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Welcome to Reception A.

2013-2014 The Year of Independent Thinking

 
Children enjoy learning through play and often talk about their learning as play.  Learning in Reception is through real experiences, play and short periods of time focusing on something with and without an adult supporting the learning.   

We hope you enjoy seeing what we have been learning recently. 


 
Staff working throughout Reception


Mrs Alderson; Miss Wilson; Mrs Crampton; 

Mr Bogle; Mrs Haigh


 
Dates for your diary!

Parent/Carer Workshop
This is an opportunity for parents/carers to work alongside their child each Monday from 2.25pm-3.10pm.  Further information will be sent out this week.

Our World
This half term we are finding out about the World.  We will be finding out about different people, places and animls from around the world.  Sharing our learning, helps us to learn more, so we are encouraging each other to be 'experts' about places we have visited.


Tuesday 10th June - Reception visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park
We will continue our learning about living things, and find out more about the World through the animals we will see on this visit!


We are continuing to develop our counting skills by counting forwards and backwards and working with numbers from 0 to 20 and beyond.  Counting in twos, tens and fives, and sharing and halving numbers are all areas of focus also.
We will continue to develop our skills for how to solve maths problems using numbers and shapes.



 
Staff working throughout ReceptionStaff working throughout Reception
Our Class Promise

We have a class promise which helps us to enjoy school and do our best. Be kind to everyone; Share; Listen carefully; Remember to say please and thank you; Do as I am asked the first time.

Our Class Promise
Yorkshire Wildlife Park

We had a wonderful time exploring the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster. We saw lots of wild animals from many different countries. Hairy, tall, short, furry, friendly and ferocious are some of the words we used, to describe many of the animals we saw. We hope you enjoy looking at the photographs! Can you name the famous person we met?

Yorkshire Wildlife Park
'I like' Performance

We dressed up in our pyjamas, and made hats using art work linked to things we like. Have a look at the photographs of us, before our performance to a real audience of parents, carers and other family members.

'I like' Performance
Animal Food!

As we learn about animals from around the world, and prepare for our visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, we have been practicing our cooking skills; making animal shaped biscuits. We have an 'Wildlife Park Cafe' in the classroom; watch this space for learning linked to this role play area.

Animal Food!
EXPRESS YOURSELF!

We have been 'expressing ourselves' in different ways this week, as part of a whole school focus on the Arts. Have a look at the photographs and art works around school.

EXPRESS YOURSELF!
Express Yourself - 'I like' performance

During our 'Express Yourself' focus week, we learnt a new dance and wrote a poem about things we like. We made hats from art work of things we like, such as choocolate, milkshake, animals, and people.

Super Food Smoothies - fit for Superheroes!

We have been learning about foods which are really good for us. We made fruit smoothies, chopping fruit and pouring in different ingredients to make delicious flavours. Why not try making one at home!

Super Food Smoothies - fit for Superheroes!
Superhero visit to Pudsey Park

We visited Pudsey Park as part of our focus on Superheroes. Our imaginary superhero character Dr Bad, told the children he was in Pudsey with Len and Terry. Have a look at the photographs to see what we found in Pudsey Park.

Superhero visit to Pudsey Park
SUPERHERO LEARNING!!

Superhero day has helped us all to learn more about superhero qualities. Two real life superheroes came into school; a radiographer and a detective. Have a look at the photographs of the class dressed as superheroes. Also have a look at learning linked to Dr Bad, a naughty character (every superhero story has one!) who has taken Len the Leopard and Terry the Tiger. We will keep you posted on any news from this story. The children have been challenged to save the animals. Detective Alex helped the children to think about how they could find the animals.

SUPERHERO LEARNING!!
Being Superhero detectives

We have been looking for clues to help us to find Len and Terry, the class teddies. Dr Bad hasn't sent any more messages! We have made posters and written letters to Len and Terry. We've also focused on recognising numbers so if we find a telephone number, we can ring Dr Bad.

Being Superhero detectives
In the News!

During our 'In the News' focus week, we will be investigating news linked to us and our areas for learning. Have a look at the photographs taken during this exciting week in school, and read the daily blog about our learning.

