Welcome to Reception
In Reception we love to learn and play! We have lots of different areas that we can explore and we like to challenge ourselves with our mini-me challenges.
We have very high expectations and are striving to meet the Early Learning Goals. This includes writing super sentences, learning our numbers, counting and reading a book. We have daily phonics sessions where we follow Letters and Sounds and also use Jolly Phonics actions to support our learning.
Mrs Fox, Mrs Thompson, Miss Hayter, Mrs Berckley, Mrs Aslam, Miss Priestley, Mrs Purba and Mrs Elsom all help us with our learning.
If you wish to contact us then please do so via the emails below and we will respond during school hours. Many thanks.
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help us make our mini beast mansion for our community project?
We had such a fun day today! An actor came into school and we read the story of Zog by our class author, Julia Donaldson. We acted out parts of the story and all got involved. Back in class we then made our own puppets for the story.
Our Trip to Nell Bank
The children had an superb time today at Nell Bank. Below are some photographs from the day. They began the day by searching for the Gruffalo but on the way they found many of the characters from the story.
They found the mouse camouflaged in the trees as he played hide and seek with his friends. They spotted the owl in the tree by the pond. The snake was dining beneath a pile of logs and the cheeky fox was hiding near the underground tunnels.
Meeting HRH Princess Anne
We were very lucky that we were invited to attend Tarte and Berry Bakery to meet Princess Anne! She wanted to find out all about the bakery and taste their delicious treats. We made her a book filled with pictures and letters which she really enjoyed looking at. It was a wonderful opportunity!
We had a wonderful time at Sports Day yesterday. We think there might be some budding athletes for future Olympic events! Everyone got a certificate for taking part. Have a look at our photos; there are some great action shots.
We have been looking at dinosaur footprints and finding out how they were kept from millions of years ago. We watched an interesting video and recreated what we learnt, imagining that we were paleontologists!
We have been for a walk around school, looking for signs of Spring. We saw flower buds, blossom and frogspawn. We were really lucky and also saw two magpies building a nest! We talked about the fact that there aren't many leaves on the trees yet because we've had a cold Spring so far.
Down's Syndrome Awareness Week
We wore odd socks to participated in Down's Syndrome Awareness Week and we created our own odd socks. We watched a lovely video where mums and their children signed to a song and we had a go at learning some of the signs.
One mile run
For Sport Relief all the classes in the school ran one mile and we did a fantastic job! We got quite tired out but we tried so hard.
World Book Day
We finally managed to enjoy World Book Day without any snow! We invited our family in for a 'Big Read' and shared stories. Then we did some drama around The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We also had a very fun assembly and we were proud of Georgina for winning the story competition.
We have been learning about the United Kingdom and the four countries that are in it. We were really interested in our capital city, London and found out lots about it. We made some amazing models of different landmarks.
Beep Beep Day
We have been learning all about road safety for beep beep day. We used bicycles on the nursery road and thought about how we can stay safe by wearing hi-vis vests and stopping at pelican crossings and zebra crossings. We learnt a song to help us stay safe when crossing the road and we made traffic light biscuits. At the end of the day we sang the song to our mums and dads.
Miss Moody's class enjoyed a trip to Moor Allerton Library today. We listened to a story about under the sea, found out about things we can do at the library and then drew some under the sea pictures. We can't wait to borrow some books from them and bring them back to our class.
In Maths today, we were looking at sequencing and what order we do things in to get ready for school.
We acted out waking up, getting dressed, brushing our teeth, eating our breakfast and putting our coats and hats on before we leave for school. We had to freeze the action to take a photo and then ordered them.
Making a Chinese Stir Fry
This week we are learning about how the Chinese New Year is celebrated. In class we are making a Chinese Stir Fry.
First we prepared the vegetables and chopping them. Then we made a Chow Mein Sauce using; Soya sauce, lemon juice, tomato ketchup and honey. Next we eagerly watched the teacher as she added the ingredients to the Wok and listened to them sizzling as they cooked.
Finally we tried our stir fry using chopsticks. It was delicious!
This week we have been looking at capacity and using the words full, half full and empty.
