Our new learning challenge for Summer 1 is: “Are all minibeasts scary?” to fit in with this exciting learning we have our very own caterpillars to nurture and help to grow into beautiful butterflies.

We have had our caterpillars for 14 days now and the children have been amazed  at how quickly they have grown. They are now at the stage of turning into chrysalides, we will leave them in their handling cup until Monday and then we will transfer them into the Butterfly Habitat and wait around 7-14 days for the butterflies to emerge from the chrysalides. The children cannot wait for this experience!



Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Our Spring 2 Learning Challenge in Reception is “Should Goldilocks say sorry?” The children were asked for reasons to why they think Goldilocks should say sorry- this gave the teachers the opportunity to find out the children’s prior knowledge. We found out that Goldilocks should say sorry because: “she ate Baby Bears porridge”, “She broke Baby Bears chair” and “she slept in Baby Bears bed”. The children knew so much about this story before we engaged in the reading of the tale. When we went into independent learning the children soon discovered that Goldilocks had been to Gorse Hill Primary School. When asked why they thought this the children told us that Baby Bears porridge was all gone AND Baby Bears chair was broken… which indeed it was!! The children then linked their prior knowledge of People who Help us to become detectives and find Goldilocks. The children wrote Wanted posters and were encouraged to use describing words such as “Curly Golden Hair” to help people spot Goldilocks more easily in the crowd.


This was a fantastic hook and the children are raring to go for our Spring 2 learning!




Creating our very own Police Badges

In Spring 1 we were extremely lucky in Reception as we have learnt how to safely use the equipment in the wood work area- including the saws!

As our Learning Challenge was all about People who Help us in our EAD learning we designed our very own police badges.

Over the coming weeks we then set out to learn how to use the wood work equipment safely before using the saw to create our design.

The children listened so carefully and were all a fantastic credit to their teachers as they could recall the very important safety instructions.

Once our design had been cut out we then added detail to the wooden badge using felt pens.

Our final step was to add our pin to turn the piece of wood into a badge! IMG_0612[1]IMG_0617[1]

Edible Art

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On Thursday morning the Reception children enjoyed getting creative making edible art. We used a special paint (milk and food colouring) to paint a picture onto a slice of bread before putting it into the toaster to make yummy toast!


The children absolutely loved this activity and all enjoyed tucking into  warm toast on a cold day.

We love our new challenges!

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In Reception we have introduced a Rainbow Challenge Card- Each child has a named card with an image of a Rainbow. Every time we complete a set challenge in one of our learning areas we can colour a strand of our Rainbow. When our Rainbow is complete we receive a special treat!

The Reception children have thoroughly embraced the challenges and are so eager to learn and complete their challenges.

This week our Challenges have included:

Writing Area- Can you write as many animal names as you can think of? Don’t forget to use your phonic knowledge!

Finger Gym- Can you cut and create a lantern for Chinese New Year?

Wood work Area- Can you design and create a Police Badge?

Fine Motor Area– Can you use the tweezers to move a gem into a plastic cup?

Phonics Area- Can you use the Velcro Monkey’s to build some CVC words?

Sand Area– Can you create imprints in the sand using the Numicon? Can you use your imprints to create an addition number sentence?

Construction- Can you build an obstacle course?

Small world- Can you build a Vet’s?

Creative table- Can you draw a pet in the carry case?

Play dough Area- Can you create an animal? What animal have you made?


A lot of the children are already onto their second challenge cards!



We can apply a Bandage!

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Class 1 and 2 are now experts at applying bandages! If you are ever in need you definitely know who to call on!

On Tuesday we participated in a shared reading  activity- together we read the instructions on how to apply a bandage before putting our listening skills to the test and following the instructions to apply a bandage onto our partners poorly arm.

The Reception children did so well and absolutely loved learning how to apply a bandage. You could see the pride on their faces when they had succeeded!

They have continued this learning during continuous provision this week and the teachers observed some amazing caring and nurturing skills. We definitely have some Doctor and Nurses in the making.

Miss Ostrowski and Miss O’Neill

Doctors and Nurses!

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This week in Reception we are learning all about Doctors and Nurses within our theme of ‘People who help us’.

The children have already demonstrated after day one a vast knowledge of what they already know about this profession.

Today the children have enjoyed:

  • Role playing
  • Making stethoscopes out of play dough
  • Building hospitals in Small World
  • Writing prescriptions and taking messages for the Doctor in the writing area
  • Creating X-Rays using chalk in the creative area

We are so excited to see what else the children do throughout this week!


Miss Ostrowski and Miss O’Neill