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Reception

Welcome to Reception!
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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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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