Creepy Crawly Roadshow

On Thursday 26th April Reception had some special visitors… of the creepy crawly sort! Forget cute and fluffy we are now experts in the slimy and bumpy!


The Creepy Crawly Roadshow were amazing and ensured the children had lots of fun and laughs as well as learning lots about mini beasts.


The children and staff were introduced to:

  • A Cockroach
  • A snake
  • A Lizard
  • A Tarantula
  • A Giant African Snail
  • Tenrec


The children were so brave and many had the opportunity to hold the animals. Nearly all the children at the end held the snake which demonstrated strong resilience!


Next time you see the children why don’t you ask them to tell you all about their favourite mini beast and why it is their favourite?


Minibeast Hunt

“We’re going on a minibeast hunt.
We’re going to catch a scary one!”

Our topic this half term is: Are all minibeasts scary?

Yesterday, we went on a minibeast hunt in our Forest Garden.

We found;
– spiders
– a slug
– beetles
– worms
– woodlouse
– ants
– wasps
– flies

What is your favourite minibeast?

World Book Day

We had a ball on World Book Day in Reception!

The children all came to school dressed as their favourite book character and we spent the morning participating in a Show and Tell of our costumes and our favourite books. The children shared their favourite parts to their story books with their friends. The children all looked absolutely amazing and we loved hearing about and sharing with the children their favourite books.


The afternoon brought lots of fun… as our story for the half term is Goldilocks and the Three Bears we had lots of themed activities for the children to participate in:

In the home corner the children had the opportunity to think critically and make their own beds for the Three Bears. We had a variety of resources (some soft and some hard) so the children could make and explore their own beds. Once the children had worked in their teams to create a bed we came to our reviewing part. We discussed what makes a bed comfy (just like Baby Bears!) and tried and tested our beds. The children were encouraged to use adjectives to describe their beds.


We also looked at the steps into how to make The Three Bears Porridge before making our own! We discussed what made Baby Bears porridge so tasty that Goldilocks wanted to eat it all up, before the children then having the opportunity to add their own toppings to their porridge. The children could choose from the following toppings:

  • Ketchup
  • Sugar
  • Marmite
  • Chocolate
  • Salt
  • Jam

Once the children had added their toppings we had the opportunity to review how our porridge tasted. We discussed whether they would choose that topping again and if not then why not!



Chinese New Year in Reception

The children in Reception really enjoyed learning this song in our Music Lesson this week. Why don’t you ask them to sing it for you at home?


Chinese New Year has been a wonderful celebration in Reception this week. We have explored lot’s of wonderful traditions such as writing cards, wearing red and gold and the giving of lucky money envelopes. We even experienced tasting lot’s of yummy Chinese foods!

We also learnt the Traditional Story of Chinese New Year ‘The Animal Race’. We learnt that the emperor told a group of animals to participate in a race; the first 12 animals to cross the finishing line would have a year in the Chinese calendar named after them. We found out that this year is the year of the Dog. We also found out what animals we are from the year of our birthday; the majority of children in Class 1 and 2 were the Snake!

In Maths we focused on positional language and ordinal numbers linking to the Great Animal Race. The children created their own pictures of the animal race, sticking the characters into the correct order and using those ever important ordinal numbers such as 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. Why don’t you ask the children about the race and see if they can remember who came in which order?

Around provision the children participated in lots of challenges! Some included:

  • Using the chopsticks to place the correct number of pom poms into a bowl.
  • Small world- recreating the animal race.
  • Creative- making dog masks.
  • Writing area- writing our names using Chinese symbols.
  • Role Play-Chinese Restaurant
  • Messy Play- Chinese Noodles.

Please take a moment to watch some of the fun activities we participated in!

The Dentist

Brush Brush Brush Your Teeth,
Brush it every day!
Father, Mother, Brother, Sister,
Brush it every day!

Brush Brush Brush Your Teeth,
Brush it every day!
Father, Mother, Brother, Sister,
Brush it every day!

Reception have been learning all about the importance of brushing our teeth; not just once but twice a day!

We had a special week during our People Who Help Us Topic dedicated to the Dentist. The children had lots of wonderful experiences throughout the week including:

Continuous Provision:

  • Small World- Exploring lots of different items needed for dental hygiene such as; toothbrushes, toothpaste, teeth moulds, floss & empty bottles of mouth wash.
  • Construction- The children enjoyed building their own dentist surgeries.
  • Creative- The children used mirrors to look at their own teeth before creating images of what they could see!
  • Play dough- the children enjoyed moulding teeth and placing them into the gums.
  • Role Play- Being dentists and patients.
  • Finger Gym- Threading string through the teeth.
  • Investigation area- Organising food into good and bad lunchboxes.

In Literacy/Understanding the World the children learnt how to correctly brush their teeth and had a go at independently writing the set of instructions.

In Golden time on Friday the children had a real treat! We made edible teeth using apples, peanut butter and either marsh mellows or milk buttons. The children really enjoyed creating these and loved eating them even more!

People Who Help Us- Road Safety

As we have been learning all about People Who Help us in Spring 1 the children decided that they would like to explore how Lollipop People can help us. The Staff set up all of the Road Safety equipment for the children and we spent time learning not only all about the important role of the Lollipop person, but also the important rules that all pedestrians and vehicle users have to follow to ensure safety at all times. We also discussed other elements that may effect the traffic such as road works. After our adult lead session we let the children put their learning and own knowledge into action. The children loved demonstrating and following their own leads!

Take a look at the fun learning that the children participated in.

The Great Reception Robbery

You may or may not be aware but on Monday 8th January the was a robbery in Reception. A masked robber snuck into both classrooms and took Geraldine the Giraffe  and Hippo!

The children helped the Police look for clues. Some of the things we found were:

– green slimy handprints on our furniture

– big footprints on the carpet

– a ransom letter
We have been so busy this week making wanted to posters to try and catch the robber.

We want Geraldine and Hippo back!




Gingerbread Houses

“This is chocolate!” gasped Hansel as he broke a lump of plaster from the wall. 

“And this is icing!” exclaimed Gretel, putting another piece of wall in her mouth. Starving but delighted, the children began to eat pieces of candy broken off the cottage. 
 “Isn’t this delicious?” said Gretel, with her mouth full. She had never tasted anything so nice.

– Hansel and Gretel

During golden time, class 1 and 2 made their very own gingerbread houses…

Then broke them…

And ate them!

So, whats your favourite sweet treat?

(please comment below)

A week in Reception

Our new Learning Challenge is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, so Reception this week has been all things SPACE!

We have;

  • read the story How to Catch a Star
  • learnt about the planets.
  • sang the solar system song (youtube).
  • made rockets in the creative area.
  • created alien friends in the play dough area.
  • turned our home corner into a space station.

And lots more!

Don’t forget our personal firework display – shout out to Mr Bates!