Deep in the jungle…

We started this term by asking the children what they wanted to learn about. All the children suggested ideas and then we voted as a class, the result was jungle animals. Therefore, we started a story map about the well known storybook ‘dear zoo’. We discussed the pets that were sent and decided we wanted to write our own letters to the zoo to see if we can get a pet for our Reception classroom. I’m sure Mrs Oldham will be very happy! After that we decided to explore some poetry and used adjectives and similes to give clues about animals to complete our own What am I? Poetry. We also used our maths knowledge to compare and order the weights and sizes of the animals so we could put them into the right box to send back to the zoo. As well as this we’ve also painted some animals, made animal figures out of playdough, made paper chain snakes and have drew our favourites on a huge collaboration of jungle animals.

Sleepy bumblebee

Wow! I thought after Easter the children would come back tired and worn out after seeing the amazing things you’ve been doing on Tapestry but they are more eager than ever to learn! What a pleasure! Since we have been back we have learnt a new text map called the sleepy bumblebee, the story is about a poor little bee who cannot sleep because there is too much noice! We wrote sentences about what we would say if we were the bee and we wanted to sleep. We have also made a missing poster to find the bee because the children were worried his family would miss him, on top of this we’ve been painting and creating bees, as well as learning facts about them! Did you know? Only female bees can sting and a queen bee lays around 20,000 eggs a day! Wow. We also worked hard on doubling and were making sure we used our stem sentences to ensure the bees had the same amount of stripes on each side. We also have been doing lots of child intiated subtraction facts. We’ve also enjoyed acting out our stories in the puppet theatre.



Up, up and away!

This week has been the launch of our WOW! week. Mrs Hales our wonderful Literacy lead chose the theme of up, up and away and Reception have loved it! We wrote about where we would go if we could float through the sky in a balloon. We also then showed huge interest in space, so we had a virtual trip in a rocket watching the launch of one, buckling our seatbelts and closing our eyes. We then discussed what we might see out of our rocket window and wrote about them. We also used our maths knowledge to spot numbers to 30 and some even to 100 on the interactive whiteboard. 🚀 we also made our own rockets out of card and different materials (although we had some much fun making them we didn’t capture any photos, but they will be launching home with your children). We also had fun in our space station, taking calls and directing safe the landing of rockets. We also made our own passports so when we have future space trips, we can all securely pass through border control (brexit pending) and on top of all that played with some slimey aliens!


Jack and the beanstalk

Well, we have been busy. Last week we started our new topic Jack and the beanstalk. The children have loved it. We have else t our story map, alongside the vocabulary that goes with it and also then matched the words with synonyms! How amazing. We also have been writing lots, we predicted what our magic beans would grow into, if we would climb the beanstalk and even sentences to describe the giant. In our Maths, we have been making sure we are confident in recognising numbers to 20 and then ordering them. We also matched numeral with quantity with our beans and checked them afterwards. As well as this we built our own beanstalk out of Cheerios counting how many it took to  make the tallest version. We then discussed one more and one less and discussed what happens to the numbers when we do this. Furthermore, we decided to then plant our own beanstalks, we wrote instructions for science about what a plant would need to grow and we used this when planting our own. We also made our own reception beanstalk with your handprints and some natural resources, the children loved it.



Our focus was superheroes! We wrote about our favourite superhero and explained why, we also tested our super strength breathe by blowing bubbles and seeing if we could blow more than our partner. DANGER! When we went to our outdoor area, we had some superheroes who had been tied up! We had a minute to release them from their traps by threading our superheroes before the timer ran out. The naughty villains had also set up a trap with lasers across our outdoor equipment, we had to get through the trap without setting off the lasers and compare our time with the next person using the language or quicker and slower. It is a tricky concept that numbers that are smaller actually mean you were quicker but Reception tackled this concept beautifully. We also ordered some numbers 1-30 and beyond to help put the puzzles back together to reveal our superheroes identity!


This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have been exploring in some messy play with noodles, we’ve also used our fine motor skills to work on how to use tweezers to move and pick up objects in our interpretation of chop sticks. As well as this, we also made a Chinese dragon and travelled around the school and made some amazing Chinese lanterns. Everyday we explored the weather of Beijing and discussed whether it was colder or warmer than the day before, we even discussed minus degrees. After this, we discovered which year we were born in and found our animal. Lots of the children were the year of the snake and the rest the year of the horse we then wrote about our year.

