Reception 2020 - 2021

Mrs Nichol

Mrs Nichol

Miss McIntosh

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Autumn Term


After reading the story of ‘Elmer’ during our transition visits to school, we immersed ourselves in the story during our first week and thought about the wonderful colours and messages in the story. We talked about how it is nice to be different and what makes us all special. We have Elmer’s friend Splat the snowdog in school and we received a letter to say that Splat was very sad. He wanted to be bright and colourful like Elmer. The children had a wonderful idea - to make a colourful coat for Splat. The children then decorated felt squares to add to Splat’s new coat. We wrote invitations to our friends inviting them to a colour parade to present Splat with his special coat.

Planting a Rainbow

After reading the story ‘Planting a Rainbow’ by Lois Ehlert, we talked about the difference in the rainbow song and the colours in a real rainbow. We noticed that there is no pink in a real rainbow. We have been mixing colours and creating repeating colour patterns. We created a plan to plant our own rainbow in our nature garden. The children looked for colours in our Reception environment and on the day of the parade we looked for the colours in nature around us and used our magic wands to collect them as we walked around the field. We sprinkled the magic colours onto the coat and when we got back to the classroom Splat was there to receive his coat. What a magical day, thank you for being so kind.


Jack and the Beanstalk...

We have been reading Jack and the Beanstalk over the last two weeks. The children now know the story very well and could join in with the repeated refrain “Fee fi fo fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones and make my bread.” We talked about the different parts of a plant, what a plant needs to grow and the life cycle of a bean. The children then planted their very own bean. Do you think it will grow to the size of Jack’s beanstalk?

Parent Early Reading information session

Thank you to the family members who joined us at our phonics and reading information session. It was wonderful see the children reading with you and we can't wait to see you in school again for our family home time reading sessions. If you ever have any questions regarding the early reading process for the resources you received please just ask. 

Leaf Man

"A Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows..."

Our book of the week this week is ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert. After going on an autumn walk, we collected lots of autumn treasures and looked at how the environment was changing around us. The children talked about changes in weather and the beautiful colours around us. We looked at the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy and created our own piece of transient art to represent a line from the story. “Leaf man used to live near me, in a pile of leaves.” The children worked hard to produce a collaborative piece of transient art. We used our autumn treasures to create our own Leaf Man and after looking at a map of Hetton-le-Hole, we transformed the story to think about what he might pass as he flies over Hetton. 




Representing numbers
We have been working hard in maths throughout our first half term in school, looking for numbers 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.

The children have been using new maths vocabulary and mastering our numbers of the week. We have represented each number to 5 in a variety of ways - concrete (objects), pictorial (pictures) and numbers (abstract). The children have been introduced to Number Blocks characters 1, 2, 3 4 and 5.

We are looking forward to welcoming parents into school again for our maths play and learn session in November where we share teaching strategies and everyday activities for learning.



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Day Monkey Night Monkey


We began our learning with the book Day Monkey night monkey. We thought about al of the different things that we would see in the day and in the night. Because it was a special week we saw Fireworks!. We painted lots of pictures and taklked about the different colours we see in the sky. During the day we could see lots of things that werre different. We went for a walk in Hetton to see what we could find and one of the things we could see all around were flowers. These were poppies!

This moved pur learning onto the people that help us!

People Who Help Us

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We began with a walk to the lonley soldier in Hetton where we saw the Cenotaph and poppy wreaths. We thought about the soldiers and remembered them. We made our very own wreaths and poppies in class and took part in the minute silence. Olivia's dad is a soldier and he came to school to talk about his job and what he had to do. We dressed in the clothes, tasted the food and painted our faces using the special army paints. Olivia was so proud of her Daddy and showed us the medals he had recieved for the great work he had done.

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We moved onto What other people may help us and  looked at what the police do. We read Cops and Robbers and had a visit from PC Perry and Steve the dog handler. We were able to ask questions and go inside a real van. We also helped with the training of the very clever dog Roman. Our police station role play area was a great place to go!

We thought about other emergancy services and other jobs where people help us. 

Christmas Symbols

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We are learning the symbols of the church at Christmas. We looked closley at what the symbols mean and what the church looks like art Christmas. We walked to the church and explored inside with Reverand Tim. We listened to the Christmas story. We got creative in class making our own wreaths too!

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We performed our amazing Disney Nativity to parents and enjoyed a fantastic Christmas Party!

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We sadly say goodby to Mrs Richards this term. We wish her well in her new role and will all miss her very much. We know she will sparkle in everything she does!

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 Thank you for all of your support over the term and just a quick reminder that our Fridays reading sessions will continue after the holidays at 2:45.

Have a great well earned break and Merry Christmas.

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Coming up: Castles 

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