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Week beginning 19th June 2017

In Literacy we have enjoyed looking at the ‘First Art Book’, we looked carefully at the picture and discussed the contrast between art and photographs of real animals.  We told our teachers which image we liked the best and explained why we liked it.

Outside in our playground, we stood in a circle and counted from one to ten.  The child who said ten had to sit down and we had to predict who would be our next number ten.  We focused on a work of art chosen by our class. We looked carefully at the painting in groups and were encouraged to discuss it between ourselves first. Then answer questions such as ‘does this look like the animal you saw at the zoo? How is it the same/ different? What colours does the artist use? Why?’

Later we created our own art work



Year Group Events

Easter Holiday Homework


Before the Easter Holidays, Year R’s homework was:-

Choose your favourite mini beast and make a model
to bring to school on the first day of term.

See the results below

Phonics Workshops

9th / 10th and 12th May 2017

Year R Phonics Workshops

(9.00am – 9.30am)

Half Term Homework - Gruffalo


Spring 1 Displays










Winter Snowman Homework


Nursery Rhyme Recital


We found a lot of characters from nursery rhymes in our book, Each Peach Pear Plum. Each class decided to learn a nursery rhyme. We performed the rhyme in front of our parents, our friends. Later went to perform at pre-school in front of children and the staff. We were proud of what we had learnt and felt brave performing in front of many new faces.








Useful Tips for Parents

Below are some useful guides to help with your child’s letter formations.  Please click on the link to open each page:-

Spring: Some ideas for parents to support their child’s learning  – click HERE

Correct Letter Formation – click HERE

Read Write Letter Formation – click HERE

Read Write Letter Formation with Pictures – click HERE









Dinosaur Gallery










Autumn 2 Displays










Library Visit

We went to the library this week. It was a great opportunity for us to learn about all the excellent resources within the library and how using these can make a real difference to our learning.  We had lots of fun meeting the librarian, listening to stories and choosing books. Now we will be encouraging our parent to take us!











'Settling In'

Wow…the children have settled into their new environment so well! The children have been making good progress in all areas of their learning. They are already enjoying being part of Downside Primary School and joining in with the daily routines of Reception learning. We hope you enjoy looking at some pictures of them having fun. There will be many more to come.











Archived News from Year R

Week beginning 15th May 2017

In Literacy we have enjoyed using non-fiction texts to learn about spiders.  We also used one of our favourite fiction stories, The Very Busy Spider.  We enjoyed telling the time and making the sound of all the animals he encountered.


In maths, we continued to understand time.  Every hour the spider met a different hour but he would not say anything because he was spinning his web.  He started in the morning and finished in the evening.                             


Outside in our playground, we sang Incy Wincy Spider with appropriate actions.  We discussed how a spider spins a web- silk is made in the spider’s body as liquid first, it comes out of spinnerets and then solidifies in the air into a strong strand. We passed a ball of wool or string around the circle – back and forth so that a web is formed and sang a “Spinning” song, as this was done.


Later we discussed how spiders move – lightly on long legs, running and then stopping very still when they sense something. We played a game; we pretended to be as spiders but froze when out teacher called out “Fly”. We imagined a web around us and gently balanced as the wind blows the web back and forth.

Then imagined ourselves as spiderlings attached to a thread or dragline – swinging or swaying in the wind.

During the maths session outside, we sang “One elephant came out to play upon a spider’s web one day…….”  To emphasize 1 more.  We compared objects to find out which are heavier and which are lighter. We used two hoops, labelled heavier and lighter, to sort them.                

After that we used the balance scales to check if we were right, we remembered that the item that goes up when 2 things are put in the balance scale is the lightest, and the item that goes down is the heaviest. We found out that objects that are really big are not necessarily heavier and vice versa.

 Our caterpillars have built there cocoon and are inside them, we understand they will sleep for a long time but everyday we checked to make sure they have not turned into a butterfly.     

Week beginning 8th May 2017

In Literacy we have enjoyed using non-fiction texts to learn about caterpillars and their life cycle.  We also used one of our favourite fiction stories, The Very Hungry Caterpillar to reinforce the caterpillars’ life cycle.  We understand some of this story is not real but some parts of the story are, like when the caterpillar turns into a butterfly. We learnt how important it is to eat healthy food to stay well. The caterpillar in the story eats lots of unhealthy food and therefore he became unwell.


