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Friday 1st April

This week we have been learning all about Easter. We heard the story of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ and learnt about all the suffering he went through to save us. We know he died because he loves us and we all love him very much too. We celebrated Jesus by making Easter gardens and we chose to draw pictures of Jesus.

Have a lovely and safe Easter holiday!

Friday 25th March
We read Hansel and Gretel this week. With support, we role-played the different parts of the story and wrote words to describe the house and setting. On Wednesday, we learned about oral hygiene. We brought in our toothbrushes and chewed on a plaque identifying tablet and then brushed our teeth following the tips on the video: 
https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health-education/educational-resources/how-to-brush-teeth-correctly

Have a look at our photos in the photo gallery.

In Maths we explored adding using the part, part whole method. We used this to help us consolidate our number bonds to 10.


Friday 18th March
This week we focused on the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Mummy Bear sent us a letter with her secret porridge recipe and some of our mums came into school to help us make it. We also explored a very different version of the traditional tale - The Ghanaian Goldilocks by Dr. Tamara Pizzoli. What a great story, we were able to look out for the things that were similar and different to the story we already know. 

The Ghanaian Goldilocks: Amazon.co.uk: Pizzoli, Dr Tamara, Howell, Phil:  9780996001601: Books
In Maths, we continued to explore number bonds to 10 using a variety of resources (cubes, tens frames, Numicon, fingers and counters)

Friday 11th March
We read The Three Little Pigs this week. We enjoyed lots of time in the construction area; building our own houses. We also explored different materials for house building and wrote a 'Wanted' poster about the wolf.

Well-loved Tales: The Three Little Pigs: Amazon.co.uk: Southgate, Vera:  9780723297581: Books

In Maths, we have been exploring number bonds to 10. We have been using Numicon to help us with making 10 in different ways. We went on a hunt to find a friend who we could make 10 with. Have a look at the photos in our gallery.

Friday 4th March
This week we read Jack and the Beanstalk. We had a great time role playing the tale and planting beans just like Jack did in the story. We can't wait to see them change and grow over the next few weeks.

Flip-Up Fairy Tales : Jack and the Beanstalk - Childs Play Bookshop

In Maths we have been exploring length. We gathered lots of different items from around our environment and put them in order from shortest to longest.

Friday 25th February

This half term our BIG QUESTION is What is a Traditional Tale? This is a story that has been told lots and lots of times. People then choose to write them and make their own version.

This week, we read different versions of Little Red Riding Hood. We then wrote words and sentences about the tale, acted parts of the story out and sorted healthy foods to put in Red Riding Hood's basket for Granny. 

My Very First Story Time: Little Red Riding Hood by Rachel Elliot |  Hachette UK

In Maths, we have been exploring measure. We sorted objects by their length and focused on using the language: short, shorter, shortest and long, longer, longest

Friday 11th February

This week we learnt about firefighters. We learnt about the different things they do to keep people safe and help them. We had invited some firefighters to come and see us, but unfortunately they were called out to an emergency - it is a shame, but we know that is their job. We read "Big Frank's Fire Truck" by Leslie McGuire.

Big Frank's Fire Truck (Please Read to Me) (Pictureback(R)): Amazon.co.uk:  McGuire, Leslie, Mathieu, Joe: 0032483008082: Books

Friday 4th February
This week we have been learning about the police. Our Minion prize bag went missing, so we called the police so that they could help us investigate what had happened. On Wednesday, we had a very special visit from two local community support officers. They told us all about their daily duties and what we need to do if we would like to join the police force. We read "Let's meet a Police Officer" by Gina Bellisario.

Let's Meet a Police Officer (Cloverleaf Books (TM) -- Community Helpers):  Amazon.co.uk: Bellisario, Gina, Atkinson, Cale: 9781467708043: Books

Friday 28th January

This week we learnt that paramedics are people who help us. We read "Please Don't Dance ... In My Ambulance" by Barry Bachenheimer. We learnt that Paramedics part of a group called the emergency services, they drive an ambulance and they help people by giving emergency first aid. They can also take people to hospital to A&E. We have an A&E in our classroom and we were acting out the role of a paramedic, we were writing our patients names, writing what what had happened to them and writing what medicine they needed. We are great superheroes.

