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Reception

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The staff in Reception are Mrs Fernando, Mrs Perren , Mrs Walsh, Mrs Durkan and Ms Barrett.

Contact us at: YRclass@greenfields.herts.sch.uk

Reception Routines

  • Soft start: The doors open at 8.45am to enable children to take part in busy finger activities and choose their lunch independently. The doors close promptly at 8.55am and the register is taken.
  • Books: Please read with your children at least 4 times each week and sign their reading records. Children will receive one-two books each week. Look at the front cover of your child’s reading log to remind you which day they need to bring their books in.
  • PE: every Thursday

Clothing: We would be really grateful if you could make sure that all clothing has your child’s name on it please.

Forest Schools:

  • We are delighted that we can offer Forest School learning in Nursery and Reception.  The children will take part in these activities every week, throughout the academic year.  This is a long term, learner led approach, offering children time, freedom and space to learn at their own pace, through open ended play. Forest School offers learners practical experiences and the opportunity to take supported risks, led by a qualified Forest School practitioner, which are appropriate to the environment and to themselves, such as den building, fire lighting and tool work. The natural environment provides resources and opportunities to learn and embed lifelong social skills, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

Reception Topics

  • Autumn 1: The topic for the first half-term is ‘All about Me.’ The children will be thinking about themselves and how they fit into their family and the school community.
  • Autumn 2: The topic for the second half-term is ‘Let’s Celebrate.’ We will be learning about different celebrations – the birth of a baby, birthdays, Guy Fawkes, Diwali, Remembrance Day, Christmas and Hannukah.
  • Spring 1: The topic for the first half-term is ‘Dinosaurs’. The children will learn about different dinosaurs and that there were herbivores and carnivores. We will learn how they fit into our timeline.
  • Spring 2: The topic is ‘Growing’. The children will learn about how we change as we get older.  We look at similarities and differences between each other and we grow plants and flowers and look at the life cycle of a plant.
  • Summer 1: The topic for the first half-term is ‘Traditional Tales’. We will be reading some classic tales and doing lots of retelling and writing around the stories.
  • Summer 2: The topic for the second half-term is ‘Journeys’. We will be learning about new and old forms of transport, their similarities and differences, taking a magical book journey through different forms of transport.

The documents below will give you more information about learning in Reception.

Reception Blog

  • End of term fun!

    Reception have enjoyed the last few weeks of term getting into the Christmas spirit and building up in excitement for the end of term and Christmas.  Alongside our lessons, we have been taking part in lots of Christmas crafts, learning about the Nativity story, and being busy little elves in our Christmas performance. We thoroughly enjoyed our last day of term with the pantomime, Christmas dinner and Christmas party. The children loved pulling their Christmas crackers with their friends and being served their pudding by Santa.. The children were so happy when Santa came during our party and received their class presents. We can’t wait to use them!!

  • Kipper’s Birthday (Friday 26th November 2021)

    We have thoroughly enjoyed Kipper’s Birthday today, the best moment was when the children realised that Kipper was actually coming. The children were so happy when Kipper came into the classroom and we were able to touch him and talk with his owner. The children had such a good time. We did everything on our list of things to do at the party. We gave Kipper a present and cards, sang him Happy Birthday and had birthday cake, we ate party food, played party games, played with balloons and said thank you for coming to the party. This certainly was a special occasion and one the children will never forget.

  • Getting ready for Kipper’s Birthday (Thursday 25th November 2021)

    We have enjoyed a day filled with preparation for Kipper’s Birthday party. We have been decorating biscuits, making jam sandwiches and making a cake. We have been using a spoon to put icing on top of our biscuits and then squeezed icing sugar tubes to decorate them. We used a knife to spread jam on a slice of bread and put another slice on top and then cut the sandwiches in half and then in quarters. Some children decided they wanted squares and others triangles. To make the cake we needed to use a wooden spoon to beat the butter and sugar together. We then cracked eggs one at a time to add to the mixture. We used a whisk to mix it together. We then used the weighing scales to add the flour and then used a sieve to add it to the mixture. We took it in turns to mix the mixture together and then added some milk. We put the mixture into a baking tin and then an adult put it into the oven. We all agreed that the cake smelt delicious! Now we just have to decorate it tomorrow.