In maths, we continued to understand double numbers, some of us can explain that by having a number and adding that number again  we are doubling.

We enjoyed creating butterflies with symmetrical patterns, a butterfly has the same pattern on both sides of its body.

Outside in our playground, we laid on the floor, curled up very small like an egg to pretend we were an egg on a leaf. Next, we wriggled around like a caterpillar. We played a game – our teacher would call out different food; if we liked the food, we shouted Munch! But if we don’t like it, we shouted Yuck! When we had eaten too much and were big, heavy, fat, uncomfortable caterpillars stomping around, we had to move around slowly. Later we had a terrible tummy ache and writhed in pain, we had to make sure we didn’t laugh because when you’re hurting our face looks sad.

Next we got into a cocoon- we snuggled and curled up and tried very hard to keep still. Finally we burst out as a butterfly and stretched our beautiful wings.  We FLAPPED, FLUTTERED and FLEW around the playground.  We did this again but a group of us had instruments to depict the actions and our friends had to move in response to the music.

During the maths session outside, we started with a Fruit Hunt game –we had to find the same number of fruits as the caterpillar ate in the story each day, when we had retrieved them we counted all the food, the caterpillar had nibbled through fifteen pieces of fruit in one week, no wonder he had a tummy ache.

We created a long caterpillar by drawing circles on the ground and writing numbers one to twenty on them. Then each child in the team hopped or jumped along the numbers while others recited in order. After that, we jumped or hopped back and recited the numbers twenty to zero. We have learnt that the beautiful butterfly has identical shaped and sized wings on each side, also identical patterns – each side is exactly the same, therefore it is symmetrical. We compared it to the spots on the ladybird we had learnt about last week. We created a giant symmetrical butterfly as a class with large hoops, ropes, chiffon squares, circular markers, drapes, quoits, and cones.  It was really beautiful.

In our classroom we have baby caterpillars and we observed how they change.  Everyday we looked at them and noticed how they change; they change much faster than us. We are waiting to see what will happen next.          

Week beginning 1st May 2017

In Literacy we have enjoyed listening to the story, The Bad Tempered Ladybird.  He is a tiny ladybird who keeps asking creatures bigger than himself to fight but when they agree he flies away.  We are having lots of fun remembering the story and acting it out.



In maths, we counted the spots on one side of the ladybirds and then counted the spots on the other side, it was the same number of spots.  When it is the same on both sides we are learning to understand that this is double.



Outside we used our story, The Bad Tempered Ladybird acting out scenes between animals; we were encouraged to express ourselves using feelings vocabulary. Later we used instruments to depict anger and other emotions. Then we created angry sounds or music and our friend had to move in response. We swapped around so that everyone had a turn to express themselves either as one of the animals or by using an instrument.


During the maths session outside, we played ‘What’s the time Bad Tempered Ladybird?’ This was great as most of us remembered the short hand on the clock points to the twelve when it is o’clock. We talked about the different sized creatures in the story and created our own movement to move around.  At the beginning there was only a tiny ladybird on a leaf, crawling around looking for aphids. Then a wasp, which flew around moving quickly and lightly. Later we moved as a huge lumbering elephant and then finally a massive whale flipping its expansive tail. We drew the tiny ladybird with chalk on the ground – then drew a much larger creature such as the gorilla and able to compare their sizes.

We looked closely at ladybirds and noticed it had seven spots, there were three spots on each side and a spot in the middle, when the wings open the spot splits in half. In England we mostly see red, orange or yellow ladybirds but there are other colours. 

Week beginning 24th April 2017

In Literacy we have enjoyed listening to the story, Superworm.  He is a strong, long worm who cares about the other mini-beasts but one day, Wizard Lizard cast a spell on him to find treasure. His friends worked together to rescue him. We found lots of rhyming words in the story and joined in chanting his song.



Outside we used our story and danced to the Superworm song. We pretended the parachute was soil for Superworm, and he had to wiggle and squirm to the centre to keep away from Wizard Lizard.  Then we went under the parachute to feel what it was like to be underground like a worm.



During the maths session outside, we compared the size of the worms.  We found worms in the playground.  We estimated how many worms we had and checked the quantities by counting. Later we ordered them according to their length.

