Reception: Miss Cantwell and Miss Houghton

We work as a great team in Reception and have a brilliant time exploring through our play. We hope you enjoy seeing what we have been up to, for the latest updates scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Our first day, this was a great day and we all settled in really well without needing our home grown ups to come in with us. All of the teachers were very impressed by this! We spent the day learning our new routines and exploring all of the new changes around us!
The great train track build was on today in Reception, everyone worked as a great team to make the biggest train track we have ever had in Reception. We had lots of help to mend the track and the team worked until it was fully complete! Well done everyone!
The children have enjoyed the outdoor challenges, finding lots of ways to use our balance and strength. We all enjoyed walking the plank but it was hard work trying to escape from the pirates!
We have had a busy time during our imaginative play time this week, some of us made our own mask while some of us used what we already have in school! The children have had some fantastic ideas this week and the level of conversation has been amazing to listen to.
The children are really enjoying the performing arts sessions we have been having, this has helped with our listening skills as well as giving us an opportunity to try something new. We have been fantastic at joining in and we are really enjoying ourselves.
Lots of creative time this week! The children enjoyed rescuing the dinosaurs from the frozen eggs.
Putting our waterproofs and wellies to good use by getting out and about in all weathers!
The children have enjoyed dressing up this week, this has led to some fantastic communication with each other when in the role of another character!
"That was the best show and tell ever,"
The children had a great time during our show and tell this week, we were lucky enough to have one of the Reception Daddy's give up their free time to bring a JCB from their farm for us to have a look at. We got to have a try in the driving seat and see all the important parts of the JCB. We checked to see if we were taller or shorter than the wheels, no one was taller. The children really enjoyed this and we are very thankful for the time that was taken to allow us to have such a fantastic opportunity.
Making the most of our Autumn days by getting out and about on the field, being able to enjoy exploring in the wildlife area and under the big trees on the field. We have all noticed changes to the weather and our days, the biggest change being that for most of us we are now leaving school when it is dark.
We have had a great time in PE finding all of the different ways we can balance.
Super money work, looking closely at the coins, thinking about how we could describe them to a friend and then being able to match them before the time runs out!
"There has been an accident," Luckily the boys were quick to area to write down the important information about what had taken place.
Thinking of all of the different ways we can make 10, we were very surprised to see there were lots of different ways we can do this. Great teamwork from the children to help each other to check there was only 10.
This week we have been focusing on the story Goldilocks and the three bears, we have been acting out the story thinking of the different voices we need for each of the different characters in the story. 
Linking with thinking about people who help us and our world we got the chance to speak to a real vet and see the equipment that she uses and hear all about the important job she does. We were very surprised to see some of the items that have been found inside a cat and dog!
Great teamwork to complete an end product!
Making the most of the snow by getting out and about. Finding different ways to make trails in the snow. How quickly can you write your name before it is covered by snow again?
With all the cold weather lately we decided to make some bird feeders for the birds. Deciding which spot to place them in in the wildlife area was good fun! When we revisited the wildlife area lots of us discovered the animals had already been at them. We cant wait to check the camera to see what has been happening!
Working as a team to make a bridge strong enough to hold the Three Billy Goats and have space for a troll underneath. A great challenge that required us to work together, helping us to work on our speaking and listening skills.
Having a great time exploring during our outdoor activities, finding lots of different activities to complete!
Linking with the story of The Little Red Hen we decided to make some bread for ourselves, luckily everyone wanted to work together and help to make it. We all enjoyed getting to see the time it took and the different stages of baking the bread. Everyone enjoyed being able to try the bread!
What busy pirates we have been this week from creating a pirate ship, with a plank of course! To thinking about the different equipment pirates have and how we can make our own!
We had a lovely visit from PC Adam and Vicky, who brought along some special helpers to see us. We got the chance to ask lots of questions and find out about all of the different jobs they have to do. They were very impressed by us all!
The muddiest two mud monsters we have ever had in Reception!
We have planted our sunflower seeds and cant wait to see how long they take to grow. It was important that we watered them but not too much!
What a lot of team work went in to making the most magnificent window view around! Ask us which bit we did!
We had a great visit from Mrs Forsyth and got to find out about all of the different animals she has seen on her special visit to Africa! Mrs Forsyth taught us the hippo song, we were brilliant at learning the words.
We had a fantastic visit from a real pilot, it was great to hear about the exciting things he gets up to and hear how we could become a pilot in the future too!
Using the eggs we found during the egg hunt was good fun, we all made a Easter nest that we could eat!
We have enjoyed making the most of the warmer weather this week, we have had to think carefully about being prepared with the right clothing to match the weather!
We have been very busy in Reception this week, thinking about working together, this requires us to listen to the people around us as well as ensuring when it is our turn to speak we speak clearly so that our friends can understand us. It has been lovely to hear the children talking to each other and finding ways to solve any problems. Well done team Reception!
We have had a great morning with our experts (Year 1 children) finding out what it is like to be in year 1, having the chance to ask any questions we have, sharing anything we are looking forward to or anything we might be a bit worried about. Getting outside to build dens in this lovely weather we have had, this was a great opportunity to mix as a team and work together!
Finding ways to keep cool outside, we have been making our own choices this week about our outdoor clothing!
We had a great time on Northumberland day dressed in our red and yellow to show off our Northumberland colours, we were very lucky that our friends brought in some cakes to celebrate, a great time was had by all!
What a great time we all had on our visit to Belsay hall and castle this week! Not only did we have such a great time exploring and finding the special fairies, we showed our Belsay best which only highlighted further the fantastic amount of progress we have made and continue to make during our Reception year. Well done team Reception you did us proud!
This week we have been getting ready for sports day by practising our sports day games in preparation for the big day! We are so excited! 
We have been busy builders this week, a lot of team work has gone in to thinking about what we are going to make and then working together to make our plans, make changes and then construct. We were so excited that our PTA £100 spend arrived and we have had lots of fun playing inside and outside in our tee-pee that we requested. Thank you to our amazing PTA  for all of there hard work! 
What a great time we all had, having the chance to see Dippy the dinosaur. We could not believe how big it was! The children enjoyed having the chance to explore the other areas at the Hancock museum, everyone had a really good time and showed off their 'Belsay best' Well done TEAM RECEPTION!