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Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Reception News

Autumn Term - Week 11 - 19 November 2020

This week in Reception we have been very busy. To start the week we learnt about Diwali, the Hindu and Sikh celebration of the Festival of light. We decorated hand prints, made diva lamps, listened to the story of Rama Sita and made Diwali masks.

This week has also been National Anti-bullying week. As a whole school we have been learning about how to make the right choices, as part of PSHE. In Reception we have completed role play activities and have thought about different ways to be manage problems should they arise. We all know the importance of kindness and the need to tell a Teacher if we find a situation difficult to manage.

In Literacy our focus book has been ‘Owl babies’ and we have been learning about the different parts to a story, the beginning, middle and end, and have been sequencing pictures and explaining the story to each other.

In maths it has been all about the number 4. We have looked at numbers bigger and smaller, added numbers together, looked for the number 4 around the classroom. Its been great fun.

We’ve continued to explore and enhance or learning by extending what the Teachers have taught us, as well as making and creating lovely owl collages. We have such fun in Reception!

Autumn Term - Week 10 - 12 November 2020

In Reception this week we have been learning about the importance of ‘Remembrance.’ Through our focus of ‘Understanding of the world,’ we have thought about special people,  what they do for us and why we remember them. We have made poppies in different ways, using playdough, colouring and cutting, as well as finger painting poppy fields. 

Many of the children made their own poppies to wear as well as some for the Teachers. We marked Remembrance day with a 2 minute silence at 11.00am. The children were very sensible and sat and thought, and then we played the Last post. The children had the opportunity to share their own thoughts and feelings with us.

In maths we have been exploring ‘more or less’ with our numbers and numbers that are ‘bigger or smaller’ than each other. The children have also been putting numbers into order. In exploring time some children used shapes to make towers and used coloured numicon to make the number blocks characters. 

We have continued to practise our phonics and handwriting, as well as used IWB games to consolidate our learning.

In the outside area we have been digging for wiggly worms. In role play we created a  McDonalds drive through, where children took orders, and even made a train to go to Legoland!

It’s been an exciting week in Reception with lots of happy children. Over the coming weeks children when ready, will start to have a reading book. Please do not be alarmed if your child does not have a book straight away, this will be due our judgements that they require more time to establish their phonic recognition and blending. This you can really support with at home, as more practise will mean more confidence, which will then support them with the next step of reading.

Thank you for your continued support The Reception Team.

Autumn Term - Week 9 - 5 November 2020

Reception have been busy this week learning about Bonfire night, which relates to Understanding the World, a specific area of learning in our EYFS Curriculum.

We have learnt about Guy Fawkes, have made super rockets, drawn some wonderful pictures and have used our phonics to write firework words. e.g pop, wizz, bang. 

In our exploring time we used playdough to make spiders, experimented with colour mixing as well as making different vehicles from lego. We used bricks to make rockets and pegs to make patterns, as well as listening to firework music and making up fire work dances. The children have had great fun using their imagination.

We have been focusing on handwriting, which supports your child’s phonic learning. At home please will you continue to work on your child’s letter formation as well as teaching them to say and recognise their sounds. These skills will develop your child’s ability and confidence to use their sounds in their writing. The children are so proud with their letter formations, get them to share this at home too. Please also focus on a good pencil grip, hold the pencil near the tip, this makes formation easier for your child.

In maths our focus number has been three. The children have been looking at more and less, as well as learning how to record different objects to show the value of three. Encourage to use this maths language at home too.

Now that we have entered our second lockdown it is really important that you are all signed into google classroom, just in case your family is forced to self-isolate. It is here that you will find all the work to support your child. If you have not managed to log in, please go to the School office where they will give you another copy of the signing up letter.

May we also ask that you continue to socially distance and wear a face mask, it is so important to look after each other.

Keep safe, best wishes The Reception Team.

Autumn Term - Week 8 - 19 October 2020

We have continued to explore books by Julia Donaldson this week in Reception. We read Room on the Broom and Spinderella and made spidery monsters in the playdough. The change in the weather and the very autumnal outside area inspired us to paint with conkers and make hedgehog collages with leaves. We’ve also looked at the changes that Autumn brings and learnt some spider facts.

In phonics we’ve learnt new sounds v, w, y and sh and the children continue to astonish us with their blending and Fred-talking. After half term we will be introducing a greater focus on the writing element and practicing handwriting daily. They drew Gruffalo-inspired terrifying creatures and wrote simple descriptive words about them. These are now on display in the classroom to inspire more fabulous writing.

