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Hello and welcome to Reception!
Summer 1 2024
In science, we have been looking at the effect of exercise on our bodies.  We found out that our hearts went faster, we breathed faster and we felt hotter. We were learning that it is important to have some exercise every day.
We have been looking at a painting by Mary Cassatt called 'Children Playing on a Beach'.  We had to draw our friend and then create a background.  We had to work as a team to finish this.
We have been thinking about our bodies and have started with the head and all its features.  We drew, cut out and stuck on eyes, ears, a nose, a mouth and added eyebrows and eye lashes.  Then we added hair.  If you wanted it curly you had to roll the card around a pencil - this took a lot of concentration.

In PE we have been developing our ball skills. In the last lesson we were trying to throw the ball into a netball net.  We had to bend our needs and launch the ball in the nest direction.


Spring 2 2024
In Reception, we have been learning some new skills in maths this term.  We were given a tray of objects. We had to re-group the objects, subitise the amounts in each group, match numbers to amount and find the total.  The children used the mathematical words correctly and explained the process clearly.  Great independent work!

As part of science week, we explored how the earth had changed.  We talked about how there used to be dinosaurs, but they are now extinct.  We talked about the different theories about what happened to the dinosaurs. As a class we looked at images of the earth now and images of the earth then and talked about similarities and differences.  As part of our linked activities, we measured dinosaurs using unifix bricks and recorded our findings.

As part of the work on dinosaurs, we also made our own.  The children were provided with a range of materials to make their dinosaurs.  They all worked independently.
Spring 1 2024

On 13th February, Reception's classroom became an island.  We climbed aboard a boat to get to our island and waved goodbye to our parents.  Everyone had a rucksack full of things they had brought for a trip to an island. We had binoculars, fishing rods, sun hats, sunscreen and much, much more. Then we sailed across the ocean in our hoop boats looking out for creatures in the deep and other boats nearby. Year 6 delivered our lunch and we all sat together enjoying our picnic.  In the afternoon, we wrote postcards home and had a sleep in cosy tents around our campfire.



In preparation for island day, the children worked in groups of three to create an island of their own.  We read Katie Morag and found out about the island she lived on so we had some great ideas about what we could put onto our islands.

During storytelling week, we used books to explore mathematical ideas. We used a book called 'How Many Legs?'.  On each page the book asked how many more legs there would be if a new animal arrived.  We made a tally of the legs and then we worked out the total.  Everyone enjoyed exploring big maths together.



We read every week as part of Little Wandle -it is called a reading practice session. During the session, we decode words, practice sounds and learn about the story we are reading. We blend the sounds to be able to read out books fluently and with emotion. What fantastic readers!


Autumn 2 2023
Reception have been retelling the story of The Little Red Hen using Talk for Writing.  They made masks for the different characters.  Which characters do you recognise from the story?

The children in Reception have been busy making and describing repeating patterns.


Reception have been working hard on their writing and they enjoy using their writing area!

Reception loved meeting our guinea pigs for the first time!


The children in Reception enjoyed preparing for Christmas and made some excellent cards.

Autumn 1 2023
The children in Reception have settled in brilliantly and made a great start to the year.
We enjoyed painting our self-portraits.

Our Reception class is called Kiwis.  We enjoyed learning about kiwis and painting pictures of them.

In maths, we have been practising counting using one to one correspondence.

Linking to our work in maths, we made bridges to take a heavy weight and a light weight.


In Reception, we particularly love painting and reading!


The children in Reception went on a school trip to St Albans Cathedral.  They completed a maths trail and made their own stained glass windows.
Reception thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a Drama For All workshop - they had lots of fun!
As part of Unique Week at Beech Hyde, Reception made an enormous paper chain, choosing coloured paper that represented their skin colour to make their face.


In maths we have been using tens frames to show 10 and some more.

The children were given an amount of objects in a box, they had to estimate the amount and then used tens frames to find the exact amount.


We created string and paper faces, labelled them and then thought about the senses they used.


Alien discovery - we made a maths alien using dice, described our alien, named it, made the alien a spaceship and created a planet for it to live on.

During child initiated learning, the children worked together to create a city with vehicles for dinosaurs and an obstacle course.  Great examples of Team Bee in action!


The children designed super crowns to celebrate the coronation.


The children used strings of cotton reels to count how many on each string and to find out which string had more.

In partners, we created pictures of different environments - the rainforest, rice fields, desert, tundra, ocean and grasslands.

We made potions using a range of materials, tweezers and pipettes. I wonder what the potion will do?


Every Monday we have a secret reader visiting our class. On the first day we had Mr Field come and he read 'Harry and the Dinosaurs Go Raah!'

We have created story sticks in Reception using materials that help to tell our story.


More new equipment has arrived under our canopy which we are exploring and thoroughly enjoying.  A huge thanks to the BHA!


We had a letter from Mr Gumpy who went to the Rainforest.  He needed us to think of animals that can come down the boat in the Amazon. Henry created a crocodile, but he must not snap.


We explored more, less and equals using tangerines. Then, as we ate them we used subtraction.


In Reception, we have been carefully counting in maths using one to one correspondence. The children point to each object and count to find out how many they have.


The Reception children have been loving fun French Friday. They have learnt a variety of fruit and vegetables and use these words during their snack time. They are also able to say how they are feeling in different ways, by responding to the question - Ca va? (How are you?) They made feelings flash cards and even practised their writing in French.  They are hearing lots of instructional language which they are beginning to understand and respond to such as Lavez les mains (Wash hands) Levez-vous (Stand up) and Ecoutez. (Listen)


During our PE lesson, we were being trained to be elves for Santa. We had to learn how to roll, balance, climb, deliver parcels and jump down chimneys.


Reception are very excited at the moment.  They have new outdoor equipment and they cannot wait to explore it!
Reception spent a few weeks getting to know other adults around school.  They interviewed them, took a photo and then painted the portraits.
In maths, we have been exploring the word 'comparing'.  We have enjoyed investigating 'heavier' and 'lighter'.
The children have enjoyed exploring the art area.  This is an amazing rocket!

There are superheroes about in our playground -we are all getting ready for superhero week.

We have been practising writing the word ‘ten’ in our Little Wandle phonics lessons. These children completed this task independently.