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16th July 2021
Well what an enriching week!
We kicked off the last full week of school with a BRILLIANT Wow assembly (if we do say so ourselves!). If you haven’t seen it yet, the link is still live on our class dojo page. We really hope you enjoyed seeing some of our learning.
This week we have been up to all sorts out of the ordinary. We’ve learnt to play drums, learnt African dances, have been inside a planetarium, listened to a classical music recital and created a collaborative art piece! Well, none of that says phonics does it! (only joking, we still found time for that!)
This week we have been enjoying the positive change in weather and have taken every opportunity to eat our snack outside and take our play into the outdoor area. We built some fancy structures with the den building resources and continued to develop our assault course skills.
This week we created a clay pot together as a class. We looked at “kintsugi” which is Japanese for golden joinery. We talked about how spirituality can be the golden glue that holds us all together. We were super proud of our pot (Mrs Hounsell is highly disappointed we get to take it up to year 1 with us!!)
We can’t believe there is only two days of school left! Mrs Hounsell said she has a few crafty bits of Reception fun left up he sleeves for us! (please check our class dojo page so you know all the secret details!)
This is our last Reception blog so we wanted to say A BIG BIG thank you to everyone who has supported us this (slightly strange) but very memorable school year.
Reception class of 2020 – 2021 xx
9th July 2021
Another super speedy week, we just don’t know where the time is going! Mrs Hounsell thinks we have grown far too quickly and wants to pause time!
We have been perfecting our WOW assembly and can’t wait to knock your socks off on Monday morning. Mrs Hounsell will post the zoom link to you on Class DoJo.
This week Mrs Hounsell has been testing our brains to check if we can remember all our maths skills – great news…WE CAN! Mrs Hounsell said we can definitely go to year 1 and that Miss Williams will love teaching us maths.
Speaking of year 1, we have written letters to our new teacher this week. We wanted her know what we were good at, what we liked in school and even our favourite food. Such wonderful independent writing from all of us!!
We have found lots of time to learn through our play as usual. Mrs Hounsell taught us a new game called Pictionary, we had to think of full sentences for what she drew.
We are getting super tired now but are pretty sure we have a week and a half left in us!
P.S Mrs Hounsell said it’s coming home!!
2nd July 2021
Another fun-filled week in Reception. Time is flying far too fast, Mrs Hounsell can hardly believe it is nearly time to say good-bye!
We have worked our little socks off as usual!
We had an AMAZING sports day. We were so well behaved and showed our amazing sportsman skills – Mrs Hounsell was especially impressed in how we cheered one another on. We laughed so hard watching Mrs Hounsell and Mrs Moss take part in the obstacle course at the end.
In RE we continued thinking about why God is special to Christians. We re-capped on all the things we know about God, Jesus and the Bible. We also talked more about why the creation story is so important to Christians. We share all of this in our WOW assembly, so we won’t say too much here!
In Maths we have continued our understanding of word problems and applied this to all areas of our number work including halving, sharing and doubling.
In Literacy we wrote our own versions of our story. Mrs Hounsell didn’t say an awful lot except WOW – we hope that’s a good sign?! This week in guided reading we had a big push on fluency, we know that reading should sound like talking and not like we’ve turned into robots – see if you can tell an improvement when we read at home this weekend.
This week we pulled ourselves together and got all our tidy up tokens, Mrs Hounsell was SO pleased and said we can have two days off school.
Goodness me, only two and a half weeks to go!!!
25th June 2021
We cannot quite believe how quickly the weeks are flying by! We have been so busy again this week that Friday totally crept up on us!
In Literacy we have been describing the characters from the stories we made up last week. We had to think about their appearance and the sort of character they might be.
We also continued to look at capital letters this week and have been thinking about how we should use them in our writing. We are finishing up our phase 4 skills too, we are writing and reading polysyllabic words with so much confidence. In guided reading this week, we challenged ourselves with expression.
In maths we have continued consolidating all our skills, we have focused on halving and sharing this week. Mrs Hounsell put these inside word problems to try and catch us out – as if she is going to manage that this late in the school year!
We have begun practising our WOW assembly this week, Mrs Hounsell thinks it will KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!
We have been super lucky with the weather this week and have been able to enjoy our new grassy area in the outdoor area.
