We believe children in our Reception classes should learn how to be healthy, happy, communicative, sociable, curious, active, and ready and equipped for the next phase of life and learning. We work closely with parents and carers to support every child to achieve this. We believe Parent involvement is crucial: parent support and an active home learning environment make a huge difference to children.
We are always interested in feedback from parents, to help us know how well we are doing and how we need to improve. You can feed back to the Reception team by clicking on the contact form button above.
In Holud class we have been looking at repeating patterns. We decided to see if we could make repeating patterns with fruit. Some of us used 2 pieces of fruit and some of us used 3 pieces of fruit. We have also used other items to create repeating terms like: conkers, pine cones and shells.
We have also been reading the story 'Handa's surprise'. Handa is a young girl who lives in Africa. She decides that she wants to surprise her best friend who lives in the next village with some fruit. Handa goes on a journey only to find that she is the one who is surprised....... All her fruit is gone and now there are tangerines instead.
Some us haven't seen some of the fruit before from the story so we had a fruit tasting session where we tried: Mango, pineapple, orange, avocado, guava, banana and passion fruit. The passion fruit looked a bit strange but some of us were brave enough to try it.
Holud class passion fruit tasting and fruit kebabs
We love cooking in Holud class. So far this term we have made: blueberry cupcakes, gingerbread men, fruit kebabs and pizza faces.
Cooking Session in Holud Class
The children of Holud class decided that they wanted to create their own version of ‘Dear Zoo’. Aren’t our voices clear!!!
Here are some examples of comments parents have made inside
Tour of our Reception Classes and
Outdoor Learning Environment
Take a look at us having fun in the sun on Sports Day 22.6.2018
Reception pupils and teachers enjoying sports day!
Snapshot of Science Week in Reception
Yellow Class dressed as Mas Scientists!
Giant Bubbles experiment
Blow a Balloon experiment
Children making bubbles outside!
David says “it’s going to be a giant bubble, pop!
The children saw what baking soda does in lemons!
The children explored vinegar & baking soda mixed!
Baking soda released gas to blow up balloons, wow!
James - “it went pop but in slow motion”.
Lemon Volcanoes experiment
Dua chose to make her volcanoes in yoghurt pots!
Dua getting reading to investigate and experiment!
“We can smell the lemons everywhere”
Escape from Ice Experiment,
Holud Class thought of ways to melt the ice outside
Some Mad Scientist in Jayne Class.
Mad Scientists in Holud Class!
Ofeefee Class excited to watch the balloon inflate
Amarelo Class making their own bubble mixture.
Mrs Suchankova demonstrates how to make Giant bubbles
What a fun week...predicting, exploring, testing and discovering!
Take a look at Reception Classes Celebrating World Book Day 2018
Everyone in Reception dressed as Aliens from our focus Text
Aliens Love Underpants
Year 5 children Buddy Reading with Reception Pupils during World Book Week
This term we are learning about transport. We discussed all different sorts of transport and this week's focus in Amarelo class was on boats, ships and sailing. Did you know that sailors greet each other with ''AHOY!''? Children from Amarelo Class in Reception knows that and they know a range of different songs regarding ships and boat and sea. We learnt some new vocabulary too.
During this cooking session, we counted oranges, we halved them, filled them with some vegetarian friendly jelly and let it set. After that we got a bit creative and made an edible flag.
Look at us singing our sailors' song!
On Diwali Festival of light!
Mrs Kalyan told us the Rama and Sita story.
We tasted Indian foods. Yummy!
It was fun to dress up in special clothes.
We danced to Bollywood music.
Look at my Indian Sari.
Black History Week 2017
Check out Yellow class reading the story 'Pete the cat, rocking in my school shoes'!
