RECEPTION VISIT TO THE SEVENOAKS WILDLIFE CENTRE
The Reception children visited the Sevenoaks Wildlife Centre in Term Five. They had a full day of learning and fun which supported their science, art, geography and English topics. First, there was a story time session of the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. Then they went on a nature “tale trail” to explore links between the story and the Centre’s wildlife areas, ticking off the mini beasts and wildlife they saw on their nature cards. Everyone really enjoyed their visits and the children will use their newly gained expertise in school as they continue to look after their class caterpillars as they watch them turn into beautiful butterflies!
DOWN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GARDEN!
Reception looked “down at the bottom of the garden” for their term's curriculum topic. The children learnt about the life cycle of a butterfly. They went butterfly spotting in
the outdoor area and read the text “From Caterpillar to Butterfly”. They learnt about
symmetry and drew some beautiful symmetrical patterns on their butterfly wings.
WHAT IS A LIGHTHOUSE WITHOUT ITS' LIGHT?
Reception read “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch” by Ronda and David Armitage. Taking inspiration from the story, they have investigated simple circuits to make a light bulb shine for the top of the lighthouses they have built.
RIDDLE ME THIS!
Congratulations to our talented Reception Children for their fantastic writing!
As part of the Young Writers poetry competition, The Reception children were asked to compose a riddle with the help of their parents. The competition is designed to encourage children to use their senses and imagination to create their first poem. We had some wonderful entries such as:-
It looks like an oval.
It sounds like a snip
It smells like the sand
It feels like hard
It tastes like fish
It is a CRAB!
By Sebastian (Beech)
It looks like cream
It sounds like wobbly
It smells like strawberries
It feels like cold
It tastes like yummy
It is YOGHURT!
By Macey (Maple)
Thank you to everyone who took part.
OUR AMAZING BODIES
The children have learnt about their amazing bodies. They had the opportunity to explore the sensory interactive display and think carefully about words to help describe things they see, feel, touch, taste and hear. They learnt about the skeleton, using white straws against black sugar paper to create their own skeletons.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW RECEPTION CHILDREN
We welcomed our new Reception Children who have settled in really well. They explored the school and grounds, enjoyed their classroom resources and started their topic of "Ourselves". They continued to develop their relationships with their friends, asking questions about things that they like to do and learn about.
RECEPTION PIRATE PARTY
The children ended their year in Reception with a fantastic Pirate Party Day! They were transformed into scurvy pirate crew and dressed up in their fantastic costumes. They built pirate ships, counted loot and learnt sea shanties. Thank you to the PTA for funding the super pirate drama workshop.
FRUITY FACES IN RECEPTION
Reception created fruity faces and art that you can eat! They took inspiration from the work of the artist Archimboldo and created faces in his style using different fruit and vegetables. They studied the books “Oliver’s Vegetables” and “Oliver’s Fruit Salad” by the Vivian French, and used the texts to discuss the benefits of eating fruit and vegetable as part of a healthy diet. Everyone created their own delicious fruit salad with many different unusual fruits to try.
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.
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.