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This week we have had some visits off Santa's elves!  We have had lots of fun reading the letters the elves have written to us.  We have also written lots of letters to the elves!  We have helped them make wrapping paper with repeating patterns on for Santa.  We also became little elves on Friday - we designed our own toys by drawing careful pictures and labelling them and then we used lots of junk modelling to make our toys!  They were fantastic!

We have also been thinking out friendship this week.  We have discussed lots of ways we can be a good friend to others and what we can do to help ourselves make friends.  We had a lovely time writing Happygrams' to each other!

We had our very first school Christmas dinner on Thursday.  We made our own party hats to wear!  We had a lovely time.

Everybody was very proud of us as we were amazing for our Nativity concert in front of our families and friends.  We sang beautifully and acted really well!

This week we have been learning about the Nativity Story.  We have discussed the different events and characters and used puppets to re enact different scenes in the story.  We used a Nativity story map to help us retell the events in order.  We also used the story to help us with our writing; we wrote labels and captions.  On our creative table we painted different characters and made sheep collages!  We have also been rehearsing for our own Nativity concert that we will be performing for our parents next Wednesday!

In maths we have continued to learn about the number 6.  We used our knowledge of all the numbers we have learned about so far to create our own number lines.  We also learned how to add two amounts of presents by counting all the presents altogether!

In our outside area we now have a Santa's workshop!  We have been making presents and wrapping them up like Santa's elves do!

On Wednesday we went to the theatre to watch the pantomime of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.  It was fantastic!


This week we have been continuing our Light topic, by learning about Nocturnal animals.  We made clay hedgehogs and added matchstick spines!  We read facts about bats and then labelled pictures of bats and wrote some simple captions.

We have been exploring light on our Creative Table.  We made shadow puppets and tested them with torches.  We found shadows appeared when we blocked the light.   We explored different pictures we could make using tinfoil.  Tinfoil was a very exciting material to use as the light made it shine!  We also looked at Van Gogh's painting 'A Starry Night' and we used cotton buds to try to replicate his brush strokes.

In Maths we have being exploring 5 sided shapes called pentagons.  We then moved on to learning about the number 6.  We looked at the dice representation of 6 and played board games to help us become more familiar with all the dice representations.

We have been learning to read and spell some important tricky words.

This week we have been retelling the story of Peace at Last – but we decided to improve it!  First, we thought of more exciting words to use instead of the words in the story.  For example, Mr Bear wasn’t just tired – he was EXHAUSTED!  Then we changed the things that were keeping Mr Bear awake.  We thought our new version of the story was AMAZING!

We have had some fun on the Creative Table this week.  We added flour to paint to create a different texture.  We used lots of interesting words to describe the texture.  We then used this paint to make pictures of the moon.  We also used tissue to make ‘stained glass’ stars.  We found out that the tissue paper lets the light through, so we displayed the stars on our windows!  We also made fantastic Baby Bears using paper plates!

In Maths, we have been looking at the composition of the number 5.  We completed lots of different activities that enabled us to split 5 into two parts.  We looked at the different parts we could make from 5.  We also tried recording the different ways we could split 5.

We have enjoyed using the Puppet Theatre to tell our stories!

This week we have continued with our topic 'Where does light come from?' by finding sources of light.  We looked for sources of light as part of our home learning, and we went on a hunt around school looking for different light sources too!  We found out lots about the Sun, our most important light source.  We watched a video of the sun and then we made sun collages and labelled pictures of the sun.

We have been trying to hear different sounds in words - the beginning, middle and end sound in simple words.  We have also been learning to read the words 'the' 'and' and 'to' by sight.

In Maths, we have been learning about the number 5.  We looked at dice representations of all the numbers we have be learning about and then put them in order.  On Thursday we had a very exciting Stay and Play, where our mums and dads came and joined in with a Maths Mastery lesson about representing 5 on a tens frame, and helped us complete lots of fun activities all about the number 5!

It has also been Respect Week this week and we have been thinking about friends.  We thought about how we can use kind hands and kind words to our friends.  We talked about what made a good friend.  We then thought about how we had been a good friend that day.

This week we began our new Talk for Writing story 'Peace at Last'.  We listened to the story and discussed the events that happened.  We then sequenced the noises that kept Mr Bear awake and drew the different noises into the different rooms they happened in.  We wanted to help Mr Bear get some sleep so we used junk modelling techniques to make him a quiet space.  We also became 'Noise Inspectors' and marked on a clipboard whether the different areas in the classroom were quiet or noisy.

In Maths we have continued to learn about the number 4.  This week we have learned that 4 can be partitioned into smaller quantities.  We have been recording our maths thinking; by colouring in 4 rockets using 3 colours and seeing how many of each colour we had.  We also put 4 party guests on to 2 party tables and discussed the different possibilities of quantities on each table.  We recorded this using marks and numerals.

As part of our learning about 4, we thought about squares and rectangles which both have 4 sides and 4 corners.  We realised that what made them different was that squares had equal sides and rectangles had 2 long and 2 short sides!

We continued to think about fireworks as part of our 'Where does light come?' topic and made lots of different marks, using different media, in order to represent fireworks!

We had a great time making dens at Forest School!

What an exciting week!  We continued our topic weeks on Autumn Celebrations with a focus on Diwali.  We listened to the story of Rama and Sita and enjoyed acting it out using the Puppet Theatre.  We made Diva Lamps and decorated them beautifully.  We made Rangoli patterns using coloured rice and thought carefully about the shapes we wanted to make. 

Forest School was very interesting!  We explored the forest and discussed the different things we would see in the forest in Autumn.  We then hunted for as many of these as we could find and made collections in our buckets!

In Maths our focus has been 4.  We have learned about different ways of representing 4.  We also learned how many more we could add to a quantity fewer than 4 to make 4.

Our week ended with a very exciting trip to Brookside Primary School in Leicester, where we joined in with Diwali celebrations.  We watched a fantastic play about the story of Rama and Sita, joined in with lots of Diwali themed activities in the Reception Unit there.  We also joined in with some traditional Indian dancing and tasted some delicious food!  We had a wonderful time!

This week we changed our story of 'The Three Little Pigs' to 'The Three Little Pups' and began a Paw Patrol theme!  After retelling the new story the children enjoyed experimenting with which material would be best to build a kennel for the pups, designing their own Paw Patrol shield and junk modelling a lookout tower!

We have continued to think about the number 3, and have been looking at the numbers within the number 3; such as it can made with a 2 and a 1.  We also thought carefully about the properties of a triangle and linked it with the number 3.

On Thursday we had a special problem solving workshop, where we worked as a team to try to solve different puzzles.

We also had a special visit from Wade the puppy!  We thought carefully about different questions to ask his owner, Miss Stewart and found out lots of information about caring for a puppy.

This week in Reception we have been thinking about the story of the Three Little Pigs.  We have learned to retell  the story using our story map and actions and have learned that there are three main parts to a story - the beginning, middle and end.  In phonics we have been learning the sounds 's' 'a' 't' 'p' and 'i'.  We have learned how to recognise the sounds on a flashcard and think of some words that begin with this sound.  We have even begun to use these sounds to blend together and read simple words.  In Maths we have been learning about '3'.  We thought about what the quantity of '3' looks like, as well as the numeral.  We retold the story of the Three Little Pigs by moving 3 counters on to three houses and talking about how many counters were on different houses at different times.  We then learned to put quantities of 1,2 and 3 in order.  We have been busy!