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14th January 2022

What a fun filled week in Reception!

This week we have been continuing to look at our core text “Whatever Next”. We have been using our imagination to explore different scenarios that could have happened in the book, using small world resources to re-tell the story and have been making rockets using junk modelling and the imagination station resources. Have a look at our pictures to spot our absolute JOY and PRIDE at our creations.

In phonics we have begun our phase three learning. Mrs Hounsell says this is because we are amazing! We have been writing sentences featuring our new sound, we know that a sentence has to make sense and we follow some simple rules to help write them accurately.

In RE we have been looking at special stories. It’s been so nice to share each others favourite stories and talk about what we like about them.

In maths we have continued to practice our skills of comparison and finding one more or one less. We even looked at this on a number line, how amazing are we?! We have also been looking at combining two different amounts to find the total altogether, this has meant using lots of mathematical vocabulary.

It’s been super chilly this week which has exposed new learning in our outdoor area including frost and frozen sand! But don’t worry our active learning always warms us up!

We can’t wait to see where we whizz off to next week!

17th December 2021


We have had the best time since starting at Clearwater, we have made lots of memories and done so much learning and growing.

We are now ready for a rest and most importantly CHRISTMAS!!! (Mrs Hounsell is more than a little bit excited!)

See you all in 2022 for more fun, laughter and learning.


Love from Reception

10th December 2021

We were SO amazing when performing our Nativity this week, Miss Adamson and Mrs Hounsell could not have been more proud of us! We all loved dressing up in our costumes and got very excited about families coming in to school to watch us. What a brilliant way to tell the story of Baby Jesus and begin Christmas celebrations (we absolutely can’t wait now!).

Butternickle and Wrapping (our Christmas Elves) have been up to all sorts this week. We came into the classroom one morning to find they had draped toilet paper all over our class Christmas tree! We did find this very funny, although it meant we had to redecorate the tree! The Elves also tied up the class bears with ribbon and we had to rescue them; they are very cheeky Elves.

In phonics we have been continuing to practice the sounds and skills that we already know, and we had a go at writing our very own letters to Santa using our phonics knowledge (we are SO clever).

In Maths we have continued exploring fewer, and we also looked at finding 1 fewer from a small group and 1 fewer than numbers between 1 – 5.

You may have noticed that we have been coming home with traces of glitter all over us this week – sorry parents! This is because we have been VERY busy getting messy whilst making Christmas tree decorations to bring home at the end of term.

I don’t know how we have managed to fit so much in this week! 1 more week of Christmas fun to go!

3rd December 2021

CHRISTMAS HAS LANDED IN RECEPTION! I think Mrs Hounsell is the most excited of all!!

On the 1st December we came in to a Christmassy surprise! Santa had been in our classroom, leaving behind glittery footprints and two cheeky Elves. We have named them butternickle and wrapping, Santa told us to watch out for their Christmas antics every morning!

This week have been working on our phonics skills of segmenting and blending, we have also been writing shared sentences. We know a sentence needs to make sense and that each line is to help us write each word.

In maths we have been finding fewer. We know this is when the amount decreases. We have been comparing lots of different groups of items using mathematical terms.

In RE we have been comparing how Christians celebrate Christmas to how a more commercial Christmas is celebrated.

Now let us tell you a secret…we made you all a Christmas card, but you can’t have them yet!

Our Nativity practise has been going SO WELL! We cannot wait to show you!


26th November 2021

We have had another busy busy week in Reception!

We have been working really hard on consolidating our phase two knowledge, focusing on segmenting and blending. We looked at something new this week called a sentence…we know a sentence is a collection of words which need to make sense. We have been using different techniques to remember the words in the correct order and help Mrs Hounsell use the right sounds.

We have looked at finding one more this week. Finding more is always nice as it mean we end up with a bigger amount! We hope next week brings MORE play and maybe more chocolate?

We have been PERFCTING our nativity dances this week. No more two left footed angels in this class! We cannot wait for you to see us soon in the Church.

We have been practising our subitising skills too, we are getting more confident at looking for patterns we recognise.

In PE this week we practised our ball skills, we have been throwing and catching using a chest pass.

As always there has been lots of time to learn through our play. We have been wrapped up warm to keep using the outdoor Classroom. We have been helping our teachers with ides of what we might like outside to develop our play more.

A few grown up messages:

  • PE kits will be coming home during the Christmas holidays, please can you check EVERYTHING is named, we have had a few swaps this term and we want to make sure everything is with the correct child
  • We have some un-named jumpers in class still and some missing named ones, please can you check that you have the correct one and let us know if we are missing one so we can track it down
  • You will be receiving further clarification about the Nativity next week

19th November 2021

What a fabulously fun week of learning we have had in Reception this week; it has flown by!

We began learning the songs for our Christmas Nativity (we are all very excited about it) and now we just can’t stop singing them – Miss Adamson and Mrs Hounsell included!

In phonics we have been continuing to consolidate our phase 2 phonics knowledge and practice our blending and segmenting skills. We love learning how to read words and our teachers are SO impressed with how well we can do this already. Our teachers also introduced us to the concept of a sentence this week – how grown up are we?! We now know a sentence is a collection of words that make sense, and that it always begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop.

