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with Miss Simmons-Bah

& Miss Sarris

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Our class blog 2 Rec A

Our class blog 2 Rec B

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Don't forget rec changing books

BOOKS are changed once a week as children need to read a book several times in order to develop fluency.

Don't forget rec bookbags

Children must have BOOKBAGS in school every day and READ at home every night.

don't forget rec PE

PE Days        RECEPTION A: Tuesday & Wednesday.  RECEPTION B: Wedsnesday & Thursday


What we have been learning

Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Easter Holiday! This term, our topic is ‘Journeys’. We will be learning about different journeys and transport.

Week 9 + 10: Pirates.

We are learning all about Pirates. We are sharing the story ‘Pirates Love Underpants’ this week. We will be creating our own wanted posters for naughty pirates. 

 Look at the eye patches we made in Expressive Arts and Design.

In Singapore Maths we have been learning to add and subtract 2 single digit numbers using a range of different resources and methods.



Week 7 + 8: Space!

We really enjoyed the Danceathon on Friday! Thank you to all of you that sponsored us!


We have been learning all about space. We have been sharing the stories Whatever Next and Aliens Have Underpants. In literacy we created a story board for Whatever Next. We also designed and then created our own aliens using a range of materials. 



We explored exploding moon dust. We observed and talked about what happened when we added vinegar.

We also explored Alien Spaghetti in our malleable area.

We then learned how to halve in Singapore maths.

This week we are learning to double numbers to 10 in Singapore maths.

Reception B went on a journey to Forest Hill Library! We looked for books about our upcoming topics; Space and Pirates.

Week 5 + 6: Holidays!

We have been learning about holidays! Our role play area is now a Travel Agents.

This week in literacy shared the story ‘The Train Ride’. We thought of our own imaginary lands for our trains to travel too. We recorded descriptions on the iPads and then created our lands using a range of  materials.

In Maths we have been exploring money.


Week 4: Journeys by water: Mr. Gumpy’s Outing.

This week we are learning about Journeys by water. We shared the story Mr. Gumpy’s outing and then planned our own tea party. We wrote shopping lists, invitation and recipes. We made toast and milkshakes and talked about the changes.


In our topic work we created our own boats our of junk modelling. We then tested our models to see if they would float or sink.


In maths we have been learning about capacity and length. We have been measuring and comparing objects by length and capacity.

Week 3: Emergency Vehicles

This week we have been learning about vehicles that help us in emergencies. In Literacy we created posters that inform us of who to call in different emergencies. We turned our role play area into a police station.

In Maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We used shapes to create emergency vehicle pictures.


Week 1 and 2: The Naughty Bus/Our Journey’s to School.

This week we shared the story ‘the naughty bus’.

We turned our role play area into St. Georges Bus!

 In Literacy we are making zig-zag books about how we travel to school. We have been talking about and sequencing our journeys to school. We have also been learning about road safety and why walking to school is good for you.

In Maths we carried out surveys to find out how our classmates travel to school. We found that walking is the most popular mode of transport.

In Singapore maths we have been learning to find one more and one less.


Week 11 and 12: Easter!

We have been learning all about Easter. We have been learning about why we celebrate Easter and how we celebrate Easter. In Literacy we explored the Easter story. We created our own class book.

We have also been baking and decorating cakes for lent call.

We have been lots of other activities to celebrate this exciting time of year. We made Easter Bonnets ready for the parade on Thursday. Some of us made one at home.

We also made Chocolate Easter Nests to represent new life at this time of  year. We explored the changing materials. They were delicious! 
We then made Easter Cards to take home to our family. We uses our phonics to write inside them.

Our Trip to the Horniman Museum!

We went on our first ever school trip to the Horniman Museum. We visited the Aquarium and the Robot Zoo exhibition. We also had a look around the museum. We enjoyed being curious and exploring all the different animals in the museum.

It was also Red Nose Day! We dressed up in red and donated a pound to charity.

Week 10: Superheroes!

This week our topic is superheroes. In literacy we will be designing and then making ourselves into superheroes.



In maths we are learning use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance and time and to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.


How many people can you save from the spider web before the timer runs out? 


Can you measure the super heroes? Who is the tallest?

Week 9: Dinosaurs!

