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
Our children have been really enjoying reading and listening to the story of Kipper’s Birthday. They enjoyed taking part in acting out the story as a whole class. They created birthday cards for Kipper and then spoke to an adult, telling them what they had wrote in their card. We encouraged our children to speak in full sentences when talking about what they have written in their birthday card for Kipper.
Expressive Arts and Design
Our children really enjoyed making Rangoli patterns with a variety of different media such as coloured stones, paints, pebbles etc. They learnt about patterns, repeated patterns, colours, shapes and symmetry. Our children worked really hard as a team, trying to complete a large piece of Rangoli pattern. They learnt about team work, listening to each and working together. Our children really enjoyed showing their work to others in the class and also were able to explain their patterns in full sentences. We encouraged our children to speak in large groups about sharing their work with others and explain using language such as ‘because’ and ‘and’. children have learned a lot through our celebration’s role play areas. They created decorations which they added to the role play area such as: banners, bunting, party hats and paper chains. They loved dressing up and pretending to be at a party or wedding.
Our children have been focussing on celebrations and introduced the story, ‘Kipper’s Birthday.’ The children learned about invitations, cards, planning a party, writing a card, writing a shopping list and using describing words.
In reading we have completed reading Set 1 sounds in phonics (RWI programme). Our children are beginning to blend three/four letter words such as: tug, box, shop, bank. They are using their phonics knowledge to write simple words and phrases.
In maths our children have been learning to count up to 6. We spent time understanding what six means, finding out one more than and one less than numbers within 6. Children practiced forming number 0-6. They have been this through play and singing songs such as Three Blind Mice, Four Little Ducks, Five Little Speckled Frogs.
We moved onto addition and subtraction of numbers within 6. We started using part whole model. For example, for addition we used the following sentence structure: I have two frogs. This is one part. I have one duck. This is another part. They decided to come together for a party. Now I have three altogether. This is the whole. Part plus part equals a whole.
Personal, Social, Emotional Development
Look at how wonderful and yummy cake our children have made for Kipper. Our children worked together to set up a party for Kipper as part of his birthday. They worked together, sharing the items of food and party decorations. They listened to each-other and took on each-others ideas and views about setting up the birthday party. Great work with sharing. Well done Reception for showing how to look after the school items and sharing the objects with others in class!
Our Reception children have been learning about Remembrance Day. They really enjoyed taking part in the 2 min silence in class and singing a beautiful prayer to remember those special individuals who gave up their life for others. The children have been developing skills in handling and using tools effectively through playing with play dough and as they were making their decorations for Kipper’s birthday. They engaged I digging in the allotment area as they were planting their garlic and crocus bulbs.
Understanding the World
Our children learned about ‘Bandi Chhor Divas and Diwali.’ They re-enacted the story to help them understand the events that took place many years ago.
During this term, our children have been looking at a variety of different celebrations. They looked in detail at how people celebrate birthday around the world, including their friends and family. They were able to role-play how they would celebrate a birthday party and also what they would make for a birthday party. Children took turns sharing with each other and working together as a team to create a birthday party for a friend or special one. The book they have been reading to support their learning is called Kipper’s birthday. Children drew a lot of their imagination and creativity from personal experience and this core book.