Reception 2019-04-24T15:47:41+01:00

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5th April 2019


We have had a lovely last week at school filled with Easter treats and fun! Miss Massey brought the chicks back safely from their sleep over last weekend so we have been able to hold them lots (some chicks are more pleased about this than others!) and have been taking care of them including feeding them and cleaning their brooder box.

Our writing this week has focused on finger spaces. We built sentences and were the finger spaces; this really helped us to remember them when we wrote descriptions of the chicks.

We have completed lots of Easter-y tasks this week, including making bunny ears and baskets for our egg hunt, decorating eggs by weaving and printing repeated patterns and making our Easter cards (we hope you all like them!).

We were very proud of our WOW assembly on Thursday, it was really fun to show off our learning and independent work. Thank you all for staying.

A few notes from Miss Massey…
• This week we completed assessments on the children’s phonics and maths – I am very proud of how well the children did, they are a real credit to you!
• I have sent the children home with two books each for the holidays but please don’t feel like you are limited to these it’s important for the children to experience a wide variety of stories so I would love to hear about any reading they do!
• Have a lovely Easter and I hope you all get to spend lots of lovely quality time together!

Miss Massey

Clearwater Family Homework Easter 2019

29th March 2019

We have had a very busy week!

On Monday something very egg-citing happened and our eggs arrived! We waited very patiently and on Tuesday they began to hatch, what a time for a shellebration! We now have 8 extra members in our class (somewhat fluffier than our original members!!) As we are sure you have seen on the School Facebook page the chickens have brought lots of egg-ceptional learning with them. We researched eggs on the internet finding out which birds come from eggs, which were the biggest/smallest and what different colours eggs come in. We have also learnt about the life cycle of a chicken and egg. We have loved looking at our little friends and the changes that happen in front of our eyes; we have completed lots of observational drawings, painted pictures of chicks and created textured collages. Next week our chickens will be feeling stronger and will be ready for us to hold them (we will have to be egg-tra specially careful!)

This week in Maths we have been looking at time. We completed different exercises and talked about which took us the longest or who could do things the quickest. Miss Massey then showed us a clock, we talked about the numbers around the edge and all different types of clocks we might see around us. We learnt to tell the time to the O’Clock, we drew a huge clock on the playground and lay down to become the hands, we also made our own clocks and helped each other to practice this skill.

We are very excited for Mother’s Day and Sunday and can’t wait to give you the cards and gifts we have made.

A few notes from Miss Massey…

• We have been practising very hard for our WOW assembly on Thursday and can’t wait to share our learning with you. Please do come along if you can.
• If you can stay afterwards it will be a lovely chance to look through your child’s independent work (I’ll get some hot cross buns in for you all to enjoy too!)
• We have been working really hard on our cursive letter formation in school, if you do any practicing at home please bring this into school so we can celebrate together.

Have a lovely weekend, one more week to go!

Miss Massey

22nd March 2019

Well what a SUPER week!

This week we have been working hard creating our own Superheroes. First we needed a catchy Superhero name, then we designed our capes, masks and badges. To colour our capes we experimented with tie-dye (this was super fun as we had to wear gloves like scientists!) – a very special thank you to Darcie’s Mummy for sewing our capes too! We used our designs to create our badges and decorate our masks. We wrote speech bubbles to put our characters in their own comic. Their entry noises (KAPOW, BOOM, BANG) gave us a really good opportunity to practice our capital letters. We posed in front of a skyline to really show off our Super hero skills….we hope you like our pictures!

On top of all of this we still found time to complete our big writes this week based on our new versions of Supertato. Miss Massey was super impressed with the way we could apply everything we have learnt independently.

In Maths this week we have looked again at taking away, we made a giant number line and talked about jumping down it to find how many less we needed. We are becoming really confident with the concept of taking away and all the different ways to work it out.

Now it looks like the weather is FINALLY improving we went and spent the afternoon in Forest explorers. We made superhero caves and traps to catch the baddies – we were really strong moving the logs and even thought about moving parts we would need.