In the story, Superworm had to find treasure so we decided to find treasure in the soil.  We used metal detectors to find them, every time we found treasure, the metal detector made a buzzing noise.



Worms are mini beasts that live underground. We made our own wormery and observed the worms moving around. 


Week beginning 20th  March 2017

We looked carefully at the characters in our story and how they felt when they met George. We decided to draw and write sentences about our favourite character explaining why we like them. We tried hard to spell correctly using the sounds we have been learning in phonics!

George has a stripy pattern on his tie. We created our own patterns on ties like his then we decided to use shapes and body movements.                           

Outside we found patterns everywhere. We explored around the playground and found patterns to rub. We built patterned towers using different colours. We used the wooden blocks to create shape patterns – cuboid, cylinder, cuboid, and cylinder.  We stood in the sand with our wellington boots and made sole patterns. 

In The Smartest Giant in Town, George helps many animals.  We looked at people who help us.  We found out the doctor will look after us when we are ill.  The fire-fighter has a big fire engine with lots of water and the policeman will keep us safe. When we went outside we were able to construct our own fire engine!

On Friday, it was Red Nose Day; we paid some money so we didn’t need to wear our school uniform.  The money will go to help other people – we felt good to be able to help them. Lots of us wore funny red noses and we all looked very silly.

Week beginning 6th March 2017

In Literacy we are learning a story about a giant, he is the smartest giant in town.  In the story we learnt lots of new and interesting words. We learnt how the giant is caring and gave his new clothes to all the animals that were needier than him.
In Numeracy we learnt about heights. We discussed the height of children in our class and how no one was as tall as George the giant – not even our teachers. We are also learning about the different value of coins and how important it is to pay with the correct coins. We pretended to go to a clothes shop and buy a shirt, a pair of trousers, a belt, a tie, some socks and a pair of shoes just like our giant in the story.

During our outdoor maths learning we learnt that George is the tallest and the mice are the shortest characters in the story. We tried to build a house for a giant and a house for a mouse.  We stood on stilts to make ourselves taller and walked around as if we were giants. Later we built towers that were taller and shorter than us.

In our next outdoor learning, we tried moving around in different ways. We remembered how the characters moved around in the story and imitated moving around like them.  We took big heavy steps like George. Then we stretched our body and took stiff, tiptoe steps as if we were the giraffe. We pretended to scurry like a tiny mouse and be a fox jumping over puddles. We took heavy slow steps through the mud, just like the dog when he tried to cross the bog. Finally we danced happily in our old, comfortable gowns. 

We enjoyed writing a letter to George because he was so kind to the animals and shared his things. When we are kind and share the things we have, it makes us feel proud.

Week beginning 27th February 2017

In Literacy we have enjoyed comparing the book and the film of the Stick Man.  We then tried acting the story out ourselves, which was funny because we had to jog, run and fly as if we were the Stick Man.

We looked at the different animals in the story and discussed which season they liked but found it hard to explain why. 

In Numeracy we estimated how many sticks we needed to make a Stick Man, it was difficult not to count all the sticks and just make a guess that was sensible.

Outside we counted twenty natural objects and created pictures with the,.  Some of our friends made the Stick Man scene and others just made a pattern. Then we had to explain what we liked best about it and why. 


During our other outside learning session we pretended to be detectives.  We investigated which objects float and which objects sink.  Our teachers explained that some objects such as leaves stay on the surface and others such as stones – sink to the bottom.  We cannot always guess which objects will float or sink. We need to test them to find out.  We placed items such as a coin, plastic duck, a shell and apples into a clear plastic water tank.  We found out that if the object was heavy it they sank and if it was light it floated.

We looked at different water scenes in our story  and compared them to our pond in school.  We found it interesting to learn that ponds are made by people and that the sea is very big.  We went to our pond and discussed the animals that live in and by the water.

For World Book Day, we all dressed up as characters from stories written by our favourite author, Julian Donaldson.  We enjoyed showing our costumes to children in Year 1 and Year 2.  It was our first time in an assembly with some of the other children in our school and we had to sit for a long time but we did it!  Our teachers were so proud of us.

Week beginning 20th February 2017

In Literacy we have been having so much fun looking at another book by Julia Donaldson, The Stickman. The Stick Man is actually the Gruffalo’s Child’s favourite toy. He went for a jog one morning and did not return home for a very long time. While he was trying to come back home, people and animals thought the Stick Man was lots of different things – they thought he was a hook, a bat, a sword, a flag and even a pen!

