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Term 4

This term we will be learning all about  ' Animals'.  We will look at where animals live, different ways they move and finding out some interesting facts about them!  We will describe them , read some stores about them and even dress up as some. Look out for our role play changing into a 'safari hide out!'

Term 3

In reception this term we have been learning all about 'Space'.   We started looking at the book Whatever next' and imagined we were going to space.  We acted out the story, drew pictures and even wrote a diary about our trip to space.  We really enjoyed using the space station role play.  We dressed up as astronauts and  acted out counting down and collecting moon rocks!  We have enjoyed making rockets and moon buggies out of lots of construction.  We also made some rockets and even sent them flying with the help of Mr Denton.  We got really wet, but it was great fun, the rockets went flying right across the playground!  We then wrote instructions for how to fly a rocket.  We have also read some books about aliens and enjoyed talking about and describing different aliens.  We have made our own aliens out of play dough. 

 In Maths we have looked at 3D shapes and learnt the names of them .  We made some great models with the 3D shapes and pictures with the 2D shapes.    We have used the rockets and astronauts to help us understand addition and subtraction.  We listened to number stories and solved them with the objects and then on a bead bar.  We measured the length and height of different things.

We have loved using our mini me astronauts all term. We have built rockets for them and explored the different planets.   We have used collage materials to make a rocket and explored drawing with chalk and charcoal. 

Term 2

Our learning in reception 

This term the children have been learning all about transport.  We started the term looking at the teacher’s cars and Mr Trolley’s motorbike.  We have looked at the story of ‘Naughty bus’ and acted out with our own bus, and then wrote some great sentences about what the bus was doing.  We had a visit from the police, who brought their police car and van and let us sit inside and use the sirens!  We had our own 'travel agents' role play where we acted out choosing our holiday destinations and booking them!  We have explored with the cars and ramps and thought about how we could make them go faster. 

We have enjoyed learning more sounds and have got really good at sounding out words and writing simple sentences. 

In Maths, we have practised our numbers and enjoyed learning about shapes and making shape pictures. We have used the scales to weigh different objects and think about which is heavy and light. 

We have enjoyed performing our Christmas nativity and dressing up in costume.


Term 1


The children have settled into school really well and are enjoying exploring their new environment. 

Our topic this term was 'All about me'.

We have thought about the different parts of our body and looked at the skeleton.

We had a visit from a psychologist, who talked to us all about our brain and how we remember things.  She even left a pretend brain for us to look at and feel!

We have thought about what we need to do to keep ourselves healthy.  We looked at healthy and unhealthy foods and then made a yummy fruit smoothie.  We tried all the fruit first using our senses and then cut up the fruit and mixed it in a blender.

We have also thought about keeping ourselves clean and healthy.  we looked at different ways to exercise and we have been very physical in our garden making our own assault courses.   We have told instructions for how to wash your hands and clean your teeth.  We had great fun practising brushing the big classroom teeth!

In maths we have been practising our numbers.  We have counted along the number line and practised counting different objects.   We have used lots of different resources including number fans, bead strings and counters.  We have explored shape and named and described the different shapes that we know.  We even did a shape hunt in the outside area.

Throughout the term we have explored making marks in sand, rice and on the whiteboards.  we have made wavy, straight and zig zag lines.  

We have learnt lots of sounds already.  We have learnt the sound the letter makes and how to write the letter.  We are already hearing the 1st sounds in words and we are beginning to write simple words with 3 sounds. 

Term 2


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