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Reception

Welcome to Reception!
Week beginning 3rd December 
We have started our new story, 'The Gingerbread Man'. We read the story and the children made their own gingerbread men. Watch this space to see what happens to them next week...
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We have continued to celebrate Chanukah this week. Every day the class have joined with the older children to take part in a candle lighting. On Monday some Israeli scouts worked with the children on some Chanukah games and activities. The children have continued to explore the Chanukah interest table and have enjoyed the driedel challenge where they see who can spin the driedel for the longest time. The children painted and brought home their clay Chanukiyas. We hope you are enjoying using them.

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We enjoy learning in the outside area even when the weather is colder. This week the children were excited to discover that some words and letters had frozen inside some giant blocks of ice. They had to think of different ways to free the letters and their ideas included breaking the ice with various equipment, pouring warm water over the blocks and moving the ice to a warmer place. 
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Week beginning 26th November 

Chanukah learning day

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This week in maths we have been thinking about addition. The children have learnt to find the total number of objects in two groups by counting all of them. We have discussed different ways of recording a calculation, including drawing pictures and writing numbers. The children then got the practise adding teddy bears, fingers and spots on dominoes. Some children created their own dominoes and made their own number sentence. 
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Week beginning 19th November 

We have been thinking about the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We used a story map to read the story all together. The children enjoyed revisiting the story map in exploring time and retelling the story with their friends.

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Some children then made their own story maps and pictures in response to the adult led sessions.
The children have enjoyed applying their phonic knowledge to writing and have been completing phoneme frames. 
Week beginning 12th November

We are restocking our recycled modelling materials. Please send in your recycling, especially kitchen roll tubes, tissue boxes, cereal packets, yoghurt pots and other small pots. Please ensure anything that you send in has been thoroughly cleaned and contains no food residue. 

Please also send in any empty hand soap dispensers as we would like to use these to dispense paint in our creative areas. Thank you. 

This week we talked about Remembrance Day. The children were keen to share what they had learnt from attending various parades at the weekend and proudly showed their poppies. The children then made their own poppies, choosing from a range of resources. 

"The poppies are to remember the war". - Adam

"It was Poppy Day. It’s when people say thank you to soldiers". - Jayden

"It’s to remember the people who were fighting for us". -Lily

"The people fight in the war. The poppies are to remember". - Jay

"Loads of animals were fighting in the war. The poppies are for the animals". - Raphe

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Week beginning 5th November 
This week has been anti-bullying week. We enjoyed wearing odd socks to think about how we are all different, like the socks we were wearing but that we respect everybody. We played a parachute game where the children went under the parachute if the teacher called any of the colours in their socks. For anti-bullying week we read lots of stories such as 'The Bad Tempered Ladybird' and 'Topsy and Tim Help a Friend' . We talked about how to be a good friend and what to do if we see someone being unkind. The children made paper chains and joined them together with other children in the class to create long chains that have been hung in the classroom. These chains remind us that we are all friends and that we work better together. On Thursday, we took part in a house activity, where the children in reception worked with children in their house across all year groups to make a short film about respect. 
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The children were very excited to share their experiences of fireworks at the beginning of the week. We made fireworks pictures inside with glitter and paint, explored fireworks sensory trays, made fireworks splat pictures outside and the children used their imaginations really well and created their own fireworks display with the pom poms. 
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Thank you to those parents who came to the phonics talk on Tuesday. We hope it was informative. You should have all received an email with the handouts and a list of useful websites. 
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Week beginning 22nd October 
This week has been Black History Week, where children have taken part in a variety of activities. The children joined Atsu and Danny for their African Drumming demonstration, where they explained about traditional African dress and played the drums. The children enjoyed drumming on their knees and were captivated by the demonstration. On Thursday, the children got to try the drums out for themselves! 
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We learnt about Kente cloth and how it originates from the west African country of Ghana. We got to look at some real Kente cloth and talked about the patterns and colours. The children then created their own Kente cloth using paint, paint sticks or collage materials. 
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The children have learnt about Mary Seacole and Nelson Mandela. After hearing some key facts about them, the children worked as a class to write a character description. 
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Week beginning 15th October 
A highlight of our outside play this week has been using the mud kitchen. The children made cakes, pies, soup and even magic potions! We talked about ingredients and recipes and encouraged the children to record their recipe through words or pictures. 
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The class met Mischievous Monkey this week. He likes numbers and his favourite thing is to hide numbers on the number tracks and hundred squares in the classroom! The children have been challenged to work out which numbers Mischievous Monkey has hidden each day. 
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This week the children enjoyed their first visit to our new library. They chose from a selection of brand new books and we had discussions about favourite stories. Please remember to return the book to school each Monday so that your child can pick a new one.
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Week beginning 8th October 
In Literacy the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning the story ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?’  First they listened to the story and then we created a story map of the story. The children have then worked in small groups to use the story map to retell and act out the story. We will be continuing with this story next week and the children will be creating their own story maps.
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The children are enjoying playing in the outside area and highlights this week have included performing on the stage and building fabulous models.
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Every day the children take part in a daily exercise session. This sometimes involves games or a structured activity outside, or it may be joining in with a guided dance in the classroom. It is always lots of fun! 
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Week beginning 1st October 
To continue our work on the topic ‘All About Me’, the children have brought in baby photos and thought about how they have changed. This will continue next week, so please make sure you send in a photo if you have not done so already. 
We have started to reorganise our outdoor learning environment to make sure everything is fully accessible for the children. The children have been helping to organise and arrange all of our resources. For example, some children built a stage in our new music and movement area. We are working hard with the children to teach them to tidy up carefully and look after their learning environment. 
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As part of our PSHE lessons for this half term we have been talking about who the children can talk to and trust if they have a problem or if something is making them upset. Some children then drew pictures of people they trust. 
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Week beginning 24th September 

We enjoyed eating our lunch in the Succah!

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Each week the children take part in a PE lesson with a specialist PE teacher. This week, the children warmed up by moving around the field in different ways. They then played a game where the hoops were boats which could hold up to five people, and the cones were submarines with space for one person. When the ‘sharks’ came along, the children had to quickly get to a boat or submarine, making sure each one contained the correct number of children. 
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Week beginning 17th September 
On a Friday, reception and nursery join together to take part in a Kabalat Shabbat. We sing songs, set the Shabbat table and enjoy some tasty grape juice and challah. 
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We have started our phonics lessons and the children have learnt the sounds 's', 'a', 't' and 'p'. Each sound has an associated picture to help the children remember it and a rhyme to aid letter formation. For example, the sound 'a' has a picture of an apple. The rhyme is ‘round the apple and down the leaf’. The children have practised writing the letter sounds in lots of different ways and we have started to blend two sounds together to read words, such as ‘at’ and ‘as’.
Week beginning 10th September 
This week we have been thinking about shapes. We looked closely at some aliens made up of 2D shapes and talked about what we could see. The children then had a go at making their own shape pictures. 
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We gave the children mirrors and asked them to look carefully at their faces. The children then used paint to create a self-portrait. 
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Week beginning 3rd September 

We have had a busy first week in reception! The children have enjoyed exploring their new classroom and getting to know each other. We have played name games and found out about the new Clore Shalom values and rules, created pictures using stamps, rollers and paints, made models with various construction materials, searched for numbers in the sensory tray, spotted our names, learnt about Rosh Hashanah, sung lots of songs,  listened to lots of stories and enjoyed our first Kabalat Shabbat with the nursery children!

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