Next week is sports day so we have been limbering up as much as possible before the big day.
18th June 2021
Another speedy week in Reception!
This week we have been making up our own stories. We split it into sections so we could draw each part as a sort of story map. Mrs Hounsell loved the variety of our ideas and couldn’t believe that no two were the same! We are excited to write them next week.
In maths we have been applying our skills to different word problems. We have to listen really carefully to decide what we are being asked first, then decide how we could work it out. Mrs Hounsell said that makes us far too brainy for Reception and that she will send us over to year one soon!!
The first half of the week was SO SUNNY! We loved it. We have had a new mud kitchen delivered and our imaginative play has continued to develop even further. We have also opened up the grassy area of our outdoor area so we can look for bugs like we do in Forest School.
On Wednesday we took part in National Brake Day to promote children’s safety near the roads. It was lovely to see our local community. We were so well behaved, we really did ourselves proud!
We started a new RE topic this week, “why is the word God special to Christians?”. We went on a walk around our school grounds looking for all the wonderful things Christians believed that God created.
Another week of fun all lined up ready for next week!!
11th June 2021
THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON and Reception could not be more pleased!
We have had another lovely week in Reception, doing what we do best, learning and having so much fun!
Our new Core Text is Kaya’s Heart Song. Mrs Hounsell loves reading stories that none of us have heard before, it’s great to explore the new characters, settings and language together for the first time. This book was a little bit different…it makes Mrs Hounsell sing and rap!! It’s all about a little girl looking for her heart song, this prompted us to make our own instruments to find our heart songs and beats. We practised keeping a rhythm, moving to the words and music and making up our own rhythms. What a FANTASTICALLY NOISY idea Mrs Hounsell!
We wrote instructions in Literacy to help other people make instruments too. We also wrote things that make our hearts sing, Mrs Hounsell now thinks we are a big bunch of softies!
In maths we have been ordering numbers, as high as we can go! (We are super stars so this is very high indeed!). We have also re-capped lots of our essential mathematical skills including the language of 3D shapes.
We can’t believe how much time is flying! See you all next week 🙂
28th May 2021
WELL what a speedy half term! We have fitted SO much in, lots of fun and learning.
Great news….we have five butterflies! (We don’t exactly agree on their names!) We will be setting them free before the end of the day so they can continue their life cycle. We have learnt how to care for them and set them up for life outside their net. Mrs Hounsell was very relieved that the butterflies emerged when they did so we could use them as the topic for our big writes. We did some beautiful writing, Mrs Hounsell nearly fell of her seat.
In maths we have been looking at missing number addition and taking away problems…what a little head scratcher they are, but we used our learning powers and succeeded in the end. We have also been developing our fluency of counting forwards and backwards to 30.
In RE we looked more at the features of a Mosque and created some using lego in the construction area.
We have loved our new home corner resources this week and have been using the cook books for inspiration in our play.
HOW IS THERE ONLY ONE MORE HALF TERM IN RECEPTION? We will certainly be making the most of it!
21st May 2021
What a lovely week! We have been super busy as usual!
We had a very big responsibility earlier in the week and had visitors to teach us in our classroom – we behaved WONDERFULLY and did Mrs Hounsell VERY proud!
In maths we have been taking away from teen numbers, we have lots of different methods to check our answers.
In Literacy we read the story of Rosie’s walk. Her journey around the farm encouraged us to explore maps, we looked at real maps to find the school and talked about directions. We drew maps of Rosie’s farm and wrote instructions on how to guide yourself around it.
We have started a very exciting Oracy project this week, thinking about how we can show next years’ Reception children around our classroom.
In RE we continued looking at Mosques and what makes them a special place for Muslims.
We have read lots of stories together this week and have been enjoying using them in our play.
Our Caterpillars are all cosy in their chrysalis’…we hope they hurry up and show us their butterfly wings next week!
See you next week…one more week of fun!!
14th May 2021
Here we are again! Another week done and dusted!
This week we have been consolidating our knowledge on number bonds to 10, Mrs Hounsell taught us some fun rhymes to help us remember without resources…8 and 2 CHICKEN POO is a firm favourite! In maths we have also been adding with numbers beyond 10 – we used our teen number knowledge to help us add the 1s and then the 10.
