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Welcome to Reception A.

2014-2015 The Year of Positive Thinking

Children enjoy learning through play, and often talk about their learning as play. Learning in Reception is through real, meaningful experiences, which provide inspiration and ideas for future learning. Self- initiated play and adult led and directed learning, supports children in further developing areas of interest and ensures access to a wide range of opportunities.  We look forward to sharing all of this with you, in part, through this class page. 

 
Staff working throughout Reception


Mrs Alderson; Miss Wilson; Mrs Crampton;

Mr Bogle; Mrs Haigh


Whenever you have any questions about school and your child, please speak to a member of the Reception team.
 
Meet the Reception Staff

Here are some photographs of the staff in Reception. Remember we are here to answer any of your questions about school and how your child is progressing. Please let us know if you would like an informal chat or if you would like to speak in more detail about something; we can arrange a mutually convenient time if before or after school isn't suitable.

Meet the Reception Staff

Key Dates and Information:

Len the Class Leopard
Len the Leopard is still continuing his adventures, coming home with children for three sleeps at a time.  He is now on his second round of visits; please let staff know if you'd like another visit!
Please look after him and help to capture the adventures Len has in his diary, so we can all share the fun back in school.  Details are provided in Len's diary and as always please ask if you are unsure about anything. 


Summer Term - second and final half!
Time flies when you are having fun!  This half term we are learning about animals through our theme for learning -  Alive and Kicking
Questions to challenge our thinking include:  How do we know something is living?  What living things can we find in the outdoor classroom?  How do insects/animals/plants move?

Throughout the Summer Term the children are directed more and take part in a greater amount of adult led learning challenges.  This is all part of the preparation for learning in Year one.  In the second part of the Summer term the children will be involved in lots of transition activities, meeting their new teacher for three mornings and sharing their learning with their new teacher in a shared challenge book, which will include learning from Reception and transition visits to Year one. If you have any questions about transition into Year one, please speak to Mrs Alderson.


Getting ready for Year One

Throughout this final half term we are preparing the children for Year One.  Our visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park was the start of this as we encouraged the children to sit with a friend from Mr Bogle's class whilst they ate their lunch.  The children can do this everyday in school but doing it when you are out of school is a more memorable and exciting experience.
We are joining in with Key Stage 1 playtimes each morning and will be meeting Year One staff as they visit Reception to join in with our learning challenges.  There will be three occasions when the children spend the morning with their new teacher.  After the first visit towards the end of June, your child will bring a letter home to ensure you are fully informed about who your child's new teacher will be.
Classes are made up of children from both Reception classes combined to form two new classes.
Transition into Year One is well planned for and the curriculum and environment for learning continues to support children in accessing areas of provision whilst continuing to increase the level of adult directed and led learning.  The final term in Reception helps the children be prepared for this.  If you have any questions, please speak to Mrs Alderson.     


Workshops
Thank you to everyone who has been able to get involved in the weekly workshops for parents/carers and children.  The children and staff have enjoyed working alongside parents and carers and sharing learning as it takes place.

If you need to speak to Mrs Alderson, please contact the school office (0113 2574129), e-mail sarah.alderson@pudseyprimrosehill.co.uk or speak to a member of the Reception team at the start or end of the day, indicating you need an appointment or to have an informal conversation. 

Butterfly butterfly fly away home...

We have been watching caterpillars develop into painted lady butterflies. We have then cared for the butterflies and had a butterfly party to celebrate their life and release them into the wild. Do you have butterflies in your garden?

Butterfly butterfly fly away home...
A visit to school from Zoolab

During the All Creatures Great and Small focus week, Zoolab visited school and brought along different animals. Max the millipede and Flapjack the bearded dragon were favourites. Have a look at the photographs and think about which animals you'd like to handle!

A visit to school from Zoolab
Brilliant Balanceability!

Balance Ability is the UK's first accredited 'learn to cycle' programme for children aged 2 and a half to 6 years old. The training combines unique ergonomic balance bikes with a schedule of fun activities that build confidence, spatial awareness and dynamic balance skills, enabling young children to cycle without ever needing stabilisers. We hope you enjoy looking at some of the photographs from our adventures during the training.

