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Reception - Miss Anderson

Welcome to Reception

Welcome to our class page, thank you for taking the time to access it. I hope you find it informative and fun.


‚ÄčThis year we will be doing P.E on a THURSDAY afternoon. Please can all children have their P.E kits in school every week.


Friday 21st September - Autumn 1 Week 3


This week we have been learning the sounds... t,i,n and p. The children have been working hard to form each letter correctly and using the Read, Write, Inc rhymes to help. 


t- Down the tower, across the tower. 

i- Down the insects body and a dot for his head. 

n- Down Nobby and up and over his head. 

p- Down the pirate's plait and up and over his face.    

Next week the children will be learning the g,o,c and k sounds. 

Friday 14th September - Autumn 1 Week 2  2018-2019

The children have all settled into our Reception class very well. The children are getting used to our new routines and following Waverley rules. Look how smart they look in their new green uniform.


29th November 2017


What a fabulous topic Superheroes has been. The children all enjoyed coming to school dressing as their favourite superhero last week and this gave us an opportunity to create a bank of 'super' words to describe each character. We have then been using these words in our Literacy work through-out the topic. This week in Literacy we were writing about Superhero Potions, the children created their own potion and told us what power their potion would give the superhero. We had ideas like speed powers, jumping powers, fire powers and ice powers. The children then wrote a list of ingredients that they would put into their potion.


In Maths this week we have been working on recognising and ordering numbers to 5,10 and 20. We have also been learning how to find one more or one less than a given number. The children love to complete a challenge, in one of our challenge areas, once they have completed their work.


Our book focus during our Superhero topic has been 'Supertato'. The children have found this book hilarious! On Monday we made traps to catch 'The Evil Pea'. Using junk modelling materials, the children decided on what tools they needed to assemble their trap. Then as a group, the children discussed how they had made their traps and what features each trap had. 

13th November 2017


Today we watched a video about Remembrance day, we discussed why we wear poppies on our clothes and why people donate to the Poppy Appeal every year. The children listened very carefully to the music on the video and were keen to ask questions about why we have this special day on the 11th November, every year. The children talked about what they did or where they were when the whole country fell silent at 11am on Saturday and Sunday. - A link to the poppy video we watched on Cbeebies. 


3rd November 2017


During our Halloween topic this week, we have read the story 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. The children enjoyed listening and retelling this story throughout the week. They have been practising their writing by writing the names of the characters in the story- cat, dog, bird and frog.


In Maths we have been measuring broomsticks, ordering numbers on pumpkins and counting pumpkin seeds in our pumpkin pie.

Halloween - 31st October 2017


The children enjoyed coming to school dressed in their scary Halloween costumes. Look how scary they looked...

End of Autumn Term 1


We finished off our Harvest topic with a great performance from the children at our Harvest Festival. We would like to thank you very much for coming to see the performance and as I’m sure you will agree, the children threw themselves whole-heartedly into their roles and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It is an important part of children’s development to perform in front of an audience and your enthusiasm always rubs off on them. It was a great way to end our topic and the children are still signing 'Big Red Combine Harvester', a favourite of the whole school.  


Our book focus in the last week was 'The Little Red Hen'. During the week we made bread discussed how it tasted. The children then wrote some instructions about how to make the bread using their Phonic knowledge.

Friday 22nd September 


It has been none stop this week at Waverley! In our Reception classes we have been learning the sounds t, i, n and p. We have made popcorn, cut out insects, came to school dressed as pirates and made toast,  that the children enjoyed spreading jam and butter onto. Some children have been using their knowledge of letter sounds and blending them together to read some short words. Thank you to everyone that made a donation on Pirate day, the children certainly had great fun learning all about pirates for the day.  

Friday 8th September


Welcome back to the new school year. The children have all settled well into our classrooms and routines. This year our P.E sessions will be on a Monday morning, please could all children have their P.E kits in school for then, (however, for the first couple of weeks of term we will only be taking off socks and shoes). Next week we will be starting our Read, Write, Inc Phonics programme during class time and the children will be learning the sounds m,a,s and d. More information about Read, Write Inc Phonics will be given out in a letter on Monday. Any questions about this, do not hesitate to ask. Thank you to all the children for a great first week back.