In Literacy we have had a scientific focus this week. We looked at the life cycle of a caterpillar (much, much, much quicker on the internet than in our classroom!). We drew, labelled and wrote about it. We know life-cycles go on and on and on and on. We can’t wait for our caterpillars to form their chrysalis!
In RE we have continued looking at special places. This week, with the help of Miss Moosajee from Year 1, using insights from her own Muslim faith, we explored a Muslim’s special place, the Mosque. We talked about some different aspects of a mosque and what people of Islamic faith do in there – it was SO interesting!
The rain certainly hasn’t stopped play in Reception and we have gone outside as much as possible! We have been helping Mrs Hounsell think of ideas to extend our learning through our play, we are sending her of to B&M with a home corner wish list this weekend!
Mrs Hounsell wanted us to say thank you for bringing our learning journey’s back to school. She loved reading about our home learning!
We hope everyone has a lovely (less rainy!) weekend and we will look forward to telling you all about our next week in Reception!
7th May 2021
Reception have had another week of busy-ness and fun! We have hardly stopped all week and managed to fit 5 days into 4!
We have been doing LOADS of number work this week, revising our number bonds to 5, exploring number bonds to 10, looking at teen numbers and applying this to our addition skills. We learnt a very grown up mathematical term this week, symmetry (ask us what it means!) We made symmetrical patterns using resources and then painted our own butterflies by folding across the line of symmetry.
We are continuing to work on our phase 4 phonics skills, reading words with consonant clusters more independently. This week Mrs Hounsell tried to trick us adding in some digraphs like in “nch” but no chance of her out smarting us brain-boxes! Our sentence writing is coming along BEAUTIFULLY and Mrs Hounsell is so proud.
We have had lots of time outside this week (even in the unpredictable weather!) We are getting very creative with our outdoor resources making cars, rivers and mud-pies!
We have some creepy-crawly guests in our classroom this week, we will keep you informed on the life-cycle of a caterpillar!
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
30th April 2021
Well, aren’t the weeks just flying by!
Monday was Clearwater’s National Numeracy Day. Our Roald Dahl book was the enormous crocodile – what a greedy old thing he was! We focused on the roly-poly birds feathers, the lengths of different crocodiles and used 2D shapes to make the characters. We also looked at ways to make 10 by finding the teeth the crocodile had broken off when trying to eat children!!
This week we have continued to explore based on our core text Farmer Duck. We looked at non-fiction texts to find out facts about farm animals and to answer any questions we had. We used the content page to help us know what to look for. We drew story map style pictures to help us remember some facts and wrote these independently. Did you know that goats can climb trees? Or that horses can walk on a really hot floor because of their hooves?
We are developing our skill of deciding on what to write based on a picture stimulus and working hard to read our own writing back.
In maths we have been exploring number bonds to 5, we have done this in all sorts of different ways, including numicon, with paper chains, with our fingers and with counters. We learnt a song to help us with our rapid re-call of these facts.
In RE we talked about our own special places to begin our new unit “which places are special and why?”. Mrs Hounsell was really touched by lots of our thoughtful choices!
We start to get tired by Friday but luckily that is a day of LOADS of fun in PE and in Forest School!
Have a lovely weekend everyone! (Mrs Hounsell said we can have an extra day off just for being her favourite children!)
23rd April 2021
WE ARE SO EXCITED TO BE BACK!
Isn’t the sunshine WONDERFUL?!
We have had a lovely week as usual 😊
Our new core text is Farmer Duck – it’s super fun to make all the animals noises through the story.
In literacy we made up our own sentences to talk about a picture of a farm. We thought about how we could make these sentences more interesting using details we could see.
Our phonics is knocking Mrs Hounsell’s socks off as usual. We are working on our phase 4 skills including consonant clusters and polysyllabic words (ask us what these grown up words mean!)
We have continued our teen number exploration this week using lots of different resources to represent the tens and ones. We have also begun exploring our number bonds to 5.
…Aren’t we just amazing??
We have enjoyed lots of time in the sunshine this week exploring our outdoor area and having lots of stories outside. We planted some seeds this week, they will hopefully grow into some super yummy and healthy vegetables! We talked about what they will need to grow!