Miss Massey’s Mummy brought her pet chicken Annie to meet us this week. She was super friendly and soft, she let us feed her corn and we looked at an egg she had laid that morning. Seeing a real chicken helped us think about why we have Easter egg’s and the way they represent new life.

We are really sad that we have finished our Superhero topic but we have learnt so much! We look forward to sharing it with you during our WOW assembly.

A few notes from Miss Massey…
• Next week the Chicks arrive in our class on Monday, keep your eyes peeled for our chick diary on Facebook.
• Our WOW assembly is on the 4th April – you are welcome to stay after this to look through our Learning Journeys and enjoy some Easter treats.
• Have a lovely weekend!

15th March 2019

What a super scientific week!

This week we have been working hard to achieve our “Early Years Explorer Award” during British Science Week (we will be bringing our certificates home tonight!). The national theme this year is journeys so we have been exploring Space. We started the week with some rocket experiments! We have also made lava lamps and played with space slime. We imagined we were space men and wrote a list of all the things we would take on a rocket and used our funky fingers to make Astronauts to use on the small world table. Miss Massey taught us all about the Solar System and the planets and we learnt lots of funky facts.

In Literacy this week we changed the story of Supertato and story mapped our own versions, we can’t wait for you to read Super-sausage and Super-bacon! Our sentence writing has really been coming along lately and we have been taking all our new challenges in our stride!
We explored the term “half” this week and chopped up various foods into two equal parts. We have been using this to re-enforce our work on sharing numbers. Miss Massey set us a problem solving challenge this week where we explored animals feet and how we could combine them to make 5 and then 10, we worked so well in pairs and Miss Massey was very proud!

PHEW…what a busy week! Next week is the final week of our Superhero topic and Miss Massey has a very exciting landing planned!

A few notes from Miss Massey
• Pyjama day for Comic Relief was a total success, thank you for your support, once we’ve got a final total we will let you know!
• We have now begun Phase 4 phonics so we will be looking at consonant clusters e.g. “fl” and “gr”, there will be no new sounds in our Letters and Sounds books but feel free to keep practising as practice makes permanent!
• We love celebrating children’s success so look out for any excuse to write a WOW voucher this weekend, if you’ve run out please let me know
• We have a date for our WOW assembly on 4th April, I hope you can all make it
• Have a lovely weekend!!

8th March 2019

This week has absolutely flown by! Another week of lots of fun and laughter in Reception that’s for sure!

This week we have been writing the story of Supertato, we really impressed Miss Massey with the way we remembered everything she has taught us and applied to our writing. We have also been focusing on using our writing more independently around the classroom and have been planning what we are going to make in the construction area before we begin building.

We have been really busy in maths this week looking at capacity and sharing (not at the same time of course!) Billy Bear threw us a picnic and helped us understand how much water each of the bottles would hold by counting how many cups they filled. He threw us ANOTHER picnic later in the week (aren’t we lucky) but this time we had to share the chocolate equally between different amounts of friends.

On Tuesday it was Shrove Tuesday so we began talking about lent. We know that Jesus was tempted in the Desert so at this time of year we give something up to become the best versions of ourselves. Miss Massey made pancakes for us and year one (she was really good at flipping them!) and Miss Cunningham chose lots of yummy flavours for us.

We had a wonderful story filled day on Thursday for World Book Day! We started with our time at the library and continued the fun at school, making bookmarks, sharing our stories and drawing pictures of the front covers for our favourite books.

A few notes from Miss Massey….
A huge thank you to all of you who came to parents evening it is always lovely to talk to you about the children.

Please can I ask that you read at home at least once this weekend. The difference it makes to the children’s reading and confidence is enormous.

1st March 2019

Welcome back!

We have had a super fun first week back in school – it feels like we have never been away! On Tuesday, we wrote the snapshots of our holidays, it was lovely to hear each other’s news and ask each other questions. Miss Massey and Miss Cunningham had a bit of a move around in our classroom over the holidays so it has been fun to explore all the new areas and resources.

