Science Week in Reception

Our summer term started with a lot of excitement with Science week. We have been making predictions and conducting a plethora of experiments!

We could not believe our luck when Gallones Ice Cream visited us on Tuesday and Wednesday. We thought that we would be eating delicious strawberry, vanilla and chocolate ice cream however this was not the case! We ended up trying grass, rose and  popcord flavoured ice cream!

On Thursday a dinosaur expert visited school. He brought with him lots of dinosaur fossils which we very carefully unearthed using small brushes. He also brought with him baby Jack and Sophie (ask your child who they were).

We also began tennis lessons this week and we have been enjoying learning this new sporting skill which we will continue to learn throughout this term.

Finally, Oak Trees have begun to practise for their class worship. Thank you to parents and carers who have been practising lines at home. We look forward to performing our worship on Thursday 14th June.


Life Cycles

What a busy week! We have been learning all about the life cycles of animals and plants.

On Tuesday we took our learning outdoors and observed the wildlife around our school. We very carefully lifted up logs to have a peek at what was living under them. Down by the pond we were extremely lucky to find a tadpole! We decided to gather up some pond water in a container and take the tadpole back to our classroom to observe it over the week. On Friday we returned the tadpole to its home in the pond so it could continue with it’s metamorphosis.

Our garden centre has been a hit with Oak and Fir trees alike! They children have been carefully selecting which flowers they would like to buy in order to make a beautiful arrangement.

Thank you to all parents and carers who brought a plant pot into school. The children planted their own pea on Wednesday and learnt what they need to do in order for their pea to grow (don’t worry, we will water them over the half term break). Fingers crossed we will see sixty plants growing after half term!

We have been watching some fantastic time lapse videos to learn about the life cycle of a caterpillar. Follow the link and take a look for yourself:

To see what your children have learnt you could ask them about:

What does the word metamorphosis mean?

What does it mean to make a prediction?

Why is it important to look after creatures and plants?

What do plants need to grow?

Can you tell me the lifecycle of a frog? butterfly? or seed?

What happens in the story ‘Tadpole’s Promise’ by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Tony Ross?  Why couldn’t tadpole keep his promise?

We hope you have a wonderful half term and look forward to seeing you back on Monday 4th June.

The Reception Team

Kung Hei Fat Choy

As part of the Early Year’s Curriculum the children learn about other cultures and traditions to realise that not everyone is the same as them.  We are having a great week learning about Chinese New Year. I hope that the children have been telling you about it all but if not you could ask them:

How do they prepare for Chinese New Year? (clean their houses).

How to Chinese people celebrate? (new clothes, special food, parades, fireworks and firecrackers, giving gifts including money in red envelopes)

Which colour brings good luck? (red)

How did the Emperor decide which animal to name the New Year after ? (a swimming race)

What animal is this New Year named after? (the dog)

The role play area has been very popular this week with preparation and serving of food in the restaurant and for the take away customers.

And the children really enjoyed all eating their Chinese Banquet in the classroom today.  The food was delicious; we bought it from the New Sunrise Restaurant on Kettering Road and they gave us a generous discount so if you are thinking about having a Chinese Meal then please do support them and let them know that your child had our meal!

To be or not to be…

This half term Reception have been learning about William Shakespeare and the play Hamlet. We have been learning about Shakespeare as a writer, about the setting and characters in Hamlet and about parts of the play.

Our classroom has been set up with a castle and royal banquet, the children have been writing with quills and have been dressing up and role playing as the characters.

We had a very exciting bag of objects which arrived in the classroom that we looked at and described. They were all linked to the story of Hamlet, we also found clues around the room which told us about William Shakespeare. The teachers have been in role as a king and we have been doing some drama to learn parts of the story and think about how the characters are feeling.

The children have also drawn some beautiful observational pictures of William Shakespeare and made some creative models of Hamlet’s castle.

There are lots of clips you could watch online together or you could ask your child these questions:

What is William Shakespeare famous for? (playwright and actor)

What kind of plays did he write? (sad plays/tragedies)

Where did he live? (London & Stratford)

Christmas in Reception

We’ve had a couple of very busy Christmassy weeks – I hope the children have told you all about it but incase not here’s a few pictures to jog their memories!