We will definitely do our sunshine dance this weekend to hope it stays next week!
1st April 2021
We cannot believe it is the last week already!
We have had a “cracking” week getting ready for Easter! We have “hopped” here, there and everywhere, completing some “egg-celent” learning and we’ve kept Mrs Hounsell so busy it’s not even “bunny”.
We have been thinking about how Christians celebrate Easter by making our own Easter bonnets and baskets ready for our Easter egg hunt.
Our big writes blew Mrs Hounsell away this week – she is so proud she said we can have two weeks off!
Wasn’t it nice that the sun had his hat on earlier this week? We certainly made the most of it and enjoyed our outdoor area.
We are very ready for a rest but cannot wait to get back to it and enjoy the summer term!
26th March 2021
Well aren’t the weeks just flying by!
We have had another busy week in Reception as usual…we just can’t stop learning!
We have been looking at the story of Freddie Fisher in RE this week and have been spotting the signs of Spring and Easter. We have explored the Bible’s story of Holy Week and the lead up to Easter. We learnt a song about Palm Sunday and made our own Palm Leaves to wave. We have also started thinking about how Christians celebrate Easter by making our Easter cards.
In maths we looked at halving, we know this is sharing between two people. It’s ALWAYS nice to have half a chocolate cake or half a pizza! Who knew maths could be so tasty?
We have been changing the story of the Gruffalo this week. We now have a range of animals meeting one another in all sorts of places – we can’t wait to write it out next week.
Our phonics skills are continuing to knock Mrs Hounsell’s socks off – she said she needs Primark to hurry up and open so she can buy some more!
Mrs Hounsell assures us she said lovely things about us all to our families at parents evening this week and wanted to say a big thank you for everybody’s time!
FOUR MORE DAYS TO GO!
19th March 2021
Our clothes may have been slightly less colourful this week but our learning certainly hasn’t been!!
We are well and truly back in the swing of things, enjoying our phonics, maths, teamwork and play! Our new classroom is a whole new world of discovery and we are finding something new every day.
This week we have been consolidating our phase 3 skills, especially those tricky words.
We have written the story of the Gruffalo – Mrs Hounsell said she is sending it home for our parents to see, we know you will all be very proud!
In maths we have been sharing equally – it’s easy really if you think about how much chocolate you would want each person to have! (sometimes Mrs Hounsell’s pile looks raaather larger than ours!)
The weather has been kind to us this week so Mrs Hounsell has let us help her with the outdoor area, we shared our ideas of what we would like out there too.
We have been reading the story of Freddie Fisher to discuss Easter and why it is important to Christians. We loved spotting all the examples of new life and Spring.
ROLL ON ANOTHER WEEK OF FUN!
12th March 2021
WE ARE SO SO SO HAPPY TO BE BACK!!
We can finally wish a happy 2021 to lots of our favourite people 🙂
We have had a lovely week catching up with each other and exploring our new classroom and school. Truth be told it’s like we have never been away!
This week has been science week so Reception have enjoyed a week full of colour whilst exploring science related to the groovy 1960s. This has been a lovely way to come back to school sharing lots of WOW moments (we won’t mention Mrs Hounsell’s balloon car experiment which didn’t work – bless her!)
Tie-dye T-shirts has been a personal highlight of everyone’s. We will wear them proudly at the school gate on Friday!
We cannot wait for the fun to continue and to get back to our normal lovely routine next week!
11th December 2020
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! …especially for Clearwater Reception children (and their overly excited teacher!)
We have had another lovely week!
We recorded our Nativity; we hope you enjoyed it! Mrs Hounsell and the elves were so impressed, they literally jumped for joy 🙂
This week we’ve been ordering numbers 0-10, creating Christmas patterns and colouring by numbers.
The elves have been up to their usual Christmas mischief, bringing Christmas stories and games into our classroom. We hope they don’t get lost in the move to our new school!
ONE MORE WEEK TO GO!
4th December 2020
IT’S CCCCCHHHHHRRRRRIIIIIISSSSSSTTTTTMMMMMAAAAAASSSSSS (well nearly!)
This week we have been joined by two cheeky Christmas elves and they have certainly been helping us spread Christmas cheer! We decided to name them Jingle Bells and Elfie. Mrs Hounsell and her Christmas wardrobe are in full flow and we are loving it with lots of paper chains and tinsel all around.
