The reception children have been carefully monitoring their caterpillars which have turned into chrysalis. They are hoping that they will soon become beautiful butterflies so that they can release them into the school grounds. In literacy they have been using extended pieces of writing to describe the book “The Tiny Seed”. During maths they have been counting in twos, fives and tens and learning o’clock and half past.
GEORGE AND THE DRAGON
Reception have been inspired by the story of George and the Dragon. They have drawn story maps and then incorporated adjectives into their story writing to make it interesting. The children continue to dress up in role play areas in all three classrooms to tell the story using book language. This week they have been doubling stars on a shield in order to become familiar with this concept. They have worked to create designs for a dragon proof castle for the princess to safely live in.
RECEPTION'S VISIT TO LEEDS CASTLE
The Reception children have become heroes and heroines this term for their curriculum topic! They have transformed their role play areas into castles and palaces, thought about characters from fairy stories and drawn pictures of castles thinking carefully about towers and turrets.
However the highlight so far has been the visit to Leeds Castle where they completed the maze, explored the many rooms and bravely ventured into the grotto. In the workshop they dressed in their finest clothes to act out the story of the “Swan Princess”. Thank you to everyone all the parent volunteers we are sure you enjoyed the day as much as the children did!
WHAT A WONDERFUL WINTER!
Winter certainly has arrived for the Reception Children, not only did they experience the snow last week, they have also been reading the tale of “Bear Snores On” for this term’s topic. Just like the big brown bear in the book, they built dens and hibernated until they were woken with the smell of delicious popcorn!
THE JOLLY POSTMAN AND POTIONS!
Reception has been focussing on the story of “The Jolly Postman” this term. They have been finding out about the different types of letters which have been delivered to the characters in the book and last week they visited the post box to deliver their own letters. We have all been very careful this week as the children have been writing their lists of spells and potions for the Wicked Witch in the story, and we don’t want them to be cast on us!
RECEPTION FIRE ENGINE VISIT
The Reception children have been learning about fire safety and talking about firework displays, describing the sounds, colours and patterns. They were lucky enough to have a visit from the Sevenoaks Fire Brigade who brought along their fire engine for everyone to look at and learnt about their important job and the brave work they do for our community.
WELCOME TO RIVERHEAD
A very big welcome to all of our new Reception children and their families, who have settled in really well, enjoying their new classrooms and making new friends. They have been exploring the school and discovering the games in the playground, We hope they won’t be too tired after their first whole week!
COMMOTION IN THE OCEAN WITH RECEPTION!
“Why is the sea blue?” and “How many teeth does a shark have?” are just a couple of questions that the Reception Children have been asking this term as they think about their “Ocean” topic.
They have enjoyed taking part in a “Peter Pan” workshop of storytelling and drama, making pirate ships for the Night Pirates; have been writing some wonderful descriptive poetry; and will be exploring a range of materials that would be suitable to go in the water, recording their results on graphs. The best part of the topic was visiting the Brighton Sea Life Centre, where they made their own aquarium using craft materials, had a tour of the centre and enjoyed an ice cream on the beach!
UGLY BUGS, MINI BEASTS AND BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES!
This term’s Reception topic is all about mini beasts and ugly bugs! The children have been investigating the creatures which live in our school grounds, reading “The Very Ugly Bug” by Liz Pichon which has inspired them to make their own models, drawings and descriptive stories. During their Art lessons they have used different techniques to create their paintings of “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle. They have also been looking after their classroom caterpillars, following their life cycle through into beautiful butterflies.
KINGS AND QUEENS OF THE CASTLE!
The Reception Children really enjoyed their visit to Leeds Castle, which started this term’s Learning Journey of Heroes and Heroines, with a WOW!
They experienced living and working in a castle, found out how knights and princesses used to dress, took part in a “Swan Princess” workshop and tried not to get lost in the maze!
SSSHHHH IT'S HIBERNATION DAY!
It was so quiet in Reception when the children put on their pyjamas, climbed into the dens they had made with blankets, and listened to the tale of "The Bear Snores On....." as part of their Winter Topic.
WELLY WALKS, MUD PIES AND SPACE ADVENTURERS!
Reception have had another full fortnight using their noses to identify different smells, some nice, less enticing! Going on a wellie walk around the school grounds to find autumnal objects and then turning them into wonderful works of art; making mud pies in their mud kitchen which they have started to develop in the early years outside area (any donations of kitchen utensils, pots, pans, baking trays etc. would be greatly appreciated; creating their own cosmic galaxies and acting the role in Dr Xargle, astronauts and space explorers!
LOTS OF LITTLE GREEN FINGERS!
Reception have been discussing their interest in plants and gardening for this term’s topic. They have started to plant bulbs and flowers in their garden and have visited the woodland to create ephemeral sunflower art work using natural resources.
RECEPTION CHILDREN ARE LOOKING FOR BEARS!
This term the children have been looking for bears. They have searched in the woodland area, enthusiastically acted out the story of “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” and have focussed on pattern making in maths, which they have linked to creating musical patterns to accompany the story.
RECEPTION CIRCUS DAY
The Reception children have been practising their clown antics, turning their home corners into circus tents and finding out about the different people who take part in the circus acts, in preparation for their very own circus day! They learnt a variety of skills including juggling, plate spinning and feather balancing. They were each given a peacock feather to take home to teach their families the balancing act they had learnt.
Funny clown, funny clown, who has a big nose,
Funny clown, funny clown, he does a silly pose.
Funny clown, funny clown, with red and blue shoes,
Funny clown, funny clown, give us some clues.
Funny clown, funny clown, with a spinning bow tie,
Funny clown, funny clown, throwing a custard pie.
Funny clown, funny clown, show us some tricks,
Funny clown, funny clown, I watch whilst I eat pick and mix.
Funny clown, funny clown you have blue and green hair,
Funny clown, funny clown, watch out for the bear.
Funny clown, funny clown, riding a unicycle,
Funny clown, funny clown, your name is Michael.
A poem by Class 1
EYFS MINI BEASTS
As part of their Mini Beast Topic, the Reception children have been creating their very own Ugly Bugs based on the story by Liz Pichon, searching for bugs in the school gardens and have been keeping a very close observation on the "cocoons" which will turn into butterflies!
EARLY YEARS AREA
We hope you like the transformation in the Early Years outside area? The children have some lovely new benches and tables to sit and study at, an amazing stage area to perform their plays and wonderful water tray to experiment and have fun with. A very big thank you goes to Mrs Dale, Mrs Baker and Max's Grandad, Mr Solley for making the magnificent mini beast hotels!