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Reception - Cygnets - Maths on the Smart Board!

Cygnets have loved practising their number and computing skills on our Smart Board by identifying the correct numerals to get the helicopter to rescue the stranded people – great work Cygnets! 

Reception - Cygnets - World Religion Day

For World Religion Day, Cygnets class enjoyed learning about a new religion – Buddhism. We learnt that Buddha was a teacher, that Buddhists like to worship through meditation and that they celebrate Wesak – Buddha’s birthday. Throughout the day, we enjoyed having a go at some meditation and creating postcard collages with facts about Buddhism on and Buddhist symbols such as the lotus flower

Reception - Gosling - Baking Gingerbread People

In Reception we have really enjoyed reading so many traditional tales! During one carpet session we were reading one of our favourites 'The Gingerbread Man', when all of a sudden a letter popped out! It was a letter from the characters in the story asking for our help to make a new batch of gingerbread people. First of all we listened and discussed the recipe we were going to follow. We looked closely at what we would need and the order of the instructions. Then we were ready to bake! We worked in teams to create two batches. We were amazing at taking it in turns to measure out, mix, stir, roll out and cut our gingerbread people. They smelt delicious as they cooked and we all enjoyed taking one home. 

Reception - Cygnets - Practising Writing Letters and Numbers

Recently, Cygnets class have been really enjoying practising writing their letters and numbers independently. They have shown great determination and perseverance to form their numerals and letters correctly. Fantastic work Cygnets!

Reception - Goslings - Traditional Tales

In Reception we have loved all things to do with traditional tales. We have really enjoyed sharing lots of classic tales in Goslings and joining in with the parts we know! We have made some hungry trolls in the creative area, threaded the basket that Little Red Riding Hood carries to her Granny’s home and made so many different homes for The Three Little Pigs too. We have been amazing at retelling the stories in our own words, using great actions and fantastic voices!

Reception - Cygnets - Hot Chocolate

Cygnets loved taking part in the whole school DT Sewing Bee. We worked in small groups to fill bags of yummy hot chocolate, then turned them into reindeer! We carefully wrapped up the hessian, tied it with some curly antlers and added some wiggly eyes. Last of all, we gave our lovely reindeers a bright, red nose. We were all so proud of our creations! Great job Cygnets!

Reception - Gosling - Maths

We have really enjoyed using Numicon in lots of different ways to explore numbers in Reception. We have written our own numbers, ordered numbers and selected the corresponding Numicon. We have also been fantastic at using the Numicon to explore how we can make numbers in many ways using different combinations. For example, 5 could be 3 and 2 or 1 and 4. Super maths everyone!

Reception - Cygnet - Christmas Party

Cygnets class had the best time at their Christmas party. They came in looking fabulous in their outfits and loved dancing the afternoon away and playing games such as musical statues and pass the parcel. They even enjoyed some yummy party food too – it was the best!

Reception - Gosling - Things that move

In Reception we love all things that move! We have loved using cardboard boxes to whisk us off on adventures. The ‘boxes’ have turned into boats, cars, buses and even aeroplanes. We have also had so much fun making huge ramps for our trucks and cars to go speeding down. Some of us even measured the distance that the vehicles went! As well as this, we have loved to work with friends to make super long train tracks that twist and turn in all sorts of directions. 

In Reception we love all things that move! We have loved using cardboard boxes to whisk us off on adventures. The ‘boxes’ have turned into boats, cars, buses and even aeroplanes. We have also had so much fun making huge ramps for our trucks and cars to go speeding down. Some of us even measured the distance that the vehicles went! As well as this, we have loved to work with friends to make super long train tracks that twist and turn in all sorts of directions. 

Reception - Cygnets - Children in Need 2021

Cygnets looked fabulous in their spotty and yellow attire for Children in Need this year, thank you for all of the fabulous outfits! We learnt what Children in Need is and all the boys and girls it helps. We also thought about who we can help and how. The children were super at sharing their ideas and listening during our circle time. We loved being active and joining in with a Joe Wick’s Children in Need live workout and completing a dance-a-thon in the school hall. Throughout the rest of the day, we also loved doing lots of Pudsey bear crafts including, creating pictures, masks and collaborative collages. It was such a fun day!

