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The National Maritime Museum

We have had a lovely week in Reception celebrating all the children’s hard work and achievements. On Monday, we visited The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. We travelled on the Dockland Light Railway to Greenwich and walked past the Cutty Sark to get to the museum. We learned about lots of wonderful things to do with the sea. We dressed up as pirates aboard the ‘Ahoy!’ ship and found lots of pirate treasure! We enjoyed taking part in lots of interactive activities in the Childrens Gallery, and even practised sounding out our names in light morse code! We looked for the runaway Gingerbread man and wondered if he had run away on a similar boat as seen on one of his postcards. After lots of walking and learning we enjoyed a picnic in Greenwich park where we played ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’, and enjoyed the glorious summer weather. After our lunch we returned to the museum to explore an enormous map that covered the entire floor. We worked with a partner to label the different continents and oceans and played find the country on the map! We had a fantastic day out!  

On Tuesday and Wednesday we had a ‘stay and play’ session for the parents to come and look at their children’s ‘All About Me’ books. We celebrated their hard work.


“Run run as fast as you can…”

We have had a busy week that started with Sports Day! We enjoyed taking part in lots of different activities:

In Literacy, we have continued learning about ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We read and followed instructions on how to make gingerbread men; we mixed the ingredients together, rolled out the dough and cut out the shapes. To our surprise, one of the gingerbread men disappeared! We looked in our classrooms and the garden and even looked for him on our way home, but he was no where to be seen! Have you seen him? Please help us look for him over the weekend!

In Maths, we have been practising our number bonds to 10 and challenged ourselves to find all the number bonds to 20.

In R.E we learned about ‘The Good Samaritan’. We read the story and talked about how we are all different and may come from different places but that we are all special and we are all God’s children. We sequenced the story and were able to recall the beginning, middle and end.


The Hungry Caterpillar Assembly

Hello Family and Friends

This week we have been busy learning about the life cycle of a butterfly.  We learnt that a butterfly starts it’s life as an egg, becomes a caterpillar and finally turns into a butterfly!  Reception Samuel performed the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ in this weeks assembly.

In Maths we have been learning about symmetry and time.  We can now tell the time to o’clock and half past.  We have created our own symmetrical pictures and have learnt about the line of symmetry, ensuring both sides are the same.  Ask your child if they can draw a symmetrical picture and bring it into school.

We have been enjoying the wonderful weather; please make sure that you send your child into school with a water bottle and hat.  Thank you

Diary Dates;

Monday 19th June 1:30 – Sports day

Friday 23rd June 9:00-10:00 – ‘Fathers day’ Multiskills

Saturday 24th June 12:00-3:00 – Summer Fete; Please speak to Mr Bond if you would like to help out.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

The Farm

This week in Reception we have been reading ‘Rumi and Rosy visit the farm’. We have learned about the features of non-fiction books and we have enjoyed learning lots of facts and finding out information. We wrote a list of the farm animals we expected to see at the farm, making sure to say the word, robot the word and then write the word.

In maths we have been practising subtraction and learned how to count back using a number line. We also had a maths workshop for parents to share what children are taught and how to support their learning. We look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday 23rd where we will have lots of maths activities provided for parents to stay and play with their children; to gain ideas and share any activities they enjoy.

We had a fantastic time at Stepney City Farm! We got to feed the goats and the donkeys and stroke the hens! We learned lots of facts about the farm and the animals. We had a fantastic time!


Please remember the half term ‘farm challenge’. Please read the letter we sent out today for more information or speak to a member of staff.

Chick Eggs!

This week we have had some very special visitors… we received 10 chick eggs! We observed the eggs and predicted how many eggs we thought would hatch!


Fortunately, 9 out of 10 eggs hatched successfully and we safely transferred them from their incubator to the brooder.

In Literacy / Art we drew and painted the baby chicks and labeled our drawings. Then we wrote sentences about our chicks.

In Maths we have been learning about pictograms.  Ask your child to show you:

We have continued practising using tally marks to record our results. We came up with lots of different names for our baby chicks and then had a vote using tally marks to decide on their names!

We were able to stroke the chicks and observed them moving around the tuff tray.


We are looking forward to holding them next week when their legs are stronger.




Pizza Express Trip Part 2!

Dear friends and family,

We hope you had a wonderful Easter.

Reception have had a great first week back at school. We have enjoyed sharing our Easter holiday news with our friends and have written sentences about our holiday.

In Maths we have been learning about tally marks. The children have created their own surveys such as ‘favourite colour’ and ‘favourite superhero’, to ask each other and their teachers! They counted the results and then recorded their findings using tallying.

We attended Mass with Father Keith on Monday and we learned about the importance of St George and the reason we wear red to celebrate him. We also enjoyed singing St George’s song.

Samuel class went on a trip to Pizza Express in Canary Wharf. They had lots of fun making their very own Margarita pizzas!



Easter Celebrations

This week in Reception we have been learning about the meaning of Easter. In Literacy we have read The Easter Story and sequenced the pictures in the correct order.

In R.E. each year group created a 3D model representing the 14 Stations of the Cross.

Reception created Station 2: Jesus is given his cross.

We learned about the different stations and walked the stations of the cross that were displayed in the hall. We made the sign of the cross and reflected on each station before finishing with a prayer.


Congratulations to the children who have achieved 100% attendance this Spring term!

We hope you have a wonderful Easter, love the Reception Team.

Have a look at some of our wonderful Easter bonnet creations…







Gruffalo part 2…

This week in Reception we have been remembering our trip to the Gruffalo park. We have enjoyed painting the different animals from the story in Expressive Art and Design.

In Literacy we have been authors! We have created our own Gruffalo books, ordering the animals in the story and writing sentences about the pictures. We worked really hard using our phonics to hear all the sounds in the words and use all the writing strategies we know to form our sentences.