In the News!
IN THE NEWS FOCUS WEEK:
Day One - Monday 31st March
The Adventures of a giant Lego Man at Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School!

A Lego man has appeared in the library area near to the cloakroom.  How did he get there?  What is he doing with our books?  What would you like to find out about the Lego man?
Some children are vsiting the Lego shop in Leeds on Tuesday; let's hope they find out something about the Lego man!
Today we have been practising our cutting skills by making reporter name tags.  We are learning to write our full names (first name and surname). 
How many letters are there in your first name and then your surname?  Add the numbers together, to find the total number of letters in your name!
 Day Two - Tuesday 1st April
Today the Lego man made himself at home in Mrs West's office. He left a trail of books from the library area, all over school.  Children in Reception reported on this development, writing down what they saw.  They spoke to different adults in school about the Lego man.  Watch the video which shows some children following the trail of books!
What will the Lego man do next?  This afternoon some children went in the school minibus to the Lego shop in Leeds.  Staff in the Lego shop talked about the giant Lego man, and how he sometimes visits Lego shops all around the world.
We now have some brand new Lego which we can build and play with.  Huge thanks to all the staff in the Lego shop in the Leeds Trinity centre!  They made the children feel welcome, helped us to find Lego and gave us some Lego and magazines.  Maybe tomorrow we can teach the Lego man some manners and how to count in twos and tens!!! 

Day Three - Wednesday 2nd April
Today we found the Lego man halfway up the climbing frame in the school hall!  How did he get there, and just what does he think he is doing?  We have reported on this news; have a look at our writing about this event.  
Today we have also built models, using the Lego given to use by the Lego shop in the Trinity Centre in Leeds.  We have had to think carefully, and listen, in order to follow the instructions as we worked together.


 
The hunt for the Giant Lego Man

On Tuesday 1st April the giant Lego man vanished from the library area in school. Watch the film to see where we find him!

In the News - Reporters Writing!

Have a look at some of the news we have been writing about during the 'In the News' focus week. We have enjoyed being reporters, exploring school to find the news stories!

In the News - Reporters Writing!
Sports Relief 2014

Today we celebrated Sports Relief 2014 by coming to school dressed in red clothes. We brought some pennies to school and they are being sent to the Sports Relief pot of money. How much money do you think we will raise? The school council made 3 biscuits for each class, and we had a vote to decide who had been the kindest people in the class all day long. Have a look at the photograph to see who we chose!

Sports Relief 2014
Living Things

We are finding out about living things. Questions we are thinking about are: What do different living things needs to stay healthy? Does everything grow? How can we help living things? We are looking carefully to make sure we see changes and can talk about what we see.

Living Things
Gymnastic Challenge!

We are learning how to move in different ways on the apparatus. Have a look at the photographs to see how creative we are!

Gymnastic Challenge!
            
Mrs Alderson and Len the Leopard's adventures in Finland!
We hope you enjoy reading all about the exciting adventures of Len and Mrs Alderson.  They hope to update it each day they are away from Primrose Hill.

Please also look in the photo gallery below to see what Finland looks like as they upload photographs.  Maybe you could have a look at images of Finland with your family and talk about how it is similar or different to places you know in England.

 
Preparing for the visit to Finland
Mrs Alderson and Len have been looking at the weather forecast in Finland to see what they need to pack.  Normally there is lots of snow in Finland at this time of year but at the moment there is hardly any snow.  It is colder in Finland than it is here in England so a warm hat, gloves, scarf and coat will definitely be needed. 
Mrs Alderson and Len are visiting three places in Finland: the capital city - Helsinki, Rauma and Harjavalta.  Can you find these places on a map?









