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Week ending 22nd March

What a superhero filled week!  This week we have been looking at the book 'Supertato'.  There has been lots of writing and role playing about 'Evil Pea' and 'Supertato'.  Again the children looked at speech bubbles and then labelled a super vegetable during our shared writing session.  Our rainbow challenges have been very popular, especially writing speech bubbles for the characters, making superhero badges using the peg boards, making playdough vegetables and knocking over evil pea bottles with potatoes!


In Maths we have been looking at teen numbers individually - focusing on 13 to 16.  We have looked at 1 more and less than the number; how the numbers are made e.g. 10 and 3 makes 13 or 6 and 7 makes 13 and the children have been challenged to represent the numbers.  Our Maths workshop session focused on Pirate Pete sharing his treasure.  Children have been undertaking this activity over a number of weeks.  


The children have also looked at the Easter story in RE; talked about real life superheroes e.g. Marie Curie/Emmeline Pankhurst and looked at funky music (Earth Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder) before singing Big Bear Funk which is nearly ready to perform! 


It was wonderful to talk to you all at parents' evening and share all your children's successes.  Our final parent workshop of the term will be next Friday.  


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves


Week ending 15th March

What a windy week!  The children took full advantage of the weather later in the week by making kites.  This week we moved from real life superheroes to imaginary superheroes.  The children looked at superheroes they knew and their powers.  They then moved onto making up their own superheroes and writing about them.  At the end of the week, the children looked at speech bubbles and what superheroes might say.


In Maths we continued to explore recognising and ordering teen numbers.  It would be fantastic if the children could practise this at home.  We talk about teen numbers being 10 and x more.  All children have read to an adult to practise their blending and reading skills.  In phonics we learnt ear, air and ure.  These are some of the trickier trigraphs and practising at home would really help.


In RE we started to look at the Easter story and in Collective Worship we talked about Jesus being angry at the stallholders in the Temple.  In Music children continued to practise Big Bear Funk and move to music.


Thank you for your kind donations today.  We talked about why we were wearing red and the projects Comic Relief supports.  The children had an opportunity to design red noses too.


It has been lovely to see so many children completing their Rainbow challenges this week.  We are so proud of the children and love how proud they are of themselves.


Please remember that parent morning is every Friday.  It is lovely to see parents/grandparents and share your child's/children's learning.  We look forward to seeing you at parents' evening next week.


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves



Week ending 8th March

We have had a brilliant week that ended in our amazing World Book Day! The children looked fantastic.  Thank you for all your hardwork with outfits and sending in books.  It was such a shame that we couldn't have all the children in school and hope everyone is feeling better.  Today the children have read with their buddies; been on a treasure hunt looking for characters in the school grounds and experienced our class mix up session where children chose a particular type of books and then went into mixed up classes to do related activities.  Mrs Lowe and the Reception team hosted children who had chosen to look at funny stories.  Children decorated buns with Gangsta Granny jewels; read a range of funny books; designed Captain Underpants's cape; made Horrid Henry masks as well as other activities focused on learning to draw characters in funny stories e.g. Dog Man.  Reception children had an opportunity to share their books with their friends.  The day ended in the children going to their first Believe and Achieve assembly.  They were brilliant.


Earlier in the week we continued with our 'People Who Help Us' topic.  We focused on the 'Jolly Postman' and spotting characters.  We also wrote a letter to someone who helps us, focusing on pre-cursive, phonics, writing tricky words, how to start and finish. In Phonics we focused on ur, oi and ow.


In Maths we continued to focus on teen numbers.  We talked about how they are ten and x ones.  We also worked with partners to make teen numbers using our fingers.  The children enjoyed playing a teen number building game on the Whiteboard to reinforce understanding.


On Monday we introduced the children to Rainbow challenges.  There are six different coloured challenges each week e.g. paint a picture of someone who helps us (green).  When children complete a challenge, they get that coloured lollypop stick.  If they collect all six during the week, they get 5 green dojos.  We talked about  being independent and not rushing.  The children loved the challenge and lots completed the rainbow challenges.  We are looking forward to continuing Rainbow Challenges over the coming weeks.


In RE we talked about Ash Wednesday and Lent and the children celebrated Pancake Day on Tuesday.  The enjoyed eating their pancakes.  During Collective Worship we talked about being responsible for how we spend our time.  In our story the ant worked to prepare for Winter whilst the grasshopper played and sang and then was cold and hungry over Winter.


