GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND
We welcomed some very special visitors to school, when we had a visit from some beautiful guide dogs. As the Reception topic is “Heroes and Heroines”, they visited the because they are our animal heroes. To find out more about this wonderful charity, please visit www.guidedogs.org.uk.
RECEPTION CHILDREN HIBERNATE!
The children enjoyed Term Three's “Wonderful Winter” theme by learning about animals who live in cold climates. They decided to build dens to hibernate in just like the animals in the book “Bear Snores On”. Everyone changed into their pyjamas, and snuggled up into their dens. They even enjoyed popping popcorn just like Hare in the story. It certainly was quiet in Reception apart from the snoring noises!
The school sparkled and twinkled as the children prepared their cards and gifts to take home for their families. Reception children made seasonal calendars, felt baubles and clay candle holders.
A JOURNEY TO THE POST BOX!
The Reception children have been discussing the tale of “The Jolly Postman”. Just like the traditional fairy tale characters in the story, it was their turn to post an invitation last week, asking their parents if they could attend Goldilock’s special Christmas party. With their stamped letters in hand, they walked to post box thinking carefully about what they had learnt during road safety week.
As their first term finished, the children enjoyed sharing information about themselves with their friends, such as their favourite colours and food. They also developed their artistic skills drawing and painting self-portraits.
WELCOME TO RIVERHEAD RECEPTION
A very big welcome to all of our new Reception children who have settled in so well. They explored the school and grounds, playing on the new Reception equipment, enjoying their classrooms and have already made lots of new friends.
BUSY RECEPTION CHILDREN!
The Reception children came
to school dressed in their pirate costumes to take part in a Pirate Day! They walked
the plank, counted their loot and sung seas shanties.
They also visited Brighton Sealife Centre to find out about ocean creatures. During the day they discovered many sea creatures and learnt about the different habitats that the sea creatures live in. The children were fascinated to walk through the turtle tunnel and saw the shark swim above them. They also learnt about the life cycles of aquatic mammals and were encouraged to think about how we can all help conservation of them. They ended their day with a picnic on the beach followed by an ice cream!
The Reception children carefully monitored their caterpillars which have turned into chrysalis. They hoped that they would become beautiful butterflies so that they could release them into the school grounds. In literacy they used extended pieces of writing to describe the book “The Tiny Seed”. During maths they counted in twos, fives and tens and learning o’clock and half past.
GEORGE AND THE DRAGON
Reception were inspired by the story of George and the Dragon. They drew story maps and then incorporated adjectives into their story writing to make it interesting. The children continued to dress up in role play areas in all three classrooms to tell the story using book language. They doubled up stars on a shield in order to become familiar with this concept. They also 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 became heroes and heroines for their curriculum topic! They transformed their role play areas into castles and palaces, thought about characters from fairy stories and drew pictures of castles thinking carefully about towers and turrets.
However the highlight was 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!
RECEPTION FIRE ENGINE VISIT
The Reception children learnt about fire safety, 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.
LOTS OF LITTLE GREEN FINGERS!
Reception discussed their interest in plants and gardening for the term topic. They planted bulbs and flowers in their garden and visited the woodland to create ephemeral sunflower art work using natural resources.
RECEPTION CHILDREN ARE LOOKING FOR BEARS!
Reception children searched in the woodland area and enthusiastically acted out the story of “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” focussing on pattern making in maths, which they linked to create musical patterns to accompany the story.