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The children are enjoying learning about Chanukah. They have been spinning dreidals and recording the winners, learning about the number 8, singing lots of songs, and preparing for our Chanukah party. The children have been writing their own invitations to invite other children to our end of year Chanukah party. We are also going to be baking our very own latkes and donuts so that we can celebrate in style!


We have introduced challenge books in Reception. Each of the children have their own personalised challenge book, they take part in a challenge and when they have completed it an adult signs it. These get updated weekly. 


Please be reminded there is no need to provide snack on a Friday afternoon. 


From January the children will be changing themselves for P.E. Please ensure everything is labelled, including shoes and socks. 


Click on the links for our Chanukah songs we would be grateful if you could practise with your children for our upcoming show.


Thank you for your continued support,


The Reception Team



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We Know A Man (The Chanukah Song!) - Learn all about Judah Maccabee

A song for Chanukah composed and performed by Stephen Melzack from his "Two Candles Burn album. Chanukah - Festival of Lights celebrates the miracle of the one day's supply of oil that burned for eight days after the Jewish victory over the Syrians and the reclaiming of the holy temple in Jerusalem led by Judah Maccabee.

DREIDEL, DREIDEL, DREIDEL with Lyrics - Hanukkah Children's Song by The Learning Station

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel with Lyrics. From the award-winning CD, "Seasonal Songs in Motion" Seasonal Songs in Motion CD Download: Seasonal Songs in Motion CD: NEW! "Holiday! Fun Vids for Kids" DVD: Visit The Learning Station: Visit our store!

Maoz Tzur (Rock Of Ages) - Hanukkah Songs

Taken from the album: Hanukkah songs - Famous Hanukkah songs in Hebrew performances by leading artists from Israel.

Old Mikamba Had a Farm-25/11


This week the children have been exploring the text “Old Mikamba Had a Farm.” This is a lovely spin on the traditional “Old Macdonald” song and story. It allowed the children to investigate different cultures and animals that live in different countries. They were able to compare and contrast the difference between the two texts and there was some wonderful writing produced. 


Linked to this the children have been designing their own Kenti cloth using a range of different paints and resources. Some of the children have been learning to sew some Kenti cloth patterns using hessienth and thick children’s needles.


In our maths this week Reception have been learning to make ten in a variety of different ways using a variety of resources such as ten frames, compare bears and duple. The children also baked some numicon ten biscuits which they said were 'really yummy.'


Every Friday the children will now be coming home with a challah. Challah baking incorporates vital skills such as following a recipe, measuring ingredients, mixing, kneading the dough and taking turns. We hope your children are enjoying their fresh challah at home.


Next week we are learning about subtraction and we will be playing skittles, using numicon and playing subtraction smash. We will also be learning through the text 'Handas Surprise.' 


On Monday we are learning about advent.


Thank you for all your continued support and the fabulous birthday gifts- they are going to good use.


The Reception Team


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Reading Homework


On your childs phonics reading sheet there will be words to blend. Some of these are real and some are classed as 'nonsense' words. Nonsense words are really important as they demonstrate whether your child is reading consistently or not. When they have read the nonsense words you can say 'thats a nonsense word! What a load of nonsense!' 


Please can we ask that you also fill in their reading diaries when you practise sounds, blending or books as it lets us know how they are getting on at home.


Many Thanks


The Reception Team


Lots of children did not return their library book on Monday. We cannot give new books unless old ones are returned. Please bring them back in their book bags every Monday. 


Please ensure all items of uniform are labelled. Lots of things go missing and it is usually because there is no name.


Please ensure reading folders are in your children bag everyday in case we need to read, add or change anything. 

Creepy Crawlies-20/11/19


The children loved meeting all the animals and insects that came into school the other day. Lots of the children were really brave and held the snake and the cockroach. This brought our topic of  'Animals and Patterns' to life and the children used their senses to touch and describe the patterns they saw. Pictures are coming soon! 

Zoo Lab

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Humpty Dumpty Investigation- The children had to investigate what happened to Humpty at the crime scene today!

Humpty Dumpty Investigation- The children had to investigate what happened to Humpty at the crime scene today!  1

Hooray it's Nursery Rhyme Week 18/11


This week the children will be learning new things in the context of their favourite Nursery Rhymes. On Tuesday they will be doing some more investigation about 'Humpty Dumpty' who has fallen off his wall. We will be asking the questions - How do you think he fell? What do you think happened? Could we have saved him? 


