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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.


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 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.