Brilliant Balanceability!
Visiting the Yorkshire Wildlife Park

"We're going on an animal hunt, we're going to find big ones, what a beautiful day, we're not scared..." (Adapted words from one of the stories we have read this year - 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'). We had a wonderful day exploring the wildlife park in Doncaster. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and we spent time near wild animals. Have a look at some of the photographs of our day. Can you name all the animals?

Visiting the Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Important Visitors!

We have been learning about people in our community who play an important role in helping others. Gary the Paramedic, Captain James and Zoe the air stewardess have all visited us to talk about their roles in helping others. Thank you to them all for giving up their time and for being such an inspiration to us all.

Important Visitors!
Living Things - Keeping healthy.

We are learning about how to care for a wide variety of living things, including ourselves. Moving plants in the outdoor classroom, finding out about bulbs and seeds, creating a living willow tunnel, growing sunflowers and beans and making grass heads are all part of what we have planned during the Summer term.. Throughout the week beginning 4th May we will be having a 'Happy, healthy humans week' where we will find out about super foods and design and make some healthy food and drinks

Living Things - Keeping healthy.
On the Move - Bike/Scooter Day

We had a wheelie good time on the last day of 'On the Move' focus week! The children found out about each others bikes and scooters and spent time further developing their skills. We chatted about how their bikes and scooters worked and how they controlled them.

On the Move - Bike/Scooter Day
On the Move!

Our focus week 'On the Move' has begun with an exciting event outside. We climbed inside one of the diggers which is helping to build the extension to our school. We have begun to make our own vehicles using wheels made from wood. Watch this space for more exciting learning!

On the Move!
National Science Week

Throughout the week the children have been investigating what happens to water, balls and cars on different lengths and angles of guttering. The outdoor classroom has been an exciting and busy place to be this week. Model making skills have developed this week as the children have designed and made something which can carry the Gingerbread Man. The children have been writing stories about the Gingerbread man after having heard this traditional tale. What an end to National Science week; the solar eclipse. We went outside and experienced the change in the light and weather. We caught a glimpse of the solar eclipse and discovered that the bird were confused about the time of day because of the change in light.

National Science Week
Red Nose Day

Thank you for supporting this charity by sending your child to school in clothes they don't usually wear for school and perhaps with a 'funny face.' Thank you also for your donations. We had an action packed day finding out about the charity. We developed our fine motor skills, painting and chalking faces outside on the ground and on the painting boards. We also made gingerbread men, decorating them with funny faces.

Red Nose Day
Visiting Marks and Spencer's Cafe

Thank you to Marks and Spencer and two of the mums of Reception children for their generosity when a group of children from both Reception classes visited the M & S café. Children in Reception wanted a café role play area so we sent a group of ten children to find out more about what a café needed and what there is to do.

Visiting Marks and Spencer's Cafe
World Book Day

World Book Day has been action packed with exciting experiences. Some of the children took part in a giant book swap in the school hall. Thank you to everyone who sent in a wonderful book to swap. I hope you enjoy your 'new' book. We Skyped Greg Dobbins who wrote the book The Positively Pleasant Pirates. He read the book to us, asked the children questions about the story and answered questions we had prepared for him. The postman delivered us a copy of the book; purchasing this book means we are supporting Rays of Sunshine which is a charity that helps poorly children. We will helping Greg to develop ideas for his next book! Thank you to the parents who volunteered to come into school and read stories. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the experience; we hope you did too.

World Book Day
The World

We met some teachers from a country called Panama. Panama is in central America and people in this country speak Spanish. We made flags for the United Kingdom, Engalnd and Panama.

The World
Stories

The focus for our learning is Stories. We are sharing our favourite stories; what might be a favourite story one day can change the next! Have a look at some of the books we love and see some of our learning. If parents/carers would like to come into school and read a story to a few children, please let Mrs Alderson know. We are flexible about what time of day this could be at. Thank you.

