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Pumpkin soup!

Pumpkin soup!
The focus text last week was ‘Pumpkin Soup’. The children had a special delivery, it was a pumpkin! We decided we would like to explore what was inside and when we went outside we discovered a whole load of pumpkins. We spent the week exploring, investigating and imagining! Sen made pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup and pumpkin juice! We even used our phonics to write out recipes for our delicious concoctions! 
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Marvellous Maths Magic!

Marvellous Maths Magic!
It really is magic to observe our children engaged in their play and putting their maths understanding into their play. Here the children are measuring, counting, sharing, adding, estimating and timing! All in a mornings work for these young mathematicians! 
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We are artists, musicians and princesses!

We are artists, musicians and princesses!
Whatever our futures may bring we are having an amazing time imagining and practising the possibilities! 
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We are road workers, doctors and chefs!

We are road workers, doctors and chefs!
Our Imagination’s are in overdrive as we create our role play scenarios. 
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We are dentists, doctors and pizza delivery men!

We are dentists, doctors and pizza delivery men!
The children have been emerging themselves in some wonderful and exciting role play scenarios this week, taking on different roles in their play. Take a look at some of the roles we may take on in our future! 
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Clever Kelsey

Clever Kelsey
The children in Reception were filled with excitement yesterday as we had some very special visitors. The Reverend Bill brought along his retired guide dog Kelsey. Reverend Bill is one of the very kind people who helps to train guide dogs for the blind. These dogs are so clever and help people who can’t see to regain their independence by taking them where they need to go, like shops, banks or restaurants. We have been learning about how we everybody is unique with some people not being able to use all five senses. Rev Bill showed us some of the thinks Kelsey can do, like come, sit and lie down. The children really showed off their listening skills and demonstrated their curiosity by asking questions and commenting on their own experiences. It costs a lot of money to train up a guide dog, sometimes it can be as much as £100000! That’s as much as the cost of a house. We hope to help by doing some fundraising soon! 
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Fantastic home learning!

Fantastic home learning!
We just love Mondays in Reception when we can see the great home learning you have been up to at home. Wow Zak, those scones look delicious! Hope you’ve saved some for us! 
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“There be treasure hidden in these parts!”

“There be treasure hidden in these parts!”
After our amazing teamwork constructing some fantastic pirate ships we needed to move to the next phase of our plans. No great pirate adventure would be complete without a treasure map! Just take a look at our marvellous mark making as we made our own maps! Some of us even used our phonics to write write m a p map! 
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Pirates ahoy!

Pirates ahoy!
Following the children’s interest in bones and skeletons last week, this week we decided to read Allan Ahlbergs ‘Skeleton Crew’, following the adventures of the skeletons from his ‘Funnybones’ Book. Following the first reading of the story the children decided to make their own pirate ships. We soon realised that making our own individual pirate ships wasn’t the best plan and decided to work in teams. We worked together, talking about our plans, making changes and revising our ideas. We really do understand that teamwork makes the dream work! 
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Yoga Club

Yoga Club
Some of the children in Reception had a super time this afternoon trying out yoga. Check out the new poses we learnt. If you want to try it out at home just have a look a time cosmic kids yoga. 
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Marvellous Maths moments

Marvellous Maths moments
The children in Reception have been practicing their counting skills this week, in all areas of our environment. We are proud of how our children take control of their own learning, applying their skills in their independent play! 
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Bones bones bones!

Bones bones bones!
In Reception we rely heavily on child initiated learning. We relish the opportunities to base our daily planning and activities on the children’s individual interests. Today after a discussion with Curtis about the time he nearly broke a bone after falling over, we had a discussion about bones, what they are and what they do? We discovered there are 206 bones in our body! Wow! We read funnybones and some children decided to have a go at creating their own skeleton pictures. We even got to take a look at a skeleton upclose by borrowing this life size skeleton from the Juniors! Although some enthusiastic hand shaking from Ollie nearly ended in disaster! Lucas wowed us all by informing us that the bones in the middle of the skeleton are actually called ribs and they are there to protect our lungs, which help us breathe! Please ask your child about what they learnt about bones? 
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Rain, rain, don’t go away, you make it extra fun to play!

Rain, rain, don’t go away, you make it extra fun to play!
The wet and windy weather never puts us off playing outdoors in Reception, in fact it makes it even better. This week the wet, windy, wintry weather has allowed us to experiment with our gymnastic ribbons, wind socks and kites, our mud kitchen has been the base for some stupendous mud pies, and we had an extra dimension to our big water play! We really have shown off our skills of collaboration, resilience and critical thinking as we tried to the plug the leaky pipe, find the best consistency for mud pie and as we tries to master the ribbon twirl! Please excuse our muddy, messy classroom, and also some muddy, messy, soggy uniforms, but our children are making marvellous memories! 
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I want to be a...... road blocker!

I want to be a...... road blocker!
Some of our children had great fun today as they experimented with some future career choices. Zak told us he was going to be a ‘road blocker’ when he grows up. He proceeded to block off the bike track with his building works, suspending bike use until he had finished. He even roped in apprentice road blockers Ava and Calise to complete his mission. The trio showed superb teamwork, with Zak demonstrating his developing leadership skills. Ava even created her own sign saying ‘road closed’ while they went in for their ‘tea break’ at the ‘office’. 
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Tremendous Turn Taking!

Tremendous Turn Taking!
We are so proud of how all our Reception children have settled in to their new school year. This week we have been extremely impressed with their ability to share our resources, take turns and help others. They really are showing off our school values of compassion and friendship! Great job Reception! 
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Fantastic Frog Find!

Fantastic Frog Find!
 The children were in Reception were filled with wonder yesterday as Mrs Robinson found a frog in her classroom. The children were desperate to get a closer look so we carefully let him out to have a hop about while we observed what he did. The children knew lots about frogs needing water and Oliver told us that he knew baby frogs were called tadpoles! Layton told us that there are brightly coloured frogs that are poisonous and live in jungles! We decided to undertake some research to find out a bit more about frogs using our class iPads and our Promethean board. Ruby suggested we visit the library to see if we have any books about frogs! We can't wait to discover more information! What an exciting afternoon! 
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Getting ready to write

Getting ready to write
The children have been getting ready to write this week by building their shoulder and elbow pivots using the gymnastic ribbons, puddle painting and mark making on he vertical whiteboard. We are really strengthening those core muscles to help us control our pencil skills in Preperation for writing. 
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Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith
The children in Reception have been getting to grips with their new outdoor environment this week. They have been exploring in the woods, mastering the wiggled bikes and getting messy in the mud kitchen. However, one of the most popular challenges was using the trim trail. Some of our children really showed off their adventurous natures by leaping from the top of the climbing wedge. We were really proud to see how some children took the risk of jumping from higher and higher points, before finally jumping from the very highest point! Wow, incredible bravery from our new starters! 
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I like to move it, move it!

I like to move it, move it!
The children had great fun in Reception today as they enjoyed their first physical development boost session in the hall. We learnt about the rules we need to follow, how to keep safe as we move around, and how to listen to instructions. We finished off with some parachute games! Next week we will be getting changed into our pe kits so please make sure they are in school. Details of what is needed for pe can be found on the website under the  Uniform section. 
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The adventure begins...

The adventure begins...
Take a look at just some of the new Learning that has taken place in Receptiontis week. The children have been exploring the environment, inside and outside. They have been making new friends and discovering new things. We can't wait to share what we get up to next week. Please keep checking our blog regularly to keep updated on our progress! 
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