Miss Anderson

Wednesday 28th June


This week the children took part in the first part of our transition to Key Stage One mornings. All children from Reception joined with our current Year 1 children for a morning of exploring the KS1 classrooms and met the staff they will be working with next year. The children from my class all said how excited they were for Year 1, now that they have been in the classrooms and experienced some of the activities they will be working on next year. We have another transition morning in the last week of term when the children will be with their new class and new teacher for the whole morning. 


Monday 26th June


This Friday we will be having a circus themed day in our Reception classes. The children will enjoy making lots of circus crafts, make and eat some yummy popcorn and enjoy bouncing away on our Bouncy Castles. We will also be having a sponsored bounce, with a prize for the boy or girl who can bounce the most. The children each have a sponsor form, that is to be handed in on the morning of our circus day. We are very much looking forward to Friday.

Friday 9th June


We have begun a short topic this week to develop children's writing. During independent learning the children have been writing under tables, using different tools and materials to write with and doing some large scale writing. In our Literacy work we made pirate biscuits and wrote some instructions to inform others how to make them too. 


The children have been using their Phonic knowledge to write words and sentences in all areas of the classrooms, they are now extending their initial short sentences and writing in more detail. Look how busy they have been...

Wednesday 24th May


What great weather it was today for our Forest School session. Today we went for a walk down to Denton Dene and spotted lots of signs of Summer on the way. The children were able to spot and name different trees, plants and bushes. They spotted an Ash Tree, an Oak tree, some Cow Parsley and some Willow. We even had some fun with Clever, which we now know sticks to your clothes. We chanted the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' when we walked through the long grass at the dene, the children enjoyed singing "Uh oh grass... long wavy grass, we cant go over it, we cant go under it, we will have to go through it".


Once we were in the dene we discussed the steps to keeping safe while out on Forest School, the children confidently stated that they must keep together at all times, if they spot some glass they must not touch it and tell an adult. If they see a hole they must be careful and walk around it and if there are any dogs around they must be quiet and walk away safely.  


What a fantastic day we all had! 


Wednesday 16th May


The children had a great day at Forest School today! Mr Roberts read the story 'Stanley's Stick' and the children thought about different uses for a stick. We had a discussion and the children had some great ideas as to what a stick could be used for.... a wand, a trumpet and even antlers. The children decided to collect lots of sticks to take back to the classroom, while on our walk to the woods. Once in the woods, we used sticks to write our names and made a summer garland, using willow and other things we found.


We discussed the names of different trees and bushes and Mr Roberts was very impressed that the children remembered lots of the names from the last Forest School session, 2 weeks ago.

Friday 12th May


This week we have started the topic... Under the Sea and Pirates. We have read stories such as 'The Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister, 'Sharing a Shell' and 'Tiddler' both by Julia Donaldson.

After reading the story 'Sharing a Shell' we discussed why it is important to share things with our friends and the children discussed together what sharing was. While discussing they came to the conclusion that we must share things so that it is fair.

In our adult directed Maths activities we were sharing out sea sweets for the fish friends and we even had some mental maths division.  

We read the story 'The Rainbow Fish' and discussed as a class what it means to be a good friend. Some children wrote a list about how to be a good friend, using their Phonic knowledge to write words in which match their spoken sounds. Some children decided to write their own version of the story in their independent learning and we had some great sentences about 'The Rainbow Shark' and 'The Rainbow Octopus'.


Would you like to see what Reception have been experiencing in their independent learning time?

Friday 31st March


This week we have been working on a mini topic of 'frogs'. After finding frogspawn in a puddle while out on Forest School, my class have been very interested in learning about how frogs grow. We have looked at the life cycle of a frog and learned all about how it grows into an adult frog. 


We read the story 'Oi Frog' by Kes Gray, this story helped us learn some rhyming words and the children were able to continue a rhyming string in their reading and writing work.



The Children also made some chicks in our independent play, using different materials, in the Playdough area. We even had some aliens, hedgehogs and snails too!
We also have a super star writer in our class today.... After watching Key stage 2's Egyptian play in the gym this morning, Zachary wrote some sentences about Egypt. He even told me that Egypt must start with a capital letter because it is a place. Wow!  

Friday 17th March


It has been an extra busy week this week as we have had Science week in school. Through out the school the children have been learning lots about Science. In Reception, we have had children out at Forest School looking at signs of Spring and discussing the changes in the environment from the Winter season to the Spring season. The children have taken part in some experiments in which they had to predict what would happen when we mixed oil and water, while making lava lamps. We had lots of messy fun observing the change when adding water and corn flour together, it made slimy gloop, which the children loved putting their hands in. We also made some popcorn (after I bought far too much popcorn... enough to feed the whole school). The children were able to predict what would happen to the popcorn when it was heated and enjoyed watching it pop out all over the classroom. The language used by the children this week in their explanations has blown me away. Well done to Reception!   