Last Friday we had the WFPS party which is a long standing tradition of all the children being in the hall together for party food.  We were later treated to a visit from Father Christmas.

Yesterday, while the rest of the school walked to the cinema, Steve the Magician came into entertain us and the children found him hilarious!!

Today we walked to St Peter’s for our Christmas Service and the children behaved so well and sang beautifully.

This afternoon we have made Christingles ready for the Christingle Service tomorrow at 9.15.  Do ask your children what all the components represent:

The orange  – The world

The ribbon – God’s love

The candle – Jesus’ light

The cocktail sticks – The 4 seasons

The sweets – God’s fruits (food)

Many thanks for all your support over this term.  We hope that you have a lovely restful Christmas.

The Reception Team.

Whoops-a-Daisy Angel

Apologies that this post is a bit late but hopefully our children’s stunning performance is still fresh in your minds.  We were very proud of the children (although they can sing much louder than you heard!) and they way they confidently performed in front of so many people.  It’s quite daunting to face such a sea of faces but our narrators were clear, the dancers remembered their dance and the actors all played their part.

We are now getting ready for Christmas.  The children watched the KS1 Christmas performance today and some of the children also went to Abington Vale School to watch The Elves and the Shoemaker.

The children also had Christmas dinner today, have the Christmas party on Friday, a Magic show on Monday, our Christmas Church visit next Tuesday (11am if you would like to join us walking from school at 10.45am) and the Christingle Service next Wednesday.  They may be quite tired when we break up next week…..

This year our classes have printed their Christmas Card for you – we have not done this in Reception before so do ask the children how they did it.




Owl Babies

We have just finished two weeks learning about owls and nocturnal animals.  We used the beautiful picture book – Owl Babies by Martin Waddell to do this and met and got to know the three characters – Sarah, Percy and Bill.  These little owlets were worried about where their mummy was so the children wrote them kind notes to cheer them up.  We also explored their forest using all our senses and we made our own little owls.  Next Wednesday we have a visitor coming into school who will be bringing a selection of animals for us to look at including some owls.

We made a story map of the book so ask your children to look at the above picture and see if they can remember the story.  If you are not familiar with the story you can see it on you tube  on (sorry I cannot make it a live link).

Next week we will be doing lots of rehearsals for our Christmas Production so apologies if your children are tired!  If your child is an angel or snowflake please do not worry about their costumes – an adult’s t shirt with a piece of ribbon as a belt will be perfect.  Thank you for helping them to remember their lines and also to those parents and carers who came to the maths evening this week.


Harvest time

This week in Reception we have been celebrating Harvest Festival; we thought about God and the farmers who grow crops and about those those children who may not have as much food as we do.  The children have enjoyed learning about this special time of year, they have been playing in the bakery and green grocers role play.  On Friday all the children made bread rolls and we sat together and ate them, warm from the oven, in the afternoon.  It was (genuinely!) delicious.

Many thanks to all the parents and carers who walked down to Church with us on Wednesday.  The children walked to the church very sensibly and listened beautifully.  Thanks also to parents and carers who donated food for the Harvest which will be given to the Food bank in Northampton.

We are now settling well into a routine at school and have started teaching phonics which the children are enjoying.  We are working really hard with teaching all the children how to write their names properly so any practice at home is appreciated.  We talk about tall, small and tail letters and you will see how to size them on the paper that we have sent home.  In phonics we are learning to blend sounds to read words and as your child is able to do this they will begin to bring books with simple sentences in them.  Please initial their home link book if you read at home; we change books on a Monday and a Friday.

Pictures of our week below.

Bread making….

…and eating.

Harvest Festival at St Peter’s Church

and a phonics session.




Stanwick Lakes Trip

Many apologies for the lack of posts – our system has had gremlins (or hackers) in it and we have not been able to access it.

The children had a fantastic time at Stanwick Lakes last week.  Thank you for the parent helpers who made it possible and apologies for all those wet clothes…..