2023-24 Reception Learning



Term 6

This term we will be learning all about 'The great outdoors'.  We will listen to stories set in the woods and make up our own stories about a woodland adventure.  We will have a weekly visit to the wilderness where we can explore the outdoor more, exploring in the mud kitchen , creating nature bracelets and creating some music.  

In maths we will continue to learn about the compostion of numbers and solve problems to do with this.  We will look at sharing fairly and the link between doubles and halves.  

We will also be having sports day this term so we will be practising some relay races ready for the day!

This will be the last term for the children in reception so we will be thinking about moving to Year 1 and doing some work on getting ready for next year.  We will be visiting the year 1 classrooms throughout the term and meeting the teachers.   Please see the newsletter below for some more information and some ideas of some home learning activities you can do. 

Newsletter Term 6


Term 5

This term we have learnt all about 'Plants and Minibeasts'.  We started the term looking at minibeasts and writing some good clues to describe them.  We enjoyed looking for minibeasts in our playground and the wilderness.  We found worms, centipedes, ants and loads of woodlice!  We then went on to look at plants and thought about the different parts of the plants and what they do.  We planted cress and our own sunflower seeds and enjoyed seeing them grow.   We have also planted some seeds in our mud kitchen that we are looking after. 

In maths we have looked at number facts to 10 and explored odd and even numbers.  We have also been looking at the 100 square and identifying lots of patterns that we can see.   We have also looked at time and the  days of the week.  We enjoyed the 'days of the week song' and thinking about the different things we do on different days. 

In our learning choice times,  we have been very creative and made our own minibeasts and painted our own flowers.  We have also made our own spider webs by weaving some string back and forth.  We have loved the den building and created some great structures and enclosures that alot of children can fit in!  We have made our own minibeast houses out of junk modelling.  

Newsletter Term 5


Term 4

What a busy term we have had!  We have learnt all about space and the different planets and even wrote a diary about our imaginary trip to space.  We have designed our own aliens and enjoyed describing those.  We have been acting out in our role play space station and really enjoyed dressing up as astronauts and flying in to space. 

In maths we have thought about more and less and got realyl confident saying 1 more and 1 less than a nunber.  We have explored 2 D and 3D shapes and did some amazing describing of 2D shapes using the vocabulary of faces, edges and vertices! 

The highlight of this term has been sending our own rockets flying, we needed to pump really hard to make them fly!.  Also designing our own rockets and the  making them and evaluating them.  They look great!

In learning choice time, the children have really enjoyed our den building area and have made some great dens and even their own rockets.  There has been some brilliant team work between the children.  They have also been busy on our giant marble run, making the balls go down the guttering and tubes adn making sure that it works and the balls don't get stuck!  We have also developed a home corner outside, that the children have turned into a cafe over the term, and served some lovely caffee and cakes!


Newsletter Term 4


Term 3

We have had a busy term learning all about animals.

We started the term with our ‘Animaltastic day’ where we dressed up as an animal and had an animal parade around the hall.  In literacy, we have looked at lots of animal poems and the book ‘Welcome to the zoo’, where we have made up our own stories.  We have also learnt lots of animals facts and written our own animal fact files!

In maths we have looked at numbers 1 more and 1 less and used a number line to help us.  We have thought about the number 5 and all the different ways to make 5.  We had to make sure we worked systematically so we didn’t forget any.  We have looked at measuring the height and length of things and compared lots of animals to see which was the tallest or longest.  We have also thought about positional language and the words we can use to explain where things are.

We have really enjoyed our role play this term, acting out being on safari.  We have had animal costumes to dress up in, binoculars to find the animals and a tepee tent for acting out our safari adventures.

We have continued to enjoy our learning choice times where we have made some great animal houses using the junk modelling, the wooden blocks and our loose parts.  We have acted out and created out our jungles and zoos.  We have also been very creative and painted some great animals and made some lion faces using a range of resources. 

It has been quite cold, wet and windy this term so the children have really enjoyed catching the raindrops and making our puddles even bigger.  We have also explored the ice that we made and I think the polar bears really enjoyed it!.   

We have also had a visit from a real tortoise and bearded dragon.  Thank you Me Lee!

What a busy term!

Newsletter Term 3


Term 2

We have had a busy term learning all about transport. We started the term with our ‘Wheelie great day’ and enjoyed riding our bikes and scooters around the playground.  We had a visit from some police who brought their police van with them.  We then enjoyed dressing up as police and fire people and acting out.  We learnt about road safety and enjoyed a walk around the local area, looking at the road signs and we practised crossing different roads.  We went to see the teachers’ cars and then did some great labelling of all the different parts.   We have been learning our numbers to 5 and thinking about the composition of those numbers.  We have practised ordering our numbers to 10.   We have explored shape and looked for shapes in the environment and even tried some tangram puzzles.  Outside we have really enjoyed our garage role play, acting out mending the bikes and pretending to put petrol in.   We have had lots of different weather and explored the rain, catching raindrops and floating boats in the puddles.  It was then really cold and we explored the ice and frost!  We finished the term performing our nativity and I am sure you will agree, it was a brilliant performance!

Newsletter Term 2


Term 1

This term the children have settled into school really well and got used to the routines brilliantly. They have enjoyed the topic 'All about me!'.  We have looked at family photos and drawn our own families too! We have enjoyed leanring about our bodies and had great fun making some skeleton puzzles and learning about how to keep healthy.  Brushing the giant teeth was fun!  In maths we have learnt about nunbers 1 to 5 and been able to count amounts.  We have looked at tall short and big and small and made some really tall towers! The children have really enjoyed exploring the reception area and using lots of the resources that we have. 

Term 1 Photos

Newsletter Term 1