“When on the ground red apples lie

in piles like shining jewels.”

                                                 Helen Hunt







Autumn 2 – Let’s Celebrate!

Christmas preparations have begun in Reception Class. We have been making Christmas tree biscuits.

 We have been Collaborative Cats, working in groups to design and make our own wrapping paper. 

We have been using our phonics to carry out Christmas Scavenger hunts indoors and outdoors. We had to find the clues and segment the word to ensure we spelt the word correctly.

During our Outdoor Learning Session we enjoyed playing a listening game to find the other people in our group.

During our own learning time we have been creating our own activities using the cubes, making Christmas presents on the Creation Station, using the Bee-Bots to move between the different characters from the nativity and sending the Bee-Bot around a given square or rectangle shape, playing in the role play area, reading books in the Reading Garden, exploring making circuits, practising writing the tricky words, making squares and rectangles using the numicon, exploring ways to represent 5 using the multilink cubes and on the 5 frames. During some of our teacher-led activities we have been ordering and retelling the story of Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and painting in the style of Mondrian.  


This week Henrietta delivered a non-fiction book called ‘Diwali’. What is Diwali you might ask? Well, Reception class have been discovering all about this Hindu and Sikh festival of lights. We have been looking at lots of different non-fiction books and artefacts to develop our knowledge and understanding of this festival.
We have been making divas on the modelling table, practising our counting to make flower garlands and have been exploring shadows in preparation for designing and making our own shadow puppets as part of our upcoming Diwali party. 
In PE we have been exploring ways of travelling on different pieces of apparatus. 

This week Henrietta delivered ‘Kipper’s Birthday’ by Mick Inkpen and we have been finding out about how different people celebrate birthdays. We brought photographs in of our own birthday celebrations and enjoyed talking about them with our friends, asking questions and looking for similarities and differences between our celebrations. Cakes, candles, presents and balloons featured in most of them! We spent the week preparing for Kipper’s party. We made cards, presents, party hats and a real cake! We played party games and sang to him as well. 

In RE we have also been learning about another celebration – Baptism, when we become part of God’s family. We went to church, where Deacon Pat helped us baptise baby Poppy! 

This week Bertie the Bee found a rhyme about bonfires which

we have enjoyed learning and Henrietta delivered a very popular book – ‘Room on a Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. 

 We have all been scientists, exploring flying balloon rockets, fireworks in a jar, fruity sweet colour mixing and paper fireworks. We enjoyed observing our experiments and talking about what was happening and what we saw. 
In Maths we have been learning about 2D shapes. We went on a shape hunt around school and explored using 3D shapes to create patterns which contained circles and triangles. 

Nursery Rhymes and All about Me!

This week has seen a gardening and autumn theme to our classroom, with Bertie the Bee finding the rhyme ‘Mary, Mary Quite Contrary’ and Henrietta delivering the book ‘Titch’ by Pat Hutchins.

We have enjoyed finding out about different gardens from around the world.
The classes favourite garden was the Japanese garden because of the beautiful buildings they have.
We also enjoyed learning about gardens in the North and South Pole.
We used a map of the world to develop our knowledge and understanding of the world we live in.

In phonics we have been making real and nonsense words using the flower letters.
In Maths we have been investigating how numbers are made up of smaller numbers. We were very good at finding as many ways as possible to make 5. We also experimented with ways of recording our work. Some of us chose to use numerals, others drew pictures, dots or lines. 


On Wednesday we received a letter from Titch. He asked us to work together to build a wall in our outdoor classroom. We had to transport the bricks from one side of the classroom to the other. We had to be Collaborative Cats to get the job done! 
In RE we celebrated the end of our Creation topic with a liturgy. We each thanked God for one of our classmates and their special gift or talent which God has given them. We also enjoyed singing an action song called God Made Me. 


This week saw our first story time with our parents coming into class to share and read books with us. It was wonderful to see so many parents. 