As we have been learning our story of ‘Take a walk little bear’ we decided to go on our own walk to see what obstacles we would pass through if we were the bear in Cogenhoe. We then changed our story map and innovated new ideas to make our bear ‘take a walk’ through Cogenhoe. The children had a lovely time and also enjoyed showing us where they live, play and visit. We also made a senses map based on our bear’s journey. We thought about what our bear would smell, see, taste, touch and hear in different parts of the story, whether that is the meadow, stream, swamp etc. Although we have been walking loads and have been incredibly busy in our Literacy, we also haven’t stopped with our Maths. We have been working on addition and subtraction and we were AMAZING! Some of us even got the challenge of missing number problems and inverse! You can only imagine how tricky that is at the age of 4/5. We love a challenge!


Unfortunately, we have not had another visit from our mystery bear guest. We can only assume he’s gone back to his cave with his Mummy just like in our story. However, we haven’t had the chance to rest because we’ve been working incredibly hard on our  Maths. This week we have been looking at doubling and halving and learning the skills we need to be able to achieve this objective. The children have been amazing and have definitely grasped the concept of both sides being equal! What superstars. We have also started writing some fact sheets about bears to help teach the rest of he school what we have learnt about bears. Their writing and letter formation is beautifully progressing. Well done Reception ⭐️🐻👍🏻

It’s our first official week back to school and gosh it’s been exciting. We had a visitor, not an ordinary visitor, a very special visitor. We had a BEAR!! 🐻 come to visit. He left our room in a bit of a mess and he left his paw prints all over the floor. He also built a bear cave to sleep in whilst he visited. We were very excited, so we went on a bear hunt! We found lots and lots of clues. However, unfortunately, we didn’t find the bear, but we did make and display missing posters so the rest of the school knew to keep an eye out for him. After that, we started learning a story map ‘Take a walk little bear’ which is about another little bear who went on a walk, to see where he went, to help us find our bear. We also learnt lots of facts about other bears, did you know? An American brown grizzly bear hibernates for the winter, and whilst it sleeps if gives birth to a litter of cubs, the mother meets the cubs when she wakes up, which is when the cubs are 3 months old! Amazing ⭐️ If that wasn’t enough we have also been looking at paw prints with numbers on and helping the bear get home by following the paw prints BUT he can only get home if they’re in the right order. We also made some beautiful artwork of bears with the paints. What a superstar class! 🎨

It’s officially Christmas in Reception. 🎄 We have been our amazing selves, and have been festivally writing Christmas cards and letters to Santa and posting them in the postbox. We also had our WOW day, where we visited all around the world. We went to China, India, Denmark, Australia, Wales, Italy and Iceland. We had all different activities. They got to build Lego houses, design their own pizzas, try special welsh cakes and also try chai tea. They had a fantastic time. We have also been using our number knowledge to put presents into the stocking and also been using this to say one more than a number.


During this busy week, we have been learning about positional language, as well as repeating patterns. We played a secret spy game where we had to hide objects and use positional to describe where we had hidden them for our partner to find. We also used all of the toys in our room to make patterns out of, we learnt how to make a two variable repeating pattern and a three variable as a challenge. We also started learning about the language of time, we counted how long it would take us to put all 7 beanbags into a bucket! We counted in seconds, and then compared the times to see who was faster or slower. As well as this, we have been enjoying our P.E lessons with Mr.Perry where we get to enjoy all the different ways of moving on exciting equipment.

What a fun filled week we have had. This week now we have innovated our story to ‘The Enormous Potato’, we decided its only right that we make potato soup! The children were fabulous at using the peelers safely, and helping me get all the skin off, after that they then proved great by being sensible with knives to chop the potatoes. However, the best part was definitely eating it, some of us even had two portions! In Maths, we have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes, and have been on hunts around the school for shapes, we’ve also sorted the shapes by their properties, printed with them and built with them. As well as this, we even had a science experiment! We used pipe cleaners to make different shaped bubble wands, then we dipped them into our magic bubble solution and tried to blow different shape bubbles. We did have an awful lot of fun, and we even topped it off by a fabulous music session with Mrs Nairn focusing on volume and tempo!

