Into the Woods…

It was a beautiful day to go down to the woods. We talked about how different the woods look now in the Spring. The trees and plants have grown a lot; the grass is very tall and the trees are full of leaves and blossom, giving us shelter and shade.

We went looking for minibeasts and found ants, woodlice, bees, snails and a slug. We also saw spider webs. We talked about being careful when we find them and why these creatures are important to us.

We also discovered this little creature who flew in to meet us…do you know what it might be?

The children found dandelions and talked about when the flower petals turn into seeds and are called ‘clocks’ which then blow away to new soil and grow into flowers again. We blew them and made a wish…

Our topic this term has been ‘Growth’ and one of the stories we have enjoyed is ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We have imagined what it would be like to climb up a giant beanstalk and what we might find at the top and so whilst at the woods we planted our very own magic beans! The children talked about how we can look after our bean plants, making sure they have water and sun. We wonder how tall they will grow…?

The giant’s chair was found…do you think he will come looking for it?

The children decided to go on a gruffalo hunt…they’ve seen something…what have they found?!

Some clues…a gruffalo footprint and where “he has broken a twig with his purple prickles” whilst rushing past for the mouse, the owl’s feathers “as he swoops down for the mouse” and where the snake has slithered past and left a print…

We enjoyed writing our names in the ground…

We went looking for fairies in the woods at the bottom of the trees where the doors to their homes might be.

We talked about what they might look like…

We loved balancing, climbing and jumping off, landing on both our feet. We were careful to take turns and wait for someone to finish before we had a go.

There was a lot of cooking going on in our dens and kitchens making all kinds of delicious food. We collected what we needed, measured it, poured and stirred. We made sure not to cook our food for just the right time and that it did not get too hot before sharing it with our friends.

There was music…playing different beats on the drum.

We invited our friends into our dens, getting comfy and enjoying each other’s company…

When it was time to go everyone came running at the call – “Back to base camp!” and we talked about all the wonderful things we had seen and done.

What a fantastic time we all had in the woods!

Mrs West, Mrs Lloyd and Miss Calcroft

Sports Day Stars!

The children had a fantastic day cheering each other on and joining in the fun with their friends.

They were super fast in the running race….. on your marks…!

Easy does it in the egg and spoon race….

…and tackling the obstacle race with determination…!

At the end of a great day, everyone was very excited to receive their medal and Sports Day certificate.

Well done Sports Superstars! What an amazing Sports Day!

🌟We are all so very proud of you! 🏆

Mrs West, Mrs Lloyd and Miss Calcroft

Hello Everyone!

Wow! You have sent in so many wonderful photographs and some films too! A big thank you for these – you are fantastic! Please keep them coming in because Mrs Lloyd, Miss Atkins and I really do love to see how you are all getting on and we can share them with all your friends in Reception.

You are working so hard with your Home Learning Packs, your RWI Daily Lessons and you have been so creative too, spending time on the Traditional Tales activities.

We know you love to dance and have lots of energy and we have put some links for PE and Movement onto our Reception webpage, where you will find Cosmic Kids Yoga, Jump Start Jonny and Cbeebies ballet.

We have already received your first Seesaw activity from you too. Well done Reception! You are superstars!

We can all share in your hard work and creativity right now – take a look at all the beautiful photographs your friends have sent in…..

Safah has been very busy working hard and making a very colourful Incy Wincy Spider. She has also enjoyed playing on her sledge in the snow! We hope lots of you had fun in the snow too.

Safah also celebrated a very special day…Happy Birthday Safah!

From all of your friends, Mrs Lloyd, Miss Atkins and Mrs West.

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Archie has been working so hard on his number order, number formation and pattern and he has been practising his reading too…

Drew has been creating lovely art work…we know you love to paint Drew!

Jenson we love your fantastic models! We can see that you have made your very own story map for ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and written the story to match! What beautiful writing! Well done Jenson!

We are sure you will enjoy this wonderful film made by Jenson and his mum as he retells ‘The Three Little Pigs’…

Let’s give Jenson a round of applause!

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Lucie has been so busy – working hard on her letter and number formation, number order, pattern and reading…

but also being very creative too and making these amazing models…

Thomas has been baking delicious bread, modelling colourful dinosaurs, meeting horses and finding time to be a superhero…go Thomas!

Oliver has thought very carefully about his learning. He has been doing really good thinking – filling in missing numbers, practising his pencil control and his reading and writing. Fantastic work Oliver!

Michael has been enjoying all the different activities in the Home Learning Pack and has been very active too. Michael visited a climbing centre before Christmas and showed how good he is at climbing!

Oscar has enjoyed reading books, practising his letter and number formation, number order and other activities from the Home Learning Pack. He also loves to hear his brother read stories.

Oscar has also enjoyed playing games, going for walks and playing in the snow too! He found some footprints in the snow…and wondered which animals had made them. What do you think?

Here’s Ruby-Ann doing some very good thinking…great work Ruby-Ann!

Whilst you are at home staying safe, it is truly wonderful to be able to see fantastic pictures like these and share how we are all getting on. It is so lovely to speak with your families and hear about what you have been busy doing.

