Mr Sembhi

R Duck

Welcome to Life at KPS for Reception

Mr Sembhi and Mrs Virdee warmly welcome you to Reception.

The aim of this page is to highlight some of the fantastic learning that has been happening in Reception, this page will be updated monthly, with photographs and information about the learning we have completed during the month.

We hope you enjoy looking through these updates and do discuss your child’s learning with them to celebrate their success. We look forward to any suggestions you may have to make your child’s learning a pleasant experience.

Mrs Virdee

R Parrot

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December 2019

Communication and Language

In Reception our children have been looking at the story of ‘Whatever Next’. They have been re-telling the story using a variety of props. Our children enjoyed saying certain phrases from the story and focused on changing their voices when acting out different characters. Our children learnt the terms characters, first, next, then and finally and used these terms to sequence the story and retell it. Whilst re-in- acting the story or children focused on how to speak in a full sentence and where encouraged to use a speaking frame and colourful semantics to help them in speaking in full sentences.

Expressive arts and design

Throughout this term our children have been learning a variety of different celebrations. These included: Gurpurab, Bandi Chorr Divas, Hanukah and Christmas. As part of Hanukah our children created their own individual Menorah’s using a variety of mixed media. The skills our children have learnt include: how to combing mix media, working independently and the significance of eight candles during the month of Hanukah.

Our children used their individual Menorah’s as props when re-enacting the Hanukah story. They confidently used key phrases from the story when taking part in role play.

Literacy

This term our children really enjoyed about exploring about space. We looked in detail at the different types of planets and what these planets are made up of. During the week, we looked closely at the shape and structure of different planets and our children drew the planets in the correct order. Whilst drawing, we looked closely at the size and shape of the different planets. Our children were able explain why Earth is the best place for humans and animals to live on as they made a link with land and water.

Mathematics

This term our children read the story of ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy. During the story, they were really excited knowing that the bear created his own rocket to go into space and visit the Moon. Our children, moved their own learning along by wanting to link 3D shapes with design and technology. Our children first designed their own individual rockets and from that selected the best design. They were introduced to voting. They worked together as a team exchanging ideas and creating one big rocket. Once created, our children named the 3D shapes that they used and retold the story of ‘Whatever Next’ using their rocket.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

In Reception, our children have been talking a lot about fireworks. During our circle time, we spoke about how to stay safe around fireworks and what to do if the fire alarm goes off in school. Our children took part in a fire drill and we spoke afterwards about the steps we need to take in order to stay safe in school.  We practiced our listening and communication skills. We spoke about the importance of staying quiet and following instructions given by an adult during a fire drill.

Physical Development

This month, we had a special PE coach who came into Early Years and taught the children a variety of skills. Children took turns, throwing the ball up in front of them to then bounce on the ground. They ran after it and caught the ball with both hands. Next they ran back to their partner holding the ball and passing carefully to swap over.

Children were also put into two teams. One team stood with their feet glued to the floor as they were not allowed to move. The other team dribbled the ball like a basketball player carefully weaving around the obstacles. As soon as they heard the stop command they stopped the ball with both hands.

Understanding the World

Our children really enjoyed naming and exploring the different planets. They were really fascinated to explore how hot the sun is and that our sun forms mini volcano eruptions. Our children moved their own learning on, by wanting to create lava lamps. The skills that our children learnt included: following instructions, staying safe during a science experiment and what a simple chemical reaction is. Once our children created the lava lamps, they further developed their learning by retelling their science experiment using the terms first, next, then and finally.