been busy immersing ourselves in fantastical fairy forest adventures, enjoying watching and discussing fireworks, becoming conductors of...

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1 November 2019

Hubble Bubble

This week: We began the week by reading and enjoying the story of Meg and Mog. We were very interested in the idea of potion making and we...

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17 October 2019

Autumn Adventures, Chilly Air and Change

We have reached the end of our first half term together and are so impressed with the way the children have settled and bonded as a cohort and...

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11 October 2019

What a SURPRISE!

This week has been an exciting week, we officially began our rainbow challenges and enjoyed listening to the story of Handa’s Surprise and recalling the different animals and...

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4 October 2019

Have you filled a bucket today?

Our teachers say: We have had a very busy week thinking about the book- ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ The children have made us very proud this...

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27 September 2019

We’re going on a Dr Biddulph Hunt…….

September 27, 2019 Our Teachers say… Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable week. The children have been fantastic in their first full week at school. They have enthusiastically...

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12 July 2019

Let’s get ready for a new start!

In Reception, change is in the air and our children have spent their week reflecting on their achievements in Reception and looking forward to moving into Year 1....

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5 July 2019

All about Space

We have been very busy this week in our Reception classes thinking about the difference between fiction (stories) and non-fiction (fact) books. We enjoyed looking at the different...

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28 June 2019

A School for Aliens???

This week we were surprised to find out that there is a school dedicated to the education of young aliens. We found out about this school in the...

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14 June 2019

Zoom, zoom, zoom… we’re going to the Moon!

This week got off to a BLAST (off) as we read about Baby Bear’s trip to the moon for a picnic in the story Whatever Next. We learnt...

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24 May 2019

Who Is That Trip Trapping Over My Bridge?

Well our last week of this first half of the summer term has been super busy as always and full of excitement! Our final Traditional Fairy Tale has...

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17 May 2019

Change your ways Mr Wolf!

Fairytale land has needed more help this week from the Reception Police Officers. We came back to school after the Bank Holiday to find a letter from  Little...

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3 May 2019

“Not By The Hair On My Chinny Chin Chin!”

Once upon a time there were three super spectacular Reception classes called Acorns, Pumpkins and Sunflowers, they WOWED all their grown ups with the super work they did...

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26 April 2019

A Fairytale Start

This week has been short but sweet. The children have returned from their holidays refreshed and ready to take on our final summer term and all that it...

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29 March 2019

Did you know that Cockroaches can chirp and sing?

We have thoroughly enjoyed this week in Reception, our focus has been on creepy crawly Mini-beasts! We started the week with small groups going into the forest on...

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22 March 2019

Marvellous Minibeasts!

All our Reception children have enjoyed a week of busy learning! There were Rainbow certificates for ALL the children across all three classes- this is very impressive! This...

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15 March 2019

Zooology!

Surprize! Surprize! Yet another week of busy learning! Reception children have been working so hard all week and as a result were presented with so many ‘Rainbow Certificates’...

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8 March 2019

Spots or Stripes?

Wow! Another super busy fun filled week in Reception! Children have thoroughly enjoyed all the rainbow challenges and have worked very hard in a joyful way! Our focus...

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1 March 2019

You can’t take an elephant on a bus!

What a busy first week back! Reception children have been super excited to start their new topic-‘Animal Kingdom’ and there has been some great disscussions about why so...

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15 February 2019

Jungle Explorers

There has been a real love of learning throughout Sunflowers, Pumpkins and Acorns this week. All the children have really impressed their teachers… well done everyone in Reception!...

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8 February 2019

And Tango Makes Three

The children in Acorns, Sunflowers and Pumpkins have shown a real love for learning this week and they have really impressed their teachers… well done everyone in Reception!...

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1 February 2019

Fantastic Facts

We have all experienced a fun-filled week in Reception and have shown our teachers ‘our brilliance!’ Congratulations to Pumpkins, Sunflowers, and Acorns! Everyday we have learnt more new...

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24 January 2019

We are Polar Explorers!

We have had a wonderful week in Reception with lots of learning taking place. The children have loved their learning this week and they have really impressed their...

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18 January 2019

P P P Penguins!

All our Reception children have demonstrated a real love for learning this week and there has been a hive of activity! Well-done Pumkins, Sunflowers and Acorns! The Rainbow...

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11 January 2019

Welcome back!

Welcome back Sunflowers, Acorns and Pumpkins and your lovely families. We have had a wonderful start to the new term with children settling straight back into the routines...