On the last day of term we also enjoyed Story Club, where we wore our pyjamas and onesies while we enjoyed listening to stories read by Mrs Barker and Mrs Beale. Year 1 were also invited to come to the club and we all enjoyed some yummy hot chocolate and snack.


Week 5 – Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around & This is the bear and the scary night. 

This week Henrietta the Hedgehog delivered the book ‘This is the Bear and the Scary Night’ and Bertie the Bee found the rhyme ‘Teddy Bear Teddy Bear turn around…’ This has led to lots of great learning based around teddy bears. On the Creation Station we have all made bears using reclaimed materials; exploring ways of joining materials together and using our imagination to add some finishing touches. In the role play area we have been working together to organise teddy bears picnics with our friends. As part of our continuous provision, we have been going on a bear hunt around the classroom, each bear was holding a balloon with a CVC word on. We practised writing and reading the words.

In Maths we have been learning about patterns. We have made patterns using body percussion, colours, natural resources, fruit and many more objects. We have been copying, continuing, and making our own ABAB patterns and playing ‘spot the mistake’ in each other’s patterns.

On Tuesday we visited Abbey Park to compare the park from the story to our local park. We also looked for signs of autumn – we found lots of conkers! We enjoyed some time on the play park to develop our gross motor skills, including climbing and balancing.

On Thursday we had a special visitor to our class; Mr Johnston with his slide trombone! In the story of ‘This is the bear and scary night’ there is a man with a slide trombone so we wondered what a real one looked like and sounded like! We loved listening to Mr Johnston playing the instrument. 

Week 4 

Incy Wincy Spider and Dear Zoo

After a vote to find out the most popular nursery rhyme in Reception Class, Bertie the Bee found the rhyme ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ in our Reading Garden. Henrietta also delivered a book which has allowed us to explore and talk about different sizes and masses; Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. 

In Literacy we have been ordering pictures from the nursery rhyme and in PSE we talked about how we would feel if we saw a spider. We used oil pastels to draw a portrait of what our faces would look like! They look rather sad or shocked! How would you feel? 


In Maths we were comparing different sizes of things and we worked in pairs to order objects from smallest to biggest.

As part of our warm up in PE, we were making big and small steps to stretch our muscles.


On Thursday afternoon we enjoyed an extra story time with Mrs Barker. We enjoyed reading some of the new books from our Reading Garden.

Week 3

This week in Reception Class Henrietta the Hedgehog delivered the book Mr Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham and Bertie the Bee caught the rhyme ‘Row row row your boat’ in the Reading Garden.Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham Row, Row, Row Your Boat Song Sheet (SB10945) - SparkleBox

We enjoyed retelling the story using the small world tray and explored the water colours to create the water for a boat to go on. We also worked collaboratively to make a boat which floated and carried two toy people. We had to test the boats out and adapt them accordingly – we had to keep trying and not give up.


We experienced our first trip as a class down to the river to see if we could see any boats. We were in luck! We saw lots of narrow boats and a speed boat. We also saw some signs of autumn and enjoyed singing the new verses to the rhyme row row row your boat whilst sitting next to the river.


In Maths have been comparing amounts of conkers, using the vocabulary of fewer, more and the same and continued exploring floating and sinking in our continuous provision.

At Forest School we continued exploring the site, finding lots of bugs and digging!

This week, it was Rosa’s turn to share with us her favourite rhyme and book. We all loved listening to ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. I wonder what books and rhymes we will be learning about next week? 

Weeks 1 & 2

What a busy start to the year! Reception class have been settling in to their new routines and getting to know each other.   We have been exploring our room and learning to share with one another.



Maths – We have been matching, sorting and comparing.  We enjoy using objects to learn these concepts with.  


Understanding of the World

We have been exploring a range of different occupations. We have been finding out about being a farm worker, firefighter, doctor, nurse, teacher and dentist. We also used a non-fiction book to find out about lots of unusual and amazing jobs from around the world. What would you like to do when you are older?