Our focus in Maths has moved on to 2. We’ve talked about different ways to represent it and the children have become brilliant problem-solvers, explaining their thinking. For example, we agreed a person could represent one because they were unique, only had one mouth, head and nose or two because they had two eyes, ears, hands, legs and elbows!

Please continue to support your child’s learning by completing their phonics home learning and going on the “Teach my Monster to Read” website, but most importantly let them have a good rest. It’s been an exhausting half term for them with a new classroom, new teachers, new routines, new friends, new rules and perhaps even a completely new school. And that doesn’t even count the non-stop learning, socialising and discovering they’ve been doing.

We look forward to welcoming them back, refreshed and eager on Monday 2nd November.

Best wishes for a happy half term.

Reception Team




Autumn Term - Week 7 - 12 October 2020

Reception has had a super busy week. We’ve focused on ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ this week, making Gruffalo faces out of paper plates, collaging and making puppets too. Our cutting and painting skills are coming on really well. In writing we’ve been thinking about adjectives (describing words) which we could use to describe the details on the Gruffalo or our own monsters. 

In phonics, we’ve been learning the new sounds l, h, r, and j. We are so impressed with how quickly the children are picking up their sounds and using them. Quite a few children are now able to Fred talk simple words and blend them independently to read. Thank you for all the word building home learning you are doing with them at home.

In Maths we’ve been exploring the number 1. We’ve looked at all the different every day places we can find 1 and different ways of representing 1. We’ve also practiced spotting when a collection of objects is “not 1” and done some sorting with the sorting hoops. We getting really good at finding circles around us too – our shape of the week because it only have 1 side.

We developed our green fingers too, filling planters with soil and planting lots of tiny plants. There were cabbages, lettuces and lots of other edible plants too. Fingers crossed we get a good crop to taste. The children have also been helping to keep the Reception garden looking good, sweeping up millions of acorns and leaves using brooms, dustpans and brushes and their hands!

We welcomed a photographer on Thursday who filmed us for a DVD promoting Wooden Hill School. We showed her how we play nicely, share well, are adventurous and love to climb and also how independent we’ve become at getting milk during outside exploring time and at getting our lunch. All the grown-ups were really proud of us! 

Thank you for your continued support. Reception Team.

Autumn Term - Week 6 - 7 October 2020

This week in Reception we have continued with our Gruffalo theme. The children have had a lovely time acting out the story, using masks to show the characters, and they have even been adapting and making up their own Gruffalo versions!

In their writing they have been writing in speech bubbles what the different characters said when they saw the Gruffalo. In the Creative area we made our own Gruffalo’s out of playdough.

In maths we have been learning about patterns and using different objects to make patterns with. It may be a car, lorry, car lorry or red circle, blue circle etc. At home you could have fun making your own pattern ideas.

We have been doing a lot of singing outside, using musical instruments to support our tunes. Again we have been busy cooking in our mud kitchen and building and digging in our construction site.

The children have been working hard in their phonics lessons, please keep practising the sounds at home too.

Thank you for all your support, The Reception Team.

Autumn Term - Week 5 - 30 September 2020

The children have settled very well in to their Vole and Mole classes, and are quickly learning the routines and expectations of life as a Reception child.

Our focus book for learning is 'The Gruffalo' written by Julia Donaldson. Through the book we have been exploring the language and vocabulary, linking it to Autumn and Ourselves.

The children enjoyed going on a Nature walk exploring the school grounds looking for signs of nature. They collected acorns and conkers, as well as twigs and sticks and fir cones, which they used to sort as part of mathematical learning. 

They have also used these resources to develop their language skills by describing the objects, being 'smooth' or 'spiky', 'long' or 'short' etc. They have also been looking for the mouse and have had discussions of whether the mouse would eat conkers or acorns as opposed to the nut!

Through being imaginative the children have made play dough Gruffalo's, as well as masks of their favourite characters, and some have used the stage to act out the story. 

In Literacy the children have started to think about what the Gruffalo, snake or mouse may  have thought when they met the mouse,  and have recorded their ideas in  thought bubbles.

The characters within the book have also given some great opportunities for PSED, looking at the relationships between the mouse and the Gruffalo, as well as feelings and emotions.

The children have had great fun exploring the outside area, particularly in the digging area and mud kitchen, as well as in the big tyres and climbing frame, alongside  making wonderful tunes on the music wall.

The children have enjoyed participating in PE activities, and are developing their listening skills through games such as the 'bean game' and parachute games. Ask your child to show you what a 'jumping bean' or 'french bean' does!

Life in Reception is great fun and never dull! Each day brings a new experience which is what makes it such a great place to be part of!

Thank you for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.