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Excellent Work WB 14.12.20

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This festive week, our excellent work belongs to Ibrahim in RDG and Isabel and Isla in RJS.

RDG Week 15

Ibrahim, you worked really hard to make your Christmas card this week. You listened well to instructions and your made a beautiful festive holly wreath using a range of skills. Well done!

RJS Week 15

Isabel, you were very creative when creating your printed snowman. You chose colours, shapes and materials appropriately to make a lovely representation of a snowman and you took time and care over your work. Brilliant!

Isla, your snowflake decoration looked wonderful! You were very focused on the task and took great care to add sparkle to your final piece whilst choosing colours to great effect. A really super piece of art!

Excellent Work WB 07.12.20

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This week, the excellent work in Reception was created by Henry W in RJS and Reece in RDG. Both boys made amazing snowmen as part of our wider curriculum art work. Well done!

RJS Week 14

Henry, you took real care over your work and assembled each piece accurately to represent a fantastic snowman! You thought about the shapes and colours and demonstrated good fine motor skills. Super effort!

RDG Week 14

Reece, you showed increasing focus and persevered when you found things trivky to make a lovely snowman. You worked hard to use your cutting skills successfully and enjoyed talking about your snowman and his features as you worked. Great!

Excellent Work WB 30.11.20

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This week, the children who have been chosen for their excellent work are...

Ajuni in RJS and Oliver in RDG.

RJS Week 13

Ajuni, you did a great job of sounding out when you were writing your own version of the Stickman story. You used your phonics skills brilliantly to hear and say the sounds in words. Well done.

RDG Week 13

Oliver, you showed great creative skills when making your bauble decoration. You chose the colours carefully and used your cutting and sticking skills to create an excellent final decoration. Super work!

Super Stickmen!

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Well done to many children in RJS who made amazing stickmen as part of their homework this week!

We are so impressed with your hard work and effort - what a brilliant job you have done!!!!

Stickman Homework RJS

Reception Curriculum Information for Parents 2020-21

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We are always keen to ensure that parents know as much as possible about the learning that your child enjoys in school. We would usually hold a Curriculum Workshop in order to share an overview and information about teaching and leanring in Reception and give you an insight into the structure of the Early Years and the activities that your child participates in each day.

This year, restrictions mean that we are unable to invite parents into school to have such a workshop but I have put together a PowerPoint full of the information that would have been shared in the meeting this year.

Please follow the link below to take a look and learn a little more about life in EYFS...

Excellent Work WB 23.11.20

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This week our excellent work has been created by Erin in RDG and both Sammy and Izaan in RJS! Well done to all of you, what fabulous work you have produced!

RDG Week 12

Erin, you listened really well in your maths lessons and were confident in using what you had learnt to find one less than different numbers. You were able to complete the task and the extra challenge question that you were asked too! What a super learner! Well done!

RJS Week 12

Izaan and Sammy, you both made your teachers very proud this week by showing fantastic resilience and perseverance skills to make your winter mittens. You listened carefully and then developed your threading skills with great independence - you barely needed any help from an adult at all! Wow! Great work boys!

Excellent Work WB 16.11.20

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This week, our excellent work was created by Edie in RJS and Amelie in RDG.

RJS Week 11

Edie, you have used your creative skills to create a lovely picture from the story of Stickman. You were able to talk about the picture; who the characters were and what setting they were in. You know and understand the Stickman story really well. Brilliant!

RDG Week 11

Amelie, you too have created a super image from the story of Stickman using your creative craft skills. You have selected the shapes and materials well to build a picture of Stickman and his family next to the family tree. Well done! A super job!


Money money money

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This will be our final blog to be posted on the website as we will be changing the way in which we will share our learning activities with you over the coming weeks. Look out for the letter which will explain a little more...

Please do still visit the website weekly as we will be continuing to share the work on our excellence board this way but, for now, enjoy looking at our learning for this week. We have had lots of fun!

We have begun to explore the story of Stickman in English and have been learning to retell the story with actions. We have been doing such a good job! We know the story brilliantly already! As part of this, we have enjoyed continuous provision activities on the theme of Stickman including using construction materials to build tree houses, retelling the story with our small world tuff spot and using collage and craft skills to create images from the story. We have been developing maths skills too by measuring stick characters from the story using a range of resources and ordering sticks according to their size...

Construction  Craft stickman

Craft stickman 2  Small world

Measuring maths Ordering sticks

Our wider curriculum learning has focused on money this week. In science, we have explored the most effective ways to clean pennies and investigated which materials and techniques are best to use. We have used our art skills to create money trees using coin rubbings and have continued to work on our fine motor and cutting skills to construct coin caterpillars!

Coin cleaning Coin cleaning 2 Coin cleaning 3 Coin cleaning 4

Coin cleaning 5 Coin cleaning 6

Coin rubbing 1 Coin rubbing 2

Coin rubbing 3 Coin rubbing final

Caterpillars 2 Caterpillars 3 

Caterpillars 4 Caterpillars 5

Caterpillars 1  Caterpillars final

In PE, we warmed up using the 'Simon Says' game to both test our listening skills and to explore moving in different ways. We then have been learning the five basic rolls. We have been developing control and technique by practising each roll and performing it for our friends.

PE 1 PE 3

PE 4 PE 5

PE 6 PE 7

PE 8 PE 9

Lights, lamps and action!

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We have had another busy week in Reception in which we have been very active and creative!