  • Halloween Fun!!

    We have had a wonderful week of Halloween fun in Reception. The children have thoroughly enjoyed our spooky role play area, making potions, doing spaghetti painting (the children said they were the spells coming out of the cauldron), using tweezers to pick up Halloween pasta shapes and making a witch using 2D shapes.  We watched a PowerPoint about Halloween traditions and found out that it is celebrated around the world. We also had a Halloween story in the spooky house, to create an ambience we made the classroom dark and lit the pumpkin that we carved together. We talked about fire safety and that an adult should light a candle. The children also experienced the pumpkin lit up in the blackout tent. The children had such a lot of fun and we did lots of learning.

  • Reception September 2021

    Reception have had a great start to the year and have been enjoying settling in and making new friends. They have been enjoying exploring their new classroom and resources and the outdoor area.

  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!!

    This week we have reading ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. We have absolutely enjoyed the story and it is definitely one of our favourites. The children have been joining in reading the story and joining in with Michael Rosen too on YouTube. Our role play area was turned into the story and we even went on a sensory bear hunt in the garden. Our favourite part was of course reaching the cave and then running back through the different obstacles to reach home. The children did think that the bear in the story was sad at the end as he only wanted somebody to play with. We even made our own story based on the book. Our story is called ‘We’re Going on a Unicorn Hunt’ and we have some very imaginative obstacles to go through. Check it out in our 3 o’clock read box!

    Look at how much fun we have had!!

  • Troll Jelly

    Reception read ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and have been doing a variety of activities to do with the story. They have absolutely loved retelling the story in our story tray and have been enjoying being the different characters. They have loved being the troll and especially the Big Billy Goat Gruff. We made troll jelly. The jelly was green – agreat troll colour and we used different sweet for the eyes, nose, mouth and hair. We thoroughly enjoyed eating it!!

  • Reception’s Fruit Salad

     

    This week in Reception we have been reading the story Oliver’s Fruit Salad By Vivian French. Oliver loves his Grandpa’s garden as he grows all his own fruit and vegetables. Oliver spends time there helping Grandpa pick them. One day while eating breakfast he tells his Mum that he helps Grandpa pick crunchy red apples from the garden. A little while later Mum gets a tin of pears out of the cupboard and Oliver comments how Grandpa grows fresh pears in his garden. They go to the supermarket and Oliver discovers so many different fruits. They buy them and bring them home and Oliver says that he doesn’t like fruit. Grandpa comes to their house and sees all the wonderful fruit on the table and says “Fruit salad.” Oliver has never had this before and helps to cut up the fruit and to his surprise he likes fruit salad.  This afternoon we made our very own fruit salad, the children were so excited. Lots of children said that they have never had fruit salad before and that they couldn’t wait to taste it. They cut the fruit very carefully using a plastic knife. The children commented on how delicious the fruits smelled while they were cutting. They noticed the colour, smell and texture of the different fruits and we talked about if they had tasted the different fruits before.  Just like Oliver the children love fruit salad too!!

  • Duckling update!!

    We are absolutely loving having the ducklings in Reception. At the weekend our last egg hatched, so now that’s a total of five – just like the song, which we have been singing too!! The ducklings have changed so quickly over the past few days and we have noticed that they are getting taller, they are not as fluffy as they were after they hatched, they don’t have their egg tooth anymore, they can move very quickly and stay together, they are eating and drinking a lot and they spend lots of time sleeping under the heat stand. Today we took the ducklings outside and put them in the water tray and watched them swim. We were amazed that they know how to swim already. They splashed about and even got us a little wet. The ducklings even know how to dip and dive under the water. We are really going to miss them when they leave us to go to their new homes.

  • HRH Prince Philip

    On Friday we found out a little bit about HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh. We watched newsround and talked about what we saw. In his memory we made flags that the children took home to wave and say goodbye.