Day 1 in Finland!
Len and I have arrived safely in Finland.  The Finnair plane landed on time in Helsinki airport.  Helsinki is the capital city of Finland.  What is our capital city called?
It has taken all day to travel from Leeds to the town of Rauma on the west coast of Finland.  What have you been doing all day?
Len has his own bed in the hotel room with me. 
Rauma is a lovely town and tomorrow Len and I will be visiting a school and taking part in a conference.  A conference is a big meeting with lots of people.
Len had some chicken in a creamy honey sauce for his tea with carrots, pea shoots and chips.  He had ice cream for pudding the same as me.
I have been taking lots of photographs but can't upload them onto the ipad until I come back to England as I need a lap top.  You could draw a picture to show what you think all that has been described looks like.
More information will be posted on here tomorrow.
Love from Mrs Alderson and Len. X

Day 2 - Wednesday 5th March 
Today Mrs Spencer and I spent the morning in a school.  The children had playground equipment outside and lots of space to move around inside.  They used computers and played musical instruments.  One class had a drum kit in their classroom! There was lots of lovely art work all around the school for everyone to see and enjoy.  I really liked the things they had made in clay so I think we might use clay again soon if you would like to.  The children were learning to speak English in every class and liked that Mrs Spencer and I could speak some words to them.
For lunch the children all ate the same food as there was no choice about what they had to eat.  Lots of the children walk home by themselves or get a taxi home with some other children.  Many of the children live further away from school than children at Primrose Hill do.

Later on we had lunch in a bigger school for older children.  I ate all my dinner which was salad (lettuce, cucumber, grated carrot) and a dish which had chopped meat with potatoes.  The potatoes were tiny and in a cuboid shape!  Because the potatoes were small there were lots and lots of them.  There was no pudding, instead there was bread and crackers to eat with your meal.  It was lovely!

After lunch we went to the university and found out how people who are training to be teachers are taught. Then we went to a big meeting called a conference.
After a very busy day, Mrs Spencer and I took Len out for a walk because he had spent the day in the hotel room.  We found the harbour in Rauma which was a long walk from the hotel.  We used a map to help us to find where we wanted to go.  I have lots of photographs of Len having fun.

Today we are travelling to Harjavalta and then Helsinki, so it's another very busy day full of new experiences and meeting interesting people.

Bye for now.

Day 3 -Thursday 6th March 

Hello from Helsinki.
Len, Mrs Spencer and I have had another exciting day.  We woke up early and travelled in a mini bus from Rauma to Harjavalta.  This meant we had to pack all of our things back into a suitcase, say bye to Rauma and be ready to arrive in Helsinki in the evening.  We visited a Kindergarten where children aged 1-7 go to learn.  When they are 7 years old the children go to Primary school.  
We have met lots of lovely children and teachers who speak very good English.  Len has had great fun in the classrooms and outside!  The children had a cuddle with him but don't worry, he does want to come back to England.
We watched children painting, sewing animals, sawing wood, singing and playing games.  There was a piano in every classroom in the Kindergarten and in some classrooms in the Primary School.

We have seen some snow!  We went to a ski slope and had one go at sledging down the slope.  Mrs Spencer and I wedged ourselves into one sledge and slowly slipped down the slope!!  Len wasn't sure if there was room for him so he watched.
We have had a meeting with the Finnish teachers and shared our thoughts about what we have seen in their school.  Do you remember the Finnish teachers visiting our school?
Then we travelled in a mini bus to Helsinki which was 220 km; the journey took 3 hours.   Our driver was called Harri.  He smiled lots and drove carefully!!  I wonder if he would enjoy driving children from Primrose Hill to different places?  I think he would.  
We are staying in a small hotel in the centre of Helsinki.  This is the capital city and very busy compared to the other places we have visited.  Tomorrow we are visiting the second largest school in Finland so we are very excited.

I hope you are enjoying reading our blog.  We have lots of photographs which will be uploaded when we get back to England.

Have a day in school today and a lovely weekend and we'll see you next week.

Mrs Alderson & Len

Day 4 - Friday 7th March

Today we have visited the second largest school in Finland.  There were 650 children at the school; the youngest children were 6 years old and the eldest were 13 years old.  We travelled on a train to the school which was about the same distance from Helsinki as Pudsey is from Leeds.  We watched children learning English, French and German.  Len met a toy moose called Marti who had travelled to different countries around the world.  Have a think about where you have travelled to and the name of the places.  After our visit to the school we travelled back to Helsinki on a bus.

In Helsinki Mrs Spencer, Len and I went inside a church at the top of a steep road, we looked around a market and went into a supermarket.  We bought some Finnish sweet bread for you to try called Pulla; we ate some today when we visited the school.  We think it is delicious and hope you will enjoy eating it too.