On Wednesday we came into a crime scene! There were vegetables in trouble, we had to look for clues and write down what we could see. We soon discovered Evil Pea had been up to no good and we would need the help of Supertato this half term!

This week we have made wanted posters for the Evil Pea to make sure this doesn’t happen again! We are learning the story of Supertato and will be becoming Superheroes ourselves!

In maths this week we have been looking at doubling – we used a mirror to help us discover how much of something there would be if we had double the amount. Miss Massey said it would be awfully loud if we were to double ourselves! We also consolidated our knowledge of weighing and used a balancing scale to find all the things heavier than a book in our room.

Wasn’t it lovely to have a few days of sunshine this week too? We made the most of it and went in our outdoor area a lot! Miss Massey said we need to do a sunshine dance every day to try and bring it back for good!

• We have now finished all our Phase 3 sounds (these are in our letters and sounds books) so next week we will be consolidating what we know before moving onto Phase 4.
• Please keep an eye on the newsletter for upcoming dates including British Science week and our WOW assembly

15th February 2019

This week has absolutely flown by! We cannot believe it’s time for our half term already!

We have really enjoyed our topic of Pirates and have learnt so much! Our Pirate Day was the perfect way to celebrate everything we have learnt and to finish the topic having a lot of FUN! We found some treasure and had to experiment with what we could take on the boat by seeing what would float and what would sink. We also used instruments to make the sounds of the sea and flew our Pirate flags on the ocean.

This week we have learnt 4 new sounds – ur, ow, ear and oi. We are getting really confident at using these sounds but this is a very tricky skill so we will definitely keep practising.

This week we have been writing independently, Miss Massey wanted to keep in mind everything we know about sentence writing to make this work the best it can be. It’s been super tricky but as usual Clearwater children do not give up. Do you think we could write some sentences together over half term?

This week the whole school has been focusing on acts of kindness (thank you to those Mummy’s who wanted to spread this to the teachers too!) Our class decided to make valentines cards because it’s kind to show those we love that we appreciate them. We also made friendship bracelets because we are all friends in our class and it was kind to take a moment to think about that, some of the reasons we gave for choosing our friends really made Miss Massey smile!

In RE we continued to look at special stories. This week we focused on Hinduism and the different religions special story of Rhama and Sita. We talked about the messages behind the story and made our own Diva lamps to remember that light will always beat the darkness.

A few messages from Miss Massey…
• If you haven’t signed up for a parents evening appointment there is still time after the holidays
• Thank you for your continued hard work with reading at home, it makes a huge difference so please keep it up
• Have a lovely half term and come back rested for more fun and learning.

8th February 2019

KUNG HOI FAT CHOY! (Happy New Year!)

This week has been very different to our usual week as we have been learning all about the Country of China and how they celebrate new year. There were lots of unusual activities around the room including the writing of Chinese numbers and words, using chopsticks to put coins into red envelopes and the imagination station was full of Chinese restaurant items. We had a really good go at nearly everything!

Miss Massey read us the story of the Zodiac, we enjoyed hearing about all the different animals and the big race. We each chose an animal and made a mask to re-tell the story (poor Miss Cunningham got left with the pig mask!) We had to think about how our character would move and remember the right order to give out the positions. This helped us with a cutting and sticking job where we had to order the animals and their positions correctly.

On Tuesday we had a really big treat, Miss Massey helped us to make a stir fry and brought other yummy treats (prawn crackers, sauces and spring rolls) we also tried a Chinese cookie and read our fortunes from inside.

Amongst all this fun we still found time to continue our work on taking away. In maths this week we have also been talking about longer and shorter, we each built a “great wall of China” and compared the lengths.

Of course we still found lots of time to go outside and explore.