Parent Morning will resume next Friday and we look forward to seeing as many parents/grandparents there as possible.  Everyone is welcome!


Have a lovely weekend.  We will put some World Book Day photos on Tapestry!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves





Week ending 1st March

It was lovely to see the children back in school this week and to hear about their half-term adventures.  This week we have started our 'People Who Help Us' topic.  The children have thrown themselves into this.  There have been lots of visits to our doctors surgery...with some very serious injuries and illnesses.  Thankfully all the children recovered and were given suitable medical treatment!  The children have also started painting and labelling pictures of people who help us.


In Literacy, the children talked about people who help us and stories and real people they knew who did these jobs.  We also wrote sentences about what the children want to be when they grow up, as well as discussing that we can write anywhere in the classroom and outside and why we might choose to do this.  On Thursday we read a story about Charlie the Firefighter who was female.  We had a very interesting discussion about the jobs the children felt boys and girls can do and how boys and girls are equal and can do the same jobs. In Phonics we focused on the sounds ar, oo and or.  All children read in a group, individually or both.  All children who have read their books have been given new ones to read.


After reinforcing previous learning about more and less earlier in the week, we introduced teen numbers. Can your child show you the actions we used to count to 20?  We talked about where teen numbers came on a numberline and how they are '10 and some more'.  We will continue looking at teen numbers next week.


In RE we looked at new life and where children might see it.  In Collective Worship we introduced our new topic:  Responsibility.  We talked about how we are responsible for what we say to others.


After singing and dancing to Baby Shark as a warmup, the children wowed with their ability to learn a new song, recognise loud and quiet and move in time to the music.  We had a very funky Friday afternoon.


New Learning Pool sheets were sent out in bookbags today, as well as additional reading challenges (separate sheet).  We have had a few queries about class photos.  We are expecting another delivery of photos.  If you have not received yours, you should do shortly.


The children are already very excited about next Friday, World Book Day.  Please note there will be no parent session as we have an assembly at that time.  You should have received a text today saying this and that it would be fantastic if your child could bring in a book that goes with their outfit if you have one.  Please do not worry if you do not as this is optional but we thought it might be nice for the children to share their related books too. The Reception staff are busy planning their outfits too!


Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves


Week ending 15th February

It is hard to believe that the children are now halfway through their time in Reception.  They are becoming so grown up, resourceful and resilient.  This week they have demonstrated a lot of empathy when we have been discussing caring for our World.  We have used the texts ' I Can Save the Earth' and 'The Smartest Giant in Town' to explore looking after the Earth and recycling.  We looked at what we can reduce e.g. use of water/electricity and reuse e.g. toys/clothing the children have finished with.  The children talked about the impact of plastic on the environment, particularly sealife with a class clip from the Blue Planet II series.  The children have also sorted recyclable materials in our recycling cafe and talked about what things might make the World happy or sad.


In Maths we have looked at ordering by weight and capacity, using the items from our recycling cafe.  We also explored estimation and talked about having a sensible guess.  


In RE the children have continued to explore the story of the Good Samaritan and in Collective Worship we completed our focus on generosity by talking about a man who planted trees in a war-torn country as well as linking it to the 'Smartest Giant' and recycling.  


Thank you for all your photos of different places in the UK and abroad.  We have loved sharing them as a way of focusing on similarities and differences between places around the World.


All children who have read their books have new ones for the holidays and everyone will have read to an adult at least once in school by the end of this week (either during individual or guided reading or both). Our new sounds in Phonics have been ai/ee/igh (and oa tomorrow).


We are looking forward to Panto time tomorrow - "oh yes we are!"

Have a wonderful half-term holiday.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 8th February

What a lovely week celebrating Chinese New Year!  We were so pleased that Scarlett's Dad could join us in class on Wednesday to talk about the celebration.  Scarlett also, very kindly, brought gifts for all the children and we have had great fun opening our fortune cookies.  The children have loved spending time in the Chinese restaurant role play area, as well as doing Chinese New Year related crafts and learning.  We have especially focused on the 'Great Race' about how the years of the Chinese zodiac were named.  Can your child tell you about which animals raced and were they came in the race?


Another area of learning has been Internet Safety as it was Internet Safety day on Tuesday.  The Digital Leaders in school ran sessions for all the classes and came to Reception to talk about how to keep safe online.  As many children spend time on electronic devices there is never to young to start talking about this.