Stories
Train Trip to Leeds

We have walked to New Pudsey, jumped on a train and visited Leeds City train station. We saw maps, buses, other trains and lots more. Have a look at the photographs of our adventure. We are making a ticket office and trains in the classroom.

Train Trip to Leeds
Focus week film to inspire writing.

We made a film which captured some of our learning during the 'Write Now' focus week.

Wear Something Red Day

We ended our exciting focus week with our 'wear something red' day. Have a look at the photographs of our film sharing assembly, our learning in class and our tea party!

Wear Something Red Day
Write Now Focus Week

Alice in Wonderland is a whole school theme which is focusing our learning across the curriculum. We are exploring how film can inspire and focus our thinking and writing. Day 1: On Monday staff dressed up as a character from the story Alice in Wonderland. This helped the children to get to know the characters and events in the story. We have been making our own 'magic potions' and writing labels and descriptions for what the potions will do. Counting bottles and recognising numbers 10-20 and beyond 20 will be an area of focus throughout the week. Day 2: Magic potions and imaginative ideas are continuing to flow as we explore more and more ideas. We have planned what we could use to make real 'potions' and are looking forward to making edible potions on day 3. Day 3: Magic lemons and fruity juices have been mixed and their powers discussed as the children planned, made, drank and wrote about their real potions. Day 4: We made real potions again today so that everyone had the chance to sprinkle fairy dust on their fruity potions. We also filmed our learning and recorded our thoughts using an ipad and imovie. We are looking forward to see our film tomorrow and sharing it with the whole school. Day 5: Today we enjoyed watching short films made by children in Reception and KS1. We talked about keeping our hearts healthy and helped to raise money for the heart charity which helps children in Leeds; we enjoyed seeing each other wearing red clothes. We ended the day and what has been an action packed and exciting week in school, with a tea party of our very own just like Alice in Wonderland enjoyed!

Write Now Focus Week
Peter Pan

We have been finding out about the characters in the story Peter Pan. We have listened to, acted out and further developed some of the adventures in Peter Pan. Have a look at the plastercine models we made to help our creative ideas to flow.

Peter Pan
Snowman Maths

We used Numicon to create snowmen. The challenge then was to find out the total value and to talk about values more and less than our total number. We are also working on recognising numerals and being able to write them correctly.

Snowman Maths
Physical Development - a Prime area of learning

We have been challenging ourselves to use different tools and objects in different ways. Picking things up with tweezers, our fingers and positioning objects in a particular place, all mean we have to use our fingers carefully. Have a look at some of the learning we have been doing in January to help us to 'grow in our learning' and become more skilled at using our fingers.

Physical Development - a Prime area of learning
Snow Much Fun!

Children who wanted to go on a snow adventure got wrapped up and explored the school field. Team work helped us to create balls of snow, small snow men and snow angels. This links to our learning about things which are cold; see the learning log challenge for 14-1-15.

Snow Much Fun!
Whoops a Daisy Angel - our Christmas Play

The children enjoyed performing their play for children and staff in KS1 in the morning and then in the afternoon for members of their family. We hope you enjoy looking at photographs which were taken in between our two performance when everyone was very excited! Can you spot which children are always facing the front in the photograph of all the children in our play, and who was wriggling about after such an exciting morning? Well done to everyone for helping to make the play so special.

Whoops a Daisy Angel - our Christmas Play
Visiting Asda

We went on a Christmas hunt around ASDA, looking for different toys and items we have in our homes at Christmas time. We also bought some Christmas treats to celebrate a wonderful first term in school. How many reindeers can you count in this selection of photographs?

Visiting Asda
Fabulous Phonics and Wonderful Writing.

After a term in school the children are using their newly acquired phonic knowledge well. Reading and writing are key skills we promote throughout the day and in all areas of provision. Have a look at some of our recent work during the phonics session and beyond.

Fabulous Phonics and Wonderful Writing.
Stickman

Week Beginning 1-12-14 This week we are going to continue our learning with the help of Stick man! Stick people are everywhere in our classroom, helping us to write and work out number challenges. We are finding out about Julia Donaldson the author of Stickman and trying out our rhyming skills. We made stick people using Numicon; we will be learning to count in twos.

