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Good Luck Reception!

Wow! What a fabulous year we have had! The year has gone so fast! I remember visiting you all at your houses, playing with you in your nurseries, getting messy at messy play, welcoming you on your first day of school and look at you now! You have worked so hard throughout the year, experienced new activites, developed so much and now you are ready for Year 1 !

Good luck to each and everyone of you, I am so proud.

Have a wonderful time in Year 1.

Mums, Dads, Grandparents… May I also take this opportunity to thank you for all your support over the year.

Thank you for our lovely cards and gifts

Enjoy your summer ☀️☀️☀️

Miss Ashton and the reception team

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It’s a girl/boy thing!!

As part of our SMSC development (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural), this week we have been talking about gender.  To begin with, the children listed things that they thought were for boys and things that they thought were for girls. Examples included football and other sports for boys and princesses and dolls for girls. The lists provided the opportunity for a debate in which the children expressed their thoughts about the items on the list. The children then took part in an activity from the ‘boy’ list-football and one from the ‘girl’ list-dolls and prams. It was interesting to hear the children’ s comments about the activities which included ‘I’m not playing with dolls, dolls are for girls’ and ‘I hate football!’. After the activities, we discussed the lists again, talking about the fact that we can ALL play football and with dolls. The children talked about girls and boys being able to do lots of the same activities.  We finished the activity with a story about Patrick the penguin who was pink and didn’t like it because ‘boys can’t be pink!’.   The children made some wonderful comments about the story and activities and discussed their thoughts and opinions with the class. A very rewarding afternoon and definitely one that made us all think!

One of my favourite quotes of the day: ‘I’d tell Patrick to come to our school because you can be whoever you want to be here’ -what a fantastic attitude to have!

Have a look at some photos below of some caring future daddies and some budding Miss Beckhams!

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Reception visit Year 1!

On Thursday, the children spent the morning in Year 1. They had a wonderful time working in the different areas and drawing pictures of their families. They asked their new teacher, Mrs.Waterhouse, lots of questions about life in Year 1.  The children then had a morning playtime and lined up at the hatch for their dinner. Mrs.Waterhouse said the children’s behaviour was impeccable and she is looking forward to another visit from the children next Wednesday morning.

Well done children, I am so proud of you all.  You will all make fabulous Year 1 students!!

Miss Ashton

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Reception’s trip to the zoo!

On Friday, the reception children travelled to Blackpool zoo in search of an escaped lion that had been sneaking into our class at night! (See our twitter page for this story). We all had a fabulous day. The weather stayed fine and we enjoyed having a picnic whilst watching the sealion show. We then went on the hunt for the lion…which we found!!!!! We also saw all the animals from ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and many others!

The children represented our school fabulously with their fantastic behaviour. Well done!!!

Have a look at some photos below…. (Others to follow)

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Handa’s Surprise

Our new topic is Handa’s Surprise which is a beautiful story about a little girl and her friend who live in Africa. The children have been partaking in a variety of activities linked to the story including making a fruit tree, role-play, small world African animals and making fruit baskets. This week, we will be looking at African art and dance, going on safari and finishing the week with our trip to the zoo. Another busy week ahead!

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All aboard!!!!

What a truly wonderful day Reception have had on our whole school trip. We enjoyed the train ride to the park and loved having a picnic and playing games with our friends.  BEST DAY EVER!!

Arriving at the station:

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All aboard!!!

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Picnic and games:

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Reception go back in time!

This week, the children have been ‘travelling back in time’ to act out how reception would have been when the school first opened.  To begin with, they had to sit at a table and practise their handwriting using chalks and chalkboards.  The Ipads and whiteboard were covered as were some of the toys.  The children expressed their thoughts and opinions about being in reception in 1964 and we discussed what the children would have played with in class.  A few children thought it would be boring, some were horrified that there were no Ipads!! But on the whole the children have been eager to play games like skittles, hopscotch, ring games. They have enjoyed writing with chalk and  looking at photographs of children in reception from the past.  I have been overwhelmed by the children’s questioning skills, their thirst of wanting to find out about the school’s history and the detailed thoughts and opinions that the  children have offered.  Well done reception, you have worked very hard this week!

Writing with chalk:

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Playing games from the past:

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Copying work from the teacher:

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Listening to a tape in ‘Music and Movement’ with Miss Ashton just watching!:

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Looking at photos from the past:

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Paper chains and memories

Our discussion and focus over the last few days has been talking about how much we have grown since starting school.  On Friday, we read a story called ‘The Paper Dolls’ about a little girl and her memories and we started to talk about what we remembered from when we first started school.  The children were proud to discuss how much they have developed over the year.  We made a life size ‘paper chain’ outside and also created a paper chain for the classroom. This week, we have made memory boxes and put some of our special memories from school inside, including pictures with our buddies and our favourite activity in class. The aim of these activities is to start the journey of transition into Year 1. The children will be supported in a variety of ways over the next half term with their transition,  including ‘moving up days’ and meeting their new teacher, but this week, we have started to talk about it too and little changes will start to take place from now.   After the half term, the children will play out each afternoon with the other infants as they will do in Year 1 and each week, a new ‘activity’ will be introduced eg: joining assemblies, playing out on the ‘big yard’ at dinnertimes. The transition has always run smoothly as we work closely with Year 1 adults to discuss and support the children in the best possible way. There will also be an opportunity for you to meet with Year 1 staff within the next half term.

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Miss Ashton ☺️

 

 

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Lights, Camera, Action!!!

The children have been busy this week using the new Ipads we have in class. They are becoming familiar with a variety of apps, some which they can use independently. To begin with, we watched a video about internet safety. Sid the superhero gave us some ‘Top Tips’ when working on the internet. Ask your child about some of the rules we discussed.

At the start of the week, some of the children created a movie. Suggestions were made for a title, a plot and a variety of characters joined in the fun. The children loved watchimg themselves on the ‘big screen’!!  Watch the finished movie below and let us know what you think. I have a feeling that we could be producing a few more over the nexts few weeks!!!

 

Reception movies presents’The Royal Castle’

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Construction work for the 3 pigs!

The children worked outdoors to create new houses for The 3Little Pigs to live in.  They used a variety of materials and resources to build the strongest house so that the big bad wolf would not be able to blow it down. The children worked together, discussing ideas and problem solving strategies. What a fabulous way to learn! 

Click on the links below to see the children testing the materials for the houses. 

Testing materials

Will it fall down?