In Numeracy we worked hard to find one less than a number, we worked out that the number is getting smaller. We also made dogs using cubes that were longer and shorter than the one that we were given.

Outside we tried to order objects by length.  We played a Stick Man action – jogging, running, flying, floating and even sleeping.  Then we made our own Stick Man using sticks that were short and long.  Later we compared who had the shortest and longest Stick Man. 

During the physical session outside, we discussed how exercise is good for our health.  Then we pretended to be the Stick Man and went for a jog, a run, flying through the sky, float on the water.  We had to decide which action we liked the best and explain how the Stick Man felt.  Most of the time the Stick Man was lost and lonely because he was missing his family.

In our shared area we created areas that Stick Man had visited, like the beach.  We had a lovely time on our beach – making sand castles and we used the Stick Man as a mast but he didn’t like it and kept saying, ‘I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man, I’M STICK MAN, that’s me!

Week beginning 6th February 2017

In Literacy we had so much fun with the Gruffalo, we are now learning about his child. It is interesting to hear the Gruffalo describe how the mouse looks to his child in the Gruffalo’s Child. He kept describing the mouse with different parts of the owl, snake and fox. Then we tried to remember how the Gruffalo looked and if the Gruffalo’s child looked the same. We found there are lots of differences and similarities between them. The child is smaller but they both have terrible teeths in their terrible jaws, orange eyes and even purple prickles all over their back.
In Numeracy we are working hard to add two groups together and finding one more.  

Outside we are trying to use mathematical language to name and describe 3D and 2D shapes. First we played a game to remember the 2D shapes we have learnt. Then we discussed the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. Later we found 2D and 3D shapes hidden in the playground and sorted them into groups.

During the physical session outside, we played Big Mouse/ Little Mouse game – when the teacher shone the torch we stretched and grew into huge monster mice and stomped around. When the torch was turned off we shrank into tiny scurrying mice. Then we discussed the different sized animal footprints from the story. We stamped in the water, the mud and even dry and wet sand to create footprints.


We have found out that different cultures have different special days that they celebrate. This week, we enjoyed welcoming the Chinese new year.  We had some super Chinese food for lunch using chopsticks.  We found this hard but Linda and Mark, our head cook and chef were around to help us!

Week beginning 23rd January 2017

In Literacy we are having lots of fun with our story, the Gruffalo. We looked at all the funny types of food in the story and thought of which household gadgets would be needed to make them. We made scrambled snake with long spaghetti on the cooker but we didn’t want to eat it! So we made scrambled eggs instead, which was much tastier and healthier.

In Numeracy we remembered all of our 2D shapes but needed help remembering the 3D shapes. We used the shapes to make a house for the Gruffalo.

We shared some nuts, a favourite food of the mouse, with each other and found we could only share even numbers.

Outside we used everyday language to talk about weight. We used the balance to find which objects were heavy and light and then compared two items to find which was the heavier or lighter of the two.

During the physical session outside, we continued to explore the different ways the animals in the story moved.

We pretended to be the characters moving in a straight line, then turning left and right, then took steps forwards and backwards. We played “Simon says” and had to follow the instructions.  

As part of our physical development we are learning to kick and catch a ball. We are also learning to control the ball when we throw, catch or kick it.

Week beginning 16th January 2017

In Literacy we are having fun with our story, the Gruffalo. We looked at the characters and found out important facts about them when we looked at non-fiction texts. Did you know that the mouse cannot see very well and an owl can turn his head all the way round?

In Numeracy we are learning to count to twenty and to add numbers together. When we add numbers the answer is always bigger!



Outside we used everyday language to talk about position. We used actions to demonstrate the position of the Gruffalo and our friends had to guess the correct word to describe our action using positional language.

During the physical session outside, we created different ways the animals in the story moved.

We pretended to be the characters: scurrying like the mouse, running fast like the fox, wiggling and sliding like the snake and flapping like the owl. Then we had to think how the characters would move if they were feeling scared, brave, angry or surprised.


This week the weather has been very cold and frosty, but we had lots of fun writing and drawing in the ice that was left on the equipment.