In Phonics we have focused on the sounds 'th' and 'ng'.  It would be fantastic if you could practise saying 'th' with your child/children as a lot of children are pronouncing this sound as'ffff'.  Part of this is maturity but it helps to keep trying.


In Maths we have been looking at the story 'Mouse Count'. Children have focused on recording what happens in the story, acting it out and looked at parts and whole e.g. 9 mice in the jar and 1 mouse in the field.  A part is 9; a part is 1 and the whole is 10. We also looked at the idea of the jar getting fuller and what happens e.g. 1 more mouse/1 less mouse. Mouse Count was also the focus of our Maths Worshop session.


In RE we looked at celebrating Chinese New Year and how people celebrate and in Collective Worship we watched, and talked about, a film about a boy who generously gave a poorer boy his new coat.  In Music this week we will continue to accompany music with different types of percussion instruments.


Today will also be our last parent session this half term.  There will be no session on the 15th February as Mrs Lowe is giving a Maths presentation first thing in the morning.


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 1st February

What a lovely surprise the snow was today....especially as we have spent the week talking about snow and how polar animals adapt for their cold conditions.  The children enjoyed getting out in the snow this morning and had a snowy play at lunchtime. 


We also had a very exciting visitor this week.  Mrs Hopkinson came to talk to us about being in the Police.  The children had shown an interest in Police Stations last week so this was fantastic for them.  Mrs Hopkinson brought with her lots of interesting things like finger printing ink and the children had amazing questions.  The children have loved role playing this week.  They have acted as Policemen and Policewomen, made name badges, looked for clues.  There have also been a fair few arrests in Reception this week!  Thank you so much to Haiden and Will's Mum.


In Maths we have looked at the number 10 and this will continue next week with a focus on the book 'Mouse Count'.  The children have been busy creating their own ten posters and recognised 5, 10 and not 5 or 10 using a tens frame.


In phonics the children have been learning sh and ch.  We have sent home in bookbags new tricky words in their tricky words books and new sounds in their sounds books.  Please practise these often as it really helps the children with their reading and writing.  All children have read this week at least once.


In RE the children looked at the story of the Good Samaritan and in Collective Worship we looked at the story of Soloman and the Queen of Sheba and how generous he was with his time.  In Music the children identified and explored different soundmakers (those that you shake, scrape and bang).  


The children also had a Burn2Learn session which is about incorporating activity into learning and was great fun.


Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves


Week ending 25th January

Firstly, thank you for all your kind comments and support during our Ofsted inspection this week.  The team really appreciated them!  It's been another wintery week in Reception this week.  We've focused on the story 'Snow Bears' looking at the structure of the story and repeated text.  The children also acted out the story on Thursday.  In the classroom and outside there have been lots of winter inspired activities and learning:  making igloos and snowmen using playdough and other resources, creating Winter pictures, writing in Snow Bears mini books and exploring polar animals in ice. 


In Maths we have focused on 9.  We have looked at it in a square formation (three rows/columns of three blocks); created a poster of where children see 9 (including children creating their own posters); looked at how 9 magnets can be arranged on a baking tray.  We also talked about a number story where Pirate Pete had to share 9 pieces of treasure with 2 friends.  We talked about strategies for sharing and the concept of 'fairness' in Maths.


The children have also: looked at and practised jumping in PE; been buddy reading with their Year 6 buddies; talked about Rainbow Fish in Collective Worship (who generously gave away his scales) and looked at rules in RE and challenging yourself in Health and Wellbeing time.  Today the children had their first experience of playing the glockenspiels that we have in school, using them to accompany music.  They did really well!


Thank you to those parents and grandparents who came to the stay and learn session this morning.  It was lovely to see everyone there.  Please remember to sign in and no mobile phones in the classroom, please!


We have had a couple of questions about the text sent home about photos from around the World.  Just to clarify, we would be delighted to receive photos from anywhere in the UK or abroad.  We are going to use these photos to help children to start to get a sense of geography.  Places near to home are very valuable too as they really help to develop a sense of place. We will display photos with a map and discuss in class, making as much of more local places as those far away!


A reminder: class photos on Tuesday.  We will be doing Reception's photo early in the day, before we get messy but please make sure children come in uniform.


Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves




Week ending 18th January

We've had a wonderful week with our topic, Winter Wonderland.  The children have focused on the story 'Snow Bear'.  They talked about where the story was set, characters, author and illustrator.  They also thought about the setting and what it would be like to live there, using all their senses.  The children were brilliant at retelling the story and read simple sentences about the plot.  We focused on sounding out and tricky words.


In Maths the children looked at 8, including 1 more and 1 less.  The children also looked at different arrangements of 8 magnets to identify how they saw them e.g 4 and 4 or 1 and 7.  All the children played a game where they tried to get their 8 hoops in a bigger hoop.  They identified how many were in and how many were out and some children also recorded their scores.


In Phonics all children have started Phase 3 and looked at v,j,w and x.  New sounds will be stuck into sounds books over the next week or so.  Please make sure they are in book bags. All children have also read to an adult.  Some children have also participated in Guided Reading sessions.


The children looked at our new map and talked about the shape of Earth, where we are and where we have been.  We also talked about hot and cold places.  It would be great if children could bring photos into school showing where they have been.


In ICT the children used Beebots which are simple programmable toys.  They looked at telling the Beebot how to move. In RE we looked at why we need rules and in Collective Worship we focused on the parable that Jesus told about the King's banquet.  We sang familiar songs in Music and found the pulse.  We are looking forward to using instruments next week.


Your child may have mentioned about having a new teacher on Thursdays.  Miss Gallant is a first year student from Leeds Trinity and she is doing focus visits that involve small tasks in the classroom for 5 Thursdays.  The children have made her very welcome.  It was lovely to see so many parents at our parent session this week. These are every Friday straight after register until 9.20.


Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending the 11th January 

Happy New Year!  Thank you again for all your gifts, cards and good wishes over Christmas.  It was lovely to see the children back this week and they have already settled back into school.


Before starting our new topic 'Winter Wonderland' next week, we have been talking about the holidays this week.  In particular we have been writing lists of presents and activities the children have done over the holidays.  We have also been working on planning a sentence and breaking it down into words. In Music we have started to look at songs the children know such as 'Wind the Bobbin Up' and we will be using instruments over the next few weeks.


The children were introduced to the idea of independent challenges this week.  They can earn green dojos by doing challenges in the classroom.  These currently ask children to read something, write about something or count. The aim is for the children to take their learning forward and this will be built on over the next few weeks. 


Given the shorter week, not all children have read with an adult this week.  We will be back to normal next week but all children who have read their books at home have had them changed.  Please practise reading at home with your child as it really does make a difference to their blending and fluency.  In phonics we have focused on sound recognition, blending and common reversals such as b and d.


In Maths we have looked at Number 7, in particular how the number can be made up from other numbers e.g. 5 and 2 make 7.  We have also looked at 3-d shapes and their properties (a continuation from before Christmas).  In Maths workshop this week the children explored the  properties of 3d shapes through building towers and models.  They also thought about problems such as why certain shapes would not balance on others.


We have begun to look at our new Collective Worship value this week - Generosity.  We talked about sharing toys and helping others.  This also links to our RE topic about being helpful.


You should all have received Learning Pool books with the new homework sheets stuck in (or just the homework sheet if the book was not in school) today.  You will also have received a newsletter this week.  The new day for the Parent Session is Friday at the same time.  Please come to the classroom when dropping off.  


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 21st December

We can hardly believe that the first term is over for our new Reception class. We are extremely proud of how the children have settled into their first year at Pool School.  They continue to wow us with the progress they are making!


This week has been brilliant!  Children have enjoyed Christmas creative activities, with a particular focus on "Stick man" by Julia Donaldson.  They have also written about their role in the Nativity.


We had a fun-filled party day with dancing and games, food and Father Christmas on Thursday.  We hope there were not too many mishaps with the fragile presents! We have put some pictures on Tapestry for you to look at. 


Our Maths this week focused on 3d shapes.  It will be the number 7 after the holidays.  Our phonics focused on words that could be presents for the fairy or in Santa's sack.


Today we are going to Church to share in a whole school singing service where Key Stage 2, Key Stage 1, Reception and Choir will sing their Christmas songs.  It is a lovely occasion for our school family.  T


Due to our Christmas activities and production we have not heard all readers this week.  This will resume in the New Year.  We have changed books so all children who have read theirs should have new ones.