In our English lessons, we have continued to learn and recite our clas poem. We have added actions to help us begin to perform it and have explored the repeated language which we spotted throughout the text.

In Maths we have been continuing to explore 'one more' and have been using practical resources and stories (such as The Gingerbread Man and The Enormous Turnip) to notice 'one more' patterns and count how many characters or objects we could see each time another was added.

Our free flow choices have linked to our learning and helped us develop our fine motor, cutting, creative and problem solving skills. These activities have included; constructing paper diwali lanterns, colouring by numbers, creative colouring, using construction materials, building 'one more' towers, matching numerals to sets of objects to be able to open locked padlocks, creating rangoli patterns using both mixed media and our Numicon shapes, creating Mendhi designs suing our ICT skills and applying our phonics skills to help us building simple words to match pictures.

Construction Creative colouring

Diwali lanterns   Diwali lanterns 2


Easel colouring  Easel colouring 2  Maths number padlocksWord building  Word building 2

Maths number one more towers  Mendhi hands ICT

Maths rangoli 2 Maths rangoli 2

Rangoli  Rangoli 2 Rangoli 3  

This week we took our PE lesson outside and used a range of games equipment to explore throwing, catching, kicking and rolling as well as finding different ways to move, travel and jump! We had great fun working both by ourselves and with our friends to develop our skills.


 PE4  PE5


Out wider curriculum focus this week has been Diwali. We have learnt about the Festival of Light and begun to understand that people across the world have different traditions, celebrations, beliefs and cultures. As the festival is about light, we focused our tasks on lamps making clay diva lamps (to develop our art and modelling skills), constructing paper plate diva lamps (to develop our cutting and joining DT skills) and finding out about lava lamps in our science activity to begin to understand and investigate how they work!

Science lava lamps  Science lava lamps 2  Science lava lamps 3

Science lava lamps 5  Science lava lamps 6

Diva lamp Diva lamp 2

Diva lamp 3 Diva lamp 4

 Paper plate diva   Paper plate diva 2

Paper plate diva 3  Paper plate diva 5

Paper plate diva 4 Paper plate diva 6 Paper plate diva 7

Paper plate diva final                                                       

We have had a busy, busy week but it has been great fun!

Excellent Work WB 09.11.20

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This week, our Excellent work is brought to us by Henry W and Jessica in RJS and by Leo in RDG.

RJS Week 10

Henry, your finished Diwali lantern shows your excellent cutting skills. You controlled the scissors well to make the slit in your lantern and used good joining and finishing techniques to construct the final lantern shape. Well done!

Jessica, you used your creative skills well to make your paper plate diva lamp. You listened carefully and followed the instructions well and then chose your decorations carefully to make a beautiful final product. Well done!

RDG Week 10

Leo, you have done a great job of beginning to write simple sentences. you have used your phonics well to sound out and spell words and thought carefully about the repeated language from our class poem. Well done!

Poetry, patterns and plenty of fun!

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This week, we have begun to explore and learn our class poem, Each Peach Pear Plum. We have listened out for the rhyming words and have been joining in with parts of the poem as we begin to learn it by heart. In our continuous provision, we have had activities linked to the poem to enjoy such as; writing a list of fruits that we would choose to put in a pie, using our fine motor skills to complete a basket picture with some simple weaving and continuing to develop our number skills by counting and recording fruits that we have put in a giant pie using large tweezers!

Writing  Writing 2

Weaving  Maths counting

Maths Counting 2

We have continued to explore comparing groups in our maths lessons and develop our use of mathematical vocabulary and have extended our maths investigating and learning through our free flow activities by enjoying activities linked to shape. We have drawn 2D rocket shape pictures and created shape pictures using our 2D shape templates whilst investigating and recognising the shapes using our maths word mats.

Shape pictures  Exploring shapes

We have been very creative this week too! As part of our independent activities, we have created fork firework explosions at the easel and worked with others to make large scale firework paintings using printing techniques.

Easel firework Easel fireworks

Firework painting

In our wider curriculum learning, we have created sparkly firework art to represent our learning about Bonfire Night as a festival which is celebrated every year and have also enjoyed making edible sparklers as we investigated the properties of materials and how they change when heated or cooled.

Sparkly art Sparkly art 2

Sparkly art 3 Sparkly art 4

Sparkly art 5 Sparkly art 6

Sparkly art 7 Edible sparklers 2

Edible sparklers 3 Edible sparklers 4

Edible sparklers 5 Edible sparklers 6 Edible sparklers 7 Edible Sparklers

In our science work, we went to the forest schools area this week to investigate floating and sinking. We had to make predictions about which fruits, vegetables and objects would float or sink and then test our ideas! It was great fun being scientists again and enjoying more of our learning outdoors.

Floating and sinking  Floating and sinking 2

Excellent Work WB 02.11.20

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Our Excellent Work this week has been created by Matilda in RJS and Jessica in RDG. Weel done to both of you for some great learning and super work this week!

RJS Week 9

RJS Week 9 close up

Matilda worked very hard using her phonics to sound out the names of things that we could see in the picture during our 'I Spy' game. She has been practising her leter formation and name writing lots and the progress she has made is brilliant! Great work Matilda!

RDG Week 9

Jessica used some super mathematical vocabulary when she was talking about and comparing sets of objects in maths this week. She could see which groups had more or fewer and used resources and pictures to help represent the groups. Fantastic work Jessica!

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