A few messages from Miss Massey….
• There are 4 new sounds in letters and sounds books please keep working on these at home. We are really focusing on including our cursive handwriting (wooshes off the line) so please practice this at home as much as possible to improve the children’s confidence.
• Please make sure children have gloves etc. in school so that we can enjoy the outdoors regardless of the weather
• It’s pirate day next Friday so the children can wear something Pirate-y to finish off our very exciting topic

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I will see you for the last week of fun on Monday!

1st February 2019

We have had another lovely week of learning in Reception!

We have been taking away in maths this week (that can be SO tricky but you know that at Clearwater we never give up!). We made a trampoline for our teddies and took away how many fell off, we have also been taking away from 6 and 10 and looking for patterns in the numbers we take away. We know that if you take away more the amount you are left with is less.

Miss Massey has been setting us challenges to make us more independent, this week we made a shape penguin, coloured by shape and matched some captions to the pictures.

This week we read “The story of Pirate Tom” we made up actions to help us remember it (nearly word for word!) and drew a class story map. Next week we will begin re-writing the story! How exciting!

In Forest Explorers we made some Pirate Potions, we had to move around a lot to find the ingredients because it was super chilly brrrrrrrrrr.

We have still been using the outdoor area, we have been seeing how we can change the ice e.g. smashing it or melting it. We have also been using ice in our mud kitchen delicacies.

We have learnt 4 new sounds – ai, ee, igh and oa and have been using these to write new words. Miss Massey has introduced a phonics area in our classroom for us to practice these skills on our own!

Next week we will be taking a small break from Pirates and are going to explore Chinese New Year!


25th January 2019

This week has really flown by! We have been super busy as usual and think we deserve a well-earned rest this weekend!

We have been reading “The Pirate next door”, we found all the rhyming words and continued our own rhyming strings. We also looked at the pictures in great detail and used our phonics to write a description of one of the characters – Miss Massey was so impressed that we used our new digraphs (ch, th, sh, ng) and that we wrote full sentences she had no choice but to cover us all with stickers!!

In maths this week we have been continuing our 2D shape journey, we sorted them according to different properties, for example if they had two sides or not. We have also been ordering our teen numbers and are becoming very confident with knowing how many one’s go along with the ten.

We used our boxes to make Pirate Ships this week, we had to think about our designs and use the different resources appropriately. We thought about the different aspects that a Pirate ship needs including a sail and an anchor. All our Pirate ships look different and it was so much fun! We can’t wait to take them home to show you!

We have continued thinking about special stories in RE this week, we know that special stories for Christians can be found in the Bible. We explored the story of Jesus walking on water but you’ll never guess what….we couldn’t walk on water! That story must be one of Jesus’s miracles!

On Thursday there was a very exciting visitor in school – he brought his very red and very noisy fire engine with him! We enjoyed listening to all the fireman’s experiences, trying on his uniform and having a go at squirting some water (it’s a good job Miss Massey’s car needed a wash).

Miss Massey has been buying some new resources for us this week so we have had a lot of fun exploring them both inside and outside; the marble run is a particular favourite of ours!

A few messages from Miss Massey…
• Thank you for sending in your boxes this week – the children are SO creative!
• Please keep reading lots at home (especially if your child still has a picture book)
• Next week we will be going to Forest Explorers again as usual, please can your child have a pair of gloves in school on Thursdays

Have a lovely weekend! See you on Monday

18th January 2019

We’ve had a very fishy week in Reception this week!

The aquarium trip was a huge success, we had so much fun, saw lots of different fish and learnt more about Pirates, we especially loved the seahorses and even got to find Nemo and Dory!

Miss Massey likes to think she is a professional photographer so we have some lovely pictures to look at to remember our trip. We ordered some of the pictures and wrote some lovely sentences or words to go alongside them.

We have continued to learn our purple sounds (phase 3) we now know j, v, w, x, y, z and zz. Next week we move onto some tricky digraphs, how exciting! We have some more work in our letters and sounds books to do together.

In Maths we have been completing some Pirate addition, we used treasure chests to find out how much the pirates had altogether and used our fingers to double check if we were right. We have continued to practise our teen numbers understanding that they are made up of 10 and more 1’s. We have also begun our 2D shape work, so far we have met Rozzy the Rectangle and Sally the Square, I wonder if we can find any of these in our houses?

