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Year R

Welcome to our Year R blog!


Each week, we hope to share with you some of the learning that has taken place in our busy Reception classrooms. Maybe you could talk about what the children have been doing at school when you are at home with them?

Friday 15th July 2022


This week we have been doing lots of arts and craft related to our topic of ‘Pirates, Mermaids and Under the Sea’.


We have made parrots by painting our hands to create the effect of the colourful feathers!  It was fun getting a little messy!

We learnt about what a lighthouse is and why they are important.  We then made our own, carefully painting the red and white stripes traditionally found on lighthouses.


We also made some brightly coloured sea creatures including jellyfish and octopus.

In RH, we learnt how to draw pirates and mermaids by listening to, and carefully following Miss Hart’s instructions!  We are all amazing artists!

In RB, we all made a pirate hat! Arrr!

We have also been continuing with our maths and literacy activities as well as following our own interests and fascinations during child initiated, including bug hunting and building towers!

We enjoyed writing about our day at Manor House Forest School, continuing to gain confidence in independent writing.  In maths, we used play-doh to find doubles of different numbers of spots on a ladybird.

We have all had a fantastic year in Reception and are looking forward to many more new adventures in Year 1! 

Friday 8th July 2022


We have been taken much of our learning outside this week. 


On Wednesday we had great fun in the forest.  We had a map of the forest and we had to mark on the map where we found the treasure.   Some of the treasure was up high and we needed to develop our problem-solving skills by working out how we could reach it!


When we started in Reception, many of us were very worried about climbing trees, balancing along a beam and using the different swings all by ourselves.  Look at us now!  We are so independent, and we can do most things without an adult holding onto us!

The Pirates visited the Forest in the night and left some gold coins behind.  We found lots of the coins and read the words the pirates had written on the front of them!

Mrs Latham found a bird’s nest in the forest with 2 eggs, laid by a collared dove.  We didn’t get too close as we didn’t want to disturb it, but we saw a photograph.  Some of us then chose to make our own birds’ nests!

A group of us also decided to make a bonfire with logs and branches.  We worked together as a team to move the logs and branches to make the bonfire!

We also like to have some calm time in the forest.  Many of us enjoy colouring and looking at books!

Although we have been very active, we have still been working hard in phonics.  We are getting better at sounding out words and forming letters correctly in a pre-cursive style.  Look at this beautiful handwriting!

Friday 1st July 2022


In maths we have been learning to solve word problems.  We had to think about the important mathematical information we needed and write it as a calculation to solve the problem. 

We have also enjoyed creating our own mathematical challenges, such as ordering numbers!

In literacy we have been continuing to practise writing good sentences.  Rainbow group have been trying hard to remember the order of the words in a sentence to write independently.

We have also enjoyed making words using the phonics cubes and writing the words we have made.

We had great fun going on a treasure hunt!  We discovered a mysterious treasure map left behind by pirates.  We then used the map to find all the pieces of treasure.  We had to add colours to the map and write down the letters we found.

Then we made our own treasure maps for our friends to follow!  We used positional language to describe the route to our friends!  X marks the spot!

Our home learning this week was to create a pirate accessory!  Look at all the wonderful things we have made!  Thank you to all the parents and carers who helped with this!

Friday 24th June 2022


We have had so much fun in the sunshine this week!


It was RSC and RH’s turn to visit to Manor House Forest School.  A wonderful day was had by all, and the children enjoyed all of the activities on offer!   Once again, the children behaved so well and were a credit to our school!  We are very proud of them!

In maths we have been learning about positional language.  The children had to complete an obstacle course going in, out, round, through, under and over different obstacles!

In Literacy we have been focussing on writing good sentences.  One of our activities was to order the words to make a sentence make sense, remembering that the capital letter goes at the beginning and the full stop at the end!

In our Understanding of the World, we have been exploring floating and sinking, thinking about the density of different objects.  

We also made pirate ships from old packaging!  We all had very different ideas about what we wanted our pirate ship to look like!

At the end of the week, we had our sports day!  Thank you to all the grown-ups who came along to support us and cheer us on!  We had a wonderful time and enjoyed taking part in the different races!

