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Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage

Scroll down to find out what Reception have been up to this term

Spring 2017

Easter Celebrations...

We had a very busy week celebrating Easter. The children decorated eggs and took part in egg rolling, egg jarping and an Easter bonnet parade. After learning about the Easter story the children created an Easter garden depicting the story of the crucifixion.

It was wonderful to see so many family members at our Easter Stay and Play session. We think you'll agree that children really did have the Eggs Factor as they performed our Easter songs.

New Life...

As part of our 'New Life' topic we visited Hall Hill Farm and had an amazing time. We planned our visit in Literacy, cared for the animals at the farm and also went on a very bumpy tractor ride. 

We were very excited to have a special in arrival in Reception as part of our New Life topic. The children learnt about the life cycle of a hen and loved seeing the photos of our first chick moving about inside the shell. We waited such a long time for one of our eggs to hatch and were all very excited when we got to meet and hold our chicks. We planned their care and set up their new home. How eggciting!

Centimetre Land...

We have lots of open ended loose parts in Reception and these are items and materials that children can move and change within their play. They provide a deep level of creativity as there are endless possibilities for how they can be used.

When a child is playing with stones, they can become anything they want them to be, whereas many bought toys lack such flexibility... A plastic crocodile is always a plastic crocodile. Studies show that children tend to prefer to play with loose parts such as water, sticks, sand, ropes and boxes than bought toys because they can use their imagination in their play, solving problems and leading the way.

After investigating length in Maths, some children created this amazing 'Centimetre Land'. The children extended their learning within their own play using the language of length, comparing, measuring, cooperating, thinking and enjoying! 

Science Fortnight...

The children in Reception had a fascinating time throughout our whole school science fortnight. Have a look at our video showing our amazing journey investigating water and rainbows.

We're Going on an Alien Hunt...

We adapted the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' in Literacy and went on an alien hunt of our own. Thank you to Hetton Lyons Nursery School for allowing us to visit your sensory room. Have a look at our exciting adventure below...

Space and Aliens!

Our Spring term started with a bang when a child found a piece of alien earth on the ground. We realised an alien had been in our school and took circuit boards from our DVD player to help his spaceship fly back home. Oliver and Christopher decided to build an alien trap in the construction area in case he returned. We developed a space investigation station to monitor the alien earth and moon rock, created a spaceship role play area and used the large loose parts outside to create a rocket. 

We read the story 'Come to Tea on Planet Zum-Zee' and had an alien tea party of our own. We investigated lots of facts on Space and the Solar System in Literacy and also created rockets using 2D and 3D shapes in Maths. 

Musical Stories

A huge thank you to Dr B. Renwick from Music for Schools Ltd. who shared his fabulous musical stories with us over 5 weekly sessions. The children thoroughly enjoyed the songs and traditional tales and extended their storying back in the classroom through characters hot-seating and role play.

Kung Hei Fat Choy...

We learnt about traditions of Chinese New Year, tasted Chinese food and celebrated with our own dragon dancing parade.

Autumn 2016

Party Time!

Everyone looked fantastic in their outfits, did their best dancing and had lots of delicious party food. We even had a special visit from Santa!

Santa needed our help...

Reception was full of busy little little elves when Santa ran out of magic reindeer dust. We created a list of ingredients and then used our list to make our dust. We even had a jar of real magic hand delivered from the North Pole by Tinker the elf. 

The First Christmas

The children have enjoyed learning about the story of the first Christmas and we are all so proud everyone for such an amazing performance in our Christmas Nativity. Thank you to all of our families for coming along to support us and thank you for for the huge help in providing costumes. We are very impressed with the singing and dancing from our families too... All I want for Christmasssss is you!

Hamsterley Forest

Brrrrrrrrr, it was super cold when we visited Hamsterley forest. We still managed to have a Pooh-stick race under the bridge, walk through the beautiful frosty forest, see some of Stick Man's friends and also picked our Christmas trees to take back to school.

December - Tinker the Elf

Can you believe we were locked out of our classroom on the morning of the first of December? We realised it was locked with magic so had to sing Christmas songs to unlock it. When we got inside we found Tinker the elf and a very twinkly mess. He also left us an Advent calendar full of treats. We created a story map to show Mrs Bell what had happened.

Stick Man's invitation...

After reading the story of Stick Man we received a surprise letter in school. All children were very excited to find out that Stick Man had sent the letter inviting us to his forest. He said his Stick Lady Love and Stick Children had decorated their family tree with lights and tinsel but noticed that we didn't have a class tree yet. Stick Man told us we could choose a real tree from his forest to bring back to school to decorate. How exciting!

Pigs don't hibernate, Hedgehogs do...

After reading 'Whoever's Heard of a Hibernating Pig' we met pig's friend hedgehog. Mrs Prickles sent us a letter saying her little hedgehog didn't know how to hibernate and needed our help. We wrote lists of things the hedgehog would need and helped him make a home for the winter by searching for things outside. We labelled our hedgehog pictures and also created a diagram of other animals in their hibernation place. 

Maths Play and Learn Session

We are super proud of all of our mathematicians. Thank you to all of the parents who joined us for our play and learn sessions, it is always lovely to see so many parents in school.

Children in Need

A special visitor called in on his way to London... We danced with Pudsey, made spotty biscuits, played musical spots and did lots of spotty counting in maths. Everyone looked fabulous in their outfits and we are very grateful for the kind donations. What a wonderful day to spot the first signs of winter too, we painted the ice we found to make it spotty before it melted.

Breaking News...

Our little police officers worked very hard trying to solve a terrible crime. Blankets, cushions, food, leaves and books were all stolen. We even spotted unusual shaped footprints at the crime scene. After thoroughly analysing the evidence the children came to the conclusion that a pig may have broken in and stolen the items so that he could go and hibernate. Whoever's heard of a hibernating pig? We wrote a list of things missing from the crime scene and questions that Sgt Adam could ask the pig at the station. In a statement from the pig he apologised and said he didn't know how to hibernate and wanted to be just like his friend hedgehog. He said he had all sorts of problems with his health and his home so thought it would be no good to hibernate in. We decided to help the pig and wrote a list of people who could help him.

Reception Pebble Poppy

All children in Reception helped to create a beautiful piece of transient art inspired by the amazing Pebble Poppy next to Tommy at Seaham. We gathered stones from our outdoor area, painted them and then arranged them to create our Remembrance Day poppy. The children took part in some very thought provoking and insightful discussions about the very brave soldiers.

People Who Help Us

Our discussions about soldiers led to other people who help us and we were visited by a Police Officer as part of our topic. Sergeant Adam talked about his duties and the importance of keeping safe. The children asked some very insightful questions and were super excited to sit in his police car. We wrote about all of the things a Policeman needs.

Remember, Remember the 5th of November...

We thoroughly enjoyed learning about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. We thought of interesting adjectives to describe fire, created fabulous fireworks using powder paint explosions and even had our own bonfire!


Harvest / Halloween Singalong

Well done to all Reception children on an amazing performance!

Reception 1

Reception 2

We are starting school lunches!

The children in reception class invited a special guest to come and have lunch at school with them. The children collected a tray and decided what to have for their lunch. They even cleared their trays away at the end of the meal.

Some of the adults decided to try a school lunch as well. They said the food was really nice and much better than when they were in school!