Welcome to Reception!
Your teachers are Mrs Shallice and Mrs Otley in Class A and Mrs White in Class B. The other adults working with us in Reception are Ms Doherty in Class A, and Mrs Collins in Class B. We all work closely with the children each day and strive to help each child reach their full potential.
In Reception, children continue to learn within the Early Years curriculum.The 7 areas of learning are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Children are assessed against these areas of learning throughout the year.
Our learning environment includes an exciting outdoor area, where children can extend their learning.
We have a weekly PE lesson with Mr McGrath and he teaches us new skills. We love it!
We learnt about how we can help birds in the winter. We made bird feeders and hung them in our Nature Area and around the school.
We visited the life bus to learn about ourselves. We talked about our organs, did some exercise and talked about how to keep healthy.
We used the new VR headsets to look at an african jungle. The children were able to use what they saw to write and make jungle habitats.
We made Christmas biscuits in the school kitchen. We enjoyed mixing all the ingredients in a bowl and sprinkling the topping the most.
Reception Lollipop man visit 2018
Our school Lollipop man visited our school. He told us all about how he helps to keep us safe when crossing the roads near school.
Reception nurse visit 2018
A nurse came to visit our classroom. She taught us about how she would help us if we ever needed to go to a hospital. She showed us lots of things she might use to make us feel better.
Reception PE 2018
We have PE lessons on a Thursday. We love to learn the new skills Mr McGrath teaches us each week.
Reception Fire Station Visit
Reception went on a trip to visit the Fire Station. The children got to go on the fire engine, spray the hose and even try on their uniform. The firefighters commented on how well behaved the chldren were too! Well done Reception.
Reception Class A - Fruit Kebabs
We made fruit kebabs using strawberries, blueberries and bannanas. We have been learning all about healthy foods.
Class B Fruit Kebabs
We made fresh fruits kebabs today using strawberries, bananas and blueberries. We are learning all about healthy foods.
Reception Church visit class A 2018
We went to visit Christ Church. Fr. John made us feel very welcome. We all said a special prayer and looked around the church.
Reception Church Visit Class B
We have been learning all about the Church this term. We blessed ourselves entering the Church with Holy Water. Fr John showed us the Tabernacle. We looked at the font and the stained glass windows. We drew our favourite image. We also lit some incense and watched the smoke go up to Heaven with our prayers.
Reception Farm Visit Class B 2018
We visited Kent Life farm to learn about farm animals. We saw many animals, including pigs, sheep, horses, owls and many more. We had fun exploring the farm.
Reception Farm Trip Class A 2018
We visited Kent Life farm. We had the best day! We loved looking at all the animals and riding on the train.
Reception Science Day
We had a great day in Reception experimenting to see how we can make things change. We made our own butter, mixed colours and tried to see what liquids would change our gummy bears. We also learnt about a scientist called Mae Jeminson and became inventors ourselves.
Reception - ICT 2018
We love to visit our school ICT suite. We are learning to log on to the computer and use a mouse and keyboard. It is so much fun!
Reception Science Day March 2018
We all got the exciting opportunity to be scientists today. We learnt about the water cycle, made our own clouds and even made it rain in a jar. Special scientists came in to give workshops and we made our own slime. It was a great day.
Reception Palm Sunday
Reception had fun learning all about Palm Sunday this week. We all made our own palm leaves. Then, we role-played Jesus arriving into Jerusalem.
P.E. with Mr McGrath
We are working hard to improve our balance, speed and overall athletic ability each week. We learn new manoeuvres and we have lots of fun getting active.
Reception Life Bus 2018
YR learnt about themselves on the Life Bus. We talked about our organs and then tried some exercises. For us to be healthy we need to eat healthy food and exercise.
Maths in Reception
We are working hard learning all about numbers and shapes, using Numicon and discovering all about Maths.
Cooking in Reception
We are very lucky to have a new kitchen installed in St Mary's. For our first time baking, we decided to work together to make some delicious biscuits.
Christmas 2017 in Reception
We had a lovely festive time in Reception. We had our Nativity play, Christmas disco, Christmas dinner, our class parties and Fr John came in to bless our crib figures.