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14 December 2018

Christmas Celebrations!

We have had a super busy week in Reception! All Reception children have contributed to making the ‘Nativity’ such a wonderful and joyous experience, which we know that...

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7 December 2018

Nativity preparations

We have had an extremely busy week making the final preparations for our Nativity performances. We are delighted to report that all Reception children are singing beautifully, remembering...

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30 November 2018

Weddings

We have had a lovely and busy week in Reception. We have continued our learning about different celebrations, this week we focused on Weddings. The children have been...

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23 November 2018

The sights and sounds of the Carnival

We have had a very exciting and busy week in Reception thinking about all the sights and sounds at Carnivals. We were impressed with the wonderful hats and...

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16 November 2018

Happy Birthday to you!

We have had a very exciting week in Reception thinking about the different ways that we can celebrate birthdays. What a very busy week…We have been making lists...

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9 November 2018

Fizz! Bang! Whizz!

We have had a very exciting week in Reception thinking about the colours and sounds that fireworks make. We were impressed with the way the children used their...

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2 November 2018

Hubble Bubble

This week: We began the week by reading and enjoying the story of Meg and Mog. We were very interested in the idea of potion making and we...

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19 October 2018

Autumn Colours

We’ve made it – our first half term in Reception is complete. We’ve been on quite a journey since getting to know each other during our home visits...

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12 October 2018

Handa’s Surprise

Wow! What a fantastic week we have had in Reception. The children have amazed us with their enthusiasm for the brand new Rainbow Challenges and their wonderful attitudes...

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5 October 2018

Have you filled a bucket today?

Our teachers say: We have had a very busy week thinking about the book- ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ The children have made us very proud this week-...

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28 September 2018

We’re going on a Dr Biddulph Hunt…

Our Teachers say… Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable week. The children have been fantastic in their first full week at school. They have enthusiastically engaged with lots of...

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21 September 2018

Welcome Reception 2018-19

Our Teacher’s Say… We are so proud of the start to school our Pumpkins, Acorns and Sunflower children have made. After the home visits last week we have...

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23 July 2018

Happy Holidays!

Wow! What an incredible year it has been in Reception. We would like to thank every single Acorn, Pumpkin and Sunflower for a truly wonderful year. We would...

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13 July 2018

Moving on Up!

In Reception, change is in the air and our children have spent their week reflecting on their achievements in Reception and looking forward to moving into Year 1....

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6 July 2018

As a matter of fact

We have been very busy this week in our Reception classes thinking about the difference between fiction (stories) and non-fiction (fact) books. We enjoyed looking at the different...

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29 June 2018

A School for Aliens???

This week we were surprised to find out that there is a school dedicated to the education of young aliens. We found out about this school in the...

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22 June 2018

Aliens, Underpants and Other Things

What a week… We have been very inspired by our story for this week ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ and all the associated challenges that have come with it. The...

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16 June 2018

Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon! 

This week got off to a BLAST (off) as we read about Baby Bear’s trip to the moon for a picnic in the story Whatever Next. We learnt...

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16 June 2018

Zoom zoom zoon, we’re going to the moon!

This week got off to a BLAST (off) as we read about Baby Bear’s trip to the moon for a picnic in the story Whatever Next. We learnt...

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8 June 2018

We Have Lift Off!

What an uplifting three days we have had in Reception. It began with a shocking scene… a flying saucer had crash landed into our playground, and with it,...

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25 May 2018

A Fairytale Ending!

… and they all lived happily every after. This week we have been teaching the ‘Big Bad Wolf’ to be a ‘Big GOOD Wolf’ and have, we are...

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11 May 2018

Face the Consequence, Mr Wolf!

Fairytale land has needed more help this week from the Reception Police Officers. We came back to school after the Bank Holiday to find a letter from  Little...

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4 May 2018

The Big Bad Wolf… or the Big Bad Pigs?

This week has been yet another fun-filled week in Reception as we built on our story from last week ‘The Three Little Pigs’, but this time, with a...

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27 April 2018

The Three Little Pigs

Once upon a time there were not one, not two but three classes called Acorns, Pumpkins and Sunflowers, they WOWED all their grown ups with the super work...

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20 April 2018

A Fairytale Beginning

This week has been short but sweet. The children have returned from their holidays refreshed and ready to take on our final summer term and all that it...

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23 March 2018

Under the Sea

We have had a wonderful week in Reception thinking about the animals that live under the sea. Our group learning focused on the book ‘Shark in the Dark’,...

