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Welcome to Reception!


It is great to be back at school.
We have also been joined by seven new children. They have settled well into our class and have made lots of friends.
We made face biscuits in our first week.

All About Me

Our first theme is all about ourselves.

        We have looked at the skeleton and are learning the names of the bones. 

We know the skull protects our brain and the ribs our heart.


We are also looking at different ways to keep healthy.

We have discussed eating fruit and vegetables, doing exercise, brushing our teeth two times a day and washing our hands to kill germs.

We had a visit from the School Nurses to help us.

They also explained the role of nurses and doctors and how they help us.  



              We have been learning all about pets.

            We have discovered how to keep pets safe and well, what food they like to eat, where they like to sleep and how to care for them.

Dylan the Spaniel visited our class. 

He enjoyed having his teeth brushed with meat flavoured toothpaste and having his fur brushed.


We used 2D shapes to make a kennel for Dylan.


Reading Workshop

Our Parents and Grandparents attended our Reading Workshop.

We sang some of our songs from Jolly Phonics.

Then we explored how we teach Phonics and Reading at Barnwell Academy.

We also discussed how we can practice at home with help.


MacMillan Coffee Morning

The MacMillan Coffee Morning was a huge success thanks to the support of all our families.

We raised over £225.

Reception sang 2 of their favourite songs, Incy Wincy Spider and Row Row Row Your Boat to start the morning.

We held a raffle and guessed the teddy bear's name.

We ate lots of yummy cakes too. 



We have been exploring Autumn.

We have read stories about Percy the Park Keeper, including After the Storm, and wrote about his animal friends.

We used Percy's tree house to find different positions and name them correctly,       inside, outside, next to, in between, on top, above, under, in front and behind.


We also had a visit from the RSPB. 

Jill helped us to use our senses to explore the environment. We looked at the changes to leaves, lots of different colours.


Spanish Day

We had a really great day with lots of fun activities.

We started with a Spanish lesson. We learnt how to say hello, good day, bye and good night. We also counted from 1 to 5.

After we listened to Mr Longstaff play his classical guitar. The Spanish music was very lively, we clapped and tapped our feet in time to the music.

We watched a DVD of children performing a flamenco dance. It was very tricky but we all tried really hard and were able to perform some of the moves.

Miss Smith helped us to prepare a Spanish Feast. We had Tapas to eat and Sangria to drink. It was delicious.



Celebration of Light

We are exploring celebrations with light.

We had a Halloween Disco. The pumpkins had lights inside.

We have looked at Celebrations in the Christian Church. We looked at Wedding and Christening when candles are lit.

We looked at the Hindu Faith and Diwali.

We made divas with clay and added a small teal light.

We had a Celebration Party.

We played party games, had a party tea and had a birthday cake with a candle to blow out.

We had onion an bhaji and a vegetable samosas. They were spicy.

We lit our diva candles. They made the hall glow. 

Anti-Bullying Week

 We have participated in Anti-Bullying Week.

We made Friendship posters saying how we can help our friends and who to go to if we need help.

The NSPCC came into to talk to us about how to stay safe.

We also took part in Odd Socks Day.


Pudsey Bear Day

We have had a great day in school celebrating Pudsey Bear Day whilst raising money   for Children in Need.

Year 6 ran a Penny Fair in the school hall. Lots of fun games and yummy cakes to eat.

Pudsey came to visit our school in the afternoon.

We then enjoyed watching Pie the Teacher.

Mr Lig, Miss Brown, Mr Sadler and Mr Longstaff were the lucky ones to be chosen.




 We are exploring toys in readiness for Christmas.

We have written a letter to Santa. We hope he comes to visit our class and read them.

We have also looked at toys from the past and toys of today.

We liked the toys of the past, some of the games were quite tricky. We had to practice with the Cup and Ball. The toys were mostly made of wood, did not move, make any sounds or change colour.

We really liked the toys of today.  They were colourful, could make sounds and change colour. The Walkie Talkies were great fun


 Christmas Production

A Present for the Baby

We performed our Christmas Nativity play for our families.

We were amazing.

Great singing. Great acting. Great speaking to tell the story.

Everyone was extremely proud of us.



We are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas.

We are busy sorting Santa's presents for the sleigh.

We are checking which are heavy and which are light.

We are then using non standard units to see how heavy they are.