Welcome to Reception 20-21

 Reception Team:    Mrs Cantellow - Gruffalo Class Teacher        Miss Haugh - Gruffalo Nursery Nurse  

Miss Yetkil - Elmer Class Teacher                 Mrs Weddell - Elmer Nursery Nurse  


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In Literacy we have been reading Errol's Garden by Gillian Hibbs. We were inspired to create our own 'garden.' We decorated planters and planted a range of flowers and herbs.

As part of our Literacy work this week, we wrote a letter to Lola. We had a lovely session in the amphitheatre, we asked Mrs Ronan a variety of questions about Lola, then we were all able to stroke her - Lola loved all the attention! It was a wonderful experience and we found out lots of information about her.

We were so excited to see our beautiful butterflies emerge from their chrysalis. We are looking forward to setting them free soon.

We have been learning about odd and even numbers in maths. We completed a range of activities to help us work out if a number is odd or even.


We have been discussing friendship and what makes a good friend. We made cards for our friends, to say thank you.


In Maths, we have been learning about sharing and how to share amounts equally. We shared the buttons between the Gingerbread Men fairly.


We have been learning about stars and constellations. Using some unusual resources, we created our own constellations!


We had so much fun celebrating Elmer Day! We went on a colour hunt in the Methodist Gardens, we designed our own elephants and read lots of Elmer stories.

We have been learning about doubles of numbers using the Numicon resources. We created artwork illustrating the doubles to 20.


We have been talking about friendship and how to be a good friend to others. We made a friendship bracelet for a child in the class and explained why that person was chosen.


In Maths, we have been learning that shapes can be combined and separated to make new shapes. The children were shown how to make 2 identical right-angled triangles by cutting a rectangle in half diagonally. We investigated how many new shapes we could make by fitting the triangles together. Could we make a shape with 4 sides? We had great fun investigating with the different shapes!


We have been learning how to count on in Maths and played board games to help us understand the concept further.


Linked to our class text ‘Yucky Worms’ we went on a worm hunt today in the Methodist Gardens. We had a great time hunting for worms and carefully collecting them. When the children returned to class, we made a wormery. We can then observe the worms and see how they make tunnels in the soil.


Once we had collected our worms, we made our wormery using stones, sand, soil, leaves and fruit.

Linked to our class text ‘Yucky Worms’ by Vivian French, we labelled a diagram of a worm with the different parts. We have learned lots of interesting facts about worms, such as, worms breathe through their skin!

In Maths, we have been matching amounts to numerals. We have been learning about how many tens and how many ones are in numbers.


In Literacy we have started reading the book 'Yucky Worms' by Vivian French. We made our own worms using salt dough. We are looking forward to painting our worms next week.

In Maths we have been learning about Pattern. We learned that patterns can be made with words, objects, colours, shapes and actions. We had fun making our own patterns.

We have had a great week preparing for Easter. We made yummy chocolate Easter nests, Easter chick cards for our family and visited the Stations of the Cross exhibition in the amphitheatre.

For our Literacy CLPE text we are continuing to read The Story Machine by Tom McLaughlin. A special package was delivered to our school from the main character Elliott. We had fun exploring it!

We have been learning about the artist Vincent Van Gogh and we created our own sunflower masterpieces based on his famous painting. We are looking forward to planting our own sunflowers soon.

In R.E. we have been learning about the Easter Story. We created our own Easter Gardens to represent what happened. We have shown the tomb where Jesus' body was laid and the huge stone covering it. 

We have been learning about how spiders make their webs. We read the story 'The Very Busy Spider' by Eric Carle and watched a time-lapse video of a spider making a web. We used resources to create our own spider webs to catch flies (pom-poms). We had a lot of fun!

In Literacy, we have started reading The Story Machine by Tom McLaughlin. The children wrote a sentence about how the character was feeling and why.

We have had a great first week back and have enjoyed being with all of our friends. It's good to be back!

We loved making our Christmas hats to wear for our special Christmas lunch. There was lovely Christmas music in the hall and the food was very tasty!

We have been getting ready for Christmas. We have been doing a lot of fun and festive activities. 

We listened to the story 'Some parts are not for sharing' (NSPCC PANTS campaign) and talked about telling an adult if we ever feel upset or worried about anything. We drew around a child's body and wrote on all the body parts we knew. We made a vest and pants to cover up the private areas.

We have been having fun whilst developing our fine motor skills. We enjoyed our 'Hot buttered toast,' just like the monster in our story. We can now help you make breakfast!

We are supporting the NSPCC with their Talk PANTS campaign, teaching children these five key messages:

• Privates are private. • Always remember your body belongs to you. • No means no. • Talk about secrets that upset you. • Speak up, someone can help.

We decorated pants and made these in to a class book.

In Literacy this week, we wrote letters to Lola, inviting her to meet us. Luckily she accepted our invitation and we had a meet and greet session in the amphitheatre. It was so much fun! We even got to stroke her and she was so soft and fluffy.

We have been learning about kindness during Anti-bullying fortnight. We discussed how we can be a good friend to others and sorted different examples of children showing good/bad friendship scenarios.

Our first week in Reception

We have had so much fun settling into OLM. We have been making new friends and exploring all the different activities we can do in class and outside. We are learning all of the new rules and routines and there is a lot to remember, but we are doing great. We (including our teachers) are all exhausted after a busy, fun filled week. Enjoy the photographs we have shared and look again next week to see more of our learning.

In Literacy we have been reading the book Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers. We recorded videos of what there is to see and do on planet Earth. 

As part of our Literacy learning, we went on a woodland walk to explore and discover our local natural environment and enjoy nature. The children gained an understanding of the world we live in and interacted with the elements around us. 

At the start of the week we took part in the Big Anti-Bullying Assembly 2020 (online). We pledged to put an end to bullying, celebrate diversity and create communities of kindness.

We are continuing to explore the book Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers. We learned that animals and people live on planet Earth. We drew our self portraits, talked about our bodies and drew our favourite animals.

In R.E. our topic is Myself. We have been learning that we are all unique, that our names are important and God knows all of our names.

We have been developing and strengthening our finger muscles by going to the Dough Disco! This will help us with our handwriting. 

We have been learning about the famous painter and art educator Alma Thomas. She is best known for her colourful, abstract paintings using rectangles. We had fun recreating some of her artwork using a range of media. 

We had our first visit from our school dog Lola. We learned so many facts about her from our Q&A session with Mrs Ronan and cannot wait for her to visit us again soon.

In maths we used our weighing skills to make delicious flapjacks!

We are wearing red to show Racism the Red Card! We talked about how we should always be kind to others, no matter where they're from, what they look like or what language they speak.

In our Understanding the World lesson, we were discussing rainbows. We looked at some lovely photographs and videos then set up our own colourful experiment. We will keep an eye out for a real rainbow this week!

We pounded yam, just like Anna Hibiscus from our class Literacy text. It tasted yummy!

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We did an African dance class today. Look at our wonderful dancing!

We have had a really busy first week back and enjoyed our learning activities with our friends. 

We went on a listening walk and wrote about what sounds we heard. We made a class book that we shared together at story time.

We loved getting creative and making our own fireworks, sparklers and bonfire pictures. 

We have been reading the book Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere. Using a range of media we made our own scary monsters!

Today was Remembrance Day, we made poppies to wear and remember the fallen soldiers.

As part of our Literacy story Bedtime for Monsters, we created our own monsters and slime. It was fun and messy!

We have been learning how to play different maths games, to help us with our counting, number recognition and turn-taking skills.

Information on phonics and fun games to play.