This week, Miss Adamson and Mrs Hounsell set up a toy shop in our classroom to support our current core text, Lost in the Toy Museum by David Lucas. We have had a great time pretending to be shop keepers and learn through our play in this new area.

In maths we have been exploring ‘more’ and ‘equal to.’ We used two groups of different or the same amounts to explore this. Our class bears had a go too and we think they found it a bit tricky. We all did an AMAZING job using our learning powers and mathematical language to explain why the bears were wrong; we nearly blew our teachers socks off!

Last Friday we all got very muddy in Forest School (sorry parents!) and we loved every minute of it. We looked for insects under logs and in the bug hotel, made mud pies, popped some giant bubbles and created some beautifully abstract mud and grass drawings on old material. Poor Mrs Hounsell slipped over in the mud whilst playing tug of war with us which we all found VERY funny.

We can’t wait for another fantastic week next week!

12th November 2021

We had had an absolutely lovely week in Reception – we won’t let the dark or the rain stop our smiles!

We have been awfully busy as usual! Lots of learning and even more fun!

In phonics we have consolidated all our phase 2 knowledge and learnt four new sounds – j, w, v, and x. We honestly aren’t sure how our little heads are holding quite so much grown up knowledge! We have been working on our segmenting and blending skills and using these within our play.

This week we had a party in the home corner! We’ve started our new RE topic by talking about why Birthdays are special (and we don’t just mean the cake and presents!)

In maths we ordered numbers to 5 and looked at the growing pattern this creates. The silly class bears tried to trick us but we used our mathematical understanding to help them learn from their mistakes. We also looked at the number 5 and the composition (this means all the numbers hiding inside).

We carried on thinking about timelines this week. We looked at pictures of ourselves as babies (weren’t we cute???) and thought about all the things we can do now that we couldn’t do then. We also talked about what has changed, most of us had VERY little hair! We compared the toys we would play with as babies to the toys we would play with now.

Our learning power focus this week was Zooma telling us to “Get Creative”. We turned lots of old recycling materials into all sorts of things including rocking horses, dogs, space ships, cars and houses.

Alongside all that, we still found time for our PE session to practise our chest passes, time to share our reading skills with our teachers AND learn through our play inside and outside.

We wonder what fun next week has in store!!

A few messages for parents…

We have lots of un-named cardigans/jumpers, if you are missing one please come and see an EYFS member of staff.

You will find a “tricky and high frequency” word card in your child’s book bag this week, the letter attached with it explains everything, but please come and see a teacher if you have any questions.

Thank you SO much for all our junk modelling resources, we had so much fun using them.

5th November 2021

Wow! What a busy first week back we have had. It was so lovely to see all of our friends again and talk about all the exciting things we got up to over the half term break; we had lots of fun sharing pictures and news on the Padlet.

Miss Adamson and Mrs Hounsell think we are AMAZING because we were able to remember all of the sounds we learnt last half term, AND we used them to blend and segment lots of CVC words; we LOVE phonics! This week we have finished learning Phase 2 sounds (already!) so now we are going to consolidate these before we begin Phase 3.

We learnt a very grown-up History concept this week. We read a story called Once There Were Giants by Martin Waddell, and used this to explore a time line. We spoke about the past, the present and the future and we learnt that we cannot change the past because it has already happened. We talked about how people start off as teeny tiny babies and how they change with over time.

Out teachers taught us a rhyme to help us to remember Bonfire night. We learnt about Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate with fireworks and bonfires. We had SO much fun using our gross motor movements to pretend to be fireworks; we made lots of brilliant ‘Bang’, ‘Crackle’ and ‘Woosh’ noises too which made our teachers laugh.

Look at us in action having another fun filled week in Reception! 🙂

22nd October 2021

We have successfully finished our first half term of school! Hurray!

There have been lots of firsts for us in the last few weeks, first phonic lessons, first PE lessons, first reading books, the list goes on and on! Mrs Hounsell and Miss Adamson are so super-duper proud of us, they said we could have a whole week off – so kind!

This week we have been thinking like scientists. We explored the world around us using our five senses. We took part in some experiments where we couldn’t use all of our senses and talked about if this made things more difficult or not. We tasted different yogurts, good job we had our sense of smell to decide if it was chocolate or dog poo before tasting!

In maths this week we have been focusing on the counting principles. We practiced touch counting, counting from a larger set and we explored around school for different things which we could count but not touch or move.

We have consolidated our phonics knowledge this week and learnt our final graphemes of phase 2. WE LOVE PHONICS!

In PE, Montague brought us some brand new balls (Mrs Hounsell LOVED the colour!), they were way more bouncy than the old ones and meant we could perfect our skills and learn a new chest pass.

Mrs Hounsell and Miss Adamson told us all about parents evening and wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for taking your time to see them to talk about us and sorry that they talk so much!!

Mrs Hounsell will be posting a link of Class DoJo later to access our October half term PadLet so keep your eyes peeled for us.

Have a lovely half term everyone!!!

15th October 2021

We have had such a busy week this week!