This week we are learning all about dinosaurs. We enjoyed pretending to be palaeontologists in our topic work.  We had to work out how to get the dinosaurs fossils out of the ice. It was very tricky but we persisted!

World Book Day

We have been celebrating World Book Day. We visited our local WHSMITHS and used our world book tokens and selected a book. We enjoyed a range of book related activities and the shop staff dressed up and read us a story. We dressed up as our favourite book character and showed our costumes proudly in a parade.

Week 8: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We have learnt about patterns and change by sequencing the life cycle of a butterfly. We have enjoyed reading the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We have made puppets and masks, as well as exploring symmetry through making butterfly prints. We have used role play to retell the story and act out the life cyle.



Week 7: The Mixed Up Chameleon.

This week we have been sharing the story of the mixed up Chameleon. In Literacy, we designed, created and then wrote a description for our own mixed up creatures!


Week 6: Owl Babies.

Thank you to all the parents and carers that came to watch Reception B’s Class assembly!

Week 5: Chinese New Year.

This week we will be learning all about the Chinese New Year Celebration!

As part of our Chinese New Year celebrations we tried Chinese food. We enjoyed taking a risk and trying something new! 

We have also turned our role play area into a Chinese Restaurant. In literacy we are going to be writing our own Chinese Restaurant Menus.

On Wednesday we had a special visitor! Our local community officer came to teach us about road safety. We talked about how to cross roads safely and what to do if we ever get lost.


Singapore Maths

In Singapore Maths we have been practising a range of Number skills; Counting by rote, counting objects and matching quantities, number recognition, ordering numbers, writing numbers and addition and subtraction. Below are some examples of our learning activities.




Week 4: Tanka Tanka Skunk (Power of Reading) 

We have been enjoying the call and response story. We have been exploring drums as well as making our own. We have been using our hands and drums to clap, tap and bang out syllables in words. (animals names and our own names)

Week 3: The Three Little Pigs.

Thank you to all the parents in Reception A that came to watch the class assembly, I am sure you are all so proud of them. They did a fantastic job!

This week we have been sharing the story of the three little pigs. We learned how to sequence the story so that it makes sense.


When then acted out the story in groups.

We have been testing different materials to find out which materials are best to make a house. We worked hard changing and adapting our houses to make them stronger.

We decorated biscuits to look like the three little pigs. We used pink icing, mini marshmallows for the snout and skittles for the eyes. It was lots of fun and they tasted delicious!


In PE we have been learning ball skills. We have learnt to keep our eye on the ball when throwing and catching.

Week 1 and 2: Pets.

In Literacy we have been learning about the purpose of posters. We created our own lost pet posters.
We also shared the story of Funny Bones and the Pet Shop and discussed appropriate pets. Look at our display!

In Maths we have been gathering data using a simple graph. We wanted to find out how many children in our class owned a pet. We then asked our class mates what their favourite pet was to see which animal was the most popular.


Elora found that the ‘cat’ was the most popular pet.



This week we have started learning about Pets. We shared the story Mog and the V.E.T and turned our role play area into a Vets Surgery.


Happy New Year! We would like to say a big thank you for all your kind words, cards and gifts for Christmas. We hope you had a great Christmas and New Year.

We have started 2017 reflecting on how we can improve and get better by making New Year Resolutions.

This Term our topic is Animals. It will be broken down week by week focusing on different animals. We will cover:

  • Pets
  • Farm animals
  • wild animals
  • Nocturnal animals
  • Minibeasts
  • Life cycles
  • Dinosaurs

In addition we will be celebrating Chinese New Years and Easter. 

We have been learning about how to be healthy. In addition to our PE lessons, Play times and outdoor learning; we run or walk a mile.

Autumn Term 1

In Maths we have been learning about numbers in the environment and that number has a purpose.

We made our own houses with our door numbers.

We made mobile phones.

We made number plates for cars.


In Literacy we have been looking at the story Little Red Hen.

We made our role play area into a farm. We have been learning about the importance of farms and where our food comes from.

We learnt how bread is made and then made our own sandwiches.


We read the story of the Rainbow Fish. We worked together to create a lovely display to remind us how important it I to be kind and share with each other.


We have been making new friends and learning how to share.


In phonics we have been learning that letters have phonemes (sounds). We have been enjoying the Jolly Phonics songs to help us remember the phonemes and graphemes (how a phoneme is written).