Please remind your children we have The Zoo Lab coming in on Wednesday where we will be doing a senses workshop. The children will be able to touch, see and smell the animals. We will support any children who are nervous around the animals.


We hope you have had a fab weekend and we are enjoying all the homework uploads on tapestry.


Please remember to bring your library books back every Monday.


The Reception Team 

Class Prize Baking Morning 15/11


The children enjoyed making their Rice Krispie squares this morning.

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The Library 


The children chose their own library book today. Please return them every Monday. Thank you.

We have been learning about size and the children have been measuring their friends and teachers !13/11/19

We have been learning about size and the children have been measuring their friends and teachers !13/11/19 1
We have been learning about size and the children have been measuring their friends and teachers !13/11/19 2
We have been learning about size and the children have been measuring their friends and teachers !13/11/19 3
We have been learning about size and the children have been measuring their friends and teachers !13/11/19 4

Farmer Duck Investigation


The children have been leading an investigation this week. We created a video of the “Farmer” coming in to steal our worry hand. The children had to create their own wanted posters to try and catch the Farmer. The investigation will continue tomorrow and the Farmer will return the hand. The children have been so excited about their investigation and we have gained some good quality pieces of writing.

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Dubby Dinosaur 

Every Friday someone will take Dubby Dinosaur home. Please fill out the diary about all the exciting things you have done with Dubby over the weekend- some photos would be great too. Please return Dubby and the diary before Friday the following week. Names are picked out a hat so the process is fair.

Guru Nanak Learning Day 11/11/19


Reception class have been learning about Guru Nanak today. They were able to draw pictures of Guru Nanak and create Sikh temples out of recycling. We talked about what a kind man he was and discussed how the Sikh Temple is different to synagogue.

Guru Nanak Learning Day

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The children have enjoyed investigating the text 'Farmer Duck' this week. They have been practising their newly learnt skill of story mapping and have been making their own mini ones. To help immerse them in the text we set up a small world farm yard where the children have been role playing and practising their animal noises. The children have been developing their fine motor skills by using pretend cow udders to squeeze milk- this was a popular activity this week! 


Next week we will continue with this text. 


It has been an exciting week for phonics- the children learnt their first digraph (two letters that make one sound) 'sh.' Phonics is moving at a fast pace now, please keep helping your children with their blending and sounds at home.


In mathematics this week we have started to learn about addition. The children have been learning to add two numbers together using numicon. Some of the children even made numbers beyond twenty! Numicon is a fantastic visual resource developed to enable children to have a deeper and more visual understanding of maths. 


The children will have the opportunity to vote for their class prize tomorrow. I am sure they will all tell you what option received the most votes.


We are asking for donations of old pots, pans and spoons to create a music corner outside. If you would like to give us some we would be grateful. 


On Monday we are learning about Guru Nanak and designing our own temples out of recycling materials. 


We hope you have a fabulous weekend. Thank you for your support.


The Reception Team



This Weeks Learning

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4/11/19 HOORAY - We have filled our jar full of golden eggs because of the children’s fantastic behaviour. The children will now vote for their class prize on Friday, whichever has the most votes wins. Our class prizes are : a morning of baking, a morning of sport, a morning of messy play or a morning off yoga.

4/11/19 HOORAY - We have filled our jar full of golden eggs because of the children’s fantastic behaviour. The children will now vote for their class prize on Friday, whichever has the most votes wins. Our class prizes are : a morning of baking, a morning of sport, a morning of messy play or a morning off yoga. 1



Thank you for all the fantastic gifts from our wish list, they are making such a big difference. 

Read Write Inc Books


 We hope you had a fabulous half term- we are enjoying seeing some of the activities your children have been doing over half term. If you haven't updated us on tapestry please do!



In the upcoming weeks children will be getting RWI reading books. These will be sent home every Thursday after 4 days of teaching. Please put all books back in their reading folders every day so that we can read and change any books where necessary. All children will eventually get a RWI book and a reading book, however these times will differ if we feel they are not ready. If there is no book given there will be blending practise/sound practise or games. Please be patient and remember everyone gets there in the end!