Please Don't Dance In My Ambulance by Barry Bachenheimer

In Maths we have been learning our number bonds to ten. We have been singing "Ten Green Bottles" in our outdoor learning environment and knocking bottles off of a wall that we built. We have been using this to count how many more we need to make 10.

Phonics: ur, ow, oi, ear

Friday 21st January

This week we have continued to ask the question "Who helps me?" we read My "Mum is a Superhero" by Sarah Griffiths and we discussed what our mums do that makes them a superhero. We also spoke about other superheroes we have in our lives, we spoke about mums, dads, grandparents, siblings, teachers and many more. We know that if we help someone, that makes us a superhero, just like those special people in our lives. We painted pictures of our real life superheroes and spoke about their superpowers for example, tidying up, cooking, being a kind friend, helping me to read. We are so lucky to have so many real life superheroes around us.

My Mum is a Superhero : Griffiths, Mrs Sarah, Hopkins, Mr Joseph:  Amazon.co.uk: Books

In Maths we have been comparing weight and identifying which objects are heavier and which are lighter. We used the balancing scales and estimated our results before we weighed our objects.

Phonics: oo (short as in 'book'), oo (long as in 'food'), ar, or

Friday 14th January

This week we have started our new topic "Who helps me?" we read "Supertato" by Sue Hendricks and Paul Linnet. What a great superhero, he stopped the Evil Pea from getting up to mischief. We made our own Supertato with real potatoes and different craft materials, have a look at them in our Reception Photo Gallery. We also made some of the other vegetables from the story and used them to help us retell the events that happened. We wandered what would happen if the Evil Pea had not been stopped. In the story, he said "I'm going to turn you in to mashed potato" so we made some mashed potato with evil peas. It was so much fun!

Supertato : Hendra, Sue, Linnet, Paul: Amazon.co.uk: Books

In Maths we practised our counting and used the different vegetables to represent numbers. We are trying hard to subitise (that means recognise amounts of objects without counting them) in different ways - we have been using the vegetables, toys and our fingers to help us with this.

Phonics: we have started our Phase 3 learning and will send out some additional support materials as soon as we can. This week we learnt ai, ee, igh, oa.

Friday 7th January

Welcome to Spring Term!

We have had a lovely few days in school, the children were so excited to share their stories about their presents and the different things they did to celebrate at Christmas time.

Phonics: th, ng, nk

Friday 17th December

Well done to all the Butterflies and Bumblebees, you have made it to the end of your first term in Reception. What a gear term it has been, we have learnt so much and made lots of new friends.

This week we read "Dear Santa" by Rod Campbell and we added some more presents to our lists to Father Christmas. We had lots of fun learning how to use a bullet point in a list and we even got to post our letters in a post box.

Dear Santa: Amazon.co.uk: Campbell, Rod: 9781447223818: Books

In Maths we have continued to sort the presents and letters in Santa's sorting office.

Phonics: qu, ch, sh

We hope you all have a peaceful and safe Christmas. Thank you for all of our generous cards and gifts.

Mr Gauci, Mrs Religa, Miss Halffman, Mrs Shanahan and Mrs Rice

Friday 10th December

Wow! what a busy week we have had. We have started to learn about Christmas and we performed in our Christmas nativity plays. Thank you to everyone who came to see us, it makes it so special when we see someone we love in the audience.

We read the famous poem "'Twas the night Before Christmas". It made us feel really excited that Father Christmas will be coming to see us very soon. We started to write our letters to Father Christmas so that we could ask him for something special.

Pop-Up 'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Pop-ups): Amazon.co.uk: Clement C.  Moore, Gaia Bordicchia, Gaia Bordicchia: 9781474952866: Books

In Maths we have been learning about 2D shapes. Our Role Play areas have been turned in to Santa's sorting office and we are sorting all of the Christmas presents and letters into their different shape boxes.

Phonics: f, ff, l, ll

Friday 3rd December

This week we have been learning about lots of the different countries in the Caribbean and we had a big focus on Grenada. We read "Down by the River: Afro-Caribbean Rhymes, Games and Songs for Children". We learnt some traditional nursery rhymes and songs, they are so much fun. We enjoyed learning about some of the different landmarks in Grenada, like Fort Frederick and the Diamond Chocolate Factory. We made some traditional cocoa tea with all the spices and it was delicious.

In Maths we have started to look at patterns. We looked at simple repeating patterns for example with our coloured cubes we made a pattern that went like this - red, blue, red, blue, red, blue. As the week went on we started to look at more complicated patterns. we tried 3 colour patters and we even tried to make some shape patterns.

Phonics: h, b

Friday 26th November

This week we have been learning about India. We read "Good Night India" by Nitya Khemka and we learnt about lots of different landmarks in India. We looked at the Taj Mahal and the very modern temple in New Dehli called the Lotus Temple. We also thought about a time when we had seen a temple in England. We pass a temple every time we go to the Litten Nature Reserve. Another teacher came to see us and she showed us some traditional sarees that come from India, they were beautiful. We wrote some sentences to describe her sarees. We were very excited to learn about some traditional Indian food and we even made some nan bread.

Good Night India (Good Night Our World) : Nitya Khemka, Kavita Singh Kale:  Amazon.co.uk: Books

In Maths we learnt about 1 less (fewer). We learnt that we had to take one object away from our group to find out what one less is. 

Phonics: u, r

Butterflies had another wonderful visit to the Litten Nature Reserve. We were hunting for Indian flags in the woods and Rebecca helped us to make flags with rangoli powder from India. 

Friday 19th November

This week we have been learning about Poland. We read "The Wawel Dragon" by Justyna Majewska and we had our first attempts at writing simple sentences to describe the dragon. We looked at some buildings in Poland and we compared them to similar buildings that we learnt about in London. We were very excited to learn about some traditional Polish food, we even made some Polish pancakes - naleĊ›niki.

The Wawel Dragon: The old Polish Legend: Amazon.co.uk: Majewska, Mrs Justyna:  9781731241887: Books

In Maths we have been learning about 1 more. We know that if we want to find out 1 more, we need to add another resource. We used the makaton sign for 'more' to support our learning.

Phonics: g, o (revision)

Bumblebees had a wonderful first visit to the Litten Nature Reserve, we met Rebecca and she told us all of the rules we need to follow at forest school. We saw base camp and all of the other areas she has at forest school. We enjoyed having the time to explore and learn in the woods.

We celebrated Children in Need day by wearing our pyjamas to school. We learnt that we are very lucky to have warm clothes, a bed to sleep in, food to eat and toys to play with. We felt sad that not everyone is as lucky as we are. Thank you to everyone who was able to give a contribution to the charity.

Friday 12th November

This week we have lead on from our "Who am I?" topic and we have started to ask the question "Where do I come from?". We started by thinking about where our school is, we learnt the name of our town - Greenford. Then we learnt about our city (London), we read "A Walk in London" by Salvatore Rubbino and we spoke about some of the famous landmarks in London. We enjoyed making some simple maps of our school and of London, we also enjoyed building different landmarks that can be found in London, our favourite building was Big Ben. Then we learnt the name of our country (England), we looked at the English flag and we compared the sizes of our school, town, city and country. 

A Walk in London: 1: Amazon.co.uk: Rubbino, Salvatore, Rubbino, Salvatore:  9781406337792: Books

In Maths, we have started to compare quantities. We learnt the key words "greatest" and "fewest" and we used them to compare quantities. 

Phonics: m, d (revision)

Butterflies had a wonderful first visit to the Litten Nature Reserve, we met Rebecca and she told us all of the rules we need to follow at forest school. We saw base camp and all of the other areas she has at forest school. We enjoyed having the time to explore and learn in the woods.

We also celebrated Remberance day this week with the rest of our school. We made poppy wreaths and took part in a 1 minute silence to remember all of the soldiers that died to keep us safe.

We will remember them!

Friday 5th November

This week we have been learning all about the season of Autumn. We read "Stick Man" by Julia Donaldson and used different Autumn materials to create Autumn pictures. We spoke about how things change in Autumn time, like the leaves changing colour and falling off the trees. We also spoke about how it is getting colder and which means some animals are getting ready to go to sleep. We learnt the word 'hibernation' and Mr Gauci brought some of his tortoises to school so we could help them get ready for their hibernation.

We also had lots of fun learning about fireworks and how to keep safe around them. We also made our own firework pictures.

Stick Man - Scholastic Shop

In Maths, we continued to use 10s frames to represent numbers.

Phonics: s, a, t, p, i ,n (revision)

Thursday 21st October

This week we looked at our human lifecycle. We know that we are in the third stage of our lifecycle and we still have a few more stages to go. We read "Super Duper You" by Sophy Henn. We learnt the key words 'baby', 'toddler' and 'child', we spoke about different things we could do at each stage and the different things we might need help with. Thank you to all of the grown ups for sending in baby photos, they are on display in our classrooms and we are trying to guess which baby photo represents each of our friends. 

Super Duper You: Amazon.co.uk: Henn, Sophy, Henn, Sophy: 9780141385488:  Books

In Maths we have started to use 10s frames to represent numbers to 10. We are using counters to represent different numbers, we know that we need to put 1 counter in its own box to help us with our counting.

What a great start to the year it has been, the Reception team are so proud of all of your hard work this half term. Have a good rest over the holiday, please keep on practising your name writing and teaching your grown ups our Phonics sounds.

Phonics: ck, e

Friday 15th October

This week we have been learning about our senses of smell and taste, we read "I Hear a Pickle: and Smell, See, Touch, & Taste It, Too!" by Rachel Isadora. We explored the scents of different ingredients - coffee, cocoa powder, curry powder, smoked paprika, miked herbs and pepper - and we wrote about what we could smell. Later on in the week, we used our sense of taste to see if different foods were sweet, savour or sour. Some of us really enjoyed tasting fresh lemon, some of us really didn't.

I Hear a Pickle: and Smell, See, Touch, & Taste It, Too! : Isadora, Rachel:  Amazon.co.uk: Books

In Maths we have continued with our counting songs and using objects ro represent numbers. We have been using our Peter Pointer finger to help us count with 1:1 correspondence (this means using our finger to count 1 object at a time). We have also been using our fingers to represent the numbers we are counting. 

Phonics: g, o, c, k

Friday 8th October

This week we have been learning about our senses of sight and touch, we read "Look, Listen, Taste, Touch, and Smell: Learning about Your Five Senses" by Pamela Nettleton. We explored our environment discussing the different things we could see, we spoke about their colours and size. We also discussed how different objects felt when we touched them, we used words like 'rough' and 'smooth' to describe the different objects. We had lots of fun making sensory boards to include lots of different textures.

Look, Listen, Taste, Touch, and Smell: Learning about Your Five Senses  (Amazing Body) : Hill Nettleton, Pamela, Shipe, Becky: Amazon.co.uk: Books

In Maths we have continued to sing our counting songs - they are lots of fun. We have also been using different counting objects to help us to represent the numbers in our songs. We are starting to show more confidence with our counting skills.

Phonics: i, n, m, d

Friday 1st October

This week we have started our "Who am I?" topic. we have started by learning about our senses. This week we read "I Can Hear" by Julie Murray, we learnt about our sense of hearing, we explored loud and quiet sounds and we especially enjoyed experimenting with sound on the music stand outside. 

I Can Hear : Julie Murray : 9781629709253

In Maths, we have enjoyed singing counting songs to help us get to know our numbers. We have been counting actions and objects.

Phonics: s, a, t, p

Friday 24th September

Welcome to Butterflies and Bumblebees. We are all so excited that everyone has started school now, we are settling in well and we are looking forward to everyone staying for full days next week. We have all been making new friends already and we are enjoying exploring our classrooms and the outdoor learning environment.

Mr Gauci, Mrs Religa, Mrs Rice, Miss Halffman and Mrs Shanahan are excited for the year ahead, the children have already started to show so many of their talents, we can't wait to see more!

Reminders:

  • Please bring a spare change of clothes and leave at school (trousers / socks / pants / shoes)
  • Do not let your child bring toys/sweets to school
  •  Label all your child’s belongings clearly
  • Register online for free school milk at ‘Cool Milk’.