Reception’s Autumn walk in the woods!

We had a fantastic start to the week  – we put on our wellingtons and went for a lovely, crisp walk in our local woods. It was lots of fun running through the leaves and spotting different autumn signs in the world around us. On our walk we found pine cones, acorns, conkers, apples, crunchy leaves and berries! We collected lots of things to add to our investigation table!

Have a look at our Autumn walk pictures below…

Reception Elm’s Autumn walk.

Reception Oak’s Autumn walk.

In our classroom we have lots of autumn materials (thank you for you all the items you sent in!) and we have been using them within our provision. We have;

  • Threaded autumn leaves.
  • Compared leaves by size.
  • Rolled and counted conkers.
  • Created autumn tree art.

We have also been looking at the book ‘Leaf Man’ and used our Autumn collections to make our own leaf characters. Another busy and exciting week!

Reception – Ahoy me hearties!

What a brilliant first two weeks we have had in Reception. The children have settled into their new classrooms brilliantly and we have had so much fun learning all about pirates!

First we shared the story Portside Pirates and thought about what it would be like to live on a pirate ship. We then looked at the story Pizza for Pirates and the adventures of George who wanted to set sail with a ‘fine pirate crew.’ This inspired our furry class friend Boris to set off one night to find pirates and adventure on the sea! Boris found a pirate crew and had many adventures searching for treasure and exploring the seas. He even met a sea monster who tried to eat him up! Luckily we made and sent Boris some pirate pizzas to keep the sea monster happy – we had a class discussion about healthy and unhealthy food. Boris then sent us a map so we could find him and bring him safely back to school!

We have also been very busy…

  • Building pirate ships with the lego
  • Turing photographs of ourselves into pirates – adding hats and eye patches
  • Digging up and counting pirate treasure
  • Making pirate hats – using chalk to draw skull and cross bones.
  • Weighing treasure using scales
  • Creating textured sea monsters
  • Writing letters to put into bottles to send back to Boris
  • Designing pizzas for pirates and counting on toppings
  • Making stick puppet pirates to tell pirate stories

The children have also loved sharing their treasure boxes of summer holiday treasure and we have been asking lots of questions. They have also taken part in their first PE lesson with Miss Jancy!

Click on the links below to see photographs of the children exploring their learning and making new friends.

Reception Elm

Reception Oak

Reception Voyagers – Forest Schools!

WOW!! What an AMAZING day!! We have had so much fun… We used a saw to cut our own wooden medallion, made magic wands, toasted bread on the fire and completed a magical fairy treasure hunt! We also used lots of petals and leaves to print our own ‘Nature Ninja’ bandana! In the afternoon we explored the woodland and had a brilliant time building dens, swinging in the hammock and climbing the rope ladder! To finish the day we toasted marshmallows and sang songs around the fire.  Thank you so much to our brilliant parent helpers – Sare’s mummy, Zaki’s mummy and Harry’s mummy.

Click here for lots of photos of the day!

Voyager’s and Discoverer’s Transition Day!

What a wonderful day Reception have had acting as Year One Voyagers and Discoverers yesterday! They settled so well into their new environments and were eager to start their learning in KS1, exploring the new resources and activities.

We had lots of animal-themed fun! We made animal masks using collaging materials, measured play dough crocodiles using multilink, created fact pages about our favourite animals and built zoo enclosures in the construction area. We also wrote about what animal we would like to be and why, as part of our English work, and made paper chain number line snakes as part of our maths.

A very busy and enjoyable day. We can’t wait to see you all in September to continue the fun!

Miss O’Brien and Miss Wilks 🙂

EYFS Games Day

Image result for bunting clipartWhat an enjoyable afternoon we had on Monday! The children worked so hard in the sunshine taking part in our annual EYFS games day.

They took turns to…
– Race on the bikes
– Fill the water bucket
– Hook the ducks
– Balance the egg and spoon
– Collect the fish at the seaside
– Take part in a running race
– Complete the obstacle course
– Bounce on the space hoppers
…and beat the goalie!

We were so proud of the children who put in 100% and showed super sportsmanship!

It was a fabulous turnout too. Thank you to all the grown-ups who came to cheer us on and support us, especially those who took part themselves 🙂

Take a look at us in action!

Reception – Growing up!

This week we have had a great time matching baby pictures to children in our class! We have loved learning all about babies – spending time discussing how we have changed, the things we can now do and experiences of having younger siblings. In literacy we have been writing about our baby pictures with a focus on ‘super sentences’ and in maths we have been doubling numbers!

We have a very exciting delivery of caterpillars arriving next week and we can’t wait to see how they change as they grow up!

Have a look at our baby photos below… we’ve not changed much!

Baby Voyagers

Baby Discoverers

The Billy Goats Gruff in Reception

This week have learnt the story of The Billy Goats Gruff and explored the different characters and events through the provision in our classroom We…

  • Used masks and instruments to tell the story of The Billy Goats Gruff on our outdoor climbing frame bridge.
  • Ordered the story and made our own story maps.
  • Wrote speech bubbles for the characters’ speech.
  • Read and matched different adjectives to the troll and the goats.
  • Played a troll tig game outdoors – focusing on moving in different ways and teamwork!
  • Built bridges across the river with the lego.
  • Designed our own trolls, adding adjectives to describe them.
  • Used a computer program to create story scenes and retell the story.

On Tuesday we received a letter from the goats telling us how their grass had become yellow and dry in the sun. With their letter they had sent us some seeds so we worked together to decide how best to grow the goats some new grass. We have each planted some seeds and chosen a spot to grow them in. We will now see whose seeds grow best.

Here we are planting our seeds!

A very EGGciting week in Reception!

In Reception we have been learning the story of the Little Red Hen. We have been using lots of story language, actions and voices – ask us to tell you the story at home! To link with this story we have been weighing flour, kneading bread in the bakery, making masks and acting out the story on the stage outside and making moving windmills. We have also tasted and compared lots of different breads from around the world – bagels, brioche, naan bread, ciabattas and tortillas.

We have also loved watching our eggs hatch and meeting our baby chicks!! It has been a brilliant first week back.

Here are some photos from the week



Reception Space investigations!

The children have had so many questions they wanted to investigate about space. This week they have worked in their floor book groups to research and find out the answers to their own questions. Have a look at our floorbook work below…




We have also been working really hard in our PE lessons with Miss Jancy. Today we learnt sign language and performed the song ‘A Thousand Years’ (inspired by the mums and children who went viral on YouTube raising awareness for Down’s Syndrome.) Have a look at the video of our performance here – Reception A Thousand Years




Reception investigate space!

This week we have started our investigations about space!

After reading the book ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy we transformed our role play area into a space rocket so we could blast off to the moon, like baby bear in the story!

We have also;

  • Explored moon rocks, weighing and comparing them
  • Splatter painted the night sky.
  • Rolled telescopes to gaze at the stars
  • Built space rockets with the junk modelling resources
  • Turned ourselves in to Voyager and Discoverer Astronauts ready to explore space
  • Thought about what we would take to space and written lists of the things we would need.
  • Investigated the solar system learning the names of the different planets and what they look like before representing them using chalks and paints.
  • Created the different planets from our solar system using paper mache.


We think space is fascinating! We have all been asking lots of questions and in our groups we have chosen floor book questions which we will investigate next week!