Thursday 9th March


Over the past two weeks, half of the children from my class have been enjoying going to Forest School on a Wednesday and a Friday. This experience has been fantastic for the children to learn about the outdoors, observe seasons changing and most importantly to have lots of fun. The children have learnt the names of different types of trees and have spotted some of the signs of Spring. On Wednesday Mr Roberts read the story 'Room on the Broom' and the children used outdoor materials to make their very own brooms. We then came back to our Waverley camp, where we made 'Witches Potions' with things we had collected from the woods. Mr Roberts and Mr Brown made a small fire so that we could boil some water for the potions, the children observed how the fire grew and discussed the changes. The children then enjoyed mixing and stirring their potions, once we had added the hot water, with their 'potion partners'.They then explained to others what their potion was called and what magical power it would have on you.   

Friday 3rd March


Yesterday was World Book Day. The children enjoyed coming to school dressed as their favourite characters from different stories. In Reception yesterday, we had a Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, a Superman, a Spiderman, an Alice from Alice in Wonderland and an Elsa. We discussed why it is important to read and the children came up with some great reasons as to why we should read:

"So that we can get better and better."

"So we can learn."

"Its fun."

"Its nice to look at the pictures."

 We then spend the afternoon enjoying stories around the classroom.

Tuesday 28th February


Welcome back after the holidays! Today our learning has been themed around Pancake Day. We read the story Mr Wolf's Pancakes by Jan Fearnley, which had a few familiar characters, that we recognised. The children then wrote their own story about the wolf and his pancakes. In Maths, we looked at some coins and used language related to money when discussing going to the shop to buy ingredients to make our pancakes. 

Then, the fun part... this afternoon we got to try some and we each chose a topping to spread on the pancakes. 


Tuesday 14th February


The children have loved our Superhero topic! We have been working on writing independently in our independent learning, in Literacy and in our Phonic sessions. The children have enjoyed reading stories in our 'Bat Cave' and across the classrooms.  


In Maths we have been learning to subtract using items for support and some children have been learning to write a subtraction number sentence. 


The children have been super learners during our 'Superhero' topic, so to celebrate the children will be dressing up as Superheroes on Friday 17th February, for a day of super fun! 

Friday 3rd February 


As this week is 'National Storytelling Week', the children throughout the school have been busy listening to and learning lots of different stories. In Reception we have been listening to a different story, read by a famous person, every day on Cbeebies. I have read my favourite story 'Monkey Puzzle' by Julia Donaldson to the children and the children have being retelling this story in small groups, using props, in their independent play.   


I must say a great big thank you to Mr Garrod's Year 5/6 class for coming down into Reception to share the story they had been learning this week... The Gruffalo. The children loved hearing this story read to them by their older peers and Mr Garrod's class were fantastic at sharing this story as they had learnt it off by heart. 

Friday 3rd February 


Our new topic, that our learning will be based around until half term, is 'Superheroes'. The children are thrilled with this topic and have enjoyed exploring Superhero activities around our classrooms. We have read lots of Superhero stories already such as, 'Supertato' and 'Superworm' and have been writing some Superhero words and phrases. 

After reading 'Superworm' we made our own Superhero worms out of Playdough, then we decided what superpower it would have and measured how long it was with cubes. The mathematical language that the children were using while they were measuring their worms was fantastic. 

Tuesday 24th January


This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year, as this year it is due to be celebrated on the 28th January. The animal that is being celebrated this year is the 'rooster' and traditionally it is said 'it is the year of the rooster'. The children in Reception have been learning about Chinese traditions like the colour red meaning luck and the giving of lucky money envelopes. We have sampled some traditional Chinese food and made our own lanterns and dragons.  

Tuesday 24th January


Would you like to see what the children have been doing in their independent learning?

Wednesday 18th January


During our Dinosaur topic, some of the children were asking questions and showing an interest in volcanoes. So today we were learning all about volcanoes. We discussed how they erupt with hot lava and volcanic ash, we talked about the shape of some volcanoes and the children were able to explain that some volcanoes look like a cone shape. We even had our own erupting volcano in the classroom.