We started by filling our containers and saying how full they were and then we played a game where we had to race to fill our bucket with water, using yogurt pots. We had to decide the best way to carry the water; either half full, so we could walk faster, or full but walking more slowly. It was lots of fun! Stickman and Tabby McTat groups came joint first.
The alien stole our underpants!
We were very shocked when we came into school on Monday because we found out that an alien had stolen our underpants! We made wanted posters to describe him and we asked everyone to keep an eye out for him. Today we found a trail of pants and it led us to a letter from the alien. He gave us all of our pants back and said that he had just been borrowing them for a party!
We were very excited about the snow today so we got wrapped up and went outside to explore! We talked about the difference between ice and snow, how the snow felt and why it had fallen. We then made different shapes in the snow. We had lots of fun!
Reading 'Stay and Play'
We really enjoy seeing our parents for stay and play. This week Miss Moody's class did some lovely reading with our families. We then acted out Stickman for our parents to see, they were really impressed!
We have been using part-whole models and bar models to add two amounts together. We counted the amount in each part and then counted how many there were altogether to find the whole amount.
Mr Cowpe's Visit
We had a special visit from Mr Cowpe on his school trail. We sang him a song "Happy Retirement To You", we presented him with a malteser cake, presents and a card and then he played the guitar for us. It was lovely to hear him chat about his 36 years at Alwoodley and he advised the children to work hard and enjoy their time at this wonderful school! HAPPY RETIREMENT MR COWPE from all of Reception!
In Maths this week we have been looking at different objects and ordering them from longest to shortest. We then went outside and found different natural objects to measure using cubes.
We really enjoy using different technology in school. Here we are using the Ipads, interactive whiteboard and sound buttons. What technology do you have at home?
This week we have been making maps, showing where people can find different signs of Autumn outside. We found a map of our own and followed it to reach some treasure! We had to look carefully at the directions and what we passed along the way.
This week in Outdoor Maths we got active by testing which 3D shapes rolled down a ramp. We worked out that some rolled if you dropped them, rather than let them go and some just slid down. The cylinders and spheres were the best rollers!
We have been exploring outside this week in our Topic lessons, looking for Autumn things. We found acorns, berries and conkers amongst the red, brown, yellow and orange leaves.
This week we have been looking at 2D shapes. We played corners outside choosing a different shape in a hoop and then had a go at drawing some shapes of our own with chalk on the playground.
This week we are looking at instructions and we followed instructions for making edible sparklers! We learnt the time openers first, next and finally and used Talk for Writing actions to support us.
We have really enjoyed making our houses out of clay. We thought carefully about how many windows we needed, where our door would go and what number we need on our door. We then placed our house on a map, thinking about if we would like to live near a park, the shops or the road.
The Arium's Grand Opening!
A few weeks ago, Reception were asked to create part of a wonderful display for the new garden nursery in Leeds. Three of the children were then invited to attend the opening of it! We planted bulbs, had our photographs taken for the nursery and had a tour of it. We had a brilliant time and hope we can visit it again.
In Maths we have been looking at representing numbers in lots of different ways. We used resources such as counting toys, dice, shapes and numicon. How could you make some of these numbers at home?
Our local walk
We had a very windy (but lovely!) walk around our local area today. We looked at the different features in Alwoodley, such as shops, a park and a church and then thought about things we don't have. We also posted a letter in the post box and talked about things that we needed on the envelope.
Postman Pat's birthday
Today we have been celebrating Postman Pat's birthday! We read a story about it, made birthday cards for him and decorated cakes with the first letter of our name. We can't wait to eat them!
This week we have been learning about ourselves. We have named different body parts, made a skeleton picture, created a self-portrait and compared our eye colour.
We have started our phonics session this week and we are learning the s, a, t, p sounds. We enjoyed practising forming a 's' with chalk and paint.
What words do you know that start with these sounds?
We enjoyed meeting Mr Manning today who will be teaching us some of our PE in Reception. Today we were looking at different ways of movement and thought about how different animals move. We slithered like a snake and jumped like a kangaroo!
Today we found lots of frogs in the outdoor area so we brought them into class to have a closer look. We talked about how they felt, described how they looked and thought about where they might live. Some of us then drew a picture of a frog.
We've had a fantastic start to Reception and we have all settled in really well! We have enjoyed playing in the new areas, making friends and challenging ourselves with fun activities.