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  • Jarrow Cross C of E Primary School
‘Living and Learning’
Value in Everyone

Reception

September

What a wonderful start to school! After our doorstep visits and our play sessions in school, we were very excited to get started. Our teachers have been helping us to be independent with things like putting our coats on ourselves and washing our hands. We come into school ourselves, put away our belongings and enjoy milk and bagels in our classrooms as we arrive. And that's before the day even begins! We are confident at lunchtimes too, selecting our lunch and carrying our tray to the table to join our friends. Lots of our time has been spent working on our turn-taking, sharing and listening skills. We have even begun to take part in PE with coach Nathan.

October

We all know our learning environment well and have been accessing many of the resources on offer during our child-initiated time. We have been looking at the story 'Owl Babies' as part of our Talk 4 Writing English sessions and have participated in lots of activities linked to this. We even had a visit from a real owl and some other birds of prey! We have been working on our speaking and listening skills in preparation for beginning our Phonics learning. In Maths, we have been looking closely at the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 with some help from the Numberblocks. We have also been learning how to use ICT programmes on the iPads. 

November

November was a month of festivals and celebrations for Reception! We shared our experiences of Bonfire night, explored Diwali and began to prepare for Christmas. We have enjoyed looking at the story of ‘Dear Zoo’ and finding out more about wild animals and have been using our creative skills to create representations of them using junk materials and paint. We have been exploring repeating patterns and number throughout our indoor and outdoor learning environment. 

December

December was a very busy month for Reception. We started to make preparations for Christmas by creating our own decorations, cards and gifts for our families. We read and retold the story of the Nativity using a range of resources, then applied our learning to perform a recorded Nativity play. Making Christingles and gingerbread made our classrooms smell so festive! A special Christmas visit to Hall Hill Farm to meet Santa and his reindeer was a wonderful treat in our last week in school! 

 

January

This month, we had a mystery visitor to school! We found some golden curls, some porridge and a wooden spoon. Can you guess who it might have been? We have been excitedly creating wanted posters, making our own porridge and writing instructions. In maths, we have been exploring numbers to 6 and 2D shapes and their properties. We are super subitisers and we love to participate in our daily maths meetings. For phonics, we are working on reading and writing CVC words, captions and simple sentences.  

February

February has been another exciting month in Reception! We began the month with Chinese New Year celebrations, finding out about traditions and trying some Chinese food. We have also been finding out about the Jewish Shabbat by tasting challah bread, trying to create our own plaits and investigating how special the Torah is to Jewish people. Our focus text was Jack and the Beanstalk. One day, we returned to class to find footprints and a letter asking us to solve some subtraction problems for the giant! We have also enjoyed taking part in Express Yourself day for Child Mental Health Week and Internet Safety Day.  

March

There has been so much excitement in reception after a Mammy Dinosaur left her eggs with us to look after! We have been finding out all about how to care for dinosaurs, and in particular what they eat. We were sent some dinosaur poo samples to examine and we were able to discuss which dinosaur we thought they belonged to and why by looking at their contents. Some of it was a bit smelly! We have also been finding out about the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, as well as the Bible. Because Easter is coming, we have been looking at  the Easter story and making preparations for Easter celebrations with our families by making cards and gifts. We have been finding out about oral hygiene and ways to keep our teeth healthy and clean too. 

April

After our return from the Easter holidays, we have excitedly begun our next topic Mad About Minibeasts. We had a surprise visit from Guy from Bugs N Stuff, who brought lots of creatures from around the world for us to see and touch. We have been exploring symmetry and numbers beyond ten in maths. Our focus text is 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', which we have been looking at in great detail. We even have some caterpillars of our own to care for in class!

May

During May, we have been keeping our own caterpillar diaries to record the amazing growth and changes of our class caterpillars. We have also been finding out facts about minibeasts. Our maths focus has been doubling, halving and sharing which we have explored using real-life resources and concepts. In the week leading up to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, we have been preparing for our whole school Jubilee picnic and learning about the Queen and some aspects of her life. We also studied one of the commonwealth countries and compared it to the UK using the book 'The Koala Who Could'. Can you guess which country it could be?

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