For our dinner we went to a Viking restaurant.  Mrs Spencer and I wore a Viking helmet on our heads.  Do you know what a Viking helmet looks like?  Then we walked around the centre of Helsinki looking at all the different buildings.  I have taken lots of photographs for you to look at!

It is very cold here today so we have been wrapped up with hats, scarves, gloves, a fleece, a coat and hoods up!  I hope you are warm and cosy.
Before we walked back to our hotel, Mrs Spencer and I went to a roof top bar to look at the view.  We could see all of Helsinki from the outside balcony and a wonderful view from another room.  Can you guess which other room had a good view?  It was very cold on the outside balcony and very high up but the lights from the city below looked magical.  Can you think of something you have done that is magical?

Tomorrow we have a little bit of time before we need to travel to Helsinki airport.  We are going to look at the harbour; what do you think we will see there?
By the time you go to bed tomorrow (Saturday) Mrs Spencer, Len and I should be back in England.  We have had a wonderful time meeting lots of lovely Finnish children and friendly and kind Finnish teachers.  We still love Primrose Hill though and can't wait to share our experiences with you.  Can you guess how many photographs I have taken?

Bye for now; see you on Monday.

Mrs Alderson and Len. X


 
Mrs Alderson & Len the Leopard's Adventures in Finland

What can you see in the photographs of Len and Mrs Alderson on their visit to Finland? Can you tell they are in a different country? If yes, how do you know? Can you tell the weather is colder than here in England? How can you tell? What would you like to ask Len or Mrs Alderson? Write it down on the paper you have been given so you can ask them when they come back to school.

Mrs Alderson & Len the Leopard's Adventures in Finland
Leeds Train Trip

Reception children and adults had a great time on our train trip. We walked to our local station where we all got on a train to LEEDS CITY CENTRE! There we watched trains, ate special biscuits and explored the very busy train station. We bumped into some important people and our train driver even sounded his horn for us!

Leeds Train Trip
Masterchef!

We made pizzas using pitta bread and our favourite toppings. We challenged ourselves with our counting to work out how many pitta breads we needed; we had half a pitta bread each.

Masterchef!
Christmas treats in Asda Cafe!

We visited Asda and were treated to a bun, some juice, a cracker and a sticker challenge. Thank you to Asda for welcoming us! We also spent the profit from The Apprentice challenge. Can you tell you family what we bought?

Christmas treats in Asda Cafe!
Christmas Performance

We hope you were able to enjoy our Christmas play - The Bossy King. Have a look at the photos of all the Reception children in their costumes.

Christmas Performance
The Apprentice Challenge Focus Week

Have a look at the film we made during this exciting week. We hope our film tempts you to want baths bombs in your bath!

Helping others - Children in Need

On Friday 15th November we dressed up in something beginning with 'P' to raise money for Children in Need. Have a look at our pictures; don't we look like perfect 'P' people!

Helping others - Children in Need
The Big Draw!

In October we took part in a National drawing Event to celebrate our emerging drawing skills. The children drew another child in the class, focusing on features which make us unique and special. Can you guess who everyone is from our drawings?

The Big Draw!
Reception A's Inspiration Film!

During our International focus week the children filmed one another. Then they learnt a song which provides a soundtrack to the film which is all about being inspired by one another through play.

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Our Local Walk

On Tuesday 8th October we went on a walk. We visited as many of our houses as we could and posted a letter through the letter boxes. We enjoyed being with our friends and taking it in turns to lead the way to find streets we knew.

Our Local Walk
Physical Development

A prime are of learning in Early Years Foundation Stage is Physical Development. The children enjoy using the outdoor classroom; hall; adventure playground; KS1 playground and the classrooms to move in different ways and develop their large and small control.

Physical Development
Meet Len the class Leopard!

Len is the class leopard. He likes to go home with children in Reception A for a few sleeps and join in with family fun. He then comes back to school and helps to share with the rest of the class all about his adventures.

Meet Len the class Leopard!
Fruity Fun in the School Orchard!

We visited the school orchard and picked fruit from the trees and bushes. There are many different varieties of apples. We also have pears, plums and raspberries.

Fruity Fun in the School Orchard!
Song Time!

We are learning songs to help us learn the days of the week and months of the year.

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