Reception update

It’s been a very busy time in Reception since our return from the Easter holidays. The children planned and created a rain-forest jungle, selecting appropriate animals to live there. As jungle visitors they built their own campsite and this week have turned into scientists counting, measuring and documenting what the animals look like. We are really looking forward to our trip to Colchester Zoo on the Wednesday 17th May as well as a visit from Kai’s Aunt who is a keeper at London Zoo. A letter will go out this week with all the details. Thank you to those offering help. There are seven spaces for adult helpers so we will advise by the end of the week, who has a place.

As you have probably guessed, our recent maths focus has been on telling the time to the hour (‘When the long hand points straight up, it is something o’clock’) and learning the names and attributes of 3D shapes (faces, edges, corners). Do take a printed shape sheet if you wish to refresh yourself with their names. In the garden we are using our newly acquired tallying in fives skill to count our goals in basketball and football. The children came up with this game.

I am so excited to say that most children are now able to independently read and write a sentence which is very exciting considering many of them are still four years old. There has also been fabulous co-operation between the children whilst building dens both inside and outside the classroom. This has developed as an extension to the camping role play.

Finally there has been great activity in the garden with our fabulous Mrs Felstead taking the lead here with planting. I have some empty hanging baskets if anyone has any spare bedding plants they wish to donate. We are currently growing sunflowers, sweet peas, potatoes and peas.

Enjoy the photos and have a lovely weekend.