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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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Long Term Overview (566KB)
- Reception Meet the Teacher (717KB)
- EYFS Framework 2021 (370KB)
- Birth to 5 Matters (7MB)
- EYFS Recommended Reading List (149KB)
- Development Matters (651KB)
As tradition we celebrated the end of the Spring term with our Easter Bonnet parade. The children paraded around the hall proudly wearing their Easter Bonnets. We had some really lovely bonnets and the children loved the other children looking at them as they walked around the hall. Here’s to the end of the Spring term and looking forward to what the Summer term will bring!
March – Chick madness!!
During this month we have had some excitement to say the least! We were very lucky to receive an incubator and 11 eggs. We waited patiently and with great excitement and a few days later witnessed the hatching of the eggs. We were so lucky that we had 10 healthy chicks. We had to leave the chicks in the incubator for 24 hours so that they dried out and then carefully put them in the brooder box. We got the brooder box ready for our new friends by laying newspaper down, putting a layer of wood shavings, fill their food and water bowls. Once the chicks were ready to go inside the brooder box we had to be even more patient to wait to handle them. They had to get used to their new home and we loved watching them. We found out all about what happens inside the egg before they hatch and what changes would occur as they grow. We were amazed at how quickly they changed over a week and noticed what was changing. We wrote about the chicks and looked at non-fiction books to find out information. We loved handling the chicks and we were so gentle and caring with them. I think that in reception we have a few chick whisperers!!!
Digging up the past…
This week in Reception we have been finding out about Palaeontologists. We found out that they dig for fossils using special tools. We turned our role play area into an excavation site and used tools to find fossils. Throughout the week we have found different dinosaur bones and we even made our own fossils using clay. We made fossil pictures using fossil stamps and art straws. At the end of the week we even made fossil biscuits. We have thoroughly enjoyed our dinosaur topic this half term and have learnt so much!
This week in Reception…..
We have been finding out about the landscape that the dinosaurs lived on. We found out that there were lots of active volcanoes. The children wanted to know what was inside them, how they erupted, are there still volcanoes now and how the dinosaurs died. We watched some videos and used a Non-Fiction text to find out this information. The children were absolutely fascinated and captivated by what they heard and saw. We started off by finding out what the children already knew and what they wanted to find out. We learned some new vocabulary and have been using this throughout the week. We learned the words magma, lava, liquid rock, eruption/erupt and explode/explosion. We carried out two experiments to show what happens when volcanoes erupt. We did the Coke and Mentos experiment and used bicarbonate of soda, red food colouring and vinegar for the other experiment. We have also been painting volcanoes and writing about what happened in our experiments and information we found out about volcanoes.
A Romp in the Swamp!
This week we have been reading Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs: A Romp in the Swamp By Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds. We talked about why Harry keeps his dinosaurs in a bucket and the children said that he wants to keep them safe and they are his special toys. One of the children even said that if somebody else touches them they might lose their magic. We created a swamp for the dinosaurs with slime. The children had a wonderful time exploring the slime and came up with lots of words to describe it. They said it was slimy, sticky, messy, stretchy, gloopy and goopy.
12th January 2022 – Reptile Visit
The children were curious to know what a dinosaur felt like. We have found out that dinosaurs were reptiles. We were really lucky to have a visit from a milk snake and a tortoise. The children were very curious about the snake and interested in how it moves and feels. Most of the children touched the snake and noticed that it had a pattern on it. They noticed that the top and bottom of the snake are different and that the body gets thinner as it gets to the tail. Surprisingly the children found out that a snake is smooth and soft. The children were captivated by the tortoise and felt it’s shell and legs. They noticed that the shell was hard and smooth and the legs were bumpy and rough. They decided that they thought most dinosaurs would feel more like a tortoise.
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.
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.