Friday 17th June 2022


We have had another very busy week in Year R and have had lots of fun as always! 

The highlight of this week was RJ and RB’s visit to Manor House Forest School.  They had a wonderful day and the weather was perfect!  The children enjoyed so many activities and the staff at Manor House Forest School said they were all extremely well behaved and listened to the instructions beautifully!  We are very proud of them!


We saw goats, pigs, ducks and chickens and were able to stroke most of them if we chose to.

We used a saw to make a wood cookie from the branch of a Sycamore, which we then decorated.


We learnt how to light a fire and toasted marshmallows.


We made animal homes and drew pictures of animals.

We went on the zip wire, climbed trees, played in the scramble nets and on the swings and climbing apparatus.


On Wednesday it was outdoor day at school.  We hunted for bugs, climbed trees and enjoyed lots of stories in the forest, amongst other things.


We also had great fun in maths learning our number bonds to 10!  We had to find 2 numbers that total 10 and write them down!

We are looking forward to the exciting adventures RSC and RH will have at Manor House Forest School on Tuesday!

Friday 10th June 2022


This term our topic is ‘Pirates, Mermaids and Under the Sea’ and we have made a great start to our final term in Reception!


In Forest School this week we made magic wands using sticks, ribbon, glitter and other craft materials.  We have also been developing our throwing and catching skills.

In maths we have been using the part-whole method to work out number bonds to 5 and 10.  Some of us even chose to challenge ourselves to work on numbers up to 20 and use our knowledge of addition to solve multiplication and division calculations!

We enjoyed taking our maths learning outside, using a variety of objects to make a given total.

In Literacy we have been working hard to write sentences, remembering capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

We have been learning about the seasons and signs of summer.  We collected some summer leaves and created some leaf prints.


We have been looking at the work of the famous artist Claude Monet and how he created the pattern of the waves in his beach painting.  We then had a go at creating our own beach scene based on Monet’s style of painting.

Friday 20th May 2022


This week we have been learning about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!  We have been practising our Jubilee dance and song for the school Jubilee party.  Miss Jewell taught us a great routine which we have really enjoyed learning!   We were really pleased to be able to show this to our parents and carers at our ‘Come and See’ this week!


We made Union Jack flags and crowns for our Jubilee party.  We also painted portraits of Queen Elizabeth II. 



We have been working hard in Literacy to be independent writers. We wrote facts about Queen Elizabeth II by ourselves.

In Maths we have been practising counting accurately.  We’ve been counting lots of different objects.

In child initiated we had fun playing hide and seek and using the construction blocks to make a throne for the Queen.  We also used 3D shapes to make our own version of Buckingham Palace!

In the Forest School this week, we had lots of fun climbing, swinging and balancing.  We have enjoyed using our imagination to create our own games.  Some of us chose to make a path to the fairy door so that the fairies can find their way home!  We also decided to make our own fishing game, using sticks as the fishing rods and leaves as the fish!   It was RH and RSC’s turn to make bird feeders this week!


The den is finally finished so this week we got to play in it!  We had great fun!  Thank you to Mr James for building it with us!

We continued with our bug hunt and even found a millipede!


For our home learning we were set the challenge of making a habitat for a toy animal!  Look at these wonderful habitats we created!

We hope you have a wonderful two week break and we look forward to seeing all the children again on Monday 6th June!

Friday 13th May 2022


We’ve had a lovely week enjoying the sunshine in Reception!


The Powell-Cotton Museum loaned us their animals artefacts box.  We were very excited to see what was inside and enjoyed looking at the different artefacts.  We saw a replica human skull, animal skins, a sheep’s horn and butterflies.  We used our senses to explore them and used magnifying glasses to take a closer look at the detail.

In the Forest School we have been making fat balls to feed the birds.  We mixed the bird seed and the lard and enjoyed using our hands to squeeze and mould the materials together.

We also went on a minibeast hunt, using an identification sheet to help us name what we had found.

In maths we have been estimating how many objects there are in a set.  We loved completing our estimating challenges inside and outside!