This week we have been looking at finding one less, using lots of different resources. We are becoming more confident at re-calling this with speed and have been able to correct Barney Bear during our twist its. Alongside this we have been exploring money and have created coin rubbings to recognise British coins.
This week we drew story maps to tell the story of the very first Christmas – this has helped us with our Nativity practise too! We have been hard at work singing and acting. Next week we will be showing Mrs Moss and Mrs Gough our Nativity – we are super excited for an audience before we film it for all of you at home!
Two more weeks to go and we are off to our shiny new school!!
27th November 2020
Well hasn’t it been a chilly one?! Good job we have lots of fun active learning to warm us up in Reception!
This week we have been like Chase and have been using our COOL CONCENTRATION! I wonder if you can notice it in our pictures?
In RE we have been re-telling the story of the very first Christmas. Mrs Hounsell read it from the Bible (we know this is a Christian’s special book) and we used small world characters to re-tell it.
In maths we have been exploring less. We have found this a bit trickier than more…then again who wants less of anything?! We compared groups of people, towers, finger patterns and numbers on a number line. We kept on trying like Sky would want us to and produced some brilliant mathematical language.
We have been loving learning through our play as usual and are becoming more confident applying our focused learning skills independently.
For anti-bullying week we wore odd socks. Mrs Hounsell seems to celebrate anti-bullying a lot!
Our reading skills are really progressing and Mrs Hounsell is super proud of us! She said if we all read at home this weekend then someone very special might visit our classroom next week…she wouldn’t say who but she said they wear a green hat and get up to lots of mischief!
Roll on December!
20th November 2020
BEEP BEEP BEEP!
Reception are officially road safe, so you’ll be seeing a lot more of us and our helmets out and about!
Road safety has been a huge success, lots of role play, posters, small world and important lessons learnt. Mrs Hounsell is very proud of how sensibly we behaved on wheeley day and how thoughtful we were when thinking about keeping ourselves and others safe.
In maths, we have been exploring finding one more, we have used a variety of manipulatives to support this.
We’re sorry to say but Christmas MAY have landed in Reception! (Mrs Hounsell’s not sorry at all!). We have been enjoying the Christmas story this week, thinking about the key characters and meaning behind the story. We have also had a jolly good sing-along, preparing for our Nativity. We are very excited to start practicing properly and show you all on Clas DoJo.
A few messages from Mrs Hounsell….
* Mums and Dads, please let me know if you have any questions/problems when it comes to costumes for the Nativity.
* Don’t forget I need to ‘quarantine’ books on a Tuesday, they will be returned on Thursday. Rest assured your child is reading and being read to every day at school.
* There will be no new pages in your letters and sounds homework book as we have completed phase 2 and will be spending lots of time recapping. We will still learn new tricky words, so please continue to practise these at home.
13th November 2020
We have officially learnt all our single letter graphemes. We are so proud of ourselves but as always, Mrs Hounsell is even more proud! We are growing in confidence every day with our recognition and blending skills.
This week we have continued writing within our play, we especially like using the chalk boards in the outdoor area.
In Maths we looked in detail at the number 7. We threw number 7 a birthday party, 7 guests, 7 plates, 7 pieces of cake etc.
Speaking of parties, we began our R.E. topic of why Christmas is special to Christians (don’t worry Mums and Dads, Mrs Hounsell hasn’t said the Big C word to us yet!). We talked about why birthdays are special and how we celebrate them. We had lots of fun throwing parties in the home corner.
We also looked at the concept of more. Building towers using more cubes, showing each other more fingers and finding more on a number line. Mrs Hounsell says more is always better…especially more chocolate!
We began our History based learning this week too. We sorted toys into whether we thought they belonged in our past or our present, before creating a timeline of toys we would use through our lives.
Mrs Hounsell said she spoke to you all on the phone this week…we know she said how lovely we all are…in fact we might deserve a treat!!
6th November 2020
We are super happy we are back at school this week.
We began our week back at school looking at our PadLet together, it was lovely looking at the pictures and telling each other stories about our half term holidays. We drew pictures to show the fun we have had.