Cygnets class have enjoyed learning all about the Hindu festival of light, Diwali, and how it is celebrated. We learnt the story of Rama and Sita and how the special candles, diya lamps, helped them find their way home. We have loved making our own playdough diya lamps, making Diwali cards, creating rangoli patterns and collages as a whole school collaborative art piece and drawing rangoli patterns outside with chalk. We were even able to try on some beautiful outfits that had come all the way from India. 

Reception - Gosling - Remembrance

This week in Reception we have been looking at Remembrance Day. We have spent lots of time sharing what Remembrance Day is and understanding the symbol of a poppy. We have enjoyed creating poppies in so many ways. We haved painted them outside and used lots of different media inside to create beautiful poppies. We have also enjoyed planting poppies and thinking about their importance. We are so proud of all the children for their mature, respectful ideas and discussions.

Cygnets have been learning all about Remembrance Day. To help us all remember the soldiers who fought to keep us safe, we each made a poppy for our own special Remembrance Day ceremony. We then took them outside to create our own field of poppies just like in the poppy animation we had watched. We stood beautifully and silently in a circle and took it in turns to plant our own poppy. We started off with just one poppy but before we knew it our soil had flourished into a field full of our beautiful poppies, a lovely symbol of hope. Whilst we were planting them, we took the time to reflect, remember and say thank you to the armed forces for keeping us safe.
Well done Cygnets, we were so proud of your beautiful behaviour and mature attitudes. It was quite a moving experience for everyone as we supported all of our friends in our class.

Reception - Goslings - Room on the Broom

In Goslings we have had so much fun reading the story Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. We have loved reading the story lots and joining in with the rhymes too. We have loved creating our own potions, brooms and spells with so many different resources! Everyone has been fantastic at using their imaginations and thinking of their own brilliant rhymes when casting their spells, just like in the story. To end our magical week, we enjoyed creating some sparkling wands. We carefully followed the instructions and were amazing at taking turns to dip our chocolate wands into the icing sugar and then covering them in magic (hundreds and thousands)!

Reception - Cygnets - #HellowYellow

Cygnets shone in yellow last Friday to support the event #HelloYellow for World Mental Health day. Throughout the day, we talked lots about all the different emotions that we have and what we can do to support these. Cygnets were amazing at recognising our emotions and showing how these emotions could look on our faces. We did a great job talking about how we felt and how we can help each other out when we feel different things too. Cygnets also enjoyed circle times about our feelings, drawing and making different faces and doing a wake up shake up based on our feelings.

Reception - Gosling - All about Autumn

Autumn has arrived! We have loved learning about this season in Goslings. We have had so much fun exploring the changes outside and ticking off all the things we could find. We have also been helping Mr Fishwick by raking up the leaves from the ground. We have used the leaves inside too by creating some prickly hedgehogs. We are excited to see what else happens this month and what changes we will see!

In Cygnets class, we are often found exploring our natural environment and this week we had our first trip to the forest. We loved being at one with nature and exploring the changes that autumn has brought. We even made some special natural bracelets using things that we collected on our visit.

Reception - Gosling - Our start in Reception

Wow, what an amazing start to Reception! We have had a great time making new friends, exploring our exciting environment and learning lots of new things too. In Goslings, we have enjoyed getting to know each other, what we like and dislike as well as talking about what makes us special. Well done for such a fantastic start to school Goslings!

Cygnets class have had a great first few weeks at school. They have come in beautifully, settled into routines very well, tried many new activities and made lots of friends. To name just a few things that we have been doing, Cygnets have loved drawing and making pictures, practising writing our numbers, counting, building, taking on different roles in the home corner and exploring our outdoor area together with Goslings class. What a fantastic start to the year!

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