Stickman
Bright Sparks Focus Week 24-11-14 - 28-11-14

This focus week is all about light. We will be exploring shadows and how light comes from different things. We will be reading the story The Foggy Foggy Forest; a rhyming book by Nick Sharratt. Day 1 - Monday 24th November Today we learnt about different sources of light during a spectacular assembly (ask your child about the lights and how we used a torch to get to assembly). We explored the effect of coloured shapes on a light box and created silhouettes as part of our work on shadows. Day 2 & 3 We have been making shadows using the interactive whiteboard in the classroom and our hands. Have a look at the photographs of us doing this; can you guess the animal shapes? We have also been exploring colours and challenged our counting and sharing skills using scented candles. Day 4 & 5 We went outside exploring our very own 'Foggy Forest.' We filmed our adventures and made the clips into adverts for a film. We watched the adverts in the school hall which was turned into a cinema. We are continuing to explore light and how it can be changed when we place coloured and shaped beads on top of the light box. Sweet wrappers make an interesting effect. We have been making colour patterns with beads and begun some weaving using different coloured resources i the outdoor classroom. On Friday we took part in a whole school sharing assembly; we found out about the learning taking place in other classes and shared what we have been learning.

Bright Sparks Focus Week 24-11-14 - 28-11-14
Helping Others

Children in Need day was a wonderful opportunity to appreciate what we have whilst having fun and crucially raising money for charity. We hope you enjoy looking at the photgraphs of us all; can you name everyone? Our Wake Up Shake Up dance is to the Children in Need song from 17-11-14- 28-11-14; buying the song is another way we are helping this charity and thinking about others.

Helping Others
Learning Through Stories

We love listening to, sharing and re-telling stories. Have a look at the pictures of some of the books we have been using to help focus our learning. Maybe you could borrow them from the library or already have them at home.

Learning Through Stories
Careful Counting

We count everyday by: chanting numbers in order, starting counting from different numbers, counting forwards, backwards and in jumps of more than one number. We also count objects and use Numicon to help us to understand the place value of numbers.

Singing to Support our Learning

We sing songs to help us to learn the days of the week and months in the year. Have a look at the videos of us doing this.

Celebrations

We enjoy finding out about different celebrations from cultures and places around the world. Please share information with us when there is a special event in your family so we can all learn from it. Thank you. Photo 1: In October we learnt about the Hindu festival Navratri. This is a 9 day festival in honour of the goddess Durga. All the good in the world is celebrated. On the 8th day gifts are given to children and so children in Reception A. received a gift from a Hindu family. Thank you from all the children! On Thursday 23rd October we learnt about the Hindu festival of Diwali. Diwali is also known as the festival of light. Lamps are lit to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, find her way into people's homes. Sweets are given to others as part of the celebration which is why the children brought sweets home from school. Thank you to Siddhant, Riya and their families for sharing sweets with us all.

Celebrations
The Autumn Ball!

Thank you for supporting our Autumn Ball by sending your child to school in some wonderful clothes fit for a ball. We played games, danced and ate a grand supper (milk and parkin). I hope you enjoy looking at the photographs and talking about our day.

The Autumn Ball!
Outdoor Learning

We learn in our outdoor classroom every day. Areas of provision outside are similar to some of those inside and others offer unique learning experiences which cannot be sought from the indoor classroom. Have a look at the fun we have as we learn together.

Outdoor Learning
Numicon Biscuits

As part of our maths learning we made biscuits using Numicon plates. We counted the value of each Numicon plate and added more and less to each total. Once the biscuits were baked we shared them with the children in Mr Bogle's class, breaking our biscuits into two so there were enough biscuits to go around.

Numicon Biscuits
Plant, grow, nurture and eat!

We have been planting bulbs and shrubs in the outdoor classroom. Over the coming months we will be planting things which we can in time eat. So far we have raspberry canes and strawberries. As we plant more and in time grow fruits and vegetables, watch this space for photographic evidence of our successes! If you wish to donate plants for our plant, grow, nurture and eat focus, they are always gratefully received; thank you.