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16 March 2018

Mad about Minibeasts

We have really enjoyed this week in Reception, our focus has been on Minibeasts. We started the week with our own minibeast hunt around school. Look at this amazing...

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9 March 2018

We’re Going to Zoo!

We are getting excited as we prepare for our trip to Shepreth Wildlife Park next Tuesday. This week has been, fittingly, all about zoos. We have been:  ...

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2 March 2018

Rainbows, Snow and Patterns

There’s ‘snow’ such thing as bad weather in Reception this week as blizzards and ice became part of our learning experiences and the topic of conversation. We have...

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23 February 2018

You can’t take an elephant on the bus

The children were welcomed back to school with a ‘PAW-some’ new topic- Animal Kingdom and some roaring new challenges. Our focus this week has been what makes a...

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18 February 2018

Special BLOG: Keep your child safe online

This is a special BLOG to give you guidance about how to keep your child safe online. The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect...

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2 February 2018

And so our Polar Exploration comes to an end…

This week marked the end of our topic on Polar Explorers. We really enjoyed the story ‘And Tango Makes Three’, this led to lots of thinking about baby...

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26 January 2018

Carry on, up the iceberg!

In our penultimate week of our ‘Polar Explorers’ has taken us on a journey to the north to learn all about about animals that live in the Arctic...

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19 January 2018

Antarctic Adventure

                    We took our learning to a whole new level this week with thanks to our very special visitors...

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19 January 2018

Our Antarctic Expedition gets real!

We took our learning to a whole new level this week with thanks to our very special visitors – the British Antarctic Survey. Tuesday’s visit has left a...

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12 January 2018

The Blue Penguin

Thank you to all of the children in the Pumpkin, Acorn and Sunflower classes for a wonderful week. All the staff have thoroughly enjoyed the learning this week...

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4 January 2018

Happy New Year!

It has been a fantastic start to 2018 in Reception, with all the children returning happy, refreshed and ready to engage in our new topic ‘Polar Explorers’. So...

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15 December 2017

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Wow! We are so very proud of all the children in Acorns, Pumpkins and Sunflowers for their wonderful performance in our Nativity. We hope that you all enjoyed...

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8 December 2017

A Christmas Story

What a nativity filled week it has been it has been in Reception. We have been rehearsing our performance and making our grown ups very proud. This week...

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1 December 2017

I can hear the bells!

This week has been another week of celebrations as we have been trying to help Mr Muddles and Snapples the Crocodile find a partner and prepare for their...

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24 November 2017

It’s Carnival time!

What an exciting week it has been in Reception! The Acorns, Pumpkins and Sunflowers have had a really enjoyable week preparing for and joining in with our very...

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17 November 2017

It’s Party Time!

We’ve had a fantastic week preparing for the birthdays of Mr Muddles and Snapples the Crocodile. We have been busy writing, wrapping, baking and decorating and have achieved...

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10 November 2017

Fizz, bang, pop!

It has been an exciting, firework filled week in Reception! This week we have been busy learning about fireworks and how to stay safe around them. We have...

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3 November 2017

Hubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble!

What a spooky week it has been! We’ve been making potions, building cauldrons and designing pumpkin faces. Our focus this week has been: asking questions and giving thoughtful...

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20 October 2017

Happy Half Term!

Our first half term has come to an end, we have settled into our classrooms and have made some great new friends! This week we have been: Learning...

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13 October 2017

Books, books and more books – it’s BOOK WEEK!

Book week has come to an end (and a new chapter will begin next week!). We have fully embraced books this week, with many of us sharing our...

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6 October 2017

Sssslither down the snake, round the a-a-apple and down the leaf!

This has been another milestone week for us in Reception. We have wowed our teachers with our appetite for phonics as this week we have started hearing, saying,...

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29 September 2017

Bucket-fillers, whole body listeners and tidy up superstars!

Have you been a bucket filler today? Reception certainly have been, in fact, they’ve been bucket fillers all week long! Inspired by our story this week, ‘Have You...

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22 September 2017

We’re Going On a Mr Biddulph Hunt

Our first full week of school has been an exciting one… we even got to go on a hunt around the school for a very tall man (Mr...

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15 September 2017

What a Wonderful Week!

And what a week it has been for all of our new Reception children. Our school now feels complete, full of new faces, new smiles and such amazingly...

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13 July 2017

Summer Time

Farewell and Thank you: This is the last blog post of the year before the summer holiday! Gosh how time has flown by…It feels like only yesterday that...