Please remember to send your photographs and videos to our school email: postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk.

Like many of you at home, we have been following our topic ‘Traditional Tales’. We have been busy making a big collage of the Gingerbread Man and building a small world model and puppets for retelling the story.

The Gingerbread Man runs so fast that no-one can catch him! Can you remember what he says as he runs away? Who carries him across the river?…

Don’t forget, you can find links for this story and others, together with lots of creative activities for our ‘Traditional Tales’ topic on our Reception webpage.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs West, Mrs Lloyd and Miss Atkins

Merry Christmas!

Reception have loved getting ready for Christmas! They have been telling us about their elves and all the mischief they have been getting up to!

The children have been busy posting their Christmas cards and making calendars, cards for their families and beautiful decorations for our Christmas tree…

We enjoyed the story, ‘The Nutcracker’. The children were really interested in the dance of the Sugarplum fairy and so we watched a ballerina perform the dance on the stage. They loved joining in and following her movements and then asked to see other ballet dances. They also loved dancing along with the ballerinas in Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.

The children had a great Christmas party….they absolutely love to dance! Well done Reception! 💃🕺

Santa a sent a message and so we all followed a glitter trail and found some footprints leading to a sack of presents that Santa had left for the children…thank you Santa!

Time to enjoy a rest, a tasty cake and a drink…before some more dancing and games!

Our Christmas Performance

We are incredibly proud of our children. They have worked so hard, practising everyday to learn their songs perfectly and wanting to do their best for their families.

You are truly superstars Reception! 🌟

Please enjoy our Christmas performance…and feel free to join in!! 🎼

We wish you wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

Mrs West, Mrs Lloyd and Miss Atkins 🎄

Remembering, Celebrating and Helping

Here in Reception, we have been as busy as ever learning and exploring the world around us!

Remembering…

The children really enjoyed learning more about why poppies are so important to us at this time of year. They painted their own beautiful watercolour poppies and worked together to make a fantastic large scale poppy collage.

Celebrating...

We learned more about the celebration of Diwali, experimenting and exploring colour and pattern…

…using computer programs to create interesting symmetrical patterns and mendhi patterns…

…experimenting with oil pastels to create mendhi patterns…

and soft pastels to explore rangoli patterns…

Helping…

The children also enjoyed Children in Need day, understanding more about why and how we can all help others in different ways.

Like so many other children around the country, Reception loved joining in with Joe Wicks…..Go Reception!!

Drawing their own Pudsey bears…

Best wishes and take care,

Mrs West, Mrs Lloyd and Miss Atkins

Spooky Fun!

The children had a great start dressing up in their fantastic Halloween costumes – they looked amazing and really loved meeting up with their classmates after the half term break.

There was a lot of spooky dancing to ’Ghostbusters’ and ‘Monster Mash’.

Rolling, squeezing and pinching play dough to make bats, witches, ghosts, cats and pumpkins.

Just like in our favourite stories ‘Room on the Broom’, ‘Meg and Mog’ and ‘Winnie the Witch’, we mixed amazing potions, counting our ingredients then drawing and writing our spells.

The children used technology to create spooky pumpkins…

Over the week, the children printed pumpkins, painting on scary faces….

Over the week, they also created their very own spooky spider 🕷, using modelling material to roll, squeeze and pinch, thinking about colours, shape and how many eyes and legs their spider would have…

Spider Gallery

Here are their incredible spiders! Each one unique and amazing!

And finally, here are Reception, looking brilliant in their costumes…

The Reception Team thank you all for your fantastic support in making this such an enjoyable time for the children,

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs West, Mrs Lloyd and Miss Atkins

Time flies by!

Here in Reception, we have all been so busy! We’ve been exploring the world around us, learning more about number, pattern and shape and enjoying lots of different activities to help with our reading and writing. 

Harvest Artwork

The children have created fantastic art work for Harvest. They used oil pastels to draw beautiful fruit and vegetables, looking carefully and thinking about shape and colour. We are so proud of their hard work!

Harvest Festival Performances

The children were so enthusiastic and keen to practice and then perform their Harvest songs for their families. They looked amazing in their farmer outfits. Thank you all for your fantastic support!

We are sure you will enjoy their wonderful performances of ‘Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’ and ‘Farmer’s in his Den’! Well done Reception, you are all superstars!

Best wishes and take care,

Mrs West, Mrs Lloyd and Miss Atkins

Welcome to Reception!

The children have been truly amazing!  We are all so proud of how well they have coped with joining Reception.   We do appreciate the help and support you give to ensure the children have the best possible start.  We thank you all for your fantastic support.

The children have been extremely busy, settling in, following the routine and getting to know one another.  Take a look and see what we have been up to!

Guess who?

As part of the ‘Ourselves’ topic this term, the children have painted amazing self portraits….

We are having ‘Golden Moments’ assemblies in class, where we celebrate special achievements by the children. It would lovely if you could nominate your child for a ‘Golden Moment’, sharing an event which has made you all proud. The children really do enjoy seeing the golden box open and hearing the wonderful things their friends have achieved. Please send in your nomination to postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk.

Best wishes,

Mrs West, Mrs Lloyd and Miss Atkins