Thank you so much for your extremely generous gifts, cards and good wishes. We have been overwhelmed by your generosity. We wish you a wonderful, family-filled Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 14th December

What a lovely week in Reception.  We were so proud of all the children who took part in 'Little Blue Star'.  It is hard to believe that they are only 4 and 5!  All the children were fantastic.  We hope you all enjoyed the show and thank you for such lovely comments.  On Thursday we had another first...our first Christmas Lunch.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the meal with their buddies.  We hope you have seen all the photos from the Nativity and Christmas Lunch on Tapestry.


All the practising and Christmas preparations have left a busy timetable.  However, we have also ordered the Christmas story and we planned and wrote sentences about the Christmas story in Literacy.  We looked at 2d and 3d shapes in Maths.  Work on 3d shapes will continue next week.  In Phonics we have played games to reinforce our learning so far.  All children who have read their reading books have received a new one.


The children have had the opportunity to explore a Christmas role play area which includes a tree to decorate and they have had a role in making.  They have also made a sleigh to carry presents using the trolley and decorated the tree outside using a range of decorative materials. There have been lots of opportunities to mark make during Independent Learning Time and to reinforce knowledge (e.g. by making shape snowmen and wrapping paper where children used different Numicon pieces to make repeating patterns).  Those children who did not participate in the Maths Workshop focused on pattern last week, did so this week.


We looked at different instruments in Music this week and found the pulse in different pieces of music.  In Collective Worship we finished looking at Peace with a focus on Mother Teresa who won the Nobel Peace prize. As always we have loved looking at the Learning Pool homework that children have completed at home.


Our last week before Christmas looks equally busy.  We will be watching the Key Stage 1 Christmas play; having our Christmas Party and visit from Santa on Thursday (please remember non-uniform and to bring a covered plate of food for your child to eat) and going to Church on Friday morning to sing carols.


Have a lovely weekend...and enjoy the snow if we have what is forecast!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves



Week ending 7th December

The main focus of this week has been our Nativity.  We have spent time practising our songs in class and our whole performance in the Hall.  The children are looking forward to showing off their singing and acting skills on Wednesday. We are very proud of them!  Please find time for a final practice with them this weekend if possible.


In Literacy, we have finished off our Space topic by looking at the job of an astronaut.  The children came up with brilliant questions for an astronaut during a hot seating activity...some of which Mrs Lowe needed to Google!  Who knew what Venus was made of?  Children have also written letters to Santa or created a speech bubble for an alien wearing underpants.


In Maths we have continued our pattern work and the children have focused on growing patterns, as well as doing a number sense activity using a tens frame where they looked at different arrangements of magnets to make 6.


All children have read with an adult and have new books. It may be that children are not heard read over the next two weeks as we have so many Christmas activities and will be out of the classroom a lot.  If this is the case, we will ensure that children have their reading books changed.  In Phonics, some children have focused on segmenting, blending and writing words.  Others have focused on some of the remaining Phase 2 sounds: h/f/ff.  


During Independent Learning Time, children have been very busy.  There has been a focus on building models, making boats, writing the Nativity story and creating patterns this week.


It looks like next week will be equally festive with our Nativity, watching Key Stage 2's practice and our Christmas Dinner on Thursday.


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 30th November 

A very busy but enjoyable week in Reception. We ended the week with an assembly where we listened to the author Andy Seed who was visiting the school to work with some of the older children.  We continued to look at Space and the children found some aliens hiding in the classroom.  Work was done to name and label aliens using phonics.  These pesky aliens were found hiding in different places throughout the week.  Practising for our Nativity was also in full swing!  We have been talking about the Christmas story in RE. The children need outfits in school by Monday 3rd December, please!


In Maths we looked at pattern.  The children have been fantastic at continuing patterns, describing them and creating their own.  We looked at colour patterns and shape patterns, as well as patterns in the environment.  Some children could even talk about A,B patterns and A,B, C patterns!  During Independent Learning Time, children had an opportunity to make patterns using natural resources, body patterns e.g. star, hop, star hop, Numicon plate and peg patterns, pegboard patterns and even decorate pants with a pattern (continuing our aliens in underpants theme).  Can you child tell about a pattern they have seen or made this week?


In ICT the children programmed Beebots to move.  In Collective Worship we talked about the Christ of the Andes statue in South America and how it represents Peace.  We also spent time looking at the amazing Learning Pool homework sent in over the last couple of days.  Thank you so much for all the effort you put into this with your children.


All children have read this week and phonics has focused on segmenting and blending.

