This week in Reception

We have had a busy time this week in Reception. There have been lots of new activities and areas to explore in line with our “Time Travellers” topic.

We are learning to “Know that there are different countries in the world and talk about the differences they have experienced or seen in photos,” (Development Matters 2021). In construction we have moved on from making models of homes in Bushey and our own houses to looking at pictures of homes in different parts of the world. After we have made our model we take it to “Quality Control” and write a name label on it. If it meets the requirements eg. It is a model of a home with a window, walls and a roof, it may be chosen to go on display in the construction gallery. We look forward to seeing the models that will be made in the following weeks.

In the music area we are listening to African Music. We have learned how to play a CD in the CD player and are using the percussion instruments to accompany the CD.

We have also learned two songs from Africa  which were kindly sent in by one of our Reception families. We have loved dancing to them too!


Wala waka
Why not join in at home?

We are thinking about change over time. We have loved looking at baby photos of staff and children and seeing if we can tell who is who from our features.

The curiosity cube also had some interesting things for us to look at. We have been wondering what they are and how they worked and, again, considering change over time.

The children have been using coloured rice in the malleable area to make dinner using different tools and to, “Develop their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently,” (Development Matters 2021).

They have also started finding out about celebrations of light and have been learning a firework poem in literacy.

We discovered some mini versions of ourselves that we have loved playing imaginatively with in the small world area.


This week we have learned some new phonemes:

J- jellyfish- swoop down the tentacles and dot the body

v-viper- down the tongue, up the tongue

w- wallaby- hop to the top, land and hop, land and hop

x- xxx- cris -cross the kiss

y- yacht- under the hull and down to the anchor.

Please continue to practise our grapheme cards with us at home, putting 3 or 4 together to make words we can blend using our robot arms and blending hands.


The number of the week is 7.

“Across the sky and down from heaven, that’s the way we make a seven.”
Please continue to practise our number formation with us at home.

How you can help at home:

Please share the firework code with your children at home and have a fun and safe time if viewing any fireworks over the weekend.