On Monday afternoon we invited our grown ups into school to learn about how we learn phonics. Mrs Hounsell told them all the business side of things before we came in to show a little phonics lesson and introduce all the adults to the fun ways we can explore reading and writing in our classroom (we actually think we taught them a phoneme or two!). Mrs Hounsell and Miss Adamson said we were SO well behaved and they were the proudest Reception teachers ever.

We have been working SUPER hard on our blending this week (can you believe we use grown up words like that?). We have been jumping through hoops to put the words together and using our robot arms. We have all explored worded books with our teachers this week.

This week we thought like scientists and looked at ways to look after our teeth – we know that brushing is the most important thing and that calcium helps keep our teeth strong. We read a funny book called “tusk trouble”, it was a real tongue twister for Miss Adamson but we loved the message behind it.

We also talked more about the seasons, thinking about how a change of season might need a change of clothes…of course in this country you can never really put your wellies and umbrella away can you?

In maths we looked at the numbers 2 and 3. Mrs Hounsell brought some socks in (clean we hope!) and we had to find a pair of two, looking for colours, length and pattern to help us. Number three was a bit tricky, we looked at numbers 1 and 2 hiding inside.

Alongside all of this we still found time to enjoy a PE lesson with Montague Academy, go to Forest School and learn through our play in the indoor and outdoor classrooms. WOW.

One more week to go!

8th October 2021

We have had a lovely Autumnal week in Reception. On Monday, we went on a walk around our school site and Forest School, we looked for and talked about the signs of the season. We know it is Autumn now it’s getting dark and cold – we won’t let the cold weather stop our fun though!

We have been concentrating hard on segmenting this week. We know to clap a word as a whole and stretch it out to hear all the sounds. We are FLYING through phase 2. This week we have also met some tricky words, we won’t let them trick us though, we need to just look and learn!

In maths we have been looking at numbers 0 and 1, we sorted objects and knew the empty ones represented zero because that means nothing! We have also been working hard counting forwards and backwards to 10, growing and shrinking our bodies.

We listened to different pieces of music this week and thought about moving our bodies to the music, thinking about fast and slow as well as the volume. We changed these movements into pictures on a large roll of paper. We have been developing our clapping skills to copy a rhythm from our teachers.

Friday was harvest day – we had a GREAT time! We printed with potatoes, made bread and did observational drawing of different interesting fruits (who knew a tomato was a fruit?!?)

Time is absolutely flying and we can’t believe there are only two weeks left!

Just a few reminders:

  • Please label everything your child brings into school to help us keep everything safe
  • Now it is getting colder please send your child in to school with a coat so they can continue to enjoy the outdoor area
  • Our phonics information session is on Monday afternoon, please come to the main entrance to sign in before hand

1st October 2021

WE ARE AMAZING (if we do say so ourselves!)

This week has been super busy, but we are really enjoying our new routine.

In phonics, we have continued our phase 2 learning. Our teachers taught us a super amazing skill, called blending…this is when we find sound buttons and use our robot arms to turn them into words. This is super duper tricky but we are working hard on this!

We worked with Skye this week and looked at the learning power of ‘having a go’. We read the story of the girl who never makes mistakes, she missed out on loads of fun just because she didn’t want to have a go and it all go wrong. We talked about how making mistakes is fine as long we learn from them (we also learnt that Mrs Hounsell makes mistakes!!!)

This week we have been singing lots of number songs, we have props to help us sing and we have been continuing this in our independent play.

The rain has stopped some of our outdoor learning this week but it certainly hasn’t stopped our fun! We will all be doing our “rain rain go away” dance this weekend!

We can’t wait for another week of fun and laughter next week!

24th September 2021

Well we cannot believe we have finished a whole week of full days in school! We are all pretty tired (I think that goes for Mrs Hounsell and Miss Adamson too!) but we have had THE BEST time!

We have been exploring more and more in our classroom and have been getting to grips with school routines and expectations.

We love the outdoor area and have made some amazing dens.

We started our phonics journey this week – in our book bags will be a letters and sounds books, we can show off all our new skills! We looked at the phonemes s,a,t and p as initial sounds, we played different games and moved around to form the letters.

We stayed for lunch this week – how yummy! We are making our own choices in the mornings and trying new food. We loved our turn on the Pirate ship and have been so grown up sharing the playground and play-pod with the older boys and girls from our school.

Miss Cunningham has been trying to catch us out with our number skills this week – no chance! We have had lots of fun showing her what we know.

We started PE with Montague Academy this week, we loved running around and moving in different ways in the hall. We will be developing our independence getting dressed over the next few weeks – could we please practise this at home to help?

Next week we will be SO busy again, more sounds to learn and areas to explore! We can hardly wait!

A few notes from our teachers…

Please look at the letters and sounds book with your child over the weekend and next week – repetition is key when learning phonics.

Please continue to read with your little one at home, these wordless books are invaluable for early comprehension skills. We will begin reading 1:1 with children next week in the classroom too.

Please make sure all jumpers and cardigans are named so we can make sure they come home with the right child.

We will begin Forest School next week so if wellies aren’t already in school please can they be next week.

As always, any questions please come and see a member of the team!

Have a lovely and restful weekend.