RECEPTION'S LEARNING JOURNEY
The Reception children read the story “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch”. As part of their work, they were asked to come up with their own ingenious plan for stopping the seagulls getting the basket of food. They wrote them some lovely letters asking them to leave the food for Mr Grinling, and devised a pulley system just like Mr Grinling’s to send down the lunch safely. They also made a simple circuit to light up their lighthouse.
THINGS ON WHEELS
EYFS have been researching different types of transport using the non-fiction text “Things on Wheels”. As a group project, they have built a map of a town, including place names and vehicles. They really enjoyed counting the cars outside school, to find out how many different colours passed by and used pictograms to record the data.
RECEPTION SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
The Reception children have been reading the book “Giant Jam Sandwich” by John Vernon Lord. They have carried out their own experiments with bread to see how it changes over time in different conditions. They have also developed their engineering skills by creating their own ovens using recycled materials.
RECEPTION DIWALI DAY
Reception discovered the traditions of the Hindu festival of Diwali, linking it to our tradition of bonfire night. They learnt about the importance of light and what it represents in different cultures through looking at divas and fireworks. They have made their own fireworks and drew beautiful patterns of them exploding in the night sky.
RECEPTION'S FUNNY BONES!
Reception children learnt about the human skeleton. They read the book “Funnybones” by Janet and Allen Ahlberg. They felt some of the bones under their skin and learnt that bones are hard and give our bodies shape. They made some wonderful pictures using straws in their D&T lessons and learnt the song “Dem Bones” and used musical instruments to reflect bone sounds in their music lessons.
WELL DONE TO OUR NEW RECEPTION CHILDREN
We are very proud of our new Reception children who settled in really well to their school routines. In their first full week at school, they discovered the school grounds, played with the resources in their classrooms and made new friends. They also received a new book titled “The Cave” by Rob Hodgson, a curious story about a very hungry wolf and a secret little creature. The books were gifted to us by the BookTrust working in conjunction with Kent Libraries to encourage families to make time to read together, share stories and have fun discovering new tales.
RECEPTION TRAVELLED THE WORLD!
To end the term's topic on a WOW, the Reception children travelled the world! They explored the classrooms which had been transformed into hot and cold holiday spots. They went on a camping adventure and even sat on a typical English beach in the rain!
During the afternoon each class took part in a dance workshop. They learnt how to dance the Russian Cossack, Scottish Reel, New Zealand Haka and performed a short Bollywood style dance.
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.
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.