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Reception Year 2016 - 2017
Home Learning Art Exhibition
WOW!!! What a fabulous end to the year, Reception held Art Shows of the fantastic work created by parents and their children at the Shaftesburys and Gascoigne sites. Everyone had a great time!!!! The teachers and children prepared a feast of healthy transport food. It was very busy and everyone had a lovely time. We had Reporters and Photographers documenting the event too. Thanks to the Parents for the all hard work producing the amazing art works
Graham Frost from the Fire Brigade came and gave a talk to the Reception children at both the Shaftesburys and Gascoigne sites. He spoke about how you can recognise a fireman even if he looks like he is in normal clothes. He spoke about how his uniform protects him from fire. We talked about all the different things the fireman help people with and how to call the fireman for help in an emergency. Then child had fun trying on some of his uniform. Graham spent some time with the children afterwards so they could ask him questions and the children we so excited to have a real fireman in their classrooms!
Year 3 perform poetry to Reception
Mr Hood brought the year 3 children to the Shaftesburys and performed 3 poems to the Reception children, they were in the finals of a borough schools competition. The Reception children loved the poems and asked for an encore of all three poems! The Reception classes at Gascoigne also loved the perfomance and they are all hoping to be part of the poetry team next year in Year 1!
A big thank you to all the Parent/Carers who attended the Year one 2017/18 transition meeting. Please refer to the notes below and if you need any further clarification please don't hesitate to speak to Ms Walker or Mrs Coffie.
In January 2017 Reception children went to The Science Museum to find out more about our topic on Reflection. We visited the Pattern Pod and Garden. We explored a range of patterns such as visual, sound, time, movement and texture. In the Garden we investigated floating, sinking, shadows and reflections.
We had lots of fun, it was a fantastic day!
Yellow Class visiting
the Science Museum
In our Food Technology room Amerelo Class made vegetable stir fry noodles for Chinese New Year 2017
Reception Christmas Concert: 16 December 2016
Last week all of Reception went to Greatfields Park. We learnt lots about the nature in our local environment. We used the Woodland Trust's leaf finder page to find out about all the different trees in our local park; what they are called and about the different leaf shapes. We made bark and leaf rubbings. We looked at the art that Andy Goldsworthy makes just using leaves of different colours and twigs. We walked through lots of leaves and listened to the crunching sound beneath our feet. We threw the leaves in the air and watched them spin to the ground. After having lots of fun we collected leaves and brought them back to our classrooms so we could continue our learning!
Last week we learnt about the celebration of Diwali by Hindu and Sikh people. We heard a story about Rama and Sita and tasted traditional food served at a Diwali celebration. We looked at rangoli patterns and mehndi patterns.
Listening and learning about the Festival
Having a food tasting
Prisha tells the story of Rama and Sita
Mrs Kalyan showing a Diva
To end our first term we have been learning about Black History Week and celebrating African Arts, we have learnt songs, dances and about African prints and patterns. We have read 'Handa's Surprise' and done observational paintings of Exotic fruit. We learnt about African Mask Painting, wow what a fun week we have had, take a look below at some of our learning!
Our teachers at the Gascoigne and Shaftesburys sites all dressed up
Jaune, Yellow and E Verdhe classes
We held an assembly at the Shaftesbury site and performed for Nursery and Reception our songs and dances.
In Amarelo class, we've been exploring patterns in African prints. We used different materials to make patterns. Look at our patterns! We have also been learning how to carry things on our heads!
Jaalle Ah class painting pasta beads and threading them onto necklaces, dressing up in African fabrics and learning African songs
The children enjoying the last Little Rhyme Makers lesson (tap the photo to see a larger image)
Enjoying our healthy lunches at the Shaftesburys site!
Learning how to make a Dinosaur sculpture using a chair, boxes, newspaper scrunched up and masking tape
We have been reading the Story 'Beegu' , look at us rolling and flattening play dough to make our own little Beegu aliens
Our wonderful team 2015/2016
Mrs Robinson, Ms Jenyon and Mrs Hysi
Ms Ogunade and Mrs Blankson
Mrs Coffie and Mrs Kalyan
Ms Gharial and Ms Azumah
Ms Jean-Baptiste and Mrs Nino
Mrs Attard and Ms Jo
WOW! What an amazing Exhibition of Receptions home learning work! What a brilliant exhibition showing what can happen when parents work with their children to produce some pretty spectacular artwork! Beetles made of teaspoons and pipecleaners, dragonflies make of balls, wooden spoons and silver paint, desiccated coconut grass and lots of other very inventive ideas. The Reception team were blown away with the quality and passion put into the work created! All the parents were excited to see what everyone had been learning at home and the exhibition was very popular. Our visitor book had some lovely comments in, thank you for everyone who put so much effort in and came to the show, take a look at the fun we had below!
Our wonderful photographers and reporters who took their jobs very seriously and had lots of great questions for our guests!
Minibeast food all ready for chomping!
This week in Reception we are learning about 3D shapes the features of the shapes and their mathematical names; sphere, cube, cuboid, pyramid and cone. We have been using blocks to build cities and naming the 3D shapes we have used. We have also used bamboo canes to create pyramids and cubes.
Last week Cairis and the Wiggly Wild Show came to visit Reception. We learnt about minibeasts and animals with and without vertebrae. We were given a certificate of bravery for stroking and handling small and large minibeasts, lizards and snakes. Take a look:
In PE we are learning lots of ball skills. We are learning to roll a ball in the correct direction to a partner. How to throw a ball and catch it confidently and how to bounce a ball to our partner. You can practice this at the park or at home with your family too!
Take a look at the photo's of our Easter Bonnets, everyone made an amazing effort to create some truly colourful and creative bonnets. We had fun walking round the school showing them off!
We had such fun during World Book Week. On the Thursday we dressed up as our favourite book character and showed our favourite books to our teachers and friends. We did a book character fashion show where we talked about why our characters were so special. The teachers also dressed up and looked very funny! Mrs Buchner was dressed up as an angry orange crayon and read us all a story about why the crayons were cross in the Oliver Jeffers book "The day the crayons quit". Take a look at our costumes below:
Last week we were so excited about the farm coming to visit. We are learning all about farm animals and had lots of questions to ask the farmers! We are learning how to care for animals, what kind of things they eat, what they feel like and we have been sorting small farm animal models into those with feathers, those with fur, those with horns, two legs and four legs.
Take a look at us enjoying meeting the animals:
We hope you all had a fun half term! Before we broke up we had a very yummy few days, making pancakes for Shrove Tuesday as well as cooking and tasting chinese food when we learnt about Chinese New Year - take a look:
Making our pancakes, we learnt you need milk, flour and eggs to make a batter and then you pour a little bit of batter into a very hot pan. We learnt how to squeeze lemons and sprinkle a bit of sugar on to make our traditional pancakes ... then you roll them up Mmmmmmm, they were very delicious!
We tasted lots of food when learning about Chinese New Year, prawn crackers, noodles with hoisin sauce and mixed vegetables as well as mini vegetarian spring rolls:
In science we were predicting which objects we thought would float and which ones we thought would sink, then we conducted an experiment to see if our predictions were true:
Last week we were learning to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Look at us sorting out and putting the numbers in the right order for 2’s numbers to 20 and 10’s to 100.
Joseph ordering numbers 0-20 on 2p pieces
Rares ordering 2's numbers to 20
Siham ordering 2's number of 2p pieces to 20
Fiordi ordering 10's number to 100.
We were looking at the Architect Frank Gehry’s amazing reflective museum buildings. We then measured and covered different shaped boxes in tin foil and then designed our own buildings.
We have really enjoyed playing in the Pirate Space Café making healthy plates of food.
This term we are learning all about reflections. What is reflective? We are looking at mirrors, puddles, glass, light and shadows. How many reflective things can you find at home?
We are also learning about patterns in maths, repeat patterns, tessellated patterns and symmetrical patterns; take a look at the photos of us learning!
The children are very excited to collect their 100% attendance badges and are wearing them all for the Stay on Green Assembly.