Class B Post office trip
Class B walked to Eltham Post Office to buy stamps for our letters which we wrote for our Mums and Dads. We posted our letters in a post box.
Police visit Reception
The Police came to visit Reception. He talked about stranger danger and showed us some of his equipment.
Fire Engine visits Reception
As part of our topic, People who help us in the community, Reception had a visit from the fire brigade.
Reception - We love Autumn
We have been looking for signs of Autumn. We visited the Nature Area to find leaves, conkers, sticks and pine cones.
Reception school nurse visit
The school nurse visited our classroom. We talked about why it is important to wash our hands.
Reception Farm 2017
We visited Kent Life Farm. We loved seeing all the animals and riding on the tractor.
Reception French Day
We took part in French Day. We came to school dressed in colours from the French flag. We learnt some French words and tasted some French food.
Reception Easter egg hunt
We took part in an Easter egg hunt in our outside area. We had so much fun looking for eggs. Thank you Easter Bunny!
We have been visiting the ICT suite to learn how to log on to the computer, use the mouse and keyboard.
Trip to the Church
Reception visited the Church. We learnt about how to genuflect, looked at different parts of the alter and sent some prayers up to heaven.
Reception Bhangra Dancing 2017
The Bhangra dancers visited our school to teach us some traditional dance moves.
YR P.E. with Mr McGrath 2017
We worked with Mr McGrath to travel with confidence and skill around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment.
Roniyah's mum came in to speak to us about Ghana in Africa. We learnt about the national flag and famous landmarks, what type of clothing and food are popular and much more.
The Life Bus visited our school. We went on the bus to learn about the topic 'All About Me'. We learnt all about our body and how to keep healthy.
We had a visitor come in and talk to us about Road Safety. We learnt about how to keep safe on the roads, when to hold hands and when to wear bright colours.
Reception Christmas Activities
The children in Reception had lots of fun over the Christmas period. We danced at the disco, ate yummy food at our party and wore Christmas jumpers.
Reception Class A Display boards
We have display boards for all the areas of the curriculum in our classroom. These show lots of examples of the children's work.
Reception enjoyed taking part in the Infant Nativity. We were all stars.
Reception Class B Display Boards
We have display boards for all the areas of the curriculum in our classroom. These show lots of examples of the children's work.
Learning is fun in Reception
We love learning together in lots of different ways in Reception.
Reception Police Visit 2016
Local police officers came to visit Reception. We talked about ways of keeping safe.
Reception Diwali 2016
We had a visitor come and talk to us about Diwali. We enjoyed learning about the Hindu faith.
CAFOD visit 2016
A visitor came in to speak to Key Stage 1 about all the amazing work that CAFOD do to help people in need.
Ten Ten Theatre
We saw a lovely production and learnt about how rewarding making others happy can be.
Reception Post Office Trip 2016
We had great fun visiting the post office to buy a stamp to post a letter we wrote.
Jewish Visitor 2016
Jon Leigh talked to Reception about Judaism. We enjoyed learning about the Jewish faith.
Nurse's Visit 2016
The school nurse visited Reception to talk about how important it is to wash our hands.
Reception at the Farm
The reception children visited the farm and met lots of interesting animals.
We went on a story hunt to learn about people who help us in the community.
Reception Christmas Panto
We enjoyed the Jack and the Beanstalk Panto offered by a local theatre group.
Class B at Sports Day!
We had a great time at Sports Day- running, jumping, balancing, throwing and more!
We went on a mini trip to the park to practise for sports day, to have a picnic and to play on the equipment!
All week we have been painting, colouring, creating, exploring and making art work. Take a look at some of the things we have made...
We have a new waterwall in our outside area. We have been experimenting with the water, pouring, measuring, storing, catching and spilling lots of it!
Reception have enjoyed using the Computer suite in the last few months. We can log on, use some software and log off by ourselves!
Symmetry in Reception
We have been exploring symmetry through monsters, butterflies and paint! Take a look at some of the fun things we did...
We have been learning all about the farm. We went on a trip to Ravensbourne School, where they have a working farm, reptile room and a woodland to explore! (more photos to come...)