If you are at Otley Victorian Fayre at around 3.30 to 4 on Sunday, you may see Mrs Lowe who is there will Pool's choir.  Choir performs at 3.45.  


Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves





Week ending 22nd November 

We continued our Space theme this week by focusing on the book "Aliens Love Underpants."  The children talked about the story and also looked at rhyming.  They made aliens and rockets and spent time exploring the home corner that had been turned into a Space station.  They have also learnt about Tim Peake.  Children have also spent time moving to Space-themed Music such as 'The Planets Suite' by Holst and music by David Bowie.  There was even a moonwalk today!


In Maths we have focused on the number 6, particularly how 6 is composed.  Children played a beanbag game to work on simple addition e.g. 3 beanbags in the hoop and 3 beanbags out of the hoop makes 6 beanbags.  Some children have also made up problems about aliens during Maths Workshop (those who did not do it last week).


Our focus in Phonics has been blending sounds for all children.  All children have also read with an adult.  The children have also looked at the book 'The Happiness Bucket' with Mrs Morris on Tuesday pm and talked about the concept of filling someone's bucket to make them happy. In ICT the children used Beebots and programmed them to move. We have also spent some time looking at problem solving as a Characteristic of Effective Learning. In Collective Worship we talked about Lot and Abraham and their family squabble!


Our other major focus of the week has been our Nativity.  In RE the children looked at the Christmas story as it is written in the Bible.  We practised our songs and we will be in the Hall practising for much of next week and the week after.  All children received a slip today with their part and costume.  Please could costumes be in school for Monday 3rd December at the latest.  Please do talk to us if you need help with costumes.  

Have a lovely weekend and hope to see you at the school Christmas fair.


Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves


Week ending 16th November

It has been a wonderful week in Reception.  Thank you for all your donations for Children in Need and Raffle money for the Christmas Fair.  The children were very excited to meet Pudsey and Blush both outside and inside school today.  


On Monday we started the week with a very exciting discovery in the Peace Garden! Mrs Fox came to tell us that a rocket had been found in the Peace Garden.  Children explored the rocket and talked about who might have landed and what they might look like.  Throughout the week we discussed information books and how they are structured (e.g. with a contents page) and how they can be read.  The children have also created rockets using box modelling and outdoor materials; written about planets and Space and moved like astronauts.  During our session in the Peace Garden this week, the children looked for evidence of aliens and thought about what they could put out for them/build for them if they are still here.


In Maths we have continued looking at the number 5, especially how 5 is made/numbers inside 5.  We acted out 5 friends wearing hats from the video 'Five Friends Counting' and used lots of language around adding e.g. altogether.  We also looked at more than/less than, different representations of 5 and developing number stories e.g. there are 2 spiders on the tree and 3 spiders on the floor; 2 is a part, 3 is a part, 5 is the whole.


In RE we looked at the Nativity story and began to talk about the play.  The children have been learning the songs in Music and parts will be sorted soon.  


Throughout the week we talked about friendship and bullying as part of Anti-Bullying week.  This is something we do regularly and not just for a single week but our work this week involved talking about bullying and respect; ensuring children understood that it was more than a one-off fall out and watching 'Topsy and Tim Help a Friend' to develop a class poster of how we should treat other children/how to help if they are upset/being bullied. The children showed a brilliant understanding and were so thoughtful in their responses.


In ICT we looked at using a mouse for other reasons e.g. to navigate a website.  In Collective Worship we talked about what Peace means and listened to the story 'Peace At Last!' about Mr Large and his sleepless night.


I wonder what will happen in Reception next week!!!!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves


Week ending 9th November

Our first week back has been a week focused on festivals and celebrations.  The children started the week by focusing on Bonfire Night.  They have created bonfire pictures, bonfires using natural resources and designed and written bonfire posters in their writing books.  Children have also focused on Diwali, designing their own Rangoli patterns.  On Thursday, we started to look at Remembrance Day, and why people wear poppies.  We looked at a poem called 'Poppy, Poppy' and also watched and discussed the cbeebies video 'Poppies' which is available on iplayer if you would like to share it with your child.  Children have created poppies using all sorts of resources: playdough, stones and paint, paper, felt and straws.  It has been lovely to see the variety in their creations.  This work has also linked to our new Collective Worship value for the half-term: Peace.


In Maths we have focused on the number 5.  In particular we have looked at composition: how 5 is made up/the numbers inside 5 e.g. 4 and 1, 2 and 2 and 1.  Our group maths activity has asked children to investigate and record different ways of making 5.  