Week beginning 16th January 2017

Last week in Literacy, we listened and responded to a story called The Gruffalo. We learnt the setting is in a wood and that the characters are woodland animals and a creature called the Gruffalo. It was funny because the Gruffalo is huge and he is scared of the tiny mouse. The mouse is very clever as he makes everyone fear him
In Numeracy we counted to twenty and ordered the numbers. We also found one more and learnt that this is the same as adding one.

We have now learnt most of the letters of the alphabet and their sounds in our phonics lessons. We have had a holiday and needed lots of practise remembering the phonemes. During the phonics sessions this week we tried hard to remember how to say and write them all.

We also recalled the tricky words we have learnt – these are words we cannot use our sounds to blend: I, he, she, the, be, me, we no, go, to, the and like.

Outside we had to count objects and put them in the correct order. We went on a hunt – looking for the pebbles with numbers on them. We then built homes for the characters from the story using the correct number of blocks.                                              

During the physical session outside, we created different ways to move like animals using our bodies.

We pretended to be the characters from our story: scurrying like the mouse, running fast like the fox, wiggling and sliding like the snake and flapping like the owl.

In our shared area we made masks of the characters from the story and recreated the story. Then we used a torch to explore the Gruffalo’s cave. It was dark!

Week beginning 12th December 2016

Last week in Literacy, we listened and responded to a story called Harry and the Christmas Wish. We discussed the name of the story and tried hard to think what the story would be about then we had to name some of the characters in the story. Most of us remembered that Harry was the main character and he had a bucketful of dinosaurs. We learnt that when making Christmas pudding we can make a wish.

In numeracy we added groups of objects together. We found out that if we put any groups together, our answer is always getting bigger.

We used the triangle shapes to make stars and trees.

We have learnt the j, v, y, z and x sound during our phonics lessons. To help us write the j, we were shown a card with a Jack-in-the-box and said the phrase: down his body, curl and dot.

To remember the v, we were shown a picture of vulture and said the phrase: down a wing, up a wing.

To recall the y, we were shown a picture of a yak and said the phrase: down a horn, up a horn and under his head.

To remember the z, we were shown a picture of zip and said the phrase: zig-zag-zig.

Finally to recall the x, we were shown a picture of Eddie exercising and said the phrase: down the arm and leg and repeat the other side. 

We are also learning to recognise tricky words – these are words we cannot use our sounds to blend. We had to consolidate all the tricky words we have learnt so far: I, he, she, the, be, me, we no, go to, the and like.

Outside we had to find the total number of items in two or more groups by counting all of them and began to solve problems.

We pretended to be sheep and counted them as they walked over bridge one at a time – first we counted 5, then 10, then 20 and finally whole class. Someone had left the farmer’s gate open and the animals had all escaped. We needed to find them as soon as possible! Then we put the animals into groups and then counted how many we had altogether, in order to check that all the Farmer’s animals had been found.

We are also learning to move with control and coordination. We sang “The Farmer’s in his den….”

Creating our own action to move as different animals – waddle as ducks, skip as lambs etc. We focused on moving in a straight line and then curved lines when going around a corner.


We learnt Christmas is a time for giving. On our creative area we made our own decoration and wrapped presents to put on and under our tree for others. Then we went to the pre-school and took biscuits we had made. It was awesome visiting the little children and singing our nursery rhymes to them. We hope they and everyone enjoys this festive time of year.

Week beginning 5th December 2016


We looked at how to turn the Wicked Witch from Each Peach Pear Plum into a kind, loving witch. We made witches’ hats and wands to cast spells. Then we mixed lots of ingredients together to create a potion for the witch to drink to turn her into a lovely, kind witch. It was super being able to experiment with lots of ingredients and watch how it changed from being a solid to runny liquid – just like magic!


In numeracy we counted the witch’s hats, drew one more and counted how many we had in total. We found using the number line was so much faster than counting each hat one at a time.


We have learnt the l, h,r and w sound during our phonics lessons.

To help us write the l, we were shown a card with a picture of a leg on it and said the phrase: down the long leg as we wrote it.

To remember the h, we were shown a picture of a horse and said the phrase: down the head to the hooves and over his back.

To recall the r, we were shown a picture of a robot and said the phrase: down his back, then curl over his arm.

To remember the w, we were shown a picture of a worm and said the phrase: down, up, down, up.

We are also learning to recognise tricky words – these are words we cannot use our sounds to blend. We are continuing to learn all the tricky words we have learnt this term: I, we, me, he, she, be, to, no, go and like.


