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EYFS - Reception

Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage page. 

Autumn Term

This is me...

We continued the children's interest in The Greatest Showman on entry to school as we talked about ourselves, our likes, dislikes and our friends and families.  We also talked about our new environment and how we could improve our garden. Some children were doing a spot of gardening one day and tidying the weeds, when they discovered a big toad under a log... Lots of children thought it was a frog, but after investigating the difference we realised that this amphibian was brown with lumpy skin not like a green, smooth frog. We made a little home in a box for him and let everyone in Reception say hello as we passed it around our circle.  We realised that this might be the toad who came to visit us this time last year so took him to Year one to see the children who named him ‘Branch’. They couldn’t believe how much he had grown, just like them. We let Branch go back into his natural habitat and we hope that he visits us again. We are continuing to improve our garden to make it a pretty place for him to visit.

Autumn days...

We harvested the apples from our apple tree on the first day of autumn and practised some new skills as we washed, peeled and sliced the apples in preparation for making our autumn apple crumble.  We talked about the autumn changes in our environment and enjoyed reading the story of Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. We also went on an autumn walk to look for signs of autumn and lots of children created leaf men of their own. We created our own Leaf Man story using an autumn journey map. We also had a letter from a hedgehog asking us to help keep her friends safe through the winter and designed and made models of hedgehog homes. The children enjoyed reading, 'Don't Hog The Hedge' as we talked about other hibernating animals.

Our Harvest and Halloween performance...

It was wonderful to see so many dancing parents at our Harvest and Halloween singalong. The children performed our songs so well and everyone made some fabulous spooky crafts afterwards. We carved out pumpkins and prepared the seeds. Did you try one of our roasted pumpkin seeds? Thank you for coming along to support us.

Festivals of light...

Light has shone through lots of our topics this term. We learnt about the story of Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot. We talked about safety on bonfire night and exploding powder paint fireworks of our own. We also learnt about the festival of Diwali and the story of Rama and Sita, we made our own Diva lamps to help light their way home and created Rangoli patterns with collage and chalk pictures. We compared Diwali to Hanukkah and our customs at Christmas time and thought about the significance of light in all of the topics. 

Maths in our environment...

We have been working hard in maths throughout our first half term in school, looking for numbers and shapes in our environment and being introduced to new equipment to support our counting and understanding of numbers. The children have been using their subitising eyes to recognise quantities up to 5 without counting them.

It was lovely to see so many parents and mini mathematicians at our maths play and learn session as we shared teaching strategies and everyday activities for learning. 

Reception Remembers...

The children have led some very thought provoking discussions around World War One as part of our whole school remembrance topic and really connected with the story ‘Where the Poppies Now Grow.’  We wrote letters to the soldier characters Ben and Ray and thought about how they would have felt during the war.

We thought about the significance of the poppy and watched 'Poppies' the CBeebies short film. This led to some very emotive thoughts and discussions. The children enjoyed walking to see the war memorials in Hetton-le-Hole and finding names of soldiers with the same name as some of the children. We joined the whole school as we created a pebble poppy for our school garden and enjoyed seeing a WW1 soldier in assembly.

In the words of one of our Reception children, “It must have been so scary and they’ll have been upset to never ever see their 4 year olds like us. We have to keep remembering them and how brave they were.”

We have continued our WW1 discussions  through the story of ‘Peace Lily’ a WW1 nurse. We compared wartime nurses to nurses nowadays, leading on to our new topic... ‘People who help us.’

People who help us...

We have been thinking about all the people who help us and developed a Medical centre in our role play area as we learnt about the roles of medical professionals. The children were also interested in the Police and enjoyed reading our book of the week ‘Cops and Robbers’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. ‘Ho Ho for the robbers the cops and the robbers Ho Ho.’ We created wanted posters for the character Grandma Swagg, make sure you keep a look out for her. 

The children were very excited to have some special visitors in school. PC Jenkinson and PC Parry showed us their uniform and equipment, talked about their roles and even let us go inside their police van. 

 To link in with our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic, we read ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’ in Literacy at the start of December and received lots of special Christmas deliveries as we used our phonic knowledge to retell the story and wrote letters of our own. 

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

We have enjoyed all of our Christmas activities and have loved seeing our family members in school. We experienced our first school pantomime visit, received a special delivery of Christmas trees from The Jolly Postman, went on a magical Polar Express ride in school and had lots of fun at our coffee mornings and Christmas party. 

We enjoyed learning about the story of the first Christmas when Jesus was born and retold the nativity story. The children also performed the story for all family members through songs from The Greatest Showman at our Christmas show 'The Greatest Nativity.' The children were all amazing, thank you to the family members who came along to support us.