Welcome to Life at KPS for Reception
Mr Sembhi and Mrs Morgan 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.
Communication and Language
This month we have looked at the story, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff.’ The children have really enjoyed retelling this story using actions, puppets and dressing up. Each week the children have been introduced to a new word and they have used the vocabulary from the story such as ‘gobble’, ‘hooves’, ‘meadow’ in their role play area. The children had an opportunity to ask and answer questions through hot seating of the characters.
Personal, Social, Emotional Development
The children have become more confident to share the work that they are proud of. They are beginning to see themselves as valuable individuals and are expressing their views to both their peers and the adults. During circle times we had very interesting ponderings about the behaviour of the troll. The children were wondering why the troll did not share the bridge with the goats and this brought discussions on why it is important to share resources in the classroom and at home. We have since observed some children put lots of effort at sharing and showing kindness to others.
Using the theme of the troll’s personal hygiene we looked at the importance of our own personal hygiene.
We talked about why it is important to have a shower or bath, brushing our teeth, our hair, wearing clean clothes, resting, eating and drinking healthily. The children created beautiful booklets on how to look after themselves which they shared with others. On the same theme of We also made fruit kebabs in our Food and Tech Room. The children loved this and they had a delicious selection of fruit such as strawberries, pineapples, melons, bananas red and green grapes to choose from.
Reading is at the centre of all we do in Reception. The children are getting more confident at reading set one, set two and three sounds of the programme Read, Write Inc. They are also engaging in teaching each other during independent learning time in their roleplay areas. Songs and rhymes from other subjects such as Maths and Music have added further enrichment and joy in their learning. We finished off our story by writing it in our books. Some of our children have become writers and they are now applying their sounds in all the writing.
The children have been learning to count, identify and form numbers from 0 to 15. We worked on finding one more than, one less than a given number. We used a range of Big pictures, counters, ten frames and number lines to help the children to further explore and understand their number work. Engaging in talk tasks, songs and number games helped the children to continue to practice and master their learning. Playing games such as number hunt, hide and seek got children counting without even noticing that they are learning.
Understanding the World
We started off our month by celebrating Chinese New Year which is also the Year of the tiger according to the Chinese Zodiac calendar. The children listened to the story of ‘The big Race’ where the animals competed in the race. We watched some videos that show Chinese New Year celebrations in China including the dragon dance.
The Reception children are getting more and more confident at noticing changes in our environment. During our walks, the children have started to spot some early signs of Spring such as daisies.
Expressive Arts and Design
The children have enjoyed learning about the Three Billy Goats gruff story. Our roleplay area has been buzzing with songs and trip trapping sounds of the billy goats gruff crossing the bridge on our very own bench bridge where the children have been retelling and enacting this story. They have been using dinosaurs instead of the goats for their own stories. We observed some of our quieter children getting more engaged as well. The children have continued with building and creating a range of bridge models using assorted media. It has been fun to observe.