Outside we went on a number hunt – searched for magic number pebbles and then arranged them in the correct order. Then play “Show me”- the teacher asked questions such as, “My number has a straight line at the top. Which numbers on the line might I be thinking of?”

For our creative and physical outside we experimented with different ways of moving. We used a ribbon ‘wand’ to swirl and twirl as we sang new songs about the witch. We used our imagination to write up our own spells in the witch’s den using plastic minibeasts, beanbag frogs, worms, stars, leaves, twigs and glitter to put in to the black cauldron to cast a spell on our teacher.


This week we learnt lots of wonderful things about technology. We learnt what computers are. Then we named and labelled different parts of a computer. We went on a hunt to find lots of technology in our school. We even used a program on the Ipad to create a witch and her cat.

For our PSE session, we became aware of our inner body, the sensations we feel and discussed where we might feel pain on our body.

Week beginning 28th November 2016


pic-1-1 In Literacy we focused on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We found out how Goldilocks went to the Three Bears house without permission.  She ate the bear’s porridge, broke the chair and slept in their bed. She wasn’t very nice. We wrote apology letters to the bears from Goldilocks to make up for all the things she did wrong.  Next time Goldilocks promises to be good.   When we went to the bear’s cottage we waited until we were invited inside.  Our friends changed their voices to pretend they were the bears and asked us to come in and share their porridge.
pic-2-1 We found some bears and counted them to make sure we had three bears for our number work.  We also made sure they were three different sizes – a small bear, a bigger bear and a bear that was the biggest. Next we found bowls, chairs and beds of varying sizes for them.  When our friends came to join us we matched the correct bear to the correct size bowl, chair and bed.



We have learnt the u and b sound during our phonics lessons.  To help us write the u, we were shown a card with an umbrella on it and said the phrase: down and under, up to the top and draw the puddle as we wrote it.


To remember the b, we were shown a picture of a boot and said the phrase: down the laces to the heel, round the toe.

We are also learning to recognise tricky words – these are words we cannot use our sounds to blend. Our tricky words this week are he and she.


Outside we learnt a new song about the Three Bears. We moved around as the bears. Big steps as Daddy Bear, medium steps for Mummy, little tiny steps for Baby Bear. We used gestures to demonstrate which bears were eating the porridge – big movements for Daddy Bear, medium sized movements for Mummy Bear and smaller movements for Baby Bear. We climbed the stairs with big stomps, medium and small steps. Then we chased after Goldilocks with big, medium and small strides.


Later we used a variety of resources to make beds for the bears. Then we pretended to be the characters and performed the story using the props we made.


On our creative table we explored what happens to red, yellow and blue powder paint when they are mixed. We found it created a brown, so we decided to use this to paint one of the bears from the story.



The bears like porridge and we wanted to try some. We had fun making it just like Mummy Bear and enjoyed tasting it. Some of us have never eaten porridge before and were very brave to try it.  Unfortunately not all of us liked the taste but we were happy to try some.


Week beginning 23rd November 2016

pic-1-1 In Literacy we focused on Cinderella. We found out how Cinderella went to the ball.  Her stepmother and two sisters were very unkind to her.  They made her work so hard that was why she was dusting in Old Mother Hubbard’s house.  It is important we help each other especially after we have made a mess.  That is why; we all help to tidy up.
pic-2-1 Cinderella had to come back before midnight. In Numeracy we used our big clock and watch to learn about different times of the day and what we do at that time. At midnight we are all asleep, it is very dark outside but at midday, we have our lunch and we play outside because the sun is out.

We have learnt the c, k and ck sound during our phonics lessons.  To help us write the c, we are shown a card with a caterpillar on it and say the phrase: Curl around the caterpillar as we write it.

To remember the k, we were shown a picture of a kangaroo and say the phrase: Down the kangaroo’s body, tail and leg.

We are also learning to recognise tricky words – these are words we cannot use our sounds to blend. Our tricky words this week are, no, go and to.

pic-4-1 Outside we learnt to use the language of weight. We compared weight by saying whether objects are heavy or light. We felt Cinderella’s pumpkin to describe its weight. Then we were introduced to the large balance scales.  Scales help us to measure weight. We pretended our arms were scales and had to predict which objects will be heavier before we felt them.
pic-5-1 We went on an Autumn walk and collected leaves and used them to make autumn crowns. We had a range of activities that linked  to the story of Cinderella such as wand making, crown making, designing Cinderella’s ball gown, drawing Cinderella and writing the characters names. We even pretended to go to the ball. We wore our wonderful clothes and danced!