Phonics Homework 25-10-19


You will find a game enclosed in your child’s reading folder. Please cut all the pictures and words out and encourage your child to segment and blend the words. Please model this to them first.


Have a fantastic half term.


The Reception Team

Handout from RWI Information Morning


16.10.19 Story Mapping 


The children have enjoyed learning The story “Brown Bear” this week. Try asking them to repeat the story to you- they have been so engaged.

Brown Bear Story Mapping

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The children loved learning about estimation today. We learnt a song that enables them to use the language of estimation. This might be nice to sing at home- please click on the youtube link to sing with your children.

Estimate Song - Musical Math

The Estimate Song is a great example of a fun way to teach academic vocabulary in math in an explicit, multisensory way. Educators sometimes forget the importance of helping kids remember key words such as "estimate" and what it means.

Playing at Home


We would love to hear about what your children have been playing with at home. Please upload an entry onto tapestry of them playing with their favourite toys. This will really help us when we are observing and planning for your child during focus week. 

Patterns Patterns Patterns


Reception have been learning about all different kind of patterns this week. We have investigated repeating patterns and the children have been creating their own patterns using a range of materials. A very popular activity has been making fruit kebabs. The children had to thread their fruit onto a kebab stick and make their own unique pattern. This also helped develop their fine motor skills for writing.


The children have enjoyed our halloween themed role play outside. They have been making spells, dressing up, creating potions and turning their teachers into frogs! If you have any pumpkins at home and want donate them to early years we would be very grateful.


Literacy this week has been so exciting. The children have been writing invitations to the rest of the school to come and visit our mini Succah. The children wrote their own invitations and did some CD decorations that can hang in the Succah. The children enjoyed role playing eating in their Succah. 


​​​​​​​In phonics we have started segmenting and blending. Please practise all your children sounds at home that are in their reading folder. This will help support their literacy development.


Next week we are learning the story 'Brown Bear' and we are learning about estimation. 


Please continue to send tapestry entries in, we love seeing what you all get up to!


The Reception Team 

Patterns and Ict

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Please look at our handwriting phrases to support your children with their writing at home. It is really important that you support your children at home with their letter formation. We want the children to be in a good habit of forming letters, this is just as important as their reading skills. 

Phonics Handwriting phrases(Read Write Inc)

Focus Week


Now the children are settled, focus weeks have started.This is a chance for you to see an extended observation of your child. From this observation there will be a specific next step for your child to achieve. We will then post a following observation where we encourage your child to reach their next step. These observations will be clearly labelled so you know it’s their focus observation.

Active Learning Week 5


The children have had a very active learning week. Our focus in maths has been learning and using positional language within the classroom activities. The children really enjoyed the carpet time where they had to follow the positional language instructions using a bean bag. A follow on activity was map making and large map making. The children used electric cars to navigate themselves around the large map. This enhanced the children's positional language and ICT skills as they had to programme the cars to go in the correct direction.


In literacy this week the children have been talking about their hopes and dreams for the New Year, linking with Rosh Hashanah. The children discussed their wishes and wrote them down. We created a class wish box which they have posted their own wishes in.


Phonics learning is speeding up rapidly. We recommend that you practise the pure sounds with your children each day. This will give them a really solid base for blending. Next week we are starting blending sounds together to make words. If you have received this in your children's reading folder please practise and follow the you tube link I have posted. This does not mean they are blending yet, this means that we are encouraging this skill but they need support.


If you have not received words to blend yet please do not panic. This is normal and all children go at a different pace with their reading and it is important to be supportive of this. Please ensure you carry on practising their sounds and use our sounds video to help you. 


Like always, please contact us through the school office if you have any worries.


The Reception Team 

How to teach blending to children - Phonics tutoring with Ruth Miskin

Ruth Miskin demonstrates how to teach children phonics through assisted word blending. You can find out more about Ruth's approach at and Find Read Write Inc. resources on Oxford Owl: Oxford Primary website: Follow Oxford Primary on social media: Twitter: Pinterest:

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Please try and go on an autumn walk with your children whilst we are off. If you could collect twigs, leaves and conckers and bring them into school we would love them for some of our autumnal activities. 


