2021-2022 Reception class: Miss Houghton

Welcome to Reception!
We use the website to share the fun we have been having in Reception.  
In Reception we follow the Read Write Inc phonics scheme. Below is a video on how to pronounce the sounds. It would be very helpful if you could watch it as it will benefit your child.  
We have had a fantastic first week back! It has been great to meet familiar children and welcome new children to the team. 
We had a great time rolling down the hill during our first forest school time! 
Reception had a great time with Adam Bushnell. We retold a story together thinking about the different animals and what actions and voices they might use. We were then lucky enough to get to meet Jet the tortoise. He had a great time seeing all of the superhero animals we could create!
In forest school, we used natural materials to make pictures of ourselves. Can you guess who everyone is? 
As part of our 'All about me' topic we have painted pictures of ourselves and thought about how we are all unique. 
This week saw us have our first Commando Joe's lesson. This is an opportunity for us to work as a team, think about how we would solve problems and build up our resilience to keep trying even when things go wrong. 
This week we have focused on the story Elmer! We have read the story together and read different stories that Elmer is in too. We have had a great time using blue, yellow and red paint to make new colours. 
We used inkpen mushrooms to paint leaf pictures in forest school! 
Commando Joe's was all about using our phonics to help us spell different words. 
Following the success of the black book challenge, to go on an Autumn hunt at home, we decided to have our own hunt during forest school. We discussed what we thought we might find and then off we went! 
Reception had a fantastic time getting to hear all about the important job Pegswood fire station have. They talked about staying safe around fire especially during Bonfire night which will soon be upon us. We were then lucky enough to be able to see the fire engine and all of the special equipment we need. Everyone had a great time! 
We had a great time dressing in our Halloween costumes and showing them off to our PTA members, who looked very different! 
This week we have focused on the story Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. We have been thinking about who we would take with us on our own brooms. We have really enjoyed this book and we are looking forward to making changes to the story next week!
This week we have thought about remembrance day. We discussed why we wear poppies, what do they symbolise and also discussed which day remembrance day takes place. On the 11th November we stopped and completed a 1 minute silence to remember everyone who has fought to keep us safe. We also made our own poppy sun catchers. 
As part of Forest school this week we re-read the story Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and thought about making our own magic wands. We collected our materials and then got to work. I am pleased to say we all managed to make a magic wand and even put spells on each other! 
This week in forest school it was all about making the most of the wonderful Autumn leaves we have on the school field. We had lots of fun playing in them. We also tried to make the first letter of our names using the leaves! 
This week we have read and re-read the story We're going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen. We then decided we would tell the story using actions as we know it so well. Here we are in action! 
 
This week we received a special letter from Santa, on Wednesday we came into class and found a letter and a box of goodies. We read the letter and realised Santa wanted us to write a Christmas list and send it to him. We set to work and completed this and then walked along to the Belsay shop to post them. We all had a great time and were fantastic at being safe!
We had a great time in the frosty weather, lots of us tried to make snow angels. We are hoping more snow will arrive soon! 
We worked together to put the Christmas tree up. I am sure you will agree it looks magnificent! 

This week in Reception we have thought about the story of Christmas. The children have also enjoyed reading a whole host of Christmas books and many are making their way home with some of the children. 

We all had a great time on Wednesday. As if by magic our table cloth we decorated ended up in the hall. Everyone enjoyed their lunch and it was delicious. Thank you Mrs Hayes!

 
We had a great time during our Christmas performance! To celebrate we had a Christmas party. There was lots of dancing and singing to be had! Everyone was magnificent. 
This half term we start our topic of traditional tales. The first story we have focused on has been Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have thought about the characters in the story and how they would have felt.
This week in Commando Joe's it was all about making a bed for Goldilocks! We had to work as a team and make sure we could make one that wasn't too hard and wasn't too soft but one that was just right!