Plant, grow, nurture and eat!
Learning Logs

Well done to everyone in Reception A. for sharing their learning in class after going on an Autumn walk. Have a look at the photographs to see how differently learning and fun was captured!

Learning Logs
Constructive Learning!

Reception builders; working together to get the job done! (Just like Bob the builder)

Constructive Learning!
Being Healthy

We keep healthy in lots if different ways at school. Eating fruit and vegetables, drinking water and milk, going outside and running around throughout the day, dancing during Wake Up Shake Up after lunch, cooking different foods which are part of a healthy diet. We also do something called PE. Have a look at the photographs of us during our first PE session in the hall!

Being Healthy
Chococlate Cake Capers!Chococlate Cake Capers!
York

During the focus week we will be learning about York. We hope to build some of the famous landmarks in York, perform 'The Grand old Duke of York' song (watch out for the video on this page) and are looking forward to our cooking focus linked to the wonderful Rowntrees factory. Mrs Alderson's father worked there when he was a young adult and her grandad worked there before the war, mending the Polo machines amongst other things!

York
The Grand Old Duke of York

We have been learning the words to a song; The Grand Old Duke of York. We hope you enjoy our performance!

Being Creative!
Making Milkshakes!

This week some children came up with the idea of making milkshake, so we did! We used lots of milk, strawberries and bananas. Have a look at the fun we had making them and of course consuming them!

Making Milkshakes!
Being Creative!

The children are enjoying becoming familiar with the resources we have in Reception. Have a look at these photographs to see just how creative they are!

Being Creative!
Positive Thinking Day

Friday 12th September has been a 'Positive Thinking Day' throughout school, to kick start our 'Year of Positive Thinking.'
We talked about trying new challenges and made plans for the coming weeks.  Some of these plans include:
  • planting apple seeds which could grow into apple trees;
  • cooking different types of food, tasting new recipes and foods;
  • becoming independent with skills we find challenging at the moment.
The Great Primrose Hill Bake Off!

Today we made apple cake, using apples we picked in our orchard. We hope you enjoy looking at the photographs of some of the children baking. A copy of the recipe is also provided if you would like to make it at home. We will also be sending out a baking letter requesting a voluntary contribution of three pounds per term; this enables us to cook regularly and support the development of a wide range of skills and knowledge across the curriculum. Thank you in advance of your support.

The Great Primrose Hill Bake Off!
Apple Cake
 
Cake:
200g Self-Reaising Flour
100g Margarine
100g Sugar (brown sugar optional)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons Milk

Apple Filling:
400g Apples
1 teaspoon Cinnamon (optional)  we didn't use any
50g granulated sugar & 25g brown sugar or 75g granulated sugar

Cook the apples in a pan with a little water (3-4 mimutes); Mix all the cake ingredients: flour & margarine first, then other dry ingredients, then wet ingredients.
Place half the cake mixture in a tin, add the apple on top then add the rest of the cake.
Bake in a moderate oven Gas Mark 4 (350 f/180 C)


 
Primrose Hill's Apple Orchard

We have been harvesting apples and other fruits from our orchard. We found lots of fruit of varying colours, shapes and sizes! Did you get to try some of our fruit?

Primrose Hill's Apple Orchard
Learning Through Play - Term 1

Children enjoy initiating their own learning, learning from one another and joining in with challenges with adults and children. This collection of photographs shows some of the creative and exciting learning the children take part in. Photographs will be added to each week.

Learning Through Play - Term 1
First day at school!

A selection of photographs which capture some of the huge amounts of fun we had!

First day at school!
Meet Len, Our Class Leopard!

Len is the class leopard. He likes to go home with children in Reception A for a few sleeps. He can join in with family fun at home, and when you are out and about. All we ask is for you to look after him and bring him back to school, ready to share what you have been doing with Len and your family. You can draw pictures of your adventures with Len or take photographs if you would like. Also we ask you to write something; this could be your name, some words to go with your drawing or photographs.

Meet Len, Our Class Leopard!