Photographers in Reception
We have been using the class camera, tuff-cams and the ipads to take our own pictures. Here is a small sample of the hundreds we have taken!
We have new residents in Class B... tadpoles! They started off as a big lump of frog spawn, but now some have begun to hatch! We are watching them closely, learning about all the changes. Some of the tadpoles have now grown back legs! We are patiently awaiting their front legs when they will become froglets! Check back to see their progress.
St George's Day
On the 23rd of April it was St George's Day. We listened to stories about knights and dragons, we made red roses and we watched videos of people celebrating in different ways around the country.
Easter Egg Hunt!
On the last day of term we had an Easter Egg Hunt around our outside area. Some of us found more than others, but we shared and made sure everyone had enough.
Reception have been learning all about Superheroes through the book 'Eliot the Midnight Superhero'. Today we dressed up as our favourite characters and took part in a series of super challenges- we had to rescue frozen lego people, use cubes to make a model of ourselves, design some super accessories, complete a set of obstacles outside and practise pulling off the best superhero pose!+
Our outside area is crucial to extend our learning. We can explore and investigate on a larger scale, developing or skills no matter what the weather!
St David's Day
Miss Griffiths taught us about St David's Day. We tried Welsh cakes, drew daffodils and learnt how to say a few things in Welsh!
In Class B we have a very popular Construction carpet and a dedicated lego table! In these spaces we work on motor skills, team-work, planning, evaluating, spatial awareness, coordination and communication skills. It's not just play!
Chinese New Year
Class B enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year. We made lanterns and dragons, Marcus taught us Chinese writing and we even dressed up as a Chinese lion!
PE in Reception
In PE we have been learning to extend our skills and face our fears by trying to climb a bit further and jump a bit higher! We definitely have some gymnasts in the making!
See us exploring the snow and the changes it made to our outside area. We spent the whole day doing snow related activities and then warmed our cold hands on the 'fire' in the classroom!
Class B Fireworks and Paint splats!
We have been learning about Bonfire Night and fireworks. We had fun splatting paint to make firework explosions!
Class B visit the Fire Station!
Class B walked to Eltham Fire Station on Monday as part of our People Who Help Us topic! We had a great time trying to use the hose, sitting inside the Fire Engine and watching the firefighters slide down the pole! Thank you to Eltham Fire Station for welcoming us!
Class A Visit the Fire Station!
Class A visited Eltham Fire Station on Armistice Day this year! We found out all about the Fire Station, what the Fire Fighters do even got to use the hose! At 11am we stood outside the Station with the Fire Fighters to remember Armistice Day with a two minutes' silence. Many thanks to Eltham Fire Station for welcoming us and showing us such a fantastic time!
Class A visit to Christchurch!
Class A visited Fr. John at Christchurch on Tuesday. We heard all about the tabernacle and the stories behind the stain glass windows. Some of us even found the image of the Lamb of God behind the altar! Be sure to ask us all about our day!
Class A visited the farm in May! We fed, petted and met farm animals, rodents and reptiles! Many thanks to the helpful staff at Ravensbourne who treated us to such a jam packed day of laughing and learning and also to the Mums who kindly vounteered to help keep us safe on our trip. Why not ask what our favourite part of the day?
Skipping to Success!
Class A were skipping sensations at our skipathon this year. We followed Mr. McGrath's instructions and were very successful in our efforts! We have been raising money for CAFOD. Thank you to our generous sponsors! We think you'll see we deserved it!
Spring has Sprung!
In Reception we have been reading Jack and the Beanstalk. We decided to grow our own beanstalks! We made fluffy cotton wool beds for our beans and are making sure thy have enough water and sunshine to help them grow!
God's Wonderful World
In Reception we have been learning all about God's world. We have been looking at all of the beautiful things in the world. We went on a walk to look for lots of beautiful things. We saw flowers, trees and spiders. We even saw a beautiful spider web. We have been thinking about how much God loves us and that we are all part of God's beautiful world.
Bookworms for Book Week!
Reception have been having a wonderful Book Week so far! We have met authors and illustrators and even made our own books! We cannot wait to dress up as our favourite characters for the Fancy Dress Parade!
Reception Sports Day Fun!