We just don’t stop! After an incredibly busy week last week, I thought we would be tired this week but of course we weren’t, we were just as eager to learn as ever! In Science, we decided we wanted to do an experiment of which vegetables and fruits have seeds. We examined all the fruits, named them and then decided we should make predictions on whether or not we think they had seeds – our knowledge was fantastic. We then cut them open to reveal our answer. As well as this, we had a fabulous music session, we let the children experiment and explore with volume and instruments; we have some incredibly budding young musicians it would seem.  If this wasn’t enough, we also starting innovating our story map, and writing our own versions, changing the characters and object; please look on tapestry for some of their work and videos. After some fantastic work on money, the children have now been looking at 2D shapes and their properties. They had a shape hunt around the room and found objects that were the same shapes as some of the ones we learnt.




Well! We have been incredibly busy this week, goodness me. First of all thank you to those parents who joined us for our Talk for Writing morning on Wednesday, I hope you found it helpful I. Terms of how we story map and where we go from there in relation to the process. This week we have been focussing more on vegetables and how they grow. We were even lucky enough to have Mrs Phillips in our class, she allowed us to help her plant some daffodils and other flowers to go in our school garden, we learnt all about roots and what their job is! We have also been looking at capacity this week, and comparing which containers can hold a higher volume of liquid/sand. The children have made predictions and tested them out to see if their hypothesis was right. We’ve had great fun finding out which objects are empty, full and even half full. As well as this we’ve worked hard on our number recognition, and have been making hedgehogs out of potatoes to match specific quantities. As if that isn’t enough, we have also been writing story maps of our own and shopping lists of what we may need if we were to plant our own seeds. Incredible workers this week ⭐️




Welcome back! I hope you all had a fantastic half term, I have been hearing lots about what you have been up to, and it all sounds fantastic. For our first week back, we had a discovery! We had been left some magic seeds, and a letter asking us to plant them to see what happens. The children and staff made multiple predictions about what we thought it would grow into, and we learnt what seeds need to grow as our science focus. However, we did not expect it to turn into an enormous turnip!  It was so huge we decided we needed to measure it as it kept growing whilst we were doing that we thought why not measure the other vegetables too. The children learnt the language of longest and shortest and heaviest and lightest and used these to tell me about their vegetables! We’ve also been playing in our role play area of our ‘farmer’s market’ and have enjoyed being till supervisors, handling money, using the langue of money and also making customer announcements.



This week was our ‘week to wow’ so we have been focusing on the animal kingdom. We had some amazing Maths using Venn diagrams to show different species and categories of animals, we also used animals to represent whole numbers using our part part whole method. As well as this, we have been creating some hedgehogs our of our amazing autumnal leaves we have been collecting from the playground. Alongside all of this we have also had a real focus on planet pollution, therefore we made a sea creature out of all recycling to enter a whole school competition. We even managed to squeeze in a quick visit from the Wellingborough Firemen who spoke about animal rescue and what they have to deal with on a regular basis.




This is our fourth week at school, and we have been learning the text map ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’ 🐻. Some of the children have even started making their own text maps. We have been writing letters to the bears to say sorry, playing with porridge and experimenting with the texture and we have also done our first welly work session. We looked at natural objects and their properties and organising them, due to the beds in the text map being too hard and soft.  Not to mention some fine motor skills work sorting and threading our bears.


For our third full week at school, we have learnt our second text map of ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We have been painting and decorating our own gingerbread men this week. We have also been making some out of playdough and cooking them before selling them in our gingerbread man shop. In our maths we have been looking at specific numbers and creating bar model and being curious at new ways of making the same number and I must tell you, we were absolutely magnificent!


This week we have been learning the story map of the three little pigs, as our first talk for writing unit. The children will be sent home this story map at the end of the week in case you want to learn too! We have been retelling the story in the puppet theatre, making houses out of different materials and seeing which could survive against the big bad wolf! We have also been making pictures of the pigs as well as making them new homes in our outdoor area. We have had lots of fun and we hope you have enjoyed seeing this on tapestry too.


For our first week at school we have been looking at writing our names, as well as number recognition. The children have already wowed us! We have also had a tour of the school, had our first experiences on the big playground and also have been beautifully behaved in the hall st lunchtime. The children have started getting changed for P.E now and we are really promoting their independence to get dressed themselves.

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