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Shana Tova 


The children have had a busy week learning about Rosh Hashanah. One of their favourite activities was apple tasting. The children tasted three different types of apples and used tally charts to mark down their favourite. The class favourite was a 'mixed' apple with 17 votes! Reception have been learning the skill of spreading. They have been toasting bread and spreading honey, some of the children cut their toast into halves and quarters.


In maths this week the children have been learning how to find one more number and one less number. The children have been using real objects to help them work this out. They found finding one less harder to work out- this might be something you want to practise at home.


In our literacy this week the children have been reading the story 'Michael Recycle.' The children have been sorting recycling into plastic, paper and metal. The children have enjoyed listening to the story and we would love more of your recycling from home.


On Monday the children  started their 'Rainbow Challenges. The children are encouraged to pic a challenge in the classroom daily. When they have completed their challenges they get a coloured stick. Hopefully by the end of the week the children have a rainbow of sticks. If you hear them talking about this please encourage them to take part in the challenges.


Please keep practising their phonics sounds at home. By the end of the week you will have a reading record book and some phonics sounds to go over at home. Please ensure you are saying them correctly by following the youtube link posted last week.


We are wishing you all a happy, healthy and sweet new year.


The Reception Team.

City of Lights

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Always Learning!



The children are fully settled now and have begun purposeful learning each day. Since we last posted the children have learnt the skill of making a tally chart. They made their own tally charts and were able to ask their friends what they had for breakfast and make a mark in the correct column. Some children went around the school and marked down all the different hair colours. We found out, after counting our marks that brown hair was the most common.


At the start if the week we have learnt about 3D shapes. The children have been investigating which shapes roll and making tally charts using their prior knowledge.


We have been drawing self portraits and drawing portraits of our families. Children have been engaging with their teachers and telling us all about the different people in their family. This has been a fantastic activity to get to know all the children. The children were able to select the resources they wanted to use to create their picture, we had lots of chunky pencils out to develop the fine motor skills in the classroom. 


We are working on developing our fine and gross motor skills. The children have been using scissors to cut play dough and spaghetti and teachers have been helping children use their scissors correctly. Lots of the children enjoyed the large mark making we had in our outdoor area. The children used large paint brushes and mops to do painting on the floor and on large rolls of paper.


This week we have started our phonics sessions. We hope your children have told you lots about. We are learning the sounds 'm', 'a' and 's'. Reception are also learning to handwrite these sounds. We want to focus on all the skills children need to reach the end of year literacy goals. Below you will find the YouTube link of how to say the Phonic sounds correctly so you can reinforce this at home.


A highlight of the week has been a collaborative 'city of lights' building which was initiated by the children. We will post some pictures so that you can see.


As always we appreciate your recycling bits if you wish to bring some in. Keep the family pictures coming in- the children are enjoying talking to us about them.


The Reception Team 

Sounds of the English Phonic Code -Synthetic Phonics.wmv

Tami Reis-Frankfort, reading specialist and trainer, demonstrates how to pronounce the sounds of the English Phonic Code, when teaching children to read with Synthetic Phonics.

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Welcome to Reception

Welcome to the Reception class blog. The children have settled in well and are slowly adapting to new routines , new rules and a long school day. The focus this week has been settling the children ensuring they know where everything is , what is happening throughout the day and what is expected of them. The children particularly like our “golden egg” whole class reward. The children receive a golden egg if they do something well as a team e.g. tidying up. Once our jar gets full the children can choose a class prize from our menu e.g. a morning of gymnastics.

This week we have been encouraging a love of reading. Everyday the children vote for the book they would like to hear their teacher read at the end of the day. The text with the most votes gets read. We have been reading the story “Silly Billy” encouraging children to tell an adult if there is anything they are worried about . The children made their own Worry Dolls and worry doll house to put their doll inside. Children used the skills of cutting, wrapping and glueing to make these.

We have been carrying out lots of mathematical activities using Numicon. Numicon is a fantastic resource to aid a solid foundation in number and shape space and measure. It is a visual, hands on resource that children will become very familiar with. The children have been ordering numbers one to fifteen.


Please help teach your child to put on their jumpers , coats and cardigans. This will help them become more independent in daily routines.

If you have any recycling that you don't want- we would like it for our creative development area.


Please bring in a family photo for our topic wall, the children can also use this picture to tell us more about your family.


We hope your children have had a fab start to Clore life.


The Reception Team