We all tried our very hardest in Sports Day! It was great fun! A huge thank you to all the parents who cheered us all along! We hope you enjoyed it! Back at school we made rosettes for our friends to say, 'Well done'. We took them home as a souvenir.
Class A visited Christchurch!
Fr. John welcomed Reception to Christchurch on Monday. We got to see lots of special things in the church, like the Tabernacle, stain glass windows and the Baptismal Font! We want to say a big thank you to Fr. John and Erin's Mum who kindly came with us.
Class B Visit to Christ Church
Class B enjoyed walking to Christ Church in the sunshine. We were met by Father John. Father John showed us the Tabernacle and we practised genuflecting. We also looked closely at the stained glass windows and Baptismal Font. We want to say a huge thank you to Father John and the parents who helped us.
Our Trip to the Farm!
Class A went on a trip to Woodlands farm in June. We were guided around the farm by Hannah and Alison, got to go on a scavenger hunt in the beautiful gardens and were lucky enough to go pond dipping before coming home tired and happy. We'd like to say a big Thank You to the Mummies who came along and helped and to all who volunteered. Why not ask us what our favourite part of the day was?
Class B visit Woodlands Farm!
We had a fabulous time at the farm last week! We enjoyed seeing the animals, stroking a chicken and guinea pig and our exciting scavenger hunt! We also had great fun pond dipping! We even discovered the first newt tadpole the farm had seen this year!
Spring time in Reception!
We have been looking for signs of Spring in Reception. Spring is a time of new life! Animals are born and plants are growing. What new life can you see all around?
The Happy Puzzle Company!
We had a 'mathstastic' time when the Happy Puzzle Company visited us! We had such fun solving the different puzzles.
Reception get arty with Arty Party!
We had great fun in Reception when Arty Party came to visit. We made pond life mosaics for our outdoor area. We have been learning all about ponds and the creatures that live in and around them.
Our Maths robots!
We have been learning our Maths with our class robots. We have finding as many different ways as we can to make 5. Some of us have been writing clever number sentences with our robots too! We are also taking away! Our robots love learning Maths with us.
We've had a very big visitor...
A Giant has been visiting our outdoor area and we have been working hard to try and track him down! Drawing maps, searching high and low and retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk are just a few of the things we have been doing to try and track him down. Our Reception classes are doing a great job so far in their Giant hunt, have they told you all about it at home?
Maths Week is off to a great start in Reception!
Reception have been kicking off Maths week in style. We had a great time parading our maths hats and doing clever maths work in class. Well done to everybody for your amazing Maths hats. We are all winners in Reception!
We made our very own healthy pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. We made pictures of healthy pancakes too!
In Reception we have been reading Stick Man! We have had a great time joining in with the story, making our very own stick men and we even turned our role play area into Stick Man's family tree! We also wrote what Stick Man might say, using speech bubbles. We are so glad that Stick Man got back to his family tree with his Stick Lady Love and his Stick children three!
Kung Hei Fat Choi!
We have been learning all about Chinese New Year. We have made Chinese lanterns and New Year cards. We heard the story and even made snakes. Happy year of the snake!
We are very excited to have started back at school after an enjoyable Christmas. We have been working hard. We have been looking at The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. We have made our own books called 'How to Build a Snowman'. We have used 3D shapes to make our own 'silly snowmen'. We have also been busy creating our own story boards and telling the story to our friends. We have even been lucky enough to see snow falling in our playground this week!
Santa came to say hello!
We were so lucky in Reception! Santa walked past our classroom! We sang him Jingle Bells and wished him luck for his very busy Christmas! We also had great fun at our Christmas party. We danced, played games, sang songs and ate delicious food. A big thank you to all the parents for your generous food donations!
Christmas is coming!
We have been getting very excited during Advent. We can't wait to celebrate Christmas and have been preparing for Jesus' birthday by thinking of ways we can be extra helpful. We have also enjoyed making Advent wreaths, singing Christmas songs and playing in Santa's workshop. We have been very busy, helpful elves!
In RE we have been laerning all about God's world. We have been thinking about how much God loves us and what we can do to help look after such a beautiful world.
We love learning!
We love learning in Reception! Look at all the exciting things we do each day!