In Literacy we have been writing animal fact files.  We are getting very good at writing sentences!

In child initiated we were set a challenge to make an animal habitat.  Look at RB’s foxes den!

We once again welcomed parents into school for our ‘Come and Read’ session.  The children have really enjoyed having their parents and carers in the classroom, sharing stories together.

Friday 6th May 2022


We have continued our learning about animals this week and had a visit from Miss Jewell’s snake, Lexi!  Before the visit we thought of some questions we wanted to ask about snakes.  These are some of the questions we asked:


  • Do they have teeth?
  • How do they protect themselves?
  • Does your snake eat flowers?
  • Where do they live?
  • Where are their hearts?
  • How do they eat?


Most of us chose to touch the snake.  Some of the teachers held her!

This week in Forest School we went on a hunt for toy animals.  We sorted them into those that can be kept as pets and those that live in the wild.


We enjoyed climbing, swinging, and making music with sticks.  We enjoyed playing in the mud kitchen and some of us got a little bit muddy!


We continued to help Mr James to build the den.  It will soon be finished!

Some of us went into the Forest School on Thursday with Mrs Latham.  We went on a bug hunt.  We found some snails and enjoyed watching how they move.  We saw them go back in their shells when they got scared.

In Maths we have been learning about sharing equally.  We had to make sure the teddies had the same amount of food.

Some children even managed to share amounts up to 30 equally.

Friday 29th April 2022


As part of our learning about animals, we have had some special visitors this week!  We met Blue, Rabbit, Oreo, Buzz, Jessie and Geoffrey.


In Literacy, we have been learning to ask and answer questions.  These are some of the great questions we thought of:

  • What do they when they are scared?
  • What do they like to eat most? Where do they sleep?
  • How do they eat?
  • Where do they sleep?
  • How do they protect themselves?

We have enjoyed looking at non-fiction books about animals to find out information.

Another fun day was had in the forest.  Our challenge was to find natural materials to make a nest for an animal.

In Maths we have been learning about repeating patterns.  Look at these patterns we have made! 

In Child Initiated we have enjoyed exploring outside, using magnets to find things that are magnetic.  We have also been looking after our environment, keeping it clean and tidy!

Friday 22nd April 2022


Welcome back to Term 5!  We have got straight back into routine and have had lots of fun learning! This term our theme is ‘Mad about animals’. 


It was good to be back outside in the forest, using the outside environment to spark our creativity!  Some of us chose to create a restaurant in the forest and enjoyed making a healthy salad for the customers! 



Mr James started to build a den with our help.  He showed us how to use some tools safely. 

Miss Jewell led a game of musical statues, which was a lot of fun!

We also continued to improve our confidence with balancing, swinging and climbing.  Most of us can do this independently now!

We had lots of fun on the climbing frame and on the field.  We challenged ourselves to learn a new skill, hula hooping!  It is not as easy as it looks!  We did lots of sports including tennis, football and catching!

In maths we have been learning to double numbers to 10.   In class we doubled the number of spots on a ladybird.  We then took our learning outside to find pictures of dogs and double the number of spots on the dog!

We have also been learning about different animals and writing about our favourite animals!

Thank you to everyone who has shared photos of what your child has been doing at home using the ‘Evidence Me’ app.  We have really enjoyed looking at them and these will be added to your child’s Learning Journey.  Please see the school website for more information on how to do this.

Friday 1st April 2022


Winter has returned but that hasn’t stopped us from having fun and doing some fantastic learning!  Despite the unseasonal weather, we have been celebrating Easter this week.


We had lots of fun in Forest School, climbing, swinging and balancing!   We also had an Easter egg challenge.  We had to find 5 words and write them down to win our egg!

We have enjoyed watching our caterpillars grow.  They have all hidden away inside their chrysalis and some of the butterflies have begun to emerge!  It is a little too cold to let them go outside at the moment so they will be kept in the warm a bit longer!

We have been doing lots of craft activities.  We made Easter baskets which we filled with a chocolatey treat and made some lovely Easter cards!