This term our core text is “Lost in the Toy Museum: An Adventure by David Lucas”. We have a new role play toy shop area. We have been pricing up toys and taking on the roles of shop keepers and customers.
This week we began using our phonics skills to write in different areas within our play. We have written lists in the toy shop role play, recipes in the home corner and labelled our models in the construction area. We will continue this in a variety of different ways next week.
We explored the number 6 this week in maths. We sorted manipulatives into whether they were “six” or “not six”. We also explore 2D shapes, playing guessing games and talking about how we could describe them.
On Thursday we had a SPARKLING day at school. We explored bonfire night – we made paper sparklers and chalk firework pictures.
We can’t wait to see what next week will bring!
23rd October 2020
Lots of smiley faces – TICK
New friends – TICK
Learning and exploring through our play – TICK
Phase 2 phonics – TICK
First half term of school – TICK!!
Mrs Hounsell and Miss Cunningham are very very proud of us and all our hard work over the last 7 weeks.
We have rounded off our learning in maths for this half term by exploring counting and the rules that make us successful counters. We made posters to help us remember this and will apply it to our future learning.
In RE this week, we thought about where we belong. We made family trees and thought about why being part of our family is special. We talked about our lovely class and how we all join together to be part of the whole.
We are going to miss school next week but we are all ready for a lovely relaxing half term!
A few notes from Mrs Hounsell…
- I have made us an online Padlet to keep in touch over the holidays. There is no obligation to use this, the children just love seeing each others faces on the screen. I will update it too
- On the Padlet there is also an Autumn themed challenge for you
- Please continue to read over half term (alongside all your fun)
- If you haven’t booked a parents evening appointment, I will message you on Dojo
- Thank you all for your support this half term and I look forward to the rest of our year!
16th October 2020
We are not sure what Mrs Hounsell is more proud of – the fact we’ve finished our phase 2 phonics, the fact we are starting to blend and read simple sentences or the fact that we are still so full of beans nearly at the end of our first half term!
We have been busy busy as usual in Reception this week.
We have explored the number 5 and it’s composition in lots of different ways. We split 5 cakes between two people and three people, we continued this is in our play in the home corner. We also looked at how this transferred to numicon and our fingers – we could show you our finger patterns this weekend!
We have been exploring moving our bodies in different ways this week and learning new dance routines to support our fine motor skills.
A few messages from Mrs Hounsell…
- If you haven’t had chance to check last weekends Dojo please have a go this weekend. I am very keen to know you can all access it and reply on your portfolio. You won’t need a printer as you can edit the documents on there and upload pictures or videos
- Thank you so much for your support with letters and sounds it really is showing in school. If you have any questions about the reading book or simple sentences your child has been sent home with please do come and see me
- Next week I will be outside in the morning with our parents evening slots please come and see me to book in
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I will see you all on Monday.
9th October 2020
Well you blink and it’s Friday again!
We have had another lovely week with our friends in Reception.
We have learnt 3 more sounds e, u and r. Barney Bear didn’t like the rain this week so he taught us all to make u-u-umbrellas to keep ourselves dry. We also learnt the super fancy and grown up word ‘digraph’ as we learnt ck. Mrs Hounsell said we need to keep our eyes pealed on the dojo this weekend as she is setting us a secret phonics mission.
In Maths we continued exploring the make up of numbers, we represented 4 in all different ways including marks on paper, our fingers and different arrangements of cubes.
We managed to stay dry using our outdoor area a few days this week. We definitely needed our wellies though – Mrs Hounsell says it is nice weather for ducks!
In RE we read the story of Jesus and the Children. We talked about how it showed that Christians believe all children are special. We voted with our thumbs talking about how the characters felt at different points in the story.
We have been developing our story telling in our play this week using both the imagination station and the reading garden.
A few notes from Mrs Hounsell…
- Next week we will finish phase 2 phonics and spend lots of time consolidating our learning and focusing on segmenting and blending
- Please record any reading at home so I can enter children into the regular readers draw on Fridays (I know this won’t always be a school book due to us keeping the books at school in the week)
- Thank you to those of you who sent wellies, it really helps the children enjoy the outdoor area
- Thank you for signing up to DoJo. I will set some ‘homework’ this weekend, allowing us all to work out any kinks straight away
Have a lovely weekend and stay safe. See you on Monday!