In phonics children have been learning new sounds or reinforcing sounds they already know.  All sound books have been updated to reflect the complete list of Phase 2 sounds so please practise at home.  This helps in all sorts of ways: reading and writing.  


Children have also been using a mouse to draw a picture on the computer; exploring houses and homes in RE and we will be singing and using instruments again this afternoon in Music. Learning Pool homework books are being returned tonight with activities for this half-term.


The children have done brilliantly at lining up in the morning! Thank you for your support with this!


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves



Week ending 25th October

We have had a lovely last week of this half term.  We are so impressed with how the children have settled into school and all the independent learning that they have undertaken in their first half-term.  We are so proud of them, and their perseverance!


We continued to look at Owl Babies this week.  The class worked on a story map together and then created their own to retell the story during group sessions.  We have also looked at the habitat of owls, including in the Peace Garden.  We have also read other stories about owls and acted as owls outside.


All children have read to an adult and will have a new reading book for the holidays.  In phonics some children have consolidated sounds learnt and others have learnt 'h' and 'b'.  The sounds learnt so far, and some extra ones that will be covered early next half term, should be in your child's red sound book.  If your child's book has not been returned, this is because we need to make sure the book has all the sounds covered.  Our Phase 2 phonics sounds are on the sound mat sent home after the reading workshop also.


In Maths we have looked at number 4, including the composition of 4 (4 and 0, 3 and 1, 2 and 2 etc.).  We will look at 5 after half term and spend lots more time on composition.  We have also done a lot of daily counting, including votes for reading books when the children come to school each day.


As it is Black History Month, we talked about Martin Luther King during Collective Worship.  This was inspired by the children's interest in Stevie Wonder in Music last week when we ended up talking about black famous people.


We hope you have a wonderful half-term holiday and we look forward to lots more funfilled learning next half-term.

Best wishes

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves





Week ending 19th October

It has been a fantastic week in Reception and a pleasure to talk about your wonderful children at Parents' Evening this week.  Thank you so much for all your support!


Our focus this week has been on the story 'Owl Babies'.  This will continue next week as the children have been so engaged in the topic.  They have listened to the story, retold it and acted it out.  The children have also created their own owls and nests using a wide range of resources (both inside and outside) and used puppet owls to perform a puppet show of the story.  Some children have also created their own 'Owl Babies' books which have been a pleasure to share with the children.


In Maths we have continued with the number 3 and specifically looked at repeating patterns (also our teacher led activity for the week), and how numbers are made up e.g. 3 has a 2 and a 1 in it.  We have also used 'Owl Babies' to begin to look at parts and wholes e.g. I can see 2 owls sitting and 1 owl standing.  There are 3 altogether. Two is a part and one is a part; three is the whole.'


In Phonics some children have been revisiting sounds learnt so far and others have moved onto 'ck', 'e', 'u' and 'r'.  All children who have been here will have read with an adult by the end of the week. In RE we talked about people who were special to us and in Collective Worship we talked about Simon Peter and how Jesus forgave him when he said he didn't know him.  


Following our training last Friday, we introduced our indoor Movement Area to the children.  Here we will work with a couple of children at a time on freeflow movement activities that are so important as part of their physical development.  It proved very popular!


Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week for the last week of the half term!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves


Week ending 11th October

It has been a short but lovely week in Reception!  The children have well and truly embraced the spirit of Autumn, and Harvest in particular.  We have read 'The Scarecrow's Wedding' and 'Up, Down and Around' (about vegetables), created a large scarecrow and smaller ones and printed with vegetables!  Today we went to the school Harvest Festival and showed off our vegetable printing.  The children were fantastic. We are very proud of them and cannot believe they have only been at school for a few weeks.  We hope you liked seeing the Harvest work the children had done if you were able to pop into school.


We have continued with our phonics and you will have received the new sounds in your child's sounds book if they have been sent into school (g,o,c,k).  All children now have a reading book and it has been a pleasure to share these books with them this week.  Please try and share these books at home - it really makes a difference!  We have started looking at the number 3 in Maths and children have drawn their version of 'Baa Baa Black Sheep'.  Children have also had the opportunity to balance, estimate and compare Autumn resources in class.  Children may mention that they have been using numbered pots to tidy up.  This is to encourage practical counting.


We hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy the extra day with your children!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 5th October 

What a lovely week we have had!  The children have well and truly embraced the spirit of Autumn.  The children have had the opportunity to explore Autumn objects such as leaves, conkers and other nuts!  Our Literacy text this week, 'Little Acorns', focused on seasons, changes and asked the children to focus on how particular words were written in the text e.g. 'stretching' was spread out and 'crinkly' was orange and bumpy.  Thank you to those parents/carers who accompanied us on the Autumn walk.  We had a lovely time and have followed up in class.  On Thursday, a number of the children created a huge transient art tree with Autumn resources and then role played being squirrels burying nuts...there were also a few foxes!  It was wonderful to see the children working together in this way.


We have continued with our phonics and learnt new sounds.  We have now looked at s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d.  All children now have a reading book and it has been a pleasure to share these books with them this week.  Please try and share these books at home - it really makes a difference!  When you share the books, please write a short comment in the record so we know how it has gone at home.  Our number teaching has continued to focus on the the 'twoness' of two, looking at where 2 is on a numberline, pattern and composition (that 2 is made up of 2 ones.  Next week we will move onto number 3.  We have also focused on number in the areas of provision e.g. encouraging children to estimate Autumn objects and dots on leaves, playing games where children have to subitise, count and add and making tidy up time more mathematical.  More on this on Thurs 11th October at our Maths Parent session at 3.40 and 5.30.  Hope you can join us!  Next Thursday is also our Harvest drop-in.  Please come and see what the children have created in the Hall between 2.30 and 3.30.


The children have also enjoyed talking about what makes them special in RE; finding out the parts of the computer in Technology; listening to the story of Jonathan and David in Collective Worship; learning songs and playing instruments in Music and feeling calm with Mindfulness activities.  It has been a busy week!



We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 28th September

As part of our 'Ourselves' topic last week, we focused on our families and made lollipop stick family portraits.  Children also made collages of themselves.  This week we have looked at rhyming, with a particular focus on the book 'My cat likes to hide in boxes' by Lindley Dodd.  The children have also matched rhyming pictures and filled in rhyming words in nursery rhymes that had been snipped out by a naughty crab!


This week, we also started our Phonics sessions that focused on sounds (s,a,t, p) and have started to blend them to make words.  Children have also practised writing the sounds using precursive writing.  Children brought home their sound books today (Thursday). It really shows when children have been practising at home so thank you for your support with this.  By the end of Friday, all children will have a reading book and journal.  Please return the sound book and reading book and journal everyday.  Books will be changed once a week. 


In Maths, children have been focusing on the number 2 with lots of work about where we find two of things, subitising (more on this at our maths session for parents) and counting lots.  In Collective Worship we read 'Puff the Magic Dragon' and talked about Friendship.  We also did our first daily run on Thursday....we are building up to a mile...and practised our listening skills through guided meditation!  


Thank you to those parents who have been looking at Tapestry.  We love hearing about what your child has been doing so please add your own activities too.  Please do come to our parent sessions that you received a letter about this week so that we can share what and how your child/ren will be learning this year. 


Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 14th September

We have had a brilliant week getting to know the children, their interests and what they can do. The children have impressed us with their ability to find their carpet spaces and listen and contribute on the carpet.  We started the week by looking at the book 'Once there were giants' and talked about growing up.  We will continue looking at this next week - focusing on ourselves and our bodies. We have also started a new music topic called 'Me!' and introduced our whole school Christian Value 'Friendship' by talking about what makes a good friend.  Rev Wheeler visited Reception and introduced mediation to the class - the children were amazingly still and quiet.


Children have also done some mark making of their choice and visited the Peace Garden with their buddies.  In Maths we have been looking at comparison e.g. which has more or the same.  We have also been singing number songs.  


We are looking forward to seeing the Learning Pool homework next week.  Please send any homework in with your child on Thursday 20th September (Learning Pool books will go out today).  Also please send in named wellies and PE kits if you have not already done so.


It has been a very busy week!  Have a super weekend!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves.

This page is updated on a weekly basis to provide parents/carers with information about what has been happening in Reception.

Our First Week!

We have had a super first week, playing and making new friends.  All the children have settled brilliantly and we are very proud of them!  They have spent a lot of time exploring the indoor and outdoor areas; played games; listened to stories and done lots of singing.  The children have also enjoyed getting to know their buddies.  If you have any boxes, tubes or other items that could be used for box modelling, we would be grateful to receive them!  

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves