Welcome to Reception
Miss Foster and Miss Fawcett
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Here you will find photos and information about what goes on in Reception at Kingsley Primary.
In 2021 we began a new EYFS curriculum. This has allowed us to reimagine our topics and really think about exciting and engaging ways to promote learning. Our new topics are;
A Place Called Home
Once Upon a Time
Below, you will find lots of photographs of what we have been up to each term along with our curriculum documents and knowledge organisers.
Autumn Term 2022
It has been a very exciting start to the school year. This term is all about starting school, our feelings, how we grow, celebrations, houses and homes and Christmas!
Below you will find our curriculum and some photographs of what we have been up to this term.
The Colour Monster
Starting school can leave us with a lot of mixed emotions. We used the Colour Monster story to help us work these through. Here is some of our lovely work.
When I Grow Up
We looked at how people change over time and thought about all the skills we had learned since we were a baby. This made us think about all of the wonderful things we may do in our lives and what we want to be when we grow up.
We loved talking about our families and listening to the experiences we have at home. We used pebbles to create some modern artwork of those who live in our house.
After learning how humans grow over time, we started thinking about the natural world. We read Jasper's Beanstalk and learned all about what plants need to grow. We then planted our own beans and kept a bean diary to observe the changes!
The Great Outdoors
We love to spend time in our outdoor area, here are some photos of the fun we have had this term.
We have been reading the stories 'Oliver's Vegetables' and 'The Little Red Hen to learn more about harvest.
We looked at where our food comes from and created some lovely prints using potatoes, carrots and parsnips.
We had lots of fun baking bread, just like the Little Red Hen! We were very helpful and worked as a team to bake together, unlike the characters in the story!
We LOVED learning about Halloween and having lots of spooky fun this week!
Remember, remember the 5th of November ...
Here are our firework pictures. We used chalks on black paper to create our artwork.
Our next celebration was Diwali. We read a story called 'A Gift for Amma' and enjoyed exploring Indian artefacts, We also learned all about diwali, the Indian festival of light. Here are some photographs of our week.
Where do we live?
We looked at our local area and familiar places. We used google maps to find our houses and loved taking a virtual stroll down the street. We then used our design skills to draw and build our own houses using construction materials. These are some of our finished creations.
The Jolly Postman
We looked at the story of the Jolly Postman and found out that each house in the world has an address! We enjoyed sorting the letters into the correct houses and this inspired us to write our own. We made sure to add our own stamps and addresses to the envelopes before posting them into our classroom post box.
Posting Our Letters
Once we had collected all of our letters together, we took a trip to the local post box. We enjoyed talking about the information we could see. We were even lucky enough to see a postal van and a lady sending Christmas cards all over the world!
Christmas is always a special time at Kingsley Primary school, with crafts, parties, nativities and pantomimes! Here are some photos of our celebrations.
WELCOME TO SPRING TERM!
This term will begin with Local History week, where we will think about transport and travel in the olden days. We will then celebrate Chinese New Year before moving onto our Explorer topic.
We will be thinking about pirates travelling to new lands, jungle explorers and astronauts in Space.
Local History week
We took a step back in time as part of local history week. We looked at ‘How did children get to school in the olden days?’ We looked at different kinds of transport from the past and compared them to modern day transport today. We also created a class table to show how each of us travel to school!
Chinese New Year
In reception, we love learning about lots of different celebrations and traditions. We recently spent some time learning about Chinese New Year. We looked at ‘The Great Race story’ and the animal zodiac. Did you know that this year is the year of the rabbit? We also made our own lanterns to light up the way for the New Year and finished the week off by tasting some Chinese food, YUM!
Ahoy there! Continuing our learning on explorers, we looked at pirates and their adventures. We worked in teams to design our own pirate ships, which we then were able to build using a variety of resources. We also created our own treasure maps to lead pirates to the buried treasure. To finish off our learning on pirates, we celebrated with Pirate day! Everyone enjoyed getting dressed up and had lots of fun completing different pirate activities. Our favourite was walk the plank! Be careful you do not fall in!
We have been learning about the jungle and today the children enjoyed a visit from crazy creatures. They saw rabbits, bearded dragons, chinchillas, tortoises, skinny pigs (Guinea pigs), snakes and a tarantula. They were so brave and careful when handling the animals.
Online Safety - Safer Internet Day
Teaching children to stay safe online is a huge priority at Kingsley. In Reception, we watched the video of Smartie the Penguin and discussed the importance of telling someone if we need help or notice anything while playing online.
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World book day!
We love books! To show our awareness and recognition for World Book Day, we enjoyed getting dressed up as our favourite characters and shared many stories throughout the day. Children also enjoyed completing lots of world book day activities such as; designing their own book cover, character colouring sheets and decorating their own bookmark.
P.E. in the hall
This week we were able to take part in P.E. in the school hall. The children really impressed us with their ability to negotiate space, move in different ways and follow instructions.
Puffy Paint Planets
We have been learning about space and have enjoyed being able to name some planets in our solar system. Last week we made puffy paints with shaving foam, glue and food colouring. We then looked at the colours and patterns of different planets and tried hard to paint our own. We enjoyed watching the effects the bubbles made in the paint.
The Aliens Are Coming!
We were inspired by the story 'Here Come the Aliens' by Colin McNaughton to design our own alien creature. We enjoyed thinking about how many eyes, legs and arms our alien would have as well as the size and shape of their body. We were very impressed by the unique designs the children came up with. They then used modelling clay, sequins, eyes and pipe cleaners to recreate their alien.
We have been learning about how rockets get to space and have found out that they need a really big push off the launchpad. We practised pushing ourselves off the floor by doing big jumps, then used the rocket game to launch our own rocket. We were able to see the amount of force we used sent the rocket different distances.
A Journey Through the Galaxy
We have loved exploring space using the torches. We all sat on silver foil and put on our pretend astronaut helmets. We then looked up at all of the planets in our solar system and took turns using the torches to shine on different parts of 'space'.
Which bottle made the astronaut fly the highest?
We have been super scientists in Reception. We understood that the air inside of a bottle could be used to push the astronaut into the air. We made a prediction about which bottle would send the astronaut the highest and then had great fun experimenting in the hall. We even took our astronaut and bottle home to show our grown ups!
We have been exploring the past by looking at toys from the olden days. We enjoyed exploring a range of old toys and seeing how they work. We had to make sure we held the toys gently as they were very fragile and we enjoyed showing our friends how they work.
Which material will make the best teddy?
We have been looking at toys and to help us with our investigation skills, we have explored which material would make the best teddy bear. We thought about what a teddy needs to be (soft, warm. cuddly) and some of the different materials we knew. We then explored a range of materials and thought about their properties. We then held each material and tested them in our hands before selecting the perfect one to make a new teddy bear.
Welcome to Summer Term
This term we will begin by looking at minibeasts and the lifecycle of a caterpillar and a frog. We will then celebrate the coronation of King Charles with lots of lovely royal activities. Next, we will spend some time reading the traditional tales, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood. We will finish our term by thinking about our new adventure in Year One.
We have been reading the story of Superworm by Julia Donaldson and loved hearing about how superworm changed into different objects. We then looked at some information videos all about real earthworms and learned lots of new facts. We went to get a closer look at some earthworms in the planters and enjoyed holding them and watching them wiggle. We then used our new knowledge to write a factfile about worms.
The coronation of King Charles III
We had a fabulous time in school celebrating the coronation. We started the day by learning about King Charles and what 'coronation' means before heading outside with key stage one to sing the national anthem. We then completed lovely activities such as cards, crowns, colouring and designing. We had a special themed lunch and created some King Charles collages and completed the day with a dance party and cupcakes!
We have loved learning about all things minibeasts and so far looked at ants, grasshoppers, worms, caterpillars, butterflies and frogs. This week we are looking at microhabitats. We are fortunate enough to have a minibeast garden at school and have enjoyed spending time searching under logs, in trees, in the long grass and in the bug hotel to see which critters we can find.
In music, we have been composing our own music using boomwhackers. We drew our own colours and then copied them to create our own musical pieces.
Releasing the Butterflies
We were so excited to see our caterpillars had transformed into beautiful butterflies. We looked at their stunning patterns before releasing them carefully on the school field.
I'm in the band!
We have been exploring music through dance. We made our own moves and put them into a routine then performed as a group to the class. We were fantastic!
Troll bridges and STEM week
We have been looking at the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff alongside our STEM topic of sustainability. We decided to make a new bridge for the troll by reusing recycling materials such as bottles, boxes and trays. We had lots of fun designing our bridges this week and making them with our friends.
We began by looking at the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears before moving on to the adaptation 'Ghanaian Goldilocks'. Through this we have learned lots of interesting facts about the country of Ghana and were lucky enough to hear some drumming using the djembe drum.
Butterfly World and Preston Park
To link in with our learning this year, we chose to visit Butterfly world and Preston Park Museum. We had a fabulous time looking at the beautiful butterflies and hearing about their lifecycles. We also saw other creatures such as skinks, monkeys and even meerkats! We then explored Preston Park museum where we learned about life in the past. We visited an old police station, a sweet shop and even a dress makers. Everyone had a wonderful time and the adults were very impressed by our brilliant behaviour while out and about.