This week we explored information that you can find on the internet, we came up with lots of questions about Pirates and learnt some new facts, did you know Pirate’s didn’t really wear hats they preferred bandannas to keep the sweat out of their eyes?

We have been using our funky fingers to make some lucky fish this week, it was very tricky to fold all the scales but we used our learning powers and didn’t give up!

We’re very excited for another week of fun next week! 😀

14th January 2019

We had a fantastic day on our first ever school trip to Bristol Aquarium!

11th January 2019

We are so happy to be back! We all came straight in with big smiles on our faces on Mondays and have settled straight back into school.

On Monday we wrote thank you cards to our Mummy’s and Daddy’s for all the lovely things we had for Christmas and did over the holidays, it was lovely to look at the PadLet and see what each other had put.

On Tuesday there was a bit of a commotion…a Pirate had been in our classroom! Pirate Pete left us a letter and a treasure map. We followed his map and went over all the obstacles until we found the treasure chest! We guessed what we thought was inside and drew detailed pictures of it. The treasure was our favourite kind of treasure….chocolate!

We have been completing Pirate jobs all week including making 3 step Pirate patterns, directing a BeeBot over a treasure map, decorating fish and making our own treasure maps. Such busy little people we are!

In Forest Explorers this week we climbed a tree (Miss Massey thought we were super brave but Miss Cunningham was a little bit nervous!)

We wonder if Pirate Pete will come back next week….

A few little reminders
• Monday is our trip to Bristol Aquarium, please can all children be in their school uniform and bring a packed lunch (that they can carry themselves) We will be leaving about 9:15 and will be back for normal pick up time.
• We have begun phase 3 phonics this week so the children will start having work in their letters and sounds books again from today.

I hope the children have enjoyed their first week back as much as I have!
Miss Massey

21st December 2018

Clearwater Reception you have just completed your first full term of school! Congratulations!

I have absolutely loved this week with you all! You have really kept me smiling and kept me going so thank you so much! Your enthusiasm for everything at school has not stopped at all, your imagination has continued to amaze me in the imagination station, your reading skills continue to knock my socks off, you have written cards for each other, me and the elves constantly and you have all finished some Christmas maths challenges this week….wow!

The Christmas party and jumper day was a total success, the children made me laugh with their dance moves and behaved amazingly in the hall really doing Clearwater proud! This was finished off with a yummy Christmas dinner – I have never seen some of you eat so much!

This week we have finished off all our Christmas bits and bobs including reindeer food, Christmas cards, tree decorations and calendars. I hope you enjoyed looking through your Christmas folders with your little ones they were all very proud of themselves. We have also made some Christmas cakes – yum! We have also used a repeating pattern to create Christmas lights.

On Friday we went on the apparatus in Hardwicke hall, it was lovely to see the children having a go at new things and enjoying themselves so much.

Thank you for coming to our learning journey session this week, the children always love showing you around their classroom and sharing their work with you, all your comments were really useful too!

Our Christmas PadLet is now live, it would be lovely to see what all of you get up to over the next two exciting weeks! (I have emailed you the link and password) I promise to show you all my festivities too.

I hope you all enjoy a well-earned rest (I certainly plan to!) and that you come back in the new year ready for lots of PIRATE fun – ahoy mateys!

Finally, a big thank you to all the parents for welcoming me to Clearwater Academy it has been such an enjoyable first time!

See you in 2019, Miss Massey x

We will be very sad to see our Elves go….we think they might miss us too!

20th December 2018

That Billy Bear isn’t as innocent as he looks, we caught him and Stripey having a snow ball fight in our classroom!
Chocolate saved us his brussel sprouts from yesterdays dinner 😮 (phew they are only chocolate sprouts!)

19th December 2018

The elves are ready and excited for today!

18th December 2018

Looks like Stripey has been working hard all night to catch Chocolates best side.

