The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Posted by Reception Staff on Thursday Nov 16, 2017 Under Uncategorized

We have begun to look at the story of The 3 Billy Goats Gruff.

We read it as a class and enjoyed listening to the different versions we have found. We’ve had a lot of problem solving to do from the story!

We played in the puppet show with the puppets from the story.

First we had to try and remember the story and retell it in the garden. We had lots of fun, saying the words and pretending to be the goats and the Troll.

We liked using the Troll voice that was loud and deep-

“Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?”


We also had the opportunity to use the construction kits in the class to make a bridge for the troll to hide underneath. But! it had to be strong enough for the goats to stand on.

We looked at lots of different bridges around the world and decided what kind of design we might want to use.

We worked together to make a greally strong bridge.









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Gingerbread Man Activities

Posted by Reception Staff on Friday Nov 10, 2017 Under Uncategorized

We really enjoyed using the puppet theatre to retell the Gingerbread Man story.

We made our own shadow puppet theatre and used the puppets and torches to retell the story!

In literacy we have been thinking about alternative endings to the Gingerbread Man story. We thought about what would happen to the Gingerbread man if he tried to swim across the river instead of the fox helping him. We tested this out in a science experiment, by adding the Gingerbread Men to milk, water, oil and vinegar!


In ICT we have been using the Gingerbread Man games on TopMarks and Starfall  to help us practice our maths counting and ordering skills. If you would like to have a go at playing these games at home use this link!

In our outdoor area we worked with construction materials to build an oven to bake the Gingerbread Man.

The children were encouraged to share ideas, solve problems  and work together as a team.



We even went fishing for the gingerbread men who fell in the river. They all had numerals on and we had to match up the numerals with the amounts of buttons and put on correct numbers of counters.

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Once Upon a Time…

Posted by Reception Staff on Tuesday Oct 31, 2017 Under Uncategorized

Today the children returned to school after the half term holiday and found Gingerbread Man parts around the classroom.

After we fixed the parts together we found the hidden message on the back.


The children were delighted to read the story and used the puppet theatre to act out the story.


Later we followed instructions to make our own Gingerbread Men.


After the Gingerbread Men were baked the children enjoyed decorating them with sticky icing sugar and sprinkles.





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A New Visitor in Reception!

Posted by Reception Staff on Monday Oct 2, 2017 Under Uncategorized

Each class in Reception has a new member this week. Pipa the skeleton dog has heard about us reading the ‘Funnybones’ story. She’s heard that we are all kind and caring and has come to stay for a few days in each of our classrooms.

We also received a letter from the pet shop in Silsden, saying that we were invited to come and buy some new things for our new pet. So we wrote a group shopping list, with some of the things that we might need, like, a bed, some toys, a bowl and some food.

Today it was Skylarks class to visit the shop, we looked carefully at what we might need and left with a ball, a dog toothbrush, a juicy stick to eat and some gravy bones. We enjoyed the trip down to the shop and the excitement of choosing and shopping.


Today it was Bluebirds turn to visit the pet shop. The children bought some dog food, a dog chew, pooh bags, a chewing stick and a toothbrush brush. We also meet a lovely dog that had come to the shop for a hair cut.



Finally it was the Swifts turn to walk to the pet shop and buy some things for Pipa! We got her some small bones, a shoe chew toy and a lovely bag of treats! We enjoyed walking around the shop choosing the items for Pipa and we even had a go at weighing ourselves on the large scales used to weigh the dogs that come in for their hair cutting!




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Skeleton Pizza

Posted by Reception Staff on Sunday Oct 1, 2017 Under Uncategorized


In groups, some of the children used food to create delicious Skeleton Pizza’s.


The children started with a Tortilla wrap. After using a cutter to create the shape of a person, we talked about how the wrap represented our skin. The children understood that skin is needed to protect our bodies and holds everything together.

Next they added a thin coat of tomato sauce to the base. We talked about how this is like blood that flows around our bodies.

Then pieces of cheese were used to create the bones in the body. We agreed that the bones hold us upright and help us to move.

The Skeleton pizza’s made a delicious snack.



Yum Yum!




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Life Caravan Visit

Posted by Reception Staff on Monday Sep 25, 2017 Under Uncategorized

We had a very exciting visit inside the Life caravan last week!


The Life Education Caravan brings health and wellbeing learning to life.

Juliet helped us to understand that the body gets energy from food, water and air and that exercise and sleep are important to our health.

We found out about what’s inside our bodies and where all the important bits are. We met a doll called Tam. She helped us to understand about the important bits inside us, like our heart, lungs, bones and veins.

Gerald the giraffe told us all about healthy eating and keeping clean.



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Funny Bones

Posted by Reception Staff on Friday Sep 15, 2017 Under Uncategorized


The Reception staff are delighted that the children are settling into the school routine and are already enjoying our first topic ‘Funny Bones’.

Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s funny story of three skeletons – a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton – who venture out of their cellar one night to find someone to scare, only to find that everyone is in bed. Who will they scare now?!

This is how the story begins.

On a dark dark hill there was a dark dark town. In the dark dark town there was a dark dark street . . .

We talked about the bones in our bodies and sang the ‘Funny Bones’ song. Then we looked at some x-rays.

We used black paper, glue and cotton buds to make our own x-ray pictures.


Did you know that a hand is made up of 27 bones?

In our outdoor area, we hunted for the lost skeleton. The children checked the numbered bones before putting the skeleton back together.




We talked about the big skeleton and the little skeleton and measured our bodies to see how tall we are. Some of us were a little bit taller than others. some of us were a little bit shorter.

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Our First Day In Reception!

Posted by Reception Staff on Tuesday Sep 5, 2017 Under Uncategorized


We have had a wonderful first day in Reception! We have enjoyed exploring our new classrooms and getting to know all the Reception staff and children in our new class!
















We also went into the hall at dinnertime and had our food. We chose our own food and we managed our own trays really well. After dinner we went into the big playground with the dinner ladies.





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Down on the Farm Hoedown!

Posted by Reception Staff on Friday Jul 14, 2017 Under Uncategorized

Today we have had a fantastic time celebrating the end of our farm topic and the end of an amazing year in Reception.  Here are some of the things we got up to today.

Hobby horse jumping.  The children timed each other using an iPad stop watch app and recorded the results on the board.  The child and horse with the fastest time got a sticker.

Hook a duck.  Two children  at a time had to hook as many ducks as they could in 1 minute.

Feed the pigs!  How many ball/apples can you get into the pigs mouth?

Pin the tail on the donkey.


We had lots of fun learning how to barn dance.


We ended the day with a huge picnic feast.  Thank you to all who brought food it was all yummy.

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Bluebird Class Assembly!

Posted by Reception Staff on Tuesday Jul 11, 2017 Under Uncategorized

Last Tuesday Bluebirds performed their class assembly to parents and grandparents. They also presented their learning to the whole school. The children in Bluebirds decided exactly what they wanted to do and worked really hard to perfect their dancing and singing skills. Everyone impressed the audience with their confidence, enthusiasm and bravery for standing and speaking in front of so many people! Well done to each and every member of the class, you were truly amazing! A big thank you to all parents and carers who came to watch.

bluebirds assembly from Theresa on Vimeo.


assembly movie! from Sophie Mills on Vimeo.


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