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7 July 2017

Future thinking

This week In our classrooms this week, children have been using imaginative role play to think about what they want to do when they are older. In the...

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30 June 2017

Investigators and problem solvers

This week We have been looking at inventions. We have taken a closer look at typewriters, cameras, torches and laptops and asking questions such as: – What does...

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23 June 2017

Inventors and Inventions

This Week This has been a very hot week in Reception! Thank you to everyone for remembering water bottles, hats and sun cream. We have continued with our...

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16 June 2017

Aliens Love Underpants!

This week: We have been really enjoying our new space topic this week. We have shared the story ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ and talked about what it would be...

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9 June 2017

3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF!

Although this week has been, short it has been packed full of fun. We started on our space theme and we have all been creating things for the...

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26 May 2017

Summer has arrived!

This week We have been making the most of the amazing weather by turning our sandpit into a beach and creating water storage systems using our digging skills...

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19 May 2017

Oh my, what big learning we have had!

This Week We have been developing our learning about Fairy Tales by looking at Little Red Riding Hood, using Talk for Writing skills to learn the story, including...

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12 May 2017

If the shoe fits…!

This week we have been exploring the story of Cinderella. We have been writing invitations to the royal ball and some of us have been challenging ourselves to...

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5 May 2017

“In Summer…”

This Week This week has been short but busy in Reception. We have been learning about the story of the Snow Queen. After sharing the story we decided...

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28 April 2017

The Book Monster and the Gingerbread Man

This Week This week has been a very busy one in Reception, a book monster was on the loose in our classroom! Nibbles has broken free from his...

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21 April 2017

Run, run as fast as you can!

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely holiday and feel ready for the exciting term ahead!   Learning Celebration Event! We are so proud of the...

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31 March 2017

Happy Easter!

Learning Celebration Event! We are so proud of the children’s learning so far this year. Please check your emails for details of an event about your child’s learning...

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24 March 2017

‘Turnipping’ up the learning

This week We have continued our topic learning on plants by looking at the story ‘The Enormous Turnip’, discussing the size, shape and weight of different vegetables. We...

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16 March 2017

Ch…Ch…Ch…Changes

Quick Reminders: Please can you ask your children not to play with the equipment before and after the school day. Please can you bring your reading books into...

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10 March 2017

Week 3 in Reception

This week On Monday each class had an exciting physical development session with Little Gym. The children explored using balance beams, trampettes, and bars, as well as experimenting...

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3 March 2017

Flying high… thinking big.

This week Reception enjoyed learning about the books of Alexis Deacon for book week. We spent the first day learning about Henry Finch and the power of thought....

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24 February 2017

We have a spring in our step

This week: This week has been a busy welcome back to school. On Monday the Reception children took part in a whole school diversity day where we talked...

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10 February 2017

What would you do if you went to the zoo?

This week The children have been learning about Zoos. We read the book Dear Zoo and talked about the types of animals that can be found in zoos...

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4 February 2017

Mini-beast Madness!

Shepreth Trip Thank you to everyone who volunteered with us on the trip, you were a huge help and it could not have happened without you!. The children...

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27 January 2017

Pets, vets and new friends met!

Trip information: Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to come with us on the trip. We needed a total of 15 parent volunteers. We have emailed all...

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20 January 2017

No more yielding than a dream…

News flash: We are still looking for parents to help with our trip to Shepreth, if you can be available on 30th January please speak to your class...

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13 January 2017

Welcome back to our learning habitat

Exciting News: On Monday 30th January we are going on a school trip to Shepreth Wildlife park! If you have not received an email about this please let...

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20 December 2016

Holiday reading and learning

Well done on finishing your first term in Reception at University of Cambridge Primary School. We are really proud of all the learning that your Acorn, Pumpkin and...

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16 December 2016

Lights, Camera, Action!

As the term comes to a close we just wanted to say well done to everyone for a fantastic first term at school! We have all learnt so...

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9 December 2016

Setting the Stage

Mystery Readers! Call for mystery readers in Reception classes next term. To support the children developing a love of reading we are inviting parents to come and share...

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2 December 2016

Creativity and Curiosity: A Perfect Match

  This week: We have been learning all about weddings and partnerships this week. During group learning we have been working as a team to create wedding cakes...

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29 November 2016

Nativity update

This week, nativity rehearsals have got into full swing. We are using our stage in the school hall so as to feel familiar and confident in the space...

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25 November 2016

1,2,3,4…5!