17th December 2018

Chocolate has been super kind this weekend getting all the bits and bobs ready for our Christmas cards and party hats….Stripey however has been practicing his wrapping up!


14th December 2018

We can’t quite believe how quick time is flying! With only one week to go we are really feeling the Christmas fever!

This week we have written letters to Santa Claus (completely independently, won’t Santa be impressed!) and we have continued to post him lots of pictures in our magic letter box. Miss Massey has also assessed our phase 2 phonics knowledge ready to teach us phase 3 after Christmas – not to blow our own trumpet but she said we picked it up as quick as lightening and were some of the most clever clogs children she has ever taught!

This week we had a reindeer factory with lots of play-dough and other resources to make reindeer’s in all sorts of ways.

Our cheeky elves have certainly kept us on our toes this week, they left us lots of ingredients to make our Christmas Tree decorations (but shhh we aren’t telling you what we made because that’s a Christmas secret!). We have also been copying their mischief and made some paper chains to decorate our classroom.

We walked to the library with year one this week and although it was super chilly our little legs kept up all the way there and all the way back! We had some lovely Christmas stories read to us and explored the shelves of the library (thank you to those Mummy’s who came along and made sure we got there safely). Some people take books home from the library but at Clearwater we chose to take home a huuuuge “holidays are coming” truck for our classroom…how exciting!

Miss Massey has been teaching us lots of Christmas songs and dances this week (we are starting to think she likes Christmas ALOT).

The elves have been busy over night trying out our funky fingers jobs!


13th December 2018

These elves are always up to mischief….

12th December 2018

Did no one ever teach Stripey not to play with his food?

11th December 2018

Chocolate was looking very pleased with himself this morning and brought us lots of things to make tree decorations with….Stripey thought flour angels looked more fun.

10th December 2018

Look like stripey has had a fun weekend in the construction area…I wonder if we could help build a Chocolate sleigh today too?

7th December 2018

The elves have certainly got the Friday feeling today!

What a lovely Christmassey week!! As I’m sure you’ve seen we have had a few visitors in our room this week. We have had so much fun looking for the elves mischief and showing them around the classroom, lots of us have been teaching Chocolate to read and write (Stripey just seems to want to have fun!).

This week we have been writing our CVC words, Miss Massey has been super impressed with the way we stretch the words to hear all those sounds. The snowman set us all a challenge to fill his snowballs with sounds to build words….challenge accepted!

In Maths we have started to look at money. We created some coin rubbings of UK coins (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p) and we talked about what we could see (some decided that Miss Massey could be on the back of the coins, what a great idea!) Billy Bear then opened a Christmas shop and we had to pay for some Christmas toys before we could wrap them up.

We have had a lot of fun in our Christmas Classroom which has given us a lot of chance to use our funky fingers wrapping presents, decorating the tree and writing cards and gift tags.

On Friday we went to watch Hardwicke’s nativity, it was lovely to watch a different version of the Christmas story.

We cannot wait until next week!!

Just a few reminders….
– On Thursday (13th) we are going to the Library (if you can help please let me know)
– Our parent learning journey afternoon is on the 17th at 2:30. It will be lovely to see as many of you as possible
– Our Christmas jumper and Christmas party day is on the 19th 😀

Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Massey

6th December 2018

We think Stripey was missing the North Pole today, we caught him making lots of snowflakes and he stuck them all over our window. We wanted to make him feel at home so we helped him make some too.

Cheeky Chocolate went missing this afternoon (look at our super shocked faces!) but luckily we found him in Forest School, we had a very fun game of hide and seek!

5th December 2018

We caught Chocolate writing us a lovely good luck message today but it looks like Stripey got carried away with the pens!

4th December 2018

The children voted and decided to name the elves “Chocolate” and “Stripey”.
Last night they turned our reading garden into a winter wonderland…we came in to find Chocolate reading Christmas stories to Santa and Stripey.

3rd December 2018

Our cheeky class elf has arrived ….