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Reception Class Essential Learning Guide

Autumn Term Information Letter - 06.09.2023

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24 November 2023

We have loved the story of Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. We focussed on retelling the story using sequencing cards and the small world resources. We talked about the characters thoughts and feelings during key events in the story. 

We wrote about the story using our phonic knowledge to record with. 

We have been busy creating and making owls this week by painting, collaging, cutting, sticking and using loose parts.



In maths this week we have been finding out about number 4.

“I know there are 4 because I can see 3 and 1”. Molly

“I can see 2 and 2. I can see 4 altogether”. Emily

 At forest school we made owl masks and retold the story of Owl Babies. We wondered whether any owls are nesting in our owl boxes. We also made some bird feeders by melting lard on the fire and mixing in some bird seed. We then put them in yoghurt pots to set. We will hang them in the forest next week which will help to keep the birds fed during the autumn and winter. 


10 November 2023

This week we found out about Remembrance Day which is a special day in November that gives people the chance to remember those who fought and lost their lives during the war and to honour their memory. We had a 2-minute silence at 11 O’clock in the forest to remember the soldiers.

I’ll wear a little poppy,

As red as red can be,

To show that I remember,

Those who fought for me.




We also learnt all about Diwali. Diwali is a festival celebrated by Hindus in India and all around the world. This year Diwali starts on 12th November. It is also known as the festival of lights. We have made our own Diva lamps, painted Rangoli patterns, enjoyed listening to and retelling the Diwali story of Rama and Sita and creating patterns to decorate our hands with. 








3 November 2023

Pumpkins have been a focus this week. We explored the pumpkins by cutting them open and scooping them out. The pumpkins were ‘smelly’, ‘orange’, ‘hard’, ‘wet’, ‘soggy’, ‘slimy’ and ‘stinky’.






We used our colour mixing skills to paint pumpkins.



Mrs ‘Witches’ helped us to create our own spells. We put lots of ingredients into the cauldron such as a frog, ghost, pumpkin, and a bat. Then we wrote down our spells using our phonic knowledge. 

We also made pumpkin soup. We cut the pumpkin up, peeled and chopped potatoes, carrots and onions. Then we put all the ingredients into a big pan and boiled them until they were soft.

We then warmed up the soup on the fire at Forest School, it was delicious! 

We have also been learning about Guy Fawkes and why bonfire night is celebrated on November 5th. We talked about our experiences watching a firework display and created our own firework pictures using chalk, pastels, paint, glitter and loose parts. 



20 October 2023

This week we have started thinking about autumn. We have been reading Leaf Man. It follows the journey of leaf man as he is blown across the land. A Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows.

We went on an autumn walk to collect autumn leaves. We found leaves that were yellow, red, brown, orange and green.

We used these leaves to create our own leaf men.

We also printed with the leaves to create some beautiful autumnal pictures and painted our own autumn trees.





Forest School was very wet this week, but we had lots of fun jumping and splashing in the puddles.


6 October 2023

We have been learning all about apples this week. We found out that apples grow on trees and the seeds can be planted to grow new trees. We saved some apple seeds from our snack apples and planted them. We look forward to watching them grow. 

We talked about things we can make with apples and then made an apple and blackberry crumble. We prepared the apples by peeling off the skin and chopping them up. We then put the apples and blackberries in a dish, added the crumble and cooked it. Then we ate it, It was delicious! 





We also enjoyed printing with apples and colour mixing green to paint apples.


At forest school we painted with blackberries it was a lot of fun.


29 September 2023

This week we have been learning about how we change as we grow older. We have talked about what babies need help with what we can do now we are 4 and 5 and what job we would like to do when we are grownups. Reading When We Grow Up has given us lots of ideas.

In maths we have been sorting objects by size, shape and colour. We have sorted objects and explained our sorting rule.



“I have made a set of things with spots”. 



“I have made a set of cutlery”.

We were very excited to go to Forest School for the first time. We met the Grandmother Tree, learnt about keeping ourselves safe in the forest and the important rule of ‘No pick, no lick, be careful with a stick’. We explored the forest area and can’t wait for next week!


22 September 2023

This week we have been thinking about our families. We have shared the books The Great Big Book of Families and Families, Families, Families. We found out that there are many kinds of families, but they are all special to us.


This is our class ‘Our School Family’.

We have been exploring many resources in our classroom and outside in our garden area to help develop our fine motor skills, which will help us with skills such as writing, manipulating objects, using scissors and getting dressed.




8 September 2023

We have had a lot of fun in our first week at school. We have made new friends, learnt lots of new routines such as sitting on the carpet for registration, tidying up and lining up for lunch.

We have talked about making friends, being kind to one another, sharing and taking turns.

Many activities have been enjoyed both inside the classroom and outside in our garden with our friends.