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Thursday 01 December 2022
Reception have had a super week! We have loved the start of advent in school. Our new RE topic is 'Birthdays' and we are very excited for Jesus' birthday - Christmas Day! The children helped to decorate our class Christmas tree, they created a class birthday card to Jesus and selected a beautiful picture to put on the front. They enjoyed creating birthday parties in the home corner and making cards in the creative area.
In English, we have started to read the story 'Stick Man'. We will be creating story maps to retell the story using images and words. We have been practicing writing words to label parts of the story!
 
I hope you have a great weekend!
 
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 24 November 2022
We started our new class text 'The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza'. We have been learning about instructions, recipes and ingredients. As part of our learning we went on a school trip to Pizza Express. We loved riding the Metro, looking at the window and hearing the sounds and movements when we went underground. It was very exciting. At Pizza Express, we learnt how to make our very own pizzas. We used flour, stretched out the dough, pushing the air out and pulling it to fit in the pan. We added our toppings and enjoyed eating them for lunch. They were delicious!
In RE, we began our new topic of 'birthdays'. We have moved to advent and are thinking about how we prepare and wait for Jesus' birthday - Christmas Day! We have explored birthday songs, birthday cards, birthday teas and birthday decorations.
 
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 17 November 2022
This week we have been focusing on our new class text 'Not a Stick' by Antoinette Portis. We have been thinking about how imaginative we can be and what a stick could be used for. We went to forest school and collected lots to use in our creative area. We made fishing rods, swords, pick axes and wands. We showed super perseverance skills to cut, tie and tape our sticks and resources. The children then used their phonic knowledge to label their design.
We have been thinking about what makes a good friend as part of Anti-Bullying Week. We painted our handprints into a heart to show we care and love all our friends. 
As part of World Nursery Rhyme Week, we have focused on Incy Wincy Spider. We enjoyed singing the song and performing the actions. We practiced tracing spider webs to develop our pencil control and threaded pipe cleaners on to a spider's body. We counted 8 legs and developed our fine motor skills to tie them on.
 
I hope you have a great weekend.
 
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 10 November 2022
A brilliant week in Reception! We have been busy completing different challenges across the week starting with name practice, reading CVC words and building number blocks 1 - 5. We revisited our learning about materials and started to think about our big question - Can you make a fork out of paper? We made predictions with lots of brilliant ideas. We then tested out different forks to pick up a range of foods. We tested plastic, wooden, metal and paper. We found out that paper didn't work very well. It was too 'bendy', floppy', 'soggy', not 'hard'. Have a think about which materials are used for different items around your house and why. Finally, we have been learning about Remembrance Day. The children have thought about what it means to remember and in particular we are remembering the soldiers who fought in the war. We made some beautiful artwork of a poppy field.
 
Enjoy the weekend!
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 03 November 2022
Reception have enjoyed exploring our new topic of 'Materials'. We have looked at a range of materials and have explored the classroom and outdoor area to identify different materials. We discussed how different materials felt eg hard, bumpy, smooth, bendy.
In maths we have been looking at measurements of length and height thinking about the language longer, shorter, taller and shorter. You could compare items in the house.
We loved our Commando Joe's Day today where we completed a range of challenges. We worked together as part of a team, focusing on our listening and responding skills. The children were brilliant at creating their own shelters that had to have a roof to protect them from the rain! Luckily, they worked and we didn't get wet!
I have been very impressed with everyone's reading over the half term holidays. The children have been working very hard in our phonic sessions.
 
Have a great weekend! 
 
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 20 October 2022
Reception have been very busy! We enjoyed the Teddy Bear Hospital visit. We were very good at caring for our teddies. We loved our Art Days focusing on creating a Stormy Sea. We created a class piece using coloured paints and tissue paper.
In English, we have been exploring rhyming words and loved the Oi Frog story. We focused on the sounds at the end of the word and carried on rhyming strings! Try at home.. What rhymes with cat, mat, sat? What rhymes with stop and hop?
The children have been busy making potions, measuring amounts, mixing colours and thinking of magical outcomes if you drank the potion! We have developed our fine motor skills by hammering on the harvest food as well as a pen disco.
We have been practicing making Fred words using our phonic soun cards and blending to read green words.
 
It was lovely to speak to everyone at Parents' Evening. I hope you have a wonderful half term!
See you on Monday 31st!
 
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 06 October 2022
We had lots of fun this week exploring a range of art techniques! We have been printing, making leaf rubbings and making collages. We created Leaf Man collages after reading the story Leaf Man. We explored the texture of the leaves and noticed the underside was bumpy. We used our new vocabulary of 'veins' to describe the lines we could see on the leaves. We used the bumpy side to make leaf rubbings. 
 
We have discussed the change in weather and thought what we would need to pack in our suitcase for this season! The children have been busy writing initial sounds eg c for coat, s for scarf, h for hat.
 
In maths, we have explored pattern and looked at how to create a repeating pattern using 2 objects. We have continued to explore numbers, representing amounts, subitising groups of objects and writing the numerals.
Below are the number rhymes for 1 - 5.
1 - Start at the top and down we run, now we've made a number one.
2 - Half a heart says I love you, draw a link that makes two.
3 - Around the tree, around the tree that's the way to make a three.
4 - Down and across and down once more, that's the way to make a four.
5 - Short stick, belly fat, number five has a hat.
 
Enjoy the weekend!
 
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 29 September 2022
This week, we have begun exploring the signs of Autumn. We have learnt about the four seasons of the year and explored how we know it is Autumn. We went on an Autumn walk and observed the differing colours of the leaves on the trees as well as on the ground. We found acorns, pine cones and mushrooms in Forest School.
 
In maths, we have practised our subitising, counting, and ordering of numbers. We have collected amounts and thought about how to represent a number using different objects as well as starting to form the numerals.
 
Have a lovely weekend!
 
Miss Micklethwaite
Thursday 22 September 2022
Reception have had another brilliant week! We have been busy exploring and learning about each other and our families. We have looked at similarities and differences between ourselves and our friends and discussed how everybody is different.
We have been super at learning our phonic sounds and have begun blending to read in our phonic sessions. All the children are working very hard on their letter formation as well as practising their name writing.
 
In maths, we have been learning about shapes - you could have a shape hunt in your house! What shapes can you see? We have looked at 2D and 3D shapes - square, circle, oval, triangle, rectangle, pentagon, cube, cone, cylinder, sphere.
 
Have a great weekend!
 
Miss Micklethwaite
We join with Bishop Robert and the whole of BBCET, to mourn the loss of our beloved Queen. We pray for the repose of her soul and for her family. We are very grateful for her years of service. We give thanks to God for everything she has done.
May she rest in peace.
Thursday 08 September 2022
Reception have made a brilliant start to school this week! The children have explored their new classroom environment and have been getting to know their new friends. It has been lovely to spend time getting to know every child.
We are looking forward to next week when all the children will be in school full time!
 
Have a lovely weekend.
 
Miss Micklethwaite