Reception week 1

We have had a very busy first week. Everybody has tried hard with their lunches and we have all made lots of new friends.

Today we enjoyed our first ‘dough disco’ which is a program that will help strengthen our fingers to make us better writers.

Well done to Hallie and Will who got the first Reception ‘Good Work’ certificates. It was very hard to choose because everyone has worked so hard


Last week we had been working very hard on addition. We all found it quite hard to start with and have learnt some new words such as, equals and add. We have also learnt the symbols = +.

Some children have been writing their own number sentence and some children have been counting groups of objects.

We have also been looking at houses around the world and thought about what it would be like to live in houses such as; an apartment, a mud hut, a beach house, a house on stilts and an igloo. Ask your child which house they would like to live in and why?



On Shove Tuesday Reception made pancakes. We started in the morning by mixing eggs, flour and milk together. We then put the mixture in a pan and fried it. The children asked Mrs Grayson to flip it, she had a go, it didn’t go very high but it did land back in the pan!

We made more pancakes this afternoon thanks to Aunt Bessie and everybody tried them but not everybody ate it all up. Well done to the children that ate up!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Our story and focus this week has been Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs. We have read the story, talked about the different characters and used exciting words to describe the woods. We thought of words such as scary, dark, gloomy, ghostly, windy, muddy, cold, spooky, squelchy. Mrs Grayson was very impressed with the children’s language skills.

In maths this week, we have been looking at length. First we ordered the plastic worms and found the shortest and longest ones. Then some children went round the classroom looking for objects that were longer and shorter than a ruler and we recorded it. Some children found strips and had to see if they were longer or shorter than one stuck in their books.

On Fridaywe were very lucky to have an extra PE slot. Miss Heslop looked at gymnastic shapes with us and we made a straight, tuck, butterfly and pike shape. Ask your children to show you at home. We also did some dancing and freezing in a space. Mrs Grayson liked the dancing best!

Chinese New Year

This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have completed lots of different activities and made Chinese dragons. We have found the first letter of our name in Chinese and painted it with fine paintbrushes. We have also been writing Chinese numbers and mark making in red sand. Today we started our weekly problem solving challenge, we worked with our partners to try and draw pictures to help with our working out.

Can you work out this challenge at home and draw a picture to show your working out.

There are 8 Chinese lanterns hanging on a line, 2 blew away. How many are left?

Well done to all the children who have made a Chinese dragon or elf house, these are now on display in the hall.

The Magic Porridge Pot

The story of the week this week has been ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’. We really enjoyed this story and found out the meaning of some new words. On Thursday, we thought about what we could make if we found all that left over porridge. We had some really good ideas; statues, ice creams, animal food. The best idea came from Dane, he wanted to make a Lamborghini out of porridge.

Today (Friday) we have made and tasted porridge with a little bit of honey. Most of the children enjoyed it and Daniel W, Lewis, Paige T and Jenson all had 3 bowls. Some children had 2 bowls and some had 1. Only two children didn’t want to try it.  Well done Reception.


This week we have put up two displays. Our first one is ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ and we have cut our own pots out, mixed our own porridge and glitter  and sprinkled it on the card. They look like the porridge is going to spill all over school. We don’t think Mr. Bennett will be impressed!

Our second display is the sewing we finally completed. We all think they look lovely now they are on the wall.

The Elves and the Shoemaker

This week the children have been reading ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. We have done lots of activities around the story. The children have sequenced pictures of the story and talked about what is happening in the pictures.  In maths we have some counting and addition work.

Some children have been pretending to be elves and had a go at sewing. We have done a simple running stitch around the initial letter of our name. It took that much time that not everybody managed to have a turn. Don’t worry though, we will finish off next week. We hope you like the photographs of our sewing. Mr Bennett and Miss Bowers were very impressed!!