This week: Thank you to everyone for coming on time to school each day, it has really helped us to start our learning at 9:00am. It has been...

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18 November 2016

The Colours and Sounds of Carnival

This week: We have been learning about carnivals. We looked at the masks worn at Venice Carnival, the snow sculptures made at Quebec Carnival and the instruments used...

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11 November 2016

Zoom, Pop, Bang!

This Week: It was a real pleasure to see so many of you at the learning conversations on Thursday. We are so proud of the children and their...

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4 November 2016

Diwali: sweets, patterns and lights.

This week: It is wonderful to be back at school after the holiday. Thank you for bringing your decorated plates back, we have really enjoyed talking with the...

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21 October 2016

Musicians and mathematicians reaching for the stars

This week: This week, we looked at the book How to Catch a Star.  The book inspired us to dream big and set ambitious goals for our play and...

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14 October 2016

Music and nature

This week: This week the story of Owl Babies has given us lots of opportunity to take our learning outside. We have been building dens and nests in...

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7 October 2016

Porridge that is just right!

This week: We can hardly believe how quickly this week has gone! We have been so busy in Reception learning about the story of Goldilocks and the Three...

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30 September 2016

Artistic Elephants

This week We have had another exciting week in Reception, packed full of playful and exploratory learning.  We continued our “All about me” topic by looking at the...

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23 September 2016

We’re going on a Mr Biddulph hunt…

This week This week we explored the book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt,’ so we decided to have a hunt of our own. Mrs Bray wrote to...

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20 September 2016

First week together

It was lovely this week to see the classrooms filled with smiling faces and happy children. This week we spent a lot of time getting to know each...

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9 September 2016

First steps lead to epic journies

We would like to thank you all for welcoming us into your homes this week. It was lovely to get to know you and your family. We have...

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15 July 2016

Transition Week

Thanks to everyone that came out to Sports Day on Monday! We learned about inclusive sports in the morning with John Wallis from Power2Inspire. We participated in many...

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10 July 2016

Our Science Week

This week we’ve been exploring the world through science! In small groups we made butter by shaking double cream in a jar. It took a lot of shaking...

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1 July 2016

Blue Sky Week

Blue Sky Week has been a week of art and exploration, we looked at various types of art including the temporary art installation of Alfred Wallis paintings hanging...

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24 June 2016

Paralympics

This week we have been looking at the ‘Paralympics.’ We focused on inclusion and diversity. Some children were blindfolded and their partner needed to instruct around an obstacle...

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17 June 2016

There’s no ‘i’ in team!

This week we have been focusing on the term ‘cooperation.’ We focused on working together as a team, completing different challenges. Some children were blindfolded and their partner...

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10 June 2016

On the road to Rio

Welcome back, we hope you enjoyed your half term! This week we have started our new topic ‘The Olympics.’ We focused on healthy living and well being, looking...

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20 May 2016

Run run as fast as you can you can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man!

This week we have been learning about the story ‘The Gingerbread man.’ At the beginning of the week a crime had been committed, a gingerbread man was found...

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13 May 2016

The paper bag princess

This week we have been learning about the story ‘The Paper Bag Princess.’ At the beginning of the week a trail of bones and burnt clothing appeared in the...

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7 May 2016

Aladdin

This week we have been learning about the story ‘Aladdin.’ At the beginning of the week a magic carpet and a golden lamp appeared in Reception. We took...

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29 April 2016

Rapunzel

This week we have been learning about the story ‘Rapunzel.’ Rapunzel left a note asking for the children to write to her because she didn’t have many books...

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25 April 2016

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Last week we were learning about the story ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker.’ Many of you may have heard that last week some Elves took up residence in...

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18 March 2016

The enormous turnip

This week we have been reading the story ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and talking about working together as a team. During literacy we have been learning how to write acrostic poems and...

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5 March 2016

Jack and the Beanstalk Week 2

This week in reception we have been writing messages to Jack and the giant to post on our classroom beanstalks. Some of the children think that Jack shouldn’t...

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28 February 2016

Jack and the Beanstalk

Finally after weeks of technical difficulties the blog is back! This week in Reception we have been exploring the story, Jack and the Beanstalk. During literacy we have...

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17 January 2016

Farm animal fun

This week in Reception we have been learning about farm animals. During literacy we looked at the story ‘Old MacDonald had a farm’ and have been labelling a range...

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7 January 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year and welcome back! We are excited to be settled into our new space and embrace all the fantastic learning that will come from it. The...