31st October 2016


We were introduced to this wonderful book, Each Peach Pear Plum. We looked at the rhyming words and had to find the characters from other stories we know.

We looked at the fruits in the story. We were lucky because we had a chance to taste the fruit from the story and decided which our favourite was.

reception-2 We sorted all the fruits that start with ‘p’ then counted them out writing the number we counted.

We have learnt the n and p sound during our phonics lessons. To help us write the n, we say the phrase: down Nobby, over his net as we write it.

To remember the p, we were shown a picture of pirate and say the phrase: down the plait and over the pirate’s face.


During our outside Maths lesson we were introduced to the vocabulary to describe where we are. It was fun when our friend had to guess and say where we were.

In our Physical Development, outside learning we learnt to balance on different parts of our body – it was hard work balancing on one foot. We also found out how important it is to have space around us.

reception-5 Throughout the week we focused on the characteristics of a superhero. The children decided a superhero needs to be kind, caring and friendly. We are all superheroes with these special powers.  

17th October 2016

 pic-1-1 It has been a very busy week! In Literacy, we looked at Harry and his Dinosaurs have a Happy Birthday.  We wrote invitations to our friends asking them to come to Harry’s party.  Then discussed what we would like in our party – creating our own list and food we would like at our party. When we had the party – everyone enjoyed it, even the dinosaurs.

We started naming 2D shapes in Maths and created our own shape dinosaur picture.  We grouped our shapes into circles, square, rectangles and triangle then counted how many of these we could find in our dinosaurs.


We have learnt the t and i sound during our phonics lessons.  To help us write the t, we say the phrase: down the tower, across the tower as we write it. To remember the i, we were shown a picture of an insect and say the phrase: down the body, dot for the head.


During our outside Maths lesson we created shapes in the sand, drew shapes on the floor and even creating our own shapes with ribbons. Also using our fine motor skills we made decorations for Harry’s party.   

 pic-5-1 In our Physical Development, outside learning we learnt how to work together by using the parachute and making it into different shapes. Then we asked our friend to find the shape we called out under the parachute while we created gentle waves. We found it really hard making gentle waves…..the ferocious wave was so much more exciting.
 pic-6-1 Throughout the week we made lots of bunting and paper chains to decorate our classroom.  We prepared shape hats for our party.  Also, we created our own clay dinosaurs to join us in our party. 

Week beginning 10th October 2016

 pic-1-1 We have had great fun learning this week in reception. In Literacy, we brought in our special toys. Then discussed why it was special to us and wrote about it. We helped the teacher take the photograph of our special toys.
 pic-2-1 We started recognising 2D shapes in Maths and started to name circles, squares, triangles and rectangles.  The hunt to match shapes to objects was fun. Then we created our own pictures.
 pic-3-1 We have learnt the s and d sound during our phonics lessons.  To help us write the s, we say the phrase: slither down the snake as we write it. To remember the d, we saw a picture of a dinosaur and say the phrase: round his bottom, up his tall neck, down to his feet.
 pic-5-1 Throughout the week in our creative area we have been investigating clay. First we used our hands to feel the clay, and then we rolled it into a ball. After that we used tools to shape the clay into different shapes. We enjoyed the experience and look forward to working with the clay again.   
 pic-4-1 During our outside Maths lesson we learnt different sizes using the vocabulary large, small and smaller. In our Physical Development lesson we are learning to run sensibly without hurting others and being a good friend.


3rd October 2016

 The children have started to learn new sounds through our phonics scheme of Read Write Inc. This scheme has now been in place for almost two years and it supports the children in identifying letter sounds, blending sounds together to make words, reading and writing. The first two sounds are ‘m’ and ‘a’. Please inspire your children to find letters and sounds they are taught at home- every little helps! In Maths the children are counting and recognising numbers to 10 with numicon. They children have had lots of fun making coat pegs and changing themselves in to a dinosaur just like Harry’s friend in the story. Outside the children have been learning to balance in different ways. They were all keen to use the new balance bikes.

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